Road to Romance

my ADD self is skipping around a bit and taking you back to my Friday night CFW look.  I promise i'll go back to Thursday's islander look, but I just love this look so much, I couldn't wait to share!  Belk's style statement of the night was Garden Party and I also had the privilege of working with the nights sponsor, Alex and Ani who was showcasing their newest collection Road to Romance, so the themes mashed together so perfectly to create this floral frenzy look!  Before i get to the good stuff (ie: the deets of this outfit), let's discuss the events of the evening!!  i kicked off the night scoping out the latest goods to hit the Style Lounge.  the Alex and Ani booth is always tempting because a girl can just never have too many bangles, am i right??  with the exception of adding the initial of our newest babe to be, i have officially completed my sentimental stack and started adding some fillers and stone wraps to my collection.  the Road to Romance Collection offers some seriously stunning stones in both the pale pink or baby blue family, but my favorite is the rosette beads on the collections signature bangle.  we'll talk about that stack in a second ;)  also new to A+A is the addition of leather goods!  did y'all know they carry handbags??  this was definitely news to me, but one smell of that buttery leather and I was sold.  the Gabriel collection offers the perfect essential styles for every girl so, being a clutch kinda girl, the fold over is my fave and even though I snagged the Earth shade, their new batch of colors has me seriously contemplating the Shoreline and Tidal shades as well!! 
moving on to the main tent, the runway shows commenced.  I always look forward to the spring styles of the local boutiques and the fall trends from emerging designers, which did not disappoint, but the highlight of the night was the Rock the Runway show.  think America's Next Top Model meets Project Runway.  15 Models work the runway for a panel of judges who choose 1 male and 1 female winner.  I can only imagine the nerves and I definitely would have no clue how to judge, but I give mad props to all the models who walk. 
simply being an average (and very pregnant) girl, I was slightly hesitant to wear this look that was shown on the runway in Tuesday nights Tres Carmen show.  but, having fallen in love with the floral print and pleated waist, I knew I couldn't possibly find a more fitting outfit to meet the Garden Party/Road to Romance vibe of the night.  just as on the runway, I paired the floral maxi with this black lace crop top and layered a black bralette underneath to cover my ninnies.  I replaced the black sash belt with this skinny leopard for a little pattern play and added even more color with these baby blue lace up heels.  sticking to a pink theme for the rest of my accessories, i wore these super fab tassel earrings and my brand new road to romance bangles and added one more mix of prints with this kaleidoscope clutch (and the fact the stones matched my sunnies to perfection was definitely not an accident!)  a pop of pink on my lips and loose finger waves completed the look.  i just loved everything about everything of this night!! 
 "romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze"
 
ALL IMAGES MARIE RODRIGUEZ
 
top and skirt Gracia c/o Tres Carmen // heels Lulus // belt Banana Republic //
clutch c/o GARB Designs // sunnies c/o SEE Eyewear // tassel earrings c/o Theodosia Jewelry //
rings c/o Peyton William // chain link c/o Towne & Reese // lip "wildflower" c/o Kismet Cosmetics
 
 
 special thanks to Alex and Ani for sponsoring this post.  all thought and opinions are my own.