Suede Turquoise A-Line Skirt and black crop topI know what you’re thinking – and I didn’t know I needed a turquoise suede skirt EITHER until I saw this one. (It also comes in red) I think it would be great with a variety of different shoes (block heel anyone?!), but I wanted to pair it with a comfortable pair of flat over-the-knee boots.Suede Turquoise A-Line Skirt and black crop topSuede Turquoise A-Line Skirt and black crop top

I know you guys are probably pretty shocked to see me in something high waisted – it’s so rare that I go that route. (Opposite day…) Unoriginal, I know – but I guess I stick to the Sofia Vergara rule of, find what works best for your body type and wear it over and over and over again. haha Suede Turquoise A-Line Skirt and black crop top

I also couldn’t resist this black cold elbow crop top. I always love a fun unexpected detail and this top is going to be getting a lot of use in my closet! Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

How cool are these Spanish tiled stairs? The La Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa isn’t a bad backdrop (or place to stay!) 

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All photos taken by Claire Schreiner of Hot Pink Hot Dog at the La Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa

What’s everyone up to this weekend? I’m flying to meet my nephew today in Texas!!!! I’m so excited! Prepare for squishy chubby baby overload on social media! *Insert 5 million heart eye emojis* (@BrennaMader)

I can’t get enough of this month’s playlist. I’ve been a traveling fool lately and if I don’t have someone to talk to, I have my headphones in. There’s a lot I want to talk about on this playlist, but if you’re not in the mood, skip directly to the music – you’ll want to, this month’s list is a great list.

The first notables are Alina Baraz and Galimatias’ collaboration, the Urban Flora (Remixes). I’m not usually a big remix person, but the first FIVE tracks on this playlist are from the record which means I added them first thing a month ago when I started compiling this list and I’ve been listening to them since. I’ve been a big Alina Baraz fan for a while – her music is just pretty and super sexy. I love her tracks that aren’t remixes too. I also have two Jess Glynne songs on the playlist – such great, energizing, pop tunes. I instantly feel more upbeat when I’m listening to them. Her and Tori Kelly are officially my favorite pop princesses of 2015.

Then there’s Chris Stapleton and Allen Stone. I’m just going to say this… they have my two favorite voices ever. Allen Stone being a soulful r&b kind of hipster and Chris Stapleton being a soulful country bluegrass singer. SANNNNNG honey(s). Just the most to die for voices ever.

Lastly, two of my other obsessions from this month have an experience behind them. I was in Chicago a couple weeks ago and tried Soul Cycle for the first time. (If you haven’t heard of it, this article will tell you what you need to know.) Well, as cultish as this fitness craze is, I completely drank the kook-aid. The lights are off, the music is loud, and I was digging the playlist.  Would it just be way too overly dramatic to say that “Alive” by Empire of the Sun and “Shark” by Oh Wonder kind of changed my life? Have been listening nonstop. The version of “Shark” that was played in class isn’t available on Spotify, and I love the original, but this one is SO SO worth the listen.

If you follow me on Twitter @BrennaMader, then you’ve seen some of these tracks pop up as I’ll occasionally post what song I’m obsessing over at the moment. C’mon – I know there’s gotta be other crazies out there that think their entire life deserves a soundtrack – tell me what you can’t stop listening to! Without further adieu, here is October’s playlist!

corporate stylish outfitI rarely have to dress for a corporate environment, so when I do I often feel lost about what to wear and default to wearing something frumpy for fear of looking inappropriate. I decided to conquer this corporate fear by finding a look that’s easy, stylish, comfortable, and shows my personality.  Continue reading

Happy Labor Day! Enjoy my playlist while you’re poolside (or with anything else you’re doing.) I’ve got plans to workout this morning to counteract the things I’m going to eat and drink today. (Beer-rita anyone?)

Also, I want to invite anyone reading this in the Nashville area to come out to Kendra Scott in the Hill Center tomorrow – 20% of sales will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Did you know that sick children receive 100% free care there? It’s an amazing organization, hope to see you there! (And if you can’t come, but would like to donate anyway, you can do so here!) Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 4.06.56 PM