Day 1: ROME + Giveaway Winner

Hi Friends!  Happy Tuesday.  Excited to be with you today for two reasons today...

FIRST, I am happy to share that @pumalos is the winner for our "Glitter and Pearls" giveaway.  Please email me at dahlialynnlane@gmail.com for details.  Thank you for all who entered and to the sweet Vanessa for hosting such an amazing giveaway with DahliaLynn.

SECOND, I am excited to finally begin sharing the photos from our trip to Italy for my 30th birthday.  Our first day in Italy we enjoyed an amazing day in Rome at the Vatican with a tour from a private guide.  We topped off the day with a sunset walk through the city and a dreamy dinner.
Thanks for stopping by...J

Jacket {Max & Co} & Purse {MZ Wallace}


FREE Jewels

Hiiiiii....Happy April!  How have you all been?  My sweet mom called today and said that she had given up on me and my sweet little blog.  She thought some of you might feel the same.  As you can see, I have been taking it easy with the blog.  With so many pictures to share from my 30th birthday trip to Italy, I wondered what would be the best way to burst back to the blog.  

How about some FREE jewels?  Remember my last post?  Of course you do...it is the only post I have given you in a while.  I am so thrilled to be back today sharing another gorgeous piece from my friend Vanessa's online boutique, Glitter and Pearls.  This GORGEOUS sea ombre necklace was a personal favorite during our Italy trip.  I found myself pulling this necklace out time after time for a few reasons.  It was perfect for day and night, striking, not too heavy, and always added a pop of color to any look.  

So why do you care?  I am excited to share that Vanessa and I have teamed up for a little giveaway.  The details are simple.  Follow Vanessa on instagram @shopglitterandpearls, follow me on instagram @dahlialynn, and finally share the perfect occasion for this necklace or these earrings featured here  in the comments below.  The lucky lady or gent will win their choice of the Color Code Tear Drop Necklace or the Celestial Frost Post Drop Earrings.  

How is that for a comeback? The giveaway will be up until Monday, May 4th.  Happy Saturday...J

Necklace {Glitter and Pearls}, Dress {Italy Boutique}, Pants & Flats {Zara}, Purse {MZWallace}, Leather Jacket {Lola}, Sunnies {SEE}


Over the River and Through the Woods

I cannot believe it has been a few weeks since the ground was C-O-V-E-R-E-D in snow.  We shot these pictures just a few days before we went on an amazing trip to Italy for my 30th birthday in February.  We have been back for almost a month and naturally time has flown by.  

Today, I am so excited today to introduce you to a new jewelry line that I am simply loving.  My sweet friend Vanessa has opened a "Chloe + Isabel" boutique online called "Glitter and Pearls".  I was thrilled when she asked me to style a few pieces from the collection for you all.  First up...these amazing chandelier earrings.  Do you love them as much as I do?  Though they would be perfect for a dressy night out, I thought they were perfect for dressing up my grandma sweater.  

Next up...an amazing necklace that I might have taken to Italy.   You will certainly want to stay tuned.  There might be a little something in it for you:)  Happy Wednesday....J

Earrings {Chloe + Isabel}, Scarf {Gap}, Sweater {Vintage}, Purse {Celine}


This in That: Flowers, Spots, Horses

Today I wish I was wearing THIS outfit in THAT room.  Am I the only weirdo who likes blooms and leopard for days?  Happy Monday...J


Ciao to 2014, Ciao to 2015

Happy 2015!  I really cannot believe that a full month has passed in the new year, and I am just now putting pen to paper  finger to keyboard on my first post.  As the first days of 2015 began to pass quickly, more quickly than anticipated I should add, I started to feel terrible that I had not blogged.  Not a great way to start out the year with one of my favorite hobbies, but life happens.  

As I was thinking about this post, I started to ask myself, "Why do I keep blogging?"  I certainly am not a blogger who has thousands of bloggers to answer to, I am not always sure that people think my outfits are inspiring, and sometimes the fashion blogger world can seem a little materialistic.  And I think I have landed on the answer.  It is very important to me to be true to myself, authentic, and vulnerable....all with the hope that I can inspire others and give them the permission to do the same.  That is why I try to share my thoughts, feelings, and crazy outfits with you all here and with everyone in my life.

At my job this past year, I have sometimes struggled with this, as it seems there is a certain way you should dress and conduct yourself.  There are unspoken rules that sometimes just don't feel like....well...me.  But I have challenged myself to push past what "seems" to be right and just be myself, and I think (for better or worse) it has rubbed off on a few people.  My colleagues will say to me, "I thought of you this morning when I decided to wear these Aladdin inspired pants.  I probably should not wear them to work, but I thought...Jessica will love these."  It seems small, but makes me happy to know I am helping both myself and others be who they want to be.

If you are still with me...I should share that I am about to jump on a plane to Italy.  My first real  vacation since starting my new job over a year ago.  I will be there for two weeks with my best friend, and I hope to come back with lots of fun pictures, stories, and inspiration.  I also will be kicking things off when I return with an amazing giveaway.  While in Italy we will also celebrate my birthday.  So when I return, you will be reading the words of a 30 year old.  Miss you already.


Pants & Top (Riffraff), Pink Jacket (Savoir-Faire), Leather Jacket (Lola), Heels (Coach), Necklace (Grey Dog Vintage Boutique), Bag (Fendi)


Snow Blower

So I did it.  I bit the bullet.  I joined the Northern Indiana masses.  I, Jessica Reasons, purchased a snow blower, and I like it.  On our first trip to the Home Depot in Indiana last year, I saw this long line of contraptions. I literally asked Stuart, "What are those?"  He looks at me and says "Your joking?"  

I really had never seen a snow blower.  Not thinking we would need one last winter, we turned down a family member's kind offer to get us one.  Once winter showed its true colors, we were regretting the decision, but it sort of became this competition with "old man winter."

Well this year, I had no shame.  I survived last year.  I shoveled for countless hours, and I deserved a snow blower of my own.  So we bought one.  It is little, but mighty and runs on a rechargeable battery.  It even has a little spotlight for easy snow blowing in the pitch black of the morning.  I am able to clear our parking pad, our sidewalks, and both of the neighbors' sidewalks in 40 minutes.  

For those of you that know me, are you wondering if my blog has been hacked?  We have two great guest rooms if you want to come see me and the snow blower in action.  Happy Tuesday....J

Coat {Vintage}, Scarf {Zara}, Cheetah Top {Riffraff}, Skinnies & Necklace {J.Crew}, and Boots {Coach from TJMaxx}, 


Ikat, Be My Guest

Hi there and Happy Monday!  Writing today from one of my favorite places in the world.  My hometown of Fort Smith, AR.  Still cannot believe I get a whole week home.  Happy Camper. 

Today I want to invite Ikat to be my guest.  I about died when I was searching Pinterest for a blue themed party motif and stumbled upon the first shot here.  I have to admit this eye catching print was never at the top of my print list for a party, but she is now.  If you are an Ikat lover like me, how easy would it be to grab a few yards of your favorite Ikat print to make a great tablecloth?  Feeling a little less inclined, try some sweet Ikat napkins to liven up your look.

What do you think?  Would you invite Ikat to the partaaa....J
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