Texas Style Council Recap

photo by elissa

This past weekend has been a whirlwind. Some of it was fabulous, some of it was tragic. On Friday I drove to Austin, Texas, home of my undergraduate education (The University of Texas) looking forward to a fun-filled weekend at the Texas Style Council, where I was scheduled to speak on Sunday.

Saturday morning I received the tragic news of a death in my future family–a loss that is at once both heartbreaking (as the loss of only the most truly wonderful people in this world can be) and, strangely, joyful (as only a long-suffering illness that has ended can inspire). And that same evening my 3 year old niece was in the emergency room back home for swallowing a bracelet (she’s fine)–a future fashionista in the making.

HB insisted that I remain in Austin, however, because he knew I would be of no functional help (I wasn’t) and I’m a stickler about following through on my commitments. I’m glad I stayed, because I had such a wonderful time at the conference on Sunday, meeting new faces and catching up with old friends. Click for more photos!

1. driving to austin in torrential rain
2. hello Alexander Wang iPad case! // 3. exploring round rock, texas
4. gorging on sour punch straws, regretting it later // 5. what i would have worn to the posh party
6. sunday morning brunch with ann & pamela // 7. ann’s first queso, at the home of the best queso in texas
8. indiana introduces the conference // 9. admiring ann’s “arm-or” (hey i thought i was clever)
10. taking in the panelists’ wisdom // 11. driving home, tired, exhausted.

Thank you to Indiana, Elissa, and the rest of the Texas Style Council team for an amazing event, and for inviting me to speak on a panel!

A HUGE thank you to LuLu*s for sponsoring my travel and conference outfit (more on that later!)!

Live Life In Style captured my panel on video:

And, because I’ve been so bad about outfit posts lately, I thought I’d share with you what I’m wearing today:

Coming up, my conference outfit post!

  • http://www.natashafatah.blogspot.com Natasha Fatah

    What a charming top picture. Pretty maids, all in a row. :)

  • http://www.Considermelovely.com Rocquelle

    Im very sorry to hear of your loss, and I’m very glad your niece is ok. It was lovely meeting you in passing on Sunday!

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com Kristina

      Thank you Rocquelle! It was very lovely to meet you too!!

  • http://www.hautechildinthecity.com Chelsea

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss and crazy fashionista-in-the-making-bracelet-swallowing situation! Happy to see that at least one resolved itself without much troubles. Congrats on the style council – great advice and outfit!

  • http://www.everydaypresent.com Kara M

    I’m sorry to hear the weekend had a rough start! I enjoyed your advice from the panel on Sunday. Beautiful dress!

  • http://www.pennypincherfashion.com ppfgirl

    Can’t wait to see what you wore to the conference and hear more about it – sounds like an amazing event! So sorry to hear about the loss in your family, but glad they are no longer suffering. :(

  • http://www.thekinas.com Bettina

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Thank you for taking the time to post and share your experiences at Texas Style Council!

  • http://casschristine.blogspot.com Cassie

    You looked super cute on Sunday and I loved your panel!

  • http://www.pattyandlo.com pattyandlo

    I’m digging the cashaul gear – I am a big fan of button downs and utlitiy jackets – so cool and comfy. I also like the cuts on mens button downs for weekend relaxing – so cute if you get the xs mens sizes at jcrew.

  • http://keepcalmandcarrylipstick.blogspot.com Sarah

    So sorry about your loss, but I’m glad you had fun at the council! Great photos, thanks for sharing!

  • http://over50feeling40.blogspot.com Pam @over50feeling40

    Hi Kristina, You have the first picture I have seen of my panel! I am so excited! Sorry to hear about all of the tragedies you had to face. I also faced one on the way home. But the conference itself was excellent!!

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  • http://www.10thirteen.com Leslie

    So sorry to hear about your loss! It was great meeting you…can’t wait for your outfit post, I loved those shoes! Looked them up on Lulu’s when I got home lol!

    xoxo, Leslie

  • http://thefashionistabubble.blogspot.com Naghmeh

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss, and I know what you mean about it being strangely joyful since I experienced that after my grandfather’s passing. He had been suffering for way too long.
    and I really love that in the last photo you have your yogurt and spoon ready in hand to eat after lol. That is so me!
    xx

  • http://talktoymshoes.wordpress.com talktomyshoes

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. Its never an easy thing.
    I’m totally looking forward to checking out the video!!

  • http://www.diyainherstilettos.com/ Diya

    I was honored to share a panel with you this past weekend and was struck by how well-spoken & poised you were…now I’m even more struck b/c of how you were able to be a great speaker despite what was happening back home! So sorry about the two strikes in one day.

    Great meeting you in person and congrats on your almost-M.D. (woot)!!

  • http://sparkycorner.wordpress.com Sara

    Hey girly,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss! I hope all is ok and everyone is hanging in there …. glad to here Arlene is doing ok too.
    On another note, hope you are looking forward to Friday!!!

    xoxo,
    Sara

  • http://every-shade-of-green.blogspot.com/ Samantha Green

    Sorry to hear about your loss but I know that feeling of releif — I lost a close family member at the end of last year due to a horrible illness. At least they are now in peace :)
    Love your skirt in picture 5! xx

  • http://laurenlanzaosias.blogspot.com lauren

    sorry for your loss and glad to hear your future fashionista is alright. love this post. great information from the video, it’s nice to hear successful bloggers talk about being genuine and actually just loving blogging.

    your pink skirt/leopard combo is brilliant!!! love the arm-or, lol.

  • http://www.horsesandheels.com Raquel

    I was actually in Mercedes, TX over the weekend & was following along on Twitter. I would have loved to have attended but maybe next year : ) Sorry to hear about your loss, it’s always the worst when we are expected to be on our “A Game” & something bad happens that almost derails you completely.

  • http://www.buildatee.com/ James Sumner

    Nice dresses. You are all pretty :)

  • http://j9styleblog.com J9

    Thanks for posting this video. It’s exactly what I need to hear!