Sprinkled with Pink in 30A

It’s no secret that I love a good girls trip! Shortly before I crowned the new Miss Texas I thought what better way to commemorate a life-changing and wonderful year than by having a girls trip to the beach with some of my Miss America sisters! So after a few weeks of planning and all states were complete, we rallied the troops together and eight of us headed to Seaside, Florida for some fun in the sun!

Turns out 4 days reunited with some of my favorite humans was exactly the post-Miss Texas treat that I needed! We had the best time laughing, catching up, eating delicious food and soaking up the sunshine at the beach together. But what made our trip even more special is that I was able to surprise the girls with the CUTEST items ever. Upon arriving to our beach house, each girl was welcomed to 30A with a customized floppy hat, beach bag, monogrammed clutch, and a personalized tumbler cup… all from Sprinkled with Pink! And let me tell you, we obsessed over it all! Kendra and the sweet ladies at Sprinkled with Pink were so thoughtful and detail oriented in creating and customizing the floppy hats to have each girl’s state title, their state initials on the clutches and names on the tumblers. I can’t even believe how cute they all turned out!

 
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We joked all week how we were practicing for our future bachelorette parties with the matching hats and bags, and now we know the perfect place for gifts to shower future brides or bridesmaids with! SWP has everything from custom floppy hats to drink pool floats, the cutest personalized jean jackets, t-shirts, drinkware and SO much more! What I love most though is the price point on SWP’s pieces. Their stuff is adorable, but doesn’t break the bank… which is usually the case when it comes to customized gifts. There are gifts for every occasion and any girl in your life, making every day feel like a party! Check out SWP on Instagram @sprinkledwithpinkshop!

THANK YOU Sprinkled with Pink for being such a special part of our beach reunion! We loved trading in our crowns for matching floppy hats this week!

xx,

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Farewell, Miss Texas 2018

 
Photo: Zac Grimaldo Photography, Hair and Makeup: Nicole West, Gown: Sherri Hill from Terry Costa and Sergio Armas

Photo: Zac Grimaldo Photography, Hair and Makeup: Nicole West, Gown: Sherri Hill from Terry Costa and Sergio Armas

 

It’s been a hot minute since my last blog post! I decided to take a bit of a break to enjoy my last couple of months being Miss Texas. My life changed in so many ways throughout the last year, and the only word I can think to sum up the entire year is: grateful. Grateful for the experiences, grateful for the people, grateful for the life I was able to live for one year. Below is my complete farewell, although there are still so many people to thank and so many things I could continue to say. I will share more later on life post-Miss Texas (it is GOOD!) but for now I want to share one final post from my dream year.


18 years ago while watching my first Miss Texas telecast at 6 years old I told my mom, “I’m going to be Miss Texas one day.”

 

14 years ago I attended my very first Miss Texas pageant.

 

13 years ago I walked across the iconic Miss Texas stage for the first time as a Lone Star Princess.

 

11 years ago I entered my very first local competition as a teen contestant.

 

9 years ago I served as Miss Texas Outstanding Teen with hopes of one day becoming Miss Texas just like my Miss Texas 2010, Ashley Melnick.

 

5 years ago I returned to compete for my childhood dream.

 

 1 year ago my life was changed for the better.

 

For the past 14 years, the Miss Texas Organization has impacted my life in more ways than I can count. Every relationship and opportunity this organization has given me has left a mark on my life, and I am forever grateful for this experience. I am not the same Madison I was one year ago. I have so many people to thank for making this past year one I will remember forever.

 Mom and Dad: It’s hard to say thank you to the two most influential people in my life. I don’t think there will ever be words to fully express the gratitude and love I have for you. Thank you for relentlessly supporting my dreams, and going above and beyond in helping make them come true. You believed from day one that I could be Miss Texas, even on days I didn’t believe myself. I love you more than you will ever know.

 Morgan, Mallory, Daniel, (and Baker!): My people! When I won Miss Texas it didn’t just change my life, but all of ours. THANK YOU for allowing me dreams to be such a big part of your life and for patiently loving and supporting me so well this year. You are the best fan club a girl could ever have. I love you to the moon.

Drew: I will never fully be able to articulate what you have meant to me this year. You have been my rock through these years, and I cannot imagine doing any of it without you by my side. Thank you for being my safe place, shoulder to cry on, advice giver, biggest hype man and cheerleader. I love you and am so excited for the future because I know you are in it.

Mimi and Grandaddy: Thank you for all of the love and support you have showered me with this year and the prayers that have covered me as I’ve traveled this great state.

Jackie: The best roomie of all time! Oh how I have loved our late nights binge watching The Kids Baking Championship, The Voice, The Bachelor… I could go on for days with our TV shows :) You have been the biggest light for me this year, and I will so miss sharing daily life with you! I can see your halooo (you truly have one!)

 Jan: We have come full circle! From your baby teen to finishing this experience as Miss Texas, I have enjoyed every moment with you. Thank you for loving this organization and always choosing to do what is best for the girls, even when it means making a hard decision. 

 Hunter: We had so much fun this year! Thank you for never failing to make me smile. Our Miss America packing and prep days were the best times that I’ll cherish always!  Love you more than all the Mexican food in the world!

 Susan: I finally got to be your girl… and what a year it has been! Thank you for keeping me busy this year, always advocating for me, and for your friendship! I love ya!

Valerie: You have taught me so much this year. Thank you for pushing me out of my comfort zone to grow and become the woman I am meant to be.

Mark: Gig ‘em Aggies! What a joy it has been to spend this year with you! You were always there offering encouragement and support when it was needed most.

Gloria: You have been such an influence in my life, not just in ventriloquism, but in being a woman of faith! We share a bond that means so much to me!

 Ilana: You are the sweetest soul and a true ray of sunshine! I loved every minute spent with you this year!

Miss Texas Board of Directors: Thank you for your selfless service to this organization! Each of you dedicates so much of your time, heart, and life to the betterment of the young women who compete, thank you. 

Miss Texas Volunteers: This organization would not exist without each of you! Thank you for investing in a program that changes the lives of girls just like mine.

Heather Sumlin: I am a better me because of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for uplifting me since I was 13 years old. You represent all that is good in this organization.

 Josh Hammers: You will forever be one of the best parts of my Miss America experience! I would not have been Miss Texas if it weren’t for you believing in me and your commitment to helping me chase this dream. I love you more than you know!

 Scott Padgett & the Miss Dallas Team: We had so much fun over the years! I’ll always be so grateful for the journey that led me to becoming Miss Texas with you! Thank you for your friendship, guidance, support and all the fun! I love y’all! 

Miss Plano Frisco Organization: You have loved me so well and adopted me as your own. Thank you for allowing me to share this experience with you as your half child!

Our Hostesses: Susan, Jackie, Melanie, Becky, Debbie, Stephanie and Stacy, I love each of you dearly! You made my 5 years of competing SO much fun. Your friendship is so special to me!

My sweet traveling companions: so many miles on the road, and I couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you for taking care of me, keeping me company, sharing snacks, stories, so many laughs, and making each appearance special and unique!

Anne, Denham, Missy, Madison, Emily & Lexi: The greatest cheering section in all of America! Thank you for being such a sweet piece of this experience for this hometown girl!

Ady: I am so glad you were my teen! It has been so much fun getting to know you and share this year with you! You are a ray of sunshine! 

London: I am so proud of you! Some of my favorite memories this year were from the summer with you! You have represented MAOTeen with class and grace.  

To my amazing sponsors: Melissa Adair, George Grubbs, Brittany Deen, Heather Sumlin, Natalie & Jordan Williams, Larissa Maner, Sergio Armas, Nicole West, Zac Grimaldo, Randy Steele, David D’Aquin, Jan Tucker, Ashley Zorn, Amin Bata, Chelsee Maxwell, Courtney LeClaire, Loren Silas, Amberly Brown, Mike & ReJana Karuse, Jeremy & Susan Ables, Nagwa Aliwa, and so many more... thank you is simply not enough! Our organization would not exist without the generosity and kindness of each of you. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for supporting an organization that helps so many women. We appreciate you so much!

 To my sweet community of Fairfield: There’s nothing quite like the support of a small town. Thank you for truly making me feel like a queen and so treasured this year. I am so proud of my hometown and to have represented the best little community on the Miss America Stage.

To the next Miss Texas: Welcome to the most amazing sisterhood! Enjoy each moment, love on others well, and take every opportunity to use this crown and title for something bigger than yourself. I’m here always!

Miss America Class of 2019: I firmly believe God chose the perfect 50 girls for me to share this experience with, and I would have it no other way. We were tested and challenged this year, but above all, our sisterhood grew stronger than ever before! I am so proud to stand among the best women I have ever known and loved.

 Above all, I thank my Lord and Savior. Without Him, none of this matters. I hope and pray I have been able to be a light and example of His love this year. His timing was perfect, it always is.

 ....and to my sweet guardian angel, Amy Jones. I couldn’t have done it without you. Love you.

This year has challenged me, matured me, and given me so much joy. The thousands of kids I met made every moment worth it. Every high five, hug, and excited little “Miss Texas!” squeal were the sweetest moments I will never forget.

It has been a long time coming. As I say goodbye to such a sweet chapter, I am filled with an overwhelming amount of gratitude for what this organization did in my life. I am in awe that I just lived out my biggest childhood dream. I have traveled across our beautiful state, met the most amazing people, competed on the Miss America stage, conquered fears, experienced life-changing moments, and will forever be honored and proud to say, “I was Miss Texas.”

 Thank you, Texas. It has truly been my greatest honor.

All my love,

Madison

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Memorial Day Sales

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I love Memorial Day because it is a mark to start summer and it also brings some killer sales for the weekend! I am really enjoying those sales because we are moving this weekend and the furniture and decor sales are a life saver. But most importantly… we celebrate Memorial Day to say THANK YOU to the brave men and women who have given their life for our country. This weekend we honor our country’s heroes.

One of my very favorite dresses of the season is on sale 25% off making it less than $70 plus free shipping and returns. It comes in 9 different colors and is perfect for any spring weddings, graduations, showers, parties, etc! I love this dress so much and definitely plan on buying it in another color!

 
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Dress on sale:  here  | Shoes:  here  | Bag:  here  | Earrings:  here  | Photos by April Graves

Dress on sale: here | Shoes: here | Bag: here | Earrings: here | Photos by April Graves

 

I am sharing some of my favorite finds from both the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale and Old Navy’s Memorial Day Sale! Both of these retailers have amazing deals going on, offer free shipping, and have some great finds for spring and summer! I also included a list of a few of my other favorite retailers with sales happening this weekend!

Nordstrom Picks:

Old Navy Picks:

Clothing & Beauty:

American Eagle: 25-60% off everything! 40-60% AERIE.

Nordstrom: Up to 50% off - Half Yearly Sale

Nordstrom Rack: Extra 25% off clearance and up to 70% off totes, sun, swim, tees for Summer Holiday.

Old Navy: 50% off all tee, tanks, swim, shorts, and dresses

Sole Society: Up to 60% off select styles

The Pink Lily Boutique: 50% off Flash Sale tab

Ulta: Daily beauty steals as well as 20% off one qualifying item using code: 789450

Home Decor & Furniture:

Kirklands: Up to 50% in-store and online, 40% off one regular priced item using code: MEMORIAL

Pottery Barn: Up to 50% furniture, rugs, decor and more!

Target: Up to 30% home and patio items. Extra 15% off with code HOME.

I hope you have a fantastic and safe Memorial Day weekend with family and friends!

xx,

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Versona Spring try on

Versona really is a one-stop shop! They having everything from professional clothing to casual daytime looks, shoes, jewelry, bags, accessories, and the cutest gifts! Here are some of my favorite finds from their spring collection. Unfortunately I do not have links for some of the looks. The ones I could find have been linked, but I strongly encourage you if there is a Versona near you to go in store! They always have SO many adorable things that you don’t see online! I am usually all for online shopping, but when it comes to Versona I prefer to shop in-store!

Professional Work Wear

 
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First is this super cute black and white wrap dress! I love the contrast in colors tied together at the waist. This would be great for the office or for an interview! The dress has a really nice length to it that makes it appropriate and conservative for the workplace, but not too long!

 
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This black and blush floral pattern is so cute for spring! I love the white scallop detail along the bottom. This is a perfect shift dress for the workplace that can easily be transitioned into a night time look with the right accessories. Shop this dress here!

 
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More black and white cuties! Simple, but great fit and flare dresses for the office! Shop the first dress here!

 
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Y’all know I love black and white stripes! I’ll admit, I wasn’t crazy about this one on the hanger… but when I put it on I loved it…and it ended up coming home with me! I think the vertical stripes are so flattering and it’s such a great lightweight piece for this summer! Linked here!

 
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This fun little number was on sale for $14.99, such a steal! I love the tied waist and the keyhole at the top. I feel like this dress could easily be transitioned from the office to evening or even to a wedding or shower! Linked here!

More casual & daytime looks

 
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Sage green is one of my favorite colors for this spring! This dress would be perfect for a wedding, shower, graduation, really any spring event! It’s lightweight which I love and I really like the length how it comes up in the front but is longer in the back! Shop this dress using this link!

 
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This pink babydoll dress is so adorable! You can’t tell in the photos, but the ruffle detail along the neck and sleeves is pink seer sucker stripes… SO CUTE! This is definitely a more casual daytime look, and it may be the softest dress I have ever touched in my life. Definitely a winner for summer!

 
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The coral red jumpsuit was made of the same material as the pink dress above so it’s also SO SOFT. This would be super cute for a travel day with a jean jacket. It’s super comfy, but still so cute!

 
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This minty green top was hands down my favorite purchase of the day! I can’t get enough of tops with a tie at the bottom and absolutely love the buttons on this one! I paired it with a pair of off white democracy jeans. This top also comes in a pretty shade of gray and is linked here!

 
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Another favorite was this button up striped top! It is a little hard to see the color in the photo, but it is white and sage green stripes. I tried it out front tucked as well as tied it up to create two different looks. Love this one so much!

 
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The final look is this pastel rainbow striped top. I clearly have a theme going here for the kind of tops that I love. I think all three of these tops would be so cute paired with denim for the summer or different colors of pants to teach in! I didn’t find this exact top, but there are several similar styles online!

And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed taking a peek inside my try on session at Versona! You can shop more of their collection online at shopversona.com or visit one of their stores (highly recommend!)

xx,

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas

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Mama’s day is this weekend! There has not been a more influential human in my life than my amazing mom. Mother’s day always gets me because I know no gift will ever fully be able to express how grateful I am for her! BUT, gifts are still fun to shower her with as a small token of appreciation! If you are in need of a last minute gift idea, I've compiled some of my favorite finds!

xx,

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Best T-Shirt Dress

 
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Dress:  here  | Jean Jacket:  here  | Sunglasses:  here  | Bag:  here  | Earrings:  here  | Shoes:  here

Dress: here | Jean Jacket: here | Sunglasses: here | Bag: here | Earrings: here | Shoes: here

 

I’m a sucker for t-shirt dresses. They are just SO easy, especially on hot summer days in Texas! You just throw one on and go. They can be dressed up, dressed down, and styled in so many different ways. My favorite place to shop for t-shirt dresses has always been Old Navy. I’ve tried several other retailers, and even splurged on more expensive ones, but I keep going back to my tried and true - Old Navy.

You just cannot beat the price tag! Plus, they are such great quality, even at a low price! Win-win. There are several different styles, my favorite being the jersey swing dress because it is SO soft and stretchy, making it even more comfortable. I also love that Old Navy has different style options for each season with cap sleeves, sleeveless, long sleeves, etc. There are always tons of different colors and patterns to choose from as well as options for tall and maternity. I especially love ordering dresses in tall for teaching because it adds a couple of inches making it safe for the classroom and Kindergarten!

My go-to is always black and white stripes, I love love love. But you can’t just buy one of these, you need a few :) So treat yo self. They’re on sale anyway!

Shop the dresses below.

xx,

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