:: Tough Florals ::

Once upon a time, my really thoughtful boyfriend sent me flowers for my birthday. Gorgeous lilies and blue irises. I placed them in my small apartment, watering them daily, and throwing in ice cubes because my mom swears they last longer. Karen is usually right about these kinds of things. First, my throat started itching. No big deal РI taught preschool. Happened all the time. Then, I lost my voice. I was so confused, but Karen hit the nail on the head РI was allergic to lilies. That was in February 2012 and T is still apprehensive about sending flowers to me on any occasion. Bummer.

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a flowers kind of girl. Does this mean I hate them? Um, no – it just means I would rather spend $10 on my Starbucks Gold Card, since the extra caramel pumps in my latte are no longer free, than see watch something wilt in my living room.

Luckily, these flowers don’t die. They can hang in my closet ALL year!

Dress: Stella Rae's, Studded Jacket: Stella Rae's, Rings: ASOS, Sunglasses: Fendi, Shoes: Aldo, Necklace: gifted, Nails: Essie Ladylike

Dress: Stella Rae’s, Studded Jacket: Stella Rae’s, Rings: ASOS, Sunglasses: Fendi, Shoes: Aldo, Necklace: gifted, Nails: Essie Ladylike

I love mixing pieces which don’t seem like they would really belong. The combination of florals and faux leather (I love animals, and it’s really hot here) could be used in so many different ways, and I don’t see it every going out of style. I mean, I’ve heard stories of girls going through rush in their Laura Ashley floral dresses. We’re seeing a floral trend pop back up for Spring (and luckily – Fall florals as well!), and when done correctly – can really grow on you. How will you take your florals into Fall?

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:: Jailbird ::

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: Shoptiques, Shoes: steve Madden, Jewelry: Max and Chloe, Kate Spade, Sunglasses: Fendi

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: Shoptiques, Shoes: Steve Madden, Jewelry: Max and Chloe, Kate Spade, Sunglasses: Fendi

And like that, a paper doll jail-bird was born. Well, born about twenty-four years ago. I’ve always loved fashion – the fabric, embellishments, and most importantly – how wearing something you love can put you in a totally different mood. It’s like ice cream, but less fattening.

I suppose I really have my sister to thank for my passion – the first time I ever selected my own outfit was the day she was born. It was in that moment that I opted to tell a teensy weensy white lie to the neighbor that I was allowed to dress myself. You think I threw on something wild like my ballet leotard with silver, glittered cowboy boots and a pony tail? No. Although, I would have beaten Lady Gaga to the punch if I had. I donned an outfit which said “big sister” but “totally teenage Barbie.” Clearly, this meant a white jean skirt with a purple top and matching, embellished white jean vest. An obvious choice for a five-year-old.

As I grew older, I was taught the value of a dollar – and how far that dollar would go if you were a savvy shopper who could “dig.” This served me well as I spent two years teaching preschool with Teach For America. I was constantly on the look out for inexpensive, dispensable wardrobe items, to be stained by homemade play-doh, markers that aren’t as washable as they claim, and bodily fluids which were not my own. This is part of closing the achievement gap, and if I had more energy and a place to call home, I would have followed those little buggers until they graduated high school.

This blog has been my dream ever since I began stalking following Blair Eadie and telling everyone I know that she could totally be my sister. But for real – don’t you see the resemblance? We’re just off by a few inches, a few pounds, and a few 0’s at the end of our paychecks. I hope you enjoy some aspect of this – whether it’s my rambling ways or the photos which cost me brunch, and an afternoon of cheering on fantasy football players. Welcome!