:: Kaleidoscope ::

Remember the Peter Pilotto for Target debacle from a few weeks ago? I had my eye on this dress from the get go, and even girlfriend who was shopping for her daughter couldn’t beat me to it! With a dozen weddings and showers in the coming year, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot of this little gem. The cool tones with bright pops of neon make it so flexible in terms of weather. Adding a long sleeve top with tights and booties, or a collared shirt, will take it into the winter seasons. Throwing on a different belt and matching various colors and patterns of heels will keep it rocking through summer.

Did you ever look through kaleidoscopes as a kid? This dress reminds me so much of the magical, transforming shapes swimming at the end of the mirrored tunnel. I did a quick Wikipedia search of kaleidoscopes (because I spent four years in the journalism college being told not to do so), and learned all about the history of these gorgeous, greek-invented objects. Do yourself a favor and take a look here. Only, of course, after you take a look below!

Dress: Target, Shoes: Zara, Belt: ASOS, Bag: J.Crew, Rings: C.Wonder, Bracelets: Seasonal Whispers, J.Crew, Nails: Essie Marshmallow

Dress: Target, Shoes: Zara (similar), Belt: ASOS, Bag: J.Crew (similar), Rings: C.Wonder (super sale!), Bracelets: Seasonal Whispers, J.Crew, Nails: Essie Marshmallow

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:: A Touch of Red ::

“Oh good – I like this one! You’ve been needing to change up your look.” – He who shall not be named

I’ll be the first to admit it – I do not like change, especially when it is something which has never failed me before. Aren’t we all a little bit afraid of change? Cutting your hair off, moving to a new city, buying a car – surely I’m not the only one who is always a bit apprehensive when it comes to the “new.” It’s splurging on an expensive beauty product, only to realize that you hate it. We face change constantly – and I’m not just talking about in Sephora.

When I was growing up, my dad had a Jeep Grand Cherokee Station Wagon. To say I was attached just wouldn’t do it justice. It had wood paneling along the side, and in the winter months, you had to turn it on at least 15 minutes before you left for school if you didn’t want to freeze. I’m 90% sure you rolled the windows down manually, and they stuck on occasion. If you ask my mom, she’ll give you a laundry list of what else was wrong with it. One day (probably in 1996), my dad told me they had sold the car. I mourned for months. It’s rare that I shed tears, but change can definitely do it. Much like the time James Harden was traded…. Let’s not go there.

So there, that’s why I don’t get to wild when it comes to my “look.” I know what I like, and I like to stick to it. That is, until I began searching for the perfect turban headband. This one isn’t exactly what I was looking for, but I just ordered one on Etsy that is certain to be the turban headband of my dreams. So, since every day is an opportunity to play dress up, I decided to be a little bit rock and roll chic… and throw in a pony tail. I know, so wild. What will I do next?!

Top: H&M, Jacket: C.Luce, Pants: Zara, Shoes: Louboutin, Headband: On A Whim, Jewelry: David Yurman, Lawson Gems, Cocoa and Olive

Top: H&M, Jacket: C.Luce, Pants: Zara, Shoes: Louboutin, Headband: On A Whim, Jewelry: David Yurman, Lawson Gems, Cocoa and Olive

:: Easy Like Sunday Morning ::

Top: Forever 21, Jeans: Gap, Bag: Kate Spade (old, love this one), Shoes: Sole Society (gone, but similar!), Necklace: J.Crew,

There is just something about downtown on a sunny  afternoon that makes it even more perfect than ever. On Sunday we took a quick stroll to Flint for the usual brunch (to play the part of “regulars”) , and I could not have been more thrilled to throw on my boyfriend jeans and flats, as opposed to being layered up like an onion. It was the ideal moment to come out of hibernation, so we threw our cares away (literally) and shared sangria swirls to end birtalentine’s weekend. Of course, we were pretty worthless after visiting Iguana, so there’s that..

This glimpse of spring made me anticipate the upcoming few months so very much. Festivals, food trucks, secret events that celebrate the city and only those “in the know” frequent. These are things I love not only about downtown, but Oklahoma City itself. Not just any city could boast the same level of community and intimacy that we share. Sure, there are plenty of things to do in larger cities but, do you think you’ll run into someone you know at all of those? What are the odds?! Oklahoma City is so special because everyone is connected in some way. Whether they know a friend, or with the size of my extended family, are a distant relative, syncing in such a way is just the Oklahoma spirit. All the more reason to head downtown this spring, just like Petula Clark suggests!

 P.S. Can you believe this sweatshirt is from Forever 21? Good job, Karen. Another great find that I need 5 more of in order to keep it forever. Such an easy piece to jazz up with a touch of color blocking and a J.Crew bauble. These beauts make my life easy…. Easy like Sunday morning!

:: A Tale of Five Targets ::

Top: Target, Skirt: Target, Booties: H&M, Necklace: Max & Chloe, Bag: Christopher Kon, Watch: Toy Watch,

Top: Target, Skirt: Target, Booties: H&M (old, so similar!), Necklace: Max & Chloe, Bag: Christopher Kon, Watch: Toy Watch, Bracelet: BCBGeneration, Ring: Beyond Baroque, Nails: Essie Marshmallow

Over the past few years, Target has collaborated with designers to create affordable fashion (and bring in a flurry of crazy, Black-Friday prepped women to kill each other over the one Size Two on the rack). Throughout the last couple of collaborations (Missoni, Neiman Marcus, Prabal Gurung…) I was in the classroom, unable to even connect to wifi and try to order something from the collection. So when Target announced their partnership with Peter Pilotto, I put on my war paint and prepared for total domination.

After calling nearly every Target in the surrounding area to select the one receiving the greatest supply, mapping out my routes and carefully selecting the items I would fight for – it all fell apart. I woke up early, and for once in my life – was actually going to arrive ahead of schedule! But even though I was on my A game, I got lost, met zero Peter Pilotto crazies, and drove to five Targets just to ensure that 70% of the collection really was only available online. Alas, another traumatic Target experience. Next time, I will play it smart and stay at home in my pajamas – fighting the refresh button rather than the rain.

I must admit, I’m thrilled that I trekked to the store and checked out the goods in person. There were a few items I had my eye on, but was not a fan once I actually touched it. Also, I would have bought a size up and was pleasantly surprised when I could go down a size. Bonus! Did you score anything from the Peter Pilotto collection?

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:: Pink and Red ::

As an almost Valentine’s Day baby, pink and red have always been my colors. I never cared that it was a “Hallmark Holidays,” because it was a double celebration for me! There was always a party at school with crafts, cupcakes, and Valentine’s Cards. This meant we were allowed to break out the glitter (some years….) and Elmer’s Glue the life out of that paper sack, until nothing more could fit on the front. Always craving another opportunity to be creative, this was a shining moment in my year. I obviously loved receiving candy necklaces and like anyone else, picking out the best tasting Candy Hearts (clearly not the white and green ones – ew).

Plus, this holiday celebrates finding your one twue wuv. From a very early age, I envisioned exactly what this stranger would be like – a man with Fred Astaire’s feet and George Clooney’s charm, of course. After growing up with crushes on men like Rhett Butler, Cary Grant and the occasional character from All My Children, anyone would have their work cut out for them!

While this time of year is the only acceptable time for some to watch rom com’s and don the pink/red combination, that is an everyday occasion for me! This color blocked, borderline tone-on-tone look is a definite favorite. If pink and red year-round is wrong, then I’ll just NEVER be right!

Happy Valentine’s Day – especially to my favorite photographer!

Top: Nordstrom Rack, Pants: J.Crew, Jacket: Sheinside, Flats: Steve Madden, Necklace: Neimans, Bracelets: Coach, Juicy Couture, C.Wonder, Rings: C.Wonder, David Yurman, Lawson Gems

Top: Nordstrom Rack, Pants: J.Crew, Jacket: Sheinside, Flats: Steve Madden, Necklace: Neimans, Bracelets: Coach, Juicy Couture, C.Wonder, Rings: C.Wonder, David Yurman, Lawson Gems

:: Through the Windowpane ::

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: J.Crew, Vest: Stella Rae's, Clutch: Tory Burch, Heels: Aldo, Jewelry: Neiman Marcus, Beyond Baroque, Michael Kors, C.Wonder, J.Crew

Top: J.Crew (almost identical), Skirt: J.Crew, Vest: Stella Rae’s, Clutch: Tory Burch, Heels: Aldo (adore these), Jewelry: Neiman Marcus (fun option), Beyond Baroque, Michael Kors, C.Wonder, J.Crew (very old, from my favorite personal shopper)

B: What should I call this one?

T: Something with Urban Cowgirl. You’ve got the construction and your flannel on so I think you could do a play on words.

B: This isn’t flannel. It’s windowpane.

T: I guess that’s why they call it window pain?

And so, this post was born out of my love for J.Crew and Taylor’s knowledge of Eminem rap lyrics. An unlikely pair, an odd couple if you will, but one that somehow still works perfectly together. Will this be my Valentine’s outfit? I’ve been promised ice skating (I’m a total surprise ruiner – suggested it myself and was met with the “that was the plan” response), so no – sequins won’t do. The Chanel knee pads from the recent Paris show would be much more practical!

With snow and ice still on the ground here, I’m dreaming of the warmer temperatures we are predicted to have this weekend. Two years ago, I got the greatest teacher gift of all on my 23rd birthday – A SNOW DAY! This year, I’ll be equally excited to see the somewhat green remains (maybe brown is a better descriptor) underneath the snow and ice which is coating our red dirt. I’m no longer wishing for snow days, but warm weather so the show will go on (and I won’t be tempted to bring a space heater for my frigid bones). Maybe it’s a quarter-life crisis….or just the stirring of my soul. Who knows?

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:: I Love You a Latte ::

Being a downtown gal has plenty of perks, especially with numerous, delicious coffee shops on nearly every corner. At Flint, I always begin with a latte on Sunday, and to fill my caramel latte needs, there is a Starbucks a few blocks away in Bricktown. Just within the library is First Edition Cafe, where the coffees have the most gorgeous, intricate designs gracing the tip-top of the cup. Although, my new personal favorite is the vanilla latte from Kitchen 324. I’ve yet to try their Green Eggs and Ham, but the interior is just perfect with emerald booth seating and natural lighting pouring in. Seriously – you will adore it.

Plus, what Sunday uniform is complete without a latte in hand!

Top: J.Crew, Jeans: Joe's, Vest: Memento, Loafers: Zara, Bag: Kate Spade, Necklace: J.Crew

Top: J.Crew, Jeans: Joe’s, Vest: Memento, Loafers: Zara (sold out – these are close!), Bag: Kate Spade (old, but this is super cute!), Necklace: J.Crew (old – scoop up this one!)

:: Blanket Statement ::

With the past WEEK of snow, and the chill it brings, all I want to do is curl up by a fireplace (which I don’t have, but Flint does surrounding their bar) and Pinterest (not sure how they would feel about my flannel pj’s and laptop there…) with a giant blanket (which I’m now wearing as a scarf).

This year at Christmas, my nineteen-year-old sister and my mid-twenties self pretended like we weren’t absolutely dying to open a gift early, but conspired to do so anyways. I opened this scarf, and was SO excited on TOO many levels. Kurstyn thought I’d lost my mind… much like my twenty-second birthday.

Feelin’ 22? I was apparently feeling closer to forty-five. The only thing I really wanted? A crock pot. My sister was mortified. Clearly, she doesn’t remember where her favorite chicken tacos are cooked… Someday she will be twenty-two and soon she’ll understand that when it snows, there are three things you can depend on – Hunter boots to keep your feet dry, a blanket scarf to stay warm, and a crock pot to fill your body with home-cooked happiness.

Top: J.Crew, Jacket: H&M, Scarf: Zara, Jeans: Joe's, Boots: Hunter, Ring: Beyond Baroque

Top: J.Crew, Jacket: H&M, Scarf: Zara, Jeans: Joe’s, Boots: Hunter, Ring: Beyond Baroque

:: Little Red Riding Hood ::

I have been drooling over capes ever since Gwenyth Paltrow graced the red carpet in the most stunning gown I can ever recall. Not a piece of shimmer, not even a true color – pure white, with a breathtaking cape. Had they allowed me to, I would have worn a cape as my evening gown… but shockingly, it was dismissed instantly.

Since my cape gown dreams were crushed, I added capes of all colors, lengths and fabrics to my Christmas list! I especially love this one because it has an adorable faux-fur trimmed hood – reminding me of the ever so creepy tale which is Little Red Riding Hood. Had Red owned a pair of Hunter boots, I doubt the wolf would have been so keen on trying to take her out! These beauties are not only thick and durable, but I’ve worn them to work two days in a row and they are super comfortable – as long as you’re wearing thick socks. The only problem now is… what color next?!

P.S. I told you I would be wearing these boots all week!

Top: J.Crew, Cape: Sheinside, Jeans: Joe's, Boots: Hunter, Bag: Necklace: Anthropologie, Ring: Beyond Baroque

Top: J.Crew, Cape: Sheinside, Jeans: Joe’s, Boots: Hunter ℅ Taylor, Bag: Christopher Kon, Necklace: Anthropologie, Ring: Beyond Baroque

:: Snow Leopard ::

For Christmas, Taylor surprised me with these gorgeous tall, red Hunter boots. Of course, I couldn’t wait to wear them as I sloshed about town through rain and snow! So I waited. And waited. And WAITED. Over a month later, I finally got to pull them out of their precious box – and for once, he seemed quite excited to play photographer! Although, it meant he was crouched down in the snow, hanging onto Tallulah’s leash as she ran in and out of shots. Snow storm Nika is supposed to be a doozy, so I’ll be living in these beauties all week!

Top: J.Crew, Pants: J.Crew,

Top: J.Crew, Pants: J.Crew, Boots: Hunter, Coat: Sheinside, Bag: Anthropologie (old, but this is fun!), Necklace: Max & Chloe, Rings: David Yurman, Lawson Gems, C. Wonder