:: Dallas Cowgirl ::

Let’s first clarify that I am not claiming to be a Texan. I suppose it’s kind of like the first time you refer to your college residence as “home,” when on the phone with your mom. You are promptly reminded that the city you currently live in is not “home.” It will never be “home,” because let’s be honest – home is where your mom is.

Now, do I love Dallas? Yes. Surprisingly, I’m far more attached to it than I was to Tulsa, but perhaps have not met it with the same admiration I had for Oklahoma City. To be frank, a lot of that had, and currently has, to do with the exact part of town I get to claim as my little piece.

This little part, my neck of the woods city, has quaint homes, quiet sidewalks, and a dover of ducks. Seriously – loads of them and the cutest ducklings! I’m just removed enough from downtown (too much for me), and uptown (if you’re feelin 22), but a quick run to my favorite shops is not far enough to be out of the question.

People are friendly, everyone has a dog, and no one has seemed to mind too much that I am using their front porch as a photo op. However, I do have one neighbor who runs outside to frighten the ducks off his lawn, only to go back inside as they settle in on his green grass for the day. He then returns to his stationary bicycle – which can of course be seen through the front window

So, here I am in my new cowgirl-esque booties –  fit for an Oklahoma soul who still dresses up as a Dallas cowgirl from time to time.

 

Dress: Gap (no longer available – ADORE and NEED this one!)

Shoes: Shoe Mint

Bag: C. Wonder

Necklace: J. Crew (and on sale!)

Rings: David Yurman, ℅ Lawson Gems

My favorite outfit circa 1996, minus the perm. Be glad you missed out on that part.

My favorite outfit circa 1996, minus the perm. Be glad you missed out on that part.

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:: Palm Trees + Eighty Degrees ::

More than a year ago, Taylor’s mom sent me a photo of a dress that she immediately knew was right up my alley.

The white sleeveless dress from Zara boasted the brightest, multi-colored palm trees scattered across it. Without a Zara in Oklahoma, and knowing their sizes can run a bit funky, I let my neon dream go.

Until I just so happened to stumble upon it on Sheinside, and ordered it for a whopping $28! At that price, I could order three and it wouldn’t be the same amount as the one from Zara. Needless to say, it came in and I loved it.

Moral of the story: If you don’t mind waiting 2-3 weeks, can measure yourself in centimeters, and understand fabrics well enough to know what will and will not look cheap/be see through, you can always order from a rando website in Hong Kong.

 

Dress // Sheinside

Shoes // Sole Society

Necklace // Similar at J.Crew Factory

:: Put the Lime in the Coconut ::

Remember that time I went to Mexico? Yep, we are still on those photos.

I was lucky enough to score this dress on major sale from J.Crew back in August, and have since been wearing it non-stop. It has a great sack-style fit, plus pockets. I’ve belted it, stacked jewelry on it, and toned it down with neutrals. Still can’t decide if it is lime green or yellow, but considering I own one piece of yellow (see previous cover-up), we’re going to call it green.

The sun was so gorgeous the night we took these photos, but the light just wouldn’t cooperate. Or maybe we are both just still amateurs when it comes to understanding the right setting for the camera. Imagine how bright you think this dress might be, then multiply it by 1,000 times the brightness of the sun. The only game changer here would be if it glowed in the dark… WHY DOESN’T IT GLOW IN THE DARK?!

Personally, I think T just liked it because it reminds him of the bright yellow tone of highlighter which littered his law school books. No love lost over those days here!

 

 

 

Dress // J.Crew

Shoes // Sole Society (best price ever!)

Bracelets // Anthropologie, C. Wonder

Rings // Beyond Baroque, H&M

Right before we thought we would die going 100 mph on Mexico’s highways in a top-heavy van.

 

:: Mellow Yellow ::

We are still on vacation photos… because we can. My favorite day in Cabo was the day that we did absolutely nothing. Seriously – nothing!

After breakfast with our favorite waiter, we headed out to the pool to be the wildest people there. If you know the four of us, you clearly understand that we collectively average about eighty-five (years-old) when it comes to the party scale. Mojitos in hand, we recorded ourselves on the GoPro, talked about the bar exam (oh, well… three of the four did), and sampled everything the swim up bar had to offer. Someone really enjoyed the hot dogs rather than fresh fish tacos, but he shall remain unnamed…

At seven, we realized that we were hungry again, but had no desire to put any effort into our looks. Therefore, we opted for the al fresco buffet. Sitting in wet swimsuits, we again ate like kings because – ALL INCLUSIVE! We hit the hot tub and listened to a local band sing incredible covers of American songs where all the letter j filled songs were silent.

It was awesome.

 

 

Monogrammed Bathing Suit //Itzy Tripzy Baby

Cover-up // Juicy Couture (old, lots of cover-up options here)

Sandals // Steve Madden (similar)

Hat // J.Crew Factory (out of stock, similar here)

:: Maxed Out ::

So here are a few photos from our first evening in Cabo. That is of course, after a day of Aero Mexico arguments.

Remember when we had an issue with an unbelievable delay? That was not the end of our problems. Taylor sat on the phone with Aero Mexico from the time we hit security until the time we boarded the plane. Since we were not taking the original flight, they intended to cancel our return reservation. It was in that moment that I was very thankful to be dating an attorney (who just telepathically corrected my sentence  to include the phrase “pending his passage of the bar exam.”)

Taylor ensured that we had a flight home, and we spent the rest of our week relaxing, laying out near the pool, reading, and someone of non-hispanic descent (clearly not me) got burned. It’s a different sun down there! Fast forward to the end of our stay, as Taylor tries to check us in to our flights. What a surprise when our reservation did not exist! He then spent the good majority of our last day on the phone with Aero Mexico, with no guarantee that we would be able to board the flight previously purchased.

Fortunately, we were bailed out and flown home. Thank goodness – paradise could have gotten really expensive really quickly!

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Dress // Stella Rae’s

Belt // J.Crew

Bag // Gift

Bracelet // Nordstrom