:: Best Dressed ::

When I was in high school, I was awarded the senior superlative of “Best Dressed.” (I really wanted a different superlative, but honestly probably would have been devastated if my attempt at expressing myself sartorially had gone unnoticed and let’s be honest – I’m nice, but I’ve never been referred to as “a sweet girl.”)

Of course, for the yearbook photo I selected the most ridiculous of basic outfits. We’re talking jeans, a tunic and if I remember correctly, rhinestoned moccasins. Ok. Maybe it wasn’t all basic (and definitely not stylish).

I remember being asked a question and the answer was to be recorded in the yearbook as well. “What celebrity’s style best describes your style?”

Um… I remember immediately thinking that no one’s style really fit mine. So instead I just picked a pretty celebrity (because at seventeen no one else cares what celebrities wear, as much as they care about their physical appearance).

Recently, the same question was posed to me (albeit, minus the celebrity piece), asking me to describe my personal style. At the ripe old age of twenty-six, I’ve finally realized that my style is consistently inconsistent. Sure, there are basic elements of style I love, but in the grand scheme of things – my style is that of who I want to embody that day.

To sum it up – I prefer to play dress up. Every. Single Day.

And so my friends, that is why you should join me at Buffalo Creek Boutique in Allen/Fairview, Texas THIS SATURDAY, March 21st between 2 and 4 pm. Enjoy the Sip and Style Tour with light bites, libations, and this Okie girl getting her true Texas style on.

Join the Facebook Group here and I hope to see you this Saturday!

Top // J. Crew

Pants // Zara

Jacket // Sheinside

Booties // H&M

Necklace // Kendra Scott

Speaking of dress up… this rainy weather has me craving color, but I’m clinging to my all black ensemble while it’s still appropriate!

 

:: Put a Bow on it ::

I’ve always had an affinity for gift wrapping. Every Christmas my mom puts together a theme for the presents under the tree and lucky for us, she’s never let up on that little bit of Christmas magic. From bows and ribbon to tissue paper and wrapping paper – I love it all.

When I found this bow on ASOS, it brought a flood of happiness to my heart. I didn’t have hair until I was three, so I certainly never got into the bow-wearing thing, but a giant bow that is versatile enough to be worn with ANY top?! Sign me up!

 

Top // Equipment

Pants // J. Crew Pixie

Booties // H&M

Bow // ASOS

Bag // Kate Spade

Rings // H&M

:: More than 2 Chainz ::

It’s clear by now that you know I have a problem an affinity when it comes to jewelry. I’ve been layering for so many years, that it shouldn’t have surprised me when I was told I had scoliosis in the seventh grade.

Of course, at the ripe age of thirteen, I had no idea what it was and was certain I would die soon, but that little spine curvature hasn’t stopped me from much. I’m still kickin’ and still stackin’! When the Courtney Bib popped up on Bauble Bar I felt like I had found the holy grail of jewelry. Sure, it weighs the same amount as the prize watermelon at the county fair. However – every girl needs more than 2 Chainz in a statement piece!

 

Dress > Forever 21, Top > J. Crew, Necklace > Bauble Bar, Heels > Aldo, Clutch > , Bracelets >

Dress > Forever 21 (similar), Top > J. Crew (similar), Necklace > Bauble Bar, Heels > Aldo, Clutch > Christopher Kon, Bracelets > Anthropologie, C. Wonder (similar)

 

 

P.S. Thanks for all the welcome-back-you’re-not-alone-hang-in-there-your-thirties-are-worse messages! I couldn’t ask for better family, friends and complete strangers!

:: These Are My Confessions ::

I love donuts. Like, will eat a dozen if left alone with the box. My favorite drink is red, red wine. By the fourth of every month, my “shopping budget” is almost always kaput. My only motivation for doing cardio is fitting into my spring/summer 2010-2014 wardrobe watching Game of Thrones. I could be on hoarders if they ever found my costume jewelry collection.

 

These are just a few of my not so fabulous habits.

 

Isn’t it so easy to not love yourself? The day we took these photos, the wind was hitting 30 mph, plus it was hot. My boyfriend jeans were looking more “mom” than “boyfriend” and my necklace kept slapping me in the face. Are you really that surprised when I tell you that I wasn’t being my best self? After an unsuccessful go at using positivity to encourage me, Taylor gave in and took me for a Sangria pitcher.

Problem momentarily solved.

 

The past few months have been full of peaks and valleys (more valleys, and clearly – I wasn’t up to blogging at that time), and I was struggling to love myself. Call it a quarter-life crisis if you will, but I’m back and we’ll focus on moving forward and keeping up the as-expensive-as-therapy-hot-yoga, rather than being dark and twisty. No one tells you that your twenties are hard – but they are! People don’t actually travel Europe for months at a time, or have the money to be social every night, or buy everything they pin -AND, it’s not easy to make friends after college either. My friend Chelsie says it best, so go here for what I’m talking about. Social media gives us this opportunity to essentially “frame” our lives with all the cool places we are going and all the fun things we are doing. But no one posts what they look like when they’re late for work and their dog has had an accident the size of its four pound body. Because life happens.

 

And so for that reason, I’m giving you my confessions. Because – life! And – donuts!

 

Top: Kate Spade, Jeans: Gap, Bag: Kate Spade, Heels: Aldo, Necklace: Neiman Marcus, Rings: David Yurman, mom find, Bracelets: C. Wonder, Anthropologie, Coach

Top: Kate Spade, Jeans: Gap, Bag: Kate Spade, Heels: Aldo, Necklace: Neiman Marcus, Rings: David Yurman, mom find, Bracelets: C. Wonder, Anthropologie, Coach

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P.S. – I missed you all!

 

:: Weekend Wear ::

There are some outfits I wear over and over and over again – and somehow my friends love me enough to pretend that they don’t notice. While my favorite weekend wear consists of an oversized red Hotel Del Mar sweatshirt or my white and pink fancy floral sweats (unfortunately – sometimes together), every now and then I must leave home.

Hence, the boyfriend jeans making their come back! Whether worn with sparkly loafers (which keep my toes toasty!) or a fun heel – these are my go-to’s. Sure, I know they aren’t the most flattering pants on earth – but at the end of the day, prying peeling those skinny jeans off is not enjoyable. You’re in the closet, while your legs get caught up in the attempted escape of the second-skin-like tightness surrounding your ankles, tumbling over yourself and into a wall of dagger-like heels…. Let’s be real – it just isn’t safe!

Then again, how often do we choose function over fashion? I know I’m not the only one who has had a near-death like experience with skinny jeans!

Top: Forever 21, Coat: Sheinside, Jeans: Gap Boyfriend, Loafers: Steve Madden, Bag: Vintage Chanel

Top: Forever 21 (old – love this option!), Coat: Sheinside, Jeans: Gap Boyfriend, Loafers: Ugg (on super sale!!), Bag: Vintage Chanel, Necklace: Pinterest?

P.S. I am currently seeking a web designer – any takers out there?!

:: 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

:: 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


:: Boyfriend (Jeans) of the Year ::

Today we have a special guest blogger… my photographer/manfriend/future attorney/person who makes me laugh when he’s not disagreeing with me. He’s kind of funny and pretty handsome, so take a peek at what was ghost written for Britan!

When Britan first told me about this whole fashion-photo-website idea, I honestly thought it was a bit silly.  Pictures. Of Clothes. On the Internet. I’m not the most informed person about social media–I have no idea what or who Pinterest is, I don’t look at other people’s selfies posted on Instagram, and I deleted my Facebook account prior to law school because I found myself creeping on people rather than “social networking.” Fashion blogging, however, was created for B.

Unfortunately, photography was not created for me. Before this whole enterprise, I had more pictures on my phone of my Bengal cat than anything else (yes, that’s a real thing), and I had not used an actual camera in about ten years. Who has two thumbs and a mother that scrapbooked every year from preschool to college? This guy. I’m not a camera guy when it comes to either side of the lens. In fact, you want the best line ever to get out of a photograph?  “Oh no, I’m sorry, my parole officer can’t know I’m here.” Works. Every. Time.

As it turns out, though, I’m actually rather good at taking B’s picture. Seriously. After all, you’re still reading this blog, aren’t you? And I’ve been on the other end of that camera since the beginning–usually sitting on my ass on a Sunday morning before fantasy football begins. That is some true love and dedication–I mean, I really really really enjoy fantasy football. And, for those of you keeping score at home, my phone now  has a total of 426 photos–311 of them are fashion photos of B. Accordingly, I came up with the title: “Boyfriend (Jeans) of the Year.” Clever enough that she changed the original title I was allowed to work from.

All that to say–this “holiday season” (defined as the 86 days that include Christmas, B’s birthday, Valentine’s day, and our four-year anniversary), don’t forget about the photographer behind the magic. Otherwise, I’m putting a stop to all of this inter-web photo-gram book-face stuff.

Top: Loft, Jeans: Gap, Heels: Aldo, Necklace: GroopDealz, Bag: J.Crew (old, similar here), Rings: C.Wonder, David Yurman, Bracelet: Necklace used as bracelet (similar here)

Top: Loft, Jeans: Gap (they do stretch out A LOT, so beware! Super comfortable, but huge in the waist!), Heels: Aldo (old, simply adore these, but can actually afford these), Necklace: GroopDealz, Bag: J.Crew (old, similar here), Rings: C.Wonder, David Yurman, Bracelet: Necklace used as bracelet (similar here)

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:: Sorority Staples & Twenty-Something Things ::

The other day, a friend visited my sorority house (wait, I don’t still live there?!), and mentioned how funny she found it that everyone was basically wearing the same thing. Probably the same outfit from the other 10 sororities at OU – what some might call the “sorority uniform.” Nike running shorts and a Pi Phi t-shirt? No. Too cold. It was the first chilly day and everyone had their long, wavy hair hanging over a Columbia half-zip, with their Uggs hugging their leggings. In college, comfort is key, so the outfit is an obvious choice. My friends never understood me, and probably stopped claiming me at some point, but I just never fit in with the sorority wear – even though it was clearly my whole life.

To be perfectly honest, it wasn’t because I hated comfort and warmth, but because I knew the Uggs and leggings look or Nike shorts and tennis shoes (Hold up – have any of my non-Miss Oklahoma friends ever seen me in tennis shoes? I rest my case.) merely weren’t flattering on me. Believe me – I loved fashion, but the walk to Gaylord (the closest campus building and fortunately, the Journalism college) was just toooo far when the wind whipped your face. Tough decisions…

Yes, there is definitely a sorority style seen on many women. However, there is an outfit that is totally twenty-something too and I’m wearing it now:  the plaid button down, paired with jeans, tall boots and the ever popular fur vest. Just like sorority women, perhaps we do not all wear this, but you’ll see it on an awful lot of us. It was my Thanksgiving-wear (the boyfriend jeans are so stretchy that I’m going to have to have them altered about three sizes smaller – bummer!), and is easy go-to. What styles or trends do you always see or associate as the twenty-something uniform?!

P.S. These jeans were the perfect pick on Thanksgiving, as I stuffed my face with my dad’s famous creole-butter injected fried turkey. If you’re not eating a fried turkey on Thanksgiving, you might as well not even watch the Macy’s Day Parade (sure it’s Thanksgiving, but it’s Macy’s big day) and put the Christmas tree back in the attic!

Top: J.Crew, Vest: Stella Rae's, Jeans: asldkj, Boots: Tory Burch, Bag: C.Wonder, Necklace: Zara, Rings: C.Wonder, David Yurman, Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James

Top: J.Crew, Vest: Stella Rae’s, Jeans: Too tired to look at the brand – ha!, Boots: Tory Burch, Bag: C.Wonder, Necklace: Zara, Rings: C.Wonder, David Yurman, Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James

Meet Tallulah – full of kisses and the occasional nose bite.

Truly at home in my family’s front yard – all five acres of it.

:: Favorite Find ::

Once upon a time, my friend Becca and I decided to give the  Tulsa Vintage Show a whirl. My eyes fell open when I saw the piles upon piles of discarded baubles. I picked up a rhinestone bracelet for a mere $10, feeling as though I had swindled someone. After dragging Becca up and down every aisle, grabbing a navy and green plaid blazer, and a few more pieces of jewelry… we found hidden treasure. Vintage furs in every earthy hue the eye could imagine. Loving animals, we merely admired at first, imagining the women of the sixties who must have worn them.

As Becca tried one on, we couldn’t believe how gorgeous they really were, envisioning ourselves at a grown up tea party. I slipped a stole on and caught a glimpse at the inside – where MY MONOGRAM was found! I squealed – audibly, and immediately bought my new (vintage) mink stole. For the price I paid, I am almost certain it must be faux, and being an animal lover as well, I would always choose faux. However, this beautiful stole was literally calling my name, and I would much rather see it go to a smoke-free, loving home, than in a crowded, moth-ball filled closet.

For this look, I decided to pull together all of my favorite things. Leopard, faux leather, fur (typically faux as well) and of course – black. The Skirvin was decorated so beautifully, but the gorgeous lit trees did not want to cooperate with photography. It is lovely at all times of year, but especially during the holiday season. If you have a chance to make it down there, do so!

Top: J.Crew, Pants: Zara, Heels: Aldo, Fur: Vintage, Bag: C.Wonder, Necklaces: Vintage, J.Crew, Ring: David Yurman

Top: J.Crew, Pants: Zara (similar) Heels: Aldo (old, similar here), Fur: Vintage, Bag: C.Wonder (sold out, but similar version here), Necklaces: Vintage, J.Crew (similar), Ring: David Yurman

:: meant to be ::

:: meant to be ::