There may not be a better feeling than realizing an entire outfit costs less than your watch or bag. This is one of those outfits! I picked up this sweater, and a lamb version as well, last year when it hit Old Navy – what an amazing find! THEN as I was perusing Target the other day, I happened upon this pair of camo pants, in exactly my size, and for a whopping $12. I have been searching for a good pair of cheap camo pants for at least a year, knowing that I did not want to spend a lot on something that I may change my mind about later. It’s rare to see me pick up a truly fad-ish item, but they are pretty bold, and not in the vegan leather pants or foiled snake print way. The last time I wore a pair of camo print pants was when I first began competing in Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen. You can read about it here, but I wouldn’t dare post a photo. After calling a local director, baffled as to how I didn’t place in his pageant, he told my mom exactly why. The dance costume was too scandalous. Now listen ya’ll, I don’t have a scandalous bone in my body, so that gave us a great big ol’ laugh for weeks! Fortunately, there’s a new way to wear camo pants, and hopefully this way will not offend anyone…
I was born to brunch. It’s by far my favorite meal, for several reasons. During the two years I lived in Tulsa, brunch became T and I’s thing. Since he was in law school, it was more difficult for him to head north, so I added thousands of miles to my car to make it work – typically trekking to the city on Sundays. (I know you’re reading this in the middle of class, so you can’t object to the miles I accumulated during this relationship!) We bounced from brunch to brunch, and I can rattle off the specials or mimosa price on nearly every menu in town. Now that we live less than 150 miles away from each other, we hit up Flint on Sundays. During Fantasy Football season (yes, I know – technically NFL season, but clearly we have to watch multiple different players and not just one specific team), we had to find a place that would give us great food, good prices, a convenient location, a television, and be able to get us out of there by a 12:05 kickoff.
Thus, we found our brunch home at Flint. My personal favorite spot is at the bar, sitting in front of the fire. But that’s because fireplaces hold a special place in my heart. As a child, I used our fireplace as my stage – dancing, singing, and occasionally pretending I was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. In college, Josh and I would settle up with our laptops and student organization work by the not one, but TWO fireplaces in Pi Phi, which Mom Mindy often joined us to enjoy. If you ever make it to this little gem in the Colcord, do yourself a favor and order the berry compote topped brioche French Toast, Farmers’ Biscuits and Gravy, and if it’s there – the pancake special. You’ll be so content with fullness that you’ll need a mid-day nap. Aren’t those the best?!
I know we’re going to eat a little more than usual on our Sunday fun days, so here is what I throw on to leave a little room for my favorite weekly tradition!
Good morning! I’ve been up since 4:30 am (boo!), but all for a good reason – off to sunny San Diego to see one of my oldest friends, and my role model growing up, get married! Though it was pitch black and maybe forty-nine degrees in Oklahoma City this morning, we’re looking forward to highs in the upper seventies. This ought to thaw out our weather-shocked bodies in no time!
I know I said black is my favorite color, but leopard is a close second. It’s a neutral, according to Jenna Lyons (President and Creative Director of J.Crew), and I couldn’t agree more. Though you can pair it with basically anything, It can be tricky to find the right leopard pieces, without looking like you stepped out of a Limited Too catalogue. (Is that still around? Or did Justice take over the little people population? My PreK students LOVED those bedazzled shirts!) One must be strategic in their leopard selection – and when I saw this pair of linen leopard shorts, I knew I couldn’t leave J.Crew without them. They really do have THE best customer service. And I’m not just saying that because my best friend was a personal shopper at J.Crew throughout college. Though they were on the sale rack, and not a pair in my size to be found, a pair was ordered, I still received my discount and they were shipped to me FOR FREE! Clearly, leopard lady dreams DO come true!
Growing up, everything had an outfit. We trekked to Dallas to be dressed up at Animal Crackers, as my dad sat in the single multi-colored chair outside the dressing rooms, clutching his calculator and deciding which outfits and matching accessories would come home with us. It was so simple to dress back then – you knew what went together, no doubts about it. Sometimes, simple is the best way, but I was so elated to wear this skirt for a night out that I was overthinking what to pair it with. A plain black top? Statement necklace? Bright heels? Lamb sweatshirt?
And then I remembered my leopard peplum top. Yes. How could I have made it so difficult? I tucked it into the skirt, layered three shades of pink MAC lipstick (because I think I am a mean mixologist – ooh and because their lipstick just smells so amazing), and headed downstairs. As we snapped a few photos on the way to dinner (bummer the lighting isn’t better!), even my manfriend said this was a new favorite outfit of his. Winner, Winner,
Chicken Steak Dinner.