:: 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!

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:: 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!

 

:: 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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:: Fiddle Dee Dee ::

I grew up in the era of Ren and Stimpy, when Kel was professing his undying love for Orange Soda, and a boy was sneaking into Clarissa’s bedroom while she explained it all. And we wonder what’s wrong with Lindsay Lohan! Clearly, I wasn’t allowed to watch any of these shows – but that was ok (with the exception of Friends, I totally snuck upstairs and kept the volume on low to see if Ross and Rachel were EVER going to end up together). While most of my friends kept up with Nickelodeon, I was being… different.

When I invited my friends over, I always suggested we re-enact the entire four hours of glory that is Gone With the Wind. I, of course, would play Scarlett O’Hara – wearing the blue frock I donned for a class field trip to Rose Hill School (it was at this moment that I told my mom the corset wasn’t tight enough, and she promptly informed me it was a belt, not a corset…. dreams crushed!), though the bonnet we were forced to wear was not included in my Scarlett attire. I would take an old dress-up hat (very Kentucky Derby), and wrap a swimsuit sarong around it, securing it in a perfect bow just under my chin. I know. You’re wondering how some 1999 Rhett Butler didn’t just sweep me off my feet. I’m baffled as well.

When I spotted this skirt, my childhood dreams came flashing back. I could just picture myself in the full, emerald velvet skirt with golden tassels hanging from my seventeen-inch waist. Maybe I don’t have that seventeen-inch waist, but I am the proud new owner of a gorgeous, full, modern-day Scarlett O’Hara inspired skirt.

And I didn’t even have to ruin my mother’s drapes for it!

Sweater: BCBG, Skirt: Chic Wish, Heels: Steve Madden, Necklace: Gifted, Bag: Vintage Chanel,

Sweater: BCBG (old, similar), Skirt: Chic Wish, Heels: Aldo (similar), Necklace: Gifted, Bag: Vintage Chanel, Watch: Michael Kors

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:: 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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:: 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 ::

:: Foxy ::

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…

Top: Old Navy, Pants: Target, Bag: Kate Spade, Heels: Aldo, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: C.Wonder,  Bracelets: J.Crew, Playa Del Carmen Straw Market find, Gift

Top: Old Navy, Pants: Target, Bag: Kate Spade, Heels: Aldo, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: C.Wonder, Bracelets: J.Crew, Playa Del Carmen Straw Market find, Gift

:: important business ::

:: important business ::

:: 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 – I taught preschool. Happened all the time. Then, I lost my voice. I was so confused, but Karen hit the nail on the head – I 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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