:: Unphotogenic Finds ::

This dress is the equivalent of The One with the Engagement Pictures. Much like Chandler’s smile, it looks great until a camera is pointed at it.

But really – this was an incredible Anthropology-sale-rack find for a whopping $20 a few weeks ago. I was in such shock that I ran around the store asking each of my new best friend’s in the dressing room area if they could find something wrong with it. A hole? A torn thread? A sensor that someone tried to pull off and it became saturated with ink?

Nothing. So it came home with me!

The accordion skirt and free flowing top half work so beautifully together and I have received a number of compliments. Plus, the colors work perfectly for any season – a must when you are a budget buyer! What do you wear that doesn’t photograph well?!   

Dress // Anthropologie

Booties // H&M

Bracelet // Tory Burch

Necklace // Kendra Scott

:: Basic ::

These past few weeks have been craaaaaay and I have put so little effort into my outfits. Praise the Lord for the Stylebook app to at least help me keep it semi-together throughout the week.

While wedding planning should be a breeze for an organized and decisive person, it’s such a huge pain to try to get all my vendors on my schedule and to communicate effectively via e-mail.

All I have to say is – pass the wine.

It’s looks like this that help me save time in the morning when I’m wiped out, and I have probably worn this exact, basic outfit for almost a week straight. Just swap out this vest for a different one, add a jacket, change the shoes – no one will ever know!

 Top // J. Crew

Pants // J. Crew Pixie Pants

Vest // Bloomingdale’s

Booties // Sole Society

Bag // Tory Burch

:: Dress Code Violation ::

During this indecisive (but oh so welcome!) Dallas weather, I’ve been going back and forth between the pants and skirts rack in my closet. I love this graphic tee and based the entire look around it. Soft, pink meets my favorite edgy jacket? Yes. The midi skirt is my newest pal, as it allows me to cover enough of my skin so that I won’t get frost bite, yet still have the comfort and flexibility of not having to wear pants. Plus, it can be tough to look work appropriate and stay stylish – but for me, this skirt does the trick.

I was always getting called out for my skirts being too short in school, so this style would have been filling my closet in 2003. Whether they were too short or not, the shaming of young women and their clothing of choice is very real and unfortunately happens all too often. Sure, for every woman dressing appropriately, I’m sure there is another dressed scandalously – but the young girl in the article here was not among those. I just read this article about a girl in Utah who was asked to cover her shoulders at a school dance, and subsequently shamed. Take a look and let me know if you think her dress was inappropriate…

In the grand scheme of world problems, I understand that this is perhaps not the most imperative of issues facing us. However, requiring a student to wear a gigantic neon yellow shirt with “DRESS CODE VIOLATION” emblazoned upon it is only going to further the relational aggression we see taking place in our schools. How can we close the achievement gap if students in appropriate clothes, which cover themselves, are unable to focus because they are wearing a “shame suit?”

Just my rambling thoughts on a Thursday morning. This is not a fully formed opinion, but the article hit home for me – and I’m sure for many other fashion bloggers, working professionals, and students just trying to get through high school day by day.

What are your thoughts?

 

Top // J. Crew

Skirt // Top Shop

Jacket // Stella Rae’s

Booties // H&M

:: Caped Crusader ::

If there is one trend I’m the most obsessed with, it’s definitely the cape!

I can vividly remember an early dance class – somewhere in the four or five-year-old range. We were allowed (back in that day – encouraged!) to wear our Halloween costumes to dance class. I adored going to dance class for two reasons – the first being that our classes were held at St. Gregory’s University. It was absolutely the most dramatically mysterious and romantic location I had ever seen (from the exterior) and I was certain that I would someday have a lavish wedding on its rooftop.

Kate Middleton totally stole my wedding, but I still get to claim a rooftop.

The second reason I loved dance class was my one-of-a-kind teacher who ensured we felt special (even that mean girl who tried to push me off the stage). She was brilliant and knew that there was just one way to maintain the attention of five-year-olds while waiting in a line – being allowed to practice our turns by wearing a crown on top of our heads.

I would have stood there all day just for that. Anyways, my parents asked me what I wanted to be for Halloween (big mistake) and just like the year I decided I wanted a pink poodle for Christmas (an item which I totally made up, yet Karen still found) – I threw them a curve ball.

Batgirl.

In 1994, there were few female super heroes to dress up as. Boys had loads of options and Alicia Silverstone had yet to make her Batgirl debut. Much like putting on an evening gown or a pair of really well-made shoes, a cape can make all the difference in how you feel.

I recently received a compliment from a man on my cape (he called it a poncho but whatevs). It’s pretty rare for a man to compliment my sartorial selections, so in my opinion – he can call it a cape, poncho or blanket for all I care! When a fella notices something which is covering up your body even more than normal – and appreciates it – we call that a win. I’m sure it goes back to that excellent Betsey Johnson quote.

“Girls do not dress for boys. Girls dress for themselves, and of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys, they’d just walk around naked at all times.”

So laaaaaaaaadies, throw that cape on and go shatter your glass ceiling!

Top // J. Crew

Jeans // Joe’s

Cape // Anthropologie

Booties // Sole Society

Bracelet // Have had it so long, couldn’t tell ya!

:: Light as a Feather ::

Over the break, Taylor talked me into seeing “A Christmas Carol.” I’m not sure if it’s the ghosts or the grumpiness, but I’ve never been much of a fan. However, we had a great lunch plus wine (at noon!),  so I was totally game.

Yeaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh.

We left our fabulous, warm lunch at Savor – complete with amazing people watching from inside the fully glass-encased building. Then the cold air slapped me right in the face! The day turned out to be colder than a polar bear’s toe nails, but that couldn’t stop me from donning my new favorite feathered friend.

Remember when I said I didn’t like “A Christmas Carol?” Believe it or not – I was wrong! Dallas Theater Center puts on one heck of a show and made “A Christmas Carol” really fun. The show was only two hours total so there was no intermission (bonus!), and I love a good theatre in the round! Aside from the fight I almost got in at the entry (whoops),  it was a looooovely experience!

 

Top // Anthropologie

Pants // J. Crew

Shoes // Sole Society

Jacket // Sheinside

Bag // Nordstrom

:: Black Friday ::

This may come as a shock to you, but I really love shopping. (Ha!) It is the ultimate challenge – and I especially get an adrenaline rush from searching for the perfect pieces at the perfect prices. Tonight I am certain my mom was proud as I laid out all of the cash back deals on eBates and the discounts being given from Black Friday to Cyber Monday.

Taylor and I shop very differently. He walks into a store, looks at two options, and immediately selects, purchases and leaves with his favorite. I however, will essentially stalk items until I find the best sale, and rarely purchase anything at full price. That just takes the fun out of it!

So, while the truly dedicated are out on Black Friday, I will be sitting behind my computer, patiently biding my time until I find exactly what I am looking for. I’ll also be donning black on black in honor of my fellow shoppers. Good luck, my friends!

 

Skirt // Adrianna Papell

Jacket // Zara

Top // J.Crew

Shoes // Kenneth Cole

Necklace // Max & Chloe

Watch // Toy Watch

 

 

:: Valentino goes with Everything ::

These shoes are among my favorites. The story of how they found their forever home is another one of my favorites.

When I went to the Bahamas with Taylor’s family last January, we were pretty bummed (by we I mean his mom and I) to only have one day of sunshine out of the five we were there. The boys weren’t too concerned – we were at Atlantis and the casino was able to keep their attention for hours at a time.

Each night after dinner, I would join them, pick a number, and embarrassingly shout for that number no matter if it was one we had a bet on or not. Clearly not my first game of craps, but obviously I’ve always played the same way.

Between the three Robertson men, they are mathematic geniuses, and my preschool math capabilities can’t keep up with their odds-calculating minds. While I always join them in Vegas for the game, I don’t go consistently enough to be all that fantastic. I squeezed between the guys, Taylor’s dad gave me a few chips to play with, and I followed along – being coached the entire way.

An hour passed, two hours passed, and my chips began to rack up. Two hundred, three hundred… we were on a roll! Once I hit the target which I knew was in sight, I stepped back and announced that I was done.

Taylor looked at me a little baffled as to why I would stop – but it was getting late, and I had exactly what I wanted. Enough chips to go home and purchase the infamous Valentino Rockstuds!

 

 

 

Shoes // Valentiono

Top // Stella Rae’s

Jeans // Gap

Bag // Kate Spade

Necklace // Max & Chloe

Bracelet Watch // Anthropologie

:: Highs in the Sixties Style ::

Many, many moons ago, I wanted to be a meteorologist. I’ve always been fascinated by weather, but that’s a typical Oklahoman for you. It wasn’t until I took a Severe and Unsual Weather course in college that I realized my interest in weather would just have to stay that – an interest.

Shockingly – becoming a meteorologist involved a significant amount of math to understand the science, and that was before the big STEM push for girls. So, while weather makes for excellent small talk, I often bring it up because I am just completely amazed at the way it works – particularly in this part of the country.

This outfit is a bit of a throwback to our Napa days (my favorite days ever), but it could easily have been worn here in Dallas when we reached a high of seventy degrees on Thursday. Yet – it snowed on Sunday night.

I like my weather like I like my outfits – unpredictable!

 

Dress: Lulu’s

Booties: Shoe Mint

Necklace: H&M

Bag: C. Wonder

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:: Sweater Weather ::

Oklahoma got a snow day – Dallas was just flat-out cold.

We spent (semi-snowy) Sunday recovering from being wedding weekend warriors (think that brings us to lucky number seven this year) and catching up on work. Taylor and I argue over who has the better neighborhood constantly, but Sunday he brought his A game.

Less than a block away, he located the most incredible coffee/wine shop which felt like my little piece of Oklahoma in the middle of Dallas. We walked in and it was perfect. Warm air hit my face and a sea of comfortable couches filled my eyes. The latte was incredible, the football game was playing (silently!!!), and I was in heaven. Plus, any barista who can make latte designs will keep my business.

While it was freezing (literally) out, this sweater practically acted as a coat! In our home, we didn’t wear coats growing up. When you’re heading to a mall, the last thing you want to do is lug around a big coat. So we either required our driver to drop us off (that’s what dads are for) or ran from the car to the door.

If you’ve seen me run, take a moment to soak that image in. If you haven’t, click here.

 

Sweater // Urban Outfitters

Jeans // Joe’s

Boots // Tory Burch

Bag // Kate Spade

 

:: All Tassel, No Hassle ::

Have you ever spotted something and decided right then and there that it belonged in your life?

That’s how I felt the minute I met Taylor, but this dress falls into that category too. I thought it was the perfect Fall/Spring dress which I could literally wear with more things than I can begin to count. Obviously when you are a fashion lover in a non-profit world, this means you have hit the jackpot.

If Heaven is what I hope it to be, it smells exactly like Anthropologie. The store is having a major moment right now and there is little that I am not fawning over. This dress is the perfect storm in my book – grey (my new black), soft, a unique accessory of tassels and a funky cut. What’s not to love?!

While the dress is a hit across the board, I’ve had a lot of mixed reviews on this vest. Say what you like, but if looking like a Sesame Street character means staying warm when your city goes from 90 degrees to 35 degrees in the same week – you might be looking into a full-length version yourself.

Dress // Anthropologie

Vest // Bloomingdale’s

Booties // Shoe Mint

Bag // C. Wonder

Necklace // Guess

Ring // David Yurman