:: Knot Bad ::

People. It’s cold out there. However, a Thundersnow storm could not keep us from brunching, even if we were still freezing by the fireplace!

I love nothing more than combining comfort with chic, and layering up with a turban headband, multiple pearls, a warm faux leather/shearling coat, plus my trusty Hunters did the trick. I searched high and low over eight months for the perfect turban headband, nearly giving up after numerous stores did not have what I was seeking. I’m an online shopper, but when it comes to things or brands I am less familiar with – I’ve gotta try it on!

I took a gamble on an Etsy shop, The Hairess, and was so very pleased with the product! It totally goes with everything, and fixes any bad bangs days (PRAISE THE LORD). Looks like we’ll be seeing  a lot of this little gem in the future…

Coat: Dillard's (Kensie), Pants: J.Crew, Boots: Hunter, Gloves: H&M, Turban Headband: The Hairess, Necklaces: Both J.Crew

Coat: Dillard’s (recent), Pants: J.Crew, Boots: Hunter, Gloves: H&M, Turban Headband: The Hairess (I have my eyes on the grey velvet one next!), Necklaces: Both J.Crew (similar)

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:: Easy Like Sunday Morning ::

Top: Forever 21, Jeans: Gap, Bag: Kate Spade (old, love this one), Shoes: Sole Society (gone, but similar!), Necklace: J.Crew,

There is just something about downtown on a sunny  afternoon that makes it even more perfect than ever. On Sunday we took a quick stroll to Flint for the usual brunch (to play the part of “regulars”) , and I could not have been more thrilled to throw on my boyfriend jeans and flats, as opposed to being layered up like an onion. It was the ideal moment to come out of hibernation, so we threw our cares away (literally) and shared sangria swirls to end birtalentine’s weekend. Of course, we were pretty worthless after visiting Iguana, so there’s that..

This glimpse of spring made me anticipate the upcoming few months so very much. Festivals, food trucks, secret events that celebrate the city and only those “in the know” frequent. These are things I love not only about downtown, but Oklahoma City itself. Not just any city could boast the same level of community and intimacy that we share. Sure, there are plenty of things to do in larger cities but, do you think you’ll run into someone you know at all of those? What are the odds?! Oklahoma City is so special because everyone is connected in some way. Whether they know a friend, or with the size of my extended family, are a distant relative, syncing in such a way is just the Oklahoma spirit. All the more reason to head downtown this spring, just like Petula Clark suggests!

 P.S. Can you believe this sweatshirt is from Forever 21? Good job, Karen. Another great find that I need 5 more of in order to keep it forever. Such an easy piece to jazz up with a touch of color blocking and a J.Crew bauble. These beauts make my life easy…. Easy like Sunday morning!

:: I Love You a Latte ::

Being a downtown gal has plenty of perks, especially with numerous, delicious coffee shops on nearly every corner. At Flint, I always begin with a latte on Sunday, and to fill my caramel latte needs, there is a Starbucks a few blocks away in Bricktown. Just within the library is First Edition Cafe, where the coffees have the most gorgeous, intricate designs gracing the tip-top of the cup. Although, my new personal favorite is the vanilla latte from Kitchen 324. I’ve yet to try their Green Eggs and Ham, but the interior is just perfect with emerald booth seating and natural lighting pouring in. Seriously – you will adore it.

Plus, what Sunday uniform is complete without a latte in hand!

Top: J.Crew, Jeans: Joe's, Vest: Memento, Loafers: Zara, Bag: Kate Spade, Necklace: J.Crew

Top: J.Crew, Jeans: Joe’s, Vest: Memento, Loafers: Zara (sold out – these are close!), Bag: Kate Spade (old, but this is super cute!), Necklace: J.Crew (old – scoop up this one!)

:: Casual Kicks ::

You know when you have an image in your mind, but just can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? That’s me. Basically, every day. I spend more time than I care to admit googling and pinteresting different variations of key words, just waiting for the right thing to pop up. Currently, I’m seeking a variation of midi skirts, leopard high heeled booties, and the perfect oversized sweater.

These shoes? Prime example of my patience finally paying off. I loved the tan/gold variations I kept finding, but with as much as I wear any form of sneaker to begin with, I wasn’t about to pay an arm and a leg on a shoe that I might end up hating in a year. I found an incredible black wedge sneaker with a white sole, but it just didn’t seem right for me. (Such a Goldilocks!) Finally, I just happened to be roaming aimlessly through Kohl’s with my mom and these jumped out at me for a whopping $34.99. Why hadn’t I thought of silver to begin with?! Not only are these the most comfortable shoes I own, but they are perfect for Thunder games and even better as my set-up shoes on the day of events! You might think the wedge would be uncomfortable, but it’s actually quite cushiony and thus far, has served me well. This is a trend I never saw myself succumbing to, but I am SO glad I did!

Top: J.Crew, Vest: Forever 21, Jeans: Joe's, Shoes: Kohl's, Necklace: Zara, Bracelets: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, J.Crew, C. Wonder, Ring: David Yurman

Top: J.Crew, Vest: Forever 21, Jeans: Joe’s, Shoes: Kohl’s, Necklace: Zara, Bracelets: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, J.Crew, C. Wonder, Ring: David Yurman, Bag: Christopher Kon

:: yum ::

:: yum ::

:: Thoroughly Modern Millie ::

With a forecast including snow this week, and a very full week(end) at work, you’ll be seeing me out and about in something which lets me move around easily! Hence, a look like this. In my head, if you merge Jackie, Audrey, and Marilyn (did you ever see those three coming?!) into one outfit, this would be it. A sleek black look with oversized sunglasses. A slim, cropped pant with bold flats. Feminine comfort with striking accessories. All in all – a sixties lovin’ gal prancing about the Colcord, post-chocolate brioche french toast filled brunch. Can you imagine why I selected an oversized sweater?!

Jackie O, style icon, dropped jaws when she dared to show bare legs during Easter Mass in Palm Springs. (But did you know she wore those gorgeous gloves to hide the fingernails she bit, and oversized glasses to people watch? She was one of us!!) Audrey Hepburn defied what was culturally accepted as beautiful, donning a pixie haircut and wearing boyish cuts, when ladies wore nothing but skirts. (I truly believe the other Hepburn, Katharine, started the boyfriend jean trend when she selected men’s trousers on a near daily basis. Learn more about her from this book I recently finished.) And Marilyn? We can only hope that fans stop merely admiring her curvy figure and embracing it if their own healthy body allows.

These three had a rawness about them, which is unprecedented. AND speaking of rawness, let’s take a look at this gorgeous gold ring from Lawson Gems! I am so excited to share this beautiful gem with you, particularly because it was ethically sourced. From the surface, it seems very simple and delicate, but upon closer inspection you will notice the inset channels of Topazes lining the edgy finish. I could see any of my favorite style icons wearing it as well, and have been donning it daily. Thank you to Lawson Gems for the lovely gift, and please take a peek at their website here for more amazing finds!

Top: H&M, Pants: J.Crew, Shoes: ShoeMint, Necklace: J.Crew, Rings: David Yurman, Lawson Gems

Top: H&M, Pants: J.Crew, Shoes: ShoeMint (old, but these are fun!), Necklace: J.Crew (old, love this and especially this!), Rings: David Yurman, Lawson Gems, Bag: Vintage Chanel from Karen’s Closet

The photo really doesn't do it justice. Get yours from Lawson Gems!

The photo really doesn’t do it justice. Get yours from Lawson Gems!

:: This post was sponsored by Lawson Gems. All thoughts and opinons remain my own. ::

:: Marshmallow World ::

Ya’ll. I woke up this morning and literally flew out of bed, yelling SNOW!!!!!!!” at Tallulah. Couldn’t even make out a full sentence. I ran around my teeny tiny apartment, unsure of what to do first. Hot chocolate? Christmas movie? Brush my teeth?  Going out in it was never part of the options. My apartment building is pretty tall, so we watched the GINORMOUS snow flakes fluttering about the sky, as my Christmas lights twinkled atop the window. It only got better as the snow fell behind our holiday-ready Christmas Flamingos. Truly, a beautiful sight. 

And then, there was brunch! I bought this sweater sweatshirt (it’s really in between both, so call it what you like) at a J.Crew sale during OU Texas weekend, on a day SO warm that I wouldn’t even allow myself to look in a mirror. As I tried to remove my crimson leather shorts (it was supposed to be chilly), the humidity and heat combined to give me a Ross Gellar leather pants moment. I poured sweat that afternoon like a small town football player during two a days. Slightly different from today’s weather…

As I was searching for a comfortable, cozy brunch outfit, to saddle up by the Flint fire with Sunday afternoon football in front of me – this little gem called my name. What’s even more lovable, is that the crumb-catcher colonial-style collar is actually attached! A miracle maker for a girl who loves the layered look, but is too petite to actually layer THAT much.

Top: J.Crew, Pants: J.Crew, Boots: Tory Burch, Bag: Kate Spade, Sunglasses: Johnathan Randolph, Gloves: H&M

Top: J.Crew, Pants: J.Crew, Boots: Tory Burch (similar here) , Bag: Kate Spade (similar here), Gloves: H&M

Bling on the cold.

Bling on the cold.

It's a marshmallow world in the winter...

It’s a marshmallow world in the winter…

These boots have a great story behind them… ask Mr. Robertson.

These boots have a great story behind them.

Just a lazy Sunday at the Colcord

Just a lazy Sunday at the Colcord

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:: Earn Your Stripes ::

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!

Dress: Gap, Scarf: Coach, Bag: Kate Spade, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelets: Coach, Juicy Couture, Shoes: Converse, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: David Yurman

Dress: Gap, Scarf: Coach, Bag: Kate Spade, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelets: Coach, Juicy Couture, Shoes: Converse (You have to see these beauties in person – they sparkle, but not with glitter or rhinestones…just lovely!), Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: David Yurman

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Hellooooooo brunch!

Hellooooooo brunch!

:: Saturday in the Park ::

I often talk about my friends to my other friends, referring to them as “my best friend.” My best friend from Nashville, my best friend from Pi Phi, my best friend from pageants. Typical girl thing, I’m sure. I do have one best friend that is different from all the others. He could be my best friend from high school, my best friend that Instagrams like it’s his job, my best friend that lives in LA, my best friend that’s Jewish, my best friend that leaves me four minute voicemails (that was probably originally of my own doing), but most importantly – my best friend that understands just how important brunch is.

Luckily, my manfriend also loves brunch, so I got to dine at Flint twice in one weekend. Josh was ever so kind to photograph me on our way to the world’s greatest biscuits and gravy and most amazing berry compote topped french toast. It was a cool morning, but quickly warmed up – as Oklahoma always does.

Top: Jcrew, Pants: Jcrew, Clutch: , Sandals: , Ring: , Nails:

Top: Jcrew, Pants: Jcrew, Clutch: Christopher Kon, Sandals: Zigi Girl

Ring: , Clutch , Nails:

Ring: Third grade vintage find from my hoarding armoire, Clutch: Christopher Kon , Nails: Birchbox find – Ruffian – Hedge Fund

Typical.

:: Jailbird ::

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: Shoptiques, Shoes: steve Madden, Jewelry: Max and Chloe, Kate Spade, Sunglasses: Fendi

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: Shoptiques, Shoes: Steve Madden, Jewelry: Max and Chloe, Kate Spade, Sunglasses: Fendi

And like that, a paper doll jail-bird was born. Well, born about twenty-four years ago. I’ve always loved fashion – the fabric, embellishments, and most importantly – how wearing something you love can put you in a totally different mood. It’s like ice cream, but less fattening.

I suppose I really have my sister to thank for my passion – the first time I ever selected my own outfit was the day she was born. It was in that moment that I opted to tell a teensy weensy white lie to the neighbor that I was allowed to dress myself. You think I threw on something wild like my ballet leotard with silver, glittered cowboy boots and a pony tail? No. Although, I would have beaten Lady Gaga to the punch if I had. I donned an outfit which said “big sister” but “totally teenage Barbie.” Clearly, this meant a white jean skirt with a purple top and matching, embellished white jean vest. An obvious choice for a five-year-old.

As I grew older, I was taught the value of a dollar – and how far that dollar would go if you were a savvy shopper who could “dig.” This served me well as I spent two years teaching preschool with Teach For America. I was constantly on the look out for inexpensive, dispensable wardrobe items, to be stained by homemade play-doh, markers that aren’t as washable as they claim, and bodily fluids which were not my own. This is part of closing the achievement gap, and if I had more energy and a place to call home, I would have followed those little buggers until they graduated high school.

This blog has been my dream ever since I began stalking following Blair Eadie and telling everyone I know that she could totally be my sister. But for real – don’t you see the resemblance? We’re just off by a few inches, a few pounds, and a few 0’s at the end of our paychecks. I hope you enjoy some aspect of this – whether it’s my rambling ways or the photos which cost me brunch, and an afternoon of cheering on fantasy football players. Welcome!