:: I Plaid the Fifth ::

There is something about a plaid skirt that just says “holidays.” I feel like I can never break this one out until we begin approaching the Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year’s trifecta!

When it comes to mixing prints and patterns, I think we all know where I stand. Some believe there is a formula to doing this – I believe it’s our inner five-year-old intuition breaking free of the adult norms we hold against ourselves on a daily basis.

In sixty years I’m sure the grandkids will be teleporting back and forth and happen upon this old thing called the internet with my virtual closet from years long gone. When they ask, in their Hunger Games inspired futuristic world wear, what on Earth (or by that time, Mars) I was thinking…

Well, I’ll just have to plaid the fifth!

 

Top // J. Crew

Skirt // J. Crew

Boots // Tory Burch

Necklace // Olive + Cocoa

Clutch // C. Wonder

Bracelet // C. Wonder

 

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:: 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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:: 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

:: Needing a Napa ::

Napa. Where do I even begin?

We’ll do a full breakdown eventually, but I think I speak for Taylor and I both when I say – we are ready to move.

Imagine a world which is the perfect blend of Shawnee, Oklahoma and Dallas, Texas. Yes – impossible to put together in your mind, but a dream come true. This is exactly how I would describe Napa/Yountville/Oakville – the entire region.

The most perfect Main Streets, filled with unique shops (and a Trader Joe’s a stone’s throw away). Winding roads lined with lush trees fill the horizon, and people who are as nice as they could possibly be. Looking back, I’m shocked we returned home.

Taylor’s itinerary would put a Disney Dad to shame, but somehow we made it to just about every vineyard we wanted to see, and then some. (The beauty of having a post-bar exam pre-start date future attorney around). These photos were taken at Turnbull Cellars – a favorite for multiple reasons. Our tasting guide was awesome, we got to wander the grounds freely, see all the bells and whistles, and then they went out of their way to add to my wine coaster collection! Oh, and the wine was fantastic.

T spent most of the days trying to talk me into a Napa wedding, but it seemed like it was just a good excuse to get out to the region a few (dozen) more times in the next year. Not such a bad idea though…

 

Dress: Anthropologie

Bag: C. Wonder

Shoes: Shoe Mint

Necklace: Max & Chloe

Bracelet: C. Wonder

:: Dot Dot Dot ::

I am always looking for an excuse to dress up.

Which is most likely why I have always loved Halloween so much. Every year was an opportunity to create something one-of-a-kind through sartorial selections. My first taste of design.

If you couldnt tell from my lack of blogging, October has been INSANE. As if a new job, new city, and new home were not enough, October tested the limits of my sanity. It was an incredible, busy month and I am excited to start settling into somewhat of a routine….

As Halloween rolled around, I was too exhausted to make plans at all. As I stood in my closet at 10:00 PM on October 30th, I realized that I would kick myself if I didn’t at least give a nod to the holiday. Making do with what I already possessed, 300 miles from a closet full of old dance and date party costumes, I started sifting through what I owned.

When asked about their style, many people are able to point to a specific look – from boho chic to structured separates, most anyone can tell you what their go-to is. It was in this moment that I realized my style, from jewelry to pants and sweaters to shoes, is “costume-y.”

A leopard, a snake, a pirate (I know), a school girl (embarrassing),a flower patch, a biker, a flamingo, Minnie Mouse (see below), a hippie, a Spice Girl.. the options were endless. Upon further thought (cue 10:30 pm), I opted to pull of a Pantone color in full pink attire from head to toe (not to be confused with a Pepto Bismol bottle), and happily skipped into the office with a Pantone label pinned to my sweater.

Taylor and I celebrated Halloween at the Star’s game (excellent people watching on Halloween) and later watched people run from place to place in their 20-something costumes in the cold. Sure, it was without my usual decor and creatively themed BOO-ze (ha!) ideas, but it was a great one.

So, while I haven’t really commented on this outfit at all, you should know that this is just one of my many examples of a potential costume as Minnie someday…

 

Dress: Nordstrom

Bag: Kate Spade

Shoes: Shoe Mint

Jewelry: Kate Spade, C. Wonder

:: Dallas Cowgirl ::

Let’s first clarify that I am not claiming to be a Texan. I suppose it’s kind of like the first time you refer to your college residence as “home,” when on the phone with your mom. You are promptly reminded that the city you currently live in is not “home.” It will never be “home,” because let’s be honest – home is where your mom is.

Now, do I love Dallas? Yes. Surprisingly, I’m far more attached to it than I was to Tulsa, but perhaps have not met it with the same admiration I had for Oklahoma City. To be frank, a lot of that had, and currently has, to do with the exact part of town I get to claim as my little piece.

This little part, my neck of the woods city, has quaint homes, quiet sidewalks, and a dover of ducks. Seriously – loads of them and the cutest ducklings! I’m just removed enough from downtown (too much for me), and uptown (if you’re feelin 22), but a quick run to my favorite shops is not far enough to be out of the question.

People are friendly, everyone has a dog, and no one has seemed to mind too much that I am using their front porch as a photo op. However, I do have one neighbor who runs outside to frighten the ducks off his lawn, only to go back inside as they settle in on his green grass for the day. He then returns to his stationary bicycle – which can of course be seen through the front window

So, here I am in my new cowgirl-esque booties –  fit for an Oklahoma soul who still dresses up as a Dallas cowgirl from time to time.

 

Dress: Gap (no longer available – ADORE and NEED this one!)

Shoes: Shoe Mint

Bag: C. Wonder

Necklace: J. Crew (and on sale!)

Rings: David Yurman, ℅ Lawson Gems

My favorite outfit circa 1996, minus the perm. Be glad you missed out on that part.

My favorite outfit circa 1996, minus the perm. Be glad you missed out on that part.

:: Put the Lime in the Coconut ::

Remember that time I went to Mexico? Yep, we are still on those photos.

I was lucky enough to score this dress on major sale from J.Crew back in August, and have since been wearing it non-stop. It has a great sack-style fit, plus pockets. I’ve belted it, stacked jewelry on it, and toned it down with neutrals. Still can’t decide if it is lime green or yellow, but considering I own one piece of yellow (see previous cover-up), we’re going to call it green.

The sun was so gorgeous the night we took these photos, but the light just wouldn’t cooperate. Or maybe we are both just still amateurs when it comes to understanding the right setting for the camera. Imagine how bright you think this dress might be, then multiply it by 1,000 times the brightness of the sun. The only game changer here would be if it glowed in the dark… WHY DOESN’T IT GLOW IN THE DARK?!

Personally, I think T just liked it because it reminds him of the bright yellow tone of highlighter which littered his law school books. No love lost over those days here!

 

 

 

Dress // J.Crew

Shoes // Sole Society (best price ever!)

Bracelets // Anthropologie, C. Wonder

Rings // Beyond Baroque, H&M

Right before we thought we would die going 100 mph on Mexico’s highways in a top-heavy van.

 

:: The Stripe Type ::

With a plethora a few striped tops in my closet, it should come as no surprise that this striped skirt had to come home with me. I suppose when it comes to a type, I’m of the striped variety!

Top: Forever 21 (old, love this)

Skirt: Dillard’s

Sandals: Tory Burch (similar)

Bag: Kate Spade

Necklace: Neiman Marcus

Rings: David Yurman, H&M

:: Don’t Quilt Your Daydream ::

If you were to ask me what one quality I possess which is both invigorating and devastating, it is my belief that absolutely nothing is impossible.

Whether it was in my PreK classroom, some lofty college aspirations, potential business endeavors, or the search for the perfect fitting boyfriend jeans – I just can’t accept “no.” Perhaps that is also because my generation of millennials are a group who feel entitled, didn’t hear “no” enough as a child, or earned a participation ribbon when they should have just straight up learned a lesson about losing.

Whatever it is, it’s gotten me through some incredible rough patches of life and given me hope that my insane visions could be a reality. It has also created false hope when God decided another path or opportunity was better, but wasn’t quite ready to ready to reveal what that might be. He definitely has a sense of humor, right?!

So the lesson of today’s post is – you can wear a fabulous quilted dress, but most certainly – never “quilt” your daydream.

 

P.S. I was told this dress couldn’t be altered. LIES!

Dress > Anthropologie // Shoes > DVF // Necklace > Gifted // Bracelets > J. Crew, C. Wonder, Seasonal Whispers // Rings > H&M

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:: Amer-I-Can ::

If there is one specific thing I adored about growing up in a small town, it would have to be the Fourth of July. In our last neighborhood, there were dozens of kids and everyone would run around, waving sparklers, and occasionally accidentally burning their forehead with a punk. (It’s a miracle that there isn’t a scar…)

After we accumulated too many things for one home outgrew that house, we moved to what some refer to as “the country.” The house sits on five acres and when my family first moved in, was just outside of city limits. This means we got to have the biggest fireworks show in Pottawatomie County. My parent’s anniversary is July 4th, so they would  invite over a ton of friends and we would sit in chairs, gazing at the field, scoring each flare as though it were in a pageant.

And when it comes to pageants, nothing is more American than honoring our great country with the grandest of films, Drop Dead Gorgeous. Kirstie Alley has the best scene outside of the shopping mall in Minn-uh-soda, and she has quite the gift. Whether you are Proud to be an American or think the USA is A-Okay, you absolutely must celebrate with this clip (beginning at the 2:30 mark).

Here’s hoping your holiday is just as fantastic as living outside of city limits on the Fourth of July!

 

 

Top > J.Crew, Skirt > J.Crew Factory, Sandals > Sam Edelman, Necklace > Bauble Bar, Clutch > Anthropologie, Rings >

Top > J.Crew (similar), Skirt > J.Crew Factory, Sandals > Sam Edelman (very old, but obsessing over these), Necklace > Bauble Bar, Clutch > Anthropologie (this is beautiful), Bracelet > C. Wonder (close here), Rings > H&M, Monogram Ring – Gift (similar here)