:: Old Friends ::

When Josh came into town (Dallas to Oklahoma City to Shawnee), we somehow only had a small window of time to meet, and of course that was in the morning.

I don’t do mornings.

So, I jumped up, threw on my favorite sweatshirt dress, and we braved the Oklahoma winds for coffee and an impromptu photo shoot! Just like old friends, this dress is a staple in life.

 

Dress // J. Crew

Jacket // Stella Rae’s

Shoes // Converse

Bag // Kate Spade

:: Tis the Season to be Mary ::

“Well, that’s my name!”

I’m not going to tell you how much I love Christmas. But I love Christmas almost as much as I love smiling.

Smiling is my favorite! – Buddy the Elf, Elf

Thinking about stopping there because you don’t know what’s coming next?

“Where do you think you’re going? Nobody’s leaving. Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny… Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he’s gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse.”    – Clark W. Griswold, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

That’s right – we are going full on Christmas today from the flouncy green skirt to the bow-tie adorned pup. Time to break out the Holly Jolly, trim the tree, and string up glittery garland as far as the eye can see. Light up that house like the Fourth of July and start praying for a White Christmas!

This year we will only be hoping for the movie, and not the actual white Christmas, since we are going the way of Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon with a few Christmases of our own. Luckily, not four, but definitely more than we have ever made it to before!

Then again, how can we not dream of a White Christmas?!

“If you really love Christmas, come on and let it snow.” –Billy Hack, Love Actually

 

 

Top // Old Navy (old)

Skirt // Chic Wish

Boots // Tory Burch

Bag // Anthropologie

Ring // H&M

:: Flitter Flutter ::

You know those things in your closet that just make you happy? This skirt is one of them.

Of course the fit, the flounce, the twirlability – everything is enough to release the happiest of endorphins. Because endorphins make you happy, and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands! (Couldn’t resist.)

But beyond how fun this skirt is, it reminds me of twenty of my favorite little people (and an awesome co-teacher).

Gilbert had the genius idea to send off for a caterpillar cove. We received this disgusting jar with hairy caterpillars, who ate whatever dirt/jelly substance was inside (ew. totally ew). It was nearly impossible to keep twenty sets of preschool hands off the jar. After the caterpillars create their cocoon, they are hanging by a literal thread, and if they fall, they die.

Needless to say, when it was finally time to move them into their Butterfly Lair, few were left. It was like Survivor: Room 8 Edition.

Gilbert and I had all but given up hope, and were about to send in for our refund. One morning we came in, and noticed something was  moving in the Pop-Up Butterfly House.

IT LIVED!

After several weeks, dozens of grabby hands, and a near-death experience, we had one lone butterfly ranger. After naming him Nemo (shocker), we took the kids outside and had a release party. They were amazed that something which used to crawl so slowly around the jar was now this lovely, orange butterfly. It flittered and fluttered all around our group, Ms. B screaming kids screaming, and cheering Nemo on to take the flight of his life. While I have a lot of memories about the perils of preschool, that is one which I will never forget. Plus, it’s one of the few stories I have which doesn’t involve a four-letter-word that starts with “p.”

 

Top:: Forever 21, Skirt:: Chic Wish, Shoes:: DVF, Necklace:: Bauble Bar, Ring:: Lulu Frost, Bag:: Kate Spade

Top:: Forever 21, Skirt:: Chic Wish, Shoes:: DVF (similar), Necklace:: Bauble Bar, Ring:: Lulu Frost, Bag:: Kate Spade (love this)

 

:: 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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