:: 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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:: A Tale of Five Targets ::

Top: Target, Skirt: Target, Booties: H&M, Necklace: Max & Chloe, Bag: Christopher Kon, Watch: Toy Watch,

Top: Target, Skirt: Target, Booties: H&M (old, so similar!), Necklace: Max & Chloe, Bag: Christopher Kon, Watch: Toy Watch, Bracelet: BCBGeneration, Ring: Beyond Baroque, Nails: Essie Marshmallow

Over the past few years, Target has collaborated with designers to create affordable fashion (and bring in a flurry of crazy, Black-Friday prepped women to kill each other over the one Size Two on the rack). Throughout the last couple of collaborations (Missoni, Neiman Marcus, Prabal Gurung…) I was in the classroom, unable to even connect to wifi and try to order something from the collection. So when Target announced their partnership with Peter Pilotto, I put on my war paint and prepared for total domination.

After calling nearly every Target in the surrounding area to select the one receiving the greatest supply, mapping out my routes and carefully selecting the items I would fight for – it all fell apart. I woke up early, and for once in my life – was actually going to arrive ahead of schedule! But even though I was on my A game, I got lost, met zero Peter Pilotto crazies, and drove to five Targets just to ensure that 70% of the collection really was only available online. Alas, another traumatic Target experience. Next time, I will play it smart and stay at home in my pajamas – fighting the refresh button rather than the rain.

I must admit, I’m thrilled that I trekked to the store and checked out the goods in person. There were a few items I had my eye on, but was not a fan once I actually touched it. Also, I would have bought a size up and was pleasantly surprised when I could go down a size. Bonus! Did you score anything from the Peter Pilotto collection?

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:: Little Red Riding Hood ::

I have been drooling over capes ever since Gwenyth Paltrow graced the red carpet in the most stunning gown I can ever recall. Not a piece of shimmer, not even a true color – pure white, with a breathtaking cape. Had they allowed me to, I would have worn a cape as my evening gown… but shockingly, it was dismissed instantly.

Since my cape gown dreams were crushed, I added capes of all colors, lengths and fabrics to my Christmas list! I especially love this one because it has an adorable faux-fur trimmed hood – reminding me of the ever so creepy tale which is Little Red Riding Hood. Had Red owned a pair of Hunter boots, I doubt the wolf would have been so keen on trying to take her out! These beauties are not only thick and durable, but I’ve worn them to work two days in a row and they are super comfortable – as long as you’re wearing thick socks. The only problem now is… what color next?!

P.S. I told you I would be wearing these boots all week!

Top: J.Crew, Cape: Sheinside, Jeans: Joe's, Boots: Hunter, Bag: Necklace: Anthropologie, Ring: Beyond Baroque

Top: J.Crew, Cape: Sheinside, Jeans: Joe’s, Boots: Hunter ℅ Taylor, Bag: Christopher Kon, Necklace: Anthropologie, Ring: Beyond Baroque

:: Neon, Neon ::

Dress: Top Shop, Heels: BCBG, Bag: , Necklace: Neiman Marcus,

Dress: Top Shop (old, similar here), Heels: BCBG, Bag: Christopher Kon (similar here), Necklace: Neiman Marcus (another option), Bracelets: J.Crew, C.Wonder (on sale!), Coach (similar), Seasonal Whispers

As we were leaving for the Bahamas, I intended to come home with no less than seven blog posts. If it had been a New Year’s resolution, I would have epically failed. If you know me at all, you should know that I am NEVER on time when it comes to being ready – particularly when I think there might be a bit of leeway. Sure, I can make it to all business meetings or other appointments, but from dinners to basketball games, I am always late. Hence: “I’ll be ready in five minutes.”

On one of the seven days we were on vacation, these photos come from the one night I was early. By early, I mean that dinner probably was set for 7:00 and Taylor told me it was at 6:30. If this is true, then after four years, he totally understands how I function! It was so humid that this hair-do became my staple, and now I’ve forgotten how to do anything else. What’s your easy-go-to-up-do?!

:: Staley Love Story ::

This past weekend was a whirlwind – but so wonderful, and I’m clearly in post-SD depression now that it’s over! To even begin to describe Bayley and Craig’s wedding would never do it justice. It was truly the most perfect day, with a 4 pm wedding on the beach, an amazing cocktail hour including a sand castle sculptor, and a reception which featured the bride taking over the mic and rapping until the wee hours of the night. Oh, and a photo booth that makes actual photo “booths” look average. Bayley is five years older than me, so I grew up idolizing her, and the Staley’s special day was very special for our whole family. Here are a few highlights, with more being found on my Instagram account @paperdollblog! {Photos courtesy of Carlos}

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This little fella partied pretty hard...

This little fella partied pretty hard…

and  here’s what I wore…

Wedding Wear: Maxi: Stella Rae's, Necklace: Dillard's, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: David Yurman, Clutch:  Christopher Kon, Shoes (not pictured): DVF gold wedges

Wedding Wear: Maxi: Stella Rae’s, Necklace: Dillard’s, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: David Yurman, Clutch: Christopher Kon, Shoes (not pictured): DVF gold wedges, Nails: Nails Inc – Kensington Place

Feelin' the sea breeze

Feelin’ the sea breeze

Sunny San Diego

Sunny San Diego