:: 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)

 

 

:: Crop it like it’s Hot ::

When I was in second grade, I got called into the office.

As a gifted and talented student who was running away with the win for number of books read that month, I was really confused. After arriving at the office, already feeling guilty for whatever I did not remember doing, I was given the phone to call my mom and get a change of clothes. This was just the beginning of being sent home for my sartorial selections. But that day – it was for a crop top.

I know, I know – why were you wearing a crop top to school?! Well, it was an outfit, and it was a rather adorable one at that. Not only did I have this outfit, my my sister had a matching one (le duh!).

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I love donuts, so you can imagine that I’m not a big belly barer – HOWEVER, I’m loving the high waist pants/skirts/shorts/crop top trend because, unless I’m reaching for the top shelf at Target (ugh – tall people), you never see a hint of skin!

Also, I’ve been living in this outfit, so if you see me within the next month and I’m in the same thing over and over again – sorry I’m not sorry.

 

Top:: H&M, Skirt:: J.Crew Factory, Bag:: Kate Spade, Sandals:: Coach (old), Necklace:: Max & Chloe, Watch:: Anthropologie, Ring:: Lulu Frost

Top:: H&M (Almost identical AND on sale!), Skirt:: J.Crew Factory, Bag:: Kate Spade (need this one, on sale! and looks like the Celine I would give my firstborn (but not my dog) for, Sandals:: Coach (old, love these), Necklace:: Max & Chloe, Watch:: Anthropologie (old, but you can totally find it in stores), Ring:: Lulu Frost (these people have THE best customer service)

 

We really liked matching outfits…

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:: Take a Napa ::

 

However, in these pants… I could really go either way!

After spending a weekend in the Dallas patio heat, I totally understand why women brunch in Lulu Lemon. They don’t do it because it makes their butt look awesome (even though those pants are the next best thing to a plastic surgeon), they do it because the fabric is sweat wicking and they look like they are glowing instead of dripping. I was a shining example of the latter.

What I love about these pants, is that they are socially acceptable. They are as soft as pajamas, but make me feel like I should be sipping wine in Napa! When my friend Josh lived in LA, I visited for a week and we took a trip to the Santa Ynez Valley to see Los Olivos and Solvang – two of my most favorite places ever.

I fell in love with the most adorable dutch town where we ate fabulous danishes, baked fresh from I kid you not – a building that looked like a windmill. We roamed from tasting room to tasting room, trying dozens of wines and playing the part of tourist. However, the adorable clutch that Josh insisted I must get, turned out to be the wine tote I’m toting around.

Napa – I’m ready for ya!

Top > H&M, Pants > Anthropologie, Clutch > Local Winery Find, Shoes > DVF, Necklace > Dillard's, Rings > H&M

Top > H&M, Pants > Anthropologie, Clutch > Local Winery Find, Shoes > DVF (love these), Necklace > Dillard’s, Rings > H&M


:: Pattern Play ::

Remember being a kid and you would put all sorts of different patterns together while dressing yourself, and it was ok, because you were a kid?

Meet my generation – the group who grew up and decided to keep pairing weird things together, just because they could.

The most beautiful thing I have learned from my generation’s use of pattern play, is that you can literally wear anything, and if you wear it with confidence, no one will say a word. Seriously – it will not only look natural, but you’ll be lauded for being the torchbearer of the laissez-faire. Have you seen the photos from SXSW? Nothing goes together, but it looks so fab because the people wearing it absolutely do not care. Very “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” no?

That’s not the only lesson I have learned. Here are a few important tidbits collected from the outfit below.

Never wear your hair down with a sequined top – you’ll practically be bald by the end of the day. Always buy shoes in your actual size. As you can tell by my beloved red suede pumps, either my foot shrunk or I still believed I wore an 8 when I scooped up my sale selections. Also – this crossover between harem pants and a trouser are the socially acceptable form of sweatpants. I pray they never go out of style!

Top: J.Crew, Pants: Dillard’s, Shoes: Zara (old – love these!), Bag: Kate Spade, Necklace: Similar here

Top: J.Crew, Pants: Dillard's, Shoes: Zara, Bag: Kate Spade, Necklace:

*Let the record show that I was not that child, and leaned more towards the matching print on print a la Donna Karan Spring 2012 route.

:: Bring on Spring ::

This happens every year. One really lovely, warm Spring day and I’m immediately coming up with a zillion various cold weather outfits that I could kick myself for not thinking of during the winter. Inspiration comes at the strangest times!

While springing forward really throws off my days, I was so excited to come home to an evening of sunshine. After spending my days indoors, it’s so refreshing to walk outside to the surprising warmth of a true March day. Here’s to dresses and the promise of Spring.

Dress - ASOS // Vest - Forever 21 // Necklace - Neiman Marcus // Shoes: H&M,

Dress – ASOS // Vest – Forever 21 (old, similar) // Necklace – Neiman Marcus // Shoes – H&M (similar) // Bag – Kate Spade // Ring – Beyond Baroque // Watch – Michael Kors

:: 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)

:: Kaleidoscope ::

Remember the Peter Pilotto for Target debacle from a few weeks ago? I had my eye on this dress from the get go, and even girlfriend who was shopping for her daughter couldn’t beat me to it! With a dozen weddings and showers in the coming year, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot of this little gem. The cool tones with bright pops of neon make it so flexible in terms of weather. Adding a long sleeve top with tights and booties, or a collared shirt, will take it into the winter seasons. Throwing on a different belt and matching various colors and patterns of heels will keep it rocking through summer.

Did you ever look through kaleidoscopes as a kid? This dress reminds me so much of the magical, transforming shapes swimming at the end of the mirrored tunnel. I did a quick Wikipedia search of kaleidoscopes (because I spent four years in the journalism college being told not to do so), and learned all about the history of these gorgeous, greek-invented objects. Do yourself a favor and take a look here. Only, of course, after you take a look below!

Dress: Target, Shoes: Zara, Belt: ASOS, Bag: J.Crew, Rings: C.Wonder, Bracelets: Seasonal Whispers, J.Crew, Nails: Essie Marshmallow

Dress: Target, Shoes: Zara (similar), Belt: ASOS, Bag: J.Crew (similar), Rings: C.Wonder (super sale!), Bracelets: Seasonal Whispers, J.Crew, Nails: Essie Marshmallow

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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!

:: Through the Windowpane ::

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: J.Crew, Vest: Stella Rae's, Clutch: Tory Burch, Heels: Aldo, Jewelry: Neiman Marcus, Beyond Baroque, Michael Kors, C.Wonder, J.Crew

Top: J.Crew (almost identical), Skirt: J.Crew, Vest: Stella Rae’s, Clutch: Tory Burch, Heels: Aldo (adore these), Jewelry: Neiman Marcus (fun option), Beyond Baroque, Michael Kors, C.Wonder, J.Crew (very old, from my favorite personal shopper)

B: What should I call this one?

T: Something with Urban Cowgirl. You’ve got the construction and your flannel on so I think you could do a play on words.

B: This isn’t flannel. It’s windowpane.

T: I guess that’s why they call it window pain?

And so, this post was born out of my love for J.Crew and Taylor’s knowledge of Eminem rap lyrics. An unlikely pair, an odd couple if you will, but one that somehow still works perfectly together. Will this be my Valentine’s outfit? I’ve been promised ice skating (I’m a total surprise ruiner – suggested it myself and was met with the “that was the plan” response), so no – sequins won’t do. The Chanel knee pads from the recent Paris show would be much more practical!

With snow and ice still on the ground here, I’m dreaming of the warmer temperatures we are predicted to have this weekend. Two years ago, I got the greatest teacher gift of all on my 23rd birthday – A SNOW DAY! This year, I’ll be equally excited to see the somewhat green remains (maybe brown is a better descriptor) underneath the snow and ice which is coating our red dirt. I’m no longer wishing for snow days, but warm weather so the show will go on (and I won’t be tempted to bring a space heater for my frigid bones). Maybe it’s a quarter-life crisis….or just the stirring of my soul. Who knows?

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