Weddington Way | Fourth of July

 Weddington Way has a number of amazing bridesmaid dress styles and inspired me to create a style board based on a Fourth of July wedding with their selection.

I was most excited because my parents actually got married on July Fourth, so I grew up celebrating their wedding while also celebrating America. There were always red, white and blue treats, more fireworks than the city limits could imagine, and lots of pool time.

Plus, I’m also a gal who loves a good theme – so bring it on!

Believe it or not, this is 1987 – how fashionable is that peplum on my mom and her Maid of Honor? Plus, the off the shoulder look? Absolutely love it. I’ll be re-inventing this gown for my own wedding weekend!

And while we are giving a nod to the past, here’s a great photo of their cake.

Multiple tiers, and the fountain in the center? Seriously – Karen knew what she was doing!

So how do you translate a fabulous Fourth of July wedding to modern-day nuptials? Simple!

No really, simplicity!

I chose a gorgeous, crimson Weddington Way bridesmaid dress based on the stylings of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Classic, structured lines with a subtle, modern sleeve. The bow in the front ties it all together! It is so lovely that few accessories are needed, and it is a style that can be worn to a luncheon, wedding, shower, and more.

In thinking through the right accessories, I saw fireworks when I found these Oscar de la Renta tassel earrings. They have the perfect amount of glamour and movement to make your maids not just look like Jackie O, but feel like Jackie O.

Shoes you ask? Shoes I give you! There are two aspects to keep in mind if wearing a shorter bridesmaid dress – you want to elongate your legs, and be able to walk in them! As a former pageant contestant, my eyes immediately went to this pair of Stuart Weitzman heels. This is a shoe you can wear again and again, and will look three inches taller, not because of the height, but because of the ability to blend your leg and foot.

For flowers? Anemones, of course! These are among my favorites with their little nod of color in the center which often takes on a bluish-blackish hue. The secret to having a Fourth of July wedding is in not going over the top, but just giving a hint here and there.

Let’s dress the fellas while we’re at it! What man wouldn’t look smashing in this custom blue drillino suit from J. Hilburn? It is the perfect shade to contrast next to the Weddington Way bridesmaid dresses, with a fit that is to die for.

And finally, favors. Nothing is more American then freedom, baseball and Coca-Cola, so gift your guests with a tiny treat of a mini Coke!

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How would you style an Americana-themed wedding? Any favorites you have seen before?

Partnered post with Weddington Way. 

 

:: She Wears the Pants ::

Happy Friday, my printed-pant loving pals! If you knew how often I wore this exact outfit (literally, no variation) you might be embarrassed for me. Or, maybe it’s just that it is the ideal work-weekend-pushing the limits but still professional enough-type outfit that you would do the same.

Eh. Either way, these pants find their way into my line-up weekly because they have such a unique pattern, a stretchy waist-band, and a baggy-in-the-right-way kind of fit.

Oh, and pockets. Could they be any more perfect?!

Pants // Anthropologie

Top // boutique find

Shoes // Forever 21

Necklace // Bauble Bar

Bracelet // Tory Burch + Fit Bit

Rings // H&M

:: Camo-flor-age ::

“Florals for spring. Groundbreaking.”

Perhaps florals for spring are nothing new, but surely peony-printed pants are ready for their moment. I think this is a hilarious play on words, T, however, thinks it is miserable. Writing, much like style, cannot exist with a “one size fits all” mentality though!

Which is also why you will have to forgive me for the less than verbose post today. It’s late and I have been working pretty wild hours, so – goodnight!

Here’s hoping your Monday is warmer and drier than ours here in Dallas – looks a bit different from this clear, blue day!

Top // J. Crew

Pants // Vera Wang for Kohls

Booties // Sole Society

Necklace // J. Crew

Bracelet // Tory Burch FitBit

Bag // Nordstrom

:: Something Blue ::

Bride Brain. A very real condition affecting the nervous system and the brain’s executive system.

As someone who has been a “planner” her whole life, and executed events since the dawn of time ranging from two to 20,000 people, I thought my own wedding would be a total breeze.

Seems like I’m very rarely right these days!

While I absolutely know what I want, it’s the constant feeling of never being able to say that one task is fully complete which just kills me. Just when I have made the biggest leap into selecting one thing or another and am feeling as though I’ve gained leverage on the whole thing, someone asks if I’ve done this or that and I spiral back into realizing how much there is left to do. Meaning I never want to leave the house and I’m ready for October 24th to arrive. But not really. But so ready.

Girls often say that they have spent their whole life dreaming of their wedding day. Sure, I thought about it, but was way more interested in Barbie rescuing Ken from an abductor. #girlpower? In reality, I wish I had grown up learning how to use a spreadsheet and learning how to diagram a reception hall to fit the correct number of guests – this would have been much more beneficial – and another reason we should be implementing STEM into our schools as much as possible.

So, how can we be upset with our bridezilla Britanzilla friends who just want to go to bed at night feeling accomplished? It’s certainly insane to think they can multi-task at this level while doing their real job, getting into wedding-gown shape, and spending their parent’s life savings.

In honor of the wedding-to-be, let’s look at something blue today! This blouse from Anthro is an absolute fave and the warmer weather is slowly helping me circulate through my skirt collection. The Dallas heatwave will be here before we know it though, and this work-appropriate outfit will be too hot! My closet is seriously lacking in the blouse department – what’s our go-to for tops?!

Top //  Anthropologie

Skirt // Adrianna Papell

Clutch // Nordstrom

Necklace // J. Crew

Shoes // Old Navy

:: Buffalo Creek ::

A few weeks ago I was invited to spend the day at Buffalo Creek Boutique for the Sip N’ Style Tour! I had a great time with Andrea Patrick of Keep ‘N it Haute, the Buffalo Creek gals, and their shoppers.

Here are a few fun outfits I got to play in as I added some Texas flair to my look!

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Wednesdays

It’s Wednesday, and on Wednesday’ we wear pink… a la Mean Girls.

While I don’t believe that pink has ever made the top of my favorite colors list,  I do love the classic, femininity associated with it. As one who made every attempt to be stereotyped early on, I put pink away and tried to be a number of people, hence my irrational style. 

My Pinterest seems to have crafted quite the tribute to feathers, frills and the ladies who embody everything pink. So, on this Wednesday, I present – an ode to pink.Pink Wednesdays

:: I Woke Up Like This ::

Any former roommate (or anyone who lived in Pi Phi with me) can tell you that I’ve never been one to leave the house in my pajamas. (except for that one week that I just kept getting sicker and lived in VS pink sweats and a John Mayer t-shirt for five days. The same ones… #college). However, things change.

Disclaimer: if you’re expecting pajama jeans, we clearly are not aligned in our values. 

This sweater is essentially a blanket, and is my new Spring transitional piece. I threw it on Sunday afternoon and headed to Urban Taco to enjoy the patio, people watching and sunshine beaming down. After having snow just under a month ago, my brain cannot seem to rewire itself and fathom the warmer temps.

Luckily, wearing a blanket meets poncho meets sweater combo has helped ease that challenge. Rolling out of bed may be easy – time to pick yourself up off that floor!

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Top // J. Cew

Sweater // Zara

Jeans // Gap

Sandals // Zara

Necklace // Bauble Bar

Bag // Nordstrom

Rings // David Yurman, H&M
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:: Fella’s Findings ::

This weekend I was creeping around on a Blogger site and by a click of a click, accidentally stumbled upon my first blog. Not my Xanga (thank God that thing bit the dust and deleted itself. Talk about teen angst and bad Abercrombie clothes), but my college blog which covered my random musings, my Christmas and birthday lists (this was pre-Pinterest) and a few highlights from junior/senior year.

I spent the entire afternoon doubled over from laughter – not because I was funny (although, I really did think I was funny), but because it was so good, so bad, and so much… muchier (in the words of the Mad Hatter). It was before I made my way into the real world, when I  had the confidence to not only go after my dreams, but that I could achieve each and every dream. Many of those dreams and their timelines have come and gone, and new ones have formed in their places.

This blog was definitely not afraid to vocalize feelings on any subject, and the biggest hot button topic was always in relation to female expectations and norms in society. Enjoy this little blast from the past a la 2010.

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I was clicking around on AOL today (I know, I’m the last person on earth still using AOL), and in one of the news sections it displayed a picture of a woman in a peach printed romper with a white blazer and black chain bag.The title? “She’s wearing something guys don’t like.” Immediately I was intrigued, assuming maybe men aren’t fans of women in blazers because it makes us look more masculine. I wasn’t about to agree with them, but after finding the article – I was wrong.

Supposedly, there are 10 summer trends that guys hate. I’m feeling super feministy today, so here they are:

1. Military Inspired Anything

OK…so camo is not the only military inspired option here. What about military buttons on jackets? Is it acceptable if women say they were inspired by MJ and not an M.16? You can have this one though… I don’t currently own camo. (… but the year is 2015 and now I do have a pair of skinny camo pants. BOOM!)

2. The Zipper Dress

He says: “Honestly, unless you’re a genetically gifted South American, this is probably not going to work for you. Yes, yes, I’m dying to pull the zipper down, we’re all dying to pull the zipper down, the whole town wants to pull the zipper down … But to pull this off, you’re either from Copacabana, play bass in a band and have not one but multiple skull tattoos, or you work at a fetish store. Otherwise, you sort of look like a couch cover. ”

I see his point. Why? This is an ugly zipper dress! It looks like it came right out of Frederick’s of Hollywood and you might find it on True Beauty! I apologize for not being a statuesque South African, but seeing hardware on clothing is a trend that has been around for quite some time.

3. Terrycloth

Does anyone wear terrycloth to work, to shop or out on the town? No. The only time I have ever seen a terrycloth dress was near a body of water. It is a brilliant, towel-like invention that will NEVER leave you with a soggy bottomed cover up!

4. Plunging necklines

This fella’s issue with plunging necklines was his hatred for seeing women with nothing up top, therefore exposing the boning in their upper chest. I think they were getting desperate at this point….and it only pertains to women like myself. I get it! I don’t wear them anyways!

5. Rompers

I’ll just be honest…I own at least 10 rompers. The article stated that men do not want to see you looking like a little girl. I NEVER once wore a romper as a child. My mom was too busy trying to get my hair to grow at the age of three in order to put a bow in it that we clearly had bigger issues than romper-ing.

The rest of the article included sandal boots (the kind that show your foot but are more of a flat and boot mixed together), a maxi dress (they want to know what we’re hiding under there – rude), pleated men’s pants (thanks a lot, Annie Hall ) and fringe (what’s wrong with this man?!). Now that they’ve had their say, am I allowed to discuss how they wear shirts with baggy waistbands, cargo shorts and don’t trim their toenails before they wear sandals? Another topic for another day…

 

:: Best Dressed ::

When I was in high school, I was awarded the senior superlative of “Best Dressed.” (I really wanted a different superlative, but honestly probably would have been devastated if my attempt at expressing myself sartorially had gone unnoticed and let’s be honest – I’m nice, but I’ve never been referred to as “a sweet girl.”)

Of course, for the yearbook photo I selected the most ridiculous of basic outfits. We’re talking jeans, a tunic and if I remember correctly, rhinestoned moccasins. Ok. Maybe it wasn’t all basic (and definitely not stylish).

I remember being asked a question and the answer was to be recorded in the yearbook as well. “What celebrity’s style best describes your style?”

Um… I remember immediately thinking that no one’s style really fit mine. So instead I just picked a pretty celebrity (because at seventeen no one else cares what celebrities wear, as much as they care about their physical appearance).

Recently, the same question was posed to me (albeit, minus the celebrity piece), asking me to describe my personal style. At the ripe old age of twenty-six, I’ve finally realized that my style is consistently inconsistent. Sure, there are basic elements of style I love, but in the grand scheme of things – my style is that of who I want to embody that day.

To sum it up – I prefer to play dress up. Every. Single Day.

And so my friends, that is why you should join me at Buffalo Creek Boutique in Allen/Fairview, Texas THIS SATURDAY, March 21st between 2 and 4 pm. Enjoy the Sip and Style Tour with light bites, libations, and this Okie girl getting her true Texas style on.

Join the Facebook Group here and I hope to see you this Saturday!

Top // J. Crew

Pants // Zara

Jacket // Sheinside

Booties // H&M

Necklace // Kendra Scott

Speaking of dress up… this rainy weather has me craving color, but I’m clinging to my all black ensemble while it’s still appropriate!

 

:: Puddle Jumper ::

There’s just something about the weather that can really deter a normally goal-oriented overachiever. Between the wind and rain, it is honestly a miracle that I graduated from college. Great Oklahoma weather gear helped ensure that I made it over that finish line, and rain boots were among that crowd. Although, nothing was worse than when you threw on the boots when it was pouring freezing rain in the morning and by afternoon it was a humid 75.

Shockingly, that has not been the case lately in Dallas! Freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and rain make me semi excited for Daylight Saving’s Time and *hopefully* a spring to soon arrive!

Top // J. Crew

Skirt // Adrianna Papel

Boots // Hunter

Necklace // Max & Chloe

Fit Bit // Tory Burch