:: 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

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:: Beach Bum ::

We recently joined some of our friends on a post-bar trip to Cabo san Lucas. Three lawyers and a fashion blogger… you can imagine how fascinating the talk about MPRE questions, essay topics, and misdemeanor manslaughter was….

However, in between that chatter, we had a fantastic time. We were quite uncertain as to whether or not we would actually make it to Cabo. In an effort to save a few dollars, we opted to take Aero Mexico. That was our first mistake. We made it to DFW around 5:30 am and immediately jumped into the 60+ person line. After thirty minutes of not moving an inch, we became concerned COMPLETELY FREAKED OUT and knew we would be missing our flight.

As I held down our place in line, Taylor discovered that our flight was delayed from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, causing us to miss our connecting flight and be completely re-routed. As we began making plans for our day (brunch, nap, lunch, nap, wandering around Dallas, and finally airport), we were given the option of taking the 4:00 flight and a connector which would place us *ever so safely* in Mexico City for a night. Um, no.

We bailed, hopped on a direct American flight, and never looked back. After making it through security, Taylor spent nearly an hour on the phone with Aero Mexico, guaranteeing our return flight would not be cancelled. We arrived in Cabo earlier than expected and went directly to the pool to sample what the swim up bar had to offer.

You should also know that the night before our departure, T bought a Go Pro. Of course I scoffed at the idea, but let me tell you – if there is a man in your life, get him one! He was so entertained the entire time, and now we have loads of photos and video from our life-proof case which floated in the pool most of the day. Between the mojitos and sunburns, we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. (Except when M+C thought their license/wallet/credit cards were stolen).

 

 

Swimsuit // Victoria’s Secret

Cover up // Old Navy (in stores)

Bag // Boutique Find

Sandals // Steve Madden

Hat // Forever 21

We stayed on the side where you’re not allowed to go into the ocean because, you will die. But we couldn’t resist just running down and letting the waves rush over the top of our feet.

Then this happened…

 

and I got slapped by a massive wave as prince charming filmed it…

 

and ended up doing what T refers to as my “weird girl run,” which is really the “I’m soaking wet run.”

:: 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)

 

:: 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!

:: 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

:: Weekend Wear ::

There are some outfits I wear over and over and over again – and somehow my friends love me enough to pretend that they don’t notice. While my favorite weekend wear consists of an oversized red Hotel Del Mar sweatshirt or my white and pink fancy floral sweats (unfortunately – sometimes together), every now and then I must leave home.

Hence, the boyfriend jeans making their come back! Whether worn with sparkly loafers (which keep my toes toasty!) or a fun heel – these are my go-to’s. Sure, I know they aren’t the most flattering pants on earth – but at the end of the day, prying peeling those skinny jeans off is not enjoyable. You’re in the closet, while your legs get caught up in the attempted escape of the second-skin-like tightness surrounding your ankles, tumbling over yourself and into a wall of dagger-like heels…. Let’s be real – it just isn’t safe!

Then again, how often do we choose function over fashion? I know I’m not the only one who has had a near-death like experience with skinny jeans!

Top: Forever 21, Coat: Sheinside, Jeans: Gap Boyfriend, Loafers: Steve Madden, Bag: Vintage Chanel

Top: Forever 21 (old – love this option!), Coat: Sheinside, Jeans: Gap Boyfriend, Loafers: Ugg (on super sale!!), Bag: Vintage Chanel, Necklace: Pinterest?

P.S. I am currently seeking a web designer – any takers out there?!

:: 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!

:: Casual Kicks ::

You know when you have an image in your mind, but just can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? That’s me. Basically, every day. I spend more time than I care to admit googling and pinteresting different variations of key words, just waiting for the right thing to pop up. Currently, I’m seeking a variation of midi skirts, leopard high heeled booties, and the perfect oversized sweater.

These shoes? Prime example of my patience finally paying off. I loved the tan/gold variations I kept finding, but with as much as I wear any form of sneaker to begin with, I wasn’t about to pay an arm and a leg on a shoe that I might end up hating in a year. I found an incredible black wedge sneaker with a white sole, but it just didn’t seem right for me. (Such a Goldilocks!) Finally, I just happened to be roaming aimlessly through Kohl’s with my mom and these jumped out at me for a whopping $34.99. Why hadn’t I thought of silver to begin with?! Not only are these the most comfortable shoes I own, but they are perfect for Thunder games and even better as my set-up shoes on the day of events! You might think the wedge would be uncomfortable, but it’s actually quite cushiony and thus far, has served me well. This is a trend I never saw myself succumbing to, but I am SO glad I did!

Top: J.Crew, Vest: Forever 21, Jeans: Joe's, Shoes: Kohl's, Necklace: Zara, Bracelets: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, J.Crew, C. Wonder, Ring: David Yurman

Top: J.Crew, Vest: Forever 21, Jeans: Joe’s, Shoes: Kohl’s, Necklace: Zara, Bracelets: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, J.Crew, C. Wonder, Ring: David Yurman, Bag: Christopher Kon

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:: Faux Real ::

This blog has been so much fun, and I am beyond flattered when my friends praise me for The Paper Doll looking polished all the time. So, let’s be honest here. I do not always look put together. I do not get up EVERY day, jumping into my closet and pulling together fashionable pieces. Some days, I wear my worn out, long-sleeved, button down flannel pajamas, sitting around solving Criminal Minds episodes. And that’s ok. 

So often, I see social media being used to “frame” our lives, only showcasing the exciting or seemingly perfect bits and pieces of our days. Workday Weekend called it the fashion blogger “bubble effect,” meaning we capture this somewhat staged bit of our life as we want others to see it. Some days my hair can’t even do a sock bun, others my wardrobe is literally falling apart, and even after acutane, my skin imperfections can’t always be covered with make-up. As a blogger who focuses so much on the aesthetic, I do find it very important for my readers to know that even Blair Eadie and Olivia Palermo have off days, as do I – clearly. So, when I found this comfortable, easy, casually somewhat cool look…. it became my new go to. It’s basically my socially acceptable flannel pajamas-level of comfortable outfit. The J.Crew pixie pants are a VERY thick legging (which can, attention sorority sisters – be worn as PANTS!), and if you know me, you will be seeing this outfit at least once a week. And I’m not even ashamed. 

I love faux fur, and obviously always have. My classmates had many a name for this fur-baby beauty, and I so often wish I could revisit the simple, unknowing, but oh so confident girl who hadn’t yet noticed that being different was not cool yet. She was many things, but she was authentically faux real, ya’ll. What do you wear out and about when you’d rather not roll out of bed?

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You go girl!

Top: Kohls, Pants: J.Crew Pixie Pants, Vest: Stella Rae’s, Booties: Forever 21, Necklace: Lucky Brand, Bag: Kate Spade, Bracelets: J.Crew, Anthropologie, Gifts,

Top: Kohls, Pants: J.Crew Pixie Pants, Vest: Stella Rae's, Booties: Forever 21, Necklace: Lucky Brand, Bag: Kate Spade, Bracelets: J.Crew, Anthropologie, Gifts,

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:: Canadian Tuxedos and Basketball ::

To say this weekend was busy is an understatement. We took off for Dallas Thursday night – with my three bags in tow, one full of just shoes. From North Park and the Dallas Flea to a perfect Nobu dinner and late night high school reunion including Chace Crawford (Honestly, I don’t know why T thought I would be so star struck. He knows there is only room in my heart for one other man – John Mayer), church and a drive back to the city. Of course, we then turned around and ran to our second home, the Chesapeake Arena, to catch the first home Thunder game as season ticket holders! We’ve been on the list for ages, so we celebrated these two special seats of our very own with hot dogs and brew. Really – do you think we could afford a nicer dinner after that kind of purchase?!

Somehow in the cold and the wind, we managed to click a few pics, even though my new sunglasses absolutely did not want to stay on my face. Fans were asked to wear blue for the first home game, and I struggled with an outfit that was comfortable, warm on the walk, cool next to 18,000 of our closest pals, and of course – blue. Then it hit me. What better way to cheer on our favorite team, than in a Canadian Tuxedo?!

Top: J.Crew, Jeans: Gap, Clutch: Tory Burch, Jacket: Stella Rae's, Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James, Booties: Forever 21, Necklace: Dallas Flea

Top: J.Crew, Jeans: Gap, Clutch: Tory Burch, Jacket: Stella Rae’s, Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James, Booties: Forever 21, Necklace: Dallas Flea

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a gem of a find

a gem of a find

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