:: Foxy ::

There may not be a better feeling than realizing an entire outfit costs less than your watch or bag. This is one of those outfits!  I picked up this sweater, and a lamb version as well,  last year when it hit Old Navy – what an amazing find! THEN as I was perusing Target the other day, I happened upon this pair of camo pants, in exactly my size, and for a whopping $12. I have been searching for a good pair of cheap camo pants for at least a year, knowing that I did not want to spend a lot on something that I may change my mind about later. It’s rare to see me pick up a truly fad-ish item, but they are pretty bold, and not in the vegan leather pants or foiled snake print way. The last time I wore a pair of camo print pants was when I first began competing in Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen. You can read about it here, but I wouldn’t dare post a photo. After calling a local director, baffled as to how I didn’t place in his pageant, he told my mom exactly why. The dance costume was too scandalous. Now listen ya’ll, I don’t have a scandalous bone in my body, so that gave us a great big ol’ laugh for weeks! Fortunately, there’s a new way to wear camo pants, and hopefully this way will not offend anyone…

Top: Old Navy, Pants: Target, Bag: Kate Spade, Heels: Aldo, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: C.Wonder,  Bracelets: J.Crew, Playa Del Carmen Straw Market find, Gift

Top: Old Navy, Pants: Target, Bag: Kate Spade, Heels: Aldo, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: C.Wonder, Bracelets: J.Crew, Playa Del Carmen Straw Market find, Gift

:: important business ::

:: important business ::

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:: Falling for Florals ::

WHEW! The past few days in Oklahoma have been quite unique for November. I think we missed out on Fall this year, which is über depressing, as it is my favorite season of all. We had a heat wave of a weekend, causing me to pull out my lightweight fabrics and match them with something fun – like florals! Hard to believe I have had this skirt now for three years, but watercolor-like painted fabric mixed with pockets is an unbeatable combination. What did you put on to beat the heat?!

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: J.Crew, Boots: Tory Burch, Bag: Kate Spade, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Necklace: Zara, Rings: David Yurman, Bracelets: J.Crew, Playa Del Carmen Straw Market find, Gift

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: J.Crew, Boots: Tory Burch, Bag: Kate Spade, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Necklace: Zara, Rings: David Yurman, Watch: Michael Kors

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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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:: Earn Your Stripes ::

I was born to brunch. It’s by far my favorite meal, for several reasons. During the two years I lived in Tulsa, brunch became T and I’s thing. Since he was in law school, it was more difficult for him to head north, so I added thousands of miles to my car to make it work – typically trekking to the city on Sundays. (I know you’re reading this in the middle of class, so you can’t object to the miles I accumulated during this relationship!) We bounced from brunch to brunch, and I can rattle off the specials or mimosa price on nearly every menu in town. Now that we live less than 150 miles away from each other, we hit up Flint on Sundays. During Fantasy Football season (yes, I know – technically NFL season, but clearly we have to watch multiple different players and not just one specific team), we had to find a place that would give us great food, good prices, a convenient location, a television, and be able to get us out of there by a 12:05 kickoff.

Thus, we found our brunch home at Flint. My personal favorite spot is at the bar, sitting in front of the fire. But that’s because fireplaces hold a special place in my heart. As a child, I used our fireplace as my stage – dancing, singing, and occasionally pretending I was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. In college, Josh and I would settle up with our laptops and student organization work by the not one, but TWO fireplaces in Pi Phi, which Mom Mindy often joined us to enjoy. If you ever make it to this little gem in the Colcord, do yourself a favor and order the berry compote topped brioche French Toast, Farmers’ Biscuits and Gravy, and if it’s there – the pancake special. You’ll be so content with fullness that you’ll need a mid-day nap. Aren’t those the best?!

I know we’re going to eat a little more than usual on our Sunday fun days, so here is what I throw on to leave a little room for my favorite weekly tradition!

Dress: Gap, Scarf: Coach, Bag: Kate Spade, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelets: Coach, Juicy Couture, Shoes: Converse, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: David Yurman

Dress: Gap, Scarf: Coach, Bag: Kate Spade, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelets: Coach, Juicy Couture, Shoes: Converse (You have to see these beauties in person – they sparkle, but not with glitter or rhinestones…just lovely!), Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: David Yurman

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Hellooooooo brunch!

Hellooooooo brunch!

:: Going Rogue ::

“Life is a party. Dress like it.” – Lilly Pulitzer

So often, I wander into my closet, looking at my most prized pieces, and putting them back because it’s “too much” for whatever occasion is in store. Then I got inspired by Blair Eadie and decided to throw together all the things I had been wanting to wear and were instead beautifully decorating the interior of my closet. It was time to go rogue… and not in the Sarah Palin way.

Skirt: Shoptiques, Top: J.Crew, Jacket: H&M, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Belt: Vintage, Boots: Tory Burch, Necklace: Max and Chloe, Bracelets: , Nails: Nails INC -

Skirt: Shoptiques, Top: J.Crew, Jacket: H&M, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Belt: Vintage, Boots: Tory Burch, Clutch: Christopher Kon, Necklace: Max and Chloe, Bracelets: Seasonal Whispers, Anthropologie, Rings: C.Wonder, David Yurman, Nails: Nails INC – Regent Street

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:: The Boyfriend ::

Boyfriend jeans. I have been on a search for the right pair for SO long. I’ve tried on dozens – but being 5’2″, I thought they may just be for the vertically challenged. Then I slid on these babies from Gap, rolled them up to see the look with heels, and was in heaven. They are so comfortable, and while I’m not typically a holy jeans kind of gal, I dig the holes in these. Sure, they might be a little too big up top, but that just means they’ll be my Thanksgiving Day pants as well! Bring on the creole butter infused fried turkey!

Top: BCBG, Jeans: Gap Boyfriend, Loafers: Steve Madden, Bag: Kate Spade, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Necklace: Vintage, Rings: ASOS, David Yurman, C. Wonder

Top: BCBG, Jeans: Gap Boyfriend, Loafers: Steve Madden, Bag: Kate Spade, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Necklace: Vintage, Rings: ASOS, David Yurman, C. Wonder

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:: South Meets West ::

Two years ago, I spent a summer in the southwest. Phoenix to be exact. And yes – I said summer. Between learning how to be a teacher (that was a process that definitely took more than the six weeks I spent there), the 120 degree heat (very real), and walking through a haboob – it was definitely memorable. The drive down Route 66 is fascinating, particularly the trading posts and travel stops. I have always been drawn to turquoise, but something in the unique southwestern prints piques my interest.  Is it how it is woven? Somewhat abstract? The tradition in the culture? The number of arrows to appease my Pi Phi loving soul? No idea. But when I spotted this beautiful jacket, especially with the arrow, I had to take it home. No doubt, you will be seeing it a lot!

Jacket: San Diego Boutique Find, Top: J.Crew, Necklace: Gifted, Jeans: J.Brand, Bag: Kate Spade, Booties: Forever 21, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Rings: David Yurman, C. Wonder
Jacket: San Diego Boutique Find, Top: J.Crew, Necklace: Gifted, Jeans: J.Brand, Bag: Kate Spade, Booties: Forever 21, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Rings: David Yurman, C. Wonder
Loving the southwest flair and suede sleeves.

Loving the southwest flair and suede sleeves.

A bright spot.

A bright spot.

Do you see the arrow on the back? Clearly, I had to have it after discovering that.

Do you see the arrows? Clearly, I had to have it after discovering that.

:: Chucks and Lace ::

Third grade. The year my feet grew four sizes and I had to stand on the back row of class photos because I was freakishly tall. It seemed as though I would totally follow in my mom’s side of the family’s footsteps as an epic basketball player, and live up to the 5’8″ height, predicted by doctors upon doubling my size as a tot. In order to keep up with my growth spurts (and probably get my paddle boats used to athletic shoes) I owned every color and style of converse they made. Of course, I thought this was the coolest shoe ever because it had my dad’s name and my middle name emblazoned proudly on the side with a star – CHUCK TAYLOR. Legit.

Years later, these gems of a shoe found their way onto the dance competition and pageant circuit. We were clearly new to this whole pageant thing, and a clogging solo had been choreographed for me to “Skater Boy.” (It may actually be titled “Skater Boi,” but that’s beyond embarrassing). When my mom and I set our minds to something, we go all out, and Skater Boy was no exception. Rhinestoned camo cutoffs, a red tank with a ripped fishnet overlay and of course – clogs specially built into a pair of rhinestoned (le duh) converse. As I gave up my last pageant title tonight, this special dance was reminisced about by many of my pageant friends and family.

You can put your kid in sneakers, but they may still only score four points in one season. Doctors can use modern medicine to predict size (I was itty bitty – someone should have caught on) and only hit the 5’2″ mark. You can be too old for pageants and still own that pair of converse clogging shoes. However, I still have a soft spot in my heart for Chuck Taylor’s. When I caught a glimpse of these silver, slightly iridescent beaming shoes – I knew they had found their home.

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: Forever 21, Shoes: Converse, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Necklace: H&M, Rings: David Yurman, C.Wonder, Watch: Michael Kors

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: Forever 21, Shoes: Converse, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Clutch: Christopher Kon, Necklace: H&M, Rings: David Yurman, C.Wonder, Watch: Michael Kors, Nails: Nails Inc Regent Street

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:: 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

:: Sunny San Diego ::

Before the wedding on Friday, we spent the morning strolling around Orange Avenue, which is down the street from Hotel Del Coronado. It was a beautiful day, weaving in and out of the quaint shops lining the street. My mom and I walked into a jewelry store and this was the conversation which ensued:

Store owner: Are you in the parade?

Me: Um, what?

Store owner: The parade. For Homecoming.

Me: Uh… no? What, who’s homecoming?

Store owner: Are you in a pageant? Your hair is fixed up so pretty.

Me: (HA! I totally thought I was being punked at this point) No, I’m not in a pageant today. What parade?

Store owner: For the high school. 

Yep. Still being mistaken for a sixteen-year-old at twenty-four. I hope this isn’t a phase which goes away when I hit thirty! Also, the sock bun has apparently not taken off yet in Southern California. It was nearly eighty degrees, so I was thankful to have packed some comfortable, light-weight pieces to wander around in!

Top: J.Crew, Shorts: BDG, Bag: Kate Spade, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Sandals: Zigi Girl, Belt: Ann Taylor, Necklace: Max and Chloe, Arm Party: Anthropologie, Tulsa Mayfest find, Seasonal Whispers

Top: J.Crew, Shorts: BDG, Bag: Kate Spade, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Sandals: Zigi Girl, Belt: Ann Taylor, Necklace: Max and Chloe, Arm Party: Anthropologie, Tulsa Mayfest find, Seasonal Whispers, Nails: Nails Inc – Kensington Place

As my dad was snapping a quick pic, I totally got photo bombed. Anyone know this crazy college girl in the background?!

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The loveliest day on Orange Street.

The loveliest day on Orange Street.