:: 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.

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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!

:: Pink and Red ::

As an almost Valentine’s Day baby, pink and red have always been my colors. I never cared that it was a “Hallmark Holidays,” because it was a double celebration for me! There was always a party at school with crafts, cupcakes, and Valentine’s Cards. This meant we were allowed to break out the glitter (some years….) and Elmer’s Glue the life out of that paper sack, until nothing more could fit on the front. Always craving another opportunity to be creative, this was a shining moment in my year. I obviously loved receiving candy necklaces and like anyone else, picking out the best tasting Candy Hearts (clearly not the white and green ones – ew).

Plus, this holiday celebrates finding your one twue wuv. From a very early age, I envisioned exactly what this stranger would be like – a man with Fred Astaire’s feet and George Clooney’s charm, of course. After growing up with crushes on men like Rhett Butler, Cary Grant and the occasional character from All My Children, anyone would have their work cut out for them!

While this time of year is the only acceptable time for some to watch rom com’s and don the pink/red combination, that is an everyday occasion for me! This color blocked, borderline tone-on-tone look is a definite favorite. If pink and red year-round is wrong, then I’ll just NEVER be right!

Happy Valentine’s Day – especially to my favorite photographer!

Top: Nordstrom Rack, Pants: J.Crew, Jacket: Sheinside, Flats: Steve Madden, Necklace: Neimans, Bracelets: Coach, Juicy Couture, C.Wonder, Rings: C.Wonder, David Yurman, Lawson Gems

Top: Nordstrom Rack, Pants: J.Crew, Jacket: Sheinside, Flats: Steve Madden, Necklace: Neimans, Bracelets: Coach, Juicy Couture, C.Wonder, Rings: C.Wonder, David Yurman, Lawson Gems

:: Best of the West ::

Western Conference that is.

T put our names on the season ticket holder list three years ago, essentially right after we started dating. I didn’t say anything, but in my head I was thinking “is this really that serious?” Guess it was! A few years back, Taylor bought me the jersey of my favorite player, James Harden. I adored that man, and have always loved an underdog. Even if he was being paid millions to be one. The following summer we were at dinner with his family, sister, and now brother-in-law, on the gorgeous patio at SW Steakhouse in Las Vegas. Then, tragedy struck. Knowing we followed the Thunder pretty closely, Luke made the comment that Harden had been traded. Not typically being one for the water works, I started crying hysterically at dinner. Couldn’t even finish my meal. And people – that is hands down, one of the top 3 steaks I’ve had in my life!

Since then, I haven’t been able to allow another jersey into my life, for fear of the NBA being in control of a potentially outdated wardrobe. However, Steven Adams (John Mayer’s look-a-like!)  is slowly sneaking into first place, for his devilish good looks, quite impressive ball skills, and that New Zealand accent that you could listen to all day. This time, I’ll wait until after the Thunder re-sign him though. No need to jinx the handsome fella! Until that day comes, when I can dress up a jersey, I’ll keep playing with the orange and blue color palette. What’s your go to Thunder wear?!

Top: J.Crew, Pants: Zara, Boots: Tory Burch, Bag: Kate Spade, Necklace: Anthropologie, Ring: David Yurman

Top: J.Crew (old, similar here), Pants: Zara (old, similar here) , Boots: Tory Burch (cute here), Bag: Kate Spade (cute beige option, and HUGE KATE SPADE SALE!), Necklace: Anthropologie (very old, two tone option here), Ring: David Yurman

:: Marshmallow World ::

Ya’ll. I woke up this morning and literally flew out of bed, yelling SNOW!!!!!!!” at Tallulah. Couldn’t even make out a full sentence. I ran around my teeny tiny apartment, unsure of what to do first. Hot chocolate? Christmas movie? Brush my teeth?  Going out in it was never part of the options. My apartment building is pretty tall, so we watched the GINORMOUS snow flakes fluttering about the sky, as my Christmas lights twinkled atop the window. It only got better as the snow fell behind our holiday-ready Christmas Flamingos. Truly, a beautiful sight. 

And then, there was brunch! I bought this sweater sweatshirt (it’s really in between both, so call it what you like) at a J.Crew sale during OU Texas weekend, on a day SO warm that I wouldn’t even allow myself to look in a mirror. As I tried to remove my crimson leather shorts (it was supposed to be chilly), the humidity and heat combined to give me a Ross Gellar leather pants moment. I poured sweat that afternoon like a small town football player during two a days. Slightly different from today’s weather…

As I was searching for a comfortable, cozy brunch outfit, to saddle up by the Flint fire with Sunday afternoon football in front of me – this little gem called my name. What’s even more lovable, is that the crumb-catcher colonial-style collar is actually attached! A miracle maker for a girl who loves the layered look, but is too petite to actually layer THAT much.

Top: J.Crew, Pants: J.Crew, Boots: Tory Burch, Bag: Kate Spade, Sunglasses: Johnathan Randolph, Gloves: H&M

Top: J.Crew, Pants: J.Crew, Boots: Tory Burch (similar here) , Bag: Kate Spade (similar here), Gloves: H&M

Bling on the cold.

Bling on the cold.

It's a marshmallow world in the winter...

It’s a marshmallow world in the winter…

These boots have a great story behind them… ask Mr. Robertson.

These boots have a great story behind them.

Just a lazy Sunday at the Colcord

Just a lazy Sunday at the Colcord

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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!

:: Rainy Days and Mondays ::

After the heaviest humidity I have ever felt in my life (and the only day I should have gone sock bun and didn’t at OU Texas), we finally saw rain! And not just a sprinkle here or there, but a thank-you-mother-nature-for-a-ten-dollar-car-wash kind of rain. I was so excited about the drop in temperature, that I totally forgot to don rain boots (here’s where I hint how badly I want a pair of red Hunters for Christmas, or sooner). When I got home, it was too dark (boo, gloomy skies) to snap a few photos outside, so we made do with a building, and a warm caramel kiss from my favorite coffee/wine/chocolatiers in Norman.

Dress: J.Crew, Vest: Forever 21, Necklace: J.Crew, Ring: David Yurman, Bag: Kate Spade, Boots: Tory Burch, Watch: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: John Richmond

Dress: J.Crew, Vest: Forever 21, Necklace: J.Crew, Ring: David Yurman, Bag: Kate Spade, Boots: Tory Burch, Watch: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: John Richmond, Nails: Nails Inc – St. Martin’s Lane

Dress: J.Crew, Vest: Forever 21, Necklace: J.Crew, Ring: David Yurman, Bag: Kate Spade, Boots: Tory Burch, Watch: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: John Richmond

Dress: J.Crew, Vest: Forever 21, Necklace: J.Crew, Ring: David Yurman, Bag: Kate Spade, Boots: Tory Burch, Watch: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: John Richmond

pop of pink

Ya'll... the Caramel Kiss.

Ya’ll… the Caramel Kiss.

How many people drink coffee at 6 pm? Former teachers.

How many people drink coffee at 6 pm? Former teachers.

baubles and things.

:: {Wo}men in Black ::

October in Oklahoma and I’m wearing… a skort to brunch? October is probably the most difficult month to dress for – sometimes we get a Fall, and sometimes we skip it altogether!  Even as a kid, dressing for Halloween was a toss up – would there be flurries or a heatwave? One year it snowed (the year I was probably a dress wearing, feather wig donning Cruella DeVille), and another year it was eighty degrees (the year we were Energizer Bunnies, of course).

On to the outfit! Black is my favorite color. Most people look at me like I’m nuts, but let’s be real – blondes look good in black, and I can pair it with anything. It was such a gorgeous day that I couldn’t resist my new favorite (ok, it’s my only) skort. Let’s see how much more wear I can get out of this baby…

Skort: Stella Rae's, Top: J.Crw, Bag: Kate Spade, Sandals: Zigi Girl, Necklaces: Max & Chloe,  Obaz Pinterest find, Ring: David Yurman

Skort: Stella Rae’s, Top: Old Navy, Bag: Kate Spade, Sandals: Zigi Girl, Necklaces: Max & Chloe, Obaz Pinterest find, Ring: David Yurman, Sunglasses: Fendi, Nails: Essie Ladylike

Baubles and things.

Baubles and things.