:: Put a Bow on it ::

I’ve always had an affinity for gift wrapping. Every Christmas my mom puts together a theme for the presents under the tree and lucky for us, she’s never let up on that little bit of Christmas magic. From bows and ribbon to tissue paper and wrapping paper – I love it all.

When I found this bow on ASOS, it brought a flood of happiness to my heart. I didn’t have hair until I was three, so I certainly never got into the bow-wearing thing, but a giant bow that is versatile enough to be worn with ANY top?! Sign me up!

 

Top // Equipment

Pants // J. Crew Pixie

Booties // H&M

Bow // ASOS

Bag // Kate Spade

Rings // H&M

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:: Points of Productivity ::

One month in to 2015 – how are your resolutions going?!  It can be so hard to stay productive, especially in the cold months when all I really want to do is curl up by a fireplace and do absolutely NOTHING.

Kabbage believes boosting productivity is a wise investment and offers fast online loans ranging in a variety of price points. I also have multiple ideas on how to be your most productive self!

There are a few things which I have found help me stay productive.  What are yours?

 

1 // What better way to stay on task than with a great watch you can wear every day? Grab this Kate Spade style here.

2 // I used to spend hours an insane amount of time standing in front of my closet, trying to put something, anything, together. Then, one summer I made the greatest discovery – Stylebook. I had spent years dreaming of a Cher (a la Clueless) style closet, which would help complete outfits based on the clothing you own. With this app, you can take photos or upload pictures from a website, of your own clothing and categorize each item. Then, you can pull together outfits and even plan ahead with a calendar. As someone who is anything but a morning person, this has saved me loads of time. I don’t plan outfits weekly, but I will drag together various pieces which I could see as an outfit. Then, I look to those styles for inspiration while I am getting ready. Truly a huge productivity booster in knocking out the rest of my to-do’s!

3 // It’s rare to meet someone who has set a New Year’s resolution without having one related to wellness. I was apprehensive about the Fit Bit at first. Would I wear it? Would I track my goals? My sleep? My nutrition? At work, I often find myself sitting for several hours. Until I started tracking my steps, I had no idea that I was only meeting about 30-40% of my daily movement goal! The Tory Burch Fit Bit is the perfect blend of style and functionality.  I wear the bracelet every day, and love that it looks like a simple bangle. If I head to Barre class or hit the gym, I can simply remove the Fit Bit and pop it into a workout band. Tracking my sleep is another great new function to take advantage of and is making be a nicer bride…. or Britanzilla.

4 // How can one stay on top of their game if they don’t have a planner?! This awesome Brittany Fuson day planner was gifted to me at Christmas and it is fantastic. Not only is each page filled with fashion-forward prints, but it helps me stay sane in the most ridiculous of times.

5 // I am a creature of habit and one of those habits is making lists. There is something so calming about getting things off your mind and on paper. Recently, I read a book called “Getting Things Done,” which essentially speaks to methods of productivity. In the book, the author notes that even if you are a list maker, these lists can spiral out of control. (Shocker!) Unless you are able to bucket them into categories and then note the exact, bite-sized next action step – your list will keep rolling over and you may never be able to *gasp* fully cross off items. Point taken. Capture all of your thoughts, to-do’s and goals with this gold polka-dotted beauty!

 

:: Looks of Love ::

Valentine’s Day has always been among my favorites. It immediately follows my birthday and seeing conversation hearts begin popping up in stores was always a fantastic sign!

Among the other reasons I adore Valentine’s Day – pink and red are the best color combination, angels and arrows are the best symbols, and hello – cards filled with the best puns?! Count me in!

Of course, I’m also a closeted hopeless romantic who grew up on 1940’s black and white films. I believed men should dance like Fred Astaire, sing like Bing Crosby, speak like Cary Grant and have the passion of Rhett Butler, I mean, Clark Gable.

Let’s just say I had a rude awakening around 2003.

Regardless, I love love, I love my birthday, and I love Valentine’s Day. We are going rogue this year (!!!) and heading to New York (!!!) to celebrate my birthday and Valentine’s Day (!!!). Here are a few fabulous picks to make your Valentine’s Day special. There’s a little e-mail icon at the bottom of the post if you feel a certain someone could benefit from these hints…

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:: Blank Space ::

I never thought this day would come. As long as I can remember, I have been the anti-Taylor Swift fan. We could discuss this for days – don’t get me started.

The world is clearly spinning backwards, because I can’t stop listening to 1989 on repeat. The. Entire. Album. While my outfit is a slightly different “blank space” than the song is referring to, I have had this sweater on repeat just the same as the playlist itself.

Additionally, have we all been singing about “starbuck’s lovers” since we heard that song? This article proves I’m not alone in the lyrics I’ve been jamming out to.

“They’ll tell you I’m insane…”

 

Top // Anthropologie

Pants // J. Crew

Shoes // Gap

PBag // Kate Spade

Watch // Anthropologie

:: Black Swan ::

Every time I wear this skirt, someone compliments how very “ballerina,” I am that day. No matter what I pair it with, I consistently look like I am trying to emulate Kristin Young. So today, I am embracing my inner ballerina.

Growing up, I despised ballet because of my scoliosis. Nothing pained me more than the ways I would twist and turn my back, yet still never quite line up thanks to that twenty-four degree angle. Fortunately there’s no pain with this skirt – even if the title implies so!

 Skirt // BCBG

Top // J. Crew

Shoes // Valentino

Bag // Kate Spade

Earrings // Kate Spade

Bracelet // Kate Spade

:: Old Friends ::

When Josh came into town (Dallas to Oklahoma City to Shawnee), we somehow only had a small window of time to meet, and of course that was in the morning.

I don’t do mornings.

So, I jumped up, threw on my favorite sweatshirt dress, and we braved the Oklahoma winds for coffee and an impromptu photo shoot! Just like old friends, this dress is a staple in life.

 

Dress // J. Crew

Jacket // Stella Rae’s

Shoes // Converse

Bag // Kate Spade

:: Sweater Weather ::

Oklahoma got a snow day – Dallas was just flat-out cold.

We spent (semi-snowy) Sunday recovering from being wedding weekend warriors (think that brings us to lucky number seven this year) and catching up on work. Taylor and I argue over who has the better neighborhood constantly, but Sunday he brought his A game.

Less than a block away, he located the most incredible coffee/wine shop which felt like my little piece of Oklahoma in the middle of Dallas. We walked in and it was perfect. Warm air hit my face and a sea of comfortable couches filled my eyes. The latte was incredible, the football game was playing (silently!!!), and I was in heaven. Plus, any barista who can make latte designs will keep my business.

While it was freezing (literally) out, this sweater practically acted as a coat! In our home, we didn’t wear coats growing up. When you’re heading to a mall, the last thing you want to do is lug around a big coat. So we either required our driver to drop us off (that’s what dads are for) or ran from the car to the door.

If you’ve seen me run, take a moment to soak that image in. If you haven’t, click here.

 

Sweater // Urban Outfitters

Jeans // Joe’s

Boots // Tory Burch

Bag // Kate Spade

 

:: Needing a Napa ::

Napa. Where do I even begin?

We’ll do a full breakdown eventually, but I think I speak for Taylor and I both when I say – we are ready to move.

Imagine a world which is the perfect blend of Shawnee, Oklahoma and Dallas, Texas. Yes – impossible to put together in your mind, but a dream come true. This is exactly how I would describe Napa/Yountville/Oakville – the entire region.

The most perfect Main Streets, filled with unique shops (and a Trader Joe’s a stone’s throw away). Winding roads lined with lush trees fill the horizon, and people who are as nice as they could possibly be. Looking back, I’m shocked we returned home.

Taylor’s itinerary would put a Disney Dad to shame, but somehow we made it to just about every vineyard we wanted to see, and then some. (The beauty of having a post-bar exam pre-start date future attorney around). These photos were taken at Turnbull Cellars – a favorite for multiple reasons. Our tasting guide was awesome, we got to wander the grounds freely, see all the bells and whistles, and then they went out of their way to add to my wine coaster collection! Oh, and the wine was fantastic.

T spent most of the days trying to talk me into a Napa wedding, but it seemed like it was just a good excuse to get out to the region a few (dozen) more times in the next year. Not such a bad idea though…

 

Dress: Anthropologie

Bag: C. Wonder

Shoes: Shoe Mint

Necklace: Max & Chloe

Bracelet: C. Wonder

:: Dot Dot Dot ::

I am always looking for an excuse to dress up.

Which is most likely why I have always loved Halloween so much. Every year was an opportunity to create something one-of-a-kind through sartorial selections. My first taste of design.

If you couldnt tell from my lack of blogging, October has been INSANE. As if a new job, new city, and new home were not enough, October tested the limits of my sanity. It was an incredible, busy month and I am excited to start settling into somewhat of a routine….

As Halloween rolled around, I was too exhausted to make plans at all. As I stood in my closet at 10:00 PM on October 30th, I realized that I would kick myself if I didn’t at least give a nod to the holiday. Making do with what I already possessed, 300 miles from a closet full of old dance and date party costumes, I started sifting through what I owned.

When asked about their style, many people are able to point to a specific look – from boho chic to structured separates, most anyone can tell you what their go-to is. It was in this moment that I realized my style, from jewelry to pants and sweaters to shoes, is “costume-y.”

A leopard, a snake, a pirate (I know), a school girl (embarrassing),a flower patch, a biker, a flamingo, Minnie Mouse (see below), a hippie, a Spice Girl.. the options were endless. Upon further thought (cue 10:30 pm), I opted to pull of a Pantone color in full pink attire from head to toe (not to be confused with a Pepto Bismol bottle), and happily skipped into the office with a Pantone label pinned to my sweater.

Taylor and I celebrated Halloween at the Star’s game (excellent people watching on Halloween) and later watched people run from place to place in their 20-something costumes in the cold. Sure, it was without my usual decor and creatively themed BOO-ze (ha!) ideas, but it was a great one.

So, while I haven’t really commented on this outfit at all, you should know that this is just one of my many examples of a potential costume as Minnie someday…

 

Dress: Nordstrom

Bag: Kate Spade

Shoes: Shoe Mint

Jewelry: Kate Spade, C. Wonder

:: Rule Breaker ::

No peeking at Christmas presents. No white after Labor Day. No licking the batter. No reading in the dark

Some rules were made to be broken, right? Down here in Dallas, it’s hotter than the Fourth of July. Which is why anyone who tells me that I cannot wear white after Labor Day is probably not meant to be my friend. If that were true, who in tarnation would get married after Labor Day?

Half the people I associate with, which is one of the many reasons we are friends!

So today my dear friends, readers, people from Hong Kong who can’t understand my random slang via Google translate: I challenge you to eat cake for breakfast! Don multiple chains in the name of high fashion! WEAR WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY!

Because, we can.

And be happy – because today is the day that Napa meets its match! Looking forward to sharing this adventure with you! Also – send a prayer up for me on Saturday. Taylor thinks we will actually make it to SEVEN wineries.

I die. Insert boggled emoji face here.

 

 

Top // J. Crew

Jeans // Target (in stores only now)

Shoes // Nordstrom

Bag // Kate Spade (similar)

Necklace // Bauble Bar

Rings // H&M

 P.S. Special shout out to Libs for the awesome tip on locating the perfect pair of white jeans in the perfect budget range. Extra points for the not-so-basic-girl gold zipper at the bottom. #soultwin