:: 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

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:: Mellow Yellow ::

We are still on vacation photos… because we can. My favorite day in Cabo was the day that we did absolutely nothing. Seriously – nothing!

After breakfast with our favorite waiter, we headed out to the pool to be the wildest people there. If you know the four of us, you clearly understand that we collectively average about eighty-five (years-old) when it comes to the party scale. Mojitos in hand, we recorded ourselves on the GoPro, talked about the bar exam (oh, well… three of the four did), and sampled everything the swim up bar had to offer. Someone really enjoyed the hot dogs rather than fresh fish tacos, but he shall remain unnamed…

At seven, we realized that we were hungry again, but had no desire to put any effort into our looks. Therefore, we opted for the al fresco buffet. Sitting in wet swimsuits, we again ate like kings because – ALL INCLUSIVE! We hit the hot tub and listened to a local band sing incredible covers of American songs where all the letter j filled songs were silent.

It was awesome.

 

 

Monogrammed Bathing Suit //Itzy Tripzy Baby

Cover-up // Juicy Couture (old, lots of cover-up options here)

Sandals // Steve Madden (similar)

Hat // J.Crew Factory (out of stock, similar here)

:: Blogger’s Block ::

Hello my friends!

Long time, no post. However, a lot has been happening and soon we’ll be back on a more regular schedule.

I cannot wait to relay our Mexico vacay (later), but something (other an Aero Mexico issues – again, later) happened in the Dallas airport that really put a bad taste in my mouth. While awaiting our flight, I looked up to see not one , but two fashion bloggers sit down across from me. I had literally started following both of them maybe a week prior, with each having more than 55,000 Instagram followers.

I have 285.

Nonetheless, I was more intrigued by who they were as “normal” people. I felt like a Miss Oklahoma Star (a mentoring program for young girls) as I quietly observed their mannerisms and conversation.

To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. Here were two women who made their lives blogging, writing, photographing, and sharing pieces of their (maybe incredibly staged) days with their followers – making fun of the people who support them. They gawked and “ugghhhhed” over fans inquiring where they got an item, how they didn’t know what Like to Know it was, and generally hating on others. After at least a dozen attempts to Instagram their accessories, they began to board the plane.

Somehow, we were in line directly behind them and it just would not end – they stopped on the jet bridge, required their third wheel (husband of one blogger) to whip out the Nikon, screw on the lens, and take photos of them prior to boarding. This was now annoying everyone behind them, and I questioned why I wanted to be a part of such a high-maintenence world.

In this moment, it all clicked for T. He turned to me and said he had no idea how easy he has it. We only photograph once a week and I buy him brunch and mimosas afterwards. (insert praying hands emoji here)

So, I learned a few valuable lessons that day and had a pretty major reality check. I love blogging and sharing my broke-girl budget style with others. However, I’ll be making an extra effort to be the Glinda of bloggers!

Top: Kate Spade Saturday

Pants: Vera Wang for Kohl’s (love these) (and these)

Sandals: Sam Edelman (I die over these)

Bag: Kate Spade (similar)

Necklace: Dillard’s (close)

Ring: Beyond Baroque

Bracelets: Coach, Anthropologie

 

:: Sherbert + Stripes ::

WHEW! It’s hot out. Meaning I’m getting a little crazy creative with my sartorial selections.

I bought this romper at J.Crew a zillion years ago, and honestly never wore it until just recently. However, now it has become a summer time staple. It’s so easy to throw on a statement necklace or swap out a different belt. Of course, you could always throw on every shade of sherbet with it as well…

With this heat wave, my trip to Utah could not be timed more perfectly. My sister has been interning in Park City since May, and has promised me the world’s greatest pizza and lots of downtown shopping. I’ve never been so thrilled to visit a place in the summer which will require a jacket. JACKPOT!

 

Romper / J. Crew | Shoes / Kohl's | Bag / Kate Spade | Sunglasses / Elizabeth + James | Jewelry / David Yurman, C. Wonder

Romper / J. Crew (very old – but I definitely need this one!) | Shoes / Kohl’s | Bag / Kate Spade (sold out – can’t go wrong here!) | Sunglasses / Elizabeth + James (old, these are great!) | Jewelry / David Yurman, C. Wonder

 

:: Chambray Dreams and Barn Scenes ::

Last week was the most beautiful week in Oklahoma. The evenings were clear, a subtle seventy degrees, and if you had shed your winter layer, you might have needed a jacket. Then, summer hit us like a ton of bricks.

 

I’ve almost reached the point of wearing Lulu Lemon 24/7. but until then – I give you chambray dreams and barn scenes!

 

Top // J.Crew (practically the same), Skirt // Peter Pilotto for Target (old, similar) Shoes // Vera Wang for Kohls, Necklace // J.Crew (old, similar), Bag // Kate Spade (Love this style!!)

Hope you are keeping cool!

 

:: 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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