:: Dallas Cowgirl ::

Let’s first clarify that I am not claiming to be a Texan. I suppose it’s kind of like the first time you refer to your college residence as “home,” when on the phone with your mom. You are promptly reminded that the city you currently live in is not “home.” It will never be “home,” because let’s be honest – home is where your mom is.

Now, do I love Dallas? Yes. Surprisingly, I’m far more attached to it than I was to Tulsa, but perhaps have not met it with the same admiration I had for Oklahoma City. To be frank, a lot of that had, and currently has, to do with the exact part of town I get to claim as my little piece.

This little part, my neck of the woods city, has quaint homes, quiet sidewalks, and a dover of ducks. Seriously – loads of them and the cutest ducklings! I’m just removed enough from downtown (too much for me), and uptown (if you’re feelin 22), but a quick run to my favorite shops is not far enough to be out of the question.

People are friendly, everyone has a dog, and no one has seemed to mind too much that I am using their front porch as a photo op. However, I do have one neighbor who runs outside to frighten the ducks off his lawn, only to go back inside as they settle in on his green grass for the day. He then returns to his stationary bicycle – which can of course be seen through the front window

So, here I am in my new cowgirl-esque booties –  fit for an Oklahoma soul who still dresses up as a Dallas cowgirl from time to time.

 

Dress: Gap (no longer available – ADORE and NEED this one!)

Shoes: Shoe Mint

Bag: C. Wonder

Necklace: J. Crew (and on sale!)

Rings: David Yurman, ℅ Lawson Gems

My favorite outfit circa 1996, minus the perm. Be glad you missed out on that part.

My favorite outfit circa 1996, minus the perm. Be glad you missed out on that part.

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:: A Touch of Red ::

“Oh good – I like this one! You’ve been needing to change up your look.” – He who shall not be named

I’ll be the first to admit it – I do not like change, especially when it is something which has never failed me before. Aren’t we all a little bit afraid of change? Cutting your hair off, moving to a new city, buying a car – surely I’m not the only one who is always a bit apprehensive when it comes to the “new.” It’s splurging on an expensive beauty product, only to realize that you hate it. We face change constantly – and I’m not just talking about in Sephora.

When I was growing up, my dad had a Jeep Grand Cherokee Station Wagon. To say I was attached just wouldn’t do it justice. It had wood paneling along the side, and in the winter months, you had to turn it on at least 15 minutes before you left for school if you didn’t want to freeze. I’m 90% sure you rolled the windows down manually, and they stuck on occasion. If you ask my mom, she’ll give you a laundry list of what else was wrong with it. One day (probably in 1996), my dad told me they had sold the car. I mourned for months. It’s rare that I shed tears, but change can definitely do it. Much like the time James Harden was traded…. Let’s not go there.

So there, that’s why I don’t get to wild when it comes to my “look.” I know what I like, and I like to stick to it. That is, until I began searching for the perfect turban headband. This one isn’t exactly what I was looking for, but I just ordered one on Etsy that is certain to be the turban headband of my dreams. So, since every day is an opportunity to play dress up, I decided to be a little bit rock and roll chic… and throw in a pony tail. I know, so wild. What will I do next?!

Top: H&M, Jacket: C.Luce, Pants: Zara, Shoes: Louboutin, Headband: On A Whim, Jewelry: David Yurman, Lawson Gems, Cocoa and Olive

Top: H&M, Jacket: C.Luce, Pants: Zara, Shoes: Louboutin, Headband: On A Whim, Jewelry: David Yurman, Lawson Gems, Cocoa and Olive

:: Making Waves ::

If absence makes the heart grow fonder, you simply must adore me now! To say December was a crazy month would be a complete understatement. December was busier than my days of being a sorority president, campus activities leader, pageant competitor, spokesperson with two internships and college student all at once. I work in the event production business and we had such a wonderfully wild month that we took two weeks off post-holidays, plus I’ve been on island time! I am SO happy to be back, even though the frozen tundra that is New York Fashion Week beckons my name. (Can’t you hear it?!)

Have you ever been to Atlantis? If not, drop what you’re doing and jump on a plane now! Taylor’s family was so kind to invite me to join them in the Bahamas, even though it now means that their son can’t afford my good taste, after being spoiled by his dad’s excellent selections in wine, food, wine, dessert, and more really amazing wine. Not only did we have the most incredible dinners, but I joined the boys at the craps tables and, with a bit of a lot of advice, will soon be purchasing my dream shoes with my winnings! Our timing was excellent as well, since we missed the polar vortex and instead of a parka, I got to sport this fun find from Pemba Boutique!

Whether over my swimsuit or thrown on for exploring the resort, I adore my new romper! Seriously. Pineapples and pom poms? I die! Take a peak at their other great finds here!

Romper: Pemba Boutique, Hat: Urban Outfitters, Sandals: Zigi Girl, Rings: Lawson Gems, David Yurman

Romper: Pemba Boutique c/o, Hat: Urban Outfitters, Sandals: Zigi Girl, Rings: Lawson Gems c/o, David Yurman

:: fun in the sun ::

:: fun in the sun ::

:: This post sponsored by Pemba Boutique. ::

:: Thoroughly Modern Millie ::

With a forecast including snow this week, and a very full week(end) at work, you’ll be seeing me out and about in something which lets me move around easily! Hence, a look like this. In my head, if you merge Jackie, Audrey, and Marilyn (did you ever see those three coming?!) into one outfit, this would be it. A sleek black look with oversized sunglasses. A slim, cropped pant with bold flats. Feminine comfort with striking accessories. All in all – a sixties lovin’ gal prancing about the Colcord, post-chocolate brioche french toast filled brunch. Can you imagine why I selected an oversized sweater?!

Jackie O, style icon, dropped jaws when she dared to show bare legs during Easter Mass in Palm Springs. (But did you know she wore those gorgeous gloves to hide the fingernails she bit, and oversized glasses to people watch? She was one of us!!) Audrey Hepburn defied what was culturally accepted as beautiful, donning a pixie haircut and wearing boyish cuts, when ladies wore nothing but skirts. (I truly believe the other Hepburn, Katharine, started the boyfriend jean trend when she selected men’s trousers on a near daily basis. Learn more about her from this book I recently finished.) And Marilyn? We can only hope that fans stop merely admiring her curvy figure and embracing it if their own healthy body allows.

These three had a rawness about them, which is unprecedented. AND speaking of rawness, let’s take a look at this gorgeous gold ring from Lawson Gems! I am so excited to share this beautiful gem with you, particularly because it was ethically sourced. From the surface, it seems very simple and delicate, but upon closer inspection you will notice the inset channels of Topazes lining the edgy finish. I could see any of my favorite style icons wearing it as well, and have been donning it daily. Thank you to Lawson Gems for the lovely gift, and please take a peek at their website here for more amazing finds!

Top: H&M, Pants: J.Crew, Shoes: ShoeMint, Necklace: J.Crew, Rings: David Yurman, Lawson Gems

Top: H&M, Pants: J.Crew, Shoes: ShoeMint (old, but these are fun!), Necklace: J.Crew (old, love this and especially this!), Rings: David Yurman, Lawson Gems, Bag: Vintage Chanel from Karen’s Closet

The photo really doesn't do it justice. Get yours from Lawson Gems!

The photo really doesn’t do it justice. Get yours from Lawson Gems!

:: This post was sponsored by Lawson Gems. All thoughts and opinons remain my own. ::