:: 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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:: Weekend Wear ::

There are some outfits I wear over and over and over again – and somehow my friends love me enough to pretend that they don’t notice. While my favorite weekend wear consists of an oversized red Hotel Del Mar sweatshirt or my white and pink fancy floral sweats (unfortunately – sometimes together), every now and then I must leave home.

Hence, the boyfriend jeans making their come back! Whether worn with sparkly loafers (which keep my toes toasty!) or a fun heel – these are my go-to’s. Sure, I know they aren’t the most flattering pants on earth – but at the end of the day, prying peeling those skinny jeans off is not enjoyable. You’re in the closet, while your legs get caught up in the attempted escape of the second-skin-like tightness surrounding your ankles, tumbling over yourself and into a wall of dagger-like heels…. Let’s be real – it just isn’t safe!

Then again, how often do we choose function over fashion? I know I’m not the only one who has had a near-death like experience with skinny jeans!

Top: Forever 21, Coat: Sheinside, Jeans: Gap Boyfriend, Loafers: Steve Madden, Bag: Vintage Chanel

Top: Forever 21 (old – love this option!), Coat: Sheinside, Jeans: Gap Boyfriend, Loafers: Ugg (on super sale!!), Bag: Vintage Chanel, Necklace: Pinterest?

P.S. I am currently seeking a web designer – any takers out there?!

:: Mix it Up ::

Growing up, everything had an outfit. We trekked to Dallas to be dressed up at Animal Crackers, as my dad sat in the single multi-colored chair outside the dressing rooms, clutching his calculator and deciding which outfits and matching accessories would come home with us. It was so simple to dress back then – you knew what went together, no doubts about it. Sometimes, simple is the best way, but I was so elated to wear this skirt for a night out that I was overthinking what to pair it with. A plain black top? Statement necklace? Bright heels? Lamb sweatshirt?

And then I remembered my leopard peplum top. Yes. How could I have made it so difficult? I tucked it into the skirt, layered three shades of pink MAC lipstick (because I think I am a mean mixologist – ooh and because their lipstick just smells so amazing), and headed downstairs. As we snapped a few photos on the way to dinner (bummer the lighting isn’t better!), even my manfriend said this was a new favorite outfit of his. Winner, Winner, Chicken Steak Dinner.

Top: Zara, Skirt: Stella Rae's Norman, Clutch: Tory Burch, Heels: Steve Madden, Necklace: Max & Chloe, Rings: David Yurman, Sunglasses: Fendi

Top: Zara, Skirt: Stella Rae’s Norman, Clutch: Tory Burch, Heels: Steve Madden, Necklace: Max & Chloe, Rings: David Yurman, Sunglasses: Fendi

 Farewell, sunny summer evenings.

Farewell, sunny summer evenings.

Pattern on pattern.