:: Oppa Gingham Style ::

I absolutely cannot hear the word “gingham” without reminiscing over this song. It made its debut in my second year of teaching, with a group of five-year-olds more hip than their twenty-something teacher. We began using this song as part of “graphics practice,” which teaches students pre-writing skills from correct grip to letter formation. Everything is a game in PreK (if you’re good at it – better actors tend to find the best success), so they would create the formation when the song was playing, and freeze when I trickily paused the music. (Hey-o, fine motor skills, literacy AND self-regulation!)

But once Gangnam Style was introduced as a graphics practice song, I realized that I wasn’t as smart as I thought I was. Students jumped up, markers flew across the room (markers without caps), dry erase boards were tossed, and they were doing dance moves which would make Michael Jackson turn over in his grave. It. Was. Unreal. So, Gangnam Style has a special place in my heart (and a lot of data of dancing kiddos acting a fool on my phone).

Last week we visited my sister in Park City, Utah where I was unprepared (but overpacked) for the weather and even more so for the allergies which persisted. It is a beautiful place, and this Main Street is seriously the cutest. It rivals Solvang – I know, hard to believe! The days were VERY warm (although not humid), and the evenings were a bit chilly. It was a wonderful escape from the air which is currently trying to strangle me here in Oklahoma. I found myself layering a lot, and loved dressing for spring-like weather, since we often go from snow to pool in our neck of the woods!

When asked where I was headed at Salt Lake City’s local Lush counter (my skin started flaking the minute I stepped off the plane), I told the salesgirl and she replied with “Oh, ritzy.” But only after getting in my bubble, slathering three scrubs on my hands, and tangling my arm hair with some crazy lotion bar. When she pulled out the purple shampoo, we headed for the hills mountains. Who needs “ritzy” Gangnam Style?

Oppa Gingham Style!

 

 

Top: J. Crew

Skirt: Old Navy (no longer available – great option here)

Bag: Kate Spade

Sandals: Dolce Vita

Oklahoma Necklace: Just like this one

Loved Necklace: Olive + Cocoa

Bracelet: Vintage

Ring: David Yurman

 

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:: Tough Florals ::

Once upon a time, my really thoughtful boyfriend sent me flowers for my birthday. Gorgeous lilies and blue irises. I placed them in my small apartment, watering them daily, and throwing in ice cubes because my mom swears they last longer. Karen is usually right about these kinds of things. First, my throat started itching. No big deal – I taught preschool. Happened all the time. Then, I lost my voice. I was so confused, but Karen hit the nail on the head – I was allergic to lilies. That was in February 2012 and T is still apprehensive about sending flowers to me on any occasion. Bummer.

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a flowers kind of girl. Does this mean I hate them? Um, no – it just means I would rather spend $10 on my Starbucks Gold Card, since the extra caramel pumps in my latte are no longer free, than see watch something wilt in my living room.

Luckily, these flowers don’t die. They can hang in my closet ALL year!

Dress: Stella Rae's, Studded Jacket: Stella Rae's, Rings: ASOS, Sunglasses: Fendi, Shoes: Aldo, Necklace: gifted, Nails: Essie Ladylike

Dress: Stella Rae’s, Studded Jacket: Stella Rae’s, Rings: ASOS, Sunglasses: Fendi, Shoes: Aldo, Necklace: gifted, Nails: Essie Ladylike

I love mixing pieces which don’t seem like they would really belong. The combination of florals and faux leather (I love animals, and it’s really hot here) could be used in so many different ways, and I don’t see it every going out of style. I mean, I’ve heard stories of girls going through rush in their Laura Ashley floral dresses. We’re seeing a floral trend pop back up for Spring (and luckily – Fall florals as well!), and when done correctly – can really grow on you. How will you take your florals into Fall?

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