:: Party Pants ::

There are some things which I have always dreamed of hanging up in my closet. Among them – a pale pink tulle midi skirt, the perfect leather jacket and glitter pants.

I busted these babies out for their first spin at T’s office holiday party. My background in southern hospitality and tiara-wearing may fit the bill of an attorney’s wife, but my pants were made to party.

Now, I tried my hand at playing that part – by ordering a dress from Rent the Runway. That one dress ended up being damaged by another customer, and after quite an ordeal  I received a whopping total of seven dresses. Of course, these made my pants look casual so I threw caution to the wind and went rogue.

As much as I love a good skirt, I really enjoy wearing the pants. Especially the sequined pants.

 

Top  // Juicy Couture

Pants // Nordstrom

Shoes // Louboutin

Necklace // Max & Chloe

Ring // Lulu Frost

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:: 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

:: Crop it like it’s Hot ::

When I was in second grade, I got called into the office.

As a gifted and talented student who was running away with the win for number of books read that month, I was really confused. After arriving at the office, already feeling guilty for whatever I did not remember doing, I was given the phone to call my mom and get a change of clothes. This was just the beginning of being sent home for my sartorial selections. But that day – it was for a crop top.

I know, I know – why were you wearing a crop top to school?! Well, it was an outfit, and it was a rather adorable one at that. Not only did I have this outfit, my my sister had a matching one (le duh!).

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I love donuts, so you can imagine that I’m not a big belly barer – HOWEVER, I’m loving the high waist pants/skirts/shorts/crop top trend because, unless I’m reaching for the top shelf at Target (ugh – tall people), you never see a hint of skin!

Also, I’ve been living in this outfit, so if you see me within the next month and I’m in the same thing over and over again – sorry I’m not sorry.

 

Top:: H&M, Skirt:: J.Crew Factory, Bag:: Kate Spade, Sandals:: Coach (old), Necklace:: Max & Chloe, Watch:: Anthropologie, Ring:: Lulu Frost

Top:: H&M (Almost identical AND on sale!), Skirt:: J.Crew Factory, Bag:: Kate Spade (need this one, on sale! and looks like the Celine I would give my firstborn (but not my dog) for, Sandals:: Coach (old, love these), Necklace:: Max & Chloe, Watch:: Anthropologie (old, but you can totally find it in stores), Ring:: Lulu Frost (these people have THE best customer service)

 

We really liked matching outfits…

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:: Mad for Plaid ::

I will openly admit that I am one of those people who gets mad when stores pull out their Christmas stock before Thanksgiving has even breathed post-Halloween. However, this year – I’m a holly, jolly, nutcracker-loving, hippopotamus wanting, chestnut roaster waiting under the mistletoe in a marshmallow world. It started with this beautiful dishtowel I bought from Anthropologie. Then, the twinkling multi-colored Christmas lights found their way into my basket at Walgreens. Finally, it was the realization that I get to wear my holiday themed clothes but once a year and oh  by gosh by golly, it’s time for mistletoe and holly!

I bought this skirt on sale from J.Crew last year for – wait for it – $19.99! I was just ecstatic. It’s such a fun plaid print, but it doesn’t scream Christmas SO loudly that you can only wear it in December. Of course, it was so cold out that we resorted to the beautiful Skirvin Hotel downtown – and what do you know, but they’ve decked the halls and created a life-sized gingerbread house. This Grinch’s heart grew three sizes upon seeing the festive decor, and now I’m ready to extend Christmas into the new year! What are you wearing for the holidays?!

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: J.Crew, Vest: Stella Rae's, Boots: Tory Burch, Watch: Michael Kors, Rings: C.Wonder, David Yurman, Necklace: Max & Chloe

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: J.Crew (old, fun option here), Vest: Stella Rae’s, Boots: Tory Burch (similar style), Watch: Michael Kors (similar), Rings: C.Wonder, David Yurman, Necklace: Max & Chloe, Bag: Louis Vuitton Recital

Skirvin Hallways

Skirvin Hallways

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:: Going Rogue ::

“Life is a party. Dress like it.” – Lilly Pulitzer

So often, I wander into my closet, looking at my most prized pieces, and putting them back because it’s “too much” for whatever occasion is in store. Then I got inspired by Blair Eadie and decided to throw together all the things I had been wanting to wear and were instead beautifully decorating the interior of my closet. It was time to go rogue… and not in the Sarah Palin way.

Skirt: Shoptiques, Top: J.Crew, Jacket: H&M, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Belt: Vintage, Boots: Tory Burch, Necklace: Max and Chloe, Bracelets: , Nails: Nails INC -

Skirt: Shoptiques, Top: J.Crew, Jacket: H&M, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Belt: Vintage, Boots: Tory Burch, Clutch: Christopher Kon, Necklace: Max and Chloe, Bracelets: Seasonal Whispers, Anthropologie, Rings: C.Wonder, David Yurman, Nails: Nails INC – Regent Street

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:: Sunny San Diego ::

Before the wedding on Friday, we spent the morning strolling around Orange Avenue, which is down the street from Hotel Del Coronado. It was a beautiful day, weaving in and out of the quaint shops lining the street. My mom and I walked into a jewelry store and this was the conversation which ensued:

Store owner: Are you in the parade?

Me: Um, what?

Store owner: The parade. For Homecoming.

Me: Uh… no? What, who’s homecoming?

Store owner: Are you in a pageant? Your hair is fixed up so pretty.

Me: (HA! I totally thought I was being punked at this point) No, I’m not in a pageant today. What parade?

Store owner: For the high school. 

Yep. Still being mistaken for a sixteen-year-old at twenty-four. I hope this isn’t a phase which goes away when I hit thirty! Also, the sock bun has apparently not taken off yet in Southern California. It was nearly eighty degrees, so I was thankful to have packed some comfortable, light-weight pieces to wander around in!

Top: J.Crew, Shorts: BDG, Bag: Kate Spade, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Sandals: Zigi Girl, Belt: Ann Taylor, Necklace: Max and Chloe, Arm Party: Anthropologie, Tulsa Mayfest find, Seasonal Whispers

Top: J.Crew, Shorts: BDG, Bag: Kate Spade, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Sandals: Zigi Girl, Belt: Ann Taylor, Necklace: Max and Chloe, Arm Party: Anthropologie, Tulsa Mayfest find, Seasonal Whispers, Nails: Nails Inc – Kensington Place

As my dad was snapping a quick pic, I totally got photo bombed. Anyone know this crazy college girl in the background?!

Where’s Waldo?

The loveliest day on Orange Street.

The loveliest day on Orange Street.

 

 

 

 

:: 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.

:: Jailbird ::

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: Shoptiques, Shoes: steve Madden, Jewelry: Max and Chloe, Kate Spade, Sunglasses: Fendi

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: Shoptiques, Shoes: Steve Madden, Jewelry: Max and Chloe, Kate Spade, Sunglasses: Fendi

And like that, a paper doll jail-bird was born. Well, born about twenty-four years ago. I’ve always loved fashion – the fabric, embellishments, and most importantly – how wearing something you love can put you in a totally different mood. It’s like ice cream, but less fattening.

I suppose I really have my sister to thank for my passion – the first time I ever selected my own outfit was the day she was born. It was in that moment that I opted to tell a teensy weensy white lie to the neighbor that I was allowed to dress myself. You think I threw on something wild like my ballet leotard with silver, glittered cowboy boots and a pony tail? No. Although, I would have beaten Lady Gaga to the punch if I had. I donned an outfit which said “big sister” but “totally teenage Barbie.” Clearly, this meant a white jean skirt with a purple top and matching, embellished white jean vest. An obvious choice for a five-year-old.

As I grew older, I was taught the value of a dollar – and how far that dollar would go if you were a savvy shopper who could “dig.” This served me well as I spent two years teaching preschool with Teach For America. I was constantly on the look out for inexpensive, dispensable wardrobe items, to be stained by homemade play-doh, markers that aren’t as washable as they claim, and bodily fluids which were not my own. This is part of closing the achievement gap, and if I had more energy and a place to call home, I would have followed those little buggers until they graduated high school.

This blog has been my dream ever since I began stalking following Blair Eadie and telling everyone I know that she could totally be my sister. But for real – don’t you see the resemblance? We’re just off by a few inches, a few pounds, and a few 0’s at the end of our paychecks. I hope you enjoy some aspect of this – whether it’s my rambling ways or the photos which cost me brunch, and an afternoon of cheering on fantasy football players. Welcome!