:: Bring on Spring ::

This happens every year. One really lovely, warm Spring day and I’m immediately coming up with a zillion various cold weather outfits that I could kick myself for not thinking of during the winter. Inspiration comes at the strangest times!

While springing forward really throws off my days, I was so excited to come home to an evening of sunshine. After spending my days indoors, it’s so refreshing to walk outside to the surprising warmth of a true March day. Here’s to dresses and the promise of Spring.

Dress - ASOS // Vest - Forever 21 // Necklace - Neiman Marcus // Shoes: H&M,

Dress – ASOS // Vest – Forever 21 (old, similar) // Necklace – Neiman Marcus // Shoes – H&M (similar) // Bag – Kate Spade // Ring – Beyond Baroque // Watch – Michael Kors

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:: Fiddle Dee Dee ::

I grew up in the era of Ren and Stimpy, when Kel was professing his undying love for Orange Soda, and a boy was sneaking into Clarissa’s bedroom while she explained it all. And we wonder what’s wrong with Lindsay Lohan! Clearly, I wasn’t allowed to watch any of these shows – but that was ok (with the exception of Friends, I totally snuck upstairs and kept the volume on low to see if Ross and Rachel were EVER going to end up together). While most of my friends kept up with Nickelodeon, I was being… different.

When I invited my friends over, I always suggested we re-enact the entire four hours of glory that is Gone With the Wind. I, of course, would play Scarlett O’Hara – wearing the blue frock I donned for a class field trip to Rose Hill School (it was at this moment that I told my mom the corset wasn’t tight enough, and she promptly informed me it was a belt, not a corset…. dreams crushed!), though the bonnet we were forced to wear was not included in my Scarlett attire. I would take an old dress-up hat (very Kentucky Derby), and wrap a swimsuit sarong around it, securing it in a perfect bow just under my chin. I know. You’re wondering how some 1999 Rhett Butler didn’t just sweep me off my feet. I’m baffled as well.

When I spotted this skirt, my childhood dreams came flashing back. I could just picture myself in the full, emerald velvet skirt with golden tassels hanging from my seventeen-inch waist. Maybe I don’t have that seventeen-inch waist, but I am the proud new owner of a gorgeous, full, modern-day Scarlett O’Hara inspired skirt.

And I didn’t even have to ruin my mother’s drapes for it!

Sweater: BCBG, Skirt: Chic Wish, Heels: Steve Madden, Necklace: Gifted, Bag: Vintage Chanel,

Sweater: BCBG (old, similar), Skirt: Chic Wish, Heels: Aldo (similar), Necklace: Gifted, Bag: Vintage Chanel, Watch: Michael Kors

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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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:: Falling for Florals ::

WHEW! The past few days in Oklahoma have been quite unique for November. I think we missed out on Fall this year, which is über depressing, as it is my favorite season of all. We had a heat wave of a weekend, causing me to pull out my lightweight fabrics and match them with something fun – like florals! Hard to believe I have had this skirt now for three years, but watercolor-like painted fabric mixed with pockets is an unbeatable combination. What did you put on to beat the heat?!

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: J.Crew, Boots: Tory Burch, Bag: Kate Spade, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Necklace: Zara, Rings: David Yurman, Bracelets: J.Crew, Playa Del Carmen Straw Market find, Gift

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: J.Crew, Boots: Tory Burch, Bag: Kate Spade, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Necklace: Zara, Rings: David Yurman, Watch: Michael Kors

:: details ::

:: details ::

:: lights ::

:: lights ::

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:: Earn Your Stripes ::

I was born to brunch. It’s by far my favorite meal, for several reasons. During the two years I lived in Tulsa, brunch became T and I’s thing. Since he was in law school, it was more difficult for him to head north, so I added thousands of miles to my car to make it work – typically trekking to the city on Sundays. (I know you’re reading this in the middle of class, so you can’t object to the miles I accumulated during this relationship!) We bounced from brunch to brunch, and I can rattle off the specials or mimosa price on nearly every menu in town. Now that we live less than 150 miles away from each other, we hit up Flint on Sundays. During Fantasy Football season (yes, I know – technically NFL season, but clearly we have to watch multiple different players and not just one specific team), we had to find a place that would give us great food, good prices, a convenient location, a television, and be able to get us out of there by a 12:05 kickoff.

Thus, we found our brunch home at Flint. My personal favorite spot is at the bar, sitting in front of the fire. But that’s because fireplaces hold a special place in my heart. As a child, I used our fireplace as my stage – dancing, singing, and occasionally pretending I was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. In college, Josh and I would settle up with our laptops and student organization work by the not one, but TWO fireplaces in Pi Phi, which Mom Mindy often joined us to enjoy. If you ever make it to this little gem in the Colcord, do yourself a favor and order the berry compote topped brioche French Toast, Farmers’ Biscuits and Gravy, and if it’s there – the pancake special. You’ll be so content with fullness that you’ll need a mid-day nap. Aren’t those the best?!

I know we’re going to eat a little more than usual on our Sunday fun days, so here is what I throw on to leave a little room for my favorite weekly tradition!

Dress: Gap, Scarf: Coach, Bag: Kate Spade, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelets: Coach, Juicy Couture, Shoes: Converse, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: David Yurman

Dress: Gap, Scarf: Coach, Bag: Kate Spade, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelets: Coach, Juicy Couture, Shoes: Converse (You have to see these beauties in person – they sparkle, but not with glitter or rhinestones…just lovely!), Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: David Yurman

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Hellooooooo brunch!

Hellooooooo brunch!

:: Chucks and Lace ::

Third grade. The year my feet grew four sizes and I had to stand on the back row of class photos because I was freakishly tall. It seemed as though I would totally follow in my mom’s side of the family’s footsteps as an epic basketball player, and live up to the 5’8″ height, predicted by doctors upon doubling my size as a tot. In order to keep up with my growth spurts (and probably get my paddle boats used to athletic shoes) I owned every color and style of converse they made. Of course, I thought this was the coolest shoe ever because it had my dad’s name and my middle name emblazoned proudly on the side with a star – CHUCK TAYLOR. Legit.

Years later, these gems of a shoe found their way onto the dance competition and pageant circuit. We were clearly new to this whole pageant thing, and a clogging solo had been choreographed for me to “Skater Boy.” (It may actually be titled “Skater Boi,” but that’s beyond embarrassing). When my mom and I set our minds to something, we go all out, and Skater Boy was no exception. Rhinestoned camo cutoffs, a red tank with a ripped fishnet overlay and of course – clogs specially built into a pair of rhinestoned (le duh) converse. As I gave up my last pageant title tonight, this special dance was reminisced about by many of my pageant friends and family.

You can put your kid in sneakers, but they may still only score four points in one season. Doctors can use modern medicine to predict size (I was itty bitty – someone should have caught on) and only hit the 5’2″ mark. You can be too old for pageants and still own that pair of converse clogging shoes. However, I still have a soft spot in my heart for Chuck Taylor’s. When I caught a glimpse of these silver, slightly iridescent beaming shoes – I knew they had found their home.

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: Forever 21, Shoes: Converse, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Necklace: H&M, Rings: David Yurman, C.Wonder, Watch: Michael Kors

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: Forever 21, Shoes: Converse, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Clutch: Christopher Kon, Necklace: H&M, Rings: David Yurman, C.Wonder, Watch: Michael Kors, Nails: Nails Inc Regent Street

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:: Leopard is a Neutral ::

le duh

le duh

Good morning! I’ve been up since 4:30 am (boo!), but all for a good reason – off to sunny San Diego to see one of my oldest friends, and my role model growing up, get married! Though it was pitch black and maybe forty-nine degrees in Oklahoma City this morning, we’re looking forward to highs in the upper seventies. This ought to thaw out our weather-shocked bodies in no time!

I know I said black is my favorite color, but leopard is a close second. It’s a neutral, according to Jenna Lyons (President and Creative Director of J.Crew), and I couldn’t agree more. Though you can pair it with basically anything, It can be tricky to find the right leopard pieces, without looking like you stepped out of a Limited Too catalogue. (Is that still around? Or did Justice take over the little people population? My PreK students LOVED those bedazzled shirts!) One must be strategic in their leopard selection – and when I saw this pair of linen leopard shorts, I knew I couldn’t leave J.Crew without them. They really do have THE best customer service. And I’m not just saying that because my best friend was a personal shopper at J.Crew throughout college. Though they were on the sale rack, and not a pair in my size to be found, a pair was ordered, I still received my discount and they were shipped to me FOR FREE! Clearly, leopard lady dreams DO come true!

leopard lady

leopard lady

Top: Forever 21, Shorts: J.Crew, Bag: Anthropologie, Shoes: DVF, Watch: Michael Kors, Ring: Juicy Couture, Sunglasses: Fendi, Necklaces: Antique store find, J.Crew, Nails: Essie Ladylike,

Top: Forever 21, Shorts: J.Crew, Bag: Anthropologie, Shoes: DVF, Watch: Michael Kors, Ring: Juicy Couture, Sunglasses: Fendi, Necklaces: Antique store find, J.Crew, Nails: Essie Ladylike,

It's all in the details.

It’s all in the details.

:: Rainy Days and Mondays ::

After the heaviest humidity I have ever felt in my life (and the only day I should have gone sock bun and didn’t at OU Texas), we finally saw rain! And not just a sprinkle here or there, but a thank-you-mother-nature-for-a-ten-dollar-car-wash kind of rain. I was so excited about the drop in temperature, that I totally forgot to don rain boots (here’s where I hint how badly I want a pair of red Hunters for Christmas, or sooner). When I got home, it was too dark (boo, gloomy skies) to snap a few photos outside, so we made do with a building, and a warm caramel kiss from my favorite coffee/wine/chocolatiers in Norman.

Dress: J.Crew, Vest: Forever 21, Necklace: J.Crew, Ring: David Yurman, Bag: Kate Spade, Boots: Tory Burch, Watch: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: John Richmond

Dress: J.Crew, Vest: Forever 21, Necklace: J.Crew, Ring: David Yurman, Bag: Kate Spade, Boots: Tory Burch, Watch: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: John Richmond, Nails: Nails Inc – St. Martin’s Lane

Dress: J.Crew, Vest: Forever 21, Necklace: J.Crew, Ring: David Yurman, Bag: Kate Spade, Boots: Tory Burch, Watch: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: John Richmond

Dress: J.Crew, Vest: Forever 21, Necklace: J.Crew, Ring: David Yurman, Bag: Kate Spade, Boots: Tory Burch, Watch: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: John Richmond

pop of pink

Ya'll... the Caramel Kiss.

Ya’ll… the Caramel Kiss.

How many people drink coffee at 6 pm? Former teachers.

How many people drink coffee at 6 pm? Former teachers.

baubles and things.