:: Camo-flor-age ::

“Florals for spring. Groundbreaking.”

Perhaps florals for spring are nothing new, but surely peony-printed pants are ready for their moment. I think this is a hilarious play on words, T, however, thinks it is miserable. Writing, much like style, cannot exist with a “one size fits all” mentality though!

Which is also why you will have to forgive me for the less than verbose post today. It’s late and I have been working pretty wild hours, so – goodnight!

Here’s hoping your Monday is warmer and drier than ours here in Dallas – looks a bit different from this clear, blue day!

Top // J. Crew

Pants // Vera Wang for Kohls

Booties // Sole Society

Necklace // J. Crew

Bracelet // Tory Burch FitBit

Bag // Nordstrom

:: Lillygeddon ::

Lilly Pulitzer said “Palm Beach is a state of mind,” but that was the furthest state of mind in Dallas when Pink Sunday launched.

On Sunday morning I arose in a flash, threw on my clothes and forewent make-up. Yes, this was an event unlike any other. For it was Lilly Pulitzer for Target, and I had prepared, studied, and stalked like a tribute at the Hunger Games.

After an epic fail on the internet (from my understanding – shoppers hacked the mobile site and there was a frenzy when the Target desktop site crashed, but several shoppers were lucky enough to snag a few pieces via Twitter links online – I was not one of the fortunate few), I opted to head 20 minutes north to the nearest, largest Super Target and try my hand at what appeared to be the most epic shopping event since Tickle Me Elmo went on sale during Black Friday.

Upon doing my research (aka learning everything I could from friends who work for Target and calling every store in a 15 mile radius), I settled on the Super Target in Plano. I knew that staying in the Uptown/SMU neighborhood could prove to be fatal. Being a former sorority president, I did not want to face sorority girls younger, stronger, and more Lilly-hungry than myself.

I arrived at Target around 7:25 am and immediately breathed a sigh of relief – I was the only one! YES! I chose wisely!

And then I realized that I was parked outside the pharmacy entrance, and 30ish women were already stationed outside the other doors. Great.

I saddled up in line, and shockingly, made a few friends. Another line began forming outside the Pharmacy section (women who still had on Juicy jogging suits – while I obviously love those, I reserve them for special occasions only a la backstage at a pageant or at my home on a weekend). Luckily, one of my new buds worked at another Target, and had friends at this location, and we were told that only one door would be opening and it was ours. YES! By 8:00 am, more than 50 people (husbands of crazed wives included, and provided specific instructions) were lined up outside the door.

After making a few more friends (with honeymoon suggestions!), we began moving into the war zone in a single-file line. Perhaps some women were too embarrassed, but there was a combination of a lot of quick walking, jogging, and for myself, a full on sprint towards the colorful, well-priced summer clothing.

I knew coming in to the store that if I left with nothing else, I needed the Nosie Posie maxi dress. Upon dashing to the women’s section (everything was divided up) I immediately spotted the maxi and scored the last small, grabbed a hat I wanted, and snagged a 7 in the pineapple sandals. I Didn’t even know I wanted those but so glad I got them! If you had looked up, you would have seen brightly colored patterns flying around you as everyone was doing 100 meter sprints from one section to the next.

I wanted a pair of the palazzo pants, but was letting fate decide for me, and fate said I needed the green and white pair – the last XS on the shelf. No time to decide if you loved it or not, you could choose later. I headed back to the housewares section and scooped up a white and gold tasselled beach blanket. The plates and hammocks were adorable, but I am working on our registry right now and just knew that there was not room in my home (to share with a boy) for them.

As my hands were full (I didn’t even have time for a bag, so my arms were overflowing), I sat down to go through the spoils of war. I had snagged a shift dress along the way (literally found it in the floor as I ran to housewares), and was offering it up to anyone who wanted it. You would have thought I had brought filet mignon to the dog park. Women began shouting and screaming and I threw it to the first woman. She was very kind and said thank you, tacking on how nice I was at the end. Had I been at a Target in Oklahoma, I’d bet 60% of the store would have been equally as kind (not accounting for the nuts – every state/city has its own batch of crazy).

I wandered back through the beauty section, but nothing more than a few hair ties, bobby pins and nail polishes were left. Knowing my Essie collection is already just that – a collection – I kept going. The only things I missed out on were the navy eyelet cover-up and a head scarf of any print. I noticed a woman in the back of the store going through her loot and she didn’t even know what she had grabbed – including two headscarves. I told her what they were and she didn’t seem to care. Bummer.

As I headed to check out at 8:20 am (yes – it happened that fast, in fact, I think shelves were cleared by 8:06 if I’m being honest), women roamed like zombies and the souls had nearly left their eyes. Many kept muttering “that was the craziest thing I have ever seen.” But, they must not have done pageants or dance competitions, so I was pretty dumbfounded at THAT being crazier than the Black Friday sales I have only imagined. I heard a few stories about shoppers dumping whole racks into their bags, but honestly I saw none of that. I was on such a mission that I saw no one and nothing.

I haven’t been that focused on something since I caught the bouquet at a cousin’s wedding in 5th grade, falsely fostering hope that I could be an incredible point guard. Priorities, people.

I left the store feeling so accomplished and exceptionally proud of my purchases. I called my parents at 8:30 am and they were a little concerned at how cracked-out I sounded. However, I knew that the ultimate bargain hunter, my mother, would be so proud of how I took no prisoners in my hunt.

Overall, I’m pleased to say I survived Lilly + Target. Now, let’s hope that Target gets it together and 1) sets a standard to agree to greater quantities and 2) has a better online  platform to navigate the next collection. Fingers crossed for you, Tibi!

Dress // Lilly Pulitzer for Target

Sandals // Lilly Pulitzer for Target

Necklace // Kendra Scott

Bracelet // Tory Burch Fit Bit

:: Unphotogenic Finds ::

This dress is the equivalent of The One with the Engagement Pictures. Much like Chandler’s smile, it looks great until a camera is pointed at it.

But really – this was an incredible Anthropology-sale-rack find for a whopping $20 a few weeks ago. I was in such shock that I ran around the store asking each of my new best friend’s in the dressing room area if they could find something wrong with it. A hole? A torn thread? A sensor that someone tried to pull off and it became saturated with ink?

Nothing. So it came home with me!

The accordion skirt and free flowing top half work so beautifully together and I have received a number of compliments. Plus, the colors work perfectly for any season – a must when you are a budget buyer! What do you wear that doesn’t photograph well?!   

Dress // Anthropologie

Booties // H&M

Bracelet // Tory Burch

Necklace // Kendra Scott

Wednesdays

It’s Wednesday, and on Wednesday’ we wear pink… a la Mean Girls.

While I don’t believe that pink has ever made the top of my favorite colors list,  I do love the classic, femininity associated with it. As one who made every attempt to be stereotyped early on, I put pink away and tried to be a number of people, hence my irrational style. 

My Pinterest seems to have crafted quite the tribute to feathers, frills and the ladies who embody everything pink. So, on this Wednesday, I present – an ode to pink.Pink Wednesdays

:: I Woke Up Like This ::

Any former roommate (or anyone who lived in Pi Phi with me) can tell you that I’ve never been one to leave the house in my pajamas. (except for that one week that I just kept getting sicker and lived in VS pink sweats and a John Mayer t-shirt for five days. The same ones… #college). However, things change.

Disclaimer: if you’re expecting pajama jeans, we clearly are not aligned in our values. 

This sweater is essentially a blanket, and is my new Spring transitional piece. I threw it on Sunday afternoon and headed to Urban Taco to enjoy the patio, people watching and sunshine beaming down. After having snow just under a month ago, my brain cannot seem to rewire itself and fathom the warmer temps.

Luckily, wearing a blanket meets poncho meets sweater combo has helped ease that challenge. Rolling out of bed may be easy – time to pick yourself up off that floor!

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Top // J. Cew

Sweater // Zara

Jeans // Gap

Sandals // Zara

Necklace // Bauble Bar

Bag // Nordstrom

Rings // David Yurman, H&M
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:: Fella’s Findings ::

This weekend I was creeping around on a Blogger site and by a click of a click, accidentally stumbled upon my first blog. Not my Xanga (thank God that thing bit the dust and deleted itself. Talk about teen angst and bad Abercrombie clothes), but my college blog which covered my random musings, my Christmas and birthday lists (this was pre-Pinterest) and a few highlights from junior/senior year.

I spent the entire afternoon doubled over from laughter – not because I was funny (although, I really did think I was funny), but because it was so good, so bad, and so much… muchier (in the words of the Mad Hatter). It was before I made my way into the real world, when I  had the confidence to not only go after my dreams, but that I could achieve each and every dream. Many of those dreams and their timelines have come and gone, and new ones have formed in their places.

This blog was definitely not afraid to vocalize feelings on any subject, and the biggest hot button topic was always in relation to female expectations and norms in society. Enjoy this little blast from the past a la 2010.

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I was clicking around on AOL today (I know, I’m the last person on earth still using AOL), and in one of the news sections it displayed a picture of a woman in a peach printed romper with a white blazer and black chain bag.The title? “She’s wearing something guys don’t like.” Immediately I was intrigued, assuming maybe men aren’t fans of women in blazers because it makes us look more masculine. I wasn’t about to agree with them, but after finding the article – I was wrong.

Supposedly, there are 10 summer trends that guys hate. I’m feeling super feministy today, so here they are:

1. Military Inspired Anything

OK…so camo is not the only military inspired option here. What about military buttons on jackets? Is it acceptable if women say they were inspired by MJ and not an M.16? You can have this one though… I don’t currently own camo. (… but the year is 2015 and now I do have a pair of skinny camo pants. BOOM!)

2. The Zipper Dress

He says: “Honestly, unless you’re a genetically gifted South American, this is probably not going to work for you. Yes, yes, I’m dying to pull the zipper down, we’re all dying to pull the zipper down, the whole town wants to pull the zipper down … But to pull this off, you’re either from Copacabana, play bass in a band and have not one but multiple skull tattoos, or you work at a fetish store. Otherwise, you sort of look like a couch cover. ”

I see his point. Why? This is an ugly zipper dress! It looks like it came right out of Frederick’s of Hollywood and you might find it on True Beauty! I apologize for not being a statuesque South African, but seeing hardware on clothing is a trend that has been around for quite some time.

3. Terrycloth

Does anyone wear terrycloth to work, to shop or out on the town? No. The only time I have ever seen a terrycloth dress was near a body of water. It is a brilliant, towel-like invention that will NEVER leave you with a soggy bottomed cover up!

4. Plunging necklines

This fella’s issue with plunging necklines was his hatred for seeing women with nothing up top, therefore exposing the boning in their upper chest. I think they were getting desperate at this point….and it only pertains to women like myself. I get it! I don’t wear them anyways!

5. Rompers

I’ll just be honest…I own at least 10 rompers. The article stated that men do not want to see you looking like a little girl. I NEVER once wore a romper as a child. My mom was too busy trying to get my hair to grow at the age of three in order to put a bow in it that we clearly had bigger issues than romper-ing.

The rest of the article included sandal boots (the kind that show your foot but are more of a flat and boot mixed together), a maxi dress (they want to know what we’re hiding under there – rude), pleated men’s pants (thanks a lot, Annie Hall ) and fringe (what’s wrong with this man?!). Now that they’ve had their say, am I allowed to discuss how they wear shirts with baggy waistbands, cargo shorts and don’t trim their toenails before they wear sandals? Another topic for another day…

 

The Oscars

I know I’ve said it before – but I’m just not that into awards shows. As someone who can barely sit through a movie, awards shows tend to test my patience (plus, once I’ve seen all the incredible styling there is st see – I’m done!).

That being said, I was really impressed with several moments from last night’s Oscar’s. Let’s begin with Reese Witherspoon – she promoted the #askhermore campaign, which essentially makes all my worlds collide. While I love seeing what styles the stars are wearing, I have no idea why it is necessary to ONLY ask them about “who” and “what” they are wearing. Reese also posted several example questions of what reporters could ask to learn more about actress’s thoughts about their work, aspirations, and proudest moments. Thanks to The Representation Project for ensuring our women are given the respect they deserve for their craft.

She was not the only celebrity to ensure women were receiving the positive attention they deserve. Props to Patricia Arquette for calling out that dreadful “mani-cam” that E! luckily didn’t have space for on the red carpet this year. The Boyhood star said she was “too busy working on an ecological sanitation project” to get her nails done for the awards show. Yeah girl – preach!

The fashion-loving, women’s and gender studies-learning, journalistic-soul in me is just simply over the moon.

And can we take a moment to touch on what my Facebook newsfeed is blowing up over? Lady Gaga gave Carrie Underwood (and dare I say it – Julie Andrews? No. Let’s not go there.) a run for her money on a birch lined, symphony-filled stage as she hit ev’ry single high note in her tribute to “The Sound of Music.”

Love her music, think she’s a total nut, but holy cow – the girl is talented. Top off her talented performance with that incredible full-skirted white Azzedine Alaïa gown. Just breathtaking.

Of course I can’t stop there, because there were several favorite dresses from last night. I was shocked to see an absence of pant-suits or capes, but I suppose my favorite trends can’t come back for every awards show.

A favorite, texture-filled gown (although God only knows how the girl sat down) was Lupita N’yongo in a fully pearl encrusted Calvin Klein. As someone who has worn liquid beading, I can bet this puppy weighed roughly 20 pounds. She pulled it off like a champ – I’ve yet to see her in anything I didn’t like!

Emma Stone wowed in a chartreuse, long-sleeved Elie Saab. With her skin tone and red hair, it was a winner. Cate Blanchett had, in my opinion, the most incredible statement necklace by Tiffany’s and selected a much simpler dress by John Galliano for Maison Margiela. Jennifer Lopez wore an amazing Haute Couture Elie Saab gown which not only complemented her skin tone, but matched it perfectly. Jennifer Aniston stunned in a fully beaded Versace, and Reese Witherspoon – that Tom Ford gown was impeccable.

But my favorite after-party look was worn by Mindy Kaling in a custom Savador Perez. The girl doesn’t do basic black very often, but when she does, she does it perfectly.

While I’m not the biggest awards show fan, I’m marrying a former theatre-kid who was recalling the days of watching the awards shows with his buddies. Of course, I’m not one to turn down the opportunity to host a party, so next year should be filled with many, many awards show watch-parties!

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:: Watch Yo’self ::

We can talk floral all day long, but let’s get to what I’m most excited about here – the three-faced watch I picked up at Anthropologie. While sprinting through Anthro during the one hour I was given to shop in Kansas City last March, I fell in love with this watch. Of course, not for the on-sale price of $50 (sometimes it hurts to be thrifty). So I let it go, and decided to chance fate.

I then ran into this beauty again for $30 at the end of the month. We all know what that means… so we parted ways again.

On a recent Anthropologie venture, I scoured my go-to area: sale. There was my vintage-vibe friend, staring at me for LESS THAN $20! I did that thing that is kind of embarrassing – I grabbed it like someone was going to Black Friday me and snatch it out of my hand, and headed straight to the register.

As Elvis crooned – some things are meant to be.

 

Dress // H&M, Bag // Kate Spade, Wedges // DVF, Jewelry // Anthropologie Watch, H&M Midi Rings, David Yurman Ring

Dress // H&M, Bag // Kate Spade (love this one!), Wedges // DVF (very close!) , Jewelry // Anthropologie Watch, H&M Midi Rings, David Yurman Ring

 

Good As Gold // Because, Monday

Happy Monday! I know it’s a tough one to take on, especially after the kind of weekend that you never want to end. That’s why I’m bringing you a few of my favorites, because – Monday!

There was a time when gold was associated with the likes of pirates, the 80’s, and of course – Mr. T. This is not that time!

I completely adore gold, and tend to lean towards the tone when purchasing the majority of my jewelry. I love to mix metals as well, but gold is a staple. With so many of my favorite pieces being vintage, it is really no surprise that gold has found its way into my heart, and onto my wrist.

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1 // Lulu Frost Code Rings – These rings are insanely priced, but I love the look of stacking them together, especially for a significant date. Most might choose to spend $440+ per ring on something like their birthday, or wedding date. I would opt to go with a “2” for my stuffed animal, Two, but wouldn’t be opposed to a “13” as well. After all, “B” is the second letter of the alphabet and “M” is the thirteenth – with my birthday falling on 2/13! On the plus side, Lulu Frost has the absolute most amazing customer service, and someday I’ll treat myself to a few of these beauties…

2 // Oscar de la Renta Tassel Earrings – What is better than ODLR, tassels, and CLIP ON EARRINGS?! Nothing. Except pizza maybe. But really – nothing! I rarely wear earrings, but can imagine wearing these even with a t-shirt and boyfriend jeans. If you want the same look, but don’t have $400 to spend on good ol’ Oscar, this Etsy seller has a great selection of nearly identical earrings.

3 // Jonathan Adler Zebra Dish – Can we really ever have too many jewelry dishes? This one is so groovy glam, that I just can’t imagine it as the soap dish Nordstrom’s refers to it as. It deserves to live a better life than that!

4 // Signature Necklace – Start practicing your handwriting – this is a need! Had this been available 10 years ago, Carrie Bradshaw would have worn it in gold and owned the acrylic version from Bauble Bar too!

5 // Ampersand Ring – The ampersand is the new heart shape.

6 // Kate Spade Two Tone Watch – I have been not so patiently waiting for Kate Spade to come out with the perfect two-tone bracelet watch, and this one almost checks all my boxes! While Kate is my girl, I can’t quite commit since these watches feel so light in comparison to the boyfriend feel of Michael Kors.

7 // Stella & Dot Renegade Cluster bracelet – The perfect piece to your arm party. I often find myself grabbing every bracelet I see and throwing them on before I leave the house, and this is the kind of piece I would pick up daily. Gold. Spikes. Bling – Done!

 

:: 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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