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.

Good as Gold (Jewelry)

 

 

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!

 

:: Stripes and Sequins ::

Man. I thought Christmas was busy, but spring has brought so much more in every aspect of life! I have been waking up, so excited at the anticipation of the seventy degree weather – only to put a halt to my skirt and dress-wearing with the THIRTY MPH Oklahoma winds.

As I was going through my closet and trying to decide what gets to transition to spring, I realized that I really didn’t have much in terms of warmer weather wardrobe. With two years of teaching behind me, I had time off during the hottest months (cue – nothing appropriate , and my classroom was never warmer than the arctic, so I was wearing sweaters up until the last day of school.

You’ll be seeing a lot of interesting things coming out of this blog, since I’ve been blowing my already minuscule monthly shopping budget on my new hobby – sangria swirls on the Iguana patio hot yoga. I seriously don’t know what I did before it, and have never felt so at peace with myself. I leave after an hour of forced water drinking, with sweat pouring from places I didn’t know it could, and a clear head which cannot think of the trials of each day for those 60 minutes. In the past, I spent multiple hours working out – but it was never a stress reliever because I felt like I had to do it. (And to be honest, I did have to do it to reach the goals I had set, and could not have done it without the help of the world’s greatest trainer). With yoga, I’m not doing it for anyone or anything but myself, and that feels amazing.

So, in the coming months you may see me in yoga pants, because that’s all I own. Or maybe I’ll just restyle this skirt every other day. Because – why not?!

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: J.Crew, Shoes: Converse, Bag: Kate Spade, Necklaces: J.Crew, Ring: David Yurman

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: J.Crew, Shoes: Converse, Bag: Kate Spade, Necklaces: J.Crew, Ring: David Yurman

 Photography by Kurstyn Mills

:: Pink and Red ::

As an almost Valentine’s Day baby, pink and red have always been my colors. I never cared that it was a “Hallmark Holidays,” because it was a double celebration for me! There was always a party at school with crafts, cupcakes, and Valentine’s Cards. This meant we were allowed to break out the glitter (some years….) and Elmer’s Glue the life out of that paper sack, until nothing more could fit on the front. Always craving another opportunity to be creative, this was a shining moment in my year. I obviously loved receiving candy necklaces and like anyone else, picking out the best tasting Candy Hearts (clearly not the white and green ones – ew).

Plus, this holiday celebrates finding your one twue wuv. From a very early age, I envisioned exactly what this stranger would be like – a man with Fred Astaire’s feet and George Clooney’s charm, of course. After growing up with crushes on men like Rhett Butler, Cary Grant and the occasional character from All My Children, anyone would have their work cut out for them!

While this time of year is the only acceptable time for some to watch rom com’s and don the pink/red combination, that is an everyday occasion for me! This color blocked, borderline tone-on-tone look is a definite favorite. If pink and red year-round is wrong, then I’ll just NEVER be right!

Happy Valentine’s Day – especially to my favorite photographer!

Top: Nordstrom Rack, Pants: J.Crew, Jacket: Sheinside, Flats: Steve Madden, Necklace: Neimans, Bracelets: Coach, Juicy Couture, C.Wonder, Rings: C.Wonder, David Yurman, Lawson Gems

Top: Nordstrom Rack, Pants: J.Crew, Jacket: Sheinside, Flats: Steve Madden, Necklace: Neimans, Bracelets: Coach, Juicy Couture, C.Wonder, Rings: C.Wonder, David Yurman, Lawson Gems

:: Little Red Riding Hood ::

I have been drooling over capes ever since Gwenyth Paltrow graced the red carpet in the most stunning gown I can ever recall. Not a piece of shimmer, not even a true color – pure white, with a breathtaking cape. Had they allowed me to, I would have worn a cape as my evening gown… but shockingly, it was dismissed instantly.

Since my cape gown dreams were crushed, I added capes of all colors, lengths and fabrics to my Christmas list! I especially love this one because it has an adorable faux-fur trimmed hood – reminding me of the ever so creepy tale which is Little Red Riding Hood. Had Red owned a pair of Hunter boots, I doubt the wolf would have been so keen on trying to take her out! These beauties are not only thick and durable, but I’ve worn them to work two days in a row and they are super comfortable – as long as you’re wearing thick socks. The only problem now is… what color next?!

P.S. I told you I would be wearing these boots all week!

Top: J.Crew, Cape: Sheinside, Jeans: Joe's, Boots: Hunter, Bag: Necklace: Anthropologie, Ring: Beyond Baroque

Top: J.Crew, Cape: Sheinside, Jeans: Joe’s, Boots: Hunter ℅ Taylor, Bag: Christopher Kon, Necklace: Anthropologie, Ring: Beyond Baroque

:: Casual Kicks ::

You know when you have an image in your mind, but just can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? That’s me. Basically, every day. I spend more time than I care to admit googling and pinteresting different variations of key words, just waiting for the right thing to pop up. Currently, I’m seeking a variation of midi skirts, leopard high heeled booties, and the perfect oversized sweater.

These shoes? Prime example of my patience finally paying off. I loved the tan/gold variations I kept finding, but with as much as I wear any form of sneaker to begin with, I wasn’t about to pay an arm and a leg on a shoe that I might end up hating in a year. I found an incredible black wedge sneaker with a white sole, but it just didn’t seem right for me. (Such a Goldilocks!) Finally, I just happened to be roaming aimlessly through Kohl’s with my mom and these jumped out at me for a whopping $34.99. Why hadn’t I thought of silver to begin with?! Not only are these the most comfortable shoes I own, but they are perfect for Thunder games and even better as my set-up shoes on the day of events! You might think the wedge would be uncomfortable, but it’s actually quite cushiony and thus far, has served me well. This is a trend I never saw myself succumbing to, but I am SO glad I did!

Top: J.Crew, Vest: Forever 21, Jeans: Joe's, Shoes: Kohl's, Necklace: Zara, Bracelets: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, J.Crew, C. Wonder, Ring: David Yurman

Top: J.Crew, Vest: Forever 21, Jeans: Joe’s, Shoes: Kohl’s, Necklace: Zara, Bracelets: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, J.Crew, C. Wonder, Ring: David Yurman, Bag: Christopher Kon

:: yum ::

:: yum ::

:: Making Waves ::

If absence makes the heart grow fonder, you simply must adore me now! To say December was a crazy month would be a complete understatement. December was busier than my days of being a sorority president, campus activities leader, pageant competitor, spokesperson with two internships and college student all at once. I work in the event production business and we had such a wonderfully wild month that we took two weeks off post-holidays, plus I’ve been on island time! I am SO happy to be back, even though the frozen tundra that is New York Fashion Week beckons my name. (Can’t you hear it?!)

Have you ever been to Atlantis? If not, drop what you’re doing and jump on a plane now! Taylor’s family was so kind to invite me to join them in the Bahamas, even though it now means that their son can’t afford my good taste, after being spoiled by his dad’s excellent selections in wine, food, wine, dessert, and more really amazing wine. Not only did we have the most incredible dinners, but I joined the boys at the craps tables and, with a bit of a lot of advice, will soon be purchasing my dream shoes with my winnings! Our timing was excellent as well, since we missed the polar vortex and instead of a parka, I got to sport this fun find from Pemba Boutique!

Whether over my swimsuit or thrown on for exploring the resort, I adore my new romper! Seriously. Pineapples and pom poms? I die! Take a peak at their other great finds here!

Romper: Pemba Boutique, Hat: Urban Outfitters, Sandals: Zigi Girl, Rings: Lawson Gems, David Yurman

Romper: Pemba Boutique c/o, Hat: Urban Outfitters, Sandals: Zigi Girl, Rings: Lawson Gems c/o, David Yurman

:: fun in the sun ::

:: fun in the sun ::

:: This post sponsored by Pemba Boutique. ::