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

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:: Easy Like Sunday Morning ::

Top: Forever 21, Jeans: Gap, Bag: Kate Spade (old, love this one), Shoes: Sole Society (gone, but similar!), Necklace: J.Crew,

There is just something about downtown on a sunny  afternoon that makes it even more perfect than ever. On Sunday we took a quick stroll to Flint for the usual brunch (to play the part of “regulars”) , and I could not have been more thrilled to throw on my boyfriend jeans and flats, as opposed to being layered up like an onion. It was the ideal moment to come out of hibernation, so we threw our cares away (literally) and shared sangria swirls to end birtalentine’s weekend. Of course, we were pretty worthless after visiting Iguana, so there’s that..

This glimpse of spring made me anticipate the upcoming few months so very much. Festivals, food trucks, secret events that celebrate the city and only those “in the know” frequent. These are things I love not only about downtown, but Oklahoma City itself. Not just any city could boast the same level of community and intimacy that we share. Sure, there are plenty of things to do in larger cities but, do you think you’ll run into someone you know at all of those? What are the odds?! Oklahoma City is so special because everyone is connected in some way. Whether they know a friend, or with the size of my extended family, are a distant relative, syncing in such a way is just the Oklahoma spirit. All the more reason to head downtown this spring, just like Petula Clark suggests!

 P.S. Can you believe this sweatshirt is from Forever 21? Good job, Karen. Another great find that I need 5 more of in order to keep it forever. Such an easy piece to jazz up with a touch of color blocking and a J.Crew bauble. These beauts make my life easy…. Easy like Sunday morning!

:: 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

:: Thoroughly Modern Millie ::

With a forecast including snow this week, and a very full week(end) at work, you’ll be seeing me out and about in something which lets me move around easily! Hence, a look like this. In my head, if you merge Jackie, Audrey, and Marilyn (did you ever see those three coming?!) into one outfit, this would be it. A sleek black look with oversized sunglasses. A slim, cropped pant with bold flats. Feminine comfort with striking accessories. All in all – a sixties lovin’ gal prancing about the Colcord, post-chocolate brioche french toast filled brunch. Can you imagine why I selected an oversized sweater?!

Jackie O, style icon, dropped jaws when she dared to show bare legs during Easter Mass in Palm Springs. (But did you know she wore those gorgeous gloves to hide the fingernails she bit, and oversized glasses to people watch? She was one of us!!) Audrey Hepburn defied what was culturally accepted as beautiful, donning a pixie haircut and wearing boyish cuts, when ladies wore nothing but skirts. (I truly believe the other Hepburn, Katharine, started the boyfriend jean trend when she selected men’s trousers on a near daily basis. Learn more about her from this book I recently finished.) And Marilyn? We can only hope that fans stop merely admiring her curvy figure and embracing it if their own healthy body allows.

These three had a rawness about them, which is unprecedented. AND speaking of rawness, let’s take a look at this gorgeous gold ring from Lawson Gems! I am so excited to share this beautiful gem with you, particularly because it was ethically sourced. From the surface, it seems very simple and delicate, but upon closer inspection you will notice the inset channels of Topazes lining the edgy finish. I could see any of my favorite style icons wearing it as well, and have been donning it daily. Thank you to Lawson Gems for the lovely gift, and please take a peek at their website here for more amazing finds!

Top: H&M, Pants: J.Crew, Shoes: ShoeMint, Necklace: J.Crew, Rings: David Yurman, Lawson Gems

Top: H&M, Pants: J.Crew, Shoes: ShoeMint (old, but these are fun!), Necklace: J.Crew (old, love this and especially this!), Rings: David Yurman, Lawson Gems, Bag: Vintage Chanel from Karen’s Closet

The photo really doesn't do it justice. Get yours from Lawson Gems!

The photo really doesn’t do it justice. Get yours from Lawson Gems!

:: This post was sponsored by Lawson Gems. All thoughts and opinons remain my own. ::

:: Marshmallow World ::

Ya’ll. I woke up this morning and literally flew out of bed, yelling SNOW!!!!!!!” at Tallulah. Couldn’t even make out a full sentence. I ran around my teeny tiny apartment, unsure of what to do first. Hot chocolate? Christmas movie? Brush my teeth?  Going out in it was never part of the options. My apartment building is pretty tall, so we watched the GINORMOUS snow flakes fluttering about the sky, as my Christmas lights twinkled atop the window. It only got better as the snow fell behind our holiday-ready Christmas Flamingos. Truly, a beautiful sight. 

And then, there was brunch! I bought this sweater sweatshirt (it’s really in between both, so call it what you like) at a J.Crew sale during OU Texas weekend, on a day SO warm that I wouldn’t even allow myself to look in a mirror. As I tried to remove my crimson leather shorts (it was supposed to be chilly), the humidity and heat combined to give me a Ross Gellar leather pants moment. I poured sweat that afternoon like a small town football player during two a days. Slightly different from today’s weather…

As I was searching for a comfortable, cozy brunch outfit, to saddle up by the Flint fire with Sunday afternoon football in front of me – this little gem called my name. What’s even more lovable, is that the crumb-catcher colonial-style collar is actually attached! A miracle maker for a girl who loves the layered look, but is too petite to actually layer THAT much.

Top: J.Crew, Pants: J.Crew, Boots: Tory Burch, Bag: Kate Spade, Sunglasses: Johnathan Randolph, Gloves: H&M

Top: J.Crew, Pants: J.Crew, Boots: Tory Burch (similar here) , Bag: Kate Spade (similar here), Gloves: H&M

Bling on the cold.

Bling on the cold.

It's a marshmallow world in the winter...

It’s a marshmallow world in the winter…

These boots have a great story behind them… ask Mr. Robertson.

These boots have a great story behind them.

Just a lazy Sunday at the Colcord

Just a lazy Sunday at the Colcord

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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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:: 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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:: {Wo}men in Black ::

October in Oklahoma and I’m wearing… a skort to brunch? October is probably the most difficult month to dress for – sometimes we get a Fall, and sometimes we skip it altogether!  Even as a kid, dressing for Halloween was a toss up – would there be flurries or a heatwave? One year it snowed (the year I was probably a dress wearing, feather wig donning Cruella DeVille), and another year it was eighty degrees (the year we were Energizer Bunnies, of course).

On to the outfit! Black is my favorite color. Most people look at me like I’m nuts, but let’s be real – blondes look good in black, and I can pair it with anything. It was such a gorgeous day that I couldn’t resist my new favorite (ok, it’s my only) skort. Let’s see how much more wear I can get out of this baby…

Skort: Stella Rae's, Top: J.Crw, Bag: Kate Spade, Sandals: Zigi Girl, Necklaces: Max & Chloe,  Obaz Pinterest find, Ring: David Yurman

Skort: Stella Rae’s, Top: Old Navy, Bag: Kate Spade, Sandals: Zigi Girl, Necklaces: Max & Chloe, Obaz Pinterest find, Ring: David Yurman, Sunglasses: Fendi, Nails: Essie Ladylike

Baubles and things.

Baubles and things.

:: Saturday in the Park ::

I often talk about my friends to my other friends, referring to them as “my best friend.” My best friend from Nashville, my best friend from Pi Phi, my best friend from pageants. Typical girl thing, I’m sure. I do have one best friend that is different from all the others. He could be my best friend from high school, my best friend that Instagrams like it’s his job, my best friend that lives in LA, my best friend that’s Jewish, my best friend that leaves me four minute voicemails (that was probably originally of my own doing), but most importantly – my best friend that understands just how important brunch is.

Luckily, my manfriend also loves brunch, so I got to dine at Flint twice in one weekend. Josh was ever so kind to photograph me on our way to the world’s greatest biscuits and gravy and most amazing berry compote topped french toast. It was a cool morning, but quickly warmed up – as Oklahoma always does.

Top: Jcrew, Pants: Jcrew, Clutch: , Sandals: , Ring: , Nails:

Top: Jcrew, Pants: Jcrew, Clutch: Christopher Kon, Sandals: Zigi Girl

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Ring: Third grade vintage find from my hoarding armoire, Clutch: Christopher Kon , Nails: Birchbox find – Ruffian – Hedge Fund

Typical.

:: 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!