:: South Meets West ::

Two years ago, I spent a summer in the southwest. Phoenix to be exact. And yes – I said summer. Between learning how to be a teacher (that was a process that definitely took more than the six weeks I spent there), the 120 degree heat (very real), and walking through a haboob – it was definitely memorable. The drive down Route 66 is fascinating, particularly the trading posts and travel stops. I have always been drawn to turquoise, but something in the unique southwestern prints piques my interest.  Is it how it is woven? Somewhat abstract? The tradition in the culture? The number of arrows to appease my Pi Phi loving soul? No idea. But when I spotted this beautiful jacket, especially with the arrow, I had to take it home. No doubt, you will be seeing it a lot!

Jacket: San Diego Boutique Find, Top: J.Crew, Necklace: Gifted, Jeans: J.Brand, Bag: Kate Spade, Booties: Forever 21, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Rings: David Yurman, C. Wonder
Jacket: San Diego Boutique Find, Top: J.Crew, Necklace: Gifted, Jeans: J.Brand, Bag: Kate Spade, Booties: Forever 21, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Rings: David Yurman, C. Wonder
Loving the southwest flair and suede sleeves.

Loving the southwest flair and suede sleeves.

A bright spot.

A bright spot.

Do you see the arrow on the back? Clearly, I had to have it after discovering that.

Do you see the arrows? Clearly, I had to have it after discovering that.

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:: Staley Love Story ::

This past weekend was a whirlwind – but so wonderful, and I’m clearly in post-SD depression now that it’s over! To even begin to describe Bayley and Craig’s wedding would never do it justice. It was truly the most perfect day, with a 4 pm wedding on the beach, an amazing cocktail hour including a sand castle sculptor, and a reception which featured the bride taking over the mic and rapping until the wee hours of the night. Oh, and a photo booth that makes actual photo “booths” look average. Bayley is five years older than me, so I grew up idolizing her, and the Staley’s special day was very special for our whole family. Here are a few highlights, with more being found on my Instagram account @paperdollblog! {Photos courtesy of Carlos}

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This little fella partied pretty hard...

This little fella partied pretty hard…

and  here’s what I wore…

Wedding Wear: Maxi: Stella Rae's, Necklace: Dillard's, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: David Yurman, Clutch:  Christopher Kon, Shoes (not pictured): DVF gold wedges

Wedding Wear: Maxi: Stella Rae’s, Necklace: Dillard’s, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: David Yurman, Clutch: Christopher Kon, Shoes (not pictured): DVF gold wedges, Nails: Nails Inc – Kensington Place

Feelin' the sea breeze

Feelin’ the sea breeze

Sunny San Diego

Sunny San Diego

:: 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.

 

 

 

 

:: 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.