:: These Little Town Blues ::

This weekend we were able to experience a rare, incredible gift – highs in the 70’s at the beginning of February. No better way to start birthday week!!

I’m enjoying wearing skirts and baring my unbelieveably white legs (you’d never guess I had Hispanic blood with these babies), because we are heading to Neeeeeeeeeeew Yoooooooork!

While it may be 18 degrees, I’m still giddy with excitement to visit the city. Taylor will be working from his law firm’s New York office on Friday while Josh and I spend the day brunching, shopping, and playing at KLEINFELD’S!

After trying on well over 100 dresses and earning the title of most specific bride, I put in my application for “Say Yes to the Dress” and will be spending every day anxiously awaiting TLC’s phone call. They’d be nut not to have this nut on the show. Seriously. What’s better than a former pageant competitor who is not a fan of white dresses but has a very specific veil, shopping with her childhood best friend on her birthday, and knows exactly what she wants, and much like Elle Woods doesn’t want something that comes right out and says “bride?!”

Nothing. Nothing beats that level of cray.

Even if TLC forgets to give me a ring, I still have Saturday and Sunday to look forward to. I haven’t been to NYC in a few years, but can’t even get beyond my thoughts on Friday so – any suggestions on must-do’s or must-see’s for our little three day weekend? We’ll have loads of time Saturday and the majority of the day Sunday, and I’ve visited all the tourist-y things in the past. What’s your best recommendation?!

So, perhaps the stripes and midi skirt will not work for me this weekend as the snow is expected to begin falling on Thursday. This is clearly a blessing to ensure I don’t get the itch to move us up north!

 

Top // J. Crew

Skirt // Top Shop

Booties // Shoe Mint

Necklace // J. Crew

Bracelet // Tory Burch

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:: Highs in the Sixties Style ::

Many, many moons ago, I wanted to be a meteorologist. I’ve always been fascinated by weather, but that’s a typical Oklahoman for you. It wasn’t until I took a Severe and Unsual Weather course in college that I realized my interest in weather would just have to stay that – an interest.

Shockingly – becoming a meteorologist involved a significant amount of math to understand the science, and that was before the big STEM push for girls. So, while weather makes for excellent small talk, I often bring it up because I am just completely amazed at the way it works – particularly in this part of the country.

This outfit is a bit of a throwback to our Napa days (my favorite days ever), but it could easily have been worn here in Dallas when we reached a high of seventy degrees on Thursday. Yet – it snowed on Sunday night.

I like my weather like I like my outfits – unpredictable!

 

Dress: Lulu’s

Booties: Shoe Mint

Necklace: H&M

Bag: C. Wonder

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:: Needing a Napa ::

Napa. Where do I even begin?

We’ll do a full breakdown eventually, but I think I speak for Taylor and I both when I say – we are ready to move.

Imagine a world which is the perfect blend of Shawnee, Oklahoma and Dallas, Texas. Yes – impossible to put together in your mind, but a dream come true. This is exactly how I would describe Napa/Yountville/Oakville – the entire region.

The most perfect Main Streets, filled with unique shops (and a Trader Joe’s a stone’s throw away). Winding roads lined with lush trees fill the horizon, and people who are as nice as they could possibly be. Looking back, I’m shocked we returned home.

Taylor’s itinerary would put a Disney Dad to shame, but somehow we made it to just about every vineyard we wanted to see, and then some. (The beauty of having a post-bar exam pre-start date future attorney around). These photos were taken at Turnbull Cellars – a favorite for multiple reasons. Our tasting guide was awesome, we got to wander the grounds freely, see all the bells and whistles, and then they went out of their way to add to my wine coaster collection! Oh, and the wine was fantastic.

T spent most of the days trying to talk me into a Napa wedding, but it seemed like it was just a good excuse to get out to the region a few (dozen) more times in the next year. Not such a bad idea though…

 

Dress: Anthropologie

Bag: C. Wonder

Shoes: Shoe Mint

Necklace: Max & Chloe

Bracelet: C. Wonder

:: Dot Dot Dot ::

I am always looking for an excuse to dress up.

Which is most likely why I have always loved Halloween so much. Every year was an opportunity to create something one-of-a-kind through sartorial selections. My first taste of design.

If you couldnt tell from my lack of blogging, October has been INSANE. As if a new job, new city, and new home were not enough, October tested the limits of my sanity. It was an incredible, busy month and I am excited to start settling into somewhat of a routine….

As Halloween rolled around, I was too exhausted to make plans at all. As I stood in my closet at 10:00 PM on October 30th, I realized that I would kick myself if I didn’t at least give a nod to the holiday. Making do with what I already possessed, 300 miles from a closet full of old dance and date party costumes, I started sifting through what I owned.

When asked about their style, many people are able to point to a specific look – from boho chic to structured separates, most anyone can tell you what their go-to is. It was in this moment that I realized my style, from jewelry to pants and sweaters to shoes, is “costume-y.”

A leopard, a snake, a pirate (I know), a school girl (embarrassing),a flower patch, a biker, a flamingo, Minnie Mouse (see below), a hippie, a Spice Girl.. the options were endless. Upon further thought (cue 10:30 pm), I opted to pull of a Pantone color in full pink attire from head to toe (not to be confused with a Pepto Bismol bottle), and happily skipped into the office with a Pantone label pinned to my sweater.

Taylor and I celebrated Halloween at the Star’s game (excellent people watching on Halloween) and later watched people run from place to place in their 20-something costumes in the cold. Sure, it was without my usual decor and creatively themed BOO-ze (ha!) ideas, but it was a great one.

So, while I haven’t really commented on this outfit at all, you should know that this is just one of my many examples of a potential costume as Minnie someday…

 

Dress: Nordstrom

Bag: Kate Spade

Shoes: Shoe Mint

Jewelry: Kate Spade, C. Wonder

:: Dallas Cowgirl ::

Let’s first clarify that I am not claiming to be a Texan. I suppose it’s kind of like the first time you refer to your college residence as “home,” when on the phone with your mom. You are promptly reminded that the city you currently live in is not “home.” It will never be “home,” because let’s be honest – home is where your mom is.

Now, do I love Dallas? Yes. Surprisingly, I’m far more attached to it than I was to Tulsa, but perhaps have not met it with the same admiration I had for Oklahoma City. To be frank, a lot of that had, and currently has, to do with the exact part of town I get to claim as my little piece.

This little part, my neck of the woods city, has quaint homes, quiet sidewalks, and a dover of ducks. Seriously – loads of them and the cutest ducklings! I’m just removed enough from downtown (too much for me), and uptown (if you’re feelin 22), but a quick run to my favorite shops is not far enough to be out of the question.

People are friendly, everyone has a dog, and no one has seemed to mind too much that I am using their front porch as a photo op. However, I do have one neighbor who runs outside to frighten the ducks off his lawn, only to go back inside as they settle in on his green grass for the day. He then returns to his stationary bicycle – which can of course be seen through the front window

So, here I am in my new cowgirl-esque booties –  fit for an Oklahoma soul who still dresses up as a Dallas cowgirl from time to time.

 

Dress: Gap (no longer available – ADORE and NEED this one!)

Shoes: Shoe Mint

Bag: C. Wonder

Necklace: J. Crew (and on sale!)

Rings: David Yurman, ℅ Lawson Gems

My favorite outfit circa 1996, minus the perm. Be glad you missed out on that part.

My favorite outfit circa 1996, minus the perm. Be glad you missed out on that part.