:: Perfect Pants ::

:: can't get enough neon ::

:: can’t get enough neon ::

Top: J.Crew, Jacket: Stella Rae's (C.Luce), Pants: Nordstroms, Shoes: Steve Madden, Bag: H&M, Rings: David Yurman, ASOS, Arm Party: Toy Watch, C.Wonder, J.Crew

Top: J.Crew, Jacket: Stella Rae’s (C.Luce, similar), Pants: Nordstroms, Shoes: Steve Madden (similar), Bag: H&M (old, super fun option here), Rings: David Yurman, ASOS, Arm Party: Toy Watch, C.Wonder, J.Crew

I’ve worn a lot of pants in my life. From sequins to fringe, bell bottoms to boyfriends, and leather to custom painted (these really exist – TWO pairs), I’ve tried just about every style. However, this new trend is by far my favorite. Not only do these pants have the holy grail of all clothing items – pockets (isn’t it the absolute worst when pants psych you out with the itlaysflatterbecauseitdoesnthavearealpocket thing?), they have everything else you could ever want. A wild print, plus eye-catching neons, and a lightweight fabric so moveable that I may just wear them daily. And to bed. And back to work again. No shame.

To top it off? A STRETCHY WAISTBAND! 

If you are a donut-loving, pizza-eating, cookies-n-cream craving gal like me, you’ll appreciate a pair of pants that are not just stylish, but can be worn on the most delicious of Thanksgiving Days. After my healthy eating kick (no, I’m not the resolution type – but the holidays are too busy to take proper care of myself), I’m already looking forward to that glorious day when I can pig out. Until then, you’ll be seeing me pretend to be sporty in these fancy joggers and sweating like Richard Simmons in the gym downstairs! But most definitely not both at once. That just wouldn’t be right!

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:: Boyfriend (Jeans) of the Year ::

Today we have a special guest blogger… my photographer/manfriend/future attorney/person who makes me laugh when he’s not disagreeing with me. He’s kind of funny and pretty handsome, so take a peek at what was ghost written for Britan!

When Britan first told me about this whole fashion-photo-website idea, I honestly thought it was a bit silly.  Pictures. Of Clothes. On the Internet. I’m not the most informed person about social media–I have no idea what or who Pinterest is, I don’t look at other people’s selfies posted on Instagram, and I deleted my Facebook account prior to law school because I found myself creeping on people rather than “social networking.” Fashion blogging, however, was created for B.

Unfortunately, photography was not created for me. Before this whole enterprise, I had more pictures on my phone of my Bengal cat than anything else (yes, that’s a real thing), and I had not used an actual camera in about ten years. Who has two thumbs and a mother that scrapbooked every year from preschool to college? This guy. I’m not a camera guy when it comes to either side of the lens. In fact, you want the best line ever to get out of a photograph?  “Oh no, I’m sorry, my parole officer can’t know I’m here.” Works. Every. Time.

As it turns out, though, I’m actually rather good at taking B’s picture. Seriously. After all, you’re still reading this blog, aren’t you? And I’ve been on the other end of that camera since the beginning–usually sitting on my ass on a Sunday morning before fantasy football begins. That is some true love and dedication–I mean, I really really really enjoy fantasy football. And, for those of you keeping score at home, my phone now  has a total of 426 photos–311 of them are fashion photos of B. Accordingly, I came up with the title: “Boyfriend (Jeans) of the Year.” Clever enough that she changed the original title I was allowed to work from.

All that to say–this “holiday season” (defined as the 86 days that include Christmas, B’s birthday, Valentine’s day, and our four-year anniversary), don’t forget about the photographer behind the magic. Otherwise, I’m putting a stop to all of this inter-web photo-gram book-face stuff.

Top: Loft, Jeans: Gap, Heels: Aldo, Necklace: GroopDealz, Bag: J.Crew (old, similar here), Rings: C.Wonder, David Yurman, Bracelet: Necklace used as bracelet (similar here)

Top: Loft, Jeans: Gap (they do stretch out A LOT, so beware! Super comfortable, but huge in the waist!), Heels: Aldo (old, simply adore these, but can actually afford these), Necklace: GroopDealz, Bag: J.Crew (old, similar here), Rings: C.Wonder, David Yurman, Bracelet: Necklace used as bracelet (similar here)

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:: Favorite Find ::

Once upon a time, my friend Becca and I decided to give the  Tulsa Vintage Show a whirl. My eyes fell open when I saw the piles upon piles of discarded baubles. I picked up a rhinestone bracelet for a mere $10, feeling as though I had swindled someone. After dragging Becca up and down every aisle, grabbing a navy and green plaid blazer, and a few more pieces of jewelry… we found hidden treasure. Vintage furs in every earthy hue the eye could imagine. Loving animals, we merely admired at first, imagining the women of the sixties who must have worn them.

As Becca tried one on, we couldn’t believe how gorgeous they really were, envisioning ourselves at a grown up tea party. I slipped a stole on and caught a glimpse at the inside – where MY MONOGRAM was found! I squealed – audibly, and immediately bought my new (vintage) mink stole. For the price I paid, I am almost certain it must be faux, and being an animal lover as well, I would always choose faux. However, this beautiful stole was literally calling my name, and I would much rather see it go to a smoke-free, loving home, than in a crowded, moth-ball filled closet.

For this look, I decided to pull together all of my favorite things. Leopard, faux leather, fur (typically faux as well) and of course – black. The Skirvin was decorated so beautifully, but the gorgeous lit trees did not want to cooperate with photography. It is lovely at all times of year, but especially during the holiday season. If you have a chance to make it down there, do so!

Top: J.Crew, Pants: Zara, Heels: Aldo, Fur: Vintage, Bag: C.Wonder, Necklaces: Vintage, J.Crew, Ring: David Yurman

Top: J.Crew, Pants: Zara (similar) Heels: Aldo (old, similar here), Fur: Vintage, Bag: C.Wonder (sold out, but similar version here), Necklaces: Vintage, J.Crew (similar), Ring: David Yurman

:: meant to be ::

:: meant to be ::

:: 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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:: Foxy ::

There may not be a better feeling than realizing an entire outfit costs less than your watch or bag. This is one of those outfits!  I picked up this sweater, and a lamb version as well,  last year when it hit Old Navy – what an amazing find! THEN as I was perusing Target the other day, I happened upon this pair of camo pants, in exactly my size, and for a whopping $12. I have been searching for a good pair of cheap camo pants for at least a year, knowing that I did not want to spend a lot on something that I may change my mind about later. It’s rare to see me pick up a truly fad-ish item, but they are pretty bold, and not in the vegan leather pants or foiled snake print way. The last time I wore a pair of camo print pants was when I first began competing in Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen. You can read about it here, but I wouldn’t dare post a photo. After calling a local director, baffled as to how I didn’t place in his pageant, he told my mom exactly why. The dance costume was too scandalous. Now listen ya’ll, I don’t have a scandalous bone in my body, so that gave us a great big ol’ laugh for weeks! Fortunately, there’s a new way to wear camo pants, and hopefully this way will not offend anyone…

Top: Old Navy, Pants: Target, Bag: Kate Spade, Heels: Aldo, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: C.Wonder,  Bracelets: J.Crew, Playa Del Carmen Straw Market find, Gift

Top: Old Navy, Pants: Target, Bag: Kate Spade, Heels: Aldo, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: C.Wonder, Bracelets: J.Crew, Playa Del Carmen Straw Market find, Gift

:: important business ::

:: important business ::

:: Falling for Florals ::

WHEW! The past few days in Oklahoma have been quite unique for November. I think we missed out on Fall this year, which is über depressing, as it is my favorite season of all. We had a heat wave of a weekend, causing me to pull out my lightweight fabrics and match them with something fun – like florals! Hard to believe I have had this skirt now for three years, but watercolor-like painted fabric mixed with pockets is an unbeatable combination. What did you put on to beat the heat?!

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: J.Crew, Boots: Tory Burch, Bag: Kate Spade, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Necklace: Zara, Rings: David Yurman, Bracelets: J.Crew, Playa Del Carmen Straw Market find, Gift

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: J.Crew, Boots: Tory Burch, Bag: Kate Spade, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Necklace: Zara, Rings: David Yurman, Watch: Michael Kors

:: details ::

:: details ::

:: lights ::

:: lights ::

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:: Faux Real ::

This blog has been so much fun, and I am beyond flattered when my friends praise me for The Paper Doll looking polished all the time. So, let’s be honest here. I do not always look put together. I do not get up EVERY day, jumping into my closet and pulling together fashionable pieces. Some days, I wear my worn out, long-sleeved, button down flannel pajamas, sitting around solving Criminal Minds episodes. And that’s ok. 

So often, I see social media being used to “frame” our lives, only showcasing the exciting or seemingly perfect bits and pieces of our days. Workday Weekend called it the fashion blogger “bubble effect,” meaning we capture this somewhat staged bit of our life as we want others to see it. Some days my hair can’t even do a sock bun, others my wardrobe is literally falling apart, and even after acutane, my skin imperfections can’t always be covered with make-up. As a blogger who focuses so much on the aesthetic, I do find it very important for my readers to know that even Blair Eadie and Olivia Palermo have off days, as do I – clearly. So, when I found this comfortable, easy, casually somewhat cool look…. it became my new go to. It’s basically my socially acceptable flannel pajamas-level of comfortable outfit. The J.Crew pixie pants are a VERY thick legging (which can, attention sorority sisters – be worn as PANTS!), and if you know me, you will be seeing this outfit at least once a week. And I’m not even ashamed. 

I love faux fur, and obviously always have. My classmates had many a name for this fur-baby beauty, and I so often wish I could revisit the simple, unknowing, but oh so confident girl who hadn’t yet noticed that being different was not cool yet. She was many things, but she was authentically faux real, ya’ll. What do you wear out and about when you’d rather not roll out of bed?

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You go girl!

Top: Kohls, Pants: J.Crew Pixie Pants, Vest: Stella Rae’s, Booties: Forever 21, Necklace: Lucky Brand, Bag: Kate Spade, Bracelets: J.Crew, Anthropologie, Gifts,

Top: Kohls, Pants: J.Crew Pixie Pants, Vest: Stella Rae's, Booties: Forever 21, Necklace: Lucky Brand, Bag: Kate Spade, Bracelets: J.Crew, Anthropologie, Gifts,

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:: Earn Your Stripes ::

I was born to brunch. It’s by far my favorite meal, for several reasons. During the two years I lived in Tulsa, brunch became T and I’s thing. Since he was in law school, it was more difficult for him to head north, so I added thousands of miles to my car to make it work – typically trekking to the city on Sundays. (I know you’re reading this in the middle of class, so you can’t object to the miles I accumulated during this relationship!) We bounced from brunch to brunch, and I can rattle off the specials or mimosa price on nearly every menu in town. Now that we live less than 150 miles away from each other, we hit up Flint on Sundays. During Fantasy Football season (yes, I know – technically NFL season, but clearly we have to watch multiple different players and not just one specific team), we had to find a place that would give us great food, good prices, a convenient location, a television, and be able to get us out of there by a 12:05 kickoff.

Thus, we found our brunch home at Flint. My personal favorite spot is at the bar, sitting in front of the fire. But that’s because fireplaces hold a special place in my heart. As a child, I used our fireplace as my stage – dancing, singing, and occasionally pretending I was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. In college, Josh and I would settle up with our laptops and student organization work by the not one, but TWO fireplaces in Pi Phi, which Mom Mindy often joined us to enjoy. If you ever make it to this little gem in the Colcord, do yourself a favor and order the berry compote topped brioche French Toast, Farmers’ Biscuits and Gravy, and if it’s there – the pancake special. You’ll be so content with fullness that you’ll need a mid-day nap. Aren’t those the best?!

I know we’re going to eat a little more than usual on our Sunday fun days, so here is what I throw on to leave a little room for my favorite weekly tradition!

Dress: Gap, Scarf: Coach, Bag: Kate Spade, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelets: Coach, Juicy Couture, Shoes: Converse, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: David Yurman

Dress: Gap, Scarf: Coach, Bag: Kate Spade, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelets: Coach, Juicy Couture, Shoes: Converse (You have to see these beauties in person – they sparkle, but not with glitter or rhinestones…just lovely!), Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: David Yurman

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Hellooooooo brunch!

Hellooooooo brunch!

:: Canadian Tuxedos and Basketball ::

To say this weekend was busy is an understatement. We took off for Dallas Thursday night – with my three bags in tow, one full of just shoes. From North Park and the Dallas Flea to a perfect Nobu dinner and late night high school reunion including Chace Crawford (Honestly, I don’t know why T thought I would be so star struck. He knows there is only room in my heart for one other man – John Mayer), church and a drive back to the city. Of course, we then turned around and ran to our second home, the Chesapeake Arena, to catch the first home Thunder game as season ticket holders! We’ve been on the list for ages, so we celebrated these two special seats of our very own with hot dogs and brew. Really – do you think we could afford a nicer dinner after that kind of purchase?!

Somehow in the cold and the wind, we managed to click a few pics, even though my new sunglasses absolutely did not want to stay on my face. Fans were asked to wear blue for the first home game, and I struggled with an outfit that was comfortable, warm on the walk, cool next to 18,000 of our closest pals, and of course – blue. Then it hit me. What better way to cheer on our favorite team, than in a Canadian Tuxedo?!

Top: J.Crew, Jeans: Gap, Clutch: Tory Burch, Jacket: Stella Rae's, Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James, Booties: Forever 21, Necklace: Dallas Flea

Top: J.Crew, Jeans: Gap, Clutch: Tory Burch, Jacket: Stella Rae’s, Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James, Booties: Forever 21, Necklace: Dallas Flea

outtakes

outtakes

a gem of a find

a gem of a find

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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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