:: I Woke Up Like This ::

Any former roommate (or anyone who lived in Pi Phi with me) can tell you that I’ve never been one to leave the house in my pajamas. (except for that one week that I just kept getting sicker and lived in VS pink sweats and a John Mayer t-shirt for five days. The same ones… #college). However, things change.

Disclaimer: if you’re expecting pajama jeans, we clearly are not aligned in our values. 

This sweater is essentially a blanket, and is my new Spring transitional piece. I threw it on Sunday afternoon and headed to Urban Taco to enjoy the patio, people watching and sunshine beaming down. After having snow just under a month ago, my brain cannot seem to rewire itself and fathom the warmer temps.

Luckily, wearing a blanket meets poncho meets sweater combo has helped ease that challenge. Rolling out of bed may be easy – time to pick yourself up off that floor!

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Top // J. Cew

Sweater // Zara

Jeans // Gap

Sandals // Zara

Necklace // Bauble Bar

Bag // Nordstrom

Rings // David Yurman, H&M
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:: Black Friday ::

This may come as a shock to you, but I really love shopping. (Ha!) It is the ultimate challenge – and I especially get an adrenaline rush from searching for the perfect pieces at the perfect prices. Tonight I am certain my mom was proud as I laid out all of the cash back deals on eBates and the discounts being given from Black Friday to Cyber Monday.

Taylor and I shop very differently. He walks into a store, looks at two options, and immediately selects, purchases and leaves with his favorite. I however, will essentially stalk items until I find the best sale, and rarely purchase anything at full price. That just takes the fun out of it!

So, while the truly dedicated are out on Black Friday, I will be sitting behind my computer, patiently biding my time until I find exactly what I am looking for. I’ll also be donning black on black in honor of my fellow shoppers. Good luck, my friends!

 

Skirt // Adrianna Papell

Jacket // Zara

Top // J.Crew

Shoes // Kenneth Cole

Necklace // Max & Chloe

Watch // Toy Watch

 

 

:: Palm Trees + Eighty Degrees ::

More than a year ago, Taylor’s mom sent me a photo of a dress that she immediately knew was right up my alley.

The white sleeveless dress from Zara boasted the brightest, multi-colored palm trees scattered across it. Without a Zara in Oklahoma, and knowing their sizes can run a bit funky, I let my neon dream go.

Until I just so happened to stumble upon it on Sheinside, and ordered it for a whopping $28! At that price, I could order three and it wouldn’t be the same amount as the one from Zara. Needless to say, it came in and I loved it.

Moral of the story: If you don’t mind waiting 2-3 weeks, can measure yourself in centimeters, and understand fabrics well enough to know what will and will not look cheap/be see through, you can always order from a rando website in Hong Kong.

 

Dress // Sheinside

Shoes // Sole Society

Necklace // Similar at J.Crew Factory

:: Pattern Play ::

Remember being a kid and you would put all sorts of different patterns together while dressing yourself, and it was ok, because you were a kid?

Meet my generation – the group who grew up and decided to keep pairing weird things together, just because they could.

The most beautiful thing I have learned from my generation’s use of pattern play, is that you can literally wear anything, and if you wear it with confidence, no one will say a word. Seriously – it will not only look natural, but you’ll be lauded for being the torchbearer of the laissez-faire. Have you seen the photos from SXSW? Nothing goes together, but it looks so fab because the people wearing it absolutely do not care. Very “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” no?

That’s not the only lesson I have learned. Here are a few important tidbits collected from the outfit below.

Never wear your hair down with a sequined top – you’ll practically be bald by the end of the day. Always buy shoes in your actual size. As you can tell by my beloved red suede pumps, either my foot shrunk or I still believed I wore an 8 when I scooped up my sale selections. Also – this crossover between harem pants and a trouser are the socially acceptable form of sweatpants. I pray they never go out of style!

Top: J.Crew, Pants: Dillard’s, Shoes: Zara (old – love these!), Bag: Kate Spade, Necklace: Similar here

Top: J.Crew, Pants: Dillard's, Shoes: Zara, Bag: Kate Spade, Necklace:

*Let the record show that I was not that child, and leaned more towards the matching print on print a la Donna Karan Spring 2012 route.

:: Kaleidoscope ::

Remember the Peter Pilotto for Target debacle from a few weeks ago? I had my eye on this dress from the get go, and even girlfriend who was shopping for her daughter couldn’t beat me to it! With a dozen weddings and showers in the coming year, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot of this little gem. The cool tones with bright pops of neon make it so flexible in terms of weather. Adding a long sleeve top with tights and booties, or a collared shirt, will take it into the winter seasons. Throwing on a different belt and matching various colors and patterns of heels will keep it rocking through summer.

Did you ever look through kaleidoscopes as a kid? This dress reminds me so much of the magical, transforming shapes swimming at the end of the mirrored tunnel. I did a quick Wikipedia search of kaleidoscopes (because I spent four years in the journalism college being told not to do so), and learned all about the history of these gorgeous, greek-invented objects. Do yourself a favor and take a look here. Only, of course, after you take a look below!

Dress: Target, Shoes: Zara, Belt: ASOS, Bag: J.Crew, Rings: C.Wonder, Bracelets: Seasonal Whispers, J.Crew, Nails: Essie Marshmallow

Dress: Target, Shoes: Zara (similar), Belt: ASOS, Bag: J.Crew (similar), Rings: C.Wonder (super sale!), Bracelets: Seasonal Whispers, J.Crew, Nails: Essie Marshmallow

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:: A Touch of Red ::

“Oh good – I like this one! You’ve been needing to change up your look.” – He who shall not be named

I’ll be the first to admit it – I do not like change, especially when it is something which has never failed me before. Aren’t we all a little bit afraid of change? Cutting your hair off, moving to a new city, buying a car – surely I’m not the only one who is always a bit apprehensive when it comes to the “new.” It’s splurging on an expensive beauty product, only to realize that you hate it. We face change constantly – and I’m not just talking about in Sephora.

When I was growing up, my dad had a Jeep Grand Cherokee Station Wagon. To say I was attached just wouldn’t do it justice. It had wood paneling along the side, and in the winter months, you had to turn it on at least 15 minutes before you left for school if you didn’t want to freeze. I’m 90% sure you rolled the windows down manually, and they stuck on occasion. If you ask my mom, she’ll give you a laundry list of what else was wrong with it. One day (probably in 1996), my dad told me they had sold the car. I mourned for months. It’s rare that I shed tears, but change can definitely do it. Much like the time James Harden was traded…. Let’s not go there.

So there, that’s why I don’t get to wild when it comes to my “look.” I know what I like, and I like to stick to it. That is, until I began searching for the perfect turban headband. This one isn’t exactly what I was looking for, but I just ordered one on Etsy that is certain to be the turban headband of my dreams. So, since every day is an opportunity to play dress up, I decided to be a little bit rock and roll chic… and throw in a pony tail. I know, so wild. What will I do next?!

Top: H&M, Jacket: C.Luce, Pants: Zara, Shoes: Louboutin, Headband: On A Whim, Jewelry: David Yurman, Lawson Gems, Cocoa and Olive

Top: H&M, Jacket: C.Luce, Pants: Zara, Shoes: Louboutin, Headband: On A Whim, Jewelry: David Yurman, Lawson Gems, Cocoa and Olive

:: I Love You a Latte ::

Being a downtown gal has plenty of perks, especially with numerous, delicious coffee shops on nearly every corner. At Flint, I always begin with a latte on Sunday, and to fill my caramel latte needs, there is a Starbucks a few blocks away in Bricktown. Just within the library is First Edition Cafe, where the coffees have the most gorgeous, intricate designs gracing the tip-top of the cup. Although, my new personal favorite is the vanilla latte from Kitchen 324. I’ve yet to try their Green Eggs and Ham, but the interior is just perfect with emerald booth seating and natural lighting pouring in. Seriously – you will adore it.

Plus, what Sunday uniform is complete without a latte in hand!

Top: J.Crew, Jeans: Joe's, Vest: Memento, Loafers: Zara, Bag: Kate Spade, Necklace: J.Crew

Top: J.Crew, Jeans: Joe’s, Vest: Memento, Loafers: Zara (sold out – these are close!), Bag: Kate Spade (old, but this is super cute!), Necklace: J.Crew (old – scoop up this one!)

:: Blanket Statement ::

With the past WEEK of snow, and the chill it brings, all I want to do is curl up by a fireplace (which I don’t have, but Flint does surrounding their bar) and Pinterest (not sure how they would feel about my flannel pj’s and laptop there…) with a giant blanket (which I’m now wearing as a scarf).

This year at Christmas, my nineteen-year-old sister and my mid-twenties self pretended like we weren’t absolutely dying to open a gift early, but conspired to do so anyways. I opened this scarf, and was SO excited on TOO many levels. Kurstyn thought I’d lost my mind… much like my twenty-second birthday.

Feelin’ 22? I was apparently feeling closer to forty-five. The only thing I really wanted? A crock pot. My sister was mortified. Clearly, she doesn’t remember where her favorite chicken tacos are cooked… Someday she will be twenty-two and soon she’ll understand that when it snows, there are three things you can depend on – Hunter boots to keep your feet dry, a blanket scarf to stay warm, and a crock pot to fill your body with home-cooked happiness.

Top: J.Crew, Jacket: H&M, Scarf: Zara, Jeans: Joe's, Boots: Hunter, Ring: Beyond Baroque

Top: J.Crew, Jacket: H&M, Scarf: Zara, Jeans: Joe’s, Boots: Hunter, 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

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:: Sorority Staples & Twenty-Something Things ::

The other day, a friend visited my sorority house (wait, I don’t still live there?!), and mentioned how funny she found it that everyone was basically wearing the same thing. Probably the same outfit from the other 10 sororities at OU – what some might call the “sorority uniform.” Nike running shorts and a Pi Phi t-shirt? No. Too cold. It was the first chilly day and everyone had their long, wavy hair hanging over a Columbia half-zip, with their Uggs hugging their leggings. In college, comfort is key, so the outfit is an obvious choice. My friends never understood me, and probably stopped claiming me at some point, but I just never fit in with the sorority wear – even though it was clearly my whole life.

To be perfectly honest, it wasn’t because I hated comfort and warmth, but because I knew the Uggs and leggings look or Nike shorts and tennis shoes (Hold up – have any of my non-Miss Oklahoma friends ever seen me in tennis shoes? I rest my case.) merely weren’t flattering on me. Believe me – I loved fashion, but the walk to Gaylord (the closest campus building and fortunately, the Journalism college) was just toooo far when the wind whipped your face. Tough decisions…

Yes, there is definitely a sorority style seen on many women. However, there is an outfit that is totally twenty-something too and I’m wearing it now:  the plaid button down, paired with jeans, tall boots and the ever popular fur vest. Just like sorority women, perhaps we do not all wear this, but you’ll see it on an awful lot of us. It was my Thanksgiving-wear (the boyfriend jeans are so stretchy that I’m going to have to have them altered about three sizes smaller – bummer!), and is easy go-to. What styles or trends do you always see or associate as the twenty-something uniform?!

P.S. These jeans were the perfect pick on Thanksgiving, as I stuffed my face with my dad’s famous creole-butter injected fried turkey. If you’re not eating a fried turkey on Thanksgiving, you might as well not even watch the Macy’s Day Parade (sure it’s Thanksgiving, but it’s Macy’s big day) and put the Christmas tree back in the attic!

Top: J.Crew, Vest: Stella Rae's, Jeans: asldkj, Boots: Tory Burch, Bag: C.Wonder, Necklace: Zara, Rings: C.Wonder, David Yurman, Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James

Top: J.Crew, Vest: Stella Rae’s, Jeans: Too tired to look at the brand – ha!, Boots: Tory Burch, Bag: C.Wonder, Necklace: Zara, Rings: C.Wonder, David Yurman, Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James

Meet Tallulah – full of kisses and the occasional nose bite.

Truly at home in my family’s front yard – all five acres of it.