Jan 21, 2015

Style: Bright Colors on a Train Track

sweater: old navy // shirt: jcp (similar) // jeans: target
 // scarf: f21 (similar) // booties: steve madden (similar

I wore this outfit to my sweet nephew's 3rd birthday party (where has the time gone!?) this past weekend. He had a train birthday party (hence the corny pose on the train tracks) at the Oklahoma Railway Museum. The place is pretty cool, even if you aren't a 3 year old boy. You can climb inside actual trains and they have a huge model train area. 

At one point, there was a girl (lady? woman? 20-something?) in a ball gown having her pictures taken by a photographer. I walked by, smiled coyly and thought "I will be doing that later..." but my pictures were taken in a 5 minute span that included Eric pursing his lips because he did not want to be doing this right now and I'm whispering hurry! someone's coming! Gah, the things I do for this blog. 

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Jan 19, 2015

Style: chambray, jeans and a vest

jeans: target // chambray: old navy (similar) // vest: f21 (similar) // boots: franco sarto (similar)

 You guuuuuuys. This weekend (and today!) we had the best weather. Upper 60s. The sun was shining. Everyone was outside. I felt like I was in SoCal. Well, except for the whole landlocked thing. Anyway, it was marvelous. Especially because it's been so miserably cold lately. Oklahoma is the weirdest place when it comes to weather. 

But enough about the weather. Let's talk about things that really matter. Like how much sushi I've eaten since I haven't been pregnant (can't stop. won't stop.) Actually that makes me think about SoCal again. I bet their sushi is way better than our frozen-re-frozen-landlocked sushi. 

That's all I've got for today, folks. 

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Let it Shine via Still Being Molly and Lipgloss and Crayons
Manic Monday with   More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express

Jan 14, 2015

Style: Warm Knits


 sweater: f21 // plaid: old navy (similar) // jeans: target // necklace: gift (similar
// boots: halogen (similar)

You know how people talk about cost per wear and all that fancy clothing/money business? Well, this sweater, has paid for itself a few times over and I've only owned it for a couple of months. I bought it mainly because it's long (at 5'10" it's really hard to find anything like this that actually covers my butt), but I have loved it for so many other reasons. The black and white pattern goes with anything and it's so so warm. It's gotten really cold in Oklahoma (apparently that happens during the winter months, but it throws me through a loop every year) and the sweater keeps me warm. I've been wearing it nearly everyday since I've been home from the hospital. Don't worry - I've washed it like... Twice. 

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Jan 12, 2015

Style: Mom Clothes

shirt: similar // vest: old navy (similar) // scarf: f21 // jeans: target // shoes: converse

This is my first outfit post of 2015! And it's... well, it's mom clothes. I wore this exact same outfit way before I was a mom, but for some reason now that I look at it, it's like "oh, she's a mom." I'm totally fine with that - this is what I wore to have lunch at a friend's house last week and since it was the only time I wore makeup all week, I figured I'd share it on the blog :) I mean... I'm pretty sure I've never given anyone the idea that I wear fancy clothes when I'm on maternity leave. This is The Real World: Newborn Edition. I mean, that should be a version of the show, right? 

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Let it Shine via Still Being Molly and Lipgloss and Crayons
Manic Monday with   More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express

Jan 7, 2015

Favorite Outfits of 2014

What a year it has been! I honestly cannot believe it's 2015 - I remember when we were all anticipating the arrival of the 2000s... I rung in the year praying the world wouldn't collapse while wearing a t-shirt with a huge yellow smiley face on it... But, I digress.

I always enjoy looking back at my favorite outfits of the year - I like to see the way my style has changed and it's fun to remember what was happening when I wore each outfit. It's posts like these that remind me how much I enjoy blogging - yeah, it's just clothes (who cares) but it's also a great online journal (and much less offensive than my Xanga days).

So without further ado, my favorite outfits of the year, starting at the beginning of the year.

1. Green & White It's no secret that green is my favorite color, and I love that the green is really the only color happening here. 

2. Leather Jacket I made a joke about feeling like a total poser in a leather jacket, but  I really do love it. The jacket adds great texture to an otherwise simple outfit.

3. Floral Pants Since I try not to buy a lot of clothes, I really love making certain clothing items work for different seasons. The chunky white sweater helps make these floral pants cold weather appropriate. 

4. Chambray with white sweater and green jeans Ah, white sweater again, kelly green again. I am a creature of habit. I love this outfit because of the layers and the simple colors.

5. Winter Florals This is really similar to the outfit above... simple layers and simple colors. This outfit was from a really cold day in March when I was wishing it was a lot warmer - wearing a little bit of floral helped :)

6. Purple Skirt with mint top First of all... short hair! Also, I knew I was pregnant in this picture - I had to wear the skirt really high to make it fit. Anyway, this was the first time I wore mint and purple together and I really loved it. 

7. Anthro Dress with Blue Necklace  You can never go wrong with an Anthropologie dress.  I love the fit and flare style with the subtle texture. After this dress, I ended up purchasing a couple more navy dresses - turns out it's a great color (I used to dislike it!).

8. floral blouse with mustard cardigan This is the same floral blouse from #5 - this time paired with mustard yellow (and a baby bump) for spring.

9. green maxi with lace top  I had been eyeing this maxi skirt for a long time, so when it finally went on sale I was so excited! I was able to wear it with the bump for a while, which was nice. I haven't worn it since this photo was taken - so excited to pull it out for the spring!

10. Yellow and Chambray I love the way this (non-maternity) skirt sits on my little belly. Also, the chambray shirt is my best friend.

11. Floral Dress with Utility vest The utility vest is another one of my favorite clothing items. This dress is great on its own, but the vest makes it more interesting.

12. Chambray with jeans Of course I had to get a maternity chambray shirt. I wore it a lot, but I really loved it paired with a dark pair of jeans and my favorite booties.


13. Sweatshirt Tunic This outfit makes me sad that I don't own the top in a non-maternity version. It's made of sweatshirt material and is super-comfy, which is a necessity when your belly is enormous.

14. Red sweater with plaid scarf I don't normally wear a lot of red, but I embraced it during pregnancy and I ended up loving it.

15. blue striped top with blue puffer vest  I really love blue on blue, and it worked out really well considering this blue shirt was pretty much the only shirt that fit when this picture was taken. 

Thoughts/What I Learned:
  • This was a weird year for me clothing-wise, for obvious reasons. I essentially had to build a wardrobe from scratch (though friends lent me a few items, which was wonderful!). It forced me to think about wardrobe basics and I had a really good time coming up with a variety of outfits out of a small amount of items. 
  • I preferred a much more muted color palate this year. It probably had to do with the fact that I had less of my closet to work with, but I could see it continuing through the next year. 
  • I have got to figure out how to fix my hair. These photos are fine, but in half of the ones from this year, my hair looks horrible. It made me laugh a lot - I'm really lazy when it comes to my hair so it's not surprising. But it's probably time for me to figure it out at 28 years old.
  • The chambray is still the best shirt ever. Oh and I still love floral print more than anything else. 

If you're bored, you can look back at my favorite outfits of 2012 and my favorites of 2013

Which of the 15 is your favorite? 

Jan 5, 2015

The Past Month: Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Baby Business

Hi friends! I'm baaaaack! Well, for now anyway. Life with a newborn is unpredictable at best :) Thank you all for your sweet comments on the blog and social media - your kind words made us feel so loved. I fully intended to start blogging again a few weeks ago, but it just didn't happen. Eric has had the last 4 weeks off and I wanted to spend as much time with him (and the baby) as possible.

The last month has been surreal, in a really good way. First of all, a baby sleeps in my house now (and yes, I use the word "sleep" loosely). He is absolutely gorgeous (I'm biased, obviously) and so much fun. He loves to eat (I'm actually considering "Piglet" as his blog nickname because of the crazy noises he makes when he's eating) and he has started smiling (mostly for his dad). He is a daily reminder of God's amazing love and the precious gifts he has for us.

Secondly, Eric graduated a few weeks ago with his MBA! I am so proud of his hard work the past year and a half. It's honestly gone by so fast (despite living apart this summer). It's been such a fun season of life - all of his classes were in the building next to the one I work in so we would ride together and see each other multiple times during the day. He also had a lot of time at home, which was so nice. But today he starts a new job! I am sooooo excited for him, but a little bummed that our (lazy) month of being home together has ended.

Let's see... what else has happened? Oh yes, Christmas. All of a sudden it was Christmas (thank goodness I finished shopping before the babe was born). We spent nearly a week with Eric's parents, which was wonderful. We essentially did there what we had been doing at home (sitting around in our pajamas, eating good food and watching movies). It was such a special time. Then we celebrated with my family by eating finger foods, watching Thunder basketball and opening the best stockings ever. It was such a fun holiday, and having a 3 week old only made it better.

leggings: alternative apparel (similar) // zip hoodie: target // glasses: c/o firmoo

But now, my babe is a month old (!) and life is slowly starting to have a regular rhythm. These pictures give a pretty accurate description of what I'm wearing most days (though my hair usually looks like a rat slept in it). I have 6 more weeks before I go back to work and I fully intend to enjoy them and take advantage of this time with my babe - I know it will fly by! We'll see how blogging goes... I fully intend to continue to post a few times a week but I apologize in advance if I don't get to respond to you all in a timely manner. I have hated not commenting on your blogs, but know that I am reading them (usually during a 4am feeding... funsies).

P.S. If you're a blogger, you've probably heard of Firmoo before, but I want to be sure to mention them. They make really affordable glasses in lots of different shapes and styles. You can upload your picture to "try them on" which is really helpful. I think it's a great place to get glasses in a style you wouldn't normally wear, like the crazy ones I'm wearing (that I love!).

P.P.S. Apparently my child likes to stick his tongue out. He's so anti-establishment.

P.P.P.S. Want to see more of our house (aka creep on our bedrooms)? Check out the house tour.

Dec 17, 2014

Maternity Style: Cozy Cardigans

pants: pea in the pod // cardigan: f21 (similar) // 
chambray: gap maternity(similar) (similar non-maternity) // booties: steve madden (similar

Okay, so. I'm not actually pregnant anymore. I am a mom (!$&@). But, I found this outfit in my archives and I decided to go ahead and get it out into the internet world. This is my last maternity outfit to post, and it kind of makes me sad. It's been fun figuring out how to dress the bump and the fact that I didn't feel guilty splurging on new clothes was kind of fun. BUT, I am so glad that I can reach my toes again (my toenail polish situation was offensive to say the least) and of course, having a baby in my arms instead of my belly is pretty amazing. 

Even though the lighting in these pictures is terrible, this outfit makes me happy. It's tough to feel cute when you're a couple of weeks past your due date, and let's be honest, this maternity shirt pretty much didn't fit in these pictures, but a cozy thick cardigan fixes most clothing issues. I am pretty much living in them for the next couple of months at home, so when I do start taking outfit pictures again, expect to see a lot :)

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