2014. summer tan. 
linen sandwave dress and braided sightseer sandals by madewell. cold picnic tote.
pregnancy can make you emotional! yesterday morning i saw this photo and our other snaps and i cried and cried, not taking into account it’s my go-to outfit lately and i feel very cute in it. instead i saw a huge tummy and bigger legs and wondered why i asked michael to take a few pictures. today i look at the photo and think it’s just fine. there’s a little boy in that belly happily kicking away.
i bought the dress a few weeks ago during a madewell sale i.e. me and kelsey’s favorite time to shop. it’s a true babydoll dress; i’m wearing a small and i’m eight months along so size down. i like it because it keeps me cool and it fits (probably the most important thing).
the lesson of the day is don’t delete any blog photos when you don’t feel like yourself. unless you have pizza stains on your clothes— that can be one of the few exceptions.
the look | dress | shoes | bag

2014. summer tan. 

linen sandwave dress and braided sightseer sandals by madewell. cold picnic tote.

pregnancy can make you emotional! yesterday morning i saw this photo and our other snaps and i cried and cried, not taking into account it’s my go-to outfit lately and i feel very cute in it. instead i saw a huge tummy and bigger legs and wondered why i asked michael to take a few pictures. today i look at the photo and think it’s just fine. there’s a little boy in that belly happily kicking away.

i bought the dress a few weeks ago during a madewell sale i.e. me and kelsey’s favorite time to shop. it’s a true babydoll dress; i’m wearing a small and i’m eight months along so size down. i like it because it keeps me cool and it fits (probably the most important thing).

the lesson of the day is don’t delete any blog photos when you don’t feel like yourself. unless you have pizza stains on your clothes— that can be one of the few exceptions.

the look | dress | shoes | bag


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2014. tweedledee. 
anne klein cardigan. striped jumpsuit from tj maxx. swedish hasbeens super high clogs. apolis market bag.
i first saw the jumpsuit on jen (of jen loves kev) a few weeks ago and i thought it was super cute! she bought it from tj maxx but selections at their stores tend to vary; i doubted it would show up at my local chain. well, it did! and kelsey (of snappy casual) found one the other day, too.
the stripes hide my baby bump extremely well. never let anyone tell you to avoid horizontal stripes! michael said i looked like alice in wonderland; i think he meant i looked like tweedledee. he also told me the jumpsuit resembled long johns so that’s enough commentary from the husband for today. :o)
the look | similar sweater | similar jumpsuit | shoes | bag

2014. tweedledee. 

anne klein cardigan. striped jumpsuit from tj maxx. swedish hasbeens super high clogs. apolis market bag.

i first saw the jumpsuit on jen (of jen loves kev) a few weeks ago and i thought it was super cute! she bought it from tj maxx but selections at their stores tend to vary; i doubted it would show up at my local chain. well, it did! and kelsey (of snappy casual) found one the other day, too.

the stripes hide my baby bump extremely well. never let anyone tell you to avoid horizontal stripes! michael said i looked like alice in wonderland; i think he meant i looked like tweedledee. he also told me the jumpsuit resembled long johns so that’s enough commentary from the husband for today. :o)

the look | similar sweater | similar jumpsuit | shoes | bag


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2014. blue and pink. 
lush maxidress from tj maxx. vintage vera neumann scarf. leather tote c/o cuyana. bamboo sandals. son of a sailor necklace.
happy monday! i spent the weekend in this comfy outfit i.e. i wore it to the grocery store twice (doubt anyone noticed) and sat on the porch sewing things for the baby’s room (check back on wednesday for a post). i understand why so many mamas love maxi dresses; they’re soft and easy and with the right accessories they look sophisticated.
are you watching the world cup? we watched some games; michael comments on the matches in an british accent and i point out players wearing the same shoes (i like the bright yellow cleats the best). we’re not rooting for a particular team; it’s just exciting that millions of people around the world huddle around the television doing the same thing. maybe i’ll cheer for germany today, the home of haribo gummies!
the look | similar dress | necklace | similar bag (pink is sold out) | similar shoes

2014. blue and pink. 

lush maxidress from tj maxx. vintage vera neumann scarf. leather tote c/o cuyana. bamboo sandals. son of a sailor necklace.

happy monday! i spent the weekend in this comfy outfit i.e. i wore it to the grocery store twice (doubt anyone noticed) and sat on the porch sewing things for the baby’s room (check back on wednesday for a post). i understand why so many mamas love maxi dresses; they’re soft and easy and with the right accessories they look sophisticated.

are you watching the world cup? we watched some games; michael comments on the matches in an british accent and i point out players wearing the same shoes (i like the bright yellow cleats the best). we’re not rooting for a particular team; it’s just exciting that millions of people around the world huddle around the television doing the same thing. maybe i’ll cheer for germany today, the home of haribo gummies!

the look | similar dress | necklace | similar bag (pink is sold out) | similar shoes


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2014. simple does it. 
thrifted sweater. skyline skinny skinnies by paige. french knot skimmers by madewell. leather tote c/o cuyana.
you know what i’ve been wearing all the time since thanksgiving? this here outfit. i kind of feel like a younger, 1980’s version of myself would wear the same thing to school. i got rid of my other oversized, constantly-worn, thrifted sweater after i found a new (old) friend. if you want a big, cotton, chunky sweater, go thrifting. find one and you’re set for a year or more.
i think most of my outfits are very simple. sometimes simple is all you need. a good pair of shoes is extra. so is a side ponytail.
the look | similar sweater | similar pants | similar shoes | similar bag (pink is sold out)

2014. simple does it. 

thrifted sweater. skyline skinny skinnies by paige. french knot skimmers by madewell. leather tote c/o cuyana.

you know what i’ve been wearing all the time since thanksgiving? this here outfit. i kind of feel like a younger, 1980’s version of myself would wear the same thing to school. i got rid of my other oversized, constantly-worn, thrifted sweater after i found a new (old) friend. if you want a big, cotton, chunky sweater, go thrifting. find one and you’re set for a year or more.

i think most of my outfits are very simple. sometimes simple is all you need. a good pair of shoes is extra. so is a side ponytail.

the look | similar sweater | similar pants | similar shoes | similar bag (pink is sold out)


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2013. monday best. cloth + stone tunic. mossimo point pants. MIA boots. necklace by jen loves kev. missibaba bag.i’ve worn this outfit once a week over the last several weeks. i’m the only person in our family who owns denim shirts and thinks they are delightful. this particular blouse reminds me of a big jean shirt often donned by my elementary school art teacher. she’d appreciate jen’s cute necklaces!what are your thanksgiving plans? it’s next thursday! we’re going to stay home, enjoy the cool weather, cook, eat, and eat a little more. we might get a christmas tree— we’ll see!the look | very similar top | pants | similar boots

2013. monday best.

cloth + stone tunic. mossimo point pants. MIA boots. necklace by jen loves kev. missibaba bag.

i’ve worn this outfit once a week over the last several weeks. i’m the only person in our family who owns denim shirts and thinks they are delightful. this particular blouse reminds me of a big jean shirt often donned by my elementary school art teacher. she’d appreciate jen’s cute necklaces!

what are your thanksgiving plans? it’s next thursday! we’re going to stay home, enjoy the cool weather, cook, eat, and eat a little more. we might get a christmas tree— we’ll see!

the look | very similar top | pants | similar boots


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2013. good jeans. vermont jacket by paige. beach stripe dress by madewell. swedish hasbeens super high clogs. rebecca minkoff woven bag.remember last week when i was like, hey y’all i got married then i got sick but now i’m ready to blog again? well, i fibbed. i thought i was getting over a cold but it turned into a bad cough. after several days of drinking hot tea, sleeping more, and taking gross medicine, i feel more like myself than i did last monday.and this jean-ius outfit? it’s two weeks old. i wore it a couple days after our wedding to la gloria with michael’s aunt and uncle and their adorable son nico who’s in kindergarten. nico and i danced to “friday i’m in love” at our wedding. how many kids do that? one day i hope i have a little girl or boy who appreciates the cure.
update: i spoke too soon. i’m running a fever. :o(the look | jacket | similar dress | shoes

2013. good jeans.

vermont jacket by paige. beach stripe dress by madewell. swedish hasbeens super high clogs. rebecca minkoff woven bag.

remember last week when i was like, hey y’all i got married then i got sick but now i’m ready to blog again? well, i fibbed. i thought i was getting over a cold but it turned into a bad cough. after several days of drinking hot tea, sleeping more, and taking gross medicine, i feel more like myself than i did last monday.

and this jean-ius outfit? it’s two weeks old. i wore it a couple days after our wedding to la gloria with michael’s aunt and uncle and their adorable son nico who’s in kindergarten. nico and i danced to “friday i’m in love” at our wedding. how many kids do that? one day i hope i have a little girl or boy who appreciates the cure.

update: i spoke too soon. i’m running a fever. :o(

the look | jacket | similar dress | shoes


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2013. the same. maison scotch dress. MIA boots. pendleton canyonville tote.woohoo! we’re married! michael and i tied the knot during columbus day weekend in the presence of our family and closest friends. a common question couples receive after a wedding is: how does it feel? i think it feels the same but a little sweeter and definitely a lot calmer.after the wedding, i came down with a cold and then got a stomach bug. on friday i felt the most terrible and feverish i’ve been in a loooooong time. but now i’m on the mend, and i’ll share stories from our special day soon. meanwhile i’m happy to get back in the routine of teaching, drawing, and wearing something other than pajamas.the look | similar dress | similar boots | similar bag

2013. the same.

maison scotch dress. MIA boots. pendleton canyonville tote.

woohoo! we’re married! michael and i tied the knot during columbus day weekend in the presence of our family and closest friends. a common question couples receive after a wedding is: how does it feel? i think it feels the same but a little sweeter and definitely a lot calmer.

after the wedding, i came down with a cold and then got a stomach bug. on friday i felt the most terrible and feverish i’ve been in a loooooong time. but now i’m on the mend, and i’ll share stories from our special day soon. meanwhile i’m happy to get back in the routine of teaching, drawing, and wearing something other than pajamas.

the look | similar dress | similar boots | similar bag


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2013. knots and dots. silk dotty dress and sidewalk wedges by madewell. vintage vera neumann scarf (worn as belt). leather tote c/o cuyana.hello! long time, no post. life has been keeping me on my toes lately as we countdown to the wedding and i prepare progress reports for my class. i feel like i start the week off strong (blog wise) and then get sidetracked by wednesday. plus, it’s been raining a lot! that makes our yard and deer happy.to make up for my sartorial absence, you’ll get an outfit post today instead of food. the pastel belt is an old vera scarf that i knotted in the middle and tied in the back (similar to how you’d tie it around your head). it added a little something sweet to a beloved dress. i wore everything on saturday while shopping for gifts for my best friend and maid of honor.is it too much to hope that i have the same great hair on our big day?the look | similar dress | similar shoes | bag

2013. knots and dots.

silk dotty dress and sidewalk wedges by madewell. vintage vera neumann scarf (worn as belt). leather tote c/o cuyana.

hello! long time, no post. life has been keeping me on my toes lately as we countdown to the wedding and i prepare progress reports for my class. i feel like i start the week off strong (blog wise) and then get sidetracked by wednesday. plus, it’s been raining a lot! that makes our yard and deer happy.

to make up for my sartorial absence, you’ll get an outfit post today instead of food. the pastel belt is an old vera scarf that i knotted in the middle and tied in the back (similar to how you’d tie it around your head). it added a little something sweet to a beloved dress. i wore everything on saturday while shopping for gifts for my best friend and maid of honor.

is it too much to hope that i have the same great hair on our big day?

the look | similar dress | similar shoes | bag


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2013. sweatshirt revival. sweatshirt dress by madewell. vintage vera neumann scarf. leather tote c/o cuyana. MIA boots.if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you may have noticed that i love sweatshirts. i wear them with skirts, shorts, and jeans. they’re as classic to me as a plain white tee. my two favorite sweatshirts are a grey one from target and a navy one from j.crew.as much as i enjoy comfy knits, i was initially on the fence about this dress. i liked the length and fit, but i wasn’t sure if it would look as cute on me as it looks on kendi or dotty.then i tried it on and thought why didn’t i buy it sooner? it’s a sweatshirt. it’s a dress. it’s a sweatshirt dress. i’ll wear it until it falls apart.
p.s. you’re right! my scarf has little tin soldiers on it. :o)the look | dress | bag | boots

2013. sweatshirt revival.

sweatshirt dress by madewell. vintage vera neumann scarf. leather tote c/o cuyana. MIA boots.

if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you may have noticed that i love sweatshirts. i wear them with skirts, shorts, and jeans. they’re as classic to me as a plain white tee. my two favorite sweatshirts are a grey one from target and a navy one from j.crew.

as much as i enjoy comfy knits, i was initially on the fence about this dress. i liked the length and fit, but i wasn’t sure if it would look as cute on me as it looks on kendi or dotty.

then i tried it on and thought why didn’t i buy it sooner? it’s a sweatshirt. it’s a dress. it’s a sweatshirt dress. i’ll wear it until it falls apart.

p.s. you’re right! my scarf has little tin soldiers on it. :o)

the look | dress | bag | boots


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2013. rule of thirds.
maison scotch dress. thrifted sash. leather tote c/o cuyana. lotte clogs by loeffler randall.
in photography, the rule of thirds helps you compose a picture. in clothing, the rule of thirds helps me get dressed in the morning— i pick two or three things that go together and run, walk, play, and shop with them.
my friends at cuyana sent me this sweet monogrammed tote, and i adore it. it’s pale pink leather and embellished with the golden letters LPS (my future mrs. initials). the cuyana philosphy is fewer, better— collect less things you like and more things you love. that’s one rule that might be better than the rule of thirds.
the look | similar dress | bag | shoes

2013. rule of thirds.

maison scotch dress. thrifted sash. leather tote c/o cuyana. lotte clogs by loeffler randall.

in photography, the rule of thirds helps you compose a picture. in clothing, the rule of thirds helps me get dressed in the morning— i pick two or three things that go together and run, walk, play, and shop with them.

my friends at cuyana sent me this sweet monogrammed tote, and i adore it. it’s pale pink leather and embellished with the golden letters LPS (my future mrs. initials). the cuyana philosphy is fewer, better— collect less things you like and more things you love. that’s one rule that might be better than the rule of thirds.

the look | similar dress | bag | shoes


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2013. after the rain. cloth + stone tee. linen skirt from tj maxi. swedish hasbeens super high clogs. apolis market bag.i’m a blue jean queen. i picked up several chambray pieces this summer including the featured tee. the top and skirt remind me of a cute dress without being a dress, and the top alone reminds me of keira (of a pretty penny). keira owns a similar chambray tee and she’s crazy about it, too.this week i returned to work after a long, sweet summer at home with sophie. it’s always bittersweet because i treasure the copious amounts of free time and fun ideas. but fall will bring cooler weather and our wedding! both sound good to me.p.s. my format for friendly friday is changing! my friend grechen’s recent article inspired me. stay tuned on how i’m bringing friendly back. :o)the look | similar tee | similar skirt | shoes | bag

2013. after the rain.

cloth + stone tee. linen skirt from tj maxi. swedish hasbeens super high clogs. apolis market bag.

i’m a blue jean queen. i picked up several chambray pieces this summer including the featured tee. the top and skirt remind me of a cute dress without being a dress, and the top alone reminds me of keira (of a pretty penny). keira owns a similar chambray tee and she’s crazy about it, too.

this week i returned to work after a long, sweet summer at home with sophie. it’s always bittersweet because i treasure the copious amounts of free time and fun ideas. but fall will bring cooler weather and our wedding! both sound good to me.

p.s. my format for friendly friday is changing! my friend grechen’s recent article inspired me. stay tuned on how i’m bringing friendly back. :o)

the look | similar tee | similar skirt | shoes | bag


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2013. smock election. lauren moffatt dress. gloria wedges by bed stu. apolis market bag.occasionally i receive emails or read tweets about unbelievable sample sales in los angeles or new york. dresses! bags! shoes! when you live in the middle of the country, it’s easy to envy an east or west coaster.what about the rest of us? well gals, we have ebay. i stalk my favorite designer listings weekly. i’ve been able to snag some pretty dresses (including this one) much to my own delight.this dress is lightweight in such a vibrant color. it’s an easy, breezy smock dress. between me and you, it encouraged me to have an extra serving of strawberry gelato. vote for summer!the look | similar dress | similar shoes | bag

2013. smock election.

lauren moffatt dress. gloria wedges by bed stu. apolis market bag.

occasionally i receive emails or read tweets about unbelievable sample sales in los angeles or new york. dresses! bags! shoes! when you live in the middle of the country, it’s easy to envy an east or west coaster.

what about the rest of us? well gals, we have ebay. i stalk my favorite designer listings weekly. i’ve been able to snag some pretty dresses (including this one) much to my own delight.

this dress is lightweight in such a vibrant color. it’s an easy, breezy smock dress. between me and you, it encouraged me to have an extra serving of strawberry gelato. vote for summer!

the look | similar dress | similar shoes | bag


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2013. beach stripes. beach stripe dress by madewell. kaysa clogs by loeffler randall. rebecca minkoff baby belle bag. i don’t say this often, but look at my hair! i didn’t do anything out of the ordinary; i washed it, dried it, and curled it as usual. friday just happened to be my big, bad hair day. by bad, i mean good.i bought the dress during madewell’s 40% off mega sale a few weeks ago and it quickly became one of my summer favorites. it’s been uncomfortably hot (hence fewer outfit photos) but cool clothing makes a difference.hope your week is off to a pleasant start!the look | dress | shoes

2013. beach stripes.

beach stripe dress by madewell. kaysa clogs by loeffler randall. rebecca minkoff baby belle bag.

i don’t say this often, but look at my hair! i didn’t do anything out of the ordinary; i washed it, dried it, and curled it as usual. friday just happened to be my big, bad hair day. by bad, i mean good.

i bought the dress during madewell’s 40% off mega sale a few weeks ago and it quickly became one of my summer favorites. it’s been uncomfortably hot (hence fewer outfit photos) but cool clothing makes a difference.

hope your week is off to a pleasant start!

the look | dress | shoes


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2013. happy camper. swing tee and boardwalk sandals by madewell. corey lynn calter skirt. pendleton canyonville tote.i’ll keep this outfit spiel short and sweet as i’m assembling my students’ yearbooks and preparing their grades. school is almost over in texas, and summer means happy days with sunshine and sophie.i’ve worn the skirt several times to school (and to HGS's pop-up shop); it's finally making a blog debut. it has embroidered dots and hidden pockets. i could wear it everyday but the other polka dots in my closet wouldn't appreciate it. hear you me, dots are trouble.the look | tee | similar skirt | sandals | similar bag

2013. happy camper.

swing tee and boardwalk sandals by madewell. corey lynn calter skirt. pendleton canyonville tote.

i’ll keep this outfit spiel short and sweet as i’m assembling my students’ yearbooks and preparing their grades. school is almost over in texas, and summer means happy days with sunshine and sophie.

i’ve worn the skirt several times to school (and to HGS's pop-up shop); it's finally making a blog debut. it has embroidered dots and hidden pockets. i could wear it everyday but the other polka dots in my closet wouldn't appreciate it. hear you me, dots are trouble.

the look | tee | similar skirt | sandals | similar bag


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