2014. vintage for two. 
soft joie semillon tank. vintage paisley skirt. boardwalk sandals by madewell. son of a sailor necklace. cole haan sunglasses.
when i first began blogging, i owned a substantial number of vintage midi skirts. then i grew tired of most of them and they wound up back at the thrift store. lately i’m warming up to them again for the prints and— who am i kidding— the elastic waists. i bought this funky black-and-white skirt for $3 and it was the best $3 i’ve spent in awhile (especially because i drink less coffee). it reminds me of a skirt ace and jig would make.
over the weekend we ate mexican food with michael’s mom and we picked out a rug for the baby’s room. i toyed around with a black and white nursery but i also liked the idea of crisp blue and white. we chose blue! i want it to be a summer camp kind of room like this room from serena and lily with a hodgepodge of objects, animals, and items.
and whew! boy is it getting warm in texas. good thing 7-11 is slowly expanding south because it’s not truly summer without a slurpee.
the look | similar top | similar skirt | similar sandals

2014. vintage for two. 

soft joie semillon tank. vintage paisley skirt. boardwalk sandals by madewell. son of a sailor necklace. cole haan sunglasses.

when i first began blogging, i owned a substantial number of vintage midi skirts. then i grew tired of most of them and they wound up back at the thrift store. lately i’m warming up to them again for the prints and— who am i kidding— the elastic waists. i bought this funky black-and-white skirt for $3 and it was the best $3 i’ve spent in awhile (especially because i drink less coffee). it reminds me of a skirt ace and jig would make.

over the weekend we ate mexican food with michael’s mom and we picked out a rug for the baby’s room. i toyed around with a black and white nursery but i also liked the idea of crisp blue and white. we chose blue! i want it to be a summer camp kind of room like this room from serena and lily with a hodgepodge of objects, animals, and items.

and whew! boy is it getting warm in texas. good thing 7-11 is slowly expanding south because it’s not truly summer without a slurpee.

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2014. mama on board. 
vermont jacket by paige. soft joie semillon tank. LOFT textured stripe skirt. holepunch skimmers by madewell. son of a sailor necklace.
i discovered a secret— maternity clothes are just big clothes. i bought two skirts from LOFT that have been in constant wardrobe rotation. they’re not maternity skirts; they’re good old fashioned paperbag waist skirts! i sized up and rewarded myself with lots of room for baby to grow.
i’ve probably worn this outfit five or six times. jean jacket morning and sleeveless afternoon kind of days haven’t been strangers this year. they remind me of real spring days back on the east coast. keep it cool, texas!
the look | jacket | similar top | skirt | shoes

2014. mama on board. 

vermont jacket by paige. soft joie semillon tank. LOFT textured stripe skirt. holepunch skimmers by madewell. son of a sailor necklace.

i discovered a secret— maternity clothes are just big clothes. i bought two skirts from LOFT that have been in constant wardrobe rotation. they’re not maternity skirts; they’re good old fashioned paperbag waist skirts! i sized up and rewarded myself with lots of room for baby to grow.

i’ve probably worn this outfit five or six times. jean jacket morning and sleeveless afternoon kind of days haven’t been strangers this year. they remind me of real spring days back on the east coast. keep it cool, texas!

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2013. a little different.
soft joie semillon tank. ella moss skirt. lizzie fortunato for stella & dot necklace. vintage clutch. anna luz sandals.
i usually wear shorts daily in the summer; this year i prefer skirts and dresses. i saw the skirt about a month ago at tj maxx and debated buying it. i wasn’t sure if i would like it. the next time i stopped at the store, it was marked down and i went for it. i’ve worn the outfit at least four times. so i do like it after all. :o)
the look | similar top | similar skirt | similar sandals

2013. a little different.

soft joie semillon tank. ella moss skirt. lizzie fortunato for stella & dot necklace. vintage clutch. anna luz sandals.

i usually wear shorts daily in the summer; this year i prefer skirts and dresses. i saw the skirt about a month ago at tj maxx and debated buying it. i wasn’t sure if i would like it. the next time i stopped at the store, it was marked down and i went for it. i’ve worn the outfit at least four times. so i do like it after all. :o)

the look | similar top | similar skirt | similar sandals


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2013. third of july. soft joie semillon tank. boardwalk linen skirt by j.crew. boardwalk sandals by madewell.
happy belated fourth of july! i hope you had a great holiday with your family and friends. we had a barbecue and listened to fireworks pop throughout the night— that’s what happens in firework-friendly south texas.
i wore this outfit on wednesday. i tend to wear patriotic colors all year so i don’t mind being miss america once or twice a week although miss america probably wouldn’t choose a vampire weekend song for the talent competition.the look | similar top | skirt | sandals

2013. third of july.

soft joie semillon tank. boardwalk linen skirt by j.crew. boardwalk sandals by madewell.

happy belated fourth of july! i hope you had a great holiday with your family and friends. we had a barbecue and listened to fireworks pop throughout the night— that’s what happens in firework-friendly south texas.

i wore this outfit on wednesday. i tend to wear patriotic colors all year so i don’t mind being miss america once or twice a week although miss america probably wouldn’t choose a vampire weekend song for the talent competition.

the look | similar top | skirt | sandals


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2013. perfect vision. joie rancher tee. LOFT skirt. boardwalk sandals by madewell. william rast sunglasses.if i could wear this outfit everyday, i would. the classic colors, fun sunnies, and sensible sandals go from work to errands to weekend dates.when i bought the skirt from ebay, i didn’t realize the slight darts in the front would create a “pouch” effect, making me feel self-conscious. it kind of looks like i have a kangaroo pocket, a food baby, or a real baby. the first time i wore the skirt, i paired it with an oversized sweater.but last week i tucked my blouse in. who sees a kangaroo pouch? not me in my shades.the look | similar top | similar skirt | sandals | similar glasses

2013. perfect vision.

joie rancher tee. LOFT skirt. boardwalk sandals by madewell. william rast sunglasses.

if i could wear this outfit everyday, i would. the classic colors, fun sunnies, and sensible sandals go from work to errands to weekend dates.

when i bought the skirt from ebay, i didn’t realize the slight darts in the front would create a “pouch” effect, making me feel self-conscious. it kind of looks like i have a kangaroo pocket, a food baby, or a real baby. the first time i wore the skirt, i paired it with an oversized sweater.

but last week i tucked my blouse in. who sees a kangaroo pouch? not me in my shades.

the look | similar top | similar skirt | sandals | similar glasses


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2013. hometown favorite. joie rancher tee. dorrie skirt by j.crew. necklace c/o LOFT. gloria wedges by bed stu. apolis market bag.i wore this outfit earlier in the week before i came of (technology) age; i spilled riesling on my keyboard. my non-clumsy computer streak was bound to end. then our modem stopped working, and i took the events as a sign to relax. two harry potters, a school carnival, a class trip, and wishful catalog shopping later, i’m back online.i featured the bag a few weeks ago as one of my maybe birthday presents. of course it ended up at our door as an ode to the city where we met and began our grand, silly, and best adventure.i hope you have a great weekend! see you on monday.the look | similar tee | similar skirt | wedges | bag

2013. hometown favorite.

joie rancher tee. dorrie skirt by j.crew. necklace c/o LOFT. gloria wedges by bed stu. apolis market bag.

i wore this outfit earlier in the week before i came of (technology) age; i spilled riesling on my keyboard. my non-clumsy computer streak was bound to end. then our modem stopped working, and i took the events as a sign to relax. two harry potters, a school carnival, a class trip, and wishful catalog shopping later, i’m back online.

i featured the bag a few weeks ago as one of my maybe birthday presents. of course it ended up at our door as an ode to the city where we met and began our grand, silly, and best adventure.

i hope you have a great weekend! see you on monday.

the look | similar tee | similar skirt | wedges | bag


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2013. upper hand me down. soft joie tee. vintage shawl (worn as scarf). skinny skinny jeans c/o austin madewell. swedish hasbeens super high clogs. hand printed grocery tote.this shawl has been passed back and forth. i wore it often in the early days of my blog until michael’s mom asked for it back (it originally belonged to her). last weekend, she cleaned out her closet and i found the scarf in the donation pile. now it’s mine again!i like the crochet texture of the shawl— it’s pretty and bohemian, and it adds an intriguing touch to a simple outfit. one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure… especially the second time around.the look | similar tee | similar scarf | jeans | shoes

2013. upper hand me down.

soft joie tee. vintage shawl (worn as scarf). skinny skinny jeans c/o austin madewell. swedish hasbeens super high clogs. hand printed grocery tote.

this shawl has been passed back and forth. i wore it often in the early days of my blog until michael’s mom asked for it back (it originally belonged to her). last weekend, she cleaned out her closet and i found the scarf in the donation pile. now it’s mine again!

i like the crochet texture of the shawl— it’s pretty and bohemian, and it adds an intriguing touch to a simple outfit. one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure… especially the second time around.

the look | similar tee | similar scarf | jeans | shoes


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2013. first dates. striped crochet jacket by zara. soft joie tank. verdugo leggings by paige. tory burch reva flats. allibelle mohawk clutch.remember that old movie with drew barrymore called 50 first dates? i saw part of it on cable and quickly got the gist: woman loses memory but falls in love again each day on a date with her husband.sometimes i can’t believe that michael and i have been together for over eight years. it doesn’t seem like a very long time, and from conversations we’ve had with friends (single and married), that’s a good thing. you want to find that person you can take on 50 or 100 or 500 first dates.thank you M for being my first date on saturday and buying us sushi. i hope i see you again soon. :o)the look | similar jacket | similar tank | similar jeans | similar flats

2013. first dates.

striped crochet jacket by zara. soft joie tank. verdugo leggings by paige. tory burch reva flats. allibelle mohawk clutch.

remember that old movie with drew barrymore called 50 first dates? i saw part of it on cable and quickly got the gist: woman loses memory but falls in love again each day on a date with her husband.

sometimes i can’t believe that michael and i have been together for over eight years. it doesn’t seem like a very long time, and from conversations we’ve had with friends (single and married), that’s a good thing. you want to find that person you can take on 50 or 100 or 500 first dates.

thank you M for being my first date on saturday and buying us sushi. i hope i see you again soon. :o)

the look | similar jacket | similar tank | similar jeans | similar flats


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2013. brown hare. stitched cardigan by madewell. joie rancher tee. verdugo leggings by paige. rebecca minkoff doll boots and bombe bag.the older i get, the more comfortable i am wearing what i want and what i deem beautiful. i know this cardigan is sort of oversized and kind of shapeless; its color resembles beatrix potter’s bunny family. at some angles, it makes the upper half of my body look huge.but i like it. at thirteen, i worshipped fashion magazines and wanted to resemble the models. at thirty-one, i understand there are rules and trends but you don’t have to follow or adopt any of them. if i wake up one morning and want to dress like a brown hare, more power and more carrots to me.really— more carrots. this was my grocery shopping outfit.the look | similar sweater | tee | similar jeans | similar boots

2013. brown hare.

stitched cardigan by madewell. joie rancher tee. verdugo leggings by paige. rebecca minkoff doll boots and bombe bag.

the older i get, the more comfortable i am wearing what i want and what i deem beautiful. i know this cardigan is sort of oversized and kind of shapeless; its color resembles beatrix potter’s bunny family. at some angles, it makes the upper half of my body look huge.

but i like it. at thirteen, i worshipped fashion magazines and wanted to resemble the models. at thirty-one, i understand there are rules and trends but you don’t have to follow or adopt any of them. if i wake up one morning and want to dress like a brown hare, more power and more carrots to me.

really— more carrots. this was my grocery shopping outfit.

the look | similar sweater | tee | similar jeans | similar boots


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2013. collard blues. soft joie tee. verdugo leggings by paige. tory burch reva flats. eclectic ornaments necklace. hervé chapelier mini bag.whenever i have a wardrobe brain freeze, i put on jeans and a fancy tee— fancy meaning it doesn’t have any holes, my college logo, or food stains on it. soft joie tees are my favorite because they drape in a flattering way, and i can wear them with anything.i bought the necklace from rae of eclectic ornaments last summer. i missed out on the original anthropologie necklace, but i loved the hydrangea version offered by rae. she also makes them in other colors like yellow, pink, and red. check out her shop if you’re craving a layered necklace of your own.the look | similar tee | similar jeans | similar flats

2013. collard blues.

soft joie tee. verdugo leggings by paige. tory burch reva flats. eclectic ornaments necklace. hervé chapelier mini bag.

whenever i have a wardrobe brain freeze, i put on jeans and a fancy tee— fancy meaning it doesn’t have any holes, my college logo, or food stains on it. soft joie tees are my favorite because they drape in a flattering way, and i can wear them with anything.

i bought the necklace from rae of eclectic ornaments last summer. i missed out on the original anthropologie necklace, but i loved the hydrangea version offered by rae. she also makes them in other colors like yellow, pink, and red. check out her shop if you’re craving a layered necklace of your own.

the look | similar tee | similar jeans | similar flats


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2013. joie de vivre. soft joie tee. high rise jeggings by paige. pour la victoire boots. pendleton canyonville tote.oh, hello! welcome back to our regular scheduled programming (or blogramming). after spending most of my vacation using all the tissues in our house, i was ready to take on the world. i got a haircut, sang along to my favorite pandora stations, cleaned the house, and felt great. i wore this outfit yesterday to the grocery store.santa brought me a B.A.B. (big awesome bag). you know i love pendleton and patterns. i guess he does, too. :o)the look | similar tee | similar jeans | similar boots | bag

2013. joie de vivre.

soft joie tee. high rise jeggings by paige. pour la victoire boots. pendleton canyonville tote.

oh, hello! welcome back to our regular scheduled programming (or blogramming). after spending most of my vacation using all the tissues in our house, i was ready to take on the world. i got a haircut, sang along to my favorite pandora stations, cleaned the house, and felt great. i wore this outfit yesterday to the grocery store.

santa brought me a B.A.B. (big awesome bag). you know i love pendleton and patterns. i guess he does, too. :o)

the look | similar tee | similar jeans | similar boots | bag


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2012. raspberry rush. stitchview cardigan by madewell. soft joie tank. verdugo leggings by paige. miz mooz clogs.on saturday, M and i finally went to see ben affleck’s new film argo, and we loved it. the movie has great, suspenseful cuts— you feel terrified one minute and relaxed the next. if you haven’t seen it, we highly recommend it!i usually wear jeans and cardigans to the movies because of the chilly temperatures. i paired the cheerful sweater with an equally bright top and reluctantly shared a bucket of popcorn with M as big as both our heads. all in all, we had a perfect afternoon.the look | cardigan | similar tee | similar jeans | similar shoes

2012. raspberry rush.

stitchview cardigan by madewell. soft joie tank. verdugo leggings by paige. miz mooz clogs.

on saturday, M and i finally went to see ben affleck’s new film argo, and we loved it. the movie has great, suspenseful cuts— you feel terrified one minute and relaxed the next. if you haven’t seen it, we highly recommend it!

i usually wear jeans and cardigans to the movies because of the chilly temperatures. i paired the cheerful sweater with an equally bright top and reluctantly shared a bucket of popcorn with M as big as both our heads. all in all, we had a perfect afternoon.

the look | cardigan | similar tee | similar jeans | similar shoes


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2012. grapeful. joie blouse. skinny skinny printed corduroys by madewell. nine west wedges.at age twelve, purple was my jam. i owned purple jeans and a pair of purple and white nikes. i often wore them with a plain white tee and thought i was awesome until i overheard some “cool” girls remark that i wore the same outfit all the time. the comment stung, but i stuck to my purple jean rotation.when i chose outfits for the week, i thought this one might be too much for work (the pants are pretty funky), but i ended up liking it a lot and getting compliments from staff. i received the best praise from one of my little ones on the playground. i’m sweaty, stomping around the mulch and sidewalk, the temperature’s pushing 90, it’s super sunny (and i’m super squinty), and a small voice says, “you look so beautiful!” that warmed my heart.the look | similar blouse | pants | wedges

2012. grapeful.

joie blouse. skinny skinny printed corduroys by madewell. nine west wedges.

at age twelve, purple was my jam. i owned purple jeans and a pair of purple and white nikes. i often wore them with a plain white tee and thought i was awesome until i overheard some “cool” girls remark that i wore the same outfit all the time. the comment stung, but i stuck to my purple jean rotation.

when i chose outfits for the week, i thought this one might be too much for work (the pants are pretty funky), but i ended up liking it a lot and getting compliments from staff. i received the best praise from one of my little ones on the playground. i’m sweaty, stomping around the mulch and sidewalk, the temperature’s pushing 90, it’s super sunny (and i’m super squinty), and a small voice says, “you look so beautiful!” that warmed my heart.

the look | similar blouse | pants | wedges


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2012. heatwave. joie dress. western style belt (thrifted). rebecca minkoff steady satchel in sterling. dolce vita sandals. miu miu sunglasses.i’ve worn the dress several times this summer despite its first blog appearance. i bought it because of the subtle stripes and flippy skirt. plus i love joie, and i always have good luck finding joie items at nordstrom rack and tj maxx.i say it every august, and i’ll say it again, it’s HOT. sophie and i postpone her midday walks until later in the afternoon, but she pants by the time we reach our neighbor’s driveway. pugs are indoor dogs (and emperors’ dogs, M would add), and she feels the heat more than i do in her thick coat. poor thing!if i were a meteorologist, i would forecast: it’s going to be a real scorcher! we’re looking at a snowcone on monday, popsicle on tuesday, gelato for wednesday, slushee on thursday, chocolate cone on friday, sorbet on saturday, and sundae on… sunday. you’d watch my segment, right?the look | similar dress | similar belt | similar sandals

2012. heatwave.

joie dress. western style belt (thrifted). rebecca minkoff steady satchel in sterling. dolce vita sandals. miu miu sunglasses.

i’ve worn the dress several times this summer despite its first blog appearance. i bought it because of the subtle stripes and flippy skirt. plus i love joie, and i always have good luck finding joie items at nordstrom rack and tj maxx.

i say it every august, and i’ll say it again, it’s HOT. sophie and i postpone her midday walks until later in the afternoon, but she pants by the time we reach our neighbor’s driveway. pugs are indoor dogs (and emperors’ dogs, M would add), and she feels the heat more than i do in her thick coat. poor thing!

if i were a meteorologist, i would forecast: it’s going to be a real scorcher! we’re looking at a snowcone on monday, popsicle on tuesday, gelato for wednesday, slushee on thursday, chocolate cone on friday, sorbet on saturday, and sundae on… sunday. you’d watch my segment, right?

the look | similar dress | similar belt | similar sandals


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2012. lilac. joie blouse. verdugo leggings by paige. julia tote c/o danielle nicole. acrobatic wedges from anthropologie.when M saw this outfit, he said, “ooh… purple!” as you’ve noticed, the majority of my wardrobe is blue, but i’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve (if tricks means non-navy blouses).before we went to virginia, danielle (of danielle nicole) sent me the color-blocked bag, and i took it on our trip. the bag easily held a smaller leather clutch, my wallet, two paperbacks, our combined toiletries, and tools for crankiness prevention (sea bands, dramamine, pretzels, and gatorade). every time i carry it, i feel like mary poppins. i plan on toting it back and forth to school, but i’ll leave the big umbrella at home.the look | similar blouse | jeans | bag | similar wedges

2012. lilac.

joie blouse. verdugo leggings by paige. julia tote c/o danielle nicole. acrobatic wedges from anthropologie.

when M saw this outfit, he said, “ooh… purple!” as you’ve noticed, the majority of my wardrobe is blue, but i’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve (if tricks means non-navy blouses).

before we went to virginia, danielle (of danielle nicole) sent me the color-blocked bag, and i took it on our trip. the bag easily held a smaller leather clutch, my wallet, two paperbacks, our combined toiletries, and tools for crankiness prevention (sea bands, dramamine, pretzels, and gatorade). every time i carry it, i feel like mary poppins. i plan on toting it back and forth to school, but i’ll leave the big umbrella at home.

the look | similar blouse | jeans | bag | similar wedges


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