2014. arrows and angles. 
arrowwood tunic by maeve. verdugo maternity leggings by paige. leather tote c/o cuyana. madison harding flats. cole haan sunglasses.
i was going to title this outfit “birthday suit” but i decided against it (though it consists of all new birthday clothes). i told michael i wanted two things: breezy shirts that i could wear now and later (as i get bigger) and new mama jeans. i did well, i think!
we had a relaxing weekend. michael cleared the leaves out of the yard and i planted new annuals in our whiskey barrels (i call them hobbit barrels). i’m also on the lookout for lavender and other bee-friendly plants— i like seeing bees in our yard. hope you had a nice monday!
the look | blouse | jeans | similar bag (pink is sold out) | similar shoes

2014. arrows and angles. 

arrowwood tunic by maeve. verdugo maternity leggings by paige. leather tote c/o cuyana. madison harding flats. cole haan sunglasses.

i was going to title this outfit “birthday suit” but i decided against it (though it consists of all new birthday clothes). i told michael i wanted two things: breezy shirts that i could wear now and later (as i get bigger) and new mama jeans. i did well, i think!

we had a relaxing weekend. michael cleared the leaves out of the yard and i planted new annuals in our whiskey barrels (i call them hobbit barrels). i’m also on the lookout for lavender and other bee-friendly plants— i like seeing bees in our yard. hope you had a nice monday!

the look | blouse | jeans | similar bag (pink is sold out) | similar shoes


2014. oh, pinyon. 
madewell tee. verdugo leggings by paige. pendleton pinyon stripe scarf. MIA boots.
michael surprised me with the bold scarf for christmas, and upon opening it, i wrapped around my head like a star wars jedi. it’s a giant scarf that doubles as a shawl and triples as a blanket for a shorter person.
sophie and i are home today for the MLK holiday. we’re catching up on laundry, cleaning, blogging, and maybe folding. we won’t get too ahead of ourselves.
the look | similar tee | similar jeans | scarf | similar shoes

2014. oh, pinyon. 

madewell tee. verdugo leggings by paige. pendleton pinyon stripe scarf. MIA boots.

michael surprised me with the bold scarf for christmas, and upon opening it, i wrapped around my head like a star wars jedi. it’s a giant scarf that doubles as a shawl and triples as a blanket for a shorter person.

sophie and i are home today for the MLK holiday. we’re catching up on laundry, cleaning, blogging, and maybe folding. we won’t get too ahead of ourselves.

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


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)


2014. fisherman’s catch. 
sanctuary cardigan. madewell tee and sandals. skyline skinny skinnies by paige.
oh my goodness. the last time i posted an outfit was back in november. we took photos over the weekend, and i could not stop laughing… several (forty) strange frames later, i got my act together.
life has been busy and good. we’re trucking along at school; a good chunk of my kids are reading and writing! i’m up and running again with a new computer, and i have an external hard drive that i back up every sunday. i named it tom gordon in nods to the old red sox pitcher.
hope the new year is treating you well. catch you later mermaids!
the look | sweater | similar tee | similar pants | similar shoes

2014. fisherman’s catch. 

sanctuary cardigan. madewell tee and sandals. skyline skinny skinnies by paige.

oh my goodness. the last time i posted an outfit was back in november. we took photos over the weekend, and i could not stop laughing… several (forty) strange frames later, i got my act together.

life has been busy and good. we’re trucking along at school; a good chunk of my kids are reading and writing! i’m up and running again with a new computer, and i have an external hard drive that i back up every sunday. i named it tom gordon in nods to the old red sox pitcher.

hope the new year is treating you well. catch you later mermaids!

the look | sweater | similar tee | similar pants | similar 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

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. lookalikable. vermont jacket by paige. monteau dress. MIA boots.kelsey (of snappy casual) is one of my best blog friends. i’m convinced that if we had gone to school together, we would have been those friends who accidentally dress the same and show up to the same place. we wouldn’t be snobby like jessica wakefield’s unicorn club either. we would laugh about it, go to the cafeteria, and complain about math.a few weeks ago kelsey convinced me to buy the chambray eyelet dress (which she owns). then i found this striped dress for $10 that looks like another dress of hers that i didn’t buy and regretted last year. i wore mine with a jean jacket and boots only to see on instagram that kelsey wore her dress over the weekend, too. so basically we’re long lost style sisters… except we found each other three years ago.the look | jacket | similar dress | boots

2013. lookalikable.

vermont jacket by paige. monteau dress. MIA boots.

kelsey (of snappy casual) is one of my best blog friends. i’m convinced that if we had gone to school together, we would have been those friends who accidentally dress the same and show up to the same place. we wouldn’t be snobby like jessica wakefield’s unicorn club either. we would laugh about it, go to the cafeteria, and complain about math.

a few weeks ago kelsey convinced me to buy the chambray eyelet dress (which she owns). then i found this striped dress for $10 that looks like another dress of hers that i didn’t buy and regretted last year. i wore mine with a jean jacket and boots only to see on instagram that kelsey wore her dress over the weekend, too. so basically we’re long lost style sisters… except we found each other three years ago.

the look | jacket | similar dress | boots


2013. lemonade stands. vermont jacket by paige. lauren moffatt dress. gloria wedges by bed stu.did you ever set up a lemonade stand as a child? maybe you did it for fun or out of warm weather boredom; either way, it was a simple activity that kept you busy (and out of mom’s hair).last saturday we walked sophie around the neighborhood and i spied two little girls with a stand on the end of their driveway. they looked like a still from a classic movie: smiling children at a miniature card table with a pitcher and paper cups. the older sister (the boss) sat in a chair while the younger one milled around the perimeter. they were stinkin’ cute and i didn’t have any money.next time lemonade divas, i’ll keep fifty cents in my pocket. in the meantime you inspired me to wear a citrus dress.the look | similar jacket | similar dress | similar shoes

2013. lemonade stands.

vermont jacket by paige. lauren moffatt dress. gloria wedges by bed stu.

did you ever set up a lemonade stand as a child? maybe you did it for fun or out of warm weather boredom; either way, it was a simple activity that kept you busy (and out of mom’s hair).

last saturday we walked sophie around the neighborhood and i spied two little girls with a stand on the end of their driveway. they looked like a still from a classic movie: smiling children at a miniature card table with a pitcher and paper cups. the older sister (the boss) sat in a chair while the younger one milled around the perimeter. they were stinkin’ cute and i didn’t have any money.

next time lemonade divas, i’ll keep fifty cents in my pocket. in the meantime you inspired me to wear a citrus dress.

the look | similar jacket | similar dress | similar shoes


2013. sweet rose.
vermont jacket by paige. silk waterflower dress by madewell. gloria wedges by bed stu.
i’ve had this outfit on my mind since doodling it for our texas style council mixer at madewell in march. it came out of my head and into reality when i got the dress on sale in april.
one of my friends from college joked that i’d wear a jean jacket with my wedding dress. if it’s cold that day, i just might.
the look | similar jacket | dress | similar sandals

2013. sweet rose.

vermont jacket by paige. silk waterflower dress by madewell. gloria wedges by bed stu.

i’ve had this outfit on my mind since doodling it for our texas style council mixer at madewell in march. it came out of my head and into reality when i got the dress on sale in april.

one of my friends from college joked that i’d wear a jean jacket with my wedding dress. if it’s cold that day, i just might.

the look | similar jacket | dress | similar sandals


2013. crazy clutch lady. vermont jacket by paige. ella moss dress. vintage clutch. nine west wedges.i am unabashedly crazy about clutches. men will never understand why women carry purses with no straps or handles. sometimes i don’t understand myself when i take one to the grocery store and end up sticking it like a newspaper under my armpit because i lack free hands. i bought my first clutch in college; it was an oversized lavender leather via spiga found on deep discount at tj maxx. then i got into thrifting beaded evening clutches and anything else that enchanted me. on saturday morning, i found the ombre-embroidered bag for five dollars and thanked my lucky stars. she’s the perfect spring and summer clutch, and i can’t wait to pass her on to my future daughter (way in the future, mind you).i wish i could sew a similar clutch but i lack the tremendous patience and needlepoint skills. however i can do one thing— carry it.the look | similar jacket | similar dress | similar shoes

2013. crazy clutch lady.

vermont jacket by paige. ella moss dress. vintage clutch. nine west wedges.

i am unabashedly crazy about clutches. men will never understand why women carry purses with no straps or handles. sometimes i don’t understand myself when i take one to the grocery store and end up sticking it like a newspaper under my armpit because i lack free hands.

i bought my first clutch in college; it was an oversized lavender leather via spiga found on deep discount at tj maxx. then i got into thrifting beaded evening clutches and anything else that enchanted me. on saturday morning, i found the ombre-embroidered bag for five dollars and thanked my lucky stars. she’s the perfect spring and summer clutch, and i can’t wait to pass her on to my future daughter (way in the future, mind you).

i wish i could sew a similar clutch but i lack the tremendous patience and needlepoint skills. however i can do one thing— carry it.

the look | similar jacket | similar dress | similar shoes


2013. orange crush. merino boyfriend sweater by j.crew. pintuck silk tunic by alice + olivia. paige verdugo leggings. lotta from stockholm clogs. pendleton canyonville tote.if you asked me ten years ago, “do you like orange?” i would have said, “ew.” if you asked me five years ago, “do you like orange?” i would have said, “sure.” if you asked me now if i like orange i would say, “YES!” it’s definitely a color i wear more and more over time.after i wore the blouse to work, i found ink smudges on the placket from the rubber stamps i use to check my kids’ assignments. fortunately the stains came out with woolite and a teeny dot of dawn soap. yes, i put dishwashing liquid on a silk blouse. orange makes me brave.the look | similar sweater | similar blouse | similar jeans | shoes | bag

2013. orange crush.

merino boyfriend sweater by j.crew. pintuck silk tunic by alice + olivia. paige verdugo leggings. lotta from stockholm clogs. pendleton canyonville tote.

if you asked me ten years ago, “do you like orange?” i would have said, “ew.” if you asked me five years ago, “do you like orange?” i would have said, “sure.” if you asked me now if i like orange i would say, “YES!” it’s definitely a color i wear more and more over time.

after i wore the blouse to work, i found ink smudges on the placket from the rubber stamps i use to check my kids’ assignments. fortunately the stains came out with woolite and a teeny dot of dawn soap. yes, i put dishwashing liquid on a silk blouse. orange makes me brave.

the look | similar sweater | similar blouse | similar jeans | shoes | bag


2013. not so neutral. maison scotch sweater. splendid sweatshirt. verdugo leggings by paige. sidewalk wedges by madewell.usually when i engage in “tone dressing”, i wear blue from head to toe because blue is my favorite color. on sunday i broke out my best beiges and they all happened to match.michael calls this sweater “that sweater” i.e. he isn’t a big fan of it. sometimes i wish he would refer to our candy bowl as “those candies”— consequently i could have them to myself. until then, at least this sweater that sweater is mine for keeps.the look | sweater | similar sweatshirt | similar jeans | similar shoes

2013. not so neutral.

maison scotch sweater. splendid sweatshirt. verdugo leggings by paige. sidewalk wedges by madewell.

usually when i engage in “tone dressing”, i wear blue from head to toe because blue is my favorite color. on sunday i broke out my best beiges and they all happened to match.

michael calls this sweater “that sweater” i.e. he isn’t a big fan of it. sometimes i wish he would refer to our candy bowl as “those candies”— consequently i could have them to myself. until then, at least this sweater that sweater is mine for keeps.

the look | sweater | similar sweatshirt | similar jeans | similar shoes


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


2013. two girls. maison scotch sweater. silk striped tee by j.crew. skyline skinny skinnies by paige. pour la victoire boots.see that chubby puggy? she turned five this month. michael says she can go to kindergarten in the fall. i wish!sophie is a funny creature. she’s perpetually hungry, fiercely loyal, and always affectionate. she can detect the UPS truck from a few blocks away. she sheds hair like crazy (almost all fawn pugs do) and our vacuum cleaner fills up with her fur. but we love her anyway.happy birthday sophie! thanks for being so gosh darn cute and making a cameo occasionally.the look | sweater | similar blouse | similar pants | similar boots

2013. two girls.

maison scotch sweater. silk striped tee by j.crew. skyline skinny skinnies by paige. pour la victoire boots.

see that chubby puggy? she turned five this month. michael says she can go to kindergarten in the fall. i wish!

sophie is a funny creature. she’s perpetually hungry, fiercely loyal, and always affectionate. she can detect the UPS truck from a few blocks away. she sheds hair like crazy (almost all fawn pugs do) and our vacuum cleaner fills up with her fur. but we love her anyway.

happy birthday sophie! thanks for being so gosh darn cute and making a cameo occasionally.

the look | sweater | similar blouse | similar pants | 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

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. 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