2013. red, white, and plaid. dalia plaid tunic. mossimo ponte pants. frye boots. vintage shawl (worn as scarf).are you a fan (or wishlister) of j.crew’s pixie pants? well, i am. then i found these pixie-lookalikes at target. i bought two pairs of them online when i was sick. they come in black and navy blue (my favorite color) and they might be my best fall clothing purchase yet.this outfit is seven or eight days old but it compliments today perfectly. stay tuned after my paper doll for a veteran’s day doodle!the look | similar top | pants | similar boots

2013. red, white, and plaid.

dalia plaid tunic. mossimo ponte pants. frye boots. vintage shawl (worn as scarf).

are you a fan (or wishlister) of j.crew’s pixie pants? well, i am. then i found these pixie-lookalikes at target. i bought two pairs of them online when i was sick. they come in black and navy blue (my favorite color) and they might be my best fall clothing purchase yet.

this outfit is seven or eight days old but it compliments today perfectly. stay tuned after my paper doll for a veteran’s day doodle!

the look | similar top | pants | similar boots


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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


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2013. cross my heart. cynthia rowley cardigan. silk dotty sunshade top by madewell. joe’s ponte skinnies. pour la victoire boots. pendleton canyonville tote.i wore this outfit twice before winter break, and i wore it again on monday because it matched my bag perfectly. i like the cheerful pop of red against the grey, black, and brown. i could even swap out the red sweater for a yellow one. a good outfit lives on and on and on… at least until laundry day.a lot of my friends have been asking about our wedding plans. they’re coming along (albeit tortoise-ly rather than hare-ly). i have my dress (it’s from j.crew of course), and we will likely pick out michael’s suit from there, too. i’m designing our wedding paper. the other details are up in the air, but i’ll share more soon. cross my heart.the look | similar sweater | similar top | similar pants | similar boots | bag

2013. cross my heart.

cynthia rowley cardigan. silk dotty sunshade top by madewell. joe’s ponte skinnies. pour la victoire boots. pendleton canyonville tote.

i wore this outfit twice before winter break, and i wore it again on monday because it matched my bag perfectly. i like the cheerful pop of red against the grey, black, and brown. i could even swap out the red sweater for a yellow one. a good outfit lives on and on and on… at least until laundry day.

a lot of my friends have been asking about our wedding plans. they’re coming along (albeit tortoise-ly rather than hare-ly). i have my dress (it’s from j.crew of course), and we will likely pick out michael’s suit from there, too. i’m designing our wedding paper. the other details are up in the air, but i’ll share more soon. cross my heart.

the look | similar sweater | similar top | similar pants | similar boots | bag


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2012. a penny saved. cavorting canines dress by maeve. skyline skinny skinnies by paige. italian scarf. pour la victoire boots.this is what i look like when i find a long forgotten dollar in one of my pockets. if i write anymore, i feel as if i will ruin the priceless photo. that’s all for today. :o)the look | similar dress | similar pants | similar scarf | similar boots

2012. a penny saved.

cavorting canines dress by maeve. skyline skinny skinnies by paige. italian scarf. pour la victoire boots.

this is what i look like when i find a long forgotten dollar in one of my pockets. if i write anymore, i feel as if i will ruin the priceless photo. that’s all for today. :o)

the look | similar dress | similar pants | similar scarf | similar boots


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2012. wool blends. betsy sweater by j.crew. free people tunic tank. skyline skinny skinnies by paige. pour la victoire boots. missibaba tote from etcetera, etc.howdy! old man winter decided to visit this week with highs in the 50’s-60’s and lows in the 30’s-40’s. we’re not sure how long he will stick around, but i’ll take cold weather while it lasts. yesterday i wore the outfit to school along with my green j.crew coat. michael said i resembled our christmas tree.speaking of christmas trees, i didn’t realize that real trees are so thirsty. we water our tree every other day. it keeps almost all of its needles, and sophie has no interest in it whatsoever. i feel fortunate because we have friends who “gate” their tree from pets. so far, so good, sophie. :o)the look | similar sweater | similar tank |  similar pants | similar boots

2012. wool blends.

betsy sweater by j.crew. free people tunic tank. skyline skinny skinnies by paige. pour la victoire boots. missibaba tote from etcetera, etc.

howdy! old man winter decided to visit this week with highs in the 50’s-60’s and lows in the 30’s-40’s. we’re not sure how long he will stick around, but i’ll take cold weather while it lasts. yesterday i wore the outfit to school along with my green j.crew coat. michael said i resembled our christmas tree.

speaking of christmas trees, i didn’t realize that real trees are so thirsty. we water our tree every other day. it keeps almost all of its needles, and sophie has no interest in it whatsoever. i feel fortunate because we have friends who “gate” their tree from pets. so far, so good, sophie. :o)

the look | similar sweater | similar tanksimilar pants | similar boots


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2012. comfy cozy. express tricot sweater (thrifted). skyline skinny skinnies by paige. frye boots.every fall and winter, i find an outfit that i can wear several days in a row simply because it’s comfy cozy and i’m comfy lazy. a few weeks ago, i threw away my old leggings and bought two pairs of ponte knit pants on sale at nordstrom rack. i chose paige and joe’s— both pairs fit like a dream. they feel like j.crew’s pixie pants but have longer inseams (good for tall girls).i found the sweater at the thrift store. i used to own this sweater— well, not this exact sweater because some lady wrote her name on the tag, so it’s definitely not mine. the year was 1992, middle school monopolized my days, and express churned out chunky cotton sweaters in solids and stripes. my mom bought me three of them, and i wore them constantly.then i remember seeing one of the science teachers at school in my sweater. i thought, oh my god, a teacher has the same sweater as me, and oh my god, do teachers go to the mall?!what was the best sweater from your youth?the look | similar sweater | similar pants | boots

2012. comfy cozy.

express tricot sweater (thrifted). skyline skinny skinnies by paige. frye boots.

every fall and winter, i find an outfit that i can wear several days in a row simply because it’s comfy cozy and i’m comfy lazy. a few weeks ago, i threw away my old leggings and bought two pairs of ponte knit pants on sale at nordstrom rack. i chose paige and joe’s— both pairs fit like a dream. they feel like j.crew’s pixie pants but have longer inseams (good for tall girls).

i found the sweater at the thrift store. i used to own this sweater— well, not this exact sweater because some lady wrote her name on the tag, so it’s definitely not mine. the year was 1992, middle school monopolized my days, and express churned out chunky cotton sweaters in solids and stripes. my mom bought me three of them, and i wore them constantly.

then i remember seeing one of the science teachers at school in my sweater. i thought, oh my god, a teacher has the same sweater as me, and oh my god, do teachers go to the mall?!

what was the best sweater from your youth?

the look | similar sweater | similar pants | boots


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2012. cherry tomato. 

sweater from tj maxx. silk striped tee and minnie pants by j.crew. steve madden selena wedges.

at school, sweatshirts and sweatpants (or leggings) are common winter outfits for my kiddos. they always look quite cozy! today i present my grown-up version of playground wear with a matching top, pants, and a shirt sticking out from underneath.

when M saw me, he said, “wow, that’s a lot of red.” it is a lot of red. but i am kind of in love with it.

the look | similar sweater | similar blouse | similar pants | similar wedges

2012. cherry tomato. 

sweater from tj maxx. silk striped tee and minnie pants by j.crew. steve madden selena wedges.

at school, sweatshirts and sweatpants (or leggings) are common winter outfits for my kiddos. they always look quite cozy! today i present my grown-up version of playground wear with a matching top, pants, and a shirt sticking out from underneath.

when M saw me, he said, “wow, that’s a lot of red.” it is a lot of red. but i am kind of in love with it.

the look | similar sweater | similar blouse | similar pants | similar wedges


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2011. toy soldier. 
shortcut sweater and minnie pants by j.crew. liz claiborne blouse (thrifted). gloria wedges by bedstu.
whenever i wear red and black, i feel like a christmas nutcracker (sans beard) or toy soldier. i bought the minnie pants in september to jazz up my school wardrobe. i’ve received compliments from both coworkers and kiddos; teachers don’t usually wear red pants, i guess!
my friend lisa (of respect the shoes) recently turned the volume down on her leopard blouse by pairing it with a simple black sweater. i told lisa that her strategy inspired a future outfit, and here it is! i’ve spotted the leopard, red, and black combination on other bloggers, too, and everyone seems to put their own little twist on it.
to me, personal style isn’t very different from the childhood game of telephone. fashion starts with a source like a RTW show, editorial, catalog, or friend. as it gets passed along, the interpretation changes, as it should. that’s what makes telephone tons of fun.
the look | similar sweater | similar blouse | pants | wedges

2011. toy soldier. 

shortcut sweater and minnie pants by j.crew. liz claiborne blouse (thrifted). gloria wedges by bedstu.

whenever i wear red and black, i feel like a christmas nutcracker (sans beard) or toy soldier. i bought the minnie pants in september to jazz up my school wardrobe. i’ve received compliments from both coworkers and kiddos; teachers don’t usually wear red pants, i guess!

my friend lisa (of respect the shoes) recently turned the volume down on her leopard blouse by pairing it with a simple black sweater. i told lisa that her strategy inspired a future outfit, and here it is! i’ve spotted the leopard, red, and black combination on other bloggers, too, and everyone seems to put their own little twist on it.

to me, personal style isn’t very different from the childhood game of telephone. fashion starts with a source like a RTW show, editorial, catalog, or friend. as it gets passed along, the interpretation changes, as it should. that’s what makes telephone tons of fun.

the look | similar sweater | similar blouse | pants | wedges


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2011. careful now. 
shortcut sweater and minnie pants by j.crew. thrifted blouse. acrobatic wedges by anthropologie.
taking pictures in front of other people’s houses occasionally involves being mistaken as the owner for other people’s animals. this mischievous tiger cat photo-bombed every shot, and sophie, watching from our window, barked her little heart out. i don’t mind cats, but i prefer dogs (especially pugs).
i’ve been a busy worker bee— i am sponsoring a school club and preparing report cards for my own kids. i’ll catch up on doodles soon!
the look | similar sweater | similar blouse | pants | similar wedges

2011. careful now. 

shortcut sweater and minnie pants by j.crew. thrifted blouse. acrobatic wedges by anthropologie.

taking pictures in front of other people’s houses occasionally involves being mistaken as the owner for other people’s animals. this mischievous tiger cat photo-bombed every shot, and sophie, watching from our window, barked her little heart out. i don’t mind cats, but i prefer dogs (especially pugs).

i’ve been a busy worker bee— i am sponsoring a school club and preparing report cards for my own kids. i’ll catch up on doodles soon!

the look | similar sweater | similar blouse | pants | similar wedges


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2011. coastlines. 
shortcut sweater and café capri pants by j.crew. urban outfitters tee. gloria wedges by bed stu.
my BFF jenna lyons sells this outfit as summer wear, maybe in the northeastern states. on monday, i broke out my nautical best for a slightly cooler texan day. i think j.crew would understand. i also think i should receive an award for emerging unscathed in ivory pants.
i apologize for my snail’s pace of posts. work is keeping me both busy and content. i hope you’re having a great week!
the look | similar sweater | similar top | pants | wedges

2011. coastlines. 

shortcut sweater and café capri pants by j.crew. urban outfitters tee. gloria wedges by bed stu.

my BFF jenna lyons sells this outfit as summer wear, maybe in the northeastern states. on monday, i broke out my nautical best for a slightly cooler texan day. i think j.crew would understand. i also think i should receive an award for emerging unscathed in ivory pants.

i apologize for my snail’s pace of posts. work is keeping me both busy and content. i hope you’re having a great week!

the look | similar sweater | similar top | pants | wedges


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2011. style clinic.
striped dolman sweater from tj maxx. oxford scout chinos by j.crew. anthropologie bangle. bcbg heels.
wednesday’s outfit (i’m behind on posts again). when i bought these pants, i imagined them as fraternal twins of these phillip lim trousers. then M told me they looked like hospital scrubs. isn’t he the best?
my scrubs and i will see you another time.
the look | similar sweater | pants | similar heels

2011. style clinic.

striped dolman sweater from tj maxx. oxford scout chinos by j.crew. anthropologie bangle. bcbg heels.

wednesday’s outfit (i’m behind on posts again). when i bought these pants, i imagined them as fraternal twins of these phillip lim trousers. then M told me they looked like hospital scrubs. isn’t he the best?

my scrubs and i will see you another time.

the look | similar sweater | pants | similar heels


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2011. on point.
pintuck lace blouse by lauren conrad. minnie pants by j.crew. cole haan heels. vintage shawl (worn as scarf).
a breezy blouse and fitted pants are my go-to ensemble when i can’t think of anything else to wear. i absolutely love these heels. i bought them in college when pointy toes were cool, and of course, they fell off the fashion wagon quickly afterwards. lucky for me, they’re slowly coming back! sydney (of basic cravings) and i are on a two-woman mission to takeover south texas with pointy toes. who’s with us?

2011. on point.

pintuck lace blouse by lauren conrad. minnie pants by j.crew. cole haan heels. vintage shawl (worn as scarf).

a breezy blouse and fitted pants are my go-to ensemble when i can’t think of anything else to wear. i absolutely love these heels. i bought them in college when pointy toes were cool, and of course, they fell off the fashion wagon quickly afterwards. lucky for me, they’re slowly coming back! sydney (of basic cravings) and i are on a two-woman mission to takeover south texas with pointy toes. who’s with us?


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2011. high society.
cardigan by halogen. silk ruffle blouse by banana republic. vintage scarf. elizabeth and james lara flats.
i felt very lady-who-lunches in this outfit. on tuesday, i decided to surprise M with mississippi mud pies (brownies with an oreo cookie crust), and sprayed soapy water all over my shirt during clean-up. like a real lady, i dried off the blouse with paper towels.
p.s. thank you to everyone who participated in the blog sale! and if you’re contemplating a closet clean out, remember: eat it or wear it.

2011. high society.

cardigan by halogen. silk ruffle blouse by banana republic. vintage scarf. elizabeth and james lara flats.

i felt very lady-who-lunches in this outfit. on tuesday, i decided to surprise M with mississippi mud pies (brownies with an oreo cookie crust), and sprayed soapy water all over my shirt during clean-up. like a real lady, i dried off the blouse with paper towels.

p.s. thank you to everyone who participated in the blog sale! and if you’re contemplating a closet clean out, remember: eat it or wear it.


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2011. blouses and knits.
tunic by lauren conrad. minnie pants and juliet heels by j.crew. oversized cropped sweater by tea and rose.
monday’s outfit. i bought the sweater as a swimsuit coverup. i really liked the missoni-esque print. tracy’s haphazard poncho and blouse combo inspired me; she’s j.crew’s set designer. M gave my version the sugar-coated evil eye, something you do when someone you love wears something sort of strange.

2011. blouses and knits.

tunic by lauren conrad. minnie pants and juliet heels by j.crew. oversized cropped sweater by tea and rose.

monday’s outfit. i bought the sweater as a swimsuit coverup. i really liked the missoni-esque print. tracy’s haphazard poncho and blouse combo inspired me; she’s j.crew’s set designer. M gave my version the sugar-coated evil eye, something you do when someone you love wears something sort of strange.


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2011. monotone.
pintuck lace blouse and skinny velvet pants by lauren conrad. vintage scarf. acrobatics wedges from anthropologie.
worn on wednesday. i contemplated putting on a brighter scarf among other things. i’m usually cheerful and optimistic, but with legislators cutting funds for education, i get frazzled. i don’t even remember what i wore on tuesday. when i feel stressed, i make a small pot of coffee and watch napoleon dynamite. how do you allay your worries?

2011. monotone.

pintuck lace blouse and skinny velvet pants by lauren conrad. vintage scarf. acrobatics wedges from anthropologie.

worn on wednesday. i contemplated putting on a brighter scarf among other things. i’m usually cheerful and optimistic, but with legislators cutting funds for education, i get frazzled. i don’t even remember what i wore on tuesday. when i feel stressed, i make a small pot of coffee and watch napoleon dynamite. how do you allay your worries?


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