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?
thanks to everyone who left a kind comment about wearing dresses and boots— you get an encore post! i wore this on sunday to the grocery store with M. it isn’t the best outfit (i ended up removing the belt) but i love sophie’s face. she looks bored. so bored.
if you’re coming to texas style council this weekend, i guarantee you won’t be as bored as a pug. we have an incredible line-up of classes, and i look forward to seeing old faces and making new friends. i’ll be at the registration table. stop by and say hey!
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.
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.
blythe blouse by j.crew. corey lynn calter muslin skirt. swedish hasbeens super high clogs. apolis market bag.
polka dots are like potato chips; i can’t have just one. this skirt has quickly become one of my favorite pieces to wear to school. it pairs well with blouses, sweaters, and tees.
in college i never wore muslin skirts and dresses. they were too sheer and my younger, clueless self didn’t know much about slips and camisoles. now the older, wiser me thanks the heavens for them (and corey lynn calter for the polka dots).
stitched cardigan by madewell. band of gypsies dress. tory burch reva flats. rebecca minkoff bombe bag.
i present my friday and saturday outfit. the dress is a “house dress” i.e. it’s too flouncy for school but it’s decent with shorts.
i like my big brown cardigan, but michael does not. i met him for happy hour on friday and he said, “are you really wearing that ugly sweater?” after his remark, i consoled the sweater by telling it that he had a bad day and felt like taking it out on someone. i bought the sweater ice cream. just kidding.
instead i wore the sweater two days straight. don’t mess with the way i dress.
silk gingham boyshirt c/o austin madewell. dalmation print skirt (found on ebay). pour la victoire wedges.
michael calls this shirt my picnic shirt for obvious reasons. he likes muted plaids and i like megaphone ones.
somehow i received birthday dates two nights in a row. we went out for sushi on tuesday and cheeseburgers on wednesday. if it wasn’t supposed to rain this weekend, i would aim for a picnic on saturday. but i’ll settle for extra cake.
in high school my friends and i frequented places like applebee’s for easy friday or saturday night dinners. a meal rang up at less than ten dollars, leaving extra money for a movie or a magazine at the bookstore.
in college i discovered hole-in-the-wall, mom-and-pop, and star-of-the-show kind of restaurants. these places had thick tablecloths, candlelights, and wine glasses. these places had water with lemon!
now you can get water with lemon almost anywhere. one of our favorite restaurants in town offers it with lime, orange, or grapefruit. in the back of my head, i remember that it’s just water, but i chuckle at how a very simple thing can appear quite posh.
this outfit was monday’s ensemble… with lemon. :o)
denim jacket by billy blues (thrifted). silk dotty dress by madewell. wanted sandals. missibaba bag.
after several evenings in the 30’s, spring is here— for the moment, anyway. the weather treated us to a beautiful sunny day with legendary texas blue skies.
everyday we take turns walking sophie. michael walks her in the mornings, and i walk her after school. on cold days, we bundle up and scurry in and out. on warm days, we mosey around other people’s yards and scowl at loud airplanes (more her than me). i can’t help but giggle watching her trot-trot-trot back home.
a walk outside is good for the soul. it’s just a teensy bit better with a funny pug.
remember my navy polka dot skirt that ripped? i snagged a lookalike on ebay. awwww yeah!
i always know my bangs are getting long when michael tells me, “you’ve got helmet hair.” it was a fitting observation for superbowl sunday. i wore the outfit to the grocery store for football food, and today i wore it to school.
over the weekend i bought two new lipsticks (the coral shade is sienna by boots) and one book (the fault in our stars by john green). after super bowl sunday comes bookworm monday with a glamorous grin.
betsy sweater by j.crew. dalmation print skirt (found on ebay). lotta from stockholm clogs. pendleton canyonville tote.
can you tell i love my pendleton bag? it’s big enough for a house (a dollhouse) and an army (a fleet of clipboards and books). i’m so glad santa got it for me. he’s got a good eye, that santa. :o)
i wore this outfit earlier in the week to school. we’re experiencing a warm spell which means skirts and sandals for everyone (well, at least for me). i love boots and jeans but i’ve enjoyed picking out different clothes. you can’t go wrong with lots of dots.
polka dot peplum tee from target. high-rise jeggings by paige. pour la victoire boots. rebecca minkoff bombe bag.
i usually stay away from peplum tops because they look awkward on my body (height + long torso + shortened blouse = odd), but as you can see, i haven’t given up on the trend altogether. i found the adorable shirt while shopping for advent calendar goodies for michael. a cute fiancée counts as a present, right?
when michael was little, his mom bought him advent calendars with chocolates behind the doors. i came home from target and told him that he could not, better not, under any circumstances come into the dining room while i assembled his calendar. after i packed up everything, i realized that i created a countdown (numbers backwards) instead of a traditional advent. that’s what i get for being bossy.
tommy hilfiger cardigan. polka dot tie-neck dress by j.crew. vintage judith lieber belt. gloria wedges by bed stu.
i wore this patriotic outfit to school a couple of weeks ago during one of our warm spells (which linger and languish at their own whim). the other day angela (of notes from the dressing room) told me, “i can’t believe you’re wearing open-toed shoes in november!” i can’t believe it either. but when it turns cold in texas, it will turn cold and stay cold. it hasn’t made it around the bend yet.
this weekend, M and i plan on decorating the house a bit. our pre-lit tree has served us for many years. we’re considering a new tradition of having a real fir tree. M and i both work, and i feel wary shopping for trees at night. is that strange? i want to see them in the sun, fluff their branches and needles, and check how nicely they stand. do you have any tree buying tips for us?
p.s. if we find a great tree, we will donate the old one to a preschool.