2013. gingham style. 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.
the look | blouse | similar skirt | shoes

2013. gingham style.

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.

the look | blouse | similar skirt | shoes


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2013. blackout. ralph lauren sweater dress. italian scarf. merona tights. pour la victoire boots. pendleton canyonville tote.if you peruse the blog archive, you’ll notice that i rarely wear black. my wardrobe is mostly blues, neutrals, and brights here and there.before christmas, i found myself craving a simple black sweater dress. it had to be dark black (not charcoal), long (not short), and cute (not un-cute). my dream came true a few weeks ago when i snagged this dress at tj maxx.have you ever gotten a good deal on an item from your wish list?the look | similar dress | similar scarf | similar boots | bag

2013. blackout.

ralph lauren sweater dress. italian scarf. merona tights. pour la victoire boots. pendleton canyonville tote.

if you peruse the blog archive, you’ll notice that i rarely wear black. my wardrobe is mostly blues, neutrals, and brights here and there.

before christmas, i found myself craving a simple black sweater dress. it had to be dark black (not charcoal), long (not short), and cute (not un-cute). my dream came true a few weeks ago when i snagged this dress at tj maxx.

have you ever gotten a good deal on an item from your wish list?

the look | similar dress | similar scarf | similar boots | bag


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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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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. slouchy cool. dolman sleeved sweatshirt by j.crew. la la leaves dress by marc jacobs. merona tights. pour la victoire boots.some days i like tailored clothing, and other days i like slouchy stuff. i wore this easygoing outfit on thursday.i also wear sweatshirts at home, oftentimes over leggings. lately i love to spend evenings near the fireplace and read a book (or cut things out for school). it’s a nice, old fashioned sort of feeling.i am currently reading a practical wedding by meg keene. what are you reading?
the look | similar sweater | similar dress | similar boots

2012. slouchy cool.

dolman sleeved sweatshirt by j.crew. la la leaves dress by marc jacobs. merona tights. pour la victoire boots.

some days i like tailored clothing, and other days i like slouchy stuff. i wore this easygoing outfit on thursday.

i also wear sweatshirts at home, oftentimes over leggings. lately i love to spend evenings near the fireplace and read a book (or cut things out for school). it’s a nice, old fashioned sort of feeling.

i am currently reading a practical wedding by meg keene. what are you reading?

the look | similar sweater | similar dress | similar boots


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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. pep in my step. 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.the look | tee | similar jeans | similar boots

2012. pep in my step.

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.

the look | tee | similar jeans | similar boots


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2012. texas two step. 
boy’s plaid shirt (thrifted). verdugo leggings by paige. lizzie fortunato necklace. malorie boots by pour la victoire.
every woman in texas owns these three items: brown boots, a plaid shirt, and feel good jeans. i dressed up my trio with a statement necklace and wore them for saturday errands.
M took my photos with his new camera lens (hence the dreamy quality), and i drew my paper doll with the new-to-me wacom tablet. you’ll see more of their products as the year goes by, and if you signed up for the texas style council conference, you’ll see me in march as the registration manager! don’t forget to say howdy. :o)
the look | similar shirt | jeans | similar boots

2012. texas two step. 

boy’s plaid shirt (thrifted). verdugo leggings by paige. lizzie fortunato necklace. malorie boots by pour la victoire.

every woman in texas owns these three items: brown boots, a plaid shirt, and feel good jeans. i dressed up my trio with a statement necklace and wore them for saturday errands.

M took my photos with his new camera lens (hence the dreamy quality), and i drew my paper doll with the new-to-me wacom tablet. you’ll see more of their products as the year goes by, and if you signed up for the texas style council conference, you’ll see me in march as the registration manager! don’t forget to say howdy. :o)

the look | similar shirt | jeans | similar boots


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2011. snowbird. 
men’s denim shirt from target. sweater from tj maxx. lizzie fortunato necklace. verdugo leggings by paige. malorie boots by pour la victoire.
i’ve been wearing my chambray shirt more frequently in memory of pop. pop loved denim shirts. no one in our family owns one besides me; all i need is a little florida tan, and i’m set.
a few weeks ago, i styled the shirt underneath a striped tee with skinny corduroys. on sunday, i layered it with a cheerful red sweater to combat the dreary weather. why do i own two red sweaters? i buy an inexpensive cotton/acrylic sweater to wear over bulkier shirts. then my wool/cashmere sweater keeps its shape, the second one does its job, and i have zero heartache if it gets stretched out.
the look | similar shirt | similar sweater | jeans | similar boots

2011. snowbird. 

men’s denim shirt from target. sweater from tj maxx. lizzie fortunato necklace. verdugo leggings by paige. malorie boots by pour la victoire.

i’ve been wearing my chambray shirt more frequently in memory of pop. pop loved denim shirts. no one in our family owns one besides me; all i need is a little florida tan, and i’m set.

a few weeks ago, i styled the shirt underneath a striped tee with skinny corduroys. on sunday, i layered it with a cheerful red sweater to combat the dreary weather. why do i own two red sweaters? i buy an inexpensive cotton/acrylic sweater to wear over bulkier shirts. then my wool/cashmere sweater keeps its shape, the second one does its job, and i have zero heartache if it gets stretched out.

the look | similar shirt | similar sweater | jeans | similar boots


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2011. boughs of holly. 
silk tunic by DVF. verdugo leggings by paige. thrifted sash. malorie boots by pour la victoire.
on friday, we had parties at school, and our principal allowed us to wear christmas shirts with jeans. i thought a pretty green blouse tied with a bow sufficed, and so did my kids.
sydney (of basic cravings) found the tunic at goodwill and gave it to me right away. she’s a powerful thrifter and stylist extraordinaire; i cannot tell you how much i love the top (and her friendship).
the look | similar blouse | jeans | similar boots

2011. boughs of holly. 

silk tunic by DVF. verdugo leggings by paige. thrifted sash. malorie boots by pour la victoire.

on friday, we had parties at school, and our principal allowed us to wear christmas shirts with jeans. i thought a pretty green blouse tied with a bow sufficed, and so did my kids.

sydney (of basic cravings) found the tunic at goodwill and gave it to me right away. she’s a powerful thrifter and stylist extraordinaire; i cannot tell you how much i love the top (and her friendship).

the look | similar blouse | jeans | similar boots


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2011. potomac. 

striped blouse by ralph lauren. madewell high riser jeans. cowlneck scarf by calvin klein. malorie boots by pour la victoire.

i wore this on friday to get cheeseburgers and french fries with M, one of my favorite kind of dates. the outfit reminds me of autumn days in virginia where gals bundle up in boots and preppy blouses. besides, you know i love a good striped shirt!

p.s. i’ve decided to put my “weekend life” instagram collages on hiatus to squeeze in more outfit posts. but i’ll begin sharing snapshots on twitter— stay tuned for pugs, or rather, one pug in particular.

the look | similar blouse | jeans | similar scarf | similar boots

2011. potomac. 

striped blouse by ralph lauren. madewell high riser jeans. cowlneck scarf by calvin klein. malorie boots by pour la victoire.

i wore this on friday to get cheeseburgers and french fries with M, one of my favorite kind of dates. the outfit reminds me of autumn days in virginia where gals bundle up in boots and preppy blouses. besides, you know i love a good striped shirt!

p.s. i’ve decided to put my “weekend life” instagram collages on hiatus to squeeze in more outfit posts. but i’ll begin sharing snapshots on twitter— stay tuned for pugs, or rather, one pug in particular.

the look | similar blouse | jeans | similar scarf | similar boots


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2011. lovebirds.
printed blouse and necklace by forever 21. a.n.a. jeggings. pour la victoire malorie boots.
my valentine’s day outfit! i don’t own an applique vest with sequined hearts (yet), but a pretty top with tiny birds will suffice. my children put their cards into big blue envelopes with handmade stamps glued all over them.
we celebrated valentine’s day at home with “first date chicken” i.e. chicken breasts stuffed with cream cheese and scallions, wrapped in bacon, seared in the pan, and baked in the oven. when M cooked the same meal a long, long time ago, he set off the fire alarm twice. i knew he was a keeper.

2011. lovebirds.

printed blouse and necklace by forever 21. a.n.a. jeggings. pour la victoire malorie boots.

my valentine’s day outfit! i don’t own an applique vest with sequined hearts (yet), but a pretty top with tiny birds will suffice. my children put their cards into big blue envelopes with handmade stamps glued all over them.

we celebrated valentine’s day at home with “first date chicken” i.e. chicken breasts stuffed with cream cheese and scallions, wrapped in bacon, seared in the pan, and baked in the oven. when M cooked the same meal a long, long time ago, he set off the fire alarm twice. i knew he was a keeper.


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2011. dungaree blue.
dress by converse one star. vintage shawl (worn as scarf). merona tights. gap belt. pour la victoire malorie boots.
i bought this dress twice at target. the first time, i purchased the navy blue version in a size small. it shrunk in the wash (turning into an impossible work dress) and entered the goodwill pile. the second time, i purchased the chambray version in a size medium. i’m much happier with this relationship (even if they say the third time’s a charm).
i also wore this dress twice this week. however, i styled it the exact same way on wednesday to school and on friday to sushi night. does that count as remixing (or heating up leftovers)? :o)

2011. dungaree blue.

dress by converse one star. vintage shawl (worn as scarf). merona tights. gap belt. pour la victoire malorie boots.

i bought this dress twice at target. the first time, i purchased the navy blue version in a size small. it shrunk in the wash (turning into an impossible work dress) and entered the goodwill pile. the second time, i purchased the chambray version in a size medium. i’m much happier with this relationship (even if they say the third time’s a charm).

i also wore this dress twice this week. however, i styled it the exact same way on wednesday to school and on friday to sushi night. does that count as remixing (or heating up leftovers)? :o)


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