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.
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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.

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2013. pencilpoints. vince linen tee. wool double serge skirt by j.crew. MIA boots.flashback: two weeks. i originally wore a red plaid scarf with this outfit but i ended up getting rid of it as the day warmed up. i remember that i also felt tired and fussy; michael took the photo a couple days before i got sick. i think i like the top and skirt better with a scarf!on a high note, i’m feeling much better and finding my routine again both at work and at home. hope your week is off to a similar—happy and healthy—start.the look | similar tee | similar skirt | similar boots

2013. pencilpoints.

vince linen tee. wool double serge skirt by j.crew. MIA boots.

flashback: two weeks. i originally wore a red plaid scarf with this outfit but i ended up getting rid of it as the day warmed up. i remember that i also felt tired and fussy; michael took the photo a couple days before i got sick. i think i like the top and skirt better with a scarf!

on a high note, i’m feeling much better and finding my routine again both at work and at home. hope your week is off to a similar—happy and healthy—start.

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2013. overall good. james perse tee. merona dress. swedish hasbeens super high clogs.i wore a number of overalls as a child: corduroy ones, denim ones, and cotton ones. in middle school, a popular fad involved wearing denim overalls with one shoulder unbuttoned. i think joey russo on blossom wore overalls. well, maybe. for certain i know he wore a plaid shirt tied around his waist (another junior high trend).i found the dress on clearance at target; it reminded me of an indigo ink tee i almost bought at madewell. who am i kidding? it mostly reminded me of overalls. i layered it over a simple tee and wore it yesterday to a workshop.michael didn’t like the outfit at all. sophie did. WHOA!the look | similar tee | dress | shoes

2013. overall good.

james perse tee. merona dress. swedish hasbeens super high clogs.

i wore a number of overalls as a child: corduroy ones, denim ones, and cotton ones. in middle school, a popular fad involved wearing denim overalls with one shoulder unbuttoned. i think joey russo on blossom wore overalls. well, maybe. for certain i know he wore a plaid shirt tied around his waist (another junior high trend).

i found the dress on clearance at target; it reminded me of an indigo ink tee i almost bought at madewell. who am i kidding? it mostly reminded me of overalls. i layered it over a simple tee and wore it yesterday to a workshop.

michael didn’t like the outfit at all. sophie did. WHOA!

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2013. happy camper. 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.the look | tee | similar skirt | sandals | similar bag

2013. happy camper.

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.

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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. easy does it. james perse tee. parisienne storyteller scarf by madewell. max studio skirt. gloria wedges by bed stu. rebecca minkoff cupid satchel.back in 2010, i owned two striped knit skirts (one in black, one in navy) but they somehow got misplaced when we moved into our house along with several pairs of pants. i probably took the bag to goodwill by mistake. however striped skirts are omnipresent, and i made a new friend in no time.i wore this outfit to the grocery store on sunday, and michael remarked that i was too dressed up. i replied, “but i might meet a cute guy and he might buy groceries for me.” and you know what? i did. but here’s the weird thing: we have the same address.the look | similar tee | scarf | similar skirt | similar wedges

2013. easy does it.

james perse tee. parisienne storyteller scarf by madewell. max studio skirt. gloria wedges by bed stu. rebecca minkoff cupid satchel.

back in 2010, i owned two striped knit skirts (one in black, one in navy) but they somehow got misplaced when we moved into our house along with several pairs of pants. i probably took the bag to goodwill by mistake. however striped skirts are omnipresent, and i made a new friend in no time.

i wore this outfit to the grocery store on sunday, and michael remarked that i was too dressed up. i replied, “but i might meet a cute guy and he might buy groceries for me.” and you know what? i did. but here’s the weird thing: we have the same address.

the look | similar tee | scarf | similar skirt | similar wedges


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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.

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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.

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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)

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2012. big and little. cardigan by halogen. dotted tee by zara. dalmation dot skirt (found on ebay). nine west wedges.i’ve worn this outfit to school twice (yesterday and a couple weeks ago), and i love it. i like the contrast of the little dots and the big dots, and i kind of wish i had a kelly green sweater to wear on top. i’ll put it on my thrift list.i plan on going thrifting more often after halloween. everyone’s at the thrift store looking for hand-me-down costumes, flapper dresses, suspenders, and other odds and ends like baskets and hats. hurry up, october 31st… i want to look for silk shirts and crazy prints in peace.the look | similar sweater | similar tee | similar skirt | wedges

2012. big and little.

cardigan by halogen. dotted tee by zara. dalmation dot skirt (found on ebay). nine west wedges.

i’ve worn this outfit to school twice (yesterday and a couple weeks ago), and i love it. i like the contrast of the little dots and the big dots, and i kind of wish i had a kelly green sweater to wear on top. i’ll put it on my thrift list.

i plan on going thrifting more often after halloween. everyone’s at the thrift store looking for hand-me-down costumes, flapper dresses, suspenders, and other odds and ends like baskets and hats. hurry up, october 31st… i want to look for silk shirts and crazy prints in peace.

the look | similar sweater | similar tee | similar skirt | wedges


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2012. southern hospitality. southern belle tee by southward. verdugo leggings by paige. rebecca minkoff doll boots. allibelle mohawk clutch.i grew up and went to college in virginia, making me an official east coaster by texas standards but a southern girl by east coast standards. my cousins from philadelphia referred to our house as “the country”— once i wore overalls to visit them at christmas time and never heard the end of it.when i got older, i realized that being “southern” involved more than saying “y’all” or living near rustic farms or old plantations. southern-ness meant being polite to strangers, friendly to friends, and overly adoring to your family. that’s not so much country as it is simply hospitality.speaking of hospitality, would you be interested in seeing more home/food/garden/life posts on the blog? an inquiring pug wants to know. :o)the look | tee | similar jeans | similar boots

2012. southern hospitality.

southern belle tee by southward. verdugo leggings by paige. rebecca minkoff doll boots. allibelle mohawk clutch.

i grew up and went to college in virginia, making me an official east coaster by texas standards but a southern girl by east coast standards. my cousins from philadelphia referred to our house as “the country”— once i wore overalls to visit them at christmas time and never heard the end of it.

when i got older, i realized that being “southern” involved more than saying “y’all” or living near rustic farms or old plantations. southern-ness meant being polite to strangers, friendly to friends, and overly adoring to your family. that’s not so much country as it is simply hospitality.

speaking of hospitality, would you be interested in seeing more home/food/garden/life posts on the blog? an inquiring pug wants to know. :o)

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2012. dot withstanding. dotted tee by zara. dorrie skirt by j.crew. nine west wedges. rebecca minkoff steady satchel.i love this simple tee shirt. i wore it last week to school with skinny red corduroys, and today i decided to pair it with red again. the outfit reminds me of a cute dress that may or may not already exist.i can’t believe tomorrow is friday. we’ve been very busy at school coloring, cutting, and pasting— i feel like i’m doing the same things at home! i’m slowly adding more prints to etsy, building a website for though very humble, and staying on top of freelance work. but i feel like it’s a good kind of busy, the happy kind. cheerful bees make honey, and angry ones sting. i pick honey.the look | similar tee | similar skirt | wedges

2012. dot withstanding.

dotted tee by zara. dorrie skirt by j.crew. nine west wedges. rebecca minkoff steady satchel.

i love this simple tee shirt. i wore it last week to school with skinny red corduroys, and today i decided to pair it with red again. the outfit reminds me of a cute dress that may or may not already exist.

i can’t believe tomorrow is friday. we’ve been very busy at school coloring, cutting, and pasting— i feel like i’m doing the same things at home! i’m slowly adding more prints to etsy, building a website for though very humble, and staying on top of freelance work. but i feel like it’s a good kind of busy, the happy kind. cheerful bees make honey, and angry ones sting. i pick honey.

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2012. here’s waldo! c&c california tee. verdugo leggings by paige. vintage straw clutch. acrobatic wedges from anthropologie.do you know waldo? he likes red and white striped shirts and goes missing a lot. during our vacation, M and i popped into an independent bookstore for airplane reading material. M bought two books, and i got a picture book (i want my hat back by jon klassen). the store owner told us it was waldo’s birthday, and she gave me a handful of where’s waldo? buttons for my treasure box at school.waldo is twenty-five years old! he’s almost as old as i am (i’m twenty-six obviously thirty-one). in honor of waldo, i broke out some red stripes, and my hair stayed up in a bun, providing a good ending for a book series with no plot line.p.s. thank you for your sweet comments, tweets, and insta-loves on yesterday’s post. we’re overjoyed and excited— how could i keep it from you?
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2012. here’s waldo!

c&c california tee. verdugo leggings by paige. vintage straw clutch. acrobatic wedges from anthropologie.

do you know waldo? he likes red and white striped shirts and goes missing a lot. during our vacation, M and i popped into an independent bookstore for airplane reading material. M bought two books, and i got a picture book (i want my hat back by jon klassen). the store owner told us it was waldo’s birthday, and she gave me a handful of where’s waldo? buttons for my treasure box at school.

waldo is twenty-five years old! he’s almost as old as i am (i’m twenty-six obviously thirty-one). in honor of waldo, i broke out some red stripes, and my hair stayed up in a bun, providing a good ending for a book series with no plot line.

p.s. thank you for your sweet comments, tweets, and insta-loves on yesterday’s post. we’re overjoyed and excited— how could i keep it from you?

the look | similar tee | jeans | similar clutch | similar wedges


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2012. castaway. rachel pally tee. joe’s skinny jeans. leanne wedges by ugg australia. rebecca minkoff steady satchel in sterling.i wear stripes year round, but summer stripes truly strike my fancy, especially in patriotic colors and especially on sale. i know i’m not alone with those feelings. really, i know i’m not alone— on friday, i saw another woman in the same outfit (except she wore a striped sweater) in a parking lot while running errands. i felt a twinge of awkwardness before thinking, linda, you aren’t sixteen. this isn’t the homecoming dance. it’s cool.M and i devoured several great meals in the last few days— roasted shrimp with feta and peppers on friday night, dinner with his mom at feast on saturday, and a terribly filling deep-dish pizza on sunday. to counter the calories, i worked in the yard, planting multicolor zinnias and clearing out a thorny patch of cactus and lantana without getting hurt (thanks to advice from jentine). i called my dad to wish him happy father’s day, only to hear from my mom that he was busy in their garden and i could call back later. my parents are funny.what did you wear/eat/plant this weekend?the look | tee | jeans | similar wedges

2012. castaway.

rachel pally tee. joe’s skinny jeans. leanne wedges by ugg australia. rebecca minkoff steady satchel in sterling.

i wear stripes year round, but summer stripes truly strike my fancy, especially in patriotic colors and especially on sale. i know i’m not alone with those feelings. really, i know i’m not alone— on friday, i saw another woman in the same outfit (except she wore a striped sweater) in a parking lot while running errands. i felt a twinge of awkwardness before thinking, linda, you aren’t sixteen. this isn’t the homecoming dance. it’s cool.

M and i devoured several great meals in the last few days— roasted shrimp with feta and peppers on friday night, dinner with his mom at feast on saturday, and a terribly filling deep-dish pizza on sunday. to counter the calories, i worked in the yard, planting multicolor zinnias and clearing out a thorny patch of cactus and lantana without getting hurt (thanks to advice from jentine). i called my dad to wish him happy father’s day, only to hear from my mom that he was busy in their garden and i could call back later. my parents are funny.

what did you wear/eat/plant this weekend?

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2012. city blocks. 

lauren moffatt tee. verdugo leggings by paige. acrobatic wedges from anthropologie. rebecca minkoff morning after bag.

nine-year-old linda never pronounced two colors correctly: chartreuse and fuchsia. i called them “hot pink” and “yellow green” like other sensible people. i bought my blouse back in 2008; can you believe it? it looks like something you could buy in stores right now. coincidentally, i also own the tee in hot pink. i mean, fuchsia.

on sunday, i wore my color blocked outfit to the grocery store with M. he said, “i like that color on you.” maybe he can’t pronounce chartreuse either. :o)

the look | similar blouse | jeans | similar wedges

2012. city blocks. 

lauren moffatt tee. verdugo leggings by paige. acrobatic wedges from anthropologie. rebecca minkoff morning after bag.

nine-year-old linda never pronounced two colors correctly: chartreuse and fuchsia. i called them “hot pink” and “yellow green” like other sensible people. i bought my blouse back in 2008; can you believe it? it looks like something you could buy in stores right now. coincidentally, i also own the tee in hot pink. i mean, fuchsia.

on sunday, i wore my color blocked outfit to the grocery store with M. he said, “i like that color on you.” maybe he can’t pronounce chartreuse either. :o)

the look | similar blouse | jeans | similar wedges


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