Friday, January 23, 2015

red coat cutie

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coat: Nasty Gal // dress: Forever 21 (obsessed with this one) // shirt: Forever 21 // shoes: LuLu*s

photos by Briley Noel

After a few mild-to-warm days in Austin, the temperatures have inevitably dropped again. Luckily, I got this swanky new coat for Chanukah (thanks, Ma!). In case you don't recognize it, I mentioned back in November that I was lusting after pretty, versatile coats and this was at the top of my list. It's perfect for Austin: warm without being bulky. Also, the faux fur is removable (but, like, why would you?).

I have a habit of leaving my coats in the car when I'm snapping outfit photos with Briley, but I wanted to make sure I showed off my new favorite. Ain't she a cutie? I can't wait to wear her for years to come!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

on repeat

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blazer: Forever 21 (really similar) // tee: Old Navy // jeans: Forever 21 // scarf: vintage

photos by Briley Noel

Though this is the first time you're seeing this outfit, I've worn it at least once a week since the beginning of December. I love that it's sleek and professional looking while being super easy. My paisley scarf makes literally any outfit interesting, and I feel so myself in this black blazer. The rest of the look is just jeans and a tee. It really doesn't get any easier than that, folks!

A while ago I shared the outfit that I wore to my final Junebug interview and I wrote about choosing an outfit for a creative interview. I just wanted to note that this outfit fits the same criteria and would be at the top of my list should I need to do something interview-like in the near future.

What's your go-to outfit lately? Are there pieces you always grab when you want to look put-together with minimal effort?

Monday, January 19, 2015


A few months ago, I stumbled across a really cool business on Instagram with the tagline "cool stuff for cool girls." Turns out the CEO/Founder/Creative Director of this awesome new company is a friend of mine from college. Noted cool girl Rebecca Butler was a fellow English major and had a successful local band that sometimes played with Dago's old band. She's always been stylish and smart, which are some of my favorite things for a person to be.

Queen For Dinner is a new platform for finding products from small vendors that you actually want to buy. Like most of you, I'm all about supporting small vendors. There is just so much amazing work out there, but it can be time consuming to sort through the not-so-amazing and not-what-I'm-looking-for. Queen For Dinner saves you time and takes products through a vetting process to make sure it's not only amazing, but exactly what you're looking for.

photo by Celisse Berumen

Here's a little of what Rebecca has to say about starting QFD:

I came up with the idea from being both a seller and a buyer on Etsy. I love Etsy and love what they're doing, but from a consumer point of view, it can get really overwhelming when you search for a necklace and over 250 pages of results come up - more than half of which I'm not even slightly interested in. It makes it hard to find things as a consumer, and hard to stand out as a seller. Basically Queen For Dinner is my solution to this. 

We require a much more strict approval process, and we only feature items that we would want to purchase for ourselves. Most importantly, we don't allow for any paid promotion - i.e. you can't pay more money to have your item featured more frequently or higher up in search results. Promotion is solely based on what we like and what we think you'll like, not money. 

In coming up with the tag line, "Cool stuff for cool girls," it was really important to me to emphasize that we're not saying, "buy this and you'll be cool;" instead we're trying to support every girl's own unique cool self and style by providing them with things they might like. We don't want to promote the idea that you need things or to look a certain way to be cool; we want to support women in being the cool girls they already are.
If you're anything like me, right now you're thinking "damn, why didn't I think of that?" I truly love and support everything about Queen For Dinner, from the small vendor sourcing model to the emphasis on featuring products that fit into your already cool lifestyle, rather than making you cool for buying them. 

I also dig the weekly round ups of new products so I can always count on finding the perfect gift for my bestie's jewelry box or pop of color for my office walls. If Beyoncé cross-stitch, seriously cool jewelry, and beautiful artwork are things you like, you're going to want to sign up for their mailing list to see the latest batch of products each week. Also, if you refer a friend, you receive 10% off your purchase!

To keep up with the cool girls behind Queen For Dinner, check them out on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

P.S. This is not a sponsored post; I did not receive compensation for writing it; all opinions, as always, are my own!

Friday, January 16, 2015

the year of the midi

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jacket: Charlotte Russe (similar) // top: Forever 21 // skirt: ASOS // boots: Nordstrom Rack (similar)

photos by Briley Noel

You may remember this skirt from Tuesday. You know, because it's only been a couple of days. You're going to see a lot of this skirt in 2015. I've been wearing it nonstop since it showed up on my doorstep. Literally, I've worn this outfit at least seven times since then.

After searching and searching, and even placing a few orders, I finally found the perfect midi skirt. A few months ago I thought I had found it, but the skirt was too wide/tight/scuba for my real life. I even almost blogged it, but I didn't want to lie and pretend I'd worn it. So off to Uptown Cheapskate it went.

I realized that what I wanted wasn't the volume, but the flowiness of the length. (I know flowiness isn't a word -- or it wasn't until this skirt invented it!) ASOS' midi skirts have long tempted me, but their foreign-to-me UK sizing eluded me. Not to mention every skirt was always sold out in every. single. size. Someone must have made some last minute Black Friday returns, because about a week before Christmas my size appeared on the site and I immediately put that skirt in my shopping cart and even paid extra to get it ASAP. #worthit

Since I know I'll be wearing it at least once a week for the rest of the year, I think I'm going to buy one in yellow for summer. That way I can alternate. I'm obsessed.