Friday, April 24, 2015

peplums and poppies

jacket: Gap Factory (similar) // top: LOFT // purse: Old Navy // shoes: Steve Madden (similar) // necklace: Apricot Lane Boutique (similar)

Photos by Chelsea Laine Francis

This outfit should look familiar you to because I have worn it before. Well, almost. You see, if there's one thing I learned from my mama, it's that when you find a piece of clothing you love, you should buy it in every color. I wrote about how much I loved this top a few weeks ago, and then saw that LOFT included it in their 70%-off-sale sale. So I bought it in black too. Now I have two shirts I love, and I got one of the for $13!

In other exciting news, POPPIES!! If you couldn't tell from these photos, I was so excited when Chelsea and I stumbled upon these because poppies are my all-time favorite flower and I so rarely see them! These were just so bright and they ended up matching my new bag perfectly, so we obvi had to pull over. Did I mention that this is someone's front yard? Bloggers will do anything for their outfit posts!

What's your favorite flower? I always love finding out people's answers!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

on my list | black sandals

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You know how there are some things you want, and then others that you need. I find that I most realize what I need when 1. I find myself reaching for something in my closet that isn't there, or 2. I wish I had a different something from the thing I reach for. This became painfully clear last summer when I first recognized that I needed black sandals, and then proceeded to buy a pair that I hated wearing.

The sandals I bought were from American Eagle (seen here) and they fit all the criteria I thought I had. They had an ankle strap, didn't go between my toes, and weren't patent leather or some weird material. Unfortunately, I learned upon their arrival that they had the slightest wedge on the heel. The wedge was super short and super thin, making me walk like a newborn foal. I would go out of my way to not wear outfits that required a black sandal because I so dreaded wearing them.

This year, I'm trying again. I love the look of the thicker covered section at the front of the sandal (no idea what to call that??), but I tried on this Gap pair and it rubbed my toes when I walked, so I didn't buy them. The Steve Madden pair is almost identical to the cognac pair of sandals I already own and love (seen here), which makes them a top contender. I'd love to get something a little different, though, if I can find the right pair!

Seen any black sandals you think might be the ones? I'd love to see! What's on your list this week?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

handkerchief dress

handkerchief dress handkerchief dress dress with back cutouts simple gold bar necklace handstamped bar necklace by Betsy Farmer Designs
dress: SoLa (for non-Austinites, get it here!) // shoes: Steve Madden (similar) // necklace: Betsy Farmer Designs (gift from Indiana)

Photos by Chelsea Laine Francis

I make a point of checking out SoLa any time I have an exciting occasion to shop for. Every time I stop in, I find something I love, get to pet the most adorable French bulldog Miss Venus, and get to chat with store founder Coral who always remembers my name! As if that didn't already make her the world's best shop girl, she also did a double take to make sure all my bits would be sufficiently covered in this dress for TxSC (look ma, no bra!).

I wore this little number on stage to moderate the final keynote with Sophia Rossi. I didn't quite know what I was looking for in a dress for the occasion, but as soon as I saw the open back and unique hemline, I had to at least try it on.

Never has a dress made me feel more confident so quickly. Especially a dress that doesn't fit my usual fit and flare formula! Between showing off my tattoo and my legs without being overly revealing, I was sold. I can't wait to wear this dress all summer! It's perfect for everything from margaritas on a porch to watching live music in the park. 

I don't have any special events coming up soon, but SoLa happens to be pretty close to my favorite ice cream shop, so I think I'll be popping in soon anyway! I love supporting my local businesses, and it doesn't hurt that they sell such cute stuff!

Speaking of supporting small sellers, I'll be sharing more about this sisterhood necklace soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out Betsy Farmer Designs!

P.S. I just realized today is exactly one month 'til my 25th birthday! Eep!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

on my list | white eyelet tops

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It's been a few weeks since I've shared what's on my list, but after a fun shopping trip with Briley and her lovely mama this weekend, I've got pretty things on my mind again! Warmer weather and bluebonnets have me craving light and breezy eyelet tops. Whether it's a lacy scallopped trim or a delicate eyelet patterned, I want all the shapes! I bought a cute blouse at Old Navy this weekend that I'm still deciding on, and these contenders are making that decision even more challenging!

I'm already dreaming of pairing a pretty white eyelet top with my high-waisted black jeans and my favorite vintage Levi mom shorts, so help me choose! What's on your list this week?