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It’s finally Spring! Ever since the snow thawed I’ve been dying for more warmer weather. Not that we’ve had a ton of snow, but we’ve had a ton of cold weather and I’m ready for some sunshine! Happily, that’s what Mother Nature is gracing us with these days.

OK, so now that’s it’s officially spring, here’s all I’ve been loving these lately that’s put me in a perfect spring mood!

Sweet Ice Tea

My man makes the best sweet tea and we’ve been brewing a fresh batch every couple of days in this pitcher by Pioneer Woman . I use her recipe for lemonade, too, and you can bet I’ll be making a ton this summer! Glasses to match only make the tea that much sweater!

White Tennis Shoes

I’ve been eyeing these white slip-on tennis shoes from Rothy’s, but those just don’t fit the budget right now. I do have some cute slip on’s I picked up from Target last year, these are a close second. And if you’re looking for something in between, these Keds will do the trick. They’re great to throw on with jeans or comfy to wear with a long maxi.

Bombas Socks

OK, no joke, these ultra low no-show socks have changed my shoe life! My great slip on’s I just told you about, well, they used to rub the back of my heels until I got these golden socks! .They have a little sticky on the inside heel part to keep them from slipping. They feel great, don’t fall off, and best part, they actually don’t show! Win-win-win!

Jean Jacket & Scarves

Well, we’re no totally out of the winter weather yet, spring officially arrives March 20th, but I know we’re still going to have some cool breezes until about late April. Cue the jean jacket, warm enough to block the wind, cool enough to layer over some white jeans or capris. I love my oversized one (got on a heck of deal this fall) and my shorter one from Marshalls still comes in handy (see a well made one here). A decent priced one from Old Navy or even Target if you’re on a budget.

Until we start hitting the higher digits, I’m still wearing scarves, dang it! Love, love this one and it’s spring green color! This one reminds me of the Gal Meets Glam ones.

Curvy Jeans

I tried shopping for some jeans at Madewell recently because I was in desperate need of a new pair, but after seeing the price tag, I just couldn’t pull the trigger. In any case, I popped next door to LOFT and found these babies, aka the best jeans on a budget! They fit well, don’t fall down and my booty looks aces in them. Seriously. Last note, LOFT always has sales so you should be able to get a good price for them.

Happy spring, y’all!

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She Wore Blue Velvet

I think velvet is divine and this last fall I found a dress on Pinterest, a velvet dress mind you, and I had to have it. Of course I couldn’t find it but I did call my dear sweet mother and asked her pretty please could she help me out and y’all, she did a bang up job on this dress!

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I really wanted a blue velvet dress to wear for our Christmas show performances and I felt so classy and elegant in this pattern my mother made. Yes, my mother is a whiz at sewing. Have I told you she made my wedding dress? From three different patterns? I feel terrible sad for my future children who will not know the fantastic Halloween costumes I had growing up. It’s a skill I work on intermittently and needs attention desperately.

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I digress. So my mother made me this gorgeous dress (yes, I know it’s truly velour fabric) and I’ve been dying to find the right time to wear it again when I saw my favorite childhood musical is coming to town, Phantom of the Opera. Years ago my mother ordered a top hits of Andrew Lloyd Webber album back when CD’s were brand spanking new. I fell in love with every song from Phantom and oh, how I wanted to be Christine Daae! She was beautiful, she could sing like a bird, and everyone (who really mattered in the story) loved her. Sort of sounds like Snow White but a little more dark and haunting. Oh, and no poisonous apples or dreamless sleep.

Dad took me to see the tour when it came through Dallas when I was about twelve and I was just captivated. I’m pretty sure I wore that souvenir sweatshirt until it had holes. When the movie came out, I had the biggest crush on Patrick Wilson. I practically swooned when I met him at a music theater intensive that same summer.

To see a favorite production in a stunning blue dress, what more could gal possibly want? In short, I’m really looking forward to a night at the theater!

You can find a version similar by Calvin Klein at Macy’s or this plunging neckline wrap dress at Lulu’s. Another wrap dress at Dillards is beautiful as is this thin strapped number at Nordstrom!

Do you have a favorite show you enjoy seeing live? Straight play or musical? Opera? Ballet? Spill!

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Winter Whites Over Winter Blues

Now we’re really into the winter weather, folks. It’s cold. We’ve already had some wintery mix watches in OKC and I’ve officially broken out the giant jacket for the chilling winds. Yup, winter is here.

I’m happy to say that with the blustery winter weather means more time to enjoy those cozy sweaters I love so much! This one has been a favorite for sure.

Click  here  for this Lou & Gray Sweater

Click here for this Lou & Gray Sweater

It’s giant, it’s comfy and I can dress it up or down. Black or navy leggings, jeans or joggers, it doesn’t matter because it’s all good! Boots, booties, tennis shoes or just plain ol’ socks, you can’t go wrong.

You’ve got to find the things that are going to take you out of all the winter blues that happen this month and for me, sometimes that’s putting on a deliciously cozy sweater and tackling the day.

January is one of those months that’s easy to fall into a blue mood like it’s blue weather. The skies don’t seem to shine as bright, it’s cold which makes all warm blooded creatures want to retreat to the comfort of cozy covers. Nothing gets me more fired up than the promise of spring, but we’re a ways from getting there.

Rather than succumbing to the gloom of the month, I’m all for finding ways to lift my spirits. I think getting dressed up always helps! You’ve got to put on that outfit, pull up your hair and get started. Sometimes you’ve just got to make your own sunshine, you know? For me, well, I guess it’s an oversized snow white sweater that’ll do the trick!

Some winter white options for you: this white wrap sweater from LOFT or this awesome V-neck and this fuzzy sweater from Anthropologie! For a less pricey option, this one from Target is darling as is this one!

What pulls you out of the winter blues?

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Happy November!

Welcome to one of the best months around! I adore the fall season and if that sounds basic, I don’t even care! Halloween is officially over and we can roll right in to one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving!

I love it all, the family, the food, the continuance of fall color schemes across tables with beautiful dish ware. And y’all, I love me some gorgeous dishes! Bring it all on, I’m ready!

I don’t think anyone would disagree that dessert is always the best part of the meal and at my mom’s house, it’s truly pie-palooza! I’m already dreaming which slices I’ll be serving up this time around!

Contemplating which pie to try this year…

Contemplating which pie to try this year…

There’s usually apple, a mock-mince meat, pumpkin, pecan, and several others. I’m not kidding y’all. One time we had nine pies. Nine!

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I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to baking! Thanksgiving is with my folks this year. If I know my mom, I know she’s already prepping the menu and planning the cooking breakdown so it’s not an overwhelming day of non-stop chopping, baking, and whipping. We’ll get to work when we get there!

Speaking of prepping, I’ve been prepping my closet for a the switch over now that we’re really into the fall season in Oklahoma. Sure, we’ve had a few cool fronts come through but now it’s a consistent under 80 degrees each day. That’s cool here, folks. I did a little shopping and starting messing around with old pieces and new, finding ways to spice up pieces I wear regularly.

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I’m digging all these pink shades creeping into the fall fashion this season. I paired a cranberry pair of slacks with a cream cami overlaid with my favorite pink sweater and voila! A great fall getup for those warmer fall days.

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Between dreams of delicious pies and new fall outfits, I think I’ve got a lot to look forward to this month!

What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving?

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Summer to Fall Changes

Well, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are out in full force and so are the Halloween decorations so let's face it, it's practically fall already! Not that I'm complaining! It's just that now is all about trying to balance out that summer heat in the day with the chillier temps in the morning and evening. 

I have the answer to that problem: jean jackets! 

Did someone say PSL? 

Did someone say PSL? 

I'm telling you, throw one of over a summer dress, a t-shirt, button down, whatever, and boom! It all works! I picked this one up several years ago at a Steinmart and I can guarantee you could find one at a T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or Ross if you do a little digging. If not, Gap has one as does Madewell, and Macy's. Search for brands like Old Navy jean jackets on Poshmark or ThreadUp and you might get lucky, too. 

See? Just tickled by the quick fix! 

See? Just tickled by the quick fix! 

I am one of those many ladies that loves the fall season! Yes, I'll admit, I got a PSL the Tuesday they came out and honestly, there's no shame. I've been a pumpkin spice fan way longer than most and definitely before PS was cool. Yup, I love me some pumpkin...but I actually don't care for pumpkin pie. Go figure. 

I just love autumn. I do and probably for a million reasons. The cooler temps, the last whisper of summer as we start to shift over to flannel shirts and mugs of hot cider, not to mention the amount of apples to eat and whip into treats. These fall holidays are always a blast with Halloween jack-o-lanterns and a good spooky movie followed up by gratefulness and thankfulness around the family dinner table at Thanksgiving. 

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Oklahoma fall season lasts but a hot second so it's fun to paint the months with pops of color in our clothes. Oranges here, scarlets and plums, lot's greens and of course, that beautiful fall gold. Anytime I can match the fall foliage I'm all for it. And if my husband is reading this, he'll probably tell me he's got a camo for that. 

Yes, I do love fall and I could wax poetic about it all over this site. So before I break out the sweaters and such, I'm going to hang on just a bit longer to these warmer days and savor the last of summer!

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Great Green Pants & A Good, Good Day

I love these britches. 

White top, mustard top, gray, black, doesn't matter, they all match with this great green. It's the kind of green that goes summer or fall and I'm eager to see what they look like with a pair of booties or a leather peep toe heels. 

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You know what else I'm looking forward to? More bright sunny days like this. Can't beat a day out by a beautiful lake and fortunately for us, there are several around the city. I know Pyro Man would want to drop a line and could tell me about every point to find the best fishing around. 

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Me? I just want to spend the day enjoying the view and taking a minute to soak it up. A little peace, a little quiet, maybe a good book or journal to write in. Yeah, that sounds like an awesome way to spend the day to me. 

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What's your idea of a good day? 

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The Perfect Bag

Alright, let's talk for a minute about bags, specifically bags for adults like this dance professor. Listen, I love me a good tote, but I'm telling you that it's just killing my back to sling everything on one shoulder. I simply cannot do it any more thus began the great bag search of 2018. 

I needed something with lot's of room, space to put laptop, notebooks, clothes and shoes (as I often change into normal or dance clothes mid day), normal office supplies like pens, pencils, sticky notes, etc. and of course water, food, basically all the life essentials. To top it off, it needs to look like something an adult would carry, in other words, as professional as a backpack can be with all my room requirements. 

A leather bag is really out. They don't have an much room as I need, not to mention they are super expensive. A giant supped up hiking backpack wouldn't do--those are also expensive and way bigger than necessary. A good ol' standard Jansport just wasn't going to cut it and I for sure wasn't trekking down to Target for a cheapie, this bag has got to last. 

This wasn't going to be an easy task so I spent a lot of time researching especially when I discovered I was going to be spending some cash no matter what choice I made, but hopefully it would something that would last me a long time. 

1. The North Face Surge  - $129-159

It's chockfull of pockets including a laptop sleeve and almost every pocket is fleece lined. The straps are molded specifically for women and the arm sleeves are nice and padded as is the back. The look is sleek and sporty, waterproof, and don't forget the two water bottle holders on the side. I know. That was selling point for me, too. Just kidding. But really, an overall great bag. 

2. The Vera Bradley Iconic XL Campus - $158

I was planning on avoiding all things Vera Bradley, truly, but I happened to find they enlarged their Campus Backpack and it's made for hauling a ton of things. There's a laptop sleeve, as almost all backpacks have these days, tons of pockets for storing everything you could possible need. Online I wasn't entirely sold, but in the store with my hands on it, I loved it. It comes in sleek black and a pink and black print inside...not my favorite. 

3. The Jansport Agave - $70

Definitely the least expensive option out of everything I've found. It's very similar to the North Face Surge but I found that a few reviews that mentioned how this backpack didn't last as long as they had hoped. I keep it in the running as a lesser expensive option, but truth be told, I put my bags through their paces so I wasn't 100% sold on this one. 

4. Patagonia Women's Paxat Backpack 30L - $119

This was an interesting find! Pretty decent price and definitely made to hold some stuff. It's got side pockets, laptop case THAT FOLDS OUT, a good amount of room, water resistant fabric and padded back and sleeves made for women. Yes, there is a men's version and other size options available. There's a smaller style of a similar backpack but this particular one fit my needs a bit better. 

Now the the hard part is to decide which one would work best! 

What bags are you using to haul your work life around town?

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Mellow Yellow or Just Playing It Cool

Yellow has been a favorite color of mine since about the fourth grade. I had a costumer put me in yellow once, declare it was my color and I suddenly saw that golden hue in a whole new light, my light. 

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But honestly, it's so hard to keep a straight face when you're wearing one of the happiest colors on the palette! 

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See what I mean? Can't help but smile when I wear it! Yellow, it's just the best and so is this top. I think I've worn the heck out of it this summer. Light, airy, and perfect with jeans, shorts or a patterned skirt like this one. 

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I'm loving these light skirts these days. It's so hot right now in Texas and I'll be going back to a steamy Oklahoma here real soon, you can bet pieces like this will be on repeat! 

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Ooh! And this one is still on sale if you're interested. Did I mention it has pockets? 'Cause that's an important feature. 

Maybe I'm not such a mellow yellow gal so much as I'm just trying to play it cool in all this summer time heat. 

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What's your power color these days? 

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Think Pink

I'm in a pink mood these days. 

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And still very much into summer dresses. 

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Trying to cool down this summer in ice shades of pink with soft light fabric and flowing skirts. 

This LOFT dress is simply gorgeous. I have a marigold colored dress in similar style and it's one of my favorites. It reminds me of this Gal Meets Glam dress, soft, pink, feminine, and chic.  

I love my lavendar suede Steven Madden shoes, but these would be a lovely option, too. I love a good ankle strap and the return of the chunky heel is a nice change from the stiletto. 

Simple gold jewelry from my favorite, Nan Lee. I love her simple style, including these wire earrings. I wear these Lotus Leaf earrings quite frequently. 

Yes, I'm pretty good with my rose colored daze and think pink vibe. 

What colors are you currently crushing on?

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Coral Cold Shoulder

Sometimes you gotta give 'em the cold shoulder. 

And then a wicked happy smile because, hey, I'm really loving these style right now! The cut out shoulder just adds some fun for these gorgeous spring days. 

This dress is so comfy and breezy and pretty friendly on the budget. I'm definitely a Target shopper--I can't help by take a pass through their clothes and find something that I need! I especially adore their Knox Rose collection. 

Throw on some glamorous earrings and spruce it up with a sweet pom-pom duster like this one. I picked mine up at a cute boutique in Graham, Texas called The Tattered Pearl. I actually worse this dress for Easter with a my fringed cardigan over it and a different pair of tan wedges. Worked perfectly for a whimsical church dress and no fussing with it during mass! Win-win, people! 

This is one outfit that made me pleased as punch to wear and when an outfit does that, you can't help but strut it out! 

Got anything in your closet right now that does the same?

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