Friday, May 27, 2016

Tangerine Spring





I don't have a single new thing to show you today, but these are several of my favorite spring pieces that have lived in my closet for several years.  This tangerine color is one I reach for every time I see it in a shop or my closet. It is such a great summer color and I love wearing it in spring because that means summer is so close.  The weather is warming up, but it never really gets hot here, so we live in a perpetual state of spring and fall with a few days of winter for good measure.  At least that is the way it feels for this Texas girl.

I Am Wearing:

Top: DKNY Collection (similar)
Skirt: Banana Republic (option under $20!)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Necklace: Old gift from my dad (Splurge | Steal)
Clutch: c/o D'Andrea Handbags

Wedges: BCBGeneration (also love these by Tory Burch)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Trends // Off The Shoulder

I am loving all the off the shoulder options that nearly every retailer has this spring and summer.  Off the shoulder dresses and tops are a very easy way to show some skin while staying mostly covered. In addition, I feel like the off the shoulder detail really dresses up a look without looking overly fussy. It is a perfect solution for those who are self conscious about their d├ęcolletage or their arms as all of that stays covered while baring some skin at the same time. Above are just a few recent favorites of mine. The pinstriped Banana Republic dress is such a favorite that I already ordered it in white, too. Below are some of my favorite options and I may or may not be blowing my entire summer budget on several of these.

Off the Shoulder Casual Dresses and Tops:

Chambray: J Crew
Orange: Mango
White Poplin: Banana Republic
Striped: Do Be
Yellow Top: J Crew
Khaki Top: Wallis


Off the Shoulder Maxi Dresses:

White Floral: Show Me Your Mumu
Chambray: INC International Concepts by Macy's
Pink & Red Birds: Asos

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Cloudy Skies & Blue Stripes





The temperature dropped a bit the last couple of days, but it has been the wind that has made us all try to stay indoors as much as possible. Fortunately, after a very cold and windy run yesterday, the day turned out beautiful. We just had some cloudy skies by the time our kid came home after school.  He asked if he could go to a friend's house and I was happy to find a new park to check out nearby.  I admit that I've been living in tees and flats the last several weeks, but this asymmetrical skirt from T by Alexander Wang is still a comfy fave.

I Am Wearing:

Striped Tee: Banana Republic on sale - under $15!

Ruched Cardigan: Tory Burch (similar)

Skirt: T by Alexander Wang

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Earrings: Macy's (current)

Diamond Cross Necklace: Blue Nile

Wallet on Chain: Tory Burch

Sandals: Old Navy (cute option)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Off The Shoulder Pinstripes





There is so much to love about this dress. We could start with the off-the shoulder neckline, which is an established favorite of mine, or the pinstripe pattern because we all know I've never met a stripe I didn't love. What really sealed its fate as a closet staple was its pockets. I wore this last night to meet my husband for a last minute date night and I couldn't have picked a better dress. I was stopped twice on the walk to the restaurant by women who wanted to know where I got my dress. While the cotton means that it wrinkles easily (these wrinkles are just from the drive) the breathable fabric makes this dress so easy to wear. I can already tell it will be in heavy rotation for the summer, PLUS!, Banana Republic just released a poplin version in white which I already pre-ordered!

I am Wearing:

Dress: c/o Banana Republic (also in white!)
Earrings: Costume Pearls from my grandmother (Splurge | Steal)
Necklace: Express (really old) (similar)
Bracelet: Costume (similar)
Envelope Clutch: Vintage (option under $35!)
Sandals: Cole Haan (current)

**Thank you to Banana Republic for partnering on this post.**

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Stripe on Stripe





I seem to buy an excessive number of striped t-shirts year after year. As it is, I really struggle with t-shirts because I cannot stand it when tees get twisted seams in the wash and let's be honest, who wants to handwash their t-shirts?!?  I don't mind hand washing linen and silk, but I draw the line at t-shirts. I still wait for the day when I can find a great fitting t-shirt and it doesn't warp or twist in the washing machine.  Stripes highlight the twisting and warping so I am happy that this one by Banana Republic has survived thus far.  Since I bought it on final sale for $10 last month, it is even more of a score.  And speaking of scores, these striped solids have also proved themselves very comfortable. I am still a bit worried about tackling the hills of San Francisco when my friends visit this summer, but I am getting more and more comfortable with each wearing.

I Am Wearing:

Top: Banana Republic

Cardigan: Trina Turk (similar)
Denim: c/o Miss Me Jeans

Earrings: Diamond Hoops (Splurge | Steal)
Necklace: Blue Nile

Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff (current)
Espadrilles: Soludos

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Art Therapy

 




When I get to have lunch with my husband in the middle of the week, I consider it my "therapy." Last week, I stole him from his office and we went to the Cantor Sculpture Garden at Stanford to walk off some of the food.  I can't wait to take our kid to the Cantor Arts Center soon.  Every time I go on their campus, I am always surprised by how beautiful the grounds are. It reminds me very much of my own alma mater, SMU, and I love feeling at home when I wander around.

I am Wearing:

Top: Nine West (similar)
Skirt: Banana Republic (option)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Earrings: Macy's

Necklace: Blue Nile

Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff (current)
Shoes: Tory Burch (Splurge | Steal)

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Sweet S'Mother's Day





This Mother's Day is bittersweet.  We usually have tons of family around to celebrate Mother's Day, whether we are celebrating with my mom and family or my mother-in-law and family.  It was really hard not having family around this weekend, but my guys made up for it in spades. We were supposed to go for a hike yesterday, but it rained so we just went for a short walk into town for breakfast.  Does anyone else watch The Goldbergs?  We write "S Mother" on all forms that ask my relationship to the patient (our kid) and his orthodontist recently had a good laugh because that is what the mother on The Goldbergs is called. We checked it out and what was supposed to be a quick, "Let's see what it's about" turned into an all-evening binge as we laughed and laughed. Now our son tells anyone who will listen that I am his "Smother" and he said that he and my husband are going to give me the best S'Mother's Day ever. I really am spoiled beyond belief.

I Am Wearing:

Top: c/o Banana Republic
Denim: Joe's Jeans
Earrings: No Brand Diamond Hoops (Splurge | Steal)
Necklace: BaubleBar (option under $30!)
Bracelet: Tiffany & Co.
Clutch: Vintage (similar)
Flats: J Crew

**Thank you to Banana Republic for partnering on this post.**