Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

We spent my birthday two days ago in San Francisco. My husband had to work all day and I took the Caltrain into the city around noon, then spent most of the afternoon at the basement of Saks among the glorious shoes that I couldn't buy.  Then I headed Nordstrom for a bit and finally ended up watching some of the skaters at Union Square.  The tree was beautiful and I picked up a coffee from Emporio Rulli and sat down to enjoy my early evening.  My husband had made a reservation at one of my favorite restaurants, McCormick and Kuletos, but after the crowds of the day, I just wanted to spend some time with him and no one else.  We stopped for a drink at this cool bar in the Financial District called Per Diem and then took the train back to Mountain View.  We were then going to check out a place called Cascal that my friend recommended, but they were closed, so we ate at Shiva's instead.
I love the Hearts Project in San Francisco. My favorite is getting photos of the different works of art.
I did get a sweet surprise after dinner when my husband brought out the ubiquitous blue box and handed it to me for my birthday! It was a very pretty sterling silver bracelet that I love and I can see it fast becoming a staple in my closet.  Yesterday, I went and looked at a few houses I had liked while he worked and then we spent the afternoon wandering around Menlo Park and Palo Alto. We visited the Facebook headquarters and Stanford before heading to San Jose for our flight home.
This morning, we picked up the boys and started our Christmas with our new tradition of Peppermint Pancakes.  Now we are heading out to meet my in-laws for a movie and will end the day at their house.
I hope today is a wonderful day for each of you and that you are able to spend it with the people you love.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

California Dreamin'

I have some big news to share with you today and to talk a little bit about some of the changes that you will see in the next few weeks and months.  The first big news is that we are MOVING out to the San Francisco Bay Area.  Mr. Fantastic has been working very hard for the past year on a work project that resulted on a big opportunity for him.  It is really a project that he can't pass up at this time as it has been his goal for the last year or so.  To say I am extremely proud of him would be a massive understatement.
That said, he hit the ground running (or in our case, flying) and has been commuting between California and Texas for the last month or so. While we will be moving our family out there, we are working to have as little disruption to the boys and their schooling as possible.  Navigating the school system in California, particularly in San Francisco has been completely overwhelming. We can't even look for a house because San Francisco doesn't go based on a geographical location to assign schools.  They have a lottery system and your address doesn't factor into the school determination. Then we thought we could get the school assigned and find a place nearby, but you can't even be entered into the lottery until you physically move, so now we are looking to simplify and move out to the bay area where we can pick the school and choose an area to live in based on the schools we want the kids to attend.
In Santa Cruz for lunch.
We took these photos earlier this morning as we were driving down the Pacific Coast Highway after a very early morning flight. We have three days here in California to narrow down where we will live and hopefully we will have some places to look at for my next visit next month.

I will post some more of our plans after the holiday, but I will probably be moving my blog in a new direction as well.

Have a fantastic week!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Casual Cashmere and Pearls

Continuing the great weather theme, I wore this cashmere skirt and wool sweater to our oldest's winter band concert this past week. Since he was in a tux for his performance, I made our youngest and my father-in-law wear collared shirts and I wore my costume pearls to dress up an otherwise casual outfit.
Sweater: JCrew Factory; Skirt: T by Alexander Wang c/o Shopbop
Earrings: old (gift from my grandmother) (similar at Ann Taylor); Necklace: recent vintage find (similar by Givenchy)
Clutch: c/o Susu Handbags
Suede Booties: Stuart Weitzman (old) (similar current and not similar but love anyway!)
My husband is traveling for work again, but hopefully, we won't be separated for too much longer.

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Painted Jeans

The weather has improved dramatically this week and the kids and I were out running errands earlier this week without the need for a coat.  It is still cool, I just didn't need warm layers or a jacket.  I pulled out these jeans that I've had for a couple of years. I love them once I get them on, but I really struggle with how to style them because they are just so busy. When I bought them, the DKNY website called them "Painted Oil Jeans" and I agree with the title.  The boys always say that I look like I grabbed some art and put it on.
Top: BCBGMazAzria; Camisole: Spanx; Jeans: DKNY(current print); Necklace: Swarovski; Earrings: c/o Tacori
Purse: Balenciaga (mine is old) (current in pink)
Wedge Heels: Christian Louboutin (great dupe by JCrew Factory on sale)
My husband is out of town working in San Francisco this week and I am definitely nervous about the weather situation they are experiencing over there. I've heard that this is the worst storm the Bay Area has had in over 5 years and I can't help but worry that he may not be able to get home to us tomorrow as planned.

Stay Safe, My Friends!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Leather and Faux Fur on Repeat

With the weather being so cold this week, I've been reaching for the same items over and over again.  While this would have been the perfect opportunity to do a 30x30 challenge, it never even occurred to me until I was editing these photos and I realized I've worn every piece, except my necklace and scarf, at least once in the last two weeks of posts! I once heard a blogger say that those 30x30 Remix challenges are what everyone else calls getting dressed in the morning and I think they may be on to something.  I've never succeeded at those remix challenges because I can't think under pressure, but when going about my daily activities I naturally gravitate to just a few core pieces in my closet.
Cashmere: Halogen; Faux Fur: BR (dupe); Scarf: Gift from a friend last year; Leather Leggings: c/o Paige
Earrings: Blue Nile (on sale under $65); Monogram Necklace: c/o Jane Basch Jewelry 
Tote: Calvin Klein (very old) (current); Boots: Ugg on sale
I wore this out to brunch with some friends yesterday.  We went to Max's Wine Dive and it was wonderful!  They sat us out on the patio, but it was great because it is enclosed and they have heaters.  In fact, once there, I took off my scarf and vest, but it was great to have warm leather pants.  Also, I bought my cashmere sweater on Facebook, but Kelly over at Alterations Needed recently posted one that I think is identical and said that Nordstrom now carries it in petites sizing as well.

Happy Monday!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Dressed Leather

With the return of the cold weather, I struggle to get dressed warmly while looking like I dressed intentionally.  Yesterday, we had a family dinner to celebrate Christmas early during a visit by my brother-in-law.  It was really cold, but I wanted to wear a dress so I put this one on first.  My legs were still cold so I tried my fleece lined leggings, but the black on black made it look like I was going to a funeral.  I started over and put on these leather leggings that I've had for a couple of season's now, but I couldn't think of what top to wear with it and nothing seemed to go. I finally decided to put them together and while I am still not sure if I like the pairing, I know I loved how comfortable I was.
Dress: Connected Apparel (similar); Leather Leggings: c/o Paige
Earrings: Old Navy (very old); Necklace: Swarovski; Make-Up: Urban Decay; Lips: Buxom
Clutch: YSL (mine is old, but I am loving this spendy option and this bargain one by Wallis)
Wedges: Christian Louboutin (old style, buy pre-owned here)
I added my trusty patent wedges and some festive jewelry before I grabbed a metallic clutch to complete my early Christmas with the family look.  We had a great time and I was very relieved to be able to get one set of Christmas gifts out of the way.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

All Neutral

It took me a little longer to recover from Thanksgiving than I thought it would. We took my brother and his girlfriend to check out the downtown Dallas area and it was fun, but exhausting! I forgot that once we get into tourist mode there is always, "just one more thing you HAVE to see!"  Also, I gained about 7 pounds from all the yummy food at Thanksgiving and from being spoiled by my mom this weekend.  She does cooking marathons and leaves us with food for days, except we try to eat it all at once.  Anyhow, I tried taking outfit photos while we were downtown because the weather was perfect, but they all came out gross because I am huge from all the food!  I think I am finally heading back to normal now.  I wore this to visit one of the kid's schools yesterday before I met a friend of mine up for coffee.
Sweater: Halogen; Coat: BR; Scarf: Marc Jacobs for Target/NM; Earrings: Blue Nile; Necklace: c/o Dogeared Jewelry
Purse: Chloe Paddington (buy preowned)
Denim: Citizens of Humanity (current); Shoes: Renvy for Gilt
I probably should have carried a different bag, but I love this one and even if it took a little bit away from my all black, white and tan outfit, I still love it.  The cashmere sweater here is a recent find from a Facebook sale site. It is the Nordstrom brand, Halogen, and I scored it for $15!  It was my concession to Black Friday, which I completely skipped along with Cyber-Monday.  I think that I look for deals all year round, so I wasn't too motivated to stay up late or wake up early to fight the crowds for that one rock-bottom priced piece.

Happy December everyone!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Let's Keep the Ball Rolling

I usually stress out about what I am going to wear to our annual charity ball for weeks, even months, in advance every single year.  I buy multiple dresses, borrow from friends, return those that don't fit, search high and low for the perfect accessories, pack along a back up dress as well as accessories. It is exhausting.  This year, we are so busy with our oldest being a senior and my husband trying to get all his work done in addition to working the charity event, that I simply didn't have time.  I found this dress at the local Nordstrom Rack back in March and bought it after trying it on and seeing that I could zip it up by myself even without Spanx and I could wear a regular bra.  One of my friends laughed in July when someone asked if I had even started the search yet and I said I had the most comfortable dress. She told them that she knew I would probably buy at least 4 more before the event arrived. No one was more surprised than I to see she was wrong.
Evening Gown: Tadashi Shoji (current); Earrings: Charming Charlies (Borrowed from friend) (similar)
Clutch: c/o Magid (nearly identical dupe); Bracelet: Panacea
Shoes: Jimmy Choo Freya (better images here) (current)
In addition to this being the only dress I bought this year and not having to return anything, I wore shoes and accessories I already had, with the exception of the earrings which I borrowed from a friend of mine. I did not bring a back up and I've never been more comfortable. My hair stylist texted me after I posted the below photo to FaceBook to tell me that he thought this was my best ball look ever, and he has styled my hair and sometimes even my clothes for over 20 years!
This is by far one of my favorite photos of my husband and me and I already framed it in our home.  We are working on some massive changes to our home life in the coming months and I know this is the last time we will be this drunk and happy together for the next 4-6 months.  I know that no matter what changes are coming our way, he is still the most handsome guy I know.

We have family in town for the Thanksgiving weekend and the weather has been fantastic this week.  I will be back after the holiday ready for the Christmas and New Year breaks.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Blue Wrap Dress & Rose Gold for Brunch

We spent the weekend at a hotel in Downtown Dallas celebrating our annual charity ball.  The ball is preceded each year with a luncheon to honor the sponsors and members of the organization.  The dress code is business dress and I hadn't worn my DvF wrap dress since Morgan's graduation in August.  Even then, I didn't take any outfit photos because there was an epic downpour after her graduation and we were lucky to just make it to the safety of our car. My husband's favorite part was that this outfit does not contain a single new item!
Wrap Dress: Diane von Furstenberg (current color on sale)
Earrings and Necklace: BaubleBar (old)
Clutch: Reed Krakoff; Watch: c/o Caravelle New York
Heels: Prada (mine are several seasons old, but I love these current ones, too.)
In the past, I've worn this dress with neutrals, seen here, and silver accessories for Morgan's graduation (no photos) so I wanted to try rose gold accessories this time.  I still love the blue color of the dress and I got so many compliments all throughout the brunch. It was perfect for the event and Mr. Fantastic loved that I wore the dress he bought me.

Have a great week!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Last Minute Errands in Boots & Skinny Jeans

This weekend is our annual charity ball and I haven't run around as much as usual, but I still had some last minute errands to take care of before we check into our hotel for the weekend.  My husband  has been working non-stop on an upcoming project and we hope to hear good news before the holidays.  I will keep you posted.
Sweater: Gap; Denim: c/o Miss Me Jeans; Necklace: Vintage (similar); Earrings: c/o Tacori 
Boots: MIA (very old) (current); Tote: Calvin Klein (very old) (current)
Thank you and I will write more when I get back after the weekend!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Staying Warm in Blue & Grey

I wore this yesterday to have dinner with a friend that we kept having to reschedule for about 6 weeks! It was so fun to finally catch up, but with the cold blast we've been having, I've hardly been motivated to get dressed other than in my warmest layers. We nearly froze to death on Friday at the Friday Night Football game.  I don't think I've ever been upset about our team making the playoffs before.  Even though I pulled out all our base layers and ski wear from our ski trip last spring, I came home from the loss and immediately ordered everyone at least one more base layer!  Then on Saturday, I was out shopping at Target looking for smaller gloves for our youngest and extra hats for everyone.  I found this one in grey for me and I love that it has only a small C9 brand logo so that I can wear it with everything. It also turns out that it is a man's hat, but since my husband's head is way bigger than mine, I get to keep it.
Chambray: Gap; Tank: Yummie Tummie; Leggings: Lou & Grey for LOFT
Hat: C9 at Target; Sunglasses: Balenciaga (current); Earrings: Blue Nile; Necklace: Michael Kors
Crossbody: Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C. (Current)
Boots: Frye Jane 14L Stitch
Jacket: Nils
In case you can't tell, I was freezing while taking my pictures and I put on a jacket right before I headed out the door.  I was really worried about the expense of this ski jacket when I first got it because it was just over $100.  However, I love the color and it is so warm, sitting in the stands last Friday night made me realize what a bargain I got!

Stay Warm Friends!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Cool Runnings

It is still cold and it's almost like the weather doesn't have a care for all the plans we have this weekend! :) Yesterday was one of our niece's birthday and she choose to go to the Perot Museum to celebrate.  Our kids are thrilled as that is one of their favorite places to visit and they could stay all day, and have on several occasions!  We are all looking forward to our family adventure tomorrow.  In the meantime, I bundled up and went to shop for her birthday and see if I could find some last minute jewelry for our charity ball next weekend.
Faux Fur and Cashmere Sweater (both old): Banana Republic (current); Denim: c/o Miss Me Jeans
This is one of my favorite cashmere sweaters (also seen here) and my husband laughs that this faux fur vest has a great cost per wear ratio.  I wear it ALL the time! And the fleece is a very old one I got at a company I used to work at but also sees a great deal of wear in cooler months.
Earrings: Macy's; Necklace: BaubleBar (old) (similar at Target)
These earrings are so old, I want to say that I've had mine for at least ten years.  They were given to me as a gift from one of my cousins a long time ago and they really go with so much, so I've never been able to do away with them.  Additionally, even though I lost one about 4 years ago, it was really easy to replace because these are part of the classic jewelry collection at Macy's.
Boots: Ugg Classic Tall in Chestnut
Have a great weekend!