Dainty, Dainty, Dainty

I really want to set the tone of this post and the title is said to the tune of sexy, sexy, sexy from ODB’s Baby I got your money.

Now that’s out of the way we can really focus on the actual point of this post: dainty jewelry. In the past few years I’ve really moved from large statement pieces (although I’m not above them in the right situation) to smaller, minimal jewelry.

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Below are some of the pieces I’m currently craving. My go-to shops are Catbird, Etsy and Moulton. Have you gotten any good pieces lately?

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Dainty, Dainty, Dainty

Let’s talk about flares baby

I know fashion runs on a cycle. I’m fully, fully aware. But it feels like decades since I put on a pair of flare jeans and felt “cool.” I can even pinpoint when I went from a flare and bootcut gal to skinny jeans (it was the tenth grade), it was also a time in our culture when guys were purposely buying girls’ jeans (or in my case stealing mine). At first when I heard flares were on the rise again I thought no way.

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I’ve rounded up some of my favorite flares out in the universe. Have you gotten a pair recently?

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Let’s talk about flares baby

It Status

A while back, my husband very nicely surprised me with a copy of It by Alexa Chung.

I had the pleasure of meeting Alexa Chung (photo lost with some old, sad blackberry) at SXSW many moons ago. She wanted me to sit on her lap insisting it was “fashion Christmas,” I graciously declined in fear of crushing her.

That’s beside the point. In the book she shares many of the women she think has “It” factor. I wanted to share a few of the women that I think exude that effortlessly cool style (that I may, or may not try to copy in every way possible).

Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) is the baddest b on the block. Her growing up in Dallas and talking about the beauty standards here only make me love her MORE.

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There are many memories of me singing The Tide is High into a hairbrush in my room. Debbie Harry is one of the only people who could probably convince me to go blonde. She was ultra cool and not afraid to try new things – proof that confidence is all you need to rock that item in your closet you’ve been to afraid to wear.

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Zosia Mamet is the youngest lady on this list, and the closest to my own age. I see a lot of girls my age who aren’t comfortable playing around with style and who they are. and it’s a tragedy. You can see Zosia wearing boho style one day and something mature and chic the next. And guess what? She always looks great because she doesn’t give AF.

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Lastly, one of my favorite girls with serious it factor is Carrie Brownstien. I love her sense of humor and I think that really radiates through her entire being. That and she’s another one I  awkwardly asked for a photo of at SXSW outside of Jo’s (in retrospect, I feel bad, girl just wanted some coffee).

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The common thread is to not take yourself too seriously. And remember, style is about you. Not other people. If you love something, don’t worry if your grandma is going to think you look ridiculous.

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Finally, I will leave you with the sketch that inspired me to even write this post. It’s okay Carrie, I accept you as a “cool dresser.”

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Favorite Things – Summer Essentials

So it’s about to be summer in Texas. Which means it’s about to be a million degrees out. Now I’ve grown up here, but I spent my summers from about age 5 until age 12 basking in the cool mountain summers of Brevard, NC. Basically, it was a summer full of paranoia of bear attacks and hippie camps.

Anyways, I’ve compiled some of my favorite hot weather items – so you can cue the Ataris cover of “Boys of Summer” in style.

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1. A a great pair of sunglasses. I like to choose super cheap ones because I have a bad habit of breaking or losing them. 2. Tank tops are essential. While some would say shorts or a dress I wouldn’t necessarily agree. There’s a certain point of heat Texas reaches when those items might be more uncomfortable. Plus you can usually wear tanks to the office (add a blazer or sweater). 3. I love hats. I just do. They keep the sun out of your face and protect your hair. 4. Sandals of all kinds are essential. I’m loving the pair above – it would go great with everything and can transition from day to night.

While you can’t change the temperature outside, you can at least look cute and not as sweaty. How do you stay cool in the summer heat?

Favorite Things – Summer Essentials