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

Little Black Bags

I’m all for a good black bag. In fact- I think I’m in the market for a new one. I have bought two beautiful black bags in recent years. One Marc by Marc Jacobs black tote with a zipper top. It was the very first designer bag I ever bought, and it’s really lasted. Which has made me a convert to buying quality bags.

The other I don’t wear as much – it’s the notorious Marc Jacobs Stam. I don’t wear it often, especially as it is discontinued. I do really love it as a bag, the leather is gorgeous, the gold chain is uber cool.

I’ve rounded up a few ideas for a new black bag. Whatcha think?

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Little Black Bags

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.”

It Status

What I love right now: J Crew Factory

I love scoring a good deal and I LOVE being able to shop the J Crew Factory online. I sometimes get trigger shy buying things online, but with J Crew factory I know I’m still getting something good enough to get the J Crew name on it at a fraction of the cost.

Below are a few of my favorite things there right now.

Baseball tee

I love this rayon baseball shirt. It will be so great heading into fall with vests – I can already picture it with this.

gigi pant

I own 3 pairs of these – and I keep buying them! They are PERFECT. Thicker than a legging, more edgy than a traditional work pant.

leather clutch

A leather clutch goes with anything.

navy necklace

 

I love this necklace because it can be layered or left along and could go with a t-shirt or a blouse.

What’s your go-to place to score a great deal online?

What I love right now: J Crew Factory

April Faves

 

 

April showers mean online shopping. (AM I RIGHT?!) The changing of seasons is always fun and below are a few of my favorite things right now.striped dress

This striped dress with leather pockets. bauble bar

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I’ve been really into camo lately and this bag is the perfect combo of dots and edge.

peeps

I am dying to make these chocolate dipped peeps for my office.chair

I want this bright pink chair from Marfa.

bag

Everything about this is perfect. I need that clutch.
Shoes

Are leopard sandals overkill after that clutch? No. Plus in the Texas heat I will be wearing sandals for the next 10 months.

April Faves