Be still my heart. This pair of cropped flare denim is e v e r y t h i n g . I watched Clueless over the weekend and since then, I’ve been a bit more valley girl-esque than usual. I guess what was “valley girl” in the 90s is now “basic” in the 2000s…either way, sometimes it’s fun to let your brain go to mush for a bit and use terminology that is mainstream girl code. In other words, when I say these jeans are “e v e r y t h i n g” = THESE PANTS ARE FREAKIN’ AMAZING!
Going back to my roots today! Which means…dressing in an ultra cozy, boho vibe. Growing up in Austin means it’s pretty much in my blood to dress casual for every occasion…and I’ve got no complaints there! It’s one of my favorite things about living here – you never feel pressured to get super dolled up. Barely-there makeup, second day hair (…that’s what hats are for! 😉 ), some free flowing layers and a fabulous pair of clogs…can you tell I am so ready for spring? Side note: it was 75 degrees when we shot this post, which makes me sooo happy! (Warm enough to order an iced beverage…#yaaas). Austin weather, you are totally CRAY but I sure do love you for providing a little sunshine this week.
Ohh this camel coat…I just can’t get enough! I wasn’t so sure it’d be put to proper use living in Austin, however, it has proven to become a go-to in my wardrobe (…thanks to a rare, cold Texas winter!). While I am SO over the cold and very ready for spring everything (mostly sunshine…ohh how I miss that Vitamin D fix!), I am secretly still loving getting to wear all these beautiful layers. Needless to say, it’s been fun to enjoy winter styling this season!
If you’ve been following me for a while, you may have noticed that I have a slight obsession with all things camel, tan and cognac. When I look at my shoe shelf, it’s 90% tan and 10% black and olive – clearly, I’ve got a thing for earth tones and neutrals. I feel like browns are such approachable hues and soften a wardrobe (I love black but sometimes feel like it comes across as too harsh and not feel quite as “me”), while also making it easier to mix and match for years to come.
Recently I’ve been stepping outside my comfort zone when it comes to styling and I love it. Wearing a summer handbag with a corduroy skirt (…a very wintery texture) and cozy sweater may not have been something I’d thought to do last year (…or perhaps that I thought was style faux pas?)…but last week I tried it on in the mirror, liked it and said, done! I’m working on dressing for me and wearing what I feel good in, regardless of what others may think or what’s seasonally acceptable in the fashion world…and I gotta say, it feels good!
Anyone else a fan of re-wearing items in your wardrobe over and over? (…and over…and over…umm me!). I was raised to treat my clothing with kindness so that it lasts a long time – being the baby of five kiddos meant we all went back to school shopping once throughout the year and that those clothes needed to last. I am thankful to my parents for teaching me to respect and care for my things…it makes me appreciate the wardrobe staples I purchase, and also encourages me to use the same piece and style it a ton of different ways.
One thing I see in the blogging world is the tendency to wear an outfit just once for a photo, then never again. The truth is, I have absolutely done this (…Blake and I are total homebodies, so if you see me wearing a dress it’s likely I snapped the photo to share the styling aspect, but put on jeans and a tee asap when I got home, ha!), but in reality most people rewear the same items of clothing all. the. time – and that is NORMAL! Thus, I have embraced that I rewear the same pieces over and over and I am excited to start a new series where I’ll share how I styled a certain item five different ways. Today’s topic: white skinny jeans! …and yes, you can definitely rock these after Labor Day.
The color combination that always has me swooning: camel (#1), black and white (…preferably in striped form…). I am a firm believer that investing in timeless neutrals is always a great idea – and each of these pieces can be styled in various ways and worn for years to come! Also – did you notice I changed my hair color? Was feeling the itch for a big change, but am reaaaaally trying to grow it out again (…that struggle is real!). I am loving the darker color – excited to let the sun work it’s magic and bring out some honey highlights while I visit Australia next week, too. Going for the “sunkissed brunette” look after a few washes and some quality time at the beach!
Buuut back to this look…as it is currently 24 degrees and snowing in Austin today…coat weather, it is!
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Hey there! How was your weekend? I spent mine bundled up on the sofa binge watching This Is Us (…and sobbing, a LOT obviously, ha! This show hits ya right in the feels…it’s soooo good!). True story: this is the first time I have ever binge watched a TV series when I am not sick and bed ridden…and it feels AMAZING. Clearly I have been living under a rock and missing out on a seriously fabulous form of r&r. Anyone else watching This Is Us? I’m excited for season 3 to start this week…I will definitely be watching!
In other news, this weekend was pretty darn lovely out and I guess Austin forgot we’re in the thick of “winter” because it was a gorgeous 75 degrees and sunny. If this is how the rest of winter is going to pan out, then I am all for it!
Hello friends! I don’t know about you, but I am feeling so revived as we to get a fresh start to 2018. Lots of new goals (…finish decorating the house, travel, read a new book each month) but also lots of lifestyle changes I am excited to add to the mix. For instance, Blake and I got gym memberships (we are the New Years cliché haha, buuut hey, the first step is actually getting the membership, so we’re onto something! 😉 ) and I’ve incorporated a simple step to my daily skincare routine that will not only help my skin in the long run, but protects it daily now!
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Hello there! Been a while since my last blog entry…I haven’t taken an actual vacation from blog-land in YEARS! After an insane holiday season, my body and mind needed a b-r-e-a-k and so I finally listened. Instead of stressing about Instagram posts or blog content, I bought two books (…and actually started reading them, ha), went on leisurely coffee dates with friends and soaked up time in our backyard playing fetch with Watson (which is surprisingly therapeutic haha). It may not sound terribly exciting, but man was it exactly what I needed to recharge and feel like myself again. I was basically a walking zombie by December 23rd (my last deadline of 2017)…thus, excuse my radio silence over the last week, but it was some much needed time off! All that said, I hope you got to enjoy some quality rest & relaxation time of your own, too. I’m so glad you stopped by LL and I am excited about all the fabulous content headed this way…feeling ready for what 2018 has in store!
Hello there! How’s your week going? I’ve been a busy bee around here finishing up my last projects of 2017. I’ve got one final collaboration in the works and am excited to share that before the new year! It’s so crazy how quickly 2017 flew by…and I don’t know about you, but I sure am looking forward to a fresh start in 2018. Always love that “new beginnings” feeling.
A trend I’d been excited to try in 2017 (…that I’ll definitely be taking into the new year, I love it so much!) is crop flare denim. Fashion forward, comfortable and a relaxed silhouette that can easily be dressed up or down.
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