Friday, November 10, 2017

Fall Color Crush: Cabernet


Fall Color Crush: Cabernet

Fall Color Crush: Cabernet

Fall Color Crush: Cabernet

Fall Color Crush: Cabernet

Fall Color Crush: Cabernet

|| Sweater: J.Crew || Jeans: Free People (rent or purchase) || Shoes: J.Crew (I went a half size up) || Earrings: J.Crew (bridesmaids gift) || Watch: kate spade new york (similar style) || Purse: kate spade new york || Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Photos: Melanie Foster Photography ||

As I am typing this blog post, I can hear the rustling of leaves outside my window. I like to imagine that they are tiny dancers executing the most strenuous ballet of their lives. This is the moment you have been training for, leaves! Lights, camera, action! This is a sure sign that fall is finally here in Oklahoma. Each morning before I get dressed for the day, I check the weather app. The past week has been nothing but delightful. I can finally wear a sweater without turning into a pool of sweat before the day's end. I am kind of hot natured, and it takes a lot for me even to wear a coat. I find that chunky sweats are great for this in-between transition of seasons.

If you happen to be on the lookout for a few new sweaters, J.Crew has a lot of great options (and a few even on sale). This cabernet color is perfect for fall. We see it each season, and honestly, I never get tired of it! This sweater is like your favorite glass of red wine but in clothing form. I also really enjoy the fringe around the sleeves. After each wash, I use a comb to untangle them. If they are all out of whack, you could also use your straightener (or iron if you are into that). Right now, this crewneck sweater is on sale for less than $35!

My favorite thing about this entire outfit has to be these jeans! These vintage flare jeans from Free People have me weak in the knees. Last month, they were an item in my Rent The Runway Unlimited Subscription. Y'all, I found myself reaching for these twice a week. I had no idea that these high-waisted wonders would do so much for my backside! I found myself styling these for the office, date night, brunch, and weekend errands. You can make them edgy and trendy or casual and chic. If renting them is not your jam, I found them on sale for less than $60. The wide legs make them so comfortable to wear. I found them to be true to size. If you are not all legs, you might note that they are a little longer on you.

I love a good handbag. You should also know that I hate paying full-price for anything! I was lucky enough to grab this little lady during a surprise sale two seasons ago. I cannot say enough good things about this bag! The shape and style is so sophisticated and is totally obtainable. To me, the standout is the crosshatched leather. I find it to be much sturdier than others. Sometimes I have an issue with dye transfers on softer leather. There is nothing worse than having your favorite bag turn a horrible shade of deep blue from your dark wash jeans. I know, I have been there too many times. Right now, this bag is still online and is available in ten different colors. The rose gold is screaming my name with a megaphone! If you are looking for a new bag, consider adding this one to your Christmas wish list!



Tuesday, October 31, 2017

29 Things You Might Not Know About Me

29 Things You Might Not Know About Me

29 Things You Might Not Know About Me

29 Things You Might Not Know About Me

29 Things You Might Not Know About Me

29 Things You Might Not Know About Me

|| Sweater: J.Crew in spice || Skirt: J.Crew || Shoes: J.Crew (I went a half size up) || Earrings: Tiffany & Co.  || Necklace: J.Crew (sold out) || Bracelet: J.Crew (sold out) || Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Photos: Melanie Foster Photography ||

Saturday I celebrated my 29th birthday. I cannot believe I am so close to 30. My life may not be where I thought it would be at this age, but I am enjoying my journey. Honestly, things have worked out better than I could have ever planned for myself. I know that I have nothing to do that, it's all by God’s good grace. Today I want to share 29 things you might not know about me.

  1. I am the oldest of four children
  2. The Little Mermaid was my favorite childhood film
  3. My mom had a denim jacket hand-painted with scenes from The Little Mermaid
  4. I still have that jacket, I will hold on to it forever
  5. I grew up showing cattle, lambs and pigs
  6. I was involved in both 4-H and FFA
  7. I went through a phase where I hated pink and only liked all things lime green
  8. My first AOL screen name was PeanutBabe56, ironic because I was allergic to peanuts at that time
  9. I had a lot of different pen pals throughout childhood
  10. I am Facebook friends with a few of them still to this day
  11. Throughout Jr. High, I had a Xanga blog
  12. Lifeguarding was my first job, I did that for five summers
  13. I was a cheerleader, but not until my sophomore year
  14. My senior year I was named football homecoming queen
  15. When I got that phone call, I thought it was a joke
  16. I can play the piano and alto saxophone
  17. I wanted to play the drums, but my band teacher convinced me to play the saxophone instead
  18. I was drum major my junior and senior year
  19. I was not popular in high school at all, I felt extremely out of place
  20. I was in a sorority, Alpha Delta Pi
  21. I always dressed up for class
  22. Except for my freshman year when I was extremely ill had had to take a final. I wore sweatpants and looked like death warmed over.
  23. I attended Oklahoma State University for both undergrad and graduate school
  24. I have two degrees in agriculture 
  25. Eskimo Joes sweet pepper bacon cheese fries are my guilty pleasure
  26. I am really big on texture, I hate bananas and all things mushy
  27. I own more skirts than pants
  28. I own more dresses than pants
  29. I am the most confident with a fresh manicure and eyebrow wax

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know me a little better. As much as I am a social person and always posting on social media--I am kind of reserved. I know this might sound crazy, but it takes me a little while to open up to people. I have loved getting to know each and every one of you on my blogging journey. I couldn't do it without you! Cheers to you and another year of dressing well and having fun while doing it!




Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Ruffle Sweater Weather

Ruffle Sweater Weather

Ruffle Sweater Weather

Ruffle Sweater Weather

Ruffle Sweater Weather

Ruffle Sweater Weather

|| Sweater: J.Crew in deep moss || Skirt: J.Crew (also avilalbe in midi length) || Shoes: STEVE MADDEN (from a few season ago) || Earrings: kate spade new york (fall 2016) || Necklace: kate spade new york (fall 2016) || Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Photos: Melanie Foster Photography ||

For better or worse, Oklahoma doesn't get a very long fall season when it comes to weather. The only positive about this is you can wear mini skirts until it decides to cool off. Last year, I purchased this faux-leather pleated mini skirt as a birthday treat to myself. I was so glad to see it back in stores this fall. It looks great with a t-shirt, button-down, cute sweatshirt, turtleneck or sweater. If you read the reviews, you might notice that it runs a little on the smaller size. I would recommend trying on your true size and one size up just so you can find the fit that worst best for you. The only downside to this item is that it's dry clean only. I would recommend taking it in for a cleaning once you are done wearing it for the season.

Last October we made a trip to Napa Valley. It happened to coordinate with my birthday weekend. I was lucky enough to celebrate my champagne birthday in style! If you are planning a trip to wine country anytime soon, you will have to check out my favorite winery recommendations. I wrote a blog post highlighting a few of my favorite places in and around Napa Valley. For one of the days filled with tastings, I paired this skirt with a fun sweatshirt and loafers.

This fall, ruffles seem to be everywhere you look. This sweater is so on trend it hurts! If this deep green is not really your color, you are lucky. It is also available in three other colors and is on sale right now for less than $30. I am telling you, this sweater will not disappoint you! Honestly, for the price, I am considering ordering the neon bouquet sweater as well. I ordered a size medium, and you might notice it is a little large on me. However, the small was too narrow in the arms. My arms are on the muscular side, thanks, Pure Barre! I tell you what, I feel like this is my life story. I am what you would call a smeduim, a combination of small and medium. I am also kind of weird where I like my shirts to be on the longer side. For that reason, I almost always order a size medium.

This outfit screams date night! A little fun fact, my love language is quality time. Jered's love language is also quality time, how crazy is that? I am so thankful that we both share the same one. Right now we are in the season of life where we work a lot, trying to make it up the career ladder. Honestly, we live for the weekends! It is a time where we can unplug, recharge and connect. I don't care we are curled up on the couch watching Netlifx or out on the town having a fancy steak dinner--when I am with him everything in the world feels right.




Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My Pure Barre 20 in 31 Challenge Story

My Pure Barre 20 in 30 Challenge Story

My Pure Barre 20 in 30 Challenge Story

My Pure Barre 20 in 30 Challenge Story

My Pure Barre 20 in 30 Challenge Story

My Pure Barre 20 in 30 Challenge Story

|| Top: Beyond Yoga in heather gray || Jacket: J.Crew || Pants: Beyond Yoga in black-aviator green || Shoes: Nike || Earrings: Tiffany & Co. || Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Photos: Melanie Foster Photography ||

In July, I wrote a blog post about how to go from Pure Barre to running errands in a jiffy. When the Pure Barre studio opened up close to my house, I had no idea how much it would truly impact me. Last month, there was a challenge in the studio, take 20 classes in 31 days. Immediately I signed up, I wanted to challenge myself. And heck, my Type A personality loves a good sticker chart. Dear lord, I pray that my future children can be bribed by stickers, charts and gold stars, amen.

What I learned from completing my first 20 in 31 challenge:
1. I am way stronger than what I give myself credit for
2. It's okay to take a day off
3. The importance of surrounding myself with supportive people
4. Finding something to reward myself with after the challenge, keeping my eye on the prize (looking at you Beyond Yoga)
5. I am strong and beautiful and that should be celebrated

This past Saturday, we celebrated the end of our challenge with a custom long-sleeved t-shirt (thanks, Pure Bare), mimosas and a retail coupon for us to use at a later date. I will be using mine for another pair of leggings or a sleeveless workout top. Until recently, I had never splurged on workout wear. If you remember, I confessed that all of my favorite workout pants have come from Old Navy and I could never understand how anyone could pay $100 for a pair of workout pants. Well, it is time for me to insert my foot in my mouth. Y'all I have come over to the dark side! A few months ago, I treated myself to a pair of Beyond Yoga Spacedye Long Leggings. I am telling you, these babies are life-changing. They are high waisted and keep everything in place. The best part? You cannot see through them! Bless you, Beyond Yoga for creating a workout legging that feels like wearing nothing at all!

How cute is this little tied up hoodie? To be honest, I am not really into hoodies. I am more of a sweatshirt girl myself. When I felt slinky jersey material, I melted into a puddle of mush. It is so soft you feel like you are cuddling a littler of kittens or puppies (whichever furry friend is your jam). I wear this before/after working out while out and about town or on the weekends paired with high waisted jeans. It is perfect for those rainy days that are made for chilling at coffee shops. Since this hoodie is so lightweight, I paired it with The Downtown Field Jacket. I have had mine for a little while, and I realized it's back in stock.  You will see this jacket all over Instagram from now until December, no joke! J.Crew low key calls it the "cool girl" jacket. Add it to your wishlist and be on the lookout for a good sale, this piece is worth it!