Monday, August 20, 2018

What to Wear to a Black Tie Optional Wedding

What to Wear to a Black Tie Optional Wedding

What to Wear to a Black Tie Optional Wedding

What to Wear to a Black Tie Optional Wedding

What to Wear to a Black Tie Optional Wedding

What to Wear to a Black Tie Optional Wedding


A few months ago, my husband and I had a chance to attend a wedding down in Austin. The invitation noted that the special occasion was "black tie optional." Upon reading this, I was giddy with excitement! Living in Oklahoma and working in the agriculture industry, I do not get invited to a lot of black tie events. This was an opportunity for me to serve a look from head-to-toe! But first, I had to figure out what the heck to even wear to a black tie optional wedding.

The first clue to decoding the dress code is looking to the invitation for guidance. Here are a few things to look for:
Where is the event taking place?
What time of day or night is the event?
How formal is the material and style of the paper good? 

By answering these questions, you will have some insight into what the couple is thinking. To me, black tie optional is a chance to wear a fabulous cocktail dress (close to knee length or longer) or an evening gown. Remember, you are not going to a nightclub or a New Year's Eve party. As a last resort, if you are still feeling stumped, reach out to the bride or groom (in advance) to get their feedback. I would love to say these things were common knowledge for me; however, that is not the truth. I have picked up on these things by listening to The Emily Post Institute's Awesome Etiquette Podcast. Special thanks to Dan and Lizzie for keeping me from making a fashion faux pas!

When I was searching for a dress on Rent the Runway, I was looking for something a little more over the top than what I would typically wear to a wedding. I figured this was as good a time as any to experiment with something I have had my eye on. One of the biggest perks about RTR is the ability to get a backup size for free. This particular designer is on the expensive side, so I was not sure what size I would be. I always take time to read the stylists notes and user reviews before ordering. Since the dress is a little extra, I decided to keep things simple with my hair, makeup, and jewelry. By doing those things, I could pair it with a great statement shoe.

Speaking of shoes, during the wedding reception, I had a horrible shoe mishap. One of my high heels came apart out on the dance floor! It's funny now, but during the time I was not laughing. During this long weekend trip, I only packed three pairs of shoes (shocker, I know). Thank goodness I had a neutral heel back in my hotel room. I made a quick dash from the venue to the hotel and swapped out shoes. We happened to shoot this look after that wedding. My heels were not yet repaired, so I opted for these seafoam green heels. I thought they paired nicely with the floral-embroidered lace. I have never received so many compliments from random strangers. People in the hotel lobby and bar were even approaching me telling me how beautiful I looked. I felt like a modern-day princess, twirling the night away on the dance floor.




Friday, July 6, 2018

Oklahoma City Restaurant Review: The Metro Diner

Oklahoma City Restaurant Review: The Metro Diner

Oklahoma City Restaurant Review: The Metro Diner

Oklahoma City Restaurant Review: The Metro Diner

Oklahoma City Restaurant Review: The Metro Diner

Oklahoma City Restaurant Review: The Metro Diner

|| Jumpsuit: La Vie Rebecca Taylor (own or rent) || Flats: kate spade new york || Earrings:  SugarFix by BaubleBar || Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Restaurant Review: [gift card c/o The Metro Diner]

After a long week at the office, Jered and I have two options on a Friday night: dinner out on the town or a night at home watching Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. I would almost put money on it, we have seen every single episode! When we travel, we love checking out places that have been highlighted on DDD. We get really excited when there is a place in Oklahoma! Recently, The Metro Diner opened in our neighborhood; it's less than five miles away from our house! They are an old-fashioned diner focused on the classic dishes with a few modern twists sprinkled in. Their food is hand-made with love and served with a smile!

Before the grand opening, they reached out to me to make a visit in exchange for a blog post. Now it was time to do my research! Thanks to, Brittni, one of my old co-workers (and dear friend), I always look at the menu before visiting a restaurant for the first time. That is when I realized that one of their locations was on DDD! You can only imagine how much I freaked out, I think I may have even squealed out loud. I couldn't wait to have the chance to check out this place and share my review with you!

Everyone has his or her own idea of what comfort food is. It varies from person to person; we each have different experiences and memories to draw upon. My comfort food dish is pot roast. Now, I know that may sound unusual, but hear me out. When I was younger, my family had lunch together each Sunday after church, before working cattle. We probably had pot roast two times a month (more or less depending on the season). That meal was complete with the vegetables, mashed potatoes, brown gravy and some type of bread. That meal is like a hug for my soul. As odd as this may sound, it makes me feel connected to my past. It doesn't matter if its 90 degrees out I crave this dish year-round! When I saw it on the menu at The Metro Diner, I knew I had to give it a try. I held it to a very high standard and I must say, it did not disappoint!

My friend, Azure and her daughter, Kirby, tagged along as my dinner guests. We had a great evening of catching up! Kirby girl is growing like a weed! Azure ordered the Chicken Pot Pie. Kirby had the best of both worlds because she sampled a little of both. During our visit, our waitresses took such good care of us, their attention to detail was appreciated! They made us feel warm and welcome. I cannot wait to go back and check out their breakfast options. The cinnamon roll pancakes have my name written all over it! When you visit, make sure to let me know what you ordered.




Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Pure Barre Edmond Promo Code July 2018

Pure Barre Edmond Promo Code July 2018

Pure Barre Edmond Promo Code July 2018

Pure Barre Edmond Promo Code July 2018

Pure Barre Edmond Promo Code July 2018

Pure Barre Edmond Promo Code July 2018

|| Top: Beyond Yoga (sold out) || Pants: lululemon || Flats: kate spade new york (from a few summers ago) || Earrings: Tiffany & Co. || Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Bracelets: Teleties || Water Bottle: Contigo [c/o] || Photos: Melanie Foster Photography ||

Last July, I took a chance and made an investment in myself. I made a massive switch in my workout routine. I said goodbye to my personal trainer and hello to Pure Barre. If you have followed me on social media for some time now, you know my obsession with PB runs deep. Over the past 12 months, I have seen significant changes in my body but also my headspace. I have lost inches, gained muscle and found a productive way to let go of stress and tune out the world, one hour at a time.

I have received numerous direct messages and in-person questions about Pure Barre Edmond. I thought I would take a moment to answer a few of them. 

Q: I wasn't on the pom or cheerleading squad, can I figure this out?
A: Absolutely! There is no reason for you to feel nervous, anyone can do this workout. Before your first class, you will arrive 15 minutes early to get a one-on-one session with the instructor. You will need to come with socks (you could borrow sticky socks from a friend or purchase some) and a bottle of water. You will take your shoes off and put on your socks before you enter the studio. There are lockers in the back where you can place your personal items. She will walk you through terminology and give you a rundown of class. There is usually another instructor taking the class, they are great to keep an eye on as well. Try to be in the front row so you can get a good view and hear the instructions clearly. Don't be scared, the class is a bit fast paced at times (you gotta get your heart rate up).

Q: What if I haven't worked out in years?
A: That's okay! Pure Barre is a place that all ages, body types and skill level are welcome. I kid you not when I say this is a place of zero judgment! The women surrounding you in class will become some of your greatest cheerleaders and friends. The Pure Barre studio is not only a place to work out, but to also grow your community of supportive and encouraging women. We celebrate the small and big victories! If you remember, when I started class, I did all of my pushups on my knees. One day, one of the instructors pushed me to stay on my toes the entire time. Honestly, I didn't think I could do it! I was so shocked and proud of myself, I was beaming the whole 55 minutes! You will learn that you are so much stronger than what you think you are!

Q: Pure Barre seems expensive, can I afford it?
A: I look at classes as an investment. Since this is the only gym and membership I have, I consider it worth it. I have the monthly unlimited option, when I did the math and cost breakdown per class, this option made the most sense for me. Pure Barre Edmond is currently running a promotion for new clients (until July 31, 2018)! You can save $30 off your first month of classes. Instead of $99, you pay $69 for a month of unlimited classes! If you (or know someone who would be) are interested, you can purchase a membership online, here. When you check out, use promo code: lindseypb30 to save.

I hope to see you soon! Before you know it, you will be signing your name to the 100th class bar in the lobby.



Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Best Paper Planner for Work

Best Paper Planner for Work

Best Paper Planner for Work

Best Paper Planner for Work

Best Paper Planner for Work

Best Paper Planner for Work

|| Top: J.Crew (from about five years ago) || Pants: J.Crew (also available in navy and charcoal) || Heels: kate spade new york (sold out in black, available in silver glitter) || Earrings: J.Crew (spring 2018) || Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Photos: Melanie Foster Photography ||

I have worked in the digital media sector now for a little over five years. That being said, almost all aspects of my life are on the computer. Since leaving my hometown, I also have turned into a tiny environmentalist (I like to limit my paper waste). However, two things in my life are paper constants: a yearly planner and greeting cards. I am a digital girl who loves a paper planner.

Last month, I wrapped up my fourth consecutive year of using a Day Designer. I started using this planner a few years ago when I was working at Koch Communications. I have yet to find something better that meets my needs as a millennial girl-on-the-go. I find that this daily agenda helps set up my day for success! Before my day gets too crazy, I like to take about five to ten minutes to map out my day. It gives me a moment to prioritize and set the mood.

Here are the main reasons why I keep coming back to this planner year to year. First and foremost, each weekday has a workspace page. There you will see: today's top three, due, dollars, dinner, don't forget, today schedule (5:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.), 17 individual lines for you to write in to-dos, a small note section and daily gratitude. You will find that these pages have so much meat to them! I have had some friends find it overwhelming. As someone who schedules out her day meticulously, this helps me feel put together and organized.

If you choose to adopt this planner, you can find a system that works for you. On the month-at-a-glance, I love to add a little flair and fun. This is where I note birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, coffee dates, Barklynn's grooming appointments, manicures/pedicures and haircuts. When we get an invitation to attend an event or someone wants to hang out, this is the page I flip to. I can easily see if I am out of pocket or make plans accordingly. Last year, I found an Etsy shop with darling gold foil stickers to add some flair to my stark white pages. For three years, I had a pretty intense color-coding system where I used different colors of washi tape. Over the past year, I have been a little more relaxed and not as structured in that way.

My planner goes everywhere with me, we are attached at the hip! Last year, I made the splurge and treated myself to the spotty dot planner cover. I did this for two reasons, to give me more space and to keep my planner from getting scratched. In the inside of the cover, I can place mail and other essential items. There is a zipper compartment, that's where I keep my gold foil stickers and forever stamps. There is also a place for a pen, but I do not use it. Speaking of pens, I am a big fan of the Pilot Precise V7 RT. My husband introduced me to them, and I haven't put one down since. They are so smooth and dry quickly for an ink pen.

If you are feeling disorganized or frustrated with your current planner, I hope you look into the Day Designer.