Friday, June 8, 2018

Work Trousers for Curvy Ladies

Work Trousers for Curvy Ladies

Work Trousers for Curvy Ladies

Work Trousers for Curvy Ladies

Work Trousers for Curvy Ladies

Work Trousers for Curvy Ladies

|| Top: J.Crew (same style, different color, oxford blue) || Pants: J.Crew (also available in heather graphite, navy and black) || Heels: Target || Earrings: Lisi Lerch || || Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Photos: Melanie Foster Photography ||

For some reason, finding pants that fit me correctly has been a struggle for as long as I remember. For the first 20 years of my life, it was because I had the figure of a skinny stick. Now, I have what Fergie Ferg would call lady lumps. Even thinking about shopping for pants or jeans makes me break out into a cold sweat. There is not enough prescription strength deodorant to keep my pits dry! I dread the few times of year when I make this particular shopping trip. I have to listen to pump up jams before I go and try endless pairs of pants on. For whatever reason, my body type seems to be a mystery to clothing brands. I don't think my build is too different, but during these shopping trips, I sure feel like an outlier.

I made a trip to J.Crew a while back because they had recently changed all of their pant styles and fits. I was invited to try on the new styles on and provide feedback. I am not even exaggerating when I say this; I literally tried on every single pant in the entire store! My dressing room looked like a dang war zone. Working retail for years throughout college, I did not leave it that way. I took my time to fold/hang them how they were found; it was the least I could do. If you have never worked retail, you do not understand the horror stories that dressing rooms harbor.

This particular style is the Edie full-length trouser in four-season stretch. To me, they seem to run a tad smaller instead of true to size. My recommendation would be to grab your regular size and one size up, just to give you options. At this point, I don't give too much thought to my numerical size. I want something that is going to look nice, flatter my figure and come in numerous color options. If I like something, I tend to buy it in every color. I really enjoy this new fabric technology, it looks and feels great. No matter the season, I tend to always be hot. I do not have any wool dress pants for the fall and winter. I have this pant in every color and wear them year-round. These pants do say they are machine washable, but I always take them to the cleaner. I try and wear them twice before I send them back. The only downside I find these pants, they attract lint. Before I leave for the day, I take a quick swipe with a lint roller. 

If you gave up on J.Crew pants in the past, I highly recommend swinging by to check out their lineup. If you happen to have an hourglass or pear-shape, this particular style seems to be a real winner. They have 4.25 out of five stars and have 60+ reviews (I took the time to read through them to give me more insight).




Friday, May 4, 2018

Vacation Edit: Resort Wear

Vacation Edit: Resort Wear

Vacation Edit: Resort Wear

Vacation Edit: Resort Wear


Vacation Edit: Resort Wear

Vacation Edit: Resort Wear

|| Dress: J.Crew (sold out) || Heels: Target (also available in black, blush and or gold) || Scarf: Target (also available in white, black, pink, yellow or lilac) || Earrings: kate spade new york (birthday gift from a friend) || Necklace: J.Crew (fall 2017) || Braclet: J.Crew (fall 2017) || Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Photos: Melanie Foster Photography ||

In May, Jered and I will celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. I cannot believe we have hit this milestone so soon. It seems like yesterday we were off on our honeymoon. When we travel, we always seem to find a beach. There is something about these trips that are truly relaxing. Picture yourself with a drink in your hand and sand between your toes curled up with a good book. Sometimes when I am stressed out at work, I close my eyes and think of just that and immediately feel calmer. Each year, we take a trip together, only the two of us. We call this the "abandon annually trip." I cannot stress enough the importance to have quality time with your spouse. We have visited the Dominican Republic, Fiji, Costa Rica and Mexico. Can you see a pattern? We are a big fan of turquoise water.

Back in February, Jered and I made a trip down to Los Cabos. One evening, I ended up wearing an adorable romper out to dinner. Since we decided to dine outdoors, it was way cooler than what I had in mind. Our waiter could tell I was cold (which is crazy because I am extremely hot natured). He found a blanket and wrapped it around me. I will never forget this moment, he went above and beyond to make our dinner special. After our trip, I found this beautiful dress at J.Crew and I knew it would be perfect for our next seaside vacation. I can't believe it is already sold out. I think this look is the definition of resort wear. It's dressy without being stuffy, effortless and makes a statement. Right now, J.Crew's ready-to-party collection would be a great place to start if you are looking for inspiration.

With summer just around the corner, vacation season is upon us! If you are lucky enough to be packing your bags for an exotic location, lucky you! Not going to lie, I am a tiny bit jealous of you. There is nothing better to me than the sounds of the ocean, the smell of suntan oil and a fresh book waiting in my beach bag. If you are planning a vacation to a beach resort, I would highly suggest checking to see if there any dress codes, especially if you are going to be dining out. A week before you leave, I would also check the weather forecast. No matter what, I always pack a fancy dress for a night out on the town. If you will be out later in the evening, it's worth thinking about bringing a great scarf, jacket or light sweater to complete your outfit. If you happen to be outdoors when the sun goes down along the water, it might be a little chilly. You don't want to pull a Lindsey and have a waiter feel bad for you because you are shivering.




Friday, April 27, 2018

How to Style a Concert Tee

How to Style a Concert Tee

How to Style a Concert Tee

How to Style a Concert Tee

How to Style a Concert Tee

How to Style a Concert Tee


|| Shirt: Garth Brooks Concert tee || Skirt: kate spade new york (from a few years ago) || Slides: kate spade new york (also available in black) || Earrings: Francesca's || Necklace: J.Crew Factory (from a few years ago) || Handbag: kate spade new york (similar style in black and grey) || Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Photos: Melanie Foster Photography ||

Would you be surprised if I told you I don't listen to country music? Hear me out before you stop reading and boycott. Here's the deal, growing up in a small Oklahoma town, I didn't have a choice. If I remember correctly, my mom's car had five radio presets and the first two were country stations. 95.5 out of Tulsa was the jam back in the day; 90's country will always hold a special place in my heart. There was something magical happening during that time. Each song told a thrilling story paired with music that was complex and evoked emotion from its listeners. I think of George Strait, Clint Black and of course, my man, Garth Brooks.

Between Garth and my participation in 4-H, they both influenced my decision to attend Oklahoma State University. This town bleeds orange and plays good ole' country music on blast. Cowboy boots are not just worn to rodeos, they complete some gameday looks. As I grew older, one could say that  I gravitated towards more of the "city girl vibe" and swapped my cowboy boots for an over the top pair of high heels. There are a few things I still hold dear to my heart, like 90's country.

I imagine my life as a movie. I realize that sounds so unhealthy and way too obsessed with myself. It would be so easy for me to make a “soundtrack of my life." There are so many songs and artists that have impacted me. Think about in your own life. There has to be one song that you can name that helped you overcome a hard time in your life (breakup, disappointment, etc.) What's funny about all of this, I don't attend many concerts. I have such a hard time shelling out that kind of cash. However, there are always exceptions to the rule. A few years ago when Garth announced he was going on tour, I knew that I had to be there. I wouldn't miss that concert for anything. He stopped in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Jered and I somehow were lucky enough to see him both times. At the first concert in Tulsa, I grabbed a concert tee. Most generally, concert tees are limited because they find their way into the dreaded t-shirt drawer. Let's admit it, we all have one!

When I was planning this shoot with Melanie, I wanted to tackle a few things that I have talked with friends in the past with. That's how this post came to be. We all have a concert tee that we would love to wear in the outside world vs. in the comfort of our own home. It would be very obvious to me to pair this tee with a pair of dark-washed bootcut jeans, cowboy boots and a button-down over the top of the t-shirt. I wanted to think outside of the box. Not going to lie, these silver sequin slides served as the primary inspiration for this look. A concert t-shirt and a fancy slide seem so unexpected to me, but somehow they work together for a complete head-to-toe look. The best part? I had all of this in my closet!




Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Red Gingham Dress

Red Gingham Dress

Red Gingham Dress

Red Gingham Dress

Red Gingham Dress

Red Gingham Dress


|| Dress: Who What Wear (also available in black) || Heels: Target (sold out, similar 1/2) || Earrings: J.Crew || Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Photos: Melanie Foster Photography ||

For the last 10 years or so, I have had numerous people tell me "Lindsey, I could dress better if I had more money." I would be lying if I said that thought never crossed my mind. However, I think that statement is a pile of garbage and I have to check myself more than I would like to admit. Girlfriends, you do not need a lot of money to put together a great outfit! The one thing that makes any outfit complete is confidence. And guess what? Confidence is absolutely free! Please promise me that you will never feel less than because you cannot afford the latest lineup from Nordstrom.

Growing up as the oldest of four, my parents had a lot of kids to clothe. We never went without, I can assure you. My nana and mom both learned how to maximize their dollar (nana, if you are reading this — thank you for the thousands of dresses you purchased for me over the years). There is nothing wrong with shopping on sale racks, discount stores or doing a deep dive in Goodwill. Heck, my mom found one of my favorite dresses in high school from a Goodwill in Tulsa. It was from Harold's, and it was the most precious multicolor gingham dress you ever laid eyes on. I wish I could still fit into that dress, alas my size zero days are long gone.

All of that to say, inspiration is all around you! A few weeks ago I was exploring every aisle of Target (one of my favorite past times, sorry Jered) when I found this dress. For some reason, it reminded me of a picnic blanket. I had one in a similar print that has been with me since college. Before I left college after graduation, Jered surprised me by coming into Stillwater (from Norman) and treating me to a picnic with take-out from my favorite Chinese restaurant. My picnic blanket made it have a little flair of fancy. It's moments like that I will never forget. I can see a picnic in this dresses future!

You don't need a million bucks to look great. To me, this outfit is proof! This darling dress is less than $40! No one would know that unless you told them. When someone gives me a compliment on an article of clothing or my outfit, I immediately say thank you and give the details. I am not scared to share that I found this at Target! Now, I will say, the hanger does not do this garment justice. I am so glad I took it into the fitting room! When I am looking at Target, I do try everything on before I make up my mind about what to purchase. There are so many items that do not work for me — I do not like the structure of the garment on my body or the feel of the fabric. I am kind of picky when it comes to those two things. TBH, that's probably a good thing for my wallet!