Friday, May 31, 2013

Outfit of the Day | CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

Sweater: Old Navy | Jeans: Gap | Sandals: Target | Necklace: Kohl's 

Sweater: Target | Tee: Gap | Skirt: J.Crew | Flats: Miss Me Patty 

Top: Target | Jeans: American Eagle | Sandals: Target

I got dressed three whole times in May! woot woooooot.

I'm big on the whole "always have something to look forward to" thing. Since June is my in-between month, where I don't have big plans and I'm spending every weekend getting ahead in my bar prep course for when I go apartment hunting in July, I've been sort of dreading the next 30 days. Solution: a blog challenge! I picked this one because it's the first one I saw that didn't ask me to list what I look for in a crush or to talk about a time when I thought about ending my own life. My own mortality is not a topic I want to breach during bar study, ya dig.

I may even get out of my pj's for thirty days straight. (Ha! Just kidding. But maybe.)

Anyway, today is: Discuss your current relationship.
On spring break, someone asked my friend Meg about her love life and her immediate answer was "I could not be dating less." Riddle me a better one-liner in the history of ever. Last week while cleaning my room at my parents' place I sent her this picture:

... and suggested that maybe we add "I own the Fast & Furious box set and a Tamagotchi" to the list of acceptable responses when someone asks us about dating. If ever there were a better summation of my complete inability to be a functioning partner in a meaningful adult relationship, I'd pay to see it.

Also I've been elaborating on this whole dream wedding thing and I've decided that in addition to being held at Jurassic Park, the first dance will be to blink-182 (I will begrudgingly consider the lucky guy's input but I'm pushing for The Party Song), the entire gift registry will be shoes and video games, dinner will be some combination of pizza rolls, sour straws, french fries, and cereal (plated, of course, I'm not a monster) and the honeymoon will be a Jayhawk game in Allen Fieldhouse (preferably against his team and they will lose handily). So until I find a guy who's cool with all that up front I just don't see the point, you know?

Monday, May 20, 2013

Outfit of the Day | Just a Small Town Girl

Jacket: H&M, super old | Tank: Kohl's, similar | Jeans: Gap | Flats: Ivanka Trump Annulia | Bracelet: J.Crew | Ring: F21 | Super classy Wild Turkey iPhone case: free from the hype girls at the bar | Sweaty face: courtesy of my dad who refuses to turn on the a/c until June 1st

The whole "living in a cupboard" thing presents an issue for outfit pics as I have zero space for a full length mirror and have to use my mama's, bad lighting and weird fur accessory included. Welcome to my summer y'all! We'll get through this.

I wore this to watch my dad get recognized for his service on the school board, and my third grade teacher and high school basketball coach were retiring, so it ended up being kind of an event. I'm a firm believer that everyone should be raised in a small town - you don't get into serious trouble because it's kind of like your parents have a thousand pairs of eyes, and it always feels like a big family reunion when you come home. Plus, you know, country music and truck beds and county fairs and fields. Having an end in sight makes me appreciate the time I get to spend here and actually enjoy it instead of just surviving it.

Anyway, this was my second time getting actually dressed since I've been home. And I really enjoyed it and I'm really sad it only happened for like an hour. New mission: actually get out of my pj's to study for the bar. (Don't hold me to it.)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

OOTD | Neon Tan

Take 1: Graduation Day.
Leather jacket: Black Rivet | Dress: BCBGMAXAZRIA Avery | Belt: F21 | Heels: Prabal for Target

So back in this post I hinted that I pulled the trigger on a new graduation dress... it may have been a wee bit over the top. Though I guess a neon graduation dress was probably not out of the realm of foreseeable possibilities for a girl raised on honkytonk music.

Because nothing is ever allowed to go 100% smoothly in my life, it rained all day on graduation, the professor in charge of hooding me tried to choke me with the damn thing, and our dean of students decided to watch Sex and the City the night before and called me Samantha Jones instead of Johnson. What I lack in actual full-length outfit pics I make up for in funny stories.

Take 2: Graduation Night. Tan cargo jacket, cognac belt, the glittery Target sandals. No pictures, because we were much too busy scream-singing every sad song even remotely connected to graduation that we could find.

Take 3: Wedding. 
Cardi: Target, recent | Belt: Target, recent | Shoes: BCBG

My friend actually does look like a pinup girl, just not to this extreme. ;)
Had a wonderful time at one of my sorority sister's wedding this last weekend, though my shoes came off and my hair went up pretty quickly. We started the night with the wobble and ended with glowsticks and Thunderdrunk... sometimes you can just tell when a marriage is going to last.

Monday, May 13, 2013

OOTD | In Which I Deem Feathers "The New Business Casual"

This is my grandma. Y'all have met her before. We share an affinity for sequins and big earrings and shiny things generally.

Totally cool if you read the title and pull one of these. I might deserve it.

I jumped into the burning ring of law school fire and I have emerged on the other side like a mofuggin' PHOENIX!! I'm also living in a cupboard at my parents' place for the summer. I am Harry Potter.

But it's fine. I've got big plans for my cupboard summer. Big plans.

More on that later.

Back to the clothes! Jesus H, did y'all forget this is a style blog? I think I did. I got distracted by puppies and whiskey. (That's a line I use more often than is appropriate.) No more! I bought this dress last semester some time, fully intending on wearing it at Christmastime, but then Christmas didn't feel very black feathery, and then I was going to wear it on Valentine's Day but I was at Harry Potter World with my parents instead of, you know, on any kind of date, and then I was going to wear it on spring break for formal dinner but it didn't feel very Mexico-ey, so the night before my graduation open house (AKA free wine and a jazz band and outside voices in the law library - we know how to party) when I couldn't find anything to wear, I threw business casual to the wind and busted out the feathers. I added my favorite F21 boyfriend blazer over it, because blazers make feather minis appropriate for law school functions... see what finals do to my brain?

Blazer: F21, stupid old | Dress: ASOS | Shoes: Target, recent from the clearance rack | Earrings: F21 | Clutch: crazy awesome TJMaxx find that doubles as a weapon | Ring: F21

I am super bummed that you can't tell my earrings are big and green. They're my favorite. That little firecracker of an old lady up there taught me early that when it comes to earrings, bigger is better, and you always coordinate them with your outfit. Always. Woman never leaves the house without insane earrings. In fact, her boss once asked her if she stole a stripper's pasties and stuck them on her ears... in his defense, they were pink and rhinestoned. And you know, shaped like pasties.

I think I digressed at some point. I'm so stoked to actually be writing a post again that I think my brain exploded on my keyboard. Up tomorrow: my actual graduation dress (and the three ways I've worn it in the week and a half since I graduated).

Friday, May 10, 2013

Dear 790

"This is my temporary home,
it's not where I belong,
windows and rooms that I'm passing through.
This was just a stop
on the way to where I'm going,
I'm not afraid because I know
this was my temporary home."

When you're little and people ask you what superpower you'd want, you pick flying or invisibility or seeing the future or the ability to shoot fire out your nose.

You don't pick leaving.

But here I am in the middle of an empty apartment, getting ready to say goodbye to another place that's seen all of my best and all of my worst, hoping that someday staying will come as naturally to me as leaving does. 

The street numbers are my little trophies. 8230, where I imagine I'll still be having sleepovers with my best friends when we're 30. 513, where I discovered that girls aren't always evil even when they're traveling in packs and wearing strange letters. 639, where I learned to read maps in weird languages and live a little. 422 and 431, where I learned the hard way that you can't make someone love you.

790, where I learned that I'm so much happier when I'm alone than when I'm settling. That it's okay if my life isn't anything like what I thought it would be at 25. That I'm a whole lot more than the sum of all my mistakes. To just say it already. To finally stop underestimating myself.

The best part is that the very best parts are still to come, still out there somewhere, and all I have to do is find them.

A little open letter to my next number: you've got a lot to live up to, but so do I. And it's okay if you're not my last. Just do me a favor and leave me better than you found me.

(See you guys next week! Miss yo faces)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Blog Dogs | My New Favorite Outfit: Gracie

Good morning sunshines! WELCOME TO MAY!!! So sorry Blog Dogs is late, I hope you survived a whole Monday (and Tuesday... I extra suck) without puppies.

Today's little muffin is Gracie. Her mama is Ginny from My New Favorite Outfit who is one of my FAVORITE blog ladies maybe ever. Okay, definitely ever. Funny story: I'm emotionally scarred by beagles. My parents brought one home when I was a tiny little nugget, and that dog HATED me. She'd chase me around while I was in diapers and bite my heels. Howwwwwever, I'm nominating Gracie as breed ambassador because I'd take her home with me in a second. Not only is she indestructible (who eats razors and survives?!) but we have a lot in common - you know, like slobbering and stealing food. She's just cuter at it than I am.

1. Introduce us to your little furbaby!

This is Gracie, she's our nearly 6 year old Beagle.

2. Where and when and how did you get her?

We got Gracie around the time we got engaged. It was the summer, so I had all kinds of free time, like "sit and watch movies all day while Brian works" kind if time. Getting a puppy made perfect sense?!?! My now husband is quite the researcher and found that a Beagle would be the perfect dog to get. We found her in the paper and truth be told she was soooo stinking cute! She was actually really easy to potty train too, and she was a great summer companion while I was bored at home.

3. What's her favorite toy?

Grace loves balls, Frisbees, chews (raw hide) and anything that happens to be in the garbage that she thinks would be worth trying to eat or just make a huge mess with. She most recently thought eating my husband's old razors would be a good idea. For real.

4. Tell us your favorite puppy story. Come on, you know you have one.

In general she and our son Grant like each other, that is unless Grant has food and Grace thinks she needs it. Anyway, they love to play chase and Grant loves to throw Grace's toys for her. It makes me so happy to see both of them having fun. I'm guessing its kind of like seeing siblings play, minus the excess slobber. The only reason Grace is sitting still in this picture is because I'm dangling a carrot above the camera....

5. Does she have any funny quirks?

She licks. And licks. And licks. Herself, my hand, my leg, my foot, the face. Whatever. It drives my crazy! Honestly, it's my own fault, I allowed it when she was a puppy and now I've created a licking monster. Let that be a lesson to those of you training a pet (or your child) you can't get mad when the once sweet and innocent pet licks you to death in your sleep.

6. Where does Gracie sleep?

Sigh. In our bed, under the covers, then on top of the covers, then, just to mix it up, under the covers again. I wanted her kenneled at night but "someone" couldn't deal with her crying in the kennel, so in the bed she is. Now she'd probably be fine in a kennel, but I feel like it'd be kind of cruel and it'd hurt her poor doggy feelings, so instead I just let he wake me up a half dozen times a night to deal with the over/under covers situation.

7. Can she do any tricks?

Grace can shake and steal food from an unsuspecting hand in the blink of an eye. Case in point, this picture, it's probably a year and a half old, but you get the idea...

8. If you could describe Grace's personality in one word, what would it be?

So hard! When she's licking, rummaging through garbage, or stealing food she's a brat. BUT, when she's curled up next to me on the couch (as she is while I'm typing this) it's loving.

9. Are there any doggy products you can't live without?

Oh my, the Kong brand dog brush is amazaballs! Go get it, like yesterday! Grace is shedding like crazy since it's spring and that brush works wonders!

10. What's the best advice you have for someone who's considering getting a dog?

Having a pet is great, but it's also hard work. Truly make sure you have the time, energy, money, and most importantly, love to give to your sweet pet. They can be a great addition to your family. Just like us they'll have funny (and sometimes annoying) quirks, they aren't perfect, just like we aren't, so love them just the same.

THAT. FACE. Thanks for sharing her with us, Ginny :)

You may have noticed from my aaaaabsolute inability to dress myself/post anything that I'm taking a teensy tiny little hiatus until after graduation. Between finals, finishing grad things, my parents coming into town, cleaning out my Facebook friends (do you guys enjoy this as much as I do?!), a wedding last weekend, a wedding next weekend, doing a lot of this, and moving home... #clusterfuck. Give me a week or two to deshamble my life and I'll be good as new! In the meantime, help me procrastinate for my last final on twitter and Insta ;)

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