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Embrace the Messy Bun

 My students used to think something was wrong with me when I had my hair in a messy bun at school. I insisted on looking just so in my classroom because I wanted them to think I had it all together. Unsurprisingly, this leeched out into the rest of my world as well. I remember that whole season of my life as being one in which I was convinced that I needed to look perfect all the time. That messy bun was reserved for the 20 minutes before I went to bed and the occasional lazy Saturday, and that was it. Listen, having your …

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What’s In My Airplane Bag

I keep my airplane bag as lightweight as possible because, let me tell you, I have had some really bad airport luck. Like this one time that I packed a ton of stuff in my carry-on tote because I was too lazy to make room in my suitcase, and I ended up stuck in the Atlanta airport for 17 hours. I lugged that thing around for SEVENTEEN HOURS, Y’ALL. Anyway, that wasn’t the first time I’ve ended up stuck in an airport, and since I mostly travel by myself, I end up carrying my stuff around with me everywhere I go. I’ve …

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The Truth About LuLaRoe (from someone who doesn’t sell it!)

The first time I was added to a LuLaRoe group I thought I had been invited to some weird baby shower. I rubbed my sleepy eyes (it was 6am) and took a sip of my ginger peach tea before I clicked through to see (literally) the most colorful leggings I had ever seen in my entire life. Like, ever. (If you know anything about LuLaRoe, then you know what I’m talking about.) Fast forward to this dress, which LulaRoe calls the “Carly”, that ended up being my first garment from this company. It’s pretty cute, no? If you’ve not familiar, LulaRoe is …

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Outfit of the Week//SUGARFIX by BaubleBar

Someone once joked to me that I should start throwing $100 bills out the window when I drove by Target. Real funny, huh? And now there’s the SUGARFIX by BaubleBar line for Target, and it’s perfect, and so I may just leave my wallet in the parking lot and call it good. Take my money, Target. Just take it. (Please tell me I’m not the only one here that’s obsessed with Target.) In any case, they’ve done it again, friends! I’ve long be an admirer of BaubleBar’s bright, playful designs but never sprang for the high-ish prices. But their new partnership with …

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Outfit of the Week//Shop Local

The morning that I shot these photos with the lovely Kailey Watson, no less than five people stopped to tell me that they loved my outfit. Considering that I was wearing a pair of jeans, flats, and rocking 4th day hair, I don’t think I deserved all the praise. But that, friends, is the magic of an off-the-shoulder top. Not to mention the magic of local boutique Urban Couture which you absolutely must check out if you’re a Tulsa girl. Talk more in a sec– (Don’t worry, I’m still hopelessly short.) You better believe I’m going to be adding even more of these …

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How to Wear Green On St. Patrick’s Day!

I don’t consider myself a rebel by any means, but I kind of am on St. Patrick’s Day. I have always had an aversion to holidays that demand I wear a specific color. I usually wear blue on Valentine’s Day and orange on the 4th of July (Christmas gets a pass, because it’s Christmas). But try being a nanny or a high school teacher on St. Patrick’s Day (I’ve been both) and not wear anything green. Homegirl’s gonna hear about it all, day, long. So I finally figured out the key to being festive without wearing shamrocks around my neck and not …

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Outfit of the Week// The Secret to Getting Amazing Deals on Outerwear

Last year, I bought 4 coats. 4. Winter. Coats. ON MY TEACHING SALARY. Then I figured out the secret to getting my coat fix without causing the banking app on my phone to turn red and send me warning notifications for two months straight. Outerwear is a bit of a pricey investment, you know? But I really love a good winter coat, and I hate being cold, so that’s even further incentive. Here’s the secret: you gotta shop right now. Yes, now. In February. This fuzzy friend (linked below!) from Gap for a fraction of the price ($70, if I’m remembering correctly). And since …

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Outfit of the Week// How to Wear All-Black

All-black is a chic look, but it takes a little extra thought if you don’t want to end up looking like Wednesday Addams. Here’s a few things to keep in mind: Choose statement jewelry in either silver or gold. I would avoid a bright color, because it will detract from the all-black wow factor. This is mine, and it’s on sale! Go for a simple, but interesting, silhouette. This sweater and skinny jeans combo isn’t loud, but the oversize fit of the sweater in contrast with the skinny  jeans gives it an interesting shape. Make sure your blacks aren’t faded! I’m pretty sparing …

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Outfit of the Week// Winter Bohemian

Do you have an Altar’d State where you live? We got one in Tulsa a few years ago, and it’s my go-to spot when I want to add something to my closet that has a bohemian vibe. I wouldn’t describe my style as bohemian necessarily, but I like it’s airy vibe so I do like to incorporate it every now and again. Like this dress (similar here) that’s sweet but not over the top. This one was actually gifted to me from a sweet friend who bought it at Altar’d State and then accidentally shrunk it…right to my 5’1 size! It’s too …

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Outfit of the Week// Athleisure for Less

The athleisure trend evaded me for the longest time. When I was a nanny in Boston I was constantly surrounded by moms in Lulu leggings, Patagonia quarter-zips, and Hunter boots. And I just didn’t get it. Why would you spend that much money on an outfit that wasn’t, like, a real outfit. You know? I remember at the time thinking that if there were a way to get the athleisure look for less, then I could maybe buy into it. But for the time being, it just wasn’t on my financial radar. (Ahem, it still isn’t.) The following year I was teaching dance …