It’s been a while

So I kind of fell off the wagon again.  I got a promotion at work and have pretty much been sucked into that.  But here’s a look at all the engagement photos we got back.  We plan on doing another shoot at some point in Tulsa, so we can get a little bit of that “big city” buzz… hahaha.  We had a family member do these, Richard’s cousin and it was a great experience.  The shoot was at their families farm and it is beautiful out there!  The only unfortunate part is we didn’t get to take as many photos as we wanted due to weather and our hectic schedules.  Oh well, what we got was great! Enjoy!Richard&Whitney (1 of 1)-3 Richard&Whitney (1 of 1)-4 Richard&Whitney (1 of 1)-5 Richard&Whitney (1 of 1)-6 Richard&Whitney (1 of 1)-7

Fall Wants

Now before I jump into talking about what I want and “need” let me first say I am grateful for the things I do have.  Richard and I often talk about how we feel so poor.  We don’t get to purchase things we want very often.  However, we realize there are some who have much less than we do.  I love that saying, “Happiness is wanting what you have.”  I do feel like because we can’t buy our wants very often we do make those frivolous purchases more carefully, picking things we truly love.

Now that I’ve clearly stated that I’m thankful for what I do have let me tell you about my wants.  Fall always makes me want to buy new boots and new sweaters.  I LOVE that fall means it’s time for lots of layers and rich deep colors like wine, emerald, navy and aubergine.  I’m posting my top five favorite things about fall fashion.

Pattern Sweaters

1. Patterned Sweaters:  I LOVE prints and patterns!!!! I’m crazy about them.  I use to try to restrict myself to building up my wardrobe basics.  Then I would look at my closet and there were no interesting pieces.  I’ve just decided to dive in and buy things I LOVE!!!  This means my closet now has lots of prints and patterns!

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2. Plaid:  I know plaid is a print but I love it so much I think it deserves its own category!  I LOVE plaid it is so classic and can be dressed up or dressed down.Short Skirt + Opaque Tights3. Skirts / Dresses + Opaque Tights:  I am crazy about opaque tights.  This year I hope to invest in quite a few more colors.  I love that opaque tights add a pop of color and keep you extra cozy.  I also love that they help keep you from having to shave… yucky? yes, but it’s the truth.  Plus you can get away with wearing shorter skirts with opaque tights and still avoid looking… ummmm… slutty unprofessional.

Layering4. Layer Upon Layer Upon Layer:  I HATE summer and hot weather.  I always say that cold weather is better because you can put on enough layers to stay fairly warm but you can never take enough layers off to keep from sweating to death.  I love that layering keeps you cozy and helps you add color and pattern to your ensemble.

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5.  BOOTS BOOTS BOOTS:  Boots are the best footwear!  I live in my boots all fall and winter long.  I have only invested in non-heeled pairs thus far but I really want a pair of black heeled booties and maybe something a little more rugged.

Nothing to Wear

I know I want too many things!  Richard says he doesn’t understand what I mean when I stand in front of my closet and say I have nothing to wear.  Somedays I try on 4-6 different outfits before I find THE ONE and head to work.  I think this is a common problem for most women.  I recently found the quote above on Pinterest and fell in love with it… that expresses exactly how I feel about this predicament.  Do you have the same issues as me? And what’s your favorite fashion season?  Oh and follow my fall fashion board on Pinterest.

Photo Shoot Styling

This isn’t directly wedding related but you have to take engagement photos before a wedding so this counts… sorta. Engagement photo outfits and themes are all I can think about since we finally set a date for one of our engagement shoots today. A friend who just happens to be an awesome photographer will be in town for a couple months starting in November so he’ll be doing one of our shoots.  We’ll be doing another one at Richard’s family farm and another in Norman on OU’s campus and on campus corner.

Since Richard got accepted into Med School I realized that my dream of having a fall wedding will not happen.  He has no fall breaks and after this next summer he will no longer have a summer break either.  So instead, I’ll make do with some super cute fall engagement photos! I can’t wait! Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year!  The temps are perfect!  The colors are beautiful!  And everyone looks so amazing in fall fashions!  I’m posting a few inspiration images.  I’ve always heard it’s a good idea to set a theme for your engagement shoots so you can choose appropriate props and outfits.  Let me know what you think and if you have any theme suggestions!

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Via IndieJane Photography

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Via Gilmor Engagement

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Via Shop Ruche

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Follow my Engagement Photo Inspiration board on Pinterest.

Patriotically Dressed

Why is the Fourth of July in the middle of the week? On the plus side I don’t work on the holiday however I return to work on Thursday. It makes no sense.

It’s been a year since my college graduation but I’ve decided my closet doesn’t really reflect that. While I have many great pieces, they’re not always cohesive. That’s why I’m introducing these style posts… in hopes that I’ll put greater effort into growing a true wardrobe. This is my first personal fashion post so please don’t make too much fun of my terrible poses (I swear the duck lips one is a joke and not serious). Anywhoo, Today I’m posting a patriotic outfit that I picked out just for the occasion.

I love the mixture of blue and red but it can seem really costume-y. This outfit is cool enough for the Oklahoma summer and oh so comfy. It’s also my first t-shirt dress. Why I never purchased one before I’ll never know, they’re as comfortable as a t-shirt and jeans without the jeans. Oh and I topped off the whole look with a bright red lips. Lipstick is one of my favorite accessories! I feel like it makes my baby face look a little less baby-ish. Oh, and by the way most of the items featured in my outfit have since sold out. I only buy things when they’re on sale but I’ve linked to very similar products.

Dress | The Gap (similar), Scarf | Banana Republic (similar), Belt | Dillards (similar), Lipstick | MAC

Fashion Identity Crisis

The past four years have been nothing but task after task after task.  Now that I’ve graduated from college and don’t have a definitive goal in my immediate future I’ve been focusing on “discovering myself”… as lame and cliché as that sounds.  Here’s the deal, when I had time to take a look at myself I realized that I’m absolutely confused – from everything to my future career goals to my style in clothes.

I don’t know what my style is, yet it seems all of my friends and family do.  It isn’t uncommon for one of them to say “This is totally you.”  “This top/skirt/dress reminded me of you.”  Usually they are correct but how do they know what my style is when I’m so confused about it myself.  I love every style it seems bohemian, preppy, retro and against my wishes a little country.  So here’s my question (and please feel free to answer or at least give me your input) is it possible to like every style and is that in itself a style?

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Inspiration Blogs

Hey everybody!

I invested the last 30 minutes into typing up a great but “brief” blog and somehow it all just disappeared.  Why don’t I hit save more often? I’m not sure but I’m pretty mad.  So this blog that you’re reading isn’t exactly what I had hoped for but I really wanted to share a few things today.

Yesterday, I told you all about my creative block and my lack of inspiration.  So in an effort to get the creative juices churning again, I’m taking to the internet.  I love looking at other people’s blogs.  Sometimes they’re style is nothing like mine but I just love their style of writing and addressing their viewers.  Sometimes I’m all about their DIY’s and fashion posts.  I think that a truly unique one of a kind idea is really hard to come by these days, not impossible just difficult.  So I peruse other blogs for inspiration then give their DIY’s a swing and add a dash of Whitney to it.

So I hope I’m not shooting myself in the foot, but I’m sharing a few of my favorite blogs today (please still be MY blog friends).

A Beautiful Mess

This is one of my favorites to peruse.  I love the mix of fashion, DIY, photography, and beauty posts written by Elsie & Emma.  I also love that they add their own style and voice to each new post.

Indie Jane

Absolutely my favorite blog and I check it out on the reg.  I feel like I know her, Amanda is her name, simply because she also lives in Oklahoma and attended OU for like a hot minute.  She gives me hope that I can find inspiration here in Oklahoma.  Her blog is actually mostly about her photography which is also really nice.  She also mixes it up with regular DIY and fashion blogs.  She has lots of pets that all look like wonderful little heaters slash fuzzy pillows.  She often does guest DIY blog posts on A Beautiful Mess which is, coincidentally, how I came upon her blog.

Chalk White Arrow

 I only came upon this blog very recently but I really like it because it has a little of everything – style, music, how to’s and so much personality.  I love blogs with lots of personality because it makes me feel like I’m friends with the blogger… you know as opposed to creepily obsessing over their every post.

Scathingly Brilliant

Also another recent discovery but I loved Kate’s blog banner so I clicked on her page.  Lucky me!  Her style is TOTALLY not my style but I love looking at her creative and adorably retro outfits.  Her pink hair is also pretty fab!  It definitely makes me want to just jump in and dye mine purple but I’m still being a chicken… for now.  This blog mostly features style ideas and it really makes me even more determined to find my own personal style.

Giving Up on Gossip Girl

So the other day a fresh pressed blog really caught my attention.  The blog by Caffeinated and Random was entitled Dear HIMYM: It’s not me, it’s you.  I am a new fan of How I Met Your Mother, having recently powered through all episodes on Netflix, so I’m not ready to jump ship yet.  What I am ready to give up on is Gossip Girl.

I loved this show from the start but due to school, work and being too poor to afford cable I quickly gave up on being a devoted fan.  However, once I bought a membership with Netflix I was able to catch up on all the wonderful adolescent drama that the show entails.  I love watching mostly for the fashion and the great soundtrack but also for the couples that I root for – Dan and Serena, Chuck and Blair.  But now I feel like aside from a weekly fashion fix the show doesn’t hold much value to me.  The Dan/Blaire issue was a stretch to follow.  And the never ending stream of issues that separate Chuck and Blair are becoming quite ridiculous… a pact with God? Really???

I got a little behind on watching all the current season online and so this evening I watched three episodes, including the hyped up 100th episode.  Let me just say… not that great.  That opening sequence with Serena “singing” Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend, was it supposed to be humorous?  Did she even do her own singing?  So many questions as to why it was such a disappointment.

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The best part of the entire show for me was hearing a version of Young People by The Kooks, an ode to the first episode.  Young People by Peter Bjorn & John was the song that literally started off the first show.  It made me yearn for the olden’ days back when the show was juicy and captivating.  I’m not really sure where it lost it’s appeal to me.  I think maybe somewhere between the Dan & Blair love twist and the introduction of Charlie Rhodes.  The main characters seem to have gotten lost, especially Nate… Chace Crawford is too good looking to waste on the ridiculous plot line the writers have had him on lately.

Anyways, unfortunately, due to my Obsessive Compulsive tendencies I’m not capable of giving up on the show quite yet.  It’s so difficult to make myself give up on series whether it be television, books or movies (I mean, I’m suffering through the Twilight franchise and we all know that’s painful).  So here are a few of my favorite things about the earlier seasons… ahhh reminiscing.

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First off, I miss them being in high school.  It’s hard to believe their “grown up” characters would do some of the things they do.  Plus I really enjoyed the plethora of head bands that Blair Waldorf wore.  I also like how their “uniforms” were made to look so interesting yet unlike anything any private school would allow.

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Dan and Serena.  I know I mentioned it earlier but this was probably one of my favorite moments for them as a couple.  Things were finally working out for them.  Dan was still a nobody pining for what seemed like an unattainable love and Serena was a flake with excuses who was finally finding a reason to be more than that.

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I’m not sure what it is about Chuck and Blair but I liked them better when they knew they liked each other but hid it beneath a thin veneer of distaste.

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I kinda miss Jenny Humphrey.  She had interesting style and always amped up the drama.  I also miss the scheming Blaire.  Not the ghost of Blair’s past that is currently on the show… uuum plotting to get your best friend and her ex back together on valentine’s day? Blaire should have more important schemes to scheme.

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What happened to Lily & Rufus? Oh yes, they’re still in the show… sometimes but they’re appearances are so infrequent they probably shouldn’t be cast as regulars.  I really would still like to know more about both of their back stories.  And their love child? Is he ever coming back into the picture? Just give me answers!!!

Jeff’s Closet: Favorite Outfit

Hey everybody!

It’s Jeff and today we’re talking personal style.  To anyone who’s peeked in my closet, you know my style is a little different.  Some people say I put together some weird outfits but I like to think of them as unique.

For starters I don’t believe in wearing t-shirts and Nike shorts to class.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy comfy and colorful clothes but I view everyday as an opportunity to show the world who you are.  Your style is a way to do that sans words.  Plus as a business major, it’s really important to dress like you’re ready to step into the professional world.  After all if you don’t look the part it might be harder for people to envision you in your desired career position.

My love for colors and patterns really shines through the most I think.  My favorite pieces in my closet is this lace dress.  It’s a mini dress but the long sleeves really balance it out.  I don’t mind showing a little leg but I usually prefer to wear this dress with flower printed tights and boots.  I love the mixture of prints and textures in this outfit and it turns out looking a little retro and totally me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I’m absolutely excited about the weather turning cooler because I love tights.  They’re so fun and can add a pop to any outfit.  At the moment I’m on the hunt for lacy tights…  I’ll be back with an update on whether I successfully find some or not!

Tell me about your style in the comments!

Personal Style: A Journey

Today’s post is going to be short sweet and to the point.  Jeff is a much better dresser than me.  She is imaginative and never afraid to wear her visions.  I’m stuck on matching things and not mixing too many patterns.  I will say I have improved dramatically from when I was in high school but I know I don’t always wear my concoctions with confidence.

Today while doing some research for today’s post I stumbled upon this awesome blog Putting Me Together.  I immediately book marked it.  Audrey’s style is attainable.  As a recent college grad working to pay back those loans, I don’t have money to shop at the “reasonable” J.Crew and other so-called affordable stores.  I am an Old Navy and Gap clearance type of girl, and that’s okay.  I am not ashamed to say I peruse the racks at Goodwill.  I think not only is this a great way to save money but it’s a great way of saving items that may be considered trash by one person and turning them into your “brand new” treasure.  Check out Audrey’s blog!  Her style is so presh!  I’ll be checking back for fashion tips fo sho!

Here’s my favorite recent look of hers:

Also come back tomorrow for more about my Goodwill hunting trips.. (see what I did there, made a movie reference.  I think I’m really funny).. and tips.  I recently got an amazing dress for a steal… now I’m trying to figure out how to make it work for winter.  Input would be great!!!