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

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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!

Plaid Everything

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.

Wardrobe Organization

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The house we’re living in now doesn’t have clothes closets. Instead it has these built in wardrobes. I was terrified all my clothes wasn’t going to fit inside but it does! YAY! The drawers underneath were very spacious but I wasn’t quite sure how to use them. They were so big 29.5″ x 23 and anything I put in there would likely get unfolded and jumbled and I just can’t handle that!

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So I decided I needed to build dividers but Richard was unable to help me thanks to his rigorous study schedule. So what to do? I went by Home Depot and found the perfect board in the spares bin. I had someone cut the six” wide board into two 23″ length pieces picked up some paint and headed home. I painted everything first. The paint color is Rockwood Jade by Behr in satin.

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I was so impressed with how perfectly the boards fit into the drawers. I didn’t even have to use nails. I just used the hammer to push them into place. I did some touch ups and gave each of them a coat of clear gloss lacquer. Now it’s the perfect drawer for things like socks, chonies (Spanish for underwear) and other under things.

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P.S. If you’ve ever done any work with lacquer, you know what mess it can be. It ruins the paint brush and if you get it on your hand fuggit-abowdit! Well not anymore! Rinse off your hand and tools with a dollop of baby oil. The sticky mess will wash away instead of becoming a gummy mess on your hands and anything you touch! I came upon this miraculous fix when I was anxiously washing my hands post project working and pre-dinner fixing. I was trying every liquid under the bathroom sink and finally found the right one.  Just thought I’d  pass along this bit of knowledge!

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

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!