Dress Well: Lace + Boots

DSC_6608Anthropologie sweater, J. Crew leggings, Lucchese boots (literally a decade old), J. Crew necklace (similar-ish), Michael Kors watch (old), Rebecca Minkoff bag

I have excellent news: this sweater is still available! I was nervous, because I bought it two months ago on Black Friday. How have they not sold out of these babies yet? The world may never know.

I think this sweater is one of my favorite pieces of clothing I've ever owned. You know how you have a few clothing items in your life that you form an unreasonably strong attachment to? (I hope other people experience that.) This sweater has the makings of reaching that echelon of all-star pieces for me. Now I've just got to do my best to not get food on it.

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DSC_6715I'm happy to report that I had an unusually social Thursday night, starting with happy hour drinks with my friends from my Bank of America days in San Francisco, followed by dinner at R&G Lounge, which is where we used to eat when working late at BofA. (If you're ever visiting SF, R&G is a great place to add to your itinerary - it's in Chinatown and the food is delicious. Anthony Bourdain even featured it on his show!) I then got over eight hours of sleep (which is a massive amount for me) so I think I'm ready to start Friday on a good foot!

Does everyone have big plans for Super Bowl Sunday? We'll be hosting a little party here at our apartment, which is the first time I have ever hosted a Super Bowl party. I'm not exactly sure how we're going to make sure everyone can see the TV (our space is tiny), so I'm planning on distracting everyone from the cozy quarters with lots of queso. I figure that strategy has a history of success - the queso distraction is how they get away with such tiny tables in Mexican restaurants, right?

 Have a wonderful Friday and weekend, everyone.

Dress Well: Harrow to the Heart

Madewell sweater, Paige jeans, Rag & Bone booties, Michael Kors watch (similar), J. Crew bracelet, Old necklace (similar), Rebecca Minkoff bag, Tory Burch sunglasses (similar)

For me, this outfit = love. For starters, my husband got me this sweet sweater for Christmas. Yes, he chose it from a short and carefully-selected list of potential Christmas gifts that I gave to him, but the fact that he chose the item with hearts all over it is sweet all the same. And these boots. Oh, these Harrow booties. I kept two tabs open on my computer for the entire fall season: one tab with these boots in a Nordstrom shopping bag, ready to check out, and a second tab with my bank account pulled up, in order to convince myself that I couldn't afford the boots. I never made a decision on whether to buy them or not, and then my mom came along, gave them to me for Christmas, and made all my boot-owning dreams come true. Have I mentioned before that I'm a ridiculously lucky girl?

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Something that never occurred to me before I started reading blogs: wearing a bracelet with your watch. It's genius! My love for my watch is timeless (too much?), but I love it even more when I can fancy it up with some sweet bracelets.

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DSC_9839I've come to find that writing this blog has the very wonderful side effect of making me take time every day to appreciate how marvelous my life is. These pictures remind me to be thankful for all that I have many times over. My mother and my mother-in-law both gave me such beautiful presents over Christmas, and every time I wear them I think about them and how much I miss my families. And every breathtaking view of San Francisco reminds me to give thanks for my fantastic husband who pulled me out of my comfort zone (also known as Houston) and into this wonderful life. So, I hope you take a little time this Thursday to be thankful for what you have and the life you live. We all have it pretty good!

Dress Well: Cornucopia

Every time I reach for this sweater in my closet I think "cornucopia." I'm not sure why. I even had to google the definition of cornucopia to make sure that by saying that I wasn't saying this sweater made me think of corn on the cob or something. Turns out "cornucopia" means horn of plenty, and is a symbol of abundance and nourishment. I think that definition is singularly appropriate for this day and this outfit because I got this sweater the most recent time my birthday fell on Thanksgiving {2010}, so it always reminds me of the loving, generous family and abundant resources that I have been blessed with. This sweater is also perfect for traveling {come on, it practically is a blanket}, which reminds me to celebrate how lucky it is that I've gotten to spend every single Thanksgiving with my family since I was born {an event which happened to fall on the day after Thanksgiving - which may explain my ability to eat more than pretty much any girl I've ever met}.

I hope you have a wonderful time giving thanks today. Right now, I'm giving thanks for being in Austin, Texas, with my husband and his {our} wonderful family. I couldn't ask for more.