Dress Well: 25 for 25

25 for 25It's getting to be that time of year again: the holidays. Or, as I like to call it, That Month Between My Birthday and Christmas. I was born on November 25th, and I'd like to give you two reasons why it is the best birthday of all time: 1) Of the seven possible days of the week where my birthday could fall, only three of them are work days. And really, it's more like two and a half of them are work days, because the Wednesday before Thanksgiving barely counts. 2) November 25th is just far enough away from Christmas to avoid getting birthday/Christmas items. Instead, I get bunches of wonderful fall clothes every year, which is absolutely ideal given that I live in San Francisco, where the weather eternally feels like fall.

All of this is the really long way of saying that the 25 items above are what's on my birthday wishlist. Item details, starting in the top left are:

Anthropologie printed shift dress.

Lorac eyeshadow.

Clare Vivier clutch.

Tarte blush.

Madewell coated motorcycle jeans.

Citizens of Humanity jeans.

Lululemon striped long-sleeve shirt.

J. Crew pink cashmere hat.

Madewell ripped jeans.

Anthropologie black/white shift dress.

Sephora lip favorites.

J. Crew tweed sleeve blouse.

Lululemon pants.

Williams-Selyem wine (kind of cheating, since my dad already told me he set aside a few bottles for me - doesn't make me any less excited)

Anthropologie red dress.

J. Crew pink purse.

J. Crew owl blouse (perfect for the Rice grad in your life).

Lululemon jacket.

J. Crew leather sleeve blouse.

Madewell brown boots.

J. Crew houndstooth scarf.

Ray-Ban sunglasses.

Lululemon sports bra.

Anthropologie striped dress.

Lululemon tank top.

Dress Well: Holiday Peplum

Zara dress, J. Crew belt, Sam Edelman booties, Old necklace (similar), Tory Burch sunglasses

I know we're well past the holidays at this point, but I'm going to have to ask you to bear with me for one more set of pictures with a Christmas bonanza in the background (also known as my parents' house). I brought this outfit to Houston with one specific event in mind: my family's yearly pre-Christmas dinner at Pappa's Steakhouse. Since the outing is always a feeding frenzy, I needed an outfit that was both holiday appropriate and stretchy. This outfit turned out to be perfect (minus the belt - never wear a belt to a steakhouse).

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Also, if I am ever out taking pictures for the blog and you walk by the photo session, this is what my face will look like. "Noooooooooo someone's coming down the street - I feel awkwarddddddd" - direct quote from me right before this picture was taken.  DSC_8910Happy Thursday, everyone!

Dress Well: It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

DSC_7398This past weekend, my husband and I decided to go buy our Christmas tree. Despite the torrential and seemingly never-ending rain, we managed to sneak out of the apartment and around the corner to our local Christmas tree lot while it was misting, instead of pouring.

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J. Crew plaid shirt, J. Crew puffer vest, J. Crew leggings, Unknown scarf (similar), J. Crew rainboots (similar)

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DSC_7438The joy of finding that perfect tree. Pictures of our decorating session coming tomorrow!

Also, could we please take a minute and reflect on the futility of attempting to defy nature? Below is a picture of my curls before I left the house on this Christmas tree excursion.

IMG_0999The really depressing part is it took me about 30 minutes to curl and about 30 seconds for them to completely unravel. Oh well.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday!