Oh, Love-ah

Valentine's Day has arrived at last. And to borrow from my dear friend Virginia Carvin, are you here without a love-ah? Well, me thinks whether you are with love-ah or sans love-ah, the best part of the holiday is loving your beautiful self. So feel free to treat yo'self with any of these date night looks I pulled for Over the Moon, or any of the goodies from OTM's VDay Gift Guides. Happy Love Day! 

Heart Earrings - Jennifer Loiselle// Braided Heart Bag - Zara// Amour Jacket - CÔME 

    Happy Fat Tuesday

    Wishing I was in New Orleans, but alas - the pillars of justice and rule of law would likely crumble and fall without me. So instead I will celebrate from my cubicle, where fun will consist of attempting to keep King Cake crumbs from falling into the crevices of my keyboard as I fight the good ole' fight. Happy Mardi Gras, indeed

    Flower Tassel Earrings - Zara// Black Mules - Who What Wear// Cube Crossbody Bag - Zara// Green Dress - Zara// Yellow Jumpsuit - Massimo Dutti// Wicker Handbag - Zara// Amethyst Flower Earrings - Bounkit// Super Star Earrings - Addison Weeks

    Feeling Floral

    Maybe it's the natural consequence of passing the last few days in sunny, pristine Palm Beach or maybe it's a Houston homecoming to gloomy 37° weather - but whatever the cause - I'm feelin' these florals. 

    Interested in the wicker fanny pack? Me too. Stay tuned for details on my best friend's new line of chic wicker bags - coming pronto! 

    Floral Jumpsuit - Alice McCall// Raffia Flower Earrings - Aerin x Mercedes Salazar// Bahia Basket - Pamela Munson// Lips Clutch - Lola Basso

    RE: Blue & White

    Last week, Andrea of interior design blog The Glam Pad posed a question, inviting her followers to give their opinions on whether the usually infallible combo of blue & white has become too saturated. Upon asking the audience, the million dollar answer appeared to be ... drumroll ... NO, but don't overdo it. A blue and white pairing (done right) is classic, traditional, and crisp, but (and as the Glam Pad noted) when any trend succumbs to overuse and mass-market-hysteria, a type of why-did-I-buy-that-then-if-looking-at-it-now-makes-my-eyes-roll buyer's remorse can set in. 

    The same can be said of fashion trends - I am no stranger to that "what was I thinking?" feeling when thumbing through the nether-regions of my closet or flipping through photos of yesteryear's glory days. Which is why Andrea's candid counsel struck so close to home: "succumbing to trends is a very expensive cycle carefully calculated to drain your pocketbook." In other words, buyer beware. But her parting words also left me, in my self-appointed role of ensemble assembler, both focused and motivated. She wrote, "[b]e judicious with your purchases, and invest in the best you can afford with the intention of keeping your treasures for a lifetime."

    I don't think my husband would necessarily characterize me as judicious with my shopping habit, but I do go through a mental exercise of sorts when I expand my wardrobe or put these collages together. Basically I ask myself the following: 1) would I still wear this as a grandma? (surprisingly, many times the answer is hellz yeah), 2) is this something my future daughters will fight over one day?, 3) will this get so much use that it will eventually fall apart? and 4) will looking back at a photo of me wearing this make me smile when I look like a prune? As long as 50% of the answers to the aforementioned are a yes, then whatever I'm debating buying is #worthit in my measly opinion.  

    And so, dear reader, I align myself with the same advice The Glam Pad gave: "most importantly, buy what you truly love, and you can never go wrong." I love blue and white, I love pairing blue and white with gold, and sometimes I lurve looking like a human chinoiserie - and if you do too, this collage is for you. 

    Blue & White Ruffle Top - Mestiza NY// Gold Pants - Mestiza NY// Blue & White Jewel Clutch - Daniel Espinosa// Blue & White Top and Palazzo Pants - La Double J// Blue Snakeskin Clutch - Ximena Kavalekas// Turquoise & Pearl Clutch - Daniel Espinosa// Pottery Cushion - Karen Mabon// Turquoise Tassel Earrings - Hart Hagerty

    9 to 5 Valentine

    Over the Moon asked me to pull some festive-yet-office-appropriate looks for the upcoming holiday, since the majority of us (myself included) will be spending most of next Wednesday on the clock. Is there a better way to spend Lov-ahs Day than showing off how much you love the holiday, yourself, and your co-workers with some on-theme attire? Sure there is - but we'll save that part for when we leave the office. 

    Stone Heart Earrings - Addison Weeks// Rose Top - Zara// Pink & Red Bag - Zara// Heart Heels - Zara