Outfitting
Outfit Serendipity

Outfit Serendipity

Well, this is a funny coincidence. I’ve been holding onto this post for the past couple weeks due to the oddly warm weather we’ve been having and the fact that this outfit is more suited for cooler temps. Yes, even this mildly bundled ensemble would’ve been too warm for what we’ve been experiencing in Texas...
Bright Winter

Bright Winter

Boy, oh boy, oh boy… It’s been a while since I’ve let an entire week float by without a blog post. What can I say? A lot has been happening!! But enough of that. You’ll hear more from me on “the secret subject” later. Right now, I’m focusing on positivity, confidence, and a bright, cheerful...
Out for the Holidays

Out for the Holidays

Hello, hello dear readers… I’m back!! As you’ve noticed, for the past week and some I’ve been purposefully absent from the blog. It was time to step away for some fresh air. Amidst Christmas gatherings and family visits, my absentee roles included cook, cleaner, hostess, cuddle-bug, Christmas elf, conversationalist, and puppy manager (to name a...
Find Your Path, Give a Path - A Sseko Giveaway

Find Your Path, Give a Path – A Sseko Giveaway

Congratulations, Nina!! You are the winner of this giveaway! This giveaway is now closed. The close of one year and the fast approach of another puts me in a very “what am I going to do next?” kind of mood. Dreams and schemes float recklessly through my head. But it’s really more than just “what’s...
Compensating

Compensating

A rushed morning begun much later than usual. No time for breakfast much less coffee. Creative inspiration for dressing… zilch. Yep, it happens… often. You know, some days you’ve just got to dress for comfort. Oh, yeah. And some days despite all non-chalant efforts, the outfit still doesn’t work! Don’t be fooled by Sam’s excellent...
Fall Staple... In a Rush

Fall Staple… In a Rush

Ok, friends, I’m on the move and in a rush. Oh, you too? Perfect!! Then we’ll keep this brief. Here’s a look that is saving my “fashion life” these days. Black maxi dress + bag + scarf + boots = an easy combo of staples that you probably all have in your closets as we...
Autumnal Ambers

Autumnal Ambers

Golden turning leaves, smoldering camp fires, the warm glow of late afternoon light… it’s all part of the seasonal tide from Summer to Fall. Recently, our seasonal “tides” have been ebbing and flowing back and forth especially quickly. If I’m being honest, it’s kind of a nuisance. One day you’re in wool knits and cozy leggings...
New Casual

New Casual

Want in on a little secret? As much as I love dressing up, I’m usually dressed down. When you work from home as much as I do, it just makes sense! In fact, I’ll take this reveal even further and show you precisely what has become my everyday “uniform”. And this is the honest truth....
Back to School... Shabby Apple Giveaway

Back to School… Shabby Apple Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Let’s all take a minute and step back into our childhood memories. Remember what it was like as a kid to go back to school after summer vacation? First, there was the anticipation of seeing all your old friends. Then, the excitement of purchasing new school supplies and clothes. (organizing all...
Between Extremes

Between Extremes

Texas in August can be, more than perhaps any other time of the year, summed up by the idea of extremes. Scorching heat and blaring sun contrasted against frigidly over-accommodating air-conditioning. And let’s not forget the long stretches of brittlely dry days followed by torrential rains and flooding. Light and dark, hot and cold, parched...
Summery Pattern-ery

Summery Pattern-ery

Besides mixing colors, I love playing with pattern. When high temperatures are a factor, I tend to lean towards loose fitting garments and drape-y silhouettes. But that look can quickly get boring, which is why I like the idea of mixing interesting patterns in the place of more fitted and flattering shapes to spice things...
WORN for Peace Giveaway

WORN for Peace Giveaway

Did you know June is World Refugee Month? What better time to support and share the WORN story! (it’s as if i planned it this way or something!) After yesterday, I’m going to keep today’s post short and simple. “LIKE” the WORN Facebook page to be entered for a chance to win this lovely Nantucket knit...
Staying Flexible

Staying Flexible

Yesterday afternoon a tree fell over in our backyard during an especially ferocious thunderstorm and took out all of our electricity. I’m now writing this post from the bustling headquarters of my local Starbucks. Earlier in the week when David was taking these photographs, we had our darling but squirmy pup Ives with us. He...
ShoeMint Giveaway with Hilary Inspired

ShoeMint Giveaway with Hilary Inspired

As if yesterday’s Home Depot patio reveal wasn’t enough excitement for one week, today I’m happy to announce a special giveaway from ShoeMint for Hilary Inspired readers. (Hold onto your hats, folks… I told you I had some big projects in the works. Things are just getting started around here!) For the past couple months,...
In Gatsby Fashion

In Gatsby Fashion

A simple white dress, grecian inspired ankle wrap sandals, and a hand-painted head scarf… ingredients for an outfit with Gatsby appeal and hot weather functionality. The clean cut of the white shift dress is unfussy and easy to wear, which is perhaps why I have so many in my closet! It’s simplicity never gets old....
Introducing... The Lovely Hunter

Introducing… The Lovely Hunter

Today, I’d like you all to give a warm, hardy welcome to my second sponsor (you may have noticed her ad in my sidebar for the past couple weeks), The Lovely Hunter! I met Sofia, curator and owner of the vintage shop The Lovely Hunter, while shopping The Dallas Flea with my friend Erin last...
About Bugs in Bracelets

About Bugs in Bracelets

David and I both agree, I could use a little more edge. It’s not exactly in my personality to be edgy… I’d sooner choose a 50s sun dress over a leather studded handbag. And that’s okay with me! But every once in a while a person feels the need to step out of their shell...
Stepping Pretty with ShoeMint

Stepping Pretty with ShoeMint

To say I’m simply excited to share today’s post is an understatement. For the past two years, I’ve blogged through this online space purely for the joy of sharing. That hasn’t changed in the least!! However, today I’m thrilled to announce a new development along my blogging path that will hopefully allow me the opportunity...
On the Fence

On the Fence

When visiting a hip city such as Austin, the idea is usually to dress the part and join in the experience of your surroundings. In Austin, that’s definitely a sort of relaxed cowboy, rock and roll meets Whole Foods meets the great outdoors kind of vibe. Not exactly my signature look. In an honest attempt...
More Than Just a Scarf

More Than Just a Scarf

I want to discuss for a moment the plight of the silk scarf. First of all, what happened to it? Sometime between the bohemian styles of the seventies and the bold patterns of the eighties, they were eclipsed by a trendier set of pashmina and wool shawls. You know what piece I’m referring to… We’ve...
Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction

I am one of those people who is greatly affected by my environment… I mean, really affected! When my house is a mess, I don’t function well and find myself less able to work creatively and efficiently. Organization fuels my ability to work outside the box, and that’s a trait that I realize isn’t the...
Small Shop {out-takes}

Small Shop {out-takes}

In case you missed my guest post for Erika of small shop talk earlier this week, here are a few out-takes from my “One Dress, Three Ways” post. David helped me tremendously with the photography (he’s becoming quite the pro!). While editing is an important part of the publishing process, I thought it was still...
One Dress - Three Ways

One Dress – Three Ways

I love an excuse to get dressed up!! So naturally the winter holiday season is one of my favorite times of year. As you’ll see below, today’s post is a teaser for my guest feature on fellow-blogger Erika Bretchel’s blog, small shop talk. Take a moment to visit her site and learn how I styled...
The Floral Blouse

The Floral Blouse

Transitional dressing is in full swing now. Since the beginning of last month, I have worked my Spring/ Summer clothes for all they are worth and have now begun to pull from my Fall wardrobe. One of my favorite go-to’s right now is this sweet floral blouse. It pairs so well with so many different...
Cuff & Collar

Cuff & Collar

Today’s post description is very short. Not only am I terribly busy but I think I’ve already caught the holiday itch… it’s time for Thanksgiving, no doubt about it! On Sunday, I wore this favorite vintage shift dress. I love the simplicity of it and the way it makes me feel sort of modern. I...
Layer Season

Layer Season

Finally, FINALLY the weather here is catching cold. It has been in the 70s and 80s for the longest time, which isn’t necessarily bad… but it is November. Something about short sleeves in November just feels weird. Now that there is a significant chill in the air, it’s time to begin layering again. In Texas,...
Change is in the Air

Change is in the Air

…Or was. Alas it’s warmed up a bit since we took these photos. But for several days there, we had cool weather here in Texas. In fact, cool enough that we even turned on the heat… in late October… imagine that! Even though we’ve relapsed slightly, I feel certain that change is in the air...