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BROKEN IN

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Almost everything in life is just a little better when broken-in.

This past weekend marked one year of living in Dallas and it’s starting to finally feel like home.  I have my go-to places, my friends and now a workout routine that I am trying to stick with.  With life being a little hectic lately, it is nice to feel a little “broken-in”.

I was thinking back to where I was a year ago today and thinking about how much has changed and yet, how much has stayed the same.  I had just started my new job, moved into our house , and did not know very many people. Today I am still with the same job, live in the same house but now I have friends that I can count on for just about anything. For me, friends are what make everything feel a little bit more broken-in.

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Gap Broken-in Straight Pants / BCBG Textured Layered Top / Nude Heels / Kate Spade Flat Clutch (similar here) / Bauble Bar Ear Jackets (c/0) / Celine Sunglasses (borrowed from Merritt) / Capwell & Co Classic Knot Bracelet (c/o) / Gorjana Star Pave Bracelet (c/o)

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MIX AND MINGLE

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This Valentine’s Day was one for the books.  Not in a romantic getaway kind of way like the Mr. has done in the past, but instead yesterday we spent the day exploring all over Arizona shooting for our next SMP feature (a blogger girls dream). There will be lots more to come on that in a few weeks, but in the meantime if you can’t wait there is a sneak peek over on my Instagram.

While my friends in the Northeast are freezing their booties off this weekend (and still today), Patrick and I were enjoying 75 degrees and sunny.  Definitely no complaints here.   I even pulled out my shorts (and scary white legs).  If you are a regular here, you notice I wear a lot of jeans.  When I am not working from my home office in my Lululemon pants and a sweatshirt, my office attire is still casual. Stocking up on good jeans is essential. I am normally a designer jeans kind of girl but the other day I made a stop into the Gap to look at their denim and tried on their new Resolution skinnies.  Guys, they are so comfortable and for any of you petites out there, they don’t need to be hemmed.  That is really any short girls’ dream.

Gap Resolution Skinny Jeans / J.Crew Check Shirt / LOFT Tweed Stripe Sweatshirt / Chloe Crossbody Bag (from my sweet Valentine) / Manolo Blahnik Heels / Celine Sunglasses  / Screw Bracelet (similar) / Safety Pin Ring / Catbird Rings / J.Crew Stack Bracelets / BaubleBar Ice Stud Earrings (c/o)


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photography by Merritt Beck

THESE SHOES

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These shoes are made for walking..

Ha. Just kidding, but seriously these Tieks are the most comfortable flats I have ever worn.  I know most people think when your petite, you should never wear flats (aka my momma who is also a little lady), but I have always followed my own rules when it comes to footwear.  Since I work in a very casual environment- just think: Lululemons and Nikes everyday, I am always in flats.

My friend Hallie always raves about her Tieks and how great they are so for living in New York. I can finally attest to how comfy these shoes really are and how they fold up and fit into a small purse. Genius! When I was in New York last week, I carried these babies with me everywhere.  I knew 5inch heels on cobblestone streets, in the West Village and add a few glasses of wine could turn into a complete disaster.  Needless to say, they were a lifesaver. Now that I am back in Dallas, I have been wearing these black leather ones with just about everything.

Also, I have been on such a jeans kick lately and I really cannot get enough of these new Frame ones. To add to my addiction, Piperlime is having 30% off all styles using the code GOODJEANS. You’re welcome :)

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Black Leather Tiek Flats (c/o) / Zara Jeans (old- similar here) / Gap Fitted Boyfriend Oxford / Vince Sweater Coat (on sale!)/ Clare Vivier Clutch / Dana Rebecca Joy Necklace / Celine Sunglasses 


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STYLE DETAILS: OVERCOATS AND SWEATERS

STYLEDETAILS-COATSANDSWEATERSNothing new here, but a definite trend this winter is chunky sweaters and turtlenecks with an oversized coat.  All I want to think about is Spring lately, but we all know (at least for most of the country) that Spring is far far away. Most of our days will be cold, wet or snowy. I know it’s a little depressing to think about.

One of my favorite combos as of late, is my GAP sweater and an oversized coat.  Being, as my mom likes to call it, petite, this trend can be a little tricky for a small frame.  If there are other petite (short) girls out there, my suggestion is invest in tailoring. This, again, is something I learned from my momma. She is petite like me and also worked in retail during my childhood, so making trips to the tailor were totally normal at our house. Ever since she bought me my first pair of designer jeans the tailor has become my best friend.  For any petite friends out there, if you want to wear an oversized coat without looking like your wearing your dad’s jacket, I suggest getting the arms shortened, taken in a bit and hem the bottom of the coat to hit you at your best spot.

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SWEATERS

 

OVERCOATS

* Also, the winner of the Garden of Flavor Juice Cleanse is Tiffany Troutman. Congratulations and you should have an email in your inbox :)

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A HIDDEN GEM

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Yesterday was one of those days, just the two of us. To be honest, most of the time it is just the two of us (if you haven’t noticed already from Instagram).  Living in a town where we don’t know a sole except for co-workers and the next big city is a little less than an hour away, it is hard to meet friends. I guess it is just another sign of getting older, so for now it’s just the two of us and I am okay with it.

One thing is we both love is adventure; finding and trying new places, traveling, and stumbling upon those hidden gems in cities that only the locals know about.  So as the new year is well on its way, the jet setting continues… stay tuned because there are new and old cities on our list this year.  Next stop NYC.

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Oversize Wool Tartan Overcoat (c/o)– sold out (similar here)/ Baldwin Denim Ten Skinny in White (Spring 2014 collection here) / GAP Cowlneck Sweater (on sale- 50% off) / Charles David Boots (last season- similar here) / Essie ‘Stylenomics’ Nailpolish / NARS ‘Heatwave’ Lipstick / Churchill Sunglasses / Tory Burch Clutch (old- love this one) / Catbird Threadbare Stacking Rings / Golden Open Bangle / David Yurman Heart Bangle / JewelMint Bracelet

 

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photography by PRS for A Dash of Details

LOVE YOU, FRIDAY

Another week on the books, and let me tell ya folks I really never thought it was going to end.  With the Holidays approaching at a rapid pace, these weeks leading up to all of the fun are seriously dragging. I have so many fun things planned for this blog as well as lots of traveling this holiday season that I cannot wait to share! So this weekends plan involves getting ahead of all of my work because next week starts my official kick- off to the Holidays! 

If you are in the shopping mood, there are tons of great sales happening. I found this amazing GAP coat for 40% off and J.Crew is having a crazy good sale- an extra 40% off sale items.  This statement necklace is perfect for a basic black sweater. If you are looking for a party dress, Anthro is having an extra 20% off. Seriously obsessing over this green number, this LBD and really wanting this figure flattering mini.  Happy Weekend loves!

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