Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My Winter Wardrobe Staples

This winter I've been hooked on black leggings (today I'm going on three days in a row). They are insanely comfortable and somewhat flattering to my apple figure.

But I have three rules of thumb:

1) My top must adequately cover my booty and hips. And typically my tops are pretty loose, which balances nicely with the leggings being form fitting. Today's top is the shortest I'll go (actually I think it's a little too short):



2) If wearing a dress it must hit "above" the knee, otherwise it chops my legs & just looks wrong.

3) Black flats are the way to go. I bought these boots a few months ago thinking I could wear them with leggings, but it looked overdone. I still love my boots, but I now wear them primarily with jeans (sometimes with black hoes & a dress).


And every winter I love a plain, long-sleeved black Tshirt. Clean, flattering, & sophisticated. I own like 5 of them:



What are your winter staples? Cause c'mon girls, we wanna know this stuff....

Monday, December 21, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

My first hem...




And it's slightly crooked and sloppy and...I'm still proud.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Priceless Moment


In Starbucks this morning, I sat next to the most endearing little asian girl in pink polka dotted leg warmers. She sees a female buddhist monk and says, "Mommy, I didn't know women could be bald?" Her mother says, "Yes honey, it's part of their religion." In innocent sincerity she replies, "Maybe she just thought her hair was ugly."

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Girling's are in Town












Most of you know, I lived with the Girling family for a year and a half and nannied their four children. During my college years they really became family to me. But when I first arrived in Dallas, Julia (the cute blondie above) was 5 months old and she is now 9! My gosh. Yeah, this is the first time I've actually felt like an old grown up.

After Stephen and I got married, they moved (with all four children) to Malaysia and began to live among the Malay people. As I was listening to their stories, I thought to myself, "Who wouldn't want to be a missionary?" I shared that thought with Stephen this morning and he said, "Lots of people." That is hard for me to wrap my mind around. I can't imagine anything that would make me happier, honestly. And I think that God's putting his finger on something inside of me again, something that had to die for a season. I desire to live overseas and really, deeply love people, people in another country. I'm open to that again (tears streaming down my face) and I feel hope that I haven't had in a while. We'll see what God opens up.

On a slightly more shallow note, I've been baking lately. And after making 5 dozen oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (with copious amounts of butter) and 3 dozen red velvet cupcakes with homemade cream cheese icing....my pants are tight. Further evidence that I'm not a baker. No will power over here. And I think I'm done with dessert for like three months. No kidding.

Friday, December 4, 2009

April's Pillow

My best friend from high school is by far one of the most thoughtful and organized people I know. I can never keep up with the little things she sends me (on time!) for my birthday. That is why I went to extra care in designing her this pillow (and it was only 7 months late. Yeah... So...).

I enjoyed creating a monogram. I think I'll do more of them in the future.




Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Kellie's Birthday

We celebrated Kellie's birthday in style at Patrizio's this year. Debra came equipped with princess party packs (fun is her middle name) and I came armed with cheesecake & raspberry sauce (dessert is my middle name). What else could a girl need? We had so much fun, they had to (almost) kick us out of the restaurant!