Just plain lovely.
Okay, okay. A little less serious, a little more fun.
What a beautiful weekend. My momma was here for a full five days, and boy did we paint the town red. Between filing taxes, quoting new car insurance, relaxing at the spa, and baking Barefoot Contessa red velvet cupcakes, we even found time to do what we do best. SHOP.
From The Houston Premium Outlets to Highland Village to the Galleria, we inexplicably filled our roles as nonstop shopping machines. Maybe it was the comfort-ability of engaging in an activity we so often enjoyed together back home. Or perhaps it was the the open door to creating a mirage of memories, memories I soon hope we can readily repeat.
It really is true that if you look in all the right places, you don’t have to spend a fortune on clothes. Since my recent departure from the world of casual clothing, I’ve yearned to get my hands on professional pieces. I suppose this is what happens when you spend 40+ hours in a corporate environment five days a week. Surprisingly enough, I am perfectly content with this newfound desire. Dressing for work doesn’t have to be dull and plain. There are ways to make it elegant & stylish, thanks to some advice from my dear mother.
Who would have thought that combining Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and a few other key designers would have turned out so magnificent? Nice work, ladies.
(Wearing white cropped cardigan from Ann Taylor, neck scarf by Ted Baker, tweed pencil skirt by Ann Taylor, shoes by Fioni. Red bag by Kate Spade, gold watch by Peugeot. Photos by Barbara Marvel)
Though I have filled my closet with dozens more items from our shopping extravaganza, these are just a few of my favorite pieces. Nothing is more thrilling than throwing back my closet curtain, only to find myself surrounded by gorgeous and stunning fabrics and threads. Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make the ride so enjoyable. A day perusing storefront displays with my mother, perhaps, is mine.