Well, well, well – look who made it out of sneakers on the blog today. Not that I have a single problem with sneakers and stretch pants everyday because athleisure is currently my lifestyle, but sometimes it’s nice to throw it back to my old uniform: all black with a pop of color or two.
After wearing these jeans 475 times, I decided I needed another pair and decided on a clean, super soft black pair that I have seriously been loving. The dolman sweater is a favorite Christmas gift from Eric that’s sadly only still available in a couple of sizes – if your size is there, I totally recommend grabbing this one. It’s SO soft, and has the perfect long and loose fit that I love. (It’s also long enough to wear with my favorite leggings and – you guessed it – sneakers.)
When it comes to a cute (and affordable) leopard faux fur coat, I’ve been searching for quite a while now. I actually ordered three of them on Black Friday this past year, and none of them fit me quite right. 0 out of 3 – needless to say I was pretty bummed out during that try-on session. There are a ton of pretty options out there like this one (size down), this one (size down two sizes), and this one for a cute cropped look, but when I found the one in today’s post for under $30, I figured it was worth a try. It runs a little on the large size, so if you’re between sizes, I’d probably recommend sizing down, and while it’s definitely not meant for super cold climates, it’s pretty ideal for our Southern California winter.
And now, to tackle one last rainy day this week with our two wild pups. I’m normally a huge fan of the rain, but anyone else ready for a little sunshine this week?
I’m not trying to kill my cold weather based readers or anything, but this weekend in SoCal we basically got a little taste of spring. Saturday was 82 degrees in Huntington Beach, and I had to double-check my phone to make sure it was still January. I legit thought I had time traveled or something, but nope. Still January. While I have no complaints about a little sunshine and warm weather, I was thinking for a minute that MAYBE I overdid it on the faux fur purchases for this year. But then I saw a low of 52 for later this week and thought, nahh, I’m good. (SoCal reasoning, you know?)
Also, I really can’t regret these two faux fur jackets because they are just so cozy and lovely and warm. The two-toned purple and black bomber (that comes in two additional colors and a plus-sized version) was just too fun to pass up. It’s plush and luxe and has the best hood for those ultra chilly days. And the grey and taupe one is a bit sleeker (slimmer) with a super soft knit lining. I scored it as a little souvenir from Jackson Hole, but you can skip the trip and Amazon Prime one right to your door. You really can’t go wrong with either, and they’re both under $100.
And then there’s the rest of the look – the jeans, easy black tee, and comfy metallic sneakers – that I just so happen to be wearing as I type this. It’s come to my attention lately that I definitely have a “uniform” these days, and for good reason. These jeans have become my ultimate go-to pair. They’re high-waisted, comfortable, and hold me in perfectly, and by now, I’ve worn them on the blog about 100 times. If you are looking for a good pair, I can’t recommend these more.
I’ve got an arsenal of black tees these days – short sleeves, long sleeves, and everything in between. Doing laundry lately looks like lots and lots of the same thing, and I’m not mad about it. I like super soft, slightly thicker fabric and a longer length and recently found these for under $15 that are SO good. (I bought 3 of them – no regrets.) And these sneakers are seriously the best. I bought them in camo a few months ago and wore them so much I decided I needed a second color. (I blame Amazon Prime for that one.) . It’s legit the everyday uniform that keeps on giving, and it just works for me.
I get so many questions from readers and friends about the pieces that every closet needs, and I think I’ve decided on this: find what really works for you, something you feel comfortable and confident in (without looking like a slob kabob), and embrace it. Currently, I’m loving that jeans, black tee, and sneakers life (with a fun faux fur every now and then) and invest in pieces like a handbag or piece of jewelry that I’ll have for years and years. (And then I keep said investment pieces away from the wild puppies around here because my mama didn’t raise a fool.)
What are the pieces that you’d consider part of your “uniform” right now?
She joined us just about a month ago, and now that the holiday whirlwind is behind us, I wanted to formally introduce the newest little fur baby in our household. Meet Wilma! That’s right, I’ve completely lost my mind. Two dogs. Anyone who knows me knows that the first pup nearly drove me insane (Remember wayyyyy back here when I shared a little pup-date on baby Weeze?), and now I suppose I’ve really done it.
While Weeze’s wild baby Vizsla phase nearly killed me, we had finally gotten into the easy breezy swing of things around here. A three-mile walk every day and plenty of snuggles, and Weeze and I were two happy campers. So let’s add a wild new one to the bunch, shall we? To be fair, we knew we eventually wanted to add a second dog to the fam but decided to speed things up for Weeze’s biological sister. (Yep, they’ve got the same furry parents.)
While the sleepy times and cute cuddly photos are pretty adorable, trust me when I say it’s been a wild ride this last month. I’ve had lots of messages asking if it’s way harder with two pups (especially from fellow Vizsla parents), and the answer is a little bit yes and mostly no. (As I type this, the rambunctious gremlins are WWE wrestling on my damn Pottery Barn couch, so you know, maybe the jury is still out.)
Personality-wise, they are so very different, and I’ll start off by saying it – Wilma is WILD, y’all. So wild. Eric and I call her “Bonkers” in the morning because girlfriend thinks it’s party time as soon as she breaks free from her crate. She is constantly hungry and on occasion can be found pounding her little paw in an empty food bowl while staring me down. I’m not even kidding. (In those moments, we refer to her as The Hoss.) In general though, she is just so sweet. Her tail is ALWAYS wagging, and she runs and greets every single person with so much love and excitement.
Overall, the puppy phase this time around has definitely been a bit easier. (So far, knock on wood, please, sweet Jesus tell me this is good puppy karma or something.) It really is true what they say – monkey see, monkey do. Wilma wants nothing more than to follow Weeze around all day and do every single thing her big sister is doing (including going to the bathroom OUTSIDE for the most part – glorious). And Weeze in turn has been very…patient. Luckily they get along amazingly during the day, but when Weeze gets a little too tired and old lady crabby, we try to keep little Bonkers away.
Do they make me crazy running around like banshees barking and playing in the house? One hund-o percent. But is it all pretty worth it once they’ve worn each other out and are both trying to squeeze up closer to me on the couch at night? Yeppers. And so, here goes another wild day with these two furry fools – hoping yours is just as fun.
Remember way back in this post I mentioned I had done a little traveling during the holiday months? Well today I’m finally sharing one last trip from 2018, and it was a good one for sure. Immediately after this trip to Jackson Hole (about 12 hours after, to be exact), I hopped on a plane to tag along with Kat at the St. Regis World Snow Polo Championships in Aspen, Colorado.
It was my first time in Aspen and hopefully won’t be my last. The town is beautiful and (to my surprise) pretty laidback, the people we met there could not have been nicer, and the St. Regis Aspen Resort was like a glorious holiday home away from home. Scroll down for a few of my favorite, must-see / eat / do spots in Aspen.
The St. Regis Aspen Resort – This was actually my first time staying at a St. Regis property, and oh man was this a good place to start. (And at Christmas time, no less.) The hotel itself was so beautiful with a plush lounge area for warming up by the fire, a quaint little library area, an outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi with serious views, the most delicious cocoa that I’m still dreaming about, and a beyond adorable and lovable hotel pup named Kitty.
The rooms were ultra plush with big, comfy bedding, tons of closet space, views of snowy Aspen, and a bathroom that was straight out of a design magazine. (I somehow didn’t snap photos of the room, but you can see a couple over on Kat’s recap.) The staff and service were phenomenal, and the location is ideal: ski-in / ski-out for those living their best sporty life and easily walkable to town sights, restaurants, and shops. It was also a super quick shuttle ride from the airport.
Drinks and apps at Mountain Social – After arriving to the hotel, we roamed around getting the lay of the land, snapped a couple of photos, and then settled in on a plush velvet couch at Mountain Social in the hotel lobby for some late afternoon nosh. We split a Caesar salad and the truffle fries because, you know, balance.
Dinner at 7908 Aspen – The welcome dinner on the first evening was just a couple of blocks’ walk from the hotel, and wouldn’t you know I find myself staring at a Southern-influenced menu? The chef at 7908 is whipping up New Orleans favorites like shrimp and grits, gumbo, and gulf red snapper, and everything I tried was delicious. As a table, we decided to split ALL of the vegetable sides with our meals, and I would highly recommend any of them. The carrot soufflé and crispy brussels were killer, and everyone who ordered the fried chicken raved about it.
Remède Spa at St. Regis Aspen – While others on the trip woke up and hit the slopes, Kat and I woke up and hit the spa for what was hands-down one of the best facials of my life. I’m pretty sure if I could make facials from Paige at the St. Regis a regular occurrence, I might just start Benjamin Button-ing. The spa itself is so pretty with ALL the things to accompany your treatment: sauna, steam room, plunge pool, waterfall room, and an oxygen room to help kick any fatigue from the altitude.
Lunch at White House Tavern – I believe someone recommended this place to Kat, and as soon as we walked in I was like, yep – this is the spot. It’s tiny but cozy, and while the salad we shared was meh, the fried chicken sandwich (which is served like sliders) was maybe the best I’ve ever had. So crispy and delicious, and that bread! I’m pretty sure I was telling random strangers that they should hit up White House Tavern after this lunch.
Shopping in Downtown Aspen – After a “light lunch” of fried chicken and a beer (oops), we decided to walk it off and pop into a few shops. The downtown area of Aspen is pretty small, but though she be but little, she is fierce in the shopping department. High end brands like Prada, Gucci, and Ralph Lauren mingle perfectly with smaller favorites like The Little Bird (packed with killer consignments), Forty Five Ten, and Olive LA.
St. Regis Midnight Supper – The Midnight Supper is an exclusive St. Regis dinner ritual that’s been around since the start of the hotel, and I’m so lucky that I got to experience one firsthand. It’s a super swank affair with several courses, wine pairings, beautiful decor, and (in my case) dinner convo with some new friends. Besides my girl Kathleen, I spent the evening chatting with Hallie (check out her blog Hallie Daily) and the fun team from Blade and Bow Whiskey.
Breakfast at The Velvet Buck – This cute little spot is also located inside the St. Regis, and after having their breakfast on our last morning, I was wishing we could’ve stuck around for a few more meals. The Breakfast BLT is seriously where it’s at, and the fresh squeezed Detoxify juice was just what we needed after Midnight Supper-ing and experiencing a bit of Aspen nightlife.
St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship – And now for the main event. The World Snow Polo Championship hosted by the St. Regis was the whole reason for the trip. I’ll be honest. I wasn’t familiar with snow polo before this trip, but now that I know, I’m thinking I’ve been missing out on my new favorite sport for all these years. The match itself is exciting, and watching it from a fully catered, heated tent with the bellowing voice of a polo announcer who’s just as enthused as one would think? It’s the blissfully bougie (and surprisingly un-uptight) event to see…and be seen.
Yurt Village / EMP Winter House – The St. Regis currently has a pop-up yurt village right outside that features the most beautifully decorated (and heated) yurts. It’s exclusive to AmEx card holders and currently taking reservations for dinners. On our last night, Kat and I joined the Blade and Bow Whiskey team (you can find it here) for Blade and Bow hot ciders, pastas, apps, and the MOST amazing Alpine Fondue that I’ll likely never forget. We’re talking the cold weather, cheese-lover’s dream served up in a yurt…with Baked Alaska for desert.
This year we once again found ourselves in the penthouse at the White Buffalo Club. (I highlighted that in this post, and while it sounds and is way bougie, it’s so ideal and actually affordable for a group.) When people ask why we love Jackson so much, it’s really hard to pin it down. This trip, we roamed, we listened to live music, some skied or snowboarded, I once again met up with Erin to snap a few photos, we ate ALL the food, and mostly, had all the laughs. Below are a few tried and true favorites and a couple of new spots that we loved.
Breakfast at Persephone Bakery – The last couple of times that we visited Jackson, we picked up a few delicious pastries from Persephone, but this time, Erin suggested trying the full-on breakfast menu there after we shot a few photos around town. And OH MAN. It’s pretty much a full menu of everything I want to eat for breakfast. I was seriously tempted by the bread pudding French toast, thought hard about the shakshuka, and eventually landed on the Scone Skillet (a gussied-up version of biscuits and gravy) and had no regrets.
Dinner at The Silver Dollar Bar at The Wort Hotel – During our first full day, most members of our group were snowboarding, so when it came time for dinner, we were all pretty beat. (We even had tickets for a concert in Teton Village that night that we opted to skip.) So we picked an old favorite that we stop in once (or several times) every time we visit Jackson. The Silver Dollar Bar is a comfy spot with live music, friendly staff, and hearty food to keep you warm, and we always eat in the bar where it’s casual and cozy. I usually go for the chili, but a friend ordered the beef pot pie which was the table favorite.
Breakfast at Cafe Genevieve – Be still my Southern heart, Cafe Genevieve was just as good as I remembered. It’s seriously the coziest little cafe that feels like you’re in someone’s home, and the menu is packed full of things I want to order. This time we slept in a bit so I was feeling more of a lunch mood. The grilled cheese and tomato soup did not disappoint, and neither did the bloody Mary complete with candied bacon. YUM!
Beer flights at Snake River Brewing – With full bellies and a few free days ahead of us, we set out to explore, and what do you know, after a swing through Town Square, I led our group right over to Snake River Brewing. I remembered that when we visited the year before, there was a wood-burning fire so that we could warm up while having a local brew. This year, the fireplace was empty, but the $15 beer flights (and a giant soft pretzel for me) kept our group happy for a while.
Lunch or afternoon snacks at Bin 22 – This favorite little wine market is only about a block or two from The White Buffalo Club, so obviously we found ourselves back at the Bin…several times. Grab a bottle of wine for the road, or sit down and stay a while with meats, cheeses, and small plates. Eric fell in love with the oxtail soup here this trip, made everyone go back the next day to try it, and has been raving about it ever since. I can’t really speak on the oxtail soup (I didn’t try it, sorry!), but I was super jazzed on the housemade meatball.
Dinner at The Blue Lion – This one was a new one for us. It came highly recommended and is located literally about 10 steps from our door at the White Buffalo Club, so it was a no-brainer for dinner one night. It’s a dinner-only spot situated in an old house and has live acoustic guitar music most nights – basically, it’s cute AF. Most of our group had the lamb or the elk and enjoyed it, and I loved the trout amandine. We would definitely go back here on future trips.
Brunch at The Bird – Bird, bird, bird…Bird is the word. Eric and I LOVED stopping into The Bird over the summer, and on this trip, it was a collective group favorite again. We Ubered over to The Bird (it’s a bit out of town) and ended up spending more than a couple of hours watching the snow, catching a couple of games, mimosa-ing, and (duh) eating the dank ass food. For me, the burgers are where it’s at, and with a ton of options to choose from, I’m going with the American cheese, grilled onion, and fried egg covered Slue. Don’t judge me. And once you’re fat, full, and happy, hop in their shuttle for a free ride home.
Sleigh ride through the National Elk Reserve – Jackson is home to a huge National Elk Reserve, and the last time that I ventured into it, we were a little too early for the elk. For this trip, though, we were right on time, so we took a horse-drawn sleigh through the reserve. The whole tour took about an hour, and while it was admittedly a little uneventful at times, we did get to see some pretty big elk up close and personal which made it totally worth the $25 (per person) we spent. Also a side note: bundle up because it’s COLD in the winter.
Drinks and chili at the Rustic Inn – After the sleigh ride we headed across the street to the Rustic for a drink before dinner and mostly to thaw out. The bar slash restaurant area is tiny but so cozy, and the staff that we met was super friendly. The whole inn (resort really) is situated creekside and boasts some pretty sweet creekside rooms and cabins. Eric and I hadn’t even heard about this place before, but we’ve decided we definitely want to try and stay here on a future trip.
Apps at Snake River Grill – I’ve chatted about this place in my previous two Jackson recaps, but good God, Eric and I love Snake River Grill. The main courses are seriously dee-lish, but this time around we stacked up the apps and went IN on the small plates. The steak tartare pizza is Eric’s go-to, and the lobster spring rolls and truffle tagliatelle pasta are new faves of mine.
Drinks and snacks at Roadhouse Brewing Co. – This is a newer spot right on the Town Square that we stopped into before heading to the airport, and the beers that I tried were GOOD. I loved that we could create our own flight of locally-brewed beers, but I will admit that the service here was…bananas…in a bad way. (To be fair, they were brand new, so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt on that one.)
And just like that, it’s Christmas Eve, y’all. And I’ve got one thing to say about it: WILD. The holidays always seem to fly by, but this year in particular, I’m over here scratching my head wondering where the last month has gone. I’m sure it’s because, as I mentioned in my last post, I’ve spent lots of time traveling over the last month or so (and this year in general).
Warm weather trips, cold weather gear, dressy staples, casual exploring gear – I’ve packed and unpacked a few times this year, and I have to say, I’ve gotten pretty good at it. I am ALL about our hard case luggage from Ricardo Beverly Hills. It’s been tough enough to last through a ton of trips and fits SO. MUCH. STUFF. (Because let’s be real, I’m not always the best at editing down the packing list.)
And when it comes to carry-on luggage or just a bag for short trips or errands around town, I seriously love everything MZ Wallace. My friend Jenn introduced me to the brand years ago, and I’ve now got a few different styles. The fabric is super durable, there are a ton of interior pockets and pouches, and the straps are so comfortable to carry all day long.
The latest bag I’m loving? The Large Metro Tote is seriously so nice. I love the larger size, the zipper closure at the top, and the sleek, easy design. I used this tote on a recent trip home to Louisiana with Weeze and managed to fit a full-sized blanket, my computer, and ALL of the other puppy necessities with room to spare. I put all my purse essentials in the Metro Pouch and used it as a clutch once we got to New Orleans.
If you’ve got travel planned for the new year and want to get organized, check out MZ Wallace to get your act together, girl. Merry Christmas Eve, friends!
Happy Thanksgiving week, friends! While I’m mentally preparing myself for the food coma ahead (or, let’s be honest – I’ve been in a food coma since arriving in Louisiana on Monday), I’m doing a little deal-loving happy dance over here because the Black Friday sales just seem to hit earlier and earlier every year. And I, for one, am certainly not mad at it. Just shop the sales, eat the bird, and spend a little time with family and friends instead of focusing on that old school Black Friday dash.
And today I’m kicking things off with some tried and true favorites from the Shopbop sale. This is the Black Friday sale I look forward to every year. For the second year in a row, I’ve used the sale to stock up on a few cold weather essentials for our upcoming trip to Jackson Hole. (If you’ve got a cold weather trip coming up, I can’t recommend these Hunter boots, boot socks, shearling inserts, and chunky scarf more.)
It’s a Buy More, Save More sale, so the more you spend, the bigger the percentage off. Just use code MORE18 at checkout. Scroll through to see more of my favorites that are on sale and some brand new goodies that should be arriving to my door any minute now. The anticipation, y’all. Happy shopping, friends!
I know what you’re thinking – another day, another jeans and sneakers get-up. And to be fair, I’ve worn the hell out of these jeans around here lately. (See this post and this one.) But when I came across these photos from New Orleans that somehow slipped my mind, I just had to share this faux suede jacket.
In lightweight versions or something a little heavier, it’s hard to beat a little faux suede jacket for fall. It’s the best throw on and go jacket with your favorite denim or layered over a lightweight sweater dress. Sadly this Lysse pretty is sold out (similar color here though), but I’m rounding up a few more options below, in so many price points, fits, and colors. In particular, I’m loving this one (under $60!), this two-tone, and this reversible one.
If you ask me what my least favorite trend of the moment would be, my answer is hands-down, without a doubt the whole “dad sneaker” thing. I mean what in the world are we thinking, fashion friends? It’s gonna be a big fat NO from me, dawg, and while we’re at it, I’ll go ahead and throw in the Kardashian-esque horrendous bike shorts and tiny 90’s sunglasses that are flattering on literally no one’s faces. More power to you if you’re into these things, but I’m just unapologetically NOT here for it.
Now something I can get behind? Sneakers of so many styles and colors – just not the dad variety. I’ve been on board the sneaker train for a while, but last fall is when I really kicked most of my booties to the curb in favor of my favorite comfy kicks. I’m obsessed with this athletic-inspired pair, can’t get enough of this comfy grey pair, and have worn these leopard sneaks more times than I could ever count.
And I’ve already started adding to the collection this season starting with the metallic leopard sneakers above. Y’all, these are fur-lined and seriously feel like walking on a cushy cloud. I can’t recommend these enough for pairing with jeans, jogggers, my favorite faux leather leggings, or even this gold skirt. (That look is coming to the blog soon.) I also just recently purchased this pair that I L-O-V-E.
So today I’m rounding up a few more favorite pairs of the moment because when it comes to sneaker love, I just can’t get enough. Hope everyone is having a great week!
Another day, another step closer to fall, and I’m one happy camper about it. Now don’t get me wrong. I love summer just as much as the next cat, but when I’m sick of the heat, I’m really SICK of it. I’m ready for pumpkin spice things (#basic), football games, and some breezy, pleasant weather. Bring on the sweaters, jackets, booties, Spanx leggings, and the comfiest high rise denim I own.
I’ve noticed the last couple of seasons that “high rise denim” sometimes is NOT very high rise at all, but I really can’t say enough good things about the high rise pairs I’ve snagged from Madewell. (You can find other favorite pairs here and here.) The rise is actually high enough, the denim is comfortable and flattering, and they’re available in SO many washes and style variations. They’re also pretty well-priced (with a ton of pairs under $100 right now), and some styles (like the pair I’m wearing) come in sizes 23 to 37.
Annnnd since today’s post is clearly all about singing Madewell’s praises (not sponsored), well then I guess I have to mention the mules too, right? Y’all, prepare to see these leopard flats a bunch this fall. They are so comfortable and pair just as easily with a basic black dress as they do with a bold floral jacket, and I’ll be wearing them on repeat for sure.
What are some of the cool weather staples you can’t wait to pull out this year?