Gallery Wall

Hello hello, long lost blog.  What can I say to excuse my absence except that bar exam studying calls?  Anyway, moving on.

As I prepare to move into a new, downtown apartment I’ve been obsessing really thinking a lot about how I’ll decorate it–this being my first time to actually “decorate” in a non-student living space.  One conundrum–how to place a TV in the space without getting that ugly man cave-esque entertainment center corner.

Solution:  the gallery wall.


Can’t wait to install a version of this in my own place.  It solves (a) the man cave problem and (b) presents a place to put all my books/photos on full frontal display.  Since I won’t have built-ins installed in a rental, I’ve been thinking of other ways to create this look without custom shelving.

First, the Ikea Expedit TV storage unit:

Also, (thanks to Beth) I’m thinking of doing a wall with floating shelves and one long low bookcase on the bottom.  I’ll keep you posted on the progress!


Be Bold

Speaking of ikat…

Some days, you’re just feeling bold. Today is one of those days.

-ikat polka dot dress, on sale from Kohls
-Lands End Canvas cardigan in orange spice

Gotta Have It

So, I didn’t set out to write a blog about shopping, but after I’ve spent all day sitting at THIS PLACE,…also known as a warehouse on does-it-even-go-this-far-north Lamar, its hard to get inspired to say something profound.  Just when you thought law school was behind you–smack!–welcome to the bar exam review course.

What better than a trip to Anthropologie to ease my first day woes.  And as I drove into the parking lot, what did I see but that beautiful red banner shining in the window with that one magic word, music to my ears, four simple letters pronouncing the official turning point in my formerly no good very bad day.  SALE.

And what did I find?  First, housewares.  Most impressed with these beauties, which I did not buy but might go back for.

But what I really just have to show you is this–the piece de resistance of the sale today and a truly great building block for the newly minted savvy  lawyer wardrobe, marked down from $150 to a staggering $39.99!  Feast your eyes on tweed that might make Coco herself bat an eye:

Admittedly, this is a fall/winter piece that would need to be shelved for at least six months, but for me it is the rare find of a tweed jacket that doesn’t make me feel like my grandmother when I wear it.  Its also perfect to be worn casually with jeans and a tee or over a black suiting dress with pearls for a very sophisticated working look.  Its not available online, so please run, don’t walk to your nearest Anthropologie and snatch this up.

Forever: Then and Now

There was a time in my life when I’m pretty sure certain I ran around Austin scooping up every slinky knit jersey dress that was to be found.  If it had a low front, low back, or was a spandex blend, I’d find it.  See Exhibits A and B:

And for every devotee, there is a mecca, right?

(Angels singing)…..Forever 21.  Originator of, I swear, at least 75% of my closet throughout college, and master of the slinky knit jersey dress.  But whether its due to age, improved fashion sense, or increase in wobbly bits, my love of knit jersey has gone by the wayside.

Though today, I’m proud to say that Forever is no longer my one-stop shopping destination, it is still a great source for diamonds in the rough.  I have to dig more, inspect closely, and many times I leave the store empty-handed, but occasionally there are real gems to be found.  Tops and dresses that people never guess are from Forever when I’m wearing them.  Like this beauty from the new, more conservative (read: not meant to fit a 14 year old) line:

100% silk for only 29.80??? Sold.  (Actually, I ordered this and I’m keeping my fingers crossed it comes in time to style it up with a brown woven belt and hit the town for my birthday this weekend).  Which brings me to my Forever 21 buying rules of today:

1.  Material. This is number one for a reason, and you have to be careful here.  Occasionally they do all-silk pieces, which are always sure to be mistaken as non-Forever, more expensive wear.  Generally, avoid all polyester, rayon blends, and certainly knit jersey.

2.  Details. Sometimes Forever pieces look great in the front, and then they will have totally skimped in back, doing some lousy spaghetti strap where continuation of the one shoulder front should have been.  Or, they will give themselves away by those obviously cheap buttons or ragged seams.

3.  Fit. I don’t know who the fit models for Forever 21 are, but I’m fairly certain they are 13 and malnourished.  At this store I must be diligent in watching for hemlines that are too short, skirts that are too tight, and armholes that cause a bulge.  I refuse to allow myself to succumb to the siren song of the $13.80 price tag when I look like a sausage poured into its casing.

And with those rules, anyone can transform Forever 21 into their own Mecca for “I can’t believe its from Forever!” pieces to love.


I sincerely hope that today marks the very last day I will ever sit in one of these.

Ahh, the law library.  We have had such a love/hate relationship over the years…most of the time, I hate you.  Until those certain days roll around where I have to, just have to, bury myself in the most serious of study caves and knock things out.  And then I love need you.   So, I wade through the undergrads studying powerpoint slides–shooting an occasional scornful look toward their pink Nike running shorts and Communication Studies textbooks–and find my place here.  And yes, gchat and Diet Coke are study essentials.

Also, a word on study attire.  Although its very easy to let oneself slide into the deep dark bowels of the fashion wasteland (see:  old college t-shirts, yoga pants, dreaded running shorts), most days I try not to let my three-day-old hair deter me from putting just a smidge of effort into my outfit for the day.  Even if only to end up in the cubicles.  My latest effort, as seen below:

silk shell by Old Navy (purchased last year)

Anthropologie orange skirt

sandals by Lands End Canvas, which I highly recommend for quality and affordability

Hello, Tuesday

Beautiful Garden Rose found at decor8blog, one of my favorites

Good morning (er, afternoon) world.  Its time for yours truly to, alas, morph into productive law student mode and finish up my final papers as a law student student, period. (WOW!)  Let’s get going.  But first, an important little note to share.

Dear Eliza J Sheath Dress from the Nordstrom website,

Ever since we met last week, I can’t stop thinking about you.  I think you would be a perfect compliment to my soon-to-be lawyer life.  Please restock in size 6 and go on sale.



Anchors Away


If I can’t be on a yacht in the South of France, at least I can lust over these adorable (and affordable!)  nautical-inspired pieces.

Nautical Striped Tee by Lands End Canvas available here, only $29.50.  I would like to buy and pair with a white high waist circle skirt or white skinny jeans.

Orange Coral Pillow by Etsy Seller Kainkain, sold here for $19.

Miss Trish for Target Seahorse sandal.  A huge bargain at $24.50, buy them here quick before they sell out!

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