Highlighting History in Your Home

Friday, October 20, 2017
M wooden sign hanging in kitchen

One of the biggest trends right now, at least in terms of home decor, is turning something old into something new and appreciating the history behind it. You can thank Joanna Gaines for that. I fully support the trend, so much so that I bought my own historic 1920s home exactly one year ago.

Since purchasing the White House on the Prairie, my husband and I (with the help of an incredible contractor) completely renovated, remodeled and redesigned our dream home. It was a HUGE task that took a lot of time and money, but it is something I will forever be proud of! I love coming home and feel so lucky to live here.

One of my favorite parts of the process was getting to decorate and put my touch on everything. Since it is a historical home in a historical preservation area, I wanted our decor to balance out the new and the old and play a part in telling the story of the home (and of our city and state). One of my favorite decor pieces, which is hanging on the wall next to our kitchen bar top, has the coolest story behind it. The history and background of the piece makes me love it even more.

AOK Guide to OKC

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Guide to OKC with Birds Eye View of Downtown

Between hopping around Europe and traveling to several U.S. destinations in the last year, I've written my fair share of travel guides. I figured it was due time I add my own city to the line up, since I know it best! I actually grew up outside of Dallas/Denton, but have fallen head over heels with Oklahoma City since moving here after graduating from Oklahoma State University almost six years ago. I'm so glad I get to call OKC home and #SeeOKC grow!

Oklahoma City: Population 1.3 million. The 8th largest city in the U.S. in terms of landmass. More than just a flyover state. Home of the first shopping cart and parking meter. Where the wind comes sweeping down the plain. The capital of Oklahoma. Home-sweet-homa.

Shopping At SheIn

Monday, October 16, 2017
Girl wearing a tassel sweater in pumpkin patch
Sequin Sweater c/o SheIn | White Hi-Rise Skinnies ($15), also love these! | OTK Boots, Similar Here
Happy Monday loves! I hope you had an incredible weekend. Mine was filled with lots of orange: OSU homecoming and pumpkin everything. Fall weather has finally sorta-kinda made an appearance in Oklahoma and I've been loving every second. Basic is beautiful, amirite?!

I've had several folks ask me recently for my thoughts and experiences with SheIn, so I thought I'd share them with the masses. According to their website, SheIn offers on-trend styles that won't break the bank and prides itself on being "the ultimate one-stop-shop for the modern yet economical fashionista." In my opinion, SheIn offers a HUGE selection of trendy, fashion forward statement pieces for every season at an extremely affordable price. BUT, that being said, you often times get what you pay for. Let me break it down for you.....

Friday Favorites

Friday, October 13, 2017
Orange Fountain at Oklahoma State Homecoming

We made it - happy Friday! It is an especially happy [orange] Friday around here because it is Oklahoma State's Homecoming Weekend, otherwise known as America's Greatest Homecoming Celebration. This year's theme is "Herald Your Fame" - I can't wait to see it brought to life!

Each year, sororities and fraternities team up to create house decs, aka giant floats attached to their houses, to match the homecoming theme. The students spend hours on hours on hours pomping (sticking tissue paper into chicken wire) to create incredible, larger than life designs. Man, I do not miss those days one bit, ha! Nearly 100,000 alumni, family and students participate in "Walk Around" the Friday evening before Homecoming to see all the decorated houses. It is such a fun Stillwater tradition to experience.

There are a bajillion more traditions (like the orange fountain pictured above that makes me want to drink a Sunkist) and they all hold a special place in my heart. Forever loyal and true!

OKC Staycation, Part 2: Kick Back & Relax

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
OKC Wheeler District Ferris Wheel

If you read Part 1 of my OKC Staycation series, you know I had a bad case of the post-vacation blues after vacationing in London, Paris and Rome. The blues were quickly cured, though, after my husband and I staycationed in OKC and explored our own city from a tourist's perspective.

One of our favorite parts of traveling is eating our way through a city. Some might say we're foodies....I say we're self-proclaimed food critics. To put it simply, we just really appreciate and enjoy good, authentic food from local establishments. In our honest opinion, Oklahoma City has just as good of food as anywhere in the world! No lie. New York, London, Paris, Rome, Seattle, Austin..... We've toured them all, yet we still prefer many of the restaurants in our own backyard. It is so fun to #SeeOKC's food scene grow and flourish before our own eyes (and mouths).

I already shared what we did on our staycation, but now I want to talk about how we relaxed. AKA, where we stayed and where we ate!

Columbus Day Sales

Monday, October 9, 2017

My favorite kind of Mondays are those that are part of a three-day-weekend! I hope you have today off work so you can enjoy sipping coffee on the couch in your PJs while watching Netflix. You know that's how I'm spending my morning! As you can see, Kylo approves.

Regardless of if you're at home or at the office, you can take advantage of some superb Columbus Day Sales online. I rounded up a few sales at my favorites places to shop and am sharing a few of my favorite picks in the widget below. I already snagged some of them myself!

OKC Staycation, Part 1: The Adventure

Friday, October 6, 2017
Standing in front of the Myriad Botanical Gardens Crystal Bridge Conservatory
Gucci Dupe T, Very Similar Here, Gucci Version Here | Similar Bomber Jacket | Shorts | Belt | Prada Sunnies, Similar Here for $12
One might say I'm part gypsy and part homebody. There is no place I'd rather be than at home - I thrive in my favorite little corner of the world. At the same time, though, I'm constantly filled with wanderlust and the need to explore, always counting down until my next adventure.

After spending two weeks galavanting around Europe (London, Paris & Rome), I had a bad case of the post-vacation blues. Worse than ever before! Can you blame me? I decided the best cure for the post-vacation blues was re-discovering what I love about the place I call home: Oklahoma City!

Designing My Holiday Cards

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
I don't know about you, but I absolutely live for the holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving and most importantly, Christmas. Every year around this time, I anxiously start waiting for Christmas music to come on the radio and I start thinking about what to wear in our family Christmas Card photo. I mean......you can never be too prepared! It truly is the hap-happiest season of all.

Ever since I was a kid, the family Christmas card has been my responsibility. The outfits, the design, the addressing of the envelopes. I've always loved every part of it! Now that I have my own little family, I love it even more. Covering the fridge with friends and family always fills me with holiday cheer. Since we will be in a new house for the holidays this year, I'm already thinking of new holiday traditions to start like a Friendsgiving, a Christmas Cookie Exchange or a Holiday Dinner Party. There is so much fun to be had!

AOK Guide to Rome

Monday, October 2, 2017

Ciao, friends! We've officially been home from Europe for two weeks now - the same amount of time we were there. I think my post-vacation blues have finally passed.....but I'd go back in a heartbeat if I had the chance! It was truly the best trip I've ever taken and I'm already trying to convince C to go back for a full tour of Italy. I'm thinking it would be a great 30th birthday trip, don't you agree??

Rome totally surpassed all of my expectations - there was beauty around every corner! It was C's favorite stop out of the three cities we visited; for me, it was pretty much tied with London. I loved them equally but in completely different ways. The history of Rome is hard to fathom - some things dated back to centuries before Christ! The streets were all made of cobblestones and were so skinny and windy (because they were made for carts and donkeys, not cars!!). The food, OH MAN. Although I wouldn't consider anything we ate in Rome to be the best meal of the entire Euro trip, the Italian food in general is what I've been craving most since we got home. Gimme all the pasta!

Now, let's dig in to the details!

The Ideal Girl's Night Out

Friday, September 29, 2017
Tassel Sleeve Top, c/o Romwe (sold out), | Skinnies (size down) | Ruffled Mule Slides (only $14 - comes in 2 colors!) | Similar Wool Floppy Hat | Belt
Praise the Lord, we made it to Friday! This has been a whirlwind of a week - I've barely had time to catch my breath. There's nothing quite like a girl's night to recover from a busy week, but let me tell ya......I'm too old to get dolled up and hit the clubs until 2 a.m.! These days, the ideal girl's night includes wine, chocolate, an early 2000s playlist and good conversation.

Lucky for me, I was invited to an OKC blogger meet up at Pinot's Palette in Bricktown hosted by Bedré Chocolate. Ya'll - it was the best! I am such a homebody 99% of the time and would rather watch Gossip Girl on Netflix with my dogs instead of putting on skinnies and heels, but I had the best time hanging out with other like-minded, local gals. We snapped pics, painted, sang a few Britney songs, ate [way too much] chocolate, sipped wine and had such a fun time!

AOK Guide to Paris

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Bonjour! In cause you're curious, YES, I'm still suffering from the post-vacation blues and still struggling to get back on the healthy train after two weeks of vacation. My legs are hella-sore after a few rounds of wall ball shots and my sweet tooth needs to be pulled. Heaven help me - I need some motivation! Or another vacation......:)

C & I ate relatively healthy while we were in London (we didn't want to make ourselves miserable too early on in the trip) but when we got to Paris, things started to go south. As in, I ripped my skinny jeans one morning after eating a few too many croissants. Whoops! The French don't really eat an "American" breakfast; instead, they have an espresso with a baguette. I quickly adapted to their way of eating and enjoyed carbs on carbs on carbs all day everyday. Can you blame me?

Now, let's get down to the details!

Florals for Fall

Monday, September 25, 2017
Crochet Shoulder Sweater | Similar Shorts | Tory Burch Miller Sandals | Rustic Cuff Beaded Bracelet 
Fall is "officially" here. I had to add quotation marks because the calendar and this weekend's weather didn't exactly match up...... I definitely got a little sunburned on Saturday and am still getting sweaty walking to my car BUT, the weatherman promises cooler weather is on its way this week. Hallelujah, praise the Lord!

My all time favorite outfit for transitional weather is a cozy sweater + jean shorts. Any long sleeve top with any pair of shorts, really, as I'm sure you can tell from these pictures and other posts I've done. I'm loving this season's trend of pastels and florals for fall. As much as I love breaking out the oranges, mustards and pumpkin spice, I always get a little sad when it replaces pinks, lilacs and florals. Luckily this season, I can have it all and still be in style! I put together a few fall transition outfits below inspired by florals - I hope they are good inspiration for your own fall closet.

AOK Guide to London

Friday, September 22, 2017

Cheers to Friday! I've officially been home for a week and I am mostly recovered from jet lag, but let me tell you.........I've never been so sad that a vacation is over in my entire life. Serious post-vacation blues going on over here. I'm already DYING to go back to Europe - London in particular! I've always firmly believed that NYC was the best city in the world, but London put it to shame (IMO, at least). It is somewhere I would genuinely want to live, work, hang out in, etc. The people are friendly, the accents are just as I always imagined, the shopping is wonderful and the scenery is to.die.for. Seriously! There are flowers and inspiration everywhere you look. My entire camera roll was filled with pictures of buildings, houses and greenery. London was filled with charm around every corner.

OK, enough of my rambling, let's get down to business!!

Fashion Inspo Throughout Europe

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Since London Fashion Week just came to a close, Paris Fashion Week is coming up AND I just got back from visiting both cities (+ Rome), I thought a little European Fashion Inspo post seemed fitting!

Based on what I observed during our trip, the outfits and pieces I picked out below really fit the look and vibe that each city gives off. It's crazy how different countries can have noticeably different styles - I definitely stood out as an American tourist, even though my outfits wouldn't get second glance at home! If WHEN I go back, I'd love to wear one of the outfits in my wish list below.

Bell Sleeve Top | Frayed Hem Skinnies | Letter Detail Bucket Hat | Velvet Lace Up Sneakers | Pink Longline Vest

European Instagram Roundup

Monday, September 18, 2017
Walk-Thru Romper | Tory Burch Sandals | Prada SunniesSimilar Here for $12
Happy Monday, Friends! What a very Monday-ish Monday. After literally spending 24 hours traveling home on Friday and a weekend full of recovering from jet lag, I am back in the real world today.... I have such mixed emotions - it was the best two weeks abroad and part of me wishes it could have kept going, but I missed my puppies, my pillow, and my hair products - ha! It's always such a nice feeling to come home and get back into a routine. I will be sharing a recap of each city we visited in individual posts soon, but for now I thought I'd do a quick Instagram roundup to show you the highlights!

Lancer Skin Care Review

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I've really struggled with my skin the last year and a half. I spent countless hours at the dermatologist, I tried R+F (I even sold it for a bit), all natural products, prescription drugs and lots more to get rid of my cystic acne and NOTHING worked. I cried in front of the mirror and wanted to hide where no one could see my skin. I got really good at editing zits out of pictures......ha. It was BAD. And I'm not even exaggerating the tiniest bit. About six months ago, with the help of my dermatologist and esthetician, I finally got it under control (praise the good Lord in heaven) and have had relatively normal skin ever since.

Travel WOD + Helping Pups In Need

Monday, September 11, 2017
Tank | Leggings, Similar Here | Nike Shoes | Lululemon Sports Bra | Engraved Bar Necklace | Sunnies (sold out), Similar Here
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had the best weekend - we spent ours in Paris! Currently wrapping up our stay here and flying to Rome next. It has been the best trip so far and I can't wait to share more of it with you soon.

It has officially been over a week since my last workout -- I couldn't tell you the last time I took that many days off in a row! I think it is so important to give your body rest and have a little fun every now and then. It helps you reset mentally, recover physically and remember why you liked working out in the first place. However, taking toooo much time off can be a step in the wrong direction.....especially when you're consuming copious amounts of Parisian bread and wine - ha!

How I Whitened My Teeth Without Sensitivity (+ Giveaway!)

Friday, September 8, 2017
Sweater | Leggings (THE best) | Leopard Flats | Engraved Bar Necklace
Hot coffee is a staple my morning routine, no buts about it. It is a pretty regular addition to my afternoon, as well, especially on days when I'm feeling a little slow. I'm slightly addicted to the stuff and I am a-ok with it. But, with coffee comes yellow teeth or stained teeth and that's something I'm not on board with!

Insert: Smile Brilliant! It is the #1 dentist recommended teeth whitening procedure, delivered right to your door. Their products are actually the exact same ones dentists use. They provide all the materials needed to create personalized teeth whitening trays at home + the steps are as easy as 1-2-3.

Classen Coffee Company

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Sweater (also comes in burgundy) | Shorts | Shoes (25% off!) | Necklace (on sale), Similar Here | Wood Watch | Sunnies (sold out), Similar Here
I'm a coffee loverrrrr. I could get through most days without it, I don't need it to function, but I want it and it makes me happy! As any healthy relationship should be, right??! I especially love seeking out local coffee shops and supporting them as often as I can.

Ever since moving to the White House on the Prairie, I have been searching for THE coffee shop to stop at regularly and I think I finally found it! Say hello to Classen Coffee Company. I've been driving past their building for months waiting patiently for it to open and it finally did!

My Top Travel Tips for Flying

Monday, September 4, 2017
Similar Chambray Top | Tank (50% off) | The BEST Leggings | Leopard Flats (only $12), Similar Here | Hat ($10!) | Wood Watch | Monogram Necklace | Luggage | Similar Leopard Tote
Hi, friends and Happy Labor Day! I'm coming attcha live from New York City this morning - we're about to board a plane to Europe! C and I have been saving and planning for this vacation basically since before we got married and we.are.PUMPED. We'll be hitting London, Paris and Rome during our two week stay. I'm gonna go ahead and apologize now for the overload of pictures coming your way. Feel free to follow along on Insta-stories (@amandamart15), + I'll be sharing travel guides for each city when we get back. YAY!

But for now, in light of this 7.5 hour plane ride, I thought I'd share my best tips for surviving a flight. I am not exactly a fan of flying (C would tell you I'm the absolute worst travel buddy on airplanes), so anything that makes it slightly easier or less stressful is big time in my book!

Date Night Ready

Friday, September 1, 2017
Top (only $13!) | Jeans | Leopard Flats (only $12 and really comfy), Similar Here | Necklace | Sunnies (sold out), Similar Here
Fridays are just the best! Am I right or am I right?? This Friday is extra special because it's my last day at work for two weeks! My brain is totally already on vacay mode - can you blame me? C and I leave tomorrow for a big vacation and I could not be more excited (and slightly anxious that I forgot to pack something important). Be sure to follow along on Insta-stories to see where we're headed and what all we have in store! I'll give you a hint: we are spending Saturday night and all day Sunday in NYC for a long layover before we board a very long flight.....eeeek!!

Whether its vacation or not, my favorite part about Friday is that its a good excuse to get all prettied up and go out for a date night dinner! Spending a little more time on hair and makeup and picking the perfect outfit always makes date night feel that much more special and important. And I love it! One on one time with your special someone (i.e. not sitting next to each other on the couch with cell phones in your face) is such an important part of a relationship and something I always enjoy.

"Healthy" Starbucks Drinks

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Dress c/o Tobi | Scarf | Similar Booties Here and Here | Engraved Bar Necklace | Arrow Ring | Sunglasses
According to @TheRealPSL's tweet, Starbucks should be releasing their Pumpkin Spice Latte any day now.....and all the basic white girls will rejoice!

But seriously....the release date seems to get bumped up a few days every year. Last year it was on September 6, the year before that it was September 8..... Being that today is August 30, I'm crossing my fingers the PSL arrives within the next week! But, with Pumpkin Spice Season comes a lot of potential calories.

Constantly Varied with StudioHop

Monday, August 28, 2017
StudioHop OKC

Rise and shine - good morning, lovelies! Can you feel my excitement? Because I'm super pumped for today's post! I was given the opportunity to collaborate with StudioHop for the last two weeks - if you follow me on Instagram you probably already know this (because it was too good not to share). I had the best time and I've been DYING to tell you all about it ever since day one! Bare with me, it's a long one.

First, let me give you a little background into my fitness routine so you know where I'm coming from.  

Brunchin' In My Sunday Best

Friday, August 25, 2017
Lace Peplum Tank c/o Tobi | Skinny Jeans - my favorites EVER, on sale for $35, size down | Similar Wedge Booties | Similar Earrings | Lip Stain in the color "Patina"
Sunday brunch is the perfect excuse to get dressed up! Something about it just feels special and I love  every bit of it. Whether we brunch at a diner or a clubhouse, I always like to feel my best - maybe its the champagne? Whatever it is, I'll take it! Double points if my outfit is figure flattering while covering up any potential food babies. This lace peplum tank from Tobi gets five stars all around - no one will know if you ate one pancake, or a whole stack!

Speaking of pancakes...... Cafe Kacao is known by many as the best brunch in Oklahoma City - the long line down the side of the building every weekend shows just how well loved it is! Don't let the "old Wendy's" style building fool you, it's interior is filled with twinkly bistro lights and happy customers.

Gym Hair Don't Care

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Tank Top | Victoria's Secret Sport Leggings | Lululemon Sports Bra | Nike Shoes | Favorite Dry Shampoo
I never really believed that it was healthier for your hair to go a few days between washes, but then I tried it. Now I'm hooked! Seriously though, after a year of not washing my hair every day, I can promise you that it is SO much healthier over-all. I can go months longer between hair cuts, my hair is way shinier and bouncier and it's growing faster and longer than ever before. Plus it saves me a ton of time getting ready, and that's a huge W in my book.

Incase you didn't know, washing your hair every day actually strips your hair of natural oils which leads to dry hair and more breakage. It also fades color faster, dulls shine, and dries out your scalp which can lead a dandruff. Plus, a dry scalp often produces MORE oil to make up for being so dry - it's a vicious cycle!

Work Week Chic

Monday, August 21, 2017
Top - currently BOGO 50% off | Joggers c/o Tobi - size up if you're a quadzilla like me! | Similar Shoes Here and Here | Similar Sunnies
Little known fact: I went to a private school and had to wear a polo shirt and pleated khaki skirt every.single.day of high-school. I became an expert in the field of following the dress code while still making a statement (that, and changing clothes in the car). I didn't realize it at the time, but those were skills I'd carry with me into my career!

These days, my dress code is significantly better and easier to follow, but I still have to be mindful of my work attire. When dressing for work, I always choose one part of my outfit as "the statement piece" and build everything else around it. Sometimes I work around a pair of pumps, sometimes its a scarf or blazer, and other times its pants or a fun skirt. Today, it was these jogger pants from Tobi. You may recognize my top from this blog post when I dressed it down for a casual Saturday vibe with cut offs, but I think it works equally as well for a "work week chic" look!

Friday Favorites

Friday, August 18, 2017
Friday FriyYAY! We made it to the weekend! This has been one of those weeks where I have been sleeping like a rock and baaaaarely able to open my eyes and crawl out of bed each morning. I cannot wait to sleep in tomorrow (until 7:45, that is 👵🏼) and wake up slow while sipping coffee on the couch. My fav!

I have done "Friday Favorites" posts a few times before - I like to be able to talk about what's going on in my actual life from time to time for any friends or family members who read my blog. I also think it gives new readers a glimpse into who I am outside of blogging! I love it when other bloggers do this - it makes me feel like they're my real life friends haha. What do you think? Do you like this kind of post or would you rather see food, fashion, fitness or travel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Without further ado, here's my Friday Favs: August Edition!

Day Designer Planner | JORD Watch | Kate Spade Phone Case

What to Wear for Photoshoots

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Photo by Lauren Grigg Photography, LLC
Tank (old), similar here | Skirt | Monogram Necklace | Bar Bracelet | Steve Madden Flats (old), similar here
Happy Hump-Day, friends! I'm beyond excited to share this post with you today. I'm collaborating with Lauren Grigg Photography to share inspiration and tips on what to wear for photoshoots! Whether you're doing an engagement shoot, a family session, senior pics or just having fun, your outfit can make or break the photos.

AOK Guide to Austin

Monday, August 14, 2017

I'm so excited to share another post from the AOK Travel Guide series! This time, we're heading to Austin, Texas. ATX is another place I could return to time and time again - C and I have been three times together in the last few years and have always had a blast! So much so that we are heading back again in November for a couple's weekend with friends. You can read about our last trip here and here. Let me just tell ya.....there is a reason Austin is the food capital of the Lone Star State....I hope you're hungry! 

A.OK Braid Tutorial

Friday, August 11, 2017
Tank | Sports BraShorts | Similar Kimono | Similar Faux Fur Blanket | Gold Picture Frames 
Good morning and Happy Friday, ahhh!!! I've gotten a lot of comments on my braids recently so I thought I'd share a little tutorial on fishtail braids and inside-out french braids. It is seriously so easy once you figure out what to do. It takes me no time at all and is perfect for days when I don't wash my hair. It can completely change your look, giving it just the right amount of quirkiness, coziness, or class, depending on how you style it!

Eat. Lift. Rescue.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Top (runs big) | Sports Bra | Shorts | Shoes, old, new version here
There are no words to describe just how much I love dogs. I've been trying to type it out and explain it, but I can't express it enough. Dogs are just my "thing," they are what makes my heart whole and  my mind happy. And I'm a-ok with being a crazy dog lady.

The Solution for My Not-So-Green Thumb

Monday, August 7, 2017
Top (sold out, similar here) | Jeans, old by Joe Fresh, similar here | Pumps | Bracelet | Lips (color is Patina) | Mini Cedar Trees
I like to think that I am pretty dang good at interior decorating.... I designed an entire home renovation single handedly, after all. But when it comes to landscaping, I am at a loss. I knew I wanted some sort of something on either side of my front door, but I didn't know what.

Ever since we moved in to the White House on the Prairie, I've tried to put live plants on the front porch. I don't exactly have a green thumb.....so it has been a bit of a struggle, to say the least. The rosemary plants froze, the flowers died (probably from lack of water, oops!), the ferns got too much sun, and the little evergreen trees I bought on clearance needed about 15 feet more space to grow. I had just about given up when I got these mini cedar trees from Plantscape Inc.

A.OK Book Review

Friday, August 4, 2017
Tank | Sports Bra, Similar Here | Similar Shorts (40% off) | Knit Throw (sold out, from Pottery Barn, similar here) | Coffee Mug (old, from Target, similar here) | Happy Home Pillow | Glasses are RayBans | Lips, shade is 'Rose'
I love it when people ask for book recommendations on Facebook or when my favorite bloggers do book reviews! I always look up the books on Amazon or download the sample in iBooks, read a few pages, and add the ones I like to my reading list. I put "read more for fun" on my 30 Before 30 list and have been thoroughly enjoying it. I planned on reading a book a month in 2017, but I'm already a few ahead of schedule!

#UnderMatters with Bootay Bag

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Top (only $15 as part of the #NSale, fits TTS) | Shorts (very old) similar here | Cardigan (coming in and out of stock - part of the #NSale) | Panties c/o BootayBag
There's nothing quite like getting a package in the mail. Am I right or am I right? The mail fairy blesses me quite often thanks to my online shopping addiction, but its the surprise packages that are the most fun - those you forgot you ordered or the monthly subscriptions that arrive unannounced.

JORD Wood Watches

Monday, July 31, 2017
My Top (part of the #NSale) | My Necklace | C's Shirt | C's Watch
If you've been following my posts for long, you know I regularly mention 'C'. Welp, C is my A++ hubby, Cole, and today I'm introducing you to him!

Our Meet Cute: Back in '07, I was checking out Oklahoma State University on a campus visit. My family and I stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites; my mom made a comment about how the boy at the front desk seemed to think I was cute. I guess I thought nothing of it.

The Perfect Top for Work or Play

Friday, July 28, 2017
Top | Shorts | Sandals | Monogram Necklace | Beaded Bracelet
Can I get a hallelujah that today is Friday? I caught a stomach bug earlier this week and haven't been feeling too great ever since, so I'm extra excited to catch up on rest this weekend and enjoy some quiet time with C. We have no major plans, but I have a lot of exciting things in the works for Amanda's OK! I'll be shooting several campaigns over the weekend + there is a beach babe giveaway going on right now (enter on my Instagram) and several more surprises coming in the next few weeks. I can't wait to share them all with you!

Orange Dress for Football Season

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Dress, Similar Here and Here | Tory Burch Sandals | Kendra Scott Necklace | Similar Orange Necklace | Prada Sunnies, also love these for $12! 
Who else is counting the days until football season kicks off? Its no secret, but the Martin Family bleeds some serious orange. The whole family has season tickets and we go to every Oklahoma State home game, so obviously I have to have a different outfit for each one. No outfit repeating on game day!

Polka Dots & Coffee

Monday, July 24, 2017
Top (on sale for $14!) | Shorts | Designer Dupe Shoes | Prada Sunnies, also love these for $12!
Good morning guys!! I hope everyone's weekend was cooler than mine (literally) - the AC in my car went out on the way to my parent's house in NW Arkansas with both of my long haired mountain dogs in the car with me - I thought we were all going to get heat stroke before we got there! It's safe to say I'm 100% ready for fall weather now, ha!

AOK Guide to NYC

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friends asking for my NYC recommendations has become quite the regular occurrence. I have a draft  email saved that I reference each time, but I thought it would be even easier to put it in a blog post! If you're interested, I'd love to create guides to all of the cities I know and love like Oklahoma City, Seattle, Austin and beyond.

Black, White & Famous

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Top (40% off) | Shorts | Necklace | Steve Madden Sandals (sold out), Similar Here | Prada Sunnies, also love these for $12!

Soooooo....... We had a celebrity sighting this week! Tammin Sursok who plays Jenna (the blind girl) on Pretty Little Liars was AT MY HOUSE (!!!!). She and her husband, who is a producer, were scouting out locations to film a movie in OKC and stopped at my neighbor girl's lemonade stand. She is much nicer in real life than on PLL, haha. Any other PLL fans out there? I still haven't watched the last few seasons, (thanks to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade giving away who A was a few years back....) but now I'm inspired to start it back up!

My #NSale Shopping List

Monday, July 17, 2017
one: billabong dress / two: adidas sneakers / three: coffee mugs / four: stila duo / five: boyfriend watch / six: fleece pullover / seven: reebok leggings / eight: bp tote / nine: leopard flats / ten: blanket scarf / eleven: leopard clutch / twelve: off-the-shoulder wrap top / thirteen: bp cardigan / fourteen: v-neck sweater / fifteen: ribbed cold shoulder / sixteen: bell sleeve sweater / seventeen: plaid top / eighteen: cold shoulder ruffle sweater
You're probably sick and tired of hearing about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by now, but I don't care! I can't shop until Friday because I'm not a cardholder, so I still have a lot of decisions to make. C didn't approve of my $500 budget, hahaha.....so I'm having to downsize my shopping list a tad. My wish list is linked in the image above - maybe it will give you some ideas for your own shopping spree!? Several of these items are sold out, but I'm crossing my fingers and praying to the Nordstrom gods that they'll be restocked before the sale opens to the public.

Breakfast at Aurora

Friday, July 14, 2017
Top (50% off with code SUPERCLEAR) | Similar Shorts - on sale for $18! | Necklace | Watch | Bracelet | Shoes
Thanks to ya'll's help on IG,, I convinced C to take me to brunch last Sunday! I'd really been wanting to try Aurora, one of the new kids on the block, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Side note: Every time I say 'Aurora,' a Sleeping Beauty songs gets stuck in the my head....

Hail to the King
Hail to the Queen
Hail to the Princess Auroraaaa

Needless to say, Aurora easily made it's way onto our list of tastiest brunch places in OKC. One thing that really stuck out to me was that all of their food is locally sourced. I'm a huge aggregate of shopping local (except when it comes to Nordstrom or Target haha) so I really appreciated reading the list of suppliers on the menu!

My Favorite Drug Store Products

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Most of the time, I'm a firm believer that the more expensive the product, the better the quality. This is most certainly true for shampoo, bacon, shoes and handbags, but I've found that when it comes to certain beauty products, sometimes I actually prefer the drugstore version - go figure! So, I thought I'd share some of the items I've grown to love with you guys. 

I'm in Summer Mode

Monday, July 10, 2017
Top from Mode, Similar HereHere, Here and Here | Similar Shorts | NecklaceSole Society Backpack (sold out) - Similar Here and Here | Shoes
Ah, Monday, we meet again. I always feel like I end the weekend feeling more tired than when it started - anyone else that way?? It seems like no matter how many days you have off, you always need just one more. We had a relatively busy weekend full of errands and chores and house work, but we did get to go to a friend's house warming party AND I convinced C to go to brunch - I'll be sharing our thoughts on Aurora later this week, so stay tuned!

Date Night in OKC

Friday, July 7, 2017
Cold Shoulder Top - 50% off! | Jeans (my all time favs) | Necklace | Bracelet | Designer Dupe Heels

It's Fridaaaaaay!!!! Even though this was a short work week, I couldn't be more excited about the weekend. The last few weekends have been extra busy and filled with fun (and WAY too much food) so I'm looking forward to having a slightly more low-key weekend this time around. And a super healthy one, ha!

The N-Sale Lowdown

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
V-Neck Top | Necklace | Similar Shorts | Designer Dupe Sandals

Confession: I'm getting really tired of my closet and bored with all the summer trends on the market right now. I just can't find anything that I like enough to buy! I have plenty of off-the-shoulder tops, way too many pom-poms and my fair share of sandals...... I'm over it.

Thank goodness the N-Sale starts next week so I can start shopping again! And for FALL!! My favorite season! My favorite clothes! I'm so basic...sue me.

For those that don't know, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale comes once a year and is their biggest and best sale EVER. It's basically like Christmas for the fashionistas of the world (and the sale totally tops Black Friday). Nordstrom releases a ton of new fall and winter stuff (think: scarves, booties, cardis, leggings, fleece) and they mark it waaaaay down. Normally sales are to get older items off the shelves, but the N-Sale releases brand new items by big brands at a majorly discounted price! 

The N-Sale starts on July 13 for Nordstrom Card Holders ONLY. This really sucks for non-card holders because a lot of the good items get snatched up quick. Nordstrom supposedly re-stocks everything before it opens to the public on July 21, but if you want to make sure you have first dibs, you can sign up for a card on their website. You can even get a $20 note if you sign up and make a purchase before July 9.

Talk about a marketing strategy. 

I hope your husband is more lenient than mine, he won't allow me to get another credit card, therefore forcing me to wait until July 21 to get my shop on. Womp womp. The sale lasts through August 6, though, and a lot of items do get restocked because people make returns.

Last year was my first time to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale....I literally set my alarm for the middle of the night so I could shop it the second it opened. Even then, some of the items were sold out in my size/color choice before I could even check out! It was INSANE. I spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars and felt broke for months after, but it was totally and completely worth it haha. I got my entire fall wardrobe in one shopping trip and wore all of my purchases on repeat! Some of them (like this v-neck) are still in my regular rotation.

We don't have a Nordstrom in Oklahoma, so I have to shop the sale 100% online. But that's fine because I consider myself to be a professional online shopper at this point. I have been known to get some sale anxiety - I mean, only so many pairs of shoes and leggings can be stollen out of my cart before I lose it! But I've learned from my mistakes and am here to give you my best tips and trips for shopping the N-Sale (especially if you're a non-card holder like your's truly). Be prepared to see a LOT about it these next few weeks - from me and every other blogger you follow! 

  • Browse the N-Sale catalog to get an idea of what will be included
  • If you're not a cardholder, browse your favorite blogger's picks and add them to your Nordstrom wish list.
  • Make a priority list and plan out your purchases. Set a price limit. Know what items are #1 MUSTS and have backups in place. DO THIS AHEAD OF TIME. I'm not kidding when I say there will be no time to waste when the sale opens to the public. Shit gets cray.
  • Double and triple check your internet connection and make sure your laptop is fully charged.
  • Make sure your credit card info is saved in your Nordstrom account so you don't waste time entering it in the dark. 
  • When the clock strikes 12 on July 21, head to your Nordstrom wish list and start clicking 'add to cart' like a mad woman. 
  • If you're iffy on a size, buy both! If you're not sure on an item, buy it anyway. Things sell out FAST and nothing haunts you more than the things you didn't buy. Plus, Nordstrom has free shipping and free returns.....they got yo back, girl. 
  • If something you want is sold out, keep checking back repeatedly because a lot of stuff gets restocked (or people return sizes) before the sale comes to a close.

I'll be sharing my N-Sale wish list soon, so keep an eye out! In the mean time, start saving your pennies because you're gonna need 'em.

Thanks for reading, ya'll! 

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