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!
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