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A Pretty Penny | Viva Vena by Vena Cava dress with denim jacket and B Brian Atwood flats

Yesterday: Easing into spring with a printed shirt dress from last year — in the archives here and here — and my trusty denim jacket. And a Doodle who refuses to cooperate with my end-of-the-day iPhone selfies because all he can think about is a car ride (he’s totally staring at the van).

Wearing: Viva Vena by Vena Cava dress, Kohl’s denim jacket, Lauren Merkin tote and Brian Atwood flats (both via Hautelook)

 

 

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This is what I wore yesterday.

Today I’m wearing jeans because I overslept — story of my life — and didn’t have time to shave my legs. I’m hating every sweaty, chafing minute of it and hereby declare that denim in the form of pants shall be banned through the remainder of summer, stubbly legs or not.

For me, comfort is synonymous with crankiness, and I’m much more charming with bare legs in July.

Know what else is charming? A cute printed dress that costs less than takeout.

wearing:

BeBop dress (Beall’s Outlet, $15) | Elle denim jacket (Kohl’s) | TKEES Foundations flip flops | Romeo & Juliet Couture handbag via Hautelook

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Print Blouse with Green Clutch

{Millenium blouse — Beall’s Outlet; Nine West clutch; necklace c/o INPINK}

My Official Blog Photographer ran off and left me this afternoon; something about running flower deliveries or changing the oil in the delivery van… In the interest of keeping our customers happy and our engine from exploding, we’ll grant him a pass.  

So before I jet off for a relaxing evening of dinner, drinks and girl talk with my favorite, Anne, I give you a headless camera-propped-precariously-on-a-box-atop-the-design-counter selfie to share this cute printed tunic I scooped up at a local outlet store for about $10 a few months ago. You’ll just have to imagine the rest: my Lucky Brand jeans tucked into the Bucco riding boots I’ve been wearing nonstop since they arrived in the mail from Hautelook, and a little beanie on my head to help disguise my fell-asleep-with-my-hair-wet bedhead. That just about covers it!

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{ Merona sweater (Target sale, $14.99); Ann Taylor skirt; Seychelles leather loafers (Hautelook); Lydell NYC earrings }

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Wow, what a great response to last night’s post about my budget experiment! It seems a lot of us are struggling with the same compulsions to shop-til-we-drop, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your words of support and encouragement. It’s always a little intimidating to open up with such personal issues in this space, but I told myself that if it resonated with just one of you and sparked a “hey, I’m dealing with that, too!,” it would be completely worth it. So I’m really glad to read your comments and see that many of you related to my situation.

I’m looking forward to sharing this little journey with all of you over the next several months, and if anyone would like to join in the challenge and needs some support along the way, I’m happy to lend an ear. It’s always easier to take on a diet with a buddy, and spending diets are no different.

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In other news, after [not so] patiently waiting for what seems like an eternity, we’ve finally gotten a tiny taste of fall crispness in the air down here! It’s not exactly boots and scarves weather, but I can get away with a sweater without suffering heat stroke. I’ll take what I can get!

separates

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{ Canyon River Blues blouse (secondhand); LOFT skirt; Seychelles leather loafers (Hautelook, $49); Elle denim jacket (Kohl’s sale) }

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The timer’s winding down on my shrimp jambalaya, so I gotta make this quick!

A few thoughts on today’s look:

I rediscovered my L’Oreal “Orange Flip” lipstick when I was switching handbags earlier in the week. Reunited, and it feels so good.

I plan to live in these leather loafers through spring. This denim jacket, too.

I need more high waisted skirts in my closet! So easy and comfortable, but still “put together.”

{Time’s up!!}

Poetry in the Light

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

I’ve shared my family’s experience with breast cancer, so I was honored when Echo Design asked me to style their beautiful Poetry in the Light scarf and share it with you all!

Echo designed the peony-print silk scarf in collaboration with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded by Evelyn Lauder. {Fun fact: Evelyn Lauder is credited as one of the creators and popularizers of the pink ribbon as a symbol for breast cancer awareness!} The scarf’s peony design was inspired by one of Evelyn’s photographs, called “Poetry in the Light,” and was originally created as a gift for guests at the Foundation’s annual Hot Pink Party.

Now the timeless beauty is available to ladies everywhere! It retails for $85, and Echo will donate $10 from the sale of every Poetry in the Light scarf to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. It’s available for purchase at www.echodesign.com, and at select retailers.

I love fashion for a cause!

About The Breast Cancer Research Foundation:

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, is an independent not-for-profit organization committed to funding scientific research to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime. In October 2011, BCRF awarded $36.5 million to 187 scientists across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and China. With over 90 cents of every dollar donated currently being directed to breast cancer research and awareness programs, BCRF continues to remain one of the most fiscally responsible charities in the country. BCRF holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, its tenth such designation since 2002. Additionally, BCRF is the only cancer organization designated as “A+” by CharityWatch. For more information about BCRF, visit http://www.bcrfcure.org.

fancy pants.

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{ Milano ruffled blouse (secondhand, $6); Hot Kiss “Skinny Lily” floral jeans (Beall’s Outlet, $19.99); Simply Vera Vera Wang beanie; JustFab bag; Jessica Simpson shoes }

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I’m like 80% sure that I had an almost identical pair of jeans in 1991, and absolutely certain I had a babydoll dress in this blue-on-black floral. There are awkward elementary school photos to prove it. With feathered bangs.

I must’ve been in a particularly nostalgic mood when browsing through the outlet store a few weeks ago, because these babies spoke to me from their rack in the juniors’ section — territory that I don’t often venture into, because my body doesn’t exactly fit into the straight slim cuts designed for teenager hips… but I digress. They pulled me in like a moth to a flowery flame, and before I even knew what happened I was standing in the checkout line to make them mine.

Here’s the thing: while standing in said line, I was running through all the ways I was going to wear these babies {“they’re going to be so versatile; what can’t you pair with bold floral denim?!”}. Ah contraire, mon frère. Figuring out a way to wear them without looking like my 8-year-old self turned out to be much trickier than my compulsive buying justification estimated! I decided a neutral ladylike blouse with an all-grown-up handbag was the way to go. When {if} the weather cools down a bit, I can see pairing them with a big chunky sweater and casual boots. So that’s two ideas. Far less than the dozens I had waiting in that queue, which I guess I erased from memory immediately after I swiped my debit card.

fridays were made for party pants

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Cheers to the weekend, friends!

I don’t have much time to write today; we’re working on flowers for a wedding, a birthday party, several weekend memorial services, and trying to get everything wrapped up early so we can head out for dinner and drinks to celebrate my momma’s birthday. Have a lovely weekend!

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{ tee: Wal-Mart ($9.99); jeans: Kohl’s clearance ($13); flats: LC Lauren Conrad ($10); Coach swingpack }

play with your food: artichoke stamped tote

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Another fun project that Anne and I tackled during our crafting night, inspired by a recent fruit + veggie stamping post by A Beautiful Mess. I picked up a 3-pack of natural canvas tote bags a while ago to design some cute carry-alls. They were a bit smaller than I’d hoped, but they’re perfect as a lunch bag or for carrying my planner and a couple of notebooks back and forth from the shop.

For some reason, my artichoke didn’t look a thing like Elsie’s, but I really like the way the pattern turned out!

hear me rawrrr…

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{ cheetah skinnies: Kohl’s clearance, $13.00 (similar) ; black tunic tank: Charlotte Russe; sandals: Sam Edelman via Hautelook; goldtone watch: Betsey Johnson (similar) ; flower ring: Stella & Dot (similar splurge) }

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Sometimes a girl’s gotta get a little wild and throw on some cheetah skinnies on a Friday. So go put on your party pants, and have a great weekend!

peachy keen

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{polka dot pleat dress and floral wedges: Kohl’s clearance, $12.50 and $10.20}

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Oh, hello!! I can’t believe it’s been almost a week since I’ve updated the blog. Not for lack of things to share. It’s been a really good week around the Lennox camp. Sometimes it’s good to unplug for a few days and just soak it all in.

C and I are wrapping up our first month in our new shop, and what an exciting month it’s been! When we made the monumental decision to pick up our flower shop from the storefront it occupied for over a decade and move it a new spot a block away, we weren’t sure how things would play out. We knew it was the best decision for the business and we loved the space, but we hoped our customers would love it, too. We spent a few nights drinking wine (beer for him) and biting our nails {“did we do the right thing?“} and things were a little slow-going for the first week or two…

Now here we are, and it’s like someone’s flipped a switch. The last couple of weeks have been amazing. Our loyal customers have supported us like we never imagined, and the phone rings every day with new ones. People love the new space as much as we do, and our lovely landlords are dog lovers so Doak gets to come to work, too! It’s been such an encouraging start to our new adventure, and we’re counting our blessings with grateful hearts and looking forward to what’s to come.

pattern-mixing for the timid

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top: Tory Burch | striped bermudas: I.N.C. | sunnies: Tom Ford c/o RueLaLa | wedges: Antonio Milani

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Confession: I am not the bravest pattern-mixing style blogger on the interwebs. When I wore this yesterday, I felt like I was blazing a trail in new mixology frontiers; florals and stripes — quite daring for this conservative dresser, I thought…

Then I looked at the photos. And realized that the striped half of the equation is so subtle, from a distance they just look solid. There’s nothing trailblazing about florals and solids. Clearly I need to step up my game.

However, if you’re not a trend-obsessed style blogger and just want to mix things up a little in your day-to-day, may I suggest adding a bottom of the teeny striped variety to your closet? They add just a little something to keep things interesting, but won’t overwhelm you if you’re a pattern-mixing newbie. Like me.

pardon the interruption

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I took an unintended hiatus from the blog last week. One of our designers was on vacation through Wednesday, and we spent the last half of the week working on Father’s Day orders, a few small parties, and a very special wedding. It was a busy one, and some things just slipped right by me. Like blogging. Or eating three proper meals a day.

All the while we’ve been working on our move, taking consultation appointments for upcoming events, preparing proposals for those consultations, and trying to clean out the consignment boutique before the end of the month. I’m trying to remember my own advice about balance, and — for good measure — keeping the wine stash stocked.

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{dress: Alyx c/o jcpenney; clutch: Michael Kors (an old favorite that used to be a shoulder bag until I chopped the strap off yesterday); sandals: Gianni Bini}