It’s a Maroon Life

December 19, 2014



Photos by Tiffany Tong

I have no idea what the title of this post is supposed to mean. It just popped into this here lil’ brain of mine and then somehow made its way there. How’s THAT for an explanation you didn’t ask for or care about? Do you care to hear about this skirt though? I don’t know about you, but I’m a total sucker for these A-line skirts. I feel like there’s so many different ways you can wear them, and they always look chic, sophisticated and polished. Chicwish is fast becoming my go-to for skirts like this (and a million other things). This beauty I’m wearing is on sale for only $39 and the quality is amazing. I was honestly a little bit shocked.

Anywhoooooo… hope you have a wonderful Friday! Oh, and thanks to everyone who wished us congratulations yesterday on our fourth anniversary! Husband and I managed to steal away for a little date. We got a pizza and ate it in the movie theatre while we watched the new Hunger Games movie (soooo good). Huzzah!

Oh, one more thing: make sure you enter my giveaway on Instagram for a pair of Freshly Picked moccs!


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Outfit Details:

Polka dot top: Oasap, c/o {buy here} | Skirt: Chicwish, c/o {buy here} | Faux leather jacket: H&M {old; similar} | Clutch: Gigi New York, c/o {buy here} | Bracelets: pave link bracelet from Brina Box, Crystals bracelet from Stella & Dot, c/o {buy here and here}.

Have a Fabulous Friday!
(last one before Christmas right?)

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Black and White with Chicwish

December 16, 2014



Photos by Tiffany Tong

Sometimes black and white is just the simplest option, amiright? So, this vest from Chicwish just needed to be a part of my life. That was a given. It’s been adding a luxe look to my ensembs, and this baby is under $60! Hashtag winning. I’ve also ended up wearing this top a ton. It’s got the perfect amount of detail. Same with these booties from Sam Edelman. I’d been coveting these for awhile and have loved loved loved them. The real time, real life version of these are awesome like whoa.

In other news, is Christmas vacay here yet? I’m so ready. Between me and you, there have been changes at work lately that got me all sorts of nervous. Not that I’ll be out of a job or anything, but just that things will be different, and that I won’t like the changes. Who knows – maybe I will! All you can really do in the face of the unknown is choose to be positive and white-knuckle-grip your faith, right? Change is kind of hard though, at least at first, at least for me. I’m not much one for change. Ha – that’s like saying I’m not much for life in general. Life is change. All the time. And even faith doesn’t guarantee that things are always going to go the way you hope or pray that they will, ya know? I guess at the end of the day, I remind myself that I have to just relinquish control – and remember that I never really had it to begin with. He is in charge, and I can take comfort in that, because I know He loves me and cares about what I care about, and that even if things don’t go my way all the time, they always end up ok. No – they end up better than ok. They end up best. They end up best… even if there are some bumps in the road to getting there. I really do believe that. And I believe that if we have the faith to express the things we desire, those things can actually happen –  as long as they align with God’s will and He’s on board. Sometimes we get the thing we want. And by sometimes I mean often – so much more often than what’s deserved. So hey – I’m going to focus on that last part. I’m just going to cling to that for right now and express my desires and be grateful and be trusting and accept whatever His will is while still having the courage and faith to ask and hope for what my heart of hearts secretly wants. Is this a good strategy? It’s all I got for now, so I sure hope so.

Do you like when I go off on melodramatic, religiously laced rants like the above? I thought so. Just trying to give the people what they want (haha). And now I’m officially annoyed with myself (and I can only imagine you are too), so I’ll stop talking and wish you the very best, most positive, beauty-filled day! I’m going to go do something nice for someone. Yeah – that’s what I’m gonna do. That always gets me out of my funk and reminds me how blessed blessed blessed I am and how happiness is in turning outward, and in being grateful. Gratitude seems like one of the best remedies for an anxious heart, no? That and faith. Ok – the end.

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Vest: Chic Wish, c/o {buy here; another cute one} | Top: Chic Wish, c/o {buy here} | Black skinnies: Old Navy {buy here} | Hat: Urban Outfitters {sold out; similar} | Booties: Sam Edelman via Zappos, c/o {buy here} | Handbag: Kate Spade {similar} | Watch: Daniel Wellington, c/o {buy here; use code holiday_gbofashion for 15% off!} | Necklace: Top Shelf Style Boutique, c/o {buy here} | Sunnies: Nordstrom {similar}

Have a Tuesday!

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TOMS for Target

December 8, 2014

Happy Monday friends! Welcome to the second week of December! In case any of you are the last-minute shopper types (ahem – guilty), this week on GBO is going to be almost completely dedicated to (what I hope will be helpful) GIFT GUIDES! To kick things off, I’d be remiss to not mention the TOMS for Target collection. Is there a better gift than the kind that inherently gives back? Every one of your TOMS for Target collection purchases will be matched with a gift of either shoes, a blanket, or meals to someone in need. Huzzah! I teamed up with TOMS for Target and got to try out a few of the pieces from their collection. I ended up with the blue hoodie in the pic above (which is the coziest thing ever, btw – probs because it’s the guy version I just realized. Yep – I bought the guy’s version. Unknowingly. And I’m not even mad about it.), that cute glass water bottle, and a set of mugs. I wish I could have picked out a lot more than that, so I listed all of my faves below. If there are people on your list that you still need to buy for, you should def  think about getting them something from the TOMS for Target collection. It will kind of be like giving two Christmas presents, and that ain’t too shabby.

P.s. – Be sure to check back later today for another Gift Guide for the men in your life (two in one day! Boo-yah.).

Have a Milestone Monday.

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This Coat Tho…

December 3, 2014



Photos by Tiffany Tong

This coat is the kind you want to wrap yourself and hibernate in. Bonus points that it’s uhhhhhdorable, right? You guys – do you know about Chic Wish? It’s got the cutest stuff, and for a real decent price. Ay-oh! Speakin’ to my heart right thurr.



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Aaaaaand sometimes that happens.


Blooper times are back baby! Woot!

Outfit Details: 

Coat: Chic Wish, c/o {buy here}

Sweater: Old Navy {buy here}

Riding Boots: DSW, c/o {similar here and here}

Black skinnies: Old Navy, c/o

Handbag: Daily Look {buy here}

Rings: Lulu’s, c/o and TopShelf Style, c/o

Have a Wickedly Wawesome Wednesday!

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Plaid and Boots

November 25, 2014



This right here is my kind of fall outfit. I had been coveting this vest for a hot minute, and let me just tell you – it’s as amazing in the real life as it is on screen. I feel like I can wear it with urrrrythang, and you best believe that that’s what I intend to do. And don’t worry that it’s ON SALE right now! If you’ve been doing some coveting yourself, this would be a good time to buy fa shaw {I’d size down though if I were you. I’m wearing an XS and it fits perfectly. The small was too big.}.

p.s. Did you have a chance to enter yesterday’s giveaway for a $500 Visa? I think the Rafflecopter might not have been working for part of the day, so if you didn’t have a chance to enter, make sure you go do it!


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Black-Hunter-Boots-3 Black-Hunter-Boots-7Outfit Details:

Button-up shirt: H&M {similar here, here, and here}

Vest: J.Crew Factory {buy here ON SALE before they’re gone!}

Jeans: Old Navy, c/o {buy here} {want these}

Rain Boots: Hunter {buy here}

Watch: Daniel Wellington, c/o {buy here – use code gbofashion to get 15% off!}

Bracelet: Stella & Dot, c/o {buy here}

Aviators: Ray-Ban via Sunglasses Shop, c/o {buy here}

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

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Holiday Gift Guide

November 21, 2014

Dear Santa {errrrr husband} – are you seeing this? Especially that beaut there in the middle? I swear if I had that Tory tote in my life, all would be right in the world. You guys – can you believe that we’re almost in the third week of November? It’s almost Thanksgiving. Which means it’s almost Christmas! Which means holy poop balls why have I not even started my holiday shopping yet? Yikes. Needless to say, expect to see lots more of these holiday gift guides on the blog and on my Instagram account from now until Christmas. I mean, I can’t be the only one who hasn’t finished (orrrrrr even started) their holiday shopping, can I? Guys? Are you done with your holiday shopping already?

You can shop my wish list by clicking on the items above, OR shopping them from the link list below. (And this is that moment when you think to yourself ‘Was it really necessary for her to say all of that? Does she think we’re idiots? I mean, it’s pretty self-explanatory.’) My bad. And good luck with your holiday shopping!

Plaid Blanket Scarf

Pearl Hinge Bracelet


Pearl Studs

Cowlneck Sweater

Tory Burch Tote

Double Plaid Poncho

Tory Burch Riding Boots

Buffalo Check Vest

Michael Kors Watch

White Swing Coat

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Vests: a love affair

November 20, 2014



So what do you do when your husband is on a business trip all week long in Nashville, Tennessee? You binge-watch Nashville, the t.v. show. Yep. Pretty sure that’s been going on into the wee hours of the morning every night this week. Bad decisions. It’s so addicting though right? Do any of you watch it? Oh that show! Well truthfully, there’s also something far less alluring about going to bed when your other half isn’t gonna be there, ya know? Or did you just puke in your mouth a little when I said that? Is this sob story a little too much? Ok. I’ll pull up my big girl panties and stop whining now. Moral of the story: business trips stink, Nashville is delightful, and I miss my husband. The end.

Remember how I’m wearing like 700 layers in this outfit? Seriously though. It’s real close to 700. And I’m not even mad about it. Fall to me equals layers. And quite frankly, if I had my druthers I’d wear a vest every single day of my life. They just make you feel so safe, don’t they? Like you put on a sweater and have to check for back-fat and love handles and muffin top, until you put on your vest. Hashtag God bless the vest. {Speaking of which, this vest I got on here is from Forever21 (translation: inexpensive) and it’s kind of amazing. It’s not too heavy, the color pops, and this baby was under $20. You can get it HERE. Woot!)









Oh this little family of mine. These two have made me the happiest lady in all the land.

Outfit Details:
Vest: Forever21 {buy here}
Sweater: Old Navy {buy here}
Gingham button-up shirt: Old Navy, c/o {similar}
Jeans: Old Navy {buy here} {wanna splurge on these tho}
Riding boots: DSW, c/o {buy here}
Necklace: H&M {similar} {cheaper version}
Watch: Wristology, c/o {similar}
Renegade cluster bracelet: Stella & Dot, c/o {buy here}
Pearl bracelet with bow: Forever21 {buy here}
Aviators: Ray-ban via Sunglasses Shop, c/o {similar}
Socks: {similar}

Have a ‘Thank goodness it’s Thursday’ Thursday! 

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Oh hi Toms for Target

November 19, 2014

By now you’ve probs heard about this, right? Did you pee your pants? Are you peeing them right now? TOMS for Target you guys!! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I’m so excited. I feel like having them launch during the holiday season is so appropriate, what with it being the season of giving and all.  And now, through this partnership with Target, they’ll be doing even more good.

Here’s what Target had to say about it: TOMS For Target: One-for-One. For All. Starting November 16th, for every Target+TOMS limited edition gift you buy, we’re (Target) giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. #TOMSforTarget

Yaaaaaay! I love me a company that gives back. And a big, fat thank you to Target for including me in this campaign and letting me help spread the word about such a cool company!

I’ve pulled together some of my fave picks from the collection. Shop them all here or shop my picks by clicking on the item in the image above. Ay-oh!

Have a Wish-Washy Wednesday!

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Office Ready

November 14, 2014



Here’s a little office-inspired number to send you into your weeeeeeeekend! Which kind of makes no sense at all (office-ready outfit + weekend? Huh?), but hey – what are ya gonna do? Hope you all have fab weekend plans! My sissy is coming into town. Translation: I’m so excited I’ve been peeing my pants nonstop since I heard the news. Woooooot!  Continue Reading

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What to Wear for Thanksgiving Dinner

November 10, 2014

Wait, whaaaaaaaa? We’re already thinking about what we’ll be wearing to Thanksgiving dinner? YEP! I’ve teamed up today with the lovely and fabulous Kacie from Kacie’s Kloset to give you some ideas of what to wear for the big dinner this year. November be flyin’ by peeps, and sooner than you think we’ll all be sittin’ down with family and friends to stuff our faces in shameless gluttony, all in the name of gratitude. What a great holiday, right? Long live Thanksgiving!

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