In My Dreams. Last night, my dad was in my dream. I’ve had mornings when I’ve woken after having a dream about him, and I almost believed that my dream was real. I didn’t feel that way this morning. I knew that it wasn’t real, but I still woke up feeling sad. My dreams are the only place I see my father anymore. Only in my dreams is he walking, breathing, smiling. Part of me wishes I could just live in these dreams forever. Obviously, that isn’t an option. Even if it was, I know it wouldn’t really satisfy my need for my father in my life. Although I see him in my dreams, he very rarely speaks, and I know that it’s not really him, just my own reflection of him. A dream version of my dad will never be my dad. I know that, but it’s still nice to see him from time to time even if it does leave me feeling a little sad in the morning.
What I Wore. After putting this post together for Miss Austin last night, I was itching to wear some of my boots. So when it came time to get dressed this morning, boots & chambray it was. You can never go wrong with that combination, in my opinion.
hi girlfriend! I am doing some internet shopping because I am on the hunt for some cowboy boots! it is ‘bout time I owned a pair, don’t ya think? so can you help? I prefer a squared of toe versus the pointy and I want them to be to my calf I think. I am open to color though! I would rather stay on the lower end cost wise because unfortunately living in philadelphia I won’t get too much use! please help? xo -a
Hey there lovely lady! First of all, let me apologize. This question has been in my inbox for a couple of weeks now, and I’m sorry that I’m just now getting to it. But better late than never, right?
As far as cowboy boots go, I don’t consider myself an expert. I know what I like as far as brands [Old Gringo, Lucchese, Corral] and designs [I love a good cut-out & lots of embroidery], but I think since this will be your first pair, a simpler boot would probably be best. I wasn’t exactly sure of your price range, but in my opinion, these boots are on the lower end of the cost spectrum but still good quality boots. I could have found cheaper, but you wouldn’t get the best quality. I stayed under the $200 mark. Most of the ones I picked are brown because I think they are the most versatile. And I know you said you prefer square-toed, but I threw in a couple of other options for good measure. Let me know if any of these seem like a good fit for you. If not, I am always happy to keep searching.
Ariat Sassy Brown Legend Punchy Square Toed Boot ($169.99)
I love the touch of green on this boot. It gives it a little extra flair, but it’s still a very classic boot that can be worn with anything.
Corral Tan Brown Cortez Square Toe Boot ($169.99)
Corral is one of my favorite boot brands. I think they make quality boots that come in great styles & designs but they aren’t quite as pricey as Old Gringo boots [my absolute favorite!].
Ariat Legend Spirit Ladies Yukon Cross and Studs Punchy Boot ($189.99)
In my opinion, you can never go wrong with the boot & cross combo, so I had to throw this option in the mix.
Ariat Women’s Heritage West Round Toe Boot ($149.95)
These are classic & simple. You really can’t go wrong with these.
Nocona Black Traditional Western Square Toe Boots ($179.99)
I don’t know much about this brand, but this classic design caught my eye. This is a classic option in black, although, as I said before I tend to prefer brown.
Ariat Sonora Boot ($179.95)
I LOVE these! The cut-out design is a favorite look of mine, and the neutral color combo works with anything.
Ariat Sassy Brown Heritage Boots ($169.99)
These may be a little bit pointier than you want, but I really love them so I had to throw them in.
Weekend Happenings.There is nothing better than spending time with people who know you better than anyone. My weekend was spent with some lifelong friends that I am blessed to have had in my life since birth [give or take a year or so]. We grew up together. We spent our summers at church camps together and eventually all went to college together. We’ve seen each other experience some of life’s best & worst moments. We’ve had ups & downs in our friendships with each other, experienced some pretty serious disagreements, & some awkward moments thrown in there for good measure, but a quarter of a century later we can still call each other up & have the best time. I would not be who I am today without these people. They love me for who I am, flaws and all. They support me even when I may be making a huge mistake. They’re always there when I need a friend. This weekend was the best weekend because it was spent with them.
Sisters. Baby sister & I are five years apart. There was a time when that age difference felt huge, but now that we’re older the gap has seemed to disappear altogether. She is one of my best friends & I love her more than anyone. While I was getting ready this morning I started laughing to myself. I was putting on my concealer, and I remembered that over Thanksgiving I gave her a hard time for using the same concealer as me. I teased her about still wanting to be just like her big sister. The thing is, when it comes to little things like make-up, she’s always used the same products that I use. She takes my lead in a lot of ways. That’s not to say that she isn’t her own person, because she most definitely is. She has grown into an extremely beautiful, intelligent, & strong woman. She has her own unique sense of style, has her own path to follow in her life, & makes her own decisions. But there’s still some ways that she ‘copies’ her big sister, and I kinda like it. It’s nice to know she still looks up to me after all these years, but I don’t think she realizes that I actually look up to her in a lot of ways. She may be five years younger than me, but she’s someone I want to be like when I grow up. I wish I had her confidence, her self-assurance, her bravery. I wish I had her ability to apologize when I know I’m wrong. I wish I gave hugs the way that she does. Everybody raves about her hugs. But the bottom line is that I’m so blessed to have her in my life. A constant companion, a friend for always, a confidant for life.
Thursday. Overwhelmed. I have an assignment due for grad school today that I haven’t even started [oops!]. I have been insanely busy with work all week: writing lesson plans, updating my class schedules, updating my class lists, updating seating charts, getting ready for my annual evaluation that is happening next week. I’ve somehow managed to fit in a work-out everyday this week & have managed to cook myself a semi-healthy meal every night. But I’ve only read one of the three chapters for this weeks discussion & still have today’s assignment to do, as well as a paper due by midnight on Sunday. Moral of this story: I need to stop whining and get my lazy ass in gear!!!
Closet Wishlist. Rhyme Los Angeles Zooey Dress
Although I am enjoying the cooler weather that we have been having recently, I have already begun to lust after bright & light dresses for the Spring & Summer. This one is lovely.
Wednesday. I am NOT a morning person. Well, at least I’m not before 10:00 AM. After working with me for close to four years, my co-workers know this little fact about me all to well. This morning when I stopped by the gym to have a little chat with the coaches, I was given a little gift. Morning Sucks soap! Our PE aide knows me well!! Mornings may not be my favorite, but this sweet gift cheered up this morning. It was also a nice little surprise to get in the middle of what has been a very busy and hectic week. Again, it’s the little things. This is becoming a bit of a theme on this blog, but I think it’s a good theme to have. Happy Wednesday y’all!
Kennedy. Here’s a little something that you may not know about me: I have a cat. His name is Kennedy & he’s actually my oldest furry child. I got him in college, & he’s been my little man ever since. He’s had a few mentions on the blog but not many. The reason for his lack of blog attention is not because I don’t love him. It actually has to do with his loner tendencies. He spends the majority of his time under my bed, hidden in the closet, or under the couch. If he does decide to grace me with his presence, he refuses to sit still long enough for me to get a picture of his adorableness. Usually my attempts at pictures of him come out as blurs. But every so often he decides to sit still long enough for me to snap a pic. So here he is. My little man. And yes, if you’re doing the math I have 2 dogs and 1 cat in an apartment. I’m a crazy animal lover & it’s hard for me to resist them.
Weekend Happenings. Rain, rain, & more rain. Sushi, sake, & wine. Football. A Texans’ defeat. Lazy Sunday in bed. An everything bagel with hazelnut coffee. How I Met Your Mother. A Saturday morning work-out. The Golden Globes. Lots of fun, but much to short.
Thank You. To each and everyone one of you that liked, commented, or messaged me regarding my post yesterday, Thank You! Your words were so sweet, kind, & uplifting. It’s nice to know that other people feel the same way that I do & all of you are a perfect example of the wonderful part of this tumblr community. Y’all are incredible, amazing, wonderful, and every other adjective that is synonymous with awesome;)
What I Wore. We’re having Texans day today in Houston. Not only do we want to support our team, but we want to take advantage of one more opportunity to wear our gear because it’s possible we will have to hang it up until next season. Obviously I don’t want that to happen, but based on our performance the last time we played the Patriots, it’s a definite possibility. We’re going in to this game as underdogs but maybe we’ll pull through with a victory. Today I’m rockin’ my J.J. Watt jersey. I have a bit of a soft spot for him, as do many ladies in Houston. He’s a cutie & he’s a dang good football player! So here’s to the Texans!! Good Luck this weekend boys!!! Your city is behind you!
Things My Kids Say. “Ms. W, it looks like you’re having a baby.” Every so often my kids will bust this one out on me. It’s pretty much the worst thing ever, because I’m definitely not. Blah!!!
Tumblr Community. Being a part of this community has been an incredible experience for me. I have made connections with some wonderful people. I feel blessed to have made these connections. But there is also another side to this little community that I’ve struggled with. I’ve gone back and forth on whether to write this post or not, but I’ve finally decided to do it because maybe I’m not alone in how I feel.
I think we are all aware that there are tumblr “cliques”. There are groups of people who all have tons of followers, who all follow each other & who everyone wants to follow them. Most of the time, I try to ignore this stuff because it’s not the reason I started this blog. I didn’t start it to become “internet famous” or “internet popular”, but every so often it gets to me. It gets to me that some of the people I absolutely love reading everyday don’t even notice my posts. It gets to me that some of the people I love reading everyday follow everyone who follows me, but they don’t follow me. I know it’s silly, and like I said, I don’t think about this too often. I enjoy the relationships I’ve created. I look forward to those relationships growing & developing, but I guess human nature and wanting to be accepted gets the best of me sometimes. I guess it goes to show that no matter how old we get, our insecurities and need to be accepted into the group will always be there.
And who knows, I could possibly be one of those people who doesn’t give the time of day to someone else. I hope not, but I guess it’s possible. I know that we can’t all follow everyone, and that’s okay. These are just thoughts I have from time to time, and I wanted to put them out there.
What I Wore. Heels are not something that I wear to work often. They just aren’t practical when I spend the majority of my days on my feet moving around with my little ones. But every so often I decide to throw on a pair. Wearing heels instantly changes the way I feel. I feel more confident in them & I like that. Today felt like a day for heels, so heels it is. I might regret it at the end of the day, but it’ll be worth it.
[Dress: Old Navy; Boots: Nine West; Necklace: heirloom from my great grandmother]