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The Christmas Dress

When I was a little girl, my mom would always pick out a Christmas Eve dress for me to wear.  For several years, she actually made my Christmas dresses. Looking back, those always turned out to be pretty interesting with their rather large early nineties peter pan collars, tacky plastic buttons, and sparkly reindeer tights.
{Not slighting my mother’s sewing skills, though. She is amazing!}

These days, choosing what to wear is a little more exciting. This Lulu*s dress made for a perfect Christmas Eve outfit. I actually forgot my black opaque tights, so I threw on the only thing I had. And I’m glad I did, because I actually loved the fun little touch these polka dot tights gave the dress.

We were in Austin at Chad’s parents this year, so I wanted to take these photos in front of the cabin {on their property} where we were engaged Christmas morning two years ago. Their log cabin home is so magical at Christmas and it brings about wonderful memories and cozy feelings. I love that I get to spend Christmas with both of my families. It really is such a wonderful time of the year.
As Christmas came and went, I honestly felt the best gift was getting to see everyone and spend time with the ones I love. It doesn’t happen often enough.

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Dress: c/o Lulu*s
Tights: Forever 21
Heels: c/o Lulu*s
Necklace: c/o Savoir-Faire

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Oh the weather outside is frightful!

Well folks, we woke up to an ice storm this morning, and although it’s beautiful outside? That white stuff is all ice & barely any snow.
It’s quite cold, and lots of people are without power.
{Thankfully not us! It would be so cold in this drafty, old home!}

We are mourning the loss of a 150 year old gigantic oak tree that stood in our neighbors yard.  Almost half of it fell over last night into the street.  They are currently hauling it away piece by piece as I type this.  It was one of the things that made our street so beautiful! That big old tree had been there since the 1800′s.
But, it is what it is! Nature does it’s thing!

I must admit, it’s nice to have the day off work and enjoy the snowy scene outside our window! Right now, the neighborhood is gathering in front of our home to watch the tree chaos, the smell of cinnamon rolls is coming from the kitchen, the Christmas tree lights are glowing bright, and we have a Christmas movie on in the background.

I’d say it makes for a cozy winter day.

So glad I took these photos yesterday before the arctic weather moved in!
Enjoy your weekend, wherever you are!
Stay warm and safe fellow Texans and Arkansans!

Skinnies: Gap
Top: c/o Savoir-Faire
Jacket: Forever 21
Heels: Forever 21
Bag: c/o Lulu*s
Necklace: c/o Savoir-Faire

A Date With Minnetonka

Good Morning, y’all!

I am really excited to be sharing a fun Minnetonka collaboration with you today that I have been so excited about!! Head over to the Minnetonka blog to check out the guest post!! I had so much fun making this video, and am looking forward to a little Holiday collab with Minnetonka and a few other wonderful bloggers in a few weeks!
Isn’t this time of the year just the best?

Hope you enjoy the video!
It’s a favorite, because Chad makes a little cameo too!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for a wonderful Minnetonka giveaway!
Just in time for the Holidays, y’all!

A Date With Minnetonka from Signeroo on Vimeo.

buying a house & waiting for fall

I’m going to start out this post with a little request.
If y’all would be so wonderful to send up some prayers or positive thoughts, we would be so grateful.  We have been in the process of “closing” on our house for quite a few months now. 
It’s so close, I can feel it in my bones.
Chad and I spent a few hours there last night working on some light construction for the final inspection {don’t even ask} and my hands were just itching to tear just a tiny piece of that wallpaper off. Just a tiny one. I might have. Okay, I did. And it felt good. Really good.

This process has just been so trying. I’m not going to lie. I have felt rage where rage has never been. I have thrown three year old fits. I have watched Chad patiently swallow his pride and agree with our realtor.  But lets be honest. We’ve just been angry and stressed for a good….two months.  It seems silly, though. When looking at the big picture.

We knew we were buying an old home. We love that about the house we are buying. We love the history and the quirkiness.  We love how cozy it will be.  But on the other hand, we didn’t really prepare ourselves for how hard it would be to purchase one.  We’ve had several inspections fail, we’ve had to fight with the sellers to do the right thing and fix those things so we don’t have to, and to sum it all up, we’ve just really been put through the ringer.  And goodness, I have just thought over and over, “isn’t this supposed to be a special time in our lives!?”

And here’s what I feel like God keeps rooting deep in my heart through it all.
This whole time we have been closing on our house? I haven’t spent time loving the final months in our “first” house we have had together. Yes, it’s a rental.  It’s not truly ours. But, I love it. And we already have so many memories there. So, in the midst of my anger, I have felt a tiny, calming sense of patience lately.  And just a small pang of joyful sorrow as we leave one place and move on to the next season of our lives together.
Patience is not my virtue. And through this, I know I am being taught something.
And I know I should be thankful that my “hardship” is just stress.
We are truly blessed. We really are.
And I know this time is going to be so precious when we look back on it.
Unpacking boxes, painting together, making our first home a “home”.

So. What I have learned, is to really be present in the present.
The hardest thing for this nostalgic, impatient girl.

It feels good to be open and raw with my emotions on my blog. I think people always see the shiny, pretty things. And never the upsetting, sad, hard things.
As much as this is about what I wear day to day, it’s also about my life.
And I really do love sharing the bad with the good.
Makes me feel like more of a person. Does that make sense?

Okay, enough about that. Of course there is an outfit in here too.

I woke up this morning pining for fall.
Everyone who resides in the Northern states on my Instagram feed is bundled up in their sweaters, cardigans or trendy fall accessories. Just stop y’all. Stop teasing.
It’s still summer here in Texas.
Sweaty, Stifling, Summer.
There is a certain plaid shirt in my closet that I am longing to pull out and wear.
If the weather agrees with me tomorrow, it’s happening.
But for now, my feet will be sweating in these booties. I do, however, feel a little less foolish by pairing them with this sleeveless dress. Take that, Texas “wannabe fall”!

dress: target {old}
booties: forever 21
necklace: millk & honey {last year}
bag: vintage coach