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workweek chic

March 2nd, 2015 · 6 Comments

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So, here’s the thing. I used to post all these cute outfits that I’d wear on the weekends, and exactly none of the way-less-exciting suit rotation that I wore to work every. single. day.

But lately, since my weekends revolve primarily around machine-washable clothes that can be spit up on (sigh, but it’s reality), I really haven’t had many outfits to photograph.

But you know when I do get dressed up? For work! And since I started my own practice, I have a little more freedom to take fashion risks, even in the courtroom. The legal profession is very conservative, but I’ve become pretty good at choosing workweek outfits that are professional but still fun — I’m frequently (always) the only lawyer sporting colorful blazers and stiletto heels, but hey: it’s what I like.

(The other day, going through security at the federal courthouse, my Jimmy Choos set off the metal detector, yes they did. The officer asked if my heels were dangerous, and I promised him they wouldn’t hurt anything except my feet. Hahahahaha. I had to work that story in because I thought I was hilarious, but it occurs to me now that it might also be construed as wildly dorky.)

I didn’t actually wear this to court — it was for a regular day of meetings and a charity event. What I love about this outfit was that it went really easily from work to play — just taking off the blazer made this a cute, summery outfit (I know, it’s February, but this is Houston we’re talking about), but I could still put it back on and be professional.

What I don’t love about this outfit: the blazer is probably four years old and was originally under $100 from Zara — it’s showing some wear, and I need to upgrade. I’m insanely picky about blazers — the cut, fit, and style have to be exactly right before I’ll buy one. But here are a few I’m thinking about ordering, and I’d love your thoughts! None of them are exactly like this one, but they’re all under $200 and could be really fun additions to my workweek wardrobe.

I’m thinking about ordering this one from Shopbop in black — I like the three-quarter sleeves and the single-button style. If that doesn’t work out, I’ll probably try this bold blue from Nordstrom, or maybe even this blush pink from Topshop. (I wish I could see the color in person on the last one, but Houston doesn’t have Topshop yet!  It’s only $90, so I may order it just to try on.) Let me know if you have any thoughts and I’ll let you guys know when I decide!

So, here we go: Workweek Chic. What do you guys think? Should this be a regular Sugarlaws feature?

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Tags: style · work

The Mommie Series!

February 17th, 2015 · 1 Comment

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Last week, I had the most amazing time moderating a panel discussion for the Mommie Series!  As part of the Mommie Series, several times a year, speakers on fashion, finance, health and family gather to discuss topical issues on the minds of modern moms, and this season, I was thrilled to be part of the discussion.

Being a mom is an incredible privilege, and it’s also a huge challenge.  As modern mothers, we face pressure on all sides — from career choices to competing parenting philosophies to crafting modern marriages that are satisfying and fulfilling.  So nights like this one are incredibly special — they’re those rare nights out when we get to dress up, sip champagne, and discuss the issues that are important to us.  Our night of speakers tackled topics like charitable giving, access to social media for kids, thyroid function, and spring fashion trends.  Yup, all of it.  That’s why this event is so amazing: one moment you’re talking about the tax advantages of setting up a charitable foundation, the next you’re drooling over white leather for fall. 

That’s my kind of night, ladies.

So I wanted to share a few photos from the night with you guys, because it was such a fun, special experience.  I was honored to be asked to be part of this session, and can’t wait to be in the audience for many more to come. 

Photos by Quy Tan.

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making the case for flats

January 11th, 2015 · 2 Comments

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Last Friday, I had a lunch meeting with another lawyer, and she picked a spot in this really chic shopping area, one that I hadn’t visited in a while.  And I was coming off a very busy morning, and didn’t have much scheduled in the afternoon, so after our lunch ended, I thought I’d just take a quick peek into my favorite Houston boutique, which just happened to be right next door. 

And quick peeks are always bad for my wallet.  When I’m looking for something specific, I’ll shop for hours and come home empty-handed, but when I’m just browsing?  I always find something amazing.  It’s a curse, I tell you. 

So, about twenty minutes later, I found myself deciding between two pretty incredible pairs of shoes, which I captured on Instagram in the photo above.

The ones on the left are Giuseppe Zanotti flat sandals, and obviously, are pretty amazing.  And the ones on the right are pretty much my exact favorite shoe in the world — Jimmy Choo heels.  I have Jimmy Choo pumps in nude and black, and you guys have seen them in, oh, probably half the outfit posts on this site.  They’re chic, streamlined and elegant, and they go with absolutely everything.  I bought them both for full price (something I almost never do) and they average out to pennies per wear — that’s how much use I’ve gotten from them. 

The response I got on Instagram was almost unanimous — go for the Jimmy Choos.

And, you guys, I almost did.  Almost.

But then I had a moment of complete candor with myself, and you know what I realized?

In the last eight months, since our son was born, I’ve worn heels maybe a dozen times.  Total.  And most of those times were work-related, so those peep-toe pumps?  Probably not going to fly.  (While the fashionista in me disagrees, and open-toe shoes don’t really work in court.)

But you know what I wear all the time?

Flats. 

And ugh, you guys, there’s a part of me that is so disappointed that I’m writing this.  I’m 5’2″ and have loved platform heels since they hit the market — I love being able to look straight into people’s eyes, and that boost of confidence that a tall heel always gives me.  I love the way that heels shape your leg, and I love how glamorous it feels to wear them. 

Unfortunately, though… I’m also a really big klutz.  I can’t tell you how many scraped knees and ripped jeans that I’ve endured from toppling over in my high heels, and the fact is: when I’m carrying our son around, I just don’t feel safe in platforms.  Sometimes, if Bear will be in the stroller or I’ll be sitting down, I wear them anyway.  But most of the time, these days?  Flats. 

So, I bought the Giuseppe sandals. 

And, you know what? 

Lemons, meet lemonade.  Sure, I can’t wear my platforms as much as I used to.  On the other hand, how amazing are those sandals? 

Full outfit post in them soon, but for now — swoon!

Tags: style