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March 11th, 2015 · 5 Comments

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You know one thing that I really miss about New York? 

Public transportation.

It wasn’t always the most glamorous way to get around, but man, the New York subway was a huge melting pot of people, schedules, sections of the city, and just about anything else you can imagine.  Chad and I had about a half hour commute because we were going from the West Village to our law firms in Midtown, and when we first moved in together, we used to split the morning paper between the two of us.  (I’d get Fashion & Style, Arts, Opinion, and Travel, and he’d get World News, Business and the Front Page section.  I promise, our news is much less divided along gender stereotypes now.)

Our subway ride wasn’t a local train with lots of stops and law firms have slightly different hours than many businesses (a regular day often started at 10 a.m. but ended with emails at midnight or later), so our subway rides weren’t particularly crowded.  And, you know what?  It was a nice way to start the day.  Even though commuting by car is a lot easier, sometimes I still miss the subway. 

So, when my new photographer suggested a shoot on Houston’s Metro, I thought it was a great idea!  Houston has a long way to go before public transportation is widely used, but it’s making some important early strides.  The stop nearest to our house is in the Medical Center, so that’s where we ventured to for these photos — and I love them!

What’s your morning commute?  Do you take a subway, car, train, or bus?  (Buses get a bad rep, but I actually liked NYC buses a lot, too!)

Alice and Olivia dress, Nordstrom jacket, Stripes and Sequins x BaubleBar necklace, Rachel Leigh cuff bracelet, SHOEMINT heels.

Photos by Banks Farley.

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workweek chic

March 2nd, 2015 · 8 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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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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