the time I talk dating and fashion and dating and fashion

IMG_0798 IMG_0799 IMG_0800 IMG_0809 IMG_0810 IMG_0811 IMG_0812 IMG_0814 IMG_0817 IMG_0825T-shirt-@jolly’s,  Skirt- @jolly’s, Shoes- AMAZING TJ Maxx find- similar, bracelets-PuraVida- find your style here

You know that guy, the good on paper guy? Yeah, I met a lot of that guy way back pre-Joel. I met the one that was a marathon runner who owned a loft, had an amazing job and drove a porshe that unfortunately didn’t come with a personality. I met the one who was a world traveler, a wanderer, whose facebook feed was filled with him in  South Africa and Peru and Hong Kong. He spoke 3 languages, none of which were Mallory. I met the one who had a desk job by day but whose true passion was art. He was smart and funny and we spent 4 wonderful weeks together before he apparently misplaced my number. Permanently.

That is what this skirt was. A good on paper skirt. I remember the first time I laid eyes on it. My mom and I were in Chicago on a buying trip for the boutique. We both immediately dropped our bags and ran to this skirt. It was the perfect maxi skirt. It was a neutral color, the lace made it just interesting enough, the lining was long enough. Could this be the holy grail of skirts?

Fast Forward 2 months when it showed up with our order. This time upon seeing it I dropped my pants and ran to it (This is a family program-obviously I was going to try it on). Oh, it was magical. It twirled when I twirled, it seemed to reflect me. It was casual but kinda fancy, it was pretty and dainty and amazing and I knew I wanted one. It was a beautiful moment in my style files.

But once we got home and I got her settled onto a hanger in my closet I was at a lose. For everything I tried on with it just didn’t work. If I went with the open side tie-die top from Denim & Supply I looked like something left behind at Coachella, If I went with the turquoise silk tank from Madewell I looked confused. I was at a fashion loss.

And then it hit me. Sometimes in fashion and in dating you have to stop trying so hard and just let things be. This skirt is always going to be the star and I needed to stop trying to make an outfit around it and let it be the outfit. Enter the besttshirtevermadeeverever. I don’t usually go for shirts that talk but this one has such a wonderfully true message that I will allow it to say what is not socially acceptable for me to.

So with that I will leave you. Happy dating and happy dressing.



the time I met Willie

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Sweater-@jolly’s, Tank-Project 615, Belt-Target, Jeans-Paige seen here, Boots-Aldo seen here, Handbag- The Sassy Sparrow

So one of the benefits of going to all of these trade shows with our boutique is that we are introduced to tons of cool people doing really innovative, awesome and sometimes, just plain strange things.

The Nashville show we recently attended was no different.

There was the awesome-The Sassy Sparrow-which is an amazing line of handbags, accessories, baby parafanalia and all sorts of other little trinkets for a fabulous life. Everything is handmade by members of their very large family. They are based out of Illinois and to be honest, I am a bit obsessed with their bags, this one even ended up coming home with me. Kate Spade who? (Just kidding Kate, kind of…).

There there was the bizarre (and awesome). A fantastic 20 year old from Atlanta hocking steamers. She said she has been on the road going to trade shows and exhibits since she graduated high school. The steamer, however, incredible and comes with an attachment for steam facials. Which is exactly what i think about after steaming my clothes… My only regret is that I should have snatched up two.

And then there was my personal favorite and supremely cool- the makers of my favorite find in Nashville, my Willie Nelson shirt from above. When I first laid eyes on it I knew it had to be mine. It doesn’t get much better than Willie and I could picture this shirt worn with jeans and a sweater but also with tulle skirts and heels, to yoga class with my polka dot pants, with camo jean shorts and a beautiful kamono cardigan. Look, I could do this all day but I will spare you. Instead let me fill you in on the details of this little shirt. It joins my wardrobe from a company called Project 615. This company is 100% non profit and the proceeds of their incredibly cool shirts goes towards helping the homeless population of Nashville. I get to hang out with Willie, look totally adorable AND help. Ok, I will take one of everything… Check them out here.

Just when I think Target is everything, I find local people doing really interesting and amazing things. And it makes me so excited!

What local finds are you loving right now?



the time I was busy

IMG_0021 IMG_0004 IMG_0002 IMG_0006 IMG_0005 IMG_0009 IMG_0008 IMG_0020 IMG_0017 IMG_0016 IMG_0014 IMG_0012 IMG_0011 IMG_0022Well, sure enough, just as soon as I declared I wanted to be more present in my 30th year on earth I entered the busiest 2 week period of my life, got an awful cold and traveled to 4 different states. And then I took an all day nap.

But, I am back. So let’s catch up. My mom and I went to Nashville for a trade show for our boutique, @jolly’s. The show was fine, however Nashville was amazing. What a cool city. We went to The Bluebird Cafe and saw 4 amazing singer songwriters in the round. We drank wine and snapped pics and bought the t-shirt and it was amazing. We also bought cowboy boots. Facts about cowboy boots: They are ridiculously expensive. They are incredibly comfortable. I can’t remember what my life was like before them. I wish they made a pair for dogs. Harvey would look amazing in a cowboy boot, (or four).

Mr. Mallory came on over to Nashville for the weekend since my mom had to get back to KC for her ‘real job’. We made it out to bar with live music. It was incredible. It was also the first time we had been in a bar in probably 4 years. We are old. And married. And for that I am thankful.

Overall this trip opened my little narrow-minded eyeballs. I had kind of closed the book on US travel. I had hit all the major cities. I had seen a lot and I felt a bit jaded. I was focused on world travel. Making that bucket list. Nashville reminded me that there are a lot of really fantastic places right here under my nose that I have written off perhaps too soon. So Nashville, I thank you for that. I will see you somewhere down the road.

Until next time.