Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Lace and Cobalt Blue

Outfit Details: 
dress: Bobeau from Nordstrom Rack (similar)
bag: Danielle Nicole from Piperlime (similar)
necklace: 14th & Union via Nordstrom Rack (similar)
bracelets: vintage
shoes: gift 
fox ring: The Alchemy Shop

I absolutely love this cobalt blue cross-body bag I got during the amazing 50% off sale Piperlime had back after New Years. The other cross-body I use coincidentally enough, is also by Danielle Nicole! They have super cute, yet very affordable purses and bags for everyday or evening. 

The bonus is that I can remove the long strap to make it just a hand-held purse. It fits everything I need in a chic compact size that isn't too bulky. 

I paired this pop of color with my go-to comfy lace dress and these low-key polka-dot heels. I wore this outfit for a personal styling client meeting. Lately I have made the conscious decision to utilize my wardrobe fully whenever I go out, even if it is just to meet with someone for 30 minutes. I have felt so much more awake and motivated to get things done, when I feel polished and put-together. I just have to keep this up and not only reach for my usual pieces, like jeans and a tee, unless I had some awesome heels and statement jewelry with it! 

How do you utilize your whole wardrobe?! 

photos by Margaret Thombs

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Going Natural... Well kind of

I love using just a serum in my damp hair after the shower and letting it air dry. That way I get lovely natural waves and I don't have to spend a lot of time on my hair and can focus on more important things like sleeping in or reading a romance novel or scrolling instagram.  The hair serum I am using is Hypnotik Hair from 1 am Beauty  (check out my other post about it: Product Review ). I have been very happy with it and plan on finishing the bottle! 

Obviously this is not my hair 100% in its natural state, because red is not my natural hair color.  Most of you know this if you have known me longer than a year or have checked out some of my posts from further back. I have finally made the decision to go back to my natural color. That way if I do want that red back I will use my temp color from Clairol to jazz things up!

 It's not that I don't love the red, I definitely do! I just don't like that I can't go back and forth between the blonde and red as easily as I used to.  Another aspect of this permanent red hair is the touch up. It is getting to be too much and I have gotten lazy, so now I have the lovely blonde roots majorly showing. 

Over a full year of being a red head has been wonderful and I am so glad I tried the permanent red. I felt spunkier and more vibrant. Maybe it was because I was becoming more confident in my business or maybe it really was just the red hair (we may never know). But it is time. Granted my natural blonde hair does have some red in it so I am never truly without it, I just want to be lazy again without looking like a hot mess. You feel me?

What do you guys think? Excited for a lighter shade on the blog?

photos by Margaret Thombs

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Maxi Skirt & Crop Top

Outfit Details:
hat: Bebe (similar)
top: Asos
belt: BCBG MaxAzria (similar or similar)
shoes: Madden Girl

Spring is here and I am so ready to dust off all of my crop tops, maxi skirts and sandals! Here I kept the ensemble simple, top and skirt with the belt to tie them together. These sandals I also wore in Preparing for Spring, I absolutely love these! They are so comfortable and can be pared with a lot of different outfit pairings. 

If you are just catching up with my blog now, you will soon find out that I love crop tops! Now my bod is not in the shape to wear them with low rise pants or to show off my midriff [maybe one day ;) ]. So I use them to pair with high-waisted skirts and pants so that I don't have to deal with the bulk of tucking in a shirt. If you have ever suffered from this dilemma, go and get some for yourself and try them out! 

How do you wear your crop tops?

Here are some other posts featuring my array of crop tops:

Some cute options to get you started! 

Vintage Blue Brocade Cropped TopTruly Madly Deeply Cropped Layer Cake TeeSilence + Noise Ribbed Cross-Front Cropped Tank TopMargot Open-Stitch Cropped Top

photos by my dad 

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Preparing for Spring

Outfit Details:
jacket: Cabi
crop top: Asos
shoes: Madden Girl
necklace: Via Nordstrom Rack
clutch: Hand Painted by Me
ring: from boutique in Hermosa Beach, California 

Who else is loving this amazing weather! I am dusting off my sandals and showing off my blinding legs here and I couldn't be happier. Even with the arrival of spring it can tend to be a bit chilly at times. This lightweight jacket is the perfect combo with this ensemble to keep off the chill and to add a urban edge to the look. 

The shoes I have on I got on major sale last fall so I wasn't able to wear them that much before the cold set in; so I can't wait to pair these with so many more outfits! They are extremely comfortable and add a great casual  tone to any dress or skirt combo. 

What pieces are you excited to wear this spring that you didn't get to last year?

photos by my Dad

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