Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hot Pink Pop

Thanks for all of the sweet comments on Facebook and Instagram regarding this post! I am still getting the hang of having an additional 7 inches of hair to deal with, but I am loving it so far. One thing I've noticed is that I'm applying waaay more heat to my [real] hair than before, since I am washing, blow drying, and curling it almost every day to make the extensions blend... not the best. I've been trying to experiment with a few new styles - especially if it means I can go more days between washes - which lead me to the top knot. This twist on the classic ballerina bun is one look that I've long admired on long-haired girls (especially Julia and Blair), so I thought I'd give it a go.

You can see that I did eventually order the Petty boots from Sam Edelman, and they have been my go-to boots for the past month. It's been too cold for ballet flats, and my black Vince boots are too tall for long walks, so these are bridging the gap. With Piperlime's frequent sales, I managed to get these at just under $100, so definitely try to wait and get them on sale. Also as an FYI, they run a bit big, so I had to exchange them for a half size smaller than my usual size.

My boyfriend & I are finally determined to complete a gallery wall in our bedroom (14 feet, floor to ceiling!). Over the last few months, I've made progress on my own painting and have collected some antique art, but I still need to buy a few more modern pieces, print some personal photography, and find frames for everything. In fact, I wore this outfit on a long walk downtown to have a few prints framed at the art store, but it ended up being a bit of a disappointment when we were quoted $1000 for the framing of four (tiny!) pieces. Youch! Now we are going the DIY route, so I'll be sharing all of those details soon.

Zara Coat (last seen here) | Equipment Top (similar color on sale) | Prada Sunglasses (other colors here) | Rag & Bone Denim | Sam Edelman Petty Boots (They run big! I sized down by a half size) | Chanel Boy Bag

I was in Austin the weekend before last and forgot my camera (major regret), which threw off my picture-taking/posting schedule! I'll be back on track with more outfit posts and a new home series, so stay tuned. Thanks for continuing to check back. xx

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Leather Jacket & Long Hair

Hello, hello! This is my first official outfit post with long hair, and I'm super excited about it. It's been so snowy and cold these past couple of weeks that I only had a small window of time to take blog pictures this past weekend. I was rushing to get an outfit together before the sun went down, so I just relied on some old faithfuls, most of which you've seen on the blog already: my best-fitting jeans, a great white button-up tee (from one of my first posts), a bright handbag, leopard booties (last seen here), and a leather jacket.

This leather jacket was my best souvenir from my semester abroad (these shoes are a close second). I feel like a total badass whenever I'm wearing it, and it's a great topper for pretty much anything, from a t-shirt & jeans, to a party dress. The booties are a bit ridiculous to wear around in the ice and snow (I know, I know!) but I was craving a change after a week of practical snow boots.

I find myself reaching for solid black and white tops & t-shirts more often than anything else in my closet (although I only have a few tops, so maybe I just need to expand my selection?). I found this James Perse tee at TJ Maxx last year (for around $30, I think) and I love the fabric and the fit. These Madewell All-Around tees have a similar, loose-body fit in a v-neck style, and I love them just as much. I have the black and the heather indigo colors, but I'm crossing my fingers that they will come out with a white one soon.

Black Leather Jacket (similar here; less expensive here) | James Perse Top (last seen here) | Rag & Bone Denim | Leopard Booties (last seen here) | Proenza Schouler PS1

I was in NYC yesterday for a day full of meetings, so I'm writing this on the train back home. I actually wore this dress all day and felt like a million bucks (and managed to keep warm by doubling up on my tights). I've said it before, but when you find something that you like, there is no shame in wearing it over and over and over again. What are some of your go-to pieces?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Year, New Hair

One thing that you should know about me, is that I’ve always been dissatisfied with my hair. It’s extremely fine and stick straight, becomes greasy way too easily, and really doesn’t grow out well past my collarbone. It does have it’s perks: it dries quickly, it looks cute in a bob and I have zero frizz, but I’ve always pined after the long, luscious locks of my friends, co-workers and nearly every blogger I follow. To be honest, it’s been the one thing that I’d like to change about my appearance for the longest time.

Around the beginning of December, I started watching makeup and beauty tutorials on YouTube, and over the holidays, I randomly stumbled on some hair tutorials as well. Picture me surprised when nearly everyone with incredible hair started their tutorial with: “First, I clip in my hair extensions….” WHAT??! This isn't their real hair? I thought it was just little ole me who was born without incredible hair, but THIS IS THE SECRET, Y'ALL. If you were born with long, thick, beautiful hair, I am eternally jealous. But if you weren’t, you can have it too! Just like nearly every celebrity, model, or vlogger, apparently.

I’ve had hair extensions twice before for high school prom, but they were temporarily glued in, and so difficult to deal with. My feelings toward permanent hair extensions were that they were extremely expensive (think: thousands of dollars), harmful to your hair, and tons of upkeep, so it never seemed like a viable option. Spurred on by this newfound knowledge of CLIP-IN extensions, I stopped by Sally Beauty Supply over the weekend, and used their color swatches to find a set that matched my hair (I really wasn’t interested in getting my hair colored regularly to match extensions, so that was going to be a deal breaker for me – see the thousands of dollars comment above). I completely LUCKED OUT and jumped for joy in the store when the EuroNext Chestnut Brown color matched perfectly. I grabbed the shortest length -14”- since my hair is short to begin with, and checked out. I clipped them in as soon as I got home, and sent this picture to my mom:

I knew that they needed to blend into my hair better (you could still see the division between my hair and the extensions in person), so I scheduled an appointment with my local salon, and requested a haircut that would include the clip-in extensions. Turns out, my stylist uses clip-ins as well (I’m telling you: THEY ARE EVERYWHERE), and did a great job with trimming them and making them blend. My original plan was to cut them significantly so that the extensions would add thickness to my hair without creating a dramatic change in length, but my stylist convinced me to keep them long for at least a couple of weeks, and I’m so glad that she did!

They are still not perfectly blended when I wear them straight, but I hear that it’s almost impossible to make that happen when you have a big separation in length (like I do). Instead, curling them makes all the difference in the world, so I’ve been using this NuMe curling wand, and it’s been love ever since. 

I’m definitely still getting the hang of it – I never even curled my hair before this – and it's more of a commitment to get ready in the morning, but I’m hoping that I’ll get better and better at managing them, especially as my own hair grows out. If you are on the fence about getting hair extensions for yourself, I’d be happy to talk to you about all of the details if you contact me here! I’m loving the new look and hope you do too. All of my [hair] dreams have come true, which is such a great way to kick off 2015.

P.S. I can officially mark #15 off of my list. Only 50 more to go! xx

Monday, January 12, 2015

Essie: Big Spender

It's been awhile since I've posted a nail polish recommendation, mostly because I've been suuuper lazy with my at home manicures since the holidays. I finally painted my nails last night while I watched the Golden Globes (maybe I was inspired by E!'s mani-cam? Just kidding.. this tweet made me laugh). Anyways, hopefully I'm getting back into the swing of things.

I love this nail color from Essie: Big Spender. The purple/pink is really flattering for us pale-skinned gals, but I'm sure it would look equally lovely on darker skin, or with a tan. I had my makeup done over at NARS a couple of weeks ago, and purchased a lip color that is a very similar shade: Never Say Never. I'm looking forward to wearing this color more this winter.

Speaking of winter, does anyone have a secret for keeping your hands from completely drying out in the cold? I've been trying all sorts of different lotions/creams/oils/etc., but nothing seems to last throughout the day. Would love to know what works for you!