Friday, February 27, 2015

Gray Lady

Hello, hello! How have you been? Thanks a mil for the votes last week onthis post. I would love to do more of that type of thing, so thanks for making it so fun! Today, I’m embracing the gloomy weather we’ve had this winter with a completely gray look. This blazer was a thrift-store find! It’s actually a Men’s XS that I had tailored a bit to fit me better. My workplace is pretty casual, but it’s fun to wear a blazer on the weekends every now and then. I paired it with a basic grey scarf, just to make everything monochromatic. I like the way a turquoise bag and pink lip jump off of an outfit that’s mostly one color.

These loafers were my mom’s. I love the braided leather detail, and the deep brown color. My mom is my favorite person in the world, so it’s fun to step into her shoes every now and then.

I’m still figuring out ways to wear my hair, but I’ve been pulling it into a bun more often than not these days! I love adding a dutch braid in the front, just to make it less of “I didn’t feel like washing my hair this morning” and more “I’m wearing my hair back because I want to”.

Vintage Gray Blazer (a bunch of options here) | Gray Scarf (old, similar here) | Madewell All-Around Tee | Citizens of Humanity Denim | PS1 Bag | Vintage Loafers

What a week it has been! I’ve been dealing with a crazy migraine for most of it, but I’m starting to feel like myself again. Thankfully, I had already scheduled to take off work these past couple of days, so hopefully the relaxation will do my head some good. I hope you have a great weekend planned as well. xoxoxo

Friday, February 20, 2015

1 Scarf, 2 Ways: The Turban (and a Vote!!)

It's another "1 Scarf, 2 Ways" post (see #1: "The Easy Wrap" here)! To catch you up, I'm sharing two modern ways to wear a classic silk scarf. Since this is the last look of the set, you'll be able to vote on your favorite at the end of the post! I'm also in LA, which is why it's sunny and I'm smiling in these pictures :)

Anyways, I love the way this takes a rather plain outfit and jazzes it up. Without the scarf (cover my head if you'd like), it's really just a navy skirt, navy heels, and a white top. Pretty basic. Now you add the bright fuchsia in the head scarf, and it makes the whole outfit more bohemian and interesting. I'm looking forward to rocking this on days that I don't want to wash+blowdry+curl my hair, but still want to wear it down.

Here's how you get this look: Start by folding the scarf into a triangle, then roll it up from the widest edge to the tip of the triangle (into a snake-like shape). Place the middle of the scarf on the back of your head, with the two ends out in front of you. Bring the ends to the top of your forehead, cross them, and twist. Bring the ends back to the back of your head, and tie a knot to keep it in place.

I realize it would have been easier if I'd photographed all of these steps.. I'll do that next time!

I must say that I really love this scarf from Johnny Was. It's mostly fuchsia, but has some hints of blue, and the large scale pattern makes it easy to pair with other prints, like polka-dots. I also LOVE the tassel detail at the corners. I highly recommend stopping by their store in Austin, or checking out all of their scarves online here.

So there you have it, friends. Two ways to wear this classic scarf, ready for you to vote on your favorite!

Which one do you like best? Would you wear either? You don't have to give any info to vote, just click on the one you like, in the question box below the pictures. Also, once you vote, you can see which one is winning. It's VERY fun.

I can't wait to see which one wins! xx

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

1 Scarf, 2 Ways: The Easy Wrap

Although they are beautiful & timeless, I've always been a bit confused as to how to wear a silk scarf. I love the way they look when used in home decor, and Kimmy Wallace sure knows how to rock one in my favorite movie, but I was pretty clueless as to how to incorporate one into my own everyday look. Thankfully, while I was in Austin last December, my boyfriend's mom introduced me to Johnny Was. Not only does the brand sell a wide variety of beautiful silk scarves, the sales girls in the store are exceptionally nice, and we had a lot of fun trying on new ways to wear this classic accessory. Ever since then, I've been looking at silk scarves in a whole new light, and I thought it would be fun to share a couple of ways for you to wear them too.

For this first version, I'm wearing the scarf as a wrap, which is suuuuper easy to achieve: you just fold the scarf in half (hotdog style!), and tie the ends together in a double knot. To wear it, put your arms through each opening, and voila! Paired with a white tank top and jeans, it's young and easy to pull off. 

Those of you who follow me on Instagram (or read this post), know that I escaped the bitter cold of the east coast this weekend for a little sun in Los Angeles. I had the best time with my partner in crime, who is now my official west coast photographer :). She was such a good sport to take these pictures for me.. love you, H!

Round two of the "1 Scarf, 2 Ways" will be up on Friday, so be sure to check back to vote on your favorite! Thanks for reading xx

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Loving Lately: LA Edition

I'm heading to LA this weekend to spend Valentine's Day with my best friend, H. In addition to catching up with her (and her adorable pup!), I can't wait to wear shorts, sandals, and a dress without tights. I'll be sure to bring my camera so I can fill you in on our adventures. Below are a few things that I'd love to take with me this weekend:

  1. I have yet to order a t-shirt from Everlane, but the drape of the Ryan Long-Sleeve Tee might tempt me to finally do so. I love the look of jeans and a white t-shirt, so I'll be packing some white tees for sure.
  2. My neutral Prada sunglasses are on constant rotation lately - it would be great to have a black cat-eye pair for backup. These Karen Walker sunglasses would fit the bill nicely.
  3. The Thalia sandal from Ancient Greek Sandals is simple and beautiful. Summer in a sandal.
  4. A tan bucket bag to match the sandals, obviously. This one has a bright pink interior, which I love paired with the camel-colored leather.
  5. I've always been drawn to handbags, but lately I've been adding more and more shoes to my wishlist. These high heeled sandals look great on, especially from the back (you can see them on a model here).
  6. I've been obsessed with the Frame ripped denim ever since I saw Blair rock them on Instagram. Aren't they sassy and cool? I may have to order these for summer.
  7. This little red dress would be perfect for a date or a night out with your friends, whether it is Valentine's Day or not. I have yet to order anything from ChicWish, but the prices are so good that it might be worth a try!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Pink, Navy & Gold

Thanks to some aggressive goal setting at the beginning of January, this last month has been insanely busy. I am well into a GMAT class (#7!), I have a list a mile long of personal things to do (take my car to the shop, do laundry, & who has time to go to the dentist?); plus working full-time and trying to have some fun - it's a lot to keep up with. I ordered this pretty planner last week so I can try to keep everything in order. It's arriving tomorrow - yay! Is there anything better than getting a package delivered? Certainly better than crossing anything off of my to-do list.. Ha! Anyway, this blog is my favorite thing to work on, but it's the easiest thing to cut out when life starts to get too busy. I'm hoping that my new planner will give me a boost in terms of time management. I'll report back.

Whenever life is busy, I always fall back on things I already know and love, including my all-time-favorite color combo: navy, pink, and gold. I've been wearing so much black lately (proof here & here), it feels like a treat to revisit my trusty navy. I found this Theory blazer on sale at Saks Off Fifth last year, but I've linked to a couple of options at the end of this post. My workplace is really casual, so I don't have a big need for blazers, but I love the way they pull an outfit together - more so than a cardigan or a heavy coat.

Did you notice? No nail polish in these pictures! What?! I hardly recognize myself. But don't worry, it's on my to-do list. :)

I hope y'all are having a wonderful week so far. Thanks for stopping by.