This weekend was filled with a graduation party for our dear cousin Billy, lots of house work including power washing the deck with the help of my eternally awesome parents, and photographing a Leukemia Gala, which was such an amazing experience. When I was getting dressed for the party on Friday night, I kept noticing that a lot of my dresses were too tight mainly due to the fact that most of them had been purchased over three years ago during my days of being engaged and pretty much not eating things. Obviously I have gained about 10 pounds (if we’re being nice) since then so my summer sundress wardrobe could use a little sprucing. These are some of my favorites right now – and by the way – Anthro is killing it in the dress department.
One – I don’t normally do swing dresses but this one seems so sweet and pretty.
Two – I can’t take my eyes off this dress. I saw it in stores and it is every bit as gorgeous in person. This is made by a partnership between Rifle Paper Co (love) and Lauren Conrad’s company. Who knew that girl was gonna be so successful after that Laguna Beach business. Good for her.
Three – The neck on this is so good right? I’m obsessed.
Four – I just purchased this online because it was like $20 and it seemed like I could get a lot of use out of it. I’ll give you guys an update once I get it.
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Summer is just around the corner which blows my mind. What the heck guys, it was just Christmas. This is the time of year when I start to wish I was a teacher until I realize how hard the job is the rest of the year. Man it would be nice to have a summer again. This weekend I was looking at my shoe situation for summer and it consists of an old dirty pair of rainbows, an older pair of Target sandals, and some other ugly sandals that I will likely never wear. And all of my flats that are worn through and are so filthy that they make my feet black when I put them on. At least I know I’ve gotten my money’s worth right? Oh, and there are also about 20 pairs of heels that get little to no use. I’m not sure when I’m going to figure out that I never actually wear them.
Well I’m not going to go out and buy a whole new shoe wardrobe, but a couple of small updates might do the trick.
1) I have my eye out for the perfect tan/neutral mini wedge that I can wear day and night. I obviously will never be wearing those multiple pairs of stilettos but that doesn’t mean I can’t have a sexy little mini wedge in my arsenal. And it needs to be COMFORTABLE. I am over shoes that hurt. These are serious contendors.
2) I shot my first wedding with Allison this weekend (so fun guys!) and while getting dressed that morning I realized that I don’t have any comfy black flats. Not one. Ok that’s a lie, I have my Crocs that I bought before France, but I have found that they are only comfy until you hit a certain time limit and they become like little thorns poking into your feet. These ballerina flats from Jessica Simpson (girl can make a shoe) are completely adorable. I am purchasing them today.
3) I clearly need some new neutral sandals. These seem like they would do but if you guys have any real winners then please let me know!
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I did it! I got my hair chopped! Once Brandy cut the length, I couldn’t stop smiling. Because yes it’s kind of scary but it’s just hair so who cares? I’m over taking life too seriously all the time and I now feel 50 pounds lighter. I freaking love it.
However, in my un-Colleen-like move to cut my hair without thinking seriously about the aftermath, I realized that I don’t really know how to style it. Oops. I’m thinking that I will blow dry at night and then take a straightening iron or curling iron to it in the morning. Luckily, my girl Brandy has met me before and she knows that I am averse to spending more than 5 minutes on my hair so she said that the cut should work well for my lazy curly days.
Some of my favorite styling options are:
One: Straightened and half-up. Certainly I am capable of using a straightening iron and making a little top knot. This girl is adorable.
Two: Add a braid for days when my bangs are being ridiculous.
Three: A tutorial on how to make perfectly imperfect waves from the always fantastic Beauty Department.
Any styling tips friends?
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