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Shoes of Summer

Thursday, May 21, 2015

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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Styling a bob

Monday, March 16, 2015

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.

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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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Of a Kind

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I really love the idea of knowing where my possessions were made.  If my furniture was made in North Carolina (particularly since our dad is in the furniture business) or a painting was created by a talented artist in California.  I realize that 80% of my possessions were probably made in sweat shops in China, but I’m really happy that we are again starting to invest in small makers and local artists.  I recently stumbled upon Of a Kind on Grace Bonney’s podcast, which is an online store that was started by two friends completely based on supporting up and coming designers and telling the stories behind the products they make.  Although the pieces are certainly more expensive than a piece from Target or H&M, I think knowing exactly where, how, and by whom the product is made really adds value.  Also, each item is a limited edition, so there are only so many “of a kind.”  So clever.  Here are some of my favorites.


Oxford Flyaway Dress


This Scale Cuff makes me happy.


Anthology top


Rugby Clutch

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