Entries Tagged as 'Style'

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.

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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.

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Oxford Flyaway Dress

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This Scale Cuff makes me happy.

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Anthology top

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Rugby Clutch

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Claire Underwood

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Corey and I used to release of the third season of House of Cards as an excuse to spend almost all of Sunday watching episodes 1-8, and tonight we finished the second to last episode.  Season 2 wasn’t really my favorite because I thought Frank turned from fun evil to evil evil, but this season has made me a fan again.  Claire has become my favorite character since the writers have decided to inject a little more humanity into her role, in which she has finally started to question all of the terrible things they’ve done to get where they are.  Her style has also been knocking my socks off.  She’s reinforced my belief that I need to pare down my wardrobe to simple and sophisticated items that fit like a glove.

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I am obsessed with this dress.  The flattering shape, three-quarter sleeves, and nautical details make it special while still staying simple.

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The chick can rock a sheath dress like no other.  I’m pretty sure it’s 95% of what she wears.

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There are no words for this dress.  She looks like a goddess.

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Are you guys loving Claire as much as I am this season?

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