Friday, July 25, 2014

Relaxed Topper

I typically don't like to buy pieces that are notoriously trendy  - in fact, sometimes I get bothered when I purchase something and suddenly it's so popular that everyone owns it.  I usually prefer to have more unique pieces (one of the many reasons I will never buy a pair of Rockstud heels or a Celine bag, even though they are beautiful).  However, I made an exception with this blazer - the more I kept seeing it on other people (examples here and here), the more I fell in love with the modern stripes & easy shape.  As soon as it went on sale, I snatched it up & I am so glad I did...even if quite a few other people own it.

What I'm wearing:
Zara blazer (on sale; I'm wearing an XS), ASOS camisole (similar), c/o Old Navy jeans
Steve Madden pumps, Danielle Nicole clutch (similar here or here), Zara bracelets (similar here and here), c/o Lily & Violet earrings, Nails: Treat Collection (Blue Sky)


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Loose Beachy Waves

I've been getting a lot of questions recently about how to create the loose waves I often wear in my hair (recently seen here).  This is, without a doubt, one of my go-to looks great on everyone and when done correctly gives off an effortless vibe that's ideal for summer.  So I've decided to share my tips for recreating this at home.  Here's what you'll need to get started:

Unlike the updo we created in May, you will achieve the best results with this look when your hair is freshly washed & blow-dried.  Because this style is all about ease, you don't want the curls to be tight or too perfect looking - it's important to break up the waves by running your fingers through to create a slightly undone feel.  This is a perfect look for a girls night or date night out!

1) Apply TRESemm√© Platinum Strength Heat Protect Spray to prevent breakage and dry hair, often caused by heat styling.
2) With 1 1/4" curling iron, curl small sections of hair without using clamp, leaving about 1" free at the ends. 
3) After curling & before hair cools, gently tug on the end of the strand to slightly relax the waves.
4) Alternate the direction you are wrapping strands as you work your way around until all of hair is curled.
5) Once hair is cool, break up the waves & tousle lightly with fingers to create an effortless look.
6) Lightly mist with TRESemm√© TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray for movement and flexibility all night!

What I'm wearing:
H&M blazerNo Boundaries tank top c/o WalMart, Vintage shorts (similar herehere or here), 
c/o LuLu*s heels (similar here or here), c/o Prima Donna clutch, c/o WalMart necklace
c/o ShopLately rings (similar), Bracelets: Vintage & c/o BaubleBar

This post was sponsored by TRESemm√©, a Unilever brand.  For more inspiration from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, click here.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Edgy Side

During the school year, I pick out both my clothes & my kids' outfits the night before to help make our morning schedule run more smoothly.  But now that it's summer, I've been enjoying being able to dress for the mood I'm in on any given day.  And some mornings when I wake up, all I care about is wearing something a soft lived-in tank and roomy denim shorts.  So, on those days, to avoid the combination from feeling too basic, I like to add a structured jacket - though still a very easy & simple pairing, it helps add a dose of polish and balances out the casual pieces nicely.

What I'm wearing:
c/o Dorothy Perkins jacket (I'm wearing a US 6), Gap tank, c/o Old Navy denim shorts
c/o American Eagle bootiesForever 21 clutch (similar here or here), Bracelets: c/o BaubleBar
Zara (similar here and here), Forever 21 ring, Nails: Treat Collection (Blue Sky)
Lips: NYX Matte Lip Cream (San Paulo)