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Second day hair flip!

20 Nov

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I saw a post on Birchbox suggesting a hair flip for second day hair instead of a top knot. I don’t need a lot of help with styling, but it’s great to get some good ideas to keep things fresh. Since I can’t pull my hair back (grow, hair, grow!) this was definitely worth trying. I love it! In the pictures, the part is fairly deep, but right now (as I type!) it’s much deeper and is bordering on a faux Miley Cyrus side-cut style. I think it adds a little funkiness to an otherwise straight-laced look.

Today’s shirt is the Theory steal that I mentioned in yesterday’s post. It’s made from a suiting material, so it’s very crisp and chic. I love that the back of the shirt is a little longer than the front, too. I’d like to try this with a skirt, but for today I paired it with dark skinny jeans and black riding boots.

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Obsessed with the Dress

18 Nov

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Wore this dress again. It’s very memorable, so I feel like I should only wear it once in a while.

I went shopping with my mom and sisters on Sunday at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets (ironically location an hour away in Limerick, PA), and picked up a few things. I wore these great riding boots today. You would never guess which celebrity person’s shoe line they came from! But I’ll let you try. :)

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I bought a pair of loafers that I’m going to attempt to return, somehow. And I bought a heavily discounts black shirt from Theory that I adore. Hopefully you’ll see that soon.

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Fire Drill Chic

18 Sep

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Rushed OOTD

17 Sep

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Scrappy Hair and Graffiti

13 Sep

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Blues and Grays

6 Sep

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Anne Taylor LOFT Dress… and hello again!

28 Jun

I’m back! I’m going to start posting some outfits here and there. Nothing too intense. I found a nice place to perch my phone for easy pictures, so I no longer have an excuse.

A couple of notes before we get to the outfit:

Next Tuesday, July 9th, I’m getting LASIK! I’m wearing glasses right now because your cornea changes shape when you wear contacts for extended amounts of time (uh, 14 years over here!), and it’s crucial that it returns to its normal shape before they do the surgery. I’m also currently on Accutane (30mg once a day until my eyes are healed, then 2x a day), so I’ll be mostly makeupless for the rest of summer and fall. By November, I’ll be acne free and have perfect vision, if all goes according to plan. In the meantime, you’ll have to imagine that I’m looking as glamorous as I normally do… Did I mention that I’m also growing out my hair? I’m just one big ball of awkward right now! I am feeling really great about myself these days, which is a huge victory considering everything that’s going on.

 

 

 

Today’s dress is a new one I picked up from Anne Taylor LOFT. I usually hate their dresses, but this one caught my eye and I’m glad I tried it on. I’m wearing it with a skinny red belt, black ballet flats with florets, my red (wedding) teardrop earrings, and a Seiko watch. My glasses are Warby Parker Langston frames.

 

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I can buy clothes in three days!

20 Aug

I probably won’t do a huge splurge, but I will definitely be doing a big haul to Buffalo Exchange sometime within the next week or so. I have a bunch of dresses that I won’t realistically ever wear, as well as some shirts that just sit unworn in my dresser. I desperately need a pair of good trousers, as well as some shells (tank tops and t-shirts for a base layer).

I have to say, I have mixed feelings about being able to buy clothes again. As I’ve said before, I haven’t really been saving any money; I’ve just reallocated those funds for other things, like hanging out with friends or buying beauty products, so it’s not like I have $2k sitting in the bank waiting to be spent on clothing… I wish! But I do foresee a reduction in impulse buys, as well as more planning going into individual purchases. Soon we shall see!

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Daily Lunch Distraction: Arashi Shibori Dyeing Technique

14 Aug

I’ve been a bit obsessed with the Japanese dyeing techniques called shibori. The one I particularly love is called Arashi, and it consists of wrapping your fabric around a pole, binding it tightly with string, compressing it so there are pleats, and then dunking it in dye. Here is a gorgeous example from an Etsy seller called DyeDianaDye. You can click here or on the photo to buy a similar shirt from her shop.

There are variations in this process, but I can tell you exactly what I did and where I went wrong. My first attempt failed, but I have some good pics to show for it. Check out this video of a woman wrapping a pole. She scrunched up the fabric as she went along, but I wrapped it entirely then pushed it all to one end.

First, the fabric. My fabric was actually just a white tunic I had, seen here, which acquired some strange yellow stains after a trip to the beach. Since it was white, I figured it would be the perfect blank canvas for this type of technique. [Forgot to mention this originally, but I wet the shirt before wrapping. Thanks Diane!]

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Your Daily Lunch Distraction: Lisa Eldridge’s Makeup Blog

13 Aug

Most of my readership are probably preparing for the epic celebration that is the Philly Geek Awards, and if you are anything like me (a woman), you may already be thinking obsessing over your look for that night.

Meet Lisa Eldridge: makeup artist for the stars. The wonderful thing about Eldridge is that she’s not perfect. She has blemishes, she gets dehydrated, and she has uneven skin, but most importantly, she provides tips on how to combat such skin woes. I’m going to list a few of her looks, plus two that I particularly loved: one being a “morning after” look for when you are feeling hungover, dehydrated, and gross in general, and another excellent video on covering acne blemishes. I give you permission to spend a few hours watching this beautiful, real, charming English woman put on makeup. Even better if you find the look you were searching for!

Kate Winslet’s Red Carpet makeup!

Trend: Dark lips!

A smokey winged liner!

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