the perfect gray dress for the 1st of October {what I wore}

cargo jacket - H&M {similar, also here, love the camo option}
dress - Monrow, Piperlime
boots - Rag & Bone, Nordstrom

happy wednesday.



just a little showing

First please note:  I am in terrible need of a trip to Ouidad for a haircut.  And I need to use the iron more often.  Ok.

Confession:  I totally dig a little bit of bra showing in an outfit, just that slight undone, edge, personality that it adds to an outfit.  BUT I am not talking a nude bra strap or too much lingerie hanging out, I'm not really a rockstar.

Its a fine line.  Especially as a mother of two boys who is a lot farther from her twenties and closer to her forties.  What?  Read: trying too hard.  There are however, some awesome, and comfortable bras out there right now that are totally appropriate for some show, I like to treat them as an accessory to my outfit.  

tank - H&M
bra - Isla Boutique
harem pants - Angie
shoes - Dolce Vita {slightly modified originally here}
clutch - vintage
hat - Isla Boutique
jewelry - vintage, Elva Fields, Gorjana

bras screaming to be seen...




and finally, dressing up in white {what i wore}

 my last post on this all white outfit.  I'd like to point out I have worn these white jeans a half dozen times without a spill, dirty little handprint, or chocolate smudge. what? 

As far as getting dressed up, black is usually the front runner, but I'd like to point out how easily white works too, warm tones such as nude shoes and gold accessories make white look ever so fancy, and dare I say sophisticated.  I think white is a nice touch when black feels too harsh.  

top - Chaserbrand, Isla boutique {also here}
jeans - Machine B Denim, Isla boutique
shoes - charles by charles david, Nordstrom {available in navy now too}
necklace - vintage, and Lucia K. Jewelry
watch - Michael Kors, Nieman Marcus {also gold here}
sunglasses - Marc by Marc Jacobs
rings - vintage, and Isla Boutique

take advantage of the end of season sales, here are some more great white deals...



casual prep in white.


Well, I am a firm believer that most fashion rules are made to be broken, and in honor of wearing white after labor day, I've decided to keep going with this one.  Classic prep, what do you think?  

jeans - Machine B, Isla Boutique
jacket - H&M
shirt - Chaserbrand {here}
shoes - Dolce Vita, 6pm




beach hair - how to fight the frizz {the curl files}

 Beach hair is a love hate relationship.  Sometimes those sun-kissed wind-blown locks look just right, other times I look like I stuck my finger in a light-socket.  Thank goodness for cute hats. 

So besides investing in cute hats, what's a girl to do when humidity strikes?   And for me this is happening in the form of a nearby ocean, but lets not forget those beloved autumn showers and afternoon thunderstorms reaking havoc on hair around the country.

And then get back to me.

OK, although I haven't figured out a fail-proof solution {yet!}, this is as close as I've gotten.  You can see in the picture above after a few hours at the beach there is still some frizz and some curls getting unruly.  So embrace the messy hair and carry on, and get this product...

If I know I am going to be in high humidity {I don't do this as part of my normal routine}...here's what you do - after you have done your regular style routine, and your hair is about 90% dry {the stage where the curls are set, but can still soak up some product, make sense?} rub a decent dollop of Ouidad Heat and Humidity gel in the palms of your hand and smooth onto your hair.  Don't run your fingers through your hair as your doing this, you don't want to mess up your styling, think smoothing the hair shaft, go from root to end and try to coat all the curls.  Now let dry completely.

Now once the hair is dry you may have some crunchy parts from the gel, although its usually not too bad.  A dollop of Ouidad shine glaze again on your palms and smooth through your hair root to end.  This should do the trick.

These products are definitely an investment.  I have found that if you sign for Ouidad's emails, you will find out about regular sales and promotions, and that is the time I stock up, plus you receive free samples of other products to get hooked on.

Happy Locks.

Would love to hear what other solutions you may have to fight the frizz.



those silly rules {what i wore}

I feel like most fashion rules are made to be broken...
1.  Your handbag and shoes should match.  Nope!
2.  Black and Navy can't be worn together.  Do it!
3.  You can't mix your gold and silver jewelry.  It is way more fun, yes you can!
4.  You can't wear white after Labor Day.  Absolutely!

So this week its all about white, in the land of neutrals, white is what I reach for {although lately black has been making a strong argument.}  It's classic, it's bleachable, it looks great with red lipstick, and it's definitely wearable all year round.

top - Chaserbrand, Isla boutique {also here}
jeans - Machine B Denim, Isla boutique
shoes - Seychelles, Anthropologie {on sale!}
sunglasses - Warby Parker

and the best part about this is that as we say goodbye to summer, white is often on sale {just look here}.  some of my favorite steals...

this weeks homework {we are in full school mode here} go forth and break a fashion rule, or two.

photos by Angie.  linking up with pleated poppy for what i wore weds.


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