In honor of awards season, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite red carpet hairstyles, the classic chignon. I love this timeless style and find that it’s appropriate for many occasions. We’ve seen this style polished to perfection, but I wanted to share my take on a slightly messier version that I find chic and “effortless”. It’s actually pretty easy too!
Thanks for reading, and here’s to fabulous looking hair! xx
I find that day old hair works best for this updo, it gives the hair a little extra grit and volume when worn up. Start by throwing in a few curls with a 1 ¼” Professional Curling Iron. This curling iron is my favorite because I love the size (perfect for those loose curls) and it has a variety of heat settings, making it ideal for all hair types. The barrel is 24k gold plated, and the high heat of the curling iron gives me 24 hour, long lasting curls, which is perfect for a long night out. I am very picky when it comes to my hair appliances, and this one works great (and it’s under $30)!
Section hair into 2 ½ inch sections and apply this heat protecting spray. This will help keep moisture in the hair while using appliances like a blowdryer, curling iron or flat iron. Take each hair section & curl with a 1 ¼ inch barrel curling iron.
Back comb or lightly tease each section at the root. Mist hair with a firm hold hair spray. I love the Superfine Mistby Oribe. After back combing & spraying, gently smooth any flyaways, and then finger comb the sections together.
Gather the hair and use an elastic to pull your hair into a ponytail. You will wrap the elastic around your hair a few times but do not pull the hair through like a normal pony tail. You will want to create a small bun, with then ends of your hair not pulled completely through. Gently lift hair at the crown of your head to add extra volume.
Take the ends that are sticking out and divide them into two sections. Wrap one side around the top of your bun, covering the elastic. Secure with a bobby pin or two. Don’t worry if your layers are starting to stick out, you can tweak it at the end or leave it if your prefer a messier style to your updo. Repeat with the second section.
Use bobby pins to pin any hair that has fallen out of the bun. I just use a few, as I like mine to look a little “undone”. I like to go through one more time and gently lift the hair at the crown to add some extra volume. Finish with your favorite hairsprayand you are all set!
Now that Spring is only a few weeks away, I am starting to pull out some of my favorite transitional pieces. A staple I always turn to each Spring is my trustedtrench coat.
This versatile piece, is easily one of my favorite items because it can be worn with countless items I already own in my closet. Whether it’s paired with an evening look or kept casual with jeans and flats, it’s a great way to complete your look. I love this Black and Tan Trench Coat from Charming Charlie(under $75).
Personally, my favorite way to style a trench is with a striped tee shirtand black jeans.I threw on these black pumps, but you could easily pair with your favorite flats to make this work friendly. Speaking of work, how amazing is this Faux Leather Tote? It’s actually reversible (amazing) and I love the size. It would be perfect for a small laptop, files, or anything else you may need to take with you while at work.
They say every girl should own a little black dress. Something to have on hand for any occasion and versatile enough to wear with any accessory. While I couldn’t agree more, I also love the idea of a simple, cotton black dress for something a little more casual.
Thisblack shift dressis just what I was looking for to wear as we transition into Spring. I love the long sleeves and ruffle detailing on the hem. Not to mention, it’s so soft and doesn’t wrinkle! I plan to wear this dress with heels or these lace up sandalsas it gets warmer. This is the perfect solution for those days where you just don’t feel like taking the time to plan out your outfit. I love it!
This past week the weather has been unreal in Dallas. 65 Degrees, sunny…no complaints here! I was excited to bring out some of my Spring and Summer tops, including this Floral Tunic( be sure to read about sizing at the bottom).
Long, flowy tops are all I live in during the Spring. This one is unique with the cut out details on the back. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the open back, but I actually love the detailing (especially because you can still wear a regular bra). This top is so easy to wear, and definietly something that will get a lot of play in my closet this Spring.
When it comes to fashion, we’ve seen trends come and go, but the basics always remain the frontrunners in our closets. While, trends can be fun and exciting, a closet needs balance. For me, basics are those items that never go out of style. The pieces you can mix and match or throw on when in a time crunch. I’ve narrowed it down to 5 essentials that every girl should own…or eventually own! Just click the arrows to shop my favorites as all price points.
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A utility jacket like this will go far in your wardrobe. I’ve worn mine layered with long sleeve or short sleeve tops. It’s truly the perfect year round staple!
A striped shirtshould be one of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe. You can wear them with other patterns and prints and layer with your favorite jackets and cardigans.
I’ve had this scarf for two years and it is still a staple in my fall & winter wardrobe. I love a chunky knit scarf!
Every girl needs a leather clutch you can use for any occasion. I love the size and color of the Saint Germain Leather Clutch. It’s structured, yet still feminine. This is definitely a classic bag that can be used year round.
Finding the perfect jeans can be hard. Trust me, I know! I finally found my favorite pair of skinny jeans (ever) and I wish I could wear them every single day. I also have this pair of dark skinny jeans, which also fit pretty well. You can see how I styled these here andhere.
By now I’m sure we all can agree this cold weather has got to go. Being in Dallas we haven’t experienced it quite like other areas, but I sure do miss patio weather. I can’t help but dream of a sitting on a beach in Mexico!
In effort to make winter more bearable, Austin and I decided to plan a little “Winter Escape” in February. I’m heading to Cabo to work on a project for The Teacher Diva, but we decided to extend the trip a couple days and make a little getaway out of it.
Just as I’ve been counting down the days until this little trip, I’ve also been planning out my packing list. The thing I love about traveling to the beach is that you really don’t need much. I try to keep my packing limited to these essentials:
What is a trip to the beach without fabulous (and affordable) swimwear? I am in love with these suits from Modcloth. I can’t get over this Pastel One-Piece Swimsuit.The colors are so beautiful and I love the way it fits (I am always a fan of a cute one-piece)! I also found this high-wasted Two-Piecethat will look great with my fringed and lace coverup. Speaking of coverups, I have been looking for a white kimono style coverup and this one takes the cake. I love the style, fit and most of all the price. I’ve learned to never pass on a good cover up. After all, it’s what you will be wearing around the resort or beach most of the day, so why not feel confident?
These cat eye sunglassesare perfect for a day by the beach. I love any pair by Quay, and these were no exception. If you like to wear a sun hat, I suggest this black and white straw hat. Not only is it glamorous, but it’s protects your face and shoulders from getting too much sun. Bonus- it folds up nice in your suitcase and does not wrinkle!
When I think of the beach, the first thing that comes to my mind is flip flops and bikinis. However, I love a good espadrille. These Magenta Suede Espadrillesare probably the most comfortable shoes I’ve worn (plus the color is simply amazing). I thought it would fit like a traditional espadrille (hard with no cushion), but that was not the case. These are padded and are very soft inside. These will be perfect to wear at the airport and to wear around town.
As far as sandals go, the “strappier” the better, in my book. I just added these cognac leather sandalsto my cart!
I always like to bring a few dresses and casual tops on my trips. I try to stick with versatile options that I can mix and match. Thisdenim dress is adorable and I can’t wait to wear it throughout spring and summer. I also love a good striped tee. This striped flowy top is perfection and so easy to travel with. It’s very soft and long enough to wear over your favorite skinny jeans.
For dinner one night, I plan to wear this geometric maxi dress(how pretty is that bow in the back?) with theseblack wedges.
CARRY ON ACCESSORIES
I love organizing my carry on. Oddly enough it brings me great joy to have a neat purse and carryon bag (anyone else?). This St. Germain Clutchis perfect to store my favorite on-the-go accessories (and it doubles as a gorgeous clutch).
I highly recommend this back up battery. I posted about this little guy before, but it has been worth every penny. I use this on every trip and can’t believe how well it’s held up. This is a must, must, must!
When I’m on the plane, I love to listen to music and write in atravel journal. I usually write down highlight from our trip, our favorite restaurants, and must-do’s in the city (this is a great way for me to remember when it comes time to doing a formal review on here).
These navy headphoneshave been amazing to travel with. They actually fold up making it easy for packing purposes. I have a love hate with headphones like these because usually I find that they hurt my ears or cause me to get headaches, these are not the case. They are very comfortable and easy to adjust. I will not leave for a trip without these!
Now, as much I love my products, the beach isn’t the place to wear a full face of makeup or rock a glamorous blowout. But it doesn’t mean you can’t wear a little color!
I love this Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 50. I purchased this last summer before our trips and have been using the product any time I’m going to be in the sun for a while or just want a hint of color. The nice thing about this cream, is you can build your coverage. If you want something a little heavier, simply add another layer after you let the first layer set.
I just got my hands on the UD X Gwen Stefani Blush Palette and I am obsessed. If you have snapchat, head over to my account (the teacher diva) today because I will be showing you how I wear this palette. Palettes are ideal for traveling, especially if you find one with versatile colors. This blush palette is perfect for contour, color and highlight. It’s another must! I’m also trying her new Brow Box. I am partial to my Brow Power Pencil, but I do love that this kit has two universal colors, wax (to help the brows stay in place) and it comes with mini tweezers and two slanted brushes. I’m such a sucker for cute packaging. I will show you how to use this one on snapchat today as well!
After I am in the sun and water, my skin always feels dry. I like to pack a good face moisturizer, eye cream and lip balmany time I travel. I can’t stand for my skin to feel tight and dry. The Bare Haven Essential Moisturizing Soft Cream is the perfect solution to dry skin. I also decided to splurge and try the La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel. I’ve read plenty of reviews, but wasn’t quite sure it lived up to the hype. I’ve used it for about 3 weeks now and I’ve noticed my eyes do not appear as puffy, nor do they look “tired”. I love the cooling sensation when I apply. It really does make a difference.
For my lips, I always look for something with SPF. Fresh Sugar Lip Balmis my go-to! I have this in two other colors as well, but I love this classic one.
Let’s talk about hair. If you color your hair (guilty!) you know how bad the sun and chlorine can be for your color. The Alterna Rapid Repair Spray (get 20% off with code MAX20) is a must must for all you girls with color treated hair or damaged hair. Not only does this mist add a hint of shine, but it also has UV blockers to help keep the sun from damaging your hair and the color. As I’ve mentioned before, I love anything that can be used on wet or dry hair. If only I could find this in a travel size, I would honestly carry it in my purse. It’s that good!
What are your travel must haves? I am always looking to try new things. Thanks for reading! xx
Resort Favorites from ModCloth
This post was in partnership with ModCloth. All opinions and selections are my own!
It’s no secret, I have been loving capes this season. You’ve seen me wear them many times on the blog (hereand hereare a few of my favorites), but it just goes to show how versatile this layering piece can be. I love to layer capes with chunky sweater, tunics or in this case, a simple white button down shirt.
Did I mention this cape is actually reversible? That’s right, you can choose to wear the plaid side or keep it all black. This was such a great find for only $60. I found a ton of other great options linked below all under $100.
Thanks for stopping by and thank you so much for the sweet comments and emails about our home tour! You guys are truly the best. xx
Today, I’m excited to share a project that Austin and I have been working very hard on for the past several months.
Austin and I purchased our first home two and a half years ago. After months of looking, we finally found one we fell in love with. Coming from a tiny 700 square foot apartment, we felt a bit overwhelmed after realizing we had to fill it with something besides a hand-me-down bed and a Craigslist couch. So after several months of planning, hard work, and saving, Austin and I finally feel cozy at home. And we are so excited to share it with all of you! We are very pleased with how everything turned out and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our dear friend and designer, Jessie Russell.
And speaking of Jessie, let me just brag on her for a second. I am sometimes a pretty impatient person with long-term projects. I am known to start ten different project and never finish any of them…well I do, but in my own way. And I can never visualize the big picture when it comes to interiors (as you may have heard me mention on here before). Those are pretty much the opposite qualities you need when trying to decorate a house. Jessie was a total lifesaver. She was the visionary for this whole project and I couldn’t have done it without her. If you’re like me, find a friend or a decorator that is good at that kind of stuff. It’s absolutely worth it.
So when we started thinking about our vision for our three-level town home, we knew we wanted it to be an inviting place for friends and family. We wanted a place where we could entertain, yet come home and relax. I wanted everything to be white & neutral balanced with bold statements like our bedroom wall, curtains, and printed wallpaper.
This little bookshelf has to be my favorite Ikea purchase. We have another one in our living room as well! We decided to add an accent shelf with marble contact paper.I love how it turned out! My clothing rack is also another Ikea find.
I wanted to keep our entry table very simple. A few tall lamps, scalloped mirror and small tray were just what it needed. We purchased most of these items at Home Goods and the baskets are actually planters from Ikea. I love to burn this candle when we have guests over. It smells so good and really fills up our house.
This light fixtureis one of my favorite purchases for our home. We just Iove the way it turned out! We found our kitchen table at Crate and Barrel Outlet and our chairs are from Restoration Hardware. This Cow Art Print is also another one of my favorite pieces. I love the way it looks in our dining room!
What’s a home without great coffee? Austin and I love drinking coffee each morning, and having this Nespresso Vertuoline Evoluo Deluxehas made getting ready for work that much easier. It is so convenient and easy to use. We have become quite addicted to this little machine and find ourselves using it for both coffee and espresso. We also have the Nespresso Aerocino Plus Milk Frotherand are testing our are barista skills with cappuccinos and lattes. We still have a way to go on the latte art, but we are getting close!
We had these Leopard Benches made last year, and I am so happy with how they turned out. Jen and her husband from Liven Up Design are the best! These were the perfect addition to our navy and white bedroom.
When it comes to skin care, I like to stick to a daily and nightly routine. However, that has not always been the case. For years, I struggled with problem skin, and looking back on it, I was totally the cause.
I hate to admit it, but I used to be pretty lazy when it came to washing my face. Each night I would use a face wipe (thinking it would take off all of my makeup) followed by night cream. And in the morning, I would use face wash with my trustworthy Clarisonic(which I love). I thought I was doing everything right yet was left confused as to why my face was still suffering from surface breakouts.
My dermatologist told me that while the face wipes are great for the girl on the go, they do not clean your skin entirely nor do they remove all of your makeup…(!) She really stressed the importance of having a strict routine and using a cleanser that took off every trace of makeup.
A few months ago I had the opportunity to try this brand new skin care line bybareMinerals, called Skinsorials. I’ve used their makeup since high school. so I knew it had to be great, but I was anxious to see if the skin care really lived up to all of the hype. The Skinsorials line has a handful of cleansers and moisturizers based on your skin type, so it’s easy to choose what’s best for you.
Using a cleansing oil was new for me. I wasn’t sure how I felt about putting an oil on my face, but after trying it, I can’t go back!
So here’s how I use this 3 step system:
I apply 3-4 pumps of the Total Cleansing Oilto dry skin and gently massage over my face to dissolve makeup and impurities. After rubbing in circular motion, I then put my hands under warm water until the oil becomes milky. I keep rubbing in circular motions, then wash off. This gets off my mascara, foundation…everything! It’s pretty amazing. You can still use this with your clarisonic too! I find that it works best after you massage the oil over your dry face. After rubbing in circular motions, get your clarisonic wet with warm water, then use on your face.
After cleansing, I apply two pumps of theSkinongevity Face Serum over my face and neck. It’s important to apply this to clean skin. I have only used this for about a month, but have noticed a difference in the texture of my skin and it’s appearance. Be sure to use this morning and night!
My final steps includes theBare Havenmoisturizer. I love the way my skin feels after using this soft cream. Be sure to use all three products every morning and night!
What are your favorite products? If you try this out, email me and let me know how you like it (email@example.com)!
If there’s one blouse you need to own, it’s this Tiered Tunic by Maeve. I love longer tops, so it’s no surprise I found this one last week when checking outAnthropologie’s 40% Off Sale. Unfortunately, this wasn’t on sale, but it was too good to pass up. I actually want to buy it in white and another print!
For an office look, simply pair this tunic black pants(I also love thesewhite trousers) . If you want a little more color, I found thesegreen pants that would look adorable with this top. I love the idea of pairing this with a Nude Pumpor keeping it comfy is a pair of flats.
If you’re looking for something a little more casual, I opted to pair it with my Current Elliot Jeansand Nine West Purple Flats. This Wool Moto Jacketis (finally) on sale, and I can’t help but get excited to wear this through winter and early spring. I love winter whites and this coat is beautiful (and warm).
On a side note, I am off to Eatzies and Trader Joes to pick up some flowers and food for tonight’s dinner. Now that our house is done, we wanted it to be a an inviting place where we can host our family and friends. I’m excited for my family to come over for dinner to celebrate Austin’s birthday!
Hope you all have a great weekend and thanks so much for reading! xx