Sunday, August 31, 2014

Labor Day Sales

Isn't this the best?!?! An extra bonus day, or a labor(less) day, if you will.  Thank you to whomever came up with Labor Day!  It's the little things in life and an extra day to rest and relax is so nice… oh, and shop of course!  Consider this your one stop shop of all the best SALES for your Labor(less) Day! 

Anthropologie: Get an extra 20% off sale items, with over 600 new items added!

\\- This is what I call an easy top. It's pretty, comfy and goes with everything.  I love both colors. 
\\- I love this top, and the reviews have me sold. 
\\- If you've been looking for simple, not too big, gold statement earrings, these are really cool.  These earrings make a statement not based on size, if that makes sense -ha! 
\\- I love this dainty bracelet.  It would look great worn by itself or layered with a watch. 

Kendra Scott: 15% of the entire site, plus tons of new markdowns and free shipping! Code: 2014LDW

\\- Well, you've seen this cuff a lot on the blog. It's the perfect way to add umph to your outfit with little effort. 
\\- This necklace seems to be perfect with so many different outfits, and that's why I wear it so much- ha!

J.Crew: 40% off final sale items + free shipping! 

\\- My favorite pajamas are on sale! If you buy nothing else, buy these. You won't be sorry.
\\- I love this tray in artemis red so much, I had to get it for myself. It's perfect to keep for yourself or give to a girlfriend for her b-day. 
\\- I love these dainty, cute earrings
\\- A cute stripe tank? Classic. 
\\- Tassels are so in right now!  I've seen these in person and I love them! 
\\- I have this as a top and I love that both the top and the dress are on sale!

Old Navy: 40% off the entire store

\\- Throw this dress on with some booties and you will look adorable for any event. Well, maybe not cocktail or black tie.  
\\- These two tops are universally flattering (here and here).  
\\- I have a black and white graphic tee, and I'm surprised how much I wear it.  I really like this one!

Furbish Studio: 15% off of everything! Code ENDOFSUMMER!  I was recently introduced to Furbish, an online shop for the home, and I AM IN LOVE.

\\- I mean, is there anything cuter for your favorite couple (here)? 
\\- I have a few of these frames around my house. I love the simplicity and clean look of them.  
\\- How chic is this python tray? It's perfect for your coffee table,  your jewelry, your sun glasses or your mail -ha!
\\- You all are going to think I'm crazy, but I want these so bad! It's these kinds of things that make a party. 
\\- You can use this as a serving tray or as a decorative tray around the house. You know how much I like versatility -ha!
\\- I recently purchased this for my house, and I love it! I've never seen it on sale before! 

DVF: 30% off wear now styles

\\- I've been eyeing these wedges for a long time, and now they're on SALE! 
\\- I think this is one of the prettiest maxi dresses from the season.

Whatever your labor is, may it be a little less today.  Happy Labor Day!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Two Day Hair Trick

I'm about to share with you the best hair trick EVER!  Well, in my opinion anyway. It takes very little effort, and you know I like that. It's what I call my two day hair trick, and here's how I do it:

On the first day, I simply get out of the shower and do a very lax job of blow drying.  I just flip upside down and dry it.  I'll use a round brush on the bangs and around the face, but the rest I put up in a bun.  

Here's how I do my bun:

1.) I gather my hair like I'm about to put it into a pony tail, and while holding the pony tail together at the crown, I twist the hair.
2.) While still holding the hair at the crown of my head, I'll move the long twist counterclockwise around my head to form a bun.  
3.) I make sure I have a firm grip on the end of my hair once I have finished forming the bun.
4.) With a clip, I will secure the end to my head.  
5.)  I try to hide the clip close to my head, which also helps tighten and secure the bun.

Viola!  Here is the final look for day 1. A "put together" look with very little effort, except for the round brush to the bangs around my face.  If it falls out, I just put it right back up with my clip!  But the best part is that it's also taming that frizz for an entire day.  At the end of day 1, before I go to sleep,  I'll redo my bun and add more little clips for some reinforcement. I don't use rubber bands because they create a kink and cause breakage. I sleep in my bun and the next day….   

Top- Splendid, Earrings- Nordstrom, Short necklace- House of Harlow, Short necklace- Nordstrom for similar, Long necklace- J. Silver in Houston
I throw a shower cap on over my bun to protect my hair while I take a shower. When I get out, I let the bun down and spray my roots with some dry shampoo (if needed), and this is what it looks like! How easy is that?!?! 

From frizz to waves with little effort!  Now listen, I know this isn't going to work on everyone's hair style or type, but I've used some variation of this for a long time with a variety of different hair cuts and hair textures (it changed every time I had a baby).  When I had no bangs, I would wash and dry my hair at night and then put two buns on my head to sleep, one on the top and one in the middle of my head.  My roommate in college and my cousin taught me to just do the hair that counts and then throw the rest in a bun or ponytail (thanks CT and KG).  I think anyone can modify this trick for their hair type.  Give it a try, and let me know what you think! 

Here are my supplies: dry shampoo, shower cap and hair clips.  These are the ones I'm using right now.  I couldn't find my favorite dry shampoo, but I'm really liking this one, too. 

Cut and color by the very talented Robert Moore (aka RPM Creations) at K. Renee Salon.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

And The Winner Is...

And the winner of these two lovely Madewell Transport Totes is…

Kristen G. Lowery!  Congratulations! I will send you an e-mail shortly!  But before I let you all go, I just wanted to thank everyone for the really sweet comments you all left on the blog.  It was really nice to hear from you guys!  Start commenting more, I loved it.  Sometimes this blogging thing can feel lonely because it's so one sided, so I really love to hear from you. On top of that, I had so much fun with this give away, I'll definitely be doing more in the future! 

Oh, and just in case you need some outfit inspiration… I've been tucking in my tees lately and really like the look. Try it out!  You might like it, too!

Top- J.Crew, Pants- Nordstrom for similar, Shoes- K.Jacques and ASOS for similar, Necklace- Noonday Collection, Bracelet- Giles and Brother, Bag- Madewell, Earrings- Argento Vivo