July 27, 2016

..Shower Dress

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The deets: Kate Spade dress; Banana Republic shoes (sold out, similar); Elizabeth and James sunnies; similar clutch; Baublebar earrings.

When I laid eyes on this dress I literally felt my heart skip a beat. If you know me, you know I LOVE me a black or white base with pops of bright colors. I knew I had to have it for my shower. I also figured these fringy heels would never be more appropriate so I just rocked fun on top of fun. It also happened to be one ZILLION degrees this day with 1000% humidity (totally accurate), so all my makeup melted off in .5 seconds and my hair fell flat basically in the car ride over so it was a good thing I went big on the outfit as I looked like a sweaty mess in the face area.
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..Cupcakes & Cocktails Shower

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My sister (and maid of honor), along with my sweet family, threw me the cutest wedding shower last weekend and I just have to share some pics from it because they really blew me away. There were hand painted personalized wine glasses for each guest filled with girly beauty/cupcake themed goodies, hand painted wine bottle vases with my wedding date, a fully stocked and gorgeous mimosa bar, sweet treats to your heart's desire, beautiful pink floral arrangements, and little fabulous details  and signage everywhere! I actually can't think of a more "me" theme than sweet treats and drinks, my two favorite joys in life! How lucky am I?! I appreciate them so much and hope they know how loved and special I felt.
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July 18, 2016

..A Dress Made for Sunshine

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The deets: J.Crew dress; GAP hat; Ray-Ban sunnies; Sam Edelman heels; Kate Spade bag.

If we hang out in real life, you are probably so sick of me and this dress...but I can't help myself! It's just the perfect summer outfit in my opinion. It's cotton, breezy, bright, and comfortable. I just love it and I wear it basically every weekend - especially when it's about 100 degrees for a week straight. 

Mike and I spent a Saturday walking through some free open museum houses in DC, stopped at some historical watering holes for fancy drinks (Off the Record in the Hay Adams and The Round Robin in the Willard) and ate at a GRILLED CHEESE bar (seen here). It was a day of fun in the sun that I won't forget. 
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July 7, 2016

..Three Summer Vacation Styles with GHD

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I have pretty terrible hair, naturally. I am not trying to gain sympathy here, but I have to use heat on it every-darn-day to get it to pick a side (straight or curly). Good products are KEY to doing this to your hair without going bald in the process. My new favorite hot tool is the GHD Marine Allure Professional 1" Styler. Full disclosure, I was gifted the product and extremely skeptical as I have a pretty stacked hair arsenal already, but I truly like it way more than the one I had been using because it just glides over my strands smoother and seems to be less damaging. It also is a less stiff movement about it which makes doing straightener curls easier. 

1. Straight with a little volume. Sometimes you just want something easy that will combat the heat and not go super flat in 10 minutes. To get this look separate your hair in to sections, then run your hot GHD over those sections until nice and glossy and straight. Then take the hair at your crown, spritz with hairspray, then using a fine tooth comb, tease it (some people call this "back-combing"). I also use an anti-humidity spray for this straight look. To keep things even simpler, I just swiped on some mascara to complete!

2. Curls. Use your GHD as a curler. I love wild curls in the summer, especially on vacation because you feel dressed up, but they are really easy to maintain when it's humid. I just let them do their thing and get crazier as the day goes on, scrunching and tossing them this way and that. Section off your hair as you would to straighten, but instead of running the pieces between the iron, wrap it around once so that it makes a loop and pull it down. When you are done use a hair spray to set. Since this is a little fancier, I put on mascara, primer, bronzer, concealer and a little highlighter to pretty myself up.

3. Polished waves. For a fancy night out to dinner or just for any date really, I like something a little more polished but still fun. Follow all of the above steps for curling your hair but tease the crown (like in the first look) and brush out the curls so they fall out a bit, then hit it with the hairspray to set.

See my unmakeuped, au-natural hair below and what this amazing little device can do to transform it!

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