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Friday, August 22, 2014

Part of the family

Let's talk about hair. It took me a long time to figure mine out; it's thick, it frizzes at the mere suggestion of humidity, it's extremely oily, yet still dry enough to become flaky. I still remember how embarrassed I felt when I first noticed dandruff in my hair when I was in middle school. That was when I started using Head and Shoulders.

Not a lot has changed with my hair since then, but I can't say the same for Head and Shoulders. They now offer a whole line of shampoos and conditioners with amazing scents that do more than just guarantee a flake free scalp. I recently got a chance to try out the Smooth and Silky frizz control duo from their fresh scent technology collection, and in combination with my flat iron and a reasonable humidity level, you can see my hair is looking healthy, full of body, and lacking frizz and flakes.

I might not normally want to talk about dandruff, but it's an issue for so many women that it seems silly to be embarrassed about it, especially since Sophia Vergara has recently partnered with Head and Shoulders and revealed that she and her entire family have been loyal users of the brand for the last 20 years. I'd be lying if I said I'd never lusted after Sophia's amazing hair, and it's nice to know she doesn't just wake up with it - she's got help from Head and Shoulders (and a great stylist, I'm sure).

If you would like a chance to meet Sofia Vergara and be #PartOfOurFamily, now is your chance! The sweepstakes is for a three day trip for you and your bestie to attend a Sofia Vergara Head & Shoulders photo shoot in either LA or NYC. (Get the full details here.)
To enter, simply follow @HeadShoulders on Twitter and post a photo of your gorgeous, flake-free hair, tagging #PartOfOurFamily #sweeps and @HeadShoulders, and be sure to do it by September first!

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The Rundown
Floral Dress Collective Concepts via Piperlime
Coral Cardigan Loft
Turquoise Pumps Karen Scott thrifted
White Mini Satchel Tignanello via TJMaxx
Bling Earrings JoJo Loves You
Chain Necklace Monet via Macy's
Bracelet Belonged to my Grandma
Knot Bracelet Banana Republic
Blue Ring c/o TJMaxx
Opal Ring T Tahari via Macy's
Sunglasses "Eco" c/o Polette
Nail Color "Coral Bikini" Avon

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Little Navy Dress

This is the first appearance of this navy dress on the blog, though I believe it's about the fifth time I've worn it since it arrived in June. I was lucky enough to have won it through Ginny's giveaway, and it's from Kika, an LA based company with the goal of stylish, yet sustainable fashion.

All of Kika's items are made in the USA and give you the option to customize the color of any piece. They are also made from eco friendly fabrics like organic cotton, and a polyester made from recycled water bottles. They even do limited edition runs of pieces made with repurposed fabric that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill.

Dresses start at $85 and range to $140, which I think is quite reasonable, considering the aforementioned factors, not to mention how comfortable and wearable this dress is. The fabric is so soft, and the belt can be tied any way you like, or not at all.

P.S. It has pockets. (That just sold you on it, right?)

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The Rundown
Navy Dress "Alice" Kika via Ginny's Giveaway
Sandals MRKT via DSW similar
White Mini Satchel Tignanello via TJMaxx similar
Bling Earrings c/o JoJo Loves You
Sunburst Pendant House of Harlow
Chain Link Bracelet Thrifted similar
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Gold Ring Thrifted similar
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Coral Bikini" Avon

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Stay neutral

I don't typically take a clutch to go shopping; having to dedicate an arm to holding a bag is not conducive to efficient rack browsing. But my things were in it from the previous evening and I didn't feel like switching.

I went to Loft, J.Crew Factory, and TJMaxx. I left without making a single purchase. Do I blame the clutch?

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The Rundown
Grey Tee Style Mint c/o ThredUP similar
White Shorts Old Navy similar
Sandals Franco Sarto via TJMaxx similar
Leopard Clutch Gap similar
Pave Hexagon Earrings Thrifted similar
Necklace LC for Kohls
Hexagon Cuff Bracelet Line and Label similar
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Thin Gold Rings Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Bikini So Teeny" Essie

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I'd seen enough other bloggers in this bright neon green, extremely voluminous midi skirt, to know I wanted to try it myself.

After it arrived from ABadDay, it took me a little while to get the nerve to put it on and take it out into the world. I thought for sure as I walked around the New Haven streets, that someone was bound to offer me a comment or commentary on it's brightness or poofiness, but no. Not even the homeless broke from their usual spiels to discuss the skirt.

I'm not sure if I am relieved or disappointed, but I think I might just have to wear it at least once more.

If you are feeling tempted to try a neon green poofy skirt for yourself, I would not recommend this one. I spent ages ironing it before I left the house, and as you can see, I stepped out of the car completely wrinkled again. Additionally, the skirt is cut on a bias and the hem was not done with bias tape, therefore it's all twisted and messy looking.

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The Rundown
Beaded Shell Kate Hill thrifted similar
Neon Green Pleated Skirt c/o ABadDay
Cream Pumps Tahari c/o ThredUP
Grayson Bar Bag Linea Pelle
Bling Earrings JoJo Loves You
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Chain Link Bracelet Thrifted similar
Opal Ring T Tahari
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Sunglasses Halston via Coco's similar
Nail Color "Bikini So Teeny" Essie

Monday, August 18, 2014

Make a splash

In an effort to cram more summer into my summer, this past weekend I attended a local Oyster Festival, spent time at the beach, rode a tandem bicycle, consumed lots of ice cream, watched the sunset, and wore printed sun dresses.

I have a slight addiction to printed dresses. It's possible you will notice this should you flip back through my last few posts. I feel I should wear them all at least once per summer, so I still have about a dozen more to get through in these next few weeks. Some can transition into fall, which is great, but purple tie dye is strictly summer in my mind.

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The Rundown
Tie Dye Dress c/o London Times
White Sandals Ferragamo via Coco's
Earrings c/o Lucky Fabb
Crystal Flower Statement Necklace eBay similar exact
White and Rose Gold Link Bracelet c/o Jeweshop
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Nail Color "Bikini So Teeny" Essie

Linking up with Pink Sole's How I Summer
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