Category Archives: Style

“How do you get your hair like that?”

I’m shocked and flattered that some of you have asked how I curl my hair. I’ve always been dreadful at hair styling, so I’m ecstatic that I’ve finally figured something out! I made a little video showing how I do it. It’s quick and easy. I have yet to find a product that will keep my waves in place in the summer humidity or in the rain, but when the weather cooperates these curls will last for days. Without further ado, please join me in my bathroom as I curl my hair. Your view is from just above the toilet seat where I balanced my tripod. Fancy!

music: “Hot Sand” by Lullatone

Products I used:

Sedu Revolution Clipless Curling Iron
Pantene Non-aerosol Hairspray
Redken Smoothing Serum

I burnt out several clipless curling irons before splurging on a higher end one. If you want a less expensive iron this one was my favorite until it died. I love the Sedu one I have now. It heats up in seconds, works like a charm, and the heat resistant glove that came with it is a real finger saver.

Here’s a video summary if your attention span isn’t that long:

1. Put your damp hair in two braids before bed.

How to style big, natural, just-got-off-a-horse, mermaid-esque, waves with a clipless curling iron.

2. Take out the braids in the morning and your hair will be wavy. The braids already did most of the work!

How to style big, natural, just-got-off-a-horse, mermaid-esque, waves with a clipless curling iron.

3. Add a few curls here and there with a clipless curling iron to break up the braid waves a little bit and avoid the crimped look. Hold the iron upside down when you wind your hair around it. I don’t know why, but it works better that way.

How to style big, natural, just-got-off-a-horse, mermaid-esque, waves with a clipless curling iron.

4. Top your curls with a spritz of hairspray and a few drops of smoothing serum.

How to style big, natural, just-got-off-a-horse, mermaid-esque, waves with a clipless curling iron.

5. Done! The curls will relax and blend into big soft waves as you go on about your day.

How to style big, natural, just-got-off-a-horse, mermaid-esque, waves with a clipless curling iron.

DIY Lace Cuffs

Last summer I snagged one of J.Crew’s “schoolboy” blazers on sale. It’s gorgeous, and the velvet is so buttery and rich that if I were to give it a lick it would probably taste like dark chocolate. Unfortunately my beautiful blazer has been hanging in the closet unworn. The sleeves are much too short for my outrageously long arms. I’ve accepted the fact that most sleeves are going to be a bit too short on me, but these make it look like I literally stole a schoolboy’s blazer! Sadly the tailor told me the sleeves couldn’t be let out due to the button detailing on the cuffs, so I had to take matters into my own hands.

DIY Lace Cuffs

I went to the fabric store and bought a yard of wide black lace. Then, I sewed it along the inside edge of each cuff.

DIY Lace Cuffs

The lace looks pretty cute, and it added the perfect amount of length to solve my sleeve dilemma. I’m so excited to actually wear my plush velvet blazer this fall (instead of just petting it on the hanger).

DIY Lace Cuffs

DIY Lace Cuffs

Three Things

One
My amazing mom and dad came over this morning to help me install a humongous mailbox and post. I don’t know what I’d do without them! Visit my dad’s blog right here for the mailbox installation tutorial and photos of the process (and of me clumsily trying to use a post hole digger). Now I can ship out incoming Father’s Day card orders without driving to the Post Office quite so often! I’m going to paint the post to match our house and get some cute numbers for the side of it. Mabel was kind enough to try it out for me. That’s her “this is the most terrifying experience I’ve ever had” face. You’d never know it though, since all her faces look pretty much the same.

dog in mailbox

Two
Daniel has been asking me to dye my hair red ever since I dyed my tips pink. Finally after almost 2 years of telling him no, I summoned all my courage and did it (all my courage was only enough for semi-permanent dye). Then, I showed up at Daniel’s work to surprise him. He had no idea I decided to go red, and his reaction was totally worth all the towels I’ve been ruining every time I wash my hair. Luckily I like the red too!

red hair

Three
My St John’s Wort plant is completely covered in buds. It’s just about to explode into a tangle of sunny yellow blooms. I’ve had it for 2 or 3 years, and it has only ever produced a few flowers. Early this spring I gave it some fish fertilizer. That stuff smells awful, but I’ll learn to love the stench if it makes this big of a difference in my garden!

St John's Wort

Wardrobe Cleanse

Our basement has been overrun with plumbers for the past two days, so I haven’t been able to spend much time in my studio. They’re replacing the hot water heater, and it’s a tricky job since our house is quirky right down to the plumbing.

Today I decided to do a wardrobe cleanse while the dogs barked and the plumbers plumbed. You know when you’re getting dressed, and you go to your closet and sort through all the clothes that you don’t like to wear to find the few items you love? My goal is to love everything in my closet, so first I needed to figure out what makes me love some of my clothes but not others.

I chose my favorite pieces of clothing—the pieces I would wear every day if I could. I took everything else out of my closet, so I could see what all my favorites had in common. It turned out they were all either neutral or subdued colors, just like the ones I like to use around my home. Surprise, surprise!

wardrobe cleanse

wardrobe cleanse

Apparently I like muted colored clothing with subtle texture or pattern to add interest—like sequins, lace, or stripes. I like vintage and menswear inspired undertones (as seen in the photos below), but I also like a bit of an Indiana Jones vibe which is harder to put my finger on—distressed leather satchels, leather lace-up boots, and military jackets with lots of buttons.

I’m probably overthinking this. Do you feel like you lean toward a specific style wardrobe-wise, or do you just buy whatever tickles your fancy? I’ve been pinning outfits I’m drawn to, and while I can’t find exactly what I’m aiming for, I’ve gotten pretty close.

wardrobe cleanse

photo from: for the love of pretty

wardrobe cleanse

photo from: Prepaganda

wardrobe cleanse

photos from: In the City with Crystalin and Trendtation

wardrobe cleanse

photo from: Everything Fabulous

wardrobe cleanse

photos from: Fashion and Style and Boden

wardrobe cleanse

photo from: Prepfection

10 Fingers, 10 Colors

Mission accomplished, I painted each of my fingernails a different color! It took my entire nail polish collection to do it. All my polishes are variations of gold and purple, so luckily they ended up looking great together. But what does the fact that I keep buying the same nail polish colors over and over without realizing it say about me as a person?!

multi colored manicure

multi colored manicure

multi colored manicure

multi colored manicure

(This last shot was begging to have a color palette pulled out of it!)