Monday, August 3, 2015

Beauty: Hair Fails & Skin Care Routine

For every hair tutorial I manage to post there's several failed hairstyles that didn't work out as planned--this halo twist is one such style. I absolutely love the way it looks when it's perfect (on others!) and understand the technique, but I still haven't mastered it yet. So this post is meant as a bit of encouragement--practice makes perfect.
While my skin is far from perfect, my skin care routine is a frequently asked question so I thought I'd share my everyday regime (although regime is far too strong a word for my process!). My skin care routine hasn't changed since I first started having one! My mother introduced me to Clinique beauty products when I was a teenager and while I've tried a few other products, I always come back to their 3 Step anti-blemish solutions. Since I have naturally dry skin a good moisturizer is necessary and I always begin and end each day with a generous amount of St. Ives lotion. Since I'm in my late twenties now I think I should actually up my regime with some anti-wrinkle creams, but right now these simple steps are what I use to maintain my skin.

Outfit: Land Mermaid

I'm getting back into fairytales lately. Like C.S. Lewis said, "some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." I'm more into the fantastic, but slightly more grim ones than the Disney versions. All of this to say Samantha Pleet seems to design clothes that belong in fairytales. Her galaxy dress looks like it's been sprinkled in star dust and makes me feel like a mermaid.

details: Samantha Pleet dress, Seychelles sandals, starfish clip

Friday, July 31, 2015

Lookbook: Sessun Summer 2015

The brand Sessun usually makes me think of little silk dresses and refined separates--the sort of clothing that doesn't look out of place in an office, but for summer the brand took a more relaxed approach. While I'm usually more a fan of structured pieces or retro looks, for once this laidback collection is completely up my alley. Everything looks simple and easy--exactly the way summer should be. 

Outfit: Starry Eyed

On a friend's recommendation we spent an evening exploring Glaslough. The village was as sweet as described, although we ventured a little too late in the day since most places were closed--like this colorful chocolate shop. Oh well, now we have an excuse to visit again another day.

Outfit details:
old headband
old necklace (similar)
UO flats (old) 
Fossil purse (old)
*pictures by Thomas

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Blog Birthday: 8 Years Strong

As of today I have been blogging for 8 years! I have a hard time remembering exactly why I sat down and pinned that first post back in 2007 and the girl I was back then. There's been a lot of growth, several moves, and various hair colors in the intervening years and the blog has served as a diary recording many of those events. I'm grateful to have this journal to look back on and can only imagine how amusing it will be to look at eight years from today--certain old posts already make me cringe!
But I don't like to use my blog's birthday as a day to get very nostalgic and wax on about the past. Instead every year I try to think of some goals for the coming year and celebrate the occasion with a video. I've a lot of ideas for improving my blog and some new creative projects I'm really excited about this fall. For this year's special video Thomas and I decided to do a little fairytale themed shoot in some rainy woods. The video is inspired by the legend of "The Red String of Fate." I hope you enjoy it and thank you for reading my blog for all these years!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Outfit: At The Dock's End

After months upon months of living out of suitcases and boxes, moving out of one house into another temporary home, and finally the big move across the pond, it is so nice to have all of my clothing in one place. I weeded out a lot of my closet before I moved and saved the pieces that I loved the most---like this skirt. It doesn't get enough wear, but I'll blame the previously talked-about suitcases and boxes on that. The colors in the skirt seemed like a perfect match for my new purse from Modcloth. The bag is part of their recent collaboration with Brit-Stitch; which is an incredibly classic collection in the sweetest array of colors.

Outfit details:
old cardigan
old sandals (similar)
*pictures by Thomas

Monday, July 27, 2015

Beauty: French Twist into a Rope Braid

This hairstyle is a continuation of the rope braid I've been playing with for the past few weeks. This time it's similar to a french braid. For a true french twist you don't have to twist each section before you cross them, but I find the twists help add dimension to the look.
How To:
-take a small section of hair from the top of your head and split it into two sections
-twist each section to the right, then loop the right side over the left
-add small pieces of hair to both sections on either side of your head
-twist them to the right again and loop the right over the left
-continue adding small amounts of hair before looping/crossing them
-at the base of your head add the rest of your remaining hair and create a rope braid
P.S. For a more detailed tutorial on the rope braid/twisted ponytail click here.
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