Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Stylish Spaces: Scottish Charm

How charming is this heirloom Scottish family home filled with wallpaper, chalkboard walls, and vintage furniture? Wallpaper looks dated to a lot of people, but I still find it endearing and mixed with patterned plates and bright-colored wood panelling. All these retro touches make this home feel cozy and timeless in a way minimalist apartments never will. via

Outfit: The Classics

Oscar Wilde said "fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable we have to change it every six months." And yet some of my favorite styles are more than six months old--they're easily sixty years old. Of course, some people would argue that is the difference between fashion and style. Sometimes I like fashion; the dreamy editorials, the high glamour runway shows, and the exciting trends, but at the end of the day it's style that I love. It's style that lets you express yourself and wear clothing that looks dated, but feels classic.

Outfit details:
Modcloth sunglasses
old headband
Wink & Winn purse
*pictures by Thomas

Monday, June 29, 2015

Beauty: Easy Face-Framing Twist Braid

This is a take on the twist ponytail from last week with a small variation in placement and how you build the twist braid. This style is great for growing out bangs/fringe as well, because I still have some fringe that always falls out when I attempt face-framing braids, but this twist kept it all in place!  The trick is the same as last week: twist two small sections in the same direction and then cross them over each other in the opposing direction. That will keep your twist braid from unraveling once you tie it.
How to:
-take a small section of your hair from the front of your face
-divide it into two parts
-twist both parts in the same direction; I twisted mine towards my face
-cross the front section over the back section
-add a few strands of hair to section that is now on the bottom and twist it, then cross it over so it's now on top
-repeat the process, adding small sections of hair each time until your twist reaches near the top of your ear
-stop adding small sections of hair and twist all the way to the ends of your hair and tie in place with an elastic

Outfit: Bananas

Getting a new bicycle has inspired me to wear more shorts and flats. I can and will bike in a dress or skirt as I get more comfortable on my bike, but right now nothing beats the convenience of shorts. I now live near a lot of quiet country roads, so I can go for a ride without worrying about cars--all I passed on this bike trip was one tractor and two pedestrians. I'm really enjoying my evening rides along these empty roads passing more sheep in their pastures than people and learning my way around this new area a little better.

Outfit details:
F21 cardigan

Friday, June 26, 2015

Style Crush: Gala

Gala Gonzalez of Amlul is the fashion blogger version of Jane Birkin (who probably deserves her own style crush post one day). While she's become less boho and more sophisticated in the past few years, Gala's style is still very casual. A luxe laidback look that seems as if it isn't trying too hard, but is actually carefully conceived. My style take-aways are the importance of neutrals, tomboyish touches, and that old rule of "remove one accessory before you leave the house." Sometimes pared-down looks are best.

Travel Diaries: Honeymoon in Matera Pt2

I am working on a moderately handy travel guide post for Matera based on our visit, but there are too many beautiful pictures of the city to be limited to that post! We thought the city looked beautiful when we researched visiting but we were still blown away by how breath-taking it was. You turn a corner and you find a cobbled stairway with stone arches and creeping vines and old wooden doors--your eyes almost become tired of absorbing the details. I suppose the twisting alleyways and sloping stairs can become confusing and you could get easily lost, but since we hardly ever set out with a specific destination in mind or a lot of hurry we loved every moment of wandering.

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