Friday, May 27, 2011

Friend Friday...

Welcome to this week's edition of Friend Fridays, sponsored by ModlyChic.

1. How often do you get your hair cut?

These days, I get my hair trimmed every 5-6 weeks. Short hair requires it!

2. Do you go to the same stylist each time, try someone new, go to the cheap hair cutting chains or live it up in a salon?

I have gone to the same stylist for about 8 years.
I started seeing her at one salon, then followed her to her house when she quit the salon. Then I followed her to her next salon, and now we are back at her house.
My first appointment with her, I had shoulder-length hair when I walked in. Now, everyone knows you don't go to a new stylist and ask for a totally different haircut. You just ask for a trim + see how they do so you can assess their skills.
Not me.
I went in armed with a coupla pictures and asked for her to shop it all off. The devilish sparkle in her eye let me know that we would long be friends.
I love my hairdresser, and I travel an hour from my house, just so I can keep seeing her!

3. Do you color your hair? How often? What’s your natural color?

I love coloring my hair! I have played with my hair color since high school!
I don't always dye it the same color, and I'm not currently coloring my hair, but I have something in mind... if I do it, you know it will end up on the blog!

4. The one thing you always do to keep your hair looking great is:

It's funny to me today that I am sporting a pixie cut, because all through my life growing up, I wanted hair that reached the floor. Seriously. I got a trim MAYBE once a year, and I just loved having super-long hair.I never had a really style, it was just long.
Then, one day in high school, we had a fire drill. It was late autumn/early winter. A friend of mine was looking at me funny and looking up into the sky. I asked her what was going on, and she said she thought it was snowing, because there was white stuff in my hair. Not dandruff, thankfully, but it wasn't much better -- my hair had so many split ends that my friend thought it was snow. That's when I knew I needed to take better care of my hair. Ever since then, I have had my hair trimmed on a regular basis.

5. What hair trend do you love and wish you could rock?

Honestly, despite the fact that I haven't had long hair since high school, I have been dreaming of long hair again. Ponytails, french braids, topknots... I have been considering growing my hair out long again, just to play with it for a little while, and then maybe chop it all off so I could donate it.
Maybe I will!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Zoya Freebies...

Since several of you are into Zoya Nail Polishes, I thought you would like to know that from now until Monday, whenever you order anything from Zoya's site, just enter the code ZB52 and you will receive 2 free bottles of polish in Caitlin and Dove!

You can find details here.

If you gals are anything like me, "free" is right in your price range.

Friend Friday...

Welcome to this week's edition of Friend Fridays, sponsored by ModlyChic.

List the 5 things that drive you crazy about blogs you visit.

(1) Messy layouts.

Some blogs have busy backgrounds, tons of ads, numerous columns, overuse of colors, front, graphics, etc. I don't want the blogs I read to look boring, but I like to be able to tell where the actual blog entry is.
If your blog looks like the yellowpages because of all your ads, I'm going to stop reading it.
If it looks like a 5-year-old designed your page for you, I'm going to stop reading it.
Don't make me work to figure out what I'm supposed to look at. I read blogs for fun, and once it's no fun for me to visit your blog, I'm going to stop reading it.

(2) Too much writing.

This is a touchy subject for some bloggers. Personally, I just don't like to read all that much. Strange for an English major who loves to read, innit?
For some reason, when it comes to blogs and greeting cards, less is more.
Sure, if you have a post here and there where something strikes a chord for you, and you have a lot to say, that's ok. Heck, if it interests you that much, it will probably interest me too.
But if every post you write is a dissertation on your outfit, no thanks. In the end, there's just not THAT much to say. I would take a photo-heavy post over a word-heavy post any day. After all, a picture speaks a thousand words, right?

(3) Lack of detail shots.

Again, this all comes down to the style of the blogger.
But for me, as a reader, I am looking for inspiration. I cam reading your blog because I'm interested in what you wore. If I can't really SEE what you wore, I personally find it to be a turn-off. To me, it's the little details that make your outfit unique. That's what I'm really interested in seeing.
But again, that might just be me...

(4) Walking billboards.

I'm not so much referring to people who are wearing all one designer head-to-toe (though that is also kind of annoying), but instead I'm referring to bloggers who are constantly posting outfits that they got for free from some shop or website.
I understand that you're stylish and thin and that you look great in their clothes. But when that's all I see on your blog, it just serves as a reminder to me that I'M not getting freebies and that I'M not the sort of blogger that companies want to tout their stuff. Reviews are great, I love them. But don't wear so many company-sponsored clothes that you lose yourself and your voice.

(5) When I feel like just a number.

Some blogs are like cozy little houses where you get lots of personal attention. Other blogs are like concerts at Madison Square Garden: a bajillion seats, and they sell out instantly and scalpers charge you your first born just to get a glimpse.
Bad metaphor, maybe, but what I'm getting at is that no matter how many readers you have, I want to feel special. (We all do, duh.) If I ask a question or make a thoughtful comment, respond to me! (I have been working hard on this myself, so I feel I have the right to say it.) Better yet, ask for my opinion or feedback -- and pay attention when I give it to you. After all, what is a blog without its readers?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pardon my Dust...

I spent yesterday evening redecorating things around this here old blog. I wanted to change things up a bit, but I also wanted to reorganize some things.
First, if you look up top, you will see an "About Me" tab and a "Blogroll" tab -- those things are pretty self-explanatory, but I'm glad to have that information off the main page.
Also, I pushed all my gadgets down to the bottom of the page. I did this because I want my blog posts to be the main focus whenever you come to visit. Plus, this new layout allows wider posts, which means that I should be able to post larger images. Wahoo!

I'm still playing around with a few ideas, but I think things are shaping up nicely...

Thoughts? Feedback?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Inspired by my ipod...

I wore this outfit a few weeks ago when it was still chilly. This cardi really is a go-to piece for me. I love pairing it with all sorta of different colors. This particular color combo was actually inspired by my ipod -- the case on my ipod is teal, and the earbuds are orange. I recently started listening to my ipod again during my commute, so the color combo has been in my brain...


Top: H&M
Cardi: TJ Maxx
Pants: NY&Co
Shoes: Aeropostale
Earrings: CATO


I have been doing quite a bit of shopping lately. I think since I had put myself on a shopping diet to prepare for the wedding, I'm now rebelling against saving. Granted, old habits die hard -- I still can't help but look for deals and the best price on things -- but I have been picking up items left and right lately. I have half a closet of things y'all haven't even seen!

Do you Pinterest?
If so, find me here:

Sunday, May 15, 2011

What Would You Do...

Hey Dolls, I'm asking you lovely, fashionable ladies for your opinion.
If you could get a subscription to any fashion/beauty magazine, which one would you get?
My adorable nephew is selling subscriptions as a fundraiser for his school, and I want to be a good, supportive auntie. I have never had a fashion magazine subscription before (other than good ol Seventeen magazine, back in the day), so I'm not really sure which one to go for. I'm looking for something along the lines of good, affordable fashion for 30-somethings. You gals see what my style is like -- which magazine do you think would suit me best?

Thanks in advance!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Friend Friday...

Welcome to this week's edition of Friend Fridays, sponsored by ModlyChic.

1. What magazines do you subscribe to?

Right now, I don't subscribe to any magazines!
I actually just got a fundraiser from my 6-year-old nephew, and they are selling magazine subscriptions, so I was thinking of picking up one or two for myself.
What are you suggestions and recommendations?

2. Do you watch any fashion TV shows?

I sporadically watch Project Runway, America's Next Top Model, How Do I Look, What Not to Wear, and shows along that line.

3. Beyond blogs, what websites do you frequent for fashion inspiration?

I don't frequent any websites that are specifically fashion-related.
However, I do garner inspiration from anywhere and everywhere, so any website I look at might inspire me. I recently started a Pinterest board for outfits (and other things) that inspire me, so now I just need to train my brain to clip images!

4. Advertisements play a huge role in forming public opinion about a product or brand... what ads do you like and why?

Honestly, I usually skip over the ads when I flip through magazines, and commercials on tv are the perfect time for using the bathroom or getting a snack.
But when I do pay attention to advertisements, I prefer the ones that are simple, basic, and speak to my type of life. I don't relate to ads for high fashion or abstract artistic ads for clothing, makeup, etc. When will I ever be walking the highwire atop an elephant? Show me a model rockin an outfit and sweat-proof makeup on a Metro train with broken AC in the middle of July. That will catch my interest!

5. Do you own any fashion books?

I bought Winona's book, but I'm sorry to say, I never finished it.
Her tips really are applicable to the real world, and she is an amazingly witty writer. I'm really sad her blog is now defunct.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I'm a Pixie, I'm a Paper Doll, I'm a Cartoon...

Welcome to another edition of the Paper Doll Project, hosted by Suze of Miss Vinyl Ahoy!

Paper Doll Project

As you may remember, I participated in the first round of this fun project back in March. I had so much fun with the first go-around that I was excited when Suze announced round two! I signed up immediately!

This time around, I was paired up with the awesome Betsy of Miss B Gets Dressed. Betsy has a great sense of style -- comfy, cozy, and really chic all at the same time. Plus she is really talented and does the most amazing sketches! (This is in no way a shameless plug for her to do a sketch of one of my outfits -- only it totally is.)
I was really excited to see what outfit Betsy put together for me, and the gal did not disappoint! Check it out for yourself:


Dress: H&M
Blazer: Sashimi via Nordstrom Rask
Shoes: Michael Shannon via Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse
Necklace: NY&Co?
Sunnies: Plato's Closet
Earrings: gift
Belt: TJ Maxx


You've seen me wear this dress several times on the blog, but I had never thought to pair it with this blazer. I really like how the pairing makes the dress a little less flowy and a little more businessy. I also really like how she chose my bright orange wedding shoes to go with this outfit. It added a pop of brightness to an otherwise darker outfit, and I really like how well the orange played off of the coral color in the dress. They don't match, but they go. And yet another detail I like about this outfit is how the texture of the necklace mirrors the pattern on the dress.

If you'd like to see how I styled Betsy, check out her Paper Doll Post. I totally want to steal every piece of that outfit, and possibly some other items in her closet too.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Friend Friday...

Welcome to this week's edition of Friend Fridays, sponsored by ModlyChic.

1.What is your go-to pair of shoes?

I have a few pairs of shoes that are my go-to, depending on the season.
In the summer, my flip-flops, unstylish as they may be, are my go-to for commuting and running errands.
Year-round, I have a few pairs of flats that I wear for everything from commuting, running errands, work, casual social outings, etc.
I have had trouble lately with heels, so while I have a few pairs of heels that I truly love, they just aren't my go-to shoes anymore.

2. What goes into your shoe buying decisions?

Comfort is huge. Most of my heels are relegated to "sitting at my desk all day," but I would love to be able to wear them when I'm going out.
Price is also very important. Sure, I'm more than willing to pay more for a good-quality shoe that won't kill my feet. But I'm also the kind of person that wants quantity. (Sure, I know that quality is more important, but I'm just being truthful -- I still want lots of stuff!) If saving on one pair of shoes means I can get a second pair, I'll opt for Payless everytime.

3. The majority of the shoes in your closet are what color?

While I do own several shoes in fun colors, black is still the primary color in my shoe-drobe. Black flip-flops, black flats, black sneakers, black heels, black booties, black boots, and other shoes that have black in the pattern.

4. When it comes to design shoes what are your favorite brands and why?

I'm not really brand-loyal when I buy my shoes. I really just buy what I want/need and what feels good. I love the styles of Steve Madden shoes for fun, and I love the classic lines and shapes of Nine West shoes. The high-schooler in me still loves Doc Martens, and I think I may need to buy myself a new pair of combat boots for the adult me. On the cheaper side, I also often tend to be drawn to Fioni shoes when I'm at Payless.

5. If price wasn’t an issue, you’d own which shoe?

A magical stiletto that made my legs a mile long that I could walk and stand in for hours on end without sore feet or back and neck pain.