Sunday, September 27, 2015

Conservatory of Flowers

Pretending this plant is delicious buttered corn on the cob 


Endless Summer 

Happy Sunday everyone!  Thought i'd bring some life to my blog once again with a splash of color and give you a break from all the black and white that's been posted lately :). This weekend, Jake and I decided to take time from our busy schedules to just hang out together and spend some quality time, chillin' and exploring. We slept in, had coffee in bed, and decided to pay a visit the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers after we finally got going.

Lemme tell ya, I've never seen so many different kinds of plants before in one place. Seriously though! There was life sprouting from every square inch of the place and our eyes got tired from staring at everything and finding small plants everywhere, like the ones inside of that hygrometer/thermometer combo. How does that even happen? 

Even though the conservatory was on the smaller side (compared to the one in Chicago) we got stuck examining everything from koi ponds to succulents for hours. I got too excited for our trip this morning and I totally forgot to take my antihistamine so now i'm paying the price as i'm sniffling and sneezing from bed with puffy eyes and an itchy throat. No idea what set it off this time, but I have this lingering feeling that it was that tasty looking corn plant. It's probably pissed off that I pretended to eat it. Whoops!

I hope everyone is having a great Fall weekend!  

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Black, White, and Lady Grey All Over

Gettin' creative with my eyeliner
All Jewelry: Lady Grey // All Clothing: Collective Habit 

2015 Might Not Be So Bad Afterall...

Hi guys! I have some INCREDIBLY COOL NEWS. So long story short, I was approached by Collective Habit, an amazing online shop that's also totally my style and they wanted me... (ME?!) to model for their new Lady Grey jewelry collection they're featuring! HOLY SH*T! This happened 2 weeks ago and I'm still giddy over it and I'm literally bouncing around on my chair as I type this. I can't believe I was even able to keep it a secret for this long while I was waiting for the photos to be posted.  

Now, I'm sure there's some correct way to write about a collaboration, but i'm honestly too pumped to even do things the "right way". I've obviously never done anything cool like this in my entire life so I was naturally super anxious at first. We took some test shots and started goofing around I totally breathed a sigh of relief because it was not awkward at all despite me being a totally awkward person. We tried out several outfits, piled on tons of gorgeous jewelry and snapped away. It took every ounce of strength in my body to not buy every piece on the spot but I mean look at it! It's all so cool! Here are some of my favorite shots and of course, there are sooo many more on the Collective Habit Blog if you'd like to take a peek. 

So, how could this day get possibly better? Well let me tell ya. We got to talking about tide pools, (my personal obsession) tides and beaches and figured we'd just pack up and go! We rented a car, ran down to Half Moon Bay and poked around tide pools during low tide.  


I hope everyone enjoys the pictures as much as I do! I'm so happy I could share this incredible day with everyone and i'm glad I didn't die of excitement before getting around to posting them. Let me know what you think and have a great Friday!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Keeping It Cool in Culottes

Hat and earrings:Forever 21//Top:H&M//Pants:Azalea SF//Shoes:Jeffrey Campbell//Jacket: Female//Blue Eyeliner:Revlon

Summer Daze

Imagine your most comfortable pajama pants ever.  Then imagine that those comfy pants are totally acceptable to wear in public and they actually look amazing!  Look no further, because culottes are here and they're pretty much the best things ever invented for that and other reasons.

I always find myself battling the urge to buy trendy items, but when something this comfortable and airy rolls around, (and on sale, may I add) you gotta hop on board.  Usually below the knee pants aren't a great length for me since my ankles (or cankles as I call them) are thick and muscular from years of playing soccer and weird genetics.  Since these are consistently wide through the leg, they sort of dwarf my ankles and make them appear tinier, tapered, and desirable.  Hip hip hooray for culottes! 

These babies are high waisted, slightly stretchy, and fitted through the hips which gives a nice shape without being too baggy.  I found that the best type of shoe to wear this with something with a bit of heel just to elongate your legs and make them look leaner, since it's easy to look kinda short in these.  Also paired these with a fitted top to balance out the bagginess of the bottoms.  

What do you think of this trend?  Do you think it will stick around?  And do you own any culottes of your own? 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

My Favorite Fall Trends for 2015

As a previous Starbucks employee, Fall was nearly NEVER enjoyable to me.  It always brought feelings of dread and anxiety and became synonymous with being drowned in an onslaught of Pumpkin Spice Lattes and freakishly early Christmas decorations.  It was just TOO MUCH!!  Don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't like the holidays, i'm just a little jaded.

After a long break from being on the hectic end of Fall festivities, I'm finally starting to come around.  The crisp air, the beautiful leaves, and the best part, NO MORE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES (or PSL for Starbucks lingo).  This means I can actually focus on other things I enjoy, like fall trends and makeup instead of having flashbacks and panic attacks of how many beverages I have to make.  One time, I actually had someone throw a drink at me because it "didn't taste like skim milk" but that's another story for another post.  Ugh, I told you I had flashbacks!  Let's peek at some of my favorite looks of this season.  Onwards!! 

The oversized Chunky Sweater

As a frequent thief of my boyfriend's sweater collection, I think I should just suck it up and buy a classic, oversized sweater in a neutral color that will last throughout the years.  This looks great in layered outfits or with jeans and leggings.  Love her messy bed head, too! 

 The Faux Fur Stole 

Ya know, these are really quite classic.  I love how these can completely change up a rather boring outfit and make it pop with an interesting texture and color.  You can do the brightly dyed ones or they also have more natural fur colors depending on your style.  I love the fact that these come around nearly every Autumn and Winter so buying one wouldn't be a waste of money for just one season of wear.  You can throw one over your shoulder, over a coat or jacket, toss one on top of a dress or just belt it at the bottom.  It's crazy how versatile these are!


Head to Toe Neutrals

I know you're not supposed to wear white after labor day and I'm not entirely sure why, but to me this just SCREAMS winter with sharp, clean light colors.  I love the dark accessories and nails to keep in interesting without being so blah.  The clash of textures and fits (fuzzy vs smooth, loose vs snug) make this interesting without it looking boring... you know, like a big bowl of plain oatmeal or something.


Animal Prints

So Animal print is also classic (notice a theme here?) so I do enjoy the fact that with the right accessories and simple outfit, the print can really stand out and make a statement without getting too Tarzan, King of the Jungle on ya.


Berry Stained Lips

I know we usually see some form of wine or dark cherry stained lips around the fall, so this updated ombre lip is sort of a remix of that.   I think this is great because it has more depth than a regular lipstick and it also lacks that certain harshness that's typical for darker shades.  She's keeping the rest of her face nice and clean and minimal so the lips can be the star of the show.


The Jet Black Lip

Black lipstick is having such a comeback right now!  I don't know If I could pull it off as well as this model, but you have to say, it's so interesting!  You would have to be careful with the outfit you pair with this as it could get pretty punk or witchy.  This is certainly not for the faint of heart, but it's very visually striking.  


The Messy Cateye

This one is a little wild but I mostly wanted to show you the artistic effect used here. The imperfect, messy lines give her eyes a gorgeous shape and the smudgy appearance is beautiful.  I think this would be hard to pass off in real life, once again, but maybe with the right outfit...


I hope you enjoyed my roundup of Fall Trends for this year!  Comment below and let me know which ones are your favorite and if there are any you're tempted to rock this fall!  

Thanks for reading!  I hope you have a nice weekend :) 

Friday, September 11, 2015

The Ins, Outs, Dos and Dont's of Platinum Blonde Hair Care

Thought I'd do a beauty post this round involving my rituals and routines regarding hair care.  I get so many questions on a weekly basis on my light hair color that I decided to dedicate a whole post about this!  I hope you enjoy :)  

First Off, The Ol' Do's and Dont's List

DO consult a professional before getting wild and crazy at home

You may be tempted to try bleaching at home after watching a handful of Youtube videos, but please, for the love of God just DON'T DO IT.  Hair color involves crazy science that is best left to the professionals.  Trust me.  I used boxed color and at home highlighting kits for years, and my hair got mega effed up.  I found myself in salons to fix what I've done to myself more often than not, so just skip that entirely, OK?  

DON'T Forget to factor in your financial situation

It can get freakin' expensive to maintain blonde hair!  Personally, I love about an inch of dark root, but even still I find myself marching back into the salon every 6-7 weeks for a root touch up.  On average, visits can be $125-$200 for a professional root touch up and toner. 

DO understand that this can be very time consuming

The initial appointment can take HOURS depending on how dark your natural hair is and what your end goal is.  I've heard horror stories of dark hair taking up to 8 whole hours, and even then that individual needed a second appointment weeks later to lighten again.  Since my hair is naturally a dark blonde, it takes roughly 2 hours from start to finish.  Not terrible, but that's a large chunk of my afternoon! 

DON'T skimp on hair care products and maintenance

Olaplex and Morrocan Oil are the but it's pricy for a small amount.  Ask your hairstylist about what he or she recommends and find what works for you!  I have a 3 step system now that involves deep conditioner, Morrocan oil and a leave in conditioner every time I wash and style.  Not so bad... 

DO invest in a wide tooth comb 

These things are amazing for use in and out of the shower.  It's easier on my hair than an old fashioned brush and I find that I lose less hair when I detangle with one of these bad boys. 

DON'T wash your hair every single day 

Your hair will be drier and weaker than ever before, so invest in a good dry shampoo to touch up greasy roots and give your hair a break from washing and drying.  

DO read at home and understand the mechanics behind bleaching your hair  

I believe that understanding what's actually happening when you bleach your hair can either solidify or persuade your decision.  More information below!!! 

DON'T blow dry or use heat styling tools often

Air dry as much as possible or use a cooler setting on your blow dryer with a thermal protectant spray.  Embrace the natural texture and waves of your hair to keep damage to a minimum. 

DO have fun with it!

ok that was a corny "Do", but you know, when done properly it can be extremely eye catching and striking on anyone!  I've never gotten so many comments on my hair from men and women.  It's actually become quite a conversation piece which is great news since I'm actually really awkward in real life.  

Now, Let's Talk SCIENCE

You know, there's no way around this so I'm just going to say it... Bleaching totally sucks for your hair, and here's why:

Your hair gets it's color from melanin which is also responsible for eye and skin color. When you bleach your hair, the bleach penetrates (heh heh) the shaft of your hair and breaks down the color molecules and removes them so they wash right out.  Bleaching also breaks down the natural fatty acids of the hair shaft, which weakens and damages your hair over time.  So with that being said, the goal should be to lessen the contact time of bleach on your hair AND when touching up roots, do not overlap the bleach onto our already lightened locks!  This may cause your hair to break which is yet another reason to see a professional for root touch ups! 

Also, while we're discussing science-y things, remember this little guy from elementary school or art class?  

So this color wheel will help me transition to my next point of obtaining that icy, pale blonde that is so hard to achieve.  Blonde hair gets hella brassy, which is not exactly pleasing to the eye.  This color wheel shows that purple and violet is the exact opposite of yellow and orange tones which means these colors actually cancel each other out.  The coolness of the violet works to neutralize the warm tones of orange and yellow and it cools down.  

Brassiness can come from exposure to sunlight, sulfates and parabens in shampoos, ocean water, minerals in water and several other things.  Not to worry though, that yellow/orange color can be combatted with violet shampoos, conditioners and toners that will neutralize that yellowness.  

Violet Shampoo and conditioner is a simple way to banish a small amount of brassiness. So far, my favorite combo is Clairol Shimmer Lights.  This stuff is super pigmented which is great but be careful!  I've stained many shower curtains, walls and even my fingernails get weird and purple sometimes.  I will admit, the shampoo can be very drying if used every time you wash, but if you only use it every other wash, you're good.  Also, the conditioner is extremely pigmented but doesn't condition well on it's own.  If you mix one part normal conditioner with one part this one, it applies and spreads much better on showered hair.  Leave the shampoo on for a few minutes while washing, and leave conditioner on for five or so.  

Olaplex is the holy grail for dry, damaged hair.  There's a 3 step system, in case you're curious that starts off as a bleach additive (request it from your hair stylist if they carry it!) then it's applied as a conditioner POST bleaching, and finally you can use it right at home to condition and soften the hair once a week.  

Coconut oil is also amazing for deep conditioning!  Just scoop up a good handful and evenly distribute on the ends of your hair like you're making a pony tail.  Tie up off of your shoulders and leave this on for a good hour before shampooing and conditioning normally.  

Manic Panic Virgin Snow is a great conditioning hair mask that deposits a light blue/violet color to minimize brassiness.  Work this through clean, towel dried hair and leave on for 30 minutes to an hour (or more). 

A Wide tooth comb is perfect for distributing conditioner through your hair while wet.  My hair breaks easily so this is great to use in the shower and to detangle later on in the day

Baby powder is a great alternative to dry shampoo!  This little guy was about $2 in the travel section of Target and I take it everywhere in case my hair gets greasy in between washings.  My hair is so light, the white powder blends in but still be througough like you would normal dry shampoo.  

Sprinkle and shake a liberal amount onto roots, or as my boyfriend would call it, "season" yourself. 
Rub aggressively with finger tips while concentrating on the roots, then brush out to the ends and style as usual!  Works like a charm every time and it smells fresh, like babies I suppose. 

You know, that's pretty much all the advice I have!  Here's a hair chain I recently purchased from Anthropologie that I was just dying to show off.  Sorry, It totally doesn't even go well with my shirt because I was too anxious to show it off.  

Let me know what you think and comment below if you have any additional tips or tricks!  I would love to hear your thoughts!  Also, would you ever consider bleaching your hair or going platinum any time soon?  Why or why not?  I hope you enjoyed my post, please have a great weekend :)  

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Dog Days of Summer

Shoes:Zara//Skirt:Forever21//T-shirt:Target//Leather Belt:Anthropologie//Earcuff:Forever21//Purse:PrimeCut//Jean Jacket:Heritage

The Perfect Labor Day Weekend

Hello everyone!  I took another accidental unexpected leave of absence from my blog but do not fear, it was for good reason... I finally got a job!  I landed a part time job at Anthropologie, the clothing store and I am loving it so far!  Some of you who know me well or follow my Instagram know that I was a veterinary technician previously in Chicago, so retail is a far cry from the veterinary field.  I decided that working a part time job right now with girls who share similar interests as me (ya know, CLOTHES) would be a great move for me so I can get out there and meet friends in the area.  I realized that I don't know anyone other than my super busy boyfriend, so I would wait around all day for him to come home and just talk his ear off about meaningless things.  I would call and bother all my friends back at home and keep them on FaceTime for waayy too long and essentially just hang out and watch TV with them after we've run out of things to talk about.  God, I was soo lonely. 

This weekend my friend and hair stylist came all the way from Chicago to visit lil ol' me which was just perfect timing!  We rented a car and trekked all over the San Francisco bay area.  Here are some photos of Baker Beach which is right next to the Golden Gate Bridge.  This weekend was especially hot as it reached 95 degrees, so we were happy to dip our feet in the cool water on the shore.  We also felt the need for some fresh oysters since we were so close to the ocean!  We stopped at a restaurant which was magically hosting a happy hour at that time, so we ordered a dozen fresh oysters and sampled fish tacos and seafood chowder before heading home.  Delicious!  

Oh, and a word about Baker Beach because nobody informed us- Yes, it's gorgeous and scenic, but becomes a nude beach halfway down.  Not that I'm some immature person who can't handle a few naked boobs and weiners, but I just don't like surprises and that definitely was a surprise!  Jen and I were walking along the shore and all of a sudden, BAM.  Everyone was just naked without any warning or so much as a sign, statue or rope.  We immediately thought that maybe their bathing suits washed off and out to sea, but they didn't look nearly pissed off or confused enough, so we just played it cool and kept walking like it was no big deal.  I got really good with the healing brush and clone tool in photoshop this weekend as I doctored my photos reeeeal good to make them SFW. Basically, if there's a naked butt in anyone's vacation photos that you would like to post on social media, holler at'cher girl because I got your back. 

Up top is a little bit of what I wore this weekend!  I'm just crazy about this asymmetric leather skirt and of course, I saw this ear cuff and just had to have it :-x  I'll probably get a cartilage deformity before long from the little clamp that keeps them in place.  Damn, those hurt!  

I hope everyone had a super amazing labor day!  What was everyone up to this weekend??