Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lookbook: Tavin Boutique

I can't get enough of these "summer whites" images for curated vintage shop Tavin. The shop specializes in vintage pieces that give a gypset, modern chic vibe. For me it's all about the dreaminess of these photographs--flowing white dresses and messy hair are the epitome of summer dressing. I just love the ease of these looks.

Outfit: Daisy Bell

Fashion experts usually recommend keeping a print in proportion to your size, which would mean that at 5'1" all of my prints should be small and dainty. But even though I am petite I get tired of small and dainty things; sometimes I want big, bold jewelry, chunky heels, and flowers the size of my head on a sundress! At the end of the day, fashion rules are handy in knowing what "flatters" you, but they shouldn't control all of your decisions. Style happens when we stop following the rules and start dressing to express ourselves.

Outfit details:
Tieks flats
P.S. Tutorial for this hairstyle here.

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.
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