Camo Casual...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

TOP: J.Crew Factory (HALF OFF TODAY ONLY!) | DENIM: J.Crew | FLATS: old (almost identical) | BAG: Tory Burch | WATCH: Michael Kors | LIPS: YSL #29

Maybe its the Arkansan in me, but I am still loving touches of camo here & there... 

(Double) Date Night...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TOP: Anthropologie | DENIM: J.Crew (25% off with SHOPNOW) | HEELS: Christian Louboutin (similar here & here) | BAG: Prada (loving this new style of Tory Burch w/a triple zip! & this one is similar!) | SUNGLASSES: Sole Society c/o | WATCH: Michael Kors | BRACELETS: David Yurman, Baublebar c/o, Stella & Dot | RINGS: Monica Vinader, Baublebar | NECKLACE: Baublebar | LIPS: Nars 'Heatwave

Finally, the outfit I was planning on posting - the shirt is finally online! This was my #ootn on Friday night for a double date night with our friends Mike & Savannah. We are really grateful to have them! In fact, Savannah & I meet for lunch at least one time per week at McAllisters... it became such a common practice that we bought their new Tea Tumblers & I am pretty sure we paid those cups off in the first week, lol! Anyway, these J.Crew jeans are semi new to the store & I have never purchased denim from J.Crew before. It is safe to say that I will be re-purchasing if they all fit like these because boy, they are so comfortable & I find them to be flattering! PS. I get asked about what size I order a lot so.. in the top I got a Medium (its a little big but I kind of wanted it loose and longer.. in the jeans I got my normal size!)

Anyway, this is my date night look... I am pretty sure this shirt will get LOTS of wear this year seeing that it is kind of reddish (okay its 'tangerine'). John is a devout OSU Buckeyes fan & I love the Hogs so I am sure I'll be re-wearing it plenty. Oh & the ruffle down the back doesn't hurt anything. ;)

Hope you all are having a great week!! Thank you for stopping by..xo!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 TOP: Topshop (similar here) | DENIM: (obsessed with these & these.. & others below!) | HEELS: Christian Louboutin (similar options here & here) | CLUTCH: Clare Vivier (a staple!) | WATCH: Michele | BRACELETS: David Yurman (chain link), T+J Designs (leopard), Stella & Dot, ShopbellaCx2 | RINGS: BaubleBar , Monica Vinader | SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker 'Super Duper' | NECKLACE: Baublebar c/o | LIPS: (I am guessing...) Fleshpot by MAC

Soooo, I initially planned on sharing an outfit that I wore on Friday with you all today but the cutest part of the outfit is not online so I am playing the waiting game over here! Anyway, last week I wore this outfit (white top + boyfriend jeans) and right as the UPS man delivered a camera that we are considering, John walked in so we ran outside to play with it (the coloring is sort of weird, sorry!). John snapped these photos & I had no intention of using them but I figured since this is what I was actually wearing & felt super comfortable in I would share. Earlier on that particular day I was working on some new hair styles (as you can see it was not fixed at all in these photos) but I always have to get out & run errands during the day so I try to stay semi-put together.  I am not sure just how many college gals read my blog, but I know this would be my uniform if I were in college. (Fun fact: I went to a private Christian college & we weren't allowed to wear shorts to class!)

ALSO! I have people ask about my bracelet with the 'E' charm quite often.. here it is & it's cheaper here. I wear it a lot so I wanted to make sure to share that! 

*AND* if you didn't shop the HUGE Lilly Pulitzer sale yesterday... do it now! Ah sooo many precious things!

Gearing Up...

Monday, August 18, 2014

TOP: A local shop (similar styles here, here, & here.. more below) | SKIRT: J. Crew | BAG: Tory Burch (loving this too!) | BOOTIES: Sole Society (last season) (similar styles here & here) | SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker | NECKLACE: BaubleBar c/o | RINGS: BaubleBar, Monica Vinader | WATCH: Michael Kors  | LIPS: Please Me | BRACELETS: ShopbellaC, Nordstrom, Charm & Chain

When I saw this skirt online at J.Crew I was sold... I love the fit & style. It's super flattering & is multi-seasonal so it was a must for me! When I was styling it, I found that it went with so many other things in my closet. I'm totally gearing up for fall... I can't help it! :)

In other news, make sure not to miss the LILLY sale! Lilly Pulitzer is having their HUGE sale starting today... Every year I notice that things tend to sale rather quickly so make sure to check it out.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! 


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Since school is right around the corner (or has already started for some of you), I've been thinking about what basics would be essential if I were heading back to college. I always loved back to school time because it meant new (fall) clothes, new fun school supplies, & of course being back with friends.

So Lately....

Friday, August 15, 2014

My fishtail turned topknot... It was super easy to do & not really intentional either. I just put my hair into a high pony & then did a fishtail braid. I secured it with an elastic and then twisted my hair into a bun & secured it with several bobby pins & hair spray! If this really doesn't make sense, I will make a tutorial!
Loving this ShopbellaC "I Woke Up Like This" assemetrical tee! Clutch is here.
One of my FAVORITE dresses ever! I wore it as a cover-up in Cabo - it is from Gigi's Boutique. It would be so cute this fall with boots or even for a country concert! ;)
My amaze leopard print romper c/o Show Me Your Mumu
 Gloss | Makeup | Mug (dying over these too!) | Planner | Peace Sign Bust
 View in Cabo from the top floor. 
 Boat ride to the Arch w/@cmcoving
 So gorgeous. God is so good!
 I loved the Mexico version of Diet Coke! Similar sandals & bracelets are here & here.
 Yummy chicken tortilla soup for lunch... one of my favorite meals of all! Sunglasses are here.

Hope you guys have a great weekend! I didn't have a lot of service while in Mexico so I wanted to get some photos up from my Instagram so you all know where things are from in case I missed questions. Thank you all so much for reading!

My Messy Fishtail...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

 Today I've teamed up with BaubleBar & Pantene Pro-V to share a little 'How-To" tutorial. I asked my Facebook fans what tutorial they'd like to see & it seemed like my 'messy fishtail' look was most requested (thanks, Brittany) so here we are... (Sidenote: if you want to pin this tutorial - here's an easy collage to re-pin so you can save it on your board!)

You'll need elastics, bobby pins, a teasing comb and/or brush. I also used this Styling Gel!
 Step 1. Make sure you are wearing pretty baubles... I will be wearing these turquoise tassel earrings from BaubleBar. (I can't get enough of them!)
 Okay, the real Step 1. Make sure your hair is tangle free... or as tangle free as you can get it. I always use this teasing brush. Also, I am a sucker for volume so I always tease my hair quite a bit before I start the braiding process! 
 Step 2. Begin your fishtail. If you don't know how to fishtail - here's a quick video. Before I start my fishtail, I put this Pantene Styling Gel in both hands and then began the braid so that each section was picking up a little gel to control the stray hairs!
 Continue braiding... if you notice that the ends are getting tangled and forming a braid of it's own you'll need to brush through the ends.
 I always have to stop half-way through the fishtail braid & brush through to make sure there are no tangles otherwise the braid may not come together as neatly.
 Once you are towards the end of the braid it should look something like this. It will probably look better! My hair has some really short layers so I definitely think most people will have better luck.
 Step 3. Secure the end of the braid with an elastic. I recommend using an elastic over a ponytail holder.. it will be much more effective! :)
Step 4. After securing the end with an elastic, separate into two and pull the braid apart. This more or less "squishes" the braid up and makes it have a chunkier look. You can always stop here, by the way!
 Step 5. Use your fingers and pull apart the braid. I do this to make it puffier. It makes it have a more effortless look as opposed to a clean, neat braid.

Step 6. Finally, use bobby pins to secure any loose pieces that may have come out during the braid. I have lots of loose pieces and they are thicker, so I use a larger bobby pin on those!
Finished Product.

I hope you all find this tutorial a little useful! Thanks to Delyn from Evolve Sessions & Miles Witt Boyer for shooting these for me. If you are anywhere in-or-around Arkansas - these two are amazing - I always have so much fun with them. And thanks to Alexander Grace for letting us use their salon!

Here are links to the products I used:
Bobby Pins (small) (large)

BaubleBar & Pantene have teamed up to give away one lucky winner $1,000 to BaubleBar & a year's worth of Pantene products! Simply tag #BBxPantene on Instagram when you post a hairstyle with your Baubles & you will be entered. If you need any inspiration, check this out! (Follow @baublebar & @pantenehair on Instagram.. or @baublebar/@pantene on Twitter!)

And below are my BaubleBar pieces...