Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ready, Set, Holiday!

I can't believe Thanksgiving is only a week away. Who's ready for the holidays?? They're certainly coming whether we're ready or not. I love this time of year, but moving to Southern California right as the seasons switched from summer to fall has me a bit seasonally confused (as I shared here on Instagram). My friends and family are getting pounded with cold and snow back in the Midwest while it's still warm enough to go to the beach here. It's hard to believe. I don't miss the cold, but the snow can be nice this time of year. A blanket of white inevitably brings about excitement for the holiday season. So to help get us in the holiday spirit, I pulled together our picks for mixing in a touch of evergreen.

1) Gap Wool Herringbone Blazer, $118 (available here)
2) Nudie Jeans Grim Tim Slim-Fit Jeans, $180 (available here)
3) Gitman Vintage Checked Cotton-Flannel, $210 (available here)
4) Tanner Goods Standard Belt, $100 (available here)
5) Cole Haan Cotton Winter Wingtip, $129.99 - on sale! (available here)

1) J. Crew Shrunken Boy Shirt, $88 (available here)
2) BaubleBar Crystal Rapunzel Bib, $58 (available here)
3) Clare V Mimi Large Metallic Pouch, $90 - on sale! (available here)
4) Chicwish Green A-Line Midi Skirt, $29.90 - on sale! (available here)
5) J. Crew Mixed Leather Strappy Sandals, $228 (available here)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Style Crush: Olivia Palermo & Johannes Huebl

Who What Wear recently published an article on "The Top 8 Most Stylist Couples in the Fashion Industry." It's not surprising that the always impeccably dressed Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl made the cut. I don't know anyone who wouldn't love to raid their closets. What I love most about their style is that at the core it's timeless. Palermo is often captured in chic, slim pants and ballet flats and Huebl in handsome, crisp shirting and chinos. What makes their looks unique is that they both know where to add a bit of personality and stylish flair without going overboard and while still remaining classic. I don't know about you, but I'm taking notes. 

( images via Pinterest )

Thursday, November 13, 2014

New Life to an Old Dresser

Moving to Southern California has been an exciting time for me and E. However, the physical move of our belongings was far from. I'm not going to get into the details of everything that occurred with our move. I'll just say we ended up with a shocking amount of damage (...and we used a "reputable" moving company too!). If there's been any silver lining, it's that some things can be repaired and ultimately look even better than they did before the damage occurred. Such was the case with our vintage dresser. The repairman, who's been working so hard over the past month to restore our salvageable belongings, did an incredible job bringing new life into this old piece. It's a silver lining, and it's helped ease the pain of a difficult situation. 

( Before )

( After )

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

{Five} of Our Favorite Things

( a scenic drive along the Pacific Coast Highway ) 

It's been a bit since my last Five Favorite Things post, so I thought I'd start off a fresh set by sharing my five favorites from this past weekend. It was my birthday weekend and a great one at that. To celebrate, E spoiled me with a trip up the coast to Laguna Beach and then on to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl Flea Market. I'd been wanting to venture up to L.A. to wander the next flea, which takes place the second Sunday of every month. The November flea fell perfectly on my birthday weekend giving us an excuse to enjoy a scenic trip North along the coast. The flea was incredible. So big and so many treasures to be found. If you're in the area, or in L.A. on holiday, I'd suggest checking out it! Learn more here.

( Laguna Beach ) 

( treasure hunting at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena )

( my vintage treasure score... a 1950's mink-collared car coat ) 

( the beginnings of Christmas in SoCal ) 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Hair Product Must-Haves

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There are a handful of products I always have on hand for me and my mister. We both have fine-medium hair, but it's dense. That density often causes flatness without product to add some nice grit and body. Everyone's hair type and texture is very different, so product needs vary. However, I've found these six to be great for a variety of needs and hair types. Here's our hair product must-haves with tips for using at home...

Product Must-Haves

1) Bumble & Bumble Surf Shampoo, $24 (available here)
2) Bumble & Bumble Surf Conditioner, $26 (available here)

If your hair is like ours, it tends to go completely flat and flyaway right after a fresh shampoo. Bumble & Bumble's Surf line is perfect for combating that. What we love most about the shampoo and condition is that it leaves the hair feeling clean, but not too clean by adding a bit of beachy grit. Overall it helps add control and a nice base for additional styling. 

3) Shu Uemura Essence Absolute Nourishing Protective Oil, $68 (available here)

Hair oils are great for adding moister and shine back to the hair. The smallest amount goes a long way, so less is definitely more when applying. We like to apply at night and shampoo out in the morning, but it's also a fantastic finishing product for those with longer hair. After a fresh blowout, just the smallest amount to your mids-ends will help add shine and smooth flyways. 

4) Aveda Control Paste, $49.95  (available here)

I've had a long-term love affair with this product. In fact, it's hard to remember a time when it wasn't in my hairstyling repertoire. There isn't a product I love more for styling pixies and it's great for softer finishes on men's hair as well. It isn't heavy or crunchy and is super moldable, so you can easily reshape your hair throughout the day. 

After blowdrying, work a dime size amount through the hair. Always emulsify before applying. My professional styling tip... emulsify by working the product over your hands, as you would with a hand lotion. Because you use all sides and angles of your hands to style, having product evenly distributed across your hands will make styling seamless!

5) American Crew Boost Powder, $18 (available here)

Don't let the fact that this is a men's product fool you. It's great for women's hair too. Boost Powder is the perfect way to add targeted texture, volume, and hold to your hair in a lightweight way. To apply, determine the area where you want to add texture or volume. Lift sections and apply by dusting the product into the root area. Once applied, work product through from root to tip to style. 

6) Aveda Air Control Hair Spray, $26  (available here)

I love using Air Control as a finishing product and as a standalone on days when I want my hair to feel more natural with minimal product. It's a very lightweight hairspray, so it won't make your hair feel crunchy or hold it so much that it won't move. Think of it as a soft texture spray. On top of that, it smells great. If you've ever used Aveda products before, you know what I'm talking about. They all have a very distinct "Aveda" aroma and Air Control offers a lighter version of that signature. I've literally used this as a room spray before (not joking). 

So, there you have it. Happy hair styling!