How To: The Sock Bun!

I know these tutorials are a dime a dozen… but I made this video for a friend of mine who has been asking for it for months now, haha. The sock bun is a huge trend right now, and it can be kind of tricky to pull off perfectly. The key with this, as is with anything, is practice, practice, practice! I had to do this bun about 15 times before I felt like I really had the hang of it. I love to wear the sock bun look for fancy occasions, like a great dinner party or holiday dinner. So check it out, try it out a few times, hope it helps!

Wednesday Worst!

I was so in love with so many looks from the Oscars this past weekend, and felt so strongly about how much I disliked others, that it was honestly hard for me to wait until today to write this post. I so badly wanted to do a whole Oscars recap on Monday but I was in the city for a meeting all day and unfortunately just couldn’t make it happen. SO… I’ll just post my least favorite and my favorite looks as I usually do. Now if you watched the Oscars, and you have eyes… you probably know where I’m going with this one. Behold…

Kristen Stewart

kristen-stewart-85th-oscarsummm… ummm….. hmm. I don’t even know where to start here. I am not a K Stew hater by any means. I’m not 100% a fan, but I’m not just calling her out because I hate her (cough, Ginnifer Goodwin, cough). I’m a Twilight fan. I love me some Bella and Edward… I HATE that she cheated on R. Patz.. who does that? Anyway that has nothing to do with her look here. Let me get back on track. This is a gorgeous dress, and it looks so sad on her. I would totally pick this for a Jessica Chastain type, right? Someone with perky boobs to hold the dress up. It looks like it’s about to slide right off her. I’m not judging by any means, I have the same sad little boy chest, but at least I know how to dress it up. This is a girl who usually shows up to awards shows in jeans and sneakers so why, WHY, are you trying to half ass it to the Oscars? Especially all gimpy like she was? Stick to what you’re good at… be you! Everyone would be much more forgiving if she walked the red carpet in a sleek pantsuit with a pair of leather chucks. I mean you showed up on crutches for crying out loud… we would understand flats! And can we just look at a closeup of her upper half please? Because homegirl looks like she’s falling asleep mid step and repeat.

oscars-2013-kristen-stewart-1aye aye aye! I think a big contributor to this look being awful is the eyeshadow choice. It can be SO hard to wear pinks, purples, and corals without looking like you’re actually physically ill. So I won’t say it’s 100% her fault. However, her hair looking as messy and unkept as it does, paired with her tired eye look, DOES make her look physically ill. Everything is so horribly put together for me. And it’s not like she’s incapable of looking absolutely stunning! I’m just so sad she completely flopped here. I mean… look at her at a previous red carpet event:

same look down here… strapless fleshy-colored gown, side swept hair, plum

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lip… but everything is SO put together! Scroll back up the previous picture… doesn’t it look like this one over here to the right is her earlier in the night? And then the one up top is her after like hours of partying? What gives K Stew? Why are you such a hott mess???

UGH. I’m sorry I really went off there but it really irks me THAT much. Anne Hathaway was a close second, just so we’re all aware of that. I couldn’t get past her nipples and her lost, wet, homeless, sad puppy finally adopted by a loving family attitude. You’re Anne Hathaway… this was not your “break out” role… give it up! Just get up there and own the damn thing already! God! Bottom line is, Kristen Stewart does not look comfortable nor confident in this dress and that is where your look has to start. If you don’t feel good in something, everyone will know it. Dress for yourself, and yourself only!

I promise my post on Friday will be so much nicer.. I just had to get this off my chest, hahaha. What do you guys think? Who was your worst dressed from the Oscars this year? Fill me in! Until next time, kisses!

Tunesday Spotlight: Rayland Baxter

As promised, here is Rayland Baxter for my tune this week. He opened for Grace Potter & The Nocturnals at Friday’s show and I immediately became a fan. We got to the show a little late after he had already started and this was the first song we heard. As they were playing the into I turned to Matt and said “I like them…” and he goes… “how can you tell?” haha. I was right though! They are pretty awesome. Very, very chill music. Kind of reminds me of a more carefree David Gray. I was already planning on posting this song but yesterday I had to go into the city for a meeting and I was running late catching the train, lost my car keys and starting off the morning in a horrible, horrible mood. So as I’m sitting on the train seething with anger at this shitty morning, this song is the first song to come on my iPod and it immediately de-stressed me. I took it as a sign, haha. So here you go kiddies!

Rayland Baxter – The Mtn Song.

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals @ Count Basie Theater

Last night was absolutely amazing… as I kind of expected it to be. The hubs got me these tickets back in December for my birthday and I have been looking forward to it for months. Matt buys me shoes, clothes, bags, jewelry, you name it, ALL the time, but things like this are what really means something. Something we get to enjoy together and make memories out of are what I really like. Not that I’ll ask him to stop buying me things anytime soon… oh hell no! hahaha. :]

So anyway ! Last night Grace Potter & the Nocturnals played a benefit concert for Sandy victims right in our back yard, Red Bank! How awesome is that? To be able to get in your car 5 minutes before you have to be there and not stress about how you are going to get to and from a concert, and all the traffic, and a long ride home while you’re exhausted…makes all the difference. We had tickets for a little meet and greet which was awesome. Grace is, by far, one of the nicest people ever. She complimented my outfit, which was the best compliment I will ever receive in my lifetime. Apparently it’s super hard to get her autograph BUT my mom made Charlotte a Grace Potter onsie and I was not leaving that concert without at least ASKING her to sign it. I whipped it out and explained to her how my mother makes these all the time and I know you don’t usually do this but could you sign it for my daughter? Her response? “awwwwww, it’s too cute not to!” Seriously. So nice. So now we have another one to add to Char’s collection! photo-3

The concert itself was absolutely amazing. We saw her a few months back in New York but this show blew that one out of the water. Our seats were excellent, to the point where I could make out what she looked like without having to squint. (I’m legally blind without my contacts, so that’s a big deal!) She played two of my favorite songs – Keepsake & Big White Gate. If you don’t know them, look it up. Mindblowingly awesome.  She covered Atlantic City by Bruce. Which, how can you not do that if you’re playing to a crowd congregated in pretty much his hometown? Had to happen. Oh and I just happened to catch the whole thing on video. Dig it. :]

Here are some of my favorite pics from the night:

NMS_3334 NMS_3333 NMS_3331_2 NMS_3329 NMS_3328 NMS_3319 NMS_3311 NMS_3308 NMS_3297 NMS_3295 NMS_3324This is Grace taking a video of the crowd last night; which you can watch hereIt’s hysterical because you can see Matt few a few seconds here and there. I’m standing right next to him, of course, but I’m small so I get lost in the crowd haha.

16367_4300153305635_1502532555_nThis was taken after the show [the pictures from the pre-show meet and greet were taken by a pro photographer and have yet to be posted]. Grace told me she looked for Matt & me while she was on stage.. she thought she’d be able to find me by my neon lipstick. haha! Such an incredible night. This band Rayland Baxter opened for them and I really, really enjoyed them! I actually got to talk to him a few times throughout the night, super nice guy. I believe I’ll be using them for my next Tunesday song. They had two drummers… which sounds so intense but it really wasn’t. Pretty cool.

So that’s, that! Now we are all done with concerts for a while and I’m sad. I have one of those post-concert hangovers, ya know? Such a bummer when the night is over. Have a great weekend, kids. Until next time. Kisses!

 

Friday Fav!

I would just like to point out that I managed to post on this bad boy EVERY DAY this week! I deserve a cookie. And I think I’ll have one. boom.

Say hello to my Friday Favorite this week.

Victoria Justice

victoria-justice-290Insert heart-eye’d emoji here. I know she’s like somewhat of a Disney star or something  and people are going to freak out saying she’s dressed way too scandalously or whatever, but hot damn does she look good! She’s 20, she’s growing up, she can wear whatever she wants. She reminds me of Camilla Belle here, no? Little bit. Anyway, to me this is head-to-toe perfection. I love, love, love the print of this mini dress! It’s short but has a high neckline so she’s showing a ton of leg but not too much of anything else. She has an absolutely flawless blowout, perfect red lip, chandelier earrings, and hott black pumps. I don’t know if you can tell I’m drooling from reading this, but I am, haha. Amazing, seriously. If I had legs like her’s I’d rarely ever wear clothes from the waist down. Kudos, Victoria!

Hope everyone has a great weekend! The hubs and I are hitting up a Grace Potter concert tonight! Totally stoked on it. I’ll try to post about it this weekend, as I’m sure it will be an awesome show. She never, ever disappoints! Until next time, kisses!

 

Glamour Magazine 3 Day Hair Challenge

While flipping through the pages of Glamour recently (I’m always a month behind on these mags) I came across their article on 3 Day Hair; how to have great hair without washing it for 3 days, with 3 different hair styles. I decided it was worth a shot. SUPPOSEDLY you are to braid your hair on day 1, have loose beautiful beachy waves on day 2, and rock a top knot with lots of texture on day 3. So that’s what I did. NOW – let’s have an honest discussion here, ladies. I have super super curly and coarse hair. These articles that appear in magazines like this typically apply to women with gorgeous Victoria’s Secret model hair, naturally, right? So I knew going into this little challenge it wouldn’t exactly work how it said it’s supposed to in the magazine, but fine, whatever, I tried it anyway.

DAY ONE: The side braid.

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Shirt: H&M
Jeans: Charlotte Russe
Watch: Michelle
Braceletes: Uphoria Boutique

DSC_3077 The idea of this look is that your braid your hair, sleep in it, and the next day; VIOLA! Beautiful ‘mermaid waves’ as Glamour referred to them.

Here’s how: Out of the shower with towel dried hair, douse your strands with a beach-hair spray. (use my recipe for a DIY beachy-hair spray). Start braiding your hair just by your ears OR do a face framing french braid to add some wave even higher and keep its hold better longer. (I chose to do a face framing french braid because my hair is curly and I knew if I slept in it, it would look like a lion’s mane in the morning, braid or no braid). Sleep in your braid. Day one hair.

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Sweater: H&M
Tank: H&M
Jeans: J Brand
Watch: Michael Kors
Bracelets: Molly & Zoe, Alex & Ani

DAY TWO: The Mermaid Waves
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The idea here… that your braid’s death means the life for beautiful beachy hair… in February. Totally plausible.

Here’s how: The morning after you’ve slept in your braid, take it out. VERY carefully, DO NOT run your fingers through your hair! Let your hair fall in the large chunks it was braided in, it will loosen up on its own throughout the day. Blast your hair with some hair spray and you’re done. My hair doesn’t exactly look like the model’s in the magazine, obvi. I have curly hair naturally so I knew it was going to look more textured than beachy. For looser waves, create a looser braid on day 1. 

DAY THREE: Textured Top Knot

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Shirt: H&M
Sweater: Forever21
Headband: Mandees

IMG_2491 IMG_2482The idea here is that your hair is starting to become a little on the greasy side from not being washed for 3 days, so throw it up into an easy top knot. This was probably my favorite look of the three.

Here’s how: Blast your strands with a dry shampoo which will add texture and also suck up some of the oil on your scalp. <– This is really important if your hair is naturally straight or thin, you probably notice that it’s hard to go even a day without washing your hair. Don’t have dry shampoo? Use baby powder or a VERY light dusting of flour, it’ll have the same effect. Next, pull your hair up into a high ponytail and comb down the top, sides, and back, to control flyways. Wrap your hair around the ponytail in a clockwise motion and begin pinning down the ends with bobby pins. It will look a little messy, but that’s kind of the point. Cover the knot in hair spray and you’re done! I added this beaded headband because of the baby hairs I have in the back. I didn’t want to pin them down and take away from the bun so I wrapped them up with a headband. I thought it looked pretty classy with my red lips, so I was happy with it.

AND THAT MY FRIENDS, is the Glamour 3 Day Hair challenge. Like I said, if you have naturally curly hair like mine, don’t expect the same results as those in the magazine, BUT don’t feel like you can’t do it because of that. I rocked my curly hair proudly this week, which is something I never do! hah Try it out friends, and tell me what you think! Until next time, kisses!

 

 

Wednesday Worst!

Ok. Let’s have a quick discussion here. How do we all feel about mixing prints? I’m on the fence about it. I think I like it in moderation. But I absolutely DETEST it when people do it to be uber trendy. Like ‘oh look at me… I’m super trendy and I don’t conform and I wear whatever the fugg I want and it makes me look cool.’ Like no… you look like Britney Spears circa all of 2007. You don’t look trendy, you look nutty. Like you still haven’t gotten your power back after Sandy and you’re just like, fuck it, it’s like a grab bag of outfits! WHEW. I feel better now. That’s how I feel when these people go overboard. Show us an example, you say? Sure! See below.

Sarah Jessica Parker

sarah-jessica-parker-290Here’s the thing.. I would excuse this look (maybe) if she were in the midst of filming Sex and the City. Carrie Bradshaw was known for her kind of over-the-top outfits. Some were hits, some were misses, but we loved her despite those flaws, right? This is a miss for me and it makes me hate her. I’m just kidding! I only mildly loathe her. Ok ok I’m just kidding, seriously. BUT back to her look. What in the world is going on here? Mixing prints is totally fine but this is just atrocious. I could even forgive the wild coat over the insane dress IF the shoes were a solid color… or even matched! Throw us a bone here SJP! I feel like she is having a hard time letting go of Carrie Bradshaw, as are the rest of the lonely middle-aged house wives who miss swooning over Mr. Big. So, all in all, I don’t like this! She is one of those trying too-hard trendy people I think, right? Or am I totally off here and this is like a fashion favorite and Joan Rivers is going to praise her on Fashion Police? I can’t imagine I’m the only one who feels this way.

Ok I feel the need to mention that I wrote this post last night before I was supposed to go to bed. Unfortunately, Charlotte decided 11:30 was a good time to wake up and hang out until almost 2am. WHICH MEANS I stayed on the couch most of the night watching the Sex and the City movie on E… oddly enough. And after watching Carrie Bradshaw get her heart stomped on at 2 in the morning I felt kind of badly for writing this whole thing about her… but alas, I have to push the publish button regardless. Sorry Carrie! 

I have had some experience in mixing prints myself lately. This is an outfit I actually wore last week. IMG_2137

I think this works here because I’m staying in the same color family. Nothing too harsh on the eyes. I mixed an aztec print sweater, stripes, and polka dots, and I don’t feel like I look like a hot mess. But maybe I do… hah! Your thoughts? Until next time, kisses!

headband: Forever21
Sweater: Target
Tank: Victoria’s Secret
Lace Bralet: Victoria’s Secret