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 

Tunesday Spotlight: Zac Brown Band

This is absolutely, by far, hands down, one of my favorites songs ever. I’d go as far to say top 5. It’s one of those songs that when it comes on my iPod while I’m driving I have to turn it up to a borderline uncomfortable volume and sing along to it with all my heart and soul as if I’m auditioning for American Idol and cry a little during the chorus. No joke. I do that. It happens. God forbid this song comes on while I have a car full of people because I can’t bring myself to skip it, I feel as though I MUST sing along as I usually do. It’s embarrassing. ANYWAY. Since it’s all cold and nasty out this is the perfect song for the day. So turn it up and think of someone you miss, and love it like I do. Kisses.

January Favorites!

Hey kiddies! Peep my favorite things from January. I realize February is almost over.. so sorry about that! I think I am going to start a trend of posting these favorites videos in the middle of the month. Maybe that would be kinda cool.. or not? ANYWAY. Dig it.

 

Welcome to Sound City

My husband and I made somewhat unconventional Valentine’s Day plans… well… Valentine’s Day Eve plans, really. See, we had the traditional stuffy dinner reservations that would have been uber expensive and not very exciting AND THEN we watched Dave Grohl’s Sound City Movie documentary. If you are a true follower of my blog you know my borderline unhealthy obsession with Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters, LOL. Anyhow, we watched his documentary and were feeling totally inspired. I thought about it for about .5 seconds and realized I’d much rather see the Sound City lineup perform live than sit a few feet away from each other in a loud restaurant and try to look more in love than the couples around us. So that’s what we did. The night before Valentine’s Day we made our way into the city and had a fun dinner of burger and beers before heading over to Hammerstein Ballroom. BEST. DECISION. EVER. We had the best time! Oh and I made BFF’s with Rachael Ray, dead serious, hahaha. She is apparently a big Dave fan too… who knew? She’s SO much different in person than on TV. She has kind of a dirty mouth and I kind of really dig that about her. Wasn’t a huge fan of hers until I met her in real life. ANYWAY – the concert was amazeballs! I got to see Rick Springfield perform Jesse’s Girl live… with the Foo Fighters no less! Jesse’s Girl is the ultimate. John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks, Lee Ving, the drummer from Rage Against the Machine, just to name a few!

If you are a big Rick Springfield fan like I am, enjoy this live footage of Jesse’s Girl!

Sorry if it’s a little shaky.. my arms got kind of tired holding up the camera. :] Check out some of my favorite pics from the night.

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me and my bestie, Rachael Ray
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a very romantic Empire State Building!

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A Week in Review: Instagram

love when people do this, when they post a bunch of their Instgram pictures from the past week. I don’t really lead a super exciting life, especially post baby. I don’t go out to fabulous galas, or fancy parties… a 20 minute dinner every now and then and a late night house party are still how I spend my nights. But sometimes I can make myself look a little more interesting via Instagram. Love that app, don’t you? ;]

rach blog.1. my fabulous daughter, Charlotte. I took this picture because she just looked too freaking cute not to. My mission in life is to make her famous… but we’ll get to that later.
.2. My dresser after spending hours (and lots of money) at Home Goods. I LOVE that place. My dresser, and makeup, needed a total makeover and I’m quite happy with the results.
.3. I spent most of my childhood making fun of my mother for how big and thick her glasses were. THANK GOD for laser eye surgery. But now the very same glasses she wore when she was around my age are back in style. And I got a pair. And now I look exactly like her. Go me.
.4. Our Sunday Brunch mashup. My husband and I have breakfast/brunch every single Sunday and every now and then our friends will join us. I used my fabulous homemade chalkboards to make a little menu and our friend Billy made some DE-LISH Bloody Mary’s! I typically hate them but these were pretty yummy.
.5. This one speaks for itself. I love quotes and this is a good one!
.6. My latest mani! I loved the neutral color with the little black heart. It matches my black soul. Just kidding, hah hah. :]
.7. & .8. These are a couple pictures from my dear friend Danny’s surprise birthday party this weekend! The first picture is of my friend Jon and me and the second is, of course, the hubs & me. I apologize for Matt’s facial expression in this picture… he was obviously having a great night, hahaha.
.9. Boogie’s first time in the snow!!!!! How awesome is she? She loved it! She was so cute in her big puffy snow suit. My dad kept making little snow balls and handing them to her and she couldn’t lift her arms up to grab them. She just sat there with her eyes pretty much closed with this cute little smile on her face. I also have to thank our friends Mike & Kat for the snow suit! What life savers they are!

So that’s it kids. A look back at my week via my Insta. Follow all my pics here. :] Hope you guys had a wonderful weekend. I’ll catch ya later for a little song of the week. Kisses!