Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer Rose

Outfit Details:
ASOS Reclaimed Vintage Dress in Rose Print
Nine West "Tasha" ankle strap sandals
Karen Walker "Anytime" sunglasses
rings from local boutique and Mr. Kate
NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream in "San Paulo"
Papillionaire Sommer bicycle

I haven't been riding my bicycle nearly enough, this summer, so I'm taking advantage of all the remaining good weather and taking Maisy out as much as possible. For those of you wondering how I ride a bike in a dress, the answer is shorts. I almost always wear stretchy shorts underneath my dresses, even when I'm not riding a bicycle. Walking over the subway grates will teach you to always be prepared. I know firsthand that unfortunately, not all Marilyn moments are quite so glamorous!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hair How To: Volumized Ponytail Tutorial For Short Hair

Today's hair tutorial was based off of a reader's request, who wanted to know how I do my usual ponytail. Though I've been enjoying my shorter hair, I sometimes miss the versatility that came with the length. I rarely ever wore my hair down; I've always preferred updos. Short hair can make that a little limiting and somewhat complicated, but I've found my ways - like this faux updo and my nubby little ponytail. With my hair length, it can be difficult to gather everything into one elastic. Even when it gets just long enough to do so, it looks a little sad and flat. I've never liked a sleek ponytail on me; I prefer volume. Luckily, I've found that to be perfectly suited to my current style. Let me show you how! Follow the steps below to recreate my volumized ponytail.

Start with second day hair (preferably).

Spritz your roots with dry shampoo. This soaks up the oils and adds some texture to your hair, which helps when adding volume.

Tease (gently comb backward, toward instead of away from your scalp) your hair at the crown of your head. I like to start in small sections from the front, near my bangs and work my way back, and I also tease the roots at the sides of my head, too.

At this point, your hair should look a little crazy, like you stuck your finger in an electrical outlet, or you're Robert Smith of The Cure. You can take a break and start singing Just Like Heaven, if you want. It's my ringtone, if you need some backup.

Smooth only the top layer of your hair with a comb, to hide the rat's nest you just created.

Pull up half of your hair, pushing up from the back to create even more volume. Criss-cross two bobby pins to secure (use more, if you need them).

Tie up the remaining hair with an elastic.

Gently loosen up the sides with your fingers.

That's it. Enjoy your tiny ponytail!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Don't Worry, Be Happy.

(Photo from my instagram, print by Rifle Paper Co.)

Happy weekend! A good friend of mine got me tickets to tomorrow's Goo Goo Dolls show, and I'm hyyyyped. She was like, "Funny question - do you want to go to a Goo Goo Dolls show?" and I was like, "Sure" but 14 year old me was screaming and crying and fainting, because they just know me and all of my adolescent struggles. For those of you who don't know, I was full on obsessed with them for most of my childhood. Admittedly, I don't know any of their music past 2002, but Hold Me Up through Dizzy Up The Girl were my juvenescent credo. I still cry every time I hear "Name" and "Acoustic #3". Also, fun fact: my Open Diary, which is how this whole blogging thing started, was titled "When You Dream, Seventeen" - lyrics from one of their old songs. Yeah, the obsession was real. I'm soooo excited! If you want to watch the show, it will be streaming here: Sunday night (tonight). Maybe you'll see me crying or something. While I listen to all of my old favorites and feel the feels, check out some of these super sweet links that I've been clicking on. 

- Lena Dunham Birthday Suit Tee. Brilliant. Also, 90s Johnny Depp and Wes Anderson.

- I love a girl in glasses.

- Floral beauties by Seychelles, because I want to wear flowers from head to toe.

- "This is so goofy: We're watching people wear clothes." (I love her.)

- Three blogs to check out: Noelle's Favorite Things, Oui We, and New Darlings.

- Dress up your basics.

- Cat toilet seat cover. Yes!

- Has anyone ever ordered from boohoo? I was eyeing this geometric dress.

- Speaking of dresses, I just bought this dress and am already living in it.

- Not only did St. Vincent and Sophia Amoruso both make Vanity Fair's 2014 International Best Dressed List, they both named David Bowie as their style icon.

- Katie's beautiful tribute to Robin Williams. This one is also amazing.