plaid & poms

Caslon T-Shirt, DKNY Coat, J.Crew Pants (here in navy), Scarf via Von Maur, Kate Spade Necklace, Karen Walker Sunglasses, Marc Jacobs Bag, Zara Flats (previously here)

Plaid and poms make an all black outfit unboring. It's all about the accessories, folks.

Also, why are short weeks always so long?? I've lamented about this before here. They just kill me- I'd almost rather put in the full 5 days, buuuuut 3 day weekends are just too good to pass up. 

seeing spots

Dress via Anthropologie, Steve Madden Bag (previously here), Karen Walker Sunglasses, Kate Spade Necklace, Vince Camuto Pumps (previously here), MAC Lipstick in Brave

Happy Hump Day! Probably one of my favorite (and most fun) work dresses. I don't mind seeing spots when it's in this dress.* ๐Ÿ˜‚

*my jokes need work

poncho sweater

H&M Poncho Sweater (here in tan), Zara Striped T-shirt (previously here), J.Crew Leggings, Rebecca Minkoff Backpack, Citizen Watch, David Yurman Ring, Hunter Boots, Bite Lipstick in Gazpacho

So much rain in Cincinnati lately! I'd almost rather have snow if it means a little sunshine (almost). But my wellies have gotten a lot of use this winter (like here and here), so that might possibly be a bright side to the whole situation. 

Happy Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by!

from the books :: braids, buns, and twists!

It's been quite awhile since I featured a book that isn't a novel (like the holidays last year!) Which is a shame, because there are tons of great books that aren't necessarily novels. So here's to 2017 where I feature more books of all kinds! And I'm starting with Braids, Buns, and Twists. My mom got me this book for my (big) birthday this past year, and I love the nostalgic throwback of it. I am certainly of the Youtube generation and typically depend on the stars of the interwebs for my hair (and makeup) inspiration. But this book reminds me of tutorial books of yesteryear, back when the internet didn't even exist (yes, there was a time). I've loved flipping through it and picking out different hairstyles to try (some successfully and some not so much). 

messy side bun

I did this hairstyle just before the holidays (post here) and it was so, so easy, but looks rather impressive, noJust twist and pin and twist and pin, and you're done before you know it!

mermaid braid

I love to wear braids when I workout (examples: here, here, here, here, ya feel me?) You're hair is pulled back, and it rarely requires a redo halfway through your workout (especially if you have troll hair, like me, it just sticks where you put it ๐Ÿ˜‚) And this mermaid braid is thicker looking than you're typical braid. Two reverse braids, braided right next to each other, and then pinned one on top of the other. 

double bun

Super easy for any formal event. Twist two buns - one on top of the other - use a ton of bobby pins, add an LBD, and head out the door!