Home Sweet Home

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Sometimes the best part of taking a trip is coming back to the comforts of home. After a flurry of travel, I’m happy to be back enjoying my own bed and cozy spot on the couch. I recently wanted to swap out a mirror above the couch for some graphic artwork. I immediately turned to Minted to search for their newest prints, which never disappoint. I landed on the perfect pair. The black Mining for Coal print and the Mineral painting, which adds a touch of color, complement each other perfectly.

 

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Party in the Back

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Last week I quickly popped into Anthropologie on the hunt for a dress for a wedding, but quickly got distracted by the darling print of this blouse. Standard. To my surprise, it had an unexpected print pop in the back that made it even more special. It will be the perfect top to transition into fall. (psst: I sized down in this top to an xs. I typically take a 4 at Anthropologie, but found it ran large).

 

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Anthropologie Tamarosa Tank

 

Anthropologie Tamarosa Tank_Sateen Pants

 

Nordstrom Hinge Cora Sandals

 

Top: Anthropologie
Pants: Anthropologie
Clutch: c/o Lulu’s (similar here)
Sandals: Hinge

 

 

Photography by Katie Ardner

The Beauty Files: Mane Event

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Since I first discovered sponge rollers at the age of 7, I’ve been continuously trying to perfect my hair style.  Quite frankly I’ve never drastically changed my hair, other than my infamous poodle perm during the 7th grade (yes, that happened), but I’m constantly testing and trying out new products.  I have very (very) straight and fine hair.  Thankfully I have a lot of it, but it does take daily effort to give my strands some volume.  Below are some can’t live without tips, tools and products that help give my hair life.

 

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ShampYou: This is a new to me shampoo that literally allows you to customize your own hair concoction, based on your personal hair care needs. You can choose your base blend (I went with Juniper + Mint – smells amazing) and then add two SuperSerum shots.  To help boost my strands, I add Turn Up The Volume.  Then you mix them together and shake up!  Finish with Cashmere + White Lily Conditioning Rinse.

Round Brush: I typically blow dry my hair with my head flipped over and then finish with a round brush. I’ve found the trick to add extra volume is to really hit the round brush with the hair dryer at your roots and don’t tug it through hair.  That tends to flatten hair at the root.

Beachwaver Curling Iron: I invested in this curling iron last year and it REALLY helps my hair hold a curl. I usually curl my hair in about 9-10 sections and then comb through at the end to turn them into soft waves.

Oribe Dry Shampoo: I use a few sprays of dry shampoo on my roots every morning (on clean hair) before heading out the door. I’m careful not to use too much because it can weigh hair down, but with just the right amount and a little comb through at the roots, it gives an ideal boost.

Caviar Anti-Aging Working Hair Spray: This has been my favorite hair spray for many years now because it seems to be ideal for fine hair.  It’s a light mist that helps hold hair throughout the day, isn’t crunchy and doesn’t weigh strands down.

 

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Photography by Katie Ardner

2016 No. 6

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Necklace: J.Crew
Blouse: Anthropologie
Field Jacket: J.Crew

 

Even more than previous years this summer seems to be flying by! Between work and personal trips and trying to savor as much outdoor time as possible, my little monthly recap completely slipped my mind. So here are some highlights from the past couple months…

I traveled to New York and Boston for work and have become a pro at packing for freezing airports followed by heat and humidity. (Hello scarves and layers!) I really love visiting New York in the summer, especially when I get to walk to work from my hotel and stop and get an iced coffee on the way. It’s the little things.

My mom and I took a knife skills course at Sur La Table and I can now cut a bell pepper without getting ANY seeds on the counter. This has basically changed my life.

Zak and I enjoyed some Tribe games and both went completely insane when the Cavs won the NBA Championship!! Cleveland is the city.

In July we enjoyed an unseasonably cool (and comfortable) Fourth of July and went to the Bridgestone Invitational. I really need to play golf a few more times before summer ends.

We took a day trip to Pittsburgh and explored the city. There are so many wonderful new-to-me restaurants (we enjoyed an incredible brunch at The Vandal) and shops, so it was a fun day to walk around some quaint streets and pop into some stores.

I’ve been quite the slacker on my summer reading list, but am nearly done with Eligible. Has anyone else seen the trailer for Girl on the Train?! I’m so excited for that movie.

I’ve been making steady progress on my Summer To-Do list but still have a few items to check off before Labor Day.

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J.Crew Tippi Sweater

After a fun girls weekend in Chicago and some work travel, I’m back. I’m back and in bright yellow. Last weekend in Chicago the weather was IDEAL for walking around the city (low 70s with a breeze… perfection) so I was able to sport this citrus sweater. And this weekend I paired it with distressed denim and cage sandals. I feel like it still says “summer” even when I’m craving the beginnings of fall.

 

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J.Crew Tippi Sweater

 

Cage Sandals

Sweater: J.Crew
Necklace: Madewell (similar)
Jeans: Rag & Bone
Clutch: Blair Ritchey
Sandals: DV by Dolce Vita (similar here and here)

 

Photography by Katie Ardner

Ruffles & Flounce

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This dress is one of my favorite things I scooped up during the #Nsale and sadly it looks like it’s currently sold out. (BUT I’ve noticed they’ve been restocking often, so check back!) I’ve been wearing easy dresses all summer for the office or weekends and this one will transition perfectly into fall. I love that the ruffled hem adds a bit of flounce to every step.

 

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Dress: Cupcakes & Cashmere (wearing a small)
Bag: Blair Ritchey
Bracelets: Giles & Brother, J.Crew
Heels: DV by Dolce Vita (similar here)

 

Photography by Katie Ardner

Best of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It’s here! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here! And now it’s open to everyone. I’ve been combing through the sale over the last week during early access (you can see my first sale round-up here) and have picked out the very best (and my favorite) pieces.

 

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Per usual, I want all of the shoes. I immediately purchased these Hinge sandals (photo above) because they are perfect to transition from now into fall and I love a block heel. These Tory Burch boots are of course beautiful and I love these lace-up flats. And since my love of leopard footwear is still going strong, I really want this pair for under $90.

I snatched up this dress (I got it in a small, for size reference) and stocked up on some new bras and unmentionables.

I LOVE this bell sleeve blouse for under $40 and this side slit sweater.

I’m still mulling over a coat purchase. I adore this Barbour jacket or this DARLING hooded raincoat. How cute would that be with Hunter Boots?!

The beauty exclusives are pretty clutch. You can snag a Clarisonic for under $100, get a Beauty Blender set (my favorite) or this beautiful Nars cheek palette.

And if I really wanted to splurge… This Alice & Olivia dress is everything.

 

Linen & Fringe

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I picked up this linen top for the July Fourth holiday because it’s ideal for those 90 degree temps, but I also feel like it’s perfect for that early transition into fall. Don’t get me wrong, summer is still in full force, but I have been dipping my toe into fall styles. (Mostly due to the Nordstrom Sale…) The navy hue and fringe details were calling my name. And for some reason these distressed jeans don’t seem as hot as my skinny jeans. Those knee holes really keep that air circulating. (Just some mind games I play on myself in the name of fashion…)

 

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Sunglasses: c/o SmartBuyGlasses
Top: J.Crew
Bag: Madewell Transport Tote
Jeans: Rag & Bone
Heels: DV by Dolce Vita (similar here and here that are part of the #NSale)

 

Photography by Katie Ardner

 

Borrowed from the Boys

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It’s the time of year when simple dresses win out over everything, but this weekend was all about slouchy basics. This tee might just be the most perfect, relaxed striped shirt and has a boy-ish vibe, like I stole it from Zak’s closet. It’s equally stylish with white shorts or cut-offs. (psst: These adidas sneaks are a part of the #Nsale in black+white and all-white. I got mine in one whole size down from my usual size).

 

Sharing My Sole

 

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T-Shirt: Madewell (I’m wearing a small, but I do wish I would have sized down to an xs).
Bag: Madewell Transport Tote
Watch: Michael Kors
Jeans: Rag & Bone (part of the #Nsale!)
Shoes: adidas

 
Photography by Katie Ardner