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workhair wednesday {favorite work hair}

I confess. I’m one of those people that doesn’t want to spend 40 or more minutes each morning styling my hair. But I have curly hair, so I have few options for get-ready-in-10-minutes hairstyles. For those two reasons, I almost always wear my hair down for work. That means it’s naturally curly and (mostly) low maintenance.

Here’s an example of a hair style that I wore almost daily when I had long hair (I just got it cut recently). Natural curls with a side part (and maybe sometimes a small clip or bobby pin).
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Here’s how I’ve been wearing my hair since my recent haircut. I’m still rocking the side part. One difference between my long and short hair is with short hair, I’ve been drying it using a diffuser, which creates more volume and tighter curls.
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I’m also trying bangs again for the first time in years. I know curly bangs can be tricky, and I do struggle with mine. But I like them.
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Every once in a while, I will wear my hair up to work. This is a rare occurrence, though, because my hair looks pretty weird styled up (ponytail or bun) unless I spend an hour making it a pretty up-do.

Even though I have super curly hair, until recently I felt that curly hair wasn’t “office chic” or sleek or business-y. Curly hair can be crazy, unruly, or even wild. It doesn’t like to be tamed and just wants to do its own thing. With a little bit of product and some know-how to tame frizz, I do think curly hair is office-appropriate and chic. It’s natural and beautiful and different, but it’s taken me a long time to love my curly hair. And I will admit, I do straighten it every once in a while.

What products do I use?
In case you’re wondering, I only shampoo once or twice a week because I have dry hair. I use conditioner almost daily. I also use leave-in conditioner almost daily. If I’m going to let my hair naturally air dry, I use Biolage Curl Defining Elixir Gel. It’s probably the best gel I’ve ever used and worth the price. If I’m going to diffuse my curls, I use the Biolage Curl Defining Elixir plus the Biolage Thermal-Active Setting Spray, then I diffuse.

What about you? How do you wear your hair to work? What styles do you think are best for more casual work settings or less casual offices?

Want to see more office hair styles? Check out Justine’s and Kristi’s blogs!

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black & white polkadots & coconut oil hear treatment

Hi friends! I wanted to share with you a cute outfit I wore to work today – black and white and polka dots with my new favorite leather tote from Mill & Bird 😉

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OK, onto another topic. Have any of you ever tried using coconut oil as a deep conditioner for hair?

This past weekend my hair was feeling very dry, so I took 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil (from Costco) and warmed it up in my hands. Then I massaged it into the ends of my hair (and the middle). Then I put my hair up for about an hour before using a hair dryer on the ends (to open the cuticle…I think). The I sat for about another 15 mins then got in the shower to rinse. I didn’t rise very well though, because the next day my hair was pretty oily. This morning I got in the shower and really lathered up my hair with shampoo and rinsed 2-3 times.

My hair today was shiny, soft, and full of volume. So I think I’ll be deep conditioning with coconut oil weekly. It seems like a great way to keep my dry, curly hair healthy.

Outfit deets:
Top: Merona polka dot peter pan collar blouse, from insta-shop
Skirt: White House Black Market, thrifted
Shoes: Lands End ballet flats, thrifted
Bag: Mill & Bird, thrifted by still $$$

sporty and spicy {a thrift style thursday post}

So, I love wearing sporty clothes. Do I actually use these clothes for their intended purpose? No, but who cares? And I’ve had a love affair with Adidas since middle school. Also, Sporty Spice (aka Melanie C) was and still is my favorite Spice Girl.

Oh and today is my 3 year blog-aversary. Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 3 years already! Thanks so much to all of you for being my friends, readers, sources of inspiration;)

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What about you? Are you a fan of athletic attire?

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Thrift Style Thursday crew:

Zhenya at Being Zhenya
Kristi at Alligator Toe
Miche at Buttons and Birdcages
Jackline at Sincerely Miss J
Justine at The Two Cent Chic
Meg at Eclecticity
Sheri  at Confessions of a Refashionista
Martyna at Spoolish
Alex at Snippets with Alex
Lesli & Jacki at sistasfromcali!
Erika at Erika’s Style Diary!

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Outfit Details:
Top: Star print v neck tee (Gap), stole from my mom
Jacket: Adidas, thrifted $4.59
Jeans: David Kahn, ebay $15?
Shoes: PF Flyers, 6pm.com clearance

thrift style thursday – faux fur (diy)!

For this week’s theme, I didn’t have ANY faux fur in my wardrobe. I went thrift shopping but found nothing. So I decided to MAKE SOMETHING faux fur 🙂 I am so excited to share how this DIY Faux Fur Collar turned out.

thrift-style-thursday-faux-furIf you want to make the same one, go to BurdaStyle and create an account to download the free printable pattern and instructions. Fair warning, however: although this project was made for beginners, as a beginner I found it difficult.

I sewed a satin lining, added satin ribbon, and a vintage brooch too. Here’s how it turned out worn over a belted jacket and a blazer:diy faux fur collar - burda pattern diy faux fur collar - burda pattern diy faux fur collar - burda pattern diy faux fur collar - burda pattern diy faux fur collar - burda pattern IMG_2171 diy faux fur collar - burda pattern diy faux fur collar - burda pattern diy faux fur collar - burda patternThanks for reading and I do hope you check out this fun faux fur DIY/sewing project! If you’re a fan of faux fur that is. I bought way too much of the fur at Hancock fabrics so I plan on making another diy faux fur project, maybe a muff or a vest or an infinity scarf?

Check out the rest of the Thrift Style Thursday crew:

Zhenya at Being Zhenya
Miche at Buttons and Birdcages
Jackline at Sincerely Miss J
Martyna at Spoolish
Justine at The Two Cent Chic
Alex at Snippets With Alex

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Outfit Details:
Faux fur collar: made by me with vintage brooch from ebay
Purple jacket: forever 21, old
Black blazer: Chaus from Nordstrom, last season
Pants: Forever 21+ skinnies, old
Top: thrifted $3.59
Boots: Old, hand me downs

black + red

The main reason for this blog post is to show off my new vintage St. John cardigan that I thrifted last month.
vintage st john sweater cardigan + bright red tights
vintage st john sweater cardigan + bright red tights
vintage st john sweater cardigan + bright red tights
When hubby took the photos and I uploaded them to my laptop, I realized that the flash caused my bra to show through my black dress. Oh well. You live and you learn. I started to try and photoshop the photos but they looked kinda weird. I don’t have the PS skills to pull that off successfully…
vintage st john sweater cardigan + bright red tights
vintage st john sweater cardigan + bright red tights

Well, that’s it. It’s been a really busy week at work and as usual I’m stressed. Hope you’re all having a great hump day!
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Outfit Details:
Dress/Tunic: Juicy Couture, thrifted $4.59
Tights: Hue red tights, gift from mom
Cardigan: Vintage St John (well, I’m not sure if it’s actually vintage, it just has that 80s look), thrifted $4.59
Boots: Privo by Clarks, hand me downs
Bracelets: Gift from my friend Catherine
Necklace: gold tassel necklace from Groopdeals for about $15