Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Inspiration - Messy Braids

I've been smitten with messy braids ever since I spotted this one on Blake Lively. The forecast here in DC this week is calling for some rain and a braid is my go to when the weather is bad. Curling my fine hair in wet weather is a complete waste of time. A braid looks chic and will last all day and even better that it's supposed to look messy. When I get caught in the rain or wind blown, I'll be able to hide that I'm a hot mess. 

In order to create a braid this full and messy, I have to add texture to my hair. Products and teasing usually do the trick. I found lots of great styles to try.

Inspiration - Messy Braids

Here is a great tutorial from A Beautiful Mess (the style in the upper left is from their blog). I think it might even be easy enough, even for me and my fine, hard to style, hair. These braids will even work at the beach this summer. BONUS!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

I spent the weekend in bed with a nasty stomach flu. So on top of my excitement in feeling like a human being again, this week's weather is looking warm and sunny (no snow in sight!). It's the perfect forecast for spring baseball. Spring evenings at the ballpark are always a blast but dressing can be a bit of a challenge. While the sun is out, it's warm but as soon as the sun goes down there is a chill in the air. I always want to root on the team looking chic but comfort is also key.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame
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An easy but interesting striped tee and some white jeans are a great base for this outfit. I added a black and white bomber (it also comes in plus sizes, both from asos.com). I also love this one in silver. A trusty pair of shades for that late afternoon sun and my favorite ball cap to show my team spirit. The trek to the seats and standing in line calls for a hands free, cross-body bag. I usually opt for minimal accessories and of course comfortable walking shoes.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Stella & Dot Summer Preview

You are all well aware of my love of and for Stella & Dot. Some great new items have arrived just in time for warm weather! I thought I'd share a few of my favorites with you but you can check out the entire collection here.

Rory Necklace
Aviva Chandelier Earrings
Coral Cay Necklace
Sahara Pendant Necklace

Cady Wrap Bracelet

Capri Wrap in Moroccan Tile

You know I love sarongs. This great sarong is on my summer wish list and it will definitely be in my beach bag!
Diamond Raffia Tote

Check out all of the great new arrivals yourself. Stay tuned, I will be styling one of my favorite pieces soon and there will be a giveaway too!

Happy Friday Real Girls!

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