Saturday, July 31, 2010

Keen on Boys

This outfit incorporates some of my favorite pieces right now. I'm obsessed with these shoes, though they are much more the "sit-down-and-look-pretty" shoes than they are the "walk-about" shoes.
I'm currently obsessed with the book I'm reading. If you want sexual intrigue, historical fiction, and misguided romanticism, then read The Bolter. It's the story of Idina Sackville, the temptress/lovelorn British goddess who inspired the Happy Valley Set (ever-so-scandalous) of Kenya. It's the best nonfiction read, I've ever read. Read it!

Dress: Faith 21
Hat: The Limited (sequins on brim)
Cuff: Matara design on ebay
Necklace: Starlet in Highlands, Denver
Leg Chain: Chains of Love
Shoes: Sam Edelman via Akira Chicago

Radio Dept- Keen on Boys

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


After teaching a really fun Zumba class this morning, I was feeling pretty worn out so I indulged in one of my new favorite TV shows, Covert Affairs and then watched The Hangover with my sister (I couldn't help myself, it's just so wrong it's funny).

Top: The Limited
Skirt: Target
Headband: Express
Shoes: Betsey Johnson via Karmaloop

This Desert-TomTom

Sunday, July 25, 2010


I'm spending the day knitting and hanging in the cool house. It's blazing hot this summer.

Express: Dress
Sunglasses: Plato's Closet
Bracelet: Uknown
Cuff: Matara Design via Ebay
Necklace: BleachBlack for Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Just dropping in to let you know I'm alive

Random photos from in outfit in April, I think.

Dress: Express
Tank: Old Navy
Harness: MadCap Clothing
Necklace: pronoia studio
Sunglasses: Ebay
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell via Karmaloop

Thursday, July 15, 2010

What makes good (if not entirely natural) hair?

I've spent part of my summer working quite vigorously at rehabilitating my hair. My stylist taught me that healthy hair needs three things: protein, moisture, and oil. I have employed all of these components in my trial of a magnitude of products. I went on a spending spree and decided to simply try any and every product with which I came into contact. Here is my (unsolicited) review of each of those products.

Here are the products in the first picture:
I used the Aveda Hang Straight before I started bleaching my hair and I loved it. It smoothed out my fly-aways, made my hair look super sleek with a straightener, and smelled like only Aveda products can (they use marshmallow root in this product. However, this product made my already dry hair feel kind of gooey. So, in short, great for natural or color treated hair, but not so much for bleach.
The other product on the left of the Aveda is a HAIRepair Polisher with Aloe Vera made by Organic Root Stimulator. I purchased this product at Target. This product was not my favorite. It left my hair feeling oily at the ends (where I need the most repair).
The product on the left of Aveda is Kenra Silkening Gloss. This stuff smells amazing, but I had the same problem with it as I did with the HAIRepair. It's synthetic, so the sheen and oiliness was a bit much.
The products in the second photo are some of my favorites. The Redken product on the far left is an Extreme Cat Protein Reconstructing treatment for distressed hair. I spray into my hair in the shower and leave it in for no more than fifteen minutes and wash it out completely. Then, I use the Redken Extreme Rescue Force as a deep conditioner, put a shower cap on, and walk around looking like an old lady for 45 minutes, if I have that much time. I do that twice a week. On the days that I'm not using the Redken, I use the Olive & Avocado Deep Conditioning Masque by EarthScience. Again, I put it on and comb through my hair with a wide-tooth comb, then put a shower cap on and let it "stew" for as long as I can stand it. The last product on the far right is Giovanni Leave-in Hair Treatment. Essentially, it's a leave-in conditioner that I spray in my hair after towel drying, but before it is completely dry. I substituted it once for a regular conditioner when I forgot it at home, and that's the only time I didn't like this product. It makes my hair feel very smooth and moisturized.
The fourth photo are products from the same brand. Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise instructs the user to use in hair that has been shampooed. I did not like it for that. My hair felt really goopy and I was not fond of it at all. However, I am going to try it before showering my hair.
The other product is the Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil. I had the same problem with the instructions for this product. It says to use it after you've dried your hair and massage it through the roots and ends. It was pasty and I felt a strong desire to wash my hair the entire time I had it in my hair. Also, it has a pretty strong Olive oil odor that was not tremendously pleasing. I do, however, use it to saturate my hair before going swimming and then shampoo it out. This makes my hair really silky, so I found a positive use for the product after all.
The final picture is my rave review for this post. Moroccan Oil is evidentally world-renowned, and a well-known secret of the rich and famous. It is an exceptional product, and it should be, considering that it costs a pretty penny. The Moroccan Oil smells warm, like amber, and since it's natural, any excess oil that your hair doesn't need evaporates if you put it in your hair while it's damp. If you don't, it doesn't work the same. I hear that this is called Moroccan oil because it's an tried and try practice to use this oil in dry, desert ravaged hair in Africa. I don't know if it's true, but it's a great story. Anyway, I tried the regular Moroccan Oil first (the one on the left). The only problem I ran into is that it's natural amber color actually tinted my platinum hair and made it a more yellowy blonde. I had to wait a few months for the Moroccan Oil Light to come out, but this was their answer to all those platinum blondes who loved the product but didn't like how it tinted their white tresses. The product is only slightly different from the Traditional Moroccan Oil. It's a little thinner, more water-like, and the color is lighter. It is essential that you use the Moroccan Oil Light on damp hair, because it does not evaporate as well as the traditional Moroccan Oil.
This entire review comes down to just a few products:
Both of the Redken products are phenomenal at rebuilding hair, the EarthScience deep conditioning masque makes my hair feel moist and refreshed, the Giovani Leave-in Hair Treatment along with the Moroccan Oil round out my magnum opus of hair care everyday.
Honestly, the regiment isn't that long. It just sounds long.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

2 inches closer to the sky

I finally got the Jessica Simpson shoes that I've been vying for for months. I wore them on Sunday but never got to taking photos of the outfit. Also, I just bought three different colors of liquid eyeliner (teal, emerald green, and wine). The last photo is what I did with the teal. However, it wasn't nearly as dramatic and sexy as I wanted. Any advice on interesting ways to apply colored eyeliner?

Top: The Limited
Skirt: Go International Target
Bracelet: Express
Sunglasses: Forever 21
Shoes: Jessica Simpson

The winner is

Thank you to all of you who submitted entries for the jewelry contest! I had a great time perusing your finds and I was almost tempted by more than a few items (though, thankfully, I didn't buy anything).
Again, hop on over to Pronoia Studio and check out her jewelry. Her items are wonderfully light and refreshingly unique.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Backpack-Banjo Man and Eating-Tapping-Toe Man present...

My sister and I went to Boulder this past Thursday. My feet were bothering me from an overload of Zumba, so we sat down to enjoy the people watching. These performers started playing and I got some really great photos for my house. Then, the two homeless guys came up and I was sure there was going to be a conflict. On the contrary, the (presumably high) young men just wanted to dance beligerantly. As you can tell from the video, Megan and I could hardly control ourselves.

There was also a very eccentric, unshowered man who decided he needed some attention from the adoring audience. He did a somersault on the street.

Moschino Cherries

So, I have been facing a crisis. I can not find clothes that are cool and flowy and all together effortless in larger sizes. While I love me some Faith 21 (my most recent clothing savior), I hate how tight, constricting, and short all of the items are. That's ok sometimes, but most of the summer I want to wear some gauzy, paperthin nothing that still covers my bum, damn it. I've perused Karmaloop, Urban Outfitters, even RVCA in search of said dress, but they always turn up nothing in my size. This is one of my few reprieves from this sticky situation. I was bumming around Express's website when I found this for nine dollars in the sale category. I bought it thinking that it would probably be tight as well, but it's even better than I thought. It's like a tent in there. I am overcome with boundless joy!
And if any of you would like to suggest some places that you have found dresses like this, I would be eternally grateful.

Dress and headband: Express
Necklace and ring: garage sale
Shoes: Moschino
Sunglasses: Shop in Chinatown

Monday, July 5, 2010

Tea and Crumpets

I finally got my mom to go for her Mother's Day Tea Party I had planned at my favorite tea shop. Then, we went to a Zumba class that wasn't mine, which I think is really fun to do because I don't have to worry about anyone but myself.

Remember: Today is the final day of the contest!

Dress: Faith 21
Necklace: Paraphernalia on etsy (the shop is closed now)
Brooch: Gift from my sister
Sunglasses: Plato's Closet
Pearl Rings: overstock and antique shop in Virginia City, Nevada
Studded rings: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Aldo

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Searching for my lost shaker of salt

This is the closest you'll ever see me get to Fourth of July attire. It really had nothing to do with Independence Day; it started with the shoes and developed a life unto it's own.
Summer always reminds me of Jimmy Buffet (I'm a parakeet head which is a self-appointed position that I assigned due to my parents being Parrotheads). Since Independence Day is the epitomy of American summer experience (or at least it is for me), I grabbed a bottle of Riesling and crammed as many Jimmy Buffet CD's as I could into my CD player.
In honor of my hero of leisure, I have included Margaritaville for your listening pleasure.
Don't forget the contest!

Dress: Express
Blouse: Garage sale (import from Hong Kong)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Leg chain: Chains of Love

Jimmy Buffet- Margaritaville

Amber is the Color of your Energy

This was what I actually ended up wearing last night.

Tee: Every Little Counts
Skirt: Estate Sale
Necklaces: Borrowed from mom
Shoes: Derek Lam
Bracelet: Shopbop

Saturday, July 3, 2010

We're going to party, karamu, fiesta forever

This is the outfit that I was planning to wear to dinner and a movie with some friends. However, I think I'm going to change into something a bit more comfortable.
I spent the week in Keystone, Colorado at an International Baccaleureate (I probably spelled that wrong) conference. I'm still recovering and feeling super antisocial since I stayed in a house with 16 of my colleagues. I'm too much of a homebody for that much socialization.
That's probably the reason I want to feel as comfortable as possible.
Don't forget about the contest. It ends on Monday July, 5.

Oh, I also just finished The Girl with the Dragon tattoo and I'm pretty impressed. My next book is called The Magicians and I'm dying to get started.
Skirt: Faith 21
Blouse: Secondhand
Gloves: knitted by my sister
Shoes: Derek Lam

Lionel Richie-All Night (guilty pleasure song)