Fall Essentials

August 26, 2015

WORK

PLAY

“Transitional style” be damned. We’re less than aweek away from full fledged Fall aka September 1 and it’s time to stock your wardrobe with those pieces you’ll be bumming around in ’til April. Bring on the faux fur, suede, and neutral tones.

The Day I Wore Lilly And Survived

August 25, 2015

“No black”, she said. “You have to wear color”, she said. “You’ll be fine”, she said.

Lilly Pulitzer Romper District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

Lilly Pulitzer Romper District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

Lilly Pulitzer Romper District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

Lilly Pulitzer Romper District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

Lilly Pulitzer Romper District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

LILLY ROMPER c/o | LILLY CLUTCH c/o | BAUBLEBAR NECKLACE  also love this one | STEVE MADDEN HEELS | TORTOISE RAYBANS

You don’t get it. I’m not comfortable in color. Like. Actually not comfortable. I’m way more self conscious. A crop top paired with culottes and 6 inch stilettos? Done. But color? Not so much. Everybody has their thing. Muted tones are mine. Can you imagine this personality on top of bright patterns 24/7? Me neither. But for a friend during her wedding week I’ll do almost anything. Almost.

So, this broad. She paints the town with color. Paints. The. Town. And has always given me shit for my dreary colored wardrobe which I enjoy more than life itself. Well, she got married. And her one request of me was that I wear color to her Bachelorette party. It was one of those day-boat-drinking situations so I figured it would be fine. And it was. Until I left the house and felt so uncomfortable and awkward. Cutest romper ever. But it’s just not my jam. And you know what? I tried it. Like I always tell you people to do. Whether it’s a new trend or mixing prints… I wore the brightest thing I could find and paired it with more color and survived. Barely.

Needless to say, I made up for lost time and wore shades of black to her rehearsal, wedding, and post wedding brunch :)

 

Laura Metzler Photography

Formal Hair How-To

August 19, 2015

Today, I’m going to teach you how to trick people into thinking you’re really ridiculously good looking and that you moonlighted as a hairstylist in a previous life. First seen here, this updo will cost you close to nothing and take about 10 minutes.

Formal Hair How To District Sparkle

What you’ll need:

First thing’s first. Don’t be overwhelmed. You can do this. It might not take you 10 minutes the first time you try, but it’ll get done. This is basically just a side bun with twists shoved into it. Glamourous, right? 

This style becomes easier, the messier your hair is: because of the curl and because of the dry shampoo build up. But, omg, that’s so gross. No one’s going to be running their finger’s through your hair when it’s up. Let’s all just calm down.

Start with Day 2/3ish hair. Throw some loose curls into the mix if it’s not already a little wavy/bedheady. Secure a low-side ponytail, leaving out a few chunky pieces around your face.

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Pull a little from your roots, so the ponytail isn’t shellacked to your head…

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It’ll end up looking something like this:

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Loosely twist the hanging hair on the far side of the pony and secure near the base of the ponytail…

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Then do the same with the other side. Make sure it’s secure but that the hair is loose. Like. Not smashed against your head. Think ethereal and flowy and dainty and beautiful. K, great. Note: Leave about an inch of hair hanging in your face (do not pin this back). We’ll get to this later.

Formal Hair How To District Sparkle

 

 

 

Keep loosely twisting and pinning those twists around the base of the pony…

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Tuck the pony part of the ponytail into itself aka make one of those buns you wore everyday in 6th grade. Note: When you start this process, you CAN choose to make this bun then, within the hair tie. I chose not to since I wanted this to look at loose as possible. If you bun at the beginning, make sure you pull and fluff and tease the bun. The fluffier the better.

Formal Hair How To District Sparkle

 

 

 

Tuck the pony. Leave a few little wisps out. Secure with pins…

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It’ll look like this. You’ll feel defeated. Like you’re a complete failure. There are at least 72 bobby pins in your hair right now and you can see all of them. You’ll want to rip them out. But don’t. You’re almost there…

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Take the remaining waves that have been annoyingly hanging in your face, loosely twist them, and pin them back across the bun mess you’ve just made. This piece will completely hide those bobby pins you were just freaking out about.

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Pull a few baby pieces out for that disheveled look. Add an unnecessary amount of bobby pins to make sure it’s secure or spray with hairspray. I tend to stay away from locking in with hairspray these days bc I want it to fall throughout the night but if this isn’t your jam, spray that bad boy. The end. You’re a hair wizard.

Formal Hair How To District Sparkle

 

 

Congratulations. You just won life.

Formal Hair How To District Sparkle

 

Laura Metzler Photography

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