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Loose waves

Aug 29, 2014

Oh heyy Friday before a long weekend! You're looking especially lovely. This week I've been trying out some new hair products that I'll be taking into the three day weekend with me. Head & Shoulders has a new Fresh Scent Technology Collection that includes a water-activated fragrance boost, and I got to try out the green apple scent. Heavenly! Beautiful hair has never smelled so good.

My hair naturally dries stick straight, but I was inspired by Sofia Vergara's amazing hair and decided to do a toned-down, loose wave version on myself. Here are four easy steps to loose waves:

1. Start with a clean and fresh foundation by using Head & Shoulders Shampoo and Conditioner. Because who doesn't love flake-free hair that smells amazing?
2. Blow dry hair and create volume on the sides and crown by lifting the hair with your fingers.
3. Comb hair back and then use the tip of the comb to part hair in the middle.
4. Curl hair away from the face using a 1 ½ inch curling iron. Let hair cool and comb through with fingers to loosen up waves.

Voila! Super easy. I'll be rocking my loose waves to a boozy Bloody Mary bar brunch and to the horse races this weekend! Where will you be rocking your waves?

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For a chance to meet Sofia Vergara herself, follow @HeadShoulders on Twitter and post a photo of your gorgeous, flake-free hair tagging #PartOfOurFamily #sweeps and @HeadShoulders. The sweepstakes kicks off Monday, August 18 and will run until September 1. Good luck! 

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Tackling the to-do list

Aug 26, 2014

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SharpieClearview http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Last week I shared a few snaps of my home workspace and blogger editorial calendar, and today I'm sharing some more shots featuring how I tame my to-do list (fully caffeinated, of course!). I picked up some Sharpies from Walgreens and used them to make my list a little less daunting, and a little more pretty.

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While I didn't necessarily mean to color coordinate my pens with my flowers, I kinda love that it happened!

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These Sharpie Clearview Highlighters are kind of genius—you can see through them to actually see what you're highlighting! This would have been perfect for beautifying my highlighting jobs on my grad school textbooks, but for now I'll just have to use them to tickle my OCD fancy.

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My to-do list for the weekend usually includes blog work and personal to-dos, but they both have to get done, so it all gets jotted down in my notebook in no particular order. To organize things a bit more visually, I used pink highlighter to mark the WTFab-related tasks, and yellow highlighter for personal errands. Nice-to-haves got a little orange asterisk next to them. 

A to-do list tip: If you aren't marking some items on your list as a "nice-to-have" for that day, I totally recommend you do! I started doing this at my last job by the suggestion of a co-worker and even though it's a small mental shift, I found it made a big difference in my productivity (or at least my perceived productivity). There are certain things that just have to get done that day. And there will always be other things that would be great to get done that day, but if you don't, the world (and your world) will keep spinning. By marking the nice-to-haves, you tackle the must-haves first that day, and if there's time left over you can move on to the rest. And if you do get to the nice-to-haves, it feels like a little bonus, so you can pat yourself on the back and have a cookie. :) 

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Back in black

Aug 25, 2014

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tieks flats
black banana dress
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black banana republic dress
Shoes ~ Tieks
Earrings ~ Banana Republic
Bracelet ~ Banana Republic
Necklace ~ c/o Kendra Scott
Geometric ombre mani ~ c/o Topcoat
Rings ~ Gorjana

Monday, we meet again. Yesterday I went wedding dress shopping for the first time with my mom, sister, and future mother-in-law. We had an absolute blast, as evidenced by this photo of my hilarious sister. I tried on a dozen dresses, and while we narrowed it down to two (gorgeous) top contenders, I didn't pull the trigger on one yet. With just over a year until the big day, I want to look around a bit more before I say yes to the dress!

On the other hand, this black dress from Banana was easy to say yes to. Not only is it a perfect transitional piece to take me from the end of summer to fall, it's also on sale. Done and done.

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Wedding Wednesday: Guest Attire

Aug 20, 2014

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Belt ~ Shopbob
Earrings / Rings / Cuff ~ gorjana / gorjana / gorjana
Heels ~ Heels.com

With five out of the six weddings we're attending this year behind us, I've had plenty of opportunities to pick out wedding guest attire over the last few months. I think most weddings (or at least most weddings that I attend) are semi-formal attire rather than formal. Which is great, because it's an excuse to buy a new dress that I'll also wear for other events, rather than a gown that I'll never wear again. The lovely lace dress in today's outfit inspiration is from Review AustraliaEvery single one of their dresses would be lovely for a wedding, and something you could certainly wear for other occasions. They're so pretty and feminine (because hey, even though it's the bride's day, you want to look good too!) but not too flashy to cause eyebrow raises (you don't want to be the gal wearing a skin-tight red bandage dress with a plunging v-neck—true story from a friend's wedding). I also love Review Australia's floral skirtsthis one in particular has my name all over it. You can check out  more of Review Australia dresses online.

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