Sunday, May 30, 2010

change

Change is in the air, my friends.

As summer rapidly approaches, we have felt the need to scratch our design itch.

Because we get bored easily, we have decided on a new blog look,
courtesy of this little dreamboat.

Love it or hate it?
Well, actually don't tell us if you hate it, we can't handle the rejection.


{PS}
We are working on getting a grab box for our new button, and as soon as we do, we will celebrate with a GIVEAWAY!

Hope you all have a great 3 day weekend!

{H & C}

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Weekend Wardrobe


This WW was created starting with an orange and cream striped shirt. Anything with ruffles really has a special place in my heart.




Look who I ran into! {C} must also have a special place in her heart for rufflage and mexican food. OK fine. I won't pretend we didn't plan on meeting at our favorite little Mexican hole-in-the-wall, Xavier's. So YUM! Looks like this Weekend Wardrobe was in tandem.


{H}
Orange & Cream Sicle Shirt: Nordstrom BP
Larger than Life Hoops: Walmart

{C}
Leopard Print Cardi: Ann Taylor Loft (40% off- SCORE)
Ruffly White Summer Tank: Gap



Ooh, and {C} wanted me to tell you all that she is so excited that her bangs are finally growing out enough for her to sport a Whitney Port-esque middle part. It really is the simple pleasures in life that make us smile.


Memorial Sales

In honor of this lovely 3 day weekend to remember our veterans, there are many sales you should take advantage of!
Namely:

Gap: Everything {including sale} 25% off on Monday {make that 30% off when you use your Gap credit card}

Ann Taylor Loft: Everything {including sale} 40% off until Monday {so, like, all weekend}

Old Navy: Today {Saturday} take an extra 50% off clearance items

Nordstrom: Half-Yearly sale for Women and Kids started May 26th



Unfortunately, I have recently put myself on a strict shopping diet, so please go enjoy yourselves at these sales and I will
live vicariously through your purchases.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

WW: Closet Crisis

You can count this Weekend Wardrobe post as me being efficient and early {for this weekend}, or lazy and belated {for last weekend}.

However you add it up, I have officially underestimated the difficulty of getting my act together enough to pose for blog worthy photos, featuring inspiring outfits, makeup, and hair {WHEW!!}

Anything for you, my dear readers.




This is the story:
A few weeks ago I bought this shirt {on sale} at The Loft. I bought it because I loved the color {mustard yellow} and the fabric {100% silk}.

However, once I got my new shirt home and added it to my closet, I realized that I had NO CLUE how to create an outfit using this particular shirt in the starring role!!


Has this ever happened to you?


Usually when I buy something, I do so with the knowledge of exactly how, where and when I am going to sport the newly acquired wardrobe piece. But this time, the shirt was more of an impulse buy, bought on the basis of the five senses it called to.


Needless to say, for the last week or so I have been conjuring up mental images of outfits I could put together with said shirt, for a new segment I like to call:
"One Shirt, Three Ways."


Here are my creations.

First, Casual:
Deconstructed frayed jean shorts: GAP (btw all shorts are on sale for $25 til tomorrow!!)
White Cardi: ANN TAYLOR LOFT
Belt: GAP
Necklace: F21





Second, Preppy:
Kelly green cardi: TARGET
Gray boyfriend shorts: ANN TAYLOR LOFT
Owl Belt: Nordstrom
Earrings: Nordstrom



Third, Dressy:
Cream cardi {are we sensing a theme here?}: F21
Navy blue nautical pencil skirt: H&M
Leopard print pumps: STEVE MADDEN
Hope you enjoyed this trip into my brain's fashion thought-process.
Check back soon for details on a Beauty Mark GIVEAWAY!!!


Monday, May 24, 2010

top knots


Right now we are loving the Top Knot situation. How glamorous and easy-peasy. The messier the better. Just check out these chicks.


ok, we'll be honest, we mostly loved her outfit in this pic.



We have been loving the simplicity and chic factor of the top knot and think this is definitely our new signature style for summer. At least 20 degrees cooler with the hair off the neck, right? It's so user friendly. Just fluff, twist, and go. And if you're feeling adventurous, tease the roots and add a hair accessory!



loves it.
xoxo
H & C

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I do, again.

We were asked by two fab photographers to model for and style an editorial vintage inspired wedding photo shoot. We just couldn't turn down the chance to get back into our wedding attire. Something we dream of on a daily basis. The full-on wedding wardrobe, makeup, hair and vintage accessories on hand made the second time around even more GLAM.

We wanted to showcase the photographer's talent as well as our ability to create several versatile wedding looks.

{As if you didn't know}
Hair Styling by Hillary
Makeup by Courtney

Photographers:









Tuesday, May 18, 2010

hair questionnaire




I have had a couple reader questions concerning hair product. And seeing as it is very individual I thought I would do a Product Must-Haves.


Here are my Salon Secrets just for YOU

::for specific styles::

Looking for dreamy smooth hair like Reese?
I would suggest using Goldwell Flat Marvel on wet hair from mid-shaft down.



Just in time for summer. Beachy waves. {see Jen}
All you need is to spritz a little Bumble and Bumble surf spray on your noggin while wet. And then spritz some Biologe Thermal Active Setting Spray {see below} before you curl with your large barrel iron.



For the sleekest of sleek, healthy hair dot com. {see KIM}
try some Moroccan Oil. For treating/repairing frizz and/or damaged hair. Welcome to silk-fest.



Don't worry I didn't forget about your man. Or you manly readers ;)
My favorite styling product for guys like David Beckham?
Goldwell Composer {it goes a long way too}





Top 3 Products Everyone needs in their repertoire

1. I call this one my magic spray. All of my clients ask what it does, and let me tell you...it's just a little piece of styling bliss. It helps set the styling your going for. Meaning you don't have to work as hard to achieve your style. {love} Whether you're a flat iron junkie, a wavvy-chic gal, or a victoria beckham bombshell, this product is for you. Seriously, you.
Biolage Thermal Active Setting Spray


2. Hairspray unlike any other. Seriously I can't do my hair without it. When I went to Bumble and Bumble University in NY the instructor kept making reference to how heavy Classic Hairspray is...even comparing it to cement.
This guy was on crack.
Don't believe everything you hear. {unless I say it}
This is a very touchable, movement-friendly aerosol hairspray.
Bumble and Bumble Classic Hairspray



3. Looking for lift? Volume in the roots? Does your 'tease' not stay?
Who doesn't want more umph? Let me introduce you to...
Goldwell Top Whip Mouse

Sunday, May 16, 2010

two-timing






I know you were so upset that there was no Weekend Wardrobe last week.
Don't fret because I have TWO for your viewing pleasure.
I love me Giant bows, and some boyfriend style. Would you like a tip as far as boyfriends go?
Marry a nice one.
{just kidding, but seriously}
If you're going to wear something loose; pair it with something tight. Two looses don't make a right.
Also. I was husband-less this particular weekend and had no one to take my picture. {don't judge}.


Black and White Ensemble:
Shirt: Chanel
{ok, whatever, F21}
Gray Capris: Nordstrom BP
Gladiator Sandals: Nordstrom

Did I mention that I attended C's makeup class. I took some close up picks so you could see her talent. And I dared her to put red lipstick on me. LOVE it!


Want to see what I got at Ann Taylor?

Pink Creme-de-la Creme Ensemble
Cardigan: Ann Taylor
Ruffly Ruffled Tank: Ann Taylor
Skirt: Gap
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack
Earrings: F21

Nifty Thrifty

Ok. So. I love vintage clothing and accessories as much as the next budding fashionista. I just don't love sifting through racks and racks of trash to find one old discarded treasure. Well, sometimes I do. I just have to have a game plan.

You know those people who are always buying stuff from thrift stores and making it look fabuloso? Well, I am not one of those people, although I crave the ability to become one. I have an extreme lack of patience that mars my capability to locate the vintage gem in the midsts of thousands of wannabes.

I did, however, discover this little number this weekend at my local Goodwill (which doubles as my Weekend Wardrobe, since I did sport it to church today). I was very proud of myself for being long-suffering, and it totally paid off! I also realized that when thrifting, you have to create a plan of attack. I thought I would share my simple shopping technique with you!

BTW (belt: GAP, shoes: BCBG, earrings: F21)

Thrifting can be overwhelming, to say the least. The best thing to do is keep your eyes on the prize, which in this case is the hope of finding a lovely new clothing item or accessory.

The best advice I can give is to search for one thing at a time. For example, yesterday I decided to look through the dresses. Once you become more familiar with thrift store shopping, it becomes easier to locate certain silhouettes, eras, and styles that appeal to your personal fashion sensibility. It is also important to keep an open mind. Understand that shortening a hemline, adding a cardigan, or belting an outfit are easy fixes that can totally transform and modernize any look!




With that, I wish you happy thrifting, fellow vintage-lovers!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

hot off the press

I got a little bit of flack a couple weeks ago for not divulging the Ann Taylor Loft sale in time for you to take full advantage of the reducing pricing.

So... how's this for a scoop:
LIMITED TIME ONLY:
Take an ADDITIONAL 30% OFF ALL SALE ITEMS!!
(in store or online)

Believe me, you WILL NOT be disappointed!!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

DIY

Remember how I said I have been sewing up a storm, due to my newly acquired sewing skills? Well, I have. And I have been LOVING it! It actually acts as a sort of stress reliever for me to sew and craft projects. I'm not gonna lie, my wonderful sewing teacher helped me out with both of these hand-made darlings, and was unconditionally patient with my demands and vision.

{Oh, and just so you know, I am well aware of the lack of technical perfection in both of these projects}

First, I made this high-waisted pencil skirt (with pockets, I might add!) for a floraly addition to my springtime wardrobe repertoire. I have only worn it once {maybe because I have been frenziedly purchasing more and more dresses and skirts}, but I was so excited for how it turned out.




Next, I decided to spruce up my room with some new pillows. I love having just a plain white comforter, it is such a great blank canvas to my every decorating whim. I got this fabric at our local scrapbook store {for you AZ peeps, it's Scrapbooks, Etc. on Lindsey and University. Their fabric selection and variety is unbelieve. After you get done reading this post you should book your little tush over there STAT, it will awaken creative juices you never knew you had!}

The pillows costed me around $15 each to produce, which is like PRACTICALLY FREE compared to buying designer pillows. I am loving blue and, obviously, some mustard yellow right now, so I chose these not-so-coordinating fabrics and whipped these puppies out!


Oh, and don't be mad that I was one of probably 50 people who scored this dream-machine Target pillow. I'm just lucky I guess! But I think it is the absolute PERFECT addition to my handmade beauties!

They don't carry the rosette pillow online or in stores anymore {I know you will make yourself crazy searching for it}, but they still have some super duper chic pillows that would look FAB in your home!!





Thursday, May 6, 2010

It's a Problem


We don't want to be RUDE...

but we can't help but notice these girls that keep popping up in our weekly gossip mag's "what were they thinking" section.


Can we talk about Taylor Momsen's extention disaster situation dot com? I'm sorry but we need an intervention. Is this some kind of practical joke? Does Gossip Girl's stylist think we don't notice her straggley strands of wet noodleism?
And she can't be serious with her mud coloured lips and kohl schmeared eyes. Ugh.




Also.
Dear Mischa. Just because it's vintage doesn't mean you should wear it. k?thanks.bye.




Wednesday, May 5, 2010

dijon


what could be more heavenly than
a
mustard yellow cardi??


one that is half off!

That's right people.
I almost wanted to keep this my little secret.
but, for you, my valued readers {pretend that you care}
i give you...
this very anthropologie-esk cardigan.
and it's even cuter in real-life!


find it at your local
New York and Company. for a 20$ steal.
or here. but the sale isn't quite as good.


<3,
H

Sunday, May 2, 2010

WW

This Weekend's Wardrobe was pretty casual and it comes courtesy of my recent shopping addiction to Ann Taylor Loft. I seriously always thought of this as a "mom" store {wait, I am a mom. whatever.} but I started shopping there regularly last winter. They have the BEST classics! AND they have the most amaze-balls sales.
Like, yesterday, for example, the WHOLE STORE was 40% off. {I know, I should have told you yesterday. Today it does you no good}. AND they always put their clearance on like an additional 50% off. For reals. So, basically I never get anything there full price. I am currently awaiting a sale price for this item in particular, that I know I cannot survive the summer without!!
Here is the break down:
ruffle tank {which I can already tell will be my everyday go-to and I probably need it in every color}: Ann Taylor Loft {they only carry it in stores so don't be mad that I had to forgo the link}
white shirt: D.E.B.
dark skinnies: Gap
earrings: F21
bracelets: Nordstrom and F21


Oh and I did the close up to REMIND you that coraly-peach blush is a necessity for summer!!! Lovey-love-love how fresh it is. {Want to copy me? Buy Style or Fleur Power blush from MAC}