Accessory Trend: Stacking

One of my new favorite things to do to spice up a classic outfit is to add a little pop with bracelet stacking.  It’s great because if you buy a few pieces (and they can be pretty inexpensive, too!), you can mix and match to create new looks.

Here are a couple of my recent favorites:

Both of these are from Target... Christmas presents from my mom!

Both of these are from Target… Christmas presents from my mom!

My Michael Kors watch and LC bracelets from Kohls.  This one's my favorite!

My Michael Kors watch and LC bracelets from Kohls. This stack is my favorite!

The same two LC bracelets and a Pura Vida bracelet stack for Valentine's Day

The same two LC bracelets and a Pura Vida bracelet stack for Valentine’s Day

These are just a few of my recent favorites.  I’ll try to update this post as I come up with new combinations and additions!  Please feel free to share your favorites in the comments!

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Lauren Conrad Feature

Hey all!  I know I haven’t been posting as often as I should, but I have been very busy this summer!  (I know, it seems so backward!)

 

I am super excited that Lauren Conrad chose to feature lil’ ol’ me on her Gallery Spotlight: Our Fab Members post on 6/27/2012!!!

I feel like an absolute superstar for being featured in this way, and I truly could not have been recognized by someone I admire more!  (Sorry for all the exclamation points, but I’m obviously on cloud nine over this fantastic news)

Anyway, I hope that you all will take a moment to check out LC’s page at http://www.laurenconrad.com/ because it is what initially inspired me to start blogging.  I really enjoy the daily posts, and I find a number of them to be really helpful!  If you enjoy my blog at all, I am 100% sure that you will adore hers!

Thank you so much to all of you for your support, and thank you to Miss Conrad for this honor.  I couldn’t be happier!

XOXO

Friday Favorites

Welcome to another edition of Friday Favorites!  Today, I am celebrating the defeat of my third final of the semester!  Only one more exam and 1L Hell is over!

 

The Avengers! I got to see this with a group of friends after our final tday. BEST MOVIE EVER! Maybe that’s a tiny exageration, but honestly not by much! I loved every minute of it, and it was the perfect way to de-stress after a very long week!

 

I wasn’t able to find my usual Starbucks energy drinks at the store we went to this week, so I decided to give this a try instead. I was beyond surprised to find that I actually like this BETTER than the doubleshot ones! DELISH! Here’s to enabling the unhealthy caffiene addiction that comes with law school!

 

I had my fiance draw this on with a sharpie as a practice run to see how I liked it before I decide on a permanent tattoo. I’m still undecided, but I currently LOVE it. I am seriously struggling with the concept of a permanent mark, but I adore the dsign and the placement, and I think it looks particularly cute with skinny jeans and flats. The design symbolized Faith (the cross), Hope (the anchor) and Love (the heart) from 1 Corinthians 13.

 

Chipper Jones and his walk-ff home run against the Phillies! Basically, so many of my favorite things! Chipper Jones, the Braves, the Phillies losing… Yup 🙂

 

My new favorite accessory combo! Both are LC from Kohls, and I just LOOOOOVE them!

 

 

THIS is the new Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino®. Thank you Starbucks, for releasing this bad boy during finals to help me survive!!!
An indulgent blend of rich mocha sauce, vanilla syrup, Frappuccino® chips, our signature Frappuccino® Roast coffee and fresh milk blended with ice, topped with delicious chocolaty whipped cream and a chocolate cookie crumble topping.
ALSO… Starbucks has Frappuccino Happy Hour May 4-13 from 3pm-5pm… WOO HOO! (oh look, more caffiene addiction enabling!)

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s edition of Friday Favorites!!!  I know I had fun putting it together.  It’s nice to have a reminder of all the good things in life, especially during particularly stressful times!

Please feel free to comment, especially your thoughts on my tattoo idea! 🙂

 

XOXO

Loving the Long Bob

I’ve been looking for ideas for a new hairstyle lately, and it’s not easy!  I want something sophisticated but still young and fun.  Being a young adult in a professional world is hard!  So when I found this, I was really excited because I think it achieves both goals, and wouldn’t require me to completely chop off my hair, either!

 

Lauren Conrad from the Hills in a medium length angled bob haircut with side swept bangs. - This is the photo I'm planning to take to my stylist!

 

Gwyneth Paltrow sports the long bob very nicely. I love the style on her, and this photo was the inspiration for my bob-love! (I just want bangs, too, so this one doesn't quite work for me).

 

Basically, Jennifer Aniston's hair is always adorable. I love the cut and the highlights here!

 

What are some of your favorite hairstyles this season?  Have you found any celebrities sporting the long bob that you think totally rock it?  Please share in the comments!!!

 

XOXO

Ladylike Laws: Restaurant Etiquitte

Hello all!  I saw this post today on Lauren Conrad’s site, and I thought the information was so useful that I would share it here. I think many of us have gotten very used to eating out with friends, and it can be easy to forget proper table manners when we’re in a more formal setting.  That being said, many (if not all) of the following tips apply equally to a fun dinner with the girls as they do to a formal night at a fancy restaurant!  These tips are also great if you are invited to a lunch interview for a potential job.

 

Please note that the photo below as well as all of the text following come directly from her page.

 

 

Ladylike Laws: Restaurant Dining

Imagine you’ve just sat down to an insanely romantic dinner with prince charming. (Let’s be honest, you totally won him over with your impeccable manners during the first date.) He’s taken you to the nicest joint in town. Just as you get settled in and catch one another’s eye, a loud screech interrupts your gaze: A woman at a nearby table drags her teeth along her fork. The sound is piercing. Next thing you know, the electronic tune to “Baby Got Back” fills the room as a cellphone buzzes against white china. WHAT IS GOING ON? No manners, that’s what.

There are certain do’s and don’ts when dining out. Things that many of us forget to consider. Below is my Ladylike Laws guide to dining out:

Arriving. Greet the host kindly. If there is a wait, don’t make a huge fuss. It’s up to you to decide whether or not it’s worth it. Restaurants get busy and it’s not the host’s fault.

Napkins. Once you are seated, place your napkin onto your lap with the crease facing you. If the napkin is particularly large, you may fold it in half again. Never take your drink or begin eating without placing your napkin on your lap. When you leave the table or get up for the restroom, fold your napkin (try to hide any food stains you may have left) and place the napkin to the left side of your place setting. (You can thank the 18th Edition of Emily Post’s Etiquette for these tips.)

Menu signals. When you’re settled in, it’s time to look over the menu. Once you have decided what you want to order, close your menu and place it in front of you—this will signal to the wait staff that you are ready to order.

The wait staff. I think a lot of people forget their manners when it comes to the wait staff at a restaurant. It’s important to be appreciative of their service. After all, isn’t it nice to be attended to? Look your waiter in the eye when ordering or asking for something and always say your please and thank yous!

Table tools. When selecting which utensil to use for each course, start with the outermost utensil and work your way in.

The bread basket. If a breadbasket graces your tabletop, tear off one piece and place it onto your bread plate. If you want to butter your bread, take a pat of butter and put it onto your bread plate so you have your own personal butter stash. Never butter your bread directly from the shared butter dish. It’s rude. Finally, tear your bread into bite size pieces and butter as you go.

Turn it down. Please turn your phone to silent or vibrate when you arrive. And try your very best not to text or talk on your phone throughout the meal. If a call or text is particularly urgent, kindly excuse yourself from the table and take care of matters in the restroom. Furthermore, it’s especially important not to try and draw attention to yourself in a dining setting. Translation: Turn down your volume and speak in a soft, pleasant voice. No yelling, loud gawking or anything other audible missteps that might turn heads.

Mind the purse. Believe it or not, you’re not supposed to hang your purse over the back of your chair. I was pretty surprised to learn this. Apparently, you should either leave it on your lap or place it at your feet. And never, ever put your purse on the table. As for our male counterparts, wallets, keys and phones should not be piled onto the table either.

Um, you have something in your teeth. According to Lizzie Post, make eye contact with the individual and signal by lightly tapping your teeth or mouth. If all else fails, just let them know. I would definitely rather someone tell me, wouldn’t you?

Fin! When you are finished with your meal, rest your utensils diagonally across the plate. This is another key restaurant signal that will alert the wait staff that you are done.

What’s the worst dining offense you’ve witnessed?

XO Lauren

P.S. For more details on the intricacies of restaurant dining, I highly recommend the 18th Edition of Emily Post’s Etiquette.

Group Gift

A Part of the “Getting in the Christmas Spirit” Series

This year, I have been blessed with a new group of amazing friends.  Moving across the country to start law school was such a scary thing, and the wonderful girls that I have become close with have made the transition so much easier.  I don’t think that I could have gotten through my first semester without their support and the fun times that we’ve shared.  To show my appreciation, I decided to surprise them with holiday / good luck on finals gifts.

It’s important that when you do gifts for a large group of people who spend a lot of time together, you make sure that the gifts are not terribly different.  I don’t mean to say that you have to get the same gift for everyone, though that can be a good option.  However, if you decide not to, it’s really important to consider that everyone will see what everyone else got.  You don’t want to spend $40 on one person and only $5 on another… the person who you spent $40 will feel awkward and the person you spent $5 will have his or her feelings hurt. try to keep the gifts within the same basic price range!  If you do decide to give everyone the same gift, make sure that it is appropriate for every member of the group.  Don’t buy a bottle of wine for everyone if you know some of your friends don’t drink… whether you decide to just give them the wine to keep the gifts the same or you decide to get them a different gift, it will be awkward and not very tactful.

 

In this case, I found a gift that is basically the same, but personalized in a small way.  I think that this was a great way to go, because it shows a little extra thoughtfulness above buying the exact same gift for each person.  The only difference between the gifts was the color, so everyone got the same thing, just in her favorite color.  I got the idea from Lauren Conrad’s blog.  These Pura Vida bracelets are a great gift because they’re reasonably priced (I was able to buy 14 total!), they’re adorable, they’re trendy, and they give back to the community in more than one way.  You can check out their website or LC’s blog for more information.  Here’s a quote from her page:

“What you may not know is that Pura Vida is more than a hot accessory, it’s a movement. The phrase “Pura Vida” means ‘pure life’ in Spanish. It’s about learning to enjoy life slowly and celebrate good fortune while not taking anything for granted. Hand made in Costa Rica by the area’s finest artisans, these bracelets represent living life to the fullest and are meant to be a celebration of each day as a gift. …  “

 

Given the meaning behind these bracelets and the fact that they donate portions of the proceeds to charity, I thought it would be a perfect gift for the girls who have been working so hard in law school.  I made sure that they arrived during finals, so the bracelets could be a reminder to keep things in perspective as well as to serve as a good luck charm during exams.  Getting the same gift for everyone (I got one for myself, too!) was also a good way to tie us together before we all went our separate ways for winter break.  Everyone seemed to really appreciate them, and it brought me a lot of joy to see everyone wearing them.

This photo was taken at lunch after our last final... what an awesome way to celebrate after completing our first semester of law school!

Anyway, I just wanted to share a gift idea with a couple of tips on holiday gift-giving to large groups.  Hope you enjoy, and please feel free to share any of your favorite gift ideas!

 

ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!! 😀

Ombre Highlights

For just a moment, I seriously considered ombre highlights for my next hair appointment.  Then I realized that the style really looks best on loose wavy curls and long, thick hair… none of which I have.  So… I’ve moved on.  But, in the meantime, I realized just how cute this style can be and how amazing it can look on some women.  Here are a few of my faves…

    

Lauren Conrad, the style master!

Jessica Biel – nicely done!

Whitney Port proves ombre can work for blondes, too.

Drew Barrymore

These are jsut a few celebrities who have gone with the ombre trend.  You can find tons more if you’re really interested.  I think it looks really fun and beachy, but can also be dressed up, as you can see here.  As far as I’ve read, it seems as though you only have to touch up about 2-3 times a year, which would be AMAZING considering that I generally feel I need to have highlights touched up almost every month.  Truthfully, I can’t afford the $100+ every month, so this style would be great if only I could pull it off.  Oh well, I guess I’ll leave this one to the red carpet!

Let me know if you have any fun hair tips and trends you’d like to share!

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UPDATE TO THIS POST:

So… In December, I inadvertently ended up with an ombre look to my hair.  I initially wanted to have my hair brought back to its natural color to promote health and growth, and to make it easier to keep up.  I got tired of the constant highlights, the cost involved, and the damage it was doing to my hair.  However, it came out much darker than expected, and my stylist tried to mut that by lightening the ends to create an ombre effect.

If you intend to do ombre highlights, make sure that you choose a stylist that is familiar with the technique, does it often, and does it well.  Otherwise, it doesn’t come out quite right.

In addition, I had initially looked into ombre because I thought it would be low-maintenance, but that’s not quite true.  I hadn’t considered that blonde fades and becomes brassy, which I don’t care for.  So I ended up with my hair 1) growing out so I still had roots [because the base color she used was darker than my natural color], 2) a combination of colors I didn’t really want, and 3) the lighter shade faded and got a somewhat orangey-brassy tone to it, which I hated.  If you get ombre highlights, that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s no need to get highlights or treatments often.  You’ll still have to do a decent amount of maintenance to keep the color of the blonde a color you like, which I hadn’t considered!

In short, ombre highlights can look great on some people, but I’m not one of them.  If you plan to duplicate the red carpet looks seen above, I recommend asking your sylist about his or her experience doing ombre highlights and I would also see if they have any photos of other clients that they have created the look for so you can see how well they do with it and if you like the effect.

I hope you find this update helpful!

XOXO