Hi old friends! In case you’ve been wondering, I’ve been on an unofficial hiatus from blogging over the past week as I’m gearing up to show my collection at Fashion Meets Music Festival this weekend. I’m really excited, as it’s a pretty big honor. The festival boasts an incredible lineup, with musical acts like BORNS, Matt & Kim, and Passion Pit, to name a few. Plus there’s a great lineup of fashion shows, including a collection from Project Runway All-Stars winner, Michelle Lesniak. I was a big fan of hers while she was on the show, so I’m extra excited for her runway show.
I won’t be back posting until next week, but when I do get back into the game, I’ve got a few things up my sleeve, including some great giveaways, a look at fall’s best trends, and a whole lot more! In the meantime, I thought these images were a pretty funny look at how I feel when I’m on a blog break. It’s basically a mix of glorious stress-relief and horrible, horrible “Don’t look at me” shame.
Ahh, the glory of a routine. Or at least the semblance of one. This month I’ve had two temporary homes while relocating cities. Zach and I are living in Dayton currently, where our families are from, while working on making the transition from Columbus to Cincinnati. It’s been a little crazy – Zach’s still been working in Columbus and I’m trying to get ready for the Fashion Meets Music Festival – but it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a while, so we’re making it work. I’m currently renting a room with my friends for a couple of months and then, job-status-depending, we’ll eventually make the move further south. I’ve felt like a vagabond at times, so it feels good to finally be settled in and getting back into the swing of things.
I haven’t posted a links roundup in a couple of weeks, so that means I’ve got a lot of great finds for you! I’ve also got a few giveaways I’m excited about planned over the next few weeks, so you probably want to make sure you’re subscribed to blog posts so you don’t miss out! Now, onto the links!
1 Karen Walker’s campaigns are always impactful, and the most recent, Magic Hands, a collaboration with Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style is a match made in heaven. It stars the hands of a couple of truly fascinating women decked out in the coolest rings, proving style gets better with age. (Karen Walker) | 2The nosy Nancy in me really loved reading these stories behind the tattoos of strangers. (Man Repeller)
3 I love learning about the schedules of artists. It’s a fascinatingly tough balance to achieve between strict self-discipline and creative freedom. This look into a day-in-the-life of designer Rachel Castle is a part of one of my favorite blog series, Extraordinary Routines. (The Design Files) | 4 I am so inspired by the inventive silhouettes and textures in Claudia Li’s Fall ’16 collection. I’m especially impressed with how she uses common materials, like denim and yarn, to create such dreamy pieces. I mean, look at those sleeves! (Honestly WTF)
5 So I’m not exactly in the “back to school” demographic (like even a little bit), but I still thought all three of the styles in this tutorial were really pretty and perfect for adults and teens alike. (Kayley Melissa)
Hair, hair, hair… As we sweat it out in the final days of summer this seems to be one of my most talked about, or I guess I should say griped about, topics. You see, it’s a Wills family trait to have very, very (I’m talking abnormally) thick hair. Enough hair for several people thick. This is both a blessing and curse, but amidst all this humidity it’s definitely been feeling like more of a curse as of late. In the heat, my hair gets dry, frizzy, and just completely massive.
In times like these, my hair requires some extra tender lovin’. It needs hydrated, it needs managed, and it needs to be cared for as gently and simply as possible. Less fuss = less frizz = a much happier me.
So I was THRILLED to get the opportunity to try Latherology, a hair care company that believes in high-quality ingredients and a simple approach. Their Cleanse and Condition products are made with 100% essential oils, so they are extra nourishing, and are sulfate- and paraben-free, so your hair won’t get weighed down with unnecessary build up. They are also non-toxic, cruelty-free, and contain no formeldahyde, lye, parabens, sulfates, phosphates, phthalates, SLS, or sodium chloride. Bottom line: it’s what my hair wants and needs and nothing else.
But I haven’t even told you the coolest part yet. When you order a Latherology set you get to create your own custom mix from start to finish! The first step is choosing a base, either one for natural or treated hair. I went with the latter to give my processed hair some extra nourishment, and because, like I said earlier, it is D-R-Y.
Next, you get to choose between five different carrier oils. These bad boys don’t carry a scent, but each essential carrier oil provides unique nourishing benefits, so you can choose based on what your hair needs most. I knew I needed a lot of moisture, but I have also been feeling like my hair is just so heavy these days, so I inevitably chose grapeseed oil for it’s conditioning properties but also because it is lightweight.
Finally, the part I found the most fun, choosing your scents! I spent more time than I’d like to admit happily making scent mixes. I finally decided on frankincense and eucalyptus because I wanted something meditative and relaxing, and I have no regrets. It smells really nice, but more than that, the scent makes me amaaaaazing. As in zoned-out, trip-to-the-spa, pure bliss amazing.
I kind of knew what I wanted going into the mixing process: moisture, more moisture, and a calming scent combo. But if you want a little bit more of a guide, Latherology also has this really cool quiz tool to help you come up with some combinations for your own specific needs.
Would you like a chance to try a custom blend yourself? Well, good news! The kind folks at Latherology are offering a FREE custom blend to one lucky reader! Just hop on over to this post on Instagram and follow the super-simple entry rules for your chance to win! The giveaway will run until this Sunday (8/28) at 11:59 pm, so get tagging!
And if you just can’t wait to try your own, you’re also in luck! Latherology is offering readers $7 off their first order when you use the code SAVE$7FWS at checkout. Your hair will be so happy.
I feel like a broken record, but life for me and Zach has been pretty crazy lately. We moved out of our place in Columbus and into a temporary place (for a few months) in Dayton. After which, career moves depending, we’ll likely be moving farther south to Cincinnati, but that’s still a little up in the air, which is an unsettling place to be, to say the least. Our schedules are thrown, my work resources are scattered, and I’m frazzled at best. But you all have moved, you know this. It’s STRESSFUL!
We had been really enjoying keeping up with our monthly Happiness Project goals, but last month came and went and, amidst the chaos, we did absolutely no work on the chapter. I thought about trying to throw the post together, riddled with apologies. I thought about completely skipping it. I even thought about quitting the project altogether. Especially since the current month’s “work” is all about taking time to play. Play?! How do I possibly find the time for that right now?! But, in fact, because of all the stress, I think that’s possibly why it’s more important than ever to find time to fit it in. We could both use a few fun mental breaks during this time.
So we’ve made a plan! We took the aspects that stood out most to us in the chapter and picked some things we’d both like to focus on. Some together, some separate. If you’d like to take these prompts and put together your own little challenge to have some fun over these last few weeks of summer, I’d love to hear about it! You can tell me your goals in the comments and even check back in the beginning of September to share your results!
1. Find fun in the everyday.
Fun does not have to be a week-long Disney vacation. There are lots of ways to enjoy yourself even on the most mundane of days. Whether you like to do the daily crossword in the paper, spend time gardening, or even organizing your sock drawer- hey, whatever floats your boat! Figure out something simple that you truly enjoy (not something you wish you enjoyed) and find a way to notice it and practice it more in your everyday life.
For Zach and myself, we really like to be creative, so we’re opting to take more photographs everyday. It’s an effort to notice beautiful moments we may be overlooking.
2. Be a kid again.
Think back to your 10-year-old self, what did that child LOVE to do? If it was building model cars, roller skating, or belting out show tunes, it’s safe to say that your adult self still loves this activity (or at least a version of this activity).
For me, when I think back on my childhood, it seems like I was always either jumping on the trampoline or making choreographed dances with my sisters and friends. So I’m choosing to dance more and Zach picked playing basketball. Both of these are also exercise, so I’m going to go ahead and give us like 1000 bonus points. Feel free to do the same.
3. Start a collection.
I can’t say either one of us is much of a collector. I appreciate it from a novelty standpoint, but definitely not from a clutter standpoint. According to Rubin, however, a collection “provides a mission, a reason to visit new places, the excitement of the chase, a field of expertise (no matter how trivial), and, often, a bond with other people.” Looking at it that way makes it seem a lot more appealing to me.
I had gotten a vintage merkabah kind of decorative object, similar to this, for two or three dollars at Goodwill, and I really love it. I’d like to make it a point to keep my eyes open for more things with those geometric and vintage qualities and start, what I’ll call for now, an “orb” collection. Zach’s idea is a bit more sentimental and I’ll share more about it when we recap in September.
4. Challenge yourself.
These first three fun prompts have value: they’re relaxing, they inspire creativity, they promote positive energy, etc. However, when you really get down to it, taking on the category of challenging fun is the most rewarding. It’s also the most taxing, because it requires time, hard work, and planning ahead. Plus, it can lead to more frustration, anxiety, and the fear of possible failure. In this, however, lies the key. Because we must put more into challenging fun, we will also get more out of it. It can lead to better relationships, mastery of a craft, and important personal growth.
So think of something that you know you enjoy but have a hard time devoting yourself to, be it from fear, lack of commitment, whatever. That should be the focus of your challenge goal. For me that’s illustrating. I hobby I consider both incredibly rewarding and almost impossible to actually sit down and do. And for Zach it’s writing, of which he has similar feelings.
Are you inspired to take part? You can work on one of these categories or tackle all four.
Share the ways you’re challenging yourself to have more fun in the comments so I can cheer you on! Plus, make sure to check back in early September for our recap!
Hey pals! I’m up to ears in moving and moving-related stress this week, but it’s all good because I see the exciting changes on the horizon. I’ve been doing a bit of the in-between-homes limbo so I’m really excited to be finally getting settled in the upcoming week. Structure has never sounded so good.
Speaking of good, congratulations to Candy, the winner of the $100 gift card giveaway with The Limited and Tanger Outlets! I’ve got several giveaways lined up over the next few weeks, so make sure you’re subscribed to email updates so you don’t miss them! And for some more good, let’s dig into some of my favorite links of the week!
1 I stopped in my web-surfing tracks when I saw this handmade ombre clay bead chandelier. The colors, the texture, the classic style- it’s just SO good! The other styles are just as gorgeous, too. (Klaylife) | 2 I thought everything about this baby girl nursery makeover, from the inspiration to the diy projects, was just perfect. (I Spy DIY)
3 I just loved looking through these comparison images of how much your hair part can affect the look of your face. It’s inspired me to do a little experimenting. (Refinery 29)
4 This year has really held a lot of career ups and downs for me. I’ve been given some really amazing opportunities while also facing more rejection that I ever have in my life. My sister sent this to me this week and I thought the message was pretty powerful. (Elle)
Braids in summer are the perfect combo: you get to keep your hair off your face and still rock some major style. Plus they’re pretty much the ultimate solution to less-than-perfect hair woes, from hiding roots to extended your wash for another day. This week I’m looking to the ladies of Instagram for their endless braid creativity. I’m crazy about these looks, especially the newer trends of braid rings and mixed textures.
The Limited and L Brands were founded right here in Columbus, Ohio, and they’re a MAJOR reason why Columbus is considered the third leading fashion city in the US. Obviously, I love any chance I get to work with and celebrate them, so I was thrilled when they reached out to me about The Limited Outlet, which recently opened up in Columbus’ new Tanger Outlets. I loved my visit to the outlet and was pleasantly surprised with the selection (and ALL those discount tags!). The store was full of stylish finds and was merchandised and organized just like the standard store. Outlet shopping has really come along way!
But enough about my shopping trip, you want to hear about winning a spree of your own, am I right? Well, you’re in luck! The Limited at Tanger Outlets has been kind enough to offer one reader a $100 gift card! Read on to find out how you can win!
I really love the essence of The Limited brand in general, which, in my opinion, is to make the lives of busy women both stylish and easy. These pieces are classic and well-made, so you can get a lot of wear from them, and they’re also the perfect choices for days that require you to wear your many hats, from career gal, to mom, to life of the party. The styles can help you feel polished and put together but also have enough comfort and ease to make them your everyday go-to looks. That’s a combination that is pretty hard to beat!
I styled a few outfits with some of my favorite finds at The Limited Outlet.
1. Bell of the Ball. How great is this bell-sleeved boho top? And I’m crazy about those wide leg flares. Toss on that layered gold chain necklace and some chunky platforms and you’ve got a super stylish, easy look.
2. Easily PerSUEDEd. I love the rich tone on this teal faux-suede shift dress. From a work presentation to a wedding toast, this dress could go anywhere with you in any season. I added coral, white, and gold accessories to give it a fresher, more summery feel.
3. Skirting the Issues. More faux-suede, this time in the perfect ballerina pink, paired with a fun fringe skirt and denim shirt. You could wear this look with sneakers and a top knot for a cool daytime look or throw on the marble stone necklace and some heels for a dressed-up, downtown vibe.
4. Fringe Benefits. The picture doesn’t do this fringed knit top justice. It’s got some texture, some stretch, some metallic, and is basically my dream shirt. Teamed up with a pair of very on-trend destructed-hem denim and a coordinating tassel necklace and bag, this look has so much fringe and yet is still so chic.
Hi pals! You know how moving is one of life’s biggest stressors? Well, did I mention that our moving day is the same day as our photoshoot with The Columbus Book Project? And it’s all happening this week?! Yeah, I’m insane and so is my schedule right now. I think my brain needs a break. It’s a good thing I’ve got all these links! Let’s all take a moment and enjoy what the internet has to offer. Shall we…?
1 I’m so excited for my blogger friend, Lily, whose jewelry line, Eli & Barry, was featured in this gorgeous editorial for Blum magazine. Way to go, girrrrrl! (Lily Schlosser) | 2 How pretty are these DIY hand-painted baskets?! There are tutorials for both sewing and painting them yourself. Major craft goals! (Honestly WTF)
3 I couldn’t be a bigger fan of Gucci Garden, and this pretty DIY is a great way to get the look without having to sell your vital organs. (Love Maegan) | 4 Another super helpful contouring lesson from my all-time favorite beauty blogger, Cara. This one is for a long, thin nose, but really the whole series is golden. (Maskcara)
5 M.I.A.’s album, A.I.M., which is dropping September 9th, will apparently be her last. I hate this news but at least the video for the first single, Go Off, is the bomb (see what I did? haha).
Plus, my pick for site of the week, Two Penny Blue. Every time a blazer is purchased on this site, they donate a school uniform to a girl in need in Africa. Check them out, or enter this giveaway on Elements of Style to score a free one yourself!
I’m sorry for the light posting schedule last week, but I’ve got a really good reason: WE ARE MOVING! You may remember when I worked wardrobe on the film Tiger this past winter in Cincinnati. Well, the work itself was a dream but the commuting and staying out of town was tricky, to say the least. Ever since we’ve been talking about moving from Columbus to Cincinnati for a while and we’ve decided to take the leap! Zach is smack dab in the middle of interviewing and making a career change so it’s all really exciting… and stressful. We’ll be moving to our hometown of Dayton for a few months while we solidify jobs and look for our new home. There are SO MANY things I’ll miss about Columbus, but at the same time both of us our really excited to be back around family. Lots of positive change is brewing!
1 NEEDING // Area rugs. New home equals new decor! I’ve been shopping for area rugs for a while now and am really loving the finds at Hesby. The colors and patterns are total knockouts and the prices are better than many other places I’ve been looking.
2COVETING // These blue suede shoes. The pale blue on these No.6 stacked heel loafers sets my heart aflutter. I think they’re a perfect combination of pretty and practical, polished but fun. They’re out of my price range, but a girl can dream, right? I’ll be keeping an eye out for a pair that fits better in my budget.
3 PINNING // Colorful collections. I’m often inspired by the color palettes of found objects, like this pretty spectrum of gummy bears. It can be anything really – pastel pieces of gum, brightly colored soaps, and on and on. My Color Wheel board on Pinterest holds all my favorite sources of color inspiration.
4 WANTING // A pretty wax seal. I love paper mail and, with blogging and design projects, the opportunity to send a thank you card comes up quite often. I’d love to up my stationery game with a classically cool, personalized wax seal. Backtozero on Etsy has some great affordable kits.
5 APPLAUDING // @alliepal’s #the100dayproject. Local creative boss lady, Allie, has challenged herself with the impressive task of creating a painting every day for 100 days. I’m a big fan of the series and her fresh color choices. They’re really unlike anything else I’ve seen. You can check out her paintings for #the100dayproject on Instagram or sign up for news of when they become available for sale.
6 PLANNING // Our photo shoot for The Columbus Book Project. I’ve been working on creating looks for an upcoming photo shoot as part of The Columbus Book Project, which will eventually become a Columbus-based coffee table book featuring high-fashion spreads to celebrate local creatives and landmarks. Our shoot is this week and I’ve been going crazy over the sneak peeks they’ve been leaking on Instagram. The photos are so impressive and I feel really honored to be a part of this project.
7 REMINISCING // With Marissa and Summer. I’ve been re-watching seasons of The OC while I work and it’s been hilarious and amazing. The main attraction has definitely been the early aughts fashion time warp of pretty much every ridiculous thing I wore in my teen years. Plus it poses the ancient philosophical question: who is the true sartorial queen of the OC, Marissa or Summer?
My mom has been on a bit of a minimalism kick lately and has been clearing out a lot of her storage. Almost every time I talk to her she’s cleaning out some closet shelf or dresser drawer- it’s impressive. It’s also been really fun for me and my sisters because she’ll have a cleaning spree and then send us a group text with pictures of things she’s giving away. It’s a bit like an auction, seeing who can claim things the fastest or who’s holding out for the big ticket items. The best part is that I now have boxes of beautiful treasures, from actual antiques to shabby chic Home Goods finds, waiting for me to bring home.
My mom’s style is very feminine and she has a great eye for charming vintage details, and I think that vibe is just perfect for summer. The natural, more rustic elements feel laid-back and simple while the vintage touches provide romance and a little glamour. Here are some of my favorite finds for incorporating this style into your home decor or your personal wardrobe.