Weekly Roundup 1.11

Welcome back to the weekly roundup! It’s been a while since I posted my regular roundup, and I’ve missed celebrating my favorite links in style, art, design, and more from around the web. Here are some of the finds I’ve been loving lately.

1  I’m crazy about the thoughtfully-layered items in Anna Valdez’s still life paintings, especially the intricately patterned rugs. They feel so fresh and vibrant, but also homey and comfortable. (Anna Valdez)  |  2  Do you like to read the original book before seeing the big screen adaptation like I do? If so, here’s a list of 10 books to read before they hit theaters in 2017. (The Everygirl)

 

3  These DIY rose petal bath salts seem pretty simple to make and would make seriously gorgeous gifts for your friends on Valentine’s Day. (Paper & Stitch)  |  4  This Brooklyn home tour has loads of creative inspiration and organization ideas for the home that’s big on artistic vision but short on space. I’m particularly fond of this rolling rack/plant hanger/book shelf combo. (Apartment Therapy)

 

5  Sometimes I like to share thought-provoking videos to make you question your entire life’s philosophies. This is not one of those times. I hope you’re all okay with that situation. (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon)

I always admire Elise’s one second a day videos and wish I could commit to one myself.

Some of the stunners from the Golden Globes.

I, too, love Josh Radnor.

And also these whimsical mermaid notebooks.

Some home office inspiration. How great is the dotted desk?

Tips for beating sugar cravings from Liz.

I’m loving Candace’s eyewear style post, especially the metallic skirt look.

What are your favorite finds this week?

** Feel free to share one of your own blog’s links in the comments.**

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GREENERY // Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017

Greenery is in as the official Pantone Color of the Year for 2017. According to Pantone, the bright, zesty green with a hint of yellow was chosen for it’s ability to evoke spring, a fresh start, and to “revive, restore, and renew.”

Green is often considered “nature’s neutral” because of it’s abundance in our environment and omnipresence around the world. From far eastern matcha tea powders and tropical palm leaves to the grass and trees in your own back yard, it can at once bring a feeling of exoticism and comfort. A color so universal evokes a sense of both global oneness and personal vitality.

How do you feel about Greenery as the color for 2017?

For a color so universally abundant, the response has been a bit more polarizing. I’ve seen lots of comments from people, likely put off by the yellow tint, who can’t see a hue like this being incorporated into their wardrobe, decor, or day-to-day life for fear of it being unflattering. If you’re on that side of the fence, I’ll be exploring the versatility of Greenery next week with different color combinations and ideas of how to incorporate into your current style. So make sure to check that out. And if you’re already team green, here are some items to shop to kick of 2017 in Pantone-celebrated style.

 

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Will you embrace Greenery this year?

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Latherology Giveaway!

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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.
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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.

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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.

 

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Photos by Laurel Marie Photography.

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FRIDAY VIBES // Summer Braids

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.

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Have you tried any of these braids?

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Giveaway with Tanger Outlets and The Limited

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

ENTER HERE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!

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The winner will be announced next Friday, August 5th.

 

Good luck!

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DRESS YOUR NEST // Vintage Summer Boho Style

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.

 

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header images: Sarah Mahini | Fausto Puglisi | Veronique Branquinho | Giambattista Valli | Elizabeth and James

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Where do you like the vintage summer boho style best: your home or your wardrobe?

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FRIDAY VIBES // Viva Vivetta!

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A lot of designers are talented and make beautiful clothes, but Vivì Ponti, the genius behind the label Vivetta, goes beyond that: she makes my soul sing! Her surrealistic clothing and accessories (those collars!) seem both classic, with their clear Schiaparelli-esque style notes, and entirely modern. I mean, have you really ever seen anything like these pieces? Vivetta is fresh, dreamy, and completely inspiring. I. AM. OBSESSED!

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Are you a Vivetta fan?

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FRIDAY VIBES // You’re a Grand Old Flag

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Happy Fourth of July Weekend! It’s a big one for our family because both my dad and his dad were born on the 4th. It’s pretty much as big as Christmas for us. I’m really looking forward to celebrating them, cooking out, and just having some relaxed family time. It will also be a big weekend for fashion, as stars & stripes are having an even bigger moment than usual as of late. I absolutely love this motif both for its graphic nature and glam rock vibes. It’s classic but also feels a little bit rebellious, don’t you think?

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Will you be sporting stars and stripes this weekend?

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FRIDAY VIBES // The Rainbow Connection

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Happy National Pride Month! It seems like world news and political opinions, especially here in the US, get progressively more aggressive and tense all the time. While we are in such a weird political space, I’m happy to see support for LGBT rights becoming increasingly more universal. Amidst chaos and tragedy, it seems like a bright beacon of hope that LOVE and PRIDE are also prevailing. As fashion generally expresses the political culture of the times, it’s exciting to see so many designers embracing the rainbow trend. Love and color- two things where more is always better!

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If you saw my behind-the-scenes look at our HOWL collection for AFW, you know that I’ve been loving all things rainbow-colored.

What about you? Would you bring these rainbow bright looks into your wardrobe?

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STUDIO DAYS // HOWL at Alternative Fashion Week

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You guys!! I got to live out one of my lifelong dreams last Sunday and I’ve been dying to share these pictures with you! I was so excited to not only get to flex my design muscles creating a Howl brand collection for Columbus’ Alternative Fashion Week, but when Shiree Houf (my co-designer on this collection) and I arrived at the venue, we found out we were closing the show! It was SUCH a cool experience!

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The opportunity itself was really exciting, but I felt especially thrilled to get to share it with some super-talented family members. My li’l sis, Brooke, came along as my assistant because she’s a crafty godsend and just the best ever. I love having her at these types of things because no matter how high-stress a situation, she always keeps it cool, which is just exactly what everyone needs. Zach’s li’l sis (and my future li’l sis), Madison, was one of our models. She’s pretty new to the modeling world and it’s just been so cool to watch her grow. You can see her stomp it out for us in this video (and like her modeling page while you’re there!). Also, my brother-in-law’s sister (that’s a mouthful), Dominique, and her stylist friend, Rachel, came and rocked out our hair and makeup. Dayton-area friends, if you need a stylist, I’d definitely recommend checking these ladies out. Not only is Dominique the only person who ever gets my platinum just right, but both the girls were just a complete blast to be around! It was a sisters’ and extended-sisters’ weekend! Go team!

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After a lot of fun backstage, it was time to hit the runway! We had a couple of major themes in this collection. First, and most importantly, is color! We went heavy with the white and denim, but made sure to throw in lots of pops of rainbow colors! Silver was tied through as a glam touch. Seriously, how major are those pleated pants?!

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We also added lots of athletic touches, using quilted sweatshirt material and classic sporty trim. The white dress with the rainbow buttons over the sweatpants was one of my favorite looks. Paired with the silver turban, I think it gives a really great sense of the overall vibe of the collection.

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We also put a lot of time and effort into hand-crafted details. In this image alone, we’ve got the sporty cropped cardigan, which was made out of hand-woven velour, a quilted vegan leather top with custom-dyed fringe over a patchwork skirt, a hand-embroidered denim top, and, while you can’t see much of it here, the white skirt and pants were painted and embellished by (you guessed it) our own (tired) hands.

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Closing out the show was so cool! And I was SO proud of the models! Overall, we just wanted this collection to be a total explosion of happiness and fun, and that’s exactly how it came out! The girls danced and spun on the runway to Mika’s Grace Kelly (I could be brown, I could be blue, I could be violet sky- a perfect compliment to our rainbow collection) and it was one of the most purely happy moments of my life.

image credits: Emma Parker  |  Ian C. Powell  |  Robert Berry

 

I’ve gotten many questions about purchasing pieces and the wheels are in motion! The silver turbans and some other accessories will be available VERY soon! I’m still working on the details regarding clothing production, but I hope to also have some of these pieces available in the near future. You can show support for the brand and stay up-to-date on the latest collection news by following HOWL on Instagram and Facebook!

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