Navy and Wavy

navy and wavy 4navy and wavywavyness3naked lady necklace closeupnavy and wavy 3Outfit Notes: Cardigan-old // Dress-thrifted for $4 // Tights-Target // boots-old // naked vintage  lady necklace-old, found in a craft shop

Ever since I had Simon, my hair has changed. It is thicker, and naturally a bit wavy if I allow it to air dry. Because I spent the first 28 years of my life with stick-straight fine hair, I have had no idea how to deal with this, and usually just round brush or flat-iron it out. Recently though, after letting my hair air-dry, I decided to leave it alone and see how it felt for a day to have waves in my hair. I ended up liking it and getting a lot of compliments. So when I went in for a much-needed bang-trim the other day, I asked my stylist if she could teach me how to style my waves, and cut some layers back in to encourage them more.

She showed me how to scrunch my hair up after washing it, and use my diffuser to really make the waves come out. She showed me a couple of products that would help the hairs curl and hold them, and then she told me to avoid drying my hair all the way, so that the air drying could help my hair do its thing.

I absolutely loved the result, and the waves lasted even the next day after I ran a brush through them in the morning. I will definitely be “wavin’ it up” on the days when i have more time to get ready in the morning.


Pops Of Coral

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(Outfit Notes: Necklace-a gift // Shirt-Kohl’s, old // Dress-Kohl’s, last year // Tights-Target // Shoes-Target, a couple years old)

I posted the other day, three ways to wear this dress. One way was under a top, as a skirt. That is what I decided to do again today for Easter dinner with family. I knew I wanted to wear floral print, as an homage to the return of Spring. The dress has some orange in it, so I thought adding the orange tights would be fun and unexpected. That led me to adding this coral colored necklace, which was a recent gift from an aunt who shares my love of chunky, bold jewelry.

If you love the color coral, check out this post over at Juggling Chic and see her awesome outfit incorporating the color.

(I didn’t get around to taking pictures until late, so the lighting here kind of stinks.)

Pink, Purple, and Black

pink and purple and black 2pink and purple and black 3black booties grey tightspink and purple and black1Outfit Notes: Cardigan-Target// Necklace-Target clearance// Dress-Kohls on sale last summer/ /Long sleeved tee (layered under dress)-an old Target clearance purchase// Purse-Anthropologie clearance many years ago// Tights-Christmas gift// Shoes-TJ  Maxx)

This is a recent outfit that I wore to work at the Library. It is also a color combination that I am not usually fond of, but I really like the way it works together here with the bag, dress, and undershirt all in the pink and purple family, up against the neutrals black and grey. The only issue I ran into wearing this was some static cling between the dress and the tights. To solve this, I grabbed a dryer sheet on my way out the door and rubbed it inside the dress before I went into work. Oh, the joys of winter!

This post linked up with What I Wore Wednesday 🙂

Deja Vu

  Hi there! Sorry I haven’t been around here much this winter. The truth is, most of the time I have looked a lot like this:

bundled baby

image credit: Todd Baxter Photography

Bundled up in as many pairs of socks, sweaters, scarves, coats, etc. as I can. I get dressed much more for warmth in the Maine winter, and a lot less for fun. Also, with it getting darker earlier  (though that is improving!), by the time I have a chance to get my husband Jeramy to snap a picture it is too dark outside, and the photo quality inside is terrible. I need to come up with a better method for taking indoor outfit pictures with my tripod during the day while there is still natural light.

Anyway, I am back today to share a recent outfit.

green dress winter 2green dress and necklace close upgreen dress winter 1(Outfit Notes: Necklace-Target // Dress: Mexicali Blues// Long-sleeved tee: Target Clearance rack last year// Leggings-Target// Boots-Target clearance over a year ago)

This outfit was worn for Jeramy’s Grandmother’s 75th birthday party. I wanted to wear a dress or skirt for the occasion, and to wear something colorful, but I also wanted to be comfortable and warm. Layering a long-sleeved tee under the dress, and wearing leggings instead of thinner tights with my boots made this work for winter.

You might remember this dress from back in the fall, when I wore it in a black and brown color combo, and styled it very similarly. I own the dress in two colors because I bought the green one, and a friend gifted me the black one. At first I thought about returning one of them, but then I couldn’t decide which one to part with so I kept them both. I still can’t decide which one I like better, but I do seem to have a favorite way of wearing it: over a long-sleeved tee with tights or leggings and boots.

Hopefully it won’t be as long until I am back again.

Black And Brown For Fall


(Outfit Notes: Dress-a birthday present from a friend last year// Long Sleeved Tee-Target clearance rack last year// Necklace-a gift from my Oma// Tights-Kohls on sale// Boots-Target clearance last year)

This outfit serves as another example of adding tights and boots to a Summer dress to make it work for Fall. However, I ought to admit that due to the hemline of this skirt being a bit shorter than I am normally comfortable with, I never wear it without something a bit more covering underneath. This summer I wore spandex shorts under it to a concert with bare legs and sandals. Here I have on sweater tights, and I would also do leggings. I usually prefer skirts and dresses to be at least right above my knee, but I loved this dress enough to make the exception. (I own it in two colors!)

This outfit is surprisingly comfortable, and I have worn the same combo a few times now because I like it so much. It serves me for going to work as well as for loafing around the house, playing with my toddler, and folding laundry. I also love combining black and brown when I can, something I used to be too scared to do, and the tones in this dress provide the perfect bridge for black tights to go with brown boots, and for a brown stone bead necklace to lay over a black long-sleeved tee.

I think this just might be my absolute favorite Fall outfit right now. What’s yours?

Dress as a Jumper

(Outfit Notes: Necklace-a gift// Turtleneck-Kohl’s 3 years ago// Dress-Kohl’s this summer// Tights-Kohl’s// Boots-Target clearance last year)

Another way to extend the wearability of Spring and Summer dresses through the colder months is to wear them over the top of long-sleeved shirts. In this case, a sleeveless dress is working as a jumper over a tissue-weight turtleneck. This was my outfit for a day of working at the library.

I was a little unsure about this combo at first, but once I had it all on I liked it enough to post about it despite the terrible photographs. They were taken indoors because the sun had set, with poor lighting, a too cluttered background, and in auto mode with a flash that made me blink…hence the downward gaze in the last photo. Hopefully the appearance of my cute kitty Molly in both full-body shots makes up for it.