February 27, 2015

Darlings of Instagram #4

The world of fashion bloggers is pretty well saturated at this point. So it's not for lack of options that I stepped into that place myself. But one of the best parts of this industry is the constant source of inspiration, creativity, and variety. Every successful blogger found something unique--something different about themselves and capitalized on that. So if ever I feel my own well of inspiration running dry, I have a few tried-and-true spots I visit to reenergize. Here are the six fashion feeds I'm currently loving over on Instagram.

6 top fashion people to follow on instagram

ONE: Kat Tanita, @kattanita
TWO: Matthew Zorpas, @matthewzorpas
THREE: Adam Gallagher, @iamgalla
FOUR: Jacey Duprie, @damselindior
FIVE: Kimberly Pesch, @eatsleepwear
SIX: Johannes Huebl @johanneshuebl

February 26, 2015

top ten conscious closet garments

A couple of weeks ago I shared my inspiration toward conscious consumerism with the idea of a 'conscious closet.' It's the idea that paring down my wardrobe and finding quality, essential pieces makes getting dressed more intentional (and less overwhelming). Today I'm showcasing the pieces that have passed the 'conscious closet' test and why I'm loving them so much. Another step in the process is all about where the products are created and sourced. So stay tuned--there's more to come!




shop my conscious closet

February 25, 2015

three ways to style hair in a bun


My mom spent a number of years in the makeup industry. As a teenager, I went through the same type of training with my sister to become a certified beauty consultant. So, I feel confident behind my makeup palette and brush set. But hair is an area where I take the simple route; I'm fortunate to not have an untamable mane. I can sleep on wet hair and wake up with a freshly shaped style. That can also mean that I sometimes get lazy about the effort I could be expending. Recently, I've been exploring easy yet different styles to take my normal look up a notch. Today I'm sharing my three favorite ways to style hair with a bun.

Note: The only 'pre-styling' I did was mousse followed by a quick blow dry.

side braid low bun hairstyle
side braid: Part hair normally. Take a three-inch section of hair and braid along the crown of your head. Tie back into a low bun at the nape of your neck.

simple top knot bun hairstyle
top knot: Brush hair into a ponytail on the top of your head. Smooth any bumps on the back side. Twist into a tight knot and secure with an elastic.

half up half down bun hairstyle
half up/half down: Gather one third of your hair and pull straight back (without a defined part). Using an elastic, loosely twist the hair into a bun. This style is best kept a little messy and not too plastered to your head.


February 24, 2015

easy french bread


Smell is one of the strongest memory triggers, and freshly baked bread takes me way back. My mom had this huge honking bread machine always plopped in the corner of our kitchen. As soon as the buzzer dinged, we'd devour the loaf in minutes flat (my favorite was adding butter and cinnamon sugar). I haven't invested in a bread machine yet, and after seeing the ease of this recipe, I may never have a need for it. The loaf lasted about three days in our house and served well as morning toast, dipped in soup for lunch, and popped in a skillet as evening grilled cheese. See full details below.



Ingredients

7 cups flour, divided
3 cups warm water
⅓ cup sugar
2 tsp. salt
1½ packages yeast

Directions

1. Mix 3 and ½ cups flour with all ingredients. Let sit one hour.
2. Add remaining 3 and ½ cups flour (one at a time) and knead till dough forms a ball (dough sticky).
3. Cover with a damp cloth for 30 minutes.
4. Divide and shape into 2-3 oblong loaves (long and narrow). Place on greased cookie sheet. Slit top with scissors ½ down diagonally.
5. Paint top with slightly beaten egg whites. Let sit for 8-10 minutes.
6. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 30 minutes.