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Dress - from Vintalier | Mules - from Vintalier | Earrings & Sunglasses - from Vintalier

Portland has seen some sunny days recently, and that's a great excuse to do a lil summer-inspired photoshoot! Don't get me wrong, I love to wear comfy sweaters and coats, but I do love me a bit of off-the-shoulder DRAMA! (insert dancing lady emoji here) Thank you to my wonderful friend Ama for the awesome photography. Check out her IG - she is also a pdx blogger and her style is rad.

Updates

I recently started working part-time at Vintalier, which is a downtown Portland boutique. I do merchandising and social media stuff, so if you're ever in the area come pop-in and say hello! Also, if you notice that my OOTDs contain a lot of items from Vintalier, you now know why. x) A lot of other exciting stuff is in the works, like my first trip to the UK! Me and my significant other will be staying in & around London this April. We're excited to visit old cemeteries and ogle at the architecture, as well as hit-up some trendy streets in London for some retail therapy. Lastly, you may of noticed I dyed my hair! I went brunette at the beginning of February and I am LOVING it! I'm relieved I won't have to bleach my hair or fiddle with toners for quite awhile. It's been a great change & I love how it looks. So far 2018 has been pretty great! In the comments, tell me how your year is going or just spread some positive vibes. Take care!

Take Me to the Hamptons | Outfit & Life Update



Dress - from Vintalier | Mules - from Vintalier | Earrings & Sunglasses - from Vintalier

Portland has seen some sunny days recently, and that's a great excuse to do a lil summer-inspired photoshoot! Don't get me wrong, I love to wear comfy sweaters and coats, but I do love me a bit of off-the-shoulder DRAMA! (insert dancing lady emoji here) Thank you to my wonderful friend Ama for the awesome photography. Check out her IG - she is also a pdx blogger and her style is rad.

Updates

I recently started working part-time at Vintalier, which is a downtown Portland boutique. I do merchandising and social media stuff, so if you're ever in the area come pop-in and say hello! Also, if you notice that my OOTDs contain a lot of items from Vintalier, you now know why. x) A lot of other exciting stuff is in the works, like my first trip to the UK! Me and my significant other will be staying in & around London this April. We're excited to visit old cemeteries and ogle at the architecture, as well as hit-up some trendy streets in London for some retail therapy. Lastly, you may of noticed I dyed my hair! I went brunette at the beginning of February and I am LOVING it! I'm relieved I won't have to bleach my hair or fiddle with toners for quite awhile. It's been a great change & I love how it looks. So far 2018 has been pretty great! In the comments, tell me how your year is going or just spread some positive vibes. Take care!



You can never go wrong with trousers & loafers. It's a timeless pairing. You can update the duo by adding current trend pieces (hence the crazy coat), like a funky belt, colorful bag, sleek sunglasses, and so on. The top, pants, coat, and sunglasses I'm wearing are still in-stores or online. Unfortunately, my purse was on clearance at The Rack, so I wasn't able to find it online - except here in Grey.

I bought this coat on super sale at Target ($11!!) the other day, the color was too pretty to pass up!

 When in doubt, wear loafers & a furry coat. 
Shirt - Topshop
Pants - H&M
Shoes - H&M
Coat - Target 
Sunglasses - Celine
Purse - All Saints
Lip color - Palladio "Ginger Flush"
Shop the Look

*Disclosure - this post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a small % $ upon click through and purchase. Thank you for helping support this blog! :)

Photography by Ama Hatheway
Their Instagram


Loafers or Bust



You can never go wrong with trousers & loafers. It's a timeless pairing. You can update the duo by adding current trend pieces (hence the crazy coat), like a funky belt, colorful bag, sleek sunglasses, and so on. The top, pants, coat, and sunglasses I'm wearing are still in-stores or online. Unfortunately, my purse was on clearance at The Rack, so I wasn't able to find it online - except here in Grey.

I bought this coat on super sale at Target ($11!!) the other day, the color was too pretty to pass up!

 When in doubt, wear loafers & a furry coat. 
Shirt - Topshop
Pants - H&M
Shoes - H&M
Coat - Target 
Sunglasses - Celine
Purse - All Saints
Lip color - Palladio "Ginger Flush"
Shop the Look

*Disclosure - this post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a small % $ upon click through and purchase. Thank you for helping support this blog! :)

Photography by Ama Hatheway
Their Instagram




Texture is a very important component for short hair (and pretty much all hairstyles). I've tried several texture products over the last couple years and I have a few I keep going back to. My hair is fairly thick, and coarse from bleaching. It's also straight, so unless I use some sort of texturizing product, it'll fall flat under it's own weight throughout the day. I generally use two or all three of these products when I style, but depending on your hair, you'll have to experiment what the best fit is for you.

Starting off is my tried and true, the Ion Texture Spray Wax. I've repurchased this A LOT! It's a fairly heavy product, so it'll hold your style in place. This is the waxiest of the three, so if you have thin hair and only want to style using one product, this is the one for you. Use a light hand with this product, otherwise it might weight your hair down. Concentrate it on the ends rather than the root of your hair.

Next up is a new favorite (that I'm now out of and need to re-up!), the IGK Beach Club Texture Spray. I use this product after I shape my hair with a pomade/wax. It's light, airy, and adds the perfect amount of body and bounce without weighing your style down but still giving you a defined & piecey look. 

Lastly is the So Gorgeous Volumizing Root Lift Powder Mist. Use this sparingly because it doesn't fool around! This'll lock your hair UP and HUGE! Once, I was too heavy-handed and I had to rewash because my hair was stuck up. The applicator is quite precise, so you just spray directly on the root & work it in.
SHOP THE POST

*Disclosure - this post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a small % $ upon click through and purchase.
Thank you for helping support this blog! :)

Let me know what you think of this new series! Also, leave your thoughts in the comments.
Have you tried any of these products before, if so, what do did you think of 'em?

Thanks for reading :)

Best Styling Products For: TEXTURE & VOLUME



Texture is a very important component for short hair (and pretty much all hairstyles). I've tried several texture products over the last couple years and I have a few I keep going back to. My hair is fairly thick, and coarse from bleaching. It's also straight, so unless I use some sort of texturizing product, it'll fall flat under it's own weight throughout the day. I generally use two or all three of these products when I style, but depending on your hair, you'll have to experiment what the best fit is for you.

Starting off is my tried and true, the Ion Texture Spray Wax. I've repurchased this A LOT! It's a fairly heavy product, so it'll hold your style in place. This is the waxiest of the three, so if you have thin hair and only want to style using one product, this is the one for you. Use a light hand with this product, otherwise it might weight your hair down. Concentrate it on the ends rather than the root of your hair.

Next up is a new favorite (that I'm now out of and need to re-up!), the IGK Beach Club Texture Spray. I use this product after I shape my hair with a pomade/wax. It's light, airy, and adds the perfect amount of body and bounce without weighing your style down but still giving you a defined & piecey look. 

Lastly is the So Gorgeous Volumizing Root Lift Powder Mist. Use this sparingly because it doesn't fool around! This'll lock your hair UP and HUGE! Once, I was too heavy-handed and I had to rewash because my hair was stuck up. The applicator is quite precise, so you just spray directly on the root & work it in.
SHOP THE POST

*Disclosure - this post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a small % $ upon click through and purchase.
Thank you for helping support this blog! :)

Let me know what you think of this new series! Also, leave your thoughts in the comments.
Have you tried any of these products before, if so, what do did you think of 'em?

Thanks for reading :)


1. What is the oldest item in your wardrobe?
On my 20th birthday me and my best friend Chloe went to San Francisco. I bought a cute 60's inspired dress from a boutique on Haight street. It's sentimental and I just can't part with it even tho I don't wear it.

good memories
2. What is the newest item?
I went on a little shopping spree this week and bought four new items. I went to Crossroads and bought an American Apparel dustercoat in a lovely navy modal, along with a basic long sleeve top. I also bought a beautiful cashmere-blend sweater from Vintalier - the neckline is too cute!

New items
3. What is the most expensive item?
A velvet jacket from Folly. I couldn't pass it up because it's such an essential! It can 
be worn for special occasions or dressed-down. Everyone needs a perfect black blazer in their
closet.
Closet Staple
4. What is the most affordable/cheapest item?
I've had some awesome thriftstore scores in my day. Its definitely my awesome black Coach loafers. ($20)

5. What was the biggest bargain?
A Reformation dress I scored for $27 at Crossroads a few months ago! It fits PERFECTLY!

Good find
6. What was the biggest waste of money?
I've resold some items in the past that didn't sell great, but in my wardrobe right now would be an
Equipment silk dress. It was almost $100 and I've hardly worn it.

7. What are your 3 favorite items right now?
Well, since it's cold af right now, I'm going to say my Wooden Ships Hampton scarf,
my Halogen wool coat, and the assortment of black ankle boots I own.

8. What is the most outrageous/colorful item in your closet?
This question is kind of a fail because I don't own anything particularly outrageously colorful.
I have a few summer dresses that are red or multicolored, but it stops there!

9. What is your favorite piece that you've gotten as a gift?
An Urban Outfitters dress I received for Christmas nearly five years ago. It's a really interesting pattern
and I love the cut. Its made it through countless rounds of reorganizing & decluttering because
it's a perfect little dress for the warmer months.

10. What is the most comfortable outfit?
A loose knit and lived-in jeans.

11. What is the most uncomfortable item?
Anything tight fitting! I'm not a fan of body-con dresses or skirts. I think they're unflattering on me and
just plain awkward to wear. Also, anything extremely low-cut, because it feels too feminine.

12. Show us your favorite complete outfit.
I don't have a favorite outfit, that's always changing.

13. Pick your favorite black item and your favorite white item.
an H&M chenille black sweater and a Anne Fotaine white blouse.

14. Where do you shop the most at?
Crossroads Trading on Hawthorne or 23rd, hands down!

Closet Confidential Tag


1. What is the oldest item in your wardrobe?
On my 20th birthday me and my best friend Chloe went to San Francisco. I bought a cute 60's inspired dress from a boutique on Haight street. It's sentimental and I just can't part with it even tho I don't wear it.

good memories
2. What is the newest item?
I went on a little shopping spree this week and bought four new items. I went to Crossroads and bought an American Apparel dustercoat in a lovely navy modal, along with a basic long sleeve top. I also bought a beautiful cashmere-blend sweater from Vintalier - the neckline is too cute!

New items
3. What is the most expensive item?
A velvet jacket from Folly. I couldn't pass it up because it's such an essential! It can 
be worn for special occasions or dressed-down. Everyone needs a perfect black blazer in their
closet.
Closet Staple
4. What is the most affordable/cheapest item?
I've had some awesome thriftstore scores in my day. Its definitely my awesome black Coach loafers. ($20)

5. What was the biggest bargain?
A Reformation dress I scored for $27 at Crossroads a few months ago! It fits PERFECTLY!

Good find
6. What was the biggest waste of money?
I've resold some items in the past that didn't sell great, but in my wardrobe right now would be an
Equipment silk dress. It was almost $100 and I've hardly worn it.

7. What are your 3 favorite items right now?
Well, since it's cold af right now, I'm going to say my Wooden Ships Hampton scarf,
my Halogen wool coat, and the assortment of black ankle boots I own.

8. What is the most outrageous/colorful item in your closet?
This question is kind of a fail because I don't own anything particularly outrageously colorful.
I have a few summer dresses that are red or multicolored, but it stops there!

9. What is your favorite piece that you've gotten as a gift?
An Urban Outfitters dress I received for Christmas nearly five years ago. It's a really interesting pattern
and I love the cut. Its made it through countless rounds of reorganizing & decluttering because
it's a perfect little dress for the warmer months.

10. What is the most comfortable outfit?
A loose knit and lived-in jeans.

11. What is the most uncomfortable item?
Anything tight fitting! I'm not a fan of body-con dresses or skirts. I think they're unflattering on me and
just plain awkward to wear. Also, anything extremely low-cut, because it feels too feminine.

12. Show us your favorite complete outfit.
I don't have a favorite outfit, that's always changing.

13. Pick your favorite black item and your favorite white item.
an H&M chenille black sweater and a Anne Fotaine white blouse.

14. Where do you shop the most at?
Crossroads Trading on Hawthorne or 23rd, hands down!
Earlier last week me and my friend Ama shopped around Artifact! We both love secondhand shopping and this is one of our favorite places to shop in Portland. You can shop secondhand & vintage and also sell items from your own closet (and even furniture!) for cash or store credit. It's a sustainably driven store that you can look through for hours.

Here are some finds me and Ama tried on for ya!

 Hope you enjoyed this Explore Portland adventure with my friend Ama! Definitely check
our her blog HERE! & Thanks Artifact for letting us take pictures in your space. 

Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Come Shopping With Us! / Explore Portland feat. Artifact Creative Recycle & AMA.CO

Earlier last week me and my friend Ama shopped around Artifact! We both love secondhand shopping and this is one of our favorite places to shop in Portland. You can shop secondhand & vintage and also sell items from your own closet (and even furniture!) for cash or store credit. It's a sustainably driven store that you can look through for hours.

Here are some finds me and Ama tried on for ya!

 Hope you enjoyed this Explore Portland adventure with my friend Ama! Definitely check
our her blog HERE! & Thanks Artifact for letting us take pictures in your space. 

Leave your thoughts in the comments!
Recently I was approached to answer some interview questions, but I found that I get commonly asked some of these, so why not turn it into a blog post?! I'd love to do a second round of "facts" about me, so leave your questions in the comments and your question will be answered in the next
one!

Tell us a little bit about yourself…
I'm an beauty and fashion blogger based in Portland, OR. I have a love for Sphynx cats, the style of the 1960s, interneting, and playing with fashion &  hair!

How did you get started blogging?
I started off blogging on Live Journal in middle school, chatting on forums and posting here and there. When I was in high school I stumbled across Keiko Lynn's blog and fell down the rabbit hole, and I've been reading blogs ever since. It wasn't until I was 21 that I started my own blog. Because typically when you like something enough, you give it a try yourself!

Why does beauty appeal to you as a subject? Is there a reason you chose to focus on it? 
Makeup and hair has been a hobby of mine since I was a freshman in high school. It's when I first started coloring my hair and practicing winged eyeliner! I think I like beauty so much because I've loved illustration and crafting since I was a kid and the artistic aspect of hair styling, makeup, and fashion is similar to that in my mind.

The pixie is your signature. How did you end up with it, and why? 
When I was fifteen I spontaneously chopped it off into a bob. Over the next year it just kept getting shorter and shorter! Since then I haven't had anything longer than a chin-length bob. I love that it's a timeless haircut that has a ton of variety! Plus it's chic as hell and I always feel put-together (even in sweatpants & a t shirt)!

What are you favorite hair products?
Hair Story New Wash has completely transformed my hair! (You can read more about it here)
When it comes to styling products it changes every once in awhile, but here are the products that come to mind:

Do you have advice for up-and-coming influencers or aspiring bloggers?
Don't expect instant results. It takes a lot of hard work, consistency, and time. And do your research on how to effectively market your social media and/or blog. With so much competition online you have to have a game plan. Most of all you need to be one-hundred percent yourself & have fun! If you don't have fun or you're not passionate, you're going to burn-out.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts in the comments.❤︎

*Disclosure - this post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a small % $ upon click through and purchase.
Thank you for helping support this blog! :)

Get to Know Me! Why I Started Blogging and Why I Chopped Off My Hair!

Recently I was approached to answer some interview questions, but I found that I get commonly asked some of these, so why not turn it into a blog post?! I'd love to do a second round of "facts" about me, so leave your questions in the comments and your question will be answered in the next
one!

Tell us a little bit about yourself…
I'm an beauty and fashion blogger based in Portland, OR. I have a love for Sphynx cats, the style of the 1960s, interneting, and playing with fashion &  hair!

How did you get started blogging?
I started off blogging on Live Journal in middle school, chatting on forums and posting here and there. When I was in high school I stumbled across Keiko Lynn's blog and fell down the rabbit hole, and I've been reading blogs ever since. It wasn't until I was 21 that I started my own blog. Because typically when you like something enough, you give it a try yourself!

Why does beauty appeal to you as a subject? Is there a reason you chose to focus on it? 
Makeup and hair has been a hobby of mine since I was a freshman in high school. It's when I first started coloring my hair and practicing winged eyeliner! I think I like beauty so much because I've loved illustration and crafting since I was a kid and the artistic aspect of hair styling, makeup, and fashion is similar to that in my mind.

The pixie is your signature. How did you end up with it, and why? 
When I was fifteen I spontaneously chopped it off into a bob. Over the next year it just kept getting shorter and shorter! Since then I haven't had anything longer than a chin-length bob. I love that it's a timeless haircut that has a ton of variety! Plus it's chic as hell and I always feel put-together (even in sweatpants & a t shirt)!

What are you favorite hair products?
Hair Story New Wash has completely transformed my hair! (You can read more about it here)
When it comes to styling products it changes every once in awhile, but here are the products that come to mind:

Do you have advice for up-and-coming influencers or aspiring bloggers?
Don't expect instant results. It takes a lot of hard work, consistency, and time. And do your research on how to effectively market your social media and/or blog. With so much competition online you have to have a game plan. Most of all you need to be one-hundred percent yourself & have fun! If you don't have fun or you're not passionate, you're going to burn-out.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts in the comments.❤︎

*Disclosure - this post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a small % $ upon click through and purchase.
Thank you for helping support this blog! :)

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