Oh hey I accidentally didn’t blog for like a week ish. meh bad.
in other news, i’d like to make an official declaration that this, this, is my favorite outfit ever. for now. during this season. until i get dressed again.
but for reals. fave.
side story: i went to walmart for the first time in literally 3 years ( i avoid it like the plague) and I found these sunglasses for like pennies. Although I love these things they still didn’t change my belief that Walmart is the tenth circle of Hell.
walmart sunnies // target shirt // riffraff necklace c.o // asos pants // dolce vita booties via nordstrom rack
a while back i had a malfunctioning plugin on my website so i decided to just deactivate it. little did i know that ALL HELL WOULD BREAK LOSE.
for about 4 hours my blog was gone, literally gone. snatched from my fingers, wiped from the interweb as if it had never existed.
it’s true when they say “you never know what you’ve got until it’s gone”. there are some days that i think why why WHY do i continue to write on this thing?! my life is busy or i’m feeling stuck in a rut and i start to think that it would be so much simpler to just stop writing.
but then when i had the chance to walk away, to say “welp that was fun, but oh well”, i literally felt like someone had taken my first born child away. my slightly awkward, highly embarrassing, sometimes unloved child but still MINE.
i wanted to throw up, scream, shake my fists at the heavens, and then lay down for a long cry. it was like when a boyfriend calls you every day for a week and then suddenly breaks up with you via a note from his friend passed in the hallway, given to you by the class nerd while you’re scrupulously doodling love hearts in your notebook. but wait! we can’t break up! we’re supposed to be together! 4 eva! i wrote it my notes, along with my first name and your last name, with a heart around it!
no matter how often i’ve thought about quitting, this little space i’ve carved out for myself here in the blog world is something that i’m quite proud of. it’s my free therapy, my online diary (that should sometimes been more like my hidden under the mattress and never shared with anyone diary), my love notes and my creative outlet. i couldn’t let this thing die any easier than i could stop wearing highly inappropriate shoes. it’s a part of me.
thankfully for my heart palpitations, things were up and running again by the afternoon. i’ve never wanted to hug an inanimate object so much in my life.
Today I’m sharing some of my tips and tricks for stretching your closet over multiple seasons. Very rarely do I ever buy a piece of clothing without first checking to see if I can wear it at least three different ways, over several different seasons. It’s the best way to save money, AND get the most out of your clothing!
shorts are one of those tricky pieces that are so necessary for the summer, but then get shoved to the back of the dresser the rest of the year. Add some layers like an oversized cardigan and some funky boots and stretch the shorts season on into the fall.
obviously I love a good tough girl vibe in an outfit. layer up your sundresses with plaid and a killer pair of boots and you’ll be able to stretch that wardrobe right on into winter. and don’t forget the socks! fall is a great time to add in new accessories like chunky socks.
I recently tried out the Kenra hairspray for the first time and I fell in love. I’m also pretty much obsessed with the volumizing powder, it just makes life so much easier.
Ok so the first thing I like to do is when I’m blow drying my hair, I comb my bangs to the opposite side that they will ultimately part. This gives that great swoopy look in your bangs.
Then when I begin straightening my hair, I hold my straightner at different angles depending on the section of hair i’m working with. For the lower layers I straighten my hair down, like you would normally do.
on those middle layers that you want to start getting some volume I hold the straightner out at a 90 degree angle from my head and pull the straightner out away from my head.
and then finally for the top layers that you want the most volume, I pull the hair straight up from my head. This gives your hair a TON of volume!
next I pull up portions of my hair and shake the volumizing powder directly onto the roots, to give it just a bit of an oomph. This also helps the teasing that I will do next stick for the entire day, rather than falling flat an hour after you fix it.
I use my teasing comb and add just a bit of volume at the crown. I use the narrow teeth end to tease and the wide tooth end to kind of comb it into place.
finally I take a bit of pommade, rub it onto my fingers, and kind of pull the ends apart to give it some added texture and definition! Spray with some volumizing spray and voila!
Fall is officially upon us and I am ecstatic. Oklahoma tends to have very un-Fallish falls, where we go from oven scale heat to just a morsel of true fall weather, straight into months of depressing cold. So far we’re hovering in between ovens and true fall and I’m crossing my fingers that we’ll get some actual fall days this year, with the leaves changing and that fireplace smell in the air and hello, the clothes, the most important part.
Here’s a list of my favorite Fall pieces this year! The 90′s are calling and I’m saying helloooo!
1. oversized coats // I feel very breakfast club-ish in this trend and that is not a bad thing.
2. chunky shoes // i just love a good chunky shoe, they make me taller and immediately add a little pizaaz to an outfit.
3. anything plaid // seriously, give me all the plaid. Jared has started his winter beard which basically makes me feel like i’m married to a bear hunter so i might as well accept it and wear plaid every day of my life. plus it’s a great pattern mixer!
4. oversized knits // fall is characterized by two things: food and wind. big chunky sweaters that let me eat the whole room and also stay cozy warm? count me in
5. highwaist black pants // i mean really, what else do you need? they go with everything. they’re super comfy. they stretch for miles. they never show stains. drops the mic
6. wool hats // i’m such a fan of hats, they hide bad hair days with such flair.
7. cute sweats // picture me at a bonfire, roasting some mellows, maybe going shopping or something, and then I go home and never change clothes… and these are on sale so…
8. hints of leather // i love bringing a little edge to an outfit, like a leather jacket or a leather bag. perfect.
target sunnies // forever 21 tee // target necklaces // old navy jacke (old) // target belt // riffraff jeans c.o // hooker heels (not shown)
There are many instances in fashion where the phrase “you look like a weirdo” can be the highest of compliments. When I walked out of the bedroom and asked Jared if the fact that my pants came up to my armpits and i was 6″3 with my chosen heels on (so the jeans wouldn’t drag the ground, duh) made me look disproportionate, and he responded with “you look like a walking head with legs” I knew I had nailed it!
the fact that Jared had to hold my hand as I walked across the parking lot so i wouldn’t fall is completely normal. for fashion.
Target button down // Forever 21 gray tee // Target necklaces // ASOS pants // Shoe Dazzle heels
this weekend was the most perfectly Fallish weather. Stormy and cloudy and moody; an excellent day to eat pancakes and nap the day away. unfortunately this weather and i have a bit of a love/hate relationship because the sudden swings in temperature make my allergies go nuts, so i spent the day napping with the worst sinus headache in all of creation. but i just kept thinking “this is just so great, i love this weather!” the whole time. luckily i have a precious hubby who will rub my neck and make me pancakes and only roll his eyes once when im in the tub long enough for the water to go cold and only grumble a little when i get cookie crumbs on his side of the bed, even though he specifically said “do not eat cookies in the bed”. sorry babe…
and yes I’m aware that it’s Tuesday and yes i know i should have posted this on Monday, but give me a break who is ever really ready for Monday? not i. and if Monday was a struggle, well then Tuesday is a bit harried as well. by Wednesday we’ll be rolling pretty good around here. don’t judge.
Um..hi there….it’s Thursday. Whoops! How did that happen? Last time I checked it was Monday. Where has the week gone? And where did it take my brain? I need that back, Week. thanks.
So what to talk about. How about we talk about how utterly impossible it is to be a style blogger and have a full time job in the Winter? Because by the time I get off work, drive home, grab my camera and a photographer (usually my little sister, sometimes Jared), and find a satisfactory spot to shoot….the sun is completely gone and it is pitch black outside. I don’t know about you guys, but I detest inside shots, and stock flashes are the devil.
I’m working on an alternative option for Winter time photo shoots, but for now my solution is to take as many photo shoots as possible over the weekend when I have access to sunlight. This will probably mean that I won’t be doing as many style posts for a while but I’m going to take it as challenge and see what else I can come up with to post about this Winter! Any ideas?
Target hat//Warby Parker sunnies c.o//TJ Maxx tank//Oxford Trunk blazer// Forever 21 leggings//Target sneaks// Your Name Here vintage B ring//
side story: We bought the ring I’m wearing as a potential wedding ring for Jared. However when Jared tried it on it was just a little bit chunky for him (the man is not the jewelry type. I’ll be surprised if he wears his wedding ring on daily basis for more than 6 months after we’re married) so we had it resized to fit me! I, of course, was more than happy to add another vintage ring to my collection. Check out the shop here, she has so many unique pieces!
Here in Oklahoma, Winter means one thing: you’re going to get blown away.
It doesn’t matter how lovely and bright the sun is shining, or how beautiful the snow looks. 95% of the time the wind will be blowing like nobody’s business and you will be exhausted by the time you get back into a safe building. Cars doors get slammed open, shopping carts go flying across the parking lot, and hats are blown away, never to be found again.
So when I saw this gigantic fur Rachel Zoe coat on IG, I knew it was perfect for this Winter. Despite the fact that my dad laughs every time I walk out of the house. I’m warm and cute (in my opinion anyways) and impervious to winds and jokes alike.
Speaking of Instagram, anyone else obsessed with a good IG sale? I’m always finding cute little shops on there! If you sell on IG or if you are a fellow IG shopper, let me know! I’m always looking for another cute shop!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I have so many things to be thankful for this year and one of them is this lovely little blog and all of you wonderful people that I’ve come in contact with through it! You bring joy to my life. *hugs*
If you’re like me Turkey Day is all about spending time with your family, eating by far more food than you possibly thought you could, and relaxing as much as possible (AFTER the meal is cooked of course. I don’t normally participate in the cookery (fire hazard) but everyone knows that it is a highly stressful time until that dang bird is on the table)
I, being me, have already started planning my outfit this year and there shall be no detrimental waist bands, scratchy shirts, or uncomfortable heels for the Rambler. Who am I kidding, I will more than likely wear some outrageous heels but I will definitely be stashing my comfy mocs in my purse for after pictures! This year I plan on wearing a comfy sweater or tent dress for maximum pumpkin pie capacity, a big comfy scarf that can double as a napping blanket, and a couple no nonsense accessories like my beloved Warby Parkers.
What do you have planned for Turkey Day? And for those of you across the pond (or border, hey Canada!, since you already had your turkey), please feel free to roll your eyes expressively this entire week at the humongous deal we make out of our holidays and continue on to your Christmas music and tree decorating.