The importance of a great hair-do + my product favorites

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Andrew Marc leather jacket, Gap sweater, J.Crew ‘pixie’ legging, gifted scarf from Mom, Hunter boots, Dooney and Bourke bag (old but love this Michael Kors option)

If there is one thing that can make me feel complete and put together regardless of what i’m wearing, it is a great hairstyle. On a day like this one where the weather was terrible and I wanted to do nothing but lay around in sweats, getting up and simply blowdrying my hair made me feel sexy and pretty. To achieve the sleek, clean look I have in these photos, I rely on a few key products and hair accessories.

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Naturally my hair is curly and frizzy. Sometimes this works just fine, but most days I need to put a little elbow grease into my hair to make it look presentable, especially for work with clients. My preferred hairstyle is wavy with body and bounce, as pictured above.

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My method of achieving this includes a large round brush, tons of styling products to tame frizz and give extra body, and some clips and scrunchies to sleep in to keep the style for multiple days.

My go-to products include: Keratase Elixer, Chi Shine Infusion pray, Elnett hairspray, Matrix root lifter, Tresemme heat protective spray, any large round brush (I prefer something coarser like this one), clips, scrunchy to prevent creasing and keep the style.  I apply products 1, 4 and 5 before blow drying, 2 and 3 after for shine and hold. With these products and a little work with a blow dryer, I achieve shiny, manageable hair that has me feeling confident and sexy.

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Do you feel better when you have a great hairstyle?

Spring heels for the girl that hates heels

1. Kate Spade Leslie Pump

2. Salvatore Ferragamo

3. Brooks Brothers Platform

4. Diane von Furstenberg

5. Enzo Angiolini

I don’t know if it has been obvious thus far on this blog, but I am not a fan of heels. I feel like a complete fake as a female but I would rather wear a great pair of flats or sandals over heels any day. The discomfort felt, the difficulty in walking and the squishing of the toes have just never been appealing to me. But as wedding season approaches and the time of wearing garden dresses with leng-lengthening nude heels creeps towards us, I have been trying to take advantage of Christmas sales to pick up a pair of comfortable nude heels.

For me, comfortable means either a platform and maximum 3″ heel height, or a kitten/mid heel (i’m a wimp). Chunky heels obviously are easier to walk in but often make feet look heavy as well, though these Kate Spade ones look adorable. The options above are a few that i’ve found in the last month or so that fit my criteria and are moderately comfortable. Now the only decision is how much to spend on a clothing item I detest! (I know, I know i’m a disgrace as a woman)

1989 Vintage Chanel Flats

Andrew Marc leather jacket, Ann Taylor jeans, LOFT lace tee, Vintage Chanel flats, Zara collar (similar)

Last week I stumbled upon the holy grail of vintage Chanel. Charlotte isn’t exactly known for its consignment boutiques but when a new one popped up on my neighborhood I had to check it out. Upon walking into this teeny tiny shop, the first thing I spotted were these gold gap toed 1989 vintage Chanel flats. I wandered over to them thinking they would either be much too expensive for my budget, or not even close to my man-sized shoe size. Lo and behold, the shoes were on sale for 40% off, and were an exact 39.5 (my ideal European size). I was shocked. Stunned. And knew immediately they would be coming home with me.

The owner of the boutique is a Chanel collector herself and had these shoes fit her she would have purchased them personally. They had come into the store only days before and were in near perfect condition. Made of 100% italian leather soles and cap toes with a suede upper, these flats are simply stunning. They are the most beautiful gold, almost mustard yellow or rust color and pair well with almost everything. Unlike most Chanel flats that require some breaking in, because these particular ones are suede they are comfortable from the get-go.

These shoes were my first ever Chanel purchase and I am so incredibly in love. I can only imagine passing these along to my future daughters and explaining “these were Mommy’s first Chanel.”

Thank you for reading!

Review: J.Crew Wide-Calf Harper Leather Boots

Nordstrom sweater (similar), Gap skirt, SPANX tights, Nordstrom belt (similar), J.Crew Harper boots (ordered up to a 9.5)

Traveling so much for work means that my wardrobe has very little consistency. I spend the work week in different cities around the country and my weekends in Charlotte, and as such have a closet that looks more like a mismatch of items than anything cohesive or weather appropriate. But if there was one item that transitions well from the chilly (albeit dry) weather of North Carolina to the freezing Winters of the Northeast and beyond, it is the riding boot. Boasting calves with a nearly 17″ circumference  finding a pair of boots that fit my feet, narrow ankles and wide calves has proven nearly impossible, until now.

J.Crew is one of the few retailers that sells wide-calf boots. I have tried a number of other pairs over the years and never found them very comfortable or of particularly great quality. During their last 25% off sale I decided to try again with these gorgeous side-zip Harpers, and couldn’t be happier with the purchase.

First and foremost, the leather is of amazing quality. I can see them lasting for years and being incredibly supple and molded to my foot shape over time. The sole is 100% leather and the gold zipper detailing and snap closure above are also of top quality.

The boots have a 17.5″ calf circumference leaving just about a 3/4 of an inch of extra room for me at the top. This doesn’t bother me at all as I have never liked the look of boots that were so tight they appeared painted on. The leather of these is stiff enough that they stay up on my calf regardless of the extra space. The toes are a beautiful almond shape and very comfortable for all day wear. If leather isn’t your thing, the boots also come in a gorgeous suede that also looks so supple and comfortable. One final note, I did size up from my normal 9 at J.Crew to a 9.5. I wanted a bit of extra room for thicker socks, but upon receipt have found that these boots do run slightly small. While i can tell that the size 10’s would be much too big, the 9.5 leaves just a smidgen of extra room for thick socks.

In other, completely random news: I purchased my first clip-less curling iron and loooove the result. I have naturally very frizzy, curly, and unruly hair and on days when I don’t want to blow dry or straighten it into place, this iron makes my natural waves bouncy and frizz-free. I highly recommend the iron I purchased and particularly love the quickness with which I achieved this look.

Have you found any wide-calf boots that you’re loving?

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