Happy Friday, Lovelies! Am I the only one who is feeling a little bewildered about the year coming to an end? Ummm, didn’t we just celebrate NYE like a couple months ago? I guess not, right. I swear the older I get, the quicker the years fly by. Why is that? Does adulthood = a warped sense of time? I remember a single semester in school feeling like FOR-EH-VER (in my best Sandlot voice). Anyway, enough rambling! I will come to terms with the fact that it is December, and Christmas and NYE are right around the corner. *sigh* So, hopefully I can find some time to do a little gift guide for you guys, but in the event that I can’t pull it off, be sure to check out DWJ’s gift guide, which I am featured in! I also owe you guys a full post about my hair (complete with a length check), but I am going to talk a little bit about what I’ve been doing to my hair in this post after I run own my outfit details.
Today’s Style me Friday submission comes from reader, Tiffany. I am not sure if she has a blog, but I so appreciate her taking the time to send over this HOT pic. It’s right up my alley. Love the rocker-glam-chic feel of this ensemble from the Express website! Love the textures, love that it’s totally amped up casual, love the gray and black palette. I just love. LOL. Tiffany actually sent this over a few weeks ago, and I’ve been itching to recreate it, but it was still a bit too warm. Now that the temps in ATL have dropped below frigid, it’s FAUX FUR TIME!
As per the usual, I made some departures from my inspiration to accommodate my closet. I didn’t have printed metallic leggings, so I swapped them out for a pair of faux leather pants (that happen to be from Express). I have a plain gray t-shirt (though I love the model’s cat print tee). I kept the cropped black blazer, but I didn’t have a black fur scarf or snood, so I replaced it with a faux fur vest…which was actually more practical for warmth! Last but not least, I opted for my lighter gray Sole Society “Abby” wedge booties since I didn’t have charcoal gray booties.
Worthington Faux Fur Vest via Imperfect Concepts Boutique (similar here and here) | Old Cropped Blazer (Similar here and here) | Mossimo Gray V-neck, $8 | Express Faux Leather Pants (similar here and here) | Sole Society “Abby” Booties | Nameplate Necklace c/o My Name Necklace | Gifted Bag (This is a sneak peek…more info to come!)
Okay, so this outfit totally made me feel like a New Yorker — from the fur vest, to faux leather pants, to the nameplate necklace — I just felt like Eboni and the City in this look. LOL! It’s a sassy kinda feeling, in case you were wondering. LOL!
Now, on to my hair. I decided to go ahead and flat iron my hair for Thanksgiving. I was getting kinda burned out on styling my hair. The healthy/natural hair techniques certainly work in terms of meeting your goals, but they are also very time consuming. I just needed a break! Beyond that, my ends were screaming for a trim. We already know that my ends were terribly heat damaged, but they were getting to the point where they were knotting like crazy, and I was literally having to cut the knots out. I just figured giving myself a nice all around trim was better than the “search and destroy” method for removing knots. I know a lot of women swear by this method, but I don’t have the patience! So, I went ahead and flat-ironed my own hair last Wednesday and cut about an inch. (I really need to cut a bit more… baby steps). When I initially straightened my hair, I set it on Caruso Steam Rollers. Umm, this created pageant hair, but whatevs. It was the best thing I could think of to set my curls without heat, and it worked! For the next couple days after that, I was pin curling my hair and sleeping with a satin bonnet. Finally, ever since about Tuesday, I’ve been finger parting my hair down the middle and doing to loose bantu knots on each side to create loose waves. I am actually kind shocked at how long my hair is lasting without getting oily! Yesterday, I decided it was time to moisturize. It’s been about 7 days, after all. So, I sectioned my hair for the bantu knots, but before I knotted it up, I rubbed a little bit (less than a dime size amount) of Paul Mitchell “The Conditioner” on my palms, and rubbed it into each section of my hair, followed by a miniscule amount of coconut oil. You guys, I was AMAZED at what a difference this made. My hair had just started to get a little frizzy and dry looking. This morning, when I took the knots down, my hair was shiny and smooth (but not oily). I am so impressed with all these new methods of hair care I’ve adopted. It’s so rewarding! Anyway, I did take length check pictures, and I’ll write a separate posts with updates on my regimen and products!
I am gonna skip the insights on personal style, because let’s face it, your eyes are probably glazing over already at this point!
Have a great weekend!! XOXO.