Pretty Polka Dots

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A sweet mix of polka dots is the best way to kick off summer, no? I’ve always had a penchant for polka dots, especially in the form of silk scarves and skirts. There is something so decidingly sweet and subtle about a polka dot print, and I love mix and matching colors of dots for maximum impact. 

Let’s talk about this polka dot scarf for a second. It’s from the inaugural Who What Wear x Target collection, and I loved it so much I bought two, for I feared one day I’d need another. Does anyone else do that besides me? When I find an item I love profusely, I sometimes (always) buy two. It also came in this other beautiful color way that I still regret not purchasing.

Anyway, this polka dot scarf is the perfect piece for mixing with other dotted pieces. Something about the crimson color plays so nicely with others, especially navy. I got this skirt years ago. When the whole blogging space was in its infancy, I was a brand ambassador for LOFT, and they gifted me tons of pieces to wear for Instagram and on my POPSUGAR shows. This is the only piece I have left from that partnership, and I never plan on letting it go. I’ve always been titillated by knife pleats, especially when covering a slim fit midi skirt. Midi skirts are hard for petite girls to wear, but something about this cut and silhouette works for me. I’ve been on a sock kick recently, and added on frilly heart-covered sock stockings underneath my sandals. IDK, I love a granny chic moment and these sock stockings deliver.

Scarf by Who What Wear x Target, similar one here and here

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Skirt by LOFT

Socks by TOPSHOP

Shoes by H&M similar ones here

Bag by Gucci

Photos by Elaine Torres

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Green With Envy For Pretty Pleats and Olive Tones

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I’ll be honest, I’ve never worn a dress quite like this before. I’ve been venturing into different colors and patterns as of late–including this yellow floral print dress from last week–and couldn’t help giving this bold, olive green color a try.

I’m obsessed with shopping vintage, and one of my top spots to snag cool vintage finds in LA is Shareen Vintage. I’ve purchased everything from black, velvet, fur trimmed jackets to peasant dresses there. However, this olive green dress is truly a gem and such a find. Ever since I dyed my hair red, people tell me I should explore all things green, but I’ve been wary about it for fear of looking like a bad version of poison ivy. After giving this color a whirl, or more literally, a twirl, I’ve reached the definitive decision that green is indeed my color and the I plan on shopping it much more often.

Are you feeling green with vintage envy for all things green dresses? Shop my top picks below!

Dress by Shareen Vintage, similar one here

Shoes Target, similar ones here

Scarf Vintage from Dubai, similar one here

Sunglasses, similar ones here

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Cheeky Tees Underneath Floral Ruffle Dresses

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Nothing ushers in summer more than a sea of flirty, floral ruffle dresses. The more interesting the floral, the better the dress, and I am in love with this oversized, yellow stargazer print dress. Inspired by Dolce & Gahanna, this stunner has all the right homages to the Italian brand, like the sweetheart, bustier style top and full, voluminous skirt trimmed with ruffles. The upper half of the silhouette says ’50s… but the bottom half is all things current, AKA midi length and covered in cascading ruffles.

Sure, this floral beauty would stand just fine on it’s own. But I like a pop of the unexpected. So, layer a cheeky tee underneath, exposing quirky touches like these little ladybugs and bees that are peeking out from the shoulders. There’s something fun about laid back elegance. I adore taking uber girlie pieces and pairing them with sneakers and basics. Selecting monogrammed kicks is the only option for this dressed up meets down outfit. Plus, a decadent gold necklace and an overly upscale bag add whimsy touches. xx

 

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How to Wear Purple Eye Shadow

Lilac purple eyeshadow Allison McNamara

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Lilac purple eyeshadow Allison McNamara

Allison McNamara lila purple eyeshadow

Can I say how much I love where beauty and fashion is going right now? After years of homogenized minimalism, fashion and beauty is finally fun again, thanks to lead designers like Alessandro Michele from Gucci. Personality reigns supreme and summer’s looks are all about play–having fun with your makeup, experimenting with new colors and textures, and feeling inspired by art and nature.

When I saw Hailee Seinfeld wearing lilac purple eyeshadow on the Golden Globes red carpet earlier this year, I knew it was a look I wanted to try. We’ve seen no shortage of colorful eye makeup looks as of late–I’ve even tried out pink and blue myself–so purple seemed like the next obvious hue to play with.

I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a purple person, but this look changed that for me! If you have green eyes, purple is an awesome color for you because it really compliments your eye color. I used LORAC’s mega pro palette 3 in Dusty Mauve, which sadly you can only buy on Amazon for a very steep price these days. It’s a great palette but not sure it’s worth $188…

I kept my face makeup soft and clean, with light coverage, a little contouring and brows. I just did a standard blend out for the shadow and used the same color for a stiff drop shadow as well. Then, a little pearl shimmer on the brow bone!

 

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How I Keep My Red Hair Shiny and Healthy

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L'Oreal EverPure Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

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Healthy Red Hair Allison McNamara

I love being a redhead. I dyed my hair two years ago and haven’t looked back! It’s such a fun hair color to have, but it also requires a lot of maintenance and the right mix of products. Which is why I’m so excited to be teaming up with L’Oreal as an ambassador for their EverPure line of hair care products. Fun fact: the L’Oreal EverPure shampoo and conditioner were the first two products I bought the day I dyed my hair red. I needed to get a sulfate free shampoo that was safe for color-treated hair, and I am so happy that I found such a great, quality product so early in my red hair journey.

The L’Oreal EverPure Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner are so hydrating, and they leave my strands feeling silky smooth and glossy. They also help combat dryness, which is something I struggle with now that I color my hair often, and are especially gentle on color, so I don’t have to worry about my color fading as fast. It already feels like I spend so much time at the salon (every six weeks on-the-dot at Sally Hershberger salon with super colorist Cassondra Kaeding!) so I really rely on my L’Oreal EverPure shampoo and conditioner to keep my red hair looking fresh for as long as possible. No dull red allowed here! I can’t wait to share my other fave products from the EverPure line, so make sure you stay tuned!

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