Footloose and Fancy Free

A very long time ago a six year old boy I babysat looked down at my pink flowery flip flops and asked “why are you always so fancy?” I still smile when I remember that exchange. I don’t consider myself fancy. A fancy girl wears heels everywhere. A fancy girl reapplies lipstick and maintains a French manicure. A fancy girl wouldn’t think of trying to pass off Lululemon as real clothes.

My un-fanciness was on full display this past week at the beach with my family. I blew out my hair exactly once and managed to go barefoot 80% of the week. My beach look consisted of two J.Crew bikinis, my Target MC Hammer pants and the Stella & Dot Havana pendant. To add interest I applied multiple Flash Tats to an assortment of body parts. One afternoon I layered the MC Hammer pants with a fringed black tank top, which prompted AJ to observe that my shirt looked like an octopus.  

A long span of my lifetime was spent fancy. I distinctly remember wearing a black and white Ann Taylor flair waste dress with pink pointy stilettos to the airport in 2004. On our honeymoon in 2009 I wore my sky high teal wedding Louboutins to dinner at an Italian restaurant located atop a steep cobblestone hill in Capri.  

Today, with two small children and fallen arches from walking up hills in heels, mine is an incredibly paired down aesthetic of accessorized basics. My first instinct is to correct well meaning friends when they describe me as fancy or, better worse yet, a “fashionista.”  What others perceive as the quality of my clothing is actually the quirkiness of my character. I am totally comfortable in quirky. Fancy hurts my feet.

A 35-piece wardrobe makes it that much easier to get quirked up on a Monday morning, even after vacation. I wear this Tart Collections dress on repeat but keep it fresh with accessories. I’m passing off tan lines and a monogrammed OBX tumbler as critical elements of my fresh off the beach look.

Outfit details: Chloe Havana sunglasses, (2014); Tart Collections dress (2014); Hip to be Round belt (2014); J.Crew flip flops (2013); Kate Spade wedges in hand (2014); Loeffler Randal open work tote (2015); Hermes scarf tied on handle (2007); OBX Monogram Shop tumbler (2015)

Great Hair in 5 Steps

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I work in retail. Just like the yogini in Lululemon with her story about Hustle pants or my new BF, the J.Crew dude who told me that my outfit was cute. Every hour of my work day is focused on better ways to sell Cibu. Are we one in the same? Me peddling pomade and them with their seasonal variations on things I already own?

There is a difference. For starters, hair products don’t sit in your closet for years. HALT! If you still own products that you purchased (or I gave you) before 2012 throw them away now. Seriously, they are expired and you don’t even like them because if you did you would have used them all up about - eh -  32 months ago.

You do not need dozens of hair products. You need a relationship with your Stylist so she can craft a haircut appropriate for your lifestyle and teach you how to use the right products to achieve that look at home. What do I mean about lifestyle? Well, how much time do you have? No seriously, how much time do you have to do your hair in the morning? How much time do you have to get your color retouched? Great hair is achieved by managing expectations. You are not Kim Kardashian. Do not go Fashion Week Platinum if you can only get to the salon once a season. 

Because I love you, dear reader, I am going to let you in on the secret to great hair, in 5 steps:

1.       A Stylist to give you a great hair cut and teach you how to use:

2.       Shampoo and Conditioner appropriate for your hair type

3.       Argan oil drops to nourish, add shine and protect hair from heat

4.       Styling Product to smooth hair, set curls or add volume while blow drying

5.       Finishing Product to hold look; enchance shine or add texture

Any questions? For real. I can answer any question you have about hair.

Much like an essential hair care routine, my essential outfit is usually compromised by 5 parts: Base layer (dress; pants or skirt and shirt); Top layer (Jacket, blazer or cardigan); Great shoes; Jewelry; Hermes scarf variation. Here are examples from the past two days.

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Outfit Details: Hermes Eperon d’Or Remix silk maxi twilly scarf (birthday gift from Matt, 2014); Chloe Havana sunglasses (2014); Alice & Olivia black dress (hand-me-down from fashionable co-worker, 2013); BCBG Hi-Lo Dayton cardigan in Poppy (2013); Stella & Dot Norah Chandelier earrings (2014); Stella and Dot Rebel Pendant (2014);  Loeffler Randall Tamsin Haircalf pumps (2014)
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Outfit Details: Hermes silk twill scarf, hand rolled, 36” x 36
Chloe Havana sunglasses (2014); Joie Hooded Military Jacket (2014); Stella & Dot Norah Chandelier earrings (2014); J.Crew rolled sleeve pocket tee in Stripe (2015); J.Crew Minnie Pants (2013); Stella and Dot Rebel Pendant (2014); Loeffler Randall Industry Bag (2014); Seychelles ballerina flats (2013)

Top Image: Cut by Sharon So, Bubbles Towson Town Center; Color by Christopher Houser, Salon Cielo Connecticut Ave, DC; Cibu Knot So Knotty Leave-In Detangler