My Ode to Prescott, Arizona

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I remember that I couldn’t wait to leave my hometown when I was growing up. I grew up in a fairly small town called Prescott, Arizona. I went to school with the same kids from kindergarten through high school, camouflage and cowboy boots were a staple in most wardrobes, and the rodeo was the highlight of our summer. I think I always knew I wasn’t destined for a small town, or its fashion trends. But I will say that I do love the sweetness of a small town, and the stories that come with it. And right there in Prescott, Arizona was where my love for all things vintage was born.

My weekend mornings consisted of garage sales with my dad, scouring the best vintage shops downtown, and learning to revamp my vintage finds on my mom’s sewing machine. Our house was filled with antique radios, a Pepsi soda machine from the 1950’s and endless vintage knick knacks. Each had a story, a special place in my dad’s heart, and talk about a great conversational piece for house guests! I really dove deep into my vintage shopping in college when I finally moved to a big city and stopped caring so much about “fitting in” or dressing status-quo to my classmates. I said goodbye branded polos and hip-hugging jeans and said hello to fur coats, quirky vintage blazers and way too many midi skirts to count. I found my personal style in vintage shops, but I also discovered who I was.

Once I left Prescott for college, I remember thinking that I would never move back. Why would I? I was finally on that upswing of living the big city life. Moving to Phoenix was great for me – I matured, I was surrounded by like-minded people and really came into my own as a person. But then I felt trapped again. I needed something bigger. LA? San Francisco? Chicago? As you can probably guess, I landed on New York. Somedays I still pinch myself that I moved from good ole’ Prescott to the heart of it all. I’m insanely proud of my accomplishments and the hard work it took to get here, but I also know that, no matter how much I try and “run away” from my quaint little cowboy town, it still is a part of me. I’ll always hold Prescott close to my heart. I can confidently say that I won’t be moving back there – but I now appreciate the small town life of quiet streets, friendly conversation and “the story” that comes along with it.

When I was visiting home over Christmas, I visited my go-to vintage store. I was looking to buff up my vintage tee collection (you know how much I love them) and found this Prescott one! The shirt is about our town’s rodeo and there was no second guesses that I was getting the shirt. I’m so happy I can carry a little piece of home with me around the city now. I’m proud of where I came from – camo, cowboy boots and all. It helped me discover who I am, where I want to go, and taught me that there’s really no place like home. xo

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BANDANA | COAT | SHIRT | JEANS *same style | PURSE | BOOTS

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COAT, SHIRT, BANDANA, PURSE (VINTAGE) | JEANS (OLD NAVY) | BOOTS (C/O LULU’S) | SUNNIES (JACK PURCELL – CONVERSE)

PHOTOGRAPHY: SAM KELLY PHOTOGRAPHY

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How To Make A Leopard Coat Feel Casual

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How do you make a leopard coat feel “casual?” By keeping everything super simple underneath! I know ‘leopard coat’ and ‘casual’ can hardly be considered synonymous, but this past year, I have felt like leopard has grown to be considered more of a neutral statement and must-have piece in the fashion world. I have shown my vintage leopard coat a couple times on the blog (HERE and HERE) and one thing always stays the same, keep things simple underneath to help the overall balance of a statement coat. You want your coat to be the talking point, plus it’s an easy starting point for fashion risks.

For today’s look, I am wearing this to-die-for Guess Leopard Coat! I was saving to wear it during fashion week, but due to working pretty much all week, I didn’t get to show it off at any events or shows! Oh well, I’m dedicating a whole darn post for it! I absolutely love how fitted the coat is – this helps make it look more casual and streetwear, versus an oversized luxurious, embellished coat; and isn’t this detachable pink fuzzy collar the perfect punch of color? Underneath the coat is a simple black v-neck tee, distressed straight-leg Levis and converse. These pieces are classic staples in my closet, but when paired with the coat – everything comes into balance. I topped off the look with two vintage chokers and mirrored sunnies. I hope you enjoy today’s look, and you can shop the items directly in the links below. Happy almost weekend! xo

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SHOP THIS LOOK BELOW:
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SUNGLASSES | CHOKER | COAT | TEE | JEANS | CLUTCH | SHOES

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COAT (C/O GUESS) | SHIRT (TARGET) | JEANS (LEVIS) | SHOES (CONVERSE) | SUNNIES (C/O WOODZEE) | CHOKERS (VINTAGE)

PHOTOGRAPHY: SAM KELLY PHOTOGRAPHY

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Wear It Wednesday: 9 Ways to Wear a Bandana

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Happy Wednesday! I’m back with another Wear It Wednesday tutorial today (cue the cheering!). I have been integrating scarves into my wardrobe the past six or so years, and I couldn’t contain my excitement when bandanas finally became trendy again, because I had been harboring a drawer full of vintage bandanas. Fast forward a couple of years, and a few new bandanas, it’s safe to say that I could probably incorporate a bandana into almost every outfit I wear. Oops? I get the same question from you, readers, and friends about how I tie my bandanas and manage to wear so many. I have picked 9 of my favorite, and super easy, ways to wear a bandana. This can elevate a basic white tee, or add a fun detail to any look. Check it out now!

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This is one of the most classic ways to tie your scarf- fold in half into a large triangle, leave the pointed part in the front, and knot the two ends in the back. You can adjust what the height is. For this style, I leave it fairly loose around my neck for a casual feel.
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I call this classic style The Audrey as a nod to the every stylish, and scarf warrior, Audrey Hepburn. Fold the bandana into a triangle, then fold down 3-4 times again until you have a long strand. Tie the bandana to the side of your neck for that classic look.
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I probably wear my bandanas this way the most. You start like how you tie The Cowboy but pull the ends of the scarf around the back of your neck to the front and tie in a knot. I like this style for a little bit colder days because it keeps your neck covered and always looks effortlessly chic.
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This style is great for your smaller bandanas. Tie just like The Cowboy, but it will sit against your neck since it’s a smaller scarf. You can tuck the edges into your shirt neckline for the authentic ascot look.
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5. The Bow

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This look is perfect way to make your outfit and bandana feel more feminine. I used an oversized bandana for this look. Fold like The Audrey and wrap around your neck a couple times then tie a bow to the side of your neck. I love how much this scarf can dress up a classic tee!
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6. The Twist

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This tie is very similar to The Audrey, except instead of folding the scarf, you twist the scarf so it’s really skinny and then just tie – there is no knot, just a quick twist around each other for a really dainty and effortless look.
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Tie this bandana like The Ascot, and embellish up the look with a choker, or two, or a decorative statement necklace. This really jazzes up your classic bandana!
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Fold your bandana into a skinny scarf and tie as a choker around your neck. You can layer a choker or necklace with this too!
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Last but not least, your bandana doesn’t have to just stay on your neck. Tie your bandana around your wrist as a bracelet! You can add some colorful bangles to really play up your arm party, or just leave as it. Either way, this is a super cool look!
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My 7 Winter Beauty Essentials

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Winter can be extremely damaging to your skin and hair, so I wanted to share seven of my beauty essentials for winter that keep my hair soft and strong, and my skin moisturized and ready for anything! Do you have any winter beauty essentials? I’d love to hear the products you use, so comment below! xo

1. Carol’s Daughter Daily Damage Repair Set

I was recently introduced to Carol’s Daughter, and I’m really in love with their Daily Damage Repair Set. It comes with their Almond Milk Sulfate-Free Shampoo, Conditioner and Almond Milk Ultra-Nourishing Hair Mask. I switch up my shampoo and conditioner every few months, and I’m obsessed with how soft and protected my hair feels after using their products. Last night I did the hair mask after washing my hair – I left it on for about 5 minutes while finishing up my shower – and after washing it out, my hair felt like I just walked out of the salon. My hair was damaged for so long after dying it red and bleaching it blonde, so I’m excited to continue to use this set to help nourish my hair when the cold weather is harsh.

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2. Emjoi eRase e60 Epilator

I think I can speak for almost every woman, possibly even some men, when I say I hate shaving in the winter. Why spend an extra 5-10 minutes in the shower when you can just throw on some jeans and a sweater? Also, shaving when it’s cold is just a bad combo (goosebumps anyone?!). Enter Emjoi ERase! The Emjoi eRase is a hair remover tool that uses tweezers to remove hair from the root – not like your typical electronic shaver or manual razer. There are 60 tweezers mounted on dual opposed heads to make removing the unwanted hair faster and more comfortable. This process helps minimize the number of passes required to achieve smooth, silky, touchable skin. It also comes with a shaving attachment for trimming any hair – this is great because you can use this directly on your dry skin. I love the idea of using the Emjoi ERase during the winter for a longer, and more manageable fix to shaving. Buy it in the link above!

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3. Hempz Original Herbal Body Moisturizer 

I have always had fairly dry skin, and struggled for many years finding a body lotion that didn’t instantly absorb or make my skin feel more dry. A couple years ago I started using Hempz moisturizer, and it’s been a love affair ever since. I immediately put on the lotion after I shower, and let the lotion lock in and dry before putting on any clothes. Hempz comes in a variety of flavors, but I typically stick to the original. You can find Hempz at most beauty supply stores, or online in the link above!

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4. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Multipurpose Ointment

Ok great, so we have our body lotion covered, but what about those extra dry spots, or if you have eczema? My sister used to have really bad eczema on her arms while she lived in Minnesota, and discovered that Burt’s Bee Baby multipurpose ointment was a game changer. Don’t let the “baby” thing fool you, because this ointment helps soothe, lock in moisture and fight those hard, super dry places. Trust me!

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5. Smith’s Rosebud Salve

In case you haven’t noticed, I wear a lot of lipstick; and that can be drying and rough on my lips during the winter. So when I’m not wearing lipstick for the day, and always before bed, I apply Smith’s Rosebud Salve to my lips. It protects them from drying out with the wind and cold weather and super easy and compact to throw in your purse or keep on your nightstand!

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6. Keratin Protein Smoothing Shine Oil

Do you have beanie or winter hair? It’s staticy, wind blown, dry, and just overall not that great? I always keep a shine oil in my vanity drawer to apply to my hair before going out in the cold weather. This helps lock in moisture, and gives my hair that smooth, shiny look and helps prevent that annoying beanie hair. You can also keep it in your purse and gingerly run a dime size amount through the bottom 3/4 of your hair when you get to your destined location. Make sure to avoid applying to your roots so your hair doesn’t look or get oily!

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7. Living Proof PHD Dream Cream 5-in-1 styling treatment

Say hello to your new hair BFF. The Living Proof PHD Dream Cream allows you to style and treat in one step. Whether you blow-dry or air-dry your hair, this will give you the five benefits for beautiful healthy looking hair in one easy step – smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength and polish. Just apply to your damp hair and go about your typical hair routine. You’ll definitely see a difference!

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