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one dress wonder

Viva Vena Vena Cava Quickstop Shirt Dress

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I loved reading through your comments on yesterday’s post! It looks like a lot of us are in some kind of major life transition, and we’re redefining our style in the process. We’ll figure it out together!

Lately, I’m drawn to really simple outfits without a lot of extra “flair.” Dresses like this are perfect, because the statement print does all the work without needing a lot of accessories. You can keep it really easy in the summer with flats, pair it with a chunky knit and boots in the fall, and wear it with a blazer and pumps to the office all year long.

Any newcomers in my closet are going to have to be quality multi-taskers! I’m feeling more grown-up already.

wearing:

Viva Vena! by Vena Cava Quickstop shirt dress | TKEES foundations flip flops | Andrea Jovine sunglasses |Romeo & Juliet Couture bag via Hautelook

prints charming

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This is what I wore yesterday.

Today I’m wearing jeans because I overslept — story of my life — and didn’t have time to shave my legs. I’m hating every sweaty, chafing minute of it and hereby declare that denim in the form of pants shall be banned through the remainder of summer, stubbly legs or not.

For me, comfort is synonymous with crankiness, and I’m much more charming with bare legs in July.

Know what else is charming? A cute printed dress that costs less than takeout.

wearing:

BeBop dress (Beall’s Outlet, $15) | Elle denim jacket (Kohl’s) | TKEES Foundations flip flops | Romeo & Juliet Couture handbag via Hautelook

sack dress, take 2.

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See: sack dress, take 1.

I think I tried on six different belts with this dress today. It was a three little bears style dilemma. Some were too wide, some were too casual, none were “just right.” Frustrated, and belts strewn errywhere, I settled on the old “scarf-around-the-waist” move. I checked Pinterest, and Olivia Palermo’s done it, so it must be acceptable.

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Wearing:

MNG by Mango dress | Adrienne Vittadini scarf | TKEES Foundations flip flops | Romeo & Juliet Couture bag (via Hautelook)

new lengths

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I’ve spent the last three weeks pinning hairstyles. Asymmetrical bobs, long layers, bangs, color and tutorials I’ll probably never try. I’ve waged a war with myself over that age-old question: To chop, or not to chopI dragged Chad into the fray, showing him picture after picture of blown-out coifs and asking, “What do you think about this one? Too short? Bangs or no?” Patient and loving husband that he is, he humored me each time but ultimately gave me the same answer: “Babe, your hair looks great however you wear it. I’m down with whatever.” Code for: “I’m in way over my head here, just pick one already and let’s go have a beer.

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Why do I agonize so much over every hair appointment, like it’s going to be my last? I used to do this in nail salons, too; standing in front of that wall of color with a blank stare for several minutes trying to choose which shade to paint my toes, as if I’d have to live with the decision forever. Tell me I’m not the only one who does this. Please?

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I’d never been particularly attached to my hair, until it was long. When you’ve dealt with the awkward grow-outs and months {years!} of waiting to reach that target length, you don’t want to go back and do it all over again. But you also start to get the itch for something new; and if you wake up in the middle of the night with your hair wrapped around your arm just one more time you swear you’re going to lose. your. mind!

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By the time I sat in my longtime stylist’s chair yesterday afternoon, I still didn’t know what to do. I gave her a rundown of all my manic ideas, and a free pass to just do whatever she wanted. She took off about 4 inches (thankfully removing some over-dyed ends from my home haircolor fail) and added layers around the front to remove some bulk. I’m going back next week for some subtle ombre foils!

wearing: 

Sonoma chambray shirt dress (Kohl’s, now on sale for $16.00!) | Seychelles sandals (Hautelook) | Duro Olowu for jcpenney clutch (now on sale for $24!)

peachy pleats and topsy tails

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1992 called, and it wants its pony back! This was my mom’s go-to hairstyle for me in elementary school, followed closely by the french braid. Of the two, this is the only one I can recreate on my own as a grown-up. Somehow my french braid always comes out crooked and weirdly… inside-out?

Check out Gal Meets Glam’s twisted ponytail post for simple instructions to recreate the throw-back yourself; no informercial “fashion hair tools” required.

LC Lauren Conrad polka dot pleated dress (Kohl’s sale, several seasons ago); Elle denim jacket (Kohl’s), Romeo & Juliet Couture handbag (Hautelook); Target sandals 

blush and bashful

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Between the one-too-many glasses of wine I imbibed during last night’s girls night in and the foggy mental check-out that always comes before a good weekend getaway, I’m afraid I can’t come up with much to say this afternoon… {*awkward silence*}

Speaking of awkward, see: unintentional air guitar pose in photo #4.

{WEARING: Marshall’s dress; Charlotte Russe leopard cardigan (SIMILAR); vintage eel skin clutch; Nine West sandals (SIMILAR)}

 

back in action

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{eShakti dress; Elle denim jacket (love this classic Gap style!); Tom Ford sunnies; Daniel Wellington watch}

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I took an unintended “spring break” from the blog last week.

While I was out, I:

– Ate my weight in Peeps and jelly beans, originally purchased to make lots of cute Pinterest-inspired Easter arrangements like this one.

– Caught up on all the shows in my DVR; including several episodes of The Rachel Zoe Project that made me want to lock myself in the bathroom and cut bangs into my hair with manicure scissors. I promised my stylist I would never do that [again].

– Received a big shipment of gorgeous pink peonies at the shop, and fought the urge to bring them all home for myself. 

– Gave my growing laundry piles the side-eye, and wore the same polka dot skinnies so many times I had to watch my back for the fashion police.

– Developed an addiction to chocolate banana protein shakes.

– Celebrated a lovely Easter with family, complete with some of our adorable nieces and nephews, a neighborhood egg hunt, a funfetti cake trimmed in (more!!) Peeps, and traditional holiday Jell-O shots for the grown-ups. 

A special thanks to our friend and downtown neighbor, Mike, of Potthast Studios for snapping these shots on the fly this afternoon! 

at the end of a long, long day.

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{ Ya Los Angeles dress and bracelets (m.marie); Gianni Bini bag; Sole Society boots }

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{pardon the spot on my dress; it’s been one of those days.}

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Today started out well enough.

I slept in a little, took an extra 15 minutes to curl my hair, and threw on something cute. I knocked out a few deliveries, stopped at Michael’s for some fall decorations, bought a couple sweaters at Target (still patiently waiting for a cold front) and picked up BBQ for lunch before heading back to the shop. It was a lovely morning.

Cut to just four hours later, and my stomach is in knots.

I’m not sure what flipped the switch on my easy breezy afternoon; but whatever it was, it triggered a landslide of nastiness that’s put me in a major funk fest…

Most days our job’s all roses and sunshine (quite literally) but every now and things get really thorny.  I refrain from sharing these war stories on the blog, and I won’t elaborate on the specifics of today’s brutal encounter. Instead, I’ll just say this: Sometimes a customer thinks you’re wrong; but you know in your heart of hearts that you’re right. You even have proof and a stone cold alibi to back it up! But no matter what you do, or how much you explain, you’re never going to have a meeting of the minds. Like, ever.

I understand that this is part of the territory of owning a retail service business, so most of the time I shake it off. But every now and then, we get a customer that takes it to a whole other level and makes it personal. I never understand why people say mean things just to get the upper hand in an argument; especially when they don’t know anything about the person on the receiving end. Between one such situation that cropped up this afternoon — featuring no fewer than five merry-go-round conversations that left me reeling — and a couple of other unrelated awkward confrontations, this ended up being one manic Monday. When it rains it pours…

When I got home, C and I snapped a few shots for the blog in the driveway (no sense wasting a cute outfit) and rehashed the craziness of the last several hours until I gave myself an anxiety attack. Now I’m in my PJ’s, cuddled in bed with a glass of wine and Seinfeld reruns, and things are looking a little better.

Tomorrow’s a new day.

 

wine for wisdom

One of the cornerstones of my hometown is the local college — of which I’m a proud alum. Each year, the college’s foundation holds various fundraising events to raise money for scholarships. The biggest and (in my opinion) best one, Wine for Wisdom, was a couple of weeks ago and my sister-from-another-mister, Katie {the hottie blonde in photo #1} invited me along as her date.

My dear friend, Lauren {gorgeous lady in blue} chaired the event this year. Lauren’s kind of a rockstar event planner, and with the help of host committee and corporate sponsors, she did a phenomenal job of transforming the college’s gymnasium into a down-under wonderland. It was a magical evening of Australian wine and a four-course food pairing that made me feel like Padma Lakshmi. I love this town of mine.

No koalas were harmed in the making of this post. Several bottles of wine were killed, however. Thanks for always being a fabulous date, Kate!

I’m wearing: Lace and Peplum Satin Dress c/o London Times

Photo Credit: Our friends and downtown neighbors, Potthast Studios; taken from the Wine for Wisdom Facebook page.

and summer faded into the fall…

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{ Metallic Stripe Dress c/o London Times; Big Buddha bag (Hautelook); LC Lauren Conrad ballet flats (Kohl’s clearance) }

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There’s the tiniest hint of crisp coolness in the evenings, my Facebook news feed is filled with stories about Starbucks pumpkin lattes, and my allergies have waged a full-on assault from the neck up… and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Scarves and boots are just around the corner! Right behind them are hearty crock-pot comfort dinners, football parties, colorful tights, pumpkin everything, cinnamon brooms, tailgates, lazy weekend afternoons with all the doors and windows open, autumn crafts, and — perhaps best of all — the end of swimsuit season.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

aubergine

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{ jersey aubergine dress: Nine West (Marshall’s, 2008-ish); snakeskin skinny belt: NY&Co; ballet flats: LC Lauren Conrad (Kohl’s clearance); laptop sleeve: Kate Landry (Dillard’s clearance, $20) }

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And so begins the slow transition from summer to autumn….

Earlier this week, I threw on a t-shirt and skinnies and wrapped my neck in a lightweight scarf {ya’ll know I love a scarf} but quickly realized that, no matter how lightweight that scarf may seem while standing in central air conditioning, it was a heat stroke waiting to happen. So I begrudgingly took it off, rolled it up carefully, and placed it back in its basket with all the others with a longing whisper: “soon, friends.

While I’m waiting for Florida to get the memo that fall is here, I’m putting away the pastel florals and pulling out the darker palettes and textures. Aubergine is one of my favorites this time of year. And how cute is this laptop sleeve, discovered at the bottom of a clearance bin at Dillard’s recently? It sums up all the colors I want to wear this season in one pretty (and protective) package!

Now, pass me a pumpkin latte, please! If I can’t dress like it’s fall, I can at least drink like it.

a night on the town

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Event season just kicked into full gear in our community, and Chad and I try to show our support at as many after-hours cocktail parties, fundraisers, awards banquets, and other business/cultural events as possible. We’ve found that these networking opportunities are invaluable for our small business, and if we can design the flowers for the soiree — even better!

Last night I tweeted a photo of myself getting ready for one such affair in a makeshift dressing area at the flower shop. It’s an art I’ve perfected over the last couple of years, after several failed attempts to make it home in time to “fix myself up;” and subsequently, several fashion/hair/makeup emergencies that required frenzied speed-shopping trips and lots of wasted cash.

I’ve learned to accept the fact that the universe will never work in my favor on these days — inevitably, I’ll get caught up handling last-minute orders, fielding calls, and all other manners of running around like a headless chicken — and that setting aside a couple hours of at-home pampering just isn’t in the cards. So I save myself the frustration and chaos by getting ready at the shop 80% of the time.

I usually skip makeup on these days so I have a clean slate when it’s go-time. I bring what I plan to wear (bonus: skipping the madness of trying on 10 dresses in front of the mirror at the last minute) and I pack a bag with all the essentials:

  • Appropriate undergarments. There’s nothing worse than realizing that the one-shoulder cocktail dress you brought doesn’t jive with the cotton t-shirt bra you put on for work in the morning. Or forgetting your Spanx {the horror!}.
  • Deodorant
  • Dry shampoo and a mini-bottle of Elnett
  • My large-barrelled curling iron and a flat paddle hairbrush
  • Foundation and a beautyblender
  • NARS blush in Orgasm — my go-to that matches everything — as well as a sheer bronzer and a soft fluffy blush brush {say that three times fast}.
  • Aquaphor. I just discovered this little beauty powerhouse on Into the Gloss, and now I keep a tube in my handbag at all times. I use it as a lip balm, dab it on my cheekbones for a little extra “dewiness,” and rub it into my ravaged florist cuticles.
  • My favorite mascara.
  • A LORAC eyeshadow palette that goes with just about everything.
  • A few lip color options
  • And finally… an evening clutch and pretty shoes!
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{ holographic dress: Antonio Milani; belt: taken from another dress; vintage eelskin clutch – thrifted; Kate Landry studded platform pumps, Tom Ford sunnies c/o RueLaLa; cocktail ring c/o INPINK }

take me back…

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{ dress: The Webster for Target; striped floppy hat: D&Y; sandals: Sam Edelman via Hautelook; backpack: Vera Bradley (purchased in college) }

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Last Saturday, C and I packed a little suitcase and snuck away after work for a mini-break at our favorite spot on the Gulf coast. It’s really kind of ridiculous that we live smack in the middle of two beautiful coastlines, and never make it to the beach…

We’ve got the whole “work hard” thing down, and now we just need to make more time for some play {all part of that elusive balance we’re always striving for}. So while we were there, we made a deal to squeeze in a road trip at least once every couple of months to soak up the sunshine and recharge our batteries. It’s easier to drag yourself away when you know you’ll be returning soon.

peachy keen

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{polka dot pleat dress and floral wedges: Kohl’s clearance, $12.50 and $10.20}

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Oh, hello!! I can’t believe it’s been almost a week since I’ve updated the blog. Not for lack of things to share. It’s been a really good week around the Lennox camp. Sometimes it’s good to unplug for a few days and just soak it all in.

C and I are wrapping up our first month in our new shop, and what an exciting month it’s been! When we made the monumental decision to pick up our flower shop from the storefront it occupied for over a decade and move it a new spot a block away, we weren’t sure how things would play out. We knew it was the best decision for the business and we loved the space, but we hoped our customers would love it, too. We spent a few nights drinking wine (beer for him) and biting our nails {“did we do the right thing?“} and things were a little slow-going for the first week or two…

Now here we are, and it’s like someone’s flipped a switch. The last couple of weeks have been amazing. Our loyal customers have supported us like we never imagined, and the phone rings every day with new ones. People love the new space as much as we do, and our lovely landlords are dog lovers so Doak gets to come to work, too! It’s been such an encouraging start to our new adventure, and we’re counting our blessings with grateful hearts and looking forward to what’s to come.