Gimme all the Juicy joggers!

IMG_5514To all the ladies in the place who lived out their college years in velour Juicy Couture jumpsuits (or less expensive Express knock-offs, like moi):

Kohl’s carries Juicy for, like, a third of the price Regina George paid for hers way back when. The velour joggers are my favorite. They sold out in stores and online over the holidays, and it seems like they can’t keep them stocked for long. I’m waiting for the perfect sale opportunity to pounce on a pair in black, “regal blue,” or “forged iron.”

I’m not one of those style bloggers who will tell you to wear joggers with heels and a blazer to the office. I do, however, advocate throwing them on with a tee and flip-flops to run your weekend errands. ;-)

The #ClearTheShoulders Movement

Kristin Ess, co-founder of TheBeautyDepartment.com and hairstylist to the stars, sparked a revolution when she snipped Lauren Conrad’s signature long locks into an above-the-shoulders textured bob last season. Then she cropped Lucy Hale. Now Instagram is blowing up with a hashtag devoted to all the brave ladies doing the chop: #cleartheshoulders.

They all look effortlessly cool and perfectly tousled… And I’m over here like, “I’ma do it!

But I’m not gonna do it. Not just yet.

I had short hair through most of my teens and twenties, and loved it; but it was a lot of work. That effortless look actually takes, um, effort: daily washing and styling, regular salon visits for trims (think every 4-6 weeks in your stylist’s chair) and really good product.

If you want something fresh and don’t mind the maintenance, chop away! But here are a few things to keep in mind before you do:

1. Remember that you won’t have a ponytail or topknot as a crutch on mornings you don’t feel like doing your hair. You’re fully committed.

2. Find a stylist you trust who’s up on the latest styles and techniques and understands your hair texture. Otherwise you may end up with a super conservative mom bob or a hacked up haircut you can’t style to save your life. I’m speaking from past experience, on both counts.

3. Consider a progressive chop. Try a long bob (lob) and see how you like the change before you #cleartheshoulders. Lobs are much easier to grow out than bobs (the awkward grow-out struggle is real) and you’ll still have some length to pull back into ponies and up-dos.

#OOTD: Easy Like Monday Morning?

2015/01/img_5827.jpgI really wanted to wear sweatpants to work this morning, but I went for item #2 on The List of Least Professional But Most Comfortable Wardrobe Favorites: my relaxed-fit distressed boyfriend jeans.

Wearing:

Blank Denim Galaxy Jeans
Olive & Oak tee
Nine West sandals & Lauren Merkin leather tote (Hautelook)

#OOTD: Baby, it’s cold outside!

2015/01/img_5749.jpgOkay, before you get all snarky about winter weather in Florida, let me just tell you, it’s a damp cold, y’all. ;-)

I ordered a few pairs of American Eagle hi-rise jeggings when they were on sale after Christmas and all my jeans were too tight from a month of sugar binging. I love AE jeans for work; they’re comfortable and fit me well, but, most important, they’re inexpensive. A flower shop is no place for designer denim, unless you’re into lily pollen stains, bleach splatters, and spray paint drips.

A note about these jeggings: they’re soft and stretchy, but they’re cut pretty straight through the hips. Order up a size if you’re curvy.

Wearing:
AE dark wash hi-rise skinny jeggings
B.B. Dakota sweater (m.marie)
Nine West ‘Noriko’ boots (Hautelook)

Stamped Lips, c. 1959 Art Print by Andy Warhol

10 Beauty Products I ALWAYS Restock

I love experimenting with skincare and makeup, but in the last several years, I’ve really made an effort to simplify my beauty stash and reduce/eliminate chemicals and toxins from the products I use every day. For more information about cosmetic safety and what scary ingredients may be lurking in your favorite products, check out the EWG Skin Deep database.

While I switch products through the seasons and can’t resist the occasional Sephora spree to try new brands and formulations, there’s a [growing] list of beauty products I use all year and always restock when they run low.

Keep reading for 10 products I can’t live without!

Read more…

Back in Black

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Can’t you just hear the collective sighs of the employed as we trudge back to work after the holidays? Brew all the coffee!

We didn’t get much of a break between Christmas and the new year. Even though the flower shop was closed for a few days, we were booked solid with weddings and events. There was a lot of design and delivery work happening behind-the-scenes, mostly by yours truly. So my first working Monday of 2015 may be a really short one. And I’m already late.

I hope you all have some leftover baked goods or candy canes to get you through the day. God speed!

#OOTD: Oatmeal

A Pretty Penny OOTD Jeans and Sweater

I was going to title this one, “Oh, hey, look how wrinkled this sweater is; get in the car, it’s too late to change!

This outfit is actually from a week or two ago, back when Florida was actively participating in winter and I spent most days dressed like Felicity Porter: chunky sweaters, comfy jeans, and practical flats.

#OOTD: And the Cocoon Obsession Continues

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This is what I wore on Christmas day: stretchy leggings, roomy blouse, and a cocoon sweater that feels like being wrapped in a blanket. Perfect for post-festivities napping.

You know how I feel about cocoon sweaters

Wearing:

SIMILAR sweater from Neiman Marcus Last Call
Faded Glory ponte leggings (Walmart)
Kork-Ease Lena boots (Hautelook)
Nixon Time Teller acetate watch
Bourbon & Boweties bracelets
Hobo “Lauren” clutch wallet

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Taking Stock | 10

Making : goals for 2015. Not to be confused with resolutions; we all know I’m not giving up sugar and trashy reality TV, or hitting the gym err-day.
Cooking : lots of takeout?
Drinking : Moscow Mules in the copper mugs I bought myself my husband for Christmas. Recipe: Tito’s vodka + ginger beer (spring for the good stuff) + fresh lime + ice.
Reading : Cathedral of the Wild by Boyd Varty; a birthday gift from a dear friend that I’m just diving into.
Wanting : these Juicy Couture velour joggers in every color, please and thanks. (Sidebar: it’s College Keira’s dream come true that Juicy is available at Kohl’s for a third of the price it was in 2004.)
Playing : Songza’s “Best of 2014″ playlist.
Wishing : for a couple more weeks of holiday cheer. The season goes by so quickly while we’re in the thick of it at the shop. When things finally wind down and we’re ready enjoy the holidays, they’re over! Hashtag retail life.
Enjoying : Teni Panosian’s YouTube channel. I’ve picked up several everyday tricks from her beauty tutorials.
Wasting: so many hours watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix. Zero regrets.
Waiting : until well after the new year to take down our Christmas tree (see: wishing.)
Liking : a luminizing tinted moisturizer with SPF mixed with a pump of Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation for glowy, skin-perfecting coverage that lasts all day.
Loving : Oscar Blandhi ‘Pronto’ Texture & Volume Spray. I spray it into my dry hair after adding easy waves with my 1″ curling iron for some serious oomph and piece-y, tousled texture. It’s like Victoria’s Secret model hair in a can, y’all.
Marvelling : at how quickly 2014 flew by. It was really good to us; here’s hoping 2015 will be, too.
Needing : a few days of absolutely nothing to do besides nap, read, eat snacks, and binge on Netflix.
Smelling : the lingering scent of cedar and pine from all the centerpieces we made at the shop.
Wearing : my new Nixon Time Teller watch (thanks, Santa).
Thinking : I could use a good cleanse after treating sugar like a food group through most of December.
Knowing: Valentine’s Day, or the florist Olympics, is right around the corner. [Insert deep, meditative breaths.]
Opening : holiday cards from sweet friends. One day I’m going to get my stuff together and send Christmas cards like a grown-up; until then, we LOVE receiving them!
Giggling : at Sophie rolling down a hill. That English bulldog puppy knows how to live.
Feeling : merry & bright.

Happy New Years Eve, friends! Cheers to a lovely 2015!!

{Inspired by Sydney, who was inspired by Pip.}

#OOTD: Kork-Ease Lena Boots

A Pretty Penny Korkease Lena Boots

I found these leather Kork-Ease Lena boots on major discount at Hautelook at the start of the season, and I’m just getting around to wearing them. I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to heels right now; I live in flats during our busy season at the shop and it’s like learning to walk all over again in shoes higher than three inches.

Speaking of busy seasons, we survived the holidays! We’re detoxing from all the sugar, scrubbing tree sap and glitter from every surface of the shop (and our hands) and looking forward to a few lazy days off at the end of the week to recover. I hope you all enjoyed some quality time with your families and friends to celebrate the season.

Can you believe it’s almost 2015?!

Wearing:

Olive & Oak top (m.marie)
AE hi-rise skinnies
Kork-Ease Lena boots
Vince Camuto Colby perforated leather bag
Apt 9 faux leather moto jacket

#OOTD: Black & Tan

A Pretty Penny OOTD Black and Tan

{ hi-low cashmere blend sweater from Marshall’s; AE hi-rise skinny jeans; Vince Camuto Colby drawstring bag; DV Dolce Vita suede booties (m.marie last winter, SIMILAR STYLE) }

If you’re starting the winter with a sweater deficit, I recommend a trip to Marshall’s. They have a great selection of cashmere blends and merino wools for the holiday, with lots of styles priced from $30 to $50.

Dear Santa, please bring me a stack of cozy sweaters and chunky knits for Christmas!

Manicure Monday: My All-Time Favorite Neutral Nail Colors

My childhood Caboodle is stocked with Essie nail lacquers in every shade of the rainbow,  but these days all I want to wear are easy neutrals. They’re like the t-shirt and jeans of nail color: classic, comfortable, and er, polished (pardon the pun).

Annnnnd, if I’m being honest, part of me feels like my neon nail polish ship may have sailed when I crossed over the big 3-0; right alongside denim mini skirts, super low-rise jeans, and crop tops.

{Hover over images for links to each color; sources available on my Pinterest board, Nailed It.}