Stylish Sundays at Swank

This winter has been annoying on a lot of levels, but one thing that’s been really challenging lately is keeping my hair vibrant and healthy. So when Swank Hair Studio and Pretty Living PR invited me to Stylish Sundays for a Blogger Blowout, I jumped at the chance. From what I had heard, a blowout at a hair salon typically involves using the right products and techniques to make your hair look shiny and smooth. With my thick, coarse hair, I have always wanted to try a salon blowout. 
Surprisingly, owner and stylist Melissa, was able to get my hair looking this good without even picking up a flat iron. That’s something I could never do on my own! My hair looked natural and healthy and the blowout lasted for a few days. I loved the results, and would highly recommend giving it a try if you want a salon-quality blowout.

Swank Hair Studio is located in that cute little stretch of Lawrenceville on Butler street. Besides the usual menu of services, the studio has a makeup artist on hand and spray tanning available from Bronze Beauty, the mobile spray tan boutique.

I loved the light and airy look of the salon as well as the glamorous and homey atmosphere. I felt like I was talking with girlfriends as the stylists and I chatted about anything from our favorite restaurants to cute guys.

Bella Christiez Sweet Treats provided the cupcakes. Because what Blogger Blowout is complete without a peanut butter and jelly cupcake? I had one. They are insane!

Beautiful pieces from Swarovski. I was eying up all of the rose gold.

Set up outside was the boutique on wheels Broke Little Rich Girl, Inc. When I ventured inside, I had to stop and look at every piece of jewelry and clothing. It all was so unique — nothing I had seen anywhere else. Luckily, she is set up in the Strip District on Saturday mornings.

Overall it was a stylish and pampered Sunday indeed! Thanks to Swank Hair Studio who provided the complimentary blowout and to Pretty Living PR.

How To: Ashley Wagner Poof and Bun

In honor of the ladies long program, I am sharing my How To for the Ashley Wagner Poof and Bun that she dons during her long program. You can see my full outfit post here. Go USA!

1. Start with either blown out hair or day old straight har.

2. Pull the top front section of hair together and tease.

 3. Push poof forward and secure with bobby pins at top back of your head.

4. Pull hair into a high ponytail.

5. Pull small bump of hair through one loop of the ponytail holder. 
6. Wrap hair around the small bump and secure with bobby pins. 

Sweet Details

Details: Loft sweater / Blank NYC corduroys via TJ Maxx / Halogen boots via Nordstrom 

Don’t mind the red, white and blue balloons in the background. They are left over from our Opening Ceremonies party this past weekend. I am completely obsessed with everything Olympics. Even my hair do for this pic is inspired by figure skater Ashley Wagner (tutorial to come later).

I wore this outfit for a birthday dinner and drinks. I love how the simple black lines on this sweater and off white color are a great compliment to almost anything. Since the polar vortex is still upon us, I opted for my cranberry corduroys and riding boots. I can’t wait to wear this same sweater with skinny jeans and heals or a pencil skirt when it gets a little warmer. The sweet bow and puckered shoulders add such a subtle feminine touch. This sweater would make a great addition to any Valentine’s Day outfit.

You didn’t think I’d let you miss out on a skating pose pic, did you?

Easy Valentine’s Day Gift

Valentine’s Day brings back fond memories of decorating a shoebox and passing out some sort of cartoon-themed Valentine. These days I feel like I am lacking in the Valentine’s Day creativity department. So I decided to think of an easy Valentine’s Day gift. Giving someone these flowers in a vintage tea cup is like two presents in one. It would be such a nice little Valentine’s Day surprise for a good friend or relative in your life.

I bought these vintage tea cups at a local antique mall and purchased the tiny flowers at Trader Joe’s. I placed the flowers in the cups and filled in potting soil as needed. I would say it was pretty easy, and they don’t need too much watering.

 You’ll need:

  • Vintage tea cups
  • Small flower variety 
  • Potting soil

Chambray at Work

Details: Gap shirt / J.Crew turtleneck / Riley necklace / Old Navy boots / H&M tights / thrifted J.Crew skirt via Avalon Exchange 

What I love about my chambray shirt is that it is an easy an interesting replacement for any one of my typical work button downs. Paired with a classic navy blue pencil skirt it hardly seems out of place.  I added this striped turtleneck to bring an interesting pattern into play and the brass necklace for some texture. The layers are a nice option when your office temperature is bipolar.