The Almighty Sock Bun!

Ever have one of those glorious mornings when you’re waking up slowly and happily? Then, you happen to roll over and look at your alarm clock to see you needed to be up and at ’em twenty minutes ago? You leap out of your bed like the house is on fire and scurry to get ready. You hurriedly pick out your clothes and put on as little makeup as necessary before realizing you have a wad of hair that’s not going to do itself. Sound familiar? Behold…the sock bun!! This fabulous style takes two minutes to complete and makes any outfit look polished and nice. It’s as simple as cutting the toe out of a sock and rolling it like a donut, I like to tease my roots and pull my hair back into a quick and messy ponytail before slipping the “donut” over it. You then fan out the ponytail and cover the entire sock with hair. After getting the sock covered, slip another hair dooey over it to pull it into shape. Tuck in the excess ends and pin them in place. With some hairspray you’re out the door.

Today was one of those wonderful mornings gone wrong for me. I threw on some jeans, a denim button down and some brown boots. With the help of my handy dandy sock bun I looked like I spent hours getting ready when in reality it took at most fifteen minutes to get completely ready, from clothes to makeup to teeth to hair. Add some dainty earrings and you look put together and thought out.

The other fabulous thing about the sock bun (you thought I was done didn’t you?) is that if you do want to spend some time on it, you can slick it all back and look sleek and sophisticated (think Kim Kardashian). I love doing this for nice parties. It’s classic and looks timeless. So next time you’re in a bind try the sock bun! It’s a wonderful thing.

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Dress It Up-Dress It Down

Dressed Up

Picture taken by my Mama (we’re going to have to work on photo-taking strategy).

Dressed Up: Takara cape coat, Talbots skirt, Jessica Simpson Boots, Banana Republic shirt, Stella and Dot earrings. This coat is one of my most versatile and favorite peices! It’s my winter wardrobe go-to. I love how I can pair it and make it dressy or casual!

Dressed Down: This is one of my favorite outfits! Arturo Chiang boots and New York and Co. straight legs.

Again, taken by my lovely mother!

Pastels for Spring

Pastels for Spring

Phase Eight lace blouse
£59 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Fergie ballet shoes
$40 – heels.com

Rochas metallic handbag
€970 – colette.fr

Donna Karan leather belt
£98 – theoutnet.com
Thanks to Style.com, I have become aware that pastels are going to be big this Spring! I couldn’t be more excited! Here, I just put together an outfit using some chic little pieces. The tan and creme neutrals allow for the turquoise and pink to be put together without overloading the color palette. The lace tank top adds to the femininity of the look. I love the way the belt layers and the skirt is too adorable!

Well, hello.

I’m not sure exactly where I want to go with this post, but I feel as if I really need to put something up to at least make my meek little blog a not-so-empty place. For the benefit of the readers I hope to soon acquire, I’ll tell you a little bit about myself. I’m from a tiny little town in South Carolina, where life is, for the most part predictable, but I absolutely adore it!  I have a fabulous little dog of questionable breed ( his mother is definitely a golden retriever/ cocker spaniel mix and we’re pretty sure his daddy is some sort of poodle/bichon) who thinks he runs the house, but is really a sweetheart. He even has my large, 6’7 daddy wrapped around his little paw. I am enamored by just about anything to do with fashion, and love clothes more than almost anything else! My favorite part of every day is deciding what to wear and getting dressed. From the time I could pick out clothes, I had a very strong opinion on what I wanted to wear, and when I first learned how to change by myself to the time I started Kindergarten, I would change multiple times a day. Along with the clothes affair, I love to write, and to read, and to dance. It is my dream to become a fashion journalist, and to work at a women’s/fashion magazine. That’s all you need to hear about me for now, I can’t wait to try this blogging thing out! -AL