Saturday, September 20, 2014

OOTD: Distressed

Happy Saturday, Gorgeous Girls!

These jeans.  Boy, do I love these jeans.  I've been a fan of One Teaspoon denim for a minute now, but I finally broke down and pulled the trigger on these beauties.  I love how destroyed they are and they have that perfect baggy feel that boyfriends need.  I did go down a size when I ordered them, and that was just right.

|| Details || 

Blazer || H&M, $30 
Tank || c/o Foreign Exchange // similar Forever 21, $15 
Jenas || One Teaspoon Awesome Baggies, $148 
Heels || Jessica Simpson (no longer available) // similar from Zappos, $79 
Sunnies || Urban Outfitters, $16 
Hand Chain || c/o Midori, $76 
Handbag || Brandy Melville (no longer available) // similar from Forever 21, $29 
Lariat Necklace || c/o E + E Project, $45 // similar from BaubleBar, $30 
Key Necklace || c/o Dogeared, $66

Friday, September 19, 2014

Revolve Sale // Lust List

I love me some Revolve.  I love me some Revolve Sales even more though.  Their BIG sale just started and below are a few of my favorite pieces on sale now!

|| Tops + Dress ||

1.  Michael Lauren Deep V Tank Dress || reg price, $79 // sale, $56 (pink) 
2.  Anita Sleeveless Blouse || reg price, $136 // sale, $96 
3.  Free People Pullover Sweater || reg price, $128 // sale, $90 
4.  BCBGMAXAZRIA Cropped Jacket || reg price, $398 // sale, $279 
5.  Vince Ingrid Boot || reg price, $395 // sale, $277 

|| Denim ||

1.  7 For All Mankind Mid-Rise Ankle Skinny || reg price, $189 // sale, $133
2.  SIWY Hannah Skinny || reg price, $167 // sale, $117 
3.  Lovers + Friends Jack High-Waisted Short || reg price, $138 // sale, $97 
4.  FRAME Denim Le Garcon Crop || reg price, $229 // sale, $161

Thursday, September 18, 2014

ANNOUNCING: Hello Gorgeous Online Book Club

If you follow me on social media (FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest or Tumblr), then you've seen that I'm a book lover.  There's not much that I love more than getting curled up with a great book and just losing myself in the words.  I love uplifting, lighthearted, positive novels that have an underlying life lesson and leave me with a smile.  Please don't get me wrong, I devoured the Twilight and Hunger Games series as fast as I absolutely could, but I didn't finish those books learning anything at all other than how the series ended.

So let's chat real quickly about my favorite book ever written by my absolute favorite author...

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.

If you haven't read this book, you're missing out, plain and simple.  This book is the perfect picture of how God pursues us.  I could elaborate on why I love this book for way too long, so I'll just leave it at every girl needs to read this book.

I give this book: (DUH!!)

Next, I read Bridge to Haven (audio book).  I loved this book because I have an obsession with Old Hollywood (plus I absolutely love books that are set in different time periods!)  It was so cool to picture Hollywood in the 1940's and 50's as various celebrities of that time were discussed (Hello Elvis Presley!!  Y'all know I love me some Elvis!)  The life lesson wasn't anywhere near as deep or personal for me with this book as it was with Redeeming Love, but I enjoyed this and read it incredibly fast...  It was an easy page turner for me :)

I give this book: 

The Scarlet Thread (audio book) had a different tone altogether from the first two books I read by Francine Rivers.  It has two different stories being told at once, and at times, I found myself getting bored with the secondary story (Mary Catherine) but at other times I couldn't get enough of the secondary story.  The primary story, however, was a different case.  I still find myself thinking about the two main characters from the primary story, Alex & Sierra.  This book teaches a fantastic lesson to wives about how essential respect and support for our husbands is in order to have the loving, thriving marriage God intended us to have.  I really loved this story.

I give this book: (4.5 stars) 

Now on to what I'm currently reading...

Even Now; Ever After by Karen Kingsbury is currently on my nightstand.  Unfortunately, I've tried very hard to get into this book and I just can't.  I'm going to continue to try since I bought it, and hate the idea of wasting money, but for some reason, I can't get into the story. I'm actually pretty far along in the first part/book already, I just can't seem to motivate myself to pick it back up and keep reading.

And now to the exciting news...  I've started a Hello Gorgeous Online Book Club!  So if you enjoy reading, and want to join along as we read more positive and uplifting stories, then sign up!

You can join the book club here: Hello Gorgeous Online Book Club 
(Once you sign up for an account with my-bookclub, then click the "Find a Bookclub" tab, and search "Hello Gorgeous Online Book Club" and send a request to join.  I'll accept you once I see your request.)

This month we're reading...  Yep, you guess it, another Francine Rivers book!

The Atonement Child is first up!  We've stopped at Chapter 3 to allow everyone a chance to get started and catch up so we can discuss the book as we go.  I'm listening to this book on Audible currently, which has quickly become my preferred way to "read" since I can listen in the car as I'm stuck sitting in LA traffic  :)

We're still working out the kinks about how many chapter we want to read a week and all that jazz, but I'd love it if you'd come over and join us in this journey to read some great books and learn some solid life lessons together!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hair Tutorial: The Rodarte-Inspired Messy Braid

Photo Hair Tutorial: The Rodarte-Inspired Messy Braid

"It’s a lot easier to recreate than you think," explains guest contributor Steph Brinkerhoff. "It’s best to start on wavy or second-day hair to give the look added texture. It also doesn’t hurt to spray a little hairspray or spray wax in it beforehand to add a little grip and grunge. Here’s how to get the look…"

1. Beginning on wavy hair, take a medium to large section (depending on how thick your hair is) close to your right ear.
2. Braid the section going from the front to the back.
3. Repeat on the opposite side.
4. Bring both braids to the back and secure them with an elastic.
5. Loosen and mess up both braids by pulling on them gently with your fingers.
6. Take one braid and wrap it up and around itself, creating a small braided bun. 
7. Secure with bobby pins.

Click here for even more cool hair tips and ideas!

A big thanks to and their guest contributor, Steph Brinkerhoff for this tutorial + photos.

Here are a couple iPhone shots of this hairstyle that I recreated on myself...

This style is super easy to do on yourself and so cute.  It's a fantastic quick style perfect for school, work or even a date night out!