Seersucker Sass: July 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Summer Hair Product Hits & Misses

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Happy Wednesday, y'all!  There's something about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that kicks the blogosphere into fall mode.  I was ready for fall until I tried on my NSale goodies and photographed them outside for my try-on post.  Y'all, I was sweating after two minutes.

So I'm staying in summer mode.  The high is 92 today, and the weather where I live typically stays warm until right before Halloween.  My favorite part about summer?  Summer hair.  I get a little blonder, and I let my hair just do its thing.  Embracing summer hair requires the right products, so for the past two months, I've been trying products so that you don't have to.

I'm going to share my experiences with six hair products - good and bad!  (Only four are photographed because I tried a couple more, both were on extreme sides of the spectrum, so I didn't want to leave them out!)  For reference, I have medium length hair that's oily at the roots and color treated.  My texture is all over the place.  (I was on chemo pills nine years ago and lost a lot of my hair.  When my previously stick straight hair grew back, it had a bit of a natural wave to it.)

Drybar Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam ($26)  I had really high hopes for this product.  I purchased it after another blogger was raving about it, and I couldn't try it fast enough, as I was training my hair to only be washed every three days at the time.  Y'all, it was bad.  It made my hair a grease pit.  I tried it in so many different scenarios, and realized that the only time I didn't hate it, was when I used it a day after washing my hair.  (I don't typically touch dry shampoo until day four of no hair washing, so it seemed like a waste of product.)  I think if you have a dry scalp or dry hair, you will probably have a better experience than I did.  But if your hair is oily, run don't walk.

Verdict - MISS

Dove Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo ($4)  This stuff is awesome.  Last week, I had a bad experience with a leave in conditioner.  I also felt really bad (#transparency), and just didn't have the energy to wash/dry/deal with my hair.  It was not a good combination.  I sprayed some of this on my day two hair, and then a little more each day to freshen it up and zap the mix of oil and leave in conditioner.  It also added some really lovely volume to my hair.  The smell is great, and when applied properly, I've not had any issues with reside.

Verdict - HIT

IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel ($15)  When I used this on damp hair, I wasn't really impressed at first.  My hair had a little texture, but I felt like I looked a little messy.  Day two is when this product really shines.  You wake up, and your hair looks like you hit the beach before you went to the office.  Day three is the same story - beautiful messy hair.  If your hair has a good bit of natural texture or if you go to bed with damp hair, I would give this product a try. 
(PS - The $15 price is for a bottle three times the size of the bottle shown above.  A little bit of this product goes a long way.)

Verdict - SPLIT

John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Air Dry Waves Styling Foam  ($8)  I really wanted this to work.  It's affordable, and it was recommended to me by so many people.  I got the same results from this product that I got when I put a random Kenra styling oil in my hair and hoping it would create some kind of waves.

Verdict -  MISS

Brigogeo Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray ($9)  I was really excited to try this as my hair is getting longer and requires a little more de-tangling in the morning.  The oil slick leave in conditioner that I referenced when talking about the Dove dry shampoo above?  It was this.  I only put it on my ends, but somehow my roots even got oily.  (And the bottom of my hair is pretty dry, and it managed to become an oil slick.  How?!)

Verdict - MISS

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt ($19)  This stuff is amazing.  When I was training my hair to be washed every three days, this stuff helped me get there.  It's basically a salt scrub that you use as a shampoo.  It gets all of the oil and product build up out of your hair and makes it shine like no other.  (I used this before going to a gala one evening, and I felt like I had red carpet hair because it naturally made it so shiny!)  I use this product once every three weeks.  I know that $19 can be a bit of a splurge for a hair product, but this one is well worth it in my opinion.

Verdict -  HIT

What is your favorite summer hair product?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul

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Happy Monday, y'all!  I know there is a lot of content out there about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I've been careful not to go overboard with NSale content, and today I'm excited to share with you what I purchased from the sale.  I'm doing a post like this because I love when other bloggers do them.  I don't live near a Nordstrom, so I rely on posts by other bloggers to get a better feel for items - how they're sized, what the fabric looks like, how to style them, etc.

I purchased five pieces (four are pictured), and I chose to pair them with items that I owned prior to the sale.  I applaud the people who purchase entire wardrobes during the sale, but that doesn't work with my budget.  I like finding a few pieces that update my look a bit and go with the things that I already have.

For sizing reference, I'm 5'4" with a long torso and short legs.  I'm usually an XS or a Small in tops; I always check the sizing guide.  Also, you might notice that the tags are still on the pieces.  That's because I hadn't decided what I was keeping and what I was returning, and I knew these pictures would help me make up my mind!

I've been on the hunt for a moto jacket, so I was tickled to see so many in the NSale!  I'm still really undecided about this jacket.  I love the way that it looks, and the faux leather is extremely soft.  However, the sizing is a little off.  I ordered a small because I knew there was no way my shoulders would fit into an XS jacket.  It fits nicely in the shoulder, but it's too big and boxy in the arms, ribs, and waist.

Watch  //  Bracelet

I ordered this in an XS, because reviews said that it ran large and to size down.  I probably could have gotten away with an XXS for the first time in my life, because it's still kind of baggy.  Despite being a little bit baggier than I would prefer, I love the color of this sweater, and it is so cozy.  Definitely a keeper!

I scooped up these boots because they're $75 off right now.  I'm so weird about splurging on myself, but I knew that these boots would go with sooo many things.  I can't wait to pair these with fun dresses, dark denim, and even leggings.

These boots are comfortable with a manageable heel and run true to size.  I'm wearing a 7.5.

I thought this dress would be great for work.  However, if you look closely at the top, the black trim is see through.  It's not a true wrap dress; it's a dress with a v-neck that has a belt around it like a robe.  The v-neck is tacked and it's in a really awkward place.  However, the dress is very pretty, and I think that I will probably keep it and just use an alteration credit it on it.

Size wise, this runs true to size.  I'm usually a 0, and this is a 2, which explains why it's not fitting me quite right.

Have you shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale yet?  What did you get?!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Seersucker Picks Under $100

It's pretty obvious that I love seersucker.  I recently realized that I haven't purchased anything seersucker in quite a while.  I've been perusing my favorite stores for the next piece of my seersucker wardrobe, and I thought it would be fun to share my seersucker finds with you!

One of the biggest advantages of seersucker is that the fabric is designed to keep you cool.  Seersucker is woven in such a way that some threads bunch together; this causes the fabric to be mostly held away from the skin when worn, which facilitates heat dissipation and air circulation.  (I paraphrased that from Wikipedia; you can read the whole thing here if you're curious.)  What I'm saying is that buying seersucker in the dead of summer is a totally justified purchase ;)  

Anyway, here are some of the things that I found that I love.  They're all under $100, and some are even as affordable as $10!

On a completely unrelated note, I just want to say I'm so thankful for the blogging community.  I was having a rough morning, and Jenny, Jordyn, and Annaliese had me laughing in no time.  I'm so thankful for kind people and the people that I've been able to meet because of this blog.  If you're reading this, I'm so thankful for your support, and I hope you're having the best day ever.  (Yes, you!) 

What is everyone up to today?  Have you shopped any of the major sales lately?  I think everyone knows about the NSale (my picks are here), but Ann Taylor also has 60 dresses marked down to $35.  Most of the dresses are good for work and play, and Ann Taylor pieces typically last for years.

One final thing - the giveaway I'm co-hosting is still going on.  If you're following me on Twitter and Instagram, that's already two entries, you just have to register them :)

Happy Tuesday!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Polo Dresses, Peonies, and a Personal Style Evolution

My personal style has evolved a lot over the years.  I was very girly, then in elementary school I hit a brief tomboy period where I wore boys clothes.  After that phase ended, my style became super preppy.  When I hit high school, my style became obnoxiously preppy.  And when I hit college, I would mix edgier pieces in with my obnoxiously preppy style, like a leather skirt with cardigan, pearls, and pumps.

I'm currently at a point where my style is a little bit of everything.  I wear a lot of black and navy, with the occasional piece of Lilly Pulitzer sprinkled in.  I love fitted dresses, and a good pencil skirt or pixie pant paired with a flowy top or something with dramatic sleeves.

And then there are the times when I go back to my super preppy roots, like with the dress I'm wearing in these photos.  I mentioned in a previous post that my dad sent me a couple of dresses as a late birthday gift, and this was one of them.  I'm not really sure why I stopped wearing polo dresses, because they are so easy.  Want to look like a real person while grocery shopping?  Polo dress.  Casual day at the office?  Polo dress.  Walking to dinner and drinks downtown?  Polo dress (and Chacos... because I learned the hard way that comfortable shoes aren't always comfortable when you walk a mile in them.)

Dress:  Ralph Lauren (similar)  •  Shoes:  Chaco

Also, can we talk about peonies for a second?  I never really understood the hype.  I thought everyone was obsessed with them because Blair Waldorf loved them.  I've been pretty transparent about how I haven't felt good lately, and while focusing on my physical health is important, I also focus on my mental health, as it's so easy to become obsessive, anxious, and depressed.  Flowers are a mood brightener, so I've been making a special point to keep fresh blooms around.  (I've had to cut out my beloved Chick-Fil-A breakfasts, so that padded my flower budget a bit ;))  Peonies are not only beautiful, but they smell amazing.  Like why haven't I had these in my home before?!

Last Tuesday, my aunt dropped some hydrangeas from her yard off for me on her way to work, and I was so tickled.  They also smell amazing, and they remind me of my grandfather, which always makes me smile.  So today, I'm peer pressuring you to buy (or pick!) yourself some flowers, or do something else that makes your heart happy and starts your week off on the right foot!

I want to hear from you - How would you define your personal style?  And when was the last time you bought yourself flowers?

PS - The deadline was extended on the giveaway I'm participating in!  Go enter! (If you're already following me on social media, that's an automatic two entries!!)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Favorites - the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Edition

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Happy Friday, y'all!  How has your week been?  I'm a little disappointed that I only managed to blog three times this week, but I had an amazing week at work.

Lets talk about the elephant in the room - The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Social media is going crazy, and not in a positive way.  To be honest, I find that a little disappointing.  We're a community of women who preaches that we should all lift each other up, but the second that someone posts about the #NSale, everyone loses their ever-loving minds.  I get it, it can be annoying.  If you don't like that content, don't read it.  The mute button on Twitter can be your best friend for the next three weeks ;)  Sure, I'm a little annoyed that my timeline is clogged, but I respect the hustle of the women who are churning out that content!

My personal approach is to share content, but not to over do it.  I do a lot of research on my audience so that I know who I'm writing for.  My goal on this sale isn't to make an income; honestly, my biggest goal is not to spend all of my money at the sale.  I know a lot of us are in the same boat - we're young (or young at heart!) women who are trying to navigate the real world, which includes building a professional wardrobe on entry-level or non-profit salaries.  I love a good splurge, but I'm not ever going to be the person who tries to tell you that $65 for a basic white v-neck t-shirt is a good deal.  I'm sure it's a steal in someone's world, but that's not the world I live in.

So, here are my Friday Favorites for myself and the women like me who are working to climb the corporate ladder and look stylish while doing so, hit the gym, and still find time for friends.

PS - I know there are a lot of tops on this list, but I invest in good work pants that I wear year round, then just buy a couple of new tops each season to stay on trend and replace things that I no longer love.

Tie Hem Sweater ($50) //  While perusing the sale catalog, this was the only piece I fell in love with.  I have so many ideas on how to style this sweater - with pixie pants for work, with boyfriend jeans or leggings for a casual look, and with skinny jeans or leather leggings for a dressier look.  The tie hem sweater comes in 3 colors.

Moto Jacket ($65) //   I really want a moto jacket, and I've been trying to find one for the past month.  I'm so glad that I waited, because this is a steal!

Nike Running Shorts ($23) //  If all of your norts from college are getting worn out, this is a good chance to restock!  I love that they have the classic black pair, because that's always been the hardest pair to find, in my opinion.

Two-Way Seamless Camisole (1/$21, 2/$36) //  This is a wardrobe staple, especially during sweater season.  (Don't you hate it when the knit is just loose enough for your bra to peek through?!)  This camisole comes in 11 colors!

Tressed to Impress Collection ($154) //   My CHI gave out a few years ago, and since then I've been using the straightener I used to keep at my dad's house.  It's 12 years old, so I'm expecting it to bite the dust on me any day.  This is kind of a splurge, but it's an item that I'll use at least twice a week for the next three years, which brings the cost-per-use down to about .50... and that's on the conservative side and doesn't even factor in all of the goodies that come with it ;)  I love that it can also be used as a curling iron, meaning I only need to bring one hot tool when I travel instead of two!

Open Front Blazer ($50) //   I love this style of blazer because it's feminine.  I always notice when women wear these because they look so sharp!  This is an amazing price for a blazer.  This blazer comes in blush, black, and magenta.

High Rise Skinny Jeans ($45) //  I had the hardest time finding a pair of high rise skinny jeans, and these are about half the price of the pair that I ended up purchasing.  I thought I would share this in case anyone else was struggling to find them!

Split Back Turtleneck ($45) //   Probably an unpopular opinion, but I love turtlenecks.  They get a bad rap for being matronly, but I think the split back style makes these a little trendier.  And how comfy does that fabric look?!  This turtleneck comes in four colors.

Moscow Mule Mug ($12) //   Moscow Mules are my favorite cocktail, and I love making them at home.  But they just don't taste right if they're not in a copper mug.  This is an amazing price for one of the mugs.  (This is also a great housewarming or bridal shower gift!)

Ryder Cardigan ($65) //   I'm stoked that oxblood is considered "on trend" for yet another year, because it is my favorite color for fall.  Doesn't this cardigan look cozy?!  I'm sure you can find cheaper versions of the cardigan, but it's from a brand that is typically great quality (Madewell), and the cost per wear is great!  (If you wear it once a week from September to January for a single year, the cost per wear comes out to $4.  But let's be real - this looks too comfy to only wear once a week, and you'll probably be ready to pull it out again next fall!)  This cardigan comes in three colors.

I want to hear from you!  What are you looking to purchase during this year's #NSale?  (Knowing this helps me make sure I'm giving you content that you actually want!  If you're looking for work pieces under $40, and I'm giving you weekend wear under $100, that's not helpful for either of us!)

PS - If you want to see more things that I'm loving from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, check out my Shop Page.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Summer Reading List

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Something that I really want to be better about this summer is reading.  I spend all day in front of a screen, then come home and spend more time in front of a screen.  I'm trying extremely hard to become a morning person, and one of the tricks I've read is to cut off electronics an hour before bedtime.  What better way to spend that time than curled up with a book?

I haven't made reading a priority as much as I should... so three of the books on this list are books that I already own.  If I can make it through one of them, I'll let myself order a new one!  Haha.  I started a Goodreads account to track my progress, so if you're on Goodreads, let's connect!

The Widow Cliquot  •  I love nonfiction, and I love learning about successful women.  And who doesn't love champagne?!  This combines all three.  It's been sitting on my coffee table since my momma gave it to me as a Christmas gift, which is a shame since it's rated highly on Amazon and seems like a really interesting read.

Eligible  •  I purchased this book because I loved Prep by Curtis Sittenfield.  The characters in this story will have you in stitches - a sister obsessed with earning online Masters degrees, two other sisters obsessed with the latest diet and workout crazes, and an eligible reality TV star.  I've read about half of this book, and I've enjoyed it very much so far.

The Cuckoo's Calling  •  This is a crime novel, which isn't something I usually read, but I don't think you can really go wrong with a book by J. K. Rowling.  I've had a really hard time getting into this book, but it is also highly rated on Amazon, so I'm hoping it will speed up soon.

Women Who Run with the Wolves  •  This book was written over 20 years ago, but I've been hearing a lot about it lately, probably because it was featured in Emma Watson's book club.  It talks about the place of "wild women" in history.  I will probably read this book when I finish Eligible because they both have a focus on society's pressures on women.

The Swans of Fifth Avenue  •  This seems like a fun, easy read!  It was described by TheSkimm as Gossip Girl in the 1950's, and rightfully so.  It centers around New York high society and author Truman Capote, who pulls a Dan Humphrey and gets to know the socialites, only to expose them.

The Beautiful and the Damned  •  I love Fitzgerald, so I'm excited to read this book.  It's another book about New York high society, but this one is set during the Jazz Age.  It follows the relationship of Anthony and Gloria, and all of the complexities that come with it.

What's on your summer reading list?  And what are your tips for finding time to read?

Monday, July 10, 2017

My New Favorite Dress + a Giveaway!

It's not really my style to write posts about the clothing that I'm wearing and nothing else, as they aren't really helpful to anyone.  But this dress makes me a little nostalgic.

Growing up, a dress from Ann Taylor was a real treat.  I received my first Ann Taylor dress while searching for a taupe dress to wear to my cousin's wedding.   I was really tiny growing up, so finding clothing that fit was a feat.  But I found a taupe dress at Ann Taylor.  And I wore it countless times after the wedding.  Ann Taylor would continue to be where I bought dresses for important occasions - Easter, a wedding, and even a major college presentation.

As I build my work wardrobe, I'm adding more and more Ann Taylor.  There are so many chic pieces and also some fun prints that easily go from work to happy hour with the girls.  And since I'm building a wardrobe on a budget, I appreciate the frequency of sales and the special privileges awarded to card holders.

I received a package of late birthday gifts from my dad last week, and I was so tickled to find a new Ann Taylor dress in there.  It's a beautiful, black and white gingham pattern.  I don't usually love a midi style on me, but I'm really fond of this one.  My momma and I go to a cute little festival called Jonesborough Days every year, which takes place in Tennessee's oldest downtown!  I knew this would be the perfect dress for the occasion.

While I was at Jonesborough Days, I met Charlotte, owner of Charlotte's Florals.  It's a cute little mobile flower shop where you can build your own bouquet.  Charlotte is so sweet, and if that's not enough, the whole experience is pretty Instagrammable ;)  If you're local, go check it out!

One last thing - I've partnered with The Blush Blonde and some other amazing bloggers for a giveaway in celebration of The Blush Blonde's Fourth Blogiversary!  We're giving away a ton of fun summer items, and plenty of opportunities to win.

Fine Print:   This is open internationally, pending shipping laws/restrictions. You must be 18 or older, or have a parents permission to enter. This giveaway is open for exactly one week. Winner must respond within 48-hours or a new winner will be chosen. Your form of entry will be double-checked.

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Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?