July 29, 2011

Fabulous Friday: Just One.

This post is going to be super short.

Let's all just take a minute to celebrate Miley Cyrus' look a few days back.

Photo via: Adam Bettcher/Getty
No torn jeans or shorts, no overly styled hair or makeup, no side boob, no ridiculous colors or patterns. While some may say she looks too mature in this dress, I. LOVE. IT. Chic, streamlined and the fit is fantastic.

Happy Friday to all, and to all a happy weekend!

July 27, 2011

Haircut: Done & Done!

So, y'all read the big hairy decision I made about lopping off my tresses. And I did it. Woot.

Before I get to the photos, here's what I've learned about short hair cuts in the past 24 hours:

1. My hairstylist is all sorts of amazing.
2. Bring lots and lots and lots of photos from as many angles as you can find.
3. Be prepared to spend a bit more time and money getting your new chopped cut to look just right
4. Texturizing scissors are my new BFF.
5. It's ok when you run your fingers through your newly shorn hair and you about pull your shoulder out of its socket because there isn't much hair to run your fingers through! It's all about adjusting.

I'm so looking forward to playing with style & products.


July 25, 2011

Short Hair...It's About To Happen

I've had long-ish hair for most of my life. Well, besides the time that I cut my own hair at the tender age of 4 yrs...then my mother was forced to take me to the hairdresser for a heinous type of bowl cut that I never intend to repeat. But that's neither here nor there. I'm ready for a big ole cut. A hairchop, rather.

I *always* wear my hair up but up until now I haven't had the cajones, the will, the ambition etc. to cut off the locks any shorter than my collarbone. Well, times they are a changin' and tomorrow is C day. Cut day.

So, give me (and the other lovely readers) some advice for going for a super short haircut. Styling, products, etc.

And for good measure, here are a few really cute short cuts that I've been eyeing!

Sarah Harding from Girls Aloud

Mandy Moore
Gennifer Goodwin
Elisha Cuthbert

July 22, 2011

Lucky Friday

Happy Friday to all! As summer is progressing, I've become very much in love with color. Not to say that I don't love color in other seasons, but the brights most certainly have it as of late. Bright pops of pink, crimson, azure, and the gorgeous color of money...green.

Inspired by fabulous Friday, these ladies are rockin' their green ensembles. What say you - do you dig the green?!

Amanda Seyfried in a liquid-like Prabal Gurung silk dress. Gor-geous. I do wish that the top wasn't quite as blousy, but she still looks effortless.

Photo via:
Gilbert Flores/Celebrity Photo
And how about the lovely Emma Stone rocking out Dolce & Gabbana? Normally I'd like to pull up that hem a bit, but she looks incredibly fresh and ladylike here. Green certainly offsets her auburn locks. However, I think the red lips, red hair and green dress look a bit holiday-esque. A nude lip and dark, bronzed eye would have been pretty.

Photo via:
Paul Drinkwater/NBC/AP
And just a few of my favorite green things...

I think Kermit may have been a little off...it's not too bad being wearing green!

July 19, 2011

Product Review: Pangea Organics Toner, B

It's tiiiiiiime for another product review! Some of you may have read my little love letter to Aveda's Botanical Kinetics Toner a few months back. Well, it took me a while (almost 6 months) but I finally got through the spray bottle...just in the nick of time to receive my June Birchbox with a deluxe sample of Pangea Organics Toner for Normal to Combination Skin.

Pangea Organics at ShopStyle

Info from Birchbox & Pangea:

About Pangea toner:
Pangea’s award-winning facial toner gets rid of lingering oil and impurities so that your skin can soak up all that your serums and moisturizers have to offer. The formula has a revitalizing citrus scent that is ideal for morning and nighttime skincare routines or on-the-go dermal pick-me-ups.

How It Works:
Infused with organic herbal extracts, this toner helps balance and hydrate normal skin. Italian green mandarin extract purifies skin and repairs damaged tissue, while sweet lime acts as an antioxidant astringent.

And my review:

The Good: The scent of this particular toner is very spa like and rejuvinating – Italian Green Mandarin with Sweet Lime. I've come to love toners in spray bottles...I think it prevents me from overusing! Also, my skin stays nice and soft after the toner is sprayed on. Nice!

The Bad: At regular retail price, this little baby is 'spensive - $26 for 4 ounces. However, check out this Sephora link...they're offering it at half price!

The Verdict: B from me. I dig this product, the scent and the effects. While I certainly appreciate the organic ingredients, the price prohibits me from awarding it an A!

July 15, 2011

Fabulous Friday: Ladies Shuttin' It DOWN

I love Rachel Zoe. Her antics and phrasing really make me giggle. Bananas. Shut it down. I die.

Played out? Maybe. But it's still fun to throw in a post from time to time. In honor of Ms. Zoe - the ladies below are part of today's Fabulous Friday because each absolutely shut.it.down. this week.

First up, Ashley Greene.

Photo via GSI Media
Yeah yeah, simple red skinnies and a cutout black sweater but I really love this look. Streamlined, chic and really makes me want to buy those pantalones.

And how about another lovely lady in red – Brooklyn Decker.

Photo via: Christopher Polk/Getty
Red leather dress. If you have the cajones and the bod to wear it - I say do eet. The lipstick red shade looks ah-mazing with her skin tone and the simple hair and makeup pair just perfectly. Diggin' the bangles too. And those hot shoes also serve as a weapon if she requires one.

Last, but certainly not least, the gorgeous Jennifer Garner in Yves Saint Laurent.

Photo via: Adriana M Barraza/WENN
IMO, Jennifer Garner is one of the purest pretties in the biz. I also appreciate the fact that she rocks jeans and running shoes while out with her little ones and turns it out in couture at a red carpet event. Seriously – the draping of this gown is ridiculously beautiful. Big fan.

Hope you have a fabulous Friday!

July 12, 2011

Workout Gear: Yoga, CrossFit, Running

I don't know about you, but new workout gear gets me more psyched to hit the gym better than bathing suit season. I love a new sports bra, fancy new shorts, a cute tank, brand spankin' new shoes, etc.

I do, however, get my hands (and, well, feet, legs, arms, back, abs) into all a myriad of exercise options and classes. CrossFit, yoga, running, walking, weight lifting etc. What better way to show my sweaty love for workin' out than a set for each exercise discipline?

Yoga: I typically go to "warm" yoga. I just don't fare too well in a 100+ degree room. So, in the summer months my yoga uniform is a pair of fitted shorts, comfy top with stretch and a nice, cushy mat. And because I typically keep my yoga mat in my car, I dig a yoga mat bag to keep the surface semi-clean from dog hair and whatnot that flies about.

CrossFit (or cross training): Hubs and I hit up CrossFit - an incredible workout discipline that incorporates weight training, body weight exercises, gymnastics, running, etc. Because these gyms typically forgo air conditioning I all but show up half naked to class during the summer months. Short, fitted shorts, fitted tops as we occasionally have hand stand pushups in our workout of the day (upside down = fitted top) and a really solid sports bra. I also really love New Balance Minimus shoes for short distance running to develop my foot and leg muscles and the Water Bobble - save the environment!

Running: It takes a lot for me to run in the summer. A LOT. I am not a fast runner. I am also not a great distance runner. So, apparently it takes a great pair of running shorts and sports bra to motivate me. Hey - whatever works, right? I also adore a fantastic, usually pricey, pair of running socks. Balega make a fantastic pair in addition to those featured below.

Alright, ladies, spill. What's your favorite workout wear?

July 8, 2011

Let's Talk: Naked Face

Yup, about the only manner I'll go naked in public - on my face. I was inspired to post about a naked, or near naked face, after I received one of the nicest compliments from an acquaintance today. Here's how it went down: (NA = nice acquaintance)

NA: "Hey Nicole, you look different today?"
Coley: "Really, how so?"
NA: "I dunno, you look great, though. Your face - new makeup or something?"
Coley" "Huh, I actually didn't really much on today!" (it's a million effing degrees in Charlotte - no need for face melt)
NA: "Huh, well you should do that more often. More women should do that more often. You all look so much better without makeup."
Coley: "Well, thanks - that's nice of you to say. I'll remember that."

Will I stop wearing makeup? No - hell no. I love the creativity that goes along with makeup. The color. The shine. The art. The fun! Yet, I think NA has a bit of a point. People, especially dudes, seem to really look at women closer without makeup...and I mean that in a good way.

Am I proposing we fresh face it every day to work, to meetings, to weddings, to parties? Not really, but it's fair to give your skin (and yourself) credit that you probably look pretty great without 16 products stacked on your face.

Here's a set of products I love that keep my skin lookin' fresh, clean and a bit brighter with just a smidge of makeup. Let's keep it real.

What are your favorite natural look products?

July 6, 2011

No Teasing: I Love Nation Ltd Tees

There's nothing better than a comfy, well cut t-shirt. Since I work from home, I often find myself resorting to jeans and a tee...running errands, picking up a few things, etc. Throw on some cute flat sandals, a pretty pendant necklace and I'm good to go!

Over the past few years I've become pretty enamored with Nation Ltd's tees. Super soft, nicely cut and varying styles these tees surely are the bees knees. My favorite style, thus far, has been the Karen - a split v-neck with a very, very light burnout finish. But there's also quite a few more I've had my eye on...many of which are on sale!

How about you - what are your favorite tees? Have you tried Nation Ltd?