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Picture 021Picture 024Black cashmere puff-sleeve sweater from Banana Republic, black ponte pencil skirt from Ann Taylor Loft, black patent peeptoe heels from BCBGirls, silver cuff and hoops.

Hair washed the night before and dried while sleeping. Woke up to a beachy look that would be awesome with a tan and floaty white peasant top, but not for a day where corporate is visiting the office. Straightened with my Croc wet-to-dry iron.

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Philosophy The Supernatural concealer trio in Light (used under eyes and on bumps)
Cargo Matte Beach Blush in Tenerife
Clinique shadow duo in Like Mink
Body Shop Eye Definer in Black
Shu Eumura lash curler
Cover Girl LashBlast mascara in Black
Benefit Her Glossiness lip gloss in Next Question Please

For those who have emailed me about my flat iron, I keep it at 430 degrees, seemed to be the standard it was preset to.

When already dry, I run very quickly through the hair in very small sections (if the sections are too big I don’t get it really straight and miss the roots). I often redo areas more than once, especially around the face and at the nape (where the hair is more unruly). For my bangs, I do a slight flip under at the end of running the iron through the hair to get a teensy bit of curl. It takes about 10 minutes to fully straighten my entire head of hair, and it holds pretty well – seems a bit limp when finished but after my commute, wind and motion it seems to gain body and a slight bit of wave in the right places. I find when I set it with hairspray it gets limp and greasy through the day (aerosol, water-free for straight hair).

When wet, I use no product because I fear excessive damage to the hair. I am tempted though, because my thin hair works far better with a volumizer. I start with bigger sections and not near the scalp, trying to get rid of the moisture. The sound is like bacon frying, but there is no smell of burned hair. Once the hair is a bit dry, I follow the steps I have above for dry hair, taking small sections and running quickly, sometimes multiple times from scalp to end. In total, this takes about 15 minutes. After I occasionally use a touch of Jonathan Silky Dirt, but it seems to give a greasy look more so than with traditionally dryer-dried hair.

A woman with curly hair wearing a plaid blazer holds a green fur coat over her shoulder on a city street.

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  1. I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now and I appreciate you taking the time to do it. You’re a very pretty girl and I look forward to seeing what you are wearing each day. I would like to talk about your flat iron, I’m concerned that you are using it way above the recommended temp. for your hair. Please take it down to at least 300 degrees. 250 is the recommended heat for your hair type. I’ve been a hairstylist for too many years to let you do that and I don’t want to say my age:) Love those shoes!

  2. I agree with BG–I thought it was a knockout dress! You look amazing. And I love the shoes.

    I’ve started buying some Banana Republic dresses on eBay, myself–great quality.

  3. i was going to say the same thing as boutique girl, but since she beat me to it, i will say ditto and you look fabulous! i love the puff sleeves. 🙂

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