Wednesday, May 27, 2015

seattle staples

 JustFab jacket, The Loft tee, Gap denim, Aldo flats, Kate Spade Saturday handbag

 Right after I tweeted that I have packing for Seattle down to a science, I landed on the West Coast and ended up with a week of not knowing what to wear. I forgot sweaters, I didn't bring any real jackets, and just ended up wearing this striped tee for most of every day. I had a lovely time with my family, hanging out and doing a lot yet not much at all, and can't wait to be back for a longer period of time. Before that, we'll be meeting up for somewhat of a reunion in Colorado this summer and I have to admit, I'm pretty stoked. Hopefully I'll pack a little more sensibly that time around.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

summer splash

Nordstrom is well known for its stellar collection of designer goods, but a lot of the time, it's the juniors section I end up embracing. It tends to surprise me with perfect casual-cool wear at a perfect casual-cool price. I've rounded up a few favorites featured in the big half-yearly sale (starts today!) as well as a few more pieces that caught my eye for the summer season.

Marc by Marc Jacobs wallet, Alexander Wang handbag, Cole Haan espadrilles
Nordstrom bracelet, Kendra Scott bracelet, Tai earrings, Maison Scotch scarf
Sam Edelman backpack

Shop these and more of my Nordstrom half-yearly sale picks below!

Monday, May 18, 2015

hair tutorial: messy crossover pony

I always like the idea of wearing my hair up, but I hate feeling like whatever style I throw it into will fall out at the slightest turn of my head. I like my hairstyles to feel secure, and most updos call for a zillion bobby pins, which tend to slip and slide after an hour or two in my hair. This loose, casual style was the answer to my low-pony prayers when I was planning a hair look for the Age of Adaline red carpet premiere in New York (see my full look here!). It didn't move an inch all night. Here's how I did it!

- Morroccanoil's new dry shampoo: it comes in two shades, one for light-toned hair and one for dark tones. Smells amazing and leaves your hair soft and shiny!
- 1.5 inch curling wand
- Teasing brush if you want more volume--the messier the better.

Let me know if you guys try it, and be sure to tag me @truelane on Instagram or Twitter so I can see your photos!

This post is kindly sponsored by Morroccanoil®.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

for a rainy day

 Aritzia trench coat, Madewell scarf, Gap denim, Zara boots

I'm sure we all have memories from a rainy day. A grey and drizzly day sets a dramatic stage—a muddy outdoor marathon, getting through a shouting match with someone you love, your wedding day or a breakthrough on your first novel—a dark sky just heightens any tension. Adds an epic layer. I might take more notice of things that happen when it rains since it's my favorite kind of weather, which is a fact that you don't have to know me well to realize. One of my life goals is to experience rain in every corner of the world, and I can't help but smile when I say I can now check New York City off my list. I woke up to the drops drumming across my windowpane at the Hotel Empire a few weeks ago, and walked four windy, giggly blocks with my sister before we found shelter in the subway tunnels on our way to midtown. I wish I could go back to this day of hot cappuccinos and Central Park strolls. Bryant Park and Grand Central Station. The New York Library and the warm, welcoming waffle cart somewhere along Broadway. Rain will never hold me back from saying yes to an adventure.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

denim district

 Bella Dahl denim shirt, J.Crew Pixie pants, Unnown Footwear sneakers, Kate Spade Saturday handbag, Ray-Ban sunglasses

You know how everyone has that one little thing about their appearance that they're forever insecure about? Well, I have a few of those, and here is one: I've been hiding my ears as long as I can remember. Weird, right? I've always felt like they stick out just far enough that they bother me when I wear my hair up. For maybe the past five or eight years I've made myself late to school or work in the morning because there was absolutely no way I could toss my hair up in an ear-revealing ponytail in the morning, which meant taking the time to thoroughly curl my hair and style it to perfection. 

Nowadays? They're ears. They're fine. Who cares. Ponytails for all. I'm not aware of any conscious changes to my attitude other than maybe I'm growing up? Maybe accepting whatever irked me about my body before is a sign of maturity? The wavering uncertainty of it all—navigating adulthood, that is—amuses me every day. What a time of life.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

the summer switch-up

 Forever 21 top (similar), DSTLD denim, J.Crew tote, Soludos shoes, SIX earrings

The warm weather lately has been inspiring me to stray from my usual wardrobe and throw some more interesting pieces into the mix. I stuck to one of my favorite pairings, denim and ivory, but with a bohemian twist thanks to lacy espadrilles and a flowing peasant top I've been hiding away since last summer. I'm not much for earrings, but I bought these guys as a backup for my Age of Adaline red carpet look and due to a nonexistent return policy, they've become my new life partners. The downside is that they're heavy and days later my ears are still sore...what's that saying about "beauty is pain" again?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

now i need...

Forever 21

Once I visualize one piece I need in my closet—the piece that I'm absolutely positive will complete my wardrobe forever—I can't take my mind off it. Currently, I'm obsessing over high-slit tees. I've seen them around Pinterest and the blog world lately, and as much as I love them now, I have a gut feeling they will be one of those pieces that I wear for a season and then am ready to retire. Luckily, Forever 21 has about a zillion affordable styles, five of which are sitting in my cart right now. 

Paired with some timeless neutral accessories, this swingy, breeze-of-a-tee is the perfect summer staple.

Olive Thomas mules, Alaïa sandals, Monserat de Lucca bag, J.Crew hat, Oliver Peoples sunglasses