I made up this messy low twisted bun thing for work yesterday because I didn’t want to wash my hair, but I was actually really pleased with how it turned out, so I thought I’d share.

This will probably work better with coarse hair types—if you have smooth or slippery, fine hair, this works better if you don’t wash your hair for a day or two beforehand.

It’s super fast, super easy and inspired by that inside-out ponytail you see on Pinterest everywhere. I basically kept on looping the ponytail through until it made a bun!

It just looks like a neat little updo from the front, but the back is super twisty and elegant.

I made a little step-by-step doodle above, but here are the steps explained:

1) Part your hair somewhere near the center—extreme side parts won’t work well for this. You should have almost equal portions of hair on both sides, as if you were going to make pigtails.

2) Put the two portions of hair in a low ponytail, keeping the part intact.

3) Bring your ponytail back up towards the top of your head, and then loop the bottom of the ponytail down through the open space at the center of your part and pull through to twist the ponytail in on itself. You can leave it at this step to just have a pretty twisty ponytail thing, if that’s your jam.

4) Repeat step 3 until the just the tips of your hair are left to loop over. To close the loopy bun thing, tuck the tips over the top of the bun part, behind the bun (closer to your scalp).

5) Pin the shit out of the tips of your hair so your bun thing doesn’t come unrolled. Hairspray if you need to (my hair is coarse enough that I only needed a few bobby pins and 2-day-old hair to make it stay in place).

And that’s it! Takes about 2-3 minutes tops.

Q

Anonymous asked:

My tall, hourglass shape makes dresses hard to find. Either my boobs are smashed, my ass is out, my waist is drowned in fabric, or (!) all three. Tips?

A

You came to the right woman.

You’re just looking at the wrong dresses, friend. Sadly, if you’re shopping in lower-end stores and not in designer stores, things are going to be really short and cut to fit the largest number of people—so in stores catering to teens and young women, that would be a cut suited for women that are mid-height to short, with around a B or C cup and a more straight up and down figure (so less of an hourglass and more of a rectangle).

My best advice is to find some great, wide belts. Those tiny thin ones don’t do anything, but a wider belt can completely transform a dress on your body. Size up—it’s better to belt a bigger dress than to wear a dress that’s pulling across your shoulders and exposing the occasional butt cheek.

It’s hard for me to give solid advice without an idea of what your style is, but knee or midi lengths and full skirts (short or long) are your best options as a tall hourglass. Frankly, you may do better shopping actual vintage or thrifted styles—I find they fit me better because older dresses are often cut for a somewhat more womanly (rather than adolescent) figures. It’s so easy to find well-fitting vintage dresses and then just remove shoulder pads or sleeves or a few inches of hem to update them a bit.

Outfit (drunk) selfies: going out

Row one: AA riding pants, top from Urban Outfitters clearance (old), bag from Target (old)

Row two: AA riding pants, crop from h&m (old), bag from Urban Outfitters clearance, thrifted bracelet

Row three: All thrifted, bag from Urban Outfitters clearance

I wore all three with my beloved neon yellow thick-soled Keds.

I haven’t photographed anything for the blog in at least a month (I’ve been swamped and summer isn’t my favorite sartorial season anyway—I get lazy and just wear sneakers and little sundresses every day), but I’ve taken a few somewhat tipsy bathroom mirror selfies, so I figured I’d throw them on the blog, if only to illustrate that high-waisted pants and crop tops are the easiest going-out look ever.

Just for context—first row was at a bar, second row was at a hip hop/electronic music festival, and the third row was at a showcase for indie and underground hip hop producers in Boston.

So it’s been a very hectic summer for me.

Between being laid off in May, multiple deaths in my extended family, slogging through unemployment and the job search, working random gigs and two jobs to make ends meet, and finding and moving into a new place with my paltry budget (my sublet here in Boston was up Sept. 1), it’s been rough.

The truth is, unless you have a fair amount of money to fall back on, moving to a new city and striking out on your own can be really gritty and difficult. I suppose it sort of comes with the territory of growing up.

The good news is that I’ve accepted a position that will get me back into the professional world and settle my life down quite a bit.

This is all a very long-winded excuse for why i haven’t been particularly present on the blog of late. It had to take a back seat for a bit.

Now, however, I’m all settled in to my new place, with a new job starting next Monday. I think I’ll be around a bit more.

The pic above (my beloved, professional-strength Z rack) is a sneak peek of my current setup—I’ve gotten a few requests to share how I organize all of my clothes and shoes and accessories, so I think I’m going to actually photograph all that within the next day or two!

This has been a post.

Q

pxlegrxnge asked:

I have a lot of excess weight that goes to my stomach and so that as well as having a large chest area and broad shoulders makes it difficult to shop. Do you have any suggestions on what I could wear and what I should stay away from?

A

Okay pal, sounds like you’re a classic apple shape! Apple-shaped gals are broader through the shoulder and chest and tend to put on weight around the waist, rather than the legs or hips like hourglasses or pears.

Apples tend to have really fantastic legs, so that’s my first tip for you—focus on those. Don’t go too loose or blousy on your bottom half. Harem pants and banded-ankle shapes won’t work as well on you as classic skinny and slim pants. You can wear a skinny jean, a slim dress pant, anything close-cut and ankle-length, and even a leather legging well. For skirts, the shorter or tighter the better. Maxis aren’t great for you, but pencil silhouettes will look fantastic.

Up top, you have two options that will work really well on you—either a pretty, blousy shape, or a jacket with lots of structure. Blousy tops—shirts with billowing sleeves that flow around the middle—will be lovely on you. They’ll accommodate your broader shoulders and glide over your waistline. Think chiffon and silk—soft fabrics that have a bit of movement to them. In tshirts, looser and even cropped shapes (I’m serious) or dolman shapes will work best—just avoid tight or banded hems.

Structured jackets will help give you a more tailored look. You can definitely still sport an oversized sweater or cardigan, but if you want to give yourself a sense of shape or definition, go for a boyfriend blazer or a shawl-collar jacket with some stretch. Cropped jackets can also work if they’re not too short—you don’t want it more than an inch or two about your hips. Any jacket at your belly button or shorter is going to make you look blocky, especially if it’s not worn with something higher-waisted.

A slight high-low hem is also a great silhouette for you on top in shirts, sweaters and jackets—it adds interest without being unflattering or busy.

In dresses, avoid drop waists (which will hit oddly around your midsection) and empire waists (which may make you look a bit pregs). Bubble hems also aren’t great for you, but they’re heinous anyway and no one should wear them. Your best bet is a structured, higher-waisted A-line, or something short and flowy. Shift shapes work well on you because your legs are fab!

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itseverythingreal asked:

Hey! I am skinny and i dont know what kind of outfits i should buy! plzz help. :D :D

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As a quick disclaimer, I’m not super slender, so I’m not as good at suggestions for lithe frames as I am for curvier girls. But I can give it a try!

Most more slender frames do well with a bit of volume. You can get away with flowier, more billowy shapes than girls like me can—tent dresses, shift dresses, empire waists and tunic shapes work really well on your body type.

I don’t know what your personal style is or how much effort you want to put in, but if you’re looking in thrift stores, check out the little boy’s section—you may be able to find some great vintage blazers, worn-in tshirts, and higher-waisted or boyfriend-fit jeans you can cut off into shorts. I swear this is good advice—back when I was a thin 14-year-old, I could wear the larger-sized stuff from the boy’s section.

If you’re a jeans and a tshirt kind of girl, stick with a skinny or straight-leg cut—you don’t need a flare. If you’re feeling daring, look for some boyfriend-fit jeans—again, check thrift stores for these. Sometimes older women’s jeans fit like this as well. You can add holes or other embellishments yourself to update them!

Don’t be afraid of a higher waist, either! Higher waisted pants and skirts will give you a more rounded hourglass shape and look adorable with crop tops of all lengths—another look that works well on your shape.

Most of the really slender gals I know have great arms and legs, but are self-conscious about their stomachs or waists. Avoid tight tshirts and tanks with low-waisted pants if this is the case—your frame can easily pull off looser shapes, like dolmans, longer crops, and blouses.

Separates will be your friend—dresses are sometimes harder to fit for thinner or more flat-chested gals. Get wild with your pants and bottoms! You have the legs to pull off that vintage leather miniskirt or those old motorcycle pants. You can also rock clunkier, chunkier shoes than us more hourglass- or pear-shaped gals can. The store I work at, Helmut Lang, really caters to a lithe, slender body type. Check out their runway stuff for inspiration, along with Vince, Acne, Rag & Bone, Theory, and Chloe.

Hopefully this helps!

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Anonymous asked:

I stumbled across your blog on the trending blogs page, and I'm so glad I found it! I'm not a huge fashionista myself, but I try to embrace my style and everyone else's. I think I can really relate, when I was a lot younger I got made fun of for my thrifted clothes because that was all we could afford, but then Macklemore comes out with some thrift shop song and it becomes a huge trend. Haha, but now it's something everyone can embrace!

A

This is so encouraging to hear! I’m glad you can relate.

The point I’m trying to make with this blog is that thrifted fashion doesn’t have to be Macklemore-esque—like you said, a ton of people are trying out thrifting now, which I think is fabulous, but I think people sometimes limit themselves to looking for crazy stuff!

You can find really beautiful and well-made and timeless and wearable stuff at thrift stores, too. If you only have the budget for a thrifted wardrobe, you don’t have to dress like a Macklemore video or a grandma or a hipster. You can have a normal, functional wardrobe that fits within your personal style.

It’s cheaper and more sustainable than buying new, you often get better-quality clothing, and the money you’re spending at a thrift shop usually goes towards a good cause!

Solidarity, my friend.

Thanks for stopping by my inbox!

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Anonymous asked:

Have you ever considered doing a photo tour of how you store and organize your clothing?

A

I have, but it’s really nothing too too special. I have a gigantic industrial-strength rolling rack that I arrange all my dresses, skirts and blouses by color on, and then a huge shoe rack and a bunch of things in old stacked crates and a vintage chest and set of drawers. If people are interested, though, I could post some pics! I do have some decent tips for budget closet organization.

Here are some exceedingly random ~looks~ from the past week, if anyone’s interested.

My parents were in town, so between work and outings with them afterwards,I had to sort of throw stuff together on the go—it felt like I was on vacation every night, even though I had to go back to work every morning, so I weirdly think of these as travel looks.

First row: ~whale watching looks~
Thrifted skirt, sneakers; crop top and scarf from Urban Outfitters clearance; sunglasses from a gift shop in Gloucester, MA.

Second row: ~unexpected last-minute high tea looks~
Thrifted dress, belt, bag; old sneakers (I came straight from work and thankfully wore a dress on my commute in. I would’ve preferred wedges, but all I had on me were the chucks from my commute. Could’ve been worse, though—at least I had bobby pins on me to sweep my hair up).

Third row, L to R: ~Red Sox game and family dinner looks~
Thrifted everything in all three looks, except for my trusty American apparel riding pants (far left) and some super old Vera wang for Kohls sandals (center).

OOTD: 1D concert

All thrifted/traded for at resale shops, headband from Claire’s

So the 1D concert was (for me, specifically) a mess. But at least my outfit was cute!

My 19-year-old sister conned me into going, and I wanted to be securely tipsy if I was going to be around a bunch of moms and screaming middle-schoolers for 3 hours (I’m 23, fyi, so this is completely legal). Mad props to my sister for being the designated driver and buying me post-concert French fries.

Ootd: comfy as heck (I’ve been watching too much Fargo)

All secondhand/thrifted (minus old purse from TJ Maxx and the homemade necklace).

I woke up with a headache this morning and couldn’t be bothered to put on a pretty dress for my commute into work, or a real bra, for that matter.

I scored the kicks and the pants from buffalo exchange last night as part of a trade for some old jewelry and clothes, so they were a good comfy starting point. This look only really works if I flatten out my chest with a sports bra, which was just fine with me.

Q

ojos1234 asked:

Any advice for bigger busted girls finding something to wear at thrift stores? Thanks! :)

A

I’m bigger busted, too—it’s not as obvious because I’m so tall, but i’m actually a 34dd! I also have broad shoulders, so that combined with boobs can make it a bit difficult to size things sometimes. Your question is a specialty of mine—I’ve gone through lots of trial and error!

If you’re busty and you’re looking for vintage/thrifted stuff, here are a few of my tricks:

-Size up. Frankly, I tend to ignore sizes while thrifting anyway (if I like it, I’ll try it on, size notwithstanding), but if you’re the kind of person who looks at sizes, keep in mind that stuff now is vanity sized. If you’re really looking at vintage stuff, you’ll likely need a bigger size to accommodate your bust and/or shoulders than what you currently wear.

-Wear the right bra while shopping! Small-chested girls don’t have to worry about this as much, but when you have a bigger chest, the wrong bra can break an outfit (literally, in some cases). Don’t wear a sports bra or a padded push-up unless you wear those things on a daily basis. A nice, full-coverage t-shirt bra or a lightly-lined balconet (if you must) are about as wild as I’d advise getting for a day of thrifting.

-Don’t miss the hidden zipper. Seriously. I’ve gotten so frustrated with trying to get dresses on sometimes and then I realize that I’m an idiot and there’s a hidden zipper in the side. Unzip the zipper.

-Look for blousy shapes up top with tighter waists. Structured stuff doesn’t usually work as well on chesty gals unless it’s impeccably tailored to our bodies (which it won’t be in the thrift store).

-Make sure the buttons and zippers hold and don’t gape or pucker. I’ve had one too many button-up dresses and shirts pop open mid-wear to mess with badly-fitting buttons anymore. Stretch up top is your other option—the more, the better.

-Grab a belt or two to bring into the fitting room, if you can. Belts are your secret weapon and your best friend, especially with dresses and long tunics/sweaters. They let you size up to accommodate your chest while still keeping a feminine silhouette.

Ootd on my day off:

Thrifted everything! Not much else to say.

Here’s a thrifter’s quandary: the red dress you see on the wall is on hold until tomorrow night while I mull over whether or not I really need yet another pretty little vintage day dress (spoiler 1: yes, always) (spoiler 2: but per usual I am probably too poor to justify it. Le sigh).

It’s $22 and it’s not thrifted, per se—it’s from Buffalo Exchange (I was trying on clothes while waiting to trade some of my own in), so it’s a bit more expensive than I’d find it thrifted. On the other hand, it’s stunning, and a beautiful tomato-red collared full-skirted embroidered cotton dress is a rare find indeed. An intimidating woman on the T once told me that red is my color, so I’m a bit predisposed to it.

So the question here is: should I spend $22 on a pretty dress, or should I continue on my mission for financial austerity, and use that $22 towards practical things like food and tea and socks and conditioner?

I know the good/correct answer, but sometimes being a cash-strapped fashionista is trying.

So next time you really need your hair out of your face but also want to look simultaneously ladylike and a little crazy, maybe try this little French braid bun I threw together today?

My hair was especially unruly today, and not in a hot sex hair way.

Basically, instead of just a topknot, I did a short French braid starting at the front of my hairline. I took that chunk of hair, twisted it with the rest of my hair into one mass, threw that into a ponytail, and then twisted it into a bun and secured the whole thing with another hair tie.

I actually like how off-kilter the whole thing looked—very neat from the front, but as soon as you incline your head or turn to the side, it’s a little off. Perhaps better served by a brush beforehand if you need it to look, you know, nice.

Not my fanciest hair creation, but when you have dirty shoulder-length hair and zero bobby pins, you have to make do.