Summer Hair Style with Hair Cuttery #MYHCLOOK

Adam and I took a trip to Hair Cuttery in Schaumburg recently to get a fresh style for summer. Years ago I chopped off my hair to about shoulder length and immediately regretted it, so I pretty much stick to my long layered hairstyle year-round. Wearing the same old hair style all of the time can get a little tired though, so I wanted to do something different – also the weather was hitting the 90’s so I wanted to pull it away from my face and neck. Walking in to the salon I met with stylist Carmela, and we discussed the types of braids she specialized in. I chose to go with boxer braids, because I loved the look, plus we were having a little backyard barbecue so I wanted something that was casual that would stay put all evening. Adam also got a haircut with stylist Sarah, and we decided to go short with a little more on top to spike up.

Adam actually thought it was so much fun getting his haircut along side me getting my hair styled – the next weekend he asked if we could go back and get another one! I told him we needed to wait for his hair to grow a bit more first. But I did actually go back myself this past weekend to the Streamwood location for a blowout and I absolutely loved it. They even had a purple shampoo that was perfect for keeping lightened hair from getting brassy.

If you are in the market for a new summer style – head to Hair Cuttery – braids start at $10 and Blowouts start at $17 (mine was $27 because of the length).

Note: This post was Sponsored by Hair Cuttery, however all thoughts expressed are my own.
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Summer Style With ModCloth

As of today, summer is officially here – and for me that means backyard barbecues, outdoor music festivals, and Fourth of July celebrations. Today I’m partnering with  ModCloth to share two of my favorite looks that are perfect for summer. What I love about ModCloth is they have am expertly curated range of clothing, shoes, and accessories sourced from over 100 independent designers, and everything is at a great price point. I also love brands who promote positive body-image, and Modcloth regularly features plus sized models and carries a full range of sizes.

I find that summer style can be a little bit tricky to pull off, It is fairly easy to look chic in the colder months because you have so many more items to add to your look. When it is 80 + degrees, it may seem as though you don’t have quite as many options. However, I have learned a few ways to make it work – for anyone.

The first is pretty self-explanatory – opt for clothes that aren’t too tight or constricting, things that can be described as easy breezy are your best best. A dress is always a good idea (and breezy as well) – I really love the ruched detail on the neck and the elastic on the waist of this dress– it is incredibly figure flattering. Side note: the ruching actually helps to disguise any wrinkles you may get – which is a huge pet peeve of mine.

Next is to add light layers – to be prepared for the occasional rain shower or change in weather, and just to add interest to your look. I added this utility vest (which I seriously think everyone should own), plus it has a hood, and pockets, which I love.

Be sure to look for pieces with a unique detail to it, after all if you are only wearing jeans and a tank, make sure it is a really great tank . For example, this lightweight floral tank has a tiered hem, and a bow detail at the shoulder (which is also removable). The material is so light and airy, and it is just a happy print.

Finally, my secret to making any summer outfit look ‘picture perfect’ is to add one element that really stands out – the easiest way I do so is to add color – like the bright red bandana (that I stole from Adam’s baseball uniform – they are the River Bandits) or these espadrille flats in a bright tangerine color.

Scroll down to see how I styled my favorite summer outfits, and also shop more Printed Pieces, and Summer Trends from ModCloth.

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Look 1 Thanks to Modcloth: Dress | Vest | Sneakers

Look 2 Thanks to Modcloth: Top | Shoes 

Note: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Mod Cloth and Shopstyle Collective, all views expressed are 100% honest and my own.

Weekend Getaway Style – Boston

Prior to last weekend, my knowledge of Boston came almost solely from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon movies, that tiny other bit held bits and pieces strewn together from my U.S. History courses from college. Even though I am a History major, I studied World History, of which the U.S. had the least share of the curriculum. The trip was fun, we ate a lot of great seafood, took a sightseeing tour of Boston and learned quite a bit (p.s. I love duck tours!), and strolled through Cambridge and snagged some Harvard gear – and I am now the proud owner of a crimson Harvard muscle tee that I will probably be too ashamed to wear at the gym. One key thing I did learn is that I love a warm lobster roll over a cold one, by far.

Scroll down to see my outfits and all the way down for links to what I’m wearing or something similar – thanks for visiting! Don’t forget to subscribe xx

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Outfit 1: Jacket: All SaintsSimilar Style (Under $100)| Dress: Anthropologie (sold out) Similar Style | Shoes: Thanks to Everlane | Bag: Marc Jacobs

Outfit 2: Top: Nordstrom (sold out) Similar Style | Jeans: Zara | Shoes: Thanks to Everlane 

Outfit 3: Top: Lulu’s | Jeans: Thanks to DSTLD (DIY’d hem) | Sandals: Thanks to Everlane

Outfit 4: Jacket: All Saints | Top: Bailey44| Jeans: Rolla’s | Shoes: Thanks to Everlane | Bag: Marc Jacobs

Outfit 5: Jacket: H&M |Top: J.Crew | Jeans: Gap Factory (can’t find a link) | Shoes: Thanks to Everlane