Dress: Forever 21
Accessories: Charming Charlie
Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James
Call it a Spring Awakening if you will but yesterday, while sitting in my hair stylists’ chair and surfing through Google for images of Ashley Tisdale (ok, cat’s out of the bag she’s my second favorite blonde) I was inspired by a picture of her with darker locks and I decided to go a darker shade of blonde. After all was said and done (which by the way the process to go darker is soooo much easier than going lighter, no foils enough said) my blonde locks had mostly disappeared and were replaced with a very light shade of brown. This is actually a little closer to my natural color, and I’ve been wanting to do something different with my hair for awhile. I wasn’t going to let time be the only thing to change this week!
For reasons unknown to me, after I get my hair done, I instantly want a new wardrobe to go with it. Unlike my usual shopping excursions which take me to boutiques, South Coast or Fashion Island, this shopping trip took me to the Temecula Promenade. I heard H&M was having a sale and I needed some replacement items from Mac so really it was like the fashion universe was all but screaming at me to go. Sadly the sale racks had already been picked over at H&M so I ventured over to Forever 21 where I always know I can find something that’s cute and affordable. While I did invest in a few pieces I did notice a trend occurring. I not only went back to darker roots with my hair, but I went back to my all time favorite color, pink. Yes, almost everything I bought yesterday screamed pink, sparkly and girly. Don’t get me wrong, I love every article that exists in my closet. But because of color restrictions at work black and white have taken over my closet. It was high time I put my signature color back where it belongs.
This necklace reminded me of the Little Mermaid, so naturally I had to get it.
Best $2 I’ve ever spent.
Headband: Forever 21
Dress: Willow and Clay
If one person even says that this outfit is inspired by Coachella, I’m gonna scream. Yes, I do love festival attire. And most certainly I love Lana Del Ray. However, I have long been inspired by this hippie chic look perhaps since birth. After all, I was born into a Dead Head family so I like to believe that I got a head start on this trend.
In fact I have long been in love with the accessorizing with flowers. When I was younger I’d pick flowers and put them behind my ear. And then I discovered Tarina Tarantino in my early twenties who gasp not only makes flower hair clips but SPARKLY flower hair clips! A gal after my own bedazzled flower power loving heart. Sadly, several bosses of mine put a halt to this look declaring it to be “too ugly betty” for our brand. I was told that those words were a sentiment of care and muttered with the finest of intentions but the result was the same. From that moment on I was scared to sparkle from my head for fear of being rendered an “Ugly Betty.” Looking back now I realize this was all lies and simply a vein attempt for some people to dull my sparkle. Never again! Some people were born to shine and I am well prepared to say so to the next person who says anything to the contrary.
So today, on this day when we celebrate one man’s dream for freedom of equality, I celebrate my freedom to be as sparkly and floral as possible. You’re probably thinking to yourself, but the only thing sparkly about this outfit is the necklace. True, but fear not for after this blog post I intend on going to my neighborhood craft store and raiding the rhinestone aisle. Tonight I shall have a bedazzle party and bedazzle everything in sight. Sometimes it’s not just about simply being sparkly but rather being inspired to sparkle.
Like my favorite designer always says, “have a sparkling day
Growing up my ultimate goal was to own a flower crown. I didn’t even care if it was one of those imitation sparkly crowns with the ribbons flowing down from the end. I wanted one. Yes, I was blessed to have pretty much everything else I ever wanted, but every single time an opportunity to own a flower crown arose, that dream was shot to hell when a. they either sold out. Or B. I was distracted or gifted by something else. Today my dream of finally owning and pairing this perfect pink flower crown became a reality. One life dream accomplished, about a million more to go!