Travel Time: Scotland for the Holidays

Hi everybody!  Sorry, we have been a bit MIA for the past few days for a long holiday weekend.  Ours was great and we hope yours was lovely as well!  I flew to North Carolina for some family time (my sister turned seventeen on Sunday!) and also got a chance to catch up with some of my best friends from the east coast.  Becka spent some time with her crazy and glam grandmother Omi- who I’m sure will show up on the blog at some point or another- and hosted a dinner party with her boyfriend Kyle.

So it’s Wednesday and that means its time to pack up for a trip around the world! This time we thought we might figure out what to bring along if we were, say, invited on a cozy family getaway to our boyfriend’s Scottish castle.  Like perhaps this one?

Eilean-Donan-CastleOk, so thats Eilean Donan Castle and it’s pretty famous and maybe not open to weekend guests.  But we like to dream big. See our takes below and tell us what you think in the comments!

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For me, I think this weekend would be all about rich colors and ladylike shapes, amped up with a bit of modern flare.  Sweaters and other layering friendly pieces would be a must (castles are drafty you guys!) but above all I’d like to feel sleek, pulled together, confident- and cozy.
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Staying in a castle makes me want to be dark and dramatic. Think tortured princess locked away in a tower with only time to sew fabulous, hate-filled dresses. (side note-this should probably be a movie.) I’m thinking a thick plaited braid like below, some dramatic leather gloves, and a never-ending supply of deteriorating wool sweaters and lace infused gowns. 

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Would you wear any of these to a Scottish Castle? And more importantly what gown would you wear? Let us know!

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Travel Time: Scotland for the Holidays

Power Browing

Hey friends! This past week was finally the start of thanksgiving break, also known as the time Laura came back to Raleigh! We had only been counting down for about 5 months, no big deal. 

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Not only could I not wait to see her and hang out, but I was also super excited to fix her brows. I know this sounds so incredibly weird, but I’ve been grooming them for her for about three years and without being close by to shape them up I’ve been watching them get progressively more rowdy over FaceTime sessions. Laura has the kind of strong, defined brows that would make any girl jealous, but sometimes I just have to go in and trim a little here and there to create a more polished look. Take a look at these before and after pictures and some little brow tips!

From this.                                                                                          To this.

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  • Always brush your brow hairs up with a clear gel before plucking so you can get a better idea of your natural shape. 
  • Trim any long hairs. This is the key to looking groomed. Even if you don’t pluck them often, just keeping them trimmed will give a more polished look. 
  • Pluck from below completely before touching the top of the eyebrows. I’m serious about this one… bad things happen when plucking from the top first. 
  • If you want a more defined look, use some eyebrow gel or even a little eye shadow powder in your brow color to fill in any sparse spots (usually right around the highest point of the arch.) 

Let me know what you do to your eyebrows, and I’ll have a more in-depth photo of the brow process soon! Also, sorry for the quality of these photos, we were so excited we both forgot our proper cameras!

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Power Browing

Trend Alert: Golden Tattoos

Hi friends, today I thought I would share my new obsession with golden tattoos! Laura and I have been discussing getting tattoos for a quite some time. We’re almost ready to make the leap, but in the meantime we’ve been obsessively following the golden tattoo trend thats been sweeping the street style blogs. Lasting 4-6 days after their application, they are so lovely and etherial. They give that instant cool factor to any boho outfit.  Yesterday I finally made the leap and bought some samples! I can’t wait to try them out, but in the meantime I’ve included some great inspiration pictures of the trend in action. 

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I impulse bought mine at Francesca’s, but they are also all over the internet if you want to search for the perfect ones! What do you think, would you ever wear them?

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Trend Alert: Golden Tattoos

Where In the World: Igloo Edition

Ok, heres the game: pick your dream place to travel. Literally any place on your bucket list will do. You get to pick outfit inspiration to pack on your trip: a dress for a fancy dinner, a casual outfit to run around in, and some wildcards just for fun. Unlimited budgets and a dream wardrobe for globetrotting.

We play this game on the phone sometimes just for fun and wanted to share it with you all! Both of us definitely have the travel bug, but when funds are lacking it’s fun to plan a little fantasy trip (starting of course, with the style!) We hope to make this a regular series, but here’s the first stop on our little journey.

finlandThis trip is inspired by Beck’s sister’s recent engagement. Her guy proposed at this fabulous igloo hotel in Finland.  Heated individually and made entirely of glass, they are perfect for viewing the northern lights and warming up after long reindeer rides! Click through for each of our takes on the style for this amazing trip.

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becksA bold leather and velvet draped reindeer woman.

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lauraI‘d keep warm with cozy florals. Baby blue overcoat, sparkling embellishment, and layered knits.  My direction is all about the softer side of a snowy day.
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So what do you guys think? What would you wear on a trip to Finland? Also, we wanted to share this adorable picture with you of our happy couple :)  

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Where In the World: Igloo Edition

Monday Brights

You know what’s fun?  Really, really bright shoes.

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Just look down at your feet and… instant mood boost!

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Happy Monday you guys!  I thought this little color burst would be a fun way to start the day.  I wore this look out and about on Sunday but feel like this is a fresh, casual vibe I could rock all week long.  And seeing as its a holiday week, I just might.

I’m looking forward to flying to North Carolina on Thursday morning for a long weekend with my family and a reunion with my darling Becks!  Hope everyone has fun plans for Thanksgiving and, of course, killer outfits to go along :)  Let us know what you think about these crazy shoes and what you are up to this week in the comments!

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Sweatshirt: Patagonia, Truth to Materials Collection; Jeans: Madewell; Hat: Sample Sale; Shoes: H&M; Sunglasses: Target; Bag: Vintage

 

Monday Brights

White Wash

Today I matched this wall.  IMG_0709This sweater is one of my all time favorites. Not only is it warm and cozy and just the right amount of slouchy, but it has a giant cowl that can also be worn off the shoulder if you’re having a Sandy from Grease moment. (see below for styling) I also just added these ankle booties to my rotation. They are suede and the perfect shade of grey which makes me so incredibly happy! 

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Sweater: Apt. 9, Skirt: American Eagle, Boots: Michael Antonio, Glasses: Bershka

So what do you think- cowl or off the shoulder? And should I always match my backdrop? Can’t wait to hear from you! 

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White Wash

Up and Out

Guys, today I have moving on my mind.

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A good mantra while moving

Actually, its been on my mind for a while now.  Between moving out of my college apartment this spring (Three years worth of impulse H&M purchases and junk mail people!), getting back to my parents house in Eastern North Carolina, and then packing it all up in my tiny car to head out to California, it has been a year of changes. The logistics have been exciting, scary, and maybe a bit trying at times- I mean I only called Becca in tears- what was it two or three (hundred) times?

For my first six months in Ventura I have been living in a teeny tiny (read: 350 sq. feet) studio. It seems though, that the new year is bringing along with it new digs and a new roommate which all adds up to- lots of new projects and decorating (which I of course can’t wait to share here!)  But I have to say, though I’m looking forward to moving out and up, I’ve really enjoyed my tiny space.  It was a challenge to make cozy and functional while still feeling personal.

So, to celebrate the tiny nooks and crannies we 20-somethings always seem to find and pay way to much for in cities far and wide, I’m going to share a few of my favorite tips and tricks for making your small home feel like a castle (haha just kidding- but hey you’ll still like the way it looks!)

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  • Keep it light, keep it bright
    Try to stick with minimal curtains, embrace that natural sunshine baby!
  • Pick a color theme and stick to it
    Nothing can make a small space feel more overdone than too many colors competing for attention.  In my experience, what works best is a nice light palette with one or two pop colors.  In my apartment I’ve been trying to stick to white, navy, and green.
  • While you’re at it maybe one of those colors should be green
    Just like keeping your windows uncovered, adding plants and greenery into your space can help pull the outdoors in and make your space feel more open and bright.  Plus it’s fun to have something to nurture… right?
  • Don’t be afraid to fill up the walls
    I am a big advocate of the gallery wall. Photographs, prints, trinkets, almost anything can be framed and hung up for instant added coziness.  Plus nothing can help a space feel more like a home than little reminders of good times.  Just be mindful of your overall color scheme when selecting your frames!
  • Edit, Edit, Edit
    Less furniture, less clutter on tabletops, just less.  Whatever you can edit out of the equation, you probably should. In tiny apartments you want to save your room to dance around in your favorite outfits, not for another footstool or whatever.
  • Set up a bar
    It’s classy. Pro tip: this works in homes of all sizes.

What did I leave out here?  Any favorite tips for small spaces?

 

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