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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Waves


Hello wavy hair!  The most glorious part is that this is 2-day hair.  That, and it still looks good after a nap, something that is annoying when I leave it straight.  None of that may not sound like a big deal to some of you, but it's a HUGE deal for me.  And --gasp-- I could probably go for 3 days like this.  *Sound the angelic choir.*

I wore this outfit while working from home last week and grabbing lunch with Benson at Nordstrom Cafe.  I didn't know it was a THING to eat at Nordstrom Cafe until someone else brought me there for lunch and saw it crawling with people.  It's always, always, always PACKED like it's some major spot to eat at that I was completely unaware of.  At least that seems to be the case over here.  If you've got a Nordstrom Cafe near you, is it a thing to do there too?  

This is one of the Target tops I picked up last week that I cannot find online to save my life.  I think a black and white top with a small pattern like this is the warm-weather equivalent of my polka dot blouse.  Just as versatile, for sure!  If you're not near a Target, I think all the options below are fantastic and serve a similar purpose.  Some are more sophisticated and professional while others are more youthful or casual, but they will all be just as versatile!

Links to Shop:
1.  New York & Co.  |  2.  LOFT  |  3.  New York & Co.
4.  JCPenney  |  5.  Forever 21  |  6.  Target



Shop for the Look:
Top: Target (similar, similar, similar)
Cardigan: H&M (similar, similar)
Jeans: LOFT (exact)
Shoes: Gap (similar, similar, similar)
Bag: Target (exact)
Necklace: c/o That's Mine Boutique (exact)

58 comments:

  1. I won't wear sludge brownTuesday, January 28, 2014

    Your hair looks fab, wish I could do 2 day hair. Nearest I get is scraped up into a pony tail x

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  2. Very pretty. My hair went curly after having my son. The hormones made it curly. It's wonderful, wash and wear. So easy. Great outfit. Loving the top.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  3. What brand is the Target shirt you are wearing? That'll make it easier when I go to look for it in the store. I love it and can see it becoming a favorite :)

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  4. Your hair looks fantastic! Any chance you could give us some styling or product pointers on this look?

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  5. Good for you on trying new things with your 'do. I love playing with hair. My hair is definitely a form of self-expression. It helps to have a great hairdresser too. Like Fido Dido says, "Dare to be different."

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  6. LOVE the waves! And the outfit is right up my alley! :)

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  7. Nice hair! And that's a great top! I bought the coral one last weekend, but I think I need to have it hemmed because it's a bit too long on me--I'm only 5'3". Speaking of coral, I love your shoes!

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  8. AUDREY! Squeee! I'm loving your hair! /burbles happily

    You look super fab as always but the hair really does add a spunky sassiness to the already fun spots. Thanks for putting a smile on my face; 'tis a great way to start my day!


    M @ http://www.myclosetcatalogue.com

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  9. Love love love your hair like that!

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  10. It is definitely not a "thing" to eat at EITHER of my Nordstrom cafes. lol.

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  11. LOVING your hair wavy! And I adore this outfit!

    No Nordstrom cafes near me in central NH so I can't help you there. Maybe it's a west coast thing. =)

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  12. Your hair looks absolutely lovely. And I'm drawn to the color in the necklace tying into the color of your flats. You are so simply classic with a twist of fun. I love it.

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  13. Love that shirt! Now I need one for sure!

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  14. One of the things I love about my current hairstyle is that I can make it last 3 days once I flat iron it. I say, work that 2 day wavy hair!! :)


    www.remixingme.blogspot.com

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  15. Your hair looks great! And I love this top! Thanks for including the names of the retailers for the links. I really like being able to see that information and compare the tops at the same time. Also, I never knew Nordstrom Cafe was a thing until a friend and I were at the mall and she suggested it. We were there on a weekday, around 2, so it wasn't busy. Once we went on a weekend closer to the lunch hour and it was packed! Their pizza is aaaaamazing (and perfect for two people to split). All the other food looks good, so I can understand why it would be a thing.

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  16. Oh, wow! How straight was your hair pre-son?

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  17. Thanks Brittany! I'm a total novice and I can't find the hair tutorial I used on YouTube anymore. But here were the directions: Use a wand to curl small sections and alternate which direction each section was curled in. (Away from the face or towards the face.) That helped tremendously, because when I tried before only curling away from my face the curls all blended together to one big wave all around my head.


    Hairspray and let set. THEN pull apart with fingers to soften and encourage the curls. Spray again.

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  18. Whew! Glad to get the Karen approval. And I could totally see you wearing this!

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  19. Ooh I didn't see the coral one. I would love that! I might hem this also since I have a short torso, but at the moment it's not as pressing as is my laziness. :)

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  20. Thank you, Maricel!! Your comment put a smile on MY face!

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  21. Thanks Kerri! It's so helpful to hear because new stuff always makes me a little anxious, you know? :)

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  22. Haha! Well...come over here and we can drop by for lunch with the rest of the cool crowd.

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  23. YES. I'm trying day 3 today, but I was wrong. I could do it--it still looks good--but I hate how it feels. Soooo maybe only day 3 if I absolutely have to.

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  24. I need to try the pizza! It's always busy here, even on the weekdays. That's what's so puzzling to me about it. There's a huge line out the door. I usually get the salads...and the tomato bisque soup. Mostly because that tiny piece of bread they give you with the soup is delicious! haha.

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  25. Almost completely straight. I had an ugly wave but otherwise straight.

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  26. Try dry shampoo for day 3 hair!

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  27. Love the wavy hair! I agree that it's awesome to be able to nap or work out or something and not worry about ruining straightened hair.


    As for the Nordstrom Cafe, I didn't know it was a thing either until my MIL told me about it. She doesn't even have a Nordstrom where she lives so she always goes when she's in a city that has one! I admit, though, they have the best French fries ever.

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  28. I love your hair and your bag! I didn't know Nordstrom had a cafe either, but we don't have a big one around here.

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  29. Love your hair!!


    xo - Sheila
    www.sheislovelyblog.com

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  30. I love the abstract art pattern on your top - so chic! And yes, your hair is ROCKING!

    xx
    Here&Now

    Enter to win a $500 shopping spree!

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  31. I wanted to comment and tell you that I found your blog recently (maybe through Franish? or Camp Patton... can't remember) and I LOVE IT!! I check every day for new posts! I already bought the Target lace tank (on clearance at my store) after seeing it here, and now I am eyeing this top as well. I get easily overwhelmed at Target where there is so much bad/not my style stuff that I never find the hidden gems, so I really love that you post soon after you find great stuff. Thanks!

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  32. Hi Bri! Here's a post I wrote on jeans I've been loving lately: http://www.puttingmetogether.com/2013/09/my-new-favorite-jeans.html

    I wouldn't recommend a particular cut of jean for every woman because I think that's dependent on their lifestyle and body shape. But I think all women could make great use of a medium-dark or dark-wash pair of jeans in any cut that flatters their figure.

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  33. HappinessatmidlifeTuesday, January 28, 2014

    2nd day hair is the best! I am so glad I have discovered dry shampoo. I like your hair this way - so fun!


    Alice
    www.ahppinessatmidlife.com

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  34. I love your hair! Looks gorgeous on you.

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  35. Your hair looks awesome! :)

    I really like the bright red flats with the jeans and printed top too :)

    Away From Blue

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  36. I totally get that! It's awesome when it pays off though!

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  37. I want your bag so bad! It's sold out online and I keep checking it everyday... lol! =]

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  38. Oh my gosh, Audrey. I am SO sorry to hear about your father's diagnosis. I don't have any words of wisdom for you and I'm not going to take up space sharing a story of my own, but I want you to know that I am thinking of you and hoping that through your father's illness that you can continue to spend time with him and soak up all the memories that you can. Thank you for opening yourself up to us so that we can support you. XOXO

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  39. Oooh I like your hair wavy - it looks so good! And I had no idea there was a Nordstron cafe - maybe I should see if we have one nearby!

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  40. I love your blog and am sad to read your news. Cancer is such a hard thing (understatement of the year!) to deal with.

    My mom had breast cancer and knowing that she had a little bit of time left she was able to record some individual videos for each of us including my younger sister who has downs syndrome and write a book for her future grandchildren about her life that I put together on Shutterfly. She also recorded herself reading a bedtime story through one of those Hallmark record a story books.

    I just wanted to tell you this because I cherish those things SO MUCH and I am so grateful that even though they were really hard for my mom to do (because she felt like she was accepting her passing) it is so nice and comforting to have a piece of her and have something for my children. Plus remembering her life history is harder than I thought and I go look at the book often to remember little details about her life that I thought I "knew."

    Cherish every moment with your dad, you will not regret any moment or any sacrifice that you make for him. I will be praying for you and your family, especially the younger kids. Take good care of yourself!

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  41. Oh thank you SO much for this blog! It seems ridiculously hard to find good tips or instructions for matching clothing, but finally this is what I've been looking for! So far I'm no good at remixing -- looks like that's going to change soon! It encourages me a lot that you have learnt how to remix instead of being born with some sort of innate magical fashion sense. I also love that your outfits actually seem *wearable*, which is sadly not a given in fashion blogging.
    Conclusion: I am incredibly glad to have stumbled upon your blog and I can't wait to read more of your posts tomorrow. Thank you!

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  42. Thank you for taking the time to write--I'm so encouraged to hear that! Wishing you the best with your own wardrobe journey :)

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  43. Your blog is styffed with great advice and although I consider myself good at layering ad remixing I still enjoyed the reading and got some ideas ,too. Thank you for all your efforts.

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  44. Your blog came to me as a gift from God. Last week I looked at my closet & thought, "I need help from up above, my 6 yr old girl has a better sense of style than me" :-(
    But after reading your 5 steps; i am inspired & sure I can do this again.
    Thanks for putting this together for us -your hard work has answered my prayers

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  45. I'm so encouraged to hear this! Thanks for taking the time to write and to say hello, too. Good luck with everything!

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  46. I'll second that. Thank you so much Audrey for simplifying this for me. I can FINALLY understand all the fashion advice my husband tried to communicate to me when we first got married (to my chagrin). You are my hero!

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  47. Here's a question: When you are shopping, do you attempt to knot it, belt it, remix it (by trying it on with various other pieces you don't plan on buying), etc. in the dressing room, or can you just look at it and know it will work for all those things?

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  48. Hi Liz! I used to see if I could do all that stuff in store, but not anymore. I didn't really do it with other pieces in the store though. It was pretty obvious if I could knot it or belt it...I mean, I might grab a belt or something in store, but that's not too hard. For remixing, I pull up my Go Chic or Go Home virtual closet and see what it could work with from my closet. I don't need to do that as much since I've gotten a lot better and eyeing a piece and making it work.

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  49. Viola Grothe NielsenTuesday, May 27, 2014

    Hi Audrey, I love your blog. My wardrobe is in a mess of colors. And reading and looking at your pictures are a great inspiration for me. We have almost the same body shape. But what a huge job you have done. Thankyou

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  50. Thanks so much, Viola! I'm really glad to hear the blog has been helpful :)

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  51. These are such great tips Audrey! Doing this kind of thing with your everyday wardrobe will make it much easier to pick a travel wardrobe and not overpack. I'm going to use your remixing tips when I travel to Europe in a couple of weeks, then I can apply it to my whole wardrobe when I get home. Thanks so much and keep up the good work!
    Simone
    http://adventuresofvintagebarbie.wordpress.com

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  52. Hi Audrey! I'm learning so much from your blog! Thank you!!
    Could you explain how to properly tie a shirt that isnt a button down? Im having a hard time.
    XX

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  53. Glad to hear it, Sydney!

    I usually gather the shirt together until the body of the shirt looks tight and gathered...kinda maybe like how you would gather your hair for a ponytail and smooth out the bumps. Then I twist the part I'm going to tie and tie it in a knot. Not sure if that's clear without pics, but that's the best I can describe it. Good luck!

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