Mixed Messages

Happy Monday, friends! Can we all just take a moment to notice that it's already August sixth?! What the what? I feel like life started speeding up at an alarming rate in January of this year and it really just hasn't stopped since. I feel like I'm going to blink and be 60. Anyway, this outfit is from last week, and we shot it in Shelby Park. The backdrop is so beautiful, but you would not believe just how much traffic this tiny little area gets. We'd get 1 picture and have to scoot out of the road. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Worth it though. I've been wearing this exact outfit (with alternating shoes) for the past week. In fact, I wore this exact same thing just yesterday. This dress has become a quick summer staple because it's lightweight and breezy, but it's still long enough to feel comfortable in. Plus, it's dark and doesn't show gross sweat spots (I know! Not the loveliest thing to make mention of but whatever, it happens. Especially in hot and humid Tennessee.) I'd take one in every color if they were available. Luckily there's plenty of other options on the site which I'm currently lusting after.
My hair was a hot mess during these photos. Really, just yucky. I've been experimenting with different hair masks and new products, but I'm not getting any great results. My hair tends to be on the dry side thanks to dyeing + using dry shampoo, but when I do any kind of mask it's eternally greasy. Like I can't find a good balance. Anyone have any suggestions? I'm open to hearing them!

These shoes are one of the three pairs I own of the same exact style. The Blowfish Gavinas. I bought these when they were on mega flash sale over at Haute Look a few months ago. I have them in red and brown, too. They're so comfortable and easy to walk in. This was the first time I had worn shoes that went across my new foot tattoos, but luckily it didn't bother them. (No close up shot because they're still peely and gross. I'm just saying a lot of gross things in this post.) Also - too much pattern? Too crazy? Maybe a little bit.
Today we're going to be working in Honeybean once more. We're cleaning her out, figuring out some inventory situations and snapping some photos. I realize I've never really shared the inside of Honeybean much so maybe I'll do a nice little tour of her soon! We're also trying to make a lot of business decisions. That's such a vague way to put it but my head is all in a tizzy trying to outline our intended path and timeline. I'll share more about that soon. :) Have a great day!

Forever 21 cardigan
Thrifted belt
Honeybean purse
Assorted Forever 21 bracelets
Blowfish Gavina heels

67 comments:

  1. Your outfit is so pretty and so is the location where you took photos! :)
    I can really relate with the hair thing; my hair is the exact same way! What I do to make it look less greasy is:
    Put baby powder in your hair and then work it in so it's no longer noticeable. It really helps absorb any oil and your hair is back to normal! It's like magic -- and it makes your hair smell so nice...

    Hope that helps a bit and loved this post! Can't wait to see the 'tour' of Honeybean!

    xoxo
    Nat

    modernbuttercup.blogspot.com

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  2. Cute outfit! I'd love to see the inside of Honeybean. =) I also feel like this year has just FLOWN by. I feel so old saying that, but seriously... what happened to the first half of 2012?

    Did you do something to fix that one script error thing? I realized I just opened this entry and didn't get any kind of error! =)

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    1. Couldn't ever figure it out (for the life of me!) so maybe it just finally got fed up and went away?! Let's hope so! haha

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  3. I remember seeing your foot tattoos on instagram, and I am so in love with them! Another favorite blogger of mine, Rebecca of Manzanita recently got some too, and seriously, I have been craving a new tattoo or two lately, and maybe I should get some foot ones! Anyway, I love how you layer floral on floral, and those shoes are too cute. I can see why you would have multiple pairs of a similar style!

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  4. First of all, this post didn't gross me out at all. All of my friends who are super-skinny don't have as much of a butt-and-thigh sweat problem. ANYWAY, I love the patterns. I don't think it's too much. It's so appealing. Also, I can't wait to see the inside of Honeybean!

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  5. I love this outfit so much! Your style is just perfect.
    In these pictures, your hair looks a lovely texture and such a nice wave to it! Is that natural or do you style it like that?

    Vicky xo

    describethesky.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. This is just what my hair does naturally after a few days if I don't blow dry it or curl it. I keep it in a bun 90% of the time so I think that's what causes the waves! ;)

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  6. I loooove your hair! It's alot like mine, only more manageable looking. lol. How do you handle the layers around your face? Mine aggravate me, and I always pin them back. /sigh

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  7. I like your hair color these days. It's a nice shade on you. Have a great Monday!

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  8. For deep conditioning I usually coat my hair in coconut oil (when it's dry or wet, doesn't matter). Then I wait 5 to 10 minutes and shampoo it out. It makes my hair so soft because unlike most oils coconut oil actually penetrates the shaft and moisturizes the whole strand. Plus there are like 100+ ways to use coconut oil!

    I love your outfit and I in no way think you're sharing too much! I love the little deets stuff. :) Can't wait to see the inside of honeybean!

    xoxo Sarah
    theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

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  9. Adorable outfit. I love how the prints go together so perfectly. Also, my hair is usually pretty dry too, but I use Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla mask conditioner. It smells heavenly. You leave it in for about three minutes and then rinse it out and BAM. Lovely, soft hair. Hope this helps!
    Emily
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  10. Adorable outfit. I love how the prints go together so perfectly. Also, my hair is usually pretty dry too, but I use Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla mask conditioner. It smells heavenly. You leave it in for about three minutes and then rinse it out and BAM. Lovely, soft hair. Hope this helps!
    Emily
    Emilypalefsky@gmail.com

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  11. hands down best thing for dry hair is Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle deep conditioner. Use it after any Aussie shampoo, leave it in for 3-5 minutes, rinse it out (cold water if you're feeling bold) and enjoy amazing hair. Been using it for years now and it's my go-to for dry hair, knotted hair, bad winter hair, you name it.

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    1. I've heard this twice in two days so I'll give it another go! It's been a few years since I tried it :)

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  12. I like all the patterns and prints! Not surprised that dress is one of your summer staples, it's so pretty. Hair-wise, when I had blonde hair (dyed from brown) it was VERY dry to begin with. I never used a mask, but I swore by Kérastase: I know it's expensive, but I used the Bain De Force shampoo and it worked really well for me. Just an idea :)

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    1. I've heard a lot of great things about Kerastase so I'll check it out!

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  13. The older you get the faster time seems to go by. It's a cruel trick, really :(

    I also have decently dry hair (been coloring it for years) and am always looking for ways to work in some extra moisture. One thing that makes hair feel AMAZING is to let it soak in some extra virgin olive oil. Specifically your roots. Work in into your scalp as well as your strands. Leave in for as long as you want, but preferably at least 45 minutes. Then wash your hair with only shampoo, don't condition. You may have to wash it a couple times to get all of it out, but it makes your hair SOO soft and helps moisturize it!

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  14. love the combo! And I think your hair looks fab. Great colour :)

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  15. You're such a lovely lady. I'm really not sure how you even manage to go outside long enough to even take pictures without completely melting. It's too darn hot in the South!!!

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  16. If you try out any hair masks that work, please share on the blog in the future! I have the same problem with dry hair but masks making it a greasy mess. I'll be checking these comments for some suggestions myself.

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  17. The moroccan oil masks are amazing! I've never tried the actual oil but i bought both masks and I prefer the one with the brown lid, and I've recommended it to my friends and they all love it!

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  18. you look so so adorable!


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  19. I love the mix of florals you did, I never feel like mine goes together but maybe that's the point? I don't know, your's goes perfect! hah love it :)

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  20. I love the pattern! Yes it's a little crazy but that's what I like about you!

    Becky
    xx

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  21. *_* Luving the floral dress

    -Crystal
    http://lolitafatshion.blogspot.com/

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  22. good luck with honeybean, can't wait for the little tour!
    xo, cheyenne

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  23. I love this outfit. I really don't think it's too much pattern. I think the same belt in Kelly Green would look divine with this dress. I have been using a recipe I saw on pinterest for my hair. Brought it back to life and didn't strip the color. Check out this http://pinterest.com/pin/134685845076929681/
    I can't wait to see the Honeybean tour!
    xoxo
    Gracie B
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  24. most beautiful dress, and amazing shoes! very jealous.

    i'm thinking of getting a hairmask to help my split ends. good luck!!

    chloex

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  25. Hey lady! After reading for a few weeks, I figured it was time to say hello and stop lurking. Especially since I thought I saw you at the Black 13 Tattoo party on Saturday, but I was too shy to say hi then. "Hi, are you that really cool blogger?" is such an awkward question to ask a stranger. Especially if you're WRONG! :-p

    Anyway, have a great day working in the Honeybean. Interiors are my obsession, especially small spaces, and I'd love to see a tour soon!

    <3 jen @ stuff jen did

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    1. Aw, I wish that had been me. Sadly I was out of town + spent the rest of the night at work. Must have a twin here in Nashville! So it probably was a good thing you hadn't (though I've done that myself. Embarrassing at first, but I ended up making a new friend because of it! :P) I'm glad you de-lurked though because I love meeting fellow Nashvillians and hope we cross paths soon :D (And if you really do see me out and about, don't be afraid to say hi!)

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    2. Haha, I'm so glad I didn't say anything then! But I'll look for you and the Honeybean. :)

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  26. have you tried daddy-o from lush? i've been doing your hair routine (loreal hi-color and chi serum). when i wash my hair (2-3 times a week) i use daddy-o and it works pretty well. my hair doesn't feel greasy or dry.

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    1. I don't think we have a local LUSH anywhere (or maybe we do across town, I'm not sure) but I might have to pop in! THanks lady

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  27. Looooooooove this look on you! Your hair looks great against the blue/green tones :)

    xo
    http://kittysnooks.blogspot.ca/

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  28. You look beautiful in the dress. rather jealous that you pull off tattoos in such a pretty and non-rocker kind of way. can't wait to hear more about honeybean!

    xo

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  29. I love mixed patterns! And those shoes look great, I buy my favorites in different colors as well :p

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  30. also- was thinking, as far as the hair situation... how often do you wash your hair? try washing your hair half the amount that you do now for the next 2-3 weeks, and brush it a lot from the roots down to the ends, so the natural oils from your scalp can moisturize your hair. an hour or two before washing it, here is an idea for a mask:

    1 banana (mashed very well, like baby food)
    1 tablespoon of extra virgin, organic coconut oil... you may have to melt it to mix it in completely with the banana, depends on the room temp. it melts at 76 degrees. (i like nutiva, personally)


    you could also substitute an avocado for the banana, very moisturizing, but some avocados have a little bit of a stringy substance in them which can be hard to get out of your hair (my hair, at least, and my hair is like, kinky curly)

    then wash the mask out with your normal shampoo, leave your normal conditioner in for a few minutes extra, and rinse.

    THEN, use a really small amount of coconut oil and dab it onto your hair once it's dry. coconut oil is really emollient, so it soaks in readily and doesn't leave your skin/hair oily unless you use a LOT.

    Also, what Kasey Height said is good, too- putting straight olive oil in your hair is really effective. The only thing with this I'd suggest is be sure that the olive oil you're getting is really 100% olive oil, you may have to do some research, the olive oil industry is ridiculously corrupt, and often bottles that say "100% olive oil" are not. Though, true olive oil will do serious wonders for your hair!

    Another suggestion, is to just put any kind of base oil in your hair an hour before washing it and then wash it out with your normal shampoo routine. This is effective over time (I recommend coconut oil, always, or sweet almond oil, macadamia nut oil, jojoba oil...), but i know a lot of people don't always have the time to put into doing this.

    good luck.

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    1. I only wash my hair about 1x a week (haha gross, maybe?) but anything more leaves my hair feeling really not good and it just bleeds my color right out of my hair. I wash it once and always doing a conditioning treatment on top of it, but I'll try some of these, too! I've done the olive oil in the past but the problem is my hair will be oily for dayyyssss. No matter how many times I wash. It's either way too dry or way too greasy. :( haha

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    2. Yeah, olive oil can be really overkill as far as oiliness depending on your hair type. Have you tried Argan oil? (or products containing argan oil) I have only used it a little bit myself, but I've heard nothing but good things from other people.

      Try leaving a deep conditioning treatment in your hair for an all day period. Or, when you go to rinse out your conditioner, just rinse it out partially, leaving a conditioner/water mix in your hair for a day or two, then rinse it out. Try this once a weekish.

      xo

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  31. Sally's carries a great line of products that I am currently using on my ombre-bleached hair. One N Only Argan Oil... I have the conditioner, the oil (which has a bit too much silicone in it for my taste, so you have to find how much is right for you. I was using a different brand which I prefer but is much more expensive. I found if I use just a tiny bit of the One N Only I get similar results) and I use the hair mask. Basically on Saturdays when I can take a bit more time in the shower I wash my hair with a clarifying shampoo to get all the build up off, step out and towel dry my hair as much as possible, but the mask on it, throw it into a bun, and leave it on while I shave my legs and whatnot. Leaves my hair feeling almost like virgin hair.

    Coconut oil is great, too! You can get a jar of it from walmart.

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    1. Surprisingly enough that's actually what I use haha (One N Only). I also use a detangler on top of that, and an Ion Conditioning treatment too. So it could just be that product is weighing my hair down. I just can't seem to find a happy medium. Though ONO has been a good product for me in the past :)

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  32. looove that dress, and the belt accents it so well! It totallllly does feel like the year is flyingby, and things are changing so quickly!! But you're doing a great job, dear!

    XO Sahra
    EffortlessCool

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  33. My hair is suuuper dry, even though I've never dyed it or anything. Like what the heck? But I've been on a search for a few years and I've found 2 great brands/ products that I love. First is Garnier Fructis Sleek &Shine. The second is aussie moist conditioner and the three minute miracle deeeeeep conditioner. They both get rid of the frizz without being heavy.

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  34. Love your mix of florals in this look. You always look so feminine and beautiful.

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  35. i recently switched to sulfate free shampoo & conditioner on a whim and i am loving it! even after the first use i could tell a difference. i can't say that i washed my hair very often before, but i shampoo about twice a week/every four days now and i have seen a huge improvement.

    i also started deep conditioning my hair once a week at the beginning of this summer and it really helped the dryness. i was using a special product for that but since i ran out i have just been using my new sulfate free conditioner. i ring my hair out so it isn't soaking (water dilutes the conditioner!) and then apply it but instead of rinsing the conditioner out in the shower, i just put my hair in a ponytail and then let it sit like that for 30 minutes to an hour while i cook or do laundry or something else equally fabulous and intriguing. then i rinse it out in cold water and by the time it dries it's soft as a kitten! good luck miss kaelah!

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  36. Do You use the hair masks outside of the shower for a long time and then wash it out in the shower? I've heard some people do that and maybe that could be what's causing the greasiness?
    I have REALLY dry hair because of a medicinal scalp treatment I used a couple of years back and so I have to condition a lot, but I use the mask in place of regular conditioner - put it on in the shower for a few minutes after my shampoo then rinse - and find that sets a decent balance.

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  37. I want to hire you as my personal shopper. For reals, I love your style and you pair everything up SO beautifully. Love this whole look! :)

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  38. I would love to see some inside photos of Honeybean! And I know what you mean about the sweatstains, haha.

    Plus, I definitely don't think it's too much pattern. They're both florals, so I think they look great together! :)

    -Lindsey
    Et tu, tutu?

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  39. Oh, I have that same cardigan! I have trouble figuring out what to wear it with though. As for the deep conditioners make sure you're using a protein or moisture treatment (or both) and not anything with oil (hot oil treatments are a big no no!). My favorite treatment is one that we do at my salon called Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratriplex Treatment by Paul Mitchell. It's a two step treatment that's done in the salon, but you can buy the second part of the treatment to take home and use in between salon treatments. It's a little pricey but it makes your hair feel awesome. I also like Paul Mitchell's Super Strong Treatment and their Instant Moisture Treatment. I work at a Paul Mitchell salon, so I'm mostly familiar with their products, but K-pak by Joico is another one I've had good experiences with in the past :) If you find that they are too heavy, make sure to rinse like crazy (with room temperature water and then finish with cool water) and if it's still making you feel greasy, just concentrate it on the midshaft and ends of your hair, avoid the scalp. Sorry for the long-winded comment but I hope that helps!

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  40. I LOVE that you bought your dress at Maurices. I think it is the first time that I have ever noticed something that you bought from there. Maurices is my absolute favorite store. Great choice! ;)

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  41. That would be great if you did a tour of Honeybean! Also, I love the way you mix floral patterns.. cute outfit :)

    Oh, My

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  42. super cute outfit! I am really new to this blog, but have you ever tried baking soda/vinegar hair cleaning? I am just starting to try it out and it has been awesome! Looking forward to sifting through your archives :)

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  43. Love your outfit, I think it fits you to perfection!

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  44. Like the cardigan, it's super pretty x

    Rose Eva
    SilhouettedBlog

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  45. You look so beautiful, its so rare to see you smiling like this in your outfit photos but you have such a wonderful smile! You look gorgeous.
    I'm such a big fan of Aussie shampoos and conditioners, I went camping at the weekend and practically had dreadlocks when I got back but some conditioner and a comb and I'm all ready to go again! They're a bit more than I like to spend (anything more than £2 for toiletries seems like an extravagance to me) but I usually just stock up when they are on offer xo

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  46. im a hair stylist and am seriously obsessed with Paul Mitchell forever blonde dramatic repair spray. its not only for blonde's...but for chemically processed hair. it leaves the hair soft and smooth but not greasy. its totally worth it!

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  47. You really look beautiful in this outfit, the dress is very pretty and I could only wish my hair looked like yours on a 'bad' day ^^ If you're still looking for a good deep conditioning hair mask, I recommend mixing some Dove Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner (the one that somes in a tube, not the regular bottle) with 1 table spoon of regular almond oil and apply it on the hair from above your ears to the ends. Wrap it with a towel and wait for 25 minutes before rinsing out. Then wash the hair with a gentle shampoo (baby shampoo is the best) and then condition the hair some more again with the Dove Oil Care. Hope this works for you. I use the blow dryer and flat iron everyday and my hair isn't damaged at all. xx

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  48. Shampoo and condition first. But don't rinse out the conditioner. Let it sit on your hair until you're done and then wash it out. Keep a comb in the shower to run over your hair while the conditioner is in as well. It helps to make sure it reaches all of your hair not just the top layer.

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  49. I'm loving the new outfit photo labels, very fancy! Looking forward to seeing the Honeybean photos too :)
    Faye x

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  50. That outfit is beautiful!

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  51. I NEED that cardigan, girl. Is it sold out?

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  52. You are adorable and always look awesome in all your style photos. I wish I had any fashion sense :P

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HEY! Thanks for dropping by. xo KB