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10.30.2014

Banded Headbands

Left to right: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (all c/o Banded)

Today I wanted to tell you about an awesome brand called Banded that makes these fun and gorgeous headbands. But that's not all... Each headband purchased provides 3 meals for a child in Uganda. How amazing is that? Truly a brand that's gorgeous inside and out. Coming from someone who has never been able to get a headband to stay on my head for the life of me, I was so pleasantly surprised by the soft, velvety underside of each headband that provides very minimal slippage. And, they're comfortable! I've worn them all day on a few occasions and never got that 'headband headache.' There are lots of fabrics, colors and widths, including a gorgeous 'luxe' line. My personal favorites are my black sparkly one, this gold & black beauty and these hair ties.

I just wanted to show a few ways that I can very quickly and easily style my headbands (each took under 1 minute). I'll be styling my black sparkly band in an outfit post sometime soon too.   

This is my favorite one because it's the definition of easy glam. It would look so cute to dress up an easy top knot, messy low bun or braid, or with your hair tucked up in it for a faux bob look, or 1920's style like this. I think this look is perfect for a fun little girls' night. 

This look is perfect for me on the weekends or after I get home from work. When I'm cooking dinner or cleaning I don't like to have my hair in my face, so this gets my front pieces back while helping me salvage some wave for second-day hair.

And then of course, the easy but cute low ponytail or messy bun. I've worn my headbands a bunch of times with a messy bun, but now that my hair is short I'll have to stick to a ponytail for a bit :)

Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you love this brand as much as I do! I'll be back tomorrow with a new outfit post.
xo,
Jacy

PS - Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a gorgeous pair of leather booties from Johnston & Murphy (valued at $298)! 


Products were provided by Banded, but all opinions are my own.

10.28.2014

Cozy Turtleneck + Johnston & Murphy Boots Giveaway

 Sweater: Forever 21 (here in different colors | lots more below) | Jeans: H&M | Booties: Johnson & Murphy c/o | Bag: H&M (similar here, here) | Lips: Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in 'Crush' | Nails: Essie 'Fall in Line'

We are finally getting our first full week of fall weather this week (it was 80 degrees over the weekend), so it was the perfect timing to finally wear this cozy turtleneck sweater and my new Johnston & Murphy booties! I've really been wanting to add a pair of leather booties to my boot collection, and the quality of these is absolutely incredible. The leather is smooth and shiny, and they have an awesome structured look that's huge right now but also so so classic. For those of you who don't know Johnston & Murphy... They are a classic American footwear brand based in Nashville that has sole high-quality men's shoes since 1850. In 2008, they introduced a women's line that also has that classic, high-quality appeal. 

Today, I'm so excited to be giving away a pair of the Sari Harness Jodphur booties that I'm wearing above (valued at $298)! This is an incredible pair of shoes to add to your collection, so don't miss out on the easy ways to enter below!

Giveaway will run through Wednesday, Nov. 5 with the winner announced Thursday, Nov. 6. Open to US residents only.        

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Turtleneck sweaters:




10.27.2014

Insta-Lately


I'm sure you've noticed by now that I cut several inches off of my hair into a 'lob' (apparently it's the thing to do right now), and I'm loving it! My hair doesn't grow super quickly, so growing my hair out for my wedding took quite awhile, but after getting my wish I was ready for something new and fun (and healthy)!



 One of my goals after the wedding was to start learning how to cook and to be able to make several home-cooked meals each week (which I've done). My next goal after that was to start in on green smoothies, which I did this past week! I know that that's a pretty simple goal, but these things just do not come naturally to me haha. Fortunately I've loved how they've turned out so far and I'm already getting the habit of making one in the morning to take to work :) Any favorite healthy smoothy recipes for me??



I somehow didn't own a pair of black flats (yes, insane), so I was so happy to find this gorgeous leather Franco Sarto pair at TJ Maxx! The good news is that I found them online for you all as well (I sized down 1/2 size)!


 I've also been wearing this leopard scarf a bunch and as always, I've found accessories like this are really the best way to add some interest to your basics and remix your outfits!

Sole Society scarf (similar) | H&M jeans ('denim blue') | Piko tee (via June & Beyond Boutique | found here online) | H&M bag (similar here, here) | DV by Dolce Vita booties (2 sizes left here | similar)


Cozy fall evenings are my absolute favorite! I also wanted to share this little centerpiece idea on here because it's SO easy and cute! I just bought around 6 mini pumpkins and arranged them in a glass bowl :)


Now that the weather is cooling off I've found myself craving warm coffee and all I want to do is curl up on the couch with a cup and a book! Too bad work gets in the way of that ;)

 
Easy but cute outfits like this one have become my weekend go-to when I'm running errands so that I'm still comfy but get to wear some of my casual favorites. This top is actually a sweatshirt and I love how soft and long it is (and the color)! This was snapped on a busy Saturday morning where I got to photograph a precious basketball clinic for special needs kiddos in our school district.


 
Based on the fact that I've already painted my nails with it twice in the past month, Essie 'Chinchilly' is definitely still one of my top 3 favorite polishes.

 

 This is probably not a big deal to most, but as a taller girl I haven't owned a cute pair of PJ pants in years because I can never find them long enough! I am rejoicing though that I found this stinkin adorable pair at Target that are so cozy (and long enough)!

I couldn't find them online, but just bought them a couple of weeks ago in-store. I love these too!


I snapped this after taking outfit photos one evening because this hat and lipstick are my very favorites at the moment!



 AND, an Insta post wouldn't be complete without a picture of my little love, Russell! Russ is somewhere between 6 and 7 months now (I tell him every day to stop growing) and he's still as cute as ever! Unfortunately, he's learned that he can jump up on our kitchen table, and is also in a very destructive phase at the moment. Much to my chagrin, this means that cute decor is still not in the cards.

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Thanks so much for reading! As always, I would love for you to keep up with my blog and everyday life via Instagram at @jacylenore!

I'll have an outfit post for you tomorrow :)
xo,
Jacy