Flared Squared.

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Top: ASOS / Jeans: J Brand / Shoes: Diane von Furstenberg / Cuff: Similar / Bracelets: Sugar Bean Jewelry 

I am more than aware that I am not the first person to wear peplum. In fact, I may be the last person to jump on the peplum train. I don’t know what took me so long… Perhaps it’s the fact that most peplum shirts hit me far above my waist and defeat the whole purpose of peplum. I digress… Neverless, I am here and on the peplum train [choo! choo!], but naturally my first peplum would be a tattered, acid wash, rendition.

P.S. No, my hair does not grow that fast. Yes, I still have bangs. They are far more versitile than I imagined. Poof!  I can make them disappear like that!
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I Got Banged.

UntitledQuite simply, I needed a change. I had the same hair style for going on 6 years, and my hair just needed a breath of fresh air. Let’s be honest… I went in with bang-free intentions and just wanted to update my color (I was beyond tired of having  over processed blonde hair) and and cut off all the dead ends. Overall I just wanted a healthier more natural look. Turns out my hair was alot more sickly than I thought [cringe]. So when it came time to cut off all the damaged portions of my hair, I was left with J. Lo circa 2005 bangs. Not the look I was going for. So me and my new hair love, Norman,  went for it. My hair feels so soft and healthy and I love having my hair back to it’s [nearly] natural color [with the exception of highlights]. Mission accomplished!

Hello from 7,890 feet.

_DSC0145My family and I have been visiting Aspen in the summer since I was six, so it is safe to say I know what to expect [and what to pack] when it comes to this annual vacation. This year, I’d give myself a C- on packing. Most Aspen summer days are 60 degrees in the morning, 75-80 during the day, include an afternoon rain shower, and a cool walk to dinner. This year I have been waking up 40 degree mornings, torrential down pours, highs of 47, and snow on some of the mountains. Needless to say, I have been hibernating in the warmest clothing I brought.

So what does one do when the sky is on its 16th hour of rain, you can see your breath, and everywhere is muddy? Well, naturally take your photog brother, slip hike up the mountain, and take some photos of course.

To say that 10 days is enough of this place would be an understatement. Aspen is my second home and is the most beautiful place I have ever been to. Aspen trees line every trail and street, and the air always smells mountainy and clean [it’s really hard to put into words]. I love Aspen for it’s laid back, whatever goes vibe. The fact that all I really pack are a pair of jeans, athletic clothes, hiking shoes, a hairbrush, and face lotion, just proves how Aspen lets you be the most simple, natural version of yourself. And that is one of the most wonderful and relaxing things in the world.

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It’s Not You, It’s Me.

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This past weekend and upcoming week, have and will continue to be a non-stop frenzy of moving, packing, unpacking, re-packing and traveling. I moved into a new house this weekend, and this week I have designated my evenings to settling and getting most things sorted out. On Friday I have to re-pack for my annual summer family vacation to Aspen, CO. Ten days of [thin] mountain air, brisk 50 degree nights, walking everywhere, afternoon summer storms, long hikes along columbine studded trails, and chance encounters with bears [last year I saw 12].

Once this week settles down, and I enter vacation mode, I will return and be a better blogger to you. As you can imagine/know, moving is exhausting and all consuming and is quite the whirlwind, and finding a spare moment to pick out an outfit [who are we kidding- my closet isn’t even fully unpacked let alone color coordinated], and shoot it, is not realistically going to happen this week. With that being said- it’s not you, it’s me. So I wanted to take the chance to extend an, “I’m sorry.” The good news is that the end is in sight, and new photos of my new digs are on the horizon.

Even with the stress of moving and all things that comes with it, I can safely say that I have never been happier or more at peace. I think Holly Golightly said it the best, “Did I tell you how divinely and utterly happy I am?”

Have a happy week!

xxo,

Allison

Summer Stripes.

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Top: This or That / Shorts: Free People / Wedges: DVF

Bangles: Alex and Ani / Sunglasses: Cheap Monday

One of my favorite things in the world is the color combination of blue, crisp white, tan, and gold. I swoon. And to all those people who think you can’t wear wedges with cut off shorts and without looking like a hussy- you’re wrong (or seriously judging me right now).

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Make Cornbread, Not War.

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Shorts: Current/Elliott / Top: Gap / Shoes: Steve Madden

Hat: Billy Reid / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban / Bracelet: Sugar Bean Jewelry

I love hats. I love cut offs. I love aviators. I love bed head. I love just throwing things on and being comfortable. Don’t get me wrong, I will always have a strong affection for Chanel and five inch heels, but sometimes it’s nice to just be low key. I enjoy going out and trying to new restaurants in the city, but one of my happiest places to be is when I am in baggy sweats and my boyfriend’s oversized SMU shirt (that I have nabbed from his closet), cooking dinner, sipping wine, and watching movies. The weather in Atlanta has been rainy to say the least. It seems like at least four times a week we have been having torrential thunderstorms. Flash flood warnings popping up on our iPhones seems to be a normal occurrence now. This weather only facilitates my cravings for all things cozy, quiet, and simple. And I’m okay with that.

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I’m in Love, and I Don’t Care Who Knows.

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[Diane von Furstenberg Opal Wedge.]

This shoe and I go way back. We have history. It seems like just yesterday, I was strolling through the mall in 2011 when my eye was caught by a very attractive black wedge. My heart rate went up, and I felt a rush of excitement. Now I am sure you’re wondering, how can a basic black wedge be eye catching? Well, this one was tall, thin, well built, and had a delicate criss-crossed. It was love at first sight. When I tried them on, I feel deeply in love with the comfort and the way they looked on my feet [I mean really ladies, shoes have to make your feet look pretty]. I knew it was going to be a lifelong romance. I knew I had fallen hard when I realized they were 25% off. And that is how this fairy tale romance began. Fast forward 2 years… It dawns on me, I wear these with anything and everything, rain or shine, and have never tired of my wedges. Perhaps, Allison, it’s time to invest in another pair. Now, my heart will always be true to my first black pair [there is no need to be jealous my original, love], but these nude ones are coming quite close. They too go with everything and are just as comfortable. Currently, both sit happily next to each other in my closet- I hope one day they can become good friends.

Change of Address.

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I’m moving! In less than a month I will be packing up my apartment and driving five miles to my new home. I’m thankful that it is such an easy move and not too much of a location change [although the scenery will be very different- think trees]. I am bursting at the seams with excitement over home decor at the moment. Although most, if not all, of what I have now will be in the house, there is alot more space, a.k.a. decoration opportunities! My first order of business is investing in new glassware and dinnerware. I am thinking these glasses to sip ice water out of, and the smaller ones for casual wine. Every time I see these plates, my heart skips a beat. If a woman could love a plate, that would be this love affair I am having with these.

A little tidbit about me, I love white. I love clean and tidy spaces, and white, obviously, only aids in my neat-freak personality. My decorating aesthetic is [as mentioned] whites and creams [VERY netural colors], with different natural woods and stone, cowhides, candles [eucalyptus or coconut scented], and flowers. The exception I make, however, is art. Being an art history major I love anything that can hang/lean on a wall. So all bets are off when it comes to adorning my walls.

I thought I would share a few photos of my current place, before packing up and moving elsewhere. After photos to come!

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