Balancing Act

I threw my hair brush away over a year ago--sometime after my transition from bob to pixie and my move from Virginia to Pennsylvania it just seemed like a waste. Since I kept my hair quite short there was never a need for it, but I think I'm beginning to need more of a morning routine than finger-combing. Minimal make-up or hair styling is part of the way I feel comfortable wearing slightly fancier clothes for day. Yes, I'm wearing a pair of peep-toes, but look how light my makeup is and the lack of style to my hair--it's not really trying "too hard" no? Of course, I don't think people should be penalized for trying too hard anyway, especially when the opposite lack of effort seems to be rewarded or at least much more accepted. But we all have our own little ways of coping and feeling comfortable in clothes that might turn a few heads at the grocery store. Do you try to "balance" your personal style?

Outfit details:
Cheap Monday sunglasses (similar here)
Shakuhachi dress
vintage Coach purse



  1. I have a rule to keep from looking overdressed to only wear one piece of jewelry no matter what. - Leah,

  2. I normally wear "nice" clothes with flat, stompy boots to keep them casual. On the other hand, if I'm wearing a tshirt and jeans, I wear lots of jewellery to glam it up. It irritates me that there are social expectations about whats appropriate and expected to wear where but then I guess that gives me the fun of breaking those rules :)

    I've been following your blog for over a year but I think this is the first time I've commented!

  3. I love that dress and it's so flattering on you! I know I really like to wear just the same makeup every day. And while I do like fun dresses and stuff I feel weird if I have a fancy dress and lots of makeup on (unless it's a special event).

  4. Wow, that dress is beautiful! Yes I balance mine all of the time. When you like to wear vintage things can tend to get a little too dated or kitschy. So I have to balance those things with modern pieces. You're hair is getting so long! Alex

  5. I agree I love to dress up but don't want to look like I'm going to a fancy dress party. I love this dress its one of my faves of yours!

    xo Ilana @ My Modern Vintage

  6. Gorgeous dress, love the detailing at the top xx

  7. I think this is my new favorite dress of yours. You look absolutely fetching in this.

  8. Loving those shoes!


  9. beautiful!!

  10. so pretty! i totally ''balance'' things too, as i almost never wear much make up and my hair is simply a natural mess.

    i used to have dreadlocks, so hair styling is kind of new territory to me...

  11. That dress is just so cute! I love how unique the neckline is.



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