shake it off

If you told me that you do not like Taylor Swift’s new song, I wouldn’t believe you. I’ve probably watched the video (which is the cutest little thing in the world) about seventeen times today. That’s not weird at all, right?

It just makes me so HAPPY! Taylor, you’re great.

It also gives me faith that being completely silly on the dance floor is okay (because that’s what I do anyways).

This week, I lived out the whole whole “Shake it Off” thing by shaking off half of my stuff. Now there is room for more important things in my life. I feel so freeeeee (emphasis on the extra e’s). I’m telling you friends, I’ve started a new thing. I name it unshopping.

Also, I just really love Taylor, and this gives me the excuse to gush about her for two seconds of your time. I’ll be quick, I promise…she’s so fun and silly but serious and talented all at the same time. I think you call that perfect. Can you even begin to imagine how much fun hanging out with her would be?

And you know what would be even more magical that a day spent with Tay? A day spent with Tay in this dress.

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Swishy skirts without the slippy straps: this is the world’s greatest dancing dress. Trust me, I just tested it out. In my little (or big) episode of the previously-mentioned unshopping, I found these perfect shoes that ALSO happen to be almost exact replicas of Taylor’s in the video. What a happy day.

Cause the while the heartbreakers are breaking and the haters are hating, I’m just gonna have a great day in this dress (of course made better by watching this a few dozen more times).

Love,

Maddie

dress (old), similar here and here// shoes, similar here// vintage earrings

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goldilocks

When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I think is “I can’t wait to do my hair”.

JUST KIDDING (that is probably the biggest lie I have ever told). Goldilocks and I have more than just the whole hair thing in common, we also like our sleep.

If you haven’t already noticed the obvious, I have plenty of hair. Honestly, it’s probably enough for three people. I do not, however, have extra time or extra hands to manage it all.

Which is why, most of the time, I don’t.

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Sometimes, you just have to embrace it. Beauty, my friends, is not perfection, and we all know that a messy bed head means you just had a wonderful nights rest.

But because not every day is appropriate for that just-rolled-out-of bed look, sometimes I need a little help. Here are some of my tricks for (attempting) to tame the mane.

1. Would you believe me if I told you that I only use one product? (this is actually a truth) The only thing that touches my tresses, beside the obvious shampoo and occasional dose of hairspray, is coconut oil. Let me tell, you it is absolute MAGIC. Coconut oil has the ability to lock in moisture without the use of petroleum-based ingredients and other chemicals like other products. It also protects from sun, chlorine, and lots of other wonderful summer things that tend to ruin our hair. My favorite it is Nutivia. Want to know an extra little bonus? It also tastes yummy! Just rub it into your ends to heal split ends and add crazy shine. Check out this article from Fashionista for a ton of other beauty uses!

2. Most mornings, I’ll use a flatiron for five minutes and call it a day. If I’m feeling really fancy, I’ll spend some precious sleep on this (super) easy style. When I tell my friends about these 5 minute curls, they don’t believe me. Here’s the tutorial.

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But now it’s back to my hair hero, Goldilocks: the girl that found her perfect night’s sleep AND had fabulous hair. This week, I started reading a super cool blog about my favorite activity, sleeping. Casper’s site and blog┬átell you all about an up and coming company in New York that is absolutely full of Goldilocks-approved beds. When I’m all grown up one day, I’m definitely purchasing one for a lifetime full of fairy tale worthy nights.

I hope these little tips help you tame your mane, but remember that sometimes messy is wonderful.

Love,

Maddie