off the record & the shoulder

Being a person who loves to look nice has its ups and downs. And sometimes the benefits don’t outweigh the negative aspects. But sometimes they do.    
Top: Khol’s off-the-shoulder (I got it in white)…& here’s another option that is adorable and it even has tassels (!!!)|| Bottom: American Eagle (always my go-to because they are an inexpensive, long option) ||Bag: (old) Dooney & Bourke– similar style here and here. ||Shoes: similar sandal here or here.
Like my art room? Beckett let me choose the decor and I think he was a bit scared when I wanted a lambswool rug to cover my drafting chair, but I think it works nicely! Plus, it helps my bum not to hurt 😁 (sorry for giving you tmi).
About my creative process: It sounds really weird, but… I am really only able to be creative when I feel good about how I look. I think it is partly a procrastination thing though, but it is still something I have learned about myself over the years. 
 So whether I am running errands ⬆️ Or just painting, I usually at least put on makeup and do my hair– even if I’m still in yoga pants and a tee. In college I used to put on lipstick before I studied for tests… Lol… There has to be something wrong with that! 😋
Oh, also, idk if you can see this hair clip in the other pictures, but…
 …it was actually an old brooch that i found in an antique store this past weekend! I literally just pinned it into my hair with bobby pins (not the pin itself). I thought about super gluing a bobby pin into the brooch itself, but I realized we’re out of super glue.😢 maybe I will show you how I end up Turing the brooch into a full-fledged hair clip later! Until then! 

🎶{every heart beats true for the red, white, & blue} 🎶

Dressed up & Casual Party Looks for the Fourth
midi skirt 
Similar items that I ❤️: this Lord & Taylor tee  or this Express Amour tee| this {white} midi or this blue skirt😍 ALSO this skirt would be so wonderful for a more casual date night or party|& check out these adorable (and comfortable) wedges! |the final part of the outfit might be the most important… earrings that look like firecrackers! These earrings are another pair that have some attitude and flair|
[ps–My apologies about our icky landscaping… We’re still in the process of designing our yard] 
For my hair, I just did some classic curls with a curling wand and then I pinned it back with a bobby pin. Spray and go! I’m loving this look lately because it is so simple & sophisticated.  Plus, I saw in InStyle Magazine yesterday (in the August issue that I just got in the mail) and I felt so in style (lol) because I had already been doing this hairstyle for a few weeks. 😋
I love the colors red white and blue and any excuse to wear them together is a good one.
Fun fact: seeing flags makes young people more patriotic! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸So fly those flags high! 
|sunnies: Cole Haan (from Marshall’s)
Our puppy Kota wanted in on the photo action too! 
A more casual look for the sequin shirt includes high waisted distressed denim shorts and red flats (in this case, polka dot Keds or  or even these Keds).