Friday, February 27, 2015

When I cut my hair a couple years ago, I loved it… and still do. I’ll probably never have long hair again. I loved the cut even more after it grew out a little. Then, like I do, I had to go fuck it up. I even tried coloring the front blonde. Yup.

So, the last several months have been rough, but I’m finally in recovery. I got a simple cut again and I’m just growing it out now.

Here’s what I’ve learned…

Short Haircut / Pretty Haute Mess

Image from Hj i

Cool cuts like this one above is super hard to maintain actually. And it must be styled, you can’t just rock bead head, which is my M.O.

The key is finding a cool cut that’s versatile in both style and length. So, no matter how much effort you feel like putting in your hair on any given day, it will look ok. And also, if it grows out a little, it’s not a total mess, but rather just a longer version of what it was before.

Here are some cuts I like (the top right is what I just took to my stylist last weekend).

Short Haircuts / Pretty Haute Mess

Images from Hair RomancePinkula, Adi Barsan, Vogue UK

And for the record, this is who I want to be when I grow up…. Kate Lanphear.

 KATE LANPHEAR / Pretty Haute Mess

Image from Stockholm Street Style

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Shantell Martin + Kelly Wearstler / Pretty Haute Mess

Visual artist Shantell Martin, the cool gal who draws on everything, collaborated with designer Kelly Wearstler… What did they come up with, you ask?…

Just incredibly unique and totally awesome furniture, home decor and apparel, of course.

Shantell Martin + Kelly Wearstler / Pretty Haute Mess

1. Brea Ottoman

2. Sailboat Scarf

3. Big Diamond

4. Leather Jacket

5. Elliot Chair

Image via Complex

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I love the eye trend… Stylistically, it just looks cool. But, if you want to get deep about it (which I usually do), for me they eye symbolizes insight and clarity. Both of which I could use more of lately.

Well, if I can’t have clarity in life, at least my socks can…

Eyes / Pretty Haute Mess

1. Eye Print via Etsy

2. Leather Pouch via ASOS

3. Gold Ring via Etsy

4. iPhone Case via Urban Outfitters

5. Socks via Oki-Ni

6. Kicks via Bergdorf Goodman

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Great style is like rhythm, it’s not something that can be taught. This girl has it. Pretty much everything about her look is on point, down to the gloves. (At least I think they’re gloves, maybe they’re part of the jacket which would make it even cooler.)

pleated skirts / Pretty Haute Mess

This short haired, green-loving lady is only part of a stylish pattern I’ve been noticing lately. The sporty, yet refined pleated skirt is looking really good these days.

The key is to not dress it up, keep it casual. But if you must, pair it with a sweater and some awesome shoes. My favorite, besides the perfection above, is the grey look below with sporty kicks and a classic clutch.

pleated skirts / Pretty Haute Mess

Images: Top – Art Symphony; Set of 5 – The Sartorialist, Brit + Co, Harper’s Bazaar, The Sartorialist Instagram, The Sartorialist

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fall Style / Pretty Haute Mess

Over the weekend I did a little shopping. I don’t know about you, but I’m the type of person who buys a bunch of stuff at a time and then doesn’t shop again for a little while. Two reasons…

  • I’m an all-or-nothing type of person. It’s not like I never buy one piece of clothing if I see something I like, but I usually don’t want to shop until I’m really feeling like my closet needs an upgrade. And at that point I usually need a handful of stuff.
  • I really don’t like shopping. To be specific, I don’t like shopping for shoes and clothes. I find it exhausting and emotional. However, I love shopping for the home. Never a problem.

Well, my closet needed an upgrade so I went shopping. I left Lamont alone to write and headed out. I bought stuff that can be worn together and also mixes well with some of the stuff I already own. That’s typically how I shop, it’s easy and it’s how I like to dress most days. Meaning, I wear a lot of the same thing with slight variations.

My favorite purchase was from Oliver Peoples… I finally found a pair of specs I love. Thanks to my parents, because it was a birthday gift. I should get them at the end of this week or beginning of next and I can’t wait!

I bought two pairs of jeans from The Gap, one gray and one black. They are way more comfortable than jeans are supposed to be. I also bought a pair of boots, since I didn’t have a basic boot with a heel. At only 5’2″ I need a heel sometimes. Now, as much as I love my purchases from The Gap, I just keep hearing Ryan Gosling in my head, from the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love….

“Be better than The Gap.”

I also bought a bunch of basics from H&M, like some more pants, tops and this long black tank. I got a couple pieces from Forever 21, including this super comfy cardigan. Lastly, that marble necklace from A Merry Mishap will go with EVERYTHING. I keep my accessories to a minimum, so I like to find one piece I stick to for a while and then move on.

I’m proud to say, this is the first time I’ve gone shopping when I wasn’t totally happy with the way I looked. I usually only shop when I’m thinner, which as you can imagine sucks if I put on any weight. Since I’m someone who has a pattern of gaining and losing weight, it would make sense to have some basic pieces in a couple sizes. I’m still not 100% sure if this qualifies as accepting or settling, but I’m giving it a shot and seeing where it takes me.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

One of the most beautiful things about succulents is their variety. They come in all shades of green, pink, purple and tons of sizes. Bonus, they’re not too hard to keep alive. Although, sadly they still seems to be a challenge for me.

Green Products for the Home / Pretty Haute Mess

1. Pendant / Y Lighting

2. Smeg / West Elm Market

3. Wallet / Nordstrom

4. Tunic / Mod Cloth

5. Table Lamp / Euro Style Lighting

6. Stand Mixer / Crate & Barrel

7. Wire Chair / Hive Modern

8. Accent Pillow / Ferm Living

9. Rain Boots / Nordstrom

10. Dresser / CB2

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

White Style Ideas / Pretty Haute Mess

Why are there rules about when to wear white? It might just be a California thing or maybe I don’t like being told what to do, but I tend to ignore those color guidelines.

And to take it one step further, in my opinion, you can never go wrong with white on white. Who cares about matching the perfect shades of white, there’s nothing wrong with mixing it up, and disobeying all the rules of course…

1. Backpack / Nordstrom

2. Knot Bracelet / Motilo

3. Blouse / Net-a-Porter

4. Overalls / Topshop

5. Pom Pom Socks / J. Crew

6. Nike Air / & Other Stories

7. Jeans / J. Crew

8. Camera / Samy’s

9. Birks / Barneys

Inspiration image via Her New Tribe