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Major announcement: as of tomorrow, I’m retitling this blog to High Hopes; High Heels, and the url will be highhopesandhighheels.wordpress.com. Please update your bookmarks accordingly!

flat iron curls

Hi reader(s)!

So I’m still in love with my ombre highlights, but was convinced I’d never be able to get my hair to look as good as it did the day I left the salon. I watched my stylist curl my hair with the flat iron, and even asked her to walk me through it step-by-step, but I still couldn’t get it to work! But I watched a few tutorials (including this one by Style-Ish) and after a lot of trial and error, I’m happy with the results! For me, the trick seemed to be taking small sections and releasing the clamp on my flatiron a split second before I get to the ends of my hair. I also used Bumble & Bumble’s Thickening Hairspray while my hair was damp and finished it off with a liddlebit of Grooming Creme.

[Voila! As opposed to "viola" or "wah laa" as I've seen it creatively spelled]

Here’s a full-body shot. Before we get there, please note that I did not intend for my shirt+shorts tuck-in to look so…crotchy, but I snapped this photo on my way out the door to rehearsal tonight. Please also enjoy the peek into my closet!

[tee: Boutique in San Francisco; shorts: J.Crew (old, but similar here); necklace: J.Crew Factory; skull bracelet: BaubleBar; watch: Nixon; wedges: Zara]

Please also note the two tumbleweed-sized hairballs my cats have left. Sigh. I love this t-shirt, and I can’t remember which boutique in San Francisco it came from, but the fabric is so soft and I love the asymmetry.
Maybe I’ll spend the last few hours of my weekend cleaning my dresser and my room!

boyfriend

As summer winds down, I’m finding myself searching for pieces that will transition painlessly to fall (whenever that may be here in San Diego!)

[tee: J.Crew (similar); jeans: Gap 'sexy boyfriend'; shoes: Zara]

Happy weekend!

shopping

I had the day off on Monday, so I went and stimulated the economy. Never say I am not a patriot! I tried on so many things, including this adorable cat-printed dress from Anthropologie.

[feline karma dress, Anthropologie]

I liked this dress, but didn’t love it, and certainly didn’t want to justify the price tag. The shoulders would also have to be taken in, and I’d like it to hit me an inch higher. If it ever goes on super-clearance in my size, I might have to snag it, though – the print is too cute!

Now on to the successes!

[sexy boyfriend jean: Gap; cheetah-print skirt: Loft; french hen sweater, striped tee (similar): J.Crew; hoodie: Gapfit; tee: ABC Store Las Vegas]

I’m totally excited to wear all of these – just need the weather to cooperate!

viva las vegas

I adore Las Vegas. From the crazy desert heat, the annoying street peddlers (seriously, do I look like I want a flyer about naked ladies?) and the aggressive air-conditioning; to the amazing food, the unique people-watching, and the amazing food (again), I am 100% on-board with driving to Vegas for a random weekend!

We arrived Friday afternoon, checked into our room at the Flamingo, and headed off to a happy hour crawl!

[t-shirt, coated denim shorts: Forever 21; wedges: TOMS; jewelery: BaubleBar, Nixon, Gorjana, Stella & Dot, T+J Designs]

I spotted this tiger shirt at the mall, and immediately cracked up. It got me a lot of attention, but my favorite comment was from a little kid who grabbed his mom’s hand, and said “Look, a tiger!” I enjoy observant children, apparently. FYI these wedges are incredibly comfortable. We walked and walked and walked and WALKED, and not once did my feet hurt. I may buy them in every color.

We had drinks/appetizers at Michael Mina’s American Fish, where we split small plates of tuna tartare on crispy sushi rice cakes, the lobster roll, the crab cake, and the mac and cheese; and then at Nob Hill Tavern, where I discovered gin is not my friend. See my Yelp review for the saga, as well as a heartwarming tale of what good can come when you hire nice bartenders.

Here’s a montage, because I like those, too!

[purse: H&M]

The top photo on the right hand side is from our late-night happy hour/dessert-fest at Max Brenner. We had the corn croquettes, the tempura bananas with toffee and chocolate fondue, and I had an Americano with a peanut butter liqueur. My friend had some sort of cake-flavored martini, which was also crazy good.

Saturday was pool time, and then a spin through the Cosmopolitan hotel (which is also where we had our last meal before leaving. We also had a fancy dinner at Sage at the Aria on Saturday night. If you can get there before they realize that their tasting menu portions are far too generous, GO! I also befriended a man who ordered a $100 pour of whiskey. I semi-recall telling him to “ball so hard” I believe. Guess their cocktails are stronger than I thought!

[gelato x 9]

Sunday’s brunch was at the Wicked Spoon. The brunch buffet is only $29, and for an extra $8, it comes with all the champagne, bloody marys, or mimosas you can drink! As we were on our way out of town, I didn’t partake, but that’s a pretty sweet deal! Pro tip: get there before 11:00 if you want quick seating (and if you also want to taunt the 500 people standing in line to get in at that time), and make sure you try the gelato bar! My favorites were the salted peanut (top middle), the mango (bottom right) and I will say the Thai tea (bottom left) tasted exactly like a frozen Thai iced tea.

[fatman from above]

In a stroke of genius, I took today off from work. I spent the morning resting, re-earning the trust of the cats who thought I’d abandoned them, and trying to get the last remnants of smoke out of my hair. I also took advantage of having a Monday off by hitting up the mall for some fall fashion! I’ll show you my purchases in my next post.

Viva Las Vegas! And Viva Sleeping In,

dots

I’m dying over this J.Crew blouse in the Snowcat print, but I just can’t bring myself to spend a ton of money on clothes right now, so imagine my delight when I found something similar at Forever 21!

[blouse: Forever 21 (similar here); pants: J.Crew; heels: BCBG; watch: Nixon; lips: Face Stockholm 'Chili Flake']

Happy Monday!

garden party

My lovely friends got married this weekend. The ceremony was short, sweet, and to-the-point. And the bride baked her own wedding cake! How amazing is that? The invite said “cocktail, or dressy summer” and I was happy to finally have an excuse to wear this floral gown from BCBG.

[dress: BCBG; sunnies: Kate Spade; wedges: Toms; watch: Nixon; jewels: T+J Designs and Stella & Dot; lips: MAC - Impassioned]

Happy Monday!

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