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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Easy Breezy

White Dress | Studded Brown Sandals | Outfit | #LivingAfterMidnite
White Dress | Studded Brown Sandals | Outfit | #LivingAfterMidnite
White Dress | Studded Brown Sandals | Outfit | #LivingAfterMidnite
White Dress | Studded Brown Sandals | Outfit | #LivingAfterMidnite
White Dress | Studded Brown Sandals | Outfit | #LivingAfterMidnite
White Dress | Studded Brown Sandals | Outfit | #LivingAfterMidnite
White Dress | Studded Brown Sandals | Outfit | #LivingAfterMidnite
Allen Schwartz Sunglasses (similar) / Sunset 45 Earrings c/o / Kohl's Dress c/o (ONSALE) / Oasap Clutch c/o / Gorjana Alphabet Disc Cuff c/o / Fitbit Flex / Dolce Vita Sandals
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Taking outfit photos on vacation is pure torture. Not the actual task of taking them, but the fact that by the time I post them vacation is sadly long gone.

I picked up this easy breezy white chiffon dress right before I left for Florida & it was SUCH a good purchase!! Love the shape, lace detailing on the top & of course the fact that it's white (my favorite summer dress color).

PS totally forgot to take off my ridiculous hot pink Fitbit before we shot these. This just confirms that I 100% need that Tory Burch Fitbit metal bracelet immediately, can someone magically change that 9/30 pre-order date to today!


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Braids

Summer Braids - Hair on #LivingAfterMidnite
Summer Braids - Hair on #LivingAfterMidnite
The New Braiding Handbook c/o
Summer Braids - Hair on #LivingAfterMidnite
Summer Braids - Hair on #LivingAfterMidnite
Summer Braids - Hair on #LivingAfterMidnite
Summer Braids - Hair on #LivingAfterMidnite
Summer Braids - Hair on #LivingAfterMidnite
Summer Braids - Hair on #LivingAfterMidnite
Summer Braids - Hair on #LivingAfterMidnite
My go-to Summer hair do is definitely braids!! I'm pretty sure my hair was braided in some way, shape or form at least 75% of last Summer. When I chopped my hair off 10 inches of hair over the Winter I was worried about not being able to do as much with it. Thankfully Ulysses Press sent over this Braiding Handbook with over 60 hairstyles for me to try out!! Each style has easy to follow instructions & step by step photos that even the most inexperienced braider can follow! While I haven't perfectly these styles yet, I'm a fan of how they look a little bit undone!

Check out more of my favorite braided styles on my Hair-spiration Pinterest Board!

Special thanks to my sister for letting me borrow her head for this post!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Obsession: Blue & Gold Accessories

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Blue & gold is my favorite color combination for Summer especially when it comes to accessories! I feel like they can fit in the neutral category of my wardrobe in the warm weather months. There's nothing better than throwing on a purse in a bright pop of blue paired with metallic gold sandals & stacked gold jewelry to complete an outfit.

What color combos do you gravitate towards for Summer?

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Monday, July 21, 2014

My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

It's official the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is ON!!! It's like Christmas & your Birthday rolled into one! Unlike other department stores they aren't only marking down items that have been sitting on the shelves all summer, but they're marking down BRAND NEW items!!!

Check out the things I've got my eye on...
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks | #LivingAfterMidnite
Ivory Satchel / Statement Necklace / Ruffle Hem Skirt / Snake PumpsLeather Moto Jacket / DevaCurl Set / Spike Cuff / Over the Knee BootsLeather Sleeve Lambswool Jacket / Gold WatchV CuffKate Spade Tumbler / Burgundy Suede PumpsClarisonic Replacement Brush Heads / Personalized Bar NecklaceLace Dress


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Room for Style: Fashion | Back to Basics

White T-Shirt & Shorts | Coral Galian Handbag | Brown Sole Society Wedges | Back to Basics | #LivingAfterMidnite
White T-Shirt & Shorts | Coral Galian Handbag | Brown Sole Society Wedges | Back to Basics | #LivingAfterMidnite
White T-Shirt & Shorts | Coral Galian Handbag | Brown Sole Society Wedges | Back to Basics | #LivingAfterMidnite
White T-Shirt & Shorts | Coral Galian Handbag | Brown Sole Society Wedges | Back to Basics | #LivingAfterMidnite
White T-Shirt & Shorts | Coral Galian Handbag | Brown Sole Society Wedges | Back to Basics | #LivingAfterMidnite
White T-Shirt & Shorts | Coral Galian Handbag | Brown Sole Society Wedges | Back to Basics | #LivingAfterMidnite
White T-Shirt & Shorts | Coral Galian Handbag | Brown Sole Society Wedges | Back to Basics | #LivingAfterMidnite
White T-Shirt & Shorts | Coral Galian Handbag | Brown Sole Society Wedges | Back to Basics | #LivingAfterMidnite
Piperlime Earrings / Apt 9 Blouse c/o Kohl's / mark. Turquoise Ring (similar) / mark. Stone Bracelet (love this) / Gap White Shorts / Galian Coral Handbag c/o (also love this) / Sole Society Brown Wedges c/o
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While I'd never consider myself a basic dresser there are definitely basic items in my closet that I personally couldn't live without!!

Nothing is better in the Summer than an all white ensemble - whether it be a white dress or white shorts & top - it's a must have for me!! A bold color handbag & neutral wedges are more closet essentials. I brought all of these items with me on vacation and they not only worked perfectly to create this outfit, but worked with pretty much everything else I brought!

All of these essentials are classic pieces that will never go out of style...but honestly I don't really care if they do because they're items that I love and that fit me well so I'll keep wearing them!! 

Check out more of my personal wardrobe staples that I think every girl should have in her closet...
8 Wardrobe Essentials | #LivingAfterMidnite
LBD / Bold Colored Dress / Jean Jacket & Striped Dress / Midi Skirt / Maxi Dress / Trench Coat & Boyfriend Jeans / Black Skinnies / Long Flare Jeans



Did I miss something?? What is a must have item of clothing you can't live without?

Don't miss our past Room for Style Fashion Posts - Pool & Beach StyleThrifting & Affordable Fashion!! & Make sure to follow our Room for Style Pinterest Board for all our "Inspired by" Looks ((both Decorating & Fashion))

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Room for Style: Decorating | Back to Basics

Living After Midnite: Room for Style: Power of Gray
Decorating 101
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Let's get back to the fundamentals for decorating.

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Color: The Color Wheel is a great tool to help you navigate color combinations. (Don't miss past posts on monochromatic, complimentary & triad color schemes)

If you find the color wheel difficult to use than find an object, such as a pillow, to help you with color inspiration.

Back to Basics | Decorating | #LivingAfterMidnite
Here we see how color can be used to update a piece of furniture, it's also an easy way to add that pop of color to a room (especially if you're renting and can't paint the walls!). This piece was painted using a new line of paint inspired by OPI Nail Lacquer. This is shade is Miami Beat from the OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington available at ACE hardware stores nationally.

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Pillows: Crate & Barrel

Layering: So important & easier than you think! Anchor the room with an area rug, pull a color from the rug for the wall & ceiling color, arrange furniture, hang window coverings, add lighting & lastly accessorize!

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Here you can see the different layers - wallpaper, mirror, furniture than they pull it together with different size and patterned pillows, then they use two different style tables & added accessories.

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See how this very basic bathroom comes alive by adding wallpaper.

Back to Basics I Decorating I #LivingAfterMidnite
This is a beautiful example of how a room should be pulled together - neutral color sofa, then they added the colors yellow, gray and black with the subtle addition of teal in the accessories.

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Fabric: Thibaut Design

Accessorize: This can pull a room together. After the room has all the necessary pieces and a function floor plan it's time to add all the interesting touches...art work, family photos, mirrors, pillows, throws/blankets, candles, baskets, books, the ideas are endless.

Back to Basics I Decorating I #LivingAfterMidnite
Design: Wendy Hughes

I've said this before, but I'll say it again - a room doesn't get pulled together in one day. Start with the basic needs and then take your time finding those special items to pull the room together.

Important tips to remember:
Know when to stop
Less is more
Big is better
Don't overdecorate!

& as always if you need any professional advice or help feel free to email me at Whughes04@optonline.net

Don't miss our past Room for Style Decorating Posts - Beachy KeenFlea Market Finds & Affordable Decorating & Make sure to follow our Room for Style Pinterest Board for all our "Inspired by" Looks ((both Decorating & Fashion))

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wear & Share Wednesday: mark. Styling Trapeze Blouse

Avon mark. Styling Trapeze Blouse
Avon mark. Styling Trapeze Blouse on #LivingAfterMidnite
Avon mark. Styling Trapeze Blouse on #LivingAfterMidnite
Avon mark. Styling Trapeze Blouse on #LivingAfterMidnite
Avon mark. Styling Trapeze Blouse on #LivingAfterMidnite
Avon mark. Styling Trapeze Blouse on #LivingAfterMidnite
Piperlime Earrings (similar) / mark. Styling Trapeze Blouse / Aeropostale Jean Shorts c/o / Treasure Lane Coastal Jewelry Bracelet / mark. Metallic Tote (similar) / Dolce Vita Sandals
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My initial though was to dress this top up with white shorts & heeled sandals, but I ended up shooting these photos on a Sunday and I just didn't feel like getting dressed up! I'm SO not a shorts girls, but I've been pulling out these denim ones more times than I'd ever thought I would.

I love the cut outs on the collar of this blouse & the bright blue color, but I'm not loving the puckering on the front of it. I'm hoping another round with the steamer will get it smoother.

As for this bracelet, I picked it up at the most amazing jewelry store in Vero Beach on vacation last week along with an even more amazing pair of earrings! Can't wait to wear both again and again and again...

Make sure to check out Alicia's full look on her blog!
Don't miss our last Wear & Share post with a an awesome lime dress!



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