Organic by John Patrick tank dress (organic cotton – made in the US) | medium – via credits at Garmentory,
use my REFERRAL LINK for a $20 credit – also 20% off at The Dreslyn
The Great boxy denim jacket (made in the US) | size 1 via credits at Shopbop
Beek Finch sandals (handmade in Mexico) | true to size
3.1 Phillip Lim large ryder satchel (made in China) | small embossed version, secondhand option
JP will always and forever be James Perse, but as I try to purchase more organic cotton pieces to replace conventional cotton items in my closet, I will hopefully be adding in more Organic by John Patrick. I had one Organic cardigan that was 7 years old (purchased from Beklina) I gave to my sister because it didn’t fit anymore, but I always loved, and I do have a wool sweater I got this winter, but this is my first organic cotton piece from the brand (I ordered it late last week with credits I earn at Garmentory and it arrived on Monday).
I did not get a good shot of the dress without the jacket on top, but it is a very nice scoop neck and the sleeves are bra-friendly (with ANY kind of bra, not exclusively racerback), which was really important for me. I got it to replace my Splendid maxi dress that’s about served it’s purpose for wearing out in public (I will continue to wear it at home, but it’s quite worn looking at this point), and I am all about the midi length lately, and wanted something a little shorter.
I love the hemline, although I’m a teeny bit concerned about the raw hem over time and with washing. I love raw hems, but most I see in higher-end garments are stitched up about 1/4 inch above the hem so it will never unravel too far. So I may take this to my tailor and have her add that at some point.
The dress is not fitted at all, which I also appreciate. It’s just a great, easy, casual tank dress – an essential basic for me. I will wear it alone, layered, with sneakers, sandals, etc., etc. Next, I have my eye on this thin strap tank top and eventually the 3/4 sleeve top. I also love the sweaters, which are on sale now at Organic by John Patrick’s site.
Now, hair. If you’ve been with me for a few years, you know I’ve been through A LOT of hair styles: long & straight, pixie, bob, etc., etc. I decided recently that I was going to try and grow my hair out a bit, to a few more inches longer than it is now – just to see how I like it. I’d been very happy with it at just above shoulder length, but I never stick with a hair style for too long, not because I don’t like it necessarily, mostly because I’m always wanting to try something new. Story of my life…
I’m excited about growing it out, and can’t wait until it gets past this bad stage where it curls up right below my shoulder blades – I HATE that. And I like to wear it down, but since I haven’t had “long” hair in such a long time, I’ve forgotten how much it can get in the way! And as soon as I tuck it behind my ear, or put it back in a ponytail, my “hairstyle” is changed; there’s a crimp in the back or on the sides, so it never hangs straight again. And I typically wear my hair back or up all the time lately. I go to Pure Barre 5x a week and am outside all the time with the dog, and it’s getting HOT. I do not like hair on my neck when it’s hot.
I also hate to wash my hair and do it as infrequently as possible.
So here’s my question: if you have long-ish hair, what products do you swear by, how do you wear it, what is your styling routine? I try different styles with it “up” but I don’t like to use a lot of product since I don’t like to wash my hair very often, so the styles don’t “stick” generally. Oh, and although I have a lot of hair, it’s rather fine, and STRAIGHT STRAIGHT STRAIGHT, which is a challenge in itself! I’m always looking for products to add texture and volume, but since my hair is so blonde at the ends lately, I have a problem with it looking very dry all the time, no matter how much oil I use. And sometimes I feel like I use a LOT!
Thanks for your suggestions 🙂
*oh, and I know I don’t have to apologize, but I am really struggling with my photography lately. I’ve created a “studio” in my garage, so I don’t always have to depend on taking photos outside in front of the garage door, but it’s a natural light studio LOL so it still depends on the lighting outside, and it’s been rainy and gross lately, which makes it a real challenge to get enough light in to get nice clear photos. So, sorry for the grainy photos 🙁