A Week of Wear

We are finally enjoying some gorgeous weather here in Houston! Now that I've said that, it's obviously going to start raining, but it was good while it lasted. These are last week's selfies since this week looked a lot like sweats and shipping orders, but let's pretend. 

This was over the weekend and I'm loving these new J Crew sandals and how these blue shorts seem to end up going with everything

This is what I changed into for a boil with some friends and wish I could find it online for you! It's from the Gap Outlet and I just love it. It's super comfy and you bet it's coming back out for the 4th of July.

Gap Outlet Dress

Again, not online (ugh) but I think the Anthro romper I bought in March is still kicking around stores. It's got an elastic waistband (hello!) and it really comfortable and flattering. Basically, everything I look for in a piece of clothing.

Similar Anthropologie Romper (15% off when you download the app!)| Old Navy Bag | Badgley Mischka Sandals

I guess I wore a lot of old stuff this week, but this Wayf top was so breezy and comfy and once again, the J Crew Factory shorts are my go to summer bottom. I will absolutely be buying more colors now that they're marked down to $20!

Nordstrom Top | J Crew Factory Shorts (now $20!)| Target Sandals

Honestly, wasn't my favorite outfit this week. BUT, it matched and I didn't sweat my butt off in it. I don't know, something about it just didn't do it for me, but you can't wing them all, right?

Hope you all have awesome weekends and have some fun new things to wear!

Heat Proof Summer Hair

After 3 years of Texas living, I've finally figured out what works for my hair in the brutal Houston humidity. My hair tends to fall flat, lose curl, and frizz when the temps start to climb, and it's honestly not my best look. 

It doesn't take much, but I've found a few key products (and styles) that never let me  down! 

Headband | Redken Spray | Frizz Ease Cream | Hairspray | Dry Shampoo

A lot of days I don't even bother to use heat at all. I love braids, tucks, and topknots during the Summer months and I'm obviously partial to headbands. Gold is my favorite for the Summer months and the gold Blake (pictured above) is super versatile and perfect for dressing up a simple style or just keeping the frizz and baby hairs under control. Some super easy style tutorials can be found on our You Tube page (including how to create the perfect top knot!).

Now let's talk products.

If I decide I'm going to go to the trouble of curling (or straightening) my hair, there are two products I always turn to! Priming products are awesome (Living Proof's Perfect Hair Day is one) but they won't do what this Redken Iron Shape 11 spray does. Spray evenly from midshaft to the tips of your hair, comb through and wield that flat iron/curling iron (my favorite is this Hot Tools 1 1/4").

 I somehow thought it would be a good idea to rock fully curled hair on a 90 degree day at Sea World (dumbest idea I've had in a while) and while my neck was sweaty and it was anything but practical, those curls held. After 8 hours I still had some shape to my curls and while I won't be looking to recreate that particular hair scenario again, it proves my point. So if you've just gotta style for a wedding, baby shower, bridal shower, or hot date, this won't let you down.

Once the curls are there to stay or your hair is perfectly straight, it's time to tame the flyways and frizz. John Frieda's Secret Weapon Touch Up Creme has been in my repertoire for years! It's really light weight, a little goes a long way, and it doesn't smell like anything crazy. I run a dime size amount between the palms of my hands and gently smooth it over my hair, again going midshaft to the tips. I try to avoid putting product on the roots in the hot weather, since sweating and humidity can make it sticky and look oily. The only exception? Dry shampoo and this is my fave. It's cheap, available at Target, comes in large quantities, and works like a charm.

Finally, lock it with Elnett. Were you to come to my house (please don't, it's probably covered in legos) you'd find three cans residing in my vanity at all times. I can't risk running out. The hold is soft but serious and in conjunction with the touch up creme, keeps frizz locked out. I use this even when I'm not using heat, it keeps my topknot looking flawless, braids from fraying, and basically is my holy grail hair product. Too effusive? Never.

So here's to good Summer hair, may we all have it!

p.s. Thank you all SO much for an amazing Fourth of July WC launch! We love you all so much!

Willow Crowns Americana Capsule

It's almost time for our Americana capsule to launch and I'm so excited to share the full collection with you today!

We always do a 4th of July capsule that's separate from our Summer collection so that we have the chance to play with more colors and fabrics for the Summer season. It's also nice to have a separate June launch to help fill out what can definitely be a slower season for many shop owners!

We blended a lot of traditional elements (red gingham is always a favorite) with some fun leathers, prints, and fabrics (I LOVE linen) to create a streamlined collection that will keep your little ladies (and gents!) well accessorized through Labor Day!

Be sure to stop by Willow Crowns at 10 AM CST (11 AM EST, 9 AM MST, 8 AM PST) tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7th to shop the full collection! Quantities will be limited, so don't miss out! You can catch shop and inventory updates on Instagram or sign up here for our newsletter which will send a 1 hour reminder to your inbox! 

The Camera Roll

Well, the photo situation on my phone has gotten out of hand again. How out of hand? 16,000 +. Yikes.

Time to follow my own advice and move some of them to the external hard drive and free up some space! Granted, they're not just iPhone pics, but pretty much all the photos I take on my digital as well. I do most of the brightening on my phone so my "good camera" photos end up on my handheld lifeline as well. I thought I'd share a few recent favorites before we head into the weekend and I get into pre-launch mode!

Her little yoga pants just kill me. We're gearing up for another trip to Maine soon and this travel outfit will totally be repeated.

I was so happy to be able to spend Mother's Day with my mom and my sister who's going to be a mother in just a few months. We recreated one of my favorite photos from her wedding weekend and I sense a tradition in the works!

My very favorite way to start the day...a little productive work time, caffeine, and a pastry with chocolate (Trader Joe's frozen chocolate croissants are my go to these days).  

Still crushing on the cutting board holder Ryan made me and especially loving the newest addition: this rose gold rolling pin. This shade isn't available online but the gold is and it's gorgeous.

Olivia's sweetness is on a whole new level lately. So is her attitude, but the former is definitely the dominant quality these days.

Poolside margaritas. The constant rain has me wishing more than ever for a repeat of this day a couple weeks ago. Come on, Summer!!

I'm stepping up my gardening game in our backyard (finally, it's only been three years) and these hanging plants were an easy place to start! I got the shepherds hooks on Amazon as a 4/$20 deal and they're great!

When I  moved our bar stuff to the built ins, I moved the bar cart to our bedroom! I'm not sure if it's there to stay, but it's having fun hosting a pair of heels and some decorative accents! 

Ice cream dates and her recent affinity for rainbow sprinkles.

Did you know I have a twelve year old? Seriously, she looks so grown up lately and I'm constantly vacillating between loving and hating it. 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! See you Monday for a look at the entire Willow Crowns Amereicana capsule that's launching at 10 am CST on Tuesday!

Pizza On The Grill

Fresh off a long weekend, and no idea what day it is? Yep, that's me.

In addition to being a little sunburned and slightly confused, I'm hungry (as always) just thinking about today's post! We've been grilling pretty regularly since the warm weather rolled in, and one of our favorite discoveries has been pizza on the grill!

It's a breeze to make, you've probably got tons of ingredients on hand (we're partial to ranch, buffalo sauce, and whatever we can find for meat) and the crust is great for making in advance and pulling out when you're feeling uninspired at dinner time.

We love this dough and usually mix it up early in the day, giving it several hours to really rise. The longer you let it rise, the softer it will be on top, while still being crunchy on the bottom.

We spray some tinfoil with nonstick spray, put the rolled out dough on (we get about two 8" crusts per packet of mix), and brush on a little olive oil.

I keep a bunch of grilled chicken breasts in the fridge most of the time for easy lunches, snacks, etc and they're great to toss up and and throw on a pizza with some fresh mozzarella. 

Then we literally just toss the foil on the grill, let it sit for about 7 minutes, and it's done! The fire really brings out the flavor and it's hardly any mess, easy clean up, and just perfect for summer nights. 

A Week of Wear

I am so ready for the long weekend! Ryan has four days off and tomorrow we're kicking off the holiday weekend with a trip to Sea World in San Antonio. Olivia can't get enough of sea creatures lately (thanks, Octonauts) and I know she's going to flip.

The weather in Houston over the past couple of weeks has been mostly gray and rainy, but we've had a couple really gorgeous days this week to compensate! I mixed up some tried and true favorites with a few new pieces this week and only once did I find underwear from the dryer stuck inside my pant leg. So there you go.

J Crew Factory Shorts (so comfy and now $20) | Target Top | Target Sandals (my fave nude sandals ever!)

Old H&M Sweater, Old Loft Romper | Jack Rogers Sandals | Old Navy Purse (on major sale!)

While I wasn't wearing this dress out and about today, I did splurge on it (and so happy I did!) for some summer events we have coming up. The color is the perfect periwinkle and the lace detail is amazing.

A fun little note about this Urban Outfitters hat: it's knit! It's perfectly packable and just the right size and shape!

Say hello to the ultra-flattering and lightweight dress I'll be wearing all summer. I love a black shift dress because the options to accessorize it are endless and this one from Old Navy has the perfect price tag.

Boozy Built In Bookshelves

Our nearly 25 year old house has needed some updates in the past almost three years we've lived here. I've got big plans for a huge kitchen reno (that space is dated) but in the meantime, we've made LOTS of changes to other spaces (like saying see ya to O's carpeted bathroom floor) and some of them happened within days of moving in. Like stripping the gold wallpaper from our built in bookshelves in the living room. 

Yep. Gold. Wallpapered. Bookshelves.

I didn't really have a plan for the bookshelves other than to immediately free them of their heinous trappings and paint them white. So they've sat relatively unstyled (but white and wallpaper free!) for nearly three years. Whoops.

I finally got the idea to make one of the shelves a little bar area and tidy up and declutter the others. It's pretty nice to hop up during Game of Thrones and pour a cocktail if we're feeling so inclined and the space is just the right size for the job!

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