Crazy Week + New Hair Mashup

This past week was Hell.  My styling site (www.urbandarling.com) got a makeover, but unfortunately the transition did not go smoothly.  It looks great now, but initially crashed and was down for several days, which was incredibly frustrating.  In addition to that, I had a major health scare and was stressed out of my mind awaiting catscan results, which thankfully confirmed that I’m a-okay.  In the midst of it all I was having a bit of breakdown and finally decided to chop my hair.  It’s been longish forever, and I’d been debating on going shorter and blonder.  I loved my long hair, but was honestly tired of seeing the exact same hair day in and day out for nearly a decade!  Since summer is coming, I figured now is the time.  I loooove the cut, but I’m having second thoughts about the color.  Of course that can always be changed, and that’s the fun thing about hair – it’s easy to tweak as desired.  What do you think?  Love it or hate it?  I debuted the new look last night at a Marciano event at The Americana in Glendale.  I love that mall, but since it’s outdoors, the whole experience would have been soooo much nicer in warm weather!  Instead it was cold and rainy, which is very unusual for this time of year in So Cal.  Anyway, I love Guess and I love Marciano, and the beautiful Marianna Hewitt of La La Mer was hosting.  My darling assistant Purely Jessica came along, and we sipped champagne and got our hair done, so all in all it was a fun night out.  Just hope next week is a bit more low-key and relaxing!

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Get The Look

Sweater: H&M (old) / Scarf: Cynthia Rowley (old) / Bag: Henri Bendel / Jeans: Guess / Heels: Sam Edelman

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How To Do Body Con Modestly

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I’m not a huge fan of body con dresses for everyday wear.  There’s something about skintight spandex that simply screams club wear to me.  Of course this is just a personal preference, so I’m not judging or hating if body con is your thing!  However, for those of us that might not feel 100% comfortable donning body con in the broad light of day, I’ve thrown together some tips for how to pull it off.

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I fell in love with this particular Topshop number because of the print, not the silhouette.  The first plus is that it has sleeves, so it doesn’t feel quite so revealing.  That alone makes a difference, but I also opted to add some tights, which work with the current weather here.  Because I’m short my instinct is to wear sky high heels, especially with a dress, but platforms with a skin tight dress ventures back into the realm of club wear.  Choose subtle heels, if at all.  I’m wearing low-heeled metallic booties by Jeffrey Campbell.  Finally, I topped off the look with a faux-fur vest, which adds a little more coverage, though it also works without.  A vest or jacket is a great option if the weather is cool.  Obviously this look works because it’s still winter-ish here, and these tips are definitely best for transitional seasons, like fall time or even spring…just not summer when the weather is hot!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on body con!  Do you fully embrace the style?  And if not, did you find these tips helpful?  Let me know in the comments 🙂