The slip-on sneakers trend continues! I have a pair of black slip-ons (worn here; these are similar) and can’t wait to live in them this fall. They’re so easy, let my crazy self move faster than wearing flip-flops of flats — though I do love my flats! — and have that cool girl vibe.  While I majorly coveted a leopard pair last year I couldn’t pull the trigger; $100 for leopard sneaks? Couldn’t do it. That’s why this pair is such a steal… get the look for way, way less. They’re currently on sale for $19! Wear them now with a v-neck tee and cut-offs, and pair them this fall with a denim button down and black leggings. Outfit with personality complete.

look for less: leopard slip-on sneakers

ogle: sam edelman // own: mossimo


best work bags for fall

August 18, 2014

This week starts back to school here, and for some of my friends, that means their kiddies are heading into kindergarten. Cannot even handle. Luckily I can hang on to my little “big” girl being little for one more year for that milestone. As everyone hits the back-to-school frenzy (anyone else nerding out over sales on school supplies?!), take this chance to evaluate your school… err, work… supplies. The perfect bag or tote should hold all your stuff, plus tech — iPads, headphones and anything else. For me, the best ones easily fit my notepad and a few files.

Here’s a few gorgeous girls sure to give you an A+ in the style meets functionality department. I have last year’s version of the Ann Taylor and C. Wonder totes below…. both are awesome, wear well, are work (to weekend) appropriate and have garnered more compliments than way pricier picks. Quick tip: while we could easily compile a list of only black and/or tan bags (as evidenced by our direction here), most of these come in multiple colors.

best fall work bags

1. french connection (love the tweed!) 2. aldo 3. sole society  (looks so luxe!)  4. tory burch (the perfect tote!)

5. ann taylor  (even better than last year’s I have/love!) 6. kate spade  7c. wonder (obsessed! I live for mine) 8topshop (real leather for a steal!)


embroidered white dress // the average girl's guide

We might be in August and I might have fall attire on the brain but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to soak up the last month of summer style, particularly when it comes in the form of the most fabulous white + embroidered dress that’s, ready for it… a whopping $26. I’ve seen a few bloggers style this and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. We’re heading on a much-needed family trip soon, and this dress is 100 percent hitting the road with us!

The multi color print here means this goes with everything. I almost wore it with black flip flops and a fuchsia cross body, for example, and the teal would be such a pretty color to play with, too. The dress is from Sheinside, a brand where everything is super affordable. Shipping can take a little more or less time but the outcome is worth it.

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beauty buzz: hair edition

August 8, 2014

I’m kind of in a hair crisis. I need your help. I used to have the crazy thickest hair, like insanely thick, and after baby and then my illness I lost sooo much hair. I mean, I was legit concerned I’d go bald. Four years later, it’s in way better shape yet I just chopped off four inches to get rid of gross ends where my hair gets sparse looking so quickly. My roots are thick yet the ends are just wisps. Even my new stylist is a bit mystified. I just started taking biotin but anything else you recommend? Open to suggestions!

In the interim, here are four hair finds I (and my girl, who does have crazy thick, long hair!) can’t live without:

favorite new hair finds // the average girl's guide


Acure Organics Morrocan Oil Shampoo & ConditionerI tried this shampoo on a whim (I do love flexing my Amazon Prime memberships!) after searching for a more natural, safer option for myself and my daughter… the reviews were positive, the ingredient list looked good, and worse case, I was out $10. I’ve been so impressed that I’ve since purchased the conditioner and just bought a second set for my kid’s bathroom. It lathers well (often a challenge with organic lines) and is super hydrating; plus, the conditioner does a great job at detangling. My hair feels clean and soft. I haven’t been this excited about new products in a long time (and feel so much better that my scalp isn’t somehow ingesting so many chemicals!).

Wet Brush (color options here): major victory! Combing my daughter’s long hair is a daily tear/screamfest around here. Not sure who it’s more painful for. We picked this up at the salon after our stylist recommended it; it’s a game changer! I just ordered a second one (yes, on Amazon!) for my shower, because this detangles our daughter’s hair so amazingly well compared to others and without pain when wet, and dry. Worth. Every. Penny. She actually brought my her brush yesterday… if you only knew how significant that was.

Ouidad Climate Control Gel: this brand is designed for curly hair girls, but I tried it last year to combat frizz and humidity and all the hair icks. I immediately saw a difference and still do. It’s the only thing I put in my hair after shower (though I have been rotating with the Neutrogena heat protector from this post). It’s ultra light-weight, and the bottle lasts forever. Available at Amazon and Sephora. Anyone use any similar natural products that work? Would love to hear.

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