All Dressed Up

posted on: 1/31/2013

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Yesterday I wanted to be in pajamas, today I wanted to dress up. You can only imagine what it's like to live inside this head. 

The other day I instagrammed that straight hair is the first indicator of me running late. Now the truth is out: my "natural" waves are phony. The majority of the comments confirmed my suspicions: everyone else in the world has impossibly perfect wavy hair. I also learned that your dirty hair of choice is a pony tail or bun. (And for the select few, a hat.)  I have been known to rock the tardy sock bun from time to time, but if I have twenty minutes and a shower is imperative, then I have no choice but straight hair. Of course if we are talking super late, I typically just don't show up to where I'm going. No need to have a bad hair day and be late. Now you know where all of my priorities lie. 

(If you are wondering how my legs aren't freezing under this maxi -- well it's Texas and I'm wearing leggings. I'm sneaky like that.) 

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Button down: J.Crew
Jacket: J.Crew Factory
Skirt: Bloom
Heels: c/o Sole Society (similar)
Tote: Madewell

88 comments:

  1. It's pretty warm today, huh? Love straight hair on u!

    Joyce@
    Sip-n-wear.blogspot.com

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  2. Great jacket and skirt! You look lovely!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

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  3. Ha I love that you're wearing leggings under your skirt! I always thought how cute a maxi would be in the winter, but it's too damn cold! GENIUS!

    And boy do I miss a sock bun for lazy/late days.  This new short do requires too much attention!

    xo Jessica
    www.mystylevita.com

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  4. personally i think your straight hair is beautiful too!

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  5. i have these heels and just love them!
    kw, http://www.ladiesinnavy.com

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  6. Love the change, you look great in both really. Love the pattern on that skirt.

     xo
    http://pinksole.com

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  7. Okay, I need that skirt!!!  LOVE!
    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

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  8. Great skirt, love the pattern!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  9. beautiful look! I loveeee the skirt. The colors and print is so perfect. I also like the dress down feel to it with the jean jacket.

    <3
    heather
    fashionistanygirl.com

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  10. I have perfectly straight hair too and I wish it was wavy! I have a terrible time getting my hair to hold curl/waves though. How do you do it?!

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  11. i love the way you write.. always fun.. makes me smile at work! ;) 

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  12. Love that trick of leggings under the maxi! Had to learn that during college b/c our choir dresses were made out of a freezing silky material. Br.

    Blessings!
    www.beautyandbows.com

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  13. So cute. That's a great idea about wearing leggings.

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  14. Leggings???!!!! Genius!!! I can't believe I never thought of that. Thanks! Love the idea of a denim jacket worn as a shirt.

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  15. Don't worry - you're not the only one with straight hair. My "lazy" hair looks  a lot like yours! I'll have to remember the leggings trick - it's like 20 degrees here today, so no way can I pull off a skirt without something extra underneath!

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  16. I was about to ask if you are cold, but leggings is such a great idea! 

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  17. wish i could make my hair look half as good as yours on a 'bad hair day'. please, you look awesome. love the maxi dress- and all the other new additions to Bloom. happy almost friday!
    xo C
    gracebyc.blogspot.com

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  18. Molly {Dreams in HD}January 31, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    such an effortless look, love it!
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  19. Anca Madalina BaboiJanuary 31, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Awesome dress! And you're cute as always!

    Mamalina

    http://www.kendieveryday.com/

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  20. I would classify my hair as messy wavy/curly occasionally bordering on frizzy depending on the temperature/humidity. I used to straight-iron my hair all through high school because all the popular girls had straight hair. Grass is always greener... huh?

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  21. I really like your hair straight - it looks great!
    xx,www.abitofsass.blogspot.com

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  22. pretty skirt










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  23. I was wondering how you could not be cold. Well done! Love that you are wearing a maxi well before spring. I prefer wearing hats or rocking a pony tail when I cannot worry about my hair.

    Brandy
    willbakeforshoes.com

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  24. Fabulous print!  And I love your hair - straight OR curly :-)

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  25. This is awesome and yes, my dirty hair of choice is up in a bun...not that it ever happens... ;) 
    Hope
    hchdesigns.blogspot.com

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  26. Girl. You always look so good. hashtagnotfair! ;)

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  27. I love the way you layered your jacket and top!

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  28. Would love to know how you get your pretty waves! I have straight hair and have never been successful trying to replicate that look...

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  29. I love a good maxi skirt and I am glad I am not the only one that wears them in the winter time! Love your straight hair by the way. Looks pretty naturally.
    Carlee
    http://almostendearing.blogspot.com/

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  30. Love your maxi! And your straight hair ;)

    Style in the City

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  31. Love your jean jacket!! I've been on a hunt for one. 

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  32. Have you tried washing your hair at night?  I do that and then just take the few minutes to straighten my hair.  Also, I can put those spiral curler stick things (really technical, right?) in and wake up with wavy/curly hair.

    http://stylishsass.blogspot.com

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  33. I love the skirt! I've been looking for a maxi for some time, but haven't been sure (until now) how to dress it up. Great outfit!

    Sheree
    thehartungs.blogspot.ca

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  34. I wish I could wear my wear straight in 20 minutes or less! We always want what we don't have though, right?

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  35. Love the skirt and I like your hair straight!

    OCWishes.com

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  36. I'm glad I'm not the only one with straight hair! I've been rocking that look for 27 years! I finally got a straight iron and now I can rock the wavy hair.  But you look fine either way!
    ~Jessica

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  37. I love your earrings. And your hair loooks fabulous.

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  38. How could be so funny in each and every post? You are a woman full of talking ideas! LOL..

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  39. Awww you look lovely with straight hair! And love your skirt. :)

    xo - Sheila
    www.sheislovelyblog.com

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  40. That's one beautiful skirt!! And I know exactly what you're talking about... if I know I'm going to be late, I just don't go. What's the point at being stared at?

    http://perpetuallycaroline.blogspot.com

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  41. Hi! I just found your blog and was excited when I saw that you are from McKinney. I am in Arlington, so I am pretty close! I can't believe I never thought about wearing tights under a maxi, that's brilliant! I'm excited to start following your blog. I have one but don't update like I should. :) Oh, and my dirty hair of choice is straight hair, too. I wish I had natural waves!

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  42. So funny! I was scanning through the pics before reading your post, thinking to myself, "Wow - Kendi straightened her hair - it looks great!". Never would have guessed that it's your "running late" look. Thanks for brightening my day, everyday!

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  43. This outfit is fabulous! Your skirt is gorgeous and I love how you kept the rest of the look classic!

    Kate xo petite-adventures.blogspot.ca

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  44. Gorgeous skirt! (:

    -theresacollaredblouse.blogspot.com

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  45. GREAT jacket

    xo Ashleyluckylittlebird.blogspot.com

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  46. LOVE this look! so beautiful!!

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  47. I love your straight hair. Dare I say I like it better than wavy? Yes, I do dare: I like it waaaaaaaay better!

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  48. vERY CUTE! mY HAIR IS SUPER STARIGHT NATURALLY 

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  49. I really like your straight hair, but I love that skirt!

    -Haley-
    haleyvalerie.blogspot.com

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  50. Just for my 2 cents I like your straight hair. As someone who has a mix of pin straight and barely wavy, it looks good. And wavy isn't always as fun as it looks by the way!

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  51. While I was scrolling through the pics (before I read you post) I thought to myself, "Wow, she looks really nice with straight hair". I think you should be late more often.

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  52. Lol at the comment about what you do if you are running super late, same as me!! Shouldn't admit that but it's what I do.

    I really like this outfit, I am trying to find a maxi skirt that will suit me and my body shape (hard when I am so short) and also will be adaptable and go with lots of things. Thanks for the inspiration :)

    Janine xx

    BakeGlueandTrend

    Giveaway  Post >>> bakeglueandtrend.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/love-dress-giveaway.html

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  53. Ah your blog really makes me feel I should put more effort into dressing  You look lovely! x

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  54. You look so cute in this maxi. And I love that you wear tights underneath, it's not sneaky, it's smart!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  55. Aurélie AS mounetteFebruary 1, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    Nice look, your shoes are very beautifull!
    KissAuréliewww.lespetitesbullesdemavie.blogspot.com

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  56. Haha why thank you Annika! I like it straight too sometimes but it's just so flat. So I go with the wavy for the volume :)

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  57. Love this outfit, especially the skirt. God I can't wait to stop wearing my wool Winter coat!!!

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.wordpress.com

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  58. I LOVE that tote!!! Gap had a similar one that has since sold out so I am happy to find this one! Great and easy look!

    Have a great weekend!
    xx,
    Mary
    M.A.S. FASHION

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  59. How do you get your "natural" waves then? A flat iron? Now that I know its copy-able lol... I've only been trying for a couple years for those waves.

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  60. Hair tutorial please! I have flat, straight hair and need help on how to style it!

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  61. I also vote for a hair tutorial! or at least some tips. please. :)

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  62. Great Look!

    www.gbofashion.com

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  63. Great outfit! Loving the colours of this skirt, cleaver thinking by adding the leggings underneath, I always avoid skirt in the winter because of the cold and I'm not sure how I never thought of this idea before.

    http://juliestripbook.blogspot.ca/

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  64. I love that maxi!!

    Cait
    petitechronicles.blogspot.com

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  65. something different! nice look

    http://beyourselfenjoylife.blogspot.com/

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  66. Lovely outfit! Absolutely loving the pattern of the skirt.

    And p.s. I think you look lovely with straight hair! :)

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  67. Absolutely love that skirt!
    xx Allie
    http://www.a-songtopassthetime.blogspot.com

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  68. omg! I've been following your blog for YEARS and I have never posted becuase I love your style but I've never felt so urgent to communicate: I NEED TO KNOW HOW YOU MAKE YOUR WAVY HAIR! I have the exact same straight hair and every day i just look at your easy flowy perfect waves and think "wah, my straight hair is flat and boring and when i curl it, it never looks like it, it looks like big fat curls. darn you wavy people." But now I see that I can do it too! Pleeeasseeee Kendi, do a hair tutorial???? *begging*

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  69. LOL! that skirt is gorgeous.

    I'm a dirty hair = big top knot kinda kid, myself. until i find the perfect dry shampoo, that is...
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  70. leggings under a maxi = genius! such a refreshing outfit for feb! www.dippedinyellow.blogspot.com

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  71. So in love with your skirt and heels ! Perfect look :) and the leggings under a maxi idea is so smart ! :)

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  72. ok those shoes are amazing. And I love the skirt too, what a great pattern! Yeah my go to dirty hair style is usually what my boyfriend calls a hair wad.... I think everyone else calls it a top knot or something... i like hair wad better. cause let's face it top knot is just a fancy way of saying my hair is in a ball on the top of my head. Though if my hair is super dirty... and i mean like i should probably have showered and washed that shit.. then it's in a french braid. So if it's french braided chances are you don't want to get too close to it. 

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  73. gorgeous skirt! you are stunningly beautiful! 
    xoxo Meagan
    CaseofCouture

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  74. OK why have I never thought to wear leggings under maxi's during the winter?? GENUIS. 

    www.teacupsandtutus.com

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  75. Great outfit I love the skirt.

    Louwww.thekeypieces.co.uk

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  76. I love the way the purple dress and the orange bag compliment each other! And I'm jealous of your ability to be not-freezing. :)

    www.missdecaf.blogspot.com

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  77. I am loving the Texas weather right now. It allows you to wear cute things such as this. Oh, those shoes are so cute!

    PS. I love your hair straight or wavy.

    http://xoxo-victoria.blogspot.com

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  78. What an amazing color and that flowy fabric, just so pretty! Looks immensely stylish and elegant.
    She is looking fab…. :)

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  79. Hi Kay! I have to agree with you on this -- I'm thinking maybe all black next time to keep it really simple but let the skirt pop. Of course you don't know until you try :)

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  80. love the straight hair btw! :)

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