Saturday Nights and Sock Buns

2.25.12d[Blazer: Similar | Tank: Similar | Jeans: (Similar) | Shoes: Payless (similar) Clutch: Melie Bianco ]
Our date nights rarely consist of us actually going anywhere that warrants me dressing up or wearing heels. Does this stop me? Never. But the good news about running down the street for pizza is that a tank top is perfectly acceptable on a Saturday night. I tend to think that wearing heels trumps any casual piece you are wearing; it tends to balances out the casual. Unless it’s pajama jeans, of course, and then all bets are off. 
It’s hard to get over the fact that I’m wearing a sock on my head. Via the loving Pinterest, I learned how to put a sock on my head, wrap my hair around it and fool you into thinking my hair is full enough to make this pretty little bun. It’s been way too long since I’ve been able to do a blogger bun; it feels good to be back. Even if it involves foot gear and deception.

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  1. Mrs. Baker says:

    i love this outfit! the blazer and necklace are beautiful!

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  2. Laura says:

    I am loving your coat!! OOO, I really need to try the sock bun. I heard that sock curls work pretty well too and is much more comfortable to sleep in!


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  3. jocee says:

    i love the sock bun! i do it all the time. 

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  4. jugglingchic says:

    The bun looks fantastic!

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  5. You look great with your hair up! I saw the sock-bun technique, but I have yet to try it! I need to get on that… I’m also lovin’ that blazer! You must have one in every color!


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  6. I tried to sock bun but decided my hair was too short, but maybe I’ll try it again soon! 

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  7. Houseofavandan says:

    Cute outfit, love the blazer.

    Jewelry tutorials.

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  8. Emily Rose says:

    love the sock bun!

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  9. katiekubler says:

    random question and I hope you have time to respond. What size and resolution do you make your pictures for you blog. My images are always looking blurry. I edit in Lightroom and Photoshop. When I load them on blogger they look really pixely. I know this is so random but your images always look so good.

    my email: katie.kubler at yahoo dot com

    or you can just comment back on my blog

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    • Kendi Lea says:

      Hi Kate — I size my photos to 500×750 at 250 dpi. But the key is, my friend, to load them into flickr (or any other third party image keeper) then I copy them over to my post. I rarely use the image uploader on blogger because it downsizes your photos and yes, makes them look pixely. Hope this helps! — k

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  10. Amanda says:

    Love this look! I haven’t had a sock bun since my ballerina days, but the look is such a classic one.

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  11. Casey says:

    What a cool blazer! Love that it’s sheer… also love the jeans/ everything (per usual). 



    in the Poodle Shoes

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  12. tashia graham says:

    I love your hair up, and that blazer!

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  13. Ohh, the lace blazer is truly a dream! and I love love love your sock bun!
    xLost in the Haze: Fashion Blog

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  14. Love the contrast between the pastel colors and black! Oh and sock buns rock!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

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  15. Eileen Wong says:

    I haven’t had to do the sock bun yet. Haha. <3

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  16. Lizzie says:

    Pretty! I love the blazer and the pretty necklace 🙂 Also, nice sock bun ya got there….it looks great!


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  17. clean sock? i need to find this pin. fine-haired girls unite!


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  18. Samira says:

    I love your jacket!!!

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  19. Sweet Laundry says:

    I’m quite the advocate for the sock bun. I like to switch between various sizes of socks. Smaller socks create a more casual bun whereas larger socks create a more glam bun. That’s the science of the sock bun. I love it too much 🙂

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  20. Courtney says:

    I looooove your necklace.  Could you share who it is by? Thanks!

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  21. Lindsey says:

    I have a lacy blazer and I’ve been wondering how to wear it…I might have to try this! 

    XOXO, Lindsey

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  23. Haley Withers says:

    love the bun, one of my favourite ways to do my hair. 

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  24. Myrna says:

    That lacey blazer is lovely! Such a great date night outfit. Love it.


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  25. Yorkie says:

    You are such a doll. I realize that buns are all the rage. I find this look a bit severe.

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  26. Kendra says:

    What a beautiful blazer! The pattern makes it so special! I need to try this sock bun trick 🙂


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  27. Kayla says:

    I loooove your sock bun!! I’m gunna have to wear one this week for sure!!!!

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  28. Alice Gu says:

    one of my fav outfits ever!!!  i love how the top bun ties the whole outfit together!

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  29. Emily says:

    I adore your lace blazer! It looks fabulous with the clutch!

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  30. Kori says:

    Love the lace blazer! Seems like an item that would become a closet staple.

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  31. AlissaBurton says:

    A sock? Never would have guessed…now I’ll be scanning pinterest for this how-to

    alissa b

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  32. Jessica says:

    Love the detail on the blazer, so delicate.

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  33. Mai says:

    adorable! i definitely need to try the sock bun when my hair is long enough!

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  34. Sarah says:

    Love this outfit, so perfect for date night! And you look great with the bun (sock and all). 😉

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  35. Shambhobi Bhattacharya says:

    Sock in your head? Well thanks to that sock you sure have an amazing bun made! Love how cheerful you look 🙂

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  36. Amy says:

    I actually tried the sock bun tonight (for curling purposes)… turns out it doesn’t work for girls with long, thick semi-curly hair with layers. Unless it was just me. I will have to try again another time!

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  37. Elle says:

    Looks great! I know, when my hair was shorter, I was super depressed that I couldn’t put it up in cute buns! Those days are over though, thanks to Pinterest 🙂 Love your blazer, btw. This is the perfect date night ensemble. Even if you’re only eating pizza!

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  38. SomeLikeItSimple says:

    Adorable! Cute necklace <3 Sarah

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  39. Shermineh says:

    I’ve totally done the sock bun too after seeing it on Pinterest! I spend so long on there…

    I love the outfit, it’s the perfect balance of casual and dressed up.


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  40. TheresaTran says:

    Ahhh I love this outfit so so much!!! (: I love the blazer and heels!! The whole entire outfit is super cute. ^__^ And that sock bun is pretty neat!! I never heard of doing that; really cool. The bun looks really nice~ 


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  41. cro says:

    I love that blazer! Looks great with the hair up like this, makes me want to try the sock bun hairdo..!

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  42. LOVE your blazer and your clutch!!!

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  43. Britt says:

    The jacket is a great way to fancy up jeans and a tank! Love the print and color 🙂


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  44. I love the sock bun trick! Adds to much oomph to a bun!

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  45. mollybkidd says:

    I love the sock bun! I wore one today. It does feel a little strange wearing a sock on your head… but hey, it does make for a cute bun! Praise the Lord for pinterest :]

    xo. molly

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  46. Genie says:

    The bun does this outfit justice! I love how the pattern on your blazer is a leaf one instead of the typical flowers. 


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  47. Love the look! Very chic! xo, Christina


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  48. Thelifeafter says:

    I like the outfit a lot and also the hair style. You look amazing!!

    The Life After

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  49. That blazer is true love! I used to do the sock bun in high school. It’s been a while lol

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  50. Hilari says:

    Black, white, gray, and a pop of pink… love it!

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  51. Annie says:

    I love that blazer! Cute bun too, I’ve been meaning to try out the ‘sock bun’ – it works wonders!

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  52. Girlie Blogger says:

    Pretty jacket. Awww. Date nights. How romantic.
    Seattle Beauty and Fashion Blog – Girlie Blog Seattle

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  53. Love this outfit; it’s so versatile! It works for something casual, and something a little nicer. And yay for rockin’ the sock bun trend! 

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  54. girlnextdoorfashion says:

    I love that blazer and the tank top looks lovely with it!
    Do you by any chance have the link to the sock bun? I searched all through your pinterest until I felt like a stalker and I couldn’t find it. I’d really appreciate it- thanks!

    Charlotte x

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  55. Elise says:

    Your bun looks great! Heels always seem appropriate in my mind, even to the grocery store. Might as well…

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    • I just started following your blog and I love it! The bun looks great and I almost bought a cardigan similar to your blazer! It's super cute!

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  56. Lara S says:

    I LOVE your blazer and your bun is just adorable.. No one would ever know there’s a sock in there.

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  57. Mica says:

    Wow I would never have guessed there was a sock in your bun! It looks great, and so does your outfit 🙂

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  58. I read that as ‘all belts are off’ and thought you were doing a play on words.

    Looove that blazer, by the way.

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  59. Wonderful outfit! I think we really don't need a special occasion to wear heels, if they are (rather) confortable, they are good for every day!

    xxx Anita

    and p.s. the bun looks great!

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  60. Kimberly says:

    Kind of dying over that jacket – it is SO cute!  I have yet to try the sock bun and feel like I am the only blogger left who hasn’t done a post wearing one 🙁

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  61. Keesha says:

    I was a 15 year old queen of the sock bun lol. Its great! I like your hair up. It shows how beautiful your face is 🙂 Have a lovely day!

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  62. manda says:

    how have I never heard of a sock bun???? must google asap 🙂
    love the blazer. love.

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  63. Nikell says:

    Lol I agree with Keesha. I wore a lot of sock buns in HS too. I haven’t worn one in a while. I’ll have to find and old sock and try this style once more. For old time sake (^_^)

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  64. Andrea says:

    I absolutely love your outfit! The stone pendant is so cute. Where did you get the necklace? I have a few similar to the one you are wearing, but in different colors.


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  65. Jenn says:

    Gorgeous date night outfit! I need some gray pants now : ) Also need to try the sock bun – I do think it’s an interesting theory, but it sure comes out great in practice!


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  66. Julie says:

    But where is that NECKLACE from? gorge. 

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  67. Oh my gosh! I seriously needed you to post this! I have seen that sock bun tutorial but always on girl’s with longer hair and I was a little skeptical if it would work with my length! My hair is probably close to the length of yours so I will definitely have to give this a try now! Thanks Kendi!

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  68. I think this is my favorite outfit yet! I am just dying for my hair to grow out so that I can start rocking the sock bun again!

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  70. Sara Smith says:

    The sock bun is my best friend! Deception by sock is awesome!

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  71. Nicole Gomez says:

    Love the sock bun. I think Kimmy K. would be proud.

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  72. Jessica Fiorini says:

    This outfit is too adorable! I have a question: where is the triangle necklace from? I love it!

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  73. Maame Forson says:

    Love your sock bun it really balances out the outfit giving it a clean cut look! 

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  74. FabEllis says:

    Very cute outfit!  I love the blazer.

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  75. I love that blazer and the bun… so pretty!  You look beautiful, so perfect for a date night! 🙂

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  76. Alyssa says:

    Love the lace blazer 🙂

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  77. Marra Mazzella says:

    This is a cute outfit! Definitely a Go-To for any lady for date nights and weekend plans!

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  78. You should really wear your hair up more often. I’m going to have to search for this sock bun on Pinterest!

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  79. Aliya says:

    Your blazer is so so pretty! You hair is looking as lovely as ever!

    x Aliya

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  80. I really like the blazer Kendi! 🙂


    Be sure to enter my giveaway!!

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  81. Sarah says:

    The sock bun is amazing! I have super fine hair and the sock bun makes it seem like I’ve got this huge pile of gorgeous hair on my head. I always feel super chic when channeling my inner ballerina. 

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  82. Angela Nicolosi says:

    I strive to be as adorable as you. One day…one day I’ll get it…

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  83. Jen C says:

    Nice job on the sock bun!  Love that blazer too..fabulous!

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  84. girl, i am in love with the sock bun these days! it looks great, i won’t spill your socky secret 🙂

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  85. serena chousse says:

    i love the sock bun. you can make big beautiful curls with it too!. this youtube video shows you how. she also does the sock bun secret so there is no extra hair that you have to wrap around. its my fav go to hairstyle and in the morning after you wear the bun to bed your curls look like you spent hours doing it.

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  86. I love your necklace! The whole look is really gorgeous.

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  87. Laci Henning says:

    It’s a bun day! Check mine out, too!


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  88. Jupe_Cambria says:

    How clever!  Love the bun on you…and the pretty white lace overlay.

    <3 Cambria

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  89. You look lovely!  I love that lace blazer!


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  90. Nicole Brittingham says:

    you are absolutely beautiful. Love the outfit.

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  91. joiedeviv says:

    Love love love this look Kendi!  

    xx Vivian @

    P.S.  H&M now has mesh “sock bun” things so you can get the same look without having to wear one of your husband’s [in my case] tube socks on your head!

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  92. Ashley says:

    I do love a sock bun…big trend with the ballerinas!

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  93. Grace Huang says:

    girl, your pink blazer is WAYYYYY TOO CUTE~


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  94. I love the oversized clutch that almost looks like an envelope! Is that necklace Agate? They make my favorite coasters!

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  95. oooh you are so cute. love the outfit Kendy. you are always chic

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  96. That blazer is stunning!

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  97. Rebecca Hansen says:

    That’s it, I need to try the sock bun. That looks fantastic! Also, totally agree with the heel thing. Makes almost anything seem dressed up.

    Rebecca (hearts)…

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  98. cori says:

    i love that blazer!! 

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  99. says:

    I’m so going to try this sock bun thing

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  100. Ahh that blazer is amazing. Also, I had to show this post to my blogging-companion, Stripes, since your bun is most definitely the perfect height–not so tall that it screams blogger-didn’t-shower, but it’s tall enough to be flattering. Even if it does involve a sock 😉 Welcome to the addiction of Pinterest!

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  101. No one would ever guess, which ix obviously a good thing! It looks fab. Isn't it amazing how a pair of heels instantly make you feel dressed up.

    X x

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  102. I’ve done the sock bun, and it’s so great. The hair stays in place, and a good use for all those individual socks that lose their partners somewhere along the way. 😉


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  103. Anna Rose says:

    The bun looks great : )

    xx Anna Rose

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  104. SarahNavares says:

    I love the sock bun! You’re adorbs!!

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  105. I love sock buns! you are awesome!

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  106. I love that lace blazer!!!

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  107. Seekaylago says:

    I love your necklace! It makes such a statement without being gaudy.
    kayla @

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  108. TAKippy says:

    I saw a coworker of mine wear a sock bun and it blew my mind.  I’m able to do a blogger bun, I just require LOTS of bobbypins since my hair is short (about your length).  I haven’t tried the sock bun myself since that requires clean socks.  If only I had clean socks…

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  109. Chelsea Howard says:

    That blazer is gorgeous, really brings it all together.

    Now following your blog :)Chelsea Liberty x

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  110. I use the sock bun to curl my hair. You put it in slightly damp hair, sleep on it, and you have perfect curls the next day. But I’ve never worn the sock bun out in public. I’m always afraid people will see the sock!

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  111. Amy says:

    My manger was just talking about the sock bun the other day. 

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  112. Sam says:

    The blazer is amazingggggggg!

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  113. Alex Byer says:

    Sock buns have seriously saved my hair. Thin hair doesn’t work out well in buns. But secret socks make it hella awesome.

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  114. Lauren B says:

    There is also a hair doughnut that works the same way as a sock but its made for your hair!  I love the look of this bun, so easy.

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  115. TheChicTeach says:

    Someone asked me if I was wearing a sock bun the other day, and I was just so confused and caught off guard I said, “Yes!  I totally am!”.  And now I realize I was lying, because it wasn’t a sock bun.  Just a plain old, boring bun.

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  116. Love the necklace, where is it from?

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  117. Kholechek says:

    loving the bun!

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  118. Rachel says:

    Adorable outfit as usual!!
    Love the clutch and the necklace!! 
    Overall great!
    check out my blog and follow me!

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  119. Style This World says:

    Love your jacket!!!


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  120. Allison Miller says:

    the blush toned purse! i love!

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  121. Meg says:

    I love sock buns.


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  122. Hannahstiff86 says:

    GO SOCK BUNS! Who knew socks could add a dash of elegance? Love the BCBG blazer, xo.

    real budget, real busy, real body fashion:

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  123. Cute look! I too have tried the Pinterest sock bun but mine didn't look as good as yours! I guess I should try again! 🙂

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  124. Philippa says:

    Omg that blazer is gorgeous, I’ve never come across anything like it before! I love how the nude/pick shades really compliment the whole outfit and tie it together.


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  125. Anna Hart says:

    Wow that jacket is really lovely, very unusual xx

    South Molton St Style

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  126. Jjanga says:

    I love this outfit! It’s so simple and chic!

    xoxo, Jjanga

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  127. oooh-super cute blazer!  Thanks for linking to similar items! 

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  128. Courtney says:

    love the necklace, jeans, and watch. very chic with the bun 🙂

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  129. omGOSH!  we are OBSESSED with sock buns!  Lovin the look!  We miss you, hope all is well, need to catch up soon!  xo

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  130. fatima says:

    Your blazer is so perfect! 

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  131. Célèste says:

    Hahaha! I too have been wearing a sock bun lately. It’s so great! You can see it here if you want:

    I totally don’t want to admit it to people, but now you know 😉 We might as well spread the word!

    P.S. For my senior prom, my mom padded out my twist with socks to give me this unbelievable up-do (seen here: ) that ended up winning “Best Hair.” I told my friends how my mom had done it, and they could not stop laughing at me all night. 

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  132. Nice combination. I love your blog!

    I recommend my blog: The Stylistbook | Street Fashion Blog

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  134. Hungrytiger11 says:

    I feel that way about the sock-on-the-head thing too… but this post also reminds me that I want to try that hairstyle again, so…!

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  135. Amielle says:

    That blazer is just lovely! Delicate and spring like. 🙂

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  136. foot gear on your head and deception are acceptable especially when the result is a blogger bun! I’ve been seeing these lacey blazer/jacket things around and I liked the concept. Now that I see it executed I’m sold! 

    PS. Heels do trump all.

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  137. Lauren Pfohl says:

    I feel the exact same way about dressing up. I am a college athlete, so I live in sweats. It is so nice to dress up sometimes, just to feel special. I can also appreciate doing something new with your hair. I just recently donated 10 inches of my hair to lock of love, but before I was always experimenting with different hairstyles. Something fun to try might be the popular waterfall braid (found on Pinterest, as well!). Best of luck!

    Tulane University

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  138. Whitney Sherrell says:

    Love that blazer!  Beautiful piece to have.


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  139. Fabgc says:

    I’m in love with the blazer 

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  140. Seekingstyleblog says:

    That’s such a pretty blazer!

    xo jennifer

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  141. I am absolutely in love with that lace blazer!

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  142. Maux says:

    kendi- it’s Maux from last night (Maureen and Margot!) – was just catching up on your blog before the big keynote address today and have to share this with you.  so much better than a sock and its brown so it never shows through for us brunettes. i was wearing one last night!

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  143. It looks good though. At least you came up with a creative way to match it.

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  144. The whole look is just fab. It matches through.

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