09/16/2014

mood music

Instead of staying true to my day off ritual of vegging out on the couch with Netflix all day, I’ve started compiling a to-listen list of new (to me) tunes. I usually stick to nostalgic music that I’ve loved for years, but hearing a new song here and there on my favorite station lately has really inspired me to open my ears a bit more. Here’s what I’ve been especially loving lately…

Mood Music | wanderlings

Alvvays’ self-titled album sounds nostalgic and gritty. These songs break my heart, but don’t leave me feeling depressed—it’s a feeling that I know all too well, but doesn’t hurt to revisit. Favorite verse? “Honey, take me by the hand, and we can sign some papers / Forget the invitations, floral arrangements, and breadmakers…

Karen O’s Crush Songs reminds me of all of the times I blasted the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ albums in my car, and had a moment with the track “Modern Romance”. It’s quiet, quick and lo-fi. Favorite verse? “Let me go on the / Show, I can cough / I can choke / On this kind of smoke…

I’ve always had a soft spot for Real Estate since I heard Days. If you’re looking for a good album to zone out and work to, this is definitely it. It’s so smooth and pleasant! Favorite verse? “Just over the horizon / That’s where I always think you’ll be / It’s always so surprising / To find you right there next to me…

I died when I heard that Jenny Lewis released a new album, and I died again when I heard it. I’ve been hearing her single “Just One Of The Guys” everywhere! And as catchy as that song is, really listening to the lyrics gives me that same heartache that I experienced with Rilo Kiley and her work with the Watson Twins. Favorite verse? “There’s only one difference between you and me / When I look at myself, all I can see / I’m just another lady without a baby…

What have you been listening to lately?

09/10/2014

lately…

Summer is coming to a close and between job stuff, moving stuff and catching up with friends, I’m ready for anything and everything. Here’s a bit of what I’ve been up to lately, via Instagam…  Allison Wheeler on Instagram

Friend dates with Moscow Mules and great conversation are just the best. And a cheese plate is alright, too.
Allison Wheeler on Instagram

Seriously considering turning my restaurant budget into a ‘fresh flowers for the apartment’ budget. What do you think? Allison Wheeler on Instagram

These Hypnotic Donuts are just the best… Blueberry cake, please! Allison Wheeler on Instagram After spending a sick day at home, I’m ready to get things done this week.

What have you been up to lately?

09/09/2014

product review: nexxus color assure

Product Review: Nexxus Color Assure

It can be really tough to keep my dark hair from looking dull and uneven. Although I have naturally dark hair, spending a lot of time outdoors can result in this lighter, brassy color that tends to pop up every summer. (And now I have those pesky grays to worry about… ugh.) I’m always down to try a good color-safe treatment, so I jumped at the chance to review Nexxus’ Color Assure treatment. This Color Assure collection contains four products: a pre-wash primer, sulfate-free shampoo, conditioner and a glossing tonic. continue reading

09/05/2014

an accidental moodboard

I love scrolling through my pins and likes and finding accidental moodboards. Without even thinking about it, I’ll find colors and patterns in smaller clusters, right next to my workout pins and recipes. Does this ever happen to you? An Accidental Moodboard | wanderlings

 From top left to bottom right: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

08/28/2014

A Quick Fall Wishlist

It’s so hard to believe that fall is just around the corner. So instead of lamenting the soon-to-be-closed pool (who am I kidding… it’s Texas, we have a couple more months), I’m already adding cozy slippers, dainty jewelry and pale pink pieces to my fall wishlist.
A Fall Wishlist... | Wanderlings I’m on a hunt for my perfect nude lipstick, but until then, I’m veering away from my summer oranges and reds and opting for a neutral peachy tone, like Ilia’s In My Room.

This celestial-inspired obsession has reached a new high, people. I’m adding moon and star pieces to my wishlist like nobody’s business, starting with this romantic Moon & Star Earring.

Living in Texas, I am stuck wearing my contacts until the heat and humidity settle down a bit. But once it cools off, I’m always in my glasses. These frames would be perfect for fall, don’t you think? I can totally picture them with some ankle boots and a chunky sweater.

I’m not exactly a slippers kind of gal, opting for sliding around my hardwood on socks, but these slippers just seem to get me. Or maybe I’m just getting older… Either way, my feet need these.

I used to wear tons of neutrals and grays on my nails every fall/winter, but I think I’ll be adding a little more color to my sallow complexion this year. I’m loving this shimmery neutral shade.

This ring is currently #1 on my Treat Yourself list. Absolutely gorgeous.

I don’t own a single pair of rain boots, and every time it gets cold and rainy, I end up sacrificing a pair of my flats to the rainy (and later smelly) shoe gods. Not this year, folks. These Ted Baker rain boots are calling my name, and this cooler floral print would be a perfect accent in a sea of chunky sweaters and neutral shades.

I’ve fully embraced pale pinks as my new neutral. No more black and brown bags for a while… I’ll be donning this neutral shade that goes with anything.

What’s on your fall wishlist?

08/08/2014

moodboard / flowers in her hair

One of my favorite childhood memories is walking through the woods near my family home. I’d grab fistfuls of honeysuckle and pick wildflowers to place behind my ears. It’s really no surprise that I’m a huge fan of floral accessories—they’re so nostalgic.

moodboard / flowers in her hair | wanderlings

moodboard / flowers in her hair | wanderlings

moodboard / flowers in her hair | wanderlings

moodboard / flowers in her hair | wanderlings

moodboard / flowers in her hair | wanderlings

You can check out my other moodboards here.

Images via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

08/06/2014

change your color + mood

Have you ever worn a certain piece of clothing to perk yourself up? I’ve been reading up about theories of chakras lately, and how different colors can really impact your moods—it’s so fascinating!

Chakra theory was first developed by Hindus and has since been adopted by Buddhists, as well. Basically, the body has seven main areas (or ‘wheels’) that act as energy points, starting from the pelvic region and leading up in a straight line to the top of the head. Each of the seven areas has a separate color that is believed to be responsible for different properties and healing powers.

Red

Red governs the base chakra at the base of the spine. It is the area of survival and stability and your place on this earth, and connects us to our physical body.

When to wear it: When you need a boost of self-confidence

change your mood + style | wanderlings

Orange

Orange governs the sacral chakra located in the lower abdomen. It is the color of success and self-respect, helping us to remove our inhibitions and allowing us to be social.

When to wear it: When you’re feeling nervous about a big upcoming event

change your mood + style | wanderlings

Yellow

Yellow governs the solar plexus chakra, located below the ribs. It is associated with creativity and self-worth, controlling how we see ourselves and how others perceive us. It also aids in clarity of thought.

When to wear it: When you’re feeling a little foggy or indecisive

read more about changing your color and mood on wanderlings!

Green

Green governs the heart chakra, relating to love and self-love. It is used for balancing our entire being, so we are able to give love to others and ourselves.

When to wear it: When you’re feeling flirtatious or mushy

change your color + mood | wanderlings

Blue

Blue governs the throat chakra and is related to communication, the need to express ourselves and communicate our needs and requirements. This mentally relaxing color has a pacifying effect on the nervous system.

When to wear it: When you’re dreading an important conversation at work, or just stressed out

change your color + mood | wanderlings

Indigo

Indigo governs the brow chakra, or the third eye, in the center of the forehead. The indigo energy connects us to our unconscious self, and gives us the experience of being a part of the entire universe.

When to wear it: When you need a healthy dose of inspiration

change your color + mood | wanderlings

Violet

Violet governs the crown chakra at the top of the head. Violet relates to self-knowledge and spiritual awareness, bringing guidance, wisdom and inner strength, and also providing a healthy dose of creativity.

When to wear it: When you’re feeling a little ‘off’ or out of whack

change your color + mood | wanderlings

Shop the post:

Red: Starstitch Eyelet Shell Tee, Madewell; Flash Bobbi Set, Ban.do; Balconette Bra, Topshop; Firefly Lake Heel, ModCloth; Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, Sephora.

Orange: Cut-Out Flare Dress, Kate Spade Saturday; Scarlet Nile Drops, Baublebar; Matte Lipstick in Crush, Nasty Gal; Orange It’s Obvious, Essie; Emmy Bag, Kate Spade.

Yellow: Neon Braided Necklace, Baba Souk; Shorts, Kate Spade Saturday; Crystal Poker Face Studs, BaubleBar; Light Citron Clare Cardigan, J.Crew Factory; Falconwright Leather Wallet Pouch, UO.

Green: Striped Heart Tee, J.Crew; Laughin’ To The Bank, Deborah Lippmann; Elfin Emerald Studs, Catbird; Jade Watermelon Flat, Kate Spade; Nima Fringe Bangle, Baba Souk.

Blue: Faux Leather Tube Skirt, Zara; Nina Heels, Shoemint; Sea Level Necklace, Academy; Super Ciccio Eyeglasses, Madewell.

Indigo: Indigo Dye Easy Knit Tank, Splendid; Indigo Shibori Linen Skirt, Madewell; Indigo Punk Nail Lacquer, Butter London; Sea Shell Top, Made By Dawn; After School Boy Blazer, Essie.

Violet: Purple Wedge, Avarcas; Classic Deluxe Sunglasses, Wildfox; A-Line Skirt, Zara; Silk Top, Alice + Olivia.

Do you ever feel happier just because of the color that you’re wearing? 

07/27/2014

cotton candy hair

I’ve had dark hair my entire life, but for one day (okay, maybe a little longer) I’d like to have pink hair. Until then, I can live vicariously through these candy-haired gals…  cotton candy hair | wanderlings cotton candy hair | wanderlings

cotton candy hair | wanderlings Images via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

 

07/07/2014

9 etsy favorites

I just love finding a good Etsy shop, don’t you? Here are a few items/shops that have definitely caught my eye… definitely adding these items to my wishlist: 10 etsy favorites | wanderlings etsy favorites | wanderlings

I’m loving simple statement necklaces lately! This Asymmetric Necklace via Floti would look great with a chambray top or maxi dress. I love that these necklaces tend to be really lightweight—getting weighed down with accessories in this Texas heat is not fun.

This Third Eye Glass Box via Here And Now Shop is so pretty, I don’t think I could manage to put anything in it! I’m currently in the process of redecorating our bedroom, and this would be such a great piece to put on the nightstand.

Pom pom and tassel shorts are huge in Dallas right now—how cool are these Jungle Shorts via Yeah Bunny? They’d be perfect for our upcoming road trip to California. I’ve been wearing the heck out of all of my chambray tops… it’s just so easy to pair them with patterned skirts and shorts for summer!

I feel so wasteful when I use paper towels and napkins. This mismatched Dinner Napkin Set via Retro Menagerie would definitely get some use around here!

I have a few solid-colored planters and vases around the house, so I’m definitely shopping around for a fun little pattered vase. I’ve been lusting after this Eye Pot Ceramic Vase via Kinska Shop for quite some time… but with all of the other options available in their shop, it’s so hard to pick just one!

Yes, I know what you’re thinking: Another set of pom pom shorts?! Yep! These Pom Pom Tassel Shorts via LJC Designss would be great for lounging or pairing with a denim vest and simple tank.

Some days I just don’t feel like doing anything with my hair. This Turban Headband via Reif would be great for those days where I’m too lazy to run some dry shampoo through my hair. It just looks so comfortable!

I tend to be a little messy with my accessories, so any kind of dish or jewelry box is a must. This Speckled Porcelain Ring Dish via The Object Enthusiast would be perfect for our coffee table. I tend to just take everything off as soon as I walk through the door, so anything that may help me stay organized is worth a try!

While I’m redecorating our bedroom, I’m looking for light, airy pieces with a few darker shades thrown in. There is a thing as too much white, so I think this Dark Side Complete Moon Phase via ABJ Glassworks would be a perfect addition to our space. It’s so beautiful!