Wednesday, January 29, 2014


The hair gods answered my prayers when my colorist asked, "would you like to be a hair model for blowouts?" Would I enjoy FREE pampering and hair transformations taking me from fuzz mess to sophistication? Hell yes. So here's the start to my free hair blowouts and this is the first one, thanks to a pretty tattooed girl named Austin. 
Since the hair has elevated my look this week, I thought it was time to brave the elements and wear this lovely maxi dress. I love the print and the silhouette and I finally felt less hobo-like at work. I might admit I was a bit cold when the wind blew hard and exposed the high slit, but luckily I wore knee high boots. To winterize it further, I layered a leather jacket and a faux fur vest.
Since it's been ridiculously cold in the midwest, I couldn't even take outfit photos outside. If it weren't for the proximity of this building to my office and the patience of my dear and poor cold friend Liz, I wouldn't have had much to post this week. I was racking my brain trying to think of a neat indoor spot with no people to bother me with great natural light and I remember I snuck into this building years ago to photograph my friend Jimmie. I just googled him to find my images  of him and found them! Still proud of those ones.
[Lulu's Exclusive Sweet Peonies Maxi Dress c/o Lulu's, boots by Nine West, faux fur vest from Marshall's, necklace c/o JewelMint]
Photos by Liz Vartoogian


The Braided Bandit said...

This is a DREAM location, I love it! Totally makes me want to think of some cool indoor location to motivate me to blog more in winter too. The maxi dress is beautiful :)
xo Hannah

veronika girlandcloset said...

Well, this post is all kinds of beautiful. You, the location, your dress, your hair!! Free blowouts?! How lucky are you. I'd love to have my hair done by someone. Like, all the time!! Love the idea of winterizing a maxi dress too. This look is SO calling my name! Smooches!!

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Dana said...

wow - this dress, vest... everything really in your outfit is GORGEOUS! loving how you put it all together. so perfect!

Nikki Williams said...

you look gorgeous!! wow, the hair + that stunning dress makes for an amazing look


Lora Conrad said...

Be still my little shriveled heart. You're a fox, Andrea. Between that hair, that dress, and those boots, I don't know where to start gushing first, so I'm just going to creep on these photos some more and love you from afar.



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April Giannosa said...

You look amazing here! Good for you for finding an indoor location! I totally need to do that...this winter is getting to be too much!

Jenmarie said...

Everything is perfect and you looks gorgeous! Your hair is just so fab!

Haley said...

this. is. STUNNING! i adore everything about how you styled this, esp with the fur vest, and the contrast to the location is perfect. and free blowouts??? LUCKY DOG. love you :)

ktaylorharman said...

I am absolutely obsessed with these photos/ this outfit/ everything!

Xo Taylor

Ashley Taylor said...

Um, can I say this is the best you've ever looked? It's a complete compliment. Your hair could be crazy curly still, and I'd still feel that way. You look so luxe and just... stunning. Obsessed with this whole thing.

xo Ashley

Beauty Fashion Skin Care Blog - Girlie Blog Seattle said...

I don't think you were ever a mess but your blowout looks fantastic.
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Jill M said...

love that dress on you! such beautiful photos!

Jennifer said...

That dress is so stunning!

xo Jennifer

Christine from The Hitchcockian Cockatoo said...

That dress. WOW. Love it. So chic with and edge!

Alison Colby said...

You are insanely fabulous!!!! It's like the perfect combination of Dolly Parton and Sharon Tate. Killing it!!!! Can't wait for our brunch next week!

XO Alison

libys11 said...

so feminine and lovely!!! gorgeous hair!!

Animated Confessions

Maggie Adofo said...

I think I just fell in love especially with the hair color. Lucky you to free hair blowouts!!! Love the dress. The print sort of reminds me of Ariana Grande's red carpet dress recently.

Maggie A

Lindsey D. said...

This is a dream outfit - you look like you stepped out of a magazine editorial. Love everything about this look! And your hair is DIVINE.

Halfway Heroine

Stephanie Loudmouth said...

You look so gorgeously glamorous! I love that dress on you, and of course the new hair is beautiful, though you were just as stunning before. That location is awesome as well -- I'm jealous! Sneaking into buildings in LA is pretty much impossible. :)

Laura - Relatively Offbeat said...

THAT HAIR!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3


Elizabeth said...

I just love a floral dress in winter. I feel like I encouraging spring to come sooner just by wearing them. Looks great!

- Liz

a fickle heart

heather epstein said...

This dress is so so so pretty. I love that the fur vest gives it a bit of a boho feel.


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