Crowning Glory

Headbands are having another moment, though if you asked me, they were never not a wardrobe essential. I have always been a fan, as evidenced by blog posts past. Feather detail, pearl encrusted, plaid, wide, and narrow, give me all of the sartorial crowns. I am also really getting into the workout headband, a la Olivia Newton John Physical album cover. The newest trend in athleisure? Maybe.

Whether headbands will hit another fever pitch as instigated by Lauren Conrad’s time on The Hills circa 2006 and sustained by the mean girl army of Blair Waldorf circa 2008, this remains to be seen. I can speak to so many retailers creating the supply of the preppy hair accessory. I, for one, did not see a second coming.

Naturally, I am drawn to the Jennifer Behr styles that top three hundred dollars. While the styles of this designer are gorgeous, it just feels a bit excessive. I can picture my husband rolling his eyes at me confessing to purchasing a 325 dollar headband. In efforts to keep it real, I included premium headbands that hit the very aggressive sticker price but also more modest price points, down to eighteen dollars. I bet you cannot guess which of the following black knotted headbands is 28 dollars and which one is 150 dollars. Headbands for everybody, no matter the numbers on your paycheck!

Now that is what I call the democratization of headbands.

option one // option two // option three

rosette headband // knotted headband // striped headband

clockwise from top left: gun metal knot // crystal encrusted knot // platinum knot // pearl encrusted knot // blush metallic knot // lavender metallic knot

clockwise from top left: braided headband (also in blue, dusty rose, acid yellow) // flower headband // rosette headband // rosettes headband // bow headband

pink headband // tweed headband // black studded headband // black headband

Shell I Compare Sea to a Summer’s Day?

Who remembers when Gilt and RueLaLa were the best online destinations to shop? Admittedly I probably shopped too much at the flash sale sites, so much so that I burnt out. Full candor, I was most certainly one of those girls who used the first thirty minutes of her lunch break (EST thank sweet baby Jesus) to raid Gilt’s daily offering.

Sidebar: I highly recommend reading By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop written by Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, the founders of Gilt. It is an easily digestible read that you will not want to put down. Read it especially if you need inspiration in your professional life.

These days it seems as though the flash sale concept has been phased out for both of the websites. Though the seeming urgency to shop it everyday has cooled, it is not necessarily reflective of the quality of merchandise. In the past six months, I know I purchased at least one dress, one pair of sunglasses, and one swimsuit from one site or the other.

The swimsuit being this one. Unfortunately it was not offered in long torso, but I made a size larger than what I would typically purchase, work. With this fantastic print and the vivid colors, can you blame me?

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Head Case

Yesterday I wore a head scarf from the Eugenia Kim x Lilly Pulitzer collaboration to the pool. It goes without saying that it popped with color. Add on top of that my blue flash aviators on a Lilly croakie and orange tie dye caftan with sequin trim, and one could say that my outfit was what the kids would call “extra”.

All of this is the say that I am really into head and hair accessories. Headbands? Yes. Scarves tied Rambo-style? Yes. A baseball cap? For bad hair days and pool days only.

I could say that I blame Blair Waldorf for this obsession, but that would not be entirely accurate. To pinpoint the moment in my adult life when I was inspired to drive to my nearest locally-owned boutique (You the know the type. That one stocked with premium denim [that was the fucking rage in the aughts] and was put out of business by the 2008 recession.) and bought a few headbands, was season one of The Hills. Lauren Conrad put the headband back on the sartorial map and it was a year later than Queen B underscored it with her version of a crown.

In the weeks prior to the release of the second Sex and the City movie, I read an article that touted turbans as the next hot accessory. Let’s just say that I was on my edge of my seat waiting for them to take off to the same or comparable influence as the headband had on the years 2006 through 2009. I feel that with the few styles recently released, the turban’s time is nearly here.

gold // black // navy

red // blush // gray // pink // black