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Draper James by Reese Witherspoon

I’ve always been a Reese Witherspoon fan. She’s talented, beautiful, and such a good role model for young women. I respect the way she always promotes being “the good girl” when that isn’t exactly the most popular route for female celebrities in today’s culture. Not only is she an incredibly talented actress, but Reese also has her own charming southern lifestyle brand – Draper James (that she named after her grandparents, Dorothea Draper and Williams James Witherspoon.. so cute).

I fell in love with the classy vibes of the south after living in Kentucky for 5 years and I jump on any chance I get to bring a little bit of it up north. The entire Draper James collection is full of contemporary, yet timeless pieces to add to your wardrobe and home, no matter where you live. I love all of her lady-like dresses, but this time of year I have my eye on the tailgate collection (especially all the Kentucky blue)!

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My favorite blue & white pieces from the Draper James Collection:

Denim Go Y’all Crossbody Bag

Pom Pom FOB

Striped & Lace Tailgate Tee (wearing XS)

Go Y’all Gingham Cooler Bag


And a few cute table top items:

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Game Day Large Snack Bowls

Cheers Y’all Tumbler Set and Pitcher 

This weekend I’m heading to Nashville where the Draper James is based – I can’t wait to see her cute store in person! And now that I have all this adorable Kentucky blue gear, I’m all set for my visit to Lexington, KY in October : ) Thanks for reading you guys! xo

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Bohemian Maxi Dress from the Weekend..

BWmaxi1BMmaxi2BWmaxi4BWmaxi3BMmaxxi6BWmaxi5Tie-Dye Maxi Dress from The Pink Lily (wearing size small – a little big on me – has an adjustable tie straps) // Sole Society Black Wedges // Rebecca Minkoff Tassel Crossbody // Karen Walker Sunglasses // Black Watch with Crystals (Christian Paul) // Photos by Lexi Marie

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This past weekend my parents came in town to visit and we had such a good time! The weather was so beautiful – perfect for drinks on a rooftop bar in Wicker Park. I showed them around my neighborhood and they got to see what we’ve done to our apartment since June when we all moved in.  I love having them so close to Chicago – it’s only about an hour and a half drive from my place to their house back in Indiana, so weekend trips are so easy!

This new maxi dress from The Pink Lily is so unique – the deep slit and neckline totally make the dress. Tie-dye prints are so trendy right now – I’m seeing it on everything from clothes to pillows! This dress is already almost sold out, so I linked similar ones in the shop widget below. I love how this print now has a sophisticated vibe – it’s no longer just a pattern from the past. This is a great dress to wear really anywhere on the weekends while the weather is still pretty hot. I’m wearing a size small that’s just a little big on me because I usually wear XS, but the adjustable tie strap in the back helped make it fit correctly. I paired this with my favorite black accessories: black Karen Walkers, my new black watch, a suede Rebecca Minkoff crossbody, and Sole Society wedges. Hope everyone is enjoying their Monday night, don’t forget to check out my most recent playlist here.

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Dry Shampoo 101

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I can’t even begin to imagine how many hours of my life I’ve spent washing, brushing, blow drying and styling my hair. I timed it the other day – 13 minutes alone to just blow dry this mane! Going through that process everyday with 2 feet of hair can be pretty time consuming, so you can imagine why I’m such a big fan of dry shampoo!

I recently wrote a post about how I keep my hair healthy and shiny (read it here) with the most important tip being to leave your hair alone as much as possible by avoiding heat tools, excessive brushing, teasing, and blow drying. My favorite thing about dry shampoo is that it give your hair a break from those harmful methods. Today I’m partnering with Sephora to go over my top 5 dry shampoo products, the benefits of each one, and which one I use most often:

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Best for Volume: Bumble & Bumble’s Prêt-à-Powder is hands down the best when it comes to adding extra volume while eliminating second-day hair grease. I put a little bit of powder in my hands and also some in the roots of my hair. I tousle it around a bit and flip my head over a few times and this make my hair veryyyy big and voluminous, I love it. Also – this bottle is the perfect travel-size.
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Best for Post-Gym: Not all dry shampoos are made to combat sweat, but Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo does a really good job when it comes to post-gym hair. It absorbs sweat, oil, and odor AND a time-release fragrance that delivers a fresh and clean scent.

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Best for Brunettes: Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo is completely clear when you spray it on, so even girls with jet-black hair are in the clear with this one. When it sprays on it might feel a little damp, but don’t worry, give it a few minutes to soak up the excess oil and you’re hair will feel freshly washed. (PS – all of the other options are good for blondes because the white-ish residue actually helps the color look not as brassy when it’s greasy!).
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Most Natural Ingredients: If you’re looking for a dry shampoo with the least amount of chemicals, Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk is your product. It’s formulated with oat milk to soothe and protect and corn and rice starches to absorb oil and is completely free of parabens, sodium chloride, sulfates, and colorants.
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Best for Blowouts: The Drybar stylists came up with this one to prolong your blowout and keep it looking fresh. It leaves a little bit of a powdery texture – some people like it, some people don’t – Detox Dry Shampoo.
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Favorite Overall: The Bumble & Bumble Prêt-à-Powder is my favorite powder based dry shampoo I’ve ever used. The Living Proof Perfect Hair Day is my favorite aerosol form dry shampoo.

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How to use Dry Shampoo:
Shake well and make sure to hold the can at least 10 inches away from DRY hair, then apple it section by section in a sweeping motion. Wait 30 seconds for powders to activate and cleanse, then massage your hair with your fingers or brush it out.

Thanks for stopping by, let me know which one is your favorite! xo, liv

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Sed Bona Photography

Thanks to Sephora for sponsoring this post!

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