PinkBlush Tribal Dress & Crochet Open Weave Cardigan / Fall Style / hellorigby!

Tribal Shift + PinkBlush Giveaway!

19th September 2014

I wish I could say I took these outfit photos today, because this day was a beautiful one in Bellevue. It was in the high 80s… and today, after coming home from the magical land that is Disney… well, let’s just say I am freezing to death. It’s gray and it’s totally feeling like fall over here. When we left Anaheim the temperature was 106. Pretty sure it barely hit 70. Quite the difference.

PinkBlush Tribal Dress & Crochet Open Weave Cardigan / Fall Style / hellorigby!

But, I’m glad to be back. I wish I could be on vacation everyday, but I did miss having my Twitter time, and actually having any time to myself. Staying in a house with 27 other people will do that to you. I won’t bore you with the details of our trip (though if you are curious, there are some highlights on Instagram) but needless to say I survived and had a great time. One for the books, if you will.

Ankle Boots, Shift Dress, Long Open Sweater Fall Outfit with PinkBlush / hellorigby!

It’s back to business as normal around here. But I do want to thank you all so much for all of your amazing feedback in my reader survey. You are all wonderful and I might have gotten a little teary at my desk at work when I took a peek at the results. :’) That’s saying a lot, I am not a crier. I’ll share more with you about the future of this blog and what you guys had to say in the next couple of weeks as I make some decisions and maybe clean things up around here.

PinkBlush Shift Dress for Early Fall Outfit Inspiration / hellorigby!

Anyways, the adorable outfit in the photos above are from none other than the adorable PinkBlush new women’s line! How cute is this tribal shift dress? I’m loving the cozy cardigan over top, and I think it will be fabulous to layer come the cooler months too. The cherry on top for me was that both items were made in USA! It’s so rare to see clothing made here anymore, especially at budget friendly prices.

Layered Delicate Gold Initial and Leaf Necklaces / hellorigby! What I’m Wearing:
Dress: c/o Pink Blush
Sweater: c/o Pink Blush
Leaf Necklace: “Borrowed” from my Mama (similar)
J Initial Necklace: Nordstrom (similar)
Boots: Mossimo Supply Co (similar)

And even better than all of that? They’re offering one of you lucky ladies (or gents!) a chance to win $25 to shop too! Get yourself entered below.

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P.S. If you’re a local lady, come hang out with me at Athleta at University Village for their Fit and Fab event! You can RSVP on Eventbrite here!

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September Reading & Goodreads Link Up

18th September 2014

Well, it’s that time of the month again. (No, not that time, sheesh.) It’s time for my once a month book recaps, and of course the fun Goodreads link up so that you can meet fellow book lovers! I’ve actually been slacking pretty hard on reading this summer. I just haven’t been into reading books, and I think part of my problem is that the good books have been few and far between.

What I Read / September Reading & Goodreads Link Up / hellorigby!

Stiff by Mary Roach – ★★ – This was dreadful, because well, it’s about cadavers. I mean, it’s well written and very scienifitcally accurate and whatnot, but who really wants to read about dead bodies while relaxing on the beach? Not this girl. Sorry not sorry, I just couldn’t get into this one.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – ★★★ – I honestly expected to love this one, but really, it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. With that said, it’s not a bad book by any means – just wasn’t quite as thrilling or engaging as I wanted it to be. Perhaps it was because I just didn’t feel particularly connected to any one single character. I did really like Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret, and recommend that over Big Little Lies if you’re choosing between the two.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote – ★★★★ – Love loved this. So good, it’s whimsical, wistful, and dreamy and kind of silly, but I love the movie and I loved this book too. What was great about this is that it’s super short, and the audiobook version on Audible is narrated by Michael C. Hall and is perfection. (It goes on sale for time to time for a couple of bucks, which is totally worth it!)

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares – ★★ – I was so looking forward to reading this. I loved Ann Brashares’ Sisters of the Traveling Pants series. And I like the concept of time travel, and let’s be real, the cover is pretty good looking. But this was so boring! I gave it until about 25% of the way through, and I still had no idea what was happening or why, and I just didn’t care. What a bummer.
c/o NetGalley

Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich – ★★ – I honestly have NO clue why I had this on hold from the library, but I got a notice that it ready to be picked up, and still didn’t know why. So that was a bad omen… and again, another one that at 25% I gave the good old heave-ho to. It was just not interesting, the characters were immature and obnoxious, and I really was not enjoying myself.

Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker – ★★★★ – For the first half, this was a solid 3 stars. Good, but not great. Then, a huge, and I mean, HUGE twist presents itself and I was so excited about the rest of it that it turned it into a 4-star. I’m not a big romance reader, and I will say this has quite a bit of romance lovey-dovey going on here, but it wasn’t too graphic and was done well.

The Summer Experiment by Cathie Pelletier – ★★ – This middle grade novel is what I was supposed to read for the SBSBC14 challenge… and I definitely did not finish that. I did start this before the deadline but it was just so slow that I never got into it and put it down. I picked it back up while on vacation and remembered why I put it down in the first place… it’s just really slow and too young for me.
c/o Goodreads First Reads

If you like to read, this is the link up for you! I am co-hosting this link up with Sarah and Rebecca today! This month, we’re sharing our favorite books that we read this summer. Check out our picks and link up your Goodreads profile with us below!

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1. Follow the hosts on one of their links.
2. Add a couple of other people who link up as friends.
3. Comment with your favorite book that you read this summer! Feel free to discuss any and all good books.
4. Come back next month for our next account link up and book topic!

What was your favorite book that you read this summer?

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Milkmaid Flower Braid Hair Photo Tutorial

Milkmaid Braid and Flower Headband Photo Tutorial

16th September 2014

While I’m off eating breakfast with Mickey, singing It’s a Small World, and wearing my Minnie ears 24/7, Anna of Anna in Wonderland is her to share her famous Milkmaid/Flower Headband Hair Tutorial. She graciously made a photo tutorial to share here today for this absolutely adorable hair style! Take it away hair stylist extraordinaire, Anna!

Milkmaid Braid and Flower Headband Photo Tutorial
Milkmaid Braid and Flower Headband Photo Tutorial

1. Part your hair. I prefer to the side, but if you’re a fan of center parts, that can work too.

2. Put your headband on over your neck.

3. Flip your hair out.

Milkmaid Braid and Flower Headband Photo Tutorial

4. After putting your headband on your head, pull some of your hair forward so that your headband sits in the center of your hair. And have a really bitchy/worried expression.

5. Part your hair in the back.

6. Braid a pigtail.

Milkmaid Braid and Flower Headband Photo Tutorial

7. Tie your hair, but don’t pull the ends all the way through on the last bit. Instead, leave a loop.

8. Braid your other pigtail.

9. Pull on both braids to create a little bit of texture.

Milkmaid Braid and Flower Headband Photo Tutorial

10. Fold one braid over your head and secure with bobby pins/grips.

11. Take the other braid and fold it over the other braid’s rubber band.

12. Tuck the rubber band under the braid that is already secured to your head to keep it hidden.

Milkmaid Braid and Flower Headband Photo Tutorial

13. Pull some pieces out to make your hair a bit messier. You can also curl your bangs if you wish.

14. Enjoy your final product!

About me and my blog:
Anna in Wonderland came about around April to help me express some of my creativity whilst studying a particularly grim subject matter (I’m getting a PhD in Holocaust History). As a writer, I wanted to stretch my muscles a bit, in addition to doing some more “shallow” things like writing about fashion, music, etc., as well as showcase my own novels that have been published. I am really excited by the way Anna in Wonderland has both grown and been received by the people around me–it is truly fantastic! I have gained so many “followers” in such a short amount of time and I am honestly floored. It has been a great “journey” so far and I’m looking forward to connecting with even more bloggers and readers.

Thanks for a fabulous tutorial, Anna! I so can’t wait to try this hair style! Make sure to check Anna in Wonderland out, and follow her on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Bloglovin’!

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Dogs -- They're Just Like Us

Dogs — They’re Just Like Us!

15th September 2014

While I’m off at Universal Studios today, Jamie from SnapGinger is here to share with you one of my favorite type of posts to read… dog posts! Jamie thought it would be fun to do a spin-off of Us Weekly Magazine’s “Stars — They’re Just Like Us” column, and what better way to do that than with her cute dog, Roxy! Without further ado, here’s Jamie and Roxy.

Hi hellorigby readers! I’m Jamie from SnapGinger, a Lifestyle Blog. Where did that curious name come from? Well, SnapGinger is just one of my many nicknames, in reverse (GingerSnap was taken), so I ran with it! I’m a born and raised Jersey girl, and my little lifestyle blog is my place to inspire others to live life to the fullest, and enjoy every sweet and snappy moment of it. (Get it?!) Whether I’m sharing recipes, pics of my dog Roxy, beauty reviews, classic fashion or housewifey tips, SG is your source for ideas and thoughtful touches for beautiful living…Snap to it.

Jenn was gracious enough to let me guest post for her while she was away, so, without further ado, here is my post!

Dogs -- They're Just Like Us

Dogs — they’re just like us!

Dogs--they're just like us!

They love the beach!

They read blogs.

They can nap for days!

They love to party!

They dress up for Halloween!

They do lunch with their girlfriends!

They binge watch Breaking Bad on Netflix, in character!

They love a good cheat day!

They often ponder the meaning of life.

They struggle with Mondays.

They love to relax.

Thanks for stopping by, head over to SnapGinger to keep the fun going!

Thanks so much to Jamie for such a fun post… Rigby has got quite the crush on Roxy! You can check Jamie and her cute doggie, Roxy, out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and G+!

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How To Transition Summer Outfits to Fall

How to Transition Summer Outfits to Fall

12th September 2014

I’m so excited to introduce you to my friend in real life and in blogland, Sarah Christine of SarahChristineStyle! Funny story how we met… you see, I already knew of her because I’ve known her boyfriend since middle school, and had seen pictures of them on Facebook. We ended up joining the same book club, and when Sarah friended me on Facebook she was confused on why we had so many of the same friends. Another twist? We both went to the same college AND high school! Anyways, Sarah has a fabulous post for you today on how to transition summer outfits to fall… take it away, Sarah!

Hey hellorigby! readers, my name is Sarah Christine, and while I normally blog over at SarahChristineStyle I’m excited to be blogging over here for Jenn today while she is on vacation! (Are you as jealous as I am that she is at Disney right now?) Fall is by far my favorite season but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I love some of the summer fashion trends (my favorites can be found here) so today I’m sharing some of my go to ways to bring those summer trends (maxi skirts, crop tops, cute shorts, and open back tops) along into Fall.

How To Transition Summer Outfits to Fall

Maxi Skirts

Let’s start with maxi skirts, I could seriously live in maxi skirts, they are so comfortable and surprisingly flattering. I used to think that being short meant I would never be able to wear maxi’s, but once I found my first one that fit I couldn’t stop buying them and quickly became obsessed with them. You couldn’t get me to give up my maxi skirts for Fall if you tried. My favorite way to wear them in the Fall is with ballet flats and a flannel shirt knotted up to keep the flattering shape that the maxi skirt offers.

How To Transition Summer Outfits to Fall - Maxi Skirts
More details on this outfit can be found here.

Crop Tops

It took me forever to finally jump on the crop top bandwagon, but once I did I couldn’t take them off. If worn correctly this trend can be really flattering, pulling your waistline up to the thinnest part of your body. Generally when you think of crop tops you think of summer music festivals, but pairing them with a cute high-waisted skirt and ankle booties help transition any crop top into the Fall.

How To Transition Summer Outfits to Fall - Crop Tops
Skirt: H&M | Crop Top: Macy’s | Shoes: PacSun

Cute Shorts

Shorts are one of those things that you don’t generally see a lot of once you hit the Fall and Winter months, but a few years ago I found outfit inspiration on Pinterest that I couldn’t wait to try out, a way that I could wear some of my shorts even once the weather decided to get a little cooler. Now I just layer my shorts with some tights for the cooler season.

How To Transition Summer Outfits to Fall - Cute Shorts
More details on this outfit can be found here.

Open Back Tops

My back is easily my favorite part of my body, and because of that I love to wear open back tops. Anything with a cute or open back is practically already in my cart, and just like with the other options we’ve discussed I am never ready to let them go once Fall rolls around. For the Fall usually though I pair them with a cute jacket or something that I wear while I’m out and then the flair from the back is a special surprise once I arrive where I am going.

How To Transition Summer Outfits to Fall - Open Back Top
How To Transition Summer Outfits to Fall - Open Back Top
More details on this outfit can be found here.

Now I would love to hear from you, what are your favorite spring trends, how do you transition them into Fall with you?
Linking up with Fashion Friday, Passion4Fashion, Favorite Fashion Friday, Casual Friday

Thanks so much for the great post, Sarah! You can follow SarahChristineStyle on Bloglovin’, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest!

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