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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Faux Bun

Let's talk about this dress first before we get into the hair. Do you remember a couple of months ago when J. Crew introduced their cute white and navy polka dot dress? And I believe it was around $150-200? Well this ain't that dress. It's a $40 version from JCP.

"Come see the softer side of S..." Oh wait. That's Sears' slogan. What's JCP's? "Come see the Grecian side of Ellen." No, that's not it either. "Come see we have no more sales or coupons?" Yep. That's it. I believe Donny Deutsch spoke about JCP's new flat pricing structure on the Today show. To paraphrase, he said it was a poorly executed strategy. Personally, I loved getting those $10 off $10 purchase coupons in the mail. That's how I scored these leopard pumps for $6! JCP's flat pricing structure blows in my opinion. In a downed economy where you have shows about extreme couponing, why in the world would a company think eliminating coupons and sales is the smart choice? Ahhh, maybe it's because those higher ups have never had to use coupons for food, clothing, etc. While I'm all for making purchases simple, it was just the wrong time to introduce a flat pricing structure. So bring back the sales and coupons, JCP, before it's too late.

Okay, on to the hair. While I love the top knot look on celebrities and fashion bloggers (albeit it's a bit overdone), I am not able to duplicate the look. I bought the sponge donut but I simply don't have enough hair to pile it all on the top of my head. And while my hair is thick, it's very fine so I would have to bobby pin it down like mad. That's just too much work. So I bought another foam bun maker off eBay. I put my wet hair in a ponytail, slide the small, vertical foam bun maker through the ponytail, pinch it together, roll my ponytail up and forward, and then fold the ends of the bun maker under the bun. Wha-la! Instant ballerina bun. It's not perfect, but it works. I can definitely do a mid to low-level bun, just nothing too high.


{Dress: JCP. Buy it here for $20! | Shoes: J. Crew. Buy them in black or leopard. | Belt: Urban Outfitters. Buy it here. | Necklace: Thrifted}


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17 comments:

  1. I am searching for dress for my aunt on her birthday hopefully she must likes that one dress. Thanks for solving my hassle for search a wonderful gift. Keep sharing such goodie one dresses...:)

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  2. it´s great to see your nices ideas!

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  3. I didn't realize the flat price meant higher prices. I'm just happy not to get that shit in the mail anymore!!! I don't shop at JCP, no good reason for it, but the previous owner of my house did and I got tons and tons of JCP coupons, like daily coupons. Drove me crazy. No one was as happy as I was that they stopped that nonsense!

    Love the dress, went to the link, none in my size...

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    1. Yeah, the prices do seem higher. And they brought in the Mango line but in the store there are barely any items to choose from. JCP has surprised me from time to time with a cute dress here or there. Mostly I just order dresses online from Asos, J. Crew, or Dorothy Perkins. Although DP pissed me off and I haven't ordered anything since the last fiasco. Their customer service is non-existent so be careful. They don't answer emails and there is no phone number to assist US customers. Coupon codes don't always apply either.
      Niki

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  4. oh and I forgot to comment on the bun; I use a sock. A thin dress sock the color of my hair with the foot cut off, rolled into a donut. No top knot (it looks like a door knob on the top of your head!) but a highish bun. I'm never sure if it makes me look old or cool.

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    1. I think I would need an infant sock since my hair is short. LOL! Not sure the sponge or sock would work on wet hair either. When I wear my hair up, it's usually to give my poor strands a break and to give a little more ZZZ time in the morning. Thank you for the suggestion. I'll have to give it a try. And maybe I'm just doing things wrong with my sponge donut. Time to turn to youtube. :-)
      Niki

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  5. Wow! Love the dress. I would have ordered it, but the link said no more available. I may be going on a job interview soon and thought I could get this and throw a black jacket over it and voila! May have to go to an actual JCP store and see if I can find it. Is the quality decent?

    Re: the buns, I almost ordered one of those donut thingies but I've just decided to stick with making my own messy buns. I can't go with the severe look and the bun perched high atop the head. Actually, I don't think that look is really flattering on anyone.

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    1. Kind of just looks like a big donut on top of the head, doesn't it? Pour a little glaze on it and you have Krispy Kreme donut head. Sorry there's no more available. Here's one at Anthropologie: http://shpst.ly/us347588078?pid=uid9600-6105860-4
      here's the J. Crew one in a size 14 only. http://shpst.ly/us332100171?pid=uid9600-6105860-4
      And one at Asos: http://shpst.ly/us354699003?pid=uid9600-6105860-4
      I don't know if I would wear this to an interview. The dots may be a bit much even with a black blazer. However, I am doing an upcoming post on interview dresses (were you reading my mind this morning?). I show a lot of what to wear at work, but what if you are interviewing? So I'll put together some options and try to have that up in the next couple of days.
      Niki

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  6. The dress is to die for cute, and a perfect fit. I like the bun, clean classic lines...very chic. I do have one issue....I don't know whether to thank you for the good laugh I had reading the Krispy Kreme reference....or hate you because now I have an overwhelming urge for one of those puppies!

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    1. Lol! Even though donuts are my all time favorite foods (glazed!), i do not like Krispy Kreme. I don't care for hot donuts and find their glaze sickening sweet. Dunkin Donuts is alright in a pinch (too bad they stopped with the transfat - you just need fatty goodness in donuts). My favorite is hard to find - glazed croissant donuts. Best of both worlds.
      I actually had the shoulders altered in the dress (just taken in a bit) so they wouldn't fall off. I have narrow shoulders so it's a common problem.
      Niki

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    2. I am in complete agreement on the sweetness factor being off the charts with the Krispy Kremes. I'm in the middle of carb withdrawl, so anything that is sweet or baked, at this point, sounds like heaven to me. (finally lost those pesky "baby weight" pounds....since my youngest turned 20 this year, I realized I'd have to eat one of my kids to be able to justify that excuse....so....bye bye carbs!)

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  7. On my gosh - what a cute dress!! Love the pink belt, and of course the shoes. And i love your hair like that! It came out perfect!
    You look fab!

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  8. love your polka dot dress and your statement necklace :)

    Drawing Dreaming

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