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Book Recap: One Blood, Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love

I threw it back to the half french twist tutorial for this hairstyle! You can watch the original video here (FROM 8 YEARS AGO!) or check out a photo step by step on this post.

Did you catch my post yesterday about the book I read this summer? I shared my favorite quote from it on this post! And speaking of reading, I love my Kindle for reading books, and it works especially great outside in the sunlight.

Lauren McBride influenced this purchase and I’m glad she did! These flats are machine washable and they look so chic and sophisticated.

Madewell is running a Labor Day weekend promo as well (code is HIFALL), and here are a few of my personal favorites that I can’t stop wearing:

Westville Tank Top – I have it in black and white. I ordered the large so it wasn’t SKIN tight and that was a good choice.

Hollie Ankle-Strap Sandal – A classic, comfortable sandal. I love a block heel because they are so much more supportive and comfortable than classic pumps.

Whisper Cotton Rib-Crewneck Tee – I have this in white and grey. It’s a great rounded hem basic tee!


Tips on how to look your best for a zoom call.

If humidity is still at an all-time high where you live, and you want bouncy curls without frizz, try this new Gel Oil from Bumble & Bumble.

A classic white v-neck tee.

I’ve tried to purchase this bra twice and each time my order has gotten canceled! I’m not sure what is going on, but it looks like such a comfortable racerback bra with a touch of support but plenty of stretch. I have other True and Co. bras that I really love, and hope they restock this version soon.

Do you have any Labor Day Weekend plans? It’s still in the ’90s here so we’ll be swimming and enjoying the great outdoors!


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Danielle says · 09.04.20

Been waiting to see you post about your eyelashes lately- are they false lashes or extensions?

Kate says · 09.04.20

They are Lashify Lashes!


Sadly, the flats are not included in the LaborDay25 off special.

Kate says · 09.04.20

oh shoot! Sorry about that! I will update the post!

Shannon says · 09.04.20

Do the flats have any arch support? I love the machine washable idea, but need some arch support – can’t wear a flat, flat. 😉

Kate says · 09.04.20

What size Madewell Whisper Cotton-Rib Crewneck Tee do you wear? I love this and think we have a similar build!

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says · 09.05.20

Thanks for the links! Have a lovely weekend! ❤️✨

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

Michele says · 09.05.20

When you do your hair like that, how do you keep the hair from right on top of your ears from bubbling out and looking unpolished? I did this today and while the rest turned out fine, it was definitely ruined by the amount of hairspray I needed to use in order to keep those bubbles from making my hair look terrible.

Alicia says · 09.06.20

Oh goodness! I remember watching your videos in 2012 when I just graduated college and was looking to get a “real person” job. I watched your videos about how to curl hair and remember thinking “wow, her hair is so big!” and I would back comb my hair like crazy to make it look like yours.

Kate says · 09.08.20

Great links! Thanks for sharing!


Carolyn says · 10.05.20

Love the hairstyle!