Monthly Archives: February 2018
Happy Friday!! Who’s excited for this 3-day weekend?!?!?! I am so ready for it, and I have so much going on! My gal pal Lauren is getting married this weekend, and I have been looking forward to this wedding for months! Even more exciting, the wedding is formal attire, and I love any excuse to get all dolled up! I used Rent the Runway for my formal look, and my dress will be arriving today. I picked it out over a month ago, so I’m excited to see it person. Bonus, my BFF and I decided it would be fun to get our hair done too. It should be a fun day, and it will end with wedding cake! I LOVE wedding cake ya’ll!!
I’m also planning to take advantage of a few Presidents’ Day Sales with a little shopping. A few months ago, I majorly cut dairy and sugar out of my diet and really focused on more plant-based meals. (Probably why I’m so excited for that cake 😉 ) I did it for the health benefits, but bonus I also lost weight and need some new work pants. So Banana Republic and Loft , here I come. I have to go to the store and figure out new sizes, so I’m hoping the malls aren’t too crazy with sale shoppers.
We are finally starting to have Spring weather here in Houston. I know some of you are still dealing with snow, but our weather is supposed to be in the 70s almost all of next week. I’ve lived in Texas all my life, and I’m not the biggest fan of the cold winter weather. Needless to say, I am happy to see our winter almost over! We always get that one last sneak attack around the end of February though.
I figured with our warm week ahead that I would share a cute winter to spring transitional look. This outfit is a great example of how to wear a striped cardigan in Spring. This time of year, I am all about the layers. I also like each layer to look cute on it’s own. This cardigan is lightweight and could easily be worn over a colorful top too. The base layer is a plain white tee which with a slight front tuck would work without the cardigan too if the weather is too warm.
Ya’ll, I found my favorite color block sandals back in stock and on sale this year! These block heel sandals are the perfect compliment to so many outfits. I love them paired up with this striped cardigan. They add the perfect pop of color to the black and white look, plus the open toe sandal style makes this outfit even more Spring ready.
I hope ya’ll have a great weekend ahead, and thank so much for stopping by and reading!
| OUTFIT DETAILS |
Striped Cardigan | White Tee | c/o Black Skinny Jeans | Colorblock Heels | Tory Burch Tote | c/o Florentine Earrings | Similar Gold Bangle | c/o Rose Gold Elisa Necklace | Nails: Julep Shari
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Hello Ladies! I love finding tops that work so perfectly for both work and play. This tie front blouse is a perfect example. For work, I would pair this top with skinny pants for a look similar to this one or with a colorful pencil skirt. For date night or dinner with your girls, pair this look with black skinny jeans and statement earrings for a fun night out.
I love the loose fit of the blouse, and the tie waist detail allows you to still show a little shape. One thing worth noting, the front has a long slit down the middle, and you will need to wear a cami underneath it.
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| PRODUCT INFO |
c/o Sky Organics Argan Oil | c/o Aveda Smooth Infusion | c/o Aveda Scalp Cleanser | Garnier Fructis Heat Protectant | c/o Aveda Damage Remedy | c/o Aveda Styling Foam | Batiste Dry Shampoo | Aveda Controlforce Hair Spray
Let’s talk hair, more specifically my current haircare routine including all the products I use from post shower to curled and ready to go. About 6 or so months ago, I was pretty annoyed with my hair. For starters, I was pretty sure it was no longer growing. It had breakage and damage that kept me from the long luscious locks I desired. I started doing research on improving my hair’s health so it could grow not just longer, but stronger too. One day a box filled with Aveda goodies arrived on my doorstep, and as overly dramatic as it might sound my hair was forever changed.
After using for a few months, I noticed that not only was my hair looking healthier, but a little longer and fuller too. I did make other changes to my haircare routine from hair vitamins to thickening shampoo to monthly hair masks, and I’ll share more details on that in future posts. Today, I wanted to share about the styling products I use because these were the products that really started it all.
Before I start on the styling products, I have to mention this scalp cleanser. I started using it around the same time I changed over to an Aveda based hair routine. I apply this to my scalp and rub in prior to washing my hair. As you are about to learn, I put lots of products on my hair, and I love using this to deep cleanse my scalp and wash away those products allowing my hair to continue growing healthy.
Okay so here we go with my post shower routine. I start with this damage remedy leave in conditioner. I apply this to the length of my hair avoiding my roots and scalp area, think what would hang out of a ponytail. I only wash my hair 1-2 times a week, so I don’t want to add conditioner to my roots and possibly make them oily sooner than normal.
I follow up the damage remedy with this style foam. I apply about 3-4 pumps only to my roots and scalp area of my hair. This foam adds volume and the roots of my hair is exactly where I want that volume to go. I follow the styling foam with the smooth infusion style prep. I apply this to that ponytail length of my hair. This product mentions it is anti-humidity. Honestly, it did not hold up to Houston humidity, so it’s not a product I would recommend for that. But I think it does help create a smoother look to my hair and makes straightening it quicker.
I then move out of the Aveda portion of my routine to apply my argan oil. This product only goes on the very ends of my hair to help prevent split ends and breakage. I have been using argan oil for over a year, and I think this has greatly improved the ends of my hair.
I usually wash my hair at night and let it air dry. I do lots of heat damage to my hair with daily straightening. If I can cut out additional heat from a blowdryer, I prefer too.
In the morning, I fire up my hair straightener and get to work turning my naturally curly hair into smooth and sleek straight hair. I always use a heat protectant on each piece before I use my straightener. I have tried a few different ones, but I always end up back with this Garnier one.
If you were wondering earlier how I only wash my hair 1-2 times a week, this next product I use is the reason. I have raved about it before, and yes it will change your life! I apply dry shampoo to my roots, anywhere that is looking a little oily. I let it sit and work it’s magic while I do my makeup. Then just shake your hair where the powder is applied, and voila hair that looks clean. This product can also help add volume. Sometimes I will use it just to give my hair a little volume pick me up.
Then it’s on to the last step, curling. Aveda originally sent me their light hairspray. I was impressed with it, my curls usually don’t make it out the door. With the light hairspray, they made it to work. Once I ran out, I decided to try out the stronger hairspray. I love it. Now the curls never stay as pretty as when freshly curled, but they stay. Because of all the straightening I do to my hair, this is a hard thing to find a hairspray to do. My one downside to this hairspray is that the nozzle will clog over time. I have just made it part of my routine to wipe off after each use, and this fixed the problem.
Thanks for sticking through this long post. I hope you found a new product or two to try out. Leave me a comment below and let me know what are some of your favorite hair products. Ya’ll have a great weekend!
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Doesn’t this pink coral sweater just make you so ready for Spring?!?! It’s that perfect lightweight loose knit that works so well in the winter to spring transitional time of year. It comes in a few different color options, but I could not pass on such a gorgeous and bright pink. It’s the perfect color to get you in a Spring state of mind.
In person, I think the color of this sweater is a pinkish coral shade. I love the hi-lo hem on it too. I think it helps add a bit of shape to the oversized fit. The slouchy style is also the perfect pairing with my distressed skinny jeans for a laid back casual look. I added heels of course to still keep it a little fancy. 😉 Sizing note – I went one size down on this sweater to an XS.
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