Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Wet Brush

Ladies & gentleman , I am so excited to share one of my ALL time favorite beauty weapons  that I have in my arsenal of beauty tools. It is know as the "Holy Grail" in my house, aka - THE WET BRUSH. Now, if you do not have one yet don't panic, okay panic a little because you've been torturing yourself AND your poor hair all this time, but all is well they sell them many, many places. They have them at Target, Ulta, and other beauty stores. They run about $9.00 and it will be THE best $9.00 you've ever spent on your hair! 

Let me give you a little more insight as to why I'm so infatuated with this simple brush. Believe it or not, I have very, VERY curly hair! And yes, you guessed it I hate it! Of course I get the cliche response, "Oh my gosh, you're so lucky" and I think to myself (silently of course) "Yeah, I'm the winner! I have a nasty poodle on my head every morning that I need to tame, so lucky". Don't get my wrong I do love my hair and more than that I am EXTREMELY grateful to even have hair but that doesn't change the fact that I have a real life animal on the top of my head. As well as being curly it is very thick, long, and coarse. I use to dread just the thought of washing my hair and then having to brush through it after the shower. That is until I found THE WET BRUSH!

 My sister said to me one day "Umm, do you have a Wet Brush" she is known for getting sold on the silliest things. So like I usually do I laughed her off and proceeded to tell her I wasn't buying into another one of her gadgets! The next day I noticed she had accidentally left hers at my house from the night before. And you bet your bottom dollar I was going to use that thing! So, there I was soaking wet from the shower dreading the brushing of my wet poodle hair and all the sudden my hand kept sliding, and sliding, and sliding. I couldn't believe my eyes, my hair, or my mind! I DIDN'T FEEL ONE KNOT!!! I barley, BARLEY felt the brushing sliding down my head! Once I was finished which literally took a fraction of the time it normally does to brush out my hair, I instantly called my sister and apologized for doubting her! Of course she demanded her brush back but I didn't care I was out to buy all the Wet Brushes I could find (I'm currently sitting on 4). Now, on top of being wonderful for "Wet" hair it is just as fabulous on dry hair! I often times curl my hair and hairspray the life out of it so it's not always the friendliest to comb through the next morning. Although, with the Wet Brush I don't bat an eyelash. I also wear extensions sometimes which is a beast to comb through seeing that they often get tangled. But with The Wet Brush I don't have one problem getting them unmated. I will go over more of my hair routines and extensions in another post. 

So I am hear to tell you that The Wet Brush is a must for everyone, even if you do not suffer from Poodleitist (having a Poodle on top of your head). Every single one of my family members uses it and my friends! We obviously don't have the same hair! It works just as wonderful on those of you who have thinner hair becomes of how gentle it is! I truly don't know how a brush could be so amazing & life changing but just trust me it is! So run out there girls! Go grab you, your sister, your mother, your best friend, heck your neighbor a Wet Brush! I promise they will be forever indebted to your gift ;) 

I have attached a link of where you could find them online if you can't find them in your store. They also come in tons of different colors and even have a mini! How cute! Perfect for your purse! Best of luck brushing! 

Note: I was NOT paid or sponsored to do this post. I simply wanted to share with you guys one of my favorite beauty items that helped me with my hair and I hope will help you! 

Be The Good

I was challenged by my good friend Jackie from Little J Style to #BeTheGood. I've been challenged to do "good" for someone else whether it be large or small. The trick is you only have 1 day to get the challenged completed, how fitting for us procrastinators ;)

So, with a day ahead of me I thought & thought of what I could do to help or give to someone else. Of course I way over thought it & was making everything too complicated. Which lead me to this thought - "Why do we over do it when we are 'challenged' to do something? Why do we have to make it so complicated & over the top?" - Am I the only one who does this? I feel like it has to be perfect, that it has to be so impactful and leave a lasting impression. WHY?! There is so much pressure to make everything 'picture perfect' that we lose sight of the small & simple things that are just important. I love small & simple things. I love when my sweet family, friends, and even strangers do the small & simple things for me so why couldn't I just do the same in return. I truly feel that there is no measure to a "kind deed" so whether it's over the top or not a deed is simply a deed

So, after the woman in me over analyzed this challenge I was able to pull my wondering, over zealous brain down to earth and said, "Hum, well I am making tacos tonight & with tacos always comes Cilantro Lime Dressing so why not double the batch and give it to a friend!" Genius! So, this is exactly what I did. I have attached the receipe I use for this dressing (yes, it's just like the Cafe Rio one - which I might add Cafe Rio is much better than Costa Vida). 

All in all, I am grateful I was able to share a part of our family dinner with a dear friend of mine who was surprised and so excited. As much as she appreciated my little surprise I think that I appreciated what this challenge taught me more. I learned (or re-learned because it's something I know but have to remind myself every once in awhile) to not over do it, to help when you can, and to give a little extra everyday. I was talking to a friend a couple weeks ago about all the opportunities we miss out on serving others because we think to ourselves, "Is this enough?". Think about all the times you missed out on giving to someone because you listened to the evil little voice inside of your head telling you, "No, do more. No, that's not nice enough. No, they will think you're weird". That little voice gets so much air time in our head that we end up not doing anything at all. What a shame. So, as Nike says, Just Do It. Do not over think it or doubt yourself. Like I said a deed is a deed and will always be appreciated. Thanks for this challenge Jackie! I now challenge Lacy from Laced Hair and Brooke Fitts from Bliss by Brooke Fitts, good luck lovers! 

CILANTRO LIME DRESSING RECIPE:

1 packet of buttermilk ranch dressing
1 Cup mayonnaise 
1 Cup buttermilk (the smallest carton is perfect)
1 bunch of cilantro
2 tomatillos, husked
1 Jalapeño (take the rib and seeds out)
Garlic powder (just a few shakes)
Juice from 1 lime

DIRECTIONS:
In a blender blend  the buttermilk, mayo, garlic powder, and dressing mix, until nice and smooth. Dice up tomatillos, jalapeño, lime juice, and  cilantro, and add to the mixture. Blend all the ingredients until you reach the consistency you want. Chill in the refrigerator for around 30 minutes to thicken. 

NOTE: This is my favorite recipe for this dressing because I feel like it is a great mixture of all the flavors. I have tried many throughout the years and this one is the winner. You can add more jalapeño if you want or less buttermilk to get a thicker consistency. It's easy to customize! I use the expiration date of the buttermilk to determine how long it will last. It also freezes really well! Enjoy! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Comfy + Chic







Skirt: LOFT | Shirt: Brandy Melville | Purse: Kate Spade | Flats: Tory Burch | Sunglasses: H&M

When it comes to maxi dresses I always feel like I'm wearing a big blanket. Is that weird? Yes, I know it is but that's seriously all that comes to mind when I have one all. It's not a bad thing I just know I will be comfortable! I snagged this maxi at Loft over the summer! I love the color and the fact that it can be dressed up or down. As you guys know that's my favorite kind of piece, for me versatility is key! I am also loving baseball shirts right now! I grabbed this one from Brandy Melville! I stacked a couple a jewels and went on my way. I love wearing outfits like this because I feel so comfortable but yet stylish! Win win! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fall Floral






Dress: SheInside | Shoes: Tory Burch | Purse: Kate Spade (similar
 Sunglasses: Michael Kors  Earrings: Bliss by Brooke Fitts | Lipstick: MAC (Snob)




So we are all excited for fall coming up! But I am still trying to fit some dresses in before this perfect weather is whisked away by the snow. I got this dress from SheInside. I love it because it's such an easy wear - You can put a necklace on, a couple bracelets, and a cute pair of shoes then call it a day, which is exactly what I did. I have been grabbing so many cute items from SheInside, oh because I don't know - THEY HAVE GREAT PRICES. Drumroll please - this dress was a whopping $18 DOLL HAIRS friends! Now, that's a steal if you ask me. I'm excited to share my upcoming pieces from them. 

Word to the wise - This dress was very very short on me so I had to add my own black slip underneath. Not a big deal because I had one on hand but just wanted to throw it out there. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hats Off









Hat: H&M (similar) | Jeans: Gap | Shirt: BP | Shoes: BP (similar for fall/winter) 
Purse: Kate Spade (similar - newer style) | Sunglasses: BP | Lipstick: NARS (Roman Holiday)




Hello world! I am loving this simple outfit. As you all know I love to rock a hat all day, every day. I grabbed this hat at H&M. I have been looking for one ALL summer! I found tons but none of them fit me quite right. I felt like I was a living version of the Dr. Suess but Old Hat New Hat except I actually found a "new" hat. I was plaining on pair this number with a white shirt but turned out the one I wanted to wear was dirty (story of my life). I need to do the laundry way more - often times I just buy something new instead of doing the laundry. I know you all are judging me right now, I would be too but let's face it you have all done the same thing. Anyway, I turned to a trusty black tee and that was that. I feel that it is more of a chic sexy look and if I wore a white tee it would be a little more boho both I love. Enjoy and most of all enjoy your hats! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Take Me Back






Dress: c/o Pink Blush | Clutch: Bliss by Brooke Fitts 
 Sandals: Tory Burch | Jewelry: Brandy Melville | Lipstick: MAC (sushi kiss)




When I look at this outfit all I can think to myself is, "why am I not still there?" Yeah, I have no idea. I shot this look in CA on my vacation. This amazing dress is from Pink Blush People you must go there! They have darling items and great prices! I fell in love when I saw this dress and even more in love when I finally tried it on! It's so comfortable, the color is amazing, and is flattering on any body type! Win, win, and win!! I paired it will a simple pair of Tory Burch nude sandals and a bright neon yellow clutch from Bliss by Brooke Fitts then called it a day! Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Electric






Dress: Wayf | Shoes: Madden | Clutch: Tory Burch 
Sunglasses: H&M | Lipstick: Nars (Full Frontal)




I'm excited to share this outfit with you guys today! I feel like it's perfect for a fun date night or a night out with the ladies. Every time I wear this color I feel to vibrant & electric! One of my favorite things about this dress is the material. It is light enough that you don't get hot but thick enough so you can't see every "nick & cranny" as my mother would call it. I threw my hair up in a messy bun (really messy bun) but hey this is real life and how I do my hair a lot of nights. I paired this dress with a some simple gold jewelry and a fun pair of gold wedges. Hope you guys enjoy! 


 

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