A few months ago I found a few gray hairs and freaked out. I think that’s both an honest and natural reaction. I may have said a few bad words, but I don’t wanna repeat those here. I decided to get some highlights. Something had to be done. Just a little color to hide the fact that I’m over here pushing 80.
One of the fashion bloggers that I follow (@jennifer_alyson on Instagram) has gorgeous hair. The color is amazing and she always has it styled in a way that’s picture perfect. I reached out to Jennifer to ask who does her hair. She gave me the name of her salon and the two ladies who are both responsible for her hair. The name of the salon is Form. I booked an appointment as soon as I could.
Yesterday I lucked out and got a parking spot right out front (this is unheard of in Dallas). The salon was bright, busy, and buzzing. I checked in with the front desk and was given a drink. Shortly after, a lady named Jessiy introduced herself and took me back to her station. She listened carefully as I told her about the gray hairs and how I really wasn’t sure what I wanted. I told her I didn’t want anything drastic. I can’t walk into the office on Monday morning and scare anyone. I need everyone to still recognize me. I also told her I would love to come back in a few months and go even lighter, little by little. She showed me a ton of “after” photos to make sure we were on the same page.
I think it took about an hr to apply everything, and then 30 minutes of sitting while it processed. 15 minutes without heat, and then 15 minutes with heat. After the 30 minutes, Jessiy washed it all out and then applied shampoo and conditioner. Jaclyn took over after that to dry and style my hair. She was so sweet. I made sure to get her business card for the next time I need a blowout.
This was taken moments before my hair appointment.
And this was taken right after. I love it!
Here's how you can recreate my salon look from yesterday:
First you'll need a dark green sweater:
Pair your dark green sweater with black or dark gray jeans:
Top it all off with a pair of burgundy booties:
I am always on the lookout for new hair products. It’s important to use the best of the best which is why I was so excited to receive a couple of Naturigin products in the mail. The All Day Hairspray and a bottle
of Dry Shampoo.
I started using hairpray in middle school for competitive cheerleading. My Mom would roll my hair in foam curlers and I would sleep in them the night before a competition. The right hairspray (and my amazing Mom) made all the difference. I learned back then that hair products matter. They can make or break the look you’re trying to go for. My favorite thing about the All Day Hairspray from Naturigin is that the nozzle does not get clogged. I’m able to use it when I need it, without a delay. My hair still looks soft, which is how I like it to look.
Ive been using the Dry Shampoo for class on Saturday morning and as a texture spray during the week for my roots. I love how dry shampoo can take your hairstyle from the day before and give it life again. Just a little applied at the roots will go a long way.
Here’s the link for the Naturigin website, so you can learn more about the company and browse through the different organic based products that they have.
If you’re interested in trying these products, you can find them for sale at The Vitamin Shoppe.
Here in Texas it’s about 100 degrees. I blame the weather on my lack of excitement towards the huge sale at Nordstrom. Y’all, I’m still just trying to make it from my car to my front door in this heat without saying a bad word.
I have about two days left of shampoo. If I want to look presentable on Wednesday I have to find some shampoo. I just took a look online and saw this Nordstrom exclusive Aveda set. Add to cart. Curbside pickup. Hello good hair day.
Do you have dry skin? It can be so frustrating. No matter how much water you drink and how religiously you use your moisturizer it can be difficult to deal with. I found this product at Nordstrom. I started using it every single day. The instructions state to use it once at night and again in the morning. This. Stuff. Works! It works so well I decided to use every other day, and only at night. A little goes a long way, and this bottle could easily last a year. Making it worth the price tag. It’s hard to have pretty skin if it’s dry. I wanted to share this product with you just in case you have yet to find something that actually makes a difference. One that makes your skin feel better.
I just saw that it’s sold out at Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, and Bergdorf Goodman. Apparently this product has quite the fan base. My link will take you to the Kate Somerville website, where they still have some left.
Last week I asked the following question: What color eyeshadow looks best on people with dark brown eyes? I think I've used some shade of champagne, ivory, or gold since the 7th grade. It was time for a change. Quite a few people reached out and told me to try purple. I headed to NorthPark to find purple eyeshadow. After looking at a few different options, I decided to try Mac, Ready to Party. It's a light shade of purple, almost lilac. I used it for church this morning for the first time and it's really pretty. What color eye shadow do you use?
The hat is from Preston & Olivia. It's available in MineralGreen, DesertSand, or Azalea.
When you do your makeup, do you use a foundation brush or a beauty blender? Those seem to be the two most popular options. I’ve always used an Estée Lauder foundation brush. That’s what my grandma got me when we went shopping together for my first makeup. Sometime in college I switched to Bare Minerals and tried the whole powder thing. It was ok but I eventually switched back to liquid foundation. This girl is aging and I thought that the powder was better suited for young girls. Last year I found this brush online from Nordstrom. The insane amount of reviews made me want to try it out for myself. The brush was getting old (it was perfect for about a year) and I needed to replace it. I purchased a beauty blender this past weekend and have used it for two days now. I’m not sure if I like it yet. Maybe I’m using it wrong. What have you found to be best? Let me know!
Hey y’all! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I’m going to answer some of the most common questions that I get about my extensions. So here we go.
1. Why did you want extensions?
I honestly never thought about getting them until I started this blog. If you look back at the blog posts from the beginning you’ll notice that I would usually style my hair in a tight low pony, a no nonsense kind of look. Once I started to meet other bloggers I quickly realized that most of the celebrities/top bloggers who have the most amazing lust worthy locks are actually wearing extensions.
2. Clip ins or tape?
I didnt want anything permanent, so I decided to start with clip in extensions. There’s a blogger who has killlller hair (The Barefoot Blonde). I knew she had her own hair extension line, Barefoot Blonde Hair. Her company has consultants who will help match your hair color and eventually place your order. If the color does not match perfectly, you can return it or exchange them for a different color. I was very pleased with the product and wore them only when taking photos for the blog. The downside was the time it took to put them in, then style my hair. More hair, more time. Curling the clip in extensions and getting ready for pictures was taking way too much time. I dreaded getting ready. I knew I needed to find a different solution or completely do away with the whole I want gorgeous long hair way of thinking.
3. Where do you go to get extensions?
Darlene at ERA salon is the only person I trust with these things so it only made sense to go to her. She helped me choose the color and the length.
4. How long does it take to put them in?
The tape in extensions took about an hr to put in. Of course it took a little more time on top of that to cut them just a bit. I didn’t want the length to be drastically different than my real hair. I’ll get them longer each time.
5. Do they hurt?
No. I’m all for looking good, but if it hurts you can count me out.
6. Can you wash your hair like normal?
Yes and no. There are certain hair products that cannot be used on extensions. Almost all of my hair products that I already had can still be used with the extensions. You cannot let your hair air dry because it can be damaging to your hair, the part that is attached to the tape.
7. Do you style your hair the same now that you have extensions?
No. My natural hair is pretty straight, extremely fine, and took about two minutes to dry. No brush (while drying) needed. Sometimes I would let it air dry, spray some product in, and still look put together. With the extensions I HAVE to dry it with a round brush. The extensions have more body than my natural hair, which means I can’t dry my hair all at once anymore. I have to section it off and dry it using a round brush. I sucked the first time I tried doing this, but I’m getting better thank goodness.
8. How often do you have to take them out?
Every 4-5 weeks. I went five weeks the first time, which was way too long. I scheduled the next appointment four weeks out.
Having extensions requires more time (styling and at the salon) but so far I’m pleased with the process/outcome. It just depends what you want. I can grow my hair out, but the truth is that it’s too fine to ever look the way I want it to once it gets long enough. If you have any questions that I didn’t go over in this post let me know! I promise I don’t mind answering them.
Today's post has some big ticket items. Hey, a girl can dream. I hear about this hot item all the time here in Dallas:
How cool and crazy is this dress!?
I was waiting for this velvet jacket to go on sale at Neiman Marcus, but it sold out before I could order one for myself.
I know this is basic, but I'm looking for a black scarf. I'm loving all of these:
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This is one of those game changers y’all. Don’t ask me how it works. Just thank the Lord that it does. Let me know if you try it!!