Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Frizz Free

Living Proof Frizz Smoothing Kit

As most of you know, I do not style my own hair.  I rarely wash it myself but, due to a case of mild eczema I’m having to wash it myself more often.  I also run into an issue where I’m forced to take matter (or hair) into my own hands while I’m traveling.  I am a big fan of the Living Proof line as a whole so I decided to try this travel kit last night instead of just buying all the full size products.  Plus, the travel kit will come in handy when I head to the beach next Sat.

I washed my hair with the shampoo and gave myself a good scalp massage, used the conditioner, towel dried hair, applied the cream from roots to ends, further towel dried, ran my fingers through to comb and went to bed.  I’m so lazy!!  I woke up this morning with incredibly smooth silky hair and not a hint of frizz or flyaways.  For the record, my hair isn’t really frizzy per say but because it is so thick with so much natural body it turns into a nightmare in humidity of any sort.  Seriously, recent rain in Nashville has had me looking in the mirror in total disbelief & it’s not even 75 degrees!! 

I read other reviews that claim these products dried out their hair – my hair can be slightly dry & I did not notice this at all – quite the opposite.  I cannot even imagine how lovely my hair would have looked had I actually had the motivation to blow dry it.  Five stars!!  I predict this kit will be a life saver at the beach. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Santa Rosa Spring Break

I cannot wait to hit the beach with this sweet soul in just a few short weeks.  (also in tow, my baby, perhaps a dog or two, my hubby and hers…)


Because I’ve been craving down time & relaxation on a white sandy beach… I’m packing only the comfiest of comfy essentials. For the first time in my adult life I’m not worried about reservations, the cutest coordinated outfits, a schedule, etc.  My beach suitcase is basically going to consist of maxi skirts, cut offs, flat sandals & flip flops, baseball hats, loose tanks and light cardigans. I’ll admit it feels kind of free to have no plans!


I’m dreaming of us all sipping mimosas together on Easter Sunday (Easter brunch was the one thing we actually did plan) taking in the view of the ocean from the gorgeous patio at our fav Seaside restaurant (Vue).  I’m thinking for that particular occasion I might step up the dress a notch and wear something to this effect:

Friday, March 21, 2014

My Spring Scent(s)

Saffron & Red Roses by Jo Malone

After much deliberation I settled on Jo Malone's Saffron fragrance and to add to it, I’m layering Saffron with Malone’s Red Roses.  Both are equally delicious on their own.  Malone refers to her “saffron” cologne as saffron mixed with pink pepper and incense.  The sales girl at Nordstrom told me it smelled like “leather” – other reviewers describe it as “dark, smoky and haunting.”  It is definitely a dark, moody & musky scent – unlike anything I’ve ever tried.  I did not immediately love it but now I’m totally hooked.  It is not super intense and reminds me a bit of the Delirium “suede and smoke” candle I blogged about last week.  I would describe it as exotic and maybe woodsy with a hint of vanilla though there is something peppery about it too.  I’m loving the deeper more intense scents of Malone’s entire “cologne intense” line.  

I would think it would be ideal layered with any of Malone’s lighter floral scents.  Layered with the roses scent (my pick) it is perfection!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

My simple and gorgeous 2 step eye routine courtesy of Laura Mercier

Apply Laura Mercier’s metallic cream eye colour in Alloy to your lid with your finger or a cream shadow brush.  Alloy is the most gorgeous shimmering sandy charcoal/beige color that really is a neutral.  You can easily build the color for more drama or keep it slightly transparent with just a thin wash of coverage.  Mercier’s cream shadows really are amazing in that they leave your lids looking slightly dewy and glistening (think wet effect) but never ever crease!

Next apply Mercier’s sateen eye colour shadow in pewter to the crease to add depth. Pewter is a grayish green with smoky tones – it blends flawlessly with the cream color and gives you the most beautiful lids in seriously 5 mins. or less.  For night, I’d just add black liner!!  Polished, super simple and oh so pretty! 

Monday, March 17, 2014

March Madness

You would not know how excited I was for Spring by the looks of the rather dark & moody items I’m obsessing over right now… but, these jeans are EVERYTHING!! The high rise waist is flattering and super comfy.  The color is really glam & the fabric seriously feels and wears like a cashmere legging.  I haven’t worn COH denim in years and have honestly never been a fan but, these just might be my new favorite pair!!

My Rag & Bone Newbury booties are for sure my favorite shoes – they are basically the ONLY shoe I can wear for hours upon hours and never be uncomfortable.  Mine are grey and I wear them constantly.  They are also from the first year Rag & Bone introduced shoes as part of their collection and are now pretty worn out.  I’ve been eyeing the Harrow booties for numerous seasons and finally pulled the trigger. My only gripe with my Newbury booties is that the natural wood heal is stained beyond belief and has taken quite a beating.  So, with the Harrow I really wanted a black heal.  But, I wanted to be able to wear the booties throughout all seasons so I decided against the all black leather version.  Pulling off booties with a dress or skirt or even shorts is tough but I’m going to try my hardest to do it this year!  I wanted contrasting heal and boot color and ended up with the suede burgundy/black heal.  I opted for this because it felt less dark than black, seemed like it would hold up better than camel and because my current Newbury boots are grey.  I cannot wait for them to arrive, I love how the dip in the shaft shows your bare ankle on the front and side and I’m dying over the leather strap details.  

This “suede and smoke” candle by Delirium is seriously intoxicating.  It has the perfect musky scent that carries beautifully.  I have it on the bar in my kitchen and could catch a faint hint of the smell when I was walking down my staircase.  It’s a delicious mix of tobacco leaves, moss, and dark tea.  It comes in a beautiful cobalt blue glass vessel and has a complimentary silver lid.  I will also say that it is burning perfectly and quite slow.  I would say the burn time and fragrance is comparable to Diptyque for about $20 less.