Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Embellished

I've been really loving anything with embellishments lately! This sweatshirt is so comfortable, but the detailing makes it a little more dressy which I really like. I love it paired with this paneled leather skirt and hat, for such a fun fall look. I'll definitely be wearing this outfit many more times, but with the recent cold weather it will definitely have to be with tights. I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow! I'm excited to spend time with my family and to see my best friend! I'll be back on Monday with a new post.


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Linking up with The Pleated Poppy and Shanna!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday's Cravings

Here are the items I'm currently craving! All of these items are on my wish list and I'm hoping to find them under the tree this year. I absolutely love this jacket from BB Dakota with the leather sleeves. I love anything with leather right now, and this jacket is amazing! Also, starting today Shopbop is having a big sale just in time for the Holidays. Check out the details below. Which item is your favorite?

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Hair Consultation Tips with Douglas Carroll

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A few weeks ago I was invited to Douglas Carroll Salon in Raleigh to talk with the owner, and to experience their services! I walked through a typical hair consultation with Douglas Carroll and he gave some tips if you're going to a new salon for the first time.

He started off by asking me "What are you thinking?" He said it's important for a hair stylist to ask you this question, instead of asking you "What do you want?" If the hair stylist asks this question then run. By asking "What are you thinking?",  it allows for more creativity to try something new.

He then asked me a series of questions such as what hair products I typically use, how I usually wear my hair, what styles I have tried in the past, and how long I spend on my hair.  He was very detailed in order to get to know me better, and to get a better sense of my lifestyle.

After running through these questions, Douglas Carroll gave me some suggestions on some changes to make to my hair. He first suggested to add bits of color where the sun would hit my hair, but not anywhere else. It would be easy to grow out and I wouldn't have any problems with roots showing. Low maintenance is key for me. The hair color was done with balayage, and I love the way it turned out!

He then took off some of the length to get rid of the damaged ends, and he added more layers to make it balanced. After that, a keratin treatment was applied to my hair. I usually wear my hair straight even though its naturally curly, and the keratin treatment eliminates frizz and makes it easier to style. This keratin treatment is seriously life changing for me. My hair is much more manageable, and I'll be getting this treatment again!

After the color, cut, and keratin treatment, he also suggested what products I should use which was really helpful. With the keratin treatment it's key to use sulfate free products so that the treatment lasts longer. Below is a picture of the final result and I couldn't be happier with how my hair turned out!

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Thank you so much to Douglas Carroll Salon for inviting me in, and for spending time with me. I had a great time and I'm in love with my hair! If you're in the Raleigh area definitely check them out!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Embellished Shoulders

I absolutely love this sweater from Wallis! The embellished shoulders are so unique, and it makes it so perfect for the holidays. I definitely think I will be wearing it on Thanksgiving, which is coming up a little too quickly. I love it with these black jeans and blue heels, but I see myself wearing it a few other ways too. Do you have a sweater with fun embellishment?


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ankle Boots + Giveaway

When the weather cools down my favorite outfit to wear is a dress with tights and ankle boots. I prefer to wear ankle boots over taller boots, and this pair from BCBG is my new favorite! I love the mix of leather and suede, and the gorgeous gold zipper on the side. The added bonus is that they are really comfortable! I was able to wear them all day without having aching feet. I'll definitely be wearing them non-stop for the rest of fall and during the winter! I'm excited to team up with Shoebuy.com to give one lucky reader a $50 gift certificate to find the perfect pair of shoes! Just enter below using the Rafflecopter. Giveaway will end on 11/26 and the winner will be notified via email.

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I partnered with Shoebuy.com and Shopathome.com for this post, but all opinions are my own.

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy and Shanna!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday's Cravings

Here are the items I'm currently craving this week! It's been chilly in North Carolina, so I've been looking at warm pieces to add to my wardrobe. How amazing is this Gap plaid vest and the Pim + Larkin wrap coat?! They look so cozy. Which is your favorite, and what are you currently craving?

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Monday, November 17, 2014

3 Hair Styles With Curly Hair

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I love experimenting with different hair styles, and with different hair tools! I have really thick and frizzy hair, which means that I have to spend time on my hair in the morning. Lately, I've been really loving the the way that my hair looks with loose curls. So today I want to show you 3 hair styles you can do with curly hair! These are all everyday looks that are really easy to do, and they are great options if you're looking to switch up your daily hair routine.

Here are the products you will need that you can find at your local Walmart:

-Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™ Brushless Motor Dryer
-Conair bobby pins (I purchased the 90 pack)
-Conair Professional round brush


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With all 3 hair styles, I started out by blow drying my hair straight using the Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™ Brushless Motor Dryer and the Conair Professional round brush. This blow dryer reduces drying time by up to 70% which is a life saver in the morning. It also reduces heat damage which is an added bonus. Next, I curled my hair with the Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret®. This tool draws your hair into the chamber, has a timer that you set to either 8, 10, or 12 seconds, and then it beeps rapidly when it's done. It reduces the amount of frizz, and leaves you with smooth and shiny curls. 

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Once your hair is curly you can create the following 3 hair styles. The first hair style is a side twist:


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Step 1: Take a piece of hair above your left ear. 
Step 2: Twist it about half way down
Step 3: Pin it behind your ear with two crossed bobby pins.

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Here is the second hair style which is a half up look with two braids:

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Step 1: Take a piece of hair on both sides. 
Step 2: Braid each piece all the way down. 
Step 3: I don't like tight braids, so pull the braids apart to loosen them a little.

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The third hairstyle is a side pony tail:

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Step 1:  Gather your hair into a pony tail on the right side
Step 2: Leave a curly piece of hair in the front. 
Step 3: Wrap a piece of hair around the elastic so that you aren't able to see it. Secure that piece of hair with a bobby pin.


What's your favorite everyday hair style?