10.22.2014

My Daily Hair Transformation with TRESemme









I don't have the best hair. After years of abuse it's thinned considerably and I always seem to have split ends even after a trim, though I refuse to start over by cutting it short. So these days I try to take better care of it and it's paid off as my hair grows faster now, my baby hairs are growing back in, and I color it a lot less often. Plus I wash it maybe 2-3 times a week. My natural texture (first pic) after a shower is wavy but not the good kind of wavy, I'm no Gisele, maybe because it's fine and thin. So a blow dryer is a must for me. I've tried letting it air dry but it just gets really flat and greasy even faster than usual. I used to use a multitude of products until I came across the  TRESemme Keratin Smooth Smoothing Serum product. For less than $6 this product is amazing! It seriously made my hair so silky smooth and it didn't make it greasy at all! So after my shower I applied this product and waited until my hair started to dry a bit before blow drying. Hair tip: Do not blow dry your hair while it's soaking wet, that will just add too much heat and add unwanted damage. So the second picture is what my hair looked like with just that one product and a blow dryer. Seriously smooth and frizz free right? For my everyday look though I'm not sure I like the straight look on me so I use a 1.5 inch curling iron starting on the sides and curling away from my face. For the rest I alternate directions so it doesn't look too "done". And the finishing touch is the Keratin Smooth applied to the ends. Now the product says it works best in conjunction with the TRESemme Keratin Smooth shampoo and conditioner. I have not tried those yet but as happy as I am with the serum I may just give them a go, and you really cannot beat the price!

Now I really need to share the TRESemme sweepstakes. To enter take a before and after hair pic like I did above, make a photo collage like in the last picture and upload it to instagram using the hashtag #TresemmeTransformation. To enter just go here for full details and for a chance to win a TRESemme Prize Pack.

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This post was sponsored by Global Influence but all opinions are my own.

Use a photo collage app to post your photo to Instagram using the hashtag #TresemmeTransformation

10.20.2014

Pink Bracelets & A Denim Giveaway














t-shirt: Madewell, denim: DL1961 Amanda, heels (similar) and bag (similar): Zara, 
sunglasses: zeroUV, earrings (similar) and necklace: JewelMint, sweater: 3.1 Philip Lim for Target (XS, M, L, XL), bracelets: Chains by Lauren

So first things first, how cute are these pink bracelets by Chains by Lauren?! They're you're basic string bracelets but with the added pop of metal accents and you can wear them with just about anything. And, she will be donating a portion of sales from all the jewelry in her Breast Cancer Awareness section! That's definitely something I can get behind. I'm sure we all know someone who's been affected by this horrible cancer and one day it could be one of us, so every bit counts to finding a cure.




Birmingham Bloggers

A few weeks ago a boutique opened here in Birmingham called Fab'rik. Amazing store and amzing prices! Fab'rik invited a few Birmingham Bloggers for a private event to try on their denim, eat some food and have some drinks. It was a wonderful evening and I always love getting to know girl's who love fashion as much as I do. Now for something really amazing, they gave us a gift card to gift to one of our readers for a pair of Flying Monkey, Spanx or Fab'rik denim. Now you don't have to be local though they have stores from Alabama to North Carolina to Georgia and more. You can find the rest of the locations here. If you do not live near a store, you can just give me your size and preferred brand and I will ship them to you. Only available in the USA. To enter just fill out the rafflecopter below! Contest ends October 27th at Midnight, Central time. Good luck everyone!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

10.14.2014

A Little (Hair) Makeup Never Hurt





Earrings and Necklace: Chloe + Isabel (more details to come)

Back when I was living in Florida I did hair for a number of years. I'm still licensed just not yet in Alabama. Anyway, while doing hair I changed mine all the time because of the easy access to stylists. It never seemed to grow past my shoulders before lopping it all off again, and as for color I always went blonde to brunette and back again, but never did I experience the technicolor hair that's been quite popular lately. I don't know if I was afraid or because it just didn't yet enter the main-stream, so it didn't feel like my style. Well, now it's a bit different with everyone from Lauren Conrad to Kate Bosworth experimenting with fun (and temporary) colors. So when the opportunity to try Redken's new Color Rebel Hair Makeup came my way I thought it would be fun to try something new (and something I knew would wash out). I received the Purple Riot and Rebel Without a Coral colors but went ahead and tried the violet first as you see above.  I knew I wasn't going to go crazy so I just started taking small chunks and applied the color to the ends. I think I only ended up with 4 on each side which I think was just the right amount for me. If you're feeling daring you could apply much more, also the more product you apply the deeper the hue, so any brunettes may need more than blondes. I added some highlights a few weeks ago so when I washed my hair the color actually held a bit to the lighter pieces and now it's a purplish-pink color which I love! I'm definitely going to reuse this and will post pics once I apply the coral. This product will be perfect for Halloween too!

10.03.2014

t-shirt & jeans





Isn't Chandler cute? Him and Elvis. They go way back!


t-shirt: StyleMint, denim: J Brand, necklace: Free People, heels (similar) and bag (similar): Zara

Please ignore the horribly frizzy hair here. I swear the minute we arrived in Nashville a few weeks ago it started to rain. It didn't last long but long enough for my hair to go ape-crazy. I did get to wear my new, huge, fun Free People necklace. Seriously obsessed with this collar. When you wear a statement piece like this it can really make a simple pair of jeans and a t-shirt go a long way. 

This was my first time in Nashville, we drove up so Chandler could see the Packer's play a pre-season game while I checked out the shopping mall. I didn't have much time so I just went to the H&M since we don't have one here in Birmingham and that's when I picked up my big tan bag you've seen in previous posts. The next day we did some exploring with pics to come. I hope y'all have a great weekend!

9.27.2014

Skinny Denim & Studded Shoes










Leather Jacket: Zara, Blouse: Zara (old), Necklace: House of Harlow 1960
denim: Rag & Bone, sandals: Jeffrey Campbell, bag: H&M, bracelet: Margaret Elizabeth

I hope everyone's enjoying their weekend so far! The pics above are the second shoot by my new friend and fabulous photographer Nicole of Carnaggio Photography. With this shoot we went for a more casual look versus our last one when I was wearing the backless, fringed dress, see that post here.

I started this look with a pair of ankle length Rag & Bone dark denim, and for a touch of glam added my Jeffrey Campbell studded sandals. Even though the day we shot these wasn't quite jacket weather, I couldn't resist adding my favorite Zara leather jacket thrown over the shoulders. For some sparkle my jewelry consisted of a really cool leather necklace by House of Harlow, and a fun, slim bracelet by Margaret Elizabeth. I actually hadn't even heard of the later until I received the piece in one of my more recent RocksBox's (which, BTW, you really need to check out!). 

I'm extremely happy with these shots because as I've mentioned before Nicole is very good at what she does. We were actually losing light when these were taken but you would never know it by how good she is with her camera and some lighting. Also, Nicole and three of her friends recently started a blog of their own that you just have to check out! It's called Twyn Blog and it consists of everything from recipes to fashion to online dating, but as it's fairly new I'm sure they'll be posting about everything under the sun!