Fashion & Beauty

My Hair Care Routine

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I have been told by my hairdresser multiple times that I have incredibly healthy hair. Manageable hair, on the other hand, not so much. My hair is incredibly thick and generally coarse – like horsehair. I give a whole new meaning to “ponytail”.

Roughly nine years ago I had all my hair chopped off at about shoulder length – a haircut I absolutely did not ask for – and I have kept my hair super long ever since. Depending on my mood (and how fed up I am with my insanely long hair), it varies in length from about my bra band to my butt and it is a handful to keep looking beautiful.

Trims.
Once my hair is at my perfect length, I generally go for a trim every 12 – 24 weeks. Long hair takes a lot less trim maintenance than short hairstyles and that is one of its greatest benefits.

Washing.
Do not wash your hair every day. Say it with me. Do not wash your hair every day. It’s not necessary and it strips your hair of their natural oils. I find that every two to three days is plenty – the only exception being if I have been out in 97 degree weather and got completely drenched in sweat. That being said, I don’t wash my hair every day I workout either; instead, I use dry shampoo to keep my hair fresh.

Shampoo & Conditioner.
You may be tempted to skip over this tip thinking I’m about to tell you to go out and buy $36 shampoo, but fear not! I would literally die before I spent that much on shampoo. My super (not so) secret and insanely cheap trick as far as shampoo goes is….buy whatever you can get super cheap with coupons. Oh, the horror! Seriously, shampoo makes almost no difference with my hair – conditioner is where it’s important. The ONLY conditioner I use anymore is Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner. My hair feels like silk after I use this and it’s super inexpensive, especially so when using a coupon.

Minimum heat styling.
Hair is healthiest when you limit your heat routine. If I have nowhere to be, I let my hair air dry, reserving the dryer for special occasions.

Product.
Like I said, minimum product. But when I need to use product here’s what I use:

OGX Argan Oil
makes my hair super soft and shiny!

Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray
great for any heat styling!

Aussie Mega Hairspray
flexible hold with UV protection!

Batiste Dry Shampoo
great for no wash days!

Supplements.
The only specific supplement I take for my hair is biotin. I use Spring Valley Biotin, but anything with over 2,500mcg will do the trick.

And there you have it. My hair care routine is simple, effective and, best of all, cheap.

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Fashion & Beauty

Yard Sale Chic

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“MRS” Tee similar here / Black Maxi Skirt similar here / Striped Crossbody Bag similar here / Cat Eye Sunglasses

When you’re up super early, the last thing you want to worry about is what to wear. And when you’re going to be spending the day rummaging through other people’s junk, you at least want to be comfy. And if you’re going to be wading through junk, you may as well look good doing it.

We had some super harsh light at our shoot site today, so we’re going all black and white shots. Spoiler alert: my whole outfit was white and black anyway.

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STRIPED BAG MRS TANK MAXI SKIRT CAT EYE GLASSES

Fashion & Beauty

Gingham Fair Outfit

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Gingham Bell Sleeve Top similar here / Levi’s Super Skinny Jeans / Pointed Toe Flats / Triple Ball Earrings / Black Wallet

I am going through a gingham phase right now. It’s perfect for summer. It’s perfect for fall. But only in black and white. For me, anyway. And then you add in some fun ball earrings and instant carny effect.

And, yes. That elephant ear was delicious. Just as delicious as the fried country ham sandwich before it. 😀

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GINGHAM TOP MID ROAST BLACK FLATS TRIPLE BALL EARRINGS wallet

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Black + White Printed Jumpsuit

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALoft Black and White Printed Jumpsuit similar here / Jenner Dress Pumps / Nine West Zipper Satchel similar here / Retro Earrings similar here

This outfit was so much fun to wear! The best part? The entire thing cost me $77 – $68 of that being the bag and the shoes! I picked up this Loft jumpsuit (yes, LOFT!) at Goodwill for $3.79 and the earrings I purchased years ago when I worked at an antique shop buying gold and silver.

Having pictures taken of me is still such a strange feeling. People stare at us when we’re shooting – I try to picky less peopley places, but still!  I automatically become awkward and rigid when I know the camera is snapping – one of my best tips is to have your camera ready (set to continuous shooting), call the subjects’ name and keep your finger on the shutter button letting the camera continue to take lots of pictures until you think you’ve got a keeper. This little trick helps me capture people as they really are in the moment, but it also works when you’re a photographer who’s an awkward subject! The third and final abnormality that I only see in my pictures is that my hair has a very noticeable red tone to it in the sunlight! Praying for red headed babies, here! 😀

I could not find a super close match to my jumpsuit so I picked out three black and white printed jumpsuits that I think work well with the aesthetic of my original outfit. Enjoy!

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Floral Maxi+ Big News!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAButton Up Floral Maxi in Black/Green / Jenner Dress Pump

Literally the first thing out of my husbands’ mouth when we got to our shoot site was, “it’s she who walks between the rows”. Oh, lordy. 😛

I LOVE maxi dresses – they’re comfortable and effortless but make you look like you’re so put together. They’re also super easy to dress up or down which make them one of the favorite items in my closet. The one I’m wearing actually comes in over 30 different colors, prints and styles!

I’ve been AFK for awhile because we have been so incredibly busy (hence the big news!). What is it about the last few weeks of summer when everything seems to happen so fast?! I’m trying to get a concrete rhythm down for posting, so I’ll try to be better! Fall is my FAVORITE outfit season so I’m sure I’ll pick up the swing of things again. 😀

Now for the big news…

We bought a house! Yep, we closed about three weeks ago and we are so excited! Our situation is a little different than most people as the house we bought we’ve actually been renting for four years. It’s a little weird to not have to move and I definitely feel like we’re still renting but we couldn’t be happier.

I’ve been busy removing wall plates and patching dings and dents to prep for painting and my husband has already told me to “start a list” of things I want to renovate. Trust me, it’s a long list but the fact we’ve been renting makes it easier to say “this HAS to be done” because we’ve been dealing with it for years. Prepare yourselves for reno posts!

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Misc

Little black…bloopers

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Casual Tee + Cardigan

Every time you see a fantastic blog photo it stirs up emotions. Awe could be one of them, but it can quickly turn downhill to jealousy and depression stemming from the unrealistic perfection that is so blatantly laid out before us. Take a breath and listen.

During a photo shoot, we literally take over a hundred pictures (sometimes over 200!) to get five to ten really great shots. Make a stupid face? Delete. Booger hanging out your nose? Gone. Those are the realities that readers never see and it can sometimes make us feel like we are less than we should be.

So I’m here, keeping it real! Here are my monthly bloopers, unedited and proudly brought to you by my husband. Enjoy! 😀

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAperfect example.
Graphic Tee + Leggings Travel Outfit

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAsometimes it helps to loosen up before a shoot!
Pin-Up Inspired 4th Outfit

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Stripes + Wedges

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Black Bodycon + Stripes

I hope this post has given you a laugh and some assurance that not every blogger has the perfect house, the perfect body or the perfect life. Check back next month for another round of bloopers!

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Casual Tee + Cardigan

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Chunky Gray Cardigan similar here / Oversized Tee / Levi’s Super Skinny Jeans in Mid Roast / Tommy Hilfiger T-Strap Sandals similar here / Nine West Zipper Satchel similar here / Sterling Earrings similar here

Busy days call for casual – and I’ve had a ton of those lately. But casual doesn’t have to mean sloppy and dressy casual doesn’t have to mean jeans and heels. This is one of my favorite outfits to run errands in – comfy without sacrificing style.

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