Tips for the Perfect Curls

I never used to curl my hair. Ever. Any time I tried this look the curls would not last. I would think that my hair type just wouldn't work with curls. What I didn't realize is that I was going about getting this look all wrong. It took many years, lots of trial and error, and some good products to get my locks where they are today. I thought I'd help save you all the hassle I went through and just give you my secrets to bouncy curls.

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1) Start with dirty hair. Yes, dirty hair is a must! I find that when I try to curl freshly washed hair the curls just do not hold. Save your curls for hair that is two or three days after it has been washed.

2) Add in proper products. I always make sure to add in a heat protective spray and either some coconut oil spray or keratin oil spray. This helps your strands stay strong through the heat and keeps them full of shine.

3) Use a curling wand. Toss those curling irons away! Wands are where it's at! Not sure what the difference is? A curling iron has a clamp that can make your curls look like those worn by Shirley Temple. A wand is clamp-free and gives you loose curls which look much more natural. I tend to use a 1" or 1.25" wand. Obviously the larger the barrel the looser the curl.

4) Use a good hairspray. In my mind this is the most important step. You obviously want a hairspray that will hold your style, but you don't want your hair being crunchy either. I have my go to (if you want to know, shoot me a DM via Instagram), but would love to know if you have a favorite hairspray.

I hope these four simple steps help you with getting the best curls of your life!

Shopping Roundup

With the weather changing it gets me excited to switching up my wardrobe. The best thing is there are so many sales going on right now that I don't even feel bad about shopping for some new cool weather pieces.

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American Eagle's Aerie Collection now has all undies 10 for $31.

Take 40% off of all women's sweaters and $100 off of men's outwear at Express.

When you buy two pairs of shoes at Nine West get 50% off of the higher priced item.

LOFT is taking at extra 40% off of all sale styles.

Take 20% off of 2 items and 30% off of 3 items or more when you shop at Levi's. Use the code MORE2SAVE at checkout.

Keeping It Casual

Hello dear readers! Many apologies for the brief hiatus. As most of you who have been following my Instagram feed know, I was just released from the hospital last week. My appendix had burst and I was stuck there for some time. I'm doing a lot better now (as you can see in the photos below), but I still have to have surgery in a little over a month from now. So I'm not out of the woods yet. But until then I'm going to put a smile on my face as I am so happy to be home with my husband and pup...and also so very happy that autumn keeps teasing us with cool mornings...which I love!

I have been trying to incorporate some more casual pieces into my wardrobe lately. You'd really be stunned if you saw all the dresses in my closet. Yes, I typically wear them on the weekends too. I do this because finding a pair of jeans that actually fits me is to difficult. These high waisted slim flare jeans in black are so great because you can dress them up or dress them down. I'm obsessed with them!

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I decided to pair them with this adorable sweatshirt. Isn't it just too cute? Leopard print, 3/4 sleeves, and not too big or baggy. It's the dressiest sweatshirt I own. Okay, It's probably the only sweatshirt I own...but I love it!

Last month during New York Fashion Week I was invited to the launch party for LF/LIFE. It was such a fun party...one of the best parts being that they had a shoe bar there. I picked out these fantastic gold loafers. Personally, I think you can never go wrong with a metallic shoe (trust me on this, I have silver, metallic pink, and now gold). LF/LIFE's shoes are so comfy...I have been living in these loafers ever since the party.

Here's to a comfy, cool, and casual weekend. Hope you all have a good one!

Maple Holistics- Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

A few weeks ago my friends at Maple Holistics sent over their Tea Tree Oil Shampoo for me to try out. I have been using it ever since and have noticed that my hair is looking better than ever. There are a number of therapeutic benefits in natural tea tree oil, including the improvement of hair and scalp health while promoting hair growth and even slowing hair loss. Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp! This Tea Tree Oil Shampoo is cruelty-free, parabens-free, GMO-free, gluten free and made in the USA. It also smells amazing!

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What exactly is tea tree oil? Tea tree is a shrub grown in Australia that is extracted through steam distillation for pure results. This shampoo has rosemary and lavender oil in it which not only gives it a delightful scent, but rosemary oil stimulates cell renewal of hair follicles and lavender oil keeps the scalp healthy and blemish free.

Maple Holistics also has an amazing free samples program that is definitely worth checking out. Just follow the link and fill out the form.

What is your favorite Maple Holistics product?

69th Annual Emmy Awards- What I Hope They Wear

I seriously cannot believe the Emmy's are tomorrow night already. While many of you may be tuning in to see who will be walking away with an award, but you know I'm way more interested in seeing what my favorite stars are wearing. Here's a list of what I hope Hollywood is rocking on the red carpet.

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Nicole Kidman in Marchesa Spring 2018

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Tracee Ellis-Ross in Christian Siriano Spring 2018

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Kerri Russel in J. Mendel Spring 2018

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Reese Witherspoon in Oscar de la Renta Spring 2018

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Thandie Newton in Jenny Packham Spring 2018

I really think this year we'll be seeing a lot of bold colors, sequins, and delicate details. What do you hope your favorite stars will be wearing?