70s waves hair tutorial

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70s fashion is coming this fall and I’m kind of excited about it!  I’m slowly seeing myself gravitate towards browns, orange, and gold so I’m ready to slip a bit of this era into my wardrobe.  In addition to clothing, I’m really feeling the big wavy curls that go along with this decades’ style.  I’ve put together a hair tutorial on how to get that volume-ized curl look that’s perfect for this fall!  Let’s go!

70s waves hair tutorial I started with prepped, dry hair.  I washed and conditioned my hair and put on a generous helping of Suave Pro Curls Mousse (picked up from Kroger) to give my hair a base to hold my curls and give an extra oomph of volume–it’s the backbone of my 70s style!  One my mousse was on, I let my hair air dry while I applied my makeup for the day and got dressed.  You could also rough dry with a hairdryer if you’re pressed for time.

70s waves hair tutorial

I section off my hair with hair elastics and start with the bottom layer for my curls.

70s waves hair tutorial

My holy grail of curling rods–The Sultra Bombshell curling rod!  This rod heats up really fast and holds the curl for DAYS.  Make sure you’re stocked up on dry shampoo because you’ll be wearing this style for a couple days!

70s waves hair tutorial

I grab a 1 inch section of hair at a time, grab the ends together, and wrap it around the curling wand.  Make sure that you’re not flattening the section of hair when its being wrapped, but let it naturally twist into a rope.  This allows for the ‘imperfect’ curls that have more volume and give a messy wave look.

70s waves hair tutorial

Once the bottom layer is complete, section out another layer and continue to curl, curl, curl!  Continue with all layers until your hair is completely curled.

70s waves hair tutorial

Once all pieces are curled, I run my fingers through my hair to softly brush it out, amp up the volume, and mess it around a bit.  For this look, the messier–the better!

70s waves hair tutorialAnd there you have it–soft 70s inspired curls for a gorgeous full-volume look.  Are you excited for the 70s inspired styles to pop up this fall?  What hairstyles are your go-to for fall fashion?

If you want to recreate this look, head over to Kroger for deals on hair products to get major volume for your tresses!  $2 off any 2 Suave Professionals, $3 off any 2 Dove products, $2 off any 1 Dove Styling or Treatment product, and $1.50 off any Tresemme Styling product.  Love a good deal!


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the afternoon picnic party dress

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just add glamvalentino pursenexxus shampoosan francisco skylineDress: Walter Baker // Trench: SheIn // Boots: Rag & Bone // Bag: Valentino // Sunglasses: Mr Life Italia

What a gorgeous day in San Francisco!  I’m heading to a friend’s picnic party today and am looooving the weather for an outdoorsy day.  Since this party is a special occasion I wanted to pull out a dress with a little extra oomph.  I’m loving the open back to make it a bit more special but still keeping the overall look casual enough for the park with booties.  And because the fog could roll in at anytime, a lightweight peach trench coat on top is perfect just in case it turns into a cooler evening.

With an open back I wanted my hair to be on point to up the dress-to-impress factor so I switched up my typical messy waves hair for a more romantic soft curls look.  I prepped my hair with Nexxus Oil Infinite shampoo and conditioner since my hair has been taking a beating lately against hair elastics (lots of ponytails and messy buns from moving!).  I’ve really been enjoying using oil products lately (this duo contains Babassu, Marula, Buriti and Macadamia oils!) to give my hair extra shine while nourishing and smoothing my hair.

So excited for a fun day with friends in the park!  What are you guys up to this gorgeous weekend?

Be sure to stop into a CVS near you between 8/16/15 and 8/23/15 to take advantage of a special rewards offer: Get $10 extrabucks rewards when you spend $20 on participating Nexxus New York Salon Care products!


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playa del carmen favorites

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I recently traveled to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico and absolutely loved the experience and the travel memories–can I go back now please?  Expedia.com asked me to round up some of my favorite highlights to share must-do activities and places to check out–see my favs below!

The Palm at La Playa Roof Pool

We booked the Palm at La Playa based on online photos only and it seemed pretty good.  But when we saw it in person?  The hotel was amazing!  This hotel is not your typical all-inclusive resort, but is rather a boutique hotel focused on guest service and a very trendy vibe.  The hotel’s roof deck pool is a must if you’re staying at the hotel, if not you can get a day pass to attend.  Cabana beds in the water offer a lux spot to relax in the warm afternoon sun while the amazing staff bring over another mango margarita.

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100% Natural Restaurant

100% Natural restaurant is located right in the middle of the main strip in Playa Del Carmen in the middle of all of the touristy restaurants and shops.  I typically like to seek out the ‘hidden gems’ while traveling but this gem was out in the open.  I was craving healthy, organic food while in Mexico (you can’t have pastor tacos for every meal…. can you??) so it was refreshing to find a place specializing in farm to table fare.  I loved the veggie omelet and pressed juices.

cozumel ferryCozumel Ferry

If you’re staying in Playa Del Carmen, you have to take a day trip to Cozumel on the Cozumel Ferry.  The 45 minute ferry was such a fun experience for the lively passengers to people-watch, the musical performances, and the inexpensive cervezas.  Be sure to rent a Jeep on the island and go to some off the grid beaches for beautiful snorkeling.

catamaran snorkelingCatamaran snorkeling

I’m not a fan of the uber-touristy stuff, but this catamaran trip was incredible.  We booked a daily excursion from Maroma Adventures for a day-long snorkeling trip.  The ride out to the reef was great, gliding through the bright blue water while sitting on the catamaran netting.  There were so many interesting types of reef and fish to look at, I found myself being the last one back on the boat!  Before heading back into shore, the crew pulled out a sail swing and let us take turns floating up into the air, swinging side to side, and finally counting 3…2…1 and jumping off into the water.  It was SO. MUCH. FUN.

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Have you guys traveled to Playa Del Carmen?  I’d love to hear about what you enjoyed there.  Do you have any recommendations on must-go travel spots?  I’m always looking to add new places to my list!

Looking for more Playa Del Carmen gems?  Check out Expedia’s picks here!


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back to school beauty

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Back to school has always been a favorite time for me.  Growing up I loved stocking up on notebooks and gel pens for the school year–it was such a ritualistic experience to prepare for the year.  Well, I’m no longer in college but I’m taking the same back to school shopping approach with my face skincare and beauty.  I’m clearing out my summertime product empties and stocking up on the latest to help me transform my skin from summer to fall while moisturizing, cleansing, and beautifying.  Check out more of my back to school haul from Target below!

Simple micellar facial wipes – This is probably the fourth or fifth pack of Simple wipes I’ve purchased.  I’ve tested out a bunch of different brands but these ones really pull off my makeup while hydrating.  I like that they don’t feel drying or harsh and they have these little micelles bubbles to get deep into my pores.

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Pixi by Petra tint & concelear duo – I love a beauty product that multi-tasks, this one has a brightening tinted moisturizer on one end and a full-coverage consealer on the other!

St Ives Apricot scrub – I’ve had so many friends who love this scrub and I’ve never had the chance to try it until now.  I’m a big fan of exfoliating my skin and this scrub is perfect for a weekly deep scrub to remove dry skin and polish your skin from dull to amazing.  The apricot extract helps with brightening your skin

Ardell Lashes – I’m still getting the hang of strip lashes, sometimes they turn out great but sometimes not so great.  These individual lashes are easy to pop on for a brighter eye without the full on glam of strip lashes.

back to school beautyBoots Botanics rosewater spritz – I love misting on rosewater or toners after stepping out of the shower, I love the smell of rosewater!

Nozema classic clean deep cleansing cream – Nozema has been a beauty staple forever but I actually had never tried it.  I use these cream as eye makeup remover on a cotton ball to remove even the most sticky mascara that doesn’t come off with wipes and leaves my eye area smooth.

L’oreal true match foundation – When I’m in the store testing out foundations to match my skin it can be a challenge under the fluorescent lights.  This foundation blends to my skin tone easily and is my current fav in my makeup bag.

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Lydia Mondavi wine blot lip balm – OMG, I’ve found the holy grail of lip balm.  This is so silky smooth, I’m going back to Target to get an extra one–one for my desk drawer, and one for my purse.  Grape seed anti-oxidant formula leaves your lips feeling soft, plush and protected and also gives an SPF 20.  It looks a bit purple but to confirm–it glides on completely clear.

NYX matte lipstick – Like all makeup, lipsticks can have a short shelf life.  Stocked up on this matte red for a classic red lip this fall.

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What is your back to school beauty shopping habit?  Do you switch up your look with the seasons to prepare yourself for back to school or back to fall?

Get some back to school beauty of your own!  Get 5% off from Cartwheel on all Simple, Noxzema and St. Ives products at Target through September 5th!

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4 ways to style your mantel

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One of the many reasons I’ve been excited about moving into my new house is that I’ll finally have a fireplace and mantel.  I grew up with a fireplace at home and I’m glad that I’ll have my own to gather around with friends and also decorate.  I’ve been changing my mantel practically everyday because I’m changing my mind about the decor or am still figuring out where to put things in the house–but using this gold mirror as an anchor in each look.  I was inspired by The Maids to snap four of my favorite mantel-scapes (yes, I think I just invented that word!) that you can recreate in your home or apartment too.  No mantel?  No problem!  You can easily use these ideas for a shelf or counter.

The Minimalist

The mantel above is pretty sleek, focused on simple ceramic vases and a vintage-looking marquee light.  I like this look because its fresh, its modern, its a little hipster.  In general, I’m a neutrals girl when it comes to decor and prefer whites, cremes, and browns.  This mantel speaks to me!

The Green Thumbfireplace mantel styling

When I do add color to my decor, I like to aim for pops of green because it gives a vibrance to the home.  I added these little potted plants from The Sill, how cute are they?!  Decorative apples in a mercury glass bowl give a nice glam and lush touch, and this peaceful candle smells incredible.

The Girly Girl

fireplace mantel stylingIf you love all things girly and instagramable, this mantel is for you.  I originally was planning to add a bookshelf to display books but changed my mind after reading The Maids tips for organizing small spaces.  My girly side likes being able to display my favorite coffee table books front and center for guests to flip through while adding a gorgeous bouquet from local San Francisco favorite Farmgirl Flowers.  A bright little bowl for odds and ends (mine holds random hair-ties I find around the house!) and a bright pink candle round out my girly girl mantel!

The Classic Romantic
fireplace mantel stylingThe Classic Romantic mantel is for the girl dreaming of fresh croissant and café au lait in Paris.  This look is classic, sophisticated, and draws on French glamour.  I found this stone bust as Marshalls and instantly knew I needed it because it’s just so cool and a fun find.  Blush roses in a mint julep cup create the perfect bouquet bunch.

Which fireplace mantelscape is your favorite?  How often do you mix up your home decor to change the look of your space?


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