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I Added Sugar to my Shampoo for a Month & Here’s What Happened

Posted in Beauty
on March 20, 2017

Girl say whaaa? 

Yes, you heard me. Shampoo + Sugar = Beautiful Hair. Who knew? If you’re interested in seeing how you can transform your hair in a month, keep on reading! I promise this one addition to your hair-care routine will be life changing!

With all the crazy, inconsistent weather and not taking care of my hair like I normally do—my hair was in desperate need of a little extra TLC. It was dry, damaged, and needed help ASAP. And you know me, you know that I’m not one to spend a lot of money on special hair treatments, products, etc. because I’m not about that life. I like to keep my beauty routine short and sweet.

In all honesty, I should lay off the dry shampoo a little more. I notice that even though it’s one of two products I use in my hair, it doesn’t help keep it healthy. Sure, you don’t need to wash your hair every day. But I have taken this a little too seriously and by Thursday my hair is 99 percent dry shampoo and one percent hair. I was out looking for a way to treat my hair and reverse some damage over the last few months.

One night I was 150 pins deep on Pinterest when I found an article about adding white sugar to shampoo to help exfoliate it and help treat the damaged parts of your hair. Needless to say my mind was BLOWN because I use sugar to create my own lip/face/body scrubs, so why wouldn’t I think to do the same for my hair? I was ready to try this the same night and create my own experiment to see how it would change my hair after a few weeks.

The perk of using sugar is that it dissolves easily while still giving all those benefits for your scalp. When I realized that I could incorporate this into my hair-care routine, I got to work. Since I wash my hair every other day, I thought that exfoliating my hair once a week would be acceptable. I simply added a tablespoon of sugar to my shampoo, lathered up, rinsed, and conditioned as normal. I recommend really taking your time when you shampoo your hair to work the sugar and shampoo all over your scalp. Take your time since you’re only going to do this once a week.

While exfoliating my hair for the first time, I immediately noticed how good it made my scalp feel. TBH it was a mini massage, which felt incredible. When I finished washing my hair, it felt even more clean and pampered than normal. It was an extra treat for my hair. The next day, styling my hair felt like a breeze. I don’t know if this was because I was having a good hair day or, or if it was from exfoliating—but I’ll take it! You know when you exfoliate your face, and it feels soft and free of any excess dryness? That’s exactly how my hair felt after my shower and the following day. Needless to say, I was hooked.

After three weeks, I noticed that my hair wasn’t shedding as much when I shampooed my hair. I know it’s completely normal to shed hair throughout the day, but it helps keep the drain clean and doesn’t make me panic like when I used to see a cat-sized mound of hair on the shower wall. (I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way, right?!) Also, I noticed that my scalp was less oily. I learned that when you stimulate your scalp more, it helps to remove excess oils to keep your hair healthy. This was  a huge perk for me because it helps me use just a little less dry shampoo than I normally would on my no-wash days for my hair.

All in all, I have noticed that this once simple addition to my hair routine has shown a huge difference in my hair. Like exfoliating your face, body or lips, your hair deserves to reap the benefits of exfoliating, too!

Have you ever tried this beauty hack before? Would you consider it? What other tips to you have to treat your hair in winter? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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5 Looks I’m Lusting For: March

Posted in Fashion
on March 8, 2017

It’s March & I’m so excited about it mostly because I’m ready for sunny days, bright colors and all the spring things. Today I’m sharing a little fashion inspiration to get you thinking about spring, too! Add a little bliss to your closet and check out these stunning looks I’ve been lusting over this month.

Pink Top

I’m loving everything about this look from the pastel pink top, to the high-waisted denim to this oversized bag perfect for any weekend getaway. If you’ve been around the blog for awhile, you’ll know I’m all about neutrals, but there’s something about this light pink color that makes me want to reinvent my closet and style altogether. And TBH, I need to find an off-the-shoulder top! Leave links to your favorite picks in the comments!

One of my favorite pieces from high school was a denim skirt. I honestly wore it to where it was falling apart after several good years of wearing it. Since then, I haven’t owned one, but it has been on my list since the button-up, denim skirts became popular over the last few years. My favorite part of this look is that you can throw any comfy, T-Shirt with it and you’re set for the day. I love how versatile a denim skirt is, and it’s on my wish list.

Moto Jacket

Is Brighton not the example of #OutfitGoals?! The moto jacket she’s wearing is  e v e r y t h i n g  I want and need in my life right now. The soft, blush blouse paired with the edgy jacket is the perfect balance of two contrasting styles. Needless to say, she is slaying in this outfit that is perfect for spring. Her look would be perfect as a transitional look as we move into warmer weather for the next few months.

Stripped Top 

Slip-on shoes are everywhere and I don’t know why I don’t own a pair for myself yet. What is better than having a comfortable, trendy pair of shoes that can go with everything? Also, I am loving the stripped, button-down, off-the-shoulder top paired with this white denim. I’ve truly been loving this clean and simple look. I can’t wait to be able to wear tops without layering tons of sweaters and jackets to cover it up.

White Denim

White denim + ivory sweater + sandals + nude hate = perfect outfit situation. I love seeing the contact of the different hues of nude and brown paired with white and off-white colors. Honestly, playing with different shades of color like this is WAY out of my comfort zone. But you all know I love to throw in a look that is something I wouldn’t normally wear so that I can inspire myself to try different things!

What outfit was your favorite? What looks/trends have you been lusting for? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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New Year’s Eve Inspiration

Posted in Fashion
on December 30, 2016

With New Year’s Eve approaching this weekend, I thought it would be fun to share what trends and fashion items have been inspiring me recently for creating a fun  NYE look. Make sure to leave a comment below to tell me what your plans are for New Year’s Eve, and what you plan to wear!

1| Lace Dress, H&M, $60

There are two things that I have been loving so much throughout the later half of 2016: anything and everything in white and lace details. There’s something so feminine about both of these trends coming together in one dress. What I love about this dress from H&M is that it’s also affordable and can be worn throughout the seasons!

2| Ciate Nail Polish, Sephora, $8

Although I don’t have my nails done all the time, I do love to go all out and have them done for different holidays and occasions. I love the Ciate nail polishes because there are so many different glitter colors that are perfect for occasions like New Year’s Eve.

3| Blush Clutch, DSW, $20

The blush pink trend is something that I have been loving for winter. I know people might be thinking that it’s not a winter color, but there are ways to incorporate this color in your outfit without overdoing it. For example, pairing this clutch with an all-black outfit.

4| Gold Tank Top, Charlotte Russe, $25

I’m not going to lie, I have passed by my local Charlotte Russe shop and I’ve seen this top in the window of it for weeks. I think it’s the perfect going out top to pair with sleek, black pants for a night out for New Year’s Eve. What I love is that you can re-wear for work or school with a cardigan or blazer.

5| Velvet Pumps, DSW, $40

I have seen so many shows that are velvet; and it might inspire me to take the plunge on this trend. I love the hunter green, velvet heels to wear for winter and spring especially. The best part about having velvet shoes is that they’re the focal point of your outfit, so you can keep the rest of your look simple by wearing neutrals.

What are you planning to wear for New Year’s Eve? Do you have special plans or traditions for New Year’s Eve? Make sure to leave a comment below!

 

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5 Looks I’m Lusting For: December

Posted in Lifestyle
on December 12, 2016

Another month means that I can share what looks I’m lusting for this month. December fashion is a lot like late-fall fashion: tons of layers and a lot of different accessories. I love being able to share what has been inspiring my style, so grab a cup of coffee (or wine) and feel little bliss as we talk about these lovely outfits.

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Things I’m currently loving, nude details like this blanket scarf and over-the-knee boots; and finding simple ways to elevate your comfortable outfit! Who says that leggings and a flowy top can’t look fashionable and stylish? What’s not to love about this look?

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Layers are everything in December. In Pennsylvania, I live off of cold-weather necessities like big sweaters. But, I love how this outfit takes a bulky sweater, and adds a more feminine vibe with the long-sleeved, white blouse. It adds a unique, unexpected element to the look.img_7653

I’m absolutely L U S T I N G  for this long, grey cardigan. I can imagine that it feels like wearing a blanket outside, but it’s adorable and perfectly acceptable to wear in public, especially for winter. Layering this with a bulky, turtleneck sweater dress only makes this look more complete.

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I don’t know why but I’ve been so interested in leopard-printed shoes recently, but I’ve been on the hunt of pair of them for awhile now. This outfit only motivates my drive to find a pair for myself I also love how they look with a bold, red sweater. I’m a big believer that leopard and red look stunning together. Personally, I think this outfit would be perfect for a holiday party.

winter-fashion-camel-coat-scarfPom-pom hats are totally in style, and I’m loving it. Whether you’re on the hunt for a perfect Christmas tree, or you’re out and about shopping for everyone on your list; this outfit is perfect for all your holiday errands. I love the pops of blue and green against the neutrals in this look. It’s a simple outfit that is versatile for December.

What outfits is your favorite? What trends have you been loving this month? What does your December style look like? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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5 Minimalist Outfits for Autumn

Posted in Fashion
on October 17, 2016

Minimalism is something I’m learning and incorporating more into my every day life. So far, I’ve been loving every minute of it. I feel less stressed, more focused, and happier with adopting some of the minimalist habits.

One area I’ve been focusing on the last few months is my style. Last month, I shared my September edition of “5 Looks I’m Lusting For,” which featured more neutral-only and neutral-based looks. If you knew me five years ago, I was obsessed with bright colors. There was actually a period in time where I didn’t own any black. (I was young and stupid, don’t judge—haha!) Flash forward to present day, and more than 60 percent of my wardrobe contains neutrals.

I want to share my progression of style, and where I see my style going in the future with this minimalist mindset. So, I’m sharing five minimalist outfits you can wear for Autumn! I hope you find a little inspiration from these looks, and can incorporate them into your your wardrobe for the season.

Make sure to leave a comment below telling me about your personal style, and how it has evolved over the years!

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There’s nothing better than bulky sweaters, cute coats, and booties for the season. Aside from all the trendy pieces, it’s chic because of the neutral colors. People think minimalists only wear black and white, but you can wear colors and still be a minimalist. As long as you find a color palette that works for you and your style, and only have essentials that you can mix with several outfits, you are on the right track!

25 Great New Outfits For Your Winter Lookbook - Style Estate -Everything about this look is #FALLFASHIONGOALS. I’m not going to lie, everything about this makes me fall in love with the idea of dressing minimally. I love an all-black outfit with the addition of the contrasting color to make things pop. In this case, the light, nude heels and coat paired together makes the entire outfit more vibrant yet classic. 739c48c51e76887fd2e9d12192349068I love to throw in a wildcard option that’s out of my comfort zone. As a working woman, I don’t think I could ever pull off a dressy element like a midi skirt and pair it with casual sneakers like the photos above. But, never say never. I love this look, and I like that there’s a contrast from professional and comfortable mixed together. Who knows, maybe I’ll rock some sneakers with a skirt for this season.8fcf2e39aae7e67b381c2b89fd39cb38“Doe she only like camel-colored coats?!” No, definitely not. But I will say I think they’re an amazing color to pull off during Autumn, so I might as well show you some options while you’re reading through this post. Again, an all-black outfit for the base of the outfit paired with another neutral like camel makes the outfit pop! I’m definitely in the market for a camel coat after writing this post.

8ff10ff2d6fc564e5e109cd4cc7bfdf9This is a perfect example that you don’t need to only wear black and white to have a minimal outfit. Adding little pops of color and patterns can pull the entire look together. I love the addition of a burgundy bag with these fun, leopard flats. This adds a little excitement to a simple, comfortable look. I’ve been on the hunt for leopard flats, and hoping I can find some as cute as these above!

What look is your favorite? What is your personal style? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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