How To: Beach Hair

I planned on writing up a post for this weeks Friend Friday. However, I can’t answer any of the questions very well. I won’t be enjoying any summer vacat this year. Instead I thought I would share my “Beach Hair” with you. I recently got a 3-barrel iron for something else to do with my hair while it is growing out. Last week, when we were talking about hair care I shared that I use Moroccan Oil as a heat protector for the occasional times I do use hot tools. I also, love how Moroccan Oil  makes my hair feel even when I don’t style it.

You can start one of two ways.

Option 1: Start with clean damp hair. Apply a small amount of Moroccan Oil and comb through.

Finger dry hair with a blow dryer on low. If you have a diffuser that is even better.

Option 2: The same as option 1 apply a small amount of oil. It is OK to use the oil on dry hair. It is very lite and doesn’t leave your hair with a greasy feel.

Pretty sexy huh?

Step 2: Section off your hair, and take two inches pieces and begin using the iron from the top of each section. Work your way down each section.

Step 3: After finishing all of the sections I use a dusting powder to the roots at the crown of my head. Be careful, because, a little goes a long way. Also, if you use too much it will whiten your roots. After rubbing it in I lift and tease the hair at the crown.

Step 4: Finish with your favorite hairspray!

Voila! Beach Hair!


If the shoe fits…

Sadly, this pregnancy I’ve had to put away several pair of heels. They are just causing me too much pain. I hope that after the baby is born I can wear them again. I’m not holding my breath. After Lyla was born I had to semi-retire several pairs of designer shoes. Meaning, I was able to wear them if I was planning on being carried everywhere like a true princess deserves. Since life never turns out quite how we think it should I could only wear them when I was willing enough, or would be drinking enough, to endure the pain. On a side note I could wear one of the pairs quite easily without feeling pain, or much of anything else from my ankles down.

Since, several frequently worn pairs are missing from my shoe wardrobe adjustments must be made. I don’t have many pairs of flats or sandals, so I added a two pairs. One pair of silver flats and a pair of black wedges were welcomed into the family. I hadn’t planned on adding heels of any kind, but I needed a comfortable pair of dressy shoes I could wear to recital. Both of these purchases were made at TJ Maxx. I like purchasing shoes from TJ Maxx. They usually are decently priced, and hold up nicely under normal wear and tear.

I planned on wearing the silver Lucky Brand flats pretty regularly. However, after the first day I realized a few changes needed to be made. I’ve had pointe shoes that caused less discomfort during a two hour class. They would dig into my heel, and the round heel had zero padding. The thin rubberized, plastic sole doesn’t bother me. I like that they are lite and flexible. I just wasn’t happy that I could feel the heel more and more with each step.

Since, I had some purchases to be made to make these shoes a happy mate for my feet I thought I would share my finds with you. These are things that I’ve found make some shoes, including a few semi-retired shoes, comfy or at least tolerable. Dr. Scholl’s massaging gel heel cushions helped with the pain underneath my heel, and the Dr. Scholl’s for her heel liners made it so my shoes didn’t dig into my skin. The only issue I had with them is that they also made the shoes just a tad tight on my bigger foot. Things I’ve gotten that worked well in other shoes are the Dr. Scholl’s for her ball of the foot cushions and the comfort insoles. I’m comfortable recommending these cushions to make the little fixes that some shoes need.

Friend Friday: Keeping the Balance

This week all of FBFF girls and guys are sharing how we are super heroes in our own right. Keeping the balance between blogging, working, playing, and our friends and family isn’t easy. Check out everyone’s answers over at ModlyChic.
1. When it comes to prioritizing your life, in what place does
blogging fall? 
Blogging is probably in  3rd place behind family and dance/work.
2. We all wish we had more free time to dedicate to blogging and all
it entails. What are your tricks for taking advantage of the time you
do have to be as productive as possible? 
I try and pre-post as much as possible. That way when I have a few minutes here or there I can return comments, visit blogs, or interact with everyone on Twitter.
3. Have you discovered any short-cuts that makes blogging easier or
more time efficient? 
I don’t think I have found any short-cuts per say, however, I do take advantage of technology that may make blogging easier. I use my Droid to do a lot of things like blog reading, returning comments, and Twitter.
4. Do you have an editorial calendar or something similar that helps
you plan ahead? 
I don’t have any hard copies, but I keep the same weekly schedule as much as possible. Since, I mostly do ootd posts I only need to remember to include my Every Man, Woman, and Child posts and Friend Friday. It makes it pretty simple to keep track of things.
5. If time wasn’t an issue what you would be doing on your blog/for
your blog that you aren’t doing now?
If I had the time the biggest thing I want to do know is reach out to brands. I would like to offer an occasional giveaway for you wonderful readers. Promotions with discounts from brands I know you would love would be nice too.
I would also like to interact more with bloggers/readers. I just need more hours in the day. It would be nice to get a few extra hours of sleep too.
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How To: RED Manicure


This week for Andie’s Wearing Red for Women event I’m changing it up a bit. I have been sporting a red manicure for most of the month. I thought I would do a little how to, so you can see my favorite red nail polish.
 Start out with clean nails. 
I buff and file my nails after removing my old polish. I use a hand lotion than run a Q-tip with nail polish remover over my nails to remove the excess oils from my nails.
Apply Base Coat
I use Bonder a rubberized base coat from Orly. It really helps the color adhere, and I found I have fewer chips when using it.
Apply Color
 I choose Monsooner or Later by OPI to support Women’s Heart Health Awareness month. I like OPI colors, they seem to last fairly well. They are a little pricey, but I’ve lucked out by picking up a few colors here and there on clearance. I’ll post another time with my favorite cheaper polishes.
Apply Top Coat
 I like to top off my manicures with two coats of Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dry clear coat. I’ve never found a top coat that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with. They don’t seem to ever deliver on their promises of a perfect two week manicure. However, I stick with the Insta-Dry top coat for two reasons. I love the wide applicator, and the dry time is pretty short. That last part is the main reason. I don’t have time to sit around and wait for my polish to dry.  If I use two thin coats of this and re-apply every other day my manicure usually makes it about a week.
My last trick is that I actually suck at painting my nails. Usually I paint them at night, and use cuticle oil in the morning to help rub off the extra color. My nails look great, and nobody is any smarter.
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