Monthly Archives: March 2016

Brunch Look

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TOP: Old Navy  //  NECKLACE: Forever 21  //  PURSE: H&M (old – similar here & here)  //  JEANSJoe’s Jeans  //  WEDGES: DSW  //  LIPSTICK: butter LONDON in Macbeth

Happy spring, everyone!

I hope you enjoyed your Easter weekend and were able to spend it with loved ones. I never thought I would be spending my Easter on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, but here I am. Definitely a little unconventional compared to what my typical Easter holiday looks like. Even though I really missed my family back in Indiana, I enjoyed it! I tried an awesome brunch place with my boyfriend and some new friends.

With spring in full bloom here in Los Angeles, the season of brunching has begun. I wanted to share this easy, but polished brunch look. I am wearing a breezy peplum camisole from Old Navy, which was a big hit on my Instagram. Blue and white gingham print is everywhere this spring – such a fun and preppy vibe. I love how this top looks, and I might just need to go back for the other prints. I paired it with a dark skinny jean, a bright bag, and tan wedges. I bought these wedges in grey last year and think they look great with both dresses and skinny jeans. I was extremely excited to see that they are back in-stock on DSW’s website, so I had to buy them in the tan option. Seriously, I HAD to 😉

Have a great week. Thank you so much for reading!

xx Heather

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Leather Leggings

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JACKET: Gap (sold out – similar here)  //  TOP: ASOS (old – similar here and here)  //  NECKLACE: The Limited  //  PANTS: Free People  //  FLATS: Gap

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!!

I am so excited for the coming months, because I have a ton going on. For me, having fun things to look forward to makes life and work feel so much more manageable. Next week, two of my closest friends are flying out to LA to spend their Spring Break here, and I cannot wait to show them around. We’re planning some dinners, beach days, and a day on Catalina Island. Then, after some traveling for work, I’m heading to Florida to meet up with the fam for a few days while my younger brother is on his Spring Break. He and I will then fly back to LA for a few more days in SoCal. We are planning on getting him some surfing lessons and eating a lot of In-N-Out burgers. A few weeks after that, I’m heading to Las Vegas to meet up with my sorority sisters for a fun weekend together. I’m so happy to be reunited with them soon! I’ve also never been to Vegas…any suggestions of things to do/see?

Now, just have to get through the workdays in between all the fun, and hopefully I’ll survive the spring. 🙂

I wanted to share this easy but cool outfit that can be worn as winter transitions to spring. I got these Free People (vegan) leather leggings back at Christmas time but haven’t had the chance to wear them. Lucky for you, they are on major sale now!! Now that I have worn them, I’m planning my next outfit to incorporate them again. They are super comfy and give off that awesome biker-chic vibe. I ordered one size up so that they would look more like pants than leggings, and I am so glad I did. I read reviews about people ripping the seams, but you just have to be smart when wearing these pants – can’t be doing yoga in this type of legging.

Thanks for reading!!

xx Heather

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Striped Skirt

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TOP: ASOS (other version here)  //  SKIRT: Forever 21 (similar here and here)  //  SHOES: Target  //  NECKLACE: J.Crew (old – similar here and here)

Hi All,

I hope you had another great week. I have definitely been using my weekends to explore different areas in California in the last few months.

Last month, some work friends and I took a spontaneous weekend trip to San Diego, and it was a blast. We ate some amazing Mexican dishes (breakfast burritos hold the key to my heart), went to the best dueling piano bar I’ve ever been to, and rented bicycles to explore Coronado Island off the San Diego coast. Unfortunately, it was cold when we were there, so I’m already planning my next trip down there – complete with some beach-lounging.

Two weeks ago, my boyfriend and I road-tripped north to San Jose to see the Notre Dame baseball team play. It was about a five hour drive, but it was a gorgeous day and we were happy to escape the city a little bit. The highway winded through California hills and then was surrounded by blossoming cherry trees for more than half the drive. I have never seen so many white and pink blossoming trees. They were in rows as far as the eye could see – it was really stunning. After the baseball game, my boyfriend got to catch up with all of his teammates from ND, and then we did a little bar hopping in downtown San Jose. We capped off the night at an ice cream shop called Cream, that lets you choose two freshly baked cookies and any flavor of ice cream to go in-between them to create the most incredible ice cream sandwich! The cookie ice cream sandwiches were probably not the most health-conscious late night decision, but they were totally worth the guilt.

Then last weekend, we headed south again to Laguna Beach for a little time in the sun while my boyfriend’s mom was visiting Southern California. She is a total foodie and can find the tastiest places, so we definitely took advantage of the best eats in Orange County during her visit. Laguna was one of the places I loved most when I first visited California a few summers ago, and still remains a favorite of mine. The surf shops are so cute and make me want to live in a beach town, become a surfer and live off fish tacos and margaritas. A girl can dream.

Happy Saturday!

xx Heather

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8 Steps for Healthier Hair

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The combination of the furnace blasting dry air, extra-hot showers, and the exhausting amount of time blow-drying all begin to take a toll on your hair.  I thought I would share some tips of things I do to keep my hair shiny and strong year-round (but especially during the winter).

http://mightymancoffee.com/a6-fashion-28/-occupation-b96-Tmr-14989/ blog link 1. Minimize the Number of Washings – I think this is the biggest rule to help save your hair during any season, but even more so when it is cold and dry outside. Each time you wash and dry your hair, you are stripping it of its natural oils. Try to minimize the number of times you are completely washing and drying your hair in a week. I extend the timing between washings by using dry shampoo and utilizing styles like braids and top-knot buns to hide roots. The dry shampoo helps to soak up any excess oil in your roots and prolong the life of your style. Because my hair is so long, my ends actually get super dry between washes, so I use Moroccan Argan oil to combat the dryness and leave my ends silky smooth.

2. Boar Bristle Brush – A boar bristle brush is the perfect tool to help keep you hair damage free (and also great between washings as well). This is one of my favorite tools because it has so many benefits. The structure of the boar bristle brush helps to distribute the oil from your scalp, called sebum, throughout the lengths of your hair, decreasing the amount of oil buildup at your roots (meaning less washing!). By brushing hair from root to tip, the sebum also coats each strand and helps to reduce frizz. This brush only works on dry hair, but you will be so thankful to have this tool in your artillery. You can buy one here or here.

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3. Coconut Oil Mask – It is best to do some type of deep conditioning treatment to your hair once a week. I like to use extra virgin coconut oil as a hair mask, but I have heard that almond oil works wonders on extra fine hair. With the oil in liquid form (above room temperature), use your hands to rub the oil through your hair and then brush it through to coat each strand. If you wish, you can use your blow-dryer on low to medium heat to allow the hair cuticles to open and really absorb the coconut oil. Leave the oil in your hair for 10-15 minutes and then wash and condition as usual.

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4. Cool Water at End of Shower – I like to take really hot showers, and I’m working on consciously turning my water temperature down while showering. The problem is that extremely hot water can be drying and damaging to your skin and hair. To help seal the hair cuticle at the end of a shower, turn the water to cool or cold if you can stand it.  By sealing the cuticle, you are left with shinier and healthier hair, which will decrease the amount of breakage.

5. Cool Blast from Blow-Dryer – Similar to turning the water to cool at the end of a shower, the cool blast at the end of blow-drying your hair will provide similar benefits. When you have completed blow-drying your hair, use the “cool” button for the last 2-3 minutes to help seal the cuticle and boost shine.

6. Cover your Hair from the Elements – When it is windy, snowy, or rainy outside, try your best to cover your hair with a hat or hood. Covering it from the elements will help to decrease the amount of damage it might receive. Hairstyles like braids or buns can also help protect your hair because less hair is completely exposed to the elements.

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7. Get a Trim, But Only the Dead Ends – Women always seem to over-trim their hair. The whole, “If I trim it, it will grow more,” doesn’t always apply. The goal of a trim is to take off the dead or split ends from your hair. You don’t always need to take off two inches to achieve this – sometimes it can be as little as a quarter inch. Scheduling a regular hair trim isn’t always needed either. If you are taking good care of your hair and not causing heat damage to it, you can definitely push back and not make the appointment until you need it.

8. Silk or Satin Pillowcase – I recently noticed that my hair was extra dry because of my cotton pillowcase, so I switched to a satin one. These pillowcases help to reduce breakage and damage because of the smoother fibers. You can buy them here or here.

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Let me know if these tips work for you!!

xx Heather

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