Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - What's in my Cart

Hey guys! Two things I am excited for today, its Fri-YAY and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to the public!

If you follow me on snap you know most of time has been dedicated to home renovations lately. I'm the type of person that has to be focused on one thing and divulge myself into it, so thats where my focus has been BUT since all of the styling of the renovation is done, Tim is wrapping up the remaining labor so that I can have some down time, right in time for the #Nsale !

I am sure most of you have seen countless posts out the +Nordstrom Anniversary Sale going on right now, so I thought I'd share what I plan on picking up. This is the perfect time to pick some great pieces for Fall , the kicker is that the sale is only for a limited time. It is open to the public ( I say that because Nordstrom cardholders get early access to the sale) from July 22 , today, until August 8th.

                                                Here are my #Nsale picks!

                 Perfect time to stock up on old favorites and new treasures! Happy Anniversary Shopping!


How I chelate my hair | Cleanse & Tone

It's been 11 months since I started on this journey to become a blonde. If you've followed me sometime between May of 2015 and now you've probably noticed gradual change each month. Going from black to light ash blonde isn't the easiest nor the most visually pleasing experience. I'm all for (modern) brass fixtures but when it comes to hair , like most of you, I want to run and curl up in a ball every time I see a hint of that dreaded orange peek through. Each time my stylist breaks through whats left of the dark in my hair , I dreadfully go through the "ugly stage".

 So by now, I kind of feel like a self-proclaimed damage control expert when it comes to blonde hair. I'm sure I'm not the only one who scoures google for hours looking for the best methods and products  not only get the ugly out of my hair but also keep it healthy, or as healthy as it can be with 40 volume bleach every 4 weeks ( lets be honest). I thought I'd share something that has worked wonders for me ; takes less than ten minutes and almost everything you'll need is probably in your kitchen already!

   I actually just recently found out the technical term for this "process" is called ,  chelating.
Basically, you are deep cleansing the hair to remove build-up from shampoo, conditioners, product, oil build-up etc..

  There are two ways/times I like to do this ... right before I go to get highlights and about a two weeks after I get new highlights. When I chelate before getting my hair colored I focus on getting all of the gunk out my hair , product build-up etc , so that when I go get a fresh set of highlights my hair will be prepped so that the color can penetrate into my hair instead of into the gunk matted on top.

How to Chelate :

1. Wet/rinse hair with warm water
2. Apply 2-3 drops of Dawn ( Yes, Dawn dish soap! ) to your entire head
3. Rinse the Dawn out
4. Slice a lemon in half and squeeze both halves on your hair , leave for about a minute
5. Rinse the lemon out ( your hair will feel squeaky clean , too clean almost but it's OK..promise! )
6. Lightly towel dry your hair ( Pat dry)
7. Apply a hair mask or deep conditioning treatment ( Trust me, you will feel desperate for it)
8. Rinse hair with cool water after 5-10 ( cool water will seal the cuticle aka: lock in the moisture )
9. Let your hair air dry (as long as possible)

and wallah your hair will feel like a million bucks and ready for fresh highlights!

At the two week mark I like to, what I like to call "clean & tone " my hair. I basically like to chelate to clean my hair really good and then I add a purple shampoo to tone down the brassiness so that I can manage another two weeks before getting my hair colored again.

How to Chelate + Tone :
1. Wet/rinse hair with warm water
2. Apply 2-3 drops of Dawn ( Yes, Dawn dish soap! ) to your entire head
3. Rinse the Dawn out
4. Slice a lemon in half and squeeze both halves on your hair , leave for about a minute
5. Rinse the lemon out ( your hair will feel squeaky clean , too clean almost but it's OK..promise! )
6. Apply your favorite purple shampoo ( not all are created equal , I use THIS one)      
7. Leave on for 1-5 minutes
8. Rinse with warm water
9. Towel/Pat Dry
10. Apply a deep conditioning hair mask or your regular condition , Let sit for 5-10 minutes
11. Rinse will cool water
12. Let your hair air dry ( if possible)

I am in no way shape of form a "professional" but this has worked wonders for my hair, I would defiantly recommend at least mentioning this to your stylist, I know that some salon even  offer in-salon chelating treatments so if you're not sure about doing it at home , that might be a good option for you! Ellebangs did an awesome video showing how she does it and recommends it to her clients , defiantly worth a watch!

 If you're struggling with brass or build-up I hope you found this helpful and maybe even give it a try!


”Charm” Gallery Wall

     Now that the kitchen is done, I thought I'd finish up some smaller projects around the house before I moved on to anymore overhauls. Originally, I wanted a huge leaner mirror in the dining room. Around here it is SO hard to find one though. We recently just got a +HomeGoods and I was really hoping to find that perfect mirror there, but It just hasn't happened yet. So then, I got to thinking about how a gallery wall would look there. It just so happened that I was in Wal-Mart with my grandma last week and I spotted these white +Better Homes and Gardens frames on clearance for $2 ! I literally almost peed my pants when I saw the price ( TMI, I know) but these were origanilly $20 a piece. I went ahead and snagged them all. It was exactly the amount I needed (9) ... talk about divine appointment. Now I just had to come up with something to put in the frames. I knew I didn't want actual photos of us, family or friends. I thought it would be kind of creepy having humans in pictures stare at you while you are eating dinner. Maybe I'm just weird... yea, that's probably it. Anyways, I kept toying with ideas until I thought about doing a "charm" wall. Basically like a charm bracelet only in pictures. Things, places, etc that spark our memory of good times we've had. I pitched my idea to Tim and he thought is was neat so there ya have it... a charm wall it is.
   I gathered some pictures that I had taken and used +PicMonkey to edit them.  Then transferred them  to +Walmart.COM  and made 4x6 prints. When I went online to the photo center on a little pop-up box came up and said enter your e-mail to get 25 free 4x6 prints. I was like are you kidding me.. that exactly the size I need. So, obviously I went ahead and entered my e-mail and ended up getting them all for free. I still have 16 free prints to take advantage of!

   Since we didn't want to put nine holes in the wall we used command strips, the ones made for frames, and they worked great! I had some extras from previous projects.

This project ended up only costing us $22.50 (without  tax) I mean is that not a steal? You can barely buy a frame for half of that price these days.

             When I was laying out the arrangement that I wanted , I turned around and saw Annabelle casually lounging in the middle , LOL . It was like she was saying " Hey mom this is where you should put my face" ! So I did ;)

                           Don't mind the black fabric tabs stick out on the corners, hahaha we forgot to tuck them in...oops!

I feel like the gallery wall is much more practical for a dining room and I am really happy with the way it turned out. What do you guys think?

I hope ya'll have had a great start to the year so far... can you believe we're moving into February already?

Thanks for stopping by!

                   Until Next time,

Best of Beauty | Top 15 of 2015

Drumroll please... These fifteen beauty items managed to win my face over in 2015! I try ALOT of makeup in one year but these are fifteen of my most-used, most-loved products that I would recommend to anyone that has a similar makeup style as me! 

           LIPS  +NYX Cosmetics Cherry Skies | +NYX Cosmetics Sandstrom | +Too Faced Cosmetics Melted Sugar | +Marc Jacobs Anais | Anastasia Beverly Hills Pure Hollywood








It's been a good year in makeup, I can't wait to play with all of the new makeup launches set to come out this year (2016) but until then I will continue loving on these beauties! What are your must-have makeup items from 2015?

Holiday Home Tour | 2015

'Tis the season! I can't believe Christmas is next week already. It feel like I just started pulling out my holiday decorations. Although our house is still a construction zone I thought I'd still show ya'll  how we decorated this year. I did do a full post on our Paris & Peacock tree which ended up being my favorite tree that I've decorated yet (You can read that post HERE ) 
                                              Notice something ( dramatically) different about the fireplace? I have a post coming next week on the fireplace renovation!

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