How to Get Soft, Shiny Hair

How to Get Soft, Shiny Hair

Welcome back! I feel like I’ve been trying for years to find products that give me just-left-the-salon type hair. You know, soft, flowy, beautiful, effortless…..WELL I have finally found a collection of products that I think get you one step closer to achieving perfect hair.

Ghost Verb Oil

I’ve tried a lot of different hair oils, and this is by far the best. The lightweight formula leaves your hair soft and can smooth any frizz or fly aways you have without being overly greasy. This is my favorite finishing touch after I style my hair.

Olaplex Bond Smoother

Only one word can describe this product-amazing. You can use this on damp or dry hair, and it makes your hair feel like you’ve had a keratin treatment. What’s even better is that you only need a small amount so the bottle will last you forever.

Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream

A very similar product to Olaplex, but still necessary. I love using both, especially when I’m heat styling my hair. My hair is super prone to dryness, so it could use all the help it can get when I’m putting hot tools on it. It also smells amazing so always a nice added bonus.

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Product

I’ve been using this product since I was about 14, and it’s hands down the best leave in conditioner I’ve ever used. It has 10 benefits (hence the name) and it’s such an easy one-and-done type product, especially if you’re in a rush. I’m currently using the Walmart alternative, which is basically the exact same thing at a fraction of the price, so that’s a win too.

And that’s it! I hope these products can serve as good recommendations for any of you who are looking for softy, shinier hair! What are your favorite go-to hair care products?

Friday Motivation

Friday Motivation

It’s hard not to compare yourself to others around you, measure your progress against theirs, and wonder what you’re doing wrong. When it comes down to it, all that matters is your opinion of yourself, how your decisions stand up against your goals and aspirations, and if you’re proud of the person you are putting out into the world. I hope this inspires any of you who may be feeling small compared to someone else to remember the amazing potential and drive you have within you.

I think this quote also stands to say that if we see someone else succeeding, we shouldn’t let it affect our opinion of ourselves, or maybe even think badly about them or try to discredit their success. We would never want to someone to judge or challenge an accomplishment in our own lives, so let’s all try respect other’s achievements, without tearing them or ourselves down in the process.

Stay klassy, xo.

Monthly Mental Health Monday

Monthly Mental Health Monday

Welcome to my first ever monthly mental health Monday! Once a month on a Monday I will post something related to mental well being and overall health. This topic is something very important to me and I can’t wait to share with you all the ideas I have. For this month’s mental health Monday, I want to talk about ways to destress. This is obviously easier said than done, and definitely differs person to person. The ones I’m sharing with you today are what I have found to be some of the most beneficial ways I use to destress or help ease my anxiety. They are by no means a catch all cure, or intended to be anything other than a simple recommendation if you find yourself in a rut when it comes to how to relax. (please enjoy the peaceful picture of a summer sunset on Lake George above)

☆Self-care

When you’re laying in bed at night, or alternatively, when you’re at work/school and you’re thinking about all the things you wish you could be doing, what is it that you desire the most? It is a massage? A face mask? A manicure? A nap? All of the above? Well, no matter what is, this is the time to do it. When you’re feeling overwhelmed and just need a break, do the one thing you always wish you had time to do. Now I know it’s not always easy to go get a manicure if it’s 2am and you’re writing a paper, or can’t sleep because you’re thinking about your never ending to-do list, but if can find the time to schedule some much needed self care, not only will you finally be giving yourself the relaxation you deserve, but now you have something to look forward to as well. Side note, I recently have downloaded the Simple Habit app for meditation, and let me tell you they have so many topics that I never even thought would be available to meditate to. From having a long day at work, to PMS, to food related issues, relationships, there’s something for every mood and every person. Plus, most of them are less than 5 minutes, so even if you think you’re super busy, try to spare 5 minutes and give it a try.

☆Call your favorite person 

Do people actually call each other anymore? Some people hate talking on the phone, while I personally love it. Whether you purposefully avoid making phone calls and much prefer texting, or could spend 5 hours on the phone, picking up your phone and talking to your favorite person is almost guaranteed to put you in a better mood. Call your mom, dad, best friend, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, etc. I can bet that after you hear there voice, maybe talk through what’s stressing you out, or just give your mind a distraction, you will feel 100% better when you feel supported and close to someone you care about.

☆Put on your favorite comfy clothes 

This may seem obvious….but I still want to mention it. For me, the first thing I do when I get home from work is take off my makeup and put on my sweatpants. Doing that instantly makes me feel like I’ve transitioned from work mode into at-home-relaxing mode, and it always lifts my mood. Even if you’re in a super bad mood and stressed beyond belief…..at least you’re comfortable right? That’s probably really lackluster advice, but hey, it’s a step in the right direction to creating a calm, comfortable environment.

☆Re adjust your perspective

If you find yourself overwhelmed, bogged down by a mountain of assignments, a parade of unopened emails, and 3+ piles of laundry on your floor, and you feel there’s no end in sight and you might as well give up now (well first, don’t) it’s time to readjust your perspective. Sit down with yourself and be realistic. What needs to get done right now in this moment: do you need to answer that email or text right now? Will you run out of shirts if you don’t do your laundry tonight? Once you can prioritize your to-do list and really hone in on what needs to get done, and what can get done at a later date, I swear you’ll feel better. I like to make to-do lists specific to the days of the week, and figure out what is a priority that needs to get done each day, and what can fall off the list if I run out of time. Additionally, you should definitely schedule time to relax or unwind. Even if it’s only 15 minutes or it’s getting ready for bed a little earlier so you have an extra 20 minutes to watch youtube videos before you go to sleep, you need to set aside time for yourself. Running yourself down will get you nowhere, except very tired and probably with all your to-do list items half done, or not done well. Invest your time wisely, readjust your perspective and remind yourself at the end of the day, another day you don’t do your laundry will not kill you. (But remember….still eventually do your laundry..)

☆Get off social media 

I love social media, but I can never say I would describe it as relaxing. Aimlessly scrolling through instagram or twitter usually leaves me judging other people (we all do it…..just saying), feeling bad about myself, or feeling compelled to go out and buy or do something I saw someone else doing. Social media will be there tomorrow, and when it comes to de-stressing, try to find something that takes your mind off the rest of the world, and focus on yourself.

Favorite Winter Fragrances

Favorite Winter Fragrances

So with winter drawing to a (very slow) close, I thought I would share my favorite fragrances from this past season! I love to switch up scents, so having options is essential for me. These are the fragrances I couldn’t stop reaching for, and are my go-to for the perfect winter scent, and at three different price points, no matter what your budget is, there’s one for everyone!

Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist $32

This fragrance is one of the most perfect perfumes for fall/winter. With notes of pistachio and salted caramel, it wraps you up like a soft blanket and will last all day long, despite only being a body mist. Although a bit pricey for a body mist, the body has lasted me several seasons for far, so definitely worth it.

Viktor&Rolf BONBON $68

I originally got this one as a sample, and I was amazed at how long it lasted on my skin, and how the scent transformed throughout the day. Perfect for day to night, I love wearing this to work for a more sophisticated scent. A floral perfume with notes of caramel, orange blossom, and mandarin, you cannot go wrong with this warm, inviting fragrance.

Maison Margiela “Replica” By The Fireplace $126

This was another perfume I had a sample of, and fell in love. I had heard people rave about this perfume, but every time I would smell it in Sephora, I always thought it was way too masculine. After getting a sample of it and wearing it for an afternoon into evening, I went back and bought the full size. Replica perfumes are known to last extremely long, and this one is no exception. With one spritz, I carry a classy, spicy scent around with me all day, and always have people asking what I’m wearing. The notes consist of vanilla accord, clove oil, and chestnut accord- you basically smell like a better version of a wood burning fireplace, which is always one of my favorite winter scents!

Let me know if you guys try any of these, or what your favorite go-to winter fragrances are!

xo