How to: Perfectly, soft curls

Before I jump into this post I have to tell you… I’m cutting my hair on friday!!  EEEEEK!  I’m freaking out just a little bit.  My hair is so incredibly damaged.  It all started after the unnamed hairdresser fried my hair when transitioning back blonde from ombre.  Ripping out all the tiny clear elastics from the hundreds of photos I took for my hair book didn’t help either but the main source of it’s destruction has been the lack of trims.  I just felt like because of this or that I couldn’t afford to loose any length and I kept promising my hair dresser I’d trim it later.  Well, now it’s insanely damaged and I just need a fresh start.  I’m a little excited, hopefully I can find some hairstyles for short hair!  Okay and I guess collar bone isn’t short… it’s medium length.  But it’s SHORT to me!!  Wish me luck friends.  AND TRIM YOUR HAIR!  Okay okay, back to business.

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I’ve finally put together a video on how I curl my hair, thanks for being so patient!  The technique is really nothing outside of the box but it works for me and is the fastest, most effective way of curling I’ve tried so far.  These are the some of the tools and products that I use to prep my hair:

  1. Hair Dressers Invisible Oil.  I’ve talked all about this fabulous serum in this post here.  It basically smoothes out and relaxes the hair, adds shine and protects against heat.  You want to work it through the mid shaft to ends and you only need a little bit.  I’ve had my entire bottle for over a year and I use way more than I probably should.
  2. Before I start curling I also spray my hair with hot stop from Regis.  You mostly likely don’t need another heat protectant, but it eases my mind so I use it anyway.  It’s a really light spray and I love that it doesn’t weigh the hair down or make it wet.  I simply mist it all over from roots to ends and it just ensures my hair is fully protected.
  3. And then just to get it over with, I like to quickly tease my roots.  You’ll take a slice of hair near the top of your head and brush the hair towards the scalp. I like to tease all the hair above my temples and this creates more volume and gives the illusion of thicker, fuller hair.  If you have super thick hair you should still probably tease.  Because your hair is so thick, it’s most likely very heavy weighing it down at the roots.  Just lightly tease to add some volume back into your hair!

Now that you’re hair is all prepped you’re ready to curl.  You’re going to need a 1” curling wan — I’m using the Jose Eber 25mm curling wand.  If you don’t have a wand, go ahead and remove the clamp on a regular curling iron.  If you can find a springless curling iron that’d be best as they don’t usually have plastic on the tip of the barrel.

  1. Section off the top half of your hair with a clip.  Take a small section from the front and wrap it around the wand away from your face.  I don’t usually alternate the way I wrap my curls.  The last inch or so of hair don’t worry about wrapping around the wand, the curls lay prettier when the ends are straight.  In fact I use to straighten the ends but have recently become a little too lazy!  If you’re ends are frizzy or the curls aren’t laying right go back and just straighten the last inch or two of hair.
  2. When the curl is warm, release it still coiled up in your palm, press flat to your head and secure with a duck bill clip.  If you lose the coil when releasing, just wrap the curl around two fingers and then secure.  If you want looser waves, don’t set the curl with a clip and instead just release the curl and let gravity pull it down.  I usually set the curls because they’ll last much longer.  So if I curl my hair and set them, I can get a couple more days out of them.  By day three they’re usually really loose waves and I’ll just tease my roots, pick through the curls and then freshen them up with some Redkin Wool.
  3. When you get to the top layer of hair, more specifically your bangs, you’re going to start the curl a few inches down.  This will allow your bangs to swoop nicely and also it’ll help those curls look more relaxed
  4. After all your hair has been curled, run your fingers through the curls to separate them, I’ll sometimes use a paddle brush if I want really soft curls, and spray with a texturizing spray.  My favorite is Redkin Wool, it’s like a gel/slush and it adds crazy volume and great texture.  I honestly don’t know what I did without it!

Hopefully all of this information is helpful to you!  If you have any questions please let me know in the comments below and I’ll do my best to get back to you.  Keep in mind I’m not a hairdresser and I don’t usually get the opportunity to work with other textures of hair but I’ll do my best.

I’ve been having issues with my camera lens (50mm 1.4) and it finally busted on me.  The focus hasn’t been working, which is why I haven’t been able to just chat with you guys in my videos.  It makes this terrible noise and so I’ve had to turn the volume off and do voiceovers.  Definitely not ideal.  It’ll take at least a month to get back from Canon, so bare with me while I figure out what to do and how to get the right exposure etc in my photos and videos.  I really wish I had enjoyed photography as a teenager… knowing how to work a camera would have just made things so much easier!  K, see you soon!

4 Ways to Style a Polka Dot Tee

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Photos by Trina Harris Photography
Shirt: Target | Jeans: Gap | Wedges: TJ Maxx | Bag: Macy’s (old) | Necklace: Forever 21 (old)

Right this very minute I’m on a plane heading to Cleveland, Ohio.  Brian’s been offered a job near Avon Lake and the company is flying us out to visit before we make our final decision.  Any readers from Ohio?  It’s scary to think about leaving Utah… Our families live here, our traditions are here and all the things we love are here.  I’m so excited for the next chapter in our lives and so grateful he’s been offered this amazing opportunity, but it’s definitely overwhelming and so scary to think about leaving the only place I’ve ever called home.  

The other day I was at Target and came upon this $12 polka dot tee.  I had to share it with you because it’s one of my new favorite pieces.  And it was $12, so that’s always awesome.  I naturally gravitate towards tee shirts because they’re safe.  They’re easy to wear, they’re usually a decent price and they can be dressed up or down depending on the event.  I quickly threw a little collage together of how I’d style this tee shirt three other ways.  What do you think, what outfit is your favorite?  The polka dots are fairly large so I didn’t want to pair the tee with another large pattern.  A small floral pattern, thin stripes, even small polka dots would be so cute to mix with this tee.  I think my favorite style is the middle one.  Layering the tee over a short sleeved chambray shirt, tucking them into a bright skirt, adding a belt, a clutch and some wedges makes for the perfect outfit!  How would you wear this tee?


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Outfit #1: Polka Dot TopDistressed Shorts | Coral Sandals | Necklace | Floral Bag
Outfit #2: Polka Dot Top | Chambray top | Green Midi Skirt | Sandals | lemon clutch
Outfit #3: Polka Dot Top | Gap Jeans | Green Flats | Yellow Bag


Twisted Chignon | Day 30

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DAY THIRTY!!!!  I seriously cannot believe it’s here!  Ending this challenge is so bitter sweet for me.  I’ve loved connecting with so many new friends and having something new to share everyday, but I’m not gonna lie… this has been stinkin’ HARD!!!  I’m ready for a nice long nap.  And an entire bag of Cadbury Eggs haha!  I really hope you’ve enjoyed following along in the 30|30 challenge and I hope you come back to visit often!  Thank you so much for taking pictures of your inspired hairstyles, I’ve loved seeing you beautiful girls on my Instagram feed.  For the last day I chose this elegant twisted chignon.  It’s a quick upstyle that can be worn with a t-shirt and jeans or a formal gown.  This style takes me less than ten minutes to do from start to finish and you don’t need curly hair to start — it’s definitely a style you need to keep up your sleeve!

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Take a small section of hair from the front (thinner side) and drape it near the middle of your head, secure with an x of bobby pins
  2. Take another section directly below the first section, drape back and secure slightly to the left of the first section with an x of bobby pins
  3. Take a small section of hair from the other side (heavier side) and wrap it around your two fingers of the opposite hand creating a small roll.  Place the roll on top of the bobby pins and secure by inserting a bobby pin into the roll
  4. Take another small section from the front, directly beneath the first section, and roll back securing with a bobby pin right on top of the criss-cross bobby pins
  5. Continue down the hair until you’ve reached the end
  6. You should have a small tail of hair left.  Split it in two, twist the sections together and secure with a clear elastic
  7. Wrap the twist up and cover the seam we’ve created.  Tuck the ends inside the hole at the very top of your chignon and secure with bobby pins.  If your twist needs to be manipulated a little to hide the seam, go ahead and secure what you need to with a few hair pins or bobby pins.
  8. Spray with hairpsray

>>>>>>  I have to introduce you to THE cutest shop on etsy.  It’s called One Little Belt and they sell unique belts and accessories for babies and toddlers and you can also find handmade leather cuffs and earrings for women.  The owner of the shop is the One Little Momma– Kilee.  If you don’t know Kilee, you definitely need to checkout her blog.  She’s an incredibly talented mother and you’ll just love her site.


Want to see what I’m buying for Savy?  Click here, it’s so cute!  One Little Belt is developing a new brand for their leather jewelry so make sure to connect with them on facebook and instagram for updates and promos.  Kilee gave me a sneak peak of their new site and it’s AHH-MAZING.  I love the detail on their product, you can tell nothing leaves their shop without some TLC.  Head on over to One Little Belt and checkout all their products.  You can thank me later :)


Video Tutorial for the Twisted Chignon!

Spring Fling Party on Pinterest!

Mark your calendars for APRIL 29th!

Spring Has Sprung and it’s time for some Spring Pinning!

We are SO pleased to announce the FIRST EVER

Spring Fling Party ON Pinterest with some of your Favorite Bloggers!

Remember that MUST-FOLLOW Pinterest Group Board filled with extreme craftiness, beauty & fashion tips galore, genius organizational & DIY ideas, plenty of kid-entertaining and hubby-lovin’ suggestions, and ways to SAVE more moo-lah? Basically EYE-candy at it’s finest!  Following this board ensures your Pinterest feed will be on a balanced diet of daily inspiration!

Well, we have all gotten together again {with 6 FANTASTIC new guest bloggers} to throw another LIVE PARTY on PINTEREST!

OH! And…

We should mention, there is also a HUGE GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY, of course… with TWO winners!! {Keep scrolling down to enter!}


So, mark your calendars for APRIL 29th!

…and check out all of the bloggers involved in the meantime! You are gonna fall in LOVE with them!

The Dating Divas / The 36th Avenue / Somewhat Simple / Lil Luna / I Heart Naptime / One Good Thing / Maskcara / HowDoesShe />> Twist Me Pretty<< / Living Locutro / The Crafting Chicks / Living Well Spending Less / Kids Activities Blog

AND get ready for a FUN Spring-themed pinning party that all of you can attend from home!! We hope you can all party it up with us on Pinterest for this once-in-a-lifetime kind of SPRING FLING!

**IMPORTANT: Fill out the form at the bottom of this post to get your OWN invite to the Spring Fling Party on Pinterest and information on how it all works! You’ll also receive a few reminders to make sure you don’t forget! Registering will automatically hook you up with the AMAZING free digital party favors that you’ll receive at the close of the party!**

**All you need to worry about today is entering this FABULOUS KICK-OFF giveaway below and RSVPing for the party!**


**Winners will be announced at the close of the party.**


It’s SUPER easy to enter!
1. Follow ALL of the bloggers in the widget below {you get entries for each blogger you follow} 2. Be present at the party to claim your prize!

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**IMPORTANT: Fill out the below form to get your OWN “official” party invite to the Spring Fling Party on Pinterest and information on how it all works! You’ll also receive a few reminders from us between now & then to make sure you don’t forget! Registering will automatically hook you up with the AMAZING free digital party favors that you’ll receive at the close of the party!**

Twisted Together | Day 29

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Day 29…. WHA?!  I can’t believe tomorrow is our last day in the 30|30 challenge.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve had such a blast!  I am certainly ready though to take a tiny hair break- holy cow that was intense.  Remember, I’ll still be blogging and I promise to come out with a new hairstyle/beauty video at least once a week.  Promise me you’ll still visit…  Okay good.

Today’s hairstyle is one of my favorites.  I love half up, half down styles, especially ones that are this easy.  This style literally takes less than four minutes from start to finish and it works great with left over curls.  So yes, I’m a huge fan.  What do you think?  Can’t wait to see how you style it!  #thirtythirtyhair

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Gather a section of hair from the front and twist up.
  2. Lay twist across crown and secure with bobby pin
  3. Repeat on other side
  4. Tuck the ends underneath the first twist and secure with bobby pin
  5. Spray with hairspray to finish off
  6. Spray with hair

For the video tutorial click here and subscribe when ya get there.  MUAH!