Yesterday I headed to Flatiron to check out the new Eddie Bauer flagship store on 5th, which is the first Manhattan store the brand has had in city in seven years! Seeing as I am from Seattle, which is where the brand originated from, and having grown up shopping there with my parents, I have a nostalgic tie to Eddie Bauer for sure. But what’s so exciting is how much the style and brand in general has evolved and changed. I feel like there’s something for everyone inside, whether you are looking for something to hike in, work out in or just an easy carefree dress for summer, they have it!
Upon arriving to the store, there was quite the party happening outside, complete was a prize wheel, a customized airstream, food trucks and a live band, which was really cool. After checking it out for a minute, I headed inside the store to meet the lucky winner who scored a $500 gift card and a styling session with me. I ended up working with a mother named Maureen and her son Finn, shown above, who were super nice and friendly (he wanted to be involved in whatever we did. :) We ended up selecting two super cute dresses for her since they have an upcoming trip to the Grand Canyon this summer, where she will most definitely need easy, packable items that won’t wrinkle.
I’m wearing a vest from Eddie Bauer, which I also can’t wait to wear in fall with a flannel or layer under a jacket when it gets chilly outside.
I had a blast styling Maureen and was so happy she left feeling great about her purchases as well as having a new impression of the Eddie Bauer brand. Job complete! xo
All photos were taken by my lovely friend, Lacy, who patiently helped me document every single step of this process.
Hey everyone! So, I’ve teamed up with Vidal Sassoon to take on the fun challenge of coloring my hair at home with their new Salonist hair color product. I chose Dark Red Violet 4/46 (eeek, talk about nervous!) but everything in the box provides professional tools (brush and a bowl) to achieve awesome results, so now you can color just like the pros!
The truth of the matter is, I’ve done at home color before and the results have left me with uneven color and eventually very dull looking hair. Unimpressive to say the least. So, over Christmas, I had it done professionally and was really happy with the outcome. It’s been about three months and my little brown roots are starting to show, so this project couldn’t have come at a better time!
My hair is naturally brown, so when it was colored a few months ago, I brightened it up a bit and went with a pretty purply-red. I loved it so much, that I decided to aim for a similar color this time around.
Something to remember when coloring your hair is, in order to achieve color that is full of depths and tones, it’s essential to treat roots and lengths separately since new hair growth and previously colored hair absorb color differently. Coloring also alters the pigment content, changing the hair’s surface structure and making it more porous. So since lengths have been colored up to 20x more than roots, the lengths require less dye.
1. First off, make sure to wear the gloves! Then empty tube 1 and bottle 1 together in the Salonist bowl and mix until smooth.
2. Next, use the Salonist brush to apply the color cream to your roots, starting with your hair’s natural part. Continue all the way down the back of your head. Brush the color cream onto your hairline. Part your hair again, ½ -inch below your natural part, and brush color cream onto the roots. Repeat this process as many times as needed to completely cover your roots. Use approximately ¾ of the color cream in the bowl.
Oh my gaaawd, I’m really doing this!
3. Add the VS Serum into the ¼ of color cream still left in the Salonist bowl and mix well.
4. Scoop the mixture out with your hands and blend it throughout the lengths of your hair. Massage the color in all over, even at your roots. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes.
5. Rinse out the color, and wash your hair with a color-safe shampoo. Then apply the included Salonist Color Preserving Conditioner and let it absorb for 2 minutes.
Voila, all done, and so happy with my gorgeous results! Next up on the hair to-do list…a haircut!
A few more tips from the experts:
The baby hairs around your hairline are weaker and softer and therefore develop faster than the hair around the crown. If you want even hair color, start coloring hair at the crown and then work your way out. Your hairline and bangs should be last. Just remember that application is key, otherwise you’ll be left with patchy hair color.
Apply hair color like you’re unraveling or peeling an orange. Start by applying hair color at the crown and then take sections of hair and work clockwise. You’ll want to finish applying hair color around the nape and the hairline since those strands develop faster.
To avoid hair color staining your skin, apply some Vaseline around your hairline.
Happy Monday! This past weekend was a mix of productive and fun, which felt great. I got a lot done but also had time to spend with my good friend Krystal, who was in town looking for apartments (she found one – YAY!) since she is moving here next month (double YAY)! Saturday night, Casey, Krystal and I went to Gelso & Grand to celebrate her finding a place and to indulge in their yummy pastas and pizza. I highly recommend you check this place out, and if you can have William as your server, even better. He was awesome.
Anyway, you might be wondering what this post is about, so I will get down to it. A little while back, Mary Kay asked if I would like to partner with them on a project celebrating their new microsite, Discover What You Love, which focuses on empowering women, sharing love for yourself, family and friends, and for those special things that give you meaning in life. With that in mind, I wanted to take a minute and talk about something I love, and some of the people I have met and came to love while doing it.
The something is my blogging career, which has opened up so many amazing possibilities for me and has introduced me to some pretty amazing women. And the people I would like to focus specifically on are four girls that I have come to love so much, and who have become “real” friends, not just work pals. We support each other through thick and thin, we listen to each other during the ups and downs and we believe in each other no matter what. Plus I always have a blast whenever we are together.
Below, I pulled together a collage of some photos of us over the years, along with a photo of the Brooklyn Bridge, since New York is where is all happened, plus photos of my three favorite *Mary Kay products that I have been wearing nonstop and love applying when I am out on the town with the lovely ladies below.
Photo 1: Me and Helena at a rooftop party / Photo 2: Me, Alicia and Krystal this past Fashion Week at The Ludlow Hotel / 3. Helena, me and Keiko on vacation / 4. Me and Krystal during Fashion Week three years ago / 5. The Brooklyn Bridge / 6. My favorite go-to Mary Kay products at the moment. / 7. Me and Alicia at the Nanette Lepore show / 8. My favorite go-to Mary Kay products at the moment (see listed at the bottom). / 9. Krystal and I at dinner this past weekend / 10. Helena and I goofing off at the apple orchards upstate / 11. Me, Keiko and Helena in a cab heading to an event. / 12. Keiko and me at our friend Angie’s Birthday party last year.
I first met Keiko and Krystal, five years ago at a Weardrobe Conference, Helena at a DVF shoot four years ago and Alicia at a Lucky Shopping event about three years ago. I feel so lucky to have these special girls in my life (they all know and love each other, which makes for a really fun time when we all get together) and I like to think that the quote at the very top of this post has a lot to do with it. If it weren’t for just saying a simple hello, introducing myself and seeing where it took me from there, who knows? I might not know these lovely ladies. I guess what I am saying is, in life, it’s all about taking chances, opening yourself up and allowing for the universe to work its magic.
So, here’s to strong and independent women, stimulating and rewarding careers, and supportive and amazing friendships. So go check out Mary Kay’s new microsite here and get inspired! Huzzah! xo
The awesome and stylish girls that sat next to me! On the left is Wickett and in the middle is Ekua.
This was the second time now that I’ve attended this show so it was really exciting to see what it would be like to come again and see the different designers and models featured in a different season. (You can watch the full show here and learn all about each designer that presented.)
I loved watching this beautiful model who was so strong and amazing walk the runway.
The above looks are my favorites. :)
I loved seeing the back of the dresses above. Aren’t they beautiful?!
The show was amazing and I felt so lucky to attend. Thank you so much to Refinery29 and The Art Institutes for having me again and letting me be involved in this special experience. Congrats to all the designers and models involved! x0
This is my first Valentine’s Day with Casey and I’m so excited. He has a surprise planned and I LOVE surprises. I have no idea what to expect, but I know that no matter what we do, it will be a blast.
With that said, this collaboration with Chloé couldn’t have come at a better time, seeing that their latest scent is called “Love Story” … and with February 14th just a day away, it got me thinking about my relationship and love story with Casey.
I could go into a long story of how we met, all the things we have been through together this past year and list off his amazing qualities, but instead, I am going to keep it short and sweet for now and share three things that inspired this photo shoot.
These three things are crucial elements that played (and continue to play) huge parts in our relationship, and mean so much to me…
1. New York. It’s where we met and is a very special place to both of us.
2. Laughter. I think this is one of the key ingredients to a happy relationship, and is something that Casey and I try to infuse into each other’s lives on a daily basis.
3. Romance. This can be described as many things to different people, but to me, it’s something you create and recreate over time within your own relationship with that special someone. Casey and I try and always keep it alive and well, no matter how small the gesture.
You might recognize the two photos above from Instagram that I posted yesterday, which were taken right after I first styled my hair with these products by TRESemme’s new hair care line, Perfectly (un)Done. I was really happy with the outcome and spent the rest of the day enjoying my tousled beachy waves. (For a bit of extra bounce, I touched up the ends with a clipless curling wand.)
Then later on in the day, I headed out with Casey for a bit and changed into this cozy sweater (puffy jacket not shown) and whipped up my waves up into a loose, undone top knot. Just by doing that and adding a red lip, I felt like the outcome was a completely different style and look, don’t you think? I also love how the bun looks sort of tousled in it’s own way, even though it’s pinned up.
During the winter months I live in some sort of puffy sleeping bag coat that covers up anything cute I might be wearing underneath and doesn’t really allow for a lot of bangles or bracelet stacking, since they tend to get caught up in the sleeve while I’m removing my coat. With that said, I find myself wearing less and less jewelry as it gets colder but I still like to have at least one pretty and classic piece on, which ends up being a watch of some sort. When Movado approached me about their holiday program, I jumped at the chance to style up a piece from their collection since I am a huge fan of the brand. I styled up their Movado Museum Wrap watch, which is made of stainless steel with a white mother-of-pearl Museum dial and Swiss quartz movement. It’s such an elegant and versatile piece and can be worn alone or stacked with delicate bangles.