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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.

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One of the reasons I decided to give Salonist a try is because it features an innovative 2-step technique that leaves hair seamlessly blended, avoiding streaks and stripes. This was one of my main issues in the past when using at-home color kits. The two-step process brings you vibrant, multi-dimensional hair color with convenience, speed, and accuracy. So, with that said, here is a step-by-step of my experience with the product…

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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.

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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.

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Oh my gaaawd, I’m really doing this!

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3. Add the VS Serum into the ¼ of color cream still left in the Salonist bowl and mix well.

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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.

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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.

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Voila, all done, and so happy with my gorgeous results! Next up on the hair to-do list…a haircut!

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 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.

You can get your very own kit of Salonist at Amazon.com or other major mass retailers. Check out VidalSassoon.com for more info!

P.S. I created a video documenting my step-by-step process on my YouTube channelso if you’d like to see that as well, click here to take a look! 

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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.

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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.

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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 Mary Kay products shown above are: Mineral Cheek Color in Golden Copper, NouriShine Plus Lipgloss in Rock ‘n Red, Eyeliner in Black

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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.)

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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.

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Photos by: Casey

Sweater: Zara / Jeans: Zara / Boots: UGG / Lipstick: Milani in Best Red

xo

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I was asked to partner up with Rent the Runway and Pantene Pro-V to create a festive holiday post seeing that the party season is officially here. It was perfect timing because I had a very fancy soiree to go to at the Trump Soho with Casey and was really excited to get all dolled up.
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The process:
When doing my hair for a dressy event, I like to keep it simple and straight forward by narrowing my products down three:  a dry shampoo, a flexible hair spray and hair creme to smooth down flyaways.

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Since growing out my hair, I have really been into wearing it down and wavy. To achieve the look I wanted, I needed to create tight curls and then be able to brush them but have them still stay semi intact. Since I started with clean hair, I needed to create the texture and hold I wanted, so I sprayed my hair with dry shampoo and hairspray before using my curling iron.
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After my hair was all bouncy and tightly curled, I sprayed it one more time with hairspray, brushed it through with a flat brush, then used the cream to shape the waves and tame any loose flyaways. Then, one final spritz of hair spray and voila, all done!
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I had plans to wear the dress out later in the evening, but I knew the lighting wouldn’t be as good, so Casey and I trekked outside during the day in our ginormous sleeping bag coats and took these photos. It was about 25 degrees outside, and as crazy as it sounds and as cold as I was, we laughed our way through it. Because what else can you do? I am pretty sure the situation looked pretty comical – me in a strapless dress taking photos in the middle of the afternoon, freezing with no coat on. But it was worth it!
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Later that night, I got all dressed up again, touched up my hair with all three products and bundled up to head back outside. Once we arrived at the party, we couldn’t resist taking photos out on the terrace. I absolutely love the one below that Casey captured. I was standing there posing and trying to look cute, and bam, a huge gust of wind came under my dress and almost blew it up! It was definitely my Marilyn Monroe moment, minus the subway grate. :)
 Thank you to Rent the Runway and Pantene for this great partnership and to Casey for braving the cold with me and taking these photos. xoxo

Outfit Details:
Dress: Halston Heritage (borrowed from Rent the Runway) / Purse: Halston Heritage (borrowed from Rent the Runway) / Necklace: Ella Carter(borrowed from Rent the Runway)/ Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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I haven’t done a makeup related post in a while so I thought I would pull together a round up of the beauty products that I use on a daily basis. I feel like my routine is fairly quick and I usually keep my makeup pretty light and natural looking but lately I’ve been playing around with creating dramatic brows, sexy smoky eyes and red lips, which has been fun, especially since we are heading into more wintry weather.

So, here we go!

I usually wash my face in the shower, but since there is usually still leftover mascara under my eyes, I use these Neutrogena face wipes to get rid of any residual makeup. Then I apply moisturizing serum and face spray by Tata Harper. Once my face is dry, I put concealer under my eyes and smooth on my foundation. I really like the brand By Terry because it smells good and goes on really easily.

Next I apply powder, blush and highlighter, then move onto my eyes. (I know that you are supposed to do your eye makeup first so that you can clean around them after applying shadow and whatnot, but out of habit I always still seem to do my foundation and powder first. Go figure!)

Stila’s eyeshadow palette in Soul is so great and offers a range of shades, allowing you to either create a really fresh and bright-eyed look or opt for a more dramatic vibe. For liner, I use Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. I first tried it about a year ago and loved it. I’ve tried other brands and the majority of them are good, but I always come back to this one. It is so easy to apply, plus it’s waterproof and really stays in place all day. Definitely a bonus.

And, last but not least, the finishing touches… lipstick and perfume. I usually apply both right as I am walking out the door so my lip color and scent is fresh for wherever I am heading. And that’s it! This routine usually takes me about ten minutes tops, which I am sure Casey appreciates. :)

As always, thanks for reading, and please feel free to share some of your favorite products in the comments below! xo

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Just a fun little midday week announcement to let you guys know that I was asked to participate in a beauty challenge feature for New York Magazine’s The Cut! I’m very excited, as I am a huge fan of everything New York Magazine. The task at hand was to create three different looks with what product was given to me, which consisted of various eyeshadow sticks, colored eyeliners, mascara and lipstick. Then document the different looks through three step by step selfies. Each look also had to be worn to a New York Fashion event or show. It’s been really fun to play around with the makeup, and having never used Marc Jacob beauty products before, I have to say, I really like them. (I already know a few of them that will be living in my bag and on repeat during the fall and winter months.) Anyway, the challenge will go live on The Cut tomorrow, so keep an eye out. I will be tweeting all about it! As always, thanks for your enthusiasm and continuous support. xo

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Lately I have been thinking a lot about beauty and the products that I reach for on a daily basis. Honestly, this post was pretty spontaneous and in fact very organic and as I was simply sitting on my couch, sipping my iced latte and looking down at what products I had gathered in front of me as I was getting ready for the day. So I thought, why not share them with you?

Here are some of my favorite beauty products that have been on heavy rotation as of late:

Bliss Arm Candy: I just bought this over the weekend so I’m only a couple days in, but have heard good things. Have you guys used it?

Le Labo Santal 33: This is what I like to think of as my signature scent. The other day I wore something completely different and kept smelling it throughout the night. It really threw me off and I didn’t feel like me. So funny how a scent can be so powerful.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir: I have come to LOVE this stuff. I spray it on in the morning to wake myself up and in the evening after I have put on my makeup and want to “set it” before leaving the house. It’s especially great after a sweaty workout and you want to spray something cooling and camling on your face.

Mini Olivine Love + Salt Beach and Hair Mist: This was recently sent to me as a gift so I tried it out and ended up really liking it. The ingredients are simple but it still smells amazing. I haven’t used it on my face yet, but I love the texture it gives my hair, like I just came from the beach!

Cetaphil: I definitely have other face creams that I swear by that are great for different things (i.e. night and eye creams, diminishing fine lines etc.) but a long time ago, my dermatologist told me that I should be using Cetaphil because my skin was so dry and sensitive. I was really struggling with flakey skin after I got back from being in the sun at the beach last month so I reverted back to this tried and true brand, and I have to say, my skin has fully recovered and is back to feeling soft and moisturized.

Alright, well that’s it for now! Hope you enjoyed this little impromptu post – thinking of doing more of them in the near future. What do you think?

(This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.)

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For those of you that have been reading my blog for a while now, know that I have worked with Olay on various projects over the past year. I have become quite the fan of their products – everything from their face wipes and eye cream to their body wash and CC cream – so as part of my dedication to start taking better care of my skin a little better, I am now using their Sensitive Body Wash as part of my daily routine. I used it for the first time the other day and have noticed that instead of my body feeling dry like usual, it has stayed soft and moisturized, which is real plus in my book. I have struggled with dry and sensitive skin my whole life so it’s quite the relief to find a product that works this well. I figured since I was giving Olay’s new body wash a try, I would do a little roundup of my favorite Olay skin care product for you guys. I use all these products on a regular basis and have seen great results.

I now encourage you all to make a pledge of your own! What healthier choices do you want to make in your life?

This post is sponsored by Olay Sensitive Body Wash and SheKnows. As always, all opinions and styling are my own. Thank you for supporting posts that allow me to keep doing what I love. xo

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