Baby of mine.

I finally got these photos back from when Billy was only 5 weeks old.
On one hand it’s a sigh of relief to be out of  the first four months. I sleep more, worry less (just a little), he’s chubbier now and holds up his own head, I’m starting to feel more like myself & he’s getting into a predictable schedule.
On the other hand it’s a little sad. He doesn’t sleep on my chest like he used to, he doesn’t have the newborn smell anymore and he’s not as teensy as he once was.
But I suppose I’ll always have photos and memories for all that, I don’t mind at all discovering the new him everyday.

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So far his eyes are still blue. Right now it’s a beautiful navy blue like Nick & Nick’s mom and I am hoping it sticks!

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Photographer: Jessica Janae
(loving my Solly Wrap it is the coziest!)

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Makeover Monday: Jill

It was really lovely meeting Jill.
She is the mom of 4 girls that she spends most of her time taking care of so I was so excited for her to have a chance (however small) to take some time for herself:)
She’s so incredibly beautiful with her everyday routine already but was wanting to feel fresh and try something new.
I’m all about that.
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Products I used:
Skin: IIID Foundation in Sunlit + Stone + pink grapefruit + Shadow (on the nose) + Pearl
Brows: I plucked a bit under the brow to lift them up, which really draws your attention to her gorgeous eyes.
Then I filled with MAC Eyeshdaow in Brun
Eyes: Too Faced Chocolate Palette:
Cherry Cordial with small brush around the lash line of the eye.
Milk Chocolate to blend the outer liner.
Champagne Truffle on the brow bone and in the inner corner and inner half of her eyelid. With fluffy brush.
L’Oreal liner softly applied around lash line.
YSL Shocking mascara
Lips: OCC Sebastian Liner + MAC Creme Cup

Happy Monday!
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The Bigger the hair….

So…I’m REALLLY liking my hair length right now, which is somewhat shocking to me.
I don’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t want my hair just a littttle bit longer (even including days when it was halfway down my back!)
Have I finally recovered from my Long Hair Addiction?

My #1 favorite thing about the mid length is that you can get SO MUCH BODY!
It’s also pretty darn versatile and with sticky-grabby-chubby-little hands making a big comeback in my life, it’s a relief there isn’t miles of it to cling on!

I have been having fun experimenting with different ways to style it and this new one is topping my favorites list. Because it’s so big and bodified and also because it’s really easy and doesn’t take much time.
I hope you like it! And be sure to tag me if you try it so I can see your gorgeousness!!
(For those of you who asked what to tell your stylist to get this cut: my sister chops it a little bit above bra strap length and in lived-in layers that start at the chin.)

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What I used:

Oribe Surfcomber Mousse
Ion 1″ Curling Iron
T3 Blow dryer and diffuser
Redken Windblown

Love you lots:)

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Wen you’re on a budget.

If you’ve been here long  you’ve heard me sing the praises of using Wen to clean my hair ( I LOVE the stuff). The problem is, every time I bring it up I have a handful of folks vent that they’d really love to try it but it’s just plain out of their budget.
Which I totally get. It’s not cheap.
So a few months ago I decided to try my hand at created a DIY cleansing conditioner that wouldn’t strip your hair (like shampoo does) but also wouldn’t break the bank.
I took some advice from some of you guys and started by just cleansing with conditioner alone.
Which worked OK as long as I reaaaaally scrubbed, but I felt like it got oily too quickly.
So I started researching ingredients and trying other concoctions until I found my money maker.

Here’s the thing… My whole household has been using this recipe for our hair washing for the last two months and our hair is looking as shiny, clean, moisturized and healthy as ever and guess what? It only costs me around 8 bucks for quarter gallon of the stuff!

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Is it as good as Wen? No, that stuff reigns king supreme in my book, but it’s a fantastic alternative for when it’s just not an option!

Recipe:

5 Parts Suave Moroccan Conditioner
1 Part Glycerin

Directions:
Using an old conditioner bottle add both ingredients and {{SHAKE}}!

Pretty simple eh?

Be sure to keep these things in mind when you’re using it:

  • You need to use LOTS.  I use a heaping handful that way I can get it evenly distributed into my locks
  • SCRUB. You don’t have any lather doing the job for you so you’ve got to rely on yourself for the scrubbing. Massage your scalp and down the shaft of your hair well. (get into it – think Herbal Essence commercial)
  • rinse well

If you try this I’d love to hear how it worked for you so let me know!
And remember if your hair is greasy you need MORE conditioner, not less. Kind of goes against everything you know about the world but do it anyway!

Happy Hump Day!

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