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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Curl Wand Curls




 
Since the middle of this past winter, this style as been a favorite of mine.  You've seen me wear my hair this way in a few posts and I thought I'd share a bit of what it takes to achieve this look.  By using the curl wand, I've found that it's probably the most easiest way for me to get neatly styled waves/spirals just the way I like them without having to wait for my hair to set.  I love the look, bounce, and movement that my hair has with this style.

First of all before I even get started with using this heat styling tool, I make sure that my hair is cleaned and conditioned.  I really believe that this makes all the difference in the results that you get.    Leave-in conditioners and styling creams or products matter too.  Trust me, I learned this the hard way the first time I used this bad boy.  I used detangler/leave-in that made my hair too greasy so my curls were pretty much non existent.  This time around I got it right.  So again, make sure you are using products that will not leave the hair overly moisturized.  I can't remember what I used to wash my hair but I used the 'Entwine Couture Afrodisia 9 Leave-in conditioner' and the Entwine Couture Total Perfection Argan oil as a heat protectant.  

I set my curl wand temperature to 380 degrees.  Enough to lock the curl in, but not so hot that I incur heat damage.  This worked fine for my hair.  I also would advice that if you are not experienced with using the wand be sure to wear the protecting glove that comes with it.  After a few times of getting my rhythm with the wand I didn't really need it. 


The products you will need are pretty minimal.  I used the Entwine Couture Argan Oil as a heat proctectant.  I love this stuff.  It's actually 100% raw and vegan.  After I curled a section of hair I simply sprayed Tresemme hair spray on the curl to keep a hold.  I only spray one time.  I don't want my hair to be crunchy and stiff.  I purchased the travel sized bottle of Tresemme from Target.  You really don't need a lot of this stuff.



Next you will see the steps that I take of sectioning the hair and finally curling it.  It's really nothing to it.  You just want to make sure you keep the hair sectioned off.  When I curl my hair, I count to 10 and then carefully slide the hair off the wand.  I've figured out a way to do this without burning my finger tips, but I strongly advice using your glove.






And that's pretty much it.  Really easy.  It probably takes me about 30 minutes to complete the curls throughout my hair.  If you haven't already, check out my Instagram  to see more photos of this look.  Here are the results:






My favorite way to wear my hair this year!  What do you think of curl wand curls?  Have you tried them?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Save Our Date


Now that almost all of our potential guests are starting to receive our Save-The-Date postcards, I can share them with you all!  Remember how I said I was ordering them through Minted.com?  Well I finally decided on the design I really liked and both my husband and I love how they came out.  Take a look:



 I wanted a design that was simple and let our photo speak for itself.  There were so many designs to choose from.  How it works is you simply log in online and browse literally hundreds of designs.  You have the options to change fonts, colors, you name it.  Minted did such a great job with  getting each postcard printed in a timely manner.  My main concern was that our photo would not loose it's quality after being printed.  What's cool was that after you've designed everything you place your order and the company sends you a mock up through email of how everything would look and you are to make your final changes.  I left a note with my order expressing my concerns.  The company responded back saying that my photo quality would not be compromised.  They were able to do a test print for me.  Isn't that nice?  So after everything is finalized it is then placed for final order.  My postcards only took about 3 or 4 business days to get to me.

I love the way Minted packaged the cards.  So incredibly careful and classy.  The 'Thank You' note was an added touch!




 When sending out our cards I wanted to add a cute little touch so I got these beautiful stamps!


 I would highly recommend Minted for invites or stationary in general simply because there are so many styles to choose from.  No postcard will look the same.  The fact there are independent artists designing these cards is a big thing to me.  There's more creativity that goes into each look.  Aren't they cute?  With our postcards coming out just the way I liked them, I definitely plan on using Minted again for formal invites!
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Monday, April 13, 2015

I'm On YouTube


The past three years have been pretty exciting and fun sharing so much style, beauty, and hair information.  At this point, I thought it would be cool to add another aspect of social media and that is through YouTube!  It's one thing to communicate with you all through writing, so why not add video where you can actually hear me speak?  I think sometimes the message that I'm trying to convey would most likely be better stated through video.

Check out what is actually my 2nd video on my channel!  My first was beauty related and this video is all about hair!  I want to start this YouTube journey simply to better share information with you all.    Growing up I always loved the Arts!  I wrote books.  I was involved in the Arts magnet program that cultivated students into musical, drama, and fine art categories.  I was also in marching band, color guard, and winter guard.  Oh and let's not forget dance and cheerleading!  I really have a love for these kinds of things.  Getting involved with filming just seems to naturally fit and pairs well with what I like!  I love creating, editing, and all of the cool things that go on behind the scenes of actually making a video.  Oh you thought I was just playing in front of the camera?? Lol!  There's a lot more that goes into it!  So far I really enjoy making videos and I hope to continue creating more content so stayed tuned!  Better yet subscribe so that you can keep up with me and be the first to know when I've uploaded a new video!  I've made it easy for you by providing you with a clickable widget (Top Right Hand Corner with the 'YouTube' logo).  It should take you straight to my channel!  I've also linked the video down below!  I hope you enjoy.

Loving My Texture: 5 Ways I style My Natural Texture is all about enjoying my curls as is.  Without any manipulation of blow drying, twisting, or braiding I find it so low maintenance to just simply 'Wash & Wear'.  Many times I have to remind myself that that was the whole point of going Natural.  How exciting is it to wake up to a head of curls that you can just wet and style?  If you have a curl pattern and texture similar to mine, you may find this helpful!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring Tease


I almost make it a point not to talk about the weather in blog posts anymore.  Complaining about how cold it is or gabbing about how nice it is outside tends to be a bit cliche to me.  However, lately I've been so frustrated with how up and down temperatures are locally.  Just a few weeks ago it was snowing, a few days ago we hit 75 degrees and now we are back down to 40 degrees.  On top of that I've come down with a serious allergy/sinus cold.  As you can imagine, I'm completely over it, okay?   So here I am.  Making the most of what was a gorgeous day.  The first day of 2015 that I wore my leopard print loafers.  Oh, and let me just add that distressed denim is taking over my closet.  It's so trendy right now so it's really tempting not to go slashing all of my jeans, lol.





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Monday, March 16, 2015

RocksBox : Jewelry Subscription


I'm a firm believer that accessories can literally MAKE an outfit.  I always say that if you can't afford to really shop for clothes, pick up a few new accessories--it can change the entire vibe of an outfit!  Today I wanted to introduce to you guys a subscription service that caters to all my accessory  Queens! Rocksbox is a monthly subscription service that loans you a set of premium jewelry every month based on your own personal style.  You can send your boxes back as frequently as you would like for a different set to wear, or if you decide you love a piece you can purchase it at a huge members discount.  Whether your style is bold, elegant, or boho the Rocksbox stylists will have something for you.  You can even select items from the website for your Wishlist to let the stylists know what you have in mind.  

When choosing items for my wish list I had a mix of classic, trendy, and boho pieces.  I've said it before that my style just depends on my mood.  Needless to say I'm pretty happy with this months picks.  All of the items I received are pieces I can definitely wear on and off the clock.  What's cool about this subscription is that you can try the jewelry out for a few weeks to really decide if you like them!  

I am normally really frugal when it comes to accessories, but after years of having those items break easily or metals turning colors on me, I've learned that investing in something that is going to last is something to think about.  As much as I would purchase items that don't last long I'd end up spending just about the same price if not more if I would have simply purchase something of more quality.  With that being said, these items will be more of an investment.  

As a RocksBox 'It Girl' I am able to offer you guys an opportunity to share in a nice deal.  If you head over to www.rocksbox.com to sign up, you can use my code 'styledchicxoxo' and you will receive 1 month free for the subscription!  Please remember that there are no strings attached with this and you are free to cancel at anytime!

I encourage you to take advantage of this deal asap because after 30 day from now, the code will change to 50% off the first month.  It's still a deal, but nothing is better than FREE, lol. Tell me what you think of this idea?


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

My Top 3 Favorite Leave-In Conditioners




Isn't Leave-In conditioner every curly head's best friend??  I stand as a witness to tell you that once I apply my favorite Leave-In, my curls come to LIFE.  The purpose of a leave-in conditioner is to fortify the hair with strength and/or moisture, aid in detangling, and provide ease of styling without weighing down the hair or creating a buildup.   Leave-ins were made to allow the freedom of frequent, daily usage without unwanted side effects. This is usually a third step for me after cleansing and conditioning, but it can also be used as a daily refresher.  Normally every morning or as needed, I will spritz my hair with water and apply my leave in.  (Only if I'm wearing my hair as a wash-n-wear.  Remember wash-n-wear/ wash-n-go is when you simply wash your curls and wear them naturally.  No twisting, braids--natha-zilch. )  The leave-in concoction is the lightest form of conditioning compared to the rinse out or deep conditioner and serves best as a quick, light means for elasticity, hydration, and manageability.  Here are my top 3 picks that always get my curls just the way like them--soft, defined, and hydrated.  


3.  Eden Body-Works All Natural Coconut Shea Leave-In:  I love this one because it contains Coconut Oil to penetrate and revitalize your tresses.  It is also blended with Shea butter to seal in moisture.  Of course it has a sulfate free formula and is safe for color treated, chemically treated, curly, or straight hair.  It also has a great smell and makes my curls soft and fluffy.  Normally this size will last me a few months.  I normally rotate conditioners. Although this one makes my hair feel great, it's not my number1 to use for detangling.  It has a bit of slip but not enough for my tight curls!  So I make sure to apply this product after de-tangling.  This product retails at $8.99 for 8oz.  You can find Eden Body-Works at most Walmart & Target stores--and online of course.

2.  Entwine Naturalle Couture Afrodisia 9 Exotique Leave-In Hair Potion (8oz):  PERFECT for detangling.  It provides great slip so that I am able to easily go through my curls with no tugging or added stress.  I normally apply my leave in while my hair is still dripping wet after rinsing from my initial wash and condition.  My hair is slightly detangled from finger detangling so once I apply the the Exotique leave in to my wet hair, I let this sit for a few minutes.  Then I begin to detangle more with a denman brush if needed.  Depends on how I feel.  If I've finger detangled enough before hand I just apply the product.  I love how light yet effective this concoction is and hydrates my hair perfectly.  Some yummy ingredients include: Mango Seed, Shea Butters & Avocado, Wheat Germ, Palm Fruit Oils, Aloe, Vegetable Protein + Biotin.  The texture of the product is creamy yet thin and frothy.   Some other great things I experienced with this leave-in is that it reduced frizz and provided lots of curl definition for me.  This product retails for $18.99 for 8oz. and is sold online only at entwinecouture.businesscatalyst.com.  It's a bit of a spurge but worth it.  I purchased mine along with two other full sized products for $40.  A really great sale.  Normally if you attend any natural hair shows, companies will bundle their products so that you can get the best deals!



1.  Koils By Nature Moisturizing Shealoe Leave-In Conditioner:  This conditioner is my top pick for leave-ins!  Absolutely. Hands down.  This creamy herbal infused conditioner and detangler is intended to smooth the cuticle and remove knots, snarls, and tangles from thick kinky textured hair. Perfect for all hair textures and perfect for me because of my tight and tiny coils.  I love the fact that every ingredient is derived from nature and includes natural butters, oils, and certified organic essential oils.  Also, my curls are very defined using this.  Even if it's like day 6 of my wash and wear style, all I do is spritz my hair with water and use a dime sized amount and like magic my curls are poppin!  You can also use this product as a daily moisturizer.  I'm all about multifunctional products.  The only thing I will say that I don't like is that this product will leave a residue, so use sparingly.  If I do find that I've used a bit too much, I'll just spray my hair with water and distribute the product already on my hair by fluffing.  Oh, and let me add that this tiny bottle is only a sample!  I have a full sized bottle that isn't shown because the label was fading, lol.  This product retails for $22.00 and is available for purchase at KoilsbyNature.com



Friday, February 20, 2015

Wedding Planning with Minted



So 'YAY' to successful wedding planning thus far!  I'm so excited!  Our venue is officially booked, which is a HUGE item to check off on the list (Yes Lord!), so now we are on to the next 'To- Do'!  The next step is to send out 'Save The Date' postcards, something I am really excited about.  Since some of our guests are traveling it's very important to give them all a heads up on our celebration before our official invitations go out.  I was recently introduced to Minted.com--which pretty much had me at 'Hello'.  

Minted.com is an online market place that offers stationary including wedding invites, holiday cards, wall art, party decor, day planners, you name it!  What's cool is that the illustrators are made up of a community of designers and artists from all over the world.  I am a very visual person.  I love color, uniqueness, creativity, and style.  Minted is like a playground for me.  They offer so many unique designs, which has now made it difficult to choose a design to go with for my save-the-dates, lol!  You can also of course personalize your invites.  Making only a few minor tweaks to create them exactly how you'd like.

Here are 5 designs that made the cut and trust me, this was really hard because  there are hundreds of designs I loved.  With the five that I chose I was either feeling the font, color, or design.  Over the next few days I will be making a final decision.  In the meantime, I'd suggest you check out Minted.com.  If you are planning your wedding, allow me to suggest checking out the Save the Date Collection.  Minted has more to offer than just wedding invites so browse this site for other items as well.  If you're style is similar to mine, I know you'll love it!





 

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