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5/27/16

How I get my hair to do this thing it does







TBH I have no idea, so this video was educational for me also to see what it is I actually do. I did this because someone asked me to, so just FYI I take requests. Before the video I washed my hair and then put in a deep conditioning mask, then threw it in a braid while I played in the pool. After pool time I showered off the sunscreen and conditioner and then put in a tiny dab of hair oil, focusing on those poor abused ends. Since I went blonde-bre I baby my hair. Then I fell asleep with wet hair. My life is nice sometimes. When I woke up my hair was still pretty damp but that's where the video begins. Here's the high points:

1) I didn't use a brush. I hate tugging on my wet hair I think it breaks it. If I must brush I use a tangle teaser.

2) I put a few more drops of oil in before I begin heat styling, for protection.

3) I do a very rough blow dry, trying to keep the heat low and pull the dryer as far away from my head as my arm can stand.

4) When it's almost dry, I'll put it into sections. I'll finish drying and styling in sections.

5) Before I finish drying I give a light spray of texturizing hairspray. I feel like it helps to hold the curl.

6) I divide it into inch thick sections. I wrap. I count to ten in my head. When a hold section is done I'll give it another quick spray. Holding the can far away so I don't product overload.

7) I repeat this section by section.

8) I put it up in a bun to loosen it up a little. Ideally I sleep on it - always looks better day 2.

9) When I pull it down if it still looks too "toddlers in tiaras" I'll run some finishing cream on the ends. Then I'll flip it over, give it another light spray and toussle it gently with my hands, trying to tug on the ends.

10) That's it! Definitely not low maintenance, but I can make this last a solid week (thank you dry shampoo) so I'm not complaining.



ALL PRODUCTS BY OUAI: deep conditioning mask | hair oil | texturizing hairspray | finishing cream | dry shampoo

WEARING: Reformation Tank | Alexander McQueen Sunglasses from The Rack  (similar and much cheaper) | Are You Am I Choker

5/26/16

A Quick Tour of Our Chicago Digs

They say home is where the heart is. My heart is in San Francisco, but the love of my life is working in Chicago, so off we went in our uhaul filled with only the most prized of our possessions. The end result of the great purge is that I got the chance to create a new home almost totally from scratch. No holdovers from the apartment he shared with his ex, no Ikea furniture I've dragged back and forth across the country but can't bear to part with because I am hoarder. This was our chance to build a space that truly reflected who we are, and to carefully curate that look since this is just a temporary home and everything we have will need to work wherever we end up next (hopefully back in San Francisco!)

Here's a little photo tour of our temporary home (if you follow me on Snapchat you have probably seen it already, but there will most likely be more video tours in the weeks to come!)


LIVING ROOM 
Because the space is so huge I created three distinct groupings. I wanted to keep the super open, airy feeling but also have enough seats to entertain. Each little grouping has it's own feel, but all of them try to reflect what I've dubbed "boho modern cabin" as the overall aesthetic for the home.

The first area is my favorite visually, I love the way all the textures look and the unexpected pop of the rose gold. The greenery also keeps it feeling fresh and summery despite the abundance of fake animal pelts. Even though the whole room is mostly monochromatic the pink metal and all the green make it feel very lush and vibrant.





GEOMETRIC THROW PILLOW | BANANA LEAVES |  LOVESEAT | BLACK FAUX SHEEPSKIN (ON SEAT) | FAUX RAWHIDE RUG | ROSE GOLD STOOL


It's almost impossible to photograph the giant windows (so much light) but they are the real focal point of the whole space. I lovingly call it our "glass house" and to preserve that fishbowl effect I used some floating acrylic tables to display the rest of our sculptural collection.

The second pillow from the set kind of ties the two areas together. I call this the "conversational area" but really the whole thing was designed to hide the ugly black cable modem and wires. This table is so cool because it has a drawer that opens in the back, plus the rose gold base matches the other stool. I'm not going to lie, I picked the mint chairs because they were on super sale and the cheapest I could find in the shape I liked, but it ended up bringing a much needed wash of cool color into the otherwise very monochrome space. A small stack of books and our vintage camera collection added a personal touch to the space, and the  monstera leafs were a little wink to the hubs because they everywhere during our honeymoon in Costa Rica.

Also this section has more pelts, I love pelts.






ACRYLIC STACKING TABLES | MINT SIDE CHAIRS | WHITE FAUX SHEEPSKIN RUG | WHITE + ROSE GOLD HIDDEN DRAWER END TABLE | MONSTERA SILK PLANT

The final area is our beloved restoration hardware chaise, which lost a cushion on the way over (it flew off the roof during a freak snowstorm!) and is in desperate need of a new slipcover. We got it from a consignment store and even now in it's raggedy state we all fight over who gets to sit there. Sometimes all three of sit there - we fit perfectly like Russian nesting dolls. That fur throw Steve got me two christmases ago is also a snuggly favorite, and the I use the tray as a "desk" because that's my favorite place to right. Mostly I just wanted to include a picture of Fenway.


EURO SHAM COVERS (TO REPLACE LOST CUSHION) | COPPER PITCHER | GOLD SKULL | FUR BLANKET (SIMILAR) | RESCUE BOXER (YUP, YOU CAN GET THEM ONLINE NOW)

BEDROOMS 

You already got to see our bed in this post, but I wanted to show you our end tables and how I styled the guest room. A lot of these were things that actually made the trip but I love these end tables, mostly because they don't have drawers that end up serving as black holes slash garbage cans that slowly fill with orphaned crap.





TRAY TABLE (SIMILAR) | ALOE VERA GEL (OBSESSED USE IT FOR EVERYTHING) | SILK TULIPS | WHITE FRAMES (SIMILAR) | TUFTED CHENILLE BOLSTER PILLOW | EMBROIDERED PILLOW SHAMS 


GUEST BEDROOM

Basically a place for my mom to stay and for Fenway to sleep when he's sick of me. I did have a lot of fun basically piling all the linens I could on here because our new place has AC and I love to be FREEZING at all times. Since we don't have TVs I borrowed a page from my favorite fancy hotels and setup my old Ipod with the wifi and all our accounts so guests can watch Hulu, Netflix & HBOGO. I also added these adorable touch lights for the next to the bed because I love not having to get up to turn off the light when I fall asleep reading. There's a charger already plugged in there also. I really really want people to come visit. I think that's why I went for such a nautical/tropical hybrid in the space. Come take a vacation at the Smith Family Spa! We will treat you right!

All the amenities also help assuage my guilt that this room has no closet, since it's basically packed to the gills with boxes I didn't unpack since this relocation is only temporary.




TINY MINIMALIST BEDSIDE LAMPS | MEXICAN BLANKET (SIMILAR) |  GREY BOLSTER PILLOW 



BATHROOMS

Having separate bathrooms may be the secret to a happy marriage, and I've done my best to turn ours into little havens of peace and tranquility. I think sometimes people forget to "decorate" these rooms beyond their choice in wash linens but a fake plant and some cute product labels really punch things up in my humble opinion...





GLOSSIER  | OUAI HAIR PRODUCTS | DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB (I USE THE GLOSSIER STICKERS TO MARK MY RAZOR SINCE WE SHARE A MEMBERSHIP!) | BOBBI BROWN EXTRA BALM RINSE & RADIANCE BOOST | NUFACE | SKIN FETISH #003 | BEACH WALK  | MARVIS ALL NATURAL TOOTHPASTE 

POOL

On the roof! The hackers reference alone is enough to get me everytime....


5/24/16

Video: The Ultimate Summer Face Transition

It's almost summer, and like the feline that I am you can find me curled up in a patch of sunlight just about every free second I have. I just want to lay outside (doused in sunscreen, in a giant hat, with ready shade and swimming) as much as possible. I am so enamored with this pass time that it can be hard to drag me away from my outdoor nest even one second earlier than absolutely necessary. Vain as I am, this poses a problem when the sun sets and it's time for me to become an acceptable member of society who can't hide my face behind a giant pair of sunglasses. Fear not. I have mastered a quick and easy way to "lean in to the dewiness" of a hot day. Stocked in my purse are the things I need to glam up in super speed with little to/no tools and only the reflection from my iphone. From a sweaty, beachy hot mess, to a sparklier, intentionally dewy hot mess in just a few easy steps. Watch the video to see how it's done. Product pics below, and if you want to  see the full outfit in all it's glory you can do that, too. 


MAKEUP


Lashes to Die For Liner (only available in Canada? IDK I got it at the Sephora in Chicago)


OTHER DEETS




The Ultimate Summer Date Night Outfit












An accompaniment to my (forthcoming) post on how to transition your face from sweaty daytime face to glam, slightly glowy date-night face.

Things girls like: shoes with tassels on them, and fringe, in colors that don't occur in nature. Anything too complicated or confusing to get into without help, plus 100.

Things guys like: None of the above.

Fortunately men are simple creatures who won't notice your outfit at all because they will be too busy appreciating your "smile". Show a little skin and they are yours. Got to love the animal brain.

Moral of the story, wear whatever you want on dates.



FRINGE SHOES | TIED CHOKER | Minimalist Gold Beaded Choker | Flounced Dress 

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