Keratin Treatment

Does it actually live up to the hype? Is it worth shelling out hundreds of your hard earned dolla-dolla bills?

Well, when you wake up to a mane that makes Medusa’s hair look tame, you will try anything to manage it. These techniques may or may not include countless numbers of hair serums, “straightening” shampoo and hours spent straightening those tresses, but nothing has ever seemed to last. My friends have always described me as the girl with the “huge blonde hair” and given me endearing nicknames like “Mufasa”. Now that I have convinced you of my need for a real hair transformation, I will describe my experience.

Straight Hair, Don't Care!
Straight Hair, Don’t Care!

Thank god my new hair stylist (I just moved to SF) is a total doll, and the sweetest girl ever, because this appointment literally took 6 hours. We started with a set of partial high lights (I needed a little touch up) and I headed over to the wash basin. Oh, and that heavenly head rub/scratch you get while warm water courses through your luscious locks? Yeah, that place is my heaven. After that it’s the typical blow dry and I got to sit under one of those heat lamps for 45 minutes, which was the perfect timer for my daily online window-shopping habit. But once that’s done you have to sit and get your hair straightened about 7 times over and over.

Look at these straight locks!
Look at these straight locks!

Yes, this was a time-intensive experience (I can’t imagine how much her forearms must have ached the next day) and you can’t wash your hair for 3 full days, but it was worth every penny. My hair is no longer a frizzy mess and it looks great when all I do is blow it dry! I have never been able to just blow my hair dry and have it look this good! I am planning to get a second Keratin Treatment in about three months and I will enjoy running my fingers through my gorgeous mane in the mean time!

Hairstylist: Alexandra Drew (@Alexandra_Hairstyles on Instagram)

Where: Descend Salon (San Francisco)

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Pink and Gold Wedding

As I am sure most of you can tell, my favorite color in the entire world is pink. Most of the time I don’t even realize that I pick out some shade of pink to wear daily unless someone points it out. It’s honestly just what I am naturally drawn to, so it only made sense that pink would be a prominent color in my wedding.

Now with such a bold hue, I needed to pick an accent color that wouldn’t try and overpower the pink and that’s why I chose gold. This was actually before Kate Spade started to make all of their postcards the same color combination, my wedding was on June 15, 2013 and I had a year and a half of planning before hand. So with that said, here are some little details from my fairytale wedding. 💋

Table Settings included Gold Chargers with our Monogram in Hot Pink Decal, Menu cards and gold napkin rings.
Table Settings included Gold Chargers with our Monogram in Hot Pink Decal, Menu cards and gold napkin rings.
Table Arrangements at my wedding in Paris.
Table Arrangements at my wedding in Paris.
Each Chair had a white slipcover & gold organza bow.
Each Chair had a white slipcover & gold organza bow.
Our wedding programs with my family's crest.
Our wedding programs with my family’s crest.

I hope you enjoyed these glimpses of what was the most beautiful day of my life, and I will include more pictures and descriptions of that day in future posts. Please leave me feedback if you enjoyed this post or if you have questions that I can help answer.

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Why You Should Invest In A Makeup Primer

To prime or not to prime? That is the question; and YES is definitely the answer. While I’ve always been in love with fashion and design, my interest in makeup barely scratches the surface of a full blown obsession. Yes, I do have a vanity littered with little black compacts, more brushes than I know what to do with and enough glittery powder to cover a small village, but getting down in the nitty-gritty of makeup application was never one of my pursuits.

So in all my years of being a girl, why have I just discovered the wonder of makeup primer? I’m not quite sure because I have been getting makeovers at department stores since before I was a teen. Maybe it’s because the salespeople are more interested in selling the newest color palette or cream to prevent aging? Or could it be because you’re not particularly paying attention when they first apply the primer, since you still see a naked canvas (aka: your face) practically begging for foundation and blush. Whatever the reason, I am now addicted to making sure that I always apply a primer before foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, blush, eyeshadow, etc. So now you may be asking, why is this girl dedicating an entire blog post to primer? Here are my reasons why:

1. Primer helps smooth your face so your makeup will go on more evenly, smoothing out any bumpy patches. I’ve even noticed that my pores seem to look smaller when I use primer first. Primer basically helps create a canvas for your makeup.

2. It has a sticky effect with your makeup so your face will “stay put” wayyy longer than without primer. Have you ever said to yourself “My face is eating my makeup”? No? Then maybe it’s just me, but I always felt like my makeup would dissolve on my face after about 4 hours. But with primer, it basically clings to my face-Hello, Beautiful!

3. You know those weird eyeshadow creases you get around 2 p.m. in the afternoon? When I apply primer to my eyelids first, I don’t get those awful creases and lines.

Now that you’re super excited about primer, which one should you invest in? I have two favorites: Chanel Base Lumière, Base Èclat Du Tent (Illuminating Makeup Base) and Laura Mercier Foundation Primer “Protect”. I find reaching for the Laura Mercier tube more than the other because the “Protect” version has 30 SPF and I am always trying to protect my skin, since Melanoma runs in my family and I’ve already had surgery to remove it before. Plus, Sephora carries Laura Mercier, while I would have to go all the way to Saks to pick up more Chanel.

Chanel Base Lumière, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Chanel Base Lumière, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Available at Sephora.
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Available at Sephora.

Thank you for reading & please comment below if you enjoyed my blog (or didn’t) and if you have any requests/suggestions for future blog topics. 💋