Friday, July 1, 2016

5 Necessities for Long and Strong Hair

Happy Friday! Today on the blog I am so excited to be sharing a collaboration with Kenra Professional all about the five things you absolutely NEED to get long & strong hair! Literally since I was seven years old I have struggled to get my hair to grow out and it seemed to always stop right at about my collar bone no matter what I did. Like it would just stop (please tell me I'm not the only one this happened to). I tried just about everything on Pinterest before I finally figured out the best thing you could do for your hair - stop washing it.

I know, I know it sounds gross and crazy and why would you ever not want to wash your hair. Seriously try it though, you're going to be amazed. 

By stop washing it, I mean stop washing it daily. Without bringing too much science into it, your hair naturally produces healthy oils and when you're washing out those oils every day it causes your hair to become weak and brittle. By washing it every few days you're allowing the oils to nourish your hair aka healthy hair = long and strong hair! I do however realize how gross day two and three hair can be however - and these five necessities will make sure you have that healthy hair before you know it.
  1. Dry Shampoo // Hands down number one thing on this list. I couldn't imagine trying to go a few days without washes not using dry shampoo. Some of my favorites include Dove and Baptiste, let me know if you have a go-to I should give a try!
  2. Shower Cap // There is something to be said for a good shower cap. Prior to getting serious about not washing every day I never gave any thought to investing in a shower cap. Now I can't imagine my life (or my shower) without one. I would check your local TJ Maxx or Target for a more affordable option if you're a first time shower cap user - you can find decent quality at a great price. I recently picked up a terry cloth version from Drybar and am super excited to use it.
  3. Pinch-less hair ties // You know those trendy hair ties without the actual elastic in them? That's what I mean. While I don't find them to be super practical with my hair when I'm trying to actually wear it, these are a major key for me when I'm throwing my hair up running errands or washing my face at night. The strain of an overly tight elastic can not only hurt you with that pinching feeling we all girls know too well, but it can cause serious damage to your hair causing it to break. 
  4. Wet Brush // Back to that key word - damage. Do you ever just look at your hair brush and wonder how that much hair came off of you and onto your brush? I used to be constantly at this point and still sometimes am shocked by just how much hair you loose naturally every day. Ever since I switched over from a paddle brush to a wet brush my hair has been significantly stronger and fuller. While it's designed to be used for wet hair (i.e. detangling when you get out of the shower) I use it daily and swear by it. I was always weary when people recommended it to me, I mean how much can a brush make a difference? Trust me y'all - it's worth the hype. 
  5. Kendra Platinum Revive System //  I was so excited at the chance to review this line as I was already a huge fan of the Kenra Blow Dry Spray (it literally dries your hair in half the time = less damage!) I've been using this system for about two months now and my hair has never been stronger. Impressed would be an understatement. It's a five piece system consisting of a shampoo, conditioner, oil, strengthening treatment, and leave in fortifier. I tend to wash my hair twice a week, once using just shampoo, then using the shampoo and conditioner - typically using the treatment once a month on a paper day. I've also found using the leave in fortifier helps to detangle any knots in my hair on days where I only shampoo, and the oil is perfect for any split ends I come across. 
You can find the Kenra system here as well as on their social media outlets: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Have you tried the Kenra Revive system? Anything I should add to my list? Let me know!


*Thank you to Kenra Professional for sponsoring this post through Brandbacker. I received samples for my review, yet any opinions expressed are strictly my own.

Monday, June 13, 2016

BIG NEWS - I'm Moving!

This time last year I packed my bags and moved off to Disney World. Prior to that experience I thought I would never want to live outside of my hometown of Chapel Hill, North Carolina - let alone the state itself. I applied for the internship thinking no way would I actually be accepted, said yes and on a leap of faith moved twelve hours away from home with not the slightest idea of a mailing address. (Seriously, with the Disney College Program you find out where you live the day you get there - it's terrifying).

Saying yes was the best decision I've ever made. 

I learned more about myself during those seven months than I ever expected to and if you asked me to do it all over again I'd jump at the opportunity. You can ask any of my friends, I'm absolutely dying to get back down to Disney!


This time around I've got some equally big news - I'm moving to Charlotte, North Carolina this coming August to start my dream job. It is definitely a big and totally unplanned/unexpected change but I could not be more excited for this new experience living in the Queen City!

That being said if you are from the Charlotte area and have any recommendations on places to live please let me know! I've heard great things about the south end area and am looking for a studio style.  Thanks in advance!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Summer Pool Floats


Happy Friday! Today I am excited to be sharing some of my favorite pool floats out this year. Though I haven't been able to make it to the pool much yet, I am definitely planning on it once life settles down - brb dreaming of floating around on the pizza float preferably with an actual piece of pizza.

Which one is your favorite? I'm also eying the swan and I'm pretty sure it's giving me #instenvy given that Taylor Swift has it and all - have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Gift Guide // For the Graduate

Happy Wednesday! Though college graduation season is just about over, high school graduation is right around the corner. Looking back graduation was one of my favorite memories of high school and it stood almost as a turning point for all the amazing things to come the following years. I'm now a college graduate, I have an amazing group of family and friends, I am still crazy about my middle school sweetheart, and just like that I'm making a big move and starting a new job this come August - but more about that later.
I know personally I have two graduation parties this weekend and I had the best time picking out presents for each one of the girls. That in mind I wanted to share what some of my favorites for any budget. 
Which one is your favorite? I personally have the top pair of Kendra Scott earrings so you could say I'm a little biased. Have a great weekend! 

Best,

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Where I've Been (Lately 5/18)

Hi friends! Long time no chat. Let me tell you it's so nice to sit down and actually write a post out. The past two months have been absolutely incredibly insane. So here's what's been going on.
I didn't sleep // Literally, the past two months I've maybe slept 5 out of 7 nights a week. This past semester has quite literally been the hardest semester of my academic career. Any time I wasn't spending studying I was working, and between that I was trying to get anything close to some sort of sleep.

I'm planning a big move // Nothing is set in stone so it's still very hush hush, but big things are on the way for this fall!
I had a family emergency // Like I said, it's been one of the hardest times I've had in a while. Being said, I've learned so much about myself and those around me the past few months.
I bought a car // Yes! I did a VERY adult thing this past month and bought myself a new car. It's been in the works since I moved back to North Carolina, and I decided on a Toyota Rav 4. So far I've had it about three weeks and I'm absolutely smitten with it!
I graduated from college // It's been a long time coming! Though I will still be taking summer courses, I walked in my school's ceremony almost two weeks ago and it is still very unreal that it happened. It's like I remember standing in the stadium in a sea of purple but I'm still pretty sure I'm not an adult and I have no idea what to expect out of this post-grad life. Any other recent grads feel the same? Let me know!
I got a FitBit // I have been wanting a new one for a while as my Jawbone wouldn't work half of the time. My boyfriend bought me one for graduation and it came this past Friday so I'm still playing around with it. I got the Alta which came out in March, and seems to be a skinny version of the surge.

Short in sweet that's been life lately. Can't wait to be seeing more of y'all soon!

Best,

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Brighten Up! (iPhone Cases for Spring)

Happy hump day y'all! I hope your week is off to a fabulous start - here I am just studying/working/trying to get to this holiday weekend! (Also casually, quickly, giving the blog a bit of a facelift at 4 in the morning - definitely a work in progress.) With spring temps in mind, fingers crossed for some consistent weather soon, today on the blog I wanted to share with you some of the bright and bubbly iPhone cases perfect to spice up any spring look -

I tend to go a little overboard with my phone cases incase you can't tell, and that wood finish/turquoise one is really calling my name. Which one is your favorite? How do you like PYB's new look? Let me know!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Easy Denim Dresses #springflinglinkup2016

Dress (similar) // Shoes (similar) // Bag (similar) // Earrings // Watch (similar)

If you're linking up with us today (and I sure hope you are!) you can do so by entering through the link below.
Happy Sunday y'all! Can you believe today is the first official day of Spring? I'm still reeling over the 34 degree temps I saw on my recent trip to Michigan (not to mention the a high in the 40s today). Today I am very excited to be co-hosting the second annual Spring Fling Linkup with my friend Seersucker Sass! It was an absolute blast to put together last year and I can't wait to see what y'all submit this time around!

Today I am sharing this darling denim dress I picked up recently at my local TJ Maxx. While I can't find the exact dress, I've linked multiple options for y'all to scroll through in the widget above if you're interested in recreating this look. I can tell you right now I think this dress is going to be a spring/summer staple for me, it's so incredibly cozy (and it has pockets = score!) 

Happy first day of spring y'all!
Best,