ballooning into the week

Jun 26, 2017

Summer tops and shorts
Hello friends!! How was your weekend? I have to say we had a good one. Even if we did nothing but stare a paint dry, it would have been good because we were finally all back together. Chris was gone for a little over three weeks, and it kind of felt like an eternity. There is no need to tell me it could be worse....we have done much much longer. But it seems as the kids get older it gets just a little bit harder, in terms of them realizing just how long he has been gone, or how long it has been since we talked to him. 

My goal this go around was pretty much to just jam pack the kids' schedule with activities, which was great to pass the time, but then of course they wanted Chris there to watch them do various things. And I know it just kills Chris to miss stuff like this....but that is just the nature of the beast right? 
Gingham shorts
Cute gingham outfits
top: shein (sold out, similar here and here) // shorts: old navy (old, love these ones and they are on mega sale!!) // clutch: j.crew // shoes: anthropologie 

If you follow me on Instagram then you saw my little boomerang video of me running out of the house after Chris' arrival home. 23 days with not even a pee break to myself had me longing for a little silence. So I took myself out to dinner. It was Chris' idea, and he stayed home listening to an overwhelming amount of stories, some which included how "crazy mom is". 
Off the shoulder white tops
Off the shoulder outfits
So after many uninterrupted bathroom breaks over the weekend, I am ready to take these balloon sleeves into a new week! Well, kind of ready. I wouldn't mind if the week decided to hurry right along, and if the projected forecast didn't include so much rain! It always comes back to weather doesn't it? 

I hope your Monday is as good as it gets folks!

fourth of july outfit brainstorming

Jun 23, 2017

July 4th Outfits
one // two // three // four // five // six

Am I the only one that is already thinking about July 4th? I mean, outfit wise that is. Not that it calls for crazy coordinating outfits and photo ops, but who doesn't love a little red, white, and blue combo? It is like the American summer uniform, and why not celebrate your patriotism in a cute outfit right? Or maybe just some cute accessories. Stripes are just a no brainer for the fourth. But I also like a classic look with a white top, jeans, and a red lip. So in case you are still a little undecided about your outfit are some cute easy pieces to get you started! 

I hope you all have a great weekend!

dresses and sneakers

Jun 22, 2017

Little black dress and sneakers
Oh, happy almost Friday!! This week has flown by in some ways, and kind of lingered on in others. Does that even make sense? We have been going at full speed. Avalon has been dancing three hours a day this whole week, which seems like a lot for a four year old (at least I thought so when I signed her up), but she is loving it! The boys have basketball camp in the mornings and swim in the evenings, and Odette and I have been logging some serious hours in the car. But this is summer right? Just go go go and then crash. 
Summer dresses
Styling a dress and sneakers

Well, a super easy summer mom outfit for summer is a dress and sneakers. It could take you from day to night if need be. You know if you do those kinds of things like date nights (I'm awkwardly laughing from my paranoid mom perch) I think the last date night Chris and I went on was like 18 months ago? Long overdue. Grandma are you coming to visit soon? But anyway, I love this dress! It also comes in red  (and is only $35) which is pure perfection for July 4th festivities. 
Summer black dresses
Dress and sneakers
And I am pretty sure it is some kind of unwritten fashion rule that you can never have too many black dresses. Even in summer. Or I am completely making this up, which I am fine with. I'll say just about anything to justify my shopping habit. 

How has your week been? Doing anything fun now that is it officially summer? 

my favorite styling products for bangs

Jun 20, 2017

best styling products for bangs
So I've had bangs for almost five months now, and I love them like I did day one. I have had bangs in the past, but wasn't really fully committed to the maintenance attached to them. But since I most definitely have a five-head, bangs really work to frame my face. They are certainly a commitment because you have to style them everyday. Well....maybe not everyday. I pin mine back on the days where I just can't be bothered with a blow dryer. I also trim my own bangs about once a week, so I don't worry too much about having to go and get them cut. I have been cutting my own hair for years so scissors to my locks are not intimidating, but I know for others that comes into play when taking the bangs jump. 

I have pretty much narrowed down my styling products to ones that really work to give me volume and keep my bangs from getting greasy in the humidity. Obviously these products are not designed solely for bangs, and I use them to style all my hair, they just happen to work really well for the heavy bang look I am going for. 
best styling products for bangs
Kenra Hairspray- This is hands down the best hairspray. I have used it for years, and one bottle will last you a long time. It is lightweight but still gives you the hold you need. I always set my bangs in place with this. 

Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo- I'm telling you, I have tried no less than 20 different dry shampoos. It became an addiction at one point, I think. I have had my favorites here and there and then I was introduced to this one. I wanted to not like it because the price tag attached is a little shocking, but I couldn't. It soaks up oil, but leaves your hair feeling soft and fresh. 

Living Proof Humidity Shield- I have posted about this spray before, but it is a hair saver! If you live in even a little bit of humidity you need this. It isn't a hairspray, it just controls the frizz that you get when you spent all that time styling your hair and then walk outside. I spray this on and then give a spritz of hairspray. 

Oribe Matte Waves- This is a product that I cannot live without. You have heard of sea salt sprays for textured waves, but those tend to leave your hair crunchy and with a little added weight. This cream does the opposite but gives the same result. I have naturally straight hair, so I rub this in when my hair is still a little damp, then I blow dry it or let it air dry and curl. It gives my curls more texture. I also use it in my bangs after washing. It just gives them a little more fullness. And it smells amazing!

Living Proof Dry Volume Blast- I am sure you have seen so many people mention this product, and it lives up to the hype. It gives unbelievable volume, even on third and fourth day hair. For bangs it is a time saver because I don't have to wash them after sleeping on them and having them flat as a pancake. This does all the work! 

Neutrogena Clarifying Shampoo- I saw Grace mention this in a post on her blog, and I had to give it a try. After all these products being used in my hair, I really needed a shampoo to get in there and freshen me up a bit. This does the job! It gets rid of all that product residue, and makes your hair feel so fresh and clean. I only use it about once a week. I only wash my hair twice....maybe three times a week. 

Boar Bristle Brush- This is the secret weapon to styling bangs. I blow dry my bangs and use this brush to move them from side to side so they get a nice full look to them. It creates volume while drying, and helps get rid of my natural part so my bangs dry forward. 

*a little tip for bangs too....on days that I style my bangs I don't put moisturizer on my forehead! That just creates a magnet for your bangs to stick too. This was like a light bulb moment for me. Ha! So at night I will usually pin my bangs to the side and then go through my nightly skin care routine.

So that's it! I know it seems like a lot of products, but I can usually get my bangs dried and styled in under six minutes. And I don't always use all these products at once, it just depends on the day. Of course all of these are great for styling any and all hair as well. 


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