On July 26th I entered the hair salon and vowed to never get a relaxer again. My reasoning was simple, I was tired of paying for it. Since I was 13 I’ve gotten a relaxer and my hair has shown no improvements of growth or health. It’s not for everybody and I’m one of those people. I wanted body, length and healthy hair again. This process has been annoying so far mostly because transitioning takes time. My hair is extremely thick and the process of transitioning causes your hair to be very tender. I wake up some mornings loving the growth and other days I want to throw a relaxer in it. I have to style it constantly and make sure it’s well oiled so it won’t fall out or become dry and brittle. I think it’ll be easier to shave my head and call it a day. So far it has been 17 weeks since my last relaxer and I don’t regret my decision. Within a year I will look like a totally different person. I’m excited to document my results as the months go by. The oils I’m currently using are coconut oil which helps with conditioning and dryness. Jojoba oil keeps my hair shiny, hydrated and soft. Sometimes I combine the two since jojoba oil is a little thick. I also created a concoction with Shea Moisture conditioner, jojoba oil and coconut oil that I use after I wash my hair as a leave in conditioner.
Dessert Essence Jojoba Oil- https://www.desertessence.com/store/100-pure-jojoba-oil
I’m all about simplicity and clean design. I came across this dressing table by Florian Schmid on Design Milk. The mirror attached to the shelf makes your apartment look larger than it actually is which would be perfect if you have a studio apartment like myself.
The first time I used the mascara by make up forever was in June. Sephora gives you free gifts on your birthday and this was part of the package. I will never use anything else on my eyelashes! The application is smooth so they’re barely any clumps using this product unless I put it on too heavy. The price ranges from 12-24 dollars but it’s worth it.
I attended a Boston Magazine event on 10/9 at Flor. An eco-friendly carpet company with locations across the United States. Their specialty is individual carpet tiles and design. Each tile can be taken apart piece by piece when you get bored and replaced with new tiles. As the night went on the crowd picked up and the people began to loosen up. One of the many sponsors were Skyy Vodka and Itadaki.
The bartenders created the Flor Martini; the most delicious mix of vanilla bean, coconut, and pineapple I have ever tasted. Itadaki, a Japanese restaurant in Boston with the best pork dumplings ever won my heart. I was responsible for eating every dumpling the server passed around. I stayed for about an hour after I was done mingling, taking pictures, and eating the mini cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes. The October issue of Boston Magazine is now on stands.
Michelle Williams has appeared in past Louis Vuitton campaigns and I can’t get enough of her classic look. Blonde pixie cut, pastel colored dress and Bleuet Capucines Bag which cost $5,600 dollars. It’s named after Capucines in Paris where Louis Vuitton opened his first store in 1854.
The Jil Sander fashion show was so amazing. The collection was minimalistic and bold as the same time. Leather skirts, tailored shirts, and over sized blazers. The collections muse was Annemarie Schwarzenbach; a swiss writer, journalist and photographer. She played a huge part in the designers decison to create a collection that combined both men and women’s style.
Bottega Veneta made me so excited for Spring. The show started off with active wear paired with chunky sweaters thrown over the outfits. The collection was full of pales and neutrals which is a personal favorite of mine. As the show continued there were a plethora of skirts, dresses, deep v necks, and trench coats. Overall a beautiful collection.
Something about the Marni collection makes me want to be a very chic Italian woman. There were a lot of oversized and colorful pieces the designer paired with bold accessories and purses. After viewing this collection I might have to invest in a Kimono and those espadrille style sneakers.
I want everything that was featured in the Ports 1961 collection. See through tops, silk dresses, military style jackets and jumpsuits. Fiona Cibani did a wonderful job.
There was a Gilt City warehouse sale on Saturday – 9/13, in Boston at the Revere Hotel. The place was packed with women on a mission to find the best deals. I went in there knowing I didn’t want to splurge. I purchased a Marc Jacobs phone holder for $6 dollars and a raspberry IIIBeCa by Joy Gryson Tote for $35 dollars.
I’m so excited about this post because I have so many new beauty products to play with this month. My birchbox came in the mail a few days ago and I picked up a new product from Soul Sunday
Davines Oi Conditioner
Liz Earle cleanse & polish hot cloth cleanser starter kit
Pixi shea butter lip balm in honey nectar
Tommy Girl – Tommy Girl Fragrance
Yu-Be moisturizing skin cream
The Pixi lip balm goes on smooth and smells delicious. The tint isn’t over the top so it works on those casual days. The Tommy girl perfume smells good but it’s not something I would wear in the fall- a mix of tangerines, apple blossoms and honeysuckle. I’m not to sure how to feel about the Liz Earle face cleanser. You have to wet the muslin cloth that comes along with it in (in hot water) and wipe off the cleanser in small circles from the center out. The process alone is draining. I’m pretty sure I’ll only try this product once. On the bight side my face was very smooth.
I just got my hands on Soul Sunday’s Positive Seeds lip balm in sweet citrus. Filled with Shea butter and coconut oil. Ever since I got it I haven’t stopped using it.
I am a huge fan of Soul Sunday Products. My skin is very sensitive which makes it hard to use anything with fragrances. These all natural oils just soak right into my skin. I’m obsessed with the Unicorn oil (on the right). Made with peppermint oil, coconut oil, and lavender oil. You apply it to your temples to stay awake.
We all have our nightly rituals and mine is very simple. Each season I test out different products to see what works with my skin. Here’s a list of what I currently use before I go to sleep.
Soul Sunday Body oil- I don’t like using lotion all the time. It tends to make my skin feel heavy and suffocated. Body oil is light weight. Soul Sunday body oil is a mix of sweet almond oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, Bulgarian rose essential oil , and jasmine essential oil.
Vasanti face rejuvenator- This product came in my August BirchBox and I’m a huge fan. After work my face is very oily and dry. Vasanti removes all the dirt and buildup from the day. I feel so clean!
The Body Shop mango body scrub- I only use this at night. If I don’t feel like applying the body oil I use the body scrub. There’s no need to apply anything to your skin after using this. It also comes in different scents.
Coconut oil- I apply coconut oil to my hair every night to prevent dryness.
Smith’s lip balm in Strawberry or Rosebud- My all-time favorite lip balm!!! $7 dollars at Sephora but totally worth it.
Chamomile tea- I would say this type of tea is an acquired taste but it works if you’re trying to fall asleep.