Tuesday, July 17, 2018

At-Home Color with Clairol

Faded highlights, brassy tones, and patchy balayage? Guilty on all counts. I tend to be a little, laissez faire when it comes to my hair color maintenance. A bit, remiss if you will, but lately, it just looks downright bad. I don’t know how I’ve let my color get so out of control. I keep saying I’ll go to the salon but making the time is half the battle. But why go to a pricey hair salon for an all-over color when I can save time (and money!) doing it myself at home!?
That’s where my new girl crush, Clairol’s NEW Nice ’N Easy color comes in. It has been a while since I last colored my hair myself, so I was a bit nervous, but after reading the instructions I felt like I had it in the bag. 
Before & After
Want to know how to get your own rich, natural-looking color at home? Follow the 6 easy steps below. 

Step 1: 
It doesn’t say this on the instructions, but I’ve learned that putting petroleum jelly on your hairline will save you from having dye all over your forehead once you’ve finished. I applied it all around my hairline and on the tips of my ears. 
Tip: Wearing old clothes is highly recommended but I wanted to save you all from staring at my old track shorts. Luckily, no skirts were harmed in the making of this blog post (I told you I had it in the bag ;))

Step 2: 
Put on your gloves & Mix Clairol’s Nice ’N Easy Color Activator with the Color Creme in your desired shade. I went with shade 4W, Dark Mocha Brown. Shake until product is blended. 
Step 3: 
Divide your hair into 4 sections. I did the top half first and worked my way down to the bottom. 
Step 4: 
Start applying the color to the top half of your hair in the first 1/4 section. Use the pointy nose on the bottle to part your hair (1/2 inch sections if you have thin hair and 1 inch if it’s thick) adding the color along your roots every step of the way. When you’re finished move on to the other 1/4 sections and repeat the same steps. 
Tip: I like to gently rub the dye around on my roots and make sure it’s evenly distributed throughout. 
Step 5:
 Once all four sections have color on the roots start your timer for 20 minutes. 
After it goes off, use the remaining color on the rest of your hair. I like to squeeze it into my hands and work my way through the strands. Once they are all covered you can squirt the remaining product directly onto your head and mix it around. Then set your timer again, this time for 5 minutes. Why? New hair growth needs more time to process and you don’t want to over process your ends. 
Step 6: 
Once the 5-minute time is done it’s time to rinse and reveal! But before you get your hot tools ready (cue the blow dryer) apply Nice ’N Easy ColorSeal Conditioner to lock in your color and add shine. 

Rinse well and get to styling. 
Step 7: 
Prepare for compliments and an extra pep in your step! Just kidding. But for real, I couldn’t stop smiling! It’s crazy how a fresh color can brighten up your mood, your face and your spirit!
Photos by: Jonny Villanueva

My brassy color has been replaced with a rich, luminous hue, my random grays (too soon, I know!) are gone, and my patchy highlights are thing of the past!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! I feel like I’m ready to go on a hot date with my fiancĂ© now with my fabulous, new color. I’d love to hear your experiences with doing your own at home color and if you have any tips and tricks feel free to share them below. 

A big thank you to Clairol for partnering with me on this post and for making my hair look salon chic without breaking the bank. 

Come back and visit me again soon! 
Xoxo -E

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Smells of Summer

Bag: Cult Gaia (similar),  Dress: Tory Burch, Shoes: LK Bennette London via Zappos (similar), Hat: Dynamic Asia (similar)
Photos by: Danny Fung

Summertime to me smells like, hot dogs, roasting on the grill, salty ocean air, fresh funnel cakes at the fair and tanning lotion. Summer smells like, chlorine at the pool and sulphur from the 4th of July fireworks. But when I want a perfume that smells like summer, I want something light and bright with citrus-y undertones and a fresh, clean vibe. My Tory Burch Bel Azur fragrance gives me all the summer feelings without making me smell like a hot dog. It's perfect for day or night and keeps me feeling fresh even on scorching hot days. That's what I call summer in a bottle.

I'd love to hear all about your favorite summer fragrance!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Bright Eyed

When it comes to getting glamorous for the day, there's one step we often don't talk about. Getting rid of that dreadful red eye! This year, I'm glad to be working with Bausch + Lomb and their ever so amazing product LUMIFY™ redness reliever eye drops. Whether I've stayed up late editing photos (guilty) or just landed after a long flight, adding just one drop of LUMIFY to each of my eyes before getting dolled up, is the perfect way to help my eyes look refreshed! It's my little hack in the form of an eye drop. LUMIFY has quickly and easily become one of my absolute must-haves on my vanity. I can't live without these eye drops! The one thing that takes away from any makeup look? Red eyes.
I've tried a number of eye drops, and to be honest, I can't believe how well LUMIFY works. From the moment you apply the drops they work in one minute and last up to eight hours. In a matter of a minute, my eyes quickly go from red looking to whiter, brighter and naturally more radiant. I’m also super picky about putting any little thing on my skin, so the same goes for my eyes, and what I love about LUMIFY is that there are no bleaches or dyes in the formula. It’s FDA-approved so I'm comfortable using it and trust me, you won’t believe your eyes! LUMIFY retails for only $14.99 USD (2.5 mL bottle or 75 drops) – $25.99 USD (7.5 mL bottle or 225 drops) at major retailers and online. It’s totally a steal, if you ask me!
Photos by: Jonny Villanueva
LUMIFY is a trademark of Bausch & Lomb Incorporated or its affiliates. LUM.0089. USA. 18 

Check out @LumifyDrops on social media and see how great they really are! And be sure to let me know what you think! Do you have a problem with red eyes too? What are some of your fave hacks? 

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Feather Skirt

Top: Shein (similar), Jacket: Rag & Bone (similar), Skirt: Alice & Olivia (similar), Bag: Miu Miu, Shoes: Marciano
Photos By: Jonny Villanueva

You ladies know how much I love pink, so when I saw this beautiful pink feather skirt I just had to style it! Aside from the fact that the color is a beautiful, rich silky shade of pink, it's a statement piece that's also feminine and flirty. This skirt is perfect for those days where you want to feel a little more girly than usual and look effortlessly stylish. When I tried this gorgeous skirt on for the first time, I knew that I wanted to mess around with a different pattern, but continue to make this skirt the star of the show. I hurried to my closet and popped out my gingham print jacket and fell in love with the results. This skirt's perfect for absolutely any occasion, it's festive and colorful! I finished off the look with a white top, holographic heels and my Miu Miu purse.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

For Kate & Anthony

I’ve been mulling this over for a week now, in an attempt to compose my thoughts. I have always felt that words spoken in the moment are often too emotional, too unfiltered, but I do feel that they should be heard. Last Tuesday, when I heard about Kate Spade I was saddened and taken a back to say the least. Why? What happened? What was she going through? From the outside, one would assume that she had it all. An amazing fashion career, a happy marriage, a beautiful 13 year old daughter a wonderful life in the New York social scene, but underneath it all, she was just like the rest of us, fighting internal battles and dealing with emotions that sometimes overcame her. After my initial shock wore off, I said “she must have suffered from depression” someone doesn’t just take their life on a whim, it’s probably something that she struggled with, contemplated, time and time again. I thought about saying something but I didn't know where to start. But when I woke up on Friday morning only to learn about Anthony Bourdain, I knew it was even more urgent. 

As sad as it may be, suicide is more common than we think, especially now, in 2018. Suicide rates have skyrocketed in the past 20 years, in fact, it is now the 10th leading cause of death in the country and I can’t help but think that social media is a contributing factor. Yes, my own industry. People scroll past lust-worthy images on their Instagram feed and they can’t help but think “why isn’t my life so perfect? why aren’t I traveling the globe? why aren’t I perfectly made up like a barbie doll with a 25 inch waist?” I’m writing this post because I want you to know you are NOT alone. My heart was heavy reading about Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain because mental health disorders are something that hit close to home for me. As much as I am a fashion blogger and an “Instagrammer”, my life is not as perfect as the glossy images might make it seem. I struggle with my own insecurities and I too, have been guilty of comparing myself to the images on my iPhone screen. But it’s not something that I am surprised by, I come from a family that is no stranger to mental health disorders. My mother has struggled with depression and anxiety for years and unfortunately, it has taken a physical and emotional toll on the people that I love most, in recent years. Growing up, her manic/depressive tendencies were part of her charm, she was always high energy and the life of the party, but lately, it seems that it’s beyond her control and there’s nothing that anyone can say or do to make it better. 

A few moths ago, I had the pleasure of speaking at my dear friend, Sarah Pendrick's, “Girl Talk”  network conference at Loyola University. We spoke to 9 sororities on campus about everything from “mean girls” to work-life-balance and what to do after college. During our panel, we allowed the students to ask questions about anything and everything that was on their mind and do you know what the reoccurring theme was? Mental Health issues. One after the other they stood up to talk bouts of depression, body insecurities and overwhelming anxiety. They talked about times when they were in need and times when they helped others, and by the end of the day our hearts were heavy and happy at the same time. Why you ask? Because there was an open dialogue about something that is plaguing our nation, especially our youths, and we were standing up as women to support our friends, our sisters. 

Too often on social media things are glossed over. We put our images through 10 filters and 25 apps and then we post it and make people “envy” our lives. Some people are in this industry because they crave the validation (and they too are battling their own demons) and some people are in this industry because they love the creative process. But no matter which end of the spectrum you are on, it's important that we all acknowledge that there is a mental health crisis in our society. When a hurricane rolls through the U.S. everyone is so aware of the crisis but when 50,000 people a year are choosing to end their own lives, our society seems so silent and unaware. Just because a storm didn't wash all of those people away at once doesn't make it any less real or any less of a tragedy.

If you see a friend who is struggling make extra time for them. Smile at strangers and be kind to people. You never know what internal struggles someone is dealing with. If you are at a low point, surround yourself with people who lift you up, people who want to see you succeed. It may seem hard now but if you keep pushing forward you will get through it and be stronger than ever. 

My heart goes out to the families and friends of Kate Spade & Anthony Bourdain and to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. 

Xoxo -E