7 Ways to Repair and Maintain Healthy Hair

7 Ways to Repair and Maintain Healthy Hair

About two months ago, I decided (impulsively) that I wanted to go back to blonde… it was a mistake. After getting balayage done three times in a row, my hair was breaking and had turned to straw! It was so frustrating and made me feel extremely insecure. In an effort to repair my damaged hair, I tried MANY different techniques and products, but only a couple truly worked to get my hair back to being healthy. The few tips and tricks I have picked up to repair and maintain healthy hair are the following:

  1. Taking Amino-Acids every day. Amino acids are great for your hair and I have seen them make my hair thicker and stronger.
  2. Adding a shower filter to your shower head at home. There are so many things in our water that aren’t good for our hair (and skin), this filter will get rid of the unwanted copper, fluoride, chlorine, etc. I have seen a major difference in my hair since using the shower head filter.
  3. Using a hair masque once a week. My boyfriend’s sister recommended this hair masque to me and I am not kidding you after trying 4 or 5, this masque has saved my hair from breaking off. The bottle will say to leave in hair for 7 minutes – I usually do 10-15 minutes in the shower.
  4. Using high-quality shampoo and conditioner. You should always use a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. You should never use cheap shampoos or conditioners because they will strip the natural colors out of your hair and not replenish it as it should do.
  5. Use clip in extensions instead of glued in or hand tied extensions. This will prevent you from damaging your hair further. I absolutely love the brand I use and pictured above!
  6. Get a hair cut once every three months. By doing this, you will cut off an inch or so of dead ends and be able to grow your hair more.
  7. Lastly, only wash your hair once a week! I know it sounds gross, but it is not good for you to wash your hair more than that. Although you may think your hair is getting greasy, it will take 2-3 weeks or so for your hair to not get automatically greasy and will get used to the new hair washing schedule.

All of these things have worked for me to get my hair back to being healthy. I hope they help you in repairing your hair or keeping it healthy!

A link to all of the products I use can also be found here.

My Favorite (Guilt-Free) Low-Carb Pancakes

My Favorite (Guilt-Free) Low-Carb Pancakes

Deciding to make or eat pancakes is always the death of us – there’s always so much sugar, they’re heavy and full of carbs. Well, now you can eat all the pancakes you want without feeling the guilt! I have found this great pancake recipe for people who want to stick to a low carb or Keto diet. Just remember, this is not an out-of-box, Bisquick recipe, it will take some time, but it is WORTH IT!

I have had to eat gluten free for almost three years because of how bad it would make my body feel. Reaching for a gluten free pancake mix doesn’t make me feel THAT much better. I recommend giving this Low Carb/Keto recipe a try if you want to feel good after eating pancakes!

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • butter or coconut oil for frying (I prefer butter)

Directions:

  1. Separate the yolks from the egg whites into two separate mixing bowls.
  2. Melt the coconut oil and add the coconut oil and the coconut milk to the egg yolks, then mix them together.
  3. Add coconut flour and baking powder to the mix. Use a whisk to mix it. (Note: the batter will not look like a normal pancake batter, it will be more dry until we add the egg whites in later. See below.) edited-7256
  4. In a separate bowl, add a pinch of salt to the egg whites and whisk the egg whites with an ELECTRIC HAND MIXER or standing mixer until stiff peaks form. (See below.)edited-7274
  5. Once you have stiff peaks, fold the egg whites into the rest of your mix (Click here to see what folding in stiff peaks means.)
  6. After you have folded in the egg whites into the mix, wait 5-7 minutes for the mix to set.
  7. Proceed to make 3-4 inch pancakes in a pan with butter or coconut oil on it, on a low-medium heat.

Note: Adding syrup/chocolate/fruit will add sugar to your pancakes. Use sparingly.

Tip: Use your over to keep your pancakes from getting cold. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees and layer a cooking pan in foil to put your pancakes into as they come off the stove. This will keep your pancakes nice and warm when you serve them!

 

*Original recipe by Diet Doctor.

Picking out the Christmas Tree

Picking out the Christmas Tree

December is by far one of my favorite months out of the year. The holiday decorations that go up a day after Thanksgiving, peppermint-flavored everything, and 2 hour long visits to Trader Joe’s to inspect their holiday inventory are some of my favorite things. Last weekend, I had a great time picking out a Christmas tree.

This year is the first Christmas that my boyfriend and I will have while living together. Unfortunately, he’s not much of a Christmas tree fan (just means more work for him). However, I enjoy the fresh smell of pine in the house that reminds me of Christmas and all the nostalgia that comes with it. In all reality, we celebrate our Christmas at each other’s parent’s homes, so we weren’t looking to go all out on a tree that we wouldn’t be sitting around on Christmas day.

After enjoying the afternoon at dog beach with Mew (my dog), we ended up going to a couple different tree lots to find a tree that wasn’t too big. I never thought i’d like a smaller tree but when I saw the little tree I wanted it was adorable and it could fit in the back seat of my car (menial work for the boyfriend thus far). We ended up going to Target to buy decorations and wrapping paper for gifts, etc. It was effortless to carry the tree up the stairs and it is the perfect size for the space it is in. It took me about 20 minutes to decorate the tree and it will by far be the easiest tree clean up I have ever had to endure!

If you haven’t gone to pick out your tree yet, don’t feel pressure to buy a big tree especially if you aren’t going to be hosting Christmas or don’t have the space for it. The smaller tree looks great and doesn’t cramp the space or our style.

Happy Holidays!

P.S. The scarf I am wearing in these photos in from Forever 21 and I am obsessed.


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The Perfect Desert Getaway

The Perfect Desert Getaway

Living in San Diego, you have it all: the mountains, the beaches, the lakes and the desert. If you live in Southern California and haven’t made it out to the desert yet, I highly recommend you do so. In the desert (Yucca Valley, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, etc.) you can find affordable, clean, and modern houses up on Air BnB, that will give you a real “desert” experience. For our anniversary my boyfriend and I decided to rent a beautiful house we saw on AirBnb that was tucked away in Flamingo Heights just outside of Yucca Valley. The house looked beautiful in the pictures, and once we arrived and ran through the house in ‘awe’ we realized that the pictures didn’t even do it justice.

The house was tucked away on a long dirt road with 180 degree views of the desert terrain. The neighbors were so far away that it didn’t feel like we had neighbors and we were all by our lonesome in the desert wild. The house didn’t get cell service, but we found it as a blessing that we didn’t have an option to be sucked into a vortex on social media and got to give each other our full and undivided attention which was very romantic. Overall, the two bedroom house had a very rustic feel with a jacuzzi, fancy indoor bathtub, a very large modern shower, and AC in every room (THANK GOD). Although we spent most of the time indoors enjoying the features of the house, the 108 degree heat didn’t feel as bad as we thought since it was extremely dry.

We spent the weekend appreciating each other without any disturbance from our phones, blasting the owner’s rock vinyl collection on the record player, cooking delicious food, and relaxing in bed. The environment the house provided allowed us to rid ourselves of the unimportant things, live in the moment and deeply appreciate each other. I will never forget this anniversary weekend and will definitely go back.

If you haven’t ventured out to the desert yet, I recommend doing a trip with friends or your significant others and finding an AirBnb that meets your requirements of a perfect getaway. Remember to bring your own water (desert water tastes awful), and if you are allergic to bees remember to bring your Epi Pen.

Please enjoy the pictures below.

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A Perfect Place for a Date

A Perfect Place for a Date

When you grow up in San Diego, going to the Del Mar Fair becomes an annual tradition. A day or evening at the fair can be a great way to get a group of friends together or the perfect place to take a date. There is so much to do at the fair such as going on rides, playing games, eating questionable deep fried foods, face painting, photo booths, and the magnificent people-watching.

Every year that I go to the fair I always have so much fun whether it is with a date, a group of my girlfriends or my family. I will admit, there’s something romantic about going on a date or with your significant other to the fair. The fair can be the perfect environment for some great romantic moments like riding the Ferris wheel, kissing in a photo booth, or having your man win you a stuffed animal.

If you have yet to go to the fair, I highly recommend making plans to do so this summer so you can experience it first-hand. A tip for anyone going to the fair: make sure you wear comfortable shoes (there’s a lot of walking) and make sure you bring some cash, however, most of the vendors now take cards.

Outfit Details // Reader Glasses – Urban Outfitters, Ramones Tee – Forever 21, Jamie Jeans – Topshop, White Classic Low Top Converse, Silver Nixon Watch, White Purse – Gucci //

Makeup Details // Lipstick – Kylie Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in High Maintenance, Hair Extensions – http://www.remyclips.com

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The Best Chemical-Free Product for Your Skin

The Best Chemical-Free Product for Your Skin

There are so many different products out there for skin care that are currently being sold. How do you find which one is best for you? You don’t. Have you ever read the ingredients on the back of your face creams? I have and the ingredients I can’t pronounce scare me and I don’t want them on my face or body. Because I am a strong believer in natural remedies I have gotten rid of all my skin creams and I have replaced them with coconut oil.

Coconut oil can be used for cooking, baking, a moisturizer for hair and skin, sunscreen and it can even be used as a lubricant for certain “activities”. Coconut oil is a great way to use safe and organic ingredients to lock in moisture and help keep your skin silky smooth.

I have incorporated using coconut oil into my daily routine. Every time I get out of the shower I lather myself from head to toe. I will admit, at first, it feels very thick, but it absorbs into your skin within an hour or two and becomes less noticeable.

Additionally, (whether I shower or not) every day after I take off my makeup, I apply the coconut oil all over my face, neck and collarbone area. It’s important that you moisturize parts of your body that are exposed to the sun, especially your neck. Your neck is such a delicate part of your body and when you get older, you will be happy you moisturized that area every night. Not moisturizing can cause wrinkles especially in the neck area, which is why it is important to be proactive against aging especially the sensitive areas of the neck and face.

If you have oily skin, coconut oil might not be the right treatment for you because it could potentially clog your pores. However, it can be used by all skin types as a great alternative to 15 SPF sunscreens and always handy to have for a day out in the sun. I warn that using just coconut oil in direct sunlight might not be enough in some cases and to also use a sunscreen if necessary.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is time to do your homework, look at the ingredients on the back of your face creams and lotions and see what chemicals you are putting on your face and body. If you don’t like what you see there’s no need to worry because there will always be a healthy, chemical-free alternative called coconut oil.

What does this outfit do for me?

What does this outfit do for me?

My Mom always told me to wear an outfit that does something for you. And what that means is to wear something that highlights your best features. For example, if you are like me, you consider yourself to be short and curvy, you might want to wear tops with a v-neck in order to lengthen your torso and possibly show off some cleavage. In these photos I am wearing a typical Saturday-night outfit. My outfit includes a v-neck body suit to lengthen my body and highlight some of my assets. I paired it with a leather jacket to tone it down, and high-waisted black jeans and heeled booties for a slimming effect.

Wearing clothes that are fashionable, but not flattering to your body only does a disservice to yourself, your body, and the people around you. If you are deciding on what to wear you should always ask yourself one question, “What does this garment do for me?”

The next time you are shopping for clothes, shop with this mindset. If it does something for you, then it will make you feel confident and sexy. You won’t have to question it. If it doesn’t, you will most likely feel insecure or be filled with doubt. I don’t know about you, but I would rather feel good about myself than wear something because it’s trendy. My two cents for any woman out there is to gravitate towards wearing trends that are right for you – there is nothing more sexy than a confident and stylish woman!

If you’re looking to make a statement or dress like an icon, do it in a way where people will comment on how good YOU look not how good your outfit looks. Every woman is different and some trends may be right for you while others are not. Just because one trend doesn’t look good on you, it doesn’t mean anything is wrong with you.

Clothes: Zara Leather Jacket, Forever21 Nude Body Suit, BDG High Waisted Black Jeans via Urban Outfitters, Forever21 Black Perforated Belt;

Makeup: Aveeno Daily Moisturizer, Neutrogena Shine Control Primer, Nars Creamy Concealer ‘Light 2 Vanilla’, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ‘Sand’, Maybelline Mineral Powder ‘Nude Chair’, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brown Definer ‘Ebony’, Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit ‘Java’, BH Cosmetics Carli Babel Palette ‘highlighter #3’, Kylie The Burgundy Pallette ‘LA’, ‘ Brick’, & ‘Almond’, Maybelline ‘Golden Halo’, Maybelline The Colossal Mascara, Lancome Art Liner ‘Black’, and Too Faced Matte Bronzer ‘Deep/Tan’, Kylie Lip Liner ‘Dolce K’, Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick ‘Stripped’;

Jewelry: Sophia Harper Necklace, Forever21 Lariat Cross Necklace, Slate Crystal Ear Jackets, David Yurman Petite Albion Ring //

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