Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Heathy Hair Secrets with Pantene

I have had multiple requests for more hair/beauty routine posts; so I was super excited to share this one with you all!

Shiny, Healthy, Long & Strong, Voluminous, Glowing Hair.

Ladies; this is all kind of the dream right? I get a lot of questions as to how I keep my hair long & healthy- & I can definitely say it doesn't come without good product use & daily care/maintenance! Not to say I don't have my dull days & bad hair days, because these are absolutely inevitable. But most of the time- I feel as though my hair is fairly manageable (sometimes I swear I can't stop my hair from growing ((my roots definitely don't thank me for this)), & no I don't have extensions or use crazy hair vitamins)!; & I have my few healthy hair tips; & now Pantene to thank for that!

I have been coloring my hair since I was about 15 years old. I have never switched up my actual hair color, but when I was younger; I went through a phase where I would full blown bleach my hair because I was in such denial that my hair was dulling to a dirty dish-wash blonde/brown combo from my once upon a time bright blonde thick locks.

Bleaching definitely didn't do my hair any favors, so once I hit college & I got a little smarter when it came to hair care I realized I had to do some major damage control. I started only partially coloring my hair; & when I did color it I would only get a highlight/toning combo vs. using super harsh bleach all over. I also started caring about what shampoo & conditioner combo I was using. I tried a few different combinations; but I noticed about every 3-6 months I would need to change what product I was using because it just didn't seem to be doing the trick anymore. I have been going through this pattern for about 6 years now; finagling through the product lines- going with the expensive to not so expensive. & Voila! Insert Pantene Pro-V's new Radiant Color Shine Shampoo and it's matching Conditioner here.

For the past 2 months I have been using Pantene's new Radiant Color Shine line as my primary shampoo & conditioning combo & I am absolutely loving it. Coming from someone who usually only washes their hair 1-2x a week (I literally could not live without dry shampoo); I now feel much more confident in the ability to wash my hair a few times over & keep it healthy all at the same time. I stopped washing my hair regularly about 2 years ago because I saw how damaging it was - washing my hair on the regular actually made my hair weighed down & more greasy (+ majorly dulled my color), & I HATED that! Due to Pantene's new shampoo (which actually incorporates nourishing lipids & antioxidants that penetrate into the actual hair strands), I can now wash my hair confidently without worrying about my color stripping, losing my hair's natural moisture, or greasy buildup.

When I was little- I literally would get so worked up over the Pantene commercials. I remember asking my Mom- "Why can't I have hair like those women?" My Mom would always say stuff like; "Honey, this is just a commercial- & it involves a lot of styling & hairspray" LOL. Even though these statements are very true (yes Mom, I am admitting you are usually right on point ;)), I continue to have full confidence in Pantene & their product lines just as I did when I was a little girl. Their new shampoo is super creamy & luxurious in texture, leaves my hair detangled (even before applying conditioner), & keeps that shine locked in that we all strive for! Not to mention post hair washing even my house smells amazing. It's that good.

5 Healthy Hair Secrets I Follow:

1. For the past 2 years, I didn’t have a lot of confidence in my shampoo and conditioner, & I wasn't washing daily because I thought it was drying out my strands, so dry shampoo quickly became my best friend. Since coming across Pantene's new shampoo two months ago, I can now wash my hair more regularly without drying out my hair. Phew! (Thanks again, Pantene)!

2. Use soft tie ponytails! Elastics are so harsh on your hair & tug/pull on your hair strands. When I want my hair out of my face; I always use one of those big 4 prong hair clips. This also doesn't leave me with a hair crease!

3. Avoid too much heat. If you can, try to limit the amount of times you blow-dry your hair in a week. If my day allows, I will let my hair air dry & then style it (especially if I am going to be curling it). I know somedays this just won't fly with your routine, but if you can spare your hair some hot tools- you are doing right by it! I usually try to make my curls last a few days & then I just do touch ups if I decide to all over curl my hair.

4. Use the right hair brush. If you brush your hair whilst wet- use a wet brush. This changed my life when it came to hair brushing! So much less tugging when it came to brushing my hair when wet. Game changer.

5. Request deep conditioning treatments at the salon (if you are getting your hair colored) & minimize the amount of time & switch up between colors. Don't try to switch up your color or your coloring routine every few months! Your hair is going to get dry, break, & be brittle. This is just a fact! If you are deciding to color your hair regularly, ask for a deep conditioning treatment or buy one to trial once a week or every 2 weeks at home post color.

Outfit Details:

Off the Shoulder Salmon Top: TJ Maxx; Similar (I'm ordering this one next, I am seriously obsessed with it)! {here}|| Splat Crop Jeans: Old; Similar {here}|| Chunky Heels: Indigo Rd. {here}

*THANK YOU to Pantene for Sponsoring this Post!*

& Thank you to all of you BB's for reading! As always.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Festival Feels with Ettika & 10 Facts

Hey guys! I may fly through this fairly quickly because I just got back from vacation & I have definitely needed some R&R to recoup before I head back to work this evening! California was ah-mazing. The weather was perfect (like 80's & pure sun), & we had an absolute blast. I love San Diego. I legit want to retire there. Everyone is so chill & laid back; yet active (everyone is always running/biking/rollerblading the boardwalk like all hours of the day), & the shops/scene/restaurants etc. are all so individualized & unique! I enjoyed every minute, not to mention the company was great! (we went with some friends I met through work we absolutely adore & their 15 month old daughter who I treat like my own, she's so preshy). Fairly short trip, but oh so worth it for a long weekend.

After all of this California action & warm weather I have been having all of the festival feels. How I have not been to Coachella I just do not know. I legit get SO jealous every year when I see everyone on social media & snapchat living it up in the desert (my sister will text/call me on the daily questioning why in the f we aren't there)- & these past 2 weekends my SM was blowing up with Chella. & I was even in Cali! Someday I will attend. Someday.

Ya'll know I love maxi dresses & rompers, & this maxi-romper combo from American Eagle is SO cute for this Spring/Summer. I love the unique back straps & the floral print. I paired it with this choker from Ettika (you guys will fall in love with their collection- they have SUCH unique pieces but yet so on point for every season- I have gotten a ton of compliments); & voila. Perfect festival vibe. Although this specific day we shot was rather chilly in Duluth (but really when isn't it? ;)) I just had to shoot this dress! I linked this specific dress from A&E below (it is currently 50% off)! along with some others that are similar to it so you guys can get your hands on one for this summer. I thought it would be super cute paired with fringe booties or embellished sandals for a dinner date out.

Photography: Kellie Rae Photography; website {here}; IG:

A&E Maxi-Romper: (ON SALE 50% OFF)! {here}|| Ettika Choker: c/o {here}

To spice things up a bit I thought I would share with you guys 10 random facts about me! I always go on long rants about daily life in my blog posts but I haven't really shared just basic random facts about me (besides in my "about" section of the blog)- so I thought why not! Lets get on a personal level with my readers. So here we be!

10 Random Facts About E.

1. What is my all time favorite movie? This is SO difficult because I am huge into movies (I am kind of a movie buff, HBO is always on in the background during the day) but I would have to go with- Titanic. My 13 year old self fell absolutely in love with the story (not to mention Leo- cause who didn't)?

2. What is my phone background? A picture of Calley is my lock screen in her Valentines Day get up (she's like my child), & my home screen is verse: "God is within her, she will not fall." PSALMS 46:5

3. Speaking of, What is my favorite quote? This definitely changes every few months but RN I love this: "You fall, you rise, you make mistakes, you live, you learn. You're human, not perfect. You've been hurt, but you're alive- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, and to chase the things you love. Sometimes there is sadness in our journey, but there is also lots of beauty. We must keep putting one foot in front of the other even when we hurt, for we will never know what is waiting for us just around the bend."

4. What is my favorite food? This is extremely difficult. I'd say it changes like every 6 months- but my favorite type of food is Mexican. I love nachos, & tacos, & really anything with this flavor profile. Otherwise my favorite dinner right now is chicken, rice, & veggies (like what they would make at a Hibachi restaurant). I'd say I make this dinner like 3x a week. Kind of obsessed.

5. Who & what inspires me? On an everyday basis- my loved ones. The best advice I have ever received have been from my family & friends. I don't know what I would do without them! I am truly blessed with wonderful people in my life. The greatest aspects of living have stemmed from the people surrounding me; & I wouldn't trade them for the world!

6. What do I absolutely have to do on a daily basis? CLEAN. I am seriously a crazy clean freak. I wish somedays I wasn't so Type A/OCD. I wake up & vacuum, dust, make my bed, organize, etc. Every. Single. Day. Is anyone else like this? I love it but I hate it! ;)

7. Favorite Holiday? Eek! I love Halloween because I love that time of year in Minnesota. I LOVE Fall. The crisp air & changing leaves, warm food, & just the genuine coziness of wrapping up at home. I just think Halloween is so fun. I also adore Christmas though! So it is a really tough choice!

8. Drink of choice? I am kind of a drink fanatic, when I was younger I would get excited to go run errands because I got to pick up a "special drink" (usually like a sparkling water or something), when I would tag along. RN; Coffee: Iced Latte with Skim & Sweetener. Cocktail: Limon & Diet. Everyday: Sparkling Melon La Croix. YAS.

9. Any "Bad" Habits? I don't know if this is deemed to be bad but I am kind of crazy when it comes to having my nails polished. I always have to have color on them or i get like anxious. This is weird. Also- anyone that knows me knows that I am CRAZY when it comes to lint. I carry a lint roller with me...everywhere. This is also weird. Fully aware! HA.

10. Favorite way to stay active? Running & Yoga. These are game changers for me. If I can tell I am getting crabby or on edge- I tell myself I have to run or hit a class. Instant mood change. I feel so much better.

Thanks for reading BB's! Xx. E. (^^ Don't you guys love this outtake? Fashionista. LOL)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Smoothie Bowls #ftw

Soo! Doing a little bit of a different blog post today, I know its been a REAL hot minute since I shared a recipe blog post- but sometimes I think it is fun- & I had to share with you guys my obsession as of late in the form of: The Smoothie Bowl. This delicious bowl of goodness has been a staple in my diet lately- & I have had one of these the last 3 days in a row for breakfast. I could probs live off these if you let me. They are that damn good. Not to mention healthy & full of real good for you additives. Which I am all about! After eating, I am left full for like a good 6+ hours, but light enough where I feel as though I can attack the day head on- best of both worlds? I think YES.

The best part about a smoothie bowl? There are like 397678236787 variations you can take on how you want to go about making one. For this specific recipe, I'll just give you the ingredients for one of my favorites- which incorporates pineapple, mango, & strawberries with some toppings that make me smile. As far as other recipes go- I'll link a few that I can't wait to try- & maybe you will want to as well!

Lets start at the very beginning. It is a very good place to start. :P The base of this delicious goodness comes in the form of a splash of OJ, some ice cubes, cubed frozen mango (about 3-4 pieces), cubed frozen pineapple (about 3-4 pieces), & a serving (almost a full single serving container-leave a pinch to drizzle on the top) of toasted coconut vanilla greek yogurt.

After I blend all that loveliness together; to make it pretty & even more delicious/flavorful- I top it off with frozen strawberries, maple/brown sugar oats (I like the single serving packets from Oat Revolution- made with flaxseed & fairly low cal), a drizzle of the remaining greek yogurt, & a drizzle of almond Honey Bunches of Oats cereal for some added crunch! SO GOOD.

"My" Smoothie Bowl Ingredients

+ The Base +

Orange Juice (a splash)
Frozen Mango (cubed, about 3-4 pieces)
Frozen Pineapple (cubed, about 3-4 pieces)
Light & Fit 80 cal Toasted Coconut Vanilla Greek Yogurt (1 single serving container)

+ The Toppings +

Frozen Strawberries (about 4-5 pieces)
Oat Revolution's Maple Brown Sugar Oats (1/2 single serving packet)
Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds (a drizzle)
(& don't forget a drizzle of the remaining greek yogurt)!

To Make

1. Add all "The Base" ingredients into a blender or food processor, & blend! You'll want this to be fairly thick- think eating with a spoon vs. a straw- if it gets too thin it won't hold the toppings well & will get all soupy in your bowl!

2. Add toppings of choice! (for this specific recipe, these ingredients all go really well together), but you could always switch it up to suit your fancy if something doesn't appeal to you!

& Voila! You have yourself your very first smoothie bowl. Pair with a home-made iced coffee & you are off to the races! You guys are going to LOVE. For some other variations, check out a more original & standard "Acai" Bowl from Lean Green Nutrition Fiend, or this "Peach Pie" smoothie bowl from Spoonful of Flavor, or finally- for a dessert take variation; a "Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana" smoothie bowl from Bakerita. (Uh, hello? that looks amazing).

Hope everyones week is treating them well! I have been pretty chill this week- my allergies are kicking me where it hurts & I have needed a lot of R&R to feel rested. I am currently binge watching "13 Reasons Why" on Netflix & I. Can't. Stop. Watching. I am determined to finish before I go back to work Friday. Oh, & then its San Diego next week! YAS! Still gonna squeeze in another blog post before the week ends so- stay tuned!

Hope you guys enjoyed a random recipe post. Love & stuff! Xx. E.