We are going to the beach this summer! I couldn’t be more thrilled. I can’t wait to see Aniston’s eyes light up when she sees the water. Every time she sees even a puddle of water here she says, “fish?” and I love it!
I basically have (scratch that WANT) to buy swim every year. It’s just something you always want to change. Either your body has changed or your taste, am I right? I also usually get shoes, a couple dresses, and this year I am going to skip out on a cover-up. I got a lot of those for my bachelorette party (4 years ago) and sometimes I just throw a little dress over.
I have been adding and removing things from my cart ever since we booked our trip. I’ve only pulled the trigger on a few things but these are still lingering.
I had a lot of fun creating this board! I think since we are about to tighten our budget after these trips I will continue to make these for ya’ll. It’s like window shopping, but hopefully someone gets to enjoy them 😉 .
Are ya’ll taking any beach trips this summer? If so which beaches are you going to?
I am so excited and honored to announce a giveaway with my friend, Katey McFarlan Hellman! I’m sure most of you know, I have done her blonde hair for quite some time now. If you do not know her, you should! I promise you will fall in love with her blog, Chronicles Of Frivolity. She has the best style and GREAT tips for mommies, wives, and is the most organized girl I know. She also has the sweetest and most genuine heart.
The other day we got to play and shoot this fun braid for a tutorial. I think this look would be cute for a bridesmaid, dinner date, wedding guest, a day out with your girls, or even family pictures. It is so versatile! You could go from romantic to fun and sassy with this braid. Below I have posted the steps for this braid and after the tutorial I have provided a way to enter the giveaway for these 2 piece hair extentions by Amber Fillerup!
STEP 1 First we put some clip in extensions in to create body and length, which allows a super pulled apart, messy, romantic braid. We used these extensions.
STEP 2 Tease EVERYTHING 😉
STEP 3 Snack time.
STEP 4 Take a small section from one side and begin to twist, adding hair as you go, sweeping the hair over to one side. Once you have it where you want the braid to start you can then secure with criss crossing bobby pins to start the foundation for the braid.
STEP 5 Separate into two big pieces, letting some of the shorter hairs at the top fall loose.
STEP 6 Grab a tiny piece from one of the two pieces and cross it over the top to merge with the other side.
STEP 7 Grab another tiny piece from the side you just merged with, cross it over the top, then merge with the other side, continue this until about 2-3 inches away from the bottom of the length.
TIP: Grabbing smaller pieces makes for a more intricate braid and when you grab the small pieces to cross over grab from the outside of each section.
STEP 8 Grab the end of the braid with one hand while you loosen the braid with the other. Do this by pulling some of the hair loose in the braid. This creates a, sometimes, messier (depending on how much you pull) and thicker braid.
STEP 9 Secure with a clear pony and then wrap a tiny little hair around it and tuck it in.
STEP 10 Pull down pieces around your face and loosen anything else that you want messier and bigger.
STEP 11 We curled the top pieces with this GHD 1 inch barrel leaving the last 2 inches out. If you have hair like Katey (will hold anything, even the Shirly-ist curls all week long) pull the curl down after you curl it to relax it a little. If you have hair like me (that could fall soon) recoil the curl and hold it in your hand until it will cool off so your curls will last!
STEP 12 Spray with this hair spray and you are good to go all day and all night!
I hope ya’ll liked this braid as much as we did and are able to achieve this look! Send me pics of your braids or tag me on Instagram, I would love to see!
Below you have a chance to win Barefoot Blonde 2 piece extensions so don’t forget to enter! Winner will be announced Friday.
| Shirt – I got this from Marshall’s but here is a similar one here,and here, .| Jeans – old, similar here | Shoes – here| Earrings – here| Aniston’s bows – here | Aniston’s shoes – here |
Let me tell you about my love for braids! It may take me just as long to do a braid as it does to curl my hair, but I don’t have to dry it so that saves time. I will do these braids with dirty hair, slept on wet hair, and clean hair. But they typically save me time and are super fun!
I recently purchased some Barefoot Blonde Extensions and this is what I am using in my tutorial below! Sorry about the fuzziness and tummy shot, I am working to find a solution. I hope ya’ll are having an amazing Thursday and have big plans for the weekend.
Last week, well 5 days ago I restarted the 21 day fix with my mom. We do it early in the morning before “the kids” wake up. (I still have little sisters under 16). This is just what works best for us. If I wait for the end of the day I will find 100 excuses not to do it. Now the last week, which is only week 3, you’re supposed to do like a 2-a-days type thing. This may be our struggle, but we will try our best!
I did a story on Instagram a couple weeks ago about my chicken salad that I make every week. It is really good, even if you aren’t following the 21 day fix diet program. Which, I have failed to complete one whole day of! I always find something sweet! Anyways, here is the recipe for this chicken salad. It is super simple and super fast. You can cook your own chicken, rotisserie chicken, or whatever. This week I did canned so that is what I photographed for you.
Healthy Chicken Salad
A whole rotisserie chicken or 2 large breasts
1 cup of plain nonfat greek yogurt
2 celery stalks cut up
1 cup of halved grapes
salt & pepper
I also use everything but the bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s
FOR THE 21 DAY FIX FOLLOWERS If you do a cup of this (in my opinion and I’m just roughly guessing)
Today I have uploaded a super cute live for you! Featuring Aniston, trying to get a ponytail lol. Not really, but she does make an appearance. This hair style is so easy, simple, and super cute. You can style this straight or curly. Check it out and have an awesome rest of your week!