Favourites Friday #28


Happy birthday week to me!

My birthday is one of my favourites days of the year (isn’t it everybody’s?) because I like to spend my birthday with friends and family creating beautiful memories. And this year was no different!

Because I can now legally purchase alcohol (and yes, I now have the art of pulling out my ID gracefully) this week has just been very different, and very fun, compared to past. Not to say alcohol is the most fun thing ever, but it opens you up to some things you weren’t able to do before.

On Monday (my actual birthday) my mom drove down to take me to dinner, where she bought me my first drink. We had a great conversation over delicious food (and free dessert). When I arrived home my roommates had made me cupcakes to celebrate me finally joining their 21-year-old ranks. We ate chocolate cupcakes and chocolate bread (brownie mix and cookie dough) with some prosecco and just laughed and chatted, which is really the best thing to get out of any birthday.

Thank you to anyone who wished me a happy birthday and I hope you’ll enjoy this week’s favourites which have a certain 21st birthday feel.

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Spring Hairstyles You Need to Try This Season

As the sun finally starts to peak out and college campuses around the country are littered with shorts and floral skirts, it’s time to mix up our beanies and long tresses with some more Spring-appropriate hairstyles.

While we mix up our fashion as the seasons change, we often forget that our hair is just as important as those flowers bloom. If it’s not for trends, then it’s because keeping cool in the heat is important. It’s hard to wear the same hair for 12 months a year.

That’s why it’s time to mix up the times and give your hair a boost as we begin our April showers, May flowers season!Read More

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7 Products for Smooth, Silky, Healthy Hair

When I was 15 I used to abuse the heck out of my hair. Blow dry and curl every day, not use heat protectant, using hair tools on wet hair, etc. If it was bad for your hair, you name it. I went into my hairdresser for a trim and she commented on how healthy and nice my hair was, and almost had a heart attack when I told her about my hair habits. I was naturally blessed with nice hair, but that is when I was 15.

Now I’m about to round out my 20th year of life and my hair is no longer the masterpiece of my youth. I can’t curl when it’s wet and if I don’t leave without product it’s a frizz-ball about to happen. The older we get the older our hair gets, which means it needs a little extra TLC. That’s why every hair-loving hair owner needs these nine products in their arsenal for bad hair days and overall hair health. Healthy hair is happy hair, and having one of your most noticeable assets looking good is too important.

Below are nine hair products that I believe should be in everyone’s vanity and used on a regular basis to keep hair healthy and beautiful, just like we like it!Read More

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Favourites Friday #13

Who else is ready to recover from the Favourites Friday hiatus?

After spending much too much time not doing a Favourites Friday, I have a big list of favourites that I’m just waiting to share with you! It’s been a crazy few weeks (Christmas, New Years, winter break, the blog turning five, etc.) and I’m ready to get back into the normal swing of things. And by normal, I mean the enthusiastic!

This week’s favourites are all the products that I have sampled/tried/purchased/etc. since the last Favourites Friday that I am just flipping out over! And I have every right to because December was my month of discovering amazing things! Hopefully you’ll find them as amazing as I did.Read More

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6 Beat the Heat Hairstyles

At 8:01 every morning I leave my apartment to spend 20 minutes in the blazing heat on my walk to work. And by 8:23 when I walk into my office my hair is matted to my neck in the grossest way possible. This is not the way to live a life!

The trick to stopping this horrible way of life is to style my hair in a way that the heat has no effect. That’s why I’ve decided to share my six favourite hairstyles that keep my hair away from my sweaty neck and still look great for that work-school-social life. So why don’t I share with you?Read More

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Six Perfect School Hairstyles

As we approach finals week, I find myself struggling to make my hair look decent. Actually I’m struggling to look anything other than sleep-deprived and sickly. And as looking decent is important, it’s time we find some easy ways to do so.

After doing some research, and playing around with my hair, I have found six hairstyles that look (more than) decent and are easy enough for a busy time like finals. Shall we take a look?Read More

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I woke up Sunday morning in a bit of a panic. Where long, brown hair usually fell in front of my face as I slumbered, for some reason I had small, blonde tufts tickling my nose. It took me a minute to remember that, yeah, I revamped my hair.

The decision to cut my hair shorter and ombré it wasn’t something that I ever saw myself doing until last week. Actually, I never saw myself dying my hair ever, even when I start greying. I have gorgeous natural colour and I like it the way it is. But the decision to dye my hair wasn’t one of defying my hair. It was about change.

Sometimes change is a beautiful thing. But sometimes it’s not, so I’ve tried to avoid it as much as I can. That’s why I never do anything outlandish with my appearance in fear of it going wrong and feeling uncomfortable with my appearance. That said, ombréing my hair felt right. And despite my initial freak out when it was happening, I’m 100% pleased with my decision.Read More

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New Haircut, New Me

Once again, I went out on a limb and did something that was a hit or miss deal. I cut my hair.

Five whole inches and I feel like a different person. It’s so weird reaching up to twist my hair and realizing it’s all the way up on my shoulders. I’ve never gone this drastic with my haircuts, so I’m a bit nervous about whether I’ll like it or not.

Making big changes are a way of never getting boring. I was really inspired by actresses like Emma Watson and Dianna Agron who also drastically cut their hair in the last year or two. I’ve become such a predictable person and I feel this haircut will…spice things up, if you get what I mean.

If you’re looking for ways to get out of your predictable rut, here are some ideas:

  • Try a new clothing style. Take risks like high heeled shoes or wearing a different style of jacket.
  • Participate more. Whether it be your high school football game or even just going to music nights at your local coffee shop.
  • Try a new hobby. Become a writer or painter or football kicker or runner or anything.

Have a great week guys!

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The Pros and Cons of Bangs

A few weeks ago I made the bold decision to get bangs. It was hard, especially since I’m such a wimp. But I went with it and they actually turned out pretty good. What do you think?

me 11 Now, since I’ve had this fringe for a while, I’ve learned the good and the bad, the up and the down. Like that Katy Perry song.

Some pros are:

  • You can hide your forehead blemishes
  • They are fun to play with
  • They’re relatively easy to take care of
  • When you are frustrated, you can be all cool and blow them out. (It’s better than the movies)

And while all of that is great (I love blowing out my bangs) there are always a few little issues that make me want to revert back to my old ‘do.

Some Cons are:

  • I have to style my bangs or they look crappy
  • They get into my eyes
  • It’s impossible for me to pin them back without them falling out
  • If I part them too far to the side, I get J Biebs swoop (uck!)

So, you can make your own decision about whether or not you want bangs. But before you take the scissors and snip, read these and decide whether or not you want Justin Bieber on your face!