Monday, October 31, 2016

Sleek Half Up Do

Sleek Half Up Do

How is this for an unconventional spin on a conservative Half Up Do?
It's complex and simple at the same time.
A definite show stopper. 
Make you do a double take kind of show stopper.


My model is Martha.  
Martha was looking to keep her hair out of her face but still wanted high style.
So to prep we used Moroccanoil Repair Shampoo and Conditioner.
Moroccanoil Treatment Oil to detangle and protect.
MO Volumizing Mousse for control then blow dry.
Added a bit more Treatment to her tresses and 
using the Brocato Vibrastrait Flatiron 
gave Martha the perfect sleek locks she needed.

Sectioning the hair from ear over crown to ear gave us what we need to work with.
Put the lower half of the hair in a low pony to keep it out of the way.
Make 5 triangular sections from the face (widest section) to the point at the crown.
Made sure to make your largest section the one in the center above the eyes.
Comb each section back to the crown and tie the hair as if tieing your shoes then pin down. 

Once all sections have a knot, then combine all the ends of the knots together.
Secure with a clear elastic.
You now have one long ponytail with 5 knots at the top.

Take a strand of hair underneath the pony, one on the right and one on the left.
Then wrap the strand around the elastic and then criss cross your way down the 
hair shaft and secure with another clear elastic.

Now release the lowest ponytail to reveal your half up half down look.
A little Game of Thrones influence, don't you think?  
Alright, now go make sure you make the MOST of this day.
Don't just HALF do it.  

Friday, January 15, 2016

Are They Just Words?

Today, as I do my normal new year planning, I am pondering "what are 'words'?".
I am making my lists that will ultimately be
 stripped down to make a goals list for 2016. 
It will include everything from my walk with the Lord,
my role as a wife to Bradley, my role as mom to my babies,
 as well as my role in friendships and of course work goals. 
 I have done this for so long I can't remember it not being a
normal part of my new year activities. 
Although I will say it takes me almost a MONTH now to get my list done
where it used to be written in an hour before I was married and had kids.
The obvious reason for this is the weight of my choices is much graver now.
The decisions I make and the things I choose to spend time on
now have so many more consequences. 
Every aspect of my life will ultimately affect someone else. 
Either someone close to me or maybe someone who only sees me from a distance.
I understand that now.  I guess it has always been so
 but it has taken me this long to really see it.
   So as I ponder the things that I want to improve on and accomplish this year
 I can look back and see my old lists from years gone by and
realize that some of my "goals" apparently didn't mean a whole lot.
I mean, they did at the time, I'm sure, but I didn't act on them.
So if I didn't give them the time that they needed, were they worth putting on
my list in the first place?  I have to feel that they were!
I dropped the ball.  I let other things get in the way. 
There is no way at the beginning of the year to foresee everything that
might come our way.  Things that might just be a higher priority.
However, we/I, have to be careful to only let HIGH PRIORITY things take front seat.
I want my goals list to mean something and for it to really make an impact on my life
and on anyone else that God has placed in my life.
So going forward this year I will try to not let my list be filled with "words" that
will make me feel like I am reaching high BUT
I will pray fervently over the words on the page.
  I will commit to praying over them regularly.
  I will go back to my list often,
remembering that there was a day that the Lord had laid it on my heart
to write those things down. 
Keeping in mind the things that I don't even know yet
that may be at stake if I get distracted.
Lord, let my thoughts and ways be pleasing to you and
 let my energies be driven straight from your hand! 
 Let my words mean something.
For the present time and for the future.
Matthew 5:37
But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes' and your 'No' by 'No'.
For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Color of 50!!!

What does the color of "50" look like to you?
Well, I'll be honest, as I am inching on that magical age
 it's looking a LOT better than it did when I was a child.
  It seems that hair color at that time was actually more like  "one color for all". 
 And that color was usually black
**Thank you Lord for the progression in the world of hair color**
As a hair dresser, I have seen first hand how a great haircut and
 flattering hair color can absolutely TRANSFORM ones outlook.

Now take a look at Demi Moore.  Thanks to Getty Images Entertainment
 for this picture of what is a sure fire inspiration for taking care of yourself!!

When we enter this stage of life our hormones take over and go bizerk.
But Demi shows us what is possible. 
Let's don't talk about how she has hours to spend on her
 physique and skin and hair etc. etc. etc.
  For just a moment, let's pretend that our bodies' look just like hers.
Now,... know that in real life we can have her hair.
It is a faux pas that you can't have dark hair as we enter our 50's.
You totally can.  As long as it's flattering on you.
First tip is to keep your color soft. 
Even Demi's color is not solid.  It has dimension and variations.
A more pleasing choice for most women in their 50's is a medium brunette.
Check out Kelly Preston on's list of
Sexiest Women Over 50

As we age we want to avoid super harsh colors around our face.
Here, Kelly has a version of Ecaille.
This is a trend that has staying power and
 I seriously LOVE it for the softness
that is gives to any face.
  Do you remember the tortoiseshell combs we used to use in the late 70's?
Well if you do then there is your inspiration for this color
that adds beautiful golden tones to brunettes.
It can add color to your face as well.
But what if your gray is just out of control and you want to make that pesky 
regrowth disappear as much as possible?  
  Then the perfect choice for you is Highlights!


Michelle Pfeiffer, at age 57, was also on that list of's
Sexiest Women Over 50.
And she deserves it!
By putting light colors closer to the scalp that gray will just blend right in.
I often use a technique call Shadow Coloring.
You can see a version of that here as they have added a dark blonde color at the roots
broken up by soft, weaves of blonde.  It keeps it looking much more natural.

And a few more tips to think about:
I don't have to tell you how we begin to be robbed of moisture that
our bodies once were fine with producing.  So with this lack of moisture we need to
replace it as best we can.  A good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner is vital.
If your hair if fine then just apply conditioner to the ends of your hair.  This will help your hair without sacrificing fullness.

Don't forget the eyebrows!!!  They frame your eyes.  The door to your soul.
Keep that door looking inviting by tinting your eyebrows with
pencil, powder, or tint.
As with your hair color, keep it soft.  No black please.

And lastly, color adds fullness, texture, and SHINE****
Who doesn't want that??
Makes me want to go color my hair right now!!!
How about you?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer of Waves and Up-do's

This was an article that I had written for a publication that didn't make it in.  But after re-reading it, I think it is still worthy for today's summer looks.
 Can you guess what year this was?
This summer we’ve got movies that will transport us
 from the inspiring surfer girl
 to the pirate women of the seas
 to the futuristic ladies of the superhero world.
  And although the range of characters will be vast there will be one common theme, waves
To get these incredible haphazard waves
 you’ve got to take a totally different approach
 to curling your hair.
  Soft, natural waves will add fullness
 without being too structured.
  To get this look try applying Kenra medium hold volumizing mousse on clean uncombed hair.
  Blow dry until hair is 90% dry.
  Then take 2" sections of hair and twist to the ends.
  Loop the ends back to the scalp and secure with pins. Sleep on hair.
 In the morning carefully unwind each twist.
  Flip hair upside down and shake lightly
 making sure to not overwork the waves.
  Flip up and shake into place.
  Apply a small amount of Moroccan Oil to dress the waves. This look will be great no matter what your summer occasion.

Don’t forget the up-do’s.
  Take those waves and loosely pull them
 into a low ponytail.
  Add some interest by placing your pony to the side.
  To keep your pony looking polished
 leave out a strand of hair to wrap around your elastic.  
Pin in place and you now look like you’ve been styled
 by the pros. 
Take it one step further and twist ends of the pony up
 and pin around the elastic.
Tease the hair that didn’t make it into the pin
 for a Ragamuffin Chic effect. 
 This summer the hair is easy and beautiful
 so enjoy looking as good as the women on the big screen!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Moroccanoil Blowdryer Review

I wasn't wanting to buy a new hair dryer.
  I really, really didn't want to have to buy a new hair dryer.
But you know the old saying,
 "you are only as good as your tools".
So since my other hair dryer had finally died 
then I kind of had no choice. 
But I must say
This blow dryer ROCKS!!  

When you are knocking out some fabulous hair all day you need a dryer that can get the job done.
And this one does it.

It's the Moroccanoil Professional Series.
So why do I love it so much?
Well, here's why:

For starters, it's super lightweight.
I definitely get in my reps of arm raises throughout the week but this dryer keeps it from over taxing my shoulders.

Next, it has lots of blow power!  Whether on high or low heat I can really get the water out of sopping damp hair quickly.  That comes in handy for those times I squeeze in too many people and think I can pull off the impossible.   And with the help of this super hair dryer,
 I actually do pull it off sometimes!  

Some of the other incredible luxuries
 of this baby are the settings.
  High and low heat as well as a cool temp to blow. 
So doing a quick set works really well
 with that cool setting.

Also, the cool shot button works great
 when needing a quick cool in one area without
 having to switch completely to a different setting.

Esthetically this dryer is pretty cool
 because of it's great Moroccanoil color scheme.
  It's white and teal and has a pretty long cord.
Functionally it's smaller nozzle 
keeps the air more concentrated. 
 This is a huge added bonus when styling.
  When a blower has a large nozzle
 the air blows a greater area of the hair,
 typically resulting in fly aways and unwanted frizz.
  So the tapered nozzle is Sa-weet.

And in order to keep this fine piece of equipment
 working properly, it comes with an easy to clean filter.
  Not only is it easy to take off to clean
 but it comes with an extra filter 
that can be removed, cleaned, and replaced.
  This protects the motor from over heating.  

So I definitely give this new dryer of mine
And I look forward to a long and meaningful relationship with it for years to come.

What's your favorite tool to use on your hair??
Let me know in the comments below

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Full Messy Ponytail

I absolutely LOVE this ponytail.
It has all the elements that make up the perfect feel.
This season at NYFW we saw tons of ponytails.  
There were pony's of all kinds.
  Sleek.  Full.  Ratted.  Bouncy. 
The ponytail will definitely be a staple
 this spring and summer

But my FAV is the Messy Ponytail.
 It owns me.
Here are the elements that I love:

* Natural beachy waves
* Full crown
* Mid head placement
* Textured, thick flowing locks
* Soft front, swooping over top of the elastic

This look has a tutorial
 found on  
It was Lucy Hale's look at the VMA's.
Seriously it is so fabulous that
 I may have to do my own tutorial.

Lucy, are you free next week?  

Monday, March 16, 2015

Have You Thought About Albert Lately?

Have You Thought About Albert Lately?

"As far as I'm concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue"

This is a quote from someone I had heard of my whole life
 but never really knew much about.
It was Albert Einstein.
My son, Cotton,  had to do a report on him a few years back and as we researched him I was completely blown away!  A very interesting life, for certain.  You can research him for yourself and I feel sure you may be surprised as well. 

In the photo below, are Cotton's feet.  The view is our back yard. 
We feel so blessed to be living where we are. 
We are surrounded by fields and trees.
A perfect place to sit, imagine, reflect. 

The quote above left me reminded of Proverbs 17:28 that states,

"Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace;
When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive."

When we sit still we are able to listen.  We are able to hear.
We put ourselves in a place where God our Father can help us be creative.
Here is another quote from Einstein:

"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination."

I wonder if he realized where his intelligence and imagination came from?

Cotton has learned to drive the Jeep in the field. I am inspired to be a good mommy as I see my boy taking his next steps into manhood.  Watching your children can be overwhelming at times.  It's like sometimes I can't just look and enjoy the moment.
I have to feel the weight of my role in his life.  I want him to have good influences.
I want him to hear good things that will benefit him.  I trust that the Lord is reaffirming the things my husband and I are trying to teach him.

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather a man of value."

"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; 
but the greatest of these is love"
1 Corinthians 13:13

I hope all three of my children really understand that LOVE is THE greatest thing!

Here are my oldest son and daughter. 
 My kids enjoy their electronics just as the rest of us do. 
But they love to ride in the field.  They love to have fires in the pit.  
They love to hammock in the trees.  They love to take walks with us on the 
railroad tracks.  We all love to do that. 
 So it leads me to one more quote by old Albert: 

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."

He was not referring to the technology that our generation uses on a daily basis, 
but I do think he knew where technology at his time was headed.
I think he knew how dependent we would become.
So I cherish our walks on the railroad tracks.
I cherish the moments when our family is not "plugged in".

He also said something that makes me wonder even more about him:

"Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better."

Isn't that interesting??  What will you understand better?
  And what exactly does "everything" include?
  I am not sure of his true feelings on Christianity because, to be honest,
 many people question all the quotes by him and facts in this area. 
 I was not in his head and heart to know if there was a struggle,
 gripping his incredibly, intelligent mind around what the work of the Father is.
  I think when Albert looked deep into nature he found comfort. 
 I think he found order.  I think he felt part of something too big
 for him to understand and yet he felt peace.
  That's what I think. 
 I know that Genesis 2:9 tells me those things.
  It is pleasant to sight.  It is pleasurable.

"And out of the ground the Lord God 
made every tree grow that 
is pleasant to the sight and good for food."

What we cannot understand in this life, 
I know is being handled by the
creator of ALL things.

Neat :-)