I haven’t always had good hair. I grew up having naturally very thick, straight hair that was light brown with some natural blonde highlights (very similar to what it is now). Towards the end of high school, I got bored with my hair and to my mother’s dismay I dyed it blonde. That was beginning of my hair trauma. After that, I went dark brown then blonde again then back to brown…over and over. All of that can really take a toll on your hair. I remember always wanting long gorgeous hair, but for some reason could never get it to grow past a certain point. After a terrible experience of having my hair accidentally dyed almost orange (!!!) I told myself enough was enough. I did some research and decided to start treating my hair right.
The first step in my new hair care routine was to take a daily b-complex vitamin (I have also taken biotin). My hair was so damaged at that point, that my hair dresser suggested I switch to a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush because my hair was so delicate when wet. I also cut back on blow drying and straightening as much as possible. I now actually prefer to air dry my hair whenever I can. I also tested out many products and my favorite by far is Kerastase. I use a tiny amount of the Elixir oil on my wet hair when I get out of the shower, then the Ciment Thermique right before I style my hair and finish with the Aqua Seal. It has been a couple years now and I can honestly say that if you’re nice to your hair, it will be nice to you!
- Drink lots of water
- Take Vitamins like B-Complex
- Use a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush
- Try to avoid using a blow dryer and opt to air dry as much as possible
- Don’t over process your hair with dyes and coloring
- Don’t sleep with your hair in a pony tail (it will break off hairs while you are sleeping)
*I order all of my Kerastase hair products from Amazon because they are a lot less expensive.
Top H&M, Jeans Joe’s Jeans, Wedges c/o Nine West, Purse Tory Burch
I love the subtle sparkle in this top. I bought it because it reminded me of this Tibi top (which is now on sale!) that I really wanted. It makes for a nice daytime glitz, without being too much. Don’t ya think? I down played it with some boyfriend jeans and straight hair. It’s not that often you can find me with straight hair these days!
Thomas will be graduating from grad school soon and we will be moving out of our current apartment very soon as well. This was our “first” official place together. It never really felt like our own space, mainly because we had a short term lease since we knew we would be moving again once he finished school. It was mostly furnished with the owners decor (no point in bringing our own stuff for such a short time) so it was hard to make it feel like our own place. So, I’m really excited to finally find a place and create a home that feels us! We have some stuff, but still need a lot. The big pieces that we do have are mostly passed down from our parents and grandparents, which we are so lucky to have. We also have a boat load of wedding gifts that have been sitting in storage- untouched- that we can’t wait to unpack. But for the the most part, we still need a lot of things like a couch, a dining room table, side tables, coffee table, desk, etc. etc. etc. The list could go on!
My outlook on decorating our new place is to take things slow. I don’t want to rush into trying to fill space by buying things we like, not love
. It’s also really expensive, so I know it will take time but I’m okay with that. In the meantime, I have been scouring the internet for small inexpensive ways to incorporate our style into the passed down pieces we have. Luckily, Thomas and I have a pretty similar aesthetic (although mine is a bit more feminine and glamorous than his) in that we both love a modern look, but in a cozy way. If that makes sense? I really don’t know much about interior design, but I do know what I like. You can check out my Pinterest boards here
dedicated to the looks I love and hope to someday achieve.
What are your thoughts on decorating your first official place? I would love to know!
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