6 Things I Did to Grow Healthy Hair This Summer

Long, shiny, thick, healthy hair is always the goal. Unfortunately, only a few of us actually wake up with shampoo commercial worthy tresses. I for one, have never had naturally silky, smooth, hair and have always been envious of my friends who did. I, like most, have always had a [love] hate relationship with my frizzy, thick, poofy, tangly, unmanageable hair. Remember Mia Thermopolis from the Princess Diaries pre glow up? Yeah, that’s pretty much my hair if I let it air dry with no product.

Luckily, I grew up with a mom who was always religious about getting her roots touched up and a trim every 4-6 weeks and would let me tag along with her to the salon for a trim and some highlights here and there. Even as a tween, I remember asking (and probably annoying) my hairstylist hundreds of questions about which products I should use to tame my frizz, mend my split ends, add shine, enhance my highlights, or whatever else I was wanting to do to get magazine worthy hair. As I grew older and continued my mom’s routine of frequenting the hair salon I continued to ask my hairstylists about the newest products to drop and for all the tips and ticks get healthy hair. I’ve also become a lowkey product hoarder (hey, it’s research), and have tried just about every treatment, product, and hair tool out there. Not gonna lie, I would literally eat worms and roll around in the dirt if you told me it would give me Kardashian hair.
Before my wedding I had gotten tape in hair extensions and absolutely loved the look of thick, full, and healthy hair. I had pretty much given up on the idea of growing my hair out super long, since it never seemed to look as healthy once it got past my shoulders. My ends would always split and my hair would look dry and stringy. Not cute.
When I knew I would be in Chicago all summer, and didn’t want to deal with the upkeep and reapplication of my tape ins, I had my hairstylist remove my extensions and asked her to give me a simple blunt cut that made my hair look super thick and healthy. Since I was spending the summer in a new city where I didn’t dare trust anyone I didn’t know to touch my hair, I decided to step up my at home hair routine. Much to my surprise, the other day, while styling my hair, I noticed how long it has grown and how healthy it has become! So here are the 6 simple things I did to grow my hair out this summer and my favorite hair products for healthier hair.

1. Brush it Out

I know brushing your hair seems like such common sense, but how you brush, when you brush, and using the right type of brush for your hair type makes all the difference in the world. A few months ago I was noticing that my hair was looking a little dull and no matter how much I washed it, I seemed to always still have product residue on my scalp. It turns out that the hairbrush that I was using needed to be replaced, since I had it for a while and it had a lot of product build up on it that was transfering onto my hair (EW). Once I replaced my brush, I immediately noticed a difference in my hair. I went for the T3 dry vent brush, which had holes designed for airflow, while blow drying my hair. I also love that it is white, which means I can see any hair or product that gets transferred onto it, making it easy to clean so that none of the product get stuck in my hair. Before I wash my hair I spray a little leave in conditioner in it and brush it out starting from the ends to remove any tangles and work my way up to the scalp. This makes it easier to shampoo and condition my hair more evenly. I also keep a wide tooth comb in my shower and run it through my hair once I’ve added conditioner to evenly distribute the product. Another thing I do, is brush my hair every night before I go to sleep, really focusing on my scalp. Brushing your scalp will stimulate your hair follicles making it easier for the hair to grow.

 

2. Treat Yo Self 

I never miss an opportunity to treat my self, especially when it comes to my hair! I was first introduced to hair treatments back when I was in college and was heavy into bleaching my hair (dark times for me). My hairstylist definitely hated me a little bit for ruining my hair and recommended doing a weekly treatment to bring it back to life. I’ve tried a lot of DIY treatments and products over the years and have come across some real winners. When I want to go the DIY route, coconut oil is definitely my go to (Trader Joe’s brand is my favorite). I’ve recently upped my treatment game from once a week to twice a week and sometimes I leave it on overnight when I notice my hair feeling extra dry. The longer you keep a treatment in, the better.

 

3. Do a Cleanse 

Don’t worry, not that kind of cleanse. Sulfate free and all natural shampoo and conditioner have become super popular in recent years, due to the lack of artificial ingredients and harsh chemicals. I, of course jumped on board and switched my products to sulfate free to avoid exposing my hair to those nasty chemicals. A couple months ago I noticed my hair seemed to always be oily, even right after washing and blow drying it. I found myself reaching for my dry shampoo more than usual. When I asked my hairstylist what she thought the problem was she immediately asked me if my shampoo and conditioners were sulfate free. “Of course!” I said, knowing good and well that sulfate free products were all the rage. To my surprise she told me that while sulfate free products were great, since they don’t lather up, they always get all the product and oil out of your hair, which can cause more build up over time. She suggested that I add a clarifying cleanser to my routine once a week to help remove all that dry shampoo and oil and it has made a world of difference!! My hair now feels squeaky clean after using it and I can go even longer between washes.

4. Turn Down the Heat

As someone who has been using hot tools pretty regularly since the 5th grade (RIP to my OG Conair straightener), I am all too familiar with the damage that heat can do to your hair. I’ve gone through it all — split ends, dry brittle hair, and even breakage. And.. it sucks!! However, I’ve learned over the years how unnecessary it is to use my hot tools on the highest heat setting. Every hairstylist that I’ve asked has told me, there is never a need to use your hot tools on high and the best tip I’ve ever received was to figure out the lowest heat setting you can use to style your hair. Everyone has a different hair type and some don’t need as much heat as others. Investing in a hair dryer, straightener, and curling iron with multiple heat settings was a big game changer for me. I was able to play around with the different heat settings and learned that I can get the same results by styling my hair on low heat settings as I can with high settings. The only difference is I don’t burn my hair off!! I’ve also begun to wash my hair at night more often so that it air dries while I sleep, and I don’t have to blow it as often, and doing “no heat hairstyles” (usually a low bun bc I’m lazy) a couple times a week to give my hair a break from hot tools.

5. Protect Your Hair

Since I can’t do no heat styles all the time, I always use good heat protecting products before I blow dry, straighten or curl my hair. I also apply a little on if I know I’m going to be outside all day, that way my hair gets extra protection from the sun.

6. Take Your Vitamins

Don’t worry y’all, I’m not going to post an Instagram photo with a certain teddy bear shaped gummy. But I do know that adding collagen and hair strengthening vitamins to my daily routine has made a huge difference in my hair. Healthy hair grows from the inside out so upping your water intake, and adding a hair vitamin to your regimen will help you grow and maintain strong and healthy hair.

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My 5 Favorite Jeans Under $100

It’s no secret that I love a good pair of jeans. I love them in any season and will wear them with sneakers, boots, heels, t-shirts, button ups, literally everything! They are the ultimate staple in any wardrobe. But finding a high quality pair of jeans that are actually flattering on you and won’t break your bank, can be a bit of a challenge.

I feel like I’ve gotten hundreds of pairs of jeans over the years and have seen it all. The good, the bad, and the fugly. Along my journey for the perfect jeans I’ve come across some real winners that were able to reign supreme amongst the rest. Jeans so good that I’ve actually repurchased a few. And the best part is, they’re all under $100!!

So come along as I guide you through this journey to your next favorite pair of jeans!

 

  1. “Mom” Jeans

Okay, I know the name is misleading! But there is a lot of flattering features to be said about Mom jeans. I particularly love them because they are suuuuper high waisted, which gives me the illusion of having legs for days, when I am actually only 5’2. They also are pretty structured which means they hug my legs (and booty) to give my a super slim figure. I bought them in 3 colors and am obsessed! These also come in petite and tall. Shop these jeans from ASOS $56

 

2. Black Skinnys

I cannot stress enough how important it is to a have a good pair of black skinny jeans. I don’t think I wear anything in my closet more than my black skinnys. They are the perfect day to night option and I gaurentee they go with everything you already own. My two favorite pairs are these high waisted pair from ASOS $50, and these ripped super stretchy pair from Topshop $75.

 

3. Grey Skinnys

If its variety you want, don’t look passed grey. They, like black, go with just about anything, but also add a bit of edge to your look. Especially this pair with the ripped knee. I think this shade of grey pairs especially nicely with nudes and neutral tones, which are my current faves. This pair is also very high waisted and has a lot of stretch to it for a flattering, yet comfortable fit. Shop these grey skinnnys from Topshop $75

 

4. Stretchy Skinnys

Whether you’re traveling all day, or just want to eat a meal in peace, it’s always nice to have a little stretch in your skinnys amirite? These two pairs from Zara have been my absolute favorites and have lasted me over 2 years. I have repurchased them in several different colors because they’re just that good. They are so comfortable that I could (and have) sleep in these jeans. They do run a little long though, so if you’re petite you may need to get them hemmed or just cuff them like I do. Shop these jeggings from Zara $39, and these stretch jeans from Zara $49.

 

5. Ripped Hem

Ripped hem jeans are all the rage right now. They are such a statement piece and are a great addition to freshen up your wardrobe. I have several pairs that I love, but two in particular are these skinnys with a ripped hem and these flares with a more dramatic frayed hem. Both are great options to wear with heels or booties, which make them perfect for fall!

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Adjusting to Dallas + Shop The Look

So, in case you haven’t heard, I recently packed up and moved from my hometown of San Antonio, Texas to Dallas to live with my fiancé and pup, and I have to say, it’s been pretty great! Although driving on the highways in Dallas is way more intense (terrifying) than it is in SA, and I have absolutely no idea where I am going 99% of the time (thank God for google maps), the adjustment has been pretty smooth. I am loving the fact that I actually get to see Justin everyday  instead of our daily texts and chats via FaceTime.

Little by little the unpacking is getting done and the house is coming together, and so is our new life. Although I do miss living in the city that I grew up in, and know like the back of my hand, and miss all of my best friends and family, I am so beyond excited to begin this next chapter in my life in a new city with my soon to be husband!

Now I just need to meet new friends and bloggers in Dallas and find new shops, restaurants and cool places to go! Let me know in the comments below if you are in the Dallas area or have any recommendations.

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  1. Aww I am still getting used to the city too, been here for a little over a year now. Would love to connect with fellow bloggers, your pictures are beautiful too

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Shop My Favorite Pink Shoes

So after moving to Dallas and unpacking all my shoes into my new closet, I noticed that I may or may not have a major obsession with pink shoes. Specifically, ‘blush’ and ‘dusty rose’ shades. These neutral pinks just seem to go with everything I wear and transition into every season.

So, like I always say, when in doubt, think pink!

 


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Rompers, Stripes, and Ruffles, Oh My!

When it comes to the top summer trends, rompers, stripes, and ruffles definitely are at the top of the list, and I can’t get enough. This Moon River romper is one of my favorites, since it’s literally 3 trends in 1, making it the ultimate summer look.

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Choker + Necklace by Maggie Villamaria

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Shop My Favorite Two Piece Sets

Two piece sets are so not just for the pool. I’ve been growing my collection of two piece sets for a while now and have found that they are the perfect solution for someone who gets bored easily with the same old outfits in their closet (ME!). If you’re anything like me, you get a new outfit, LOVE it, wear it out a couple times, snap a few photos in it, then, well.. you’re over it and on the hunt for your next new outfit. The cool thing about two piece sets is while they look absolutely adorable worn together, they can be mixed and matched with other pieces in your closet (white tee, jeans, cardigans..) and worn over and over again in completely new ways, and have you feeling like you just bought an entirely new outfit (without hurting your wallet). This also makes two pieces sets a great option for traveling! As I make my way into adulthood (ew) I’m making it a point to try to be more responsible with my shopping habits and am trying to select pieces that I can wear in multiple ways and situations and have found that two piece sets are definitely the way to go.

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The Neely and Chloe Airstream Tour

The new it girls have arrived, and they’ve brought handbags! Neely and Chloe, who? Burch, as in Tory. The creators of the Neely and Chloe are actually nieces of the fabulous, Tory Burch. Neely and Chloe features beautifully made handbags, shoes, and accessories.  The brand offers a variety of different handbags from leather to suede to canvas available in fun pops of color. Neely and Chloe also offers customization, including gold foil monogramming and ornaments, which can be added to any bag to truly make it your own.

Neely and Chloe sent me over the grey  suede Saddle Bag and I am absolutely obsessed with it! It’s the perfect size with an adjustable crossbody strap, which I, at 5’2, def appreciate. This is also a perfect bag to transition into the fall and winter months. I also added one of their leather tassels to my bag for a fun pop of color.

Click here to shop the Saddle bag, available in 3 different colors.

 

To kick off the launch of this new brand, Neely and Chloe hit the road in a vintage airstream turned pop up shop to promote the collection, so when they arrived in San Antonio at The Shops at La Cantera, I had to check it out. The adorable airstream included the entire collection along with the monogramming equipment and is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. They will be in between Grimaldi’s and Vera Bradley at The Shops at La Cantera today Saturday July 22 until 9pm.

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Tropical Vibes

As we all know, I live in the great state of Texas. One thing that is not so great about it however, are the outrageously hot summers. We are well into the hottest season of the year and with no end in sight, even the thought of dressing up can send us into immediate heat stroke. The key to surviving Texas summers are selecting light, breathable clothing options (but obviously cute too!), which is why these wide leg pants from Free People + this super light tank = a win! I paired the trendy/functional outfit with a platform espadrille, and super fun (yet not practical) yellow lens aviators. I topped my look off layering a couple gold chokers and added a chevron print Gucci handbag to add an unexpected element to the already semi-whimsical look. Even though we’re in Texas, this look gave me total tropical vibes and transported me to the jungles of Tulum or the beaches of Miami.

How do you beat the Texas heat? What are some of your go to summer styles? Let me know in the comments below.

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here! Shop my Favorites!

Ah, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, one of the most coveted shopping events of the year has finally arrived! If you’re one of the chosen few (Nordstrom cardholders) you’re able to shop the early access sale, which starts today, while everyone else will have to wait until July 21st.

Shopping a sale this big can be a bit overwhelming at first, since pretty much everything is on sale. Bags, shoes, clothes, home decor, WHERE DO I BEGIN? Fear not my friends, I’m doing all the hard work for you. I’m going to be searching the sale for all the trendiest items and making them available to shop right here on my blog. Think of me as your personal shopper, or better yet, your Nordstrom Anniversary Sale spirit guide.

I’m going to be updating my shop page as the sale continues and adding in more merchandise, so be sure to check back in daily!

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That Romper Tho!

Who doesn’t love a lightweight flowy romper tho? Honestly I’ve been all about simplicity this summer, especially since I now have a 3 month old pup who has completely taken over my morning routine.

Rompers and statement earrings have basically been my summer uniform. It’s the perfect look for the trendy girl on the go and I’m obsessed!

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