June 2017 Goals

Summer is rapidly approaching (though with this hot weather it feels like it has already arrived), and that means a new list featuring some summery goals. As always, I continue to work on goals from previous months, but I also like to add new things to work on as I think of them.

For the month of June, I want to:

  1. Learn how to crochet.
    My mom used to teach me how to crochet when I was younger to give me something to do over the summer besides watch TV and play video games. I was never really good at it, but I think that comes down to not practicing enough. Giving up midway through a scarf or hat was pretty normal for me. My older sister is also very crafty and an amazing crocheter, and I love the projects she’s done. It seems like a nice, relaxing, and creatively satisfying hobby. I picked up some hooks and yarn from the craft store, and my husband has already put in requests for beanies (his favorite winter items)!
  2. Spend some time outside.
    I am an indoors kind of gal, especially when the weather is sweltering hot like it is right now. There are small comfortable windows in the mornings and late evenings that I could be enjoying outside, even if it just means watching my dog run around the park. A little Vitamin D never hurt anyone!
  3. Cook more.
    Cooking is not my forte. There are some people out there that love to cook, and unfortunately I am not one of them. However, I know how important it is to cook fresh meals often if you want to be healthy, so planning meals ahead of time needs to become a part of my routine whether I like it or not!

That concludes my list of goals for this month. Luckily, they’re all pretty achievable, it’s just a matter of making the time for them!

What are your goals for this month? Let me know in the comments!

The Best Conditioner for Fine Hair

If you have fine hair, then you know all too well about the struggles of knots and tangles. If you top that off with being tender-headed, then you have a recipe for disaster when it comes to getting your hair styled. My eyes have watered many a time at the hands of my hair stylists, and I’ve even been the source of my own affliction when trying to brush out those awful knots. Brushing my hair helps temporarily, but 10 minutes later the pesky strands find their way back to each other.

Fine hair is prone to tangles, and luckily there are products that exist to help out. I first came across the Paul Mitchell ‘Original The Detangler’ conditioner at a hotel room we were staying at several months ago. It was one of those travel size samples that the hotels leave in your bathroom in case you forget to bring yours from home. Normally I’m let down by a lot of the new hair products I try, but trying this conditioner was such a pleasant surprise!

I’ve tried this conditioner with both long hair and short hair, and it works like magic on both. Usually I would have to fight my way through wet hair, but the brush glided down like butter after using it. I didn’t have to spend 10 minutes trying to untangle one knot! The formula has the same effect once the hair is dry, too, but I definitely notice it works best the day it was washed.

The scent isn’t anything groundbreaking; it smells like a typical conditioner. I don’t really mind because how a conditioner performs its job is much more important to me. The formula is also a little different than what I’m used to. Once you apply it kind of “sticks” to your hair and doesn’t form much of a lather, but I let it sit for a few minutes and am just amazed how soft my hair feels once it rinses out!

Overall I think this conditioner is a great purchase. The retail price is $16.50 for a 16.9 fl oz bottle, which I think is fair considering it will last for many, many months. It’s worth it to me if it means I can spend less time fighting with my hair!

What are some of your favorite tangle-prone hair products? Let me know in the comments below!

Short Hair - Making the Cut

I’m no stranger to the scissors. Since high school, I’ve been doing this thing where I grow my hair out really, really long only to cut it all off when I get bored. While I like the idea of long, flowy hair, I’ve always felt more like myself in short hair.

There’s something liberating about getting all that hair chopped; in some ways it’s a bit rebellious, but it’s also majorly chic.

Here are some reasons why I love having short hair:

  1. You aren’t a slave to it anymore because it’s a lot easier to take care of short hair!
  2. While I’ve always been a wash-and-go type of person (a.k.a. you won’t find me taking the time to style it very often), bed-head on short hair is a lot easier to pull off.
  3. With shorter hair, I don’t find myself fighting off vicious tangles with the hairbrush.
  4. The drain doesn’t clog nearly as fast. (Gross, but needs to be said.)
  5. No split ends! Especially if you’re consistently getting it cut.
  6. Sure it takes some strategic bobby pinning, but you can still put it up when you need to.
  7. Gone are the moments when your hair gets caught in the car door and on other random things. SERIOUSLY THE WORST.
  8. During the hot summer months it’s a lot easier to stay cool with shorter hair.
  9. It’s a change. I get used to seeing myself one way, so mixing things up once in awhile keeps it interesting.
  10. Shampooing has never been easier. I swear it cuts my shower time in half!

So those are some of the reasons I love having short hair. Really the only con is that it can get expensive trying to maintain the length since you have to get it cut more often, but to me it’s a fair trade-off. Who knows, maybe someday I’ll be brave enough to teach myself how to cut my own hair!

What are your opinions – do you like having long hair or short hair and why? Let me know in the comments!

Using a Backpack Instead of a Purse

One of my favorite words in the English dictionary is convenience. I choose flats over heels, a five minute makeup routine over a 30 minute one, and of course I choose a backpack over a purse. Don’t get me wrong; there are days when I like to dress up in heels, spend extra time on my makeup, and carry a purse around. However, most of the time I just like to be comfortable.

By backpack, I don’t mean Jansport or L.L. Bean. Think smaller and more stylish. If it has two straps that hook onto my shoulders and it looks good while doing it, I’m sold! The backpack that I’ve been loving is from Zara, and I haven’t looked back since I got it. It’s been so nice to be hands-free while I’m running errands around town!

Another nice thing about a backpack is that it distributes the weight more evenly on your body since it’s not weighing down on just one shoulder. It makes it a lot easier to lug around my DSLR camera because it doesn’t feel as heavy compared to when I was carrying it around in my handbag. You can pack much more stuff in a backpack before it starts to feel uncomfortable!

My backpack has been an absolute lifesaver and has definitely been one of my favorite purchases this year. If you’re curious about the backpack-as-a-purse life, some great places to look are Zara, Target, and Forever 21. Happy shopping!

Using a Backpack Instead of a Purse

Simple Blue Stripes

Maybe it’s just the bell sleeves, but this top gives me major vintage vibes. Just pair it with some flare jeans and it’ll look like you stepped out from a different decade! I love that we’re constantly recycling styles from the fashonistas before us. This past fall I remember being so confused walking through the clothing section at Target because it felt like I was in the 90s! All the clothes looked like something you’d wear to a Nirvana concert.

I’m always fascinated by trends; we get embarrassed by things such as what we wore, how we applied our makeup, styled our hair, etc. even though at the time those were the trends. And somehow, they always make their way back in some way or another.

While the decades never completely return in their full glories, I do think it’s interesting that we’re constantly borrowing from them. It’s fun to see certain things make huge comebacks, especially when you know you wouldn’t be caught dead wearing it just five years ago (i.e. I never thought I would own a pair of ‘mom jeans’ in my entire life… But I do own some…).

As for this top, I picked it up from American Eagle a little over a month ago so unfortunately I can’t find it on the site, but I can’t express how much I’ve been loving their clothes selection lately. They have a lot of vintage-looking stuff, and I wish I could afford to fill my closet with it all!

Any trends from the past you’ve been loving lately? Let me know in the comments!