Suave's New Dry Shampoo Spray

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

So, Let me start by saying, I am one oily human. I have been told all my life that my natural olive complexion and my oily skin will slow the aging process... well so far I am not seeing any results of that! All I know, is my oily skin royally screws with my hair. I can take a shower at night and wake up with greasy hair,  yum. In order to keep my hair looking clean all the time I have to shower every morning and then I have to blow dry and/or straighten my hair. That whole routine takes me a little under an hour, not bad, but still obnoxious. Additionally, my hair is a little thrashed from the amount of bleach I've put on it so all the heating tools don't help.

Getting to the point.. I don't like to wash my hair daily (for many reasons) but I can't keep it from getting greasy. I have tried a ton of home remedies that claim to help reduce the oils... either I am doing them wrong, or they suck. I was introduced to dry shampoo a little over a year ago and I fell in love with the concept. You mean I can throw some crap on my hair and walk out the door? Yes, please. In my new found knowledge I began to test quite a few brands and ended up with the TRESemme one. Now, I'm not a big fan of it because I feel like it leaves my hair feeling sticky and matted, but I just try to throw it in a pony and avoid touching it. Then recently, I quit using it altogether and went back to my trusty baby power trick... again, yum.

I saw a commercial for Suave's new dry shampoo and I figured it was worth a try... I'm sold! I found it at Target for under $3. It smells really good, much better than the other methods I've tried and I can still run my fingers through my hair!!! If you are looking for a better way to combat greasy locks, I think this is worth a try!!

I'd love to hear any feed back? How do you cope with hair problems??

The last pair of pants you'll ever own

Monday, September 26, 2011

Ok, so maybe that title is a tad bit of an exaggeration. But I would bet money that if you put these pants on you would never want to wear another pair of slacks! Having to dress "business appropriate" on a daily basis, I have come to loathe trousers, slacks or anything else you wanna call them. I dream of casual Fridays, and sadly it never comes. That is just one reason why these bad boys are so freaking awesome!

Allow me to give a little back story on these puppies.. About 4-5 weeks ago I found myself in a Starbucks, as I usually do between 8-10 am. I saw this adorable girl, wearing the most adorable pair of black pants. They were pleated in the front and were an exponentially better version of harem pants. I had never seen this cut, so I was immediately intrigued. I offered her a compliment and asked where she had got them. Her answer "Asia"... Really?? You can't be a little more specific?  This is beside the point... I then set out on a mission to find these pants! I began to scour the thrift stores and the internet. The closest thing I found were a pair of designer ones for $365... um No. I found a couple of pairs at the thrift store that resembled what I was yearning for, but they just didn't satisfy.

I was almost ready to give up hope, thinking that they weren't trending yet so I was probably not going to be able to find them in my price point, and I'd end up trying to make them and that would be an epic fail.... (nice run on don't ya think?) BUT THEN.. I had an epiphany. eBay always has some version of whatever I'm looking for. I thought I had already searched there, but when I went back for a second look, I found absolute bliss!! Now, you may think I am incredibly nuts for going on, and on about these nylon, stretchy, slouchy, tapered pants (made in China)... But I am a fan! They are so comfortable and they have such a fun silhouette. I thought the bulkiness would play against my curves but I think they fit rather nicely.

I'd love to hear your thoughts?!?!

All of this loveliness for under $56.00!!!

Brand: La Scala
Purchase Price: $20.00
Purchased From: eBay
You can buy them here:

Brand: Nine West
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
    Suggested Retail: $89.00

Brand: DKNY
Purchase Price: $2.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
            Suggested Retail: At least $100.00

Brand: Combo of thrifted & Forever 21
Purchase Price: $15.00 (roughly) for all of it

Brand: Aldo
Purchase Price: $9.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
Suggested Retail: $45-$48

Cable Knit Season

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I've been seeing knits all over the fall runways and I am just ecstatic about this trend. My favorite element of fashion is comfort! I hate to be uncomfortable whether it be too high of heels, tight pants or a dress I have to keep pulling over my rear. I like to walk out of the house and not be plagued by the thought of what I am wearing. Thus, sweaters provide a great sense of contentment for me :) My only problem with bulky sweaters is that I already have a bulky bottom so I have to make sure my proportions are always in sync. I was really excited when I found this flowy ivory dress, but even more excited when I figured out I could pair it with this awesome cable knit sweater! I love this look because, I can wear it a variety of ways. I can wear it, with  boots, tights, long sleeves, a scarf, and either all together or all apart. I also like that I can wear it to the office or dress is down for a movie date. Can you tell I am totally psyched about it? The total cost was under $25!!!

Brand: H&M
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
            Suggested Retail: $30-$40
Brand: Allison Brittney
Purchase Price: $2.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
            Suggested Retail: est. $36

This belt was another one of my thrift store finds. It had no tags  but I'm pretty sure it is from Target originally.
I only paid $2 for it.

My beautiful Cameo ring was my mother's and she gave it to me for my eighth grade graduation. The Brown bangle my girlfriend brought me from a peddler's market in Greece :)

I actually bought these earrings when I was attending Fresno State.
They had a little street vendor and I only paid 3 bucks!

Brand: Diane von Furstenberg
Purchase Price: $7.50
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
    Suggested Retail: Upwards of $200

Of course my husband would try to get an up the skirt shot...

How to sew yoga pants from a t-shirt

Thursday, September 15, 2011

So, I've been wanting to use my new sewing machine but I've been a little scared of it. About a week ago I became very determined to finally take the plunge and thread my first bobbin!! I have been searching the internet, mostly Pinterest to find a good "first timer" project. I finally came across this tutorial of how to make yoga pants from a man's t-shirt. I thought it seemed like an easy enough task. I attempted to follow this tutorial... but it took me a few times to get it right. So, I have put together my own tutorial with a few more detailed steps. It was a really fun first time sewing project for me (even though I went through two t-shirts before I got it right) :D Just a little FYI,  Jersey knit is not an easy fabric to work with so, if you're like me and have never sewn a thing in your life, practice a bit first :)

Here Goes:
 Step 1: 
I started with a Man's XL T-shirt. I have thicker legs so the XL seems to work best for me.

 Step 2: 
I prefer to flip the shirt inside out and then begin by cutting off the sleeves. Try to get as close to the seam as possible and keep everything very symmetrical as well. Put the sleeves to the side because you will need them later.

 Step 3: 
Next, fold the shirt in half, length wise. Again, try to keep everything very symmetrical.

 Step 4: 
You'll want to cut the neck off the t-shirt. You can toss that part, it will not be needed any longer. 
*Note: I prefer to keep the shirt pinned together, because the knit fabric can get unruly*

 Step: 5: 
 After doing this twice before, I decided to iron a crease in the middle of the shirt to make cutting up the center easier.

 Step 6: 
Make a even cut down the middle of the shirt. These will be the legs of your pants so try to make it as uniform as possible.

 Step 7: 
After cutting the center, flip the to sides with the arm holes facing each other. You can begin to see how this process will play out.

 Step 8: 
Take one side and unfold it laying the inside of the shirt down (front side of the shirt facing up). Then take the other side and mirror it on top. You will want both front's facing each other.

 Step 9: 
After you have laid the two pieces together, begin to pin the seams together. It is important for this to line up well. This will be the inseam that runs from front to back, and will murf you if it is crooked. Begin sewing the two pieces together.

 Step 10: 
After you have sewn the "crotch" seam, flip the pants so that you can begin to pin the outside leg seams. Finish sewing the legs, and you are almost done :)

 Step 11: 
Take the sleeves you saved earlier and cut the seam at the bottom of the sleeve. You will then want to cut them into long rectangle shapes. Basically cut the rounded top off.

 Step 12: 
Take the two sleeves and sew them together on the ends to make what will become a waistband.

 Step 13: 
Take the waistband and the legs of the pants and pin them together. Remember to keep everything inside out so when you're done sewing it will all flip right side out.

Step 14: 
In order for me to sew the waistband properly, I put it inside the yoga pant opening and pinned it. Sew the waistband to the pants, but remember to leave an opening, don't sew it closed :)

 Despite the fact, that I hate this picture of my bottom half, I have chosen to share it with the world anyways. Here is the finished product right after I was done sewing them. They do stretch out and look much more flattering. I thought this project was a ton of fun and pretty easy for a beginner. If you have any questions with my directions please feel free to email me. I will assist as much as I can :)!!!

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I'm still alive

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hi Friends, I am still alive and still have every intention of blogging. I have been battling a cold on top of being super busy :( I will be back to blogging soon!! 

Thanks for stopping by!!

Yearning for fall

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Despite the fact that it is supposed to reach 100 degrees in Los Angeles by Monday, I am still holding out hope that Fall is right around the corner! Fall is my favorite season of all!! I love the weather, but more importantly I love the fashion. I adore sweaters, boots, scarves; the whole nine yards! Yesterday I found a pretty awesome leather skirt and I just had to share it with you. I was only able to wear this look for approximately 20 minutes before I was sweating from every pore. Thus, why I can't wait for the weather too cool off so I can wear it out!! (notice in some of the pictures I've ditched my jacket and opted for a straight cami shot). I guess when they say no white after Labor Day they should finish with "No leather before Halloween." :D This look ran me about $58.00

Brand: BCBG Maxazria
Purchase Price: $5.50
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
    Suggested Retail: $148.00

I adore this purse! It was a birthday present years
ago from a dear friend (she has good taste)!!

Brand: New York & Co.
Purchase Price: Free (There was a bogo sale so
my Mom bought one and gave me the other)
Purchased From: New York & Co.
Suggested Retail: $20.00
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Brand: H&M
Purchase Price: $20.00
Purchased From: H&M
    Suggested Retail: $ 50-60
    ** I borrowed this from my girlfriend, but I have the exact same on in black**
    **As Seen in:**

Brand: Pashmina
Purchase Price: $4.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
Suggested Retail: ≈ $75.00

Brand: Wild Diva
Purchase Price: $18.99
Purchased From: Go Jane
Suggested Retail: $18.99

Brand: Thrifted
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
Suggested Retail: unknown
**As Seen in:**