Simply Spruced Up Side Pony

I’ve never quite mastered a great way to style my hair while wearing it down, unless I curl it- no matter what I do, it just sort of awkwardly hangs there and screams ‘blahhhh.’ I’ve tried blow drying it meticulously the way they do it at the salon, using the same products, and taking about 30 minutes until my arms feel like they’ve fallen off, only to be left with a slightly better, yet still frizzy, version of my uninspiring hair. I’ve tried setting it in Velcro rollers, the way I’ve seen models and celebs get ready, and somehow my hair turns out straighter, the rollers somehow sucking any body and volume from me.

While I could wear my hair in a normal pony tail every day and be happy, I wanted some simple, quick ways to perk up my pony, which is how I came up with the Simply Spruced Up Side Pony. Another favorite of mine is the Easy Everyday Bun– for both of these looks, all you need is a brush, hair tie, and a few bobby pins.

Everyday Skin Routine

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Since I started blogging, I have reaped so many benefits. I feel constantly pushed to find ways to better myself, through inspirational bloggers I’ve networked with and through my desire to find honest ways to inspire my readers. In an effort to generate new blog topics, I figured I may as well search for ways to improve the things in my life I have been putting off, and at the top of my list was my skin. Instead of bouncing from one product to the next and never feeling satisfied with the results, I’m calling my new approach to my skincare routine my Hands On Hands Off approach- I know, I know, it sounds like an oxymoron, but it makes perfect sense. “Hands On” means finally taking charge of my skin by having a consistent routine using products I have researched and that have been recommended by skincare professionals.

Behind the Chair with Deanna

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In the first post of this hair series “Behind the Chair,” I went behind Chicago hair stylist Deanna Dituri’s chair to see what’s trending and to see how you can get the most out of your hair appointment.

What’s Trending in Hair

Balayage: ba-la-whaaaat?

If you’ve opened a magazine in the last few months, there is no way you escaped the biggest trend in hair color: balayage. Celebrities, beauty bloggers, and the everyday woman are loving this gorgeous style, which is the more natural, fresh version of its ombre counterpart. So what is balayage anyway? Or better yet, how do you pronounce it? Balayge, meaning ‘to sweep’ in French, is a coloring technique that involves hand painting color in a fluid sweeping motion. The result is a very naturally shining highlighted look, and because the color is concentrated on the mid-shaft and dissipated upwards towards the root, it allows an ease of outgrowth that traditional foils do not allow.

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