I’m blown away by the feedback y’all left on yesterday’s Nordstrom giveaway post! Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to leave me a message letting me know what you enjoy on my blog. That you choose to spend a part of your busy day here means so much to me! It truly makes blogging more meaningful to know that it’s reaching you and having an impact. I recently created a mission statement for my blog to help clarify what I want to bring to you in every post, since my goal is always to leave you with something of value.
Honey We’re Home Mission Statement: To genuinely encourage women to take care of themselves by being more healthy and fit, stylish, organized and productive so they can live a vibrant, joyful life.
Many of you said you like it all, which is good news for today’s This & That post! I was considering renaming this series “Coffee Talk” since they are random chit chats where we just catch up on everything that’s going on lately- basically ALL the HWH categories in one brain dump of a post! And y’all know how much I love my coffee – with Vanilla Caramel creamer, please!
FROM BLONDE TO BRONDE HAIR
First up, I wanted to share my hair color journey from blonde to bronde hair, especially since I know lots of you are interested in getting this look for yourselves. If you’ve been here for a few years, you know that I’ve always been super blonde, but I was so over the maintenance and I felt like it was starting to look too one dimensional.
My original hair colorist is so great at blonde and I loved how she used to do my hair, but she ended up going on maternity leave and I had to go to someone new who didn’t do as great a job, ultimately causing me to have to go to repeat visits which damaged my hair- plus after having Jordan, I had tons of breakage around my face.
I wanted to get that bronde ombre-ish look so that I could go longer between visits and it would look more natural as it grew out. But, when I tried to get that look initially, it didn’t work out. 🙁
But, thanks to YOU, one of my sweet readers reached out and told me about Chris at M Salon who does a ‘melting’ technique that lets your hair grow out natural looking, slightly darker at the top and lighter throughout the bottom.
He does baby foil highlights and then rinses it out in sections, so that it’s slightly darker at the root and that darker color “melts” into the lighter color gradually.
SEPTEMBER 2016 – VISIT #1
After my first visit, I was hooked! Although it was darker than my original blonde, it was lighter than the with all those lowlights and just blended so much better! I absolutely LOVED how he was able to smooth the hair color so it looked more natural and not so low and hi-lighted. Just a soft pretty bronde!
MAY 2017 – before visit #2
After my first visit with Chris, I wanted to wait as long as possible to go back to give my hair a chance to grow and get healthy. I was hoping to make it a year, but my hair grows fast, so after 8 months, I knew I need a touch up and went back. Below is a look at how my hair grew out just before visit #2.
MAY 2017 -VISIT #2
Not only did I love how he styled my hair, the color was fresh again, even with keeping the roots darker.
SEPTEMBER 2017 – before visit #3
Now I think my sweet spot is 5 months in between visits, which is SO MUCH BETTER than every 5-6 weeks!! Here’s what it looked like before visit #3.
SEPTEMBER 2017 – Visit #3
See how he gets the roots to blend better into the rest of your hair?
It grew out so nicely, I think this is my favorite look- a bit darker with lots of dimension throughout.
FEBRUARY 2018 – Visit #4
This is after my most recent appointment and I asked Chris to add in more blonde, and I like it, but I think I’ll like it even better when it grows out a bit and is a little darker on top. I’ve found that I really like the color a little darker. It’s pretty blonde now, so I’m hoping it grows out as natural looking as it has in the past!
Lots of you said you were showing Chris’ Instagram page to your own stylist- a few people have driven hours to book an appointment with him! And I actually ran into one of my readers at this last visit! She was there getting a consult with Chris! It was awesome to sit and talk in person for a change!!
If you missed it on Stories, I posted my easy hair curling tutorial and how to fake a salon blowout and saved it to my IG Highlights! I absolutely LOVE it when you’ve sent me pictures of your hair after you tried it! Y’all are lookin’ good!!
I recently got hooked on the world of podcasts! I don’t think I’ve listened to any before this year, but now I can’t get enough. I listen to them while I’m on the treadmill, getting ready in the morning and also in the car. My Top 3 podcasts I’ve been listeing to lately are:
The Skinny Confidential, Him & Her Podcast– although Lauryn is so very “LA”, I still find this podcast full of great tips from experts on topics from wellness, fitness, beauty and relationships. It’s entertaining and she is actually a great interviewer.
Amy Porterfield – Online Marketing Made Easy – Amy is so likable, her voice is easy to listen to and her podcasts are full of info to help you succeed in your business. She does a lot of product launches, which isn’t something I’ve delved into yet, but I still find the information useful.
Chalene Johnson – Chalene’s podcast is awesome because it’s to the point and covers topics from health and fitness to positivity coaching and social media and business growth.
What podcasts do you listen to??
The style posts are still some of your faves, so here’s a look at some recent outfits and a few new things for Spring, if it ever gets here!
I also gifted myself a new pink marble iPhone case and I really like it! And I got a pretty pink pop socket that actually does help me hold my big iPhone 7+ better! After I got the 7+, I loved the bigger screen, but it is large for a petite woman’s hands. I’m on my phone all the time (trying to be better at putting it away after 4 until kids bedtime), so I am glad I have the larger phone. This little popsocket gadget is genius! I can’t believe I waited so long to get one!
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I’m crazy for a new (to me) brand of jeans I’ve been wanting to try for awhile now! It’s the Wit & Wisdom brand with Ab-solution technology that’s designed to ‘shape, mold and hold’.
I bought the light wash bootcut jeans and I’m their new number one fan! The fabric is so soft and stretchy, but because of the bootcut shape, they don’t look like a jegging. I sized down one from 0P to 00P and that worked perfectly for me. I’m 5’1 and the length is just right when worn with 3-inch heels.
STYLE TIP: For legs that look super long, wear pointy toe heels with your bootcut jeans- that will elongate the look of your legs. I also like to keep my top more fitted or at least partially tucked in to show off more of the legs!
As for the top, it’s that comfortable lightweight sweater material that is so easy to wear. It’s got a deep-V neckline that will show off a bit of your lacy bralette.
FIT TIP: To give yourself more support in the bralette, wear your strapless bra underneath! I’m wearing mine in this picture. Without the strapless bra, the bralette has about the same support as a triangle bikini top. You can adjust the shoulder straps. I’m 34D and wear size Medium in the bralette.
Big thank you to y’all that encouraged me to get the TB sandals! ? They are divine in person and I sized up half! They come in so many colors it was hard to choose, but this baby blue is perfect for Spring/Summer! The jean shorts were a splurge and only get them if you like your shorts short! ??♀️ And size down! I’m usually a 25, and got the 24!?
Here’s a pic of the shorts on! With this sunless tanner!! That lotion gets you a nice color, but you have to wear the glove because it will stain your palms! I love it for the suntanned look it gives, but I have to admit, it’s not the best smelling when you first put it on. For a spray tanner that actually smells decent, I like this one! I’ll dry off after showering, then step back inside and spray it on so I don’t get any on the bathroom floor!
But I also ordered this pair of ripped jean shorts that looks like it has potential with the fraying and worn edge. But, that pair is higher waist, so we’ll see. When I get them I’ll share with you! They’re more reasonably priced at under $80.
Floral Print Halter Maxi Dress TTS (XXS)
This playful dress is a WINNER!! It’s got a gorgeous floral print and sassy cut with a knee-high slit in the front and it hooks at your neck and ties around the back, leaving the upper back beautifully exposed. I didn’t wear a bra with it, but if you need some support, or you just feel more comfortable with something covering the girls, try this Backless Bra.
BACKLESS BRA SIZING & FIT : It’s recommended that you size up, so I tried my normal size D and the DD, but my regular size D fit me best. A & B cups have push-up pads, C-DDD cups don’t. And note, the bra stays in place better with a fitted top.
L’Occitane Rifle Paper Collaboration
The collaboration between L’Occitane and Rifle Paper blew mind mind! Two of my favorite brands collided into one and I’m seriously smitten with the result! Just look at the packaging goodness!! I think it would make a super cute birthday/teacher/Mother’s Day gift!
The Hand Cream Trio includes three hand creams- shea butter, vanilla bouquet, and wonderful rose.
The Shea Butter Kit includes shea: Comforting Cream, Cleansing Oil, Ultra-Rich Body Cream, Hand Cream, Foot Cream, and Extra-Gentle Milk Soap with an adorable travel bag.
I have so much more to chat with you about, but I gotta get to bed! That pesky cold is nipping at my heels and I’m determined to beat it!! Have a great day friends!