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November 2017

Y’all – this brush is a total GAME CHANGER.

I’ve seen a few heated straightening brushes on the market, but I was never really intrigued. My initial reaction was, “ehh, gimmick – no thanks.” That is until a coworker came into the office one day, and was like, “Kim, you N E E D to try this – it’s amazing.” She didn’t have to say much more to pique my interest; I looked up the Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush on Sephora’s website, and found an overwhelming amount of stellar reviews. What I also found was a somewhat pricey sticker – the brush will set you back $120. The cost didn’t turn me off completely – I know quality hair tools tend to be on the pricier end – and let’s be honest, I’ve paid more for crappier products. For me, the brush wasn’t a priority, so I kind of just left it in my cart and walked away.

Fast forward a couple months, and the ever-so-popular Sephora VIB Rouge Sale comes along. You bet your little tush I clicked on that “Add to Cart” button. The discount was a plus for sure; however, my best friend really sealed the deal when she mentioned she purchased the brush and was so impressed with how her hair felt and looked after use!

So after that long narrative – I BOUGHT THE DAMN BRUSH* – and I’m so glad I did.

Before I get into how I use the brush, I want to share a bit more on the brush specs:

  • Double Negative Ion Technology – the maximum in negative ions resulting in shiny, smooth, frizz-free results with zero static. True.
  • Ceramic Bristles with Nylon Cool-Tips – emit far-infrared heat that instantly penetrates the cortex of the hair cuticle, heating from the inside out. The hair is heated evenly and in half the time of conventional heat, reducing the risk of damage. Mixed with a good heat protectant, I haven’t seen the damage in my hair increase.
  • LCD Digital Interface – precise setting and monitoring of temperature up to 450ºF, the most important element for getting consistent and effective results. The auto-shutoff feature means no power will be wasted when not in use. For me, being able to adjust the temperature was SO important. Not all hair is created equal, people! Some folks can handle the high heat, whereas my hair can only handle the lower temps – 450ºF would cause my hair to burn off! 
  • Temperature Lock – for uniform temperature control.
  • Ready And Able – an easy grip, 9 foot 360° swivel cord made of heat-proof, up to 450ºF, fabric and a professional hook makes use and storage simple.

A little about my hair: medium length, fine, thin, frizzy, and wavy. I wash my hair every 3-4 days and rely heavily on dry shampoo. I can’t be bothered with a fussy routine – the less time I spend on my hair, the better.

To use, I set my Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush to 370 degrees and divide my hair into two sections – top and bottom – and then smaller sections for even distribution of heat. Even though it’s a “brush,” I comb out each section with a wide tooth comb to ensure there are no snags. From there – I just go for it! I smooth over each section of hair slowly from root to end. Once I’m done with the top half of my hair, I flip my head over and brush through – I feel like this is the last opportunity to add more volume!

I’m able to smooth out my hair within 5-7 minutes, and the end result is A M A Z I N G. I have been so impressed with this brush – I can achieve the look of a blow out without the extra time and effort. But the BEST part is that my day three hair is just as smooth and voluminous as day one – I swear.

Ya see! I rarely used my flat iron because it left my hair exactly that – flat and lacked movement. Volume and movement is what we should go for, people! And I feel like the Amika really helps me achieve that.

Another thing to note is that the first time I used the brush, I was somewhat underwhelmed. I think the hype mixed with high expectations mixed with the first time ever using the brush – the result was nice, but not as amazing. It did take me a couple more times to really get on board. As you’ve read, I’m got on that damn train, honey!

If you’ve been eyeing the Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush, just add to cart – you won’t regret it.

xo,
Kim
*Purchased with my own money.
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Holiday Gift Guide

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It’s the most  W O N D E R F U L time of the year – and we want to help YOU with your holiday shopping! We’ve curated lists for the gals, guys, kids, and, of course, the furry family members in your life. H A P P Y SHOPPING!

 

For the Gals 2017
1. Cozy Cardi with POCKETS, $75 Leith just might be one of our favorite brands. They offer pieces for every occasion, but their cardigans and sweaters are just SO GOOD.
2. Diamond Initial Necklace, $298 For the MOST special woman in your life – this necklace is so dainty and B E A U T I F U L. You’d score some major brownie points with this one!
3 & 4. Marble Lounge Sweatshirt, $45 and Matching Joggers, $50 This might be the cutest lounge set we’ve ever laid our eyes on – a total must have for those Netflix & Chill kind of nights. PS matching shorts are also available!
5. Reversible Rose Gold Studs, $39 Reversible, you ask? Yes! Not feeling the pave crystals that day? Just flip them over and you’ve got a plain rose gold structural pyramid.
6. Faux Fur Pom Beanie, $44 This beanie comes with T W O detachable faux fur poms in ivory and warm grey. For the woman who loves to coordinate her accessories with her outfits – this one is for her!
7. aHead Headphones, $111 Not only are these at a lower price point than most of the wireless headphones out there – but the sound quality is amazing, the battery lasts for hours, and they are just SO stunning.
8. Leather Handbag, $240 R.Riveter – a brand we will forever love and support. Each handbag is crafted by military spouses here in the U.S. Perfect bag for a woman on the go!
For the Guys 2017
1. Duffel Bag, $85 How many of your husbands/boyfriends plan a guys’ weekend, pack the night before, only to find that the bags they own are too big or too small – and so they have to borrow yours? Yes, that weekender with the abstract print. Next year, you’ve got him covered. Herschel Supply Co. takes the trophy with their modern minimalism design and their ultra functional accessories.
2. Zip Front Jacket, $139 Classic Patagonia zip up – light weight and comfortable. Perfect to keep the man in your life warm with zero effort to keep things stylish! A definite W I N in our book!
3. The Time Teller, $73 To keep the gentleman in your life punctual. We know that folks are opting for smart watches lately, but we think a classic Nixon watch is necessary for more special occasions!
4. Mancrates, $20-$300 “Awesome gifts for men” is the Mancrates slogan. Awesome indeed – Mancrates offer curated boxes filled whatever your man is into – from sports to outdoors to booze. So if you’re having a difficult time choosing a gift – we think this will be a H I T!
5. Drone, $150 We’re likely adding to the never ending pile of gadgets the man in your life owns – but we think this gift is seriously SO COOL! It has a 1080P camera so images will be clear. This drone is perfect for beginners!
For the Kids 2017
1. Bandana Bibs, $16 The cutest drool bibs we ever did see! Not only will these bibs keep your kid’s stylish outfit drool free – but you can rest easy knowing that they are made of organic cotton.
2. Metallic Gold Deco Dandelion Blanket, $60 Look. Listen. We would like an adult version of this blanket because it is just so P R E T T Y! Aden + Anais is one of our favorite brands for baby bears, and this blanket is just an add to cart no brainer.
3. Playtime Pals Activity Chair, $129 Are you doing all the things, and need to keep your baby occupied? You need this activity chair from The Land of Nod. Plop your babe into the chair (keeping it on the floor, duh) and take that shower you haven’t taken in three days. Not only a gift for your child, but also for yourself. You’re welcome.
4. Stacking Toy, $27 We L O V E toys that spark curiosity and inspire creativity, and Fat Brain Toys take the cake. These tobbles will strengthen your child’s fine motor skills, coordination, and visual spatial skills.
5. Crochet Pom Pom Hat, $15 Fall is here, Winter is coming – and you need to keep the adorable baby of yours warm. We think this Bella Simone NYC beanie will do the trick, all the while keeping your baby super stylish.
6. Cuddle + Kind Doll, $48-$68 We saved the best present for last! Not only will your purchase bring joy to your own child, but you will also help fight childhood hunger. ONE DOLL = TEN MEALS. Isn’t that the most amazing thing you’ve heard? These dolls are of the highest quality and handmade by artisans in Peru – heirloom quality! These Cuddle + Kind dolls are not only good for the holidays, but amazing for shower gifts and birthday presents. Just sayin’.
For the Fur Baby 2017
1. Pet Portrait, $120-$200 Do you love your dog as much as we love ours? Then you or your dog loving family member or friend N E E D a whole wall dedicated to the little fur baby that romps around the house. Pop Your Pup artists turns your favorite photo of your pup into pop art. How fun is that? BTW – they also have shirts! So rocking a portrait of your pup all day, in public, CAN ACTUALLY HAPPEN!
2. Rescued Wine Candle, $28  A gift with purpose. The most obvious one is to keep your house smelling lovely – like your favorite wine, in fact! The folks at Rescued Wine repurpose wine bottles by hand pouring candles AND give back to animal rescue groups from portions of every sale. The gift that keeps on giving – we like it, and so will you!
3. Dog Treat Jar, $18 We love these Waggo dog treat jars because they add a pop of color to your countertop, but also keep Fido’s treats FRESH. A happy dog means…well, we don’t know because sass will always be given! #truestory We can’t with our own dogs 97.5% of the time.
4. Teepee, $40 THIS IS SO CUTE and we think it will look just adorable in your home. Think about how happy your pup would be to have his own space. If you don’t have a fur baby or a dog loving friend – we know they make teepees for human babies… or your grown self can snag one to relive childhood memories. PS A purchase of this teepee means supporting  a small business.
5. Dogeared Pouch, $24 “Be the person your dog thinks you are…” This canvas pouch is not only super handy – we can fit our everyday make up bits – but the pouch also provides a gentle reminder to the best person E V E R. Jury is still out on what Pogi, Waffles, and Stella (our dogs) think about us – but we can only hope good things!
6. Dog Toy Bin, $16 To keep all of the dog toys organized! This cute bin from the ED Ellen DeGeneres line come in a variety of sizes and colors.

 

We hope our Holiday Gift Guide gives you some great ideas for the most important people and pups in your life.
We’d love to hear what you think!
xo,
Kim
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DIY: World Market Antique Frame

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Safe to say that my master bedroom got pushed to the end of the list when my husband and I bought our home well over a year ago. The main living spaces are furnished & I thought maybe it’s time to show these bedroom walls some love (pun intended ;)). So, to World Market I went. I was immediately drawn to their large antique frames but for how simple they were, I couldn’t justify spending $17 a pop. I’m cheap sometimes, okay, I know.

Moral of the story? I made them my-damn-self.

Not only is this project ridiculously cheap, but so easy. The best part? Each frame cost about $1 to make. How you ask? The biggest junk drawer known to man – the dollar store. Their 11×14 simple black frames sell for $1 so I swiped a few right up! Then just grabbed some duct tape & rope and wham! New bedroom decor is here to stay.

 

I hope you found this hack to be worth seeing and doing! Maybe there will be more dollar store hacks to come! Oh God… that just sounds like I’m on the path to hoarders anonymous.

If hanging above a bed, crib or common lounge area please be sure to use reinforcements & not just duct tape when hanging. Do remember this is a quick & cheap fix.

xo,
Kate
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You Gotta Know!

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The Holidays are among us! We want to share with you the BEST Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals so you can check off that little (by that, we mean huge) Christmas shopping list!

Our fave beauty brands have a ton going on.

Catrice Cosmetics

On Black Friday, they are offering any F I V E products for just $20 AND free shipping. This sale just SCREAMS stocking stuffers!

On Cyber Monday? Spin their virtual wheel to receive a surprise deal – can be anything from free shipping to 50% off your purchase!

Anastasia Beverly Hills

This is one we will be setting our alarms for!

On Cyber Monday, select glow kits will be FORTY PERCENT off at Ulta! Marking them down from $40 to just $24.

Bobbi Brown

It’s kind of embarrassing how excited we are for this one!

On Cyber Monday, Nordstrom is going to be off the chain (YUP, we went there) for Bobbi Brown fans. You’ll be able to snag Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Foundation for just $35, usually it is $50!  Another Bobbi Brown fave that will be part of Nordy’s Cyber Monday? Their Long Wear Gel Liner – marked down from $28 to just $17.50!

MAC

Not only is Nordys doing it big with Bobbi Brown on Cyber Monday, but you’ll also see some major MAC deals! MAC’s Brush Kit – the Anniversary Look in a Box Brush Kit – will be available (online only) for just $37.12. Marked down from $49.50! Can we say STEAL?!

Sweaty Betty

I don’t know if it’s just me being cheap or what, BUT Sweaty Betty is a brand that I regularly stalk on Insta, always tell myself I’m going to buy those bum-sculpting leggings, enter every single giveaway they host and then … I don’t buy a damn thing. But hey! They are pricey! I know, I know, they are worth it, right? I mean they have to be. So when I heard Sweaty Betty is doing a 25% off SITEWIDE sale starting the day before Thanksgiving – ALL I COULD THINK IS THAT I CAN FINALLY SIT AT THE COOL TABLE.

Spanx

7 months PP & Spanx are still in my regular rotation (and by regular, I mean every single day that I leave the house). Spanx is one of those brands that do not necessarily mark down their staple pieces on the reg, BUT for Black Friday they are offering 20% off E V E R Y T H I N G (plus free shipping)! I’m jumping for joy – well, squatting for joy. In hopes that one day, I won’t have to wear Spanx ever again – a girl can dream.

Hope these deals help you pinch those pennies!

xo,
Kate
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