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Oil Treatment for Hair Growth and Moisture:

I asked if y’all on IG stories if you wanted a post about the oil treatment I do and most said yes so here it is:

First, my treatment is YELLOW in real life, I photoshopped it pink for the aesthetics of this photo. If you have blonde hair, it can make your hair yellow over time. To combat yellowing, I always wash this out with purple drops added to my favorite shampoo. You can use store-bought purple shampoo if you want too. Keep in mind though, most purple shampoos contain sulfates, parabens, and other gunk you don’t want in your hair.

For maximum results do this every week. Sometimes I do it at the beach, braid it, and let the heat from the sun warm it to really penetrate my hair shaft for maximum results. Doing it at the beach will also protect your hair from salt air. Otherwise, I do it before bed and sleep with it. I cover it with a shower cap and a turbie-twist to trap in the oil. The heat from my scalp helps the oil to penetrate the scalp and shaft. I always use an applicator bottle because it’s easier to section the hair and apply the oil but you can use any old shampoo bottle!

Here’s how to make the oil:

Start with a 6oz applicator bottle and add ingredients. I use organic and pure ingredients and I highly suggest you do as well. The higher quality the ingredients you use, the better the results will be.

  • 3oz black castor oil. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties make it beneficial against folliculitis, dandruff and scalp infections and its ricinoleic acid content help increase circulation to the scalp and improve hair growth.
  • 1oz avocado oil. The fat content, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and minerals also make a great ingredient for your hair and skin. Avocado oil hair can help tame frizz while promoting growth, shine, and more.
  • 1oz heated coconut oil. Full of protein, and small enough to penetrate deep into the hair shaft, coconut oil is also antibacterial and antimicrobial and very nourishing. It is especially high in the C12 chain of MCFAs known as Lauric Acid. The vitamins and essential fatty acids naturally found in coconut oil nourish the scalp and help to remove sebum build-up from hair follicles which can prevent hair loss. However, people with coarse curly hair may not have positive results from coconut oil because adding protein to hair not lacking in protein can cause hair to become too stiff and break. I personally do have curly hair which is why this recipe is low in coconut oil.
  • 1oz olive oilRich in vitamins A, E, and antioxidants, olive oil helps protect the keratin in hair and seals in moisture.
  • 20-30 drops of organic peppermint or lavender (or both) essential oil. Peppermint and Lavender are both known to stimulate hair growth because of the increase blood circulation to the scalp when applied through massage.
  • Shake to mix thoroughly.
How to Apply the Treatment:
  • Apply to towel-dried hair for best results. If you need to, you can apply to dry hair too however, towel dried hair has an open cuticle and will absorb more of the treatment oil. (Don’t apply to soaking wet hair as it will get everywhere and won’t absorb very well.)
  • Gently comb hair to remove tangles.
  • Part hair and begin to apply generously directly to the scalp.
  • Continue parting hair 1″ apart from the previous parting and applying more oil.
  • Repeat this until all of your scalp has been coated with the oil mixture.
  • Due to the high concentration of castor oil, this oil will be thick and sticky.
  • Flip your hair upside down and massage your scalp vigorously for 5 minutes while upside down. 
  • Distribute the oil on your hands from the message onto your ends.
  • Use a boar bristle brush to distribute oil down the lengths of your hair. (I keep a separate brush just for this.)
  • Cover with shower cap and turbie-twist. (I do use a disposable shower cap because it’s super thin and easier to sleep in. I reuse it over and over until it’s full of holes or the elastic isn’t working anymore because #refusesingleuse. But, I found a cute reusable one that you wouldn’t need a turbie-twist with here and I’m going to order it too!
  • In the morning shampoo it out with your favorite shampoo and condition it. Style as normal.
  • As I mentioned above, this treatment can make blonde hair yellow over time so to combat this, use purple drops in your favorite shampoo or regular purple shampoo.

Not part of this post, but I also have been taking Halo Beuty (the pink pills below) and I’m noticing my pores becoming smaller and my under-eye bags are less noticeable. This isn’t sponsored but I knew someone would ask about them so I wanted to mention!

Thank you for reading!

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What to Wear in The South of France:

You may know that I am heading to Europe in August for my friend Elizabeth’s wedding. So, I wanted to put together a guide for What to wear in The South of France and of course Italy which is where the wedding is. I am so excited! Lately, I’ve been scouring Pinterest for outfit inspiration from Bridget Bardot and Jane Birkin, two of my style icons. Some of the things that continually surface are basket bags and gingham! Both are super trendy right now and favorites of mine so I couldn’t be more thrilled. Some items I’ve already purchased for the trip are this dress and these loafers. These loafers were a little tight at first but after a couple wears they fit perfectly and don’t slip off! The breathable sole is perfect for touring cobblestone streets and the stain proof coating will protect the white patent leather from spaghetti drips!

Make sure you check the widget below as well because I’ve linked a bunch of other items I’ve picked up for the trip I know you’ll love!

Keywords I kept in mind while shopping for this trip are comfortable, feminine, classic, light, neutral, timeless, and sexy! I know it’s early to be sharing but I know some items will sell out so I wanted to post this now for you.

Thank you for reading!

Dress: Forever 21. Loafers: GEOX, (SALE)
Bag: Hardware Los Angeles. Hat: Amazon.
Shades: Zero UV.

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Kier Couture by Kier - 5d ago
Paper Bag Pants:

As My euro-trip looms closer (it’s really not that close) all I can think of is what I’m going to wear… shocking right? Just kidding. Anyway, paper bag pants and shorts are super in this summer and I am into it. Like, tell me this doesn’t remind you of some 60’s supermodel in Saint Tropez. I mean, it’s so perfect. So, when I saw these pants I had to have them! I’m wearing a small for your size reference. Paired with a gingham bra top and super comfy slides, I could spend all summer in this outfit.

It’s definitely going in my suitcase come August 14!

Are you going anywhere this summer?

Pants: J.O.A. also here. Top: Forever 21. (similar)
Shoes: Sam Edelman. Bag: unavailable now.

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Vitamin A Swimwear:

If you’re looking for flattering, stylish suits that will last for years and are made by a responsible company, look no further. Vitamin A swimwear is a brand I’ve been wearing for so long and have always loved. Vitamin A did send me this suit, but this post isn’t paid. I just genuinely love their suits and company and I have for years. Not only are they stylish and well fitted but they have different top and bottom styles to flatter every body shape and preference. This particular suit is perfect for moms who don’t want to show their stomach or just for girls like me who love the vintage appeal. The fact that they add ruching and a higher cut hip makes this bottom current and not your grandma’s suit!

Plus, Vitamin A bikinis and bodysuits are designed and produced locally in California with exceptional attention to detail. Each suit created in their signature EcoLux fabric- a technically and environmentally superior luxe fabric, made from recycled nylon.

Responsible:

As you know, I am very committed to using my platform to make a change for good in this world. My biggest issues, of course, are single-use plastics and ocean conservation. In addition to their signature EcoLux fabric, Vitamin A recently launched a collection made from recycled bottles. Twenty-Five percent of the profits from the new Sustainable Sea collection, available exclusively at Everything But Water will benefit 5 Gyres Institute. The 5 Gyres Institute is an organization committed to ending the global health crisis of plastic pollution in our seas. (Just like me!) So not only are these suits beautiful, durable and well made, but they’re also reducing production of new synthetic fabrics.

I want to add that I have met the female founder of Vitamin A, Amahlia Stevens, she is fabulous and passionate and I support her and her mission so much. I truly urge you to start supporting brands that are being responsible and making the world better, not worse.

Thank you for reading,

Suit: Vitamin A, c/o. Top, Bottom.
Earrings: Forever 21.

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Tropical Parrot Print:

How perfect was this shoot? Parrots and parasols and picket fences, oh my! If you can’t tell, little tie tops and high-waisted bottoms are having a moment and I am HERE FOR IT! Give me allllll the vintage vibes! This little set from Forever 21 would be perfect for a little vacation to The Don Cesar. But I thought it worked perfectly with this mural in Delray Beach too! I mean… How serendipitous, am I right?

Fun fact: I have a legit parrot phobia! Hahahahaha, you’d never know it by this shoot though huh? The weird thing about phobias is that they aren’t logical. Like, I know most likely, parrots aren’t going to attack me, but I had a few bad experiences and now I shudder whenever I see a parrot in real life! That doesn’t stop me from wearing them tho!  What are you afraid of??

 

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(Wearing a medium in the top and a small in the bottom
but I should have gotten a medium!)

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Laser Crown Lengthening:

Last week I had Laser Crown Lengthening done by Craig Spodak at Spodak Dental in Delray Beach. I’m so happy with the results even though it was only the first small step in a multi-step process.

My Teeth have always bothered me. I think I had all my adult teeth by 7 years old and around that time I fell off a bike and chipped my front tooth pretty badly. I had it bonded and forgot about it until I was around 18. Bonding discolors over time and mine was starting to become very dark. The dentist who did my bonding at 18 made the shape very ugly, I had a small gap between my front and next tooth and she tried to fill it by making my front tooth bell out. I was SUPER unhappy. I had it redone, then the shape was fine but the color was not right. There were a few replacements like this, either the shape or color was wrong for the last 10 years.

Eventually, I was told that to make them how I wanted them, I would need veneers. I have always been against veneers. I don’t judge anyone who has them, but for me, it just sounded terrifying. Grinding down your teeth into nubs and what if the veneer falls off? I had seen what they look like if they fall off and it’s not a good look.

A Gummy Smile

Besides the bonding, I have a “gummy smile” which ALWAYS bothered me. My whole family has perfectly straight, big beautiful teeth and I got these little square crooked teeth. It seemed so unfair! Most people told me they didn’t notice my gums. Maybe because I trained myself to smile smaller. To keep my lip down and to not laugh or smile too hard. I even went through a phase where I covered my mouth when I would smile or laugh. Once, I was featured on a gossip site and it said,

“This girl has no style, no class and gums you notice from across the room”

Like OUCH! The line about my style and class didn’t phase me at all because I know that’s just not true, but the gums line definitely hit me hard. I went for a consultation at a periodontist the next week. He told me that I wasn’t a candidate for gingivectomy (shaving my gums up either with a laser or scalpel.) He said that I would have to have surgery to ensure they don’t grow back, that the recovery would be brutal and on top of that, it would cost $3,600. So that was a no for me.

My next move was to try botox. I had heard that you could use it to relax the muscles you use to smile. This would allow you to smile without your upper lip receding back high enough to show your gums. I decided to try it. Botox worked and I loved it but it only lasted a few weeks and made talking and eating kind of a challenge.

FED UP!

After trying all this I began to talk about my issues with my smile on my Instagram stories. I was fed up with photoshopping my bonding white and nixing a photo because too much of my gums showed. My now current dentist Dr. Craig Spodak saw my stories and suggested I come in for a consultation. I was pretty sure I’d be told I have to get veneers which I was finally starting to accept. Instead, though, he told me he could fix the bonding, laser my gums, and we could do Invisalign to complete the overall appearance of my smile. He said my teeth are starting to point outward witch not only isn’t aesthetically pleasing but it also makes them look shorter. Therefore, straightening them out will also help them to look longer and bigger as well as be healthier because they won’t wear on one another.

Moving Forward:

We agreed to work together on this and move forward on the first step! (Obviously) The lasering process was painless. I was numbed up with a topical gel for a few minutes and then with a shot which I didn’t feel. I was given glasses to protect my eyes and a mirror to be able to hold up and check progress. (not while the lasering was taking place.) Once he lasered a little I held up the mirror and checked! Millimeters have never made such a difference. We continued until the front two were done, the second on the right and the third on the left (your view) were done.

Truly, just evening out my tooth line and creating more of an arch on top has improved my smile so much. I feel like the photos don’t really show the real transformation because I’m so used to smiling small that you can’t see how much of my gums would have shown if I’d have smiled fully.

I’m so happy with the results of this step and am looking forward to showing you all the entire process. The Invisalign will take about 6 months and I’ll be starting that soon! (He may want to redo the bonding after Invisalign too but we’ll see.) I like that Dr. Craig Spodak does a little at a time and tries his best to keep the natural teeth. I like my teeth (if the front wasn’t chipped ) and I want to look like me, not like a whole new person. I’m really happy I get to keep my natural teeth, look like me, but just improved. Dr. Spodak says he likes to do as minimal dentistry as possible to achieve the desired effect. Not only is this good for your teeth, but it’s good for your wallet.

See below for before and after images.

Top: Before any work
Bottom: After crown lengthening.

Update 6/26:

I had my bonding redone last week. I still see a dark area but that is because of a combination of my teeth between shades as well as the positioning of my other tooth causing a shadow. After Invisalign, we will be able to reevaluate and fix again or consider doing porcelain veneers on the two front teeth. Make sure you follow along on Instagram Stories to see my progress with Invisalign.

Top: Before any work
Bottom: After crown lengthening and bonding.

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Tretorn Metallic Sneakers:

Loving these new Tretorn Metallic Sneakers. They also come in white-ish pink which are so adorable! I definitely recommend sizing up a half size though!

Skirt: BCBG (old). Top: Beach Bunny Swim.
Sneakers: Tretorn, c/o.

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LA for the Weekend:

Jacques and I traveled to LA for the weekend to see Taylor Swift perform at the Rose Bowl. It was an epic show, I cried, danced, laughed, screamed and just loved every minute of it. Since my good friend Elizabeth lives so near the venue she and her fiance graciously invited us to stay with them. I understand now why they call the Rose Bowl “The Rose Bowl”. The roses were in bloom everywhere one looked! It was how I imagine the English countryside would be.

We hit The Grove quickly so I could pick up the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder that everyone RAVES about and so far, I can see why! I’m obsessed with using it to set under my eyes and it’s not as expensive as I thought it would be (under $40). After shopping, we had lunch at Cafe Midi and then also found a new little French Cafe nearby on La Brea. If you’re in LA, make sure you stop by La Tropezienne and get a croissant or two. I wore this little belted bell-sleeve dress I picked up from Forever21.com. I’ve also seen it in pink on another retailer’s site so I linked both for you below. Photos thanks to Jacques Theraube.

Thank you for reading,

Dress: Forever 21. (also in pink here.)
Shoes: Gucci. Pendant Necklace: Amazon.
Bag: Vintage Chanel. Lashes: Ardell 113.

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Ming Ray:

I recently discovered Ming Ray, this quirky handbag line. If you love unique feminine designs, you need to check them out. I especially love their crystal-embellished butterfly designs. All their bags are gorgeous and not something you see every day. Each bag is truly a work of art. I got so many compliments on this bag, and it’s one of their most conservative styles. If you like this bag, you’ll love the rest of their designs!

I’m also wearing my new favorite jeans by Mott & Bow. At first, when I tried these on I thought they were too tight, but they quickly molded to my body (and booty) perfectly. The snug fit ensures they never stretch out or look saggy. Dark indigo wash is super in right now, especially with the classic stitching you see here. These are a medium rise which is perfect for my long torso and for just around $100, the price is right! They also make men’s jeans so check them out for you and bae!

Thank you for reading,

Top: Marshall’s Men’s. Jeans: Mott and Bow, c/o.
Shoes: Christian Louboutin. Bag: Ming Ray, c/o.
Belt: Target. Bracelet: Hèrmes.

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