Have a Beautiful Weekend

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Do or Don’t: t-shirt dreses

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In my mission to be as no-fuss as possible, I’ve noticed a trend happening. That’s right! T-shirt dresses. Like you’re everyday shirt dress, but..made out of t-shirt material.

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I really like the fun look of this one.

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I personally love the look. What do you Think?

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Have a wonderful (spring) weekend!

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Better care for better hair

I’ve been having major issues with my hair recently- the dryness, the unmanageability, tangles, knots, the whole gamut. If you have kinky hair, you know how it is. Taking 3  hours out of my day was not worth it. Not to mention the breakage that had occurred.

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Aside from that, I had been cutting my hair all the time, but irregardless, whenever tangles and knots set it it’s time for a trim. So before I succumbed to shaving all of my hair off and calling it a day, I decided to invest in salon quality product. Store brands are good and all, but they still left my hair dry by the end of the week.

I’ve been hearing rave reviews about Moroccan Oil (now the most valuable item in the bathroom) claiming that it’s even great on kinky hair, so I decided to give it a try, along with a moisture replenishing shampoo.

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Since I have very dry, tightly coiled hair, i can’t afford to skimp on products and I want to get more bang for my buck. The great thing about salon brands is that a little goes a long way, even on thick hair.

Since I had cut my hair short, yet again, I decided to test out my new products. I still seek length so I threw out my old hair dryer and invested in a hood dryer and a good diffuser hair dryer, for touch ups.

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Once my hair gets past a certain length, tangles are more prone to happen, so since cutting my hair, it makes it not only manageable, but less of a hassle to deal with.

So, I basically I washed my hair with Elucence Moisture Balancing Shampoo ( I clarify if needed with an apple cider vinegar rinse.  Next, I apply the Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask and leave it on for about 20 minutes with a warm cloth (the directions say just 10 minutes, but since I have low-porosity hair, the heat helps to open up the hair’s cuticle).

Once I rinse that out, I apply a the Intense Hydrating Styling cream. This is where it gets trickly. Since my hair is so tightly curled, I do the shingle method which you can learn more about here.

Put my hair in chunky two strand twists and let dry under the hooded dryer.  Once my hair cools, I take it out, then that’s it!

If I need to stretch out my curls, I simply take the hand dryer with the concentrator nozzle ( I don’t care for the diffuser) and on the lowest setting, apply the tension method.

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I really don’t worry about it looking perfectly curly because that takes too much time and besides I like the no fuss curly fro look :) The most important thing is that my hair stays softer and moisturized longer.

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Simple Irish Nachos

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Normally my New Year’s resolution to solely eat vegetarian is broken by St. Patrick’s Day, but I simply couldn’t resist this recipe for Irish Nachos by Cooking with Curls.

Although it’s quite delicious, it’s still healthier than the versions you would get at the pub. It’s pretty simple to make also and makes for a great party dish.

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 Pounds russet potatoes (cleaned, and sliced 1/4 inch thick)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves (crushed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves (crushed)
  • sea salt & fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 – 5 Slices uncured, nitrate free, thick-sliced bacon (cooked and chopped) or you can use turkey bacon, like I did
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • pico de gallo, salsa, or diced tomatoes (optional)
  • 2 minced green onions
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves

To Make:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Wash and dry potatoes, leaving skin on.

Slice potatoes into 1/4 inch rounds and place in large bowl.

Drizzle olive oil, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper on the potato slices. Stir to combine.

Place potatoes, in a single layer, on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, turn over, and continue baking for an additional 20 minutes.

Remove potatoes from baking sheet and place on a flat-sided cast iron skillet, slightly overlapping the edges.

Sprinkle with cheese and bacon, and return to the oven for 3 to 4 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted.

Sprinkle with green onions and cilantro, and serve with Greek yogurt or sour cream.

Enjoy!

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Spring inspiration on a budget

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If I haven’t said it before, spring is my favorite season (other than fall). From the colors to the inspirational patterns to the flowers and weather, it’s perfect.

I also sometimes like to go shopping at yard sales for inspirational finds that are super inexpensive.This weekend, I found an $8 tiki table and a folding chair for $3, plastic aridondack chairs for 25 cents each and fairy lights for 50 cents.

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So, I headed to Target( my favorite store) and purchased a couple of small jars from their Devine Color collection and got to painting!

With a few more added  pieces, it all came together. It was a small job, but really added lots of color.

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Folding chair (right) in “Devine Primrose” and table in “Devine Pond“.

I also found a really cute dress for $1.

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If you aren’t into the idea hunting yard sales for bargains, I suggest you do. Sometimes what you are looking for most is right there and for much less.

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Have a beautiful weekend

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Do or don’t: Jumpsuits

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How do you feel about the jumpsuit trend? Personally, I love it? It’s the best way to to simply pull yourself together without having to figure out a pant and shirt combo. I especially love this one for a get up and go look.

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Flamingo

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I’m not really sure why, but flamingos remind me of the spring. I remember when I was a little girl in Miami, seeing them everywhere. They’re very rare and beautiful creatures, so I decided to do a quick watercolor sketch!

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Woven Wall Hangings

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I noticed a trend that is vastly becoming ever popular- that’s right! Woven wall hangings. These charming tapestry design add instant charm to any room. I’ve never weaved before, but I’d like to learn how to make my own, which beats paying a $100 for one.

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I like the southwestern homey accents that add instant coziness and traditional appeal to any home.

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What do you think about them.

These places sell them if you’re interested:

Urban Outfitters

MWTTextile Designs

One Kings Lane

Or you can make one yourself!

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