Sunday, March 22, 2015

Weekends & Weddings

I've been trying to post a weekend update each week but I skipped last week so I'm going to play catch up with this post.

Oh, my little glamour girl. I know I've mentioned it before but my daughter is such a girly girl and I love every. single. bit of it. Here she is with her o.o.t.d. including a fur vest, Gucci shirt, J. Crew flats, and a Givenchy handbag. Can I just mention that I don't even own anything Gucci myself?
A local bakery is going out of business so we had to stop in for a famous smiley face cookie (last) Friday.

Then (last) Saturday my friend, A & I took a road trip to Philly to go dress shopping with our friend, H who is getting married in October. 
This wasn't the dress she choose but it was a contender and she did say "yes" to the dress that day! Her dress is so sweet, so simple, and so her style. Perfection.

This Friday was a crazy one. Aubrey gave me a run for my money and she got into all kinds of trouble- trouble that included risking a major head injury several times. This girl loves to climb and scare the crap out of her mother. 

Saturday was just another "Wedding Saturday." I tried on bridesmaid dresses for H's wedding. The bridal party will be wearing champagne dresses in a chiffon material; but she was sweet enough to let us choose the style we want. There were a lot of really pretty options but I opted for a dress with straps because it felt more comfortable. I always feel like I need to adjust myself when I wear a strapless dress. Plus, the back of this dress is so beautiful that I couldn't pass it up. 

After picking my dress, it was time to dress shop for my other best friend, A who is getting married just one month after H!

This was the first dress that she tried on and while it was very pretty, she ended up going with dress #2. Her dress is stunning and so perfect for her in every way. 

So there you have it- I spent the last two weekends dress shopping with my two best friends. Pretty great month so far. There are so many fun events to look forward to this year that I could just burst- and that's an understatement. 

I had some time to myself on Saturday to do some shopping- this never happens so I took full advantage and hit as many stores as I could before our appointment at the bridal shop. I tried on a bunch of clothes because trying on clothes is a luxury now that I have a toddler in tow most of the time and as luck would have it- I ended up with nothing! I couldn't find a single article of clothing that I liked. Granted, I was in a bit of a rush and I only looked in Marshalls and TJ Maxx but I still can't believe that I couldn't find at least one top. I have certain stores that I can always find clothes in (J. Crew, Gap, and Old Navy) and I'm starting to realize that they are my safe zone. Sure a good trendy outfit is fun here and there but in reality I'm just more of a classics kind of girl. 

I did manage to pick up a few things for the house and I found two really pretty spring/summer polishes that I can't wait to get on my fingers: 
Essie- Hard to Get
Ciate- Sweet Pea

Does that ever happen to you? It seems like when you go out hoping to buy/find something you end up with nothing and then on the flip side, when you least expect it, you end up having to make decisions as to what you really love/need/want.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Let's Talk Hair

I've been in a total hair care rut and I've been using the same products for what seems like forever now. I just don't have the time to check out new products when I'm out shopping with a toddler like I used to so I've been sticking to my old favorites. Don't get me wrong my old favorites are great but sometimes you just want to try something new. 

When it comes to my hair I really don't splurge too much, drugstore brands are where it's at. I've always loved the way Aussie products make my hair feel and I think that they smell great too. I use their "Aussome Volume" shampoo, 3 Minute Miracle conditioner, "Aussome Volume" mousse, and their Mega hairspray. On my ends I rotate between Garnier Marvelous Oil Color-Illuminate, FX Silk Drops, and FX Blow Out.

I was lucky enough to be chosen to try out the Dessange Vox Box via Target. I don't know about you but I've never heard of this brand before. So I did what any normal person would do, I googled them. 
Here's what I found:

"Dessange Paris, a hair care line established by stylist Jacques Dessange in 1954 and licensed by L’OrĂ©al to manufacture products in France and now in the U.S., is launching its debut masstige hair collection stateside in mid-September exclusively at Target." via

They are also the official hairdresser of Cannes Festival for 15+ years now. Pretty impressive, huh?

I was so eager to try these products but honestly, I wasn't expecting much of a difference. Like I said before, I'm perfectly happy with my drugstore hair products and honestly, I never really tried a salon brand product that was so impressive that I had to re-purchase it. I always felt like I could achieve the same results for less money with hair care. I'm sure lots of you reading this may disagree but everyone has their splurge items and for me, I'd rather drop my money on a good skin care product. 

Well ladies, I was blown. away. Seriously. First let's start with the Oleo Replenishing Shampoo, the texture is unlike any shampoo that I've ever used. It was kind of oily which made me nervous because I only wash my hair two, maybe three times a week. Well here I sit, writing this review with day 3 hair and I'm still golden. It left my hair sleeker and shinier than before and I love it. Oh and as a very important added bonus this stuff smells amazing! Again, it's really unlike any thing else out there in the market. It smells fresh, clean, rich, and well, luxurious. 

The Oleo Replenishing Conditioner was the second step in the process. I only use conditioner on the hair below my ears. Again, trying to stick with my washing routine. I mean who has time to wash their hair every day? I'll answer that for you: No one who has a toddler. Anyway, back to the review, the consistency was pretty normal for a conditioner, it was creamy and thicker but also a little oily. It definitely did it's job and it did it well, my hair was shiny and healthy looking after I blew it out. 

Finally, I tried the Oleo Miracle Replenishing Oil. Let me back track for a minute, once I blow my hair out I need to apply some sort of heat whether it's a straightening iron or a curling iron in order to not look like a lion who stuck their paw in an electrical outlet. I'll usually apply the FX Silk Drops after a blowout if I'm in a rush to smooth things out and it works pretty good BUT it's weighs my hair down a bit and my hair will not hold a curl once that stuff is used, even if it's the next day. 

I applied the Miracle Oil to the ends of my hair prior to blowing my hair out and this is where I fell in love with this product line. Again, the smell. I love that smell and the best part, it stays with your hair all day long. It smoothed out my frizzy ends and actually enhanced my waves without weighing them down. I didn't need to curl my hair because my waves remained in place and my hair was smooth. Now on the second day, my waves were limp after sleeping on them but I could easily curl my hair on day two and my hair held the curl all day. 

So in brief, do I love all of these products? Yes. 

Will I purchase any of them once I finish these bottles? Yes and maybe. I don't think I can live without the Miracle Replenishing Oil. The shampoo and conditioner, maybe. I'm not sure if they made a big enough difference to specifically seek them out but I do love the way they made my hair feel and I cannot get enough of that scent.

*I received these products for free from influenster via Dessange and Target for testing purposes. All opinions expressed here are my own and I promise to always be honest with my reviews regardless of whether they are free or purchased on my own.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Our Weekend

A couple of days late but here it is, a quick recap of our weekend!

On Saturday, we went the the Scranton Cultural Center and attended Dr. Seuss' Birthday Bash. They had a lot of fun activities for the kids. Aubrey was is awe between the mass amount of people, the characters, the decorations, and the breathtaking room that it was held in. She really enjoyed watching the play, Seussical that they performed at the end of the event. It was a lot of fun and if they have it again next year, we will definitely take her again. 

We were starving when we left the Birthday Bash so we got some lunch. We went to Coney Island Lunch. It's Scranton's oldest restaurant and my husband has been dying to get there and try it out so I'm happy we were finally got the experience it. We had their famous texas-wieners and fries. I thought they were ok but my husband really liked them and Aubrey just liked the fries. 

On Sunday, we were snowed in yet again! I'm so glad that we got out of the house on Saturday because it's been just about every weekend now this winter that we are snowed in. I got a lot of cleaning done and we made a yummy pasta dinner which was nice but I am SO over this winter crap. 

I can't tell you how jealous I am of all the people on my blog roll and IG that are wearing shorts and flip flops right now. Remember that movie where the two women swapped homes, I think it was called The Holiday? Yea, I'm thinking that sounds pretty good right about now. So, do you wanna build a snowman? Any takers?