Monday, July 28

Hair Care: Another Giveaway!

From top left, clockwise: Bumble&Bumble Mending Shampoo & Conditioner,
Moroccanoil, Trader Joe's Coconut Body Butter, Arvazallia Hydrating Mask,
The Wet Brush

I've been busy the last couple days getting ready for and throwing my friend's baby shower, so I've slacked on posts. I'm looking forward to sharing a few DIY decorations with you tomorrow! For now, a look inside my beauty bag.

My hair routine has always been really low maintenance. Although I'm jealous of girls with long super shiny super smooth effortless-looking beach waves, I've never been able to master it. How is that even achievable anyway? Perhaps I've drawn a short stick with coarser-than-average hair. Don't get me wrong, I love my hair. But growing up it was a different story. I had a pretty long awkward hair phase. I think I went a year or two in high school without taking it out of a ponytail, because I just didn't know how to care for it. It's taken some heavy experimentation over the years to find the right products to tame my mane. My hair used to be unmanageably frizzy. It's naturally curly, but I've been coloring it regularly since 2006 & I think that has relaxed it - I have to work for the curl these days (I was dark red when I started the blog, if you'd like to sift through old posts).

Anyway, these are some of my favorite products (I also threw in my favorite post-shower body lotion - a must try!). They've been doing wonders for me and I'm happy to suggest them to anybody that feels like they need a bit of a hair overhaul. I'm not fancy - I mostly let my hair dry naturally, occasionally I'll blow it out, and if I'm going to wear it curled I use my flat iron to make the ringlets. I've never been good with a curling iron.

Today, I want to introduce you to the Wet Brush.

The last time I had my hair done, my stylist was telling me about her latest product find at a hair show: the Wet Brush. This thing is really lightweight (I'm used to a much heavier brush), so it was surprising to me how well it glides through my coarse hair - wet or dry. I wrote about the brush on Makeoverly (read the post here). The creators advertise this brush as the miraculous Wet Brush: "With its unique IntelliFlex™ bristles, the Wet Brush runs effortlessly through hair, detangling without pulling or tugging. There’s no pain, no tears–whether the hair is wet from the shower or dry; curly or straight; thick or fine." The bristles don't look much different from those on my old hairbrush, maybe a little thinner and more flexible. They feel great on my scalp, though, and they do manage to detangle without pulling. No more hair breakage, yay! They also offer a Shine brush, with added bristles that distribute natural oils through the hair shaft. I haven't tried out that version yet, but I would love to!

I'm thrilled to announce that I've teamed up with Wet Brush to spread the hair love on to you guys. They sent me the original Wet Brush to give away to one of my readers! It's such a pretty purple color. I'm excited to give back to you, I appreciate all of your support for Fait Boum. Use the entry form at the bottom of this post. Entry is limited to readers in the United States, and remember you can enter daily until the giveaway ends, on August 12th at midnight. The winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter. Good luck guys!

P.S. There are still a few days to enter the Skull Ring Giveaway, so get on it if you're interested!

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Tuesday, July 22

Owl About the Print

ModCloth dress, shoes, socks / Céline bag / Toda Moda accessories / Warby Parker sunnies

Today, I'm reviving this adorable flutter back owl printed dress from ModCloth. Perhaps a nod to Miami Fashion Week Swim with the bright orange hue. (Wish I were there!) I think it's going on three years old, but it hasn't had very much wear in the last two. It's probably the prettiest print I own, and today the sheer sleeve was peeking out of my closet begging for a little fresh air. How could I say no? I've paired it with my new ModCloth booties and ruffle socks (they are so comfy!) as well as my latest splurge - this classic Céline tote.

The sapphire ring was my mother's, and my grandmother's before that. Something I hope to pass along to someone else someday. I'm usually wearing a ring from my beau, but I dropped it off at the jewelers to have it resized. To clarify, we aren't engaged yet - his ring was a gift, I suppose they call it a promise ring. My hand has felt a little naked without it, so I've been rocking the mom-ring.

Tomorrow, I get to escape the heat (sort of) for a mini stay-cation with day drinks at a local resort pool with a couple of my favorite ladies. I'm sure I'll be snapping a few Instagram pics throughout the day. Then it's prep time for our friend's baby shower this weekend! I can hardly believe July is almost over. Where has the time gone?!

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Monday, July 21

The Short of It

Tis' the season for crop tops and cutoffs. I've trolled the web to bring together a few of my favorites for you. Happy Monday!

Toda Moda top / One Teaspoon cutoffs (similar here) / off brand sunnies (similar here)

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Saturday, July 19

Warby Parker Eyewear

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This post contains sponsored links from Warby Parker, all opinions are my own.

I'm so excited to introduce you guys to Warby Parker, my newest affiliate. This is an eyewear company started by students. Via Warby Parker: "The eyewear industry is dominated by a single company that has been able to keep prices artificially high while reaping huge profits from consumers who have no other options. We started Warby Parker to create an alternative." I can get behind that. And for every pair sold, a donation is made to an organization that provides eye exams for people in underdeveloped countries. I can get behind that too.

They offer a free Home Try On program. Simply hop over to their site, pick five frames you love (from rX frames to sunnies, in men's or women's styles), and they'll send them out to you in a couple days. You get to try them on at home, dress them up, dress them down, see what feels right, then simply return them in the same box with the included shipping label. It was a piece of cake, and the whole process was actually a lot of fun. There's no obligation to buy, but I think I'm sold on the Finch.

So let's be honest here, my "before" frames are from Costco, I've had them for years, and I've run into two different 80 year old ladies with the same pair. I need a new pair, but I've procrastinated getting an eye exam (which I usually have done at Costco). I've never taken the time to find a great frame that perfectly fits my face. As much as I love playing dress up, I usually hate trying frames on in the store.

#1: Chamberlain, in Saddle Sage
These frames have a subtle spark of whimsy with their brown and sage colorblocking.

#2: Finch, in Violet Magnolia
These have a little heart next to them because they're my first impression favorite. I really like the unique take on tortoise print, and I love the slight rise of the frame almost hinting at a cat eye.

#3: Mallory, in Gimlet Tortoise
The tortoise of the Mallory frames is a hint lighter & greener (hence the color verbage 'gimlet', I suppose...clever). I like these as well, but for an everyday option I think the frames are just a bit too large, even though I have an oversized eyewear fetish.

#4: Ormsby, in English Oak
No complaints about these. They're simple in a good way, yet have a pretty amber wood grain to them. I get the feeling each Warby Parker design has a lot of careful thought put into it. A great choice for summer, especially with the quality dark tint.

#5: Quimby, in Absinthe
A fab transluscent green on these frames. I love their shape: round, big, and somehow they seem proportioned perfectly for my face. How do they do it?

I'm officially a fan! I'd love to hear which frames you like best, I'll probably get myself a pair in a week or two. And I totally recommend trying their Home Try On program. Even if you don't intend on buying a new pair of glasses right away, it's a nice way to test out a few different styles at home, so you can figure out which style you feel most comfortable wearing. Also! I just wanted to throw in a little shout out to Elsie & Emma over at A Beautiful Mess & their new photo editing app Party!Party! That's what I used to shoot all the photos for this post, it was worth every penny.

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Friday, July 18

Enfin, C'est Vendredi!

Forever21 top, One Teaspoon cutoffs, H&M sandals

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Happy Friday everyone! It's been a good, productive week for me in Palm Springs. I did some organizing and put some fresh flowers around the house. My workout/craft space is finally de-cluttered and ready for some decorations. I'll post the before & after with a few design tips when the room is finished. For now, if you're curious, you can see the work in progress on Facebook. I read #GIRLBOSS cover to cover, and it was fabulous. I've been a Nasty Gal fiend since their early dot-com days, and it's too cool to hear the story behind the brand. Highly recommend the book! It's especially en pointe for all of us blogging entrepreneurs. We put up a hummingbird feeder in our yard, and I was able to snap a picture of our new little buddy. He's so territorial over his nectar. Since he found it, he's pretty much sat in the nearby tree 24/7 on the lookout for other unsuspecting hummingbirds trying to stop by for a drink. Whenever they get close, he dives for them and chases them into another yard. Then back to his watch post. I think we'll have to get a second feeder for the other side of the house, so there's a bit more nectar to go around. Silly birds. It's also been a tremendously exciting week for me personally in the bloggersphere. That's all I will say for now... except, thank you all for reading and following along. It's been a pleasure meeting a few of you and finding cool new blogs that I can follow.

If you haven't entered the skull ring giveaway, there's still time! And if you have entered, you can still earn extra entries each day by tweeting (sounds a little annoying, but it helps to spread the word about Fait Boum, so I'm really grateful to those who have). The giveaway ends July 31st, winner is chosen at random by Rafflecopter. Enter here. And I get to host another giveaway from a new affiliate very soon! I'm excited about this one!

Enjoy the weekend, loves!

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