Thursday, May 17, 2018

6 tips to swoon worthy hair

I've always had a love hate/relationship with my hair- more so hate until I could learn how to control it. At the age of 13 my straight hair became curly... and I mean SUPER curly and unruly. Since then, it's been a battle with humidity, styling products and torching my hair. I know a lot of you out there can relate- let's face it... humidity does nothing for ANY of us!
I've put together some tricks of the trade plus my own life savers for having lush hair. It's not something all of us are born with but we can sure make it seem that way.
1. Picking a stylist who has your best interest: This is the most important piece of advice I can give you. For example: you have very fragile, thin dark hair and you want platinum- a GOOD stylist will do a consultation and be completely honest with you and tell you why you should or shouldn't do this process- no matter the price tag. might be VERY disappointed after. My stylist, Melissa is incredible and I chose her for her book of business, reputation and her honesty with me- I know that she has my best interest at hand. Do your research!

2. Avoid shampooing your hair every day: This one was difficult for me because I felt like my hair would become fairly oily overnight. I'm usually an every other day girl or I try to do every 3 days if I can. I've learned to embrace the top knot and I found a great dry shampoo that didn't give me the "icky" feel. Try to use sulfate-free shampoo- sulfates can dry out your hair which could lead to breakage.
3. Try different techniques for thickening your hair: I know this one is typically a major issue for women because a lot of us aren't born with super thick strands and it can be frustrating to work with. I have thick hair but my hair strands are fine- which doesn't work in my favor always. A few tricks I learned to fake it: Use products that help with volume and try to blow it out with a round brush. Use hot rollers or a large curling iron after blow drying (do not straighten prior) - this gives the illusion to lush thick hair. Last but not least my easiest go to: hair can have these applied at a salon who specializes in them or you can buy the clip-ins. This adds instant volume and length and you can wear your hair- up down, topknot, braids- lots of versatility with this one.

4. Hair conscious diet: You are what eat- so make sure you're eating the right foods to help promote healthy hair. You should be eating foods with protein, vitamin C, Omega -3 fatty acids and zinc. This would include foods like almonds, blueberries, eggs, broccoli and salmon. There are hair vitamins also listed but I wouldn't just leave it at Biotin. I've listed the vitamin I use below and it can be found at Sephora.

5. Olaplex- the holy grail: One of the biggest changes in my hair has been the consistent use of Olaplex. My stylist introduced this product to me and it's been the ultimate game changer is the quality of my hair. Ask your stylist about Olaplex treatments and try to have them done every time you're in for your hair appointment. Olaplex helps combat damage done to hair and replenishes the protein structures and bonds giving your hair instant life again. They do sell Olaplex at Sephora but no.3 isn't the professional grade- however, I do recommend buying it and using it weekly to help maintain your hairs appearance.

6. Don't forget these hair care basics: use leave in conditioners, I use mine every time I wash my hair. I also apply product to help combat the damage from heat styling. My biggest tip is skip the hair tie- don't sleep in them... I made this mistake for so long and it caused severe breakage in my hair- even using the ones that claim to be breakage free- I typically wear a bobby pin, or you can try a loose braid. Satin pillow cases also help to prevent damage to your hair while sleeping. Try to limit your heat use- heat is the root of all evil but it's essential. Trying heat free hairstyle can save your strands tremendously!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Book Club: June

Hi friends! To switch is up and be super inclusive- I'm starting a book club series on the blog. Which I'm working to make interactive on my Facebook page and Instagram Stories ( You should follow me there @thehouseofbb if you're not already doing so) For each month I'll list a couple of books that I'm diving into- I read more than 1 book at once- it's okay if you don't, as we can have topics on  each individually.
For this months series I'm including:
1. The Nest, by Cynthia D' Aprix Sweeny.

A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult sibling and the fate shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives. Every family has it's problems. But even among the most troubled, the plumb family stands out spectacularly dysfunctional.
( I love dysfunction)
2. 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do, by Amy Morin
Kick bad mental habits and toughen yourself. Master strength; revolutionary new strategies that work for everyone from homemakers to soldiers and teachers to CEO's. Dont waste time feeling sorry for yourself. Don't give away your power. Don't shy away from change. Don't focus on things you can't control. Don't worry about pleasing everyone. Don't fear taking calculated risk. Don't dwell on the past.


Sunday, May 6, 2018

8 French Instagram accounts you need to be following

Yes as we all know, I'm a self proclaimed Francophile. Why? I don't know... I can't really explain it- I love everything about France and their way of living. It's almost like everything there is beautiful. I try to incorporate a little "French living" into my day to day life...whether it's cooking, style, plants or home d├ęcor. If you're looking to add a little French flair to your life- I have 8 very French accounts for you to follow:

1. @Frenchisbeautiful: If you're planning a trip abroad or just wanting to learn a few "key" French phrases- she is your go to! I've followed her for quite some time and I love that she shows all sides to her life in Paris - her favorite coffee spots, where to buy the cute Parisian shoes and she'll show you how to order your wine (vin) in French. This will be your French Necessity.

2. @Pariswithme: You can follow Anna exploring every single crevice of Paris, while showing you where to stop for lunch, where to see the cherry blossoms or visiting the unique corners of Montmartre. I used many of her local recommendations for planning our trip and having a very local experience while in Paris. Tip- she also does photography- so, if you're looking for a few planned "hip Parisian" photoshoots- she's your go to girl!
3. @Everydayparisian: Okay, so Rebecca is my girl! She spends half of her time in Chicago and the other half wandering around Paris looking for the next best boulangerie. I love that she has the American vibe in Paris and can honestly tell you where to go, what to do and how not to be a touristy tourist. She's also a chocolate connoisseur - France is known for it's best chocolate and she knows exactly where to find it- along with the best baguettes.
4. @ Aparisianmoment: Partner of @georgiannalane- prepare to feast your eyes on the dreamiest photos of Paris that you can imagine. From colorful doors to pink gum drops of cherry blossoms blooming in the spring. If you want some major Paris envy- this one is it!
5. @Georgiannalane: As mentioned above- she is the co-founder of @aparisianmoment. Her feed captures the dreamiest images of Paris including crystal chandeliers and gold medallion walls from Versailles- up to the blooming carousels at the Eiffel Tower. She has a wide display of coffee table books including- "Paris in bloom".
6. @parisinfourmonths: I started following Carin years ago - just as she was making her journey of living in Paris while draped in Dior. This true beauty moved from Sweden to Paris to follow her dreams in the fashion industry and I love watching her journey. I love her effortless but chic Parisian style. If you want to amp up your Parisian style- she's your girl!
7. @vivietmargot: A must for shopping and drawing French country inspiration into your home. Charlotte, the owner of the shop named after her two daughters... owns a beautiful French farmhouse in the south west region of France. It boast and abundance of old world style and beauty. Her shop is filled with the perfect French market bags in all styles- along with linens and kitchenware. She's the top of my wedding registry list! I'll take 1 of each, please!
8. @messynessychic: I do not have enough words to describe my girl "messy nessy"... First of all... if you're planning a trip to Paris- go buy her book... " don't be a tourist in Paris". The book is full of everything that you should be checking out to have a true Parisian experience- not eating at McDonald's like an American... Her Instagram page is full of cool things you need to do- like the abandoned hospital... sounds weird but it was SO cool! Or the backroom in the Louvre... who knew!? Seriously, save your self from the ultimate tourist trip and look her up- you'll thank us both!
back to Instagram I go to get my French on...
Au Revoir!
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