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My hair turned grey and here’s what I did…

So if you follow me on Instagram stories you saw this whole debacle unfold about 3 weeks ago. Here’s the story (nightmare) of my most recent trip to the hair salon.

The day I was flying out to California for a little family reunion I headed into the hair salon to get a quick root touch-up. For as long as I can remember I have always gotten partial highlights and a trim. This time my stylist wanted to add in a little color to the ends of the bottom half of my hair to blend everything together. She also toned me with an ashy color. I don’t realllly know these hair terms, but this is what we discussed. My natural color is a dirty/ashy blonde so that was the reasoning behind an ashy toner. Prior to this stylist I rarely got my hair toned. I love the whole golden and brassy blonde look— and after this I’ll be extremely careful when it comes to letting anyone tone my hair.

I don’t want to get into bashing my salon or hair stylist, so I’m leaving names out of this. I’m not sure what went wrong but I didn’t notice anything until I got into the car, probably because I was rushing out of there to head straight to the airport. I was at a stoplight when I looked down and saw this strip of hair that was stark white. Minor heart attack… Then I got to a mirror and realized my hair was overly bleached and then at closer glance everything looked totally grey and purple. It was bad!!!! You know it’s bad when your dad notices it. This picture is from the airport and you can’t really tell, but this is the only evidence I have from the debacle.

Notice the hat….ha ha. I was not about to show this hair to anyone!

My main concern, above and beyond the color issue, was the fact that my hair looked so fried and felt like straw. My hair is my baby and I was so disappointed that my hard work caring for it had all gone to shit. I cried from the car all the way onto the plane…. my parents wanted to kill me. I called my aunt from the plane, who lives in California, and asked her if she could get me in with someone first thing the next morning to try and fix my hair before the weekend full of events and pictures. I was not about to go the whole weekend with grey hair. Nope.

The next morning I got into an AMAZING hair salon in Manhattan Beach, Hush Hush Hair Salon, and here’s what the stylist did to help fix my hair. Hopefully these tips can help someone in the future if something similar happens to them.

The stylist first put a gloss on my hair (not sure what that means) but he said he really didn’t want to add more color because of the damage my hair had already gone through. Then he washed that out and put a Shu Uemura conditioner that brings out golds in blondes, kind of like the opposite of purple conditioner. He left the conditioner on for about 5 minutes. Those two things crazy helped my hair color, so I left the salon looking a little better than before. From then on I’ve been sleeping in hair masks, continuing use of the gold Shu conditioner (2 times a week) and I stopped using heat products as much as I can!

Let me end this by saying, I completely understand that this is not a really tragic event and much worse things are happening on every corner, every day. I can already picture people messaging me telling me I’m being overly dramatic, so I want you to know I’m fully aware that I probably didn’t need to cry for two hours straight… but hey, that’s me! I’ve always been a crier and it’s not going to end anytime soon.

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I’m on YouTube!!!

Ahhh! This is a completely new area for me and it’s definitely going to be a learning process. I need to figure out lighting (my natural lighting changed throughout the video thanks to those random Florida thunder storms), stop saying “ummm” and I need to stop squinting my eyes. Now you guys are only going to concentrate on those things… ha ha. I’m honest with myself and know this will take time to master, but I’m excited to continue putting out YouTube videos and get better with each one.

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Without further adieu, the 5 minute summer glow make-up routine:

My stay at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

If you haven’t been to Orlando yet, my hometown, you’re seriously missing out. I may be a little biased considering I’m a born and raised Orlando native, but there’s so much to do outside of the typical tourist attractions that most people aren’t aware of. Orlando has an amazing food and resort scene, and the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes is one the top Orlando spots you need to try.

The food was incredible all weekend, from our lunch by the pool to our dinner at Primo (pictured below).

Every walk way made for the perfect photo opp.

These mini cabanas by the spa pool though!! I laid here, with a drink in hand, and read my book for a few hours. So cute and cozy!

I had serious decor envy with the patio area at Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen. It had just rained when I took this picture so everything was a little soggy.

I took my mom to the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes for Mother’s Day weekend and we seriously had the absolute best girls weekend! I loved that we were able to drive to this resort, yet the moment we got there we felt like we had traveled somewhere hours and miles away. Our room had the coolest view over the pool area and golf course, which is where we spent our mornings sipping coffee and planning our days.

Here’s what my mom and I did during our stay:

Starbucks!!! There was a Starbucks right downstairs so I’d head down every morning to get my iced coffee, then I’d bring it up to my room and sip it while sitting on the balcony.

The day we arrived my mom and I headed straight to the spa where we had massages and tea. The spa area was so nice we ended up hanging around there the rest of the day. The spa is a MUST, you guys!!  If you head to the JW Marriott Orlando you have to try and rent a cabana at the spa pool. We had a cabana for the second day of our trip and at the end of the day the staff literally had to pry us from our chairs. The food by the spa pool was top notch. I had sangria all day, which they make with ginger ale- super interesting, but great! For lunch we had the tuna salad, lettuce wraps and french fries (of course).

Lazy river!! The pool situation is every kids dream, and probably some adults too. For me, the spa pool was perfect because it was kid free, but if you’re traveling with the family the main pool is the way to go.

Each night we had dinner right in the hotel, which is a huge perk for us because we love our wine and this way we could enjoy our nights without having to pick who had to drive home.

Here’s the low down on our dinners:

Primo

The first night we headed to Primo, which serves Mediterranean cuisine from local, organic ingredients. We started off with the seasonal arancini (pictured above) and then I had the Primo meatballs while my mom had their pasta of the day. The food was beyond fresh and veryyyy filling. We definitely had to waddle back to our room that night.

Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen

Ok, this is a restaurant I will be coming back to again and again! This place features farm-inspired comfort food and craft beers. I have a ton of amazing restaurants right around where I live, but this one really set the bar higher. I loved the cozy seating they had, especially since my mom and I had been in the sun all day, we were really craving a comfy spot to drink and eat that night. Everything we ate and drank here was AMAZING.

We started with the lump crab salad (my moms favorite)

I had the eggplant flatbread for dinner and my mom had the barley bowl. Both of these were winners!

The cucumber cooler drink (craft cocktail) is worth driving back to this place in itself.

Last thoughts:

The service at this hotel was 5 star and we really didn’t want to leave. I would recommend the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes to anyone traveling, whether you’re a couple or family. There really is stuff to do for everyone.

Huge thank you to the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes for having me and sponsoring this post.

My stay at the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa

Two weeks ago a few bloggers and I headed down to Palm Beach, Florida to check out the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa. Palm Beach has always been one of my favorite beach destinations, between the shopping and architecture, there’s so much to do and see. If you haven’t experience shopping on Worth Ave (just a few miles from the resort), you are seriously missing out. It’s kind of like the Rodeo Drive of the south. The entire resort was actual decor goals, from the stunning lobby to the light and airy rooms designed by Jonathan Adler (yes… like full rooms of Jonathan Adler decor)! Next time I travel to Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa I’m going to book myself on the club level, because after seeing how charming it was, and how much food it had, I was super envious of the guests who had access to it.

One thing I LOVED about Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa was the tranquil adult pool. Nothing against all the kiddies out there, but I really love when a resort has an option for those traveling without kids. This pool looked right out onto the ocean and I felt super luxe lounging there.

Outdoor showers…. major bonus points! The resort offers an array of water sports, tennis, a gorgeous fitness center and amazing on-site food options. The lunch we had out by the pool on our last day was so yummy. I had a lobster roll that put Maine’s rolls to the test.

Gotta love an Instagrammable resort… or is that just a blogger thing? So these hanging chairs were on the balconies of floor rooms and I seriously could’ve posted up here with my book for the entire day. I’m not going to lie, I went home and priced out these hanging chairs for my house. Like I said, decor goals.

If you make your way to the resort make sure to book a day at their award winning spa. My massage there was one of the best I’ve had and in between services you can hang out in their mini oasis, which has even more hanging chairs, and eat cupcakes! I am finally settling back into reality after traveling for the past two weeks and I was wondering why my jeans were tight…. might have been the cupcakes I couldn’t stop eating at Eau.

Cheers, Eau! Hope to see you again real soon.

Botox for beginners

This is one of those posts that makes me nervous… I have always wanted my blog to truly represent me and with that comes criticism. I was inspired to share this after Chrissy Teigen came out saying that the only thing real about her is her cheeks. This was just so refreshing for me!! Love ya, Chrissy. Also, thanks to Aesthetic Lane for taking great care of me during my recent visit.

People always say they want honesty, but when they’re let in they have a million things to say, which makes me want turn back and post only perfect parts of my life. Let’s be honest though, not many things in life are perfect. I’m like anyone else, in the sense that I have things I wish I could change about myself, my life, my personality, you name it. That’s natural.

I look around and there are SO many teenage girls struggling to achieve things they see on social media. It’s sad to me that these young girls are growing up with so much pressure and while you may think me sharing a beauty regimen like botox is going against everything I’ve just said, I’m putting this out there for those girls to understand that what they see is no where near anything honest or real. First off, come see me at 9 am on a Monday and I can assure you I look nothingggg like my last picture on Instagram. I wake up with teased hair, dark circles and probably a blemish or two.

By me letting you guys in, I’m stepping out from that Instagram curtain and showing you the real me. The me who hated my forehead creases. I love myself, but I also think it’s perfectly ok to do something extra if it means making me feel just a little better. I don’t do this for boys, my followers or the girl sitting across from me at the pool. I do this for me.

How many times have I had botox done?

3 times over the course of 2 years.

How often?

I go in every 6-9 months for a touch-up.

When did I start?

24 years old

But you’re so young…. Why now?

PREVENTATIVE! My forehead drove me nuts, but were the lines super deep? No. Would they probably get really deep in the next few years? Yes. When I go into the office most people in the waiting room are younger.

Where do they inject?

I only get injections on my forehead and between by eyebrows. Like I said, I do this because I kept getting terrible creases in my forehead, due to my crazy expressions, so that’s the only area I fix.

How many units do I get?

20-25

Does it hurt?

I’m a baby when it comes to pain and I’ve never found this to be a painful experience. Is it a little uncomfortable? Maybe, but I’d much rather get botox than go to the dentist. Supposedly, the filler is what hurts, but I’ve never done that so I can’t really speak to it.

What’s the downtime post botox?

You are good to go right after! I tend to get red and have a little swelling at injection site, but it all subsides after and hour or so.

Get the important stuff, the money!

Every place varies in pricing. You pay per unit, so it also depends on how many units they inject. I think most people have this huge number in their head and I think they’d be surprised by the cost (in a good way).

Fun in the sun with Hawaiian Tropic

This week I headed down to a STUNNING resort in Palm Beach, FL for a blogger girls getaway, full resort review coming soon, and it was such a fun time. You can’t really go wrong when a resort welcomes you with a full glass of champs. I love how blogging has given me the opportunity to connect with so many amazing women and stay in amazing places like this!

I have 2 more resort trips and Derby all in the next 3 weeks, which means a lot of time in the sun. When I was in high school I didn’t give two cares about my skin and I definitely tanned wayyyy more than I should have. Ugh, looking back on it makes me so annoyed. If only I knew then what I know now I would’ve loaded up on hats and used a good sunscreen (or sunscreen at all in some cases). With that all being said, I’m a HUGE sunscreen addict now, like I wear moisturizer with SPF in it every single day… no matter what I’m doing or where I’m going.

I really love this Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration™ Weightless Face Lotion because it gives me that coverage I need without the greasy feeling sunscreen can tend to have. Also, it doesn’t hurt that this in indulgent Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen lotion smells like the islands. For me, smell is such a huge thing. I hate when I use a makeup or lotion product that makes my face smell weird. Anyone else with me on that?

I’ll stop rambling now, but seriously you guys, this stuff is amazing!

I’m sharing Hawaiian Tropic in my life as part of a sponsored series for Socialstars™” #AlohaTherapy

My week 4 BBG update

Good morning!! I figured I would update you all on my BBG progress in 4 week chunks. So here’s my first check-up.

What is BBG?

BBG stands for Bikini Body Guide, a 12 week workout program created by Kayla Itsines. The program is know for it’s 7 minute circuits. Each circuit day you are supposed to complete two circuits, each 7 minutes long, and then repeat for a total of 28 minutes. Much harder than you’d think!

What made me want to start?

Kayla might just have the cutest athletic body I’ve ever seen, so that alone was motivation to do her program. I also saw one of my favorite bloggers, Amber Fillerup Clark- The Barefoot Blonde, started and her body has transformed in the most amazing way in just a few weeks.

Before the program-

I’ve always worked out since my Junior year of college. My weekly workouts usually consisted of running 2.5 miles 3-5 times a week and doing a few weights/ab exercises on top of that. I found my legs and butt were the hardest things to tone. You can do squats till you’re blue in the face, but those are only targeting one small part of your body. Prior to the program I was at my goal weight but felt like I needed to be more toned. The one thing I love about Kayla’s program is the emphasis on how your body looks, not your weight. Sometimes muscle will up your weight but your body can look skinnier.

Did I follow the eating portion of the program?

No. I plan to have this program become a part of my life and I knew if I made it all encompassing I’d have a really tough time sticking with it. Kayla doesn’t drink alcohol and feels her BBGers shouldn’t either. I for one, LOVE wine so me giving that up wasn’t an option. Overall, I’m a pretty healthy eater. If I eat bad foods I tend to balance that by eating small portions of it and drinking LOTS of water. I do have a major sweet tooth and I tend to eat a few pieces of candy every day, but when you’re working out this much it’s ok.

Did I do the app or the PDF? 

The program can be purchased in two forms. You can either buy her app through the app store on your phone or you can buy the PDF booklet from her website. I did the PDF booklet for this first round because it’s cheaper and I wanted to make sure I’d like it before spending the extra mula on the app. Honestly, most days I pull up the PDF on my computer and then write down the circuits on a piece of paper to bring with me to the gym.

How am I feeling on week 4?

Week 1 was reallllly tough and I know that this is where most people run into a problem. I think the intensity level in week 1 tends to scare people away, but I assure you that it gets SO much easier. The first 2 weeks I would usually end my workout with a nauseated feeling and either my legs or arms would be shaking uncontrollably. There was a point where I didn’t think I’d ever be able to complete a circuit without taking a breath, but that’s not true. This is the first week where I feel so much stronger and can tell a huge difference in my endurance level. I  did arm and ab circuits yesterday and my pushups have already improved a crazy amount.

Has my body changed?

I haven’t seen a change in my weight or any crazy changes in my abs, but I have seen a huge difference in my legs and butt. My legs haven’t been muscular since my days of all-star cheerleading, but for the first time in 6 years I’m seeing muscles again. I still have 8 weeks left and I expect by week 6/7 I’ll see bigger changes in the rest of my body.

What’s my favorite thing about the program?

The one thing I really love about BBG is the fact that all of my workouts are written out for me. I would almost compare this to having a personal trainer. I have a plan for every day on the work week and at this point I would feel so guilty if I skipped a day after making it this far. You do have to be somewhat self motivated to do this program, but if you can just get started you will have an easier time continuing.

Until next time, Xo!

My stay at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

My mom and I have talked about taking a trip to Italy for years now. It’s one of those trips we talk about over wine, planning the sites we’d see and places we’d eat. Life has been so busy and with my brother and I working, it’s hard to get everyones schedules aligned. A month or so ago I took my mom away for the weekend to the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, and in a way I felt like I was finally able to give her a little bit of Italy.

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This is the view you walk into after getting the key to your room. One minute you’re passing a roller coaster and the next thing you know, you’re looking at this! It’s really incredible how this resort was able to make you feel so far away from all the hustle and madness Orlando can bring. We were lucky enough to have a room that overlooked the harbor, so each morning we would pull back the drapes and drink coffee while looking at the boats.

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My mom and I love girls trips because we cuddle into the cozy hotel beds and sip wine while watching some chick flick most guys would hate. The room was super comfortable and even better, it came with two, big, cozy robes, which are always a hotel must, for me.

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The first night of our stay we were invited to Harbor Nights at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, which is a nighttime event held on the Harbor Piazza. The night is FILLED with wines, gourmet food samples, complimentary hand-rolled cigars (which my dad would’ve loved) and live music. The event takes place 4-5 times a year and now that I’ve attended one, I feel like I might have to go back and attend all of them! The night felt like one huge wedding, without all the tasks and obligations that come with enjoying a wedding.

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The next day my mom and I were off the Universal Orlando and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. My mom hadn’t seen the new Diagon Alley, which is AMAZING if you haven’t been, so that was our first stop, well right after we hit the Starbucks in the park. The minute you walk into Diagon Alley you feel like you’ve entered a movie set. Everything looks so real! We went on the new ride Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts, which my mom and I loved. We were tempted to ride it again, but we were quickly distracted by butter beers. I’m not ashamed to admit that we each had two butter beers throughout the day.

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After a long day of park hopping we headed to the new restaurant, located right outside of the parks, Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen at Universal Orlando CityWalk. Holy cow!! We ate so much food that night. My mom and I started with a crab and artichoke dip, then we split two flatbreads, the forest mushroom and the bbq chicken. The whole meal was really good and honestly it far exceeded my expectations. The best part of the meal was their deserts. My pictures doesn’t do the milkshake justice, but I got the salted dulce de leche and it was the perfect salty and sweet combo.

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For the last day of our stay we blocked off the entire day for pool time. I’m a total book worm and nothing makes me happier than sitting in the sun with a good book and a tropical drink in my hand. The hotel has three swimming pools and one of the three is adult only. Yes, adult only. I LOVE this idea. The pool was so serene and we had two lounge chairs right up front with an umbrella and poolside food service. I ordered a margarita and a huge fruit platter and they were delivered right to the spot I was sitting in the pool. To say the least, my mom and I didn’t want to leave.

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I can’t say enough about our stay at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. My mom and I are already planning our next stay-cation there!

Top Valentine’s Day dinner spots in Orlando

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Valentine’s Day is on the horizon and it’s always such a stressful event when you’re in a newer relationship. What do you get him? What should you wear? Where should you go to dinner?

For starters, this GORGEOUS maxi dress is under $35 and looks like For Love and Lemons, a designer brand. I can honestly say that this is one of the best finds I’ve had in a while. Valentine’s Day attire should be sweet and classy, not too much skin. Stick to something more along the lines of Kate Middleton and less like Kim Kardashian.

Top dinner spots in Orlando:

Luma on Park

Prato

The Capital Grille

Armando’s Winter Park

Seasons 52

BiCE, located in the Portofino Bay Hotel

Dragonfly Robata

Slate

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