Today I wanted to update some of the products in my hair care favorites. I went back and did some digging through old blog posts and found that two of these have been in my favorites since at least 2015! My love affair with Bumble & Bumble started back in high school. If Spray de Mode came in a perfume, that would be my signature scent. Let’s dive into the products:

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo: My friend has used this dry shampoo for awhile and I finally hopped on board. Amika products smell absolutely incredible and they come at a really great value when talking about high-end dry shampoos. You’re getting 5.3 oz for $22, when other comparable brands cost the same, if not more, and you’re only getting 2-3 ounces. Make sure you’re always checking ounces/grams when comparing prices!

DPHUE Cool Blonde Shampoo: This shampoo is POTENT! It truly is a royal purple shampoo, not just slightly tinted lavender. I mix a little in with my normal shampoo for regular washes and once a month will do a full wash with the straight purple. I like this shampoo so much because it doesn’t leave my hair dry like other purple shampoos can.

Bumble & Bumble Thickening Dryspun Spray: If you love the look of piecey texture and lots of volume, you need this spray. It has a bit of a manly smell, but it’s also very “salon” smelling if that makes any sense. It adds some serious grit to your hair and is great for revitalizing yesterday’s style or adding texture to your waves. I always use this in my hair to rough up my waves a little so they look natural and relaxed.

R+Co Chiffon Mousse: This is one of the lightest mousses I have ever used. It really helps add volume when you’re blow drying your hair. I would not recommend using this mousse just to let your hair air dry.

Bumble & Bumble Spray de Mode: I was so happy when I just picked up another bottle of this and found that they’ve changed the cap so it has a twist closure. The mist on this hairspray is so fine that it leaves your hair still feeling smooth and natural, while still giving enough hold to keep your style in place. I would love to know how many bottles of this I’ve gone through since high school…

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Today I’m sharing my Top 4 favorite places that I ate and drank at in Cleveland, Ohio. I didn’t know what to expect in Cleveland but it really was a charming city. One of the things I love most about Chicago is that you’re on Lake Michigan and it’s nice that Cleveland is right on Lake Erie. Cleveland has the feel of a big city without feeling as crowded and is very walkable.

Behold, the World’s Largest Outdoor Chandelier.  Intersection of Euclid Ave and E 14th Street.

Coffee – Pour Cleveland

530 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH

  • Pictured: cappuccino
  • Great atmosphere
  • Good wifi
  • Downside: I collect mugs and love getting a new one from each city I visit. Sadly, Pour was out of the cups they sell.

BBQ – Mabel’s BBQ

2050 E 4th St, Cleveland, OH

  • Pictured: Big Big and J.W. Potatoes
  • Great outdoor atmosphere along the downtown ped mall
  • Large selection of whiskey/bourbon
  • Huge portions
  • Food comes out very quickly

Mexican – Momocho

1835 Fulton Rd, Cleveland, OH

  • Pictured: Tacos de pescados
  • Very knowledgable staff
  • Recently revamped cocktail menu
  • Sharable plates
  • GET THE GOAT CHEESE GUAC

Dinner & Drinks – Hodge’s

668 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH

Hodges was my favorite meal of the trip. I ate at the bar, but they had great high-top tables in the bar area, a nice dining room, as well as an outdoor bar and patio. Happy Hour goes until 6:30 (whoa), so it’s a great place for drinks to turn into dinner.

  • Pictured: Dinner is served with cornbread. It’s baked and served in a skillet with bourbon maple butter. Drool. For dinner I had the Hanger Steak. Everything was absolutely delicious and I finished all of it.
  • Very friendly staff
  • Really high-quality food without a crazy price tag
  • To reiterate: cornbread.

Leave your recommendations down below for more places to eat and drink in Cleveland!

I’m headed off on a four day work trip and was really stressing over what to pack. My top concern was how to stay comfortable with a jam-packed schedule while still looking cute and professional. I’m super happy with what I put together, so stay tuned on Instagram if you want to each outfit. Click on any of the items in the image below for more details:

Here’s what to pack for your next work trip:

  1. Carry-all tote for all of your necessities
  2. Dry shampoo because sleep
  3. A long-wearing foundation with a natural finish for minimal touch ups
  4. Comfortable block heels so you can keep moving on your feet
  5. A sleep mask so your hotel feels a little bit more like home
  6. A cute power bank to keep your phone and iPad charged throughout the day
  7. Dark-wash jeggings that match any top and can switch from day to night
  8. Tunics and tops that won’t wrinkle so you don’t have to steam
  9. Extra pouches to carry your headphones or business cards
  10. Multi-tasking tools that straighten and curl so you can pack light

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I was driving home the other night around 7 when I realized it was starting to get dark out, which means the season is almost over. I didn’t get to do all of the things I wanted to this summer (so many patios, so little time), but I’m hoping to squeeze in a few more things this fall before it gets too chilly.

It was a pretty great summer, so I wanted to share my highlights and favorites. Tell me yours down below, I’d love to hear!

1) Wearing less (if any) makeup: This summer I really couldn’t be bothered with makeup. In the picture above, I’m barely wearing any. Just my It! Cosmetics CC+ Cream and…

2) Glossier Cloud Paint and Boy Brow: These two products were life savers this summer. I have Cloud Paint in Dusk, which doubles as a great bronze/blush flush that looks super natural. Boy Brow to keep my eyebrows in check and that’s it. *shameless plug – you can shop 20% off your first order through my page here.

3) My newest niece: She’s pretty much a perfect specimen and I don’t understand how my three nieces are all so beautiful. If you want to know me IRL, this is me. We also got to take a trip out to Denver and see the whole crew, which was a blast.

4) Bodysuits: Whenever I went out this summer, I was most likely wearing a bodysuit and jeans. If we’re being honest, it took me awhile to hop on the bodysuit train because I thought going to the bathroom would be a pain, but it’s all good.

Also wearing this bodysuit in white in the first pic

5) Letting my theme go: I used to really stress about my Instagram theme. I wanted it to look “perfect,” but really I was making it boring and sterile. Now, I’m just posting what makes me happy and I think it looks a lot better as a result.

6) The lake: I love lake life. You smell like sunscreen, relax by the water, eat dinner late and play board games. Going to my friend’s lake house is so much fun and I’m so happy we got to go up this summer.

7) Stok Iced Coffee: At one point this summer, I went through 5 in 9 days. I went so far as to tweet Stok asking if you can buy direct (answer: you can’t).

8) Going to Iowa: Iowa always feels like home. Jacob and I took a great trip to Iowa over Father’s Day and it was wonderful to relax, see his family and take a break for a nice long weekend.

9) The Box of Style: I’ve been lusting over my boss’ Box of Style subscription for awhile now so I finally pulled the trigger and signed up. You can receive $10 off your first box here to join in on the fun for fall. For $99/box, or $350 for the year, you get over $400 worth of product per box. This is not a little cheap box – you get some seriously awesome stuff. The summer box had a hat, kimono, necklace, two beauty products and sunglasses.

10) Chopping my hair: This was the first time I styled my short hair since chopping it all of and it felt so nice. I’m in that awkward flippy stage right now where it won’t stay straight because it’s hitting your shoulders, so we’ll see if fall brings another chop or I let it go.

If you want to see more pics of this handsome fella and me, click here.

Here’s to you, Summer 2017. Bring on fall.

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In my mind, the year can be broken up into two season: fall and everything else. I love everything about fall – the excitement of back to school (even though I’m not in school I still get a new planner), the smell of cinnamon candles, warm comfort foods and of course, festive drinks.

Today I whipped up a little fall-inspired apple cocktail to get you in the spirit because as far as I’m concerned, bathing suits are out and blanket scarves are in.

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Martell Blue Swift, but you can use a bourbon if you like
  • 3 oz apple cider/juice – This is where your personal preference comes into play. If you want something a little more tarte, go with a honey crisp juice or cider. If you like something a little more sweet, go with a traditional cider.
  • 1/2 oz lemon
  • Cinnamon stick to garnish
  • Optional: honey simple syrup to sweeten (recipe here).

Directions: Combine ingredients in a shaker and fill with ice. Shake well until chilled and strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or apple slice. Serve and enjoy!

While the Martial Blue Swift was kindly provided to me, this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own. I’m just that excited about fall. Enjoy responsibly.

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