My life file: DIY Hair Clinic at Evolve

When it comes to hair styling and hair products I am and have always been extremely practical and easy. I'm pretty much a "wash and air dry your hair" kind of girl, I only comb it once a day and apart from shampoo and conditioner, I really don't own anything else, except for a hairdryer I got just 2 years ago. Even though I like my practical approach, I do find that getting your hair done (you know, a nice blowout) does lift you up and makes you feel pretty and put together. So, when my girls from Evolve (the hair studio I've been going for 2 years or so and which I absolutely love) invited me to take part in their newly launched hair clinic I was game. Never too late to learn the basics right? ;)

My friend Jenny was also invited and we had a lovely morning learning how to properly blow dry our hair and what products to use depending on our hair types. Have you ever tried Kevin Murphy products? I just did a couple of weeks ago and in all honesty I noted the difference right away. The shampoo and conditioner leaves my hair super smooth and shiny, and how can you not love that packaging? ;)

Here are some snaps from the clinic and tips I learned on blow drying your hair :)
. Before you start: rough dry hair upside down in circular motions and dry until about 70% dry
. Always start with your bangs
. Always point your nozzle down and "kiss" it to the brush on ends for smoothness
. For a lasting style
. Serum and heat protector are a must
. Silk or satin pillows are great to minimize friction while sleeping

Great Finds File: Holiday Gift Guide - For the Entertainer

I love to have friends over (from a simple cup of tea to a homemade pizza feast) and having pretty pieces always take things up a notch and they are always appreciated by others. It's a small little detail that people notice ;) So, if you're looking for gift ideas for those who like to entertain, I hope you find these useful!

1. Anthropologie Monogram Cocktail Napkin / 2. Kate Spade Grace avenue placemat / 3. Herdmar Vika Sky Salad Set / 4. West Elm Lucky You Bottle Opener / 5. Serena & Lily Pin Dot Cocktail Napkins / 6. C. Wonder Rhino Bottle Stopper / 7. Kate Spade Saturday Wooden initial cutting board with painted edges / 8. Sugar Paper Raspberry Recipe Binder / 9. Kate Spade Larabee dot stemless red wine set / 10. Gilded Gold Matches / 11. Kate Spade Saturday Metal bottom opener / 12. Rifle Paper Co. Checkered Market List / 13. West Elm Gold Flatware Set / 14. C. Wonder Swiss Dot Heart Shaped Appetizer Plate Set / 15. West Elm Geo Bottle Stoppers / 16. Anthropologie Latte Bowls / 17. Hanging Chalkboard Signs / 18. Dauville White & Gold Dish / 19. Kate Spade "Call Me" Cocktail Napkins / 20. J.Crew Glass tumbler set / 21. J.Crew Marble Coasters / 22. Anthropologie Gilded Cornet Bottle Opener

My life file: Snaps from last week

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend! We had a little break from the freezing temperatures so even though it was a rainy weekend, it was nice not having to wear 1,000 layers ;) Here are a few snaps from last week :)

*Above: Nine West Jaiden Pointed Toe Booties and 7FAM Jeans (old, similar)

Had a great time at the Nine West Spring Preview and loved both the quote and the bag :)

Shopping for flowers on Sunday :)

And bringing back home some pretty blooms :)

Cold days and snow called for these, super comfy and on sale, just saying ;)

Pattern-mixing on Friday: J.Crew Striped Tee (similar on sale) / J.Crew Tartan Shirt (old, similar on sale) / Wilfred Cardigan (similar on sale) / Aritzia Faux-Fur collar (old,similar) / Madewell Skinny Skinny Ankle Jeans (on sale) / Ray-Ban Original Aviators / Kate Spade Satchel / Nars Blush / Chanel Lipstick

Booked my tickets, and I'm headed down to Florida for the Holidays with my little guy for a nice break with lots of family around, couldn't be more excited :)

Weekend Links

Happy weekend! Hope you're enjoying your Saturday. As I mentioned yesterday, here are some links in case you want to check them out :)

20 must-Read Fitness, Health, and Happiness Books of 2014, I'm taking notes!! :)
. Loeffler Randall is having a sale, and it's a good one. Looooving these cheetah loafers, these spotted flatsthis bag , and these oxfords. Yes, narrowing down favorites at Loeffler Randall is never easy ;)
. Why you should text with your head up.
13 Dangerous household items you should quit using immediately
7 Best Soups to make ahead for Thanksgiving
. I get tons of compliments on those pumps (super comfy) and they are on sale, just saying ;)
. Good to know: extra 30% off winter picks from J.Crew ;)

1x3 Ways: Buffalo Check Puffer Vest

Puffer vests are such a great layering piece, they add both warmth and style and they can be thrown on basically anything. Wear it over a chunky sweater, a denim jacket, or layered tops for a chic Fall look, and go pattern mixing for a cool and fun statement. I love this buffalo check version from J.Crew so here are three ways to wear it, and in case you're looking for a more affordable option, Gap has a great one that looks very similar ;)

Wishing you all a great weekend! Will be back tomorrow with some links in case you're in the mood of checking them out ;)

ONE: 1. Current/Elliott The Stiletto distressed skinny jeans / 2. Old Navy Graphic Tee / 3. J.Crew Open shawl-collar cardigan / 4. Club Monaco Emma Scarf / 5. BaubleBar Pearl 360 Studs / 6. Women's Isaac Mizrahi New York 49mm Sunglasses / 7. Chanel Mini Tassel Bag (similar for less) / 8. Ash Virgin High Top Sneakers / 9. J.Crew Excursion quilted vest in buffalo check

TWO: 1. Madewell Skinny Skinny Zip Jeans / 2. Madewell Bon Voyage Turtleneck Sweater / 3. J.Crew Vintage denim jacket / 4. Diane Von Furstenberg 440 Haircalf Micro Mini Bag / 5. J.Crew Excursion quilted vest in buffalo check / 6. Burberry 56mm Retro Sunglasses / 7. Bailey® for J.Crew felt hat / 8. Tory Burch Vanessa Flats (on sale!!)

THREE: 1. Gap 1969 Destructed Always Skinny Skimmer Jeans/ 2. J.Crew Oversize stripe turtleneck (has extra 30% off right now) / 3. J.Crew Excursion quilted vest in buffalo check / 4. Stuart Weitzman 'Lowland' Over the Knee Boot (similar and affordable here) / 5. 3.1 Phillip Lim Medium Ryder Bag / 6. Club Monaco Nora Hat / 7. Tom Ford 'Saskia' 57mm Sunglasses

My life file: Spark Sessions, Jean Machine & Starving Artist

Here are the snaps I wanted to share on Monday :) Last week I was offered a pair of jeans from Jean Machine and even though I was hesitant at the beginning because I like to stick to my favorites (Gap always skinny, Current/Elliot stiletto jeans, 7FAM skinny jeans and Madewell skinny skinny jeans) I decided to give it a try since I had nothing to loose. To be honest, I wasn't expecting to find anything but to my surprise I found the perfect pair of distressed black jeans! Proof that sometimes is worth stepping out of your tried and true favorites ;)

Anyway, I had quite a busy weekend with Spark Sessions on both Saturday and Sunday, a trip to the ROM with Matthew, a lunch date with our besties, and a kids birthday party! Yes, I'm looking forward to the weekend! ;)

My friend Sarah's sweater and sparkle combo, right on point! 
(the necklace is from Banana Republic and the sweater from Joe Fresh)

Mini waffle with egg, avocado and cheese at Starving Artist. If you haven't been there I highly recommend it, so so good!

Conference essentials plus a few freebies from the first day: Notebook / Backup battery / Business cards / Hand Lotion / Lip Gloss / Pen / Blush / Nail Polish 

Saturday's outfit: Madewell Dree Sweatshirt Dress / Kate Spade Cedar Street Maise Satchel / J.Crew earrings (old, similar) / Nars Blush / Nordstrom Lip gloss / Vince Camuto Booties (sold out, very similar)

Pretty treats and goodies at Spark Sessions

Sunday's outfit: Donald Robertson for J.Crew Cheetah Tee / J.Crew Factory Crystal Necklace / J.Crew Necklace (old, similar) / Madewell Duskfall Stretch Blazer / Aritzia Faux Fur Collar (similar, similar)

Great Finds File: Holiday Gift Guide - For the Desk

I had some technical difficulties yesterday, but it's all good and this week I want to kick off my Holiday Gift Guides with great finds for the girl who likes to keep nice things on her desk ;) I'll be sharing gift guides for her, him, kids, stocking stuffers, under $100/$50/$25, and for the cook, so stay tuned ;)

1. Rifle Paper Co. Botanical Weekday Desk Calendar / 2. Aurum Desk Clip / 3. Sugar Paper Black & White Pocket Notebooks / 4. Giant Gem Speaker / 5. Gold Foil 2015 Calendar / 6. Creative Index So Many Reasons Canvas Print / 7. Brass Ruler / 8. Rifle Paper Rapido! Notepad / 9. C.Wonder Gold Trim Agate Bookend Set / 10. C.Wonder Metallic Pop Color Card Case / 11. Sugar Paper 2015 Grey Desk Calendar / 12. Kate Spade le pavillion Bluetooth® speaker / 13. Acrylic & Gold Stapler / 14. Keep it Real Print / 15. Kate Spade New York Dots Ballpoint Pen / 16. Kosta Boda Mini Nail Polish Paperweight / 17. Kate Spade Scented Candle "Leave Something to the Imagination" / 18. Rifle Paper Co Garance Dore Collection 2015 Beaute Desk Calendar / 19. Brass Pencil Case / 20. Kate Spade Gold Striped File Folders / 21. Kosta Boda Hot Lips Paperweight / 22. Ranunculus Print / 23. Color Theory Sticky Notes / 24. Thunk & Ink Studio Geo Copula Mouse Pad / 25. Angled Heirloom Pencil Holder / 26. Kate Spade New York Written in the Stars Mini Notebook

Outfits File: A pop of Pink

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend! Matthew didn't have school on Friday so it was a long and busy weekend for us :) As usual, I wanted to share some snaps from the weekend and last week but I've been having some issues with the SD card slot on my laptop so I haven't been able to download the photos from my camera (yes I'm panicking just a little!). Hope you enjoy this outfit instead ;)

Wearing: Ray-Ban Original Aviators / J.Crew V-neck Tee / Zara Coat (old, similar, similar) / Current Elliot Soho Coated Jeans (c/o, similar for less) / Marais Leopard Pumps (old, similar, similar) / Kate Spade Cedar Street Maise Satchel

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