I don’t typically post about my hair or beauty routine, but like most girls, I’m passionate about both, so I thought it would be fun to mix things up by sharing some of my favorite hair products as of late. I had read rave reviews of Mermaid’s line of products, and recently ditched my drugstore shampoo and conditioner in favor of their shampoo, conditioner and shine spray. It’s not often I splurge on beauty products (hence my loyalty to said drugstore brands), but every so often I like to treat myself to more high-quality products, and I think it’s important to adjust your routine depending on the season and needs of your skin and hair.
I settled on Mermaid’s line, mostly because of the positive reviews (and the cute packaging didn’t hurt either, to be completely frank), but I love the fact that their products are made with all natural ingredients, right here in Los Angeles. I’ve been incorporating the shampoo and conditioner into my hair washing routine these past few weeks and am so pleased with how soft and silky the combo leaves my hair. I catch myself running my fingers through my hair constantly since making the switch. And to top it off, my hair has a wonderful tropical (but not artificial) scent after each wash.
The product that probably has me the most excited though, is the Shine Spray. Not only does it tame fly-aways without weighing my hair down, but it adds just the right amount of texture to hold a curl, so I’ve happily retired my sticky hairspray. I used it here to set my curls (which I created using this curling iron), but when I’m aiming for a more effortless look, I’ll spray it on my wet hair after the shower and scrunch the ends to achieve more natural, beach waves. The consistency is similar to that of a sea salt spray, but unlike many of the brands I’ve tried, it doesn’t leave a crunchy, oily residue.
I’ve had my eye on the bomber jacket trend these past few months, but was worried that the bulky, oversized fit and army green color you typically find them in might be too masculine for my taste (could I really pull off the athleisure trend as well as Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner? Probably not). But my hesitation vanished the minute I came across this one. I’ve never been the girl who’s particularly drawn to pink, but this soft blush color and satin-like material was too pretty to pass up. And best of all, its feminine nature alleviates any concerns I had about it being too masculine. It strikes the perfect balance between sweet and edgy, which feels comfortably true to my personal style. And after wearing this one numerous times since buying it, I’m convinced there’s a style for everyone. If you’re hesitant to embrace the trend, I’ve included a variety of options at the end of this post to convince you otherwise.
A few summers back when off-the-shoulder tops began popping up, I immediately hopped on board with what’s still one of my favorites to date (seen here). The neckline made an even bigger comeback this season, showing up on everything from blouses and jumpsuits to dresses and rompers – even bathing suits joined in on the trend. It’s nearly impossible to walk into a women’s retailer (or down the street for that matter) without seeing some variation of the silhouette. And though I own a number of styles, this dress yields more compliments than any of the others. It’s stretchy, but comfortably hugs the right places, and I love the way it moves when worn. It also came in a sweet blue color that’s now sold out, but this black floral print is actually more versatile, as it can transition to fall by adding a jacket and ankle booties.
If you told me a few years ago that I’d own a bodysuit one day, I wouldn’t have believed you. Yet here I am, welcoming a trend with open arms that I never thought I’d embrace. I had always filed bodysuits under the “mom” category, somewhere next to overalls and unflattering “mom jeans,” but as trends from the 80s and 90s started to reemerge and I saw how chic they could look when styled properly, my sentiment shifted, and I found myself on the hunt for said items. Fortunately, there’s an abundance to choose from in stores right now, and since owning a couple (I also have this one), I’ve found them to be incredibly versatile, working with everything from denim cutoffs to pencil skirts. I paired this one with high-waisted skinny jeans for a streamlined silhouette, but when I’m aiming for a more laid back look, I’ll swap the fitted bottoms for a baggier pair of destroyed denim. Whether it’s laced-up, off-the-shoulder or long-sleeved, there’s a style for everyone. But this sleeveless turtleneck (aka, the mock neck) might be my current favorite. It strikes the perfect balance between sophisticated and sexy, and the sleeveless high-neck can carry over into any season, especially when layered with a sweater or blazer.
One of the most rewarding parts of blogging is the chance to collaborate with a brand you genuinely love. So when noosa yoghurt reached out about sharing a recipe using one of their delicious flavors, I jumped at the opportunity. If you aren’t familiar with noosa, you’re in for a treat (quite literally). I have yet to try a flavor I don’t like, but the coconut is undoubtedly my favorite. I’d been wanting to try my hand at making my own breakfast bowls and knew that noosa’s creamy texture would serve as a delicious base for the rest of the toppings. And, with all the ripe fruit available at the farmers’ markets this time of year, I had no excuse not to finally make one. My first attempt was so delicious that I invited a couple of girlfriends over the following morning and set up a station with the remaining toppings and some additional noosa flavors to choose from. The DIY element was a fun alternative to our usual wine nights, and left all of us inspired to step up our breakfast game on a more regular basis. I’ve been eating these bowls for breakfast all week, but they would make for a delicious (and healthy) dessert as well!
8 oz noosa yogurt (I used coconut, but any flavor would be delicious)
Granola (I used this recipe)
Assorted fruit (I used nectarines, raspberries, blackberries and figs)
Nuts (I used pistachios and sliced almonds)
Dried fruit (optional – I used goji berries)
*Special thanks to noosa yoghurt for sponsoring this post.