Friday, December 16, 2011

Sea It...Love It... - Vestique

Vestique Nautical or Nice Top

Funny story behind this top.... I spotted it last week at a boutique in Wilmington (like the minute I walked in my eyes went right to the top with sailboats on it), but couldn't bear to buy it from anyone but Vestique, so I emailed them a picture of it and told them that I loved it and that they should totally buy it for the store if they see it at market when they go in a few weeks. and I get the wonderful response of "We are already getting in it!"

Love it! and what a cute name! 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

HANAair Premier Hair Dryer - Product Review

I shared with you on Tuesday about my hair disaster.  So, you can imagine how excited I was when I was contacted by the company Misikko about doing a product review on the HANAair Premier Hair Dryer about a week after getting my hair chopped.  I had been using a Babyliss hairdryer, which is also a professional blow dryer, and had really enjoyed it so I was excited to give the HANA dryer a try. 

I was so pumped when I got this package in the mail.  There were so many great hair and beauty products inside!  

So my opinion of this hair dryer.... IT IS AWESOME! It has been a blessing to help me style my new short hair.  My hair is thick and naturally curly, hence why I was terrified when I had to get it chopped off to fix the botched cut, and can be a nightmare to get straight and sleek.  But this dries my hair super fast (in like 8 minutes) and I can for sure tell that those ions help to make my hair much smoother than my old dryer did.  It has 2300 watts (most dryers have around 1800 I think) and I love every one of them! The only negative thing is that it's a little heavier than my old dryer, but I've gotten used to it now and maybe it'll tone my arms some :-) 

Big thanks to Misikko for sending me this! You really did pick the perfect person to send this product too.  It has helped me to give me some sanity with my new haircut! Misikko also has a great selections of flat irons, which are also essential to obtaining a sleek hairstyle!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My Hair Disaster

Ok, so I think I'm finally ready to share my traumatic hair story with y'all.  I briefly posted a few weeks ago that I gotten my hair chopped off.  Well here is how the story of my hair disaster goes... 

 I wandered into a popular cosmetic store (I'll leave the name unsaid, although you probably can guess) on a Sunday in mid-Ocotber to buy a lot of things I'm sure I didn't need and was looking at hair products when one of the girls that worked there asked me if I needed some help.  I told her I wanted a hair product to help lay down one of my shorter layers that stuck up due to static.  Well instead of showing me products she busts out with "We are doing a cut-a-thon for breast cancer and I can blend that layer in the with the other one in like five minutes." 

Knowing GOOD AND WELL that I should say no and RUN for the door, in a split second I made a real bad decision and said "okay..."  I mean how do you say no to charity for breast cancer?!  The minute she begins chopping on my hair, I start to feel sick and know that I shouldn't have let her do it.  Well about 20 or 30 minutes later (she said it would be five) my hair was botched.  I've had so many people ask me why I didn't stop her, but I was honestly in shock, I didn't even realize how bad it was when I left.  It was on Monday morning at about 1am when I woke up in a sheer panic that I realized how messed up it was.

Here is a picture of what my hair looked like before (Note that I did get my hair cut my regular hair girl about a week before this happen so it was a little shorter than this)

and here is a picture of what she did to it.  How's this for blending?! (Disregard the imprint my hair tie left in it)

It has taken me a hot minute, but I cannot look at this picture now without laughing. hard.  My friends and I have coined it my reverse mullet or my rat-tail haircut

Also note that I had only been at my new job for a few weeks. If I had of been at my old job, I would've taken the day off to deal with this.  But since I couldn't do that, I threw my rat-tail up in a ponytail and prayed that no one would notice how uneven it was. I took it down once to show it to a guy at work who knows nothing about fashion or hairstyles and when his eyes almost bulged out of his head I knew I had to do something fast.

So right after taking that picture in my work bathroom, I had to make the call.  The call to my hair stylist who is also a good friend of mine.  I was so scared that she was going to get mad at me or that she was going to think I hated how she cut my hair the week before and that I went to get it fixed. That was DEFINITELY not the case. I just got sucked into something and make a quick, bad decision.  Thankfully she was super nice to me and didn't get mad.  She kept telling me that I was probably over-exaggerating and that it probably wasn't that bad.

She obviously hadn't seen a picture yet... ha

The minute I got out of the car at her salon and she saw my little uneven ponytail, she was like "oh girl, that's bad..." and here is what she saw when I sat down. 

and thanks to her performing a miraculous hair miracle this is what we saw next...

Didn't she do a good job?!?

I was definitely in shock for a few weeks. I went from my hair being mid-way down my back to being above my shoulders not by my choice.  But here are a few things I've learned through this expierience. 

1. I don't recommend getting your hair cut by someone new on a whim. 

2.  If you get a botched haircut, you're allowed to panic for a little while, but then you have to breathe.  Make plans immediately to seek professional help to see if it can be fixed/improved.  and remember, hair does grow!! I also tried to keep in mind that dealing with my botched haircut was NOTHING compared to what women with breast cancer deal with everyday, which is how I ended up getting it cut in the first place.

3. Blessings happen in disguise.  I would have NEVER, EVER, EVER cut my hair this short on my own, but I actually really like it.  Every person that has seen it has told me they love it and I've even had people on Facebook, that I haven't seen in years, tell me love it. and the way I see it, they aren't prompted to tell me they like it, they told me on their on, so they must not be lying.... 

I can't fix it quite as good as my hair girl can, but here are two recent pictures.  

I decided to be a flapper girl for Halloween since all the flapper girl costumes want you to buy the short haired wig!

So I'm sure you might be wondering, if I am going to keep it like this?!  The answer to that is I am going to keep it short while it's cold, but I want it to be at least ponytail length before the summer gets here (I can't see living in North Carolina and not being able to put my hair in a ponytail). and although it's a lot harder to style (I have so much respect for people that have to style short hair after being through this ordeal) I'll probably cut it short again late next fall. 

I'm going to post soon on the hair products I have used since I've had my new short hair. I've found some winners!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sea It...Love It... - Lily Pulitzer

Although I am not the biggest Lilly fan (ok, let me re-phrase, I like that a lot of the stuff is nautical, I am not a fan of just wearing Lilly, because it's Lilly. Don't hate me!) But I am loving the latest additions to the jewelry collection!


Ok, so this isn't jewelry, but ain't she a beaut!

All images and pieces can be found at

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Gift Guide

So I know everyone is doing gift guides, but I sometimes can have mental blocks when it comes to thinking of what to get people and wanted to share a few ideas that I've came across in my google stalking.

For the nautical lovers:

Furbish Starfish Earrings $14.00
For the guys:

Ok, so I don't really have a lot gift ideas for guys, but I thought this was neat and different and had to share it!
Wisteria Golf Shoe Bag - $16.00

For your girlfriends: 

Furbish Tyler Necklace in Coral - $32.00

Wisteria Women's Travel Laundry Bag - $21.60

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Very Nautical First Birthday Party

I wanted to share with you some pictures with you from a good friend's little boy's first birthday party.  And guess what... it was nautical themed!! It was back in August, I just haven't posted them yet.

This was from his first birthday pictures

 How crafty and creative is Stacy?! and how cute is Leighton?!?  Stacy also has a cute blog, The Pea and The Pod
Thanks Stacy for letting me share these pictures! Happy very, very, very, belated birthday Leighton (You are like a year and a half now!), your party looks like it was a-mazing!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Tracy Negoshian Sale

I'm a little late to the party (I missed the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale) but Tracy Negoshian still has some amazing sales going on!  Thanks to Lindsay at Vineyard Loveknots for posting about the lobster tunic she got on Black Friday.  Once I saw that it is still on sale for $24.99 (0riginally $78.00) I knew I had to get one too!

I may or may not have gotten the things below... and couldn't be more excited about buying nautical tunics and a seahorse dress in December! #comeonsummer

Just wanted to tell y'all about these amazing sale in case you haven't heard about it!

All images and prodcuts taken from the Tracy Negoshian website

Monday, November 28, 2011

Link-Up with The Belles of Saturday - Week 13

I CANNOT believe this past weekend marked the end of the regular season in college football.  It was a very bittersweet weekend for me.  I am sad because it was our last game of our year (other than our bowl game!) but excited because NC State came from being behind TWENTY SEVEN points late in the third quarter to beat Maryland 56-41.  We scored FORTY TWO unanswered points.  It was the second biggest comeback between two ACC teams in ACC history and the biggest comeback ever at NC State!! I watched it go down and person and still am shocked at how in the world it happened.  

Today I am linking up with The Belles of Saturday to share my Gameday pics.  I haven't posted pics from our last few home games, so these are a mix of picture.

Scoreboard after we shut out our rival UNC!!!

A glimpse of our new tailgating bus.  I'll have to do a full post on this at a later date.

A girl at the tailgate next to mine at the last game made these Turkey treats and I had to get a pic!

I love that we have police horses!

Football office friends!

The Harv and my sis

Ok, so I need a little blush, well a lot, but we were so pumped after our gigantic comeback!!!

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