Friday, August 18, 2017

Give your fabulous hair a UV Shield!

I had my hair lightened quite a while back now, and after some slow-as-molasses hair growing, it's turned into a nice ombré with light ends. During the summer, I like that my hair usually gets a bit lighter on its own naturally, too.

Recently, this new hair product just for blondes came across my desk, and while I'm usually pretty low maintenance with my hair, I was pretty excited to give this one a test drive. Joico's Blonde Life Brightening Veil promises to cover and protect your blonde hair from the damage of thermal stylers, chemicals, UV exposure, humidity, and dryness. And great news: it works on both natural and chemically processed blonde hair.

Whenever I curl my hair (using my all-time-favourite Conair Curl Secret), I like to use a thermal protection spray. But for summer, I like that the Brightening Veil also protect's against the sun's damaging UV rays! After shampooing and conditioning my hair, I sprayed the Brightening Veil onto my towl-dried hair, and combed through before blow drying. Then I was ready to start curling with my Curl Secret. The spray not only helped keep my curls for longer, but gave it a nice sheen (while also protecting against the sun and the heat of my Curl Secret!). I'm keeping this on-hand for the rest of my summer styling!

If you're a blondie too, this is how to treat your summer tresses.

 Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Monday, August 14, 2017

Transitioning to Fall Fashion: Nautical Style

We're two weeks into August now, so fall is inevitably just around the corner at this point! The weather has even cooled off a bit here, so I've been looking for ways to transition my summer style towards fall - while my actual fall clothes are in storage. I love nautical style, so I thought I'd start by switching out my nautical striped shorts and navy open back tee for wide leg sailor pants and a light striped sweater. Easy! It's not quite fall yet, so I'm still wearing my favourite light orange lipstick (Covergirl Katy Kat Matte in Coral Cat) and some sandal heels. Of course, if we were closer to fall, I'd switch out the shoes too, for something close-toed and nix the orange lipstick altogether.

Speaking of nautical style, isn't this Kraken necklace from BEL Jewelry Boutique the perfect accessory?? I usually go with shiny gold accessories for my summer nautical outfits, but with these being a transition outfit to fall, I chose a piece in a darker, bronze colour. It just so happens the colour matches the nautical buttons on the pants too. Win.

Does anyone else rotate their closet depending on the season? I always love getting creative with transitioning my summer outfits until it's time to officially transition over to my fall wardrobe. It's like a challenge!

Sweater - Tobi (similar) | Necklace - Kraken necklace via BEL Jewelry Boutique | Pants - Forever 21

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Friday, August 11, 2017

Best Sun Care Products (And After Sun Products) To Use All Year

Just by looking at me, you can probably tell I burn easily. I've had my fair share of bad sun burns over the years, but I like to think I've gotten more careful in my late 20's. This summer, I challenged myself not to get a sunburn, and I actually did pretty well...until last week. I had been dutifully carrying a bottle of sunscreen around with my all summer so far, re-apply religiously, and staying in the shade when possible. I was quite proud of my self. I've even been keeping a bottle in the glove compartment in my car, just in case. Unfortunately, my time was up when we took a convertible up the Sea to Sky highway on the way to a day hike, and I burrrrrned the whole way. I didn't realize we'd be taking a convertible, and so hadn't applied any sunscreen prior to us leaving home. Oops. Really, I know I should just be wearing sunscreen everyday anyway,'s always so icky!

Needless to say, my skin was very sensitive and irritated. It hurt to sleep on, and it was tough to wear clothes (especially bras) on it. In come my skin's best friend: Avène's Thermal Spring Water spray. I've actually had a bottle of this thermal water since last winter, and found it super handy for dehydrated winter skin. But now I've found a new use for it! It's been soothing my sunburn and keeping the burn area hydrated. According to Avène, the spring where this water is found has been declared to be of "public interest" in dermatology since 1874. And the spring water's soothing properties are what make it perfect for sun burns. (For added cooling effect, I've been spraying it on the burn and then standing in front of our fan!).

So, I've got my soothing after sun care, but next I want to make sure this sun burn thing doesn't happen again this summer! That means sunscreen. The thing is, I tend to not wear it sometimes because I'm fussy about the texture and smell. Last year, I discovered Avène's High Protection Spray and was pretty happy with it. It definitely beat any other sunscreens in terms of greasy-ness and smell (barely either). But there was still room for improvement. Turns out, Avène now has a new High Protection Light Mineral Lotion and Ultra-Light Mineral Lotion that definitely make it the most comfortable sunscreen!

The texture of these is amazing, and by amazing, I mean it basically feels non-existent.  Completely sheer and lightweight. And guess what? No sunscreen smell! Win! Don't worry, it's still a broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection - with SPF 50.

I also really liked using the Ultra-Light Mineral Lotion on my face under makeup, it made a great base. Oh, and remember that spring water in the thermal spray I mentioned above? Those soothing properties are in the lotion too: added bonus!

Now I'll be that much more likely to actually wear sunscreen everyday. No more summer sunburns! And let's be honest, I should really be wearing this year round. Because UV rays are just as damaging during the rest of the year. Especially those cloudy days: don't let them trick you into thinking you don't need sunscreen!

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Target x Who What Wear: The Summer Statement Dress

I love a good statement dress. It doesn't have to be a ball gown or a cocktail dress to make a statement - it can be something you can wear any day - as long as it turns heads!

I found this gorgeous ruffle wrap dress while on a girl's day trip to Seattle. We didn't do a ton of clothing shopping - mostly food eating - but we did pop into Ross Dress for Less and Target. Being from Canada, we need to cross the border to get a chance to shop these fine retail establishments (sadly Target Canada had a very short lived time here before pulling out). It actually kind of funny watching us shop in Target. You'd think we'd never been in a store before. We get all giddy walking up and down the aisles, picking out flavours of candy we don't get back at home, ogling over home decor, and piling clothes into our buggies to try on.

While browsing the clothing section, I spotted a clothing collaboration with online fashion publication Who What Wear. The collaboration had all kinds of pretty pieces, but this particular Target x Who What Wear ruffle wrap dress caught my eye. It was long - something I wouldn't usually go for in the middle of summer, but the ruffles along the trim were such a sweet detail. That and the bow tied across the waist. And then I noticed the sleeves: petal-like bell sleeves, how cute!

A dress like this is great to have in your arsenal during the summer. It's a bit more exciting that your average cotton sundress, making it an excellent choice for patio parties and the like. On the day we shot this look, I walked across downtown on my way home and was surprised to receive compliments from 3 separate people on this dress. It really is something unique! It was quite a scorcher that day, but the wrap-style of the dress billowed a bit in the wind, keeping me nice and cool (not to mention giving an awesome 'walking down the runway' look!).

I've linked the exact dress down at the bottom of this post, as well as a few other similar ones in case you're looking for this dress in a shorter style.

Dress - Target x Who What Wear | Hat - Forever 21 | Bracelet - c/o Nobis & Grey | Necklace - c/o Nobis & Grey | Heels - Just Fab

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Friday, August 4, 2017

Blond Me! TLC For My Blonde Hair

Full disclaimer: I'm a hair mask virgin. It's not that I never wanted to try them, the opportunity just never presented itself, and I never considered it necessary when buying my usual shampoo and conditioner. Clearly, I have been missing out. Or at least my hair has. Sorry hair...

GlamSense was kind enough to send over a package of Schwarzkopf's new Blond Me collection, including their Tone Enhancing Bonding Shampoo (for All Blondes) and Tone Enhancing Bonding Mask (for Warm Blondes) to try. I figured hey- here's the perfect time to give this hair mask thing a try! This particular collection is actually formulated for bottled blondes - so if you've just come from the salon with your new blonde 'do, it'll actually help to complete and maintain the in-salon blonde service. Their technology helps balance the pH level and helps to create new bonds and strengthen bonds within the hair fibres. Basically, if you want you blonde to last longer, this collection will be your new BFF. I'm a natural blonde, but the lower half of my hair is the leftovers of when I had my hair lightened a while back. Now it's turned into a nice sort of ombré blonde effect.

Keep reading below to see my full thoughts and application tips....

First of all, I started with the Blond Me Shampoo for All Blondes. I wet my hair and worked in the shampoo as I usually would, and then rinsed it out. I was skeptical at first that my kit didn't come with a conditioner, but after doing some research online, I saw that one of the benefits of this shampoo is that it cleanses and conditions in one step. I was pretty surprised - it totally did! My hair felt just as if I had conditioned as well. Needless to say, I was impressed.

Behind the scenes, this shampoo helps to create new bonds within the hair fibres, and reinforces weakened areas in the hair structure. It also helps to smooth and condition the porous areas of lightened hair. Buh-bye damaged hair, and hello bright blonde colour!

I towel-dried my hair and then dipped into the Blond Me Mask for Warm Blondes. It feels like a body butter in your hands, and I spread it evenly over my fingers before running them through my damp hair. I concentrated it on the ends of my hair especially, since that's where my hair needs more nourishment, plus that's where my hair is still coloured.

This mask is meant to repair the structure of fragile, lightened and coloured hair, creating new bonds within the hair fibres. It balances the optimum moisture level of porous, lightened hair, while smoothing the surface for the best blonde colouring.

I left the hair mask in for about 10 minutes before rinsing it out thoroughly. Then I re-applied the shampoo one more time to fully wash my hair. And oh-la-la my hair felt so soft!!

I let my hair partially air dry, and then blow dried the rest. Finally, I straightened it with my Remington T|Studio PROtect Flat Iron like I usually do. I noticed right away my hair seemed way shinier than usual, and much softer. Plus, it smelled great! All day, I couldn't stop catching a glimpse of my hair in the mirror, surprised how shiny and healthy it looked. My blonde was better. I can't speak as much about how it helps to keep my blonde hair colour, since mine isn't newly done, but I'll be using it to keep the colour I do have for hopefully longer. And would definitely use it if I decide to have my hair lightened again!

Did I mention my hair smells great?? Hair masks (especially this Blond Me one) are going to become a weekly addition to my hair routine!

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

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