Thursday, August 28, 2014

TWIST

IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR ANY EASY HAIRSTYLE TO WEAR THIS UPCOMING WEEKEND CONSIDER TAKING A BREAK FROM YOUR TRADITIONAL PONY. THIS TWIST TOOK ALYSSA FROM H2 BLOW ALL OF 2 MINUTES TO THROW TOGETHER. H2 BLOW WELCOME'S YOUR BEDHEAD AND PREVIOUS CURLS FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE. THE GRITTIER THE TEXTURE THE BETTER THE HOLD! 


BLACK ELASTIC BACK TEE: ON SALE!! CHEAP MONDAY 

HAIR BY ALYSSA HOWES FROM H2 BLOW

PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE AMAZING SHANNON ELIZABETH.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

TAKING FLIGHT…

I SWEAR, THE URGE TO RE-VAMP OUR FALL ATTIRE EACH YEAR HAS BEEN INGRAINED IN US EVER SINCE WE WERE LITTLE KIDS. THINK ABOUT IT- EVERY AUGUST WE PRACTICALLY GOT A BRAND NEW WARDROBE HANDED TO US. I'M CONVINCED BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING WAS REALLY A FORM OF BRIBERY. OUR PARENTS NEEDED SOME WAY TO GET US EXCITED ABOUT GOING BACK TO SCHOOL, RIGHT? ANYWAY, 10 YEARS LATER - I'M NOT HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL, BUT I STILL WANT THE NEW FALL CLOTHES. THESE DAYS I ORDER MOST MY CLOTHING ONLINE, BUT WHENEVER I SHOP LOCAL THE FIRST PLACE I LOOK IS FLIGHT. THEY ALWAYS STOCK MY FAVORITE BRANDS AND CARRY THE LATEST TRENDS FOR ME TO SWOON OVER. NEXT TIME YOU'RE UP IN PARK CITY, STOP IN AND CHECK THEM OUT. I MEAN, WHY WOULDN'T YOU WANT TO SHOP THE BOUTIQUE THAT BRINGS THE LEADING EDGE OF FASHION TO UTAH? 







FLIGHT IS LOCATED ON 562 MAIN ST. PARK CITY, UTAH. 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE TALENTED SHANNON ELIZABETH

Saturday, August 23, 2014

PONY UP...

I NEVER, AND I MEAN NEVER WEAR MY HAIR UP. WHAT CAN I SAY? IT'S JUST NOT MY THING.  HOWEVER, LOW PONYTAILS ARE ALL THE RAGE FOR FALL 2014, SO I THOUGHT I SHOULD GIVE IT A SHOT.. I HAD ALYSSA FROM H2 BLOW, SALT LAKE CITY'S ONE AND ONLY BLOW DRY BAR, HELPING ME OUT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. 
 HERE ARE SOME KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER WHILE CREATING A TEXTURED PONY: START OFF WITH A LOW SIDE OR CENTER PART, SOME MESSY-UNDONE CURLS (PREFERABLY DAY 2 HAIR), AND A CLEAR ELASTIC TO HOLD YOUR HAIR AT THE CENTER OF YOUR NAPE.  
I'M USING THE NARS VELVET MATTE LIP PENCIL IN CRUELLA. I'M PRETTY MUCH OBSESSED! I FEEL LIKE IT'S THE PERFECT SHADE OF RED FOR FALL!

I MEAN, THE VERDICTS STILL OUT... BUT IT WAS FUN TO TRY SOMETHING NEW FOR A CHANGE!

HAIR BY ALYSSA HOWES FROM H2 BLOW

PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE WONDERFUL SHANNON ELIZABETH

Thursday, August 21, 2014

JUST ORGANIC JUICE… THE TRUTH BEHIND MY 3 DAY CLEANSE!

IF YOU KNOW ME PERSONALLY, YOU KNOW I'M THE WORLD'S WORST DIETER! SERIOUSLY.. I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU HOW MANY VACATIONS, OCCASIONS AND EVENTS COME AND GO THAT I PLAN ON TRIMMING DOWN FOR. UNFORTUNATELY, MY WILLPOWER TO RESIST GREAT FOOD IS SLIM TO NONE. (NO PUN INTENDED) ;) I'M SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT WHATEVER "GET THIN QUICK" FAD IS HOT AT THE MOMENT, NEVER REALLY WORKS. THAT'S WHY I'M HERE TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT ABOUT WHAT JUICE CLEANSING WILL AND WILL NOT DO FOR YOU. ALSO, HOW TO SET YOURSELF UP FOR THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME IF YOU DO CHOOSE TO COMPLETE A 1,3 OR 5 DAY CLEANSE. 

SCENARIO: I WAS THE MAID OF HONOR IN MY BEST FRIENDS WEDDING LAST WEEKEND. LIKE I MENTIONED BEFORE, I HAD HOPED TO LOOSE WEIGHT BEFORE THE WEDDING, BUT DUE TO A BUSY SUMMER SCHEDULE FULL OF TRAVELING AND WORKING LONG HOURS IN BETWEEN, THAT NEVER HAPPENED. IT WAS CRUNCH TIME. ENTER THE JUICE CLEANSE. 

IDEALLY, 3 DAYS BEFORE A JUICE CLEANSE IT'S BEST TO START RIDDING YOUR BODY OF SODA, ALCOHOL, FRIED FOODS, EXCESS SUGAR.. ETC. DID I DO THIS? NO. DO I REGRET IT? YES. DAY ONE OF MY CLEANSE WAS COMPLETE HELL. I WAS STARVING, WEAK, TIRED, AND SUPER SENSITIVE. I CRAVED GOING TO BED BECAUSE THAT MEANT I WAS ONE DAY CLOSER TO BEING DONE WITH THIS 3 DAY, ANTI- FOOD HELL WE CALL A "CLEANSE". DAY 2 OF MY 3 DAY CLEANSE SEEMED MUCH EASIER BECAUSE I WORKED 12 HOURS IN THE SALON THAT DAY, SO I WAS WAY TOO BUSY TO EVEN THINK ABOUT EATING. THAT DAY I NOTICED MY ENERGY HAD RETURNED AND I DIDN'T EXPERIENCE A MID DAY "CRASH". I ALSO NOTICED MY FACE START DE- PUFFING, RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES! I THOUGHT IT WAS ALL IN MY HEAD BUT EVEN MY BEST FRIEND NOTICED! DAY 3 I WOKE UP AND DIDN'T FEEL UP TO EXERCISING. I FELT A BIT QUEASY WHICH TURNS OUT IS NORMAL DURING THE CLEANSE PROCESS BECAUSE YOUR BODY IS RIDDING ITSELF OF ALL THE TOXINS. THIS IS WHY ITS CRUCIAL TO DRINK AS MUCH WATER AS POSSIBLE DURING YOUR CLEANSE. AGAIN, I WENT TO WORK AND WAS ABLE TO FOCUS ON SOMETHING OTHER THAN EATING. BY THE END OF DAY 3, THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE I NOTICED PERSONALLY WAS MY SKIN. MY COMPLEXION WAS SMOOTHER AND MUCH BRIGHTER. I DEFINITELY FEEL LIKE I HAD THAT POST CLEANSE "GLOW" THAT YOU HEAR ABOUT. IN THE END I HAD LOST 2 LBS WHICH I KNOW ISN'T MUCH, BUT LIKE I MENTIONED EARLIER, THAT'S NOT THE PURPOSE OF A CLEANSE, AND THAT'S WHY JUICING SHOULDN'T BE VIEWED AS A "FAD". THE PURPOSE OF A CLEANSE IS TO RID YOUR BODY OF BUILT UP TOXINS, AND FLOOD YOUR SYSTEM WITH THE NUTRIENTS AND ANTIOXIDANTS WE OFTEN DON'T RECEIVE IN OUR DAY TO DAY DIETS. LET A JUICE CLEANSE BE THE FIRST STEP IN YOUR COMMITMENT TO EAT CLEANER, GREENER, HEALTHIER FOODS. I TRULY FEEL IT'S THE BEST MOTHOD TO RID YOURSELF OF EXCESS WATER AND GET THAT NECESSARY GLOW WE ALL CRAVE BEFORE AN EVENT! 


FOLLOWING YOUR CLEANSE, IT'S RECOMMENDED TO SLOWLY REINTRODUCE SOLIDS BACK INTO YOUR DIET. CONSUME LOT'S OF FRUITS AND VEGGIES, CHICKEN AND FISH, EGGS AND YOGURT, THINGS OF THAT NATURE. OLD HABITS DIE HARD AND CHANGING YOUR LIFESTYLE  WILL REQUIRE WILLPOWER. REMEMBER YOU'VE JUST WORKED YOUR ASS OFF TO FEEL AND LOOK AMAZING, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY YOU'VE PROVED TO YOURSELF THAT YOU HAVE THE STRENGTH AND CONTROL OVER YOUR MIND AND BODY. 

A HUGE THANK YOU TO JUST ORGANIC JUICE FOR PROVIDING ME WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRY OUT THEIR 3 DAY "HARD BOOT" CLEANSE. THEY MAKE THE CLEANSING PROCESS AS EASY ON YOU AS POSSIBLE BY DELIVERING YOUR ENTIRE JUICE KIT TO YOUR DOORSTEP THE NIGHT BEFORE YOU BEGIN. THEY ALSO INCLUDE A COMPLIMENTARY INSULATED POUCH TO KEEP A DAYS WORTH OF JUICES COOL AS YOU BRING THEM TO AND FROM WORK, OR IN-BETWEEN ERRANDS. THEY TRULY HAVE THE BEST TASTING JUICES ON THE MARKET, SO IF YOU'RE CONTEMPLATING A LIFESTYLE CHANGE, BE SURE TO KICKSTART WITH "JOJ" FIRST! ALSO, KEEP YOUR EYES OUT FOR THEIR MOBILE TRUCKS AND SUGARHOUSE LOCATION, COMING SOON! 


LIGHTEN UP! TO BRIGHTEN YOUR MOOD DURING YOUR CLEANSE, WATCH THIS HILLARIOUS VIDEO BY JIMMY KIMMEL, LISTING THE PRO'S AND CON'S OF HIS JUICE CLEANSE EXPERIENCE!

Monday, August 18, 2014

BRAIDS FOR DAYS...

BRAIDS ARE AMAZING BECAUSE THEY ARE ONE OF THE QUICKEST, MOST EFFORTLESS WAYS TO CHANGE UP YOUR LOOK. MY HAIR WAS ALREADY CURLED FROM A PREVIOUS STYLE, BUT I CHANGED TO A DEEP SIDE PART TO SWITCH THINGS UP FROM MY USUAL MIDDLE PART ROUTINE. THIS FISHTAIL BRAID TOOK ALYSSA FROM H2BLOW ALL OF 5 MINUTES TO CREATE.  IF YOU'RE IN THE FOOTHILL AREA STOP BY H2BLOW AND SEE WHAT THEY CAN DO FOR YOU! EVEN IF YOU DON'T HAVE TIME FOR AN ENTIRE BLOWOUT, AT LEAST JUST STOP IN FOR A QUICKIE. THEY'LL HAVE YOU OUT THE DOOR IN UNDER 15 MIN, BUT YOU'LL BE LEAVING WITH A WHOLE NEW VIBE.. 








HAIRSTYLE BY ALYSSA HOWES FROM H2BLOW

LEATHER JACKET BY ALLSAINTS // LIPS: STILA IN BELLISIMA, NORDSTROM

PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE TALENTED SHANNON ELIZABETH

Monday, August 11, 2014

EAT AT OAK.

CASEY AND I STARTED OUT SUMMER 2014 IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE! HE SURPRISED ME WITH TICKETS TO GO SEE MY FAVORITE ARTIST, LANA DEL REY. THE CONCERT WAS HELD AT THE STUNNING RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATER IN DENVER, COLORADO. AFTER SEVERAL LONG MONTHS OF ANTICIPATION, WE PACKED OUR BAGS AND BEGAN OUR 4 DAY GETAWAY TO THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY. WHEN WE TRAVEL WE LOVE TO EXPLORE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, SO THE DAY BEFORE THE CONCERT WE DECIDED TO DRIVE INTO BOULDER, CO. IT WAS IN THIS RUSTIC HIPPIE TOWN THAT WE FOUND ONE OF OUR NEW FAVORITE RESTAURANTS… OAK.

YOU KNOW YOU'VE FOUND A GREAT RESTAURANT WHEN LITERALLY EVERYTHING OFF THEIR SEASONALLY INSPIRED MENU SOUNDS PERFECT. WE BEGAN THE EVENING WITH SOME REFRESHING HAND CRAFTED COCKTAILS AND SEVERAL STARTER PLATES. THEN WE MOVED RIGHT INTO OUR DELICIOUS ENTREES, ALL WHICH UTILIZE LOCALLY GROWN INGREDIENTS. MY FAVORITE DISH OF THE NIGHT WAS EASILY THE HANDMADE LOBSTER GNOCCI. I HONESTLY CONTEMPLATED ORDERING TWO. BY THIS POINT WE WERE BOYOND SATISFIED, BUT THE DESSERT MENU LOOKED TOO DELICIOUS TO PASS UP. WE ENDED THIS PERFECT MEAL BY TASTING 3 OUT OF THE 5 DESSERTS THEY OFFERED.  THE CLASSIC ROOT BEER FLOAT WAS OUR FAVORITE, COMBINING IN HOUSE BREWED ROOT BEER AND LOCALLY CHURNED ICE CREAM. 

BELOW ARE A FEW IMAGES I TOOK THROUGHOUT OUR MEAL. SORRY I COULDN'T CAPTURE EACH DISH WE ORDERED, I WAS TOO BUSY EATING :) HOWEVER, I DID MADE SURE TO GET OUR FAVORITES.









I SERIOUSLY CAN'T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS PLACE. THE AMBIANCE AND SERVICE WAS AMAZING, AND THE FOOD WAS THAT MUCH BETTER. IT'S NO MYSTERY WHY OAK ON FOURTEENTH IS RANKED #8 OUT OF 497 RESTAURANTS IN BOULDER.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY YOUR'S TRULY :)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

I ONLY KNOW HOW TO PLAY ONE ROLE… ME.

LAST WEEK I DID A GUEST POST FOR BEAUTY GLAM NOW, DISCUSSING A TOPIC THAT I FELL VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT. IT'S ALL ABOUT STAYING TRUE TO YOURSELF, & STAYING TRUE TO YOUR PERSONAL STYLE. IN CASE YOU DIDNT CATCH IT ON THEIR END, I WANTED TO SHARE IT HERE. ENJOY!

FASHION AND PERSONAL STYLE IS MY MOST POWERFUL TOOL FOR SELF EXPRESSION. IT'S MY ART FORM, THE WAY I DEMONSTRATE MY CREATIVITY. THAT'S WHY I CREATED NO REASON NEEDED IN THE FIRST PLACE, SO I COULD SHARE MY VISION OF WHAT FASHION AND BEAUTY MEANS TO ME- WITH ALL OF YOU! 
MY PERSONAL STYLE IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING. I FOCUS MY ENERGY TOWARDS FIGURING OUT WHAT MAKES ME FEEL BEAUTIFUL, SEXY, AND DEVELOPING THE LATEST AND GREATEST VERSION OF MYSELF. RECENTLY, I CAME ACROSS AN AMAZING QUOTE THAT READ "THE MORE YOU LOVE YOUR DECISIONS, THE LESS YOU NEED OTHERS TO LOVE THEM". I BELIEVE THIS RINGS TRUE NOT ONLY IN OUR PERSONAL LIVES, BUT IN OUR CLOSETS AS WELL! YOU WILL ALWAYS BE TOO EDGY OR TOO CONSERVATIVE, TOO OVERDRESSED OR UNDERDRESSED, TOO TRENDY OR TOO BORING FOR SOMEONE ELSES TASTE! (GOSH, JUST TYPING THAT WAS EXHAUSTING!) THIS IS BECAUSE WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN OPINIONS ON WHAT LOOKS AMAZING! JUST KEEP YOUR FOCUS ON YOU AND LET THEM DO THEM! THIS MINDSET BECOMES EASIER WITH CONTINUOUS PRACTICE AND BUILDING UP YOUR SELF CONFIDENCE. I PROMISE!

 I WANT TO LEAVE YOU WITH 3 TIPS THAT WILL HELP MAKE GETTING READY THAT MUCH EASIER… 
KNOW YOUR BODY! - WE SHOULD BE USING FASHION TO ACCENTUATE OUR BEST FEATURES AND HELP DISGUISE ANYTHING THAT HINDERS US FROM FEELING ANYTHING BUT CONFIDENT! SAME GOES FOR MAKEUP! IT'S KINDA THE WHOLE POINT..
INVEST IN TIMELESS WARDROBE PIECES. THESE ARE ITEMS THAT WILL CARY YOU FROM SEASON TO SEASON, AND AREN'T GOING AWAY ANY TIME SOON! THINK BASIC WHITE T OR YOUR FAVORITE PAIR OF JEANS.
IF IT'S NOT AN INSTANT YES, ITS A NO. BEFORE TALKING YOURSELF INTO ANYTHING, ASK YOURSELF THIS: WHEN YOU FIRST TRIED IT ON, WAS IT AN INSTANT YES!?! THERE ARE WAY TO MANY BEAUTIFUL CLOTHES OUT THERE WAITING TO BE WORN AND ROCKED BY YOU! DON'T WAIST YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY ON A "MAYBE".. IF YOU DIDN'T LOVE IT THAT SECOND, WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU'RE GOING TO LIKE IT IN A MONTH? 













A LITTLE SIDE NOTE… THIS LACE SLIPDRESS AND SILVER COIN STATEMENT NECKLACE (BOTH FREE PEOPLE) IS #WIW TO THE UTAH STYLE ICON AWARD'S! IT WAS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL EVENT AND AMAZING EVENING THANKS TO THE BEAUTY GLAM NOW TEAM! I'M SO THANKFUL TO HAVE BEEN NOMINATED! XO 

 SILVER COIN NECKLACE: FREE PEOPLE // 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE ULTRA TALENTED SHANNON ELIZABETH. SEE MORE OF HER WORK ON INSTAGRAM! @SHANNONELIZABETHS

 @NOREASONNEEDED 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

SOUTH OF THE CAPE...

I WANTED TO SHARE A FEW MORE IMAGES I CAPTURED DURING MY TRIP TO NANTUCKET THIS JUNE! WHAT YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT NANTUCKET IS THAT IT'S ABSOLUTELY PICTURE PERFECT, AND QUITE POSSIBLY THE MOST CHARMING LITTLE BEACH TOWN I'VE VISITED THUS FAR. I WISH I WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER ABOUT TAKING PICTURES ONCE WE ARRIVED, BUT WITH EITHER A DRINK IN HAND OR RE- LEARNING HOW TO RIDE A BIKE, MY HANDS WERE TIED. I GUESS THIS MEANS I'LL JUST HAVE TO GO BACK!
















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