How I Keep My Hair Moisturized



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Ever since I started bleaching my ends, and my whole head of hair, my hair is drier than ever! Due to my naturally curly, coarse, thick strands, my hair tends to lack moisture. Have you ever heard of porosity? Porosity is how well your hair is able to absorb and retain moisture in the strands. If your hair has low-porosity (it floats in water, gets frizzy, has dry ends, feels like straw, or breaks easily), then you need to take extra care to keep your mane silky soft!

If you are like me and have tried everything to keep your locks looking glossy, you are probably pretty frustrated. Non-alcoholic shampoos, sulfate-free products, air drying, and even adding oils to your hair are all options that will help lead to a more luxurious head of hair. They aren't enough though! There is one thing your routine is missing- a SLAP! This stands for a Satin Lined Cap made by Grace Eleyae and will be the best thing to ever happen to your hair!

Every night I put my hair up all the way into my SLAP (for the sake of cute photos, I didn't do that in these pictures) before bed. This allows my hairstyle to be kept neat and in tact for up to three days! My hair no longer snags on my bedding fabric causing breakage and frizz. I have loved waking up with a ready-to-go hairstyle that looks moisturized and healthy!

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The Satin-lined Caps by Grace Eleyae are stylish caps that keep hair moisturized, protected and knot-free while sleeping, and stay in place day or night, thanks to each cap’s elastic band. 
The cap comes in clean colors and is comfortable on all types of hair and head sizes. The inner lining of the Grace Eleyae cap is satin that won't grab at your hair while you are sleeping. I love that the elastic band at the edge of the hat keep my hair in place but is still cozy on my head.

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It's time to say goodbye to unnecessary breakage and frizz. Keep your hair moisturized and silky smooth with the Satin-Lined Cap.

If you would like to try out the Grace Eleyae Satin Lined Cap for yourself, you can use this link to get 10% off your order*!
*You must be a first time buyer and submit a small form (first name and email) through the link in order to qualify for the discount.


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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Bohemian Dress

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It's FRIDAY! Can someone say, "hallelujah!"? I am pretty sure I could sleep all weekend long. We have been planning our Europe trip like crazy over here, trying to keep up our fitness routines, and suffering through the last weeks of school. ONE MORE WEEK until I am done teaching for this year and we are headed to a different continent to explore the rich history there. 

Thank goodness for dresses like this boho red embroidered maxi dress that is care free for lazy days! I wore this out to Sunday brunch with friends and loved the ease of throwing it on and instantly feeling ready. In fact, a lot of Chicwish styles are that way; you can really dress up an outfit with just one of their fashion pieces.

Here's to you for stopping by, making it through another week, and for supporting other women along the way. You rock!

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The Perfect Pool Party: 5 Ideas for Summer 2017

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It's time to celebrate summer, and what a better way to do that than to host an outdoor pool party for your friends! I teamed up with Kingdom & State, Swim Outlet, Greg Baker the photographer, and my 3 besties (who also blog!) to show you what a real get together needs!
First, let me introduce you to my favorite girls-- I text one or all of them at least once a day! We love sharing tips, venting, and getting together to hang out. Kirstin Davis is a California native (yes, we loooove to connect on that! Did you know I went to junior high and high school in Southern California?), who blogs about fashion and has killer style at Wild One Forever. Next is Anna, who has the Instagram A Mermaid Diary who was raised in Argentina and is probably the hottest (and kindest) mama I know! Violeta is an influencer over at Just Another Insta Gal who is a fellow #bossbabe and is just as smart as she is hilarious and fierce.

Now, onto the goooood stuff! 
Here are 5 tips to make your summer pool party unforgettable.

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1. Offer all the pool necessities. Without a doubt, someone will forget something! In order to make sure you are catering to the needs of your visitors, have a cart full of items they may need. Sunscreen (I am loving Coola SPF 30), extra swim towels, new hair ties (these plastic scrunchies are my new obsession), a pack of gum, lip balm, body lotion (my family always uses Maui Babe After Browning Lotion), and insect repellant are all items you may want to provide! 

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2. The party doesn't have to end when the sun goes down! Spruce up your backyard with lanterns and bulb string lights for a nighttime festivity. There is nothing like a swim under the moonlight with friends! If you want to make the party epic, throw (unbroken) glow sticks in the pool or add them to balloons that are floating in the pool.

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3. Be sure to have the drinks! If you want to make sure your guests feel as comfortable as possible, always have beverages on hand to quench their thirst! Keep them in a cooler with ice, or for an even more adorable look, put them in a bucket of ice.

4. Have the perfect playlist. Music at a party is a must! This can get people dancing, keep the energy going, and make silences less awkward. One of my favorite playlists for upbeat tunes is the Dance Workout Playlist on Spotify.

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5. Have the snacks. When there is swimming involved, your guaranteed to have some hungry gal pals! Be prepared by having quick and easy finger foods. Some favorites include chips and guacamole, pizza bites, fruit, mini sandwiches, and any type of skewers.

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The Only Matte Lipstick I'll Buy

I received these lipsticks in exchange for review, but all opinions are my own. 
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Maybe it is just me, but I am so damn sick and tired of hearing about that one huge lipstick company ruling the market right now. I personally tried that product and didn't find the love affair happening that many talk about. As a result, I was a woman on a mission to find the perfect lipstick that looked good, smelt good, and felt good. While searching, I found Dame Cosmetics, a company founded in Provo, Utah, with a boss lady (Candace Roach) who makes small batches of lipstick by hand!
Not only do I LOVE the hustle of Candace (she recently quit her day job to follow her passion), but I adore the makeup she makes!

There are lipsticks with a satin finish and there are liquid lippy in matte colors! Lipsticks aren't the only product you can find at Dame; they also carry primer, foundation, powder, blush, and eye makeup! Even better than the selection (and perhaps my favorite part): a percentage of every sale goes back to the community in the form of charity donations and scholarships. It would be wonderful to know you are supporting a woman with her dream working in cosmetics, a woman with her education, and a woman (yourself) feel her prettiest! As an educator, I highly encourage ladies to apply for this $500 scholarship!

I tired four different colors; two different lipstick finishes. From the Liquid Matte collection, I tried The Sophia and The Jane. The Sophia Liquid Matte Lip is a fuchsia shade of pink with a blue undertone (this means it looks good on olive skin tone that has reds). The Jane is a darker shade of pink in a mauve color, which also has blue undertones (again, great for medium skin tones). Of the lipstick collection with satin finishes, I tried the LAPUA and the special edition Hot Mama! LAPUA is a bronze nude color-- something that every girl should carry in her makeup bag as it looks fabulous and chic when going out.  Hot Mama came out for Mother's Day and is a peachy coral that will give you the perfect red pout. Of all the lipsticks, I loooooove the matte colors the most because of their ease and glide when applying, their soft scent, and their beautiful, unpolished look! Of the two matte lippies, The Jane has my heart! I debuted the lip color on my InstaStories last night and had an overwhelmingly positive response to the shade. You HAVE to try out that color, and with the discount code found below, the lipsticks are less than $15.

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Use the code lauryncakes to receive 20% off your order now through May 31, 2017! That makes any of the lipsticks from Dame Cosmetics less than $15!



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