Aztec Print Tunic ft. Eighth & Main Clothing

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6 Tips to Keep Your Hair Protected in the Summer ft. Salty Mountains Swimwear

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If you are from Utah, Happy 24th of July!!! I hope you are celebrating our state's birthday in style, hopefully by the pool! I know I will be in my Salty Mountains swimsuit and tassel coverup all day long! The floral design and the sporty cut had me at hello.

 Besides spending my days outside or by the pool (in this adorable sporty halter top from Salty Mountains), I have been working hard to get my blog known and out there! I was recently invited onto KUTV news to do a segment about summer hair care. After you watch the video below, I will go into depth as to why I love these products and my 6 summer hair care tips to keep you protected!
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+ How to Keep Your Hair Protected in the Summer +
1. Use a deep conditioner. Taking a bath? Put on leave in conditioner! Cleaning the house? Deep condition! Have 15 extra minutes? Deep condition in the shower! My personal favorite is the Design Essentials Coconut and Monoi Deep Moisture Milk SoufflĂ© because it smells good and delivers a moisture punch to your hair! You can leave it in for a couple of hours, leave it in for 15 minutes and wash normally, or add to the ends of your hair after washing when your hair is still damp. This product has milk protein, coconut oil, and Shea butter in it for dry, thirsty hair! 
2. Stop using heat tools as much. Obvious answer, but this one can be harder to commit to! If you hate your natural locks, or they dry funny sometimes, try doing different braids (such as the fishtail or inside out French braid), or using a leave in product to add curl! I have really been liking Marc Anthony's Dream Wave Beach Spray to make my hair look like I just washed up on the shore and had effortless hair. It also has vitamins and UV protection in it to help soothe summer hair troubles!
3. Wash less often. This really, really matters! The less you wash, the more the natural oils in your hair have a chance to do their job. Plus, this means less coloring because you won't be washing it out. Also, washing your hair more often can dry it out. I recommend finding a shampoo and conditioner that works for your hair. I personally recommend Living Proof Shampoo; it is great for my dry scalp because it cleanses well without all the traditional oils found in shampoo. This product is meant for people that don't wash their hair everyday! The Living Proof Conditioner "Perfect Hair Day" really gives back nutrients, which again, has none of the crappy oils or sulfates that bog down hair. If you are having trouble not washing your hair, remember, your hair needs to get used to the new routine and build up to not over-producing oil. Try using a dry-shampoo at the roots of your hair at night to really soak up and oil or smell that might be detrimental to your no-wash do.
4. Use a brush that won't cause damage. Your hairstylist wasn't completely wrong when she told you not to brush your hair when wet. It can damage it. However if you have the right brush, like The Wet Brush that uses Mongolian Boar and Intelliflex bristles, you don't have to worry about damage! This brush is perfect on wet or dry hair, detangles easily, and really stimulates the scalp (for those with dry scalp like me)!
5. Color less and use natural highlighters. Another more obvious tip is to not color or bleach your hair in the summer. A great way to avoid this is to use natural lighteners that compliment from sun exposure. Putting lemon juice on your hair before hitting the summer sun is going to bring out natural highlights without causing damage. There are also newer products coming out where you can actually spray on a blonde color for a temporary color that doesn't cause any damage!
6. Moisturize often. In between washes, basically everyday, I add a moisturizer to the ends of my hair! The ends of my hair need product the most because they have been treated with bleach, have split ends, and are the oldest! I have boasted of Madam CJ Walker's coconut oil as a great addition to ends! If you are looking to deliver the moisturizing product quicker, try Design Essentials Coconut and Monoi Shine Spray! It is a bit heavy, and has coconut oil and vitamin E, so I caution those who have thin or fine hair. For those with curly, thick, or a lot of hair, spray on the ends to help with dryness, dullness, or breakage.

Do you have any hair care tips or tricks? I would love to hear them! Tell me about your hair secrets below in the comments.

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Products From the Segment:


The Wild Cloth Tunic and Kenzie Kessler Photography

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You know me, I loooooove a good tunic. It makes me happy to feel so free! They also serve as a great way to hide a large lunch ;) The Wild Cloth definitely has their fair share of perfect summer style tunics, but this one was easily my fave! Pair it with some skinny jeans or leggings and you have yourself one cute -- but easy -- outfit!
Let's also talk about Flying Monkey Jeans! I love this pair (and all of their pants) because they offer a great stretch that doesn't get baggy! I am all for being able to dance and move in a good pair of skinny jeans. In my opinion, nothing makes a day bad like a pair of stiff pants.

P.S. Kenzie Kessler Photography does it again! I really, really like the way the pictures turned out. I think Kenz has a great eye for angles, which adds a ton to my outfit posts! I am already set to meet up with her again!
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Eighth and Main Overalls and Kenzie Kessler Photography

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My mom and aunts about died when they heard that overalls like these from Eighth & Main are back! "That's sooooooooo '90s," they both echoed, one after another. "I used to wear Birkenstocks, too," my aunt boasted.

Yeah, well I guess they had style back then, because these distressed overalls,  Birkenstocks, and aviators are here to stay! They are so comfortable that I just want to lay around in them all day! I have actually had a hard time finding overalls to suit my style. Jumpers are just a little easier, because they usually are tailored to the body. Overalls, though, are basically one-size-fits-all and can sometimes make me look dumpy. Not these babies! Eighth & Main (who was featured here in this post with their blue clog heels) has such a good selection of items, I am definitely going to keep their clothing in circulation of my closet!

Kenzie from Kenzie Kessler Photography and I met up last week to do a photoshoot and she NAILED the looks! I have decided to keep her around for awhile ;) She is part of a duo team with her husband and they often shoot weddings (she is behind the still photos, and he is behind the videography). Most importantly, even more so than her great photo editing, she is fun to be around. When we were shooting, I felt like I was with an old friend! Be sure to check out her website to see more of her photography.

BTW, I am so excited to be going to the fashion show and after party for JAYUS, a cool new brand! Come view the 2017 fashion line, dance, get pictures, eat food, have your hair braided, and just generally get your party on. Get your tickets too See you at the party!
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Photos by: Kenzie Kessler Photography


Mindy Mae's Market & Layers and Lipstick Linkup

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This week J Petite asked me to be a part of her Layers & Lipstick Linkup! I was so excited to be asked to participate, and the theme of Effortless Waves and Stripes fit right in with my favorite hairstyle and this Mindy Mae's Market striped Lucy dress!
If you are wondering how or what I use to curl my hair, I have a tutorial on YouTube that can be found here. More recently I have been wrapping my hair around the barrel, but leaving about 2 inches off of the heat at the end of the strands to get a more natural, beachy look.
I have to say, I love this striped dress! It is a fun summer look that can be worn around town or dressed up for church. The vertical stripes have a slimming effect that is sure to make you feel like you've achieved your summer body! I am wearing a size medium and it fits, although it is more of a body-con style. If you want to have a looser fit, I would recommend sizing up!

Be sure to link up your favorite fashion and beauty looks below!
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