Favorite Styling Tool: The Beachwaver

29 Sep 2015 Permalink

beachy waves

I’m all about waves when it comes to styling my hair. Usually I use a standard curling iron and wrap my hair around the barrel  – without using the clamp. But a few weeks ago I was introduced to the Beachwaver, and I’ve been hooked ever since!

The Beachwaver is a rotating curling iron invented by celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa. It allows you to get those coveted beachy waves with just the touch of a button.

Using it is super simple! Obviously, you need to start with dry hair. I put a little serum in mine to help protect my locks from the heat.


beachy waves

After that you just divide your hair into small sections, clip each section under the clamp, and press the button to wind the iron. I hold each part for a few seconds before releasing. Then I just press the home button to return the clamp to the starting position.

beachy waves

Once I’ve finished curling all my hair, I let it completely cool off. I’ll either finger comb – like I did below – or brush my hair out and then follow up with some hairspray to set it for the day.beachy waves

The whole process is fairly quick and oh so easy to do! With using the Beachwaver, I can achieve my curls faster than I can with my regular curling iron. The curls last all day, too! And if I’m lucky, I’ll still have gorgeous waves on day two.

I was provided a Beachwaver as part of a collaboration project. All opinions are my own.

“Surviving” Motherhood…Fabulously

23 Sep 2015 Permalink

black and white, sunglasses, ripped jeans, black heels, redhead, red lips

black and white, sunglasses, ripped jeans, black heels, redhead, red lips

black and white, sunglasses, ripped jeans, black heels, redhead, red lips

black and white, sunglasses, ripped jeans, black heels, redhead, red lips

My friend Johanna was asking around the other day for tips on staying stylish while surviving motherhood. I feel like that word “surviving” has a whole new meaning for me these days. Single parenting is no walk in the park. And after a weekend with one of the kids running a fever and the other taking advantage of his distracted mom, I’m ready to ship the two of them off to grandma’s for a few years…

But, no matter how crazy things might be, I refuse to slack on my appearance.

I’m not talking about getting all dolled up everyday, or having my hair perfectly styled each morning. I’m talking about sticking to the things that make me feel good about myself. The things that make me feel like a woman. The things that if I did slack on, friends would notice and ask questions.

Right now I’m surviving by the whole “fake it til you make it” mentality. And for me, it seems to be working.

I’ve edited my wardrobe enough times, so I’m pretty confident with the clothes that I wear. But getting dressed every morning isn’t just about the clothes. Red lips and a few of my favorite vintage bangles and bracelets always make me feel put together. It takes less than 5 minutes out of my day to put them on, but the effects of those small glamorous items goes way beyond. I even keep extras in my purse…just in case.

Another basic way I’ve been staying stylish is by making sure my footwear is far from frumpy. These classic black pumps are a perfect example. The pointy toe helps elongate my legs, and I can easily transition them from work to play. Another bonus? They’re made with the ADIPRENE by Adidas sport technology…meaning that their comfort lasts all day long.

Red lips, gold bracelets, and killer heels…yeah, I’m ready to tackle the day.

Rockport provided me with the Total Motion Pointed Toe Angle Pump. Note: I usually wear a 9 or 9 1/2 shoe size. I ordered these in a size 9 1/2. I probably could have gotten away with the 9…but it’s nothing that a little insert won’t fix.

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Share the Love with GlobeIn

14 Sep 2015 Permalink

Share the Love with GlobeIn

Share the Love with GlobeInShare the Love with GlobeIn

It’s no secret that I have a thing for monthly subscription boxes…especially ones that give a little something back.

GlobeIn delivers the “globe in a box” – a themed collection of artisan-made products from around the world – through their monthly service.

This month’s box features a lavender herbal eye pillow, baobab powder to add a daily nutrient-boost to your smoothies or fruit, a blessing bag to store all your purse essentials, and a gift card for Watsi. All the products are sent in a handmade palm leaf basket.

Besides for getting to sample items from around the world, the GlobeIn monthly subscription box also gives back to those in need. They will be donating 50% of the proceeds from this month’s box to patients on Watsi – a non-profit that funds medical treatments in under-served countries.

September 15th is the last day to subscribe to the Artisan Box and receive the Wellness Box (featured above). And right now you can save 25% off your first month’s box with a purchase of 3- and 6-month subscriptions by using code KUF. The perfect little gift for yourself, or for some…plus you’ll be helping artisans and farmers around the world.

Back-To-School with Macy’s

15 Aug 2015 Permalink


With the beginning of a new school year, it’s hard NOT to get excited about all things back-to-school.

I just finished my first week of the new school year. It was so cool to see my students with all their supplies and new backpacks ready for learning on our first day. And, of course, they were all sporting new clothes. I mean, you can’t possibly start a new grade with last year’s threads…

If you haven’t had the chance to update that wardrobe for another year of learning, you better get on this deal. Macy’s is having some killer specials on all things clothing…and there’s something for every member of the family.

There’s a one day sale on 8/14-8/15.

On 8/9-8/13, 8/16-8/19, and 8/23-8/25, you can save 20% off with code BTS.

Macy’s is having other specials throughout the month, too!

I really need to jump on these savings. I actually haven’t taken Julia shopping for new clothes for this school year yet. But with deals like $14.99 and under tees and $16.99 and under leggings, I’m about to stock her closet. I’ll make sure to get the little guy something too. And there’s a slight (ok…considerable) chance that a few things for mommy might just happen to fall into the cart as well.

This post has been sponsored by Shop At Home as part of Macy’s back-to-school sale promotion.