Saturday, March 15, 2014

Our Family Pictures

On March 5, 2014, two days before I got my hair chopped, my talented sister Miss Karina Jean took our family pictures. I wasn't sure how pictures in the snow would turn out. But WOW, I love them. Was it chilly? Yes. Did my feet get wet? Yes. Karina's got the wettest, though. My husband Luke was the only one who thought to bring an extra pair of boots. Karina ended up wearing Luke's muck boots for most of the shoot. Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY!!! 

Just look at Meeka's face! Some people may think it's strange to take family pictures with our dog. But we consider her part of our family. And by the look on Meeka's face, it appears that she considers us family also!

I adore all the pictures Karina took. But if I had to choose a favorite, this would be it.  This picture is hanging in our living room.

I know; I know. The next two pictures are the same. I just couldn't decide if I like this picture more in color or black and white. I figured there was no harm putting both on!

If you are wondering if Luke and I like to hike? "Yes, we do". Did we have to climb up a rocky hillside to get this picture? Yes, we did.  I just needed to get this shot. We took a picture like this for our wedding where I was in my wedding dress, and I just love it.

I couldn't be more pleased with how our pictures turned out! Karina captured our personality perfectly! If anyone would like her information to have her do your pictures or to see a portfolio of more of her work, please e-mail me and I would be happy to pass her information along.

My Outfit
 - I curled my hair with a 1 inch wand a few hours before the shoot. 5 minutes before we left I    re-curled a few pieces on the top layer.

- Shirt: Came from American Eagle.

-  Jeans: I got at Bohme last year. They are the Flying Monkey brand.

- Shoes: They may be my favorite part of my outfit. They are Sperry Top-sider's.

Luke's Outfit
 - Shirt: I got his shirt at American Eagle when I got mine.

-Jeans: I wanted the old wore out look for these pictures.  I just had him wear jeans that he has had for years. I think he got them at Zumies.

- Shoes: Luke is a country boy so he just wore his good 'ol cowboy boots that he got at Cal-Ranch.

Meeka's Outfit
- She is just naturally cute!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Lost my Locks

The rumors are true! Last Friday I had my friend Aspen cut 15 inches off my hair! I am loving it. Everyone is telling me I am crazy, and I’m totally fine with that. I believe you should live life on the crazy side! I’ve had a bunch of people asking me why I cut my hair. Here are my top 2 reasons!

#1. So this crazy thought entered my mind around 6 months ago when I was cutting 16 inches  off of my darling cousins hair. She is in 6th grade. I believe she has now donated her hair to Locks of Love 3 times. She is VERY blessed with hair that grows like a weed. I remember explaining to my cousin and aunt, that when I was younger, I had tried donating my hair a few different times. Every time I went to cut it I was a few inches short. Needless to say, I didn’t want to let it grow a few more inches and ended up cutting it off.
I went home that night and handed the measuring tape to Luke. He measure my hair and I had the minimum of 10 inches. I could of cut my hair the next day. I didn’t want to make any rash decisions. I decided if I was still thinking about it 6 months later I would donate it. February was the 6 month mark. Now,  I can happily say, I have donated my hair to Locks of Love!  

2#. The last time my hair was this short I was in 6th grade. Remember the movie “Sweet Home Alabama”, Starring Reese Witherspoon? I had my hair cut just like hers. Once my bob started to grow out, I just let it grow… and grow…. and grow. I’ve had long hair since 8th grade. The past three years I have let it get really long. Spring is in the air, and I was ready for a change.

Here are the answers to some other questions people have asked me.

Won't you miss your long hair?!
    Yeah I probably will, someday. As of right now I don’t  though! I was actually really surprised how I didn’t feel very connected to my hair. After Aspen did the initial cut I was totally fine with it. I told her to keep cutting it shorter and shorter. I think it’s exciting to figure out new ways to style my hair! And well, new styles equal new tutorials! Yay!

What does Luke say?
    For those of you who don’t know Luke is my husband.He has only known me with long hair. Well, I’m glad to say he LOVES it! The day after I cut it he told me that he may like my short hair as much, and maybe a little bit more, then my long hair. That totally took me by surprise, but I’ll happily take that compliment! 

Lastly, I have to give my friend Aspen a BIG thank you for doing a fantastic job with my haircut. My talented sister took my pictures and did an excellent job!  

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Hairspray LOVE

Let us talk hairspray. I love it! The end. HA HA. No, I am just kidding. I am using hairspray on a daily basis, to style with, to tame flyaways, to set with to make stubborn hair do what I want it to do. I have used a lot of different brands of hairspray.  I've loved some and, unfortunately, other I've haven't loved so much.  Today I am going to talk about two hairsprays I use all the time. I use them in the salon and on myself at home.


I enjoy using all Neuma products in general. They are made with natural products. (You can learn more here. They smell fantastic because all the fragrance in them is essential oils. I like using the medium hold when I am styling hair. This hairspray allows me to brush it out as well as reshape client's hair if needs be. I also use medium hold hairspray as a finishing spray when the desired look needs movement. I love using a medium hold spray when I am wearing my hair curly. I love the hold as well as how I can still run my fingers through my hair. Also the more layers of hairspray you add, the stronger the hold is. This hairspray gives you control!



I use Kenra Volume Spray 25. WOW... what a finishing spray. Kenra has won multiple Stylist's Choice Awards! I mean this the most respectful way possible but I call Kenra my "cement spray." I often use this spray for finishing a bridal up do or when hair needs all day volume! This hairspray provides beautiful shine! Kenra Volume Spray provides excellent humidity resistance. It also dries very quickly!!

I highly recommend these two hairsprays!! Have you used these sprays before? What are your favorite hairsprays?