Big hair

Is my hair big enough?

In this volume of the ride or die series, we’re talking HAIR. Fussing with my hair is one of my guiltless pleasures. The phrase guilty pleasure is an oxymoron and I’m not here for it. I don’t do my hair all the time, but when I do, I go big. Here are my must have products to ensure my tresses are on point.

Why do I love the afore mentioned so much? They work, period! My hair type is course and curly. I have thin strands but millions of them. The products above work for my hair type. Anytime I blow dry my hair I use the volumizing spray on the roots only and the thickening spray on the bulk of my hair. Using a mega (2.5″) round brush allows me to get the volume I’m craving. Once the hair is blown out and full, tease the roots and spray. If you’re feeling an Aqua Net moment, then set that hair with Redken’s Control Addict. If you need more movement, go for Aveda’s air control. To give clean hair some texture, some oomph, some pizzazz, hit it with dry shampoo. BOOM!

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Shoe boxes

Shoeicide

Her feet are KILLIN her, I call it shoeicide. Ehhhh Fabolous? Anyone, anyone? I’m that bissssh who loves a good pump with just about any look. I got a slow strut like I’m walking to the alter. I could not care less where I’m going or if I’m overdressed for the occasion. Life is the occasion, and one can never be over educated or over dressed. Pump up the volume on your stilettos queens!

Pumps featured above: suede nude heel, pointed toe black bootie, white pump and black sandal

GNO Vol 2

My friendships are very important to me, so I make sure to book Girls Nights Out at least once a month. These outings entail three coats of mascara, liquid lipstick, gin & tonics and lots of laughs. Tonight we are putting the babies to bed and hitting up Napa Prime Chop House & Cigar Bar!

Getting gussied up is one of my favorite things to do. I’m here for big hair, big lashes and a fresh manicure. The amount of time it can take to get ready for a GNO is limitless. One would think I’m prepping for the Grammy’s. I enjoy every minute of the process! Love Pinterest, who doesn’t? Click here to check out my board created specifically for outfit inspiration.

False Lashes by PUR + Huda Beauty
Sally Hansen Color Therapy Top Coat + Squeaker of the House by OPI
charcuterie board

Fancy Boards: Vol 1

If you haven’t attempted a charcuterie board, what are you waiting for, love?! #BOARDit & they will EAT!

Over the holidays I was the queen of transporting boards to parties. Shout out to Maegan Brown #TheBakerMama. The spread below is the fancy board I took to my MIL’s Christmas Eve Brunch. My theme was hearty biscuits with all the fix-ins.

Can I tell ya a little secret…I have NEVER made biscuits! I know, don’t judge me. Being from West (By God) Virginia, this is a sin. Feeling overzealous, I figured I’d make up for lost time and do two different kinds. The first was an Everything Bagel Biscuit curtesy of Daphne Oz. And the second was a Hot Honey & Thyme Biscuit from the masterminds, Erin Patinkin & Agatha Kulaga of Ovenly. They were devoured, and obviously made the cut for Varsity status. #FutureBrunch #AllStar

Veggies, Fruit, Cheese, Green Goddess Dip, & Everything Bagel Biscuits
Hot Honey & Thyme Biscuits
cooking a turkey

Week Night All Star: Vol 4

Cooking is my most favorite past time. When I have infinite time to do it, it’s even more enjoyable. The time you invest prepping your staple ingredients, always pays off. What I mean is this, if fresh vegetables are washed, peeled/trimmed and stored at eye level in the fridge you’re more likely to incorporate them in your dishes. When eggs are hard boiled and shelled, I’m apt to reach for one as a quick snack in a pinch. Anytime I’ve boiled or roasted chicken, I make homemade chicken salad. By simply adding salt, pepper, freshly chopped parsley and scallions, you’ve dressed up an otherwise boring dish. I’m not a fan of eating the same meal on repeat throughout the week. With a little planning, I can assemble healthy meals from the bits and bobs that have been prepared in advance. In my opinion, nobody does this better than Lisa Bryan from Downshiftology.

Roasted cauliflower, carrots, red onion and sweet potatoes
Ground turkey with sautéed broccolini, yellow peppers and carrots
Shredded chicken breasts with parsley
Roasted celery, carrots, sweet potatoes and red onion with scallions and parsley

In each of the pictures above, the meals came together in minutes because I invested time on the front end. By prepping my ingredients before hand, i.e. – chopping vegetables and herbs, that’s one less thing to do when my boys are T-Minus from eating the house down.