The product line that’s been saving my hair this winter

So as you probably know, I bleached my hair in May and it’s just a wee bit damaged. It’s inevitable that your hair is going to get damaged if you bleach it and it’s kind of just something you have to accept if you choose to make a dramatic change like that. SOOOO ever since I allowed chemicals to suck the pigment out of my hair, I’ve been extra careful and conscious of how I’m caring for the bleach blonde locks I have left. I wrote in THIS post about some of the products I initially used when I made the change, most of them from Aveda, and while I still use them I also discovered another line of products that I’m seriously digging. AND they’re affordable. The line is Kristin Ess (created by and named after Lauren Conrad’s amazing stylist) and so far everything I’ve tried I have really loved. The first product I tried was the purple shampoo. My own amazing stylist, Laura, gave me a purple tint in late November and I haven’t been totally wild about my Aveda purple conditioner so I decided to give this a try. WARNING: it is potent!! I actually used it […]

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A Maëlle Holiday

Happy holidays, everyone! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! JK…that’s a lie I tell myself to help get through the cold. I was not cut out for midwestern weather. Anyways, I find that one way to make the start of winter more enjoyable is to dress it all up with sparkles and twinkle lights, from the Christmas tree to the makeup I wear. If you’ve been following me on IG for a while, chances are you’ve already noticed me posting about Maëlle. Maëlle is a Chicago-based beauty brand that carries a complete line of cosmetics and skincare products that are Leaping Bunny certified. One of my favorite aspects of having a personal blog is being able to support products and brands that I stand behind, especially when they are local. This was a big part of my blog identity in Hawaii and since “made in Hawaii” is definitely a thing it wasn’t too hard to find local brands to promote. In Chicago it’s been different. There aren’t a ton of Chicago-based brands that I’ve found. So when Maëlle reached out to me I was very interested to hear more about their brand and products. First of all, I […]

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I’m Thankful

Before people rush to the mall for Black Friday deals or start trimming their trees with lights and ornaments, let’s all appreciate this day and take time to be grateful for all of the beautiful people, things, and experiences in our lives. Have you ever noticed how much better you feel after you sit back and appreciate how lucky or ‘blessed’ you are? The other evening I was sitting in bed stressing out about finding a job and making money and not having enough Instagram followers and people being flaky and blah blah blah…and as I sometimes do when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I reached for my journal to scribble down a few thoughts. But then I started reading my journal instead. I ended up reading it from the very first entry to the most recent and it made me stop and appreciate so much. First, I felt tremendous self gratitude. I remember when I was a kid re-reading my old diary entires and thinking, “man, was I dumb.” But that wasn’t the case this time around. Instead, I was appreciative that I had taken the time to write down my thoughts. I was proud of myself for writing when I […]

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So you want to be a blonde…3 things to consider

Around the end of April I was really itching for a physical change. During May 2017, I got a beautiful blonde balyage treatment from my favorite O’ahu salon, Foundry, and I loved it so much that I booked an appointment at a salon in Fitchuburg, Wisconsin, to have the same thing done. Here’s what I originally was going for. That was the plan…until I was actually at the salon and my amazing hair stylist, Laura, mentioned Pia Mia and how fun the bleach blonde thing would be. As you may have seen on Instagram, I have now been a blonde for about three months and am absolutely loving it! Since making the change I’ve received lots of questions about the process, so I decided to put together a little post for anyone who may be thinking about changing up their hair. Here are a few things to consider: Cost. Going blonde is a process. And an expensive one, at that. It took Laura and I three visits (about 12 hours total!) to get me from my natural brown color to white blonde. And guys, my hair took to the bleach pretty easily. AKA it could easily take longer and require […]

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Galentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day one and all! This is my first single Valentine’s Day literally I think ever…or at least since elementary school. I’m not saying that to be annoying, it’s just the strange honest truth. (And I think that in itself says something…jeez Katie, maybe try out the single life? I’m on it…work in progress.) Suffice it to say, I was extremely excited to celebrate my very first “Galentine’s Day” this year. Being in a relationship is great, of course, but I decided last fall that 2018 was going to be a year dedicated to nurturing my friendships. It’s kind of inevitable when you enter a new romantic relationship that your friendships are going to at least change, if not suffer. I dove headfirst into my last relationship and as a result unintentionally distanced myself from many of my closest friends (both emotionally and obviously in terms of physical distance. Hawaii is pretty dang far.) It’s been the most beautiful experience rekindling them since moving back to the Midwest. I feel so lucky that so many friendships fell right back into place with little effort. Going forward in life, I hope I never lose sight of how special and valuable […]

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Local Gifts Under $50

Hey guys! Ahhhhh finally after a few months the blog is back up running and I am so stoked! It’s about time. Happy to share that I’ve taken security measures and hopefully won’t have any issues or blog shutdowns anytime soon. Since it’s already a week before Christmas, I decided to put together a little list of some of my favorite local Hawaii products under $50 that would make great gifts. As you may know, I’m adamant about shopping local and always strive to support other businesses and artists through my blog. Hope these ideas give you some last minute gifting inspiration! 1. XIX Palms Wrap Top. XIX Palms is arguably my favorite local clothing brand. I can’t get enough of the gorgeous prints, soft fabrics, and beachy silhouettes. Wrap tops have become a favorite style of mine lately and this one is one of my all time favorites. It’s $55 via the XIX Palms website but if you sign up for their newsletter you get 10% off your first order, bringing the total down to just under $50. The Blanca wrap top is my favorite but I also love the Syrah wrap top. See more at the XIX Palms website. […]

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