While traveling is a blast, it can also be stressful and take a toll on your health and appearance. Especially traveling so much lately, I have been super neglectful to my hair. Using super drying hotel shampoo, throwing my locks up in tight topknots, and nervously picking my ends (my nasty habit) has contributed to flat and dull hair with a definitive need for a pick me up. This is when I lean to my favorite (and slightly pricey) hair conditioning treatment.
Olaplex is a hair treatment typically used for those who color their hair, but is really a very good treatment for anyone with damaged locks. Olaplex helps the hair repair broken strands, ultimately transforming the top of your head into a shiny soft haven of healthy hair!
This treatment retails at $25 for a 3.3oz, which is definitely on the more expensive side for me. While I don't use it every week as prescribed on the bottle, I love to keep it in stock for times like these when my hair needs a little (or a lot) of TLC.
Step 1: Apply to wet hair
Step 2: Let sit for at least 10 minutes
Step 3: Rinse, wash, and dry
Step 4: Voila! Feel like a goddess!
Hello...from the Pacific Northwest!
I woke up Monday morning like it was any other day, and a few hours later I was packing for a last minute getaway to Seattle! The hubby had a work trip, and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go with. The best part? My ticket was FREE.
That's right folks.
Bjorn travels so much for work, and he has been smart enough to fly consistently with one airline, South West. He is registered in their points system, and this has accumulated into thousands and thousands of points. Not only have we flown many times by trading in these points, but we recently reached companion pass status. Which basically means...
I fly free with Bjorn.
UNTIL DECEMBER 2017.
That is over a year of free flights you guys!!
I love traveling so much for free (who doesn't?) that I have started exploring airline mile credit cards. Know a good one? Please let me know! I like first class, y'all..
The moral of this post is... don't be lazy! Register with those airlines, hotels, whatever! They add up, in a big way.
When most people think of Napa, they imagine vineyards and wine tastings. But when you get through the country, you will find the most photogenic downtown with the inspirations of a large city but a personable small town feel. I spent the day exploring this area of Napa with my mom, and we were incredibly awed!
Faux fur sweater vest [new, $20], Banana Republic top [new, $10], Banana Republic jeans [new, $40], Gucci belt [secondhand, $25], Gucci flats [new, gift], Louis Vuitton crossbody [secondhand, $100], Gucci scarf [new, gift], Rayban wayfarers [new, gift]
How charming is the First Street Bridge? Stretching over a (lower than usual) river (thanks CA drought), the bridge is lined with lamp posts and gives great views of the historic buildings. Pictures were a MUST.
"What's that over there?" ;)
We visited the Oxbow Public Market, an indoor market with a variety of vendors including fresh produce, a coffee shop, a butcher, and an oyster bar. High quality, clean, and a lot to offer. One word: SAMPLES.
Once we got hungry, we headed over to central downtown and found Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin' BBQ. Right on the water, we could smell it before we saw it. I like wine and I love BBQ, so I was totally on board.
Cajun shrimp wedge salad. Artistic AND delicious. :D
We couldn't come home empty handed, so we picked up a few delicious treats from Kara's Cupcakes, a Bay Area bakery chain. Pro Tip: Coconut cupcake is WHERE IT IS AT.
It was fun sharing such a memorable day with you all, and I look forward to sharing our next adventure within the next few days! Follow Fancy Free on IG (@fancyfreeblog) to see what I'm wearing, eating, and doing in real time!
Who doesn't love walking around Williams-Sonoma daydreaming about owning every kitchen gadget imaginable??
I love W-S kitchen towels because they are such great quality, and also made in the USA. Bonus! Regularly $20 for a pack of 4, we got lucky to come in on a day when all mitts and towels were 20% off! My momma insisted on getting me the matching mitts as well. :) I'm so set for the holidays!
2. Almond Milk at Starbucks
This has been a LONG time coming. Not only is almond milk a healthier option, but it adds a great nutty taste to all my drinks. Tip: add it to your PSL or chai #obsessed
I picked up this polo zip up top from the Tory Burch outlet store where I got the adorbs red flats featured in my previous post. I thought the color of this shirt was the most perfect deep color for autumn, and it was only $35 to boot! And since it is short sleeved, I can still feel festively fall in maroon without overheating in this California heat!
4. Nordstrom Cafe
Once I discovered Nordstrom Cafe I became totally hooked. The food is clean, delicious, and such a better option than the run of the mill food court. Usually found on the top floor of Nordstrom, you have a wide variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, and entrees to choose from. Not to mention the wide variety of wines and cocktails to make the meal a lot more fun. My usual, pictured above, is a half serving of the lime cilantro chicken salad with a cup of the soup de jour. TOO GOOD.
5. Jane the Virgin
Season 3 just started on Monday and OMG I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I discovered this show this past winter and I binged all the available episodes in an embarrassingly short amount of time. JTV is so funny yet honest and over the top all at once. Enjoy the blooper real above and then go watch all the episodes if you haven't yet ASAP!
Hello from NorCal!
Today's look is a classic staple because you can never go wrong, nor uncomfortable, in a dress, blazer, and flats combo. Super easy to throw on for work, school, errands, whatever you do.
Banana Republic blazer [secondhand, $30], Merona dress [new, $8], Tory Burch flats [new, $120], Louis Vuitton crossbody [secondhand, $100], Gucci scarf [new, gift], Rayban wayfarers [new, gift]
I actually found this dress at Target, and I'm typically super skeptical of Target clothes (unless it is one of their designer lines) because I have lost sooooo many cute pieces to pilling, which is my enemy numero uno. But because it was 100% cotton, and under $10, I took the risk. And it has definitely paid off! No wear so far on the fabric, and it is sooooo comfy.
The white blazer is an eBay purchase, with a Banana Republic blazer usually going for around $150-$200. Mine still has plenty of wear, and is super easy to throw on and make an outfit more complete.
These gorgeous ruby slippers are a recent purchase you may already know about if you follow my social media accounts. My first pair of Tory Burch flats! We picked them up at a TB outlet store in Germany, and I have already put quite a few miles on them. They perfectly add a pop of color to anything! (If you read my last post you'll know this is something I'm working on...)
Love the detail this Gucci scarf adds to the whole look, and how it ties in with the flats to add a little more variation to the outfit.
Thank you for reading, and if you enjoy posts like this, please let me know in the comments below! More from Northern Cali coming soon!
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