Heart You

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Ahhh, it’s good to be back in NYC (and to be back on the blog)! I took a red-eye from LAX on Saturday night and got back to the city on Sunday morning. It was so nice to be home and see my family for Christmas, but I’m also happy to be back here in my cozy little bedroom.

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Another nice thing about being on break is that I had plenty of time to take photos in daylight. Stay tuned, as this is the first of several outfit posts from CA! I brought a couple of fancier dresses with me and this LRD (little red dress) was one of them. After adding a statement necklace and a red lip, I was all gussied up and ready to go.

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I borrowed these fun heart-shaped sunnies from my sister. I’d forgotten my own sunglasses at home, but luckily she had a spare pair for me in her car. And speaking of cars, here’s a fun little selfie that I took with my siblings that same day. I love these guys.

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Outfit Details: Dress and Necklace- Forever 21 // Purse- Dana Buchman at Kohl’s (old) // Sunglasses (borrowed from my sister) // Tights- Joe Fresh // Shoes- BP ‘Trolley’ Ankle Boot from Nordstrom // Lips- Mirenesse Glossy Kiss in #2 Flirty Kiss // photos- my sister

Home for Christmas

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Just popping in quickly to wish you all a Merry Christmas! As you may know, I’ve been home in California for the last few days and it’s been so wonderful to see my family and spend time with them. I’ve taken a step back from everything and have been relaxing, reading, watching movies, and playing games with the family.

I can’t believe how quickly 2013 flew by and I’m curious to see what 2014 will bring. Thank you so much to all you lovely people out there who read my blog and I can’t wait to see where this blog will go next year!

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My Easy Holiday Hairstyle

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I’m back today to show you my easy holiday hairstyle. After looking over the inspiration I pulled in this post, I decided to go with this look because I liked its simple elegance. Like I’ve said, I’m no hair expert, so if I can pull together this ‘do, I bet you can too! Keep reading to find out how to get this look in five steps.

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1. Before we got started, I washed and conditioned my hair with the Pantene Relaxed Intense Moisturizing Shampoo and Pantene Relaxed Moisturizing Conditioner which left my hair feeling clean and soft. After my hair dried, I applied a small amount of the Pantene Heat Potion Serum. I put a dollop in my palms and then combed it through with my fingers. I knew I was going to be using the curling iron, so I wanted to put this on first to provide some protection for my hair.

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2. Then I curled my hair as I normally would. I have a curling iron with a 1″ barrel and I prefer tighter curls, so that’s what I went for. You could also do looser waves like they did here.

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3. After curling my hair, I sprayed a light mist of the Pantene Advanced+ Keratin Repair KeraGloss Oil Mist which is designed to make your hair look smooth and shiny. Who doesn’t want luscious, shiny locks?

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4. I took a small section of hair on one side of my head and twisted it towards the back of my head, securing it in the back with a bobby pin. I did the same thing on the other side of my head, except I tucked this section under the first twist before pinning it in the back of my head.

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5. Lastly, I sprayed a light coat of the Pantene Stylers Flexible Hold Hairspray all around my head to hold everything in place.

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Voilà, the finished look! That process didn’t seem too bad, right? I wore this look for my work holiday party and I’m happy to report that it held up all day! 

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(Products used here c/o Pantene: Pantene Stylers Flexible Hold Hairspray, Pantene Advanced+ Keratin Repair KeraGloss Oil Mist, Pantene Heat Potion Serum, Pantene Relaxed Intense Moisturizing Shampoo, Pantene Relaxed Moisturizing Conditioner; photos- Delayed Missives)

Disclosure: I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Gift Guide 2013: Under $10

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Tomorrow I’ll be heading on a plane heading back to California! Before I leave snowy NYC, I wanted to put together one last gift guide for the year- the under $10 set. These gifts are perfect little presents to give to family/friends or to use as stocking stuffers. I hope you enjoyed my gift guide series this year and that you picked up a few ideas. Also, don’t forget to come back tomorrow to see which holiday hairstyle I chose!

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H&M Mini Cake Stand (in my dreams my kitchen is filled with pretty pieces like this cake stand) // Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap // Joe Fresh Glitter Skinny Belt (I’ll admit it- I like sparkly things!) // Modcloth Elephant Earrings // Poppin White Small Notebook with Gold Initial (as soon as I saw this notebook, I had to have it, so I bought one for myself!) // Modcloth Lovin Spoonfuls Set // Essie Encrusted Treasures Ignite the Night (I’m thinking this is the perfect NYE polish) // Kate Spade Saturday Morning Mug (this mug is on sale right now and I’m finding it really difficult to resist) // J. Crew Printed Playing Cards (get 30% off these pretty cards with the code GIFTNOW)