Thursday, September 29, 2011

Product Rave & Review: Oribe Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray

I hate to do this (no, I really do). I am about to out-of-control RAVE about a $42 hair product, so with fair warning, if you need to click off this page because you don't want to have yet another amazing hair product on your wishlist, then now is the time.

I first heard of the Oribe product line at my hair salon, which is a Bumble and Bumble salon but they also started to carry the Oribe line this year. The products were a little pricey and I hadn't heard much about them so I laid low until I had time to do a little research.

I started to see Oribe products in magazines, on websites like makeupalley.com and on other blogs and one product in particular struck my fancy.

It was Oribe's "Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray."  What a name, right?!...and a royal price tag to match.  If I'm shelling out $42 for a hair product, it better work in some pretty wondrous ways.

Here's how Oribe describes the product:

For the ultimate blowout. this ultra-lightweight mist smooths even the worst-behaved mop while speeding dry time. It also repairs split ends, nourishes, softens and strengthens the hair, giving it healthy body and shine. Spray on damp hair from mid-shaft to ends; go section by section to blow even straighter.
It was love at first spray with this one, folks. Before a blowout, I spray it through my hair, from the nape of my neck down to my ends only.  I apply it after the mousse I use on my roots but before any other products that I use on my hair because it is a heat protectant and I want to have it as my first "layer of defense," so to say.

Then, I blow out my hair, as usual.  The product basically creates a smoother, shinier blowout, without weighing down your hair whatsoeverIt also just eases the process of blowdrying.  Hair get smoother, softer, faster.  Less snags, less frizz and more shine!
I highly recommend this one, especially if you have long hair like me that you blowdry.  I still enjoy Living Proof's "Straight" spray, but if I had to pick between the two, I'd spring for the Oribe spray. You can buy it on Oribe.com or on Amazon

Have you used any Oribe products? The others on my wishlist are the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and the Oribe Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray (great for Houston summers!)

Thanks for reading and I hope everyone is looking forward to a great weekend!

xoxo,

Veronika.

FTC: I purchased this product with my own money from my hair salon.  These are my honest thoughts after having personally used the product. I am not being compensated to write this review, I just LOVE the product THAT much.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

OOTD: Polka Dots & Essie's "French Affair"

This is just a super quick post to show you today's outfit.  I wore the Old Navy polka dot top I showed you all in my latest haul video:

Top: Old Navy (buy it here!)
Skirt- Banana Republic
Necklace- Forever 21
Shoes- Ivanka Trump (buy them here!)


 Oh and also, I noticed today how long my hair is getting so I snapped a pic to show the length in the back. It's time for a trim!

For those wondering, on my nails is Essie's "French Affair." I absolutely LOVE it,
such a beautiful pink color:


What is everyone up to this weekend? I am getting a pedicure on Saturday and that's about it for now...

xoxo,

Veronika.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Home Tour: Updates w/ Furniture & Decor

I am excited to share with you a photo-tour of our new home with furniture and decor!  I took these over the weekend after cleaning like a maniac.

Dark hardwood floors are beautiful, but I've never vacuumed so much in my life.  Because our second floor is basically one long rectangle, the vacuuming is actually pretty easy so no complaints here. 

I'm going to show the home by room, working from the first floor, to the third floor. Remember, you can click on any of the photos to enlarge them.  You'll see some temporary blinds in our home right now---and I have to give a quick shout-out to Ready Shade blinds...it's like $10 a pack and they are amazing.  We plan to get curtains but until then, these are doing the trick!

So here is our guest bedroom that is downstairs on the first floor of our home.  It has french doors both leading into it and leading out to our backyard.
This is the guest bath

When you go up these stairs to our second floor, you say HI to Lulu:

Behind Lulu is where our half bath is. I love that we have one on this floor because we spend so much time in the living room/kitchen/dining area and it's nice not to have to go upstairs to use the bathroom. It's great for when we have guests too!

Next up, immediately to your right as you go up the stairs is our kitchen:

counter-height bar stools were a total steal at IKEA!  Absolutely love them and glad we went with something light since everything else is so dark. It creates a lovely contrast.

Next up is our dining area. It's small and I think I'll eventually switch out that table, but honestly, we just really love eating at the island in our kitchen.

We also have this great little nook that we can use to display things in the area on the left of the picture above. Eventually I'll figure out what I want to put there, but for now, there's a picure frame, glass canister and candle.


Our living room is where we relax, watch TV and where I blog!  It has doors that go out to a small balcony. We haven't purchased anything to go on the balcony yet but since it's end of season it might be a good time to check out the sales.

 New pillow from Marshalls Home Goods for $14.99!


That's our entire second floor. Heading up to our third floor, you'll find my messy office (with remnants from my hail video over the weekend still there)

Then, down the hallway you'll find our master bedroom, bath and closets:

(As a side note, our home was a model so many of the walls are painted already---I plan to change it eventually---though I love the walls in the living room, kitchen and master bath...
I may change the master and the guest room)

My new IKEA HEMNES dresser. Fits SO much stuff!

Here are some additional shots of my closet, which is right off the master bath,
which you'll see in just a moment:
And here is our master bath. I love the wall color a lot, as mentioned above.
It's all travertine tile and counter tops.



Well ladies, that's everything!  I hope you enjoyed this little tour and I can't wait to share our updates and little projects with you all.  We feel settled into our home now and that's a wonderful feeling.


xoxo,


Veronika.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Outfit: Celebrating Liz Week at JCPenney!

Happy Monday everyone!  Today is an especially exciting Monday for me because I get to share with you some outfits I created as part of Liz Week at JCPenney. This Fall marks the one year anniversary of the Liz Claiborne and JCPenney partnership so JCPenney is celebrating the event with a special "Liz Week" that runs from September 18th through October 1st.

JCPenney  provided me with a gift card so I could shop the Liz Claiborne line and create a look of my very own to celebrate Liz Week.  I found such an incredibly versatile tunic/shirt, that I actually created three looks featuring the Liz Claiborne 3/4 Belted Tunic Top and I also purchased the Liz Claiborne Side Zip Skirt, which is featured in the first look I created.

My first look was a look I created for the office---I paired the Liz pencil skirt and tunic top together and added my own shoes, handbag, belt and necklace. 

By the way, my husband shot these photos and I must say, I was pretty impressed since he's never really taken photos before.  You should have seen us on our back patio in the Texas heat trying to hang that step and repeat with painter's tape! It was uber- glamorous, LOL! I should have filmed it! The backdrop fell like 3 times.

 
 


Belt- J.Crew
Necklace- Forever 21
Shoes- Target
Bag- Michael Kors


My next outfit showcased how the tunic top could be worn in a more casual way---maybe for happy hour after work or for a lunch date. This time, I wore the tunic untucked and paired with my own skinny jeans, belt and peep-toe heels with a little bow to add a feminine touch.


Top- Liz Claiborne 3/4 Belted Tunic Top 
Jeans- GAP "Always Skinny"
Shoes- Me Too
Belt- Express
Bag- Tory Burch


For my final outfit, I decided to infuse some color to show how the Liz top could really complement a brighter look.  I paired it with a hot pink skirt and handbag and a studded belt.




Top- Liz Claiborne 3/4 Belted Tunic Top
Skirt- Zara
Belt- J.Crew
Shoes- Target
Necklace- NYLightMetals on Etsy.com
Bag- Kate Spade


Which outfit do you like best? Let me know in the comments below!

I also wanted to let you know abut the "7 Days of Style" contest being hosted as part of Liz Week. Since JCPenny is working with seven different bloggers from seven different cities across the US to create a different look for each day of the week, they are hosting a “7 Days of Style” contest offering you a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to NYC for a tour of REDBOOK magazine, meet and greet with the fashion director, a $1,000 Liz Claiborne shopping spree and a set of Liz Claiborne luggage (that sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me).  If you're interested, you can enter here:
http://www.lizclaibornecontest.com/.
Thank you for reading and hope everyone's week is off to a great start!

xoxo,

Veronika.

 
FTC Disclaimer:  I was provided with a gift card to purchase the two Liz Claiborne items specified in this post. All opinions are my own. I am not being compensated to write this post.
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