Balayage & Hair Extensions

Hi Babes!

My hair is finally done and I am so excited!! I have not done anything to my hair in almost 6 years and knew I needed to do something different, so balayage was my first step. In this post I am going to talk a little about the process of both dying my hair and getting the extensions so I apologize in advance for the long post!

Before I get into it, I just have to tell you guys about this amazing salon I went to. Hairology was amazing and truly exceeded my expectations. The set up and decor is so pretty and I love that about them. I truly believe that wherever you go, the look of the place directly reflects their service. If it is nicely kept and pretty, you know you will get good service, which is exactly what I got here. Everyone is so nice and they are all willing to help each other. I highly recommend them!

Balayage

Like I mentioned above, I have not done anything with my hair in 6 years and have dark brown hair. I knew the process wouldn’t be easy and would probably not turn out the way I wanted it to, but I was so wrong. Amy from Hairology looked at the pictures I showed her and listened to what I was looking for and provided that and much more! I showed her the three pictures below and a few more and told her I wanted my hair to look like that, I wanted blonde but not full blonde.

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My inspiration pictures really helped to show Amy exactly what I was looking for. Since my hair was so dark, the entire process took about 2.5 hours. I sat under the heat for about 35 minutes and sat without heat for about 25.

Once the color we were looking for started to lift, Amy and her fellow employees washed out my hair and put in a toner to get the blonde I wanted. I do have to mention, if you plan on getting extensions all while dying your hair, make sure they try to match a color. Amy is familiar with the extension colors and knew the color I was looking for so matching for me wouldn’t be a problem. When Amy first washed my hair and took it out of the towel, I thought it wasn’t light enough, but you truly cannot tell until your hair is dry. When she dried it, I was in love!

The color came out perfect and I honestly could not wait! The next step was ordering the extensions. I knew I wanted them for length, so I got the 18-20 inch extension in the color 5/23 which is an ombre color. It usually takes about 2 days to come in if they are in stock, so I made my appointment and left.

Extensions

Waiting the three days to come get my extensions done, felt like a lifetime. I was so excited that I just wanted it to happen asap. The day finally came, and I could hardly wait. They instructed me to wash my hair that morning and to straighten it. When the hair is straight, it is easier to get the Tape in Extensions put in. I will tell you later in the post why I chose the Tape Ins over all the other ones they have, but wanted to let you know a little bit about the process first.

When I got there, they started the process right away. Amy sectioned off my hair and started putting them in. I couldn’t believe how easy it was. It was like taping items together except obviously the tape is a stronger adhesive. I was done within 20 minutes and then we curled my hair. The process was so quick and easy and Amy made sure to answer all my questions and give me some details.

I was not allowed to wash my hair for 24-48 hours. When I brush my hair, I can brush by the tape but I have to make sure not to push and brush through the tape. The upkeep for them is every 10-12 weeks where I would go back and have them lifted. The hair lasts for 3 uses so basically for a total of 9 months. I love them and can’t wait to style my hair now!

Other Extensions & My Thoughts on Tape Ins

I have had various different types of extensions including clip ins, Braidless beaded sew ins, and fusion extensions. After a few hours I was sick of them for various reasons. With the braidless beaded sew in extensions, I constantly had headaches because it was so heavy on my head. It was also impossible to comb these extensions and I hated having them. The fusion extensions weren’t as bad, but they only lasted 4-6 weeks and pulled on certain areas of my head which made it hurt. Lastly, the clip ins are always a good option, but I wanted something a little more permanent because after a few hours the clips would hurt my head.

Honestly, seeing what works best for you is the best piece of advice I can give. Most people like the fusion, but now that I have had the tape extensions I will not go back. It literally feels like nothing is in my hair and it feels so natural which is what I was looking for. I highly recommend them!
Hope this post was helpful! Let me know if you have any burning questions!

Have you had extensions before? If so, what kind?

Xo,

Nina

Fancy Two-Piece Sweat Set

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Two Piece // Chunky Necklace – similar here & here // Shoes -similar here & here

I am all about the two-piece sets lately. I used to hate how they looked on me but lately I am LIVING for them! I especially love this red two-piece sweat set from SheIn! I love off-the-shoulder clothing, so this was right up my alley. I paired this outfit with a chunky necklace and heeled sandals. I also think that it could easily be paired with a pair of chuck taylors for a cute casual look.

For sizing, I usually always size up on their items unless the comments and review say otherwise. I also have large hips so even if items are sweat pants I tend to size up so I went even bigger and went for a large from their site. It was actually big so I ended up re-ordering the outfit in a size M. So, I would say it is pretty TTS for this outfit.

Do you like two-piece outfits?

Xo,

Nina

Comfy Travel Wear

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Not sure about everyone, but I am always cold on the airplane and when traveling. Between the airport and the plane, no matter the season, it is always chilly, and I love to travel in warm comfy clothes. I always look for travel outfits that are both comfy and cute, and love this one!

This is actually a sweat jumpsuit but doesn’t have that thick material that a sweatshirt and sweatpants would have. It is so incredibly comfortable and I love the off the shoulder aspect and the cut open knees! It’s literally perfect for traveling.

I have wider hips so I always worry about items like this that they would be too tight so I ordered a large and regret it I’m usually a medium in most things like this but didn’t know how it would come, and I had to really tight tight on the waistband and pin it in the back from the inside. I would suggest going with your normal size and looking at the measurements on the site. I will most likely be returning us for a medium since I know that would fit better!

What kind of outfit do you like to travel? Let me know in the comments below!

XOXO,

Nina

The Sweater Every Girl Needs In Her Closet

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“Wow” is the only word that comes to mind about this sweater. It is so insanely gorgeous and is my new favorite duster sweater. I can’t get over the sleeves with the cute little tie. This is a perfect sweater for any season since it is not too heavy and looks cute with a dress, a skirt, jeans, or anything really. I’M OBSESSED, and I think you will be too!

Funny story about these pictures though.. I usually shoot outfits on Sunday’s but the weather on Sunday’s has been extremely gross and overcast with some rain so we have not had the chance to take some shots. I really wanted to show you guys this sweater and couldn’t wait any longer so I had my dad take some pictures of me in front of the fireplace so I apologize for the scenery. But, like I said, I couldn’t wait to show you guys the sweater and needed to just take some pictures in it no matter where it was!

I spoke about this skirt in a recent post. it was from banana republic from last year and no longer on their site but I linked a few above that are similar and just as cute.

 

XOXO,

Nina

What’s In My Cart – SheIn Edition

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Ask, and you shall receive! A bunch of you asked if I could do a what’s in my cart post about SheIn. I absolutely love SheIn and I have loved all of their products. I have been shopping here for a few years now And have never been disappointed with the material or the item itself. The only time I tend to return something is if it does not fit!

I wrote about this in a previous post but I tend to only buy something if it has reviews and I can tell that it will be a good item. I do sometimes buy things as your reviews if I don’t like it I just return it.

I love rompers and two pieces and have had my eye on that romper for a while now (also comes in four other colors) am obsessing over the pant two piece and shorts two piece. I also love the bathing suits because they are different but also SO cute.

If you have any questions feel free to ask away!

Xoxo,

Nina

Summer Wedges

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Wedges are my go to in the spring/summer months. I wear them with everything from jeans to shorts, and they can truly dress up any outfit. I have been looking for cute wedges for a while now for the my upcoming trips and everyday use and decided to put my favorites together. They are all reasonably prices and gorgeous.

What are your favorite spring/summer shoes? Do you wear wedges?

XO,

Nina


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