Product Review: Hana Professional Blow Dryer

Misikko asked me to do a product review on one of their best selling professional blow dryers. Specifically, they sent me this one. I am already a big fan of their hair straighteners (see this post), but was a bit skeptical about their blow dryers since I've always had bad luck with them. I prefer to wash my hair in the evening and let it air dry over night. Either that, or I just let my hair air dry for one day and style it the next. Plus, I have very thick hair so it takes forever for it to blow dry. It can be frustrating that I can't immediately style my hair once I get out of the shower, but it's always been worth it to me because of how dry and brittle my hair can get after a blow out.

However, I was pleasantly surprised that this is not the case when using the Hana Professional Blow Dryer. I used the Hana Shine Shield on my hair first and then blew it dry with a round brush for a full and sleek blow out. The drying process took maybe 15 minutes (that's quick for my hair), and the cool air kept me from getting overheated in my A/C free bathroom. The dryer is not very loud, too, so my kids actually stayed asleep while I did my hair.
My hair was soft, smooth, shiny, and full bodied after the blow out with no need for touch ups with a flat iron. I'm definitely in love with my new blow dryer!

Misikko carries several professional blow dryers as well as chi blow dryers. You should check them out if you are in the market for professional styling tools.


Product Review: Bumpits

I recently purchased a pair of Bumpits from Misikko. I'm amazed at how simple they are to use, and how long they remain in place! The instructions tell you to tease your hair first, but I find I don't have to. I just pull some hair up, stick the Bumpit in place, fan the hair over it, spray a little hairspray (if I'm leaving my hair down), or go sans hairspray if I pin my hair in place in the back, and I'm good to go for the entire day!


Outfit Post: Sophisticated Preppy

Dress - Ann Taylor - hand-me-down
Scarf - thrifted - $.10
Espadrilles - Nine West - gifted
Clutch - Target - $3


What I Wore's Giveaway

One of my absolute favorite bloggers is giving away 10 copies of her new book!
Jessica Quirk from What I Wore is giving away 10 signed copies of her new book, plus a personalized illustration - check it out!


Outfit Post: Weekend Conference

Green knit dress - Merona - won
Black blazer - Jones New York - $2
Hoop earrings - Premier Jewelry - $21
Black pumps - BCBGirls - $21

Dress - Banana Republic - $5
Pumps - Jessica Simpson - gifted
Hoop earrings - Premier Jewelry - $21


Outfit Post: Bright Fuschia

Skirt - J.Crew - hand-me-down
Shirt - Banana Republic - $11
Pumps - BCBGirls - $21
Earrings - Premier Jewelry - $21
Belt - Banana Republic - $4
Shades - Wal-Mart - $7


Outfit Post

Top - Kohl's - $7
Jeans - JBrand - gifted
Earrings - $.50
Esapdrilles - DSW - $9
Shades- Wal-Mart - $7


Outfit Post: Dark Neutrals

Top - Wal-Mart - $1
Earrings - gifted
Belt - Kohl's - $2
Pants - Gap - $6
Shoes - I don't remember!
Shades - Wal-Mart - $7


Not Really An Outfit Post: Dressing Up Baby

I love having a daughter! Dressing her each day is so much fun!
 This big pink bow is my favorite bow for her - the bigger the flower the better!

I'm wearing shorts from Dillards that were $7, a thrifted t-shirt from the Gap for $1, wedges from DSW for $8, and a vintage cuff bracelet that was gifted.


Food Post: Chicken Souvlaki

One of my best friends bought me a subscription to the House Beautiful magazine. One of the many things I love about it is their recipe of the month. I tried this month's recipe, chicken souvlaki, and loved it!
 You use cilantro, lemon, yogurt, tumeric, coriander, chili pepper, and olive oil to marinate the chicken in, and then once you grill the chicken on kebabs, they are ready to be stuffed in pitas with cilantro and a cilantro, lemon, and yogurt sauce. I cut up boiled beets, sugar snap peas, and green onions for the side, too. So fresh and light, but packed with flavor!
 The best thing about cooking is getting to wear one of my aprons from my apron collection!
 Even my 4 year old son loved it, and there's not much he likes.