Dress - Express - 7 years ago bought for my going away dress at my reception. Since then I've added the straps and hemmed it
I thought it fitting to post this dress since on this day 7 years ago was when I first wore it. This has been the best 7 years of my life. I'm so grateful to love and be loved by such a wonderful man! To celebrate, we're headed to Italy!
This picture is from two years ago on the day of my very first race. It was a 5K. I ran it in 31 minutes with my good friend, Stephanie (in the pink shirt). Since then I've entered a few more races, just to keep me out there running. I keep my pace slow and always run with a friend so I can chat and have fun when I'm out there. I never race to win, just to give myself a goal. After this first race two years ago, I've run one other 5K and two other 10Ks. Tomorrow morning will be my first ever half marathon and I'm totally excited! I usually work up to running 9 miles each year, but this is my first year that I will have worked up to 13.1 miles! I'm hoping to keep up a 10 minute mile pace. I have a friend who is running it with me and we'll probably chat for most of it so we keep the race fun.
Apparently a former reader is upset at some inconsistencies on this blog regarding hair products. The fact that I said I rarely do my hair (I don't use blow dryers, straighteners, curling irons, etc.) and yet I've done several product reviews and tutorials on the subject confused her. She feels I said great things about those products just because they were given to me for free. I get that. It is not the case, but I can see why she would think that.
I should have clarified yesterday's post by saying that I rarely do my hair *anymore*. But yes, I've always preferred the au naturale look. I go through seasons of appreciating certain colors, products, styles, and clothes - this includes hair products, styles, and cuts. This season in my life is about not having to style my hair. Since we're getting close to summer season and everyone's hair is probably having some difficulty staying styled, I thought I'd tell you about another way I style my hair using no curling irons, blow dryers, or straighteners. However, in future posts, and in past posts, I have and will post about the benefits of using products even though I prefer not using them all the time. Right now I have chosen to go au naturale, but tomorrow I may use a curling iron or straightener. In fact, I hate the color black, and yet I wear it often on this blog. Sometimes out of necessity, boredom, curiosity, or whatever else, I try things that I don't prefer. Hope that clarifies it for some of you. And if not, feel free to ask.
I stand by the products I was given for free. They truly are amazing. I just haven't needed to use them much lately and prefer to not have to use them at all. But soon I'll be in a no baby season of my life again, get bored with my hair, and experiment with all the products I have.
I rarely blow dry, curl, or straighten my hair. I prefer the au naturale look most of the time, and thankfully I have pretty easy going hair that doesn't usually have to be styled to look ok. In the summer, though, I love to add a bit of product to my air dried hair. I use salt sprays to achieve a beachy hair look. I've used all kinds of products in the past, but my favorite is the stuff I make myself.
I add a teaspoon or more of sea salt to a spray bottle filled with warm water, a dab of conditioner (or this time around I used melted coconut oil) and then sprayed it generously in my hair. Using my homemade product achieves the look I have below.
When I'm going for the beachy hair look, I shampoo my hair only twice a week. The saltwater dries out my hair, so all I do is rinse it lightly with water in the shower and then let it air dry half way before spraying it with the saltwater. If my hair ends up too greasy, I just use dry shampoo, and if it gets too dry, I will skip the shampoo and just add conditioner to the ends.