Monday, March 19, 2018

Pinboard Inspiration

So this is not some groundbreaking idea, but I thought I'd write about this in order to get your opinion! Do you have a pinboard in your office/by your desk?

I'm typically one of those people that do not like clutter and I keep my desk space pretty neat and organized at all times. I don't really have many photos displayed to remind me of the people I love nor do I have any ticket stubs or anything to remind me of the fun times as I'm pouring over Excel spreadsheets (blah). Because of this, I feel a touch uninspired. 

I think one of the solutions to creating a more inspiring space is to put up a pinboard near my desk. It would highlight some of my favorite branding that I have saved, I could pin some of my favorite photos, ticket stubs, and more. I actually have an entire folder filled with things that I have saved that inspire me. I never really see what is in the folder, though.

The other night I was trying to get organized and I went through all of my folders/paper to get rid of anything I didn't need. Well, I started looking through my inspiration folder (like a physical Pinterest board) and I immediately became reinspired. Whether it was a swatch of fabric or a napkin from a hotel, there were so many pretty things in the folder and so many great memories.

So, I think I am going to get a pinboard to put on a wall next to my desk, but I worry it may look too cluttered... or like a college dorm room. What do you think? Do you have a pinboard in your space? I pulled the images above to give me some ideas because I think they all look organized and 'clean'. Scroll through the widget above to see the boards I am considering! 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Saturday Shopping 3/17/2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone! I hope your weekend is off to a great start. Today I'll be downtown celebrating the holiday with friends and family. I celebrated downtown last year and it was so much fun! 

This week went by so quickly. After returning from Charleston on Monday, I had a very productive rest of the week. I was able to get a ton of work done while also getting a lot done around my apartment, too. Last night I actually stayed in and deep cleaned my apartment which desperately needed to be done. 

I didn't come across too much this week, but scroll through the widget at the top of this post to see what I am loving! 

Friday, March 16, 2018

How To: Get Smooth Curls

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One of the most requested topics in the history of Summer Wind is my hair. You all give me the sweetest compliments and I am so happy it's a topic that you are interested in! Today I've partnered with one of my favorite haircare brands, Wella to share how I get my curls to stay shiny, smooth, and frizz-free. 

With warmer weather on the horizon, taming my curls can be a challenge... especially with humidity. Wella Professionals offers a line called Oil Reflections, and it is probably my favorite haircare lines ever created. I have tried many hair products and I like a lot of them but it's a rarity that a product makes it into my daily routine. I mentioned this in my instastories, but I feel like the Oil Reflections line is the best because the products work so well together but also work well on their own...that's hard to find! 

If you have color-treated, thick, or damaged hair, this line is totally for you. Or, if you want to increase shine and tackle humidity, this line is also for you. I use the shampoo and conditioner daily, and follow up with the Luminous Reboost Mask about 1-2 times per week. It's one of the best masks I have tried because the product is really thick and I'm able to see smooth and shiny results immediately after drying my hair. This might be due to the camellia oil and white tea extract which help to nourish hair!

I apply the Luminous Smoothing Oil with my hands on my damp, towel-dried hair. I then my hair so the product becomes evenly distributed. I blow dry and divide my hair into sections for curling. 

Once I am done curling, I use a few pumps of the Light Luminous Reflective Oil and use my fingers to break up the curls. I'm a huge fan of hair oils... this is one product I cannot go without. I love that Wella offers two types of oil: a regular and a light. My sister has fine hair and she prefers just using the light version. However, since I have such thick hair, I really like using the luminous smoothing oil on my damp hair and then finishing it off with the lighter oil. I think these two products help me to achieve the most shine and smooth texture possible! 

This is what the finished product looks like! I took this photo while in Charleston where it is known to be humid. It was actually about to rain so it was very humid and my hair stayed smooth! Thank you to Wella for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Lately 3/15/2018

Top c/o// White Jeans (size down)
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Wearing: This cute little top (under $100) arrived a few days too late for my Caribbean trip so I thought it would make the perfect addition to my Charleston trip! It's a nice lightweight with an A-line shape and the most darling pleated neckline. But the real showstopper is the back where it dips into a V and ties into a bow!

Drinking: La Croix sent me a taste of their new, NiCola, which is 'cola' sparkling water. It free of calories, sweeteners, or sodium. Unlike a typical cola, it's clear... It's not my favorite from La Croix, but if you are a cola person, this might be a great healthier option! 

Reading: I have so much respect for brands that are SO creative and this collaboration between Richter and Beauty Rest at SXSW is pretty freaking cool. 

Sale-ing: If you are reading this before 1pm EST, then you are going to want to take advantage of the Jack Rogers sample sale. You can get 2 pairs of sandals and a pair of booties for $175! That's less than $60/pair! They're basically the only sandals I wear in the summer! 

Did you see that The Crown isn't coming back until 2019?! I'm so sad because I love the show, but at least excited there will be another season. This is such a good read- I didn't realize that season three will be a completely different cast! It's set to film this summer and season three will cover up to 1976!

Loving: Henry is OBSESSED with this ball. I am so so so glad I found it- one of you guys recommended it to me, so thank you! It is a soft(ish) rubber ball with two holes. You can put treats in the holes or just let your dog chew on the ball. Henry obviously loves when a treat is inside, but he is also obsessed with just chewing on the ball. It's clearly his #1 favorite toy ever and that makes me so happy!
Loving II: Pardon the goofy photo, but if you watch my instastories, then you already know about these mirrored sunglasses. I'm not really one of those people who has a million pairs of sunglasses. I typically favor 1-2 pairs and really only have about 4 or 5 pairs that I absolutely love. I saw these sunglasses while in Hampden Clothing in Charleston and tried them on thinking it would be 'funny'. Well, turns out I loved them and they actually fit my face! They're something that is wayyyy out of my comfort zone and they're definitely a trend, but I felt SO cool in them! I decided to get them and Callie ended up getting them, too!

Wanting: Um, have you seen these MASSIVE floats? I'm totally on board with these and want one for our lake trip this summer! Scroll through the widget above to see more of my favorites from this week! 

Pittsburgh-ing: I'm looking forward to checking out The Warren, a cute little cocktail bar that opened downtown on 7th street. 

Quoting: 'Don't ever save anything for a special occasion. Being alive is a special occasion.' // See more of my favorites, here. 

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