Natural Hair Must Haves

                           
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Transitioning to natural hair can be hard and time consuming, especially considering the texture of hair you have. So I have compiled a couple of things that all naturals need to have healthy hair.
What I have learned during my transition period is to make sure you have the right products and that your hair is always moisturizer to combact breakage. I like to use this here, to add moisture to my hair daily. I also use a nutrient dense conditioner as a moisturizer, meaning I add it into my wet hair and do not rise it out. A good conditioner is one of the best investments a natural girl can make. Two of my favorites are here and here.

When washing your hair using conditioner is best to cleanse because it doesn’t lather and strip your hair of its natural oils. My favorite conditioner to co-wash is this one here, because it has a lot of slip. Meaning that the conditioner makes it easier to comb or brush through your hair and detangle it. The brush I use to detangle can be found here and the comb here.

Some key items you want to added to your list of products is a blow dryer with a diffuser (here), a good gel if you want to wear your hair curly. I like this one. Bobby pins (here) are a naturals girls number 2 best friend. I honestly don’t know what I would do some days without them. The last three things that you should definitely have are coconut oil (here) to seal your hair, and ponytail holders (here) and headbands (found here) to pull back you hair for easy styles.

If you are transitioning your hair you may want to think about protective styles such as braids or a sew-in. This helps with breakage. 

What are your favorite products? Shop the rest of mine below.

XoXo
Alli

Hair Care Favorites

There is nothing like finding haircare products that you love.  I have tried many but there are a few that I continuously use on a daily or weekly basis. What are your favorite go to products?


                                
Having naturally coarse curly hair, that is not chemically straightened, makes detangling my hair a process. So my number one go to hair care product is a conditioner with a lot of “slip”. All my naturals know what I mean by slip. A conditioner that can coat wet hair and have just enough oils and thickness to it, for you to be able to comb through your hair to get out the tangles. One brand that I really enjoy is  the Garnier Fructis Grow Strong (conditioner here, shampoo here). I love this brand because it is super affordable and can be found at any local drug store. It gives the right amount of protection from breakage so that it is easier to detangle your hair while wet. It also adds a ton of moisture to combat dryness. I use the Grow Strong conditioner as a leave in when I do my wash and goes and also when I put my hair up in a ponytail. Some other Garnier products that I add to the mix sometimes are the Triple Nutrition line (favorites here, here, and here). This line is great and definitely worth trying if you have very dry hair that is prone to breakage. 
                                 
Adding moisture and sealing your hair with oils is a curly girls best tip to combat fizziness. Coconut oil is one of my favorite types of oil to use in my hair.  Coconut Oil adds luster, shine and softens the driest of hair. It stimulates hair growth, while preventing breakage. One brand of coconut oil that I have been using lately and really like is the Majestic Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil (found here). Since it is fractionated it does not become solid which makes it easy to add to your hair. I have been using this product as a deep conditioning oil treatment before I wash my hair and it has helped keep my hair moisturized over a period of days. Majestic Pure coconut oil comes with screw on top and pump for easy access and transport. Not only is it great for moisturizing hair it is great for your skin too, such as,  eye makeup remover, massage, natural deodorant. and shaving cream. While you are waiting that half an hour to an hour for the coconut oil to deep condition your hair you can definitely do some at home spa treatments with it.  

Other great products I will be trying soon are the Aveda Smooth infusion line (find all the products here). I hear this line is good for straightening your hair. I cannot wait to try, review coming soon. Stay tuned!

XoXo

Alli

Coconut Oil c/o Majestic Pure

Sheinside

I’m definitely a lover of lace and this coffee long sleeve hollow lace chiffon top from Sheinside is my favorite.

 I paired it with some cropped skinnies and leopard flats to give the outfit a little flair. It’s perfect for social functions with friends or even date night. You can find the exact top here, which is 35% off right now. I have linked similar pieces from this outfit below. Hope you enjoy!

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Alli

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Insta Lately

                      
If you are anything like me, you have been crazy busy lately. I need an extra day during the week to get everything finish.

 Although busy, there is no need not to dress stylish. Anyway below I have linked many of the outfits that I have posted on Instagram lately. Hope you enjoy!

                                                                           XoXo
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Beginning of Fall Fashion

Even though we still have a couple of hot and humid days among us, I could not wait for chilly temps to break out the boots (or booties).
I love this time of year because I can pair clothing from all seasons together to make an outfit. I wore the outfit below to a friend’s baby shower this past weekend. The jean jacket and tank are casual but when paired with this pleated skirt it makes the outfit a little more fancy. I love combining casual pieces with things that are a little more dressy because it takes your outfit to the next level. These pieces together are perfect for small social gatherings with friends. Check out outfit details below. Hope you enjoy!

                                                                  XoXo,
                                                                    Alli

Rocking the Dress

I am a dress girl. Who is with me? I love a good dress. And the one is by far one of my favorites.

I wore this dress a couple weeks ago in vegas to an Aerosmith concert and knew I had to shoot it. The geometric print and colors are what really drew me to this dress. You can wear this dress out with the girls, on date night with that special someone or even to a concert. The fit is great because the dress is from Eshakti, an online clothing company that you can customize the fit of their clothing to fit your body type. You can find the exact dress here. I linked similar dresses below along with accessories. Hope you enjoy!

XoXo
Alli 

Wearing Graphic Art

Who loves art? I do! I do! What’s better than wearing a dress that looks like art? 

I love this dress. It’s fun and flirty. This fit and flair is definitely suitable for many occasions whether to a wedding or a cocktail party. The dress is from Eshakti, which is a clothing company that you can customize the fit of their clothing to match your body type. You can find the dress below here. I have also linked similar dresses as well as accessories. Oh and the earrings I have on are from this great company called  Made in Mechanicsville. Check them out here. Hope you enjoy!

XoXo
Alli

Jumpsuits for Fall

I do not know about you but I think jumpsuits are great for transitioning to fall weather. They are going to be a staple in my closet this season. What is going to be your favorite fall staple? Wether it is a little chilly out and you throw on a cute blazer with it or there is still warm temperatures, jumpsuits are idea for varied occasions. You can dress them up with heels and jewelry or keep it more casual with flats. Jumpsuits allow you many options. I have linked some of my favorite jumpsuits below. The one I have on is from Shophope’s. Hope you enjoy!
XoXo
Alli

My Day at Huber’s Winery

Did someone say winery?? If so that is where you can find me. Yes I am a wino! 🙂 Last week some of my coworkers and I took our summer intern to Huber’s Orchard and Winery for her last day. Wine tasting is always a  good day.  Do you have a favorite winery that you suggest to visit? If you live close to or ever visit Southern Indiana you should visit Huber’s. Check out my day at the winery and outfit details below. Hope you enjoy!
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                                                                          Alli

Fashionable Fitness

Who says you can’t be fashionable while working out? Looking good while working out has always motivated me. I feel like when I look the part I want to push myself to go a little further in the gym or run another lap outside. I love cute workout clothes and if I going to spend the money to buy them than I am going to use them for that purpose. This jacket is one of my favorites pair with navy workout pants and a white tee, I am ready to run (or shall I say jog) a couple miles. Check out details below. Hope you enjoy!
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Alli