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Sass It Up: Old Hollywood Waves

Updated: January 4, 2017
by
LAURYN

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NEW YEAR’S EVE is almost here.

Excited for champagne, good music, a new year! Anyone else?

I feel like it’s entirely appropriate to start the New Year with a new hair style. Hence the old Hollywood waves.

( How festive of me! )

Especially in love with this look because I feel like the hair is very Margot Robbie. Right though? AND YES, you can do this at-home…that’s right guys, it’s very simple to recreate these waves on your own.

Alright, let’s get right to it shall we?

You will need:

Bristle brush
Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek Anti-Frizz Shampoo
Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek Finishing Conditioner
Bobby pins
Pantene Smooth and Sleek 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner
Hairspray
Teasing comb
Clipless iron

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Sassy, sexy old Hollywood waves:

1. Start fresh. Wash your hair with Pantene’s Smooth & Sleek shampoo & conditioner which makes your hair smooth for days. You want your hair smooth & sleek for these waves so this product is the perfect prep. Finish off with a 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner. This will provide you with the IDEAL canvas to begin your waves. These products contain anti-humidity technology to lock out frizz and extend that smooth style you’re going for!

2. Blow dry your hair, keep it simple here. Then separate the top section of hair and pin it up. Nothing special here.

3. Hold a 1-inch curling iron vertically, then wrap a large section of hair from the heavier side of your part away from your face to create your first curl. Repeat around head, creating all of the curls in the same direction. KEEP THE CURLER vertical.

4. Mist with hairspray.

5. Part the top section of your hair to the side and repeat the same steps.

6. Use a flat brush to gently brush out your waves, starting from the root from the end, to create the wave pattern. If your hair tends to use its curl, use your fingers. Want more volume? Use the teasing brush to tease it.

7. Lastly pin back one side of your part with a couple bobby pins. Add more hair spray.

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So easy, so fun. I feel like this is kind of a spin on the typical, basic bitch curl.

Plus, I ordered the Pantene products from Amazon, as in straight to my door. I’m so last-minute.

For the outfit here, I threw on a top I wore a few years ago. A metallic get-up for NYE is always good because it’s sparkly without the glitter. The lipstick I’m wearing is BRIGHT pink & it looks very party-esque. This particular color makes teeth appear whiter too. It’s the perfect pink in my opinion. To finish it off I did tons of mascara & some double-sided pearl earrings. Thankfully I had a good spray tan level 1 here too.

By the way, when I’m rocking this hair style I really commit to it. Like I wear it for a few days…like 5? LOL. It’s one of those hairstyles that lasts in the best way possible.

Sometimes, days later when the upper part gets messed up I’ll throw a beanie on & TA-DA it looks chic again. YES PLZ.

Ok, that’s it. Easy waves for ya.

What are your NYE plans? Give me all the juicy details. Live it up!

Cheers guys, lauryn x

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LAVENDER / LEMON BRIDAL SHOWER: Part 2

Updated: November 30, 2016
by
LAURYN
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Ecstatic to report our wedding photos are FINALLY ready to showcase. But before we get to that: PART TWO of the bridal shower post. Because I couldn’t leave you hanging with just PART ONE.

The couples shower was too fun not to share. For those of you who saw in real time via Snapchat, there’s more!

Anyway, we didn’t do the unwrapping of presents or any games. Instead we laughed, drank, ate, & played with my cute new nephew, DAX…well Michael hoarded him the whole time. He legit thinks he’s a baby whisperer.

Although the shower was insanely beautiful, we really missed The Nanz. She would have loved the set-up & really appreciated the extensive cheese and pickle platter. We all did a toast in her spirit which she would have loved. She would have been the center of attention for sure…probably rocking her pink jacket with white nails. Missing her more & more each day.

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As you know the location was Herb & Wood in San Diego…which is my favorite because their bar is just the most Instagram-able thing I’ve ever seen. Seriously. Go there & order a lavender gin fizz. Garnish it with their grapes because they have PEARL TOOTHPICKS that hold each garnish.

If that’s not chic, I don’t know what is?

They also have pink hummus. AND their wait staff is VERY cute and VERY single ( I asked for my friends ). So ya, run there.

Speaking of location, let’s talk about bridal shower themes & invitations.

It was very important to tell a story from the bachelorette party to the bridal shower to the four-day Cabo shenanigans ( << coming soon! ).

Clearly wanted to start with a light lavender theme & bring it full circle to the wedding. Even so, I still wanted the bridal invites to match with the wedding’s aesthetic somewhat so we opted for dark vibes with a touch of snake-skin to keep it edgy.

Snake-skin was a touch we used throughout the entire process & I lived for the detail with the dark, DARK purple. Kind of different with a twist. Just how I like it.

Just so you can see the vibe we were going for:

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If you’re wondering who manages their parent’s party invitations…I do. I really can’t help myself.

Other than that though, my parents set-up the rest. My stepmom, Julie is so talented it’s crazy. I mean she literally handmade the decor. LIKE look at the balloon strings!! Seriously. The lavender streamers & baby’s breathe details on the fireplace were completely crafted by her. I’m jealous of her incredible talent & kindness.

Stalk Julie’s cute blog here.

As for my outfit, the full look can be found here ( you should know I found the dress on Revolve & they’re having a HUGE Cyber Monday sale. 20% off !! Ahhh, I’m screwed ).

And the tutorial of the ponytail moment here.

And like I said, I designed these pretty, dainty hand pieces with CAM JEWELRY & gifted each girl with a bright pink TSC-ish box. Super festive idea for a bridal shower/baby shower/etc.

Check the hand pieces out, do you like?!

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While guests were leaving they received three things: a Better Booch Kombucha, a little goodie box, & an espresso shot with a sprig of lavender & a thin swath of lemon peel. Keeping the theme strong all the way through guys.

…Of course, the espresso shot was MAJORLY needed considering how many lavender & lemon mimosas we consumed…HA!

I have to shout out my family & friends. They are everything & I have to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of them. There’s never any unnecessary drama…or boring moments. LOL. Just good vibes all around…lots of Bossanova, champagne, & laughter. I could have had this party in a shack & we would have still had a fucking ball. Ok…maybe I would have micro-managed the shack’s decor but you get the drift.

If you’re planning a party, the people are what make it! Sometimes that’s a smaller group. Sometimes it’s a larger group. Do what works for you. There’s no ‘right way.’ Do your thing.

On that note, we’re on to the wedding tomorrow. Again bear with me, there’s a lot of bridal content to share! I’m off to watch Westworld ( who’s seen it? ) & eat apple chips in bed. Lately the cinnamon apple chip addiction is frightening. Random, but what else is new? Crumbs are everywhere.

See you guys tomorrow, happy Cyber Monday!

Chat soon, lauryn x

+ new podcast episode is LIVE ft. my cute dad, Brad. Listen here.

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Bridal Shower Ponytail Moment

Updated: February 15, 2017
by
LAURYN

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I love a good ponytail.

Really nothing better.

I feel like so many women hide behind their hair ( I AM GUILTY OF THIS ) & a ponytail screams confidence, sex appeal, and gives off a total “I don’t give a F” vibe.

As some of you know from Snapchat, my lavender & lemon themed bridal shower was on Saturday at Herb & Wood. This was the perfect opportunity to ponytail it UP. Of course, we opened a bottle of rosé & made it a little pre-bridal shower party.

Here’s the thing about ponytails: they can be effortless while being oh-so-sexy at the same time. I am a fan of covering the band ( definitely go for a nude toned holder always ) with a little bit of the hair.

Since some of you guys Snapped me asking about achieving the perfect pony, I figured LET’S DO A POST ON IT! It’s so easy – really anyone can do it.

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My favorite SD hair stylist, Shawn is BACK ( you may recognize Shawn from this post ! ).

Hey guys! I’m Shawn.

First things first, we washed Lauryn’s hair. Next up, drying the hair: I used Lauryn’s favorite blow dryer ( she loves it because it’s white…haha, I love it because it’s quick & doesn’t damage the hair ). After her hair was dry, I flat ironed Lauryn’s hair to make it very, VERY sleek. We decided on a middle part to give it a more severe, intense look.

You can do a high pony, a low pony or what we decided on was something kinda between the two. I would recommend something thicker than a thin rubber band so you can really secure the pony. Keep the hair tie nude. If your hair is on the finer side then maybe do a thinner one to avoid it from sliding.

Before you wrap the rubber band around the pony, take a comb to really make sure the top is sleek and you don’t have any random hairs popping up. Once you have the ponytail secure with the band, spray with a good hold hairspray to avoid any flyaway hairs.

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OK! Now to hide the rubber band…because let’s face it, it looks so much more chic when it’s hidden. Lauryn & I definitely prefer the illusion that the ponytail is wrapped by the hair. It’s super easy. Take a strand from the outside of the pony. Wrap that strand clockwise until you’ve covered the rubber band. Once that’s done, take a bobby pin where the end of that strand is and try to pin it into the ponytail ( where the rubber band is ) to try to hide the pin.

For products: we added a dime-size amount of oil ( you know how Lauryn loves her oils, lol ) to smooth the pony to prevent fly-aways. We used Ghost Oil, a restorative oil that hydrates the hair. For shine, we did a dime-size amount of Living Proof Nourishing Oil ( this is great for color damaged hair too ). Lastly, Lauryn wanted to smell good so we did a few drops of Madam C.J. Walker’s Coconut Oil…& VOILA! A perfect pony.

Steps simplified:

1.) Wash & dry hair.

2.) Straighten hair. Keep it sleek.

3.) Part down the middle, secure a ponytail, not too high, not too low.

4.) Take a strand from the outside of the pony. Wrap that strand clockwise until you’ve covered the rubber band.

5.) Add some fly-away oil & nourishing oil to protect the hair, & some coconut oil for smell.

Products used:

T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i ( best blow-dryer there is )

Ghost Oil ( love this stuff, no parabens / sulfates / Phthalates & has tons of essential nutrients! )

Living Proof Nourishing Oil ( again no parabens / sulfates / phthalates & protects the hair )

Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Scent & Shine Coconut Oil ( no silicone or artificial colors for its sweet vanilla coconut smell! )

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The best part? MY MAGICAL OILS made me smell delicious. A real plus when you’re not the biggest deodorant fan. But you guys know how obsessed I am with OILS. I can’t stop. I think they’re the cure for everything.

Like I said, all of these products used are free of parabens, sulfates, & phthalates which is just the way to go if possible. I found them all at Sephora. There is nothing better than a good Sephora run. I always ask the girls that work there 6 million questions & they always have the BEST beauty products. This medley will be on repeat in Mexico. In fact, these are the only three oils I’m bringing.

Ok, TA-DA easy bridal hair that anyone & everyone can achieve. I’m going to try this look again in Mexico ( maybe I’ll Snapchat it? Thoughts? ).

To book with Shawn, e-mail her: knudsen_s@hotmail.com & / or contact her via Instagram. & of course, let us know what other hair styles you’re interested in seeing.

Happy Friday!

Talk soon, lauryn x

+ new podcast episode is LIVE. This one is juicy. It’s GIRLS ONLY. And we’re hungover? We’re talking bridal shower, blogger jobs, & anxiety. You can listen for free here.

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Two Hair Products YOU NEED

Updated: October 4, 2016
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LAURYN

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Wait. You guys know the whole washing hair thing really isn’t for me.

In fact, the dirtier, the better ( so sue me? )……….I feel like the longest I’ve ever gone is 2 weeks? A week & a half is fun too. If I’m lucky, once a week it happens. But that’s just if I’m lucky.

If you follow along on Snapchat, you can see I love a good week & half-ish blowout. For the record, a blowout is a luxury I am 100% willing to spend money on. The reasoning behind this theory is actually very logical. When I get a blowout, I get one hour to myself. The hour is extremely productive because really if you think about it, I’m killing two birds with one stone. E-mails, check! Conference calls, check! Fresh / ready to go hair, check!

( Side note: scheduling conference calls in the first half of the blowout is my favorite thing ever, try it ).

Really though, you walk out of the blowout feeling like a real Pantene Pro V commercial with a full, uninterrupted hour of work behind you.

You should know, typically Drybar in Del Mar has amazing WiFi. The champagne is always a plus too. Unless of course it’s 11 AM & you’re feeling more of a cucumber & lemon water moment.

The logic behind this is simply that the alternative to a blowout is to waste an uninterrupted hour of work on washing it myself – and my hair never looks as good when I’m doing it myself. The hour of work is worth the dough. Time is money, right.

Is this theory off-base? Thoughts?

Ok well let’s get right into the whole reason you’re reading: two hair products.

These are two products that I literally bring in my purse to the salon OR use at home. They’re nothing fancy. Straight to the point actually. I’ve used both of these for YEARS & honestly haven’t ever swayed. It’s like a bad boy, motorcycle riding hottie ex-boyfriend you can’t quit. I always go back, you know?

The first product is SO MUCH YES: purple shampoo.

Every girl needs some purple shampoo.

That’s right, even if you’re brunette. Why? Because !!! It takes the brassiness out of hair. Just ask my friend, Erica from Fashionlush. You know the orange-ish, sometimes yellow-y look? Well purple shampoo dilutes that while kind of cooling it down. Personally red / orange tones are not flattering on my skin ( which is also why I always ask for spray tan shades that don’t have ‘red tones’ in them ) so the purple shampoo removes all those unflattering tones immediately.

I use it every OTHER week, not every time. It’s overkill. You’ll also need conditioner because purple shampoo NEEDS something moisturizing to compliment it. Lastly, make sure you leave it on for a hot minute. Don’t rush to rinse it out, you know? Just let it chill so you can soak up all of its magical goodness.

This one is $10.76 & it’s the holy grail of shampoo in my opinion ( << nothing sponsored, just LOVE ). I pair it with this conditioner ( $9 bucks! ) — there’s a set deal too if you want. Use both every other wash for best results.

BYE-BYE CARROT TOP STRANDS, HELLO COOL, ASHY, SEX KITTEN LOCKS.

Ok on to the next:

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When I was introduced to THIS little gem, I immediately fell in love.

First of all, this makes your hair smell amazing. I swear even when I’m not wearing deodorant ( ….LOL ) people will comment about the light, fresh smell. It’s not attributed to anything but this thick dry finishing spray.

The best thing about this product though is that it sort of gives waves with that chic, edgy vibe. It’s hard to explain but it takes the 4-year-old curl out of the equation. Basically makes the curls less precious? My waves DO NOT LOOK the same without this product. After waves are added to my hair I add this thick dry finishing spray to complete the look. I spray it about 6 inches from my hair & kind of shake up the hair. If you’re curious about more hair details: sex pot curl breakdown here, video tutorial here.

It gives the perfect finish to a wave or curl. SO IDEAL.

Honestly I wouldn’t even want my hair done if I didn’t have this product. It’s that good.

Oh, if you’re going to get this, no need to buy the full size. Just get the travel size. It’s less expensive & fits in your handbag so I actually like the smaller size better.

What is your holy grail hair product? Don’t get too crazy, you know I hate to wash my hair so an expensive shampoo is not my favorite! HA.

Talk tomorrow, happy Thursday!

– lauryn x

+ be sure to listen to our latest podcast episode. My friend, Danny, is one of the most motivational people EVER. Listen for free on iTunes or just click the ‘play’ button at the top of blog! Also, new exclusive TSC App content is LIVE: “3 Ways To Get Your Ass In The Gym” by yours truly & “What Lauryn Does For Me” by Michael.

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Ride Or Die Hair Tools No One Should Be Without

Updated: March 28, 2016
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LAURYN

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Drybar Hold Me Hair Clips Moroccanoil ® Tourmalite Ceramic Hair Dryer Wet Brush Detangle Hair Brush T3 Single Pass X Straightening and Styling Iron | T3 Twirl 360

These hair tools are 100% essential.

Think of them as your ride or die hair tools. They’re always there for you, and are capable of getting any job DONE.

No woman should be without these hair tools. Here’s why I’m obsessed:

Alligator Clips: I’ve talked about these little guys A LOT. Alligator clips are an essential tool for the sleep bun, AKA  the best way to attain soft, pretty, kinda unwashed hair curls. I always have an alligator clip handy. They’re probably my favorite hair tool of all time honestly.

Morrocanoil Hair Dryer: This isn’t your average hair dryer. This little baby packs a serious punch. This hair dryer is professional-level and allows for maximum absorption of water to minimize static and leave your hair smooth and shiny from root to tip. AKA, less fly aways & healthier, longer hair!

The Wet Brush: If you don’t have a wet brush, GET ONE NOW. I’m not kidding. This brush is a total game changer. It miraculously detangles the biggest, dread lock knots, without doing damage to your hair. As soon as I got my hands on one of these, I ditched all of my other brushes. Once you go wet brush, you never go back.

T3 Single Pass Straightener: This tool will save you SO much time. Especially if you are someone that straightens your hair often. The single pass straightener is all about being quick. You don’t have to straighten the same clump of hair 50 times, only once.

T3 Twirl 360: When I say this curler is unlike any other, I mean it. It’s patent-pending because it has a built in motion-sensing technology with a barrel that spins with the flick of your wrist. It makes curling EASIER because you don’t have to move and twirl the curler yourself. I’m into it!

Well there you have it, the hair tools that are absolutely ESSENTIAL.

What are your favorite hair tools? Share them below, I’m looking to add to my list!

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