Posts Tagged ‘Videos’
April 17, 2014
Hello, hello! This afternoon I am continuing HWG Beauty Week with a video I promised you weeks ago. (Are you getting sick of these yet?)
In those videos, I demonstrated my around the barrel and away from the face curling technique using a curling wand, along with how I create the look of tight curls vs. loose curls.
Today, I am sharing how to make that hairstyle last for days… i.e.:
How To Get More Wear Out of Your Hair (Tutorial)
Because who really washes their hair every single day anymore?
Before I get going, let me just throw this out there…
This is a judgement-free zone, people.
On average, I only wash my hair two to three times a week. Really. For those of you who don’t know already, my hair has a very weird frizzy, thin, but looks thick natural wavy/curly texture to it. Without blow drying and styling it, it isn’t pretty, and I wouldn’t wish the same hair upon my worst enemy.
Dealing with it pre-straightener days was a real treat.
I guarantee that the majority of pictures I post of myself, I am rocking at least day-old hair in them. A lot even have two-day-old styling, but you would probably never know!
To be one hundred percent real with you, I have been known to go three to four days without washing my hair, depending on what my activities look like. I started getting into that habit when I added a dark red tint to my hair, since it tends to wash out so easily.
If you’re thinking that’s gross or that you had no idea, that just means I am doing a good job at getting the most wear out of my hair and this is why I am sharing my ways! (Stop judging me.)
Per usual, I guess my techniques are best described in person, or in this case, via YouTube. I hope you enjoy it!
Products mentioned in the video:
• Beyond the Zone Rock On dry shampoo
• Sahag Air Power hairspray
• teasing combs
Thank you so much for tuning into my video! As always, please feel free to share questions and comments below.
See you back here tomorrow morning with this week’s Friday Favorites!
Previous HWG Beauty Week Posts:
March 27, 2014
Hello, hello! I have something very fun to share with you this afternoon, and I am kind of surprised it already all came together.
Back in November, I debuted a How I Curl My Hair tutorial, and I got great feedback on it. In that video, I demonstrated how to go around the barrel of a curling iron or wand, along with my techniques of how to create tight curls vs. loose curls.
Since then, I have received several requests to share how I scrunch and tight curl my hair, so I am here to deliver!
First things first, let me throw it out there that I was born with naturally curly hair. Well, kind of curly. Without styling it, it air dries somewhere in between curly and frizzy, and it’s not cute.
I am certainly not one of those people who can shower and get on with my day while letting my hair air dry, so I always have to style it. Some days I go straight, while others I go curly.
Most recently, I have been rocking the scrunched curl look, and I have received a lot of compliments on it. To be honest, it isn’t any harder or more time consuming than styling my hair in any other way. Just different.
To help show you my ways, I filmed a video with me going through the process of getting ready. It begins with me right out of the shower and ends with me ready to get out the door.
I have edited and cropped it down to under ten minutes to spare you the boredom. I hope this helps!
How I Scrunch + Tight Curl My Hair Video Tutorial
Products mentioned in the video:
• CHI Ultra blow dryer + diffuser attachment
The exact style of mine – Magenta Shimmer – was a holiday special.
• Sahag Air Power hairspray
Thank you so much for tuning into my video! If you watched it until the end, then you know another one is on it’s way that will show you how to make this hairstyle last for a couple of days.
Because who really washes their hair every day anymore?
(I won’t tell if you don’t!)
As always, please feel free to share questions and comments below.
See you back here tomorrow morning with this week’s Friday Favorites!
January 13, 2014
Good Afternoon party people! How was your weekend? Did you stay in and get some rest? Did you get out there and have some fun?
Mine was filled with a little bit of both of those things. I am going to quickly highlight Friday and Saturday with a couple of photos and then skip right onto yesterday… the fun stuff!
Friday started out super bright and early at 6 a.m. I am really trying to get back in the habit of going to bed at a decent hour so that I can wake up early the next day without feeling groggy. It may seem extreme to get up that early (for what may seem like no reason) but I am always the most productive in the mornings.
I have a feeling that once my dancing days (and late nights) are over, this will be an easier habit to stay on top of!
Anyways, I had big plans for catching up with life on Friday. Unfortunately, my body wasn’t really on the same page. Do you remember that stomach issue I was dealing with last year? Where I feel like I have the worst cramps possible and only feel like eating the weirdest things? Well… it’s back.
While Scott was busy at an event, I spent the night cuddled up on the couch with the fur babies while watching a marathon of Friends.
Eventually, I got up and made myself a Cream of Mushroom Chicken dinner with sauteed vegetables.
I also got the motivation to get all of our Christmas decorations put away with a little help from Aspen.
Crazy Friday night, folks!
Saturday morning resembled Friday night when I woke up feeling extremely weak and tired.
I know what you’re thinking. But, before you even go there… No, we aren’t expecting any kind of new addition to the family nine months from now. Sorry to burst that bubble friends!
Anyways, I started feeling more like myself around noon and got dressed and ready to head to the arena for an event followed by a home game later that night.
I stopped by Subway on the way over to ensure I at least put something substantial in my belly.
We ended up with a win and we met a few friends for dinner (I barely poked at) afterwards to celebrate.
Yesterday was a truly unique experience! It started with a team bonding outing at AirTime Trampoline & Game Park in Troy.
Have you ever been to a trampoline park before? They are such a blast! After what has been a hectic few months of games and practices, it was nice to spend the morning jumping around like five-year-olds.
Sometimes you just have to let lose and play dodgeball for an hour with the best of ‘em. Such good medicine for the soul!
Immediately following, I listened to my stomach cravings and stopped by Pei Wei for lunch. For those of you who have yet to experience Pei Wei, it is the “express” version of the Asian Restaurant P.F. Chang’s… (i.e.: you need to find one!)
I ordered the Dan Dan Noodles, remembering a previous suggestion from a friend and it did not disappoint.
I ended up leaving a third of it, but knew I might be in trouble if I indulged in any more of that delicious spicy sauce. I did, however, finish all of the fortune cookie.
(Hmmm. Can’t wait to see what that’s about!)
On the way home, I got a call from Scott who reminded me of a fun event we needed to attend later that night. I quickly met him for frozen yogurt before heading out to the arena.
The cheesecake bites and cookie dough balls might have been pushing it… but the body wants what it wants. #sorrynotsorry
On a serious note, it was the perfect way to hold me over for several hours until we would be able to eat again. Scott and I arrived at The Palace right before 4 p.m. which what seemed to be just in time for the Nitro Circus Live pre-show.
Nitro Circus Live
Okay, have any of you seen the television show Nitro Circus on MTV? It is an action sport documentary series led by Travis Pastrana, featuring his friends and him traveling around the world riding dirtbikes, base jumping, and performing incredible, unimaginable stunts.
For the first time ever, Nitro Circus Live came to Detroit last night and Scott and I somehow got a behind the scenes look at it all.
If any of you watch the show, make sure to tune in to the upcoming Detroit episode that will feature a familiar furry face, HOOPER the Detroit Piston’s Mascot!
I have mentioned on the blog before that Scott is his coordinator, and that we end up attending all of his scheduled appearances and events. I guess you can say opportunities like standing on the floor for the Nitro Circus pre-show is one of those “perks” we are fortunate enough to encounter from time to time.
We stayed back stage throughout the majority of the show, and for privacy reasons I am only able to share a few photos of what that view looked like.
I was truly stumped on what exactly this huge bubble would be used for. As you can imagine, it turned out to be very Evel Knievel like.
After keeping up with Scott and HOOPER throughout the show from the back, I made my way out to the audience to enjoy the final stunts.
That blurry blob you see above the left ramp is a dirt bike rider doing a double flip, by the way. No sweat.
To my right was a sixty foot ramp of doom, as I like to call it. Seriously, how scary is this thing?
Throughout the show, there were a variety of bikes and other objects ridden down it for tricks including skis, a snow board, roller blades, a wheel barrow, and even a cooler! I’m telling you, this show is nuts.
It ended with an unbelievable train of freestyle stunts off of both ramps, which you can see here. The crowd was SO loud and seemed to love every minute of the show!
After the lights came on and the stands emptied, I made my way back down to wrap things up. For any of you who are wondering, all of the riders and tour team members of Nitro Circus Live are equally welcoming and hilarious as they are talented.
Both Scott and I were taken by surprise when they asked us to stay for the awards and made a special shout out to HOOPER on their post-show wrap up! The funniest thing for me was seeing the riders form a circle and fist pump to “Put Your Hands Up For Detroit” at the end.
I’m sure everything about the night was memorable for Scott, but if I had to guess his highlight of it might have been meeting Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham.
Take a look into his story, if you aren’t already aware of it. He is truly an inspiration to all!
It was an amazing night and I am so thankful to share these types of opportunities with you here on the blog! Back to healthy eating recaps and workout inspirations this week… promise!
Enjoy the rest of your Marvelous Monday!
December 24, 2013
Merry Christmas Eve! I hope the majority of you reading this are enjoying a day off to relax (or last minute holiday shop…) with (or for…) loved ones.
Today we are up and at ‘em extra early trying to get on Paris time, which is six hours ahead. We fly out this evening and are doing our best to get a head start on the whole time difference thing. We are scheduled to arrive early Christmas morning, so our master plan is to sleep on the plane the majority of the way over. Let’s just hope that doesn’t backfire!
To keep me occupied, I am working on a series of posts to keep you entertained while we are away. I believe we will have Internet access once we get to our hotel, so I’ll try to keep you updated and sneak in photos of what we are up to as much as I can while we’re there!
Candlelight Christmas Show
Scott and I met a few friends last night for a candlelight service at the church we have been attending since moving up here a year ago. Since we started dating back in 2008, Scott and I have always gone to a Candlelight Christmas Eve service. Last year we ended up taking a spontaneous trip over to Chicago, so this year we were hoping to get back into the tradition.
Coincidentally, Alex – a friend and teammate of mine – invited us to a Christmas show that included one on Christmas Eve Eve.
I loved the performance and it reminded me of when I used to be a part of a production at our church back home in Orlando called The Singing Christmas Trees.
After the opening singing and dancing portion, the show went on to a creative drama scene and message from the pastor, closing with a candlelight singing of In Excelsis Gloria. It was beautiful.
After the show, we gathered in the church lobby and took advantage of their set up trees and props photo area. Because really… why wouldn’t you?
That extra long Santa hat Scott is sporting is ridiculous and I am kind of jealous he got to wear it. (Says the girl wearing a white fuzzy beard.)
We all parted ways soon after and Alex met us at our house along with a few other close friends for dinner. Scott had something delicious on the menu!
(Caprese salad + Pesto Pasta)
(Recipe will be coming to you soon!)
We also devoured a few platefuls of warm brie and crackers, salsa and chips, and baby carrots dipped in hummus. I have come to the conclusion that snacking might actually be a hidden talent of mine, and I’m at peace with it.
As the night went on, we somehow ended up getting the idea to open all of our Christmas presents under the tree since I had a feeling we might want a few of them for the trip. (Santa just so happened to come early this year. He’s good like that.)
Scott and I took turns opening the small stack of presents we had wrapped for each other, but I found the greatest joy watching Roadie and the kitties “open” theirs.
Roadie loved and may have already destroyed most of his presents. Anddd the cats’ presents too. I swear he thinks he is the only child around here. When he stole the cat nip play ball away from Aspen, we had to put him in check by only letting him have one toy and one treat for the rest of the night.
It reminded me of what my parents used to do with me and Halloween candy. Do you remember how hard it was to ration that out? I always made piles and saved my favorites for last.
Just for fun, we took bets on which cookie treat Roadie would go for first: the gingerbread man, the Christmas tree, or the bone. Any guesses which one he picks?
I picked the gingerbread. Eh, you win some you lose some.
We ended up chatting the night away and didn’t say our goodbyes until the wee early hours of the morning. I guess that’s what happens around the holidays… catching up on quality time with those you love.
We are missing getting to spend this time with our families, but are making the best of it with our “Michigan family” up here. We are very thankful for them!
Here’s hoping you have a great rest of your day. Time to get moving and pack already… Au revior!
Questions of the Day
• Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions with your family?
• If you aren’t celebrating, what holiday or plans are you looking forward to?