Instagram Roundup #49

by Jamie Sanford on July 17, 2013

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Catching up with a few weeks of Instagrams, since we got back from the South Dakota roadtrip.

Curls are my summer hair jam.

I was back in the showroom right after getting back from SD.

I had dinner with Jess, one of my high school BFFs, that same week. We hadn’t seen each other in years, but naturally, it felt like we had seen each other 10 minutes ago.

More trials with matte nail polish, and I put a bunch of dots on the ring finger. Too bad my Seche Vite betrayed me with all of those little air bubbles.

This dude did pushups in line at Whole Foods. SMH.

I really hope this isn’t always the case.

I drive past Satin Dolls on my way home from work. It is also known as The Bada Bing, since this is where they filmed that location for The Sopranos. Fitting that they paid tribute to James Gandolfini.

Sassy mannequin at the Calvin Klein outlet.

One day, I want the number of my home to look like this on the door.

People keep interesting things in storage units. The scenes in the drive-in area are always something to behold.

How beautiful is that glove?

Tried this out, it’s waaay too strong for me.

I couldn’t resist some new A England polishes.

My absolute obsession with Elementary continues, but since it’s 2 more months until the season starts, I went back to the well and started reading the source material.

Getting ready for a big round of photography at the office. I am building a fort of dinnerware.

Sharknado was everything I wanted it to be.

I did a big review of magazines I was hoarding for one reason or another. I pulled out certain pages to be scanned for later reference, but I also take pictures. I loved this rainbow Ferragamo.

We were out the other night, and were driving to go find dinner, and I saw a sign for this high school production of The Crucible on the road. I immediately convinced Will that we needed to go, and so we did. Having participated in a spring 1997 production of The Crucible myself, it was really that much more fun.

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Product Picks #5: Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo

by Jamie Sanford on May 13, 2013

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The concept of dry shampoo was weird to me for a long time, until I tried out this very expensive Oscar Blandi dry shampoo a few years ago. My mind was blown at how it did just what was promised, which was to completely bring my hair back to a fluffier state when it has gone a day without being washed. My hair is long and thick and takes some time to style, so I was really excited about this discovery, because going through the process with my hair everyday is 1, tiresome and 2, bad for my hair with all of the heat styling.

My disinterest in spending $20 for a can of the Oscar Blandi stuff sent me to the drugstore, where I started buying this Tresemme dry shampoo. It was OK, but not nearly as good as the Oscar Blandi stuff. I had bought 3 bottles at once so I was using them until they were finished. I had no plan for my future with dry shampoo, unless I wanted to just deal with it and shell out the cash.

Enter Jordan Reid. Jordan wrote, almost in passing, about Dove Dry Shampoo on her blog, Ramshackle Glam. I was really excited to try it out. Jordan also made a tutorial on dry shampoo, which I will embed here.

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Here is the info on the Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo. Which is LESS THAN 4 DOLLARS on Amazon. Amazing.

Better style comes through better care. That’s why Dove® has reinvented its styling collection to nourish and protect hair for a long-lasting, beautiful style.

Our weightless formula absorbs oil to transform hair from lifeless to bouncy so you enjoy style that looks and feels refreshed with a freshly-washed scent, even when you skip your regular wash.

This product is totally legit! I spray my roots, then I use my palms to sort of rub the product into my roots a bit. I let it sit for a minute or two and brush it out and BAM, my hair looks just as great as yesterday. Better even, is that the spray adds a bit of texture to my hair that makes styling a much better experience.

So naturally, I want to hear about everyone’s experiences with dry shampoo in the comments. Do you use it? If so, which brand? Have you tried this Dove version?

(I am in no way being paid to rave about this product, I just like it a LOT.)

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Getting back to posting! Time to talk about products I love, old and new.  I will plan an installment of Product Picks every week, but I’m sure I will run out of products at some point.

So, I had a BAD experience trying out some Moroccan Oil for my hair.  I had started seeing it all over the interwebs and of course, I wanted my hair to be super shiny and manageable, so I bought some.  Unfortunately, I didn’t know that I would have a heinous skin reaction that would result in having the worst breakout of my life.

The bitch of it was that my skin looked horrible, and my hair looked FABULOUS.  So disappointing.

So, the next time I was busy getting my hair trimmed, I noticed that the stylist was putting some sort of oil cream in my hair. I asked about it, and she told me that the cream was much better at controlling the hair without skin implications.  I didn’t have any skin reactions, but also didn’t pursue the oil cream.  However, being unable to let go of my interest, I saw this moisturizing treatment during a trip to Harmon, and picked it up.

I wouldn’t be writing about this if I didn’t like this product, but I will admit that it is nothing really like what I am used to in terms of something that is construed as “conditioner.” It looks like conditioner, and so I scooped up a bunch (I have thick hair, and probably also overdo it) and applied it.  So far, so good. The instructions say that the best thing to do is to wrap your head with a hot towel and leave the treatment on for a few minutes, but I am never doing that when I’m in the shower. Instead, I try to do the rest of my shower things in a slow manner so that the treatment can soak in.  So, I get to rinsing, and this is where it gets weird.  The first time, I feel my hair during the rinse and it does NOT feel conditioned.  This makes me nervous, because again, I have long, thick hair, and it’s going to be a nightmare to deal with if not properly conditioned.

Well, I was tricked by this magic conditioner, because not only was I able to style my hair without a hitch, but I was not plagued with having overconditioned my hair so much that it looks limp and sad the next day. I am a HUGE fan of the Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Intense Moisturizing Treatment. I will totally use it every time I wash my hair, totally ignoring the instructions that suggest using it a few times a week.

I bought this for $6.99 at Harmon, but I see it listed here on Amazon for much higher. I recommend looking for it in store.

Have you tried any Moroccan/Argan oil products? What was your experience?

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Las Vegas Vow Renewal: Final Hair and Makeup Inspiration

by Jamie Sanford on November 7, 2011

Countdown to Las Vegas continues – and now I’m narrowing down my makeup and hair inspirations for the girls at Makeup in the 702.

I could NEVER achieve these perfect waves, so this Kate Beckinsale look might be my guide for the hair. By the way, my hair is totally redder now.

Kristen Stewart was serving Priscilla Presley realness in her W photoshoot, and I like the dark eyes a lot.  I might want this without the giant wing coming out of the side there, I’m not sure that it will work for me without looking silly.

Britney Spears also has some great eye makeup going on in her new “Criminal” video.  I’ve been a longtime fan of Britney’s smoky eyes and nude lip thing, so this is nothing too different.  I think I just need to figure out just how smoky I want my eye makeup to be.

Next up, photo inspiration and activity ideas for the Vegas trip!  Please leave your Las Vegas recommendations in the comments.

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What I’m Wearing (I hope): Las Vegas Vow Renewal

by Jamie Sanford on September 27, 2011

Since I finally ordered my dress for my upcoming vow renewal, I’m ready to share the intended outfit.

There will be Spanx too but we don’t need to get into that.

This dress was one I found a while back, and now it is on sale for $49.95 from Starlets & Harlots. It isn’t going to arrive for something like 3 weeks, and if it doesn’t fit, I’ll either be going to a backup dress or going into full panic mode.

I have to wear the crinoline underneath the dress to keep it poofy. This is on sale for $48.96 from Starlets & Harlots.

These are Spanx tights but they are polka-dotted! SPANX® Swiss dot sheers are available at Lane Bryant for $28.

Readers have seen these before! I couldn’t resist them for Las Vegas, the colors remind me of playing cards, and polka dots are like spots on the dice.  These Poetic License Apple Pie shoes are available for $78.40 from Zappos.  (I got lucky and got mine for $25 from ideeli!)

Now, how will I do my hair?  My hair is as long as it has been in ages, it is well past my shoulders.  Here are some thoughts I’m having about possible hairstyles.

I feel like this might take the dress too far towards Audrey Hepburn.

This is not as curly but has a definite retro vibe.

I could definitely rock some Amy Winehouse retro beehive realness.  Toned down a bit though.

As messy as this hair looks, I would still need professional help to achieve it.  This would take it to a more modern look, messy-on-purpose and all of that.

Then we come to the Nina Dobrev portion of the blog post.  I have saved multiple photos of her hair styled in some form of curls.  My hair isn’t this long, and the color is most like what she has going on in the middle there.  I feel like the middle style would be a good choice because the curls are quite defined, and I imagine that it will probably last the longest.  The one on the left is really loose and sexy but I worry that my hair goes wonky too quickly after I’ve paid to have it done.

Any thoughts? Leave a note in the comments!

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