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Natural Beaded Row Hair Extensions Q + A

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WHAT KIND OF EXTENSIONS DID YOU GET?

I got Natural Beaded Row (NBRs) extensions originally founded and created by Danielle of DKW Styling. You can learn more about this kind of extension method here.

WHAT LENGTH ARE THEY?

I got the 18 inch hair but you are able to get 18 or 22 inch. Once they are installed, your stylist will custom color and cut the hair to any length that you desire so that your new hair and real hair blend naturally.

HOW ARE THEY ATTACHED TO YOUR HEAD?

I got two rows of hand tied hair. Each row has multiple pieces of hair attached to it so even if you get one row you would be adding a significant amount of hair. They are attached with a bead and string to create a track along your scalp and then the row of hair is sewn to that track. Since I have two rows in my hair, I have two tracks.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET THEM?

The initial install can take up to 6 hours. This is because they will need to color your hair, custom color the extensions, install the extensions, blend the two and style your new do!

HOW MUCH DOES THE HAIR COST?

They are an investment. That being said, the cost really is dependent on the person and look you are wanting to achieve. Cost is determined by several factors the main two being desired length and volume. If you just want volume, this is much cheaper! But once you start adding length, this is where it gets more and more expensive because you have to add considerably more hair so that the hair does not look stringy. Since I wanted to add volume and length to my hair, my service fell under the most expensive package which is upwards of $2k.

HOW MUCH IS THE MAINTENANCE? 

You have to go into the salon every 6-8 weeks to have the wefts moved up. This process is much less lengthy than the initial install. It can cost anywhere from $500-$800 each time you have them moved up which covers tightening, color, and style.

CAN YOU BRUSH YOUR HAIR?

Yes! You do have to be a little careful at the root of your hair where the extensions are attached but other than that you can brush your hair like normal! I use a wet brush.

DO THEY DAMAGE YOUR HAIR?

NBR extensions are supposed to be the “best” type of extension to minimize hair loss. While you will always have some natural breakage and fall out with extensions, NBRs are the best type because they have the least amount of contact points on your head. The more contact points, the more damaging.  Since these are only attached with minimal beads, they are proven to be less damaging than other types of extensions that have considerably more contact points such as beaded, fusion or even tape in extensions. As I have them for longer, I will keep you all posted on this one!

CAN YOU SWIM WITH THEM?

Yes! You can swim, workout and all that jazz just like you normally would. The only thing to be weary of is getting sunscreen on the extension hair as it can distort the color.

WHERE DID YOU GET THEM DONE?

I go to Amanda at Amanda K Styling for my extensions and color and cannot recommend her enough! Not only does she do amazing work, her salon is beautiful and all of the girls that work there are so much fun! You’ll want to return before the 6-8 mark just to hang out for the day:) If you are interested in getting your hair done at Amanda K Styling, your phone consultation is FREE, but they do require a non-refundable booking deposit of $500 to book an appointment. Your deposit goes towards the price of your first visit.

Amanda K. Styling Salon
23907 Gosling Dr.
Spring, Tx 77389
(281) 216-3095

LONGEVITY.

The hair lasts 4-6 months but depending on how well you take care of it could last longer. You are looking to make the initial investment of $1.5k-$2k twice a year.

COMFORT.

This was one thing I wasn’t prepared for. With previous types of hair extensions I had no problems with them hurting or itching. That was not the case with these. Since I got two rows, my head definitely felt heavier than normal. I had a headache for the first couple of days. Sleeping the first night was a struggle. And they itched like crazy for weeks. All of these things are considered to be normal as your scalp/head is getting used to the new weight and hair.

MAINTENANCE/UPKEEP.

You can wash, dry, brush and style your hair pretty much the exact same way as without extensions. Washing does take a little more precision to get the roots clean but nothing out of the ordinary. The best part of these extensions has been how much longer I can go without washing my hair! I can go around a week before really needing to wash my hair. even before the NBRs, I swore by my silk pillowcase and dry shampoo to prolong my hair washes. I went from having to wash my hair every 4 days to going upwards of 9 days with these extensions.

It does take a long time to dry and style the extensions. You are looking at anywhere between 2-4 hours total depending on the volume/length of your hair. I tend to let my hair air dry for an hour or so before blow drying the rest. This will significantly speed up the amount of time under the heat of the dryer. I usually pick one day a week where I know I don’t need to be anywhere (ex: Sunday afternoon) and wash/style for the week.

STYLING.

You should be able to style your hair any way you want for the most part and not have them show: ponytails, braids, up dos, half up-half down, etc. The only issue you will run into is that you can’t do pigtails or any type of hair do that would require you to part your hair down the middle. Since the rows of hair lay flat across your head they will slightly show if you part your hair down the middle of your head.

Something amazing to note is that the extension hair holds a curl SO wellI. I usually can get away with curling my hair once for the entire week with very minimal touch ups throughout the week. So while it does take quite a bit more time to wash and style your hair it does last so much longer than normal! Another thing to note is that it makes basically every hair style look SO much better. Braids are bigger and better, ponytails are fuller and overall your locks are much more voluminous. If you want to play around with hair accessories I have some of my favorites linked here.

PRODUCTS.

I use all of my same products to wash and style my hair as I did before having extensions. Click through below to see the products that I use to style my hair. I have found that the extension hair is a little more textured than my natural hair so I have added in a heat protectant and deep conditioner.

I am in LOVE with my new hair. If you have always wanted long, luscious locks, this is your best bet. For those that are maybe thinking about getting hair extensions, this would be my advice for you. If you are just wanting extensions for a one time event (for ex: wedding, prom, etc), a more affordable and less permanent option like clip ins would probably be best for you. If you aren’t ready to make the monetary commitment to NBR hair extensions, then tape in extensions might be a good route for you. And lastly, if you are wanting a more permanent option, I cannot say enough good things about my NBR hair extensions. While they are pricey, I 100% think they are worth it. For the amount of overall length and volume I wanted, NBRs were what worked best for me and I am SO happy with the outcome!

If there are any other questions that you would like answered about my hair extensions, please leave them below in the comments and I will answer them there!

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What I Pack in my Carry On + Travel Tips and Tricks

What I pack in my carry on, travel tips and tricks

*I have been compensated by QVC for this blog post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

What I pack in my carry on, travel tips and tricks

What I pack in my carry on, travel tips and tricksAfter the airline (thou shall not be named) lost my bag last year, your girl has a small case of travel anxiety which has led me to pack a lot more strategically and efficiently. I devoted last year to traveling as much as I could and definitely picked up some travel tips, tricks and hacks along the way that I wish someone would have told me! Before we get started I figured I would share the crazy, semi-comical lost baggage story for your reading pleasure. If you are just here for the tips and tricks, keep scrolling to the bottom of the post!

BACK STORY:

Last July I flew to Miami for Miami Swim Week. Hands down one of the best weeks ever… until this situation happened. Silver lining: it was on the way home instead of on the way there which would have been an absolute disaster. Anywho, long story short, the last night we decided it would be a good idea to party all night long and go straight to the airport because YOLO. When we got to the airport (early I might add), we decided to check our baggage outside which I’ve never done in my life but alcohol told us this was a fantastic idea. Fast forward to landing in Houston, my bag never showed up.

At this point I was delirious from lack of sleep but was assured by the airline that my bag would show up on the next flight and they would bring it to me. FALSE. It never showed up. I was on the phone with customer service every day for the next week trying to get any sort of update on my bag. I even went up to the airport multiple times to try to get some kind of answers to no avail. I had thousands of dollars worth of product in that bag including ALL of my make up, ALL of my hair products/tools, and ALL of the designer swim suits and clothes I had taken and then been gifted in Miami. The airline couldn’t tell me anything. Supposedly it had been scanned in at check in and then never scanned again. Side note: They scan your bag at every check point (check in, TSA, on the plane, arrival, etc) and mine was just apparently MIA.

At one point they told me my bag might be in the Bahamas which made me LOL. I was all like “my clothes get a tropical vacation and I don’t?!”. I say LOL lightly because I wasn’t laughing. Funny enough though, my friend Kylee was traveling back to Miami the following weekend and offered to look for my bag at the Miami airport. I was sure that she would find it somewhere since I was so sure it had to still be at the Miami airport. Nope. She searched that whole dang airport with the help of a baggage claim assistant and it wasn’t anywhere to be found. I officially gave up hope after this.

I ‘m sure you are not surprised to find out that I had documented this entire process on my Instagram stories. Documented…ranted… same thing. So one of my sweet followers happened to be flying into a completely different Houston airport than I had flown into and messaged me that she thought she saw my bag. There was hope. I drove straight to the other airport and went straight to the baggage claim office. There were only 4 bags and none of them were mine. At that point I decided it was time to come to terms that I would never see any of my stuff again. I went and purchased new make up that day.

Then a miracle happened. Kylee happened to be flying into the Houston airport that my follower had said she had seen my bag. Kylee, who had flown into this airport many times, versus me who had never flown into that airport and didn’t know about the several cages that they store lost bags in, FOUND MY BAG. I woke up to several missed calls and FaceTime videos. It was possibly one of the best mornings of my life. The bag had been exactly where my follower had said it was but I just hadn’t looked in the right spot.

When Kylee found the bag they released it to her no questions asked. All 4 of my baggage tags had been ripped off which meant there was no identifier anywhere on the entire bag that could have tied it to me. No personal baggage tags. No airline baggage tags. No airline barcode stickers. Nothing. Sadly this happens more often than you think where baggage tags get ripped off somewhere during transportation from being on the conveyer belts. Now how my bag even made it on a plane, let alone to the correct city, just wrong airport, we will never know.

Something I learned during the process, if unidentifiable bags are “lost” for more than 30 days they are sold to a huge warehouse in Alabama where your beloved belongings are sold off piece by piece. 90’s kids: I immediately thought of Halloweentown and Gort’s cottage where all of the missing items go. Thankfully after a series of extremely lucky events, I got my bag back in tact, with everything still in it a little over a week later.

What I pack in my carry on, travel tips and tricks

What I pack in my carry on, travel tips and tricks

What I pack in my carry on, travel tips and tricks

TRAVEL TIPS:

NEVER check your bags outside.

The staff outside is employed by the airport, not each individual airline, so if your bag goes missing, the airline isn’t held responsible.

Always put some form of identification IN your bag

On the off chance that your bag somehow does have all of it’s bag tags or identifiers ripped off, you should always have an identifier inside of your bag that can link your bag back to you. This could be a business card, a copy of your driver’s license or passport, or even a print out of your flight itinerary. I was told by the airline it is best to have your phone number and email in case anything ever happens.

Invest in a luggage tracker

I suggest doing your research on which option is best for you but luggage trackers are 100% worth the money. It’s basically like buying insurance on your belongings when you travel and while it might not solve all of your problems should your bag actually get lost, it will at least help figure out the bags location which is more than the airline can do sometimes. The Tile is a popular tracking device that you can stick to just about anything (keys, phone, luggage, etc) and tracks the item via an app on your phone.

Always pack your “can’t live withouts” in your carry on

Obviously this might be a little different for everyone but for me this means jewelry, especially sentimental jewelry, make up, hair tools, designer items, a change of clothes, a couple pairs of underwear, passport, and laptop. To keep these things organized in your carry on I suggest purchasing a couple different bags or pouches. I’m linking mine for you below.

HANDY GADGETS:

Weigher

If you are always that girl at the airport unloading one suitcase to another to get below the 50 pound mark, save yourself the trouble and get one of these luggage scales! If I’m going on a trip where I know i’ll be coming home with more than I’m going with, I make sure to toss this in my bag!

Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are a game changer for your checked bags and even mid size carry ons to keep your clothes organized, wrinkle free and room for more. If you are one of those people that can never find anything in your suitcase, these are for you!

Portable Charger

While you should definitely pack your normal chargers too, never leave for a trip without a portable charger. I can’t tell you how many times these have saved me when I didn’t have time to charge my phone or didn’t have the ability to charge my phone on the go.

Travel Size Makeup/Toiletries

Maybe not a gadget, but if you plan to bring your toiletries and makeup on the plane with you, you are going to need to invest in some travel size products. QVC has a great selection of name brand, travel size makeup and toiletries. You can also use TAKE10 for $10 off of your purchase for new customers!

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50 Instagram Captions for Wine Lovers

Instagram Captions for Wine Lovers

Between Galentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day, National Wine Day and all of the other reasons to celebrate our one true love this month (*cough*wine*cough*), the captions centered around wine have been at an all time high lately. If you are like me, you assume every day should be celebrated as National Wine Day but unfortunately the internet tells us that that is not the case.

For the rest of us that deem every day a wine day here are some cute, punny caption ideas to push that Instagram photo over the top. Maximum likeage material right here ladies!! Whether you are celebrating Galentine’s Day with a girls night in and your favorite bottle of Llano Estacado Signature Rosé or getting that perfect sunset and “cheersing” shot with Llano Estacado Pinot Grigio, there is a perfect Instagram caption for that.

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Instagram Captions for Wine Lovers

Instagram Captions for Wine Lovers

ALL WINE

  • It’s wine o’clock somewhere
  • Save water, drink wine
  • Working nine to wine
  • Let’s go wine tasting on the couch
  • Wine is my spirit animal
  • Wine not?
  • Coffee keeps me going until it’s acceptable to drink wine
  • Love the wine you’re with
  • I could really go for a glass of wine and my own private island right about now
  • Gone with the wine
  • I enjoy long romantic walks down the wine aisle
  • Wine improves with age. I improve with wine.
  • Oops! Did I buy wine instead of milk again?
  • Wine is my Valentine
  • Wine-one-one my glass is empty
  • In dog wines I only had one

WHITE WINE

  • Everything happens for a riesling
  • I’ll be there in a prosecco!
  • Go chard or go home
  • Sauvignon blanc out
  • Today I’m going to be as useless as the “T” in Pinot Grigio
  • It’s ok to drink white wine after Labor Day
  • White wine all the time

RED WINE

  • Slay all day then cabernet
  • Red, wine and booze
  • You had me at merlot
  • How merlot can you go?
  • Exercise makes you more attractive. So does Pinot Noir. Your choice.
  • Roses are red, so is my wine. Refill my glass and I’ll be just fine.

ROSÉ

  • Rosé all day
  • Will you accept this rosé?
  • Rosé can you see?
  • Rosé > Roses
  • Stop and drink the rosé
  • On Wednesdays we drink pink

GIRLS NIGHT

  • Partner in wine
  • Tonight’s forecast… 99% chance of wine
  • Cheers to pour decisions
  • Any friend of wine is a friend of mine
  • Winesday Wednesday
  • Wine flies when you are having fun
  • Our book club only reads wine labels
  • My wine or die
  • Roses are red. Violets are fine. Let’s order pizza and i’ll bring the wine.
  • Wine a little, laugh a lot
  • The bottle says “four servings” but my heart says one
  • Sip me baby one more time
  • Hardest decision today: glass or bottle
  • #WCW stands for wine couch Wednesday right?
  • We’re on an all grape diet

If you do use any of these captions for Instagram I’d love it if you tag me so I can share in all of the wine shenanigans that I wish I was partaking in with you! I so wish I could have a glass of wine and chat about all of the things will ALL of you! Maybe one day we will figure out how to make that happen but until then cheers to it always being wine o’clock ladies!

The wine pictured in today’s post is my favorite bottle of rosé, the Llano Estacado Signature Rosé. It is my go to for girl’s nights and honestly all year round. I did a post here sharing how I use it to make Watermelon Frosé Margaritas (HOLY YUM!) during the warmer months. I might be bias because it’s a Texas wine and I’m a proud Texan, but then again i’ve tried a lot of Texas wines and Llano Estacado wines win my heart over every time. Not going to lie the price tag does too. Your girl is balling on a budget over here! If you’d like to try out any of their wines they are offering my followers 20% off with code CHICTOME20 on their wines. All are available on http://www.llanowine.com.

*Thank you Llano Estacado Winery for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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Pillow Talk: Are Silk PIllowcases Worth The Hype?

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard the hype around these silk pillowcases and if you haven’t you must be living under a rock 😛 In true FOMO fashion, I had to try them out for myself after hearing so many girls rave about the wonders they do for your hair and skin. I was gifted an off brand one a couple of months ago and loved the small benefits that I saw from using it. So much so that when I had the opportunity to buy the Slip silk pillowcase (aka the real deal) for 50% off I literally jumped at the chance. TJ Maxx was carrying them for half price so I’m not kidding when I say that I drove to multiple locations all over Houston to find myself one. I probably spent as much on gas as it would have been just to outright pay for the Slip pillowcase full price but that is besides the point here. LOL

BENEFITS

Silk pillowcases are said to be an “eight-hour beauty treatment every night” and claim to have anti-aging, anti-sleep crease, and anti-bed head abilities. Not to mention I’ve heard people go as far to say that it helps minimize acne, hydrate skin and prolong hair washes. So basically what I’m telling you is that these pillowcases are working magic on your hair and skin overnight so you can truly say “I woke up like this” and not look like you just got runover by a car.

DOES IT REALLY WORK

So why is silk so much more beneficial than cotton? Well for starters, it is significantly less absorbent than cotton so it is less likely to cause hair and skin products to transfer. That means you can keep your expensive products to yourself and not accidentally give your pillow an unwanted $50 facial. Secondly silk pillowcases are more slick which reduces friction and causes less pulling of your hair. This means less tangles, bed head and breakage! I didn’t even realize how not normal the amount of shedding I was doing until I got the silk pillowcase and now I almost never find stray hairs on my pillowcase!

Also, what they say about prolonging hair washes is 100% true. I used to have to wash my hair every single day. Now I only wash my hair twice a week. I have noticed that my hair is significantly less greasy and my cowlick is almost non existent. In addition to not being greasy, my hair holds it’s curl for the most part so I usually just have to make minor touch ups. So this pillowcase is literally a life saver.

NAME BRAND vs OFF BRAND

Now were talking a difference of over $60 which is no small amount by any means. To be completely honest I have found that the only noticeable difference is that the $22 off brand pillowcase does not help my cowlick which is the main reason I would have to wash my hair almost every day. No amount of product or styling will fix it once it’s been slept on, washing it would be the only remedy if I didn’t want to look ratchet. Other than that I will say that the off brand works pretty much the same from what I can tell.

To the touch, the off brand one doesn’t feel as luxurious to me but that could also be in my head to justify the $60 price difference. Also, I’ve noticed it doesn’t get as dingy as the off brand one. But that could also be because my name brand one is patterned and the off brand one is stark white. So again, not the best way to gauge this. Lastly I am a very hard sleeper lately. No matter how hard I sleep, the name brand pillowcase still seems to hold my day before curls and volume whereas the off brand one sometimes does not.

Final verdict: 100% worth the money for the real deal. But if you aren’t ready to pull the trigger yet on the name brand pillow, start with the off brand. It’s one of those little luxuries that I would put on my birthday or Christmas list but probably wouldn’t spend my own money unless it was on major sale. If you do happen to stop by a Marshalls or TJ Maxx, I highly suggest looking for the Slip pillowcases there. They are usually located in the beauty section mixed in with the face and eye masks. You can’t beat scoring them for 50% off.

FAQ

CAN YOU WASH & DRY IT?

For the best results you should always hand wash silk although both of these say that they are machine washable. I have washed both of my name brand and off brand pillowcases in the washing machine on a cold, no spin cycle with gentle detergent and have had no problems or pilling. That being said after doing my research for this post I can say that I will definitely be hand washing my name brand pillowcase going forward and plan on getting a detergent specifically for silk (like this one). The reason for this is that the friction of the washing machine can degrade the silk and make it less slick which is what gives you all of the benefits discussed above. You will want to hang dry it. Do NOT put in the dryer. Heat is bad for silk.

DO THEY WORK FOR ALL HAIR & SKIN TYPES?

YES. The benefits are for all!

CAN YOU SLEEP ON IT WITH WET HAIR?

Yes, in fact silk pillowcases are the best kind of pillowcases to sleep on with wet hair! Since they don’t rob your hair of the moisture, your hair will naturally dry more evenly and less frizzy.

DOES YOUR HAIR GET STATICY?

Not one bit. No static. ALL of the volume from the day before though!

DOES IT STAIN?

I personally have not had to deal with stains yet but I do always take my make up off and do not drool so I’ve only had minor “stains” to deal with and they have always come off in the wash. I’ve read that for minimal stains you should gently apply detergent and work it into the fabric. Never use a brush or bleach on silk.

HOW DOES IT HELP YOUR SKIN?

Not only is Silk nonabsorbent, it is naturally hypoallergenic and is resistant to mold, mildew, fungus and dust mites. That mean it prevents bacteria transfer from your face to your pillow and vice versa. It also helps keep your face hydrated! Between the silk pillowcase and this face oil that I swear by, my face has definitely been noticeably clearer!

DOES YOUR PILLOW GET HOT?

That depends! Silk naturally regulates heat, which helps you maintain the correct body temperature. It doesn’t conduct heat, so if you want to keep cool at night on hot days, go with silk. On the flip side, it retains heat during cold weather.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SATIN & SILK?

Material wise, silk is a natural fiber and satin is a synthetic fiber. Benefit wise, they are said to have the same hair and skin benefits. I found the satin to work the same as the silk but still had the cowlick issue.

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Neocell Collagen Protein Review

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Neocell Collagen Powder

Neocell Collagen Powder

I’ve been using Neocell’s collagen powder for close to six months now. I had started seeing collagen powder products pop up all over Instagram and felt like I was missing out on something exciting by not taking it! That’s the power of social marketing for you 😉 Everyone raved that it was so good for your hair, nails, skin and joint pain. So what did I do? I got some. I drank the koolaid – literally!

After having two hip surgeries and still having pretty chronic hip pain, I hoped that collagen powder could act as a natural remedy. In addition to the hip pain I was hoping to cure, I also desperately wanted something to help my damaged hair. After taking out my hair extensions, I sadly had quite a bit of breakage and hair loss.

Now here is a disclaimer but hear me out. The results definitely aren’t overnight and it’s for sure one of those things that the results are more inward than outward but overall I’m telling you that I feel so much better! My joint pain isn’t gone but it has improved. My hair isn’t noticeably longer but it’s so much stronger and healthier looking!

Recently, I’ve had so many of you ask if I’m doing anything different with how I’m styling my hair or the hair products I’m using and the answer is no! The only thing I’ve done differently is take this collagen powder so if it’s looking better, that’s what I attribute it to! And while I can’t see a huge difference in my nails, my nail tech made a comment recently that I had the strongest, best nails she had seen in awhile! So I guess something has to be working 🙂

You might remember a few months ago I hosted a girl’s brunch at my house and made it a mission to put Neocell collagen powder in everything I made to see if my friends could even tell a difference. Everything from the mini donuts, to the chicken and waffles, to the smoothie bar all had collagen powder in it and to no surprise, not a single person could taste a difference!

For the past six months, I’ve used Neocell’s flavorless collagen powder that I literally put in just about everything (coffee, smoothies, eggs, soup, cookies, etc.) but they just came out with a berry lemon flavor and it’s so good! So far I’ve tried it in smoothies, hot tea, wassail, and the occasional cocktail. You can also add it to water or a carbonated, clear drink.

If you are like me and take care of everything and everyone else before tending to yourself, I urge you to take some time for yourself this holiday season and invest in your health! I sound like my mother but it’s the only body you have and it will only take care you of you if you take care of it!

* Thank you Neocell for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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