Manic Monday

I (Kris) recently went to St. Thomas and before I left I was determined to find something to protect my hair from the sun and salt water. My hair tends to get so dry and crispy in the sun and the blonde just bleaches out.  I used to use a hair sunscreen by Redken but they quit making it. Last summer I tried a few and they either didnt work or left my hair looking like a grease pot. I am happy to say I found a good one! You may have seen this picture on Instagram with it.

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Summer Sun Shine Spray by Alterna and it smells amazing. I was worried it was going to make my hair greasy since its an oil like spray but it does not at all. I love it!!  Lip gloss here, Sun screen here,  similar sunglasses here

 

I picked up this curl setting spray the other day on a total impulse buy and I am SO glad I did! I love it!! I spray each section before I use my wand and it really helps give my curls definition and keeps them in place even in this crazy heat and humidity. 

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Is anyone else having trouble getting "dressed" as it gets hotter...and hotter?! Seriously. Even putting on all my jewelry seems to make it more hot outside! I (Jack) have admittedly fallen into my usual uniform of a black tank and distressed cutoffs or jeans. But, through this, I have fallen in love with Blank NYC denim. My favorite is the Good Vibes style you can find here. They can be rolled up for that relaxed boyfriend style look, but also look super chic unrolled with heels for a night out. All of their jeans have a much lower price point than other designer denim, but don't lack in quality. Their faux leather products are incredible quality too (start thinking Fall!). My absolute favorite piece I purchased last Fall was one of their jackets here. Nordstrom has a great faux leather jacket by Blank NYC in their anniversary sale you can find here (be prepared to see this in Oxblood here on the blog- it's one of my favorite purchases!)

Colors from top to bottom: Saltwater Happy, All Access Pass, Play Date  

Colors from top to bottom: Saltwater Happy, All Access Pass, Play Date  

I personally love a good shellac manicure, but with both my boys home for Summer, it hasn't been a priority. Plus, my nails were getting super thin and needed a break. Growing up, my mom painted her nails every Sunday night, and that has stuck with me. I like to have some color on my nails! But, I  don't want to have to constantly fix chips. I decided to purchase the new gel-setter top coat set made by Essie found here. I didn't have to buy a special light, or chemical, or wand- just a 2-pack set that included a regular Essie polish and the top coat. I just applied my nail polish (the box says any Essie nail polish will work) and then used the gel as a top coat. When I was finished, I had the shiny gel-like manicure look. 

This is after 10 days...and lots of chlorine filled pools. 

This is after 10 days...and lots of chlorine filled pools. 

I feel like it held up pretty well. I would usually chip nail polish within the first couple days, so this is impressive for me. Has anyone else tried an at-home system they like?

Wishing you all a fabulous manic Monday! 

xo, 

kris & jack

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