One whole year has come and gone, in an instant it seems. On September 22nd, 2015, I posted the very first chapter of Stringfellow + Co. To refer to my action as nerve-wracking is an understatement. As I was writing up that first post titled “The Start Of Something Great” I could hear the doubts spinning through my head. ‘Looking Back On Year One’ is a title I never saw coming. To be completely honest I figured I’d get bored with blogging and push it aside, as I do with most of my aspiring hobbies.
Okay y’all, my iPhone goes everywhere with me. It’s my lifeline and we are connected at the hip. I do so much with my iPhone; from social media, to blog maintenance, and photo editing. My iPhone is like my little assistant and I’d be so lost without it. I wanted to share my favorite apps, especially the ones I use every single day. Let’s get to it!
My sweet Wyatt,
Well, here we are. It’s the night before kindergarten and you’re fast asleep right down the hallway. While tucking you in we had yet another in depth talk about school. It’s your way of staying up later than you should. “Mama do you want to talk about something? We can talk about school if you want.”.
I didn’t argue with you.
We all know that brunettes would give anything to be blondes at some point in their lives. I think of it as a ‘brunette right of passage’. You have to be totally and indefinitely committed to the bleached lifestyle, and all the maintenance that comes with it. Kudos to all the natural blondes, seriously!
I’ve always had healthy hair, then in high school I decided to bleach it myself and after that it never grew like it used to. Plus, it was super orange and brassy and I just didn’t keep it up like I should have. So recently, I decided to give blonde another shot, and after consulting with my hair colorist I am obsessed with the results! I received some great information on keeping up blonde hair color so I wanted to share my tips!
Theres a 90% chance your hair is FRIED. After bleaching your, once brilliant brunette, locks will be in quite some shock. This is not a time to panic, if you get home and some ends are the texture of HAY dab on some oil, I like to use Oribe Gold Lust, and let it be. Don’t jump right into a deep conditioner for at least 24 hours. The picture below was taken right after I left the salon, because everyone pays and rushes to take a selfie in their car, right?? My ends weren’t whispy nor, were they soft.. This was also before I ever used a toning shampoo!
Invest in a toning shampoo. This will keep your blonde bright and brass free. I use Shimmer Lights 2-3 times a week for precautionary reasons. My hair always pulls a red tint, and I am not about to be a strawberry blonde.
Deep condition, finally. So you made it through the 24 hour rest period. If the oil didn’t suffice congratulations, you’ve graduated to deep conditioning. I picked up a new deep conditioner and I am blown away. Aveda Color Conserve Strengthening Treatment will blow your socks off, faux blondies. The complex in this treatment strengthens the hair from the inside out. Use a deep conditioner once a week, leave it in as long as you deem best, and rinse to see amazing results.
Daily leave in treatments are your BFF. Keep in mind that with styling comes damage, now that you are blonde your hair strands are MUCH more fragile. Don’t skimp on a daily leave in, not now and not ever. I’ve been using Aveda Damage Remedy after every wash to give my hair a boost of moisture.
Boot the blow dryer. I realize telling you to style your hair a little less may be out of the question. Since bleaching, I’ve really noticed how fragile my hair is to heat. Most days, if I absolutely need to blow dry, I’ll dry my roots and half way down my head, leaving the ends of my hair to air dry while I put on make up.
Satin, satin, satin. Invest in a luxury satin pillow case, not only will it keep your hair tangle free until the morning, your face will thank you as well. (satin is easier on skin than cotton) I’ve never been able to go more than 3 days without washing my hair, I am a crazy sleeper and I wake up with a bird’s nest on my head. Since I’ve had my satin pillow case my second day hair is much more manageable and soft!
Since practicing good blonde care my hair has literally never been healthier! It doesn’t tangle easily, like before, and it’s definitely much more manageable. You can shop my picks mentioned in this post from the widget below! Happy bleaching!
Freshly Picked sent me these moccasins in return for my honest and transparent review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Yes my friends, you’ve read that correctly! We’ve finally gotten our hands on the popular Freshly Picked moccasins. Let me start by saying, your kiddo needs these shoes in their life, and I’ll tell you why, duh.
Freshly Picked was started by a mama who was fed up with the lack of well designed shoes.
Her dream is seriously my saving grace. Both of my boys have had chunky feet as babies and toddlers, and finding comfortable shoes that fit them properly is nearly impossible. Wyatt’s feet have finally thinned out, thank goodness, but Westin is still struggling with shoes.
Before Westin was born we started stocking up his closet with shoes, ALL of which never even fit him. Every where we went he was either barefoot or in slip resistant socks. So surely you can understand my excitement after working with Freshly Picked to find the right fit for my little man!
Shipping was super quick and within 4 days Westin’s first box of moccasins were at our door. I ordered him the birch in size 7, which retail for $60, and they fit LIKE A GLOVE. With the help of the elastic opening and a little cooperation from my son, he was ready to roll in his new shoes. These pictures were taken 20 minutes after they came in the mail, he was so thrilled!
The color of these moccasins go with everything!
They are so versatile that I don’t have to worry about them not matching a certain outfit. I know these will come in handy when we are rushing out the door this fall to drop his big brother off to school. They’re so easy to slip on yet they stay on and don’t cause any discomfort for him whatsoever. He would sleep in these things if he wanted to.
As a mama I want to do whatever I can do to make sure my toddler is comfortable and stylin’. With Freshly Picked I did just that. He’s got this thing for shoes, and he gets it from his daddy, and out of all the shoes he’s been able to fit in these are by far my favorite.
Don’t miss your chance to win your choice of a pair of soft sole moccasins for your little one! Click on over to my Instagram page, starting July 24th 7pm CST, to enter! The winner will be announced on the original giveaway post Sunday July 31st!