You are not alone if you’ve ever wished for more hours in the day or reminded yourself that you have as many hours as Beyonce does. Time is something we all desperately crave which is why SELF has been on a mission this month to help make sure you’re maximizing your time with their 21-Day Time Makeover Challenge. I love that SELF has recognized that no matter what our resolutions or goals are for this year, having more time is something that will universally help us accomplish them.
When I first signed up for the challenge and went through the introductory quiz I was categorized as a “Time Warrior” – it classified me as being creative but deadline driven, with a major focus on getting projects completed. My head was nodding when I read through my diagnosis and I was immediately sold – sign me up! These people understand me! Throughout The Make Time For Challenge I learned about how to maximize my downtime, prioritize my to do list and even how to avoid procrastination, which I am seriously guilty of. The project had me feeling empowered and inspired and ready to tackle all that’s ahead, which also got me thinking about my own go to tricks for finding more time in each day.
Shops You Should Know is a monthly feature that highlights five of my favorite Etsy shops – it’s my way to show off some recent finds and support the small business community on Etsy. See something you love? Have a favorite shop you’d like to share? Let me know!
To celebrate my recent collaboration with Katie Niemeic, we’ve teamed up to give away a print featuring one of my all time favorite quotes and guiding mantras – “The secret to doing it all is believing you can”. It’s been my little rallying cry for awhile now and is something I truly believe in and the print Katie created is the perfect little boost of inspiration for your workspace or within your home.
This post is sponsored by Suave Professionals, a brand I regularly use and love. Thank you for supporting the brands that partner with Pretty & Fun – authenticity is a top priority and all opinions are honest and 100% my own.
As you may have noticed in last week’s outfit post, I decided to go for the lob! You guys were seriously so helpful in my decision making process – thank you for the advice and most of all for just telling me to go for it and give it a try. You rule.
With a new haircut comes a new styling routine; you know how it goes – you leave the salon with perfectly blown out hair and everything is great but then once you get home and try to do it yourself, the results are not quite the same. Luckily I’ve had a bit of help and I’ve teamed up with Suave to try out their new Suave Professionals® Luxe Style Infusion line which is full of salon-inspired styling products that allow women to #StyleItYourself (#SIY) and get the salon looks they love at home every day.
The best part of my new haircut has been how much quicker my hair is to style now that there is less of it which means I’m relying less on my go-to air dried curls and dabbling a bit more in new styles. My latest favorite? A sleek and smooth look. And for all of my fellow curly haired gals out there, you know this isn’t always the easiest to maintain once you leave your apartment and Mother Nature enters the equation.
My tips for how to get (and keep!) this look for yourself:
1. Rub a dime sized amount of Suave Professionals® Luxe Smoothing Cream into towel dried hair and let hair air dry. Think of this product as your secret weapon for weather proofing your hair – it’ll protect from frizz for up to 72 hours and leave your hair ultra sleek and shiny!
2. Divide dry hair into sections and straighten with a flat iron. Pay careful attention to the hair sections at the nape of your neck and back of your head to ensure everything has been evenly straightened (there’s nothing worse than realizing you’ve got a curl still in the back after you’ve already left the house!)
3. Finish with Suave Professionals® Luxe Smoothing Hairspray to tame any fly aways and lock that smooth and straight look in place. I’ve been loving this hairspray because it doesn’t leave hair sticky or crunchy – it’s an ultra-fine mist that fights frizz (even in 95% humidity!) while still leaving your hair touchable.
And if you’re looking for even more hair inspiration, Suave Professionals® makes it easy to “Style It Yourself”, or “SIY”, with on-trend style products that work as well as a salon brand, and simple, three step style instructions that are even on the back of packaging to help women achieve salon-quality styles quickly and easily at home.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Suave Professionals via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Suave Professionals.