French Lessons

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I read an article titled “How I Learned to Speak French in 17 Days” on Business Insider this morning and it totally blew my mind. Such dedication! It makes perfect sense though — when I spent a summer in France in high school my Parisian host family refused to speak English with me and in a few short weeks my speaking skills had improved by leaps and bounds (as had my Nutella eating skills…). One night, I remember actually dreaming in French! Of course reading the article now has me eager to brush up on my skills. What languages do you know? Do you have any tips for learning a new one? I’d love to hear.

(greeting card by the lovely Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co.)

 

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How to Grow Out a Pixie Cut

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If you follow me on instagram, you may know I’ve been growing out my pixie cut for what feels like a lifetime (last November the left side was buzzed with a #1…that’s barber shop talk for really short). Well friends, I finally (!!!) have a bob and it has me feeling like Rapunzel. My natural hair has always been very thick and healthy but after going platinum blonde and back my locks were positively parched. Without further ado, the products I’ve been using to nourish my hair and make the growing out process (a bit) less painful:

1. Viviscal Hair Growth Supplements – forget basic biotin, these are a game changer. I take them 2x a day and my hair feels stronger, healthier, and is growing significantly faster // 2. Living Proof No Frizz Conditioner – my daily conditioner, a godsend for color-treated and heat-styled hair // 3. Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo – Can you tell I love their products? I use and love the coordinating shampoo // 4. Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil – use before blow drying and straightening, it leaves my hair shiny, like magic // 5.Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment – Last month I began using this deep conditioning mask 2x week (let it soak in for 5+ minutes in the shower) and my hair is so thankful. I’m eager to try this Kiehl’s mask too // 6. Lastly, get regular trims! I know cutting your hair seems counterintuitive, but getting rid of my split ends and having my cut reshaped regularly (i.e. avoiding a mullet) has been crucial over the past 12 months. GOOD LUCK!

P.S. If you’re looking for hair and/or makeup inspiration, this Pinterest board is where I keep all my favorites…

 

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Clémence Poésy for Pablo

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I am crazy about these new photos of actress Clémence Poésy for French label, Pablo. I don’t know much about the capsule collection as my French is a bit rusty (understatement of the year…), but the photos sure do look lovely. Her tousled bob is my new, ultimate hair inspiration. Tomorrow I’m going to post about the trials and tribulations of growing out my pixie…very thrilling, stay tuned.

P.S. Tonight I am finishing book four of my 12 books in 12 weeks, What I Know For Sure by Oprah. She has long been one of my heroes (as my friend Brooke quipped on the phone today, “Oprah is the answer to everything”) and her essays do not disappoint. The gratitude section is my favorite thus far, talk about putting things in perspective. Anyway, hope you’ve also found a good page-turner. Keep me posted! xx

 

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Quote of the Day

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“I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain; and never shut myself up in a numb core of nonfeeling, or stop questioning and criticizing life and take the easy way out. To learn and think: to think and live; to live and learn: this always, with new insight, new understanding, and new love.”
-The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath