by Heather

Hair Dare

November 18, 2014 in Fashion, Lifestyle by Heather


It’s all about hair this week on My Life Well Loved! If you missed yesterday’s post, make sure you check out how you can nourish your hair from the inside out. I’m not very daring when it comes to my hair color or style really. You’d think I had lost a finger when I lose more than 2 inches of hair. BUT, with all the beautiful dark shades of brunette that are trendy right now, I’m thinking I just might go bold and add some more depth to this dark brunette hair of mine. Here’s some of the looks I’ve been day dreaming about that you can find pinned to my “Get my Hair Did” Pinterest board:

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These buttery rich hues of brunette make me want to add some different shades and more dimension to my flat color. What do you think? To get my hair silky smooth and looking picture ready recently, I have been trying out Dove’s Pure Care Dry Oil Collection. I’m hoping if I get my hair nice and silky smooth looking that it will inspire me to take the next step…color!

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So far, I’ve been pretty impressed. It has definitely left my hair feeling softer after just a few washes. I’ve only been trying it for a couple of weeks now, but so far, so good! I like that this product is meant to hydrate without making your hair greasy…cuz we all know this girl doesn’t like to wash her hair very often! ;)

I really like the smell and feel of the African Macademia Oil, seems like a great quality at a fraction of the price of the Moroccan Oil!

Thank you Dove for sponsoring this post. Try the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil collection today!

Dove doesn’t just want me to try this stuff, though. They want you to try it too — with their Dove Hair Silky Hair Dare. What does that mean? A few things:

So, that is all kinds of fabulous!  Basically, if you purchase anything between now and Dec. 31st — it’s risk-free AND you may win something totally fabulous. Call it a day!

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done with your hair?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

by Heather

Foods for Healthy Hair

November 15, 2014 in Healthy Living, Lifestyle by Heather

As women, if there’s one thing we all want it’s healthy and beautiful hair. It always seems like whatever you don’t have is what you want. I have curly hair, but I’d love to have wavy or straight hair and I’m sure some of you straight haired girls wished you had curls.

Above is a classic picture of me trying to straighten my hair but then thinking it looks thin and stringy in the back. Pictures like this made me start doing research to see what I could do to make my hair healthier.

Luckily, we can help the health of our hair by ingesting proper nutrients though so that whether you are curling your hair or straightening it, you can rest assured your hair can take the heat both literally and figuratively.

Here’s some of the best foods for healthy hair:

Salmon: This fish is rich in protein and Vitamin D as well as Omega-3 fatty acids. All these ingredients are keys to strong hair.

Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes, carrots and pumpkin are all full of beta carotene which your body turns into Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps protect the oils that keep your scalp healthy.

Eggs: Eggs are a strong source of protein, zinc, selenium, sulfur and iron. Just another reason to boil up some eggs to have on hand for breakfast or a snack.

Spinach: Spinach is full of some of the nutrients we’ve already talked about like iron, beta carotene, folate and Vitamin C. This helps keep hair follicles healthy.

Supplements: If you don’t think your hair is strong enough on it’s own or you are trying to grow your hair out, you should try taking a supplement like Hairfinity. Hairfinity works from the inside out giving your hair the nutrients it needs to look its healthiest. The exclusive Capilsana complex provides a special sulfur and 18 amino acids that encourage healthy hair growth.

Hairfinity is a nutritional supplement formulated with essential nutrients for healthy hair.  This hair specific formula contains Vitamins A, C, and D, a B-Vitamin Complex, Biotin, MSM, and more.  Hairfinity is clinically proven to increase the hair growth rate by 155% while decreasing shedding.  Two capsules are taken per day, and each bottle contains a one-month supply.

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About a year ago, I felt like I was shedding more than normal and my hair was just feeling fine and thin, so I was excited to see that starting to take supplements has helped my hair feel thicker. I started out using drugstore hair, skin, and nails vitamins and was excited to try Hairfinity as well.

You can see an example of the before and after below:

Since I’ve been using these products, it seems like there’s less hair in the drain in the shower and I’m excited to see my hair look more full even at the bottom. If you haven’t tried a supplement to help nourish your hair from the inside out, I’d highly recommend it! What are your favorite foods for healthy hair or healthy living?

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by Heather

Beauty Bits: Blue Eyes

November 13, 2014 in Fashion by Heather

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I’m really excited to team up with The Style Gathering & Style Briefs to bring you Beauty Bits, our new “column” to make sure you’ve got all the latest and greatest beauty finds. First up on my end? This daring Covergirl ink it! aquamarine eye liner. At first, it seems like a lot of effort, a little too crazy, and just a bit out there. ’80′s reminiscent anyone? However, after seeing my ever so stylish friend Claire try it out, I decided “Why the heck not?” And…I’m so glad I did!

blue eyelinerIf I can pull this off, you can too. Instead of thinking of this as an extra step to try out in your makeup routine, let it simplify your go-to day look. Using blue eye liner has actually cut down on my morning prep time. Instead of feeling like I have to put on a whole eye look, instead I just swipe on this blue on the bottom lash line or if I want to dress it up more, I put it on the upper lash line as well. Using this blue eye liner gives my eyes that extra pop without taking the time to apply multiple colors of eyeshadow for the crease, lid, and highlighter.

Get the CoverGirl Ink It Eyeliner-Aquamarine Ink from Amazon or from your local drugstore. It glides on easily, lasts several hours without wear and is super easy to apply. I can even apply it in the car on the way to work…but shhhhh, don’t tell anyone.

Make sure you stop by Birmingham girls’ blogs The Style Gathering and Style Briefs to see what their favorite Beauty Bit is!

What is your favorite beauty product of the moment?

by Heather

Birthday Wish List

November 12, 2014 in Fashion, Lifestyle by Heather

Birthday WishlistYesterday was my birthday, and I have to tell you I felt SO incredibly overwhelmed with love, support, and blessings. Every email, text, phone call, voicemail and hug was such a joy to receive. It really was such a perfect day! I slept in until 9:30 and enjoyed reading messages from those I love in bed for about an hour via social media and my phone, went to a Pure Barre class at noon, picked up lunch at Zoe’s and took it to my mom and Nanna to eat with them and then went to get my nails done and was surprised with steaming vanilla latte from a friend. That night, I went to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of B Metro at Cantina with some dear friends and followed up with dinner and drinks at Jinsei. The whole day was just such a treat. I feel rejuvenated, inspired, and uplifted. The Lord has blessed me abundantly with uplifting friends and family members and I am eternally grateful.

Since I compiled a birthday wish list that my mom requested and Christmas is right around the corner, I wanted to share some of my picks with you in hopes that it will help you get some of your Christmas shopping done. See below what’s on my birthday and Christmas wish list and I’ll keep showcasing unique ideas over the coming weeks as the holidays draw closer!

 Leopard Loafers: I see leopard everywhere and I’m dying to add it to my shoe collection! I’d love some leopard flats, leopard heels, and some loafers, please and thank you!

Apple Iphone 6 4.7 Inch 16GB Unlocked (T-Mobile) Silver: My Iphone 5C has run out of storage, hasn’t been backed up in months, and takes bad pictures. It’s time for me to upgrade!

#Girlboss: Everyone I know who has read this has said it’s a must.

Cardigan with Fringe: This one from my friend Molly’s boutique is so cute on her and I’d like to add it to my weekly rotation of favorite outerwear pieces.

Piko Women’s Long Sleeve Top: I treasure the comfort of my short sleeve pikos and know that their winter counterpart would like to come reside in my closet as well. These t’s are the perfect length, soft and a go-to for the boots and leggings look.

Clarisonic Replacement Brush Head: I’ve adored my Clarisonic but I’ve worn the poor dear out. She needs some new head gear.

Agate Coasters: Just. SO. Pretty.

OTBT Women’s Sandpiper Boot: Comfortable and chic. They look like flats but have a wedge built in. You can see how I styled the ones I had on loan from The Pants Store here

PS Don’t forget that for my birthday week, I’ve teamed up with SOCA on Instagram to offer you guys a fun giveaway. Go HERE and follow me to enter to win!

by Heather

Washing the Day Away

November 9, 2014 in Healthy Living, Lifestyle by Heather

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At this time of year, my skin tends to freak out. Not only is the fall and holiday season fun and jam-packed but that usually results in a little bit of stress and late nights to get it all done. If there’s one thing I do every night before bed, it’s wash my face. I have always done this because my skin is sensitive and prone to breakouts. Even if you have great skin and don’t have to worry about breakouts, it’s still so important to remove your makeup.

I know at the end of the day, when you’re tired, you just want to fall into bed, but the benefits of taking the extra few moments to wash your face can really add up. Washing your face can actually make your skin more radiant as well as help eliminate larger pores, blackheads, and pimples. During the day, your face builds up a layer of dead skin cells, oil, bacteria and sweat. Then adding make up on top of that, creates a prime environment for clogged, dilated pores, dull skin, and breakouts.

I’m even trying to force myself to start using wipes to wipe down my chest, back and shoulders after workouts to prevent further clogged pores in those areas. Another issue I run into this time of year is dry skin in certain areas of my face due to being in the indoor heat and the temperature change.

A new product I’m trying to help me with these issues is POND’S cold cream cleaner paired a few times a week with my Clarisonic. It is hypoallergenic, suitable for sensitive skin, and won’t clog pores, not to mention it gets off ALL the makeup which is important for that healthy, glowing skin we were just talking about. Ha!

In anticipation of the 2014 holiday season, POND’S, the classic beauty brand trusted by generations of loyal followers, is teaming up with the Rockettes, the legendary precision dance company, to encourage women to kick off an effective, Rockettes-approved skincare routine and enter for a chance to go behind the curtain at Radio City Music Hall this December.

One lucky winner will be chosen following the end of the contest. Each person who enters will have the opportunity to win a two-day Manhattan getaway to meet the Rockettes and attend the Radio City Christmas Spectacular this December.

Entering the contest is easy.

• Visit the contest page here: POND’S Contest Page

• Scroll down and fill out the sweepstakes form

Take a look at the POND’S Rockettes video to see how they use POND’S backstage.

All of the POND’S makeup removing products are available at your favorite drugstore or mass retailers now.

What’s your favorite skin care tip?

Thanks to POND’S for sponsoring today’s discussion. Please help support this blog by checking out POND’S here.

by Heather

Fit Chic: Electric

November 5, 2014 in Fashion, Healthy Living by Heather

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Fit Chic: Fashion in Fitness is one of my favorite posts to feature here on My Life Well Loved. Just because you’re working out, doesn’t mean you can’t look fabulous! No need to schlep around in baggy sweat pants and t-shirts if you don’t want to. Dress it up and enjoy transitional pieces that help you go from your yoga class to running errands.

It has been too long since I’ve had time to get together a fun Fit Chic post. This outfit is one of my go-to’s right now while the Alabama weather decides what to do. I wear this for tennis, running, walking or Pure Barre. Even though you typically think of these kind of bright colors as summer colors, many fashion designers brought all shades of brights out to play for fall 2014/winter 2015. Brands like Monique Lhuillier, Altuzarra and Alexander Wang collections showcased all kinds of bright hues.

The moment I saw this hot pink Splits 59 tank on Instagram, I knew it had to be mine. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved the most vibrant shades of pink like fuchsia! And while there’s less of it in my wardrobe now, I still like to have the girly playfulness come out for my workouts and the occasional blouse.

The hot hued blue sports bra screamed my name from a sales bin at Victoria’s Secret months ago and when I found I could make the sizing just barely work for $15, I was a happy camper! I like the pink detailing in the back as well but honestly wish it was just all the solid electric blue.

Finally, those metallic spattered capris are my jam. I’m not sure if I love them so much because they bring back memories of our trip to New York City where I bought them or if it’s the unique design, but either way, I’m sold. Those pants always get comments and let me just tell you, making a statement in your workout wear is motivation enough to keep you coming back for more.

What workout attire have you splurged on lately?

Shop the Look: Tank: Splits 59 purchased at Pure Barre (on sale) | Capris: athleta chatarunga (on sale) | Sports Bra: Victoria’s Secret Women’s Sport Bra Blue (similar)

by Heather

Hands Off Dinner

November 2, 2014 in Quick Meals by Heather

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Smithfield®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PutPorkontheMenu http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Hands Off DinnerDon’t you love a meal that you can stick in the oven and forget about? I’m a big fan of the hands off dinner approach! Anytime I can stick a meal in the slow cooker or the oven and go about my busy day makes me happy! For this quick pork dinner, you need to budget a measly 10 minutes for hands-on prep time including some simple steamed veggies for the side dish.

Smithfield now makes pre-marinated pork tenderloins, so you literally open the package, place it in a shallow roasting pan and bake for about 20 minutes per pound and serve it up! A major key to keeping your meat moist is to let it rest for a few minutes after pulling it out of the oven before slicing it.

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I tried out the Smithfield Peppercorn & Garlic flavor first and it was a big hit with the hubs and I. I served it with leftover Black Bean, Corn, and Feta dip from a party this weekend, and steamed broccoli. Technically, you’re supposed to eat the dip with chips, but I love it SO much I just ate it plain like a salad and then mixed a little on top of the pork…yum!

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Want to try this Smithfield pre-marinated pork tenderloin for yourself? Then, why not save some money while you’re at it! Here’s a coupon for $.75/1 at Walmart while supplies last.

What’s your favorite hands off meal?

by Heather

The New Corner at the Summit

November 2, 2014 in Lifestyle by Heather

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Birmingham BloggersThe Summit is quite the destination to shop in style in Birmingham. It’s been a landmark since I was a little girl, but we rarely got out that way. Back in the day, the Galleria and Brookwood Mall were pretty much our exclusive destinations for shopping. Now, the Summit boasts so many fabulous shopping and eating spots, it’s hard to fit it all in in one day!

I was excited to be invited as a B Metro blogger to cover the Jr. League of Birmingham’s Shop, Save & Share kickoff event at The Summit about a week ago with my friends Buffy of The Style Gathering & Lauren of Lola Charles. If you have the Shop, Save & Share card, make sure to hustle out to the 500+ stores that are offering 20% off with the discount code today! The card’s savings pass expires Sunday, November 2nd. Funds raised by the Jr. League help to support women and children in the Birmingham area.

I got to explore some of the newest shops at The Summit and here’s the scoop I got for you:

J. McLaughlin: Check out the famed Catalina cloth and watch the video to learn more about this store for men & women.

Calypso St. Barth: You may remember this emerald beauty I wore from Calpso St. Barth. Think upscale resort clothing with soft cashmeres and trendy booties along with fabulous embellished looks. You can find some great markdowns on their sale racks if you hit it at the right time!

Kate Spade: Crisp color, graphic prints, and pops of whimsy are the hallmarks of this girly favorite.

Lilly Pulitzer: So many pretty patterns, bags, scarves, and planners, I didn’t even know where to start. The hot pink they have in store right now is dazzling!

Kendra Scott: This Dallas-bred jewelry store has me lusting after this unique ring. I must have tried it on 3 different times in the store.

Tumi: I fell in love with the packing cube. If you are looking for a gift for a frequent traveler in your life, the cube scrunches 3 garments into a space that should only fit 1.

The Art of Shaving: Who knew shaving could have so many glamorous tools and tricks of the trade? The friendly people in this store are sure to help you find something for that hard to please person on your list (men or women!).

What’s your favorite place to shop at The Summit if you live in Birmingham? If not, which of these stores is your favorite, and why?

by Heather

Essential Oils

October 30, 2014 in Healthy Living by Heather

Essential Oil DeodorantI am honored to share with the readers of My Life Well Loved! Thank you, Heather, for sharing your readers with me and allowing me to share my story and personal passion with your community.

As an Independent Distributor for Young Living, I love pointing people towards a healthy lifestyle through the use of essential oils. You see, God used plants to heal me of chronic IBS & depression, and He gave me an entirely new perspective on health. I was formerly pessimistic and a victim to my genetics, as far as my health was concerned. The doctors couldn’t tell me what was wrong & their tests were inconclusive. The best I could get was a lifelong prescription for pharmaceuticals, unanswered questions and was offered no encouragement or advice, besides my daily pill. I was stuck! But two years later, a miracle happened and my years of prayers were answered. Through an open mind and heart, I first learned & then accepted, that my daily choices had an impact on my health, quality of life and even my longevity. And that through my daily choices, I could impact my health and take control.

When the Lord brought Young Living into my life, I already had my health and quality of life completely rejuvenated through natural lifestyle changes. But going through pregnancy and becoming a new, full-time mama to a colicky baby was a major life event that turned my world upside down again. But God is faithful and delivered these healing essential oils to our lives at the perfect time. Essential oils are the “life blood” of a plant. I believe they are the most powerful natural substance we have today for maintaining our health. Quality & purity is of utmost importance, which is why Young Living essential oils are the world leader and have made such an impact on the lives of so many people, because their therapeutic benefits are unmatched. They promote health of the mind, body and spirit and I can vouch for all three of these aspects in my personal life!

In my family we have used essential oils for all sorts of daily ailments, such as occasional headaches and indigestion. We have used them for the whole family as a way to support our overall health & wellness, though immune system support & due to many essential oils having uplifting aromas. We have even used them to make non-toxic homemade cleaning products & body care. There are hundreds of uses for essential oils in our lives and each time we use them, we’re getting a little bit healthier. I would love to share a few of my personal favorite recipes for Young Living essential oils.

A Peaceful Nights Sleep: Diffuse two drops of Peace & Calming essential oil. For older children and adults: diffuse 3 drops of lavender + 3 drops of cedarwood. Run your diffuser for 30 minutes before bedtime and allow to finish diffusing after lights-out.

Pure & Clean Deodorant: 1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot, 1/4 cup baking soda, 6T coconut oil, 14 drops lavender oil + 5 drops Purification OR 15 drops Melrose

Rosemary Lemon Sink & Tub Scrub: 3/4c baking soda, 2T castile soap, 2T water, 8 drops each Rosemary & Lemon essential oils.

I would like to invite you to check out my Facebook page for additional essential oil tips, tricks, and education. I am not a doctor & cannot treat, prescribe or diagnose anyone. But I absolutely love researching, educating myself and am honored to share in the personal success of so many individuals using Young Living essential oils. It’s so rewarding to help people get empowered for their health & to see lives changed, there is nothing like it!

I’m so thankful Jen shared a little bit about how oils have affected her health. I personally use lavender oil for my allergies. I have been amazed that I went from averaging 4-5 sinus infections per year due to severe dust allergies to only 1 last year! If you want to try out the oils, please contact Jenn and check out the oils HERE and let her know I sent you!

by Heather

7 Things You Learn From Your First Year of Marriage

October 28, 2014 in Faith, Lifestyle by Heather

7 things you learn your first year of marriageMarriage is hard work. Marriage is the entwining of two hearts and lives and of course, that takes time and effort. The first year of marriage isn’t easy, but it is so rewarding and exciting. I have loved every moment of the past 6 years of marriage with Eric…even the tougher moments because they’ve shaped our marriage into what it is today. Here’s 7 things I learned during the first year of our marriage (and am still trying to learn!):

1. I’m selfish. Sadly enough I realized just how selfish I was during the first year of our marriage and am reminded day by day. I constantly find myself having to re-learn that I have to give everything I have got to our marriage. It’s not 50/50, it’s 100/100. Just because I’m tired doesn’t mean I should treat my husband any less than how I feel at 100%. It’s hard to remember that in the moment, but I have to remember he can be tired too and everyone wins if we treat the other person like they are the most important person in the world.

2. Compromise is everything. This seems like a “duh” answer until you’re in the thick of an argument, or “discussion” as we like to call it. We have found that normally when we disagree, both parties are at least a little bit right and a little bit wrong. Being the first to say I’m sorry can be very hard. And yet, it opens up the flood gates for reconciliation. Sometimes, it’s nice just to feel heard or just to remind each other during tough times that “I still love you, I just want to work through this together.”

3. Space is needed. I thought when we first got married that it would be just like when we dated. When we were both home, we would both be cuddled up on the couch, or talking constantly, or holding hands, etc. I quickly learned for my husband’s internal well-being he needed alone time, just as much as I needed interaction. I try to plan one night a week where I go out with girlfriends or family and let him have his alone time while I get to catch up with others that I love.

4. Baseline. Set yourself up for success! What is important to you as a couple? For Eric and I, it was very important that we set our baseline solidly plugged into a church to set that foundation for our marriage. We really wanted to invest in a small group to get to know and do life with other like-minded Christian couples. That way we started our marriage out with new couple friends that have proved to be life-long friends so far with similar values to us.

5. Be goofy. You married this person because you have a lot of fun together. Keep doing the silly things that made you fall in love together. Hum out loud to the same tune, roll down the windows in the car and dance like crazy, make midnight Sonic runs! Do the silly things that bonded you in the first place. Laughing together is too much fun to let go!

6. Date nights. Date nights are critical to stay plugged in as a power couple. Even though we don’t have kids yet, we find that with multiple jobs and school, it can be hard to get in the quality time that we crave. I’m so thankful for a husband who initiates date nights usually once a week to make sure we are communicating and taking a moment away from home to be “just the two of us.” No phones, no distractions. I can’t imagine how much more imperative these nights will be once we have kids!

7. Praise is important. Your opinion matters to your spouse more than anyone else in this world; that’s why he picked you to spend the rest of his life with! So, when you think your husband looks cute, does a great job cleaning the house, notices things that make you smile, or makes a wise move at work, TELL HIM! Men love to feel respected by their wives just as much as we adore being loved and doted on. We have found in our marriage that the times it’s hardest to take the time to notice things and give praise are sometimes when it is needed most. When your spouse is stressed, they need to hear affirmation. Give it lovingly and lavishly and I promise you it will be appreciated.

These are just a few of the things I have learned in our 6 years of marriage. I think there are many more things that could be added to this list, so I’d love to hear what the biggest things you learned in your first year of marriage were in the comments below. Please share!