Monthly Archives: February 2013

So I Know I Said…

…that you wouldn’t be seeing any outfit posts from me for awhile, but this is just too thrilling to pass up! When I went to get dressed this morning, I realized that I had nothing clean that was appropriate for work. My initial plan was to just wear jeans and hope no one noticed. But then I remembered a skirt that I had tucked away in a drawer months ago. I had worn it once, but it had barely fit. It pulled across my hips and sat really short as a result, and it was just really uncomfortable in general. Today, though, it slipped right on with no problems. It zipped right up and hung closer to my knees, and the waistline sits loosely across my midsection. To celebrate, I’ve made a quick Before & After photo with this one skirt.

Check it out:

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I haven’t reached my goals quite yet. In fact, I have a long way to go still, but I’m so proud of my achievements to date!

Spotlight On…Christian Louboutin

Subtitle: The Most Gorgeous Shoes on Earth

That I’ll be Able to Afford Someday

I’ve never been one for big name labels with a high price tag. I’m usually the type to scoff at a pair of $700 shoes (or really $700 anything that isn’t a large appliance) and buy an equally gorgeous similar pair for $25. There’s just something about Christian Louboutin shoes, though, that makes all that go out the window. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted something as much as I want a pair of those gorgeous pumps with that luscious red sole. (At least in terms of fashion, that is. I promise, I do have my priorities in check!) So today we celebrate Mr. Louboutin and his wonderful shoes. Feast your eyes!

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Lady Sling 100mm Black Patent//Fifi 85mm Silver Glitter//Filo 120mm Black Leather//Fifi Spikes 100mm Canari Patent

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Hair Growth Tips from Mikell

Hey everyone!
It’s Mikell from Love & Such– I’m SO excited the lovely Chelsea has asked me to do a guest post on her blog today!

Lately I’ve had TONS of readers & friends ask me what I do to get my hair to grow so fast!
I realized a few months ago when I got my hair colored and my stylist said, “Your hair has gotten SO LONG!”
I started going back through my phone to look at pictures and I realized she was right!
The picture on the left was taken in July & the picture on the right was taken in November- ONLY 4 MONTHS!

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Here are a few easy tips to keeping your hair healthy, strong & growing LONG!

1. Use Apple Cider Vinegar 
Sounds totally gross right? WRONG! A friend of mine suggested this to me & I didn’t buy it for months.
I bought some apple cider vinegar to clean with & thought I’d give it a try…
Fill a tall cup full of apple cider vinegar & take it in the shower with you.
After you shampoo & condition your hair, slowly pour the vinegar over your hair. Let it sit for a few minutes and rinse with COOL WATER!
*SURPRISINGLY your hair won’t smell like vinegar after you dry your hair, but it WILL be extremely shiny!*

2. Use Coconut Milk or Coconut Oil
After the shower while your hair is still dripping wet, pump some coconut milk into your hands and rub it to make it warm.
I put this in my hair starting at the ends and working my way up. I try not to put any at the roots of my hair.
You can also do the same thing with coconut oil, just don’t use as much!
(I like to buy Organix Coconut Oil- you can get this at your local grocery store for $5-$7 & it lasts FOREVER!)

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3. Use Heat Protectant Products!
My flat iron is my best friend. You guys don’t even want to know what my hair looks like before I flat iron it!
As you all know, heat will take a TOLL on your hair! Make sure you use a heat protectant spray before you flat iron OR BLOW DRY your hair!
My favorite brand is TRESeme Heat Tamer Spray (At Walmart for $3.98 VS the CHI brand at Walmart for $13.77! — KILLER DEAL!)
This protects your hair and leaves it sleek and shiny!

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4. Use Hot Oil Treatments
I only do these about once a month, or every few weeks as needed.
You can get tiny bottles of them that will last 4-5 uses at your local beaty supply store.
I have found the cheaper hot oil treatments work just as well as the more expensive ones.
I don’t see the need to spend any extra money on these!

5. Vitamin Supplements
Most of my pregnant friends suddenly sprout thick luscious strands! (A lot do to with pregnancy, & a lot to do with PRENATALS!)
Prenatals do have some lovely benefits to growing thick beautiful hair.
Another supplement that I take is called Hair, Skin & Nails. You can often find this at your local pharmacy, Costco or online at Amazon.com
It has 5000 mcg Biotin. Even if you have normal Biotin levels, you may choose to take Biotin as a supplement in the hopes of capitalizing on its ability to stimulate rapid hair and nail growth
I take this as listed in the directions on the bottle: one pill 3 times a day with food!

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6. Stimulate Hair growth
Do this by massaging your scalp frequently! Ever notice how good it feels when your hair stylist washes your hair and gives your scalp some extra lovin?!
Massaging your scalp will stimulate blood flow & encourage cell turnover.
I will massage my scalp while I shampoo my hair. I also have this nifty gadget- Kikkerland Head Massager for $3.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond!
BEST $4.00 I ever spent you will LOVE THIS THING!

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7. Get trims regularly
Get trims regularly to get rid of those split ends! Split ends=unhealthy hair=slow growth!

All of these are simple ways to get your hair to grow faster!
Hope you found some of these tips useful!

Be sure to visit me at Love & Such in the future!
Thanks to Chelsea and all of her readers for letting me stop by!!

Spotlight On…Fun Workout Clothes

Lately, as you know, the only clothes I’ve been buying have been workout clothes. I’ve never felt that working out is a reason not to look cute. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely do not advocate getting all dolled up just to go to the gym. That’s something that attention whores do, and you’re better than that! But that doesn’t mean that you have to show up in baggy sweats and oversized tee shirts either. The right outfit can make or break any situation, and the gym is no exception! Here are a few fun items that I’ve recently discovered while looking for fun workout gear. There’s something for everyone out there!

Looking for a little motivation? Look no further than these awesome tees & tanks, all available on Etsy!

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You Got This Tee, $15//Play Hard Get Dirty, $15//Will Not Quit, $26//3…2…1…Work!, $22

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