Thursday, April 9, 2015


It's finally Spring(!), which means that the DC area temperature is oscillating between 40s and 70s. Even if it's warm during the day, it can get pretty cold in the evenings. With the weather finally nice, I took the opportunity to break out one of my favorite dresses. It's perfect for this type of year because it's a great length to keep me cool, but it's a very thick and sturdy dress that holds up pretty well when it's cold. I paired this navy and white dress with a cheetah print cardigan and cream loafers. The spots on the dress and cardigan connect the two garments, and the shoes pull the entire outfit together. Pics below!

Outfit details:
Dress: LOFT (last season; similar here)// Cardigan: Target (sold out)// Shoes: (sold out, similar here)

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cleansing with Clay

I recently tried bentonite clay in my hair, as a shampoo replacement. Bentonite clay is a mud that draws out impurities (like dirt and bacteria) from the hair. It's a great hair "detox" in the sense that it completely cleanses your hair.

I have a naturally dry scalp, and while I've had luck with Whole Foods 365 herbal mint shampoo, I wanted to see if something else worked better for my scalp. I've used Terressentials, an organic bentonite clay wash, in the past and liked it, but not enough for continued use.

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay was recommended to me, so I decided to give it a try. I mixed equal parts clay, which comes in powder form, with apple cider vinegar to create a wet paste. I wet my hair before applying the mixture, and made sure to get the clay directly on my scalp in addition to my hair. My scalp tends to get particularly dry around my edges, so I was careful to apply a lot of the clay mixture to my hairline. Once my hair was completely covered in clay, I gathered all my hair and sat it on top of my hair in a makeshift bun.

I let it stay in my hair for about 45 minutes or so until it had completely hardened. I then followed up by rinsing the clay out of my hair thoroughly and deep conditioning my hair. I feel like a deep condition following the use of this product is especially important because the clay not only strips your hair of dirt, but also of moisture.

In the end, my hair had a lot of shine and more defined curls and teeny ringlets. My scalp still became pretty dry throughout the week, though I wonder if that might change with continued use. I'll probably use this bentonite clay as a cleanser 1 or 2 times per month to see if my dry scalp woes come to an end.

Have you ever used bentonite clay to cleanse your hair? How was your experience?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Plaid Life

I love the revisiting of the 90s that's been so present in fashion over the past few years now. One of those 90s trends that has made a comeback and is still going strong is plaid. I recently bought this flowy midi skirt from ASOS. It's very lightweight, so best for Spring or Summer. It's been pretty frigid out, so as soon as we had a relatively warm day, I decided to give myself a break from pants (they're the worst!) and show off my new skirt. I wore this to work, so I kept the look pretty simple; I paired the skirt with a chambray shirt and grey flats. The resulting look is fun, comfortable, and perfect for my relatively casual work environment. Outfit deets below...

I call this one "Pompadour Silk in Motion"

Outfit details:
Chambray shirt: F21+ (similar here) // Plaid skirt: ASOS (sold out; similar here) // Grey flats: Aerosoles (sold out)