Medusa & dry shampoo

Oct 8, 2017

Guys, I know my last two posts have been consecutive fashion ones, but the creative well is kinda dry for fall. I'm pretty tapped out of newness and inspiration for autumn. All my energy and thoughts are starting to shift towards Christmas. πŸŽ„*gasp* I'm not actually going to decorate till mid November, at the earliest, I'm not an animal, y'all. But what i'm scheming is rolling around in the ol' noggin' and I gotta map it out in advance so everybody will be all ooh and aaah. Y'all are setting my bar high for me, I can't let the fans, I mean, 1 solitary fan, down. I will say, it does involve something called 'flock in a box' and twine. But that's all, no more hints til November! mums the word. Also, don't confuse me planning how to decorate for Christmas with me dismissing Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, is probably my second favorite holiday other than Christmas. I love that there's no expectation for presents, I love that the sole existence in our modern day for this holiday, is to spend time with family and eat. It's pretty much the best. I also love traditions we've started with friends that are like family over the last 12-13 years. We run a 5K in Greensboro on Thanksgiving morning, sometimes we dress up, sometimes we walk with our dogs, but over the last 12 or 13 years, we've always done it, and it's something we always look forward to, we start the morning together, then we go to our separate families and spend the days with our loved ones.

This next week, Joe and I are embarking on an adventure. He surprised me with this trip, I never saw it coming. It was shock and awe for sure. And when you find out where he's taking me, you'll all be like awww, that Joe, he's a keeper. And i'm all like, heck yeah he is! Stay tuned for it… you won't be sorry. I don't think.

For today, let's talk about this dress! I found this dress on Amazon, linked here for $19.99. It has pockets, it meets the 30 year old, modesty standards and it's comfy. We are #winning people. It also comes in several other color options, I liked the olive option myself, it screamed autumn to me more than the other colors. It has a tulip hemline so it's a little longer in the back than it is in the front, kiiinda like a mullet, there I said it.  I ordered a medium, the sleeves are a leeetle short, but if you don't have man shoulders, you'll probably be just fine. I paired it with this long boyfriend, camel cardigan I got from Old Navy last year, I'll link a similar option here. My shoes, I bought from TJ Maxx online last year, I had a gift card and you get free shipping with your first order, so I got these UGG booties for around $45. They are currently unavailable on the TJ Maxx website, but I found them on Amazon they are a bit more, but I'll link them here. My necklace and earrings are also from Amazon linked here and here

I bet y'all didn't know I was part medusa did ya? Well, I am, ol' snake hair here, has always had naturally curly hair. More often than not, I usually wear it like this because it's the path of least resistance. But after I had chemo and my hair came back, it was finer and A LOT curlier. I actually burnt my scalp when it was first growing back because I tried to straighten it because I hated how curly it was. It was short and a literal afro. I was 22 and insecure. 30 year old me, would tell 22 year old me to not fret and it would come back in droves and be like the mythical snake headed, goddess. But 22 year old, afro hair Kate wouldn't hear it. Live and learn, and we all see hair comes back, with a vengeance. Anywhosers, I just discovered dry shampoo…WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME ABOUT IT?!?! I can go more than 3 days without washing it. Did you know this? Dry shampoo is a miracle invention. You just spray it on your grease ball, comb it through and KABLAMπŸ’₯ no more grease pit. It's miraculous. For eons and eons, I've been told by hair professionals NOT to wash my hair everyday to save my hair from breakage and split ends. But I couldn't do it, I just couldn't, when every night my hair transformed into a great pit from whence you could cook fries with. Ok, maybe that's an exaggeration, but I couldn't just go walking around in the civilized world with hair that looked like it hadn't been tended to in days. Dry shampoo to the rescue πŸš‘. It smells heavenly, and I'll do just about anything to get my hands on a deliciously smelling hair product, so win win. I got the miracle spray from ULTA, it's linked here and only $7 a can. You're welcome, go now. Don't even finish reading this, go and thank me later.

One other discovery I made this week, was, the Essie gel nail polish, linked here. Who loves freshly manicured nails? πŸ’…πŸ’ I know I do! But for whatever reason, within, moments of leaving the nail salon, which typically takes an eternity for me. I knick my nails on something. Which infuriates me, because i've just spent hours and $30 plus tip, plus gas on nails that should last two weeks. When in reality, after two days, it looks like I scale barbed wire and use a jack hammer for a living. Now, if you love getting your nails done and it's one of those things you do to "unwind" or "treat yo self" keep on doin' you girl. But for me, going to the nail salon is stressful, my hands get all sweaty, I feel like it takes forever and it seems expensive for what you get. Aaaand i'm pretty sure the technicians, talk smack in Vietnamese about me while i'm there, *in my mind*, it goes something like "look at this girls cuticles, they're crap and why do her hands sweat so much?". Maybe not, but in my mind that's what they're saying. I said all that to say, I found an alternative! I got the Essie kit for $18, it includes the color and top coat. You put two coats and a top coat on, it takes a while for it to dry, but once it does, you've got salon-ish nails for a fraction of the price! And the best part , is you can use it multiple times so you feel like you're getting your πŸ’° worth. 

I hope you guys have a great week! Stay on the lookout for where we're headed and once we get back, I'll do a full review of where we visit! Happy Sunday buds! 

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