November 10, 2014

Feel Gorgeous Inside & Out....

Before the appointment... you can't see it, but the ends of my hair was dead, heat fried, dead... 
Look how long??
Where the magic happens...
The prescription for amazing hair day... Kerastase...aka hair magic...
Kimberly working her magic...
After.. I mean wow... "hello, gorgeous!"

"A woman who cuts her hair, is about to change her life..." - Coco Chanel

So in life we women are pretty funny creatures, we love our shoes, our coffee and mani/pedis with the girls... there are many things we are particular about, like how our jeans fit.. or the fact that florecent lighting is death on wheels and Spanx is like the best invention since the blowdryer... But nothing can even hold a candle to how we feel about our hair... seriously... It's an emotional thing... Why is that? Well, I think it's because it's so personal.. our hair is kinda like our home, it's a tiny reflection of our personality & identity... Think about it, the house is trashed, dishes need to be done and nothing is right with the world... Same goes for our hair,  we can't get it to do what we want and we have the cursed "bad hair day"... shudder..  Yet, when the house is clean, the hair is rocking you feel at your best... The magic of a good hair day! Very powerful... 

Here's the thing, I've had my fair share of bad haircuts, there was this one where I came home with a  Mrs. Brady mullet... I straight up cried in front of the mirror, my sister fixed it in our kitchen with crappy scissors... So let me just say, I get it.. I've got my trust issues with my hair.. but all of that went away with my last appointment... Because of my trust issues, I've been only trimming my hair ...honest moment.. not as often as I should, kinda like a twice a year thing... awkward... So when I went in to see Kimberly at Dolce Vita Salon, I knew it was time.. time to get real... I actually was excited! She was fabulous, she knew exactly what my face needed and inspired me to change up my look a little while listening to my needs! I mean let's face it there's quite a bit of therapy happening in the chair... let the healing begin... Just like in fashion, quality is important.. you cannot just go out to Super Cuts... I've got a story about that too... This is your hair we are talking about it deserves all the love attention you can give it... Your hair will always thank you...

One of the things that was so nice about the Dolce Vita Salon was that, Kimberly the owner, she knew just what my hair needed in a cut and in amazing hair products.. like a Dr. prescribing the medicine needed for a great hair day... And boy did I need it.. As women we wait so long to take care of ourselves, we are extremely good at taking care of others but when it comes to ourselves well, we get a D+ on that grade, if that... Why not stop, take a moment... realize that you are amazing from head to toe and you need to allow yourself to see some of that on the outside... Local ladies, get yourself over to Dolce Vita Salon in Santa Rosa, CA. Prepare yourself to be amazed at the great hair days that will come... It's in there and all you need is just take a moment for yourself, so it can come out... And on that note, here's something even more exciting!! When you buy hair product from Kimberly (remember it's medicine for your hair) you will be entered in a drawing for gorgeous photo shoot that captures your inner & outer beauty!! See the details below and stay fabulous!



*this is a sponsored post however all opinions are mine.

November 6, 2014

Champagne Thursday & eShakti Review....




Dress-c/o EShakti
Bag- Steve Madden
Heels- Payless

It's Champagne Thursday!!! aka.. finding even the most ridiculous reasons to celebrate...
~Daylight savings... giving me the illusion of sleeping in for a week...
~Totally pulled of the size sticker off my new jeans BEFORE walking into church... #winning  
~Totally resisted the urge for a doughnut when I really wanted one.... it's a big deal...
~ I found the best mascara in the whole wide world.... seriously...
~ Christmas music is now playing in stores....
~It's Thursday!!!

Eshakti Review..
Have you ever found an amazing item taken it into the fitting room to try it on and it fits great in the waist but too tight in the hips? No? Just me? Well for me, finding something that fits perfectly is well, always a challenge... So when Eshakti approached me about their custom size ordering system I was thrilled! Simply take your measurements, enter them when submitting your order and whamo! A gorgeous tailored look just for your size! I selected this dress submitted my measurements and I got the dress and to my disappointment it is too big.. not too bad but not a perfect fit as I hoped,(I still wear the dress, I wore this on our anniversary dinner)... here's what I think went wrong... we measured after dinner.. uh.. well, lets just say my stomach isn't the washboard abs it normally is after dinner...wink..
The other option is I lost 5lbs in about 2 weeks, which is the one I'm pulling for but...  
Or the last option is, something didn't happen correctly to my order... So in conclusion, would I buy from Eshakti?  Definitely, they have gorgeous styles and I love the concept! But I would choose a different fabric and not measure right after dinner... lesson learned Howland... lesson learned...


*this was a sponsored post, however the opinions are all my own.

October 21, 2014

Flo For Halloween...

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Untitled #57 by hchdesigns featuring plain aprons

Well, for my next costume idea.. I give you Flo... True story, this one was my husband's idea to be put on the blog.. He's so funny... Fun fact: we think up random Halloween costumes all through the year.. I honestly don't know why? So on to the costume, super easy! White on white with a white apron... Extra points if you can get Progressive on the apron! Tease that hair, with bunch of hair spray, at the back of the crown to get that lift... I don't think you need a wig for this one but if you wanted to go for it! Headband and the kicker is the red lip gloss! Must have the red lip gloss... Is it lame that I'm already thinking about how easy it would be for me to get the lip gloss on the jeans? I know, I know, super lame.

Now for the rest of your evening, it's your job is to be slightly ditsy and totally in love with insurance... Which I think we can all agree that the ditsy part will be easier...
Happy Tuesday!

October 20, 2014

Jim Harbaugh Halloween

Jim Harbaugh Halloween

Jim Harbaugh Halloween by hchdesigns featuring grey pants

Uh... Halloween is only 11 days away!! What the?? I swear the older I get the faster the weeks go by and the very fact that I'm saying that makes me feel really old... omg...
Anyhoo... Do you have you costume picked out yet?? Here's what I think would be a smash of a costume especially for couples... I don't know about you but I find it hilarious when couples dress identical in something unexpected and honestly I don't like typical costumes..
I like ones that tend to be a little more ironic...
So today in memory of the horrible football game we played last night, ugh, I don't want to talk about it... I give you Jim Harbaugh for Halloween..Pleated Dockers-check! Black shirt tucked in-check! The key to this costume working is all in your facial expressions and your body language... While having the clip board tucked into the back of your pants...

 I'll be posting all week some fun and creative ideas for last minute costumes that you could recreate with minimal effort.. Have a Happy Monday and let's all move on from the blood bath that was Sunday Night Football.. shaking my head...



Venus Trapped in Mars

October 14, 2014

Rainy Day...

Rainy Day...



J Crew cotton shirt / H M white top, $11 / Quiz black pants, $16 / Michael kors jewelry / ADOPTED white iphone case / Black glasses / New Balance MRL996DG, $145 / Porcelain cup

Well, it's finally raining here in Cali... which means... zero productivity.. I just want to be home, sip my tea, be causally chic and slow down for just a hot minute...

Sometimes when I get up super early to get ready, I just savor the stillness of the world and sip my coffee...just a sign that I've truly gotten old when getting up early is a luxury... big eye roll, huge... 
On days like this I dream of sitting on my couch, wearing all things cozy & chic... J Crew sweatshirt, oh come to mama... it's such a great way of being cozy and fabulous all at the same time.. and why on earth would you wear runners for any other reason than have a cozy day inside?? I'm kidding... sorta.

I will sit, do nothing... ignore the 3 huge Ikea bags of laundry that needed to be folded and put away.. I will drink my tea and do some online shopping cuz that's just a good day.. Some days you just need to give yourself a rainy day... open up the window and listen to the rain coming down, drink your favorite hot beverage, do an incredible eye makeup job the no one will see and relax... for no other reason than it's raining...


October 6, 2014

Life is Kickball...


Confession.. I've said no to things and opportunities because I thought I wouldn't be good at it... jaw on the floor... I mean, honestly... How does that get you where you want to go? It doesn't... Sometimes I think we are all just kids in our minds, playing the game of kickball and you hear in your head, "oh Hope is kicking, everybody move forward...' So to spare ourselves that kind of pain again or embarrassment we don't go for the dreams or opportunities that we really need in our life...

For me, I've avoided trying things or I quit too early because I'm not immediately good at it... Which, is total crap.. right? I mean we are meant to learn things, it's something that we are supposed to do..That it's ok to be smack in  the middle of a process, to try anyway..to dust your self off and go for it again.. Because at the end of the day, our worth is not defined by how successful our career is anything like that... We are amazing. Period.

The more we learn, the more we grow, the more we inspire others..The more I take risks, the more I can reach for things that normally would have seemed out of my reach... All we can do, is try our best and so what if you can't throw a pigeon clay and you're in front of a ton of people and they're all telling you how to do it and you may or may not start crying... true story that really happened... So what if you walk into a pole while waving hello to a guy... True story, that really happened... So what if you start singing in the wrong key.. on stage.. in front of your whole church...again that's really happened, more than once...

In life we are not guaranteed to avoid embarrassing moments or moments where we are really nervous to try something new.. but when we channel our inner Taylor Swift and "shake it off" we can really do amazing things.. if not for anyone else but ourselves..  That's me, that's where I'm at.. being brave, choosing to believe in myself and praying along the way.. That's all we can do right? Just go for it, you are amazing and you will rock this... So step up to that home plate, and kick that ball... kick it hard!

October 2, 2014

Live Adventurously....




Last week Seth and I celebrated our 5 year Anniversary!!! Gosh... Cannot believe it's been 5 years, I feel so blessed to be his wife.. like SO blessed...
I can't begin to tell you the dream come true he is in my life... 
I thought I would share with you some of our wedding photos.. I never get tired of them! And also, some fun little details of our wedding day! September 25 2009...

  • I wore red stilettos... at the time it was groundbreaking... like no one was doing that.. now everyone seems to think it's a great idea to wear a colored shoe.. I feel that I started that  trend and I'm flattered really that everyone wants to copy me... 
  • I have two wedding dresses...The first one was a lesson in why you don't buy your wedding dress online... for reals, don't do it.. The second is the one I wore and it's dreamy... If I could .. I would wear it around the house... cuz that's just how I roll..
  • Seth had the greatest idea of having a rehearsal luncheon instead of dinner, so the night was free for an early rehearsal and our very chill bachelor & bachelorette parties.
  • I walked down the aisle to Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve... the doors opened when the drums kicked in... It was epic..
  • We didn't have a wedding cake.. neither of us like wedding cake and it was too expensive! Instead we served amazing cheesecake for dessert! 
  • My good friend closed her coffee shop for the day so me and my girls could all get ready there... it was so amazing... 
  • We didn't have a DJ, I made every single playlist and had it on my iPod.. again it was epic..


Till this day I look back and thank God for such a wonderful day.. but honestly.. the thing I am most thankful to God for, is my husband... He loves me, listens to my random rambling... I think he is so funny and I laugh at all of his jokes...He supports me in my dreams and I support his... We promised to live adventurously with each other... and everyday whether it's snorkeling in Hawaii or running to Walmart for more toilet paper... has been the very best adventure and I would do all over again in a heartbeat...