Love Your Hair

As young as I can remember I have had long hair. I recall the painful and mandatory hair brushing sessions with my parents, my head being pulled back from the many knots I would acquire throughout the day. I remember how sweet my Dad would be drying my long hair and calling himself “Mr.Andre The Hairdresser” and talking with a bit of an accent, making it more fun.

My Mom also has always had long hair, long after the other bus stop Moms chopped theirs in lieu of passing thirty (seriously what is that!) she kept her long locks flowing and looked gorgeous. And still to this day has long flowing locks.

I used to blow dry my hair, go through product after product trying to get it to look just so, and it became too much. I started allowing my hair to dry naturally, avoiding tugging and styling as much as possible and I learned to love my hair, really loving what it could do without much attention.

What was my aha moment? I got pregnant with my first child, and my hair totally changed… then after having Juliette my hair line changed again, I lost so much hair it was insane, clogging drains was my new job (ha!) and I didn’t know how to handle it, plus I was juggling new motherhood and the body image issue that come with giving birth, fluctuating sizes and so on…

I distinctly remember my aha moment. I had run out of coffee, I was at home with my newborn and needed to go out because, well, coffee! She was crying and I couldn’t put her down to tend to my hair, so I went out with it as is, not styled, no products, no clips, nothing. Just loose waves and a day old wash. We got outside and the sun was shining, my new baby looked up at my and I knew I was beautiful no matter what. This little baby gave me such clarity. I wanted her to grow up knowing she was beautiful no matter what, whether her hair was long, short, straight, curly, frizzy, blonde, black or brown (or any color that makes her happy!).

I’ve partnered with Dove Hair, a brand I find so empowering and am honored to be sharing this amazing message with. They asked me to share their fantastic campaign #LoveYourHair and I’d LOVE to see you share your hair on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with this meaningful hashtag. Better yet, view and share this beautiful film on Youtube  and visit their Pinterest to see my photos alongside many amazing women.

Did you know according to Dove Hair research only 11% of women love everything about their hair and wouldn’t change anything about it. Come on guys, let’s change that number!

Summer (Dress) Wish List

Once it goes above 80 degrees I ditch pants pretty much for the entire Summer season. I pull out old favorites but like to add a few new dresses each season to my collection. Here are some I’m drooling over

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Life Lately

The school year is winding down and the weather is warming up. I look forward to having Juliette home from school for the Summer, working on art projects and spending time together baking… Jack will be in daycare twice a week still so I can attend to Darling Clementine with (almost) my full attention.

Portland has proved to be a lush gorgeous city, literally bursting with Spring all around and we plan to be outside exploring as much as possible every chance we get. Rain or shine.

Here are some photos of life lately…

and ps. There’s a giveaway happening over on my shop, click here to enter

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Exploring Dancing Roots Farms in waist high edible flowers

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Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival, they were almost as tall as him!
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This beauty, with Mt. Hood in the background

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Juliette and her girlfriends tasting the wild edibles at Dancing Root Farms

 

Friends and Family Sale at Shopbop

It’s Friends and Family Time, or as I like to call it, stock up with less guilt time… here’s the code and my top picks at Shopbop // code INTHEFAM for 25% off your entire order! Expires 4/7 at midnight.

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Top Ten: Host/Hostess Gifts

As we all come out of that Winter fog, we push open the back doors, pull out the patio table and chairs and invite friends over… I know I’m looking forward to lots of porch entertaining at sunset. I like to stock a few hostess gifts in case I run out of time and don’t want to end up getting the obvious bottle of wine (though always appreciated!) Here are 1o of my favorite gifts to give to the host/hostess.

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