Excuse my mini hiatus, I'd unplugged for a little bit after going on a few trips the past few weeks. I found myself in a weird place earlier in the year- after having felt like myself only during travel last year, I went 180 and thought the globe trotting was just an exhaustive, ceaseless escape of xyz. I don't think I was able to brush off that funk until I found a nice little groove after visiting Tulum. I hate to echo too simply what many others have said (because it deserves more), but it's true: Tulum is magical. I'll share more thoughts on it this coming week when I post the photos from my trip x
Alterna Haircare shampoo and conditioner
Despite having to deal with the heat, I like growing my hair out for the summertime. During these warm months, I usually like lightening and styling long hair to give my look an extra oomph since I'm wearing minimal layers most of the time. Unfortunately longer locks usually mean volume is nonexistent because all that hair is weighed down.
To account for this and really lift my longer hair, I teamed up with Alterna Haircare to try out their line of Caviar Anti-Aging products: Volume Shampoo and Conditioner, Volume Multiplying Mist and Volume Mousse. I'd used their Bamboo Smooth oil mist in the past and loved how much it actually improved the appearance of my hair so I thought I'd give this a try. We were thinking of creating a look with a voluminous braid, but I wanted to do something a little bit more true to my style. I thought I'd start with Dutch braids (or inverted French braids, others may call it) for a day and then pump up the volume after letting the braids free for a fun '90s inspired look. A voluminous braid, deconstructed.
2. Don't wash hair for another day and braid 'day two' hair (great tutorial for Dutch braids here)
3. Spray the Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist all over – make sure to really pat it into the parts of your hair that are tightly woven
4. Sleep in your braids overnight
5. Next morning, let the braids free and apply the Thick & Full Volume Mousse to the roots of hair. Really make sure to scrunch hair, and pat remaining mousse over free waves
6. Shake hair up a bit and toss to one side – instant elevation
My hair is already pretty full, but using the mist and mousse gave my hair noticeably more body. More surprising, though, was how it was able to stay that way for the entire day, and the next. To top it off, using the products on my hair (even after day four of refraining from washing) didn't leave it sticky like a lot of mousses/misters tend to do.
This post was done in collaboration with Alterna Haircare
H&M dress, Furla bag, Dune London sandals
Packing for my most recent trip to Tulum was the least stressful ever: all I needed were just a few bikinis, a slip dress for the day, thin tops and bottoms for the evening, and Dune London sandals to style either way. While out there, I would often go for this billowy white dress and I would add a metallic touch for day time romping (above), and then I would switch into my favorite backless halter top and black trousers with these multi-strap sandals for night time jungle cavorting (below). Personally I like traveling with sporty sandals because they're comfortable and pretty versatile in terms of styling--they can complete an athleisure look, elevate a simple white dress or just add a hint of easygoing cool to my plethora of black and white outfits. And you can easily go from day to night with them, especially in more tropical settings this summer.
Shop some of my favorite sporty sandal styles from Dune London below:
Sechung top, STROM trousers, Dune London sandals
Shiseido 'Ultimune' concentrate
The first skincare products my mom introduced to me were Shiseido's. She'd been a long time fan of the unrivaled Japanese skincare brand and would insist that I started caring for my skin early on with their sunscreen and balancing face lotion. I think I can safely say I attribute my skin to the diligent use of those oblong-shaped blue bottles and sleek, ruby red glass containers... I'm thankful for those products, but I did steer off to try different products as my curiosity over other brands piqued. Fast forward fifteen years as I'm becoming more conscientious about other effective skincare steps and I've found myself returning to what I'd trusted at a young age. This time, though, I've returned to Shiseido's Ultimune, a concentrate formulated with a botanical blend of Bulgarian rosewater, gingko biloba, shiso, and thyme.
This concentrate proves its power with how long my face stays dewy and bright throughout my days. Incorporating this power-infusing product was like breathing life back into my skin, reversing the effects of the daily tension our bodies go through. Because of that, for the first time in a while, I'm starting to feel more confident about stepping out with a lot less makeup. It really does start with skin, and my mom knew it best: Shiseido is ultimate in that respect.
This post was done in collaboration with Shiseido and Allure