My Emmy Party + Fab Updos!


Whoah! With all of this redesign business, I totally forgot to tell you about my little Emmy-watching soiree, sponsored by the lovely folks at Suave. I whipped up some tasty sangria and goodies and watched my hair stylist, Tera Rae Stephens, work her magic on all of the party guests. That’s right – we all were treated to a personal styling session, which resulted in some truly lovely hairstyles. Here are some shots from the evening!


Chatting it up with the ladies.

Suave Professionals products. (p.s. – Suave Volumizing Finishing Hair Spray certainly did its job with all of our updos!)

Tera got right down to work.

I was totally coveting the feather in her hair!

My hair. (I have GOT to learn how to do this on my own!)

(I might have shed a tear when I brushed it out before bed.)

Tera’s updos were beyond chic, and I truly couldn’t pick a favorite.

Simply gorgeous, right?

Unfortunately, we had such a great time that we kind of forgot to watch the Emmys. Oops. Maybe next year.

from left to right: Julie, Kara-Noel, Kristen, Lisa, Moi, Tera, Christina and Shanna

Thanks, Suave, for giving this mama a much-needed girls’ night!




Wito talks a lot.

This trait seems to garner the most attention from friends, acquaintances, and strangers. “Wow! He’s so verbal!” and “He talks more than my daughter/niece/grand-daughter!” are comments made to me on a weekly basis. I, of course, realize that these statements are code for COULD YOU PLEASE SHUT YOUR CHILD UP??

Well, the answer is no. (Unfortunately.) Wito never stops talking. He talks to his friends, he talks to inanimate objects, he talks while he’s playing (usually giving a play-by-play of what he’s doing and/or quoting the Cars movie), he talks while pooping, hell, he even talks in his sleep. If Wito is in the vicinity, you can be assured that he’s jabbering on about something.

A couple of weeks ago, when I literally thought my ears were going to jump off my head and run for the horizon, I looked him squarely in the eye and calmly asked if he could stop talking for 30 seconds. A mere 30 seconds! It couldn’t be that difficult, right? He glanced at me, lip quivering, and earnestly answered, “But I can’t. I CAN’T STOP TALKING, MOMMY!” At that point, I realized he might as well have been an alcoholic talking about the bottle. My son is ADDICTED TO TALKING.

As you can imagine, poor Wita hasn’t experienced a nanosecond of silence since her arrival. As her 11-week birthday approaches, it seems she has adopted the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” attitude.

Is it possible that Wita might outdo Wito in the chatting-your-ear-off department? If so, LORD HELP US ALL.

p.s. – Today is the last day to vote for Whoorl and Hair Thursday in the Just Spotted OC Blog Awards! Do it for your country! Or my poor, ravaged ears!


Hit Me With Your Best Shot


Don’t forget to vote for Hair Thursday in the Shopping/Beauty Category at the OC Blog Awards! Voting ends Sunday night! (I’m up against the OC NEWSPAPER…I need all the help I can get!!)

I am truly loving on Hair Thursday’s new design and the fun celebrity inspiration feature. However, I strongly dislike uploading all of the celeb photos. STRONGLY DISLIKE WITH THE FIRE OF 1,000 SUNS. Data entry is not my cup of tea, and trying to whittle down the best celebrity hair options is slowly crushing my spirit (not to mention killing my eyesight…)

This is where you can save the day! Tell me what celebrity you think has the best hair and I’ll put them on the top of my list to add into the feature. Is that a deal? Ready, set, GO! (And thank you!)

p.s. – Olivia Palermo’s hair color is to die for. Right?


Hey You Guyyyyyyys!


(That was in my best Sloth from Goonies voice.)

I was nominated for Orange County’s Best Beauty Blog this week! Grab the Depends because I’m peeing my pants! Would you take a second to vote for Hair Thursday? You don’t need to sign in or anything, just click here. (My category is Shopping and Beauty Blogs.) Thank you thank you thank you!