So Smitten With This Hair


Yet another Pinterest gem, I came across a photo of the most lovely, sun-kissed hair color a few weeks ago. I clicked through to Box No. 216  and found an absolute mecca of gorgeous hair. (Seriously, I don’t even want to tell you how much time I’ve spent on the website.) Turns out Box No. 216 is the personal website of Johnny Ramirez, a colorist in LA, and ohhhhhh my gahhhhhh, I love him. I mean, his work. Whatever. According to his bio, Johnny is “a specialist in ‘California’ hair: subtle, versatile and beachy. Inspired by his 5 year old daughter’s perfect sun-kissed hair, he aims to recreate the best version of organic, true hair color.”

Take a look for yourself.

photo credit: Box No. 216

You all, I am borderline obsessed with this whole situation. I need to book an appointment STAT.


Odds and Ends


Duchamp’s Answering Machine – best colors ever

1. I completed Couch to 5K earlier this week. (Ran 3 miles without stopping at a 10:30-minute mile pace. Woo!) So, in honor of that little achievement, I posted a newbie’s running guide at Babble. It barely scrapes the surface of things I would like to talk about in regards to running, but it’s a quick snapshot of my favorite running-related gear.

2. Okay, one more thing about running. I found this article by Kristen on finding your perfect running pace so interesting. It’s seems that everyone’s body has an optimal running pace, with a woman’s average being a 9:08-minute mile and a man’s being a 7:13-minute mile. What’s your running pace? I’m still slower than average…I ran 3 miles this morning at a 10:00-minute mile, and I can say it felt totally different than running a 10:30-minute mile. Who knew that shaving off 30 seconds from each mile could result in so much more sweat! Wowza.

3. I’m feeling rather blah about my hair lately. Maybe it’s because it’s summer or maybe it’s because I just had to have 4 inches taken off to fix a rather unfortunate haircut. A little sad about that, but what can you do? (Take a shitload of Biotin, is what you can do. Please groooowwwwww, hair. As Richard Marx would say, I’ll be right here waiting for you.) Anyway, if you are feeling a little follicularly unmotivated like me, I just posted the Lazy Girl Guide to Summer Hair. Maybe it will spark a little hair inspiration.

4. I just spent $18 on a loaf of bread, a gallon of organic milk, and a dozen organic eggs. YOU ARE KILLING ME, CALIFORNIA. Luckily, canned tuna and beans are cheap, so this delicious tuna and white bean salad is in heavy rotation. So good.

5. I forgot to mention that the winner of the La Plates giveaway is #69, Jillian!

Congratulations! Love that you will have your newly married monogram on some gorgeous plates very soon.

6. Speaking of giveaways, today is the last day to enter the Hipiti giveaway. Um, $50 at your favorite retail shop, people. J. Crew, Madewell, Gap, Bloomingdales…wherever your little heart desires. (I happen to know every single sale that is going on at those stores, thanks to my daily Hipiti email.) What are you waiting for?

7. Last but not least, I’m writing a series of posts on Disneyland at Babble. If you are planning on visiting the park soon with with a baby, here are my tried-and-true tips for making the day as stress-free as possible with a wee one.

Have a great weekend!


The 5-Minute Face: A Step-by-Step Guide


I think this is my favorite episode of The Sarah James Show yet – mainly because it’s more of a tutorial-type video like I’m used to making. I always write about the 5-minute face, so I’m putting my money where my mouth is this week. Starting with completely bare faces (scary), my guest Julie and I apply my 5-minute makeup routine from start to finish. Hope you enjoy!

Products used on Sarah:

Clinique Airbrush Concealer in Neutral Fair
Sephora Eyelash curler
CoverGirl LashExact Mascara in Very Black
Lipstick used as blush: Revlon Fuchsia Fusion
Lipgloss -DiorAddict Lip Polish in Fresh Expert

Products used on Julie:

Concealer, eyelash curler, mascara – see above
Cream Blush – Maybelline Dream Bouncy Mousse in Coffee Cake
Lipgloss – not sure, sorry!


Hipiti – Simplify Your Shopping (+ Giveaway!)


For two years now, I’ve tried to complete a 90-Day No Shopping Challenge at the first of the year. I’ve failed both times. (I made it 8 and 9 weeks, though. Doesn’t that count for ANYTHING?)

The first thing I do when gearing up for the challenge is unsubscribe from every single retail/flash sale email distribution list possible. You’d be surprised how much less temptation you feel when you don’t wake up to 89,000 sale emails in your inbox every morning. It’s refreshing, quite actually.

But here’s the deal. There are a few stores that I want to keep around – you know, my tried and true favorites. Wouldn’t it be fab if you could learn about all of your favorite retailer promotions in one place (or email)?

Enter Hipiti. Hipiti is all about reducing retail clutter in your inbox, as well as making shopping for sales at your favorite retailers easier and faster. Hipiti is completely customizable, so you only get the offers you want, as frequently as you want them. In addition, Hipiti’s innovative technology makes searching for discounts (online or using your smartphone) simple and quick.

Take a look for yourself! Here’s my dashboard.

At the moment, I’m following 7 stores, and I can control exactly what kind of information I see from each one.  Hipiti has awesome filtering capabilities on the email and dashboard – this way you will only get emails on the type of offer you’re most interested in. (For example, only offers that start today or end today; only offers with a promo code, etc.)

I am loving this website hard right now – one email in my inbox a day, and a great user dashboard. Because let’s face it, people. I’m never going to completely cut out clothing shopping. Nope, no can do. However! I can focus on the exact retailers I want, and cut out the rest of the fluff.

Soooo, Hipiti is in private beta right now, but you can start using it via this link. Try it out – I think you might like it. Also, because the co-founders Rama and Kristin rock the casbah, they are offering one lucky commenter a $50 gift certificate to your favorite shopping destination! Yep, wherever your heart desires. How cool is that? Just leave a comment on this post by Friday, July 13th (spooky) at 6pm PST, and you’ll be entered to win. Good luck!