Air-Dried Waves


pretty air dried waves

To all my fellow wavy gals looking for THE product, look no further. Lo, I have found it. (And you all know I’ve tried everything under the sun, right?)

Oribe Curl Shaping Mousse. It’s the best. Smells amazing, doesn’t make hair stiff or crunchy, keeps frizz at bay, AND defines waves or curls like no other. Here’s how I got the above look.

1. Wash, condition, and towel dry hair. I try to scrunch the extra water out of my hair with the towel, but very gently. Too much and I’ll be in frizz city.

2. Using a wide-tooth comb, comb through hair one time. Set your part.

3. Apply mousse throughout hair, starting in the back. (That way, if too much of the product comes off at first, it won’t be around your face.) I usually use two dollops for my thick hair.

4. If you have bangs, blow them dry. If you have cowlicks, follow my method for perfecting the sideswept look. I usually gather the rest of my damp hair behind my shoulders so I don’t accidentally blow any of the wave out.

5. Once your bangs are dry, allow the rest of your hair to air dry. Do not touch it. I repeat, DO NOT TOUCH. The more you fiddle with it, the frizzier it will get. Think about it, you know those times when your hair looks completely awesome after spending the day at the pool or beach? And you’re all, “why doesn’t my hair usually look like this?” Well, it’s because you DIDN’T MESS WITH IT. You most likely let it air dry and didn’t touch it all. (You can tell I messed with mine a little too much in the above photo…that’s why it’s a bit fuzzy towards the back. Geez…I can’t even follow my own rules.)

HOWEVER, like most, if you don’t have time to sit around while your hair dries, use a diffuser to speed up the process. This one was the most mentioned and loved on the Whoorl Facebook page, and I’m a fan. I use it all over my head, careful not to mess up the wave by overly scrunching. I spend about half of the time bent over at the waist.

6. Once dry or barely damp, I spray a few spritzes of my favorite beach spray to finish the look. Oribe Apres Beach spray is the perfect complement, but if you want to save some moolah, try my homemade recipe!

I’ve found this method to be the best in regards to waves, but on some days, it still isn’t totally foolproof. Any tips you would like to share in regards to styling curly or wavy hair?


Home Tour: Living Room


I have to say, our home’s formal living room has been the most unexpected surprise for us. As you walk into the front door of the house, this room is directly to your right. It’s the only room in the main living area that isn’t a part of the great room, and we initially assumed it would be the least used room in the house. Well, I have to say that this room has become my favorite for many reasons. First off, it houses so many of our finds and treasures from the past decade – I could spend days telling stories about the objects residing in the room. Secondly, although I love that our kitchen, family and dining room are one bright, open space, it is nice to have one room separate from the others. (And I suspect it will be a welcome oasis as our children get older and want some space from each other…oh, who am I kidding…they are already bickering at the ripe old ages of 3 and 7.)

Truthfully, though, the #1 reason I adore this room is the fact that it’s the warmest during the winter months. I’m easy to please, what can I say?

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The room is rather large, so we created two sitting spaces. The true living space, and my “office.” That Eames chair serves as blog central, and I love that spot because I can look out the window to the left and see all the happenings on my street, which is crucial to me not feeling so isolation central while working.

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I am obsessed with this vintage brass light fixture that we found at Kerson in Palm Springs. It produces the coolest shadows at night.

whoorl home renovation

(And yes, we love this rug from West Elm so much that we have it in both living areas!)

We found this large display cabinet at HD Buttercup several years ago when we were planning to move into the mid-century mold disaster. (Remember that fun, homeless time? Ugh.) We weren’t sure if we would be able to use it again, but it fits nicely in the living room. Talk about a lot of books and set-abouts, people. The piece has 18 glass panes, and I could probably write a 18 blog posts about the items in each and every one.

whoorl home renovation

Our main renovation task in the living room was dealing with the fireplace. As you can see, it was quite a mish-mash of materials.


We simplified by using a gorgeous grey quartzite material called “London Fog,” and are super pleased with the result.

whoorl home renovation

That orange pillow was the very first gift I ever gave D…12 years ago. Time flies, whoah.

Overall, the room is light, bright, happy-making, and don’t forget, quite toasty during our brutal Southern California winters.

whoorl home renovation

whoorl home renovation

Thanks to Jessie Webster for the lovely photos.



Odds and Ends



1. I went on a Beard Porn bonanza this week. Many more additions for my fellow beard lovahs.

2. A 10-step mindfulness practice for better sleep.

3. Great post on some introvert myths. (This whole introvert/extrovert thing intrigues me. I’m most definitely an introvert, yet have always fared well in communicating with others, hence over 15 years in sales positions that I really didn’t love. I think we all share traits from both sides, yes? Do you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert?)

4. I should have an Almost 40 To-Do List.

5. One of my favorite photographers (who shot our house- psst…living room post is coming next week) shows her iPhoneography tips.

6. I wish I could sketch like this.

7. Tracy just started a new series on quick, everyday meals. I AM SO ALL CAPS EXCITED ABOUT THIS.

8. I’m busting out this braid for the weekend.

9. Speaking of AMAZING HAIR POSTS (heh), here are 5 ways to to give your hair a summer refresh. Also, a guide to choosing the right curling iron.  Lastly, tell the truth, would you ever braid your hair like this?

10. I’m obsessed with A Cup of Jo’s Motherhood Around the World series. It’s so interesting to read about parenting in other cultures.

Happy weekend!

photo credit: Bearded Gospel Men


A Super Sleuth’s Guide to Late Night Reading


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You know what thrills me to the core? Wito’s intense love for reading. He started reading books at the ripe old age of 2, and hasn’t shown any signs of dialing his obsession back. Do you remember that kid growing up who chose to read a book under a tree during recess at school? That would be Wito. In fact, we had to have a family discussion in which he agreed to at least run around and socialize during one of his two recess periods.

It’s tough being a book lover sometimes. I know this from personal experience.

In addition to being a book nut, my dear Wito is also a total rule follower. (MAN, the apple doesn’t fall from the tree.) When it’s time for bed, I give him about 20 minutes to read quietly in his room and then it’s lights out. Except for lately? Long after those 20 minutes have passed I’ll be walking down the hallway and see the tiniest sliver of light peeking through the bottom of his door. Lights out? Not so much. Breaking the law, BREAKING THE LAW, that kid.

(I’m secretly thrilled. Book Lovers Unite! Who am I to deny that child those precious moments?)

D, on the other hand, is not a reader. In fact, the last time he read a book was probably 15 years ago while in college. How did I find myself married to a non-bearded non-reader? I don’t know, folks. I don’t know. Unfortunately, he’s not so keen on Wito’s extended reading sessions in the evening, and keeps his eye out for that familiar glow under Wito’s door.

I decided it was time for one book-loving rule follower to assist another in some law breakage. Fist bump.

Enter super sleuth portable lighting. (Who am I? A REBEL, IS WHO.)

Wito tried out two powerful and portable Energizer lights with Light Fusion technology – a 3-n-1 flashlight and a portable pop-up lantern.

This is what the super sleuth had to say.


“I like this flashlight. It’s super bright and I could use it camping. My arm kind of hurts, though. Can you hold it for me? I’m very tired.”

(Um, it only weights 10 ounces. Folks, unfortunately all that book reading doesn’t build any muscle. For the record, Wito sometimes complains that his legs are WAY TOO tired from walking 15 feet from his bed to the bathroom. Physical prowess is not his forte.)


“Mom! Did you know that if you press the flashlight button again that the whole side lights up?! It’s like two flashlights in one! This one is cool. Um, do I have to hold it myself? It’s very late (8:25pm) and my arm feels a little weak, you know. Oh look, you can pull out a little tripod thing! My arms are free!”

But the best was yet to come…


This one is my favorite, mom. I can rest my weary arms (yes, I believe he said WEARY), and it works great under the covers where there aren’t any shadows. You know I don’t like shadows, mom. Right? RIGHT, MOM?”

Looks like the pop-up lantern is the winner. If you’re looking to aid and assist your late night reader, Wito gives it 2 (weary) thumbs up.

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