Odds and Ends



1. Texted to me earlier this week. via Doghouse Diaries

2. Haha, have you seen this? Disney princesses with beards.

3. This had me rolling and nodding in utter agreement. “It’d be nice to someday just have a cold without wondering if I have West Nile virus.” Girl, I HEAR YOU.

4. OH OH OH. Hairstyling hacks every girl should know. You know the bobby pin thing, right?

5. WTF is this?

6. Need a new way to wear your scarves? Look no further than this collection of 7 scarf-tying tutorials.

7. It’s official – I’m obsessed with a bunch of twenty-something British beauty bloggers. Lily Pebbles and Essie Button are two of my very favorites – I love them even though I feel ancient while watching them.


Sunkissed Highlights


Remember my teeny tiny obsession with colorist Johnny Ramirez’s work? Well, I finally bit the bullet and took this virgin hair of mine to the Ramirez Tran Salon in Beverly Hills a few weeks ago. You guys, I spent TWELVE hours having my hair colored and cut by Johnny and Anh Co Tran, respectively. (And you thought I had OCD…these guys were speaking my language!)

sunkissed highlights johnny ramirez

Um, how stylish are those two? SO STYLISH, I SAY. (Anh’s responsible for Coco Rocha’s edgy cut and Ginnifer Goodwin’s pixie – good to know if/when I decide to choppy chop.)

So, yeah, I looked like this for a good portion of the day.

sunkissed highlights johnny ramirez

Johnny was meticulous, I mean, METICULOUS with my hair. He’s an artist, for sure. And wears great boots, to boot.

sunkissed highlights johnny ramirez

I will say there came a point in the afternoon when I wondered if something had gone terribly wrong with my hair, but was quickly talked off the ledge by a few of my highlighted-hair-expert-friends after I texted something to the effect of OMG THE ENDS OF MY HAIR ARE BUTTERSCOTCH YELLOW.

sunkissed highlights johnny ramirez

All part of the plan, my friends. Look at the finished result!

sunkissed highlights

I am so, so happy with the results. I told Johnny I wanted beachy, sunkissed highlights and he delivered.

The best part? The top of my hair wasn’t touched so it will grow out seamlessly, and I only have to visit Johnny once a year. (Good thing as that is all I can afford, peeps.)

After spending the past couple of decades with virgin, all-one-shade hair, it feels great to have some depth and dimension.

sunkissed highlights johnny ramirez

Loving the color gradation in my updos too. Can you hear me squeeing over here? Because I am.

sunkissed highlights johnny ramirez

Hooray for highlights! You can check out Johnny’s work here and Anh’s work here.



Honey-Pumpkin Pie Enzyme Mask


This post is sponsored by the National Honey Board.


If you haven’t noticed, it’s pumpkin season. I swear, I walked into Trader Joe’s the other day and it was like entering a pumkpin festival. Pumpkin brownies! Pumpkin puree! PUMPKIN PRODUCT MANIA.

I made some treats the other day and had a little pumpkin puree left over so I decided to make this mask. The coolest thing? Pumpkin pairs beautifully with my main beauty secret and multi-tasker, honey. Honey and pumpkin are like VBFFs when it comes to body treatments, and we all know that honey is a natural humectant with antimicrobial properties so it attracts and retains moisture which can keep skin hydrated and glowing. Hey, if my skin can continue to look hydrated and glowing throughout the entire winter season, I’m a happy girl.

Here are the deets.


3-4 Tablespoons ground oats

1 Tablespoon milk or heavy cream

2 Tablespoons crushed pineapple

3/4 cup pumpkin puree, canned or fresh

1/2 cup honey


Mix ground oats and milk or cream in a bowl or mixer. Add crushed pineapple and pumpkin, draining excess water out of fresh pumpkin by squeezing it in a paper towel. Thoroughly blend the ingredients. While stirring, slowly drizzle in the honey, mixing well. Refrigerate in air tight container for 10-14 days.


Apply liberally with fingertips to face and neck area. Leave mask on for 8-10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

pumpkin pie mask

This mask feels sooooo good on the skin. You simply must try it. Not a fan of pumpkin? There are tons more DIY honey beauty recipes here.

This post was sponsored by the National Honey Board. Mmm mmm, honey. (They didn’t tell me to say that.)


Things About Wita



photo by Greer Inez

Things she says:

1. Ruffles = Sniffles  “Mama, I have the ruffles today.”

2. “What it is?” instead of “What is it?”

3. Chin Spill = Vomit “I don’t feel so good. I think my chin is going to spill.”

4. Soggy = Foggy “It’s so soggy this morning.”

5. Usually replaces “v” with “b” – “I love banilla ice cream.” (Except that actually, she says “balilla,” and it’s the sweetest thing ever.)

Things she does:

1. Changes her outfit at least 7 times a day.

2. Always, always puts her shirt on backwards and shoes on the wrong feet.

3. Sings every song on the radio while riding in the car. Her favorites? Lada Gaga and Katy Perry, because of course.

4. Sleeps with her light on. Even when I sneak in to turn it off, it’s always back on before she wakes up in the morning.

5. Spends the first hour of “bedtime” standing in her closet and layering on clothing. A few night’s ago, I peeked in at 8:30pm to find her in three pairs of pants, two shirts, a bathing suit on top of it all, and a tiara.

6. She’s incredibly social with the neighbors, and gets super upset if someone doesn’t wave back to her.

7. Loves applying lip gloss. Her preference? Ruby red with “sprinkles” (sparkles) on top.

What are some of the quirky things your little one says/does?