Summer Cut


soft A-line undercut with long layers

I made my annual pilgrimage to Ramirez Tran Salon last week so Johnny and Anh could work their magic on me, and they did not disappoint. Looking at these photos, I can’t believe how loooooong and heavy my hair was before the chop. I feel as light as air!

soft A-line undercut with long layers

If you are wondering about the particulars of the cut, it’s a soft A-line undercut with long layers. And Johnny gave me the most lovely golden caramel highlights. Love love love. Of course, now I’m obsessed with figuring out how to recreate this super lived-in, barely-there wavy look every day of my life. You can count on a video tutorial when/if I make it happen. Hooray for summer cuts!


Sleep Like a King in My (Psuedo) Guest Room


This post is sponsored by Simmons. Thanks for supporting this website!


Guest rooms are not really the norm in Newport Beach. Space is definitely at a premium, and I don’t know too many folks around here who have a room solely devoted to housing guests. So when folks come to stay with us, good ol’ Wito gets the boot and has to forfeit his room. (Sorry, bud! It sucks having the cool room!)

Unfortunately (for Wito and everyone involved, really), the mattress on his bed was kind of shoddy. I’m not going to lie – it was pretty cheap. I figured, heck, he’s a kid, it’s all good. Except for the fact that he is soooooo my child, and has been known to lie awake at night with the mental hamster wheel cranking. After my horrible run-in with insomnia last summer, I wouldn’t wish that on any soul. NO SIRREE BOB. (If you aren’t sleeping right now, I feel you. It’s the worst, and I’m sorry.) So, when Simmons reached out to me with the news of their new ComforPedic iQ™ mattress, I was all ears. (Especially when I learned that the mattress is the first and only mattress endorsed by Dr. Andrew Weil, my favorite bearded doctor. You seriously should watch this video if not just to marvel at his trimmed beard perfection. Also, True Food Forevah!)

“Getting sleep of sufficient quantity and quality is important,” says Dr. Weil. “We invest in nutritious foods and gym memberships, but too often neglect the importance of providing our bodies with an optimal environment for recuperation. The ComforPedic iQ™ is the only mattress I have ever endorsed. I believe in this product’s clinically tested technology and ComforPedic iQ™’s mission to help people achieve a better night’s sleep as part of a healthier lifestyle.”

So, what’s the deal with this mattress, you ask? Well, it’s self-adjusting, has patented, Smart Response™ Technology designed to help people fall asleep faster and experience increased REM sleep, and regulates body temperature with Ultra Cool™ Memory Foam. You know…just a few minor perks.

It’s a win-win – guests will sleep better, and Wito will sleep better. I’m all for good sleep, people. Take me to Snoozeville and take me fast.

The only problem with the mattress? It’s not on my bed. Suddenly, I’m not so quick to leave after stories have been read and lights are out. I might move into the “guest” room for good. I’m sure Wito wouldn’t mind a roommate, right? We could briefly ruminate together before conking out! You suddenly feel the need to visit us, don’t you? We can have a slumber party!

I am curious, though. How many of you have guest rooms in your house? Do you use them or are they wasted space?

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Easy, Beachy Hair for Wavy Gals (+ Summer Hair Giveaway!)


This post is sponsored by Sally Beauty. Thanks for supporting this site! (And my hair.)


First things first. My hair is SO LONG right now. I’m getting it cut tomorrow, and couldn’t be more excited. *cue fanfare*

Since it’s summer, I’m giving the good ol’ curling iron a rest, and enhancing my natural waves, which requires a LOT less effort. Hallelujah. Here’s how you can do it in 5 easy steps.


Products used – Ion Summer Shampoo, Ion Summer Deep Conditioning Treatment, Ion Spray Gel for Wave/Curly Hair, and Ion Texturizing Sea Spray. Also, a hair dryer with a diffuser attachment. (All from Sally Beauty.)


1. Wash and towel dry your hair, squeezing any extra moisture out of your hair. Try not to rub the hair – just gently squeeze it.


2. Apply Ion Spray Gel all over your hair.


3. Give it a good scrunch.


4. If you have the time, let your waves air dry, but if you are pressed for time, use a hair dryer with a diffuser attachment to keep hair frizz at bay.



5. After your waves are dry, spray Ion Texturizing Sea Spray to create definition and texture throughout for a true beachy look. I like to twist a few small sections of hair, however, the key is not to fuss with your hair too much – the more fuss, the more frizz. Seriously, that should be a t-shirt slogan. More fuss, more frizz. 

Voilá! Go forth into the summer months like a beachy, mermaid goddess.

Oh oh oh! Did I mention that Sally Beauty is running a fantastic sweepstakes right now? BEACHES RESORTS, PEOPLE. To be specific, a 4 day/3 night Caribbean Vacation to any Beaches Resort. Hmmm, should it be Turks and Caicos or Jamaica? You can enter between 7/1/14 and 7/31/14 right here.

Also! I’m giving away an adorable tote bag filled with Ion products - Ion Dual Voltage Ionic Travel Dryer, Ion Swimmers Shampoo,
Ion Miracle Leave-In Conditioner, and Ion Sun Protection Spray. Just leave a comment here before Monday, July 14th to be entered! And if you can’t wait, you can get a free tote bag when you Buy 3 ION products or 1 ION styling tool appliance at Sally Beauty. Click here for locations.

Cheers to summer!

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Odds and Ends



Happy Fourth of July, everyone! Today’s our last day in Colorado, and we are headed to Sedona tomorrow. I have to say, I’ve spent a decent amount of time in Colorado – childhood summers in Breckenridge and Estes Park, and time spent in Vail, Aspen, Denver, and Boulder, but this area is by far the most beautiful I’ve seen. The Sangre de Cristo mountains and the Collegiate Peaks are glorious, and the yellow valleys are really breathtaking. The little town we are staying in (Buena Vista, called “bu-nee” by the locals) has been a fun little place. We’ll definitely be back. Here are a few odds and ends for your Friday.

1. Some good baking hacks. Hate it when a piece of eggshell falls into the bowl!

2. Haha, moms on vacation. I’m sure you can relate.

3. 10 subconscious things you do when you aren’t being true to yourself. Good one.

4. Children’s hilariously inappropriate spelling mistakes.

5. A penny in your pants. Does this really work?

6. Finally, I love this quote. Great for those of us who waffle over decisions.

Make a decision and then make the decision right. Line up your Energy with it. In most cases, it doesn’t really matter what you decide. Just decide. There are endless options that would serve you enormously well, and all or any one of them is better than no decision. – Abraham

Happy holiday weekend!