Today I thought it would be fun to share how to get beachy - messy waves in this step by step how to guide and video tutorial! This has been my go-to hairstyle for several months now. A lot of peeps have asked me what I use to style my hair and I’m excited to share it on the blog and my YouTube channel! Of course I have always done some sort of wave/curl to my hair (see here!) but my whole world changed once I switched from my curling iron to a curling wand. Total game changer! The wand definitely gives you more of that easy - breezy - didn’t work too hard - even tho you maybe did - cool girl - messy waves - just came from the beach - hairstyle. Yes please. I’d recommend clicking play on the video below - I do an in depth tutorial in my teeny bathroom and show you all my tips and tricks! Including one I learned from Dearly Bethany! Love the sixties vibe it gives and I think you will too - so be sure to watch till the end!
While I would recommend you use a wand to get this effect, you can totally try doing this with a straightener or curling iron. The taper of the wand gives it that messier look but you can always just leave about two inches of your hair uncurled when working with a different tool - you should get a similar effect!
I bought this Hot Tools wand on a whim last summer and it has changed my life . Not knowing much about wands, I asked for help at my local Ulta. Seeing as I was growing out my hair and my hair is pretty thick,, this is the one they recommended. I love how wide the barrel is! if it was any smaller it would make the curls small and tight. Not really the look I was going for!
You’ll also need a good hairspray. I was completely out of my favorite one (bummer) but was able to make a sea salt spray work for me. Really you just need a little somethin’ somethin’ to spritz as you go. It adds texture to your hair and that is so important for this wavy hairstyle - it gives you the effortless, messy look! This Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast smells soooo amazing and doesn't make my hair feel crunchy or weird. It's the perfect spray for this look and the texture of my hair!
Of course my favorite spray was empty - I blame you, Daniel! So I reached for another spray - this one is a seal salt spray that I like to have on hand. It's not my absolute favorite, but it did help give me that texture I needed to finish off this look.
How do you like to style your hair? I’m a v lazy person when it comes to getting ready in the morning (lol) so this messy hairstyle has been so stellar for me! I hope y’all like it, too!
Welcome to 2019 - the year I so passionately dubbed "This Will Be My Year" (thanks ban.do for my rad new planner that will remind me erryday). I’m a little late but I figured, better late than never.
Last year was a very weird, hard, messy, vulnerable, confusing year for me on so many levels. There was also goodness - and so much growth. So much so, that it’s spilling over into this new year. I welcome it but the growing pains and unknowns are kinda scary. I like to keep comfortable - wow, shocker! Haha.
This vlog was a fun and simple way to dip my toes back into sharing myself and my life with y’all. To some people it might seem weird that I feel called to share my life on the internet… it did to me for a while, too. But I can’t shake it and I really enjoy doing it. I’ve met so many rad human beings through my YouTube channel and this blog. So before I go on, I just wanna say: thanks from the bottom of my heart for being here.
Back to Daniel and Alyssa’s day of fun! Who heard that in Janice’s voice?! Hehe.
Yesterday was a laid back and easy Sunday with my hubs. I served at our church in the toddlers room - that always brings me joy. Makes me tired but omgggggg those precious little faces are so cute. When I finished up wrangling two year olds and sent them off home, I snagged Daniel from our apartment and we made our way to lunch at Taco Joint. If you’ve followed me for a while, you already know about our deep love for Taco Joint. My order: one "Evan" taco and a cup of tortilla soup - jalapeño ranch on the side. Man, I want that right now, haha!
Once our bellies were full, I convinced Daniel to take me to get this one specific candle from Bath and Body Works that I just couldn’t stop thinking about! I first bought it when my brother and I were roommates, before I got married to Daniel. #Bless that it was $10 off, too! Obviously I was a happy camper. Even better news?! Urban Outfitters was right next door and I scored a suuuuper cute hat I’ve had my eye on since December. It was on sale at that location for $20! YAS!
On our way home, we made a pit stop at the neighborhood Whole Foods (lol, surprise) for dinner ingredients and then made our way straight home to cuddle Marble. She is queen bee of our house, y’all. We love her so much, haha. Also, like you’ll see in the video, the recipe turned out delishhhhhhh. Is it a healthy dinner option? No. But ten out of ten would recommend.
I hope you guys had a great weekend! If only they were just a little bit longer, am I right?! I know that sounds soooo basic but I am like 100% serious. We need to get off this "9-5, Monday - Friday" business thing and actually live our livesssssss. Can we start a petition for this?
Like I said in the video, I'm really excited for this year to unfold. It has been a long time coming for me to put myself back out there and I'm super eager to do so. However, I will definitely take the time I need to do it and will be patient with myself.
How are you pushing yourself this year? I'd love to pray for you and encourage you!
Yes, oh yes, I did.
For several months Daniel and I have discussed investing in a camera upgrade for me. Granted, I actually haven't even had a nice camera (just the Sony a5000 I bought two years ago for my YouTube channel). Luckily for my job, I've been able to use and learn (and boy oh boy, did I learn) a Canon Rebel that belongs to the company. Many of you readers may not know what it is I do for work. I'll save you all the many things I actually do at my job and instead talk about the one thing that pertains to this post. For the past two-ish years, I've photographed and created video content for our social media, shopping events, online shop and blog. Sigh. Y'all. I'm not crazy proud of that work. I wish I was! But after years of manipulating the gear I had to create ~good enough~ content, I grew really frustrated. Especially over the past 5-6 months.
I truly love photography - and to be specific - lifestyle photography. And y'all already know, I love creating video content. But I became so disenchanted with making anything digital after feeling so set back from my gear. I'll pause right here tho - I also believe that ANYone can create content they love with the gear they have - even if it is "so-so" in their personal opinion. And to shed a light on this, I have been! I just felt sooooo ready to take a step toward learning more in the photography realm and in my personal opinion and experience, that meant upgrading gear.
SO - this weekend I did just that. I had been a hawk checking on a local photography seller here in Dallas for weeks and weeks. Daniel and I both knew our best bet would be to look into buying used gear. I had an idea of which cameras I was interested in (and of course, my dream camera) but I was being patient and I was asking all the questions and researching a ton. I'll spare you the details and just fast forward.
Last week I saw that the local camera store had a used (and in mint plus condition, btw) Canon 5D Mark III for sale. My thought process? "Wowza. This would be v cool to own. And I could start with a 50mm lens! Wow. AND it takes video?! Wait, wait... I can create slow motion footage?? Imagine what content I could create with this..."
To make a semi-long (but not really - it was a wonderfully easy and friendly process) short - I walked myself right out of that local camera shop with not only the camera of my ~current~ dreams - but a 50mm f/1.4 lens to boot! And y'all. I've not been able to put it down.
While I google how to use this thing to its max capacity AND watch a million and one YouTube how-to videos - enjoy these simple snaps I took around our house this weekend.
I'm so excited to learn how to use this beauty and I am feeling so grateful that we are even able to take these next steps and invest in such a thing as this. I can't wait to see what happens.
If you're in the DFW area and would love some free images, shoot me an email! I really need some practice and would love to snap some images of you, your family or fun stuff for your blog! I'll hopefully share more details soon but for now, AHHHHHH I AM JUST SO HAPPY.
WOW - it's been a looooooong time since I've been on YouTube - especially with a thrift haul! It feels good to be back. Thank you guys so much for your patience. I have had quite a rough year and I really needed to take a step back to take care of myself. Days are still really difficult, but I have missed sharing on this channel very much and it feels so good to edit and post a new video all about the frivolous joy of thrift shopping.
I AM SO EXCITED to share this fall inspired thrift haul. Let's be real, it's the best time of the year! And if you read that in your head like Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle then LET'S BE BEST FRIENDS.
You're going to see upcycled denim jeans, boho blouses, fall dresses and even a few surprising accessories. Be sure to watch the video to see all the rad things I got for such a good deal - I'm talking like less than $5 for each item!
Because I can't link the thrifted items in this video (hello 90's dresses and old UO) I thought it would be fun to find a few similar pieces that I consider great alternatives (unless you go thrifting for similar pieces of course *wink wink*). Check out the staple pieces I've added to my wardrobe for this fall below!
HIGH WAIST DENIM JEANS
I'm loving this ethical brand and just ordered this pair of pants for myself! I'll report back on the fit but I've heard they fit true to size and have a nice stretch to them.
BLOUSY SHEER TOPS
If I'm not thrifting, I love to browse Old Navy's clearance racks for blouses! My secret to an effortless boho blouse is to purchase a few sizes up so it hangs blousy and flowy on my frame.
This is a staple print for all seasons, tbh. But it's such a fun and natural color scheme to add to your fall colors! Looks great paired with every shade. I love this and this.
FALL COLORED DRESSES
Again, if I'm not scoping out the racks at my local thrift store, I love to check out Urban Outfitters or Asos for inspiration. I think something like this or this would be great for the fall.
A BOLD HEAD WRAP
Luckily the head wrap in my video was NOT thrifted (shhhh, don't tell)! This is good news because I can share with you exactly where I got it and who made it.
Check out their selection here.
I hope this has given you inspiration for your fall wardrobe! If you are on a budget or just like to hunt for one of a kind goodies, then definitely try thrift shopping! The links above are a mixture of vintage, ethical brands, big box stores and even handmade pieces. Who knows, before you get to shopping you might just take a quick glance at your closet. You might even have these pieces already!
This thrift haul is long overdue, y'all. Again, thank you for your patience, support and outpouring of love here on this blog, my channel and my Instagram. Many of you I am proud to call friends now and I'm so, so grateful for you. Thank you. I love y'all and I can't wait to make more videos and get to know you all! Let's be friends!!! No, seriously. Let's be friends.
HAPPY FALL, Y'ALL! Let's bust out the pumpkins. My body is ready.
Antique Batavia NY Flag Pennant
There is something super special about an old pennant flag. I love to imagine what its first life was like - on the wall of a teenager or an office. This one is from the 20s. How cool is that?!
I've said it before and I'll say it again... I'm v into jungle animals for decor! I don't have ~many~ however, I've been on the hunt for a porcelain tiger for quite a while now. If you see any vintage ones, let a sistah know! I was ~thiiiiiis~ close to buying a porcelain black panther but I knew what my heart wanted in the long run. And that is a tiger.
Cheetah Wall Art
This is such a fun piece! And it's from TJ Maxx?! I love the simplicity and normalcy of it. He's just sitting there looking in the mirror in all his glory. I don't know why I'm assuming this is a dude cat and not a dudette but you get the gist. I'd love a piece like this in our home!
Black & White Ceramic Vase
Another really cute piece from TJ Maxx. Aside from strolling through thrift stores, I do love a good stroll through Home Goods and TJ Maxx. I will say it's more difficult for me to find fun pieces that I actually want to purchase while at these stores - but I do walk away with inspo!
Again, another easy staple from a big box store. However, stores like these tend to turnover product rather quickly so it's always fun to swing by and see what's new every few weeks. I always have major luck in their shoe section - BUT - their home and fashion sections are sooooo perfect for quick, inexpensive and beautiful gifts.
Your House or Mine Plate
First thing's first - this gal behind this company name is SUCH a gem. Truly a beautiful human. And she HANDmakes beautiful things! Y'all need to go check out everything she is about. I own three of her pieces and my dream is to have all of our dinner plates completely made by her. This place is no exception. So gorgeous!
Needle Point Tigress Pillow by Justina Blakeney
The LITERAL first time I saw this on Instagram (heyyyyy @mandimakes!) I was like ~I NEED THIS ASAP. Bonus?? It's SO affordable. I am OBSESSED! Definitely on this season's wishlist.
Black and White Vintage Art Print
Part of me wants to DIY this... Part of me just thinks it's worth the purchase. Depends on your lifestyle and time! But I am very inspired by the entire set up. So unique and cute! I think it would be so meaningful if the black and white portion of this art piece was something from your very own history and life.
Still on the hunt for a super cute mat - such as this! I see them all the time but none of them have spoken to me. I love the color and pattern of this one. But don't purchase any staple piece unless you are in love! I'm inspired but still on the hunt.
What are you recently inspired by? This season of my life is such a weird one. It's refreshing to just go back to what I know. Finding unique and cool things! To be honest, I can't wait to get back to my favorite thrift store and breeze through the aisles, letting my mind wander.
If you're experiencing a weird season, trust me when I say, I'm right there with you. And it will be okay. I don't know how, but I believe in the promises that Jesus can only give. His grace is enough. I want to rejoice in that - even when I am in the dark.
Love you bb's. I'll be back with more fun blog posts soon! Thanks so much for your patience during this time in my life. Y'all the real MVP's.
I'm Alyssa, thanks for stopping by! A few things: I enjoy laughing, making youtube videos and thrift shopping. Currently listening to "Everything Now" by Arcade Fire. I like my coffee black and my preferred method of maxin' & relaxin' is with my husband and pup.