I’m back with today’s second post! This morning was all about WHY I decided to reboot my health with a cleanse, and now I’m sharing photos from Raw Republic’s New Orleans location and commentary on my first juice cleanse experience! The first day was, in fact, the hardest, so I’m super glad I wrote notes out throughout that day to document exactly what was going on bottle-by-bottle.
One of my main resolutions goals for 2015 was to be better at time management, so I had many a brainstorming session on ways that I could cut down on unnecessary wasted time. What it all boiled down to was that I needed to create a new world of organization for myself. Lists and endless Post-It notes were not going to cut it any longer. By creating a more streamlined blogging process for myself, I would have more time to do… well all the things that need to be done + have some free time for myself. It’s time for major organization to save my sanity. See the four ways I’m doing just that with a little help from HP in today’s full post.
Getting a wardrobe rack specifically for items that I want to share on APoL seems like such a no-brainer now that I have one. Before, I’d have them hanging around our bedroom so that they would always be in sight. I knew if I put them in my closet, I’d either forget about them, wear them and potentially mess them up before I shot them or they would be sucked into my closet black hole. Now they are still in sight and designated in their own area. Jordan is super relieved about this one considering our bedroom is a whole lot tidier.
The same idea above applies to accessories that I want to share with you guys. What once ended up in jewelry bags on top or inside of our dresser is now stowed on accessory carts. These carts are not only reserved for jewelry but for any other item that I want blog about. They are right beside my desk for easy access when I’m writing my posts as well. Once they’re blogged, I can remove them from my cart! I can’t even count how many times that I’ve forgotten to include items in posts because they were smaller and I missed seeing them on my dresser. Visually having them right where I can see them now cuts down on my searching time!
Custom Notepads + Content Calendar
Oh my, the number of notepads I’ve gone through! I jot down tons of notes and ideas, but it all ends up written down in different places. Most times, I’ll have part of it written down and then the rest of it is somewhere in an email. I waste a lot of time going back to read through emails or find a specific set of notes. And crap, which notebook or notepad did I even write it in? I’ve seriously got four different notepads going on. At some point, I decided I had to create my own notepad to keep everything in one place. A place for all the notes about a specific post, a specific brand or just an overall idea about a future post. These are the sneak peeks of a notepad I’m actually launching very, very soon. (I’m showing these photos because it’s not actually the final product – this was my test notepad to tweak and fix!) I also heavily rely on a content calendar year round to help me organize posts and content ideas!
I am at a desk all day, but that doesn’t mean I can get everything accomplished inside my office. I need something on-the-go but more than just a smart phone. That’s where the HP x360 comes in. With its four different modes – laptop, tablet, tent and stand – I’m able to multi-task away from my desk in ways that I never could before. I can use it as a tablet to browse my Pinterest boards for outfit ideas while I’m planning for photoshoots. I can use it as a laptop while traveling out of town or in tent mode while I’m catching up with my DVR and catching up on emails (by far my favorite way to use it, haha). It’s lightweight, super thin and fits into my Parker satchel, so I can bring it anywhere with me! Oh and did I mention the keyboard is removable, so if I need to just carry it as a tablet, I totally have the option to do that too. HP is literally bending (and removing) the rules of typical laptop/tablet technology!
But this is only a small part of the fun things that HP has going on right now…
HP is hitting the road with singer Meghan Trainor this month to cover her US tour and help it come to life in the “All About That Tour” behind the scenes videos. From her hair to her choreography, there will be video clips of all the action to help fans get a first-hand glimpse of the tour. (Hosted by a team of fabulous co-stars including a personal favorite of mine Bri Emery of Design Love Fest!) There will also be a fan-generated documentary along each tour stop. Footage from Vine, Instagram, YouTube and more will be stitched together to create a tour documentary solely made up from fan footage. You can follow along with “All About That Tour” by watching the episodes or following @hp on social media for updates!
This post was sponsored and inspired by HP, but all opinions (and organizational tips) are my own!
Any questions about where to find anything you see in my office, please email me at email@example.com or see the links below for furniture!
office chair / accessory carts / wardrobe rack
Another part of staying in the French Quarter is dressing chicly for all of the unique venues you’ll find in New Orleans. Bevelo Gas & Electric is a stunning and historic location for many engagement parties and social receptions. A wall of beautiful copper lamps spans the space and creates an ambience like no other! Utilizing a hand-riveting technique, Bevelo created what is now known as the original French Quarter Lamp with every single piece made by hand.
So see more of this outfit and see more of Bevelo’s workmanship, keep reading the full post!
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scarf pictured c/o Passion Lilie
I’m back at it with my black turtleneck guys. I just can’t stop, and I even bought one that is striped… you’ll be seeing that one soon too. This time, I paired it with a gray JOA midi skirt that has a raised dot texture that I just adore. The dots and the leopard print sort of nicely compliment one another without being “too much.”
For some color, I thought the Tory Burch Thea mini bucket bag would be a gorgeous shade to pair with the neutral palette. (Plus, it matches my current favorite polish color!) For jewelry, I wore my new set from Ricochet Rounds. It’s a matching necklace and ring, and you’d never know that both are made from bullet shells. I had to take a second glance too because they are, so pretty! Some styles even feature a Swarovski crystal making this collection perfect for any southern belle! I wear my ring all of the time, so if you’re following @apinchoflovely on IG, you’ve already seen this gem a few times! For more info and styles, visit the Ricochet Rounds website.
I’ve gotten a lot of comments on Instagram relating to my hair, and I figured that with NYE this week, it might be the perfect opportunity to show you how to get perfect curls using a curling wand. I’ve teamed up with Lionesse Beauty Bar and am demonstrating on my hair using their curling wand set that comes with 4 different wand widths. For my signature everyday waves, I like to use the largest size wand width. For tighter spirals, I go down on the width.
(Note: Scrolling down you’re about to see me with no makeup and me with hair that’s out of control. So basically, things are about to get real here.)
Before I use any heat tools on my hair (especially since it’s color-treated), I use several products that help protect my hair and produce a smooth manageable finish. (My hair is naturally wavy and loves to go frizzy on me, so I also find that these help with that as well.) I’ve used Biosilk Silk Therapy on my hair since high school – it’s a favorite of mine and leaves my hair feeling nourished and super silky. I’ve also started using Kerastase products that are targeted for long hair. The Kerastase Spray Fluidissime is for thermal anti-frizz protection and the Kerastase Cristalliste Cristal Sculpt is a sculpting serum for a glossy shine and light hold.
I blow dry my hair straight with a paddle brush and leave it slightly damp. Here’s the secret to the volume in my hair. I separate the hair above my ears and roll it into a loose, poofy bun on the top of my head. The damp roots will dry while it’s up instead of while it’s lying flat giving it more volume at the roots! I leave this loose bun while I curl the bottom layers of hair.
I start on the bottom layers of hair first allowing the roots to dry with volume. Curling AWAY from my face on both sides, I’ll curl small sections of hair moving around my head. Once I am finished with the bottom hair, I take down a small portion of hair from the bun and re-bun the rest. I do this until my entire head is finished. (By that time, the top layers of hair will be bouncy instead of flat!) Once my entire head is completely curled, I run a comb gently through to smooth everything out and then spray with hairspray.
But HOW do I not touch the wand? My right hand holds the wand and my left hand wraps the hair around it while never letting go of the end of the hair section as you see in the photos. This will take some time to get used to, but once you get the hang of it, it gets very quick. If you can’t seem to not burn yourself, they do have curling wand gloves also!
The Lionesse curling wands heat up very quickly and at very high temperatures. This means it will take you less time to curl your entire head. I can literally wrap my hair around the barrel and count to 5 and that section of hair will be perfectly curled – and that’s on the LOW heat setting. The other plus of this wand compared to other versions, the curls last for days. DAYS.
So, there’s my secret to fabulous curls that you can create yourself for New Year’s Eve! If you have any questions at all about the process or the Lionesse wands, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!