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Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day Inspiration and Sales

It's officially Memorial Day weekend...meaning lots of cookouts, time by the pool, and lots of mega sales! We plan on spending Memorial Day doing a little relaxing because Drew will be leaving on a plane that day (and gone for 2 weeks...waaaah!), but on Sunday we are hosting a fabulous BBQ! And because nothing says "kick off to summer" quite like Memorial Day, I wanted to round up some MDW inspiration to get you ready to celebrate this long weekend in style. The best part? Everything in the round up is on major sale this weekend! Seriously, don't you just love major holiday sales?! 
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A lot of my absolute favorite stores are having sales (incredible sales) this weekend, so in addition to my round up, I just wanted to share a few of those sales with you so that you have them all in one (very happy) place!

ANN TAYLOR // 50% Off Full-Price Purchase & Extra 40% Off Sale Styles
ANTHROPOLOGIE // Additional 30% off all sale items, in stores and online
ASOS // Extra 20% Off
BANANA REPUBLIC // Extra 40% Off
J. CREW // 30% Off Your Purchase
J.Crew Factory // 50% off Your Purchase (YAAAAAS)
LOFT // 60% Off Summer Faves & All Sale Styles + 40% Off New Arrivals
MODCLOTH // Up to 40% Off (extra 20% off sale)
NORDSTROM // Up to 40% Off

For more ideas, check out my holidays and fancy parties Pinterest Boards.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

How I Get My Hair This Color

One of the questions I get most often on the blog and especially on Instagram is....

"How do you get your hair that color?"/"Which color dye do you use on your hair?"

I always seem to disappoint people when I let them know that, nope, this doesn't come from a drug store bottle. (Although I used to dye my hair that way....but it was so messy, didn't last, and was never REALLY the color I wanted). But rather than just saying...sorry, it's not a bottle, I wanted to shed some light on how I get my hair this color since so many people seem interested! I get my hair professionally colored at one of my absolute favorite salons in Chicago, Sine Qua Non.

One of the reasons I love SQN so much is that they truly GET what color I'm going for. Rather than trying to create the perfect color for me from a drugstore bottle, SQN custom creates a color that works best with my existing hair color (dark brown for those of you who've never seen it). Better yet, all of the products they carry in house are cruelty free (aka, they aren't tested on animals). Finding a salon like that was HARD because almost everyone carries the "big name" brands. And sorry to disappoint, but 99.9% off them test on animals...a big no-no for me (see my dog, Lilly, for why). Thanks to SQN, I'm able to get the color I want, keep it that way, and keep it healthy. They even help me pick out the perfect products to compliment my hair because they know it best!


So here are some of my tips/secrets for getting your hair this color:

1) Don't bleach it - I can't say this enough. Bleaching your hair is so damaging to it, and can break it apart easily. I know the urge to want to get it this color immediately, and bleaching might seem like the best idea at the time, but just don't....your hair will thank you later. I mean, what's the point of having a fabulous color if your hair just looks unhealthy?

2) Don't think it's going to be this color overnight - This goes hand in hand with the "do not bleach" rule. I've been a (fake) redhead for about 4 years now, but it wasn't always this exact color. Getting it to the true color you want takes time; especially if you have extremely dark natural hair like I do. If you're dedicated to changing your color longterm and not just a "oh, hey, I want my hair purple for like 2 weeks" mentality... then know that it takes time. Work with your colorist to help transition it to the right shade for you overtime. For me, that took about a year. 

3) Go to a professional salon you trust - I can't emphasize this enough. I'm one of those people that likes going to the same salon over and over again because you get to know and trust your stylist. If you're trying a new salon, ask them to assign you someone who specialized in color. There are some stylists who spent extra time learning all about the right coloring process and how to get it exactly the way you want it. Try to seek out those people. That's part of the reason I chose SQN when I moved to Chicago. I heard that they were experts with color, which is exactly what I was looking for. Combine that with the fact that products are cruelty-free, and they were the perfect salon for me. If you're in Chicago, I can't recommend them enough.

4) Find the right tools for your hair (i.e. maintenance) - So you've got your hair colored the way you want it, now what? I got news for you....red fades. FAST AND EASY. You've got to make sure you have the right products to keep your hair that color and to keep it feeling soft and healthy. My favorite shampoo/conditioner for keeping it red is Proganix. I also use R+CO Chiffon mousse for keeping it volumized and healthy (perfect for creating big curls).



For more ideas, check out my Girly Tips and Tricks Pinterest Board.

Check out my Etsy Store, The Trendy Sparrow, for chic art prints, coffee mugs, and apparel.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Travel Adventures: Detroit

Traveling is one of those things that I have an extreme passion for, but seldom seem to get to do. Between constantly working and oh yeah, more working, it's often hard to find the time to travel. But Drew and I decided to take a mini vacation a few weeks ago to Detroit. Drew had that Friday off, so we knew we'd be able to make a long weekend out of it, and the Texas Rangers (our home team) were playing the Detroit Tigers (baseball - for those of you who hate sports). It would be the only time the two teams would meet in Detroit this season; so a road trip seemed serendipitous! 

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Style Session: Denim & Floral Farmers Market Attire

Drew and I spent Saturday morning at the Green City farmers market here in Chicago because it was seriously the most gorgeous morning ever. We decided to be "those people" and head on over to the market for coffee, breakfast, and some healthy veggies (although I really only cared about the flowers... peonies to be exact). 

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Style Session: Denim Tank and Striped Skirt

Summer is almost here and I'm so excited to start showing a little leg. I'm a sucker for an adorable, flouncy skirt. Oh...and it has a bow?! How many colors does it come in and can I have them all?! This button up linen number is the cutest thing to hit my summer wardrobe yet, and if I have my way (stop with all the wind, Chicago) I'll wear it everyday. 

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Ultimate Boss Babe Reading List featuring The She Did It Her Way Podcast

It's a pretty well known fact that I love to read. I read all the time. I'm a firm believer that we should constantly be trying to gain more and more knowledge in order succeed. I was once told, "if you find yourself in a room where you are the smartest person in the room...you're in the wrong room". For me, the easiest and most enjoyable way to add to our existing wealth of knowledge is through reading. That's why I host a monthly book club on this blog, geared toward reading books by female entrepreneurs and overall boss babes.



Recently, I was honored to be featured on the She Did It Her Way podcast, and was thrilled to learn that the co-founder and host, Amanda Boleyn, is just as book crazed as I am! Yes! More readers! The SDIHW podcast interviews female entrepreneurs once a week all about their business and lives. As if that wasn't incredibly awesome enough, Amanda always asks the ladies for their favorite book recommendations! It's the ultimate goldmine of empowering reads! I've partnered with Amanda and SDIHW to bring you this collection of recommendations all in one place. It's our Boss Babe Book Club bonus this month! I've rounded up all of the recommendations from the SDIHW podcast (some were skipped due to repeats) and also linked you to the interviewee who recommended it so that you can add some extra education and inspiration to your day. I always listen anytime I have to commute to a meeting or event. Amanda even provided us with her top reading selections, so if you're overwhelmed by the list, I'd recommend starting there. Well go on...let's read!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Style Session: Scallop Skirt and Fringe Boots

At this point, I would imagine most of you know I'm pretty obsessed with Blair Waldorf; particularly her extremely feminine sense of style. Her affinity for ruffles, lace, pussy bows and more strikes a cord with me. She always looks incredibly soft, feminine and yet completely powerful all at the same time. It's a balance I try to maintain in my own wardrobe. And though many of you could easily tell I have a love for Blair Waldorf simply by visiting my online shop, you probably wouldn't be able to guess a couple of my other secret fashion idols...Marsha Brady (don't judge) and Twiggy. I'm actually kind of obsessed with the fashion 60s and 70s...bold prints, fringe everywhere, and non stop color. This look is a sort of wink, wink, nudge, nudge play on these three fashionable ladies. It's their fashion tastes all rolled into one...mine.

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