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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hair Remedies for DRY HAIR

Every year, I am blown away at how winter effects our hair and skin! Being a hairstylist, I get asked everyday what to do for dry hair/scalp! Today, I am sharing with you some favs!!!! If you stop in at Tala in the next week, I will give you 10% off any of these products! Just mention this post! 

1. I love detanglers!!!!! I have used a dozen brands over the years but this one is my fav! It feels almost like a conditioner for your hair, without clogging the spray. You simply put it in your hair (mid shaft and ends) after washing it and style as normal! I use it on all kids too! My girls have been using detanglers since they were little babies! Why a detangler? It moisturizes, strengthens, protects from heat and sun, reduces frizz and is a miracle! 
2. It's a 10 hair mask! Heaven! It is amazing how 1-3 minutes of this deep conditioner can change the way your hair looks and feels. I use it once a week! It is great for blonde clients that have really porous hair and my grey haired clients that have the wirey hair. I love it on all hair types!!!! 
3. Moroccan Oil! This has been my favorite all around product for a half of a decade now! I use it my hair the days I wash. One pump through my strands gives it weightless shine! It smells so yummy too. I have clients that use this on their scalp too! It resolves and minimizes dandruff and dry scalp.  I carry the "Light" for my fine haired friends/and blondes! I also, carry the original Moroccan Oil! People, I tell you what….. you will not be disappointed! 
4. Shine Spray for a heat protectant from flat irons/curling irons. It works as a great finishing spray too!
5. Number one thing you can to not have dry hair…….. is NOT wash it every day! So train that scalp with some dry shampoo! Dry shampoo is a perfume for your hair, while absorbing oils and giving you volume! 
6. I am a big fan of Dry conditioners in the winter months! My hair has extra static and needs the shine! I spray it in on my hair every day!!! You apply this on the mid shaft and ends! I used to carry the Rockaholic Conditioner, but it is discontinued! I am loving this one!!!!! 

I would love to hear what your favs are for the winter months! Let's all take care of our hair and step it up a notch ;) 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


I know that it is Lock Love Wednesday, but I thought I would switch it up today and share with you another gift guide! I created a Gift Guide for that man in your life! 

1. This is my husband's favorite briefcase! It is modern/simple and has the hard case to protect your gear! 
2. comfy clothes are a must for guys too! Pick something in their favorite team! 
3. A manly journal….. need I say more. 
4. Double walled tumblers are the best for coffee/tea. They keep the your bevy a lot longer than most! For those hot summer days, it keeps your drink cool too! 
5. This magazine is fresh and resourceful. The essays and photography are different than all the other magazines out there. I am a big fan of magazine subscriptions! 
6. the endless possibilities for dates and/or initials you can put on this. love. 
7. IPad minis are a computer/kindle/ipod/game all in one! Brilliant. 
8. Musical instruments are fun for gifts. Harmonicas. Guitars. Drum boxes. or Ukulele!
9. I love handmade art and especially if it has meaning. State art would be fun to give. Whether, it is vacation you went on, or where you are from, or went to college…… It is a nice and playful.
10. For the Techy in your life- Get them this dock! My Hus is the king of putting his glasses, keys, wallet and phone on the counter, this would be perfect to solve the clutter situation.
11. Living in Minnesota, Snowboard hats are a must! 

Do you have any fun ideas for that man in your life? I would love to hear some of them. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Gift Guide for Toddlers!

I have been having so much fun putting together these gift guides for you! If you missed my other guides, they are here and here! I thought I would share with you a toddler (girl) list with you today! I had my 3.75 year old in mind while creating this guide! 

1. Puzzles are the best! It has been fun graduating from board/wood puzzles and having fun with more detailed ones! I love the Djeco puzzles for the design and quality!
2. I love how cuddly pillow pets are.
3. Adorable- make your own- family set by seedling
4. This campfire/s'more set is perfect the toddler that loves the outdoors!
5. The endless possibilities with this set of ABC's are perfect for that child in your life!
6. Kids Made Modern crafts/art supplies are my favorite! Target has nailed it again!
7. I love jammies! Two piece sets are great for potty trained children!
8. Wooden strollers "Prams" are just too cute for words! I love how cute they are!!! I may have gotten Zion one for Christmas!!
9. I can't handle how precious these knit dolls are!
10. Dollhouse furniture is so much fun for the littles!

Do you have any favs for that toddler in your life? I am always looking for new ideas! Please share in the comments :)

Monday, December 9, 2013

GIFT GUIDE for your 1 year old!

I put together a great guide for that one year in your life! My daughter, Zakiyah is 15 months old and I had her in my mind when I created this list! 

1. Oh my word, I love this series of board books! The simplicity and modern art is amazing! I would love this Christmas book for my Kiyah Nova!
2. One of my clients from Germany, got me a puppet from Trullala,  and my girls love playing with it! You can't go wrong with puppets for kids!
3. My friend, Misty, got me on to this amazing invention! Silcone labels for that bottle/sippy cup! Dishwasher safe! They are worth every penny!
4. I love the Baby Stella dolls. I got one for Zion when I was having her sister! I would love to get one for Zakiyah! They are made really well and super cute too!
5. My favorite headbands are the vintage inspired/turban ones! I love this Etsy shop!
6. I love rocking horses for kids! Endless hours of fun! This site has great ones!
7. My girls live in leggings! I can't get over the quality of organic leggings out there. I love this shop!!!!
8. I can imagine my daughter filling this cart up with everything under the sun! I love Melissa & Doug toys!
9.  I am a huge sucker for all the cute wooden toys out there! I love The Land of Nod and Oompa as a site to shop for these goodies.

Do you have any favorites for that baby? Please share!!!! I love new ideas and resources!!!!

Check back tomorrow for another Gift Guide!!!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Gift Guide for HER!

Christmas season is upon us! When did that happen? I thought I would share with you some fun treasures that I love right now! 

1. I love cake stands! Any kind. Any color. I love this one!
2. I love Smart Wool socks! Especially, living in MN, they are a must!!!
3. Oh my word, these rings!!!!! I love the stacking rings concept and this site has an amazing variety.
4. Lisa Leonard jewelry is my fav! I love the idea of a charm bracelet that represents the year. You get a charm delivered every month to add to your bracelet! Brilliant. They are on sale right now too!
5. The best candle ever!
6. A girl can dream. I love my Classic Kitchen Aid, but this one is amaze!!!!
7. I love HEXIS and these pillows are divine.
8. One can never have enough art! I love Etsy for great art at an affordable price.
9. This scarf is a statement piece if I ever saw one!!! WOW!

What is on your list? Check back later this month and I will have a few more wish lists put together!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Holiday HAIR

Every woman loves a new trick for styling their hair…………I have been loving these looks for this holiday season! The Christmas season is great excuse to bring on some fresh new looks that take 5 minutes! Here are some favs that I have on my hair board on pinterest! Make sure you follow my boards for all the fun new looks.

Loving the simplicity of the hair swept up in a ribbon. Brilliant. 

This is a really technique for an updo. Check back next week on a tutorial by me to show you how to rock this out! I am in love with the red tones too!!!! 

Braids are still my GO-TO! I just love them!!!!! 

Do you have any fun looks for the season? Please share your ideas with me!!!! 

Happy LLW! 

Handmade Christmas Gifts!

I made this lovely canvas the other day, and I am quite pleased with how it turned out! I love making homemade/handmade gifts for the holidays. This art piece only took me a 1/2 hour! The possibilities are endless for ideas when using gold glitter!

Materials needed:
Embroidery Hoop
Duct cloth or fabric
mod podge or glue
stencils (for numbers)

I started with stretching the canvas on the hoop. I chose 3 sets of numbers: 05 (wedding anniversary), (10) year of Zion's birth, and (12) year of Zakiyah's birth! I used my stencils that I got at Michaels and put mod podge down with a paint brush. I sprinkled the glitter on and shook the canvas on a magazine to remove the access. Then let the project dry over night! 

I hung this up on our gallery wall on the stairs! I like adding art to the wall to switch it up a bit! 

What do you think?