May 7, 2015

Curly Hair Care (me and Liv)!

I get tons of questions from mamas of babes with curly hair about how I take care of Liv's hair. And after posting this picture on Instagram of the two of us a couple of days ago I got many from you all about how I take care of mine as well! I figured today I'd do a quick post on how I take care of our curly hair (especially since our routines are pretty much the same)!

I think the key for both of our hair is that we shampoo only 2-3 times per month. We rinse it with conditioner at least 1-2 times per week and only detangle our hair while it's wet with conditioner in it. 

For my hair, I wash with this coconut shampoo, and usually only do so if I'm going to straighten my hair or if I need to wash out a lot of hair product. Otherwise, in the shower I soak my hair with this conditioner, detangle while it's in, and then rinse. I squeeze out as much water as I can using just my hands, and then evenly distribute this gel through my hair. Then I flip my head over and scrunch it up a bit and let air dry. I love this gel because it doesn't leave a crunchy finish and is very light. It also doesn't leave very much build up. When I was using a thicker gel that left a very crunchy finish I had to scrunch the curls again when they were dry to get the crunchiness out (which worked fine too)! In between days I do the conditioner washes I just re-wet my hair a bit and add a tiny bit more gel/scrunch/dry. 

For Liv's hair, I wash with this baby shampoo (we've used it since she was a newborn), and only do so if it's really dirty (ie, she decided to put the spaghetti sauce in her hair). Otherwise, in the bath I use the same conditioner I use for my hair and work it through her hair. I section her hair into at least 4-6 sections (usually 2-3 on the top half of her head and 2-3 on the bottom half) and finger comb it while she plays in the tub. I then carefully rinse it out (since this one isn't "tear free," although we've never had any issues yet) and gently towel dry her hair. I add a little bit more of the conditioner as a leave in after she's out of the tub, and then we air dry! That's pretty much it! If I'm styling her hair into pigtails or something where it needs to be a little slick back I use the same light gel I use for my hair. Otherwise if she's wearing it out we just re-wet it with a spray bottle, add some conditioner and let it dry. 

Hope this can help some of you who are trying to figure out a curly hair care routine for you or your little!!

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May 4, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Guide

I'm cutting it pretty close to Mother's Day posting my gift guide this late, but let's be honest, I'm usually a little last minute when it comes to things like this! And I'm sure most of our partners/kids/other gift-givers haven't done their shopping yet either! 

Below are a few ideas in every price range that she will appreciate. I think it's worth it to say, though, that mom will always appreciate a homemade gift or heartfelt message just as much as any of these gifts. 

  1. Instant camera - If mom has fun taking photos, there's nothing she'd love more than an instant camera. This one is on sale on amazon now! Don't forget to buy the film that goes along with it.
  2. Scarf - For the mom that loves accessorizing, a beautiful scarf to add to her wardrobe would be much appreciated.
  3. Shoes - Most women love shoes. Treat her with a pair perfect for this season - nude with a chunky heel.
  4. iPhone case - This leather iPhone case is perfect for the mom on the go - it carries a few cards, and the iPhone easily snaps out (with it's own case). You can also charge the phone while in the case.
  5. Custom print and frame - N surprised me with a custom canvas print for Valentine's Day and I can't even tell you how special it was. A custom print and frame will be cherished forever. 
  6. French press - For the mom that runs on coffee, upgrade her to this french press. The bonus for me (now that the weather is getting warmer) - she can use it to make delicious cold brews!
  7. DSLR camera - If mom is serious about photography or running a blog, and if you've got a pretty good-size budget ;) surprise her with a fancy camera. She will love it!  
  8. Multipurpose mug - Have your coffee and cookies in the same mug! What a cute idea. Is mom breastfeeding? Make sure to gift her these lactation cookies along with the mug (or my favorite fenugreek bars - the peanut butter ones are sinfully delicious)!
  9. Initials necklace - For the jewelry lover, give her a necklace with the initials of her children. Each necklace can hold from 1-3 initials. 
  10. Cover up - Get mom a beautiful swimsuit coverup for the summer. Or for an impromptu getaway to somewhere warm with a view of the ocean and lots of drinks with little umbrellas ;) You can never go wrong with a vacation
  11. Hanging plant - For the green thumb, get her a gorgeous plant hanger. I'm a sucker for these. 

Other ideas? A gift card to a place like Target can never hurt, but many moms might still use it for buying household goods and groceries - not really a gift for her! A gift card to a place she can pamper herself like Sephora or Bliss Spas will always be appreciated.

April 20, 2015


It's been a while since I posted an outfit post, but being buried under the most snow in the history of Boston made taking pictures a little tough! The snow has finally all melted and and the temperatures have even warmed up enough to show a little leg (and toes)!

This weekend N and I attended a banquet thrown by our ORMA (the office of recruitment and multicultural affairs). The event honored the newly admitted minority students to HMS as well as the graduating minority medical students - it was a little surreal being there as a graduating student when I still so vividly remember being there as a recently admitted student! Man has time flown by.

Our banquet was followed by a fun night out on the town (and ended up at a club dancing with Waka Flocka Flame)? Hahaha what a weekend. This dress and coat are both on crazy sale right now (the dress is just over $20)! Shop the outfit below! 

April 17, 2015

Links I Love (4.17.15)

Hello and happy Friday!! Around here the weather is finally starting to really feel like spring (although it's raining currently), and we're so looking forward to spending time outside this weekend! Today I'm rounding up another post on some of my favorite recent links from fellow members of the internet (on the good chance you didn't get that reference, check out the amazing lady I stole it from). 

  • Have you heard of theSkimm? I finally signed up last week and feel so much more up-to-date on the world around me already! This daily newsletter does an amazing job of educating its readers of important news in a short and digestible email that still leaves me feeling well-informed (and even curious to learn more)! 

  • This article is a little vulgar and a little rude, but amazing nonetheless. I certainly don't mean to offend anyone who thinks this way, but this article will hopefully shed light on a movement that is unnecessary at best, and downright harmful at worst. Win for this amazing "science babe."

  • I loved this read from the Boston Globe Magazine - I think it does a wonderful job of illustrating what it's like to be a low-income or first generation student at an Ivy League (or honestly any private higher education) institution. 

  • Do you do podcasts? I was never big into them, but once I moved and my commute changed from a 10 minute walk to a 45 minute-1 hour ordeal on public transportation, I love them (more like need them) and am constantly searching for good ones. This list is perfection. 

  • This is an oldie-but-goodie. If you haven't watched Amy Cuddy's power pose TED talk, make sure you do now (or when you have 20 minutes to spare)! And then practice it! 

  • Everything at Gap is on sale right now, with an extra 30% off using code APRIL. I had to buy Liv the duck swimsuit... and at $14 on sale I didn't even feel bad about it!

  • Wedding season is back in full swing. And with that comes some major spending of money we don't necessarily have. I'm always looking to save as much money as possible when preparing for these events. I love these tips for saving money traveling (although they don't all work for weddings - we can't really control our destination or the time of year we travel, but some of it still applies)! 
    • For dresses, I love using Rent the Runway (a service that lets you rent gorgeous designer dresses), but during times where I think I'll be reusing a dress a couple of times, sometimes it is more cost-saving to buy a cheap dress instead of renting it. Below are some of my favorite picks all on major sale right now at Asos (all less than $100) - the top row dresses are appropriate for black tie weddings, and the bottom row are perfect for outdoor ceremonies. Click any of the images below to shop the looks!

I hope you all have a great weekend!
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