Blow Dry Faster!

I have to post this follow up to my Thick, Fine hair… a blessing and a curse>> post. I have discovered a brush for blow drying that rocks my world.

My hair stylist was blow drying my hair one fine day. I noticed my hair was drying much faster than usual. Since this never happens, I had to ask. What is this magical brush? Turned out to be a Wet Brush paddle brush for blow drying. This baby can withstand the heat of a professional blow dryer and has a vented back, dramatically reducing blow dry time! BOOM!

As you already know, Wet Brush brushes are my very favorite. I was super excited to learn of this Wet Brush for blow drying. Check this bad boy out here>>.

Happy Drying!

XO, Nico

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End of a Decade

The time between Christmas and New Years always seems like the strangest time of year to me. Especially, this year. We are approaching the end of a decade and entering an entirely new one. Pretty exciting stuff, but what does this mean for making New Years resolutions? Go all out and make some “decade” resolutions along side the year 2020 resolutions? I’m thinking why not? Where do I see myself in 10 years? What are my short term goals for 2020 and where do I want to be in 10 years? Ponder that.

I’m going to share with you my favorite New Years Eve tradition that my husband and I have. Each year, we both take small pieces of paper and write one resolution per piece. As many as we want! We put them in a small tin box and tuck it away for the year. Then the next time New Years Eve rolls around, we read the resolutions from the year before, discuss them, and give ourselves a pat on the back for the ones we accomplished. It’s fun to do this together. As a married couple, I also appreciate it in the way it gives us to connect on what our goals are year after year and see that we are still on a path that brings us together. Maybe indulge in a little New Years champagne in front of the fire while we’re at it.

I want to thank you for reading and most importantly wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year! May all your resolutions become reality!

XO, Nico

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10 Holiday Traditions

Now that I am a mother, I find myself getting very sentimental about holiday traditions. I love the traditions my mother established for my sisters and I, and I want to do the same for my son. Here are a few of the traditions I got goin’ on right now.

  • Setting up and decorating the tree at the beginning of December while listening to Christmas music.
  • Opening pajamas on Christmas Eve with the family, accompanied by several photos of jammie time.
  • Opening an ornament on Christmas Eve.
  • My husband making a delicious beef stew on Christmas Eve.
  • Opening stockings Christmas morning while enjoying coffee and/or a mimosa, followed by the rest of them presents!
  • Having a delicious brunch after presents on Christmas Day.
  • Dressing up in our Ugly Christmas Sweaters for the remainder of Christmas Day and celebrations with extended family.
  • There are always fun holiday headbands to wear once the party starts and/or the Santa hats.
  • When visiting my mother in Philly we do a White Elephant gift exchange with the extended family which is super fun!
  • When visiting my mother in Philly there is always a dance party at some point during the festivities. Always.

I would love to add more! I grew up with all girls, so my question to you is this: What holiday traditions do boys like? What can I add for my son who is 18 months old? Please share your ideas and the traditions that you love and hold dear!

Happy Holidays everyone!

XO, Nico

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Hair Hacks

  • When you shower, try to put the shampoo only on the roots of your hair and give yourself a nice scalp massage while you’re at it. Leave the shampoo off the ends of your hair because it can actually dry it out!
  • Likewise, when you shower, put the conditioner only on the ends of your hair. Conditioner is like lotion for your hair and you really don’t need it on the roots as this can make your hair oily faster.
  • On the day you shower, once your hair is dry, use your dry shampoo!!! Using the dry shampoo right away as a preventative will keep your hair fresher longer. Whereas, using the dry shampoo after your hair is already greasy can only do so much…
  • Caster oil is GREAT for your hair. The benefits of caster oil include: moisturizing the scalp, easing dandruff, and leaving your hair smooth and shiny. Also, if you apply caster oil to your scalp it is said to enhance the health of the hair follicles and promote hair growth/prevent hair loss. Caster oil is thick, so how do you apply it? For me, the easiest way is mixing it in with my shampoo and conditioner once a week.

XO, Nico

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10 Must Have Beauty Products

  1. Hot Tools 1 ¼  inch curling iron.
  2. Heat Protectant Spray for Dry Hair. Aveda>> makes a great one.
  3. Scrunchies galore. I’ve been using them every night for sleeping FOR YEARS. No kinks and doesn’t rip my hair out.
  4. Shower cap. Target>> sells these enormous ones, the only shower cap I can fit all my hair into!
  5. Mini hair straightener. Doesn’t really matter which brand, I wouldn’t spend a lot of money on this. These babies are perfect for traveling, but MOSTLY they are a game changer for those hard to reach hairs around the face OR for bangs.
  6. Large round brush, paddle brush and Wet Brush. You really need all three, wouldn’t you agree, ladies?
  7. Root Boost spray for wet hair, but also one for dry hair. Kevin Murphy>> has this amazing one for dry hair. For wet hair, I feel there are so many options. My favorite is this Moroccanoil Root Boost>>.
  8. Dry shampoo. I feel like Dry shampoo is a personal preference based on your hair type and the consistency you like. I have a favorite powder and spray. Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo>> and Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Light Tone>>. NOTE: with these dry shampoos, if you have dark hair make sure you get the types for dark hair! I am linking the type I buy which is for light tones or blondes. If you click the link just change the product option to the dark hair option.
  9. Moroccan Oil>> or Redken Diamond Oil>>.
  10. Ionic Hairdryer where you can switch between negative and positive ions for smooth or voluminous hairstyles.

XO, Nico

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Whats the deal with Wireless Bras?

I have recently become very interested in wireless bras. It all started with some self-reflection and realization. My most favorite bras are still my nursing bras. So, I asked myself: should I get more nursing bras even though I’m not nursing? Is it possible to find an alternative that can offer me both support and comfort?

After some research and poll taking, I found the answer.

Meet, Warner’s Women’s Could 9 Wirefree Contour Lift Bra.

This is a total game changer, my friends. Not only is this bra wireless, it provides support, lift and FRONT strap adjustments. Why did it take so long to get front strap adjustments? That’s something we may never know the answer to. All I can say is that this baby is super comfortable whether you are rockin’ big or small cup sizes. Give it a try!

XO, Nico

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Proactive Pregnancy

When I was pregnant for the first time, I was very concerned about the post-natal recovery of my body. How would my body be different? What will I look like and have to adjust to? You hear so many stories from women about how things changed and they never went back. Of course, that could mean anything, right? I happen to love my post-natal body. Yes, it’s different. My old clothes don’t fit the same, my hips are an inch bigger. I can honestly say that I like my body better now. Maybe it’s the result of loving myself and respecting the miracle my body created. Maybe it helped that there were a few things I was proactive about during my pregnancy. I don’t know the answer. What I can tell you is that I believed there were things I could do before and during my pregnancy that would hopefully make my post-natal recovery a little easier. Did these things pay-off? Well, I got the results I was hoping for and that’s all anyone can ask for.

I had at least 4 top goals for my post-natal body. Now, I’m sure I had more and will likely post a follow up to this post, but hey, let’s roll with it. I knew that I wanted to stay in shape, I did not want stretch marks, I did not want my feet to grow, I did not want to have visible veins in my legs and feet. All superficial goals, yes, but I think these are goals many can relate to.

For fitness, I made myself work out every day. It wasn’t easy. There were days when it was just a 10 minute workout. Ten minutes is better than nothing! You do what you can.

I used Body Boost stretch mark butter religiously. Every. Single. Morning. This body butter is for stretch mark prevention and repair. My hope, obviously, was to prevent stretch marks. Now folks, I did not have any stretch marks from my pregnancy. It could be luck, or it could be this body butter.  Get it here >>.

If you have been following my blog you know that I was highly committed to making sure my feet didn’t grow as a result of my pregnancy. This involved being obsessive about having an arch in my footwear (and slippers). If you’re new, catch up here: Debunked: Foot Growth and Pregnancy>>.

You might also know that I was and still am a big believer in compression socks. Catch up here: Compression Socks are my Jam>>.

XO, Nico

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