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Friday, January 30, 2015

Growing out long and HEALTHY hair!

Hey gals!

I've been meaning to get this video up for seriously weeks.I filmed it once a few weeks ago but I had some crazy hairs in the back I didn't notice, and I was pretty certain you couldn't take hair advice from someone who's hair was out of control. So last weekend I wanted to refilm it and it was so dark and gloomy outside I had to turn my ISO way the heck up which resulted in it looking a little grainy. But because there was no way I was going to go for a 3rd try, you're just going to get the grain ;)

This video is full of health tips & some of my all time favorite products for healthy long hair. I take it as the biggest compliment in the world that I get asked pretty often on the blog and in my personal life how I grew it out, but the truth is, it's all really normal stuff! Take care of yourself, don't overwash, and take your vitamins!

Like a lot of gals out there, I have a hair horror-story. I chopped it all off Junior year of highschool above my shoulders. Here is a picture from Christmas of that year: (little babies!)

Although I had the best hairstylist ever who could make it adorable, (I miss you Melissa!) Doing it myself when it's short is just so much work. So I vowed to never cut it short again, and have been sporting long locks ever since.

I don't wear extentions ever and I try to use heat only once or twice a week if possible, but the things that have helped it to grow even faster is to take care of yourself, get your trim ever 6-8 weeks, and skip chemicals whenever possible.

For the rest of my tips, check out the video below!

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Thanks for coming by sweet friends! Happy Weekend!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Blustery Day

Trench: Pacsun (old) Similar H&M here // Shirt: J Crew // Denim: Old Navy // Flats: Target Similar (even cuter!) // Necklace: Perry Street c/o Rocksbox

Happy Friday EEEVVVE!

This week was a rough one. So far 2015 is kicking my rear, ya'll. I'm beyond looking forward to a weekend of fun in t-one day.

Last weekend when we shot these photos it was a respectable 45 degrees outside, not so bad. I thought this light trench would be perfect, but I was mistaken! The wind was out of control and I was actually freezing to death through every gust. And my hair was that of a wild-woman. But the show must go on, even if it means a quick stop at tazikis to warm up ;)

I think my husband might be Greek because I swear he could he Greek food for breakfast lunch and dinner. Our favorite is the lamb gyro with extra veggies. For those of you who don't eat Greek food very often, it's pronounced yuur-ohh not ji-row. If I didn't grow up next door to a Greek drive-thru (Greek Style Chicken for you San Diego locals. mm I miss myself some fried zucchini)  I wouldn't know the correct way to pronounce it either. But there is your Greek lesson for the day. Free of charge. ;)

This train has fallen way the heck off the tracks. Where were we? Oh yeah, this outfit. These rockstar jeans from Old Navy are one of my absolute favorites. I have them in 4 different washes and I just rotate them through the week. They're one step up from leggings when it comes to comfort, but they really make it look like I tried that day.

One last thing I have to share with you pretty gals, you have TWO days left to get yourself a FREE Rocksbox using code kyliexoxo. Don't miss out on this awesome way to wear gorgeous designer jewelry for pennies on the dollar.

Thanks so much for coming by, if you like this look, you can shop it below!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie


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Monday, January 26, 2015

Girly Office Progress: Making Cheap Bookcases Fabulous

Hey, gals!

Now that we have officially finished the Master Bedroom re-do, we've moved on to the guest room/office. I don't know about you but I have the most ridiculous amount of stuff. Like odds and ends, books, files, mechanical pencils? It's amazing how much we've managed to stuff in this room with not the slightest bit of organization. I wish I had a total before picture to share with you in this room, but all I could find was this instagram from almost 2 years ago. Rest assured though, nothing has happened in this room until recently. 

There is still a long way to go in terms of getting this room together, but I wanted to pop in to share the awesome bookcases we put together which just make me giddy every time I walk in the room!

The bookcases are these from Walmart. Not even kidding, 2 bookcases for $65.00. You can't beat that, even if they are pretty bleh. We gave them a little facelift and now I think they're ready for their audition on America's Next Top Bookcase Model.


I wish I took pictures of laying in the wrapping paper to the back, but it was truly so simple. Pick up a roll or 2 of some pretty paper you love (try Homegoods or TJ Maxx!) and cut it so size of the backing of your bookcase. Before you assemble, use spray adhesive to attach to the backing, and assemble the bookcase as instructed. Couldn't be easier!

Please try to pardon my junk everywhere. :) We did get around to hanging the gallery wall on the opposite side of the room, which is where all those frames on the floor ended up :)

To really bump up the makeover, we added crown molding to the bookcases and I would say this made the biggest impact without a doubt. I just LOVE them! There are 1000 tutorials out there in blogworld (I love this one by my blog-friend Abby!) but I will give you the gist-

You're going to need to cut your trim at perfect 45 degree angles using a miter saw (or you can use a miterbox and hand saw from your hardware store, but I really recommend investing in a miter saw if you can find it in your budget, they're a homeowners best tool!)

When you have your trim measured and ready to go, affix it to the bookcase with wood glue, and use finishing nails to secure it in place.

Use caulk to fill in any gaps, and fill in those nail holes! After the caulk has completely dried, sand it down and paint it a nice bright white!

Then you get to do the fun part, decorate! I love these hound-dog book ends. I can never find beagle anything so I figured this was at least in the hound family so it had to do :)

This little "K" box holds my nail polish collection. Can you believe I found it at Walmart? 14 bucks, y'all!

I haven't finished them quite yet, but those boxes on the bottom shelves are file boxes that hold the most important life-paperwork. and receipts. and just about everything else I never take time to organize. They started as an ugly kraft brown, I can't wait to share how I spruced 'em up!

and that my friends, is that! I still have a long way to go to make this room functional and homey for the few guests we get a year. (come on, friends, Arkansas is great come see us!) I'll be sharing how i'm fixin' up this desk and that glaring blank space in between the bookcases in a few weeks.

****I also just have to share with you that we're giving away the most ridiculously amazing prize via instagram @absolutelyarkansas right now! All you have to do is go to this image, "like" it, and follow along with the other fabulous bloggers in the loop for your chance to win:

1) Kate Spade Cove Street Provence Bag
2) Zara Blanket Scarf
3)...and if that isn't enough a FIVE HUNDRED dollar gift card to Anthropologie!...make sure to enter, the giveaway ends at 6:00 PM tonight!

 Thank you so much for coming by today!

Until next Time,
xo Kylie


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