December 19, 2014

How I apply my 3D Fiber Lash Mascara

Ever wonder things like, wow I wonder what Hope sounds like in real life? Or things like how many times does she roll her eyes... the answer to all these burning questions is in the this little tutorial I made for you.. Your welcome...

I am showing you how I apply my newest makeup obsession, 3D Fiber Lash Mascara by Younique... Enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions!!

*this is not a sponsored post however I am a Younique presenter.

December 8, 2014

Holiday Hair Ready: Oh So Fancy...





Dress-Banana Republic last season (similar)

It's here.. a moment to dress up and feel fancy.. is it prom? Nope, it's better it's your Holiday party... I don't know about you but whenever I get the opportunity to dress up and feel all girly, I take it... you know why? Because a hoodie sweatshirt doesn't make you feel like you've got  your own theme song...

For me, I honestly have to say I've usually left my hair to the last minute.. I mean I think we've all thought, "gosh, would be so great to have a hair & makeup crew to do all of this for me?" Well, that's one of the wonderful things I love about Dolce Vita Salon.. they give us women the opportunity to look our best for any occasion and this one happens to be a Holiday party... It was so much fun to get all glammed up and have Kimberly work her magic... Whether it's a classic Holiday party updo or a semi casual blowout, Dolce Vita Salon is the place for you... Don't miss the opportunity to treat yourself to this, because let's face it, we ladies can forget to take care of ourselves and before you know it you're freaking out in front of the mirror because your hair isn't doing what you saw on Pinterest... or maybe that's just me...

Right now Dolce Vita is offering a wonderful deal for an amazing hair treatment... It's by Kerastase (hair magic) Fusio-Dose... basically it's an at home treatment for your hair... whatever your need is, whether your hair is, fine, damaged or dry.. it's going to put amazing life back in your hair and you can do it at home!! Usually $75 but right now only $50!! Head on into the salon and tell them I sent you! Whatever your plans are this season, I hope you stop, take a breath, spoil yourself just a little and remember that you are worth it... It's ok to take a moment and feel oh so fancy...

*This post was sponsored however the opinions expressed is completely my own.

December 2, 2014

My Mascara Miracle...

My Mascara Miracle...

My Mascara Miracle... by hchdesigns featuring Clinique

Wow.. I wonder if I even remember how to blog?  I just have been waiting for some free time to run up to me and smack me in the face.. well, that hasn't happened yet... But I just HAD to tell you about my best and most wonderful discovery of late... Younique 3D FIber Lash mascara.. I mean, you know you are in love when you can't wait to put it on in the morning... my girlfriend introduced this to me and well, what can I say I'm hooked for life... For those of you who've been with this blog for a while know that I've had this journey to find the perfect mascara.. and it all proved pointless.. a fact that my Sephora account will attest to...Until, I tried this mascara.. It's a miracle... A Christmas miracle.. something similar that would be shown on the Hallmark channel.. but I digress...
I honestly didn't think it was possible to have gorgeous lashes and wash it off at the end of the day... I also didn't think it was possible that I could keep a house plant alive longer than a month but who knew that's possible too! Except that I'm pretty sure I killed on of them with miracle grow..leave it to me to kill a plant with Miracle Grow... But anyways, I'm not talking about plants...
So true story, I've tried ALL of those mascaras.. and not one of them even can hold a candle to my amazing 3D mascara... so what do I suggest you do with this info? Get yourself some amazing lashes for Christmas! Your welcome in advance...



*This is not a sponsored post, however I do make a commission on any sale. 

November 10, 2014

Feel Gorgeous Inside & Out....

Before the appointment... you can't see it, but the ends of my hair was dead, heat fried, dead... 
Look how long??
Where the magic happens...
The prescription for amazing hair day... Kerastase...aka hair magic...
Kimberly working her magic...
After.. I mean wow... "hello, gorgeous!"

"A woman who cuts her hair, is about to change her life..." - Coco Chanel

So in life we women are pretty funny creatures, we love our shoes, our coffee and mani/pedis with the girls... there are many things we are particular about, like how our jeans fit.. or the fact that florecent lighting is death on wheels and Spanx is like the best invention since the blowdryer... But nothing can even hold a candle to how we feel about our hair... seriously... It's an emotional thing... Why is that? Well, I think it's because it's so personal.. our hair is kinda like our home, it's a tiny reflection of our personality & identity... Think about it, the house is trashed, dishes need to be done and nothing is right with the world... Same goes for our hair,  we can't get it to do what we want and we have the cursed "bad hair day"... shudder..  Yet, when the house is clean, the hair is rocking you feel at your best... The magic of a good hair day! Very powerful... 

Here's the thing, I've had my fair share of bad haircuts, there was this one where I came home with a  Mrs. Brady mullet... I straight up cried in front of the mirror, my sister fixed it in our kitchen with crappy scissors... So let me just say, I get it.. I've got my trust issues with my hair.. but all of that went away with my last appointment... Because of my trust issues, I've been only trimming my hair ...honest moment.. not as often as I should, kinda like a twice a year thing... awkward... So when I went in to see Kimberly at Dolce Vita Salon, I knew it was time.. time to get real... I actually was excited! She was fabulous, she knew exactly what my face needed and inspired me to change up my look a little while listening to my needs! I mean let's face it there's quite a bit of therapy happening in the chair... let the healing begin... Just like in fashion, quality is important.. you cannot just go out to Super Cuts... I've got a story about that too... This is your hair we are talking about it deserves all the love attention you can give it... Your hair will always thank you...

One of the things that was so nice about the Dolce Vita Salon was that, Kimberly the owner, she knew just what my hair needed in a cut and in amazing hair products.. like a Dr. prescribing the medicine needed for a great hair day... And boy did I need it.. As women we wait so long to take care of ourselves, we are extremely good at taking care of others but when it comes to ourselves well, we get a D+ on that grade, if that... Why not stop, take a moment... realize that you are amazing from head to toe and you need to allow yourself to see some of that on the outside... Local ladies, get yourself over to Dolce Vita Salon in Santa Rosa, CA. Prepare yourself to be amazed at the great hair days that will come... It's in there and all you need is just take a moment for yourself, so it can come out... And on that note, here's something even more exciting!! When you buy hair product from Kimberly (remember it's medicine for your hair) you will be entered in a drawing for gorgeous photo shoot that captures your inner & outer beauty!! See the details below and stay fabulous!



*this is a sponsored post however all opinions are mine.

November 6, 2014

Champagne Thursday & eShakti Review....




Dress-c/o EShakti
Bag- Steve Madden
Heels- Payless

It's Champagne Thursday!!! aka.. finding even the most ridiculous reasons to celebrate...
~Daylight savings... giving me the illusion of sleeping in for a week...
~Totally pulled of the size sticker off my new jeans BEFORE walking into church... #winning  
~Totally resisted the urge for a doughnut when I really wanted one.... it's a big deal...
~ I found the best mascara in the whole wide world.... seriously...
~ Christmas music is now playing in stores....
~It's Thursday!!!

Eshakti Review..
Have you ever found an amazing item taken it into the fitting room to try it on and it fits great in the waist but too tight in the hips? No? Just me? Well for me, finding something that fits perfectly is well, always a challenge... So when Eshakti approached me about their custom size ordering system I was thrilled! Simply take your measurements, enter them when submitting your order and whamo! A gorgeous tailored look just for your size! I selected this dress submitted my measurements and I got the dress and to my disappointment it is too big.. not too bad but not a perfect fit as I hoped,(I still wear the dress, I wore this on our anniversary dinner)... here's what I think went wrong... we measured after dinner.. uh.. well, lets just say my stomach isn't the washboard abs it normally is after dinner...wink..
The other option is I lost 5lbs in about 2 weeks, which is the one I'm pulling for but...  
Or the last option is, something didn't happen correctly to my order... So in conclusion, would I buy from Eshakti?  Definitely, they have gorgeous styles and I love the concept! But I would choose a different fabric and not measure right after dinner... lesson learned Howland... lesson learned...


*this was a sponsored post, however the opinions are all my own.

October 21, 2014

Flo For Halloween...

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Untitled #57 by hchdesigns featuring plain aprons

Well, for my next costume idea.. I give you Flo... True story, this one was my husband's idea to be put on the blog.. He's so funny... Fun fact: we think up random Halloween costumes all through the year.. I honestly don't know why? So on to the costume, super easy! White on white with a white apron... Extra points if you can get Progressive on the apron! Tease that hair, with bunch of hair spray, at the back of the crown to get that lift... I don't think you need a wig for this one but if you wanted to go for it! Headband and the kicker is the red lip gloss! Must have the red lip gloss... Is it lame that I'm already thinking about how easy it would be for me to get the lip gloss on the jeans? I know, I know, super lame.

Now for the rest of your evening, it's your job is to be slightly ditsy and totally in love with insurance... Which I think we can all agree that the ditsy part will be easier...
Happy Tuesday!

October 20, 2014

Jim Harbaugh Halloween

Jim Harbaugh Halloween

Jim Harbaugh Halloween by hchdesigns featuring grey pants

Uh... Halloween is only 11 days away!! What the?? I swear the older I get the faster the weeks go by and the very fact that I'm saying that makes me feel really old... omg...
Anyhoo... Do you have you costume picked out yet?? Here's what I think would be a smash of a costume especially for couples... I don't know about you but I find it hilarious when couples dress identical in something unexpected and honestly I don't like typical costumes..
I like ones that tend to be a little more ironic...
So today in memory of the horrible football game we played last night, ugh, I don't want to talk about it... I give you Jim Harbaugh for Halloween..Pleated Dockers-check! Black shirt tucked in-check! The key to this costume working is all in your facial expressions and your body language... While having the clip board tucked into the back of your pants...

 I'll be posting all week some fun and creative ideas for last minute costumes that you could recreate with minimal effort.. Have a Happy Monday and let's all move on from the blood bath that was Sunday Night Football.. shaking my head...



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