Happy Mother's Day! I hope that you all have a wonderful and relaxing day full of family, laughter, and delicious food!
When I spend a lot of time on Pinterest (or watch copious amounts of HGTV) I get a bit overconfident and think that I can easily recreate anything I see. Normally I am somewhat limited in what I can do because I live in a studio apartment with less than 300 square feet, but beauty tips and tricks don't require a lot of space or tools. As you may remember, I did a very successful DIY project that involved making lip balm from coconut oil and crayons, so I started looking up things to do with the remaining coconut oil.
According to Pinterest, coconut oil can be used for everything, so I followed someone's instructions for using it as a deep hair conditioner. Basically you warm it up, rub it into your hair, let it sit for a few hours, and then wash it out with shampoo and water. Easy peasy, right? Well, I have fairly thick hair so it took quite a bit of coconut oil to coat my hair, but I wasn't worried because the instructions said that any extra coconut oil would just wash out. Yeah, that did not happen. At all.
I applied the coconut oil in the evening and washed my hair right before I went to bed. When I woke up the next morning my hair was greasy and stringy and a little bit crunchy. I washed it again immediately, thinking maybe I hadn't shampooed vigorously enough the night before to get the oil off. No luck. I waited until it dried completely to reassess and though it was no longer crunchy and stringy, it was still quite greasy. I washed my hair a third(!!!) time, this time leaving the sudsy shampoo in my hair for ten minutes before rinsing it out and that finally did the trick.
Unfortunately three washings in a twelve hour period was a little rough on my hair so after all that work I was left with hair in desperate need of conditioner! What beauty tricks have you tried that turned out to be more trouble than they were worth?
Mother's Day is on Sunday so you only have a few days left to drop a card in the mail or schedule a flower delivery. Growing up, my sister and I would always give our mom a voucher for car wash and then on a sunny weekend afternoon we would drag out the hose and buckets of soapy water and make the car sparkle. As a result, my idea of what constitutes a great Mother's Day gift is somewhat skewed. While catching up on my television shows on Hulu last weekend, I kept getting a Macy's ad that was suggesting a diamond ring for mom priced at $1,300 which is pretty much the opposite extreme of the car wash voucher. So below is my practical gift guide for Mother's Day for everyone looking for a gift that is nicer than a car wash and cheaper than a diamond ring:
What other gifts have you found to be successful for Mother's Day? Share your ideas in the comments!
In need of a refreshing spring drink? Check out my new blog, bread and flowers, for an easy and delicious recipe for a rhubarb-rosemary cocktail: http://practicallystylish.weebly.com/bread-and-flowers/rhubarb-rosemary-cocktail
I usually try to stay pretty positive on this blog because getting dressed can be stressful for many people and I don't want to add to the anxiety. However, as the seasons have been (very, very slowly) changing, I have noticed some scary outfits. I realize that there will always be times that we leave the house looking less than our best, but the "fashion don'ts" I spotted go way beyond wearing sweatpants to the grocery store. The warm weather has brought fewer layers and unfortunately undergarments have become much more visible. Read these cautionary tales to prep yourself for a stylish spring: