Girl Like That

Long Hair Tips

I love having long hair, but it takes some work.

  • co-wash only. Try dry shampoo to maximize time between washes and to freshen up. Depending on the color of your hair, you can make a DIY dry shampoo that smells nice or even odorless- I use a bit of cornstarch, as my hair is very light blond.
  • boar bristle brush (mine is an old Goody brush), you can find a decent one at Sally's for a reasonable price. Also, brush using the right technique- gentle de tangle first, start at the ends, slowly move up the lengths until you get to the roots
  • satin pillowcases and satin sleep cap for nighttime. This reduces tangles, breakage and friction
  • wear your hair in a protective styling when possible- ie braids and buns. Secure them gently, with metal-free elastics and scrunchies, pins and hair sticks
  • use a balm or leave in conditioner for the ends. Jojoba oil is great for my dry ends. You can use a bit of your regular conditioner as a leave in.

Your hair might need some time to get accustomed to co-washing.

Or it just might not work for you. You could also do a modified version, where you put conditioner on the ends, shampoo the roots, rinse and condition all over. It will protect the drier ends while still washing the roots.

Batiste makes nice dry shampoos. I believe they have a line called Hint of Color in addition to their regular ones. The one I have is great. You could probably pick up travel sizes to try them out before buying the regular container. Here's a DIY recipe.

As far as boar bristle brushes: mason and Pearson, bass, and Kent are the go-to brands for quality.

They're expensive though. Scunci makes a cheapie one I believe. Check out Sally's online, and the ethnic beauty sections at your local stores- you're looking for 100% boar bristle or pure boar bristle. Nylon spikes aren't bad, but you want it to be a high concentration of boar, not nylon.

Co-ed Party Games

I love girly stuff, but there is this divide that I often have when it comes to, too much. Or more importantly the tacky stuff.

So I hate baby showers.

I hate frilly stuff even more when it is thrown about. But I can be thankfully, the shower that I will be attending is for a baby boy so we get to avoid all of that. I am also thankful that they will be having a non-traditional, co-ed baby shower instead of the segrigated girl's only get togethers. They are just so boring. I am sorry, but it is true. We'll be enjoying things that work with my keto diet, that includes burgers, hotdogs, and all the fixings.

I don't want to attend one of those "give us gifts, eat, and leave" events that seem to be so common with the girls only baby shower, but I also know a lot of people despise them so I guess it gives them an out. I was tasked to help, so now I need to answer the question "are there any fun, co-ed games?" Which has led me to the conclusion that, no, there are in fact few if any usuable ones. There will be a huge group of men that could possibly attend since the daddy has a lot of of friends. So I would sort of like to find ones that don't suck.

One of my co-workers was at one and suggested painting/drawing on onesies.

She liked it.

And I like that it's not forced or super girly like traditional shower games, it gives people something to do with their hands and makes it easier to socialize if they don't know each other, plus you get practical and personal keepsakes.

But I don't see everybody joining in.

I looked on pinterest, some one invitations and called it: bbq, beer and baby but they aren't going that route and I honestly don't see them changing it either. They are having a waffle buffet.

The only other fun one that I found was make a baby out of play doh, which really isn't a game, but feels more like something you would have kids do to stay out of the way. Besides play doh isn't cheap.

Another one that I liked was the idea of having a photobooth full of fun baby props and a fill in the blank baby themed mad lib. Guests get take their picture and stick it in a premade scrapbook next to their madlib, though I actually didn't see this in conjunction with a baby shower per se. But I think that it would make it more of a party than a baby shower.

Boar Bristle Hair Brushes

I've found that brushes in particular are so personal.

I hate boar bristle hair brushes. They are either too weak (bend too easily) for my hair or so firm that they scratch my scalp. I've also yet to find one that will make my hair behave, if you know what I mean.

I much prefer a wide paddle brush, a good one with the ball capped bristles. If the balls start falling off or they snag my hair, into the trash they go. When I find a good one, I'll keep it forever. I have one right now that I love but the handle broke off. I'm still using it, haha.

The type of brush you should use depends on the type of hair you have and the result you want to achieve.

Boar bristle brushes are usually great for medium hair density. It works well on most hair, but it tends to take a long time. It is not a great tools for finer hair textures, especially those prone to breakage. The tend to pull a little too much for fine hair. it causes damage. Boar bristle brushes are best utilized in situation where hair is being pulled straighter. The large amount of tension it uses is perfect for smoothing hair out.

I love my board bristle brush, but know when and how to use them is important.

My List for Those With A Shoe Fetish

I have pretty wide feet and ankles. This caused some anxiety for years but then I decided to bite the bullet and just go with it. I found two pairs of heels that I loved and I went from there.

If you are in the same boat, welcome aboard!

My first thought was totry Nordstrom. Pricey yes but they offer a decent selection of wide widths, and offer complimentary stretching on leather shoes.

Zappos is another option for selection of wide shoes. Try looking for a peep toe in leather or suede, nothing synthetic, so it can be stretched. You may want to try a wedge as well, since they tend to be more comfortable. You should try stretching with the shoes you currently have as well.

A good cobbler (yelp shoe repair in your area) can stretch shoes - even synthetics to lesser success - and add length to ankle straps.

Like I hate buckles bc I come from a culture where you don't wear shoes in the house, so buckles are just a pain in the ass. I take all my buckle shoes to my cobbler and have him put a snap closure underneath the buckle. So I can use it to cinch still, but it's a snap (HA!) to put on and take off.

Any good cobbler who has experience with leather work (they are getting fewer and further between) should be able to help you.

Brands that I think could work for you in terms of comfort and style (issues for me as well) - Dansko (they have cute sandals), Rockport, Clarks, Ivanka Trump, Sofft, Naturalizer, Nine West, Stuart Weitzman, Shoes of Prey (available on Nordstrom and in wide widths), J. Reneé (lots of cute really feminine heels in wide widths and 2-3" heels).

But if you have bunions you really need to consider having your shoes stretched professionally to better accommodate your toe box.

I think the main reason that I failed the first time around was because I wasn't certain what to wear. I bought and then was not happy afterwards.

I changed that.

Randomly trying shoes may work eventually but your money and your time is likely better spent on a personal consultation with someone who knows what will suit you best.

For brands, you might want to look at Ross Hommerson, Clarks, Sofft, or Rockport. Those all make reasonably priced dress shoes that tend to be comfortable and in various widths and styles.

Is This A Diet - Keto

So, I'm trying a keto diet. At first I was worried it would severely hinder my cooking with the restrictions, but I think it's actually done the opposite.

And I think my food actually tastes better now. So many people at work are living off salads sadly until they snap and eat a bunch of pizza, meanwhile I'm eating stuffed chicken, bacon, and steak. I have a coworker that was sitting near me the other day at lunch, and asked about what I was eating. (Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Jambalaya leftovers, in NO way does it look like it's healthy for you) and she knows I'm on a diet since we've been comparing them and are competing to see who loses weight faster.

She looks at my food, then looks at hers (chicken salad, no dressing, with fruit on the side) then looks at me incredulously and says "And you've visibly lost weight eating this stuff too!"

And calls her friends over so everyone oooohs and aaaaaahs over the food and goes on about how they're sick of salad and chicken breast with veggies.

Today I decided to make Shepherd's Pie.

The Shepards pie was easy to make. I just made mashed cauliflower, I'll even use the micro in a pinch and seasoned a lb of the ground pork and beef mix I use with.

  • rosemary
  • Sage
  • Litesalt
  • pepper
  • onion powder
  • thyme

I added in some frozen mixed veggies when the meat was about halfway done cooking, I only used about 2oz veggies per 4oz meat because of the carb count though.

I'm sure it would taste good with spinach or cabbage.

Once the meat was done, I just plopped it on top of the mashed cauliflower, and in the pan with the remaining grease I added some beef broth, Worcester sauce, pepper and hwc, and stirred it in with a whisk, taste-testing until I got the taste I want. I like my gravy thicker, so I added a VERY small amount of cornstarch slurry in, not even a tsp worth. And that was for enough gravy for 2 people.

I brought it to a boil while whisking until it was fairly thick, then just dribbled it over the meat, veggies, and cauliflower!

If you want it more classic, you could do all the same steps in a slightly different order, cooked meat and veggies in a casserole dish first, then gravy mixed in, then the veggie mash goes on top like a crust. Some people like to put cheese and butter on the crust. Everything is pretty much cooked at that point, so you can just broil it for a bit.

The shepherd pie is a little more carb heavy.

My lunch serving has a cup of mashed cauliflower, 4oz meat, 2 oz veggies, and a half cup of gravy I think. The veggies and cornstarch are the main culprits, so xantham gum could fix that. And I totaled the carbs at between 14-16 when I tracked it, and around 700kcals. But it's really filling, so if I even eat dinner tonight there will be no problem having a light one.

I was thinking maybe next time I make something like this I'll pack her a lunch too with the nutrients listed. I love how the food looks and TASTES good, and we're not really having to give up things we love.

Just have to get creative sometimes.

We went to weigh in for the contest our office is doing today, beforehand she saw me eating bacon out of a Ziploc for breakfast.

It's pretty funny.

The Drug Store Look

I will be honest, the drug store has some of my most used, go to products. Why shouldn't it? They have quality and I appreciate being able to go and grab them off the shelf when I am in a hurry.

There is one brand that Hot Topic sells (don't judge) called Blackheart Cosmetics.

Their neons are excellent and the shimmers are actually really unique. There's one that reminds me of a non-texture version of the black and pink liquid sand from the OPI Mariah Carey collection. It's sooo pretty and goes on nice and smooth.

They come in neat little skull shaped bottles. While the glitters from them are more miss than hit formula-wise, the solid colors are very opaque and have a nice formula. They are almost always on some kind of deal so you can get a few for under $5.

I thing, but I'm not sure, they are also sold under a different branding (and no skull bottles) in below five.

Again, don't judge.

I've seen some glitters in hot topic that looked like ones I got in below five and vice versa.

I do recommend a good top coat, though. They seem to have at least some difficulty with staying a bit soft.

More?

Revlon and Sally Hansen have always been great, at least the ones I'm drawn to (Parfumiere line and Insta Dry line, respectively).

They have a good formula, they are long wearing, and just all around good.

I will never pay full drug store prices for Essie, their formulas are almost always garbage, either too watery to do anything other than water marble or too thick and gloopy and not worth wasting my thinner on.

I also am not too big of a fan of Maybelline, especially their Color Show line, they always bubble on me, no matter what top coat I do/don't use or the kind of room I paint my nails in, no fan or anything like that.

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