Thursday, December 4, 2014

Flat Iron || Natural Hair

Since going natural almost 3 years ago, I have my hair professionally trimmed and flat ironed once per year, usually in December.  This year, since #boxerbaby is due in December, I decided to do my annual flat iron a month early ... and on top of that, I decided to do it myself! *gasp*  Shocking, I know.  This would be my very first time flat ironing my OWN hair in almost 3 years.  Yes, I was out of practice.  And yes, I was scared of damaging the curls that I have so lovingly cared for.  But one of my reasons for going natural was to be able to due a range of styles, straight and curly.  So I took the plunge (and got an unexpected hair cut along the way).  Watch below to find out how it turned out! 
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Heatless Waves || Natural hair

Hey y'all!  I flat ironed my hair recently but quickly got bored with the "bone straight" look so I created these nice waves using 4 bantu knots.


Just part your hair into 4 large sections (as shown) or into two halves. Apply a light styling product or oil to each section ... I like avocado oil and/or Camille Rose Naturals aloe whipped butter gel.  Bantu knot each section and secure with a bobby pin as needed. Let set overnight and take down in the morning! U can fluff as much as you like!

Happy Thanksgiving! 

xoxo, 
Lianne 
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Perfect Perm Rod Tutorial

After many failed attempts (and failed recordings) I think I may have mastered the perm rod set.  The video is now live on my YouTube channel!
 
 
Check it out and let me know what you think!
 
xo,
Lianne
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Normalcy








Blazer::  Target - old ( I like these here and here)  ||  Pants: A Pea in the Pod (maternity)  ||
Shoes: Nine West - old  ||  Necklace: Old Navy  ||  Bracelet: Versona accessories  ||
Bag: Versona accessories  ||  Hair: twist out half up/down

I'm kind of proud to say that at 30 weeks I don't look that pregnant from the front, but I'm feeling every bit of it.  Leg swelling, groin pain, heartburn ... I've got it all.  With that being said, putting on clothes (especially heels) is a bit of a chore but I'll withstand the pain for a few hours just to feel and look somewhat normal.  Although I will say these wedges lasted all of 30 minutes.  But hey .. . I tried! 


xo 
Lianne 

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Twist and Curl featuring Creme of Nature

Hey Curls!
In an attempt to clean my product-laden cabinet, I've been revisiting a few oldies and giving others a second look before I decide whether to get rid of them all together.  I received Creme of Nature Pudding Perfection several months ago in a monthly Curlbox subscription and wasn't impressed with my first use.  Since I couldn't remember exactly why I didn't like it the first time, I figured I'd revisit it again.

Enter in: the twist and curl.  I posted this pic about a week ago on Instagram showing my twists and my nighttime routine.  I believe I had about 16-18 2 strand twists on clean, damp hair and used pink perm rods for the ends.  

My hair wasn't completely dry by morning so I sat under the dryer for an hour.  Once all dry, I took down the twists and was pleasantly surprised by what I saw.  Peep the pics below ...






So about the Pudding Perfection ...
Cost: $8.99 for 11.5 oz at Sally's, also available at Wal-Mart and on amazon.com 
Key Ingredients: Argan Oil, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil (but nome of these ingredients are in the top 5)
Ingredients you might not like: Dimethicone, Glycerin (these are in the top 5)
Claims: 
Fall in love with your curls using Pudding Perfection, a moisture-enriched, curl-enhancing creme, formulated especially to tackle frizz, shrinkage and dryness of natural coils and curls. This versatile pudding delivers soft, stretched curls with Exotic Shine all in ONE jar. Discover your perfect curl! "
What I think:  I think the Pudding Perfection did a decent job.  The Creme of Nature website claims this pudding to be soft hold which I normally steer clear of but my hair actually held up pretty well in this humid Texas weather.  And as a bonus, I didn't even have to use my beloved EcoStyler gel over it.  My hair also stayed moisturized for about 3 days before I had to retwist it.  In terms of shrinkage, I can't really call it ... my mane typically doesn't do too bad in the shrinkage department.  
But before I give this product too many praises, I did have a couple of problems.  First, was the scent.  While some curly's love it ... I am not one of those people.  It's too perfumey in my opinion.  Typically the fragrance of most products tend to dissipate after your hair is dry, this continued to linger for several days after, which left my pregnant nose in overdrive.  So ... if you are into that sort of thing, that could be a plus for you.  Secondly, I retwisted my hair with the same product on old, dry hair and it was a major fail.  Like ... my hair was in a ponytail about 2 hours after untwisting type of fail.  The instructions say to apply to damp hair, and in my defense I did mist my hair with some water before applying the pudding and retwisting, but I definitely think it works better on clean, damp hair.  
Final Thoughts: The pudding did what it said it would, but the dimethicone is going to make this a "once in a while" styling pudding for me and not a staple.  I rarely use shampoo so the build up from this product might reak havoc on my hair. 
Hope this helps! 
xo 
Lianne 
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Holding on to Summer



 

 



Top: Agaci  ||  Pleated Maxi Skirt: Sabine via Piperlime  ||
Sandals: Aldo - old  ||  Fedora: old  ||  Hair: Twist and Curl


So I'll admit it ... this outfit is a bit summery but fall hasn't quite fallen yet in San Antonio.  Plus, I've recently been seeing so many leopard prints around stores for the their fall collections that I felt like I needed to get use out of this top while I had the chance.  The best thing about button-down blouses this one, is that you can unbutton the lower half, tie the two sides together, and tuck in the loose ends to create a "cropped" look.  Especially great for changing up the top half of maxi dresses and for expanding waist lines like mine ;) 






xo 
Lianne
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Party of Three

This year Cam's birthday party was a bit on the low key side.  It was difficult finding the time to plan a big shindig like years past so I whipped up a few decorations, baked a cake, and made a few of her favorite foods.  Cost was less than $100 and the time spent putting it all together was next to nothing.

No 3 person party is complete without a theme and Cam is a huge fan of Doc McStuffins, so this one was a no-brainer.  Besides, there are no less then 28,492 Doc McStuffins items available on the ground nowadays so that made it pretty easy to pick out coordinating party items. 


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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Flat Twist and Curl || Natural Hair

Happy 5th of July!  I hope you all had a good holiday!  I worked my usual shift yesterday and then headed out to Boerne with the fam for a fantastic fireworks show.




I know for a lot of my curlfriend's out there wash day approach-eth this weekend, but if you're like me and don't feel like washing your hair just yet, I have a style for you to try that works great on old, stretched hair (like in the picture above).  It's the Flat Twist and Curl, a great hairstyle for fully naturals and transitioner's too!  And if you can't flat twist, two strand twisting your hair works just as well.  Let me know if you try it out by leaving a comment below!



xoxo 
Lianne
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Special Announcement!!

So in my last post, I mentioned an unplanned hiatus.  Well folks, here's the reason why ...



Meet #babyD.  Unlike my last pregnancy, this kid has had me down for the count.  For the past 3 months I've only wanted to sleep, eat, and sleep some more.  I had (and still have) no actual morning sickness but the nausea has been real.  So with the pregnancy, working, and chasing after a 2 year old I hope you can understand my temporary disappearance.  I'm 14 weeks in so I'm hoping the worst is over!  I'll make a solid attempt not to overload y'all with baby talk in the coming months.





Until next time ...


xoxo
Lianne
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Post-travel Recovery Hair

Hiya!  Y'all still there?  Forgive me for taking a little bit of an unplanned hiatus (to be explained later) so bare with me as I try to get back into the swing of things!

Anywho, hubs and I just got back from an almost 2 week long vacation to sunny Barcelona, Spain and I seriously did NOTHING to my hair while we were gone.  I wore my hair in twists for a few days, wore it out for a few days, and then threw it up into bun for the last week.  No water, no detangling, no additional product, nothing.  My hair was ... (insert negative word here).

So, last night I finally got fed up.  The process to get my hair from before to after was long and tedious but I have to say I'm having THE. BEST. HAIR. DAY. EVER!








Keep reading for the deets ...


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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Party Time!! {Cinco de Mayo}



Those are words exclaimed by my 2 year old yesterday when she came home to "fluffy" decorations hanging from the ceiling, a blanket on the dining room table, and of course ... cupcakes.  Cupcakes to her are synonymous with birthdays but trying to explain to her that we were celebrating Cinco de Mayo was way beyond her comprehension. 

  
Anywho, at the last minute I decided to throw a petite party for the three of us.  The menu consisting of chips and salsa, Rachael Ray's chicken enchiladas (best ever), yellow Spanish rice, Borracho beans, and these lovely Tres Leches cupcakes.  I saw this recipe on Pinterest last week and my sweet tooth had to indulge!  And let me say it was definitely worth it.  


Spanish for three milks, tres leches cake originates from Mexico and is soaked in three different kinds of milk, evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream.  Since this party was last minute, I didn't get a chance to take pictures of the cupcake baking process but you can find the original recipe here.  I followed the non-alcoholic recipe and instead of making homemade buttercream icing I used ready made cream cheese frosting ... go ahead, judge me.  And one word of wisdom, the more holes you poke in the cake, the more spongy your cake will be.  So when you feel like you've poked enough holes, poke some more. 

Enjoy! 

xo Lianne

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Thirsty Thursdays || Cucumber Martini

I already know what you are thinking ... cucumbers and vodka don't go together.  Drink this tasty treat and I promise you'll change your mind!  The taste is super refreshing and perfect for a warm evening.



Ingredients: 
Cucumber Vodka - 1 oz. 
Simple Syrup - 1 oz. 
Lime juice - 1 oz. 

Directions: 
In a shaker, combine all ingredients, shake thoroughly.  Pour and enjoy! Best served chilled.

And for the mocktail lovers. cucumber-infused water tastes just as great.  Add a splash of Sprite for a little lemon-lime kick and Voila!





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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Chronicurls x Treluxe Giveaway!

What's better than having a box of a new hair goodies show up at your door?  When they are FREE new hair goodies!!!  Luckily, TreLuxe is offering 2 of my Instagram followers a chance to win 2 of my favorite products from their hair care line, the Untie the Knot leave-in conditioner and the Curl Supreme styling creme.  And in case you missed out, check out my written review here and see my YouTube video here.   Since this is an  Instagram contest, you must be following me @chronicurls and @discovertreluxe on Instagram and fill out the form below!  The contest ends on Saturday, May 3rd at 11:59 CST.  Good luck to all and thanks for entering!

*only open to US residents please



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In the Kitchen || Chopped Salad with a Tomato Vinaigrette


Let's set the record straight ... vegetables are typically not a part of my daily routine.  But this "salad" right here has changed my life!  A friend and I went to Yard House this past weekend for a quick bite and for some reason I was inclined to order a side salad (secretly, I was pretending to be healthy).  I ordered the Chopped Salad and to my surprise it was not really a salad at all.  I was expecting, well ... lettuce!  Lemme just say it was the best non-salad salad I've ever had.  And to top it off there was BACON.  That's right bacon!  So, here I am, 4 days later attempting to recreate these chopped vegetables of yummy goodness.  And the best part about this recipe is that you can take out or add any other veggies you like!  The bacon, however, is mandatory.  So, if you're sitting around eating just bacon with a tomato vinaigrette, you can thank me later. 

For the vinaigrette: in a small bowl, add the tomato paste, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, EVOO, parsley, honey, balsamic vinegar, and black pepper.  Whisk until creamy.  Set aside.

For the salad: in a medium bowl, add diced tomatoes, cucumbers, green onion, celery, corn, and cilantro.

Top with cooked bacon and the prepared vinaigrette.  Stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon.  Garnish with avocado slices.  Enjoy! 


Chopped Salad with a Tomato Vinaigrette

Tomato Vinaigrette ingredients:
Tomato paste, 2 tablespoons
Juice of 1 lemon
Worsetershire sauce, 1/2 tablespoon
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1/2 cup
Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tablespoon
Honey, 1 tablespoon
Chopped parsley (fresh or dry), 1 tablespoon
Black pepper, to taste

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until creamy, set aside. 

Chopped Salad ingredients:
Bacon, 4 slices 
Cherry tomatoes, chopped, 1/2 cup
Cucumber, 1/2 cup, diced 
Celery, 1/2 cup, diced 
Corn, fresh or frozen, 1 cup 
Green onion, diced, 2 tablespoons 
Cilantro, chopped, 2 tablespoons
Avocado for garnish (optional)

Directions: In a fry pan, cook 4 slices of back on medium heat.  Flip the bacon after 4-5 minutes and continue to cook until crispy.  Blot off excess grease with a paper towel and chop (or crumble) in 1 inch pieces.  Set aside. 
In a medium bowl, add the tomatoes, cucumber, celery, corn, green onion, and cilantro.  Top with the bacon and prepared vinaigrette, mix the ingredients together with a wooden spoon.  Top with sliced avocado. 


xo Lianne




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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

If you love it, It will grow ...

I remember it like it was yesterday ... It was 2 years ago that I moved from Hampton, Virginia to San Antonio.  One of my best friends was making the drive with me (24 hours) and at that point I had been transitioning to natural hair for a little over 11 months.  Since Atlanta was on the way, I made an appointment at this exclusive hair salon to have the rest of my relaxed ends chopped off so I would have a fresh start in San Antonio.  Well, long story short, I missed my appointment and instead of having a professional do my chop, my friend cut my hair in a hotel bathroom .  That's right ... a hotel bathroom.  There was hair EVERYWHERE!  I remember thinking at the time "I hope the housekeeping staff doesn't think I've committed a crime and am trying to hide my identity by chopping off my hair."  So I washed my hair, threw some conditioner on it and thought I was cute ... until my hair dried.  I washed it again.  Same result.  My hair was in a state of SHOCK.  It was drier than the Sahara Desert and I had no idea what to do with it.  

Since then, I've come a long way.  2 years to be exact.  After countless hours of watching YouTube videos and reading blog posts, I've learned a few things along the way.  So, you want tips?  I got 'em ...

                                                April 2012                  March 2014


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Monday, March 31, 2014

A mile a day

This year has been pretty sporadic for me in terms of running.  I'll sit on my behind for a week or two and then randomly decide to go run 2 or 3 miles. Strange ... I know. When it comes to running and endurance, consistency is key and that's an aspect I've been lacking in a few areas of my life.  I'm always finding an excuse as to why I can't or don't have time.  So, today, I pledge to run a mile a day for the next week.  It's more about the commitment than the actual task.   Because when it comes down to it ... those 10 minutes I spend going through my Instagram newsfeed, I could be sweating it out on the pavement.  Anyone want to join in? 


Wish me luck! 

Xo Lianne
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Product Review: Tre'Luxe

So ... remember in my last post I casually mentioned I was an almost reformed product junkie?!? Did you see the word almost?  Well I'm backsliding a little *hangs head* ... but I promise that this time it was worth it!  A cyber friend of mine recommended me to a lovely couple based out of Chicago who has started their own hair care line.  A few email exchanges later ... and BOOM!  More hair products show up my door!




The line: Tre'Luxe
The claim: "offering premium, botanically based products, a socially-conscious focus, and a new philosophy for translating internal beauty into external appeal"
Does it work?  Keep reading to find out!


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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Confessions of a Product Junkie

Hi!  My name is Lianne and I am a almost reformed Product Junkie.

So there, I've admitted my problem.  The next step is to purge and spring cleaning has been the perfect excuse for said purge.  So, on a whim, I pulled out ALL of the hair products that I've collected throughout the past few years.  And, yes, it is quite the collection.  

To my surprise, I rediscovered some oldie's but goodie's (e.g. Jane Carter Solution curl defining cream) and decided to give other's the boot.  

Keep reading to find out what made the cut and what didn't ...
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Friday, March 14, 2014

3 Strand Twist Out

I'll admit it ... I'm a #hairstylejunkie.  Hairstyling options for this curly head of mine are numerous and my addiction is real.  So when I came across the "3 strand twist out" on YouTube, I got the itch.  So I scratched it.

I did my 3 strand twists on old stretched hair.  For my styler, I used Camille Rose Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter Gel which gave me great definition and hold.  The twisting process takes longer than regular 2 strand twists but I think the end result is worth it if you have a some extra time.

And in my best Calhoun Tubbs voice (played by David Alan Grier on In Living Color)
'I made a video about it.  Like to watch it, here it go!'


'Thank you very much!'

And if you would like a tutorial on how to 3 strand twist, check out my previous video (and blog post)!

xo Lianne

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

How to 3 strand twist

Hey y'all!  I recently attempted a 3 strand twist out on my natural hair and made a quick tutorial on YouTube on how to 3 strand twist.  The process can be a little complicated but definitely worth it ... shall I say #curlspoppin :)  I hope this tutorial is helpful and hop on over to my Instagram page to see the finished product.


xo Lianne

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Washed and Went

Hey y'all!  Since becoming natural, wash and go's have been the bain of my existence.  When I first became natural, I swore up and down that wash and go's would be my "go to" style.  *NOT!*   My curls don't clump, my hair gets dry, 2nd day hair is never attainable ... the list goes on and on.  BUT every once in a while I get the itch and I have to scratch it.  So yea, I diverted from my typical twist out and once again tried the wash and go.

What I used:
Shea Moisture's African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo
Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
Shea Moisture's African Black Soap Purification Masque
100% pure Avocado Oil
Paul Mitchell The Conditioner Leave-in
Eden BodyWorks Curl Defining Creme'


What I did:
After shampooing and deep conditioning, I sectioned my hair into 8 sections and proceeded to apply my styling products in the following order: Paul Mitchell The Conditioner Leave-in, 100% pure Avocado Oil, and Eden BodyWorks Curl Defining Creme'. I smoothed each product through my hair using the pray and smooth method and allowed my hair to air dry.  I avoided touching my hair during the drying process to prevent frizz.  My curls were relatively defined and super soft.


What I would change:
I would use gel the next go-round to allow for a little more definition and hold.  My hair was GINORMOUS by the end of the day!  No 2nd day hair for me :(


If you are a more visual person, peep the YouTube video below:



                                                       

*Anyone else have a similar experience with a style you keep going back to but just cannot master?

**Update: The OCD in me would not allow me FAIL yet again, so the next morning I hopped in the shower, soaked my hair with water and applied conditioner and Kiss My Face Upper Management Gel in sections.  I'm much happier today! Check my Instagram for the end result!

xo Lianne
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Monday, February 24, 2014

Faux Curly Bob - Natural Hair

Hey folks!

I figured I'd try something a little new with my hair last night!  I love my twist out's but I've been yearning for a new "shape."  The way my hair falls is a bit *blah* and I'm not ready to cut my hair so I wondered if there was a way for me to "fake" the shape of a bob (short in the back and long in the front).

I washed my hair with Shea Moisture's African Black Soap Shampoo followed by a deep condition with Camille Rose Naturals Algae Renew Deep Conditioner mixed with Avocado Oil. My hair LOVES this combo btw. After rinsing out the deep conditioner, I applied Paul Mitchell The Conditioner leave-in and Avocado Oil in sections.  I then separated my hair into the sections you see below.


4 total sections - two on each side with a middle part and 2 sections top and bottom for the back.

I applied Eden BodyWorks Curl Defining Creme with Olive oil Eco Styler Gel and flat twisted the two back sections and rolled the ends with pink perm rods. 


Since I want the 2 front sides to fall longer I flat twisted those sections without perm rods - 5 total on each side.



Peep the finished product below!




Side note: if you are going to attempt this on wet hair be sure to give your hair ample time to dry or consider sitting under the dryer.  When I took my rollers out after 15 hours my hair still wasn't dry.  And for more elongation in the front try stretching the loose twists by wrapping them around your head and pin in place until dry! 





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Friday, February 14, 2014

Love

 
I'm a bit of a procrastinator and hadn't really intended to "celebrate" Valentine's Day and then Pinterest happened.  'Nuff said. One of the recipes that caught my eye were pancakes ... of the red velvet variety. *begin drooling here* Since I didn't have much time to prepare, I decided to pick up a premade mix from World Market "My favorite ... Pancake Mix - Red Velvet."  Yep, that's what it's called. :) To my surprise, they were quite delicious and SUPER EASY.  I used a heart shaped sandwich cutter that I purchased from The One Spot at Target and then topped them off with Duncan Hines Homestyle Cream Cheese frosting (cupid's arrow of course).  Also perfect with 100% Maple Syrup.

Bon Appetit !

xo Lianne


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