Little Besties

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One of my motherhood dreams has always been for my kids to be good friends.  It melts my heart to see it happening with these two babes! I worried a little bit when I was pregnant with Viv.  They are five years apart and I thought it might make it hard for them to become good friends, but I was totally wrong! They are the most darling little friends and want to be together all the time.  I love it!

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Most days Myla begs to get Viv dressed and pick out her clothes.  I let her for the most part, but sometimes the outfits get a little crazy haha! I love having things like this cute poppy jumper from Little Cottonwood that make it easy and look adorable.  PS it is on sale 😉viv1 (1 of 1)

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I tried to play with Viv a bit, but she was NOT having it haha! She just wanted her sister, or to be doing her own thing.  Unless I bribed her with a fruit snack haha.  She still had a bit of a scowl, though.  See pic below 🙂

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My flowy white top is from Cozy Threads Boutique, and I am loving it.  I can’t get enough of tops that are comfortable and easy, while still looking good! Check out their site and use code COZY25 for 25% off your purchase!

Flowy white top! Women's summer and spring style :)

Hope you have an amazing week! I’m hoping to get some deep cleaning done, and possibly even some reorganizing if I’m feeling extra ambitious haha!

XO Savanah

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Perfect Peplum

I am always on the go, and I prefer to be comfortable (as I have said a hundred times before haha) It is THE BEST to find something that looks great and also feels great!  This perfect peplum top from Hope Ave. is just that for me.  I wear it as often as I can get away with!

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I love the loose fit, as well as the ruffle and open back!  It’s all in the details, right?

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These black jeans are also pretty amazing.  My dad always made fun of me when I was younger for having tears in my jeans, but I love it haha! He would ask if I got a discount for them already being worn out.  Any of your parents feel that way too?

Perfect Peplum top! White flowy shirt for summer and spring. Mom style, women's fashion.

My perfect peplum, perfectly torn jeans, and perfect black booties are all from Hope Ave.  When I walked into the store, I was honestly like a kid in a candy store.  Or I guess, like myself in a candy store ha! I could have bought everything in there.  I can’t wait to go back!

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I finally got some planting done this last week so our house is looking more like a home (or at least like it’s actually occupied haha) I wish yard work was a passion and talent of mine.  Maybe I’ll get there someday!  I hope you had an amazing Mother’s Day weekend, and enjoy your week ahead XO

Long loose braid with light brown hair. Braids and hairstyles to copy.

Thank you to Hope Ave. for working with me on this post.

 

Snowy Getaway with Arvo

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I am so grateful the snow has finally melted and the weather is warming up!  I’m definitely a summer girl.  However, this past weekend we decided to take our girls up to stay in a cabin and enjoy the mounds of snow still found in the mountains. It was so nice!  We had no cell service, or internet connection, so we were truly unplugged.  It felt wonderful to reconnect as a family!  We went sledding for hours, cuddled, and sipped hot cocoa.  Not many things beat that.

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While we were up there I was so grateful to have my Arvo watch, especially since I didn’t have my phone to find out what time it was.  I haven’t worn a watch in years because I am usually so picky about them! I miss wearing one, so I’m happy I have found one I love.  The sleek, minimalistic style is what drew me to this watch.  It goes with just about everything and is comfortable too! Not only that, but the company itself is also incredible.

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This scarf is the same one from this post.  I’m totally loving it right now!  Hope you had a wonderful Valentines and Presidents’ Day! Enjoy your week! XO

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Thank you to Arvo for sponsoring this post.

Holiday Hair Series:Christmas

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I can’t believe it is already Christmas Eve! It is always crazy to me how fast time flies.  I wonder if I’ll ever get used to it 🙂 Even though it came quickly, I’m just as excited as ever!  Such a magical time and I can’t wait to spend it with family.

The week of Thanksgiving, I posted part 1 of my Holiday Hair Series with my good friend, and incredibly talented photographer, Jennifer Munoz. This is part 2, and I can’t wait to show you.  I love coming up with fun new braids! This one looks complicated, but it is actually super simple. I would definitely wear it to a holiday party, or dress it down with a hoodie and a cup of cocoa.  It goes with everything!

To begin, section the top half of your hair off and clip it up.jennifer-munoz,boise-wedding-photographer,blooms-flower-studio,wedding-hair-tutorial-78

Next, separate the bottom half into two parts and fishtail each.  After you tie them off, slightly pull on the braids to loosen them.  To fishtail, you split the hair into two, take a small piece from one side and add it to the other.  Then, switch and take a small piece from the side you just added to, and move it to the first side.  Repeat until you near the end of your hair.

Pull the fishtails forward so they are out of your way.  Let down the top half.  I chose to French braid the top, but if it is feeling awkward to French braid behind you, you can just braid the whole piece at once.  To braid, split the top into three pieces and alternate moving the outside strands over the middle strand.  After you move the outside strand to the middle, it becomes the middle strand for the other side to cross over. If you move the strands under instead, your braid will be more raised(Dutch braid)jennifer-munoz,boise-wedding-photographer,blooms-flower-studio,wedding-hair-tutorial-104When you have all your hair tied off, braid the three braids together.  Move the outer strand over the middle strand, and alternate. Remove the three elastics, and attach all the ends together with one elastic.  I like to wrap a small piece of hair around it to cover it. jennifer-munoz,boise-wedding-photographer,blooms-flower-studio,wedding-hair-tutorial-114Gently pull and loosen the braid to give it some volume and help the braids work together.

Then you are set! Get creative with it.  It can be as tight and clean or as messy as you want!

 

Huge thank you to Jennifer Munoz for the photography. I adore her! Check her out HERE and here:

Instagram- @jennifer.munoz
Website- http://www.jennifermunoz.co
Phone for Wedding or Lifestyle Photography- (208)557-1566
Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/jennifermunozphotography

Thank you also to  Blooms Flower Studio for letting us shoot in your gorgeous space!

Stay tuned for part 3 coming next week.  Have a wonderful Christmas!

Holiday Shopping with Penny+Boss

_W6A2511Confession time…I’m super old.  Well, not in real life, just compared to my husband.  We grew up together and even attended the same high school, just not at the same time…Yeah, he was in 8th grade when I graduated  haha! Anyway, he has lots of really great friends that I didn’t know growing up (and some that I did know, considering I babysat them) that now I get to be friends with too! I hear all kinds of stories about them, and pretend I was there too.  So, he has this friend from high school named Suzy.  She’s like insane talented, creative, beautiful, etc so obviously I decided to piggy back on their friendship. Thankfully, she and her friend Sydney started a blog named Penny and Boss.  I love it, and I’m sure you will too! Maybe we will get lucky and some of their coolness will rub off on us 🙂

Suzy was in town and we decided to do a little holiday shopping together, and I’ll share some of the darling things we found with you!  Our friend Chantel is an amazing photographer, and we were lucky enough to have her with us! Check out her beautiful photos on instagram @chantelcheriephoto she really is so talented! Contact her at chantelmoorhouse@gmail if you want some awesome photos done

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First, my favorite holiday gift idea for you are these earrings and bracelet! The earrings are so neat, they are 3D and catch the light so beautifully.  Both the earrings and the bracelet are from Roma Designer Jewelry and made from sterling silver.  They are overlaid with rhodium (a precious metal closely related to platinum) to resist scratches, abrasion, and corrosion. They would be a perfect gift for any/all your favorite people…or maybe just for yourself!  Use the code “FRIENDLY25” to get 25% off your purchase through the Roma Designer Jewelry site.  I’m in love! _W6A2581_W6A2803

Suzy, Chantel, and I had way too much fun shopping at Anthropologie and Paperie and Pen.  I could buy everything in those stores (and as a result, have the most darling house in the world) but I had my sweet husband there to pull in the reigns.  He is so patient haha _W6A2714_W6A2722I absolutely loved this cute mistletoe…and of course, this handsome man!

My top picks from Anthropologie are here, here, here, here…aaaand here! Are you kidding me with those aprons?! Also, love this shot of the bracelet from earlier!

Paperie and Pen had some of the most darling gifts, like this.  Of course, they also had the cutest paper (we may have gotten in trouble for this one…oops)

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_W6A2667Long story short, we had way too much fun…but then again, there’s no such thing! Happy shopping 🙂

Effortless No Heat Curls

Its no secret, heat is damaging to your hair.  I am constantly trying to find ways to reduce the amount of heat my hair is exposed to.  From air drying, to braids, to my arsenal of products used to reduce/prevent damage, it is no small feat to maintain the integrity of my hair.  Especially when it is long, and colored!

You can image my excitement when I discovered Savvy Curls!  A headband that curls your hair…without heat…while you sleep? AMAZING, sign me up!

“These headbands are exclusively made with thermal insulating materials & curl forming materials to work with your head’s natural heat zone & produce beautiful, bouncy curls.

There are two options, a single band, and a convertible band.  Not to mention, lots of fun patterns!  I used the convertible band, and I loved that I could snap off the top and use it as a single band as well.  Before you wrap, it’s important to have your hair slightly damp, and brush a mousse through it to help the curls set and stay for the whole day. Wrap right after applying the mousse, before it dries. This is my hair before, it looks so sad I know, but it is just air dried.  I allow my hair to air dry as much as possible!

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To use the convertible band, section off the top of your hair, and clip it out of the way. Move the top band in front of that section.  Begin wrapping the bottom half of your hair from your face back.  Do one side, then the other, meeting in the middle near the nape of your neck.  Wrap the ends in together, and secure with a bobby pin or two.

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Next, let down the top section and wrap in the same pattern as the bottom. I chose to sleep in the band.

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When you wake up, unwrap the band, shake it up a bit, and you are ready to go!  My husband is so grateful.  Thanks to Savvy Curls, I can now make it to church on time haha.  After sleeping in the band, I woke up to these voluminous curls!!!

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To use the single band, you will wrap all your hair around at the same time, instead of sectioning it into two.

It is also an option to just leave the band in for a couple hours.  That is what I did here, with the single band, and the results were a looser curl. Still very pretty!

IMG_8348  I pulled them back into a simple pony, and loved the result! Thank you for reading 🙂 Savvy Curls has offered a discount code for $2 off a band of your own! Just use the code “savvyc1” Hope you all have a wonderful week!

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Holiday Sparkle

The Holidays are so much fun! I feel like there are wonderful, kind things happening all around that warm my heart.  It has been magical to experience all the joy with my sweet little girls!  They make everything better.

Another thing I think is fun about the Holidays, is that you can dress up a little more.  Also, you get to drop hints to your significant other for awesome things like these earrings and ring from Roma Designer Jewelry! Sneaky, sneaky!  Seriously though, I’m in love with these.  I sold engagement rings during my college years, and I fell in love with this style of ring.  I have wanted one ever since, and this one is amazing! I just stare at it every time I wear it.  The way that it, and the earrings, catch the light is beautiful! They are made with Preciosa crystals, which have their own unique faceting making them some of the brightest crystals produced.

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Roma Designer Jewelry is so generous to offer a discount code for my friends so you can shop with them and receive 25% off!  Use the code “friendly25” on their site, click HERE to shop!

Hope you are enjoying your week, and all the delicious hot cocoa options out there this month!

 

Huge thank you to Stayc Smart Photography for these photos! She has been my friend for almost my entire life, and I love her.  Check her out on Instagram @staycsmartphotograhy!

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Thank you to Roma Designer Jewelry for sponsoring this post!

Holiday Hair Series: Thanksgiving

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I am so excited to be working with my incredibly talented photographer friend Jennifer Munoz to bring you a three part holiday hair series!  We took these photos in Blooms Flower Studio, and I don’t think we could have found a more lovely spot.  Working with Jennifer is a dream.  She has such an elegant style, and I love her work!

There will be a step by step guide for each look in our series, making it simple to recreate these styles for any holiday event.  The first up is a Thanksgiving inspired style.  It is simple, works on any hair type or length, and can be casual or dressy!

To begin, take a small section of hair from the right side.

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Softly twist it as you pull it across the back of your head to the other side.

Using a bobby pin, secure the first twist in place.

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Now, take a small section from the opposite side and twist it across.  Pull it over to cover the bobby pin from the first twist.

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Secure with a bobby pin on the opposite side.

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Take a third piece of hair from the original side, and twist again.  Remember to use the strand to cover the previous bobby pin.

Bobby pin on the opposite side.

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I stopped at this point, but feel free to continue the pattern as far as you would like!

 

Let me know if you try this out! I would love to hear what you think! Stay tuned for part 2 of the holiday series!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you to Jennifer Munoz for the phography. Check her out HERE and here:

Instagram- @jennifer.munoz
Website- http://www.jennifermunoz.co
Phone for Wedding or Lifestyle Photography- (208)557-1566
Facebook- http://www.facecbook.com/jennifermunozphotography

 

 

Loose Waves Tutorial

OK! This video has been a long time coming.  Even before I wanted to blog, I thought about making it! I used to spend hours teaching all my clients and friends how to curl with a flat iron.  This is by far my favorite way to curl for a number of reasons.  First, my curls just last way longer.  Ever since I became best friends with dry shampoo, I have been able to only wash my hair a couple times a week (the thought of it used to gross me out, but now I’m proud haha) think of all the time and damage I save my poor hair! Get this, I never redo my curls!  With a flat iron they last me four days easy.  When I curl my hair with a curling iron, I’m lucky to get two days.  Disclaimer: I do sleep with my hair above my head, draped over my pillow if that makes sense.  So, it doesn’t get smashed while I sleep, which probably helps!

Second, I can curl faster!  I’m just going to be honest and tell you it will take a LOT of practice and probably be pretty frustrating to learn.  It will click one day, though, and all of the sudden you will be a curling machine! I can usually do my whole head in less than ten minutes.  That’s a win for me! Takes me 30-45 with a curling iron.

Third, I only have to bring one thing on trips with me! Ha ok, that’s mostly me being lazy. It is nice, though!

Fourth, it is customizable.  If you want tighter curls, twist the iron more.  If you want them looser, twist less.  You can curl toward your face, away from your face, in your face, on top of your face….you get the idea 🙂  I used my iron for clients that just wanted loose waves, as well as my brides that wanted tight curls to last all day!

Fifth, I just like it.

I also really like the two products I use in the video! I honestly don’t think I could live without Smooth and Seal.  I’m not even sure how it is so great, but it is!  It’s basically a light spray that transforms your hair from dull to shiny, soft, and beautiful. It doesn’t have any hold to it, so it won’t help your curls stay in, but it will help your hair stay frizz free.  It also won’t protect your hair against heat damage (I have some other magical products that will, though, so I’ll get to work on a post about that)  Its awesome, I use it everyday no matter what I’m doing!   The second product is my favorite hairspray.  Its by Pravana and I love it because it doesn’t build up on my hair, but has great hold!

So! If you want to watch the tutorial, you can find it HERE

Let me know if you have any questions or if there is something you would like to see from me in the future!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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