August 2, 2015

My Style: Vintage Floral

Growing up in Arizona, I was part of the middle school generation who loved everything Hollister.  We carried Hollister bags, we wore Hollister camis, we sprayed on Hollister perfume--you name it, we had to show the seagull emblem.  Having matured and expanded my horizons, I have continued to admire the brand, especially the consistent product quality and the company's ability to update its product line while staying true to its California beach aesthetics.  I couldn't have been happier when the company contacted me to select a few outfits for styling.  This outfit is a dream--the crop top with high-waisted, skinny jeans paired with black ankle boots helps the legs look longer.  The top has a lovely vintage-inspired floral print with a peplum silhouette and crossover back strap detailing. The pants are high-waisted jean leggings, or what many companies shorten to "jeggings," and are a deep black with the signature back pocket Hollister stitching.  To accessorize, I added a wide-brimmed, black fedora, round sunnies, and some of my fave jewelry pieces.  I know school is starting for most students this month. To you, I wish you the best and I'm sorry.  My classes start on the 31st.  Good luck to us all.  Xoxo, Shelly

Top & pants courtesy of Hollister
Necklace is vintage


July 30, 2015

Irresistible Me Hair Extensions Review

I grew up watching the Hannah Montana TV show, and I always loved Miley's long, brown hair.  Although I have grown my own hair long, I still like extensions to add more fullness, length, and beauty.  I was asked by Irresistible Me to review the company's product and select what I would like to try.  I selected the Royal Remy Clip-In Extensions in 200 G weight and 24 inch length.  

Here are some reasons that I give the product 5 stars:
  • Silky, thick human hair, which is easy to style and clean
  • Well woven wefts with easy to handle clips
  • Holds color very well when dying
  • Fast delivery & nice packaging

I have used extensions before that came in a maximum of 18 inches so it was refreshing to have the option for longer--24 inches is so great for me!  If your hair is shorter, you should consider having a hair stylist cut the extensions (while they are in your hair) and/or layer your hair and the extensions.  You just always want the extensions to blend and not have a definite cut off of where your own hair ends.  Irresistible Me offers different length options for purchase, but if you decide to cut your extensions, I do recommend that you have a salon hair specialist cut the hair so that you don't make a costly mistake.

Irresistible Me has a very good array of colors to choose from.  In reviewing the colors offered by the company, I determined that my hair is between the Royal Medium Brown and the Royal Light Brown.  Since I knew that I'd be dying the extensions to match my hair color, I ordered the Royal Ash Blonde, because it is critical to order lighter than your own color if you are going to dye the extensions.  Hair extensions take on darker dye, but due to special processing, most extensions will not easily lighten.  Also, some beauty supply clerks might recommend a 10 developer to help the color grab.  I find that 20 works best, allowing some lighter colors to stay for a more natural look, adding depth.  Also, you might get advice to go warm or go cool, etc., but it is my opinion that you match your hair color perfectly.  Take the beauty supply store's hair dye sample card and compare it to your own hair outside to see if the colors match in natural lighting.  Lastly, a beauty supply clerk might tell you to use semi-permanent dye.  I find that permanent dye works best, coloring for 25 minutes instead of 30--but check the color and see if you need to go the full 30.  Of course, I'd never want you to go wrong, so it is important to try dying a small area of the hair extension to see how the color dye you selected works.  If you've never colored hair, the ideal process is to have a salon hair color specialist match the extensions to your hair color, especially if you have low lights or highlights.  A professional stylist will know how to mix the starting color of the extensions with a color dye to match your hair color.  Irresistible Me also has a custom color matching option available, but I did not use it and can't give that particular service a rating.

If you are lucky enough to have the original product from Irresistible Me match your hair color, you will still need to eventually wash the hair extensions.  Remember that you will want to use a quality shampoo.  Sulfates in high quantities, which are often found in less expensive shampoos, can strip both color and natural oils while silicone dries out hair; thus, I highly recommend using an organic, all natural shampoo.  I used Acure shampoo and conditioner with argan oil, which is supposed to heal and hydrate the hair.  Acure can be purchased at many health food stores.  So, of course, after dying the extensions, I gently washed and rinsed them (twice), then conditioned them, and rinsed them again in cool water until the water was clear.  After a  thorough air dry (or blow dry on cool setting if you are in a hurry) and a careful straightening, I was ready to show my new locks.

I definitely recommend these hair extensions :) Xoxo, Shelly

No Warranty of Products or Procedures
On the Arizona Girl blog, I share my personal experiences and opinions regarding products and procedures. Beauty products provide a unique experience for each person and no warranty or guarantee is implied.  When in doubt, please seek the advice and services of a certified, professional hair care stylist at a licensed beauty salon.

July 25, 2015

My Style: Tucson in July

Tucson in July is beautiful with flowering cacti, monsoon rains, and gorgeous sunsets.  To tour the area at dusk, I wore a distressed denim skirt and a black, cropped graphic tee.   I know some of you might not like the return of denim skirts, but they are on trend for both summer and fall.  Personally, I love them, because I find them so versatile--you can dress them up for a night out or dress them down for a casual day.  Add a fringed backpack, ankle booties, and a floppy hat to a denim skirt outfit, and you've created the perfect boho-western styling.  To complete the accessorizing details, I selected round sunnies, a mixed metal necklace, mixed metal rings, and a copper bracelet.    Hope you like these style ideas and have a fun-filled weekend!  Xoxo, Shelly