HOW TO: 5 ways to tie a scarf


{Image above: Hilary Duff in her various scarves.}

Baby, it’s cold outside. Luckily, scarves are both warm and fashionable. While keeping you cozy, scarves remain effortlessly stylish. This makes them a perfect transition piece for moving from summer to fall (kind of like tights). Looking for more variety in your scarf wrapping, I hope you find this video blog helpful for finding new ways to tie your scarves!

Oh – sorry for vloging from my closet. It’s the only place in my apartment that is quiet and away from puppy and boyfriend (they’re very a little distracting :)). I know the lighting isn’t great, but it’s the best I can do for now. Let me know if there are any other tutorials you would like to see on my site! I’d be happy to make them, all you have to do is ask!

Ps. I know you’re all super pumped now to go buy some scarves! A great place to buy beautiful scarves is from They have a great selection!


My bathroom countertop

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Seeing a friend’s bathroom for the first time can be quite telling. In a personal way, similar to seeing inside someone’s handbag, it helps you understand a little bit about where that person is coming from.

The problem with bathroom countertops is that they’re limited when it comes to space. So you’re forced to consolidate to your absolute necessities. Keeping this area looking nice can be a challenge. Do you sacrifice looks for functionality? Or do you keep your counters strictly practical? It’s really interesting to see what items make the cut for some people.

At any rate, this is what sits on display on my bathroom counter.

{A tray from TJ Maxx holds cotton balls and cue tips, stored (somewhat) neatly in jars that Carter picked up from Storables. Sweet-smelling, luxurious Hane Mori hand lotion lives on a small tray, right next to the jars. This lotion was a gift, but I love it so much I’m saving up to purchase the Hane Mari perfume.}

{A blue dish from Ikea that matches the aqua and green theme of our bathroom sits in front of the tray as a convenient place for me to toss my watch, rings and other small jewelry and bobby pins at the end of the day}

{Occasionally my Brazil Nut Body Butter from The Body Shop (SO yummy!) gets tucked away in my drawers, but usually it gets left out because I’m constantly using it to moisturize.}

{My perfumes are always on my countertop, for convenience. I wish I could choose just one to make things less cluttered (and aren’t women supposed to have a “signature scent”?), but I find myself rotating between these three depending on my mood.}

{I usually attempt to put my hair tools away after I use them, but it seldom happens. Usually, they get left out on the edge of my countertop like this.}

Ever since our move, my countertop has reached a somewhat happy medium between functional and attractive. Fortunately for us, our bathroom has storage behind the mirror and a decent amount of cabinet space, so we can afford to be a little more flexible. I shove my not-so-attractive face wash, face lotion, toothbrush and toothpaste away in my drawers so I don’t have to stare at them when I’m not using them.

Where are the rest of my beauty products, you may be wondering? Well, that explosion of madness is hidden away in my drawers nowhere near ready to be unveiled on this blog just yet.

What makes the cut on your bathroom counter?


Independence Day

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“Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.” – Albert Camus

♥ Forever 21 maxi dress ♥ Jigsaw clutch ♥ Envy shoes ♥ NARS lipstick ♥ Michael Kors watch ♥ vintage ring ♥ Photos by Carter ♥

On my nails:
♥ Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Celeb City (bottom coat)
♥ Sally Hansen CRACKLE overcoat in Cherry Smash
♥ Sally Hansen CRACKLE overcoat in Distressed Denim
♥ American Apparel Nail Lacquer in Clear

Happy 4th of July, everyone!


How to use BB Surf Spray and wash your hair less often


{My “day 2 hair” after having styled it with Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray the day before}

It was love at first sight for Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray and me. Ever since my hair stylist Caitlyn first introduced us a few months ago, we’ve been inseparateable. Sure, it cost me $24 that I could have spent on, say, a few other products. But it’s such a small price to pay for something that has been there for me when I needed it most – on good hair days and bad, through thick and thin, curls, waves, and straight hair – BB surf spray has helped me overcome my “day two hair blues” like nothing and no one ever could. And I predict that this will be a long-lasting, committed relationship.

Contrary to the suggested use of this product, I actually rarely use BB Surf Spray to create “beach-y waves” (although it’s good at doing that too). I use it so that I don’t have to wash my hair every day.

Before you close your browser thinking – “Gross! Sarah doesn’t wash her hair everyday” – listen to me for a second. Contrary to how it sounds, I’m not a gross, dirty person. I promise! Washing your hair every day is actually BAD for your hair! Don’t believe me? Google it! Or just read one of my or my guest posters’ previous blog posts that have talked about it.

(Not that you asked, but just so you know – I still take daily showers, using a shower cap on days I’m not washing my hair.)

So, anyway! BB Surf Spray is fabulous for absorbing oil and making sure your hair doesn’t fall flat a day or two after you wash it. (Some people can even make it a week between washes with this product!) I find it especially helpful for my bangs, which tend to get oily the fastest.

Step 1: Shampoo your hair as usual. Lightly towel dry. Then establish your normal part by combing your hair as you usually would.

Step 2: Brush your hair back at your hairline so that the hair that usually brushes against your face is away from your face.

Step 3: Holding the bottle about four inches from your head, spritz the under part of your bangs along your hairline with BB Surf Spray. Hold your bangs back if that’s easier for you, like I’m doing in the photo. I usually spray this area about seven times, distributing fairly evenly along my hairline but focusing a little more on my bangs.

Step 4: After you’ve tackled your hairline, lift your hair at the roots along the back and the sides of your head, spraying your roots as you lift, where you wish to create volume (and absorb the oil that your scalp produces throughout the day).

Step 5: Style your as your normally would – with a blow dryer, or not. Straight or curly – it doesn’t matter! (Or try one of these hairstyles.)

The BB Surf Spray should have given your hair extra lift at the roots, resulting in extra volume. And the next day your hair should still be oil-free and voluminous. If you feel that your hair needs a touchup a day or two later, spritz your roots again with the Surf Spray and blow it dry with a hairdryer.

Oh, and in case you don’t already own this life-changing product – you can purchase Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray from or at your local Target store (or at Au Salon in Portland on NW 23rd, where I bought it.) There’s a reason the Surf Spray is Bumble & Bumble’s best selling product – it kicks butt!