Color Fresh Create With Wella Profressionals

Summer is in full effect over here in SoCal, and we're feeling all kinds of vibrant this season! So was our stylist, Kristina, as she transformed our look to match our colorful souls with Wella Professionals' Color Fresh Create

This semi-permanent color collection has 12 gorgeous shades plus a clear shade. The colors' ability to mix and blend creates the perfect opportunity to come up with some epic color combinations. Case in point, our new 'do with beautifully vibrant colors blending into each other. Color Fresh Create produces amazing tones whether they're bold or pastel.

When it came time to freshen up our hair and choose which colors to use, we knew that we wanted all kinds of tones incorporated into our look. It's only fitting as we live in a beautiful place with colorful people and a city life that especially shines during summer. We knew our stylist Kristina would create the perfect summer shades and let her take the reins from there. Giving a stylist creative control definitely requires a solid stylist-client relationship, and it's so important to have when it comes to transforming ones look. Having such a relationship ensures that you can communicate with ease what you want and what you don't want. Trusting your stylist to create a look that suits you will never have you wondering whether or not you'll leave the salon happy or unsatisfied. So it was no surprise that when saw our new colors all we could think was, PERFECTION! Kristina managed to incorporate so many colors and create two beautiful looks. One that's bright with the loveliest combinations of warm and cool hues, just like our summer skies right before sunset. And another that's darker with pops of color, the perfect tones to express the liveliness of our city's night life.

Speaking of tones, to make things even better, it has true-to-tone fading and can last up to 20 washes!  We've had our fair share of bad color fades, so we're so glad we can wash our hair knowing it'll still come out looking flawless!

For more info on Color Fresh Create application and processing, visit the Wella Professionals website here

To care for our freshly colored locks, we use Wella’s FUSIONPLEX Intense Repair Shampoo
and Conditioner to protect the color and keep our hair strong from the inside out.

FUSIONPLEX With Wella Professionals

It's no secret that we love to change up our hair color. And while fun colored hair is well, fun, it can take a toll on the integrity of our hair. Keeping a healthy set of locks is something every gal would love, but much too often we see ads and commercials from brands that claim to be of professional quality. The saying, "leave it to the professionals" is certainly true here! Enter Wella Professionals' FUSIONPLEX, intense repair and protection care line that is everything your noggin' could ever dream of! The line targets hair both inside, at the hair’s cortex to refill and repair worn fibers, and outside by protecting and sealing strands. It’s the perfect solve for treating hair that may be suffering from chemical damage (lightening, dying hair), environmental damage (UV/weather influencer) and heat styling.

 

We started off with the  FUSIONPLEX Intense Repair Shampoo & Intense Repair Conditioner, these babies are fortified with amino acids that leave our hair feeling smooth. This is especially helpful for us since we use a lot of hot tools and need protection from all of the heat damage. 

 

To seal the deal and really make sure our hair is getting all the protection it needs, we use the  FUSIONPLEX Intense Repair MaskThis literally takes our hair from dry and crunchy to "OMG this is what healthy hair feels like??"

So remember folks, leave it to the professionals! And be sure to check out all the other amazing Wella Professionals products right here!

The San Diego Symphony & Harry Potter in Concert

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Amazing doesn't even begin to describe our experience at the San Diego Symphony as we had the pleasure to attend the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert! Being huge fans of music and Harry Potter, marrying the two was the cherry on top. 

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The venue alone is such a beautiful space and our whole experience was top notch, even intermission was a real treat with Harry Potter themed cocktails!

 Two Wolfsbane cocktails with tequila please! 😁

Two Wolfsbane cocktails with tequila please! 😁

Overall our visit to the San Diego Symphony was a magical one ✨, we highly recommend checking this place out the next time your favorite show is scheduled. We would definitely come back for another symphony in a heartbeat! 

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✨Mischief managed! Thank you so much San Diego Symphony for having us! 

Wondrous Wonderspaces

We've had quite bit of fun this summer in our wonderful city of San Diego. But one of our most enjoyable experiences was visiting the pop-up art museum, Wonderspaces. This celebration of amazing art has a great variety of experiences that is enjoyable for all ages! From light shows to virtual reality, everything we saw was intriguing. And good news San Diego, Wonderspaces is extending their stay to August 27!! 

Get tickets and additional info about the museum at

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💇: @hairbykristinamarie

Little Black Dresses That are Kind to Your Wallet

We all love a good LBD, but sometimes that said dress comes at a high cost. We're here to save the day (and your wallet) with gorgeous Shein dresses that are less than $50. Seriously though, these two dresses combined barely total up to $60 😱

📷: @photomementos

💇: @hairbykristinamarie

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Be Your Own Hero With Carbon 38 Activewear

We all have those days, we tell ourselves that we'll get out and be more active but find ourselves binge watching yet another Netflix series 🙊 Well, were finally able to become more active thanks to Carbon 38's Hero collection. Yes, we were horribly out of shape but this collection made us feel so badass!

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Off-the-Shoulder Summer Dreams

We may be having a bit of June gloom weather right now, but that doesn't stop us from shopping for one of our favorite summer trends. We're loving all things off-the-shoulder and Shein has tons of selections to choose from. Not to mention both of our finds were less than $40 combined!! 😍

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Weekend Styling With mimi & red

We all have those moments when we're looking for something to wear. We sift and sift and sift some more through our closet, only to throw our hands up and yell, "I have NOTHING to wear!" Obviously this calls for a little shopping spree 😉 We're so lucky to have a local shop, mimi & red that's hands down, a one stop shop where we can find everything we need for a stylin' filled weekend, and not to mention they have the cutest and latest trends! 

The proof is in the pudding, check out how we spent a weekend decked out in apparel & accessories from mimi and red! 

Getting Down to the Basics

Every now and then a gal just needs some proper basics in her wardrobe. We found some amazing basics that will make you look like a million bucks, but you barely have to spend $20! Check out some of our favorite basics that we found from Shein!

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Lace Ups & LBD's

Sometimes you just get the urge to shop for staple pieces rather than the statement ones. Lucky for us (and you!) we found the cutest lace up and LBD dresses from Romwe. There is so much to choose from you're going to want to get them all! And that won't be a problem since so many of their dresses are under $20 🙌 Helloooo shopping spree! 😉💕

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Playful Playsuits

Yes, it's technically still winter. But the beauty of living in San Diego is that we get little sneak peeks of spring (sometimes even summer)! Which also means we can get away with wearing less layers and more fun playsuits like the ones we found from Jollychic. They have a great variety of styles and for a great price! The cost of our playsuits combined came out to less than $50! Shop now and save even more with 10% off by using the code: ardentreverie

Lush Shein Velvets

And just like that, the weather here in San Diego went from warm summer weather to chilly sweater weather! Talk about moody mother nature 😏 But what better way to transition into the new season than with some lush velvets from SheIn!

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Swept Away with ROMWE Floral Slit Dresses

Yes, it's safe to say that we're kind of sort of obsessed with Fall florals at the moment. But how can you not be when brands like ROMWE have such great selections of floral dresses!! Plus, the weather here in Southern California doesn't seem as though it wants to get rid of Summer, so these lovely slit dresses have been absolutely PERFECT for us!

Fall Florals with SheIn

It's finally starting to feel more like Fall over here in sunny San Diego, but that doesn't mean we're tossing all of our florals out the window! Quite the opposite actually, we've been stocking up on some of our favorite Fall florals from Shein.

 

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Street Styling With Hibeko

We recently got the chance to get our hands on some rad apparel from Hibeko. And let's just say these pieces aren't your average clothing. Each piece is handmade by the owners, located in Los Angeles. And let me tell you, there is just something different and amazing when it comes to something handmade, we found that these were some of our favorite outfits ever!

 

Hair Care 411 With Rochelle

Who doesn't love a good hair makeover? We got the lovely chance to reach out to all of you and host a hair makeover giveaway! The winner won the opportunity to get a new 'do by our hairstylist gal pal, Rochelle from Bluxom Salon!

Going through any type of hair transformation is always fun, but at the end of the day I'm sure all of us would love to know how we can keep our hair looking its best! Lucky for you, we got the 411 on all things hair care, here are some frequently asked questions that Rochelle gets from her clients.

Q: I have dark hair, can I dye it to a brighter color like purple?

A: Yes and no. No if you wanted to dye it in one session. Yes, you can ultimately dye your hair purple, but you would first need to go through a few bleaching sessions in order to get the color to show.

Q: How long would the color last?

A: A few weeks depending on how often you wash your hair.

Q: What can I do to make it last longer?

A: Use the right product such as color safe shampoo & conditioner. Shampoo less and use dry shampoo instead in between washes. Washing your hair with cold water will also help the pigment from washing away too fast.

Q: How can I keep my hair healthy?

A: Weekly masks and deep conditioning treatments are key. As well as regularly scheduled haircuts, 6-8 weeks is a typically a good time frame.

Q: Will pastel colors last as long?

A: Unfortunately no, there is less pigment in pastel colors because they're essentially diluted. You'll often find that pastel colors will wash out much faster than highly pigmented ones.

If you have any additional hair care questions, leave them in the comment section!

Enjoy some snaps we were able to take of the makeover process!

 

 

Earth Conscious Fashion with ModerNation

One of our favorite things about doing what we do is being able to connect with other local creatives and hear about their story. Most recently we had the pleasure of working with ModerNation, an online marketplace for curated vintage and upcycled apparel for earth conscious shoppers.

ModerNation’s designers are all about sustainable solutions and we absolutely love their ability to create upcycled eco-friendly pieces with a contemporary vibe! All their apparel is made using deadstock, unique vintage, and sustainable materials thus usually making their pieces one-of- a-kind.

Check out some of the amazing pieces below that Meg got to shoot for ModerNation and be sure to check out more here!

Designs by Monica Romero

Styled by Dawn Oakes

Hair by Rochelle Sunglao/Bluxom Salon

Photography by Jessy Parr

Seeing Summer Better With Warby Parker

Apparel isn't the only thing that needs updating this summer! Accessories, especially the ones that help you see these trends in the first place, need some attention too this season! We found some of our favorite eyewear styles from Warby Parker. From chic to sleek, you name it, you can find tons of great styles. Even better, you can try them on at home to help you decide on that perfect pair!

Fem-Chic with Dickies Girl

Staying comfy in style, that's what comes to mind when we think about some of the latest Dickies Girl apparel. We love the new modern looks that keeps you feeling stylish while staying true to that Dickies comfort and charm!