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

📷: @photomementos

💇: @hairbykristinamarie

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!

 

 

Justice for Casper

We wish we were introducing you all to our newest pet, Casper under better circumstances. Unfortunately we were only able to enjoy his rambunctious spirit for less than 3 weeks. In the end, we found out we were pretty much given a sick puppy. He lost his fight (and boy did he fight) against distemper, a disease that's more often than not, fatal. In memoriam of Casper, and to raise awareness to those that think all rescues run their organization ethically, we want you all to think twice.

It all started when I (Melanie), started to get puppy fever. My husband and I already own a 5 year old Throwback Pomeranian, and we thought it would be great for him to have another companion around. My husband ended up finding an adoption listing for adorable Pomeranian mix puppies, one pup in particular stood out to us, he went by the name, Peter.

Without hesitating I filled out the application, which had many questions that I joked to Meg that I felt like I was in the process of adopting a kid and not a dog! But I let it go thinking they're at least being thorough and want the best for these animals. To my surprise I got a call the very next morning from Alondra, the founder of the rescue, A.R.W.O.B., Animal Rescuers Without Borders. I was approved to adopt and we discussed the next steps to move forward. I'd have to go to a meet and greet happening later that day and bring all necessary documents to finalize the adoption process, along with $350 for the adoption fee. Part of the finalization of the adoption also required a visit to your home so they can see if your place is fit to house these pets. If you want that waived you needed to bring in photos. I scrambled to take photos of our place before heading over.

Elated, I told my husband the news and he met up with me at a local Petsmart where the meet and greet was to take place. Alondra ended up being more than 15 mins late, but we didn't think anything of it as we were shopping around the store getting ideas on what to get the new pup. When she does arrive, she arrives out of breath and mentions how she had to chase them all to get them over there. Still not alarmed, although my husband was taken aback that all the puppies were stuffed into one kennel. Alondra then stated how she was surprised they didn't have an accident in the kennel...I have no expertise on how to properly transport foster pups around, but thinking about it now makes me think of how unsanitary that would have been if they did have an accident. But of course at the time all I could think was, "PUPPIES! I wanna see Peter!" When she did hand him to me, we were instantly sold, we wanted this little guy in our lives!

So now we we're left with broken hearts and a number of vet bills. And let me say the staff at Banfield in Poway, CA were amazing. I've read stories where people couldn't afford treatment for their pets so they asked for cheaper options. This particular staff, and mainly Dr. Kat Fedorka, tried to keep the costs down as much as possible for me, without me even asking.

She also mentioned that she believes we were given a sick puppy to begin with. Distemper has an incubation period of about 1-3 weeks, and although the order of when symptoms that show can vary, usually gastrointestinal issues are the first to pop up. Lo and behold, Casper's first issue was loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea.

Okay, so maybe they had no way of knowing about the distemper either. But that still doesn't stop us from questioning the conditions in which these puppies came from while in their care. Casper came to us dirty, infested with fleas and worms and is shortly diagnosed with Parvo! Even the vet told us that the rescue needs to know everything that's happened because clearly whatever they're doing isn't working, and that Casper should have been dewormed from the start. She also mentioned that the right thing for them to do is to reimburse us for ALL of Casper's medical fees.

Before you think that we're overly emotional at this point and just want our money back, I was weary at first about asking for anything, telling my husband that we did sign a contract after all that had a non-refundable adoption fee. But after talking it over among ourselves and with other people, we came to the conclusion that it is only fair that they give a little something in return. 

After we gave Alondra the persmission to euthanize Casper, I handed the phone over to my husband who proceeded to ask about whether or not we would be getting any kind of reimbursement, not only for our trouble but because we were given a sick puppy. (Another thing to note, when Alondra was assessing Casper's situation, she told me that she now would have to contact the rest of the owners that adopted Casper's siblings to let them know, because if he has it, they have it too. Acknowledging the fact that he was already sick before we got him.) He said she began to get snarky with him by saying, "well, you can come here and pick him up yourself and euthanize him for $150", and then tried to reiterate that we signed a contract, and gave an analogy that they couldn't reimburse everyone cause then they'd get people coming to them 10 years down the road saying their dog has cancer. My husband quickly shut down that analogy saying that's completely different, that's congenital. What Casper had was a virus that was incubating in him (and may have been prevented depending on how they cared for him and his siblings) before we adopted him. But she continued to say that money isn't her worry right now, it's Casper's well-being, but if we wanted we could email her our case and she would forward it to the board.

If you still think we're a couple of dog owners that just got too attached to their sick pup and should move on, I get it, I had those thoughts too. Until we looked up reviews on the rescue. I suddenly felt justified with my reservations towards A.R.W.O.B. There are quite a bit of negative reviews for the organization, and more specifically, towards Alondra. You can read all the reviews here.

After reading these reviews, I was slowly feeling more justified with how I felt about this whole situation. And just so you know, we did email the organization about our case (it's been 4 days and we still haven't heard from them). But looking at the reviews about Alondra's past actions, I don't think we'll be hearing from them anytime soon. We have doubts because Alondra said she would forward our case to the board...we found out, she IS the board! She IS the A.R.W.O.B. organization. It also sounds like she takes on more than she can handle. Now I'm not saying that I have doubts whether or not this organization does any good, I'm sure they've successfully connected pets in need with their forever homes. But a few good adoption processes doesn't allow you to slip and drop the ball all other times.

I don't want to hear that they're a small organization ran by volunteers, who I'm sure are trying to do good as well. But if you can't handle the workload you're given, don't take on more work! It's like all those cliches, don't bite off more than you can chew, or else you're spread yourself too thin. If you really want to do well by the animals and the owners, you need to make sure you can do what you set out to do right, not right half the time or sometimes, it has to be ALL the time!

In addition, a true non-profit organization needs to run mostly on donations, not from adoption fees. Which by the way, according to another yelp review, A.R.W.O.B. hiked up the price for one pup because he was "popular". I don't know about you, but that sounds more like a money-making scheme than a non-profit organization trying to find a home for the pup.

And this is the problem with a lot of rescues nowadays. You get scoffed at for trying to buy a pet rather than adopt, however there are laws in place, such as the lemon law in California if you buy from a breeder. But no regulations on rescues because they're technically "non-profit". So what happens when you come across said organization that isn't running ethically? Who suffers the consequences? Apparently in our case, we're the only ones suffering, from the loss of a pup and piled vet bills. There are just so many things wrong with the way A.R.W.O.B. operates, such as the 48 hour rule, that is in no way enough time for a disease like distemper to show up. Casper's health records being in Spanish concerns me because this means he was vaccinated in Mexico. This means they either took him there for vaccinations (it would most likely be cheaper there), or, he's from Mexico and they imported him and his siblings to the U.S., and considering their age, that would go against the US Department of Agriculture regulations.

At this point, we've pretty much accepted the fact that we aren't getting anything back from the organization. But we're not going to sit here and keep quiet. We want to spread awareness to others, and be on the lookout for unreputable rescues that prey on potential pet parents who really do want to open up their home to these animals in need. It's a shame that Casper's fight to stay alive is what opened our eyes to unethical rescues, we hope you never have to go through what we did.

We planned to take Spring photos of our boys in their new spiffy outfits once Casper got better. Sadly, that will never happen, he didn't get the chance to do many things. But we hope his spirit is alive and well, continuing to chew on everything he sees and forever making his funny "cat cries". We just want justice for Casper, please spread the awareness about unreputable organizations/rescues.

Easter Treats With Fatty Sundays

Spring is in the air! For us that means Easter desserts & treats! If you're like us, busy little bees, and can barely find time to even make it to the grocery store, then you'll like this easy-peasy creation.

First off, you can get these fun and yummy chocolate covered pretzels from Fatty Sundays online! They have so many different varieties, we chose the Spring inspired colors of course!

We wanted to create a dessert that complimented the pretzels and ice cream was the obvious choice! Since we couldn't make it out to the grocery store, we used one of Amazon's nifty services called, Prime Now. If you're not familiar with this service, you can basically get groceries delivered to you from select local stores if you have an Amazon Prime membership. We picked up some colorful ice cream cones and ice cream to complete our Easter treat. Prime Now has a minimum order of $20, so we filled the rest of our cart with random grocery items that we needed.

Creating the dessert was the easiest part, just scoop up some ice cream and stick a pretzel in it and voila! You're done! A simple but really delicious treat that's perfect to serve at parties!

Springtime Savings

We're feeling the springtime blues, but in a good way! We've created a fun blue inspired outfit with pieces from our own jewelry line as well as sale items you can find by hovering over the pieces below. Spoiler alert: the dress and shoes are under $20!

As with any sale items, shop now before they're gone! Or else you might end up like this.....

B&W Valentine's Day Vibes

This Valentine's Day we felt like switching it up. We ditched the red outfits and went for a more monochromatic and darker romantic look 💖

Trending with Beautycon

We recently stumbled upon a great subscription service called, BeautyconEach box contains over $100+ worth of goodies & we were amazed with just how much was inside. We can't wait to see what's included in next season's box! Sign up now & get $5 off with the coupon code: ardentreverie 💗

Ankit Faves

Lately we've been obsessing over all the fun goodies from Ankit. There are just so many amazing pieces, we want to tell you about them all. Luckily, we were able to narrow it down to our top faves and must haves!


Valentine's Day Essentials

We found some of the most perfect Valentine's Day treats, first being Arctic Zero ice cream. We have Valentine's Day desserts on our mind! But we didn't want to go overboard on the fat and calories. Luckily we found the perfect guilt-free ice cream and made heart shaped ice cream cookie sandwiches! 💗 🍦Arctic Zero is not only delicious with just the right amount of sweetness, it's also fat, nut, gluten, lactose and GMO free! Not to mention it's low glycemic, kosher and vegetarian approved. What we love the most is that guilt-free tastes amazing! So go on, make healthy desserts for Valentine's Day, or any day for that matter ❤

The other sweet treat, or scent rather, is Hanae Mori Parfums. We love this fragrance. It's the perfect balance of a fresh and light floral scent. Because who doesn't love flowers anyway? 🌹