TUTORIAL: Effortless Beachy Waves




So, after receiving so many emails and comments asking how I achieve and maintain my curls, I decided to make a new tutorial to show you how I do it! In the video, I’ll explain the products I use and how I achieve my look (as well as a few goofy faces!) For quick product reference, I use Tresemme #1 Mousse in #4 hold (I use a generous amount when my hair is wet!), Tresemme Smooth & Silky Shine Spray (on wet hair!), and Dove Dry Shampoo! I absolutely do not use hair spray! My hair is already so heavy and so flat and straight that hair spray at any hold will weigh it down.

I’m looking forward to making so many more tutorials including one for how I do my own brows at home and a few more hairstyle tutorials! If there are any particular ones you liked, feel free to leave me a comment and let me know! Also, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at secretivestyleblog@gmail.com or comment below the video on youtube.

You can view the video, here.

Beauty: Blonde Maintenance








It’s no secret that I’ve been highlighting my hair since I was 16. My natural hair color is more of a dark, dirty blonde and I prefer, at times, an almost white blonde look for my skin tone. I’ve tried to venture out and dye my hair brown but it’s just not for me. When I first began highlighting my hair, I only had to have it retouched every 5 months or so. Now, I notice my roots around month 2! And, since I use more product these days and wash my hair way too often, I’ve found it becoming less and less shiny and bright. To combat my problems, I’ve learned a few things from a few different hairdressers over the years.

 The number 1 rule I wish someone would have told me was that I don’t need to wash my hair every single day! This has been something I’ve done my entire life – in high school, I’d wash it TWICE..sometimes three times a day (once for school, then for work, then when I got home from work!) It was a bit much but since I didn’t use a ton of heat on my hair, I thought it was no big deal. With so many chemicals in your water at home, your hair can become dry and brittle. It loses the vibrant color you paid so much money to achieve while actually damaging the entire look. I’ve cut back to atleast every other day if I can make it. To aid me in the process, I use Dove Dry Shampoo which actually smells so refreshing and works so well! It even helps hide a bit of roots if you’re as blonde as I am and it’s the best one I’ve found so far. I love to use it for extra volume as well!

Another no no is not paying attention to the type of shampoo you’re using when you have highlighted or colored hair. Before, I’d use whatever I had – Dove, Tresemme, Paul Mitchell..I thought nothing of it. If it smelled good, I used it. BUT, once again, no one told me that I should be using a brightening and brass eliminating shampoo atleast twice a week and to make sure I did deep conditioning treatments.  I’m literally OBSESSED with  Shimmer Lights (found at your local drugstore) and L’Oreal BLONDE Shade Lightening Treatment! Now that I do use styling tools almost daily, I find my hair drying out and breaking a lot easier. I’m telling you, having a baby will do strange things to your hair! I thought I’d have luxurious locks but turns out they’re way more high maintenance than before.

Lastly, if you are using styling tools, make sure you’re getting your hair trimmed regularly and using a really good heat protection spray! I highly recommend Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protection Spray because it works great and still under $5!

And, for those of you who have asked, I get a partial highlight and leave the natural hair color underneath. I’ve done both full and partial but I’ve found my hair feels healthier and looks more natural when I go with the partial (and I save a bit of money!) I’ll posting quite a few requested youtube videos with hair tutorials that have been requested soon – this weather has been so gloomy and gross and I haven’t had a chance but stay tuned!

Thanks for reading!

Bohemian Flair



Dress: boutique find (love this one!) | Hat: Lulu’s  | Shoes: Mad About Heels (also obsessed with this pair!)

Oh my gosh I love this dress SO much! I wore it in Los Angeles a few months ago in the Fashion District and got soo many compliments! It definitely makes you feel good when you’re wearing something that makes people stop and want to ask for details on it. 

I don’t know what’s happened to me but I am loving everything off the shoulder for spring. I feel like it’s so flattering and so feminine and I just can’t get enough. I seriously feel my best in it! Add crochet bell sleeves and I’m all in! 

What piece makes you feel your best? I’d love to know!