Hair Tutorial: Everyday Curls

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is how I curl my hair, if you can believe it! I thought I'd give you a little video tutorial of how I do this-- hopefully it helps. Just to preface, I have pretty thick hair, with a bit of natural waive, which I try to blow dry out when I'm drying it. 

Before I blow it dry, I use: Aveda's Smooth Infusion, making sure to run it through my entire head of hair (but trying to avoid the top, where it might get greasy) then Surface's Bassu Oil, which is one of my favorite hair products EVER! Also makes great shoulder massage oil. I run this through only the ends of my hair, before and a little after blow drying.

Once it's all dry, this is how I curl it! The most important thing to note is how I unwrap my hair when I release the curl. I twist it around itself as I release to give it more of a curl. The other important note is that I hold the curl in my hand for a few seconds to let it cool and "set". Finally, I don't run my hands through my curls until after I it's all had a chance to cool.

After I run my fingers through it, I finish it off with a touch of hairspray. I'm using DryBar's right now and really liking it. Also, I can usually go 3 days without washing my hair. I had to train my hair to do that-- it used to be only 2 days. But the longer you go without washing, the more your hair learns to control its' oils. Funny how that works! On the second day, I recurl it if I need it and then on day 3, I usually do a ponytail or half up / half down.

This is just the way I do my hair, certainly not right or the only way ;) Let me know if you have any questions!


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Saturated Pink & Magenta Wedding Inspiration

You might have seen some sneak peeks of this photo shoot we designed for The Bloom Workshop last year in Chicago over on my Instagram last week, but I had to share the whole thing here since it's just so gorgeous! And perfect for the month of February ;)

At each Bloom Bash workshop, Ashley and I design and style a stunning inspiration shoot for our attendees to practice photographing and styling themselves, to then add to their portfolios. This was our first ever all-indoors venue / shoot, so we were nervous about it. But thankfully, the light poured in these tall windows and gave us some pretty gorgeous photos! We were so honored to have it featured on Inspired By This last week. Hope you enjoy it, and if you're a bride-to-be, maybe you can take some inspiration from it for your big day. I'm in love with this bold and saturated color palette!

Speaking of that, I'd love to run a wedding series this year for those of you planning you wedding! Hit me with your questions in the comments or drop me an email :)

Florals: Fleur
Invitation Suite: Molly Jacques 
Wedding Dress: BHLDN 
Rings: Suzie Saltzman 
Suit: The Black Tux 
Goblet & Cake Stand Rentals: Nimble Well 
Furniture & Plates: Chicago Vintage Weddings 
Cake: Root Cakes 
Hair & Makeup: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists 
Event Concept + Design: Michaela Noelle Designs & Ashley Slater Photography of The Bloom Workshop

If you want to learn how to style and execute a styled shoot, learn how to take beautiful pictures, or hone your styling abilities, we'd love to meet you at one of our 2018 Workshops!

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Winter Blues, But What We're Looking Forward To...

When people ask me how long I've lived in Michigan, my answer goes like this:

"This is my fourth winter."

Because winter's are the most memorable, that's how I remember it ;) And by memorable, I actually mean really, really tough. After my first winter here, I was honestly contemplating going back to California. It was brutal. I don't think they get easier with each year, but I do know what to expect. I was just not made for these temperatures, guys. The fact that I have Raynaud's disease (a condition where areas of the body feel numb and cool in certain circumstances, due to the cold and poor circulation) does not help! 

I have to daily remind myself that Spring is a promise! It's coming, sure as the sun will rise, even if it seems like this snow will never end ;)

So because it's so cold, something a lot of people do here is take a trip to Florida, or somewhere warmer in these cold months. I usually go back to California for a week or so to see my family and soak up some sun. But this year we're doing something I'm SO looking forward to! My husband and I are going to Kauai with my parents in April! To say I'm excited is an understatement. I'm so ready to see the sun and have it actually be warm and maybe even get a tan ;) Ha! 

We went to Maui on our honeymoon and it was literally the best week of our lives. My parents' favorite island is Kauai and they have been many times, so it's going to be really fun to go with them and have them show us all their favorite, beautiful spots.

Living across the country from my family is pretty challenging. My husband's family lives here in Michigan and my parent's live in Northern California, so I often feel like no matter where we end up, we will always be disappointing one side of our family. That's the tension inside my heart, so I'm really trying to remind myself that God will make it clear to us as husband and wife, where we are supposed to live and when. For now, it's here in Michigan. 

The bright side of this is that we get make memories with my family in different ways, like taking vacations and experiencing some fun spots when we visit California. In December we went to Disneyland together, we've gone to Tahoe together, enjoyed day trips to Carmel (the city we were married in) and lots of other adventures. Even though we live across the country, we still want to make an effort to show that we value my family and time spent with them (because we really do!!)

This was the sunset on our first night in Maui for our honeymoon in 2016. I'm dreaming of the gorgeous sunsets to come :)

All of this to say, I'm sooo cold, I miss my fam, and we're counting down the days until Kauai! I love the ocean and the way it causes me to pause, reflect and feel God's power in a big way. 

If you've been to Kauai, let me know your favorite spots and restaurants. I'd love to learn some new spots!

Here's to hittin' the gym in preparation of this trip...ha!

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Lake House Client Progress

If you follow me on Instagram then you might know I'm working with a client on the design of his brand new lake house. I'm here today with some serious progress shots! I can't wait to show you the fully completed home in about 2 weeks. It's a smaller home, but comes with amazing views of the lake in all the most important rooms. 
Here's the front door and entry way, which has these built-ins we designed to double as a bench to put your shoes on when you come in and storage. Doors will be put on the taller cabinet part of the built ins. There will also be hooks put on the top piece of the board and batten / shiplap detail for coats.

The entry hall leads right into the kitchen, which is where I'm standing taking this next photo looking into the dining and living room. Through those windows is the lake view and it's gorgeous! The opening to the far left is the master bedroom.

Since it's a lake house, we wanted to infuse a couple very subtle coastal, yet still traditional elements like the shiplap ceiling in the family room and the beautiful stone fireplace with the rustic beam mantel accent. Below you'll see the shelves, which will have doors installed on the bottom half. I'm so excited to get my hands on styling these shelves. I'll probably do an instagram story in a couple of weeks while I'm out hunting for the accessories. 

This is the view standing in the family room, looking back towards the dining and kitchen. 

Here's the pretty white kitchen. Since taking these, the hardware has been installed, backsplash went in and spindles have been put on the staircase, which all look so good.

This is one of the accent walls we incorporated into the design here in the master bedroom. The headboard will sit on this wall and provide a lot of contrast, since the headboard is darker. We'll be getting solar shades installed (which will be on a remote control!) and then nice curtains as an accent over that.

Here's a peak at the master bathroom. The cabinets have a gray / brown finish which is really cool, but this photo is so yellow you really can't tell! The temporary lighting they have in there during these pictures was pretty bad ;)

This is the basement rec room. It'll have a TV on the back wall with some sofas and then the kitchenette is right there incase they want to have food and drinks down here.

On the other side of the basement is the opening (which will have double doors) into the office. 

I love this board and batten trim work we did. It's simple, but adds height to the room and some dimension, too! We're going to lean some art work up on that ledge.

There's a whole upstairs with kids' bedrooms as well, but they all look the same right now. Here is the upper bathroom. A cool floor + a darker quartz countertop to bring out the gray tones is what we went with. 
Incase you're interested, paint colors are Anew Gray (SW), Collingwood (BM), and Functional Gray (SW)

You'll have to come back in about 2 weeks to see the finished home, before furniture gets loaded in! I can't wait to get it photographed. It's so fun to see everything come together that we picked out MONTHS ago.

Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

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