Classic Style

fashion

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If you’ve been following me lately you may have noticed a few features of vintage jewelry from Havana’s Heydey. I discovered this vintage shop through Instagram so make sure and check her out @havanasheydey. She’s from the Pittsburgh area and has an inspiring story. The classic hoops I am wearing in this photo are from her shop.

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I love a classic black and white look. Nothing says classic more than that. So here I am wearing this beautiful textural bordered skirt from Talbots with my silly little gal, Harper wearing a fun dress from H&M.  I wore this first look during our weekend trip to Geneva-on-the-Lake with some of our dearest friends. It was really hot so I figured why not pair it with a homemade crop-top. I used one of my tee shirts and shortened it by cutting it to the length I preferred and created a hem to make it a crop. Super simple.

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Today I wore my skirt with a miniature heart printed button-down top. This length of skirt is not typical for me. I usually like my skirts slightly above the knee but I adore the length of this skirt. Very classic and elegant. It just goes to show, don’t disregard something at first sight because you might love it on.

Also, in the first image you can see my gold necklace, which if you couldn’t tell is the map of the world laid flat ❤️ This was a surprise gift from one of my sisters, Beth. She saw a board of mine on Pinterest labeled, “I Want This” and surprised me with the necklace in the mail. What a sweet sister 😘.

So tell me, what style are you looking forward to trying this upcoming summer?

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Monat-Not Just an Artist👩‍🎤

Journey

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Greetings from your faithful dreamer. I’m here to share with you my personal review of the Monat haircare system. Please note: I am not selling this product, just sharing my experience. I first heard about this brand last year from a friend and was intrigued by it but never got around to ordering any. I mean who doesn’t want thicker, fuller and bouncier hair?🤔

I follow this one gal named, Chelsea Kinzinger on instagram (@chelseakinzinger) that re-introduced me to this product. She asked me for a personal testimony if she were to give me some product to try out. I agreed since it was a product I was curious about and now, here’s my story. If you like what I have to say you should hit her up on insta! Please know that I am not a haircare expert and I know everyone’s experience will not be the same as mine. You should always use a new product carefully because everyone’s body chemistry is different.

The image above is the shampoo and conditioner that I have been using. I have very fine hair and it gets easily tangled on a daily basis. With that being said I am careful when using these two products because it seems that after I use the shampoo (which tingles on the scalp a little, which I am assuming is what helps stimulate the scalp for new growth)  that it gets very tangled. When I use the conditioner  it helps, but I am careful when combing it through with my fingers because my hair can be fragile during that process.

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Once I have completed the shampoo and conditioner I get to use this miracle worker😁 I love the blow out cream. It smoothes out my hair and helps make it easier to comb through and protects my hair from all the heat I apply to it.

Next I apply the split-end mender to my hair and then spray the root lifter to my roots. Both of these are great additions because they help with my trouble areas as well. I color my hair and am always needing more volume since it’s so fine. I’m also terrible when it comes to keeping up with hair trims too 😬🤦🏼‍♀️ so the split-end mender is a necessity.

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Now my absolute favorite product that I can’t live without. I’ve tried a lot of dry shampoos and this one is by far my favorite. The scent is light and I don’t have to use a lot of it. This product helps me go at least two days without having to wash my hair. When I am not using this hair care system I’m lucky to get away with skipping one hair wash. I had a favorite dry shampoo that I used previously but it always felt like I went through the can much faster than this one. I’ve had this can for about 7 weeks and I use it often.

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Now these last two products I need to use more often before I give a fair review on them. But when I have used them I apply them before I go to bed to give it what I call and “overnight therapy.” I apply it when I know I will be washing my hair the next morning. So for now, stay tuned because I am going to start using this more consistently.

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Here are three images of my hair after I blow-dry it. This was over a 6 week period and I took a picture every other week. I actually wish I would’ve had my hair trimmed before this process because I was in need of one before I started this journey. My images may not show the benefits I’ve had using this product yet but I can tell you my hair feels SOOO good and much healthier. The biggest thing I notice is how soft and smoothe my hair feels. The other thing I love is how my hair looks and feels when I curl or straighten it now. It feels thicker and fuller.

So far I’m really enjoying this system and would recommend a lot of the products to friends. I would recommend chatting with a Monat consultant with any questions you might have. Before I started this process I had heard very mixed reviews about the product but I spoke with others about any questions or concerns I had. Just remember, like I stated earlier everyone’s body chemistry is different when it comes to using new products. Ask the experts when it comes to questions about anything product-related.

Below is Chelsea’s contact information and website so you can peruse what other products are available.

chelseakinzinger@gmail.com

chelseakinzinger.mymonat.com

Hope my review helps!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney