AJ Runs On Dunkin'

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Last month, we packed all of our worldly belongings into an 8'x12' Pod and officially moved from the 'burbs to a condo Downtown Little Rock. It's been a crazy transition - from driving less, walking more, and re-learning how to walk the dog, we are adjusting to condo life quite nicely.

One thing I have not quite adjusted to, of course, is my morning drink stop routine. I was in a pretty steady habit of dropping by Dunkin' Donuts® for an iced coffee several days a week on my way to work. Now that I just walk a few blocks, that's no longer an option.  Enter: Dunkin' at Kum & Go®! Iced coffee is a perfect summer morning treat, and Dunkin' Donuts has the best, so I had my husband drop by Kum & Go® to stock up on a few bottles for us to keep at home!

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So, here's the deal. I stock my fridge with Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee, then I put it over ice in a to-go cup to give myself the full drive-thru treatment. I also usually add a little cinnamon just for some zest. It's tasty, it's cute, and I swear I type faster after I've had a few sips. If you've ever wondered how I do it all - the answer is caffeine. Lots and lots of caffeine.

You can pick it up from any Kum & Go® in one of four flavors - Mocha, Original, French Vanilla, and Espresso. They're all great, and all super easy to pour over ice in your own kitchen and take on-the-go. BB's favorite is Mocha, and I'm partial to Original.

Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee ALSO makes a great little gift for your coffee-obsessed co-workers! You can drop by the dollar store and pick up a cup, some little bags, and a bow to put together an adorable gift for promotions, anniversaries, birthdays, or just for fun.

And just for good measure, here's one of me hamming it up for the camera. Is this what it's like to be a full time blogger? 

Kum & Go® clearly understands caffeine addiction, as they have an entire coffee SECTION in their cold drinks. You can find it chilling (literally) there, and we saw some by the register in a cooler too.

If you're a frequent Kum & Go® shopper, make sure you join their rewards program!

Y'all know I love a convenience store.

Curly Girl Tips :: How I restyle my curly hair

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I love my curly hair. I watched all of Sex and the City in my early 20s, and seeing Carrie Bradshaw's beautiful curls inspired me to embrace my natural texture and learn how to properly fix curls. It has CHANGED my summers - so much easier to wash and go! The thing is, I tend to blow out my hair, straighten it and re-curl it more often than I wear it curly just because it's easy to restyle the next day.

But this year - that changed. I finally have figured out how to restyle my curly hair, and I'm going to share my best tips and tricks with you.

Step One: Wash. Condition. CONDITION SOME MORE.

Obviously. l picked up Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Ultimate Repair Shampoo, Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Ultimate Repair Conditioner, and Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Ultimate Repair Anti-Damage Mask for this post - their main focus is making damaged hair look fabulous. I'm HARD on my hair. Between the bleaching, the heat styling, and the endless ponytails and aggressive brushing, I need all the damage control I can get. I try not to wash my hair too often, so I do a hair mask every time I do to restore all of the moisture I can get.

Step Two: Air hair, don't care.

I have two ways I let my hair dry naturally - if I want Carrie Bradshaw curls, I don't comb through it and try to touch it as little as possible until it dries fully (then I shake it allllll out). If I want looser, beachy waves, I comb through after I get out of the shower.

Step Three: Pineapple Head.

This is the MOST critical step in the restyling process. I use a stretchy little band to scoop all of my head on top of my head. It keeps the curls from getting smashed down by my enormous head, but it's nice and stretchy so it doesn't pull my hair and break it while I sleep. The Gliss helps with that too - it's all Keratin infused to restructure hair and make it up to 90% stronger. Bonus!

Step Four: The restyle

Grab a tapered wand and touch up that top layer! Any pieces that are frizzy or have fallen flat get a couple of seconds with my wand to make them springy again. I usually only have to do this on the second day - these curls stay in tact a little better than my natural ones. I took a selfie every day after washing my hair and wearing it curly so I could show you the progression of my hair each day.

Let's just ignore the fact that I let this hair go to day 5 and 6 - don't worry I still shower if I'm not washing my hair - because this was a weird week and those days I just could not be bothered. The first day is my natural curls, freshly washed and air dried. Day two is after I restyled using my wand. They actually held up incredibly well to day three - then on day four, you can see they've relaxed a bit because I forgot to put it up. When I wake up in the morning, I take out my pineapple hair, put my hands in it up by my scalp, and flip my head over to shake them out. The more body, the better!

If you're sold on the Gliss and want to check out the Ultimate Repair Line, I grabbed mine at Walmart in the shampoo aisle. You can save $5.00 off TWO (2) Schwarzkopf® GLISS™ Shampoo or Conditioner or Treatment with this coupon! All of the elements of Gliss™Hair Repair are meant to work as a little team within their lines - they also have lines for color and moisture!

Curly girls, where you at? Let me know how you restyle your hair and keep it fresh!

The Non-CommitTal Girl's Guide to Blinging Your Closet

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I really admire those DIY people who can make something amazing out of random stuff around their house.

I am not that type of girl.

I love a good DIY, of course; I've been making my own graphic tees since middle school using sponge letters and cheap craft paints. But I think we can all agree that after the materials, patience and effort, sometimes you just end up ruining stuff.

So the idea of today's blog post? We're gonna use Scotch Essentials to jazz some stuff up without completely ruining it. I'm a big stud fan, and thanks to Valentino these shiny little rockstars aren't going anywhere. So I grabbed Scotch™ Essentials Hem Bonding Strips - they were the exact size I needed for this bag -  and set out to stud this boring clutch.

What You'll Need:

  • Clutch or Bag to be studded
  • Studs (I got mine at a craft store)
  • Scotch™ Essentials Hem Bonding Strips or Wardrobe Tape

Step One: Decide on a pattern.

I didn't want to completely knock off the original, so I decided I wanted to make one large studded stripe down the middle. I determined how wide I wanted the whole strip to be and laid out my tape on the clutch.

Step Two: Stud it!

I didn't want the tape to show through, so I made sure the studs were nice and cozy on the tape as I tacked them on.

Step Three: Yeah, that's it, you're done.

What WAS just a plain black purse now had the jazzy exterior of a far more rocker-chic piece. Where's my easy button, because THAT is a DIY I can get behind.

 

Step Four: Stick other things to things.

The possibilities for temporary embellishment are endless with these products! Here are a few ideas:

  • Tack colorful patches to a denim jacket
  • Customize t-shirts with cloth or embroidered letters
  • Rhinestone the heck out of your makeup bag
  • Add studs to the collar of a blazer
  • Bling out a bootie with a chunky heel

Scotch™ Essentials isn't just for wardrobe DIYs, though. They've got little multi-purpose stickies, a sweater pill remover, even an eraser to get rid of deodorant marks. The whole collection is a girl-on-the-go's dream! I've used the Hem Bonding Strips for fixing a loose hem, to keep the buttons on my shirt from popping open, and to make a wrap dress a little more modest. Check out the full collection here, and drop by your local Walmart to find it!