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I’ve always been someone who has had pretty low maintenance hair. With the exception of balayage highlight touch ups and trims a few times a year, paired with hair that can go a good 5 days without washing, I consider myself lucky!
Because my natural hair is more on the fine side, I have played with the idea of extensions in the past for some additional volume. Clip ins were the extent of my trials until Hair by Lauren Burnside approached me about giving NBR Extensions a try. After much conversation and research to make sure I was informed, I decided to take the plunge.
Let me tell you. Best. Decision. Ever!
Here’s why: It has significantly decreased the time it takes me to get ready in the morning and has made my natural hair healthier (less heat, less product) and grow longer.
Today I’m giving you the inside scoop and answering your questions on all things extensions!
Natural Beaded Rows™ Hair Extensions are an exclusive hair extension method created by Danielle K. White of DKW Styling. The hair extensions are placed in rows in the hair by creating a “track” with an exclusive bead and string technique. Wefts are then placed on the track and sewn in. The extensions are then cut and blended to create a natural and beautiful look!
As opposed to other extension methods, NBR offers:
Hair by Lauren Burnside – Lauren is an independent contractor who does all of her booking. To book a consultation for extensions, fill out the NBR survey (visit the link in her Instagram bio) as it answers many questions to help with the process.
You can also book color, cut and styling services through Lauren as well!
NBR is a bead and thread method – a track is made and handtied wefts are placed over the track and stitched to the track. While the process of initial installation takes 2-3 hours, it is well worth is my friend! This includes:
Hair can be purchased in 18” to 22” but Lauren will take care of this for you! Absolutely! Anyone can be a candidate for extensions – short hair, long hair, thin, thick, it’s more a matter of what your hair goals are and what you’re looking to achieve with extensions.
Not at all! In order to ensure the perfect blend, my hair was colored in a certain way so that no matter what, the blend is seamless. My goal was to walk out feeling like I still had my natural hair look/feel, just elevated a bit! (Goal accomplished!)
Specifically on my hair, I received a combination of low lights, babylights and teased foilyage to create a natural blend. I had some areas that needed blending in general and her underneath was all dark/one color and needed to be broken up. Lauren finished with a toner to seal the cuticle after lightening. (No filter photo below.)
Most first time clients can expect to pay around $1,000-$2,200+ and this is based on desired length and number of rows needed for the best results. This is of course different for everyone and dependent on multiple factors which is why an initial pre-consultation is so important so you can feel informed going into your first visit.
For specific pricing questions, contact Laurn Burnside
Follow up appointments are needed about every 6-8 weeks for lifting, depending on your hair. Costs vary for each appointment.
With proper care and maintenance, not at all!
The question of whether or not your natural hair can get damaged seems to be a common conversation around extensions. Before learning more about the NBR method, I also had my concerns. However! From my experience, if you make your hair a priority and treat it with proper care (just like you would with your skin, exercising, your diet, etc.) it will actually help your natural hair grow!
Yes! Brushing is extremely important when having extensions to ensure the hair doesn’t get tangled or matted.
I try to take a good 5 minutes each night before going to bed to really brush through my hair (starting at the ends and working up) and generally sleep in a loose bun or braid.
I have not experienced any down sides in terms of styling with my extensions – in fact I can now do more with having more hair!
A good shampoo and conditioner, daily use of hair oil and a good hairbrush!
Here’s a few of my favorites below:
It’s recommended to shampoo no more than 2-3 per week. Personally, I can go a full week to 10 days in between washes. However! That doesn’t mean neglecting the hair in-between that time. I apply hair oil each day and take time to brush to ensure it gets evenly distributed throughout the extensions.
Here’s a quick run down of my routine for you!
On hair washing day:
This is a common question and yes, you can swim and do activities with extensions. It’s recommended to wear in a loose braid or ponytail.
It’s suggested that new hair is put in about every 4-6 months. In some cases hair can last up to 8 months. This is different for everyone and dependent upon
If your question wasn’t answered above, be sure to leave a comment below or send me a DM – I’d be happy to chat further with you!
A frequently asked question I receive from all of you is what tanning products I use and how I achieve my tan on a regular basis. Today I’m sharing just that!
Everyone feels a little bit more confident with a bronzed glow, am I right?! I thought as we’re starting to head into the winter months, what better time to share, because these products can be used all year round!
Keep reading for insight on my tanning routine, favorite products and some tips and tricks!
When it comes to self tanning at home, I’ve tried several of the most popular products and found these to work best for my skin. Things I look for are, application, smell, natural color and longevity.
To prep the skin, I shower, exfoliate (my current favorite is the Raw Sugar Coconut and Mango Body Scrub) and begin with clean, dry skin.
As a lotion formula, Tanceuticals Color Correct Lotion in Dark applies even to the skin and produces a nice natural color (no orange tints!). The coconut scent eliminates the self tanner smell which is one of my favorite things about this product! Also, the Tanceuticals line is vegan-friendly and doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients so it’s a win win for your skin.
Get 10% off any Tanceuticals purchase with code RALEIGH10
I’ve also found the Loving Tan 2 Hours Express Mousse is great if you are short on time. St. Tropez’s Classic Bronzing Mousse is another good option but in my opinion, it has a bit more of a tanning smell to it.
When it comes to tanning my face I use the Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops in Medium and Dark depending on my tan at the moment. It’s super simple! Just mix a few drops with your moisturizer and massage in with your hands. (Make sure you wash them after!) You can adjust the intensity by how many drops are used – I generally stick to about 3. This bottle is great to travel with as well.
Isle of Paradise also has a Self Tanning Water which works great for your body with the easy spray applicator. I always make sure to blend in with a mitt after to decrease any potential streaking.
Quick Fact: These two products are on the Clean at Sephora list if that’s something you keep top of mind for your products.
For a deeper color, I use the Tanceuticals Color Correcting Face Lotion and apply with my hands or a face brush, separate from the one I use for my body.
I’ve found that both of these products work well and provide an even, natural looking color. While I do have somewhat sensitive skin, I haven’t had an issues with either causing breakouts.
As you’ve probably seen me share several time on stories, I frequent my local Sun Tan City here in Indy – it’s my favorite way to get a quick glow!
Before going, I shower, exfoliate and apply primer to my whole body – the Designer Skin Sunless Primer is my favorite and it smells so good! I find it helps to let the primer soak in a little bit so I apply at home prior to going to the salon.
Always be sure to use the barrier cream available at the salon on more dry spots like elbows, knees and in-between your fingers/areas you don’t want the solution to collect and cause splotchiness.
My Sunless Tan Cocktail at Sun Tan City
Dark or Medium Clear Solution + Double Leg Pass + Hydration
The above is fool proof from my experience! I never have issues with streaking or unevenness and I can get in and out in 20 minutes.
I always opt for the clear solution so it doesn’t get on my clothes, sheets or the seats of my car. I stop in on a night when I do not have plans, keep it on overnight, then shower in the morning and boom I’m done.
Quick Fact: Did you know, if it’s raining out, a member of the STC team will escort you to your car with a big umbrella so your tan doesn’t wash offf? Such a nice perk!
The above applies when getting a spray tan as well, plus:
I hope this answers your questions and if not – feel free to come say hi on Instagram and shoot me a DM!
Pattern or plain? Long or short? Dressy or casual?
I know you’ve asked yourself these same questions when it comes to finding something to wear to the next wedding on your calendar!
In today’s post, I’ve rounded up several options to take the guess work out of it for you! Scroll below to find some inspiration (including shoes, accessories and multiple color options) and plenty of picks to fulfill all your wedding guest dress needs.
Feel free to save this post to reference back to throughout the season!
What I love about this exact dress is how flattering it will be on all body types. Because you have the ability to tie it at the waist, it allows you to sinch it in on the smallest part of you, while the rest of the fabric flows down. Plus, a high-neck is always a chic choice!
Head to my Instagram Post to see another way to wear this dress!
This dress speaks for itself! It says classy and chic while still fun and flirty. The midi length makes it more appropriate if you’re attending a ceremony in a church and can fit with both more casual weddings along with those that are more formal, based on the shoes and accessories you choose.
With jumpsuits very much on trend, you can definitely get away with wearing one to the next wedding you attend. To keep things simple, you can never go wrong with a classic black jumpsuit like this one!
If comfort is one of your top contenders when it comes to finding something to wear to a wedding event, the jumpsuit is your bff. You can still completely dress it up with a killer pair of heels and fun accessories while still feeling comfortable. Win, win!
This gorgeous Ali & Jay dress caught my eye because of the color – one of those that will look great on several skin tones and can be transitioned so well from warmer temps to cool. I would pair with these snakeskin heels!
I’ve always found this style to be perfect for a wedding whether formal or more casual – it’s that great in-between piece! This hunter green color is gorgeous for fall! It also comes in Black, Navy and White.
Depending on the type of wedding and venue location, this Banana Republic dress is perfect for a more casual setting. The leopard print is super on trend for fall so you’ll be able to take this piece multiple places!
This ASOS Dress is such a gorgeous color for fall! The length and overall look would be perfect for a more formal wedding and the one shoulder is flattering without being too revealing.
I’ve always thought you can never have too many little black dresses in your closet! A safe bet for the majority of weddings and multiple ways and occasions to wear it too. I love the lace on this LBD!
Being that blush is a color that’s on trend all year long, you can never go wrong with it! This piece is especially fun for the fall/winter months because of it’s velvet material.
If this floral midi dress doesn’t say fall, I don’t know what does! It’s definitely one of my favorites on the list. Easily dress it up to attend your next fall wedding or dress it down with sneakers and a denim jacket for date night or a brunch event with friends!
And there you have it! Tons of options for your upcoming celebrations and all dresses you can wear more than once/to multiple occasions!
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Being an Aunt is THE BEST! My little niece (my sister’s daughter) turned 3 in July and is just the funniest little peanut. We also have a 2 year old nephew, a few day old niece and another nephew on the way. So many littles!
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. My parents live in a rural neighborhood right next to a corn field with some land and a pond. My Dad had a gigantic garden and we hardly had to buy produce in the Spring/Summer/Fall because everything came from it. Minus any farm animals, my siblings and I were quite outdoorsy growing up. (But, TBH, if I never had to go camping again my life I would be okay!)
My husband also grew up in the same area but we went to different schools so we didn’t know each other. We met one summer when we were both back from from college and ended up doing long distance for about 4 years until we got married.
I was a dancer, gymnast and cheerleader when I was younger. I think I may still have it in me so do a few flips. I did try out for volleyball in high school once but the coach told me I would probably be too short so I stuck to cheerleading after that 🙂
In addition to my full-time career, I held a styling retail job for about 8 years on the side. I’ve always had a passion for fashion and helping women and I think they ended up making my day more times than I probably made theirs!
I absolutely LOVE the mountains. Growing up in flat IL has made me appreciate them so much. I’m always just in such awe of God’s beauty and the views never get old. T and I try to take hiking trips often and we’re actually heading out for one in a few weeks – I can’t wait! Oh and pictures *never do it justice!
My Grandparents are two of my favorite people on this planet. (We text on a regular basis!) I lived with them for about two years when I was working and finishing up school and we became super close. Grandparents have so much wisdom to share and a different perspective on life – I’ve learned so much from them! We travel to Naples, Florida each winter to spend time with them.
If I could have any superpower it would be to fast travel anywhere so I didn’t have to deal with traffic and other drivers! (And to not have to wait in the Starbucks line!)
I’m not a fan of tomatoes, green peas, raw sushi, sugary drinks and can go without meat. I love coffee, any salad with avocado, sweet potato fries, and overall enjoy eating a healthy/balanced diet… that also includes pizza! My Mom is an amazing cook, my Dad is an amazing baker and I am neither. If I could hire a chef for the rest of my life I would be so happy!
I had the opportunity to work for a startup marketing agency (first official employee!) when I first moved to Indy. It was an exciting, challenging and rewarding experience for my career being on the ground floor of a new, growing company. If you have the opportunity to take a risk in your career – go for it! You’ll learn so much both professionally and personally. Currently I work full-time in Brand Management for a national company in downtown Indy and love my job!
I can recite all 50 states alphabetically.
I’m one of those who has dealt with “wrong name syndrome” my whole life, despite my bias opinion thinking my name is super easy! It’s pronounced “Rah-Lee” (although most of my family and close friends call me Ral) just like the capitol of North Carolina. I’ve actually never traveled there but it’s on my list! My middle name is Tay so whenever I go to Starbucks or need to order anything I always just go by Tay. It usually mitigates any confusion 🙂
Some of my favorite movies include The Devil Wears Prada, Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect and The Proposal. I do however, love and find crime shows, podcasts, etc. so interesting. If you haven’t listened to the Crime Junkie podcast yet, I highly recommend it!
I’m near-sided so I only need my glasses for distance or when my eyes are really tired a.k.a. usually by the end of the work day but Blue Light Glasses have been a game changer for me.
I originally started a blog back in 2011 but other life priorities were more important and I ended up taking down my site. I’m so excited to be back and now have this creative outlet! It’s amazing how God allows room for the things you’re passionate about when the time is right for you.
And that’s it for today!
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about me! Whether you’ve been following for awhile or you’re new around here, I’m so glad to have you and excited to learn something fun about you as well! Head back to my Instagram Post and share a fun fact about yourself! I can’t wait to read all your comments 🙂
For today’s Wellness Wednesday post, I’m excited to collaborate with Smile Brilliant to give you the inside scoop on how I’ve been whitening my teeth at home!
Head to the bottom of this post to find out how you can enter to win an at-home whitening system for yourself!
Of course, everyone wants a beautiful smile but with the multitude of whitening options out there it can be not only hard to choose from but sometimes difficult to achieve the results you’re looking for.
I’m here to make it easy for you! I’ve had the opportunity to give Smile Brilliant’s Whitening System a try for the past few months. Before I recommend anything to you, I always want to ensure that I personally love and would recommend it myself!
I’ll be honest, I was quite skeptical at first. I’ve used professional whitening trays from the dentist in the past and even after the investment, I still didn’t get the outcome I was looking for and I dealt with so much sensitivity I could no longer use the gel.
Sensitivity has always been the biggest factor (and fear!) of mine when it comes to whitening. No one wants to experience that sensitive feeling after you’ve finished whitening, it’s the worst! Thankfully Smile Brilliant’s system is customized for sensitive teeth like mine by the use of their Desensitizing Gel – which has been a lifesaver during the whitening process!
Another reason I’ve loved using Smile Brilliant is the fact that the whitening trays are completely customized to my own teeth/smile. During the initial process, Smile Brilliant will send the materials and instructions to create your own impressions directly to your door step. All you have to do is send them back through the mail and you’ll be returned with a set of whitening trays perfectly fit to your teeth.
The convenience factor of Smile Brilliant’s system and set up has been a major WIN in my book. I’ve been able to complete everything from the comfort of my own home without having to visit the dentist. It’s been great!
This is especially helpful during the whitening process because I feel like I have the freedom to get other things done while I’m whitening (catch up on some emails, throw in a load of laundry, etc.) instead of worrying about a white strip coming lose in the middle of making dinner.
As you know, I wouldn’t recommend something to ya’ll unless I absolutely loved it myself. Here’s a before/after shot to show you my results.
I know what you’re thinking, you don’t want to spend a fortune on a professional whitening system and I get it, except this one has been completely worth every penny just for the non-sensitivity factor alone! And it’s actually very affordable. Good news is, if you want to give it a try yourself, I’m giving away a system to one lucky follower!
You can also shop the website at 15% off with code everydayraleightay15. If you’d like more details about my experience with the Smile Brilliant system, feel free to leave any questions below!
Happy whitening, friends!
Rise and shine friends! Happy Saturday!
I thought I’d switch things up this morning with a fun post all about my favorite Starbucks drinks! As you probably already know, I’m quite the coffee lover so I thought it would be fun to share 10 of my favorite drink orders. If you’re heading out this morning to grab some brew, why not try something new?!
Because it’s summer time (and because I love iced coffee all year round), the below list are all iced drinks but you can definitely order them hot as well! *All Grande size orders – may need to adjust sweetness based on other sizes.
Oh and make sure you check out the end of this post for a fun surprise!
If you’re a matcha lover, try ordering a Matcha Water with 1 Pump Classic – it’s essentially a Matcha Iced Tea. So refreshing for summer time and green tea/matcha powder has some great health benefits!
This is like ordering a Latte but paying about half the price – such a good hack!
While it sounds similar, this is quite different than the above. This Grande size menu item automatically comes with 3 Espresso Shots, 3 Pumps Classic, and topped with milk… then shaken to create a frothy goodness on the top. It’s more of a bold espresso taste as opposed to the more creamy latte option above. It’s generally two sweet for me so I ask for 2 pumps vanilla instead.
If I’m ordering an iced tea I like to keep it simple/not add a ton of extra sweetener so I order them plain/as is!
Super tasty as is – no sweetener needed!
This is served with 2 shots of espresso and 2 scoops of Vanilla Bean Powder, with coconut milk. I think it’s delicious how it is!
If you’re like me and enjoy the bold taste of espresso, opt for an Americano. Order the Blonde Espresso for a more of a smooth and slightly sweet. A Tall size comes with 2 shots.
These refresher drinks are not a common order for me however they are a great option if you’re looking for a tiny caffeine boost but don’t want coffee.
All of the items above I’ve ordered, tried and loved so I would highly recommend!
To say thank you to all of you, I”ll be giving away a Starbucks gift card so you can enjoy something for yourself! Just head back to my Instagram post and either tell me your go-to Starbucks order or something new from this list you want to try!
Have a great weekend!