Pampered by Pantene

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This past weekend I was invited by a friend to “get our hair done”. I did not ask for any more information, as I do not know a more relaxing way to begin a weekend than by getting your hair styled by a professional. I was expecting some sort of small event at a hair salon but was pleasantly surprised when I arrived to a spa-like pop-up shop set up by Pantene. While we waited and browsed through the different products on their new line, we were treated with coffee and a nail and candy bar. They then took the time to really figure out which one of Pantene’s new products would be best for our hair.  Since I have been playing around with my hair in the last few months I opted for their colour treated option and I must admit, I am quite the fan!

I also {finally!} learned how to curl my hair using a hair straightener. I know I am about 5 years too late and in all honesty I have tried and failed more times than I care to admit. The hairstylist that was working on my hair was incredibly friendly and as he was working his way through my ridiculous full head of hair, curling with the ease of a professional, I opened up to him and told him about the many embarrassing attempts that I have made to curl my hair with anything but a curling iron. Taking pity on me, he explained the technique in a language that I actually understood.

Amazing hairstylist: “Are you crafty?”

Me: “I like to think so…”

Amazing hairstylist: “Have you ever curled a ribbon with scissors?”

Me:….{mind blown & mouth literally gaping in awe}…..”Seriously?! That’s it?!”

Amazing hairstylist: “Yup”

So the next morning I imaged my hair being ribbon and my curling iron being scissors and I am incredibly proud to say that it worked!

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{The before and after shot – Oh, by the way, I chopped my hair about two weeks ago}

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It was such a fun event. Thank you Pantene!

Pampered by Pantene

Wrap, wrap, wrappin’ and some hair.

I think I’m not alone when I say Pinterest is both a blessing and a curse. It can serve as an endless catalog of inspiration and a fantastic tool for passing time, however, it can also increase the pressure for us crafty people. When I was planning my wedding I just kept thinking – I like this but is it Pinterest worthy? Terrible and slightly embarrassing, I know, but when there are so many gorgeous and magazine-like photos of real events, real family pictures, and real home-made food, our own expectations are heightened {I’m not alone in this, right?}.

Earlier last week I was scrolling through Pinterest looking for some gift wrapping ideas and I stumbled upon this lovely photo.da363c40a50e7755e2c35a27826cc755

I got obsessed. It’s simple, creative, amazing – I had to make it!
Turns out, it’s a lot more difficult to find black paper in Toronto than expected and after scrounging different Michael’s and spending an excruciating 30 minutes in a Walmart teeming with anxious Christmas shoppers, I found myself at the verge of a nervous meltdown. Thankfully, Reason decided to kick in and rescue me from what would have been an incredibly embarrassing moment. I figured there was no need to be all Pinteresty, I  would just have to look through my craft closet and work with what I had.

It’s surprising how much inspiration you can get just from looking at pretty materials! I have a slight obsession with all things glitter and with Japanese washi tape so I gathered my small collection, used kraft paper as a nice blank canvas and got to work. I had glue stickers in the shape of different flowers that I had bought years ago and had never really found a project for, so I decided to decorate each brown package with a few flowers and make them more seasonal by sprinkling them with different shades of blues and grays. I then wrapped each package with some washi tape, sparkly tape and ribbon.

Gift wrapping via Blushed Tapatia

It turned out to be much more rewarding to come up with my own designs and I found that by challenging my creativity a little I became even more creative, more excited, and felt proud of what I had accomplished. {*Surprise, surprise!*}

My creativity was, in fact, so peaked this weekend that I didn’t only bake up a storm of goodies {my husband truthfully pointed out I only step foot in the kitchen when I’m feeling creative} but I also decided to change up my hair for the first time in a few years so today, I’m a little bit blonder! Blonde hair via Blushed Tapatia{A little uncertain about it but deciding to work it!}

Wrap, wrap, wrappin’ and some hair.