Join Us + Ellie Jay Jewels Trunk Show!

January 30, 2015

Remember when I posted about Ellie Jay Jewels here? Well I've been keeping a little secret since then...after connecting with the owner of the Chicago-based brand in November I became even more obsessed with the company. As a lover and collector of fine jewelry the dainty designs spoke to my soul while the prices aligned with my frugal purse strings. Jami, who founded Ellie Jay, is as authentic as they come - I respected her non-pushy approach to selling and even though I'd only known her for a few hours she felt like someone I'd known forever. It didn't take me long to tell her my secret pipe dream of working with a small jewelry company. I bashfully asked if she would ever have a need for a Texas-based rep for Ellie Jay and her enthusiastic answer of, "OMG are you kidding me, does this mean you want to do it?!" was all I needed to sign on to my latest project. (read more to get all the event details!)

 

I’ve been coordinating the logistics of joining the Ellie Jay team for months and now that the holidays are behind us and 2015 is all fresh and new, I’m officially becoming a sales rep! Honestly, this is such a passion project for me that it’s not about making money but being able to stand beside a brand with design, quality, and prices I think are at the best level. I’m so freaking excited to start promoting the company and to help people find perfect baubles for themselves and/or gifting!

You’ll definitely be seeing more Ellie Jay jewels on the blog (aside from the rings I already wear 24/7) but before that starts, Jami and I wanted to invite anyone and everyone in the Dallas area to a trunk show next Wednesday! I really hope that some of you local lovelies are able to make it – I’d love to introduce you to the brand I love so much in person (:

Here are all the details you need to know:

.Place: Mi Golondrina Showroom (6445 Cedar Springs, #203). Right across from Wisteria, near Love Field Airport.

.Date & Time: Wednesday, February 4th from 1:00pm – 7:00pm (that’s not a typo – we are doing an all-day affair to accommodate busy schedules in hopes that you can drop by at some point!)

.Shop: Jami is bringing stacksonstackonstacks of Ellie Jay. That means solid 14k gold and diamond designs that range from sweet and dainty to edgy and bold. If you find something you love, you get to take it home with you! And if you need to order a specific size or color we take care of all orders that day.

.Enjoy: Sips and snacks. No party is complete with out them – according to us.

.Bring: Feel free to bring your friends, send your significant other, and send along the invite to anyone you think would be interested. The more the merrier!

.RSVP: Tell us if you can stop by! Accept the invite here.

I’m so excited about this and hope some of you will be able to make it!!

Don’t live close to Dallas? That makes us sad…but if there’s something on the Ellie Jay website you love you can email us (apieceoftoastblog@gmail.com) and we can help you place an order! We will also be sharing snaps from the event so make sure you follow us on Instagram @apieceoftoast so you can feel like you’re there.

P.S. A huge thank you to Cristina of Mi Golondrina for letting us borrow her beautiful showroom space for the event!!

Ellie Jay Jewels  •  Necklaces (favorite) // Earrings (love these) // Bracelets (the best) // Rings (next purchase)

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January 30, 2015

Raise your hand if your excited for the Puppy Bowl this weekend! Blue is just counting down the hours till he gets to feast his eyes on hours of Animal Planet cuteness come Sunday...and then I guess we might watch that Super Bowl thing too. Hims got very emotional while watching the preview of this year's Budewiser commercial. Basically, we are excited for some weekend time. The other thing we are excited about? Announcing the winner of the $500 Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry giveaway tomorrow! If you haven't entered yet it's okay - you still have time - just scoot over to this post and get your name in before midnight tonight...

 

This week I got really spoiled with quality time with friends. I got to see five of my favorite girls and my heart is just so full and happy after getting to catch up with them. Aside from that quality goodness, Dallas experienced some insanely beautiful weather this week and I almost felt guilty taking advantage of the sunshine and warmth with all the places in the northeast that are snowed under. To all my friends living in the cold – my apartment is always ready to host visitors!

I don’t have much else to report but I should point out that the J.Crew blouse I’m wearing here is one that I’ve gotten a ton of wear out of and certain colors of it are on sale. Being the monochromatic mama I am (hence the name of this post) I think I might get it in “snow” before it sells out.

Hope you all have a great Friday and wonderful weekend! Just don’t forget to enter the giveaway!!

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Beauty Dish

January 29, 2015

I have been blessed with very manageable hair. It's fine and straight but also thick and I've never felt the need to color or highlight it. Since it has never given me many issues, I've always given the side eye to hair products...what's a pricey spray, foam or mouse going to do for my hairs that will make me like it more than I already do? I'm the freak that gets a haircut and then goes home to shower out all the styling product. When I got my most recent chop I asked my stylist (Lindsey Halbook at Larc!) to teach me how to make it look more messy and she insisted that product was what was going to help me achieve a textured, mussed-up look. Call me a hypocrite but I now have two style sprays that I can't live without when styling my lob. True believer right here.

 

R+Co Rockaway Sea Salt Spray: My stylist loves this formula because it has special ingredients that don’t dry out strands like other salt sprays. I had never used a sea salt spray – mostly because I thought it would make my hair greasy and tangled – but what the stuff does is give you the tousled, textured strand you sometimes get from being at the beach. My hair actually looks like crap when I’m at the beach but this spray makes it look the way I had always wished it would at the seaside. You can read up on all the ingredients here, but just know that it smells delish (not like coconut oil or sunscreen), isn’t sticky, and you can still run your fingers through your hair after using. It can be used on wet or dry hair but Lindsey recommended I use it on mine after towel drying but before blowdrying. I generously spray the back of my head and then do a few sprays on the sides – I’ve noticed that if I put too much on the front parts of my hair (near my face) it’s almost too textured for my liking. After spraying I blow-dry without using a brush, fluffing sections my hands to make sure I’m getting a maximum amount of volume. Lindsey told me that it’s VERY important to make sure the hair is completely dry of moisture before curling or straightening. Her tip for double checking is to put the dryer on cool – that way pieces that aren’t dry are easier to feel. I use this stuff whether I’m doing a wavy or straight look because I just lurve the volume it gives.

Sultra ‘The Bombshell” 1″ Curling Rod: I’ve been using this curling rod ever since Bailey recommended it on Peppermint Bliss almost four years ago. I’m not sure what kind of magic technology this ceramic wand has but it’s the only tool that has ever gotten my hair to hold a curl/wave. It’s a great example of “you get what you pay for” because at the time I couldn’t believe I was spending so much on a curling iron but it has lasted me this long and still works like a charm. SO! After getting all that beachy volume from the sea salt spray, I grab ze wand and randomly grab pieces and wrap them around the rod (always in the direction away from my face!). Biggest tip here: don’t wrap the bottom 2-3 inches of bottom hair. Leaving these free will give you imperfect waves that look more messy and less curly. Also, don’t hold the pieces on the heat for more than a few seconds and once you remove them from the rod pull them straight to elongate the wave. Depending on the look I’m going for, I’ll wrap more or less pieces. I generally let the waves “set” untouched for a few minutes before raking my fingers through to break them up a bit. Any parts that need a bit more work I just go back and touch-up. If you’re reading this and saying, “But I do all this and still feel like a poodle!” then I recommend bringing out a flat iron/straightener and putting it on those last 2-3 inches of bottom hair and “flattening” about every other 3″ section. This should help calm any overly zealous waves!

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray: This spray has a cult following. And once you use it and/or smell it you know why. It has an intoxicating scent that’s indescribable but awesome. I lift sections of hair on either side of my middle part and at the back top of my head and spray it directly on the roots – then right after spraying I rake/rub my fingers over those spots to activate the volume. It doesn’t feel heavy or powdery but it does give instant volume and texture and it’s the perfect way to finish off any earlier styling you’ve done. I lean on this stuff pretty heavily when I’m wanting to make second-day hair look like it did the day before, or if the hair I did earlier in the day has gotten a little flat and needs a lift. Highly recommend.

I’ve been getting a lot of emails from you pretty ladies with short hairs like me asking how I style mine and I hope this was helpful! If you’re still at a loss for how to get a similar look, feel free to leave a comment demanding a how-to post…if I get enough requests I’ll totally do it for you peeps!

A big thank you to Lindsey for being the bestest stylist and for teaching me how to shake up my strands. I should mention that Larc carries the full line of products from R+Co and Oribe.

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