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That's a Wrap: Protect Your Colored Hair From the Sun in Style


Right before my summer trip to Ibiza, I decided to take my hair platinum blonde. To say it’s a process is an understatement. But after two 10 hour appointments, I am in love with final outcome! 

One thing that I didn’t plan was the timing of my freshly bleached hair and the effects the sun and saltwater would have on it. So I left for vacation with one very stern warning from my stylist “Keep your hair protected and covered!”

Prep Your Dyed Locks for the Sun

 Megan's hair before and after.

Megan's hair before and after.

Keeping your hair completely covered from the sun is the surest way to avoid further damage. But let's be realistic, if you are going to invest in coloring you hair your are going to want to be able to show it off. Platinum hair can tend to be on the drier side, so conditioning is key.

Olaplex is one of the best products on the market (and highly recommended by salons). The bottle recommends leaving it on for 30 minutes, but after some research I learned that you can sleep with it on overnight. I've tried this twice and the results have been incredible. My bleached locks felt soft and healthy immediately after. In addition, I spray a generous amount of Pureology Color Fanatic multi-taking beautifier on after every wash. 

Ditch the Baseball Hat for a Scarf


When I am running errands around SF I am a baseball hat girl. But for my trip I wanted something that felt more chic and interesting. I inherited a handful of silk scarves from my Nana years ago and decided to pack a few.  Not only do they make great head covers, they also double as a belt with denim shorts or tied around the waist as a beach cover-up. 

Pro tip: Silk scarves can be harder to tie and keep in place than cotton scarves. Pack a few bobby pins in your bag to keep the scarf secured.


How to Wear A Hair Scarf for Sun Protection

There are at least a half dozen ways (if not more) to tie a scarf for maximum sun protection that are both stylish and functional. My favorite is known as the "half knot hippie wrap". The key to the look is to not try to make it look too perfect. This style has a very boho influence and looks equally great with your hair worn down or in a low ponytail.

How to tie a hair scarf:

  1. Fold the scarf diagonally to make a triangle
  2. Fold over the scarf at the crease where the fold is to adjust for length 
  3. Wrap around your head head starting with the scarf on your forehead and tie between your crown and the nape of your neck.
  4. For additional protection, tie your hair up so that it stays covered beneath your headscarf.

Optional: you can always tuck the pointed tip of the scarf into the knot to keep it down or from blowing in the wind. 

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Posted on August 3, 2018 and filed under Stylish Living, Style Stories, Beauty & Wellness.

The BBQ Ready Summer Salad


If you signed up to bring a side salad for the fourth or are simply looking for a lighter dinner this summer we are sharing a recipe that has been on repeat in our kitchens.

Great style isn't limited to your wardrobe and having the right mix of simple ingredients makes healthy eating easy. This recipe was created last minute for an unplanned dinner party. The mix of sweet squash and savory arugula is a fresh combination and pairs well with grilled chicken for a heartier dish...or alone with a cool glass of rosè.

Get ready to say goodbye to the heavy BBQ pasta salad of the past, this one may be a crowd pleaser!

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  • 3C Organic Washed Arugula
  • 1/4C Skim Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/8C Pine Nuts
  • 1 Package of Fresh Ravioli or Tortellini
  • 1 package zig-zag butternut squash ribbons (or Cubed Roasted Sweet Potatoes)
  • 1 Sprig of Rosemary
  • 5T Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper

Step 1


Heat 3T olive oil in a fry pan with a sprig of rosemary. Once the oil is heated add butternut squash pieces and saute until edges are caramelized. Add salt and pepper to butternut squash and  2T of water to the pan. Cover the pan and reduce to low heat until squash is tender, stirring occasionally. Remove rosemary, add pine nuts (lightly toasting) then reserve until step 3.

Step 2


In a separate sauce pan boil salted water and add pasta. Boil on high heat for 2 minutes or until all pasta floats to the top of the pan. Strain out water, drizzle with olive oil and reserve.

Step 3

Place three cups of arugula in a mixing bowl and toss in cooked butternut squash and pasta. Add 1/4C ricotta cheese, additional 1T of olive oil and gently stir, taking care to fold in pasta. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

Posted on June 27, 2018 and filed under Stylish Living.

Summer Vacation: How Megan Prepares for a Week on Ibiza

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Carrying on our summer tradition, Kimberly and I are taking to the blog to share what we are packing for summer vacation. Last year you got to see Kimberly's capsule wardrobe for her trip to London and Amsterdam. This time around, I am excited to give you an inside look at what I will be wearing during a week in Ibiza, Spain.

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Beach here I come! For the first time in almost 4 years, I am actually taking a lengthy vacation filled with sun, sand, and friends. Where you ask? I am flying to London for 2 days and then heading to Ibiza, Spain for a week. 

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Don't Be Afraid To Ask For Help

I guess now is a good time to let you in on a little secret - I love to help my clients pack for trips, but packing for myself is one of my least favorite tasks. Enter the best styling partner ever. Kimberly generously came over first thing on a Monday morning to not only help me pack, but also create some of my favorite outfits for the trip! If you have a vacation coming up and are feeling a mental block, it always helps to have a fresh set of eyes look over your wardrobe. Often times they will see something that you haven't.

Assess Your Needs

While I typically try to travel light, I decided to indulge myself this trip by ditching the carry-on and packing plenty of options. I knew that I would need outfits that could take me from a day on the beach to a night out. And given our itinerary, I needed at least 2 dressier evening looks. Oh, did I mention that I would also be seeing a lot of DJ sets? So that means comfortable shoes that I can dance all night in.

Make a Shopping List

When I travel, I like to make extensive lists of everything I need by category: accessories, clothes, shoes, toiletries, carry-on items, etc. That way I can check things off as I get them. Even better, when it comes time to pack I already have detailed lists of everything I need to remember. This also helps keep you accountable and not over-spend on items that you don't really need or overpack items that you may not even end up wearing.

Choose Where To Invest

Since San Francisco never has a "real summer" I ended up buying a number of new hot weather items for my trip. Big on my list were swimsuits. coverups, easy dresses, and sandals. I knew I could always put a denim jacket or blazer over a dress in cooler temps, so I felt more comfortable investing in both maxi and midi dresses. I also wanted to leave room to buy some special pieces abroad if I saw something that I just had to have, so I purposely left space for new additions.

I wear a swimsuit maybe 4 times a year, so that was one category where I held back from splurging. Instead I bought 5 moderately priced swimsuits to have a fun variety. Stay tuned to see if they hold up...

Pro Tip: Pack your swimsuits in ziplock bags. It will keep them organized in your suitcase and you have somewhere to stick your wet suit after a day at the beach.

Don't Forget Your Travel Outfit

I am going to be honest, what I travel in may be the most important outfit I prepare for a trip. Especially if it is a red eye or international flight. Comfort is key, so I usually pack a second outfit in my carry-on that I can change into either when it's time to sleep on the flight or during a long layover to freshen up a bit.

For this particular trip, it is a straight 10 hour flight to London. I am always cold on planes, so I wanted something I could cozy up in while still not feeling too schlumpy when I land. I've been in love with my "Female Equals Future" sweater since I bought it. It's super soft, while making a positive statement. For the flight, I've paired it with knit cropped leg track pants, a tunic length black tank, and my new flower embroidered jacket. My white sneakers are comfortable and easy to wear, and I always pack an extra pair of socks in my carry-on to put on once we take off.

Pro Tip: Wear bulkier items (such as a sweater or sneakers) on the plane to free up room in your suitcase.

Here is the complete picture of my Ibiza wardrobe. Stay tuned... next I will be sharing my 5 must-have vacation 5. 

 Clothing details (from top to right): H&M Female Equals Future sweater ( similar ),  Topshop flower patch jacket ,  Shein wide leg track pants ,  Goodfellow & Co. white sneakers ,  Old Navy flip flops ,  Shein orange bikini ,  crochet cover-up ,  Bella crochet swimsuit , Chanel scarf, AG denim shorts ( similar) , Gap embroidered blouse ( similar ),  Shein gray bikini ,  H&M fitted black dress , Kooples tank top ( similar ), Stella McCartney purple bralette ( similar ), Anthro beaded clutch ( similiar ),  H&M sequin skirt , Aldo silver heels ( similar ), BCBG sandals ( similar ), Yarn beach tote ( similar ),  Ralph Lauren white blouse ,  Gap denim shorts ,  Shein black bikini ,  Dolce Vita sandals ,  ASOS red maxi dress , J.Crew hoop earrings ( similar ), Rag n Bone acid washed jeans ( similar ), Calvin Klein heels (old), Juicy Couture necklace (old), Alice + Olivia green cami ( similar ), Jigsaw metallic clutch ( similar ).

Clothing details (from top to right): H&M Female Equals Future sweater (similar), Topshop flower patch jacket, Shein wide leg track pants, Goodfellow & Co. white sneakers, Old Navy flip flops, Shein orange bikini, crochet cover-up, Bella crochet swimsuit, Chanel scarf, AG denim shorts (similar), Gap embroidered blouse (similar), Shein gray bikini, H&M fitted black dress, Kooples tank top (similar), Stella McCartney purple bralette (similar), Anthro beaded clutch (similiar), H&M sequin skirt, Aldo silver heels (similar), BCBG sandals (similar), Yarn beach tote (similar), Ralph Lauren white blouse, Gap denim shorts, Shein black bikini, Dolce Vita sandals, ASOS red maxi dress, J.Crew hoop earrings (similar), Rag n Bone acid washed jeans (similar), Calvin Klein heels (old), Juicy Couture necklace (old), Alice + Olivia green cami (similar), Jigsaw metallic clutch (similar).