Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Blowout At The House Salon

Last month I blogged about loving and embracing my curls, but sometimes a girl just wants to have fun with straight hair. I was invited to a new salon in Orange County called The House Salon for a complimentary blowout by stylist Morgan. Morgan introduced me to the new salon and gave me a sample of what they have to offer at The House Salon.

Inside The House Salon, love the decor and open floor. 

The House Salon is located in Mission Viejo, CA and just opened a couple weeks ago.  It's a very modern and spacious salon, offering many services from cuts, color, blowouts and much more.  I loved the salons decor and its open space layout. They have a great waiting area with a TV, fireplace and chandeliers. You feel like you are in a fancy home and not a hair salon.

Morgan drying my hair right after shampooing, whoa my hair is so long!

Morgan gave me a shampoo with a little scalp and neck massage.  She's very gentle and made me feel very comfortable while she shampooed my hair. My hair is quite long, she had her work cut out. Morgan used Kérastase, L'Oréal Professionnel products, which I love and use at home too! 

Process of blow drying my hair, its so curly and long.  Also love the hooks for your bag below mirror. 

Morgan began with blow drying my hair, with a round brush and blow dryer. Yikes I don't do my own hair at home because of the length and amount of hair I have.  Its no easy task to tackle these curls of mine. After the blow dry, she used the flat iron to straighten my hair, being very precise with my hair line and gentle. The entire process took just a bit over an hour, all the while Morgan was very nice and professional.  We chatted while she worked and made me feel welcomed and comfortable the entire time.  

The end result, nice shiny and soft straight hair, Morgan worked her magic and my curls!

The result was a fabulous blowout, my hair looked great! What a difference a blowout makes with my hair. It amazes that just a blow dryer and flatiron will make my super curly hair straight for a day or two.   It's fun to change it up temporarily and get a new look.  

Morgan and I, shes a doll, go see her for all  your hair needs! 

Thanks to Morgan at The House Salon for great service and fab hair.  If you are in the OC area and in need of a hair stylist go see Morgan.  She's very nice and makes you feel welcomed and is very attentive with her clients.  

You can see more samples of her work on her Instagram and Facebook page.  Also find a full list of services and prices on her StyleSeat page, where you can book an appointment as well. Go see Morgan and tell her Veronica from Cid Style File sent you! 

Morgan at The House Salon 
23981 Alicia Pkwy, Suite 170, 
Mission Viejo, Orange County, CA
Open 9am - 6pm

*Disclaimer:  I was invited to The House Salon for a complimentary service.  No compensation was received for this post and all opinions expressed are my own.  

Monday, June 15, 2015

Plus Size Univese: Stripe T-Shirt Dress

Celebrity style blogs are really popular, showing you what they wear and where to get their look.  I wouldn't say I'm a celebrity obsessed person, just like fashion and can appreciate style regardless who wears it. There are also plenty of blogs where you can get the same celeb look for less.  These site are all great, but none of them tell you how or where to get the similar looks if you are plus size, like me. Sometimes I see a celebrity or even other bloggers who are not plus size wear a look I really like.  Sucks knowing the designer or retailer they are buying it from does not make it in plus size.  Well I don't worry too much about that any more, I know any look can be recreated in plus size for you and me! 

I saw this look on Gigi Hadid, the new it girl of the moment wearing a super cute stripe t-shirt dress.  She was spotted earlier this month at the Montreal Gran Prix looking very casual, comfy and cute.  This look is not only something I would totally wear, but was able to recreate easily in plus size and for much less.  Here is my Plus Size Universe version of Gigi's look. 

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Gigi Hadid is wearing a Michael Kors stripe t-shirt dress, IRO leather moto jacket with Adidas Original sneakers and some cool sunglasses.  Her total look is about $2400 and I can guarantee you none of these items (dress/jacket) come in plus size.  My Plus Size Universe look is just as cute, cost way less and won't break the bank.  I found this stripe ponte t-shirt dress from Charlotte Russe, did you know they now sell plus size. You can find this dress online for only $31.99.  I paired my PSU look with a white moto vest, instead of a jacket from Style&Co at Macy's for only $37.99.   I found some white espadrilles instead of sneakers, for summer they make more sense and look more stylish in my opinion.  These white mesh espadrilles are from Circus by Sam Edelman for $45 and will be great to wear all summer long.  Finish off the look with some aviator style sunnies from H&M for only $7.95 and my entire Plus Size Universe look is only $124!  This look is great for summer parties or any other fun summer activities.  It has a slight nautical look, with a bit of chic edge.  

What do you think about my Plus Size Universe look?

Hope you enjoy this weeks Plus Size Universe feature. Want me to find a plus size version of an outfit for you? Email me and I can help you find your Plus Size Universe. Leave  a comment with your thoughts on this outfit. Also follow me on Instagram for more of my style finds.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Wood Watches by Jord - Unique & Stylish Timepieces

Wearing a watch for me is like wearing underwear, can't leave home without making sure I have one on. I've always worn a watch and have a nice little collection of timepieces.   A watch is an important part of any wardrobe just as much as the shoes or accessories. It can completely change the look of your outfit.   Jord Wood Watches gifted me a new watch made of cherry wood. Jord watches is a new brand to me and I had to see what these wood watches were all about when they contacted me. I didn't have any watch similar to this and was very excited to add a wood watch to my collection. 

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Jord wood watches are made of 100% sustainable wood and come in an array of wood finishes featuring woods like bamboo, maple, sandalwood, blackwood, cherry, zebrawood, and koa.  I chose the cherry wood Sully watch, which is a larger style watch and has an easy to read dial.   The watch is very well made and crafted with nice details. 

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The Sully watch is a great addition to my wardrobe, especially for the summer months.  I tend to dress much more casual and wear lots of neutral colors and this cherry wood watch goes well with my outfits.  I also like the natural materiel for warmer months since it will stay cool when the weather gets hot.  Have you gotten burned by a metal watch on really hot summer day? I have! Watches made of rubber/plastic or other synthetic materials can also make  you sweaty or sticky in the heat.  A wood watch makes total sense for hot summer days and looks very stylish too!

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My boyfriend really liked the watch when it arrived, he already asked to borrow it.  These Jord watches are great for both men and women, many styles are unisex and can be easily worn by anyone.  The first day I wore the wood watch was to my nieces graduation and everyone from my brothers, nephews, sister, nieces and even in-laws complimented and asked about the watch.  It's definitely a conversation pieces and you will get many people asking you about it. 

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I love the idea of a wood watch, especially when its made of sustainable wood. On the website you can read more about the wood watches and see all the other styles available. I read the word "Jord" is Swedish and means earth, soil, land, perfect name for these earthy stylish watches.  It's great when you can find a brand that cares about quality, craftsmanship and the environment.  Also love they are an American brand who live, work and play in St. Louis MO.    

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If your looking for a unique and classic timepiece check out Jord Wood Watches.  The come with a cute wooden watch, pillow and 12 month warranty.  The prices are no more than any other designer watch, and in fact Jord watches may be a better deal in my opinion. They will also size the watch band to fit you perfect upon arrival.  You are getting a one of kind watch, made from wood and I am sure not many other people will be wearing the same watch as you.

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Outfit Details
T-Shirt - WetSeal Plus
Kimono - Blushed via Ross
Jeans - Levi's Jeggings via Ross
Sandals - Betsey Johnson
Sunnies - unknown brand via Ross
Wood Watch - Sully c/o Jord 

*Disclosure: I was gifted the wood watch by Jord for review purposes. All opinions and thoughts expressed on the blog are my own and I do not have any affiliation with any of the brands mentioned.
Watches Made From 100% Natural Wood by JORD

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Summer at Knott's Berry Farm - Fun New Rides and Shows

The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.      

This summer I'm planning on spending lots of time with my nieces. Two have gone away to college and are home for the summer, another one may be leaving in the fall.  I gotta take advantage and spend some quality Tia time with them! One thing we love to do is spend the day at Knott's Berry Farm.  This month we are taking a trip to experience the new Voyage of the Iron Reef ride, which is now open. From what I have seen it looks so cool. This summer Knott's is the place to be!  So if you haven't heard the scoop on whats new at Knott's, you need to catch up! 

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Voyage to the Iron Reef is the newest ride at Knott's, it's interactive 4-D with 10 interactive scenes filled with menacing sea creatures.  You will find this ride in the Boardwalk section of the park.  Who doesn't want to fight a Kraken Queen and save the park from watery doom. Oh I'm already getting chills thinking about the scary Kraken Queen. Each rider gets a freeze blaster you control and earn points for every creature you freeze!  Now lets see who gets more points, my nieces or I! They may be younger, but I'm wiser and can be sneaky! LOL I will be reporting back on the ride, make sure your following me on Instagram for day of pics and results!  

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Other activities I am looking forward at Knott's this summer is of course everyone's fave beagle...Snoopy! Snoopy and his Peanuts buddies "go Hollywood" bringing Walk of Fame glamour, dazzling movie lot escapades and California excitement to a brand new ice show adventure. I love the Snoopy on Ice shows and this one sounds like it will be a good one.

I know my nieces will enjoy the Boardwalk Dance Party. They will want to dance until they drop with DJ Howly. I better make sure and wear my dancing shoes. I may have to slip away and go do some Salsa dancing at the Fiesta Plaza Stage.

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Or we can just go sit and enjoy the Calico Saloon Cancan Show. Some good old' fashion bar room fun and dancing with French Cancan! Seems like there will be lots of dancing at Knott's this summer.

If its a hot day then will have to cool off at the Timber Mountain Log Ride. It's one of my faves and I am always looking for an excuse to splash around and cool off.  Although I know my thrill seeking nieces will want to ride all the roller coasters. Not sure I have the stomach for them any more, but will see how I feel that day.

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There is way too much cool stuff coming to Knott's this summer and it all starts June 13 - September 7, you can get a full list of all the shows and other events here. I'm just a big kid sometimes and already so excited for the new ride, shows and of course Snoopy! 

Don't miss out this summer on all the fun and thrilling rides at Knott's. You can also get more info on season passes here, which are totally affordable with payment options. See what everyone is talking about on social media and follow these hashtags for behind the scenes #KnottsIronReef and #NewAtKnotts. See you at Knott's on June 13th!

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