Parnevu T-Tree Hair Care Review
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Parnevu T-Tree Hair Care Review

When it comes to my hair routine, I’m a no-fuss, no-muss kinda gal. And that goes double when I’m traveling! When there’s a whole wide world out there to see, the last thing I want to do is spend precious time in the bathroom fiddling with my hair. My mane can be a little unpredictable at times, but I’ve traveled often enough to have a few tricks up my sleeve to help tame my tresses when I’m on the road:

  1. Never rely on hotel shampoo.  If your hair is dry like mine, than you know how much havoc the wrong shampoo can wreak upon your thirsty tresses.  For this trip, I used Parnevu T-Tree Shampoo which is specially formulated with Australian Tea Tree Oil to help eliminate itching and flaking.  Tea tree oil tends to have a strong, medicinal scent, so I was pleasantly surprised by this product’s light fragrance.  It produced a nice lather, but didn’t leave my hair feeling dry and stripped of moisture.
  2. Conditioner is a different story. While I hate relying on hotel shampoo, I have found that the free conditioner can serve as a nice backup hair moisturizer in a pitch.  You can also use it as a shave cream and save room in your carry-on!
  3. Speaking of moisturizer… I always like to use some type of oil on my hair after I wash it to help seal in the moisture.  For me, a little goes a long way. This time around, I applied Parnevu T-Tree Herbal Grow pomade to the ends of my hair to keep them from getting frizzy and tangled.  The instructions say to apply it directly to the scalp to stimulate healthy growth while treating dandruff and eliminating flaky, dry, and itchy scalp.  However, I try not to apply oils directly to my scalp if I can help it. To each her own, but for me, the product worked much better as a sealant for my ends.
  4. Bring your own shower cap. Ok, maybe I just have a big head, but… those flimsy little hotel numbers never seem to do it for me! I usually wind up having to wear two just to cover my whole head.
  5. Have one or two quick updo styles on the ready. My go-to style when I was too lazy to do my hair used to be the sock bun, but I’ve been rocking two loose side twists for the past month and loving it.  It looks elegant, takes 3 minutes to do, and withstands even the most miserable weather conditions.  I usually part my hair straight down the middle for this ‘do, but I decided to all fancy and do a side part for this post. I think I love it even more this way!

So these are pretty much the hair rules of the road that I stick to when traveling.  And if all else fails, I also have a nice hat (or two) ready to get me out of a hair emergency!

Full Disclosure: The products used in this post were given to me by Parnevu for review, but all views and opinions expressed are my own. For more information about Parnevu and their products, feel free to check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

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I’m away on spring break official business right now, but I wanted to share with you guys the outfit I wore on the first day of spring a few weeks ago.  I don’t think I’ve ever gotten complimented on my outfit by so many strangers before.  As you can tell from the photos, the city was still pretty much a sea of black and drab colors at the time.  I think folks were just really happy to see someone in color again.

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If I had to pick a uniform for casual weekend dressing when I have to run a bunch of errands, but all I really wanna do is pad around the house all day in my pj’s, this would be it: a cozy flyaway cardigan, a soft relaxed fit tee, a good pair of leggings, and a comfy pair of boots.  This outfit pretty much meets all of my requirements, and I may or may not have worn it two days in a row!

I’ve had this Aztec print flyaway cardigan for a couple of years now, and it continues to be a weekend favorite. The pattern is pretty bold, so I usually stick to all black, but I’m in LOVE with this styling that I saw on Pinterest a while back.

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One Pot Pasta Recipe

I did this post mainly to show off the adorable new apron and oven mitt that I picked up on sale at Anthropologie… but I gotta admit the pasta’s pretty darned tasty too.  The best part is that you can just throw everything into a single pot and have something truly delicious emerge just 10 minutes later.  Try it out and let me know what you think!

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. linguini
  • 2 handfuls of grape tomatoes
  • 1/3 of a large vidalia onion, sliced
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
  • fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 handful of grated parmesan cheese
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Place the pasta in a pot.
  2. Slice tomatoes in half and drop in the pot, along with your onions, garlic, basil, red pepper and kosher salt.
  3. Cover with 4 cups of water and bring to a boil
  4. Cook pasta until al dente, about 7 minutes or so.  Be careful not to overcook, or you’re pasta will come out mushy.
  5. Drain pasta, and toss with parmesan cheese and a litle olive oil.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and parsley before serving.

I’ve served this dish with some leftover meatballs for a hearty weeknight dinner, but next time I may try dropping in a few shrimp for a true one pot pasta meal.

Bon Appétit!

One Pot Pasta Recipe
One Pot Pasta Recipe

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how to plan a new england road trip

True Story: I graduated many moons ago, but I still go on spring break every single year! It’s a tradition my husband and I plan to keep up as long as we can. In years past, we’ve gone to far off locales like Costa Rica, Spain, the Caribbean, and France. But this year we’re sticking a little closer to home and taking a road trip up the New England coast. I couldn’t be more excited, and so I thought now would be the perfect time to share with you guys how to pack for a road trip.

Being the true Manhattanites we are, we don’t own a car and have never done a road trip together before. Since my driving skills are pretty lackluster, Eric will be spending most of the time behind the wheel with me as his official navigator – a designation that I take very seriously. Between my guidebooks, GPS, Google Maps, and the Roadtrippers app, I think I’ve got all our bases covered.

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To help prep for my journey, the lovely folks at Wet Seal were gracious enough to send over a few goodies to help me on my way. For me, how to pack for a road trip is all about comfortable, laid-back pieces that travel well.  Here’s a list of the key items that I’ll build my wardrobe around:

  1. Soft Cotton Tees - Whether, they’re plain, striped, or have cute little french phrases scrawled across the front, I’ll be tossing a stack of these in my bag for sure.
  2. Cozy Scarf – I always bring a scarf or two along whenever I travel, and I’m sure this leopard infinity scarf will serve me well.  In addition to keeping me warm, it’ll also add a little panache to my jeans and t-shirt combos.
  3. Stretchy Jeans - Since half the fun of a road trip is stopping in a bunch of greasy spoons and local dives along the way, clothes with a little forgiveness are a must.  I’m hoping these second-skin jeggings will do the trick.
  4. Waterproof Boots - I’m almost positive we’ll encounter a few sprinkles along the way. But rather than lug my clunky rain boots along with me, I’m opting for these vegan leather booties with a cute side bow. I’m keen on the fact that I can still wear them even if it doesn’t rain.
  5. Crossbody Bag - While I’m definitely a girl who likes her oversized handbags, I prefer to be free and  unencumbered when I’m exploring.  My trusty Phillip Lim x Target satchel does the trick when I’m out and about.
  6. Dark Sunglasses - Gotta protect those peeps from sun glare while I’m on the road!
  7. Trusty Hat – During my last two trips to Europe, I discovered what a lifesaver a good hat can be when you’re traveling.  Between unpredictable weather and limited access to my hair arsenal, a bad hair day is pretty much inevitable when I’m out of town.  My new wool fedora will be just the thing to keep things in check.
  8. Oversized Sweater - There’s nothing cozier than layering up in a nice, warm, oversized sweater.  I can toss this slouchy cardigan over a dress or a t-shirt and jeans and be ready for action.

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Here’s a sampling of a few of the looks I’ll be sporting on my journey.

Outfit #1: This look is probably my favorite.  Because let’s face it, when you’re stuck in the car for hours at a time what you really want to wear is a pair of pajamas.  This flame-stitch knit jumpsuit is the next best thing.

Outfit #2: I absolutely love pieces that can do double-duty. So as I was playing around with this oversized boyfriend sweater, I realized that I could create a more sophisticated and tailored look by ditching the buttonholes and using a few strategically placed safety pins.

Outfit #3: A little bit country and a little bit city-chic… you really can’t go wrong jeans, a plain white tee, and nice leather boots.  The fedora and flyaway cardigan help finish off the look.

We’re leaving in a little less than two weeks, and I can’t wait to share pics of our adventure with you guys.  In the mean time, if you know of any cool places we should stop by along the way, feel free to drop me a line in the comments (food suggestions are particularly welcome)!

Full Disclosure: This post is sponsored in part by Wet Seal.  All products were chosen by me, and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

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