Category Archives: video

video how-to: scarf wrapped side ponytail

One of my goals for 2013 was to add more videos to the blog. Nearly six months into the “new year,” I’m finally posting my first one! Better late than never?

I filmed a how-to for this scarf-wrapped ponytail weeks ago, after a few of you requested a tutorial. Then I forgot about it. The clips sat untouched in iMovie for nearly a month before I stumbled across them, and pulled it all together to [finally] share it!

Have requests or ideas for other how-to videos? Please share them in the comments! {And have mercy, I’m still new to this “vlogging” business.}

reader request video: an easy scarf how-to

After last week’s Calm Before the Storm post, several of you asked for help on styling a scarf the way I did in that outfit. Well, ask and you shall receive! I made this quick and dirty {well, not really dirty} video to show you just how easy it is.

Have suggestions for other tips or tutorials? Leave them in the comments and I’ll see what I can do! ;-)

wish you were here! {product review}

I’m teaming up with Anastasia Beverly Hills and The Confluence again to spread the word about Anastasia’s latest limited edition set — Wish You Were Here! — that’s available exclusively at Sephora. What better way to chat about fun new cosmetics than via a little video review, hmm?

To celebrate this cool new kit, one lucky winner will receive a round-trip ticket to Los Angeles, a two-night stay at a Los Angeles hotel, a brow appointment with Anastasia, a hair and makeup makeover featuring the Wish You Were Here! kit at the Anastasia Beverly Hills Salon, and a photo shoot with the ABH team!

Here’s what you need to do…

· Take a postcard-worthy photo of yourself in front of your favorite local landmark!

· Like Anastasia Beverly Hills on the ‘Book ( Then upload the aforementioned photo on Facebook, and tag Anastasia of Beverly Hills in the photo to enter.

· Not a Facebooker? Email your name, home address, and photograph to “”.

· One entry per contestant only by 11:59 PM PST on February 3, 2012.

· You must be a United States citizen to enter.

Good luck!!

* This post was sponsored by The Confluence for Anastasia Beverly Hills, and I received material compensation for publishing it. However, as always, the statements and opinions in the video are 100% APP-authentic and honest. 

because cute puppy videos never get old…

… and because I took outfit photos this afternoon, but forgot to change the camera settings after all the indoor shots I took of new inventory to update the online shop (stay tuned!). So they’re all blown out and terrible and unusable [pouts]. Fortunately, there’s no better way to buy time than with gratuitous puppy content set to upbeat jazzy music, amiright? We puppysat little Molly Moo again last weekend, and this time around Doak was much more playful with her.

LB, this one’s for you! ;-)

what i’ve been doing this week instead of blogging.


Puppy sitting. My friend Lisa is out of town for the weekend, and we’ve had her adorable baby Molly since Wednesday. She’s all kinds of awesome. It’s hard to sit down with the ol’ Macbook when she wants to play and cuddle in your lap. Plus I’m busy giving Doak extra loves so he knows he’s still his momma’s favorite. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.

Setting up a new business. You know, no big deal. Our pretty new displays are arriving and new consigner appointments are on the books, but there’s still so much to do!

Getting back in the swing of things at the flower shop. Summer is a slow season in the flower business. When the new school year starts, things really start to pick up — quickly. This means a lot of re-stocking, revving up the staff, and brushing up on my design skills. All while working on the aforementioned new business.

Discovering some amazing new [to me] blogs. Like The Wiegands (beautiful and inspirational with a focus on family, faith, and love), Words of Williams (Kelsey’s other blog that’s chock-full of great perspective on marriage and finances), and cotton&curls (one of the best DIY/refashioning blogs I’ve come across yet).

Trying to control my shopping urges. Between back-to-school sales, tax-free weekends, and more direct mail special offers and gorgeous fall look books than I can handle, I’m a little overwhelmed by all of the things I think I “need” for the new season.

Reconnecting in the real-world. As in, lots of girls nights, homemade dinners with Husband, and morning and evening walks with Doak while listening to new audiobooks on my iPod.

lovingeco giveaway winner!

I made this little video late yesterday afternoon before meeting up with Anne from Wobisobi for dinner, and I never got around to uploading it last night when I got home. {too much sangria, perhaps?} So a little late, but we have a winner!

Special thanks to LovingEco for hosting this great giveaway!

How-To Video: Easy Breezy Curls Tutorial

Think you have hopelessly un-curlable hair? I did, too. Until my stylist showed me what I was doing wrong. I made this video to share a few tips and tricks so you can create your own beachy waves, sans frustration and fall-out.

Have ideas or suggestions for other tutorials and how-tos? Let me know in the comments!

Products used in this video: got2b Rockin’ it Dry Shampoo | Shu Uemura Essence Absolue | 1.75″ ceramic curling iron purchased at Sally Beauty Supply several years ago (similar one here) | Silky Dirt | L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hold Hairspray | Redken Shine Flash 

Product Review: HANAair Professional Hair Dryer

I think I should start this post with a disclaimer: I’m no expert on hairstyling or tools of the trade. I’m probably the only one of my friends who’ve never owned a CHI flat iron, and I usually buy my hair dryers next to the deodorant at Walgreens. My stylist tried for years to teach me how to blow out my hair at home with a round brush, but I could never get the hang of it. It didn’t matter for a long time because I wore my hair really short; usually in choppy bobs that didn’t require much styling, just a little pomade and an air dry. It wasn’t until I started growing my hair out last year that I realized my styling arsenal needed an overhaul. I invested in a professional tourmaline flat iron and a ceramic large barrel curling iron, but I was still using an inexpensive Conair dryer that left my hair dried out, frizzy, and sad.

Misikko sent me the HANAair Professional Hair Dryer to review, and considering it retails for more than $300, let’s just say I had high expectations. From the first time I used it, it didn’t disappoint. It dried my thick hair in less than 10 minutes, and left it shiny and soft without dreaded amateur blow-out frizz. Like I said, I’m kind of a disaster with a round brush, and even with my mediocre skills, my results were almost salon-worthy! I did the quick little video above last night after showering and washing my hair to show you how quick and easy the HANAair is to use.

A few quick pros of this dryer: (1) It has a super-long cord, so you aren’t confined to two feet of your outlet when styling. (2) It has two super-powered speed settings and two heat settings, all of which are kind of perfect. On high speed, I’m pretty sure you could blow down one of the houses of the three little pigs. (3) It has a convenient cool-shot button that’s a switch so you don’t have to hold it down while you set your blow-out.

So, the ultimate question I’m sure you’re all asking is, “is it worth it to spend $200 on a hair dryer?” {you can buy the HANAair on sale at Misikko for $194, and get free shipping}. I’ve thought about this a lot, because I wanted to give you an honest answer. When I think about all of the $40 dryers I’ve purchased in the last three years, I imagine it has to add up to at least half of the cost of this professional dryer. I also considered all the extra time I spent blow drying before — at least 30 minutes to get my hair completely dry, followed by touching up with a flat iron to tame the resulting frizz. And after weighing out these considerations, and running my fingers through my silky straight tresses that defy the Florida humidity, I keep coming back to the same answer: Yes It Is.

>m.marie Fall Fashion Show [Video]


If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ve heard me talk about m.marie — an amazing local boutique that’s bringing really unique designer style to my [sometimes vanilla] hometown. Last Thursday the shop’s owner, Meghan, had her second annual fall fashion show. I filmed the show from my seat with my Flip Video Ultra, and put together this little video with some of my favorite looks that strutted down the runway.

I’m craving one-shouldered long-sleeve dresses after this show. 
What was your favorite piece?

>Easy Mid-Day Makeup Touch-Ups


Handy touch-up products used in this video:
Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Pink Pop
For more info on my daily makeup routine, check out this old post with another how-to video.
And for extra style and beauty stuff (and perhaps future exclusive giveaways) “like” A.P.P. on Facebook!