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Customize Your Hair Care

Jessica Wagner

FORMULATE

Shampoo & Conditioner Just For You + Giveaway

I love when technology and beauty care combine! The journey to healthy hair is now completely customizable right down to the ingredients and scent! FORMULATE has designed a new way to care for your locks by breaking down the details that make your hair unique to you. Based on your profile, FORMULATE chemists create the perfect shampoo and conditioner just for you. If are you aren’t satisfied with your current hair care, this might be the answer to all you problems! Head to the bottom of this post for a chance to win a set of your own customized shampoo and conditioner. 

I was lucky enough to be part of the Formulate Co. launch team. It’s no secret I like to experiment with beauty products and hair care. While I have a few hair care brands that I love, this experience has been unlike any other!

I was drawn in by the idea that everything from your specific hair type (mine is very straight and fine,) to your environment - where you reside, such as climate and region, and even what water you wash with - is all taken into consideration when mixing a formula to help you achieve your personal #hairgoals.

Back in October I tried my first round of customized shampoo/conditioner. For something of this nature I like to give a product time to review, and in this case after a month I was struggling because I ended up disappointed with my results.


FORMULATE ROUND 1

My first issue was strictly a personal thing - but I really did NOT like the scent I choose. It was overpowering. It I choose "Green With Envy" (green tea, honey) and even in light strength it gave me a headache. I later found out this is one of their stronger scents. I am super picky when it comes to scent and probably should have asked my rep first or used their live chat box, but I just found it too "floral" for whatever reason. While this is just a personal thing - that’s exactly what getting to create a custom shampoo is all about!

The second issue I had was with my results. I have fine hair and found the shampoo & conditioner weighed it down, leaving it feeling like it had a "waxy" coating on it. It didn't feel soft, bouncy or moisturized, but rather limp, and flat... I was so sad to find this, and kept giving it a try to see if it was just "a bad hair day" or the time of year/change of seasons. After some more experimenting, I decided it was due to my formulate mix and we decided to give it another go after sharing my initial feedback with the team.


FORMULATE ROUND 2

I was 100% up to “ re-formulating” to seeing if we could come up with the right mix. I also made sure to ask what was the lightest scent and choose “Tidal” which has a light warm coconut vibe. (I absolutely LOVE it and am so happy we found a scent that worked for me!) If you aren’t a coconut fan it’s more of a “sea” vibe. Very fresh and subtle.

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As for my mix I love that they provide you a full detailed list of ingredients. All formulas are sulfate free, paraben free, dye free, preservative free and curtly free! Yay! I’ve been using this new FORMULATE combo all of January. I actually also chopped my hair chin length on new year’s day! It was a month of change! Since using my new mix I love how soft and manageable my hair has been. This time of year my hair is notoriously dry at the ends and greasy at the root. I feel like it sends my oil glands into overdrive! Since using FORMULATE my hair has been holding fabulous curl, looks effortless when I air dry and even sleek when I blow dry it straight. It actually feels the healthiest it’s ever been! I’ve never had more hair-confidence! It’s voluminous and glossy. Part of this is due to cutting off my damaged dead ends, but I can tell how thick and healthy my hair feels! My long hair was always in a tangle out of the shower and in the mornings - I can’t say it’s one or the other, but there have actually been a few days that I don't even need to brush my my hair it it’s so buttery smooth! Buh-bye tangles. My #hairgoals were to mend split ends, prevent thinning, strengthen, protect my color, and support length! I would say all of these goals are being met. I naturally have brown, fine super straight hair that leans oily at the scalp and dry at the ends. Also included in their survey is scalp sensitivity - and I am not sensitive in this department, and have not had any negative reactions to either mix. When I originally took the quiz I had long hair - so the only difference I would include for my next order would be that it’s now short. Other than that, you use the shampoo and conditioner exactly as you would any other. Wet your hair, work the mix into your scalp and rise, following up with conditioner on the ends of your hair and rinse with cool water. Easy!

While I am still a fan of New Wash (you can read about it here - as my family still uses it regularly.) I also had success with Monat, which is a hair care brand I’d been using since summer and love and use a lot of their styling products. I would also still recommend the affordable luxury Target brand Kristin Ess to anyone who will listen! But, what I found with FORMULATE is how awesome it is to meet my specific needs down to the littlest details. Let me know if you all have any questions!


FORMULATE GIVEAWAY

Beauty care is a personal thing and now you can completely customize yours! Enter here to win your very own set of FORMULATE shampoo & conditioner perfectly engineered just for you based on your hair and environment. (Thank you technology!) Visit the link to enter! Good luck! Contest ends 3/5/19 and all non-winning entries will all receive a $5 off coupon code.

If you are interested in trying out a set of your own, there is a survey that will help narrow down what you need based on your responses. Give them a follow on Instagram here to stay up to date on the latest!

Holiday Red-y

Jessica Wagner

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Bow Back Jumpsuit - Gal Meets Glam

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Just in time for the holidays - the newest Gal Meets Glam collection is here to help you get holiday red-y! And it’s EVERYTHING! From dresses to jumpsuits, Julia Engle has designed joyful pieces with the woman who will be wearing them in mind! Festive colors, playful cuts, oversized bows and plenty of sparkle, each item is sure to inspire, delight, and infuse happiness into your holiday celebrations!

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A few months ago Julia teased this red jumpsuit (it also comes in pink!) and ever since I have been saving up to make this special purchase fit into my shopping budget for all of our holiday soirées! I ordered it the very second the collection launched and when It arrived, with fingers crossed, I tried it on hoping it would deliver romance and elegance. (It did!)

I can’t explain how, but this jumpsuit fits so perfectly - to the point where it feels like it was made for me! I attest this fact, to this concept - “made by a woman for a woman!” Julia just GETS IT you guys! Like perfectly. I wish I could purchase every piece from her collection!

I will admit, I am a feminine dress girl and look for pieces that are glam, romantic, and vintage feeling. Gal Meets Glam meets these goals! Plus adds a modern flair. I will buy anything with ribbons or bows. 

I think it can be tricky to find pieces that feel special and feel special sometimes! I can only imagine Julia being so precise about every detail that goes into her garments. The big red bow and the way it draps over the shoulder! The length of the wide leg jumpsuit and the way it flows with your every move!

I don’t know about you , but I am either mingling, sipping, or dancing when it comes time to hit up the holiday party scene! This is an outfit that will allow me to feel comfortable if I need to bend over, pick up my kids, kick up a leg on the dace floor, or just taking in the festive scenes around me. 

When something makes me feel beautiful and special, it’s worth the investment. Plus I love to be celebration-ready and appreciate when it’s made easy! I love that this is a one piece and elevated with the attention to detail so you don’t have to worry about adding anything extra. Julia already included all the statement-making you need

When Gal Meets Glam first launched in the spring, I purchased a pink one-shoulder dress that might still be my favorite dress ever! I will include a few photos below, as they also showcase the amount of work, thought, and attention to detail that goes into each item until it’s perfect! Julia - your passion and mission to create beautiful dresses for women to feel amazing in, is 100% coming true! 

If you are looking for something to elevate your holiday gatherings this season check out the full collection here, or just visit for some major holiday inspiration in all silhouettes, prints and sizes!

I’m wearing Carmen in the shade of ruby. Both my pieces have fit true to size, and sizes range from 00 Petite - 20, which is similar to (16W-18W.)

Right now Gal Meets Glam has 40% off select dresses and styles!

Field of Dreams

Jessica Wagner

Fall In Love With Relaxed & Happy Bohemian Style

Once in awhile you discover something that feels like home. Call it a vibe, call it a tribe. Call it bohemian meets shabby chic! I think I have found a new tribe. Or at least the vibe I wish I evoke.

Lately I have been majorly inspired by the brand - LoveShackFancy. It’s like Cher from Clueless meets Little House on the Prairie. When you discover a dreamy free-spirit world of inspiration, you cannot keep it to yourself! It makes me want to reinvent myself. (Or at least reinvent my wardrobe.) My love for the renaissance woman is strong and l am on a mission to emulate this relaxed and happy harmony when putting together outfits.

It's is an eclectic style for sure. Probably not a look you will rock on your average day of work/running errands. While I am a proprietor of eclecticism, I also get that it's not in the books for everyday. I am also a creature of comfort (believe it or not.) I like clothing that feels relaxed and “freeing.” So, while I get that a bit of practicality is handy, I also feel most comfortable in something that probably isn’t your average daywear. It lifts my mood. It makes me happy! Sometimes I need to believe I am beautiful, wild and free. Sometimes that means putting on an oversize hat, ruffles, and spinning in a field of gold.

I believe there is no reason you can't add a pretty ribbon around your wrist, glittery heels, pink to your hair, or a statement-maker to ANY outfit. It adds intrigue. You are intriguing! Jeans and a tee aren’t always intriguing, as much as I like to rock denim and cotton, I'm one of those people that also like to mix and match. Think antique mixed with modern pieces. I do the same with my house and closet. I love pale, rosey sunset colors. Lace and feminine florals. Old and new. Victorian corsets and satin ribbon paired with moto-boots and mini skirts.

Shabby chic, often referred to as country chic or vintage chic, is a look that reminds me of warm golden days. If you also love this soft and dreamy style, you're in luck, because shabby chic designs and vintage are easy and inexpensive to achieve! 

When shopping at vintage shops or modern retailers looks for elements of lace, ruffles, and floral. LOTS OF FORAL. It’s very feminine. While a style sometimes depends the cut, I think you can create a bohemian twist with your accessories and styling. In some ways it’s more about your own outlook and imagination when looking for the right pieces.

Fashion editor Rebecca Hessel Cohen, launched LoveShackFancy with the dream of designing the perfect, laid-back bridesmaid dress. Her original hand-dyed and printed silk dresses have since expanded into a collection of gowns, day-to-night dresses, and separates. As the brand continues to grow,  LoveShackFancy stays true to her original vision of "dancing barefoot in the garden under themoonlit summer night."

I'm pretty sure I want to always be prepared for dancing barefoot in a garden at a moment’s notice. I’m also aware that I live in Ohio and not the tropics! (So maybe we just need to be prepared to dance in the wheat field in a few 100 additional layers!)

I love second-hand and anything up-cycled. Some days I like to dress edgy and dramatic. Others like a California tomboy surf-babe. I like glam and sexy for nights out. Most days I am a cross between a nerdy librarian grandma and Maria from The Sound of Music. It’s hard for me to narrow it down to just one style, when I get so much joy out of trying new things!

I've said this before, but growing up my sisters and I favorite pastime was playing dress up. Maybe it was a form of escape. Maybe it still is... creative outlets are rejuvenating and oh so necessary. I dress for my mood a lot of the time. I'm attracted to ribbons and bows and florals, and romantic layers. This LoveShackFancy skirt actually has teeny tiny gold coins attached to the embroidered edges, so it jingles when you move, like little gypsy bells! Why I melt at this fact, is beyond me - but I cannot help but adore those little details. Like, to my core. This top is from local shop and favorite Ragazza, my hat is from Zara and my basket is from Free People.

I have been in a bit of a creative rut lately - feeling run down and uninspired. Maybe it’s the change of seasons? Trying to prioritize and make time for the creative side leave me with early mornings or late at night…. but it cannot be forced. I am hoping to get back to sharing more of my everyday style on this platform, and hopefully inspire you to change up your normal - even if it’s just with a fun new skirt or hitting up a vintage shop and walking out with something that feels exciting to wear! I want to encourage you to find what makes your heart sing.

Maybe it’s taking pictures with your soulmate on the side of the road at sunset. Maybe it’s slowly rebuilding your wardrobe to reflect quality over quantity. Looking for special details vs. impulse buys. Maybe it’s taking time to dream a little. Maybe it’s trying something new - rock climbing or cake decorating! Maybe it’s as simple as listening to that voice inside you - and building upon it… whatever it is for you follow your dreams. <3 <3 <3


Outfit Details

Hat: Zara Sunglasses: Chloe (old) Top: Ragazza Skirt: LoveShackFancy (on sale!) Necklace: C Sterling / Kendra Scott Basket: Free People