Easy Beachy Waves with John Frieda Beach Blonde

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The beach is my happy place – if I could, I would be there every single day. I love relaxing, reading a magazine and soaking up the sun. And one of my favorite things about leaving the beach is the naturally wavy texture of my hair from the salty ocean water. But the reality is that I can’t get real beach hair on a daily basis, so that’s where John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ Sea Waves™ Sea Salt Spray comes in.

John Frieda Beach Waves Tutorial on DailyKaty.com

Way back in high school, I remember using John Frieda® Sheer Blonde™ shampoo and conditioner, which are still available in updated versions. My hair is naturally blonde, so I was drawn to the products because they were made just for my hair – and I had such a great experience with them that Sheer Blonde has been a regular in my shampoo/conditioner rotation for years (I tend to switch it up after a bottle is gone, as I think my hair benefits from the change).

When I heard about the new Beach Blonde™ line, I was excited to try them out. Based on the name, I thought these products were also designed with blondes in mind, but turns out they’re actually great for all hair colors if you’re looking for a beachy look. I have long, fine hair, but lots of it, so my hair is usually pretty straight unless I’ve been in salt water or it’s a humid day. The Beach Blonde™ Sea Waves™ Sea Salt Spray made my hair look very similar to a post-beach day look – lots of texture and undone waves – thanks to the natural sea salt in the spray. Plus it has a really nice coconut scent!

John Frieda Beach Blonde Tutorial on DailyKaty.com

Here’s how to get my beachy waves (of course, results will vary based on your hair type):

  1. Wash your hair with Beach Blonde™ Cool Dip™ Purifying Shampoo, which leaves your hair with texture.
  2. Finish with Beach Blonde™ Smooth Seas™ Detangling Conditioner, which does a great job detangling my hair (this is an important step with my hair!). Both this and the shampoo have a cool minty scent that made my shower smell so refreshing.
  3. Towel dry your hair and then twist your hair into small section. Spray Beach Blonde™ Sea Waves™ Sea Salt Spray on the twists of hair.
  4. Blow dry on low with a diffuser, spray a little more Sea Salt Spray and you’re good to go!

Another style I tried out today is this super easy side braid. I sprayed the Beach Blonde™ Sea Waves™ Sea Salt Spray on my damp hair, added the braid, scrunched my hair a little with my hairs and let it air dry on my way to work. Only takes a few minutes!

John Frieda Beach Waves Tutorial on DailyKaty.com

You can pick up all three of these John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ products at Walmart (an easy way to find the closest store is to go to “free pickup” on the product page and type in your zip code – it will bring up stores that sell them). Here’s where I found them at my local store.

John Frieda Beach Blonde Tutorial on DailyKaty.com

For more on John Frieda® and the Beach Blonde™ line, visit JohnFrieda.com. You can also follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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Have you tried any of the John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ products? What’s your favorite summer hairstyle? Let us know in the comments below!

Friday Faves {July 10, 2015}

This week was a long one after a holiday weekend, but Friday is finally here! Lots of sunshine is in the forecast here, so I’m looking forward to a few good beach days. Here are my Friday Faves to kick it off…

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  •  Stylish sandals that don’t hurt. I need to get my hands on these. I’ve had my eyes on gold Birkenstocks for a while now and I’m pretty impressed that comfort-first brand Dr. Scholl’s has equally as on-trend options too (here and here). {via bustle.com}
  • Cold brew coffee. This black coffee addict loves everything about this. And now it’s at Starbucks. As in one block from my office, which is either a really good or bad problem… you decide. {via eonline.com}
  • Nordstrom sale + my favorite lip stain. I’m sure you’ve heard that the Nordstrom sale is on for cardholders and it will soon open up to everyone 7/17. I couldn’t resist buying this set of my favorite lip stain. I wore it on my wedding day and have pretty much every day since in about a million different colors. Grab this – it’s such a deal, you are basically getting one free (they’re not cheap on the reg). I also love everything Kendra Scott and this bracelet goes perfectly with my everyday bangles (I’m an Aquarius, so amethyst everything). More sale finds coming soon… {nordstrom.com}
  • Make your house look guest-ready. Without spending hours cleaning, that’s the key. I’m certainly not a neat freak. In fact, my husband calls me a slob. I’m organized in my own ways, like at work, and I do like a clean kitchen, but when it comes to putting away laundry… not so much. This post has a quick list of ways to make your house look put together if you happen to have a last-minute guest coming over. {via apartmenttherapy.com}

Sunday Sale Finds {Vol. I}

For me, Sundays are typically a good balance of relaxing and catching up on my to do list. I also find myself browsing online sales, so I decided that Sundays on the blog are now for sale finds. To kick it off, I’m sharing some J. Crew Factory sale finds, all of which you can shop below (and I’m sharing even more via ShopStyle.it on Instagram – @dailykatyblog). So many items are 50% off and then you can get an additional 20% off most of them with code HOTSALE! I can’t decide what to buy – too many good options!

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Shop the Looks:

Bikini Top / Bikini Bottom / Tunic

Romper / Shorts / Shirt / Skirt

Flats / Bracelet / Gold Sandals

4th of July Style & Easy, Festive Dessert

Happy July 4th! Hope you’re all having a good long weekend so far. We went to a family barbecue at my husband’s cousins beach house yesterday and it was such a beautiful day. I was excited to get festive and found some great deals on patriotic style finds earlier this week. Shop the post using the links below – the sunglasses are my new faves from Woodzee, the shorts are only $15 and so comfy and the tank is nice and lightweight for summer. And the white nail color is from the Ciate London South Beach Socialite Collection and makes you look super tan.

For more red, white and blue finds, follow me on Insta (@dailykatyblog) and “like” any of the posts with this outfit. You’ll get a shoppable email to your inbox with lots of items on sale (just sign up for ShopStyle first). I’m also Insta-documenting my weekend with recipes, outfits and more.

Also, if you’re looking for an easy, festive dessert to bring to a party, just buy some pretzels or Oreos, white chocolate and sprinkles. Melt the white chocolate using the microwave or a double boiler (I made a makeshift double boiler with a pot and glass bowl over it), dip the pretzels and Oreos in it and top with sprinkles! It took me a couple batches to get the hang of it, but I’ll definitely be making these again soon.

Have a great day with friends and family!

xo, Katy

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Shop the Look:

Shorts / Tank / Sunglasses c/o Woodzee

Nails c/o Ciate London / Lips

July 4th Style on DailyKaty.com

July 4th Style on DailyKaty.com

July 4th Style on DailyKaty.com

July 4th Style on DailyKaty.com

July 4th Style on DailyKaty.com

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Layered Greek Dip {Recipe}

Happy July 4th weekend! We just arrived at our first beach spot of the weekend to spend the day with family in the sunshine. I went on a dip making mission last night and made this one for today. It’s a layered Greek dip that starts with hummus, then has a Greek yogurt mixture in the middle and is topped off with lots of veggies and feta. Full disclosure, it tastes better than it looks – layered dips are hard to photograph. This dip is also super easy, so if you need a last-minute appetizer, this is a good option. Full recipe below – hope everyone has a great long weekend!

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Ingredients:

  • 8 oz hummus
  • 1  1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 6 oz whipped cream cheese
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh dill
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp minced red onion
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1 cup diced roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced Kalamata olives

Directions:

  • Mix together the Greek yogurt, cream cheese, garlic, dill, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Spread the hummus across the bottom of  a 8″ x 8″ or 11″ x 7″ glass dish.
  • Add the Greek yogurt mixture on top of the hummus.
  • Top with the veggies – red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, roasted red peppers – and end with olives and feta.
  • Serve with pita chips, tortilla chips or whatever you’d like!

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Layered Greek Dip Recipe on DailyKaty.com

Layered Greek Dip Recipe on DailyKaty.com

Bridal Shower Style with Florals

Wedding season is here and with that comes bridal showers. I’m loving all things floral this spring when it comes to style, so I was excited for an opportunity to wear this Sugarhill Boutique Cara Pink Floral Print Midi Dress from Lulu*s. It’s less than $80, comfy and can be worn on lots of occasions. Shop the post using the links below and have a great weekend!

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Shop the Outfit:

Dress c/o Lulu*s (under $80!) / Earrings / Bracelets

Wedges (old – similar here + here) / Clutch (old – similar here)

Note: Lulu*s is always restocking their clothes and accessories, so if you click the link to purchase and don’t see your size, just check back soon or enter your email address to be notified when it’s back in stock!

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Shop the Makeup:

 Eyeshadow + Foundation c/o bareMinerals

Mascara c/o Avon / Eyeliner + Brightener c/o Tarte

Bronzer c/o Too Faced / Lips / Nails

 

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Pesto Pasta, Chicken Sausage & Brussels Sprouts {Recipe}

I’ve been loving brussels sprouts lately and today I’m sharing a new favorite recipe that combines them with pesto, pasta and chicken sausage, which I found on Gimme Some Oven and made a few tiny tweaks to. This is definitely something I’ll be making again this summer – I love that it’s a pasta dish but also incorporates a veggie and has chicken sausage to keep it on the healthier side. Next time I’m going to try it with homemade pesto – just didn’t have the time or ingredients this time. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, outer leaves removed, sliced in half
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 lb whole wheat orecchiette (or pasta of your choice)
  • 4 Italian chicken sausage links, sliced into 1/8″ thick coins
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup pesto
  • Red pepper flakes, as desired
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine brussels sprouts, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  • Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and arrange brussels sprouts on it. Cook for about 20-30 minutes, stirring a few times, until they are crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside. Start boiling water for pasta. Take the brussels sprouts out of the oven when done and set aside.
  • Heat the remaining olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring and turning occasionally, until they start to brown. Add the garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water (reserve a bit of pasta water), and then combine the pasta, pesto, cooked sausage and garlic, and brussels sprouts. If you need extra moisture, add some reserved pasta water.
  • Serve with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.

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What are your favorite brussels sprouts recipes? Let us know in the comments below!

Sale Finds {Shop the Post}

If you’re looking for summer clothes and accessories, now seems to be the time to buy. I’ve been seeing great stuff pop up on sale all over the place! Today I’m sharing some of my favorite items on sale, all of which you can shop using the links below. If you want even more of my sale picks, just head on over to Instagram (@dailykatyblog) and “like” the post with the image below. You’ll get a shoppable email to your inbox with lots of items on sale (just sign up for ShopStyle first). Enjoy!

 

Sale Finds {Shop the Post on DailyKaty.com}

Shop the Looks:

Bag / Boyfriend Jeans / Maxi Dress / Sunglasses

Bikini Top & Bottoms / Romper / Wedges

Black Sandals / Tan Sandals / Necklace / Earrings

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway

I’m at that age where every spring through fall, we have lots and lots of weddings to attend. I personally love weddings, mainly for two reasons: getting dressed up and celebrating with friends, many of which we don’t get to see often. And these events always result in lots of photos, so many that I whatever dress I wore ends up at the back of my closet, never to be worn again.

This past weekend was the wedding of one of my best friends from college, and I was excited to switch up my wedding style because she was having more of a casual outdoor party by the beach rather than a formal ceremony and reception. I knew I wanted a floral maxi dress, but all of the ones that I was finding in stores were a) expensive and b) I couldn’t see myself wearing them on multiple occasions to justify the expense.

In comes Rent the Runway… a service that lets you rent beautiful dresses for a small fraction of their retail value. They make it so easy (on both my to do list and bank account) that I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever actually purchase a special occasion dress again. Why spend $500 on a dress I know I’ll only wear once when I can rent it for $100? And why spend $100 on a new but not-as-nice, cheaper dress that I still will only wear once? Might as well look and feel better for that $100!

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Shop the Post:

c/o Shoshanna Dress via Rent the Runway / Bag (sale!) 

Sandals (sale!) / Earrings (only $15!) / c/o bareMinerals Foundation

Lips / Mascarac/o Too Faced Bronzer & Blush / Nails

 

To find the perfect dress to rent, I went to RentTheRunway.com, entered in my size and delivery date, then filtered my search further by length (long) and formality (daytime). There are lots more filter options (color, body type, designer, etc.) to help you find the best option, as there are thousands of dresses from 250+ designers to choose from. I’m a big fan of Shoshanna dresses and found two that I loved, so I decided to rent both, as you can rent a backup size for free and also add a second dress for $32.50 (the rentals themselves start at just $30). One of the best things about Rent the Runway is that their users give lots of feedback on the dresses, so you don’t have to guess if the dress runs long, doesn’t have any stretch, etc.

Once you select your dress(es), you just wait for it to arrive on your delivery date, wear it and throw it in the prepaid (free) UPS envelope to be shipped back – you don’t even need to worry about dry cleaning. You can choose to have your rental for 4 or 8 days – I went with 4 and had it delivered on Thursday before the wedding, then dropped it in the mail on Sunday.

Here are the two Shoshanna dresses I went with (shop them here: left, right)…

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After trying them on, I fell in love with the purple floral Shoshanna Hydrangea Garden Maxi, though I may have to rent the other one for a different occasion. From there, all I had to do was accessorize with sandals, a bag and earrings (all on sale!), put on some makeup and I was good to go. For makeup, the YSL lip stain I’m wearing is one of my all-time faves, and I also used bareMinerals READY Foundation, Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer and Avon Big & Daring Mascara. Before the big day, I got a mani pedi with this light blue color – perfect for spring/summer.

My Rent the Runway dress worked out perfectly, we had a great weekend with our friends, and on Sunday, we were all ready to go home and take a nice long nap to recover (see last pic below of our pup Hank on the car ride home). More pics are below!

Join Rent the Runway and you’ll get $25 off your order of $75+ (valid for new customers). You can rent (and shop!) my dress using the links in this post, and for more of my favorites from Rent the Runway, follow me on Instagram (@dailykatyblog) and “like” the post about Rent the Runway. You’ll get a shoppable email to your inbox with lots of summer dress options to rent (just sign up for ShopStyle first).

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com
Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

**While I was provided a complimentary dress rental for review, all opinions are my own.**

National Best Friends Day

I’ve been a little MIA here on the blog and on social media the past week, but it comes with good reason. My best friends from college have been in town for our friend’s wedding and we had a perfect weekend of catching up and celebrating over lots of food, drinks and everything else that comes with a beautiful weekend in one of my favorite places, the Seacoast of New Hampshire. As I finish recovering from this weekend and missing my girlfriends already, I wanted to share one of my favorite quotes in honor of National Best Friends Day. I’ll be back with more wedding fun and other posts this week!

xo,

Katy

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