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Friday, March 9, 2018

Breezy Maxi Dress + My New Hair Extensions

A popular trend I am seeing so much of for this Spring and Summer is the simple cut out detail.  

I love how on this maxi dress the cut out breaks up all the black with just a touch of skin showing.  But it's not so much that I feel uncomfortable.  I think maxi dresses are adorable, but sometimes it's hard for me to find one that doesn't drag the ground (I'm only 5'3").  This one fit perfect, both in length and in the top (wearing an XS).  The material is a breezy, gauzy material, so when the humidity here in the South kicks in, I will still be able to wear it.

I also need to mention this straw bag!!!  It's a good one.  Like "one you need in your closet now" good.  I was sold on the bamboo handles...such a fun touch.  It also has a strap so it can be worn crossbody which is a big plus for me.  I like having my hands free when I'm out running around town.  The bag also comes in black and coral and is under $50!

    In the world we live in today, there are so many ways to enhance areas of ourselves that we may feel less confident about.  I'm not suggesting that these are right for everyone, but if you are wanting a little boost in an area where you feel less confident, you have options!  The great news is that these are not permanent. 

If you have thin eyebrows - there's microblading
If you have thin eyelashes - there's eyelash extensions
For nail polish that lasts 2 weeks - there's gel polish 
For a safe Summer tan - there's sunless tanning lotion
If you want longer, thicker hair - there's hair extensions

It's been 1 week since I got my hair extensions and just like my hair dresser predicted, I am in love!!  Yes it took a couple days to get used to the extra hair, but now it feels like I've had them forever. I'm sharing all about my experience with extensions below.

Black Maxi (20% off) (wearing XS) // Sandals (go up 1/2 size) // Earrings ( 6 colors) // Straw Bag (3 colors, under $50) // Sunglasses sold out, similar here and here



I was recently introduced to DaNae at The Cottage Salon in Durham, NC and was so excited to work with her.  DaNae has been doing hair for years, but loves doing extensions best.  She loves the transformation and being able to give clients the hair they've always wished for!!  DaNae has been doing extensions for over 6 years, so she know what she's doing and how to keep your hair healthy during the process.  If you're on the fence about extensions or just want to know more, set up a consultation with her.  She can answer all your questions.

DaNae also does cuts, colors, etc.  So even if you aren't looking for extensions, she's got you covered.  If you're in the Raleigh/Cary/Durham area, be sure to give her a call!!

Isn't the decor in the salon gorgeous?!

(Before hair)

My hair before extensions was ok, it was slowly growing longer, but didn't have the extra length and volume I really wanted.  

(keratin bonded)

With this type of hair extension, small sections of extensions are attached to small sections of my hair.  There was no heat involved with attaching these.  The goal is obviously to keep my hair as healthy as possible, so I was happy to not have any extra heat used on my hair.  I had 150 pieces of the extensions attached to my hair.  That's a lot, which is why it can take 1.5 to 2 hours to apply.  

With these extensions, I wash, dry and style as usual.  The bonds are close to the roots, so they really don't get in the way of brushing or curling, but you do have to be mindful and careful that they are there.  I've continued using my 1 in. curling iron because I like tighter curls.  Plus, they always fall a bit throughout the day.  I do miss the top knots on top of my head.   That was my go-to at the end of the day and while sleeping.    

(after hair)

These initial curls fell out pretty quickly because the extensions were so new and hadn't been washed yet.  Once I washed my hair the following day, they really started holding the curl better.  Actually, once I curl my hair in the morning, it lasts all day, even into the next day! 

* The first few days, my hair/head was a little sore.  Especially at night, when I laid my head on the pillow.  Luckily, that only lasted 3 nights.
*  At night, it's recommended that you wear your hair in a loose braid, low ponytail or low loose bun to keep the hair from getting tangled.
* It's best to use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner so the bonds don't loosen.
*These extensions last about 3 months, maybe longer, depending on how well you take care of them.

Salon pictures taken by TWill Photography


  1. Love your dress and those extensions look fabulous!!


  2. Your hair looks gorgeous!!! And I love that subtle cutout. It adds a sexy touch without going overboard

  3. I'm totally A-Ok with hair extensions, microblading (I want to do it), gel polish and the like. And I love your straw bag.

  4. I have never tried on extensions but have always wanted to. Your's look SO natural. Loving the Maxi too.


  5. I get the maxi struggle being just under 5'2 haha. This one is perfecttttt on you!

  6. I love the cutouts in this dress! So pretty babe!

  7. Your extensions looks great! And I love this maxi on you!

    Megan |

  8. This dress is so cute babe! And your hair and extensions look amazing!

    cute & little

  9. That dress is so cute! I've been looking at long maxi dresses right now-- this one is definitely a contender!

  10. That dress is the cutest! I live in maxi dresses year round! And girl, your hair looks AMAZE!!

  11. I have always wanted hair extensions but have never gotten them, yours look great!



  12. Cute maxi dress- love the cutout (and your extensions look great too!


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