My 5-year-old’s name is Westley. I affectionately call him Wild West because he’s, well, wild—as most boys his age are. And like Westley, his mane has a mind of its own.
It’s thick and curly, grows at an enviable rate (we ladies should be so lucky) and Westley has this swirl pattern in front that creates one crazy cowlick. So when it comes to cutting his hair, the stylist needs to really know what she’s doing. This can’t be her first time at the proverbial rodeo.
The Spoiled Pretty family: Arwen, Graham and Westley.
For a while, I was taking him to my hair stylist. But as Westley got older, my husband, Graham, took over the task. On the one hand, I’m grateful to Graham for helping out—since most child grooming responsibilities land on my plate, by default. But on the other hand, Graham was taking him to a whole bunch of random barber shops/salons – so there wasn’t any consistency. Sometimes the cut/style would be good and sometimes it would be really bad (like once when he brought Westley home with a buzz cut).
So a few weeks ago when Hair Cuttery contacted me about writing a review (as part of their #MyHCLook campaign), I immediately thought of Westley. It was perfect timing too because his hair was at an awkward length and he desperately needed it cut for spring school pictures. Hair Cuttery provided a gift card to try their services—so Graham took Westley to the closest location and a talented stylist named Debbie gave him a great cut.
Though I didn’t accompany them to the appointment, Graham relayed to me what a great experience they had at Hair Cuttery. Debbie took her time, was very patient with Westley and I am really pleased with the end result. I would definitely take Westley back there again. (more…)
As many of you know, I am proud mama to Westley and Arwen. And as you can imagine, I enjoy spoiling them pretty and dressing them up. Westley thinks he’s grown (he’s 5 going on 15), so he’ll wear what I pick out but styles his outfit it in a way that shows his unique personality. Arwen, my baby, is only 20 months old but is a fashionista-in-training. She gravitates to items with unique and funky details, loves sparkle and bling, and enjoys getting dolled up even when we’re just hanging around the house.
She even likes shopping online (I’m pretty sure it’s genetic). When I’m shopping on my phone or iPad, she’ll lean over and point to the things I should add to my virtual cart—or shake her head when she’s less than impressed.
That’s her pictured above—modeling a Beau Loves romper that she picked out herself from Sailor Janes, an online kids fashion boutique with really cute and trendy pieces. She loves the fringe and twirling in front of the mirror watching it sway.
My favorite thing about Sailor Janes is that they sell kids clothes that are fashion-forward and special. In fact, there are a few pieces that are so cute that I wish they had adult sizes. Seriously, I would totally rock this Wolf & Rita dress and blouse.
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My daughter, Arwen, is a Noodle & Boo baby. Seen here – with a hair brush in each hand – she is a true beauty girl in training.
Noodle & Boo, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
Noodle & Boo Newborn 2-in-1 Hair & Body Wash gently cleanses Arwen’s hair and skin without stripping its natural moisture. It’s tear-free, clinically-tested for sensitive/newborn skin, mild enough for daily use and suds up well despite being sulfate-free.
Noodle & Boo Baby Balm is a nourishing cream for face and body that soothes, pampers and provides long-lasting moisture for dry, irritated skin.
My latest Noodle & Boo discovery is their Conditioning Hair Polish, which uses sunflower seed and green tea extracts to detangle and smooth, reduce frizz and protect against environmental stress. (more…)
We now interrupt your regularly scheduled beauty programming to bring you an important public service announcement for parents. If you have small children who will soon start daycare or preschool, the following is required reading.
Arwen Grace, my chipmunk-cheeked 10 week old baby, started daycare this week. While it was difficult to return to work and leave my little munchkin in the care of others, I have to admit that it was easier the second time around. With my son, Westley, I felt incredibly guilty – like I was abandoning him. And on top of that, I didn’t know what essentials and “gear” he needed for his days at daycare. This time, I’m informed and prepared. So here’s your chance to take advantage of my expertise.
For baby, you’ll obviously need diapers, wipes, ointment and bottles, but these five must have items are the real lifesavers: (more…)