Where in the world is Simply Sapough?!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

What a whirlwind the past (almost) two months have been! The hubs and I are starting a new adventure and Simply Sapough will be back up and running by the end of the summer. 
Stay tuned, loves!

Why I Use Protection (on my hair, silly!)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

If you're anything like me, you know how expensive going to the salon can be. The last time I got my hair highlighted (partially) without a cut or style, was $160. Maybe you have $160 just lying around waiting to be spent, but I sure don't! That's why I do everything I can to take care of my colored hair by using protective products. 

The HASK Kalahari Melon Oil collection is my daily go-to for hair care. This line of products helps protect your hair from fading and damage that occurs on a daily basis. Kalahari melon is found in the desert and is known for holding in moisture, keeping my blonde locks looking healthy and bright! To avoid frequent trips to the salon, HASK is a lifesaver!

Kalahari Melon Oil Shampoo and Conditioner is perfect for everyday use. Shampoo your hair using the product as normal (wet, lather, rinse) and then apply the conditioner. Letting it sit for a minute or two before rinsing is ideal.

I use the deep conditioner once a week (but twice is acceptable!). After applying to wet hair and massaging in, leave the treatment on for 10 minutes before rinsing.

To add a protective shine, I apply the SHINE oil to either wet or dry hair. This gives my hair a silky, soft finish that lasts all day!

Do you color your hair? 
How do you protect your investment?

*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. 

What I've learned from Grey's Anatomy

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

We all have that one show we could binge watch for hours. Mine is Grey's Anatomy. I didn't start watching it until about two years ago. Since then, I've seen the entire series...twice. After watching over 250 episodes, here are a few things I've learned from Grey's Anatomy.

"The problem with secrets is even when you think you're in control, you're not." 
Meredith Grey

"She's my person. If I murdered someone, she's the person I'd call to help me drag the corpse across the living room floor. She's my person." 
Christina Yang

"Did you say? I love you? I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life...did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work towards it. But every now and then, look around. Drink it in. 'Cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow." 
Meredith Grey

"It's good to be scared. It means you still have something to lose." 
Richard Webber

"When the ground gives way and your world collapses, maybe you just need to have faith and trust that you can survive this. Maybe you just need to hold on tight. And no matter what, don't let go." 
Meredith Grey

"Bad things happen, but you have to move past it. Leave it behind. The sooner, the better. Or it'll cut away at you and stop you from moving forward." 
Miranda Bailey 

"Not everybody has to be happy all the time. That's not mental health. That's crap." 
Meredith Grey

"Change; we don't like it, we fear it, but we can't stop it from coming. We either adapt to change, or we get left behind. It hurts to grow, anybody who tells you it doesn't is lying. But here's the truth: Sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same. And sometimes, oh, sometimes change is good. Sometimes change is everything." 
Meredith Grey

"SHUT UP! Dance it out." 
Christina Yang

What's your go-to show?
 Are you guilty of binging?

8 Tips for Summer Skin Care

Monday, May 2, 2016

 No one has to tell you to wear sunscreen anymore – it’s common sense! With all the attention that skin cancer has received in recent years (which is great!), people are now more aware than ever about protecting themselves from the harmful rays of the sun. It’s important to care for your skin and use sunscreen year round, but there are also several other ways you can watch out for yourself! Here are 8 simple tips for summer skin care.

1. LUSCIOUS LIPS - Are you more of a glossy girl or a balm babe? For summertime, it’s best to lean more towards balm’s as they help lock in moisture and hydrate your lips for longer. Also, don’t forget to look for lip balms with an SPF of at least 15 – don’t want your kissers to get burned!

2. DON'T SCRATCH - Bug bites are inevitable and depending on where you live, they can be absolutely dreadful! Here in the south, we go through a lot of bug spray in the summertime! Be sure to keep (safe, read the ingredients first!) bug spray around and a cortisone cream on hand (for when the bites happen). Try to avoid scratching as this will only result in scabs and potential scars (yikes!)

3.WEAR PROTECTION - Protection for your face, that is. Avoid clogging your pores and causing potential breakouts by using a sunscreen designed specifically for your face. Some sunscreens can leave your face feeling oily and less than perfect. Your face is some of the most delicate skin on your body and deserves to be treated with respect. Sunscreen, or a moisturizer with SPF, should be a routine in your morning beauty regimen.   

4. HIDE YOUR FACE - Okay, don’t actually hide your face, but don’t be afraid to wear a hat to help protect your face from being the recipient of some harsh sun rays! Not a fan of wearing hats? I’m not usually either, but there’s lots of options out there to try – from baseball caps, wide-brims, and even visors. I’d rather wear a hat any day that have a bright red Rudolph nose after a day outside!

5. SMOOTH IT OUT - Exfoliation is key to getting rid of dead skin cells and cleaning out your pores. For best results use a natural exfoliator two-four times a week (or as directed). This will help keep your face soft and smooth and will leave you feeling confident!

6. QUENCH YOUR THIRST - Adequate hydration is always important but is absolutely crucial during the summer months! Even if you don’t have a bottle of water handy, you can even consume foods that are composed of high water concentrations such as watermelon, blueberries, and cantaloupe!

7. TAKE IT OFF - Naturally, we all sweat more when it’s warm outside- some of us more than others! It’s so important to take off your sweaty clothes when they become noticeably damp! Back and chest bumps can become more problematic when there is wet clothing sitting on the skin for long periods of time. Taking a shower is another great solution to dealing with sweat and preventing the dreaded “bacne” (back acne).

8. RUB IT IN - It’s just as important to keep your skin hydrated as it is your body! Applying lotion after you shower is a great way to lock in moisture while providing nourishing hydration to your parched summer skin. This will help keep you summer glow looking on fleek!

Now get out there and safely enjoy the summer sunshine, love, you deserve it!

This post can also be found on my sweet friend Erica's blog  http://www.chicchicagostyle.com/.

25 Things Every Woman Should Know Before 25

Friday, April 29, 2016

In exactly six months from now, I will be celebrating my quarter century birthday, the big 2-5. In honor of this upcoming year, here are the top 25 things every woman should know before 25. 

1. TRAVEL ALONE – Be comfortable in booking and planning trips for business and pleasure. Know the best days to book a flight and how to tip appropriately when at a hotel.

2. FAMILY IS IMPORTANT – Never take them for granted. Call them, check in, and visit often. Because one day, that opportunity may not be there.

3. MANAGE YOUR HEALTH – Take vitamins and eat well. See the doctor when you need to as to not prolong illness or injury.

4. TRUST YOUR PARENTS – They’ve been there and probably done that. They know what they’re talking about. Listen to them.

5. BE A GOOD HOUSE GUEST – Don’t stay with friends or family and leave your bed unmade or the bathroom full of your crap. Pick up after yourself and use your best manners.

6. JUST WALK AWAY – Whether it’s a job, friend, or town - know when it’s time to go. Your happiness is more important than just staying around to please someone.

7. SAY "NO" – It’s okay to be selfish sometimes. Don’t say yes to something if you know you don’t have the time, energy, money, or resources.

8. SIZE IS JUST A NUMBER – Just because the size tag in your jeans says one thing, doesn’t mean that number is a reflection of your beauty. Own it, work it.

9. NOTHING GOOD EVER HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT – Go to bed at a reasonable hour. There is no need to go out or stay up late; you need your sleep!

10. VOTE – You have no right to complain if you didn’t take the time to vote.

11. DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK – For a raise, a date, or a blog collaboration! The worst thing anyone can ever do is say “no”.

12. DON'T BE FRIVOLOUS – Are you spending every last penny you have or are you being smart and saving for those unexpected expenses? Don’t spend it just because you have it.

13. BE PASSIONATE – Enjoy what you do. Love it and share that love with others.

14. DRINK RESPONSIBLY – I’m not really in to drinking, but I know a lot of people are. Know when to stop and how to handle yourself if you do decide to participate.

15. REVAMP YOUR CLOSET – Stop dressing like a teenager. That mini skirt and crop top may have been cute two years ago, but now….not so much.

16. KNOW HOW TO MAKE SMALL TALK – Be able to strike up a conversation with any and every one. You never know who you might meet.

17. ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS – Stop and smell the roses every once in a while. Notice the beautiful blue sky and admire the birds chirping.

18. BE HONEST – Don’t lie to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. Always tell the truth.

19. OWN UP TO YOUR MISTAKES – We all screw up, so don’t feel like you’re alone. Just admit it and MOVE ON.

20. DO WHAT YOU LOVE – Even if no one else gets it. Love reading? Read. Love singing? Sing. Love dirt bikes? Ride it.

21. DON'T GET STUCK – Don’t be complacent. Always strive to be a better person.

22. BE CONFIDENT – “You is smart. You is kind. You is important.” (The Help) Treat yourself that way – you deserve it.

23. BE THE BEST YOU YOU CAN BE – Dress the part, talk the talk, and walk the walk. Never settle for “okay”.

24. TAKE A DECENT PICTURE – Know how to take an appropriate picture – you’ll need it for your professional connections.

25. DANCE LIKE AN ADULT – Sorry, friends, but club grinding is no longer appropriate…especially, at your work Christmas party.