sleek and straight hair with ghd

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When ghd (aka ‘good hair day’) asked me to give one of their straighteners I was excited to try out a hot tool from a brand that is so well respected in the hair industry. I chose their ghd 1″ professional styler in the oh so cute jade color and wanted to give a run down of how to achieve a sleek, smooth style that will last.

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A plethora of products is nearly as essential as the hot tool itself. I use Living Proof Perfect Hair Day, Living Proof Satin Hair Serum and Oribe Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Spray which helps to protect your hair and give a lacquer finish.

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First, I cocktail the cream and serum in my hand, blend and then distribute evenly through my hair and comb through with a wide tooth comb before blow drying.

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The before: I have naturally wavy hair so this is already having been brushed through and “straightened” as much as possible when blow drying.

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Sectioning off your hair is one of the best pieces of advices I can give when straightening your hair. I use a clip to clamp half up and then spray the heat lacquer spray and further section off to straighten section by section.

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Straighten s-l-o-w-l-y. One of the most common mistakes is running your straightener over your hair too fast causing you to have to do it more and more vs. just going slowly and effectively. ghd straighteners use advanced ceramic heater technology to provide smoother, shinier results.

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One of my favorite features of this straightener? Sleep Mode that switches the tool off when it is not used for 30 minutes. Who else has left the house and then panicked they left their straightner on? (THIS GIRL. All too often I’m afraid…)

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The straightener also has a round barrel meaning it can create curls and waves in addition to straightening meaning its perfect for travel (leave that curling iron behind!). As your last step, take a stitch more straightening serum and run it over your ends and any fly aways.

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Et voila – follow the above steps and you’ll have sleek hair that also stays straight (what every girl really wants am I right?) Hope you find this helpful, love seeing me in my pink robe (a bridesmaid gift from the wedding the other weekend!) and enjoy the sneak peek into my bathroom :). Happy Tuesday, all!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ghd but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make this blog possible. 

[All photos by Alyson Buck; Last photo by Bekka Palmer Photography]

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outfit // business casual

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Another take on black, white and red today (similar to a few weeks ago) from what I wore to travel to Cincinnati last week. As some know, I work in public relations full time. It involves long hours a lot of the time, constant connectivity and travel but thankfully also…it rarely involves having to dress up. Since I work at an agency attire is casual and rather laid back (I still wear heels most days though, naturally) but every now and then when seeing clients I have to dress up. I keep these J.Crew Pixie pants in rotation for client meetings and a plethora of pencil skirts (suits are so not my thing) as my versions of business casual.

Some great black and white pieces rounded up below (and many of them are under $100!)

I hope you had a great weekend. My highlight was the Global Citizens Festival in which I saw No Doubt, The Roots, Fun, Carrie Underwood, Sting and Jay Z with a surprise performance by Beyonce. #holygrail in my book.

Outfit: Zara top, J.Crew Pixie pants, Levi’s jacket, Pour La Victoire heels, Kooba Jax bag (c/o – last seen here), Warby Parker Madison sunglasses (c/o), La Mer watch


[Bekka Palmer Photography]

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w&w weekly roundup

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Man, this week felt like a long one. I’m running low on energy and feeling like I need a bit of a reset. After the wedding festivities the other weekend I let myself go and haven’t been working out (with the exception of last weekend’s 10K) and eating basically whatever I want. Gotta get myself in check! I hope this weekend is just the ticket.

I hope you have a great one and enjoy my roundup this week!

  • I loved this read on the president of Estee Lauder.
  • StyleList included me in a roundup of ways to wear leather this fall – check it out here.
  • I’m loving this satchel for year round structured style.
  • Street style inspo from The Zoe Report.
  • I’m so excited that I added these to my fall wardrobe at long last.
  • I swooned over so many of these jackets.
  • I adored this look from Caroline.
  • I admit it, I am obsessed with this song.
  • How cute is Mackenzie in her new trench?
  • J.Crew has so many good new arrivals for Fall. I particularly love this sweater.

And in case you missed it…

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