How to Avoid and Deal with a Bad Haircut

Something I will never understand is why hairstylists confuse 1-inch with 4-inches. I feel like every time I have gotten my hair cut, I give them strict instructions, and next thing I know half my hair is on the floor. So how do you avoid and deal with bad haircuts?

If there’s one thing in my life that I am a pro at, it’s dealing with bad cuts. Whether you are dying your hair, layering it, or getting a simple cut…there’s no worse feeling than walking out of a salon, disappointed with what you paid for. In order to make sure this does not happen here is a list of things that will either help you move on or prevent it from happening again.

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  • Show them pictures

The easiest way to get exactly what you want is to have pictures available. Bring in examples of what color you want, as well as pictures of the cut and texture. It is important for stylists to have a visual rather than just a description. Less room for error! Hair stylists do however know what type of style your hair will hold, so be willing to listen to their recommendations if they have some concern.

 

  • Pay attention to what they’re doing

Speak up! If you see that they are cutting way more than what you asked for, say something. It is much easy to say something while they are doing it, rather than waiting until it is too late. However, many times it may look like they are dying it too much or not enough, but they usually have a plan. Ask them to explain to you their process, this will relieve some of your stress. If you do not agree with what they are doing, ask them to stop. It is your hair, so you ultimately get the final say.

 

  • Get there early and give yourself enough time

Hair is one of those things that you just can’t rush. Stylists run on a tight schedule so getting there early is important so you can get set up and ready. They might even have an extra few minutes to see you early. Also, do not plan anything directly after your haircut, if your stylist needs to go over time, let her. There is nothing worse than rushing your hair.

 

  • Wash your hair & give it a few days

One of the first things you need to do if you are not happy with your hair is to wash it. Leaving the hair salon is never a clear representation of what your hair actually looks like. Many times they blow it out and it looks super good, but as soon as it’s time for you to style it yourself, it’s a disaster. Regardless if you like it or hate it, make sure you give it a wash before you start freaking out. Sometimes it will actually make it look better. If you still don’t like it after a few days, call the salon and let them know you need to reschedule a visit.

 

  • Tell them you aren’t happy

This is never easy for people to do and took me a few years to finally get comfortable with. YOU are paying a ton of money to get the look you want, and it is their job to help. Before you leave the salon, be honest with them about how you feel. If you have already left the salon and have gone home, call them back and see if they have time for you to come back into the salon. Hair stylists want you to be pleased with their work, so if you don’t like what they have done they will usually redo it for free. I can’t stress this enough, just call!!

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In general, the best advice I can give you is to be open with your stylist. Show them exactly what you want and don’t be afraid to voice your opinion. Once you speak up a few times it will become a lot less uncomfortable. Hair stylists have clients coming in all day long, you are not the first person who has left that salon disappointed. Speak up!!! It is also very important that even though you are stressed and unhappy, be nice. They will be more willing to help you resolve the problem if you are calm and collected.

Paleo Banana Bread

As the weather started to drop I decided it was time to make some moist chocolate chip banana bread. Now that I’ve gone paleo, I am a bit limited on what I can use while cooking. But with some trial and error, I’ve found a recipe that seriously will not let you down. This super easy banana bread is grain-free, and contains zero added sugars. Not only does it taste amazing but it also won’t make you feel bad about eating.

Enjoy!

 

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Healthy Paleo Banana Bread 

 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

 

Ingredients :

  • 2 Overripe Bananas – mashed up
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup coconut oil (can substitute for butter or ghee)
  • ¼ cup creamy almond butter (or any type of nut butter)
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 2 TBS vanilla extract
  • 2 TBS pure maple syrup
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup sugar-free chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Instructions :

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×4 baking pan with parchment paper and grease.
  2. In a bowl combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix together.
  3. In a separate glass bowl mix together melted coconut oil and almond butter until it is combined.
  4. Add in the mashed banana, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  5. Add in the eggs and stir until the mixture is smooth.
  6. Combine ingredients from both bowls together and mix until they are completely combined.
  7. Mix in chocolate chips. (leave out a handful for later)
  8. Pour mixture into the pan and bake for 35 minutes. (insert a toothpick to test whether it is fully cooked)
  9. Let the bread cool down for 5 minutes before removing from the pan.
  10. Sprinkle the rest of the chocolate chips on top of the cooled bread.
  11. Enjoy!!
– #livzkitchen ♡

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Prague, Czech Republic

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PRAGUE! I don’t need if it is because I lived here for 8 weeks or what, but this city holds a special place in my heart. The first day I got to Prague I was all by myself and spent the day exploring the city. I went for a run through the most beautiful park and just tried to take everything in. The apartment I was living in was located in Prague7, which meant I had to take the metro every morning to get to class. This took about ten minutes every day. The public transportation is super convenient and can get you anywhere in the city (you do have to watch out for pickpocketers though).

Prague is a hidden treasure in Europe. Above the city sits the worlds largest castle, which contains museums, gardens, and palaces. It is truly a fairy tale. The culture involves eating tons of great food and drinking beer during all times of the day. It’s a very good time, to say the least.

Here is a rundown of how things worked for me in Praha.

Transportation:

  • Walk
  • Metro
  • Tram
  • Uber

Okay, I’m not going to lie to you, I had a hard time finding food in Prague. Yes, there are a ton of options but most of those meals are very heavy. There are like zero salads anywhere in the city. Most of the time I ended up going grocery shopping and would just cook my own meals. When I did go out though, here is a list of my favorite restaurants.

Food:

  • Radost
  • Maitrea
  • Amuni
  • Lemon Leaf
  • U Pinkasu
  • The Tavern
  • Bistro 8 – yummy healthy brunch
  • Cobra – great for drinks
  • Café Pavlac
  • Bakeshop

Clubs:

  • Retro
  • Lucerna
  • Karlovy Lazne

  • Roxy
  • Sasazu

Bars:

  • Dog Bar
  • Anonymous Bar
  • usudu
  • Placebo

Sights:

  • Charles Bridge
  • Old-Town Square
  • John-Lennon Wall
  • Dancing House

Activities

  • Paddle boats on the river
  • Letna Beer Garden
  • Pub Crawl
  • Sparta Soccer Game
  • Swimming
  • Picnics across the city
  • Food Festivals

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Capturing the Culture

This past summer I studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. My whole life I have wanted to travel, but never had time due to athletics. The night that all the UT study abroad applications were due, I decided to last minute apply to a photography program. After a few months of anticipation, I finally got the news. I freaking got it. Right away I began saving up, and a week before I headed to Europe I bought myself a new Sony mirrorless camera.

Since I had splurged on such an expensive camera, I wanted to get my money’s worth. So I brought it with me everywhere I went. Literally everywhere. I took pictures of whatever was around me. Sunsets, babies, dancers, tourist…you name it, I took it. The greatest part of this trip was that I was able to see and experience the little things that people miss out on, on a daily basis.

 

My homework assignment every night was to pick my favorite photo of the day and write a blog post about it. Now looking back, I am able to relive all the intimate details about each day.

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If there is one thing I recommend to students going abroad is to write about every single one of your experiences. Each day goes by so fast and you want to be able to share these memories. Be aware of the small things around you because there are constantly moments happening that you will miss out on. Although you want to fully experience things, don’t be afraid to stop for a moment and take a photo. These will be with you forever.

 

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photos all by me 🙂

 

Whole30 College Edition

 

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After an entire summer of traveling Europe, trying every kind of food possible and not doing much working out, I came back to school and needed a major cleanse. My mom and sister had done whole30 over the summer and looked freaking amazing. So the day I got back from Hawaii, I started the 30 days. Now that I have finished I thought I would recap on my struggles, give recommendations for college students and just share some of my thoughts on the experience.

What is Whole30?

Well to start, Whole30 is a 30-day restrictive dietary program that aims to eliminate all potential inflammatory foods and beverages. This means no added sugars, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy products, beans, soy products, as well as ANY processed foods. So say goodbye to pasta, bread, sushi etc. So you must be thinking, WTF can I eat?

– Proteins, veggies, fruits, and healthy fats.

First Week of Whole30 in College

The thing about this diet is you can’t half-ass it. You go all in or it simply won’t work. Lemme tell you… this is really hard when you’re in college and there is alcohol everywhere. The first three or four days were for sure the hardest. Your body is not used to the diet yet so you still have intense cravings for unhealthy snacks. I had to constantly make myself busy and avoid going near the kitchen. After the 4th day, my body honestly stopped craving food. I am SUCH a foodie so I never thought this would be possible. I started eating meals for energy, not because I wanted food. Whole30 calls it, “taming your sugar dragon” and I swear it works.

 Meals

Because I no longer live in the dorms, I have access to a kitchen, which let me tell you is a GAME CHANGER. The best part of me starting this diet was that I was forced to learn how to cook. Before this, I only really knew the basics. After this month I expanded my options and became quite the chef. Here are some yummy meal choices that I used over the past month.

 

Breakfast:

  • Poached eggs on half an avocado
  • Egg hash (Eggs, Spinach, onion, whole30 sausage)
  • Sweet Potato Toasts
  • Sunnyside up eggs with Whole30 bacon

Lunch:

  • Spaghetti Squash with ground turkey meat and whole30 marina sauce (sugar-free)
  • Teriyaki Chicken bowl (coconut amino)
  • Salads
  • Chicken and vegetable meal prepped container

Dinner:

  • Everything but bagel chicken wings with green beans
  • Burgers in lettuce (bun) with primal kitchen ketchup and sweet potato fries
  • Chicken lettuce wraps
  • Zucchini noodles with grilled shrimp

 

Week Two and Three

 By the second and third week, your body is used to eating clean. I no longer craved sweets, I was able to be around food that I couldn’t eat, and it honestly did not phase me. The one struggle I had, as any college kid probably would, was not drinking. Syllabus week was tough, but if you say strict I promise it’s worth it. What I did however notice was by week 3 I was not as excited to spend the night cooking meals. I began running out of groceries and didn’t have as much time to cook. This meant that meal prepping was super key.

 

Week Four

So close… but still so far. By week four I was used to the diet and I still did not have cravings, but I did start realizing how close I was to having a margarita & chips and guacamole. I had to really stay focused on making it to day 30. My school also had their first football game that weekend, so holding back from drinking was really hard. But I was determined.

Finally after 30 days of no sugar, no carbs, no drinks… I did it. And it feels so good.

 The Positives

Now that I am officially done with whole30 I can recap on everything I enjoyed over the past month.

  • After I hit the two-week mark my skin was glowing. I don’t know if it was because I stopped eating dairy, but my skin was insanely clear.
  • You stop craving bad food. This might have been the most shocking part for me. In the span of 30 days, you eliminate the need to constantly eat.
  • You feel energized throughout the day.
  • You learn how to cook and get creative with food.
  • You lose a ton of weight.

The Negatives

  • You quickly learn how to function without certain foods so it can be hard on your body when you start incorporating them back into your diet. (blog coming soon)
  • You realize how much sugar is in everything you eat, so it never sounds quite as appetizing.
  • After you start eating normally, your cravings come back.

Eating out

Try having a D1 athlete as your boyfriend who is trying to GAIN weight. This makes it very difficult when I’m trying to eat super clean and he is carb loading. What I found was on this diet it’s kind of hard to eat out. Don’t get me wrong, it’s doable but you WILL be that annoying girl at a restaurant who makes a million requests and substitutes all sides for salad (with no dressing.) The easiest way to get through these 30 days is to simply cook for yourself. You know exactly what is going into each dish, which eliminates hidden ingredients.

Workouts

My weekly routine typically consists of 5 to 6 workouts a week. Yes, I know this is more than most college kids, but after being a D1 athlete it was just a routine that my body was used to.

However, the first week I started whole30 I had just gotten a Brazilian blowout and a new tattoo, which means no sweating for 5 days. So, for the first week, I did not work out once. And guess what…I saw insane results. Usually, after burning 600 calories, I am constantly hungry throughout the day. This made it very easy for me to cut down on food and I noticed my legs got super slim. Within the first two weeks, I shed 6lbs. Once I began Orange Theory again I needed more food throughout the day.

 The Scale

I have a very bad habit of relying on the scale to give me results. At the start of this diet, I weighed myself every few days. During whole30 you are supposed to stay away from the scale, but I honestly couldn’t help it. However, throughout the 30 days, I stopped getting the urge to do so. By the end, I felt so amazing and didn’t need a number to reassure me.

 Tips

To sum it up, here are a few tips that will help you survive whole30

  • Keep Lara bars on you at ALL times
  • Learn to love eggs
  • Meal prep on Sundays
  • Pay the extra money for primal kitchen condiments
  • Constantly look at labels, even if you assume there is no sugar, there usually is!
  • Choose a month that you are not super busy (& not during football season)