Oh, the never-ending saga of having dry scalp. It’s not fun or glamorous to talk about, but if you struggle with this issue like I do, you’re probably desperate for answers, products, and everything you can possibly learn to make it better.

I’ve written about my story with scalp psoriasis and what has helped me – see the post HERE. Well, I have some more products I just HAVE to share with you. 

If you’re like me, you’ve tried 9 million scalp products and 99% of them don’t work. Yeah? That’s why I feel so passionate about sharing when I find something really good. 

Enter Oribe’s Serene Scalp line. First things first – I have been an Oribe fan for several years. It is hands down my favorite hair brand for so many reasons. The entire line is vegan, gluten free, and cruelty free, the packaging is gorgeous, the products WORK and make your hair look gorgeous, and the smell of every single product from the shampoos to styling sprays are just amazing. The best ever. Read more about the fragrance from Oribe:

“Oribe’s signature scent, Cote d’Azur, runs through the line at the lightest levels, designed so that the products in each individual’s hair ritual work together…and build upon each other. Developed in collaboration with one of the oldest French fragrance houses, tracing its roots back to the 1800s, Cote d’Azur was conceived to be beautiful and bright yet calming and composed—the perfect morning wake-up call, afternoon pick-me-up and evening mood-setter. The signature scent awakens with hints of citrus-soaked Italian bergamot, pink lemons, white peach, cassis and muguet, balanced with Aomori apples and leafy greens. Cedarwood, white amber and musk lend their soft woody notes, while Cuba’s national flower, la mariposa blanca, creates a sensual and invigorating experience throughout the day.”

Back to the Serene Scalp line. The Serene Scalp Soothing Leave-On Treatment and Serene Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo have been rocking my world over the past week. 

How to use the Serene Scalp Soothing Leave-On Treatment: apply directly to the scalp and let it sit as long as you’d like. I slept with it on once and I’ve also let it soak in for a good hour before washing. Either way, it works wonders. What I love most about this product is that it’s not greasy! Can I get an amen?! For years, I had been using coconut oil on my scalp as a treatment before shampooing, and while coconut oil is all kinds of amazing, it is greasy as hell. It requires several shampoos to remove the grease factor. But not with the leave on treatment. Can you say TIME SAVING?

The shampoo: Incredible. The ingredients include salicylic acid for exfoliation and caffeine to energize the scalp among incredible oils and other potions. It smells so freaking good. And to my surprise, it works wonders. 

I’ve used this shampoo alone as well as after the leave-on treatment and it solves the dryness and flakiness issues either way. However, I prefer using the products together. I wash my hair either every day or every other day (BTW –  I don’t know how I EVER went two weeks without washing my hair…I can’t stand the feeling of it being dirty) and it’s like a little dose of luxury every time. 

Now, off to the gym for some cardio while I watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills!

xo, Lynn

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It feels like summer is already in full swing…it seems like we totally skipped over spring, does it not? 

I am a denim person year round, but there’s nothing I love more than distressed and effortless looking denim. And I feel like that style is just so SUMMER. I love all of the fun colors that are coming back into denim styles, like the pink jacket I’m wearing here. Remember when colored jeans were SO HOT? Now it’s all about the colored denim jacket. I like to roll the sleeves a bit like I did here and wear it off the shoulder a la Kim Kardashian for a cool summer look. 

Shop the best denim for summer below! 

xo, Lynn

Now this is a makeup product that is TRULY AMAZING. 

Enter: Charlotte Tilbury’s Flawless Filter. 

Let me say that there is not one Charlotte Tilbury product that I haven’t liked. But this one deserves its own blog post. 

Flawless Filter is a new product as of this year, and it does exactly what it says it does. It’s truly like a Snapchat filter in makeup form. Charlotte’s team deems it a “complexion booster”. There are so many different ways that you can use it, but the makeup artist at the Charlotte Tilbury counter told me that she likes to apply it underneath her makeup and that it acts as a primer this way. I tried applying it this way, and it was pure magic. I use a damp beauty blender and blend it in after I’ve applied my serums and sunscreen. Sometimes I just do this if I don’t want to wear a full face of makeup. I can’t go back to a regular primer and foundation now. Applying the Flawless Filter gives me that lit from within look when it’s topped with foundation. 

Flawless Filter also looks great on the traditional highlight areas: the Cupid’s bow, beneath the brows, cheekbones, and down the nose. Sometimes I apply a little more on these areas after I apply foundation (and the Flawless Filter beneath foundation). 

You’re probably wondering what the consistency is like. The bottle looks like a bottle of foundation. The applicator is a doe-foot applicator that allows for really easy distribution on the face. It is much lighter and sheerer than foundation, but it does have a little color to it (and comes in 7 different shades) in addition to a glow. No sparkle, but a definite radiance. 

Extra: the bottle is gorgeous. Very Old Hollywood style and it is perfect for Instagram. 😉

Have you tried this product? Do tell.

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DIVORCE. What a huge beast of a topic. I have never really discussed divorce here; just casual mentions of it being something I’ve gone through. I have thought about sharing my experience for 5 years, but it just seemed like too huge of a topic, too personal, and honestly, very scary to put out there. 

This post is not about my marriage or anyone but myself. I want that to be clear. This is how I felt and what helped me. 

During my divorce process, I had reached a point in my life that I felt like I was just trying to survive each day. It was the single most isolating experience I have ever gone through in my life. I was dissatisfied with life and with myself, and I wanted to change that, but I didn’t know how. I found lots of blogs and forums discussing these lofty ideas on how to discover your sense of identity and purpose, but none of them provided any practical solutions or steps. 

This post will hopefully fill that void.

I went to therapy for over a year during this time, and I am so grateful for that experience. I highly recommend going to therapy if you are able to – I looked forward to these appointments every week more than anything else. That would be my very first tip. 

Second is to write everything down. This is so key because you will forget how you felt during different times throughout the process, and when you write everything down, you will begin to see some patterns which will hopefully help you make decisions, change your perspective, and will help gain self-worth and confidence….and ultimately and let go.

Here is what REALLY helped me. I know that I would have been able to become as strong as I am now if I hadn’t written the following down.

WHAT TO WRITE DOWN

1. Your circumstances:

When I was going through divorce, I felt shame and didn’t want to see people that I knew. I felt a loss of stability and normal-ness (DUH)…it’s shocking to go through if you’ve never experienced it. When you spend years with someone, the relationship becomes a part of your identity. Good or bad, that is the reality. And then it’s gone. 

Take an assessment of where you are at this moment. Write down every single detail of where you are mentally, physically, financially, all of it. All of the facts – good bad, and the ugly. After you’ve written it all down, review everything that you wrote. Consciously accept everything that you wrote. You can say out loud, “These are my circumstances. While they’re not what I expected, I will accept them, face them, and I will be okay”. This felt really silly to me at first, but it became my mantra. I had to be okay, there was no other choice.

2. The root cause of your feelings and actions:

This part requires some very brutal honesty with yourself. It doesn’t matter who did what – what is important is to identify and work with your feelings and actions. 

Some prompts could include: “What bothers me about my divorce and why?” “What keeps me up at night?” “What is keeping me from moving forward?” If you write the answers down, I promise that you will have better insight into YOURSELF.

After you’ve written all of this down, narrow your feelings down to one or two needs. Everything you’ve written down probably leads to one or two needs. Personally, I really needed approval. I had feelings of embarrassment and shame and I did not want to be viewed negatively in any way. I think that most everyone goes through these particular feelings during divorce, but for me approval was front and center within my list. I learned that my value wasn’t based on anyone’s opinions or assessments. This was a huge realization that I want everyone going through this to discover. 

3. What you’ve learned:

Write down everything that your learned from your marriage AND your divorce. What do you know now that you didn’t know before? Is something more important to you now than it was before? Once you’ve written everything down, make it a point to remember these topics as lessons. 

Lastly, choose to let go. WOW is this hard to do. The best way I found to let go was to replace those replays and reliving the past with acknowledgement and then release. I acknowledged I was thinking those things, and then I let it go. Keeping busy and working to create the life that I wanted was the biggest driver. 

Instead of sitting around feeling bad for myself, I stopped living in the story. It was over. It was amazing how my self confidence came back like it never was there before. 

The pain does not have to stop you. Don’t let it. Do not settle. Take charge of your life and create whatever you want for yourself.

Life is hard sometimes. If you are going through a divorce or any other hardship, know that you are not alone.

I hope that this has helped just one person. I will continue to provide a platform that promotes women being the best that they can be – it’s what fires me up!

xo, Lynn

I never thought I would say that I love mom jeans…but I do. Not the kind that give you a FUPA or the acid wash kind, but modern mom jeans…AKA high waisted denim.

Let’s go back to 2001. I was wearing low-waisted EVERYTHING. Not a good look! I took it so far, too. Have you seen the Scary Movie series? I was so inspired by Kathleen Robertson as Theo with her low-waisted jeans and her g-string popping out the top. So I wore this look for awhile – HOW BAD IS THAT?! I don’t think it can get much worse.

My closet is now filled with only mid and hi-rise jeans, and I just started experimenting with the straight hem. LOVE IT. Try a straight hem jean especially if you are curvy and want to balance everything out. I linked my favorite pair below. 

I like to style my mom jeans/hi-rise jeans with a blouse tucked in to really accentuate the hourglass look or wear a more cropped top like I am here. The high waist sucks everything in when you have the right pair of jeans. The best part? When you bend over, there are no plumber moments. 

A tip when shopping for mom jeans: look for jeans that have back pockets placed higher to make your butt look perkier and aim for a little distressing. A little distressing makes your whole look more effortless.

Do you own a pair of mom jeans? Love them/hate them? Let me know!

xo, Lynn

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