Diffusing Natural Curls

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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We have had a lot of ladies email us about curls and what to do with them, so we thought we'd ask someone that has a natural curl to show us her steps and routine! The benefits of diffusing is having a more consistent curl and more (controlled) volume. So give it a try:
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Steps:
  • Having hair wet apply your products. We used Bumble and Bumble Prep, Thickening Spray, and Texture (this one is perfect for diffusing!) All great products! If you are wanting to define your curls more you may use Bumble and Bumble Defining Creme. 
  • Next bring out your diffuser. Focus mainly on the roots being careful not to break up your curl. This will build the volume and keep it consistent. 
  • Now move on to your whole head. NEVER go in from the side of your head this will create frizz. You want to cradle the hair into the basket of the diffuser and almost bounce it. Keep your curls where they naturally want to fall.
  • Once your about 90% done let the rest dry naturally while you do your make up or fold some laundry! Then perfect the curls around your face with a curling iron taming the curls that tend to frizz. (This is a key move that will help with those pesky hairs around the face)
  • Rock your beautiful mane! 

Whitney, our beautiful model (and has a cute blog) was awesome enough to share some insight into the world of her curly hair:

How do you avoid frizz in these humid summer months? 
The two powerful B's. Buns & braids. Especially the days when summer thunderstorm humidity takes over the weather. I don't dare fight that type of humidity and just my hair off my neck! At other times I use a little hair spray and try to keep my hair healthy and conditioned. But I haven't found the magic cure to anti frizz quite yet!

Whats your favorite way to style your hair?
Messy. I've given up on trying to have my hair perfectly curled so I just let it do it's thing. I absolutely love a big ol' messy bun on top of my head with a bunch of wispy curls falling all around my head. And if the event is formal, my go-to is to wear it down and curly and then take a little clip and clip it half way to the side of my neck. It takes a few minutes and looks pretty fancy!

Have you always embraced your natural curl?
Like any girl with curly hair I had my moments where I absolutely hoped and prayed that God would send some kind of new hormone that would leave me with thick, luscious, straight, shiny hair. But once I learned how to take care of my hair, I learned to really love it. I used to fight it and try to straighten it which left me with really unhealthy hair. I'm now at a point where I definitely embrace it!

What products have been your favorite over the years?
Last summer, a girl I worked with suggested that I use 'Rusk Wired'. It has been my ALL time favorite. I usually use that with a tad bit of 'Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray' (such a long name) because I love the way it smells and it enhances my curls a lot. I also cannot live without a wide-toothed comb which I use in the shower once I've saturated my hair in some conditioner.

I'm to the point where I am trying to get comfortable with letting my hair just be naturally big. I always get uncomfortable with it completely down which is why I clip it or put it in a bun a lot but I definitely am working on just being okay with it big and down. Because that isn't fun to fight and who else has so much natural volume? Curly hair really does rock!

Thank you whitney! We hope that helps answer a few questions to you that are blessed with those luscious locks! Also, as a side note- most of our updo tutorials will work for curly hair folk! In fact, you have a little bit of an advantage because your curls will hide any mistakes! So make sure to try the Messy French Twist or this Braided Fringe tutorial!


-mojo

Nursery Inspiration

Friday, July 18, 2014

Description of PhotoHard to believe we're 7 weeks away! Its flying by and catching up to us. We're not quite ready... I'm mainly waiting for our showers to see what else we still need. As far as the nursery decor, were keeping the walls the sea shell white they are and really only adding a few things. A crib obviously- which we're planning on making. A changing "table" but mainly just a dresser or table with baskets underneath? Still looking out for options. A comfortable cozy rug that doesn't leave certain little paw prints and a cheap comfortable rocker.  We're keeping his room pretttttty simple so theres really not much to do right now (except build that crib...) I did find this mobile (pictured above) that I bought in a little market in D.C. It was hand made by this couple from kenya, its perfect and exactly the esthetic of the room i'm going for! Its really all we have as far as decor but its a good start! (I like to think) We'll get more soon :) But until then, i'm constantly on the look out for inspiration. Thought i'd share some of them: 

Rug:

  • This hexagon jute rug is beautiful, but not sure how comfortable it will be on his little knees...
  • I'm kind of obsessed with this simple patterned rug! But too white? Also, a little pricey :/
  • We already have this textile rug and have contemplated putting it in his room. 
  • We're not british...but this is a fun one!
  • Love the detail on this woven rug.
  • This elephant rug might be my favorite and will try to convince the husband. So beautiful!

Changing Table:

  • We need a table/dresser that is low (since its going in front of the window and has legs (instead of flush against the floor so it doesn't block the air conditioner/heat) like this one. Great for adding baskets underneath too!
  • This is a perfect example of the shape i'm looking for. (minus the sink of course)
  • Here is another bathroom vanity that would work great for our changing table! (preferably longer and not taller)
  • We already have a changing pad- but If i can find a round pad and a large enough flat basket, we're totally doing this instead.

Storage:

  • As far as storage we have this large dark armoire we will be making into his little closet. We'll add a rod for hanging and shelves. Like this guy.
  • Or maybe just shelves like this beautiful armoire.
  • This is the same color (and around the same size) of the one we have. I like the idea of taking the doors out and showing the inside like this one.
  • Laundry baskets? I just want this adorable one.
  • For toys? I found these wire baskets on sale for 5 bucks at Urban Outfitters! 

Rocker:
Every rocker/glider I found that was visually appealing was wayyyy too expensive. Plus some just looked good and not too comfortable. So we decided to find a comfy good looking regular chair and add rockers to it. 
  • This rocking chair is the most beautiful one I could find, also the most expensive! 
  • A less cheaper version of the Anthropologie one, DIY style.
  • Here is a good list of rockers via design sponge!
  • Are hammocks out of the question?
  • We found an office chair like this (but with cushioned arms and much more comfier) at the thrift store for 12 bucks! It is beige and very simple. We will remove the wheels and replace with rockers. Add a throw pillow and a blanket and we're set! This is very untraditional but practical and budget friendly!
For the crib we are keeping that a secret until built :) can't wait to show you! It'll be pretty simple, of course. We might also add a stenciled wall or ceiling but not 100% on that. What do you think? If we do add stencils I'll most likely make it and place on the ceiling so he has something to look at. I like the idea of these stars. I've also thought about random letters or numbers??? This pastel color would look great in his room- but the stripes might be a little too detail oriented for me. I'm also leaning towards just drawing on one of his walls like this cool work of art

Lots of options! After the end of this month we'll have more in his room and i'll share photos of the progress. Such exciting times! What about you? Do you already have your nursery done? or are you like me and are procrastinating at 33 weeks? :) 

-jo



Summer Break

Monday, July 14, 2014

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Irrelephant has had our mini-Summer break for the last two weeks. I (Molly) have been out of town on various trips and Joanna belly bubble is growing larger and larger! Baby Ballentine will be with us in approximately 7 weeks! Woooooh! All that to say we are gearing up for a fun end of summer. Many hair tutorials, home DIYs, baby prepping, and summer trend posts. 

We hope you all have been enjoying your summer and we thank you for your patience while we took some time to recover and spend time with our families! 

-mojo

Gluten Free Red Velvet Cup Cakes

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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Irrelephant Blog :: GF Red Velvet Cupcakes from Kinora Films on Vimeo.

Here is the last and final Gluten Free dessert from Courtney Bryant (so sad!!) But we're working on getting her to come back and awe us with her delicious creations ;) This particular cupcake is one of my favorites, I could easily eat 15 at a time if someone left me with a full batch... You would NEVER know it was gluten free! That's one of our favorite things about courtney's recipes, they taste like they are full of badness for you. They taste like guilt. But rest easy you gluten free hippies, because these are made for you:


INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour (1 1/3 brown rice, 2/3 sweet white sorghum, 1/2 tapioca)
  • 1 2/3 cups white sugar
  • 1 tbs baking soda
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder + 1 tablespoon
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
CREME CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 1 8oz package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 to 1/2 kosher salt
DIRECTIONS: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a bowl, sift together the brown rice flour, sorghum flour, tapioca starch, baking soda, xanthan gum, salt, and 1/4 cup of cocoa powder.
2. In a large mixing bowl, beat coconut oil, butter and sugar until thoroughly combined, Next, beat the eggs in one at a time until fully inforporated. Stir in the sour cream.
3. Beat the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, alternating with buttermilk, in several additions, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix the remaining 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder with the red food coloring and vanilla extract to make a paste; gently stir into the batter. Pour the batter into sprayed cupcake tins.
4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cake comes out clean, about 20-22 minutes. Allow the cakes to cool completely before frosting.

For Frosting:

Beat together butter and cream cheese. Mix in vanilla and salt. Beat 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time.

Makes 20 cupcakes.



Thanks so much Paul and Courtney!! 

-mojo



That Smile & That Hair

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Description of Photo Description of Photo Description of PhotoHow beautiful is this woman? She has a smile that makes you want to bust in pure joy, and her hair makes us want to immediately go to a salon and get a perm! We have a simple hair tutorial for her hair texture that we'll share soon! Hope this leaves you inspired to leave that natural texture flow! especially during this summer :) We also love the natural soft make up Molly did on our model, but I think the best make up on her is her smile. So wear your smile ladies!

Apple Cobbler

Monday, June 16, 2014

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Any day is a good day for pie. Especially Mondays. Especially Gluten Free pie on Mondays. This is Courtney's 3rd GF dessert out of the 4 week series! She is the best at making things like gluten free taste amazing. Were so honored to have her cook desserts for Irrelephant!  Follow her on instagram if you want weekly GF ideas! So here it is, a delicious apple cobbler....yummm. I watched her make this and even I feel like I can achieve this! So give it a try and let us know :) Also, watch the adorable video her husband took behind the scenes of this shoot!
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Irrelephant Blog :: GF Apple Cobbler from Kinora Films on Vimeo.

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 7-9 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thin
  • 1-2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander 
  • 3 tablespoons with sugar
TOPPING:
  • 1 cup flour (1/2 brown rice, 1/4 sweet white sorghum, 1/4 tapioca)
  • 1/2 cups GF oats
  • 1 cup toasted nuts (I did walnuts, pecans and almonds)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 12 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Place apple slices in large bowl. Coat with cinnamon, coriander and sugar. Set aside.
3. In a food processor, pulse nuts, flour and oats together. Add brown sugar and mix well. Add cold cubed butter and pulse until just combined. Butter should be roughly the size of small peas.
4. Place apple slices in buttered 9" pie pan. Cover with topping and add a few more thin slices of butter on top. 
5. Bake 40-45 minutes, until golden brown.
6.Serve hot with ice cream!

Note: The topping will make more than you need for a 9" pie pan, but the remainder can be stored in the refrigerator or used for a different dessert :)

Thanks so much Courtney and Paul! (They are the best and if you're a bride please have them film your wedding day. You wont regret it.)  Can't wait for next weeks dessert!! As always, feel free to email us or leave us a comment with any questions if you need any added help :)

-mojo

How To: Braided Side Bun

Friday, June 13, 2014

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We love to do this look when our hair is nice and dirty (like day 4 or 5- yes we go that long) Not to mention quick! Its perfect because we have quite a bit of product build up piled on by then and the hair is very moldable. Teasing is a great dirty hair hider, add a little Pret-a-powder and you're good to go! 
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DIRECTIONS:
  • Start with textured hair: curl, spray tease.
  • Section your first side from an inch behind the ear and braid. We'll call this section 1.
  • Now with the left over hair on the other side (you'll have more hair on this section- we'll call this section 2) start braiding from temple all the way down the hair line.
  • You should be left with two braids on the same side.
  • Grab section 2 and pull over section 1 (as pictured)
  • Tuck section 2 around section 1 and pin.
  • Section 1 will be left like a little tail, start rolling this up and tuck under section 2 and pin!

Spray and with your fingers loosen the braids if they're too tight- this will give them a messier relax look! As always, leave us a comment with any questions if needed! Have a wonderful weekend!
-mojo


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