If you all know me, you know I wear a top knot....most days. I enjoy the easy 2 second style...and its a plus that it is somewhat on trend. I honestly wouldn't mind if it wasn't on trend. It rocks my world. But ponytails? I am starting to love even more. And not only for every day wear...these can totally be appropriate for nights out, weddings, events etc. And its awesome not having to stress about making sure your hair is perfect. A loose, messy, tousled look is definitely the route I tend to go. Here are some of my top Pinterest ponytail styles!
What are some of your favorite styles??
Y’all, I haven’t been in love with my hair in a long time. I’ve been every color and length under the sun, but nothing feels as good as long hair did when I was younger, it just feels more feminine to me at least. I’ve also always been on the darker side of brunette so they grey hair struggle is REAL folks!
Around December last year I cut bangs cause the Botox was wearing off, bad idea Penny, BAD IDEA! Shortly after I got myself into a “LOB” situation. My husband wasn’t a fan, and neither was I. I was determined to get lighter and blonder for the summer, that didn’t do as well as expected either, I ended up with some super light roots that just weren’t working for me and washing me out. Around January I started talking with Rose over at STYLEbar Chattanooga. She was getting certified in Natural Beaded Rows (NBR) extensions. I’ve done clip-in extensions for years but they get tiresome and heavy, so this offered an option of something a little more “permanent” but lightweight. You guys, I can not (CAN NOT) tell you how much I love my hair now.
Two weeks ago, on a Saturday morning, I sat down in the chair at STYLEbar with Mack and we got to work on my mermaid / Rapunzel hair. Five hours later (which didn’t feel that long because we didn’t stop talking or laughing), I’m a freaking mermaid. Eighteen (18!) inches of hair, a tapped and toned smoky root and some serious “bronde” color later and I’m in love. My only thing I might change is getting about an inch or two trimmed off because long is well long and I want something slightly more manageable but both Mack and Rose told me I’d probably want a trim each time I come in.
Now I know what you’re thinking, extensions, isn’t that costly, isn’t it a ton of maintenance, I barely have time to shower every day. First off, I fully believe in having rituals as a woman that are temporarily high maintenance to keep you low maintenance. By this I mean that even with extensions being a high maintenance option in the every day it’s lower maintenance for me. I wash my hair once a week so showering, washing my hair, blow drying it every 2 days is out the window to a once a week 30-minute routine. My extensions hold a curl so much better now, so I can wear my hair 3 days in a row before I need to touch up anything. Second, I get it, they are costly. There is the installation, the maintenance of every 8 week move up procedure and of course the cost of the hair but it’s so worth it to have hair that you love and enjoy again. I’m also all about self-confidence and I’ve been so much more confident since adding in my extensions, I feel like “me” again, and the hair flips are for real ladies!
As far as the cost, it does vary by salon, by hair stylist, by how much hair you require and the coloring. I’d say if you want to be in the ballpark of what to spend estimate about $650-1000 for your first installation, coloring, hair order, etc. and around $150-250 for the “move up” procedure every 6-8 weeks. Go in for the free consultation to chat with the STYLEbar ladies, they are extremely educated (just got back from a trip to Laguna beach for continuing education), SO sweet and will get you the color and look you are desiring. It could be filling in your side hairs that are sparse, it could be length, it could just be adding in some volume but I can honestly say I can’t believe I waited this long to get all this hair up in my head! I mean, the before and after speaks for itself doesn’t it?! So if you’ve been thinking about extensions, drop a line to my ladies at the STYLEbar Chattanooga on Walnut Street and tell them PENNY (aka Chattanooga Housewives) sent you, they will take such good care of you that you won’t want to leave the salon!
191 Walnut St
Chattanooga, TN 37403
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**If you have any specific questions you’d like answered drop them in the comments or email me firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook Me I’ll be doing a Q&A on my NBR Extensions after my 8 week touch up to let you know a little more of my thoughts, but I can’t imagine I’ll be changing my mind on loving them anytime soon.**
The time to discuss suicide is not right after a celebrity or multiple high-profile names have committed the act of leaving this world. The time to discuss suicide is not after it’s too late to save a life, reach out, console or ask over and over and over “what’s going on, how can I help you?”. The time to discuss suicide is not a once a week, month or even year thing. The time to discuss suicide, it’s affects, it’s causes and its incredibly life changing affects is EVERY DAY.
The thoughts of suicide do not come and go, they are always present even in your semi-happy moments. I know this because not once but twice I attempted to end my life and I am so thankful every day that I failed because I would not know the life I know today if I wasn’t here to live it. Due to my decisions and attempts to alter not only my life but the life of my family I constantly get asked by them and myself, why would you ever want to be gone from this? Why would you ever want to leave the people who love you the most? Some days I have good answers, some days I don’t. Depression, anxiety and a slew of other mental disorders that lead a person to believing death is the best way out must constantly be monitored and questioned.
Medication is not the only form of help one needs to receive when they are contemplating ending their life due to their own personal demons or those put on them by others. Counseling, programs, family talks and even just moments of sitting in silence with someone in the room who loves you too much to let you go are the biggest forms of suicide prevention. Understanding is an amazing tool. You don’t have to have known these feelings yourself to understand them. Understand that your love, support, caring and compassion towards someone who just needs you, plain and simple is and always will be enough. Do not walk away, do not get frustrated that they are too sad for you because that can be the straw that breaks their back. Sticking it out with them can be one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but if you want them to stick it out for you, they will need a reason, any reason to do that and you can be that reason to get help and continue fighting.
I never understood what my actions could cause if I had succeeded in my second suicide attempt before my best friend killed himself. How does the all-star track athlete feel that sad or what is he facing so horrible that he wants to leave everyone and anyone who has ever loved him? I knew there were problems for him at home, his much worse than my own but I didn’t know he was already gone. I didn’t know he’d made the decision to leave earlier than his life ever required. Finding him, finding the letters, the feeling of telling the school, his mother, his sister and eventually his father (who was the root of his decision to commit suicide) destroyed me. I still have scars from that time of my life but nothing as deep as his. After my friend was gone it was the second time I attempted to take my life, the pain of living with what I’d seen, the day to day without my closest companion was just too much. Add in the multitude of teenage emotions and I was on a cliff I might not come back from. Thankfully a friend recognized it, talked to me, walked me to the counselor at school and we got me on a path to treatment that works for me to this day. That friend isn’t in my life anymore but I’m eternally grateful for their heart, their compassion and that they saw I was screaming for help even when I couldn’t speak. That was twenty years ago, and I still struggle with those emotions and their infliction daily. I must repeat that for those struggling with depression and suicide thoughts fight daily to stay alive and find reasons to live.
Today, those reasons are my husband and my family. As bad as it can get, as dark as it can get, even when I’m not the best version of myself they love me and give me a purpose to continue into tomorrow. However, when the media or people at work or just in a social environment bring up the latest celebrity to walk away too soon and ask, “they had everything, why would they do that?”, I think, you just don’t know what people are living with. We all wear masks every day, personally I deal with my inner struggles and I do my best to wear one but today, I needed you to know I don’t need a mask to tell you that helping someone is literally the gift of life. Discuss suicide, it’s ever-lasting butterfly effects with your family or someone in need, you could be saving a life and never know it. If you are struggling with these emotions, SCREAM out for help at the top of your lungs or find a safe place that you can voice your fears because trust me, living life is so much more beautiful than you think it can be. It won’t always be sunny skies, but you can learn to embrace the rain and hopefully laugh in its beauty.
Again, the time to discuss suicide is not just today because it’s the “in” thing on Facebook, but every day of every week of every month of every year. Every day. Every single day. Not just because the media tells you to. Because for some people there isn’t a tomorrow or even a today and that’s a very large thought to wrap our very small minds around.
1. Let Loose, Blow of Steam: this could be over your kids, work, husband but mostly it should just be a time to breathe and feel in your element with women who support you.
2. Face Time: No, not on the phone, in person time with real people. We all get so sucked into the internet reality we can forget we actually have one-on-one connections with real human beings.
3. Dressing Up, Or Not: date nights aren't the only time you should get dressed up, put some effort in for your girlfriends but if you aren't feeling it that's okay, a piece of jewelry like tassel earrings can change your whole vibe for the night.
4. Your Girlfriends Love You: they don't want anything in return but your friendship -- and possibly to borrow that new purse you've been rocking.
So now that you have your four reasons, get your girlfriends together at one of our amazing events and RSVP here!
I am a Virginia Native, who has recently moved to the Chattanooga Area with my handsome husband and 3 gorgeous children. I am a movie lover, a motherhood advocate, an absolute introvert…but if you get the chance to know me well, I am an absolute nutcase. I am slightly OCD and love organization to the fullest extent. My planner is almost as important as my family.
I have been a self-taught Photographer and Makeup Artist for 5 years and I specialize in Lifestyle & Maternal Photography. The Blogging Industry is flooded with information, but through my site, I hope to inspire beauty, encourage easy routines, give tips and tricks that anyone can use them and share all the things I love.