Straight Up

L’Oreal Paris has launched  Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight, a four step product line.  I have straight hair that has magically started to form weird kinky parts and curls that have never ever appeared before.  I wondered if this new line of hair care would unkink the kinks…

reversecommuter was asked to review the line, and that is where the fun started!

Step one – go to SoulCycle and workout like a fiend to get your hair really really really dirty!

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ew…stinks and kinks…

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Step 2 -Lather Up!  This is my cheeseball “and I’m worth it” pic

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Shampooing, an early morning art form!

The shampoo smells great (as does the entire line) and is not too heavy which is a good trait if you are not into the greasies.

Step 3 – No need to lather-rinse-repeat as there are 4 products to use…just move on to Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Boosting pre-conditioner

This step is new to me but seemed to enhance the conditioner when applied.  Not sure if it is necessary for me as my hair isn’t super curly just annoyingly kinky.

Step 4 – Conditioner

reversecommuter is a conditioner junkie – meaning there are usually two or three different bottles on the go at one time in a Goldilocks kind of approach : not too oily, not too heavy, not too light #pickypickypicky

L’Oreal Paris’ Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Straightening Conditioner smells like a bouquet of lilies, doesn’t feel oily or greasy and is not too heavy on the hair.

Step 5 – Styling Balm

I like the idea of the balm as a protector from the heat, and if it can help to unkink the weird kinks in my hair then this is one step I will be sure not to skip.

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All in all I was impressed with the unkinking result Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight delivered, and even more impressed that it kept the kinks away for over 48 hours.
* please note that I did not receive payment just the product *

Girl Crush with a side of Ruffles!

Rosie Assoulin is my designer girl crush.

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reversecommuter has coveted from afar her designs, her creativity and her crazy cool ruffles since she launched her line in 2014.

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The 2015 CFDA WINNER earned her fashion wings under such designer legends as Oscar de la Renta and Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz.

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Are you beginning to appreciate the master level of the ruffled wonder?

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Brilliant colors, cuts that flow and billow, pants that beg for a surfboard while simultaneously sashaying down a runway.  The elements Rosie incorporates into her clothing illustrates her ease in identifying the women who she designs for – moms, wives, professionals, busy whatevers with complicated lives who LOVE fashion.

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Rosie’s bff is none other than Leandra Medine, übererest of all über fashion bloggers.  Leandra wears Rosie beautifully, by incorporating the high end line into low priced pieces from her closet.

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reversecommuter is willing to share a teeny tiny fraction of Rosie’s wonderfulness with you.  Invest in a piece or two or twelve and be confident knowing your Rosie will look fantabulous now, next year and the years after that!

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Shorts and the 3 Letter “A” Word

“Age” or “Ass” it’s completely up to you, but one of these 3 letter “A” words NEEDS to influence the shorts you wear!

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It’s not by accident that J Crew offers shorts in 3″, 4″, 5″ and 7′ options.  Click here to buy any length on sale!

Slip-on shorts make summer dressing a breeze!

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Find a pair with lace or tassels or some sort of embellishment like these gorgeous Paloma Blue silk shorts to increase the WOW factor, then pull them over a bathing suit, slip on an unbuttoned linen short and baddabing you are gorgeous!

Denim cutoffs…where to start?  Delicately put, if it hurts to sit in them they are too short.

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Denim cutoffs are the epitome of summer, and the possibilities are endless.  Tanks, t-shirts, loose blousey silk shirts a la Equipment with a bikini top underneath.

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Could it be easier?

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Board shorts are a classic closet fave of mine because of the easy-peasy factor.  Bikini, board shorts, flip flops, basic white t-shirt BOOM go hit that beach side bar!

Shorts Season is here!  Celebrate the gams girls!

Saving Face

Gorgeous Sunny Days – WHOOPPIE!

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Time to focus on the face.  Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize.

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reversecommuter is a big fan of facials but there isn’t always time for Spa-ah-ing.  Enter fantastic home treatments.  Luzern is a fabulous line that has a ridiculously easy moisturizing mask – smear it on for 10+ minutes then rinse and marvel at that baby butt soft skin!

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SK-II has another fave of mine, the facial treatment mask, with the convenience of the 5 pack (love that right up until I use the 5th – time to reorder!).

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Memorial Day Denim

The first official looooooong weekend of summer is almost here!

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Distressed boyfriend denim – check!  Really loving MOTHER denim’s The Loosey Party Crashers.

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As if magically tuned in to our needs, MOTHER denim just announced their very first sale!  Click here!!!!!!!!!  Now all reversecommuter needs is for MOTHER denim’s Overall Dropout to go on sale #soobsessedEIEIO!

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Relaxed sneaker style – check!

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Shan bikini at the ready – check!  If the sun actually comes out #evertheoptimist

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Geek Chic

Next time reversecommuter considers getting bangs someone please slap me hard to remind me of the really fun growing out phase that I am currently enjoying.

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Straight hair people have only just a few hair style choices.  Long or short.  Bangs or no bangs.   That is it.  Four possible outcomes.  Little wonder in the dark days of January 2015 I decided to throw caution to the Snowmageddon surroundings and go for bangs.

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I blame Brigitte Bardot.  Her fringe always look beach-wavy-just got-out-of-a-busy- steamy-rumpled-up-bed gorgeous kind of bangs.   Even Leandra Medine of Manrepeller fashion fame & fortune crumbled and got banged.

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So I did what any self respecting bang-growing-out fashion obsessed type would do…I bobby binned those near blinding shaggy bits right out of sight.  Yup, a bobby pin.  Hence the nod to Geek Chic.

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It works so don’t judge. When was the last time you solved a MAHJOR hair problem with something that costs 0.004?

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Fancy Flip Flops

Running across the pool deck to stop the five year old from jumping in fully clothed for the 8th time today – no problem, no slipping, and still styling.  RHEA’s fancy flip flops. IMG_8562 Booting it across the gravel driveway before your daughter wipes out on her skateboard ramp?  Fear not superhero mama, RHEA has your back with their patented micro channel treads.  Cool to look at and even more cool knowing you won’t wipeout wearing these. IMG_8564 RHEA was founded by Cornell students who were slipping and sliding all over Ithaca New York – have you been there?  It is really cold, wet and slippery up there! 31a6c2627a0a26f7eb0dee03ec1caa8c_original Microtread Griptech soles are what make RHEA flip flops so unbelievably fantastic – you cannot slip on these.  RHEA is named after the Greek Goddess of Comfort, and they are cute too!  The scientific technology that is built into the soles and treads are what make them fancy, not to mention the rainbow assortment of sole colors options. IMG_8565 Brilliant yellow, gorgeous black and gold, spumoni green, patent white, single or double strap – whatever outfit you are trying to compliment RHEA flip flops have it.  The really great thing about buying a pair of RHEA flip flops right now is that you are supporting this start-up AND saving some money!  The shoes are available exclusively on Kickstarter.com.  Go shop and stop wiping out! IMG_8563 **full disclosure – please note that reversecommuter received a sample pair of RHEA flip flops but was not paid for this review, nor for the numerous times worn since!**