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Kelly Cardenas San Diego Celebrates 1 Year!

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Happy 1 year anniversary to the Kelly Cardenas Salon in Hillcrest!  Can you believe I’ve been going there for a little over a year (posts here and here)?  I practically celebrated with them throughout the day by first getting my hair styled and colored earlier in the morning (by Salvador of course), then going their anniversary party that night.

Congratulations to everyone at Kelly Cardenas, and cheers to many more years to come!

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My haircut and color from earlier that day.  Back to purple!

(Wearing “Keiko” Bon Look prescription sunglasses; Forever 21 dress; Zara long bomber jacket; La Vidriola Cassette necklace)

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With my hubby at the anniversary party

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With the stylist who works all of his magic on my hair, Salvador!

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I got to pose with Kelly himself!

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The Kelly Cardenas staff, from all of their locations: San Diego, Carlsbad, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Chicago

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My outfit for the evening: Lucy Paris jacket (bought second hand at Lost & Found for $20!); Forever 21 shirt; SOHO Apparel leggings; BCBGeneration shoes; Kate Spade bracelet and clutch; La Vidriola Cassette earrings; Lookmatic glasses

(Pictures 1, 3, 4 and 5 courtesy of the Kelly Cardenas Instagram and Facebook pages)

Ja-Vie: A Comfy, Stylish & Practical Pair of Ballet Flats


As a blogger, I’m finding out more and more that Instagram is a great place to not only connect with other people, but to discover new and emerging brands.  I discovered Ja-Vie ballet flats through a like on my Instagram, and decided to look into these very innovative, yet stylish flats.  I’m a sucker for anything houndstooth, so I was excited to see this lovely ivory & black pair.

Ja-Vie ballet flats differ from any other flat I’ve come across.  They are made with a jelly outsole, leather cushioned insoles providing comfort and support, and a knit “sock” lining.  The leather insole can be removed and the whole shoe can be machine washed (just make sure to use a mesh laundry bag to protect them)!  Plus, the price point of $68 is great for any budget.  The result: practical comfort and style, which is great for a mom on the go, like myself!


javie4For my outfit, I decided to really play up the 80’s factor, because I have loved houndstooth since I was a teen.  I remember I had a houndstooth skirt from The Limited and houndstooth leggings from Express that I wore over and over with everything.  I had a hat just like the Topshop version I’m wearing with this outfit, and I also had a leather moto-jacket back then as well.  I guess my love for the 80’s doesn’t just stop at music!


Outfit:  Topshop hat; Forever 21 faux leather jacket (old); Madewell jeans; Milly purse; Love Tatum necklace (bought on sale at Simply Local); Wendy Brandes rings; Depeche Mode 5 icons sterling silver & leather handmade wrapping bracelet by Little Treasure by Mir“Mona” glasses in Fuchsia Sunset c/o Spy Optic; Flower Design bracelet in Steel Silver c/o Bittersweet; Ivory/Black Houndstooth flats c/o Ja-Vie

(Outfit photos by Rholnna Jiao)


My latest hair color:  “Oil Slick” by Salvador at Kelly Cardenas Salon in Hillcrest.  It’s the brunette’s answer to Unicorn Hair!  I think this is my favorite color so far!

FTC Disclosure:  I received product in exchange for a product review.  Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

The Loft Hair Design & Skin Care Grand Opening

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At the beginning of June, I had a whirlwind night of TWO events in one evening!  The first was the “Night of Beauty” grand opening of The Loft Hair Design & Skin Care in Carlsbad (first posted about here).  This award winning salon was located in Escondido, but relocated and reopened in a 3,700 square foot space in the La Costa Town Square shopping center.  The salon is large, spacious and beautifully decorated.  They offer a very large variety of services including a full hair care salon, skin & body care, massage therapy, spa packages, facial treatments, peels and microdermabrasions.

The night was fun and extremely interactive, with experiences spread throughout the salon.  From what I saw, there was a DJ, Braid & Brow Bars, Sensory Experiences (head, neck & shoulder massage or hot hand towel treatment), a massage chair, a “Tattoo” Station (decorative), wet bar, food, coffee and even shopping!  It was also nice to know that 10% of the product sales and all of the raffle ticket sales benefitted Dress for Success San Diego.  I’ve included lots of photos from the evening, and I was glad to get pictures of the beautiful salon prior to the public showing because it got crowded very quickly!  Congratulations to Heather & Shawna on the grand re-opening of The Loft Hair Design & Skin Care at their new location in Carlsbad, cheers!

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“We’ve loved being in Escondido, but we’re excited for our growth into this blossoming area of Carlsbad,” said Shawna Cruise, founder of The Loft Hair Design & Skin Care. “Guests will find that our team has remained the same and still offers the amazing care we’ve always prided ourselves on – just now in a new, larger space that we can’t wait to reveal.”

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Co-owner Heather Wilder and founder Shawna Cruise

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The Loft Grand Opening Collage 2Braid Bar; Sensory Experience; Brow Bar

IMG_5955 (2) (1280x1280)My decorative tattoo for the night!

The Loft Grand Opening Collage 4Delicious bites by Bushfire Grill & yummy mini-cupcakes by SusieCakes

IMG_5947 (2) (1280x1280)A bar featuring Stone Brewing Co. & St. Petersburg Vodka

IMG_5968 (2) (1280x1280)Cold Brew and hot coffee by one of my favorite coffee companies, Mostra Coffee!

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IMG_6122 (2) (1280x1280)My VIP gift bag goodies!  Thank you Colette of Contour PR + Social and The Loft Hair Design & Skin Care for inviting me!

A “Night of Beauty” Celebration on June 4, Hosted by The Loft Hair Design & Skin Care!

Next Thursday, The Loft Hair Design & Skin Care will be unveiling a new location at La Costa Town Square and hosting a “Night of Beauty” for their grand opening (please see all of the details and flier below).

I’ll be there, so come celebrate and say hi!

“To celebrate the salon’s opening, The Loft is inviting the public to a “Night of Beauty,” a Grand Opening bash on Thursday, June 4 between 6 and 9 p.m. The first 50 to arrive will receive swag bags stuffed with premium products and lifestyle gear, while all in attendance can enjoy complimentary cocktails and appetizers, raffle prizes, a live DJ and models, and beauty stations including a how-to selfie station, stress relieving treatments, Medi-Spa demonstrations, tutorials on summer’s hottest hair and makeup trends and more. Ten percent of product sales and all raffle ticket sales will benefit Dress for Success San Diego.”

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There's Another Color Waiting On Me

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I’m finally catching up on some past events I attended this year.  In this post, I decided to include my most recent hair color treatments, since both involve the Kelly Cardenas Salon in Hillcrest.  I got the fuchsia/purple color during the weekend of their grand opening celebration back in February.  I took my hubby with me, and we had a great time.  Kelly has great employees, and you can tell they all love working for him.  The second color treatment I got this past weekend, and decided to go blue again.  My stylist, Salvador, did an amazing job with creating depth, richness and texture in both the color and the cut of each style.  I guess I’m never going back to just one color for a long time!

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All pictures above were taken by me at the Kelly Cardenas Grand Opening party.  The last picture courtesy of the Kelly Cardenas Salon Instagram account from this past weekend.

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(Title of this post is a lyric from “Queen of California” by John Mayer.)

Review: SEVEN Luxury Haircare

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With my new hair color addiction, I’m all for trying out products that will keep my hair looking good through coloring process.  As much as I love it, coloring is not easy on hair.  Ideally, I want and need products that minimize fading, but also keep it conditioned and healthy.

Last month, I posted that local premier San Diego salons were partnering with SEVEN Luxury Haircare to give back to the community (original post here).  During that time, I was afforded the opportunity to review some of their products, and a couple of them were specific for color treated hair, which was great timing because I have had my hair colored twice since then.

Let me first say that I have altered my hair washing routine:  I have reduced my hair washing to twice a week, rather than every other day.  This has significantly increased the life of the color in my hair.  Since I’m only washing my hair twice a week, I want to make sure the products I use are of higher quality.  I find that over-the-counter products can be too light and don’t provide enough cleansing for my scalp, or end up too strong, stripping my hair completely of natural oils.

SEVEN’S COLOR Shampoo and COLOR Conditioner both felt completely luxurious, and they didn’t dry out my hair.  The PENETRATE Conditioning Treatment is the first deep conditioning treatment I have tried, and I can see and feel the difference in my hair when I use it once a week. My hair doesn’t break as much as it used when I used over-the-counter products.

By far, my two favorite products are the SEAL Lotion and DRY Dry Shampoo.  I use the SEAL Lotion after every hair washing.  Firstly, this product smells amazing, almost like delicious candy.  I also like how more manageable my hair feels while styling, which is important because I blow dry and straighten my hair after every wash.  Between washes, I use the Dry Shampoo to absorb any excess oils and to keep my hair looking fresh.  Unlike over-the-counter brands, it doesn’t leave a lasting white residue once you comb the product through your hair after application.

Overall, the SEVEN Luxury Haircare products definitely live up to its name.  Each product is quite luxurious and has allowed me to keep my color longer than I thought possible!  SEVEN Luxury Haircare products can be found at participating the salons below and also for online purchase at http://shop.kuthaus.com/Seven.  If you purchase SEVEN products and love them as much as I do, let me know your favorite product in the comments, cheers!

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7 Hair Care 2FTC Disclosure:  I received product and was asked to review the product in return.  Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Color Theory: Hair by Kelly Cardenas Salon


Now that I’ve had my hair colored, I just can’t stop!  Imagine the elation I felt to be contacted by the folks at Kelly Cardenas Salon to try out their newest location in Hillcrest.  Tucked away on 5th Avenue, Kelly Cardenas Salon is quite the retreat.  It’s a very clean, minimalist space with Kelly’s infamous dreads logo sprinkled throughout.



I was greeted by Roxy, who contacted me initially, and was immediately offered a beverage and a place to store my personal belongings before being guided to a room to change into a robe.  The workspace is large with an industrial look, and is quite organized.  The hair dryers drop from the ceiling, which really eliminates the feel of being tangled with other stylists.  The “Color Bar” is where all of the pigmentation magic happens!

My favorite part of the salon was the room where the hair washing occurs, but I didn’t have an opportunity to take any pictures because there were clients being attended to at the time.  It’s different from any other salon I’ve been to because usually the hair washing station is out in the open like the rest of the salon.  At KCS, their hair washing station is enclosed in a separate room and darkened, with soothing music playing in the background.  It takes that service to a higher and more zen level.  It’s like going to your favorite massage parlor, but for your hair!



KCS 5Salvador was my stylist for the day and he took such good care of me, asking me questions to ensure I get the color and cut I want, but gave me good guidance so that I understand what’s really best for me.  He did such a wonderful job that I went back again to get my second color selection with him.  I started with a subtle burgundy color for my first color change, then six weeks later I opted for a more vibrant purple.

From beginning to end, I felt completely taken care of, and didn’t have a worry in the world other than to enjoy the experience.  Not only did I have a great cut and color, but I also felt more informed about how to best style my hair and how to keep the color lasting all the way up to my next appointment.  Everyone was warm and kind, which made the atmosphere feel like I was with friends and family rather than just stylist and client, and the customer service was first class.  I want to thank everyone at Kelly Cardenas Salon for one of the best salon experiences I have ever had!


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(FTC Disclosure:  I was offered a service free of charge as a courtesy, but not necessarily for the purposes of a review.  Although I did receive a service free of charge, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.)