Chalk it up to being really bored…

After you read this post, I expect a thank you letter in the mail from every woman in the world. Today I finally embarked on a journey with hair chalking. It was more like the Odyssey to be honest. Homer could have written a story about it. Let me take you through my journey, shall we?

Every girl has wanted to try hair chalking since Lauren Conrad did it with her beauty team a few months ago. It was a trend that was coloring the nation… ha ha, get it? Anyway. Listen, if you don’t have platinum blonde hair, just stop reading right now, close the screen, and forget you ever wanted to try hair chalking. It is a waste of time & money. I mean that in the nicest way possible… I just really wish someone explained that to me first!

If you insist on trying it out, this is what you would need…

Soft Pastels, which you can find at any arts & crafts store like Michaels or AC Moore. I got really excited about trying this hair chalking and I thought I would love it and do it all the time so I splurged on the big box… womp womp. It was only $13, but still. So this is all you really need…. soft pastels.

Step one: Decide how much of your hair you’re actually going to chalk and section it off. I was ambitious with my first attempt… I did the bottom three or four layers of my hair. I started with the bottom layer and sectioned it off as if I was going to curl or flat iron it.

Step Two: Section that section off into smaller pieces and wet the hair. This is especially crucial if you have darker hair color. The chalk will not show up on darker hair that is not wet.

Step Three: Twist the section and begin chalking. This is what it will look like…

NOTE* For darker hair, brighter and darker colored chalk shows up the best. Do not try to use light pastel colors.

Step four: Continue step three to all the sections you wish to chalk. Just remember… this is messy, messy stuff. It’s going to get all over your hands, your face, your back… whatever. It comes right off with a little soap and water so don’t be alarmed, just warned!

Step five: This is really important, and if I had been made well aware of what happens after step four, I don’t think I would ever have chalked my hair to begin with. Your hair becomes one giant knot in an instant. The chalk soaks up any and all moisture that your hair ever had and it begins to resemble a desert tumble weed. There is nothing you can do to avoid this and it makes the rest of the process a real bitch. The “experts” tell you to use a natural boars hair bristle brush to brush off the excess chalk when you’re all finished. And do you know why they tell you to use one of those brushes? They’re typically used for extensions, the bristles do not get caught on the bonds as you brush our your hair. SO ladies and gentlemen (if you’re a guy and trying this out, who knows) they tell you to use that kind of brush because you don’t have a chance in hell of getting a real brush through your hair once it’s been chalked.

Step six: DAMAGE CONTROL. After your hair has been brushed out, and you’ve popped a few Vicodin to take care of the pain, they say to flat iron your hair to seal the chalk in. I flat ironed my hair because I looked like I stuck my finger in a light socket.

Simply flat ironing was not enough, though. My hair was still knotty and still dry so I decided to take styling a step further and use a curling wand. After this long, hard process, this is what I came out with.

Please take note that there is virtually no blue chalk to be found anywhere in my hair…

So that is that. I’m glad I did it… to be honest. Now I have it all out of my system and my dreams of portraying Christina Auguleria in her “Dirrrrrty” days are finally over. So if you still feel the need to try some hair chalking, then so be it, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Once this ish washes out you will need about 10 deep conditioning treatments in a row to restore all the natural moisture the chalk stripped form your hair so make sure you have one of those handy as well! I use L’Oreal deep conditioning treatments and you can find them at pretty much any drug store.

If you’re a first time chalkier I suggest trying it out in small sections. I went to get a blow out the other day and my stylist had just the tips of her hair in the front dipped pink, it looked adorable and not over done. Try that out and see how it goes! Let me know if you have any horror stories like mine. ;] Good luck! xo

Wednesday What: What’s in my bag

Is there anything more exciting than knowing just about everything there is to know about someone? I think not. So take a peek a little deeper into my life… go ahead. Here’s what’s goin’ on in my hot mess of a bag.

Let’s start from the back and work our way up.

I have random rings in my bag… because apparently I am too lazy to walk to my jewelry box and put them away.
THREE different chapsticks… which, believe it or not, is NOT a lot for me. There’s usually about 5 or so in there.
A checkbook… my keys… a pen… a small tiny clip which is too small to even use in my hair.
The most amazing hand lotion from our honeymoon in Hawaii that I may or may not have stolen from the maid’s cart… shhh. It smells divine.
Revlon Just bitten lip stain & yummy minty bubble gum flavored lip gloss from Bath & Body Works.
Gum, duh.
An extra pair of sun glasses. There is nothing more annoying to me than getting in my car and not having a pair of sun glasses. I have like 20 pairs, how hard can it be to just remember to keep a pair in my car?! Hard, apparently.
Tissues! I always, always, always have tissues on me.
My Linea Pelle wallet! (YUP, as we all remember from my previous post, I was torn between sticking with my Tory Burch wallet out of fear of hurting my husband’s feelings, or switching back to my old favorite. I went to the favorite… sorry Tory… sorry hubs).
My iPhone, duh. Who goes anywhere without their phone?


We can take a look at what’s in part of my wallet too, because it always makes me laugh.

I collect guitar picks. This little habit stems from my days of being a “groupie” haha. I have hundreds of them but I keep the special ones with me always. Some of them are my husband’s, some are my friends, and some are coveted picks that my husband actually collected for me… whatta guy! :] The little folded up piece of paper are notes that I took when meeting with a psychic like 5 or 6 years ago. I’m a big fan of psychics, I have never heard something I didn’t like, oddly enough. And they always seem so spot on. This visit in particular was pretty much life changing for me, so I keep the notes with me always. The stapled up piece of napkin? or… pillow case? whatever that may be. In middle school my best friend and I went through many many awkward phases, one of them was a phase where we dabbled in “witch craft.” Seriously. This is called a “talisman” and we were supposed to write something down or draw something and seal it up in this piece of cloth. Neither of us can remember what the hell we wrote down or what they were supposed to do or what they meant. We actually met up for breakfast not long ago after years of keeping and losing touch and discovered that we both actually still carry them with us. We thought about opening them to see what they were, but we’re scared to break a spell or something haha. Both of our lives seem to be working out well so I don’t want to mess with anything! We agreed that in a few years we’ll take that leap of faith. Crazy right? We know… hah. Finally, an elephant! It was on a keychain I got in Aruba, but broke… so I just keep in my wallet because elephants mean good fortune and I love them. :]

So that’s what’s goin on in my ish! I’ll have to post again in a few months “what’s in my baby bag” hahaha, no not really. I can already tell you what’s going to be in there, diapers… wipes… hand sanitizer, pacifiers. All that fun stuff. What I can do again in the future is what’s inside my beach bag… that during the summer I keep in my car at all times. Anywho – hope everyone had a great Wednesday! Adios babies <3

Happy Friday. :)

Happy Friday folks! I don’t have much to post about today, boo. I have my 29 week checkup a little later this afternoon. It’s so crazy to think about… when you first get pregnant the doctors won’t see you for weeks because you’re “not pregnant enough” and then you go once a month… and now I’m at every 2 weeks! That’s how you know you’re nearing the end. I can’t believe in a few weeks I’ll have to go once a week. I may as well just set up a sleeping bag in my doctor’s office! I got an e-mail this morning from my baby app that says only 74 more days to go! Insane. Our crib arrived yesterday!! I can’t wait to put that together. Right now Baby R’s room is Matt’s office when he works from home on Friday’s & weekends. He’ll have to find somewhere else to set up soon.

Anywho. I feel good today because I did a little shopping this morning. Doesn’t spending money on things you don’t really need always make you feel better? It works for me! I am in a particularly good mood though because I bought 2 maxi skirts today that are not maternity! AND they’re a size small. The fact that I can still wear normal people clothes in a size small puts a smile on my face. My father, who is somewhat of a photographer, wants to take those artsy “pregnancy photos” of Matt & I this weekend. I was on the prowl for a sheer black maxi skirt to wear in the pictures and I was lucky enough to find one at Forever 21. Now if only a hot pink blazer would appear out of thin air I would really feel satisfied. I also got some sweet new rings today too. Check it.

Isn’t instagram the coolest app ever created? If you’re on it follow me! TheRachelRoss of course.

& This is the look I’m going for during this little photo shoot…

I don’t really know quite what to do for these pictures. My dad is all about it though, so I’m hoping he’ll have some cool and creative ideas. At first I was like, I’m never taking pictures like that, they’re so lame. And then I saw some on a tv show or something and I was so drawn to them! They really looked amazing and the couple looked so happy… I was like oh damn, now I want to! I didn’t say anything though because… like… who the hell do you tell? I don’t want to hire some cheesy glamour shot photographer to take our awkward “family photos” so I just didn’t say anything. Luckily my dad brought it up on his own. I’m excited! Even if they come out cheesy and incredibly awkward it’ll still be something nice to have, and if nothing else, will give us a good laugh. We should be doing that sometime this weekend and if they come out nice I’ll post a few! Hell even if they come out a little ridiculous I’ll post some. Why not have a good laugh at my expense, right? :]

OH Also! I just want to give a little update on my last manicure. As I posted here the other day, I previously purchased & painted my nails with a polish I found at none other than Forever 21… my current favorite place apparently. Well, it was only $2.80 as you remember, so let’s not all act shocked and surprised when I tell you that it chips horribly. Well, no, that’s kind of a lie. It doesn’t chip horribly, but it does chip quickly. It started to chip the day I painted my nails… which is kind of a bummer, but for less than three dollars I guess I can’t really complain right? And honestly, I paint my nails so often that chipping doesn’t really bother me because I’m already planning my next manicure as my current one is drying. SO! Just wanted to fill you in. A cute color, and certainly a steal, but it’s no Essie, obviously. ;]

So that’s all for now, loves. Have a wonderful weekend! xo


Pretty Little Manicure

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am undeniably obsessed with Pretty Little Liars. I didn’t even know the show existed until this past January. There happened to be a marathon on ABC Family and I got sucked in for almost 24 hours, like, literally didn’t leave my couch. I wouldn’t even have eaten if it weren’t for my bestie bringing me some dinner. That was pretty much the end of it, after that day I was hooked. Aside from trying to figure out who “A” was for an entire season (I won’t say who it was, but I will say that I totally called it on day 1), one of my favorite things about the show was the girls’ manicures! Did they not always have the hottest nails? I was on the prowl for a hot pink blazer the other day (with very little luck)… but I was lucky enough to stumble across this hot little nail polish in Forever 21, and it totally reminded me of a color one of those girls would wear.

Check it out!

I really, really liked this color when I saw it in the store… and for $2.80, I think it would be ok even if I didn’t. Not really gonna break the bank. But alas, I put it on and was very pleased!

I was all set to paint my nails sky blue but it’s been cold this week and I want to save that for some warm weather! So what do you think? Like the color? Not too shabby for less than $3 right? So this brand is called Love and Beauty and the color is appropriately called, Olive! So cute. :] You guys like it?

I’m off to get a pedicure today as my stomach has grown to the point where I can no longer reach my own toes comfortably. Now don’t get me wrong, what girl does not love getting pampered? It just makes me a little sad that now I am forced to get pedi’s every so often hah. I am torn between a summer bright or a deep purple, like Linkin Park at Midnight by OPI … so we’ll see what happens!

March Favorites!

It’s that time of the month again! Let’s take a look at some of my current favorite things this month.

Sand Tropez by Essie – This is one of my favorite nail polish colors. I am so drawn to it because, honestly, I have no idea what kind of color it is. Is it a nude/neutral, is it a brown, is it tan? Like… what are you? I just don’t know. But whatever shade this is, it looks amazing when you wear it. I’m convinced it is the kind of hue that would work with any skin tone, pale to tan, I really don’t think you can go wrong with this one. Another A+ by Essie!





Thick rimmed Aviators – I have a really sick obsession with sun glasses. I haven’t quite reached Nicole Richie’s level yet, but give me some time and I think I may just get close. I used to never wear sun glasses because I hated the way they looked on me. I have a tiny, tiny pea head and I always thought they just looked big and weird on me. As I grew up, and my eyes got worse than they were, I realized I kind of needed them for my health…literally. My favorite shape of sunglasses are definitely aviators, I feel like they are universally flattering for any face shape. Right now I’m obsessing over thicker rimmed glasses like these two above. The tortoise shell are from Aldo and the black ones are Chanel.



Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish – this is something I just dabbled in. I actually got this in a whole mess of samples from Fashion Night Out this past September and never used it. I had a LM tinted moisturizer that I really liked and when I found this buried beneath my makeup collection I figured I should give it a try. All I can say… is touché Laura Mercier. Flawless skin indeed. It’s a gentle exfoliant that after washing away makes my skin feel like a new born baby’s. It’s uh-mazing. Now… does it wash away black heads and clear up acne? Probably not. But whatever, it makes my face feel silky and I looooove it. BUT! Remember ladies, do not use an exfoliant every day because you are washing away essential oils and layers of good skin! (To read more about that, go here).


Skintimate Moisturizing Cream Shave – I know this is pretty random… a shaving cream and all, but I really enjoy it! hah. It’s one of those shaving creams that doesn’t lather, which can really take some time to get used to. To be honest, I didn’t really like that at first because I feel like without all the lather I can’t keep track of where I’ve already shaved and I go over the same spot on my legs like 100 times, so I will say it’s not for everyone. However, it’s super silky and as soon as I step out of the shower my legs already feel like I just applied a nice fresh coat of moisturizing lotion without applying anything at all. Bottom line, it makes your skin feel silky smooth and it smells FABULOUS! The scent is called “Cashmere Rain.” Now… does it smell like cashmere in the rain? I wouldn’t know because I would never be crazy enough to get cashmere wet, but we’ll take your word for it, Skintimate. Whatever the scent is (or isn’t) it still smells amazing.


Clinique Happy Perfume – Every girl has a scent for every season… and if you say you don’t, I’m just going to assume you’re a liar. It’s impossible to wear one scent all year round and I cannot wear heavy scents in the spring or summer. It is only natural to switch it up. I have two that I love, love, love for the warmer months. One is Ralph, that I haven’t had since High School but continuously ask for on birthday’s & Christmas (cough, husband & family, cough). And the other is my all time favorite, Clinique Happy. The name of this perfume really just says it all, doesn’t it? Just smelling it makes me happy! As soon as the weather hits like… 55 degrees I spray this ish all over the place. I wait all winter long for warm weather so I can wear my summer scents. This is the perfect smell for sun dresses and flip flops!


Sperry Top Siders – So, I’ve always had a love for these shoes but never quite knew exactly what I would wear them with, since they’re kind of boat shoes and I do not own a boat, so I never bothered buying a pair… I just admired them from afar, like a creep. On my most recent vacation I found a pair on sale in Florida and I was like screw it! I’m getting a pair… I’ll figure out what to wear them with later. Little did I know, you can pretty much wear them with everything. And let me tell you, they are the most comfortable shoes I own right now! (aside from Uggs, of course). These are perfect for March and April because it’s not quite flip flop weather yet but wearing these kind of let’s you get ready for summer without letting your toes freeze. They’re adorable and they come in a billion different color and pattern combinations. Do yourself a favor and invest in a pair if you haven’t already.

Those are a few of my favorite things this month that I am totally addicted to. A bunch of these things are playing a huge role in getting me ready for the warmer weather that is so close, yet so far! This time last week I was laying out in my back yard… today I’m actually wearing Uggs and a wool sweater. Hey mother nature, get your act together, please and thank you.

What do you guys count on to prepare you for spring and summer? What’s your current obsession this month?

How To Curl Your Hair Tutorial – VIDEO!

Hello lovelies. So let’s just cut to the chase, I’ve done a how-to curl your hair tutorial before. But honestly, it’s so much easier to follow a tutorial when you can see it, pause it, rewind it, fast forward through the parts you already know, and whatever else you feel the need to do. So I have re-done my tutorial in a complete video. Just in time for the weekend and any St. Patrick’s Day festivities you may have! Enjoy. :]

Did you guys find this helpful? I hope so! Otherwise, what the hell am I doing it for right? hah – if you want to dress your curls up for this weekend’s festivities you can have some fun with them. Last year after I curled my hair, I did one of those frame-hugging french braids and tied it back with a little green bow. Totally festive – check it out.

Look at how much shorter my hair was a year ago! And darker… holy black or maroon hair. What color is that even? Yikes. But anyway, that’s just a cute little twist you can add to your curls to spice it up and make them more fun and festive.

Pair this with my St. Patrick’s Day makeup and you are good to go baby!