Hello Pretty Bird! - A beauty and not-so-glamorous lifestyle blog: August 2015

31 August, 2015

My biggest haircare mistake (plus how to transition your hair from summer to fall)


I've been thinking about my hair a lot lately. Not in the sense that it's keeping me up at night, but I've been trying to figure out how to make it look as great with as little effort as possible. (Such is the struggle with most areas of beauty, I suppose.)


Rise and shine! This is my favorite easy summer breakfast—what's yours?

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There's less than four weeks left to go until the end of summer, but it sure doesn't feel like it. Even today, the last day of August, there's a high of 92° F forecasted for my area... ouch. And by ouch I mean sizzle.

My favorite easy summer breakfast with  #GevaliaIcedCoffee

19 August, 2015

Rebecca Asks | Eye Masks/Packs: How *do* you wear them?

Happy Wednesday, everybody!

This week's question was inspired by these bad boys:

Don't recognize them? They're under-eye hydrogel masks. Very useful for cooling/de-puffing the eye area. But their efficacy isn't the point of this post—I'm wondering if you use them, how do you wear them?

I realized after many, many uses that I was probably wearing mine the wrong way. I say "wrong" because the jars that have illustrations or pictures of people wearing them tend to show them pointing in a certain direction—but maybe that's not how you do things. If so, I want to know. So here's my question...

Which of the following eye mask wearing styles most closely resembles your own? Is there a reason you prefer wearing them that way?

I think method A is what you're supposed to do, but I usually feel more comfortable wearing them in style B. Maybe that has to do with the shape of my eyes. I've also seen bloggers model them in style C. I don't think there's really any way you shouldn't  wear them (except maybe on the inside of your mouth or butt). Just curious what other folks do.

Oh yeah, sometimes I stick them on my forehead and smile lines too. I'm such a wild woman.

14 August, 2015

Hair Hacks: 3 ways to get the most out of your everyday conditioner

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You might not believe this if you've ever looked at my haul posts on Instagram and Snapchat, but I'm a big fan of multi-tasking beauty products. There was a time in the not-so-distant past that I couldn't necessarily afford to try out eight thousand different lotions and potions at once, so I'm always excited when I find a single product that can fulfill multiple needs. One of the most versatile things in my bathroom is probably my regular ole, everyday Pantene conditioner—aside from all the non-haircare things you can do with it (like shaving your legs), it's actually really easy to turn one bottle into several different kinds of haircare treatments! Today I'll be sharing three of my most-used DIY hair treatments which are based around—you guessed it—my regular everyday conditioner.

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13 August, 2015

Girls' Night In: Wine, Snack & Movie Pairings


What's your favorite thing to do when you get together with your gal pals? I'm sort of a homebody, so I generally prefer evenings spent in watching movies or playing games over wild nights out on the town. (Shocking, I know.) When I have people over, I like to make things festive by grabbing something special to drink and whipping up a couple of homemade snacks. Since it's been disgustingly hot lately I find myself reaching for chilled wines rather than my usual reds... ah, refreshing.

#CaposaldoWine Girls' Night In: Wine, Snack & Movie Pairings

Today I'll be sharing a couple no-cook snack ideas that pair with two of my favorite chilled wines, plus movie suggestions to go along with them! So peel yourself off your chair, phone up a friend (or few), and have a cool time.

12 August, 2015

Rebecca Asks | Lights Out!

Hey everybody, I'm back! I didn't get nearly as much done as I wanted to in my week plus off, but ain't that always the way. I have some fun posts and reviews already cooked up to share though, so I couldn't wait to get back into the swing of things!

Moving on. This week's question was inspired by recent, true-life events:

What do you do to amuse yourself during a power outage?

Last week my landlord informed me that they'd be temporarily shutting off the power in our building to do some electrical work—by temporarily I mean for a couple of hours, not days or anything like that. But of course Stan started panicking on my behalf—and I was like "Dude, I will probably just go to a coffee shop or take a nap."

In the end I ended up kind of half-dozing whilst listening to music through a little portable speaker... not a big deal. Stan's whole power outage panic brought back a bunch of childhood memories for me though... I grew up in a really snowy area with above-ground power lines, so it wasn't unusual to lose power for multiple days at a time after a bad storm. We had this massive wood-burning stove in our family room, which my mom would keep going to warm up the house and cooked canned soup and SpaghettiOs on top. We would listen to a battery-operated radio or my dad playing the guitar. It was almost sort of fun, though now that I'm an adult I can how that would have stressed the shit out of my parents.

Anyway. What do you do to keep yourself amused when the lights go out?

01 August, 2015

BRB: A brief hiatus and a new thing to play with

Hey everybody:

As you may or may not have noticed, my posting frequency was a bit erratic in July—I've been fortunate enough to work on some non-HelloPrettyBird projects that are interesting, but daaaaaaaang they've been a drain on my time. Anyway, as a result of that, I'll be taking a break from publishing new posts until the week of August 10th so I can play a little catchup on life stuff. (My favorite game!)

So many errands to run, so little time.

In the meantime you'll still see me on Instagram and other social media a bit, and hopefully I'll be able to catch up on reading and commenting on other blogs too—I miss it!

One final thing before I disappear: I've been meaning together a "suggestion box" form thing for a while, and I finally did it! You can use the form to leave suggestions, comments, requests, "ask me anything" questions, and anything else that's on your mind. The form can be filled out anonymously if you wish, so if you have concerns about revealing your identity, you can choose not to. Click here to access it.

Thanks for reading! See you soon.

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