HAIR

Trending Hairstyle: Half Up

Hi guys! So here is another #trendinghairstyle for you!

This one is super easy, so I just took pictures, no video. I started by curling my hair with my wand {check out this post or this post for how to}. Next, I used a small plastic hair tie {like this} to put almost half of the hair up. I did do a little teasing in the front to give it some volume, and then I let the pony tail just do it’s own thing.

All-in-all with the curling, this hairstyle probably took me about 20 minutes. It was super easy and super cute. I will definitely be using this hairstyle more often in the future. As always, if you try it out #gapeachhairaffair on Instagram to let me know what you think!

LIVE | LOVE | HAIR

Leah

MISC

MHS c/o 2007

I’m just knocking stuff off my 30 before 30 list left and right! Last month was my 10 year high school reunion! I could not believe how fast these 10 years flew by! It was so great seeing people who I don’t get to see often due to living in Atlanta. I also enjoyed catching up with people in person that I see on social media all the time!

I actually didn’t take that many pictures from the night {what was I thinking??} so I had to steal the pictures from friends!

My dress was from Rent the RunwayΒ by Lovers + Friends. I wish I would have gotten a better picture of the dress, but like I said earlier, I didn’t take that many pictures!

So glad I got to see friends from c/o ’07 and catch up! See everyone again in 2022 {haha}.

Xoxo,

Leah

Wanderlust

HP World!

So the most magical thing happened a couple of weeks ago and I hit another 30 before 30 item! I went to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios. It was absolutely amazing. The level of detail that went into creating Diagon Alley just blew me away. I loved the different shops you could go in and the different places you could interact with your wand. It was definitely the coolest experience.

The Gringotts ride at Universal was amazing and I had an absolutely blast riding it. Going on the Hogwarts Express was also a cool experience! Once we hit Hogsmead (or the Islands of Adventure side of HP world), we went on Dueling Dragons {or whatever they are calling the ride now that it is part of HP world} and the Hogwarts ride. My sister and I also tried Butterbeer and enjoyed our day exploring.

Here are some pictures from our absolutely magical day!

Have you been to HP world? What did you think?

Xoxo,

Leah

HAIR

Trending Hairstyle – Braids

hi lovely! So a couple of months ago, I went to an event at Sweetwater Brewery and wanted to do my hair in a cute way that kept it out of my face. Currently, this hairstyle is trending, so I thought I would take a stab at it and got so many compliments!

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I started by curling my hair with my wand {check out this post or this post to see how I curl my hair}. Next, I added two Dutch braids down the middle to include all my bangs going back. Check out this post to see the difference between a Dutch braid and a French braid and how to do these braids.

Like I said, I got tons of compliments on this hairstyle and I loved that I could get my bangs out of the way.

As always, if you try out this hairstyle #gapeachhairaffair on Instagram so I can check it out!

LIVE|LOVE|HAIR

Leah

MISC

Photography

So I did it! In my 30 before 30 post, I put that I wanted to get a camera and start up my photography again. Nothing crazy, just taking pictures here and there of things I do and love. So back in April I got my camera and finally got around to putting them on my blog. I added a Gallery to the right hand side of my page. Check out the pictures and leave a comment to let me know what you think {note – some have been edited, but most have not been edited}.

Xoxo,

Leah

Wanderlust

All girls trip!

Hi loves!

So back in June, a couple girl friends and I went to Chicago for the weekend (in between some trainings we had in the city). We had such a blast and it was a great way to send off two of my good friends who have since moved away.

We got in Friday evening and headed to Old Town for some fun! We started off at a super cool Irish bar called Lady Gregory’s. Their whiskey selection was great and if you are fan of pub style food – highly recommend you go! The Friday night that we went, they had a DJ who was playing all of the 90’s and early 2000’s classics. It was awesome! Definitely a fun place on a Friday night, with lots of people.

After hitting up the bar, we walked over to the Second City and saw a great comedy show! I love to laugh and man did the show provide laughs the whole time. I would definitely recommend seeing a show if you are in the area and love a good laugh!

By this point in the evening, or should I say, early Saturday morning, we decided to head back to the hotel and catch up on some much needed rest.

Saturday, I got up to work out and then brought back the girls some Cold Brews {who doesn’t love Starbucks first thing in the morning, I know I do}. We decided to do a brunch and ended up at Bridge House Tavern on the river. The view was amazing and so was the weather! We started off the morning with Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s and I think all of us girls order the Veggie Hash, which was phenomenal!

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Next, we decided to hit up the brewery’s in Chicago. All of us are fans Goose Island Brewery and Revolution Brewery, so we made sure those were on the list to go to. We also ended up at Lagunitas Brewery, which was a little too much of an IPA type beer for my taste, but we had so much fun, it didn’t even matter {and the nacho’s there were amazing in our alcohol induced state}.

Goose Island was great and super laid back. We had fun drinking our flights and also brought a deck of cards along to play some card games. I am huge fan of Goose Island beer {which they recently started selling 312 in Atlanta – YAY} and would say that I enjoyed the Summer Ale that I tried in the flight. Goose Island was such a great start to our brewery tour!

Next, we hit up Revolution Brewery. I had been to their Brewpub in the past, when I had been in Chicago for training, but this was the first time I had been to the actual brewery. It was awesome. I absolutely loved the American Flag on the wall and had to capture it with the beer in front. I tried several different kinds of beer here and enjoyed every single one, it’s really hard to pick a favorite!

Finally, we hit up Lagunitas. By this point in the day, we had a lot of beer, but we still wanted to check it out! It is definitely an IPA heavy beer, so I was not a huge fan, but the atmosphere was great and they had food to satisfy our hunger at the point in the day.

Due to the amount of day drinking we participated in, we cut it out early Saturday night and headed to bed at reasonable time.

Sunday was such a great day – we rented bikes by Navy Pier and rode several miles along Lake Michigan. I loved getting to ride a bike by the lake and enjoy some time outside. Having an outdoor activity so easily accessible is one reason that I love Chicago. It is one of my favorite places to visit {and if it didn’t snow, I may even have considered moving there}.

Around lunch time, we stopped near Lincoln Park and had lunch at Gaslight Bar & Grille. They have different specials every day and on Sunday had a Mimosa bar, which was totally awesome! We bought a bottle of champagne and then got to mix it with whichever juice we decided {I picked pineapple, while the girls picked grapefruit}. They also had lots of add-ins like fruit and candies! The food was good and we walked out of there having enjoyed the time we spent there. We even hit it up later in the week for some Moscow Mules {well, I had a Mexican Mule that was the bomb}.

Later that evening, we all got dressed up {and I did everyone’s hair – curls for days} and went to John Hancock Signature Lounge for a drink and some great views of the city. We had reservations at Mercadito where we all had margaritas, shared guacamole, queso fundido and several different types of tacos. It was a great way to end our weekend!

All-in-all, it was such a great weekend and I was so glad to spend quality time with three girl friends who will always mean the world to me! Hope you enjoyed this post. If you try any of the suggestions I made above, let me know what you thought!

Xoxo,

Leah

MISC

I’m back!

OMG – so I have been MIA for way too long! Just wanted to let you guys know that I have some stuff ready to go and will be spending the next couple of weeks releasing some new posts. Not too many hair posts, because unfortunately, I haven’t gotten around to filming anything, but I will be posting some trips and giving an update on my 30 before 30 (because I have checked off several).

Thanks for sticking by me, and thanks to all of you who have asked about the blog recently! I’m still here and hopefully I will be caught up by the end of August.

Here are some posts that are coming!

  1. All girls trip to Chicago 
  2. Trending Hairstyles 
  3. HP world
  4. Reunion

Next on my list, film some new hair videos for you all πŸ™‚

XOXO,

Leah