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You know the holidays are here when velvet starts appearing everywhere! I came across this navy blue velvet bomber jacket a few weeks ago and thought it was perfect to wear to the office paired with a wool pencil skirt. It's an unexpected combination since bomber jackets are considered to be more casual but I love experimenting with office fashion and re-defining a "professional" wardrobe. I've been wanting to create an office wardrobe guide for a few months now but just haven't gotten around to it. Is that something you would like to see on the blog?

As for this outfit's color scheme, I usually don't wear much blues and greys but my boyfriend does (something that I always make fun of him for! I'm pretty sure he owns at least 15 grey sweaters...) and I seem to be picking it up from him. Plus navy blue and grey is a refreshing change compared to the black and white that you typically see people wear in the office. What are some of your go-to colors for the office? Do you have a strict dress code? About 7 months ago I started my job as a social media specialist at a start-up and the dress code was so relaxed. I'm talking...you can wear a t-shirt, jeans and sneakers to work and no one would say anything. Now that it's a bigger company, a dress code was enforced so now we can't even wear blue jeans unless it's Friday which makes things so much harder haha.



Thanks for reading and happy Monday!




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In your 20's, they always say: take care of yourself for the future. While many people are referring to skincare or diet, I always thought hair is just as important to take care of during this period. I've been coloring my hair lighter since I was 15 and on top of it, use quite a bit of heat to get it to look sleek and straight. Now that I'm in my 20's, the damage that's been caused by hair dye and heat is starting to catch up to me and has left my hair dull and life-less. Luckily, it's not too late to change my hair care routine and thought I should share it with you gals! Here's how I've been taking care of my hair lately in order to protect it from future damage and preserve it for the future: 


Diet Changes 

I don't believe in making big, dramatic changes to your diet overnight or taking a million vitamins. Instead, I made small changes to my diet that slowly made a difference to my hair and health overtime. I incorporated more eggs, salmon, spinach, beans, and nuts to my diet which is packed with powerful vitamins such as biotin, vitamin c, and iron. These three vitamins can help to reduce hair loss, prevent breakage and more importantly: repair hair so it can lead to new, healthy hair. 

Avoiding The Ponytail 

The first thing that I used to do when I would come home from school or work is put my hair up in a bun. One day, I was at the salon and my hairstylist pointed out the hair loss happening on the back of my head. A subtle, strange line of hair loss which I didn't even know about! She said it was actually from putting my hair up so much and recommended I try and avoid tight ponytails or buns. I know it's hard, but give it a try. It also prevents hair loss from your front hairline!



Limiting Dry Shampoo

I know, I know...we all love dry shampoo. Trust me, I have tons of bottles stocked up underneath my bathroom sink and even keep an emergency mini bottle in my car and in my work purse. Yet I started to notice an awful pattern: every time I went too long without washing my hair and having pounds of dry shampoo in it, I would have awful hair loss on the day that I finally washed it. I realized that it was building up on my scalp, blocking pores and finally resulting in hair loss in the shower. Now, I adjusted my dry shampoo routine and only go 2 days without washing my hair and using a LIGHT layer of dry shampoo on my roots and avoiding the scalp area at all costs. 

Safe Products 



As I'm getting older, I'm becoming more aware of the beauty products that I use and the ingredients that goes into them. I recently discovered the new Biotera Natural Origin Restore line at Sally's Beauty. Biotera products are free from harsh sulfates, parabens and dyes and completely safe for color-treated hair which is something that I always look for. Did I mention the packaging is also 100% recyclable and features biodegradable formulas? Amazing! I purchased the Biotera Restore Strengthening Shampoo, Conditioner and Masque which is packed with delicious-smelling goji berry and chia extract.

Since the first day I started using these products, I noticed my hair was shiny, smooth and bouncy again. I hate products that weigh my hair down and results in using more products and heat on my hair afterwards. By the way have you ever noticed that sulfate-free shampoos don't foam up as much and leaves your scalp with a thin film of grease after you get out of the shower? This one doesn't!


I can finally feel how healthy and clean my scalp is and the best part is that I can leave my house with my naturally curly hair and don't have to worry about taking extra steps to make it look good. Of course, check out how AMAZING my hair looks when it's straightened with my go-to blow-out technique that I'll talk about on the blog soon. Just look at how healthy it looks compared to how it used to be!


Check out more products from Biotera at your local Sally's Beauty and try their other new lines such as the Biotera Natural Origin Nuture Masque or the Biotera Natural Origin Renew Leave-in Silky Milk.



Thanks for reading,


-Ruya



Tired of the shopping yet? I've done almost 80% off my shopping with all the Black Friday sales that happened but now with Cyber Monday, I might finish it up completely! I've always loved Cyber Monday because it's the reason why a lot of retailers decide to continue their Black Friday sales all the way until Monday and it feels like a second chance at getting something on sale that you might've missed the first time around. Here are some retailers that's on my radar for Cyber Monday. 



BaubleBar - 35% off with the code "CYBER35"

Fame & Partners (one of my favorite dress brands as seen above!) - 25% off sitewide

H&M - 30% off sitewide

Nordstrom - Spend $250 online or in stores, get $50 e-certificate to spend Jan 11-Feb 2

Madewell - 30% off with code "SHOPALLDAY"

Saks Fifth Avenue - $50 off every $200 with code "MONDAY18"

Intermix - 30% off sitewide

Revolve - Extra 20% off final sale items with code "CYBER20"

J. Crew - Take 40% off your entire purchase 

J. Crew Factory - Take 60% off with code "ADD2CART"

Club Monaco - Spend $150 and get 20% off, spend $250+ and get 30% off, and spend $400+ and get 35% off with code "CMCYBERMONDAY18"

Sole Society - 30% off sitewide



Which retailer are you loving for Cyber Monday? Any interesting purchases that you made? Let me know below! 





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