Fun Finds | Organix Moroccan Argan Oil & Coconut Oil

Happy Labor Day — hope everyone is enjoying a nice BBQ, sunshine, or at the very least a day off of work! (that’s what I’m enjoying!)

Today I’m bringing you a 2-in-1 Fun Find post and it’s all about hair care. Ladies, we all know that shiny, healthy looking hair is one of our top priorities. Unfortunately most of the time, hair that looks like a Pantene commercial is unachievable. I personally have pretty healthy hair, but as I’ve gotten older it has become a little drier — probably due to the daily wash and blow dry and occasional straighten or curl.

For months now, I’ve been reading hair blogs, pinterest links, etc. about how amazing different oils can be for your hair. So in the last few weeks I’ve purchased Organix Moroccan Argan Oil intensive treatment and coconut oil.  People seem to complain about how expensive coconut oil is, but I lucked out an found a little container of De La Cruz Coconut Oil in my local CVS for about $2 and the Organix treatment was only about $6 on sale.

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil

De La Cruz Coconut Oil

Between the two of these products, my hair has been looking fabulous lately. The coconut oil is really intense! If you don’t have extremely dry hair be careful about over doing it — I had to wash my hair 3 times just to get it all out!

Basically my routine has been put coconut oil in my hair about 20 minutes before a shower (only  on the bottom — my scalp isn’t dry) and put it into a clip.  Theoretically you should put your hair in a shower cap and heat it up with a blow dryer to open up the follicles, but I’m not that dedicated in the morning.

Then instead of using the Organix product as a “treatment” that you wash out, I use a dime-sized dollop and use it as a heat-protectant after my shower and before I blow dry. I focus on putting this underneath my hair where I get some wicked ringlets and at the ends, then use the little bit left over on my hands and run it through the rest of my hair.

Clearly I am not a pro-blogger, as I haven’t taken before and after pictures of my hair, but just trust me that it looks much shinier and feels great!

I’d love to hear what all of you lovely readers do to keep your hair in tip-top shape, so please share in the comments section!!

Fun Finds | Il Volo

Well hello there blog world! guess what?!

I am officially a college graduate! YAY!!! (still trying to figure out what to do with my life. and my blog. decisions. decisions…)

Anywhoo, that is probably really uninteresting to most of the world so instead here’s a fun find: Il Volo an Italian singing group.

Piero (19), Gianluca (17), & Ignazio (18)

 

Tonight, while being forced to watch PBS with my parents (ah the beauty of moving “home”) Il Volo came on to promote their new album and tour.  Thank goodness I didn’t walk away because the beautiful songs that came from these TEENAGERS voices were phenomenal.

If you haven’t heard of Il Volo, I highly suggestion giving your ears a vacation and sinking into the waves of sound.  Both their renditions of “O Sole Mio” and “Smile” are awe inspiring.

Of course, I love that two of these cuties hail from the land of my heritage (Sicily) — Gianluca is from central Italy, but honestly their voices can take you far far away.  Whether they are singing in their native tongue or any of the other romance languages they know, the words captivate anyone in ear shot.

The bio of this trio is short on their website, so if you’d like to know more, check it out here.  However basically know this: they are three adorable Italians who sing beautifully, and were lucky enough to win an Italian signing competition, and they are now touring the world breaking hearts wherever they go.

P.S. I’m totally in love with Piero ♥

Fun Finds | Oregon State Football Video

Regardless of where you come from, what schools you attended, or whether or not you truly like sports, almost all of us have some sort of attachment to a certain team for one reason or another.  For many U.S. citizens pro-football, baseball, basketball, etc.. is their choice, but I believe there is something even more special about college teams.

For those of you who have followed my blog for a while, you may remember that I transferred colleges between my sophomore and junior years (a decision that was challenging on so many levels).  My first college was Oregon State University, a Pac-12 school that is very proud of their sports teams.  There was a camaraderie that formed between all the students, parents, and alumni on game days.  Even if you didn’t know the people next to you, the common goal of wanting the Beavs to take the win was enough to create a bond for those few hours in the stands.

Despite the fact that I am a diehard Stanford Cardinal fan (and will be, ’til death do us part), there is a part of me that will forever be an OSU fan too.  When a former Beaver acquaintance of mine posted the following video on Facebook I just couldn’t help but feel that same sense of school pride that I once had while attending classes in Corvallis.  That is why this video is my Fun Find for the week.

Click the picture to watch the video

As I thought about the combination of powerful words, upbeat music, and images of the players in that video, I realized how sad it is to no longer have that strong sense of school pride on a daily basis. The University of San Diego isn’t exactly known for its teams or school spirit, so that bond that Oregon State alumni hold onto for life, is definitely not something I will be experiencing after graduation from USD.  As much as I enjoy being a Torero, I do miss the OSU family.

So now, tell me…how many of you out there reading this post have some school pride/spirit for a certain college? Did you attend the school or are you simply a  “locavore” when it comes to your sports like I am with Stanford (i.e. liking it because it is the local/regional place you are attached to)?  If you are reading this and are simply a pro-sport follower and don’t understand the love of college sports, why? Leave me some comment love in the comments section below letting me know all about your fave sports teams, experiences, or other inspirational videos!

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