this is a sponsored post, I received a complimentary blowout in exchange for this honest review

Did you hear the news? Michigan FINALLY has a drybar, and the Birmingham location officially opened its doors this past Friday. I had the opportunity to check it out and get my first blowout! drybar has a simple philosophy, they focus on one thing and that’s blowouts - let me tell you they do an amazing job.

You start by picking what style hair you like.

Old Fashioned – Old Hollywood waves
Straight Up – Straight with a little bit of body
Manhattan – Sleek and smooth straight hair
Cosmo – Lots of loose curls (what I went with)
Mai–Tai – Beachy hair
Cosmo-Tai – a mix of loose curls and beachy hair
Southern Comfort – Lots of volume
Dirty Martini – Tousled and Textured
Uptini – Updo
Shirley Temple – for girls 10 and under

Amanda cleansed and conditioned my hair with On the Rocks a clarifying charcoal shampoo and condition. Activated charcoal removes impurities and product buildup without stripping or drying your hair out. I Really loved what it did for my hair and I will definitely be going back to buy a bottle.

Originally going in I had my heart set on Mai-Tai, but after talking to Amanda I went with Cosmo. Remember, this was my first ever blowout so when Amanda told me it would last for a couple days I literally thought she was nuts.
Day 1 was Friday, and I had plenty of gorgeous loose curls.
Day 2 I woke up with curls still intact, worked out and they still looked good.
End of day 2 and my Cosmo look was transforming into Mai-Tai like Amanda said it would.
Day 3, gorgeous perfect beach hair. I could not believe the blowout lasted that long.

All and all I absolutely loved the blowout experience and can’t wait to go back for another one. Ladies, be with a man that randomly sends you to get a blowout before a night on the town – they’re so amazing and you will not believe how you look when it’s finished.

Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds Oh My!

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, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, exchange-traded funds oh my! The allure of earning high returns from these investments is sure to get your attention. With big returns comes big risks. Before you set out to invest it’s best that you get all your finances in order and increase your knowledge to make the best investments that you can. Chase Rubin has served the financial industry for more than twenty years, and is currently sharing his knowledge regarding the investment industry so the public is informed. The more you know, the easier it is for you to make the right decisions.

One of my friends is actually a financial planner and sat down with me to make this list of 20 things to keep in mind when it comes to investing.

1. Having. Unless you’re already wealthy saving is important to built your wealth.
2. Invest. The best way to invest is in small business, real estate and stocks.
3. Be real. 9 to 10 percent per year is about the return you’ll see from stocks and real estate.
4. Long term. Invest long term five to ten years to get a greater return.
5. Play it safe. Money you need to use within the next year should be invested in a safer way such as money market.
6. Make sure you have the money before you invest.
7. Go global. Don’t just invest in the US markets, see what is out there globally to invest in.
8. Supply and demand. The price of bonds and stocks are determined by supply and demand.
9. Spend money to make money. Buying and selling investments costs money, make sure you’re at a good place financially before placing your investments.
10. Taxes. Understand your tax bracket.
11. The more you pay on commissions and account management the less money you make in the long run.
12. The more you trade the more likely you are to make mistakes.
13. Educate. Make sure you do your research on an advisor before agreeing to allow them to be in charge of your money.
Jumping into stocks, bonds and more can be a scary situation, but when you put the time, effort and energy into learning about what investments are the right ones for you. Not every investment is the right investment for everyone. What I decide to invest in might be so wrong for you to invest in. Always find someone who is on your side working with your best interest in mind so you can feel comfortable in the decisions that are being made. You should never just rely on financial advisors to make all your decisions. This is YOUR life, these are YOUR investments, this is YOUR money – use your voice and have a say. The advisor is making money off of you, whether you lose it all or gain it. Some don’t even care if you have a big loss, because they know you’ll come back and keep trying. We all want the big return, the big money, but make sure you know what you’re doing with your investments first.

Artificial Intelligence

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Do you feel like technology changes by the minute? We are creating an unprecedented amount of data on a daily basis. From social media to the digital footprint we are leaving on services such as a Fitbit or Netflix. Did you know that every second, yes every single second of the day 3.5 million of us are searching on Google. It’s simply insane. The growth offers new opportunities and brings on change, but are you fully prepared for change? Blake Rubin is a driving force in the tech industry. He believes software creating artificial intelligence will become a reality in the not too distant future – can you even begin to imagine that? His research and expertise on the subject have helped make major strides in the field.

Why does artificial intelligence even matter? Currently, artificial intelligence is being used to help with the development of new products such as apps, virtual assistants and even smart technology. Blake Rubin is working on the deep learning aspect. For instance, he takes numerous photographs of the same individual to determine if the computer can discern whether or not this is the same person. He’s ahead of the game with his data, and has realized what was considered impossible in the past is becoming a critical part of present and future technological advances.

After reading articles about artificial intelligence, it seems as though it’s going to rule not only our lives but the world as well. Machines are giving the ability to think in a similar way as humans but learn the same way as well. Being a computer they have the capability of learning at a faster rate of humans, and keeping a higher level of accuracy than any human could even be capable of. This means technology will become more knowledgeable, as time progresses. Currently artificial intelligence systems are designed to perform one task or maybe a general one. Once they have the language down, and we teach them what they need to do the advances that could happen are absolutely endless. Soon they’ll be acting just like a regular human. Having skills for artificial intelligence technology this year will prove that it’s a critical part to advance further technologically.

When it comes to technology the possibilities of what can be are endless. Back in the “olden days” computers could only connect to the internet – maybe if you had some money you could get a phone that could as well, but that was rare. Today most of us function daily on smart technology. Smart technology has paved the way and light bulbs, watches, refrigerators, thermostats, cars and more are connecting to the internet. How easy does smart technology make our lives, I mean all I have to do is say Alexa what is the weather, change this station… etc and what I want happens. As the year progresses there will be more advances in the smart technology realm.

How are you liking all the technology advances that have happened in the recent years? Do you feel overwhelmed or are you able to keep up with the ever changing technology?

Five Things

{obsessed with Dee's Nuts - especially the Banana Pudding ones}

Here are five favorites from my week. Hope you have an amazing weekend!

 {date night with the boy - Kroger Prep+Pared BBQ Chicken Flatbread}
 {Photoshoot with the babe}
 {Obsessed with peony season}
{current favorite nail polish colors}

Kroger Prep + Pared BBQ Chicken Flatbread

On Sunday my boyfriend invited me over for dinner, and since we enjoy cooking together we decided to grab a Kroger Prep+Pared Meal Kit. If you've been following you know my boyfriend and I are serious fans of the Kroger Prep+Pared Meal Kits, and turn to them a few times a month. This time he picked the BBQ Chicken Flatbread with Tangy Cole Slaw - yummm. In this recipe you actually make your own homemade barbecue sauce, which is tangy, sweet and delicious. This was probably one of the easiest kits, so if you are looking for a quick and easy meal, head over to your local Kroger.

The Single Core Tip that Changed my Workouts

Fitness babes, did you know that how you breathe during a workout defines how your core changes? When it comes to core workouts I just learned the single most important tip – exhale on the up! Exhaling on the up will ensure that you avoid the breadbox core look that bodybuilders get (so not sexy). This single tip made a huge difference in my core workout on Friday, and I have been working hard to focus on my breathing so I can get the most out of my workouts ever since.

Some of my favorite core exercises include
Regular Old Crunches
Obique Crunches
Tabletop Crunches
Forearm Plank
Frog Crunches
Bird Dogs
Hip Dips

*I am not a personal trainer. This is just what works for me.

WICKED is returning to Detroit

WICKED is returning to the Detroit Opera House August 8th through September 2nd and it's the show you don't want to miss out on. WICKED is the perfect way to have a fun date night with your significant other, and I am so excited to see the show with my boyfriend!! By far WICKED is my favorite musical as well as Detroit's most popular musical, if you've never seen it before I highly recommend grabbing tickets to see this amazing show. If you've already seen it you know you want to watch it again (I know I do). Tickets are on sale now and start at just $43. All seats are great in the Detroit Opera House so no matter what you're sure to have an amazing view, of one of the best shows to every hit a Broadway stage.

Tickets for the return engagement start at $43 and are now available for purchase online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-982-2787 and at the Fisher Theatre and Detroit Opera  House box offices.
Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman. The production is directed by Joe Mantello with musical staging by Wayne Cilento. WICKED is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.
Since opening in 2003, WICKED has been performed in over 100 cities in 15 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, China, Mexico, and Brazil) and has thus far been translated into six languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese.  The musical has amassed nearly $4.5 billion in global sales and has been seen by nearly 55 million people worldwide.
Declared “The Best Musical of the Decade” by Entertainment Weekly and “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety, WICKED is the recipient of over 100 international awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards.
The surprising tale of an unlikely friendship between two women in the Land of Oz, WICKED tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, long before Dorothy drops in. Elphaba, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. Glinda is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. The remarkable odyssey of how these unexpected friends changed each other’s lives for good has made WICKED one of the world’s most popular musicals.
For more information about WICKED, please visit www.WickedTheMusical.com.
Follow WICKED on Twitter: @WICKED_Musical, Facebook and on Instagram @wicked_musical.
Performance times for WICKED appearing August 8 – September 2, 2018 at the Detroit Opera House, located at 1526 Broadway, in Detroit are:
•             Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 8:00 p.m.
•             Sunday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
•             Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
•             Thursday, August 9 matinee at 1:00 p.m.
•             Special open captioned performance on August 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for WICKED start at $43 (includes facility fee) and are available for purchase online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-982-2787, and at the Fisher Theatre and Detroit Opera House box office. For group sales (15 or more) please email groups@broadwayindetroit.com or call 313-871-1132. Tickets for the open captioned performance may be purchased in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office or by phone at 313-872-1000, ext. 0.  Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.
Broadway In Detroit uses Ticketmaster as its sole, authorized ticketing agent. Individual tickets purchased from a ticket broker or “third party” ticket reseller involves risk and may not be authentic, sold at box office prices, or with correct performance and venue information. Broadway In Detroit box offices cannot reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets sold through a third party or ticket reseller. Broadway In Detroit is also unable to contact third party purchasers with pertinent updates or changes regarding performances.
The Broadway In Detroit Series at The Fisher Theatre is sponsored by the Chrysler Pacifica.  As part of this sponsorship, the Chrysler Pacifica will be on display this season at The Fisher Theatre.
For more information, please visit www.BroadwayInDetroit.com.

Five Things

{weekend manicure}

Hello Friday, we made it! Hope everyone had an amazing week and enjoyed that much needed three-day weekend thanks to Memorial Day. Here are some pictures from my week...
 {my favorite place to eat in Grand Haven}
 {working on that booty}

{trying to stay cool}
{how cute is my boyfriend surfing?!}