The Two Cent Chick

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My Curly Hair Journey

Love it or hate it (which is most days), I have naturally curly/wavy hair.

As fellow curly girls can attest, there are infinite reasons to despise our hair, ranging from sheer unpredictability

curly hair 1

to waking up like this


to this nonsense


to this cruel irony.



But it’s something I was born with


so I’m going to embrace it.

Here’s how.

#1 Implement the methods in Curly Girl: The Handbook by Lorraine Massey

I bought this book in January 2014 after numerous recommendations from other bloggers. This book immediately angered me.


curly girl

I cursed the hair gods many, many times while I flipped through the detailed pages. But after my frustration subsided, I actually learned a wealth of information about curly hair.

So, I plan on rereading this, which leads to #2…


#2 Find a routine that works and stick to it

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to “drastically reduce the amount of heat I use on my hair.” In the spirit of full disclosure, I’ve failed miserably at this.

It’s really difficult to come to terms with abandoning heat tools and completely changing my shower routine and hair products while still working on accepting this head of hair.


#3 Starting small with a No Heat Week

As I mentioned on Instagram (thetwocentchick), I’m trying a No Heat Week (#noheatweek), which means no heat tools for one week. Ideally this will evolve into using little to no heat tools for good!

Day 1:

instagram  crls

These are my current goals for the rest of the summer…let’s see if I can stick to them. I plan on updating at the end of August with my week by week progress, similar to what Andrea shared on her blog.

Curly girls: I would LOVE your recommendations for your favorite products, products you hate, how you style your hair, or whatever other secrets you’d like to share.


Delightfully Dainty (#ThriftStyleThursday)

After my failure of a gothic post last week, I was more than delighted to pick an outfit for this week’s Thrift Style Thursday theme: Delightfully Dainty!

There’s something to be said for delicate, feminine and understated styles, especially in the summer, when less is more and a dainty outfit on a beautiful day can make you feel amazing.

And that’s how I feel in this simple, dainty outfit. No need for shoes or over-accessorizing; this speaks for itself.


Elle Lace Top ($7, Clothes Mentor) 

Tree necklace: Kohl’s 

Caren Sport Cobalt chiffon high low skirt ($5, Clothes Mentor)




Windy=extra dainty?! 


This tree of life necklace is one of my favorites! And I went with Revlon “Pink Pop” Super Lustrous Lip Gloss.


Check out my fellow Thrift Style Thursday girls’ Delightfully Dainty looks!

Buttons and Birdcages // Spoolish // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J // Confessions of a Refashionista //Alligator Toe // Snippets with Alex // Eclecticity // Being Zhenya // Erika’s Style Diary // Sistas From Cali // Bethie the Boo // Lipstick and Yarn // Nuttier Than Nutella // That Cheap B****



July #MonthlyMani: Ice Cream!

Happy hump day, y’all! I’m thrilled to be participating in a brand new nail art link up, and July’s theme is the very appropriately themed Ice Cream!

monthly mani graphic

On the third Wednesday of every month, join us for #MonthlyMani, a nail art link up with other fabulous bloggers and social media mavens to show off  your best interpretation of each month’s theme.

This month’s #MonthlyMani participants are: 

Kristi from Alligator Toe
Piniel from Pins-Place
Justine from The Two Cent Chick
Lanerbell from Just the Polish
Jacki and Leslie from Sistas from Cali
Emmy from That Cheap Bitch


My mani was easy to imagine as an interpretation of one of my favorite ice creams: (soft) vanilla with rainbow sprinkles and a cherry on top!

I used:



And here’s the result!







What do you think? What’s your favorite ice cream flavor in the summer? 

If you want to join in on future #MonthlyMani link ups, leave a comment below!



Gothically Gorgeous (Thrift Style Thursday)

I was really tempted to title this post “How NOT to be Gothically Gorgeous.”

Just like I failed miserably at a snow photo shoot back in November, my interpretation of our Thrift Style Thursday theme is quite a reach. I chose aviators, I tied my maxi skirt in that trendy way, I tried not to smile…this was a mess, really, but I still love to share my least favorite pictures because they’re good for a laugh.

There were many thoughts going through my head while taking these pictures, but here are a few of the gems:

“DON’T SMILE. If you smile, these pictures will look awkward.”

(HA! As if they aren’t already. I gots to smile, darn it!)
(P.S. Am I the only one that associates “gothic” with heavy black eyeliner, all black clothing and most importantly, not smiling? That was my genius thought process whilst preparing for this tragic photo shoot).

“How do gothically-dressed people pose?”

(After a quick Google search, the results were inconclusive, so I did my own thing, as usual.)

“Why did you choose aviators for this week’s theme? Oh that’s right…you’re a fake police officer/Eric Church wannabe.”


I’ve learned that my style is far from gothic, and that’s how I like it.

Ribbet collage


St. John’s Bay 3/4 Length Tee (Savers) // Ann Taylor Loft Maxi Skirt (Clothes Mentor) (also seen here 2 ways

Sonoma Boots (Kohl’s) // Aviators (DOLLAR TREE!!!! Steal.) 

Lips: NYX Butter Gloss in Red Velvet





Check out the other gothically gorgeous looks!

Buttons and Birdcages // Spoolish // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J // Confessions of a Refashionista // Alligator Toe // Snippets with Alex // Eclecticity // Being Zhenya // Erika’s Style Diary // Sistas From Cali // Bethie the Boo // Rachel’s Lookbook // Lipstick and Yarn // Nuttier Than Nutella


I’ve Used Up 88 Products in 2014!

It’s time for another Project Use Up 2014 update!  Keep in mind, these are products I’ve been working on using up for months (or in some cases, years).

This year, just like in 2013, I vowed to use up as many products as possible.

As of July 5, 2014, here is my progress:

Project Use up july 5, 2014

I encourage you to join in! Leave a comment below and if you post on social media, hashtag your used up products with #projectuseup.

59-62 project use up

59. White Rain Hydrations Body Wash

60. Bath & Body Works Fresh Picked Farmstand Apple Hand Soap

61. Alberto VO5 Strawberries & Cream Shampoo

62. Suave Kids Double Dutch Apple Detangling Spray

63-67 project use up

63. Suave Sleek Anti-Frizz Cream

64. Sephora Tinted Self-Tanning Body Mist

65. Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Hairspray

66. Skintimate Sensitive Skin Shaving Cream

67. Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo

68-7268. Ulta Tinted Self-Tanning Gel

69. Bath & Body Works Twisted Peppermint Body Mist

70. Urban Decay De-slick Makeup Setting Spray

71. Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo

72. Lady Speed Stick


73. Bodycology Vanilla Eau de Toilette

74. The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion

75. Suave Advanced Care Lotion

76. Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation

77. DevaCurl Set it Free Moisture Lock


78. Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Body Wash

79. Josie Maran Argan Oil (Sample)

80. American Beauty Eye Cream

81. Benefit Benetint (Sample)

82. Sally Hansen Dries Instantly Top Coat


83. Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara

84. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad (Sample)

85. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream (Sample)

86. Maybelline Superstay Concealer

87. Covergirl Wetslicks Lip Gloss

88. Anastasia Brow Gel (Sample)




Summer Nights Nail Art Link Up

Is there anything better than a fresh summer manicure?! I think not. Plus, summer is the perfect time to get away with brighter, bolder colors and designs!

Summer Nights

I tried out my own nail art (and a bonus pedicure) for the Nail Art Link Up with Kristi from Alligator Toe and Piniel from Pins Place! Genius idea and superb theme, girls.

My manicure is inspired by the gorgeous oranges and pinks in a sunset offset by the sparkle effect that you tend to see on water during the summer:



I used:


China Glaze “Flip Flop Fantasty” 

China Glaze “Mediterranean Charm” 

Confetti “Ice Ice Baby” 

Kiss Nail Art Paint in Silver 

Sally Hansen Dries Instantly Top Coat (LOVE THIS!)

What do you think? I’m not one for complicated, time-consuming nail art, so this was my best attempt :)

Check out the other girls’ manicures: 

Piniel from PinsPlace

Kristi from Alligator Toe 

And here’s my Fourth of July pedicure as a bonus:

fourth of july pedicure

Not perfect by any means (stripes are so darn tough to draw perfectly) but I love the big toe using the pencil polka dot technique I used for my Buffalo Bills manicure.

I used:

Red white and blueSally Hansen “Cherry Red”

Kiss Nail Art Paint in White

Sally Hansen “Pacific Blue” 

Thanks again to Kristi and Piniel for this awesome Nail Art Link Up!

I’ll be taking the next week off from blogging. I hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July, and I’ll see you the week of July 7!



Fabulous Florals (Thrift Style Thursday)

While I haven’t always been a floral lover, I’ve grown to love the pattern in small doses.

I’ve already shown off all the thrifted floral goodies I own, so this week is a recap of my favorite flowery pieces!

Fabulous FLorals Thrift Style Thursday



1. Seen in the Patterns theme for Thrift Style Thursday  

Old Navy Striped tee: $4, Ebay
Worthington Pleated Floral Skirt: $8, Clothes Mentor (also seen here)
Payless Audrina Wedges (also seen in my flying squirrel post and here)


2. Seen in the Casual and Dressy Floral Lace Post 

Forever 21 Floral Lace Sweatshirt: $4, Clothes Mentor
Merona Jeggings: Target
Sonoma Boots: Kohl’s


3. Seen in the movie-themed Thrift Style Thursday 

Floral Button Down Shirt: $2, Savers (seen here)
Brown Polka Dot Skirt: $6, Clothes Mentor (seen here)
Metallic belt: $4, Clothes Mentor (seen here)
Cowboy boots: $18, Clothes Mentor (seen here)


4. Seen in the Casual and Dressy Floral Lace Post 

Forever 21 Floral Lace Sweatshirt: $4, Clothes Mentor
Brown Polka Dot Skirt: $6, Clothes Mentor
Metallic Belt: $4, Clothes Mentor
Pearl Necklace with Bow: $4, Clothes Mentor
Nude Flats: Payless


Check out the fabulous florals of the other Thrift Style Thursday girls!

Buttons and Birdcages // Spoolish // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J // Confessions of a Refashionista // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex // Eclecticity // Being Zhenya // Erika’s Style Diary // Sistas From Cali // Bethie the Boo // Rachel’s Lookbook // Lipstick and Yarn // Nuttier Than Nutella



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