$80 Hunter Boots

Yup!  You read that correctly!  And, at Costco!!  Now, there are only very limited sizes online and not all stores have them in stock, but if you get lucky, you might just be able to score the color and size you need/want.

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I REALLY wanted a pair of red or gray boots, but alas, settled on my third choice, the green Hunters.  Both the regular matte green and the olive green boots have a variety of sizes.  Most colors have size 5 and 10 or above, however.  I actually love the green and think they will actually be a pretty versatile color to style!

 hunter boots, http://chicinacademia.com

Same pair styled below by The Sweetest Thing‘s Emily , (Photo Credit:  The Sweetest Thing)


Below are pics of me in a pair of raspberry-colored ones I scored for about the same price earlier this year:

Raspberry Hunter Boots, http://chicinacademia.com

Raspberry Hunter Boots, http://chicinacademia.com

The one catch for this sale/purchase is that you have to be a Costco member to buy them, so if you don’t have a membership make sure to reach out to your family and friends.  One of them is bound to be a member and willing to help you get a pair.  Good luck and happy shopping!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

DIY Hair Color

Okay, so I have never colored my hair at home, BY MYSELF.  I was scurred to say the least.  For some time now, grays have begun to take over my head.  A once lush, landscape of dark brown hair, has now begun to turn into a sea of wild grays, slowly overtaking the dark colored strands.  SIGH.  So, hair color it is.

But.  Hair coloring entails going to the salon, at least a 2-hour endeavor, and money.  This also, apparently, needs to happen every 4-6 weeks.  My hair grows relatively quickly, so my range is more like 3-4 weeks rather than 4-6 weeks.  Anywho.  A friend of mine mentioned that she uses Garnier hair color, so at $7 for the box, I figured, why not try it!

Well, leave it to me to try it the night before a big trip and at 10pm no less.  So there was no chance I was going to have a plan B,  entailing going to the salon to have them fix whatever horrors resulted from me trying to color my own hair.  I had a box that had been sitting around for months, and off to the bathroom I went.

Garnier, http://chicinacademia.com

My hair is not naturally black in color, so I figured I would try the darkest brown color.  In all honesty, I think it is still too dark for my hair, so I MAY try the next lighter shade.  We shall see. But, darkest brown it is for now.  It’s not TERRIBLE though.  Here’s a pic I took the next day at a Blow Dry Bar salon. [ That is sparkling water and fruit, btw.  Not booze, lol.]

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I don’t know you if you can tell, but unlike natural hair color – as in one’s biological hair color – store bought hair dye makes your hair color completely uniform.  Unless of course you employ a special technique to add color variation.  But hello – I already explained that I barely knew how to apply this DIY hair color, so there was no way I was going to even attempt to do anything fancier.

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So, uniformly colored dark hair I have!  I don’t think it looks terrible, though, again, think I will try something a bit lighter next time.  My grays, btw, were completely hidden after the one application of hair color.  The instructions specifically say that you need to leave the hair color in an additional 5 minutes in order to achieve complete coloring.  It is entirely likely that a gaggle of grays in the back of my head remain alive and gray, since I did this myself and didn’t take the time to look in a mirror before I washed out the dye. LOL.  But, it is what it is!

In conclusion, I definitely recommend this brand of hair color should you decide to color your own hair at home – and no, this is not a sponsored post, haha.  The price point is amazing, I didn’t react unpleasantly to it (e.g. it does not seem to be too harsh a dye for my scalp/skin), and my hair remains pretty soft after dying it!  I do recommend you read the instruction booklet in full, AND definitely use the gloves provided.  Also remember to wear an old t-shirt or some other garment that you won’t mind getting dye on.  OH!  And, wear something that buttons open should you decide to wash it out in the shower and not in the sink.  Otherwise,  you risk getting hair dye on your top when it comes off over your head.  No bueno. (It happened to me.)

That is all, friends!  Let me know if you have any other tips or techniques you would like to share with me!  I’m also open to any ideas for other brands of hair dyes!

Shop Garnier Hair Color here.

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

Shop, Save, Share with the Junior League of Birmingham

It’s that time of year!  The Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) is hosting it’s annual Shop, Save, Share event!  Starting October 21st, you can save 20% at a variety of retailers in the Birmingham metro area.

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For the tenth year in a row, the Junior League of Birmingham will hold its Shop Save & Share program. This fundraiser supports the League’s 34 community projects while at the same time driving customers to local retailers and restaurants.

When someone purchases a Shop Save & Share card for $40, they receive a 20% discount on merchandise and dining at the fundraiser’s more than 550 participating stores and restaurants throughout greater Birmingham. For 2015, The JLB have the highest number of Shop Save & Share supporters ever including business participants from Trussville to Hoover from The Summit to the 280 Corridor, as well as the communities of Homewood, Mtn. Brook, Vestavia Hills and many others.

This year’s Shop Save & Share program will run from October 21 through November 1, and the purchase of one Shop, Save and Share donation does the following:

-Provides one student the opportunity to participate in the College Admissions Made Possible program.

-Provides one week of snacks, magazines, books to mothers restricted to bed rest in the UAB NICU.

-Provides one child who is suffering from “under nutrition” to have food provided to them for the weekends for an entire school year.

-Provides 1.5 children one book per month for 5 years through Better Basics & JLB Imagination Library.

There will be a kickoff party on Oct. 21 at The Summit so be sure to visit the JLB wesbite for more details on this event!

Those interested can visit www.jlbonline.com or www.shopsaveshare.net to purchase a Shop Save & Share card and to review a complete listing of participating merchants and sponsors.  Additional Information about the fundraiser can be found on Facebook:  Shop Save & Share or Twitter:  @JLBirmingham (#jlbshopsaveshare)

Happy Shopping, friends!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!