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AJ

True Grit GIVEAWAY!

True Grit

Fall has officially arrived, and what better to tackle it than in style? Today I’m giving away my favorite fall piece from True Grit!

This hooded jacket is softer than literally anything you’ve ever felt, and looks just as cute on! It’s tough for me not to keep this one for myself.

Retailing at $140, this bad boy could be yours! To enter, just @YourStylistAJ on instagram and leave a comment below this post with what your favorite thing about fall is! Mine is definitely new layers of cozy, and grande non-fat lattes at 130 degrees. Yes. (Entries must be in by Tuesday 9am CT) 

Good luck!

XO
AJ

This post is sponsored by True Grit, but it’s still softer than anything you’ve ever felt. ever. 

Women's True Grit

26.

Your Stylist AJ

I turned 26 last week. Happy New Year to me!

I really wanted to take the time to document the key memories of 25, as well as set some New Year’s Resolutions for 26.

25 taught me that the plans you make when you’re 15, or even 20, don’t count at all. That the ideas of being a young mother, like your own, and having two kids by 26, are just ideas. That your path is ever-changing and life shouldn’t be such an over-analyzed plan.

25 was physically brutal. I gained 35 pounds. 25 was an entire year of my life without wearing jeans even one time, because none of them fit.

25 was full of 80 hour weeks that put strain on my knees causing me to wake up in tears. 25 flew by because I worked too much, and didn’t make time for myself. My health got pushed to the back burner. I just did what I needed to do to get through each long day, whether that was “hold it” instead of taking a bathroom break, or scarf down a carby sandwich bc I only had two minutes to eat during a shampoo.

25 was full of proud moments, as Sammy made it to the big leagues, I made it into the top ten beauty bloggers in the eyes of Allure magazine, and I booked TWICE as many weddings as I did when I was 24.

25 was a year of goodbyes to toxic friendships, and open doors to new, healthy and fulfilling ones.

25 was full of honesty, and family growth.

25 was when I found meditation, and it changed my life.

25 included getting braces on, and getting braces off.

25 put life into perspective to be honest. I learned so many lessons that I am eager to implement into 26. This time of reflection is necessary, and I’m not embarrassed about 25, or even gaining 35 pounds. I’m instead motivated and ready for my new year. Ready for change.

26 is sobrandnew. It scares and excites me.

26 will be about reading and writing more.

26 has been full of sweat, vegetables, steak, organization and too much champagne so far.

26 will be normal, 40 hour work weeks. With breaks.

26 is dedicated to finding and maintaing balance.

26 is dedicated to my health and fitness more than my business.

26 will be full of the most beautiful brides that are crazy in love.

26 will be a time for my relationship with Sammy to become even stronger, for us to spend more time together, for the distance to become smaller.

26 is up to me, and I’m up for the challenge.

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AJ

 

YSAJ : The Workshop

It’s finally here! The first ever YSAJ: The Workshop just for you! Not stylists, not even in a salon, a workshop for you, the girl who’s hair routine is on autopilot.

YSAJ : The Workshop is a two hour event with all the mimosas and bobby pins you can handle. Grab your best girls and get hands on help and step by step demonstration! In this first Workshop we’ll be covering how to curl with a flat iron, how to beach wave with a flat iron, an easy date night updo, and one of my favorite fishtail cheats!

A girl’s day isn’t complete without shopping, so we’ll have amazing apparel and accessories from Bonnie & Clyde for purchase, along with plenty of my favorite yoga gear from ALO.

You know I wouldn’t let you leave empty handed! So get excited for some juicy gift bags to take home too!

All you need to bring to the event is a 1″ flat iron and clean dry hair, I’ll have the rest!

TICKETS ON SALE HERE! 

Can’t wait to play with you!

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AJ

 

Paleo Pancakes!

Paleo Pancakes

Happy Friday! I hope you have exciting weekend plans! If you don’t already, now you do. Enter: Paleo Pancakes.

Whether you’re paleo, gluten free, vegetarian or whatever, these pancakes will fit into your healthy lifestyle wonderfully. I swear I would choose these of regular pancakes any day. They’re more moist than most pancakes, flip easier, store well and fill me up! This recipe will make enough for 4 people, or 3 really really hungry people. I shared with my next door neighbor, and froze the rest.

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Begin by adding all six eggs, three bananas, and 1/2 cup of coconut flour to your blender. (If you are ready to up your blender game, this guy will change your life.) You can also add a spoonful of almond butter if you’re into almond butter. Who isn’t into almond butter?

Once the batter is blended smooth, heat a skillet with medium heat. Brush on some coconut oil, and get to pouring! I let these hang out for about two minutes on each side. Slow and steady wins the race, if your cakes are above golden brown, turn down the heat.

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Let me know if you try them and love them!

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AJ

YSAJ : The Workshop

Update & Giveaway!

Beauty Box Giveaway

Well to say it’s been a while since my last blog post would be stating the obvious. I miss you guys!!

June and July kicked my butt! I had six weddings in June alone, and worked overtime in the salon, traveled to see Sammy, and the blog just naturally fell to the back burner.

As I gear up for August, I’m implementing healthy changes. I’m excited to say that I will no longer be working more than 40 hours in the salon. Between weddings and the salon, I have been logging in 60-80 hours a week, and though I LOVE my job, with it comes physical stress. That physical stress has left me waking up in tears from joint pain, and with little to no time left over to fit in exercise.

It’s time to make myself a priority. I don’t want to get burnt out, I want to work as long as it makes me happy, and I doubt that time will ever run out, IF I take care of myself.

One of the blogging perks, that hasn’t slowed down even though I haven’t been posting, is smell-good-snail-mail! I am blown away by the generosity of the beauty industry! I’ve finally taken the time to try out a bajillion products, and would love to share what I think of them with you! But first, I’d love to give you some to try yourself!

I’m psyched for this Beauty Box Giveaway! In it one lucky lady will receive:

  • Color WOW Shampoo and Conditioner (HOW have I never tried these products before. Just wait ’til I share they’re Root Cover Up with you!)
  • Real Chemistry Luminous 3 Minute Peel AND Environmental Rescue Mask (The best face mask I’ve ever used. Period.)
  • Muk Argan Oil Shine Spray (Fancy!)
  • Murad Refreshing Cleanser (I’m jealous of whoever wins this.)
  • Soften Her Exfoliating Pads (Ingrown hair – beware. These lady exfoliant pads are magic.)
  • Aveda Energizing Body Cleanser and Volumizing Tonic (Lovely little travel buddies.)
  • Crest 3D Whitening Mouthwash (Fresh breath AND whitening. Double. Whammy.)

Stay tuned for my full reviews and tutorials coming soon!

You have until Friday at 9am to enter the giveaway! To win, you must leave a comment below with your Instagram handle, and follow @YourStylistAJ on Instagram. The winner of this $250 value Beauty Box will be announced and shipped on Friday!

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AJ

Independence Day

American Flag Scarf

American Flag

Turban

I hope you have the most amazing holiday weekend full of SPF, fireworks and time with people who make you laugh ’til you cry!

I’m headed to the family lake house to do just that!

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AJ

Photos by Stoffer Photography

LOFT Rompers

LOFT Rompers

To throw over a bathing suit, wear to a shower, grocery shop or eat on a patio… rompers are such a versatile and comply summer staple.

I’m in love with all the romps over at LOFT. So many to choose from!

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AJ

Life Update and WWW Findings

Your Stylist AJ

Lately has been crazy! I’ve been traveling for weddings and Sammytime, slammed at the salon, and have had two weddings almost every weekend! I’m SO happy because Sammy’s in town for a few days for the Nationals @ Cubs series, and I have two beauuuutiful brides this weekend. Life is good.

I’ve had braces for about a month now, which you’ve spotted if you follow me on Instagram. It has been a challenge feeling hot, eating, talking, kissing… basically I’m being an even bigger diva about them than I thought possible. But it’ll be worth it right?

How is the 4th of July already next week? I can’t wait for some family time at our lake house in Northern Michigan! Sunblock, ice cream, long walks, chats with Grandpa, snuggles with Grandma. Yes.

My FAVE local band is on iTunes now!

This looks like an amazing experience.

This is seriously me before I knock on a bride’s hotel room door.

A sweet cuff for you or a friend.

LOVE this cover.

Literally shaking my head.

We should try this!

Brilliant.

I finally bought this bathing suit!

My face when someone I follow pins a REAL ugly updo.

The temp tats you need for summer!

The perfect from day to night lip creation!

So pretty. Must try.

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AJ