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!

XO
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!

XO
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!

XO
AJ

Life Update and WWW Findings

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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.

XO
AJ

 

Knot Bun // Hair Tutorial

I love a polished, classic style… but I love a perfectly imperfect look even more.

Enter the Knot Bun. This look is fun with a little black dress, or a tank and cutoffs. You decide which fits you best!

Knot Bun Hair Tutorial

To get the look, follow these simple steps!

1-2. Divide your hair into two sections that resemble pigtails, then tie them in a knot.

3. Below the knot, tie a clear elastic around the ponytails left out.

4. Below the clear elastic, tie another know.

5. Below the second knot, tie a clear elastic around the ponytails left out. (If you have shorter hair, this look can be done with only one knot, if your hair is especially long, you might need three knots!)

6. Roll the knots upward and pin into place, leaving the “tails” out.

7-8. Tug at the crown and loosen the look a bit.

Complete the look with hairspray. Pictured here is Aveda Witch Hazel which I love for a light hold.

If you try this look, please post and use the hashtags #YSAJtutorial so I can see your masterpiece!!

XO
AJ

Photos by Stoffer Photography

When in doubt, be both sincere and fashionable.

Your Stylist AJ

Your Stylist AJ

AJ Schulz

I get so many requests for outfit posts, so I figured it was time to start listening! Click below to be directed to each item.

HAT // TANK (sold out, similar here) // BLAZER // DENIM (on sale!)// SHOES (sold out, similar here)

XO
AJ

Photos by Stoffer Photography

Arugula and Sweet Potato Salad

It’s that time of year! Time for fresh foods and lots of green! I try to maintain that mentality all year, but this winter was enough to drive any girl deep into a bowl of mac ‘n cheese.

This salad is one of my favorites! Lots of ladies is my family make it, but this is my twist on a fresh yet filling ensalada!

Arugula-&-Sweet-Potato-Salad

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Baby Spinach
  • Baby Arugula
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Roasted Sunflower Seeds
  • Craisins
  • Lemon
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Parmesan (OPTIONAL)

Now, here’s the tricky part. I decided not to give you any measurements here. How dare I right?!

The “correct” way to make this is to go for a 1:1 ratio of greens and sweet potatoes. That version is SO good, but I’m working hard in the gym and in the kitchen to be smart and control my portions, and though sweet potatoes are good, good for you, AND paleo, there’re still higher in calories than say, arugula. So in these photos, I used two sweet potatoes for a big bowl of greens. It’s enough that you can get a sweet potato cube into every bite, but that you still feel like you’re being true to the word “salad”.

Arugula & Sweet Potato Salad
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Peel and cube sweet potatoes.

3.Toss cubes in olive oil on a baking sheet. Place in oven for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, place under broil until the edges begin to brown.

Arugula & Sweet Potato Salad

4. Add as many sunflower seeds and cranberries as you prefer

Arugula & Sweet Potato Salad

5. Next mix fresh lemon juice and olive oil. I like a 2:1 ratio here, with two parts lemon to one part olive oil. Also, add salt and pepper to this if you prefer!

Arugula & Sweet Potato Salad

6.  Once browned, add your sweet potatoes to the salad! Next, pour over your dressing mixture.

Arugula & Sweet Potato Salad

7. I love to top this off with a little bit of fresh parm. If you’re really behaving, you can absolutely skip it!

Arugula & Sweet Potato Salad

ENJOY!

Arugula & Sweet Potato Salad

If y’all try it let me know in the comments below! AND if you’d like to see more healthy recipes, I’d love that feedback from you as well!

XO
AJ

H&M HOME

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Sometimes things are too good to be true, and sometimes, they’re really just that good.

H&M HOME is my new favorite corner of the internet. I’ve placed two orders so far! The first one was a test run, I ordered these bowls in copper and a couple candles. I was skeptical, I needed to see for myself that these weren’t cheapo little items.

I placed my second order yesterday. The pitcher has sangria written alllllll over it, and I plan on using the cake stand to display some of my favorite jewelry.

Gray Candle $5.95

Bell Glass  $9.95

Perfume Bottle $9.95

Cake Stand $6.95 (multiple colors!)

Copper Candle Holder $7.95

Glass Pitcher $17.95

Pink Vase $4.95 (available in white too!)

Silver & Copper Bowls $6.95 each

XO
AJ

Dirty Girl.

Your Stylist AJ

I don’t wash my hair. Ok, I do but I mean, it needs to be a special occasion.

Once or twice a week is all I have the patience for. I love doing hair, but is there a girl out there who enjoys roundbrushing their own hair? If that girl is out there please come forward so we can give you a round of applause.

I swear by dry shampoos, texturizing sprays and recycling my curls.

Typically my weekly hair schedule looks a little like this:

Day 1- Shampoo, blast dry, curl

Day 2- Add dry shampoo, brush through, peace out

Day 3- Potentially add more dry shampoo, recycle the Day 1 curls into a cute pony

Day 4- Add more dry shampoo, brush through, recycle hair into an updo

Day 5- Shampoo day! OR…. if it’s an early morning or I’m feeling lazy, another updo, or a fun hat with a side fishtail braid!

Updos work best on dirty hair. A braid crown doesn’t even really look good to me unless it’s three days deep in dirt.  Always dirty and always purrty.

I challenge you to skip an extra shampoo day this week! Hit snooze sister ; )

XO
AJ