Black Friday DEALZ 2014

Your Stylist AJ

Deals for dessert. Lets get to it!

I’m recently obsessed with Athleta! Don’t get me wrong I still love my Lulu but Athleta has been rocking my fall wardrobe.
Use the code FIT20 to get 20% off through Sunday!

Everyone can shop for someone at Banana Republic. Today only! 50% off 1 full-priced item using code BRFIFTY & 40% off sitewide using code BRFORTY

BaubleBar has 15% off 2 items CODE FRIDAY15 I’m getting these and this!

30% off Club Monaco! Use code TGIBF (Fun fact: I wish my closet was all CM)

Cole Haan has 30% off almost everything. Some things are even 50% off, like these super comfy booties. That I need right?

Dolce Vita is up to 60% off, extra 20% off sale AND free shipping. Jeepers. Wanna hear PAIN? …I bought these full price two weeks ago. CRINGE.

50% off everything at Express. Half off everything is kind of a big deal.

Frye is getting fancy on us… spend $400+, get an eGift card for $100 through Monday. Of course that happens right after I bought these. And now you’re judging me for buying too many shoes lately. It’s cool I’m judging me too.

Code BLKFRIDAY at Gap lands you 50% off site wide! Again people, half OFFFF! How is this happening!?

J. Crew has 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale AND free shipping when using code HOLIDAY

Kate Spade Saturday 30% off sitewide AND free shipping when using code DEALME

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Use code GIFTON at Madewell for 25% of your entire purchase! I feel like you can shop for almost anyone at Madewell and they’re sure to love it!

Get up to 40% off select products at Nordstrom. I’ll take it!

Hey Brides-to-Be! Plum Pretty Sugar has a deal for you. Spend $100, recieve 10% refund, spend $200, recieve 15% refund, spend $300, recieve 20% refund when using code PRETTYFRIDAY

TARGET 40% off all clothing!

Ok what are you still doing on YSAJ? GO!

XO
AJ

 

Product Spotlight : ORIBE Soft Dry Conditioner

Oribe Dry Conditioner

Dry Shampoo? Been there, need that. But Dry Conditioner? That was new news to me!

Allow me to introduce you to my new BFF, Oribe Dry Conditioner. At first thought, it’s gimmicky and overpriced, but spray this velvet onto your locks and you’ll begin buying this in bulk. This is my hands down favorite product for my dry blonde ends, and a great alternative to greasy Moroccan Oil, (which I’m SO over).

This ultrafine mist applied from midshaft to ends of hair, will leave you smelling delicious and feeling insanely soft. I’ve been walking around creepily petting my own hair.

Treat yourself! Or gift a gal pal a bottle for Christmas! (Available at Thomas West Salon, and HERE.)

XO
AJ

Sleep less, dream more.

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“AJ where did you go to college?”, Facebook prompts me every few months.

“I didn’t go to college you JERK!”, I angrily think back to my innocent computer.

I’m just so over the idea that college is the only way to success. I’m a little angst-y about it. Obviously.

College was our only option growing up. By sophomore year of high school you had your favorite schools scoped out, at SIXTEEN mind you. By your junior year you’d applied and signed up for all the AP classes you could. By your senior year you were rockin the starchiest, logo-ed, crew neck of your school of choice down the hallways. The hallways that you thought mattered SO much.

Now. Please allow me to make myself clear before you stop reading. I think school is wonderful. College is a magical experience for finding yourself if nothing else. For me though, there was just a VERY different path so clear to me, one that some college students may have envied.

I remember so clearly my peers asking where I had applied and where I’d be living in the fall of 2006. I also remember kind of enjoying their freak-out-faces when I told them I was going to cosmetology school and “not going to college”. America’s Funniest Videos kinda faces. JUDGMENTAL faces.

It wasn’t their fault. We, as a generation, were bred to believe that college, and internships, and grad school, were really the only way. Even the parents of my friends judged me. My teachers judged me. My parents and grandparents were scared for me.

And then I witnessed my parents pressing my little sister more clearly. I think they thought maybe if they had provided me with more direction I wouldn’t make such a mistake. They channeled this learning experience through to my sister. (My sister who now is in grad school with dreams of working for the FBI! —-Who I’m so PROUD of!)

I remember my dad researching the annual income of hairdressers, (this was 2004, and in a small town), and sassily informing me it was $11,000. And I CLEARLY remember sassing back, “Well I’m NOT AVERAGE!”

And I’m not. I am not average. No one who knowingly breaks the mold, is average. No one who follows their dream is average. No one who fights for the anti-cubicle lifestyle, is average.

DO. YOU.

I really don’t care if that’s being a hairdresser. Blogger. Professional baseball player. Firefighter. Rockstar. Moviestar. Model. Actress. Non-profit badass. Start-up badass. Artist.

And maybe YOU is best being a student. FBI agent. Teacher. Doctor. Lawyer.

We’re ALL in this together. The world needs a little of everyone! 

I believe the most important thing is that we all support each other. The way my family came around to support me with an education through Aveda, and a move to Atlanta to work for Aveda’s busiest salon in the world. Followed by moving me home after a lifetime movie breakup, (becuase we all need one of those under our belt to realllllly grow up), and helping me find my balance again.

I believe in you. And ME! US. People doing what we WANT and what makes us happy.

I hope this letter of expression delivers one lesson. YOU might be THAT person, that is unknowingly being rude when you say, “did you go to college”, or, “does it scare you that you don’t have a degree”, or, “do you think you’ll go back to school?”.

DUDE. NO.

Just support me. Tell me you’re happy for me that I’m going against the grain and doing what I love, or frankly, keep it to yo-self!

Follow your dreams. Quit your job. Move to Bali and pursue yoga. I don’t care! Just. Do. YOU. Nothing else counts.

Love,
AJ

Photo by my pretty friend Kina Wicks Photography 

Fall Faves

Fall

Fall just seems to fly by every year, which is a total shame being that it’s my favorite! I find that I shop too much from September to December, I really blame it on the “back to school” mentality that I’ll have deep into my 80′s.

Hope you love these little luxuries as much as I do!

XO
AJ

The best candle EVER.

The best blanket EVER is on sale.

A delicious red blend.

The most comfortable crossover leather jacket I’ve ever seen and am sooooo happy to own!

Cranberry sneakers to make everyday feel more Friday.

Sweet potato salad. On repeat.

Glitter & Gold every morning.

1989. Also on repeat.

Favorite local sweat.

Velvet hair on tap.

Gearing up for 2015. (I got rose gold!)

Heroine.

Juicing, paleo, and skinny jeans…

Pressed Juicery

I’m an all or nothing kinda gal. When it’s a Velveeta and Malbec era, it’s ugly. When I’m behaving, it’s serious workouts and strict diet. I wish I could achieve balance in the health aspect of my life, but I have yet to conquer that. So until that day comes, I’m fine sticking with the ALL IN mentality of my health and fitness.

I’ve reached a point where my favorite jeans in the world don’t fit. We’ve all been there, but it’s never fun and you feel like the only one it’s happening to at the time. I refuse to reward my deep dish habits with the next size up of my not-so-cheap premium denim, and make a change.

News flash! Change isn’t easy, especially such a drastic change flooded with temptation. I REALLY like food. I also REALLY hate feeling this way about my body. Read: Sluggish. Tired. Uncomfortable. Insecure. Hate my workouts five minutes in. That feeling.

So because I’m all or nothing, I decided to do a 5 day cleanse to really quit the hard stuff cold turkey. Yes, I say that because food is my addiction.

Now, let me be straight with you. A CLEANSE IS NOT A WEIGHT LOSS TOOL. It’s a healthy “fresh start”. A detox, teaching your body to rebalance itself.

I want you to understand that as desperate as I am to lose weight, I did not do this cleanse to lose weight as much as I needed a jolt of new, pure, blank canvas H E A L T H.

We get ONE body folks. If I don’t feel sexy as heck at 26, I’m sure doomed for what’s to come in 20 years! I’m taking this time to really combine health and fitness as my number one goal. Yes, AJ Schulz just mentioned health and fitness and her number one goal. The same girl who typically works 80 hour weeks, and treats her body like crap to stay dedicated to her career.

I love my job, but it won’t be there to hang out with my grandkids when I’m 75. My body needs an overhaul. The Arthritis in my knees takes my breath away. The migraines I get should issued to murderers as punishment. The Sciatic Nerve that kicks in after standing for 12 hours is just mean.

Making my health the priority is surprisingly more mental than physical. Meditation has changed my life this year. Just opening my mind and cherishing each breath, while following the words “I am” with what I want to be, has been beyond impactful.

If you’re looking for a reboot, I highly recommend Pressed Juicery. I’ve done multiple cleanses, some so rancid I couldn’t even finish them. I’ve liked Suja as well, but for $100 in shipping, you’ve gotta be nuts to order it.

This was my fourth Pressed cleanse, but my first five day cleanse. If you’re a first timer, I recommend a three day, “Cleanse 1″. I did the five day “Cleanse 3″. The juices weren’t pink and sugary, we’re talkin’ green green green juices. If you’re not down for some earthy flavor, “Cleanse 3″ might not be the best fit for you.

That said, I actually dig “Cleanse 3″. Even the greenest juices are smooth and refreshing. I’m never left making a tequila face after drinking them. There are six juices a day, and I drink as much water as I can when I’m not drinking a juice.

So now it’s back to paleo! It’s amazing how much you cherish lettuce after drinking straight liquids for days.

Have you ever tried a juice cleanse? Would you?

XO
AJ

October

Hi loves! Oh how I’ve missed the feeling of keys beneath my fingers. October was AMAZING! I need to tell you all about it! PS HOW is it already November?!

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I got my braces off!!!!!! Actually I got them off in September! More on that later, but in the meantime, check it out!

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SAMMY CAME HOME! Baseball season is officially over, and while that was bittersweet, we were able to make it to Michigan with just hours to spare to be a bridesmaid and Best Man for two of our favorite lovebirds!

Sam Palace

Sammy’s parents hosted a fun dinner and bonfire back home and few things make me happier than our moms being buds!

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Then we had visitors every weekend! My dear friend Megan came to stay with us and work with me for the weekend! I did her color and extensions and am slightly obsessed with how it turned out.

Balayage

The following weekend our sweet friends Abby & Greg came to visit! Love them like fam.

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My baby sister came to town the next weekend!

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Lululemon asked me to come in and style some of their fall pieces as lifestyle wear versus athletic wear! Photos to come this week! (Photo by Eat Pray Photo)

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Sammy and I did a juice cleanse. Sammy has assured me he’ll never be doing that again… I’ll be blogging about my experience with juicing later this week!

Pressed Juicery

I worked an emerald filled classic shoot with my faves. More photos to come! (Photo by Emilia Jane Photography)

View More: http://emiliajane.pass.us/chm-shoot

Have an amazing week!!

XO
AJ

Hotheads Extensions Featured Stylist!

Interested in learning more about me? Head over to the Hotheads blog to read my interview!

Hotheads

XO
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.

XO
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!

XO
AJ