An American in Paris: Part Three Of Our Vacation to France

The morning that we woke up to journey from Provence to Paris I was giddy to return to the city that I was newly in love with! We were dropped off at our hotel and a few storefronts down, I noticed a salon. My hair was desperate for a wash, so I decided to treat myself and popped in for a blowout. With my freshly shampooed and bouncy hair, Brian and I ventured out in search of a meal. Heading out without a plan and very hungry bellies had us bickering as we searched for a restaurant. We went to one place where it took nearly an hour for our cocktails to arrive and then we tried another place where we were immediately turned away. Eventually we found an average restaurant and gobbled our food without complaint, exhausted from the several hours of searching.

The next day we visited one of my favorites, Tuileries Garden. We walked hand in hand throughout the entire landscape and observed all the locals picnicking. We stopped at an outdoor cafe located inside the garden called Cafe Des Marronniers, which we declared had the BEST french fries in Paris, along with the most delicious cocktails and freshest salad. After lunch we continued on a self guided walking tour, passing The Louvre, riding scooters along the Seine, visiting the Notre Dame, and finally, St. Germain. After resting our sore feet, we opted for somewhere nearby for dinner. We ended up at the most amazing local Italian spot, with authentic food and wonderful service, called Del Papa. If you are near the Arc De Triumph and you’re looking for a reasonably priced and delicious meal, I highly recommend this restaurant.


The next morning started bright and early, heading to the Palace of Versailles. I have mixed feelings about our visit to this majorly touristy Palace. On one hand I’ve never seen anything like it, it was truly a sight to behold. On the other hand, the throngs of people were overwhelming. If you do go, I highly recommend renting a golf cart, especially if you intend on seeing the entire grounds. In my opinion Marie Antionette’s Hamlet and the Petit Trianon are a must see! The day would have gone by faster and it would’ve been more fun had we been cruising around on a golf cart. I also recommend you bring your own food for a picnic lunch. Seriously, the food at Versailles was inedible. Overall, I think the visit is worth the trouble if you’re very interested in history or gardens. I would consider going back, but only if we were more prepared.


On our last full day in Paris we decided to head back to our favorite neighborhood, the 16th arrondisement, for breakfast at Cafe Kleber and for a last look at the Eiffel Tower. We also made one last stop at Champs Elysee and revisited Del Papa for our last divine meal. Over this meal, we shared a final bottle of rose. It was simply the perfect last day, in my favorite city!

Our summer trip to France was an absolute dream come true and I hope you have enjoyed reading about our experiences. I’m looking forward to many European travels in the future!


All new experiences are opportunities for growth and joy!

Provincial Life; Part Two Of Our Vacation to France

This summer my husband and I took our very first vacation to Europe. We enjoyed 12 magical days in France exploring both the city of Paris and the countryside of Provence. Part two of our vacation began with hopping the TGV 3 hours through the countryside to the charming town of Aix-En-Provence. Our Air BnB was about a mile from the city center. It was perfectly delightful with romantic landscaping and a glimmering pool. The ideal place to relax after being in the city. Right away we visited the Franprix to stock our kitchenette with all our essentials cheese, bread, & wine! We spent the hot afternoon eating outside and cooling off in the pool. The city was quiet that evening on our sunset walk to dinner.

The next day we visited Chateau du Seuil where we wandered the expansive grounds including the vineyard and gardens and then enjoyed a tasting of the most divine selection of wines. This region of France is known for the rosé, my favorite! Truly one of my favorite experiences of the trip. Provence had the clearest crystal blue skies that was never marbled by clouds. The landscape of the countryside was so breathtaking filled with olive tree fields, vineyards, lavender, and sunflowers in the heat of the summer everything was buzzing and heavy in full bloom.

In the center of town there were fountains and people pouring in and out of cafes. The language barrier here was a little harder to manage but we got by alright. We walked through alleyways and found a local Tapas restaurant. Our afternoons were spent enjoying lunch and the hustle and bustle of downtown before we retreated to the pool with a bottle of Chateau du Seuil rosé.

I treasured our time in Aix-En-Provence and enjoyed the luxury of relaxing and the magic in the simple moments.


I find joy and gratitude in simplicity

Paris in July; Part One Of Our Vacation to France

When I experience difficult and challenging seasons of life I often daydream about what I hope for in the future. One daydream I have consistently escaped to is walking along the Seine in Paris and dining at a little cafe with a view of the Eiffel Tower. This year we decided to finally make that daydream and plan a vacation to France. We visited this incredible country for 12 days. They were magical and the city certainly lived up to my high expectations. This post includes all the details on the first leg of our trip!

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We sleepily made our way from the Charles De Gaulle airport into Paris via Uber, because it seemed like the easiest and fastest way to get to our hotel. Plus, we were weary travelers fresh off a red eye. Once we arrived at Hotel Garden Elysee we changed, I applied a fresh face, and we headed immediately to see the Eiffel Tower. Which, was only a simple ten minute walk with plenty of local flair. We wandered around the Trocadero Garden and then went for lunch at a very chic cafe called Carette, which was so delicious. It was record breaking heat in Paris that day and we simply couldn’t be out in 107 degree weather, so we went back to the hotel to rest and enjoy the air conditioning.

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Bright and early the next morning we fancied ourselves up and met our photographer, Brian of French Grey photography. We had the most wonderful experience with him. He made us feel instantly comfortable and we love the images! I highly recommend booking a shoot with him to have photos to cherish forever. Also, I have valuable photographic evidence of the best cup of coffee I’ve ever drank in my ENTIRE life.

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I loved this neighborhood! It was my favorite place we stayed in Paris. It was easy to navigate and so near to the Eiffel Tower, yet somehow it wasn’t tourist-y. There was a very nice Franprix, a popular grocery store next door and tons of adorable cafes. We navigated around by scooter and it was so fun! We felt like kids cruising the streets with exhilarated grins on our faces.

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Later that day we visited Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe. We did some shopping and I discovered the best, super reasonably priced intimates shop called Etam. The quality is outstanding & they ship to the US, so you better believe it won’t be the last time I shop there! That evening we had dinner at a very traditional French restaurant called Aux Cocottes. I had sea bass fillet and Brian had roasted chicken. We both loved our meals and enjoyed chatting with a couple of Americans sitting next to us. On the way back to the hotel we passed the Eiffel Tower, glittering in the evening sky.

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Saturday we slept in and enjoyed an over priced breakfast at the Hotel. It was a cool, rainy day, so we went to Musee d’Orsay, which houses many Impressionist works, including my personal favorite Artist Monet and discovered a new favorite Berthe Morisot. We split a pizza for a quick and casual lunch. Then, spent the afternoon walking along the Seine. Dinner that night was at the highly anticipated Laduree where I had had a memorable meal several years prior at the Soho, NY location.

The next day we had planned to visit the botanical gardens only to discover that the Tour De France had come to town! This made the city nearly impossible to navigate through in an Uber. We opted to scooter around the nearby neighborhoods and the gardens directly beneath the Eiffel Tower. In the evening we went to see the finish of the Tour De France at Champs Elysees and then had dinner at a trendy spot called Le Confidentiel.

The next morning journeyed by TGV through the french countryside to Aix-en-Provence. More to come on this leg of our Paris trip in Part Two!

Paris Packing List

Today I’m sharing what I’ll be packing for our vacation to France, we are leaving tomorrow! This is my very first time traveling to Europe and I’m so excited. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve always dreamed of visiting Paris and seeing the Eiffel Tower!

If you have any recommendations please leave them in the comments, I would love to hear any must-see places or restaurants you loved!

I’m a dress girl through and through and with the hot summer temps my list includes lots of sundresses as well as some practical shoes for all the walking!

We will start our vacation in Paris and then take the train down south to Provence where we are staying in a little french villa complete with a private pool! After exploring the countryside we will be heading back up to Paris for a few more days before returning home.


My greatest growth happens when I am challenged and uncomfortable, I can handle anything!

In light & love


Summer Beauty Edit

My latest Sephora order is in and it’s filled with some old favorites as well as some summer- inspired new products I’ve been testing out!

This mascara is one of my long time favorites and I have repurchased it countless times! I’ve tried dozens of other mascaras but this one remains my favorite and after going back to using it I totally remember why!

I have been wanting to try out the brand Glow Recipe for a while now and I came across this gift set, it’s a great value and includes the Watermelon Glow moisturizer & sleeping mask. The moisturizer is perfect for the summer because it absorbs quickly & is super lightweight. The sleeping mask leaves my skin plump and hydrated. It’s also a ‘pillow proof’ formula and won’t ruin your pillow!


A new ‘signature scent’ has been on my wishlist for a long time having outgrown Princess by Vera Wang quite a long time ago. I went back and fourth because artificial fragrances are not good for your health. I decided to buy a small bottle & use it sparingly for special occasions and nights out. I have loved Dior scents and of course I was eager to try both Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming & Blooming Bouquet . Ultimately I went with Blooming Bouquet and not only does it smell divine and feminine, it’s also totally on brand.

KORA ORGANICS Turmeric 2-in-1 Brightening & Exfoliating Mask is my favorite mask ever! It’s a total game changer when you use it 2x a week. This product has helped shrink & unclog my pores. This is my second time purchasing and I don’t think i could live without it. I highly recommend this product.


I love using my rose quartz roller to promote circulation, lymphatic drainage, & collagen production. It’s also great to use as a facial massage to assist in de-puffing! I’m a jaw clencher and I really think it also helps me relax my jaw. This isn’t something I purchased recently, I’ve been using it for a year or so.

I hope you enjoyed my Summer Beauty Edit! I’m working on some exciting things behind the scenes at Bloom and I can’t wait to share soon!


I do all things easily and gracefully

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in light & love,

Jordan Russell

Headbands the hair accessory of the moment..

Headbands are back and I’m happier than Blair Waldorf on the MET steps about it! I have loved headbands since Gossip Girl days back in high school. I think they add charm and class to any look. In the summer they also double as a way to keep hair off my sweaty face. Unfortunately I got rid of all my headbands a few years ago and now I’m majorly regretting it!

Headbands are such a fun and practical way to add interest to any outfit. I love that they keep your hair under control & looking chic especially on the extra humid days we have in the south. I’ve been on the hunt for a couple headbands to pair with sundresses and so far Anthropologie has my favorite selection. This time though you better believe I’ll be hanging on to them! I gathered a few of my favorites below for you guys to shop!

Recent Amazon Buys

Like everyone in America I cannot resist Amazon prime 2 day shipping. It’s convenient & you just can't beat the prices. I’ve recently made some purchases that I’ve been getting a lot of questions on and I wanted to share with you guys some of my latest amazon buys.

I wore this dress in yellow for Easter and I’ve been wearing it non stop since, I always get tons of compliments on this dress and it was only $20! It isn’t see through (who wants to wear a slip?!) and length is great because you can bend over without flashes anyone.


I have never met a blue and white print I didn’t love! These ceramic flower pots are perfect for both indoor and outdoor decorating. I planted roses, hydrangeas, & succulents in mine and they are darling.

This waffle knit tie front shirt is a great transition piece that I wear all the time. It’s the perfect weekend wear and looks great with leggings or jeans and I think in the summer it will cute & casual with denim shorts.

I love a little bit of whimsy in my life and this adorable little hair clips add a little playfulness to your look.

These leggings are buttery soft and awesome quality for the price, and I really like the 7/8th length.

I also just ordered this makeup bag, it looks perfect for summer traveling and has great reviews so I can’t wait to use it. I will be sure to report back! Let me know what you have ordered on amazon prime lately in the comments below.

Affirmation: “ I continue to grow and expand everyday”

with love,


Tried and True Skincare Favorites

Today I’m here to share with you some of my very favorite products, some I’ve been using for years and others are new to my regime but they are all tried and true. Natural skincare is best because our skin is our largest organ and what we put on our skin goes directly into our bloodstream! All these products are also cruelty-free and non-toxic.


My favorite skincare line is Kora Organics developed by my ultimate girl crush Miranda Kerr who has absolutely flawless skin so I’ll take any advice she’s willing to give and buy any product she’s promoting! Kora uses ingredients like antioxidant-rich Noni extract, jojoba oil, and vitamins A, C, and E. Kora also filters all the products with rose quartz crystal to infuse the vibration of love into all the products. I also love buying non-toxic products from our local shop Trellis Beauty, the girls there are an incredible resource if your starting to clean up your makeup and skincare routine!


I also must mention I use the Face Halo’s to remove my makeup and they are absolutely incredible and remove ALL your makeup with just water! They are reusable, simply throw them in the washing machine and use again. It will fave you money on liquid makeup remover and keep cotton pads out of our landfills.

Cleansers: I use the Kora Organics Cream Cleanser or the Fantastic Face Wash by Ursa Major (my husband uses this too!) and I always double cleanse my face at night to make sure all my makeup is removed, and sometimes I use my clarisonic mia brush too.

Exfoliate: I gently remove dead skin a couple times a week with Double Happiness Refine: Face Exfoliator has rose petals and lavender in it, two of my favorite scents.

Toner: I’m currently loving the Trader Joe’s Rose Water Toner and you can’t beat the price, I also spray this on my body and use it to dampen my makeup brushes. So basically spray it on everything and thank me later.


Oil: Using a face oil makes my skin feel hydrated and plump. I’m absolutely devoted to using the Noni Radiant Eye Oil day and night. I love it layered underneath my concealer so it doesn’t dry out and crease. My bottle has lasted the whole year and I’m just under halfway through it! I add a couple drops of the Noni Glow Face Oil to my moisturizer for extra hydration as needed.

Masks: I try to do face mask at least twice a week, and I really notice a big difference in my skin when I do. This This Turmeric 2-in-1 Brightening mask TRANSFORMED my skin and unclogged the large pores on my nose like woah, it’s seriously so good!!! I’m about to buy my 2nd bottle. Want to feel super luxurious? Use this Maqui Berry Beauty Whip with a rose quartz roller your skin will be plump, bouncy, and glowing! l like trying new sheet masks and I pick up all different ones. I especially love to use a sheet mask while traveling!

Lips: I ALWAYS have a tube of Rosebud Salve on me, obsessed would be an understatement. It’s a cult favorite for a reason people!!!


A couple things on my skincare wish list: Everyone is talking about how amazing this Lip Sleeping Mask is, I’m desperately in need of a new retinol cream and I have always wanted to try Drunk Elephant, it has great reviews.

So there you have it, my favorite tried and true skincare secrets! I love using natural products that are highly concentrated and super effective! I tend to stick with the brands I know and trust.

Affirmation: I shine with radiant light

with love,


Essentials of Essential Oils

As I get older I have become increasingly aware of all the dangerous toxins and chemicals we are all frequently exposed to though our products. It is my personal goal to have a more non-toxic lifestyle for me and my family. Did you know that the average women uses about 300 chemicals on her body everyday?!?! That is a pretty shocking number if you ask me.

That’s why over the years I have been trading up my artificially fragranced beauty & cleaning supplies for natural alternatives. I have always been obsessed with candles but some are pretty harmful especially when I practically burn them round the clock. I’ve since switched to soy candles which are much less carcinogenic. I have also rediscovered my love of essential oils after purchasing a Young Living Starter Kit.


Diffusing essential oils is one of my favorite ways to set the mood of my home and workplace. I love citrus and peppermint scents to bring energy and vitality. I love lavender and frankincense to wind down after a long day. I recently put one in my salon to give a more spa like energy. i think they provide much needed tranquility to our busy lives.

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Essential oils are made from steaming and distilling the plant. Not all oils are created equal and they are not regulated by the FDA for this reason it is really important to make sure you are purchasing from a company you trust that uses pure plant extract to make the oils.

There are 3 ways to use them aromatically, like in a diffuser i love looking up recipes to make my own blends my current favorite is lavender, lemon, and peppermint. You can use them on your skin topically, I dap it on my pulse points with a carrier oil & lavender or peppermint. You can even ingest them I like adding a drop of lemon to my water.


I love using essential oils to eliminate some of the harmful chemicals in artificial fragrances, if your looking for more information on how you can implement essential oils in your home my lovely friend and client Kellie Walsh with Young Living is my go to gal, if your new to oils the starter kits are a great way to begin! You can reach Kellie by email at

Affirmation: My potential is limitless, my creativity is limitless, my abundance is limitless, I am limitless

With love,


Simple 5 Minute Makeup

On the weekends I always try to give my skin a break from the full face of makeup I typically wear. Most of the time if you catch me doing our weekly Trader Joe’s trip you will find me sans makeup. It’s really important to give your pores the freedom to self detox.

Going bare-faced a few days a week isn’t only healthy for your skin I also believe it’s important for your mindset. If you only feel like you can’t leave the house if you don’t have makeup on I think that can be harmful perception. You are enough just as you are. You do not need makeup to look or feel pretty and I think it’s very powerful to remember that.  


With that being said some days I want to wear minimal makeup but still feel put together so here is a little 5 minute face routine I’m currently using and loving. The key to a fast makeup look is using products that are multi-purpose.

My skin has been extremely dry lately so I’ve been starting off with just a couple drops of Smashbox Primer Oil, it’s a great product for dry or mature skin, it gives even matte foundations a dewy finish. After my skin is prepped I use the Au Naturale Zero Gravity Creme to Powder Foundation and blend it with my favorite makeup sponge. I use this under my eyes to conceal any discoloration too, plus with a light weight powder finish you can skip setting powder!


For a no-makeup flush look I mix shades Rosy Nude and Bronze from the Sephora Blush Palette and my favorite Rose Quartz Luminizer to highlight my cheeks, cupids bow, and corner of my eyes. This combo gives you a subtle radiant glow.

I have had my eyebrows microbladed by the amazing Jeanette of Ivey Artistry so my eyebrows have a great shape and don’t require a ton of attention. I simply sweep on a little Glossier Boy Brow and I’m good to go!


To finish this 5 minute makeup look I curl my lashes and swipe on a couple coats of my favorite Better Than Sex mascara and my go to daily lip Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in color Petal or Rose. These products will give you a fresh-faced look in 5 minutes so your not wasting daylight!


I hope you guys have an awesome week, I’m working on an Essential Oils blog as well as a Target Home Decor finds for you guys so be on the lookout for those posts coming soon!

with love,


Spring Closet Refresh

Back in January Brian and I along with seemingly the rest of the world watched Tidying Up with Marie Condo and we were so inspired to go through all of items and donate things. We recently moved to a new house so it felt like the perfect time to reorganize and get a jump on spring cleaning. I parted with a lot of clothing that I found no longer ‘spark joy’.

Lately if I ever find myself wearing something and thinking to myself I don’t really love this piece or it doesn’t fit me properly I’ve been adding it to my donation pile. I love my new simplified closet, it’s so much easier getting dressed when I don’t have to wade through the mess!

Now that I have a little extra space in my closet I’m feeling inspired to add a few new pieces to my wardrobe. This time of year I always find it so challenging to transition from winter to spring but I’ve recently added a few new pieces that I think will help take me from dreary winter weather to warmer spring months. My picks include plenty of pastels, some that I’ve already added to my closet, and a few that are on my wish list.

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Botanical Print Dress ( I’m obsessed with this designer) | Pleated Midi Skirt | Rib Knit Sweater | ButterFly Sweatshirt (love this with leggings post workout or weekend) | Color Block Sweater | Open-toe Bootie (I’ve been on the look out for a new spring shoe) | Paige Hoxton High Waist Jeans

I hope this inspires you to ruthlessly clean out your closet Marie Kondo style and then treat yourself to some new spring pieces to spruce up your wardrobe, happy spring cleaning!

WIth love,


Lunar Haircuts can help your hair grow longer, thicker, and fuller

A piece of literature I always remember laying around my mom and grandmothers house was the good ol’ Farmers Almanac. For those of you not raised in the Prairies of Kansas the Farmers Almanac uses astrology and math to predict weather, and best harvest and gardening seasons.


What does this have to do with your hair, you may ask. Well the same principles can be applied when you want to grow longer, thicker, and fuller hair.

We can use astrological charts based lunar cycles to determine the best time to cut your hair for maximum growth potential just like it’s done with crops.

Civilizations across centuries and cultures (Italian, Brazilians, dating as far back as the Mayans) have used the moon cycle to ritualize trimming off the dead ends to promote luscious hair. Removing the dead ends can be likened to removing the dead leaves from a plant so nutrients can best flow to healthy leaves.  

This is also the perfect time of the month to do deep conditioning and olaxplex treatments for optimum efficacy. I will now be offering Lunar Haircutting at Bloom Beauty upcoming full moon days include February 19th and March 20th.

The lunar cycles in nature can guide us to many self-care rituals and because the energy of the moon is so powerful this is a great time to journal, set intentions, meditate, and take extra time for yourself.

with love,


The Power of Affirmations

Hey guys! Today I’m excited to talk to you about something that has been immensely powerful in my life and that is the use of positive affirmations. I have often suffered from low-esteem and anxiety. In my early 20’s this manifested physically as I used food for emotional comfort.

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When I decided to have a healthier lifestyle in addition to eating more clean and exercising I also began to read affirmations to myself. I would argue that this has had the longest lasting and most impactful habit of the three because it helped change my mindset.

An affirmation is anything you repeatedly think or speak positive or negative. All internal dialogue and self talk can be considered an affirmation. Oftentimes we speak very negatively to ourselves but if you can harness the power of positive affirmation you can transform negative thoughts and beliefs to positive ones.


I recommend taking a few moments to repeat positive affirmations to yourself or out loud in the mirror. You can makeup your own or find some online. I also love using an affirmation card deck and then focusing on repeating that over and over throughout the day. With this daily practice I have gained peace, confidence, and a more positive outlook on life.

Here are some examples of my favorite Affirmations

I am abundant

Everything is unfolding in my favor

I have everything I need to be happy now

I am radiant

I bring light to the world

I am surrounded by love

I am exactly where I am meant to be

with love,


Welcome to the blog!

Hey there my sweet friends! I’m so excited to now extend my brand, Bloom Beauty into the blogoshere.

Here you will be able to find my thoughts on everything from hair & beauty, to travel, to spirituality & self love. My intention for this blog is to have a creative outlet as well as a resource for all of my friends and clients alike. I want to share all of the things I love and I hope that through it I am able to somehow encourage or inspire you.

So for my very first blog post I thought I would address a question that I get asked all the time by my friends and clients… What exactly is balayage and is it for me?

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Clients come and sit in my chair all the time and they’ve heard the term balayage, but they aren't quite sure what it is. So, here’s the breakdown!

Balayage is a hair lightening technique that dates back to 1970’s era Paris at the Carita Salon. Using a thin brush Yvan with a sweeping motion applied lightening paste across the hair creating a soft cascade of color.

Balayage is the most sought after hair trend today. Non-Industry women and hairstylists alike love it for it’s natural sunkissed look that is both modern and low-maintenance.

Balayage is a technique that can be utilized to create a variety of different color combinations. Blondes, brunettes, and even redheads can achieve dimension through hair painting. Although balayage can be used for bold or dramatic looks, its best suited for something more subtle.

 Balayage is a specialty technique and therefore requires hairstylists like myself to have additional knowledge on the subject. I’ve been trained in balayage with professionals such as Wella, Shannon Keel, and Ashlee Norman. With the teachings from these resources and my own experience I am able to provide a service I am not only proud of but something I deeply enjoy as an artist.

It is my intention to end each of my posts with something I have found deeply powerful in my own life the use of affirmations, so follow along and repeat after me...

Affirmation: I am worthy, I am beautiful, & I am resilient

(The more times you say this throughout your day the more powerful it is!)

Thank you for the continued support of Bloom Beauty, I’m excited to see how this journey unfolds.

With Love,