Who else is so excited it’s a short week because I sure am! It has been such a busy few weeks, I am looking forward to Thanksgiving and spending the weekend in Los Angeles. I first want to share these amazing cases with all of you from Caseapp. I have been looking for matching cases and finally scored these beauties! I have a macbook and iphone 6s and purposely got the smaller laptop case because I wanted a silver border. Caseapp makes skins and cases for all types of phones, laptops, and ipads! You can also customize your own cases and skins by adding pictures or words to your cases, which I love. These cases are not only pretty, they are also tough and protect your mobile devices (I really need this because I’m always dropping my phone). Thanks to Caseapp, I now have the cutest skins on my devices and don’t have to worry about them breaking! Use the code SANDYTOES20 at checkout to receive 20% off your entire purchase.

I have been getting organized for the holidays and thought I would share why I started blogging and tips I have for new bloggers. My one year blogiversary is coming up in January and I am so excited for this mile marker. It has been such a crazy busy year and I am so proud of myself and how far I came. I first started blogging to simply write and de-stress from my busy college schedule. I hadn’t planned on starting a separate Instagram or monetizing my blog at all in the beginning. I have always been into fashion and received compliments on the outfits I would style, which lead to me starting to blog as a hobby. If you look at posts from when I first started my blog, you will know how much I have grown and learned throughout my short time blogging. Although I am not at 10k followers yet, I am more than content and proud of myself because I have genuine followers who actively engage in what I post. I would much rather have engaging followers than fake or uninterested followers simply for the numbers. I currently work 40 hours a week in the healthcare field, try to workout on a daily basis, while also being present in my loved ones lives.

Blogging Tips

  1. If you just show up, you are already halfway there. I used to find it difficult finding out what my followers enjoy the most, but if you just start, it will come to you. Do what makes you happy and your tribe will soon follow.
  2. ENGAGE. This is so so important. As a new blogger, you have to engage with other bloggers by commenting and liking their pictures, blog posts, etc. I have also connected with and made friends with some of the most amazing women through engaging on social media platforms. The more people you reach out to, the more you will be noticed.
  3. Find your niche. This is oftentimes difficult, well it was for me and still can be sometimes. I honestly love so many products and want to share everything I possibly can with my followers, but this can be distracting at times. You have to find out what your readers want to see and promote the products your followers will love.

 

PS: don’t miss out on your chance to win a free case by entering via my Instagram account! Follow me @sandytoesandsaltyhairblog to enter.

Xoxo,

Jonica

Happy Thursday!

It is almost the weekend and we are quickly approaching Thanksgiving week! I absolutely love Thanksgiving because I always look forward to seeing family and all of the food. Green bean casserole and mashed potatoes are my favorite side dishes, and of course I put cranberry sauce on everything. I also love pumpkin pie and crave my mom’s homemade pumpkin pie every year. We are going to my house this weekend for an early Thanksgiving and can’t wait to eat all of my mom’s delicious dishes! We are then going to Charlie’s family’s house for actual Thanksgiving in Los Angeles. We spent Thanksgiving there last year and look forward to doing it again this year! Spoiler alert: this is what I’ll be wearing for Thanksgiving this year. I bought this dress months ago and have been saving it for Thanksgiving Day. If you are a pro Thanksgiving eater (like myself), you know not to wear tight pants, skirts, etc. on Thanksgiving Day to avoid looking bloated and feeling like the button on your pants is going to explode! Wearing a flowy, but cute dress is always my go-to Thanksgiving Day look. To add to the fall look, I paired high socks with riding boots, and a fur vest. I also threw on darker lipstick and there you have it, an easy Thanksgiving look!

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The second outfit is a lot more casual and can be worn to a holiday party or just a day of shopping for holiday gifts. I call this look the groutfit reinvented, haha! If you don’t know what a groutfit is, it’s when you wear a gray shirt or sweatshirt with gray pants. I honestly love pairing gray together, especially with hints of black. This rouched dress is SO comfy and can be worn so many different ways! I also got this vest last year and I always look forward to fall and winter so I can wear it again. I found this exact one for under $50, such a great deal! If you live somewhere where it’s still in the sixties and seventies like it has been here, wearing open toed booties are the way to go. These lace ups are very comfy and match everything in my closet.

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Finally, the ultimate holiday look. The colors red and green just scream Christmas, which is why I love pairing them together. If you do pair them together, I suggest using maroon and dark green because bright red and bright green clash. This dress is also very comfy and is great for Christmas dinner or Christmas Eve because it gives you room to digest without pushing on your stomach. This scarf is my favorite holiday scarf from ilymix. This blanket scarf can also be worn as a poncho and is reversible with a gray and black side. I paired this look with cognac booties, which are perfect for the holidays.

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It’s officially the holiday season and I am already in full Thanksgiving/Christmas mode. I have been decorating and making lists of what I need to buy for the holidays this past weekend, which is making me so excited! This warmer than usual weather hasn’t put a damper in my holiday spirit (although some snow would be nice). Speaking of the holidays, I received the most amazing gift from Occasion Station last week and it was the nicest surprise! Everything I received was picked out by a personal shopper and chosen specifically for me. My personal shopper visited my social media sites and learned so much about me, which led to me receiving such a thoughtful gift. All three of my gifts were pink and match my style so well.

The first item I received was a leather braided bracelet with a charm on it. One side of the charm says Sandy Toes and the other side of the charm says Salty Hair. I absolutely love the bracelet and how thoughtful the gift was! The second gift I received was a beautiful leather journal with one of my favorite bible verses on the cover. Throughout the journal, there are verses on every page and plenty of room for me to write while I do my devotionals. The third gift I received in my box were the most beautiful rose soaps. The soaps look like real roses and are almost too pretty to use!

Occasion station makes shopping for others so much easier, especially since their personal shoppers pick out individualized gifts for each person receiving a box. I know with my busy schedule, it is oftentimes difficult to take the time to visit multiple stores for personalized gifts. The Occasion station allows you to send personalized gifts without embarking on a time consuming day of shopping. Once you make an account, you can activate the personal shopping services for special occasions. The box with gifts will show up at your loved ones door without you having to leave your home.

Visit the Occasion Station website to learn more about the subscription and make an account. This product was given to me. This review reflects my own thoughts and opinions.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you all had a great weekend!

Xoxo,

Jonica

Happy Friday!!

Exactly one week week ago, we woke up at 6:30 am to head out on a road trip down to Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico. We were both exhausted from the work week we had just finished, but that didn’t stop our excitement. We rented a mini van from Enterprise and hit the road to Mexico! This was Charlie’s first time to Mexico and if you follow me on Instagram and Snapchat, you know we had to sit at the federal passport agency last week in Los Angeles for six hours the previous week. Even though we were there for six hours, we were beyond thankful to have left Los Angeles with his passport in hand because that meant we were able to go to Mexico!

We arrived at Las Palomas around 12:30 pm on Friday and checked into our amazing condo on the eighth floor. Our drive from Flagstaff was right around five hours, which wasn’t bad at all! The room had the perfect Southwest touch and colors that match the vibrant culture of Mexico. We had a one bedroom condo and it was very spacious and came with luxury amenities. We had the most amazing views of the pool and ocean. There was also a volleyball tournament happening at the same time, which was fun to watch from our balcony. After checking into our condo, we went to the pool bar for lunch where we had margaritas and split fish tacos and a carne asada quesadilla. Both meals were amazing and the fish tacos I ordered were some of the best fish tacos I have ever had!

After lunch, we were going to jet ski, but the tide had already gone out. I was more than fine with not being able to jet ski because I wanted to relax and lay out by the pool after the long week. The weather was beyond perfect the entire weekend. It wasn’t too hot and definitely not too cold, with the constant ocean breeze. After laying by the pool, we went up to our room to get ready for dinner and saw a pod of wild dolphins swimming though the ocean from our balcony, it was breathtaking!

We had dinner at El Citron, where I ordered a couple of sangrias and the salmon with rice and veggies for dinner. Charlie ordered the ribeye steak and said it phenomenal. We had so much meeting two other bloggers and their plus ones along with Jenny and Alexis who organized the amazing trip for us. We went with the group to the pool bar, where the resort had a DJ and dance floor, it was so fun to spend our Friday night there! We then went back up to the room and ordered dessert, we couldn’t pass it up. I ordered the chocolate cake and Charlie ordered the chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream.

As most of you know, breakfast is my favorite meal and I look forward to it everyday. Waking up to breakfast on our balcony with the most amazing view was the highlight of my trip. I loved eating my banana pancakes, drinking my coffee, while watching the water hit the beach. I could have sat and enjoyed my breakfast for hours, but we had an action packed day to get to!

After breakfast, we quickly changed into our golf attire, met then group in the lobby, and made our way to The Links, which is the only 19-hole golf course in all of Mexico. This course has stunning views of the desert, the ocean, and the beach resorts nearby. The golf pro explained to us how the architects did not move or change anything about the landscape to build the course. The entire course was designed to blend in with the landscape, so cool! Although I am not a good golfer, the cart girl and golf pro made sure we had the best time with plenty of Dos Equis and golf tips. After golfing, we had lunch at The Links and I had the most fresh shrimp tacos and Charlie had fish tacos.

We then went back to the pool to relax before getting massages at Five Senses Spa & Hair Clinic. We got a couples massage and Charlie had never gotten a massage before. We both loved our massages and felt extra relaxed while enjoying our time in Mexico. After our massages, we went down to the beach, ordered margaritas and put our toes in the water. We were both so relaxed, we were so tired and decided to go back and hang out on our balcony before dinner.

After relaxing, we met up with the group and went to La Maria for authentic Mexican food. For an appetizer, we got chips, guac, and the most amazing queso to share. The queso came with fresh, homemade tortillas and I wanted to eat ten of them. I got the chicken enchiladas and Charlie got mini chimichangas, we both loved our meals!

We then made our way to brunch at El Citron before heading back to America. El Citron had a beautiful spread of authentic Mexican dishes, an omelette station, fresh fruit, dessert, and french toast to order. I got a grapefruit mimosa, veggie omelette, and fresh fruit and Charlie got french toast with bacon. I had a couple of bites of his french toast and we decided to order another plate because it was SO good, seriously the best french toast we have ever had. We were very sad to leave Las Palomas, but we cannot wait to return soon!

*My trip to Mexico was sponsored by Las Palomas Resort. This review reflects my own words and personal opinion. All pictures of food and the condo were not edited to give a real life perspective of what it actually looks like.

If you are interested in shopping any of my looks from my trip to Mexico, go to the ‘Shop Instagram’ tab on my blog, click on the image, and shop all of the items from there!

Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxo,

Jonica

Happy Monday!!

We just returned from a relaxing weekend in Puerto Penasco, Mexico and I can’t wait to share all of the details of our trip with you at the end of the week! Today I am sharing how I volumize my roots with the most handy hair tool. Rootie the Rootlifter is the easiest tool to use and makes such a difference on my hair. I have naturally very flat, straight hair, which makes it difficult to volumize. I usually tease my hair during my regular routine, but this amazing hair tool allows me to add volume to my roots in under five minutes.

Here are before and after pictures of my hair from using Rootie the Rootlifter:

Before-

After-

As you can see, my roots are significantly volumized after using Rootie the Rootlifter and I held the tool on my roots for about three seconds in each section.

Rootie the Rootlifter has different heat settings depending on your type of hair, which is great for every hair type.

To get the perfect volume, all you do is:

  1. Set Rootie the Rootlifter to the appropriate temperature depending on your hair type.
  2. Take the very top layer of your hair and put it in a clip or bun.
  3. Grab small sections of dry hair and close Rootie the Rootlifter on the hair, like a crimper. Do not run the hot tool throuh your hair, keep it at the roots only.
  4. After doing all of the desired sections, let your hair down and in minutes, you will have natural looking volume!

Shop Rootie the Rootlifter and the rest of my outfit below:

I hope you all have a great week!

Xoxo,

Jonica