Wash Day Wonder Product Review. The Curl Files

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I wasn't sure what to think when Wash Day Wonder came in the mail.  Another step to add to my wash day process?  And to be honest my hair doesn't get super tangly so I wasn't sure what benefit I would get from this product.

wash day wonder

First: What to do...use this product as a pre-wash.  Once your hair is wet you use it as you would your conditioner to detangle and create slippery locks, gently smoothing it through sections of your hair until your strands are sort of like wet noodles.  No really, this was an example I heard recently and I was like - yep, totally.  I just use my fingers to detangle but a wide tooth comb would work as well.  Rinse.  Then continue with shampoo and conditioner

What I liked:  it makes my shampooing much more effective with less shampoo needed.  My hair is easier to cleanse and I can get to all the inside layers.  Who knew?  I also like that I need less conditioner as well because again, my hair is already slippery and detangled, I am simply smoothing my locks with conditioner. 

So instead of my hair being smooth, detangled and slippery at the end of my shower, it happens at the beginning.  I didn't realize this would be helpful but it most definitely is.  I especially like this because prior to Wash Day Wonder, I often felt like I couldn't effectively massage my scalp which is so important to stimulate blood flow and hair regrowth.  Since I only wash my hair every 4-5 days I gotta make it count.  Grow hair grow! 

Curious if any of you have tried this new product and what your thoughts are?  You can see more of my curl posts under "the curl files" 

More curly tips you say?  I'm getting there!  in the meantime you can follow my hashtag #kirstycurls

thanks for reading,

This post is done in partnership with Deva Curl.  I only share my own opinions.  I would love to hear your feedback as well!


4 Wide Leg Jeans That I Want, All Under $100.

My love affair for wide leg capri denim runs deep, and every season it just gets better and better.

I believe you can wear these with flats, slides, sandals, heels, boots, tennis.  They really are equal opportunity lenders.  It may take some time to find the right pair, perhaps less width or more, longer or shorter,  high waisted...

Interested but not quite ready?  All of these are under $100 and what I love is they are all fitted at the waist and hip which is super flattering.  Start by wearing them with your favorite tee, just messily tucked in and a pair of wedges.  You'll be hooked.  And all those cropped hem shirts showing up - these jeans are your answer.

Love the two tone and seam detail and wash, they seem so effortless...

 these feel a bit industrial in the best possible way, and I feel like there would be legs for dayzzzzz...

 if I were to choose preppy this would be it, I could totally see myself in these, love the color...

exxxxtra high waisted and fun two tone, this brand always fits my butt so well...

Which is your fave?

Happy FWIDEday.  Had to.



That Time We Taught Macrame & Drank Bubbly Together.

Last week Jenn, Erin and I had the opportunity to host a crafting workshop in the fabulous Pop Up event space at Pacific Place.  Everything came together, albeit a bit by the skin of our teeth, beautifully and I was so excited to see the evening unfold.  It was lovely.

A chic palette of pink and copper, flickering candles and darling florals, all by Erin, framed an evening of macrame crafting.  We noshed on the yummiest nibbles (still thinking about the marinated grilled artichokes and extra fancy breadsticks) and sweet macarons, while the bubbly flowed.  French tunes played in the background as conversation flowed and knots were tied.  Our vision of gathering together and being creative in an inspiring space actually happened, and although I ended the evening in need of a foot massage and a nap, I was over the moon.

Our event was sold out, which I can't even believe, I am so grateful to all the women who attended.  The energy in the room was so good, such a great group of people.  This is our hope.  And I TOTALLY breathed a sigh of relief when macrame plant holders began to unfold, the project we had envisioned was actually happening.  Which really means we did the directions right!  and cut the rope long enough...and don't even get me started on finding wooden beads with big enough center holes. 

So many good learning experiences for the next time.

Get ready for photo overload, there's just too many good moments, I had to share them all...

One of my favorite details...guests were greeted with a hand-lettered champagne glass, best way to get a party started and to keep track of who's who, making everyone feel welcome.

One of the wonderful touches in the Pacific Place Pop Up Space, the Love Lock Tradition, once the lock is placed in honor of your loved one, the key is thrown away to symbolize an unbreakable love.

We wanted to the space to feel like a chic Parisian flat, Erin did a wonderful job bringing our vision to life with our lounge area.  Complete living room envy right here, all these items are available for your next event, just saying.

The crudite plate of my dreams, and those breadsticks, am I right?  They were as fun as they were delicious.  Food by Il Fornaio 

Macarons by Trophy Cupcake, my favorite are the salted dark chocolate.  Craving one now.  Darnit.



Shout out to Jenn who drove around the city tracking down last minute necessities and Erin for creating the tablescapes, florals and covering all the little details. 

A HUGE thank you to Pacific Place for partnering with us and helping our vision come to life.  You can see all of their upcoming events here.

Stay tuned for more....

Thank you for reading,

photos by Saskia


Our Journey to Big White

I told my kids I was writing our Big White blog post tonight and was there anything I need to make sure I let everyone know about.

Riese said "It was the best place on earth."

Peyton repeated "Awesome, just awesome."

And then the 4 of us are at the kitchen table 20mins into reminiscing and way past bedtime.

And I still have a blog post to write.

But THIS is the thing.

At the end of last year when I asked my kids what their highlight of the year was, I was expecting to hear about their epic lego sets that they received and play with all. the. time.  Or the (major eye roll from mom) video game level they concurred.  But it wasn't.

To my surprise is was a family camping vacation we took.  Adventuring, being outside. 

I'm not gonna lie sometimes getting to the start of a vacation is a bit brutal, unless it's an all inclusive resort.  Word is those are dull, and boring anyway.  Often all I think about as a mom is the laundry and groceries to be bought, the packing list, and my least favorite - unpacking, even though my kids now "help" with these tasks, my husband and I are the closers.  And this stretch in particular heaped several stressful things on our plate leading up to our trip, on top of simply prepping for Outside and Adventuring.  There was a point when none of us felt the zeal to go anymore.  But the reality was all of these tasks are part of our daily life anyway, except buying feet warmers.  And man did we need to have some quality family time stat.


My friend Jenn, being the good friend she is, convinced us into going to Big White for our mid-winter break.  My boys had been asking to try skiing for months now so it should have been a no-brainer, but sometimes we just need a good nudge.  I was so excited for my family to experience true winter.  The kind when your boogers freeze when you breathe in.  And real snow.  The kind that you easily sink knee deep into and it magically sprinkles itself onto every part of you yet you never get wet.  And those awe inspiring mountains.

And it was only a car ride away.

I knew my kids would love skiing, what I did not know was how epic our trip to Big White would be, the connections we would make as a family and the incredible fun we would have together.

For Nick and I we were able to ski together in nature's breathtaking majesty, something we hadn't done in 15years.  Bonus to do it with good friends too while our children are happily in ski school, like "bye mom, please go, YES I have the hand warmers, how cool is this tracking device, you will be able to see everything I do on their app.  BYE MOM."

And it really was like riding a bike, although you wouldn't know it when I first put those ski boots on, I totally forgot how awkwardly hard walking in ski boots is.  Seriously.  But one run in and call it the kind of snow that makes everyone feel like an Olympic athlete, I was swooshing in no time.  We made it up to see snow ghosts, one of my favorite memories as a child, and took a T bar, after a few attempts got the hang of it, had an afternoon coffee date, and couldn't wait to hear what the boys thought.

As a mom I got to experience the snow with my kids, and let them be energetic excited boys.  Every where we went was a legendary snow hill.  And a fun kid activity.  Big White made us Rockstar Parents.  As far as my kids are concerned, Canada is winter Disneyland.  Gondola rides to hot cocoa and popcorn.  Evening Ice skating.  A (what's a word besides epic or magical) evening of tubing followed by pizza.  Since the entire village is ski in ski out, you park your car and walk - sometimes really awkwardly if in ski boots, ski, or gondola wherever you want to go.  I love that part.

And I loved the coffee.  For sure a creature comfort top on my list, Clocktower Coffee deserves a shout out.  It was just a coat, hat, & snow boots skip up a hill from our condo.  Seattle girl satisfied.

But what I absolutely loved the most, MY THING, was skiing with my youngest son on the last day.  I picked him up from a half day at ski school, his face gator shifted, covering half his face in true P style.  Gosh I love that kid.  And he is beaming, or at least the right half of his face that I can see, beaming.  We spent the rest of the afternoon skiing together.  Part of the time I was just the "ski lift chaperone token adult" and I got to listen in on gleeful conversations with his two buddies.  He was so excited.  Joyful.  He was confident in himself and proud of his accomplishment, something, I realized, that had been missing lately in my little guy.  Ok I cried.  Just me, a few times.  And also laughed, together, with P.  Honestly totally worth the frozen fingers and toes, I would have gone on all night for that feeling and connection with him.  I didn't want it to end.  Neither did he.  We skied up to the last second.

Ok and tied with that was seeing my oldest son learning to snowboard.  In my opinion conquering it. He fell a lot and got back up every single time.  I was so inspired.  I came to realize it was really hard for me to see him fall, obviously for safety, but it was something else - protecting him from disappointment in himself I think.  But he never got discouraged, only more determined.  In true male fashion, Nick and Riese spent the afternoon on the mountain just doing their thing.  Only when was the last time they did that?  THEIR THING.  The last run of the day Riese didn't fall.

And there was no bickering, for like hours.  And then we ended in tubing, and a bonfire.  And a gondola ride to pizza.  Oh and then sledding down the hill to our condo door.  for real.

(this is what frozen hair looks like, I sort of look like that creature from the Lorax)

(tubing photos courtesy of Big White)

And then champagne chilled in the snow, because it is Okanagan Champagne Powder.  It was so fitting I couldn't help it!  And so perfectly chilled.

We were already planning our next trip before we had even driven off the mountain.  You can find everything you need to plan your trip here, you can even fly to Big White and ski free the same day you arrive.

Want to see more of our adventure, including lots of videos because I have no idea how to post them here.  *sigh*  Please check out my "Big White" highlight on my Instagram profile

Happy Friday,

This post was done in partnership with Big White.  I am so grateful to have had this experience with my family, thank you Big White.