Finding a Hairstylist You Love

This blog topic sparked when I left my salon a couple days ago on cloud nine, my stylist never disappoints. I have been going to my stylist now for a little over a year and a half. I could not be happier that I have someone who knows my hair in and out! My stylist Brooke always puts the integrity of my hair first as we change and color my hair, she is always educating me on new product and is especially good at making me feel comfortable in her chair. Not to mention the environment of her space is amazing, it is beautifully decorated and well kept!

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Here’s a look into my stylist space- one of the many reasons I fell in love with going to get my hair done.

If you all are anything like me you have had your fair share of disappointing salon visits. A color you weren’t happy with or a haircut you didn’t ask for. One really important factor in having a consistent, happy outcome with your hair appointments is finding a stylist you like and sticking with them. It is important for your stylist to know as much back history on your hair as possible, then moving forward they are aware of everything they have done to your hair since. So my note of advice is STOP the appointments to different stylists every time you color/cut your hair- you want consistency, the better a stylist knows you and your hair the better the outcome!

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Brooke’s space is chic with an industrial touch- it’s beautiful.

 

Take time to reflect on what is important to you when visiting a salon or choosing a stylist. Ask yourself what are the most important things to you when looking for a stylists? For example, salon location, stylist experience, salon/stylist hours… etc. I’m really big on a clean and professional environment, I do not like to feel like I am visiting a zoo when I go to a salon. One of the things I love about my stylist is she has a private room in the salon she works in, so I never have to deal with the noise or traffic in the salon!

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The chandelier is one of my favorite touches in the room, along with all the fun pieces along the floating shelves!

 

Here are a couple tips for finding a stylist you’ll love!

Do your research- Look up salons in your area and browse their websites. I would suggest even looking at some reviews of the salon and their stylists. Remember to be conscious of your budget, a lot of salons have a base price for most of their services, but this could be different for each stylist. Look to social media (Facebook, Instagram) to get a better idea of the stylist and see their work- snoop, snoop, snoop!

Book a consultation- Most stylist have free consultations, this is something you can ask when you call to book your consultation. I encourage consultations because you are able to touch base with your stylist face to face. The stylist can also see your hair and your hairs current condition, this is especially important for if you want to get your hair colored. This would also be a great time to show your stylist any photos/ideas and they’ll be able to say, this is the cost and this is how many appointments it will take us to get there. Most importantly, if your consultation doesn’t go as planned do not feel obligated to make an appointment!

PUT THE BOX DYE DOWN- Box dye is terrible for your hair and even more of a job to remove from your hair. Let the professionals do their job, hair color is not a “one-size fits all” type of thing! When a hairstylist colors your hair you are receiving salon grade color and it is a customized mix just for you! Believe me when I say not even the celebrities who commercialize box dye use box dye.

I hope that your days of dreading making hair appointments are soon to be over. I promise you, your hairstylist fairy is out there somewhere and you will find him/her, just stick to your guns!

Have you ever had a bad salon experience? Do you have a stylist you trust? Leave a comment below I would love to read all about it!

xx, Courtney

Why I hunt?

As the date of my hunting tag draws near I have been overwhelmed with emotions. Especially since starting this blog because I intend to use it as a platform to share my hunting experiences, even if it isn’t a conventional topic of conversation. So I asked myself, how do I introduce this concept of hunting that is somewhat foreign to most people and especially foreign to most women? That question led me to another question, why do I hunt?

I grew up on cattle ranch, in a small town centrally located in my home state of New Mexico. Growing up in a small town, especially in a community that is largely influenced by farming and ranching, hunting came with the lifestyle. Hunting came with the territory, our culture. I grew up hunting smaller game, mainly coyotes, we aimed to keep the population down on the ranch because they posed as a large problem for our cattle, especially during calving season. It wasn’t until two years ago my boyfriend introduced me to big game hunting and I instantly became hooked.

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There has never been one definitive answer as to why exactly I hunt. There are a number of things that incline me to hunt, from my background/upbringing, to the outdoors and the animals we see deep into the back country, a world that is so untouched by the modern world. I harvested my first Mule Deer last fall, picture above. There’s controversy over the “grip-n-grin”, but the truth is, the picture is so much more, it’s a memory that will last me a lifetime and a memory to share with my kids.

There seems to be a bit of a stigma about hunting, it tends to be associated with this idea of barbaric, hillbilly like behavior, when in all reality, what we are doing is not only counting out the middle man (grocery store) by going directly to the source, we are playing our part in conserving wildlife. In my state, by law a hunter must take the edible portions of their harvest, which includes: all four quarters, 90% of meat taken (backstraps and tenderloins) and at least 75% of the neck meat. The hunters I know are not only educated on the animals they hunt but recognize the importance of conservation and how to hunt ethically.

One of the most rewarding parts about hunting and harvesting an animal is that the animal you harvest will feed you and your family. Earning and providing my family with organic meat, from field to table is an unexplainable feeling -not to mention it all tastes so good. There is no better feeling, how grateful you are to the animal, how humbled you are from the adventure and how connected you are with nature. There is something that is very instinctive and primal about hunting, harvesting and breaking the animal down, it is in our nature. I will be forever grateful for the animals I have harvested, the hunts I have been a part of, the time spent with family and all the hunts to come.

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When I sat down to write this post I knew I wouldn’t be able to cover it all in one post, so there will undoubtedly be more hunting posts to come. I encourage all of you to educate yourself on the topic, get outside and consider experiencing this world for yourself.

Here is a link to the Rocky Mountain Elk foundations article, “25 Reasons Why Hunting Is Conservation”. I encourage you to give this a read, it is full of facts and does a good job of explaining a little more about hunters and hunting.

http://www.rmef.org/Conservation/HuntingIsConservation/25ReasonsWhyHuntingIsConservation.aspx

Comment down below if you or anyone you know hunts? Questions about hunting, did I miss anything? Please leave a comment down below.

Until next time, Courtney.

100 Followers

THANK YOU.

Thank you, all 100 of you for following along on my journey of starting this blog.

Thanks for reading, liking and commenting on my posts.

 ALL of your feedback means so much to me.

This has been an amazing journey to embark on and I look forward to creating more content and reading all of yours.

Please, please keep the feedback coming, I would love to write about stuff that you all want to hear. There is nothing better than opening up a post and it speaking to you personally. That’s my goal, to reach each and every one of you!

There is more to come, stay tuned.

xo, Courtney.

 

 

 

Self Love.

We all are at one point in our life faced with what feels like an overwhelming amount of chaos.

How you perceive or what you might call chaos is all subject to each individual but my chaos consists of juggling a full time job, a full time college schedule, maintaining a healthy relationship with my boyfriend, keeping up with bills/finances and attempting to have a social life.

What I have noticed lately is there are some really key things that I am missing in my life and that is focusing on myself, focusing on my happiness, my health and my overall wellbeing. The more I have thought about it, the more it occurs to me that everything else in my life will be much less chaotic and stressful if I was taking the time for myself, to love myself and appreciate myself.

Self-love and appreciation can be often confused as merely a feeling toward one’s self, where as I see it as a practice, an ongoing practice and constant thought of appreciating ourselves. A practice that eventually manifests into evert aspect of our lives allowing us to accept love, work and live to our full potential because we believe we deserve it.

Self-love and appreciation have come as a true revelation to me, it is changing me for the better and allowing me to live a fuller life in small steps at a time.

Even a couple months ago if someone would have told me, “stop being so hard on yourself” or “you need to love yourself more” it was immediately followed with an eye roll and a quick topic change. This is really no joke, SELF LOVE is all it is hyped up to be. That is why I encourage you all to begin, if you are not already practicing self-love and appreciation towards yourself and making it an unquestionable aspect of your life.

I am still learning more about myself each day, here are some things I have learned and ways I apply self-love and appreciation to my life.

  1. Be yourself, unapologetically yourself. If that means you don’t fit in who cares, or you lose some friends, do they deserve that relationship anyway? Take this one into consideration. Weeding out negative people in my life or even just separating myself from people who are not growing with me has changed my life for the better.
  2. Remember you are who you surround yourself with, I truly believe you carry the energy of who you hang out with. Pick your tribe, a tribe of people who love you, inspire you and motivate you to be the best version of yourself.
  3. Be mindful, of your thoughts and what you say, especially to yourself. Stop putting yourself down, take a damn compliment and forgive yourself, we are human, we make mistakes!
  4. Take care of yourself, self-care is huge and is one thing that is particularly important in my routine. Eat good foods, get good sleep, work-out or take part in physical activity, and treat yourself occasionally orrrr all the time. It is so important to meet your basic needs, so this needs to become a habit.
  5. Celebrate yourself, your accomplishments and your strengths. If you ACE that test or land a raise at work congratulate yourself, buy yourself a treat or just UP those positive affirmations!
  6. Most importantly, give yourself a break, take a day to yourself and realize that every day is not going to be your best day. Netflix & Chill with yourself or go for a hike and appreciate just how beautiful the world around you is.

I hope these help and that you are able to apply these to your lives. I find inspiration in blog posts daily, I love that we have a platform to share our thoughts and interests. Let me know in the comments how you practice self-love or if you have ever struggled with it before. Also, feel free to leave me any post/topic recommendations, I would LOVE to see what you all want to read.

xo, Courtney.

 

MIA

Morning.

I’m sure it comes as no surprise I have been missing from the blog world for over a month now.

I miss all of your posts and more importantly I miss creating my own.

Life has been a little overwhelming lately & I need to get back to what I love.

So here’s a quick post letting all of my amazing followers know I’m back.

I can’t wait to read all the posts I’ve missed.

 

Do any of you feel like it’s hard to balance school, work, and your relationships all the while taking care of yourself? Leave me a comment down below if you can relate or have experienced something similar.

xo.

Courtney

 

Favorite YouTubers

Happy Monday loves, we made it another week.My weekend was spent buried in laundry and homework, I hope your weekend was just as fun!

In the midst of my invigorating weekend (*rolls eyes*) I watched a lot of YouTube, yes, YouTube. YouTube is my number one place I reach for when it comes to entertainment. While I do love Netflix and an occasional Fixer Upper binge, I habitually watch YouTube every day.

I absolutely love that people all over the world are able to share their experiences, opinions and skills all on one platform.

Today I’m going to share my favorite YouTubers with you!

Jamie Genevieve

Samantha Ravndahl

Kasey Rayton

Jasmine Hand

Tiana Cosmetics

Belle Jorden

Milabu

Rachel Leary

Kasey Neistat

Sam Kolder

Sawyer Hartman

I’m subscribed to over 200 channels so it was definitely hard to choose which to list! I hope that you fall in love with all of these channels as much as I have!

Comment below some of your favorite YouTubers so I can check them out!
Xo.

Courtney

25 Facts About Me

Hello loves, happy Tuesday!

I want you all to get to know me better, so here’s 25 facts about me!

 

  1. I’m 21 years old!
  2. I’m a firm believer in kindness.
  3. I love a good beer, especially a Porter.
  4. If I could eat one thing the rest of my life it would be TACOS.
  5. I’ve changed my major 3 times and have attended to 2 different colleges.
  6. I’m a Pisces, through and through.
  7. I love animals, I have a dog, Jaxx & a cat, Enzo.
  8. My bestfriend is my boyfriend Jordan.
  9. I LOVE makeup!
  10. I love doing hair– cosmetology school is definitely in my cards.
  11. My Mom is my hero.
  12. I have two younger brothers who are total teenagers.
  13. I love American Traditional tattoos.
  14. I have a small circle of friends & I love it.
  15. My favorite season is Fall, it’s so beautiful to watch the leaves change color.
  16. I’m meant to be my own boss– I can just feel it.
  17. I’ve watched every single episode of SpongeBob Squarepants- I’ll quote them all to prove it.
  18. Robin Williams will forever be my favorite actor.
  19. I once watched Orange Is the New Black for 19 hours strait.
  20. I’ve never been abroad.
  21. My middle name is Leigh.
  22. I hunt!
  23. I LOVE to cook and bake.
  24. I have an addiction to Pinterest.
  25. I have at least 3 cups of coffee everyday.

I hope you all enjoyed these!

I look forward to learning more about you all.

Comment down below facts about yourself!

Xo.

Courtney

Intro!

Welcome loves to Courtney’s Corner, I’m Courtney – the girl behind the blog.

I’ve always wanted to create a blog, a hub for all things that I love and want to share.

A bit about me, I’m 21 years old and I have always loved to write. One of my favorite things is reading an article/post and feeling like the author is taking the thoughts right out of your head and is quite possibly meant to be your best friend!

I work and go to college full-time, so on my free time I love to surround myself with people & things I love.

Let’s talk about content, I don’t have a definitive answer for exactly what I’ll be posting, but it will definitely include: lifestyle, beauty, fashion, decor, & other oddities. As for when I’ll be posting, lets aim for once to twice a week!

My intention is to bring you (readers) as much joy as possible, as I said before, I aim for Courtney’s Corner to become a place where there is something that you will ALL LOVE.

XO.

Courtney