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Haircut: Chop for a Cause

Year after year I constantly battled with myself on whether I should chop my hair off or not. (I know first world problems.)

long hair

I have always had long hair, and have only chopped it off twice in my life. So, needless to say, this past Friday I decided to take the plunge again. And for a good cause.

I’ve struggled with this because the majority of hair donations need to be at least eight inches. (I think my ideal cut would only be four to six inches from my shortest layer.)

I recently ran into some random post on IG about how they recently went through the same thing and encouraged everyone to research hair donation companies before committing.

So, I began looking up a few organizations for donation. I am not going to write any negative information regarding each organization, but I encourage everyone to do their research as well.

The first organization I had considered years ago was Locks of Love, mainly because they are very popular. After some research, I decided not to go with them. They have a lot of mixed reviews, so I decided to look up different opportunities.

http://www.locksoflove.org/

Pantene Beautiful Lengths is another great organization. They require at least 8” and their hair replacements go to adult women.

http://pantene.com/en-us/experience-main-section2/beautiful-lengths

Wigs for Kids specializes in hair replacements for children. They do require at least 12”. This was a little too much for me to handle. (After I made my decision, this actually would have worked.)

http://www.wigsforkids.org/

Children with Hair Loss is another great non-profit organization. They donate hair to children struggling with multiple diseases that cause hair loss. They require a minimum of 8”.

http://www.childrenwithhairloss.us/

I am very happy with my decision to donate to Children with Hair Loss.

I went to Sweet Salon for the first time and my hair stylist, Krystal, was very patient and took great care of my ginger locks.

sweetsalon

The whole process is pretty scary, but the chop is pretty quick! I originally asked to take off the minimum of 8 inches. However, after looking over the haircut style I wanted, we knew it was definitely going to be more than eight.

So, as per the instructions. Krystal brushed and braided my hair. Because my hair is so thick, she was unable to use scissors and had to use the buzz cut clippers. I’m not sure what would be scarier – the buzz sound from the clippers or the scissor snipping. Anyways, I will post a video to my IG (@kris10renae) and you can see her snip off my hair and my dramatic reaction.

the chop

After the hard part was done, the styling began! Krystal did an amazing job and styled it both straight and curly. I am extremely happy with my cut and the decision to donate.

before/after front

back before after

Which, did I mention the length that has been donated?

ruler

Also, I thought it would be fun to include a check donation – basically, however long my hair was, I would write a check for that amount too!

Find your T R I B E

Tomorrow I am launching my first ever t-shirt design on teespring. This has always been of interest to me, however, I never knew where to begin or what direction to take. I have put numerous products out there, so why should a t-shirt be any different?

No reason.

So, before the shirt goes live tomorrow, I wanted to provide you with a little background.

TRIBE is defined as: a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect, typically having a recognized leader.

In short, a group of people having a common character, occupation, or interest.

Synonym: FAMILY

Tribe2

 

A year ago next week will mark a time in my life where I began to interact with other like-minded people. I attended a conference in Portland, Oregon called WDS, which stands for World Domination Summit. This was very intimidating and something I was not accustomed to. So, with much encouragement from my boyfriend, Mike creator of The Wellness Bucket – we jumped head first. We took in the experience as much as we could, and it has developed our mindset to create the lives that we want.

This has been extraordinary!  Since that conference, we have been able to socialize with many people around the globe that want to create great things while giving back to the community, and with those that believe and support us.

These people are now considered part of my Tribe. This group I would call my Entrepreneur Tribe.  And this is another reason why the word and meaning behind Tribe stands out. This short five letter word can be associated with so many groups.

In 2014, I also began to explore yoga a bit more. From the various Yoga Challenges I participated in, I received so much support from the Yoga Community on Social Media, which was amazing. This became my Yoga Tribe.

I could place so many other friends and acquaintances in the many tribes that I do have. But most importantly, the Tribe that you have, lifts you up and supports you in all that you want to create for the betterment of others.

In whatever you choose to do or create in life, I hope that your adventures bring you to the TRIBE you are meant to be with.

*** edit *** TRIBE shirts have now launched: teespring.com/find-your-tribe

Only available through 7/23/15!!

#krTRIBE

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12 Working Girl Style Staples

From age 16 to 26, I’ve always had jobs where I was constantly active and always on my feet. With my move to the East Coast, I decided that I wanted a career that was more stable and on the 9-5 front. With that in mind, I was looking for more of a desk job.

After many years constantly on my feet, I thought this was the best decision. Now, that I have the desk job, I worry about getting a pancake butt. So I have to remind myself to stay active, because I’m not moving around near the amount before.

The other positive I associated with this position, was the ability to finally wear all of my cute clothes. Usually, I would be wearing scrubs, active clothes, or the dreaded uniform. So, this was exciting.

Now, when it comes to clothing, I feel like I am diversified, and I think my mom would attest to that. So, it’s not like I had to go out and purchase a whole new wardrobe for a new desk job. I just needed to “re-create” some outfits and learn to mix-and-match with what I was working with.

So, I put together a list of my 12 Working Girl Style Staples:

  1. The Classic White Button down white button down
  2. Black pants (I have several) black pants
  3. Neutral Sweater neutral sweater
  4. Simple flats flats
  5. Long sleeve silk blouse silk blouse
  6. Simple blazer black blazer
  7. Black Tights black tights
  8. A tote bag tote bag
  9. Black Pumps black pumps
  10. Colored Silk top silk top
  11. Cardigan cardigan
  12. Black Pencil Skirt black pencil skirt

With this list, I believe your wardrobe can expand with accessories and mixing and matching. You will be surprised at how far these will take you.