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Birthday Wish List

Happy Birthday to Me!  And Happy All Saints Day to the rest of you. :)

I hope y’all are enjoying your candy hangovers.  Or hangovers, generally.  Ahhhh, I remember college.

But today, I’m not hungover at all, I’m enjoying my coffee, and I turn 27 years young.  And what better time to imaginarily indulge myself on this blog than birthday?

So today is a list of things I’ve gotten, things I know I’m getting, things I want to get, and things that I want but will never, ever actually obtain.  At least, I doubt it will be any time in the realistic future.  But a girl can dream.

Let’s start with a Friday Find that I’ve already gotten.

BaByliss Pro Curling Iron


After I finally returned my friend Charity’s curling iron to her, I asked my hair stylist sister what kind of curling iron I should purchase for myself.  She recommended either a BaByliss or a Sam Villa iron.  I found this BaByliss one on Amazon (<– affiliate link!) for a very reasonable price of $30, and I couldn’t be more pleased.  It is much smoother running through your hair, and gets hot without feeling like you’re burning your hair.  And it really does make your hair shinier!  I also love that all the buttons/knobs/etc. are out of the way so I don’t accidentally mash them while I’m curling my hair.  I highly recommend it now, too!

Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Making Class

Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Making Class | Oysters & Pearls Birthday Wish List

I am so excited that Wheat got us seats in a cheese making class at Sweet Grass Dairy for my birthday!  I have always wanted to go to one, but the seats fill up SO quickly.  You learn all about the cheese making process, right there on the farm!  Then you make your own wheel of cheese and they keep it and age it for you, then ship it right to your doorstep!  Afterwards, the class includes a cheese and wine tasting.  It’s not going to be for a couple weeks, but I anticipate that the Saturday of the class will be the PERFECT day!  I can barely contain my excitement!  Squeeee!!  Girl noises!!!

Now for the list of things I don’t have, but would very much like to have.

Pandora Oyster & Pearl Charm

Pandora Oyster and Pearl Charm | Oysters & Pearls Birthday Wish List

I don’t figure I really need to explain this one, right?  I have a brown leather Pandora bracelet that I never filled up that I think this charm would be just perfect on. Please and thank you!

Living Proof No Frizz Styling Creme

Living Proof No Frizz Styling Cream | Oysters & Pearls Birthday Wish List

How many items do you ever see that have ratings of all 4 or 5 stars out of 5 stars ?  Like, nothing below that.  According to reviews, this stuff is LIFE CHANGING.  And apparently it keeps your hair cleaner for longer?  I’m ready to test the magic.  Consider it in my shopping bag.  I needed some more goo anyway.

J Brand 2311 Maria High Rise Jeans

J Brand 2311 Maria High Rise Jeans | Oysters & Pearls Birthday Wish List

Now that I’m officially an old lady, I’m all about some high rise jeans. And I want these.  I have slowly come to the realization that, while Gap jeans and the like are great, the pairs that I never really get rid of when cleaning out my closet, and continue to wear, year after year, are the ones I dropped some serious bones on.  The splurges I have made on nice jeans have paid off in cost per wear.  This is a pair I’d like to drop some bones on.  Ya know, if I really had any.  Until then, I’ll online window shop.

Gap Striped Side-Zip Dress

Gap Striped Side-Zip Dress | Oysters & Pearls Birthday Wish List

I love loose shift dresses that you can dress up or down, depending on whether you are at work or at play.  This one seems to walk that line well.  It would be adorable with a black blazer and black pointy toe flats (I LOVE my Madewell black suede Skimmers like whoa – I also want them in every color).  But it would be equally adorable with black booties and tights, or tall brown boots, or my Minnetonka moccasins… or whatever shoes you want to put on.

And speaking of shoes…

Lucky Brand Teddye Booties

Lucky Brand Teddye Booties | Oysters & Pearls Birthday Wish List

I love Lucky Brand boots.  I have a pair of tall light tan Lucky boots that I have just about worn out.  They are super durable – I have even worn them quail hunting through briars – but still super cute.  They have a decent amount of heel, but are still crazy comfortable.  I am obsessed with the amount of cushioning Lucky Brand puts in the soles of their shoes.  So I have a black pair of Lucky Brand suede booties, too.  And now, I’d like to add these to my collection.  They are very reasonably priced, based on the durability and comfort they offer.  I’m a huge supporter of Lucky Brand boots!  I’m currently waiting on a coupon or sale at Piperlime to snag these beauts. Or some birthday cash.  Or both.

And if some birthday fairy happens to be reading this, I’d also love a camel-colored cashmere scarf.  I mean, while I’m dreaming, right?

Until all these items are in my possession (ha!), I will be indulging in copious amounts of seafood this weekend at the beach.  I plan to eat at least 2 to 3 dozen of this blogs namesake bivalves before Sunday rolls around.  After all, it is my birthday!

Y’all have a great weekend!  And join us at the Apalachicola Seafood Festival, if you’re around!

Until Next Time

Curly Hair, Don’t Care

I have curly hair. Ya know, in case you haven’t noticed. To be specific, I have fine curly hair. I was raised by a Mama who has had board straight hair her whole life, bless her. She didn’t have a clue what to do with all my hair! So she braided it. And in middle school and high school, as most (all?) girls with curly hair do, I attempted to straighten it. And I was uber jealous of the straight haired girls. And I absolutely hated my hair.

Fast forward ten years or so, I almost always love my curly hair. However, I feel like I just really got comfortable in my hair a couple years ago, mainly due to finally figuring out the products that work the best for me. It took YEARS to figure this out, and so much trial and error. I get a lot of questions in real life about what products I use on my hair, and I realized I would have loved to have read this exact post years ago. So here are my tried and true favorite hair products!

(1) Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque



I use this tub o’ gook on my hair right after I get out of the shower every. Single. Day. It’s been the best thing to happen to my hair…. Ever. It says its a mask, but I just use a quarter size dollop (or more, depending on how dry/damaged my hair is at the time) and leave it in. Don’t put it on your roots unless you are going to be rinsing it out – otherwise you will look like a total greaseball. It absorbs right into to your hair! It’s amazing. I also use the same brand and flavor shampoo and conditioner. And I regularly use this tub o’ goop on sunburns, dry skin…. It’s pretty much a cure all. Good stuff, for real. I get this from Walmart or Target. Online here.

(2) Umberto Beverly Hills Curl Enhancing Lotion


This is what I use on top of the “mask” on any given day. I always struggled with “for curly hair” products because they made my hair curlier. I didn’t want it curlier, I just didn’t want an Afro! Then I discovered this. It keeps my hair from frizzing and provides super light and touchable hold (i.e. no crunchy curls). I usually shower at night and use these two products on my wet hair, sleep on it, and wake up and fluff it up. Mainly because I’m a lazy bum and like to sleep in until the last possible second like I’m still in high school. Anyway, it’s the bomb.com. I get it from Target. They have changed their packaging since I bought this bottle, so don’t let that throw you. Online here.

(3). Bb Styling Creme


I really like the way this one makes my hair look in pictures, but I don’t love how it makes my hair feel. It doesn’t make it crunchy…. Just more tangly. I definitely can’t sleep on this product. I use this one if I’m showering and getting ready/dressed in the morning. It’s been a good one to have in my arsenal. I purchased at Target, but it looks like they no longer carry it. Online here.

(4) Organix extra strength Moroccan Argan Oil


Sometimes in the mornings I’ll use this cheap argan oil substitute to smooth over rogue baby hairs or what have you. It’s good for little fixes, but obviously provides zero hold, so it’s not something I would ever be able to use alone. But it’s decent as a third level of defense against the fro. I purchased it from Walmart.

(5) Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil


Finally, this is a 100% argan oil. I add a couple drops of this to my face lotion after I wash my face, and I often will add a few drops to the Shea Moisture mask for my hair. It is expensive though, and my hair eats it right up, so it’s best to add it to my “mask”/leave-in conditioner so as not to waste. However, it’s good stuff. Real good stuff. Best used in conjunction with other moisturizer. Unless you’re loaded. In which case, please send me some. You can get it at Sephora and Amazon for the same price.

I don’t have tons of pictures on here exemplifying my hair do, so I thought I would grace the blog with some awkward work bathroom selfies since I was having a decent hair day yesterday. You’re welcome.



So there ya go! That’s my hair routine. You know what they say… Hindsight is 20/20, If I knew then what I know now… Blah blah blah. If this helps one person know wth to do with their curly hair, this entire blog is probably worth it. I’ll be back to food and gardening and what have you now, as this is basically the entire extent of my beauty product knowledge.