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THE POWER OF I AM

“I am is one of the most powerful statements we can make. Whatever follows “I am” starts the creation of it.”

– KRISTEN B U T L E R

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Have you stopped lately to listen to what you’re saying about yourself? The words you choose, the actions you take that reinforce these thoughts? I started my year off recognizing this truth by tapping into the word I AM. By doing so, I realized how easily life began to flow to me and for me. Most of all, I loved that I was practicing my knowledge and belief that I was a co-creator with source.

I find it truly empowering that we all have free will or the power of choice. We can choose the direction of our lives, whether that’s positive or negative, rich and abundant or limited by lack. In becoming aware of this, we can change the direction of our life’s course with a simple shift in our words, thoughts and actions.

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I know we can all be hard on ourselves and self-critical at times. I think that’s natural and needed. The real test is not being perfect but more so how we choose to use these hardships. Are we going to kindle the fire and continue harping on what we don’t like or are we going use the pain to promote change? Continuation of anything becomes habit, so the quicker you can shift into a place of progress the better off you’ll be.

AWARENESS is the first step to adjusting and creating a healthier life. The thing I realized was my negative self talk or energy was not only permating me as a person but something larger than myself. It was closing me off from positive growth, people and situations that wanted to help me! And as someone passionately focused on growth and improvement, this was a major RED FLAG.

This brings me to the next step DESIRE. You have to actually reach a point where you can no longer accept the way things are. You know kinda like that phrase, ‘it’s always darkest before the dawn,’ or ‘things will get worse before they can get better.’ Sounds really dark but now I get it. You have to want to change and therefore sometimes it takes some dark moments to search for the light.

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Through desire comes deliberate ACTION. I wanted to feel better, I wanted to speak more kindness and most of all, I wanted to help others. But by falling back into some mental bad habits (which I’m truly grateful for), I realized I could only help others by reframing and working on my own ish-ues. So I took inventory of what was working for me back in the beginning of the year and I did the work.

I love this quote from Kristen Butler from the Power of Positivity; “Our thoughts and words have crafted our present and are currently crafting our future.” This really puts into perspective how we throw words around but if we saw the immediate manifestion of them we might take time to be a a little more selective, ammmmiright? Like imagine if you’re like “I AM FAT,” and in a blink of an eye you gained 200 lbs. I think you would watch yo mouth a lil more, and also, you would appreciate where you’re at more too.

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A poisitive reflection I had in my “darkness” was if I had success in the beginning of the year, I can have it again. This self soothing talk really helped me feel optimistic and then helped me stay on track. So I started writing in my I AM Journal again. I carved out a non-negotiable, consistent practice or a morning ritual. This included morning coffee, journaling and reading. I would write out my gratitude, intentions and I AM statements in my I AM Journal. Then I would read whatever I felt compelled to for my daily inspiration.

I want to reiterate, CONSISTENCY is key.  You have to keep at it to build momentum behind this practice and energy. The best part is once you do so long enough, it becomes a habit (and a postive one might I add). You’ll eventaully get to a point where you won’t wanna have your morning coffee without it. If a daily practice is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

So where are you at today in this journey? I encourage you to take a mental and emotional inventory by sitting quietly and silencing the chatter. Whatever is bothering you, find the contrasting feeling and say or write I AM before it. Know that you’re worthy of it and feel that. As always, feel free to share yours in the comments below!

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I AM STEPPING INTO MY POWER,

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OVERALLS OVER ALL

“Creativity is intelligence having fun”

-ALBERT E I N S T E I N

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I’m seeing everything overalls.

I have picked overalls above and over all other options this season. These pocketed jeans inspired by farmers have become a staple in my closet. I had a blast styling them into my fall/winter wardrobe. Style them up or dress them down, these classics can be useful for various occasions, on and off the farm.

To say the least, I’ve basically been living in these Wildfox overalls since purchasing at Crossroads. I snagged these babies for under $50 dollars too! Not bad considering a typical pair could cost you upwards to $200. I can honestly say I’m getting more than my money’s worth considering the quality, condition (second hand purchase) and perfect fit. It was as if they were made for me. Hey, one girl’s pair of old overalls is another’s treasure.

Point being, holding out for the right pair instead of forcing matters can serve you well (and save you money). When it comes to staple items, it’s wise to invest. Shelling out proper dough is welcomed if not encouraged. However, having a little faith and not rushing the process can be just as beneficial. If they’re timeless pieces, they’ll always be around. You’ll find exactly what you need, when you need it.

We’re not all made of money. That being said, one of the best ways to use limitation to your advantage is to get creative and work with what you got. Purchasing a few quality items and rotating them throughout your wardrobe is an amazing way to get your styling and creative juices flowing! So without further adieu, here’s a quick insight into how to style one pair of overalls for two locations.

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So get creative and have some fun while you’re at it!

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THAT’S SOME BUN, HUN.

“Appreciation is an excellent thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us, as well.”

-V O L T A I R E

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I had the pleasure of working in studio at the Paul Mitchell HQ with an exceptional team this year. The individuals involved were passionate, dedicated, thoughtful and precise in execution. This is something I truly appreciate as a creative. There was an undeniable sense of collaboration and zeal that filled the room. We were all there with a similar mission: to create art.

I seem to fall in love time and time again with the creatives involved in the transformation as well as the look itself. The rose bud braid—a romantic, seemingly intricate half-up ’do is actually easier than it looks and a whole of a lot safer, sans the prickly thorns. Perfect for date night or ideal for you brides-to-be. Here’s how to best achieve the look!

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First, apply Sculpting Foam™ to clean, damp hair from roots to ends. This gives the look a perfect foundation and helps it last and last. 

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Comb through and blow-dry.

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Use your favorite smoothing iron to create natural-looking waves and dimension (this summer we’re crushing on the limited edition Beauty in Bloom Express Ion Smooth®+). Create natural waves by simply twisting the smoothing iron as you move through each section of hair.

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Gather the hair above your ears with a sculpting brush and secure a small ponytail at the back of your head with a clear elastic.

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Take the ponytail and build a loose braid from top to bottom and secure with another clear elastic.

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Wrap the braid around the base of your ponytail, gently pinching and pulling as you go, and secure with bobby pins. For a more polished final look, keep the braid tight, and your bun neat and symmetrical.

Finally, set the look with your favorite flexible hairspray (we’re digging Hold Me Tight™ for this look). and in a couple of minutes you’ve created a beautiful, feminine look that will attract loads of attention.

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Helpful Tools & Products: Smoothing Iron Sculpting Foam™ | Hold Me Tight™ | Sculpting Brush | Clear Elastics | Bobby pins

| EDITOR | Wendy Herman | HAIR STYLING | Tiffany Mae | ART DIRECTION | Stephanie Voves | MUSE | Morgan Ryan | PHOTOGRAPHER | Mark Sacro | BEAUTY | Valerie Hernandez |

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“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.”

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LOOK I | The Sophisticated Neck Tie |

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Step I: Prep

Begin this look with Paul Mitchell’s Hot Off The Press. This thermal protector doubles as a hairspray, leaving you with a nice flexible hold. Pull hair into a low pony or your desired style.

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Step II: Half Fold

Create a vertical half fold by taking the two opposite corners and matching them up to form a triangle.

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Step III: Roll and Fold

Begin to roll in a downward motion toward the tip of the scarf. After each fold, smooth out the surface before continuing. Repeat until you reach the end of the scarf and you’re left with a thin band. (May help to lay the scarf on a flat surface).

Step IV: Tie and Knot

Place the scarf at the back of your neck. (Be sure to conceal the extra material by facing this side toward your neck). Bring the ends around to the front and tie into a knot. Repeat Step IV to create a double knot that will secure the look.

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Final Look: Polished and Poised

Pro Tip: Use The Neck Tie to add a hint of sophistication to any outfit. Maximize the impact by keeping hair minimal or tied back to show off the neckline.

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LOOK II | The Front Twist |

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Step I: Prep

Begin by applying Paul Mitchell’s Sculpting Foam to wet hair. Dry hair with a diffuser, raking your fingers through and scrunching as it dries or simply let it air dry. This will help create smooth waves with touchable texture, perfect for a voluminous topknot.

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Step II: Half Fold 

Create a vertical half fold by taking the two opposite corners and matching them up to form a triangle.

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Step III: Roll and Fold

Begin to roll in a downward direction toward the tip of the scarf. After each fold, smooth out the surface before continuing. Repeat until you reach the end of the scarf and you’re left with a thin band.

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Step IV: Tie and Knot

Place the scarf at the nape of your neck. (Be sure to conceal the extra material by facing that side toward your hair). Bring the ends around to the front and tie into a knot at the crown of your head. Repeat Step IV to create a tight double knot.

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Step V: Tuck 

Take one of the remaining tails and begin to tuck it beneath the existing band. Repeat on the other side until you are left with a seamless band. (You may want to use bobby pins to hold everything in place).

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Final Look: Sporty Casual 

Pro Tip: Use The Front Twist as a stylish alternative to a headband. This look helps keep fly-away wisps at bay and your hair out of your face. Perfect for when you’re on the go, playing a sport or on your summer boating expedition! Looks great with hair pulled up in a messy bun or worn down with some wavy texture.

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  LOOK III | The Bow |

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Step I: Prep

Slick back hair into a high pony using a coarse bristled brush. Secure with elastic then twirl the ponytail into a firm coil. Wrap the coil around the base of the ponytail in a clockwise direction to create a ballerina bun. Secure with bobby pins. Finish the look with Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Wild Ginger Shine Spray to create a luminous shine that doubles as a conditioner.

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Step II: Half Fold

Create a horizontal half fold by taking the top two corners and folding them toward one another to create a rectangle.

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Step III: Roll and Fold

Begin to roll in a downward direction toward the tip of the scarf. After each fold, smooth out the surface before continuing. Repeat until you reach the end of the scarf and you’re left with a thin band.

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Step IV: Tie and Knot

Place the middle of the scarf at the back of the bun and bring the ends to the front. Tie in a secure knot at the front. Repeat Step IV to create a double knot to shorten the ends. (This will help prep you for the final step).

Step V: Primp and Perfect

Finish off the look by pulling the remaining ends into place and adjust them until they form a bow. You may choose to make this as full or as minimal as desired.

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Final Look: Quirky and Cute

Pro Tip: You may want to use a lightweight hairspray on both the scarf and hair to keep everything in place: (Try Paul Mitchell’s Hot Off the Press). This look doesn’t require heat styling, making it a perfect alternative for those who want a polished look without the damage. Feeling bold? Nix the fancy jewelry and rock this look out at your next cocktail event or big night out!

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 MORGAN R Y A N       EVAN W O O D S     GIUSEPPE R I N A L D I        ASHLEY C O F F E Y

A big thank you to all those involved in helping me coordinate, organize and produce this shoot. It was amazing to have each and every one of you on board. Thanks for being a part of my journey!

As my first studio produced tutorial, I would like to say a huge thank you to Paul Mitchell and Quixote Studios for making this dream a reality.

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