Monday, September 15, 2014

Seattle Road Trip

Seattle Road Trip Video Diary, Whidbey Island Trip

As I shared last week, we took a road trip to Washington to visit family over Labor Day weekend. We had so much fun. We rode the Mukilteo Ferry, took long beach walks and found several agates to add to our collections, ate amazingly delicious food (Village Pizzeria, Ivars and/or Molly Moon's anyone?), toured downtown Seattle, and spent quality time with my family.

I captured the best moments of this trip through a video diary—my favorite way to share my story. I feel like seeing life through my eyes says so much more than a single photo and words ever can express. You get raw emotions (3:51—ha!), hilarious dancing (if you're watching one of my videos, anyway), outtakes & bloopers (with my family, there are always a lot!), and a whole different perspective that delves into each scene and moment in time. You also get to see just how much we love each other. Watch the video & dance along to two of my favorite songs below.

See more photos from our trip here. I'd love to know, what's your favorite shot from the video?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Messy Bun for Shoulder Length Hair

Messy Bun Tutorial for Shoulder Length Hair, Chic Messy Bun, Messy Bun for Short Hair

I recently posted a tutorial for a messy bun that is meant for longer hair but can be adapted for shorter hair. Within the video, I included written instructions for how to modify it for those with shorter hair styles. Sometimes seeing it written isn't quite as simple as seeing it being done, so today I'm showing you how I do the shorter-haired version.

This video is how I do my messy bun when it's anywhere from just below chin-length to just below my shoulders. Once it's long enough, I add back in the double bun featured in the other tutorial.

Basic Steps:
  1. Pull hair up into low, small bun
  2. Tug loose ends up and around ponytail holder, making the bun bigger and adding fun, messy spikes
  3. Twist & tuck shorter pieces that fall out of bun into hair tie
  4. Pull & tug crown to add volume
Is that a quick and easy messy bun or what? This is typically how I wear my hair to work during the week (because it's so fast and I get ready at the gym) and for a low-key style on the weekends. In fact, my hair is almost always up in one of these funky buns.

Style tip: This updo works best for me if my hair has some curl/wave/kink to it. Try curling your hair with this heat-free curling method or sleep in a French braid the night before—it makes a big difference and when you pull and tug to add volume, having either face-framing soft curls or waves really takes this style up a notch (as seen from a distance here—see the face-framing curls?)!

The little details: Eyes & Lips: Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes and Younique Lucrative Lip Gloss c/o my cousin & Younique Presenter Lindsay, Sterling Silver Wrap Ring: c/o The Vintage Pearl

Monday, August 4, 2014

Messy Bun Tutorial

messy bun tutorial for long or short hair, hair tutorial, low bun tutorial

I'd like to preface this post by saying that I filmed this tutorial last year—the day before I whacked off 12-inches and donated my hair to charity. Looking back, I don't regret my decision to opt for a shorter 'do one bit, though this does make me miss my longer hair.

This messy bun is my go-to look for 2nd (or 3rd or 4th!) day hair. Though my hair is currently shoulder-length, I can still do a bun like this—I just have to modify the steps a little. My favorite part about this look? That it's a messy bun—it doesn't have to be perfect and will look different each time you do it.

Here are the basic steps:
  1. Make a little bun
  2. Double the bun
  3. Twist and tuck loose ends into hair tie
  4. Pull & tug bun to add volume
  5. Secure loose & floppy bun pieces with bobby pins
  6. Pull & tug crown to add volume
If you're trying this look on shorter hair, that's no problem! When you make your bun, skip step 2. Instead, twist and tuck the loose ends into your hair tie above your bun, creating what looks like a mini bun on top. It will give that "double bun" effect. And then, just like in the tutorial, pull & tug to add volume and secure loose pieces in place. I used this same method to create this bun and this bun on my much shorter hair.


Monday, August 26, 2013

My Aha Moment

Mutual of Omaha Aha Moment about Trichotillomania

A couple weeks ago, the Mutual of Omaha Aha Moment Tour 2013 came through Boise. I had received an email from one of their coordinators a couple weeks before, asking if I'd like to come record my "aha moment." I was honored to have been asked, and immediately knew what I would talk about—trichotillomania.

For years and years, I've struggled with trichotillomania—and still do occasionally. Here's my Aha Moment about how I was freed from it—not cured—but freed. It doesn't hold me down anymore.

Blogging has changed my life, in more ways than just helping me control my trichotillomania.
"I always thought that I didn't have anything to offer anyone. I thought that my words couldn't make a difference and that my photos couldn't make a difference and that I couldn't help anyone. By simply blogging and taking photos and sharing my story, I realize that I can help other people and that's been huge for helping increase my self-esteem and just really getting me out there. Everybody has a story that they can share and a person they can help if they just put themselves out there."
Thank you for reading my story (here & at LastLash—the "anonymous" blog mentioned in the video). It means the world to me. YOU are part of my "aha moment."

Monday, August 12, 2013

Basic Makeup Tutorial

Basic Makeup Tutorial

Today's post is a first... a video makeup tutorial! I've gotten quite a few requests to demonstrate how I do my makeup, including how I do my winged eyeliner and smoky eyeshadow, so today's tutorial takes all my basic makeup tricks and fits them into a 7-minute video... Enjoy!

Products used in this video (shop other items in my vanity here):

Brushes used in this video:

Basic Makeup Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! Here's a pinnable image if you'd like to add this to one of your Pinterest boards, and don't forget to subscribe to my channel on YouTube.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Weekend Video Diary

Floating the Boise River

On Monday, I shared part of my sister & her husband's trip to Boise with you. Those photos were from the weekend we spent in McCall with my dad, but Sunday evening, Monday and Tuesday, we were all back in Boise spending time with my mom.

While they were in Boise, we ate dinner out at the Barrelhouse, floated the Boise River—in sombreros no less—and bowled the night away at Big Al's. Throughout their trip, I took video clips of all our activities, and today I'm sharing that video with you. This video will definitely give you a more in-depth look at my family and why I'm always smiling—we just love to have fun! We also love to dance (though clearly we are all big-time goofballs), love to laugh, and we love to have good times together making memories. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Palm Desert Road Trip 2013 Video

Palm Desert Road Trip

In April 2013, Daniel and I drove from Boise, Idaho to Palm Desert, California. I took so many photos & video clips while we were there and was able to upload the photos and show them off here right away, but sitting down to put together the video of our trip took me a bit longer. It wasn't the making of the video that took a long time, it was finding the time to do it!

While on our week-long vacation, we visited Joshua Tree National Park, the Indian Canyon hiking trail in Palm Springs, the Palm Springs Aerial TramwayThe Living Desert, and on our way back to Boise we checked out the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. If you can't tell from the video, we LOVE lizards & wildlife! I hope you enjoy the video, watching it brings back all the amazing memories we had.

My absolute favorite part is found at 0:28—that look melts my heart each and every time. The song in this video is "Solsbury Hill" by Peter Gabriel, and it was on the "Palm Desert" play list that Daniel made for us to listen to on the way down there. After requesting to listen to it over and over again while on our trip, I knew it was the perfect song for the video.

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Palm Desert Road Trip 2013 Posts:
Joshua Tree National Park │ Indian Canyon │ Palm Springs Aerial Tramway │ The Living Desert │ The Valley of FirePalm Desert Road Trip 2013 Video

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Friar Tuck: Curl Your Hair Without Heat

curl your hair without heat, curl your hair with a headband

About a year ago, I made a post called Curl Your Hair Without Heat about how to curl your hair with a headband after watching a video on YouTube. It has since turned into my most-viewed post and has generated a ton of emails from readers who want to know exactly how to do it.

Today, I bring you my very own video tutorial for what I like to call the "Friar Tuck."

More details:
  • I have fine hair—and a lot of it. It holds curl well.
  • This curling method does not work if your hair is wet. It must be completely dry.
  • If your hair falls out of this easily, try wrapping your hair in a silk scarf before going to sleep.
  • If you have long hair, try using two headbands to reduce tangles & make it easier to tuck!
  • Dry shampoo used for 2nd day oil absorption & extra volume: Suave
  • Sea salt spray used: Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Spray
  • Songs in the video: (1) 1234 by Feist (2) New Soul by Yael Naim
  • The photos below show my hair after an entire day. Some days the curls don't last quite as long.

Products used in this video:

curl your hair without heat

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Monday, January 28, 2013

My Daily Hair Styling Routine

 Glasses: c/o Firmoo

Lately, I've gotten quite a few emails from ladies who want to know how I style my hair on a daily basis. Frequently asked questions include:
  • What do I do with it when I sleep?
  • What dry shampoo do I use?
  • Do I tease it?
  • Do I use hairspray?
  • How do I get natural-looking waves?
  • How do I style my bangs?

Today, I'm answering your questions. Here's a short video tutorial of exactly how I style my hair when I wear it down.

More details:
  • Fave overnight keep-it-out-of-your-face methods: ballerina bun, French braid, or Friar Tuck (video tutorial HERE)
  • Fave dry shampoo for 2nd day oil absorption & extra volume: Suave
  • Fave hairspray: Lamaur Sprayage (I used Big Sexy Hair in this video)
  • If I shower in the morning, I just let my hair air-dry naturally. It ends up with this same wavy texture. Once it's dry, I follow the same process.
  • To keep my hair healthy, I avoid heat styling tools and I haven't colored/highlighted my hair since May, 2011.
  • My bangs are longer here than usual--I'm growing them out!
  • Song in the video: White Sky by Vampire Weekend

Products used in this video:

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Yes To Stylista San Francisco Trip: A Video

Yes to Carrots Yes to Stylista

Last week I spent time living it up in San Francisco with the Yes To Carrots Team on my Yes To Stylista trip. Photos can be found here and here.

I filmed (and edited) my first-ever video while I was down there, and today I'm happy to share it with you! Enjoy ♥

/ / To see my audition video to be their Yes To Stylista, click here! More details about this video can be found on Yes To, Inc's YouTube page here. Oh, and in case you're wondering, the song in this video is Coastal Brake by Tycho, and I'm wearing Nars Orgasm blush

Friday, November 9, 2012

Yes to Stylista!

Happy Friday!

You guys... you guys,
Yes To Carrots announced the winner of their 
Yes To Stylista
contest today...

Me... Holy Moses.
I don't even know what to say!
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
I am honored, amazed, so thankful, and most-definitely shaking... and maybe crying a little.
OK, you know me better than that. I'm crying a lot.
This is an honor.

Here's the story—
It started with a contest... that I heard about through the grapevine from my amazing friend, Danielle.
She mentioned that Yes To Carrots was looking for their next "Stylista" to represent the brand.
Knowing me and my Bye Bye Beehive project, she immediately emailed me and suggested I enter.
I submitted my photo and asked you guys to vote.
You did! I'll be forever grateful.

With the help of your votes, I made it to the Top 10,
and was then sent a bunch of Yes To products, and asked to make a 2-minute video.
I have no idea how to do videos,
so I enlisted my trusty friend and photographer, Taylor, to help me out.
I submitted the video back in the end of October... and then waited.
And waited and waited for what seems like eons.

Today, we got the news.
The news that I won.
I am floored. Excited. Blessed. Overwhelmed. Thrilled... so thrilled.
THIS is only the beginning.

So, would you like to see my video? It's about time I showed you.
Then, after watching mine, please go watch the videos and say hi to the other finalists (who are amazing).
I don't know how they decided. Each video was unique, well-done, and so entertaining!


And then... just for fun...
Originally, I had wanted to include one of my backflips (shown before here),
but once the editing process began, it was clear that there wasn't a good place for it.
So guess what?
You get to see it now. Consider it an "outtake."
Backflip in 3, 2, 1—

Aunie Sauce readers, thank you! 
Thanks for voting, for visiting me each day, and for being a huge part of my story.
Do you know what? 
Tomorrow, November 10, 2012, is my one-year Aunie Sauce blogging anniversary.
This is the coolest and most amazing way to celebrate.

Yes To—thank you guys so much.
I can't even tell you about the tears of excitement that streamed down my face when I found out.
I'm still in shock.
I'm so excited and honored to be the next Yes To Stylista!
I can't wait to see what this next chapter brings.

Until then—what do YOU say YES to?

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thursday 13: The Active Edition

It's Thursday and what does that mean? Thursday 13! Today's theme (linking up on All Things Lovely) is 13 Facts About You. I chose to tell you 13 facts about my ACTIVE self! Enjoy!

1. I have run 4 half marathons, all with my mom!

2. I enjoy riding a longboard. I own a Sector 9.

3. I ran track through high school and part of college. I got really sick before each race (yes, like throw-up... or... um... other stuff) because I was actually fairly decent and there was always so much pressure to win! See the photo below? That girl and I were both anchors for our college's 4x4 team. She was about to find out what my "kick" was. I always had a kick at the end of races.

4. My best race was the 800, but my favorite was being the anchor of the 4x400 relay.

5. In 2010 when I worked for, I was on their softball team. I really only cared about my fun socks (pictured below) and hanging out with friends. When a ball came soaring at me in the infield, it terrified me.

6. I can leg press 530 pounds. My legs are definitely my strongest body part.

7. I wear crazy outfits when I work out. I am always wearing either wacky pants, neon tops, or super-bright shoes.

8. If you know cheerleading/tumble talk, I can do a back full. No, not standing. But a round-off backhandspring full? No biggie.

9. I have been golfing twice, and I am still not sure if I like it or not.

10. On average, I work out 5-6 days a week. 1 personal training session, 5 bootcamps, and sprint intervals after every workout. I also dabble in racquetball on occasion.

11. I'm super competitive when it comes to bootcamps at my gym. When it's the "go as hard as you can and when you finish it you're done" kind of workouts, my goal is to kill it. Those kind of workouts are my favorite.

12. Last year, I went from 150 pounds to 125 pounds in 3 months. I was working with a personal trainer and eating really well. Somehow, I gained all (plus some) of that weight back. I'm currently working on losing it again.

13. As I told you yesterday, I can do a back tuck (backflip). Want proof? Deal! (Video 1 has no sound--oops--and video 2 is in the dark... but has sound, my apologies in general for both).

Aunie Sauce

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


A month ago, I posted "ASK" and welcomed any and all questions you had for me. I promised to answer every single one... for the most part.

So, you ASKED, and now you get your ANSWERS.
All 35 of them.
Whoa. Baby.
I hope you enjoy my Part 1, Part 2, and oopsy-daisy Part 3.

Part 1: Dobby, Daniel and Faith

Part 2: The Blog and Me

Part 3: Part 2 of Part 2

I have NOT watched these videos. I recorded them and promptly walked away in order to resist the urge to delete them and re-record. What you see is what you get. I really am not sure what I'm doing in them half the time... but I tell you what, it was some well-spent fun!

Next time I vlog, I promise I will try to express a little more enthusiasm.
I think I was a little nervous about trying to fit 35 questions into a vlog that didn't take forever and a day.

Oh-- and I'll also try to make more attractive faces during the entire vlog so YouTube will give me more favorable thumbnails to choose from. Unless, maybe... just maybe they were playing off my "saucy-ness" and giving me thumbnails that they just knew would make you smirk at my awkwardness.

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Vlog.

The day has come that I show you my first vlog.

Oh... and there's a Part II as well.
You can't expect to meet me and NOT Dobby, right?


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Curl Your Hair Without Heat

As you may, or may not know,
I have another blog called Bye Bye Beehive
where I post tons of hairstyles and basically just
talk about...

Last week, I posted a style about how to curl your hair without heat.
It got such a great response that I wanted to share it with you...

As a disclaimer, my hair is fine and has normal texture.
It's naturally very straight.
It tends to do what I want it to do and holds curl very well...
with that being said—


curl your hair without heat

Last week, I saw a post on my friend Kristen's blog
(Confessions of a Graphic Design Student).
She mentioned how she vintage-style curled her hair with a headband...
with NO heat.
Needless to say, I had to try it.

I began by putting a fairly tight elastic headband over my slightly damp hair.
I grabbed pieces of my hair and tucked them around the headband,
continuing until I reached the back of my head.
It's really similar to the Holiday Updo that I did in December.
When I reached the back, I simply twisted that hair around and around 
the headband until it was all tucked in.

no heat curls

Daniel said I looked like Friar Tuck.
So this is the "Friar Tuck Method" now and forever in my eyes.

I should also add that in order to prevent the headband from slipping
and my hair falling out,
I also wrapped a silk scarf over my head, 
like I did in this post.
I slept in my headband overnight.

In the morning, I pulled the headband out of my hair and was 
SHOCKED at the curls I got.
Wowza, baby!

curl your hair without heat

They stayed like that almost all day.
Of course they fell out a bit... but I didn't mind.

UPDATE // And just in case you'd like to see how to do this,
I included my very own video tutorial (the original inspiration tutorial can be found here).

Products used in this video:

Oh... and just last night after my shower,
I mentioned to Daniel that I was going to "Friar Tuck" my hair again.
His reaction was so adorable, and clearly showed that he found
that sleep-in style NOT attractive.
I opted for two French braids instead.