Each wash day, for years, I’d pull out my little bottle of Pure Protein and poured a small capful into a mixing bowl filled with conditioner.  As someone who loves moisturizing conditioners, I realized that I was neglecting to include adequate protein into my regimen.  But I wasn’t really diggin’ protein conditioners.  The solution to all my problems showed up in the form of Pure Protein.

Pure Protein was an instant staple. And I thought I’d use it for the rest of my life.  That is until I randomly stumbled on a testimonial for another protein reconstructor.  The words she used to describe her results after using this product would forever be seared into my brain.

“I use DRC-28. When I use it, honestly my hair DOES NOT BREAK. My old stylist used it on me and my hair was unstoppable……DRC really fortifies my hair with continuous use.”

I think I re-read her words like five times.  How could one be so bold as to make such a statement?  A woman with relaxed hair proclaiming to have zero breakage is unheard of!  She went on to say that a stylist once used a rat tail comb on her wet hair which made her highly upset. The stylist tried to appease her by saying that although she had fine hair….“it didn’t break.”

So I went searching for others who’ve tried this magical elixir to see what they had to say.  One DRC-28 user stated that “it works wonders on hair and stops breakage like no other.”  Another boasted: “I purchased this 3 weeks ago and used it last week.  It left my hair shiny and I have less breakage in a week.”

Here’s another testimony:  “I used DRC-28 yesterday and got exactly the results I was looking for: strong hair that does not break.  It didn’t stink (like Aphogee) and it did not make my hair hard (like Aphogee). My hair feels really good now.  This product works!”

When two random people (three, if you count the incompetent stylist) proclaim that their chemically treated hair doesn’t break, we must take heed.  Is there any doubt in your mind that you MUST have this product with you on your hair journey?

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Allow me to take you back in time to three weeks ago.  I was wandering down the aisles of a local beauty supply store.  I made up my mind to either pick up a wearable wig or I’d try to make my own.  My hair was being super disrespectful to me and I had enough.  I asked the lady to show me textured human hair.  The wig example she showed me was gorgeous. Thick, healthy and beautiful. I ran my hands through the virgin hair and almost started to cry. It was similar in length and thickness to my real hair, only this hair was so healthy. Cuticle layer perfectly in tact.  I thought to myself, if only I could get my hair to this level of greatness.

This thought echoed in my mind for several weeks before I stumbled on these DRC-28 testimonies. It was like I attracted this product into my life.  Yes, the price is high, but compared to what I pay for a small bottle of Pure Protein, I’m actually saving money ($3.00 an ounce for DRC vs. $22.00 an ounce).  I should also mention that DRC-28 has several types of protein compared to Pure Protein which only has one.  Even though DRC-28 has a pretty steep price tag, keep in mind that the bottle is 16 oz which means you have about a year’s worth of deep protein treatment in one bottle (if you use about an ounce a month).
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Here’s a little more about the product description for those of you who aren’t familiar:

“Dudley’s DRC 28 is a deep-penetrating advanced hair treatment and fortifier that is concentrated with most of the hair’s own natural protein and amino acids.  This rich formula works from the inside out – nourishing, restoring and repairing severely damaged or weakened hair to a stronger, healthier state.”

Notable ingredients include:  Hydrolized Animal Protein, Hydrolized Keratin Protein, Biotin, Panthenol (vitamin B5), and Hydrolized Glycosanminoglycans (shown to promote hair growth in in clinical tests).
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The bottle arrived and hours later I took it for a spin using the directions provided on the bottle.  First I cleansed, then applied the brown liquid to my lightly dampened hair before sitting under the dryer.  The product hardened on my hair as I read digital magazines under the dryer.  Minutes later, I rinsed and conditioned using KeraCare’s Humecto.

The thing I feared most was stiffness and dryness from protein overload.  But honestly, I experienced none of that.  Breakage reduced drastically and I felt very comfortable moving to the second phase of my experiment.

Phase II
This time, I would see if DRC-28 could take the place of Pure Protein as a routine protein treatment.  Instead of saturating my hair with the product, I’d blend it with my favorite conditioners as a fortifier.  Because DRC-28 is such a generous size bottle, I added the equivalent of about 3 capfuls.  Maybe I went a little overboard.  The liquid blended easily with my other conditioners which allowed for easy application.

Since I did a protein treatment just a week prior, I decided to head under the steamer for intense moisture instead of using dry heat.  It’s now a day later and I’m elated at how wonderfully healthy my hair feels.  Breakage is darn near non-existent, but better yet, my hair reminds me of that awesome wig I touched just weeks ago.  Well, not exactly, but, it’s in a way healthier state than before.  My cuticles are sealed and feel so smooth.  I never expected a protein treatment to give me results like this.

Gosh, I’m hoping that with continued use, I may be able to blow dry again without fear of ruining my hair.  Heck, maybe even one day I could be one of those lucky people who can declare that my hair does not break! * Folds hands together and looks up to heaven.*

Welcome to the very last Monday of 2015.  And thank you for joining me for this special Monday Motivation post.

Last week, I spent a little time reflecting and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time to tweak Mondays just a bit.  For the most part, Mondays will still consist of motivational type blog posts. But, I want to elevate the Monday experience and turn it into the best day of the week!

A year and a half ago, I absolutely dreaded Mondays.  In fact, I’d purposeful stay up late on Sunday nights in order to avoid going to sleep and waking up Monday morning.  There would be bunch of reports due and lots of phone calls to return.  Mondays were the kick off to another stressful week.

Now, I want to give Mondays a new meaning.  I want Mondays to truly be a day of motivation.  Think about it, if we can kick off the week with a nice, strong start, we’ll be setting ourselves up for killer week.  And when we start stacking those amazing weeks, back to back, we essentially alter the course of our lives.

So what will the new Monday Motivation look like?

One thing I never do on Mondays is get in full alignment with my intentions.  Mondays should be the day when we fill ourselves with intention.  We should get reconnected with what we want to create for the week.  The first day of the work week the time to review your vision board and visualize your success.  Setting aside a little time to reconnect with your heart’s desires should happen every single Monday morning.  Once that’s done, you then break out your agenda and schedule your intention-based actions for the week.

Instead of dreading Mondays, you can start to love them.  You do this by infusing Mondays with inspiration.  Fill your morning with things you love before leaving for work.  Last year, my biggest source of inspiration came from reading about, or listening to the stories of people who accomplished what I desired.  For you inspiration can come from writing, listening to great music or painting.  Whatever your heart loves, schedule a little time for it before heading into work.  The entire week will comprise of you getting things done for others.  It only makes sense for you do something for yourself at the start of the week.

Your environment has a direct and immediate impact on how you feel. How you feel has a direct and immediate impact on your actions.  Therefore, we need to always be doing the work of elevating our environment.

I recall the time when I felt like my workdays were frantic and stressful.  Immediately, I began to do what was necessary to alter my immediate environment. I started buying meditation music CDs to play in my office. I also made sure my desk was clear of EVERYTHING except what I was working on the very moment.  Those two small tweaks increased my productivity and brought my stress levels way down.  Whenever you are feeling uninspired, take a look around and ask yourself, “is my environment contributing to my current results (or emotions).  If so, then move quickly to alter the situation.

I know we’ve talked about Fearless Friday in the past, but I’m thinking of incorporating elements of Fearlessness at the start of the week.  There’s a project that’s been on my to-do list for way too long. I suspect that has to do a lot with resistance.  So I’ve decided to get started on anything that I’ve been avoiding by implementing several micro-actions until the project is complete.  The theory I’m testing out is by starting the week with the most feared action on my to-do list, I’ll plow throw everything else on the list with no problem.  We all know how good it feels to finally do something that’s been weighing heavy on our minds.  Can you imagine how powerful it will be to have the sense of victory on the first day of each week?

Last, and most importantly, my intention is to inject elements of my future (or desired) reality into each Monday.  Sure, I’ll still make a bunch of routine phone calls, and complete mundane activities. But I also intend to unorthodox things like get a facial, test drive my dream car, or go house hunting.

When I had a full time job, I would leave the office for lunch and drive to the nice part of town, sit at the cafes with my laptop pretend like I was an entrepreneur working on my latest project.  This was reality creation at it’s finest. Other times, I’d eat lunch in my car while I read a copy of the 4 Hour Work Week or listened to various audiobooks.

For some people visualizing what they was works just as well.  I’m not that good at forming clear mental pictures so I prefer to recreate the vision in real life.  This has been a really powerful method for me and it’s something I’d like to implement every Monday.

Welcome to the very last Monday of 2015.  And thank you for joining me for this special Monday Motivation post.

Last week, I spent a little time reflecting and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time to tweak Mondays just a bit.  For the most part, Mondays will still consist of motivational type blog posts. But, I want to elevate the Monday experience and turn it into the best day of the week!

A year and a half ago, I absolutely dreaded Mondays.  In fact, I’d purposeful stay up late on Sunday nights in order to avoid going to sleep and waking up Monday morning.  There would be bunch of reports due and lots of phone calls to return.  Mondays were the kick off to another stressful week.

Now, I want to give Mondays a new meaning.  I want Mondays to truly be a day of motivation.  Think about it, if we can kick off the week with a nice, strong start, we’ll be setting ourselves up for killer week.  And when we start stacking those amazing weeks, back to back, we essentially alter the course of our lives.

So what will the new Monday Motivation look like?

One thing I never do on Mondays is get in full alignment with my intentions.  Mondays should be the day when we fill ourselves with intention.  We should get reconnected with what we want to create for the week.  The first day of the work week the time to review your vision board and visualize your success.  Setting aside a little time to reconnect with your heart’s desires should happen every single Monday morning.  Once that’s done, you then break out your agenda and schedule your intention-based actions for the week.

Instead of dreading Mondays, you can start to love them.  You do this by infusing Mondays with inspiration.  Fill your morning with things you love before leaving for work.  Last year, my biggest source of inspiration came from reading about, or listening to the stories of people who accomplished what I desired.  For you inspiration can come from writing, listening to great music or painting.  Whatever your heart loves, schedule a little time for it before heading into work.  The entire week will comprise of you getting things done for others.  It only makes sense for you do something for yourself at the start of the week.

Your environment has a direct and immediate impact on how you feel. How you feel has a direct and immediate impact on your actions.  Therefore, we need to always be doing the work of elevating our environment.

I recall the time when I felt like my workdays were frantic and stressful.  Immediately, I began to do what was necessary to alter my immediate environment. I started buying meditation music CDs to play in my office. I also made sure my desk was clear of EVERYTHING except what I was working on the very moment.  Those two small tweaks increased my productivity and brought my stress levels way down.  Whenever you are feeling uninspired, take a look around and ask yourself, “is my environment contributing to my current results (or emotions).  If so, then move quickly to alter the situation.

I know we’ve talked about Fearless Friday in the past, but I’m thinking of incorporating elements of Fearlessness at the start of the week.  There’s a project that’s been on my to-do list for way too long. I suspect that has to do a lot with resistance.  So I’ve decided to get started on anything that I’ve been avoiding by implementing several micro-actions until the project is complete.  The theory I’m testing out is by starting the week with the most feared action on my to-do list, I’ll plow throw everything else on the list with no problem.  We all know how good it feels to finally do something that’s been weighing heavy on our minds.  Can you imagine how powerful it will be to have the sense of victory on the first day of each week?

Last, and most importantly, my intention is to inject elements of my future (or desired) reality into each Monday.  Sure, I’ll still make a bunch of routine phone calls, and complete mundane activities. But I also intend to unorthodox things like get a facial, test drive my dream car, or go house hunting.

When I had a full time job, I would leave the office for lunch and drive to the nice part of town, sit at the cafes with my laptop pretend like I was an entrepreneur working on my latest project.  This was reality creation at it’s finest. Other times, I’d eat lunch in my car while I read a copy of the 4 Hour Work Week or listened to various audiobooks.

For some people visualizing what they was works just as well.  I’m not that good at forming clear mental pictures so I prefer to recreate the vision in real life.  This has been a really powerful method for me and it’s something I’d like to implement every Monday.

Ok, we only have a few days in the year.  Time to get to work.

Let’s set ourselves up to have one of our best years ever in 2016!  Lately, my mind has filled with thoughts and ideas about how to reinvent my environment.  I feel like this desire burns deep inside and won’t quiet down until I execute it to the fullest!

Yesterday, I was watching an episode of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles.  Josh Altman, a real estate broker is showing homes to a successful tech entrepreneur.  His client isn’t too happy with the first option shown. Then Josh says this,“Rob is like a lot of my clients…..A guy like that is a successful businessman, he’s gotta feel good.” 

Interesting choice of words. Instead of saying, “he’s gotta love the house, or he’s gotta find something in his price range.”  No, instead Josh shares one of the little known secrets to success that I’m going exploit in 2016.

We’ve touched on the topic of having a feel good routine in the past.  This year, I realized that everything seemed to flow whenever I made a deliberate effort to make myself feel really good.  Sometimes it was easy to do, sometimes not so much.  But one thing I’m certain of is that if my environment right, it has a direct and immediate impact on how I feel.

In 2016, one of my intentions is to create an environment that keeps me in a state of bliss.  

Specifically, I’ll be creating a living space that sparks creativity, aliveness and inspiration.  I believe this will have a direct impact on my other intentions for 2016. I know it’ll definitely boost my productivity.  Imagine how much easier it’ll be to focus in a well maintained space.

Over the next several days, my primary objective will be to take massive action towards transforming my environment.

First and foremost is the cleaning and decluttering.  I attended a personal development class once where the facilitator kept repeating one sentiment over and over:

“One can create any possibility they desire.  But, possibility can only be created from nothing. If we want something new to happen in our lives, we have to create the space for it.

A lot of my possessions is representative of my past.  Since the future I’m creating will look different from my past, I’m releasing as many items from my past as possible.   These items are just there…..taking up space.  So they have to go.

The work of decluttering has already begun and the new energy I feel when walking around the house is undeniable.   The longer I work from home, the more I realize how critical it is to dwell in an environment that gives you life!

Cleaning and decluttering was is first step.   Create space!

And once you’re complete, you can begin to incorporate elements of the things you love.  If your environment lifts your mood, you won’t have to rely as much on internal motivation.  One thing I’ve noticed about me is that my environment is a direct reflection of my mental state of mind.

Whenever I mediate regularly, listen to motivational audio and get lots of things done on my to do list, I also invest more time cleaning and organizing around the house.  But when I’m lacking motivation, my house usually looks messy as reflection of what’s going on inside.

After binge watching multiple seasons of Million Dollar Listing, I noticed a very clear pattern. All of the multi-million dollar homes were highly organized, had a lot of space, and incorporated elements of nature (like live plants, candles or water features).  The simplicity in the interior design really elevates the look and feel of the home.   Josh Altman even said it himself, “when there’s stuff all over the house, I can’t think clearly.”  

It’s no wonder that millionaires are attracted to spacious homes with meticulously designed interiors.  But even without a multi-million dollar home, there are things you can start doing to immediately transform your home into one that makes you feel fully inspired.



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In a world filled with bodycon dresses and tiny, tight skirts, you can imagine how refreshing it was to stumble on an online store filled with endless feminine silhouettes.

Here’s a little snippet of Reformation’s Mission:

Reformation’s design mission is to make effortless silhouettes that celebrate the feminine figure. The design process starts with us thinking about what we really want to wear. A sketch becomes a dress in less than a month, so we’re designing and making what you want to wear now. (Most fashion is designed 12-18 months in advance). We make our clothes from three different types of materials: 1) new sustainable fabrics, 2) repurposed vintage clothing and 3) rescued deadstock fabric from fashion houses that over-ordered.

We believe the perfect fit is the most important part of our clothes. We spend hours fitting on different bodies and have a meticulous approach to our fits. Our main range is fit on multiple women that are between 5’6 and 5’10. We also have a petite collection which is designed for ladies 5’4 and under. These capsules based on body types are just the first steps in our quest to make sure women of all shapes and sizes can wear Ref (and look damn good doing it).

Reformation Pollock Dress

 Bodycon dresses are cool and all, but there’s something endearing about a dress that compliments one’s entire body, not just the curves on display.

Cosmo Dress

As I scrolled through the various looks in Reformation’s catalogue,  the number of dresses I desired to add to my shopping bag kept adding up.  These aren’t what I consider budget friendly prices so I had to be selective and find that one perfect dress.

Westwood Dress

Unfortunately, many of the dresses I wanted were sold out.  If, this Westwood Dress was still available, I just might have splurged.  Short dresses with sleeves are my one weakness. And this one made my heart flutter the moment my eyes landed on it.

Lara Dress

I’ve visited Reformation several times since first discovering it.  One thing I’ve noticed is their dresses move fast.  Several items I’ve lusted after were sold out within days of my last visit.  If you’re looking for a show stopping, classic dress to wear to your next holiday party, maybe give Reformation a look.