Weekly Rundown

the Weekly Rundown: Experiencing Delight + Water Only Washing

January 14, 2017

Seasons and salt blog

Do you experience delight in your day-to-day life? This guest poster over at Becoming Minimalist contends that our delight might be buried under our stuff and our stress. If you’re craving more mental white space – I am! – then here are four steps to get you started.

I love looking at other people’s living spaces, and Olivia’s Brooklyn apartment is no exception. I love how real and lived-in it looks, while being completely pulled together at the same time. My favorite part is the plant and basket in the bathroom.

Are blazers having a moment? It seems they keep popping up in more places, and I particularly like the way Jill Lansky styles hers. And speaking of preppy, did you see Everlane’s new penny loafer release? What do you think? I adore the oxblood, but I wish the toe was a little more rounded like a traditional penny loafer.

After a few years of washing my hair only a couple of times a week, I am back on an every-other-day schedule. My hair just wasn’t seeming as healthy and strong as I would have liked. But I’ve never thought about water-only. My hair texture is probably the complete opposite of Ariana’s, but her tips on how to get started with water-only have me intrigued. Anyone else a water-only kind of gal?

My  husband and I have been watching The Crown the last few weeks. It’s part of our nighttime ritual. After the kids have been put to bed, the lunches made, and the last dish cleaned we sink into the couch and enjoy some wine and entertainment. The Crown follows Queen Elizabeth II starting from a young age. It’s a fascinating peek into England’s history, particularly the connection between the Crown and the government. Not to mention Claire Foy is an insanely talented actress.

Cheers to the weekend!
-Andrea

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  • Sarah January 14, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    I’ve never tried water-only washing, but I have fine, color-treated hair that I like to wash every other day. I had begun to feel like I never had a good hair day unless I’d just been to see my stylist – my hair was dry, limp, and prone to breakage and tangles. Now my hair is soft, shiny, tangles and breaks less, and has volume and texture I forgot I had. What changed? I tried New Wash by Hair Story. No Sulfates. No conditioner needed. Just some magic blend of aloe and essential oils that cleans and moisturizes your hair and leaves it smelling like heaven. They even can send it to you in a reusable aluminum bottle. I love it, maybe it would work for you too?

    • Andrea January 15, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Sarah, thanks for the tip! I am pouring over Hairstory’s site right now. Looks like a REALLY cool option! I might have to order some…

      How often do you use it?

      • Sarah January 23, 2017 at 3:19 pm

        Hi Andrea – I use New Wash every other day, plus Hair Balm which keeps my hair soft and defined when I air-dry it. My sweet mom just gave me a bottle of Dressed Up, so I’ll use that for volume when I want to blow dry.

        I poured over their website for months waiting for my other shampoo/conditioner duo to run out. If I’d known how great my hair would look with Hair Story products, I would’ve ordered them sooner. Hope that helps!
        – Sarah

  • Bobbiejean Garcia January 15, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Very interested in what Sarah said… I had tried the baking soda and vinegar rinse, I even tried co-washing, washing just a couple times week etc. Sadly none worked for me. I sweat so much when I work out! I tried finding the least toxic type products out there and they seem to be working OK. But it could be better…

    • Andrea January 15, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      Me too! I am intrigued. Did you check out the Hairstory site? Stuff looks good! I am in the same boat with the working out, my hair gets pretty icky. I’ll keep you posted if I try the Hairstory.

      • Bobbiejean Garcia January 16, 2017 at 7:51 pm

        Ok! So all weekend I kept reading that Paris To Go blog posts about the no water method… I think I’ll give it a try. I am still intrigued by the New Wash, I did check out their site after my original comment. I’m over in Texas and we keep having some pretty ‘hot’ January temps, so it’ll be interesting. I’ll get the recommended comb/brush later in the week. (PS: I’ll be in Portland in June!)

        • Andrea January 19, 2017 at 9:19 pm

          Yay for coming to Portland! What will you be doing here?
          Let me know how you like the brush/comb (and which one you get!).

          • Bobbiejean Garcia January 24, 2017 at 9:19 am

            I’m going for a conference, bringing the husband along (mini-vacay?). One week into this no-shampoo and I think it’s going good! I washed with shampoo sometime around 1/15-16 I think. I water washed on 1/18, in the evening and then today (1/24) in the early morning. I was using pretty basic shampoo (coconut based or something) so I’m hoping it doesn’t take long to transition. I think just another week or so based on how it’s going so far. But I think my hair looks great so far!

          • Bobbiejean Garcia January 24, 2017 at 9:20 am

            oh and I got a Brand called “BASS”… I wanted something else but you know, immediate gratification hah!

    • Leah April 7, 2017 at 9:07 am

      Very late to the conversation here, but seeing Bobbiejean’s comment about sweating so much I wanted to weigh in. I go for a three-mile run four times a week (in Hotlanta) and do yoga once a week…and I don’t wash my thick, falls-to-the-middle-of-my-back hair. At all. Not even with water.
      I started with BS & ACV but it was super harsh on my hair. I tried raw honey and that was fine. But then I got even lazier than before and just stopped washing.
      Following some of Arianna’s suggestions I scalp massage at least once a day (using pads of my fingertips, not nails), comb through my hair with fingers or a brush with wooden bristles, and make SURE I massage right after a workout until my head doesn’t feel sweaty anymore (5 minutes maybe? easily done while playing with my toddler). My hair doesn’t smell and isn’t greasy – it actually feels quite luxurious coated in sebum/hair oil. If I need a little help distributing oil I grab a boar bristle brush but that’s maybe once a week. Don’t let sweat stop you if you want to go water-only or no-wash!

  • Lindsey January 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I think Everlane’s new penny loafers are adorable, but I agree on the “too pointy” front. I am with you in the size 10ish category, and pointy shoes make me feel like my feet are just comically big. I had one pair of pointier boots and I just consigned them to Crossroads. I never felt comfortable in them, and that’s okay! Instead on the loafer front I’m trying Nisolo’s Smoking loafer – still has the loafer vibe with a rounded toe (thank you for introducing me to Nisolo!).

    • Andrea January 15, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      Yay! That is a great option for a loafer, I hadn’t thought of those, but they are SO cute. I feel like Nisolo shoes are almost always comfortable right out of the box too. Have fun with them!

  • Koyuki January 15, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    I pretty much do water only. I have thick wavy hair, seems to work fine. 😊

    • Andrea January 15, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      I’m envious of your thick wavy hair Koyuki!

  • Louise January 15, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    I don’t do water only, but I just use any bar soap that,s around (I always seem to get soap as a gift). It works well! My hair is fine and straight. I think it matters a lot if you dye your hair, but otherwise I think water or any soap is fine. When I bleached my hair, I had incredible luck with an inexpensive conditioner that my mom got a ton of free sample packets of with the newspaper, IMO you don’t get what you pay for when it comes to shampoos – the drugstore brands are bigger, sell more product and have bigger budgets for research, so they put out comperable quality as expensive brands.

    On the topic of loafers, J crew makes a rounder one that is very comfortable and easily found inexpensively on the secondhand market (IMO secondhand is ALWAYS more ethical and more green than even buying from an ethical or green company, since nothing new is being manufactured and no company is making money from creating new garments) and repetto also makes a very comfortable round loafer if you can wait 1-1.5 months for a color you like to come up in your size on the real real. I agree that more rounded is better. The toes of pointy every day shoes get worn out so quickly – the toe gets knocked on things and the leather scuffs and can even rip, peel of just plain get worn out.

  • Louise January 15, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    P.s. I haven’t looked, but I would bet anything that Etinenne Aigner has made more traditionally styled loafers in Oxblood that could be found for $15-$25 on eBay or $7 if you haunt the thrift store

    • Andrea January 15, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      Great idea!!! And you make great points about shopping secondhand first and pointed tip shoes.

      • Louise January 16, 2017 at 12:39 pm

        I actually took a moment and made a roundup of extremely similar loafers on Ebay. They are all under $50, and most are under $20.

        https://lesslessyes.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/secondhand-finds-similar-to-everlane-modern-penny-loafer/

        After seeing a zillion of these throughout the years, I knew they would be out there! I have had a few Etienne Aigner bags, and they are indestructible and survived tons of punk shows, being pulled on in mosh pits, shoved under the stage for storage and just generally abused. I always wanted the matching shoes but always chickened out because when I was a teenager, this style of shoe considered hopelessly old-ladyish, and now I’m reallllly trying to avoid buying stuff.

        Anyway, if you want to check out some very similar styles that are much cheaper and contribute to the goal of using existing stuff up before making more, check it out. I had also found many in navy and tan that were super cute, and might do another round up later.

        • Andrea January 16, 2017 at 6:03 pm

          Louise, that’s so nice of you! Those are some gorgeous pics. You are right, there is a great second hand market for just about anything! But like you, I am trying really hard not to buy anything (for now). I love older leather items though, they are the best!

          • Louise January 17, 2017 at 5:37 pm

            Not buying anything is always the #1 move!

  • Stacy January 16, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    I’ve also been watching The Crown (the bf isn’t as into it as me, though) and I’m loving it – such a great show. So much about her and the time that I never knew.

    I struggle so much with washing my hair less often. I’ve always been an every-other-day gal, but my hair is naturally so greasy (the woes of stick straight hair) that I don’t have the guts to go through the period of transitioning to less frequent washes. What it comes down to is that I feel better when I’m clean!

    • Andrea January 16, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      I think I’m in the same camp, too chicken to go through the transition period! If I knew *for sure* that it would work maybe, but I don’t want to do that for a gamble.

      Agreed! I love learning about Queen Elizabeth the II as a young woman. Seems like she is one smart cookie.

  • Mads January 16, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I have thin hair but a lot of it. I tried switching to water only washes but did gradual change using baking soda and vinegar or egg to wash. My hair felt waxy for the whole 4 months I tried it. Eventually I had to give up because aint nobody got time for having waxy hair for the rest of their life. May try again someday…maybe…

    • Andrea January 16, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      Right?! Nobody got time for that. I think that’s my biggest hinderance, is the whole transition thing. I am going to give New Wash a try though. I’ll keep you posted!