WELCOME BACK TO THE BLOG! IF YOU’RE HERE THAT MEANS YOU’RE A REGULAR AND HAVE HAD THIS WEB ADDRESS BOOKMARKED! THANK YOU!
Your Stylist AJ HAS MOVED! Please bookmark: http://yourstylistaj.com/ and keep reading :)
XO AJ 

WELCOME BACK TO THE BLOG! IF YOU’RE HERE THAT MEANS YOU’RE A REGULAR AND HAVE HAD THIS WEB ADDRESS BOOKMARKED! THANK YOU!

Your Stylist AJ HAS MOVED! Please bookmark: http://yourstylistaj.com/ and keep reading :)

XO 
AJ 

Happy Monday! 

I’m so excited to deliver boat loads of pretty this week! Three weddings in three weeks, and I’ve got the photos to prove it :)

Meet Jen and Nick. Aren’t they handsome!? These two are totally giddy over each other and it was so special to be a part of their day. I got the bridal party feeling fancy at Hotel Lincon alongside Shannon O’Brien falsifying lashes! And of course, the above photos wouldn’t be so breathtaking if not taken by Emilia Jane Photograhy

Congratulations Jen and Nick, can’t wait for Sammy to get home so we can have a double date! 

XO
AJ 

So there’s no easy way to say this, I’m obsessed with the idea of being a mermaid. Yet plug my nose when jumping in a pool or falling off a surf board. Sammy actually has to look away shaking his head. It’s embarassing. I guess this means I’m a poser mermaid, as I’m more about the beached wale mentality. Nevertheless, I can dominate some beachy hair!
Surf Spray is this sexy grungy texture-y product I use on myself and my clients all sumer long, so you can imagine my excitement to learn Bumble & Bumble created a shampoo and conditioner to enhance the look! 
The product is expected to hit the shelves in less than two weeks, but I’ve been using it and LOVING it. Stay tuned for a G I V E A W A Y.
XOAJ 

So there’s no easy way to say this, I’m obsessed with the idea of being a mermaid. Yet plug my nose when jumping in a pool or falling off a surf board. Sammy actually has to look away shaking his head. It’s embarassing. I guess this means I’m a poser mermaid, as I’m more about the beached wale mentality. Nevertheless, I can dominate some beachy hair!

Surf Spray is this sexy grungy texture-y product I use on myself and my clients all sumer long, so you can imagine my excitement to learn Bumble & Bumble created a shampoo and conditioner to enhance the look! 

The product is expected to hit the shelves in less than two weeks, but I’ve been using it and LOVING it. Stay tuned for a G I V E A W A Y.

XO
AJ 

HOLY GIRLPOWER! 

If you’ve been around YSAJ for a bit, you know I’m the biggest fan of girl power, creatives and entrepreneurs. Please meet my dear friend Kady! 

KADYLUXE™ is a new brand of fashion forward activewear inspired by dance and founded in Denver, CO by former NBA dancer Kady Zinke and business partner, Audrey Fedele Hartwell. It’s is a brand with big goals and points of difference. The clothing is top notch with a brilliant concept and two chicks with serious drive!

It’s easy to help get these girls off the ground. You can support this new business by purchasing a garment, (I bought the moto skinnies… OBSESSED!), and by spreading the word! Because, you heard em, there’s a little dance in all of us.

Hop to it! 
AJ 

With all the ugly in the world, I just wanted to look at some light and fluffy feelings for a bit. We’re all staying informed and sending out strength to Boston, and it’s weighing isn’t it?

This week was confusing and overwhelming. The world has been dark and I’ve been frustrated. I’ve decided to surrender to all the things and people that are making me sad, and remind myself that love is the answer. 

XO
AJ 

Day 1. For the zillionth time… 
I’ve been struggling with a small series of unfortunate events lately. Not ONE big thing has happened or gone wrong, but bunches of little stuff has started to catch up with me. I obviously have been lacking blog post consistency, which sucks. This weekend when chatting to my best friend about life, my career, and the blog, she said, “I just thought maybe you were getting over it.” YIKES. 
I’m not over it, I’m more into it than I’ve ever been. The last thing I ever want to do is publish a half ass blog post, but in the same breath I have to remember that “done is better than perfect”. So here I am, getting it done, and as a perfectionist, it will be challenging to post this puppy without rereading multiple times and holding back the honesty a bit. 
I live a life of organized chaos. Some of you do as well, you take on the world, and prefer it that way, but there’s simply not enough hours in the day. Others think we’re crazy. Someone actually said to me this week, “What could you possibly be doing that you’re so busy?” To people like that, I say this…
I have BIG goals, and SO much to give. I take on so much because it makes me genuinely happy, stressed but happy. I STRIVE for balance, and admit I haven’t perfected it. The battle of “too busy” is between me and my goals, and to anyone that chooses not to contribute to my life in a positive way, stay out of it. 

So today is Day 1. It’s not the first time I’ve had a Day 1, it’s not even the 20th, I’ve truly lost count. It’s embarassing to proclaim motivation for newness when really you feel like the boy who cried wolf, but as long as I’m hungry for a fresh start, I can absolutely make it happen.
Today’s Day 1 consists of sitting here writing and publishing an imperfect post, just to get it live. The green and fresh stocked fridge. The laundry currently tumbling. My first workout with a personal trainer. A still drying pale pink, self painted mani. Today is my Day 1 of striving for a more consistent, more productive life with higher return. 
It’s not too late, why don’t you decide to make today your Day 1 too?XOAJ 

Day 1. For the zillionth time… 

I’ve been struggling with a small series of unfortunate events lately. Not ONE big thing has happened or gone wrong, but bunches of little stuff has started to catch up with me. I obviously have been lacking blog post consistency, which sucks. This weekend when chatting to my best friend about life, my career, and the blog, she said, “I just thought maybe you were getting over it.” YIKES. 

I’m not over it, I’m more into it than I’ve ever been. The last thing I ever want to do is publish a half ass blog post, but in the same breath I have to remember that “done is better than perfect”. So here I am, getting it done, and as a perfectionist, it will be challenging to post this puppy without rereading multiple times and holding back the honesty a bit. 

I live a life of organized chaos. Some of you do as well, you take on the world, and prefer it that way, but there’s simply not enough hours in the day. Others think we’re crazy. Someone actually said to me this week, “What could you possibly be doing that you’re so busy?” To people like that, I say this…

I have BIG goals, and SO much to give. I take on so much because it makes me genuinely happy, stressed but happy. I STRIVE for balance, and admit I haven’t perfected it. The battle of “too busy” is between me and my goals, and to anyone that chooses not to contribute to my life in a positive way, stay out of it. 


So today is Day 1. It’s not the first time I’ve had a Day 1, it’s not even the 20th, I’ve truly lost count. It’s embarassing to proclaim motivation for newness when really you feel like the boy who cried wolf, but as long as I’m hungry for a fresh start, I can absolutely make it happen.

Today’s Day 1 consists of sitting here writing and publishing an imperfect post, just to get it live. The green and fresh stocked fridge. The laundry currently tumbling. My first workout with a personal trainer. A still drying pale pink, self painted mani. Today is my Day 1 of striving for a more consistent, more productive life with higher return. 

It’s not too late, why don’t you decide to make today your Day 1 too?

XO
AJ 

Diving back into life and productivity after flying to Florida, driving to New York, and flying back. 

Today has been FULL of returning e-mails and heavy to-do lists but I needed a break to scope the WWW for juicy finds. Here they are! 

A fun T-Swift 22 cover and parody. (& the original is insanely amazing…)

Mint chocolate chip polish… would you ever?

A gorgeous theme and lovely wedding dress.

Sammy’s on the Triple A roster! Proud doesn’t begin to explain. 

I understand the difference between need and want. 

I’ve been spotted wearing this repeat offender every other day. 

Can you imagine?!

"READ THIS IMMEDIATELY” -Emilia

My girl Lauren is coming to Chi tonight! We haven’t seen each other in YEARS. If you believe in girl power do yourself a favor and add her new BADASS BLOG to your daily reads. 

XO
AJ 

HI GUYS! I miss you!
I’ve been living in crazybusytown and have been neglecting this little corner of my life! It feels great to be posting!
I’ve been meaning to dedicate a handful of posts to my favorite products. I’m a hairdresser, but I’m also the ultimate consumer, and try everything out there. My original thought was to do back to back posts on all the products I’m obsessed with, but instead I’m starting a new series. Every Wednesday, you’ll find product reviews and things I love on the blog. 
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To start, allow me to introduce you to a LIFE CHANGING SHOWER EXPERIENCE. L’OCCITANE products are ALL dreamy and luxurious, but THIS SHOWER OIL is purely decadent. 
I was skeptical. An oil? In the… shower? Doesn’t oil repel water? I started imagining myself panicking trying to rid the never rinsing oil in my shower and slipping around like Bambi on ice. But THIS oil, turns into a silky lather when mixed with water. IT SMELLS LIKE A DREAM, it is razorburn’s worst enemy, it is the best way to start your morning. 
Now hear me out, this is a $24 body wash essentially. I know that’s a lot of money compared to your Dove, Suave or Bath & Body Works that are full of fillers and nasty overpowered fragrances. This is the most justifiable $24 I’ve ever spent. Do yourself the same favor, you deserve it! ;)
XOAJ 

HI GUYS! I miss you!

I’ve been living in crazybusytown and have been neglecting this little corner of my life! It feels great to be posting!

I’ve been meaning to dedicate a handful of posts to my favorite products. I’m a hairdresser, but I’m also the ultimate consumer, and try everything out there. My original thought was to do back to back posts on all the products I’m obsessed with, but instead I’m starting a new series. Every Wednesday, you’ll find product reviews and things I love on the blog. 

_______________________________

To start, allow me to introduce you to a LIFE CHANGING SHOWER EXPERIENCE. L’OCCITANE products are ALL dreamy and luxurious, but THIS SHOWER OIL is purely decadent. 

I was skeptical. An oil? In the… shower? Doesn’t oil repel water? I started imagining myself panicking trying to rid the never rinsing oil in my shower and slipping around like Bambi on ice. But THIS oil, turns into a silky lather when mixed with water. IT SMELLS LIKE A DREAM, it is razorburn’s worst enemy, it is the best way to start your morning. 

Now hear me out, this is a $24 body wash essentially. I know that’s a lot of money compared to your Dove, Suave or Bath & Body Works that are full of fillers and nasty overpowered fragrances. This is the most justifiable $24 I’ve ever spent. Do yourself the same favor, you deserve it! ;)

XO
AJ 

Sometimes you have just one of those. One of those days, one of those dates, one of those, “Oh no he did NOT just steal my taxi…”, mornings….
This was one of those weeks for me. (I’m blaming the weather.)
I’m human, and gotta keep it real with you. I try REALLY hard to be an optimistic person, but it’s not always natural. I’ve been fighting the negativity all week, and admittedly, failed. EW week, go AWAY already.  
I’m happy to be in my apartment on this Saturday night, solo, with a great book and away from the world. I can’t WAIT to spend tomorrow strategizing for a better week next week, but until then, I’m going to RELAX. 
I hope you are having the best weekend ever. 
XOAJ 

Sometimes you have just one of those. One of those days, one of those dates, one of those, “Oh no he did NOT just steal my taxi…”, mornings….

This was one of those weeks for me. (I’m blaming the weather.)

I’m human, and gotta keep it real with you. I try REALLY hard to be an optimistic person, but it’s not always natural. I’ve been fighting the negativity all week, and admittedly, failed. EW week, go AWAY already.  

I’m happy to be in my apartment on this Saturday night, solo, with a great book and away from the world. I can’t WAIT to spend tomorrow strategizing for a better week next week, but until then, I’m going to RELAX. 

I hope you are having the best weekend ever

XO
AJ