The Quest for Straight Hair

My quest for straight hair has been going on for several years now. See, I'm one of those girls with curly, frizzy, coarse, tangly hair that is always completely out of control. I've spent money on countless products, hours blowdrying, brushing, ironing, you name it.

I'm tired of messing with all of it. Since curly hair will obviously never be in style (sob), I want a quick, easy routine that I can knock out in the morning before work. I want something that doesn't take me 55 minutes to do every day, should I choose to do so (which I don't - every coarse and curly haired girl knows that washing every day is just too much of a pain when you have to flat iron all that out later). So, I'm switching it all up. On the advice of my fabulous (and I mean truly gifted and completely fierce) stylist, I'm trying a Chi flat iron and the new Paul Mitchell smoothing products.

Right now I use a TIGI Bedhead flat iron, and it's okay. But so many people swear by the absolute righteousness of a Chi, so I'm giving it a shot. Expect a full and detailed review very soon on both the Chi and the Paul Mitchell.

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My Summer Fragrance

It was tough. Summer is coming, and it is almost time to put away my Tom Ford Black Orchid for a lighter, more summery fragrance. Oh, sure, I'll still wear my Bond No. 9 (I have enough Bleeker Street to last me a lifetime), but I like to have one signature fragrance each season. There were so many choices! I almost caved and went for Bond's Saks Fifth Avenue for Her, but I revisited my samples from last year and narrowed it down to two that I really loved: Kai and Monyette Paris. I ended up going with the rich and cult favorite Monyette Paris. I bought the scent, lotion, and body wash. I can't wait to get them!

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Meredith Edwards-Cornwall is the founder of online lifestyle websites and She is also known as @retrodiva on Twitter. She specializes in drinking large amounts of espresso, shopping, and enjoying social media. In all of her free time she writes for twice a week, and does various other freelance gigs involving writing, designing, and generally being awesome. While she believes that success is indeed a job in New York, she currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband, two children, and two cats and has hung on to her day job.