Taking Notes 1.6

This week in Taking Notes: infinity pool for days, my latest martini creation, and some positive messages via Social Media. Plus, for all my ladies: how to create some beach-like waves in your hair (and cure those winter blues).

Noted in Places to Go

The Londoner really did spend Valentine’s Day in Paradise. If anyone wants to vacation here for V-day 2015, let me know!

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Noted in Hair Routine

For as long as I can remember, I have been finding ways to give my naturally straight hair a little curl. I have to say, I am fortunate because my hair does pretty well with rollers and curling irons. The curls hold and last most of the day. Curling my entire head with an iron, however, is extremely time consuming. So, on most days, I use products that help me create a more wavy look. Currently, I am using Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray. It’s great because it actually contains sea salt, which adds tons of texture to your hair (just like a day at the beach).

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This week, on a day when I was rushing out the door, I came up with a new method for using this product to create waves in just minutes.

  1. Shampoo and condition hair.
  2. Towel dry.
  3. Spray product on hair and then comb it through. (Add a heat protectant spray if desired.)
  4. Gather hair in the back and begin twisting. As you twist, form a tight bun. Secure with an elastic.
  5. Leave hair as you continue to get ready. If needed, run your blow dryer over the bun.
  6. Remove bun. Hair may still be a little damp. Add some more Ouidad and scrunch in sections for a bit.
  7. Look in the mirror and check out your beach-like waves! (See below for my end result.)

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Noted in Social Media

Great article on How Social Media Impacts People’s Lives Everyday (For the Good!). It was refreshing to come across so many positive messages.

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Noted in Cocktails

Last night, I was in the mood for a cocktail – but not just a glass of wine. I scoped out the liquor cabinet and found some Pomegranate Schnapps and some vodka, two ingredients needed to make a Pomegranate Martini. Now, usually when I make this drink, I also use a splash of Cointreau or Triple Sec to add some extra flavor. But, of course, neither was to be found on the shelf. So, I decided to experiment. I picked up a new favorite of mine, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, and in the end, produced a rather lovely, fuschia nightcap.

Natalie’s Pomeflower Martini

2 oz. DeKuyper Pomegranate Schnapps Liqueur (or the like)
2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

Directions: Fill a shaker with ice. Add ingredients and shake well. Pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist (if desired).

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Noted in Inspiration

This sweet post by Feet From Shore brightened my day. “You dream, you dare and and you fly.”

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Have a great weekend!


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8 thoughts

  1. Hey Nats! Those “Valentine’s Day in Paradise” photos are breathtaking! Never seen such beauty before! I love the Londoner:) Awesome job on the beach waves. You look gorgeous! Oh and one word – “Martini night”! That’s two words but whatever! haha… I’m a martini lover myself so it’s no wonder we get along so well!;) Happy weekend, friend!
    – Donna


    1. I agree. We often read about the negative effects of social media (and there are some) – it’s important to highlight the positive uses for each platform. Hope you enjoy a nice cocktail this weekend!


  2. I’m so glad the quote of my post inspired you, it did the same with me! 🙂 I love this section of your blog (taking notes), it’s so much fun to read and I always learn a couple of new things. Thank you!


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