ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW IN HONOR OF MY DAD

Cross it off the bucket list – I finally got to see a taping of the Ellen Degeneres Show!!! It was magical, and in my opinion, completely meant to be.

I haven’t written a deeper blog post in quite some time, but I was really compelled to write this one because it means so much to me. I think these posts give you a better sense of who I am as a human, beyond the filtered, stylized pictures. I’m writing this for anyone who has lost a relative, maybe even particularly a parent and can relate in one way or another. I’m also writing for the people who haven’t, so maybe they can have a better understanding of what people in their own lives are going through. That’s one of my major WHY’S for starting goldilonglocks – to inspire connection while being raw, honest, and open on my journey. When in the deep end, the vulnerability and openness of others hardships has allowed me perspective and given me endless inspiration to keep going. I wish to offer the same for others.   

Along those lines, I also want to say that I talk about grief and loss openly, not for pity or to sadden anyone, but quite the opposite – I want to normalize expression. If you have gone through loss, you may know the gravity of endless emotions that come with it. We need each other to heal, and we need to not feel shut down when we talk about things that bring us healing. It’s life and what comes with it. If we can accept it, we can instead see the beauty and inspiration hidden within it – there is so much to be grateful for. So it’s okay to smile when I mention my dad 🙂 – I definitely do! 

Here it is:  why this experience was MEANT TO BE: When my dad was ill, the ONLY thing he wanted to watch for entertainment was Ellen Degeneres, or James Bond. If neither of those were options, the TV was off. It’s a crazy perspective taking care of someone at the last stage of life knowing it’s their time to go – you blatantly see what matters most to them. You always hear that in quotes or see it viral videos but I’m here to tell you that to experience it is one of the most re-centering thing I’ve ever gone through. It’s such an important reminder for myself as I’m writing this. The point is whatever elicits a smile, YOU CLING TO AND YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN. My dad and I always had “things” we did together throughout allll of life – watching Ellen was one of our last “things” – I got to the nursing home or hospital pretty much every day by 3 PM so we could watch together and laugh – I forever cherish those laughs.

So fast forward through the next few years after losing him – whenever I would think of it I would put my name of the waitlist for tickets but was never contacted UNTIL JANUARY 3rd 2019 – the perfect way to start a new year! Not a doubt in my mind who I wanted to go with because only my mom would understand what this meant. We were on the standby list & numbers 305 & 306. As we finally walked into the studio it became apparent we weren’t going to make it in, which meant we would be re-booked for another show (we were more than fine with that). But last second we were the final two people they took in. Unfortunately, we were also the only two people that got split up. At first I was bummed because sitting together/DANCING together was supposed to be part of the experience, but I just let it go and tried to make the best of it….(sidetone look for me on TV dancing my heart out alone/up on my neighbor! 😂)

THE VERY LAST GUESTS that Ellen brought on happened to be sitting in the crowd as she showed their viral video. It was a video of a daughter dancing with her terminally ill dad, she spun him around in a wheelchair as they embraced. Immediate water works in the back row. WHAT are the chances that this dad/daughter sequence is happening on the day I’m there in honor of my own dad. They got their dance, and he passed away 2 weeks later. She brought the couple on stage, and her mom was in the audience. Their story eerily related to ours down to the dad loving to watch Ellen in the end. The show was dedicated to her dad and their ending was so beautiful. I can’t describe the feeling, but somehow I know I was meant to be in the room for that, like my dad was their too. Do you ever get those feelings you can’t quite describe?

To be 100% honest, I’m scared of the day I get married. Mainly because it’s something I feared my dad wouldn’t be here for all growing up because of his age – and that became a reality. But when I ponder about this experience I can’t help to think it’s my dad telling me it’s going to be okay. He’s still here. He always will be…

And if you think that’s far fetched….take this lesson from it. Through grief we try to find meaning in the simplest of things – anything to reassure that we will be okay & able to move forward. Anything to make us feel like our loved ones are also okay and that this all happened for a greater reason. LET US. I think it’s beautiful, creative, and one of the most meaningful ways we feel connected as a whole. The world offers enough resistance, questioning, and shutdown on its own. Let us live in these lightbulb moments that can’t be explained, but only felt. I don’t think our mission is necessarily to solve our own puzzle in life, but rather to realize we we are a piece of a much larger one.  

Love you all and thanks for reading. Would love to hear your thoughts.

xox

Noella

 

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SIDE DUTCH BRAID W/ ZOTOS 180 PRO TEASELESS VOLUMIZING POWDER SHAKE

The Side Dutch Braid – 

Simple, classic, and one of my go-to hair styles. When you’re only wearing one braid, it’s an easy way to make it show from the front, looking straight on. 

This braid can be worn anywhere – work, class, brunch, a night out….BUT keep in mind that this hair is one of my favorite styles for the end of my wash cycle – meaning it does wonders for “hiding”/making greasy hair look fly. The 180 pro teaseless volumizing powder shake is essential for creating a lot of volume and hold in the hairstyle.

SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED:

  1. ZOTOS 180 PRO TEASELESS VOLUMIZING POWDER SHAKE
  2. SMALL ELASTIC BAND
  3. BRUSH
  4. OPTIONAL: Curling Iron to wave your whispies

HOW TO GET THE BASIC DUTCH BRAID:

Here are some written instructions that you can use, if you need a little extra help while watching the tutorial. 

  1. Make sure your hair is brushed through and your Teaseless Volumizing Powder Spray is on hand. 
  2. Start with a deep part on one side – my part is on the right so the braid will be on my left shoulder.
  3. Spray the 180 Pro powder shake throughout the crown for targeted lift.
  4. Bring all your hair onto one side of your shoulder and split a small section of hair right by the front of your head into three, even strands.
  5. Take the outside right/back strand under the middle strand, then the left front strand under the middle.
  6. Add hair – from the back/top of your head – into the back strand and once again bring it under the middle strand. 
  7. Do the same thing with the front strand, adding hair from the front of the head, and taking the newly formed strand under the middle.
  8. Repeat steps 6 & 7 until you run out of hair and then continue the braid down to the bottom (right strand under middle, left strand under middle.) 

Here are some additional pictures of this hairstyle as well as the tutorial/video linked at the bottom!  🙂

 

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 Youtube Hair Tutorial

xox,

GOLDILONGLOCKS 

Noella Van de Voorde

 

THE LUFFA FARM – THINGS TO EXPLORE IN SOCAL

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Hi Friends!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love fun adventures! Lately life has been pretty hectic and it’s been difficult to allocate funds to travel/vacations. SO, I decided to make a list of different affordable, fun places to explore in the SoCal area! Of course, I’ll make vlogs and fill you in on the stops as I go, and this is the FIRST…THE LUFFA FARM! 

Deanne, the owner of the farm, is so passionate about her hobby, that has turned into a business because of all the attention the Loofahs have gotten! She is one of the only growers of Luffa sponges in the USA and she makes this free (YES FREE!) tour so fun and informative – who knew there was so much to learn about these plants! Plus, she does a full walk through of her herb garden, samples included, telling you the benefits and uses of everything. 

I don’t want to give away too much, but you can watch my vlog, linked below, to see a little more. For anyone who makes the drive from SoCal up to NorCal – this place is 100% worth a stop, to enjoy the scenery at the very least. All of the pictures below are untouched/unedited so you can see the real deal. All Youtube/Instagram GIVEAWAY info can be found at the bottom of this post.:

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR: Anyone who loves DIY, spas, holistic care, self care, adventure, plants, herbs, gardens, behind the scenes, natural living.

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YOUTUBE/INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY INFO (THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOT SPONSORED BY YOUTUBE OR INSTAGRAM. THIS GIVEAWAY IS SPONSORED BY THE LUFFA FARM AND GOLDILONGLOCKS):

TO ENTER- You can enter on youtube, Instagram, or both. See below.

YOUTUBE: You must leave a comment on my Luffa Farm Vlog, and subscribe to my channel! (You have to do both to be entered. 1 entry per user. )

INSTAGRAM: Like & Comment on the giveaway picture tagging one of your besties and follow @goldilonglocks if you’re not already! (unlimited entries per user.)

MAKE SURE THAT YOU ALSO LEAVE YOUR INSTAGRAM HANDLE IF YOU DON’T CHECK YOUTUBE MESSAGES – OR THE BEST WAY TO GET AHOLD OF YOU, IF YOU WIN! THANKS 🙂 

Also thank you again to Deanne, I admire your passion for loofahs and love for life!

 

xox,

Noella aka @goldilonglocks

 

 

 

 

 

PIZZA IS CHEAPER THAN THERAPY

GUYS! This is what I’ve been saying! 😉 Finally someone caught on. 

Really though, I never want to take these pajamas off. Super comfy, and there are even heart shaped pizzas on the bottoms…..they get me.

Also, these two piece pajama sets (shorts and long sleeve, & also long pant sets!) come in so many fun sayings and patterns. I purchased mine at Nordstrom’s Rack, click HERE to see all the different, fun options! Or click HERE if you just want to go straight to the pizza jammies…..I don’t blame you! 


 

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Happy shopping, and an even happier Saturday!

xox,

GOLDILONGLOCKS 

Noella Van de Voorde

Valentines Day Outfit Inspo – FASHION FRIDAY

Happy Friday!

 With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought I would get you all excited with some fashion inspo, because you know I love my holidays. I put together four different, FUN day time looks – which one is your favorite?! Remember to watch my youtube video linked at the bottom for full outfit coverage….

 


“PRINCESS CHIC”

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“CUTE & COMFY”

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“DAY TO NIGHT”

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SHOP THE LOOKS BELOW – If I couldn’t find the exact item online, I linked something almost identical! Xox

CUTE & CASUAL LOOK:

 PINK JEANS/Paige

SWEATER/RDI (they didn’t have the exact one I have online, but here is the same brand.)

Or instead, another couple of cute sweaters on major sale at Nordstroms –

CREWNECK SWEATER or VOLCOM SWEATER 

PRINCESS CHIC LOOK: 

JACKET/JOLT

TUTU/FREE PEOPLE

DAY TO NIGHT GLAM LOOK:

DRESS/SOCIALITE

LEATHER JACKET/Topshop

PRETTY IN PINK LOOK: 

LIGHT JEANS/H&M

SCOOP NECK SWEATEAR/SUSINA

PINK POOF/FOREVER 21

Any other questions, contact me and I’d be happy to answer! xoxx

 

xox,

GOLDILONGLOCKS 

Noella Van de Voorde
 

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HOLIDAY HAIR: CHRISTMAS WREATH HAIRSTYLE!

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Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/Happy Hanukkah! I hope this hair wreath makes you smile during whatever special time you and your loved ones are celebrating this season. 

WHERE TO WEAR THIS STYLE:

You can obviously wear this festive style whenever and wherever you’d like because I think it’s perfect for the holiday season. This style in particular looks really neat and elegant from the front and side, because you only see the fun wreath from the back! It can be worn to family or friend gatherings, holiday costume parties such as an Ugly Sweater Party, boat parades, meeting Santa, etc.!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THIS STYLE:

  1. THICKER RUBBER BAND (GLL product choice: SCUNCI
  2. BOBBY PINS (GLL product choice: SCUNCI no-slip grip bobby pins)
  3. HAIR BRUSH (GLL product choice, not pictured: TANGLE TEEZER)
  4. SPRAY BOTTLE (GLL product choice: GOSSIP GIRLS TEAL) Fill with water for temporary hold or hairspray for long lasting.
  5. CHRISTMAS WREATH DECORATIONS (GLL product choice: I bought this Ugly Sweater Kit at Big Lots for $6. They also sell these kits at Target, Nordstroms Rack, or MANY different places online. The fun part is to BE CREATIVE! You can use anything you already have in your craft drawer at home, such as puff balls, ribbon, bows, felt, beads, pipe cleaners etc.! I would love to see what you come up with, so make sure to use the hashtag #goldilonglocks)
  6. BUN FORMER (GLL product choice: I actually got my bun former from H&M in the mall for a couple bucks. If you are ordering online, amazon has a lot of great choices. Keep in mind, they sell different colors for light and dark hair….I use both.

 

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Below is a STEP-BY-STEP guide, along with the link to watch my youtube tutorial!

1) Start with your hair in a mid height ponytail – right at the top of your ears. Use your brush to make it as smooth as you would like. 

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2) Place your donut bun former around the ponytail. Make sure it’s brushed through, tangle free.

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2) Use a spray bottle (with water, or hairspray for a better hold)  to wet and hold down all of the baby hairs. This will ensure a sleek, clean ponytail.

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2) Spread your hair out to cover the bun former like so. If you are doing this on yourself if works best to do it with your head looking down.

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2) Starting on the bottom right, split the hair in half and start swooping the right side up, tucking it under the bunformer. 

Keep swooping around and tucking under until you run out of hair.

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2) Keep swooping around and tucking under until you run out of hair.

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2) Use as many bobby pins as you need to secure the ends down. If you have thicker hair, bigger bobby pins work much better,

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2) Here’s the finished product! 

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To see more of this style, make sure to watch the tutorial on my Goldilonglocks Youtube channel!

xox,

GOLDILONGLOCKS 

Noella Van de Voorde

 

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Outfit deets

Hi lovely friends! Happy Thanksgiving, I am thankful for every single one of you. Thankful actually doesn’t begin to cover it, but it will due for now. After a long & challenging year, I am now entering my first holiday season without my dad. I am sorry I haven’t been as active in blogging, but to be dead honest I am still recovering/processing the events of 2016, and am struggling for words more than ever. I think when you go through traumatic life events, there is a period of pure processing. Before you can evolve and act on the lessons you’ve learned, you need to process those lessons, extracting all important information, emotions, and experiences from within. I can see how these type of experiences harden people, make them feel alone; like the world is an evil, dark place. But there is another side. A side where you extract from those lessons the type of stranger that you wish was there for you in your darkest moments. You can become the void, the light in the world. This is my every intention each day. I am so grateful to have built a platform in goldilonglocks, that allows me to express my love, light, and positivity into the world.  Sending love to all of you and your families this Thanksgiving. We have so, so much to be grateful for!

THANKSGIVING OUTFIT DEETS:

TURTLENECK SWEATER DRESS –  Lush 

QUILTED LEATHER JACKET – Topshop

BOOTIES – Nine West

CLUTCH – Forever 21

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xox,

GOLDILONGLOCKS 

Noella Van de Voorde

ONE THING AT A TIME – beating depression – #goldenthoughts

Not gonna lie, I’ve been in an undeniably depressive state this past week. Each night, I fall asleep praying for that mental “something” to snap me out of it….the same “something” that I swear my guardian angel is sending down on a daily basis that allows me to keep pushing forward and fighting for what and who I believe in. But the last week, I peeled myself out of bed daily, and just tried to survive until the end of each day. Don’t get me wrong, life events have exploded, yet again, and many would deem my state a reasonable response to such happenings. But this isn’t anything new….trust me, the last bit of life has proven insanely challenging on a daily basis. Again, nothing I can’t conquer. So what was the difference this time? Was the situation truly at rock bottom and that’s why I was feeling so low? I laid in bed last night just praying that maybe a good night sleep would snap me out of it and give me the mental strength I needed.

But then I woke up this morning to a realization, or another golden thought from up above. I was in a sinking hole trying to find answers to something that has no answers at this moment – and about 90% of life has no answers. I remember feeling this exact way when I was going through discontent in my job/life plan just a year ago, before we knew that my dad only had a few months left. Now, still dealing with much more serious life or death situations, but it’s that same feeling. The same feeling I’ve helped many friends get through when they break up with the person they’ve built their life with. We all feel this loss of direction on different scales at some point, based on our life cards. But in my severe depression and therefore disillusion, I had found myself paralyzed at the thought that there are no answers. The weight of the severity of my life situation caused me to forget every tool I had learned to get through these times. That’s how powerful depression is, it’s mind altering. But here’s a reminder for anyone out there who needs it:

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Now, having woken up with this recollection of former advice, I feel ABLE again. Sure, it doesn’t magically fix everything, but it’s a reminder that we will never have all the answers to how a situation will play out in the future. It’s one scary feeling – especially as it relates to the health and prosperity of your loved ones or even your own dreams, goals, and aspirations as the clock of life ticks on. As terrifying as it is, there are many things we cannot control. Therefore, we must give positive energy to what we can control. Find your purpose in each day and hold onto it. Perform each task to completion or the best of your ability and breathe. Most importantly, just breathe. When a thousand puzzle pieces are in disarray, you can’t just wish them all back together. You have to start a piece at a time.

WE CAN DO IT. Sending out good vibes to all who need them – thank goodness for Pinterest quotes!

 

xox,

GOLDILONGLOCKS 

Noella Van de Voorde

Fall Fashion: BOHO STYLE

Happy Weekend!

It’s been a very hectic week dealing with lots of family stuff, (most of which I choose not to share on social media for many reasons that I will probably one day address) – including my mom getting a bilateral hip replacement!! The surgery went great, and she is so excited to have it all over with. She’s recovering and learning to walk with her new hips – we’ve had a couple fainting spells but nothing she can’t overcome. If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her, just know she’s the one tough cookie and the ultimate all-star. 

Although it was another challenging week…..it was nothing a little goldilonglocks time and a KILLER Boho Fall look couldn’t fix. Friends, this is what happens when you feel like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through….you make best friends with yourself. You play dress up – hair, some makeup, and your feel good outfit – and you prance around capturing your worth and the beauty you feel within, reminding yourself you can and will get through ANYTHING. 

DRESS:  Free People  

HAT: Melrose and Market 

SHOES:  Lucky Brand 

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MERMAID ROCKER HAIRSTYLE

      

      

 

 

 

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Happy Monday #lockslovers!

Here’s a little something to pick you up after this Monday-ish Monday! 😉 I call this one the Mermaid Rocker because you have long flowy mermaid hair on one side and an edgy rocker style on the other! Perfect for those days where your feeling pretty and girly but then quickly snap into action to rule the world…. you know, a typical Monday! Click here to see my youtube tutorial for this style now or wait until you scroll to the bottom because it’s linked there too! 

WHERE TO WEAR THIS STYLE:

I LOVE this hairstyle for any type of fun event! I think it’s gorgeous for dances like Homecoming or Winter Formal, because you get to have one side of your hair down and polished curls for pictures, but you also have a fun & edgy side as well (hence the “mermaid rocker”). This is also a go-to hairstyle for concerts of all types of music, but it works especially well for R&B & Hip Hop shows – think Riri or Beyonce!  In my opinion, this style has a total glammed up feel to it, so wear it whenever you need an extra boost!

SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED:

  1. HAIRSPRAY – (GLL product choice: REDKEN QUICK DRY 18)
  2. THERMAL IRON PROTECTANT – (GLL product choice: BAIN DE TERRE THERMAL IRON PROTECTOR)
  3. TEASING COMB – (GLL product choice: CRICKET AMPED UP TEASING BRUSH)
  4. CURLING IRON/ROD – (GLL product choice:Nume Style 25mm wand)
  5. BOBBY PINS & AN ELASTIC RUBBER BAND – (GLL product choice: SCUNCI)

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HOW TO GET THE BASIC DUTCH BRAID:

Here are some written instructions that you can use, if you need a little extra help while watching the tutorial. 

  1. Grab a small section of hair from the front of your head.
  2. Split that small section of hair into three, even strands.
  3. Take the outside right strand under the middle strand.
  4. Take the outside left strand under the middle strand.
  5. Section off a new piece of hair (just like you did in the first step). Add the top half of that piece into the outside left strand, and the bottom half into the outside right strand.
  6. With your newly formed three strands, take the outside right one under the middle, and then the outside left strand under the middle. 
  7. Repeat steps 5 & 6 until you run out of hair and then continue the braid down to the bottom (right strand under middle, left strand under middle. 

Here are some additional pictures of this mermaid rocker hairstyle as well as the tutorial/video linked at the bottom! Hope you LOVE this look as much as I do – let me know what you think! 🙂

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xox,

GOLDILONGLOCKS 

Noella Van de Voorde

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