OUTWOD Austin Texas

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Join me Sunday September September 17th, 2017 at 9:45am for Outwod community workout benefiting        Out Youth hosted at Crossfit South Lamar. 

You do not need to do Crossfit to attend this event, all levels of fitness welcome! 

Register today at www.outwod.com

 

ABOUT OUTWOD

OUTWOD is the largest international initiative for bringing together LGBT+ athletes and their allies to raise funds for local charitable organizations and sweat together in a safe, inclusive group fitness environment.

Our mission is to promote active and fit lifestyles of our LGBT+ community and allies.

Our pride is in the diversity we represent within the sport of fitness and openly invite anyone to join our welcoming community.

Happy National Dog Day

Happy National Dog Day!It may be a little too wet and rainy outside today due to Hurricane Harvey to really go outside and celebrate so I decided to make a list of where I take my dog Kush, and where I like to shop for him. 

 

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Red Bud Isle 

Red Bud is located in West Austin right off Lake Shore Drive. The best time to go here is early in the mornings on week days to avoid the busy weekends. There is a parking lot that sometimes gets filled up so try to avoid peak hours. This is my favorite of all the off leash parks in Austin. There are plenty of easy access points for your dogs to walk into the water! Some people do fish off the shore there, so just be aware that people are doing other things there but it is a dog park!

 

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Barton Creek Greenbelt 

The "Greenbelt" has been one of my favorite hiking spots in the last eight years that I have had Kush. There are over ten miles of hiking trails within the Barton Creek Greenbelt. The water levels fluctuate throughout the year. The last time I went out there, which was mid-August there was not much running water. However with all the rain that we are getting this weekend I am sure that it will be full and running the next time I go down there. I would let the water calm and settle before running down there after a big storm, after a lot of rain it can be somewhat dangerous if you are not careful. My favorite place to get into the Greenbelt is at the Spyglass Access Point for two reason. One it is a quick walk down to the water, and two there is a Taco Deli right there so we can always get a snack after hiking. There is no parking lot there for the Greenbelt but usually I can find street parking really close.

 

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Healthy Pet

I recently found Healthy Pet, a local pet store here in Austin when I was driving over to the Whole Foods off William Cannon. I feel like the staff are knowledgable about the products that they carry and they always have great recommendations for me. They carry premium pet products as well as local brands of dog supplies in their store which I think is really cool. Healthy Pet is involved in the Austin community, hosting animal adoptions along with other events held at their store. Since finding this store I haven't been to any other pet store and haven't had the need to! Check out their Instagram and website for more information!

 

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Dog+Bone 

Ever since seeing these Dog+Bone on Instagram I was obsessed. Their dog collars and leashes are hand made here locally in Austin, Texas. Each of their products comes with a lifetime guarantee and they have great color combinations! They are an Austin based business that gives back to the community and donates supports rescues. I think it is important to not only support local businesses but also back people who are doing good for the community and animals.  

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Austin Terrier

Alright, when I found out that there was a Boston Terrier themed restaurant in Austin my mind was blown. Let's be honest, it is a little random but completely amazing! I mean I have a Boston Terrier tattooed on my arm, of course I am going to go eat at a restaurant that has one as a logo. Its a fun, quirky, local to Austin restaurant located in West Austin. We brought Kush along with us to get some cute photos. Great place to meet up with friends, get some pizza and think about how amazing your pets truly are. 

 

Austin is full of pet friendly places to take your dog. What are some of your favorite places? If you can, take the time to check out Austin Pets Alive Website. With all the storms going on they have an increased need for volunteers and donations. 

End of Summer

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If you are like me, the end of summer always evokes a little bit of emotion. Growing up in Wisconsin you could physically feel a change coming. I still have memories of early mornings in August where there would be a cool breeze in the air. A sure sign that fall is coming. The days of vacation, laying by the pool, and exploring in the summer heat were coming to an end. Fast forward fifteen years I still feel a change around this time of year. Although in Texas, the cool air in the mornings is replaced with a little more traffic on my commute down South First with all the children headed back to school. If you, like me, get a little resistant to letting go of summer try to do what I do. Embrace the change of seasons and treat yourself in preparation of a new beginning, a new season. One of the things that made going into fall easier was the back to school ritual of getting a haircut, organizing supplies and picking out my outfit. We may have graduated and moved on from organizing our school supplies, but who says we can't still have those end of season rituals. 

I have composed my top end of summer hair tips. Each of these recommendations will make you feel revived after a busy summer, and recharged for one of my favorite seasons, Fall. 

 

Revive Your Ends 

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So there are different options when choosing to revive your ends. The first choice is come into the salon and get a haircut. You can change your look completely, maybe take four or five inches off or come in for just a reshaping of the layers and length you already have. Either or, it is good to cut off those split ends that have been caused by a long summer of being in and out of the pool and maybe a little neglect. If its not time for a haircut another choice is to use a moisturizing masque through the midlenghtns and ends of your hair. I recommend Urban Moisture by Shu Uemura. It is a hair masque for dry hair that adds intense nourishment and hydration to parched strands. The lightweight formula enters the hair fiber to soften and smooth while protecting against future dryness. The hair masque leaves dry hair tamed, detangled, and shiny with a healthy glow.

Change your Hue 

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If you have been out in the sun all summer chances are your hair has gotten lighter, dull and dry. This can make you feel a little washed out. My recommendation is to come into the salon and get a gloss. There are a varieties of options depending on your hair color and what the look is that we are trying to achieve. L'oreal Professionel has a line called Dia Light which is  great product to change the hue of your hair, to add shine and dimension. Little to no commitment since this is a topical product and will slowly fade out of your hair.  If your looking to look a little more bold you can come in get temporary #COLORFULHAIR by L'oreal Professionel. There are eight bright and intermixable shades that are a direct dye. Meaning results will vary by your current hair color but there are thousands of beautiful and personal results. Colors range from soft Pink Sorbet to Hypnotic Magenta. This color varies on each person and stays in your hair anywhere from 2-20 washes. Come into Ron King Salon to see me for more information or check the link below!

Balayage

Balayage is the gift that keeps on giving. It is a highlighting technique that leaves you looking natural and sun kissed. Perfect for those who have been inside all summer, rolling their eyes at everyone else posting about their vacation on Instagram. One of the benefits of balayage is there is not a harsh grow out line, meaning you can go longer in between your appointments. If you come get balayage now your hair will still be doing great going into the Holidays. This is one of my favorite techniques because it can be super customized to your haircut, lifestyle, and personality! 

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