7.04.2017

Beauty Beat: Beach Hair

Nothing says summer beauty like carefree, wavy, beach hair. Frequent beach hair style setters include celebrities Kate Hudson, Vanessa Hudgens and Blake Lively, who all bring  nouveau bohemian beauty to the forefront of fashion. 

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As a girl who grew up by the beach and spent summer days in the sun, intentional (and unintentional) beach hair has long been a go-to style for me.  The easiest way to get carefree waves is with hair product and your hands (SheKnows gives instructions here). My suggestion is to embrace the untamed when it comes to this hairstyle. Don't try to control which way your hair falls, just put in some product, scrunch and let air dry (unless you're in a hurry and then a diffuser will help speed up the process).

From sea salt sprays to volumizing foams, below are some of the best products (including the three I use) to get effortless, sexy, summer hair.

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1. BUMBLE & BUMBLE Surf Spray - This is perhaps the most well known sea salt spray on the market and really gives realistic "beach waves". I love using this for when I'm really spending a day in the sun or on a casual weekend. I can't wait to try the new shampoo and conditioner in the Surf line Try all 3 products in this travel set

2. NOT YOUR MOTHERS Beach Babe - At $5.99 this is the best choice for those who aren't committed to wearing their hair in carefree waves on a regular basis. Users commend the great scent and light properties of the spray. 

3. BAMBOO BEACH Ocean Waves - I adore the smell of this product and bought it after seeing my thick maned coworker come in with perfect boho waves. I have to say although it is the way to go for women with thicker hair, it can weigh down fine hair (like mine). 

4. KMS Curl Up Wave Foam - I own KMS Curl Up Spray which gives the most defined waves and curls out of the products I've tried. I'm looking forward to testing this foam which is said to give more volume (which my limp hair needs)!

5. JOSIE MARAN Bohemian Waves - I recently started using Josie Maran products and can attest that they really are all that and a bag of chips. Her Bohemian Wave spray is said to give soft touchable and hydrated waves. This is on my list of 'Must Try' hair products. 

6. AVEDA Be Curly - For you lucky ladies blessed with natural curls, Aveda's Be Curly will help de-frizz and tame your locks, that way you can look like you spent a day in the sun without the damage. 


So, what do you think about beachy hair? Is this a look you like in the summer or all year around? Any great products I'm missing that I should try?

5.18.2017

Object Obsession: Shashi Earrings

The easiest way to jazz up your outfit is with accessories, and at under $50 a pair, Shashi earrings are a must for easily updating your go-to look. This season, embrace a blast of color with green, pink or purple drop earrings featuring tribal inspired embroidering and fanciful adornments. If tassels and fringe aren't your thing, spice up your look with colorful pom pom earrings that will make you look ready to dance all night. 

3.31.2017

Mani of the Moment: Star Nail Art

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Classy, not trashy, nail art can be hard to achieve, but the motif du jour has ladies literally reaching for the stars! Recently I attended a party for an awesome new jewelry brand I do PR for, Motif, and fell in love with a manicure rocked by fashion blogger Ashley of Blonde Collective, featuring star nail art. Manicures featuring asymmetric stars using neutral toned nail colors (think nudes, peaches, black, white and metallics) are the hottest nail art trend of the moment and a perfect way to bring a bit of whimsy to an otherwise subdued mani.   


Polish Duos for Star Nail Art: 


3.08.2017

Fashion Editorial: Life in Pink! {Cosmopolitan Spain}

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Color of the moment, PINK, takes center stage in Cosmopolitan Spain's fashion editorial 'La Vida En Pink'. Model Katty Trost donned pink from head to toe with dip-dyed cotton candy colored hair but and showed the color can be both sweet and sassy.  This season make the color your own with clothing and accessories including pink moto jackets, pastel pants, blush sneakers and more.

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Editorial: Cosmopolitan Spain, September 2016 / Photographer: Alicia Aguilera / Model: Katie Trost

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*Images via Fashion Gone Rogue

2.15.2017

Accessory Alert! White Boots

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Mud puddles be damned, white boots are white hot! Impractical? Maybe. In style? Absolutely! Fashion editors, models and bloggers have been ruling the streets at New York Fashion Week fall/winter 2017 in white boots. From 90s inspired white Doc Martin's to high shine white patent leather booties, the styles are aplenty and the ways to wear them are even greater.

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When paired with men's inspired inspired suiting a dash of pink adds in feminine flare. White boots are taken up a notch when they come with a metallic heal like these white boots with rose gold heel.

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White patent leather ankle boots infuse a mod vibe to current styles. At New York Fashion Week this show goer paired hers with a bright handbag and teddy bear coat for warmth. 

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Running between shows at New York fashion week looks like a breeze when wearing low heeled white booties and wide legged denim.

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Fashion editors know that white sneakers aren't the only white shoe you need in your closet this season. At NYFW fall/winter 2017 Vogue staffers paired their white chelsea boots with a midi dresses and skirts and warm coats to meld winter and spring styles. 

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White heeled boots are the perfect transition boot when the weather starts to warm. Make like this fashionista and pair them with a red skirt and and black turtleneck for a head turning look. 

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Last but not least and my personal favorite way to wear white boots: Pair your white ankle boots with ripped jeans and a classic white shirt for a look that is equal parts chic and rock'n'roll. 

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2.07.2017

Beauty Beat: MLBB (My Lips But Better) Lipstick

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Ever heard of the beauty term "MLBB"? Don't feel out of the loop,  I hadn't either, until I discovered Reddit's Makeup Addiction page the other night and found that one of the hottest topic is My Lips But Better "MLBB" lipstick. 

MLBB lipstick shades mimic your natural lip color but have a hint more color that helps enhance your features. This lip look is perfect for a smoky eye makeup look or for a quick swipe of color on a casual Sunday. From soft natural nudes and peaches to dusty mauve's and  light bitten berries, My Lips But Better shades can range for whatever your in the mood for and formulas come in creamy glosses, matte lipsticks and sheer tints. The only important factor is that your MLBB lipstick gives you the look of natural beauty.   

To be up front, I'm fair skinned and vary in hair color from blonde to dark blonde, so my range of research concentrates on My Lips But Better lipstick shades for fair skin. Some of the hottest on the web are from NARS and Urban Decay, and my personal go-to MLBB is Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine in 07. Below is a list of some of the most beloved natural looking MLBB lipstick shades (particularly for fair skin).

MLBB Lipsticks:
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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita, Brigite and Raquel
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