6 Ways to Wear Silk Head Scarves

July 30th // Comment Here

Playing around with my grandma’s vintage scarves as a girl was always a fun pastime – and boy am I glad I saved a few of those gems! That’s right, silk head scarves are back ladies! Here’s my favorite ways to wear these beautiful accessories as inspired by my grandma!

1. Turban Style

 The second style is the turban and looks best with twists. Gather all the twists into a low ponytail and place the scarf on your head with the long side on the back. Grab the long hanging ends and tie them in the front twice. Twist each end and tuck them into the back of the turban. Then grab the front and roll it into itself and tuck it into the node at the top. Release the twists in the back and you are good to go on your funky turban style.

2. Buns

Grab all your hair and wrap it into a lose bun. Place the scarf with the long side in the front and make sure it completely covers the bun. Then tie the scarf to secure it. Grab one of the ends, wrap it around the bun and secure it underneath the scarf. Repeat the on the other side. Push it back to reveal a bit of hair and you are done.

3. Crazy Pirate

This style is perfect for beachwear! Place the scarf with the long side in the front. Tie the two ends twice, high up on the side of your head, right over your ear. This will look great with any bathing suit for a day at the beach.

4. The Chiquita Banana

This is one of my favorites and I call it Chiquita Banana. Wrap the scarf around your head and tie it in the front. Tie it 3 times and then twist each end and tuck it into the scarf.

5. Twisted Knot

Wrap the scarf around your head towards the back. Bring the two ends to the front and tie them in a knot twice. Twist the remaining two ends together and tuck it into the side of the scarf and you are done.

6. Criss-Crossed

This one is similar to the Chiquita Banana. Place the scarf on your head and bring the ends towards the front. Cross the ends twice then cross them again. Tie them in the back twice to secure them, then tuck it the ends.

So what do you think? Will you try these vintage-inspired silk scarf looks? Tell me which one is your favorite in the comments below!

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4 Best Ways to Unclog Your Pores

July 29th // Comment Here

Thinking about how much junk your skin is exposed to everyday is a little scary. I’m talking pollution, airborne dirt particles, and germs from your hands when you touch your face – just saying. Obviously, it’s crucial you make sure these offenders stay out of your pores for the health of your skin and to keep acne at bay. Here are my tips for the best ways to unclog your pores:

1. Wipe all your makeup off everyday

 

The last thing you want to do when you get home after a long day is take off your makeup, but trust me, your skin will thank you. Use makeup wipes or a cotton pad and makeup remover to get every last ounce of makeup off every single night. And always splash just a bit of water on your face, even if you use makeup wipes. This is by far, the best way to unclog your pores.

2. Wash your face in the shower

Be sure to wait until you’ve been under your showerhead for a few minutes. The steam from the hot water will open up your pores allowing more dirt to come out. Massage a cleanser into your face in a circular motion, and easily rinse off. I love washing my face in the shower and feel almost cleaner than if I had only used the sink. Plus, I love that I get a couple extra minutes in the hot water.

3. Use a toner

Toner gets off what cleanser misses, and you’ll see all that excess dirt you’re removing when you use it on a cotton pad. Talk about hidden germs! Ew! I believe this is a crucial step that many miss simply because it is an extra step. Believe me when I say you’ll be surprised to look at how much you missed the first time if you take this step!

4. Use a face mask once a week

Letting a deep cleaning mask sit on your face for 10-15 minutes allows the product to pull the dirt from deep within your skin. This is especially helpful for those who find you have large pores or many black heads. Make sure to follow up with a thick moisturizer so your skin doesn’t dry out. This is best to do right before showing since it’s easier to let it rinse off with the water directly on your face.

Do your skin a favor and follow this skincare routine each time you have makeup on your face for the best results. If all else fails, just make sure you have a clean face each night you go to bed. During the time you’re sleeping, your skin takes extra measures to repair and rejuvenate, so give it a fresh start! They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing!

 

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Martini Inspiration

July 29th // Comment Here

Now that the calendar has officially moved into July, I feel the need to share with you a few of my favorite summertime martinis – with inspired outfit of course! So cheers to summer my loves!

The Milky Way Martini

Ingredients:

(Makes 1)

1 ½ cups of ice cubes

¼ cup cold water

2 fluid ounces vanilla-flavored vodka

2 fluid ounces white crème de cacao

2 fluid ounces Irish cream liqueur

1 tablespoon chocolate syrup

How To:

1.    Chill a martini glass by filling it with 1/2 cup of ice and cold water.

2.    Place 1 cup of ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Pour the vanilla-flavored vodka, white crème de cacao, and Irish cream liqueur over the ice; cover and shake vigorously. Dump the ice and water from the martini glass and drizzle the inside of the glass with chocolate syrup. Strain the cocktail into the glass to serve.

What to Wear:

Pulling from the milky deliciousness of this after-hours treat, you can start with a nude base alå maxi dress style. The design of this cocktail is in the details – how amazing does it look with those chocolaty stripes? Throw in your own version by adding some striped accessories – a bag or shoes maybe? Finish with your favorite lip gloss and you’re set!

Pineapple Upside-down Cake Martini

Ingredients:

(Makes 2)

2/3 cup pineapple juice, chilled

1/3 cup vanilla flavored vodka

1 dash grenadine syrup

2 pineapple wedges

2 maraschino cherries

How To:

1.    Pour the pineapple juice, vodka and grenadine into a shaker full of ice. Shake, then strain into two martini glasses.

2.    Garnish with a piece of pineapple and a cherry on a skewer.

What to Wear:

With pineapples taking the forefront as summer 2014’s novelty print, what better way to celebrate than with a styled cocktail! Throw in some tropical prints via trendy tee or novelty bag and accent with hues of pinks and cream for a delicious ensemble that will surely sweeten your afternoon! Mix in a bit of ombre for a delightful twist on this classic summertime treat!

Tangerine Martini

Ingredients:

(Makes 1)

Ice

3 fluid ounces freshly squeezed tangerine juice

1 ½ fluid ounces vodka

1 teaspoon orange flavored liqueur (such as Cointreau)

How To:

1.    Place ice in a martini shaker and pour tangerine juice, vodka, and orange liqueur over ice. Cover, shake vigorously, and pour into a martini glass.

What to Wear:

Tangerine is such a summer hue! Mixed in a graphic all-over print on a dress or tee, this color works best with a bunch of blue and accents of gold. Enrich the experience of this adult crowd-pleaser treat by dressing to impress in shades of this summertime anthem!

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Ideas For Wearing Denim Jackets

July 28th // Comment Here

Summer is in full swing now! No doubt by now you’ve taken out all the dresses, shorts, and skirts that were put away for the cold weather. Many of those beautiful items, require a little more casual look to match the relaxing events of the summer season. Out and about, spending a day shopping with your friends, hanging out at the beach, going for an outdoor film night with your date – all those breezy summer events require you to consider a little more casual look with something warm to put on when the sun goes down. What about a denim jacket?

This comfortable and sexy piece of clothing is not only fabulous fashion element, but it also transitions into every season from the catwalk to the streets. Here is a simple guide for you to follow for what to wear with this versatile piece of clothing – the denim jacket!

1. Skinny Jeans

Doubling up on denim is an easy way to wear two trends in one! This J. Crew denim jacket with a crisp white shirt, black skinny jeans, animal print tip toe pumps and a huge bag is the perfect smart-casual outfit to head over to a friend’s rooftop BBQ that will last long into the late summer’s night!

2. Trousers

When looking for a casual outfit that works for a day at work or an unexpected meeting, the denim jacket with trousers duo is the best solution. It’s and amazingly comfortable choice that adds a classy touch by choosing tailored pants. Dressing up this outfit with booties or heels will lend a hand in creating a classy yet casual vibe that makes this outfit work for any occasion.

3. Flirty Skirt

Mixing up your tough girl act with a flirty skirt adds a touch of personality to your outfit when you play with color and texture like this look above. Summer trends are all about the skirts; I mean hey, it’s conveniently breezy, right? Pair a textured denim jacket with a lightweight skirt in chiffon or jersey for the perfect contradiction of girly badass style!

4. Summery Dresses

Don’t you just love ‘The Blonde Salad’ blogger Chiara Ferragani? She’s wearing a gorgeous green and blue summer dress at Coachella 2014 with a denim jacket – and you can too!

Change up your usual go to summer dress options by layering on a denim jacket when headed out to a summery date. This jacket will lend a hand in styling and warmth if you plan on spending the night walking the boardwalk or catching a movie in the park!

What is your favorite way to mix and match this trendy garment? Share with me your favorite style inspirations in the comments section! I want to know!

 

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Summer Braids to Try Now

July 28th // 1 Comment

There’s no better season when braids are all the rage than summer, when everything is in bloom and comes back to life. Your hair needs its well-deserved rest from all the pain it suffered during the cold winter months with constant blow drying and overdoing it with product. Instead of drying your hair and overcomplicating your routine with product upon product, opt for the simple solution of braiding your hair when it’s wet for a beautiful look that requires hardly any work! Plus, when your hair starts to dry by evening, pull out your braids for a beautiful beachy wave! Now that’s why I love summer so much!

Why not give these gorgeous styles a try?

1. One-Sided

A cute way to do a half up half down hairdo is to part your hair on one side and to braid that part of your hair. It looks amazing and it works wonders for keeping your hair in place. Moreover, you can still have your long hair left loose to dance in the wind.

2. Braided Bun

A simple, yet very stylish way of braiding your hair in an elegant manner is the one in the above-mentioned photo. It is just a collection of braids, carefully pinned at the back of your head. It looks, amazing doesn’t it?

3. Braid-In-Braid

A super interesting way to braid your hair is to have a small braid within your main braid that adds a little edge and makes braiding more complicated. Still, remember that no hairstyle is impossible to do, so try it out! You will be surprised of the reactions of people to it, as it looks amazing and fascinating.

By the way, do you know the history of braiding?

Braids are considered to have existed as long as 30000 year ago, when they were shown in statues such as Venus of Willendorf., A few thousand of years after the creation of that particular piece, there was another sculpture that depicts a braided hairstyle, called Venus de Brassempouy. Besides these sculptures, different types of braided hairstyle are known to have emerged during the reign of pharaohs in ancient Egypt.

Braiding was known as a social art, a way of communicating things about yourself, and the style of braiding could tell another person whether you were married or not, or what was you social status, without that person even talking to you. These intricate designs were passed down from generation to generation and while braiding your hair, it was the time to socialize with your sisters and girlfriends.

So which of these styles are you going to try out? I’m absolutely in love with the braid-in-braid style that combines different sizes of braids to create a unique look! Tell me about your favorites in the comments below!

 

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