The Grass is Always Greener

July 27th // 1 Comment

Taking a cue from nature’s perfect pairings, I’m excited to share with you my favorite color combinations that go with the perfect shade of summery grass green! From Kate Spade featuring grassy prints in her collections to designers like Delpozo filling his Fall 2014 runway with this gorgeous hue, it’s no doubt that now is the time to jump on the trend!

Stone

Imagine the grassy rolling hills of England as you stroll upon the famed Stonehenge. Now that’s a pretty site! Pairing a stone gray with green is a no brainer as they so seamlessly compliment each other in nature! Try playing with a leafy print accented by a stonewashed tee in deep charcoal for a nature inspired ensemble. Accenting with pieces in leather, metal, or suede will add even more depth to this environmental duo!

Pink

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet…” Now it’s no secret that lush greenery is the perfect accent to a pretty pink rose – yes? Why not celebrate such beauty by wearing these too gorgeous shades together? Choose a medium bodied pink and accent with a light blush accessory for a touch of romance! If you’re feeling positively playful, throw in some leopard print for a print that will always pull things together beautifully!

Sky Blue

Let’s not forget how beautiful a simple grassy field paired next to a vast blue sky truly is! These two hues from adjacent color families pair so beautifully as they take on different ends of the spectrum as far as saturation is concerned. Since they have varied depth, they compliment each other in a subtle way that is absolutely pleasing to the eye. Slipping into your favorite light wash jeans is the easiest way to pull off this color combo!

Deep Blue

 

I remember the first time I snorkeled and immersed myself into a bed of green sea kelp amongst the beautiful fish and I thought it was one of the most beautiful sites to have ever the opportunity to see! From there births my love for mixing grassy green and deep ocean blue shades together – every time I remember this moment! I love being able to mix and match these colors in my garments and accessories since they go together so perfectly!

Now you know my favorite ways to wear this green trend – how about you? Tell me your thoughts below in the comments!

 

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DIY Hair Treatments For Your Best Look

July 26th // Comment Here

No matter your hair type, there’s a natural way to get your locks back into shape with these easy DIY hair treatments!

Frizzy Hair

Beauty experts swear by avocado—and not just to repair damaged hair. Its oils, which are light and moist like our own natural skin, and proteins boast the best combination of nutrients for smoothing and weighing down crazy frizzy hair.

HOW TO: Mash up half an avocado and massage into clean, damp hair. Let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Amp up the moisturizing power by combining mashed avocado with 1 to 2 tablespoons of a hydrating ingredient, like sour cream, egg yolks or mayonnaise. This treatment can be applied every two weeks.

Dull Hair

Styling products, as well as air pollution, can leave a film that both sucks up moisture and dulls a natural shine—but dairy products like sour cream and plain yogurt can help reverse this damage. The lactic acid found in dairy products will gently strip away dirt while the milk fat works as a moisturizer.

HOW TO: Massage 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt into damp hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, followed by cool water, then shampoo hair as you normally would. This treatment can be applied every other week.

Dry Hair

Whatever your hair-dehydrating demon – hard water, sun overexposure, or your heated hair tools – nature’s most delicious sweetener can help! Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and locks in moisture instead of just adding instant moisture that can be washed away.

HOW TO: Massage 1/2 cup honey into clean, damp hair, let it sit for about 20 minutes, and rinse with warm water. You can also add 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil to loosen the honey so it’s easier to apply. Talk about a sticky situation! For extremely sun-damaged hair, like after summer, try mixing honey with 1 to 2 tablespoons of a protein-rich ingredient, like avocado or egg yolk, which will help replenish the keratin protein bonds that UV rays attack. This treatment can be applied once a month – try doing it each month of the summer.

Itchy Scalp

To fight flakes brought on by poor diet, stress or climate, you can try a lemon juice and olive oil mixture in your hair. The acidity in lemon juice helps rid your scalp of any loose, dry flakes of skin, while the olive oil moisturizes the new skin on your head.

HOW TO: Mix 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons water, and massage into damp scalp. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo hair normally. This treatment can be applied every other week as needed.

Tired of dealing with frizzy hair? Get on this all natural DIY hair mask now to say adios to flyaways! LINK

 

 

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Royal Style Stars You Probably Never Heard Of

July 25th // Comment Here

While Kate Middleton has certain stolen our hearts as she struts her stuff all around the world as the Duchess of Cambridge, she has quite a few royal friends who also enjoy dabbling in personal style! Meet the royal stars you may not know yet…

Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan

Jetsun Pema made waves when her husband, the king of Bhutan, swore off the national tradition of polygamy and said she would be his only wife. Since then, she’s been known for her ability to wear refined yet modern casualwear one day and traditional, brightly colored garb the next.

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge

Of course, Kate Middleton is one of the world’s biggest fashion icons; seriously there are blogs are devoted to analyzing her every outfit and her designer picks sell out within hours. She’s known for recycling outfits and mixing budget-friendly pieces with couture duds.

Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece

Marie-Chantal had a charmed upbringing: Her father headed a multi-billion-dollar duty-free shopping business, and as a teenager, she worked for Andy Warhol. On her wedding day, Marie-Chantal wore a pearl-encrusted Valentino gown. She later combined her business-savvy roots with her love for fashion and started her own children’s clothing line.

Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark

This princess’s style is world-renowned, topping Kate Middleton’s in a recent poll of the world’s most stylish royal, just barely. Adding to her awards, Mary made it on Vanity Fair’s annual ‘International Best-Dressed List’ just a few years ago and is Patron of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit.

Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis

This German princess published an online journal called The Princess Diaries about high fashion and high society until 2010. She went on to become an editor at large for Vogue, covering Fashion Week and society events, expertly dressed of course!

Princess Beatrice of York


After wearing what may go down as the world’s craziest fascinator to the Royal Wedding, Princess Beatrice caught a ton of flak. But she took that as a style lesson, promptly hired a stylist, and has been wowing the world with her demure yet elegant style ever since.

Charlene, Princess of Monaco

The Princess of Monaco has only held her royal title since 2011, but she’s already become a permanent fixture in the fashion world, favoring classic looks and neutral beige and black. A former Olympic competitive swimmer, Charlene wore a Giorgio Armani Privé wedding dress and counts Armani and Akris among her favorite designers.

Queen Rania of Jordan

A devout Muslim, this gorgeous royal respects the modesty guidelines of her faith while maintaining her own individual flair. Rania prefers sheath dresses and styles that cover her shoulders from Elie Saab and Dior, but chooses to leave her hair uncovered. How radiant is her style?

Which of these royal style stars would you like to swap closets with? I’m dying to get into Charlene, Princess of Monaco’s closet! Such pretty styles in every with every new title!

 

 

 

 

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Tips for Finding the Right Bra

July 25th // Comment Here

It’s such a shame to walk around with a bra that you only just bought last week and you’re finding it’s not as perfect as you thought it would be. Take time to find the right fit and you’ll thank yourself! By asking yourself these simple questions when in the dressing room you’ll be sure you’re investing in the right size and fit for all your bras, no matter what style.

1.    Is my underwire is sitting away from my chest wall?

If yes, this means your cups are too small. Your underwire should fit firmly against your chest without any gaping. With your straps properly adjusted, you’ll know you’ve found the right band fit when you can lift your arms over your head without the underwire rising up with you

2.    Are my breasts bulging out over the top, sides, or bottom of my cups?

If yes, you should probably go up a cup size. The cup should hold your entire breast. It’s a smart idea to bring a plain tee with you when trying on bras. While you think a bra might look awesome in the dressing room, you have to try it on with a tee to make sure you’re getting the right shape desired. When you put on only a bra, it might now look perfect, but when a tee is put on over it might be just right! Just try to make sure.

3.    Is my strapless bra slipping down?

If yes, you need to go down a band size. In fact, you may need to go down a few band sizes – give a few different sizes the fit test. With only the band to hold your chest up, a firm fit is crucial if you don’t want to spend the whole night hiking up your bra in public. It’s a good idea to bring your specific top or dress that you know you’ll need this bra style for to the dressing room to avoid having to take a guess if the styles will support each other.

4.    Are my straps digging into my shoulders?

If so, you need to go down a band size. In order for the bra to provide proper support, the band and straps need to work together. If the straps are digging into your shoulders it’s a sign that the straps are doing too much of the work for you. Try on a few different sizes to find the right fit.

Don’t ever be afraid of getting properly measured so you can find the right fit for your bras. Believe me, it can be a world of a difference for your comfort, body shape, and how flattering your clothing looks when you find the proper fitting undergarments.

 

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10 Beginner Nail Art Designs

July 24th // Comment Here

No need to go to cosmetology school to get these pretty fingertips! All you need is a little patience, some fun nail polish colors, and a happy-go-lucky attitude! That’s right, I’ve found the prettiest nail designs that are easy enough for the beginners – including me!

Sparkling Pink

1. Put on pink polish. Once it’s dry, apply a thin layer of a sparkling gold topcoat; wait five minutes and add another coat of sparkle just to the tips.

Half Moon

2. Paint your nail gold. When it’s dry, put a small round sticker at your nail’s base to act as a stencil. Finally, apply matte beige.

Sparkling Plum Fairy

3. Cover your nail with a glittering plum color. Let it dry, then use a matte purple shade on the top half, brushing it on sideways across the nail.

Metal Man

4. Brush a dark shade all over your nail. Let it dry, then run a metallic gold color over one half of the nail.

Color Block Me

5. Paint your nail a deep gray. Once it’s dry, carefully make a horizontal stripe over the tip with a paler shade of gray.

Matte vs. Shine

6. Apply taupe polish, followed by a matte topcoat. Then skim the tips and paint the moon with a clear, shiny topcoat.

Gold Flecked

7. Simply layer a topcoat with chunky gold flecks over two coats of coral polish. Gorgeous and oh-so simple!

Crossed Off

8. Apply nude polish. Once dry, use a white nail striper (polish with a super-skinny brush) to do an off-center vertical line. Let it dry, then draw one across.

Twisted

9. Apply a matte taupe all over your nail. When it’s dry, use a white striper polish to create a little loop.

Layered Hearts

10. Polish the entire nail with a light color, then use a medium shade to create two half circles in the middle of the nail. Repeat with a darker hue at the tip.

You don’t have to be a professional to achieve these gorgeous looks! With only a few steps and a mixture of matte versus shine, you can create any number of beautiful creations! Share with me your favorite style below in the comments or tweet me a picture!

 

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