Beauty Trend of 2014 In Review

August 1st // 1 Comment

Generally I’m pretty ambitious about trying new beauty style when a new season starts! Here are ten trends I have noticed so far this year : let me know what big trends you’re seeing now, and which ones you plan on partaking in!

1. Striped nails

Crazy nail art was huge last year, and I’m sure there’s no stopping it this year. We saw tons of stripes on the SS 14 runways, from single strokes to grids.

2. Barely there makeup

Do you always feel too done up wearing any makeup? Lucky for you, a bare, authentically fresh-faced look is absolutely trendy. The only rule: always, always, remember SPF.

3. Gold lids

If last year was the year of the bold lip, I would like to declare this year the year of the bold eye shadow. Nothing is more eye-catching (pun intended) than a smoky, shadow all across the lids.

4. Orange lips

I love the red lip, but this fiery orange one is what I’m trying on this year. Remember coral is a universally flattering color – so why not try it out?

5. Slick straight hair

Bust out the flat irons and heat protectant, slick straight hair is back in.

6. Flowers in Hair

I’m forever in love with that bohemian music festival look, so a flower crown is totally up my alley. And it’s an easy DIY project if you so choose!

7. Braided Updos

Braids equal instant pretty, and an updo version is totally next level. I are literally drooling over these braided updo’s; you’ve got to check out Pinterest for some incredible inspiration!

8. Bouffants

The key to voluminous hair as shown above? Lots and lots of dry shampoo and hair teasing!

9. Retro headbands

Hair accessories are coming back in a major way, and I’m partial to the retro looking headbands.

10. Light berry lips

A bold berry lip was all the rage last winter, and you can still rock the shade this year with a more subtle version.

So, do you wear any of these trends? Are you thinking about trying something new? Share your thoughts below in the comments!

 

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How to Look and Feel Great!

August 1st // 1 Comment

How do you balance your life to find time to get things done while still taking care of yourself? It’s an age old question that can never be truly answered. However, these are the first steps towards living a life that helps you to look and feel your best:

1. Sleep.

You know that saying, “work smarter, not harder?” Well trust me when I say staying up all night to do that extra studying is counterproductive. You need rest for your brain to fully absorb what you’ve learned, plus you’re at your sharpest when you’re not combatting fatigue from sleep deprivation.

2. Form good habits.

Habits are created over time (some studies show 21 days is what it takes to form a habit, but there really is no magic number). If you’re planning to eat healthy or read more, you’re going to want to set aside specific rules and requirements before it starts coming naturally to you. Like say, incorporating raw veggies into your daily diet, or reading at least 30 minutes before bed every single night.

3. Write everything down.

Trying to change lifestyle habits? Track your experience in a journal. Write down what exact changes you’re making, when you’re making them, how you feel before and after the process. That’s the best way to ensure you understand how things are affecting you, so you’re not just making arbitrary changes.

4. Eat everything.

…In moderation, of course! Don’t tell yourself you’ll cut out one type of food forever, because it’s a recipe for failure.

5. Stretch.

There’s a lot of emphasis on cardio and strength training, but not enough is said about a third important aspect to physical fitness: flexibility. Incorporate some sort of stretching, be it yoga classes or just stretching in front of your TV into your exercise routine. Your body will thank you and this will likely lead to other types of exercise.

6. Sweat.

Speaking of exercise, sweating helps you get rid of the toxins in your body, which might even clear up your skin. Even if you just run up and down a flight of stairs in your house for 10 minutes each day, it’s better than nothing.

7. Take more selfies.

What?! Yep, when you like your makeup or just want to see what your outfit really looks like, take a picture! You can refer to it in the future when you’re having one of those I-have-nothing-to-wear days.

8. Meditate.

Take some time each day to shut out the world and reflect. If you find it too hard to suddenly clear your mind, try focusing intently on your breath. Zone in on your inhaling and exhaling and pay close attention to it, even if only for a couple of minutes every day.

 

 

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Street Fashion from Around the World

July 31st // Comment Here

From the patterned-influences of South African fashion to the tailored and feminine looks of Australia, there is so much inspiration to be found in other countries. Here’s a highlight of some of my favorite street style looks from years past.

Japan

Though it’s a small island, Japan is known for not only creating the most innovative technology, but for introducing the freshest fashion trends to the world. The Japanese street style we mimic here in the States often reflects a much subdued version of the original. At any moment, women and men can be found walking the streets along Harajuku station in eye-catching ensembles that resemble characters we might see on TV.

There are so many branches of Japanese fashion, particularly Harajuku fashion, that incorporate influences from a variety of places. One might find a woman dressed in feminine yet dark gothic clothing in the same place you might find a woman dressed in a candy colored ensemble with an endless amount of jewelry stacked upon each other.

You can translate this street style into your personal wardrobe by adding a brightly colored bow to your outfit or mixing pastels together in one look. While it seems exhausting to wake up every morning and dress to the standard of Japanese street style, the creativity and thought that goes behind these outfits definitely deserves accolades.

London

While recent headlines told of the Queen’s fashion advice to Duchess Catherine (ahem, to lower her hemlines…), there is no doubt that loyal royal followers will continue to mimic the Duchess’ every fashion move. Nonetheless, it seems that British style mavens still love a good miniskirt – a pleated miniskirt to be precise. Pair your skirt with oversized layers or a preppy top, a chic piece of headwear, and you’re ready to for a day with London locals.

Paris

France is known as the home to the most luxurious of fashion houses (Hello, Chanel and Dior!), couture dreams, and all things glamour. Surprisingly, however, Paris street fashion is typically minimalistic, often monochromatic, yet still sophisticated and chic in every way. Truthfully, Parisian women can wear just about anything and the rest of the world will still be swooning over their flawless execution of simple sophistication and grace.

South Africa

Certain parts of South Africa are known for their vibrant and pattern-loving fashions, a style that is certainly embraced throughout the US today. In light of the 2013 popularity of the pattern-mixing trend in the States, one can assume its origin started in the country whose nickname is, so appropriately, “the rainbow nation.

For most of us, pattern mixing-and-matching doesn’t come as naturally. If you’d like to adopt this trend, start off with traditional patterns (polka dots, stripes, florals, etc.) and continue working your way up until you feel confident enough to rock even the most unexpected mixes.

 

 

 

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8 Simple Tips for Dressing For The Job You Want

July 31st // Comment Here

Anyone will tell you to “dress appropriately” for an interview. But what does that even mean? Whether you’ve landed an interview for your dream internship or a part-time gig as a barista, these foolproof tips will help you ensure you leave a lasting impression.

1. Always mirror the work environment dress code

If you’re interviewing for a job at a financial institution, you’ll have to stick with basic shapes, as that is the appropriate dress form for that workplace. If you’re interviewing at creative offices then you have more freedom.

2. Pick one brightly colored article of clothing or accessory.

Hello color! If you want to add a pop of color (or color block) this is totally acceptable. Mixing colors is fine just don’t introduce more than one super bright piece or your outfit will just become loud.

3. Don’t default to the standard blazer and pant – unless you really want to.

Skirts and dresses are a great way to stand out. Skirts shouldn’t be too tight or short — pencil skirts or midi skirts are both great options. Tuck in a button up or layer one with a knit for a more conservative look.

4. Dress for the job you want, not the one you had or currently have.

This is important! If you are competing for the position of assistant to the editor-in-chief at Teen Vogue, with the hopes of eventually becoming an editor, dress like an editor would! You’ll feel more empowered and come off that way in the meeting. It makes the world of a difference.

5. As a rule of thumb, one piece of statement jewelry will go a long way.

Don’t over accessorize – it’s distracting. Instead opt for a few bangles, or a bold necklace.

6. Opt for heels where possible.

 Heels give you a lift, make you walk straighter and just elevate any simple look to the next level. If possible, throw a pair on! Just keep it around or under 3″.

7. Keep your makeup natural.

Let all the attention be on what you have to say, not what you have on your face. Go for a simple eyeliner and mascara, with light blush and nude lips. Anything that will make you look polished, work awake and vibrant is perfect. 

8. Dress to flatter your body type.

This should seem obvious, but the most important thing about dressing well is always flattering your individual body type with things that fit you best. That plan-b knit top that works so well when you’re in a rush – that’s probably the kind of the thing you want to consider, not the leopard print pants you’ve but test drove once to your BFF’s house party.

Do you have any other tips to share about dressing for an interview? Comment below with your ideas!

 

 

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Why You Need to Care for Your Shoes

July 30th // Comment Here

Just as you take care of your clothes and jewelry, shoes also need some tender loving care. A few minutes of your time each week can give you a sparking collection of shoes that can last for a lifetime! 

1. They’ll Last Longer – It comes without saying that every time I pick up a shoe I love, I immediately cherish it in my closet and can’t imagine not having them in 10 years! Shoes are a part of my daily outfit, after all, so I make sure to take care of them so they last.

2. You’ll Have More Options – If you manage to make your shoes last longer, you’ll end up with a nice big collection of shoes. The kind of collection that would make any fashionista jealous! Having a huge collection will give you an option for every occasion, which will make you a fashion icon among your friends. Just one warning: make sure you have the closet space for your collection!

3. You’ll Save Money – How many times have you had to run out and buy a pair of shoes to go with your outfit for an upcoming event just because you don’t have anything in your closet that would work? Buying shoes in a bind not only causes stress, but also it can force you into buying a pair that’s more expensive – not ideal! By regularly taking care of your shoes to make them last longer, you can save a couple of extra trips to the shoe department and eventually save a lot of money.

Tips for Caring for your Shoes

1. Keep them stored neatly. – Ideally in the original box or dust bag, but if not                    you can invest in a shoe rack that has enough space for your collection. You’ll                          avoid damaging your shoes by keeping them in their own place rather than piled                    high in the corner.

2. Spray new shoes with a waterproof protector. – It will keep the surface from getting damaged if they do get wet in the rain.

3. Alternate pairs. - You want your shoes to have time to breathe between being worn. Also, if they get wet, let your shoes dry for several hours before putting them in the back of your closet.

4. Wear hose or sock liners. - These will protect against perspiration, which eat away at the insoles.

 

 

 

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