March 3rd //
Your nails are the finishing touch to any ensemble and I always love to see the star’s tips in the Mani Cam when they interview with E! on the red carpet. Some choose really intricate polish designs and others go for neutrals or even none at all. Check out my top three manicures from the 2014 Oscars last night – plus get my tips on how to steal their look using our Motives Nail Lacquers!
Mani Monday! See the Best Nails from the Oscars
Giuliana Rancic’s french manicure (get it with Motives Nail Lacquer in Celebutante and Wedding Dress)
Jennifer Garner’s berry manicure (get it with Motives Nail Lacquer in Starlet)
Maria Menounos’ embellished manicure (get it with Motives Nail Lacquer in Star Studded and Tuxedo)
Which is your favorite?
March 3rd //
Lupita Nyong’o has been our red carpet darling this awards season and the 12 Years A Slave actress had her Cinderella moment at last night’s Oscars. She arrived in a custom Prada gown she called “Nairobian blue” which “felt like home” and blew everyone away – it was the perfect ensemble to accept her must-deserved Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress! A best dressed vote from me, for sure.
If you love the color, beautiful skirt and feminine neckline, this ML Monique Lhuillier look for less is a stunning option for prom or a bridal party.
Lupita Nyong’o Stuns in Blue Prada at the Oscars! Get Her Look for Less
ML Monique Lhuillier sleeveless chiffon dress $275
Who was your best dressed pick at the 2014 Oscars?
March 2nd //
Of all the great design collabs out there, I have to admit when Taylor Swift teamed up with Keds it seemed the perfect match! While we all know Taylor as the gorgeous teen who often graces the red carpet, she still maintains her childlike spirit wherever she is. From red carpet looks that include a little sparkle and glam to a line of casual shoes perfect for everyday, Taylor’s versatility was the perfect match for this classic and time-tested brand.
Taylor Swift x Keds: Shop Her Spring Picks!
“When I was a little kid, I had a pair of white Keds I wore everywhere. It was a nostalgic feeling when they asked me to be the inspiration for the collection. It’s cool to be part of something with such a legacy.” – Taylor to Teen Vogue
With Taylor’s newest Keds collection recently released, the fun patterns and colors have me dreaming of spring! Admittedly inspired by her own wardrobe, you’ll find fun nautical prints, polka dots, lace and stripes as part of the collection. Pick up your own pair of Taylor’s Picks (they’re totally affordable!) and ring in spring in style!
March 1st //
Of all the new designer collections out there this season, I have to say, I am super inspired by the new Anthropologie Legend and Song collection. Born on a whim, wondering what would happen if Anthro was able to collaborate with artisans from Africa, the collection modernizes and showcases artisan crafts and textiles.
A Look at Anthropologie’s Legend and Song Collection
“We are delighted to have hosted Anthropologie in East Africa. It is exciting to know that the relationships created here will bring this uniquely African collection to their customer.” – Finn Holm-Olsen, AGOA Trade Advisor, USAID East Africa Trade Hub
By teaming up with a social enterprise known as the Bhavana World Project, and USAID, the Anthropologie production and design teams started a journey. Traveling together to Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda they connected with local co-ops, designers and artisans to form a project that would soon become a stunning and unique collection of apparel and accessories. The limited-edition collection is completely affordable with prices ranging from $58 for these stunning Threaded Silk Tassel Drop Earrings to $428 for the Shibori Leather Backpack. Which piece from the new collection is your favorite?
For a more intimate look at the Anthropologie team trip to Africa, check out their photo-journal on the blog.
February 28th //
There are so many great things about shea butter (along with coconut oil) as a super-ingredient, which is why we use it in our products for Lumiere de Vie and Motives Cosmetics. But if you want to go the DIY, straight-from-the-source route, I’m sharing nine ways you can use this all-natural cream to cure your skin and hair problems below!
9 Shea Butter Benefits for Your Skin and Hair
“Organic Shea Butter is shea butter in its most natural form. The unique shea tree is native to African and can now be found in 19 regions from Senegal to Ethiopia. Each summer, the tree bears a fruit the size of a plum, which contains a nut. Shea butter is the fat extracted from the seed that is removed from the shea nut. It is high in vitamins A and E.” - Sublime Bliss Shea Butter $32
- As a skin remedy for itchy, dry, peeling or cracked skin
- Can help heal eczema, dermatitis or rashes from an allergy
- Great as a shaving cream for smooth, silky skin
- Can improve wrinkles with daily use after a few weeks
- Used for the prevention and/or healing of stretch marks
- Liquify and use as a 30 minute treatment for healthier, longer hair
- Can be an all-natural solution to dandruff
- Eliminates scalp irritation from over processed, chemically treated hair
- Dry, damaged or curly hair can also use shea butter as a styling cream
For even more info on the benefits of this superior moisturizer, click here. Are you a fan of shea butter? Will you add it to your beauty routine?