What to Wear this Weekend: Sweater Dresses and Boots

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With most of the country experiencing colder than usual temperatures, it can be difficult to figure out something cute to wear. While staying home all weekend in a onesie would be ideal, many of us will need to leave the house for errands, meetings, and most importantly…brunch. Luckily I got your back! As someone who is perpetually colder than most people (I basically keep the heater on year round) I’ve come up with endless ways to stay warm without sacrificing style. My holy grail combo?…Sweater dresses and boots. This weekend, if you have to bare the cold, try pairing a thick sweater dress over sturdy tights and over the knee boots.

Need more inspiration? Check out this previous post I did on transitioning your dresses into the winter months for more ideas!

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August Getty AW15 Fashion Show Recap

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Emerging from his debut as the youngest designer to ever show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion week last season, women’s luxury ready-to-wear fashion designer August Getty is starting to gain familiarity with the runway as he showed his second collection at Lincoln Center on Friday. Reigning from Los Angeles, August Getty’s collection fit right into the New York fashion scene. Leather on leather on lace was defiantly the trend of the collection. Beautifully intricate laser cut leather and lace ensembles in sophisticated yet youthful silhouettes, brought true opulence to the fall season. Ebony black and small hits of fudge were the top color contenders of the collection. What made Getty’s collection so remarkable was his choice of technologically treated fabrications. The laminated lace fabric in Getty’s collection appeared like soft liquid silk on the model’s skin. Laser cut leather was another highlight as well as the small hints of velvet silk, prints and patchwork details.
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Artisan craftsmanship courtesy of Getty’s atelier did not go unnoticed on the runway. The impeccable construction and drape of the leather ensembles showcased hints of couture technique and an eye for detail. Leather bell sleeved coats and crop tops were perfectly constructed, and the lace mastered a balance of both drape and structure on the moving body. Getty’s collection showed hints of 70’s vibes with bell sleeves, and a range of mini, mindi, and full length skirts and dresses. Getty also brought the collection back to the youthful clientele by pairing high-wasted shorts with long sleeved crop tops. More fall silhouette additions were leather and lace coats that could be interchangeably paired with the rest of the collection.
August Getty’s second fashion week collection showed true poise for such a young talent. Getty’s balance of youthful maturity has quickly captivated the fashion world and it will continue to do so. At the end of his inspiring show, the humble designer took a selfie of his name on the shows back drop, bringing laughs and a sense of light heartedness to the fashion crowd.

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Product Review: Head & Shoulders Moisture Care Line

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I first used Head & Shoulders years ago when my hair dresser suggested it to cure my dandruff. After my dandruff went away I stopped using it but always remembered how much I liked the shampoo and recommended it to others. Fast forward to now, I was so excited when I heard that Head & Shoulders was coming out with a new moisture care line. I had a positive either with their products in the past so I jumped at the opportunity to review the new line. The new collection is designed to provide enriched moisture for the scalp and is perfect for textured hair like mine.
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I received the Moisture Care Shampoo, 2n1 Shampoo & conditioner, Co-wash, and scalp soother. Typically I Co-wash my hair and shampoo only when I need a deep clean but since I was too excited to wait, I used the 2n1 followed by the Co-wash.
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Both products left my hair feeling soft and my scalp felling moisturized. After I was done, I finished my styling routine as usual then applied the scalp soother. As soon as I applied it, I could feel cooling sensation of the peppermint oil working. (more…)

3 Easy DIY Valentine’s Nail Designs

Over recent years, diy nail designs have become increasingly more popular. Whether you’re a nail pro or beginner, this Valentine’s Day is a great time to show some love by painting an easy design on your nails. Instead of going to the salon for your typical mani, try something new this season and paint your own nail design! Below are three simple DIY designs that even a nail newbie can follow!

Valentines Day tutorial1. Start by painting your nails with a light pink nail polish. Allow the nails to completely dry then follow up with a true red polish and small nail brush (an eyeliner brush would also work) to draw on the heart. TIP: If you’re having a hard time drawing on the heart, just do it on one finger as an accent nail!

 

Valentine Nail Design Ideas

2.  Create a beautiful ombre nail look with just a few supplies. Start of by painting your nails light pink. On a covered surface, mix one drop of the same pink and a darker pink shade together in the middle. Take a sponge and dab it into the polish then carefully apply to each finger. Finish off the look by dipping a cotton q-tip in nail polish remover and cleaning up the excess polish.

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3. This last DIY is a creative twist on the sheet nail polish trend. Start by taking a pack of (more…)

Bridal Trends for 2015

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Between the holiday season nuptials and Valentine’s day around the corner, it seems that social media starts to buzz with wedding news every February. Last year we shared the top bridal trends for 2014 and this year we’re sharing even more!

To get the skinny on wedding season early, we decided to ask the experts. We interviewed Sathya and Heather, the bridal geniuses behind the wedding suite site Lakum to find out their favorite upcoming trends. Keep reading to see their favorite bridal trends for 2015.

1. Black and White: We love the pairing of black and white in bridal. For the daring bride, try pairing a gorgeous black and white gown with a stark white bouquet for contrast.

Tea Length Bride2. Tea Length Gowns: This year it’s all about tea length gowns. In the past long flowing gowns were the rule but now bride’s are turning to beautiful ankle baring looks. We love this look because it allows the bride to show off her excellent taste in shoes. Get the look by pairing a simple gown with a strong sexy designer pump.

3. Pops of color: This trend can be in the form of a fun print, trim, or even accessory.

4. Natural Beauty: Unlike years past, this year brides want to showcase their natural beauty. Get the look by opting for neutral tone makeup with a focus on healthy lush skin. Finish off the look with slightly messy, beautiful hair that isn’t overdone. Don’t be afraid to even wear your hair down, not all brides are designed for the updo!)

5. A Suite of Looks: A collection of looks in complimentary styles that make her the star of her own weekend. We love the idea of this because there’s nothing like having a change of looks during your special occasion!

Special thanks to Lakum founders Sathya and Heather for this interview. Lakum is a unique bridal site because they provide the bride to be with a whole suite of mix and match looks for their entire wedding weekend. Want to find out more? Check out their collection here.

Comment below and let me know what you think of these trends? Will you be in a wedding this year?

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Trend to Try: Colored Leather Dresses

Trend to Try-Colored Leather DressesThis trend report may not come as a surprise since leather has been on trend for a few years now. But what may surprise you are the fun colors leather (and faux leather) dresses are being made in this season.
This weekend as you brunch and go out with friends, why not give your winter wardrobe a little color by trying out this trend? We know how to wear dresses even in the winter, so no need to wait till Spring for this trend!
Wanna read more? Head over to Style Bistro to read how celebrities are wearing this trend! You can also shop this trend below!


Comment and let me know your thoughts on this trend, do you plan on wearing it?
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How to Wear Dresses in the Winter

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For those of us who love to wear dresses it’s difficult to say good-bye for the whole winter. Luckily we don’t have to! I get asked all the time about this particular subject and over the years I’ve come up with a few tried and true tips! Keep reading to see my five tips on how to wear dresses in the winter.

1. Top or Bottom: As a rule of thumb when wearing dresses in the winter months, it’s best to find a dress with either long sleeves or a longer hemlines. By covering either your top or bottom, your dresses won’t look out-of-place in the chilly weather.

2. Layer Over. Layering doesn’t have to be boring. Get creative and try putting a sweater on top of your dress to get the look of a skirt and blouse. Not only will you be warmer but you’ll also get more “looks” out of your clothes. You can also try pairing your dress with a cute statement coat.

3. Layer Under: Tights are a must for wearing dresses in the winter. Don’t even attempt to wear a dress without them once the weather gets chilly.

4. Head and Shoulders: Increase your style while increasing your warmth by wearing a cute hat or scarf. This year wide brim hats and fur scarfs are a great touch to any outfit.

5. Knees to Toes: Knee length boots or socks go great on top of tights for extra warmth and style. Not only will you get the benefit of warm legs, but you’ll also be on trend.

And there you have it, five ways to keep wearing your dresses long after the Fall is gone!

Comment below and let us know if you wear dresses in the winter, what are your favorite ways to wear them?

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Best DIY Lip Scrubs

During the winter months, all of your skin needs a little extra attention, including your lips. Winter doesn’t have to mean baring with dry cracked lips. There are several great products you can buy to give your lips some TLC like the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish and Bliss Sugar Lip Scrub. But if you don’t have one of those on hand or just want to make your own it’s easy to DIY one! Many of these recipes are made with products you probably already have such as honey, sugar, and oil. Keep reading to find out the best DIY lip scrubs to get your pout back in shape!

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1. The Au Natural Lip Scrub

What You’ll need:

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • honey
  • brown sugar
  • a teaspoon
  • a tablespoon
  • a mixing bowl
  • small empty jar

DIY Sugar Lip Scrub

2. The Sugar Lip Scrub

What You’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp. Vaseline
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • 2 tbsp. Sugar (white)
  • a tablespoon
  • a mixing bowl
  • small empty jar

Chocolate Sugar Lip Scrub

3. The Chocolate Sugar Lip Scrub

What You’ll need:

    • pure coconut oil
    • honey
    • 1 1/2 Granulated sugar
    • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
    • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract
    • a mixing bowl
    • small empty jar

 

No matter which recipe you choose, all will leave your lips kissable soft!

And if DIY isn’t your thing below are some great lip scrub you can buy now!


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3 Ways to Pack a Carry on Better

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Long weekend trips away are how many of us survive the winter months. With less activities going on it’s fun to getaway for a change of scenery or to visit friends. The only thing that’s not so fun is trying to cram your entire life for several days into a tiny carry on. Often we find ourselves both over on the superfluous and under packed on necessities. To prevent that this year here are a few packing best practices.

1. Plan your outfits ahead. Whether you consider yourself a planner or not, this is one of the most crucial steps. The more you know about what kinds of activities you’ll be doing on the trip the better you can assess what you need to bring.

2. Coordinate a color scheme. This next tip may sound kinda strange but hear me out. I’m not advising that you wear only one color the whole trip (people may start wondering if you’re in a gang or cult if you do that). But do try to have a color palette of complementary and or coordinating colors. Personally, I wear a lot of neutral colors so most of my wardrobe falls into this, but especially when I’m traveling. This allows you to bring less accessories like shoes, jackets, and hats (which is especially helpful in the winter months).

3. Roll with the flow. For as long as you can remember you’ve probably been taught to fold your clothes. Well stop. When it comes to packing a suitcase it’s much better to roll your clothes. Rolled outfits (think shirt on top of pants then rolled together) take up less room and reduce wrinkles.

Whether you made a New Years resolution to travel more or are on the road for work, pack better this year by keeping these tips in mind.

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