If you’re looking to try a new (but simple) hairstyle for fall, this braided half-up look is the perfect solution. It works for everyday or you can easily dress it up for a date or even a wedding. This works best with hair at the shoulders or longer, but could certainly inspire hairstyles for shorter cuts as well. And really, braided styles are easier than you think.
To start, make sure you have clear elastics, bobby pins, and a curling iron. You may also want hairspray and a finishing creme to prevent frizz. Let’s get started!
First you’re going to create two small braids on either side of your head. I always recommend holding the braid in the direction you’re going to pin it so that you don’t get any weird bumps, etc. Then pin both braids from one side at the back of your head and repeat on the other side. Remove the clear elastics and add in 1-2 more bobby pins to secure the braids in place. Finish by curling the hair that’s left down (you can also leave it natural or straighten it!). I also used Dove Flexible Hold Hairspray to keep the braids in place without making the curls look … >> find out more...
While it’d be nice to run to the nail salon every week for a professional manicure, I think every woman should know how to do her own nails. But when an at-home manicure rarely lasts more than a day or two, it makes sense that we turn to the salon so often. The key is knowing how to do your at-home manicure as well as the professionals to make it truly last. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Just follow this tutorial below.
In order to make your manicure last, it’s important to start with a super smooth surface. Buffering your nails is the best way to achieve that. (You can snag a buffer block from any drugstore.) Next, as you get ready to apply your color, always wipe one side of the brush onto the edge of the bottle so that all of the polish wipes off of that side. You may want to dab the other side just a touch as well — you really only want a little bit of polish on the brush. Apply a thin first coat to all of your nails. (I’m using Essie Marshmallow.)
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Boyfriend jeans. We all want them but it’s easy to assume they only look good on super skinny models. Well, as a not super skinny model (or a model at all for that matter) I am here to tell you that they can be worn by us curvier women too!
Recently I got a pair of boyfriend jeans in my fashion subscription box and I couldn’t be happier with them. They are the perfect summer jeans, if you ask me, because they aren’t shorts, but they’re not jeans. In fact, they are great for any season. They’re fitted but they’re not tight and they are most certainly not skinny jeans. They just look easy and cool and that’s exactly what they are!
Boyfriend jeans style
See what I mean? Easy-breezy, right? I paired these boyfriend jeans with my plain white t-shirt, wedges and some long necklaces. The half up top knot is a summer favorite of mine and I love the look with this super casual style.
If you were wondering how to wear or if you could wear boyfriend jeans, you can. I’m sure you can. And with how comfortable they are, you’ll be thankful you gave them a try. Here are … >> find out more...
Summer vacation might be coming to a close but it’s never too late to squeeze in some little weekend vacations. Those are my favorite kinds! Not too much work to prepare and just enough time to get away and enjoy yourself without being gone too long. On those types of vacations, whether you’re flying or driving, it’s nice to keep things simple, am I right? I’m all about minimal makeup, dry shampoo (hello, life saver!) and cute hairstyles. So today I thought I’d share some of my beauty travel essentials.
These are some of my very favorite drug store beauty products. With these items you should be good to go for your next vacation! I don’t usually wear very little to no makeup at all when I’m camping, but these lightweight products would be perfect for that or even a beach vacation, and ideal for long flights as well. Here’s what I included:
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- Face sunscreen (I got it in my BirchBox and really like it)
- Aveeno CC Cream – it’s lotion with coverage and SPF. Wins all around!
- Revlon Nearly Naked Powder – just as the name says, it’s barely there! Enough to give some nice coverage but it doesn’t feel heavy at
With summer coming to an end, it’s time to get the most out of your dresses before it’s too late. The great thing about dresses is that they are super versatile. What makes them so versatile? They’re great for layering. Whatever you layer over your dress can totally change the look and feel of your outfit. Whether it’s a denim jacket or a statement necklace, these additions make all the difference. Check out my top tips for transitioning your summer dress from day to night.
Start with an easy breezy dress like this white one from Old Navy. Your key pieces for making your summer dresses more casual? Flats and denim. Denim is my go-to when I want to dress down a look. Try a denim jacket or a chambray shirt. Simple sandals are a great daytime staple as well. I recommend a pair of slides (these go with everything!). Bring in some color to brighten up your day look with a printed tote.
The best way to make your dress nighttime ready is by swapping out your accessories. Instead of flats, go for something dressier like a wedge or heel. Jewelry is key — opt for something that really … >> find out more...
This year, we’re oversimplifying our life in an effort to stay on top of the crazy school madness before it even begins! So in that vein, we emptied out our closets instead of cramming them full of new school clothes, and what happened is we, magically, discovered exactly what we need for school and the next 9 months of life. It turns out, all my son needs to get through school and swim and everything inbetween was three pair of shoes: a pair of shoes for church, a pair for school, and a pair of flippy sandals for swim team practice.
It’s a variation on the theme my mom played every year: simplicity, basic needs. My mother took all 8 of her children shopping the week before school to pick up two pair of shoes each: a pair for church and a pair for school. And I have to be honest, I kind of like it. It keeps things basic and full of purpose and easy to maintain. It was also a fun way to shop with my 10-year-old for whom shopping isn’t usually his favorite activity. It forced him to really think about a pair of shoes he could … >> find out more...
Let’s talk hair for a minute, shall we? Hair is a big deal to me, mostly because about the time I turned 21 I realized it wasn’t a huge thing to just swap out hair with the seasons like you would a nice throw rug in your home. Easy, relatively painless, and the overall effect is so visually impressive it’s hard to stop.
Aside from the pastel colors, my hair has been every natural color available: red, blonde, orange, black, brown, and currently dark brown streaked with silver. I’ve also done almost every hairstyle: pin straight and long in high school, the Rachael in college (if you’re too young to get that reference, you can Google it. it wasn’t a good look, even on Jennifer Anniston), a short “mom” bob after my daughter was born, long again but with strong bangs this time, then short and layered with side swooped bangs, blonde and short like Posh Spice (again, see Google if needed), short and black (see Katie Holmes) and finally, buzzed on the sides and mohawk on top a la P!nk.
It’s funny to me, as I’m looking back at the last two decades of the evolution of my current … >> find out more...
It’s no secret that traditionally, a functional but cute camera bag has been hard to find. Until, that is, my rock star friend Maile created Epiphanie Bags, a line of gorgeous camera bags, because the need was there (big time) and she’s a genius.
I’ve owned an Epiphanie camera bag for over 5 years and I love everything about it. It’s stylish and utilitarian, and sometimes I use it for a purse without even taking my camera anywhere because that’s how much I love it.
But when I do need a purse to hold a camera, my Epiphanie bag is my go-to. I use it as my personal item on any flight I take across the world because it fits just right under the seat and holds all my essentials, (including my super precious camera).
Maile (the creator of Epiphanie) recently re-designed all her bags, this time using 100% leather. And you guys, the bags are gorgeous.
I’m personally torn between the Chelsea and the Catalina. But I’m definitely not averse to the Florence either.
I’ll take one of each, please. In every color.
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With the contouring craze taking over the makeup scene, it feels like we’ve gotten far far away from some of the basics. What about the day-t0-day makeup that everyday women wear to work or run errands? Contouring is not very realistic for the typical lifestyle, so it’s important to master your face makeup in a way that fits your everyday routine. For this look, you only need four products: concealer, foundation, bronzer, and blush. Let’s walk through each step!
Step 1: Concealer
Start by applying a concealer under your eyes and onto any dark spots or blemishes. I like to apply the product with the applicator and then blend with my fingers. Here I’m using bareMinerals Stroke of Light in Luminous 2.
Step 2: Foundation
Choosing your foundation really depends on your type of skin and your preference. I typically have dry, sensitive skin so I like a liquid rather than a powder. I also like something that’s good for my skin and can hydrate it at the same time. I rely on bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream in Suede for my everyday foundation. I apply a few swipes on each section of my face and blend with their super … >> find out more...