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Beauty might not be top of mind when you think about the holiday season, but it probably should be. I mean, when you get together with so many different groups of people for work and family and church parties, you want to look your best.
Stress (ie bad skin + frizzed out hair) goes hand in hand with said family / work / church parties, and sometimes you’ve got to primp and pamper yourself a little bit to combat the *fun* of the season. Especially if you’re having family photos taken for holiday cards. You want to look all glow-y and shiny (in a good way), your best beautiful face forward and everything.
So how does one get all glow-y and sunshine-y for holiday photos? Well. It all starts on the base layer. Your inner beauty matters first and foremost, but after that, you’ve got to work on your skin. My skin is a train-wreck when I’m stressed, so I have to take extra care of it, especially during the holidays.
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Buying underwear for tween + teen girls can be a seriously stressful experience. And I’m not just talking about your end of the deal as a parent or guardian, I’m talking about the sweet girls you’re taking shopping.
Ladies, do you remember your first experience buying a bra? I was equally stoked and horrified to get my first bra, and the whole experience is a hazy memory of hormones and tears. It was even worse when I went to school the next day and every boy in the 5th grade asked me about my over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder. When they weren’t busy snapping my bra strap. I think the first boy I slapped was, in fact, a boy from my geography class who had done just that. It was pretty horrifying, and I was a tough girl.
Seriously, you guys, will puberty ever get easier for anyone? The latter years of Elementary School and Junior High are a hot mess, and puberty only compounds the whole special experience.
But, the great thing about the world is that now that we have the blessed Interwebz, (saints be praised) we as women can connect to people across the globe and find wonderful humans who … >> find out more...
Are you shopping for the holidays yet? I know I’m jumping the gun a little bit, but it’s never too early to be prepared is it? That’s the Boy Scout motto and everything, so let’s all get prepared together and be shopping scouts on our A-game. I believe in us, you guys, I really do.
I traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to participate in the first AYA Summit hosted by ONE.org in Google’s offices in D.C. It was a meeting of the minds, to discuss what’s being done about global issues affecting girls and women, issues we need to be working on, because the solutions are really simple. I’ll get into all that later, because I have so much exciting stuff to share with you, ways you can get involved to actually make a difference. For real.
But before we jump into that, I need to share some shopping 4-1-1 that’s about to expire.
Have you heard of fashionABLE? It’s an organization aimed at fighting endemic poverty by creating jobs for women in Africa, which empowers them to break the cycle of crippling poverty, violence, sex trafficking, and a host of other issues.
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This fall I’m going for bold fall fashion, and I’m ditching the cardigan-boot combo. They are great basics, sure, but they are called basics for a reason. And who wants to be basic? Personally I go for the clothes that will make me stand out. Pairing bright colors, adding a wild shoe, or wearing a vintage patterned top that stands out will do the trick. Maybe I’ll add a wide belt, a hat, or a high waist detail to daily look, Don’t be afraid of your local second hand store: some of my most treasured clothes came from someone else closet. Fall doesn’t have to be an excuse to burrow into bland colors and parkas and bulky boots. The day is only as interesting as you make it, and the same goes for your wardrobe.
I’m a sucker for anything that looks like it would belong in Cher Horowitz’s closet: shoulder pads, glitter, beads, patterns, etc. It doesn’t always have to be extravagant, but it does have to pop. You can wear something this bold just about anywhere. I like to pull it out for concerts or special occasions where a little bit of drama and elegance are in play. Paired with black or red pencil skirt and maybe a wide leather belt makes a really great look. This is fall fashion that carries right on through the winter holidays, too.
High waist anything is flattering to nearly any feminine figure. No matter what the color, it never fails to make you look sophisticated and fashion forward. I usually go for bold combinations, like the red skirt and green shoes combo you see here. A bit out of the ordinary but not sloppy or gaudy because the rest of the outfit is simple in shape and colors. Fall days can range from sunny and warm to brisk and chilly, so adding a fun denim or leather jacket keeps this ensemble versatile. It never hurts to step outside of your comfort zone and try things that you never thought would work.
All black everything is timeless. This outfit is made up of a turtle neck leotard, high waist black jeans, tan ballet flats, and a cropped denim jacket. This is another little number that can be worn casually or dressed up, depending on the shoes. These comfortable fabrics are ideal for active and hectic days: dance class, shopping, yoga, work/school, lunch date, soccer game…My favorite outfits are those that can be used comfortably, fashionably, and worn everywhere.
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Learning to accessorize can seem a bit daunting sometimes, right? And it seems like the rules of fashion change all the time; sometimes it’s okay to stack bracelets like crazy up both arms, but other times you’re supposed to accessorize with nothing but a simple necklace and a watch.
What the what?
No worries, you’ve got this. It’s okay to accessorize the way you want, but I have some tips in case you’re worried about the fashion police knocking on your door (poor, poor Joan).
I’m a bit of an accessories girl. In fact, unless I’m doing dishes or gardening, or camping for that matter, I’m usually wearing at least three rings and stacks of bracelets with my favorite gold watch. Really. You know why? Because I like it like that, and I’m the boss of my accessories.
Just like you.
A perfect way (for me, anyway) to accessorize my watch is to wear a stack of bracelets on both sides of the watch, above and below. It doesn’t really matter what kind of bracelets, but usually depends on my outfit. If I’m wearing something a little more preppy, I’ll wear less in the way … >> find out more...
Office wear is a tricky thing sometimes for the ladies. For dudes it’s pretty straight forward: if you are a dude and you work in an office you’re either wearing a suit or business attire of some sort. Nice shoes are involved, black socks (hopefully, not white and athletic), button up shirts with a tie and maybe a cardigan or a jacket. For the ladies? Well. Office wear is all over the place, totally dependent on where you work, and how many mean girls there are in your office.
I’m only sort of joking.
Suffice it to say, there are a lot of options for office wear, none of them including a see through top and a black polka dotted Madonna bra. Or flip flops and a greasy top knot.
One *appropriate* option this Fall, and a gorgeous one at that, is a dressed up version of harem pants with heels and a classy blouse on top. If you use the right accessories you’ll look dressed up to hit the morning meeting even though you’re essentially wearing fancy pajamas. EVERYONE wins. Even your cranky boss.
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I’ve got a great little DIY facial scrub for you today. Lately I’ve been seeking out more natural ways to care for my skin. I really love my cosmetics, but I also know that I taking care of my skin with good cleansing is an important part of any beauty regimen. Gentle is always better when it comes to skin care, which is why I love this oil cleansing DIY facial scrub. It’s easy and your probably have these natural ingredients in your cupboard. If not, they’re easy to find at your local market.
So here is what you need:
- 3 Tbsp Coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp castor oil
- 2 Tbsp baking soda
- couple drops of essential oils (optional but I used Lavender)
- About 4 Vitamin E capsules or 2-3 drops of Vitamin E oil
All of these things are super great for your skin. They cleanse, moisturize and rejuvenate all in one. It’s awesome. All you really do is mix the oils together, add the baking soda, essential oil drops, and vitamin E.
After you’ve mixed it all together and you’re ready to use it, here’s how I do it. Take some into your fingers and rub it all over your … >> find out more...
The heat is on, but your makeup doesn’t have to look melted and heavy. A simple summer rmakeup look is all you need. It’s funny how the weather and seasons change the way we do our hair and makeup. I guess it’s because the weather–heat, humidity, air conditioning–affects our wardrobes and skin and even our moods. I know I definitely change the way I do makeup during the summer, opting for lighter, brighter, more natural. So today I thought it would be fun to share my simple summer make routine.
Simple Summer Makeup
Yep, you guys, that’s all you need! And it will be more than enough. In fact, you could even go with less by eliminating the BB Cream and just using the bronzer. Here’s what I use to get this simple summer makeup look:
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- Eye Liner – I am currently using an eye liner I got in my Julep box and I currently love it! Any brown eye liner you can just smudge into your lash line would be perfect.
- Mascara – My favorite mascara, hands down, is this Voluminous by L’Oreal. I’ve tried the expensive stuff and the cheap stuff and it always comes back to