Thursday, July 28, 2011

Guest Blogging: What Woman Want

Hi Dolls!

I was asked to do a guest blog post about healthy hair care over at the blog What Woman Want. 
Go check it & let me know what you think.
Feel free to leave comments on their blog as well!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

NOTD: Color Blocking!

 (L-R) Sephora by OPI - I'm Wired, Revlon - Bubble (220) & Sephora by OPI - Hi-Def
 The color blocking trend has been spotted all over the runways, magazines and all over the blogsphere. For those of you who do not know color blocking is the combination of two or more colors blocked in an outfit/ensemble. The trend is definitely not for the faint of heart. It demands attention with the clashing of bright-in-your-face colors.

For those who want to embrace the trend without standing out, color blocked nails is a perfect solution. Or for the girls who are like me who want to stand out even more, adding color blocked nails to a color blocked outfit is a head-turner.

For my nails I used an Orange polish, Hot Pink polish and separated the two with a Coral line for division. 

The versatility of this design is great, the color combinations are endless. I chose to to do one statement nail but you can always go all out with all your fingers and maybe even toes if you're a wild one.

What color combinations do you ladies have in mind? Are you embracing the full color blocking trend? Let me know in the comments :)


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

From the Vault: OOTD

I randomly found this picture on my computer from vacation in Portugal. This was before a VERY long train ride. You can tell I'm excited by the look on my face :/ This is my idea of comfy chic while traveling.

What do you guys wear on long flights/road trips?

Leather Jacket: Marciano
Bag: Roots Woven Leather clutch
Team USA Jersey (Jordan #9): Vintage
Black Moccasins: Aldo


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sibling Tag!

One of a million silly pics of us.

Just for fun my brother and I sat down and took did the Sibling Tag. Enjoy it :)


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Makeover Magic : Feat. Jhanelle

I've mentioned this before but I love these kinds of posts. Taking the time to do someone's makeup is always fun, the conversations the two of you engage in as you work, the inspiration that comes with working on a new face, the laughs, the mistakes, I love it all! 

Before :)

The beautiful model is one of my best friends, Jhanelle. She is naturally stunning so it was all fun working with her. We opted for a classic grey/black smokey eye that was inspired by Jessica Alba.

What do you guys think? I would love to hear some feedback :)

Foundation: Revlon Photoready - 010 Caramel
Concealer: NYX concealer in a jar - CJ07 Tan
Eye Shadows: MAC Eyeshadow - Silver Ring, Knight Divine, & Carbon
Eye Liner: MAC - Feline
Bronzer: MAC MSF - Sun Power
Lips: MAC Lip Liner - Chestnut 
MAC Lipstick - Viva Glam Gaga II
Blush: Nars -Gina
Brows: NYC Brow & Liner - Dark Brown
Mascara: Lancome Defincils High Definition Mascara - Black
Setting Powder: MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder


Monday, July 4, 2011

Hair Diaries: Heat Free Styling

The Hairy Truth
To keep hair healthy it is best to keep manipulation minimal. This includes excessive heat, from blow drying, flat ironing, curling etc. For me this is the hardest thing to do. The amount of styles you can create with  heat tools are endless. So when it comes to heat-less styling creativity comes in. Heat dries out hair and causes unnecessary breakage and split -ends. I try to only use heat on my hair once a month.

Hair Me Out 

There are many way to add curls and get your hair straight without using heat. The process is longer and it will not be exactly the same as using heat tools, but its pretty darn close.

I LOVE big hair. Big curly hair? Even better. No heat? I'm beyond chuffed! Here is how I achieve it all.

Basics: The initial foundation of all these styles is a Bantu-Knot Out. I part my hair in 4 sections and Bantu-knot each one over night. A bantu knot is formed by twisting the hair and wrapping it around itself as you twist, forming the knot. Secure the loose end with a bobby-pin. I personally do not apply any product to my hair, because I want body and movement.


The next morning I let them down and switch my part to a side part. After a little whipping my hair back and forth and finger combing I get this look:

TIP: The smaller your bantu-knots the tighter your curls.


Big Curls. The bigger the better, fluff it up as much as your like! To maintain this specific look, re do your bantu knots each night, so the curls keep their form.

Style Side Note:  
You can create a great messy summer up-do. Which I did but didn't picture. Gather the back of your hair and secure with bobby-pins or spin pins, and leave out your side swept bang. Don't bother being neat when gathering the back, in my opinion it looks best a little messy.


 As the days pass your curls will fall. This style is great for days 2 or 3. Pinning one side of you hair to the side and letting the curls fall is an effortless look.


The last style is the fishtail braid that is getting quite popular. Again, I enjoy messy hair, so the braid is not neat and the curls add texture. By this day the curls are not pronounced so it a great time to stretch the hairstyle out for one last day.

What other heat free styles do you guys enjoy?