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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Review: Bumble and Bumble Air Styler creme

air styler creme

Everyone knows that French women never blow dry their hair and neither do I, perhaps for different reasons though. I'm always worried about the heat damaging my hair as well as sheer laziness. Of course I would love for my hair to still have the body of a blow out. I was excited when I came across this Bumble and Bumble product that promises the same texture and body without blow drying. After using it for a month I think my hair did have more texture and lift and it didn't feel like there was any product in it which is very important to me. Price wise it's about the same range as other Bumble and bumble products meaning it's a step up from drug store brands.

  • No heavy product feeling
  • Nice texture, very bouncy!
  • No heat!
  • Not sure if it really made my hair shinier
  • Still requires a good deal of time twisting and scrunching hair, not necessarily a time saver

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas Loop Giveaway!

Happy Holidays everyone!!! Seeing as it is the season for giving, I’m here to tell you about a fabulous giveaway! I have partnered with 14 other women to help you or someone you want to share these items have a GREAT holiday season!! We've got an amazing giveaway planned for you and do you want to know what the grand prize winner gets? The grand prize is comprised of:
an iPad Mini 2, a Burgundy ASOS Faux Fur Keychain, a Serotonin Necklace from Simpli Stamped, a Forever 21 21 Shade Eyeshadow Palette, a Forever 21 Scarf/Gloves Set, AND a Blue Trifold Wallet from Henri Bendel!!
Well that was quite a lot of stuff huh? Well now that you know what's in this fabulous giveaway, it's about time you learned how to win everything right?? Well there's only 1 real rule that you have to stick to!! I presume that you found out about this giveaway from our respective Instagrams and you came here to learn more!! This is a loop giveaway, which means that if you want to be eligible to win, you MUST follow every person in the loop to win!! So head to mine right now and find out who the next person in the loop is!! You'll know that you've completed the loop when you get back to my profile! There's only 15 of us so you get to follow 14 beautiful other people who blog and Instagram about a lot of other topics!! I've enjoyed following them myself, so I'm sure that you'll love them as well!!
Well now that you've gotten through the rules,  now you've got some extra chances!! There came to be SEVENTY ONE different options for you all to win, with 15 of them being the mandatory Instagram follows, which still leaves over fifty ways for you to get ahead of the curve and improve your chances of winning!! This season is all about giving, so give a little back to yourself and enter our giveaway!! We can't wait to announce our winner!! x
Happy holidays everyone!!


Sunday, November 1, 2015

The 6 most famous pieces of jewelry

November is National Real Jewelry Month so I thought it would be good to kick it off with a post dedicated to some of the most famous pieces of jewelry.
engagement ring
The Duchess of Cambridge wearing her engagement ring
Princess Diana's engagement ring, given to her by Prince Charles is a large sapphire surrounded by diamonds. It was given to Kate Middleton (now the Duchess of Cambridge) when Prince William proposed.

leopard bracelet
Another famous bauble belonging to a British royal is this leopard bracelet that belonged to the Duchess of Windsor.
la peregrina
Everyone knows that Elizabeth Taylor was obsessed with jewelry. This pearl, ruby and diamond necklace contains a pear-shaped pearl that was discovered in the 16th century. Designed by Elizabeth Taylor with the help of Al Durante of Cartier, this piece was another gift from Richard Burton on January 23, 1969. But how did Taylor get her hands on a 16th century pearl? Originally found in the early 1500s in the Gulf of Panama, it became part of the crown jewels of Spain. From there it was given as wedding gift from Prince Philip II of Spain to Mary Tudor of England. It was then passed down to Spanish queens Margarita and Isabella. But it wasn't until 1969 that Burton famously purchased the pearl—for a relative steal at just $37,000—for Taylor. Christie's estimated the necklace's worth at $2 million to $3 million.

Empress Eugenie
The Louvre paid almost $11 million dollars for this piece! Empress Eugenie's bow brooch is a sensational antique diamond piece made in 1855. Originally intended to be a buckle for a diamond belt—you know, something simple—Eugenie wound up asking her jewelers to make it more elaborate and into a brooch!
Designed by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. the stars and moon necklace is gorgeous. The center diamond is an impressive 5.29 carats and has 586 diamonds set in platinum surrounding it. The total carat count for the necklace is 127.86. And you can purchase it for $2.8 million from Tiffany.

tiffany diamond

Found in South Africa in 1877, Tiffany & Co.'s iconic 128 carat yellow diamond is on permanent display in the company's Fifth Avenue store in NYC. But Audrey Hepburn briefly wore the staggering gem in publicity photos for Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Ankle strap flats

ballet flats

These easy to wear shoes are my favorite thing ever since the strap really adds a little something to the boring ballet flat. Best to wear them while you still can before it get too cold!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Halloween Costume: the Chanels

scream queens

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I am all about creating costumes from items you already have/will wear again in everyday life. This year I am also obsesses with the new horror/comedy Scream Queens, and the baddest sorority clique ever, The Chanels.

The group wears primarily pastels, making the look easy to achieve. Chanel Oberlin, the leader, is known for her big dark sunglasses. Another main point which is really fun is the outrageous furs the girls wear. Chanel #3 wears earmuffs while #5 routinely wears pearls. The outfits are always fashion forward with extremely girly details like florals and frills. Happy Halloween Scream Queens!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Are you a fashion chameleon?

Lately (really since moving to the city) I've noticed that I've become a fashion chameleon of sorts. Well all know that chameleons adapt to their surroundings by changing colors as a way of camouflage. Just as some people use fashion and dress as a way of standing out, a fashion chameleon uses it as a way to fit in. Its more than just adapting to the seasons or even dressing for different occasions. For me, I noticed that I was following others and adapting my style to fit in with different groups I interacted with to the point where I wonder if I even have a definitive style of my own. Perhaps this is normal, and style should be seen as more of a bricolage many different styles. Some of my own style groups can be seen below.

Intern- Definitely an understated chic filled with flat slip on sandals and denim minis.

Class- Class time was definitely about dressing to impress. Filled with labels (or the very least Zara knockoffs).

Work- Lots of trendy pieces like platform sandals while still complying with the dress code.

Do you see yourself as a fashion chameleon? Leave a comment below!

Monday, July 20, 2015

How to make your shoes more comfortable

Nothing is worse than having a pair of shoes that love but are a pain to wear. Here are some tips to make your shoes more comfortable so you can walk and stand for as long as you want.

  1. For heels that are super high, your weight is obviously forced to ball of your foot. Some padding in the front of the shoes should provide relief.

  2. If there is a little too much room in the back of your shoes, then add a little but of cushion to the heel.
  3. If the back of the shoe is rubbing against your Achilles, add some cushion to the back to raise your heel.
  4. Another trick for heel is to to tape together your two middle toes. This provides a little extra stability on your feet. You can use a bandaid or medical tape.
  5. To prevent blisters from forming use extra protection all over your feet or where you are most prone to blisters. You can find it wherever you find running gear.

Of course lower heels, wedges, and block heels will give you more stability and comfort. Check out some great comfortable shoes for summer time below!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Exhibition Review: FIT's YSL and Halston: Fashioning the 70's

le smoking
YSL Rive Gauche Le Smoking, Courtesy of FIT
The 1970's was a time for big changes in fashion, namely the demise of haute couture and the rise of pret-a-porter. In the Museum at FIT's current show, Yves Saint Laurent and Halston are the title of "biggest designers of the 1970's". With their work shown side by side, one can see that there were indeed consistent trends in this decade.

The 70's mark the rise of the designer as personality. Both YSL and Halston were featured on tv shows and partied at the infamous Studio 54. The exhibit itself mimics the infamous club with its white floors, disco ball and 70's dance music. The designers differ in how their careers ended. Halston's career declined by the end of the decade while YSL was seen as a hero of fashion upon his death. 

The exhibit features certain themes, including menswear inspiration, exoticism, and historicism. The best example of menswear inspiration is Saint Laurent's Le Smoking (above). Both designers drew on history for inspiration. For YSl this involved following in French designer Paul Poiret's orientalism with an exotic use of color. On the other hand, Halston rejected such ornamentalism. Instead, Halston drew inspiration from designers such as Vionnet and her complicated use of the bias cut and Claire McCardel's American sportswear.

When museum exhibits focus on two designers in a single decade one can forget that there were many other influential designers at the time. Such a side by side comparison seems simplistic for an entire decade.

The exhibition is open until April 18th.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Case of the Tuesdays

Every Tuesday starts off the same with my regular kripalu yoga class. As the day goes on however, I can't help but feel depressed. By 5pm I want the day to just end. I couldn't help but wonder why this dark feeling was so linked to this particular day in the week. Shouldn't a day that begins with relaxing yoga bring relaxation and peacefulness? In particular, I noticed that my self esteem was pretty low on this particular day.

As I reflected, I realized it all had to do with what I was wearing; my yoga clothes. Because of laziness, I didn't feel the need to change my outfit after yoga practice just to do work in the teachers lounge. However, my ripped yoga pants, sneakers, and ponytail don't make me feel beautiful. My make up free face still makes me feel uncomfortable, though I would never exercise with it on.

The days that I carefully pick out my outfits, do my hair and make up, are the days when my attitude improves. Should the way I dress really affect my self confidence so much? Maybe, maybe not. Psychology believes that self confidence does not come from nowhere. One thing I know is that I'm not alone. How one dresses can affect what one does, how they act and even think. Dress is very much a situated bodily practice.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Ready for Spring

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Ali Ro Baby blue and navy stretch cotton blend colorblock sleeveless dress

 I'm definitely ready for spring. Going outside with 5 layers on just isn't doing it for me anymore. Thank god its officially. Winter always makes me feel like I have to wear a lot of dark colors so I can't wait to pop out the brightness.
madewell dress

This is a very dark winter look. Dress is Madewell, Lipstick is Chanel.
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