Monday, June 30, 2014

5 Days of Easy Summer Hairstyles - Day 5: Olivia Palermo's Tousled Ponytail

Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl
I love, love, love Olivia Palermo's entire beauty and fashion look from her wedding. Everything from the 3-piece bridal ensemble by Carolina Herrera to her tousled ponytail was non-traditional and still, so very chic.

UK celeb hairstylist Mark Hill, who has worked with Olivia before, offers tips on how to get this very simple look:

Friday, June 27, 2014

5 Days of Easy Summer Hairstyles - Day 4: Half Ponytail, Half Braid

I was hit with the fatigue bug yesterday, so apologies that I wasn't able to post the hairstyle for the day!

I used to know how to french braid my own hair, but somehow that skill has gone by the wayside. However, I came up with another way to pull my hair back that incorporates a braid, but is similar to the ponytail hairstyle I shared earlier this week. I call it the half ponytail, half braid look.

Carrie Underwood On What Makes a Woman Truly Beautiful

Carrie Underwood beauty quote

Carrie is Almay's newest ambassador, and in the following video she offers her definition of beauty...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

5 Days of Easy Summer Hairstyles - Day 3: Side Low Ponytail

Jessica Alba wearing a side low ponytail
Jessica Alba wearing
a sleek side ponytail

If you want a sophisticated everyday hairstyle with no fuss, the side low ponytail is the way to go. It's classic, chic, and so easy to do.

White Is Always In Style


I saw a headline recently saying that "White Is the New Black".


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

5 Days of Easy Summer Hairstyles - Day 2: The Topknot

Topknot inspiration from Lucky Magazine

I found inspiration for today's easy summer hairstyle from the June/July issue of Lucky Magazine. The topknot has been described by my brother as the "lazy girl hairstyle", but of course he doesn't understand the pain of having long hair and the challenge of styling it everyday.

So what? I'll own up to my laziness and sport this hairstyle like it's 1999 - because that's about how long I've loved the topknot. It can be worn casually or for a fancy night out.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Healthy Eating: Super Easy Summerlicious Smoothie

Fruit smoothie

Part of inner beauty is eating healthy, so in the past few years I've changed my eating habits. I do have junk food every now and then, but I don't stock my cupboards with it anymore.

Besides juicing, this summer my go-to drink/snack has been fruit smoothies, and my favorite has been the strawberry/banana/blueberry smoothie.

5 Days of Easy Summer Hairstyles - Day 1: A Twist On the Old Ponytail

Easy Summer Hairstyles
When it comes to hairstyles, I'm all about quick and easy. However, my idea of a quick hairstyle this past month has been throwing it up in a messy bun, which is the ultimate hairstyle rut.

Over the years I've posted hairstyle challenges, and this week I'm going to share very easy summer hairstyles that can be done in less than 10 minutes. Today's hairstyle is a fun version of the old ponytail. I saw this "trendy" style while browsing through fall runway shows, but I'm sure many of us have been rockin' this look since elementary school, myself included.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Remedies For Sunburn and Peeling Skin

A couple weeks ago my friend had a birthday party for her daughter at the beach, and I made the mistake of sitting out in the sun for 8 hours. I definitely felt the burn that night when I got home.

I'm a little leery of using just any sunscreen because I'm one of those people that believe many sunscreen lotions on the market today are poisoning you. Unfortunately, I was unprepared for sitting out in the sun that long and didn't buy an all-natural sunscreen prior to the party.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

My Girly Tomboy Look

My San Francisco outfit
I've been in love with my Forever 21 polka dot leggings that I bought during my trip to San Francisco back in April, so it's only right that I wear them during my visit back. It was a whirlwind trip with one of my best friends and her daughters, and we had a blast doing all the touristy things since they've never visited this beautiful city before.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

15 Minutes…To Younger-Looking Skin


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Friday, June 6, 2014

Rihanna the Style Icon Bares It All

Anna Wintour and Rihanna at CFDA Awards
Anna Wintour and Rihanna

So the big fashion buzz for the week was Rihanna's jaw-dropping dress that she wore to the CFDA Awards this past Monday where she was presented with the Style Icon Award.

I was shocked for two seconds, then gave her props for being so bold. I'd much prefer to leave a little something to the imagination, but apparently Rihanna is perfectly fine with putting it all out there, and people are not happy about it. I totally get that Rihanna wants to stay true to herself and express her unique style, but at what point would it be considered indecent exposure? Or is it indeed an empowering fashion statement?