I recently spoke to hair stylist Karla Perea and asked her to give me some quick tips on how to rock you hair naturally
This look is about loving your own natural texture and working with it—not against it. With natural curls there are always pieces that are straighter than the other. To make curls to hold their shape, prep hair with a cream such as Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer and blow-dry hair with a diffuser and voila
These piecey waves manage to be pretty and messy. To get started, apply a baseball-size mound of Redken Spray Foam to dry hair, coating it from the roots to the ends until it all feels saturated. Blow-dry the hair roughly until the foam is fully absorbed, then wind sections around a one-inch curling iron, starting at midlength and leaving the bottom free. Make the ends sharp by running a flatiron over them.
Flip your head upside down, sprits your roots with a light-hold hair spray, and think happy thoughts for about 30 seconds. It takes that long for hair spray to dry and set a style. When you flip your head back up, your roots will have a soft, airy texture and plenty of height.
GROWING IT OUT
Let that short layered pixie hair grow out. For a more natural styling look try using Kerastase Nutritive serum on towel dried hair, groom into place with fingers then use your blow dryer with its diffuser to build up a little volume and create natural movement.
VOLUME IS YOUR BFF
Having a lazy hair day? Embrace the volume, Leave it as is.
Match Bare tresses with a bare face. Accentuate the look with a natural face, to really achieve an overall natual look .
Fly aways are not always a bad thing specially when trying to achieve a natural look. Leave them alone and embrace every single one. Let your long straight hair air dry and watch the flyaways start to do their own thing. Bring yourself back to your carefree childhood days with this look.
posted on: Thursday, February 20, 2014
One of my favorite decades for style is the 1960s. Some of my favorite fashion icons came out during this time period—like Twiggy, Edie Sedgwick and Bridget Bardot. I love getting inspired by past trends, and so this Zara polka dot dress I wore the other day is my ode to the ‘60s…with a modern twist, of course.
The key to retro-inspired dressing is mixing old trends with new trends so that the overall look isn’t too costume-y. To get the ‘60s vibe I chose a couple ‘60s elements like a short shift dress with a peterpan collar.
Then I gave my ‘60s shift dress an updated feel by pairing it with modern accessories: wedge platform booties, cuff bracelet and an artsy clutch.
Instead of wearing my hair in a traditional 1960s beehive, I chose a more natural, modern look and minimal makeup.
I also absolutely love this look because it’s a perfect day-to-night transition outfit. I can wear it out to a lunch meeting and then it still works just as well during Friday night dinner and drinks.
Get the Look
Dress Zara ~ Wedge booties Marc by Marc Jacobs ~ Cuff bracelet Miansai Clutch Commissioned piece by amazing artist Juliana Lazzaro
posted on: Wednesday, January 8, 2014
We all know about face masks, but what about hair masks? If you’re not using a hair mask product, you’ll want to start now because they can totally transform the look and feel of your hair.
Hair masks are fabulous because when you use one, you’ll feel like you’re getting a special spa treatment at home. But there’s nothing worse than spending money on an expensive hair mask that basically does nothing for your hair.
Luckily, I’ve done the work for you, and found my favorite hair masks that really do work.
This amazingly affordable hair mask is my go to mask! it rehabilitates super dry or over-processed hair with the most intense miniaturization ever, making your hair silky soft.
This hair treatment is a perfect refresher for your hair if it’s looking a tad dull and tired. Plus, it’s just a little over five bucks!
3. Joico K-Pak Revitaluxe Treatment, $13.99
This amazing restorative treatment from Joico works to repair damaged hair and breathes life back into it so it looks healthier and bouncier than ever before.
This is one of my favorite infomercial products ever. Ingredients like hydrating shea butter and wheat protein work to pamper and nourish your hair for stunning results.
I love this product because it’s both a conditioner and a deep-hydrating hair mask. This formula is perfect for even super fried, dried and damaged hair.
posted on: Monday, January 6, 2014
1. Stay Hydrated ~ Staying hydrated is so important to keeping your energy up and combating sickness during the holidays. When you feel tired and fatigued, typically you are just dehydrated. Water really is the answer to everything!
Invest in a great water bottle, like a fun and colorful one from Sigg. When you’re out doing holiday errands, always make sure to bring a water bottle with you or keep one in your car. This will help remind you to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated throughout the day.
Also, when you’re at a holiday party, limit your alcoholic beverages to two, max. And make sure to keep drinking water throughout the evening. This will keep you hydrated (as well as avoiding a major headache the next morning!)
2. Fill Up on Healthy Snacks ~ We’re not about to tell you to avoid all the delicious holiday treats like pumpkin pie, eggnog, your grandma’s famous fudge, etc. The holidays are about enjoying yourself and indulging a little. The key is to keep everything in moderation and not over indulge.
A great way to curb your junk food cravings is by having healthy snacks throughout the day that will leave you feeling full and satisfied. Keep a plastic baggy of unsalted almonds or dried cranberries in your purse.
If you munch on these throughout the day, you’ll be less likely to give in to holiday temptation. That way, once you get to the big holiday party you’ll be more likely to only have one slice of pie instead of three.
3. Plan Fun Activities ~ The holidays are a great time to hang around home, lounging and reading by the fire. But make sure you avoid too much couch time by planning plenty of fun holiday-themed activities.
There are so many fun (and active) things to do during the holidays that will help keep you healthy, Go out and cut down your own your own Christmas tree, or go for a snowy walk in the woods. Or even just running around doing holiday errands can help burn calories.
4. Bundle Up ~ It may sound simple, but one of the best ways to avoid getting sick during the holidays is to make sure you dress warmly. Make sure you own a hat that covers your ears, and fur earmuffs are a great (and chic!) option. Even if you live in a warmer climate like California, make sure you own a warm coat because the nights can get chilly.
If you risk it and don’t dress warmly enough on a cold night out, you are greatly increasing your chance at getting sick. So always bundle up and stock up on scarves and gloves!
5. Get Plenty of Sleep ~
Getting a good night’s rest is important any day of the year, but it’s particularly important during the cold weather months when you’re much more likely to get sick.
Between shopping, cooking and hosting family, the holidays require a ton of energy. Instead of overloading on coffee or sugary drinks for a quick energy boost, do things the natural way and make sure you set aside enough time to get plenty of sleep.
Image via Eye-Swoon
Image via Eye-Swoon
posted on: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your daughter, son, niece or nephew? Well, we’ve gone and rounded up our favorite chic gifts for all the little ones in your life.
One of our favorite parts of the holidays is shopping for kids. This is a magical time of year for them, and it’s so fun to see it through their eyes.
To help give you some ideas for what to get all the tots in your life, we’ve found the sweetest toys, books and accessories for all the chic little ones and tiny fashionistas in training.
Plush S’more Goodie, $34: This charming little plush character is an adorable addition to any child’s play room.
Striped Teepee, $159: Kids love to build forts, and they’ll adore hiding out in this chic black and white striped teepee tent. It’s perfect for sleepovers.
Mr. Messy book, $3.99: This series of children’s books by Roger Hargreaves is a classic that has been delighting kids for decades and decades.
Johan the Raccoon, $24.95: How cute is this little stuffed raccoon critter? This plush animal is perfect for a little boy or a little girl.
Minnie Mouse Earmuffs, $7.99: Every little girl loves Disney, and so these darling Minnie Mouse earmuffs are a perfect chic gift.
posted on: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Today I have some more personal street style I’d like to share with you! This is one of my favorite casual looks I’ve worn recently, because it’s so comfortable but it still looks a little dressy. You don’t have to wear jeans to keep things casual. Instead, I love these navy harem trousers from Zara because they elevate the look.
I paired them with my peep-toe booties to lengthen the look and give me some extra height, and then I wore a simple crossbody bag from French Connection. I’m wearing all head-to-toe navy and black, so I added some visual interest with a printed top. A black and white polka dot blouse is a simple and chic way to keep things casual.
Since this is a casual look, after all, I kept my makeup, hair and jewelry fairly minimal. I wore one of my favorite cuff bracelets and my nail polish color is a pale pink (“Ballet Slippers”) by Essie. I love this look for meeting up with girlfriends, trying out a new brunch spot, or just running around town getting some errands done.
Oh, and also, can you spot my favorite Smart Chic Beautiful accessory in this picture? I love my personalized phone cover because it’s an accessory that goes with everything!
Get the Look:
Polka dot blouse Zara ~ Navy pants Zara ~ Crossbody bag French Connection ~ Booties Nordstrom ~ Cuff bracelet Miansai ~ Nail polish Essie “Ballet Slippers”