The blowout is one of the most important hairstyling techniques to master, but it can also be one the trickiest. I love blowouts since they make your hair look impossibly gorgeous, and a good blowout will actually give you a few days worth of hairstyles. Great for those crazy busy weeks! After plenty of research, along with trial and error, I think I have it down to science…simple and easy, perfect for getting ready in the morning.
- Start with wet hair, make sure you have done a really thorough shampoo and condition, then add a few drops of smoothing serum like Morrocanoil. Give your hair a rough dry until it’s about 60% dry.
- Section your hair into 8 sections (two sections at the top of your head, a section on each side, two at the back of your head and two at the bottom)
- Grab a round brush a dry each section starting with the top, make sure the hair is completely dry, this is really important. (TIP: start with the brush on the outside of the hair to pull it tight, then when it’s almost dry move the brush under the hair to give it bend and body)
- Divide the dried hair into two sections and roll each section with velcro rollers. Once you have all your hair in rollers , go over with the hairdryer on low speed but with heat. Add an allover spritz of hairspray and let your hair set for 10 minutes. (Perfect time to do your makeup)
- Undo the rollers, turn your head upside down and lightly spray with hairspray. Run your fingers through and you are good to go!
Don’t get me wrong, I live for summer, but when the weather starts to change and I feel that chill in the air, I start looking forward to fall. The pumpkin spice lattes, colorful leaves, family holidays and especially the fall fashion. I love the thick September issues of InStyle and Lucky and I start planning my fall shopping… this year one of my must haves is the loafer.
My Mom has worn Stubbs and Wooten loafers for as long as I can remember, and I love their preppy Palm Beach esthetic. I can’t really justify the $400 price tag, so I love that stores like the Gap and Nine West are doing an affordable interpretations (you can also pick up Stubbs and Wooten for JCrew if you like). I picked up the polka dot Gap loafers the other day and the studded Steve Maddens will be my next purchase. This style is really versatile, depending on the fabric you choose, loafers can go with a a great skirt and blouse for work, an LBD for evening and skinny jeans and a sweater for the weekend. Plus I love that they are practical enough to make running errands and being on your feet all day both achievable and stylish! ”If you’re priority is comfort and you’re on your feet all day, make sure you take a look at these comfortable shoes from Simply Feet.
- rose snakeskin and cap toe loafer (san edelman, $149)
- polka dot calf hair loafers ($49, Gap)
- stubbs and wooten blue velvet loafers (jcrew, $400)
- animal print loafers (nine west, $68)
- nine west panto loafer ($79, nine west)
- gold studded loafers (steve madden, $99)
- tassel loafer (jcrew, $238)
My style tends to be pretty classic, so experimenting with nail color is one my favorite ways to partake in new trends. This year anything goes in the nail polish department, from dark shades to light ones, glitter to crackle finishes, plenty of intricate designs and one of my favorite trends… the multicolor or ombre mani.
I love ombre, in fact this cream to coral ombre is pretty close to the colors I used for my wedding last year. We used a white peach bellinis is as inspiration and incorparted shades of champagne to coral to create a graduation of color. (That’s how you know it’s ombre).
I was looking through some of my favorite polishes and realized I could do a similar look for my nails which I really ended up loving. It was playful and modern without being overtly trendy, and the best part, I didn’t have to choose between my favorite Julianne Juelp polish and Mango-get-em from Loreal:)
To recreate the look find 5 polish colors in the same color family that get gradually lighter, start with the darkest on your thumb and move to the lightest shade on your pinkie. This ombre trend a fun way to sport some of this summer’s bright nail polish colors! Enjoy!
If you don’t have 5 polishes that fit the bill you can layer polshes from the same family over each other to get a gradation of color. (The color on my middle finger is a combination middle two polish colors).
Praise the paper-bag waist! Seriously, if you don’t own a pair of paper-bag waist trousers or shorts, you will want to get one. They are super comfortable, really flattering (the ultimate antidote for muffin top) and perfect for anyone who is over low rise pants.
A high waist can be incredibly flattering, and when it’s paired with heels, legs undoubtedly look miles longer. I bought these silk shorts at Madewell last summer and they are my go to pair since they can easily be dressed up or dressed down. Since I have them paired with platform high heels I’m showing a lot of leg, so I like to throw a sweater over the top to tone the look down and keep it appropriate. The white racerback tank is from Nordstrom’s BP section which I always recommend as a great place to get basics. This tank is silky and perfect with jeans for the weekend or a skirt for going out…plus it was only $30.
With the neutral palette of my shorts, tank and sweater, l thought I’d add a pop of color with my favorite turquoise JCrew necklace and a pair of surprisingly confortable color blocked platform sandals. I was actually able to wear this outfit in Seattle this week since it’s been 80 degrees and sunny… who would have thought! Here’s to summer!
Paris photo is from Pinterest and http://savedbythesouthernbelle.tumblr.com
This is one of my favorite times of year…the weather is getting better and we still have all of summer to look forward too! It’s time to run outside, break out our sandals and enjoy long al fresco dinners. With spring and summer in mind, here are three things I think will make for a Fit Fab Weekend.
1. Pandora a Playlist to Paris: My “La Vie En Rose” pandora station is one of my new obsessions. I love playing it while I’m cooking, reading or getting ready in the morning as it’s the perfect way to breathe a little glamour into each day. While picking up and flying to Paris is not always a possibility:)…just putting on this playlist gets me a little closer, and makes everyday more romantic and beautiful.
2. Try Super Pink Lips: I’m a lip gloss addict, in fact one of these days I’ll Instagram a photo pf my ridiculous lip gloss collection just to prove how bad it is. Anyway, lately I’ve been embracing matte lipsticks and I’m loving bright bold pink lips. Celebs like Blake Lively, Kate Boswoth, Emily Blunt and my new favorite Ashley Madekwe (from the ultimate guilty pleasure..Revenge) are rocking pick lips and the color is so perfect for summer. If you want to tone the color down a bit, just top your lipstick with some concealer.
3. Switch Ice Cream for Lower Calorie Gelato: Did you know gelato has less fat and fewer calories than regular ice cream! Awesome right?! Spring and summer are not complete without partaking in ice cream, so why not switch up your dessert and save a few calories with creamy, delicious gelato. It comes is so many rich, intense and amazing flavors that you only need a small portion to feel totally indulgent and satisfied. This picture is from the Williams Sonoma website where they have great recipes for gelato!
Happy Fit Fab Weekend!