Floral Headpieces

Wedding hair styles and accessories have really changed over the last few years, from traditional tiaras, to elegantly accessorized ballerina buns, messy up-dos accentuated by delicate buds, intricate braids and simple hair enhanced by gorgeous floral crowns. Having fresh flowers as part of centerpieces and bouquets is typically a must for every bride, but the new floral headpiece trend, takes the fresh flower idea to the next level. Below are a few stunning examples of this new bridal fashion accessory as worn by the bride, bridesmaids, flower girls and even the most loved four-legged member of your family. What do you think of this style? Would you incorporate for your special day?  

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Flower Girls

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Amazing Face Masks

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During college I worked as a front desk receptionist at one of the best spas in New York City, where I witnessed first hand the lengths that many women go to, to achieve perfect skin. At the time I wasn’t very interested in these treatments, but lately, thanks in part to my mom who is an esthetician, and my new bathroom mirror – which helps me look at every single pore on my face – I’ve become a bit obsessed with them. 

I’ve tried to become more committed to facials and make an effort to go in at least every 6 weeks. I’m a big fan of microdermabrasion – a skin-care technique that uses tiny rough grains to buff away the surface layer of skin. I get a bit claustrophobic with regular facials and don’t like too many creams on my face, so Micro is truly the best solution for me.

I’ve also started using many of the masks my mom has recommended over the years. Exfoliating your skin is very important and should be done at least once a week, but you should also invest in a good hydrating mask, a purifying mask and a regular mask – to help with blackheads and shrink pores. Like with most things, these products can quickly add up and you’ll soon find yourself spending a couple of hundred dollars on them. However, many of the benefits these masks produce can be recreated by simple ingredients often found in your kitchen. Below are three of my favorite DIY masks that are absolutely amazing! 

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Sweet and Soft Yogurt and Honey Mask

4 tbsp plain yogurt ( I use strained Greek yogurt like Fage)

1 tbsp honey

Mix well and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Apply generously to your face and let it sit for 10-15 minutes or until it’s dry.

The low down: In my family we often use yogurt when we get sunburns. It helps cool and repair the skin, and diminish the angry red color. Its acidity makes yogurt a good exfoliator, plus the protein, zinc and lactose enzymes found in it, help dissolve dirt and nourish and soften the skin. Honey is a natural antibacterial, which makes it especially helpful with acne and breakouts. It’s also – as you can imagine- very moisturizing.

This “mask” is one of my favorites. Once you wash your face, your skin will feel, look and smell fantastic. Just be careful and don’t lick your face while you have this on, needless to say this is a mask you can actually eat and it tastes really good.

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Get Fresh with a Cucumber Mask

This one is super easy. Simply apply slices of cucumbers all over your face and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Splash your face with water afterwards and follow up with your moisturizer of choice.

The low down: Cucumber has a water concentration that is approximately the same as the skin’s hydration content, which is why this vegetable is especially good to rejuvenate and moisturize the skin, and make it look more supple. Cucumbers also have a high level of vitamin K, which help erase dark circles.

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Extra Tight with the Egg White

2 egg whites

pinch of corn starch

Whisk the egg whites until small peaks are formed. Then add the corn starch gradually. Apply the mask to face. Leave for 20-25 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

The low down: My grandmother used egg whites on her skin weekly when I was growing up. She’s 85 now and still has amazing skin even though she’s never used a face cream in her life. Egg whites are great to tighten the skin, give you a clear and smooth complexion and help minimize pores. Give it a try, this mask won’t cost you more than 50 cents!

I hope you give one of these masks a try and if you do, please let me know if you liked it and noticed a difference!

Black and Yellow

In the world of shoes, few things are more glamorous and coveted than the red sole. But a new trend has emerged in the last few months that I think is just as much fun and can easily become a staple in your closet: the golden sole. More than a few designers have created pieces incorporating the gold sole, including Christian Louboutin. Below are some of my favorites. What do you think of this look?

1. Giuseppe Zanotti Nana Metal Heel  2. Salvatore Ferragamo Tamina Platform  3. DVF Suede Ankle Strap Pumps 4. Jimmy Choo Shaw Patent Leather Slingback Platform Pumps 5. Gucci Delphine Ankle Wrap Sandal 6. Enzo Angeloni Pumps Sully Platform 7. Christian Louboutin Bois Dore Grosgrain Ribbon Platform Pump  8. Fendi Fendista Pump 

So in Love

Sweaters with big hearts, that’s what this post is all about. You’ve probably seen them everywhere or have added them to your “must buy” list. Ever since the initial Jcrew design  came out for Valentine’s day (and sold out almost immediately) everyone from your favorite bloggers to your high profile celebrities and other semi-famous people, jumped on the Heart Sweater trend.

What’s really great is that most retailers have also embraced this look, which gives all of us the option to either buy a few in different styles and textures or just invest in one good piece. Below are some of my favorite finds.

1. Wildfox Queen of Heart Sweater 2. Billabong Homegirlz Sweater 3. Slouch Heart Jumper 4. Longline Big Heart Sweater. 5. Tippi Sweater in Heart Me on sale 6. Banjo and Matilda Heart-intarsia Cashmere Sweater  7. Asos Angora Sweater with Heart

And in case you want to make this yourself, here is an awesome DIY version.

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If you feel like you just can’t deal with having a huge heart smack in the middle of your chest, below are a few alternatives to this look.

1. Asos Chunky Heart Sweater 2. Asos Heart Elbow Patch Sweater 3. Asos Cardigan with Heart Pockets On Sale 4. Sonia Rykiel Heart-applique angora blend sweater On Sale 5. Topshop Knitted Multi Hearts Jumper 6. Meadham Kirchhoff Heart Cardigan

If you love the elbow patch as much as I do, this little DIY version is super easy and fun to do at home.

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Lemon & Mint Mondays

I love lemonade, especially during the summer. It’s a light and refreshing drink that actually makes you feel healthy and hydrated. Surprisingly, the ingredients used to make this delicious drink can also be used to make your own hair and skin treatments, so you can sip on your favorite beverage while looking your best.

Try this Refreshing Mint Rinse to alleviate an itchy scalp and help with hair growth.

Re-Freshmint Stimulating Hair & Scalp Rinse – The mint in this recipe helps to soothe, refresh and stimulate the scalp, while carrot juice helps strengthen hair speed hair growth.  

What you’ll need:

2 teaspoons of chopped fresh (or dried) mint

1 cup of warm water (distilled/filtered is best)

1 teaspoon of carrot juice (preferably organic)

What to do:

Add the mint to the warm water.  Steep for 30 minutes, then strain.  In a small bowl, combine the mint and carrot juice. Shampoo your hair, then use the Mint Rinse you’ve prepared. Try this out without using conditioner the first time, but if you feel like your hair is too dry, use conditioner the next time. Make sure you use the rinse as the final step when washing your hair.  

 

Lemon Me Up, Buttercup Body Scrub Try this refreshing body scrub to get rid of all the dull, dry skin that’s hiding up your beautious (is this a word?), shiny skin.  Here is an easy recipe for a salt scrub that you can make with ingredients found in your own kitchen. 

 

What you’ll need:   

5 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lemon

What to do:

Lemon juice dissolves salt!!! Yep, that’s a little science lesson for you me. To avoid this “uhhh?!?!” moment, make sure to first mix the olive oil and sea salt together. Once the salt gets coated by the oil, the lemon won’t dissolve it! Then cut the lemon in half and squeeze over the salt + oil. Mix and mash away to your heart’s content. Then scrub away!! Make sure to use the scrub on dry skin, it won’t work its magical powers if you use it on wet skin. So rub, scrub away while dry, then rinse off with your favorite body wash.

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And now that we’re all pretty, shiny and with glorious hair, let’s enjoy another minty lemony (though it’s actually lime) concoction. My favorite drink of all time- Le Mojito. Here’s a super easy recipe to make one of these bad boys at home.

For each Mojito, you will need:

1 teaspoon of sugar
1 large sprig of Mojito mint*
1.5 oz. white rum – 80 proof
1/2 fresh lime cut in quarters
Club soda
Ice

Place the sugar and mint leaves at the bottom of a tall tumbler. Crush the mint into the sugar using a muddler or the back of a spoon. Squeeze lime quarters into glass; drop the limes into the mix. At this point I mix well, pushing down on the lime with a spoon, extracting more juice and some of the oil in the rind. Add white rum, ice, top off with club soda and stir well. Garnish with fresh sprig of mint if you like; serve immediately.

Tip: For a dirty Mojito, muddle well so that the pieces of mint are very small. For a clean Mojito, strain the mixture over ice.

Happy Mojito Monday my friends, and if you are in the NYC area swing by one of my favorite Mojito places in the city: Calle Ocho. Monday is their Mojito special: $5 for one and you get to enjoy their special, free appetizers while you drink away.

Cook up your own hair mask

I have a hair obsession! I’ve made this confession several times including on this blog post. I’ve tried a multitude of hair masks, oils, creams, sprays etc, etc. Working at two different hair salons for over 5 years continuously fed my hair junkie addiction and as with most things, I let myself get carried away.

A mask for once a week, an oil for once a week (isn’t that the same thing?) a cream for split ends that you leave on over night, another one for split ends that you put on in the morning, a leave-in conditioner spray, a spray to tame flyaways, actual hairspray (huh what’s the difference between these?), thickening spray, finishing spray, sun protection spray, I’m going to name this whatever I want because you’ll still buy it as long as it has the word spray in it Spray! And then the cremes: styling creme, texture creme, grooming creme, curl defining creme, straightening creme and on and on and on, mind you I haven’t even covered the variety of shampoos and conditioners out there. It’s gotten to the point where walking around the hair care section of a salon/store has become an anxiety producing torture zone.

Here is the question: Do I need all these products?

The answer ,of course, is NO! But that doesn’t stop me from spending countless amounts of money trying them out, just in case they’ll do something absolutely  ah-mazing to my hair, to the point where people will stop dead in their tracks, in the middle of 5th avenue and scream “O My God look at her hair.” Umm… NO, that’s not going to happen.

So after having this heart to heart with myself, I decided to throw out my junkie treats and just hold on to a few basics… that didn’t work. So then I started looking for at home remedies, and that’s where we are at right now. Check out this amazing mask you can make at home by yourself. You can call it the “I made this mask myself and it cost me $2 mask.” 

Ingredients: a bowl, an electric mixer/beater, 1 ripe avocado, 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil, a hair clip, a shower cap + a blow dryer. You should have most of these already.

Directions: In a bowl, mix half of a ripe avocado (smashed) and 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil (double the recipe for long or thick hair). Using your electric mixer/beater, whip the two ingredients together until they reach a creamy consistency.

Shampoo hair, ring out excess water, then apply the mask all over. If you have fine/flat hair, skip the roots and only do middle to ends. Clip it up and cover it with the shower cap.

Jump out of the shower and warm your hair (while it is in the shower cap) with your blow dryer on a low heat setting for about one minute- heat will allow the treatment to soak in much further than it would without.

Try to leave it on for as long as you can. anywhere from 5 minutes-30 minutes is perfect. Rinse thoroughly with water and condition as usual with one of your 5 your regular conditioner.

PS: To avoid the guac smell, you can also add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil: lavender, chamomile, jasmine… anything you like.

Do you have any DYI hair treatments?