Winter Handbag Trends

January 17, 2017 § Leave a comment

I bought my first nylon Prada shoulder bag at the ripe age of 12 and haven’t stopped loving handbags since. A handbag addict like me is always on the look-out for new trends, and winter 2017 did not disappoint. We’re seeing new handbag materials, patterns, shapes, and sizes are coming forth and making some big waves on the runways.

Here are our favorite handbag trends for this winter:

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·Not boots with the fur, but handbags with the fur! Real or faux, the biggest handbag trend this season is to have fur handbags in a variety of colors! We love the idea of matching our fur bag with our fur coat for a great street style look.Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 3.16.03 PM

·If you’ve been holding on to that mid-90s designer handbag that everyone has been telling you to just get rid of for years now, congrats, it was actually a good investment! Classic monogram handbags are back! The perfect way to wear your retro bag and bring it into this century is by investing in a new, longer strap. Take it a step further and complete your mini messenger bag with a chain strap!

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·Lunchbox bags were a big hit this season! Although, most of them weren’t even big enough to fit your lunch in! Look for this style of bag at your favorite vintage or thrift shop, these were super stylish back in the day. Make yours Dolce&Gabbana esque by adding a bit of bedazzle!

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·Clutches are a great statement maker, look for this new kind with a hand strap! This will make your clutch easier to carry and keep up with. It almost makes the handbag a whole new accessory!

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·Every great handbag deserves its own accessory. A favorite of model Kendall Jenner, adding a puff keychain to your bag is the new lanyard. Try monogramming yours or adding patches and buttons to really show off your personality!

What’s your favorite winter handbag trend? Let us know in the comments!

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Product Review: Kocostar Foot Therapy Wrap

January 12, 2017 § Leave a comment

It’s time to get real. Real about our feet, more specifically our 3 inch heel on a consistant basis wearing, callused feet. I remember when I was young and calluses weren’t even a part of my vocabulary, now almost daily I’m scrubbing with a pumice stone. So I decided to try something new, I was shopping the other day and came across the Kocostar Foot Therapy Wrap. I thought, “why not” and I gave it a try.

Here’s what happened:

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·I first got home, and took a shower so my feet were squeaky clean since I was about to have them wrapped up for an hour an a half. I opened the pa
ckage and found two white, squishy, origami puzzles inside. Admittedly, I spent the first ten minutes struggling to find the hole my foot actually fit into–ripping one of the wraps in the process. When I finally had it all figured out, I slipped my foot inside and secured them exactly how the instructions confusingly told me to. Since I had ripped one I was a little worried about them sliding off, so to be extra secure I pulled two hair ties around my ankles.

·Then I waited one and a half hours… (definitely suggest you have something pre-planned for this part). The sensation of having the wraps on was very relaxing, although it’s impossible to not constantly move your toes around the gel inside. They felt cool and soothing. When the alarm sounded I hurriedly ran to my bath tub, ripped the wraps off and washed my feet. They were extremely soft, but there were still obvious signs of calluses. Sadly I went to see what I did wrong. The internet informed me that the product takes a few days to work. So no biggie.

·About three days passed and I was seriously thinking nothing was going to happen from my $9.99 foot wrap. But then, it happened. My feet began to peel like crazy. You don’t understand how many layers of skin your feet have until you use this product. A week later I had amazing calasus-free feet

If you have feet problems like me I definitely recommend the Kocostar Foot Therapy Wrap. Despite my early problems and frustration with not getting immediate results, this thing works. I’m definitely buying again.

Try out the Kocostar Foot Therapy Wrap and let us know what you think in the comments!

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The History of Makeup: 1960s

January 10, 2017 § Leave a comment

Let’s take a look at the History of Makeup: 1960s.

Barbra_Streisand_-_1966The 1960s “Baby Boomers” decade was a time that was filled with new ideas and thoughts as the youth were ready to take charge of their lives. A big way of self-expression during the decade was in fashion and beauty which could be easy seen. From those who were natural and wore little to no makeup, to the high-fashion lovers with dark eyeshadow, everyone wore their ideals on their face.

Similar to previous decades, makeup had mixed opinions as some women believed that makeup was a way to enhance their beauty and rid their flaws, while other known as Feminists were openly removing the products from their home as they believed it was a way to make women sexual objects.

 DIFFERENT YET THE SAME

Surprisingly, the 1950s look which consisted of elegant eyes and pink lips was brought into the 60s but was completelyhqdefault enhanced with the raise of the mod look and beautiful models like Twiggy and Jean Shimpton. Although two other looks (classic and hippy) were on the scene, the mod look was most known for its dramatic eyes and lightly colored lips and the iconic long eyelashes.

1960s MILESTONES:

  • Magazines were excited to share with readers, step-by-step- instructions on how to use the new makeup fad, lip brushes, and how to blend their own lip colors.
  • The cosmetic brand, Mary Quant, designed makeup for the young generation of modish mini skirt and go-go boot wearers.
  • Eyelashes became a must have! Lashes were made from every human hair, synthetics, and even mink.

THE LOOK:

FACE: Women were heavy on the powders during the beginning of the decade but later began to use just enough to cover blemishes by the end of the decade. Around 1963, women began to use coral, pink or peach blush all over their faces to create a natural glow.

BROWS: Women desired the clean, groomed, shaped and defined look which they accomplished with a brow pencil.

EYES: The eyes were the complete centerfold of the look during the 60s with the use of false eyelashes, mascara and lots of eyeliner. The most popular colors during this time were blues, greens, greys and whites. A signature look was a pale colored eyelid with an un-blended or smudged dark crease line which was applied in an arch from the inner eye to the outer eye.

Eyeliner was used to give the eye lots of dramatics with the combination of dark eyeliner around the eye and white eyeliner drawn over the upper lid to the corner of the eye.

False eyelashes were all the rage starting around 1964. Young women would sometimes wear them every day sometimes even with two layers on the top and bottom lashes that they would trim.

LIPS:  Because of the dramatic eyes, lips were much understated with lights colors of coral, pinks, and peach which was outlined with a pencil.

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Winter Jewelry Trends

January 5, 2017 § Leave a comment

We love our jewelry, but we’re always looking for new, innovative trends in the accessory world. The winter runways offered great looks and impeccable accessory pairings. We did the research to get our winter jewelry shopping on jump-start. Be on the look-out for oversized pieces, geometric metals, and off-balanced earrings.

Here are a few of our favorite trends from the winter runways:

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·Single earrings are the biggest trend this season! The best part is, you don’t even have to invest to be rocking this one. Take your favorite earring and just “leave” one behind. The biggest thing to remember is that the earring you choose really has to make a statement! This will avoid you looking like you just forgot your other earring…

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·Raw stone necklaces are a great way to add major impact to your simple outfits. This trend is available in a variety of colors and sizes so you can really customize your look. Try wearing them as a “tie” under a collared shirt!

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·Arm chains are a super cool idea for this winter! These are simple and chandelier-esque — just enough to be noticed. Try adding an arm chain over your long sleeves, it will add a great edge to your street style!

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·Pearls are back from the grave this season! Lately, we’ve been shopping pearl studs and ear cuffs, but now we’re reverting back to the traditional. But, you shouldn’t add a necklace like this to your work skirt suit; combine a feminine pearl necklace with your edgiest get-up. Denim jacket with patches? Check. Leather pants? Check. Pearl necklace? Check!

 

What are your favorite winter jewelry trends? Let us know in the comments!

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Creating a Modern 1970s Makeup Look

January 3, 2017 § Leave a comment

saascsdThe 1970s created a modern look that women take their own spin on when applying makeup today. The time was all about a sun kissed healthy glow and the first major use of contouring took place. Nothing says “California girl” quite like the makeup of the 1970s.

Here’s how to get the look:

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·The Face. A light liquid foundation was used during this time. This was followed by a bronzer that was applied liberally all over the face, then darkened under the cheekbones for a contour. Berry blush shadows were applied on the cheeks in an L shape, from the hair line to the apple of the cheek. Although this look may not look very natural today, it was considered that way at the time. To translate this makeup today, we suggest using a liquid foundation followed by a bronzer only to contour the face.

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·The Eyes. Eyeshadow was a major statement of the decade. Bright colors were important and they were applied in layers of 3. One color covered the eyelid, another color formed an oval above the lid, and a third was taken all the way up to the brow bone! In order to not distract from this, a natural application of brown eyeliner and mascara was used on both the bottom and top lashes. We suggest to use muted colors to get this look today, browns of all shades work great! Keep your eyebrows natural and combed to mimic the models of the 70s.

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·The Lips. Lips definitely took a backseat on this makeup ride. Clear lip glosses were widely popular to complete the natural look. Sometimes, women would even cover their lips with foundation to make them as muted as possible. We suggest sticking with a clear, or even nude lipgloss.

There’s your 1970s makeup look! When we rock this bronzed look we feel very athletic and youthful–true to the time. How will you wear makeup trends from the 1970? Let us know in the comments!

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Product Review: T3 Hot Rollers

December 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

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There’s a new technology in hairstyling, it’s called Tourmaline. This “science of fabulous” emits maximum ionic heat to safely penetrate every hair strand. Giving you the look you want, without the costly damage.

The T3 Hot Rollers ($99) are one of the first products to harbor the new design, and we decided to give them a try:

·Out testee was Taylor, age 25. She described her hair as being fine, thick, and long. It was her first time using this product. Her best advice for how to use the product is to watch the Youtube video the T3 company made.

·Taylor used the rollers by first sectioning her dry hair into 8 sections; 2 on each side with 4 in a line from her forehead to her neck. Then she rolls the large sections when the rollers are hot! Taylor likes a strong curl, so she opts to leave them in her hair until the indicator on the end of each roller turns white, about 20 minutes. Then she takes them out, lets her hair cool for another 10 minutes, and uses her fingers to break-up the curl to give a tousled look!

·Taylor loves the product and now uses it about 3 times a week! She loves the volume the T3 Hot Rollers gave her hair, and the little frizz it came with. The curls even hold 2 days for her.

·The one downside to the rollers? Taylor said that occasionally the rollers would not heat properly. Because of this she was left checking the plug-in connection often to make sure it was heating.

·Despite this, Taylor would absolutely recommend the product to her friends! And she even said if the product stopped working, she would purchase another one herself. Totally worth it.

If you’re wanting big voluminous hair without the hassle of a curling iron, this is definitely the product for you. Keep your hair healthy with the new T3 Hot Roller Tourmaline technology. Try it out, let us know what you think!

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Winter Sunglasses

December 27, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Summer has passed, but that doesn’t mean the sun won’t shine. It’s definitely not the time to neglect your eyewear, and with the new winter trends, you won’t want to! But this season’s runway focus wasn’t on the frames on your face, but rather the lenses within them.

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·Gradient lenses are huge this winter! These come in a variety of styles and colors. This lens is a great way to add some fun to your look! Instead of going all-out with a bold color, try this demure style.Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 3.35.21 PM

·Mirrored lenses are the most rock ‘n roll of them all. Channel your inner Axl Rose with gold or silver mirrored lenses this winter. Not only do they look super cool, they are a great way to hide your eyes on those lazy winter mornings.Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 3.35.25 PM

·Go bold this season with colored lenses! Bright and bold, these sunglasses stole the show at this season’s runways with designers like Opening Ceremony and Kenzo leading the charge. This youthful trend will make you forget it’s not summer. Try pairing them with your coziest white sweater and denim jeans!Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 3.35.06 PM

·Clear nonprescription glasses have been a big trend for a while, and they aren’t going anywhere. Not only are they here to stay, they’re keeping their nerdy edge. Custo Barcelona and Gucci featured large frames with clear lenses like these. Add them to a printed tea length dress to complete the look.Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 3.34.47 PM

·Blacked-out frames are the perfect accessory for winter. Keep your eyes protected and combine these with your everyday uniform to add some mystery!

What are your favorite winter sunglass trends? Let us know in the comments!

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