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DOUBLE DUTCH BRAIDS from gym to the office

IMG_2742The argument for waking up a bit earlier to style and “do” my hair in the morning just has never been that compelling. Maybe because I prefer a bit for of a tousled look, or maybe just because I’ve never really known how to style my hair well, either way, I am always on the lookout for quick & easy hairstyles that will get me out the door on time and one that I don’t have to keep fixing all day.

We just started playing around with the Double Dutch Braids and I am obsessed. Remember that braided crown we did a while ago? Well, it’s the same braiding technique, but this time we are braiding straight down the back of your head instead of around. Basically, it’s half the work & you can do this on the train to work in the morning – yes, it really is that simple!

Perfect for the gym & adorable for work, we have a feeling this is going to be your favorite no muss, no fuss hairstyle this season. Still unsure about how to master the Double Dutch braids? We’ve called in one of our favorite stylists from StylistedChristina Gauthier – to show us how!

IMG_2639THE STEP BY STEP

1. Start with a clean part that extends all the way down your head. Cleanly separate the two sections and pigtail the left section on the side of your head.

2. On the right section, separate the top of your hair into three sections. Dutch braids are basically the inverse of a French braid, so instead of pulling the pieces of hair under one another, push them on top. Or, if it’s easier to think of it this way, start French braiding and then do the opposite. The right piece goes under the middle and then the left under the middle, while adding more hair from the root.

3. Work that pattern until you’ve reached the end of your hair & secure with an elastic tie. Un-pigtail the left section and repeat.

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MAKING YOU BLUSH the best finds for any skin tone

IMG_2883I have never really been a makeup kind of gal. Truthfully, I don’t really know what I am doing. Between some moisturizer, a little mascara, & a good shade of lipstick, I feel pretty well rounded and it takes me less than 30 seconds, so you can’t really beat that. Recently, between Breann’s beauty column, our guest contributors, and the experts sharing their secrets from Stylisted, I have started to expand my daily beauty routine a bit & have found my secret weapon – blush

I know, I know this might be old news to you, but what I mean is that I actually started caring about it. By that I mean, using blush that compliments my skin tone & started applying it with an actual brush & not my fingers. So, we got our blush-guru, Christina Gauthier from Stylisted, to show us how to up our beauty game.

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Depending on your skin tone, these shades of blush will compliment your already radiant skin:

Gold/Olive undertones: Go for something with orange tones or slightly reddish pinks. They will help highlight your brightness.

Pink undertones: For a natural look, stick with light pink but for something a bit more dramatic try peach. It compliments your coloring and gives you a healthy glow.

So, for those of you (like me) who had no idea how to apply blush (think those pink circles dolls have on their cheeks), Christine says to sweep it along your cheekbones (if you don’t know where they are, suck in your cheeks & see what stands out) and extend the color up to your temples. 

Put on a little more than you think to give you a natural glow that goes more chic than “just came in from the gym.” So, what do you think? We are tucking away our bronzer for another season & getting back to our blushing basics!

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RUNWAY TO REAL LIFE rachel zoe edition

IMG_6460Oh, hi! Lauren here & today’s post is something I have been looking forward to for a long time. Here is the thing, I am basically fashion illiterate. I have no idea what culottes are, get very confused by anything that claims to be ‘body-con’, and if it isn’t black or cream, I basically can’t see it. This doesn’t mean I don’t like fashion, it just means that I am not as gifted as others at putting trending outfits together.

In an effort to be a better dresser, we are launching a new series – Runway to Real Life – where we break down an ad, runway show, trend, etc. and help work it in to your normal attire. I mean, don’t get me wrong, as much as we would all love to wear gold eyeliner & flowers in our hair, I feel like your next strategy meeting might not be so open to your new found fashion savvy. Hence, this column!

We take something trendy or fashion forward, in this case Rachel Zoe’s latest Spring 2016 collection, and find ways to incorporate the look or feel into more real-life scenarios. Sound fun? We hope so!

IMG_6497Rachel Zoe’s Spring 2016 collection was all about cool ’70s & ’80s vibes – but in a chic, romantic way. Don’t think orange corduroy or denim skirts, but more a romantic Lauren Hutton goes to palm springs and brings all of her creams, whites, and fringe. Now, you get it!

We interpreted Rachel Zoe’s runway to mean lots of white & cream layers with relaxed makeup & a fun, kind of messy hair. How can you incorporate this in your everyday, office appropriate life? Pull out those white jeans (or even light denim), front tuck a loose white shirt and maybe pair with with a loose fringy jacket or something with a little flair. Still need some inspiration? We’ve got some fun starting points right here….

IMG_6472THE TWISTED FISHTAIL

1. Fabulous stylist Andie Pierce from Stylisted helped us out with Isabella’s look, so to mimic it completely, take two sections above each ear & fishtail braid them back until they merge. For a bit of an easier start, take two sections above each ear and twist them backward & secure with a clear elastic.

2. Pull the two sections (twisted or fishtailed) back into a small ponytail. Divide the ponytail into two smaller, equal-sized ponytails & separate a small section of hair from the outside of the left ponytail.

3. Pull this piece across the top of the left ponytail over to the right ponytail. Don’t twist the hair as you bring it across, just a flat, straight pull over. Next, separate another small section of hair from the outside of the right ponytail. Pull this piece across the top of the right ponytail over to the left ponytail.

4. Repeat steps 3-6 until you run out of hair. If it get’s messy, that’s okay – it looks better that way! When you’re finished, secure the ends with a second elastic. If you used an elastic to secure your top two sections (that you twisted or fishtailed) together, snip it off so it all looks like one fluid style.

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SIMPLE SPRING MAKEUP so fresh & so dewy

IMG_1629Okay, so it might not be spring-time outside, but that doesn’t mean a girl can’t pretend. We are breaking down another super fun makeup look that is perfect for that dewy skin look that says, “I just spent a week at the spa and my skin is glowing form the inside.” Sadly, that isn’t my life right now, but a gal can dream, right?

Don’t worry, we aren’t talking about 50 shades of contouring or breaking down strobing (because who has time for that, really?) Just three simple steps and maybe a few new tricks to get gorgeous glowing skin in under 5 minutes. Now that is a makeup routine I can get behind!

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STEP ONE: The Base

Start with MAC’s Strobe Cream to add a dewiness to the skin and prep the skin for makeup. Just a little goes a long way, so don’t go overboard!

Next, apply foundation (we used Makeup Forever HD) and conceal where needed. Again, just spot treat.

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STEP TWO: Sassy Cheekbones

Next, it’s all about those fabulous cheekbones! Define your cheekbones by brushing Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder and a neutral berry blush (Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure) right under the cheekbone going upward.

To highlight, we used (and are obsessed with!) the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop on the cheekbones, brow bone, center of nose, cupid’s bow, center of forehead and center of chin. Highlighting sounds much more complicated than it really is. Don’t think contouring or strobing, just lightly dust the powder on the above areas and see play around with a look that works best!

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STEP THREE: The Finishing Touches

Last, but certainly not least, your eyes & lips!

For the eyes, we used the  Viseart Neutral Matte palette with some Champagne Pop in the center of the lids for added light. This is a soft enough color to wear during the day, but moody enough to transition to a fun afterwork activity.

For lips, Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick in Dusty Rose is the perfect match, as it’s sheer so it can never look too harsh on the lips!

Top it off with a simple three step Dutch braid crown & you are ready for just about anything!

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If you are like me & not very savvy with hair or makeup, I more than recommend my gal Mollie at Stylisted. It’s the most amazing service that allows stylists to come to your home & get your hair and makeup ready in no time, plus it’s insanely affordable! Trust me, you’ll love it.

So, think you’ll try it out? Let me know below!IMG_1487
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