Slumber parties and braiding each others hair may be a thing of our past, but that doesn't mean we don't experiment with new hairstyles. A simple and fun way to create a new look is with hair accessories and we've picked our favorites.
Big Organza Bloom, $35 Ban.do
My girlfriend's wedding in Paris is fast approaching. I've got a gorgeous Ted Baker pink, pale red and cream patterned dress and this bloom will definitely top off the look if I put my hair up.
Christina Wright's Pick
Bright Ikat Twisted Turband, $24 Etsy
I love fun patterned twisted turbans when I am having a bad hair day! I'll usually just tuck and roll all my hair around the back of the turban, and leave a few wisps of hair messily popping out. It gives a put together, but not really put together look...and I always get complimented on it (which makes me wonder why I bother doing my hair on normal days.) These twisted turban headbands from Sararae Shop on Etsy are my favorite! She always has tons of cool patterns and fun colors that you could easily go overboard in her shop. I especially LOVE her floral headbands for the little kids!
Pretty in Pink Tribal Hair Bow, $10 Global Couture
I'm so naturally drawn to funky patterns and colors. Mixing up prints is a really fun trend to play with and the unique, hand made bows by Global Couture are perfect because she has so many fun options to choose from. You can even opt to make them headbands or bow ties. And what's even better...she has them with matching earrings, if you really are in love with a specific pattern. I'll take one in every pattern please?!
Cherry Blossom Moisterizing Conditioner, $4 Bath and Body Works
I've searched for ages for an affordable, everyday-conditioner for my thick, dry, frizzy, multi-textured hair and nothing at the drugstore was working, but this baby takes the cake! Usually $8 a bottle, but it's now on sale for only four! It cuts down the frizz and leaves a softer feel and better structure to my curls. To add to the smooth tendrils, it also leaves behind a sweet and refreshing scent that often lasts the whole day! Now that my hair is tamed, I'll be adding an accessory.
We love an afternoon treat and when we can incorporate a breakfast ingredient, even better. These sticky ooey gooey balls with Honey Bunches of Oats Greek Honey Crunch cereal are simple to make and within a few minutes your biting into a mix of marshmallows, caramel and dark chocolate.
Sticky Ooey-Gooey Balls
6 Cups Honey Bunches of Oats Greek Honey Crunch cereal
¼ cup butter
1 pkg. 10 oz. marshmallows
1 bag 7 oz. dark chocolate
1 Tbsp. water
Melt butter in a large saucepan on low heat. Add marshmallows; cook 5 minutes or until marshmallows are melted and mixtures is well blended, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat. Let cool slightly.
Microwave caramels and water in a medium microwavable bowl on HIGH 1 ½ to 2 minutes or until caramels are completely melted, stirring every 30 seconds.
In a large bowl, pour in the cereal. Start adding the melted marshmallows and caramels to the bowl of cereal and mix all together.
Shape mixture in to 24 balls with cold water moistened hands. Place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet; cool completely.
Heat dark chocolate in a bowl over a pot of hot water on the stove at a low heat. Stir frequently until chocolate is melted.
Dip top of each ball in chocolate; return, dipped side up, to baking sheet. Refrigerate 15 minutes or until chocolate is firm.
How will you be styling your short looks this summer? I styled plenty of looks that go from work to weekend, and brunch to cocktails.
Thanks to (L-R): Christina, plus the board members of Step Up Women's Network - Jan, Tiffany, Daniella & Kim for modeling shorts fashions.
1- Yoana Baraschi summer tweed shorts suit
Gucci bag, available on BeautySak.com
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2- Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent top and H & M embellished shorts
Sole Society clutch
1- Snakeskin print top, Apt. 9 + Beige blazer, Jennifer Lopez
Dark chambray tie front shorts, Jennifer Lopez All from Kohl’s
Sole Society wedges
2- Floral top, Lauren Conrad + White denim moto cross jacket, Lauren Conrad
Mint shorts, Lauren Conrad All from Kohl's
Wedge sandals from Sole Society
Love this photo by Photographer Sharif Hamza of models Cora Emmanuel and Constance Jablonski. The pink hair, the sun-kissed glow of their skin and, of course, the pastel clothes to match the hair-gorgeous!
More Home Decor
We girls scour Pinterest and home decor mags for ideas to add style to our homes and apartments. This week we wanted to share some of the latest decorative items we've bought or are considering adding to our homes for a little light on the patio, an eye-popping room off the pool and even when you're singing in the shower.
Classic Trellis Large Wallpaper in Tiffany Blue, $51 Hayneedle
We have a small second kitchen and full bath on the same level as our pool so guests can dash in and out for drinks, snacks and well, you know. The space used to be all white, but now one wall is covered with this peel-and-stick wallpaper and framed photographic artwork to give the room fully styled appeal.
Oversize Seagrass Basket, $129 West Elm
This basket is the perfect item to store all our blue patterned beach towels so guests can nab one for a day by our pool.
Antigua Tabletop Laterns, $10-$25 World Market
My hot summer nights call for unwinding after a long day on my back porch. Nothing relaxes me more than lighting a candle and burning my favorite incence. We're decking out our patio this summer in cool Mediterranean colors with a boho flair. I absolutely love these candle lanterns because they illuminate in different colors when you have the candles lit. I can't wait to set them up around our tiny porch to create the perfect at home oasis.
Singin' in the Shower Curtain, $25 Modcloth
Perfect for a regular "Shower Idol!" like me. If you like to break into your fave Adele or Justin Timberlake ballad in the shower, or if you're just a Gene Kelly film-buff, you're gonna want to add this to your bathroom decor. It definitely adds a glorrrrious feeling to my morning and nightly routines!
Christina Wright's Pick
Twine-Wrapped Wood Vases, $15-$30 West Elm
I love finding ways to incorporate modern pops of color in my place, but I also love natural organic elements. These mango wood vases from West Elm are the perfect combination of both. They are a definite must buy for me, and I love how the lemon yellow twine would be such a perfect accent to my bright yellow walls in the living room!
I'm a proud Luminary Circle member of this organization. Rah Rah!
Step Up Women’s Network and InStyle feted Emmy Award-winner Julie Bowen, designer and CEO Trina Turk, and Color Force producer Nina Jacobson Friday at its 10th annual Inspiration Awards held at the Beverly Hilton. The 800-guest luncheon is estimated to have raised $400,000 for the organization’s after-school programs that mentor teen girls from under-resourced communities. The honorees were recognized for their professional and philanthropic achievements that inspire women and girls to fulfill their potential.
Ashley Jones, Trina Turk, Marla Sokoloff & Amy Davidson
All wearing Trina Turk dresses: (L-R) Aime dress, Summertime dress, Bisiti Dress & Lifestyle Dress
Bowen’s Modern Family daughter Ariel Winter presented her with the Inspiration Award, while Turk was lauded by InStyle West Coast Bureau Chief Glynis Costin. Hollywood royalty Carrie Fisher served as Jacobson’s on-stage presenter and had the packed ballroom laughing with remarks that sarcastically ‘paralleled’ their careers.
Nautilus dress by Trina Turk on Sharna
On Kathleen-the Vega dress
Step Up Women’s Network celebrates it's 15th year of service to women and girls and was founded by former UTA agent Kaye Popofsky Kramer. Marcia Gay Harden, Linda Cardellini, Anne Heche, Jurnee Smollett, Lesley Ann Warren, Amy Smart, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Kathleen Robertson, Joely Fisher, Lori Loughlin, Kellie Martin, Elisabeth Rohm and Marla Sokoloff also attended. As you can see, many of the celebrities sported Turk’s optimistic, colorful designs, including Bowen.
On Lori, the Lucero dress
The event celebrated Step Up’s Class of 2013, which boasts 35 high school seniors who will graduate and head to college this fall, most becoming the first in their families to attend college. Teen honoree Angie Zavala read a touching essay about her Step Up experience and announced she will attend Cal State Northridge. This marked the fourth straight year that 100% of Step Up seniors nationally graduated high school and were accepted to college. We're proud of our teen girls!
photos by Amy Tierney
Why not join me in becoming a member. You can help mentor a teen girl and socialize with some cool ladies as well.
Go to SUWN.org
Here's our top picks for steppin' out in style this summer... from wedges to flats to even boy-style oxfords.
I already own this style in a honey brown suede and they've become my go-to sandal to pair with jeans and dresses. So when J. Crew offered it in metallic, I had to snap it up. This do-it-all sandal is low enough to go anywhere and keep me comfortable yet chic, which is a must on days dashing around stores and styling clients.
Gramercy Oxford in Rooftop Nubuck/Sunlight, $198 Cole Haan
Cheeky Heels, $80 Seychelle's Footwear
I'm loving the mint color for Spring and Summer. It kinda cools me off in a way, and these shorter heels are so comfortable for strolls along the Santa Monica promenade, warm evening parties, or just a cute, dressy day at work. They also come in cobalt and black with bows in place of the flowers, but the flowers were too cute and springy for me to pass up.
Christina Wright's Pick
Serena Sandal, $125 Nordstrom
We recently did a styled wedding photoshoot and I just love these Sam Endelman shoes we used for our bride. The style is perfect to dress up or down for the summer, and that coral is just the perfect pop of color. Love them!
Christina Moffitino's Pick
Emma (Creme&Black), $50 Sole Society
Every girl needs a go-to shoe. For me, this summer, it's these color blocked wedges. I love that they are a neutral color that I can pair with a variety of different looks. They're super stylish and surprisingly comfortable. I've already taken them out for a night of dancing and a long day of graduation events. I'm proud to report back that any gal would be happy to sport them on a summer getaway or even for a date night with the ladies.
Several days a week we work out, exercise, break a sweat, whatever you want to call it. We do it to stay healthy, but also to feel less guilty when we have a cupcake, or my latest favorite - four berry pie. You may pass us while hiking up Runyon Canyon or be on the Pilates reformer next to us or tugging the straps at a TRX class. I'm hooked on the classes at Pilates Plus Los Angeles. Besides the types of workouts, we all have our favorites when it comes to workout wear. I'm a LuLuLemon devotee when it comes to tops and pants. The pants whether long or capri length are comfortable and last and last and last. As for sports bras I switch between the Barely There Reversible Pullover bra and I recently tried a new style from Anita unique body wear.
A photo from one of my favorite Saturday morning workouts, called Recess from Stephen Divenere's Fitness is Your Friend.
I usually prefer comfy, loose fitted attire when I work out, especially early morning, because nothing makes me cling onto my PJs more than the thought of slipping into some tight spandex creation. However, these pants from Vipe had the perfect stretch and fit to them. With no awkward snagging or bunching I found it so easy to move around in them, plus they've got an invisible little pocket in the back for my phone or mp3 player!
Summer is already here and I'm on a tight fitness schedule to get my body ready for the season's pool parties and beach days. I've grown to like destination running. So whether I'm hiking up Runyon Canyon or working up a seaside sweat, leggings are my go-to workout attire. The energy capri tights from Vipe are by far my favorite! They're lightweight, comfortable and fit in just the right places. The small pocket makes it covenient to hold my house key as I take a quick jog around the park. And Vipe's tech tank has a cut out in the back that keeps me ventilated during my workouts. The material keeps me cool even though I'm breaking a sweat. Wearing them both I feel sleek and ready to take on any workout. Bring it on!
Splish Splash! We're ready for summer with pool and beach bound looks to stay stylish. We're feeling a little cheeky today and calling this our Friday Wave-orites. It starts with our picks for swimwear and then we've added in our essentials from hair products to totes to sandals and cover-ups.
Sea Horse Ruched Bandeau Tank, $98 J.Crew
Sense a theme here? It's all about coordinating navy prints this summer by the pool or at the beach. This is a big towel at 36"x72". For $10, I can stock up on several.
As for the cover up, wear it as a strapless cover up or take the belts and create a halter style or lower it to your waist for a long skirt. For $38 this cover up is worth it for the multiple ways you can wear it. Wear it as a skirt with a tank when you head out and after a day at the beach when you're covered in sun screen and sand you can pull this on over your swimsuit and still look stylish without feeling like you're ruining an expensive piece from your wardrobe.
Christina Moffitino's Pick
Stripe High Waist Swim set, $56 American Apparel
I love high waisted bathing suits because they create such a curvy silhouette without showing off too much. American Apparel has a great selection of styles and colors that you can mix and match with. I personally love to pair their high waisted bottoms with a fun colored top from Target or H&M.
A day at the beach can leave my hair wild and crazy and with the temperatures rising, I want my hair up and out of my face. Wrapping a scarf around your locks is a great way to stay cool and still rock some style while your beach/pool side. And while I'm out soaking up some sun or dancing at a summer festival I have to make sure I don't burn! I love that this sunscreen has a bronze shimmer that gives that sun kissed glow.
Sailor Bikini, $80 Shoptiques
It seems bikini season always sneaks up on me and my not-so-perfect workout regimen, which is why I opt for the vintage look to suit my curves at the pool or beach. I love the hem and the high waist on the bottoms.
And to continue the nautical look, I tote along this anchor beach cooler, because what's a beach day without a few poolside drinks and snacks? Alas, that day in the sun also comes with some serious damage to my hair, so to treat my locks after a long day of drowning it in chlorine and saltwater, I use this repairing hair mask with a Tahitian blend of oils including coconut, which is PERFECT for my curls!
Christina Wright's Pick
Old Navy Twist Top Tankini, Old Navy
Summer is my favorite time of year! Relaxing at the beach or poolside, preferably with a sangria in hand...it's the best! Because I like to change up colors, styles, etc. I don't spend a lot on swimwear, since I know next year I'll want something else. I like this twist tankini style bikini from Old Navy, because I don't feel like I would be "busting out" of it. Haha!
Add this cute DVF coverup & some gold toned sandals, and you've got yourself a stylish little outfit!
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