Slumber parties and braiding each other's 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! With such a statement piece it's best to have the hair simple and 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 usually just tuck 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. 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
Unique, handmade 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'm so naturally drawn to funky patterns and colors. Mixing up prints is a really fun trend to play with. 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 this baby takes the cake! Usually $8 a bottle, but now on sale for only four! It cuts down the frizz and leaves my curls softer and better structured. 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.
Work It In Style
I haven't owned a suit in, well, I can't remember how many years. I've learned you don't have to wear a suit to make a powerful impression. Stand tall, speak well, have a firm handshake and you could nab an interview, land that deal, or score that job. We prefer to make that impression in a splash of color.
Diane Von Furstenberg 'Jeannie' Dress (Blue), $375 Nordstrom
Ted Baker London 'Wallpaper' Dress, $295 Nordstrom
Lauren Scharf's Pick
Jack by BB Dakota William Pencil Skirt (Blue) - $58 Zappos
This vibrant blue, lacy skirt is all the color I need to break through the mundane look of the strictly-business-as-usual office attire. Plus, I like the way it fits tight but doesn't snag or bunch like longer skirts. Especially around this time of year, I like to leave the boring old Black & White for the suits.
Christina Moffitino's Pick
iPad Mini Case, $32 Etsy
I love this studded leather case I found on Etsy because it looks like a clutch! It gives me all the more reason to bust it out and take on those finals I have this week! My iPad is my handy dandy study tool when I'm at school all day. I wanted a case that kept it safe but still had some style to it.
Easter is nearly here and I have fond memories of competing with my brother looking to fill my basket with candy hidden by my mom around the house. Dying eggs was a must-do, and then there is our ill-fated trip to our town's fairgrounds for their one and only Easter Egg and candy hunt, which led to a lot of chocolate covered ants.
*Advice for egg dyeing: use a rubber ear syringe to help blow out the yolk, vinegar and food dye to create the colors and a piece of foam that you stick pins in to create a mat to suspend eggs for easy drying.
On to our Easter themed Friday Favorites picks:
While I’m not a big jellybean fan, I can eat a chick peep or two...
Jacques Torres Chocolate Peeps, Mr Chocolate $5 a pack
Your favorite Easter treat covered in fine Belgium milk or dark chocolate. Each package contains 4 marshmallow bunnies.
Vosges Eater Birdcage, Vosges Chocolate $75
Each metal birdcage arrives with one set of 3 Peanut Butter Eggs, one Banana Toffee Rabbit Lollipop, one set of 4 Enchanted Toadstools, one set of 5 Wandering Hare Caramel Bonbons and one Petits Chocolates Tin Egg, tied with Orchid Purple Grosgrain ribbon.
Christina Wright's Pick
Balthazar the Magician- $56 Blablakids.com
Lace and Pearl Trim iPhone Cases - $8 Etsy
Nothing says "Sunday best" like pearls and pastels, and if you've already got your Easter dress picked out, why not dress up your iPhone as well? These pearl and lace trim cases from the Etsy shop Fancy Lucy are good for iPhone 4 and 5. My favorite is the pale pink/melon colored one, but they come in four other colors that all say spring has sprung!
Christina Moffitino's Pick
Viva Glam Nicki 2- $15 MAC
With Spring almost in full bloom and Easter days away, I can't help but reminsce about the days of Easter Egg hunting and dressing up in my favorite flowery dresses. I love rocking bright pastels in the Spring, and what better way to do so than by adding a pop of color to your lips! The Viva glam lipstick is a pretty pink lavender that'll add the perfect pop of pastel to our look.
With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, we can't help but think of several cheery lines that many people say that day like, "the luck of the irish," "kiss me, i'm Irish" (seen on many t-shirts), to "top 'o the morning to you" and the inevitable search for four leaf clovers in your front yard if you're a kid. Over the years we've all had our "lucky charms" from a $2 bill and fortune cookie messages tucked in our wallets to feng shui house plans and our grandmother's wedding band.
Horseshoes, $9 Etsy
Using a horseshoe as a good luck symbol goes back centuries. Three tips: Choose a horseshoe that is worn. Consider it infused with the energy as it was used to protect the horse and the horse is symbolic as a free spirited, powerful animal. Second: Place the horsehoe with the two ends pointing upwards. The symbolism behind this is that it collects and stores the energy rather than spilling out if it were facing downward. Three: Place the horseshoe above your front door indoors or out, but really any place will do.
Copper Penny Ring, $12 Etsy
The saying goes "see a penny pick it up, then all day you'll have good luck!" I'm hoping this ring is the perfect piece to bring luck around, especially with midterms coming up. I love the vintage style band and the Etsy designer will let you pick the year of the penny. It's a jewelry piece every frugal fashionista needs in her wardrobe.
Bicycle Necklace, $16.50 Store Envy
If you know me, you've seen me wear this brassy vintage bicycle necklace. My favorite piece of jewelry by FAR, and I wear it almost everyday for good luck. It's catchy, it's a good conversation piece, and it shouts "I like vintage alternative modes of transportation!" Perhaps it'll transport you to some good fortune as well?
Christina Wright's Pick
Personalized Gold Hammered Initial & Date Necklace, $64 Stella Salvador
My little lucky charm is this gold hammered initial necklace from Stella Salvador. I had customized with my son's initial and his birthdate, and made into a double necklace with another charm that has my husband's and my initial. It's definitely is one of my most treasured possessions, and goes with everything!
In my mother's day it was all about getting a gleaming tennis bracelet or showing off a charm bracelet that you continually added another dangling piece from your travels. Now it's all about the well curated pile up that happens on your wrists. We picked our favorites from the slew of choices that best describes our style.
When I'm styling clients I always teach them to mix it up meaning pair high with low end, designer with vintage, TJ Maxx finds with Neiman Marcus. This wrist pile up is just that kind of mix. I paired easily accessible bangles from Alex and Ani with one of my all time favorites jewelry designers, Alexis Bittar with a new company that just launched with super affrodable jewels, Mynt Box.
Christina Wright's Pick
A bit of natural, gold, and turquoise...that's all I need to show my wrist some love. Oh they have to be great for layering fun! I've had my eye on the watch from Greta Bean for a while, and the J Crew bracelets would be a perfect layering piece! The Kate Spade bangle would also pair really well with the gold jcrew bracelets. I want them all!
Metallic Denim Bangles Retro Leather Watch Banned Books Bracelet
To layer on the wrist goodies, I started with something simple-but with a touch of glitz. The denim on these metallic bracelets goes with everything, while the gold and silver makes them pop. Then I added on this retro leather watch, because while the bracelets are all party, the watch is strictly business. And finally for the biggest personality piece, I found this banned books bracelet, which shows off not only my unique sense of style, but my literary taste as well. Not only does my wrist look fantastic, but each of these pieces make for a fine representation of my busy weekend ahead!
Layering is a fashion trend that can be done with a flick of the wrist! I love collecting different bracelets of shape, color and texture to curate unique arm swag. Chains are my favorite accessory and I paired it with this really cute bird cuff. I'm a fan of affirmations and one of my all time favorites is staying fierce! I love looking down at my wrist for that little reminder.
We're picking who we believe should win the golden statue at the 85th Academy Awards in less than two weeks. We're reminiscing about Oscar's past and what made a memorable statement. And for Friday Favorites we're sharing looks we'd wear on the red carpet to entertaining plans.
Best Movie: Argo
Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis
Best Actress: I think Jessica Chastain will nab it, but Naomi Watts was awesome as well. ( I tossed over a dozen tissues after The Impossible.)
If I were interviewing celebs this year on the red carpet I'd slip into this gorgeous metallic gown from Marchesa. No reason a film star couldn't ask me who I'm wearing. It has enough cover in the front and full sleeves to be comfortable for hours getting soundbites from celebs, but then watch out when I turn my back on you. It's a dare to bare moment.
And of course, I'd need a wardrobe change for the after party when the dance floor would be beckoning. This sassy animal print dress is black tie appropriate, yet wouldn't impede me from getting my dance card filled with a spin from Hugh and dip from George.
Look back at Oscar's Past
So plenty of actresses have had cray-cray fashion moments on the red carpet, but I'm fond of the women who just seem happy in their own skin. Sharon Stone scored that twice in 1996 and 1998. Remember the black gap mock turtleneck that she grabbed from her closet and paired with a Giorgio Armani jacket and old skirt? And even better, two years later when she wore a crisp white shirt reportedly borrowed from her then husband's closet loosely tucked into a Vera Wang maxi skirt. That was confident and gorgeous. Probably wouldn't fly with the snarky fashion police now.
Best Picture: Argo
Best Original Screenplay: Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
Best Picture: Lincoln
Best Dressed: Anne Hathaway
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain
Lights, Candy, Action Apron, $68 Etsy
Viewing parties are the best way to gather friends together and enjoy good food and the award shows. If you're the host, you still have to look your best, but get really into it by throwing on a festive apron. This unique and hand sewn apron is perfect to keep your Oscar inspired outfit clean from all your party preparations.
Look Back at Oscar's Past
Who could forget the Angeline Jolie infamous leg at last year's Oscars? Her leg became a phenomenon and even got it's own twitter account over it! The thigh high slit Versace dress started a mainstream trend that had every girl wanting to show off some skin.
Special Valentine's Day Gift Issue
So the day that's all about LOVE is less than two weeks away and we wanted to give you our favorite gift ideas that perhaps you'll get for yourself, others or suggest to that special someone to get for you. Adn we wnated to make sure they could be bought and received in time. While we hope all your days are filled with joy (ok, we're sappy sometimes), we know for some this is the day that small or large gestures occur.
Pine and Parcel Wooden Card, $4 Etsy
KCD by Kyle Chan 14 Karat Gold Hummingbird Necklace, $390 Etsy
Myself and my DIY Diva companions have been working on several wood stain projects lately and when I came across this card, I immediately liked the implication of it being a more permanent testament than a paper card. I may have to head into my style studio and create something similar.
My husband gave me this gold hummingbird necklace with the black diamond eye for our anniversary. We noticed several hummingbirds while walking our dogs one day and when he came across this necklace by Kyle Chan in a boutique he knew it'd be a great gift. He was right! I wear it almost everyday, even when I layer on longer necklaces.
Personal Heart Map Wall Decor, $68 Etsy
Are you and your sweetheart from different sides of the earth? Or maybe you grew up next door to one another but now you're tackling long distance? This sweet little custom piece will stitch you two together with a heart made up of maps of your hometowns. It's a perfect gift for weddings, engagements, and you guessed it, V-day! For something more basic, the artist also does one piece heart maps of hotspots like London, Paris, and Italy. Perhaps it's where you got engaged!
My Heart Beats for You Drinking Glass Set, $24 Zbuys
This Valentine's Day give the gift that the two of you can enjoy. Suprise your valentine with breakfast in bed and have these full of fresh squeezed orange juice. This glass set is super cute and meant to be together, just like you and your sweetheart. So pour out some bubbly and cheers to the love-filled day!
Heart Sprinkle Cake Pop, $3 My Sweet and Saucy
To me, Valentine's Day is about the simple sweetness of being in love, like when you were a kid and gave your crush a box of candy hearts and said "be mine". Now that we're all grown up and realize those candies taste like chalk, why not surprise your love with a gift of sweets that are super cute (read: NOT cheesy) and insanely delicious?! I plan to surprise my love with some of Sweet and Saucy's yummy hand painted macarons, xoxo rice krispy treats, and sweet "grownup candy heart" cake lollipops!
It's cold in Los Angeles. You may be laughing at that line, but I'm a former New Yorker who just walked my dogs wearing a parka. So for this Friday Favorites we have picks that lead to thoughts of hibernation in January. We've got plans to entertain at home, journal our ideas and get cozy on the couch with a new book on our Kindle.
Vince Scarf Collar Carcoat Sweater, $296 Piperlime
It's cold outside and this sweater paired with skinny jeans and a t-shirt is perfect for hosting game night with friends, curling up with the latest James Cronin book, "The Twelve" or even layering over pajamas and staying cozy on the couch with my dogs and husband.
Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, $16 Amazon
I'm getting into the grain with my "Read More!" resolution in starting a hilariously entertaining memoir by Jenny Lawson. With comedic voice much like that of Tina Fey's, and family upbringing stories that echo David Sedaris, Lawson eases me out of the last couple weeks spent with my wild and crazy family by assuring me that I could have it so, so much worse. Each relatable chapter will have you laughing out loud, and with a work schedule back in full swing, it'll surely provide some comic relief.
Fashion& Art in London Spiral Notebook, $17 Etsy
Good things happen to us everyday. Sometimes amoung life's stresses we forget about the kind gestures and positive feelings we come across daily. I made it my resolution this year to keep track of all those good things that happen. A good old-fashioned notebook helps me unplug from the all the technology I use everyday. I can keep this in my bag at all times to help keep track of goals and ideas.
The countdown begins! 18 days until Christmas and we're excited to get the tree and decorate the house. Tune in to our videos starting next week filled with gift suggestions, recipes, decor, entertaining and even how to create your own ugly holiday sweater because sometimes you need a break from being fancy. Enjoy!
Jay Godfrey, Adams Maxi Dress, on sale for $270 Cusp
May I pour you a drink? That's what I imagine saying to guests when they arrive at the door for the holidays while wearing this stylish, yet comfortable dress. Just needs some dangly earrings and a big cuff.
Christina Wright's Pick
Essie nail polish, $8 bottle Essie
I am kinda a nail polish fanatic, okay okay, I AM a nail polish fanatic. (There's no "kinda" about it.) I have so many shades and different brands, that I actually have researched buying some sort of modern style nail salon display case for them. Yes, it's that bad! My favorite line of polishes is from Essie. So many amazing colors, and they paint on like a dream! I hope my stocking is filled with these colors from their winter collection. You hear me Santa? I would be such a good girl...with awesome nails of course!
The Body Shop Fragrance Oils and Burners, $16 Burner, $5 for each oil The Body Shop
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