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A Hair Tutorial You HAVEN’T Seen on Pinterest

13 Sep

I am a slave to Pinterest. Especially when it comes to clothes, makeup, nails… things I’m normally mildly clueless about.

If you find me on Pinterest, you will find an entire board dedicated to just hair styles and makeup, mostly I am constantly looking for ways to curl my hair. My hair doesn’t hold a curl. Don’t join the 23 years of hairdressers and friends in a dorm room with an expensive straightener and tell me “I can make it curl, they just didn’t do it right.” You’ll just look silly. It doesn’t curl. It falls in 10 seconds or less.

Out of the beach wave tutorials on my Pinterest, I have actually tried all of them, as opposed to just pinning it and never looking again. Half of them leave my head partially curled, then the rest slumped and weird looking, the other half turn my head into a frizzy nightmare that can’t even look acceptable in a bun.

So I’m sharing with you my beach curls that I’ve been using for years that actually works. And they’re legit, because I actually got this idea from going to the beach! When I had really long hair it would get knotted up from the waves, so I would French braid my hair into two braids before heading out. Then, when it dried I would take it out and have these amazing waves that actually lasted all day. So here is my super easy, super effective curly/wavy hair tutorial for girls who can’t get it right.

1. Add a small amount of product to the bottom half of wet hair. By wet I mean as soon as you get out of the shower. I use Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly mousse, mainly because it’s crazy cheap. Sure, you can use more expensive products… but why bother? It’s not like I’m styling my hair all the time.

If you dont have any products try adding a few tablespoons of salt to warm water and wetting your hair with that. After all, this is a beach hair inspiration, salt water was kind of what got this idea into my head in the first place.

2. Divide your still wet hair into 2-6 equal parts. The more divisions you make, the tighter the waves will be. I chose six, to get more of a curl and less of a loose wave, but usually I divide it into four. Plus, I always do this at night, right out of the shower and about an hour before I go to bed. That gives me 8 hours for my hair to dry. If you want your hair to stay clean and ready for night time, try doing two parts. The easiest way for me is to split my hair into a middle part like I was making pigtails, then divide each half into their own halves. Tie all of the parts off with their own hair tie.

3. French braid each individual section of your hair. Now here’s the thing: I am completely clueless when it comes to hair. I can do a basic ponytail, I can pin the front back with a bobby pin, and I can french braid. That is all I know how to do. If you are awful at everything like me, I guarantee you that you can learn to French braid your own hair. It is much easier than it looks, and there are 200 tutorials on YouTube and Pinterest. Once you learn a french braid, you can do so so much! Including this tutorial.

When your hair is done all it has to do is dry. When I want this to be clean and ready for the evening I use two braids, and pin the two braids back so that it looks like a neat style on the lower back of my neck that I can wear to work. Plus, once you braid your hair into more than two braids you kind of look like Snoop Dogg… and that’s awesome.

Got my mind on my money and my money on my mind…

4. When your hair is dry, unbraid and voila! It takes about 8 hours for particularly thick hair like mine, but for thinner hair it might take 5-6. No product needed at the end, it should last all day! Below is this mornings’ results, awkward smile and everything! You have to try this out. It’s so easy, especially when compared to all the crazy ideas to get the same results that people put on Pinterest.

 

 

Comment if you have any questions, or if you want to know which tutorials I have tried that have crashed and burned miserably.

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First Day of Fall Fashion

11 Sep

This morning, I woke up to an open window and the crisp smell of fall. And I loved it.

Fall is, without a doubt, my absolute favorite time of the year. Perfect temperature, changing leaves, and the fashion! This morning I threw on the perfect fall kickoff outfit, and here it is!

Skinny Cords, $34 at Old Navy
I just got these corduroys a week or so ago, and they are the most comfortable pair of pants I own. They’re so soft, and they look amazing. And for a pair of corduroys, they’re pretty affordable!

I love this color: colorful skinny jeans are pretty much the number one thing you need to own this fall, but they make the wackiest colors, and seeing as I spend most of my time at work I can’t go running around looking like I just joined a boy band. This blue is a little bit edgy without being too… “wow! look at me!”

Mustard Infinity Scarf, $32 at Urban Outfitters
I actually just finished crocheting my own mustard yellow infinity scarf two days ago. That’s right, I’m crafty! Though I don’t suggest creating all your own pieces of clothing, it was a pretty fun way to get in the mood for fall.

Mustard yellow is my number one fall obsession. It’s one of my favorite colors, and it looks absolutely amazing this time of year. I even own a pair of skinny jeans that are mustard. This color goes with so many more colors than you’d think, and it doesn’t hurt that a scarf will keep you warm when it starts to cool down.

White Tee, $19.95 at Gap
I know, I know, it seems a little crazy to spend 20 bucks on a white t-shirt, but just trust me. I wear plain tshirts a lot, and I’ve realized that if you spend a few more bucks on a good shirt it makes all the difference in your outfit. It can make a casual outfit look a tad bit outdated. That next big step into buying better quality staples? Well, I guess that’s called growing up.

Anyway, I went with a simple white t-shirt because I really didn’t want to distract from the rest of the outfit. The shirt isn’t the best part!

Suede Booties, $50 at Macy’s
These boots are my newest obsession. They just… they look so darn cool! I wear them and all I do is stare at them all day… very little work productivity.

I really wanted some brown boots, but everyone’s going to have the same knee high brown leather boots. I wanted to mix things up a little bit. Oh my gosh, I just love looking at them here. Maybe I’ll just put them on until bed…

Gold Earrings, $24 at Lucky Brand
I’m a big fan of brushed gold with a black polish on them, especially in the fall. Things aren’t supposed to look shiny and new in the fall, with the leaves dying and the colors changing. This darker gold fits right into the scenery!

I don’t have these earrings, but since they’re 30 percent off at checkout I’m thinking of getting them. Lucky Brand makes such great jewelry that’s pretty affordable. And big, dangly earrings can really amp up a normal outfit.

Going Incognito Emerald Green Polish, by Essie
There are so many perks to this amazing color nail polish that I just bought the other day. One, it’s Essie, so it’s going to last forever when you put it on. Two, it’s a really pretty emerald green. And three, it’s Eagles green!! Go birds!!!

Essie runs a little more expensive than the average polish, but if you can find a beauty supply store nearby you can usually get it for 2 or 3 dollars cheaper.

Friday Style: Work to Happy Hour

22 Jun

It’s Friday! And the best part about that? Casual wear at work!

Luckily I work in a creative career that kind of encourages a more relaxed and casual atmosphere, but I love taking the opportunity to work the casual Friday look. I pulled together a style that goes perfectly from Casual Friday to Happy Hour, and I am sharing my secrets with you!

Colored Capris
$24.95 at Target
My newest addiction. I’ve bought too many pairs of colored capris, and I’ve been eyeing up these amazing Target ones lately too. I love colored and black jeans because they can look so cute dressed up, but they can go really casual too. And they are so unbelievably stupid comfortable.

Of course, me being too short to wear normal people clothes means capris are actually full-length pants, so I have to roll them up so they can actually serve their purpose, but I suggest trying a cuff anyway. It looks really cute!

Graphic Tee
$27.99 at Tilly’s
It took me a long time to work up the nerve to wear a graphic tee to work. In fact, today is the first day I’m doing it. I wasn’t sure if it was appropriate, or if I would look stupid. But when used in the right way I think they really work.

First of all, pick the right t-shirt. Don’t go throwing on a shirt with a band name, or some stupid logo, or a picture that might shock/offend/gross people out. And obviously nothing low cut, have some respect girl! I think if you can find the right balance that is more of an art print than a graphic then it can be pulled off really well.

Blazer
$175 at J Crew
The blazer is what makes this entire outfit work appropriate if you ask me. Jeans and a t-shirt are obviously not professional, but when you tie it in with a well-matched blazer it can definitely be done. Cuff the sleeves for a more casual three-quarter style and leave it unbuttoned to show off your shirt.

My blazer was the best buy I’ve made all year, and it may even be worth the splurge of buying something like the one pictured, because it can work in any situation.

Toms
$44.95 at Zumiez
I finally went for the commitment of buying Toms and I couldn’t be happier. They are so comfortable! I thought I would be grossed out wearing sneakers without socks, but they feel more like a pair of socks then an actual sneaker.  I like them for the summer because flip flops do get old, and you can’t go wearing flip flops to work. Plus, they actually help people when you buy them. I mean that’s enough of a reason to spend money for me.

Hoops
$3.80 at Forever 21
You could have rolled out of bed with two black eyes and a missing tooth and with a pair of hoops you instantly look better. They are classy without trying too hard.

If I had a big chunky gold bracelet I would throw that on too, but the search continues for that. These hoops, with a bun and some thick rimmed glasses (yeah I bought rimmed glasses and apparently turned into a hipster overnight. I’m alright with it) finish off the look I was going for perfectly. I feel so cool right now, but we all know the truth.

Summer Staples

11 Jun

Summer is in full swing… AKA it’s freaking hot outside. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the season. New Jersey basically turns into an Amazon forest or something and humidity turns those sunny days into more of a nightmare.

Still, there is one plus: new clothes and styles! I love summer shopping: dresses, sandals, the whole kit and kaboodle. So I’ve done the painful research and found the staples that I need for this summer to at least look cool while I’m slowly boiling in the Jersey heat.

Bright Wedges
Target, $29.99
This has been my year in heels. I’ve never had much of an occasion to wear heels, but now that I’ve got a real job I’ve been rocking them with each season like it’s nobody’s business. In fact, wedges were the reason I decided to write this post in the first place. You can’t avoid them and they are available in the cutest colors and all different heights. My advice is to check out target for some really good deals, like the ones pictured or the ones I’m wearing now that I found for $8! Yeah, call me the ultimate sale hunter.

White Jeans
Gap, $69.95
I tend to avoid white clothing like the plague. White and I don’ get along for too long. It’s only a matter of time before I somehow manage to spill something dark-colored and permanent on a brand new item. I’ve gotten used to walking around with stains on me, but now that I’m turning into a full-fledged adult I should probably make some changes.

I have wanted white jeans for forever, and this summer it’s an undeniable desire. Colored jeans are everywhere, and I’ve been obsessed with white on navy blue recently. Pretty much anything slightly nautical, I’m on board. Plus, they’re versatile: day to night and all that jazz.

Maxi Skirt
Pac Sun, on sale! $39.50
Oh gosh, how wonderful are Maxi skirts? I get little chills just thinking about them. They are like more fashionable sweat pants: super comfy and easy to throw on with anything. Plus, short people like me can usually just roll the top over or do a quick hem on the bottom without any worries. I’ve been secretly eyeing up long skirts for a few years, and I’m so excited that people are finally rocking them. I fully embrace the hippie-chic look, which is why I can’t stop daydreaming about this tie-dyed skirt, but they make a ton of bold colored maxis that, when paired with a solid tank top and some chunky gold jewelry, look effortlessly classy.

Strapless, Floral Dress
Old Navy, on sale! $18.99
Best part about summer? Dresses. Picking one dress for this blog was hard enough, but I’ve had my eye on this little number and now that it’s on sale I feel like it’s time to pounce.

Giant floral prints may look tacky on guys, but they look awesome on ladies so I plan on taking full advantage of that giant step for femininity (sarcasm, everyone, sarcasm). Plus I love a strapless dress with an elastic top. Without that thin piece of elastic you are stuck pulling up the sides of your dress all day long, but it’s such a lifesaver when designers (most likely women designers) use their brains for such a simple solution.

Straw tote
Michael Kors, $328
I am not encouraging you to go out and spend $300 on a purse. That would be absolutely bananas. I’m just saying that if I had the money to throw around this would be my ideal suggestion. It’s actually a purse I stumbled on while I was doing some research for my job (see it in print next month! Yay shameless plugs) and have fallen in love with it. So has the rest of the world, apparently, because it was on backorder soon after it hit the Internet. I love that this has straw, a little leather and the perfect amount of chain. Plus, it is humongous, which is just right for a crazy bag lady like me.

Toms
Zumiez, $44.95
Normally I wouldn’t be able to justify spending almost fifty bucks for a pair of shoes that are practically slippers, but I have to make an exception for Toms. This fabulous brand of super-comfy slip ons actually match your purchase, by delivering one pair of shoes to children in third world countries that could not otherwise afford their own.  That might be why every celebrity under the sun originally made them a trend. I like them because they’re plain canvas, and you can totally tweak them to make them your own.

Patterned Shorts
Gap, $49.95
I’m at an age where cutoff jean shorts are slowly becoming more trashy then trendy, so searching for an alternative was necessary. And then I discovered this year’s patterned shorts trend. I used to wear shorts with designs on them, when I was 10 years old and my mom still shopped for my clothes and everything was covered in pink bunnies and embarrassing stuff like that. So, yes, you can guess that I was slightly hesitant to embrace this new idea.  But then I discovered that patterns can be cute… really cute! And not ugly at all. What a concept!

Erica’s Hot 100… Men!

2 Jun

With the introduction of my Hot 100 just a few nights ago, I thought it would only be fair to the men of the media to make a hot 100 list of the opposite gender. It was hard, but I struggled through it and got it together.

Without any more interruptions, my male hotties.
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Leslie Knope Style

12 May

As all you Parks and Recs fans know, Leslie Knope won her spot on on the City Council this week. So to celebrate I decided to throw together my own Leslie Knope-inspired work style page.

On my first day at my new job I actually went full-Knope. My outfit was completely based on what Leslie might wear. Since I’m not working in an office that requires dress pants and blazers I have since eased up on the fancy clothes, but I still love the way she looks! Cute but professional, serious but a little sassy.

Blazer
Gap, $98
My girl Leslie Knope is notorious for rocking many a blazer in her day. And she looks good doing it. Blazers don’t always have to be stiff and smothering, but they still help you look professional and classy really easily. Even with a pair of jeans you can make an outfit look work-ready with a really nice blazer.

I’m totally obsessed with this blazer, mainly because I’ve never seen a pinstriped outfit for women that I actually like.  But this is right up my alley. So much so that I may or may not have added it to my secret online Gap shopping cart that has been tempting me for days…

Slacks
J. Crew, on sale! $88
As a professional lady surrounded by a bunch of men, this girl needs to suit up a lot. Though she always has the cutest dresses ever outside of work, most of Leslie’s in-work outfits involve some mighty fine slacks.

Now I know what you’re thinking, slacks? Even the word itself it completely terrible. But come on! It’s almost white pants time. Throw this with that blue blazer you’re eyeing up and you’ve got yourself a cute little summer outfit. And if you’re trying to pull a Knope and get your patriotism on? Red shirt, badabingbadaboom. We’ve got the next city counselor on our hands.

Blouse
New York and Company, on sale! $19.99
I have a shirt that’s very similar to this shirt, and the only reason I own it is because when I was looking at it my boyfriend told me that it looked like something Leslie would wear. I didn’t even have to try it on.

Just because a lady is wearing a pant suit doesn’t mean she has to wear the same thing every single time she walks into the office, and Leslie Knope is the perfect example of that. She rocks a lot of flowie-front shirts, and I love it because so do I. They’re comfy and classy, and most importantly, they’re unique! Leslie proves you don’t have to be boring in the office.

Waffle Necklace
TinyHands Jewelry, $28
No matter what is going on, Leslie cannot get enough of her beloved sweets. It’s one of her big struggles, and what gets her through the millions of stressful situations she tends to put herself in. Of all sweets in the wonderful city of Pawnee, she especially can’t get enough of the waffles from JJ’s Diner. The girl loves waffles. It’s kind of her thing. I’m like that with pancakes, actually. So, in one of her many casual acts of adorableness Leslie decided to rock a waffle charm on her necklace in one of this season’s episodes. I loved it, of course, and I loved it even more when I found out I could actually buy that same necklace! And, it’s scented. What!? Shut up, that’s fabulous. I know, right!?

National Princess Week: Kate Middleton

28 Apr

It all comes down to my main princess, the only living, breathing princess of my posts: Kate Middleton.

Last spring, just before I graduated from college, my boyfriend and I stayed up to watch the Royal Wedding on April 29. Unfortunately, as much as I fought I ended up passing out about 2 minutes before the big, famous kiss at Buckingham Palace, but I got to see the glamour of the entire wedding. Kate Middleton’s wedding style stuck with me. Elegant and timeless. On a day when literally the entire world was looking at one misstep to continuously repeat all over the tabloids and she got it perfect. She didn’t miss a beat. And she still hasn’t. I love this girl. I love her style. She is the perfect princess.

Ronni Nicole Dress
Kohl’s, on sale! $54
When I was looking for a dress for my Kate inspiration my mind went right to her engagement photos. She had on a beautiful blue dress, similar to the one here but much more expensive.

The Duchess of Cambridge has the most perfect body in the world. It’s not even fair. She gets the prince and the body? Come on, universe! Anyway, in almost every dress I’ve ever seen her in she finds a way to accentuate the thinnest part of her waist, then has the bottom  hem flow out widely. And I don’t know if I’ve ever seen her wear something sleeveless. Pretty much the exact same shape as the dress here. I don’t know if I could ever wear a dress like this; I’m pretty sure you have to have a damn-near perfect body to do it, but I can dream right?

Diana’s Engagement Ring
Amazon, $49.99
Since Will and Kate got engaged I have come close to buying this ring or one of the other million replicas available online way too many times. I really need to own it. Walk around with this giant rock, and when no one is looking slip it on my left hand ring finger and pretend that I’m a soon-to-be-princess. Don’t pretend that you don’t want to do that too. I respect the princess like crazy, because she knows exactly what to do in her situation. She is the next big thing in the media, while trying to balance pleasing her royal family and pleasing the public who is still madly in love with her husband’s late mom, who her in-laws weren’t too crazy of. Can you spell soap opera? Having lived in England I can tell you that the British press is totally ruthless. Kate hasn’t missed a beat. She must drive the paparazzi crazy.

Nude Heels
Payless, $29.99
Kate was my inspiration for my nude fashion obsession. She makes conservative and old-fashioned look so good. She has been rocking nude heels like nobody’s business for the last year and I needed to get in on that action.

Since then my life has been nude heels and nude nail polish and non-flashy jewelry and cardigans. I feel like a Republican’s wife sometimes with the crazy amount of neutrals I have filled my life with. But I love it. You can never not feel classy and sophisticated in a pair of nude heels. I might be giving the princess a run for her money, if I do say so myself.

Nude Stockings
Pretty Polly, £5.25
I feel like Kate’s stockings are one of her biggest claims to fame. I remember how crazy people went when she showed up in Los Angeles, the land of all things skimpy, last summer with them on. I, for one, loved it. I am crazy pale, and I don’t tan, so really good stockings add an extra bit of color to my disgustingly pale legs. Anything that gives me an excuse to hide my sheer skin is good for me. These are the stockings that Kate is alleged to wear. The cost comes to about $8 (maybe a little bit more, I’m still used to converting in the year 2009) and best of all, they are actual nylons. If you’re a vintage lover, this website is for you. They have nylons with the seems still stitched up the back of each leg! Not to mention all their other really unique designs.

Sapphire Solitare Necklace
Target, on sale! $31.99
The princess had a very similar necklace to this in her engagement photos, and it’s so fitting of her. Simple, but stunning. Enough to shine in a crowd, but not enough to actually draw a crowd.

Kate proves with almost everything she wears that you don’t need to be glitzy and over-the-top to look phenomenally good. You just need to learn how to rock a few well-selected items. I always try to be inspired by her, which is why she makes the perfect princess to end my princess week with. There’s no better princess out there.