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.

Drink Like a Lady: Coming this Friday…

11 Sep

I am currently looking at 7 bottles of the country’s finest pumpkin ales, all crying to be opened and enjoyed. Check back Saturday for a full, detailed review on my favorites, plus what you should look for when picking your new favorite!

Jordan Burroughs: Gold Medal Interview

10 Aug

Hey athletes of the world, come talk to me, you’ll win a medal.

Yesterday I posted my interview with Carli Lloyd, the US Woman’s midfielder, before the gold medal match. Lloyd went on to score the only two goals of the game and secure the win for the USA.

And here’s my newest interview with Jordan Burroughs from June, a South Jersey wrestler who just won gold in the 74kg freestyle. I had a great time talking with Jordan: he was hilarious. At the same time when it came to talking about competition you could tell that he was in it to win it and would take no prisoners.

Meet Jordan here from my magazines website, or read below for the full interview: Continue reading

Interview: Carli Lloyd

9 Aug

I’ve been slacking pretty terribly when it comes to posting Olympic blogs. Mainly because I’ve been watching the Olympics.

I’m a huge fan of any competitive sport and all things American, so obviously I go nuts for the Olympics. I’m also a magazine editor (assistant editor, but who’s counting), so I get to work on fun stories all the time.

Last spring, I started a big, long feature on South Jersey’s Olympic athletes. It was without a doubt the most amazing thing I’ve ever had the opportunity to write. One of my highlights was getting to interview US Women’s soccer star midfielder Carli Lloyd, a South Jersey girl that has become a legend on the team for her perfect goals at the last minute. As a huge soccer fan, it was great to get to speak with such a strong woman in one of my favorite sports. Plus, she’s from my turf!

Her interview ran with my other interviews in condensed form, which can be seen here (yes, I’m shamelessly promoting my work and I’m fine with it) but I’ve decided to share my full-length interview on Erica Takes Over. Mainly because it’s too good not to be seen! Carli and team kick off at 2:45 in the gold medal match against their number one rivals, Japan, so make sure you catch it for me since I have to work.

Check out my full interview with Carli Lloyd after the jump!

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The New Girls Take Over

7 Aug

Last winter I made the terrible mistake of dying my hair red. I’ve been a lifelong brunette -except for that short period in high school where I went a stunning shade of pink- and I thought somehow that red would boost my personality in some way. I was so off base.

I recently read an interview in Vanity Fair with one of my favorite actresses right now, Lizzy Caplan, in which she said that she was excited that actresses like her now “get to be the girl” as opposed to the best friend role. Caplan, a pale brunette, is stunningly gorgeous, but you may remember her as the dark and crazy mess that was Janis Ian in Mean Girls.  It got me thinking about television and movies today, and about how brunettes have- in their own way- taken over a role that in the past they never really played. And as a brunette who has now come to completely adore my hair color, I’m all for it.

There’s something to be said about brunettes taking charge of the television industry right now, because in a way it opens up the door for all women to take a new lead in media. Lizzy, Tina Fey, Zooey Deschanel, Mindy Kaling, Aubrey Plaza, Kat Dennings, Krysten Ritter. All unusual suspects in Hollywood that have managed to make a name for themselves as strong, independent, funny, smart, unique and sexy leading ladies. And they’ve used their talents to draw their crowd as opposed to a stereotypical idea of what is supposed to be beautiful in Hollywood.

These women have created  a new persona and pushed the limit on what all women actresses can do on TV. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are proving that you can be strong, funny and powerful without a man influencing every aspect of your life; Kat Dennings and Krysten Ritter prove that women can be snarky and sexy without being labeled bitchy and slutty; and Zooey Deschanel is stepping up and showing women that it’s okay to be girly and cute, because being a woman doesn’t make you any less of a leader or any less in control of your destiny.

Gone are the days of the “quirky best friend” for every woman that isn’t a cardboard cutout of the typical tall blonde bombshell. And gone are the days of every tall, blonde bombshell being labeled as the “ditsy sex object.” Women are proving their chops in new ways. I think that, despite hair color, women have been restricted by their sex in the media, and that is changing. There hasn’t been a better time to be a funny woman in Hollywood then there is now, and I love that I’m on board for the ride.

Shane Victorino’s First Day as a Dodger

2 Aug

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