Monthly Archives: September 2015

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 Heading to the salon or your local beauty supply store is fine and good, but your fridge and pantry can provide a host of delectable ingredients that will nourish and rejuvenate your hair, as well. From mashed bananas to blended carrots to strawberries, fenugreek seeds and beyond, chances are you have many of these ingredients at your immediate disposal. Snack on some, of course, but also put them atop your head as DIY hair treatments that make for glorious, glorious hair.”

DIY Hair Treatment Recipe Instructions:

Carrot Detox

Either finely shred your carrot by hand, or put it in a blender to break it down. Combine with two tablespoons of coconut oil and mix well, then apply to dry hair. Let it set for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse in the sink (to keep carrots out of your bathtub drain). Condition and style per normal.

Strawberry Banana Hair Detox

Chop your four strawberries into small pieces and then either mash them by hand or use a blender to puree. Combine with one mashed banana and two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Apply to shampooed hair and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Shampoo, condition, and style per normal.

Almond and Avocado Treatment

Crush or blend your almonds, then cut your avocado in half and remove the pit. Mash the almonds into the avocado and then combine with olive oil, mixing well until you have a smooth consistency. Let the mixture set for 20 minutes before applying to allow the ingredients to fuse, then apply to shampooed hair and let set for 10 to 15 minutes before shampooing.

Egg Yolk Mask

Separate your egg yolk from the white and beat the yolk. Slowly add the milk, mixing as you do, then add the honey. Apply the mixture to your hair, starting at the ends and working your way up. Let the mask set for 15 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Hot water can make the egg cook, so stick with cooler water.

Fenugreek Strengthener

Blend your fenugreek seeds into a powder, then combine with yogurt to make a paste. Apply to dry hair and allow it to set for 30 minutes before rinsing and shampooing. Fenugreek is rich in proteins and vitamins, which strengthens hair.

Blackseed Oil Conditioner

Maximize the effects of a normal conditioner by adding equal parts coconut oil, blackseed oil, and your normal conditioner. Mix well, then saturate hair and throw on a shower cap. Blackseed oil makes hair fuller and stronger while coconut oil adds shine.

 

post written in collaboration with Latest-Hairstyles.com and Wendy Rose Gould

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Looking for a pair of sunglasses that will soar above the rest? Then you’ll definitely want to check out Warby Parker‘s new Bird sunglasses. These elegant, Italian-crafted sunglasses were designed from a Warby Parker x Maiyet collaboration.

If you’re unfamiliar with Maiyet, they are pioneering a new luxury by creating a fashion brand that celebrates rare artisanal skills from unexpected places. Maiyet’s uniquely inspired, design driven collection seeks to revive ancient techniques and elevate the next generation of master craftsmen from places such as India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mongolia, and Peru.

After debuting on the FW15 runway earlier this spring, the Warby Parker x Maiyet collaboration Bird sunglasses are finally available at Warby Parker You’ll find them in three classy, earth-toned colors inspired by nature’s neutrals.

Bird in Burnt Honey with Cream

Bird in Jet Black with Striped Oystershell

Bird in Striped Oystershell with Jet Black

 



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Delicious news! ALOHA is launching a free trial kit of their tasty teas! This Ultimate Tea Kit will contain one bag of each of their flavors (Lovers, Protect, Clean, and Beauty) plus their coconut sweetner — all for free! You only need to cover a small shipping fee of $2.50.

ALOHA’s herbal teas balance, purify, nourish, and beautify. And their coconut water powder (ALOHA Coconut) adds a dash of hydration and refreshing tropical taste to any beverage. Both are made entirely free of chemicals, “natural” flavors, or artificial ingredients. 

Tea is incredibly good for you and definitely deserves a place in your diet. Here are 5 tips for how to incorporate more tea into your life: 

Cook with tea: Replace the water in any of your favorite recipes with tea for a delicious, all-natural flavor boost. Try black tea in your morning oatmeal. Robust black tea-infused oatmeal with maple syrup and slivered almonds is always a stunningly easy-to-make gourmet breakfast.

Add tea to your workout regimen: Studies have shown that drinking green tea daily can help shrink fat cells and make muscle cells more active, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, due to the EGCG and caffeine in green tea. So drink up in order to move more quickly into that lean, toned body!

Make tea your afternoon pick-me-up: It’s 3pm and you’re dragging. Try a refreshing tea instead of chemical-laden sodas, sugar-filled juices or heavily caffeinated coffees. Tea will give you a gentle energy uptick without the jitters or subsequent energy crash. You’ll feel better, sharper and ready to finish the day strong.

Pair tea with your meals: Channel your inner sommelier and pair each course of your meal with a different type of tea. Try green tea with your appetizer, black tea with your main entrée, and white tea with your dessert. Tea can balance the flavors in the food and aid digestion.

Happy Sipping!

 

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1. Never put a garment on immediately after ironing, as this can actually cause new wrinkles to form. Instead, let it sit for five minutes to set the press.

2. Use hairspray to remove a lipstick stain.

3. The best way to de-fuzz a sweater: use a pumice stone.

4. Use white wine to remove red wine stains.

5. Wash new jeans twice before taking them to the tailor. Why? Because jeans will always shrink in length when washed.

6. To stop angora or mohair from shedding, fold the garment and place it into a zip-top bag and freeze it for at least three hours.

7. Remove odors from vintage or thrift clothing by spritzing them with a mixture of one part vodka, two parts water.

8. Remove white deodorant marks from a garment by gently rubbing the protective foam used on hangers against the fabric.

9. Despite what it says on the tag, cashmere is best washed by hand. To dry it, use a salad spinner, which releases excess water in seconds.

10. If you get wax on a piece of clothing, layer wax paper over the hardened wax and then run an iron over it to loosen it up. Once you pull off the paper, the wax should come right out with it.

11. Pour a dash of vodka into vase water to extend the life of your flowers.

12. Spray tights with sticky (read: cheap) hairspray to avoid holes and runs.

13. Don’t buy items you know you won’t properly care for. For example, if you know you’re never going to hand-wash that delicate cami or beaded sweater, don’t buy it.

14. Spray shirts prone to sweat stains with lemon juice before washing. The natural acid dissolves alkaline sweat reside that could cause yellow discoloration.

15. Add a 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the final rinse cycle while doing laundry to maintain the wash of your favorite pair of dark jeans.

16. Blot, don’t rub, when you spill something on your clothes. Wiping or rubbing will actually further ingrain the stain into the weave.

17. To prevent clothing from wrinkling in a suitcase, fold everything in plastic dry cleaning bags.

18. Confused about laundry settings? Remember this: The hotter the water, the cleaner the clothing will be. While warm water is fine for most clothes, linens and dirty white clothing are best washed in hot water to remove germs and heavy soil. Cold water is usually used for delicates.

19. The secret to well-fitting everyday clothes is Lycra. The formulas to look for: 95% cotton/5% Lycra spandex for T-shirts, and at least 2% Lycra for jeans to hold their shape.

20. Wondering about the quality of your cashmere? Gently stretch the body of the garment to see if it snaps back. A lower-quality cashmere won’t.

21. Never put your swimwear in the washing machine, and always hand dry. The machine will damage the suit and it will lose its elasticity. The only exception: At the end of the summer or vacation, wash your swimwear in lingerie washing bags on the gentle cycle with a bit if Drift or Woolite. But only after many wears.

22. To coax a loose thread back into place, gently tug at the stitches to the sides of the pull as well as above and below

23. Windex restores the glossy sheen on patent leather without doing any damage.

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