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Now that summer is here you can look forward to longer days and hotter mornings. People will be getting their annual time off work and towns, cities and even villages will have tourists flocking to them. The hustle and bustle means when you’re going out on a day trip with your friends, most likely you’ll run into someone wearing the same clothes as yourself or your gang of friends. But help is on hand, don’t look any further to get the latest tips for your summer outfit.

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Image credit – Bess Georgette

 

Vintage at the beach

 

Beach holidays became popular as the car became the most common form of transport. Families would all pack up their bags and head to the nearest coast for a cheap and cheerful vacation. In the 1920s, women’s duster coats were the most popular fashion item worn on the sand. They did and do still provide Ideal protection from cold gusts of wind coming in from the ocean while also being thin and slim enough to keep the wearer from overheating.

 

Hippie beach fashion was made famous by none other than French girl Brigitte Bardot. She wore oversized necklaces of sea shells and buffered pearls. The floral sarong and wide-brimmed hat became the symbol of the rockin’ 1960s. All modern beachwear fashion takes a lesson on simplicity from Bardot’s cute outfits from that era.

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Source – Max Pixels

 

Jackets and jewels

 

When the sun shines, you’ve got to follow it’s lead. Embellished denim jackets from the 1980s are a cool and classic style for the hot days of summer. Made famous by Madonna during her sassy pop music career, the jackets have sequenced patterns that shimmer in the sun. This look goes well with short shorts and plentiful jewelry. Silver bangles, bracelets, and fake or real gemstone necklaces add a splash of unforgettable color to the mix.

 

As you wipe away your hair from your face, your fingers should glisten with the energy of diamonds. Specialists like Verragio rings make sophisticated boutique diamonds rings in all designs and styles for this kind of outfit. The jewelry doesn’t have to be the star of the outfit because summer outfits are more of a statement in an attempt to set the trend; the whole package counts.

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Image by –  Andreas Kollmorgen

 

Bare midriff

 

A classic look of the millennial chick, midriff outfits that go just below or above the rib cage shows off the youth of your body. If you’ve hit the gym hard in preparation for summer, you deserve to flaunt your hard work. There’s more than one way to turn heads with style and that’s by having toned abs at the beach.

 

On the other hand, nothing says beach-ready like a bikini babe. Buying the right bikini is important as the rough and tumble of games played on the beach will put stress on the design and material of the bikini. For strength avoid a purely polyester product, and go for something made out of cotton. Cotton products are tempered, and stress tested to greater levels than synthetic fabrics. Bright colors are the hallmark of seduction when it comes to showing off your bikini body, so venture out a little and pick something that will stand out from the crowd; such as a lime green or pure white.

 

 

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Now that spring is coming to an end and summer is almost on its way, it’s time to get serious about your summer beauty prep. Whether you’ve got a beach vacation coming up or want to feel good about yourself and enjoy the warmer weather, putting the efforts in now will make your summer beauty steps so much easier. From the perfect kind of hair removal to trying out new styles, grab your beauty kit, head into the bathroom and get ready to fill your days with pampering.

 

Get Super Smooth

 

First up, you’re going to want to make sure that you work on your body hair. We all feel better when our skin is silky smooth. Regardless of your preferred style of hair removal, long-lasting smoothness should be your priority. There are some great products on the market at the moment that allow you to get salon style results at home using a laser. So if you’re not a fan of wet shaving every few days, you’ve got the option to invest in something more permanent.

 

Exfoliate

 

To help your hair removal last even longer and to get your skin glowing, you’re going to need to exfoliate – and a lot more often than you would in winter. Whether you choose to make a natural product yourself or invest in a high street body scrub, you’re going to need to make sure you commit to a routine once or twice a week to notice a difference in the appearance of your skin. To start, body brush before you get in the shower, then use a loofah to apply your product in circular motions. Then, once you’re out of the shower, follow with a moisturizer to lock in the softness.

 

Take The Plunge

 

If you’ve ever wanted to make any minor adjustments to your body, or if you’ve been saving up for a long time, spring is a great time to take the plunge. One of the best ways to make sure you are ready or to find out if a treatment is right for you is to talk to a plastic surgeon. Booking in a consultation can not only help you decide whether something is right for you, but you can then go on to book your treatment if you feel it is right. Then, by allowing yourself the proper healing period, you should be all set for your late summer vacation.

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Book In For A Trim

 

Winter is always hard on our hair. When it comes to spring, you’re going to want to book in for a much-needed trim ahead of the summer months. And now is the time to do it. By getting rid of those split ends, you will be able to enjoy healthier hair or summer. Plus, when your hair is feeling healthy, your hairstyles will hold for longer.

 

Hit The Gym

 

Even if you’re not the biggest fan of exercise, you will always feel better ready for summer when you get to the gym. Moving more, pushing your body and getting the blood flowing not only makes you feel a bit better, but you will start to look it too. If you need a summer body workout plan, you can find lots of tips and inspiration to help you online. Whether you decide to head out for a run, join a yoga class, or try out some squats, you’ll feel ready to hit that beach in no time at all.

 

Kick Start Your Skincare

 

Just like the effects on the hair, winter can take its toll on our skin. Now that we’re well into spring and summer is on its way, it’s time to supercharge your skincare routine. Focus on exfoliating to get rid of any dead skin and moisture more if your skin is feeling a little dry. You might even be interested in booking in for facial so that a dermatologist can diagnose your skin type and recommend a flawless routine to follow. With only a few months to go before summer is in full swing, now is a good a time as any.

 

Try Out Some New Styles

 

When you’re starting to feel completely pampered, it’s now time to have a little fun. Playing around with hairstyles is perfect in the summer months. As the weather warms up, you might want to get a bit more creative with your locks. With boho vibes coming through, creating new styles like messy braids, long flowing waves and even adding in some cool and quirky colors, the summer is the perfect time to let your hair down and enjoy a new style.

 

Recipe Essentials:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup powdered milk
  • 4 teaspoons Out of Africa Pure Unrefined Shea Butter
  • 2 tablespoons warm honey
  • 2 tablespoons jojoba oil or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon essential oil
  • Plastic candy sheet mold

Step 1

“Sometimes a relaxing bubble bath is all it takes to seize the day,” explains lifestyle expert Jasmine Stringer of carpediemwithjasmine.com. “To make these bath bombs successfully, it is important to have your ingredients measured out and ready to mix.”

Step 2

Combine and stir the baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch and powdered milk in a bowl.

Step 3

Melt the Out of Africa Pure Unrefined Shea Butter along with the honey and oil over a low heat in a small pot on the stove. The Out of Africa Shea Butter is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins A, E, & F along with healthy fatty acids and valuable phytonutrients.

Step 4

Add the melted ingredients to the dry mixture, using a whisk to thoroughly combine everything. For an enhanced spa feel and fragrance, place a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix well.

Step 5

The ingredients should begin to hold together. Working quickly, use your hands to press the mix firmly into the flower molds. Leave the mixture in the mold for a couple of minutes and then pop out. While one tray is drying, work on the next.

Tip: “I put a cookie sheet over the trays, flipped them over and then lifted the mold off. If you have anything leftover, just dry the product out, leave it loose and turn it into a bath powder. Simply leave the mixture in the bowl for 24 hours, periodically mixing the ingredients to break up the clumps. Once all of the moisture is gone, place in a mason jar with a colorful ribbon.”

Step 6

Let the bath bombs dry overnight. The next day, place them in a decorative bag or drop 1 to 2 bombs into your tub and relax.

 

Post written in collaboration with carpediemwithjasmine.com

When it comes to a happy time such as pregnancy, there are many good and bad parts to go along with it. One of the not so fun parts of pregnancy is morning sickness. The nauseous, queasy feeling can actually happen at any time of the day, and can begin as early as six weeks into pregnancy. For some, it can be one of the first early pregnancy symptoms a woman experiences. However, there are a few things you can do to help combat morning sickness during your pregnancy.

Eat Right Away: Place some crackers beside your bed so that you can get something in your stomach before you even get out of bed in the morning. Take your time, don’t just jump out of bed and get moving. Taking a few minutes to get woken up in the morning can help to settle your stomach.

Go Small: Eating several small meals during the day can help to regulate your blood sugar and can help you from getting too full or too hungry during the day. Also make sure to drink plenty of water and fluids during the day to prevent becoming dehydrated.

Go Bland: This isn’t the time to eat spicy, greasy or new to you foods. Stick with what you know, and stick with foods that are bland and plain. This will help to keep your stomach settled. Make sure to get enough rest, even if you need to nap during the day. However, you might not want to nap after a meal, because that could make you feel sicker.

I am a avid planner user and lover of all things stationary, so when i found out about The Planner Addict Box i knew i wanted to try it out.

The Planner Addict Box costs  $15.00 + $3.75 shipping  (International  from $13-23)

The Planner Addict Box  sends everything you need to get your planner glam and organized-  Items range from wash tape, stickers and clips to pencil cases and pens.

Each box contains  a card with a list of all included products as well as a theme to bring the items together- this months is Lucky Lady- which gives a st paddys meets kate spade look

This months box also  included a planner bookmark from planNIRVANA

 

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Sticker Mini Kit -$8

Each box includes a sticker mini kit that goes with the monthly theme and is made exclusively for The Planner Addict Box- these stickers go perfectly with the green and posh theme. This Mini Kit includes a sheet of full box stickers, a sheet of half and quarter boxes and a sampler  icon sheet.

 

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planner bookmark from planNIRVANA   similar styles -$4

This is adorable and can be made into a planner insert or just used as a bookmark

Planner paperclips – cute bow-tie and tie paperclips made exclusively for P.A.B – $2

 

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P.A.B. exclusive pen- $5 Pencil case $4

Planner addict society exclusive pen and pencil case- the pencil case is adorable but I wasn’t able to open it all the way so its currently unusable

 

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Striped Washi tape $2 Green Washi Tape $2

The green wash mashed perfectly with the stickers and pencil case, while the striped washi coordinated with the pen

 

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Die Cuts- $3

The last item was a set of  Kate Spade inspired die cuts-

you could laminate these and make them into planner clips or small dashboards

 

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I was satisfied with this months The Planner Addict Box- although I don’t think I would use the die cuts- they were a cute addition to the box. I estimated the value of the box at $21 which is more than the $15 cost of the box. I ended up canceling my subscription after my march box- I didn’t love all the items and I would rather just buy the stickers I like from easy.

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This is half of the spread I made with the mini kit- the stickers and washi included are enough to make a white space spread with some stickers left over

 

 

 

 

It’s a lot easier to recreate than you think, explains Latest-Hairstyles.com guest contributor Steph Brinkerhoff. It’s best to start on wavy or second-day hair to give the look added texture. It also doesn’t hurt to spray a little hairspray or spray wax in it beforehand to add a little grip and grunge. Here’s how to get the look…  

1. Beginning on wavy hair, take a medium to large section (depending on how thick your hair is) close to your right ear.

2. Braid the section going from the front to the back.

3. Repeat on the opposite side.

4. Bring both braids to the back and secure them with an elastic.

5. Loosen and mess up both braids by pulling on them gently with your fingers.

6. Take one braid and wrap it up and around itself, creating a small braided bun. 

7. Secure with bobby pins.

Click here for even more cool hair tips and ideas!

Article published in partnership with Latest-Hairstyles.com and Steph Brinkerhoff 

 

These mini fashion-bloggers-to-be may not be dressing themselves, but they know exactly how to work their looks. From babies in beanies to toddlers in tiny boots, here are 10 fashionable tots  to follow on Instagram.

 

 

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Meyhem makes paper dresses with the help of her mom, at the age of five she has even landed a collection with J.crew!

Follow @2sisters_angie

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Little Kyan’s hat collection could rival any well-dressed adult’s.
Follow @jetaimekyan

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Four  year old Rylee already has her own style staples: sunglasses and black booties.

Follow her mom @kelli_murray

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Little Genesis is another four-year-old trendsetter with perfect poses down pat.

Follow @miss_gabby_13

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From her mini Louis Vuitton bags to her tiny Chanel flats, this is one designer diva in the making.
Follow @babyellestyle

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Cute! Cute! Cute! That’s all we have to say about this little man.

Follow @deegstyle 

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Stella loves patterns, from birds to bananas to lipstick pouts.
Follow @lindseybelle

 

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little Alonso has style for days thanks to his stylist mom.

Follow @luisafere

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How cute is this little one? We love her style and her round sunglasses are oh so glam!

Follow @stylebythoi

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We’re loving the outfits from @jilljose, especially the mini Kimono.

 

Follow @Jilljose

 

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This Valentine’s Day, plan a really hot date. And no, it doesn’t involve Champagne, chocolate or cheesy Hallmark cards. Nope, it’s with your colorist. When many people think of Valentine’s Day,  the first thing that comes to mind is the dreamy color scheme. Why not fully embrace the spirit of the holiday and rock holiday-appropriate hair? Use the day as an excuse to get creative with romantic colors, whether they be a trendy lavender, pop of bubblegum pink, or swoon-worthy crimson.

Get ready to be wowed by these amazing shades of pink, purple and red. Pastel colors are really on trend right now, and, after all, what girl doesn’t like pink? There are so many pretty shades! Take a look at these inspiring and unique hairstyles, and, who knows, maybe you’ll find your ideal hair color for valentines day.

 

 

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When you’re wearing something new, something you love, or something that felt completely out of your comfort zone but makes you look a million bucks, you want to turn heads. But, that feeling doesn’t have to be saved for special occasions. Who’s to say that you can’t leave a lasting impression by wowing passers-by with what you wear – wherever you go.

 

Go-to glamour doesn’t have to be saved for the celebs. If you want to feel like a style star, then why not work on upping your fashion game and bring out the big guns on a daily basis, and not just for something special. After all, you’d always make sure that your makeup is on point, so why not do the same with your style?

 

If you want to look good all day, every day, think small. It’s always the little things that count, and the tiniest details can really make the biggest impact!

 

Start At The Bottom

 

To get yourself started and in that style start frame of mind, you’re going to need to start right at the very beginning. It’s not always easy to look good, but you can learn to nail it with ease. If you want your entire outfit to shine, you ought to get the base layer sorted first. That means you need to make sure that you have underwear that not only looks good but fits well too (with styles like Freya Bras). When your underwear fits, your style will sing.

 

Moisturise

 

With your underwear ticked off, let’s talk skin. Now, you might think we’re here to talk style, and really we are. But, if you want to work on making your outfit look incredible, you have to put in the groundwork – and sometimes, that involves a lot more than just the clothes. So, you need to start with the perfect base. If your skin is looking dull, dry and lacking in life, your outfit won’t do much to improve that. But, if you’re skin is moisturised, shining and looking chic, your look will shine with it.

 

Get The Right Fit

 

Just like your underwear, you’re going to want to work with clothing that actually fits you. You might be tempted to go by your normal size when you’re buying something new, or try to fit into a size that you think you should be – but don’t, it’s not the way to buy. Instead, you need to forget about numbers and wear what looks good. Yes, start with your size in the first instant, but if you need to size up, don’t feel bad – if the outfit looks better, who cares?

 

Accessorize

 

Although it’s easy to place a lot of importance on your clothing (and it’s still okay to do that), you need to stop thinking of your clothes as the outfit. They’re not the entire outfit, they’re just the basic foundation. To make your style really stand out, you have to accessorize. Not everyone understands the importance of accessories, but they should. Accessories have the power to make or break an outfit, and without them, that same outfit can look boring, empty and incomplete.

 

Brush Up

 

As much as we’d love them to last a lifetime, so clothes will fall apart or look worn a lot quicker than others. It might be down to the quality, but it can also be a cause of how we care for them. To make sure that your clothes always look on point, you might need to invest in a clothes brush. By using a clothes brush, not only can you keep your clothing items looking fresh and clean, but you can brush off those annoying little bits of lint that can make you look messy.

 

Size Up

 

Let’s be honest; heels aren’t always that comfortable. A shoe can look incredibly sexy, but it can be a pain to wear. When that happens, we’re torn between looking good and suffering, or wearing something else that doesn’t work as well, but feels comfortable. But, there is also another option. If you are buying new shoes, go up and extra half an inch. You can sometimes find that you get a little more wiggle room and the pain is that much bearable – or even nonexistent.

 

Blend In

 

As much as you might feel like you want to stand out (and of course you do if you want to turn head), more often than not, it’s blending in that has the bigger effect. But, not with the crowds of course – the background instead. Regardless of the season, you can find a style that not only suits it, but sets it off. So, when you’re styling a look, make sure to take the time of year into account, as well as the occasion, and your outfit will set itself off in style.

 

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2017 is nearly upon us and once again, we have to try and think of resolutions. It’s a wonder we even bother, really – 92% of resolutions will not live to see the following New Year’s Eve. But it’s a tradition, a habit that we find hard to break and therefore is worth indulging in.

 

There are probably all kinds of areas of your life you would fix and resolve to change, but what about your beauty regime? If you’re passionate about cosmetics and skincare, it’s a good idea to dedicate some of your resolutions to how you will improve your regime in the New Year. If you’re tempted to try something different or just want an excuse to shake things up, then why not make 2017 the year when you finally…

 

… Stop Using Face Wipes

 

They’re quick, easy, convenient – and they’re going to make any facial skin problems worse.

 

Face wipes are the ultimate “too good to be true”. It’s simply not possible to achieve a thorough and proper skincare cleanse, tone and moisturize using them. They’re not on your face for long enough, they have virtually zero chance of exfoliating dead skin cells, and they may even make acne worse.

 

Are they useful? Yes, but if you’re honest, it’s not that much effort to grab a cotton pad and a cleanser and do the same thing. Your skin will thank you for it.

… See The Importance of A Two-Step Cleanse

 

The idea of a two-step cleanse is nothing new in the professional world of cosmetics, but it’s only recently burst into the mainstream. The idea is simple: your first cleanse – usually done with an oil – is to remove makeup and any dirt or pollution you’ve attracted during the day. The second cleanse is the one that actually works on your skin and tries to improve the feel, texture or whatever other problems you have.

 

The one downside of the two-step cleanse is that it’s something of a pain. If you resolve to try it, however, you will never have seen your skin looking so good.

… Use A Primer For Everything

 

Primer is a makeup step too far for some of us. It adds so much time to the process of getting ready. First you have to cleanse, then prime, then apply your makeup – who’s got time for that on a daily basis?

 

Well, you should make time. Get yourself to stores like thankyourbeauty and pick a primer that suits you. Some are colored, so if you have problems with redness – for example – then pick a green-tinged primer to cancel it out.

 

Not only should you use a facial primer, but ideally one for every type of makeup that you use. Eyeshadow primer will keep your eyeshadow from falling onto your cheeks; a specialist lip version will let you drink without worrying about imprints on a glass.

Even if you try the above and decide they’re not for you, then at least you have done something different. Beauty and skincare are there to be experimented with, so perhaps your resolution for 2017 should be to play and enjoy these areas as much as possible!

 

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