More DIY Nails!

If you don have a small nail brush or paint brush, a cheaper option is a toothpick. It does the trick, just make sure the paint doesn’t run off and ruin your nail!

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What We’re Listening To

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Beggin’- Madcon

B*tch Better Have my Money- Rihanna

Country Girl (Shake it for Me)- Luke Bryan

Down On My Luck- Vic Mensa

Drunk Texting- Chirs Brown ft. Jhene Aiko

A Little More- Kaskade & John Dahlback ft. Sansa

Lullabies (Adventure Club Remix)- Yuna

Midnight City- M83

Nature Feels- Frank Ocean

Never Never (ft. Sampha)- SBTRKT

Planes- Jeremih ft. J Cole

Preach (ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR)- Drake

Runaway (U & I) [Kaskade Remix]- Galantis

Sex on the Beach- PARTYNEXTDOOR

Style- Taylor Swift

Want to Want me- Jason Derulo

What’s My Age Again?- Blink 182

You & Me (Flume Remix)- Disclosure 

7/11- Beyonce

679- Fetty Wap x Montana Buckz

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Get Creative with Old Clothes!


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Out with the old and in with the… revamped old T! Don’t be afraid to nip, tuck, cut and bleach an old t-shirt or a pair of jeans– just go for it! Just think of it this way, an old raggy looking t-shirt in the back of your closet could be cut into a super cute crop top or made into a beach cover up and a pair of old jeans could be fringed and given a super cute distressed vibe. Rip them, fringe them, leave them be, whatever you’re feeling, do it, you might end up with something totally cute that all your friends want. You can end up have a bunch of new clothes with just a couple snips. Don’t be worried about ‘oh what if I ruin it’ if the shirt or pants were just going to sit in a bin or stored under your bed anyways. Take a risk and see how creative you can get!

Side Fringe Tutorial

Bow Back Tutorial

Crazy Cute Open Back Ties Tutorial  (If you want to try something more difficult)

Distressed Boyfriend Jeans Tutorial

Dip Dye Bleached Shorts

There’s tons of easy-expert DIY tutorials online–Check them out for some inspiration!

 

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Spring into Spring with these DIY Ladybug Cupcakes!

 

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What You’ll Need

  • ANY cupcake recipe
  • Butter Cream Frosting recipe
  • Chocolate chips in different sizes
  • Red candy coating
  • Disposable piping bags
  • Waxed paper-lined cookie sheet
  • Black food coloring pen
  • Bright green food coloring gel
  • Various decorative piping tips
  • Yellow sprinkles (for buttercream daisies)
  • Display board or cake pedestal

Instructions:

Step 1: Melt the red candy coating in a small bowl in the microwave according to the package directions. Melting 1/2 cup of the candy coating ensures enough for the ladybugs with plenty to spare.

Step 2: Fill a disposable piping bag with the melted candy coating, snip the tip of the bag to create a small opening, and pipe red dots in various sizes onto your waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.

Step 3: Slide chocolate chips into the melted candy coating circles while they’re still warm and in liquid form.

Step 4: Place the lined cookie sheet of ladybugs into the freezer. Freeze for 5 minutes or until just firm.

Step 5: Use a food coloring pen to add details to the ladybugs, such as black spots and a small line for the wings.

Step 6: Bake the cupcakes according to recipe instructions and let cool completely. Set a small portion of the Buttercream Frosting aside, then mix the remainder with a few drops of green gel food coloring. Once you’ve achieved the desired color, add the green frosting to a piping bag.

Step 7: Use a grass tip and a medium-size round decorating tip to create grass and swirls of green buttercream onto your cupcakes.

Step 8: Using the leftover buttercream frosting, pipe on daisy petals with a small round decorating tip. Use yellow sprinkles for the flower centers. Add ladybugs to each cupcake, arrange on a pedestal, and serve!

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Working Girl Guide: 10 Types of Shoes You NEED in Your Closet

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1.) Black Ankle Booties: When you don’t feel like wearing pumps and adding an edgier look to your outfit, add booties. They go with just about anything (tights, pants, bare legs) and are probably more comfortable than a pair of heels.

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2.) Nude Heels: These were a huge trend this season. These add the perfect classic touch to your look as well as elongating your legs in the process. They also work with any color– a go too if you’re running late and don’t know what to put on your feet!

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 3.) Polished Sandals: Perfect for the summer. Dressy, sophisticated, and shows off your cute pedicure. If your office allows it, these can be used for work as well. Strappy, tied, bucked, colored, black. chunky heel, polished sandals comes in all different looks.

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4.) Kitten Heels: Don’t break your ankle while trying to get from point A to point B in your 5 inch stilettos! Try a sleek pair of kitten heels as a more practical option that won’t sacrifice your look.

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5.) Patent Leather Loafers: Loafers aren’t only for boys– try a pair of sleek and professional loafer style in a pointed toe. They’ll know you mean business.

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6.) Tall Boots: With the temperatures in fall and winter close to zero, keep warm and dress up your look with a pair of tall boots. Calf height boots are also ideal in this type of weather– and did i mention they’re super cute?
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 7.) Printed Pumps: Snakeskin, leopard print, geometric, floral, polka dots–it doesn’t matter: printed pumps show your unique sense of style and will get you noticed. They might not match everything, but they add a pop when styled the right way! Just look how cute Olivia Palermo’s are! (See above)

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8.) Comfortable Commuting Shoes/ Sneakers:  Owning a cute and comfortable pair of kicks to run around the city with will save your feet– trust me they’ll thank you. It’s an easy solution to uncomfortable shoes you can only wear around the office and it’s an easy swap. Just stow them away in your bag and take them out when needed.

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9.) Flats: Your day can turn out to be completely unpredictable– running here and there in heels just won’t do. Swap your stilettos with a pair of the cute pair flats that you put in your bag that morning. You’ll still look professional and put together… just in a more comfortable way.

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10.) Classic Black Pumps: You can never and will never go wrong with these. They add a polished and sophisticated finish to every outfit. You’ll feel confident whether you’re dressed up or dressed down!

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Get Shailene Woodley’s Look: MTV Movie Awards

Trail Blazer award recipient and Best Female Performance winner Shailene Woodley rocked the carpet last night at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards with a French inspired, bold yet naturally radiant look, created by Celebrity Makeup Artist Roxy.

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To achieve this look, Roxy hydrated Shailene’s face by applying Laurel Whole Plants Organic Skin Facial Elixir to her face, neck and decolletage. Next, to even out her skin tone and achieve a flawless finish, Roxy applied a sheer foundation with a beauty blender sponge. She then softly played up the definition of Shailene’s cheek bones with a warm cream RMS Bronzer.  Following this, for extra radiance, Roxy applied RMS illuminizer down the bridge of Shailene’s nose, above and around the corners of her brows, in a C shaped manner.

For her eyes, Roxy applied a chocolate brown liner along the top and bottom lash lines, diffusing it softly with a petite eye brush. To emphasize the eyes a bit more, she layered a soft black liner on her top lid with a subtle smudge.

Last but not least, Roxy focused on Shailene’s lips, applying a mixture of Burt’s Bees Lip Crayons in Napa Vineyard and Redwood Forest ($9, www.burtbees.com), for a rich, bold and creamy red that finished the look flawlessly.

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Ready for Coachella? We sure are!


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Finally Coachella season is upon us! After waiting another year, those who have enough money to drop $400 for a two day pass will be experiencing a hypnotizing explosion of festival culture at its finest with camping and anything else you can imagine.

The 2 day, 2 weekend festival will have games and activities, bars, bad dancing competitions, a beauty bar, wine tasting, dodgeball, ferris wheel, pie eating contest, yoga, a snowball fight and (most importantly) portable phone charging stations. April 10-12 and 17-19 festival goers will be able to see some of our favorite artists. The line up includes: Drake, Fka Twigs, Alesso, Angus & Julia Stone, Cedric Gervais, David Guetta, Hozier, Florance + The Time Machine, Kaskade, Tyler the Creator, R3HAB, The Weeknd and so many more. Just by hearing that lineup, I’ll be crying in my room knowing I’m missing out.

(Check out a 2014 Coachella experience here)

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All types of celebrities make appearances throughout the 2 weekend. 2014 Coachella had celebrities like Selena Gomez, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Vanessa Hudgens and even Leo DiCaprio was spotted dancing among the concert goers *lol*. (See him dance HERE)

Coachella fashion is also super cute and fits perfectly with the California festival scene. Belted dresses, mini shorts, crib tops, lace, jewelry, flower crowns and gladiator sandals seem to be all time favorites every year. Channeling your inner hipster or hippy is not hard to do, but who can do it the best is what every attendee strives for. (See below)

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Coachella is one of those festivals you have to do at least once before you get old– it’s definitely on my bucket list!

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Travel In Style: Lafont Sunglasses

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Now that it’s spring and the sun has finally come out, we’ve been obsessed with finding the right pair of sunglasses to sport around. Enter Lafont sunglasses.

Lafont—inspired by beaches, bikes and boats—pays homage to Ile de Porquerolles by naming its charming cat eye-inspired sunglasses PORQUEROLLES. Read more about the French Riviera’s last frontier in Conde Nast Traveler‘s April issue: http://cntrvlr.com/1NAoQyf

How to look like a French ingénue? Try Lafont PORQUEROLLES ($399) available at viziooptic.com.
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Blogilates: Get Toned for Summer!

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This is not a joke- I repeat this is not a joke! Sign up on blogilates.com for an easy monthly workout calendar and meal plan from an international YouTube Pilates instructor and sensation Casey Ho. Miss Ho does a fabulous job promoting a healthy lifestyle and body image by making it easy for you by her daily workouts and weekly meal plans. All you have to do is sign up for the news letter and you’ll receive the calendar and the plan the day you join!

Motto: “Train like a beast, look like a beauty”

Take it from me, working out is difficult. Between making time for the gym and then once getting there, trying to figure out what’s going to tone me up for the summer, and people staring is a lot of stress– with Casey’s plan it’s super easy. Basically what you do is look on the calendar at the workouts, copy their names into the YouTube search bar or go to her Youtube Page, press enter and find her step-by-step instructions on how to sculpt your body. All you need is two 5 lb weights, yoga mat and an “I can” attitude. Her workouts range from easy, intense and killer, but if you ask me, even her “easy” workouts leave you sore. Casey has a combination of High Intensity Workouts (HIT), 10 Minute Abs, Victoria Secret Angel Arms and 5 Best Butt Excercises. Every one of her exercise videos have a cute take on each workout with great workout, good motivation and instruction and the best is you can do it at your own pace!

The meal plans are extremely easy to follow too. You eat 6 times a day: 3 meals, 3 snacks. Theres a vegan or non-vegan plan, which include some of the most interesting, filling and healthy ways to stay slim through your Blogilates journey or just to replace pizza every once in a while. She has hundreds of other recipes in addition to the meal plan so you can mix and match while always staying under your calorie goal for the day. She also has a “YOLO” Meal plan, which is basically a healthier way to eat your favorite guilty pleasure foods such as fries, ice cream, and chicken nuggets.

I didn’t believe that doing your workouts at home with a yoga mat was going to do much, but after seeing my sister lose 20 pounds off Blogilates, I think its a great thing to spread among women who are a little uncomfortable with their weight and want to turn that winter gut into a summer butt!


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Spring Recipe- Oreo Bark

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Ingredients
  • - 1 package vanilla candy coating
  • - ¾ cup Easter/Spring M&Ms
  • - 8-10 Spring Oreos (crushed)
  • - Spring or Easter Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Melt package of candy coating in a small pot on low heat – stirring constantly until all melted. Pour over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. Sprinkle on crushed oreos, M&Ms and sprinkles.
  3. Place in fridge for half hour-hour.
  4. Break into pieces
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Join The Knit Party!

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Wool and the Gang introduces new “Knit Parties” for spring/summer ’15.  Featuring two exclusive designs – the “Knitting Me Softly Necklace” and the “Tender Loving Clutch” — Wool and the Gang’s Knit Parties combine fashion with craft, function with fun.  
Interested Knit Party hosts simply sign up at the Wool and the Gang website and select their project – the necklace or the clutch.  Wool and the Gang does the rest, sending knit kits for all attendees in their preferred colors, including the jersey yarn, chunky needles and easy-to-follow patterns.  Making it even more foolproof, Wool and the Gang also sends a “Wool School” video tutorial to watch during the party, complete with a music playlist.  

What’s more, each Knit Party project offers three different difficulty levels, making it perfect for those who have never tried their hand at the needles and also those who know their moss stitch from their twisted rib.  It’s a great idea for friends, coworkers, baby showers, and more.

Wool and the Gang “Knit Parties” retail for $27 for each attendee, and the host receives her/his knit kit for free.
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2015 Summer Sunnie Trends

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Trend #1: Color

Although a little more on the crazy size, bright sunglasses are in this upcoming summer. Any colored lenses you can get your hands on add a pop of color to this extremely stylish 2015 season. Colored lenses aren’t the only pop that’s in– Stylish, colorful frames add mystery and uniqueness to a woman’s overall look. Some of the hottest bright colored designs are: Acne’s yellow lens glasses, Charlotte Ronson’s blue aviator sunnies and Lacoste’s purple-plum sporty chic lenses all add an interesting flare to noteworthy outfits.

Trend #2: White Frames

If a more classic look is your thing, go for a pair of sophisticated white framed sunnies for summer. Not only does white match with everything, but are an extremely chic alternative to regular sunglasses. Kate Spade and Erin Fetherston came up with beautifully made and detailed white glasses for the runway that ultimately embodies an elegant and chic look. White frames can come in many shapes: cat eye, square, circle, etc. It’s the universal sassy girl go to sunnie!

Trend #3: Over sized

I’m not talking about big, I’m talking HUGE! These sunnies don’t only cover your eyes, but most of the area around them too– your eyebrows and your face may be included. The beautifully oversized glasses will accentuate your personality with this new fresh look. Roberto Cavalli, Moschino, Maison Martin Margiela and others concocted some of the best over sized sunnie looks for the spring/summer 2015 season that will add the perfect final touch to any outfit.

Trend #4: Retro ‘60s/‘70s

This is another comeback that’s absolutely glamorous and chic. The retro look adds a feminine, glamorous look by using experimental shapes and fresh, stylish designs. Gucci, Valentino, and Chanel have been forefront in renovating the style and bringing it back to 2015.

Trend #5: Round or Square

These sunnies are the most diverse and creative looks due to the interpretations designers are using with accents of wood, leather and tea toned glasses. The geometric shapes add dimension and uniqueness to the overall look with a retro feel.

Trend #6: Semi-Rimless and Ombre Effect

Another fresh and new direction for the spring/ summer 2015 is framing only one half of the glasses or leaving a space between frames going above and below the glasses. In addition, the Ombre effect seems to never leave the runways and always returns with some new and really catchy interpretations. Miu Miu’s extravagant, out of the box interpretation of both these looks took the fashion world by storm by making the bottom of the lens a half red frame instead of the top and using the Ombre effect on the lens.

Trend #7: Aviator

Aviator glasses have always been in-style, but this already timeless and classic style is being spiced it up with innovative vibes by many designers. Although more on the safe side, you can’t go wrong with this traditional look! Our favorite aviator looks this season are the mirrored aviator sunglasses designed by Christian Dior and Acne Studios.

Trend #8: Extravagant and Unique Sunnies

Standing out is always in-style, especially this season. Extravagant and unique eye wear styles come in many different styles. Barbie-inspired sunglasses of Moschino, colorful beaded designs from Libertine, shield glasses of Kenzo or Prada’s interesting wooden and leather sunglasses give you a new, unique and fresh look that people are bound to comment on.

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Friday Treat- Easy French Macaroons
Easy Macaroon Cookie Recipe

 Ingredients
  • How to make Macaroons:
  • Shells:
  • ¾ cup almond flour {I used Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour }
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 pinch cream of tartar
  • ½ cup extra fine sugar {I used regular sugar and sifted it}
  • Optional: gel food coloring by Wilton
  • Buttercream Filling:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Optional: different extracts for flavoring
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment.
  3. If you have time, draw 1-inch circles on the back of each sheet, spacing the circles at least ½-inch apart.
  4. Sift almond flour and confectioners’ sugar together 2-3 times. Set aside.
  5. Whisk egg whites with a hand mixer until foamy. Add cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Reduce speed and gradually add extra fine sugar. Increase speed and beat until stiff peaks form.
  6. Sift flour mixture over whites with a fine sieve. Discard any lumps or coarse bits that remain.
  7. Fold mixture together with a rubber spatula -using short strokes at first -until just combined . The batter will be very stiff.
  8. Here is where you will want to add the Gel Food Coloring if you would like to tint your Macaroons. You will place a small amount of the gel food coloring on the end of a rubber spatula.
  9. Use bigger folds once batter loosens. When batter is ready, it should fall from the spatula in a thick ribbon.
  10. Transfer mixture to a piping bag. In a pinch, you can also use a gallon-size Ziploc bag: just snip a teeny bit from one of the bottom corners. Twist and clip the top of the bag to avoid overflow.
  11. On your prepared baking sheets, pipe out 1-inch rounds in the circles you drew.
  12. Let piped macarons stand uncovered for 15 minutes to form a crust.
  13. Decrease temperature to 325 just before placing the baking sheet in the oven. Bake pans one at a time for 10 minutes, turning halfway through.
  14. Note: After first batch has baked, oven temp should be increased to 375 then decreased to 325 just before the 2nd baking sheet goes in.
  15. Now directions for the delicious Buttercream!
  16. Cream butter and confectioners sugar together in a large bowl using a hand mixer or stand mixer. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy. If mixture is stiff, use 1 or 2 tablespoons of milk or cream to loosen.
  17. {optional} Add your extract in small drops. Beat until flavor is thoroughly incorporated.
  18. Transfer icing to a piping bag and pipe on half the macaron shells. Sandwich with remaining shells.
  19. You can eat these right away or put them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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Music Festival Season Never Looked So Good With Pixie Ink

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Lineups are out, headliners have been announced, and floral headbands are quickly selling off the shelves.  This festival season, it’s not just about crop tops and high-waisted Levis – Pixie Ink tattoos takes festival season trends to a whole new level.

Whether you are head banging to ACDC at Coachella, getting in the mood with Drake at Governor’s Ball or crying happy tears to the reunion of Mumford & Sons at Bonaroo, Pixie Ink tattoos is the ultimate festival season must-have.  With creativity and music in the air, Pixie Ink tattoos enable your body to be the canvas by mixing and creating your own temporary tat masterpieces.  Pixie Ink provides a variety of different packs such as Notorious, Shooter, Wonderland and Vicious that feature everything from Jimmy Hendrix inspired guitars to 1980’s-styled boom boxes and DJ turntables. Pixie Ink isn’t just about following a fashion trend; Pixie Ink lets you express your own personality, whether you’re feminine and flirty, grungy rock-n-roll or living a thug life… you can mix, match and layer like a player. Stick a couple Pixie Ink sheets in those fanny-packs and bring a few extras to share with the hottie rocking out next to you.

Pixie Ink tattoo packs are $25 and can be purchased here.

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St. Patty’s Day Treat!

With St. Patty’s celebrations starting this weekend, we thought it’d be a great time to share one of our favorite party recipes- Lucky Charms Munch. Although the recipe’s name and ingredients suit the festivities, your guests will flip out over how great the taste is as well. Our tip? Add some green food dye to make it extra special for the occasion.

Lucky Charms Munch

Yield: 6 Cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Lucky Charms cereal
  • 6 cups pretzel sticks
  • 8 ounces white chocolate baking bars
  • 1 bag of M&M’s
  • 1/4 cup colored sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup of each pink, yellow, and green candy melts

STEP 1: Pour box of cereal out onto a large baking sheet. Pick out all the marshmallows; set aside.

STEP 2: In a large bowl mix the pretzels, M&M’s, and marshmallows together.

STEP 3: In a medium microwavable bowl, microwave white chocolate chips for about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until chips are completely melted. Pour over mixture and toss until evenly coated.

STEP 4: Spread mixture in single layer on baking sheet. Immediately sprinkle with candy sprinkles and drizzle with melted pink, yellow, and green candy melts. Let stand until set, about 15 minutes. Gently break up mixture and enjoy!

*Store Lucky Charms Munch in a covered container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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