Sunday, March 31, 2013

Trend 101: Stripes Print Mania

Stripes, especially black and white stripes, are making a major impact in spring 2013's fashion. Stripes are mostly known for being classic, preppy, and girly, but I am all for turning stripes into a strong edgy look. Miley Cyrus is always rocking stripes whether it's in a jumpsuit, a skirt, or an awesome pair of skinny jeans. Not only are stripes a great print, but they create slimmer and wider allusions where you want them. Keep on reading to find out how to style stripes like Miley Cyrus. 
Miley Cyrus
The vertical stripes of her jumpsuit help to form her natural curves and bring them out even more. The style of the jumpsuit is very 70's and even elongates the body making Miley look 7 feet tall!
Miley Cyrus
This jumpsuit feature bigger and bolder prints which does a lot more visually. The horizontal stripes up top and vertical stripes at the bottom are a great contrast as well as the nice peek of skin on her shoulders.
Miley Cyrus 
It's always nice to mix casual and classy. I like how Miley went casual with a sweatshirt, but made it look classy with a satin striped skirt. The red made the entire look more classic along with the black pumps and clutch. 
Miley Cyrus 
The easiest way to rock stripes is in a nice pair of skinny jeans. The jeans make your legs look miles long and in a vertical print you will look super slim! Striped pants that are black and white go with any solid print top as well as some other prints.
Are you rocking prints this spring?

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hair 101: Spring Breaker Style

Spring break is all about relaxation meaning most of us are doing absolutely nothing. Whether you're doing absolutely nothing at the beach or on the couch, cute hairstyles are always a must! I love the look of wavy hair which can be achieved by letting your natural hair do its thing, the ocean water mixing into your hair, or simply using curl enhancing products to bring out your hair texture. Below are my top three favorite"Spring Breaker" hairstyles that even I will be rocking throughout my spring break. Don't forget that even if you don't have wavy or textured hair you can still do these amazing styles.
Vanessa Hudgens 
Vanessa is known for having a boho easygoing style which is definitely seen through her casual wavy bun. If it happens to be warmer wherever you are for spring break it is always good to get to your hair out of your face. All you need to do to achieve this hairstyle is pull all your hair up into a high bun and secure with an elastic and bobby pins. This bun is all about being carefree so it's okay if your bangs fall out and as well as a few pieces of the bun, just use clips to secure the pieces you don't want sticking out. 
Ashley Benson
Wavy hair is a go to if you are spending spring break at the beach because the humidity and water will make your hair's natural texture come out! All you want to make sure is that you keep a frizz serum so your hair will not go completely out of control and a comb to keep it tangle free. If you won't be at the beach getting gorgeous beach waves, you can always braid your hair overnight or you use curl enhancing products along with a scrunching technique to get your own beach waves. 

Jennifer Lawrence 
Last, but not least is a spunky messy ponytail . They the higher the hair, the closer to Heaven which is exactly the vibe Jennifer Lawrence is giving off with her high ponytail. A high ponytail always gives off a look of perkiness and ease, plus they're super easy to create. A messier ponytail is more casual and everyday, but if you add small detail such as tamed bangs and a piece of hair wrapped around the elastic, you will have a more polished and trendy high ponytail.

What do you have planned for spring break? 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fashion Faves: Kid's Choice Awards 2013

Hopefully I am not too late on posting my fashion faves from this year's Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards. I have always loved the KCAs because they're never serious and more focused on the live singing, seeing your favorite celebs, and of course the great green slime. On the purple carpet leading into the KCAs were the young stars and starlets all dressed in bright warm weather clothing that looked amazing. I loved that no one went all out in full gowns, but instead went for a more casual dressy looks that can easily be recreated into looks for the everyday fashionista. Keep on reading to find out my fashion fave picks!

Willow Smith
Willow is starting to get it right with her mix of girly and grunge paired with her spiked up hair style. I like that she didn't lose her own style by going to sweet with the white dress and denim jacket by lacing up some combat boots with peeping yellow socks and strappy bracelets. Willow shows that combat boots definitely work with any style, look, and occasion.
Zendaya is always looking good at events which is why she is on my fashion faves list. The girly chicness of this look is perfect and will be great for spring (dates, Easter, etc.) The sparkly peter pan collar gives a little hint of glam and acts as an accessory to the look with the strappy sky high heels add a bit of sexy. The skirt allows the outfit to have some color and not be washed out by the light grey sweater. The flowiness of each piece gives her a look of ease and effortlessness which is always an A+ in my book.

Katy Perry
Katy Perry midriff looks spring break ready in the stomach baring piece. Katy's outfit is similar to the look she wore to last year's KCAs because of he style, but this geometric artsy print takes it to another level. The fit on the skirt and top give her an hourglass frame while not letting her goodies be put on full display. The length of the skirt helps to make sure she isn't showing too much while the black heels are making sure not to take away from her outfit. Overall, Katy is working the print and showing off an amazing body and cute haircut.

Selena Gomez
All I can say about Selena Gomez is that she looks absolutely perfect! The shoes are so dainty and girly while still standing out. The white shorts are the perfect length and make her legs look miles long. The frilly peplum top gives a whole new meaning to the peplum top trend because of the beautiful baby blue color and texture of the materrial. Selena is giving off a girly and feminine spring look that is great for the warm weather and still presentable for a more dressy casual occasion. 
Fifth Harmony
Fifth Harmony is just so cute, I love their use of sparkles, sequins, and glam! It's usually very hard for group members to showcase their own style while still fitting within the overall group look, but each girl in Fifth Harmony obviously has their own style personality. I can easily spot out the girly girl, the sexy chic, the rocker, classic, and chic style from the amazing outfits worn by the ladies of Fifth Harmony.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Must Haves: Bright Spring Bags

Spring Bags

Neon bags are a must for the spring and summer seasons. Neon bags give any outfit a boost and it's a fact that bright colors brighten up your mood which is always a plus! Smaller bags are great to carry since they won't weigh you down, take the attention away from your outfit, and make sure that your only bringing what you actually need. Since the bags are so small it makes it even better to be in a bright neon color because it's the perfect amount of color. The three best small bag styles that are also seen above are the chain clutch, with the chain being removable, the bowler bag which slightly resembles a bowling bag, and a cross body bag. Each bag is big enough to carry all your essentials, come in a variety of bright neon colors.
What is your go to bag?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Love Her Style: Zendaya

Zendaya is one of my latest style crushes because of her variations of looks and styles, from hair, beauty, and fashion! Zendaya is known for an edgy and fun red carpet look, very chic casual looks, as well as outfits that go into a more tomboy inspired style. Below are three of my favorite looks from Zendaya in each of her style elements. 
This is such a fun, feminine outfit that looks perfect for any party! The skirt is full of tulling  giving it an effect of a tutu, but in a more chic and fashionable way. The high waist aspect and the a-line of the skirt keeps it from being too dress up and dancer like. The top is a more artistic take on cheetah print and gives Zendaya's outfit a great mix of print and breaks away from being too dark and pairing black on black. The shoes are very subdued with soft lace and make her legs look miles long.
Some days all you need is a great pair of leather pants, a loose top, warm jacket, and a pop of color which is exactly what Zendaya has done with her look. The leather pants fit her perfectly and add an edge as opposed to typical black jeans. The top is basic black with small white details which amps it up a notch. The jacket adds a slight break up of all black and hangs like a cardigan meaning it won't take away from the entire look. Zendaya's hot pink heels help to make the look stand out with a touch of girliness.
This is one of my favorite looks from Zendaya because of its tomboy vibe mixed with my go to floral patterns. Zendaya knows exactly how to go from super girly to chic and to tomboy and still look absolutely amazing! The floral pants are baggy but fitted at the ankles which keeps a feminine frame and the tucked in tee helps to not lose her waist. The blue sneakers keep the look cool and casual while still fitting in with the entire look.
Who is your style crush?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

My Nail Polish Faves

Neutrals polishes are beautiful colors on all skin tones which is why they're some of my favorite nail polish colors. I like my neutrals in various shades browns and greys, sometimes deep blues and purples, because I love the subtleness and simplicity it gives my nails. The best neutral colors in my opinion come from the O.P.I. and China Glaze nail brands.

Every girl has to own at least one glitter nail polish. Glitter nail polish give you a touch of glam girliness whether the glitter covers your entire nail or is working as a top coat over a solid color. What I love is that glitter nail polish is great for an accent nail and work for any style. However, the downside to glitter is that it's tough to get off and requires an acetone nail polish remover. Sally Hansen and O.P.I have the best options for glitter nail polish.

Pink, orange, and red nail polishes are my top oils for bright spring and summer nail looks. Pinks are perfect for sprin and flower nail designs while reds are classic and can be bright enough to compete with the summer sun. Orange nail polishes are quirky cool because they are bright and different. I love getting my colorful polishes from all types of brands and always use a white base coat to make the colors appear brighter.

A nail file, clippers, cuticle cream, and an overall nail kit are a must if you want to keep your nails looking good. Never file your nails going straight across or attempt to make big changes with just a file, clip the nail first and use the file for adjustments while filing all in one direction. Clip your nails when they break to not case further breakage and chipping, don't ever use your teeth! A good cuticle cream will help to keep your nails feel and look smooth and super clean.
What are your favorite nail polishes and brands?

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Hair 101: Sleek Chic to Messy Waves

All throughout Fashion Week I saw sleek hair, messy hair, braids, buns, everything! However sleek hair and messy hair have always struck my interest and I love going back and forth between the two styles. Vanessa Hudgens knows exactly how to switch it up and look amazing! Plus Vanessa has the wavy hair down pat for the short/medium length hair girls. Keep on reading for tips on getting sleek and wavy hair.

Sleek hair gives off a look of chicness. The best way to get your hair super straight is with the use of a good flatiron, but make sure you keep the heat low so you don't burn any hair off. Now, to get the ultimate sleek look you do want to use a serum so your hair will all brush in the direction you want while staying together and very sleek. Be sure you don't apply too much to the ends of your hair or else your hair will lose its movement and appear weighed down. The sleek look can also be transformed into a bun or ponytail because the hair is straight and together. 

Messy wavy hair does need a little product to hold the curls which is perfect after wearing your hair in a sleek look. My favorite way to create wavy hair with minimum to know heat is by braiding my hair. The closer to your root you braid, the more hair will be wavy and the smaller and tighter the braid, then wavier and bigger your hair will be. Leave the braids in for a couple hours or overnight for the waves to form and take them out one by one afterwards. Never brush the waves, use your fingers or a very wide tooth comb. If you need to, use a wide barrel curling iron to perfect some of the waves.

Do you prefer sleek or wavy hair?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

DIY Nails: All About the Houndstooth

 I have fallen in love with the houndstooth print and can't wait to start seeing it everywhere in the spring. Whenever I begin to really start loving a print, I always try it out on my nails so I get to wear the print for at least a week. All I needed to do my houndstooth nails were a nail art brush, white nail polish, and a solid color polish. Keep reading for a step-by-step tutorial on how to create your own houndstooth nail design.

Begin by painting all your nails one solid color. I chose a pink color for a more vibrant and springtime feel.
Use a nail art brush dipped in white nail polish and make tow equally spaced stripes going vertically down your nail. Clean your nail art brush afterwards.
Use your nail art brush again, but dip it into your base color nail polish and create two horizontal stripes down the nails. Clean the nail art brush. Now notice the white squares created by the stripes use the nail art brush dipped in white polish to add one short white line to the top right corner of each square. Now add a short white line to the bottom left corner of the square. Lastly, add two small connecting lines to the top left corner of each square. Wait about 10 minutes or longer for the design to draw then add a clear top coat.
*Use the pictures as guidelines and steps for recreating the nail design and remember, you can always make it your own.*

What is your favorite nail design?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Fashion 101: Styling the Military Jacket

Military jackets are definitely a trend that will be staying, even throughout spring! Spring is not an entirely hot season which means light weight jackets and cardigans will be needed. A military jacket is a great light weight throw over that can easily go with any outfit despite its very distinct pattern. The black, brown, and dark green colors in camo are all part of neutral color families which mean that they can go with other colors in your outfit easily without clashing. Below are three of my fave celebs sporting military jacket with tips on how you can rock them to.

Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez is very casual and cool while wearing dark wash skinny jeans, black booties, and a blue t-shirt paired with a military jacket. The military jacket keeps her casual look from being boring and too simple by adding a trend and visual appeal through the pattern. A military jacket is such a great alternative to a hoodie or everyday jacket.

Kat Graham
Stud and spike detailing has been very popular and is a fun DIY project that you can do at home with a few materials. Kat Graham made her military jacket go from casual to glam with lots of gold detailing throughout the jacket and rolled up sleeves. Her sky high heels, black tights, oversized bag, and accessories add to her chic ensemble giving her a vibe of urban fabulous-ness.
Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa Hudgens is known for her boho style which she always looks amazing in. Of course Vanessa will still keep with her bohemian look even in a military jacket. I love that Vanessa went for an all green jacket oppose to a camo look in this outfit because it is very subtle while still standing out because of its touch of bagginess. The military jacket is used as an accessory here in Vanessa's wide leg jeans, wide belt, and Wild Fox t-shirt look and it totally makes the look!
Are you liking the military jacket? 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Beauty 101: Glamour Galore

Nina Dobrev
Nina Dobrev is one my favorite beauty inspirations because of her soft look. I love that she goes simple with her hair and make-up, but still stands out. The look above is Nina's Oscars 2013 look which was full of glamour  shimmer, and bold lashes. A look like Nina's is perfect for the upcoming prom season, military balls, and any other special occasions  All you need to recreate the look is foundation,  nude lip color, a bronzer, black eyeliner, silver/grey eyeshadow, black eyeshadow, mascara (optional: false lashes), a highlight color, and a shadow matching your eyebrows. 
  1. Being with a clean face and apply foundation and concealer as necessary. 
  2. Take the bronzer and couture it into the hollows of your cheeks to your temples. Be sure to couture and blend well.
  3. Apply a highlight to your brow bone and take it all the way down in an outward angle to your crease.
  4. Apply a grey/silver eyeshadow to your lower lids. Blend the color out into your crease.
  5. Take the black shadow and with a light hand blend it into your crease in a "V" shape that creates a slight cat eye. Blend lightly until you achieve your desired amount of shadow.
  6. Take the grey/silver shadow and with an eyeliner brush, sweep against your lower lashline creating a thin line.
  7. Fill in your eyebrows with a matching eyeshadow color in light, short strokes.
  8. Take your eyeliner and create a medium line on your outer lash line , then appley 2-3 coats of mascara and add false lashes if desired.
  9. Apply a nude lipstick or gloss to finish the make-up look.
Nina Dobrev
Now that you have Nina's gorgeous make-up look, her simple ponytail is a must! All you need to recreate her ponytail is a ponytail holder, a brush, bobby pins. and a product that will slick your hair back into the ponytail.
  1. Begin by brush all your hair back into a ponytail at the center of your head. Use the brush to add a bit of a poof in the front. 
  2. Secure the ponytail with the ponytail holder. Make sure it is not secured too tightly, but not too loosely.
  3. Use bobby pins to secure any loose hair.
  4. Take a section of the hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the ponytail holder and secure it with a bobby pin.
  5. The hair look is now complete.
Are you attending any special events soon?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

OOTD: Print Crazy Peplum

You probably have already figured out that I have a slight obsession with printed pants, but I just can't  help it. I love pairing my printed pants with a solid color up top, but this blue structured peplum top I found for under $10 was even better because of it's unique style. The look has just the amount of color I like to wear without being a neon bright highlighter and paired with my grey sneaker wedges, the print on the pants is toned down.
The back of the peplum top is a deep scoop that shows off the back while still covering up the shoulder blades and bar clasps. The peplum aspect of the top gives me more of a defined waist and shape while the pants fit more like jeggings fitting more snug and comfy on my legs. My sneaker wedges help to emphasize my legs since any type of wedge on a shoe helps to make your legs look longer and leaner.

As for accessories, I wore a couple or small rings, a boyfriend watch, and a ponytail holder just in case I wanted to pull my hair up. The shoes have spike details that stand out against the grey of the shoe and in my opinion work as a major point within my whole look. The pattern on my pants is actually a mixture of grey and white tree branches, leaves, and bird cages with splashes of yellow throughout.

How do you style crazy pattern?
Peplum top: Khol's
Printed Jeans: Vera wang Princess (Khol's)
Sneaker Wedges: Guess (Macy's)

Monday, March 4, 2013

My Spring 2013 Wants

Spring Wishlist

Spring is one of my favorite seasons because of the bright colors, florals, and of course the warm weather. This spring patterns such as houndstooth and floral are going to be top trends as well flatforms, dainty accessories, bright lips, and so much more. However, on my own spring want list is just a couple things which include flatforms, cutout shoes, rings, a pretty spring dress, and to find a new everyday make-up look.
  • Flatforms! Flatforms are cute twist on wedge shoes and still add some height to your leg because of the consistent heel. However, I need flatforms with a bit of a curve so I will actually be able to walk in them since I have a deep arch in my feet.
  • Cutout Shoes! Cutouts look so good on dresses and tops, so why not try them out on shoes? I actually have gotten a pair of flat oxfords with cutout on the side that I cannot wait to wear when the weather warms up.
  • Rings! After a while rings start to rust and look cheap and dirty which is not a cute look to me. I really would like to invest in a couple of dainty as well as statement rings to add to my jewelry collection and keep my hands looking sparkly.
  • Pretty Spring Dress! I just love the look of a flirty neon dress for spring paired with a pair of flats and curly. You have to admit that a girly a-line dress is the epitome of spring. 
  • New Make-Up Look! My biggest want is actually a new everyday natural make-up look which I can only achieve through experimenting. I am so tired of mascara and winged liner and feel that since I am young I should try something new every once in a while.
What are your Spring wants? Any ideas for a new everyday make-up look?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

eShakti Review: Perfectly Houndstooth

 I love a dress that fits just right and feels especially made by me and that is what is so special about this houndstooth dress from eShakti. I had one of my closest friends, Rontier (@rontierantasia) to model the dress for me since I ordered the dress too big for myself. The dress is accented by a dramatic flap, a waist hugging strap, and lovely black buttons.
 The dress is a beautiful mixture of purple, grey, and black in houndstooth pattern. Houndstooth is going to be making a major impact for spring 2013 and can be seen in any piece from a clutch, flats, dress, skirt, and maybe even a top. The houndstooth pattern of the dress goes perfectly with a pair of black shoes, preferably heels to show off your legs and bring out the details of the buttons.

The unique trait about eShakti is that it allows you to customize your own piece. You can decide the sleeve length, dress or skirt length, anything that will make the piece perfect for you. For this dress, I added some length on the sleeve and shortened the dress to show off some leg while still being classy. Also, you are able to use your measurements, bust, waist, and hips, to make sure the dress will look good on your body shape. 

As a very special gift and thank you to my followers, here is a special discount code CTENQRKY42, to get 20% OFF when you shop at eShakti - valid from 02/26/13 thru 03/20/13. 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Beauty 101: Everyday Shimmer Neutrals

Samantha Bark
Eyeshadow can do so much for your eyes, make them pop, appear wider, look smaller, just about anything your brushes can create. However, it is always good to have a go to eyeshadow look instead of going through multiple palettes trying to find the perfect combinations and colors that all work well with one another. Samantha Bark has the perfect neutral eye look with the perfect amount of shimmer that can be worn for formal and everyday occasions. All you need to recreate the look is a neutral eye shadow palette (browns, highlight colors, etc.), mascara, liner, lipgloss, and blush.
  1. Begin with a clean face and apply concealer and foundation as necessary.
  2. Apply a rosy blush to the apples of your cheeks to add a subtle hint of color to your face.
  3. Prime your lids with a primer and a highlight to your brow bone.
  4. Take a brown shadow with a slight shimmer and apply it to your lower lids up to the crease.
  5. Use a darker brown, or black for a more dramatic look, and apply it directly to the crease in a "C" or "V" shape. The softer you apply, the softer the look and the harder will result in a more dramatic blend.
  6. Fill in or brush your eyebrows into shape if needed.
  7. Apply lip gloss or a lipstick to your lips to finish off the look.
What is your go to make-up look?
I love sticking to my BB cream, mascara, and purple eyeliner.