Last week my makeup artist friend Aileen showed us how to get a pretty pink Valentine’s Day makeup look. Today we’re upping the drama with a classic old Hollywood look, perfect for swanky dinner dates or a glam night out. Click through for the step-by-step tutorial!
I had a few friends in high school who insisted on bringing their guitars to every single social gathering and closing their eyes dramatically to play “Moondance.” The sight of a guitar case still gives me a little rush of anxiety, because I never know when someone’s going to force me into a Van Morrison singalong. But this guitar case necklace is so adorable it overpowers all those bad memories. And you guys: the case actually opens up like a locket. Think of all the fun things you could store in there! For example, the lyrics to “Moondance” written in a tiny font. [$62, Shopbop]
In case anyone wasn’t already convinced of Adele’s awesomeness, her presence at the Grammy Awards totally confirmed it: she owned the red carpet, sang beautifully, and won every award she was nominated for. In addition to all of her incredible accomplishments, her makeup was flawless, and her dramatic eyelashes were especially stunning. While Adele’s look definitely included fake eyelashes, here are a few techniques to make your natural lashes look as thick and lush as possible… Keep reading »
My senior year of college I mentored a group of teen girls at an alternative high school outside of Portland, and it was one of the most powerful and moving experiences I’ve ever had. Not only did I meet my best friend in the process (she was my co-mentor), I saw what an amazing impact we can have on the lives of teens if we just give them a safe space to express themselves. The 5 young women in the group didn’t know each other that well, and they didn’t know my friend and me at all, but when we gathered around a table and asked them to tell us about their lives, the results were absolutely magical. I’ve always believed that since I made it out of adolescence relatively unscathed, the least I can do is offer other young women a little guidance and support along the way. Whether you’re an aunt, a big sister, or a family friend of a teenage girl, you can make a huge difference in that young woman’s life, so I encourage you to reach out and try.
Here are a few lessons I’ve learned in my years of mentoring. Every girl’s communication style is unique, and every interaction might not be perfect, but remember: every conversation is valuable, and every effort really does make a difference. Keep reading »
I’m not sure how this outfit from the Megla M runway show is supposed to work in real life (being able to move your arms is kind of important), but if all else fails, it could easily be repurposed as a Halloween costume.
Mirrors are a great way to make a room seem bigger or add visual interest to your space. Mirrors with ornate frames can hold their own next to framed art and photos, and I love how unexpected they look mixed in with non-reflective decorations. Another great way to utilize a gorgeous mirror? Lay it down on your dresser or vanity and stack your prettiest jewelry and perfume bottles on it–suddenly your bedroom will feel like an old school boudoir. We scoured Etsy and found 8 mirrors in a variety of gorgeous vintage frames — all for 50 bucks or less. Click through to check ‘em out…
We’re all for heart prints and red ruffles, but we can definitely appreciate the more cynical side of love. If you’re in a darker mood this Valentine’s Day, check out these six irreverent accessories that are decidedly anti-love…
Dinner and a movie is a popular dating routine for a reason: it’s got entertainment, nutritional value, and you don’t even have to talk for half the time. But just in case you’re looking for a different kind of date, something a little more unique, we compiled a list of 10 creative date ideas that are affordable, easy, and memorable. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day, really. Check ‘em out, and please share your own favorite date ideas in the comments! Keep reading »
Between the winter air and my obsession with intense lipsticks, my lips have been super chapped lately. I planned on splurging on a luxurious lip scrub at Sephora this weekend, but then my car made a funny noise, I took it to the shop, and suddenly I was $750 poorer. Now I’ll be making my own lip scrub instead, which is actually fine since this recipe looks positively divine. All you need is cinnamon oil, sugar, and vanilla. Massage onto lips, rinse, and voila: a sweet, smooth pout, perfect for Valentine’s Day! [Deliciously Organized]
Smack dab in the middle of wet, cold February might not seem like the ideal time for exploring the great outdoors, but if you’re looking for a memorable Valentine’s Day experience, throw on a coat and drag your sweetheart outside. Whether you take a walk through a park, hit up a hiking trail, skip stones on a raging river (good luck), or brave a stormy beach, you’ll be in for an adventure, and you won’t have to worry about fighting the crowds at Olive Garden. Jump in puddles, take pictures, get thoroughly cold and uncomfortable, then head home and get warm together (if you know what I mean). Here is everything you need for a perfectly imperfect outdoorsy Valentine’s Day date… Keep reading »