I love my long hair, but I don’t love when it hangs against my face like limp noodles during the humid, summer months. After a quick, much-needed trim, Kelly, a Master Stylist from Hairroin Salon, decided to style my long locks into a french-to-fishtail deconstructed braid to keep me cool and looking chic. She started out by French braiding my hair behind one ear and sweeping the braid to the opposite end of my head, where she finished with a messy, off-center fishtail braid. To hide the elastic holding my braid together, she wrapped small pieces of my hair around the band and used bobby pins to secure it, giving me a pretty, effortless look. In a nutshell, I loved my hair and want her to be my new best friend.
Remember those wire storage cubes with the plastic corner connectors? I purchased bright orange ones in college and used them to store DVDs, toiletries, makeup, even my bulky home printer. One day, someone (who shall remain nameless) bumped into it and my world came crashing down. My shit went everywhere. Luckily my printer survived, but I never looked at these cubes the same way. Cheap? Yes. Cute? Yep. Versatile? Absolutely. Sturdy? Hell no. After that incident, I swore off cheap storage cubes.
When iCube contacted me about their new easy to assemble storage cubes, I was doubtful. After receiving a sample, I would have traded my wire mess for these plastic cubes in an instant. These lightweight stackable cubes can be customized with shelves, doors, and drawers to meet any storage need. What is my favorite part? The doors allow you to discreetly stash tampons, condoms, and toys.
Here are three of my favorite iCube storage solutions.
As a kid, I loved blueberry muffins but hated fresh blue berries. I always found tiny, tasteless and pointless. I don’t know what was wrong with me. This year, I have discovered my passion for blueberries. I have been buying them in bulk at Costco and eating bowls of them for breakfast! At first I was adding a few to my granola, but within days, I was sprinkling a little granola over my blueberries. With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, I am considering a blueberry feast. First course … blueberry chicken salad!
Jessica Alba’s perfect approach to street style strikes again! Best of all, two of the exact pieces she’s wearing — her floral midi skirt and silky T — are available right now at Topshop AND J. Crew. Get the deets after the jump! Keep reading »
I have never seen the point in a trim. If I am going to get my hair cut, I want a whole new look. Usually, I chop and donate 12 inches of hair and then give it a year to grow out. It may sound a little dramatic, but there is very little curly haircut inspiration out there. After much consideration, I decided to ditch the angled lob and embrace layers. Thanks to Hairroin Salon’s senior stylist Kate, I woke up this morning looking flawless!
My friend Alissa is obsessed with pineapples and eats them constantly. It’s her thing. For awhile, whenever I would see a piece of clothing with a pineapple on it, I’d immediately send the link to Alissa with a note: “You need this, obviously.” But then I started seeing pineapples on everything and sending her links was starting to take up all my damn time. For her and for other pineapple enthusiasts, I decided to just gather them all in one place, so y’all can shop the cute, summer-y, pineapple-printed trend. (And if pineapple isn’t your thing, here are some other fruit-y fashions below…)
I cook the same dishes all the time, mostly because I like to stick to what’s easy. That being said, repetition leads to boredom, boredom leads to fast food, fast food leads to suffering. So I started using substitutions and fixes to make the same-old meals take new twists and develop flavors I didn’t mind eating over and over. Here are my top six fixes for new recipe revelations! Keep reading »
It’s weird, how we gender inanimate objects, isn’t it? I always felt like masculinity got all the good stuff — ties and tie bars, motorcycle boots, cufflinks, cars, fountain pens, leather chairs, horses, weapons, tools, whiskey, loafers, barware. I mean sure, I enjoyed my dress-up costumes, makeup, kitchen tools, and art supplies, but it all just lacks a certain ruggedness.
I started to get really fed up with the whole concept of “this is for boys, that’s for girls,” though, when I got to thinking about my razor a few years ago. I’ve been conditioned to shave my legs and armpits every gall-derned day of my life. Most of the guys I know shave their faces once maybe every two or three days. And yet ladies do not exactly get the cream of the shaving-supply crop: We get frilly, oil-infused, pink, plastic razors with five poorly-made, cheap-quality blades that cost $3 per cartridge on average, and that’s pretty much the one and only option we’re presented. Razors are supposed to last for about 10 days, so we’re talking about Gillette wanting you to fork over $100 a year for the privilege of using their cheap plastic cartridges. Keep reading »
Happy Thursday, students! It’s time for an advanced lesson in print mixing, brought to you by professional do-nothing Olivia Palermo. I was so inspired by Olivia’s daring decision to combine three prints in one outfit that I just had to do a little Fashion Math of my own. Here are six ways to wear stripes, checks/plaids and polka dots — at the same time…
Gasp! The divinely talented, Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is on the cover of the July issue of Vogue! And, surprise, surprise, she looks stunnnnnnninnnnnnng. The interview with Hamish Bowles is also interesting, detailing Nyong’o's childhood in Nairobi, where her father is currently a senator in the Kenyan parliament; catching the acting bug as a youngster performing plays for her family; her pursuit of a higher education at Hampshire College and then Yale; and the audition process for Patsy, her Oscar-winning role in “12 Years A Slave.” I especially love how she described seeing the finished film for the first time:
“I was really nervous about seeing myself … because it had been such a profound experience in all ways. I remember it being one of the most joyful times in my life—and also one of the most sorrowful. I didn’t want my experience to be a vain one. But I will say that when I watched it, my heartstrings were pulled so tight for Solomon that I couldn’t go into the ego trip. I cried—I mean, I was inconsolable. I wept for an hour after the movie.”
Click through for all the photos from the beautiful Vogue shoot and read the full article over at Vogue.com!