Summer 2013 is so near I can almost taste it and it is time for a change. Over the winter my hair has felt more than a little neglected, hidden under hats, scarves, and wooly caps. Not that the weather has warmed up the itch for change is here. Cool ombre hair and dyed ends are beautiful when paired with big hoops and midi dress, but what if you’re not ready to commit to a full dye job? Working in a company doesn’t permit me to bleach and dye my hair on a whim. But just when I was about to give up hope for having bright colored hair for summer my friend introduced me to hair chalk.
It looked a little fishy since my hair is dark, dark brown. For me dying my hair has always left me disappointed and with little color change so I was skeptical. I wanted dip dyed ends without the trouble of a bleach job gone wrong. That evening we played with the hair chalk and came out with a really cool result. Even my dark hair was willing to show off the bright turquoise chalks.
Before you go out and buy a bundle of hair chalks I do have a couple of warnings. Chalk hair dyes are messy! They are basically a loose powder that sticks to your hair. The more you want the color to show, especially on dark hair, the more chalk you’ve got to throw on. The end results can be bright and gorgeous but you might have some rainbow dust on your sleeves. Personally, I always loved glitter and sparkles so having a little turquoise on my shoulders is kind of fun. It is an added touch. If you’re a little more invested in your clothes then I would recommend wearing things you don’t mind getting powdered on.
Chalk hair dye is fun because it is temporary. For people who aren’t sure they want to commit to a color it is perfect. It doesn’t damage hair like bleaching and dyes can do. If you don’t like the result it is simple enough to wash away. I would definitely suggest washing it off before bedtime though. My friend shared a picture of her bedspread after she slept in chalk hair dye and it was not a pretty sight. Then again, even the most temporary dyes can leave a stain.
I will definitely try out some different brands of hair chalk and review them here. Some seem to last more than others but they are worth the price. Try them out and let me know which ones you like!
I’ve worn glasses since I was 9 years old so they are less an accessory and more part of my lifestyle. Trying to detach them from myself can be a nightmare and sometimes I catch myself showering in them. All this love, albeit forced, for my glasses has left them in pretty poor condition. The frame is bent, discolored, and ready to give in at any minute. After 5 years of love they are more than ready for retirement. But what is stopping me from getting the next pair of glass? Money! Glasses are expensive but coastal.com is giving them away for free.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when the offer for my first pair of free glasses popped up on Coastal’s site. They’ve got glasses that look great for any look, from casual to suited up. Telling a twenty something like me anything is free is like giving candy to a baby; I gobble it right up. So I’ve searched around and found my favorite pairs of glasses.
But I know what you’re thinking, nothing is free…
Yes, before I dive into how amazing the selection for glasses on Coastal’s site is let me break down the things that make the FREE bit of the deal a little not so free.
This has to be your first order from Coastal. Unfortunately the offer is only good for first-time buyers, sorry. Still, share it with your friends and let them on the good deal. Also they have a 2 pairs for $95 special running now which is a price that really can’t be beat.
Upgrading your lenses cost extra. Unless you’ve got fairly good vision or you’re just buying a pair of frames for fashion, you’ll probably have to pay for the lens upgrade. It isn’t that much but the cost is enough to make your free glasses not very free.
Shipping doesn’t go away. Sorry but shipping prices are still there but that beats having to pay the regular cost of a great pair of new glasses. I’ll pay for shipping any day.
You need an updated prescription or you can’t get your glasses. If you don’t have an prescription for eyeglasses then setting up an appointment can add an unexpected expense. It’s not too bad though when paired with this offer.
There is no chance to try on the frames. You do get the opportunity to upload a picture of yourself for a virtual fitting. Snap a photo of yourself and see how the pair looks.
I’m excited to get my new frames in the mail. As a lover of glasses this deal really can’t be beat. Where do you normally get your glasses? If you’re like me and can’t ever find frames that really suit your face then the internet a good place to search for the perfect pair. Check out Coastal’s first pair free deal today.
It’s almost summer time and the last thing you want to think about is something as warm and bulky as a suit but today’s topic is all about being a dapper girl in a modern world. Women wearing suits is not about breaking the masculine ideal; it is about finding the perfect fit for the female form. Suits are notorious at being ill-fitting and far from desirable on a female frame. It makes sense. Suits were made for the male figure in mind. They are padded to emphasize broad shoulders and can leave a woman looking like a box.
But there are reasons to invest in a good suit beyond wanting to look good. A quality suit tailored to a woman’s form can highlight a strength in femininity that is otherwise overlooked. A women in a suit is ready for business but a woman in a great suit is powerful. She commands respect that no other woman can. Let’s talk about the basics of suits though and why it is so hard to find a good one.
1. Suits Aren’t Cheap: Ready to spend some money? No, me neither. A suit doesn’t let you get away with being cheap. The quality of the materials will up the price faster than you can blink an eye and bam, $600+ down the drain. Getting a cheap suit and paying for the cost of a tailor may also leave you in a fix. Tailoring a suit is difficult enough but try tailoring a suit imagined for a man to a woman’s body. This is risky business.
2. Buy Menswear for Women: Surprise! There are companies that make menswear with the female form in mind. Put down those oversized, ill-fitting oxford shirts and get a shirt made with a woman in mind. My favorite brand is Saint Harridan that does small batches of suits and has pop up store tours around the US.
3. Don’t Neglect Your Shape: Menswear is cool and looks good when it fits right. Having the proper fit is hard when you’re working with curves. Suits and curves don’t want to mix but they can. Pretending your curves don’t exist will leave you looking like you’re wearing an expensive sack. Don’t be afraid to bend the rules an find a suit that accentuates your shape. The 90s gave us shoulder pads and suits are the first step in bringing them back.
4. Save Up: Jumping into a suit is like jumping in a relationship, don’t. It is not worth the hassle of trying to justify the mess of a suit gone wrong. Menswear is forgiving to a point but even the best tailor will be shaking their head if you ask them to fix a mess. Instead, save up a lot of cash and hunt around for the pieces that fit your form. This may require you to visit a suit shop just to get those first awkward measurements.
The process of buying a suit will be long but worthwhile when you’ve got the best suit for your shape.
For some strange reason festival goers have a tendency to disregard the rules of fashion when they pass those pearly gates. Suddenly, clothes with taste are discarded for fashion disasters. But it’s okay and something that can be fixed. With all the cameramen roving around the festival grounds, don’t get caught wearing a festival outfit fit for nightmares. There are things to keep in mind for certain. Many girls wear shorts and tanks to combat the summer heat. These things are great and go very well together but that doesn’t mean they are your only option. Being another tank and short wearing girl in a sea of festival goers is not the way to show your fashion flare and keep your cool. Below are some tips for staying stylish, classy, and cool at your next music festival.
Trade Your Tank for an Oversized Crop Top
We aren’t talking about your standard t-shirt here. Having a nice oversized crop top will make sure your clothes don’t stick to your body. Nothing is worse than being sweaty in a crowd with no way to cool down. Oversized t-shirts will enable you to get a breeze and keep yourself covered.
High Waisted Shorts for the Win
Short shorts are out and high waisted shorts are in. Stay away from fabrics like denim and opt for lighter materials like twill. As much as chiffon may be in this summer, sweating in a pair of chiffon shorts is not a fun experience. These are inexpensive and an easy way to stay cool in the summer heat.
Old Beat-Up Sneakers
Do not, I repeat, do not make the tragic mistake of wearing your best shoes or sandals to a festival. Music festivals are filled with hours of walking, standing, dancing, and more walking. During this time there is a 100% chance you will be stepped on by another (probably drunken) festival goer. Yes, it is great to have classy footwear but comfort is also key to having a fun day at the festival. In this case, practical is best. A pair of cheap tennis shoes will do the trick and can be tossed if rain makes the festival grounds into a mud pit.
The Mini Backpack
Carrying a big purse is no fun and most women’s clothes don’t have the space to hold a wallet, phone, and other essentials for the length of a festival day. Bringing a big bag will make dancing cumbersome but a mini backpack is perfect for keeping things safely tucked away. Packing a light sweater and a bottle of water will make the later portion of the festival day much more enjoyable.
Do you have tips for what to wear at a music festival so you look your best without giving up comfort? Let us know below!
Fashion meets real world with Zana Bayne and her line of custom leather harnesses, bracelets, and belts. Since beginning her career as a leather artist Bayne has had the opportunity to collaborate with hit artists like Lady Gaga, Pendu, Chris Habana, Asher Levine and more. But don’t mistake Bayne’s leather creations for anything run of the mill or tame. This artist got her start in San Francisco but has allowed her craft to be shaped by travels around the globe. Her ability to draw the mundane out of leather forms has gotten the attention of the fashion community, landing her leatherwork in editorials in Dazed and Confused and Vogue.
Certainly Bayne is a one woman fashion machine, running her operations out a small studio in New York. 2013 marks the beginning of a new era for this designer and her current repertoire in her online shop reflects it. These days early works, updated pieces, and new harness designs line her online shop. Long-term followers will have no problem identifying the pieces that Bayne started out with, from the CC harness inspired by a friend to her basic harness. The newer pieces, while substantially more pricey, reflect Bayne’s growing skill set and increased creativity influence.
Her pieces have graced the runways and been seen on the streets but this has not stopped the designer from stretching herself creatively. Bayne has designed custom displays for to showcase her designs as not only fashion accessories but also as art unto themselves. She keeps fans updated on new pieces and great events on both her fashion blog that has been running since 2008 and her more recent twitter and tumblr accounts. Even with these forums to voice her latest projects, fans will have to patiently await new releases and even more secret collaborations.
What makes Zana Bayne special is her continuing effort to merge fashion, design, and life into one living entity. For some, the world of leather is better left to dungeons and play parties but Bayne brings the taboo into everyday life with ease. It is easy to forget her harness nestled in the draped folds of a dark cardigan. Still, making leather mainstream does not seem to be this artist’s goal. There is something decidedly high fashion about her leather products. Each buckle and strap seems to call attention to the amount of detail and labor that goes into each piece.
For leather enthusiasts and newcomers to the leather world, Zana Bayne’s Garbage Dress is a good starting point. Each item is 100% and custom fitted to the wearer’s measurements. Her vegan options allow all lifestyles to strap in to a new harness. Ready to take the plunge? We sure are.
If Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations have sucked your wallet dry, don’t let penny pinching stop you from whipping up something delightful this Valentine’s Day. We’ve searched the internet high and low to find these adorable Valentine’s Day gifts that won’t break your budget. No one can deny the value of handmade, homemade, or simply made presents. These gifts will leave you feeling crafty and ready to wow your Valentine. Not sure if DIY projects are your thing?
Not a problem! These projects are quick and easy and made for DiY newbies. Even with a mistake or two, these gifts will turn out a-okay.
Practically Paper: It can be almost impossible to find a pen and paper when you need it but with these gifts you can forget all about the pen and focus just on paper. Drawing your Valentine’s portrait may be out of the question but just about anyone can draw a simple heart. For the more adventurous, try painting your Valentine’s card. You’ll be left with a unique stash of Valentine cards that are quick and easy but make a bold statement.
Your cutting skills may be rusty but this next gift idea is sure to impress without leaving you frustrated. Roses are beautiful and all the craze during Valentine’s Day. You can’t throw a rock without hitting a store with a window display of roses but you know what, real roses aren’t everything. Try making paper roses and save yourself the cost and pain of delivering a dozen roses.
Good Eats and Even Better Treats: Who can resist the delight of a box of Valentine’s Day cookies made by a loved one? Nobody, that’s who! Tired of the old box of chocolates technique? Try making a box of strawberry nutella Valentine pop tarts. This gift is a guaranteed winner any day of the week.
For those lacking in baking skills Valentine’s Day can still be fun and deliver a tasty treat. Using pre made cookie dough and shaping it into hearts is a quick solution for those lacking culinary skills. The more adventurous baker will enjoy making red velvet cookies for their sweetheart.
This Valentine’s Day give yourself a break by going the DiY way. These gifts will make a lasting impression and are sure to charm and friend or loved one this year. If you have suggestions for quick and easy DiY gift ideas for Valentine’s Day, get in touch with us by email. You can never have too many ideas this time of year.
Who’s got Cabin Fever? The ladies over at Mod Cloth know winter has got most fashionistas feeling a little blue. Sure, you’ve gotten the hang of layering like no one’s business but will you ever get to bust out that cute a-line dress before spring gets here? Mod Cloth’s Cabin Fever sale is on but won’t be here for long, especially with their extraordinary markdowns on vintage-style dresses and clothes. Before we let you lose on the Mod Cloth site, check out some of our staff favorites for sale items.
1. The Touch of Contrast Dress: Need to add a little spice to your collection of dresses? This dress will do that and much more. We like this dress with a little bit of edge. Play up your rock star side with this white bandage dress accentuated with black straps. Definitely is a stand out piece for any girl tired of owning too many little black dresses.
2. Endeavor After Dress: Mad Men fans, we’ve found the perfect dress just for you. This bright red dress, inspired by the classic looks worn by the starlets of Mad Men, is the perfect piece to add glam to your wardrobe. Show off without showing too much skin.
3. Boucle by Me Dress in Apple: A simple dress will never fail to impress and this dress does just that. Play up your girlish looks with this white and red dress accentuated with a peter pan collar and boucle texture. Definitely not a dress for the color shy but any girl that adores a bit of flair will enjoy this piece. Pair this with a warm cardigans and tights and you’ll be ready for any occasion.
4. On My List Dress: This classic collared dress is soon to be gone so be sure to snap it up while you’ve still got the chance. We fell in love with the dress and its classic cut paired with dramatic colors. Debut your new look at the office with this simple business casual style.
5. Easy to Pleats Dress: Retro, colorful, and figure framing, what more is there to ask for? Sleeveless a-line dresses can get a bit boring but this dress is certainly not. The Easy to Pleats dress can be easily dressed down for a night on the town or accessorized to be office ready. Depending on your mood this dress can be modified for any event.
The countdown to the end of Mod Cloth’s cabin fever sale is on so be sure to get your deals while they last.