Friday, July 29, 2011

Celeb Tats: Hot or Not?

Everyone has their own opinions about tattoos. For some people they are a way to express themselves artistically, or pay tribute to something special in their lives. For others, tattoos can be a source of inner strength and a reminder to live their life to the fullest.

On the other end of the spectrum, others believe that tattoos will inevitably lead to regret. Sure that face tattoo was a good idea 20 years ago, but now it’s not looking so hot…

Whatever your opinion is on tattoos the important thing to remember is that it’s your opinion. If you want to ink yourself, go ahead and do it! Just remember, the rule of thumb is usually to wait at least a few months to allow yourself to think over your decision that will be on your body for the rest of your life. And steer away from super trendy tattoos, because as we know, trends change every year.

Celeb tattoos are always interesting because while some of them may be fabulous, others made a few rookie mistakes. I actually love Hayden Panettier’s tattoo. It says, "Vivere senza rimipianti" or "to live without regrets". The placement and font are both totally gorgeous. Problem is, Hayden forgot to use spell check and misspelled the Italian phrase. Whoops! 
Image credit: Contrariwise

 Rihanna’s neck tattoo is always a memorable one. While it’s not something I’d get, she totally rocks it!
Image credit: Fanshare

Jennifer Anniston recently had her dog Norman’s name inked on the inside of her foot. She had been incredibly close to him, and she wanted to honour his recent passing in a way that would allow her to pay homage to him for years to come. I’m a dog lover so what can I say, RIP Norman. Also, side note: I really love her shoes!
Image Credit: Fashion Beauty Trend

Penelope Cruz famously has the numbers “883” tattooed on her ankle. She has publicly refused to disclose exactly what the numbers stand for. I like that the tattoo is small and private..It’s kind of mysterious!
Image Credit: Vanishing Tattoo

So what do you guys think of tattoos? Do you have any? What’s your fav celeb tattoo?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer Skin Care: Tips and Tricks!

Everyone wants that perfect glowing summer skin…but sometimes the elements work against us. All that sun, heat, chlorine, and sunscreen can do a number on your skin. But it’s not completely hopeless! Just by taking a few simple steps you can start to see an improvement! At the beginning of the summer I know I was frustrated by my skin, and I really didn’t want to spend all of my lovely summer worrying about my skin or slathering on a million potions and lotions. The key to skin care is: make it easy, or you won’t stick to it!

The first thing you need to do is exfoliate. This is especially true if you plan on spending some time on the beach. If you don’t exfoliate, you may end up with dry patches of skin. Then, if you get any sort of tan, your skin will look uneven because the dry patches will stay a lighter colour while the rest of you tans. Not a fun look, but a super quick fix! Just use a little of your favorite exfoliator (I like ones in fun summer scents) while your in the shower and presto! You should find that your skin will start looking more even.

Moisturizing is crucial no matter what month of the year it is. It’ll keep your feet looking pedicure perfect, and your gams looking silky smooth! One tip with moisturizer: don’t get one of those shimmery lotions. Companies like the body shop make lotions with a “slight shimmer” that seem like a good idea for the summer. But all that ends up happening is that the sparkles gather in the dryer areas of your skin, and you just end up looking silly. Trust me, I’m speaking from experience here!

Sunscreen…it’s obvious but I had to say it! Especially for your face! I find that my face never tans quite evenly, and it frustrates me to no end! So I use a foundation with spf 20 in it (Bare Escentuals makes a good one ). Then, on top of that I use a facial sunscreen with a pretty high spf count. Then, instead of using the sun to match my face to my body, I use a tiny bit of my Bare Escentuals bronzer to even out my skin. That way I have control over the colour, and I can make sure the tone is even across my face. This is my fav little trick I’ve recently picked up! Plus, with all that sunscreen on your face you won’t have to worry about sunglasses tan, and it’s a great way to prevent sun spots and other signs of aging.

Lighten up on the makeup. Seriously ladies, do yourself a huge favor and put that thick liquid foundation aside for the summer. Opt for a thinner mineral powder, or if you can swing it, nothing at all! With all this crazy heat we’ve been getting lately, most makeup will just end up melting in the summer heat anyways. If you are wearing some, make sure to carry some blotting pads with you so you won’t have to feel greasy. That is the worst feeling ever.

and most important of all...don't forget to drink water!

What is your summer skin routine? Any tips or tricks to share?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Taking your Fav Summer Looks From Day to Night!

I love the summer because there's always a fabulous mix of casual days at the beach and shopping strolls with friends, as well as glamorous galas, premieres, and weddings. So a gal has to be prepared for both! But all those fabulous events, as chic and fun as they are, can really add up! A girl only has so many glitzy dresses in her closet. And there's something about the summer sun that just makes you want to shop shop shop till you drop! I always find the hardest thing about budgeting during the summer is that I have to account for both casual and fancier summer clothes. So my favourite thing, to get the most bang for my buck is to find pieces that can be used during the day and the night. That way, that fab new top can get more use out of it then just for a fancy dinner or two.

My first look uses a cute and super trendy shift dress. It's a great statement piece that really stands out! But my favorite thing about it, is that you can actually dress it down quite easily. It's long enough to even wear to the office, and the light weight fabric makes it comfy for all day wear. For the day look, I paired the dress with simple accessories that add a pop of colour and sparkle. Then I added a jean jacket (for those chilly air conditioned malls). Finnish off the look with a pair of adorable sandals and you're looking like you walked out of a magazine!

To transition the look into night time just throw on some sky high heels. I picked heels in a deep plum to add a little extra personality. I also choose statement accessories so you'll have all eyes on you at that gala you have coming up. Maybe you'll even meet a cute celeb!

My next look uses a simple, but bold green tank. I pair the tank with some of this season's trendy high waisted tie shorts. Then, I add another trendy piece, Sseko sandals, which are super comfy so you can walk all day and save your feet for those crazy high heels at night! I also chose accessories that can transition easily into night so you won't have to change them!
To bring this look up a notch and ready for that hot date I added a black pencil skirt, and fun belt. It will define your waist and show off that cute figure! Add a pair of unique statement heels, a simple clutch, a splash of mascara, and a pop of colour on your lips and voila!  Date ready in an instant!

Do you have pieces in your wardrobe that bring you from day to night? Don't forget to check out my Polyvore and maybe make a few creations of your own! If you do, be sure to share them with us!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Beach Chic!

After spending the majority of the long weekend at the beach catching some rays I thought I’d write a post about my favorite beach fashion trends (and my not so favorite ones…)

First of all, the most important thing, beyond what your wearing, is to show some good beach etiquette. Being kind and courteous is a fabulous accessory that’s always in season! I can’t tell you how many times last weekend I almost got smacked in the face by a Frisbee. The beach is definitely a great plae to catch up on your Frisbee game…just make sure to do it in an open space! That way, if someone misses a toss, you won’t risk giving an innocent beach goer a black eye! After almost getting hit twice, I was actually a bit nervous to just relax and close my eyes, incase a Frisbee came my way again!

Now onto the best part, the fashion!

First my fashion Don’ts:
-       Do not pick a bathing suit that is the same colour (or close to) your skin tone. You will look naked from 30 feet away! Plus, it’s just not very fun!
-       Be careful when picking out a monokini. They’re totally cute as long as you’re wearing super high spf sunscreen or staying in the shade. Weird cutout tan lines will not look so stylish when, 2 days later you bring back your two piece.

My Fashion Dos:
-       Do rock a fashionable hate – it’s practical, sun safe, and totally chic!
-       Do try bandeaus – no icky tanlines!
-       Do rock your body! Confidence is the best accessory! Strut your stuff like you’re on a runway in Paris!
-       Don’t be afraid of colour – it’s summer people!

Here are some of my favorite Beach Fashion looks that I’ve put together:

Beach Chic - Yellow

Beach Chic - Coral

Beach Chic

Head to Polyvore and create your own beach look! Then send it to me at and share your creativity! Also, check out all my other Polyvore creations (That site is just way too fun!)

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