Best NYC Spots to Grab a Sweet Bite

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Best NYC Dessert Spots


Whether you're in a mood for a quick bite or a leisurely stop at a café or patisserie, there's no better way to enjoy a break than with something sweet. Often a companion to a soothing hot beverage or complimentary drink, desserts in NYC are some of the best you'll ever enjoy. From frozen favorites to appetizing confections, I've rounded up some of the trendiest and tastiest sweets from around the city. 

Ferrara | Little Italy 
Since it first opened it's doors in 1892, Ferrara has created a consistent standard of quality by serving the finest in Italian coffees and confections. A family run business for five generations, this charming neighborhood café and has remained as committed to its customer service and offering high-quality products as it was on the day it opened. Presenting a delectable array of classic Italian sweets and coffee beverages, this full-service café is also a Gelateria, which houses a deluxe variety of mouth-watering chilled options. 
Favorites: Tiramisu, rainbow cookies, and I always grab a few of their pistachio nougats before heading out their door

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream | Various Locations 
With a modest start on streets of NYC, Van Leeuwen has come a long way from its cheerfully yellow truck days in 2008. The creators of this chic, artisan ice creamery have taken simple ice cream to the next level with unexpected ingredients and pairings. With a mission to spread joy through their frozen treats, they keep their offerings inclusive with unique alternatives for vegan customers. Using simple, quality ingredients, their lineup includes fresh flavor profiles with classic choices that keep folks coming back for more. 
Favorites: Sicilian Pistachio & the limited edition Bourbon Cherries Jubilee   

Breads Bakery | Union Square
They've certainly earned the title of Best Chocolate Babka in NYC. My favorite item on their impressive menu, the chocolate babka is wonderfully rich, airy and incredibly flavorful and best enjoyed with their delicious creamy and dreamy cappuccino. From savory breads to enticing sweets and pastries, the freshly-made, ultra-satisfying offerings on Breads Bakery's menu are a homerun. 
Favorites: Chocolate Babka and rugelach, all their bureka options

Dominique Ansel | Soho 
A true feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds, the innovative and creative sweet creations found at Dominque Ansel NY will leave you thinking about them long after the last bite. Whether it's flavor or presentation, world renowned and James-Beard award winning pastry chef, Dominique Ansel infuses creativity and whimsical elements into every pastry he creates. The trendsetting chef is responsible for the wildly popular cronut, a hybrid treat often sold out at his Soho bakery. Issued in new flavors monthly, enjoy this now iconic treat in fig & almond (September launch), a delish autumnal flavor to celebrate the season.
Favorites: raspberry pistachio tart, banana bread tiramisu, coconut lime cake

Boost Skin Health with This Sweet Wellness Treat

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Reserveage Collagen Candy

With another fun summer drawing to a close, now is the time to kick start your autumn wellness routine. Taking the time to properly assess the items that go in your body is just as important as what goes on it. Incorporating a quality collagen supplement is a highly valuable component in a comprehensive wellness regimen. From easy one-take remedies to powdered mixtures, consuming an extra dose of collagen is easier than ever. Reserveage Nutrition is taking a different approach to collagen by offering a candy-like option that is not only fun but feels like an small indulgence rather than a task.

COLLAGEN
Before I jump into why I'm loving Reserveage Collagen Candy, let's talk basics. Collagen is a beneficial protein which lends to a wealth of wellness benefits ranging from skin to hair and nails. Overtime the natural collagen properties in the body diminish leading to a weaker and suffering appearance of skin. Seeking a collagen supplement can counteract the natural loss of this beauty-boosting protein and aid in improvements in the overall health of skin and more. 


COLLAGEN CANDY
As the natural breakdown of collagen occurs, Collagen Candy can help remedy the troubles experienced by this loss. Its sugar-free formula is developed with hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and other potent ingredients which help boost skin's texture and overall look. With consistent use, not only are fine lines softened but skin elasticity is boosted which ultimately leads to a more radiant, youthful appearance. Best of all, this powerhouse product aids in strengthening nails, preventing painful breakage while enhancing hair density. If these proven beauty improvements are not thrilling enough,  adding this perfectly-portioned treat to your wellness routine ahead of autumn will help promote more hydrated and smooth skin conditions later in the season. 

Whether you're on-the-go or at your desk, Collagen Candy's compactly packaged treats help you gain daily collagen benefits without the chore of traditional supplements. No need to mix in a beverage or water as the powdered candy-like formula melts on your tongue much like the nostalgic candy from childhood. Offered in a sweet yet subtly tart sour apple flavoring, this fun supplement is one you'll want to try. 






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4 Fall Nail Looks with JinSoon

Friday, September 3, 2021

JINsoon x Suzie Kondi


Say goodbye to the neon tones of summer and try your hand at these minimalistic nail art looks this autumn. Using the trendy JinSoon x Suzie Kondi Collection, illustrious nail artist Jin Soon Choi has imagined up four ultra-chic nail art looks perfect for the fall season ahead. Get settled in and let's dive right into these looks. 

PREP
Prior to starting any nail design, be sure to properly prep the nails. For a less harsh option, choose an acetone-free remover to clear away an remnants of previous polish, debris and oils. Use a nourishing cuticle oil and gently push back with a cuticle tool of your choice. Follow by shaping nails to your desire and layering on a single coat of JINsoon Power Coat evenly on each nail. 


TWO TONE CHEVRON FRENCH TIP 
A fresh take on a classic design, Jin Soon modernized a traditional French tip with contrasting shades and on-trend hues. "I think using two different pops of color on each hand makes this look modern and fun," says Choi. 



Step 1. Begin this two-toned design with the lighter shade, Piedra. Swipe the nail polish brush in a diagonal line from one nail wall towards the center of the free edge. 
Step 2. Follow by picking up the darker polish (Palma or Lavanda), and repeating Step 1 on the opposite nail wall. The darker shade of choice is to overlap the lighter shade and neatly meet in the center. 
Step 3. To avoid smudging, allow the polish design to dry for 1-2 minutes. 
Step 4. Once dry, apply a complete layer of JINsoon HyperGloss to each nail to achieve a gel-like finish. 


COLOR POP POLKA DOT 
Often presented in a black and white combination, Jin Soon has added a whimsical touch to this elegant pattern by using a fresh color way. 


Step 1: Prior to creating this cheerful nail art, place a dollop of Palma and Piedra to a nail pallet or piece of foil. 
Step 2: Using a dotting nail tool, dip into the first shade (Palma) and create a free-handed, spaced dot pattern on the nail. 
Step 3: For a unique look, choose a dotting tool in different sizes and pick up the next shade (Piedra), continue applying dots to the spaced areas on the nail. 
Step 4: Allow 1-2 minutes for the design to dry and set. 
Step 5: Finish the look with a coat of JINsoon HyperGloss top coat. 


DOUBLE FRENCH 
An elegant interpretation of the standard French tip, Jin layered two polishes for a more complex look that appears modern and sleek. 

For this nail look, you'll need a precision nail art brush. If you don't have one, a tiny paint or makeup brush will work well too. 



Step 1: To start this design, begin by picking up Palma on the tiny brush and draw a thin line along the free edge of the nail. 
Step 2: With the same brush, use Lavanda and draw a thin line below the one you've just created with the previous polish. 
Step 3: Whilst drying, use a clean cotton bud soaked in remover and clean up the edges. 
Step 4: Once dry, give the nails a glossy, chip-resistant finish with a fortified layer of JINsoon Top Gloss. 


NEGATIVE SPACE SWIRL 
An ultra-cool nail look, this negative space design will offer a fun way to wear a sophisticated shade in an eye-catching minimalistic shape.



Step 1: Use a tiny nail art brush and saturate with your preferred polish (Piedra). Draw a free-handed swirl lined shape along the nail, stretching from the bottom to top of nail. 
Step 2: Once the shape is achieved, use the same polish and fill in the nail from the line to the neighboring nail wall. Be sure to leave a bare space on the opposite side (negative space). 
Step 3: Use a polish remover saturated cotton bud to clean up the design and allow to dry for 1-2 minutes. 
Step 4: For a glossy, chip-resistant finish, layer nails with an even coat of JINsoon Top Gloss. 




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3 Simple Ways To Revive Hair After A Day in the Sun

Sarah Flint Emma Sling


From invigorating watersports to splendid summer strolls, an enjoyable day in the sun can leave hair in a tricky state. Much like the skin, sun saturated hair can become damaged by harmful UV rays which contribute to drier conditions making hair more susceptible to breakage and disturbance. The key to protecting and rejuvenating these hair conditions is seeking solutions and products with hydrating ingredients and UV inhibitors which hinder sun damage. Read on for my three simple quick fixes to revive hair after a day in the sun. 

PROTECT
Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil 

A protective product that packs a punch, this light-weight spray is one I'd recommend not only as after care but one to use before you head out for a long day in the sun. This potent mist is formulated with an effective blend of oils (wintergreen, cinnamon bark) which filter damaging UV rays as well as  nourishing ingredients like shea butter which further hydrate parched sun-weathered strands. For an effective application, mist evenly over the without overwhelmingly dousing strands. 

Aveda Sun Care Hair Veil


CLEANSE
Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo 

Refresh a sweaty scalp and suffering hair with an easy application of this detoxifying and balancing favorite. Suitable for all hair types, Briogeo Scalp Revival is comprised of healing agents like witch hazel and binchotan charcoal, a potent ingredient which pulls away follicle clogging impurities while refreshing the scalp. Best of all, this rejuvenating dry shampoo consists of biotin which promotes nutrient-rich hair growth. 

Briogeo Scalp Revival Dry Shampoo


STYLE
Bumble & Bumble Surf Infusion 

Generously applying this nourishing salt spray to sun-saturated tresses boosts the natural texture caused by the elements while providing body and movement. Infused with UV inhibitors and a mixture of conditioning oils, this salt spray helps create a touchable waved beachy hairstyle without added heaviness or drying qualities. If using hot tools, use this as finishing spray which will not only provide texture but lasting hold. To activate the styling agents, be sure to shake before use and apply from mid-length to ends for best results. 

Bumble & Bumble Salt Spray



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Classic Favorites by Sarah Flint

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Sarah Flint Emma Sling

Shop this chic style and more elegant shoes over on SarahFlint.com 
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A favorite among royals and prominent celebrities alike, Sarah Flint has truly carved a special space in the luxury footwear industry. A brand focusing on sleek, timeless styles with a spotlight on comfort through cutting-edge techniques, Sarah Flint helps women take the guess work out of chic footwear. From attractive flat styles to various elegant heeled options, finding a perfect solemate has never been easier with Sarah Flint. 

I'm thrilled to share that I'll be joining the wonderful Sarah Flint team as a Brand Ambassador. Over the next few months I'll have the opportunity to not only share the brand's exquisite footwear but will highlight the many brilliant ways this fast-growing, woman-founded brand is changing the scope of luxury footwear through innovation, a firm commitment to quality, and inclusivity. 

Upon learning more about about the brand, it was Sarah's unique approach to footwear use and unmatched technique in design which extraordinarily stood out to me. By opting for the excellence of Italian artisans and factories used by popular heritage brands, each shoe is guaranteed to feature high-quality materials and a meticulous attention to detail from base formulation to final execution. The most exciting feature of her shoes lies in the actual construction of each style, emphasized by a targeted focus on comfort for lasting wear. 

A generous toe box lends to a more comfortable fit while an enhanced foot bed is anatomically designed to support the natural arch of the foot. If that's not enough of a luxury, Sarah's vow to quality extends to details promoting long-term use and durability. These features include a steel rod stiletto which increases the longevity of the heel and a slim fortified rubber out sole which amplifies grip and stability - a thoughtful addition which usually costs a pretty penny at your favorite local cobbler. 

With an array of styles fit for a multitude of ensembles, Sarah Flint's vast collection seamlessly fits into any classic wardrobe. Whether it be the iconic Natalie Flat or elegant Perfect Pump, SF's sophisticated options make stylish dressing a breeze. 

Classic Sarah Flint Styles
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Top Beauty Tomes Beauty Enthusiasts Should Read Now

Friday, April 16, 2021



French Beauty 
The French Beauty Solution: Time-Tested Secrets to Look and Feel Beautiful Inside and Out
By Mathilde Thomas
Much like her brand philosophy, Mathilde Thomas, cofounder of Caudalie, has taken the same natural-focused, simple approach to beauty itself. This wonderful tome details a wealth of beauty gems and secrets acquired during her upbringing in rustic France along with expert commentary and knowledge on the science of skincare. To Thomas, beauty doesn't require harsh tactics or ingredients but rather highlights healthier alternatives and practices to achieving a youthful, radiant appearance. A wonderful reflection of unique experiences. readers are treated to the presentation of beauty through both the European and American lens and ways we can jumpstart our health the French way. 




Ageless Beauty the French Way: Secrets from Three Generations of French Beauty Editors
By Clémence von Mueffling
A truly special guide, Ageless Beauty the French Way is a unique comprehensive French beauty manual revealing the greatest secrets, tips, practices and more by three generations of French beauty experts. If you've ever wondered about French women's luxurious lifestyle customs or their effortless approach to beauty, the pages of this book are filled with details that reveal just that and more. From skin and hair to their signature makeup aesthetic and far more, Clémence von Mueffling along with her chic mother and grandmother have spilled their top professional secrets and classic beauty traditions on the pages of this beauty treasure. 




Cosmetics Connoisseurs 
The Makeup of a Confident Woman: The Science of Beauty, the Gift of Time, and the Power of Putting Your Best Face Forward
By Trish McEvoy
A true powerhouse in the beauty industry, Trish McEvoy's extraordinarily successful international beauty brand and teachings has made her a recognized global cosmetics authority. With vast knowledge in all aspects of beauty, McEvoy penned her best beauty practices in one title which serves as both a how-to guide and an empowering text concentrating on the beauty and power within. 




Face Paint: The Story of Makeup
By Lisa Eldridge
lustrous career creating beauty looks for some of the most recognized starlets in Hollywood, Lisa Eldridge still has time to film engaging content for her wildly popular Youtube channel. An expert in her field, Eldridge has as a vast knowledge of the history of beauty which brings an insightful and interesting perspective to her book. Within, readers are taken on a lovely journey of the evolution of beauty where its colorful history is beautifully explained along with exciting modern makeup practices. 



Thorough Works From the Experts
Perfumes: The A-Z Guide
By Luca Turin & Tania Sanchez
A tome devoted to all things fragrance, Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez penned a hefty guide which not only explores renowned perfumes but invites readers behind the curtain of the fragrance world through engaging essays. Along with their favorites, readers are given an informative peek at how memorable blends are formulated, the aromatic ingredients of which they're made and interesting historical influences. 




Great Skin - Secrets the Beauty Industry Doesn't Tell You 
by Ingeborg Van Lotringen
Straight from a seasoned professional, Ingeborg van Lotringen penned this informative tome which details all the best industry secrets often kept under wraps while teaching her readers tried and true methods to achieve great skin. A must-read for all, this helpful book helps readers understand skin and how to choose skincare for their unique needs in an clean and  intriguing fashion. 




An Atlas of Natural Beauty: Botanical Ingredients for Retaining and Enhancing Beauty
By Victoire de Taillac
Along with its beautiful illustrations, this stunning work from L'Officine Universelle Buly, an iconic Parsisian apothecary, analyzes the allure of natural beauty with sophistication. Emphasizing the importance of natural-focused beauty and self-care concepts through Buly's unique aesthetic, this stunning atlas details useful recipes and effective techniques to enhance one's beauty naturally. Having had the opportunity to globally grow this iconic beauty institution in various cities, the authors pulled from their worldly travels and have compiled their best beauty methods, techniques and quality ingredient knowledge from their worldly travels in this comprehensive book. 



Energizing Spring Scents to Jumpstart The Season

Monday, March 29, 2021



As the sunshine becomes abundant and the temps grow more palatable, spring invites a refreshing change across the board, including our choice of fragrance. With the long winter behind us, now is the time to embrace bright and punched up fragrances that carry beautifully through summer. Fresh floral notes, sparkling citrus and delectable upgrades to familiar favorites are all present in this year's fragrance offerings. Read on to find out the best energizing scents to get you ready for the sun-drenched seasons ahead. 

FANCY FLORAL ARRANGEMENT
Jo Malone Red Hibiscus & Yellow Hibiscus 
Along with two relaunches, Jo Malone's limited edition 2021 Blossoms range features two floral-focused fragrances, Red & Yellow Hibiscus, perfect for the sunny seasons to come. These vividly formulated scents both uniquely bottle the essence of a beachy paradise, each presenting a different profile of island-inspired scents. Red Hibiscus, which is abundant in tropical forests, is the heart of  this fragrance. It is complemented by soft and inviting hints of Jasmine Sambac and Vanilla which creates a sensual blend kissed with a citrus dash of mandarin. Conversely, Yellow Hibiscus serves as a bright pop next to the more sensual and smooth sister fragrance. This radiant interpretation features fresh floral notes like rose with a sunny spark of lime to awaken the overall blend which is finished off with a more mellow note of white musk. 



Bulgari Allegra Collection 
A five fragrance collection reimagining passionate Italian emotions through scent, the Bulgari Allegra collection is certainly a feast for the senses. Expertly pulling familiar scents signature to Italian living, each fragrances is blended with botanical classics, sparkling citrus and sweet fruit notes. Whether you're in a mood for a sweet blend, a punchy mix reminiscent of an Italian getaway or a romantic evening in historical Rome, there's a perfect perfume for you in this lovely, luxurious collection. 




SUMPTUOUS SPRING UPGRADES
Aerin Mediterranean Honeysuckle In Bloom 
For spring, Aerin has expanded on her beautiful and much-loved Mediterranean Honeysuckle fragrance and created In Bloom. This limited edition extension on the 2015 favorite is beautifully layered scent on its own which bottles elegant and luminous notes of the warmer season. Classically bright honeysuckle and grapefruit is joined by rich tuberose, jasmine, and bergamot. A truly sophisticated take on a warm weather favorite that stands strong on its own. 




Estee Lauder Beautiful Magnolia 
Lauder's iconic Beautiful fragrance is a beloved favorite which was reimagined for the 2021 woman. Beautiful magnolia is an emotional fragrance evoking the memorable spark one gets when meeting a new romance. It's an exciting blend of crisp Maté and Water Lotus met with luscious botanicals like sensual Turkish rose and Gardenia. Luxe additions like Cedarwood and Sandalwood round out this complex scent that will sure to become a fast date night favorite.



OPULENT OILS
NEST Perfume Oils
The authority in all things luxury scents, NEST New York newly launched a dreamy range of opulent perfume oils. These beautifully blended oils expertly capture the heart of each fragrance's star ingredient. With the foundation of each respective scent coming from botanical ingredients signature to exotic locales, every unique blend becomes a pronounced stop on a grand global journey through sensational aromas. For an amplified, lasting wear, mix in a few perfume oil drops with your favorite unscented body cream or lotion.





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5 Beauty Lessons I'd Tell My Younger Self

Friday, March 19, 2021



SPF IS A MUST 
Please lather on SPF on both your face and body every single day, no exceptions. Your skin is prone to keloids and needs to be completely protected from the sun at all times. Additionally, limit your time in the sun, your skin will burn and lead to lasting damage. 

QUIT OVER APPLYING BRONZER 
Bronzer is not face powder, remind yourself of this important rule every time you grab that oversized shimmery tan palette. You will look back on your photos with a tinge of horror as your face will be a few shades tanner than your neck. Try using the three technique when applying this beauty favorite, it'll bronze the proper facial points naturally warmed by the sun (it will work just fine). Bonus: Quit pairing MAC Cosmetics Myth with this super tan look, overly pale lip colors will never be a flattering option. 

LIMIT HOT TOOL & HARSH HAIR PRODUCT USE
Gelled scrunched hair may be all the rage, but don't do it everyday. All that hairspray and gel will damage your healthy hair. Speaking of damage, throw away your hair straightener. Applying all that heat to your lush naturally curly hair will only lead to weakened tresses, breakage and split ends. Enjoy the natural texture and look of your hair. 

LET SKIN HEAL & DON'T PICK AT IT
Blemishes are unavoidable but please let them heal on their own. Resist the urge to pick at your skin. Continuing to do so will leave unsightly, deep scars that will take ages to heal. Embrace skincare, proper treatments and let your skin breath when suffering. 

Speaking of suffering skin, heavily fragranced body products like lotions, soaps and soaks may smell lovely but they irritate your delicate skin, avoid them at all costs. Lastly, stay away from witch hazel, it's NOT for you. 

LOVE THE SKIN YOU'RE IN, IT'S GOING TO CHANGE 
Oh what a journey you'll be on! Enjoy every bit of yourself, take all of the photos and don't worry about your jean size. Your body will always change and face tough times, but your strength will never waiver. Loving yourself is the greatest beauty lesson of all, you'll look back and feel silly for worrying about the little things. You are wonderfully beautiful as you are now and always. 

Elevated Hair Styling Finds at Target

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Wide Tooth Comb | Kristin Ess


When it comes to styling hair, the usual necessities are seen in every routine. From tools to products, a complete routine can quickly become overwhelming. Opting for a streamlined collection of elevated basics can be game-changing. These select products deliver salon-quality results which upgrade simple styles to magazine-worthy looks. Best of all, these key hair styling upgrades don't break the bank and can all be found at Target. 

Perhaps my favorite find, SGX NYC Do It All Dry Texture Spray is the perfect styling companion for a multitude of looks. A unique product functioning as a dry shampoo and hair spray, this product adds a flattering oomph to hair while refreshing and volumizing the roots. A must-have for lush blowouts, this multitasking wonder is great for updos as well. Added texture not only makes hair more manageable for  intricate creations but also adds an extra layer of hold. 

To mimic those glossy, picturesque tresses seen in commercials, a shine product, like TRESemme Keratin Smooth Shine Serum does the trick. Without added weight or a greasy after feel, this serum glosses over hair and leaves it looking healthy and full of sheen. A little product goes a long way and beautifully tames frustrating frizz, flayaways and stiff ends. 

To escape the dreaded bends traditional hair ties cause, Teleties Hair Elastics save fresh blowouts from annoying marks and damage when tying away. A favorite for quick updos, these secure elastics minimize snags which lead to painful hair pulls and breakage. Sliding hair pins under these coiled ties also provides additional grip. 

For an ultra-stylish and chic finish, Kristin Ess released an array of beautiful, quality hair accessories to jazz up your favorite hair styles. Achieve the coveted Bridgerton look with the Bow Slide or create a regal look with the celestial clip set. From a styling perspective, I appreciate her choice to create a large hair bow accessory with a gripping clip design rather than a standard hair tie. The clip style can easily slip onto barrettes, pins and ties which makes styling with these hair adornments truly limitless.  



3 Elegant Ways to Tie a Silk Neck Scarf

Monday, March 8, 2021

Luxurious. Classic. And so very CHIC.

Silk scarves will always be a favorite accessory to pull from my wardrobe. These boldly colored and pretty patterned squares instantly elevate ensembles and add a polished accent to any look. Whether it's a skinny style delicately wrapped around my wrist or a large statement piece topping off my favorite blazer, silk scarves are a wardrobe staple that remain timeless and fashionable. While I've shared smart ways to style a silk scarf in this post, the following story will highlight elegant ways to tie a neckerchief, a smaller silk scarf variety, around the neck.


Style 1 // Simple Fold Tie
1. Fold your neckerchief in half diagonally, be sure to have the pointed edge facing downwards and smooth over any ripples.
2. For the next fold, securely fold the long edge inwards half way. Be sure to keep the pointed edge free. 
3. Tightly pinch the ends of the freshly folded edge and bring the scarf to the front of the neck. Join both tails at the nape and tie once. 
4. Holding onto the knot, shift the scarf over to the right side of the neck, with the pointed edge sitting neatly at the left. Tie the knot once more for a strong tie, neatly adjusting the tapered tails over the shoulder.  


Style 2 // Double Fold Tie
1. Follow step one of the previous style. 
2. As in Style 1, the scarf will be folded inwards but this time it will be folded twice, a third of the way in each time. 
3. Now the scarf with look like a long, slim style with a pointed tip. Bring to the front of the neck, pull the two edges to the back and knot.
4. With the free tails, bring them neatly to the front and tie once more. Double knotting for a secure tie. 
5. Lastly, adjust the setting of the scarf. For this style you can keep the pointed edge centered  or placed to the side like I did below. 



Style 3 // Complete Tie  
1. Follow step 1 of Style 1
2. For this style, fold inwards from the pointed side. Pull the pointed tip up towards the long folded edge.
3. Continue folding two more times until you have a neat long, slim folded scarf. 
4. Tightly hold the ends and bring the scarf to the front of the neck, making sure it's centered. Tie once at back.
5. Bring the tails to the front, keep them aligned with the initial placement and tie twice at the center. Pull and accentuate the tails for a tidy look and make sure all the folds are properly tucked and present clean lines as seen below. 


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Cold Weather Haircare Heroes

Saturday, March 6, 2021



Hair evidently behaves differently in contrasting seasons. Each season holds a unique set of environmental stressors and elements which impact the overall condition and health of the hair. In winter, lack of moisture in both the scalp and hair itself becomes a predominate issue which can be troublesome if ignored. Combating these sometimes uncomfortable seasonal consequences with effective treatments and products can help revive stressed tresses and aids in the maintenance of healthy, strong hair. Whether it's revitalizing a suffering scalp or repairing a damaged mane, here are four beneficial products resolving winter's greatest hair woe. 

SCALP RESOLUTION
Before we tend to the tresses, it is crucial that we assess the root of the issue. In this frigid season, the scalp can unsurprisingly grow drier and flakey, which creates a frustrating itchy and inflamed response. Tacking on incorrect shampoos or styling products to the strained area can sometimes dry it our further which only compounds the initial concern. Reaching for a scalp-specific product with essential ingredients that work to flush out impurities while balancing scalp disruption is key. Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal & Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo is an ideal solution as it consists of charcoal, a powerful cleansing ingredient known to drive out pesky impurities and works to rid the surface of dead skin cells and grime, successfully creating a healthy foundation. An expertly blended product, this shampoo is chock full of healing ingredients, similar to those found in effective skincare. Hygienic ingredients like tea tree oil formulated with a refreshing duo of mint oils (spearmint, peppermint) heal itchy scalps while dehydration is remedied by a deluxe dose of coconut oil. Massaging in this nutrient-laden shampoo onto the troubled scalp, working well through the hair (don't miss the ends!), provides a comprehensive soothing solution. 



HAIR TREATMENT
Regardless of hair type, an intensive weekly mask concentrating on restoring moisture is a greatly effective element in a lasting strategy to maintain healthy hair and revive damage. Wavy and curly hair textures crave more moisture so opting for a richer formula promoting deep conditioning and softness is imperative. Oribe Moisture & Control Deep Treatment Masque is a recurrent favorite as its various botanical ingredient-rich blend tackles common hair stressors while infusing hair with smoothing, moisture-rich oils. The masque's potent multifaceted approach to healing hair revives it by strengthening strands from root to tip, sealing in moisture without added weight and protects against the wear of natural keratin while combating dryness causes by numerous harmful factors. With extended use, this impressive mask is sure to leave you with strong, envious locks ready for the season ahead.



OIL MAINTENANCE 
With smart solutions to cleanse and treat tresses ready to be implemented, how can we amplify hair hydration between washes? This once tricky issue is easily fixed by impressive hair oils developed to provide hydration without unsightly greasy results. Leonor Greyl Huile Secret de Beauté, a decadent body and hair oil, delightfully works on both styled and damp tresses and provides hydration and shine to dull winter hair. Packed with a fortified mix of nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids, this natural beauty oil protects hair while sealing in much needed moisture ultimately leaving locks lusciously healthy. 



SKIP WASHING
Interestingly, delaying a hair wash can offer a beneficial break that can be helpful to the overall health of hair. For certain hair types and textures, over-washing can lead to drier conditions which only leads to further complications during the cooler months. Shhhowercap, the ultra-chic eco-friendly cap is the perfect shower companion that protects hair on days a wash is skipped. These boldly colored, beautifully designed reusable shower caps are constructed with durable, lasting materials which help reduce waste caused by disposable alternatives. In an effort to further minimize waste, using these stylish yet useful sustainable caps limits water usage and additional electricity pulled from damaging hot hair tools used to dry and style freshly washed hair. 



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Dial a Dilemma: Lackluster Winter Skin Rescue

Thursday, March 4, 2021



Winter is certainly a tricky season for skin as it is forced to adjust to extreme competing temperatures. Cool winter air coupled with the dry conditions caused by indoor heating leads to overly dry, lackluster skin. Rather than loading up on highlighting cosmetics, focus on the actual condition of skin, what it's lacking and how to repair these concerns. 

How do I restore my skin's radiance during the winter?

Unsurprisingly, skin appears more stripped and dull during the cool months and remedying such an issue simply lies in strengthening the skin, more specifically the skin's barrier and diminishing loss of water (moisture) throughout. Epidermal water loss leads to a flakey, drier state of skin and can also cause unsightly redness.

Angela Caglia Soufflé Moisturizer is the ideal one-step solution as it precisely tackles this vital concern while a potent blend of effective ingredients work towards soothing and softening the skin. What makes this special product stand apart from the rest is its use of a unique patent-pending Lipid-Lock technology which expertly uses essential fatty acids to diminish trans-epidermal water loss throughout with intense hydration. 

While this exclusive technology solely makes this twice-a-day, lightweight moisturizer a skincare necessity, it is the overall vitamin and antioxidant-rich formulation that truly transforms skin. Meadowfoam Seed Oil, an exceptional, deeply moisturizing component that mimics the skin's own oils which ultimately balances the skin is the lead ingredient in this daily skin wonder. With extended use, this healing and luxurious blend will not only rejuvenate the skin but will work towards softening fine lines, intensely hydrate parched, dry areas and help achieve optimal skin health. 


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Top Moisturizing Solutions for Dry Hands

Monday, February 22, 2021



With our new ultra-careful reality encouraging frequent hand washing and sanitizing, it's no surprise that the condition of our hands is starting to suffer. While promoting safety and keeping harmful germs at bay, hand cleansing practices are depriving our hands and cuticles of moisture and leaving them in a vulnerable heath. Coupling this with bitterly frigid temperatures creates a detrimental situation that screams for repair and restoration. Reviving dry, battered hands doesn't require a handful of steps or products, but rather a succinct strategy that should be consistently followed.   

SKIN QUENCHING CREAM
Dry hands not only look rough but feel uncomfortable as cracking and small cuts become more common in weak, moistureless skin. The easiest, fool-proof way to tackle dry hands instantly is a creamy, dreamy, ultra-moisturizing hand cream. While a wealth of small, bag-friendly hand creams line store shelves, this is the time to get smart with your choice and opt for one with impactful ingredients. Skylar Renewing Hand Cream, is formulated with hyaluronic acid (HA), the superstar skin-plumping ingredient which amplifies hydration. Beneficial anti-aging peptides, which work beautifully with HA, help this product work overtime to protect hands while healing agents like vitamin E an coconut oil provide lasting hydration and restore elasticity. Best of all, this non-greasy concoction's subtle scent will keep you in an island state of mind in our winter reality. 



PROTECTIVE MASKING
To maximize on hydration, seek a mask treatment providing a 360-degree healing approach. Overall hand health is vital as tricky areas like cuticles and  delicate skin between fingers is often overlooked. Nourishing masks like Patchology Perfect Ten Self-Warming Hand and Cuticle Mask uniquely charges up by natural body heat and quickly gets to work on dry, suffering areas. This at-home, 10-min glove mask mimics a luxurious spa-like experience while remedying overly dry hands. A rose and coconut oil blend soothes and softens with macadamia nut oil protecting against further damage. This comprehensive buttery soft solution is the perfect hand reviving treatment to use weekly.



GO NATURAL 
When giving attention to the hands, its important to highlight the cuticles. With over-sanitizing stripping the skin of moisture, the cuticles become overwhelmed and dry out to the point of harsh, painful cracking. Now is the time to embrace natural nails with an enhanced focus on cuticle health and strong natural nails. Bare Hands The Dry Gloss Manicure takes a luxe approach to maintaining natural nails by concentrating on improving cuticles with a protective oil and a unique nail tool  which helps achieve a glossy nail texture. Nourished, natural nails not only gives nail beds a break from high-maintenance polish but bolsters long-term healing. This simple yet effective set features a chic, fortified buffing plate that unites nail keratin resulting in an impressive week-long, high gloss finish. Top off this therapeutic nail treatment by drenching cuticles in a potent, comforting oil consisting of various fruit and essential oils. 



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