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Grab These Summer Nail Polish Colors Before They’re Gone

It’s summer and it’s that ‘fry an egg on the sidewalk” type of weather. Your friends are sending you selfies and texts from their exotic vacation spots while you lie on the couch in front of the air conditioner trying to keep your hair from frizzing. What’s a girl to do? Her nails!

It may be the dog days of summer, but that’s no excuse for letting your nails go! Put on the air conditioner and get out that polish! And do it soon, because the colors of summer may not be around for too long. Here are some of the best summer colors you simply have to have!

Grab These Summer Nail Polish Colors Before They're Gone

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Candy Crush
With all the fireworks of summer, its always a great idea to glitter bomb your nails. Get those nails looking just as hot as the weather with some multi-color glitter nail polish. Finish the look with some eye catching rings on every finger top and bottom.

Cake Pop
Nails that look like ten cake pops! What could be better? This pink pastel color will look great against your skin and while making a super feminine statement that can complement your inner lady or provide a contrast to your tomboy side.

Floss Gloss
Summer nail polish doesn’t have to be bright. Try a neutral palm tree color. It will work like color correcting concealer to tone down summer weathered hands, and look great while doing it.

Electric Orange
Anything starting with the word electric has to be great for summer. Besides, since your not doing tans anymore, you need something to give you color. Orange is a great cheery summer color and will provide a great contrast to your more expected pinks and reds.

Grab These Summer Nail Polish Colors Before They're Gone

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Coral
Coral is always a great classy choice for all of your cosmetics and summer fashion. Its really on trend this 2017 and is guaranteed to fully complement your entire summer wardrobe. The pinky peach color is a great way to keep things lively, and you can always add a glitter topcoat for a little extra kick.

Red
There will always be a place for classic red in every nail polish collection. No matter the season, red will always make a strong, sexy feminine statement. You can never go wrong with red.

Subtle Grey
Every once in a while, it is a good idea to take it down a notch. With all the summer colors heating things up, you may want to cool off with a nice subtle grey. Look for the color in matte finish to keep it fun and bright.

Sweet Almond
They say variety is the spice of life, and if you’re always looking to change things up, this may be the color for you. Sweet almond is somewhere between gray and lilac, but there is nothing boring or sleepy about this light purple. Definitely a color for the ages.

Grab These Summer Nail Polish Colors Before They're Gone

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Nude
Nothing like going nude in the summer. If its the barer the better, try this neutral on for size. It’s summer in a bottle.

What are you putting on your nails this summer? Drop us a line and let us know how your nailing your nails in the midst of all the heat.

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Spring and Summer Colors For Lips, Hair, and Nails

When makeup first became widely available in the twenties, the color palette was limited. Powders were cream and ivory, lips were almost invariably some shade of red, and smoky eyes were de rigeur. Woe to those who couldn’t carry it off. True summers had to choose from the same palettes as dark autumns, bright winters were confined to the same choices as light springs, and soft autumns were offered the same options as soft summers. Oh, how times have changed. Nowadays, it seems as if we can’t walk into Sephora without emerging an hour later finally having determined that the Plum Attraction was more flattering than the #61 Wine.

Woman with red lipstick

If you’re having trouble navigating through the color options, here are a few pointers to set you in the right direction. Check out the colors trending for spring and summer 2017 for lips, hair, and nails.

Lipstick
Vivid lips were on display on the 2017 spring runways. Textures ranged from the glittery, (Fendi) to the matte, (Giambattista Valli, and Jason Wu), and of course Carolina Herrera and Chanel brought the high gloss. Jason Wu make up artists created a sporty fluorescent look by layering a cherry with a matte orange. Valentino and Cushnie et Ochs chose semi matte shades ranging from electric pink to ruby. And, if your partial to the ultra shine, take a cue form the Kenzo and Simone Rocha runway with some eye catching shine. If your looking for some hot colors for your lips this season, look for:

  • Poppy Pink or Fuschia – Nothing says spring like a fushia lip.
  • Deep Berry – If you’re aiming to bring some drama into the spring, you can’t go wrong with a deep berry.
  • Bright Purple – Try some violet and twilight hues to recall the warm summer sunset.
  • Hot Red – There is always a call for a good strong red. Use it to spice up your 2017 spring summer pout.

Hair Color

Bronze ombre

Bronze Ombre
If you have dark hair and not much time to spend on upkeep, celebrity colorist David Adams advises going two or three complementary shades lighter. He describes this look as an ombre 2.0 “blended through the middle and slightly lighter ones on the ends and around the face, which keeps color away from new growth to minimize maintenance.”

Warm Honey
Faithful brunettes who want to lighten up a touch might consider adding some natural amber to honey highlights to soften their natural color.

Baby Blonde
Already convinced that blondes have more fun? Think about going blonder. Stylist Sharon Dorram recommends lightening up with “strategically placed baby blond highlights around the face and crown.”

Creamy Blonde
If you don’t mind frequent trips to the colorist, a creamy platinum may be for you. Check out the look on Jennifer Lawrence for celebrity inspo.

Nail Polish

yellow nail polish

Sunflower Yellow
You’ll be seeing a lot of sunflower hello on nails this season. Check out versions form Essie, OPI and Christian Louboutin.

Valentine Pink
Taking break from red? Bright pink is a great alternative. Nails Inc. and Dior are both offering up takes on vibrant pink. FYI: Valentine pink was also spotted popping up the runways of Moshino, Fendi, and Valentino.

Tropical Green
Nothing says spring quite like green. Straight from the D and G runways, the earth friendly shade is currently available from both Essie and OPI.

Salmon Pink
For a more neutral approach to pink, try a salmon for the office and the beach.

Hope this clears things up! What colors are you sporting for spring and summer 2017? Let us know! We want your fabulous input!

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Fashion For Work, Play and Travel

The modern woman wears many hats, and for each hat, there should be a number of corresponding outfits to suit the situation. After all, it would be a fashion fans pas to wear your party dress when donning your work hat or your power suit when we are wearing your party hat: mistakes in line with wearing white after labor day or wearing black panties under white pants. That is why it is so important that we have separate outfits for work, play, and travel. Here are some ideas for outfits to go with each of your many dimensions.

Work

Work outfit

Tailored
For a tailored work look, you want to emphasize a strong silhouette, adding structured accessories. Consider an all white look with a Banana Republic top and matching tailored slacks. Add metal cuffs to the wrists with a matching statement ring. Add a classy neutral clutch with coordinating Manolo Blahnik pumps.

Suits
When it comes to suits, you can mismatch separates or keep your pieces together. Try Diane Furstenberg blazer with matching pants in a beautiful ochre tone. Layer it it with a silky button down blouse and some cat eye sun glasses for a power look. Finish with a geometrical Proenza Schouler Clutch, delicate choker and showstopping Calvin Klein sandals.

Play

Woman in sequin dress

Sequins
For women, the ultimate playtime clothing would have to be the party dress. You can’t go wrong with black sequins, and Ashish is the name in sequined dresses. Match with killer heels.

Classic
If you’re looking for a more demure classic approach, you may want to try a Lanvin. Try a one shoulder design with a structured ruffle and figure hugging pencil skirt in a neutral beige. Add a colorful clutch for a color contrast.

Athleisure
If you want to wear your yoga pants all day long, fashionistas say, “Go ahead!” Invest in pieces which combine fashion with function., like Vie Active’s compression tights with moisture wicking performance. Accessorize with a pair of sleek sunglasses and a structured leather jacket to keep things classy.

Travel

Woman in trench coat

Mixed Prints
Travel clothing can be tricky. You need to be comfortable and practical, yet you need to arrive ready to make a statement, and running through airports in stiletto heels may not be the best idea. One way of maintaining comfort and style while traveling is by sticking to soft fabrics and bold prints. Why not go for an Alberta Ferretti multicolored printed shirt with blue and white multi patterned pants? Add a panama hat for an add of mystery and keep the jewelry to a minimum. Complete your look with Robert Vivier patent flats and brightly colored Globe Trotter suitcases to complement your color scheme.

Classic
Add and air of intrigue with a gray transparent Maison Martin Margiela trench coat. Layer over a white shirt and tailored slacks and pack the rest of your fashions in a Bettega Venteta suitcase.

What are your go to looks for work travel and play? Let us know how you dress for all your adventures!

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Core Strengthening Exercises That Work

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The most commonly accepted definition of core stability is: “Comprised of the lumbopelvic hip complex and is the capacity to maintain equilibrium of the vertebral column with its physiologic limits by reducing displacement from perturbations and maintaining structural integrity.” And you thought it had something to do with the middle of a fruit.

Physiotherapists Henry and Florence Kendall first acknowledged core stability when they introduced the idea of the “neutral pelvis” in the 1940’s and 50’s. The idea was that the muscles surrounding the pelvis were responsible for the alignment of the “neutral spine” and that the pelvic tilt was the movement which deviated from the neutral position. In short, core stability involves using abdominal pressure to stabilize the spine which, in turn, can improve muscle and gross motor action.

It looks like old Henry and Flo might have been on to something, because, here we are about 70 years later and it looks like core stability is working for some pretty impressive ( and impressively built) people.

1. Side Plank Variation
Celebrity Pilates trainer claims you can catch Miley Cyrus side planking during her exercise routines. Here’s how:

  1. Lie on the floor. Lean sideways, putting your weight on your right hip, and use your right arm to support your body. Bend your legs slightly and position your left foot a little in front of your right foot.
  2. Using your core, elevate your body upward into a side plank.
  3. Reach your left arm over your head.
  4. Pull your abs in high, lower your hips without letting them touch the floor, lower your left arm and press back into the side plank.
  5. Repeat 6-8 times and then switch sides.

Woman completing a plank push up
2. Plank Push Ups
Celebrity trainer Teddy Bass used this one to help Christina Applegate get her post baby body back in shape.

  1. Get into plank position. Put your weight on your toes and forearms. Your body should form a straight line.
  2. Push off your forearms, lift your right hand and position it under the right shoulder on the mat.
  3. Pick up your left hand and place it beneath your left shoulder. You should find yourself in push-up position.
  4. Drop to your right forearm, then drop to your left forearm. You should now find yourself back in plank position. Continue in a push-up pattern going up on the right, up on the left, down on the right, down on the left for five repetitions total.
  5. Rest and begin again, starting with the left arm.

3.V-Sit Twist
Pro Derek Degrazio had Britney (Spears) working out with this one. BTW, you’ll need a 6-10 pound medicine ball for this one, if you don’t have one, a dumbbell or gallon of water will do.

  1. Sit bending your knees. Your feet should be flat and your arms should be by your sides.
  2. Keeping knees bent, lift your feet until your shins are almost parallel to the floor. Lean back at a 45 degree angle so your thighs and torso form a V shape.
  3. Bring the 6-10 lb medicine ball, or object of choice, to your chest, keeping your elbows out.
  4. Move your upper body to the right. Your left elbow will be above your right hip. Then move to the left in the same manner.
  5. Do three sets of thirty.

4.Three Legged Dog
Fitness and yoga instructor Mandy Ingber has client Jennifer Anniston swearing by this one.

  1. Begin as if you were going to do push ups. Raise your right heel to the height of your shoulder and no higher.
  2. Bring your right knee to your head, Round your spine, inhale, and bring your leg back to starting position.
  3. Exhale, bringing your right knee alongside your right tricep. Extend leg and inhale.
  4. Exhale, cross in your right knee to for left elbow. Inhale as you stretch out your leg. Do this three times and then repeat switching legs.

If you are still upright, we would love to hear about your core experiences. How did you measure up to the celebs? Please comment and let us know all about it!

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Work Ready Hairstyles

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You know the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,”  and today is a day for first impressions.  Maybe it’s a job interview or meeting a new client.  But, you’re a pro, you can do this.  You  did research on social media, you’ve  prepared what you’re going to say and anticipated key questions.  You’ve invested in a smart charcoal gray pantsuit with navy pumps and have applied some subtle makeup  with a hint of color on the cheeks and lips.  There’s only one problem.  Your hair looks like Don King’s.  Yes, you may be a pro at the office, queen of the photocopy machine, excellent on the Xcel, and the countess of accounting, but when it comes to hair, you’re admittedly hopeless.  But, have no fear,  here are some really easy hairstyle so you will be officially ready, no matter what your hair type!

Twist And Pin Bun For Long Hair.
You can do this with your hair wet after the gym, too!

  • Divide your hair equally into three sections.
  • Take the middle section, in the back of your head and twist it.  Keeping it twisted, roll it into a bun and pin it on  your neck.
  • Take the right section and repeat the twist and pin, securing the bun  to the right of the first one.
  • Do the same with the left section.  You should now have three mini buns at the nape of your neck.

Woman with a fishtail ponytail

The Fishtail Ponytail for Medium to Long Hair
Like A Braid But Easier!

  • Gather all your hair high on your head. Comb it smooth and secure with strong elastic.
  • Split ponytail in half.
  • Take a section of hair from the left side and cross it over to the right.
  •  Take a section from the right side and cross it over the left.
  • Continue until you are at the end of your hair.
  • Secure the end and then use your hands to fluff the braid out to make it look fuller.

The French Roll For Short Hair
This is a super easy and super glamorous look for short hair

  • Comb all your hair over to the left side.
  • Insert Bobby pins in an overlapping vertical line at the back of your head to keep it in place,  Your hair should now be pinned so that it falls over your left shoulder.
  • Pull the hair falling over your shoulder behind your head to the right so that it is on the right side of the pins.
  • Roll your hair so you now have a roll at the back of your neck.
  • Holding the roll in place with your hands,  push pins into the right side of the roll.
  • Tuck in ends and secure with pins.

Woman with a short updo

Short Updo
This is so cool with just a hint of retro

  • Spray on some dry shampoo to give hair texture.
  • Tease the hair on the top of your head. (Think Amy Winehouse)
  • When you have it at the desired height pin it so it stays slightly elevated.
  • Pin the sides of your hair back.
  • Gather the remaining hair off your neck, add pins and voila!  You’re the it girl!

You walk into the office with your smart hair swept up, you’re making perfect time.  Everyone looks at your do and thinks that if you can do that to your hair, you’re capable of anything.  You got this!

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Look Out For These Fall Nail Trends

You look in the mirror. The main parts of your outfit are perfectly coordinated. The hair is neat and complementary. The accessories….the jewelry, hand bag and shoes all carefully considered, the subtle, or not so subtle make up tones. But what about the nails? Fashion writer Tamar Najarian says, “We do not normally consider the nails to be majorly affected by trends, but lately that has been changing drastically.” And this fall, it seems like everything goes.

Of course, before we go into polish trends, it’s important to talk about our palette. So what it the right nail shape to feature these compelling vogue varnishes this season? It seems there is a variety in these looks as well. Popsugar’s Joanna Douglas recommends choices including a longer almond shaped look which she affectionately names The Sharp Stiletto. Also recommended is the Bare Ballerina or squoval shaped (oval nails with a slightly flattened tip). The classic short, straight, closely cropped nails are also still the trend. And now for the fun part…the polish!!

Black is back! Or has it ever really gone away? First seen in the 70’s glam and punk movements, and then popularized in 80’s goth and 90’s grunge, black and darker tones appear to be here to stay. They can be used as a smoky bases for gradient tones. Rodarte experiments with a black lacquer and a dark raisin outline for some extra pop. Also popular are dark plums and grays.

Woman with silver nail polish

Silver is another trend making a resurgence from the 70’s. It can be a gleaming and shiny futuristic look as featured at the Opening Ceremony and Creatures of the Wind fall collections. Designers like Jill Stuart and Roland opt for darker silvers which portray wealth and dignity.

Nail art seems to know no boundaries for the fall. CND’s Design Lab Team probably top the charts as most outrageous with faux fur nails and sculptural eyes made for Libertine’s Niki de Saint Phalle-inspired collection. Other elaborate designs include Swarovski and rhinestone embellishments that give simple manicures gorgeous additions. Graphics like cartoons, flags and drawings are making a really fun comeback from the 90’s. And glitter! It’s everywhere this fall, so why not your nails? Get inspired by Jenny Packham’s golden stars with negative spaces for a fun youthful look.

Other nail art looks can have a simpler, more modern appearance. “Sometimes the simplest detail is the most effective” says nail artist Keri Blair who went minimal in her design for Delpozo, featuring a thin white line extending past the cuticle. Gina Edwards expands on this with her “bold lines for negative spaces” for Maxus Nails.

French manicure

The French manicure has also gotten more edgy over the years and is a fashion trend that is still going strong this season. Black and dark brock have replaced more neutral tones. We are also seeing some glitter edgework. Taking the French manicure one step further is the dual toned look which can feature metallic shades and gradient tones.

So it seems like this fall the sky is the limit as far as nail trends go. With looks ranging from grunge to glamour, it appears as if the problem this season is not trying to stay up on the latest nail fashions but which one to choose! Good luck and happy polishing!

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Instagram #Shelfies Are All The Craze

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With the plethora of social media, we now have instant access to what everyone’s up to and what they possess. This means that instead of turning to an expert in a shop, we’d rather reach out to beauty bloggers who are triumphing the internet by the minute. As an image-obsessed society, we put our trust into reviews and what we see other people using on Instagram. So, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite #Shelfies for you to get inspired, because it turns out, it’s not just how the product appears on your body that’s important, but how it translates in images too. If it makes the top shelf in your house, it must be worthwhile.

What Are Shelfies?
As the name insinuates, there’s a focus on selfie to this new craze. But it’s not your typical selfie where one poses in the mirror in their best attire, sporting a pout. Shelfies are taking pictures of your best beauty products, and no offence, but keep your face out of the shot.

How To Become A Shelfie Pro
To pass the first test, your bathroom cupboards need to be crammed with the latest miracle serums and lip glosses, face powder and everything else to cover reverse blemishes. You need to live and breathe cosmetics. Next, you need to have skills and a care for how things are displayed. Much like how you determine your purchase on the labeling and presentation of a product on a shelf, you need to do the same when photographing your goodies. Take pride in your makeup and lotion stashes, so they’re shelfie ready at all times. If you’re messy and simply don’t care about how they sit around the house, you don’t qualify.

Hints For The Best Shelfie

  • It’s all about the background. Use a white backdrop or at least make it clutter-free. Empty bottles and piles of detritus on the other side of the room don’t look picture worthy.
  • Use products you’ve used and can vouch for. Compliment your image with a personal description of what it is and include a short review.
  • Feel free to add accent pieces to create a feel to your picture. A decorative flower, ornament or cute accessories go a long way.

#Shelfie Examples

  • @vcashe has teamed her shampoo and conditioners with chic makeup brushes. Marble tiles in the background give a professional effect to the photo, and with water droplets still on the products, it’s clear she’s using and loving it.
  • It was nearly impossible to not include @babyslicenyc, as not every #Shelfie comes with a cheeky cat. There’s a surplus of products in this one, but by Instagramming her pet too, we love the extra personality this picture has. (Don’t miss that alligator product holder too!).

So there you have our favorite Instagram shots – using the perfect angle and the latest beauty invention to lure you in. Looking for a new accompaniment in your makeup bag or bathroom shelf? Use #itgtopshelfie to narrow your search and bring up a surfeit of all things beauty.

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