Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My Spring Fashion Essentials!

Hello Everyone!

Spring is officially here and because of that, I wanted to share with you guys my spring fashion essentials. I did one of these for the winter time and really enjoyed writing about what I find completely necessary during the current season!

If you guys watch my YouTube videos, then you know I typically wear neutral colored clothing. My favorite colors to wear are grey and black, which aren't exactly spring. If you are like me and want to know how you can incorporate spring colors into your neutral wardrobe, then this post is for you!

For me, it is all about adding color. I love my neutrals and I do stick to them, but mainly in the top area.
I incorporate color by my pants, jewelry, bralettes etc. I am a firm believer in sticking to what you love all year round, but just making it more appropriate for the season.

Every year, I typically get a couple new pairs of the J.Crew 3" Chinos. They are my absolute favorite way to bring color into my wardrobe for the spring. The chinos are such a classic piece and even though they are kind of expensive, they are so worth it! I typically wait until they go on sale to buy them because if you're patient enough, sometimes, you can even get them for $20! Which is a great markdown from the original price of $45.

I own everything from yes, the neutral colors, to a beautiful bright blue. Chino's bring such an elegant and classic look to your outfit, without making adding color look tacky. I highly recommend chino's if you want a great way to look timeless, but still fashion forward.

As far as accessorizing goes, you guys know me. I pretty much stick to the everyday, timeless pieces that I own: my Tiffany necklaces, Tiffany bracelet and my David Yurman cuff. Having said all of that, I think it is so fun to add pops of color in your accessories.

I love these Kendra Scott "Morgan" studs (which are currently on sale for $44!), because not only do they have such a beautiful shape to them, but they are also a gorgeous neon purple. By adding this to a very neutral outfit, it really does add so much. I love doing this because it makes you seem like you spent a lot of time putting together the outfit, when all you really did was accessorize it well.

I also love this Kendra Scott "Elisa Pendant" ,which I bought myself for my 18th birthday. Even though it is a very light purple, it still adds enough color to your outfit without being overwhelming. I love how this lays on your chest because it is so dainty and beautiful.

The last accessory that I love are my Lily and Laura bracelets. I wear these all year long, but I especially break them out in the spring/summer months. You can find these a lot of places now a days, but when I've bought them, I 've gotten then for a 3 for $25 deal or something like that. These look so great with your everyday "arm candy" and since some of mine have color in them, they especially look great in the spring. I love how they are dainty, but they still make a statement. These are a must have!!

You guys know that I am pretty much obsessed with the Free People bralettes. Of course, my favorite one that I own is the black one, but in order to not look so goth in the spring/summer months, I ordered two colors that were still my style, but brought a little more "life" to an outfit.

The first color is a beautiful pari-winkle blue. This looks so beautiful under white, grey and black little tee's which is pretty much what I live in. It adds the same laid back feel as a regular bralette, but having it be a color, is what makes it so much more fitting for springtime.

The second color that I have is a dark red color. Now even though it is a dark color, I love this because it works both in the fall and spring. Since it is a color, it adds more of a dimension then just a plain grey or blach (which I own too #norealbrasforabbey). This is a very dark red, but I do love it under a black tshirt because it brings it to a whole other level.

I hope that you guys enjoyed reading about how I try to incorporate spring colored things into my neutral wardrobe!

If you buy any of the things I recommended, make sure to tweet me @FashionandM321



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Review: Bumble & Bumble Dryspun Finishing Spray!

Hello Everyone!

Last weeks post was all about what to do with your second day curls. If you haven't read that post, then you can read it here .

Sticking with the theme of curling your hair, today I figured we would talk about a product that I really like using when I curl my hair. That product is the Bumble & Bumble dry spun finishing spray, which you can buy at Sephora for $30. Now I know what you're thinking "$30 is a lot of money to spend for a hair product." I feel that way too, but this product really is a game changer.

If you are like me and you hate that look of structured, tight curls, then this product is for you. I have used this in countless tutorials on my YouTube channel and in those you can see what a difference it makes. I find that the product has a bunch of different uses. While it is meant to be a texturizing spray, I find that it also makes for an AMAZING root lifter, in that if you spray this on your roots and then tease it, your hair will remain lifted all night.

When using the product as a texturizing spray, I recommend that you first curl your hair and let it cool. Once you've styled it how you like it (brushing the curls out, finger combing, etc.) then you want to spray this product in the bottom sections of your hair. Unless you're using this as a teasing product, then you're going to want to avoid spraying it in the roots because it doesn't really do much.

*this is a screenshot from a video, so don't judge my face* 

After you've sprayed it in your hair, then go in with your fingers and rub it in. I personally just massage it in with my fingers, getting that grit worked into your hair. When the spray is all rubbed in, then you will notice your curls have crazy volume and lots of texture. It really does look like you've just returned from the beach. 

One thing that I do not recommend with regards to this product, is you do not want to use it in straight hair, it will honestly do nothing but make your hair look strange and greasy.

All in all, I do think that this is an amazing product and I highly recommend it. Although it is pricey, I have had mine since November and I use it all the time and I'm still not out.

I hope that you guys enjoyed this review and let me know if you guys would like more reviewing products!



Sunday, April 5, 2015

What To Do With Your Second Day Curls!

Hey Everyone!

I feel AWFUL that I haven't blogged in what seems like forever (and it technically has been). I took a break from both YouTube and blogging, but I started uploading again and wanted to start blogging again!

P.S. I am currently listening to my "throwback" playlist and jamming to the JoBros and life couldn't be sweeter.
P.S.S. This post is also 4 days late, but YOLO.

Today we will be discussing what to do with your second day curls. I personally think that sometimes curls look better the next day, because as gross as this sounds, the grease in your hair makes your hair have more texture and overall looking more tousled.

For me, I think that you have two options when it comes to wearing your second day curls and still rocking them.

Option #1

Start off by brushing out your curls. I know what you're thinking, "by brushing out my hair, wouldn't I lose my curls?" NO. I used to think that too, but once I started doing it, it made such a difference. It just smoothes it all down and overall makes it look like you just curled your hair.

Next, use dry shampoo. Everyone has a different favorite, but my current favorite is the Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo. I received this in my March Boxycharm box and have fallen in love. I've used other dry shampoos and this is by FAR the best. It is marketed to work instantly and add tons of crazy volume! I know practically every dry shampoo markets themselves like this, but lets be real, how many of them actually do what they say they will?

Here is a picture of my hair before I used the dry shampoo:

I look a little cray, but we're rolling with it. 

Here is a picture of my hair after I used the dry shampoo: 

You can see what a huge difference to my hair, overall! Also, still looking cray. 

After that, all you have to do is leave to your destination!

Option #2

Start off by doing what we did in Option #1, except after your dry shampoo does it's job, grab a hair brush and hair tie. Everyone knows the classic Ariana Grande half-up, half-down look and I have discovered that it is the best way to wear your second day curls.

First you're going to want to section off the top third of your hair. I find that working with a smaller section makes it easier to achieve the "waterfall" ponytail.

Next you're going to brush the hair back, creating a very smooth, but still voluminous ponytail. After you've brushed your hair back, you're going to want to wrap your ponytail holder around your hair. 

Then you're going to want to take your brush and gently tease your ponytail to where it has more volume and gets that really cute bouncy look. 

Of course, I didn't get the brush in frame, but whatever. *Insert Hannah Montana's "Nobody's Perfect" 

After all of that, you are left with a super cute and easy way to rock your second day curls. 

I hope that you guys enjoyed this post and that it helped you figure out what to do with your second day curls and what products to use.

If you end up re-creating this hairstyle, tweet me a picture @FashionandM321



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