Thursday, October 23, 2014

Braided Princess Hairstyle Tutorial

Disclaimer: the Johnsons Baby products featured in this post were sent to me. I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are my own. 


Does your little girl want to be a princess for Halloween? Here is a great princess-inspired hairstyle you can try on your little one for a day of trick-or-treating. 


The first thing you have to do is cleanse the hair by washing it with Johnson's No More Tangles Shampoo the night before or morning of. Apply some Johnson's No More Tangles Leave-In Conditioner to help with any stubborn tangles and to nourish the hair.



Spray some Johnson's No More Tangles Spray to help comb through and style the hair. 


Begin the hair style by parting the hair down the middle. Then part off two squared sections on both sides on the top of the head.


Create a braid on the left side and secure with elastic. Repeat the braid on the opposite side and secure with elastic.


Take the two braids and join them together in the back of the head with an elastic.



Take off the previous two elastics leaving a small ponytail. Braid the ponytail and secure with an elastic.


Now take the two small sections of the hair from underneath each ear and braid them all the way down. If your daughter has shorter hair, feel free to make take the sections from higher up on the head (above the ear).


Tie both bottom braids together along with the lower half of the top braid. Secure with elastic.


Next start a dutch braid with all the remaining hair.


Secure with an elastic at the bottom.


Accessorize the braid with flowers and/or bows.


Now enjoy watching your princess in her full regal costume. 




What will your kids be for Halloween this year?

Don't forget to try the Johnson's No More Tangles three-step hair care regimen. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Makeup Ideas

Halloween is next week! Can you believe it? If you haven't decided what you'll be on All Hallows' Eve, here are a few DIY Halloween Makeup ideas you can easily recreate at home. Just find clothing that'll fit the theme from your closet and you're all set!

Click on any of the links below to be taken to the page with the corresponding tutorial.


















What will you be for Halloween? Tell me in the comment section below.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Baby Chic: Fall Layers

Dress: Carter's // Sweater: Guess // Boots: Carter's // Leggings

Fall is here and I've started to dress Catalina in layers to keep her warm on these cooler New York City days. Here she is in our garden for our first Fall Kids Fashion Outfit of the Day of the season.


Catalina is wearing a twill dress from Carter's. It's in an olive green hue, a staple color in fall fashion. The dress features pockets on the sides and two pockets on the chest with snap button closures. It's a great piece for your kids to wear in autumn.


She's wearing a pale pink and white striped Guess sweater over the dress. It came with a white belt in the same fabric as the dress but I switched it for the brown suede-like belt that came with the dress. It is super soft and features two pockets.


Another items I use a lot during the fall are stockings. The same goes for my little girl. Here Catalina is wearing white stockings. They're a great way to cover your kid's legs during the change of weather. 


We've finished this fall girl's look with these cute brown boots from Carter's. They're sturdy, affordable and quite fashionable. They're faux leather and have two buckled straps at the top of the boots. 


Catalin loves this weather almost as much as I do. How will you dress your little ones this season?


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Friday, October 17, 2014

New York Eats: Avocado Toast


There are so many famous New York City dishes. In this new series I'm calling "New York City Eats", I'll introduce you to a few of those dishes and show you how you can recreate them at home. I'm starting off this series with a simple yet delicious dish that will change your breakfast repertoire forever. I promise! 

Ladies and gentleman, Cafe Gitane Avocado Toast Recipe.

Ingredients:
1 hass avocado (for 4 slices of toast)
chili pepper flakes
whole wheat toast (usually served on thick 7 grain toast)
salt and pepper to taste



Start cutting a ripe avocado in half and removing the seed.


Scrap all of the avocado fruit (yes, avocados are fruit!) from the skin and dump it into a small to medium mixing bowl.


Use a fork to mash the avocado. Add salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste. The lemon juice prevents the avocado from turning brown. It also enhances the taste of the avocado like nothing else can. But be careful. You're not making guacamole here!


Add a small amount of olive or avocado oil to the mixture. This will help you achieve the right consistency to spread the mixture on the bread. I'm using this Chosen Foods 100% Pure Avocado Oil.


Once you spread the avocado mixture to the bread, sprinkle some chili pepper flakes over it. And here you have the famous avocado toast! It's so good, even your kids will love it (without the pepper flakes, of course). Just take a look at Catalina's serving below.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New York Fall

Coat: Altuzarra for Target // Pants: Denizen // Top: Bill Blass New York // Sweater: Pink Rose // Boots: Coach // Bag: Longchamp // Makeup: Mac Cosmetics


I'm a true New Yorker in many ways - I don't drive, I know neighborhoods by their ethnic food of choice, I can get myself into any subway car no matter how full it is and I love dressing in black. Now that autumn is here, I thought I'd give you a glimpse of a typical fall outfit of the day you'd see on the streets of New York City.


It's no secret. New York City can be tough. That's why the ladies of this town need equally resilient gear for the season. Here, I'm wearing the Altuzarra for Target black trench coat. This is by far one of the best pieces from a designer collaboration in a very long time...maybe ever.


A classic trench coat is a must in everyone's closet. But having one that has some unique features is a win-win. This one is textured and has a subtle python print. It also has a full skirt for an added feminine touch.


Underneath the coat is a simple but versatile autumn look. I'm wearing black skinny jeans from Target and a black cotton top by Bill Blass. The top actually has a rectangular collar, which I thought was great under this cardigan.


This is my favorite cardigan. This retro Pink Rose sweater features a black and white gingham pattern. The collar is also very reminiscent of decades past with its deep, round collar. I also fins the small pockets on the bottom super adorable. 


The accessories for New York City women must also be durable to withstand the conditions of this urban jungle. This is gray leather Longchamp cross body bag. I absolutely love this bag and have worn it for quite a while. I love that it has multiple pockets to fit everything from my cellphones (yes, I have two!), metro cards, makeup, iPad and everything in between for my day-to-day. 

 

These boots are a very recent purchase. I murdered my Sam Edelman boots and it was time for a new pair. These black leather rider boots are by Coach. They're perfect for walk on a rainy days or even an afternoon of apple picking. I know because I did both this past weekend!

 

I'm debuting my one of my new lipsticks in this post - FrankNFurter by MAC. This lipstick is from the limited-edition Rocky Horror Picture Show collection. It's a deep raspberry wine color that is perfect for the Fall. 

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection Haul & Review


In this week's beauty post, I'm sharing my Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection Haul and Review. I purchased the Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Polish, Mrs. Mia Wallace Lip Liner, and Mrs. Mia Wallace Lipstick from the limited-edition collection. 

Watch the video below to each product and hear my thoughts on this collection celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of Pulp Fiction


Take a peek at the photographs below for a closer look at my Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection products. 











What do you think of the collection?
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