Monthly Archives: February 2013

February is All About the Beanie!

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BeanieI’ve recently made a shift back to my roots in more urban attire and I can tell you that I can’t get enough of the beanie. It is without a doubt within my top three latest fashion obsessions. For one, the beanie is a great accessory that adds so much to an outfit. You can use it to dress down an ensemble that seems a bit over the top, but it can also be that little piece that adds a bit of spunk to your look. Plus, the beanie is very practical. If it’s cold or windy, wear a beanie. If you’re having a bad hair day, throw on a beanie. It can work wonders.

In terms of styling, solid color beanies are cool, but I prefer the ones with a logo or some simple lettering. It makes a bolder and more fashion savvy statement in my opinion. I’m personally a fan of the Channel Zero beanies, as well as, one with a classic Yankee logo. Now, it is important to understand that, although the beanie can make your job as a personal hair stylist a lot easier, it doesn’t mean you can ignore your hair. If you’re feeling lazy, a thick braid or some loose pig tails will do the trick. However, I personally recommend taking the time to wear your hair out with a beanie. Whether you use mousse, a styling wand, or some natural waves, the beanie compliments your loose locks best. Just remember to embrace the look of the beanie!

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The Life of the Damned

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Damned if you do.
Damned if you don’t.
Choose one
and the other suffers,
so how do you move forward?
Do you choose the path of least resistance?
The one that will carry on the facade,
but will break your back underneath the cloak.
Or do you choose the one where fire awaits?
The one that will break you down each day
until you can only build yourself up.
Do you choose to please others?
The ones who make life unlivable.
Or do you choose to please yourself?
The one you have to live with forever.
Damned if you do.
Damned if you don’t,
but not if you choose what you can’t live without.
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The Shining Starlets of the Oscars

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Catherine Zeta-JonesIt is the biggest night in Hollywood, yet just like that it’s all over. The awards are out and now it’s time to start looking at the newest films and actors that will get nominated for the 86th Annual Oscars next year. In the meantime, we get to take a look at the big names that shined the brightest on the red carpet. The starlets definitely stepped up their fashion game for the Oscars this year and I was glad to see so many beautiful dresses, but not everyone can be on top, so I’ve narrowed it down to a few of my favorites.

My best dressed goes to none other than Catherine Zeta-Jones. She wasn’t nominated, but she did perform and she made sure to let people know she was at the Academy Awards in her metallic gold number. The top half was gold with baroque-style detailing, while the skirt trailed off from the shiny gold to a soft nude that flows to the ground. Her stunning dress was paired simply with gold earrings and her dark waves completed the look. Kudos to Catherine on her classy, sexy, timeless look!

In second place, with a tie, came the two best friends of Hollywood, Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts, dazzling in metallic as well. Naomi opted for a very modern take on fashion with an asymmetrical, straight cut gown that was silver from top to bottom. Her light make-up and pulled back up-do made created a nice balance with the edge of the dress itself. Nicole went for a less structured kind of metallic with a black and gold gown that had a slight mermaid cut to it. The gold swirls coming from the bottom hem only enhanced the ocean-esque look. Her hair and make-up seemed effortless, letting Nicole’s natural charm shine through.

My other favorite of the night was definitely Amy Adams who made all of the ball gown lovers proud. It’s usually a bit challenging to pull off such a big dress on the red carpet, but I applaud Amy for making it look like a no-brainer. The paleness of the dress mixed with the light ruffles all throughout the skirt stopped Amy from being swallowed in her gown and instead made her look like a princess. Amy has a talent for always coming off as a timeless beauty and she just knows how to be elegant, so props to her for that. She may not have won the big award, but she surely looked beautiful.

Those were my top looks of the night, but I fell in love with a few other ones, so enjoy the pictures!

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Happy Birthday Nicole!

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Today, my best friend turns 21, so watch out world because Nicole is here! In all seriousness though, I love this girl so much! She has been there for me through some of the hardest times in my life and she’s definitely been there for some of the best times, as well. We’ve been best friends for nearly 10 years now and I feel so blessed to have such an amazing friend in my life. I have some pretty awesome friends, but I surely can’t complain about having Nicole as my BFF. God forbid somebody besides Nicole (and a select few others) calls me their best friend because this girl will flip out on you. She’s my snookums, my boo, my ride or die, my reality show co-star, my best friend, my family. Put us together and you will forever be entertained by the love, bickering, laughter, and pure awesomeness. Yes, we are a pair of bad tricks. We’re horrible if you want to go that far and I will be there for her till the end. Nicole is simply a beautiful person. She is a young woman with so much potential, love, and light. Consider yourself lucky if you have the chance to chill with her and consider yourself blessed if she calls you her friend.

Boo,
I can’t wait to celebrate the big 2-1 with you and I can’t wait to share many more priceless memories together. I love you and I wish you nothing but the best on your birthday… just remember to keep it cute!

Happy Birthday Nicole!

Your Self

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No matter what you may think, your outer self is a projection of who you are on the inside. It is how you choose to represent yourself to others and, if it is at least a small part of who you are, then it is a part of your self. You can be friendly, warm, and loving on the inside. Deep down you can be the sweetest, most generous kinds of people, but, if what you project is a stoic self who doesn’t laugh, give, or allow anybody to get closer to you, then you can’t be that positive person. There comes a point where who you are on the inside is so strong that you can’t hide it. Who you are on the inside is who you are on the outside. If you are truly optimistic, happy, and good, then it will show. People will be able to see it in the way you dress, the way you walk, the way you talk, and the way you react to the world around you. If you are sad, lonely, and defeated, then that fake smile will eventually crack and people will begin to notice your head hanging low, your short responses, and your preference for solitude. It is who you are, no matter whether or not you want to face it, but you have to realize that you can change.

If you’re not happy as the person you are now, then you can work on yourself until you are content with yourself. Until you have learned to love who you are and have started to see the beauty you have. Soon enough that positive light will spread into other parts of yourself until it is impossible to deny. Never try to hide who you are because it is simply impossible. Whether you are full of innocence or sass, grace or sarcasm, happiness or anger, it will show. It is a part of you, so embrace it. Love who you are and work on who you are until you are happy with yourself and you understand yourself. Just remember that who you project to the world is a part of you, but make sure it’s the real part of you.