Don’t think pillows can make your day? Think again. Fashion is a great way to cheer up, but decor and interior design can be even more powerful — both have the ability to brighten your day, and bring you down. But even budget decor havens such as Ikea can break the bank.
So, if your abode has been making you feel blah lately, don’t fret. All you need to add is a pillow! Below are six fun pillows under $45 that have the power to put a smile on your face every morning and night.
1. Hippie Kitty Pillow
This pillow from Zara Terez will not only make you smile, it’ll make you laugh too! How can you not? It’s a borderline psychedelic pillow with a kitten on it. Aww!
This company doesn’t just stop at cute cats either. You can get a pillow with pizza, unicorns and even emojis on it!
We’re all about affordable beauty products and skincare — we just love a bargain! But there are definitely some top-notch beauty products out there that can’t be beat.
Most high-end products last longer than their cheaper counterparts, the ingredients are often of a higher quality, and you can usually notice a difference immediately. But what products are worth the splurge, and which ones are better left for Target?
Below are seven beauty essentials that are just way better with the higher price tag.
1. Face Moisturizer
A good face moisturizer is a must! We recommend a basic light lotion with SPF for daily wear, and a specialized moisturizer for the evening.
By applying at night, you’re giving the product a chance to work without interference from other products while you sleep.
If you blow-dry your hair on a daily basis, you should definitely look into buying a quality dryer. They’ll cut your dry time in half, which will prevent heat damage in the long run. Our favorites include T3, Solano, Twin Turbo, Eva NYC and Drybar.
The dry texture spray from Oribe cannot be beat. We’ve searched high and low for a cheaper alternative, but we’ve sadly come back empty-handed every time. If you want sexy piece-y hair that’ll make you look like an A-list star, this is the stuff for you.
If you go through perfumes and body sprays like no other, then you should consider investing in a high-quality fragrance. We’re totally obsessed with Bond no.9 for both the quality and the quirky packaging — a little goes a long way and the scent will stay with you for eight hours or more.
The price tag is steep, but if you use it daily, a bottle will easily last you two years or more.
If you have dry, frizzy, curly or damaged hair, the lather in your shampoo could be causing your locks some harm. Instead, consider using the cleansing conditioner from Wen. Cheaper knock-offs do exist, but they don’t work as well. We’ve tried almost all of them!
Note: Give yourself a full month to get used to this product. It’s way different than what you’re used to, and you most likely won’t like it at first. You’ll start to notice the difference in your hair texture during week two.
Most drugstores don’t have options when it comes to serums, so splurging is pretty much a must. You can find serums ranging from $15-$100+. If you’re new to the world of serums, we recommend checking out the many options from Kiehl’s.
Miranda Kerr is easily on the top of our list when it comes to celebrity style crushes. Her “off-duty” looks are always sophisticated, yet extremely casual.
She never over does it with her makeup or accessories, and her hair is always healthy and luscious. Miranda also has the tendency to add a bit of glamour to every outfit — from bold lips to striking heels.
Below she’s wearing a simple striped tank and white trousers, but vamped up the outfit by adding leopard print heeled sandals.
If you love her outfit just as much as we do, shop the affordable looks below:
What’s your favorite part about Miranda Kerr’s outfit? Let us know in the comments below!
Do you love having long hair? Want long hair but don’t know how to get your locks to cooperate? If so, you’ve come to the right place.
I’ve been sporting long hair for years! I’ve tried going shorter many times in my life, but I’ve always regretted it. Long hair just makes me happy! But un-healthy long hair? That’s never a good thing.
Below are my 12 tips that’ll get your hair long, healthy, and luscious in no time!
1. Don’t wash it everyday
Washing your hair everyday is the worst thing you can do if you’re trying to grow it out. With washing, comes drying, and that blow-dryer causes serious damage over time. The less you use one, the better. So start getting really close to dry shampoo!
Do you exercise on a regular basis? If so, you’ll want to read our tips on saving your blowout after a sweat session. There’s no need to get your hair wet in the shower after the gym!
2. Let it air dry
Start taking your showers at night, that way your hair has six or more hours to dry naturally. Once you wake up, take a blow dryer, smooth it out, and add some curl with your curling iron, or take a flat-iron to it.
Blow drying your hair when it’s over 80% dry will keep it healthy.
3. Sleep in a low ponytail
I used to sleep with my hair in a high messy bun, but every time I woke up, I had to deal with serious tangles. I now sleep with my hair in a low ponytail. I haven’t woken up with a knot since!
4. Be gentle with your wet hair
Your hair is extremely fragile when it’s wet, so handle with care. After my nightly shower, I pat it dry, spray it with a detangler, and then I brush it gently with a wide-tooth comb.
After the knots are out, I add a styling cream or oil to my ends only. From there, I part my hair and comb into a low ponytail until morning.
5. Avoid elastics and hair ties
Actually, don’t use elastics and hair ties at all. They break your hair, damage it, and can cause dents. Instead, use spring bands. They are life-changing!
6. Sleep on satin pillow cases
This isn’t necessary, but it does help. Most bedding is made out of cotton, which can cause frizz and split ends due to the friction that occurs in your sleep. Instead, sleep on a pillow that has a satin pillowcase. This allows your hair to glide easily over the pillow without the damaging friction.
7. Take your vitamins
Healthy skin and hair starts on the inside. Since most of us don’t get the nutrients our bodies need in our food alone, vitamins are essential. Just take a muli-vitamin every morning and night.
If you mean business, you can also take a hair, skin and nails supplement or a prenatal vitamin. But beware, not only will your hair grow faster, but it’ll grow faster everywhere else too. So stock up on razor blades!
*Check with a doctor before adding a vitamin or supplement to your diet.
8. Use the right products
I highly recommend you use a shampoo that’s sulfate-free and a decent conditioner. I really like the shampoo and conditioner from Not Your Mother’s. When it comes to styling products, apply a styling oil or cream. Both Suave and Living Proof have great products that will protect your hair from heat while adding moisture to prevent frizz.
9. Use a deep conditioner once a week
This is extremely important! I also recommend you splurge on a good one. Don’t worry, they last awhile! I really like the deep conditioners from It’s a 10 and One ‘n Only.
10. Invest in a good blow dryer
This has saved my hair! According to Yoni at Y-Gallery Salon in New York City:
An ionic ceramic dryer doesn’t burn the hair, while a low-cost dryer can.
The motor is also more powerful so it’ll dry your hair faster. I really like the ionic dryer from Eva NYC!
11. Consider a smoothing or keratin treatment
Don’t rely on these since they’re expensive and not safe to breath in — but they really help during the growing out stage. When I got the Brazilian Blowout, I didn’t have to touch my flat iron for five months. Five months! By the time it washed out, my newly long hair was healthy and shiny.
Can you believe we’re halfway through July already? Where has the summer gone?! Before you know it, the crisp air of fall will be here. Not that that’s a bad thing. I’m always down for hot apple cider!
Until then, I’m just going to enjoy iced cold cider with a bit of alcohol by the pool. Does that sound better? Thought so!
Below is our July 2014 wish list. Most items are very minimalistic and we totally got inspiration from these bloggers across the pond. So enjoy and shop away!
What’s on your July 2014 wish list? Let us know in the comments below!
There’s just so much to do in the summer: block parties, lazy days by the pool, rooftop parties, and outdoor brunch — just to name a few. But the list is endless!
If your schedule is a bit crazy due to all the exciting things you have planned this summer, you might be running out of outfit ideas. That’s why we teamed up with Marlen, the vintage loving blogger behind Messages on a Napkin. Below she styled five awesome outfits for any summer event — from movies in the park, to a local carnival.
Movies in the Park
Many towns and cities play newly released movies on a semi-big screen during the summer. If your town didn’t get the memo, grab a few friends and watch a movie at the park while snacking on yummy treats.
Food trucks are the latest trend in the restaurant industry and we aren’t complaining. In New York City, we have a grilled cheese truck, a fresh pressed juice truck, and even a food truck serving amazing coffee! What does your town or city have?
In the past, most of us looked to celebrities and magazine editorials for style inspiration. Well, those days are coming to an end. The internet is filled with extremely fashionable people who have a more approachable style than say, Kim Kardashian, and they are called fashion bloggers!
Below are our favorite bloggers from the U.K. who have some serious summer style!
1. Chloe from The Little Plum
Chloe from The Little Plum has amazing style! All of her outfits are pretty simple, but she always adds some extra pizazz to make them her own. Mainly with her accessories and shoes! Could we borrow your shoes Chloe?
Charlotte, the voice behind The Good Owl, always looks like she’s about to sit front row at London Fashion Week! She also doesn’t just blog about fashion, her blog offers a little bit of everything: beauty, decor, and DIY to name a few.
It’s almost July 4th! Now, what are you going to wear? First, you need to figure out what you’re doing and go from there. Family cookout? Beach day with friends? Fireworks date with that hot guy you just met?
We recommend you don’t go too overboard on the red, white and blue. The more subtle you are with the famous color trio, the more fashionable you’ll look.
Below are different outfits perfect for all of your July 4th festivities:
Think cute dresses, maxi skirts and simple-yet-well-done makeup. Save your sexy cut-off shorts for later when you meet up with your gal pals!
Have you finally scored a date with the guy you’ve been eyeing? Or maybe, your longtime boyfriend has invited you to enjoy the fireworks with him. Either way…get a tad fancy! We recommend crop tops, long skirts and pretty headbands.
Warby Parker is the go-to place to buy frames and shades if you’re a budget savvy fashionista. Their frames and shades are always on-trend, durable and affordable, and their Summer 2014 Collection is no different.
Below are our favorite frames and shades that need to be a part of your life this Summer!
It’s strange how glasses used to be “un-cool” when I was in grade school. It wasn’t even that long ago! They are so popular and trendy now that even those with 20/20 vision are starting to wear glasses. I can’t really blame them since these frames are awesome!
The Lyle frame comes in three different colors: Hanalei Tortoise, Plum Marblewood, and English Oak. The Hanalei Tortoise reminds me of camouflage, and the pair speckled with plum is extremely pretty and sophisticated.