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.
It seems like no two stir-fry recipes are the same. Some are extremely easy, while others are fancy and complicated. When you’re in a rush, or on a budget, spending a ton of money and time on dinner isn’t always practical. If you’re looking for a hearty meal that’s affordable, extremely tasty and simple, look no further.
Ginger & Garlic Stir-Fry
This stir-fry is a combination of my favorite stir-fry recipes, and you can use whatever veggies you would like. I usually use whatever veggies are in the fridge, so if you don’t have a veggie on the ingredient list, just replace it with something you do have.
1 lb. of skinless + boneless chicken breast
2 Tbsp of Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Ground Ginger
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
4 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1 Celery Stock
2 Red Peppers
1 Green Pepper
1 Bunch of Bok Choy
2 Handfuls of Green Beans
3 Medium Carrots
1 Package of Snap Peas
1 Cup of Chicken Stock
3 Tbsp Flour
1 Tbsp Sriracha (or your favorite hot sauce)
1 tsp of Pepper
Pinch of Salt
*Most veggies work in stir-fry dishes, so mix it up. Broccoli, yellow squash and zucchini would also work in this dish.
-Clean and chop up your veggies.
-Trim and slice about 1 lb. of skinless and boneless chicken breast into 1-inch slices or cubes. You want them to be bite-size!
-Start making your rice since it needs to simmer for about 45 minutes.
*About 20 minutes
1. Heat olive oil in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat and add the chicken when hot. Cook for five minutes and stir frequently.
2. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, ground ginger and garlic powder. Mix well.
3. After the chicken has cooked for 5 minutes, add half of the soy sauce mixture and cook for another 2 minutes.
4. Remove the chicken.
5. In the same pan, add the remainder of the soy sauce mixture, salt, pepper, hot sauce, and all of your veggies. Cook until tender (about 6-8 minutes).
6. While your veggies cook, mix the flour and chicken broth (this will thicken your sauce).
7. Once your veggies are tender, add your cooked chicken and chicken broth/flour mixture. Stir until your sauce has thickened and your chicken has warmed up (about 3 minutes).
8. Serve your stir-fry over rice.
What your favorite stir-fry recipe? Let us know in the comments below!
Everyone knows a superfood smoothie is great for your skin, but what about other skincare treatments and exfoliants that can be whipped up in your kitchen?
We teamed up with Nina Curtis, a beauty expert with Blendtec. Below she created fun and easy recipes — both edible and topical — that are perfect for achieving healthy skin that glows.
With just a blender and a few ingredients, these recipes will exfoliate, hydrate, and keep your skin fresh and dewy all summer long!
Skin ‘Glow’ Smoothie
Glowing skin begins from the inside out. Enjoy this smoothie three times a week.
*All ingredients should be organic as much as possible.
2 cups of coconut water
1 handful of spinach
3 stalks of celery
1 apple, cored and chopped
1 ripe pear, cored and chopped
1 ripe frozen banana
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Pinch of Pink Himalayan salt
Add liquid first into the Blendtec Wildside vessel, then combine all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Place any remaining smoothie in a glass jar and store in the refrigerator up to 24 hours.
Oatmeal Cleansing Exfoliator
Gentle exfoliation is a great way to remove dead skin cells and stimulate circulation which will leave your skin smooth and vibrant.
Using organic steel cut oatmeal, blend 1⁄2 cup of the oatmeal in the Blendtec Twister Vessel until it becomes flour-like. Combine equal parts water to create a thick paste, or use the guide below to customize the appropriate recipe for your specific skin condition.
Normal Skin~ mix with rose, chamomile or peppermint tea
Oily Skin~ mix with goat milk yogurt and a 1⁄4 teaspoon organic lemon juice
Dry Skin~ mix with raw, organic honey
Sensitive Skin~ mix with a ripe banana
Massage this oatmeal paste gently onto your skin, using upward and outward motions. Leave on for five to ten minutes, rinse with warm water, pat dry gently and apply moisturizer.
Pineapple Papaya Skin Smoother for the face, body and feet
This skin smoother contains enzymes and physical particles for maximum exfoliation, to smooth, brighten and even out skin tone.
1 ripe papaya
1 teaspoon papaya seeds
1 cup pineapple
1 tablespoon raw organic honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Put all of the ingredients into the Blendtec Twister Vessel and blend until smooth. It takes a powerful blender like Blendtec to pulverize the papaya seeds into powder like particles that gently, yet thoroughly exfoliate the skin.
Apply to dampened facial skin and gently massage all over the face for about 30 seconds, paying special attention to the t-zone area of the face. Leave on the skin for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse. Follow with your favorite night cream.
For the body, step into your shower and apply all over the body paying special attention to areas where the skin is dryer and or thicker, like the elbows and knees. Vigorously massage the thighs, buttocks and back of the arms to exfoliate thoroughly and stimulate blood circulation. Finish with your favorite body cream.
For the feet, apply onto feet and wrap with saran wrap and cover each foot with a hand towel for 10- 15 minutes. Remove saran wrap, massage feet well and rinse off. Complete with your favorite foot cream.
The Hand Smoother
During fall and winter our overall skin condition can look and feel drier, and our hands tend to suffer the most. Gentle hand exfoliation is great to do on a regular basis to improve skin texture, tone and smoothness. Follow with your favorite hand cream.
4oz. ground almonds or almond meal
4 tsp almond oil
4tsp lemon juice
2 oz organic goat milk yogurt
Put all of the ingredients into the Blendtec Twister Vessel and blend until smooth, to a thick consistency. Use about the size of a walnut and rub over both hands as if you were using soap, for one to two minutes, rinse off and apply hand cream….Voila!
Store remaining product in a glass container, label and keep in the refrigerator up to two weeks. Use daily or two to three times a week depending on skin condition.
Have you ever made your own skincare products? Let us know in the comments below!
Father’s Day is right around the corner! Are you prepared? Dads can be tough to buy for; some dads are sporty, while other dads are fashion-forward. Some dads love to cook, and other’s would rather go to a fancy restaurant.
Whether you have super trendy dad, or a dad who would rather spend his day off in the middle of nowhere, one of the gift ideas below will strike your fancy!
Let’s talk about shoes: The good, the bad, and the ugly. Actually no, let’s just talk about the ugly. And I mean U-G-L-Y. Did you know that the Olsen twins were recently spotted wearing socks and sandals (and not in a cute way)? And what about those knee-high gladiators? Eww!
When it comes to the Olsen’s, they are extremely talented designers and two of the most stylish women in the world. So in all honesty, I was beyond shocked when I saw the image above. But let me defend Mary-Kate and Ashley for a second. Birkenstocks are extremely good for your feet! Way to go for wearing shoes with support. But with socks? Just no.
And those gladiators? I have mixed feelings. Vanessa Hudgens wore a pair while walking around Los Angeles last year, and she looked okay. If I wore them, it would not be a pretty site. I’m also not into spending 20 minutes putting on shoes — my makeup routine takes up too much time as it is.
What are your thoughts on the ugly shoe trend? I really want to know your thoughts!
The novelty of owning a gold iPhone 5S is finally over. Time to cover it! Seriously though, you’re going to appreciate that extra protection while lounging on the beach this summer — sand scratches! And dropping an iPhone on the cement near a pool? No bueno.
Whether you like simple cases that are practical, or cases that have some serious bling, one of these will definitely strike your fancy.
Want to protect your phone even more? Consider a cute screen cover from Jellyfish!
Just like Old Navy, Kmart has been impressing us with their clothing this past year. For years, Kmart has been my go-to for basics such as workout gear, makeup and underwear — Jaclyn Smith makes thongs that are actually comfortable! But now, I find myself heading there for cute shoes, work attire and jeans. You know, things that are actually stylish!
Below are a few favorites from Kmart’s Fall 2014 collections:
Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez
This line is perfect for the ultra girly fashionista. Think flirty florals, fit & flare skirts and trendy prints.
You’ll love this line if you’re into the sporty chic trend. Add a white tee and a pair of heels to the sweatpants below for an ultra stylish look!
This line was very heritage. We loved these crochet boots!
Sofia by Sofia Vergara
Depending on the season, this line is either hit or miss, but for Fall 2014, it’s definitely a hit. Expect to see work appropriate blouses and blazers. We’re obsessed with the black and white one below!
The shoes, omg, the shoes. The coats are great too!
Compared to Kmart’s other lines, this one is definitely for an older crowd. We did find some cool prints though! Totally in love with the fox.
These clothes will be available online and at your local Kmart starting early August.
There are two types of people when it comes to long weekends: Those who stay in the area (#staycation), and those who go (#vacation). Although it’s always fun to have a short getaway, it isn’t always necessary to have a good time.
Below are five things you should do this Memorial Day weekend if you consider the 212 your home.
1. Go Roller-skating
Oh you heard right! Eating mediocre pizza and skating around a roller rink isn’t just a pastime from the 90′s. Although skating rinks aren’t as popular as they once were, they’re still around.
Roller Jam USA is the only true roller rink left in the city and it’s on Staten Island. They have an adult night every Saturday from 9pm-2am that’s 21+ and includes a full bar, but they have great options for those under 21 as well.
You’ll have to take the free ferry that’s available downtown and then hop on the subway, so give yourself about 2-hours to get there.
2. Wine & Cheese in the Park
Grab a large blanket, buy some cheap paper cups, stick a small cutting board and cheese cutter in your bag, and call up your friends.
Chat, play a board game and tan while chowing down on yummy wine and cheese!
3. Go On a Boat
Want to make this weekend more romantic? Consider going on a boat with your significant other. Head to the Boathouse in Central Park and rent a row-boat, head to the Brooklyn Bridge Boathouse for some free kayaking on the East River, or go on a night cruise in the New York Harbor. Check out Affairs Afloat and CBS for prices.
4. Explore a Neighborhood
NYC is huge! Go to a neighborhood that you don’t frequent very often and explore. You can go to a highly rated restaurant, try a drink at a unique bar, shop at a few boutiques, or simply go to the local park and chill.
5. Go Thrifting
There are always amazing Memorial Day sales going on, but those stores will be packed and are likely to be just as stressful as Black Friday. If you’re trying to avoid crowds, go thrifting instead. We recently made a guide on where to thrift in Bushwick, Brooklyn!
What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? Let us know in the comments below!
When you’re on a budget, going out to dinner with a big group can be a huge pain. If you’re splitting the check between more than two people, there’s always a stressful credit card pile at the end. And there’s always that one friend who skimps out and doesn’t pay their fair share — it’s usually the friend that gets the most expensive things too! #betchmove
Anyways, you could always ditch your cheap skate friend, or you could take advantage of this new app called Cover. This app launched in New York City a few months ago and it makes going out to dinner with a group so much easier! You can dine without waiting for the check and split the bill with ease.
It’s currently available at over 80 restaurants in The Big Apple and it just launched in San Francisco today.
After downloading the app, you’ll be asked to make a profile which will include your email, phone number, photo, default tip (I usually do 20%), and your credit card.
The next time you go out to eat at a restaurant that accepts Cover, ask your friends to make an account as well, “check-in” to the restaurant together under one table, and notify your server that you’ll be paying with Cover. That’s it! Once you’re done eating you can leave and each of your cards will be charged the fair amount. You won’t have to worry about waiting for the check, tipping, and dealing with the “who pays what” drama that usually comes with going out to eat with a group.
Have you ever used Cover? Let us know in the comments below!
*Go here for a full list of restaurants that use Cover.