Rocking Fall Florals: How to Wear Florals in Autumn

Historically, florals are only a print that women would wear during the spring and summer months. As recently as Fall/Winter 2017 though, many designers and celebrities have taken that trend and pushed the boundaries. Balenciaga, Giambattista Valli, Coach—you name it. They have all recently sent floral looks down the runaway with their fall collections. Suddenly, florals have become a go-to all year round and not just went the suns out. So, what’s next? How does the average Jane Doe wear something so new and high fashion? Here are the easiest tips and tricks to incorporate the latest fall fashion, florals, into your own wardrobe. 

  1. Floral as the Focal Point 

As the weather gets chillier during fall, outfits become more layered and more elaborate. The trick to a stunning autumn outfit is to draw in the eye of your observers. What better way to do that then a floral print? A simple, but impactful piece like a floral utility coat or long jacket is the perfect way to do so. It will keep you warm, but also looking like a million bucks.

  1. Floral as a Simple Detail

If a giant coat isn’t your cup of tea, try this tip! Using floral as a simple detail is unique and can be show stopping. A floral ascot, a floral pair of shoes, or even a floral scarf will turn heads. This is an easy way to make it look like you put a lot of effort into a look when really, you just slipped on your favorite floral shoes. 

  1. Think Outside the Box 

Use floral in unconventional ways! High fashion is all about taking risks and having fun with what you are wearing. Mix and match your floral with different patterns like fur or animal prints, both of which are great autumn trends. Another thing that is really in style right now is color blocking! Grab some fun pieces that combine color blocking and floral—you will be killing it!

  1. All-over Floral Print 

If you really want to have fun with a floral print during the fall, go for a head to toe floral look! Something like this will keep you warm while also looking put together and fun. This is also an easy way to make it look like you put a lot of effort into the outfit, when really it is just a bodysuit or two piece set. Choose simple toned accessories to balance out the look and you can’t go wrong!

               

Photos from Glamour Magazine

 

DIY Tips for Flawless Skin

It doesn’t matter how smart we are as customers because too often our optimism toward new skincare products is enough to trick us into burning a hole in our pocket simply to try out the newest serums, scrubs, and lotions. Inevitably, our optimism is met with discouragement when we wake up the next morning with the same dark circles and fine lines as we had before. It seems as though nothing ever really does the trick. What’s the problem? Harsh chemicals and artificial ingredients that most beauty companies don’t plainly reveal to the naked eye. What’s the solution? Homemade, all natural, and FREE, skincare!

Something a lot of women consider, but never really follow through with is DIY skincare! Traditional, from-the-shelf products use chemicals such as Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, and Ethyl Parabens. Different combinations of these chemicals are in nearly every skin and haircare product nowadays. Seriously, check your labels! Many women report that these synthetic ingredients cause allergic reactions or irritate their skin.  Companies use these because they are extremely cheap. Not to mention using these kinds of chemicals instead of perishable ingredients extends the shelf life of their products. Eliminate the possibility of rashes or reactions by making some DIY scrubs in the comfort of your own home.

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The key to healthy, glowing skin is natural ingredients–ingredients that you can find in your own pantry! Not only can you create homemade face scrubs, but lip scrubs, feet scrubs, and body scrubs as well. The base of many of these scrubs are sugar or salt. Although salt should not be used on the face, it is an excellent exfoliator for the body, lips, or rougher parts of the skin. Sugar, because it is more finely granulated, is perfect for the face or more sensitive skin. Here are some easy beginning DIY scrubs to try out at home!

  1. Lemon Hand & Foot Scrub– Do your hands and feet ever get dry and flaky? Here is the scrub for you! Use up to three times a week to smoothen, rejuvenate, and soften your hands or feet. Mix all ingredients in a medium size bowl and scrub away!
    1. Juice of one lemon
    2. 1 cup of brown sugar
    3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
    4. 3 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
  2. Grapefruit Face Scrub– Grapefruit is perfect for getting the collagen flowing and avocados contain glutamine which is a natural cleanser! This face scrub has it all! Mix all ingredients in a medium size bowl and scrub away!
    1. Juice of 1/2 of one grapefruit
    2. 1/2 of an avocado
    3. Granulated white sugar
  3. Sea Salt & Coconut Lip Scrub–  Coconut oil is an amazing moisturizer and sea salt is the perfect exfoliant! Together, they leave your lips smooth, soft, and plump. Use this when your lips are dry or peeling. Mix all ingredients in a medium size bowl and scrub away!
    1. 1 tablespoon sea salt
    2. 4 teaspoons coconut oil
    3. 2 tablespoons honey
    4. 3 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

The Hype About Bar Shampoo

With the recent surge in environmental awareness, many people are joining popular movements whose goals are to help out good old Mother Nature. Most everyone has heard of the #StopSucking movement that has emerged in recent months—many major companies, several American cities, and even celebrities have pledged to ditch their plastic straws because of the increasing amount of plastic in our oceans. Oakland, Seattle, Berkley, and Miami Beach all have passed local laws banning plastic drinking straws. Tom Brady, Theresa May, and Jane Goodall have stated their allegiance to stop sucking. Additionally, Alaskan Airlines and Starbucks are just a couple of the thousands of companies that have revoked plastic straw usage.

One thing that’s up and coming on the market, that is along the same lines, is bar shampoo. Beauty product hoarding affects many women, more than would like to admit it, and the plastic packaging from empty products almost always ends up in a landfill. Shampoo bars eliminate the waste
of plastic shampoo bottles that take nearly 1,000 years to decompose in an average landfill. Bar shampoo is physically similar to bar soap, like the classic Dove or Irish Spring brands, but they replace shampoo. Most companies who have taken charge in selling these bars use completely organic, natural ingredients to further exemplify what it means to live sustainably.

These bars are concentrated blocks of shampoo that can outlast two to three bottles of liquid shampoo a piece! According to lushusa.com, one shampoo bar will last up to 80 washes, which is double the average 12 ounce bottle. They’re also packed full of essential oils and fresh ingredients that don’t harm your hair, so you’ll have flawless hair every wash. Why not save the earth, save some money, and have gorgeous hair all at the same time? These mighty bars have the potential to take the world by storm these next few months with companies like Lush and Chagrin Valley taking the lead in bar shampoo research. In June 2018, Lush sold over 12,000 bars of shampoo over a span of two days simply because of a viral video on Facebook that was continually shared.

Tell your friends, family, neighbors, and anyone that will listen to jump on the bandwagon to create a cleaner, healthier, and happier Earth.

 

 

Photos from: allure.com and lushaholic.com

 

Aromatherapy 101

Although the use of essential oils for aromatherapy isn’t new by any means, it has recently taken the world by storm. People have been using aromatherapy since the 11th century for medicinal purposes and today, aromatherapy is known to relieve stress, boost energy, improve memory, along with many other health benefits. Some even have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. So many people, more specifically young women, are enjoying the therapeutic effects of essential oils in recent years. It seems as though the key component to every girls’ dorm room is an essential oil diffuser; so what’s the big deal? Here’s all you need to know about the growing art of aromatherapy.

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Essential oils are usually extracted from plants or fruits through steam distillation. Specifically chosen plants are held over boiling water and the steam pulls the oil out of the plant by breaking down its cells. Because water and oils don’t mix, the two separate, and the essential oil is produced—voila! When you inhale essential oils, it stimulates the olfactory system of the brain, the part that’s connected to smell. The olfactory system influences the endocrine system and the autonomic nervous system. These two systems control your mood, metabolism, heart rate, digestion, and so much more! If you want to start experimenting with some Essential oils, these are a good place to start!

Eucalyptus– Eucalyptus oil is specifically known for its respiratory health benefits. It can help with coughs, colds, and sore throats. Eucalyptus oil’s anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-phlegm properties work very well to open congested airways and fight the household cold.

Lemon/Citrus Fruits– Lemon Balm oil is proven to sharpen memory, increase focus, and boost one’s problem solving skills. Other citrus oils, like orange oil, increase collagen production in the skin to make you appear younger. It can also detoxify the body, increase circulation, and improve skin tone and texture.

Peppermint– Peppermint oil works on the digestive system by speeding up the rate of digestion. The oil will alleviate heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, and gas. Peppermint oil is effective because it contains menthol that relaxes the muscles in the stomach.

Lavender/Floral Scents– Lavender oil is widely known to help with sleep issues. Chamomile, another floral oil, also helps with insomnia. Inhaling these oils produce a mild sedative effect on the brain, which makes you feel sleepy. They both relieve anxiety effects for those who suffer from anxiety disorders.