Easy Steps for French Manicure

Who said you have to go to a salon to get the desired and perfect nails? I’m the type of girl who loves having her nails done. But what better way to do it yourself and even save some money!

French Manicures look understated and classy, follow these steps in order to give yourself this classic manicure. Don’t be afraid to try it, it is actually pretty easy.

  1. First off, wipe off any other nail polish you previously had with nail polish remover. Was your hands afterwards and if possible, do it with warm water.
  2. Push back your cuticle from every nail with an orangewood stick or a cuticle pusher. Do this gently so that you won’t hurt yourself.
  3. Once the cuticle has been pushed back, cut your nails evenly and give them shape. I recommend a squared shape however round is also nice.
  4. With white nail polish, apply a line (you decide the thickness) of white in the tip of each nail. If you want, apply a second coat so that it looks more opaque.
  5. Allow white polish to dry. You can put your fingers by a fan to speed the process.
  6. Once the tips have dried, apply a coat of nude or pink polish over the whole nail. A second coat will be necessary.
  7. Wait for the nail to be completely dry.
  8. Once everything had dried you are almost ready to go. To protect your nails, apply acoat of transparent or clear polish.
  9. If you have time, you can repeat this process in your toe nails in order to match. This looks really cute and classy.

Try it, it is definitely worth it and you will feel proud of yourself if you do it on your own. It looks elegant and beautiful. It would be best if you do it right before any special event or activity in order for your nails to look pretty yet it is always nice to have french manicure.

Go feel pretty and enjoy your perfect-looking nails.

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Hair Braiding Tips and Styles 101(Guest Blogger: Courtney Skillman)

Hair braiding is a hairstyle that is so classic yet so unique. Yes of course we all know the classic one braid to keep those unavoidable wispies of hair out of our faces, or the two pig-tailed “cowgirl” braided hairstyle that we all loved to do when we were younger (or still like to do it now…). I’m sure many of you have seen celebrities pictured on the Internet and in magazines with unique braided hairstyles that seem like they take hours to do, but now it’s time to learn how to do 5 different unique hair braided styles all by yourself. All you need is a hairbrush and long enough hair to accomplish each of these new hairstyles!

   1. French Braid

French braids are a fun and easy hairstyle that can be worn for any occasion. They are great hairstyles to keep your hair tied back while exercising as well as going out and shopping with friends!

2. Waterfall Braid

Waterfall braids are a great hairstyle for work or school because it is simple and not too extravagant for day to day activities.

3.  Slide Up Braid

The slide up braid is more how to learn for fun, rather than wear out because it does not stay in as well. The slide up braid is fun to practice on friends and will astonish anyone you show how to do it.

4.  Inside Out Braid (Dutch Braid)

This braid is one of my personal favorites. It is a great way to spice up your average day ponytail. It is also great for whenever playing sports because it helps keep back bangs or lose pieces of hair without wearing a headband; we all know headbands can be a pain because they fall off so easily.

5. Fishtail Braid

The fishtail braid is another great way to amaze people with your newly learned hair braiding skills. Fishtails are similar to single braids except look WAY cooler. Trust me, it’s easy to learn and fun to wear.

Hair braids can be complicated and tricky to learn, but once you learn the basic techniques, you can accomplish any other braided hairstyle. Now that you have 5 new awesome hairstyles to wear every day, go and teach a friend how to be just as fashionable and skilled as you are!

Flatter Your Figure

We all have different body shapes and figures and that is the reason why it everyone can flatter her body in different ways. Once you know what type of figure and characteristics you have, it all becomes easier! Have you ever wondered why some clothes fit certain people better, well there is a reason for it!

Some types of figures are curvy, short, narrow or broad shoulders, full or small bust and having a tummy.

Curvy: You need to focus on showing your waist. Find pieces of clothes that fall smoothly over your curves and avoid anything oversized and anything that ends loosely at the hips.

Tummy: Try creating a vertical line with your clothes. Try using long tops or shirts and avoid anything that is belted either in the waist or hips. It will accentuate your tummy even more!

Bust: If you have a full busts, try using V-necks and simple tops. Avoid puffy sleeves and baggy tops. Yet, if you have a small bust try using fitted tops and jackets and avoid any low-cut tops as well as loose ones.

Shoulders: If you have narrow shoulders try using tips with shoulder detail or with horizontal lines. Avoid raglan sleeves! However, if you have broad shoulders a tip would be using cardigans instead of jackets as well as avoiding shoulder pads.

Short: If you are a short person, you should focus in elongating your legs by wearing vertical lines from top to bottom. Avoid any horizontal prints!

Accentuating your physical appearance and characteristics is essential to making you look at your best! All you have to do is follow the previous tips and then, without even trying, you will know what clothes suit you best!

“The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.” 
Hubert de Givenchy

Men and Inner Beauty

Have you ever asked yourself why is it that men find many women beautiful even if they have terrible personalities. Or why they find them beautiful even if they are really not so beautiful in the inside? Isn’t that the beauty that should count? Isn’t that what’s important?

Well, this is sometimes true; some men just look for women who are “hot” and have great bodies, smiles, lips, and hair however they are not internally beautiful. Yet do they really think they are worth it? They are not stupid, when looking for something serious, they will want someone who is confident, has an amazing personality and is truly wonderful in the inside. Outer beauty might be what gets two people together, but it’s inner beauty what will keep them together because this is the most important feature that we all have. 

During this winter break I took the liberty to ask my grandfather how he and my grandma had met and how do they manage to still be so in love and together after such a long time. His answer was simple, he said “Her personality made me fall for her, and everyday she surprises me even more, it’s the inside that matters. That’s the key”. After he told me this I decided to write this week’s post on this subject because sometimes all of us, girls and women, feel like you simply have to be attractive to find someone. You have to remember that there is someone out there for you who is wise enough to know that what truly is important is inner beauty. Go out and embrace who you are, what you’re worth and you inner beauty because that is the most important beauty of all!

Confidence

I don’t know about you, but at least I believe that people with self-confidence are way cooler and much more fun to be with it. Why? Well it’s simple… They are basically comfortable with who they are as persons. Self-confidence is extremely important in many aspects of our lives however, sometimes it is hard to find it. Yet it is extremely important that we learn how to build it because aside from it being an important aspect of our lives, confidence also shows who we are and what we think of ourselves.

If you think you don’t have enough self-confidence start by telling yourself that you are worth it and that you matter! Trust me, once you feel good and confident about yourself you will start pushing yourself further from your limits and you will literally love yourself! We are not born with confidence, yet we need to build it and continue developing it. This will give you pride about who you are and will make you much more beautiful both internally and externally.

Some tips for building self-confidence..

  • Know yourself and be comfortable with it.
  • Take responsibility for yourself. Only you can make things happen in your life.
  • Try something new and discover what you are capable of.
  • Know your strengths.
  • Compliment yourself.
  • Dress well and be comfortable with it.

It is really important that you think positively about yourself. I have a friend who used to tell me that what you think of yourself is what others see. Whatever you think you are is basically written in your skin. So you basically decide what you want others to think of you. Well this is true! Though not literally, what you think of yourself as an individual is what others see. So remember to always compliment and believe in yourself! You deserve to have self-confidence because YOU are worth it and nobody can take that away from you!

“Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”

E.E. Cummings

Buying the Right Bag

Handbags are an important element of an outfit. Just like accessories, they stand out from the outfit and make it even better. With the years, the love and passion for handbags (of all kinds) has grown drastically. But the question is, how do I buy the right bag for me?

Because there are so many kinds of bags women and girls tend to have difficult in finding the right for them. However, the perfect bag should be comfortable to carry, keep you organized and make you look sharp. There are several questions you should ask yourself whenever you go shopping for a bag. I guarantee that this will help you choose the best one there is for you. The questions are the following:

How does it look?

It has happened a million times to me, but it’s important to know that not because it looks incredible on the shelf or the manikin it will look incredible to you too. Try it on as if it were a piece of clothing and look at yourself in the mirror. Does it fit you well? Is it in proportion to your figure and size? If you are a short and skinny person, huge bags make you look smaller yet if you are a tall and big person, small bags make you look even bigger.

How does it feel?

Finding a bag that is comfortable is crucial. Walk around with it around the store and see if it sits perfectly in your arm. Is it light enough or is it too heavy? Are the straps the right size?

Will the bag keep me organized?

How do you like to organize your stuff in bags? Do you like interior and exterior pockets? Well then, look for them. Bags are not just meant to bring out your outfit, but are mostly meant to store things. Pockets, interior or exterior, really help with organization because it will keep your wallet, phone, lipstick, hand cream or anything else in its place. It is not a good idea to have all of her stuff thrown in there with no organization. It is convenient to have it all in its place because when your phone rings and you know where you placed it, it will save tons of time!

Will I be able to use it almost everywhere?

Finding a bag that is wearable to a party, gathering in the park, the movies, supermarket and other activities is something you should think about. Why would you want to spend your money in something that will only be used six times a year? It is nice to “take advantage” of your bag and use it almost everywhere. This way, you won’t have to buy many different handbags; one or two bags will do it all! Find a handbag that matches many outfits that you have. If you have many black tops, then look for a black one, and so on.

Christmas season is here so if you are planning on buying a bag remember to keep this tips in mind. Trust me, it is important that you feel 100% confident about your bag and not just buy it because it looks beautiful on top of the shelf.

Every Girl Has a Right to Love Herself

After watching another Dove clip about beauty, I decided to ask my friends several questions about themselves. Here is what some of them answered when I asked what they didn’t like about themselves:

  • Friend 1: I feel like I’m too fat and I don’t feel comfortable with myself sometimes. 
  • Friend 2: I have a birthmark on my arm which I hate; I wish I could take it away! It would make such a difference.
  • Friend 3: I am way too short. I wish I could be taller because I think tall makes you more beautiful. 

“Are you serious guys,” I responded after they answered my questions. “I really think you three have to stop and start loving yourselves and your bodies no matter what. Embrace your beauty and your flaws. You will never feel more happy and pretty,” I continued. They really thought about it and then they all realized it was true. Every girl deserves to feel good about herself.  It is easy to say how much you want to have blonde hair, green eyes, maybe paler skin or be skinnier. But STOP and look at yourself in the mirror, you are a beauty just the way you are! Don’t desire something you don’t have because it is not part of you.

Loving yourself is key in having confidence and being comfortable with who you are. It is important to make yourself feel loved and beautiful by not thinking about what you don’t have or what you wish you didn’t have but by loving what you have and embracing it.

Enjoy the clip, it is very moving and inspiring!

You are beautiful like a rainbow, show your true colors

25 Ways to Wear a Scarf

This weekend I realized I was running low on scarves. I usually don’t use them much because where I used to live (Mexico) the weather was mostly hot and whenever it got chilly outside a jacket would cover it all up! However, Boston is a different story. In order to feel good, you have to have a good body temperature too. This is why it is crucial to be covered up in the winter. If you are not, you will LITERALLY suffer through the day. So, back to my point, this weekend I got so cold during the nights. A coat/jacket was not enough so I decided to wear a scarf. Turns out that when I was choosing what scarf to wear, though the options were nearly 2 to 3, I realized I had almost none and I needed to get more for the winter.

Shopping online is something I literally love, and while looking for scarves online, I had a better idea. I wanted to know if with just using one scarf during the whole winter season I could make it look different every time I wore it. I found this video o YouTube which is very cool and really interesting to watch. This video answered all of my questions. Turns out, my idea was logical and it is in fact a great way to save money while applying different looks with your scarf each time you use it.

 Hope you enjoyed the video and remember, this doesn’t apply only to scarves. There are tons of clothes and outfits you can wear and repeat a lot and by just changing a tiny bit of how you wore the previous time, it will look different and you will look fabulous! Try practicing all of the different techniques with your favorite scarf and decide which one you like the most. Many of them look simple yet they are so hard to do! I still wonder how is it even possible to wear a scarf in 25 different ways! It is kind of crazy!

Tips for healthier skin

Ever since I was little, my mom always used to tell me how taking care of my skin was really important. I really never understood why it was so important after she told me how the skin not only protected us from the heat and the cold but it keeps you looking good. If you treat it well, you will look good and you will feel good. This is why we should always nurture and take very good care of our biggest organ in the body! Yes, skin is the largest organ in the body, isn’t that a cool fact!

So many factors contribute to having a good, healthy skin. One of the most important things to note is that having a healthy skin not only means treating it well with creams and exfoliants, but there are also some things to avoid. The sun is a huge NO NO for your skin. Even though it provides some vitamins for the skin, excessive exposure to the sun damages you in so many ways. So to protects yourself from all of the harmful UV rays from the sun, be sure to never leave your home without SPF 15 or 30 daily. 

Trust me, it sounds like a burden but as my grandmother tells me: If someone had told me that wearing sunblock everyday would actually bring benefits to my skin at this age, I would’ve totally done it. Some other good things that you can do to your skin are:

  • Have a healthy diet. Healthy food contributes to having a healthy glow!
  • Wash your face twice a day with warm water.
  • Do NOT pop pimples. It is tempting, I know, but because we are no experts, popping pimples by ourselves can actually result in more redness and scarring. 
  • Remove your make-up before you go to sleep!
  • Put a night cream or lotion that will moisturize your skin overnight.
  • Keep your hair clean and out of your face. This will prevent additional oil from clogging your pores.
  • Avoid touching your face with your fingers because it can spread bacteria that causes pores to become irritated.
  • Apply face masks once or twice a week!
  • Here are some more tips..
Because skin is super sensitive and important, make sure to follow all of the previously stated. With this weather, the skin can get really dry and more sensible than ever! Trust me, you will feel 10 times better following all of these and you will feel so good too! Remember, if you feel good in the inside you will look better! Having a healthy skin makes you feel better so go for it and try all of these tips!
“Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to aging, are the manifestations of your body’s internal needs, including its nutritional needs.”
 Dr. Georgiana Donadio

Pick the perfect FALL COAT

Even though it is still fall.. after this weekend I believe it feels more like winter! It was incredibly cold outside and it even snowed! Yeah, in October! In my hometown, I don’t even get snow in December so this was kind of shocking!

With the fall/winter season here, it is time to find your perfect fall coat. As I mentioned in last week’s post, ponchos and capes are “IN” this season, but a coat is a must-have! And picking the perfect coat to carry through fall and winter is a serious matter. Some aspects to focus on are to pick a coat that is:

  • Warm
  • Stylish
  • Easy to wear
However, it is also important for you to pick and buy a coat that is school/work/party/chill friendly as well as comfortable. It is nice to wear a pair of jeans or even a dress and have the coat match and fit perfectly. However, the fashion market has plenty of choices for you to pick, making it even harder! Having so many choices and options can be a little too much. If you don’t already have a coat, posted below are some pictures of four of the different types of coats and looking at them, you can get a better idea as to what you want for this year. I personally have always liked toggle coats but this fall and winter I am planning on going with the neutral fashion! 
Toggle Coat
Cocoon Coat
Lady-like Coat
Neutral Coat
-XOXO