You Should Know: Jack Wills

Jack Wills is a “fabulously British” clothing company specializing in well made basics, dresses and denim. They also have a wonderful home decor and jewelry collection. This company is definitely ideal for the upcoming fall season, with their reasonably plush sweaters and tees that are perfect for layering. Even if you just want to get that casual London look, definitely check them out.

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DIY: Homemade Lotion Recipe

Here is one of my favorite homemade lotion recipes by this awesome blogger named The Wellness Mama (check her out!). Her blog is filled with all kinds of great tips for wellness and beauty and this recipe is definitely easy and fun to make.

http://wellnessmama.com/3765/luxurious-homemade-lotion-recipe/Organic

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Homemade Lotion Basic Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
  • Optional: Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts to suit your preference

How to Make Lotion:

  1. Combine ingredients in a pint sized or larger glass jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, olives or other foods.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.
  3. Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
  4. As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars (8 ounce) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!
  5. Use as you would regular lotion. This has a longer shelf life than some homemade lotion recipes since all ingredients are already shelf stable and not water is added. Use within 6 months for best moisturizing benefits.

Note: A litte goes a long way! This lotion is incredibly nourishing and is also great for diaper rash on baby, for eczema and for preventing stretch marks!

I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as I have and don’t forget to check out her blog for more wellness tips! 🙂

Beauty: Pigment Pots

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What are pigment pots? Usually you see them at your local MAC store, they are little bottles filled with loose iridescent powder in numerous colors. Most of the time you are mystified by them, and just buy a whole bunch without really knowing how to utilize them. Pigment pots are pretty self explanatory. They are just the basic pigment color with out any added chemicals or bonds to make them into eyeshadow or lipstick or blush. Just the basics. So that leaves you with many different options on how to use them. And here are four simple ways you can turn your pigments into your all purpose beauty tool…

1. Liquid Eyeliner

By just adding a little water and a slim eyeliner brush, you can turn your pigments into eyeliner. The water bonds the pigments together for that liquid feel, and the brush helps you to apply it with precision. (see my how to make the perfect cat eye post for more instructions on application)

2. Nail Polish

Add a little ( or a lot) of your pigment to some clear nail polish. Mix it in very well, and Viola! You have your own custom nail color!

3. Lipstick

Mix together one part vaseline, or your favorite clear lip balm, and one part pigment and you have your own tinted lipstick or balm. Depending on how strong you want the color add more or less of the pigment.

4. Blush

And my finally my favorite, blush! Dabbling your fingers in some gold or peach pigments and rubbing it into your cheeks gives you much more color and lasts longer than your typical blush.

I hope you enjoyed these tips! What are your favorite ways for using your pigment pots?

How to Tie a Bow-Tie

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Accessories can make an outfit. And sometimes slipping into your boyfriend’s side of the closet is the best way to jazz up your outfit! Bow-ties are a fun alternative to your traditional accessory, and when done right, can add a feminine touch to your business attire. Bow-ties come in all kinds of sizes and colors, and can be worn with a blazer, pants, skirts and even jeans and a collared shirt.

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Here below is a step by step tutorial on how to tie your own

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Also, if you’re like me, you need an actual person showing you how, heres a concise video tutorial.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEjF-MzzqaE

Enjoy 🙂

What to Wear: To an Interview

What to Wear: To an Interview

I believe that when you are considering going on an interview, for whatever kind of job, it is important to look as professional as possible. Pencil skirts, heels, demure hemlines and necklines are a must. But you also want to show your future employer that you are not just another dull nobody. So feel free to add a little sass to your outfit. An interesting shoe, skirt or handbag. Something small, but yet leaves an impression. Overall, you want your outfit to show the unique person that you are, and also how qualified. Happy job hunting!

Fresh off the Runway: Celine Fall 2013

I cant even begin to say how much I love this collection. Phoebe Philo made the perfect marriage of comfort and elegance (with a little bit of functionality) to bring a line of clothing that is just begging to be worn. The soft creams and jewel tones combined with the rounded shapes give the clothing a modern feel. And I am absolutely obsessed with those chokers. 

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