Another One

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We made it past Monday, guys! Wuzzzzuuuuuuppp! 

I'm starting this Tuesday with a large cup of coffee, like always. I've been so excited to share this look with my people. I got in a serious sandal rut and forgot how much I love boots in the summer. For one, boots make your legs look great. For another one (DJ Khaled voice), you are bound to feel like a bad-ass roughing up that crochet dress with some rocker booties. 

I really wanted to put together a look that made this star-embellished choker pop. The black top I have on is really a tunic by American Colors, but it doubles as a great shirt. The fabric is light and feels amazing, perfect for summer! I liked the monochromatic vibe going on and stuck with it for the shorts. 

One final note, the hype for One Teaspoon jeans is for real. I'm obsessed with mine, seriously obsessed. You will never find a more perfect worn-in short. It's been hot AF in Los Angeles and tight fitting shorts are just not an option. I've been loving the fit on mine because they fit tighter on the waist and hang looser on my thighs (goodbye denim wedgie).

photography by: Jessica Pomerantz 

A Hint of Blue

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Hi y'all! We're going to let you in in our summer beauty secrets for Summer 16! We are loving BLUE, specifically a minty sky blue. We decided to create a little beauty tutorial featuring some awesome products from Sally Beauty! See Lyuda add a blue twist to your typical french manicure & watch Martha highlight a few blue streaks in her blonde locks.

Lyuda's Summer Blues French Manicure

1. After trimming & prepping your nails, apply the Seche Vite Dry Fast Base Coat. Let dry.

2. Next, apply China Glaze's "Innocence". It's the perfect sheer nude for any french manicure! (Make sure to let it completely dry before next step!)

3. Time for the tips! Apply the Orly French Manicure Tip Guides onto each finger, making sure you press down onto nail.

4. This is where the magic happens! Paint the China Glaze in "At Vase Value" onto the nail tip using the guide. Wait 5 seconds after painting and then gently pull off the tip guide. Then continue on the next nail!

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5. After allowing the tip color to dry, apply the Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat! This stuff is magic. It's like a professional gel manicure in a bottle. Let dry & ta da!

Martha's Blue Locks - 'Egyptian Style'

I've always loved putting bright colors in my hair, it changes your whole look temporarily - almost like a chance to be a "new you!" Back in middle school (during the vital awkward stage) I had pink professionally put in my hair. The color was put throughout my bangs, in an under layer so the color would just peek out. I guess the placement was called 'Egyptian style.' This is my attempt at re-creating that look, enjoy!

WHAT YOU NEED:

- Color Brilliance by Ion in CYAN
- Color Brilliance by Ion in AZURE
- Mixing Bowl
- Highlight brushes
- Generic 'Shimmer Lights' Shampoo
- White Conditioner
- Gloves!
 

1. If you're not already naturally blonde, you will need to lighten your hair. I did a quick wash with purple shampoo to rid the brassy undertones.
*Be careful not to use too much OR leave it on too long, the purple color will settle in your hair - I made this mistake*

2. Using the pointed end of the color brush, section and part your hair into 3 areas. Separate and secure these sections apart from one another.

4. Cover the areas of hair that you do not want blue, with conditioner. The more the better, it will prevent color from bleeding into unwanted areas. 

5. Get your colors ready! Ion makes it really simple. You just simply squeeze the color out of the tube, there is no mixing with ammonia, bleach or any of that. It is recommended to mix in a little conditioner with the color to dilute it slightly. 
*Pictured: Cyan on top, Azure on bottom*

7. Before you color a whole section - do a strand test! 

8. If you're satisfied with the final product, proceed to coloring! I used the smaller size brush and colored small sections at a time. For a more faded, laid-back look I used the lighter color, azure, on the top half of the sections and brushed all the ends with the darker color, cyan.
*gloves are helpful*

9. Ion recommends leaving the color on for 20-40 minutes. I left mine on for about 30-35 minutes, because bright colors tend to fade quickly with every wash. 

10. Use a leave-in conditioner to help color last!

The photos above were after two washes and the color still looks great! I'm loving this pop of blue, now I'm eager to try other colors - maybe dusty pink?

Thank you to Sally Beauty for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring us to share our summer beauty secrets!

Summer Daze

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Yesterday ended the first week of my internship and I'm finally getting settled here in Hollywood! The weather has been amazing and I've been loving every minute spent in LA. There has definitely been a few difficult moments, but that is to be expected. FaceTime is literally the bomb.com (and my lifeline right now) - could you imagine if we had to communicate with friends via snail mail still? Um, no.

One perk of "adulting" for me is getting to dress-up! I've probably said this before, but I always have a better day if I feel confident in what I am wearing. Bohemia-inspired outfits are my favorite. I feel myself in a flared pants or fringey get-up like this one.

I've been holding onto this vest for 2 years now and spontaneously wanted to pair it with this dress. The dress by itself can be so girly, it needed a little roughing up from the leather vest. Remember when we spotted fringe in our 2015 trend report? Well, fringe is here to stay you guys. 

INDY >>> LA

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Well. It's official. I'm living the dream here in LOS ANGELESKinda crazy, right?

I had been saying all throughout college, "I want to move to California and become a stylist!" And... here I am! Making my dreams come true. I begun an internship under a very successful celebrity stylist last week. Everything seemed to fall into place with this opportunity and I have high hopes it will take me to great places. 

Transitioning from college to being on your own, starting adulthood, working for the man, whatever you want to call it, IS WEIRD. I'm finding I have so much time on my hands without all the homework and studying, but I'm assuming that will change as I get more settled into the city. I am constantly reminding myself though, this is just apart of the process. One day all of this "being on your own" just becomes a part of life, everyones life.

It's exciting and scary, but mostly exciting. 

City life has been keeping me on my toes... a lot of walking and wanting to be comfortable. I love all the different looks you can create with a graphic T-shirt. They are super comfortable and easy to dress up or down. The one I'm wearing above is by Vardagen, a kick-ass skatewear inspired brand out of Indianapolis. The top went seamlessly with my Vans, but I wanted to give the look a little bit of a "street-style" vibe. This vintage sequin jacket (similar below) was the perfect addition and easy to slip on or off throughout the day.