Back on the fashion accessories trend this winter is immutable styling of the glorious scarf. Not only do scarves keep your outfit in check, but also make you feel comfortable and warm out in the biting cold of winter. Regarded as a girl’s best friend scarves have outplayed their role as typical fashion accessory and have transcended to the position of essential items in every modern woman’s wardrobe arsenal.
Burgundy is the new black for handbag fashion this season. An ideal accent for any palette, this exquisite and commanding color has set the handbag trend. Deeply alluring, burgundy is also referred to as oxblood or Bordeaux, and the color looks divine in absolutely every style of bags possible. Better yet, it matches practically every outfit and complements a variety of hues and tones.
Here is a list of the hottest choices in burgundy bags.
We know how much you all love DIY posts, so we’ve got another one for you! This one is centered around cosmetics and skin care that you can make at home. After diamonds, cosmetics and skin care products are definitely a girl’s best friend. By using some simple tips for creating great homemade beauty products, you can have consistent, glowing skin.
More often than not, commercial beauty products do more harm than good. Far from the image projected, commercial brand skin care lines use synthetic and unnatural materials to create their products—products we use on a regular basis.
Commercially produced cosmetics invariably incorporate elements like petroleum byproducts. These kinds of ingredients are harsh and can quickly clog skin pores, preventing healthy skin from breathing and staying fresh. Natural cosmetics are the healthiest option for your beautiful body. Tend to your body like the temple it is and treat it with care through homemade beauty products.
Here are some lovely handcrafted alternatives to regular everyday beauty products.
Natural Body Scrub
Handmade cosmetics are incredibly inexpensive, but most of their major ingredients required are found right in your pantry. All you need is a base or scrubbing agent—sugar, ground coffee, salt, or Epsom salts are great examples. Add a carrier oil like almond, canola, or avocado, and a dash of color found in herbs like lavender and rosemary. Spices like nutmeg or cinnamon also make excellent additions. The herbs and spices can give a great aromatherapy effect while you scrub away dead skin.
Honey, milk, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and turmeric are basic ingredients needed to make a quick and effective face mask. The simplest combination is the honey and cinnamon face mask. All you need to do is mix the two components together, apply onto your face, and let rest for about 15 minutes.
A combination of olive oil, honey, and cider vinegar makes a delightful face cleanser. Simply apply the mixture onto your face and rinse with warm water after 15 minutes. Or, try a blended yogurt and cucumber facial cleanser. Apply the mixture over your face and rinse in five minutes for glowing skin.
Create your own lip balm by melting beeswax and coconut oil together. Add a few drops of Vitamin E oil and your choice of essential oil and leave it to cool. Voila! You’ve made your own personalized nourishing lip gloss to keep your kisser soft. Store it in a sample jar or other small airtight container.
Soak Chamomile tea bags in hot water for 10 minutes and mix about 4 tablespoons of grated soap flakes and 1½ tablespoons glycerin to it. Let it rest for a few hours, and then pour it into a bottle for use. You can add an essential oil of your choice to the shampoo for a relaxing feeling.
You may dress well, but the look is incomplete without the right accessories. We can loosely define a fashion accessory as a secondary item that contributes to a wearer’s outfit. An accessory can be a purse, jewelry, gloves, shoes, jackets, boots, suspenders-the list is endless. In fact, anything other than your clothes is an accessory.
Fashion accessories for all seasons
Fashion accessories are just as important as the clothes. Some of the fashion accessories that are in style all year round are sunglasses, jewelry, and handbags. Even in the Summer, when the sun is hot and shining, you can look your fashionable best. Oversized sunglasses are the latest trend. Find what shape suits you best and match the color with your outfit. Wayfarers, aviators, cat eye, and many more styles are up for grabs.
Jewelry, nowadays, is no longer a female-dominated domain. Of course, women have always obsessed about jewelry, but designers today are designing jewelry exclusively for men. With stars like Johnny Depp walking out in jeweled finery, it is the latest trend to take the world by storm. Rings, cuffs, cuff links, tie bars, bracelets, and chains are in. There is a slight risk of overdoing it with jewelry, but do what suits you and whatever you are comfortable with. Do not follow trends blindly.
When it comes to accessories, scarves can be an inexpensive way to make any outfit complete. Even for men, scarves are a necessity for every season. During the summer, a nice silk scarf can help protect your skin from the sun while keeping you cool when a breeze passes by. In the winter, a great knit scarf can add pizzazz to your outfit while keeping the chill off your neck.
Handbags, including a range of man purses or messenger bags, are the most important yet practical accessory these days. The range, color, and designs vary as per the occasion and you can never fail with a classic style.
Another emerging trend is hats. Now this is where the trend does a 360. Instead of men, it’s women who are into hats. The trend snowballed into full-fledged fashion starting with Prince Williams’ wedding. No one could have predicted then that this would be back in vogue in such a big way.
Choosing the right accessories
A look is incomplete without the right accessories. An individual’s style reflects in the way they accessorize. In fact, the right accessories can restyle an old repeat outfit, make an inexpensive garment look expensive, give you a new style, and make you look completely different.
Just like the garment one wears, the accessory can change the entire look. They can draw attention to or away from any part of the body. Accessories can lengthen or shorten your height. An accessory can make you look elegant or boho chic and contribute to your personality, be it a handbag, earrings, belt, tie, muffler, shoe or leg warmers. It can basically add a finishing touch to your overall look.
At Scarves.net, we’re head-over-heels for the latest Pantone Color of the Year! Rich, vibrant Radiant Orchid is just the right amount of playful, polished, and pretty. Plus, purple has always been our choice for adding drama to our look (it’s the color of royals, after all)!
If you’re a little shy about this in-your-face color at first, stick to a scarf, accessory, or makeup addition — we love pastel pops of this color for your winter/spring wardrobe and a bright splash in the warmer months. Here are a few of our favorite Radiant Orchid-inspired pieces to wear all year long! Talk about a smart investment. ;)
(Psst … find each accessory pictured above here!)
Image source: polyvore.com, pantone.com
Looking for some serious beauty inspiration for the big ball drop? Have no fear, fair scarf ladies. We scoured the best hair, makeup, and nail trends of the season to bring you the worthiest looks for your New Year’s Eve party. We recommend mixing and matching one or two of these trends for ultimate NYE star status — and for a serious chance at that midnight kiss.
1. The Metallic Lid
Blend an array of gold hues and silver shades for a stunning lid look that’s perfect for an upscale soiree.
TIP: Make sure to keep the darker hues closer to the lash line and the lighter hues closer to the brow bone. The most intense hue should be arched along the outside crease of your lid like the picture above.
2. The Top Knot
Kick this mega-2012 trend into high gear by positioning a ponytail on top of your head (directly upwards from the nape of your neck), teasing your mane, and then shaping a ballerina bun using bobbies.
TIP: To keep your ‘do messy-but-precise like Ashley Olsen, try these corkscrew hair pins. They do the work of twenty! Also, the SDN gals recently went to a Tricoci University beauty event, and one of their super-cool hairstylists says to skip the brush for a perfectly piecey ‘do.
3. The Burgundy Lip
Ahhh, the burgundy lip. This vampy, Old Hollywood look is simply gorgeous on all skin tones — yes, even the pale gals out there (trust me, there’s quite a few of us in the SDN office). Keep the rest of your look bright and glowy like Camilla Belle.
TIP: We’ve tried this Wet & Wild Dark Wine version. It glides on so easily, and it’s a bargain — only 99 cents at the drugstore!
4. The Shimmery Polish
Champagne-hued nails are a glitzy gal’s best friend. If you’re feeling a little more playful, try a sparkly red, navy, or hot pink polish.
TIP: Get a gorgeous mixed metal look by following this tutorial from The Beauty Department!
5. The Sleek Pony
The sleek pony was the “it” hair trend on 2012 runways, but we love Kristin Cavallari’s looser version with a slightly tousled mane. This chic pony is perfect for any party look, especially when paired with glam drop earrings.
TIP: After blow drying your hair, curl it first before putting it into a pony. The trick to making waves and keeping prom-like curls at bay? Keep your strand out of the iron clamp, and don’t curl the ends (the last inch) of your hair. Also, be sure to finish with a shine serum to keep your hair smooth and sleek!
6. The Chic Headpiece
This accessory is the perfect party hair-topper, and you can cater it to show off your one-of-a-kind style. Try a classic headpiece like Olivia Wilde, don one with rhinestones or sequins for a glam look, or choose one with studs to get a little rebellious.
TIP: Place the hairband on your head before putting your hair up! Make sure to tease the hair at the crown of the band, and then sweep your locks into a loose bun.
7. The Navy Smokey Eye
For a special occasion like NYE, the navy smokey eye is a modern upgrade to the usual gray. Plus, it makes you look super mysterious and sexy — definitely tools for catching that cutie’s eye on the dance floor!
TIP: Place a tissue underneath your eye while you’re applying and blending the shadow with a brush — it keeps any dust from falling under your lids, giving you a “black eye effect.”
8. The Braided ‘Do & 9. The Fuchsia Lip
Channel your inner Heidi (sans the goats) with a milkmaid-braided hairdo that’ll keep any New Year’s dress looking girly. Another lovely trend? A stunning fuchsia lip. This color looks good on every skin tone — the brighter, the better — so pucker up!
TIP: Check out Keiko Lynn’s blog, the braided beauty behind this hairstyle how-to.
10. The Bright Red Pout & 11. The Beanie
If you find yourself party hopping this NYE, don’t forget a super cute and trendy beanie. We love the styles featured recently on The Glitter Guide! And as always, stop traffic with a bright red lip on December 31st. Red commands attention — and so will you. ;)
TIP: To keep your red color from running, outline your lips with a neutral lipliner before applying the lipstick. Always go matte with the lipstick, unless you want to get glitzy with a chic baroque look!
Image sources: modernsalon.com, refinery29.com, harpersbazaar.com, thebeautydepartment.com, keikolynn.com, pinterest.com (with no direct original source)
For me, with the curly mop of unruliness that is my hair, second-day hair is not a choice. It is a necessity. You would be amazed at the amount of product that goes into taming curly hair. (To my fellow curly-locked gals, am I right or what?)
While I was in college, I lived in a sorority for three years and I had different roommates each semester. I remember one instance with a new roommate, I was getting ready for class in the morning after washing my hair. My roommate and I were chatting and I started doling out some mousse into my hand mid-conversation. When I put the bottle of mousse down onto the dresser, I turned to look at my roommate. Her mouth was open looking at my hand full of mousse.
“You put that much stuff in your hair?” she said. I became self-conscious with her look of disgust and awe.
“Um, yeah?” I said. “Curly hair requires a lot of taming.” I didn’t mention that I was about to use a bit of gel and hairspray as well.
With the (embarrassing) amount of product and work that is required to make me look like a regular person instead of Miss Frizzle’s sandy-blonde-haired daughter, I usually wash my hair only twice per week. Not only does it keep my hair from drying out, it also cuts down on my hair product costs. So on the third or fourth day of unwashed hair, I definitely need a scarf solution.
This is the scarf I used. It is actually a regular-sized neck scarf, but I wrapped it around my head twice using the rosette wrap head scarf tutorial. I definitely advise using a thinner neck scarf as a head scarf (and I twisted my scarf to make it a bit thinner). I was pleasantly surprised by how it came out! And the scarf does a very nice job as a hair tamer.
Which as you can see has been a lifelong battle.
I hate needles. Absolutely terrified. I’m so scared of them, when I found out I needed a round of vaccines before entering college, I went out and got a tattoo to try and overcome my fears so I wouldn’t be a convulsing, blubbering mess at the doctors office. All that really did was get me addicted to ink, and the thought of a hypodermic needle still terrifies me.
So how does that relate to second-day hair? Since the mere thought of giving blood makes me weak in the knees, I feel like I have to compensate somewhere. I do that by donating my hair. Since I was little, I’ve received compliments on the color (it’s natural!), and I love giving away something so precious. But donating hair is much more time consuming (I’m talking 5-6 years of growth) than giving blood, and I’m doing all I can to speed up the process. Similar to Sarah’s reasons, I’ve cut back on the washings to improve the health and overall growth of my locks.
I have baby fine strands that I normally wash every day. Until I researched it, I had no idea that the oils I was producing were actually good for my hair. It’s taken a lot of getting used to, but I’ve embraced the second-day hairstyles I’ve picked up. One of my favorites is a classic, go-to high ponytail.
The style isn’t that complex. I sprayed dry shampoo on my roots then combed through. I gathered a ponytail near my crown and secured, then I used a tiny bit of hairspray to control a few fly-aways. Like Sarah (and the rest of the ScarvesDotNet girls), I love a soft, silk scarf, so I tied one around my ponytail for a little splash of color. I was kind of weary about it first– it looks slightly cheerleader-ish. But as the day went on, I could reach up and touch the soft scarf, and it brought an instant feeling of pretty! You can get the scarf here.
And in case you were wondering, Sarah’s wedding was gorgeous! Check out her sneak peak photos, from Sara and Mallary Photography. :)
If you are also interested in the gift of hair donation, I strongly urge you to visit Locks of Love. Sending away those ten inches of hair was one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made, and I can’t wait to do it again. Happy growing!
I’m getting married this Saturday (HOORAY!), and for the past year leading up to this weekend, I’ve undergone the painstaking task of trying to grow out my hair. Easier said than done!
To help my hair grow faster for the big day, I’ve cut back to every-other-day washings.
But you know how it is. Hair just isn’t the same on a day when it isn’t washed! Luckily, I came up with a favorite solution to mask my second-day hair — and you know it involves a head scarf! Read on to learn how to get this sweet ‘do!
What you need:
a teasing comb, two hair ties, a few bobby pins, and a square scarf.
How to get the look:
- Brush your hair out.
- Use a comb to tease up your hair at the crown. Pin the top layer back Snooki-style (but not as big!!).
- Divide the bottom of your hair into two sections, one on top of the other, like in the photo.
- Twist the top section. As you twist, coil it around so it makes a small bun. Secure the bun with a tie, and if it’s flopping down, pin it flat to your head with a bobby pin.
- Twist the bottom section, again coiling it into a small bun. It should be resting directly underneath your top bun. Secure it with a hair tie and a bobby pin.
- Fold your scarf in a triangle, and then fold it again to the desired width.
- Place it at the front of your hairline. I think it looks best if it stops right before your teased crown line.
- Tie it at the nape of your neck with a double knot.
Have you fallen in love the the scarf shown in the photos? It’s this adorable heart scarf!
Stay tuned for Maggie and Stacie’s secret scarf solutions for days when you don’t wash your hair!