Friday, March 27, 2015

Floral Shoes and Casual Days

Jackson Square is one of my favorite places in the French Quarter. The cathedral is stunning, and the entire atmosphere just makes me feel happy.

These black-and-white floral Vans have become a staple in my wardrobe since I received them last Christmas. They go with so many things and add a hint of a pattern to a more casual outfit. I also love how comfortable they are, Vans have always been my favorite choice in sneaker!
I scored this top at Ross a few months ago, and I've become absolutely obsessed with it ever since! Button-ups with little details like the tie in the front and the lace shoulders are one of my favorite types of tops.
What is your favorite way to dress up a casual outfit? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Eight Ways You're Curling Your Hair Wrong

For years, I tried to achieve the flawless, unruly curls that every model, Tumblr girl, and celebrity flaunted on my straight hair and never got close. My real understanding of curling my hair came from a talk with my friend Breanna, who showed me the basics. From there, I proceeded to meticulously search every nook and cranny of the internet to find the best methods of getting that perfect curl, and today, I'm giving you the list of my most treasured tips for curling hair.
1. Don't unwrap your hair
When I sat down with Breanna that day to figure this out, the first thing she noticed was that I was unwrapping my hair after leaving it on the iron rather than just pulling the iron out and letting the hair fall naturally. This may seem like a really elementary thing for most of you to do, but it isn't something that's usually mentioned, and I've found that many people, like me, weren't aware that there's a specific way to remove the barrel.

2. Find the right tool
I tried a curling iron, hot rollers, sleep-in rollers, braids of all kinds, and even experimented with flat iron curls before I stumbled upon my Remington Pearl curling wand, and to this day, it's the my favorite thing to curl my hair with. If you feel like you've exhausted every possibility with your styling tool, the odds are that it's not going to get you the curl you want. Keep experimenting with different methods and tools, and you're bound to find one you love.

3. Hold it properly
Never hold a curling iron or wand upright! For one thing, a curling wand is meant to be held upside-down since many of them are wider at the bottom than the top, and secondly, it's actually much simpler if you think about it. Holding it upside-down keeps the hand holding the iron out of the way, making it much easier to wrap the hair around the barrel.

4. Hairspray
Our natural instinct when spritzing our hair after styling it is to spray the hair directly. I've found that there's actually a better approach to use when curling hair. Try spraying it from beneath. Lean back slightly, letting your hair fall behind your shoulders, and spray the ends of the curls with the nozzle of the hairspray facing the ceiling. This gives your curls better staying power throughout rather than hitting just the top layer and gives it a more touchable feel since you aren't spraying the hair directly.

5. Wrap away from your face
One of the most common mistakes is curling your hair towards your face. Never do that. It looks much more natural facing away from your face, and it also prevents your hair from falling in your face as often. You can still alternate curling your hair in different directions around your head, but make sure the pieces framing your face are facing away.

6. Try wrapping it differently
Don't always wrap your hair the same way! Experiment with taking bigger or smaller sections, twisting the section before wrapping it rather than wrapping it neatly, or even try wrapping only the bottom half of the section of hair for a more natural look. You may be curling your hair exactly right, but if you aren't creating the right type of curl for you, you'll never know it!

7. Acknowledge your layers
I razor my hair, which makes it extremely difficult to curl. If I section my hair off, the top layer always ends up looking frazzled while the long sections look perfect. If you have long layers like me, try curling your short layers with the longer ones rather than sectioning your hair off. Even if it seems like the pieces are flaring off the iron, it'll curl just the right length of the layer to prevent it from looking awkward.

8. Play with your bangs
My bangs nearly reach my chin, and they are extremely stubborn. They curl like the rest of my hair, but they always end up looking unflattering to my face. I've found that I don't have to curl my bangs at all, I can just let them hang loosely, and I still get a nice look. If you feel uncomfortable having them hang that way, you can try holding it on the barrel for a shorter period of time to get more of a wave than a curl, or you could accessorize with them by pinning them back, braiding them, or just tucking them behind your ear if they're long enough.

Every girl can get a pretty curl. Sometimes it takes a little more work for some than others, but once you learn the ropes, it's a breeze! I hope these tips help you get one step closer to achieving the curl you want, and I'd love to hear your favorite tips and tricks in the comments!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Going Girly at Cafe Beignet

A beignet is one of my all-time favorite pastries. New Orleans is known internationally for its beignets, but what most people don't know is that the world-famous Cafe Du Monde isn't the only place in the city to get delicious beignets. I stopped for breakfast at Cafe Beignet and had some absolutely delicious beignets to kick off my day!
Top- Wet Seal, Jeans- Wet Seal, Boots- Top Moda
I'm wearing a simple, easygoing outfit with the bows on the back of my top adding a girly touch. My hair is in a flipped out side ponytail, one of my favorite ways to take my hair to the next level on days when I don't want to heat up the flat iron!

We thought the beignets here were better than Du Monde's, and the increase in price was made up for by the smaller line and even better beignets! The pastry was much softer and chewier all the way through, and the portions are more than enough for one person! Cafe Beignet has locations on Bourbon and Royal streets in the French Quarter.
Have you ever had beignets? What makes a beignet perfect for you? Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Going Frizz-Free with ColorProof

Hair can be such a pain, especially when it's colored. It's only March, and the chill of winter is already beginning to transition into the hot, humid summer air, which means one thing- frizzy hair. Recently, Colorproof, a specialty haircare brand formulated for colored hair, offered to send me their Anti-Frizz Weatherproof spray, and I jumped at the opportunity to try their solution to my problem.
My hair reaches about halfway down my back, and it's very thick. Over the past week, we had a few scattered showers and some extremely humid days in New Orleans, so I put this spray to the test after curling my hair for a night out. I walked the streets for an hour or two with dad, had dinner, went to an outdoor art gallery, and my hair was still frizz-free when we got back to the hotel!
Another thing I love about this is that it's made for color-treated hair. Hair products themselves can be a key reason for color fading, and these products solve that. Not to mention that they also protect your color from natural elements you encounter on a daily basis. Plus, it smells amazing. It's like wearing a vanilla candle on your head all day, which is absolutely fantastic.
You can check out ColorProof at their website here, and you can find this product here along with the rest of their haircare line for colored hair.
How are you fighting the humidity in the coming summer? Leave your solutions in the comments below!

Disclaimer: Although this is a sponsored post, it was in no way influenced by ColorProof. All of my opinions are my own. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Stopping for Brunch

While I'm out for spring break this week, my dad and I decided to take advantage of my time off to make a trip to my favorite city, New Orleans! On our first day in the city, we decided to stop for brunch at Coquette.
Top- Zumies, Jeans- Wet Seal, Boots- Top Moda
Since we had a five-hour drive between us in Alabama and New Orleans, I decided to dress more comfortably to relax in the car. I'm wearing a raglan top from Zumiez, skinny jeans, and some comfortable black combat boots.
I especially love these boots for traveling. They zip up on the sides, making them easy to slip on and off if you're trying to sleep in the car!
The restaurant had a really classic New Orleans feel, and our meals were delicious!
Are any of you out for spring break? What are you doing with your week off? Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Flat Iron Curls Tutorial

I've seen flat iron curls all over Pinterest since the day I first made my account, and ever since, I've been trying to master them, but somehow, I always seem to get something wrong, and my hair is more straight than it was before! A few weeks ago, I decided to really crack down on this and find a method that worked for me, and today, I'm sharing my results!
First, spritz your hair with a heat protectant and power up your straightener. I'm using Sun Out by B. The Product, which technically isn't a heat protectant, but it has a lot of the same benefits, so it works fine for this.
Now, get out a glove. A heat styling glove would probably work best, but you can always do what I did and find an old glove to use instead if you don't have one. Now, wrap a section of hair around two or three fingers, keeping in mind that the more fingers you use, the bigger your curl will be.

This is where that glove really comes in handy. Clamp your iron down on the wrapped hair and slowly pull your fingers out as not to mess up the curl. Leave it for around eight seconds, then release the hair and look at your pretty, messy curl.

Continue to curl your entire head, making sure to twist the hair in different directions and to try wrapping it around different finger lengths to create a more natural, messy look. This has become a go-to for me as of late, and it doesn't take more than ten minutes!
Have you tried curling your hair with a straightener? Let me know your favorite method below!

Products used: Remington Wet to Straight 2" flat iron from Target, B. The Product Sun Out

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Winter Lip Essentials

Let's face it, winter is hard on our lips. We all know cracking lips are incredibly unattractive, but that's the harsh reality of winter. However, we can try to keep this winter weather and our lips in check by using the best products possible. Today, I'm listing my top four products for making sure my lips are looking lovely year-round.
First up is EOS lip balm. I've always had a bit of an obsession with EOS because all of their balms are 100% natural and 95% organic, something you don't see every day. These balms contain tons of fantastic ingredients for your skin like shea butter, jojoba oil, and vitamin E oil, and they come in loads of delicious smelling scents. My favorite is Honeydew, and its summery scent makes me smile all day long.
This next product is a little less common. Any of you that have read my DIY beauty posts know that Bulk Apothecary is my go-to for raw ingredients, and they also have a collection of products such as lotions and oils. A while back, they included a few sticks of their original, untinted lip balm in a package they sent me, and I love it. It's filled with moisturizing oils and all-natural butters, making it absolutely wonderful for your lips. The only problem? You can't just order a stick anytime you want, you have to buy them in bulk, paying fifteen dollars for fifty tubes. It's a pretty great deal, but who needs that much chapstick? I'd recommend this if you're needing favors for a party or want to give one- or forty-nine- to friends. You can find it here!
If you're looking for some color, I'm loving MICA Beauty Cosmetics' tinted lip balm right now. It's definitely on the pricier side of this list, but it works really well while giving you an intense pop of color. I especially love using it during this time of year when dark lips are in style, and since getting a bold lip without the drying effects can be difficult, this works perfectly for me. I use this in the shade Natural.
Lastly is my go-to lip product, NYX's Butter Lip Balm in the shade Red Velvet. I've recently been sporting the red lip more often, but since I tend to play up my eyes so much, I don't always want to go really bold on my lips, which makes this really lovely. It provides great moisturization, and the color is absolutely stunning, giving me a touch of red without being overpowering.
What products are you using to battle the cold this year? Let me know in the comments below!