Monday, April 30, 2012

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."

-Helen Keller

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

" It doesn't matter if a million people tell you what you can't do, or if ten million tell you no. If you get one yes from God that's all you need."

-Tyler Perry

DIY: Infinity T-Shirt Scarf

What You Will Need 
100% Cotton T-Shirt (Large)
Measuring Tape
Extra Material of your choice

 1. Start by laying your tee out and cutting across the material from sleeve to sleeve.

 2. Your shirt should look like this after cutting.

 3. Discard the top portion of your shirt. We will only be working with the bottom half for this DIY.

 4. Now, using your scissors cut off the bottom hem of the shirt.

 5.The bottom should look like this as your cutting.

 6. Using your measuring tape cut out 1 inch strips across the shirt, making sure you leave about 1 inch at the very top. Repeat this step until you reach the end of the shirt.

 7. Once you've cut your 1 inch strips across the shirt it should look like this.

 8. Now, gather the top portion of the shirt in your hand.

 9. Like this.

 10. Here's the fun part, pull on EVERY strand to create a thinned out rolled effect.

 11. Once every strand is pulled your scarf should look like this.

 12. Using the extra material of your choice wrap it around the part of the scarf that is not rolled. This will hold your scarf together.

 13. Here's my completed look after wrapping my extra material. 

 14. WAA-LAA your Infinity Scarf is all done!

I LOVE the way my scarf turned out. I'm even thinking about using some jewelry hooks and creating fun Spring/Summer necklaces like this.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"There is something you can do that no one else can do just like you, so love yourself and love life"

-Joyce Meyer 

Revlon's Top Speed Fast Dry Polish

Ladies don't you hate it when you've just polished your nails then you feel like you spend ETERNITY blow drying, or air drying them just for them to get a smudge a few minutes later. Well, I do! A lot of nail companies promise fast drying results but is that what we are really getting? I decided I would put Revlon's Top Speed Fast Drying Nail Enamel to the test just to see how fast it would take to dry.

As soon as I started polishing one nail I started the timer. 

45 seconds later my nail was completely dry. Amazinggggggg! I didn't think it would take such a short amount of time but Revlon's Fast Dry was really fast. I didn't have any smudges either. I picked up these 3 Spring Ready polishes. I definitely recommend these if your in a rush and need a fast drying polish!




Monday, April 23, 2012

"Your words will tell others what you think. Your actions will tell them what you believe."

-T.D. Jakes 

Stacy London and Westfield Malls Style Tour

We all know Stacy London for her witty personality on TLC's "What Not to Wear" but, outside of the show Stacy London has created an amazing network just for interested stylists throughout the US. The program "Style for Hire" opens up possibilities for potential stylists to excel at what they do. Along with "Style for Hire" London has partnered with Westfield malls to launch a national city wide Style Tour. Last week I sat down with Lisa Tumbarello lead stylist for Westfield's Montgomery Mall Style Tour where she dished about this season hottest trends, the Style for Hire program, and lots more.

1. What exactly is the Style Tour? 
"Stacy London and Westfield malls have a partnership together. Stacy's company is called "Style for Hire" and it's a conglomerate of independent personal stylists. We have all been trained by Stacy on the body centric way of styling, so that every stylist can work with any body type, budget, and lifestyle. The partnership with Westfield allows us to show customers merchandise from different stores and introduce them to things they might not have considered before and just kind of opens their eyes to new possibilities in their wardrobe."

 2. What's HOT and what's NOT this Spring and Summer season?
"Colored Pants! All colors of the rainbow. You can get away with them at the office now. We haven't seen quite as much of Boho this season. It's still out there but maybe in a little bit more toned down effect and mixed with all the bright colors of this season."

 3. What are some personal styling tips you can offer to women who aren't too much into fashion, but still want to look fashionable?
"I try to tell clients to look at their wardrobe and look at what kind of prints they currently have to see if there is a common color thread. This way they are not buying some orange pair of jeans getting them home and not knowing what to put with them. If they do a little homework before they go out they'll buy the right pieces."

 4.What is one universal item every girl can rock despite their varying body types?
"Jackets are our best friends. It's something that's going to create shape in your top half, identify the waist, skim over the hips, add a little bit of interest, and take your outfit to the next level, while also giving that illusive pulled together look. One thing that Stacy talks about on "What Not to Wear" is making sure you have that completer piece and a lot of the time that piece is a jacket"

 5.How can interested stylists join the 'Style For Hire' network?
"You can go to there's a section called 'Are you a Stylist?' and even if your not a stylist but you know this might be the direction you want to head in there are 2 day workshops taught by Stacy and plenty of other fashion professionals, that takes you through the body-centric way of working with clients, how you should interact with them, and the common ground on how you should be teaching clients. If you have no styling experience its a great place to get started. If you have styling experience there are also advanced workshops. If you have your own styling business it's a great supplement in getting clients from both ends. It's a really great partnership and take your business to the next level."

*Ladies to check out Stacy London's Spring 2012 shopping mag for style savvy tips and trends that are HOT, HOT, HOT this season click HERE*

Friday, April 6, 2012

"DREAMS: See them, feel them, then do everything in your power to run to them"


Motions "Naturally You" Collection

For all my natural curlies out there, Motions just launched their "Naturally You" collection, and ladies this stuff is like Hair CRACK! Your hair needs it, has to have it, and absolutely can't do without it.  Maybe I'm being just a tad bit dramatic but I am SO  happy to have found a natural hair product that doesn't break the bank and does wonders. Now don't get me wrong, you ladies know I'm a Miss Jessies fanatic but I did get tired of over paying for their products. Motions "Naturally You" has the same great quality and costs MUCH less. Check out each product.

Deep Conditioning Masque 
Awesome Detangling Conditioner and great for deep treatments. Leave on your hair for about 5-10 mins before rinsing. You can even sit under the blow dryer with a shower cap for extra care.

 Hydrate My Curls Pudding
This is a styling product. Great for light styling. I like to use this on my 2nd or 3rd day just to give my curls an extra boost.

 Define My Curls Creme
This is another styling product. After washing and conditioning, section your hair into 4 parts and apply this creme. It works to really define your curls and gives them a nice shine.

 Moisturizing Cleanser
This is your cleanser use for shampooing.

 My curls after using Motions