Just Like Lana

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Today I decided to channel my inner Lana Del Rey with a retro inspired outfit for work. I went with floral leggings, a chartreuse crew neck sweater, basic black ballet flats, and topped it off with a floral headband and cat eye sunglasses and eyeliner. Very simple and basic, yet classic and chic. You can also take it a step further with red lips and stiletto nails for a non-work look!

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Try the Talon

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I’ve been a huge fan of the talon nail trend that we have even seeing for the past couple seasons. However, I’m not really a fan of getting acrylic nails or spending a lot of money for something I may not end up liking. So when I stumbled upon this nail ring set at Claire’s, I knew I had to get them! They allow me to try the talon trend without actually dedicating myself to it. And after seeing my own hands with talon shaped nails, I may decide on getting them done!

Beauty: The Perfect Bun

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Whenever I’m short on time, my signature go-to hairdo is the topknot. It’s super chic, quick, and great for those days your hair is less than fresh!
Over the years, I’ve leaned new ways to perfect the ‘do and now I’m going to share them with you!

First lets start with the basics. If your hair isn’t first day fresh, grab some powder to soak up any greasiness. Baby powder, scented body powder, whatever you have! Simply pour a small amount on the crown of your head and pat it through to the roots. Next, brush your hair back until all the whiteness from the powder is absorbed and pull into a ponytail. Now, choose 1 of 3 ways to achieve bun perfection:

The first way is quickest, and requires only 2 small hair clips. Tease your ponytail and divide into 2 pieces. Take one piece and wrap it around the base of your ponytail and secure with a clip. Take the second piece and do the same but in the OPPOSITE direction around the base and clip. Hairspray any fly-always and you’re good to go!

The second way requires either a bun insert (like the small one above, available at Claire’s for $5) or use a rolled sock (check out the sockbun vids
on YouTube). Take your ponytail and pull it through the center of the bun insert of your choice, so it’s sitting at the base of your pony. Now, take the insert and pull it up the ponytail until only about 2 inches of your ends are hanging out. Then, tuck the ends over the insert and begin to roll the insert down toward the base of the ponytail. It’s much easier if you use your thumbs to push the hair up into the insert rather than try to use the tips of your fingers to pull from the top. After practice, you’ll have a perfectly tight ballerina bun!

The last way is my personal favorite! You’ll need the largest bun insert (Mine above was $5.25 from Claire’s) and 3-5 bobby pins. First pull the ponytail through the insert, so it is sitting at the base of the pony against your head. Divide the pony into two pieces and make sure both pieces are voluminous. Slightly twist one piece and wrap it around the bun making sure to hide the insert and bobby pin the ends under the insert. Do the same with the second piece but wrap in the OPPOSITE direction to hide the other side of the insert! And voila, the biggest and best topknot in under 5 minutes!

Beauty Review: Claire’s Nail Stickers

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So I recently picked up some cool nail stickers at Claire’s for 1$ (on clearance) and I finally got the chance to try them out! I have to say I’m disappointed in the quality, however I can’t stay I didn’t expect it. Sally Hansen still offers the best nail stickers by far, but these Claires stickers do offer a better variety of fun accents like rhinestones and ombré! The problem is the stick of them, meaning there is almost none! The edges are also difficult to trim off and they leave a rough lip that attracts lint and fur. They lasted one day in total, which is obviously a bust. I do have to say that they would be great for a one day event like a prom, party, or wedding! Next time I find them on sale again, I’d like to try them out as accent strips by trimming them up and applying a topcoat! So, maybe give them a try and send your feedback!