Cute Workout Clothes

Sometimes the best form of fitness motivation is a new outfit for the gym. It helps with the look good, feel good attitude. Here are some pieces on trend right now!

Athleta- Mesh Capri- $89

Athleta- Mesh cap- $34

 

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Nordstrom- zella sweetheart strap neck sports bra- $54

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Nordstrom- zella va va high waist crop leggings- $62

Medium Impact - Sports Bra

Forever 21- medium impact sports bra- $14.90Active Run Graphic Shorts

forever 21- active run. graphic shorts- $15.90

victorias secret- the player logo tank-$29.50

victorias secret- drawstring jogger-$66.50

Nike Tech Knit Crew Women's Top

 NIKE- tech knit crew- $180
Nike Graphic Women's T-Shirt

 NIKE- graphic womens t-shirt-$60
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Best skin care products for every season

Whether you have oily, dry or combination skin, these top rated products can help your skin stay fresh and beautiful for every season.

Sheseido perfect cleansing oil helps remove dirt, makeup and grime from your face all while moisturizing your skin. It is perfect for all skin types and top rated by Allure magazine!

Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil

This FRESH sugar lip treatment not only moisturizes and repairs your lips from dryness, it also helps protect from the suns harmful UV rays with SPF 15. It comes in a variety of colors from untinted, nude, pinks, reds, purples and corals

Boscia- Charcoal pore pudding intensive wash-off treatment is a new favorite product for many. A mixture of black and white charcoals minimizes pores and leaves skin feeling soft, hydrated and clear for a healthy looking complexion.

Philosophy- Take a deep breath oil-free oxygen infused eye cream. An oldie but a goodie! This eye cream helps brighten and de-puff the under eye area leaving you with a cool and refreshing sensation.

Boots- No7 total renewal micro-dermabrasion exfoliator. This intense exfoliant sweeps off dead skin cells allowing your skin to be free of trapped dirt and excess oils. It provides you with radiant, healthy looking skin for a long time!

Boots No7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator

Best self-tanning lotion to prep for summer

If you’re someone who does not want to use tanning beds or waste hours out in the sun trying to develop a nice tan without burning, keep reading this post! Obviously with summer right around the corner, no one wants to wear shorts or a sundress exposing their pale, winter skin. Here are a few different self tanning products that have been reviewed for you at low, moderate and high price points!

  1. Fake Bake- this one is a favorite among many for it’s natural, bronze color it gives your skin. This product develops pretty quickly and lasts for about a week before you have to reapply it! It is easy to use and even comes with a tanning mitt and gloves! ps. It’s only $12.00 on amazon!

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2.  St. Tropez bronzing mousse- Being one of St. Tropez’s highest rated products, this tanning mousse dries quickly and evenly providing a build-able bronze color. It provides natural looking color in one application and even has a mood boosting fragrance. It is at a bit higher of a cost, around $42-45 at ulta, sephora, amazon etc

St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, 8 fl. oz.

3. Clinique Self-Sun- This product recently received top ratings. It provides a medium bronze color with a slight shimmer to it. This product is perfect for someone who wants a tan that is natural looking at not too dark at a moderate price point of around $23. 

4. Clarins radiance plus golden glow booster. This products is really unique in that you add drops of it into your favorite moisturizer for an even glow. It is a perfect way to keep your same face or body moisturizing routine while adding some extra color. It is a moderate-higher priced cost being around $30.

4. Loving tan two hour express mousse- Loving tan is a favorite brand of many for its wide variety of different tanning products. This product is convenient for developing last minute color for an event such as a night out because your tan will be fully developed within two hours! It comes in a variety of shades from medium-extra dark, so you’ll be sure to find the right shade for you. This product costs around $40

5. Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Lotion- this holy grail drugstore self-tanner is one of the best rated of all time. It provides light, medium or dark bronze, moisturizing color at an extremely low cost! This product can be found at most drugstores for around $6-$10

Hair Hacks!

Want to change up your everyday routine but don’t seem to have enough time to get ready in the morning? These easy to do, tips and tricks will help you do your hair in 5 minutes or less!

 

  1. Sleep in a top-knot bun for  loose and natural morning wavesStyle-your-hair-while-you-sleep-bh_sleep_style.jpg

 

2.Try braiding your hair before beds in tight, double french braids to achieve the messy french braid look for the next day

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3. Loosely pull some of your hair back into a braid to get it out of your face for a simple look

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4. Pull your hair back into a tight, pony and smooth fly-aways for a chic and edgy look

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5. Leave it natural and untamed whether it’s pin-straight, wavy or curly to embrace your natural beauty and achieve a #wokeuplikethis look

 

Valentine’s Day inspired hairstyles 

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner and many people heading out for date night soon, why not plan your look early? Here are some romantic hairstyles you can practice and perfect by the time of your date! 

  
This loosely twisted half-up bun is a simple, elegant look like requires little effort. 

  
Although the crown braid looks like it could be very complicated, with a little practice and maybe a few YouTube tutorials it’s actually a pretty easy hairstyle to master and is a gorgeous Valentine’s Day look. 

  

A sleek top knot bun is always the answer when you’re lost with what to do with you hair. If you haven’t had time to shower it’s a perfect look, plus it looks good with practically any dress and makes your whole outfit look dressier. 

  
Loose side swept curls look absolutely stunning for dates or any occasion. They are low matience, romantic looking and are very flattering.

  
A half crown braid is a unique approach to a normal crown braid and probably much easier to try. This look is very chic and helps keep some hair away back away from your face so it won’t take away from your outfit 

Gym to Street

It has become a popular trend to turn a gym outfit into an everyday look. In doing this, you have to be careful to maintain a chic, sporty style and not to cross over the line into looking too lazy to wear real pants. There are a few different ways you can dress your athletic outfit up.

 

It’s no secret that we all have at least one pair of joggers hiding somewhere in our closet. While you might wear them to a yoga session or for a light jog in the neighborhood, you can also dress them up with a cute pair of heels, flats or stylish sneakers for an everyday look. Pair it up with a top and a jacket, and you’re good to go!

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A loose, racer back tank can be layered up with a long cardigan for a look that’s cozy and cute

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Mesh paneled leggings are the new pants. Not only are they chic and versatile, they’re a few steps above a normal pair of black leggings.

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Sports bras make for excellent crop tops. This strappy, sports bra adds so much to the outfit

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A solid pair of kicks gives your casual look a perfect sporty element, without dressing it down. Also, after a long day, your feet will thank you!

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The Top Nail Trends for Winter

Each winter we all reach for the same old nail colors – red, burgundy, black. But what if you want to switch things up and try something different? Well this winter’s top nail trends are here to help you out. These shades are a little more fun than your go-to black nail but they will still coordinate with your winter wardrobe and, of course, your Elly Clay handbag.

Shimmery navy is all the rage this winter. This color is deep and moody like your regular winter burgundy but the shimmer adds a sleek touch that glams up your look while still coordinating with your winter wardrobe. Try Deborah Lippmann polish in Night Fever paired with a white cocktail ring like this one by House of Harlow and our Billie Jean Clutch in Leopard.

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Dark grey is a good option if you’re hesitant about straying away from your classic black. It’s a shade lighter giving it a softer effect, but it still feels edgy and sophisticated. Try O.P.I in Nein Nein Nein OK Fine with a sleek statement ring and our Boyfriend Spiked Hobo bag.

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Metallic silver is a fun color to try if you want something a little bolder. The metallic finish has a holographic effect fit for any party, but the shade is subtle enough for daily wear too. Try Nars in Amarapura Silver Chrome worn with a big onyx cocktail ring and paired with our Bille Jean Clutch in Blue Lambskin for a pop of color.

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Lighter shades are ok in winter too, and pale mints like this new one “Mintfluencer,” created by Aimee Song of the blog Song of Style in collaboration with Formula X is a great option. Soft mint brings to mind warmer destinations and it also looks great with colors like navy and black. Wear this color with dainty stackable rings for a trendy look and edge it up with our Lindsey Link Clutch.

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Another fun trend this winter is textured glitter polish. Big chunky glitter creates a 3D effect on your nails as well as a two-tone look that will spice up any outfit. Try Sally Hansen Luxe Lace in Crochet worn with a dainty statement ring like this one from Elizabeth and James and our Crissy Satchel in Black Embossed Snake.

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If you’re up for trying your hand at nail art, this graffiti look was all over the runways at Fashion Week. The abstract brushstroke look is fun, edgy, and looks easy enough to accomplish at home! Throw on a cute midi ring and grab our Crissy Clutch in Silver Snake for a show-stopping look! (Nail art tutorial from Cosmopolitan Magazine).

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Inexpensive Cold Weather Accessories

Staying warm during the winter season doesn’t have to be pricey! It’s easy to find a scarf or hat you love and then look at the price and realize it doesn’t fit your budget. Here are a few accessories that will be durable enough to last you through the winter months without breaking the bank!

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Alaulia Hat from ALDO $11.98

 

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Cold Weather plaid scarf black/white from Target $19.99

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Taliah Knee High Crochet Socks from Francescas Collections $12.00

 

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Space-Dye Patch Convertible Gloves from Urban Outfitters $18.00 + 50% off

 

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Sonoma Lifestyle knotted cable knit headband from Kohls $12.00

 

 

Post holiday healthy lifestyle tips

Feeling a little bit off track after the holidays? Sometimes being surrounded by endless amounts of drinks and alcohol can make us feel sluggish after the holidays. Also, the cold winter weather doesn’t help when it comes to being active. Here are a few ways to get back on a healthy schedule and prep for spring!

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The first and most important step is to create an individualized plan for yourself. Write down goals you have and how you are going to accomplish them. This allows you to stick to what you want to achieve.

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Next, avoid grazing. Eating well balanced meals and light snacks will stop you from urges to look for more. Sometimes, removing trigger foods from your kitchen will force you to avoid them. Logging your meals into a journal can help you stay dedicated.

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One important step that is not often thought of is creating a list of other hobbies and activities to participate in when you have cravings. Distractions will help get your mind off of those cravings.

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The most important rule is to have balance and moderation. Eating too healthy and depriving yourself of foods you enjoy is also unhealthy. It is okay to enjoy some of the foods that you like as long as it is not all of the time. Patience is key, listen to your body and know that good things take time. dog-eating-cake.jpg