Happy Friday! It's officially the weekend, and there's a lot to celebrate, but I'll tell you all more about that later! For now, it's time to dress up and get down -- in style, of course!
One major trend I've been coveting this season is the slip dress. It can be hard to pull off such a sensual style during the day, but it is possible! Cover up by layering your slip dress over a crisp white tee shirt, and toss on your fave sneakers for a comfortable look for running errands around the city. Fill a chic and lightweight canvas tote bag with your daily essentials, throw on some killer shades, and you're out the door in no time! Shop the look using the widget above.
Whether you're heading out for date night or a night on the town with your girls, this silky LBD is ready for anything. Show some skin by removing your white tee, and trade out your sneakers for some statement heels and you're ready to dance the night away! Add a choker necklace for some added appeal, and toss your phone, keys, and wallet into a clutch in the hottest shade of the season to stand out all night long. Once again, I've linked identical and similar items above for you to shop these trends for yourself!
What are you up to tonight? Let me know in the comments below, and I'll see you next time!
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If your Instagram feeds look anything like mine, you've probably seen these adorable boho wall hangings pretty much everyday. You can find them at places like Urban Outfitters or West Elm, but they can cost several hundreds of dollars -- so I decided to make my own!
The whole process took a few hours, but I was also distracted by Gossip Girl so I went at a leisurely pace ;). It was a lot of fun and I LOVE the way it turned out in my room, so I'm excited to make more (and potentially sell some as well??). Here's everything you need to know:
I got everything from my local Michaels for around $8! You can also use a ruler or piece of cardboard to measure out and cut even pieces of yarn, but I just eyeballed it since I went for a more relaxed look.
Start out by cutting 8 strips of yarn in your desired length. How many clumps you need will depend on your desired look and the length of your dowel, but I spread 13 sets of 8 out evenly across mine.
Fold your yarn in half and place the loop over your dowel. Pass the ends of the yard around the dowel and through the loop to create the simple knot shown above. Repeat this until your dowel is covered!
The process isn't hard but can take some time, so settle down and get comfortable with your favorite Netflix series! When you've used all of your yarn, spread out the knots as desired and then use your scissors to even out the ends of the strands. The possibilities here are endless -- I went for a messy look, but you can also cut the ends straight across or cut them into a simple shape such as a chevron.
If you try out this DIY project, be sure to tag me and let me know! And if you'd be interested in having me make you one for cheap, hit me up because I may be adding some to the shop soon :).
Until next time,
Things have been super crazy lately, including apartment hunting in NYC (!!!), but I'm super excited to continue sharing my journey with y'all! Although I've since taken these bad boys out, I still wanted to blog a little bit about my experience with having box braids this summer. Being half African American and living in Brooklyn, I really wanted to get back to my native roots and partake in the local culture while trying to keep cool this summer. And boy has it been a hot one in the city!
Box braids are by no means a new trend, but it was fun for me to be able to try something new with my hair. They are traditionally used as a protective style during the warmer months, and it was so amazing not having to deal with my hair in the humidity and having it instantly styled when I woke up each day. I also had lots of fun experimenting with different styles, wearing it up and down (and even braiding it some more!) as I went from work to the beach to drinks and beyond. It only took two hours from start to finish to have my hair braided at a local salon, which was a lot less than I was expecting.
Overall I was only able to keep my braids in for two weeks due to some important events, but they would have lasted much, much longer, and I would definitely get them again. If you're considering having them done just know that you can't (and don't need to!) wash your hair very often while they're in, but that's part of the magic of it! I washed my braids once a week and used dry shampoo and styling cream throughout the days that followed to keep them looking neat. However, everyone's hair type is different and it's important to keep in mind whether you'll be using only your real hair like I did, or whether you'll be adding in extensions.
Have you tried box braids, or are you thinking of getting them done? Let me know in the comments below and tell me what ya think!
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