Monday, July 21, 2014

Crop Top Fit Tips For Any Size : Easy Wear

Hey Loves, 

This summer is the summer of crop tops. I know, not the easiest thing to wear when you aren't a size 2 right? It can be a little tricky fitting this trend into your wardrobe BUT I found the trick or tricks to rocking a crop top and feeling amazing while you do it.  I was once a skinny mini back in the day but my metabolism has slowed down and to be honest, I like cake. Lots of cake. I still love wearing trendy crops, so I had to find my own solution to wearing these beloved crop tops. Check out my tips and my latest look.


Cover-Up: I always add some sort of sweater or kimono while wearing a crop top. It gives me a little more confidence because my whole waist line isn't showing. I choose light materials to use as a cover-up because obviously I don't want to sweat.

Elastic Waistband: I pair my crop top with a bottom that has an elastic waist band so I have a little give. No one wants a muffin top while trying to look cute.

Over The Belly Button: This is KEY! The space between your chest and belly button is probably the most flattering part, so work with it. Most people think their waistline is actually where their hips are but it's not. Your waistline is much higher and it may not be 24" but it can still be complimented.

I hope my tips help and give you a little more confidence to wear a crop top! Here's my full look!






Top: Mandee/ Sweater: Target/ Pants: Cotton On/ Sandals: Rocket Dog/ Sunglasses: Armed and Readi/ Bag: Phillip Lim for Target/ Jewels: Express, Aldo and Ricky's NYC



Until next time........................

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pineapple Nail Art Tutorial

Hey Loves, 

I am really excited to share my FIRST Nail Art Tutorial! I have always been the type of girl who loved changing her nail polish. I learned to paint my nails (myself) at a very young age. Just like with anything, practice really does make perfect. Last week, I dabble in some hand painted artwork. I am currently obsessed with pineapples, like most of you are. I pulled inspiration from one of my summer tanks. 

Check out my tutorial! 


Pretty simple right? 

Here's what you will need: A black base coat. A yellow of your choice and a green. I didn't have an exact green I needed so I mixed the yellow with a blue to get this color. 

Steps:

1) Paint all your nails black.

2) Swipe the yellow in two random spots on your nails.

3) Using the green, make the steam. I used a thinner brush to paint on my stems. You can use the regular nail polish brush but just make sure you are using a "light hand".

4) Using the black, make criss cross marks on the yellow to make your pineapples "come alive". 

*Finish off with your favorite top coat*


Voila! You're done.

I had a lot of fun creating this nail art tutorial and I hope to make some more. Until next time...............

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Switch Of A Shoe


Hey Loves! 

I am lucky to have the whole summer to attend blogger events and do all the cool things I can't do during the school year. For those of you who don't know and are new to TFBJ, I am a full time teaching assistant. So with that amazing job- I get summers OFF. Sweet, right? Events are never the easiest to attend. Especially when you work full time. At least for me. I always feel like I am packing an overnight bag. Whenever I leave for an event, I do one of two things: 1) Grab a large handbag and 2) Throw a pair of comfy flats in that large bag. I sometimes have to walk blocks after getting off the train or bus. I am not a liar and will tell you that heels are not my first choice when knowing my destination is 2.0 miles away. I do love pretty heels but most of mine are for show and not comfort, unfortunately. Actually, I think I own three pairs of heels that I can say are "comfy".

Moving on...........................................

I wanted to show how a "switch of a shoe" can take your event or work outfit from fancy to dinner plans with friends around the city. I rarely have time in between to go home and change, so I rely on my shoes to change up my look. Instead of grabbing your ordinary flip flop, why not go a wee bit more fashion forward? Check it out! (Warning: this post is a little picture heavy)




 


In that LARGE bag I was carrying, I had shoes and a change of a vest (just in case). I live in vests during the summer because I don't like bare shoulders. I think I have said this before.......... I know, it's weird but everyone has a thing. Here's my SWITCH!


Details: 
Jumper: Forever 21/ Vest: Crossroads Trading/ Heels: Yoki Brand/ Pins: SIX/ Sandals: Rocket Dog

Simple and subtle but makes a difference AND my feet don't hate me!  There's so many ways to switch up an outfit, this is one way I depend on. I can't carry a whole wardrobe with me and I rarely ever have time to go home and change, so this works! How do you switch up your outfit? 
Until next time................

Monday, July 7, 2014

Mani Time: Inspired Look

Hey Loves, 

I was browsing Pinterest today for some home decor ideas and I came across this cool image- Which then inspired this weeks DIY Nail Art also known as "Mani Time".  I felt inspired by the colors and grabbed some polishes and started painting. Pretty simple right? 

Image Courtesy of Pinterest. I do not claim ownership of this image.

I picked up some new polishes the other day while shopping in my local drugstore. I had the perfect color palette I wanted to use. Wet n' Wild and Bonita Salon were the perfect combo! 

 Left to Right: Wet n Wild "I Need a Refresh-Mint", Bonita Salon "Honey Me" and Wet n Wild "Sugar Coat" 


I did three coats of "Sugar Coat" and then layered the other two colors with one swipe of the brush. This half color design is kind of my "go to look" for my nails when I want something different but easy. I used a small dotting tool to make the dots. Simple and fun for the summer!

Find me on Instagram or Pinterest for more inspiration! Until next time or next mani................


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Never Too Late To See Stars: Hangover Look

Hey Loves!

I call this my "Hangover Look" because it's the next day. I mean, makes sense right? Since the 4th of July has already passed, it kind of doesn't count as an outfit inspiration but I still want to share it! The weather was super rainy due to the tropical storm that was passing the East Coast, so the Bf and I didn't do much. We did decide to head over to Williamsburg to get some good eats. I know what you are thinking, "you're always in Brooklyn" and yes, yes this is true. 

I kept my look pretty simple (as always).  I actually wore the SAME shirt I did last year because it just seemed right! My post "Red, White and The Bro" was super fun to do because as the title says, my brother made a guest appearance! Different year and now different look. Even though, I didn't get to shoot with my bro, it still was a fun day and FUN shoot.

Check out my look!


Denim: Express/ Sandals: Express/ Shirt: Old Navy/ Sweater: Crossroads Trading



I'm standing weird here BUT the Bf made me laugh so hard and this is kind of how all my shoots end with him! I hope you all had a fab holiday and continue to have a great weekend! Until next time..........

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

TFBJ + Caravan Stylist Studio

Hey Loves, 

Living in NYC definitely has it's benefits. One great benefit of my city, is the Caravan Stylist Studio. I was invited down to the studio a few months ago after attending one of their events. They mentioned something about complimentary hair, nails and makeup- I mean, how can I say no? I finally went down to get pampered and had so much fun. I walked out feeling like a total rock star. Valerie, the studio's hair, makeup and nail specialist was the sweetest. We discussed nail art, favorite cosmetic brands and talked boyfriends. I wanted to share my day at the Caravan Stylist Studio with you guys and tell you a little bit about them. 



The studio is able to provide complimentary services to their celebrity clients and even bloggers like me, because of their amazing sponsorship they have with the brands they carry AND use! This isn't just for show people, they stand by every product they carry!  



After Valerie hooked up my nails with these beautiful Zoya Nail Polishes, We then headed for some hair magic. It was a brutally hot day, so we went with a faux hawk which had two french braids on each side. Using the perfect products from Big Sexy Hair, this style sure fit my personality! 


After hair, we went in for makeup. Valerie asked what I wanted and my response was "go crazy"- not the smartest thing to say to a makeup artist by the way. She took it easy and walked me through each product. I loved how she explained what each product does. Using Kryolan Cosmetics and MD Complete for skincare- I was sold on everything. 






A BIG thank you to Karmela and Valerie who helped me with everything at the studio. I walked away with some awesome products also! This place is amazing and owner Claudine does a great job making her vision of "talent helping talent" work!


Check out Caravan Stylist Studio online for more info! I can't wait to be back there! Until next time.......

Monday, June 30, 2014

Britelites Review + Swatches


Hey Loves! 

Hair chalking isn't anything new. When you have celebs like Kylie Jenner or Nicole Richie changing up their color in a blink of an eye- you wonder how you can keep up. I have tried a few brands out there and I have to be honest, they can be super messy. I mean, who wants blue powder all over their bathroom? I know I don't!

I was excited when Sara from britelites which is based down in Florida contacted me. She was willing to send me a few colors to try out and the first thing I said to her was "my hair is really dark, I'm not sure it will work" and she reassured me that it will and the product is designed for people with darker hair! I was very intrigued. They have been sitting on my dresser for a few weeks now and I was ready to try them. I was also kind of scared that it wasn't going to work and I would have to tell you guys about it. BUT that DIDN"T happen and impressed, doesn't even describe how I feel!



Check out the product in action! 


                                
Turquoise shown here
I could NOT believe how amazing the color pay off was! britelites was FAR from messy (unlike your everyday hair chalk). I didn't wear any gloves when I swiped it in my hair, so I did get some on my hand. I used a little soap and water to remove it. Worked perfectly! The easy twist up (think deodorant like) container worked flawlessly. I did swatch the other three colors in my hair because to be honest, I couldn't help myself. I notice the blue and the turquoise showed up the best but all of the colors did work well.

L to R: Turquoise, Purple, Blue and Red

If you are looking for a fun change for this summer then britelites is for you! I am so happy I had the chance to try this product and it's even better that I LOVE it! Check out their site for over 10 different shades! Until next time..............................................

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