Ruching is back– and we couldn’t be more thrilled. A great way to add texture and shape to an otherwise simple top, skirt, or dress, the ruching trend also immediately makes any piece look high-end. What’s not to love?
Top 4 Biggest Hair Trends of Spring 2021
Warning: Expect to see these styles all over your IG feeds. (And perhaps even as a selfie on your own*wink-wink* .)
Center Part & Straight
Bobbed & Textured
Curly & Free
The ‘90s Hair Flip
@nealfarinahTop 3 Bag Styles for Spring 2021
Spring 2021 runway bag trends come and go. But this season, it seems three styles are reigning supreme. Here, we highlight the top 3 bag trends for Spring 2021.
Big & Bold
Bohemian & Straw
Front & Center
@vavvouneThe Beauty Benefits of a Jade Roller
By now, you most probably know what a jade roller is. You know: It’s that ancient beauty tool that’s having a major resurgence among beauty bloggers and dermatologists alike, thanks to its incredible ability to boost your skin’s circulation. But the benefits of jade rolling go beyond that. Yes, seriously. Read on below as we highlight the beauty benefits of facial massages and jade rollers!
It gets your blood flowing.
A jade roller is essentially another way to deliver a facial massage. Typically throughout the day, your facial muscles can become stiff, limiting the circulation of blood and oxygen in your face. This results in anything from puffy skin and tension headaches, to longer recovery time from blemishes and other skincare no-nos. The roller allows you to apply pressure evenly around your face, giving your muscles some soothing relief.
It optimizes lymphatic drainage.
Another huge benefit of a jade roller? That it allows for “lymphatic drainage.” While this might sound totally gross, it’s actually a totally normal procedure that estheticians perform during routine facials. As Ipsy notes: “Your hardworking lymph nodes help your immune system fight off infections. Draining them is one way to relieve tension in your face and neck, further promoting circulation and boosting your skin’s ability to bounce back from any issues.” Sign us up!
It helps with even product distribution.
Turns out, you can use a jade roller to massage beauty products (think: oils and serums) onto your face to ensure even distribution. Whether you’re combating dark circles under your eyes (hi, Gucci eye-bags!) or fine lines around your mouth, a jade roller can make sure that not a drop of skincare product goes to waste. Awesome!All-Yellow Closet this Spring is a Major Fashion Move
Hoping to inject some cheerfulness into your wardrobe this spring? Opt for an all-yellow look, à la Hailey Baldwin Bieber.
While in Paris recently, Hailey boasted a sunny monochromatic look aligned perfectly with the 2021 color trend of one of Pantone’s colors of the year, Illuminating. The look was… impeccable, to say the least. In regards to the color, the Pantone site reads: “We need to feel that everything is going to get brighter — this is essential to the human spirit. The company goes on to note that the hue is “aspirational” and one to “[give] us hope.”
See below for inspiration on how to wear some sartorial sunshine this season.
@haileybieberTrend Alert: The Bandana Print
In the late ‘90s and early 2000s, the likes of Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, and the Olsen twins made paisley-print bandanas a wardrobe staple. This season, the humble bandana is having an elegant resurgence.
Below, we highlight this season’s nostalgic trend: the almighty bandana print.
The Surprising Color Combo that Will Amp Up Your Outfit
When it comes to fashion, everyone knows black and brown should never go together… Sike.
It’s 2021 and traditional fashion rules no longer apply— especially when it comes to bringing black and brown together. Below, we highlight how the surprising color combo can amp up any outfit!
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Via Closetful of Clothes3D Nail Art That’ll Turn Your Manicures Into A Work Of Art
We know you love your weekly manicure, but aren’t you getting a little bit tired of the same old pale pinks, nudes, or black? If you’re feeling daring read on below as we curate a selection of the best 3D nails to inspire your next mani.
@annasheffieldThe “Naked” Sweater: What It Is & Why You Need One
Most equate a sweater with being cozy, snug, and covered. But as it turns out, this season designers are mixing (read: cutting) things up.
Enter the “naked” sweater trend.
Chic and (still) cozy, but with a modern edge, the term “naked” sweater refers to knitwear that boasts an asymmetrical slice here—and a peek-a-boo cut there. Overall, this kind of design offers a sly look into subtle yet seductive windows of skin on the body. In short? It’s stylish and sexy.
See below why every stylish woman is hopping on the “naked” sweater trend.
@oakandfort5 Best Shows to Binge-Watch on Netflix Right Now
The Haunting of Hill House
Semi-based on the gothic horror novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House is horror at its finest. The plot goes as is: the Crain family move into Hill House in the summer of 1992 to renovate and eventually flip it, but paranormal activity drives one family member over the edge, leaving the rest to jump ship. Nearly three decades later and disaster strikes again, forcing the remaining family members to meet and confront the haunting memories ruining their lives.
As Netflix’s most-watched series ever, Bridgerton is set during the Regency period in England and follows the powerful Bridgerton family as they navigate love, marriage, and scandal. The show is based on a series of novels with each on focusing on a different Bridgerton sibling— this first series follows eldest sister Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) and her turbulent marriage to one of London’s most eligible bachelors, Duke Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page). It’s executive producer is none other than Shonda Rhimes.
As funny as it is awkward, Chewing Gum is a comedy series that follows Tracey, a young, Black woman who is intent on escaping her Christian upbringing and losing her virginity. Created by and starting Michaela Coel, the result is a hilarious but always cringe-inducing story through the uncertainty of young adulthood.
Both fascinating and mouth-watering, each episode of Chef’s Table (and there are six seasons to get your teeth stuck into) goes into the kitchen of one of the world’s top chef’s and looks beyond their creations. With restaurants still open in limited ways because of the pandemic, this series is the perfect way to get inspired and passionate about food. Pro tip: Steer clear of watching this if you’re hungry.
Featuring five seasons on Netflix, Schitt’s Creek revolves around the super-wealthy Rose family who lose all their money and are forced to move to a town called, well, Schitt’s Creek. (Which, by the way, is a backwater town they once purchased as a joke and is now their only remaining asset.) Created by Dan Levy, the sitcom derives its charm from the family of four (who now live in a motel) slowly adjusting to their new surroundings over the course of the seasons. Boasting brilliant performances, the show is slow-paced and sweet, much like life in a small town.4 Emerging Spring Bag Trends of 2021
Ready to find the right bag for you this spring? Luckily for you, there are a variety of trending options!
Here, we round up 4 emerging bag trends to get a start on right this instant as we say goodbye to winter in the coming months. Rest assured, there are so many ways to make each one your own as you introduce them to your wardrobe.
The Casual Clutch
The Oversized Tote
The Multifaceted Fanny Pack
The Woven Purse
@bembienTrend Alert: Longline Cardigans for Luxurious Style
Laid-back. Comfortable. And ultra-cool. Whether you’re on the East Coast facing frigid temperatures or in sunny California cruising down the boardwalk, here are our top 5 picks for how to style longline cardigans this winter.
@itsybitsyindulgencesOur Top Picks for Tasty Vegan Dinner Recipes
Flavorful and fun to meat, this Vegan Pizza recipe via Love & Lemons incorporates creamy cashew sauce, summer veggies, and sun-dried tomatoes. Two words: Yes, please.
Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Avocado Garlic Aioli
An addictive yet healthy treat, this Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Avocado Garlic Aioli recipe — via Oh She Glows — is as simple as it is delicious.
Vegan Mac & Cheese
Yes, you read that right: dairy-free mac & cheese! Boasting a remarkably cheese-like flavor and broccoli bites for color and health benefits, this recipe from Cookie and Kate will have you and your guests digging into seconds (and maybe even thirds).
Butternut Squash Linguine with Fried Sage
Cookie and Kate create yet another masterpiece with this Butternut Squash Linguine with Fried Sage recipe. Featuring spiced and creamy butternut squash sauce tossed with whole grain linguine, this dish is topped with fried sage for a healthy, comforting touch.Wardrobe-Boosting Resolutions: In with the New, Out with the Old
Sartorial sins? They’re sooo 2020.
Make 2021 your most fashionable year ever with these wardrobe-boosting resolutions.
Start Off with a Wardrobe Cleanse
While it might not be time for spring cleaning, do yourself a favor and start the New Year off right by decluttering your closet.
Going minimalist streamlines your dressing process, allowing you to focus on the outfits that bring you joy every time you put them on. In simple terms? Get rid of the stuff you don’t need and you’ll be happy. This way, you can focus all your energy on the items that make you feel fabulous and boost your confidence in 2021.
Organize Your Items
Do you often complain about not having anything to wear? Reorganizing your wardrobe might be just the answer.
An organized closet helps create clarity, making it easier for you to put together an ensemble for the day. When you can see the designs of your t-shirts and the cut of a pair of jeans, you’re more inclined to decide what you really want to wear, instead of just guessing.
Overall, organizing your wardrobe allows you to steer clear of the chaos and stress of trying to find the right outfit. You’re welcome.
Figure Out Your 2021 “Look”
Want 2021 to finally be the year you have a cohesive wardrobe? Then actively try to figure out what you want your aesthetic to be.
Take a few hours out of a day to zero in on what items and looks make you feel the most beautiful and confident. If it helps, create a Pinterest board with some looks you admire. Once you pinpoint what designs or aesthetics speak to you the most, translate that information back into your closet.
Throw on some bright colors. Experiment— or mix & match— with different patterns. Toss your everyday sneakers for some bold Doc Martens.
Whatever it is, getting out of your comfort zone is a great way to keep things exciting and help you grow in 2021. Plus, switching things up style-wise can also be a fun form of self-expression and creativity.
Investment Pieces Over Trends
While we know it’s tempting to spend your hard-earned money on fashion trends, we suggest opting for investment pieces you’ll wear time and time again.
What exactly is an investment piece, you say? Simply put, investment pieces withstand time and trends. They’re items that aren’t season-specific or tied to a one-of-the-moment trend that may be out of style in three to five months. Think: a quality leather jacket, a gold necklace, or sleek boots.The Versatile Exercise You Can *Literally* Do Anywhere
Whether we like it or not, winter has arrived, and that means… yes, you guessed it— staying at home.
Being stuck at home during the winter can make it hard to do a number of outdoor activities, and that’s especially true when it comes to exercise. That said, there is one type of exercise you can do from the comfort of your own home: stretching.
Boasting a number of health benefits— from improving your posture to calming your mind— stretching can be practiced in a myriad of ways. While there are over five stretching methods generally used in the fitness world, there are only two that are safe to practice on your own without the guidance of a fitness professional.
Here, we highlight the top two stretching techniques you can do… well, just about anywhere!
Often recommended for general fitness, static stretching typically involves holding a stretch in a comfortable position for a period of time, typically between 10 and 30 seconds. This type of stretching should always be performed with warm muscles— i.e. after a warm-up or at the end of a workout.
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Dynamic stretching is just what it sounds like: stretching with movement. While these movements cause the muscles to stretch, the stretch is not held in the end position. An example of dynamic stretching is alternating knee lifts which repeatedly stretch the hamstrings while keeping the body in motion.
Image via https://blog.playo.co/Why Everyone is Obsessed with Face-Framing Curtain Bangs
Reminiscent of the ‘70s, face-framing curtain bangs are all the rage nowadays— and with good reason.
Boasting a slight part down the middle, face-framing bangs create a fanned curtain effect across the forehead for a look that’s equal parts effortless and trendy. In short, they’re hella cute and flattering— and you should totally look into getting them yourself. That said, we advise against cutting your own bangs (because we all know that never works out).
In the meantime, take a look below at 5 images that prove why everyone is obsessed with face-framing curtain bangs.
@alliemcfunk4 Recipes for a Healthy Start to the New Year
Sloppy Veggie Sandwiches
Boasting the same flavors of the original, this Sloppy Veggie Sandwich recipe via Better Homes & Gardens uses lentils and brown rice to replace the traditional ground beef of a Sloppy Joe. Healthy and delicious? Yes, please.
Healthy Burrito Bowl
Say bye-bye to Chipotle, and hello to this insanely scrumptious Healthy Burrito Bowl recipe by Damn Delicious! Featuring fresh veggies, tons of flavor, and just 10 min. prep, there’s nothing we don’t love about this dish. Oh, and did we mention the creamy chipotle drizzle? Yum x1000!
Harvest Chicken Skillet with Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, and Sautéed Apples
We admit: our mouth salivated just writing down the title of this dish. Featuring a plethora of flavors, this recipe via Well Plated feels like Autumn in a plate. It’s cozy, hearty, and, above all, mouth-wateringly appetizing. Plus, it’s Paleo and Whole30 approved, clocking just under 450 calories a serving.
Bursting with flavors, The Forked Spoon‘s Acai Bowl consists of acai berry puree, fruit, and all a plethora of delicious toppings (we’re looking at you, strawberries). Not to mention, it’s jam-packed with fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fats!2021 Fashion Forecast: Trends of the New Year
With 2020 behind us, it’s time to look forward to a variety of new fashion trends.
Whether it’s embracing impeccable cut-out details or acid-bright colors, it seems the S/S 21 runways have provided an interesting and innovative fresh crop of outfit inspo. Curious? Read on below to get a sneak peak of our cheat sheet on 2021’s top four fashion trends.
Feminine Cut-Out Details
Embracing the Midriff@gigi_schmiitz
Itchy, red, and irritated skin on top of everything else we’ve been through this year? No, thank you.
It’s no secret winter can wreak havoc on your skin: cold, freezing temperatures outside can leave your skin feeling raw and red, while indoor heat zaps moisture from your skin, leaving it irritated and dry. Sometimes, it feels like an endless cycle of… well, hopelessness.
But fortunately for you, that stops today.
Here, we highlight our 4 top tips for retaining your skin’s natural moisture — and healthy glow — this winter. (You’re welcome!)
Invest in a Humidifier
To maximize moisture, use a humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in at home, including your bedroom.
Go Gentle & Fragrance-Free
Wash with a fragrance-free, moisturizing cleanser or gel. Pro tip: While shopping, scan the aisle for products specifically labeled “fragrance-free,” because “unscented” products may actually contain fragrances.
Switch Up Your Skin-Care Routine for the Season
Choose cream-based cleansers, and try to stay clear of toners and astringents (the alcohol in these can further dry your skin). At night, use a richer moisturizer on your face.
Slather on the Sunscreen
Yes, that’s right: sunscreen is still necessary in winter. On bright November and December days, snow reflects the sun’s UV rays — up to 80%, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. In other words, it’s just as important to be applying sunscreen in the harsh winter weather as it is in the summer. #FACTS.
Virtual Travel Escapes for a Winter Getaway
Traveling in 2020 (and perhaps 2021) is officially postponed. But that doesn’t mean we can’t… escape. Well, at least virtually.
Join Your Favorite Foodie on TV
What’s better than eating food and going places?
From “Ugly Delicious” to “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” to the late Anthony Bourdain in “Parts Unknown,” there are a plethora of food/travel shows we can indulge in from the cozy comfort of our homes. Delicious Pho in the vibrant streets of Vietnam? Yes! Authentic Italian pizza in the Soprano-like corners of New Jersey? Double yes! Just be warned: Be sure to have some food on hand post-binge because these shows will undoubtedly make you hungry.
Get Artsy with At-Home Museum Tours
Art lovers, rejoice! From The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York or the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, hundreds of museums and galleries around the world are now hosting at-home museum tours. To step “inside” one of these museums or galleries, all you have to do is Google Arts & Culture Virtual Reality Tours. What’s more, the tours even have the option for up-close-and-personal zooms of the extraordinary art. Yes, please!
Become One with Nature
Need a taste of adventure? You’re not alone. Hence why Explore.org is now offering an incredible selection of live nature cameras that venture into the wild. An African safari, the aurora borealis northern lights, an eagle’s nest, kittens at a rescue center– seriously, what’s not to love about this worldly and glorious safari?
Best of all, you get to do it from the comfort of your home (popcorn optional).This Season’s Go-To Shoe Trend: Lug Sole Boots
Toss your flip flops in your closet because boot season is upon us!
This Fall, Lug Sole Boots are the hottest trend with more styles than you can swipe a credit card at. But before we dive in: Are you out of the loop on what Lug Sole Boots are?
Like the name implies, Lug Sole Boots feature deep ridges along the sole, are chunky, usually feature large platforms, and are big enough that there’s no such thing as tip-toeing in them. For one of the toughest years on record, these boots will have you feeling both powerful and stylish.
Check out these three fashionable examples for how you can pull off a pair of Lug Sole Boots:
Pumpkin Facials: So Good You’ll Want to Eat Them
For most of us, the Summer humidity is fading away into the dry, cool air of Fall, and with that change comes cracked and peeling skin.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to solve that, and one of our favorites is as Fall-themed as Fall-themed stuff gets. Pumpkin face masks are not only easy to make and use, they get you acclimated to the new season as easily as pumpkin-spiced beverages.
Pumpkin itself contains vitamin A, C, and E, and when applied to your skin, it can be both hydrating and a useful tool against acne. Here’s the number one recipe we use for our pumpkin face masks (tip: make extra if you know you can’t resist eating any of it!).
½ cup of freshly pulped pumpkin (canned or, gulp, otherwise)
2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (or, as some sources say, cranberry juice, but we prefer the vinegar)
Scarf? Check. Jacket? Check. Hat? Let’s pick one!
The one consolation to Summer ending is that the season for the best clothes is finally here! Whether to stay cozy, compliment your outfit, or keep that early sun from getting in your eyes, choosing the perfect hat is impossible; which is why you need multiple!
Both trendy and productive, let our selection of hats below inspire your choices this Fall!
The Classic Beanie
Embrace the Beret
Don’t Underestimate The Stetson, Cowgirl
POOF It Up
Wool Hat Apple Picking
Top Color Trends for The Fall
It’s 2020 and Fall isn’t all about orange, red, and brown anymore; the colors of the season have evolved and so should your wardrobe.
Instead of blending in with the changing leaves and the darkening that comes with Autumn, compliment your surroundings with these original choices below that are hot from the runway. In simple terms: make your transition from Summer to Fall a bold one.
With your exciting Fall wardrobe, the most wonderful scents in the world carrying through the air, and the end of sticky summer heat, there’s one more thing to get hyped up for: Fall treats!
Pumpkin spice coffee and cookies aside, hot chocolate is the queen of the cold and windy nights. Go beyond merely pouring cocoa mix into a cup of hot water with our in depth recipes on how to make hot chocolate so good it’ll get you past the Fall and straight through Winter!
Hot Chocolate Milk
Chocolate bar (one per cup)
Heat the milk in a saucepan. Be very careful not to boil it or your milk will lose its smooth texture. Stir in a little bit of sugar into the milk.
Crunch up chocolate either by hand or with a grinder. Sprinkle into hot milk.
Stir, then pour out in a mug and enjoy this simple yet amazing recipe.
Gingerbread Hot Chocolate (Vegan-friendly)
A dash of salt
3 tsp of cocoa powder
Half a cup of cashew nuts
½ TSP of Vanilla extract
2 cups of water
½ tsp of ground ginger
¼ tsp of ground nutmeg
1 tsp of cinnamon
Don’t let that long list intimidate you. All you have to really worry about are the cashews. Soak them in hot water for at least an hour, then grind them up in a blender.
Pour ground cashews into your cooking pan and then add in all of the other ingredients, with Almond milk as the main liquid.
Heat up on pan and then you’re ready to pour. Serves 2-3 (depending on how strong you want your drink).
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
¼ cup of Sugar
Milk (can use almond)
1 cup of cream
Chocolate (at least a bar worth)
Peppermint Oil (at least 2-4 drops worth)
Whipped cream and chocolate shavings (for a fancy garnish to go on top)
In a pan, combine all of the non-garnishing ingredients except for the chocolate and peppermint. Stir and mix well.
Grind up and then add in the chocolate.
Add your drops of peppermint oil.
Stir well, then serve into a cup and garnish if you so choose.Most Stylish Lipsticks for Fall
No matter how on point your wardrobe is, a lot of people miss out on one key component of your look: the lips. Nothing makes an outfit go from 0 to 100 quicker than matching lipstick, and this fall we’ve gathered a few choices to inspire you.
While brown, orange, red, and maybe green are considered the classic Fall colors, when it comes down to what you wear it’s all about the shades. Variety is the spice of life, so you should be sure to pack multiple shades of Fall lipstick in your arsenal (with at least one per every two matching outfits).
Pucker up and check out our most stylish lipstick ideas for Fall below.
Like it or not, fall is around the corner and these summer nights are about to get a little cooler. Enter the cowl neck sweater, trending because it’s cute, cozy, and oh-so-practical. As the ultimate transitional piece, it’s just lightweight enough to carry you through the waning days of summer right to winter. Peep these styles below:
Sporty and Cute: How to Pull Off Athleisure
Athleisure: clothing you can wear anywhere and do anything in.
More evolved than just a pair of multipurpose leggings, you can rock athleisure clothing in both the classroom or the office– and, most importantly, the gym. While prioritizing functionability (you won’t have to waste precious time changing before getting your workout in), athleisure style doesn’t have to just be worn when you’re intending to exercise. Instead, the dress code acts as a way to move comfortably and freely, and look good while doing so.
Check out some of our favorite athleisure looks below:
Academic Chic: Fashionable Back-to-School Looks
Whether classes will be virtual or in person, school is nearly back in session and not even a pandemic can stop the glamor of fashion. This year, the options are nearly endless when it comes to deciding your look. Whether you want to be trendy or stick with the tried and true, the perfect style is just waiting to be discovered. Here are some ideas to inspire you:
All Denim Everything
Fashion-Forward Face Masks
With a Coronavirus vaccine still a ways off, masks are unfortunately going to be around a lot longer than anybody wants them to be. So, why not make the most of it? There’s no rule against being both stylish AND responsible.
Check out some awesome masks below to get inspired!
Have an event or holiday coming up? Fit the theme!
Who says masks can’t sparkle?
Make your mask an ensemble!
Save the environment with this stylish mask, made from recycled ocean waste (with all proceeds going toward ocean waste management).
Go exotic (and with material other than cloth, though you might not want to make this your work mask).