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).
While aviators and Ray-Bans will always be tried and true styles, there are plenty of other (dare we say, cooler?) styles out there that will have you enviously popping out in every pic you take. Whether you think your face looks good in sunglasses or not, these styles are both practical and fashion-forward. Plus, they’ll totally pull your look together!
Poppy Lissiman from Martini Sunglasses
Dipsea from Sunski
Acetate Frame Sunglasses from Leandra x Mango
Stella McCartney from Stella Iconic Sunglasses
Le Specs x Adam Selman from The Coupe Sunglasses
It’s the summer of skincare– and because of social distancing, it’s also the summer of DIY everything.
Fruit Masks — in addition to tasting delicious if you “accidentally” get any on your lips — are perfect in every way for your skin. Think about it: They’re 100% natural, easy to clean, and you can find all of the materials you need for them at your basic grocery store. On top of all that, you can also eat whatever materials you don’t use!
Check out some of our fave DIY recipes below.
Orange Peel Face Mask
At least three oranges
Grape and Apple Face Mask
Milk and Cucumber Face Mask
Beaches (not to mention, pools) around the world are opening up, and while social distancing is still in effect, nothing is stopping you from looking your best. Whether for the ‘Gram or impressing your friends, staying on top of the latest bathing suit trends will keep you hip and fashionable while you frolic in the sun.
Here, we highlight our favorite swimsuit trends for the summer.
All Black is Back
Cheeky in Animal Print
While your summer might not be going the way you planned, there’s no harm in getting some sun-kissed skin action.
Relaxing and soaking up some rays may seem as simple as laying still and reading a book, but if you want the best tan (and without any pesky sunburn), there are some rules you’ll need to follow.
Below, we highlight a few expert tips on how to achieve golden perfection.
2. Use sunscreen with an SPF 30. Any lower, and you’re looking more like a lobster than a goddess. Any higher and you risk an uneven tan.
3. Keep moving. Change positions frequently, and even if you’re laying down, make sure to periodically rotate your arms, legs, and neck.
4. The sun is at its strongest between noon and 3pm, so time your day as best as you can for optimal tanning time.
5. Don’t overstay your welcome. The tan color of our skin that we love so much is called melanin. Melanin stops being produced at around three hours (that said, this is different for everyone depending on your natural skin tone). Any tanning after three hours means you’re liable to ruin your hard work and get burned.An All-Natural Way To Get Summer Highlights
Let’s face it: With hotter weather comes a need for lighter hair. And luckily for you, we’ve compiled an easy and all-natural way to give your hair some sun-kissed highlights this season. That’s right: Brighten up your look when it comes to taking pictures for the ‘Gram and become one with the summer sunshine with the following instructions!
– A mixing bowl, and either a spray bottle (preferably with a nozzle setting that shoots the water out as a “mist”) or a fine brush such as a paint brush (or a toothbrush if you have no connection to arts and crafts)
– A full cup of lemon juice
– 1 bag of strong chamomile tea
– At least half a cup of warm water
1. Activate chamomile tea bag.
2. Combine all liquid ingredients in your mixing bowl and then stir (or slosh it all around if you’re feeling lazy).
3. If you want shades of lightening, use the spray bottle all over your hair. If you want specific strands highlighted, dip your brush in the solution and go over each strand.
4. Dry your hair with your blow dryer (you can also dry it in the sun).
5. Moisturize hair by taking a shower (with shampoo and lots of conditioner).
6. Repeat. You may want to repeat this entire process a few times until the highlights in your hair really stand out (while easy, nobody said this would be fast!).
7. Enjoy your beautiful hair and be sure to tag us at – @poofapparel.Just Breathe: Ways to Relax Your Mind and Body
Relaxation might seem like an unfamiliar concept in these strange and trying times, but that is exactly why it’s more important than ever to assess your mental health and take care of yourself. There are nearly infinite techniques to recalculate your brain and ease the stress from your body. While the concepts listed below aren’t exactly revolutionary, they are proven to help. The hard part? Taking the necessary time to experiment with what works best for you.
Taking a Hot Bath
Warm and soothing, go the extra step with bubbles and soft, calming music.
While improving your flexibility can be great for your physical health, the real benefit of yoga is the breathing techniques.
Taking just a few quiet moments every day to spend, closing your eyes and visualizing the here and now, can have immense benefits for your peace of mind.
Practicing Muscle Relaxation
Filled with anxiety? Having trouble sleeping? Slowly tensing and untensing each and every muscle starting with your toes and working your way up can ease in soothing relaxation.
Taking just a few moments each day to journal your thoughts, or record how you spent your time, can improve everything – from your mood to your memory.How to Make The Ultimate Treat: Rainbow Slushies
Skip the ice cream and go with something even more cheerful: rainbow slushies! With summer weather roasting everything in sight, they make for the perfect refreshment. And with their vibrant colors, they’ll make for even cooler pictures! Here’s the easy recipe:
– Colored ice pops (you can even go for sugar free!)
– A jar or large glass
– A mallet or wooden spoon
1. Crush each popsicle within the package.
2. In order of which color you want from the bottom up, pour each crushed popsicle into your container. Be sure to smooth each color down before pouring the next one in.
3. Place your rainbow slushy in the freezer for about twenty minutes.
4. Thaw slightly before serving – and ejoy!Summer Bucket List: 5 Fantastic Things You Can Still Do This Summer
While your original summer plans may have been ruined by current events, that doesn’t mean you can’t look forward to the best days of the year. Big social get-togethers such as concerts, festivals, and parades have already been cancelled, but there are still plenty of ways you can do something both exciting and new (and take tons of glamorous Instagram pictures while you do it). Here are five, inexpensive activities you can do this summer while staying safe and socially distant!
There are more than enough hiking trails in the US to go around, and this summer, you can safely venture into your local wilderness. Take your outdoor adventure a step further by camping off trail (never been camping before? Now’s the perfect time to start!
Whether you’re lucky enough to have a whole backyard to yourself or just a few potted plants, gardening is both uplifting and a great excuse to embrace the sunshine. Take your game a step further by growing vegetables (and save yourself a trip to the market)!
Focus on Yourself
Pick a skill – any skill – and the odds are you can learn it on the Internet. Have you ever wanted to play an instrument? Or learn how to trim your own hair? Make this the summer of self-improvement.
If hiking is a little too extreme for you, picnics involve embracing the outdoors at a much more relaxed pace. Plus, there’s food! Wear your favorite outfit and gather your closest friends for a private day of delicious bites – and maybe even some wine.
Quarantine and social distancing might make you feel like you’re slacking on your fitness game. Not to mention, gyms also being closed. But don’t fret: There are still plenty of ways to work out! If you already have a regimen, try some new exercises or take up a whole new avenue of fitness altogether, such as yoga.The Summer of Tie-Dye
This summer, it’s tie-dye everything.
With so much doom and gloom in the world – and many summer plans not coming to fruition – now is the time to let some color shine. While tie-dye might bring to mind a DIY t-shirt at a children’s camp, the swirly rainbow colors are much more fashionable than you may have been led to believe. Don’t believe us? Check out these stylish designs below for some inspiration!
Yes, tie-dye crocs are a thing. No, they don’t look half-bad.
A tie-dye silhouette that’s both stylish and flattering? Yes, please.
Make a statement with these tie-dye staples.
Tie-dye for every occasion.
There’s no one way to tie-dye.
Let’s face it: nobody looks perfect on a webcam. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try! Whether you’re attending Zoom meetings for work or Skyping with social distant friends and family, you’re probably showing your face just as much during this uniquely strange time in the world. So why not put your best face forward? Here, we highlight the best, all-natural face mask recipes you can do right at home to have you looking your best.
The @shaymitchell Mask
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp dead sea salt
The Charcoal Chic
2 tbsp water
The @thinksuzen Mask
½ cup of mashed papaya
1 whipped egg white
1 tsp honey
Reminder: Only wear masks for about twenty minutes at a time or you’ll risk drying out your skin!5 Spring Trends To Keep An Eye Out For
While it might not feel like it in some parts of the country, Spring is here and quarantine won’t last forever. The fashion world stops for nothing and with quarantine still in full effect for most of the world, there are even more under the radar trends than in previous seasons. Here are some fun spring clothing trends we’ve uncovered.
Oversized Cardigans, Skinny Jeans, and Booties
The Almighty Disco Collar
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Spring Nail Trends We Absolutely Love
Fashion never stops – and with many of us working from home or as essential workers, appearances don’t stop either. Nails are a particularly exciting beauty accessory because unlike our hair or makeup, it’s not always the first thing someone sees. This makes experimenting with your nail designs way less risky – and much more fun – than other beauty trends.
So, what are some of the most popular nail trends we love this season? Here, we highlight the latest nail trends so that quarantine or no quarantine, you can stay ahead of the curve.
Fruit Smoothie Recipes – Both Delicious and Healthy
Times are tough and with most restaurants closed you might have to get creative if you have a sweet tooth. Enter the fruit smoothie, as refreshing as ice cream without any fat and packed with so many vitamins and antioxidants you’ll be proud to finish the entire glass. Below are three easy-as-can-be recipes for you and your fellow quarantinees to enjoy.
Strawberry-Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie:
Green Machine Smoothie:
Berry Blast Smoothie: