Beauty DIY: The One that Didn’t Work (But I love)

Beachy Waves – The DIY That Failed 

This summer I was reading an article in Allure that proposed a simple DIY for beachy waves. Think about the textured hair you get after a day near the ocean. Your tresses are messy, but full of sunshine and salt.

There are a ton of products that will give you that perfect day-at-the-beach look. Two of my favorites are Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray and the budget-friendly Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray (whew, that’s a long name). BUT, the Allure article suggested that there was a simple DIY approach to the same product:

As for how real surf girls do it? ‘I mix seawater and a few drops of lavender oil (to make a sea-salt spray),’ says swimwear designer Tori Praver. ‘The oil keeps the salt from making my hair crunchy.’

PERFECT. My parents live near the ocean and they were headed to DC for a quick visit. When Mom asked if I needed anything from home I said, “A bunch of ocean water.” Bless my Mom. She has witnessed / participated in enough of my creative hijinks that she just rolled with it.

When she arrived in DC she presented me with an OJ bottle full of seawater. YASSSS.

Now, let’s back up for a minute and talk about the concept of wavy hair. I’ve always had pin-straight locks. It’s genetic. My hair doesn’t take curl (in the winter when there is 0% humidity it will hold for a few hours). I experienced natural waves once when visiting Guatemala. To my absolute surprise I had some serious body in my hair during that vacation. I’m guessing it had something to do with the water. Fact: I have fun hair in Guatemala, guys. (Who knew?)

Back to the ocean water.

I ordered lavender essential oil from an Etsy seller called Bath Body Soul. This decision was part of a larger intention to order household items from independent people whenever possible. It meant waiting for a few days for the product to arrive in the mail.

In the meantime the bottle of ocean water was hanging around the house. Which is why it ended up looking like this:

Ocean Water - Don't Drink

Don’t drink the ocean water!

I put it in my fridge and was concerned that someone might drink it by accident. Thus, the cheeky message “OCEAN WATER Don’t Drink F*&%ers!” Which, now that I look back, sounds aggressive. But, we have a house where friends are encouraged to go into the refrigerator without asking. I didn’t want someone to pour a glass by accident (thinking it was filtered water) and get sick. I knew if I could make people laugh they would pause before grabbing the bottle.

The last thing you want is a big gulp of salt water when you aren’t expecting it.

So far this sign has worked. People open the refrigerator and laugh.

My essential oil arrived….

Lavender Essential Oil

Essential Oil by BathBodySoul

…and, I purchased a mini-spray bottle from CVS.

Beauty DIY Fail - Beachy Waves

I put a few drops of the essential oil into the ocean water, sprayed my hair….

and nothing.

Nothing happened.

No waves. No increased body. Nothing, nada, zero.

But, it smelled so good. Refreshingly, beautifully good.

I’ve tried this product for weeks. Some days I leave it in my hair to air dry. Some days I blow dry my hair. I’ve put it on my roots, I’ve sprayed it throughout my hair.

My hair is still straight as a board.

Perhaps if I had different hair texture this experiment would be successful. It’s okay, though. It feels like a small luxury to experience the sea and lavender on a daily basis. I will continue to use it – at least through the end of the summer – because it is so enjoyable.

What about you? Have you ever used sea salt spray? Have you ever tried a beauty DIY that completely tanked? Do tell! I would still recommend this simple project because the result is so refreshing!

Product I’m Loving – E.L.F. Daily Brush Cleaner

Check out this Great Brush Cleaner 

It never occurred to me to ask questions about E.L.F.’s name. I just thought it was the makeup equivalent to Elf on a Shelf. As if E.L.F. products are related to a magical being that brings fantastic, budget-friendly makeup products into my life.

That explanation still makes sense.

But, ahhh….E.L.F. stands for eyes, lips, face. Of course! Makes much more sense!

I gave their brush cleaner a try simply because a) I needed a brush cleaner and b) it was inexpensive.

Elf Daily Brush Cleanser

This is the Elf on my Shelf

Turns out, this is a gem of a product. It’s only $3 and it works beautifully.

You want to clean your makeup brushes because they get full of bacteria and generally become a hot mess if you ignore them. In the article “10 Terrifying Things Dirty Makeup Brushes Do to Your Face,” author Mandie Williams breaks down the reasons you need to add “cleaning” to your makeup routine. Dirty brushes cause breakouts, can rip out your eyelashes (!), and are a catalyst to skin irritations.

E.L.F.’s Daily Brush Cleaner has anti-bacterial properties and can help extend the life of your brushes.

The product does have a slight scent that I find very enjoyable. But, if you are allergic / highly sensitive to fragrance you may want to do a test before you permanently add it to your makeup bag. At $3, though, it is worth a shot.

How about you? Do you clean your brushes? Do you find that it helps? Or, are you having trouble making it a part of your routine? Do tell!

A Common Writing Conversation

Ever Have One of These Days? 

Today I was working on deadline, and for the life of me my brain was just not cooperating.

Brain Conversation I was able to drag myself through it and meet the deadline, but it wasn’t easy and it wasn’t eloquent. I’ve been writing on deadline for years. Shouldn’t it be easier by now?

Nope. Some days it’s like smashing rocks. Some days your brain wants to do other things, like eat a bunch of chocolate and loll around in a field watching butterflies.


Miss Dior Illustration

My Favorite Perfume

I have a few favorite scents.

For the past few years, my heart (and nose) has been all about Miss Dior.

It smells like romance and cotton candy. Every time I put it on I think about visiting a French circus while eating spun sugar.

Now that I write that down I realize that it’s a bizarre notion. But, trust me, it works in my head. (Really. I’m not crazy. Right? RIGHT?!)

Miss Dior Illustration You might be asking yourself, what are those numbers in the left corner?

No idea.

This is a sketch I did a long time ago in the Paper App and rediscovered. My guess is that I was playing around with the drawing, heard something important, and thought, “I will need those numbers later,” and wrote them down.

I just sent an email to my husband to ask if the numbers are ringing any bells. Are we about to give away the code to a treasure that we buried and I forgot about? Entirely possible.

Until I figure out what those numbers mean, though, feel free to use them for playing lotto.

Back to perfume.

I’ve always loved Miss Dior, but am thinking about switching to a deeper fragrance for the fall and winter. In my early 20’s I was all about Hypnotic Poison.

Hypnotic Poison Dior PerfumeOh, how I love this scent. It’s deep and mysterious…and has the WORST name ever. Every time someone asked what I was wearing I found myself mumbling its name, hoping the other person would forget the question. Inevitably the response would be, “What? You are wearing what?” Thus, making me make say the name even louder. HYPNOTIC POISON, okay?

It’s a name that takes itself so seriously, whereas I am a person that doesn’t take herself so seriously. Thus, the whole “this perfume is sexy and mesmerizing,” thing doesn’t work with the reality of me literally running into walls on a daily basis.

But, it is a remarkable scent.

And you? What do you wear? Do you find yourself changing perfumes from spring/summer to fall/winter? Or, do you find yourself switching for different parts of your life? Do tell! Leave a comment below.

Fashion News!

Pop Fashion Podcast News

Want to hear this week’s fashion news? Just push play! Want some link action? See below!

Vivienne Westwood Rides in a Tank

Yup, this fashion powerhouse decided to ride a tank through the Prime Minister’s neighborhood in order to protest fracking. I’ll give it to Westwood – she knows how to make an entrance.

Libertine Gets Burned by UPS

Libertine designer Johnson Hartig lived out a fashion horror story when two boxes of his designs were lost by UPS. The boxes contained 30 pieces of apparel that were supposed to be part of his NYFW runway show. Worst. Day. Evah.

Ikea Product Names

Ever wonder how those Ikea products got their names? Well, there is a method to the madness!

Also, this is my favorite instance of Ikea in pop culture. Liz Lemon (aka Tina Fey) has an Ikea product named “Blerg” – one of her catchphrases. Brilliant.

Liz Lemon's Blerg Ikea Furniture

Liz Lemon’s Blerg Ikea Furniture

Macy’s + Best Buy = BFF

This holiday season Macy’s is ensuring a streamlined shopping experience. They are teaming up with Best Buy to have a mini-tech shop within 10 of their department stores.

Zara is Making Stacks on Stacks

Zara’s parent company, Inditex, earned over $1billion in the last six months. Six months, ya’ll.

Gen Z’s Fashion

The New York Times came out with a big article about Gen Z’s fashion sense. The quick version: the lines between male and female fashion are blurring and everyone is wearing everything.

Ralph Lauren Stepping Down

The biggest fashion news story of this week = Ralph Lauren is stepping down from his fashion empire. Surprise! Stefan Larsson (former H&M executive / president of Old Navy) is taking his place. (This story came out yesterday, thus isn’t part of this episode of our podcast.) Ah, Ralph. The Polo shirts in my wardrobe salute you.

Finally, today is International Podcast day! 

International Podcast Day 2015Celebrate by listening to your favorite podcast, trying out a new one, or tweeting to your favorite podcasters. Use the hashtag #PodcastDay.

Here are some of my favorites (besides Pop Fashion!). Warning: I’m a podcast junkie.

  • Death, Sex & Money
  • That’s So Retrograde
  • Guys We Fucked
  • Sorry Not Sorry
  • Food News
  • Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend
  • The Blaze – a 90210 podcast
  • Dear Sugar
  • Human Conversation
  • Weird Adults
  • Gilmore Guys
  • The Fresh Rag Show
  • You Big Dumb Idiot
  • Women of Uncertain Age
  • You Made it Weird
  • WTF
  • The Crabfeast
  • I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman Podcast
  • Plz Advise
  • The Read
  • How Did This Get Made?
  • How Was Your Week?

What’s your favorite fashion news story of the week? How about your favorite podcast? Do tell!


How to Wear a Fall Scarf

How to Style a Rectangle Scarf for a Fall Outfit

One of the main questions I get as a stylist is how to style scarves. Most people own a few but get stuck on how to properly utilize them when putting together an outfit.

Here’s a quick trick to give your next outfit a boost:

How to Wear a Fall ScarfNow, let’s break that down.

First, here’s the outfit by itself. Long skirt, black top.

How to Style a Fall ScarfIt’s not bad, but it’s not popping, either.

Let’s grab a long, rectangle scarf.

How to Style a Fall ScarfAnd put that scarf around your neck, making sure the ends are at the same length.

How to Style a Fall Scarf

Now, grab a belt that is in the same color story. For this outfit I pulled out a shade of brown that is prevalent in the scarf.

How to Style a Fall Scarf

I went for a thick belt, but you can grab a thin belt, too. It just depends on your mood and where you would like it to hit.

How to Style a Fall Scarf

BOOM! New outfit with more visual interest.

How to Style a Fall Scarf

This outfit feels very flowy and fun. It’s not how I want to be styled 100% of the time, but it is how I like to feel on a crisp, fall day.

How to Style a Fall Scarf

How do you style long, rectangle scarves? Any tips or tricks? Do tell!

Serena Williams for HSN

The One Where We Want Serena & Drake to Stay Together 4Evahhhh

Lisa and I just finished taping Pop Fashion when I started chatting about Serena Williams and Drake. She had the great idea of recording our conversation. Here it is:

We chat a little about Serena’s collection for HSN. You can check it here.

The song that I rap (for, like, 3 seconds) is a poor attempt at Energy by Drake.

Layering For Fall

Layering a Shirt Dress

Yesterday was all about the sweater dress, but today I wanted to focus on layering a shirt dress.

I haven’t switched my closet to fall clothes yet. Why? Because I took a poll on the Internet.

I tweeted out this question on September 13th:

Poll for East Coasters: Think it’s time to put away summer apparel? Or, is the weather tricking us & will again be the 5th ring of Hades?

The answers that came back were in agreement:

Twitter Comments

Twitter Comment 2

Just for the record – all of these ladies are extremely smart. I trust them.

I’m looking for hybrid answers even though my closet remains covered in sun-soaked, bright florals.

One trick for in-between-season weather is to layer. An easy way to accomplish a quick layer is to put a T-shirt over a shirt dress. Like so:

How to Layer a Shirt Dress for Fall

This look isn’t for everyone. Some people will be put off immediately. But, I tend to like the sharpness of a collar peeking out of a scoop neck. I also like to reimagine the things I already own. So, I’m down with this look.

A word about belts. When a dress comes with a belt I immediately separate it and place it with the rest of my accessories. Rarely do I match a belt with its intended counterpart. But, in a situation like this a matchy-matchy belt can bring things together.

Instead of tying the belt in a bow I made sure it stayed in place by using my grandfather’s tie pin from the 1940’s. Wearing my grandfather’s tie pin is my favorite part of this outfit. I love having it on me.

How do you layer for the fall? Do tell!

It’s Sweater Weather!

Let’s Break Out a Sweater Dress (Finally) 

A sweater dress is such an easy outfit for a cool day.

Fall Fashion - Sweater DressThrow it on, add some earrings, and you are out the door in just a few minutes.

This one was thrifted – I paid less than $4 for it. Plus, a large design calls for simple jewelry.

Here are some sweater dresses on the market right now:

ModCloth Sweater Dress

ModCloth, Warm Cider Dress (isn’t that the best name for a dress ever?) $69.99. Find it here.

Current/Elliott The Easy Sweater Dress - BloomingdalesCurrent/Elliott, The Easy Sweater Dress – $358.00. Find it here.

Sweater Dress - TargetMB Zip Sweater Dress, Target, $32.99. Find it here. 

Ashley Stewart Sweater Dress

Status Print Sweater Dress, Ashley Stewart, $45.17. Find it here.

Shopbop Sweater Dress

Mara Hoffman Sweater Dress, Shopbop, $318. Find it here.



Navy Blue Color Story

A Different Way to Coordinate Navy

Yesterday I talked about transitional outfits. Today the weather was warmer, so I decided to go ahead and get the most out of my summer wardrobe.

I love wearing navy blue – it’s such a classic color. It will always be in style.

My tendency is to match it with white or red. But, today I wanted to go with a brighter shade.

Outfit of the Day - Navy Blue White and PinkShades of pink are a great (and unexpected!) match with navy blue. This coral made me so happy.

Also, I have this adorable necklace that says, “I’ve Always Wanted to Be a Tenenbaum.” Here’s a closer look:

I've Always Wanted to Be a Tenenbaum NecklaceIt’s by Sleepy Mountain on Etsy.

A Wes Anderson reference is always a welcome addition to an outfit.

What are your favorite colors to match with navy? Do tell!