16.4.14

WARDROBE REMIX: One Scarf Three Ways


by Joelle of La Petite Noob

Developing a personal style has become a passion of mine, and I am constantly drawing inspiration from popular culture, the fashion industry and the world around us.  Unfortunately, unlike some of my style icons, I'm working on a real-world budget so developing a re-mixable wardrobe is essential to having fashion variety without breaking the bank.  Re-imagining different ways to use the same article of clothing is a great way to ensure that you're really getting mileage out of each and every item in your closet.  For this post I'll be relying on two of my key clothing pieces, a maxi dress and a linen scarf, to achieve three different looks for the summertime.


Take one side of your linen scarf, and tie both corners together.  Reach over to the other end of your scarf and bring both ends together - one tied and one loose.  Feed one corner of the loose end through the gap you've made in the tied end, then tie both corners of the loose end together.  You should now have both ends of your scarf tied and joined together, making the entire scarf form a circle.  Place the scarf over your head, making sure the knotted end is at the back of your neck, twist and loop the scarf over your head once more.  Adjust the scarf for volume around your neck, again making sure that you're hiding the knotted end behind your neck. Once you're satisfied with the volume, you now have an easy infinity scarf - perfect for adding a casual element to any outfit.


For the next look, we'll be remixing our scarf to make a cozy cocoon open cardigan - perfect for a chilly summer night.  Start by grabbing one end of your linen scarf and tying both corners together.  You want to gage how much of a gap you leave between the corners by what will snugly and comfortably fit your own wrist.  Reach to the other end of your scarf and do the exact same thing.  Place both of your wrists through the gaps on either end of your scarf and bring up the back up around your shoulders.  **Note - if the tails from your knots are showing around your wrists, be sure to tuck them inwards so they're resting against your arm and hidden away.  Adjust for comfort and enjoy your cocoon open cardigan!


Crop tops have been popping up everywhere, and are a perfect solution to a balmy summer day and especially for those with any outdoor music festivals to attend. 

Start with your linen scarf folded in half length wise. Place the scarf flat against your back, with the two corners in either hand, and bring both of your arms to your front.  Trade your scarf corners from one hand to the other, and twist the scarf once clockwise, where it meets between your chest.  Now bring both ends towards your back again, and tie securely into place (we don't want any wardrobe malfunctions!)  Adjust the front part of your top by pulling each side wide so that it covers your entire chest.  When you're comfortable with the results (and decent), lower the top of your maxi dress slightly so that it just touches the bottom of your new crop top.  Your once maxi dress and scarf have now been remixed into a high-waisted maxi skirt and crop top.  Summer, here you come!

Joƫlle is a twenty-something wife, working professional, and personal style enthusiast living in Toronto, Ontario. Her blog, La Petite Noob, covers everything to do with exploring personal style, beauty and lifestyle, as well as documenting her list of 30 things to do before 30. She is an aspiring world traveler, obsessive Instagrammer and will never say no to a good gin and tonic.
By Dana Fox Updated at: 8:00 AM

15.4.14

TECH TUESDAY: Geek Wishlist // 1


1 // USB Powered Light Bulb (link)
For when you just need a bit of light near your laptop.

2 // Wireless Remote for Smartphones and Tablets (link)
Selfies were never so easy. Compatible with a huge range of devices and has a 30ft range.

3 // Karma WIFI Hotspot (link)
For those times when you just can't make it to the nearest Starbucks. Pop this baby in your pocket and get 4G internet instantly... anywhere. It's pay as you go, but if you share your connection with others you earn "Karma" which acts as payment.

4 // Laser Projection Keyboard (link)
How Marty McFly would you feel if you pulled this bad boy out of your bag at an airport or something? It's a laser bluetooth keyboard that allows you to project the keys anywhere.

5 // Furry Headphones (link)
Because.... um... they're adorable.

6 // Macro Lens Band (link)
This definitely beats sticking one of those bulky magnetic smartphone lenses onto your device. Just strap it around and shoot ultra close-up photos with ease.

All products are from ThinkGeek, one of my fav places for techy toys. Here are a couple promos they currently have so you can save:

20% off $50, 25% off $100, 30% off $150+ off the entire site when you use the code PENUMBRA at checkout. Promo ends 4/16 and does not combine with Free Shipping $75+.

Free Chocolate Zombie Bunny with purchase any order over $25! Limited Time Only!
By Dana Fox Updated at: 10:37 AM

14.4.14

Bohemian Side Braid Festival Hair Tutorial


Hey Guys! I'm Emily and I blog over at The Freckled Fox. I'm eager to share this easy tutorial to achieve this beautiful and romantic side braid, because it's absolutely perfect for this time of year especially and can be worn for so many different type of occasions. It's also one of those neat styles that look way more complicated than it actually is while still being easy and effortless looking, so you're sure to get tons of compliments:) Lets get started!


Firstly the supplies you may want to have on hand are:

- a hair-tie of course,

and then optional other things:

- some hairspray
- some dry shampoo
- a teasing comb

Notes: If you already have texture in your hair then leave out the dry shampoo otherwise spry a bit on for some grip. If you want to tease your crown a bit for volume then use a teasing comb before you get started, and if you have silky or fine hair(like me!) then you'll want to include some hairspray to help the style hold in place longer.

Steps 1-3: begin by choosing a deep side part and sweeping the it around the back of your crown so the part doesn't continue down the back of your head. (1) Separate a triangle at the top of your part, divide it into three sections, and (2) begin a french braid by alternating each of the side sections over the middle section and under the one on the opposite side. (3) When pulling from the back of your hair just keep taking hair from above your ear and back a bit, not from the vary back of your head:)


Steps 4-6: (4) Continue your french braid down as you remember to add in a little more hair from each side before you send that section over and under (it helps to say "Add, over, under. Add, over, under." to yourself as you french braid if you're a beginner:)) Tie off your braid with a hair-tie once you reach your ear so we can work on the other side. (5) Twist the hair above your oposite ear upwards and back, tugging  a bit of hair out at your temple to keep it loose and flowey looking, and (6) swoop it around the back to join it in your braid. 


Steps 7-9: Now that you have all of your hair in one hand, proceed to turn your french braid into a fishtail by splitting it all roughly in half and grabbing a small chunk of the hair from the back of your right section. (7) Bring it around and over the right section, combine it with the left section, and now repeat that with the left side, back and forth alternating till your fishtail braid really starts coming together and you have the length you want. (8) Finish it all off by tying up the braid with a hair-tie, and by tugging your hair out here and there to loosen everything up. (9) Spray a bit with some hairspray if you want and you're all good to go!


On my own blog I try to be as descriptive in my tutorials as possible so you have a better chance of achieving the look the first time, so I hope that you're not daunted by the directions:)


Remember to not worry about it being perfect while you do your braiding because we're going for a really textured and kinda messy finished look anyways! Also as a final side-note, a fun thing to do would be to tie a ribbon around your hair-tie once you're done to add some old-school femininity to the whole look:)

I hope you give this a try, and that you love it as much as I do! check out my other tutorials here!

Emily is an overachiever through and through who loves spending her time working as a natural light photographer, a fashion and beauty blogger on her site The Freckled Fox, an NPC fitness competitor, a hairstyle enthusiast, and online shopper extraordinaire. Most of all she’s a lucky wife and mother to her four kiddos, 4 and under. Addictions include list writing, peanut butter, going barefoot, and posting to her Instagram.
By Dana Fox Updated at: 8:00 AM
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