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Easy DIY Sugar Scrub

July 14, 2016

easydiysugarscrub

Hey guys!!

So, it was recently one of my dear friend’s birthday and, as part of her birthday presents, I was just in the mood of making a DIY body scrub! We all know that girls love that kind of stuff, right?! AND it’s super fun / easy to make so I thought: why not?

Here are the steps I used to I made this easy DIY sugar scrub using ingredients you can all find in your kitchen! Also, this recipe is great because you can pretty much replace the “secondary” ingredients by anything you want!

BASIC INGREDIENTS:

  • a – cute – jar
  • 1 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 to 2 or more cups of granulated sugar (depending on how coarse you want it to be!)

SECONDARY INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract (optional)
  • 8-10 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil (can be replaced with any essential oil)
  • a few drops of food coloring (depends on the color you want to achieve!)

 

ingredients

 

Summer vibes definitely got me going for this recipe and I thought all ingredients combined together would basically smell like a nice beach day! Ylang Ylang being a yellow flower from Tahiti, I decided to go for a yellow-ish orange color since I liked it better than bright yellow.

I started by putting the sugar into a big mixing bowl. To make mixing everything together easier, I decided to heat the coconut oil up for about 30 seconds. Once it will be sitting in the jar for a while, it will go back to being solid and you’ll have a true sugar scrub!

coconutoilbodyscrub

After mixing well, I added the vanilla, the Ylang Ylang essential oil and a few drops of food coloring!

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I finally poured the mix into cute little jars 😊 I made a full size one for my friend and kept some in a jar for me to try it.

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TIME TO TEST THIS OUT!

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The Aftermath: 3 things I noticed

1. After this picture I took of my weird-looking leg, I bumped into many, many things before reaching my shower 😌. The huge plus for me is that the sugar stays on your skin and doesn’t fall off! You really have to scrub to get it out 😉

2. The smell of Ylang Ylang overpowers the rest when opening the container. However, once the skin is dry, you are left with a really subtle smell that’s closer to coconut!

3. Before making the scrub, I really wondered if the coconut oil was going to make my skin greasy and sticky. It’s such a nice surprise to find out that it actually makes it really smooth and moisturized!

So how did you guys like this DIY? Are you thinking of trying it at home? What would YOU put in it?

Let me know in the comments below!! Also, be sure to tell me if you want to see more things like this in the future!

Thank you for reading 💖

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Hairstyle Frenzy – Courtesy of my Instagram Account

June 5, 2016

HAIRSTYLES

Helloooo beautiful people!!

So lately, I have been noticing that my hairstyles have been what it’s about on my Instagram account! I get tons of comments about my hair – I do spend a lot of time taking care of it so I have to admit that feels great haha

Therefore, I thought that I would share a few of my favorite hairstyles to do on here as well, and tell you how I have achieved them (the photos are not super high quality so I do have to apologize for that) !! Let’s go!

 

1- CLASSIC BLOWOUT:

regular blowout

 

This is probably the easiest hairstyle ever! I just take medium sections of mildly wet hair, blow-dry each one with my big round brush and then, while the hair is still hot, I spin it around my fingers and pin it in place on top of my head. When all the sections are done, I usually do my make up, which gives my hair enough time to cool down. Then I take all the pins out, put my hair into place and voila! Just like a salon blowout 😉

 

2- FLATIRON WAVES:

flatiron waves

 

This is a great hairstyle for when you don’t have a curling iron lying around or if, like me, you don’t think curling iron waves last long enough!
Basically, all you have to do here is take small to medium sections of hair and twist your flatiron onward then outward – over and over again – to give it that wave vibe! I do it from the roots to get more volume up there but that is totally up to you!

 

3 – HALF UP WITH BRAIDS:

half up half down with braids

Hairstyle to do on 2nd or 3rd day hair with flatiron waves.
Here, I took the front sections of my hair, teased them a little bit and pined them in the back of my head. Then – and I know you can’t see this so well on the picture – I took one medium section on each side, braided them and teased the braids all the way to the top. It gave a twist to the classic hairstyle and also gave it more volume!

 

4 – HALF PONYTAIL WITH VOLUME:

long ponytail

Hairstyle to do on 2nd or 3rd day hair with a classic blowout.
I started by teasing the crown of my hair a little bit. I took the top half of my hair and put it into a ponytail. I made sure to pull the hair in the front to give the pony more volume and keep it messy-looking. I then pulled out a few sections in the front and I was done :)

 

5 – HALF UP FISHTAIL BRAID:

half up fishtail braid

Hairstyle to do on 2nd or 3rd day hair with a classic blowout.
I started by taking the exact same steps as with the hairstyle you saw before. Then, I started fishtail braiding the ponytail section. I made sure to do it backwards, in front of a mirror, basically braiding on top of my head. I secured it with an elastic and tried to make it as big as possible by pulling the braid apart!

 

6- BRAIDS WITH HALF UP BUN:

two braids half up with bun

Hairstyle to do on 2nd or 3rd day hair with straight hair.
I parted my hair on the side I usually wear it. Then, starting from the crown in the middle of my hair, I did 2 different braids. I pinned them in the back along with my bangs. With the rest of that hair and a few other sections, I secured with an elastic and turned it into a messy bun!

 

7- BRAIDED CROWN:

fishtail crown

Hairstyle to do on 2nd or 3rd day hair with flatiron waves.
And last but not least, the braided crown! This is probably my favorite hairstyle to do lately! I parted my hair on the side I usually do, like for the previous hairstyle. I left a few curled sections out in the front and started fishtail braiding one medium section on each side. I secured them with elastics and took the braids apart to make them bigger. I then joined them together and pined the ends of the fishtail under the bigger parts of the braid (I also took the elastics out). I secured that with a triangle of bobby pins in the back (I do not own a triangle one, I created the triangle with 3 simple bobby pins). I took the leftover sections in the front, twisted and teased them, and pinned them under the braid as well! And voila :)

 

I hope you guys enjoyed all these hairstyles!! Which one is your fave?!
I know that it might not be so easy to recreate them by following a written tutorial so do tell me if you would like to see these on my YouTube channel :)
Thank you for reading and being more and more on my Instagram account, it means a lot <3

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Clothes Call – How To Pack For A Vacation

April 20, 2016

7 outfits with 10 pieces

 

Hellooo helloooo!

And welcome back to a new Clothes Call episode! Today, we will be talking about how to best pack for a vacation! After I give you tips & tricks on how to be more productive with your packing, I will show you how I packed for the vacation I took to London last October (time flies!!)

We all know that it’s super exciting to be going on vacation…until we realize it’s time to pack! So we put it off until the very last minute and have no more time to plan anything so we decide to throw all of our clothes in our suitcase. Sounds familiar? 😉

We’ve all been guilty of that, I know I have. But today, things are going to be different! After reading this article, you will know how to pack better and save you from a great deal of stress and back pain from carrying that huge suitcase haha

 

10 BASIC RULES TO PACKING:

  1. Pack as few clothes as possible
  2. Wear whatever is heaviest on the days you travel
  3. Only bring travel-size containers when it comes to toiletries
  4. If you need to bring any medicine, try and bring the exact amount, not more
  5. Minimize your make up bag – think about what you will REALLY use
  6. Keep it light when it comes to jewelry and wear your most valuable items when travelling
  7. Only bring 1 perfume and try to make it a travel or sample size one
  8. Don’t bring too much underwear – I know it’s tempting but you can always wash those overnight
  9. Make sure your travel bag is big enough to carry documents, essentials and a small clutch that can be used when going out
  10. Leave room in your suitcase for souvenirs or forgotten items you might want to buy there

 

PLAN YOUR PACKING:

If you want to travel lighter and not have to worry about what to wear every single day, you will have to spend a little time planning your outfits! Don’t worry, this will only make you save time in the end!

  • Make a list of every day of your trip
  • Write down what you think you will be doing (relaxing, sports, lunch, sightseeing, party…)
  • Then, put down what you will be most likely wearing
  • Following your list, lay all the clothes on your bed and make sure you can coordinate every piece with one another
  • Keep the colors you take to a minimum and try to bring more neutrals

 

EXAMPLE OF HOW I PACKED FOR A 7-DAY VACATION:

If you need more visual help, here is how I packed for one of the last trips I took to London last October. I turned 10 items into 7 outfits!! I took less room in the suitcase than my fiancé did, and we all know how guys are usually light packers haha. I planned every outfit before I left and knew what I would be wearing every single day so once I was there, I didn’t have to worry about a thing! You saw the whole 10 items on the picture at the beginning of the post; here are the outfits.

I brought with me:

  • 1 black long sleeve t-shirt
  • 1 white tank top
  • 1 long colorful boho blouse/dress
  • 1 light pink lace crop-top
  • 1 cream lace top
  • 1 pair of light blue jean shorts
  • 1 pair of dark blue jeans
  • 1 pair of opaque black tights
  • 1 red short cardigan with long sleeves
  • 1 black long sleeveless cardigan

Accessories: 1 long statement necklace, 2 regular long necklaces, 1 choker, 2 bracelets, 2 silver rings with amber, 1 multi finger ring

NOT SHOWN IN PICTURES: 1 big fluffy cream coat, 1 gray hat (that I worn with me while travelling so NOT in suitcase)

 

Day 1

pack for a vacation

Day 2

how to vacation packing

Day 3

packing for holidays

Day 4

organize your suitcase

Day 5

vacation packing

Day 6

how to pack for a vacation (6)

Day 7

Pack smart

 

 

So, did  you guys find this little guide to be helpful? Let me know in the comments below and tell me if you need more personal advice! You could also email me by clicking on the “Contact” section :) See you next week!! xx

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What to wear for YOUR shape – Part 2

April 11, 2016

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Heya! :)

So, if you’ve been following Clothes Call a little bit lately, you will know that last week, we talked about YOUR shape. We reviewed the first 3 body types and what their ideal wardrobe would be like! This week, we will continue with the next 3 body types so keep reading :)

 

4 – OVAL:

The definition here was a full middle body, rounded shoulders, a flat bottom and nicely shaped legs

What clothes?:

  • Cardigan-style, A-line or deconstructed jackets and coats
  • Simple tops with no details
  • Wrap or paneled skirts
  • Pants that are straight or cropped
  • A-line or wrap dresses
  • For swimwear, try tankinis or tank tops to cover the middle

What fabrics?:

  • Cotton jersey
  • Soft, fluid fabrics
  • Silks
  • Knits
  • Soft cotton & linens
  • Wool crepes

What patterns?:

  • Soft stripes
  • Abstract florals and paisley
  • Polka dots

Your DOs:

  1. Wear clothes that hang from your shoulders
  2. Wear soft fabrics
  3. Accessorize a lot
  4. Wear straight lines

Your DON’Ts:

  1. Wear still fabrics
  2. Wear details around the tummy area
  3. Wear vibrant, dramatic patterns

 

5 – RECTANGLE:

The definition here was straight shoulders, hips & bottom with little waist definition

What clothes?:

  • Straight, structured, waist-defined jackets and coats
  • Tops with simple lines
  • Skirts can be crossover, straight or paneled
  • Cropped or straight-legged pants
  • Rock simple straight lines or shift dresses 
  • Swimwear should be 1-piece with a central panel in a darker shade

What fabrics?:

  • Cotton & linens
  • Cotton jerseys & light tweeds
  • Wool crepe and woven
  • Fine knits

What patterns?:

  • Geometrics in general
  • Stripes (vertical)
  • Polka dots
  • Checks

Your DOs:

  1. Use details on your hips and bottom to create shape
  2. Keep your clothing line straight

Your DON’Ts:

  1. Do obvious waistlines
  2. Wear bulky or soft fabrics
  3. Wear florals and paisley

 

6 – INVERTED TRIANGLE:

The definition here was a smaller bottom half than top half and squared shoulders 

What clothes?:

  • Constructed & straight jackets and coats
  • Tops with simple lines
  • A-line, straight and paneled skirts 
  • Any style pants with pockets and details
  • Simple, straight or shift dresses
  • Separate tops and bottoms for swimwear and no florals

What fabrics?:

  • Ribbed fabrics
  • Satins & crisp silks
  • Fine wool
  • Crisp cotton & linens

What patterns?:

  • Stripes
  • Checks
  • Geometrics
  • Polka dots

Your DOs:

  1. Keep your shoulders simple: no details
  2. Keep your clothing line clean, sharp & straight

Your DON’Ts:

  1. Wear lightweight fabrics
  2. Wear gathered waist lines
  3. Wear epaulettes or frills

 

And that was it on the wardrobe details for each body type! Stay tuned for what will be coming next on Clothes Call and, as always, feel free to email me with questions or comment down below! :)

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What to wear for YOUR shape – Part 1

April 4, 2016

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Heeelloooo!! :)

If you’ve been following this series for the past few weeks, you will know that it got pretty deep into details 2 weeks ago and last week! And now that you know everything about colors, let’s talk about your shape!

We learned a few weeks ago that there were 6 main body types, and now, we will talk about which exact clothes, fabrics and patterns you can wear for each shape. Let’s start with the first 3 ones today!

 

1 – NEAT HOURGLASS:

The definition here was a defined bust and waist, a neat bottom and neat hips

What clothes?:

  • Fitted jackets and coats with a defined waist or a belt
  • Shaped or wrap tops
  • Any type of skirt with a waistband and shape (whether straight, flip, full, with soft pleats…)
  • Any type of pants with a waistband and close-fitted jeans
  • Belted or shaped dresses
  • Any style swimwear with good proportions

What fabrics?:

  • Cotton
  • Linen
  • Silk
  • Knits
  • Jersey and polyester
  • Stretchy wool for close-fitted clothes

What patterns?:

  • Stripes
  • Abstract
  • Checks
  • Polka dots
  • Florals

Your DOs:

  1. Show off that body! Wear clothes that define your waist, bust & bottom

Your DON’Ts:

  1. Wear pants or skirts with no shaping
  2. Wear baggy clothes that can make you look bigger than you are
  3. Wear too many layers

 

2 – FULL HOURGLASS:

The definition here was a full bust with a small waist, rounded hips & bottom

What clothes?:

  • Shaped jackets and coats that are deconstructed, cardigan-like or single-breasted
  • Shaped or wrap tops in soft fabrics
  • Waist-adjustable skirts that have flips or soft pleats
  • Cropped or straight-leg pants
  • Dresses should be shaped, wrap, belted, princess or puffball
  • Avoid stripes when it comes to swimwear and remember: support is essential

What fabrics?:

  • Cotton jerseys and polyester
  • Silk and chiffon
  • Relaxed wool crepe
  • Fine knits
  • Spandex
  • Stretchy fabrics

What patterns?:

  • Paisley
  • Circles
  • Polka dots
  • Florals

Your DOs:

  1. Follow your body line & wear close-fitted clothes

Your DON’Ts:

  1. Wear stiff materials
  2. Wear straight skirts or tunics
  3. Wear stripes, checks and too many layers

 

3 – TRIANGLE:

The definition here was smaller top half with a defined waist, full hips & thighs 

What clothes?:

  •  Jackets and coats with details like buttons, collars or pockets and that are double-breasted
  • Wear patterns, horizontal stripes, t-shirts and ruffles on your tops
  • Best skirts = skirts with simple lines (long flip, bias-cut, paneled)
  • Pants are better plain with side zippers or flared for long legs
  • Separates work better than simple dresses, or you could also try wrap dresses
  • Swimwear should have details above the waist, and try to avoid high cuts

What fabrics?:

  • Light fabrics
  • Not textured fabrics
  • Soft, fluid fabrics
    And to flatter your top half:
  • Woolen fabrics
  • Medium to heavy weight fabrics
  • Cotton & linens

What patterns?:

  • Top half: florals, horizontal stripes & other patterns
  • Bottom half: plain colors

Your DOs:

  1. Wear layers on your top half
  2. Buy jackets that fit your shoulders more than anything else
  3. Your tops and jackets should finish above or below your hips’ widest point

Your DON’Ts:

  1. Wear jeans with too much detailing
  2. Wear tight-fitting tops if there are no patterns
  3. Wear straight skirts with details

 

And that was it for today guys! I hope you found it useful! Stay tuned for the 3 other body types next week and, as always, feel free to comment or send me an email with your questions :)

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