Opinion (mine): Today you should try something NEW.
Let me be straight with you, I tend to lump the strange fascination that our culture has with the New Year, together with witchcraft and superstition in my mind, and I have always thought that believing your hopes and dreams were now suddenly possible, just because you had to purchase a new desk calendar, was a bit far fetched. However, since meeting my husband, I have grown to understand just how important and effective it is to set goals for yourself; In life, health, fitness, relationships, spirituality and even personal style (that last one might be a stretch). And I suppose that has enabled me to see why one might celebrate an opportunity to set new goals and push past boundaries for themselves…at the very least. I still think some people go a bit overboard with it, though. Just saying. Long story short, I have joined the New Year’s resolution team. I have several resolutions, actually, most of which pertain to my relationship with Christ and others, but there’s a shallow one on the list. #ofcourse
“I resolve to actually try out the trends that I spend so much time admiring on other people. Hair. Clothes. The whole 9 yards.”
Simple, you say? Not for this girl. I like the status quo like Lennon loved Ono. And while watching and writing about the latest fads definitely does hold a valuable spot in our media-driven world, it’s the individuals who actually apply and live in these styles that make them stick. So this is me, keeping an open dialogue about the trends I come across, and how I try them out.
Enter, “Try it” Tuesdays.
(tur·mer·ic): n. an Indian perennial herb of the ginger family with a large aromatic yellow root.
Both the Eastern and Western world has been in love with the flavors and health benefits of Indian cuisine for years. The very same spices that make Indian food taste so wonderful, have been used in Eastern medicine since the beginning. So, it is not surprising that many of these power-packed herbs found their way into their favorite dishes. Which brings us to Turmeric. I’ve seen this one pop up in several health articles/medical journals lately, and my interest is now officially peaked. The claim is, by introducing this herb to your diet, you could reap the benefits of its anti-inflammatory ingredients, and even detoxify carcinogens (the substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue) …Bring on the vegetable curry!
(a.k.a. the androgynous dress shoe)
I have to admit… I’ve already put this trend into action. Irresistibly sweet, professional and yet, laid-back, all at once? Sign me up, slip them on my feet and make my day.
Tip: If the menswear trend isn’t your cup of tea, fear not! Pair your loafers with a lacy/floral/feminine dress, and you’ll find that it adds just the right amount of edge to the look, without taking away from the delicacy of the outfit.
*If you don’t mind waiting lists, this is my all time favorite loafer (HERE).
OH my. Where do I start with this here-to-stay trend? I’ll give you three reasons to try it:
- It exudes a sense of never-ending beachyness (Not a word? It is today.).
- It’s undeniably modern.
- It looks adorable on literally anyone.
The truth is, cutting your hair, whether you’re going full-on committal with the coveted new “lob” (long bob) or just amping up your layers to give it that messy look, is such a simple way to keep things up-to-date. Also a fun way to participate in the trend: Learn a fun, “hot mess” updo! No scissors required. Everybody wins.
Check out these YouTubers with a handle on how to make it happen:
~PopSugar brought on Celebrity hair stylist, Joey Maalouf for this effortless look, HERE.
~Another great (and quick) tutorial is with Red Magazine’s Paul Merrit, HERE.
This one’s simple, and frankly… refreshing.
I’ve been playing with the anti-nail polish idea for a while. Mainly because the upkeep of perfectly polished nails is a bit much for me, with my lack of nail art skills and the amount of times I wash my hands a day. While perusing footage from the Spring 2015 shows in New York, I was thrilled to notice a theme: Next-to-nothing nails. Barely any polish, and if there is some polish on the nails, its pale pinks or foggy, clear coats with a bit of embellishment here and there. I can imagine the trend stems from an increasing emphasis on the ‘au naturel’ look, which has been taking the fashion world by storm, as of late.
To make this look work, you want your natural nails to look healthy.
For optimal nail health, Mayo Clinic has a few do’s and don’ts.
“-Keep fingernails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria from growing under your fingernails. Repeated or prolonged contact with water can contribute to split fingernails. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals.
-Practice good nail hygiene. Use a sharp manicure scissors or clippers. Trim your nails straight across, then round the tips in a gentle curve. -Use moisturizer. When you use hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles, too.
-Apply a protective layer. Applying a nail hardener might help strengthen nails.
-Ask your doctor about biotin. Some research suggests that the nutritional supplement biotin might help strengthen weak or brittle fingernails.
-Bite your fingernails or pick at your cuticles. These habits can damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your fingernail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
-Pull off hangnails. You might rip live tissue along with the hangnail. Instead, carefully clip off hangnails.
-Ignore problems. If you have a nail problem that doesn’t seem to go away on its own or is associated with other signs and symptoms, consult your doctor or dermatologist for an evaluation.
-Use harsh nail care products. Limit your use of nail polish remover. When using nail polish remover, opt for an acetone-free formula.”
(via Mayo Clinic)
Let’s go try something new today! Let’s make our favorite styles stick. XO