The 90’s Dungarees Are Back!

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The 90’s dungarees are back and trending. They’ve been around for a few months now and don’t seem to be going away any time soon! Come rain or shine you can wear your trending dungarees and feel good.

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For hot days, you can always team your short dungarees with a simple vest or tee underneath and wear some sexy wedges or sandals. If you want to jazz it up a little, why not wear a statement necklace in case you want to feel more glam.

For the cooler days, you can either choose to wear your long dungarees with some slouchy boots and a long sleeve jumper or sweater over the top or you could wear your short dungarees. If you decide on the shorts, you can always wear thicker tights and the same top that you would wear with the long dungarees.

The best thing about dungarees is that they go with anything! Sneakers, boots, sandals, flip-flops or even bare-feet!

You could even add your character and style to the outfit by not doing one of the buckles up and let it hang loose or wear the long dungarees and wear one leg higher than the other. Whatever your style is, your dungarees will fit right in!

Topshop have a great pair of denim long dungarees $90.00

http://us.topshop.com/en/tsus/product/clothing-70483/rompers-jumpsuits-4107634/tall-indigo-dungaree-4588722?bi=0&ps=20

Even a short overall dungarees in washed our black colourway $70.00

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Make Sure You Have Gorgeous Paws For Summer!

Make Sure You Have Gorgeous Paws For Summer!

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We all want gorgeous paws. Especially now it’s Summer time and we’re out and about more showing off our bodies and nails! There’s nothing worse than seeing horrid nails on someone.

First impressions count and even if you haven’t thought about it, people do check out your nails so be aware!

The first things I check out is hair, nails and sometimes clothes… and to be honest I think everyone else does… even if they don’t admit it.

Anyway, why would someone want to go around with awful nails? Sometimes we don’t have time to re-do them and I understand that. Everyone’s busy in their hectic schedules so fair enough. Not everyone has the time to pop to their local beautician. I tend to do my own nails; this saves money and a lot of time. This way I get to chop and change as frequent as I like.

Don’t you just hate it when you take your nail polish off and it’s stained your nails! This looks so ugly! I know you can get base coats that prevent the staining but sometimes it still does. The best thing to do when this happens is do let your nails breathe and not to paint over them because this makes it worse. You just have to grin and bear it!

I once tried false nails and I didn’t have a good experience. I somehow managed to glue my fingers together… hehe looking back it was funny but at the time, it wasn’t. I’ve never tried them since. I love my natural nails and I look after them so they are looking great.

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As a Writer/Blogger, I feel shorter nails are best for me because it suits my lifestyle. I don’t mean short, short just long enough so that when I’m typing, the nails don’t catch the keys on the keyboard. Shorter nails are trending at the moment due to Kim Kardashian West favouring them. Don’t get me wrong, I love long nails too but for daily use, shorter nails are preferred.

As I mentioned, it’s Summer in the UK now, so you’re nails are on show and this includes your precious toenails! Don’t forget to have a pedicure. You want your gorgeous nails to peep out of your peep toes or sandals.

 

Shelley

Heat Proof Makeup

Heat Proof Makeup

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Summer is one of the best times of the year for relaxing with friends or even just spending the day shopping. When it comes down to your beauty routine, however, there are a few things you can do to ensure your makeup stays put in even the hottest weather.

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Makeup running down your face is never a good look, so here are five tips to ensure that your makeup stays melt proof in the heat.

Apply a primer

If it’s a fresh and long lasting base you’re after then make sure you apply a primer before applying your foundation. Silicone based primers are usually the most long lasting products, however most primers will ensure that your base makeup lasts as long as possible on the skin. If you have an oily skin type then opt for a mattifying primer which will help to control oil and keep your skin shine free for longer.

Use a long lasting foundation

If you’re going to wear foundation during summer then go for one that has long lasting properties. Those tailored towards oilier skin types tend to be longer lasting as they contain mattifying properties. Makeup Forever Mat Velvet Foundation is a great option for summer. However, if you have drier skin then opt for a demi matte finish which will hydrate dry areas and control shine. Try Diorskin Star foundation which suits most skin types.

Use cream based products

You might think that cream based products will melt off easily but many formulas are now long wearing. A cream blush or shadow won’t look cakey and will give a natural finish. Some cream based products also offer a cream to powder formulation. If you have oily skin then use an eyeshadow primer before application to make your shadow holds up in the heat. The Urban Decay Primer Potion is a good choice as it will keep any type of shadow in place throughout the day.

Go for matte finishes

Matte products tend to hold up better than dewy or shimmer based ones. If you have oily skin then it’s highly likely that you’ll need to set your foundation with a powder in order to keep your skin as shine free as possible. It’s important to choose a powder that won’t give a caked on look. The Ben Nye Translucent Loose Powder is a good one to try as it gives a fresh appearance that looks completely natural. If you need to blot during the day then choose a pressed compact that you can store in your bag for on the go touch ups. Maybelline, Revlon and L’Oréal all offer compact powders that are perfect for blotting on the go.

Try a setting spray

A setting spray, such as the Urban Decay De Slick Oil Control Setting Spray can be spritzed on after makeup application. Simply spritz it all over your face and you’ll have a matte base with no shine peeking through. You can easily store this in your bag to use on the go too.

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Getting That Summer Glow

Getting That Summer Glow

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Soft, glowing skin looks beautiful all year round but add a little bronzer and you’ll resemble a golden goddess. In summer, we tend to crave clear, dewy skin and no matter what skin type you have, that look is possible with a few handy products.

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Let’s start with skincare

Good skincare will give you a smooth complexion that will look striking either with a natural base or foundation. Every skin type needs to at least cleanse and moisturize daily. Also, remember to remove your makeup each night to avoid your pores becoming clogged. When it comes to cleansing, its ideal to use a cleanser suited to your skin type. So, for example, if you have blemishes then use a cleanser tailored towards deep cleansing and blemishes. To get that glow, we can use an exfoliating toner to help brighten the skin and clear the complexion. An exfoliating toner normally contains glycolic acid, which removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and softens, tones and provides a healthy complexion. A good exfoliating toner is the Pixi Glow Tonic, which you should use after cleansing and before serum and moisturizer. You can use this daily to add luminosity to your skin. If you use this type of product, you need to make sure that you use an SPF before exposing your skin to the sun as glycolic acid can increase sensitivity to sunlight.

Another benefit of a product like Pixi Glow Tonic is that it will help your serum and moisturizer to work better. If you want to achieve a beautiful glow then use a serum. Unlike moisturizers, serums can penetrate deeper into the skin and will really help to promote a radiant complexion. Try a product, such as the Fresh Rose Hydrating Face Serum to nourish and revive the complexion for a youthful glow or Ren’s Radiance Perfection Serum for an even skin tone.

When choosing a moisturizer, a brightening product like Peter Thomas Roth’s Camu Camu Power C x 30 Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer will firm, radiate and smooth the complexion as well as improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

What about Makeup?

Before you apply your makeup, you should consider using a primer. A primer will help to smooth your skin and prepare it for foundation. If you have oily skin then opt for a mattifying primer to prevent your foundation from sliding off your skin, especially in the heat. Other skin types can use a brightening primer for a healthy glow. For foundation, try mixing it with a liquid highlighter like MAC’s Strobe Cream which will brighten your skin tone and help to create a dewy canvas. Oily or combination skin types should opt for a demi matte foundation which will be long wearing but won’t look cakey or dry. Try the Diorskin Star Foundation and set your base with a loose translucent powder to control oil. For a healthy flush of color, try a cream blush. Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral is a great shade for summer. For an extra glow, try sweeping a shimmery bronzer all over your face and décolleté. Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in topaz or opal is ideal as it aims to highlight your best features and provide a lit from within glow. Finish your look with the eye makeup of your choice and a glossy lip to enhance your luminous base.

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Free Photobook is One Click Away!

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The holidays are over & we’ve entered a whole new year. Seems like it all just flew by! But no worries, I have a great (& FREE!!) way to capture those moments forever! Picaboo is giving my readers a free fully customized photobook!!

AtContent and Picaboo are teaming up to offer you this fabulous gift to welcome in the New Year! A Picaboo photobook is a great way to display all your favorite captured photo memories. Each book is custom created just for you! Every time you create…

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Overcoming Holiday Stress

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Christmas is just days away!! Hopefully all the holiday cheer doesn’t have you stressed beyond belief! So if you’re “handling it”…

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here are some tips from Georgia’s Juice to get you through the week & the new year.

“The holidays are upon us and for many it can be joyous and exciting. For others, however, this can be an emotional time when the winter blues set in and dampen the joy in our hearts,” says marriage and family therapist Terry Barnett-Martin, author of Tending Fences. “The hustle and bustle of the holiday season and many of us can feel overwhelmed and stretched to the limit.”

Barnett-Martin stresses the importance of giving yourself extra time, space and nurturing, especially during this time of the year. If you feel like the holiday blues are settling in, or you’re simply feeling stressed, here are some easy ways to lighten your heart and lift your spirits:

1) Get into the light whenever possible. Light is essential to your mood. Every sliver of daylight you can take in will do you so much good. Even the holiday lights and decorations can make you feel better. Take in the light and use the good energy to lift your spirits.

2) Play! Take time on a regular basis to goof around like kids do. Most often the blues take hold when you take things too seriously. No matter what age you are, find something fun to do with your friends or your kids. Whatever your choice, play for a few minutes every day. It will do wonders for you!

3) Exercise, not for any reason except that it changes the chemistry of your brain and lifts your mood. For 10 or more minutes a day dance around your home to your favorite music, take a walk around the block, work out at a gym, jump on a mini trampoline while watching a show that makes you laugh, if you liked that, spend 1 hour every 2 weeks on the best trampoline at Trampoline Boss and you will see results. If intense workouts are too dangerous for you right now, swim, or do chair aerobics.

4) Go gently into the holidays and honor your physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Say YES to things you really want to do, and NO to anything that drains your energy. Take extra special care of yourself by choosing how and when you want to celebrate the holidays.

5) Pet therapy. Pets like dogs or cats can have a calming effect and a therapeutic love value in your life. Animal shelters are always looking for caring people to adopt dogs and cats, so if you have room for a pet in your home and life, consider visiting a local shelter.

6) Build good relationship fences that both connect you to the people in your life with whom you feel safe to be yourself, and protect you from people who drain your energy or habitually cause hurt and pain. Imagine that every relationship in your life has its own unique fence that defines the connection you have or want to have with them.

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Cheers to that! lol! There many more stress relieving tips & much more of Georgia’s Juice here

 

On The Scene: Shoe Game & Bikinis Fashion Show

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This past weekend was so amazing! (It was my bday weekend/ slight vacay which is why y’all are just now getting these pics. Forgive me!)

Summer didn’t just start but the swimwear a the Shoe Game & Bikinis Fashion Show has me amped for the next time I head to the beach -which I hope is soon!

I wasn’t able to capture the entire show but here are some snapshots from the hottest fashion show in ATL!

Here’s a part of Kelsey Nykole’s performance

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I had such a great time & got to network with some very stylish people! I will definitely be on the look out for the next  Urban Vs. Couture event!

Special thanks to Diamond Kesawn for putting me on this event & doing the interview!

For more pictures from the event head to my Facebook page & check back Friday for the #TopTrendsetters!

Shoe Game & Bikinis Fashion Show

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Do you love shoes? What about bikinis? Are you a fan of summer & the fabulous colorful fashions it brings? If you answered yes to any of these questions then I have the deets on an event that you don’t wanna miss!!

I caught up with my Mr. Everything, Diamond Kesawn, to get the inside scoop on the hottest fashion show to hit the city this summer! Check it out!:

As stated in the interview, I’ll be on the scene getting the fashion rundown & on the prowl for #TopTrendsetters!!Order your tickets HERE before they’re all gone, come dressed to impress & you could see your pic right here on the site! I’ll also be celebrating my birthday that weekend!! Talk about a way to celebrate!
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That New New!!

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It’s almost a new year and for many it’s the time to make resolutions you won’t keep and fill up social media with the “New Year, New Me” posts. In the words of a typical 80’s teen “UGH!!! Gag me with a spoon!” lol!

Look I get that a new year is a great time to restart your life but before you have the gaul to let those fingers type those words or your lips utter that phrase, look around you- if you made that same status last year but ain’t a damn thing changed & you have yet to make any moves to do so, SPARE US!!! Yes, speaking it into existence is important but if no ACTION follows you’re just wasting your breathe!

Some of you may be thinking “Who is she to tell me about my Facebook post/tweet/IG post?!” Honi, I’m saying what everyone is thinking but hasn’t told you to your face.

I’m also the one who made a HUGE change! New job, new city, new body, new attitude -yeah, I stopped talking & start doing! But please believe Blondie’s isn’t going anywhere! I hafta get used to the new life & I’m taking you guys along for the journey! Keep up with it all via social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Youtube.

Of course like any other advice someone gives you you don’t hafta listen to me about your new years habits but remember this: It’s easier to believe your words when your actions follow suit.

Muah!

#NoWaistNovember

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I haven’t posted anything fitness related in a while, but those of you who follow me on IG know I’ve been keeping it up (yay me!!). I must admit I feel better than I have in a very long time & I’m definitely gonna continue this fitness thing!

I know a thing guys (& some girls, yuck) do in November is “No Shave November” to prepare for the cold weather. Another thing people do in the winter is pack on the pounds. Now I get it, the stuff your face holidays are during this time but since when did gorging yourself for 2 days equal gaining 10 pounds in 2 months?

Well if you’re on your fitness tip & are silently dreading the cold like me, I’m here to help you out! Starting today I’ll be doing #NoWaistNovember & you should join in too! For the month of November we’re focused on shrinking that waistline, strengthening the core & eating clean. Who says we should wait ’til spring to work on our summer bodies?

***Keep in mind I’m not a trainer or a fitness expert***, I’m jus a chick with a dream body in mind & the determination to sweat it out ’til I get it! Lol! But every Monday I’ll post a workout I’m doing for the week, maybe some recipes & other motivational tidbits on Instagram & here on the site. We’ll track our progress (either in pics or by waist measurements) so at the end of the month we can show off our sexy results! I don’t know it all so feel free to share your routines and advice with me in the comments, on IG or email them to me and I’ll gladly post them as well! I want to get as many people involved with this as possible so share this post with your favorite trainer, fitness model, body builder & also your workout buddy or anyone you know that’s in to health & fitness. So let’s get started!

Week 1 Workout 

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Well, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!!

Muah!

#LikeTheLook

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Fashion lovers are always looking for an excuse to play dress up & Halloween is definitely at the top of the list of fashionable holidays! You can be whatever & whoever you want, push the envelope & set your stylish & creative juices free with no (or hardly any) repercussions because it’s a costume. Now of course with anything there are always people who take it too far and make distasteful & disrespectful costumes. They should be held accountable for those actions but we can’t let them spoil the day for us!

There’s a seasonal store that pops up in various locations call Spirit Halloween & I LOVE IT!!!! If you think Party City is awesome then this store will blow your mind!! It’s ALL Halloween stuff & nothing but! Costumes for days, decorations, party favors -if you can think it, the probably have it! If they don’t have it in store they could probably order it!

In honor of one of my favorite holidays I did a #LikeTheLook solely on fun, last minute costume ideas that you can find at Spirit Halloween, some $20or less!

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Click here to find a Spirit Halloween near you!

Comment below what you’re gonna be for Halloween. I can’t wait to see those costumes! Remember to @ me on Twitter or IG & I might post my favs on the site!

Muah!