Ways to Beat the Heat: Get Tied-Up in a Knot Ponytail

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Summer is now in full force and we (or should I say our hair) is feeling the effects. That’s right, you may have spent an hour carefully curling your tresses only to step outside and have them fall. Or if you’re a fan of straightening, strands will puff up in seconds –which leaves you looking like a character from the disco-dancing 80s. To eliminate all fuss, toss your hair into a ponytail. And no, not the plain kind. Try a chic knot that looks incredibly stylish but is oh so effortless and product-free. Hello hair envy!

Step 1: Brush your hair to eliminate all knots and kinks, ensuring that you are left with smooth locks.

Step 2: Tie a low ponytail at the nape (base) of your neck, using an elastic that is close in color to your hair or clear. That way there are no wild shades peeking through.

Step 3: Make a space in your hair above the elastic using your hands, and pull the pony tail though at the top –not below.

Step 4: Tug on the strands to secure the elastic and you’re set to beat the heat!

So why “knot” be adventurous?

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Back to Basics: 3 Classic Colours for Your Nails

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When it comes to nail polish (and much like other aspects of the modern life) we are faced with endless options! Blues, greens, yellows and even browns are all acceptable shades. Oh and did I mention sparkles, matte top coats, nail decals?  But don’t be like a kid in a candy store and opt for the brightest combination there is. Yeah, it might be fun to sport it for a special event, other than that it’s best to stick to the classics. To help you avoid looking like a kaleidoscope, here are 3 of those colours:

Riveting Red: There’s nothing like red nails! With shades as light as Santa’s suit, even as dark as maroon, they can be seductive and fun, depending on your outfit and the occasion. Needless to say, this colour is versatile and can work well for the office professional to the girl next-door.

Basic Black: This polish shade is no longer punk-appropriate only. It’s dark, decadent, elegant. And speaking from the perspective of someone who likes everything to match, black goes with it all.

Petal Pink: What else is as fresh, simple, and clean as pale pink? Sometimes, barely there shades are best. This little tint can make a big difference, making you look put together.

So throw on a top coat to keep the chips away and you’ll be on your way.

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Boy Bracelets: 5 Styles to Suit Every Taste

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As guys, you may not think much of accessories besides pocket squares and ties, let alone what you wear on your wrists. But bracelets too can play a big part in pulling an outfit together and giving you that extra Johnny Depp edge. I’m not talking about bangles and charms here, so take a look at these 5 guy-suitable styles:

Nautical Knots: Like the surf and sun? Why not sport a nautical inspired bracelet. Opt for materials such as rope or twine, even knotted leather. Think preppy with a weathered edge . This brown anchor one from Urban Outfitters should do —take a look!

Tough Cuffs: Is that a motorcycle engine roaring? For those who aren’t all about the pretty-boy prep, choose wide leather cuffs like the one from Diesel. These look great paired with jeans and a v-neck, even played up with a dress shirt.

Leaning Towards Leather: If a cuff is too much, then start small. Try a thin leather band, and add in a braid for texture and detailing. Look to this Guess one for inspiration.

Boy Beads: No, not pearls! Nice, matte, onyx beads. This bracelet from John Varvatos is a great example –subtle, simple, yet elegant. Did I mention different from the rest?

Mix in Some Metal: For high mirror-like shine and cool features,  Armani Exhange has you covered.

With so many options, which would you wear?

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Lock Lips with This Season’s Bold Shades

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This summer, pucker up for the brightest lip shades! From firey fuchsias and bright oranges to dark reds, these powerful hues were worn by almost every female film star at Cannes. Isla Fisher impressed in a cherry hue while Nicole Kidman and Emma Watson sported punchy pinks. And so the trend has been set.

Now, a bold lip is nothing new in the world of beauty. It’s been worn for so long and so often that it is a classic. But what’s different this time around, is that these bold shades are worn to stand out on their own. The make-up palette is neutral. Barely there. Natural as the day you were born. What I’m trying to say is, skip that second coat of mascara and go easy on the eyeliner. “Carey Mulligan at Cannes” is your motto.

So leave the smokey eye and rosy cheeks for another night out, and opt instead for only lips that worthy of French Riviera red carpets!

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Dare to Pair: Polka Dots and Stripes

 

Stripes and polka dots are on everyone’s list of must-have patterns. They’re pretty, flirty, and fun. They’re also, almost always, worn on their own. One without the other, two prints in a separate pod. But they can work together and combine to create quite memorable outfits. Here’s how!

Tip the Scale:
When picking out the right pair, opt for patterns of opposite sizes. If your polka dots are the size of saucers then choose slim lines. This way you’ll avoid exaggerated clown-like characteristics.
Coordinate Colour: Combine patterns in similar shades and colours, complimentary ones if you dare.
Piece by Piece: This is not be a head-to-toe trend! Yes, you can wear patterned pants or a skirt with an equally printed top if both are subtle. But try and keep it to one area. A blazer and tank top, or sweater with a collared dress shirt are a power pair.
Start Small: If this is all too much for you, take small steps. Throw on a dotted scarf on top of a striped shirt, or hang on to a patterned tote bag! Your stylish self will figure it out.

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Get A Grip On Colour

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The easiest way of adding flair to any outfit is with an envelope clutch in bold hues and fun brights– just grab it, and go!

Even the most simple version of this accessory is versatile and handy(a carry-all for your most prized possessions), but why not take it to the next level rather than sticking to basic black? Whether it’s a sizzling shade of coral or eye-popping pink, you can easily transition it from a night out on the town to Sunday brunch, all while staying stylish.

Here are three versions that are sure to suit your taste!

1. Orange slice:  This Urban Outfitters clutch comes with a chain strap, so you can freely wave your hands in the air to your favourite song.

2. Not so mellow yellow: Pretty? Perforated details? Spacious? The Tory Burch envelope clutch has it all.

3. All about the accents: If a strong punch of colour is too much for you, start off with subtle accents. Try the ASOS clutch with a neon trim.

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