Monday, October 29, 2012

DIY: Medusa costume

 [photos by Chelsey Grasso]

Looking for a last-minute Halloween costume? Here's an idea! Medusa is super easy—all you really need is an assortment of plastic snakes. 

To add to the look, I put my hair in a bun and wore two fake-hair braid headbands. Then, I looped two more hair ties around my bun (this is how you'll secure the snakes!). I wove the plastic snakes in and out of the hair ties for a wild look. 

For makeup, I wore dramatic false lashes, deep purple eyeshadow and extra bronzer. To top everything off, I bought a Grecian-inspired white dress — but any dress will do if you're crunched for time. Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

work appropriate

I'm lucky enough to work in a "casual-cute" office environment. No, really, that's the unofficial name for our dress code. Colored skinny jeans, baggy-chic sweaters and Converse are all commonplace in our hallways. The freedom extends to hair and makeup, too!

When I saw my coworker Chelsey walk in today, I thought, "Great bun!" I think I actually said that out loud. She had quite possibly the cutest top knot I've ever seen. It was worthy of a photo.

No matter what your dress code — stuffy corporate or totally casual — this hairstyle transcends the laws of beauty. It's also perfect for a not-so-good hair day. According to Chelsey, these are the secret steps to her bun:

1. pull hair into a high ponytail (don't use a hair tie yet), and smooth out any bumps.
2. twist the ponytail until it's tight — almost like a piece of rope.
3. twist the tight ponytail around itself (counterclockwise).
4. fasten with a hair tie.
5. pin any loose hairs with bobby pins.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

monster mash

Halloween is the perfect excuse for cheesy nail art. After an exhausting Pinterest search, we settled on these adorable little monsters. They look tough, but they're actually super easy — we used a nail art pen for the tiny details (nose and mouth). Enjoy!

 photos by Chelsey Grasso

1. paint each nail a different color. we used orange, pink, yellow, green and purple.
2. add two large, black circles for eyes.
3. using a black nail art pen, draw two lines for the nose and a stitched-up smile.
4. add small white dots to the eyes.
5. cover with top coat.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

four little things

Sometimes it's the little things in life that make us happiest. Here are a few things that make me smile: 


(fake grass that doubles as a holder for my favorite rose gold ring while I'm doing dishes)

(milky bath melts with incredible texture)

(a new place for q-tips)

(an impromptu nail art session at work — just in time for Halloween)