Thursday, July 31, 2014

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Beauty

Summer Hair Tips--

We're in the middle of summer, and even though we've had some abnormal weather this season, there are still a few keys to keeping your hair healthy in the warmer months.  Some of these things are easier than you think and can make the difference in healthy locks.  Here are a few quick tips.  

Air drying

Summer is the perfect time to air dry your hair.  Not only is it not too cold for being outside with wet hair, but the warm temperatures will help it dry faster.  This method also gives your hair a break from blow drying, which can damage your hair if used too often.  Of course, every style does not look good wet, and neat wet hair is important--but, air drying in some styles can ultimately prep it for the style you ultimately want.  Air drying is perfect for waves or curls without heat.  Take advantage before winter hits.

Warm weather is helpful for drying your hair after washing, but it can also make your hair too dry.  This isn't good.  Even if you condition in your shampoo routine, be sure to also keep other forms of conditioning in your regime. This is especially important for color-treated hair.  Argan oil, coconut oil, and hair butters are good for keeping your hair protected.

Wash Appropriately
Simply because of the activities you're more likely to partake in over the summer, you have to make washing a priority.  Sand is healthy hair's enemy; sweat, too.  Depending on where you live, summer might also be construction season, so who knows what kind of dust could be flying into your tresses.  Your hair will let you know when it needs to be washed.  Listen!

Who doesn't love their hair blowing in the wind, right?  But, like getting your hair caught on your coat in the winter, you have to be careful about your flowing hair in the summer, too.  Wearing it up as much as you can (without compromising your style, obviously) is helpful to protect your ends.  Split ends are inevitable, but keeping your hair up at least reduces the damage.  It also helps keep you cool!

Scalp Massaging
Massaging your scalp helps keep your new hairs healthy, and also spurs growth.  A quick massage of your scalp in the morning or before bed can go along way.  

Eat right
We've shared a list of foods to eat for healthy hair with you before, and the recommendations still stand in the summer.  Water is good for so many reasons, but yogurt and blueberries are just a couple other foods helping make hair healthy.  They're also tasty summer treats.

We hope these tips are helpful to you and your healthy locks!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 20 Facts You May Not Know About Fashion--

To some, fashion is just about throwing on whatever clothes first touched each morning.  For others, it's an entire lifestyle.  Fashion is so much more than just throwing on clothes.  It is the creation of complete looks, spirited feelings when you look a certain way, and an economic engine driving many cities across the globe.

Today, we're sharing some facts about the fashion industry and it's rise to prominence.  How many of these did you already know?

Coco's Corner
The interlocking "C"s don't just stand for Coco Chanel, but also for her name, and that of her lover Capel, who died in a car accident.

Her real name is Gabrielle.  She gained the nickname "Coco" from a cabaret song she used to perform with "Coco" in the title.  Her admirers would chant "Coco! Coco!"

To build mystique for her Chanel No. 5, she would tell people she didn't have any more, to increase demand for the fragrance.  Nice marketing strategy, Coco.  

Garment Specifics
The word ‘jeans’ comes from the cotton pants worn by “Genes,” the local term for Genoan sailors.

The 3 most common clothing materials are linen, cotton, polyester.

Men’s shirts button on the right, and women’s on the left.  Check yours.  

The first bra was invented by a New York socialite, Mary Phelps in 1914.  Here's to another 100 years of support!

The pencil skirt and the A-line skirt were both designed by Frenchman Christian Dior, who is singlehandedly credited with inspiring 1950s fashion.

American “tuxedos” are called “dinner jackets” in Great Britain, where the word tuxedo itself refers to the white version of the suit jacket in British English.

Style Strategies
It was not acceptable for women to wear shorts in public until World War 2.  I think we're all glad that trend gained acceptance.  

The bikini was named after the island Bikini Atoll, where the US military was testing its bombs in World War 2.  It was so named because its creator, Louis RĂ©ard, believed the revealing suit would create a shock like that of the atomic bomb.

Children dressed identically to adults until the mid-1800s, when the concept of children’s clothing took off.

Umbrellas were invented initially to shade people from the sun and not from the rain.

Fashion Extras
The fashion industry generates an average revenue of $20 billion each year.

There was a period, when Christian Louboutin shoes were available with baby blue soles. These were related with an intention to enable “something blue” for brides-to-be and were very short-lived.  This would be a great collector's piece or limited edition idea. 

Style Through Time
 The first fashion magazine was published in Germany in 1586.

During 15th century, designers used little dolls instead of females as models to showcase their creations to the clients.  Think of how different the industry would be without models.  

The invention of the automobile had a significant influence on women’s fashion. During late 18th century, skirts became shorter only to help women to step into automobiles conveniently.  I knew there was utility in this favorite.  

In the late 1800s, Charles Fredrick Worth became the Father of Haute Couture, by putting labels with his name on it in the clothes he made for others.  

Vintage clothing refers to clothing made between 20 and 100 years ago.  Retro refers to recently made clothing that is designed to resemble the style of another period.

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We hope you enjoyed these facts.  Surely some of them will make you think the next time you put on your favorite item.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Beauty

Louboutin Nail Polish!

Christian Louboutin 1st took us by storm when he launched his ever famous red-soled shoes.  And now, years later he's entering the beauty market with nail polish.  Seeing as the red-sole style was born from painting red nail lacquer on the bottom of his shoes, this move almost brings him full-circle in his career.

The line has 31 shades, and is now available at your favorite stores like Sephora, Saks, and Neiman's.  Christian recently told InStyle Magazine he was inspired to create the line because of his thoughts about which nail colors ladies would pair with his shoes.  This line completes those images. 

For $50, you can put the sexiness of "red bottoms" on your nails.  Will you be grabbing a spiked bottle?  Do the colors go with these favorites?



Stay tuned in September for these nail lacquer-inspired styles...


Friday, July 25, 2014

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Fix

Westbrook Frames--

We figured Friday would be a good day to highlight some fun fashion accessories.  NBA All-Star Russell Westbrook has recently launched a new line of glasses--Westbrook Frames--and like his unique style, this line is quite exciting with a community appeal.

Here are some of the California-themed frames.  





Santa Monica


Monday, July 21, 2014

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Business

The Pop-Up Shop Trend--

Over the last few years, pop-up shops have really taken over the business scene.  More than just seasonal shops selling costumes or tree ornaments when appropriate, the new-age pop-up shop gives business owners the chance to revitalize their brands more often and give consumers something to get excited about.

Pop-up shops have been showing up across the country, particularly during fashion weeks.  Designers are using them to create buzz about their products and get customers eager to spend at exclusive shopping events.  This business model is a great way for entrepreneurs to keep their overhead costs low, while allowing property owners quick fixes for their space.  Not only are new, upstarting brands taking advantage of the pop-up idea, but established brands, too.  Fendi just opened a pop-up shop in Soho and the event was more than major.  

Fashion designers are just some of the business making the most of the pop-up.  Chefs are doing it and foodies are happy.  As we keep moving through the summer, we're finding culinary pop-up shops at neighborhood festivals and concerts.  Businesses can catch a large number of people at once, and with social media, be a hit in an instant.

Have you tried any pop-up shops?  Considering using it for your business?  Consultants can do it, too!  What do you think?

Monday, July 7, 2014

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Fix

The Business of Fashion--

The National Black Chamber of Commerce is hosting another great event.  Upcoming fashion designers, design students, and established designers should all register and get this useful information.  It's also a wonderful opportunity to meet others in the industry from around the City and Midwest.

Register now!

Welcome to The National Black Chamber of Commerce
2nd Annual Fashion House Presentation.
Highlighting African American Entreperneurs Of Fashion 
This Exciting Fashion Show and Networking Platform Brings Together Business Leaders, Designers,Vendors, and Celebrity Guests.
Hosted by Celebity Apprentice Claudia Jordan 
July 11th 2014
Y Bar
224 W Ontorio St
Chicago, IL 60654

Near North Side, River North
Limited Tickets Avialble -  For Fashion House ONLY
Complimentary Admission for Registered Convention Guests
Thank you to our local sponosor Midwest Fashion Week

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