BeautyBeauty How-To: Trim Your Straight-Across Bangs

I’ll admit, I’ve been a little bangs-obsessed lately, but I figured you can never know too much before taking the shears to your own hair (especially the hairs hanging right in front of your face!). So, this time around, I’ve added some trimming tips for those of you who are bold enough (I salute you) to tackle the straight across bang.

Enter Ted Gibson, who I love from What Not to Wear, though he’d earned his shears long before TLC picked him up. The good news: Ted says that bangs are a great way to frame the face and make you look thinner AND younger. Sold!
Watch him in action:
If you’re a note-taker, like me, then these should help:
* Use smaller shears for more precision.*
* Never trim wet bangs, cuz when they dry they’ll shrink up and be way shorter than you intended.*
* Section off the hair that you don’t want to cut with a comb.*
* The perfect bang width is from iris to iris.*
* Cut vertically up and down, slowly, and NEVER cut in a straight line.*
So, ladies, be brave and get snippin’!

FashionLooks We ♥: Red Pants

You saw them all over the Fall 2011 Fashion week’s street style. You’ve seen them pop up on several blogs. You might even be wearing them right now. Red pants are my new favorite micro trend of the moment,  I absolutely cannot get enough. 
The easiest way to wear this trend is to keep it simple and pair them with a white shirt and black accessories, like both Maddy of Maddinka (above) and Christina of Trop Rogue (below) did. 
Choosing red pants is a fun way to spice up your wardrobe for the upcoming fall season. Take note of the way these ladies rock the look off and on the runway.
Want this look for your own? Check out our Place Called Kokomo pants below:
Think you’ll dare to try this trend?

FashionBlogger Spotlight: Ashley of Fancy Fine

Time for a new Blogger Spotlight! Are you so excited? I am. I simply adore this cutie, Ms. Ashley from Fancy Fine! I love reading Ashley’s blog because she has the sweetest vintage style, complete with a pretty dress everyday and long wavy mermaid hair. Her color pallette for each outfit is always flawless! She blends together the coolest combinations of mustard yellows, slate greys and seafoam greens. Ashley writes in a funny and down to earth way that makes you feel like you are talking to your best buddy. After meeting her in person at an event last month, I was excited to see that she is just as sweet and friendly in real life!

Perfect floral crown and 1960’s lace dress.

I love the nod to the 90’s with a more vintage twist in the outfit shown above. As a super big fan of colored tights, this maroon pair fits great with an orange nubby sweater.

Fantastic color mixing!

The zig-zag striped bag and floral babydoll are pattern heaven when paired together!

Always having fun in her photos, Ashley gets silly for the camera!

Super sweet on a San Francisco day, Ashley poses in a polka dot Lulus dress.

Love the rain jacket and leather boots on a rainy day!

As the biggest fan of denim jackets, I am obsessed with the sweet skirt layered with a sweater and tough jacket for contrast!
In love yet? I know! Make sure you head over to Ashley’s blog and get inspired!

GeneralRavishing Recipes: Nutella Crepes

Do you have a favorite food that helps turn a bad day into a fabulous one? I definitely do, and mine is Nutella Crepes. Below is a family recipe that my grandmother was reluctant for me to give up, but I was able to coax it out of her, and I simply could not keep it a secret!


    * 1 cup all-purpose flour
    * 1 teaspoon white sugar
    * 1/4 teaspoon salt
    * 3 eggs
    * 2 cups milk
    * 2 tablespoons butter, melted
    * 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
    * Lots of Nutella


   1. Sift together flour, sugar and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, beat eggs and milk together with an electric mixer. Beat in flour mixture until smooth; stir in melted butter.

   2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 2 tablespoons for each crepe. Tip and rotate pan to spread batter as thinly as possible. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

Be creative! Add your favorite fruits and sauces to create a unique crepe of your very own!


FashionFoxy Ladies! The Mulberry Ad Campaign for Fall/Winter 2011

Known best for forty years of eloquent accessories and handbags, the newest look for British label, Mulberry, includes an exciting montage of innocent looking models among the wilds of Great Britain.
The feel is that of “. . . an English girl in a crumbling country mansion,” and the naturally minimal hair and make-up choices leave plenty of room for the overgrown additions of larger-than-life woodlands creatures.
Key Colors for Fall/Winter 2011/12: Olive, Tan, Black, Berry, Jade.
Key Elements: Pleats, Shiny Hardware, Knee-Length Skirts, Knee-High Socks and Boots, Wedges.
(Photos courtesy of
Check out this very cool video featuring the music of Swedish pop band, Miike Snow!