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Oct 09

Get in Style with This Season’s Fall Fashion

By Kelly Wilson

Get into flair using this season’s Fall fashion

Change of seasons also means a change of wardrobe.Ali on the Boulevard joined us in the studio with some suggestions for the most popular Fall looks this season!

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Fall Fashion: 25 Ways To Be Stylish And Comfy

Thanksgiving is hands down the most delicious of all holidays, but it can come with its set of challenges, specifically when it comes to choosing the perfect outfit for all your various holiday events…

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With the arrival of the fall season, our homes are brimming over with scented candles and fuzzy blankets, and now our closets are ready for a dose of friendly comfort, too. Think “Hygge.” It’s the trendy Scandinavian word that’s perfect for describing the way we all want to dress when leaves start to fall and fires start crackling.

The Oxford Dictionary defines hygge (pronounced HUE gah) as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).” And what better way to snuggle into a new season than to embrace the relaxed spirit of hygge?

Take a cue from Lands’ End, the Wisconsin-based retailer who recently launched “The Art of Cozy,” a new leisure collection that celebrates the hygge movement and features easy-to-wear clothes in the softest of fabrics.

Embrace the softer side of fall fashion

“As lifestyles continue to evolve, so does fashion,” says Chieh Tsai, senior vice president of design for Lands’ End. “Today, women want to look stylish while being comfortable and have truly embraced a cozy, carefree approach to getting dressed each day,” she adds. Here’s how you can get comfy and put some hygge into your own wardrobe this fall:

>> Start at the top. The plush life begins with soft sweaters. The hottest fashion statements are the chunky turtlenecks, but cowl neck pull-overs, tunics and long cable-knit cardigans are all vying for attention. These knit tops can be the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe easily mixing with casual jeans, leggings and even tailored trousers for the office. Swap out a traditional blazer for a boucle drape front “waterfall” cardigan to bring a little hygge to your workplace.

>> Invest in a fleece vest. The down “puffer” vest is still a fall favorite that warms up the coldest of days without the bulk of a coat. But this fall, the softer side to take is the soft quilted fleece vest. A little lighter, but much more comfortable, especially on those autumn days when chilly mornings turn into warmer afternoons. Fleece pullovers are other cozy options that can be layered under down vests when extra warmth is needed.

>> Add a lightweight jacket. Yes, even outerwear has gone soft this fall. French terry hoodies and bomber jackets are cozy favorites for men; and for women, the latest pea coats feature brushed wool fabrics that have a velvety feel to them. In mint green, they’re a delicious treat for the lighter side of fall.

>> Sweater “coats” are other third-layer alternatives to heavy jackets – the longer the better this fall. In luxurious cashmere, these kimono-inspired knits will provide plenty of those special hygge moments from the minute you put them on.

>> Pull on your pajama pants. But not just any pajama pants. This fall, the comfort factor extends to all kinds of easy-to-wear pants that are anything but sloppy. Meant-to-be-seen joggers, sweatpants, jeggings and of course, leggings, are all basic must-haves in the cozy hygge wardrobe.

>> Dress to impress. You don’t have to worry about leaving the plush life behind at home, either. Slip into a merino wool cable knit sweater dress that you can rock day and night. Then wrap up in an oversized plaid blanket scarf for even more style out on the street. When you get to the office, light a pumpkin spice candle, relax and breathe in all the comfort of a new fall day.

 

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Sep 04

If You Always Fall Asleep In Your Makeup, Here’s What You Should Do The Next Morning

By Kelly Wilson

It doesn’t make much sense when I say it out loud, but taking off my makeup before bed feels like it requires more than double the amount of effort it takes to apply that morning. That being said, I’m not perfect, so even though I know better, there have been plenty of nights where I accidentally, and even purposely, neglected to take off my makeup. The (semi) good news? It happens! The bad news? It really shouldn’t.

On the surface, all you’ll see after a full night’s sleep and full face of makeup is a bit of smearing here, there, and raccoon eyes blinking back at you in the mirror. Unfortunately, though, looks can be deceiving, and what appears to be just a run of mascara, could actually be the visual signs of skin damage. Here’s what to do as soon as you wake up with a full face of makeup.

1. Remove Your Makeup

The first step is probably the most obvious here, but the first order of business after a full night’s sleep all dolled up is to strip your skin of all the cosmetic gunk hanging around from the night before. Where to start? Always at the eyes.

Dr. S Manjula Jegasothy, MD of the Miami Skin Institute told,

Many eye shadows contain quartz and mica, which are highly irritating to eyelid skin and can
concentrate in the fold, releasing dark particles into the eye for days later. This can cause
chronic irritation to the corneal surface, and cause chronic dry eye. Mascara formula can also
crumble and flake into the eye, causing these symptoms as well.

2. Wash Up

I learned about the double cleanse after some extensive research into a traditional Korean skincare routine. I may not have been able to keep up with all the many steps (especially on lazy nights), but this one stuck with me. Now that your makeup is off, wash your face with an oil-based cleanser (I love the Amorepacific Treatment Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes), applying the serum-like texture to a damp complexion, lather, and rinse, directly followed by a waterbased cleanser. The dual-action wash will ensure an optimal cleanse so no dirt or grime is left behind in on top of the skin.

3. Pamper

You enjoy being coddled and pampered when you are feeling particularly under the weather, right? Well, your skin would like to be nursed back to health with its own variation of TLC. Give compromised skin the spa treatment with a few minutes of masking. Access the damage and apply skincare accordingly, be it a sheet dripping with tightening serum, or a muddy putty powerful enough to extract impurities and dry out murky blemishes.

4. Moisturize

There is a reason you are told to drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning. After six to eight hours of beauty sleep, your skin is dehydrated AF. Add a full face of makeup to the equation, and your complexion will be reeling for relief. Liberally apply your favorite moisturizer for a burst of hydration asap. The Lano All Over Everywhere Multi-Cream is an excellent natural, super gentle balm that has been formulated with triple lanolin and milk to tenderly nurse skin back to health.

5. Change Your Bedding

Tossing and turning all night will inevitably lead to a few stains across your pillow, which a) is not cute and b) leaves traces of bacteria around to invade your next snooze. Dendy Engelmann, M.D., director of dermatologic surgery at Metropolitan Hospital told, if you don't launder your pillowcase and sheets the next day, you risk reverse contamination, so even if you end up washing your face before going to bed, that residual product will be on your pillowcase already and in effect will transfer back onto your skin when you lie down. I'm getting grossed out just thinking about it, TBH.

6. Go Natural For The Day

At this point, your skin has probably endured a full 24 hours or more of cosmetics. After you’ve taken the necessary steps to cleanse, let your skin breathe for a while. Take a day off from makeup application (you are gorgeous as is, anyway!), and restrain from picking at any blemishes or sensitive areas that may have
formed overnight.

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Aug 25

How To Get Rid Of Those White Spots Around Your Eyes

By Kelly Wilson

Have you ever noticed little white bumps around your eyes or the eyes of your loved ones? Turns out, those bumps are there for a reason, and they can let you know something serious about your health. The bumps are a condition known as Milia, a very common skin problem that affects millions of people in the United States every year. Milia can affect people of all ages, but it is especially common in children and newborns.

Milia occurs when the body lacks keratin, a protein that is very important for the outer layer of the skin. Though the spots aren’t painful or itchy, many people find them to be irritable and unsightly. Milia is usually cleared up in a few months, but some people choose more aggressive measures such as surgery or laser treatments.

Luckily, there are a variety of natural options to get rid of those white bumps that don’t involve a major medical procedure. Keep reading to see what these homemade remedies are and how you can best use them.

Sugar and Lemon Scrub


Nico Busch

Mix two tablespoons of sugar with some lemon juice and a pinch of olive oil to make a very helpful face scrub that will help get rid of those pesky dots. Leave the mixture on your face for 15-20 minutes each night for best results.

Pure Honey


Sarah

Weirdly enough, raw honey works as a great moisturizer and can do wonders for your skin when applied. Honey can also do an excellent job of healing dry skin.

A Hot Towel


Wasteful Space

Press a towel under hot water and place it over your face for a few minutes. Do this over the course of a few days and watch those spots disappear.

Tea Tree Oil


Alessandra F

Tea tree oil has a lot of uses, and one of the most convenient is as a natural disinfectant for your skin. Simply dab some oil on your face before you go to bed and wash it all off in the morning.

Cornstarch and Apple Cider Vinegar


Crepes of Wrath

Combine these two ingredients to make a paste that you can gently apply to the problem areas on your face. Leave it on for about 25 minutes before rinsing it off.

Don’t Fall Asleep in Makeup


Eileen Dautruche

Sleeping in makeup can clog your pores and leave you in danger of a variety of skin conditions.

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Aug 17

For the Reason that Sundays are Intended For Rejuvenation

By Kelly Wilson

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Sundays are for Rejuvenation

To break my Sunday cycle, I started off by telling myself this: You are a beautiful, hard-working,selfless being, and you deserve this time. Treat yourself.

So I did. Three things, every Sunday, for myself. I’m sharing them to give y’all some ideas, and hopefully inspire you to take a day off — completely — and cater to your needs. Follow along with this series if you feel like your “you” time is missing.

I went for a walk this morning on this, one of the most beautiful days of 2017. The sun was out,bleaching the sky, and the temperature hovered around 60 degrees. After a few blocks, I stumbled upon a chalky patchwork along the sidewalk, and couldn’t help but feel an inner nostalgia that my heart was tugging at me to grab onto. Instead of letting the moment flee, I knew exactly what I needed to do for myself.

Play. Remember that feeling of running over to your BFF’s house as a kid? The whole day was ahead of you to go on and seek whatever adventures you wanted? A kickball game was always going on somewhere, and things were just fun? Do something playful today. Seeing that sidewalk chalk,scribbled in any and all directions, made me want to go do just that.

All those feelings of having fun and being youthful shouldn’t be caged inside of you. Grab a board game, invite some friends over later, and play. Go get some sidewalk chalk, and doodle a bit. See some people throwing frisbee at the park? Ask to join. Go find a swing set, and fly. So go for it and be a bit playful.

Reflect. Now that you’ve got exerted some of that energy, go climb into an old trunk and dig out those silly photo albums. I think flipping through pictures of my past, snapped by the people that I love, is what makes me fall more and more in love with photography. What a treasure it is to have fleeting moments be captured and saved as memories.

Looking back on all of the old times makes me feel so close to my roots, reminding me of where I came from, and how much life I have so beautifully enjoyed.

Be Present. Now fast forward to reality, and decide if you are happy with it. Look how much you have bloomed. Think about the person you were then, and who you are now. Think about what values you have maintained throughout your life. Give yourself some credit.

Remind yourself to always be playful and silly. Hold on to that feeling of nostalgia, just in case you ever need to be reminded again to have more fun in this one life that you get to live.

I’m challenging you to clear your schedule today and do 3 things for yourself. You work your butt off,and deserve some time for yourself. If you try this out, let me know how it went, and if you feel rested and rejuvenated, let’s keep this up.


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Aug 15

5 Things You Should Never Do Right Before Bed

By Kelly Wilson

You might have heard people say that you should only use your bed for sleeping, and in this blog I want to explain why that is SO true. I’m sure many of us have had a night where we felt we only tossed and turned and got pretty much no sleep at all. I know between busy lives and distractions finding their way into our bedrooms, plenty of you are having a lousy nights sleep.Your routine and behaviours during the day can have a big impact on the quality of your sleep that night. Healthy sleep habits, known as good sleep hygiene are really important to ease you into the land of slumber. Bad habits, on the other hand, can really ruin a good nights sleep.For a better chance of nabbing a restful night of sleep and waking up ready to take on the world, here are a few things you should never do in bed.

1. Be tempted by late night snacking

While its a bad idea to go to bed hungry, eating a big meal right before you sleep can also lead to a restless night. Often snacking before bed isn’t necessarily the problem, what you choose to snack on has more of an impact. As you may have guessed, late night burgers aren’t topping the list for foods that make it easier to sleep. Foods with high fat content can cause heartburn, which may keep you awake long after you’ve finished snacking.

If you’re feeling peckish, I recommend opting for lighter options or foods with naturally occurring tryptophan If you were wondering, tryptophan is an amino acid that assists serotonin production, which can help you drift off to sleep. You can read about some of my favorite late night snacks here. Stay away from sugary cookies or biscuits, as well as caffeinated drinks, as the sugar hit can help keep you awake. When your tummy rumbles at night, avoid snacking in bed too. Your bed should be a place of relaxation and used only for sleep.

2. Finish off that presentation

I am sure the idea of working from the comfort of your bed is VERY appealing to many people. In saying that, being in work mode when you should be in sleep mode (or at least pre-sleep mode) means your brain is still very active. When you are on a deadline or replying to emails, you’re still thinking and planning. Your brain, being the clever little thing it is, may then begin to associate your bedroom with this kind of activity.

Following a nightly pre-sleep routine can help your brain to associate your bedroom with sleeping (which is why I recommend not to eat or work in it). Once you’ve trained your mind to recognize its time to slow down, you may find falling asleep much easier.

3. Have an Argument

Being angry or having a heated argument with your significant other (or anyone else) can severely affect your ability to nod off. Your bed should be a sanctuary where you feel calm and relaxed. Arguing leaves you feeling tense and flustered, so it will probably take you longer to fall asleep. Even worse, not getting enough sleep can make it hard to get through the next day – hello crankiness!

There is also a chance you will replay the argument over and over, which can reinforce the negative mood and keep you awake longer. If you feel yourself getting agitated at a situation or a person remind yourself now is not the best time to act on it. Sleep it off and then pick-up the conversation again in the morning.

4. Sleep with your pets

I love a cuddle with my dogs as much as the next person (or even more!), but they don’t always understand the idea of quiet time. Sharing your bed with a pet may be comforting, but its not always good for a peaceful nights sleep. Particularly if your pet is a large breed, their movements can disrupt you during the night. There is a good chance you’ll notice every time they scratch, roll or make noise. Not to mention they can hog the covers, leaving you in an intense game of tug o war when you want to roll over!

5. Watch TV

If you are one of those lucky people who can fall asleep anywhere, watching a little TV before bed might not bother you. For many of us though, the light from your screen can affect our brains ability to wind down. While you might think the noise and the lower lighting makes it easier to drift off, the light can actually affect your circadian rhythms. Without going into too much detail, the light can actually trick your brain and body thats it is time to be awake when you should be winding down.

The same goes for tablets and phones even with the new night modes many of them have, its best to keep them away from the bed. In general, try to keep your bedroom as dark as possible.

Poor sleep can have such a big influence on your productivity for the day, and it really is essential for a healthy lifestyle. I recommend being consistent with your sleep schedule and practicing good sleep hygiene as much as possible.

Try to stop worrying so much if you cant fall asleep straight away, as this can often keep you awake as well. As with many concerns, a positive mindset can help to encourage a better quality of sleep. I hope these suggestions make it easier for you to get plenty of restful slumber!

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Aug 09

The 7 All-Time Worst Pieces Of Advice From YouTube Beauty Vloggers

By Kelly Wilson

I regularly watch beauty vloggers on YouTube. Guilty as charged.

Most are teenagers with as much experience in the beauty industry as my cat, but there’s something charming about their enthusiasm. I can spend all day watching 14-year-olds talk about anti-aging benefits and how they’ve spent years perfecting their winged liner technique.

While there are certainly some gurus out there with serious makeup know-how, most are just kids filming in their bedrooms.It’s not that they give terrible tips because they’re kids, it’s just that many tutorials aren’t well-researched or are just flat-out ridiculous.

Seeing as most YouTubers had very grassroots, informal starts, they don’t know how to work on a professional level in the beauty industry. That means often ignoring FTC disclosure requirements or exclusively working with brands that give out freebies.

Needless to say, these kids occasionally give dreadful advice.

1. Oreos as mascara.

This video got a lot of attention last year because, hello, Oreos. Look at how utilitarian! Look at how budget-friendly!

First, all the supplies used (rubbing alcohol, cotton balls, Oreos, a primer) would cumulatively cost more than a tube of mascara.

Second, Oreo crumbs on your eyeballs sounds like a surefire way to go blind. Hello, corneal abrasions! Sounds sexy, right? What’s more, it does not work. Really. Women braver than I have tried it and it didn’t work.


2. Ombre brows, because everything must be ombre, right?

Fact: Ombre brows look cool on Instagram. They also look like total sh*t in real life. Seriously, half your brow looks nearly invisible and the other half is like the Forbidden Forest.

Your brows don’t have to match your hair. I promise.


3. Color-correcting contouring.

Contouring? Great. Using pastel green, pink, purple and yellow to color correct while simultaneously contouring? You. Are. Crazy.

Not only do you look like a terrifying Easter-themed clown, but you’re also just wasting product.Color correcting works by using color to neutralize an opposite shade. Green, for example,neutralizes red tones on your face, while yellows counteract the purple tones you might find under your eyes.

If you want to contour, contour. If you want to color correct, stick to using product where you actually need it.


4. All contour everything.

While on the subject of contouring, let’s talk about how the technique is so, so grossly overused.

Seriously, these girls are telling us they contour to walk their dogs, go to school and run errands. I’m all for glamorous makeup no matter the occasion, but this takes it to a whole new level.

Contouring is a trick used by drag queens and professional makeup artists for photo shoots, not just young women with access to endless amounts of bronzer.


5. Kylie Jenner lips.

Unless you’re getting temporary lip fillers at the end of your video, your Kylie Jenner lips are just over-lined.Girls hoped to achieveKylie’s “miraculous” plump lipsjust by drawing their own, which isn’t a solution that works.

It’s not possible to replicate the effects of doctor’s office procedureswithout, well, procedures.


6. Contouring your boobs.

I’m not sure at what point we decided contouring every visible inch of skin was considered de rigueur. But, now, I apparently am doing something wrong when I don’t put cream bonzer on my boobs.

Thanks, Internet.


7. What the f*ck is Barbie makeup?

Unless I’m going as Barbie for Halloween, I don’t need to look like yet another doll with zero regard for realistic body types.

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Aug 09

You Can’t See The Weirdest Thing About This Bizarre Hair Until The Lights Are Off

By Kelly Wilson

As someone who tries (and usually fails) to keep up with the latest hair and makeup trends, I know how tirelessly cosmetics companies work to consistently up the ante. While crazy-colored hair was once reserved for Lady Gaga and mall goths, beauty gurus the world over adopted the trend last year, channelling their inner mermaids into shades of teal, purple, and cobalt blue.

But one mall-goth staple just released a line of dyes that does something incredible when the lights go out. Far beyond fuchsia strands and crimson locks, these high-voltage pigments by Manic Panic take wacky colors to an entirely new level.

Short Medium Long Color Seasonal Styling All Blogs 26 Tips to Help Protect Color-Treated Hair & Keep It Appearing Fabulous Along with proper
hair care as well as a bit of imagination, you can keep your color-treated hair looking vivid and radiant. This really is fantastic news since
70% of women inside the U.S. color their head of hair!

Hair color may make hair moreporous, which in turn causes it to absorb and release moisture content more easily. This can result in reduction in
color elements every time your own hair gets damp. Here are tips on how to keep all the moisture within your hair as possible, by preserving the
absolute best condition.

These colors are intense when the lights are on, but they’re nothing out of the ordinary at this point.

When the lights go down, however, they transform into something rave-worthy.

As highlights and lowlights do for standard styles, different values of glowing pigment add dimension to these neon looks.

Some leave it to stylists, but others harness their inner rave girls at home.

In any case, the outcome is a beauty trend that’s out of this world.

(via My Modern Met)

To preserve those essential oils that will help condition your color-treated hair, shampoo just two or three times per week, and never in excess
of every other day. This will help to your current color stay longer and help maintain overall health in your colored hair.

When you can go three or four days ahead of shampooing, even better. This will give the color plenty of time to set.

Wild, edgy hair styles often involve unnatural or “fashion” colors. A wild dye job can sometimes be a calling card to your personality. If you want
to delight in one of these funky hairstyles, but worry about your color diminishing, you’ll need to consider great care of ones own color-treated hair.
On the plus side, there are numerous perfect ways to accomplish that.

I can’t imagine having anything but solid black hair, so I give these people major props for taking their experimentation to such a vibrant extreme. It’s safe to say that this trend is best left to the bravest beauty mavens among us.

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