Four Ways to Update Your Look for Spring

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The spring season is right around the corner – can you believe it?  We’re willing to assume you’re just as excited as we are for the spring season.  With the change of seasons, comes the change in the way we dress and develop our look.  It’s always fun to change and transform our looks with the seasons, and as new trends come into the mix.  Since many of us are starting to have spring on our minds, we thought it was the perfect time to share four ways to update your look for spring.  Because after the winter months, we can all use a little update.

Try a New Hair Color
Often times during the winter season we tend to be drawn to darker colors, especially when it comes to our hair.  But if you’re looking for a little update as we approach spring, you may want to consider switching up your hair color.  It’s a great way to get a little update to your entire look, and lighten up your hair’s look as the temperatures start to rise and the weather becomes lighter.  There are so many fun and exciting hair color trends happening this spring season, too – so you’re sure to find a color option that fits in well with your personal style.  Bronde, Blorange and tigers eye to name a few!

Bold Earrings
One of the hottest trends that was seen on the spring runways shows for this upcoming spring season was the use of super bold earrings.  If you’re slowly starting to incorporate some spring elements into your wardrobe, bold earrings can be a great way to do that.  Adding new accessories is an easy way to update any look and while it’s a small detail because these accessories are pretty bold it will completely transform your look and give you that updated feel pretty instantly.

Incorporate Some 80’s Flair
You may not have noticed, but the 80’s are going to be having a major moment in the spring season.  Yep, we’re talking one-shoulder fabulousness and bold colors/prints – giving us all sorts of 80’s vibes.  If you’re looking for an update for the spring season, find a way to incorporate some 80’s vibes into your look.  If you don’t want to go full on 80’s glam, you can incorporate just a touch with a fun one-shouldered top to wear with your favorite pair of skinny jeans (for example).  Or try incorporating some bold colors into your eye makeup – you can’t go wrong with a little 80’s flair.

woman in striped shirt

Add Stripes
The runway shows for the spring season were filled with stripes.  Stripes of all colors, widths and styles – and even mixing stripe prints!  Basically, it’s definitely a season where you’re going to be seeing a lot of stripes.  But it’s refreshing because we really haven’t seen stripes in the trend world for quite some time – making it the perfect way to add a little update to your look.  Try incorporating a fun striped garment to your wardrobe and pair it in ways that you may not normally.  It’s all about wearing stripes in a unique way this season.

Your Hair Is Your First Accessory

Accessories are such a big part of our daily style, so often many of us feel lost if we leave the house without any accessories.  While we often think of accessories as jewelry, shoes, scarves and belts (and more) we often forget that our hair is also an accessory.  Ever think of it that way?  Your hair is your first accessory, it’s an accessory that’s with you every single day and goes with you everywhere.  Pretty great, right?  We thought we would share a couple of ways you can maximize on your hair being an accessory you have with you on a daily basis to give you some ideas.

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Embrace the Natural Texture
So often we spend time covering up our hair’s natural texture, but actually embracing the natural texture of your hair can be incredibly refreshing and such a powerful way to bring out the accessory element of your hair.  Our hair is all different and unique, just like what we look for in other accessories.  So why not embrace the natural texture and work WITH your hair?  It will add that personal touch to your overall look that you seek out in so many other style-related elements.

Changing the Color
One of the great things about our hair is we have so many different ways that we can make it look different and spice things up.  Since it is an accessory, one way to get a little reboot with our first accessory is to change up the color.  You can change the color as subtle or drastic as you’d like – it’s really all about what works for you, your style and is going to make you feel your best.  Talk to your hair stylist about what their suggestions might be if you’re feeling like you want a change ,but you’re not quite sure what change(s) to make with the color.

Experiment With Differenty Styles
Similar to the color options, we have so many different options when it comes to styling our hair in different ways.  If we’re all really honest, we tend to wear our hair in the same few ways all the time – losing sight of the fact that our hair really is an accessory.  Think about the fact that your hair can completely change the vibe of an outfit when you’re styling your hair.  Sites like Pinterest, are great for getting inspiration when you’re in a bit of a rut.  Adding braids, curls or different techniques may seem like a small thing, but they are fun and easy ways to switch up your hair without accessories.

While your hair is your first accessory, it’s fun to switch things up every now and then.  Even the smallest change can bring about a whole new look and feel to your overall look.  Tomorrow, when you’re doing your hair remember that your hair is your first accessory and decide how you want to work with your first accessory to create a unique and fun look.

Valentine’s Day Style Pointers

Valentine’s day is right around the corner, and we don’t know about you, but there’s something that we kind of love about this holiday.  We can’t help but want to dress according to the holiday for Valentine’s day – hello, it’s all about pink and red, after all!  But we know there can be a fine line between dressing chic for the holiday, and tacky, so we’re sharing some of our favorite Valentine’s Day style pointers.  So you can be sure you’re dressed totally appropriate and stylish for the holiday, and not too over the top.

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Add a Pop of Red (or Pink)
Naturally, red is one of the most widely used colors for a holiday like Valentine’s Day – it is a holiday all about love, after all.  But to really look stylish and not too over the top for Valentine’s day, we suggest adding a one or two pops of red to your look – but no more than that.  As tempting as it can be to walk out of the house in all red everything, it can be a bit much.  Keep it chic and choose one or two pieces to add a pop of red to your look.  For example, wear a red dress and keep the rest of your outfit neutral with black or white.  Or, wear a gorgeous red top with a pair of red shoes.  This way you will still look Valentine’s appropriate, but you won’t look like a Valentine yourself.   Let’s not forget, you can do the same things with shades of pink if you’re more about pink than red.

Work with Texture
If you’re not one for wearing red in your outfit, there are still some great ways to dress for Valentine’s day and be completely on point.  We’re all about working with texture to create a unique look that’s still holiday appropriate.  Since Valentine’s day is all about love and lust, adapting lace and/or silk into your outfit is a great way to create those same feelings with your outfit without wearing the traditional color(s) associated with the holiday.  There’s something so chic and seductive about lace and silk, so they’re both great to wear for a date or whatever you’re doing for Valentine’s day.  Mix the textures with a little glam in your accessories to really add to your look.

woman with red off shoulder top

Choose One Area to Show Off
We get it, Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating those that you love… and a special date night with your significant other.  While we know you want to look great for your significant other, it’s also all about really being and embracing YOU – but not showing it ALL.  We’re all about showing a bit of skin, but in a chic way.  Typically, we suggest choosing one area to really enhance and show off when it comes to dressing for a holiday like this (and in general, really).  Decide if you want to emphasize your legs, arms, chest, etc.  Choose one focal point, so you’re not overwhelmed by showing too much and you will still be the focus.

Keeping Your Extensions Under Wraps

woman getting extensions

Whether you have long locks or short trimmed tresses, chances are you’ve gotten yourself a set of hair extensions at one point, or at the very least, you’ve considered doing so. If you fall in the latter group, it’s likely due to the fear of how to style them. Those of you who’ve purchased extensions can probably confirm that the styling-extensions fear is very real. While we’re being honest, it’s fair to give credit where credits due and say that extensions are unarguably the ultimate hair accessory. They can be used for just about everything; whether you need to add instant volume to your otherwise flat hair, want to have temporary long locks, or even just want to change up your look within a matter of minutes! Not to mention, a good set of extensions can make all of this possible while still looking like it’s your own, natural hair! Because we totally understand the desire to flaunt extensions, we’ve asked the pros for the top three tips to ensure effortless extension styling. Check it out!

Limit The Length
There’s no denying that we’ve all wished for Princess Rapunzel length hair at one point or another, but the fact of the matter is that extra-long extensions are just unrealistic (not to mention they look super unnatural. The trick is to pick the length of your extensions based on the length of your natural hair. If your hair is at or around shoulder length, then you should go for a set of extensions that’s about 16-18 inches long. If your hair is a bit longer, perhaps falling somewhere in between your upper and mid, then you can opt for extensions that are around 20-24 inches long. Another thing that many people don’t consider is matching the thickness of the extensions to your natural hair’s texture. This means that ladies with fine or thin hair would want to go for a set that’s around 160-180 grams. Those with normal or medium hair would do best with a 180-200 gram set, and those with thick hair could go for a 220 gram set.

Cut and Camouflage
When you go to the nail salon and have a set of acrylic or gel nails put on, the nail-tech files and shapes them to match and enhance the shape of your natural nail. It’s important to keep this same idea in mind when you get a new set of extensions; almost all extensions come standard with crisp, blunt ends. Most honestly, this will be very noticeable. What you can do is make an appointment for a dry trim with your stylist. Be sure that you wear your extensions to the appointment and then explain that you want your extensions to be trimmed up so that they blend with your natural locks.

Wash Up
If you haven’t already noticed, brand new extensions have a high-gloss finish. Granted, everyone wants silky, shiny hair, but this takes it to the Barbie-Doll level of shine. Luckily, there’s an easy fix to ensure the clip ins have a natural looking finish. All you need to do is give them a good wash. The best way to go about doing so is with a gentle, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, then let them air dry overnight. By doing so you will rid the glossy look and have natural looking extensions!