A Cheap Guide to Your Summer Body

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The official first day of Spring is still fresh is our minds. That means we will soon be replacing coats and thermals with bikinis and crop tops. Getting fit is requires determination and consistency but it definitely does not require a large budget and here’s why.

Skip the Monthly Gym Memberships

The gym membership is nice because it houses everything you need at one location at convenient hours, especially 24 hour gyms. However, social anxiety, inconvenient hours, cost or simply just not wanting to go can be huge deterrents. With an internet connection, a soft floor and optional cans of peas or what have you, you can transform your living room into a gym. YouTube fitness instructors offer sublime advice and instructions with full-length videos that are guaranteed to get your heart racing and blood pumping. My personal favorites are FitnessBlender and BeFit. They offer a consistent stream of professional, full-length videos with a wide range of exercises and instruction. A jog around the neighborhood is also a free option for working out and requires 30 minutes of your time.

Free or Donation-based Yoga Classes

Yoga can honestly be done anywhere. And that point has been repeatedly made with many yoga classes taken place at parks and beaches. You too can take part in these classes with little to no cost. Community yoga classes can take place at local parks, with the recreation department, or even your local church. YogaToday.com is the Netflix of yoga that provides free weekly videos that range from beginner to expert. Furthermore, MeetUp presents many opportunities to engage with like-minded individuals so why not connect with other  yogis or exercisers.

Eating Healthier by Starting Small

Eating healthy is another barrier. With numerous quick fix solutions being peddled on Instagram and healthier food options being more expensive than its counterparts, changing one’s diet can be expensive and difficult. Rather than haul out your kitchen, small changes can do the trick. Portion control, decrease in snacking or switching out one option such as chips for nuts or apple, can offer valuable benefits.

 

 

 

The Ultimate Guide To Design Styles

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With so many different styles available to choose to decorate your home. Knowing which style matches your taste can be confusing. We’ve put together a list of the 10 most common decor styles and their definitions:

  1. Modern- Modern interior design derives its influences through the modern art movements that preceded modern day design. In artwork, Modernism began while using the Impressionists and some otherswho used abstraction. Modern interior design grew from the decorative arts, more importantly Art Deco,from thelate 19th as well as the early 20th centurie. It reached its peak in the 1950’s and 1960’s, which explains why designers and decorators today may make reference to modern design as being “mid-century”.modern
  2. Contemporary– The basic definition of contemporary is “of the moment.” Contemporary art, design, and interiors are “of the day.” They exist in the here-and-now. And, taking this further, they could only exist in the here-and-now because ten years ago some of the materials and pieces wouldn’t have been available. And in ten years from now, there will be new pieces that do not exist today.Note: The terms modern interior design and contemporary interior design are often used interchangeably, however there is a difference between the two. Contemporary interior design can only mean trendy looks that are in style at any current moment, while modern interior design refers to the specific geometrical, clean-lined style called modern.simple-tips-chemical-spaces
  3. Traditional– Traditional interior design reflects classic European decor. Trademarks of this style generally include deep wood tones, architectural details, and elegant furnishings. This style is quite versatile and can be combined with other interior elements to create a unique look in a room. One of the most important facets of traditional interior design is the silhouettes, also called the lines, of the furnishings. Wing-backed chairs, claw footed tables, and curved furniture pieces that reflect the 18th and 19th centuries are examples of this. Common models for such traditional furniture are pieces attributed to the Queen Anne or Chippendale styles. Antiques are also often integrated into this design style, but many companies sell new pieces that mimic the lines of the old.traditional4
  4. Minimalist– Minimalist interior design is one of the architectural centerpieces of the 20th century. Spare and streamlined while still being inviting, minimalism is charming in almost any space. With less clutter to wade through and mentally process, the innate beauty of each piece of furniture or art in the home really starts to stand out.Everything is generally stored out of site.Minimalist architecture became popular in the late 1980s in London and New York, where designers worked to achieve simplicity, using white elements, cold white or blue lighting, large spaces with minimum objects and furniture. The concept of minimalist design is to strip everything down to its essential quality and achieve simplicity. Minimalism simplifies living spaces to reveal the essential quality of buildings and conveys simplicity in attitudes toward life. It is inspired from the Japanese traditional design and the concept of Zen philosophy.The idea is not completely without ornamentation, but everyhting is as reduced down to a stage where you cannot remove anything further to improve the design, or without disimproving it.Contemporary-Minimalist-Interior-Design-VangViet-hard-boiled-when-wonderful
  5. Arts and Crafts– The Arts and Crafts movement took off around the turn of the 20th century. Like the Art Nouveau movement, it developed as a backlash against the overwrought style of the Victorian era. It rejected the factory-produced furnishings and decorative accents that prevailed at the time, embracing instead natural beauty and traditional craftsmanship. Artisans such as Gustav Stickley (who coined the term Craftsman, sometimes used for this style) and William Morris were seminal in establishing the Arts and Crafts code, and it characterizes much of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s work. Some defining characteristics of Arts and Craft interior design are Wood: It’s probably the single most important element, and it largely informs the emphasis on natural, organic beauty that defines this decorating approach. You’ll almost never see painted wood in an Arts and Crafts interior — instead, the focus is on rich stains that preserve and showcase the natural beauty of the grain.conway_Rosen13.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.966.725
  6. French– An ornate, fanciful and decorative style is characteristic of French interior design.Colors range from rich, sun-drenched Mediterranean hues to softer, muted shades. Often, one color or fabric is repeated throughout the space.Accented by rich details and extensive use of gold, bronze and gilt.Furniture generally includes French royal style antiques or heirlooms.5-shutterstock_118129444
  7. Urban Industrial– Industrial interior design is popular for decorating lofts and old buildings converted into living spaces, although it can be used for traditional apartments and houses too. What you need for this style is to create an illusion of rough surfaces and materials that suggest an industrial past. The simplest way to show roughness is to leave some walls or surfaces unfinished. In addition to some rough metal elements that will create an industrial atmosphere, you are looking for old industrial-looking objects that are made from steel, metal or wood. These items are preferably worn down or have been salvaged and recycled. stylish-interior-design1
  8. Moroccan– Moroccan interior design invites the rich colors of the Middle East, dynamic contrasts, traditional patterns, and the uniqueness of Moroccan decorations and accessories into your home. Vibrant colors of red and rich orange inspired by African sunsets, green and blue found in the shimmering Mediterranean, tones of gold, light brown, yellow and silver from the surrounding desert create a tropical atmosphere by bringing each element into the home. Exotic plants, terra cotta tiles and textured walls all tie the experience and atmosphere together.Mosaics: Small tiles and mosaic designs decorate many Moroccan home interiors. Mosaic designs are also used for decorating Moroccan mirrors, coffee table tops and bathroom sinks.moroccan-style-interior-design-furniture-accessories-9
  9. Country– Country style interior design is cozy bearing the resemblance of cottage style. There are many various culturally different country style designs that have the features of the time and style that was traditional to those countries. Thus you may find such country style types as French country, English country, American country, Italian country or Tuscan, and Modern country. Each type of country style has taken characteristic features of the culture it was used in. English country is relaxed and comfortable incorporating many floral patterns as well as stripes and plaids.dam-images-decor-plaid-rooms-plaid-rooms-09-elissa-cullman
  10. Nautical/Cottage/Coastal- Warm, relaxing, and positive. The nautical look reflects the New England beach-side cottage spirit. White, blue, and sand colors should be used. Seashells in clear jars, unfinished wood pieces, and ropes are the traditional decorative accents.hosl02_yachtillusion

Natural Hair- The High Bun

bunIt’s the perfect time for protective styles. While everyone is braiding up their hair and hiding it with extensions, you may not have the time or money to do so, but your hair still needs protection. A bun is a quick and easy way to put away your ends and protect without spending any extra money.

You probably already have everything you need for a bun. Some suggested products are: edge control or gel, synthetic hair and a satin scarf.

In this video, you can see how Mini Marley does her high bun.

This style is as easy as 123. You simply pull your hair into a ponytail; lay your edges down with gel and/or edge control and bun it. You can opt to use synthetic hair for a bigger bun, but this is not necessary. It is also a good idea to tie a scarf around your head to mold your edges and give a sleek look.

A bun is not just an everyday protective style. It can be worn for many occasions. With New Year’s right around the corner, it is a great style to wear to a holiday party or a night on the town.  You can watch Naptural85’s bun tutorial to see a way to spice up your bun with confetti. It’s super cute and just as protective for your ends.

 

Quick & Easy Blowout on Natural Hair

blow outIs it time for a length check, or do you want to stretch out your hair with minimum heat? A blowout might be a good idea. It will not make your hair as sleek as flat ironing; however, it will give some length to your tight curls, coils or waves.

Many people use the tension method to blow dry their hair, but it takes a long time and may not give you that fully blown out look. If you use a blow dryer with different comb and brush attachments or a 3in1 dryer, this can cut down drying time and provide a flawless finish.

In this video posted by My Natural Sistas you can see a quick and easy way to achieve a blowout.

Some important things to note from this video are: detangle before blow drying, separate hair into small sections and always use a heat protectant to protect those beautiful curls.

Here is a video that reviews some of the best heat protectants by Shea Moisture. However, a quick google or Pinterest search can give you many product options.

There are many styling options with blow outs, so you can try different styles each time. For example, you can do bantu knot outs, wand curls, flexi rod sets and braid outs. Blow outs can also be worn naturally, just pineapple hair at night to preserve the style. If you want a sleeker look, a blowout is also a perfect base for flat ironing.

How to Do Natural-Looking Crochet Braids Outre Cuevana Twist Braid

natural crochet braidsThe harsh cold weather and wind of the winter months can be damaging to natural hair. If you’re in love with your natural hair texture, but you really need to put it away in a protective style for a while, natural-looking crochet braids are the way to go. This style is easy to do and very cost effective.

First, start off with freshly washed and conditioned hair. It is a good idea to deep condition, if you plan to keep the crochet braids up for at least two weeks. You can use almost any braid pattern. However, it is important to make sure the braids in the front are straight. This method makes it easy to part the hair different ways for multiple styles.

The items you’ll need to complete this style are a crochet hook and Outre X-Pression Cuevana Twist Braid hair. This hair matches the thickness of most natural hair to give you that effortless look. This brand can be rodded, twisted and curled in most of the styles that naturalistas do to their own hair.

You can watch The Brilliant Beauty’s tutorial video here to get natural-looking crochet braids.

In this video she uses three packs of hair in small amounts to keep it dense and more natural looking. She also shows you how to do the invisible part technique. She blow dried the hair, but it can also be flat ironed for a sleeker look.

Natural Hair | Twist & Style Tutorial

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The twist out is a great low manipulation hairstyle. I wear twist outs with my already Arm Pit Length fully transitioned hair but its still a good choice for those who are transitioning and the style leaves your hair ultimately defined and moisturized. If your hair is still staright at the ends, adding perm rods will curl the ends of the twist out hairstyle. You should start on clean shampoo and conditioned hair for this style. Check out Mini Marley’s Tutorial: