Summer Hairstyles with John Frieda

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Summer is right around the corner (finally!) & things are heating up. Literally!
Natasha and I both have really long hair. Anyone with long hair knows that it isn’t so glamorous when it’s scorching hot out and your hair is sticking to your face and neck! So we’re always interested in learning about easy, no fuss hairstyles during the hot, humid weather months. The high pony-tail style is probably one of our favourites because it’s easy to do and keeps you looking fresh and stylish. Even on the hottest summer days. Plus trying different variations of the pony-tail keeps it interesting. There are so many amazing styling products out there to help us achieve that gorgeous effortless look.. You know, that ‘effortless‘ look that actually takes some effort?! 

John Frieda Canada has made it easy to achieve beautiful, simple hairstyles that are perfect for Summer. Minimal products & effort is required which we love!

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The Look: BEACH WAVESBeach_Waves_1

How-to: Recreate this easy-breezy beachy, wavy look with products from John Frieda’s new Beach Blonde Collection. For all of you Blondes out there, this is a must try collection!

I have been using John Frieda’s Go Blonder shampoo and conditioner for years and I absolutely love it. It totally brightens my hair and keeps it fresh and non-brassy looking between colourings. It has become a staple product for me and I seriously can’t live without it. – Laura

For detailed step-by-step instructions, click here. And/or watch the simple tutorial video provided by John Frieda here.

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The Look: RUNWAY PONYTAIL Runway_Ponytail_2

How-to: Create a chic beautiful runway ponytail with a twist using John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery System.

For detailed step-by-step instructions, click here. And/or watch the simple tutorial video provided by John Frieda here.

 

 

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The Look: RETRO WAVES
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How-to: Create vintage waves with John Frieda’s Luxurious Volume Collection (pictured above). The Luxurious Volume line is designed to maintain the volume & texture of freshly coloured hair.

This Retro Wave look is definitely a fave! Hollywood Glam is always in style. 

For detailed step-by-step instructions, click here. And/or watch the simple tutorial video provided by John Frieda here.

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Where To Buy:
Online here, London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, Safeway, Superstore

 John Frieda Canada Online: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

What are some of your go-to Summer hairstyles? Let us know!
Laura & Natasha xo

Etsy Holiday Inspiration

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Etsy is a marketplace where people around the world connect to buy and sell unique goods. Our mission is to re-imagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world.

I love Etsy.

For those who are not aware, Etsy is a website which focuses on the selling & buying of handmade, & vintage items.
I like to think of Etsy as a ‘craftier‘ version of Ebay.
You can find everything on the site from paintings, prints, art & craft supplies, to home decor, quilts, beauty, jewelry, & toys.

Each item is unique, and it’s a great way to support artisans, & support smaller businesses.
Plus you can also find plenty of ideas for some DIY projects!

I’ve purchased some really cute items from Etsy previously & highly recommend shopping on Etsy. My latest purchase were gorgeous knitted coffee cozies which you can see here.

I was browsing on Etsy earlier, and started looking at Holiday gifts & decor and was blown away at all the great gift ideas.
Etsy is such a great site to do some online Holiday shopping, especially if you are looking for unique, homemade, beautiful pieces!

Grab a cup of cocoa, turn on your Christmas playlist, get cozy in your Christmas PJ’s (come on, you know you have a pair! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and browse with me on Etsy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some of my top Holiday Picks from Etsy:

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1. Winter Forest Wrapping Paper
from Etsy Seller: NormansPrintery

There’s few things I love more than beautifully wrapped Christmas presents under the tree. It’s almost like an art.
I love wrapping gifts, and have basically become the sole ‘gift wrapper‘ in my family. I love taking my time, and making the gifts look perfect, so I’m all about cute, unique wrapping paper.
This Forest Wrapping Paper is unique and perfectly vintage looking.

2. The Barrow – Chunky Infinity Scarf
from Etsy Seller: deroucheau

Nothing says Winter fashion like a nice, big, wool infinity scarf!
Essential piece of a girl’s Winter wardrobe.

3. Knitted Heart Fingerless Gloves
from Etsy Seller: KnitsbyVara

Cozy, homemade knitted gloves – perfect gift for her.

4. Burlap Dog Christmas Stocking
from Etsy Seller: ChristmasClaude

These doggie stockings are so adorable!
Pet’s are apart of the family, why not get a stocking for your fur-baby?

5. Glittered Acorn Christmas Ornaments – Set of 5
from Etsy Seller: AnnaBelleArts

I love the look of these glittery acorn ornaments.

6. Snowflake Christmas Earrings
from Etsy Seller: CloverPower

7. Christmas Reindeer Cushion
from Etsy Seller: CalicoandCotton

Cute reindeer pillow, perfect for a cabin!

8. Cardinals & Chickadees Christmas Wrapping Paper
from Etsy Seller: PaperandPresent

More pretty, unique wrapping paper. Love this bird design.

9. Custom Superhero Ornaments
from Etsy Seller: IttyBittyWoodShoppe

I thought these wooden superhero ornaments were so original, and creative. They would be so perfect for a kid’s tree, or a little boy’s tree!
If you’re a good painter, you could always make these yourself. I’m sure you could find plain wooden ornaments at a craft store, and paint them yourself. Would make for a great DIY & Christmas craft.

Have you ever bought or sold anything on Etsy before?
Love Etsy?
Comment & let us know! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Holiday Shopping!
Natasha Xo

DIY Gift Bags

IMG_4631g2bestbbbNatasha and I are crazy for all things paper… pretty little gift tags, cute notepads, adorable journals, wrapping paper, gift bags, cards, ribbons. Love it all! Can never have too much! We love it so much that we hope to create our own line someday. That’ll be way too much fun!

In our family, wrapping a gift has become sort of like an art of it’s own. A very important detail in the whole gift giving process. My dad (Natasha’s Grandpa) is the one who originally set the standard very high when it comes to wrapping gifts. He’s been that way since I was a little girl.

You wouldn’t believe it! He puts so much love into every detail. It has to be the perfect paper, the good quality kind and not that cheap stuff that tears when you fold the edges. He chooses the most beautiful matching bows, bundles the gift precisely with fabulous ribbon and finishes it all off with the most thoughtful card. Like really? Impressive. Very impressive.

IMG_3692gWe have quite a collection of pretty paper and trimmin’s already. Mostly from some years ago when I was on a huge ‘scrapbooking‘ frenzy and ordered a heap load of a gold mine of goods from the Shopping Channel. I think it was some amazing package deal of a zillion pieces of paper, stickers, tags, ribbons, sparkles and enough bedazzles to last like, forever.

But, of course, we’re girls and obviously it’s never enough. 
So… it’s off to the market we go.
Well, more specifically, the $1 bargain bins at Target and Michael’s. Omg. Have you guys been? Just try and drag us away from those bins! Once we’re in, there’s no getting us out until we’ve covered every single inch of all the goods and not miss a single item.

IMG_4614gbbbSo here’s the thing about buying gift cards and gift bags… it can get so expensive! Right? That’s why we were beyond excited when we discovered all of the cheap inexpensive treasures at these fabulous stores. You don’t need to spend a fortune (unless one wants to) on wrapping and cards.  

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: Reuse your preloved greeting cards & wrapping paper to save on expenses and create new fabulous tags and goodies.

I have a box full of greeting cards I’ve received throughout the years. Old Birthday, Easter, Valentine’s and Christmas cards galore.  I always display any cards I receive for like, way too long, on my hutch. Then they would go from the hutch into a drawer. And that was that. I mean, what are you supposed to do with all of these beautiful cards? It’s really a shame that they’re never to be seen again and stuck in a drawer. Then a few years ago I decided to haul them out and love them again in different ways! By making new cards, gift tags and pretty things from them. Recycling the love people. 

We used a couple different old greeting cards for this DIY Gift Bag project. The strawberry bag (emhmm, my personal favourite.).. and the shiny silver and pink heart bag, also beautiful. (both pictured in above group photo)

To make adorable gift tags from old cards just cut out the beautiful embellishment on the old card in your desired shape, glue coloured paper to the back of that cutout (optional), hole punch in the corner, thread a pretty ribbon through the hole and voila, a beautiful new ‘original’ gift tag. Boom!

During one of our Target $1 bargain bins treasure shopping excursions we discovered these cute little brown bags. $1 y’all! (We also purchased white ones we’ll use later!)
We thought it would be fun to make little gift bags that are cost efficient and easy to make.  You know, for those times when you want to give someone a gift card from their favourite store. Or some wrapped chocolates or candies just because. Or any kind of small, little gift. Wouldn’t it be so sweet presenting it to them in a cute l’il gift bag you made with love? I know right?! 

IMG_462g3ggggIMG_4622gbWe were in paper crafting heaven let me tell you! We pulled out all of our crafting boxes along with all of our new $1 bargain finds and sat down for an afternoon of fun-ness. In all honesty it took us a little longer then 1 afternoon, it actually turned out to be numerous crafting sessions. But we eventually got the job done! 

IMG_4644g2bestWe let our imaginations run wild and created some really cute gift bags. 

IMG_4646g2Of course we had friendly debates on which bags were our favourites, which bag was most creative and which bag we thought others would choose! We even considered having our family members rate their favourites but in the end we were very diplomatic about it and determined they all were so darn cute.

But I just have to say, isn’t that ‘strawberry’ one the cutest thing ever?

CollagebestIMG_462g6gFor Mother’s Day I gave my sister and my mom each a bag. I put little gifts of lipgloss, handcreams and eye mask packettes into each of their bags and I have to say I think they liked the bags more then what was actually inside! They loved them and wouldn’t stop commenting on how adorable they were! Definitely a hit! 

IMG_4663ggIMG_4659goodgggOkay, we just have to know… what bags do you guys prefer? 
No hard feelings. Really.

Laura & Natasha xo
(written by Laura)

Oscars-Inspired Nails

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Okay, let’s get right to it. What did you guys think of the Oscars last night?! 
Our favorite moments of the show were:

– Jared Leto’s acceptance speech. So good. (My mom and I may have cried watching it..)
– Ellen’s celeb selfie group shot.
U2! Need I say more? Ordinary Love is such a great song.

To get into the spirit, I decided to do a little Oscars-inspired nail art. (When I say nail art, I mean very simple nail art. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) When I think of the Oscars, I think of lots of gold, glitter & stars. So I kept it simple and went with a black polish, added some gold glitter to the tips to give it an ombre effect and put 2 star decals on each ring finger. 

The colours I used are shown in the photo above. Bourjois Paris: ‘Noir de Chine‘, Essie: ‘As Gold As It Gets‘, Selena Gomez Nicole by OPI: ‘Kissed At Midnight‘, & Essie: ‘No Chips Ahead Top Coat‘.

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Now, let’s talk Fashion! Who do you think rocked the red carpet this year?! 

Our top 4 are: Cate Blanchett, Kate Hudson, Olivia Wilde & Lupita Nyong’o. We both agreed that Cate Blanchett’s Armani gown was the best of the night but we loved all four of these gorgeous gowns. 

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What were your favorite moments from the 2014 Oscars? We’d love to hear!
Natasha & Laura xo