Saturday, June 30, 2012

Nail Polish for Summer 2012

Nail Polish for Summer 2012

Hello everyone!  Today Kitsch is excited to share some of our favorite nail polish for summer 2o12.  Kitsch made our hair ties to not only look amazing in your hair, but look great as a bracelet too.  We know that women spend money on bracelets and rings for their hands to look nice so we know how important a beautifully made hair tie and well-done nails are.  That being said, we have compiled a list of the best nail polish for summer 2012 that you can check out the next time you're at your local beauty store.
Nail Polish for Summer 2012
OPI Holland collection

Holland collection by OPI - Classic Nail Polish for Summer 2012

OPI is one of our favorite nail polish brands for many reasons.  We love size and quality of the brush, the adorable names, and how well this brand of nail polish lasts.  When we saw the OPI Holland collection we knew we would be rocking so many of these shades of nail polish for summer 2012.  "Red lights ahead...where?" is a KNOCKOUT on all skin tones, but really pops on ivory and olive tones.  This color will be your go-to red for the summer because the hint of orange mixed in with the bright red makes it a classic yet unique nail polish for summer 2012.  We are also crazy about "Thanks a windmillion," which is a deep mint color and the bright orange "A roll in Hague," that look sensational on tanner and darker skin tones.  The Holland collection has 2 adorable pink colors (we prefer the hot pink "Kiss me on my tulips")  for girls that like more traditional shades in nail polish for summer 2012.  We think Holland's neutral brown shades, "Gouda gouda two shoes" and "Wooden shoe like to know" look awesome when worn with very on-trend tribal print clothing.  Finally, "Vampsterdam" is perfect for girls who still wanna work the goth chic look through the summer and "I don't give a Rotterdam!" has to be one of the most beautiful, glittery blue shades we have ever seen.  A round of applause for OPI and their Holland nail polish for summer 2012!
Nail Polish for Summer 2012
Chine Glaze's "Loves a beach"

Neons- Nail polish for Summer 2012

Neons are on fire right now in both fashion and nail polish for summer 2012.  The cool thing about neon polish is that it works with other neon clothes, but can really kick up a look for women who wear more neutral or basic colors.  Kitsch has found that drugstore neons look just as good as the pricier brands.  We happen to be partial to neons from Sally Hansen and China Glaze because they seem to have a great variety of neons, although China Glaze usually takes two coats.  Neons look even better with a good base coat and top glaze.  If you do not have a base coat and top glaze already, we encourage you to invest in these along with nail polish for summer 2012.  A base coat and a top glaze makes your nail polish for summer 2012 look more professional, as well as keeps your nails healthy!
Nail Polish for Summer 2012
Revlon's "Ocean Breeze"
Nail Polish for Summer 2012
Deborah Lippmann's "Mermaid's Dream"

Mermaid Hues- Unique Nail Polish for Summer 2012

The mermaid hue is for any beach babe that wants something out of the ordinary on her nails this summer.  Get your Darryl Hannah on with these exquisite, blue-green combos.  For a lighter version of this trend, Kitsch recommends Deborah Lippmann's "Mermaid's Dream," and for the darker and less expensive version try "Ocean Breeze" from Revlon's limited edition Scents of Summer line.  Yes, the smell of the ocean is literally at your fingertips.
Along with your Kitsch hair ties and headbands, these colors of nail polish for summer 2012 will surely pump up your summer style.  Please feel free to leave comments and share some of your summer nail trends or ways you like to wear your Kitsch.  Thank you for reading our favorites in nail polish for summer 2012!

Friday, June 29, 2012

How To: French Braid with Kitsch Hair Ties

French Braid | How to French Braid with Kitsch

Summer is a time for trips to the beach, barbecuing, and experiencing the most from the outdoors!  There doesn't seem to be many downsides to summertime, however, it is so easy to get into the habit of throwing your hair up into a ponytail on especially warm days.  At Kitsch, we want to give you some alternatives to the classic ponytail so we are going to show you how to do a french braid.

French Braid Directions:

french braidThe french braid is a stylish braid that looks complex, but is actually quite easy to achieve.  We like how french braids look great in a variety of occasions and Kitsch Hair Ties has a large assortment of colors for any type of event.  We also recommend using one of our headbands along with a french braid for when you want the hair out of your face but still want to look stylish.  Grab a friend and try these fool-proof directions or practice this beautiful french braid on your own hair!

1.  Comb through the hair and make sure it is free of knots.  (Kitsch tip: Freshly washed hair is not the best for
french braids because it is more slippery so try and French braid at least a day after washing).                                                                            
2. Towards the top of your hair, gather about a third of your hair as if you are doing a half-up ponytail.
3. After you have gathered this section, separate into 3 sections.  Two sections should fall between your thumb and pointer finger, one for each hand, and the 3rd section can go to whichever hand you want.                                                                     4. Now, begin to do a regular braid, crossing the right piece over the middle piece, and then the left piece over the new middle piece.                                                                                                                                                                                
5. After you have moved the left piece over the middle, pull a smaller section of hair from the right side of the head and add it to the right piece.  You should then braid regularly until you are ready to cross the left piece over the middle.  When this happens you should again, take a smaller section from the left side of the head and put it with the left piece.  Continue this process.                                                                                                                                      
6. When you come to the end of the hairline at the neck, stop the french braid and braid regularly.                                    
7. Secure your french braid with a Kitsch hair tie!

Kitsch Tip:

We love incorporating multiple ties into all types of braids, including the french braid.  You can achieve this unique look in a french braid by adding a Kitsch hair tie into one of three sections of the braid (we recommend doing this where the hairline stops on your neck).  This look instantly spices up your French braid and is great because you can show off two colors.  Using a glitter tie along with a pastel or one of our basic colors is a fun and chic look in your french braid.  We guarantee you'll be receiving compliments left and right on your french braid with this uniquely Kitsch look!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Kitsch Hair Ties take on crazy Shanghai, China!

Kitsch Hair Ties take on crazy Shanghai, China!

The diverse, thrilling, emerging international city of Shanghai China was as exciting as ever before as I traveled there for a two-week trip alongside Jordan, my best friend and Chinese-speaking partner in crime. As the local youth of the aristocratic Shanghai families strives to keep up with the latest Western trends, Kitsch hair ties made an impressive debut through our two weeks in Shanghai.

Working as an intern at Kitsch, I returned to the city where both Jordan and I had
each studied Mandarin for a semester.   Although both Jordan and I speak Mandarin Chinese, Kitsch hair ties went viral without any help from our language skills. Their appeal is universal for the wrists and ponytails of trend-seekers looking for that “Western” look.

Shanghai’s underrated world of fashion

Shanghai is no longer a Third World fashion backwater. It is easily as cosmopolitan as Paris or New York city, and a mecca of young professionals of every stripe.  Full of energy and high rises, Shanghai is easily one of the most impressive fashionable social scenes I have ever experienced. Night clubs are full of international students, models and expats in the latest looks accented with the authentic accent of 
their own country’s fashion. The cutting edge fashions from around the world shape native Shanghai fashionistas’ looks. Looking Western is in.

Language of Kitsch Hair ties

Jordan and I layered our wrists with Kitsch hair ties, accessorizing them as the latest “arm candy” trend, and intertwined them in any up-do hair style. We were never without our Kitsch, from the colorful summer bright hair ties suitable for long day adventures through local markets to the enticing neons and glitter hair ties for our nights out on the town. It didn’t take long for the trend of Kitsch hair ties’ chic appeal to become everyday accents for the beautiful long tresses of Shanghai fashion chameleons.  Fascination with Kitsch crossed gender lines. The trendy European men’s styles were hard for us to ignore: their unique, chic, and attractive combinations of colored pants, textured cardigans, pin-striped dress shirts, and styles foreign to the everyday American male college student. Jordan and I were intrigued by their sophisticated fashion tastes, and they were equally enticed by what they referred to as the “Kitsch arm bands.” Mixing and matching the bold prints and masculine colors, they layered and 

accessorized their hip outfits. Kitsch hair ties’ language took on a voice of their own as the association transitioned into trendy men’s arm bands that they couldn’t get enough of. Around the arms of the handsome European men at the night clubs, it did not take long for the fashionable Chinese girls to want some of their very own Kitsch hair ties. As Jordan and I would hand them out them their immediate enthusiasm for the Kitsch brand soon spoke for itself as they hollered for pictures dancing the night away with their hair now tied up and their flashy “Kitsch arm bands” around their accessorized wrists.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Kitsch Princess Hair Tie Giveaway!

Hair Tie Giveaway for the princess in you!

Kitsch partners with the Disneyland Guru blogger for a wonderfully dreamy giveaway of limited edition princess colorway hair ties featuring gorgeous glitters, precious prints and vibrant solids.  Click the link and read the blog to find out how you can win a set for free!

Win here!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

How do you wear your Kitsch Hair Ties?

How do you wear your Kitsch Hair Ties?

In honor of all our wonderful fans and supporters who sent in photos showing us all the awesome ways they love to wear their Kitsch hair ties.  From simple ponytails to fancy braids, stacked and layered as bracelets or shared with friends.  Wear it in your hair for a fancy evening or for exercise, we love it all.  Feel free to send more photos of how you wear your Kitsch Hair Ties and Headbands!

Monday, June 25, 2012

How to do a Fishtail Braid with a Kitsch Hair Tie

How to: Fishtail Braid & Kitsch Hair Tie

Love braids and looking for something new?  The Fishtail braid is right for you.  Perfect for a summer run or even a night out, this two strand braid fits the bill.  Kitsch is delighted to give step-by-step directions for a flawless fishtail.  And don't forget, a Kitsch hair tie is the stylish, secure finish to your fishtail braid!
1. First,secure your hair into a low pony with a rubberband.  Important: Make sure it's a rubberband you don't care about because you'll have to cut it when you're done.
2. Next, separate the hair into two "chunks" ;). Down the middle or off to the side depending on how you want to rock your braid.
3. So now you have two "chunks," - "chunk one" and "chunk two"  you can give them different names if you want.  Then take a small piece (about 1/8 of your "chunk") of "chunk one" and move it over to "chunk two."
4. Now do the same thing with "chunk two," take a small section of "chunk two" and move it to its new home over at "chunk one."
5. Repeat until you get to the bottom.  Now your "chunks" should be woven together in a super rad braid.  You're happy, you're friends are happy, and your "chunks" are now happy.
6.  Secure the ends with a Kitsch hair tie.  We recommend one of our "tie-dye" or sparkly glitter hair ties with a fishtail braid!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Win A Year Supply of free Hair Ties!

That's right, Kitsch is giving away a year's supply of...

 Hair Ties!

365 hair ties for 365 days of the year!  We will be giving away an assortment of solid, tie dye, glitter, and other printed hair ties at an estimated retail value of $800!   To enter is simple, all you have to do is like us on facebook and you're entered to win.  Please pass along and share with your friends!

For a link to the giveaway, just click here or paste the address into your browser.