Monday, December 31, 2012

New Years Resolutions

Realistic Goals for 2013


Everyone starts making their resolutions now- some are choosing to set unrealistic goals, others are simply making the resolution to not have a resolution. Tricky stuff, right?

Here are some ground rules for making and keeping your New Years resolutions! 

  1. Prioritize Figure out what matters most. Are you saving for a vacation? Do you have a fitness goal you would like to achieve? Are you trying to make the Deans list? What exactly do you want the MOST in 2013, it's great to have multiple goals but It's important to know what you want the most, so you can focus more energy into that area. 
  2. Set Deadlines Honestly, a year is a long time to accomplish something. A lot can change, and amazing things can be done- so make sure that you get the most of it! 
    • For example, if you are saving for a vacation, how much money are you setting aside each pay check? At what point must you purchase your plane ticket? When do you have to have hotel booked and paid? These are all things to consider. 
    • If you are striving for fitness goals, are you trying to increase strength? Loose body fat? Increase endurance? Maybe you want to become a runner, in the year, when are you going to complete your first 5k, 10k and Marathon? Having clear goals can be SO helpful.
  3. Get Support! Friends, family and significant others can be the best support when trying to reach your goals. There is no point in going on a holiday alone and having a running buddy is so much more motivational! Even if they aren't on-track with your goals, having someone to check in with you is fantastic. I wouldn't be able to get my husband to go to the gym if I tried (he is lucky enough to still have a great stomach even after eating a dozen donuts) but he is wonderfully supportive and does ask how far along I am with my goals. 
  4. Organize! Any goal that you set, isn't something that you can just go out and achieve. Make a list, and create a timeline so that you understand what steps need to be completed in order for you to reach your ultimate goal. Each time you check something off of that list, you should feel WONDERFUL about yourself because even though you aren't there yet you have definitely made progress from where you were before.
Have a wonderful, and SAFE New Years Eve!!

Also, show us how you are going to put Kitsch into your attire! Make sure to hashtag #kitschhairties or tag us on instagram! 

xx 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunday Inspiration

Oscar Wilde's Wisdom


One thing I was always taught while growing up, is the importance of knowing your own worth and truly loving yourself. Now, with social media being so accessible, Instagram and Facebook have flooded our minds with images of what we "should" be. Although some may be inspirational, never look at someone else and feel inadequate. Love yourself, and all of the wonderful things that you have that are unique about you. It's okay to want more, self-improvement is something wonderful to strive for, but don't ever forget about how awesome you already are!



To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. 


-Oscar Wilde 


Now when you're setting those New Year's resolutions, don't forget to make sure that loving yourself is on that list! 

Friday, December 28, 2012

NYE Style Ideas

Outfits From Different Eras 



Trying to figure out an outfit for New Year's eve? Why don't you take a cue from previous times and go with a retro look! I absolutely love These three dresses pictured here, just for that reason!

I'm a firm believer that NYE is the perfect time to wear metallics and sparkles, so make sure that you dress accordingly. 

The top blue dress, from Nasty Gal is completely reminiscent of the 90's. Spice Girls or Butavi brother's anyone!? Although it's a change from your average gold or silver, it definitely steps it up in a bold, metallic color. 

Next up is the lovely white and silver beauty from Free People. This 20's inspired, dropped waist dress is perfect for someone who wants to channel her inner Daisy Buchanan. Make sure to stick with a modern hair style, and you won't look dated!

Lastly, ASOS brings in the va-va-voom with this structured, early 60's style number. I absolutely love everything about it. The cut, the print and the texture of the garment- AMAZE!

Let's not forget, the Party Time earring set would work WONDERFULLY with any of these outfits! Triangles with the metallic blue, spikes with the white and skulls with the black. Each one  would be the perfect way to make a retro piece totally modern! 


How are you going to dress up for NYE? Are you going to pay tribute to fashion's past?





Thursday, December 27, 2012

What To Do With The Present You Didn't Want

Cheeky ways to Re-gift


Okay, let's be honest... everyone has received something that they didn't want this holiday. That doesn't mean that you don't appreciate it, but it may just be that you don't need that second waffle maker or awkward Christmas scarf. Here, I will teach you the art of re-gifting. It's not tacky- it's sensible! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, people! And although Kitsch hair ties definitely will never end up in this category, you may have something(s) that qualify. 

  1. Sort it out While you're putting away all of the new lovelies you unwrapped, make sure to take note of everything that you don't need- no one likes a pack rat! Things can generally be sorted into a couple different categories, KEEP, donate, regift and store. Rarely should anything ever be just thrown out!
  2. KEEP The useful things, the items that you asked for and even the ones that were great little surprises. Make sure that you've got a home for them. 
  3. Donate The items that have been lightly loved, but you are okay with discarding. If it wasn't for fashionable people as yourself, second-hand store shopping wouldn't be so much fun. Think of it as accruing good karma from the vintage Gods. If you aren't in love with it, someone else probably will be OR you might be providing someone less fortunate with something necessary (like a warm jacket for the fall!) You can directly drop off donations at the Goodwill, Salvation Army or most local second hand stores, and if you want it will even qualify for a tax write off (they can give you a receipt). We've only got a couple days left of the year- make those tax dollars count!)
  4. Re-gift Now this is the tough one, make sure that you do this carefully because if not you can end up getting introuble! Find a box left over from Christmas (usually shoe/bootboxes are great tricks) and make sure to store all of your unopened, unused, or unworn items that you think others will like. Did you get a scarf in mustard yellow, and you totally can't pull off that color? Did someone manage to get you pricy lotion in a scent that you're allergic to? Have you now accumulated 32 different types of pink lip gloss? Those are all reasons to give them to a happy home! Make sure that you mark with a post-it who you received it from. Nothing is more awkward than giving someone back a gift that you've been given. Now, next time you're in a pinch you can have the perfect gift just waiting!
  5. Store Family heirlooms? Beautiful handbags you just can't part with? Anything that you can't get rid of but can't exactly find room for can always be stored. This is a great way to make sure that your beloved items aren't causing clutter, and are safely perched away. 
Organization and Re-gifting are great ways to make sure that you'e got a less-stressed and clutter free New Year! You without a doubt will continue shopping, and so you need room for the new treasures. Also, next time you get invited to your friend's cousins girlfriend's birthday party, you will be prepared!

What steps are you taking to transition from Christmas craze to New Year zen!?


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

With Love, Kitsch 


Whether you are choosing to celebrate today as a Holiday, or just enjoying a day off of work- we hope that it brings you happiness! Have an absolutely WONDERFUL day! 


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sunday Inspiration

Take A Note From The Grinch


And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?




What is your true meaning of Christmas? 

Friday, December 21, 2012

How To: Sock Bun

A Guide To The Classic Sock Bun


Always wonder how Kim K and all of the other starlets manage to get those great high buns!? They never manage to have a flimsy, awkward one- which is pretty simple for the average girl to do without much effort. No, they weren't born with an absurd amount of hair- well most of them anyway! They have help from a simple sock! Now before spending money on something, just check out this tutorial that will take a ragged wardrobe piece and change it to your favorite up-do accessory. 



  1. Start with second day hair, this works best because your natural oils will help everything stay in place.
  2. Create a pony tail with your favorite Kitsch hair tie. Now it can be a low ponytail, mid-range or even high and dramatic. Choose what works best for you. I went for a higher option. 
  3. Take an old sock, cut off the toe and roll it into a doughnut shape.
  4. Use that sock and place it over your ponytail, so that it rests on top of your Kitsch hair tie. 
  5. Grab another Kitsch hair tie and secure over hair that's been placed around the sock bun.
  6. Use a hand held mirror to adjust the pieces so that you don't have straggly bits. Feel free to use additional hair ties, or bobbi pins in order to secure loose hairs. 
  7. Make the bun your own! It can be messy, neat or a little bit in between. I chose to go a bit more on the messy side, because I see the beauty in imperfections. 


Are you going to do a high bun this holiday? How are you going to make it your own!? 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas High Buns!

The Best Holiday Hairstyle

(With a how-to guide coming tomorrow!)

We're doing a great DIY guide for high buns, just in time for Christmas! Before we show you how, here are some beautiful variations of the classic look. Can't figure out what to do with your 'do this holiday?? Go for the high bun and make sure that you've got a side of class without having to fuss with your hair throughout the day. 






Now make sure you check out tomorrow's tutorial! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Food You Should NEVER Eat

Avoid these, and be good to your body!

With Christmas and New Years fast approaching, we're loading up on guilty pleasures and definitely splurging in certain ways. However, instead of telling you what you grab- I'm going to give you a heads up as to what to avoid... ALL THE TIME. Here a couple things that you should always steer clear of, regardless of the season. 

Artificial Sweeteners

Everyone gets so paranoid about sugar that they've opted toward sugar free, think about it though- how can sugar free still be sweet, if not artificially? If you want something sweet opt for natural fruits, or even a bit of honey. Fake sugars actually reset your taste buds and make you crave sugary foods, but since your body doesn't actually get any sugar from the intake, you may end up bingeing in the end. Not to mention, fake sugars (anything sweet that still manages to be low calorie) has been linked to migraine triggers, insomnia, chronic stomach issues and cancer! Feeling like something bubbly and sweet? Mix tonic water with fresh oranges- yum! 

Margarine


Butter definitely isn't good for you in large quantities, and depending on where you stand with dairy, you may be against it entirely. The trans fats in good old marge have been shown to increase your cholesterol too! You also aren't really saving many calories in the long run, so make sure you stick to your healthy fats- olive oil and coconut oil are great alternatives! If you still want that buttery flavor, I absolutely love earth balance spread- yum!

Soy Protein Isolate

All soy isn't bad, but the isolate (a refined, often genetically-modified form of soy that pops up in a lot of soy-based products) resembles estrogen, which is iffy—some research has shown that it can increase the risk of cancers and infertility in women. So just to clarify, SOY=GOOD... GENETICALLY MODIFIED=BAD. I think this goes with saying, any type of food that's genetically modified is bad. Make sure that you stick to the natural stuff like nuts, chick peas, lentils, tofu or soy beans if you want to go vego/vegan and are trying to find adequate sources of protein. Keep in mind, with the way we eat in a first world country, it's almost nearly impossible to be macro-nutrient deficient even if you are avoiding meat, just eat smart! 

How are you eating smart this holiday? 



Monday, December 17, 2012

In Loving Memory

Kitsch Remembers Those Lost 

It's unfortunate that horrific tragedies like that of Sandy Hook Elementary bring unity. I always wish that it's something we can come to without a devastating loss. However, today as a country and really, as a world we will take time to remember those lost last Friday during the shooting. We honor those brave souls that had quick actions, saving countless innocent lives and reflect on the lives of children, gone almost without having the chance to really live. Be grateful for each breath, each day and each moment of happiness in your life, this is proof that there is no time to take things for granted. 



Saturday, December 15, 2012

Best Fashion Apps For Your Phone

Android or Apple? We've got you Covered


Regardless of what side of the fence you're on (be it IOS or Andriod), there lies the basic need- FASHION APPS! Here are some tried and true wonders that you absolutely must download now, and one new one to check out! 



 Fashion Kaleidoscope

synopsis by company
The most fun and addictive way to shop the latest fashion from around the world. See the latest fashion outfits from around the world, and instantly find where to buy them!


kitsch review
Definitely if pinterest and WWD had a baby, and decided it would be an app, it would be this. Although there seem to have been some issues reported with "bugs" that's so normal with an app that you really can't hold anything against it. Fashion, creativity and individual style- all at your fingertips (with the awesome option to then be forwarded to purchase!). Lust-worthy items are easy to spot- impulse shoppers beware! 



Trendabl


synopsis by company
Share and discover fashion through Trendabl. Take a photo, add a filter and tag it with information such as the designer, store & color. You can also share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr! 


kitsch review
Instagram for fashion, but less personal? Yup. Tag your favorite stores, colors, styles, designers, etc and have it completely organized. It's a great way to do a style or inspiration board without having to share too publicly. If you want, you can still link it to your tumblr, twitter or facebook. 




Style.com


synopsis by company
Style.com's iPhone and iPad application brings you the best of fashion—including ready-to-wear, menswear, and couture runway coverage from New York, Paris, Milan, and London—direct to your device, wherever you may be. Download now for the latest runway shows from fashion capitals around the world, automatically updated to display the most current season and shows. In addition to perusing every catwalk look, you can get up-to-the-moment party coverage worldwide as well as stream and watch Style.com's entire video library, from runway clips to designer and celebrity profiles. 

kitsch review
Fashionista's new best friend. If you are into designer, haute couture, and runway then this is a MUST HAVE. If you'd rather just make sure that you're sticking to your personal style, then call this one a miss. Conde Nast has provided a beautiful, user friendly way to really get behind the seasons in the Fashion industry, because if you are serious-  (and no joke, because they do teach you this "cardinal rule" in Fashion school) then the absolute worst thing you can ever do is be out of trend! We prefer individuality mixed with fashion savvy, but to each their own!

What apps are you addicted to!? 

Friday, December 14, 2012

At Home Skin Care


So Citrus-y and so Clean


MANDARIN ALMOND FACIAL SCRUB

  1. 2 tsp almond meal
  2. 1 tsp honey
  3. 1/2 tsp mandarin juice
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix. In the shower, apply the mixture to your face and gently scrub for one or two minutes. Rinse away with warm water.

LIME ACNE TREATMENT

  1. 1 cup whole milk
  2. Juice of one lime
  3. 1 tsp glycerin
Boil milk in a saucepan, then add the lime juice and glycerin. Turn off the heat and let your mixture cool for 30 minutes. When cool, dab your clean skin with the liquid using a small washcloth. Leave on overnight.

CELL-RENEWING GRAPEFRUIT MASK

  1. 2 Tbsp grapefruit juice
  2. 1 tsp carrot juice
  3. 2 Tbsp plain organic yogurt
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix. Apply a thick layer of paste onto clean skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and a washcloth. Your skin should feel refreshed and glowing.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Kitsch Loves Pony Tails!

Celebrity Pony Tails 

Pony tails are an excellent hairstyle choice on matter the season! Here are some of my absolute favorite celebrity ponytails! From messy to sleek, the only thing these are missing is a beautiful hair tie to top it off! Which celebrity do you take your fashion tips from!? 

Audrey Hepburn

Sandra Dee 

Katy Perry

Blake Lively

Mila Kunis

Ps- HAPPY 12/12/12, Not sure why it's a celebration- but it's always important to be on trend! 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pear & Cranberry Crisp


Holiday Goodies With Less Guilt 


Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Makes: 6 to 8 servings
Ingredients 
Filling
1/3 cup dried cranberries
2 pounds firm pears peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch slices
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Topping
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons rolled oats
Pinch ground nutmeg
Small pinch salt
2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and softened
Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the cranberries in a bowl and cover them with boiling water. Let soak until plump, about 15 minutes. Drain well.
2. Combine the almonds, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, oats, nutmeg, and salt in a food processor; pulse a few times. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles granola.
3. In a 10-inch glass pie plate or baking dish, combine the drained cranberries with the pears, maple syrup, flour, and vanilla. Toss well. Scatter the topping over the fruit.
4. Bake the crisp until the topping is well browned, about 1 hour. Serve warm.
Nutrition facts per serving: 260 calories, 3g protein, 49g carbohydrate, 7g fat (3.3g saturated), 6g fiber

Monday, December 10, 2012

Red Lipstick

A Little Red with Your Dinner 

One of the most amazing things about the holidays, is the fact that RED is definitely a seasonal color of choice! Make sure that you add a pop of color to your wardrobe by keeping your lips bright and juicy! As you can see, even people who say "I don't do red" just haven't found the right one yet! Below each model or celebrity has a different skin tone, but looks stunning! Are you looking for a blue red, a brown based red or a coral red? Go try some on at your favorite makeup counter to find out! Not all reds are created equal! 

Kim Kardashian, Lauren Conrad and Taylor swift all have different colring, and area all wearing different reds- but they look gorgeous!

What are you going to try!? 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

Best Holiday Hairstyles

Great Hair For The Holidays 

Holiday hair can sometimes be a little bit of a struggle. Not only do you know there will be photos, you also sometimes have to battle with weather extremes. Whether you're going to be in snow, rain or sun- we have three great classy options for holiday hair! 

 Big waves with a deep part are excellent for the colder weather. If you are going to be in a drier climate, go ahead and curl two inch sections of your hair with a larger curling iron (1 1/4 inch is my go-to). Lightly mist with your favorite spray, and then brush it out before you head out the door. This will give you the big, sexy waves like Amanda Seyfried. 

Looking to see a bit of the wetter weather this holiday? Go for the classy high bun. This works great with chunky sweaters or turtle necks because it keeps your hair off of your shoulders and creates an open look. This works best on 2nd day hair because you'll have less fly aways. Make sure you secure it with a glitter hair tie, that way if it gets exposed you'll get even more compliments from this chic style. 

Messy ponytails are great for someone who is going to be hosting a holiday gathering. Still completely formal and sophisticated, but all out of the way. Let your hair air dry before teasing the crown and spraying or pinning any short layers back and away from the face. Once you've secured it with your favorite hair tie, take the pony tail sections and wrap it around a curling iron (a 3/4 inch would be perfect!) so that you can give it just that 
bit of extra wave. 


What are you planning on doing with your hair this holiday!? 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Healthy Christmas Recipe

Coconut Milk with Holiday Spices

Skip the eggnog this year, not only does it not taste great (in my opinion!) but it's soo unhealthy! Coconut Milk, the low fat, antioxidant rich, dairy free, wonder drink tastes AMAZING when warmed and spiced. Maybe you should leave this with Santa instead of milk this year! 

Serves 6
Ingredients:
  • 2-1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1 (15-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 3 pieces star anise
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 3 (1/4-inch thick) slices fresh, peeled ginger
  • Long strips of zest from 1 orange
  • Freshly grated nutmeg or a pinch of cayenne
Directions:
  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together almond and coconut milk. Set aside.
  2. In a double-layer piece of cheesecloth, combine star anise, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, ginger, and orange zest. Enclose spices together in cheesecloth by tieing ends together.
  3. Place spice bag in milk mixture and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  4. Quickly reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve hot sprinkled with nutmeg or cayenne.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holiday Shoe Guide

What To Wear, When To Wear It


I've already expressed the fact that during the holidays, you NEED to be camera ready. Between social networking power houses like instagram and Grandma's house, everyone is ready to take your snapshot. Here are some GREAT basics to make sure that you're well prepped for this festive time of year. 

Be prepared to unwrap all of your presents with these lovely glittered Toms flats! I love my Toms, and couldn't live without at least one pair in my wardrobe. Early Christmas morning when you have to roll out of bed, throw on your favorite pjs and be festive with these glittery gems! The best part is, if you pick a fun color they will be ideal for mixing with the spring trends AND your favorite glitter hair ties! 

Make sure that you stay casual, but cute on Christmas dinner. Odds are it is going to be an extremely long day, so you definitely want to make sure that you have comfort in mind. Pair these lovely embellished flats with a knit sweater and black leggings so that you've got the perfect Christmas cozy day ensemble.

Keep it classy with an edge for your company Christmas party. The metallic toe of the nude pump really takes office cool to street sexy. The best part is even after they make their debut, you can still wear them during your regular days. 

Date night will be warm (but still sexy!) with a pair of lovely suede booties. Take your favorite LBD and throw a pair of black tights underneath. As a rule of thumb, opaque or textured tights will usually look best-stockings might end up being too sheer. If you're lucky enough to be in warmer weather still, don't be afraid to mix these with a great pair of cutoffs and oversize sweater! 

What shoes are going to make their debut with you this holiday season!? 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Kitsch at Stereo Sonic

Real Friends Wear Kitsch 

This weekend I was lucky enough to attend Stereosonic music festival in Brisbane Australia, and be able to watch some of the worlds best DJ's live! Kitsch made a huge appearance, and we all were able to mix and match our favorites to really compliment our outfits! After all, real friends wear Kitsch! 




Did any of our Australian friends go!? What did you think!? 

Monday, December 3, 2012

How To Take Care Of Your Skin In Winter


Winter Regime 



Moisturizing Tips: Face
In the winter, you need to add products to your skin-care regime to protect yourself from the harsh elements; if you're using a normal, lightweight moisturizer, bump it up to a more moisturizing one. Look for something with Glycerin and vitamin E to help lock in moisture, and with aloe to help calm and soothe. The ingredients will help stimulate circulation and also remove toxins from the skin.
Start using a serum to complement your daily moisturizer. When the winter weather changes, you need to start layering your face like you would your close. Serum, moisturizer, makeup. Those essential layers will help protect your face from extreme conditions. 
Even if you aren't sweating because of the heat, make sure that you are staying hydrated. Avoid caffeine (which can be hard because of all the toasty drinks!), drink lots of water, and make sure that you are keeping your diet low sodium but high hydration! Fruits and veggies will provide the wonderful water levels and antioxidants your skin is craving. 
Moisturizing Tips: Body
Avoid the steamy hot showers! While you might think it's hydrating, water topically can have a drying effect on your epidermis. In fact, the more water that hits your skin, the more it breaks down the complex layer of naturally occurring lipids between and on top of your skin cells. Overbathing or overshowering will make dry skin even drier, so make sure that the temperatures aren't too hot, or for too long and moisturize immediately afterward. 
To reap the most benefits from your body lotion, blot skin with a towel—don't dry completely—so that humectants in your moisturizer can draw water on skin's surface into the lower layers.
Exfoliating: Face and Body
Depending on how oily or dry your face is, exfoliate one to three times a week, at the end of your shower when your pores have been steamed open. But never exfoliate more than three times a week or else you might wind up breaking down your skin's natural barrier function and make your dry, flaky skin worse. Another don't: scrubs that contain abrasive grains. You want granules that are manmade, perfectly round spheres because they won't rip or break the skin like a ground seed will, for example! So yes, all of you apricot scrub lovers, throw that away- those massive sand and walnut granules are tearing your skin! 
Try to exfoliate your body about three times a week, but avoid loofahs- they are breeding grounds for bacteria! 

Here is to a BEAUTIFUL winter! 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Ugly Tacky Sweater Christmas Party

How To Find The Sweater Everyone LOVES to Hate


  • Oversized is a MUST Since these sweaters were really not made to ever flatter anyone, it's important to work it to your advantage. If it's larger, feel free to pair it with a pair of leggings! Festive leggings are a great way to add an extra amount of awkward to the outfit, and in this scenario that's a great thing!
  • When in doubt, go for glitter Find something at the second hand store and feel it needs more? Stop by your local craft store and pick up jingle bells, glitter or sequins. Attract light and looks by making sure that you're the most reflective person at the party. 
  • Light up the night A true find is always something that's a bit electrified. If you're lucky enough to find something that actually has battery power, HOLD ONTO IT. Those sweaters are rare, and top notch when it comes to the ugly and tacky category. 

Let the festivities begin!