Why I Love…

My latest obsession is not a trend or a wardrobe staple. It’s headphones.

Urbanears to be specific.

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I wanted something different, something very me, you know? Headphones that spoke Kelley, screamed style and fun and modern and fresh!

So I began my headphones hunt. I’d found Urbanears earlier in the year and they looked to be the answer. Around Black Friday, I happened by Urbanears’ site and, to my delight, they had a sale Cyber Monday! Thank the heavens! Initially apprehensive to shop for a decent pair of phones online from a Sweden-based brand that I had never listened through or heard a personal review about, I took the leap. I shopped for the best style for DJing and the best deal. Then I was sure it was meant to me when I spotted the Zinken model[shown above] in my runner up favorite color[after gray, of course]: teal. I happily checked out and waited…

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And waited …

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And waited. ..

I knew it’d be awhile until my head speakers arrived, but it took almost two months. Thank goodness they were just for me and not a gift! But they were so worth the wait! They block out so much background noise. They’re lightweight and comfortable and do what headphones do. Plus the color is awesome, the band adjusts to my ever-growing fro, and they just look too cool! The total package. I fell in love immediately. But as my love affair continued and got real deep, I received an extremely thoughtful surprise from Urbanears: a free pair of their latest Humlan model headphones! It’s like they knew I had bitched about the long journey my first phones took to arrive, so they sent the perfect smaller pair in a creamy dreamy peach[shown below]. Same great sound quality and aesthetically pleasing design, compatible with my tragus piercing- plus the fabric headband and ear cushions can be removed and washed. Such a cool feature. And the free part definitely helped. They’re my new travel buddies, too ūüôā

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Long story short, Urbanears has a new lifelong customer with me! From a real person giving an honest review, try them out if you’re looking for a Beats alternative, want to save money on quality or just add some dope headphones to your collection. You’ll fall in love!

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Kiss My Aztec

The Aztecs are the indigenous people of Mexico. Aztec is also a city in New Mexico and a sports team, but I, being a fashion nerd, know aztec best as an awesome fashion statement with cool prints featuring triangles, stripes and diamonds. I just can’t get enough of it! Here are a few things that I find super cute and inspiring [some added to my to buy/try list]:

Bold and stately on its own, pair a full printed dress like this with simple, neutral accessories for balance.

Often bright and graphic[two of my favorite things], aztec patterns, in my opinion, are like jeans or polka dots or plaid- Timeless. Timeless is a great reason to shop and keep aztec style pieces in your wardrobe. Plus it’s fun and transcends the seasons.

And if you’re feeling a little ambitious, try these:

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Your Prints Will Come

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Peter Pilotto, Pilotto, Pilotto…where do I know that name?! When have ¬†seen his work? Oh yea! Fashion gladiator, Olivi-ahem, Kerry Washington wore a funky frock by him while promoting Django Unchained:

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Some called it strange, but I loved it! So y’all know I was pumped to hear that this same designer linked up with Target to sell to the much smaller budgets of the masses. Along with dresses, pants, and swimwear, there will also be shoes, sunglasses and bags up for grabs.¬†He scaled down quite a bit [for mass appeal, I’m sure], but I still like it.

A lot.

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His Target collection includes casual pieces that can easily be dressed up or down..

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..and items that pair wonderfully together but work apart just as well.

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I love Pilotto’s aesthetic of vivid prints and juxtaposing in his fearless and beautiful garments. Although he’s a little outside the box, his collection is extremely wearable with simple silhouettes that really speak to all women with an array of styles- ranging from resort wear to business casual. It’s a breath of fresh air and a little bright reminder that spring is on its way.

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Will you be shopping Pilotto? His collection is available for purchase at Target nationwide this Sunday, February 09, and I have a feeling the really cool stuff won’t last long.

911 ManiCURE

Ok. I touched on this subject lightly with my skin post a little while ago. ..Don’t know if I made it clear but¬†I hate winter. And winter hates my skin! Especially my nails. It seems like no matter how much I moisturize, my poor hands end up super dry with everlasting hangnails. No one wants to see raggly [yea, I said RAGGLY!] fingers or self mutilate with scratchy dead skin!

So what’s a girl to do?

No reason to spend time or money to sit in a nail salon. I could save both by not being lazy and giving myself a manicure in the comfort of my home. Here’s a quick and easy how:

Invest!

Buy a nail kit. They’re inexpensive and come in super handy [no pun intended.] I got mine at a local drugstore for less than $10 and it has everything I need. Even if you do hit up the salon on a regular, kits are great for maintenance between visits.

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Kill the Dead Skin!

Soak your hands in warm water. This can be done while you take a bath or by placing your fingers in a shallow bowl for 10 minutes. This will soften the skin and make it easy to remove. You can add oil for some extra luxuriousness.

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If you have a manicure kit, use your cuticle clippers to chop off the annoying skin all around your nail. Angled nail clippers are just as effective. Be careful to cut just enough to where you’re only getting rid of the dead stuff. It shouldn’t hurt at all.

Using the flat/angled end of an orange stick, push back your cuticles. This shouldn’t be painful either. This will make your nail beds look longer and your polish, if applied, will have a nice, neat surface to be applied. What’s a nice paint job if the canvas looks like crap, right?

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Maintain the mani!

I use a sugar scrub to keep my hands soft between manicures. You can find scrubs online, at a number of drugstores or make your own with sugar and oil[s]. Using a scrub a couple times a week keeps dead skin from building up. Plus it feels amazing!

Moisturize!

In the winter, it’s especially important to keep your hands clean to ward off the germs that like to hang out in our warm bodies. So lotion your hands as often as you wash them to retain moisture and softness. I recommend a nice, thick cream-like a butter– that’ll really penetrate the layers.

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Nails need tlc too, so apply an oil, like vitamin E, directly to your nail beds and all around them. You can do this everyday or as often as needed. This helps keep them from splitting and breaking so easily. And say bubye to hangnails. If you’re nails are weak and/or prone to breakage, I’ve also noticed that a coat of clear polish makes them less likely to split.

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[^^^Just in case you’re wondering if my remedies work, here’s proof!] I hope this helped! I know it helps me get through my frustrations with winter and all the “loveliness” it brings. Plus it’s a little inexpensive treat to self that I can do on the fly right before I polish my nails.

Warm It Up, Chris

The weather has been playing with my emotions, giving me mid-spring warmth, mild winter cool and official cold weather blues all within a few weeks. I can’t take it. So what’s a better pick-me-up than looking at beautiful clothing? It for sure warms my heart.

My spotlight is on Duro Olowu¬†again, who we all know is the man! He specializes in womenswear and jewelry, making it special with colorful prints and vibrant colors. Let’s see what he has in store for this spring:

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Once again, Mr. Olowu keeps the silhouettes simple, letting the bright colors and prints take center stage. This collection screams sophisticated, airy, dramatic resort wear. It makes me wanna take a nice long vacation, or at least be gone until the warmth returns for good. Love it! love him!

Stay warm, friends. Maybe get some cocoa and power walk through the mall.

Until next time.. xo