My mom grew up with short hair and knew little to nothing about styling long hair. So, for my tenth birthday I asked for a lesson on braiding. At the time I still went to my original hairstylist Tracy, who had given me my very first haircut. She was more than happy to grant my birthday wish.
Mastering basic braids – French braid, Dutch braid, fishtail braid – served me well at numerous slumber parties and school dances throughout my youth. I enjoyed the big, chunky braids of my friends with full, thick hair. I was even more fascinated with the braids of my friends whose moms had let them get blonde highlights. But my hair is fine, brown, and somewhat boring. I never loved braids on me.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago… I partnered with Salon Dm3 in Athens, GA and my friend and stylist of six years, Catie McWhirter, to undergo a summer hair transformation. I lost some length and bulk and got some fun, warm-weather highlights. Lastly, I learned three of the easiest hairstyles for summer – no braiding required!
Wish you could achieve those effortless beach waves?
Simply want a style to get your hair off your face on those hot summer days?
Need an amazing up-do to rock at summer weddings, parties, events, and festivals?
Looking for an alternative to the ever-popular braid trend?
If you answered YES to any or all of these questions, then you need to watch my latest YouTube video!
Photography and Videography by Sonali Prabhu of So Narly
October is the Month of Movement on ARTicles of Clothing Blog, and today I’m sharing my second YouTube video featuring my activewear essentials and tips to keep moving this fall.
Although bikini weather is over and the temperatures are getting colder, it’s important to stay active.
This fall, swap a happy hour for a Yoga class with your girlfriends
try a romantic jog in the park for your next date night.
FEEL GOOD and LOOK GOOD this holiday season by staying active now!
By now I’m sure most of you have taken some time to explore the new ARTicles of Clothing blog. In case you missed some of the new features, I wanted to give you a tour!
NEW Logo and Tagline
AOC has a brand new logo and its first ever tagline. I used Google fonts to download and pair easy-to-read fonts for the logo as well as graphics and content. Although AOC’s About page is still under construction, I wanted to introduce a tagline as the first step in more clearly defining AOC’s brand. Year one of AOC lacked some direction and focus, but the concept of style telling a story has always been at AOC’s roots.
NEW Color Story
The colors of AOC have not changed drastically. However, the goal of altering AOC’s fonts and slightly modifying AOC’s colors was to create a more crisp, clean, and bold look. I coupled the original AOC orange with a bolder magenta in place of the previously used pink.
NEW Top Menu Bar Items
AOC’s old menu bar was outdated and ineffective. The original menu items no longer aligned with AOC’s focus, so changing this key navigation tool was essential to refining AOC’s brand. Although AOC is not exclusively a personal style blog, I wanted a section that complied my personal style looks. The next section is one I’m very excited about: the styling section. Over the past several months, I’ve been pursuing styling opportunities, and I’m thrilled to share my work thus far. I’m also proud to showcase my partnerships. I’ve been fortunate to work with some amazing regional and national brands that I truly believe in and fully endorse.
NEW Sidebar Items
In order to cultivate more consistency on AOC, for the next year I’m giving each month a theme, located under the search bar on the sidebar. September 2014 is the Month of Firsts, which kicked off with AOC’s first birthday and AOC’s first YouTube video. Click the “month of” icon to view all posts from the month tagged with the theme. Another new addition to the sidebar is a link to AOC’s new YouTube channel, located next to AOC’s other social media outlets. Finally, I’m proud to showcase my membership in the Midwest Style Bloggers community.
Year two of AOC is just getting started. So stay tuned for AOC’s all NEW About page – coming soon – and other exciting improvements in the months to come!
September is the Month of Firsts for ARTicles of Clothing blog, and today AOC is taking it’s first step into a new platform and a new medium: video.
I am beyond excited to share that ARTicles of Clothing Blog is expanding onto yet another social media outlet: YouTube! Today I’m launching the official YouTube channel of AOC.
I was fortunate to work with some amazing people on my first video. I can barely take a good photograph, so the idea of creating a video seemed impossible until I met veteran videographer Sonali Prabhu of So Narly. We shot on location at Woo Skincare and Cosmetics, a retailer of high-quality skincare and makeup. With the help of makeup artist and beauty expert Brittini Pearson, we documented how to create the perfect day to night look.
Woo’s knowledgeable and reliable staff is what sets them apart from your typical department store or drug store. Moving from the hot and humid South to the cold and dry Midwest has been brutal on my naturally dry skin. In my time working with Brittini, she has completely revamped my beauty routine. My skin feels and looks better and my makeup goes on more smoothly and better highlights my natural features.
So, watch the full makeup tutorial and check out all the products used on my brand NEW YouTube channel! Don’t live near a Woo Skincare and Cosmetics? Contact my makeup artist Brittini, and she will conduct a consultation over the phone and ship product to you! Free samples are also included with every purchase!