At least once a week we all have the same thought “I need to drink more water.” It’s not a secret that most of us are guilty of not staying as hydrated as we should.
If you’re anything like me, maybe you’re just tired of plain old H2O? I just discovered the new Aqua Zinger. This bottle infuses refreshing fruit essence and flavor into “boring” water, making it fun to drink. From cucumber to lemon and lime, to blackberries, kiwi, strawberry, raspberry, peach, ginger, or even mint and basil – your Aqua Zinger can infuse them all.
Get creative, the flavors are only limited by your imagination. Not only is the re-usable bottle great for the environment, cheaper than buying water bottle after water bottle, but all you have to do is add fresh ingredients to the bottom-mounted grinder, twist, shake and enjoy! The double-walled, stainless-steel water bottle holds 20 oz, is dishwasher safe, BPA free, and looks great!
The Blonde and The Brunette’s secret weapon has always been the faux tan. Whether you prefer to get a professional spray tan (and our favorite celebrity-tested spot in the world is still Portofino of Beverly Hills) or a DIY, a tan works wonders! Here are some of our insider DIY tanning tips!
How to Apply Self Tanner:
1. Exfoliate. Try taking a handful of white sugar into the shower. It dissolves quickly for easy cleanup and won’t leave a residue.
2. Shave. Hairs will cause an uneven tone.
3. Moisturize. With an oil- free lotion.
4. Tan. With a mit to protect your hands and for a streak free application.
Try this St. Tropez three-piece kit. It has everything you need, including an applicator mitt, for a gorgeous, DIY natural-looking tan. It’s the perfect combination to get that warm weather look. A great value at Sephora. $39.
-Kathryn, The Blonde & NJ, The Brunette
P. S. Remember, nothing is more damaging than the sun! So fake it!
Katie Holmes, Lady Gaga, Reese Witherspoon, Bradley Cooper, Jake Gyllenhall, The Victoria Secret Girls, Christina Perri, Leah Dunham, Kelly Ripa, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck, and Anderson Cooper are just a few of the hundreds of celebrities, and thousands of people across the globe that have joined the SoulCycle “cult.”
Recently pegged the hottest name in fitness, lucky us, SoulCycle just arrived in Los Angeles! This 5-year-old New York City-based chain of indoor cycling studios became famous for merging upper-body exercises with traditional stationary bike workouts. This might be due to the hundreds of devoted students that don’t think twice about dropping $32 for classes that sell out within seconds! Part dance party, part therapy, part communal high, SoulCycle is definitely not your average fitness class.
Lady Gaga, (who took two $2,200 custom-made bikes on her tour) just threw her 26th-birthday party at their studio in West Hollywood, which means it must be good! Part of the magic says Girls creator and star, Lena Dunham, is “The teachers say things you walk away with for the rest of your day. It’s the first exercise I’ve been able to do that I enjoy.”
I’ve officially signed up for a class next week. I can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about and take a peek inside this fitness “cult.”
Have you tried it? We would love to hear what you think!
Dolce & Gabbana is really bringing back stripes in a fierce way. We’ve seen everyone from Scarlett Johansson sporting them to cover models. Depending on your style go with the very trend-right black and white or for a more playful look go for colored stripes. Whatever suites your fancy. Our quick style tip: Wedges or heels with, an ankle strap, or a slingback adds just the right balance to the look.Nordstrom has the black & white. Saks and Neiman Marcus offer a full selection in bold colors. They both ship internationally.
A prodigiously cultivated eyewear boutique for the fashion savvy individual. That’s zeroUV. The trendiest company around for the latest in eye wear fashion. With the sunny LA weather, The Blonde and The Brunette is so addicted to them that we’ve each started building our own personal sun-glass wardrobe.
We can do it because they are priced so perfectly, with most styles starting at $9.99, you can actually splurge on more than one pair at a time. You’re probably wondering about their standards. Don’t. ZeroUV sunglasses offer full eye protection against harmful UVA & UVB rays. In addition, all their eye wear meets the United States ANSI z80.3 Standard, as well as satisfies European CE Safety Compliance Standards. That’s official technical language for they’re safe and so are your eyes.
Naturally, we each have our own favorites looks and styles, from retro wayfarers and Lennons to Prada ‘Baroque’ look-alikes and everything in between. NJ and Astrid are focused on black frames, cat eyes, a bit of retro steampunk ( MET Gala-inspired), and celebrity looks, from Rihanna’s over-sized frames to the ones the Khardashian sisters have been sporting.
Kathryn gravitated to the classic aviators, often worn by Lauren Conrad, while Jadan seems to have a penchant for fashion rounds spotted on Nicole Ritchie; Kate loves all the new spring arrivals, especially anything mirrored, and Ashlee goes for more extravagant designs including the pearl-rimmed look.
Now our addiction can be yours. Just like all the celebrities that are wearing zeroUV eyewear, you can too. Courtesy of zeroUV, win the Editor’s pick of your choice (all the eyewear in each grouping).
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Leave a comment telling us which collection you’d love to win. The NJ, Astrid, Kathryn, Jadan, Kate or Ashlee. Style tip: Choose the right collection for your look!
Entries will be accepted until May 29, 2013 at 5 PM PST. The winner will be announced on May 30, 2013 5 PM PST. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. The giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older with a valid email address at time of entry. The winner must claim prize within 48 hours of announcement. If winner has not claimed their prize, a new winner will be selected. The winner will be electronically selected at random from all valid entries. Depending on availability, zeroUV will make very effort to ship the winner the final selected styles.
But, hey, don’t wait to see if you are going to win. Get your look started at zeroUV. Good news. They ship domestically and internationally.
The Blonde and The Brunette is obsessed with faceted gold jewels right now. For day, go with a cool utility feel, pairing earrings or bold rings with a biker jacket or drainpipe jeans. For evening, try a striking, three-strand collar necklace. It has a bold impact with sharply tailored blazers or elegant cocktail dresses.
I’ve been gushing over digital prints for quite some time now. As a creative, I always wished there was a way to make my own digital print clothing using my own artwork. Well, CONSTRVCT lets you do just that. Choose a style, upload an image and input your measurements. It’s all customizable.
The 3D design tool makes it easy and fun to create and preview your designs. Here are a few of the previews I generated, using imagery of some of my favorite things: the beach and cars. With styles starting at just $99, CONSTRVCT is an affordable way to have your own custom designed fashion.
The Blonde and The Brunette has been scouting the the sixties trend all over the runway (as seen at Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Dsquared and Jean Paul Gaultier) and we can’t help but reflect the look in our makeup. Its time to channel your inner Brigitte Bardot, Diana Rigg, Mia Farrow and Twiggy!
Once set, Anastasia’s velvety Covet Waterproof Eye Liners are the holy grail of smudge, tear and panda-eye-resistant pencils encased in the most ergonomically useful . These strongly pigmented, twist-up eyeliners are available in five smouldering shades; Noir (jet black), Azure (deepest navy blue), Vert (glittering golden green), Steel (metallic charcoal) and Astral (shimmering dove grey), so there’s a colour for every occasion.
Tips: Apply liner as near to the lashes as possible for a vibrant eye. When creating dramatic eye make up looks, apply liner and mascara before your base, so you can neaten any wiggles or smudges without having to re-do your entire face.
False eyelashes were responsible for creating the iconic eyes of Twiggy, Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra and Jane Fonda in Barbarella. These fake eye lashes bring you an affordable way to inject some old-school glamour into your lives.
Tip: Once you glue on these bad boys let them dry and then use one coat of mascara to blend your real lashes into the strips.
DJV Beautenizer £18.00 is one of the top selling mascara brands in Japan – one of the most notoriously difficult to please & fickle of beauty markets. Aptly named, Volume Lash does for your lashes what donuts do for your arse. It is so refined that instead of looking like you’ve got two spiders cellotaped to your face, this lash enhancer just gives the look of the genetically blessed. Name a potential mascara fault and this genius product solves it.
And finally top off your 60′s look with a nude lip!
It’s over a 100 ° degrees in LA and we need a bit of shade while trying to stay stylish in the hot summer sun! To keep our faces free of sun damage and wrinkles, we found some of the most stylish and practical hats that go with every summer dress. Shop these looks from the likes of Eugenia Kim, Missoni, Saint Laurent and Maison Michel at Netaporter.com
American Psycho. Oh yes. We’ve been addicted to the cult film for years and Astrid readily admits to a girl crush on Christian Bale (who originated the lead role of Patrick Bateman). This December it’s coming as a non-profit production to the Almeida Theatre in London, as a musical, and everyone is starting to buzz about it. Why? It’s a musical. A what? A musical. If you haven’t read the novel by Bret Easton Ellis or seen the film, it’s a first person account, by a very fashionable Manhattan businessman, who happens to be a serial killer.
It paints the shocking, funny and unsettling portrait of Patrick Bateman, a 26-year-old Manhattan investment banker with a designer lifestyle and a twisted mind. This makes for a potent theatrical cocktail in a heavily stylized wrapper. I’m thinking amazing costumes that just may start another trend á la Gatsby. There are even rumors of scenes in Barney’s with songs called ‘You Are What You Wear’.
The producers, Act 4 Entertainment, have assembled a brilliant creative dream team to bring it all to life (or death?) including novelist Bret Easton Ellis, director Rupert Goold, best known for the Olivier Award-winning productions of ENRON and MACBETH, famed songwriter/composer Duncan Sheik, and bookwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, known for co-writing the SPIDERMAN musical as well as writing/producing on television shows like GLEE and BIG LOVE (two of my favorites).
Like any charitable cause, all this takes is a bit of help from backers. Have you every wanted to be one for a theatrical production? Now you can. They’ve got an amazing Kickstarter campaign and they are looking for contributions from as little as $1 on up. Depending on your pledge, you can also be running around with a limited edition American Pyscho T-shirt; add a limited-edition Knife, Ax and Chainsaw giclée prints (your choice), signed and numbered by artist Tony Yates to your art collection; a Limited “Red Knife” series of the Vintage paperback copy of American Psycho, signed and personalized by Bret Easton Ellis; or the pre-loaded 1GB “Patrick Bateman” business card.
We’ve also got a very special giveaway. How would you like to win a pair of tickets to Patron’s Night on Monday, December 16th in London!The American Psycho producers would love one lucky reader of The Blonde & The Brunette to be their special guest.
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Entries will be accepted until May 24, 2013 at 5 PM PST. The winner will be announced on May 28, 2013 5 PM PST. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. The giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older with a valid email address at time of entry. The winner must claim prize within 48 hours of announcement. If winner has not claimed their prize, a new winner will be selected. The winner will be electronically selected at random. The tickets are for Monday, December 16, 2013 and cannot be exchanged for another date. Winner is responsible for all travel to and from London and to the performance.