Love Your Boyfriend Jeans

collageThe boyfriend jean is spring's update to the skinny jean we have come to depend on for the last several years. This distressed denim style brings with it a fresh and easy ambiance channeling the laid back bohemian in each of us. With the proper fit, wash, and accessories, this look will soon be a favorite of your summer repertoire. The following are all the tips you need to look chic in this style and make it your own. IMG_46551. When shopping for your perfect boyfriend jean, think outside the box. Try a skinny jean in the next size up to avoid being swallowed in your clothing. The slender cut will outline your frame, while the larger size will give you a sense of roominess.

2. The white wash, uber destroyed wash is not for everyone. Note that the distressed patches are your legs' cry for attention saying, "Hey! Look at me!" If this is not your intent, opt for an indigo dye with minimal distress.

3. The savory mood of distressed, oversized denim calls for the addition of classic styling. Try pairing your jeans with a classic button-up shirt, a structured bag, or a preppy striped print.

4. A pair of jeans that portray you just finished painting/building/intensive labor lend themselves to the masculine side of the fashion pendulum. Harmonize your look by adding touches of femininity through soft colors, a high heel, and don't forget the lipstick!

5. Finish off your look with sparkle. A shimmery necklace sends your brunch date the message that your outfit was not haphazardly thrown together after finishing household chores, but carefully planned to the finest detail. IMG_4677


How to: Clean Your Make up Brushes

Maintaining your make-up brushes is just as important as the quality of product your are putting on your face. Using a brush that has product built up in it changes the integrity of the make-up and can harbor bacteria. Follow the steps below to get your make up brushes as good as new!

Step 1: Begin by brushing out the dry make-up on your brush onto a paper towel. This will help to get rid of loose product and make the next steps easier.

Step 2: Drop about 1/8 Tablespoon of baby shampoo into a cup and fill with lukewarm water. Baby shampoo is a great option because it is made with the most gentle of ingredients that won't harm your brushes.
Step 3: Drop your brush in the soapy water and swirl it around to wash off the make-up.

Step 4: Rinse your brush in running water, making sure to point the brush down to protect the bristles of your brush. 

Step 5: Use your hand to reform the bristles into the shape they were when you bought the brush. Lay on a paper towel to dry overnight.

Voila! That's it. Repeat this process every month for natural hair brushes and every quarter for synthetic hair brushes to maintain their best quality. And because my son wanted to be involved in the process. . . "Cheese!"