What happened yesterday in Oklahoma is heartbreaking–the lives lost, the destruction, people’s homes and all their belongings gone in minutes. MINUTES. This quote in a CNN article really shook me: Monday night, Steve Wilkerson, whose home was destroyed, carried what few belongings he could find in a laundry basket. ”I still can’t believe this is happening,” he said. “You work 20 years, and then it’s gone in 15 minutes.”
I can’t even begin to imagine.
And of course Facebook and Twitter is abuzz with people “praying for Oklahoma” and sharing articles with awful photos. But guess what? That doesn’t do a thing to help our fellow citizens who have been stricken with disaster. I’m not going to preach, but I will say there are many ways to help, even just by sending a quick text. Here’s an article listing some of the efforts you can support. Research which are best, ask around, or just pick one (or a few) that speak to you. So easy…
Obviously, there are much more impactful things we can do, but every little bit counts. And now that you’ve actually helped, you can hashtag prayers on Twitter all day long.
Since we’re talking music festivals, don’t read any further unless you’ve seen this:
I love The Obesity Epidemic. Such amazing energy. Can’t believe I missed them at Bonnaroo last year.
So I’m en route to the Hangout Music Festival as we speak (#ThankYouHotspot) and am super pumped to wear a hippie headband, some sort of obnoxious fringe getup, and impractical hipster boots whilst waving my hands in the air and swaying to the righteous tunes.
Here are the real items essential for the best fest experience:
1. Flowy/sheer/crocheted top of some sort. You can wear it over a pretty bra or bikini top for a Bohemian look that’s airy and comfortable. The blouse pictured is from Calypso St. Barth, but Free People has my favorite selection of Boho duds.
2. Jorts. Duh. They’re a staple for music festivals. The more worn-in, the better.
3. Comfortable/practical footwear. Girls that wear heels/high wedges for festivals…I can’t even. If it’s sandal weather, choose a pair you’ve already broken in so they won’t give you blisters or pinch pain, and some sort of support is ideal. I love Havaianas, but they suck for being on your feet all day. My Cole Haan Grove sandals (pictured) with cushy, supportive soles are made for walkin’. If it’s raining, consider there might be mud and you’ll need rain boots, which coincidentally, look awesome with distressed denim shorts.
4. Sunglasses. Another no-brainer. I’m currently lusting for these thick cat-eye Wayfarers. Meow.
5. Something to carry your sh*t. For a fest, you gotta’ go crossbody or backpack (or fanny pack, of course). You don’t want a purse slinging around while you’re trying to wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care. This Navajo-print bag from South Moon Under is festival fab.
6. Fouta. Not to be confused with a FUPA, these European throws act as compact and cute blankets to sit on AND you can even find some that work as scarves/wraps like my obsessions at Huff Harrington Home for $42 (seriously, they’re amazing and I keep buying them in different colors–read more HERE).
7. Sunscreen. Do you want gross, painful sunburn? Maybe some skin cancer? How about both? When you’re outside for hours on end, you’ve gotta SPF it up, especially on your face (nose and forehead, especially). Coola organic suncare is my absolute fave (more on sun essentials next week) and this SPF 30 for face with a matte finish prettifies your complexion while protecting it.
8. Freshening towelettes. If it’s hot, you’ll feel gross by day’s end (or middle). Use cleansing wipes on your face, neck, arms, legs, etc. to make yourself feel fresh again. Even baby wipes work wonders.
9. Undercover flask. I’m not suggesting you break the rules. Okay, yes I am. You may as well try to sneak in alcohol in a flask that looks like binoculars, an iPhone, or camera to save yourself a couple $27 drinks. Or you could put vodka in a water bottle, wrap it in your fouta, and hope for the best. It’s worked for me (ssshhhh)….
10. GoGirl. Disclaimer: I’ve never used this. But if you’re weird about urinating in a porta potty and/or outdoors, this hygienic invention could help your situation by letting you pee like you have a D.
Now you’re ready for some good, clean fun.
Ladies with cheap blowdryers: If you’re not ready to part with that tool for a pricier piece, stop reading right here.
But if you’re considering dumping the zero and getting with a hero, carry on…
I’ve fluctuated between expensive and cheap blowdryers for the past decade or so. I even did a post on the “best” cheap ones, which I’m now ashamed of because I have seen the light (don’t search for it; I erased it). During my hairapy session a few months ago with stylist/guru Bill Murphy (remember his product line?) when we discussed why my hair wasn’t as full as it used to be, he said I had breakage from my blowdryer and asked what kind I used.
BUSTED. I had been using a $30 Remington I thought was decent. He explained to me that a quality blowdryer just can’t be made on the cheap because of the motor it needs to have and all the other fancy technology, and for a good one that will treat your tresses right and not cause breakage, you need to drop at least 100 bones. I knew he was right. Why do you think you can’t achieve the same blowout a stylist gives you? Sure, they’re professionals, but a lot of it has to do with the tools. I took Bill’s advice and purchased the same dryer he uses in his salon and swears by, the Italian-made Twin Turbo 2600.
It was love at first blow.
Wait, that came out wrong…
But seriously, I saw a huge difference when I used it for the first time. My hair was softer and silkier with NO frizzies or flyaways; needless to say, it looked way prettier, too. Did I whip my hair back and forth more than usual that night? I think you know the answer to that.
I purchased mine at Bill’s salon (it comes with two concentrator attachments), but you can find these online for $100 and up ($90 on sale!). The Hair Guru also recommends the Izunami G6 ceramic dryer, which is used in the salon, too. Of course there are other quality options out there, so here are five things to look for if you’re thinking of upgrading:
1. 1875 watts or more. I say go for 2600 (the more power, the better), but anything under 1875 probably isn’t going to cut it.
2. “EMF shield” or “low EMF.” The Electro Magnetic Field is what causes damage to your hair as well as frizz and flyaways, so nip that sh*t in the
3. Ceramic. This has to do with coils and other technological, internal things that dry your locks better. The Twin Turbo isn’t ceramic, so it’s not a must, but still a plus.
4. Warranty. If the dryer doesn’t have at least a 1-year “we’ll fix this with no questions asked” warranty, don’t even think about it.
5. Authenticity. Don’t be fooled by the $40 one that looks EXACTLY like the $100 one and claims to work just like it. It doesn’t.
Also, remember that top-notch dryers last longer; Bill says his Twin Turbos last four years or more and he’s using them all day everyday. This site seems to be a good resources for the top blowdryers and you could always ask a trusted stylist if he/she has recommendations.
As for brushes, I picked up a new one of those, too. Check out THE TURBO DREAM TEAM:
That’s a Chi Turbo large round boar brush ($15-$20). For the best blowout, look for 100% natural boar bristle brushes. Ceramic is also great in a brush you’re using with a blowdryer as it heats the hair healthily. Some salon-recommended brands are Marilyn and Denman, but there are plenty of badass bristles out there–Ulta has the best selection I’ve seen. And Bill is coming out with his own brush line, the Encore Series, this summer, so I’ll definitely be reporting on that.
And if you have a hot date tonight and don’t even want to dry your hair with your ol’ cheapie, don’t panic–you’ve survived this long without going bald; you can still use it (I used mine for a while after my hairapy session before I pulled the trigger on the Twin Turbo). Just consider upping your game with the tools for your tresses now that you have the intel.
Take care of those lovely locks, ladies.
The Hangout Music Festival is this weekend and I could not be more excited. It’s the “luxury” music fest for us gals who don’t exactly love camping, dirt/mud, and not showering. It takes place ON THE BEACH (like, the stages are on the sand right next to the ocean), and you stay in waterfront houses/condos instead of muggy tents or crowded RVs (gross). The lineup this year is incredible; Tom Petty is one of my all-time favorites, as are Kings of Leon (YES, I loved them before they went “mainstream” and started attracting concertgoers in Ed Hardy T-shirts). And there are so many other incredible acts like The Black Crowes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Shins, Ellie Goulding, Jim James, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, Shovels and Rope, and more. Oh, and Stevie Wonder. I mean…whaaaa?
Here’s a Spotify playlist of 100+ songs featuring the best of the Hangout 2013 musicians and bands. You can listen via the player below (use the small arrow on the side on the play stream to skip songs), or click this link to open online.
See you on the beach (or at least in spirit)!
Photo by Dave Vann
Hallelujah, the BEYOND-HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED Great Gatsby comes out today and it just might be the must-see movie of the year for a number of reasons, five of them being…
1. The fashion. I die. You die. We all die and want to time travel back to the Roaring Twenties and wear those amazing outfits, jewelry, and head pieces. The fashion in this movie just makes everything we wear look freaking stupid. I hate my clothes now.
Courtesy of WhoWhatWear:
2. Leo. Duh. I’m not a hardcore Leo obsessor, but I do think he’s hot and I ALSO think this is the hottest we will ever see him. The whole mysterious, intelligent, powerful, party-throwing guy is just beyond sexy. And from the previews, I think we’re going to get a soaking-wet-makeout-scene a la The Notebook…
3. The rap album. Er, I mean soundtrack. I kid; it does have some rap jams on it (hello, Jay Z), but it’s a killer mix of badass tunes. I especially love Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” (listen on Spotify here), Emeli Sande covering “Crazy In Love,” and Jack White’s ”Love is Blindness.” You can find it on iTunes; not on Spotify….yet.
4. The parties. I’ve never been to a bash like the ones in this movie and neither have you because like, they don’t exist (if they ever really did). But at the very least, seeing this movie will get you in the spirit to go out and enjoy a cocktail (or seven) and party like it’s 1922 (except boozing will be legal).
And the last but certainly not least reason to see The Great Gatsby movie is….
5. You actually read the book!
If you haven’t, that’s just embarrassing. I wouldn’t admit that to anyone. And you should also question your so-called “education.”
Now get ye to the theater and feel free to sneak in booze, Prohibition-style. It’s totally allowed for this flick…