The Resurgence of '90s-Inspired Trends Continue!

There's a new throwback trend in town! And the '90s kid in me is loving it! Small-frame sunglasses have been making the rounds these past few months and I have a feeling their reign is just beginning — zealots from here to Wakanda will continue to wear the trend to usher in the spring season, and well into the summer. The sunnies are definitely more refined now. There isn't a prismatic hue or glittery accent in sight. Thank God for that!

I've seen celebs like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner wearing itty bitty sunnies so small that I've wondered why they've bothered wearing them at all. I'm grounded in practicality so I recently ordered this pair from Sunglass Museum. They're small enough to be on trend  and large enough to shield my eyes from the sun's harmful rays. What do you think of small-frame sunglasses? Yay or Nay?
(Pictures: Instagram: Camila Coelho)


Olaplex Saved My Damaged Hair — Why You Should Add it to Your Haircare Regimen!

I first discovered Olaplex while binge-watching YouTube hair videos (it's sort of a pastime of mine). Back in early 2017, my hair began to shed excessively, which in retrospect, was a result of above-average stress levels and poor hair maintenance. I've always subscribed to this mantra: "don't touch your hair and it will thrive." While not over-manipulating your strands does keep more of them on your head, the least I could have done to mine was keep them moisturized. As it turns out, there's a term for this tried-and-true method in the (natural/relaxed) hair community. It's called moisturizing and sealing. I've implemented it into my haircare regimen, but have been careful to use mostly water-based hair products since I'm not a fan of limp, oily hair. I've also started using Olaplex and I'm so glad I did because I've gotten amazing results. Before using Olaplex, my hair was falling out in chunks, after just one use, I saw little to no breaking. Mind blown!

So just what is Olaplex?

Olaplex is a three-part treatment formulated to permanently rebuild broken disulfide bonds in the hair that are often caused by chemical processing and thermal damage. Apparently, consumers are only supposed to be able to get their hands on Olaplex No. 3, the take-home treatment. The first two treatments — No.1 and No.2 — are only available to salon professionals. However, retailers like Amazon and Walmart said "no, that just won't do!" Needless to say, I've managed to get my hands on the entire kit!

Here's a quick rundown on how to use Olaplex No. 1, 2 and 3 to salvage your weakened tresses (please be aware that while effective, Olaplex is not a miracle treatment):

Olaplex No. 1: Bond multiplier — rebuilds broken disulfide bonds and can be applied to the hair as a stand-alone treatment or combined into chemical products like bleach or relaxers. For more information on Olaplex No.1, click here.

Olaplex No. 2: Bond perfector (not optional) — continues to rebuild remaining broken disulfide bonds and should be applied after all chemicals have been rinsed out of the hair. Leave it on the hair for 10-20 minutes. The longer you leave it on, the more effective it is. For more information on Olaplex No.2, click here.

Olaplex No. 3: Hair perfector (not a conditioner) — this take-home treatment should be applied to towel-dried hair. Then should be combed through the hair and left on for a minimum of 10 minutes (the longer, the better). I even left it on for an entire day once! For more information on Olaplex No.3, click here.

The kit is quite pricey, I was able to find it at Walmart for $78, but you might be able to get a bargain if you have a hair stylist friend purchase one on your behalf. With that said, I employ you to use your best judgment if you do decide to give Olaplex a try, as I'm sure there are counterfeit products on the market. You can find No. 3 (authentic) for $28 on the Olaplex website. Also, I forgot to mention, you can purchase each treatment individually.

See you next time!


Are You Reaping the Benefits of this Powerhouse Skincare Ingredient!?

Now that I've entered my thirties, having brighter, firmer and overall better-looking skin has become as important to me as breathing. I know, that's quite a statement. I'm not at all concerned about getting older (I actually look forward to it), but, If I can keep the dreaded fine lines and crows feet at bay for a longer period of time, than gosh darn it! that's just what I'll do. So what powerhouse ingredient has been proven by experts to protect the skin from free radicals, thus impeding the aging process? Vitamin C!

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that promotes the production of collagen — the structural protein found in the skin and other connective tissues. It also repairs signs of aging, reduces inflammation and brightens the skin.

There's a litany of brands to choose from, but be sure to find a formula that combines vitamin E (ferulic acid), since several studies show it increases vitamin C's potency. I've heard amazing things about Skinceuticals' vitamin C serum, which is quite pricey at $165 per bottle. But you can reap the benefits of Vitamin C by searching for more affordable brands that provide equally great results. I recently purchased this one by Bombshell Bathtime on Amazon. I've been using it for about a week and I've already noticed a difference in the texture of my skin. If all goes well, I will be posting a review in a few months time.

Also, the benefits of adding collagen to your diet.

(Photo: Brooklyn Blonde)
Thanks for reading!


Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

Photo: Saveur

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! What are you up to? I will be spending a very low-key Thanksgiving with family and friends — we are heading to my cousin's house in Brooklyn, where I hear his Christmas tree is positioned right beside the dinner table.

As always, be safe out there if you're traveling. But before I go, here's how to feel better if you overeat tomorrow. Also, a list of restaurant chains that will be open on Thanksgiving day.


Stylish Ways to Wear a Fur Stole for the Holidays

Lately, I've noticed women —  both young and young-at-heart — wearing these beautiful fur stoles which in my opinion elevates any outfit to a new level of sophistication. Finally, an accoutrement guaranteed to help you trudge through this cold weather while keeping your sartorial prowess intact! I recently purchased this faux fur version a few weeks ago and I can't wait to wear it to a holiday party in the next couple of weeks. I just love the pop of white towards the end!

I don't wear real fur, but if you do and can afford to add it to your wardrobe, more power to you. But for those of you on a budget: there are so many brands offering realistic faux fur alternatives, so you'd be hard-pressed not to find a stole that suits your personal sense of style. I think they pair really well with form-fitting dresses — perhaps an LBD or this festive little number. They're also convenient on those days you want to forgo your heavy parka, just wrap a furry stole around your neck for that much-needed warmth.

Also, don't worry about emitting old-lady vibes, there are so many clever ways to style this cozy accessory that it's nearly impossible for you to look outdated. Not that there's anything wrong with looking outdated — if that's the style you're going for ;)

Olivia Palermo wears this trend so well 👏👏👏
So what do you think of fur stoles? Yay or nay? Weigh in on the comment section below!

Via: Secret Hipster,  NMSBL,  Be_Ezie,  Judit Szuromi,  Always JudgingAtlantic PacificJust the Design



5 Holiday Dresses You Should Buy Right Now!

It's that time of year again—which means invitations are clogging your inbox because holiday party season is in full swing! I've made a conscious effort not to purchase any new clothes in 2017. So, I've been 'shopping my closet' a lot lately and getting re-acquainted with some vintage duds—which I admit—has been a nice change of pace. But quite honestly, I'm so over it. I yearn for the feeling of new fabric gliding across my skin (gosh, I sound like I belong at a shoppers anonymous meeting). But before you judge me, I'm not one of those compulsive shoppers who trawl for treasures knowing I can't afford them: my name is Stapha, I love to shop (mostly online), but I love a bargain even more.

Without further adieu, here are a few festive frocks I've been eyeing for the holiday party season.

This slinky sequin mini from Nordstrom

This slimming ruched sheath dress from WHBM

This soft but sexy kimono-inspired dress from Cami NYC

This off-the-shoulder velvet dress from Dillards

This super fun fringe dress from Fashion Nova 


Shifting Seasons

I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is in just a couple of weeks...I'm getting whiplash from how fast the time seems to be whizzing along. Check out a few interesting reads from around the web, while I attempt to catch my breath.

The 'click' moment: how the Weinstein scandal unleashed a tsunami  — The sexual allegations, ranging from lascivious remarks to downright assault, was unfortunately not at all surprising. #Metoo

How to roast brussels sprouts — apparently a "full-on frontal assault" is necessary — got it!

4 tips for talking to people you disagree with 

How to influence company culture 👏👏👏

This photo representing Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and LinkedIn is pretty accurate. LOL

Why is it you can sense when someone's staring at you?

An automatic Thanksgiving menu maker

A young couple's struggle with infertility: "When Trying is Trying." I loved the author's candor, such a brave and powerful post. Must read!!!
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