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How To Fix Split Ends



By Eleanor Pendleton

One day, you look down and realise your hair is starting to look, well, a little ratty. Upon inspecting your damaged, dehydrated ends, you notice an unsightly split end. You naughtily peel it apart and feel unashamedly satisfied that you got the little bastard. Then, you look down again and find another. And another. And another.

With that guilty look on your face as you read this post, you know deep down that you shouldn’t be so emotionally connected to your hair and just get the damn thing cut. But, let’s be honest. We’re women. We are emotional. And, we really love our hair. So, in a bid to forgo a trip to the hairdresser’s – where they’ll cut off those ends with a gratified grin on their face – here’s a few top tips to fix split ends (yes, fix!) without lopping off your locks:

“Lightweight serums are an easy fix,” says Brad Ngata, Celebrity Hairstylist and Founder of Sydney’s Brad Ngata Hair Direction. “Apply a light film of serum to the palm of your hands then press the serum onto the split ends”.

Want something more potent and effective? “In-salon treatments help lower splitage,” says Ngata, who also reveals he only uses natural bristle brushes, as they’re are more gentle on the hair. “I love my Mason Pearson Brush – they’re handmade and last a lifetime – however my latest hair brush obsession is Acca Kappa, an Italian brand”. Ngata explains plastic brushes tend to be more forceful, effectively ripping or snapping weaker strands of hair.

Not a styling product person? Look no further than TRESEMME’s Split Remedy. The shampoo and conditioner features a micro-gel, which binds the frayed ends by attracting them together with positive charge. After rinsing, your hair feels noticeably smoother, before you’ve even had time to dry off. Genius.

And, for those whose fried and frazzled ends are well beyond saving – then, my friends, it’s time to pick up the phone and call your hairstylist. “When it comes to professional hairstylists, there’s an old school method of trimming split ends,” says Ngata. “It includes trimming two centimetre sections and twisting the hair till the tension forces the split end to protrude. Then, snip them off flush to the twisted hair,” he says. This means minimal length is cut off.

Still, there’s no denying that the most effective way to eliminate and prevent split ends, is a regular trim. Ngata calls them “whisper trims,” because they’re barely noticeable. And the best part? When stepping out of the salon with perfectly trimmed tresses – after that slightly emotional experience – your hair looks healthy, while others are none the wiser.

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The Wardrobe Cleanse, Part 4: The Shopping List



By Stylist Jenni Sellan

Retail is therapy, and we all know that too much of a good thing can result in other kinds of therapy, so lets put a few guidelines in place as we work towards the exchange of our well earned cash for some new additions to the family.

Remember: Quality over quantity. Stick to the list. Establish your budget

The Basics
This process is focused on building our core wardrobe  The building blocks. Establish a strong core before adding too many seasonal or on trend pieces.
The list below is a guide to what you will need.

Remember when scrolling through to keep  in mind that quantities and certain items may vary based on your budget, lifestyle,  your personal style and the climate you live in and it does not include accessories or shoes.

It works because each piece can be mixed and matched with plenty of room for play and creativity, and remember that high rotation on these pieces can be expected which is why quality will play an important factor.

The Absolute Minimum.
A coat. In warmer climates a light weight trench is the perfect solution; Navy, Black or neutral hues will work wonders.

3 -4 Jackets; Navy and Black would be my top two picks and make sure at least one is tailored. It’s always fun to have a statement piece and I also recommend a denim jacket – so versatile and the perfect weekend piece.

4 pairs of trousers / pants. This includes jeans

6 tops (shirts and blouses).  Make sure you include collared shirts, at least one white button down and add a statement making top to your selection.

4-5 Tee-shirts – at least one black and one white. 2-3 light weight knits – can include jumpers and or cardigans. 3 Skirts – include a pencil skirt, an A line and a straight or a maxi, depending on your style. Also consider a denim skirt.

4-5 Dresses – a little black dress (LBD), a dress that can be worked back for several occasions and a special occasion piece will be included in this section. AND my wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without a Kaftan or three… so I’m including it here..


As you prepare for your shopping trip, review this list, consult your little black book and check it against what you currently have in your wardrobe. You are now ready to shop!

It will be nothing less than chic xo

Forever in Line



It was late. The line for the taxi cab was already making zigzags and the supply of the yellow (sometimes white) passenger cars was about as few as the fingers in my hand. My mom could not wait any longer, so she devised a strategic plan. She pretended to walk towards that sign post where no one was standing. It was a priority lane for pregnant women and senior citizens. Everyone else was in protest but my mom simply continued to act like she was bearing the most important living being inside her stomach. In just a few minutes, we had our taxi. And that was my first lesson on impatience.

This was how I began to perceive lines. It was a hindrance, a race, an artistic battle that only expectant mothers and old folks could ever win. It wasn’t until a few years later that I realized that there was so much more in that long domino of people than just the process of waiting. In a busy street around the city, there were about 50, no hundreds of beautiful ladies, all waiting for their pictures taken. Wasn’t the smart phone invented already? As I pondered, I was proud of myself for knowing how to take a selfie. I continued to look around. Everyone was twice my height that they can pass for the role of a tree. They all looked the same but different in another way. I heard someone say “casting”, and I wondered if it was an audition for a movie. I observed the wave of gigantic females gradually get fewer as names were called to enter a room. Everyone was wearing black that I immediately guessed if they’re doing a Women In Black movie. But they weren’t. If spies were these tall, then they’d be easily spotted by aliens. It wasn’t until that lady picked up her lipstick, put on her heels and strut her way back and forth did I realize what the gathering was all about. MODELS

The Truth of the Modelling World

The first idea that comes to mind when I think of models is Tyra Bank’s popular reality show America’s Next Top Model. However, everyone working for major modeling agencies would agree as to how distorted the image of modeling is depicted in the film. We all get to see the glamour, the fame and even the occasional bitch fights. But behind it all is a tough world that’s waiting to greet the fallen contestants.

I can describe modeling as living in Barbie world. Remember the line “you can brush my hair, undress me everywhere?” Well, that’s part of the picture. Trying to embody the world’s standard of beauty can be intimidating a lot of times, especially when it all comes down to how good you could flirt with the camera. Every model started with that one Polaroid shot that changed their lives forever. Do these girls look familiar?


An industry dominated by women, but definitely ruled by men (or women trapped in a man’s body). The road to their dreams is a high price. It involves being numb enough to rejection after a few hours of waiting, so you can move on the next fashion show. This job has no guarantees and requires you to compete with the most beautiful girls in the planet. So if you’re the type who loves to look for a pregnancy lane, then this is definitely not the line made for you.

The Up & Coming Designers You Need To Know – Part 2



By Michele Smith
Facebook – MicheleSmithMarketing

The fashion industry is always in a state of fluex – incoming and outgoing trends; even fashion trends that reappear from years past. While there is always a stable of fashion icons, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Armani to name a few, there are a few that are on the list of “one’s to watch.” The following is a quick sneak peek of some of the major players that you should plan to see on the New York and Paris runways.

Move over Olsen sisters meet Parris and Chloe Gordon, the sister duo who has come on scene to absolutely make a statement with their line consistent of natural and feminine elements, with clothing and accessories starting in 2013. However, with the recent fashion week these sisters clearly made a statement with major sleeves, over-the-shoulder styles and are also described as minimalist ready-to-wear styles. What is the verdict?  A complete hit with media, fashionistas and designers alike. The line has also been described as “cool girl approved”.

Cinq Á Sept is also a newbie to the fashion ring who is rightfully making a statement. This clothing line was inspired by the idea of “what to wear” between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. It is all about the balance between day and night, sophisticated while casual, youthfulness and confidence. The response has been overwhelming, but the confidence in the brand that features cocktail dresses, sexy separates and luxurious outerwear that screams romantic for your after hour wardrobe. There is no surprise here that these sisters have been making a statement in the fashion industry.

Sies Marjan is the new name that everyone is chatting about in New York and clearly the talk of the town for this up and coming new designer. Her line has been graced by views of the New York heavy hitters and truly is one to watch at this year’s fashion week. This line is richly luxurious with multi- colors and definitely is one to watch. What is Marjen’s background? She was the right hand of the Dries Van Luton line for five years.

Finally yet importantly, Silvae is a new designer who is not only making a statement, but truly has the “It” factor. Deborah Roberts founded this line with Silvae meaning “in the woods” which exemplified her background growing up in the Pacific Northwest where she attended design school, a very few years ago. What is her line all about? Think classic styles with a sharp eye for details. You can expect one-of-a-kind pieces with classic details, unexpected shoulder slits, gorgeous pleats and artfully placed straps that the everyday fashionista will appreciate. What is the added bonus? This lovely woman does not only design everything New York based, but she is a proud supporter of the New York Wilderness Society, which is dedicated to protect to protecting green spaces and wildlife.

Binx X Superga



It’s always great to see models turn the tables and dive into something new. This time it’s supermodel Binx Walton (full name: Leona Binx Anastasia Walton). She’s graced the catwalks for the likes of Chanel, Miu Miu, Valentino, Balmain, Alexander Wang and a whole lot more. The list goes on and on… She’s a huge success.

And now she has teamed up with classic Italian shoe label Superga. Not only to model, but to design and take over total creative direction. Binx has created a raw and classic four piece collection. A mixture of high and low end style all rolled into one.

How To Get A Bangin’ Beach Body



By Calynn M. Lawrence

Have you always wanted to get a nice, sultry beach body for the summer heat? Well, this article is going to tell you exactly how you can achieve that without having to go on any crazy crash diets, take any pills, have any surgery or do any extreme work out regimens! Follow the tips below and you are sure to get that much closer to your best beach body yet.


We would all love to have a perfect Victoria’s Secret body but it isn’t always obtainable. You ought examine your body type and decide what you think is a reasonable goal that you are willing to pursue and alot yourself a set time frame. For example, if you have a full hour glass figure, chances are that you’ll never look like Alessandra Ambrosio. But, you could very reasonably obtain a healthy but curvy figure such as Beyonce or Jennifer Lopez. Or if you are someone who is very tall and lean, then you probably won’t be able to get a Shakira figure. But, you could very reasonably obtain a nicely toned, but feminine physique such as Kendall Jenner. Finding “thinspirations” that actually resemble your natural shape is the key to not having disappointments in your weight loss journey.


Notice the post did not say go on a diet or a fast. It says to change your eating habits altogether. Now, if you choose to kick start your weight loss journey by going on a more calorie restricted eating regimen, that is fine but remeber to only do such for a limited time. This is to keep your body from becoming accustomed to such a narrow eating schedule so that once you stop your diet, you will not instantly gain all of your weight back. Try making healthier choices such as only eating out on weekends, finding food substitutions (i.e subbing your icecream for frozen yogurt), pre made meal plans and possibly even shopping organically! There are so many ways to incorporate helthy eating into your life that there is no reason for you to struggle.


Water is the life source of the body. Because our bodies are made of mostly water, our system thrives on it! Thus, instead of drinking all of those heavily carbonated, sugar drenched juices and sodas, hydrate yourself with a nice glass of cold water! This is going to help you save calories, sugar and acrbs for what really counts: food! Plus, water also helps replenish the body for clearer skin, healthier hair and stronger longer nails!


Joining a gym is awesome if you have the time and the money. However, it is not at all a necessity. Simply try your best to incorporate movement into your daily routine as much as possible. For example, if you drive alot, you can try to make it a habit to walk more often. If you always fing yourself opting for the elevator or escalator, take the stairs, even if it’s a few flights up! Go to your local Walmart or Target and pick up a couple of fun work out DVD’s that will give you the same power of going to a class at a gym but at teh convenience of being in your own home on your own time!


Do not make this more serious than it needs to be. The more dreadful you make your weight loss, the less likely you are to stick to it! So have a good heart and a string mind and make this a lifestyle!

There you have it! Those are your top tips to your best beach body.

New Year, New You – A Sneak Peak Into Next Years Hottest Trends



By Michele Smith
Facebook – MicheleSmithMarketing

With the new year right around the corner and the Christmas holiday season approaching at lightning speed, this is a great time to take a sneak peek at the hottest fashion trends for 2016 and do some shopping for others, as well as for yourself. Below is a list of closet must-haves trending in the upcoming year. Please keep in mind that these items are also popular now if you want to stay ahead of the curve.

The Oversized Clutch
The oversized clutch comes in a multitude of colors, textures and sizes, and is the perfect purse to compliment any outfit. Popular styles include the oversized envelope scaled up in size complete with beads or tassels and the portfolio; a self-expressed billboard showcasing logos, cowhides or even fur. Last but not least, is the duffel clutch which brings a new trend to the oversized clutch family with its unique shape.

The Bandana.
This surprise fashion return has turned into a versatile must-have accessory for winter 2015/2016. The bandana has been described as the breakout neckwear of the season and new year, debuting in a variety of colors and styles. The classic variation and oversized silhouette can be found in metallic material, graphics and jeweled accents.

The Backpack
We are not talking about a school fashion trend here. The backpack purse has returned in the classic backpack style, with the addition of the sling along the rucksack and classic backpack styles. Straps are usually leather or even fur, and the classic backpack has an updated look with a chunky zipper.

The Blanket Scarf
The blanket scarf is a glamorous and popular trend for 2015-2016. This sleek wardrobe accompaniment adds an abundance of style to any outfit. The popular styles include Sherpa-lined patchwork, graphics and basic lines.

The Tall Boot
While boots have been trending the last couple of seasons, the tall boot is the popular trend for 2015-2016. These boots are typically above-knee length and there are several unique distinctions to this footwear trend. The variations include tall sneaker boot, tall wedge boot and the oversized shaft boot.

The Oversized Gem
The oversized gem is not limited to necklaces, but this latest fashion trend also includes earrings and bracelets. This bold accessory look is composed of beautiful large, chunky crystals or a variety of different gemstones. As the latest jewelry sensation, this makes anyone make an unforgettable statement when combining this accessory with any outfit.

The Parka
It’s time to say goodbye to the ski jacket look, as the parka we are talking about here is nothing less than high fashion to start out the season. The parka, while a casual outerwear must-have, has been glammed up with the addition of optional fur-lined hoods and sassy quilted patterns. Patch pockets are typically present, along with functional drawstring waists or quarter zippers.

The Oversized Sweater
This fashion trend is just in time for winter 2015 and the new year. The oversized sweaters take on the rounded shape that have recently appeared on jackets, complete with dropped shoulders. Long knitted sleeves add to the elongated silhouettes and necklines vary from classic crews to turtlenecks.

The Expectations, The Reality and All The In-between of Being A Model



It’s hard dealing with some of the things people believe about models. I mean, I always smile through it and most people don’t even realize what they’ve said had bothered me, but it does. They just make these assumptions and they say them out loud.

I hear it all of the time- the random crap people say to me and about me. I guess they think that because I’m in the spotlight I don’t hear it. I guess they think I’m not a real person, they think that my agent or some random person posts my pictures. They think I don’t read the comments on my Instagram.

Well I do and when I do for the most part, I just laugh. Some of the stupid things they say are just so –. I mean, there’s so much of it, I can’t really get worked up about it. But some of the situations were so blatant, that I can’t help but think about them.

Sometimes it’s my friends – yeah, they don’t always get it. I mean the minute there is an argument the fact that I model is brought up. It’s like my career changed me or something.

“Ugh – you are such a model! Do you ever think about more than yourself?”

See, the funny thing about that is, she called me selfish without even thinking about all the times I helped her out. But I get it, she was mad, and apparently my profession is the easiest target.

And then, there are the strangers. Sometimes it seems like they love to come up with the meanest things that come to mind. It’s not always really bad , I mean there was the time my mailman told me he was surprised by how ordinary I looked. But there are other times, like the rudest barista ever that went off when I complained about my stale coffee.

“Right, you’re a model –being bitchy is part of the job requirement, isn’t it?”

I thought hers was to serve fresh coffee and smile. Epic fail.

Even within the industry, some people say stupid shit. There was this boutique owner that I had to work with for a small show. While we were working through her collection we started talking.

“So, you’re a model and you didn’t want to get into acting?”

“Why would I?” I asked casually.

“Well, you know, you see the model/actress thing a lot. I figured that was the thing.”

No, the thing would be to respect what it is I already do, instead of suggesting I strive to do something else.

But I guess that would be too much to ask for.

Models Who Traded The Runway For The Front Row



By Michele Smith
Facebook – MicheleSmithMarketing

While a majority of models do not have a long career, there are the lucky ones who not only have transcended to supermodel status, but others in the industry who have made the business decision to move from the runway to the front row. Why are some of the world’s top models trading the runway for the front row? Most successful models have various other project pursuits and choose the decision to be in the spotlight in the front row of the runway.

Secondly, many of these popular faces have simply earned the right to have front row status and they just want to experience fashion from the other side. These models are talking a break from walking the runway to view the new collections and choose to remain in the spotlight without having to deal with the craziness of fittings, rehearsals and castings. The following are a few beauties who made a splash in a new way at New York’s fashion month.

Suki Waterhouse was seen front row with her model sister Immy at shows such as H&M and Sonia Rykiel. She started her career when she was discovered in a pub in London at age 16. She debuted her career modeling for Beebe, Swatch, H&M (to name a few) and has also graced the covers of Vogue, Elle, Lucky and Marie Claire. Suki Waterhouse is also an actor with appearances in the television series, Material Girl and movies such as Pride & Prejudice, Rosie, Zombies and The Divergent Series: Insurgent.

Supermodel Liu Wen showed up at the Fendi runway show looking absolutely sensational. Liu Wen was the first model of East Asian descent to walk a Victoria’s Secret fashion show. She originally became an immediate success story after she appeared in Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. In addition, she recently was the first model to ever appear on the cover of a fashion magazine wearing the Apple Watch. Liu Wen was named in spring 2013 as one of the “ones to watch” by H&M for her widely popular street style.

Last but not least, the front row at Givenchy show had almost as many models as the catwalk did.  At this show, model sighting included Soo Joo Park, Ana Beatriz Barros, and Karen Elson all sporting Tisci gowns, while gracing the front row. Soo Joo Park was scouted while shopping at a vintage store and has appeared in many International runway shows ever since. She has had several editorial debuts including Dazed & Confused, Vogue, and many others.
Ana Beatriz Barros is a Brazilian model known for her multiple appearances in the Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, is also known for her work with Bebe, Victoria’s Secret, and Jennifer Lopez’s JLO fashion line. Karen Elson has walked for some of the major designers including Dolce & Gabanna, Marc Jacobs (and this was while she was pregnant), Chanel, Dior and Gucci to name a few. Clearly, when it comes to supermodel spotting the catwalk is no longer the only place to see famous supermodel faces.






By Keep It Cleaner
@stephclairesmith + @laura.henshaw

We wanted to share these images with you to get across a message we are both really passionate about in regards to body image. It is so important not get caught up in aspiring to achieve a body type based on an image from social media or online.

These images are both taken within 30 seconds of one another however in one image we look a completely different size to the other. In the first image we are standing with our legs pushed together with poor posture, and the second we have both separated our legs, fixed our postures and pushed our hips back and to one side- making us appear a lot fitter/more toned/skinnier than the other.

This is a perfect example of why you should never ever set goals for yourself based on an image you see on Instagram because this will only set you up for failure and will negatively affect your self confidence. We haven’t edited the photos above but in most cases a lot of the images you see on social media are actually edited just like magazine photos are edited to make people look skinnier and fitter and appear more ‘perfect.’ The most dangerous thing you can do for yourself and your self esteem is to aim for things that are literally impossible to achieve as they are not actually real.

People are always going to post a picture that is the most flattering angle of themselves and there is nothing wrong with this. We all do it. Just keep this in mind when you are scrolling through your social media.

The reality is you cannot achieve a photoshopped body type- this does not exist.

And remember in year seven Science when you learnt about genetics? Yes genetics are a thing and they make a HUGE impact on your body shape. Some girls have naturally small waists, small bums, big bums, love handles, no curves, curves, long legs, short legs…the list goes on forever. The reality is some body shapes are simply not achievable for some body types. For example Laura has naturally skinny legs but naturally puts on weight around her waist before anywhere else. Steph has a naturally small waist and strong core but naturally puts on weight on her legs. And the thing is we have both come to the point where we are completely ok with this because this is how we are genetically made up.

If you follow ‘fitspo’ and healthy living accounts and it means that on the days you may not be motivated to exercise, scrolling through and finding a motivational quote or a workout idea gets you off the couch and to the gym then social media is a great tool for you. Healthy inspirational accounts can be great if they mean by following them you are motivated to exercise more or eat healthier. Where it gets dangerous is when you start working out to solely look like an ‘Instagram’ fitspo photo instead of exercising for your health. Setting goals to look like photos of girls that have most likely been photo-shopped and also have different genetics to you can be really dangerous for your self-confidence. It is impossible to achieve a photo-shopped body. Work out to be the best version of YOU.

Let social media motivate you to get to the gym but once you are there focus on yourself and only yourself and being the best you

Loving your body is so important.

Next time you see yourself in the reflection we want all of you to ask yourselves two questions:

1) Are you fit and healthy?

2) Are you happy?

The thing is at the end of the day these three things are all that matters. Instead of focusing on the things that you don’t like about your body start focusing on the things you love. Find three things and say them to yourself every day until you no longer need to talk yourself out of body shaming because you are happy enough in your own skin to know you look pretty damn good and the only person’s opinion who should matter is your own.

Most importantly remember:

“Real Beauty comes from the Inside”