With a fresh new start on blogging, I’ve decided to create a new blog.
You can now find me at: thestyleyoung
With a fresh new start on blogging, I’ve decided to create a new blog.
You can now find me at: thestyleyoung
I know I’ve been MIA for quite some time now, but I’ve been swamped with school work and whatnot. I plan on restarting my blogging addiction and getting back into the swing of posting regularly!
Thanks so much for the patience.
So, I have a huge fascination with beauty gurus on youtube. I don’t know why. I just…love them. My two roommates really know how much I love them. I can literally…sit at my computer and watch beauty videos on youtube all day long. A lot of the time, I just have them on as background noise while I’m applying my make up or getting dressed for the day.
I watch beauty videos on youtube SO MUCH that sometimes, there will basically be…no new videos for me to watch, which is always a sad moment for me. My favorite videos to watch are usually favorites of the months, tutorials, or hauls. I usually scour the “How To & Style” category on youtube for new videos to watch. It’s a sick addiction, to say the least.
Now, with this extensive knowledge of youtube and its beauty community, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite beauty gurus on youtube, even though there are probably hundreds of beauty gurus/aspiring gurus on youtube already.
StyleSuzi, apart from being completely adorable, has a really edgy, cool style. She’s also got a really sweet voice when paired with her British accent, make you just want to put her in your pocket. I usually love her hauls because she always gets really great things and her style’s a lot like mine. One of my favorite videos of hers is her tutorial on how to get her messy, bed head hair, which I adopted as my own hair routine. It worked awesomely for me and now I can’t imagine doing my hair any other way!
Missglamorazzi is probably one of my favorites for favorites videos, just because she consistently does them and she’s always so sweet and charismatic. She’s also just beautiful and always looks really put together in all of her videos. She’s really informative when it comes to reviewing products and like I said earlier, very consistent, which is definitely nice for a beauty guru. Also, she’s got an awesome room set up, not gonna lie.
Okay, so clothesencounters isn’t a beauty youtube channel but they are seriously one of my favorite youtube channels of all time. Jenn, on the right, and Sara, on the left, are extremely stylish and adorable friends who blog about style and fashion. They are avid thrift store and bargain shoppers, which I definitely appreciate because I don’t think style has anything to do with how much money you spend, but with what you do with what you have. Also, they always have amazing music in all of their videos. Love.
Aside from being completely gorgeous, beautycrush has got a really really sweet personality that has made her my favorite beauty guru on youtube. I think I have a weird fascination with British people because I LOVE British beauty gurus. Aside from being a great beauty guru, she’s also got a really awesome, edgy style and makes great fashion videos. I always love it when she has new videos up. Also, her accessories and tattoos are to die for.
Petrilude is pure…amazingness. He does INCREDIBLE Halloween tutorials. He really great with costume make up and dramatic make up. Although he does has some really fun, wearable make up looks. I usually just watch his videos with my mouth wide open at the end because his transformation is always so amazing. Also, Misty Maven, his alter ego, is incredibly foxy. And his tutorials on how to transform into Misty Maven are awesome. He’s also extremely informative when it comes to make up in general and he’s one of those gurus who you KNOW knows what he’s talking about. I love his videos just for pure entertainment cause there has literally never been a video of his that I’ve disliked.
Pixiwoo is one of my favorites for very wearable, beautiful looks. Pixiwoo is made up of two sisters, Sam and Nic, who both trade off doing beauty looks. They mainly do tutorials, and there has literally never been a look that they’ve done where I’ve thought that it was ugly. They always do looks that are beautiful. Some are more wearable than others, but either way, they are all gorgeous. What I also love about their channel is that they do runway looks as well, which, as a fashion and beauty lover, is the best of both worlds.
A few of my other favorite youtube beauty/fashion gurus:
UPDATE: Youssef just completed her website, check it out here.
A good friend of mine, Natalia Youssef, recently started a video series called “Creative Minds”. In this series, Youssef films and interviews creative individuals based around what they love doing and what they are passionate about. When asked to describe the project, she said:
“The main focus of “Creative Minds” is to capture who they are and what they love; To allow the viewer to step into their lives for just those 4 minutes. We all have our passions and I believe that the world should see what each person has to create.”
I had the great opportunity to be featured in a “Creative Minds” video this Spring Break. Youssef asked me to be a part of her series and I jumped at the opportunity. I loved the idea of the series when Youssef described it to me. Passion is a really important quality to me, and the idea of a series where people get to just talk about what they love really appealed to me.
So during Spring Break, we met up and spent a day filming, taking pictures, shopping, and catching up. We sat in my room and really just talked about what inspires me and my blog. The experience was strange and new, but definitely fun. I’m not used to getting my picture taken or being filmed. I love photographing other people, but I always end up feeling awkward in front of the camera. But it was really fun to play model. I found that the longer I was in front of the camera, the more comfortable I felt. Here are a few pictures from the shoot:
Here’s the final “Creative Minds” video! Enjoy!
Once I got back to school and settled into my Spring Quarter, I got the chance to turn the tables and interview Youssef. I knew that I wanted to put the videos and pictures up but I wanted to give Youssef the chance to get a bit of publicity for her project.
Courtesy: Natalia Youssef
What inspired you to start the “Creative Minds” series?
I was inspired to start this series when I made my first video of my two friends Megan and Joseph. One day when we were all hanging out, we spontaneously decided to go to a park and film a mini video. Making this video inspired me to take a further look into film. I’ve always been interested in film, but I just never had the inspiration to take on any projects. From then on, I came up with the idea of this series “Creative Minds”.
Check out her other “Creative Minds” video featuring singer/songwriter Devin Christine, here.
Courtesy: Google image & fashiontoast
So, for the last…9 months or so, I’ve been completely and utterly obsessed with ombre hair. Now, if you guys have been living under a rock, you might not know what ombre hair is. First off, ombre is a color effect where the color goes from light to dark over an item of clothing, which comes from the the French term for “shaded”.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, ombre hair is where ones hair goes from dark to light, usually from the roots to tips, respectively. Usually, it just looks like “Oh, I’ve been too lazy to color my roots so I sort of just let my blonde hair grow out…” Although that sounds sort of trashy, the look provides more of an “effortless” feel.
Ombre hair has been seen on the likes of Drew Barrymore, Rachel Bilson, Rumi Neely of fashiontoast, and model Lily Aldridge. It’s been a super popular look for a while, but I’ve never really had the balls to actually do it to my hair. First, I was just too scared to do it to my own hair. I was terrified that I would ruin it and my hair would look like an orange mess. My other dilemma was that I didn’t have enough money to get it professionally done. Nor did I really feel the need to do so, since I rarely spend a lot of money on my hair anyway (my haircuts usually cost about fifteen dollars, the beauty of tiny Asian salons).
So finally, I had the perfect amount of boredom mixed with courage to actually attempt to ombre my hair. The process wasn’t hard, but mostly tedious. For me, since my hair is so dark, it took me about 4 hours to get the ombre effect that I was going for. Despite the large amount of time it too me to get the look, I absolutely love the results and I’m glad that I decided to do it myself.
FIRST STEP: Go to your local drugstore or beauty supply store and buy a lightening kit. I went with the L’Oreal Super Blonde Creme Lightening Kit which looks like:
Courtesy: Google image
And cost me about, twenty dollars or so? It’s basically like a regular hair dying kit, where you have to mix the ingredients and shake up the bottle until your arm hurts and whatnot…except this one smelled a lot worse. Like, toxic. Like, I felt like the fumes were going to burn my eyelashes off or something.
SECOND STEP: Follow the instructions given to you from the kit. Basically, take the bleaching powder packet, pour the entire contents of the packet into the little bottle, mix the liquid and the powder until the consistency is thick.
THIRD STEP: Take the bottom half of your hair, or wherever you want to start, whether it is 1/2 to 3/4 of the way down, and basically start applying the bleach to your hair. Focus more of the product on the ends of your hair. Also, don’t make a really harsh line between your un-dyed hair and the bleach. The look is supposed to be messy and effortless, like it grew out naturally, so you want it to be a bit uneven. Sounds scary, but looks better.
FOURTH STEP: Next, let that sit for about twenty minutes, rinse out your hair, and dry it with your dryer on the coolest setting. It should look a bit lighter than your natural hair color.
FIFTH STEP: Then take some more bleach (the bleach comes in a small container, but it actually lasts a really long time) and apply it to your hair about 1 to 2 inches below where you applied it earlier. Once again, you want to be a little messy with this so on some bits, you can go a little higher, and on others you can go a little lower. Also, focus more on the ends. That’ll help with the ombre effect. Keep this on for about twenty to thirty minutes.
SIXTH STEP: Once again, rinse out your hair. Blow dry on the coolest setting.
Now, if you’re satisfied with the way your hair looks, then you can stop now. Wash your hair and apply a deep conditioning hair mask since your ends will hate you from all the bleach. However, since my hair is hard to dye, I had to keep going…
SEVENTH STEP: Repeat the fifth step, except another 1 to 2 inches below the previous line. Focus it more at the ends. Be messy. Yadda yadda yadda. Keep this on for thirty to forty minutes.
FINAL STEP: Rinse your hair and dry with your dryer on the coolest setting. If you’re satisfied with the way it looks, I suggest hopping back in the shower wetting your hair, and applying a deep conditioning hair mask to your hair like the Argan Magic Restorative Hair Mask, which I bought from CVS for something like fifteen dollars. Your hair will be dry from all the bleach and the hair mask will basically be your savior.
In my opinion, this look is best when your hair is a bit messy or wavy. It looks a bit awkward on straight hair. Textured hair will add to the effortless, bed-heady look to the color. An easy way to achieve the perfect bed-head look, especially if you don’t have any natural curl to your hair, is to:
1. Wash your hair at night, right before you’re about to go to bed.
2. Once you’re out of the shower, spritz your hair with a sea salt texturizing spray, the best one is probably the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. Beauty and fashion gurus swear by this. Rumi Neely recently posted a picture of the contents of her purse and, surprise surprise, this was in it.
3. Scrunch up your hair a bit and mess around with it. You’ll instantly see that you’re getting a bit of added wave with the surf spray. If you have naturally wavy or curly hair, you can probably skip this step.
4. Go to sleep and wake up looking impossibly cool and gorgeous.
I apologize for not posting recently. I’ve been really distracted and busy with school stuff. I promise a post soon! Hold tight! Thanks xx
Brown leather satchel purse, Urban Outfitters
Silver ring, Crossroads Trading Co.
Gold ring, H&M
Gold chain necklace, Forever21
Feather earrings, Aldo
Cropped oversized short-sleeve sweater, H&M
Short-sleeved perforated top, H&M
Sheer, open back top, Forever21
You Don’t Know Jacques by OPI, Beauty Supply Store
Suzi Says Da! by OPI, Beauty Supply Store
Hot & Spicy by OPI, Beauty Supply Store
Turquoise & Caicos by Essie, Ulta
D’Fi Beach Bum Texturizing Spray, Ulta
I plan on taking pictures of me actually wearing the clothes and accessories to show you how they hang and look on a body. Also, for the beauty products, I can do reviews as well. For the nail polishes, I can take pictures of what they look like on.
Let me know if you’re interested in any of these products in particular!
You may have noticed that in every single interview I do with a person, I ask them to do the same thing – describe their style.
Some people know their style right away. They can answer in full detail what their style is exactly, what they like to wear, what they don’t like, and other questions like that. However, some people just simply don’t know what their style is exactly.
To me, style is something that takes time to master. It’s something that you can only know if you really know yourself.
Style is an extension of oneself.
I know that my style is very specific. I tend to be drawn to more edgy things. I love neutrals. I rarely will wear a color; I usually stick to blacks and greys. I love more masculine cuts and styles. But I love a good body conscious dress. For shoes, I tend to love chunky shoes. You will rarely see me in a flowy dress. I love slouchy, oversized tops with skinny jeans.
In this post, I’ll give you a few tips on how to figure out what exactly your style is
My first tip on figuring out what your style is is to look in your closet. What do you have? What do you not have? What kind of colors are more prominent in your closet? Are there patterns? When you find a trend in your closet of colors, patterns, and styles, it’ll make it easier for you to figure out what you’re more drawn to. That’s one of the first steps to understanding your style. Everyone has a specific taste. No one really has such an eclectic taste that they can’t figure out what they tend to wear more of! It should be easy to figure it out.
Next, I suggest that you go shopping or at the very least, go window shopping. See what your eyes go to first. I know that when I’m shopping, I tend to gravitate towards certain things first. I see something I like from far away, go up to it, touch it, pull it from the rack, and decide whether or not I want to try it out. I’m drawn to things that are my style. So, see what your eyes go to and see if there is a pattern among those things as well. Doing this will make it easier to figure out what your style really is next time you go shopping.
Look for inspiration. My style icons are ones that have a similar style to me. My style is very specific. I love edgy women like Emma Roberts and Alexa Chung, both of which I featured in my Stealing Celebrity Style post. Although I admire the styles of women who dress differently than me, I wouldn’t consider them style icons in my eyes. So, which celebrities/bloggers/real life inspirations catch your eye? What do you like about them?
Lastly, a big part of knowing your style is knowing what works and what doesn’t. My style is definitely tailored to my body type. I am naturally very petite. As much as I love the look of trouser jeans and billowy tops, I know that they not work on me. They make my look shorter and wider than I actually am. I would never wear them in my everyday life. However, skinny jeans and some slouchy tops with tailored outerwear really works for my body type. So, figure out what cuts, looks, and styles work on your body type. Most likely, those kinds of looks will be more tailored to your style since everyone wants their clothes to be flattering, right? Here’s a great article on the basics of dressing your body type.
I hope those tips were helpful! Here’s a video of a few people who really know what their style is.
Here are some of my favorite beauty products from the month of February! On some of the pictures, there is a “hotspot” for you to click where you will be directed to a site that you can purchase these items from! Enjoy!
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So, the Oscars were last night. I always thought of the Oscars as the end of one of my favorite seasons: red carpet season. I love seeing celebrities all dressed up, looking glamorous and beautiful. There’s always an array of hits and misses. But those hits and misses are so memorable. We all have our favorites and least favorites from every red carpet. Lauren Gray, 18, English major, said, “My favorite was definitely Cate Blanchett at the Oscars. I just think that she carried herself well in it and even though it was a strange couture dress she made it look good”.
I love the award season because I’m such a movie junkie AND a fashion junkie. The award season combines them both! There have been so many fashion stand outs this awards season that I decided to dedicate a post to my favorites of the red carpet. They include looks from
Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa
Hailee Steinfeld in Parbal Gurung
Hailee Steinfeld in Prada
Hailee Steinfeld has been such a standout to me this red carpet season. As a new comer, she definitely trumped a lot of red carpet heavyweights. Even though she’s only 14, she manages to look chic but still age appropriate. Her Prada dress at the SAG awards was definitely one of my favorites of that night because of its fun colors and patterns and the simple styling that went along with the dress. My all time favorite of the season was her Oscar dress, though. Marchesa is such a red carpet staple, it tends to become safe and boring at times. But, the hemline made it fun and the headband added a sweet, fun feel to it. Also, her Parbal Gurung dress at the Golden Globes was simply breathtaking. I can’t wait to see what else this talented girl has in store. I definitely expect her to become a fashion icon.
Mila Kunis in Alexander McQueen
Mila Kunis in Elie Saab Haute Couture
Mila Kunis was my favorite at both the SAG awards and the Oscars. Her Alexander McQueen dress was STUNNING. At the SAG Awards, it’s okay to be a little more adventurous and this was the perfect blend of trendy and red carpet appropriate. The simple length and neckline counteracted the more trendy print and colors. Also, her styling was impeccable. She looked like such a vixen. In contrast, her Oscar look was beautiful in every sense of the word. I watched the Elie Saab Haute Couture show on youtube and I knew that someone would wear one of the gowns on the red carpet. It was just full of red carpet worthy dresses. I was so thrilled to see the dress on Kunis. The color was beautiful, the lace detail was understated but still a prominent part of the dress. Her hair and accessories were amazing. She is such a stunner.
Michelle Williams in Chanel Haute Couture
Michelle Williams is definitely one of my beautiful and fashion favorites. She always looks beautiful. Whether she has her choppy, 60’s inspired bangs with long hair or her pixie cuts, she manages to look chic no matter what. Although I wasn’t much of a fan of her daisy printed Valentino dress at the Golden Globes, her Oscar dress was a real winner. Her coloring and her short hair were perfect with the ivory beaded Chanel dress. I loved her simple styling with the stud earrings. Her grey smoky eye made her eyes stand out and were great paired with her nude lips and neutral face. She looked so angelic and gorgeous. This was minimalism at its best.
Claire Danes in Calvin Klein
Many have said that this was too safe and too boring, but I thought it was extremely sophisticated. She looked simple and fresh. I love the sleek line of the dress and the open back. Although I thought she could have afforded to have a big, more of a statement piece as an accessory, I still think she looked beautiful. There’s nothing like a simple, effortless kind of beauty. And she definitely possesses it. The color also looked incredible on her.
Anne Hathaway in Armani
Anne Hathaway is always a winner when it comes to style. I’ve noticed that she definitely loves her some Armani. But, I don’t blame her. She looks absolutely beautiful in Armani. This was my favorite of the Golden Globes, hands down. Hathaway is such a classic looking beauty who looks so put together at every award show. The front of the dress was classy and beautiful, while the back made it sexy and daring. I’m also obsessed with the exaggerated shoulders. She was so flawless that night. Also, the interesting bronzey color of the dress was definitely unexpected and fresh on the red carpet.
Emma Stone in Calvin Klein
Emma Stone got a lot of mixed reviews for this one. It’s sort of a love it or hate it sort of look. Personally, I adored it. Many thought she looked washed out, While I don’t necessarily disagree, because she does sort of blend into one color, I think there’s an element of beauty that comes with how the look flows. She just looked so simple and streamline. It’s similar to Danes’ dress since it’s from the same collection. It has the same sort of sleek look to it. I am such a sucker for light corals and peach shades. It’s a different color for the red carpet. She just looked so classy to me. Also, I love Stone with blonde hair. She’s so radiant looking. I think also like it because I know it’s for her role in the next Spiderman movie with Andrew Garfield!
Florence Welch in Valentino Haute Couture
I actually really, really loved this look. I honestly could not see Welch in a typical “Oscar dress”. She is an individual with such a unique style that I thought this dress was absolutely perfect for her. I’m typically not a huge fan of tiers, but with the simplicity of the top of the dress, I think they look perfect. Welch is one of those women who have a very specific style, which I think is something that is very admirable in a public figure. A lot of the time, they simply wear what their stylist says or what may be popular during that season, but Welch’s style is all her own. However, some people may not share the same opinion as me. Aly Facha, 19, journalism major, said, “It just look like she should have been in Mary Poppins or a creepy porcelin doll. The color I thought completely washed her out but the pale yellow did make her hair stand out.”
January Jones in Carolina Herrera
Alright, how stunning does January Jones look?! I usually love her on the red carpet because she always brings an element of fashion to it. She never takes the easy way out with safe looks. She’s always a bit daring. This dress was absolutely gorgeous. The styling was impeccable. Her make up was beautiful. I love the vintage feel to it all. She definitely has a style that’s all her own, although she likes to change it up on the red carpet. She always seems to transform whenever I see her, which always makes it fun to see her on the red carpet. The color palette make her bright blue eyes even more striking. Simply gorgeous.
Now, onto a few men that I’ve loved on the red carpet lately. Partly because they are all strikingly handsome. But also because they have consistently looked great this season.
Andrew Garfield in Burberry
Andrew Garfield is definitely one of my new crushes. He is just so handsome and so sweet looking. I also love that he always looks very sleek and stylish on the red carpet. His suits are always slim cut, which are perfect for his tall, thin body. And he always just looks so dapper and charming. Typically, men will wear a safe black suit on the red carpet, so I loved the daring choice to sport blue on the red carpet. It’s just a perfect shade of navy and paired with the brown shoes, he looks youthful and trendy. Also, his artfully disheveled hair make the look seem effortless. If I knew a man who would roll out of bed with hair like that and dress themselves in a suit that well, well, I’d be set!
Colin Firth is one of my favorite actors. He is so charming on screen and he is so classicly handsome. He’s a leading man without being the typical hunky, action hero type. He is just classy! He always looks impeccable on the red carpet. His pants are always hemmed perfectly, his suits tailored to fit him, and his shoes are always polished. There’s nothing better than a clean, classic look on a handsome man.
Ryan Gosling in Ferragamo
Ryan Gosling is every girl’s crush. Since he gained fame from The Notebook as devastatingly romantic Noah, he has been on the top of every girl’s list. I loved his look at the Golden Globes so much. The cut of his suit was so simple and classic but he made it stylish and fun with the velvet. Many men just keep is simple on the red carpet, and I loved that he added texture to a typical red carpet look. It made his look less boring and more appropriate for a leading man. Also, I love bow ties. I don’t know why! They are just adorable to me.
Harry Shum Jr.
Harry Shum Jr. is a newcomer to the red carpet as well. He’s gained a lot of popularity as the dancer with the abs of steel, Mike Chang, in Glee. What I love about Shum is the fact that he’s not afraid to take a risk on the red carpet. This look is fun but still red carpet appropriate, especially for someone at his age. I love the checked shirt with the black piping and contrasting white buttons. So fun and so cute.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Prada
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is also one of my favorite actors. I’ve loved him since Third Rock From the Sun where he was just a grungy teenage boy with too long hair. He has definitely grown into a dapper, classy man. He has such a charming way about him that makes me melt every time I see him. Not to mention, he always looks perfect on the red carpet. His suits are always cut to perfection, his slimmer cut pants are always hemmed perfectly and he always has perfectly groomed hair. His shoes are shiny and his tie is just right. I also love the red pin. Dreamy.
How would you describe your style?
“Lazy…I don’t know! Casual & chic?!”
What are your favorite beauty brands?
Which celebrities do you admire most, style-wise?
“Blake Lively, Kate Hudson, and Mila Kunis.”
“Because they keep it classy and always look good.”
Who were some of your favorites on the red carpet this season?
“I loved Anne Hathaway’s Valentino dress from the Oscars. And I thought Scarlett Johansson’s dress fit her really well. The cut looked really good on her. Mila Kunis looked BOMB.”
What are some of your favorite trends?
“I love skinny jeans. And boots! I have a boot obsession.”
What are your least favorite trends?
“I heard bright colors are coming back. Yeah, not my thing. It scares me!”
Where do you get your fashion inspiration from?
“The Nordstrom catalog (laughs). And people…is that an option?”