Dark Western | Fall Fashion 2014

Fall is just around the corner and I couldn’t wait to share  the Dark Western fall fashion trend! I am loving it!
  ** Look out for the rest of the up coming  fall fashion trends here on B.D!
 X- A.
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Taylor Swift’s surprise new music!! | 1989

I read from Instyle.com that Taylor Swift just made  Monday a lot more exciting. Below is a snippet about how she pulled off a huge surprise making fans go crazy.

From a lounge at the top of the Empire State Building in New York City, Swift began her “Live Stream Extravaganza Adventure-a-Thon” (as she called it), in which she revealed a trifecta of news: her new single is “Shake It Off;” the album—complete with Polaroid-style cover art—will be called 1989.

Taylor speaking of her new song ” Shake it off”—– “I have a new song I’m going to play you in 30 seconds,” she told the crowd. “The idea is that I’ve had to learn a pretty tough lesson in the past couple of years: People can say anything they want about us at any time, and we cannot control that—the only thing we can control is our reaction to it. I figure we have two options: You can either let it get to you, let it change you, make you bitter. Option two, is you just shake it off.”

She did it once again…. caught me in her web of catchy music. 🙂 Enjoy 1989

Xo-A

Robin Williams Neighbors Remember ‘Beloved’ Local Legend

  Being a child of the 90’s I grew up with Robin Williams on my screen.  I know many feel the same, he was like all of out uncles that made us uncontrollably laugh! He had an ability that few people have and that is to simply make people happy with just his presence. Mr. Williams was the first major celebrity I had ever seen. I grew up in a little town next to where Williams lived. I was at the local REI and I noticed a familiar face, he was in a puffy jacket and wearing reading glasses…. I stopped in my tracks….IT’S ROBIN WILLIAMS!!!!  I didn’t want to bother him, so like a a total fan and a creep I just smiled at him and watched him leave the store. I was bummed that I didn’t say anything to him. I shortly after left the store and found myself right next to him at a stop light. He was driving a G5000 with tons of eco friendly bumper stickers, I turned and looked at him with a smile like I was 5 and waves. He smiled back and the light turned green. That was my Robin Williams moment and I know many people of  his Northern California  town loved there little moments with him also. He was remarkable and magical!

 I read the article below and thought it was a great insight to Robin Williams as a neighbor and community member, not just the actor.

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One of the locals who came by to pay their respects was Agne Correll, the owner of an art gallery in nearby Mill Valley, which Williams had frequented. She brought flowers and her 7-year-old son — whom she said she wanted to teach the tradition of paying respects after someone from your community dies. “I didn’t know [Williams] personally, but I felt like I did. We all feel like we’ve been in his life,” she said of those who lived nearby in the area, which is north of San Francisco.

“‘O Captain, my Captain.’ I will never forget,” Correll said.

Fans and friends leave bouquets outside Robin Williams’ home north of San Francisco, in the small unincorporated area of Tiburon, Calif., on Aug. 12, 2014.Katy Steinmetz for TIME

Others who knew the comedian and actor, whether as an occasional customer or as a dear friend, describe a humble fixture in the community who didn’t want to be treated like a celebrity. He would pedal his bike around the surrounding neighborhoods and stop at little shops to flip through CDs, they report — the kind of casual shopping an A-list celebrity could easily do on a computer at home instead, if one wanted to avoid the public eye.

Residents also remember Williams as someone who would never bark at the fan who stared at him or asked for a picture. He was, by all accounts, an American icon who was willing to lend his famous name to any local cause he could help.

“He was so beloved by the community,” said Louise Satterfield, who works at Two Neat, a shop in Mill Valley that Williams patronized. Tears welled in her eyes as she recounted a time they were talking about a Southern rock band named Little Feat, and how appreciative he was when she remembered to tell him their CD had come in.

“I knew it was going to be sad to come in here and see that music section,” she said. “We’re going to miss out on so much. But we have what he left us, which is genius.” After news of his death, the store quickly sold out of all Williams’ comedy albums.

Williams moved to Marin County when he was 16, and was voted “funniest,” as well as “least likely to succeed” by his peers. He studied theater at Marin College and was a lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants, sometimes rooting for them via a microphone in front of the crowd, riling them up by tweaking one of his most famous movie lines: “Gooooooood evening, San Francisco!” The team also issued a statement after news of his death spread on Monday, lamenting that they lost “one of our greatest fans.” It’s no accident that they expressed condolences both to his family and “the entire community.”

Some locals, like employees at a bike shop where the avid cyclist would shop, refused to speak to the press except to say that Williams was a quiet man who didn’t want publicity. While he may have been a star, he was, to many here, a patch in the town tapestry. One friend of the family referred to the media attention accompanying his passing as “disgusting” and “gross,” an exploitation not of a public happening but a dearly personal, tragic event that befell one of their own. To many, the news coverage looked uglier in Marin County than it does in Manhattan or Los Angeles.

Microphones are piled high at the press conference to address the death of Robin Williams, held in San Rafael, Calif., on the morning of Aug. 12, 2014.Katy Steinmetz for TIME

Almost every Tuesday, Williams would cross Highway 101, traveling from his home in Tiburon to the neighboring suburb of Mill Valley, to attend the weekly comedy night at the Throckmorton Theatre. On Tuesday this week, the board that would otherwise have announced what was showing had been erased and read simply: “Robin Williams.” More often than not, the Oscar-winning actor was in the green room, rather than onstage, encouraging young comedians, says the theater’s marketing director Julian Kaelon.

On Tuesday this week, the venue owners canceled Throckmorton’s comedy night for the first time in 10 years. They would run a show on Christmas if it happened to fall on a Tuesday, Kaelon says — but not today.

Throckmorton’s doorstep was also lined with flowers on Tuesday. A staff member put on a record of Gregorian chants, as locals wrote notes to the actor on a piece of cardboard taped over a glass poster box. Michael Jeung brought yellow roses and water in a mason jar, which he poured into an antique bowl where he had placed a single gardenia.

“I wanted to bring something that lasted a while and that was a little sweet, because he was so sweet,” Jeung said, recalling a time he helped divert one of Williams’ more insistent fans — an act the comedian heartily thanked Jeung for the next time they met.

Pilgrims to Throckmorton would walk under a big, circular painting on the ceiling outside the theater, a skyscape showing stars that shine bright enough at night to turn the clouds light yellow. The painting is by Williams’ widow, Susan Schneider, an artist who became his third wife in 2011 and who is also a respected resident of the town.

This painting decorating the entryway to the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, Calif., was painted by Robin Williams’ widow Susan Schneider. Photograph taken Aug. 12, 2014.Katy Steinmetz for TIME

Caroline de Lone walked under the painting clutching a box she brought from the bakery where she works, Beth’s Community Kitchen. “He was like a ball of sunshine,” she said. Her mother, Lesley, agreed: “He was a local. Everyone loved him. He was completely unspoilt.”

The baked goods were not for the memorial but for the executive director of the theater, Williams’ close friend Lucy Mercer. In a statement, Mercer asked people to remember Williams this way:

“For those who may ask what they can do to honor Robin, we have a simple request. Honor his appreciation of humor by laughing everyday. Honor his modesty by staying curious and willing to make mistakes. And please — hug someone today in honor of the greatest friend in the world Robin Williams.”

While some gave hugs in Marin County, many also turned to flowers. By Tuesday evening, the dozen bouquets outside Williams’ house had turned into nearly 100. Behind them, two statues of monkeys flanked the walkway leading to the front door, as they had before the tragedy but perhaps with new significance. The sentries’ small, stone faces were frozen in toothy, permanent smiles, and their hands held instruments just in front of their lips, forever almost ready to amuse the next passersby. They were playful and grotesque, fitting symbols for the day after the world had to face the loss of a sad man who made so many people happy.

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Beach Day Essentials!

Beach Day musts!

Dry vs. Dehydrated and The hydration magic of Hydroluric Acid!

 

healthy face

Who knew there was a major difference  of  Dry vs Dehydrated skin?!!?   I have always thought my skin was oily and that’s why my foundation never lasted. Years and years going to different makeup artist and just being told to use a primer… well I have and it still doesn’t work.   Lately, I have noticed my foundation has become patchy after an hour or so. Which is not a cute look. I started looking into patchy foundation and the causes. I stumbled upon lumiashe’s  Youtube Channel and she went over what she learned from her research and mostly from Caroline Hirons’ blog

Caroline made a fantastic cheat sheet on Dry vs Dehydrated skin and how you can have oily skin that is dehydrating. New news to me!

Here is what Caroline explained about the differences in skin types and conditions !

“Dry and dehydrated skins have similar characteristics, but different underlying reasons.

Dry Skin – normally a skin type but can be a temporary skin condition

  • caused by lack of oil in the skin
  • small pores
  • ‘tight’ feeling
  • may be flaky
  • milia, blackheads and spots may still be present
  • skin looks dull
  • skin is not plump
  • doesn’t absorb products easily
  • easily irritated – more likely to suffer reactions to products
  • aggravated by poor skincare

Dehydrated Skin – is a skin condition affecting any skin type – including DRY

  • caused by lack of water in the skin
  • pores can be large or small
  • skin feels tight and dry although it can confusingly sometimes look oily and have breakouts
  • absorbs moisturizers really quickly
  • blackheads and spots are still visible
  • makeup disappears (and goes patchy) throughout the day as the skin is absorbing any water in your foundation
  • skin looks ‘ashen’
  • aggravated by lifestyle circumstances – may suffer from a lot of headaches

Skin is made up of 70% water – around  20-30% of that is in the epidermis (top layer of the skin). In normal circumstances, your hydrolipidic film acts as a regulator and barrier – retaining moisture and protecting against germs. If – for whatever reason that is compromised, the moisture in the epidermis evaporates too quickly and the normal, healthy state of the skin is compromised.

The following can cause dehydration –

  1. Environment – wind, cold air, dry air, too much sun, air conditioning, central heating
  2. Diet – the wrong foods, alcohol, caffeine, not eating enough water-heavy foods, not drinking enough
  3. Lifestyle – stress , poor skincare routine, using the wrong products, medication – including birth control, smoking
  4. Genetics – monthly cycle, pregnancy

It is quite common to be both dry and dehydrated but if by looking at the above you have ascertained that you are one or the other – these do’s and don’t might help.

Do and Do Not:

  • Do upgrade your moisturizer to something suitable for dry skin if you recognize the signs – go for products using the words ‘nourishing’
  • Do change your moisturizer to something labelled ‘hydra’ or ‘hydrating’.
  • Do steer clear of foaming anything  – keep the bubbles for your dishes
  • Do use balms, oils and serums for dry skin.
  • Do use milks, specified oils and treatments for dehydrated
  • Do stay away from mineral oils, silicone (in skincare – not makeup), lanolins and synthetic fragrance which will make a dehydrated skin worse and make a dry skin scream for help.”

So, what is the magic to getting hydration back to your face? Hydroluric Acid!!  It holds up to 100 times it’s own weight in water.

Doctor Oz covered the who, what and why of  Hydroluric Acid!

He explains, that it is a powerful humectant which is a  moisture-binder. This  keeps skin plump and hydrated and looking young!

Biology geekout:  Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide in the human body. It’s present in large amounts in the spaces between skin cells, where it provides moisture, plumpness, firmness and suppleness to the skin.

As a baby you are born with extra H.A but over time you no longer have the fresh dewy baby skin and need a little help.  While you’re never going to get back that perfectly dewy baby-skin, it is possible to help restore the skin’s hyaluronic acid content and get a  fresher, more supple look.

There are serum or moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid. While it won’t give you the dramatic, instantaneous  results , you will see benefits in the form of softer, smoother, more hydrated skin.

Applied topically, it will increases hydration, improves elasticity and also reverses free radical damage, so it may have some benefit in protecting from UV damage.

Bonus: Hyaluronic acid is one ingredient that works across the board. Every skin type, even oily, can benefit. Look for hyaluronic acid serums and apply one alone if you have oily skin or under moisturizer if you have dry skin.

It is all about prevention of wrinkles and making sure  your skin is kept  fresh and hydrated.

Hope you babes learned something helpful!

xo- A.

 

 

 

 

My fashion basics!

These are my favorite every day mix and match basics. I literally have several v-necks and go to cardigans. and 2 chambrays. 🙂 With accessories you can dress up or down any of these  outfits. These would be key outfit pieces for any travel adventure, comfortable,cute and classy!  I am a huge statement necklace kind of girl and love throwing on a huge necklace with a simple black v-neck and cute skinny jeans.  The more you can mix the more new outfits you can put together. I have discovered all new outfits in my closet just by mixing two pieces I didn’t originally think about. Get bold, get different and be your self!

Home Workout Essentials and Routines!

At home gym
Having equipment at home can be crucial for those moments you get instant motivation to workout or the days with little motivation to make it all the way to the gym. These are my favorite at home essentials.  A lot of my items, I  was able to pick up slowly over time for pretty affordable prices. TJ MAX and similar stores have sections with different workout gear on major sale. I got my ab roller for $7 bucks!! I usually get all my workout gear from stores like TJ Max, ross etc. If I can get the same sports bra or workout shorts for significantly cheaper…duh, I am going to. Don’t feel you have to buy everything at once, grow your personal gym slowly. I had only an ab roller, then I bought resistance bands and thanks for a friends ex boyfriend for leaving his kettlebell, I came up on a 20lb kettlebell. There is also the jump rope, it is also a very affordable and small foot print piece of equipment that can burn those calories of quick.
It is important to stay an active healthy babe and that does not mean a certain size or weight but to live a healthy lifestyle and treat your body well because it is the only one you get!
I hate counting so I tend to do my workouts by times.
Try doing each exercise for a minute and if you can’t do a full minute make sure you keep track of your progress.
1 minute each  for 4 rounds.
1. Jump Rope
2.Ab Roller
3.Kettlebell swings
4.Push ups- any style that you do to get them done.
5.Walking squats with  a resistance band tied around your calves. When the resistance band is tied around your legs it provides great resistance. Do different ranges of motion with your leg to reach different muscles in your legs and glutes.
Or try out a at home Crossfit style WOD : My brother is a personal trainer and made this plan for me and I thought what a perfect routine to share!
*** To perfect the moves check out youtube for proper form or to clarify the move. Simply type in the exercise and there is a youtube that is there to help, that I am sure.
DAY 1
10 push ups – this kicked my ass… just keep trying and don’t give up.
8 Moutain  climbers
6 KettleBellAir squats
    *5 rounds for timeDAY  2
15 KB Swings.  26/44 lbs
20 sit ups
25 air squats      *4 rounds for timeDAY 3
6 burpees
8 push ups
10 sit ups

*AMRAP – 12 minutes  (As Many Rounds As Possible)

DAY 4
10 reverse kb lunges
8 kb squats
6 kb push press

*5 roundsDAY 5
40-30-20-10
Mountain climbers
Push upsFor time
Live healthy, live happy and most importantly live life!! 
xx-A

Makeup mogul Bobbi Brown takes over Yahoo’s beauty section!

Bobbi Brown, makeup artist to the stars
I had to share major news! Yahoo Beauty steps up their game with new Editor-in-Chief Bobbi Brown.
Bobbi Brown, the new editor-in-chief of Yahoo’s beauty section and founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Photograph: Gary Gershoff/WireImage

Founder of Bobbi Brown cosmetics will keep her role at makeup company while fulfilling new role as section editor-in-chief.

In a rare jump by a retail executive onto the masthead of a media outlet that covers her industry, Bobbi Brown, the makeup mogul, will take over Yahoo’s beauty section later this month, the company announced on Wednesday.

As editor-in-chief of Yahoo Beauty, Brown “will lead editorial direction, original content and the expansion and re-imagination” of the section, Yahoo said in a statement. Brown was quoted as saying that she would keep her role at her cosmetics company and that she was “confident that the two positions will inform and strengthen each other”.

Brown is the founder and leader of Bobbi Brown cosmetics, which is estimated to bring in more than 10% of the annual sales of parent company Estée Lauder. The average of estimates of annual sales at Estée Lauder through June 2014 is $10.7bn. Yahoo itself is less than half that size in terms of sales.

It was unclear whether any editorial restrictions would be put in place on Brown’s coverage, as Yahoo editor, of Bobbi Brown products – or on her coverage of competing cosmetic companies’ products.

“The thing that’s surprising about this is it creates an absolutely obvious conflict of interest,” said Kelly McBride, co-author of The New Ethics of Journalism and senior faculty member at the Poynter Institute. “The reason that people would turn to Yahoo Beauty is for independent news and analysis on a specialty topic. If you have an editor who has a vested financial interest in a product line, news consumers are automatically going to assume that that product line gets preferential treatment. And so it doesn’t even matter if it actually does get preferential treatment, the perception alone will damage Yahoo’s credibility.”

Yahoo might try to address the situation by explaining its editorial process in a transparent way, McBride said, and by consistently delivering “what the audience needs when the audience needs it”.

Asked to comment on the matter, a Yahoo spokesman released this statement: “Yahoo has very strict editorial guidelines and Yahoo Beauty will adhere to these standards just like all of our sites.”

Brown’s career began in the 1980s, when she worked successfully as a makeup artist in New York City, but her brand began in the early 1990s, when she launched her eponymous makeup line and quickly established a range that catered for an ethnically diverse customer base.

At a time when mainstream makeup ranges were dominated by bright colours aimed at white women, Brown showed an awareness of black and Asian skin tones years before her competitors by basing her ranges of a wide range of understated neutral colours.

Brown’s ethos has always been about making the professional seem accessible for women everywhere. Years before YouTube tutorials became the norm, Brown appeared on TV showing women how to apply eyeliner and pick the perfect shade of foundation. The Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual became something of bible for makeup lovers.

“As [editor-in-chief], I’ll work to curate smart, strong content that will teach women how to be their best selves,” Brown said in a statement released by Yahoo. “Of course, it goes without saying that this new role will never take me away from my first love – Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. I’ll continue as Chief Creative Officer of the company, and am confident that the two positions will inform and strengthen each other.”

It is not unprecedented in the world of media for economic stakes to overlap uncomfortably with editorial interests. In a widely followed 2011 case, Michael Arrington, a founding editor of the influential technology site TechCrunch, came under fire for launching a $20m venture capital fund to invest in tech companies. Arrington was subsequently ousted from his editorial perch by parent company AOL. “It is very, very clear that they are distinct entities and Michael will have no influence on coverage,” AOL editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington told the New York Times’ David Carr at the time.

The announcement of Brown’s hiring came a week after reports that Yahoo would undertake a major overhaul of its women-focused lifestyle section, currently known as Shine.

Under CEO Marissa Mayer, who took over in July 2012, Yahoo has gone on something of a shopping spree for big-name talent to lead its various media sections. Last November the company hired Katie Couric, the ubiquitous television news personality, as “global anchor,” reportedly for a $6m salary. Yahoo also has hired David Pogue, formerly of the New York Times, as a technology columnist, and Josh Wolk, formerly of Vulture, as entertainment editor.

Original thegaurdian.com article

Pastel Madness

Pops of pastels
This season is exploding with pastels and personally pastels are not in my color pallet. It washes me out completely and does nothing for me BUT I do love a good pastel mint or purple. So here are some ways to incorporate the pastel trend into your wardrobe this season.  If you are not big into pastels or just want to keep the trend affordable, paint your nails with a your favorite pastel or add a pastel bag or jewelry to your favorite outfit.
*Comment below on your favorite summer/spring trend… like and follow  to stay up to day with babedays!  Thx, babes!
xo-A

Festival & Boho Babe Outfit Inspiration.

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Get inspired before you pack for your next festival or just live the every day laid back boho babe life.  Easy to get the look just by adding some accessories or fringe.

xo-A