Currently Obsessed | Flower Crowns

This statement is so me. I may love the glitz and glam of diamonds, but "me" is flowers in my hair. 

I've been coveting a flower crown for what seems like years, I found some really great DIY video's on YouTube that I have shared below. I also included a great "shop this post" section too if you're not a DIY'er!

So, next week I'm going to be making flower crowns like it's my job. I can't wait to experiment with different flowers and colours. Of course, the photo shoots after I make them are going to be so much fun and  I will (of course!) be sharing the photos with you. 

I have included most of my flower crown inspiration below for all of YOU to get inspired too! Nothing screams Spring/Summer more than flowers in your hair. 


I remember making flower crowns when I was really young, I'd make them out of dandelions or daisies when I was playing outside. Did you ever do that?






















DIY Tutorial via YouTube




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Beautify Yourself | Coconut Oil


The uses for coconut oil are endless.  Not only is it one of my favorite beauty products (no joke!), but it is healthy to use everyday in your meals or even just a spoon a day!  Coconut oil is said to improve the immune system, increase metabolism, and aid kidney problems and heart disease.  It’s something that I use for both cooking and beauty. Here are some of the most popular/favorite ways to use magical coconut oil!


As a Moisturizer
Coconut oil is incredibly moisturizing.  If you be sure to buy organic coconut oil, there are no chemicals in it that could potentially harm your skin, hello major plus! I don't even want to know the amount of chemicals that is in my old night cream... The coconut may feel feel greasy at first but it absorbs quickly and contains natural nutrients like vitamin E that are great for your skin – it even fights against bacteria to even out blemishes and has anti-aging properties. I can totally vouch for this too. I used coconut oil on my face after an allergic reaction to an anti-blemish cream and not only did my rash disappear by the next day, my blemish was gone too!
For the Hair
This is my number one favorite way to use coconut oil. My hair tends to get very dry, especially in these Summer months. So I have been putting some coconut oil on my hands and running them through my hair, focusing on the ends, to add some moisture.  Applying coconut oil directly to the ends is also a fabulous remedy for those pesky split ends.  I love to use coconut oil when making sea salt spray – just add water and salt, shake it up and spray onto hair for beachy locks! Coconut oil is amazing. 
For the Lips & Hands
Coconut oil is a great alternative to chapstick or vaseline.  The oil locks in moisture and the vitamins and nutrients it contains are great for keeping lips smooth and moist and kissable.  Hours after using it your lips will still feel incredibly soft – and you don’t feel the urge to constantly reapply, and you won't need to!  A little bit of coconut oil goes a very long way. You can also use the coconut oil on your cuticles or hands if they are dry and overnight you'll notice a difference and your hands will be nice and soft.
For Cooking
Next time you cook a meal requiring olive oil, vegetable oil or some type of cooking oil, substitute coconut oil instead.  I understand that you may be nervous about the flavor, but it’s very subtle and actually quite nice.  The benefits of using coconut oil as opposed to other oils are numerous, and far too many to list here!  It improves the immune system, contains natural antioxidants, increases metabolism, and helps maintain a healthy heart and cholesterol level... Plus, the flavor it adds to dishes is subtle and delicious!

So what do you think? Will you be trying out coconut oil in your beauty routine?

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Get Her Look : Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr has that off-duty model style, but is very unique in how she dresses. Remember, she is a full-time Mom, model and basically a superstar! How she keeps herself looking so good, I'll never understand.

This natural beauty definitely has style that is easy to emulate, and is great for casual inspiration! This most recent look is casual but with a dash of fun with the glitter sunnies. It looks fab on her.


Get Her Look : Miranda Kerr

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Spotted : Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

MKA at a Basketball game in NYC





MKA leaving Greenwich Hotel in NYC

MK in NYC

I am absolutely loving how much of MKA we are seeing lately! And TOGETHER! Ah, I missed seeing updates about them. Is anyone else lusting after MK's distressed ankle zip jeans?!

Beautify Yourself | Sunscreen 101

I can picture it now; the sun is shining, waves are crashing, laying on my towel at the beach, laughing with friends in my favorite new one-piece cut-out bathing suit with sunscreen from head to toe. Due to a skin condition, I have worn sunscreen religiously for the past 15 years. 

While in high school, all of the "popular" girls went to tanning beds every week and were tan (and a wee bit orange) all year round. Those very same girls now have wrinkly foreheads, terrible skin tone and sun spots. Sure, I have wrinkles... but they are laugh lines around my eyes that you can only see if you look closely, and I love them! Wouldn't you rather have wrinkles from laughing than because you tanned all year round?

You should cherish the skin you're in. After all, it's what keeps you all together! It's the what everyone can see. Why wouldn't you take care of it? 

Not using sunscreen can create major skin issues. Yes, that's right the "C" word is one of them. Cancer. If that doesn't scare you into using sunscreen (even occasionally) I don't know what will! Other skin issues from non-use of sunscreen is aging and sun damage. Um...ew! I'd rather keep my porcelain skin thanks. 

My #1 tip for sunscreen is that if you think you missed a spot but you're not sure,  just put extra sunscreen on it! More sunscreen isn't going to hurt you. My #2 tip is to be sure to read the label when buying sunscreen, make sure you are protected against BOTH UVB and UVA rays!

Even celebrities wear sunscreen, so don't think that it makes you "lame" to wear sunscreen. Krysten Ritter carries Bliss Suncream in her bag! You don't have to be tan during the summer! I'm white as a ghost and I love it. My skin is happy, and so am I. 

Now, time for my choice sunscreens. The sunscreen that was recommended to me by my dermatologist was "Ombrelle" sunscreen, and I use it almost everyday! My 2nd favorite is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 70.

Happy Summer Shopping! Sunscreen is a staple for every outfit this Summer. 

Beautify Youself : Sunscreen 101



Now Playing | “I Could’ve Been Your Girl” - She & Him

This playful video screams "sixties" with the dance moves and vintage frocks.

The retro-inspired vid was directed by Zooey herself, and I must say she did a fabulous job.

I've been singing this song non-stop. What do you think of it? Have you bought She & Him Volume 3 yet?


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Le Dragon d'Or | Bound

I was first introduced to Le Dragon d'Or while watching the TV series "Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23". The main character in the show always wore this eye catching handcuff necklace, it made each and every one of her outfits perfect. 

The Dragon d'Or Bound Collection is something that every woman should have in their jewelry box. 

The pieces are unique, edgy and yet still beautiful. Besides the fact that Le Dragon d'Or has superior quality, the Bound collection (as well as their other collections) are reasonably priced for such fashion forward jewelry. 

I wear my 18" silver Bound necklace every single day! It's one of my favorite pieces. You can even mix up your jewelry and wear several different necklaces, you'll notice that the Bound necklace stands out each and every time. 

The Bound collection is sexy, edgy and strong. 

You can check out the Le Dragon d'Or website HERE or contact them to order via e-mail at info@ledragondor.com 

This week, I will be posting my first outfit post featuring the Bound necklace! Stay tuned. 








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Stella & Dot Trunk Show

Ladies! 

I am currently hosting a Stella & Dot Trunk Show! Shop Stella & Dot online, you won't regret it! 

The pieces are  beautiful, trendy, affordable and unique!

Check out some of my personal favorites below!

Here is the link to my Trunk Show: Start Shopping HERE


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The Brunette Shake's Stella & Dot Trunk Show


Eco-Style | What Not to Wear

We all wear clothes. But have you ever thought about what your clothing was made of and how it affected the environment?!

Take a look in your closet, and have a peek at the tags. Not only is most clothing made out of cotton, it's usually made in China. Which means it has to travel around the world to end up in your t-shirt drawer. 

The fabric industry is one of the most polluting on the planet! Cotton makes up 10% of the world's pesticides and 25% of its insecticides. Did you know it takes half a pound of chemicals to make one plain jane tee?! Now take a look at your t-shirt drawer and do the math!

Pesticide use isn't the only issue associated with the cotton industry. Child labour, human rights and bad work conditions are also serious issues. 

So take a second to re-think buying that cotton tee, and check out some great alternatives! 

Designers have been experimenting with alternative materials, and have found that every soy and flax can be spun into the most beautiful of fabrics. 

Organic cotton has become increasingly popular. Organic wool can be more expensive, but the sheep haven't been dipped in toxic pesticides or been involved in common processes that hurt and abuse the sheep.  Of course, I really like the hippie alternative...hemp! Even non-organic hemp is better for the Earth than regular old cotton. It naturally uses less pesticide and herbicide, grows faster than cotton. PLUS, an acre of hemp absorbs 5 times more carbon dioxide than an acre of forests which would play a role in curbing global warming. 

Linda Loudermilk uses bamboo, organic cotton, and soy blends in her luxury eco-friendly line. You can also check out Deborah Lindquist for vintage pieces and clothing made out of recycled fabric. If you need an even bigger selection of super amazing eco-friendly clothing check out Greenloop, Pangaya, and Coco's Shoppe. H&M and American Apparel even have fabulous eco-friendly items available! 

Natalie Portman in an eco-friendly dress from H&M's Conscious Collection.


The Great Gatsby : ModCloth Style

Full of glitz, glamour, ornate details, and a true style all its own - what girl wouldn't want "The Great Gatsby" look? Whether you are looking to enjoy a casual Gatsby themed garden party or don your most glamorous look at a fabulous cocktail evening, there are plenty of ways with ModCloth to add a flapper-esque flair to any look this spring/summer. 
  • Details, details, details. Epaulets, pearls, rhinestones, and sequins were highly used during this time period to add glitz to an evening outfit.
  • Slender silhouettes. While you could still see a full skirt, long hemline, and high neck, the robe de style dress featuring a drop waist and straight cut was the most popular style. 
  • Haute headpieces. To top off the entire look, add a whimsical & decadent headpiece from ModCloth. You can even DIY a fabulous headband with ribbon, feathers, and gemstones!
Here is another neat bonus ModCloth offers everyone: The ModStylists team can put together a look-book specifically for you! You can visit the ModStylists here: ModCloth ModStylists

Check out the fabulous 1920's Great Gatsby Fashion at ModCloth


Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen | Travel Tips


This is a wonderful segment/interview from Elle.com with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's travel tips! 


Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

Travel season is upon us, which means packing season is as well. Before anyone becomes stressed out by how many shoes to fit in one suitcase, we decided to ask the experts. And who better than jet setters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, whose latest collection for The Row was filled with travel-ready pieces.


ELLE: Why is it important to have travel-specific pieces in your wardrobe?

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen: "Women are traveling all the time and are constantly on the go. It’s important to know that you have staples in your wardrobe that transportable: pieces that can be worn in different ways, that are appropriate in different occasions, that can be mixed and matched. It is all about making women's lives easier."


Travel Essentials

ELLE: What is your idea of the perfect travel bag and why?

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen: "A bag that is light, medium to large, easy to access — the day luxe."


Travel Essentials

ELLE: What do you wear to travel?

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen: "A blazer. We have always travelled with a blazer on. It's a rule we've kept from childhood."


Travel Essentials

ELLE: What makes a piece a good travel piece?

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen: It needs to be easy to pack, doesn't wrinkle, and be versatile."


Travel Essentials

ELLE: What are some basics you never leave home without?

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen: "White T-Shirt, sunglasses, and our iconic button down shirts."

Shop like an Olsen below!