I’ll keep it short: From Brittany to Beyonce, the immersion of short hair into modern fashion

Brittany may have startled the media by razoring her hair but really she should have just used the opportunity to rock a new do. Even though she may have been having a melt down, all the coverage on short hair lately makes me believe she would have helped her image and even maybe her self esteem a lot more if she went with a pixie instead of hiding her reverse Mohawk with the same look she has had for nearly ten years.

Look at Emma Watson for example; after years playing Herminone Granger, she faced the change (and maybe a little bit of her nerves and panic) with a drastic do that got her tons of positive attention.

From Emma, to Miley (who although has been headlining for many other reasons as well) still can’t escape the constant haircut questions and adorations. Even Charlize Theron, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, as well a number of other stars, have all recently been sporting insanely short and ridiculously sexy styles. Not only do I love the change, the nod to androgyny, and tip of the hat to an ever changing definition of “sexy locks”, I love these bold women being proud of who they are and their choices of wearing bombastic haircuts that really are all about what they want. Straying from what stars “should” looks like, they all rock fabulously funky looks that are undeniably awesome.

And it looks like Queen Bey wants in on the action too! Releasing a picture on twitter and Instagram earlier today sporting a short pixie, which I am sure will go viral shortly if it hasn’t already (remember you saw it here first!), Beyonce debuted her new fierce look.

Although I have always had an obsession and talent with interesting twists, braids, colors, and styles, I love the edgy and easiness of short hair. I also love that I can be more drastic with my makeup because it is more of the focus. My co-author and I have rocked our fair share of shortie cuts, as I like to call them, and in fact, I have one now. Unfortunately it is not the one I originally wanted but the plus side of short hair cuts is that, it’s hair! It grows and I can try again in two weeks! I highly recommend shortie cuts, they are edgy, sexy, flattering, and really match any face that rocks them with confidence. You can still accessorize and there are so many great fun styles too. I threw up some pictures for your pleasure.

This was my inspiration since I was/am obsessed with this look:

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Michelle Williams:

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Another cool look:

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I seriously LOVEEEE THIS LOOK:

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I like how edgy this one is:

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Queen Bey herself: LOVE IT!
I am sure I won’t be the only one taking this picture to the hairdresser in the coming weeks!

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Emma Watson:

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Anne Hathaway: love how feminine and edgy this look is:

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I am not going to lie, I love Miley’s cut, it’s ballsy, bold, and she does it well.

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And really can’t you get any sexier than Charlize:

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So do you have a shortie do? Are you contemplating one? Not really your thing? So you like Beyonce’s attempt to join the trend? I won’t lie, I wish I could pull of a blonde do even though I am brown but chances are I can’t so I won’t but shortie cuts are always a good idea, besides hair grows, life’s too short not to be bold!

Toodles,

ac

If only we could turn all of our veggies into cake

So after a weekend beach trip that led to a last minute pit stop at a Delaware farm stand, I somehow ended up with a refrigerator full of zucchini. For a week I had it baked, broiled, roasted, toasted, and caked, and I somehow still had some of this veggie left. Before I threw in the towel and forced the food upon my roommates, I realized that despite my weeklong zucchini fest, I still forgot to make my favorite recipe with it: zucchini bread. For those of you who now think I’m crazy, it’s kind of the same concept as banana bread, except you don’t really taste it. It just turns out into this moist yummy breakfasty bread that you will gobble up. Because seriously, this stuff is amazing. Chocolate is theoretically optional in this recipe (and its actually quite good without any chocolate), but who sees chocolate as optional??

Enjoy!

xo SA

Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2/3 cups all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled off with a knife
  • 1/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder (do not substitute natural cocoa powder)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder or instant coffee (optional)
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (from 1-2 zucchini), gently packed
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place the butter in a large microwave-safe mixing bowl and microwave for one minute, or until just melted. Stir in the brown sugar until completely smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir until incorporated. (Be sure to add the eggs after the brown sugar is mixed in, as the hot butter alone could cook the eggs.)
  3. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a medium bowl. Add to the butter mixture and stir until well combined. It will be very thick.
  4. Stir in the shredded zucchini and chocolate chips. (It will still be thick — that’s okay.)
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread evenly. Bake for 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean (save for perhaps a smear from the melted chocolate chips). Let the loaf cool on a rack for about 10 minutes before turning out onto a rack to cool completely.

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Sharkbait ooo ha ha

One of my favorite weeks all year is Sharkweek via Discovery channel. Not only does it display how awesome sharks and nature are but it’s also entertaining and educational all in one. In recent years, Sharkweek has propelled into a pop culture phenomenon. As an avid fan of sharks and Discovery channel, I am glad it’s getting its due fame but this year the trend seems to have exploded and seeped into a new realm, fashion; which is a wave I am definitely ready and willing to ride.

I can’t accept the whole “eat shark meat” fad because that just seems wrong to me. I keep hoping that shark week educates people that sharks are really not evil (don’t go pissing them off and you’ll be fine) and are really just awesome predators that got lucky in the gene pool. Apparently that’s optimistic thinking of me but maybe slowly people will stop hunting them since its bad enough we are encroaching their habitats. But, I can definitely understand other shark trends like socks, shoes, clothes, and bags… Just maybe not shark hair. And of course, who’s not excited about Sharknado 2!!!

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In theory I like the idea of shark bathing suits but maybe not this one since it looks like either the shark is eating her lady parts or more so like her lady parts have shark teeth. Either way, not flattering.

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These on the other hand are AWESOME!!!

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What about you? Are you a Sharkweek fan? Do you daydream about going diving with sharks or is that just me? Do you like any of these fashions? Would you wear them?

toodles,
ac

It’s a shark. It’s a tornado. It’s SHARKNADO!

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Okay so I am little late on this bandwagon, (I need to get a little more up to speed on using and staying connected to twitter) but apparently Sci-fi’s infamous “Sharknado” tsunamied social media to a level that even news broadcasts did their fluff pieces about the movie.

I just saw the movie with some friends and honestly I believe it was made for the purpose of being the worst movie ever. Not only did it have the worst graphics but it was so poorly made and edited that the plot drowned and was difficult to follow. Although, the inconsistencies only made it even more entertaining.

Based on some sort of storm where sharks were capable of surviving and attacking people without being immersed in ocean water, the movie had its fair share of love triangles, family drama, a mysterious scar on a the sexy girl, cheesy lines, sharks falling out of the sky, helicopters managing to fly near tornados, and of course, terrible accents. And that wasn’t even all of it. The nonsensical progression and “solutions” to the sharknado were nothing short of extraordinarily outrageous and the end, which I wouldn’t want to ruin for you, is definitely a cheer out loud kind of moment.

There isn’t much more I can say because really I was just in awe but then again it was “Sharknado: enough said.”

Just be sure to grab some friends and maybe a little extra liquid courage if you plan to watch the whole thing. I promise you’ll have a hilarious night ahead of you! (because the entire population of all species of sharks are attacking California from the sky while only 5 people seem to notice)

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And obviously I am eagerly anticipating this:

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So did you see Sharknado? Will you hunt it down and watch it now? What did you think?

ac

“You can have whatever you want if you dress for it ”

I consider shopping a sport. For unknown reasons, many individuals in fact hate this concept, particularly when it comes to times that you have to look your best, or at the absolute least, professional. Even those of us who would consider a stroll down 5th Ave their perfect Saturday, however, can appreciate the benefit that comes from an expert opinion. Generally speaking, I trust my best friend to tell me if that the yellow dress I picked up makes me look like a jaundiced lemon who is 8-months pregnant, and that I should in fact put on the rack. However, that’s not to say that she is in fact an ‘expert’. She’s merely brutually honest (and we really appreciate it. Honestly.)
A true expert opinion can fill the gaps in your wardrobe, and maybe actually put to use that really cool flower-y shirt you bought two seasons ago but can’t figure out what it matches with. They can convince you that with the right accessories, you really CAN pull off that leather coat without looking like a biker, and that you were in fact wearing the wrong neckline with that jewelry you love. Simple switches and additions to basically tweak what you already have. Who doesn’t want a personal stylist, right?
Well, in theory, now everyone can get one. I’m a busy working gal, so when I saw an advert for the third stylist-in-a-box this week, I saw it as a sign from above. Think Birchbox meets Rent The Runway. You create an online profile of what you love and hate, along with what you look like, and then you get mailed a box of gorgeous designer clothes. You try them all on, keep what you love, mail back what doesn’t work, and ta-da! Brand new wardrobe. While the great part of this is that you only have to pay for what you end up keeping, let’s just say these stylists don’t pick items from the sale rack. I don’t doubt that you’ll always be looking super fabulous if you are a frequent user of the stylist-in-a-box method, however unless you’re raking in some serious dough, you may want to leave the style advice to your bestie.
Below are a few of the companies that I keep hearing about. Based off of their online samples, remind me to call them when I win big 🙂

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And to keep the gents in your life looking dashing…

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Have you ever used a stylist? Would you use a mail-away stylist such as those featured here?

xo SA