Time to Start Thinking about Cold Weather Accessories!

Even if you are not yet wearing a coat, a scarf, earmuff and gloves will keep you toasty

Even if you are not yet wearing a coat, a scarf, earmuff and gloves will keep you toasty

Where I live, on the East Coast, cooler weather is definitely in the air. Especially in the early morning and evening, its no longer ok to leave the house as is. Time to start thinking about the cold weather accessories for the cooler weather.

Now is the time to take down that box on the top shelf of your closet and make sure you are well prepared. Gloves and Scarves have a habit of disappearing in my house. How ’bout by you? Good thing ear muffs are attached or I’d definitely lose half a pair!!

So once that box is down, check if you have the pairs you need in the colors you need. Kids and adults will love the colorful gloves and mittens in the softest chenille’s and knits this winter! Check that kids gloves still fit, and a nice way to update the look of a coat from last season is to buy a new pair of mittens in a bright fresh color for a whole new look!

Another great warm winter accessory you don’t want to go without is ear muffs or ear warmers. Even if you are not yet wearing a coat, a scarf, earmuff and gloves will keep you toasty. Buy earmuffs in a fun army print for boys or pink leopard print for girls.

Have fun with shopping for warm winter gear that will keep you cozy and healthy all winter long!

Spotlight on History: The Origins of the Paisley Print

Paisley bandana

The paisley design looks like a teardrop with a curve at the top

One of the most famous prints printed on bandanas is the paisley print

 

The paisley design looks like a teardrop with a curve at the top. The design originates in India and was brought to Europe and America in the 18th and 19th century. Most notable were the paisley scarves brought in by the East India Company. However, the design only got its name when it started being mass-produced in the large Scottish textile town of…you got it… Paisley!

 

The paisley print went in and out of fashion for the next couple of decades and made its big comeback in the 1960s in the U.S. In the 1960s multi-cultural looks were the rage and the paisley pattern was back in its full glory. John Lennon or Beatles fame even had one printed on his Rolls Royce!

 

Nowdays, some of the more common items that have the paisley print are handbags, skirts, paisley sunvisors, paisley wallets, ties and of course the bandana! Paisley bandanas can come as squares, triangles, or in their pre-tied bandana head band version.

 

So go ahead – it’s not just for the summer! The paisley print will carry you all through the year with its rich history and classic look!

Spotlight on History: The origins of the Bandana

Bandana

bandanas are used more as a fashion statement for tying back hair

Bandanas. You see them all over, that versatile little square of cloth. Where did the bandanna originate? And how did they grow in their popularity?

Bandanas have been around for over 200 years. Their popular function was a handkerchief (in pre-Kleenex days) or worn around the head or neck to keep dust out of the eyes and sweat off the neck and out of the collar. The word bandana comes from the Hindu word bndhn which is  a process used to dye small pieces of cloth.

 

At the end of the 1700s, with the British controlling the large landmass known as America, the colonists were thirsting for independence. In an effort to control the colonists, the British imposed a ban on printing.

It was at that time of political struggle that Martha Washington was on her way to visit her husband George when she stopped off in Philadelphia. She wanted to bring George Washington a gift and upon recommendation of Benjamin Franklin, she asked John Hewston, a printmaker to print a bandana a picture of George alongside military flags and cannons. Although it was illegal, John complied.

 

When the war was over, that bandana was reprinted for the masses and so was the first souvenir bandana created!

Many other politicians started printing their pictures and slogans on bandanas as well. Bandanas were also printed for war heroes, sports stars and were used during WWI and WWII to promote patriotism. They were also used as a marketing tool for companies. For example in the 1920s Kellogg’s put a bandana into their boxes of cereal with instructions how to sew it into a stuffed animal!

 

Part of the reason bandanas took off so well, is that they easily absorbed the same ink used for printing paper (both were made from cotton) and fit on the printing press.

 

While bandanas were valued in the past for their protective benefits, nowadays, bandanas are used more as a fashion statement for tying back hair, to add to an outfit to spice it up or many other uses. So next time you tie a bandana around your head, keep in mind its rich history!

The Hair Accessories You’ll Need This Fall 2014/Winter 2015

Side part with Bobby Pin

Gently brush or comb your hair into the desired position

So we left off last week discussing some of the hairstyles for women and girls for fall 2014/ winter 2015. This week we will see what hair accessories you need to make these styles work!

Lets start with the side part. To get the perfect part, you can use a sectioning comb (rat-tailed comb) to part your hair in the perfect manner. If you don’t have a sectioning comb, any comb should be able to do the trick. Gently brush or comb your hair into the desired position. Using a comb or brush with closely spaced teeth will give the sleekest look. Fasten your hair with two bobby pins crossed in an x shape to hold firmly in place. You can also put in a fashion bobby pin with flowers, pearls or any number of decorations on it, or for small girls, try a flower hair clip for a youthful look!

Another style we mentioned was the classic braid. Braids can be done in either of two ways. You can part the hair into sections and begin braiding right away which gives a more sophisticated look. For a younger look (and an easier method) first gather the hair into a ponytail holder and then divide the hair and start braiding. For young children who have a hard time sitting still, this method is a MUST!!
In addition, braided hair accessories such as braid hair bands and plaited headwraps are another awesome hair accessory to capture the look! Now, even when you are having a rushed morning, you can still look your best!

For the final look of 2013/14 we mentioned the messy pony. If you are trying to achieve this look, you are best off with a hair twister that is not too tight. If you normally use a small pony holder, go with something a roomier that slips a little! Another great option is a scrunchie pony holder. For the cooler weather try something like velour or velvet in a darker color. If your hair is layered, then this hair style will also require some bobby hair pins to keep those wisps off your face!

As a take-off on the messy pony, you can also try a banana clip or jaw clip for the same effect.

Have fun playing with your hairstyles this fall/winter. The options are endless!

What are the trending hairstyles for Fall 2014/Winter 2015?

braid and pony tail

Braids this season are all about taking the ordinary braid and bringing it to the extra-ordinary!

It’s that time of year again…the changing of the fashion seasons. With fall just about upon us, lets see what’s trending in hair styles for fall 2014/Winter 2015. This week we will focus on the hairstyles themselves, and next week we will take a closer look at the hair accessories for women and girls that make this all possible.
One big trend that we are seeing this season is the dramatic side part. Past seasons have seen this part in a less dramatic style – parted closer to center of the head, however for this season, we are seeing it more side-swept. Closer to the ear and very sleek. This is a great hair style for medium to long hair styles and is nice because you do not need to cut your hair for it – leaving you with many options for how to style your hair this season.
Another trend we are seeing in all it’s glory is the classic braid! Braids, like we discussed here are all over this season. When you think braids, what do you think of? Two youthful braids at the side of the head tied up in hair bows? Or a more mature version of one braid down your back? For Braids 2014/2015 think again! Braids this season are all about taking the ordinary braid and bringing it to the extra-ordinary! Try braiding your hair like a headband (or just cheat with a store bought hair band that looks like a braid!). Another nice style is lots of small braids coming from the crown of your head and leading towards the back, or use that youthful two braids in a more sophisticated manner by having them start a little further back on your head and add a stylish headband with diamond studs.
I am sure you will all be happy to hear that the pony is back! Much like the “messy” bun of 2013, the pony this year is seen pulled back low in a carefree way. If you think that it is easy to achieve this look, think again! Sometimes getting the right casual look is harder than you think! This look can be achieved with a wider hair elastic, or scrunchie and looks amazing with a center part.
The most important thing this season is to use your individuality to combine and make the most amazing styles that look good on YOU!
Have fun with your hair this season and enjoy!

Back To School: What Is YOUR Princess Going To Wear In Her Hair On Her First Day Back?!

backtoschoolThe first day of school is nearing. It’s a fresh start. Brand new hair accessories, school supplies, pencils crisply sharpened and the folders just waiting to be filled with homework sheets and assignments. I can smell the plastic of the new binders and the rich leather of new shoes; and I smile. There is the care free feeling of a young child just waiting to drink in the knowledge that they’ll soon learn.

The big question is of course: What is your little one going to wear in her hair on her first day of school?

All the girls will come in looking all fresh and neat with a renewed excitement that the summer brought about. Start her year on the right foot with a variety of neat, stylish, preppy and fresh hair accessories! Below are a few cute ideas you might want to try in her hair.

  • As we all know, braids are at the peek of fashion this season. If your daughters hair is nice and sleek, consider leaving her hair down with a middle part. Then, make a nice size braid on each side and tie them together in the back for a princess look. You can always add a nice little bow to tie it all up. This look will definitely give off some sunshine as she walks into her classroom for the very first time.
  • Hair bows. They come in lots of different sizes and styles depending on the age. They can be worn in many different ways – you just got to be original! Form a half a pony to a pony to anything in between you never go wrong when you stick to hair bows.
  • Hard headbands make the perfect hair accessory to keep a kids hair out of her face. Try a neon, bright and cool hard headband and let your little princess shine this year!
  • Does your child want to wear her hair up yet it’s still a little too short to stay up? Try giving her a banana clip! A banana clip will not only keep her hair together but it will make her hair look long. In addition, banana clips are really cool and exciting – it’ll definitely give her a boost!

So go ahead and get cracking on finding that perfect hair accessory for your little girl and you’ll see how excited she’ll be on that first day of school when she looks nothing less than perfect.

The Braid Craze – Are YOU Hooked On Yet?

braidheadband-girlBraids, braids, braids. For a while, we thought we were kind of over them – but not for long! From fishtail braids, Pig tail braids, and more – Braids are the new craze this season. It seriously almost as if people have gone braid crazy, but I’m sure you can agree that they’re not to blame. Braids are fresh, braids and stylish and they are definitely beautiful. With braids in full swing we have the braid headbands flying.

Some of us are not lazy and will make a braid headband out of our real hair. How? Simply take a nice portion of hair from right above your right ear. Make a braid and bring it over as a head band all the way down to your left air. Pin it with a bobby pin and tadam- all done!

For those of us who ARE lazy on the other hand, consider wearing a braid headband! A braid headband is a hard headband with teeth that has a braid along it made of synthetic hair. It comes in 4 hair colors to match your hair. All you have to do is put it on and you look all hair styled.

Once you try them, I’m sure you’ll agree that braids are really all they are made out to be. You can have so much fun with braids so give them a shot!