Hair-dos for the summer- that anyone can do!

Ladies, it’s now time to try out those hot summer hairstyles you’ve been waiting for! Let loose and spiff up your look with these perfect hairstyles that will give you perfect looking locks! It’s time to try out some of your #HairGoals and be an inspiration to other fashionistas!

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Sexy curls- It’s time to put down the straightener and welcome in your curler! A classic look that gives your hair the volume it needs throughout the whole day. This style is very versatile; it can be an all day look that will make complete your entire get up looking good! You’ll be turning heads left and right with your perfectly styled hair!

Warm and cool tones- Blonde highlights always look great in the summer sun to brighten your look. Be creative for the summer and add some bright colors to your hair, or even get crazy with adding rainbow colored dye. These colors wash out after a few weeks, especially with all of the summer swimming taking place, so no need to worry about your hair color at the end of the summer! Try something different!

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Tousled waves- Get your teasing comb ready ladies because these waves scream the natural loose beach waves. Loosely curl or wave pieces around the face or all around the head. Make sure the curls look natural and light to give off an effortless look. This style is a great look for when you’ve been at the beach or at the pool all day. Perfect to compliment your new tan skin!

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Half up half down– When you’re limited with time, the easy thing to do is to put your hair in this look! You can pin half of your hair up with a clip or put it into a bun. This hair-do is carefree, but still can be stylish and chic, giving you a boho summer look. The slightly messy look is trending this summer, and now it’s your time to rock it! You could wear something casual or flirty with this look, but I vote flirty!

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Sleek straight – You can still get the pin straight, shiny fresh looking hair! Sometimes, just blow-drying your hair straight is the easiest thing to do when you want to compliment your look! Just don’t forget the anti-frizz cream for the very humid summer nights, we all know what I’m talking about!

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P.S. As always I would love to hear from you. What is your favorite summer hair do and how do you keep it fresh and hip? Share your comments, tips and suggestions so we can all benefit from everyone’s experience.

KASIA

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Benefits of Coconut oil in daily regimen

 

skinnycoconut oilI always love being able to share with my readers some of the most amazing beauty products on the market. It can get absolutely overwhelming trying to keep up with all of the new creams, lotions, gels, and any other solution to keep us women feeling young and positively radiant! One of my go-to natural beauty products that I want all of my readers to try is coconut oil.

There are so many positive benefits and results when using coconut oil and can be applied to many parts of your body. One of the most common uses I get out of this natural sheen is by gently rubbing it on my skin before I shower. I love few brands that I noticed stand apart from the rest with its quality, texture and purity. My favorite is Artisana Raw Organic Extra Virgin cold pressed. I also use it in my smoothies, gluten free muffins, and gluten free bread that I make. Another one I love is SKINNY. Its simple transparent jar caught my attention when I saw the SKINNY label. Its silky smooth texture with delicious taste and smell. I use this one for oil pulling (check my previous post) and skin nourishing.

The texture of the oil itself is very light and lathers my skin with moisture while gently nourishing dry patches. I have noticed over a period time it has gradually improved the overall pigment and softness of my skin, leaving it glowing and youthful.

My luscious locks would not have the same amount of body and bounce if I did not include coconut oil in my daily hair care routine. I first started using coconut oil by applying it in small amounts to my scalp in the shower. For optimum results, I would recommend applying a generous coating of the coconut to wet hair after it has already been shampooed. Allow the oil to fully saturate and moisturize your hair before rinsing. Within a matter of days you will notice your once flat and limp hair is now full of volume and shine!

Women out there should really try coconut oil at least once in their daily beauty regimen. It is absolutely life changing and has purposes that go beyond the ones I have already mentioned. You can even apply a small amount on your lips for moisture or dab around your eyes to remove excess makeup. The benefits lists for this product are endless, which is why I am choosing to highlight it specifically for this month! I would never steer my readers wrong, but perhaps you all could introduce me to even more magical merchandise. What are your favorite beauty products, whether it is makeup, skin or hair related? I would love to hear from you!

P.S. I want to hear from you! How do you find coconut oil beneficial in daily use?  Share your comments, tips and suggestions with the rest of us.

 

KASIA

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Personal Beauty Routine for daily glow

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cosmetics-3coconut oil I have always been a firm advocate for beauty, health, and to obtain inward fulfillment and happiness. It is hard to wake up in the morning and always think of such positive notions, especially when I have to get ready for the hours ahead of me. Of course the best is when you get pampered from head to toe. Regardless, these reassuring goals are reflected in my daily routine and are represented in the products I choose to use.

The simpler the routine the better; at least in my eyes! Beauty should not be something that you put on every morning, yet rather a natural radiance that you choose to highlight. Coconut oil is such a big part of my daily routine and is not only used after my eyes open in the morning. I love to use brand from Artsana Raw Organic Extra Virgin in my beauty regimen. I brush my skin with this oil before I shower, and have noticed it has helped with the overall softness. I also apply the coconut oil to my hair and face and recommend this product to everyone. Sometimes I like to mix it with high quality essential oils from DETTERA. They come in different scents and are food grade. Each scent has its profound purpose and they are perfect to be used in smoothies, juices, flavor the food, as fragrance, deodorants, for skin irritation, blemishes, headaches, cramps. Its usefulness is unlimited.  I can share a great oil pulling secret with you that will also whiten your teeth on the top of killing all germs and bacterias. Its been around for so long and originated in Aurveda madison. Just when you about to jump into the shower take 2 tbs of coconut oil and gurgle for 10-15mins. When time is up spit it out. Under any circumstances don’t swallow it. Rinse your mouth with warm water to extract all liquid mixed with saliva and follow with teeth brushing.  Within 3 weeks your teeth will whiten and breath will significantly improve.  On days that I want to deeply rejuvenate my skin I apply a homemade oatmeal, honey and avocado mask. The more natural products you use on your skin the more naturally radiant your skin will become!

Makeup should also be kept minimal yet fresh, which is why I use oil-free tinted sheer moisturizer for a light coverage from Natura Bisse. I fell in love with this product as it evens out the skin tone and gives a smooth glow to your complexion. It keeps the skin breathing while adding a dewy radiance that lasts the entire day.

For a truly fruity and sweet scent I apply Caudaline perfume which smells much more expensive than it actually is. Each time I wear it I get asked all the time which fragrance is it. Its fresh, fruity, light and will be pleasant to everyone’s nostrils. It comes in different scents. My favorite is the VIGN.

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Coconut hibiscus butter is also a must and is applied to protect my skin from UV sun  damage and keeps it hydrated. My beauty approach is basic and uncomplicated yet allows me to face each day head on with confidence! I am such a supporter of natural beauty and allowing the products I use to only enhance my features. Are there any beauty products you swear by that cannot be replaced from your morning glamour routine?

KASIA

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New York healthy best restaurants with ambience

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When the sun comes out in New York City, life suddenly returns to the streets. What once felt like a deserted city is now a never-ending block party. And the urge to join the masses on the nearest rooftop, patio or garden terrace for a meal amidst the sunset after work is completely irresistible. When the temperature hits the mid 60s, you can find me dining at one of my favorite local eateries as I scout the latest trends in fashion, while enjoying a delicious meal street side of course!

But what happens when your local go-to becomes mundane? Unlike in love, monogamy in the culinary world, and specifically in New York City, is unnatural. With options from just about every culture you can possibly imagine and with some of the most creative chefs out there, the time to step outside your food comfort zone is now. But if you find yourself feeling just as lost amongst the Yelp reviews as you do when trying to pick out the perfect outfit from a wardrobe filled with couture, then save yourself some time and energy and take my advice. Here are a few great options to satisfy your desire for impeccable cuisine and some quality sun-time.

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Dirt Candy. Dirtcandynyc.com
If it’s originality you seek, than look no further! A popular little place in downtown Manhattan, Dirt Candy is truly one of a kind. For someone like myself with a more classical taste, a place that offers Vegan tacos, and Chocolate Onion Ice Cream on their menu is not usually my cup of tea. But who could pass up the chance to try such a strange combination? Do yourself a favor, give it a try! Chef Amanda Cohen is sure to impress.

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Navy. Navynyc.com
I’ve covered a lot of territory in the NY restaurant realm but I still constantly find myself stumbling upon hidden gems. This unique little neighborhood joint is anything but boring, from its aesthetics to its daily menu change, it will keep you coming back for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And on a warm afternoon when the windows open onto the street, Navy is the perfect place to admire all of the fashionistas of Soho while enjoying some avocado toast.

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Narcissa. Narcissarestaurant.com
Next on my list is one of the best outdoor dining options in all of New York. With a private garden complete with lounge chairs, umbrellas and beautiful greenery, Narcissa provides a wondrous dining experience amongst a blooming garden that is sure to bring you joy. But lets be clear, the food is just as amazing as the garden! The Manchurian Cauliflower with Jasmine Rice in a Ginger Sweet & Sour Sauce is to die for and that is not an exaggeration.

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The Musket Room. Musketroom.com
With ingredients taken from its very own backyard garden, which include edible flowers, the Musket Room brings a fresh, New Zealand-inspired cuisine to Nolita. Not only will your dinner awaken your taste buds through a unique mix of flavors, but your eyes are sure to be pleased as well. The Musket Room turns plate presentation into pure art. Take a tour today!

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Dudley’s. Dudleysnyc.com
Brunch is one of my favorite pastimes and in New York City you are never short on options, but Dudley’s is by far one of the best summer brunch spots out there. Seriously, oh my color! Get your daily dose of fruits and veggies with a bright brunch plate that will leave your feeling magical. And the banana pancakes … lets just say you won’t be disappointed.

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So, what are you waiting for? Bon Appetit!

P.S. As always I would love to hear fro you about your favorite eating out spots. Share your  experience, suggestions, and favorite menus in NYC. We can’t wait to discover new delicious gems. 

KASIA

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Perfect Bar for perfect body

Everybody has a story. Theirs is a little nuttier than most.

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In 1961, Dr. Bud Keith opened one of the very first gyms; it was called Healthhouse Gym and Juice Bar. Dr. Keith was a nutritionist and health fanatic way ahead of his time. “He knew that what we eat has a direct effect on what we feel,” and he wanted to share this knowledge with the world. So Bud decided to travel the states in a motorhome with his family to educate others on the importance of healthy living. And in an attempt to feed his eight children, he and his wife Barbara created their own protein bar that is now known today as the “Perfect Bar.”

Bud partnered with Jack LaLane in an effort to help change the way people viewed health and fitness, and to share his belief that “whole foods are the only acceptable source of nourishment for your body.” Don’t you agree? But while constantly traveling, it began to become difficult to feed his eight children whole, healthy foods. So one day Bud ground up a bunch of dried fruits and vegetables and mixed them with fresh peanut butter and honey. When he took one bite the only words he had were, “it’s perfect!”

The kids loved these “peanut butter” bars and would sell them on the street as other kids sold lemonade. It wasn’t until 2005 when their father was diagnosed with skin cancer that the idea to start a real business was ever discussed. There were now thirteen children and with a need to provide for her children, Barbara knew it was time to take a gamble and turn their family recipe into a family business.

“For the children to carry on that legacy is a show of dedication and passion and love for their father,” said Mike Burgener, Senior International Weightlifting Coach and friend of the family. And daughter Lee has explained that the business is truly “about learning and growing and building and sharing those nutrition principles that were instilled in us as kids… all of that together is what I think makes perfect bar perfect.” And I must say, I completely agree.

These days it may all be about “gluten free” or “organic” foods but in the 80s and 90s, Dr. Bud Keith and his ideas were considered a little out there. Luckily today the bars and the nutrition concepts behind them have become widely accepted and the loved by many. And with 20 organic super foods and high quality protein in every bar, who can complain?

You can find the Perfect Bar in the refrigerated section of your local grocery or convenience store like Wholefood. The Keith’s believe in Mother Nature’s natural preservative, cold. And remember as they say, “if a bar is not refrigerated, it is not perfect.” So go out today and look for Buddy the Bee, you know, that flying bodybuilder with wings and a stinger, and try one for yourself. I recommend the classic recipe, Almond Coconut. Or if you want the same nutty taste but with fewer calories, check out Almond Acai let me know what you think!

BONUS FOR YOU: If you would like to try these delicious bars visit http:www.Snackbear.com and enter promo code SnackSmarter at check out and receive 10% off. ENJOY!

P.S. As always I would like to hear from you what is your perfect bar experience? Which flavor is your favorited and how do you snack while traveling? Share your comments, tips and suggestions with the rest of us.

KASIA

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