Friday, September 19, 2014

Flaunt it Friday #FIF

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Eye Makeup Used: NYX Smokey Eyeshadow,  NYX The Curve Eyeliner, Maybelline The Falsies Mascara all via Target

Being a woman these days can be, well...tough at times. We all have insecurities (and yes, me too) but after years of working through them, I have learned to love what I have been given and work it to it's fullest. It's hard not to compare yourself to others at times and trust me, I used to do it as well. I mean, what woman hasn't? But I'm confident enough to admit it now and realize it's not what's important in life. We have to embrace one another and be confident with what we have. That's why today's post is what I like to call Flaunt it Friday -- all about working what you've got and today' I'm working on my my favorite features-- my eyes -- by playing them up a bit using some awesome eyeshadow and liner from Target.

Even me with a fashion/beauty blog -- there come times when I can't wear certain styles or be the skinniest girl in the room -- but, I've found ways to embrace who I am and the find styles that do work for me and showcase it in my little space on the internet. Not everyone may love it (or even me for that matter) but it's important to push through. What I want to get at is when it comes to achieving the style you want you should never feel held back by your body or any part of yourself for that matter. It's not about what you don't have, it's about how to flaunt what you do have.

I love you all so so dearly and if I can make one person feel inspired then I'm doing a good thing.

Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the athor and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tropical Tiki-tini

As some of you may already know (and for those who don't) I am headed back to our home in the Dominican Republic in a few days! The DR is so full of life, color, fun and natural beauty that it's always such an exciting time when I get to go! It makes me step back and appreciate another culture and become one as they are some of the most welcoming people I've ever come across. Because I've been in full vacation mode for the past week, I felt like it was only appropriate to do a tropical inspired post to get us all in the mood! I like to call it my "Island State of Mind." While I'm there, I'm always indulging in their amazing food, treats and beyond incredible drinks and this Pinnacle Tropical Tiki-Tini was the perfect fit to get me all wrapped up in the excitement and all prepped for my trip. Watch the fun video below to see how you can bring a little bit of my vacay into your home too!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Touches of Pink

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asos scuba style shorts bardot top
Top: Bardot // Bottoms: ASOS // Bag: ASOS // Shoes: ASOS // Earrings: Pree Brulee // Sunglasses: ZeroUV

You guys -- It's so hot in SD, words cannot explain.. I honestly feel like I'm somewhere else, melting away! I mean, I usually love heat, but this is pretty darn hot. Yesterday was 100 September! Crazy, right?! Needless to say, I am not able to put away my shorts quite yet so I'm still sporting some summer looks! Today I paired teal and pink together which I always think is such an adorable combination. I'm a huge fan of tucking shirts into clothing since I think it looks polished and flatters my petite figure. I also want to mention, I am seriously obsessed with these shorts! I got them recently and have been wearing them a whole lot. They have an elastic waistband which is super comfortable for me and is made from a scuba style fabric that stretches perfectly and makes me feel like I can wear all day. I kind of feel like I'm wearing pi's or something since they make me feel SO comfortable and I know I'm not alone in thinking there's nothing better than that.

Oh! I also wanted to mention I just started up my Love, Olia newsletter! I will be sharing style tips, news, personal stories and tutorials exclusive only to subscribers so please make sure to subscribe here! I would absolutely love it if you took the time to do so!

Hope you guys have a wonderful day & are staying cool!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Easy Stripes

Top: Lou & Grey // Shorts: Articles of Society // Necklace: Le Tote // Bracelet: Le Tote // Bag: Henri Bendel // Hat: J.Crew // Sunglasses: ZeroUV

I'm really excited because today I'm going to be sharing with you a new subscription service I've discovered that I'm loving. Le Tote is a subscription service where you receive a Boutique Box filled with 3 garments and 2 accessories in each tote valued at over $200. When you receive your box, you can keep it as long as you want and when finished, you return it back to receive your next tote in the mail! You can switch it up as many times as you want in a month. It's amazing because you can try everything on before you decide to buy it. If you love something, just keep it and return the rest. They will charge the credit card that you have on file and it's as simple as that! I've gotten some amazing accessories (worn above) and some adorable pieces and I am always excited when I see my new Le Tote box waiting for me at my doorstep.

Le Tote is offering all my readers 50% off your very on Le Tote box with the code: Love,Olia

Big thanks to Le Tote for sponsoring this post.

Monday, September 15, 2014

How to Grow Hair Longer, Faster & Stronger

The average person's hair grows a quarter of an inch per month and although there isn't a miracle cure for faster hair growth we all desperately wish there was. Throughout the years I've gone from long hair to short hair back to long hair and I've never been too worried since my hair grows relatively fast. BUT, to be completely honest I think it's only due to the fact that I religiously follow a few tips that I am going to share with you all today!

And just for visual proof -- I cut my hair exactly 12 months ago!
From this to this using the below tips:

Focus on your Scalp. Brush your scalp or give yourself an at-home scalp massage to increase blood flow to the scalp which helps nutrients get to your follicles more quickly. Try to massage your head with your fingertips while shampooing to help stimulate hair growth.

Use Heat Protectant. We all do heat styling and this is a HUGE no-no when it comes to growing your hair out. Why? Heat styling can fry your ends and break your hair which is obviously not beneficial to growing. However, I do like to style my hair regularly so I just opt for using a good heat protectant before any blow drying, straightening or curling.

Supplements. I am a HUGE believer of taking supplements to help with hair growth. I've done so for YEARS and continue to do so since it works so well for me. The right vitamins along with biotin helps tremendously with hair growth. Lately I have been using Hairfinity Hair Vitamins. Their B-Vitamin complex nourishes and supports healthy scalp and hair growth and Biotin helps product keratin, and increase hair elasticity. It also includes Vitamin C, D, Silica and more all which stimulate hair growth. Their vitamins contain the basic nutrients for overall health. They have also been clinically proven to increase hair growth rate in a 30 day period. You can even check out their testimonials here.

Deep Conditioning. I am obsessed with using a deep conditioning mask once a week. A while ago when I was at my hair dresser's getting a trim, I was complaining to her about how dry I felt like my hair was. She used the Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask and it instantly brought my hair back to life. At the time, I didn't know what she used on me and I remember texting her asking her what the heck she did. She told me it was this mask and that I should do it once a week. I immediately purchased it and have been using it ever since. It has done wonders to my hair.

Trims. It's important to get regular trims to help with hair growth. I try not to go in too often when I am growing my hair out but I definitely still do go in. I go 10 weeks in between trims and I schedule my appointments after every cut that way I don't forget and before I know it it's a year later. I only cut about a half an inch at a time and it helps keep my hair free of split ends and super healthy. And just to note -- if you're trying to grow out your hair, I personally think 6 weeks is too soon to cut it unless you're doing major heat styling and damaging your ends a lot. Otherwise I suggest 9-10 weeks.

Air Dry. Let your hair air dry! I never ever blow dry my hair because I try to avoid heat styling as much as I can. I usually will just let my hair air dry and it keeps my hair SO much healthier. If you can stay away from heat styling all together then that would be the BEST. Try to wear your hair in low ponytails and if you want some waves, then braid your hair before bed and in the morning you will have a crimped look without any heat. On the topic of braids -- they are PERFECT for styling while you're growing your hair. There are soo many hairstyles with braids and none of them require any heat. It's a total win-win. You can check out lots of hair tutorials for braids at my YouTube channel here.

Skip Washing Daily. I used to wash my hair daily until I realized it couldn't possibly be good for my hair so years ago I changed my ways and started washing my hair every 2-3 days. Shampooing your hair strips it of all its natural oils and dries it out quite a bit. Just not good at all! The less that you do to your hair the better. I have very thin hair so it was hard for me to get used to it since my hair gets very greasy quickly so I just had to learn hairstyles that worked for me for second and third day hair. Trust me, if I can do it-- anyone can.

Hope you guys enjoyed these tips!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hairfinity. The opinions and text are all mine.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Date Night Makeup Tutorial + GIVEAWAY

Hey guys and Happy Saturday! I don't always do weekend posts BUT since I am hosting this giveaway on my YouTube channel I wanted to share it with my blog readers! Here is a simple date night makeup tutorial that plays up the eyes a bit and keeps everything else soft. I am giving away a BUNDLE of Merle Norman cosmetics including ones mentioned in this video! All you have to do is head here & enter on my channel!

Hope you enjoy &  SUBSCRIBE to my channel!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Crinkle Silk Chiffon Dress

Dress: Calypso St. Barth // Bag: Sole Society // Hat: Sole Society // Earrings: Dogeared // Watch: Daniel Wellington (15% off with code: loveolia)

Well it surely is a Happy Friday since I have an amazing promotion to share with you all! I have been a huge fan of Calypso St. Barth for years now and when I recently received a few pieces they immediately went to the front of my closet and I've been wearing them ever since. Their clothes are elegant, comfortable, colorful and honestly...I dare you to look at their website and tell me you didn't find anything you loved. 
Right now, Calypso St. Barth is offering a huge promotion! Now thru September 21st receive:
$50 off $300+, $150 off $600+ and $300 off $1,000+ -- how amazing is that?!
Just enter: GCFALL2014FB at checkout to redeem this awesome offer.

Hope you guys take advantage of this and get some amazing pieces.