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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Style Yourself Fabulous with the Dolphin Iron from ArtiZen

Artizen DolphinIsn’t it frustrating to leave your stylist’s chair after a cut and style feeling fabulous but knowing the next time you achieve that same look will be 6-8 weeks later when you’re back for a trim? ArtiZen agrees and their line of high-power professional styling tools, including the fabulous ArtiZen Dolphin Iron, make it easy to style your tresses beautifully right in your own home!

My very favorite feature of the Dolphin is it’s Hydro-ionic Surround Heating, meaning the top plate is heated all the way around. This little feature allows users to create all kinds of fun ‘dos, from romantic curls to beachy waves. I’ve taken FULL advantage of this as I rarely use a straightener to actually straighten my hair and if I do, it’s usually to smooth it in the humidity. However, I do love the waves I can achieve from a straightener that are the perfect amount of laid-back chic. Smooth and not too curly, the only trouble I sometimes have curling with a typical straightener is the curls occasionally come out with a kink – I call them my square curls because I can see where the hair wrapped around the edge of the straightener. The Dolphin completely eliminated this problem. No kinks just incredibly smooth waves (see pic below). Perfection!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September’s Top 10 Workout Songs

Calvin-Harris-SummerFort Wayne, IN – September 1, 2014 – Summer might be winding down, but you'd never guess it from this set of sunny songs. The top 10 list below kicks off with a remix of Calvin Harris' ode to the warmest season and continues to heat up from there.

The biggest winner of the month is Nicki Minaj—who appears once with some help from Sir Mix-a-Lot and again alongside Jessie J and Ariana Grande. Her first song “Anaconda” is perfect for starting a workout—with its abundance of energy and attitude to spare. Meanwhile, her collaboration “Bang Bang” is the month's fastest cut—with a tempo of 149 beats per minute (BPM)—making it ideal for running.

If your playlist is already heavy on Top 40 tracks—and you're looking to branch out—the last few weeks have provided a number fun, accessible tracks that have been making more noise in the clubs than on the radio. To that end, you can check out the latest in Nero's string of nightlife epics and a remix of Robyn and Röyksopp's latest single. The hook of the latter finds Robyn announcing that she's going to do what she wants—and then do it again. So, if you're looking for a go-to track when your energy is running low, this blast of assertive enthusiasm might be just what you need.

Generally speaking, the competition between acts to release the “song of the summer” should have died down by this time of year. Nevertheless, the last few weeks have seen the release of one anthem after another. If you take advantage of this bumper crop of pop and get yourself outside for some exercise, you just might be able to squeeze an extra month out of this summer.

Here's the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred--the web's most popular workout music blog.

Calvin Harris - Summer (Twoloud Remix) - 128 BPM
Nicki Minaj - Anaconda - 130 BPM

Röyksopp& Robyn - Do It Again (Zoo Station Radio Edit) - 125 BPM

Nero - Satisfy - 124 BPM

Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass - 134 BPM

Neon Hitch - Yard Sale (Radio Edit) - 128 BPM

Maroon 5 - Maps - 120 BPM

Pharrell Williams - Come Get It Bae - 120 BPM

Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj - Bang Bang - 149 BPM

Cash Cash & Bebe Rexha - Take Me Home (Chainsmokers Remix Radio Edit) - 129 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sporty Chic for the Weekend

Each and every Sunday I stay up late, not really doing much of anything all that productive, just trying to soak up every last bit of weekend that I can. Weekends always mean running around from one place to the next and I love an outfit that can take me to multiple locations. My sporty look below isn’t over-the-top for the market, and could easily take me to a casual dinner with friends as well. It’s the perfect weekend multi-tasking look. Not to mention, I adore the juxtaposition of sporty classics, like hi-top Nikes, a colorful headband, given to me by Urban Halo, and hooded sweater with more edgy pieces like red skinny jeans and gold chains.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Workout Wear too Cute to Workout In!

I definitely am a woman with two styles. One is a little edgy, usually featuring a variety of heavy metal jewelry and of course, a fabulous pair of heels. The other is on the opposite side of the spectrum, sporty chic I like to call it, in which I don fun sweatshirts, leggings and my patent hi-top Nikes. With that side in mind, you can imagine my excitement when I discovered FiredaughterClothing on Etsy featuring the absolute cutest tops for work outs. Their cuteness has me thinking I wouldn’t actually work out in them as I wouldn’t want to sweat in these beauties, but instead style them as I mention above, or with jeans and other fun sneakers. With retro-like screens, the shirts show-off some of my favorite inspirational bible verses, quotes and go U-S-A type slogans. Adorbs!

Christian Clothing, Women's Motivational Tops, Inspiration Tops

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Spice Up your Running with Brooks Running Ombre Collection Shoes

Remember when running and other workout shoes used to be, well, lacking a little in the style department? I love that brands are now putting some thought into their color schemes and pattern options. Take the below Ombre Collection from Brooks Running. In bright colors with silver accents you’ll be donning these kicks for way more than just your early morning jogs.

Brooks Running Ombre Collection

Above Styles:

  • Glycerin 12, $150 – features Super DNA and 20% and Ideal Pressure Zones for comfort.
  • Adrenaline GTS 14, $120 – a Runner’s World “Editor’s Choice,” shoe, it’s also equipped with a Segmented Crash Pad and Brooks DNA.
  • Ghost 7, $120 – features BioMoGo DNA with plenty of balance, cushion and lightweight materials.


Happy Running!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Yes, you can Rock a Crop Top Over 30!

Ahhhh the crop top. What a comeback this garment has made over the past year. While 20-something's can rock this piece like a pop star, those of us past 30 seem a little reluctant to don it. I get it. After 30, when it comes to dressing, we’re supposed to be more refined, more professional, more conservative than we were in our 20’s. While I’m not suggesting a crop to the office, there are many tasteful silhouettes that can be worn on date night or girls night, even for those of us over 30. Instead of thinking, “how much midriff do I get to show?” make sure just a small bit of skin (1-2”) is playing peek-a-boo. The easiest way to wear it is with a high-waist skirt like I did below.

Crop Top past 30, Crop Top Dress Outfit, Tasteful crop top

Monday, September 1, 2014

DIY Nails Inspired by Zooey Deschanel’s Emmy Look

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Happy #ManiMonday dolls! I fell in love with Zooey Deschanel’s nail art at the 2014 Emmy’s last week! With her nails as inspiration, I created my own pink stripes using the same method as in this previous post.

If you want an easy option, you could of course by nail art tape, but, I usually refuse to buy something I have or could do myself☺ And of course, I just used Ms. Deschanel’s as inspiration…I wanted a bigger stripe and needed to reverse the colors on one nail to make it a bit more me.

The lighter pink shade was Fairy Lights from Butter (online this looks way more purple than it really is. The above pic is pretty true-to-life) and the darker is Gorgeous Garter Belt by Jessica Nails.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Questions with your Style? Let me Help!

Ever have one of those friends you adore, but, when it comes to her honesty regarding your outfits, she just doesn’t have the cachongas to tell you something doesn’t look quite right? Well loves, consider me that friend who isn’t afraid to give it to you straight!

I’ve had more people recently DM’ing me their #OOTD posts on Instagram and I’m having so much fun seeing all of your cute clothes and how you’re styling them. What I’m seeing usually is that while most of you know how to coordinate your clothing, there’s questions about accessorizing or the silhouette certain items are creating.

So there you go, whenever you have a pressing outfit question, DM your photos to me on Instagram (Laura_Yoder). Just a few tips…

  • Make sure the photos are taken from eye-level so I can give you a true evaluation.
  • This photo isn’t going anywhere, so I don’t care if you have the perfect background. Just as long as I can see you and your outfit
  • Filters aren’t necessary either.
  • If you can’t get the full view, download an app like No Crop, which is what I used in the pic below.

And if you just have a general question regarding an outfit or fashion or what-not, you can always email me as well: Laura@24-7style.com.

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