Monday Mood PowerUp: Classic Drink Recipes for Summer
Even with summer winding down, we’re not ready to let go of the warm weather just yet. Hot cocoa, chai tea, and cozy sweaters may be knocking on our doors soon, but we’re making the most of the time we have left with these tasty summer cocktails. Joe Campanale, beverage director of some of our favorite New York restaurants, shows us how to lighten up our favorite cocktails for a fresh, summer spin. Whether you’re all-too-excited for the fall or a summertime devotee, everyone has time for a drink.
The Perfect Sock Bun Tool, Fighting Frizzy Hair, BBQ Essentials, & More: Reading List
We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news that we don’t want you to miss. Read them while you’re laying on the beach or relaxing indoors.
Frizz Frenzy: Summer humidity never fails to turn a good hair day into a bad hair day. Whether our hair is straight or curly, the moist, sticky air always manages to bring out the worst. Here are our top solutions for fighting the frizz.
5 Steps to a Super Zen Spa Treatment at Home: Pamper yourself this weekend with one of these simple, but effective at-home treatments. Not only are they luxurious and nourishing, but with all the dough you’ll save, you’ll definitely be able to afford that extra bottle of champagne.
4 Unexpected Summer BBQ Essentials: From all-natural hand wipes to bold platters, these items take the basics to a whole new level. Step up your game and you’re sure to be the belle of backyard bbqs.
What Sleeping in Your Makeup Does To Your Skin [Daily Mail UK]: It’s essential to remove our makeup before bed, and for the most part, we do. But for those days when you feel too tired or lazy to cleanse, the results of this mini experiment will get you right back on track.
Every weekend, I look forward to going back home to semi-upstate New York and winding down after a long week in NYC. While I love the hustle and bustle of the city, nothing beats returning to crisp air, green grass, and the sound of nature. The two days I’m home I take my R&R very seriously. I know I don’t have the time or money (the woes of a college student) to spend at a spa so my pampering days are spent in the comfort of home. Get ready to light some candles and put on some soothing music because here are a few of my favorite ways to relax and recharge for any day of the week!
1. How To: Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea
As a huge tea connoisseur, the very first thing I do to unwind is fix myself a cup of tea. This video shows me how to brew the perfect cup since there’s nothing worse than ending up with bitter or weak tea.
We’re in the middle of a serious heat wave in New York (93 degrees today!) which means all week long we’ve been showing off our prettiest sandals, and of course, our feet. While we love having a professional pedi, this year we decided to cut our expenses by giving ourselves a salon-style nail treatment at home. We asked Gina Carney, the founder of RGB, for her tips on how to give ourselves a pro pedicure.
While painting my toes instantly beautifies my feet, walking around in the city has done quite a number on my poor arches and they need some extra TLC. I’ve been using this Gena Pedi Scrub Exfoliating Gel which makes my dry and tired soles feel like they’ve just gotten a spa treatment.
How do you get your feet ready for sandal season?
Looking for a new color? Try a White Hot mani or pedi.
Happy first day of summer! With all your upcoming festivities—BBQs, brunches and beach days included—we know you’re too busy to bother with complicated hairstyles. Which is why we rounded up these four simple braid tutorials to help you keep your hair in check no matter what your activity.
From weddings to music festivals, flower crowns are everywherethese days. They’re the ultimate spring accessory and make even the rainiest of days that much brighter. Best of all, they’re totally easy to make yourself.
I do have to admit that before this project, I’d never actually made a flower crown before. But with plenty of them floating around on Tumblr and Pinterest, I’d gotten enough of an idea to be able to craft this one from scratch. So I know you can do it too!
Here are the items you’ll need to make your own flower crown:
DIY Beauty and Jewelry Stand: Birchbox Intern Diaries
When it comes to DIY, I’m always up for a challenge. Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of tutorials for making your own jewelry stand and decided to give it a try. Using just two plates and a margarita glass, I now have a great way to display my everyday jewelry and makeup essentials. Watch the video below to learn how to create your own!
What are some of your favorite DIY’s? Let us know in the comments!
We can hardly believe it, but May is already here—and that can only mean one thing: May Day! This bright spring festival is celebrated throughout the Northern hemisphere, and festivities often include dancing around a maypole and crowning one lucky lady the May Queen.
While we all can’t be official festival queens, we can feel like one with our own flower crowns. Fake or real, these crowns are incredibly easy to make yourself, and can be made from any variety of colors or blossoms. Not sure where to start? Here are 6 DIY crown tutorials that you can either follow to a T or simply use as floral inspiration:
1. Kelli Murray I love how big this crown is and that Kelli Murray used only pastel tones for a more subdued version. Sophia Coppola would approve.
2. bleubird vintage James at bleubird put this bright crown together for around $15 and had lots of leftover supplies. Crown making party, anyone?
3. Refinery29 DIY superstar Kiersten Stevens and Refinery29 teamed up to create this colorful headpiece that works for both brides-to-be and festival attendees.
4. I Spy DIY I’m a fan of this crown because it’s really simple and made with fresh flowers! It’s perfect to wear at a picnic or a weekend farmer’s market.
5. Honestly…WTF This is by far my favorite of the bunch. I love how they group the flowers into mini bouquets to make the building process easier and quicker to rearrange.
6. hellobee Daisy chains aren’t just for kids! (Remember those from elementary school?) Take it back to the playground with this wire-free crown from hellobee.