Saturday, October 14, 2017

WHY I LASERED MY UM, ENTIRE, BIKINI AREA


The much-debated Brazilian. Let’s talk about it.




I kind of want to preface this by saying I was encouraged to write a story about Brazilian waxes because we talk about it allll the time at The Cov HQ. And with our friends, sisters, moms, aunts, acquaintances, et cetera. So we figured we should talk to you guys about it, too. It seems to us that for something that’s a bit, uh, personal, one's preference when it comes to the whole pubic hair removal thing is a much debated one. So let’s talk about it. The following is how I feel about ripping (and now lasering) the hair off my body, but that doesn't mean it's the only way—you know, to each their own.


The amount of general upkeep and appointment-making that goes into the beauty routine of a semi lazy girl in her mid twenties constantly astounds me. I’m not by any means high maintenance (I don't think), but, I mean… between the manicures, pedicures, threading to tame the unibrow, haircuts and waxing, it’s a lot. I try to keep it to a bare minimum, but for me waxing is a must.
For seemingly as long as I can remember, I’ve been shelling out ~$65 every four weeks for a bikini wax. As you might imagine, I have lots of stories to accompany all those appointments, too. Like the lady in West Palm Beach who managed to sugar wax the entire area in 10 minutes and with minimal pain—which is all you can ask for really. I fell so in love with Songyea that I refused to go to anyone else for a while. But, alas, I don’t live in sunny Florida (nor do I have a NetJets subscription). On the other end of the spectrum, there was the Thai waxing disaster, in which an obvious waxing novice was thrown in the deep end, which led to both her and I nearly crying while she furiously attempted to remove the strip that was more than stuck in a really unfortunate place. I tried to roll out of the window half naked just to escape the situation. Yes, it was actually that dramatic.
Still, I keep going back, and, no, it’s not like riding a bike: it doesn’t get easier. But you know that feeling at the salon when they clip your cuticles, buff the edges and paint your nails with the glossiest top coat, and you stroll out with what feels like brand new hands? Every single time, without fail, I get a rush of positivity because my hands and nails are tidy: I feel put together and ready to conquer the rest of the shit in my life.
Ditto for the bikini wax. Because after lying on a table and baring it all for a stranger while she rips hot wax off my nether region, I walk out forgetting all the negative and focusing solely on how baby-smooth the freshly waxed skin is. Plus, I’m ready for anything that comes my way involving (or not) bikinis and skimpy undergarments. Last minute trip to the beach? There. Hot tub in mid-January? Yup. Undressing in front of semi-strangers for some unforeseen reason? NP! And the razor-bump-free results are something that, in my opinion, can never be garnered from a fresh Venus and shaving cream (plus, one mean ingrown is reason enough to never shave again).


So this is how I ended up at a laser hair removal clinic on a Thursday evening, practically signing my life away in exchange for a lifetime (hopefully) of hair-free skin. I'm Italian and Portuguese—a.k.a a laser technician's dream client. I signed the dotted line for treatments every eight weeks for twelve months, received a highlighted diagram of, um, the entire area to be treated and then threw my razor in the trash and took Songyea off speed dial. Yeah, for a very quick second I was skeptical (mostly because of everyone else's opinions) about the permanence of a Brazilian. Did I really want to get rid of it all, forever? Then I remembered, even if the bush does come back into (is in?) vogue in a few decades, chances are I’m still not going to be into it, especially when I’m sitting beachside in Florida, not ever having to step foot in a waxing salon again.

P.S. Stay tuned for what happens when I laser it all off. It's going to be fun, promise.

By: Alicia Cesaro

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Master the Low-Commitment Trend That’ll Knock Your Socks Off



First things first: There’s no wrong way to wear socks. That said, a good statement sock makes your whole outfit better. We’re living in the era of experimental, statement-making fashion, from the tips of our toes to the tops of our poof-accented, pin-pierced berets. Eye-grabbing, fun socks — novelty, frilled, pompom, what have you — were once relegated to occasions like the first day of kindergarten or the last day of our laundry cycle. No more. The accessories you long ago paired with patent Mary Janes — or not so long ago, unsexy pairs of pajamas — now grace the feet of the fashion set.




For several seasons running, designers have asked us to reconsider the statement sock. It’s an easy task. Socks are, for the most part, inexpensive. We wear them on a practically everyday basis. And even fashion minimalists can’t argue with affordable, easy to style, readily showed off or shielded hosiery. Plus, fresh (read: no holes or pilling), fun socks can revitalize your tired everyday footwear. Why not spend a few bucks diversifying your sock drawer and save a pile on new shoes?




When making fun socks the focal point of your outfit, the key is to build your look from the feet up. As far as office attire goes, sock experimentation requires a fairly simple getup (a tonal look is always a safe bet). Toe the line between distinctive and distracting — slide a pair of silky socks in a rich hue (pattern optional) on under your go-to loafers.




On days or nights off (or in more fashion-forward work environments), feel free to play with contrasting colors, textures, proportions and sock-to-shoe ratios. As with all trends big and small, we consulted the runways for styling inspo. Stirrup socks add interest to ballet flats. Daredevils team platforms with knee-high hosiery. Marc Jacobs paired strappy velvet sandals with silky foot warmers. Favoring a striped pump and tube sock duo. Shielded  shoes under an umbrella of silk and lace. Lastly, you can’t go wrong with a statement sock-stiletto combo. Extra points if said heel is attached to a PVC boot.

          

by CORDELIA TAI

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Outfit | Looking chic effortlessly



Do you sometimes struggle with finding what to wear to look chic at all times? Well I know I do but this was before I figured out the three color rule! Don’t worry if you’ve never heard it before, I hadn’t too until a few weeks ago and decided to start following the rule as much as I could! The secret to a well balanced look is not having more than three colors in an outfit, This leads to an effortless but chic look!
Ever since I found out about this rule, My eyes travel through most outfits I see and I’m like “Okay, Color 1+Color 2 + Color 3 =Effortlessly chic!


So here are some tips on how to easily incorporate the three color rule into your outfits.

1. Incorporate neutrals; Out of all the three colors chosen, ensure one is a neutral so as to tone down the rest of the look. For me this neutral is black, I always prefer when there’s a little black like my culottes in this outfit (or navy blue) incorporated in my outfits. Whites and browns are good neutral colors as well!


2. Have a main piece- When following the three color rule, it’s always a good idea to have a stand out piece. Perhaps a piece with a very bright color or bold patterns. In my outfit, that main piece is my bag as it is the part of my outfit with the brightest color!



3. Accessories- Your accessories if colored count as part of your outfit though you can be more flexible with this and incorporate about four colors. If it is metallic jewelry then one shade should be used throughout the outfit, gold or silver, etc for cohesion.


4. If you like to dress with lots of colors, then that’s still okay, Strut your stuff! This is just a rule I have started following recently which has enabled me to start dressing chic without much fuss and little effort.




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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Is Eating “Clean” Doing You More Harm Than Good?




First things first, let’s give credit where credit is due: Amidst the rampant vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free crazes over the last few years, we’ve come a long way in terms of making healthy eating not only possible, but enjoyable. Gone are the days of pretending to love food that’s essentially variations on cardboard discarded by a break dancer, dipped in the armpit sweat of real chocolate (I’m looking at you, Snackwells).

We’ve now got nut milks that make you forget you’re drinking nut milk, kale chips that make you forget you’re eating kale, and—as someone of Korean descent, this is especially thrilling—Western culture has at long last embraced the miracle food that is seaweed (Ariel didn’t get that voluminous head of hair by accident).

“Clean” food has become an industry in and of itself and is expected to reach $1 trillion globally this year.But in the midst of all this frenzy and the labeling of certain elements like gluten and dairy as “bad,” scientists are starting to worry about the long-term effects on our health, particularly for young women. Only 1% of the U.S. population has celiac disease, meaning they legit cannot eat gluten, and while 65% of the global population is reported to have lactose intolerance, it’s generally not considered a serious condition and symptoms tend to be mild for most people.

The primary concerns are twofold: First and foremost, the National Osteoporosis Society warns against the loss of calcium that comes with cutting out dairy, as it leads to weaker bones, and considering bone development generally stops around age 30, this can be problematic for young women who are already at an increased risk for deterioration later on in life, as Business Insider reports. There are ways to make up for the calcium loss, but this requires a pretty focused effort, and the casual clean eater may not have the knowledge or resources to ensure all nutritional requirements are being met.

The second aspect is more psychological. Renowned foodie and chef Nigella Lawson put it this way in interview with The Guardian: “There is a way in which food is used to either self-congratulate—you’re a better person because you’re eating like that—or to self-persecute, because you’ll not allow yourself to eat what you want.” Worst-case scenario, you might be contributing to an eating disorder by disguising it with super “healthy” stripped-down eating, disguising it even from yourself.

The takeaway? Just because that blogger looks amazing and her diet seems healthy, it doesn’t make her an expert on nutrition and wellness. So wield that almond milk with caution, ladies, and as always, it’s best to consult with a health professional before making any drastic changes to your diet.

-Deena Drewis

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Seriously: I Completely Changed My Body in Only 3 Months

I’ve always gone through ebbs and flows with my body—and I’m sure that’s true for most humans (men included). I’ve tried every crash diet and trendy workout craze only to come to the same conclusion every time: It’s not for me. When it came down to it, I hated working out, and I loathed restricting myself even more. I love food. I began to accept that my penchant for soup dumplings is a huge part of me—and, subsequently, my happiness. I wasn’t willing to give that up just to shed a couple pounds. Though, many times, my “this is me” attitude allowed for unhealthy lifestyle choices. I knew I had to make a change, but I refused to let said change ruin my life.

It seems serendipitous, but the more I allowed my brain to give up its lifelong quest for the perfect body—as if there’s even such a thing—the more I started noticing inches gone from my waistline.
Seriously, this is not a drill. Why? Because rather than spend two hellish weeks on whatever regime I had read about that month, I began making very small adjustments. Such changes never interfere with afternoons spent on the couch and Chinese food delivery orders (perhaps my two favorite things).
And they work: I lost a significant amount of weight in three months. The best part? I didn’t even realize it was happening until one day, my favorite trousers slipped right off my newly lean figure. (Don’t worry, I’ve since had them tailored and wear them more often than I’d like to admit.)
These are the secrets to losing weight without giving up… anything.



This one seems counterintuitive, but it works. I used to trash my leftovers because I thought that would save me from overeating. (Most restaurants supply a heftier portion than recommended.) However, if you save your doggy bag, you’ve just supplied yourself with a free meal for the next day. That way, both meals stay in line with the proper serving size, and you can spend your money on important things like handbags and shoes
Another easy option, according to Farah Fahad, a dietitian, is to wrap up a portion of your meal and swap in some veggies. "Take your serving of pasta and cut it in half," Fahad says. "Then replace the other half with your favorite vegetable. This will automatically make the dish a lot lighter and nutrient-dense, as well as keep you full and happy."

Stop Weighing Yourself






































Weighing yourself can drive you crazy. Our intake of food and drink makes it so that our bodies fluctuate throughout the day. If you weigh yourself in the morning, it may read something different than at night. So why do it? It’s difficult to gauge what that number really means anyway. Muscle weighs more than fat, after all. It’ll make you feel bad if the number is higher than you expected it to be—and feeling bad is a waste of your time.
"I am not a fan of weighing yourself," says Amy Rosoff Davis, Selena Gomez’s longtime trainer. "I think it breeds obsessive thoughts and behaviors. If you work out and eat healthy, your body should do the rest! When you have a healthy mind, body, and soul, the results will come. I prefer the jean test. You know how your pants fit, so go off of that instead of a number." Essentially, leave the scales to your yearly checkups, and you’ll live a far more blissful, body-loving life.




by HALLIE GOULD


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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Un-Lazy Ways to Wear Sweatpants in Public

It wasn't so long ago that your trusty pair of sweatpants was relegated to Sunday mornings or the late-night trips to the store to pick up a carton of milk. It wasn’t that we didn’t like our sweatpants — we actually loved them —it was just that we didn’t really consider them ready for prime time.
Thanks to the burgeoning athleisure trend over the past couple of years, things certainly have changed. Sweatpants, along with other casual styles like bra tops, yoga pants, leggings and sneakers, are now at the front of our wardrobes and being worn proudly for all occasions. You’re now almost as likely to see a pair of joggers or leggings on the pins of street style stars as you are a pair of cropped jeans.
If you’re used to wearing your joggers with your beloved college hoodie or a T-shirt, it’s time to start playing around with your sweatpants outfits. There are a surprising number of items that work with your trackies besides casual basics. For some inspo, read on to see the different ways you can style your sweatpants outfits.

Swap your go-to neutral sweatpants for a brighter color. A roomy coat and  sneakers give your joggers a cool contemporary vibe. 





Think of your black sweatpants as something to build upon. Try yours with your favorite sweater and sneakers. Note that you can never go wrong with a jacket draped over your shoulders and a wide-brimmed hat.






































Fashion rules? What fashion rules? Ignore everything you thought you knew about layering and tuck a zip-up jacket into your sweatpants. Then half tuck an oversized button-down on top. Accessorize with statement heels and you have yourself a unique look that slays.






The quickest way to take your joggers from casual to fierce is by choosing a sequined pair. Once you do that, it doesn't really matter what you wear with them. 






Stay warm but look chic by teaming your joggers with a tweed coat and coordinating patterned scarf. Statement socks and fashion girl-approved white sneakers complete the ensemble.




Substitute your usual black pants for a comfy pair of sweatpants. See these black joggers worn with an oversized cardigan, button-down blouse and blue peacoat for inspiration on how to master the look. 




Who said that sweatpants have to be basic? These printed gold joggers are the star of the show. Not even the metallic high-tops or the oversized peach cardigan can compete.



Color and pattern elevate your average pair of sweats, but don't forget about texture. 


by HEATHER CICHOWSKI


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