Spring/Summer Trend: Feathers

Hair, makeup, and photography by yours truly!

Hi all!  So I had a photoshoot today for photos to accompany an article I wrote for Clippings magazine on hair trends.  I had so many photos that I thought I would post some on here so I don’t feel like they were wasted.  One of the trends I talk about in the article has been seen on everyone from celebrities to even the runways of some of the hottest brands.  Wanna take a “wild” guess? Yup, it’s feathers!

Basically what they are are rooster feathers that you can straighten, curl, and wash.  They are attached using a microloop and then fastened on a small section of hair.  They are relatively inexpensive and add some flair and a pop of colour to your hair instantly.  It’s a neat trend for summer for sure and have been spotted on such celebrities such as Selena Gomez, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Ke$ha among others.  In fact, they have been so popular that fishermen have been complaining because people interested in the fad have been buying the feathers that are for fishing.  It’s being said that the hair industry has single-handedly wiped out the rooster feather industry and there are some shortages to get your hands on those colourful feathers.

Some salons offer them or you can always order the supplies online and do it yourself.   There are a number of online retailers and manufacturers that you can get them from.  If you don’t want them attached semi-permanetely, you can also get yourself a pair of temporary clip-in feathers from Sultra ($25 USD, available at Sephora).

They are super fun and definitely my go-to hair trend for summer.  And, if you want your furry friend to spot that same trend, Puppy Locks offers fur feathers that you can apply onto Fido (Condition Culture, the company that makes Puppy Locks also make Feather Locks for humans).  How cute is that? I’m not sure that Ziggy would like it but it’s still pretty cool regardless. So what do you think? Are you on the feather bandwagon or are you gonna let this one fly by?


Wild for Animal Print

So for the past few years I have been in love with zebra print anything.  And then came Keeping Up With the Kardashians and that totally escalated my love for animal print to a whole new level.  I am pretty much obsessed.  Seriously.  I cannot have too many leopard print anything.  Well actually, that’s not true, there is some gross leopard print stuff out there.  But the point is, if it is animal print, I love it.

L-R: Forever 21, Forever 21, Sace

The thing about animal print, although wild, is it’s a nice burst of colour and print.  If you don’t like floral things (they can tend to be a bit grandma) then go for some fun leopard or zebra, or even giraffe, I have been noticing an increasing amount of giraffe print clothing and accessories.  Now with that being said, make sure you don’t go over the top and do head to toe animal print.  It works wonders as a statement piece, not as a whole ensemble.  Like take for instance, if you are doing a leopard print top, I would match it with some dark denim and nude pumps or black stilettos.  If you do a zebra print dress, pair it some some neutral coloured shoes.  As for accessories, make a statement while wearing an LBD with some leopard print heels or clutch.  The pairings are endless.

Zebra print dress by Soho (Mexico)

Zebra print cardigan from Wet Seal

You can have a lot of fun with animal print as there are many ways to wear it. Some of my favourite pieces are a zebra cardigan from Wet Seal (which goes with practically anything), a giraffe print clutch from H&M, leopard heels also from H&M, and a leopard print shirt with 3/4 length sleeves from Forever 21.

Clutch from H&M (bought in May 2011)

Shoes from H&M

Sequin zebra print flats from Forever 21

If you don’t have some wild patterns in your closet already, go out and pick up some key pieces.  My favourite stores to shop for animal print anything are Forever 21 and H&M, not only do they have on-trend items but they are affordable as well.  So what are you waiting for?  Go wild!

The Cult Collection: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

So I haven’t blogged in a few days just out of pure laziness but I am back! And what better to blog about than a cult collection post?  This time we are looking at Seche Vite’s Dry Fast Top Coat.

According to Seche Vite’s website:


Seche Vite™ dry fast top coat is widely acknowledged as the world’s finest top coat. Specially formulated to penetrate through nail lacquer to the base coat forming a single solid coating over the nail plate for a much more durable finish. Guaranteed not to yellow while leaving nails silky, stronger and resistant to chipping and peeling.

Seche Vite has quite a cult following behind it (just Google “best top coat”).  It is known for being super shiny and super quick to dry.

A few months back I needed a new top coat so I got OPI’s version but I just didn’t find that it made my polish shiny at all. Then I heard about Seche Vite.  I didn’t want to get another new bottle of top coat because I basically just got the OPI, but I was at Sally’s Beauty Supply and they were offering a free Seche Vite base coat when you bought the top coat so I thought why not?  I can’t remember the Canadian pricing for the top coat (I think it was around maybe $10-11 CDN, it’s 7.99 USD online), but if Sally’s offers a 2 for 1 deal again, I would snag some, it’s so worth it.

Alright, so does it do what it says.  I can say wholeheartedly that yes, it presents your nails as super shiny and it takes about a minute to dry.  This stuff definitely does what it says and deserves it’s cult status.  Your nails look super shiny after you apply it and you don’t have to wait around and not touch anything for at least 10 minutes.  It does dry super fast, but I would still be mindful of what you do with your hands or feet at least half an hour after you paint them.  It’s not completely dry, but it’s dry enough to go about your day.

Although it looks great over basically any polish, Seche Vite does wonders over China Glaze’s neon polishes, which I find dry very matte.  The top coat really makes them shiny and as bright as they are in the bottle when you get them.  It also makes the shatter and crackle polishes amazing.  When I first used OPI’s Black Shatter I thought it was okay, but not amazing.  As soon as I applied the Seche Vite, that made all the difference in the world, I don’t know how to explain it, but the black looked darker and really made the effect stand out.  Here’s a tip: If you use a China Glaze neon polish under a shatter polish (like in my Turtle Nails post), put some Seche Vite over top of the colour before you apply the shatter.  Shatter works best over shinier surfaces for some reason.

So is it worthy of cult status?  Yes! I would for sure buy this again and I honestly haven’t even touched my OPI top coat since I got this. This is the only top coat I’ll use from now on.  Like I said, your polish just looks so much better with it over top.  It can change a drab polish to an amazing one all with one stroke.  It’s hyped up, but deservingly so.  This is a staple in my nail polish collection.

Have you tried Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat?  If so, what were your thoughts?  Love it or hate it?  Cult-worthy or over-hyped?

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