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03 July 2015

3 Ways to Wear Barrettes

Who says adults can't have hair flair and wear it too? Elizabeth Heard Barrettes are every girl's answer to easily styled hair. Handmade in Atlanta, Elizabeth Heard is an independent line of carefully crafted hair accessories for women to find their finishing touch by adding a dose of flair to the hair. Plus, the barrettes are crafted by Elizabeth White, a Parsons School of Design educated designer with a knack for creating and an eye for style.

But just how can adult women pull-off barrettes? I've got three looks for you to help you know exactly how to wear your Elizabeth Heard hair flair.

The Side Surprise:

Pull just once side of your hair into the barrette. These barrettes are so well made, you won't have to worry about it slipping out during your day.

The Traditional:

The traditional look is one you're all familiar with. Pull each side of your hair back for a half-up do. Snap your barrette in, and you're ready to go!

The Top Knot Secret:

Jazz-up your top knot by adding a secret barrette right under your top knot. Who says a top knot is only for bad hair days?

Shop Elizabeth Heard Barrettes & #daretoflair today:

Special thanks to Elizabeth Heard Barrettes for gifting me two beautiful barrettes for this post!


01 July 2015

How to dress for barre

I'm ashamed to say that after reaching my 100 classes at Pure Barre back in the fall, I have been a barre slacker. Granted, I kept going to my favorite classes at Pure Barre throughout the fall and winter, but come spring, I hit a major wall. I was busy busy busy, and while I know that's not an excuse, I found myself stepping away from the whole workout thing for a while. So when I started back on a regimen a few weeks ago, let's just say it wasn't exactly easy. I am definitely not able to plank as long as I used to, my flexibility has waned, and my stamina is just sad. But, that's not stopping me from getting back to it! Slowly, but surely, I've been adding barre back into my routine, and I feel better already. 

I will say that while I abandoned the barre for a time, there are some things that never change about attending class, and one of those things is what to wear. Let's discuss a few key things to know about how to dress for barre class: 

1. You wear socks. Always. No ifs, ands, or buts. Yogis, I know that socks aren't a part of yoga, but they are very much a part of barre. They help you grip the floor, and in classes like the one I took at Exhale, they help you grip the barre itself. 

2. Leggings or capris are a requirement. It's not that you can't wear shorts, but you really just shouldn't. For one thing, leggings help keep your muscles warm, and for another, shorts are just a little too revealing for barre, you know? I love a classic black legging, but every now and then, I like to step up my legging game with a colorful pair. These leggings from RBX (c/o) are in a fun neon and gray pattern. Pairing them with a black tank and cheeky sweatshirt makes for an easy barre look. Bonus: you can take this look straight to your daily errands. Love me some athleisure wear. 

3. Tanks are a must to help you move freely. I love wearing tank tops to barre classes. They keep me cool and help me move without restraint during class. You can't go wrong with classic black or another dark color (hide that sweat, ladies!).

And good news! RBX is offering 25% off their latest collection now through July 31st. Simply use the code: Active25. Plus, spend $50 and you'll get free shipping, too! 

Special thanks to Exhale Avalon for a wonderful media event in which I was reminded just how powerful barre can be, and for treating us to fantastic blowouts from Drybar after! And thanks to RBX for supplying me with these leggings for review.

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