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#ShareBeautyContest with Regency Beauty Institute

While we all know that I'm obsessed with my hair, it's pretty unusual that I experiment with it - in fact, my barely noticeable highlights are kind of as wild as I get. But Regency Beauty Institute has partnered with the fine folks of Refinery29 for a series of #ShareBeautyContest challenges - and in support, I've mixed up my style signature with the "Textured Swoop" - an Elvis-inspired volumized look, seen above. A little bit rockabilly and a little bit punk, I'm feeling it and wildly, it took just 3 products - Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, Original Mineral Style Guru Styling Cream and Sally Hershberger Major Body Dry Style Hair Spray - 1 bobby pin, and 5 minutes to create.

The #ShareBeautyContest challenges rotate weekly through August 13, and the grand prize winner will be awarded all things pampering - including a $1,000 Sephora gift card and a full beauty makeover in your city. And all you need to do to enter this week's challenge is:

1) Recreate your own version of the above "Textured Swoop" look
2) Take a cute Instagram photo snap of your hair look
3) Hashtag the photo with #ShareBeautyContest - and while you're at it, why not follow and tag @RegencyBeauty and @Refinery29?

All the deets are here - now go forth and Share YOUR Beauty!

While all opinions expressed are my own (as always!), this post was created in partnership with Refinery29 and Regency Beauty Institute.

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3 Easy Tips to Saving Your Summer Mani

My fresh, post-weekend mani: Deborah Lippmann Blue Orchid

After a long 4th of July weekend spent BBQ'ing, at the beach and in the pool, I needed rapid recovery in more ways than one. As you too may have discovered, chlorine, sun, sand and salt water do a number on your hands, cuticles, and nails, leaving skin dry and manicures and pedicures chipped and dull. Eager to preserve my summer manis and pedis, I asked Jin Soon, editorial manicurist and founder of the eponymous nail lacquer collection and NYC Hand & Foot Spas for a few simple tips. Here, her words of advice:

  • Make sure you use a lot of moisturizer on your hands, cuticles and nails (my faves include Aveda Hand Relief and/or CND Solar Oil)
  • Use a layer of top coat to make your nails fresh. One coat of JINsoon Top Gloss top coat every three days does magic: it keeps a mani shiny and vibrant and makes it last longer as well - it's the best vacation maintenance there is!

While Jin's the expert here, I'd also recommend adding a supplement to your morning routine - Hum Nutrition's Killer Nails formula is rich in biotin and strengthens nails, leaving a solid foundation for lasting manicures and pedicures. Snag a bottle for $20 at Sephora.

Any tips to lasting summer manis and pedis that I may have missed? Leave a comment below to share!

Killer Collab: Frends x BaubleBar

While I am generally wildly unexcited about collaborations, THIS collaboration - Frends x BaubleBar - is brilliant enough to pique my interest. Launched today, Frends already-gorgeous Layla headphones, crafted of leather with high shine metallic details, have been further improved - bedazzled and embellished by BaubleBar, master of all things costume jewelry. And while these babies are a bit more expensive than the comparable Frends style ($175 vs. $150), BaubleBar is including a pair of matching earrings for a little added sparkle. Shop here.

A Culmination of My Many Interests: DANNIJO's #Boxerina Collection

I'm prone to extremities in a many ways, and fitness is no exception. While I've been sidelined since those miserable wrist breaks and my subsequent surgery last year, boxing was a serious interest prior (and now, again) - and real boxing too, downtown at Trinity Boxing Club on Greenwich. No workout has ever made me feel more powerful.  Since my injury, however, I've been left to ballet-inspired workouts including barre and Chaise Fitness' Ballet Bungee. Likewise, I've been (via the very good cultural influence of a great friend) been attending more dance performances - at the New York City Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre and beyond.  

What strikes me most about both ballet and boxing is the strength and precision required by both - and while dancers have an unmatched grace among athletes, let's not sell short how nimble a skilled boxer must be to evade his opponent. I could write a dissertation on this subject, to be honest, and clearly, DANNJO agrees -  taking inspiration from both boxing and ballet to create #Boxerina, a new collection debuted in February during Fashion Week.

Just launched, Boxerina is accompanied by a mini film featuring dancers from the American Ballet Theatre wearing the collection with a voice-over by legendary sports photographer Neil Leifer.  Designer sibs Danielle Snyder and Jodie Snyder Morel were inspired by the power and emotion behind the fluidity and movement of boxing and ballet and the juxtaposition of the sports.  This plays out beautifully in the Fall/Winter collection - it's feminine but tough, bold yet elegant.

Misty Necklace, $745

Check out the video above, and explore the Boxerina collection here.

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