Thursday, May 29, 2014

Summer 2014 Fashion Alert!

Summer is starting up in just a couple of weeks, Barbizon of Akron! Don't know what you're going to wear this upcoming season? That's alright; we've got you covered! Here are the hottest trends for summer 2014.

Orange: This season, Orange is the new black! The fiery hue has been spotted all over the spring 2014 ready-to-wear shows. Both daring and bold, this color will help you command a presence!

Off the Shoulder Dresses: These dresses are cute but still dare to show off a little bit of bronze kissed summer skin without revealing too much. Perfect for casual wear, perfect in a formal setting too, these dresses will be the hit of summer!

Gem Embellished Pieces:  No need for jewelry when you can wear things that sparkle on their own! Experiment with different gems and different pieces. Shirts, skirts, shoes, there's no excuse not to have at least one great pieces that literally brings a sparkle to your eye!

Curved Heels: This is a slightly new trend that has been making waves at the
runway shows. Curved heels bring a great new line to your silhouette and they're just fun to look at!

Get Monochromatic: That's right! This summer, the classic black and white "color" scheme is back in. Funk it up with some great patterns, or keep it sleek and refined by sticking with the basics!

That sums up our five favorite fashion trends for the summer 2014 season! We hope that adding even just one of these great trends to your wardrobe will help bring you confidence in the new season. Shine on, Barbizon of Akron!

Friday, May 23, 2014

DIY Cornmeal Facial Scrub!

Tried and true for a reason, cornmeal and buttermilk are two ingredients that combine for an exfoliating, DIY facial scrub.

Gentle exfoliation can definitely be a good thing for your skin. It removes dead, dry skin cells to help even out your skin tone (and can help diminish fine lines). Once the dry skin is gone, you’ll have an easier time moisturizing the new skin cells that you uncover, and allow your skin to glow. It only takes a few ingredients to whip up the perfect at-home facial scrub.

Instead of sugar, like you might use for a body scrub, this recipe incorporates cornmeal to help with exfoliation. Use the finely ground type of cornmeal to help keep from scratching or aggravating your skin.

The buttermilk contains lactic acid - which also helps with gentle exfoliation and to tighten pores - and the fat in the buttermilk helps hydrate your skin.

Before applying the scrub to your face, first test it on your inner arm, where you skin is more sensitive, to help ensure you can tolerate the ingredients. Don’t forget to first wash your face to remove any dirt or makeup. You might have a little of this scrub left over — use on your elbows or knees in the shower!


  • 2 tablespoons finely ground cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk (or you could use plain yogurt)

  1. Use a spoon to mix the ingredients in a small bowl to form a paste, and then let it stand for a few minutes.
  2. Pull your hair away from your face and place a warm, damp washcloth on your face for a moment.
  3. Gently massage the scrub onto your skin in a circular motion for a few minutes, and then rinse it with warm water and pat dry.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Inside the Style of Lupita Nyong’o

Looking to amp up your spring and summer wardrobe? Why not try stepping into a celebrity's shoes? Check out this awesome blog, from Tower City Center, that shares some the great looks that has been keeping star Lupita Nyong'o in the spotlight!

Welcome to Hollywood, Lupita Nyong’o! As one of Hollywood’s most buzzworthy celebrities of the moment, the 12 Years a Slave star and Oscar winner has been everywhere.

From recently being named 2014's Most Beautiful Person by People to being coined the most talked about guest at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, the Kenyan film maker and actress has not only been garnering major buzz for her acting talent, but also for her spot-on red carpet style.

So how does a virtual unknown steal the spotlight from mega stars like Brad Pitt? With oodles of talent, and bold but chic frocks of course!

In what’s been a whirlwind rise for Lupita, she hasn’t stumbled once on the step and repeat. Favoring simple silhouettes in searing shades like coral and cobalt, with a clean face and bold lip, Ms. Nyong’o

Simplicity may be her signature, but this “it girl” also brings it with her admirable affinity for prints, florals, polka dots, and leopard prints, which have all popped up on dresses, separates and accessories donned by the star.

A colorful, striped blouse and playfully printed pumps are a fun,
effortless way to add punch to your Lupita-inspired tailored basics. A little bit of print can add a lot of whimsy and lighten up the attitude of any look.

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Baking Soda Skin Detox Bath

The wonders of baking soda. There are so many ways to use the stuff, from baking to health and beauty uses. I had never heard of using baking soda as a detox bath, but it makes sense. I have always just used Epsom salt, but the powers of baking soda and how it can maintain pH balance because it neutralizes acidic and alkaline substances are not to be matched. It also rids the body of odor and cleanses the skin.

Add Epsom salt, and you have a really great detox bath that can cleanse your pores of impurities. This is a great skin cleanse that you can do once a week. If your skin can tolerate it, you can take up to three baths a week.

Baking Soda Detox Bath

2 cups baking soda
2 cups sea salt
1 cup Epsom salt
Jar with lid

1. Wash your body with soap and water. Use a loofah to exfoliate your skin.

2. Fill your bathtub with enough hot water to immerse yourself from the neck down.

3. Combine the baking soda and salts in a glass jar. Put on the lid, and shake well to blend the ingredients.

4. Pour 1/2 cup of the mixture from the jar into your bath. Stir the powder with your hand to mix it into the bath water.

5. Soak in the detox bath for 5 minutes to start. Each time you take a detox bath, you can increase your soaking time by 5 minutes until you reach 30 minutes.

6. Drain the tub and rinse your body in clean water to wash away toxins and residue.