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Thinking in Icons, by design expert Felix Sockwell

I recently received a really cool design book! It is a book on symbols, graphic design, and hand-lettering for the designer in all of us that newly launched.

Designers are always working and thinking spatially and it is difficult to articulate their brilliant thought process. A new series of books on design from The Quarto Group help do exactly that.

Symbols, emojis, and hand lettering are becoming a big part of our daily lives. We use it in texting, emailing, and overall communication. For first-hand knowledge of this trend, reference Thinking in Icons, by design expert Felix Sockwell. A Designer’s Research Manual, an essential in any design library, has been completely revised, with all new case studies, photos and graphics, and updated technical information. Every day hand-lettering is gaining popularity, kids love to do it, adults try their hand, and we all have a unique spin on these elegant fonts. To get started try, Written by Hand, a guide for hand lettering your signs, posters, and activities.

Thinking in Icons, by design expert Felix Sockwell was the book that I received and I spent a very nice afternoon checking it out. Page after page, learning about how iconic logos came to be and the thought process behind the designer’s mind. Often you start with something complex that has so much meaning on every level. Then pairing it down to what is sleek, simple yet meaningful – that is the icon.

In Thinking in Icons, artist and designer Felix Sockwell takes readers through the process of creating an icon, covering many styles and visual approaches. Sockwell also offers examples of his collaborations with Stefan Sagmeister, Debbie Millman, and other high-profile designers, and features the work he has done with an impressive roster of blue-chip international brands, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Hasbro, Sony, The New York Times, and Yahoo.

From the most refined corporate visual systems to the ubiquitous emoji, icons have become an international language of symbols as well as a way to make a wholly unique statement. Without even realizing it, billions of people interpret the language of icons each day, this is the designer’s guide to creating the next great statement.

Discover many styles and visual approaches to this deceptively complex art. – Buy it here

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Statement Hair this Fall? You Need THESE Products!

ColorProofand Macadamia Professional, a brand that infuses a unique blend of Macadamia and Argan oil into their products. ColorProof is launching a body builder for your hair (seriously…) – the SuperPlump Whipped Bodifying Mousse provides a power boost of body, bounce and shine with lasting style memory and maximum color and heat protection. While Macadamia Professional is launching their first Leave-In Protein Treatment – replenishes stressed-out, depleted strands with essential vitamins and minerals – andSmoothing Curl Cream – controls unruly curls while still providing a light, crunch-free feel.

 

 

Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Leave-In Protein Treatment ($22.00, Available at Ulta/Ulta.com)

Delivers reinforcement to strengthen, replenish and protect. Used regularly, hair feels healthier and becomes more resistant to breakage. The perfect balance of ingredients leaves hair soft, conditioned and never brittle (over-proteinized.) Protects hair strands and helps to prevent against future breakage by increasing elasticity.

Key Ingredients:

  • Premium Protein Blend – Soy, quinoa and potato proteins fortify and help prevent breakage by increasing elasticity.
  • African Baobab Extract – Known as the “Tree of Life,” this sustainable source helps supplement with essential vitamins and minerals

Recommend usages include:

  • Before coloring to strengthen hair resulting in longer lasting color
  • After any chemical treatment / process
  • After using heat tools
  • As split end mender
  • After being in the sun / beach / pool

 

Macadamia Professional Smoothing Curl Cream ($19.95, Available at Ulta/Ulta.com)

A conditioning styling cream that controls and smoothes unruly curls, while still providing a light, touchable-soft feel. Fights humidity for fizz control, tames flyaways and creates a natural-looking shine. Premium blend of hold and styling agents provide long term curl retention.

Key Ingredients:

  • Rice and Soy Proteins – Help reduce breakage and tame unruly curls.
  • Vitamins A & E – Nourish and lock in moisture.
  • Coconut Oil – Provides moisture and softness to dry, damaged hair.
  • Olive Oil – Maintains color and provides shine.
  • Grape Seed Oil – Provides hydration and protects against moisture loss.
  • Pistachio Oils – Protects against environmental extremes.

 

 

 

ColorProof SuperPlump Whipped Bodifying Mousse (9oz/$26; 2oz/$9 at ColorProof.com)

This ultra-rich, all-over bodifying crème mousse instantly delivers astonishing volume for a full-bodied silhouette. Designed to nourish and keep strands soft and flexible, this incredible, alcohol-free, salt-free formula provides a power boost of body, bounce and shine with lasting style memory and maximum color and heat protection. With this super-concentrated formula, a little goes a long way for instant lift and larger-than-life style.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Inspired Beauty

It is finally starting to feel like fall around New York City, and that can only mean one thing: Pumpkin spice everything! Yes—that includes your beauty routine! Try a PSL-inspired look using glimmering bronzers, warm-toned eyeshadow, orange-hued lipstick and more. Shop our favorites below!

 

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Emmy Looks for Less From Azazie

Television’s elite rocked the red carpet to celebrate the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards and a rainbow of fashion frocks took center stage.  If you want to sport a similar style, but not sure you can handle the price tag, don’t fear!  Azazie.com – an online bridal wear retailer that boasts made-to-measure dresses at a fraction of industry costs – has an array of stunning styles to make sure you look like a million dollars, without spending it. For some style inspiration, highlights of the night include:

 

Wonderful in White – With summer wedding season barely in the rearview mirror, many celebrities – such as Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) and Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) – opted to wear white for television’s big night.  Trying to extend her newlywed status a little longer, Sofia Vergara joined the club, donning a beautiful strapless white Marx Zunino mermaid gown that showed off her amazing figure. For a similarly stunning look, Azazie’s Misty ($249) gown is a flattering sweetheart tulle strapless gown with a full pleated bodice and corset back that is sure to fit you like a glove, without breaking the bank.

 

Red Carpet Ready  – Red is always a sizzling color that ensures you’ll stand out in a crowd. Helping her to do just that, Edie Falco wore a beautiful one-shouldered red gown that accentuated her curves in all the right places.  Similarly stunning, Azazie’s Carissa floor-length one-shoulder chiffon dress boasts a trumpet/mermaid silhouette, twisted flare in the back and one-sided ruching at the hip, all for the incredible cost of $129.

 

Orange is the New Black – Color dresses were abundant at the award show and Viola Davis is always one to embrace a bold hue. Tonight was no exception, as she wore a bright orange Zac Posen gown with thick straps and front detailing. Azazie carries several similar styles that offer a ton of bang for your buck.  The floor-length Melinda dress (shown in Tangerine; $129) features spaghetti straps leading up to a halter neckline, pleating throughout the top of the bodice and pockets to stash some money and your favorite shade of lip-gloss.  Kaitlynn (shown in papaya; $119) is a floor-length, empire style dress with a heavily pleated bodice that is sure to flatter any figure.

Back to the Basics – Celebrities were looking to make their mark at the Emmys and did so with interesting necklines (plunging galore!), embellishments and back detailing.  Shailene Woodley showed off her sexy side, wearing a green spaghetti strap dress with double back strap detailing for a little edge.  Azazie’s floor-length Kailyn ($119) dress boasts a similar strappy look, featuring an overlay of chiffon for an illusion halter neckline and back straps held together with a jewel button.

All Azazie.com dresses range in size from 0-30, as well as custom sizing and come in over 60 colors.

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The Art of Mastering The Perfect Blowout

It is time to drop your weekly hair appointment to the salon, and pick up the blow dryer yourself! You know what they say, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Okay so maybe it’s not that big of a deal, but what if your favorite hair dresser is on vacation and you have an important date? It wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep these skills in your pocket for a rainy day. Mastering the perfect blowout isn’t as hard as you think. Check out my tips below!

The perfect blowout starts in the shower with a shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for your hair. I have fine and frizzy hair so I like to use sulfate-free shampoos. My personal favorites are the Moroccan Oil Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner. The gentle hydrating shampoo and conditioner has antioxidant argon oil & replenishing nutrients to help cleanse & hydrate dehydrated hair. Make sure to get all the product out of your hair to make sure you have a long-lasting blowout. The conditioner leaves an oily residue in your hair that makes your blowout look greasy.

Price: $9.50/$10.00 for a 2.4 oz bottle

Apply a heat protecting spray to damp clean hair to avoid damaging your hair when using the dryer. I love the TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Leave‑In Spray. I have used this spray since High School when I flat-ironed my hair daily *cringe*. You can get it at Target for $4 and it works just as well as any fancy brand.

Price: $3.99

Next up, divide the hair into small sections. I divide my hair into 5 sections because my arm gets tired quite fast( I really need to hit the gym) and my hair is very thin making it easier to dry. There is no magic number for how many sections you can have but stick to working with a small amount of hair at a time to make sure that the hair is properly dried.

Here’s a more visual description provided by NEXXUS:

Start in the back of your head and using a large round brush wrap the hair around the brush. Start drying your hair with the brush vertically. Make sure the blow dryer isn’t directly touching your hair to avoid damaging your strands. Take your time with each section and add volume by putting the brush under the hair at the crown of your head. Twirl hair away from your face for that desired bouncy effect.

Conair – Infiniti Pro Hair Dryer

Price: $32.99

Ceramic + Ion Thermal Hairbrush

Price: $19.95

Spray your hair with a finishing spray to avoid any fly aways. I personally use HASK Flexible Finish HairSpray- Light Hold. It helps seal my hair without making my hair stiff.

Price: $4

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Game of Thrones: Daenerys Targaryen’s Best Outfits

 

If you haven’t heard of HBO’s Game of Thrones yet, I don’t know what rock in bikini bottom you’ve been living under. Just this past Sunday alone the show pulled in a total audience of 13.64 million viewers. That’s more people than the population of New York City and Los Angeles combined! Based off George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series “A Song of Ice and Fire”, the show takes you through every single emotion possibly imagined. The costumes are also pretty incredible! One of my favorite parts of the show is how fan favorite, Daenerys Targaryen, has a new outfit for literally every situation. The queen is truly ready for anything! I mean did you see her snow queen outfit this past week?! Elsa who? From her draped dresses to her sexiest fits, Here are some of her best looks throughout the Game of Thrones series!

 

Let’s us know what you think of Daenerys Targayen’s outfits! Who’s best looks from Game of Thrones do you want to see next?

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