WATER FLIP TRICK

Okay, this is kind of an out-of-the-norm post for us but it’s summer and it’s hot outside so anything goes, right?

Last week we posted a photo on our Instagram of a very popular type of photo that many refer to as a “mermaid shot” or a “water flip”. It generated a lot of comments regarding technique and how to capture it. According to readers, it’s not so easy to snap this photo while someone whips their water-soaked hair back. But we found a great way to do it and we wanted to share. Hopefully this will be your new favorite summer photo!

Here’s how we did it with our iPhone!

  • Be very careful or cover your phone in a LifeProof case!
  • Turn your settings to video: you’re going to record the water flip in action.
  • Frame up before you hit record: get the person to stand in the middle of your camera.
  • Dip it: push all your hair forward and dip your hair in the water up to your forehead.
  • Count down: hit record on your camera, count to three and have the person flip their head back. Stop the video after they’ve flipped all the way back.
  • Scroll through: open the video and drag the bar through your video to see it frame-by-frame. Pick the best frame and screen cap it.

Voila!

If you do this, hashtag it with #TBDwaterflip and we’ll repost the best ones on our Instagram account!

 

Beauty Bites

POST/PHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHIC DESIGN BY NORAH CURLEE

We are officially in the final countdown for the summer season to begin! We don’t know about you, but when it’s a zillion degrees outside all we crave is something refreshing, light and more often than not, something involving WATERMELON. If summer had a mascot, this gorgeous fruit would definitely be it. This beat-the-heat, picnic staple fits the bill in the beauty benefit department as well as having a major yum-factor. Whether you slice it up and chow as is, or incorporate it into a fun dish a la today’s recipe, we think everyone should have this farmstand favorite on hand all season long!

Before we get into the recipe (well, more like an easy assembly of yumminess!), here’s what you’ll need and here is why you need it!

1. PINEAPPLE: We think it’s impossible to eat a bite of pineapple and not suddenly feel like you are on a tropical vacation (all the more reason). Pineapple has huge amounts of vitamin C and manganese, both of which are primary antioxidants working to fight free radicals; promoting anti-aging. It also contains vitamin B-1 which is a major energy booster. More energy = being more active and that radiates from the inside out!

2. Oh hey there, WATERMELON: We just love you and your beautiful pinky-red self. It’s because of that pinky-red hue that watermelon contains lycopene, an anti-imflamatory and well-known anti-oxidant helping to neutralize those pesky free radicals. The more antioxidants in your diet, the more protected your skin is from pre-mature aging and pollutants.

3. CUCUMBER: Cucumbers are very high in silica, which is essential for building and maintaining strong nails, bones, teeth and promoting hair growth. Not to mention the flesh of a cucumber is 96% water…hello hydration!

4. BASIL: You won’t be able to avoid these big green bunches of fresh basil come summer time…and we aren’t complaining! Eating raw basil can help purify your blood from toxins. This is most helpful if you are blemish prone!

5. FETA CHEESE: Now this one doesn’t exactly rank super high on the benefit meter…but this recipe was just begging for its crumbly, salty goodness. We couldn’t resist!

Now that we have our fresh ingredients, sharpen your chef’s knife and get choppin! You’ll want to dice everything as small as you can.

So, to make our Watermelon Tartare, we used a ring mold to layer our ingredients (you can also use a biscuit cutter). Of course you could just add your chopped ingredients to a bowl/plate, but we were obsessed with how easy it was and what a presentation huh?

We started with cucumbers at the bottom, pineapple next, then watermelon, feta and finished off with pretty basil confetti. Then you gently lift off the ring mold and VOILA!

We are picturing this cute, yummy idea at just about all of our summer BBQ’s. This has Memorial Day and July 4th written ALL over it. Our heart is bursting with watermelon emojis!

ENJOY!

Do you use watermelon in any unique recipes? Plan on trying out our watermelon tartare? We want to know! Leave us a comment and dish.

 

BEAUTY BITES

POST/PHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHIC DESIGN BY NORAH CURLEE

We know that we may have to pry the Starbucks mugs out of your hands, but coffee is taking a back seat and TEA is riding shotgun for this post! Now, tea is definitely not a new kid on the block and has been around for centuries…with very good reason. Whether you warm it up, or ice it down, tea can be such a comforting and refreshing drink that is customizable to your liking and the health and beauty benefits are well worth your attention. So cups out and pinkies up…it’s tea time!

First, let us encourage you to explore the wonderful world of buying loose leaf tea. Bags are for the birds, y’all. More often than not, tea bags are made with the leftover particles of over processed tea leaves and you may not be getting the full bang for your buck. If you can, go to your local tea store and shop for loose leaf that you can steep yourself and store in a cute tin! Going this route also gives you some major DIY opportunities. Mix your loose leaf tea with things like dried lavender, dried fruit, and herbs before you steep for a unique twist. We also LOVE adding freshness to our iced/hot tea, post brew, like citrus, fresh mint and fruit (cherries are bomb). Like the sweeter things in life? Add some agave nectar or honey to sweeten things up au naturale!

We’ve chosen and broken down some of our favorite kinds of tea that are heavy on the health and beauty benefits and don’t fall short in the flavor department…

1. OOLONG TEA: In addition to combating free-radicals and hydrating the skin, oolong tea is a major stress buster. If you suffer from stress related breakouts or skin irritations, drinking oolong can help alleviate mood swings. Stress less = happy skin!

2. ROOIBOS TEA: Rooibos can be enjoyed anytime of day, but many people choose to drink it before bedtime as it can help with insomnia due to its high mineral content and lack of caffeine. It can help you feel caaaalm and relaxed! All we heard in that sentence was BEAUTY SLEEP.

3. GREEN TEA: Probably the most well-known of the tea bunch. In addition to being a natural metabolism booster (hello energy!), Green tea contains an antioxidant known as polyphenols which fight against free radicals. What this means is it helps fight against aging and promotes longevity of the skins elasticity.

4. BLACK TEA: Black tea has the most full bodied flavor of all the teas and contains the same miracle polyphenols as green tea…another anti-oxidant boost (which your skin will love!). The tannins in black tea can also improve blood circulation and fight bacteria in your body which can be beneficial if you are blemish prone.

5. WHITE TEA: Recent studies reveal indicators that white tea helps skin cells by boosting immune systems when exposed to harmful ultraviolet radiation. While we DON’T recommend not wearing SPF, we can appreciate any extra help in protecting and preventing our skin from sun damage.

 

Are you a frequent steeper or have a tea fave? Let us know in the comments below!

Cheers to your health, darlings!

OUR FAVORITE PLACES

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

Hey, hey, LA! We are incredibly lucky to have so many epic resources for the beauty industry around Los Angeles. Remember our last post about all of our favorite beauty supply stores and sources? Well we thought we would follow that up by telling you about a few other semi-secret spots that we love to hit which are a little more off-the-radar. Next time you’re in Los Angeles, print out these posts and make a whole day of it! We’ve included places to find products and tools as well as a couple of places that just get our beauty engines going for obvious reasons…

 

Long Beach Flea Market: I love going here when I have a wedding coming up. It’s much less crowded than the very popular Rosebowl but has many of the same vendors. I used to search ebay & etsy for vintage brooches to put in a brides hair but eventually I realized I needed to see them in person before I could buy. There are many vendors that carry hundreds of brooches. You have to search for the vendors because they’re always in a different location, but you can’t miss that glittery glow.

Long Beach Veterans Stadium
4901 E. Conant St
Long Beach CA 90808

Japanese Beauty Supplies: I go to various Japanese stores on Sawtelle Blvd to get bobby pins + hair clips when I’m in a pinch and can’t order from Shear World (which I linked to in the last post). Japanese beauty supplies tend to carry bobby pins and hair pins that are significantly stronger than the average pin. They’re much more durable and have some not-so-average colors. There is a whole strip of shopping centers on Sawtelle and Olympic but my favorite is called Make Asobi. (This is also where I got the gold clips you see in the bottom middle of the header photo up top.)

Make Asobi
2115 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

The Makeup Show: This is only open to professionals and students attending cosmetology school. You can view the dates on their website. Trust us… it’s worth scheduling your trip around these dates if you’re in the industry. There are new launches from various makeup brands and more nail polish colors + textures than you could ever dream of. You can also watch some of the best makeup artists in the world get up on stage, do their thing, and then participate in a Q & A. It’s pretty much the happiest place on earth for us.

VISIT THEMAKEUPSHOW.COM

Luxelab // Studio DNA //  Space NK: As we all know, I am obsessed with Oribe products for styling hair and I’m constantly running out of one bottle or another. Mapping out where you can get the product you need is essential for any freelance hairstylist on-the-go. I try to order ahead but sometimes it just doesn’t work that way. Luxelab is a hair salon on Montana Avenue on the westside, Studio DNA is a salon on La Brea closer to Hollywood and I go to the Space NK located inside Bloomingdales in the Century City if I need something in the middle. These 3 spots always seem to have a full stock and they always have the new stuff, which is very helpful!

LuxeLab (Santa Monica)
1408 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica 90403

Studio DNA (Hollywood)
151 S. La Brea
Los Angeles, Ca 90036

Space NK (Century City)
10250 Santa Monica Blvd (inside Bloomingdales)
Los Angeles, Ca 90067

Violet Grey: If you want to know which products are being sprayed, blended + applied to some very famous faces before they hit the red carpet, stop by this sparkly spot on Melrose Place. I love that they directly connect with celebrity hairstylists, makeup artists + manicurists to get the inside scoop and then they stock their shelves with the specific products that the artists are currently obsessed with. They also carry a lot of beauty classics. Let’s just say, I learn (and spend!) a lot here.

Violet Grey Flagship
8452 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, Ca 90069

TINI (also know as “This is not Ikea”): I love this massive vintage/antique store on Fairfax near The Grove. I’ve purchased so many rad vintage beauty items here for my private studio. I’m a big believer in being inspired by your workspace so I like to have things around me that are new and cool in addition to things from past decades. It’s amazing to see how beauty has changed over the years and makes you wonder what the beauty industry will be like in the future. Fill your workspace with things that make you love working.

T.I.N.I. (This Is Not Ikea)
515 S. Fairfax
Los Angeles, Ca 90036

The Hair Shop + Wilshire Beauty: These two are across the street from each other. I’ve written about them before, but I always like to recommend them to people who are visiting LA. Let’s say you wanted to pick up some simple clip-in extensions that you can’t get where you live– go into the Hair Shop and someone will walk you through the walls and walls of hair, wigs, extensions, etc. It’s way better than ordering them online and hoping for the best. They’ll even show you how to put them in and secure them properly. Then, pop over to Wilshire Beauty across the street to check out the newest beauty buys as well as many classic products. (Inside tip: I like Wilshire Beauty much more for hair and nails than I do for makeup.)

The Hair Shop
5376 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Wilshire Beauty
5401 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90036

Griffith Park: We’re big fans of feeling pretty on the inside as well as on the outside. Peace of mind is a must. If you’re visiting LA, you’re sure to hear about the very popular Runyon Canyon. Alternatively, we are huge fans of Griffith Park. It’s not as crowded and we like the view a lot more. Depending on which way you go, you can see downtown LA, the Hollywood sign, and all the way to the beach. It’s magical.

Griffith Park Hiking Trail
2800 E Observatory Rd
Los Angeles, Ca 90027
(we like to park near the Observatory and hike up from there)

 

BookSoup // Henessey + Ingalls: You guuuuys, please don’t forget about bookstores. I’m not trying to sound like a grandma right now, but we NEED books. Know what the thing is about the internet? We only see recycled things! Unless someone chooses to add something new, we see the same images posted over and over in different places. Bookstores are WAY better than that. There are things in bookstores that will never be on the internet. Those are my kind of gems. Some of the best hair inspiration I have ever laid my eyes on was found while sitting in a pile of books on my day off.

BookSoup
8818 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90069

Henessey + Ingalls
1520 N Cahuenga Blvd #8
Los Angeles, Ca 90028

Blick Art Store: This is one of those spots where I can just go and get inspired for hours. Try popping in without a plan and just find new things to create. It’s good for the artist in you! Last time I was there, I bought a small thin canvas, went home, made a bunch of kiss marks with various lipsticks, labeled them and created our favorite new piece of art for the office. Buy some colorful pencils, sketch out some hairstyles or makeup looks or create a color palette you love for summer 2014 using only water colors! The possibilities are endless at this place. There are 2 stories of art supplies to gawk at.

Blick Art Supplies
7301 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90036

 

Pampered Hands (Melrose Ave): We’re pretty open about our obsession with nail art. A favorite spot to go for fun nail art in LA is Pampered Hands on Melrose. You can literally take a photo of anything you’ve ever seen on the interwebs and they can do it. They do nail art with both polish and gel. It definitely gets crazy busy so don’t go if you’re in a hurry, but if you’ve ever been saving a photo of a cool mani in a pinterest file, this is the place to take it. Top off your perfect nail art with rings + things! Our favorite sites for those:

Website for LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls
Website for Catbird
Website for Circle Ring Girl

Malibu, Ca: There is no better natural light on the planet, if you ask me. If you’re coming to LA and want to do a shoot for your blog or just because, make the drive out to Malibu. Early morning and evening are best, but Malibu is often overcast with a “marine layer” in the early afternoon which diffuses the hard sunlight and gives you the warmest glow in your photos. That’s the reason nearly every campaign and editorial in this town are shot in Malibu.

Los Angeles Flower Mart: This is not that big of a secret anymore, but definitely something that can brighten your day. Get inspired by all the colors and the infinite types of flowers. We love going down here in the beginning of the week to get flowers for the office. Walking around the LA Flower Mart has inspired many of our DIY projects at TBD. They’re only open to the trade in the wee-hours of the morning but open to the public shortly after. Check the hours of operation HERE.

Los Angeles Flower Mart
754 Wall Street
Los Angeles, Ca 90014

If we were visiting LA, this would be the pretty lil round of stops we would make. If you’re from here and want to leave some additional cool spots for people (or even for us!) to check out, please feel free to leave the info below!