7.30.2014

The Betties N Brimstone Guide to Bang Styles

Bang Styles

I love having bangs, and for most of my life, I've had them. One of my favorite things about them is how many different ways there are to wear them! In this post, I detail four different kinds of bang styles...

Bang Styles

Sideswept Bangs: 
#tbt! These photos from 2009 show my hair when I had long sideswept bangs (and a bleached streak!) I love the look of sideswept bangs, but truth is that they were kind of tricky to style and to get to stay in place. Hairspray was my best friend. Most days, I just kind of pushed them back in with the rest of my hair, hence the only "good" pictures I have are from weddings when I had my hair done professionally!

Bang Styles

Bang Styles

Blunt Bangs:
When I chose to ditch the sideswept bangs, the next step for me was a blunt style of bangs. This straight-across cut is easy to style, provided that you get them trimmed often to your preferred length. My personal favorite is right at the eyebrows, but many girls prefer a slightly shorter look. (P.S. Look how skinny I was in these photos!)

FYI - Blunt bangs are Lisa's preferred style!

Bang Styles

Bang Styles

Diagonal Bangs:
For a while now, I've had diagonal-cut bangs. I'm a big fan of this style, and I can usually go for longer periods between trims with this style. In fact, when they got too long, I'd often just start sweeping them to the side, a la 2009.

Bang Styles

Bang Styles

Bettie Bangs:
Just last week, I jumped on the bettie bangs bandwagon and changed my style yet again! Bettie bangs are a rounded bang - longer in the center, and shorter on either end. This style of bangs is named after Bettie Page, and the look is very retro/rockabilly. If you choose this style, make sure that you find a hairdresser that's familiar with retro/rockabilly styles, so that your trims are done correctly. Thankfully, we have Megan at Floyd's 99 in La Grange, IL to keep us looking sharp!

FYI - Bettie bangs are Steph's preferred style, too!

Bang Styles

With so many different options for bangs, which one will you choose?!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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7.28.2014

Maxi Dress

Maxi Dress
dress - Target / cardigan - Forever 21+ / earrings - via Etsy / flip flops - Cheeks

Hey! Long time no see! After a long hiatus from outfit posts, I'm back! During the summer, I can rarely drag my butt outta bed and shower, let alone put on an outfit even slightly worthy of taking photos. I can't even make any guarantees as to when you'll see me again, either. But let's just enjoy this time we have, ok?

Maxi Dress

I fell in love with this dress after seeing Meagan Kyla of Coffin Kitsch wear it on her blog. Of course, she has a very different body type than me, but I bought the biggest size available and was pleasantly surprised at the fit! What you don't see here is the approximately 4 inches or so that I had to take off of the length! But since it was a pretty inexpensive dress with fairly simple t-shirt material, I DIY-ed the hem using a zig zag stitch. Hooray!

The crochet top detail on this dress is what really won me over. So much goth-y goodness.

Maxi Dress

The dress is sleeveless, and we've had a pretty mild summer (yay!) so far here in Chicago, so I wore my studded cardigan. I seriously considered wearing a black cardigan and going full "all black, all the time" on this, but in the end I went with a little more contrast.

By the way, I cut my hair! Well, just my bangs. Later this week I'll give you more details on that, but it deserved mentioning. And summer hair typically calls for putting it up and off of my neck as much as possible, even when hanging out at home, so I'm rocking the messy bun a lot. Another advantage of this hairstyle? Less hair washing. Woo hoo!

Maxi Dress

Have I showed you these earrings on the blog yet? I bought these on Etsy as a less-expensive substitute for these lust-worthy ones from Blood Milk... maybe one day...

Maxi Dress

Ahh! My toes are on the blog again! These less-than-fashionable shoes were a hand-me-down from my mom. I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that they're HSN Tony Little flip flops. LOL. But the price was right - free. I know, I know, white shoes are SO not ME. But I just go for it. They don't make my feet hurt so much. At least I got around to painting my toenails!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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7.26.2014

Abe's market...try for $2 deals!

Abe's Loot

If I have not said it 100x before, we have switched to healthy eating. One of the biggest helpers to this cause is Abe's Market. Abe's believes in natural products with a sense of fun! This is from their website:
"What is natural? It's a pretty straightforward question, yet in today's world the answer is anything but. It should mean purer, safer, from the earth. But when it comes to products, it has been overused—and often misused. Which leaves those of us using the word responsibly in the lurch. Consumer trust of the word natural is at an all time low, especially as it has no government certification to back it up — unlike organic. It's tricky.
At Abe's we still believe in natural. We've had many lengthy staff discussions about the word and the upshot is: We're not giving it up. We take the natural—ness of our natural products very seriously. And we value what people put on and in their bodies, as well as what they bring into their homes. We care deeply about the impact consumer products have on our shared environment. So when we use the word natural, it does mean purer, safer, from the earth. We think savvy shoppers can tell the difference between the real deal and marketing hype. And we're always sharing what natural means when it comes to the products we sell—including what it means to our Sellers. "
Recently Abe's has started a new campaign "Try for $2". With this promotion you can choose up to three items a day that are being offered for this deal, it can be anything from beauty products, cooking spices, household items and more. You choose up to three products, each one is only $2 (even if the usual retail value is higher and you pay NO SHIPPING! Now how great is that? You can take advantage of this offer daily and the items change as the days go on. It is a great way to test out fun new products to eat, clean with or if you get a lucky day....paint your nails! Abe's will email you and ask for a brief review. I think this is a fantastic program that gets customers exactly how they like it...low cost, no shipping, fun items and it changes frequently.

Above is my last order from Abe's. No, that was not ALL $6, but a few pieces were part of this deal. I enjoyed everything so much that I have ordered a few new things that were offered in the "Try for $2" deal and am having them shipped to me during my vacation in NY...did I tell you that I love Abe's?

2 of the $2

So the first that I tasted were these "Primal Strips". No, I am not a vegetarian but I really do enjoy vegetarian food and I love jerky. These did not disappoint! A little sticky but so tasty with a nice smokey flavor. With the deal, I received two of these and I was nice enough to pack it in Shane's lunch (yea, I make him lunch..he's a lucky guy!" and he called me to tell me how much he loved them! I will order again!

The second are these naughty morsels, "Emmy's Chocolate Chip Macaroons." I knew we would love these and I was lucky that there were three in a bag, enough for each of us. I DID love these and would love to order again but they were a little naughty in the calorie count. Understandably as they were made with good fats and nuts. Maybe I will get a bag AFTER the Wedding!

PEAS!

Now, I cheated with my last choice as I am OBSESSED with "World Peas". My first order to Abe's Market months ago included a couple of different flavors of these. They are not such a naughty snack (I do weigh them so I do not eat the entire bag" and have a great crunch. Peas are my favorite veggie (I have been known to eat a can of young peas as a snack, I am a weirdo) and I loved these garlic ones..I also bought a tomato and garlic flavor which are packed for my flight!

Check out Abe's Market for fun items, they are so much more than the "Try for $2" deal. They frequently have discounts, free shipping and such. I will be reviewing more of the fun items above...I cannot wait to try the "Haggis" chips!

Stay Sweet,
Lisa

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