What to do for dry hair?

This week, I’ve been asked by  more than 2 people what to do for their dry hair. Fortunately or unfortunately for me I don’t have dry hair. I have greasy and oily hair (that’s why I said unfortunately :/ ) Dry hair is a result of excessively washing your hair, using too much hair products, heated hair tools and hair coloring, exposure to chlorinated water, or simply deficiency in nutrition (yes eating a balanced diet reflects even in your hair!)

Dry-Hair1

So as summer approaches and since I’ve been asked this question twice already, I decided to make a post and give you a few remedies you can try at home to treat your dry hair.

Olive Oil:
full_oliveoillarge_1_1251119787
Olive oil is actually a very popular home remedy for hair which I’ve tried already. It is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants which help heal damaged hair and repair it with moisture. Olive oil treatment can be applied to hair either warm or room temperature.

Do this treatment at least once a week:
– Warm up enough olive oil in the microwave
– Apply the warm oil thoroughly over your scalp and make your way through your hair. Massage your scalp gently for 5-10 minutes.
– Cover your hair with a warm towel and leave for minimum 30 minutes (overnight for even better results)
– Shampoo and condition your hair with your usual products.

* You can also use coconut oil instead of olive oil. Works just as well.

Mayonnaise:
6324201

I’m guilty of also trying this remedy since I was a teenager only because I once read that Avril Lavigne used Mayo as her conditioner to keep her hair soft and shinny. (Who didn’t want to have Avril’s hair?!) Anyways, this easy home remedy is rich in protein and conditions better than any conditioner out there. Use it weekly:
– Apply a thick layer of mayo to your scalp and damp hair
– Massage your scalp and work through the ends.
– Cover your hair with plastic cap and leave it for about an hour.
– Rinse your hair with warm water and shampoo as usual.

Avocado:
avocado-hair-mask

The high presence of vitamin A, vitamin E, protein and saturated fats are highly beneficial to dry and damaged hair, and so an avocado conditioning will strengthen and moisture your hair. Simply follow those 2 steps:
– Mash one ripe peeled avocado and mix it with a bit of olive or coconut oil (or whichever other oil you prefer). Mix well until the consistency is thick and smooth.
– Apply to washed hair and leave for half an hour. Then wash as usual

Eggs:
egg-honey-hair-mask

Okay, okay! I’ll admit to not having tried that one yet but hey there’s always a first time for everything right?
– Mix together 3 eggs with a few tablespoons of olive oil or honey.
– Apply to damp hair and leave on for half an hour with a shower cap.
– Wash your hair as usual.

Bananas:

banana-honey-mask
The potassium found in bananas prevents split ends and softens your hair.
– Mash one ripe banana (add honey to it if you like) and apply thoroughly to hair.
– Leave for 30 minutes and wash as usual

Honey:
honey-opt

The benefit of honey? It traps moisture in your hair, which will make your hair shinny, soft, and well nourished.Honey can be applied to hair:
– By itself
– Mixed with oils or other remedies such as eggs, avocados  etc..
– Or simply by mixing it with your conditioner.

Other remedies to try: beer, aloe vera, sesame oil.

Met Gala 2015

tabitha-simmons-coco-brandolini-met-gala-2015-best-dressed

They don’t call it the Oscars of Fashion for nothing! This year the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala’s theme was “China: Through the looking glass”. Although only some managed to understand the theme, here is what we saw at the Met Ball last night:

 

The Show Stoppers:

Talk about making a statement! No other way to describe Riri’s Guo Pei gown? train coat?

rihanna-

Rihanna-Guo-Pei

After making photographers and fans waiting until the last minute, Beyonce arrived and did nothing less than steal the show for herself. Wearing a very sheer and embellished Jewel gown from Givenchy, queen Bey out-shined Rihanna, Kim K and everyone else.

Beyonce-Dress-Met-Gala-2015

Beyonce-Givenchy-jay-Z-

 

Best Dressed:

Ever since her marriage with George Clooney, Amal Clooney has been wowing us with her regal look and elegance. This Met Gala was no exception.

Amal-Clooney-Maison-Margiela

Amal Clooney in Maison Margiela

Talk about getting the memo! Supermodel Karolina Kurkova followed this year’s theme to perfection!

Karolina-Kurkova-Tommy-Hilfiger

karolina Kurkova in Tommy Hilfiger and Giuseppe Zanotti heels

Kate Hudson looked absolutely regal in this gold Michael Kors dress.

kate-hudson-michael-kors

Kate Hudson in Michael Kors

Another star who nailed the theme to perfection is Zhang Ziyi in this gorgeous Carolina Herrera gown.

Zhang-Ziyi-Carolina-Herrera

Zhang Ziyi in Carolina Herrera

In my opinion, Zendaya pulled off the “modern, Princess of China” look with her bold Fausto Puglisi gown.

zendaya--Fausto-Puglisi

Zendaya in Fausto Puglisi

Jlo just like wine, only gets better with age.

jennifer-lopez-Atelier-Versace

Jennifer Lopez in Atelier Versace

The back of Kerry Washington’s gown is everything!

kerry-washington-Prada

Kerry Washington in Prada

YES KENDALL!! YESS!! At least one of the Kardashian/Jenner clan knows how to keep it sophisticated.

kendall-jenner-Calvin-Klein

Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein

The Deception:
Now, I don’t precisely “hate” these looks, but I expected a lot more from these fashion forward celebs:

Cara-Delevingne-Stella-McCartney

Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney

 

anne-hathaway-Ralph-Lauren

Anne Hathaway in Ralph Lauren

jennifer-lawrence-Dior

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

In any other circumstances, in any other event, this dress would probably have made my best dressed list. The dress is beautiful itself, but it looks like Kim here is trying to copy Beyonce’s previous looks.

kim-kardashian-

Kim Kardashian West in Roberto Cavalli

 

NO! NO! and NO!!!!
I think the pictures speak for itself!

katy-perry-Jeremy-Scott

Katy Perry in Jeremy Scott

 

Miley-Cyrus-Alexander-Wang

Miley Cyrus in Alexander Wang

Solange-Knowles-giles-Deacon-Worst

Solanges Knowles inGiles Deacon

Lady-gaga-Balenciaga

Lady Gaga in Balenciaga

Vanessa-Hudgens-H&M

Vanessa Husgens in H&M

.Karen-Elson-Dolce-gabbana

Karen Elson in Dolce & Gabbana

kris-jenner-Balmain

Kris Jenner in Balmain

.jessica-alba-met-gala-2015

Jessica Alba in Kenzo

 

 

Best Dressed Men:

Balmain Boys!

Olivier-Rousteing-best-dressed-men-met-gala.jw.5415-2

Justin Bieber and Olivier Rousteing in Balmain

Classical handsome in a Dior Homme Design!

rs_634x1024-150504175746-634.Robert-Pattinson-met-gala-red-carpet.jw.5415

Robert Pattinson in Dior Homme

The White Collar sensation redefines handsome in this midnight blue cashmere Giorgio Armani

rs_634x1024-150504213650-634.Matt-Bomer-met-gala.jw.5415

Matt Bomer in Giorgio Armani

And the best dressed couple of the Met Gala 2015 were:

Amal-Clooney-George-Clooney-Armani

 

 

Meet The New VS Angels

Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge and Behati Prinsloo… We all know those names, and we’ve admired and idolized both their beautiful faces, and bombshell bodies.

victorias-secret-600x450

For those of us who enjoy watching the Angels, and catching their “off-duty” street style, we couldn’t be more excited to the new addition of Angels. Yesterday, Victoria’s Secret announced the addition of  10 more bombshell beauties to the VS Angels roster! Yes you heard right, 10 new Angels making it a total of 15 Angels for us to drool over.

Joining the old Angels are new models:

Kate Grigorieva (from Russia)
IMG_1799

Taylor Hill (from Colorado)
IMG_1798

Elsa Hosk (from Sweden)
IMG_1797

Martha Hunt (from North Carolina)
IMG_1796

Jac Jagaciak (from Poland)
IMG_1794

Stella Maxwell (from the United Kingdom)
IMG_1795

Lais Ribeiro (from Brazil)
IMG_1793

Sara Sampaio (from Portugal)
IMG_1792

Romee Strijd (from Holland)
IMG_1791

and Jasmine Tookes (from California)
IMG_1790

 

Spring/Summer 2015 Trend

 What’s in for this Spring/Summer?

 

70’s
The groovy and retro style of the 70’s are back more than ever this Spring. From Studio 54’s jumpsuits, to the hippie chic artsy vibe of boho glam, to yes even bell bottoms, the 1970’s nostalgia dominated most runways.

3-festival-girl1- emiliopucci

70’s at Emilio Pucci

54bbdaf810064_-_hbz-trends-ss2015-70s-suede-01-saint-laurent-rs15-0147-lg

70’s at Saint Laurent

004-spring-2015-trends-hippie - Chloe

70’s at Chloé

 

Picnic Plaid
The print for this Spring is the “grown-up” gingham, with a fresh spin to the classic picnic pattern. From Altuzarra’s sweet baby blue, to Oscar De La Renta’s oversize prints, designers stayed in check.

Gingham at Altuzarra

Gingham at Altuzarra

Gingham at DVF

Gingham at DVF

Gingham at Oscar de la Renta

Gingham at Oscar de la Renta

 

Kimono Kool
Kimono literally means “thing to wear”. The Japanese inspired dress is as comfy as it is chic. Dresses, jackets, tops, the built-in judo belt is everywhere this season.

Kimono Kool at Alexander Wang

Kimono Kool at Alexander Wang

Kimono Kool at 3.1 Phillip Lim

Kimono Kool at 3.1 Phillip Lim

Kimono Kool at Tome

Kimono Kool at Tome

 

Denim
If you thought Denim season was over, well you were wrong! The American favorite textileis still present and now more than ever, in pants, dresses and jumpsuits!

3-denim1LV

Denim at Louis Vuitton

5-denim1Gucci

Denim at Gucci

6-denim1chloe

Denim at Chloé

 

Army Wives
Put on your military jacket with you this Spring! It’s all about the Army Wives

54bc1c05728c6_-_-nyfw-ss2015-trends-military-style-04-jason-wu-rs15-0443-lg

Army Wives at Jason Wu

54bc1c03b998f_-_hbz-nyfw-ss2015-trends-military-style-01-jacobs-rs15-3047-lg

Army Wives at Marc Jacbos

Fringes – This Spring is all about movement!

5-fringe1Giambattista Valli

Fringes at Giambattista Valli

1-fringe1ProenzaSchouler

Fringes at Proenza Schouler

 

Navy: New Black – Loving the navy hue this Spring!

54bc1c0a01509_-_s2015-trends-navy-is-the-new-black-02-schouler-rs15-2324-lg

Navy at Proenza Schouler

54bc1c0e98cfa_-_w-ss2015-trends-navy-is-the-new-black-09-nonoo-rs15-6721-lg

Navy at Nonoo

Behind The Scenes of Viv Magazine Volume 9

For Viv Magazine’s February-March 2015 edition, we decided to shoot with Wild and Free Baby Wear for the fashion editorial.

_MG_0543

Melanie Brierre wearing her own creation

 

Wild and Free Baby Wear
Wild and Free Baby Wear is a classic bohemian line of outfits for little girls (and now little boys) ages newborn to 12. The brand stirs from the traditional pink dresses and embraces the freedom and wilderness that children often carry and reflect. Created and designed by Haitian-Canadian mother Melanie Brierre in 2014, the garments  are designed and handcrafted in Haiti. The pieces are “envisioned in a rain forest, on a beach, or on a lazy barefoot setting” explains Melanie, “I want my daughter A’Sya to get her hands dirty, to dance in the rain, to fall and pick herself back up. That is the ‘wild and free’ I want to celebrate and nurture”.

Wild and Free Baby Wear is available for sale at Abako store in Petion-Ville.

 

The shoot
To complete and emphasize the wild and free theme, we opted for Wahoo Bay Beach Resort as our location on a sunny Saturday morning. Unlike most shoots, this one was a particular challenge since it was our first time working with kids. As you can imagine, our “young models” preferred running around playing with each others instead of standing still under the beating sun. However the super moms who were present along with the Viv team did an awesome job and the outcome of the shoot came out beyond incredible.

Check out some pictures of the shoot:

_MG_1755

_MG_2290

_MG_1183

_MG_2496

_MG_2571

_MG_2076

_MG_1500

Photos by Frederick Alexis for Viv Magazine

For more about Wild and Free Baby Wear visit http://www.vivmaghaiti.com  

Coachella Style Inspiration


coachella.22

Coachella. Not only a music and arts festival which brings over 150 thousand people in the sunny and dusty desert of Indio California, but also now a fashion festival. Over the las few years, Coachella quickly became the #1 most fashionable festivals where fashion statements are made by celebrities, bloggers and your average fashionistas. Today, Coachella is also a destination for young Hollywood, fashion designers and bloggers who gather for brunches, parties and shows hosted by fashion brands.

coachella.25

Crop tops, maxi skirts, cut offs, and head pieces pretty much sum up Coachella style. This indie-rock festival however is one for all kinds of style and fashion. Here are some ideas and inspirations.

Hippie/Boho Chic
This is the traditional Coachella style. There is no such thing as “too hippie” so go ahead and embrace your inner boho glam.

Coachella.07

coachella.11

Coachella.26

Style tip: Crochet is always a good idea. It is both chic and fun, and is perfect for the “Summer during Spring” atmosphere at Coachella.

coachella.03

coachella.13

Not so Boho 
It’s okay if Boho isn’t your thing:

coachella.04

coachella.19

coachella.02

coachella.23

Prints
Geometric, floral or tribal, prints are spring’s favorite trend.

coachella.24

coachella.27

Headpieces
Headpieces are Coachella’s favorite accessories.

coachella.01

coachella.16

Accessories
When it comes to Coachella there is not such thing as too much accessories. Stacks of rings, body chains, funky glasses, big hats and flash tattoos …. they are all welcome!

coachella.08

coachella.10

coachella.09

coachella.28

Men
Yes even men make statements …

coachella.21

coachella.14

 If you want to go all out:

coachella.18

 

 

It’s All About The Big Apple

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak” – Rachel Zoe

Trends come and go but having your own style is what makes you stand out. We spotted a few different looks over the weekend and we love how these fashionistas and fashionistos are embracing their own style. Check them out:

Look #1: The Brooklyn City Slicker
Her Misfit clutch in hand, pink shoes and funky jumpsuit, this Fashionista is ready to make an impression.

photo 4

 

Look #2: The Upper East Sider
With just a simple white shirt and black shorts, this fashionista is evoking a city chic look for a night out on the town.

photo 3

 

Look #3: The Wall Street Bachelor
Move over Chuck Bass, this bachelor is taking over!

photo 2

 

Look #4: The Hampton’s Heart Breaker
Every town has it’s heart breaker, and this lover boy is channeling his inner Nate Archibald.

photo 1

 

Which was your favorite look?

style

 

Beauty Hacks Every Girl Needs To Know

We have all been in, let’s say, dire beauty emergencies and unable to fix them. Here are a couple of beauty shortcuts you could easily apply to your everyday life, and hopefully make slightly easier (or more beautiful) without spending a million bucks.

Top-10-Awesome-Beauty-Hacks-You-Need-To-Know

Let’s start off with one the most annoying beauty problems to plague women since the invention of makeup. How do you keep your lipstick on for so long without it smudging? The secret is to use some tissue with a little translucent powder on it to blot your lipstick after applying it. Not only will it keep lasting longer, it will give a nice matte finish. Lucky for you, matte lips are in!

blot-lipstick

Speaking of powder, did you know you could use baby powder to make your eyelashes thicker and longer? After applying a first mascara coat, use a cotton swab or a clean mascara brush to apply a little baby powder on your lashes, and then apply your second coat of mascara. And voilà! Vavavoom lashes for you!

BeautyHacks_BabyPowder

You can also use baby powder as a deodorant substitution (only in case you run out at home) or as dry shampoo substitution since baby powder takes out the greasiness from your hair. This is a useful trick for when you’re in a hurry and do not have time to jump in the shower to wash your hair!

 

images (5)

Have thin lips and want them to look fuller and more luscious? The trick is to know how to apply lip liner and to properly create “cupid’s bow shape”. To do so, mark your lips with an X at the center of your top lip, line the corners, and then join them together. Fill them in before applying your lipstick.

f3fcfac201c99561871d68f57e55bd5e

Remember when glitter polish was the rave? You probably remember how hard it is to get that nail polish off. Here’s a weird but very effective way to ease your glittery life, right before applying the glitter polish coat, put a little liquid Elmers glue. It sounds completely whack, but it dries on clear and with the glitter on top, no one will be the wiser. Plus it’s really fun (and safe) to peel glue off your nails.

e675ffbea09123080380be722c17f3c7

So… What’s up with these Fad Diets? Facts and Myths

We’ve all heard a million diet tips over the years. We’ve been told things like “Cut ALL carbs!”, “Eating fat makes you fat” or even worse “I don’t eat anything…” Let us just say NO to these ludicrous fad diets that promote water weight loss and make you regain the pounds (and then some) in the few weeks following.

Funny-Diet-Quotes-Images-W630

We are getting “smarter” but not “wiser”. We have grown lethargic and lazy, so we look for easy fixes…

Diet-Meme1

Diets that focus on only a few foods or food groups like the cabbage soup diet, grapefruit diet, raw food diets, and mostimages low-carb diets result in an initial weight loss and for a time, we’re happy, but unfortunately this weight loss is not long term. Not only are these diets unsuccessful but they cause dieters to get frustrated and tired during the process. People need to eat a variety of food groups to get all the nutrients they need, so when you cut a food group, you lose vital nutrients that keep you full, satisfied and “happy”.

Fasting and very low-calorie diets like the Fast diet, Hollywood Diet, and Master Cleanse are one of the worst things you can do to your body.  Fasting for weight loss is counterproductive. When one consumes very little to no calories, the body goes into starvation mode and adjusts the metabolism. But as soon as you go back to eating normally, your metabolism doesn’t readjust hence the need for fewer calories than before. What’s worse, weight loss during a fast is usually a combination of fat, fluid, and muscle, but the pounds regained will probably be all fat.  Not to mention you won’t feel good, nor will you have much energy to be physically active while fasting.

2282-funny-memes-you-only-drink-diet-soda-funnymemescom-wallpaper-460x474

 

A little food for thought, have you ever actually researched these fabulous diet claims from these so called diet experts? Dr Atkins promoted a diet extremely high in fat content, with no carbs of any kind allowed (which means no fruits or certain vegetables for a period). Doesn’t it strike you as odd that a ‘“Doctor” would basically suggest you eat as much bacon as you can eat but to stay away from apples? Yes you will lose weight at first but you will also shoot your cholesterol high up to the sky. Dr Atkins suffered from high cholesterol and did indeed have a heart attack. Not stating the two are related but… You must see the irony.

 

 

Have a healthy week dear readers!

atkins-diet-humor

Carl Eric Jabouin on his Style, Inspiration and being Haiti’s Summer “IT” Guy

This summer, we decided to be a little different in picking our “IT” person. We tend to look at women when they walk in a room, and we’re all about celebrating female form. This time however, we met a unique Haitian we felt earned this spot. With his Basquiat-esque looks, and Pharell swag meet Carl Eric Jabouin… Summer’s IT guy!

carl2

 

He is a man of few words, armed with a sharp tongue, and quirky opinions. Carl Eric is a breath of fresh air indeed.

photo 4When did you become a fan of fashion?

I’ve always been a fan of fashion, I just never knew it. When I was younger I even used to dress my dad every morning telling what I liked and what didn’t.

What draws you to fashion?

I just love looking good. It gives me confidence.

 What is your favorite item of clothing?

I’m a shoe guy.

Do you follow trends or do you prefer to have a timeless style?

I like to think I have my own style doesn’t matter if it’s the trend or not. If I like it, I will wear it no matter what people think about it.

Who is your favorite designer?

I don’t have one. Like I said, I don’t follow trends.photo 2

Who is your biggest fashion influence?

I look up to Pharrell Williams and Will-I-Am. Clean cuts, bold colors and effortless.

What is your favorite girl’s clothing item?

I can’t say I have a favorite women’s apparel favorite. But I do love a girl who embraces different styles and changes her look up often. I like women with bold fuchsia hair, it’s sexy and shows confidence.

How do you decide what to wear?

On the spot. It’s easier that way.

 

Meeting this humble young man with a flare for fashion was a pleasure. His style reflects his unapologetic uniqueness. A quiet and cool confidence is always in. Whether roaming the streets of Montreal or spotted in Haiti, look out for this one!

 

carl4

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

 

Dieter’s drinking guide

So you’ve committed to a diet, once again. You’ve changed your less than exemplary eating habits to healthy ones, reduced your calories intake on foods and eliminated all kinds of alcohol consumption, sort of … right?

But what happens when you want a fun night out with your friends? Alcohol is processed first, and stores the carbohydrates as fats before getting any real “fuel” out of it. While it’s true that alcohol is rich in calories, there are some low calories and low carb drinks that are totally okay to drink without throwing off your diet.

champagne0

Champagne has the lowest calorie count when it comes to alcohol and is the best choice of drink when on a diet. A glass of champagne contains about 90 calories and 1.2 grams of carbohydrate.  The secret is to avoid mixing it with sugary drinks such as Mimosas and Bellinis. Drink a glass or two and plenty of water after and your diet will still be on track. Ever heard of the champagne diet? The funnest diet on Earth!

A second favorite diet choice is wine. Does the saying “A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away” ring any bells? Wine has excellent antioxidant properties and a glass contains about 100 calories and 4 grams of carbohydrate (whether red or white. Dry wines contain less sugar and are therefore an even sweeter choice for your waistline.

wine00

Distilled spirits have a bad reputation because people think they are the enemy to dieters. The truth is, it’s the drinks you mix it with that cause all the damage. When it comes to drinking on a diet, “Simpler is Better”.

Pay attention to the level of alcohol proof. Higher proofs tend to have higher calories. Vodka and Rum have the lowest calorie count in that category and vodka is believe it or not, carbs free. The tricky part is the mixers. Avoid mixing them with high sugary and high carbohydrate mixers such as juices and sodas. The ideal choice is to mix it with soda water and add a squeeze of fresh lime or lemon.

cocktails001

What to stay away from?

Now here come the ones to avoid at all cost… COCKTAILS! Yes we know that hurts to hear, especially for all the ladies that love their cosmos, or mojitos. One margarita glass is about 150 calories, and a frozen one can get up to 400 calories. That’s a meal worth of calories, and let’s face it, who stops at one Margarita glass?

So to all our dear dieters, we feel your pain, but remember not to drink your calories.

Menswear OOTD

To me women in men’s clothing allure a certain je ne sais quoi. And let’s be honest, us women wear anything better than men.   

20140409-095239.jpg

20140409-095253.jpg

 

I’m wearing H&M men’s long sleeve shirt, André wedges and Juicy Couture bag.

20140409-095310.jpg