10 Coconut Oil Beauty Recipes

Ladies, let’s prep our hair & skin for spring! Chrissy wrote about understanding the chemicals in your cosmetics and, I agree with her. It is SO SO SO important to know what you put on your skin and hair. One product I’ve been obsessing over is coconut oil (I’m even cooking with it!). Coconut oil is natural and can give you soft, hydrated skin and is pretty much a beauty lifesaver.

Considering its many uses, organic coconut oil is inexpensive. I bought a jar from my local Whole Foods for $14. It’s also found at Trader Joe’s and most grocery stores. The DIY beauty recipes below only use 1-2 ingredients. The jar is huuuuge and I’ve been experimenting with its never-ending beauty uses.

Here are 10 ways you can get spring-ready hair and skin by stirring up beauty recipes in your own kitchen. 

1. Lip Scrub

Mix coconut oil with raw sugar and scrub.

Read the rest of my post here: http://www.trendhungry.com/coconut-oil-beauty-uses

Trendy vs Spendy: Year of the Horse – Equestrian Style

Chinese New Year just passed and since it’s the year of the horse, why not celebrate in style? With horse race season coming up, equestrian looks are hitting the runway and appearing in celebrity closets. Recently, Bruce Springsteen’s daughter, Jessica Springsteen, has been named Gucci’s equestrian ambassador for their luxury line of riding clothes.

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This trend features a lot of leather, and comfy-chic blazers, blouses, belts, and boots with a modern twist. The equestrian style can be expensive, so here’s how you can add this lavish look to your closet on a skinny budget:

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TRENDY:

Dorothy Perkins Tan Buckle Satchel for $28 | Mod Cloth She’s a Lucky Gallop Scarf for $19.99 | Barneys New York D Ring Snaffle Buckle Belt for $165 now $49 | Uniqlo Rayon Bow Tie Long Sleeve Blouse for $29.90 |  Loft Marisa Pant for $59.50 now $44.99 | Forever 21 Essential Linen-Blend Blazer for $29.80 | Chinese Laundry Tremendous Boot for $38.99

 SPENDY:

SHOPBOP Loeffler Randler The Rider Bag for $495 | Stella McCartney Horse Print Scarf for $515 | Pendleton Horse-bit Hip Belt for $130 | Saint Laurent Pussy Bow Blouse for $1,271.20 | Tory Burch Ivy Super Skinny Pant for $195 now $97.50 | Rag & Bone Jett Blazer for $495 | Lauren Ralph Lauren Riding Boots – Jenny Flat for $249 now $186.75

Are you a fan of equestrian  style? Share your opinion in the comment section below.

I published this post on Trend Hungry as part of the Trendy vs. Spendy Column. Click here to view it.

{Trendy vs Spendy} Designer-Inspired Ankle Boots

I wrote this post for Trend Hungry. See the rest of the post here.

Ankle boots and booties are an easy to wear shoe. This transitional shoe comes in a variety of designs, so they can be worn year round. There’s a pair to suit skinnies, jeans, dresses, or a skirt.

I’ve spotted three budget-friendly pairs that are just as stunning as these designer pairs. Below are three types – everyday wear, stiletto, and peep toe.

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1. Everyday Wear

Suede booties are perfect to slip on for an everyday casual chic look. Wear under a wide-leg jean or cuff your skinnies and let the boots be a focal point.

Nine West Otilla Pull On Booties for $139 now marked down to $49.99 vs Rag & Bone Classic Newbury Booties for $495

2. The Stiletto

Layer with a black tight for long, sexy legs.

Michael Antonio Mains Bootie for $59 now marked down to $44.95 vs Barbara Bui Smooth Leather Ankle Bootie for $780

3. Peep Toe

Layer a fun tight for a peep of personality on a chilly day or save this style for a warmer temp.

Miss KG Black Peep Ankle Boots for $135 now marked down to $39 vs Burberry Peep Toe Booties for $750 now marked down to $525

My favorite type is the stiletto. I love to wear them with my favorite pair of skinny jeans for a night out. What’s your favorite type of ankle boot or bootie? Share how you’d style this shoe in the comments below!

xx Melissa