Monthly Archives: February 2016

Top Knot + Braid

A playful revamp on the classic top knot, I recently wore this look to brunch as a quick little ‘do. It is the perfect style to wear when your hair is a bit unwashed….a favorite way to keep my hair on the weekend and let it just be. Keep the style fresh with this look.


 Follow below for the how-to and the step by step.

You will need:

  • Teasing comb or brush
  • Hairspray| Used: Kerastase Laque Dentelle
  • Hair Tie
  • Hair Donut
  • Dry Shampoo or Kerastase Volume in Powder
  • Small elastic
  • Bobby Pins


1) Part your hair and tease the sides and crown, spraying a light hold hairspray after. 


2) Smoothing the sides,leave the volume at the crown and make a ponytail. Leaving 1/4 of the ponytail out, place a hair donut over the ponytail and secure at the base on each side with a Bobby pin where the hair and donut meet.


3) Braid the left out section, and secure with a small clear elastic. Lightly pull the braid apart to thicken it. Using a dry shampoo or volumizing spray, spritz the ponytail. Back comb the ponytail, letting the hair fall down as you go.


4) Flipping the ponytail over the base of the pony, coil the hair around the donut and secure the bun with Bobby pins at the base where needed.


5) Wrap the braid over the bun securing the ends with a bobby pin. Spritz hairspray all over to finish the look, smoothing the sides and keep the messy texture elsewhere.

Whipped Coconut Lotion

A lover of coconut oil, I made this luxurious, whipped body lotion. The perfect remedy to keep skin hydrated and protected throughout the day. It pairs perfectly, when used after my favorite coffee scrub. Coconut oil becomes light and airy when whipped up, making it much easier to apply after a bath or shower and it becomes more absorbent. I whipped mine up with a little Olive Oil to keep the lotion in perfect consistency, preventing it from solidifying. You could also use jojoba, sunflower, or almond oil in addition to or in place of the olive oil. Add in your favorite essential oil to top it off. I used lemon grass to scent mine.


  • 1 C. Solid Coconut Oil*
  • 1/2 t. Olive Oil
  • 8 Drops of Essential Oil


Using a Kitchen Aid or hand mixer, combine the three ingredients and whip on high for 8-10 minutes to desired consistency. Slather over body after a shower or bath.

* The Coconut Oil must be solid before whipping, in order to get a whipped consictancy. Store in the refrigerator until solid, if needed.

Lilia- Williamsburg / Brooklyn

* Reservations recommended. Wood-Fired Italian Fare & Housemade Pastas/Spacious and Bright/Perfect for Date Night, Groups, or Bringing the Parents.

567 Union Avenue
Brooklyn, New York

My husband and I had been waiting for this gem of a restaurant to open it’s doors. Snowed in this past weekend, we figured would be the perfect time to literally cross the street from our apartment, and walk over. Figuring, it wouldn’t be too crowded as we had a big snowstorm the day before.

We were wrong on that front. The lofty space was buzzing, but we luckily snagged two seats at the bar… the perfect seats to witness all of the action as the kitchen is open and filled with energy. Everything on the menu sounded delicious.. but we finally narrowed it down and went with two appetizers, two pasta dishes and a dessert, all to share of course. The best way to taste it all. Check below for our recommendations.