A lot happened at the 2016 MTV VMAs last night (including Kanye, of course), but girl power seemed to be a theme of the evening. From the performances to the awards, women kind of dominated. Highlights — in no particular (and definitely not chronological) order — include:
Rihanna performing a career-spanning cavalcade of hits before being awarded the Michael Jackson Vanguard award, presented to her by a very adorable Drake
Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande schooling all our workout routines and basically doing a Flywheel / Soulcycle class on stage
Britney’s back (bitch)
The #FinalFive met Beyoncé and reacted like most of us would (aka very excitedly)
And, of course, Beyoncé performed some of the biggest hits from her stunning visual album Lemonade, ending with her dancers lying on stage in what was either the female sign or a tribute to Prince (or both)
So, I thought, what better way to energize your Monday than to listen to songs by some of this year’s badass girl boss VMA award winners, nominees and performers? We run this mother, after all.
I actually had a different post planned for today, but last night I went to this amazing event at Topshop hosted by beauty vlogger Fleur de Force that I absolutely had to share. Mostly because it was chock full of wardrobe, beauty and life inspiration from Topshop (of course), Goldplaited (an amazing local blow dry bar and styling spot) and Fleur’s new book, The Luxe Life.
I was invited to attend the event by InfluenceHER Collective and unfortunately, I didn’t snap nearly as many photos as I should have while there. Hopefully you can still experience some of the life and style inspiration I did through my recap, though! Read on for more, including a delicious cocktail recipe from Fleur’s new book The Luxe Life and top style picks from Topshop.
You know those girls whose hair always looks totally fab? And their lives seem so together because they clearly have time to, you know, do their hair on a daily basis? I am so not one of those girls.
Here’s the thing: I have a lot of hair. Like, enough for two people…and those people would still have thick hair. I like to curl it when I have the time/patience/energy, but sometimes I’m just plain lazy. Plus, I do not own a blow-dryer. And that, my friends, is where air-drying comes in.
Have you hopped on the matcha tea train yet? This buzzy green tea has nearly as much caffeine as coffee, it’s chock full of good-for-you antioxidants and it’s super refreshing and tasty to boot. Dedicated matcha bars and shops have already popped up in New York City, but never fear: you can still try this trend in the Windy City. Here’s where to get matcha in Chicago and get your green tea latte on:
Cheetah is the New Black is probably one of the first fashion/lifestyle blogs I ever followed. I mean, with a name like that, blogger Alicia Lund is clearly a girl after my own heart. She and her husband Tanner moved to a 1940s home in San Francisco this past October, and I’ve been following along with their renovation progress and inspirationever since. They recently finished the downstairs, and I am absolutely drooling over the space.
I love how the play of textures and dark wood creates a sort of masculine California-boho vibe. It definitely feels like a space that a real couple lives in — a really stylish real couple, anyway. See more of the Cheetah is the New Black house tour, right this way: