HAPPY MUSIC MONDAY: THE MOWGLI’S – “SAN FRANCISCO” (video)

   

Just love, love, love! That’s what first comes to my mind, when I think about the music of The Mowgli’s. If their songs doesn’t make you happy, then nothing will. This Los Angeles based band, who consists of 8 members, has that lovely ’60/’70 ‘s sound that simply puts a smile on your face. Their motto? ‘Making music with love, love making with music’. That’s indeed what the Mowgli’s are doing with their songs and also with their first released video. Check it out!

The song ‘San Francisco’ is just as happy, cheerful and youthful as the video itself, who was directed by Justin Baldoni. I love the part with the confetti, the illustrations that are portrayed in the video and of course their love for the city himself, San Francisco.

If you haven’t already listened to their EP Love is not Dead, you really should give it a try. It’s simply amazing: 5 cheerful, rock n’ roll, indie-folk songs that are perfect for your spring/summer playlist!

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PRETTY LITTLE LIARS STYLE GUIDE: ARIA MONTGOMERY



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Happy Pretty Little Fashion Day!

Last week I’ve discussed Hanna’s fabulous style, this week I am going to discuss Aria Montgomery’s gorgeous edgy bohemian style. Do you also adore her style and are you dying to find out how to get her looks? Check out this Pretty Little Liars style guide!


ARIA MONTGOMERY
Aria Montgomery’s style is very outspoken, just like her character. After living for a year in Iceland, Aria still wondered about what happened with her dear friend Alison. When she returned to school, she  reconnected with her old friends: Spencer, Emily and Hanna. Just when Aria found her way back in Rosewood, her life got very complicated: Her mother moved out of the house, her parents got divorced, she constantly fights with her father about a long time secret (what Alison only knew) and the guy she met at the bar, turns out to be her (super cute and hot) English teacher! Big drama! And when you think it couldn’t be more worse, she suddenly received text messages from the anonymous stalker ‘A’, who reveals all her not so pretty secrets….

GET THE LOOK

Trough the years, Aria’s style got a big transformation. Back in 7th grade, Aria always wore pink and purple dreadlocks and her style was more gothic. Her stay in Iceland definitely changed her looks, because nowadays Aria’s style is more bohemian-chic, mixed with edgy and girly pieces. Do you like Aria’s style? Let’s find out how you can steal her looks!

ALL ABOUT THE JACKETS


Have you ever noticed how many times Aria wears a leather jacket? Her wardrobe probably pulls out of all the jackets that she owns! A leather jacket is definitely her style signature, because it perfectly fits with her boho-chic style. Aria wears many girly dresses, but her jacket makes it more edgy. It is a simple and fun way to show off your boho chic side! So try on your favorite leather jacket and wear it off with one of your (girly) dresses. Do you want an even more edgy look? Go for a leather jacket with studs! 


THE DARK SIDE


Unlike Hanna, Aria wears a lot of dark colors: Chocolate brown, grey, black, purple, aubergine, navy , plum and army green. You barely see her wearing bold colors. Aria proves it; Black goes never out of style! But don’t stick to black, try also (like Aria) to mix different kinds of other dark colors too!


LAYERS

Aria is a masterpiece of adding many layers to her outfit. She likes to wear a lot of cardigans over her tops, but she often also wears a simple basic top under her dresses. Another way to simply add some layers to your outfit, is by wearing a jacket! (like I said before, Aria does this many times!).


ALL ABOUT THE BOOTS


Another signature of Aria’s style, are definitely her many pair of boots: Motorbike, ankle or knee-high boots. She wears them with everything! Whenever it’s with a dress, her black skinny jeans or under a sheer maxi dress. She always goes for boots with details, like studs or buckles. It makes your outfit instantly more edgy!

MIX & MATCH


Aria likes to think out of the box and isn’t afraid to play with different kind of patterns, she likes to mix and match her clothes. Lace tights with a floral dress? Or a leopard skirt mixed with a striped blazer? Aria shows that everything is possible by wearing different kinds of patterns, if you just keep the basic color the same with both items. 

LACE


Her style maybe very edgy, but Aria always gives her outfits a girly touch by wearing lace: Lace tops, dresses and tights. It makes your outfit more sophisticated and elegant. So if you want to give your little black dress a new look, just wear them with lace tights! 

EDGY ACCESSOIRES


In each episode, Aria wears always some kind of accessorize. They give her outfits that extra edgy touch! Her favorite accessories: Feather earrings, chunky necklaces, scarves in many patterns (stars, stripes, skulls or geometric shapes), and hats or/ beanies. You don’t have to be a big spender to rock Aria’s look, Forever21 has many fabulous accessories for affordable prices! 

HAIR


Aria is blessed with gorgeous thick dark brown hair, but it’s not very hard to maintain her typical waves! The make-up artists from Pretty Little Liars told that they’ve used a lot of hair products from the brand Tresemme. Their favorite products are Tresemme’s 24 hour body mousse, 24 hour body Shampoo and Conditioner and Finishing Spray. So if you really would like to achieve the shiny and bouncy curls as Aria’s, you definitely should try out these products! The other work is up to your curling iron! As you maybe have noticed on the pictures, Aria’s waves are curled from the inside. So if you are going to use the curling iron, be aware that you are going to wrap it on the right way. The finishing touch is also very important! Aria always puts an extra twist at the end of her brown locks, so make sure that at the end you create an extra fringe! 

MAKEUP


One of Aria’s signature beauty looks, are definitely her fierce eyebrows! They are thick, but in great shape. (plus, full eyebrows are very hot right now!). Some of you are maybe blessed with fuller eyebrows, but even when you’re not, it’s still easy to maintain the same as Aria’s! Just fake it till you make it! To start you have to tweeze all the stray hairs that are outside the arch. After you are finished with the tweezer, it’s time to full them in! With a brow pencil you can create the shape of the brows that you like and fill them in. You could also use some powder to up lighten your brows up or to make them look darker. It’s also a good way to create more thickness! To keep your eyebrows in shape, it’s important to use a eyebrow gel that keeps everything in place. 

NAILS


Aria wears most of the time dark nail polish (that probably doesn’t surprise you, ha!). Although she embraces her dark side, still don’t expect that she always wear her nails black! She likes to wear all different kinds of dark colors: Plum, army green, chocolate brown, dark grey, navy blue and taupe are also some of her favorites. Often she also goes for a more bold, outstanding color, like orange or bright red nail polish (Essie’s Lollipop is one of these gorgeous, poppy red!) or yellow ochre. 

Dress up like Aria!
Are you also a big fan of Aria’s edgy style and need more fashion inspiration to get her look? Take a look at these 3 outfits that I’ve selected. 


| 1. Denim Jacket: Zara | 2. Pumps: Miu Miu | 3. Nail Polish: Barry M (textured nail effects, no. tnp1) |
| 4. Necklace: Forever21 | 5. Dress – Lulu’s |

| 1. Necklace: Club Manhattan (unfortunately sold out, but still available in gold) | 2. Tank top: H&M | 
| 3. Pleated skirt: Alice & Olivia (sold out) | 4. Booties: Jeffrey Campbell | 5. Perfume:Vera Wang – Rock Princess |
| 6.  Smokey Eye Palette: Bobbi Brown – Smokey Eye Collection| 7. Leather Jacket: WH100 (via ASOS) |
| 8. Nail Polish: China Glaze – Urban Nights |

| 1. Scarf – Diana von Furstenberg | 2. Nail Polish: Zoya – Fleck Effect Collection | 3. Booties: Forever21 |
| 4. Top – Object | 5. Eye Shadow – Mac | 6. Pants: Topshop |

Is Aria your favorite style icon from Pretty Little Liars? Are you also a big fan of combat boots? And which outfit of Aria is your personal favorite? Please, tell me. I would love to know your favorite fashion moment from Pretty Little Liars! 

HAPPY MUSIC MONDAY: HUNTER HUNTED – KEEP TOGETHER

Have you already met the California duo Hunter Hunted? The former Lady Danville band members, Michael Garner and Daniel Chang, released their very first EP Hunter Hunted back in February.

The album has lots of funky, folk rock songs with uptempo beats. This is definitely indie rock pop at his finest! The song “Keep Together” has the same funky tunes as their first release “End of the World”. Catchy, refreshing and the vocal harmonies are (again) amazing.

A perfect song to start your week off!

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PRETTY LITTLE LIARS STYLE GUIDE: HANNA MARIN

               


Do you also miss your weekly Pretty Little Liars (PLL) Tuesday’s? It’s already a couple of weeks ago that we saw the season 3 finale (which still left me with millions of questions), but unfortunately the little liars won’t be turning back until the 11th of June. Yes, I know… that won’t be very long, but who doesn’t already miss the drama, filled with mysteries and dirty scandals, the creepy text messages from ‘A’, the thrilling theories & clues, a glance of the cute boys from Rosewood and especially the lovely style of the four little liars! Each character has their own unique style, which makes it so worth-watching fashion wise. No matter if you prefer a preppy, boho-chic, sporty or girly style, anyone can take some fashion inspiration from Pretty Little Liars! 

That’s why I created this Pretty Little Liars Style Guide, to show and inspire you on how to achieve the looks from each characters.  
This week I am going to start by giving you tips & tricks on how to get the look of Rosewood’s one and only IT-girl: Hanna Marin!



THE SHOW
For people who never heard of the show before (You’ve been warned, it’s super addictive!), Pretty Little Liars is a show about a group of former BFF’s from Rosewood, who were all once friends with the leader of the clique, Alison. During a slumber party, Alison sneaked out of the barn and never came back. A year later the police found her body and ever since, the girls are being harassed via text messages by an anonymous person, ‘A’, who knows all the secrets of these four gals. Secrets that nobody knew, expect Alison… Will they ever going to find out who killed Ali? Pretty Little Liars is such an addictive show, thanks to the stunning cast! The guys are definitely eye-candy (I’m totally on team Ezra!), but the show is probably also one of the most fashionable shows ever! Need some fashion inspiration? Let’s take a look at each girl’s style, by starting today with the glamorous style of Hanna Marin!

Let’s kick some fAshion!

HANNA MARIN
Not only in the books, but also on screen has Hanna always been my favorite little liar. During the seasons, she really shows that she has a strong personality, while her life has not always been very easy for her: Her parents got divorced, she battled an eating disorder and in the past she got bullied because of her weight. After her dramatic weight loss, she became the IT-girl from Rosewood High. On the outside Hanna’s life seems perfect, but just like everyone else in Rosewood, not everything is what it seems….. 

GET THE LOOK!

As you can expected from an It-girl, Hanna is always out for the latest fashion trends. Her style is trendy, sophisticated and very girly. She always looks like she just walks away from the runway, with her perfect hair and polished nails. Do you like Hanna’s style just as much as I do? Here’s how you can pull that It-girl look to!

RUFFELS & FRINGES

Hanna’s style is a good example how you can still keep the girly look, mixed with more edgy pieces. Like the blue ruffles top from Karen Millen, who she wore this season. The zipper makes it more rock chic, but thanks to the ruffles it still looks very classy. Another way to get that edgy-yet-girly look, you can simply wear a leather jacket over a chic dress or top. A leather jacket is not cheap, but it’s definitely an investment in your wardrobe. You can really where it with everything! Another way to give your classy look a modern twist, is by adding some fringes to your outfit. In the season 3 premiere, Hanna wore this army green fringe dress from the Zara. She looked so effortlessly chic in this dress. For a even more edgy look, pair it with ankle boots.

BELT IT!

Now she finally has dropped off the extra pounds, Hanna loves to show her new slim figure. She likes to define her natural waist, by wearing a belt over a blazer or simply putting a small belt over her dress. This is a perfect way to to create that perfect hourglass shape, especially when you wear a lot of layers. 

TRENDY JEWELRY

When it comes to jewelry, Hanna goes all the way! She likes to glam her outfit up, by wearing eye-catchy and expensive looking necklace or earrings. Diamonds are definitely one of Hanna’s best friends, and they can be yours too! A necklace (like Hanna wears on the left photo) or a cocktail ring (like on the right photo), gives you outfit that extra glamorous touch!

BLAZERS

If there’s one item that Hanna can’t live without, it’s her blazers. She likes to wear them with her ruffle dresses, skirts or simply with her black panties. No on else in Rosewood owns so much blazers like Hanna does! A blazer makes an outfit more dressy and looks really chic with everything. A black blazer is a must have, but don’t be afraid to show come color! Why not go for yellow or peach, like Hanna does?

COLOR-BLOCKING

With black you can never go wrong, but why not go for something more colorful? Hanna let her true colors shine, by wearing a lot of bright and bold colors. This spring it’s all about color! Try out your favorite pair of denim in peach or some other cool color, like electric blue! Don’t worry, you don’t need to take it to the extreme. Hanna is a master of showing how you can color blocking, by using a lot pastels with bright colors. A good example is her peach denim with the lavendel top (and matching bag). It’s still colorfull, but without getting to much.

FLORALS

Forget old-fashioned prints back from the 70’s, the new flowers from this spring are brighter, bolder and especially much bigger! And like every It-girl, Hanna is already rocking the trend! I know it takes for some of us a lot of courage to pull this trend off, but you can easily add some some flower power to your outfit by wearing a flower clutch or even a cute iPhone cover from Kate Spade. 


SHORT, SEXY AND COLORFUL DRESSES

Many times you can spot Hanna in of her short, sexy and colorful dresses. She doesn’t shy away from using bold colors! Her dresses are always fun and stylish, but with a girly twist. One of my all time favorites is her gorgeous blue Homecoming dress (middle photo). From head to toe she looked fabulous: The sparkle sequins, the feathers and the sexy V-neckline. Not only on the dance floor, but also through the hallways of Rosewood High, she knows how to rock this trend and it is pretty simple! Just wear one of your favorite dresses and try it on with a basic blazer. Even add some big jewelry pieces (like a bib necklace) for a stylish and fresh look and put on a pair of wedges or heels and there you go!

HAIR

One of Hanna’s signature is definitely her big and loose waves. Even now (in season 3), with her long bob, she likes to curl her hair. For Hanna’s long beach waves, it’s better to use hot rollers. Leave them in for about 10-15 minutes and you’re done! If you have a bob, first use a small round brush, blow dry some sections and roll the brush away from your face. After that, use a 1/4 inch (clip less) iron and wrap your hair from the middle section to the end of your curls. For a more edgy waves, just like Hanna, curl random sections. If you’re done, just simply tousle your curls with your hands to get a more rough look.

MAKE-UP

Just like her hair, Hanna’s make-up is always polished. She would never leave the house without her black eyeliner mascara and kohl pencil. For her lips she always use a soft pink lip gloss, like this Chubby Stick from Clinique (color Woppin’ Watermelon), which she used a lot in the last season (and even better, they are only $16!). When it comes to her eyes, she likes to pop out her fierce blue eyes, by using a lot of nude eyeshadow. For a even more glamourous look, she often likes to wear brown/nude smokey eyes (the Naked Palette from Urban Decay has all these colors where you can easily create this nude smokey eyes with).

NAILS

Hanna not only wears a lot of cute blazers, but she also knows how to steal the show with her gorgeous nails! She wears many bold colors, prints and a lot of sparkles. Hanna likes to try out fun nail art, like the leopard nails she wore in season 2 or using two different nail polish on alternating fingers. It’s a fun, lovely and easy way to show off your nails!

Dress-up like Hanna!

Need some more inspiration? Let’s take a look at these 3 outfits that I have selected, so you also can dress up just like Hanna! 

| 1 & 4. 
Blush & Brush: Bobbi Brown-Pink Peony Set | 2. Nail Polish: OPI-Which is Witch? |
3: Eyeshadow Palette: Bobbi Brown (custom palette)- Pearl | 5. Nail Polish: Essie- Pink Parka |
| 6. Heels: Guess | 7. Parfume: Dior- Miss Cherie | 8. Pants: H&M | 9. Top: Ted Baker 
 | 10. Bag: Ted Baker |


1.  Jacket: Rebecca Minkoff | 2. Necklace: Monki | 3. Belt: Forever21 | 4. Dress: Topshop |
| 5. Ankle Boots: Asos  (sold out)| 6. Bag:Rebecca Minkoff (sold out) | 7. Nail Polish: OPI- Last Friday Night |
| 8. Eye Palette: Bobbi Brown – Black Pearl |
| 1. Necklace: Pieces | 2. Top: American Vintage | 3. Flats: Zara | 4. Pants: Ralph Lauren | 5. Jacket: Guess |
| 6. Nail Polish: Essie – Go Ginza | 7. Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | 8. Iphone Case: J Crew | (sold out, but similar case here) | 

What do you think of Hanna’s fashion style? Do you like it? What is your favorite outfit of Hanna? And you do like the suggestions? Would you like to wear these outfits?

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-XOXO 
Marcella