1.Atavus Grey & Green Hoodie ($54.99): Perfect for conquering post-workout chills, this hoodie is both durable and stylish.
2. Owl Be Sweatin’ “Do me a Solid” Headband ($14; use discount code “underthesticks15” for 15% off): These non-slip, adjustable headbands are guaranteed to stay on for rugby games without causing headaches. Plus, the reflective green will keep you safe on night time runs.
3. Adidas Predator Incurza SG cleats ($189.99): Nothing says slippery and sleek quite like completely black rugby boots. These new-to-the-market beauties are endorsed by Dan Carter, so here’s to hoping they make you half of good as a kicker as he is.
4. BLK Tek V Rugby Shorts ($24.99): I’ve always been a fan of white rugby shorts, and these are no different.
5. Engraved Whistle ($35): If there’s one thing that would wrap up my coaching outfit, it’d be whistle with my name engraved in it.
It’s beginning to cool down in California, which means it’s time to whip out the chunky sweaters and plaid scarves. Add more depth to your outfits by layering your outfits and mixing various fabrics, such as silk and leather.
Mix a solid colored, wool sweater with tapered, slick leather pants to strike the perfect balance between comfort and chic. Embellish with slight jewels on a beanie or hat to give it an extra feminine touch. And for shoes? You can’t go wrong with solid Converse. They match practically everything and they’re so comfortable! Top off your nails with a metallic matte color that will catch the autumn sun just right. And don’t forget to keep your iPhone safe with an adorable marble-print case.
1) Red Bobble Stitch Jumper (NewLook)-$32
2) Grey Marl Embellished Beanie Hat (River Island)- $30
3) Lara Faux Leather Legging (Abercrombie & Fitch)-$39
4) Marble iPhone Case (Free People)-$28
5) Chuck Taylor Hi-Top Canvas in Black Monochrome (Converse)-$55
6) Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Polish in “Ripley” (Sephora)- $10
It’s finally October! Time to bust out the spooky decorations, candy, and of course, pumpkins. This year, I decided to put a twist into pumpkin decorating and turn to “unconventional” ways of sprucing up the pumpkins instead of carving. I fell in love with this type of decorating, and while it doesn’t mean I won’t be carving this year, be sure to stop by the blog in the coming days to see what else I’ve been working on. You can use large pumpkins, medium sized, or even mini ones. I will say, though, the smoother the pumpkin, the better. For today’s crafts, I used mini pumpkins…they were just so darn cute.
Painting pumpkins is a great way to put your own unique touch on seasonal decorations. It’s easy for children and adults, and no scary blade is involved. Feel free to be creative…use various paint colors, brushes, and embellishments.
In order to rid your mini pumpkins of gunk and dirt, clean it in a large bowl of water and dish washing soap. Rinse off and dry thoroughly. You don’t want any water leftover, as it will ruin your paint job!
Be sure to lay down a protective sheet. The last thing you need is a table filled with paint and glitter! I decided to spray paint the three mini pumpkins with a dark, glossy black. Be sure to wear gloves and to breathe carefully when spraying. I held the stem with a glove, sprayed the entire pumpkin, and laid it down to dry. I then sprayed the stem so that it was covered completely.
I decided to do polka dots in all shades for one mini pumpkin. The black really made the polka dots pop and I loved how chic it looked! Be sure to use as little paint as possible for the polka dots, or the paint will drip due to the curved surface. If you mess up, you can touch up the dots with a small paintbrush, or even paint around them in black paint. I plan to make a large pumpkin with the same polka dot pattern to complement it, so stay tuned!
The second pumpkin I made was painted entirely with pink blush. I then applied gold glitter by sprinkling the glitter very lightly while the paint was still wet. It helps to hold onto the stem and turn the pumpkin with one hand, while sprinkling with the other. If you’re using a bigger pumpkin, you can modge podge the entire surface after the base coat has dried and apply the glitter in steps.
I went on to paint another pumpkin a neutral khaki color, but I have yet to embellish it. I’m thinking lots of glitter, patterns, and maybe even some decoupage. What are your ideas? I’d love to try them out next. Let me know in the comments below!
Nail polish is a simple, but effective, way to bring your own sense of style to your outfits. As summer begins to fade away, fall is ready for you to grab it by the reins and make a fashion statement. Don’t limit yourself to plain purples or reds…talk about boring! It’s time to liven up your nails with dark hues of blue, green, and even throw in some metallic and subtle glitter! Think of colors that complement the fall leaves and foliage (maroon, burgundy, mustard, deep orange, green) and incorporate them into your nails and outfits. Many of these are safe for the work environment, so you’ll have no excuse to enjoy them on your pretty lil’ fingers.
Finding a quality nail polish is always a struggle. I recommend researching brands before purchasing them to ensure you won’t end up with water-like polish from the drugstore. Invest in good polish that will last you several wears, because well-kept nails (just like eyebrows) are simple nuances that show you keep yourself clean and well-groomed.
Which number is your favorite?