Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, tie-dye was having a high fashion moment; the psychedelic swirls were all over the S/S20 runways. Fast-forward a few months, and the trend has evolved from high fashion to “home fashion,” thanks to tie-dye sweatsuits becoming the unofficial quarantine uniform. There’s no need to splurge on “luxury loungewear” for this trend, because you can get the look at home. Honestly, you can tie-dye anything: Sweatshirts, sweatpants, socks, sheets, shirts, even shoes. So grab an old item of clothing, and let’s get going!
© Melodie Jeng – Getty Images A beginners’ tutorial on how to tie-dye your favorite items of clothing with dye or bleach.
Step 1: Gather Supplies
I suggest getting a tie-dye kit—this one includes everything you need and has 15 different colors. Your must-have items include:
- Squeeze bottles for the dye
- Dye or bleach
- Rubber bands
Step 2: Get Your Workstation Ready
Tie-dying is a messy activity. I suggest you work outside, or somewhere like a garage or an unfinished basement. If you’re doing this inside, make sure you lay down towels or plastic to protect your space.
If an outdoor space isn’t an option, try your bathtub or shower.
Step 3: Pick Your Design
There are so many different swirls and patterns when it comes to tie-dye. There are no wrong answers here—you can go bold and bright with several shades, or stick to one color. The beauty of tie-dye is that the basic steps are the same no matter which design you choose. Once you have the steps down, the ways you twist, fold and place rubber bands on your shirt will determine the design.
I’m going to break down the classic spiral on a T-shirt, because you can’t beat the classics, but feel free to follow these steps with your own original design or a different pattern.
The Classic Tie Dye Spiral
Prepare the item. Start out with a pre-washed T-shirt that is still damp—damp, but not dripping wet. Lay the shirt flat on a surface that can get messy.
Twist the fabric. Pick a spot in the center of your shirt. Pinch the fabric and twist it in a spiral motion. Continue twisting the shirt until it looks like a cinnamon roll.
Work your rubber bands. Grab your rubber bands and wrap them around the shirt, creating six or more wedge shapes. This will create our spiral design. The placement of your rubber bands and how your twist your shirt will determine the end design.
Dye it. Throw on some gloves, grab your squeeze bottles of dye, and apply a color to each wedge.
Let the item sit. The shirt needs to sit in order to absorb the dye. Place your shirt in a Ziploc bag for anywhere between eight and 24 hours (the longer the dye sits, the more intense your color will be.)
Rinse it.After you let your shirt soak, it’s time to rinse it under cold water. Rinse until the water turns clear. Remove the rubber bands and rinse again.
Wash it. There will still be some dye left in your shirt. Throw it in the wash, but separate from your other clothes so that the dye doesn’t bleed on anything else.
Allow it to dry. Finally let the shirt dry. You can either throw it in the dryer or hang to dry.
You’re done! VOILA! Enjoy your new tie-dyed item.
Written by Shelby Comroe for Marie Claire
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Do you guys have scarves that are just sitting in your closet waiting to be worn again?! Have no fear but we are here to show you how to wear them in the summer time! One of our favorite ways is a head wrap! We have so many ideas on our Knot Library! Go check it out. 🙂
Scarves.net has lots of fun, lightweight, summer scarves this year that you won’t want to miss! Complete your summer style with a stylish scarf. Wear it as a head wrap, wear it as a wrap or cover up, you can even wear it around your floppy sun hat and tie it in a bow. We have SO MANY fun ideas!
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As people practice social distancing at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many have picked up new hobbies like tie-dyeing, baking banana bread and learning TikTok dances. Another increasingly popular pastime: doing jigsaw puzzles. © Markus Spiering / EyeEm via Getty Images There are psychological reasons to explain the appeal of jigsaw puzzles amid the pandemic.
“Our primitive lizard brains are on overdrive in quarantine. We know on a cellular level that there is a threat to our survival, as both individual humans and a species, so we are stuck in a fight-flight-freeze cycle where our brains can’t figure out which one will keep us alive,” psychotherapist Jenny Maenpaa told HuffPost.
“We’re not sleeping well because we’re staying alert enough to jump out of bed if the threat comes close enough to us, which our brains can’t understand is an unhelpful and irrelevant biological response to a virus,” Maenpaa said. “When we don’t get enough restorative sleep, our reaction times are slower, our emotional self-regulation is poorer, and we have trouble performing high-level cognitive functions. Puzzles are a surprising antidote to all of those challenges.”
But why and how exactly do puzzles soothe us during difficult times? HuffPost spoke to Maenpaa and other experts to find out.
They Offer A Sense Of Control
“While COVID-19 is associated with a lack of control and an unknown end, puzzles offer the opposite,” said Michael Vilensky, a psychologist at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. “With a puzzle, with enough time and effort, we can control the outcome, know it will end, and experience a sense of relief and accomplishment when it’s finished.”
Karen Kavett is YouTube personality with a channel entirely dedicated to jigsaw puzzles. She told HuffPost she agrees that jigsaw puzzles are a great activity when the world feels out of control because the task is entirely within your power. You can do it solo or with a group. You can spend all day putting it together or just work on it for a few minutes at a time whenever you’re in the mood.
With a puzzle, with enough time and effort, we can control the outcome, know it will end, and experience a sense of relief and accomplishment when it’s finished.Michael Vilensky, Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center
“It’s also an activity where you’re simply assembling an item that already exists, rather than needing to expend mental energy to create something new,” she added. “Plus, since there are so many different types of jigsaw puzzles out there these days, anyone can find an image that speaks to them.”
There’s A Clear Purpose
Puzzles can provide a clear goal and sense of purpose in this time when people feel aimless and unable to map out future plans.
You Can Feel Accomplished
“Human beings perform best when we have tasks that we are competent at and can succeed at but that challenge us just enough to feel accomplished when we complete them,” said Maenpaa.
He added that jigsaw puzzles are unique in the way they engage the logical part of the brain (rationally fitting pieces together) and the creative side (envisioning the big picture of the completed work).
It’s A Meditative Experience
For many, doing a jigsaw puzzle almost feels like meditation. That’s how A.J. Jacobs, an author who is working on a book about different types of puzzles, describes the experience.
“Some jigsaw friends of mine talk about how time just melts away,” he said. “You feel like you’ve been working on a puzzle for five minutes, but in reality three hours have passed. That can be helpful when you’re stuck inside for two months.”
Focusing on individual puzzle pieces and one overall image forces people to be present and relax. It’s also a tactile task without external stimulation like screens.
© MoMo Productions via Getty Images Puzzles are great as a solo or group activity.
You Can Make It About Togetherness
“While puzzles can be satisfying on your own, they can also act as a welcome social activity during quarantine, in that the conversation can be about something other than COVID-19 and can bring about a sense of togetherness and working toward a shared goal,” Vilensky said.
They Provide A Welcome Escape
Jigsaw puzzles offer a way to break up the monotony of the day in quarantine. They also take us back to simpler times before the pandemic.
“Puzzles are a throwback,” said Vilensky. “Like other popular quarantine activities (bread-making, going for a drive), puzzles can help us connect to the past and offer a sense of familiarity that is reassuring during new and chaotic times.”
Kaeppeler noted that certain types of puzzle images are calming and appealing to customers because they provide a sense of escape.
“For example, images that have a first-person view of a setting provide a calm environment for someone to focus and relax,” he said. Travel-related puzzles can also offer a feeling of a getaway.
You might like to try one to see how a puzzle might work for you.
Article by Caroline Bologna
All of a sudden, it’s summer in Chicagoland. OK, it just feels like it finally. So here are some cute outfits, I think, for summer wear. Take a look:
Of course there’s so much more than these few. So carry on looking at:
Article written for Popsugar by Macy Cate Williams
Nothing makes me say “I need this!” more than a dress with pockets. The idea of being able to carry my phone and keys hands-free is both exciting and convenient. Add a comfy factor into the mix, and you have me totally sold. My sweatpants are getting way too overused, so I’ve been on the lookout for smartly designed dresses I can wear around the house.
Ahead, I put together a shopping guide of the comfiest dresses online, all with pockets. You’ll find some great options from Free People, Amazon, Nordstrom, Lou & Grey, and more. Take a look and treat yourself to something that isn’t traditional loungewear.
Here’s just a taste for you:
Skye Embroidered Mini Dress
Old Navy Fit & Flare Striped Cami Midi Dres
Ondine Maxi Dress
Billabong Straight Round Minidress
Pizoff Floral Dress
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There are a lot of styles you are able to pull off when it regards a summer dress. related If you’re ready to earn a statement look, grab the tartan! Also, there are several jackets available with diverse designs. Summer is the time to receive experimental with unique kinds of fabrics, textures, and silhouettes. There are particular shades, which look best for certain seasons. You can choose the one in solid colors, in various hues and shades. If you believe the shirt dress appears great only on the models, you’re incorrect. Girls have a number of rock-concert clothes to pick from–among them the traditional skinny jeans. A shrunken, cropped vest on a white tee is additionally a rock-inspired selection. Stylish And Comfortable The fabric is a significant part of an outfit. Men’s biker jackets are the ideal kind of outwear that looks good for nearly every function. What’s most important, however, is that you opt for an outfit that makes you truly feel confident. Girls’ fashion is about style and glitter. If you prefer her to stick out in the crowd amongst her buddies, you should purchase designer girls’ clothing for her. Nowadays kids wish to dress smartly too, just enjoy the grownups. Always bear in mind that the pointed-toe heels are your very best friend. While opting for a proper holiday dress for your daughter or sister, it is critical to think about lots of things. While not small in any respect, Mia belle baby has been in a position to capture the nature of the idea of a boutique.
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Article written by Justine Harrington of Tripsavvy.com
Our Top Pick
Best Overall: Everlane The Form Bag
Everlane’s The Form Bag is equal parts functional and stylish, with its sleek, minimalist design and sizeable interior — an interior so sizable, that it fits a 13-inch laptop horizontally. This doesn’t mean it’s bulky, though, as the Form Bag lives up to its name with its streamlined, near-dainty form. Made of 100 percent Italian leather, you’ll be getting good bang for your buck with this bag. It also features an easy magnetic closure and adjustable webbed strap, so you can wear it as a crossbody or on your shoulder.
Best Designer: Kate Spade Margaux Medium Convertible Crossbody
Kate Spade knows how to craft gorgeous, streamlined bags, and the Margaux Medium Convertible Crossbody is no exception. Made from buttery-soft, refined grain leather, this bag’s slim silhouette belies its rather roomy interior and ample organizational storage that includes dual interior slide pockets, along with exterior slide pockets. Conveniently, this fashion-forward bag also converts into a clutch via an adjustable crossbody strap that clips off, so you can wear it on your evenings out. Simple, classic, and versatile, the Margaux will look good with virtually everything in your closet.
Best Splurge: Cuyana Half-Moon Mini Bag
Treat yourself with the Half-Moon Mini Bag from Cuyana — a very splurge-worthy pick with supple, full-grain Italian leather, signature gold-tone hardware, and a clean, sophisticated shape. It may be an investment piece, but this crossbody bag will last and will only get more beautiful as the years go by, thanks to its high-quality construction that wears in and softens over time. Plus, add a monogram for a personalized touch and choose from six gorgeous colors, including Blood Orange, Black, Caramel, Forest, Stone, and Textured Black.
Best for Moms: Baggallini Big Zipper Bagg
For traveling moms, the Baggallini Big Zipper Bagg is an incredibly convenient option for when you need a hands-free bag that’s lightweight, yet holds all the must-haves. It’s super spacious, with exterior zippers and interior pockets that easily house all your daily essentials like your wallet, keys, and phone. It’s also crafted from water-resistant nylon, so you don’t have to worry about stains (always a plus for those with kids).
Best Leather: Madewell The Abroad Shoulder Bag
Opt for this classic, Abroad Shoulder Bag from Madewell for a vintage-inspired look. Made from silky-smooth, vegetable-tanned leather that burnishes beautifully with wear, this simple bag comes in four attractive shades: Desert Camel, True Black, Distant Olive, and Dark Toffee. It’s still roomy enough to fit a tablet or book, while the super-adjustable strap makes carrying a breeze.
Best Style: Botkier Cobble Hill Leather Crossbody Bag
Step up your fashion bag game with the Botkier Cobble Hill Leather Crossbody Bag, a super-chic accessory that adds a funky, whimsical touch to all your outfits. The bag’s thoroughly modern appeal can be found in the details: its bright white color, gilded hardware accents, and an 80s-inspired, asymmetrical flap. Carry it via its top handle or woven crossbody strap.
Best Cruelty-Free: Matt & Nat Erika Crossbody Bag
Crafted from ultra-soft vegan faux leather and recycled nylon lining, the Erika Vegan Leather Crossbody Bag by Matt & Nat is elegant, luxurious, and best of all, cruelty-free. It comes in elegant colors (black or red) and features a cute flap and hidden snap closure, plus an adjustable strap for the best fit possible. Classy and sleek, this crossbody bag proves that the more sustainable, humane option can oftentimes be as fashionable as real leather alternatives.
Best Strap Options: Anthropologie Leo Crossbody Bag
Variety is the name of the game with the Leo Crossbody Bag from Anthropologie. This gorgeous bag — made from super-soft microsuede — comes with three strap options: a stylish chain, a broad-striped design, and a thin strap. It also pairs well with any outfit thanks to the various shades available like Honey, Light Grey, Rose, and Moss.
Best Alternative: Fjallraven Kånken Sling Bag
Everyone’s favorite backpack comes in a crossbody bag version, too: the iconic Fjallraven Kanken Sling Bag is made of durable, water-resistant nylon fabric that’s easy to spot clean, and the bag’s boxy, hip shape doesn’t droop or sag. Conveniently, your belongings stay super-accessible via the zippered pocket on the back. This bag comes in Yellow, Slate, Pink, Light Grey, and many other colors.
Best for Men: TUMI Organizer Travel Tote
Come for the extra-durable ballistic nylon, stay for the extra-roomy interior: the TUMI Organizer Travel Tote for Men is built to last, and it’s crafted to hold all your essentials when you’re traveling, whether it’s just for the weekend or for an overnight flight. The bag’s main compartment expands by two inches, while the back zip-around section has multiple pockets and slots. All that, and its adjustable strap fits cozily on your shoulder, freeing up your hands while you’re on the go.
Best Anti-Theft: Travelon Luggage Anti-Theft Crossbody Bag
Frequent travelers may want to consider investing in a high-quality, anti-theft bag like the Travelon Anti-Theft Crossbody Bag, which boasts a bevy of protective, travel-friendly features, like a slash-proof shoulder strap, RFID-blocking slots for all your important cards, a removable LED light, and secure locking compartments. All in all, you’ll instantly feel more protected when wearing this bag. Not to mention, it comes in a wide variety of colors and prints.
Best Mini Bag: Madewell Mini Abroad Crossbody Bag
Madewell’s classic Abroad Crossbody Bag also comes in a mini version. Made from the same superior-quality leather as the regular-sized Abroad bag, the Mini was designed with function in mind: it has both a sturdy handle and an adjustable crossbody strap. To top it off, the bag is still roomy enough to house your wallet and phone, despite its small size. Its Dark Toffee shade and structured look are nice to look at, too.
Before you ask, yes, men can dye their hair and plenty more do than you’d probably assume. There is no shame in dying your hair, it’s a personal choice after all, but there are some things to take into account. Like, are you going to go see a professional colorist or do it at home? Home hair dying can be daunting to the novice and the experienced dyer alike, but depending on the look you’re going for, can be just the ticket.
How to Choose a Hair Dye for the Color You Want
The first thing to consider when picking an at-home hair dye is, duh, what color you want your hair to be. Traditionally, when most guys considered dying their hair, it was to cover up grays and seamlessly blend in with their natural color, says Deb Rosenberg, lead colorist and AVP of Education at Color & Co. But now there is a big trend toward men becoming more experimental. “I’ve had more guys call up looking for vivid pastels,” she says as an example.
If you’re trying to dye your hair a candy color that’s one thing (and requires more steps), but the average guy wants a dye job that looks as natural as possible. To achieve that, Nathan recommends choosing a hair dye that’s only a shade or two darker than your natural hair or one shade lighter. Anything more drastic is difficult to achieve on your own. Picking a color that is too dark is going to leave your hair looking unnaturally “inky” and too light runs the risk of turning your hair orange, she says. When you’re doing your own dye, keep it simple.
How to Choose Between Permanent Hair Dye and Semi-Permanent Hair Dye
The other thing you need to consider is what kind of hair dye you want. Permanent hair dye will offer the most coverage but won’t ever wash out (it will fade after a few weeks of washing and to keep it vibrant, you’ll need a color-preserving shampoo). Semi-permanent or demi-permanent hair dyes will start fading almost immediately and will eventually wash out. It sounds like a waste of time, but these non-permanent dyes are ideal for gray blending—when you want to minimize grays but not cover them completely. “Gray blending looks the most believable,” says colorist George Papanikolas. He recommends using semi-permanent dye to “spot treat” areas like the temples where gray can cluster, instead of using a full-coverage dye on your whole head.
How to Apply Hair Dye at Home
Applying all at-home hair dye is basically the same process. Shampoo a few days before and don’t put in any styling products. Read the directions on the package and gather the tools you need beforehand (including a timer, brushes, etc.) in the bathroom so you’re not scrambling around while dye is on your hair. Some brands require mixing and others don’t and regardless of which you choose, use gloves when you apply the dye and apply a protective barrier, like Vaseline around your hairline and ears (to repel stains). Apply the dye to dry hair and let it sit for the amount of time advised in the instructions. Then rinse it out and use a color-preserving shampoo like R+Co Gemstone Color Shampoo to stop the process. If you have short hair, be ready to do that all again in about four weeks and to keep your color looking as fresh as possible, reduce the amount you shampoo and use that color-safe shampoo when you do.
But no matter what kind of hair dye you use at home, remember “it’s never going to 100% match your natural color because it’s a chemical reaction happening on your head,” notes Papnikolas. Manage your expectations from the beginning by understanding what your hair color goal is: simple gray coverage, a whole new head of pink hair, or somewhere in between. That will inform what kind of dye you choose.
So, what hair dye should you choose? These are the best hair dyes for men according to professional hair colorists, no matter what look you want. Live free and dye hard and remember, always follow the directions.
Color & Co. by L’Oreal
Just For Men Easy Comb-In Color
Just For Men Touch Of Gray Hair Coloring for Men
SoftSheen-Carson Hair Color for Men
True Sons Hair Dye
Manic Panic Flash Lightning Hair Bleach Kit
Christophe Robin Temporary Color Gel
Clairol Natural Instincts Semi-Permanent Hair Dye Kit for Men
Good Dye Young Semi-Permanent Hair Color
Overtone Coloring Conditioner
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There are a few things you can always rely on at your local grocery store: tirelessly searching for oat milk creamers, maneuvering around other customers in the ice cream aisle, and double bagging at the check-out counter. But change is upon us! The New York plastic bag ban finally went into effect on Sunday, March 1, and we’re so ready to bust out all the cute nylon, canvas, and tote bags.
What does this ban mean? New York is joining other states—including California, Connecticut, and Maine—in the ban against single-use plastic bags. First of all, they’re flimsy and thin (hence the double bagging) and are terrible for the environment, creating greenhouse gas emissions and getting into our oceans and rivers, and even rolling around on streets. Last time we checked, this isn’t the city’s version of tumbleweed.
Instead of trying to find a nickel, go for one of these stylish, reusable shopping bags! The one sad bag you have in the closet might not carry everything from your grocery haul, just saying.
Trendy! Fun! Cute! Yes, we associate Baggu with all these descriptions. Loved by thousands on Amazon (and several on our staff), these nylon grocery/everyday bags have become nearly essential for shopping runs, along with our wallet and keys. They are extremely durable, hold up to 50 pounds, come in three different sizes, and have so many designs.
Reusable Grocery Bags
Looking for an inexpensive, simple option? These reusable grocery bags get the job done, holding up to 45 pounds each. Easy to clean, in case your O.J. leaks, they’re made of a BPA- and BPS-free polypropylene material. Despite the price, they have reinforced corners and double-stitched seams, so tearing is a thing of the past.
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These polyester tote bags make it easy to lighten your carbon footprint, conveniently folding up into its small carrying case, making them readily accessible from your car or purse. They’re waterproof and durable, featuring a rip-stop design. Oh, and because they’re waterproof, they’re also machine washable!
Check out the rest of these reusable bags at Prevention: