5 Do-it-Yourself Halloween Costumes for the Fashionista

Hate spending money on Halloween costumes that you’re never going to wear again? We do too! Fortunately, this year you don’t have to. Get shopping now with our combination of this season’s biggest fashion trends and popular costume ideas to create outfits you can wear long after Halloween has come and gone!! 

The Trend: Military | The Costume: Army Girl

DIY Halloween Costumes | DIY Army girl costume | Splendid 1.1 Tank Top; Frye Valerie Lace Up Shearling Boots; Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow; Topshop Boris Bomber Jacket; Etienne Marcel Camo Zip Jeans

Army green and cool camo combine for an easy, stylish military look. Complete the look with an on-trend bomber jacket and cozy shearling boots that you’ll wear all winter long.

Shop the Look: Splendid 1.1 Tank Top; Frye Valerie Lace Up Shearling Boots; Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow; Topshop Boris Bomber Jacket; Etienne Marcel Camo Zip Jeans

The Trend: Leopard Print | The Costume: Jungle Cat 

DIY Halloween Costumes | DIY Leopard Costume | Topshop Lace Cat Headband; Blank Denim Vegan Pull On Leggings; Kate Spade New York Lottie Pump; 9seed Formentera Cover Up Top; Formula X Transformers Top Coats; Carolina Amato Fingerless Moto Gloves

Leopard is the print of the season. This costume combines a versatile sheer blouse with edgy leather pieces and metallic accents. Top it off with a lace cat headband for a flirty feline look.

Shop the Look: Topshop Lace Cat Headband; Blank Denim Vegan Pull On Leggings; Kate Spade New York Lottie Pump; 9seed Formentera Cover Up Top; Formula X Transformers Top Coats; Carolina Amato Fingerless Moto Gloves

The Trend: Plaid | The Costume: Punk Rock Chick

DIY Halloween Costumes | Eugenia Kim Marina Hat; Lovers + Friends New York Miniskirt; James Perse Brushed Jersey Long Tank; BB Dakota Rosanna Jacket; Joie Ashbury Combat Boots | Punk Fashion Costume

Plaid returns every fall, making this jacket a stylish investment. Team it with combat boots, a black mini, and a chained hat for that necessary punch of edge.

Shop the Look: Eugenia Kim Marina HatLovers + Friends New York MiniskirtJames Perse Brushed Jersey Long Tank; BB Dakota Rosanna JacketJoie Ashbury Combat Boots

The Trend: Statement Jewelry | The Costume: Cleopatra

DIY Halloween Costume | DIY Cleopatra Costume | Alice + Olivia Back Twist Keyhole Dress; Nocturne Stowe Necklace; Maria Black Theo Finger Bracelet; 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil; Glint Medallion Beaded Stretch Belt; Sam Edelman Perth Sandal

A versatile white dress combines with bold, gold accessories for a fashion-forward costume you’ll wear time and time again. Complete the look with gold eyeliner and metallic heels.

Shop the Look: Alice + Olivia Back Twist Keyhole Dress; Nocturne Stowe Necklace; Maria Black Theo Finger Bracelet; 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil; Glint Medallion Beaded Stretch Belt; Sam Edelman Perth Sandal 

The Trend: Leather | The Costume: Sandy from Grease

DIY Halloween Costume | DIY Sandy from Grease Costume | Shakuhachi X Front Crop Top; Blank Denim High Rise Vegan Leather Skinny Pants; Jeffrey Campbell Fuego Suede Pumps; B-Low The Belt Fortune Knots Belt; Drybar The 3-Day Bender Curling Iron; Paul Mitchell ExtraBody Thicken Up Styling Liquid

Sandy Olson is a Halloween favorite. This look combines edgy, faux-leather pants and a crop top for a modern take on the classic costume. Finish off with bright red pumps and voluminous hair.

Shop the Look: Shakuhachi X Front Crop Top; Blank Denim High Rise Vegan Leather Skinny Pants; Jeffrey Campbell Fuego Suede Pumps; B-Low The Belt Fortune Knots Belt; Drybar The 3-Day Bender Curling Iron; Paul Mitchell ExtraBody Thicken Up Styling Liquid

 

In Her Bag: Peek Inside TopShelf Founder’s Purse

We’ve shown you the perfect work dress, we’ve shared our go-to style rules for the office, and now we’re giving you a sneak peek at our own business lady, Katie Nadler. As the Founder and CEO of TopShelf Clothes, Katie is expected to look professional 24-7, regardless of where the day takes her. From breakfast meetings to investor pitches to evening panel discussions, Katie needs to be prepared for just about anything. So, where does she start? With a great bag to hold ALL of her daily essentials. See what’s in her bag.

Purse Essentials for the CEO:

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  1. Michael Kors Saffiano Leather Tote: “It’s timeless, sturdy and fits everything you need for the day including my macbook.”
  2. Gucci Bamboo Tassel Zip Around Wallet: “I’ve had this wallet forever. While it’s sort of pricey, it wears well and I’ll likely still be using it years from now. It fits credit cards, business cards, and even my phone”
  3. Incase Portable iPhone charger:  “There’s nothing worse than losing power on your phone, especially if you’re running to a meeting. I was born in NYC and I still don’t think I’d be able to find where I’m going without google maps!” 
  4. Clinique Advanced Concealer: “You never know when your under eye circles will appear on those tired mornings. This is my one “must have” makeup item. I love Clinique because it’s gentle and good for sensitive skin.”
  5. Emi-Jay Brown Hair Ties: “Every woman understands the importance of having a hair tie on hand. I like these ties in particular because they don’t pull on your hair causing split ends.”
  6. Warby Parker Aldous Sunglasses: “I love my Warby Parker glasses. They have built such a great brand. Even better is that their business model allows you to get the same quality glasses as all the major designers but at a much lower price point.”
  7. Neutrogena Hand Lotion: “A good lotion is necessary when you live in a city where you’re constantly washing your hands.”

Healthy Smoothies To-Go

Aside from the great fashion that comes with warmer weather, there is one other thing we love to embrace daily- summer food! Today we’re taking our nutrients on-the-go with delicious and healthy smoothie recipes perfect for any time of day. Grab your mason jars and blender and join the fun!

Healthy Smoothie Recipes: Busy Morning Breakfast 

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Blend Until Smooth:

  • 1 cup cold brewed coffee
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp cacao
  • 1 tsp honey
  • A pinch of cinnamon

Healthy Smoothie Recipes: Post Workout Recovery

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Blend Until Smooth:

  • 12 ounces of pure, unsweetened coconut water
  • 1 banana (frozen is preferred)
  • 1 tablespoon of almond butter (can substitute with peanut butter)
  • 2 tablespoons of plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
  • Stevia or honey to taste
  • Tip: If you don’t use a frozen banana, add ice to thicken
Healthy Smoothie Recipes: Go Green

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Blend Until Thick & Creamy: 
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  • 2 handfuls organic spinach
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger root, chopped (adjust to taste)
  • Juice of 1 meyer lemon


Healthy Smoothie Recipes: Protein Packed
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Blend Until Smooth:
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  • ½ a frozen banana
  • A handful of blueberries
  • 2 strawberries
  • 3 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 tbsp crushed almonds
  • A dash of chia seeds
  • Honey to taste
  • A heaping tablespoon of vanilla protein powder
  • (Topped with coconut & cacao nibs in picture)
Healthy Smoothie Recipes: Guilt-Free Sweet Treat
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TopShelf Clothes | Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Blend Until Smooth:
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  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 – ½ tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ banana (frozen)
  • 2 tbsp PB2 (prepared)
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1-2 tbsp sweetener of preference (stevia, honey, maple syrup)
  • Add ice for desired thickness

The Best Self Tanners for a Natural Glow

With the seemingly endless list of self-tanner products on the market, it can get a bit overwhelming trying to figure out which actually work and which will leave you looking like an Oompa-Loompa. That’s why we’re here. Today we have rounded up the best self-tanners, from affordable drugstore picks to premium options. These tanning products provide flawless summer glows while keeping your skin safe from harmful rays. 

5 Best Self-Tanners:

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Shop:

  1. The Best All-Around Tanner Tarte Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Face and Body Self Tanner: Tarte Cosmetic’s Brazilliance lotion takes the cake for the best all-around product. The lotion comes with a mit that makes application easy and streak free for your entire body, including your face. Expect a natural looking tan within two hours and continue to apply every 4 days or so to maintain it.
  2. The Best Mess-Free Tanner Model Co’s Tan Self Tanning Glove: If you’re always on the go and need a fuss-free option, try Model Co’s tanning glove. The single-use glove contains the perfect amount of self-tan product for a full-body tan.
  3. The Best for Sensitive Skin Clarins Golden Glow Booster: Clarins is a skincare favorite here at TopShelf, so it is unsurprising that we’re fans of this new tanning serum. All you have to do is add 3 drops to your usual day and/or night moisturizer and your skin will develop a natural, sun-kissed glow.
  4. The Best Spray Tan Lorac TANtalizer Body Bronzing Spray: If you’re worried about creating streaks with a tanning lotion, a spray tan is a great alternative. This popular product is long-wearing and dries fast. 
  5. The Drugstore Pick Jergens Natural Glow Express: Jergens Natural Glow has already been a popular drugstore pick for its natural, gradual glow (over 6 days). Now there is an express version that delivers results in half the time!

Easy Passover Recipes: 3 Fun Ways to Use Matzo

While matzo might not be the first food you think of when it comes to flavor- these recipes are here to prove you wrong. Passover is just a few days away and we’re sharing flavor packed dishes that you’ll want to make time and time again. Check out our tastiest matzo-based dishes and enjoy!

Passover Recipes: Apple-Matzoh Kugel

TopShelf Clothes | Easy Passover Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 4 large apples, Granny Smith or any tart apple, cored and cut into medium dice
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 6 plain matzohs
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup dried apricots, medium, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine, cut into small pieces, for casserole topping

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Toss the apples with the brown sugar and orange juice, set aside in a medium bowl.
  3. Break matzoh into 2- to 3-inch pieces and soak in 1 cup of warm water until soft but not mushy. Set aside.
  4. While the matzoh soaks, beat eggs with a wire whisk in a large bowl until blended. Add salt, sugar, cinnamon, melted butter, raisins, & apricots.
  5. Squeeze the liquid from the softened matzoh and add the matzoh to the egg mixture with the apples. Stir the kugel well and pour into a lightly greased 2 ½ -quart casserole dish or a 10×14-inch pan. Dot the top of the kugel with the 4 tablespoons of butter.
  6. Bake the kugel for 1 hour. Cover the top with foil if the top begins to become too brown early in the baking. Remove the kugel from the oven and cool to room temperature.

TopShelf Clothes | Easy Passover Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 3 tomatoes, cut in half and seeds and juice removed
  • 2 matzo, ground well to resemble crumbs (In food processor if possible)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon Herbes de Provence
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • Parsley (for garnish)

Directions:

  1. Sprinkle salt onto tomato halves. Drizzle a shallow baking sheet with olive oil and place tomatoes atop.
  2. In a bowl, add ground Matzo and 1 Tb of water to moisten. Stir to incorporate.
  3. Add herbes de provence, Parmesan cheese, garlic and salt & pepper to matzo. Mix well.
  4. Stuff each tomato with matzo mixture, gently pressing down on the topping to get the filling into the tomato cups.
  5. Place on roasting dish and drizzle with additional olive oil on top. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes or until tomatoes begin to blister and topping begins to brown.
  6. When done, allow to cool and garnish with fresh parsley
Passover Recipes: Matzo-crusted Chicken
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TopShelf Clothes | Easy Passover Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 8 unsalted matzos, crushed (about 3 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Safflower oil, for frying
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken cutlets (4 to 5 ounces each), 1/2 inch thick
  • 4 lemon wedges, for serving

Instructions:

  1. Beat egg in a shallow dish. Mix crushed matzos, salt, and pepper in another shallow dish. Heat 1/2 inch of oil in a large cast-iron skillet until it registers 375 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer.
  2. Working with 1 at a time, dip cutlets into egg, then into matzo, pressing to adhere and coating both sides. Place 2 cutlets in skillet, and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to paper towels. Repeat with remaining 2 cutlets. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.

5 NYC Brunch Spots for Outdoor Dining

Tis the season for outdoor dining, finally! Today we are gearing our love for restaurants toward everyone’s favorite weekend pastime- brunch. If you live in NYC you can count on these brunch spots becoming your new staples. If you plan on visiting NYC, then you have to check them out. Each offers tasty menus, outdoor seating, and pleasant atmospheres that will make you forget about the bustling streets of New York.

Outdoor Brunch NYC: Little Prince
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A cozy bistro with a surprisingly festive vibe. This neighborhood staple features classic French bistro items as well as a rotating beer program that highlights unique French and local beers. We should also note they have a French onion soup burger.
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  • The Site: Little Prince
  • The Location: 199 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012
  • The Cuisine: French, Bistro

Outdoor Brunch NYC: Hundred Acres

You can expect farm-fresh home cooking at this SoHo restaurant. The spot is great for groups, has an excellent menu day or night, and your brunch will be accompanied by an extensive and quite tasty wine menu.

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  • The Site: Hundred Acres
  • The Cuisine: American Nouveau
  • The Location: 38 MacDougal St., New York, NY 10012Top of Form

Outdoor Brunch NYC: The Growler

Craft beers, dog-themed cocktails, and a gastropub menu that will keep you coming back. The best part? The outdoor dining section is dog friendly!

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  • The Site: The Growler
  • The Cuisine: American Traditional
  • The Location: 55 Stone St., New York, NY 10004
Outdoor Brunch NYC: Bacchus Bistro A Vins
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Brooklyn has its fair share of bistros, however this one takes the cake. Located in Downtown Brooklyn, Bacchus Bistro has been credited with an amazing French cuisine, reasonable prices, a notable wine menu and a calm, garden setting.
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  • The Site: Bacchus
  • The Cuisine: Bistro, French
  • The Location: 409 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY, 11217
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Outdoor Brunch NYC: The Cleveland
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As a former vegan, The Cleveland’s chef offers many innovative vegetable-focused dishes that are perfect for the warmer months. Enjoy cozy seating inside or a bright and airy garden setting outdoors.
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  • The Site: The Cleveland
  • The Cuisine: American Nouveau/Mediterranean
  • The Location: 25 Cleveland Pl., New York, NY 10012

Four Festive St. Patrick’s Day Recipes to Try This Weekend

From traditional Irish soda bread to festive shamrock chips, we’re sharing four festive recipes to dish up this St. Patrick’s Day. 

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: Shamrock Chips

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Ingredients:

  • Spinach Tortilla Wraps
  • Cooking Spray
  • Salt to Taste
Instructions:
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  1. With shamrock cookie cutter, cut out as many shamrocks as possible from tortillas (about 7 shamrocks)
  2. Place on baking sheet. Spray shamrocks with cooking oil. Sprinkle with salt. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 – 10 minutes. Check often, they burn quickly.
  3. Serve with your favorite dip!

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: Lucky Spinach Quiche

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Ingredients:

  • 10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained 
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half (or milk or cream)
  • 1/2 cup grated gruyere or cheddar 
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature 
  • 1/2 cup diced onion (white, red, or green onions)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 recipe pâte brisée (recipe below)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF. 
  2. Mix cream cheese and eggs, adding one at a time. Mix in the half-and-half, salt, & pepper. Then add the rest of the ingredients: spinach, gruyere, parmesan, and onions. Mix. 
  3. Shape crust in either of these two methods. Fill crust with mixture and place the aluminum tins on a baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Carefully remove quiches from aluminum tins, line the baking sheet with parchment paper, and place quiches on the lined sheet. Place quiches back in oven for 5-10 minutes until the crust crisps. Let cool for 10 minutes, then serve. 
  5. Makes 3 quiches or 12 mini quiches

Making the crust from scratch? Get the recipe.

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: The Best Irish Soda Bread

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for pan
  • 3 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1 cup unprocessed wheat bran flakes
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sour cream (16 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350, butter two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans, and then dust with flour, tapping out excess
  2. Sprinkle bottom of pans with 1.5 tablespoons oats
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, bran flakes, baking powder, baking soda & salt
  4. In another bowl, whisk together sour cream, sugar, oil, and eggs
  5. Fold sour cream mixture into flour mixture until just combined.Divide batter evenly between prepared pans.
  6. Top each loaf with remaining 1.5 tablespoons oats, dot with butter, and sprinkle with sugar.
  7. Bake until golden (about 40 minute). Let cool completely in pans.

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes:  Festive Cheesecake Bars

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs (about 30 cookies)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Peppermint Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Green Food Color
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, melted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix cookie crumbs and butter. Press firmly onto bottom of foil-lined 9-inch square baking pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Beat cream cheese & sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. 
  4. Add sour cream and peppermint extract; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed after each addition just until blended. 
  5. Pour 1/2 of the batter over crust. Tint remaining batter green with food color. Pour over batter in pan.
  6. Bake 25-30 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool completely on wire rack.
  7. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Lift out of pan onto cutting board. Cut into bars. Drizzle bars with melted chocolate.

Get the Look: American Hustle Inspired Fashion

In honor of this weekend’s 86th Annual Academy Awards, we are highlighting costume design from one of our favorite nominees: American Hustle. The film, which is loosely based on the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early 1980s, is up for a remarkable 10 nominations, including Best Picture, Costume Design and Directing. It has an all-star cast that includes Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner, and it’s definitely one of our top picks. Which movie do you think is going to take home best picture? 

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Let’s Talk Style…

As we await red carpet highlights at this year’s Academy Awards, we have decided to take a look at the costuming of character, Sydney Prosser (played by Amy Adams). Dressed in plunging necklines and gold chains, Sydney Prosser commands attention with her dramatic outfits. Amy Adams channeled her character on the red carpet at the Golden Globes (she was one of our best dressed of the night), showing how to take this look into the 21st Century. Get the American Hustle look for yourself. 

American Hustle Fashion: Sleek Leather 

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Shop the Look: Chaus Cap Sleeve Top; Gucci Rounded Aviator Sunglasses; Lauren Ralph Lauren Large Hoop Earrings; ASOS Pencil Skirt in Leather Look; Brahmin Elisa Handbag

American Hustle Fashion: Wrapped Up

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Shop the Look: Karen Kane Cascade Faux Wrap Dress; House of Harlow 1960 Medallion Locket; Marc By Marc Jacobs Baker Bracelet Watch; Dior Vernis Nail Enamel

3 DIY Hair Treatments for Long, Luscious Locks

TopShelf Clothes | DIY Hair Growth Treatments

First off, you are very lucky. If you have long, voluminous hair, you can pretty much sport any style. However, you also have a lot more to maintain, so whether you’re fighting the east coast winter or basking in the California sun, here are some at-home ways to refresh your hair. These DIY hair treatments can be made without ever leaving your kitchen.

DIY Hair Treatments: Olive Oil + Egg Yolk

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The protein and vitamin rich combo that comes from olive oil and egg yolk helps strengthen hair and soften dry, damaged strands.

Application: 

  1. Mix 2 egg yolks with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then dilute with about half a cup of water.
  2. Slowly and thoroughly massage the resulting mask into your scalp.
  3. Let set for 15-20 minutes, rinse it out as usual.
  4. You can shampoo afterward if you want to but it’s not necessary.

How Often: This treatment is effective enough that you only have to do it 1-2 times each month.

DIY Hair Treatments: Coconut Oil + Avocado

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Coconut oil and avocado is a great hair growth treatment because they add luster to dry hair and help remove dandruff while strengthening strands.

Application:

  1. Heat coconut oil on stove top
  2. Massage one tablespoon of warm hot oil into your hair from the roots to the tips
  3. Next, massage avocado into just the tips of your hair
  4. Leave in for 10-15 minutes, then use cool water to rinse it, followed by shampoo.

How Often: Once per week for maximum results

DIY Hair Treatments: Mustard + Egg Yolk + Oil

TopShelf Clothes | DIY Hair Treatments

Mustard works to increase blood circulation into the skin surface, increasing hair growth.

Application: 

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of mustard powder, 1 egg yolk and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (almond/olive also work)- apply to wet hair.
  2. Wrap hair with plastic wrap and cover with a towel for warmth. Wait 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse with cool water, and then use your normal shampoo and conditioner.

Note: Mustard causes a tingling irritation that is necessary to increase blood circulation for hair growth. If the burning is too intense, reduce dose.

How Often: Once per week for maximum results

At Home Workouts to Get You Through Winter

Whether you’re on the east coast and snowed in (again!) or are feeling extra inspired by the Olympics, at-home workouts are your key to success. Get your total body workout on with these equipment-free exercises.

At Home Workouts: Walking Lunges With A Twist 

TopShelf Clothes | At Home Workouts: Walking Lunges with a Side Twist

Works: obliques, glutes, hamstrings, quads

Learn it: 

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms extended at shoulder level in front of you.
  • Lunge forward with right leg, bending both knees 90 degrees, keeping knees behind toes.
  • Hold lunge as you rotate torso to right, extending right arm behind you.
  • Rotate back to center, bring right leg back to meet left; switch sides and repeat on left side.
  • Continue alternating sides, 3 reps of 15.

At Home Workouts: One-Legged Pushups

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Works: Core, arms

Learn It:

  • Start on your hands and knees.
  • Extend your left leg behind you so it’s parallel with the floor. Engage your abs.
  • With your leg extended, bend your elbows lowering your torso toward the floor while keeping your left heel in line with your left hip.
  • Straighten your elbows to push yourself away from the floor.
  • Repeat for a total of 15 push-ups; then lift your right leg for another 15 reps.

At Home Workouts: Planking Frog Tucks

TopShelf Clothes | At Home Workouts: Planking Frog Tucks

Works: Abs

Learn It:

  • Start in a pushup position with your body straight from your shoulders to your ankles. 
  • Bring your right foot forward and place it next to your right hand (or as close as you can). Try to prevent your hips from sagging or rising.
  • Return your leg to the starting position and repeat with your left leg. That’s 1 rep! Go for 3 reps of 15.