Isaac Mizrahi Decorates Your Space with Kleenex Style Studio!

Thanks to Kleenex for sponsoring today’s discussion – all opinions are my own.

Skinned Knees Kleenex Style Studio Isaac Mizrahi

It’s no surprise that we love Kleenex around here. With spring in full swing (and that means our allergies too), having Kleenex decorative tissues around makes life more convenient but also prettier – especially with the four Kleenex style studio designs from Isaac Mizrahi. Kleenex partnered with Isaac Mizrahi to create 4 designs (three of which I’m going to show you!) which are intended to evoke confidence and inspiration to help you express your personal style and step out of your comfort zone when it comes to incorporating the latest trends. Exclusively on the Kleenex style finder you can watch videos featuring Isaac Mizrahi where he provides his latest style advice and shares his own experience as a design leader for more than two decades. If you’re into fashion, like we are, watch these short videos – they are really cool.

Skinned Knees Kleenex Style Studio Isaac Mizrahi

This Kleenex design is probably my absolute favorite – I love florals, especially roses and the pop art color combo of this box works so well in my bedroom on top of my new bookcase. I mean, look at how it pops against my walls – cool, right?

Skinned Knees Kleenex Style Studio Isaac Mizrahi

This rad tissue style works perfectly in Aria’s bedroom above her bed. It works so well with the jewel tones in her decor and the minimalist print provides just the right amount of interest without being too distracting. Plus, if you know Aria, she loves black so really, there is no other Kleenex style better suited for her.

Skinned Knees Kleenex Style Studio Isaac Mizrahi

And last but not least, this gorgeous green Kleenex tissue box is just the perfect retro print. It reminds me of 60′s modern mixed with a nature vibe – I can’t tell if those fans look more like lime wedges or close-ups of leaf fronds. Obviously, it’s the perfect box to take with me on my Spring break vacation with my partner to Sequoia National Park. And that’s what I did! I always leave room for the necessities like Kleenex, especially if my tissue style is so colorful too.

In addition to the boxes you see above, Kleenex also makes other convenient travel sized options for your car or purse. Kleenex boxes, slim packs, wallet packs, car wedges are a great way to have the essentials on hand, and show of your style at the same time.

You can check out the Isaac Mizrahi videos, other awesome Kleenex style designs, and take the Kleenex Style Quiz (bonus: if you take it, you get a sweet coupon) all at the Kleenex Design Studio.

What are you waiting for? Visit now and come back and tell us what your favorite Kleenex designs are! ♥

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The Magic of the Style Regret

Skinned Knees The Magic of the Style Regret I’m not a super materialistic person but being a creative person, I do use my sense of style to express my artistic identity. I have always had pieces that amalgamate themselves into my identity and have a sentimental value. When I experience the loss of one of these things it usually affects me more than I’d like to admit. Here is a trilogy of style regrets I need to confess:

Skinned Knees The Magic of the Style Regret

The Denim Jacket

It was the perfect fitting dark wash denim jacket. My best friend at the time would never shut up about wanting to trade me for her considerably less cool jacket. I am a pretty giving person so for the purpose of being a good friend and reassuring myself that I wasn’t THAT materialistic, I traded it with her. I never felt the same about our friendship after that. The situation reminded me of how my integrity was traded in with that dark denim jacket. I don’t really give a fuck about the jacket now but when you save up for something and trade it with someone who gets everything handed to them it leaves a definite style related trauma behind every time you see them wear it.

Skinned Knees The Magic of the Style Regret

The Adidas Jacket

Apparently I didn’t learn my lesson because shortly after I acquired an amazing 80’s red and black Adidas track jacket that I used to wear everyday in high school. I let a guy friend borrow it because it happened to be cold. Not only did I not get it back, but I ended up seeing his girlfriend wearing it like a year later. Not wanting to start a dramatic argument or scene but being very disappointed, I said nothing.

Now, as an adult I have learned to more thoroughly weigh my decisions to avoid repeating the destructive aftermath of the style regret. I seemed to transition from that right into another style dilemma: the risk regret. I generally have the ability to walk into a store and within thirty minutes scan the entire store for what could work in the spectrum of my personal style. Every now and then, I am unsure about a piece. We all go through it, that IDK moment of should I get this or will it just sit around because it’s just a tree branch out of my comfort zone. My most recent risk regret and the muse behind this article is the white leather jacket.

Skinned Knees The Magic of the Style Regret

The White Leather Jacket

If you know me, you know that 99% percent of my closet is black. It’s not because I’m depressed or live in LA – it’s because I really love black. It’s a power color for me and while I like to complement it with the occasion jewel tones, I feel it highlights what Jen calls my “mystical badassery” perfectly. Many moons ago at Forever 21, yeah I said it! Forever 21 dude, I shop everywhere. There ain’t no rules in my school! Anyway, there was this bright white faux leather jacket with tree studs on the shoulders. It’s something I dislike buying so I would normally DIY this type of project. The supplies cost money, however, and when it’s done well I will partake. This particular jacket looked amazing! It contrasted with my hair and completely lit up my face. I didn’t get it cause of this internal spike debate and it being white. What a fail! I regret it all the time.

The Moral of the Story
Even if it’s a little outside of your comfort zone, if you can afford it and your Brodiac endorses, just buy it. You can always return it. You don’t want to end up running through all the outfits in your mind you could have put together with the one piece you didn’t buy. Sometimes you need take that risk in life. For me, it was ultimately just a jacket but I know most of us have an article of clothing that’s a visual extension of our identities. So while it may not define you whatsoever on a tangible level, limiting yourself in life definitely will.

We want to hear about your style regrets. Leave a comment below telling us your epic tale of fashion misfortune. You can also Instagram us, tag @skinnedkneesnet & use hashtag #styleregret #skinnedknees. We can’t wait to read your stories!

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Natural Beauty: My Grandma’s Avena to AVEENO Active Naturals

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with AVEENO and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are my own.

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I always looked up to my beautiful grandmothers when it came to beauty, but it was my dad’s mother, a first generation Chicana, who shared with me her all natural beauty secrets as well as the ones that were a little less than natural! One of these secrets included oats, which is a key ingredient in the new AVEENO Active Naturals products.

Hispanic women have always trusted the advice they’ve received from their mothers and grandmothers, especially as it relates to beauty.  Many of their tips and beauty secrets usually included the use of ingredients found in nature. Whenever I got a coco as a child, my grandma would faithfully go outside to her aloe vera plant, snip off a piece, and bring it in to soothingly rub over my scrape. This nature to body connection resonated so strongly with me.

Before school every morning, my grandma would make my brother and I delicious bowl of avena, or her special oatmeal recipe which she had raised her sons on and was now raising us on. Like my grandma, AVEENO® scientists have unlocked the hidden benefits within the small but mighty oat, by tapping into ancient folklore as well as historical uses of oat and using science to identify its most useful properties for healthy skin.

Skinned Knees Grandmas Beauty Secrets AVEENO Latina Bloggers

I remember being mesmerized by my grandma’s beauty products that she had in her medicine cabinet and on her dresser – pretty perfume bottles next to rosaries, loose face powder with old-school puffs that always smelled amazing and were always in the perfect shade to match her beautiful brown skin. She never went gray when she was well and her trademark brown sweater has influenced my style as well as my cousins’ styles. She passed down so much to us, probably without even realizing it.

While I can’t make avena even close to the way my grandma made it, I can still take advantage of the benefits of oats with AVEENO. Best known for its use in food, oat is actually one of nature’s best kept beauty secrets— comprised of five vital elements that are also found in healthy skin: proteins, anti-oxidants, enzymes, vitamins and lipids. Check out the video below to see how AVEENO takes its oats from farm to you – isn’t it cool?

AVEENO® is proud to debut “The Beauty of Nature,” a video narrative featuring Brand Ambassador Jennifer Aniston, which celebrates the abundance of ingredients found in nature with the vast potential to help enhance our natural beauty. “The Beauty of Nature” highlights the compelling farm to formulation journey of the AVEENO® Brand’s first ACTIVE NATURALS® ingredient, oat. The video narrative traces oat’s journey from local family farms to grain mills, and its transformation into a “super ingredient” with the power to soothe, moisturize and protect.

Have you tried the new AVEENO Active Naturals line? What natural beauty secrets has your grandmother or mother passed down to you?  Let us know in the comments! ♥

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Fatshion: Pushing Petals & Majestical Jewerly Giveaway!

Skinned Knees Fatshion Pushing Petals Majestical JewerlyI feel like I’m channeling Foofa from Yo Gabba Gabba! and a kawaii sailor here! It was a bit overcast the day I took these and I wanted to counter that with some super bright spring time power! Speaking of spring, these adorable earrings from Majestical Jewelry are too cute right?

Skinned Knees Fatshion Pushing Petals Majestical JewerlyMajestical graciously sent over these adorable earrings and it was love at first sight. I so rarely wear any earrings other than studs so these were perfect for me. Plus, these little daisies are nature-inspired, perfect for spring, and are super on trend! These are the perfect way to indulge your 90′s loving daisy trend!

Skinned Knees Fatshion Pushing Petals Majestical JewerlyThese adorable shoes are by XOXO via Little Black Bag (referral link) and I love them. I hate wearing open toe shoes so these are the perfect alternative for when the weather gets a little warmer. I can’t wait!

Skinned Knees Fatshion Pushing Petals Majestical JewerlyOutfit Details:

Earrings: c/o Majestical Jewelry
Glasses: Coastal
Collar: Romwe
Sweater: Vintage, thrifted
Shorts: Mode Plus
Tights: H&M
Shoes: XOXO via Little Black Bag (referral link)

Majestical Jewelry Giveaway!

One lucky reader will win a gift certificate for Majestical Jewelry valued at $20 USD! To enter, visit Majestical Jewelry and leave a comment here letting us know what your favorite piece is!

Bonus entries: Like Majestical Jewelry on Facebook, follow Majestical Jewerly on Twitter, follow Majestical Jewelry on Instagram and/or tweet this: “I just entered to win a @MajesticalJewel gift certificate on @SkinnedKneesNet ! http://wp.me/p1u9vb-s9″. Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

Giveaway is open until April 7th, 11:59pm PST. Winner will be contacted within 24 hours. Open worldwide.

Good luck friends! ♥

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