MUSIC MONDAY: BELLE & SEBASTIAN

We are super excited to be approaching Coachella time at #11days! So many amazing artists will be playing there and we've been prepping by listening to the lineup constantly.
Because Mondays are usually pretty blah for everyone (k, let's be honest, they're SSSOOOOO blah lol) we thought we'd bring the party up in here with some Belle & Sebastian *swoon*
The music video for The Party Line was released in late '14 and it's -- cue eye-rolling and heart-touching -- soooooo good.

Happy Monday loves! xox

MORNING BREAKFAST SMOOTHIES

We all have our little morning rituals: wake up, make up, coffee, aaaannnnndd run out the door?

Yeah...about that. Where's the food?!

Momma always said breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well here's the thing: some of us just aren't hungry in the AM...or we woke up late as usual and now are scrambling to make up for lost time! But energizing is super important, so we want to share with you some easy smoothie recipes (5 ingredients or less!) to throw into the blender and down the hatchet.


Plus, as Spring has just commenced, it's an awesome way to get clean, healthy, and ready for summer! #ardenemadetomove



The Mean Green Machine



2 cups of baby spinach
1 orange
2 cups of mango (frozen)
1 1/2 cups of your fave juice
Liquefy in a blender and drink up! You can add chia seeds or oats if you want some texture/fiber.



The Berry Berry Delish



2 cups of baby spinach
1 cup of strawberries (frozen)
1 cup of blueberries (frozen)
1 banana
2 cups of almond milk
Liquefy in a blender and drink up! For protein, add some nuts. For sweetness, add some honey!



The Sunshine in a Glass



2 cups of baby spinach
1/2 cup of coconut milk (optional - replace with almond milk)
 3 cups of pineapple (fresh or frozen)
1 1/2 cups of almond milk
Liquefy in a blender and drink up! Add some coconut flakes if you want more flavor and texture.




Obvi, if you don't like some of these ingredients you can substitute for other options you love. That's the beauty of the smoothie: it's literally whatever you have hanging out in your fridge & freezer!


Try these out and comment below!


Have a great weekend xox


MUSIC MONDAY: MUMFORD'S NEWEST

Ok. So we know we're totally in the swing of Coachella right meow #18days, but I had to pull a Kanye on our fave fest.
 

Let's deviate from our usual Coachella madness & enjoy the sounds and lyrics of Mumford & Sons' Believe track.
 
*literally can't even*
 


 
Enjoy this Monday of yours, and fill it with amazing music xox

DIY: FRINGE SKIRT


To kick-start the Spring season (offish tomorrow, yay!), check this out! Got a maxi that's asking for it? Say no more. Fringe skirts are all over the runway and will be all over festival grounds in no time. This DIY is so flexible you can really make it to your liking. Ready? LET'S DO ITTTTT.
 
To fringe that skirt, you'll need:
 
A maxi skirt
A pair of sharp scissors
Fabric chalk or marker



Step 1: Easy as pie, just take a maxi skirt (or dress!) and decide where you want the fringe to stop. The skirt we chose has a print that is easy to cut since the lines are horizontal, so we didn't need to mark it.


 
Step 2: Take your scissors and cut 2 straight lines up to where you marked it. This is where you decide how thick you want your fringes to be.



Step 3: Repeat all around! Here's what halfway looks like.



PS if patience isn't a virtue for you, trust us, it will become one! But it's sooo worth it...look!




You can do asymmetric cuts, high-low cuts, thick fringes, thin fringes, long & short fringes, the sky's the limit!

Have fun and share your DIYness with us on Insta using #ardenediy.
xox

CONTEST: WIN A FESTIVAL KIT JUST IN TIME FOR COACHELLA!






We are legit way too excited to head back to the Californian desert for 3 full days of stage hopping, head bopping, sun tanning, high-fiving, laughing so much your face hurts from smiling good times.  Of course there are some essentials that are required in order to ensure maximum fun in the desert. (See what to pack for Coachella for more ideas!) Things like an instant camera, cute sunnies, a flower crown etc...

Now, we totally realize that California is a little far from home for most of us, but we just had to kick off festival season with a contest! We're giving away 3 music festival kits which are super exciting whether or not you're headed to Coachella or any other fest this summer! 
  
Each kit* includes a Fuji Instax camera, kimono, scarf, cross body bag, cell phone case, flower crown,  sunnies, dreamcatcher necklace, chocker, ear cuff, hand chain, nail buffer and hair chalk. *Styles and colors may vary. 


Want in on this contest? Here's what you gotta do.

1. Follow @Ardene on Instagram 

2. Regram the contest post. (It looks like the picture with Lexi holding the dreamcatcher above!)  

3. Hashtag #ARDENEROCKS baby! 

That's it! Winners will be contacted via DM on Insta April 3rd.
Good luck!
One entry per person please!
More deets below...
Just keep reading ;) 









No purchase necessary. Contest is valid from March 19th, 2015 at 12 pm EST – April 2nd, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST. There is one (1) way to enter this contest: (1) Participants must follow @Ardene on Instagram and regram the contest photo using the hashtag #ardenerocks.  Please note that your Instagram profile must be public. 
This Contest is open to legal residents of Canada and the continental U.S.A., except for Alaska, who are thirteen (13) years of age or older. A person for whom a publicity contest is carried on, his employee, representative or mandatary, a member of the jury and the persons with whom they are domiciled may not enter the Contest. All applicable federal, provincial, state, and local laws and regulations apply to this Contest. By entering this Contest, the participants (and their legal guardians or parents, the case being) agree to the terms and conditions of these Official Rules (the “Rules”). This Contest by Ardene is void where prohibited by law. Winners will be announced on April 3rd, 2015 on Ardene’s  Instagram and contacted via DM on Instagram. Winners have 72 hours to reply via email with their full name and complete daytime mailing address. Ardene is not responsible for incorrect, incomplete or missing information.  It is at Ardene’s sole discretion to choose a new winner if the 72-hour time frame is not respected or if all requirements are not met. There are 3 prizes to be won. Each prize is valued at $150 CAD. Prizes may differ slightly from one to another.


Pas d'achat nécessaire. Concours valide du 19 mars 2015 à 12h HNE au 2 avril 2015 à 23h59 HNE. Il y a une (1) façon de participer à ce concours. Les participants doivent suivre @Ardene sur Instagram et regrammer la photo du concours en utilisant #ardenerocks. Veuillez noter que votre profile doit être publique. Ce concours est ouvert aux résidents légaux du Canada et des États-Unis continental, sauf l'Alaska, qui ont treize (13) ans ou plus. Une personne participant à un concours de publicité, son employé, représentant, ou mandateur, membre du jury et personnes avec qui elle cohabite ne peuvent participer à ce Concours. Toute loi et régulation fédéral, provincial, d’état, ou local applicable s’appliquent à ce concours. En participant à ce concours, les participants (ainsi que leur tuteur légal ou parents) acceptent les termes et conditions de ces règlements officiels. Ce concours par Ardène est nul là ou interdit par la loi. Les gagnants seront annoncés sur le Instagram d'Ardène le 3 avril 2015 et seront contactés par message privé sur Instagram. Les gagnants ont 72 heures pour répondre par courriel avec leur nom complet et leur adresse de jour complète. Ardène n’est pas responsable pour l’information incorrecte, incomplète ou manquante. Il est à la discrétion d’Ardène de choisir un nouveau gagnant si le temps alloué de 72 h n’est pas respecté ou si toutes les exigences ne sont pas respectées. Seulement 3 prix à gagner. Valeur de chaque prix est de 150 $ CAD. Les prix peuvent varier d’un à l’autre.










MUSIC MONDAY: CARIBOU @ COACHELLA

Caribou is performing at Coachella 2015!! On both Fridays, we will be able to enjoy folktronica music by synthesizing Canadian artist Caribou, aka Manitoba, aka Daphni, aka Dan Snaith. (a mouthful, #amirite)

To start the week off just right, here's an oldie but goodie from Caribou called Odessa. 5 years later, it's still sooo good.

It's techno, it's folk, it's psychedelic, it's got sick beats. What's more to love?

Enjoy xox
 

 
 
 
 


FESTIVAL HAIR DIY: COLORFUL EDITION



Oh how we love pastels. Better yet, pastel chalk for our hair! It's like showering our mane with candy!  #delishhh

Here's an easy how-to on chalking up your hair with temp color. Perfect if you're heading out to a festival this spring/summer! And hey, even if fests aren't your thang, you can totally rock this look anywhere. Ok, maybe not to the water slides...Or the beach if you plan on going in the water....Ok soooo pretty well anywhere! 


Step 1: Start with clean, styled hair! Marilou's got the beach wave thing goin on. We <3



Step 2: Pick your chalk! We've got cool pigmented colors like pink, purple, blue & green.



Step 3: Draw on the ends of your strands by rubbing the chalk up-down. You can rub in the color between your fingers. BEWARE! Hair chalk is supra dupra pigmented. Wear gloves if you have to.



Step 4: Do your whole head! #goingcray



Step 5: You can stop here if you like the dip-dyed look. But heyyyy...who in the world only has one piece of candy and is satisfied? Thought so...ADD SOME MORE!!
Add different colors above the ends.



Step 6: #StartedAtTheBottomNowWeHere. Once your mermaid rainbow is perfected, lock everything in place with hairspray. A flat iron also help the color stay put. 



Optional: If you want a less intense look, brush out your hair. The color will be super subtle! 

Tie half-up & braid for super-trendy festival (or go pretty well anywhere except near water) hair!






Share your hair game on insta using #ARDENELOVE! 

xox


BRIGHT MUST-HAVE ACCESSORIES FOR FESTIVALS

We all know that accessories can absolutely transform an outfit. They're cute, they're colorful, and they can be so useful!
Here are 5 absolute musts to have with you at festivals, because we know they will come in handy!
You're gonna have these babies on the entire time the sun is up. Our sunnies have 100% UV protection! Keep your peepers protected.

A multifunctional item it is. The circle scarf can be used has a bandana slash handkerchief if ever those little sandstorms show up. Dusty sand in the face? No gracias.



Your iPhone, aka your entire life, needs to stay protected! Make it super cute by switching up your cases. Fit them to your outfit!



4. Shoes
OMG, shoes. Nix the flip flops when you're at a festival, you don't want muddy feet, to get stepped on, or...losing one #WapWapWaaaaaapp.



5. Hats
Not only can it get really sunny & bright, but it's nice to shade your face when it's a scorcher out. And by adding a baseball cap, you're adding mad style to your A-game, too.


With all these bad boys, you're set to go rock out and enjoy live music, the sun, art, fun people, and life in general.

Happy hump day! xox



WHAT TO PACK FOR COACHELLA

The ESSENTIALS

When you first go to a music festival, packing is a trial & error type of thing. On a first trip, you always pack WAY too much, and there's always something crucial that you realize you left at home/shoulda brought/totes forgot.
 
Well, we've done it time & time again, and we've come up with a foolproof list of what we need to bring with us (thanks to what weren't such good ideas the first few times... flip flops, anyone? #muddyfeet).

 
 
 THROW THIS ON ANY DAY
 
 
 
We're so ready for this festival and we're counting down the days... #32days

Here are some awesome tunes from artists that are playing at Coachella this year!!
Enjoy the beat xox
 



COACHELLA & ITS AWESOMENESS

Omg omg omg it's that time again...Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is approaching!


For the second year in a row, we are #solucky to go spend some time in the desert to enjoy ah-mazing music and art sculptures with over 580,000 people!
For those of you unfamiliar with this festival, here's some info on America's most popular music gathering.


Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, aka Coachella, is an annual 3-day music & arts festival that takes place over 2 weekends in April in Indio, California (if you don't know where that is, it's close to Palm Springs).

You can enjoy indie, rock, hip-hop, and electronic music from huge celebrities as well as up-and-coming artists.


The festival takes place at the Empire Polo Club where several stages play continuous music, and where you can enjoy the Ferris Wheel, camping, art installations and a colorful nightlife!


The festival was founded in 1999 and is gaining insane popularity every year...
This year, general admission tickets sold out in 20 minutes! #craycray
Temperatures in the desert during Coachella have been known to hit 51 degrees, so you have to be super prepared when pitching a tent! Hello sunscreen & swimsuits...and flower crowns, duh!


We're leaving on a jet plane again in April to go enjoy the likes of AC/DC, Jack White & Drake.


Oh, and not to mention, we fully plan on eating our weight in TACOOOOS. #tacostacostacos


Are any of you going this year? Let us know in the comments, cuz we're defs meeting up!

Happy Hump Day xox
#37DaysTilCoachella





QUIZ: WHO'S YOUR INNER SUPERHERO + ALL THE DEETS!

Ever wish you were a superhero? With special powers to save/rule the world? Are you curious to know which superhero represents you best?

Have no fear! Our Superhero Quiz is here!


Take our super amazing "Who's your inner superhero" quiz on Facebook to find out!

You could win 1 of 4 $50 gift cards! How sweet is that? Make sure to use your super-speed, you have til March 16th!


Check out all the deets below.
 


No purchase necessary. Contest is valid from March 2nd, 2015 at 12 pm EST – March 16th, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST. There is one (1) way to enter this contest: (1) Participants must answer all questions to the “Who’s your inner superhero” quiz and submit their answers during the allotted time period. This Contest is open to legal residents of Canada and the continental U.S.A., except for Alaska, who are thirteen (13) years of age or older. A person for whom a publicity contest is carried on, his employee, representative or mandatary, a member of the jury and the persons with whom they are domiciled may not enter the Contest. All applicable federal, provincial, state, and local laws and regulations apply to this Contest. By entering this Contest, the participants (and their legal guardians or parents, the case being) agree to the terms and conditions of these Official Rules (the “Rules”). This Contest by Ardene is void where prohibited by law. Winners will be announced on March 17th, 2015 on Ardene’s Facebook and contacted via email. Winners have 72 hours to reply via email with their full name and complete daytime mailing address. Ardene is not responsible for incorrect, incomplete or missing information. Email address will be provided by Ardene in the submission form in the “Superhero Quiz” tab on Ardene’s Facebook page. It is at Ardene’s sole discretion to choose a new winner if the 72-hour time frame is not respected or if all requirements are not met. There are 4 prizes to be won. Each prize is valued at $50 CAD and will be issued in the form of an Ardene gift card.



Pas d'achat nécessaire. Concours valide du 2 mars 2015 à 12h HNE au 16 mars 2015 à 23h59 HNE. Il y a une (1) façon de participer à ce concours : (1) Les participants doivent répondre à toutes les questions du questionnaire « Quel super-héros es-tu » et soumettre les réponses durant le temps alloué à ce concours. Ce concours est ouvert aux résidents légaux du Canada et des États-Unis continental, sauf l'Alaska, qui ont treize (13) ans ou plus. Une personne participant à un concours de publicité, son employé, représentant, ou mandateur, membre du jury et personnes avec qui elle cohabite ne peuvent participer à ce Concours. Toute loi et régulation fédéral, provincial, d’état, ou local applicable s’appliquent à ce concours. En participant à ce concours, les participants (ainsi que leur tuteur légal ou parents) acceptent les termes et conditions de ces règlements officiels. Ce concours par Ardène est nul là ou interdit par la loi. Les gagnants seront annoncés sur le Facebook d'Ardène le 17 mars 2015 et contactés par courriel. Les gagnants ont 72 heures pour répondre par courriel avec leur nom complet et leur adresse de jour complète. Ardène n’est pas responsable pour l’information incorrecte, incomplète ou manquante. Une adresse courriel sera fournie par Ardène dans la section « Quel super-héros es-tu » de la page Facebook d’Ardène. Il est à la discrétion d’Ardène de choisir un nouveau gagnant si le temps alloué de 72 h n’est pas respecté ou si toutes les exigences ne sont pas respectées. Seulement 4 prix à gagner. Valeur de chaque prix est de 50 $ CAD et sera donné sous forme de carte-cadeau.