CHRISTMAS MUSIC PLAYLIST


Now that Black Friday is over and that TOMORROW IS DECEMBER (can you actually believe this nonsense!?) we are so ready. So ready for the holiday season to begin! AKA spend spend spend....Hopefully not just money but also time with family, friends and listening to some sweet Christmas jams.

Here's an awesome playlist to get you into the holiday spirit! Whether you're commuting to school or work, shopping, or even chilling at home, have a listen to these awesome Yuletide hits!




 If we're not already bffs on Spotify, what.are.you.doing.with.your.life. Come be our friend right now. It's so easy, all you have to do is CLICK RIGHT HERE.

xo

10 TRUTHS ABOUT WEARING #ALLBLACKEVERYTHING



So it's Black Friday, and all we want to do is buy a whole new wardrobe! 

In the spirit of Black Fri-Yay, we thought we'd share 10 truths about girls rocking #ALLBLACKEVERYTHING, all the time. 


1. Wearing all black does not mean you're unhappy. Or that you're gothic...Let's just clear that up right away.

2. Trying new styles can be risky, but with black you're more comfortable to take those risks 'cause it's just easier to pull off!   
3. You waste no time getting ready in the morning looking for something to match the piece you really want to wear. You can create multiple combinations, and much quicker than your friends. #winning 
4. Laundry is super chill. There's no way you can turn a black sweater pink.

4. There a slew of super successful women who have shamelessly rocked all black errythang. 
Grace Coddington and Kelly Cutrone to name a few. 

5. Just remember, it shouldn't bother anyone that you're wearing all black cause if they need you to wear colors or floral prints to make them happy....then they need to reassess some stuff in life. 

6. It makes a serious statement. #bold #unafraid 

7. While making a statement, you never look like you're trying too hard. 

8. It makes shopping for nail polish, lipstick and accessories so.much.fun. 

9. You'll always look appropriate no matter where you go.

10. Your mom may not love it, but she loves you, and that's all that matters! 



Shop #allblackeverything now cause you could save up to 50% off! 

xox 







MUSIC MONDAY: JGL LIP SYNCS RHYTHM NATION


While last night was the American Music Awards which is a major musical night,  we woke up this morning still thinking about Joseph Gordon-Levitt's lip syncing battle.

The whole internet's  been talking about it! In case you missed it last Friday,  JGL took on Anthony Mackie (who was so amazing!) in a  Lip Sync Battle hosted by LL Cool J & Chrissy Teigen.

While Mackie impressed by lip syncing to MC Hammer's 2 Legit 2 Quit (those dance moves!), Gordon-Levitt absolutely killed it with Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation, a huge hit from 1989. We've already watched it, like, 25 times.

Take a look at the skills this guy has. If that lipstick's not called "commitment," we don't know what is! Plus...totes husband material. *Swooning*


Let us know in the comments below what your favorite lip sync battle is! We wanna know cuz we're obsessed with music, aren't you? Follow us on Spotify, we'll prove it to you ;)
xo

2015 CELEB BREAKUPS THAT BROKE OUR HEARTS

We love celebs because A) they're so cool, B) they look awesome and C) we love creepin on them on Insta and pretend to be their besties (well, we do it... don't you?).

Here's our top heart-shattering breakup list of 2015...the ones we can't get over!

1. Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale
We're still wailing over this one. Gwen & Gavin were together for like ever, and now that they're split up (and Gwen's moved on with, ahem, BLAKE SHELTON from The Voice) we cry about it at night while listening to her latest single. 

2. Kylie Jenner & Tyga
This one JUST happened, and we were totes shocked! They seemed so in love... but what can you do. When you're dealing with a Kardashian, you never know what to expect!

3. Gigi Hadid & Joe Jonas
Although their relationship didn't last that long, because before then she was with Cody Simpson, we were bummed about these 2 beautiful people calling it quits. So... this means Joe is single. Ladies?

4. Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green
We always thought Megan and her husband would be together forever, especially with those adorable kids! But, as we say, nothing lasts forever, and neither did they.

5. Emma Stone & Andrew Garfield
What in the what?! Emma & Andrew! NoOOOOOoooOOO!! There are no words. Just get back together, guys. #no #indenial #getbacktogethernow

6. Zayn Malik & Perrie Edwards
Most girls around the world were happy that the ex-One Direction band member was finally available, but poor Perrie! The singer from Little Mix was reportedly devasted over the breakup!

7. Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner
Although the reason behind the split sounds rather horrible (we're pointing at you, Ben!) we still feel sad that Bennifer is out of the game.

8. Ariana Grande & Big Sean
Even though they kinda seemed mismatched, it was endearing to see them together! And now we won't be seeing them together any longer, we'll only be getting songs about breakups and how Big Sean doesn't care. Sigh

9. Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick
Ok, so let's talk for a minute about Scott. In no way is he a role model, a nice person, or someone we'd want to be related to. But man could that guy tell it like it is! We tuned in to watch KUWTK just to watch him wreak havoc and say things no one would dare say! We love to hate him.

10. Amanda Seyfried & Justin Long
America's sweetheart and Mr. Mac will no longer be taking long strolls with their dogs. I guess it takes more than mutt love to make a relationship work. We wish they could have made it work though, they're like boy-girl versions of each other!


Let us know in the comments below the all-time celeb breakup you wish had never happened. Happy Friday! xo

BEHIND THE SCENES - HOLIDAY 2015

"All the magical ways, with the magic of days, my soul is soaring for you.

All the magical feeling, with magic that’s healing, growing and cherishing too.
All the magical rhyme, with the magic of time, whispering love in true.
So love as we live, our souls share to give, our hearts beat as one, from two." 
-P. Moosberg




















MUSIC MONDAY: JAGGED LITTLE PILL

What better way to start the week than with a major 90s throwback?! 
If you grew up in the 90s, you definitely remember the one and only Alanis Morissette. Ottawa-born Morissette climbed to international fame after releasing her now-staple angsty and bitter pop-rock album, Jagged Little Pill.


  Jagged Little Pill came out 20 years ago and Spotify has just put up a collector's edition of the CD *swoons with dark lipstick*

Even if you're unfamiliar with Alanis, you oughta know her hit "Ironic" at least (We just high-fived ourselves).

Have a listen to the remastered edition of Jagged Little Pill right here:



And then this happened...The 2015 version of Ironic. *LOL*




Don't forget to follow us on Spotify because, well, we're awesome on there ;)
--> Ardene Rocks <--
xo

MAGIC IS SOMETHING YOU MAKE: SNOW GLOBE DIY

Christmas and snow globes go hand in hand. Shake that globe, make a wish, and hope it will come true!
We've made our very own magic in a jar and we're of course sharing it all with you.

Here's how to create magic in a mason jar:

WHAT YOU'LL NEED: 

A Mason jar
Fake snow flakes 
Winter figurines (we used tiny trees!) 
Glue
Rope
Floor Finish (we used the Pledge kind)
 Scissors
 Plaid Fabric (like an old shirt or tablecloth you can cut up)



Step 1: Glue the little trees onto the lids of the Mason Jars and let them dry.



Step 2: To make some of the snow flakes stick to the sides of the jar,  put a tablespoon of pledge floor finish in there. Shake it well so the pledge goes all over the sides of the jar, then let dry for 2 minutes upside down (the excess floor finish will leak out). Add a little bit of snow in the jar, shake and voila! 

Step 3: Add as many snow flakes as you wish once the floor finish is completely dry. Then, add the lid with your little trees on top.


Step 4: Cut a small piece of fabric and screw the band slowly over the lid. Cut the excess fabric.


Step 5: Add some twine rope for an extra shabby chic effect.



Voila!!! You just made a winter wonderland in a jar! These are awesome stocking stuffers or cute gifts to give friends, teachers or coworkers!


Don't forget to share your winter DIYs using #ardenediy on Insta! 

Ardene -xox-














ESSENTIAL PIECES TO BUY THIS WEEK: TURTLENECKS


With the frigid temperatures that lie ahead, we want to make sure your prepared and that your wardrobe is
cold weather proof. And looks f.a.b. aka is complete with at least 2 turtlenecks

Scroll down for some color advice and tips on how to find the perfect TN.


1. Neutral tones are always a good idea and go with pretty well anything.  Just make sure you pick a neutral that's right for your skin tone & hair color. Blondes look great in copper and brunettes slay in ivory.


2. THE color of the season has to be without a doubt burgundy and we've got you covered anywhere from cherry red to beet red and everywhere in between!  We've even got an amazing turtleneck dress which you need. Yesterday. 


3. Possibly one of our favorite colors EVER (because who doesn't love Black's little sister, Grey?). Charcoal looks great on everybody, whether you're fair or dark. And if you're asking us, the bigger and more oversized, the better! 

Shop these looks right here or check 'em out in stores. And guess what? They're buy 1 get 1 $10!

Stay tuned, because we've got more tips on how to winterize your wardrobe, coming soon!
xo




MUSIC MONDAY: BAND CRUSH

Today, we have a major band crush on Tall Heights! This Boston indie-folk band was formed by 2 handsome artists: Tim Harrington and Paul Wright. 

Enough said! Have a listen to one of our fave songs: Spirit Cold. 


Now, you for sure knew that song already... It's the song of our winter video! Watch the video below and enter our #ARDENELOVE world! 


Click here to discover the band and HAPPY MUSIC MONDAY!! 
-xox-

THE PERFECT COLD WEATHER OUTFIT

Here's what you absolutely need in your life, like right now, before it gets super cold!


1. Beanie.
Beanies are the coolest, all the time. Bad hair day? Beanie. Good hair day? Beanie! Most epically stylish day ever? BEANIE!!!

The coziest of pieces in the history of ever. Turtlenecks are amazing for covering up and being as casual as can be. Make sure they're long enough when you're wearing them with...

3. Leggings
Leggings are quite possibly our fave pants, and they're great when you tuck them into awesome...

4. Cozy boots
How can one look totally relaxed yet so put together? These boots will tell you how. Slip into vegan sheepskin boots and never look back.

Share your cold weather ootds on Insta using #ardenelove!
xo

5 TIPS TO HELP YOU BECOME A MORNING PERSON

We set our clocks back last Sunday (aka an extra snooze hour...hurray!) which means that mornings are now brighter... but evenings are so. freakin. dark. omg. Even at 5pm! Like, seriously, sun dude?

THERE'S ONLY ONE THING WE CAN DO.... time to start waking up earlier and enjoying the sunlight!
That's easier said than done, though, we totes know. Getting up early is like the bane of our existence, but at the same time such a sweet treat to offer yourself. All is so quiet, crisp and serene. It's bound to start your day off right, especially when there's a hot cup of coffee involved. And trust us, coffee is heavily mentioned in this post ;)

Here's what you can do to make your mornings smoother than a latte:

1. Prepare everything the night before.
The less decisions you have to make in the morning, the less stressful it will be, aka more relaxing with your hot coffee! Pack your lunch, lay out your outfit, and set up your breakfast table. 

2. Start your day with a positive thought.
"Omg I can't believe it's morning already" will have to go. Try thinking about something fun that's gonna happen that day. It doesn't have to be something major; making your daily cup of coffee is exciting (can you tell how much we love caffeine here?).

3. Invest in a smart light or leave your curtains open. 
Smart lights are bulbs you can control with your phone. Neat-o! Now you don't have to get out of bed in order to get out of bed. We <3 technology. And waking up with light makes you less grumpy and more alert! AKA less Garfield, more Spongebob.

4. Go to bed as soon as you're tired and wake up at the exact same time every morning.
Your body doesn't always need exactly 8 hours to function; when you have a busier day, you ultimately need more time to recover. After a week of doing this, falling asleep will be much easier.

5. NO SNOOZING ALLOWED! 
Put your alarm across the room if you have to - snoozing only leads to a stressed out and tardy morning. You snooze, you lose!

Let us know in the comments below what you do in the mornings to help you function like that caffeinated human being we know you can be.
Happy sleeping xo

MUSIC MONDAY: WHY HELLO BY ADELE IS AMAZING

OMG Adele where have you been, young lady?! We've been worried sick!

We wanted to give it 10 days before talking about it. Because literally EVERYONE was talking about it.

Adele is BACK after 3 years of silence (her last song was Skyfall for the James Bond movie). Not only is she back, but she's released a song and music video (directed by none other than Xavier Dolan) called Hello, and it's everything we've ever wanted.


And here's why it's great:

1. It gives us the mega feels. It's perfect for crying, singing, reminiscing, and calling up your ex-boyfriend and being like heyyyyyy...

2. The video makes you question everything you've ever thought about flip phones.
Xavier Dolan explained in an interview that he doesn't like using modern technology in his movies because it brings the audience back into reality.
Guess that makes sense.

3. It makes you put it on "repeat." It's like Someone Like You, it's a classic, and it'll always be good.

4. It's beaten records in record time (no pun intended). The music video for the song broke the VEVO record by achieving over 27.7 million views in 24 hours, held previously by T-Swift's "Bad Blood" (20.1 million views). You go, girl.

5. The music video was filmed on a farm in Quebec, which is pretty cool. Now the whole world knows we don't get reception in the Eastern Townships.

Or do we.

Comment below and let us know how many times you've listened to it already (don't lie, we know it's a lot).

Happy musical Monday xo

5 THINGS TO DO WITH TODAYS EXTRA HOUR

WOOT WOOT! We get an extra hour today! 

Here are some ideas of things to do that you usually don't  have time for.
But.....
 now you do! 

  1. How about you send a letter to a friend... a real letter! Not a text, an Insta direct message OR a Facebook message... NO a real letter! Why? Because there's no better feeling then to receive a letter! 

  2. Watch the final episode of FRIENDS.... no time is never wasted watching FRIENDS! Especially not the finale! 
  3. It might take more then 1 hour... but before it's too late you should defs write your Christmas  list...

  4. Go online... type ardene.com... and look at our amazing NEW arrivals!!! ;)

  5. JUST STAY IN BED!!! Roll over and go back to sleep.... That's probably what we'll all end up doing... 
ENJOY y'all!! 

Ardene -xx-