The Best Ideas for Decorating Your Outdoor Deck

As the spring chill finally gives way to summer warmth, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming Nina of The HSS Feed to share her tips and tricks on the best ways of decorating your deck space into an outdoor retreat.

I am so happy that things are finally warming up around here, and am looking forward to spending as much time outside as possible during these beautiful summer months!

Meijer outdoor garden deck entertaining space

As we’ve started to see more sunshine here in Michigan, I’ve been turning my attention to getting our patio and outdoor spaces ready for everything from weeknight grilling to weekends with the kids spent in the sprinklers and making s’mores.

Meijer outdoor garden deck entertaining space

No matter the size of your outdoor space, I think you can easily get that light and bright summer feeling by adding plants, flowers and pops of color with outdoor décor.

Meijer outdoor garden deck entertaining space

I hardly consider myself to have a green thumb – actually quite the opposite! However, along with adding some green elements to our patio, I wanted to create some gardening projects to work on with my five-year-old, who could not have been more excited about his brand new Spider-Man gardening gloves!

Meijer outdoor garden deck entertaining space

You could certainly go big with lots of vegetables, herbs and flowers in planters around your patio. But I decided to start off slowly and picked up a pretty terra cotta planter that would serve as our first project. Because we are big Tex-Mex fans, I chose to do a small “salsa garden” with a tomato plant, cilantro and oregano, along with pansies to add some color. Pansies are also edible and I’ll plan on putting them in some summer salads.

Meijer outdoor garden deck entertaining space

I also picked up these strawberry plants in the Meijer outdoor department – it was bonus that they were already planted and off to a good start! The planters themselves were great for adding height and interest to a bare area of our patio. They actually came with hooks so you could hang them from your porch as well. But since we don’t have a space to hang them, I chose to stagger them on the patio wall. These would also be great if you have a small space or balcony to add some color and sweetness.

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Your outdoor sitting space is great place to add those pops of color and interest with bright pillows, an umbrella and fun solar umbrella lights to add ambiance on summer nights.

Meijer outdoor garden deck entertaining space

And don’t forget to pick up new plastic or melamine glasses and dinnerware to enjoy eating outdoors without the worry of breaking anything.

What are you most looking forward to about outside time this summer?

Nina is the fashionista behind The HSS Feed, a fun lifestyle blog full of her thoughts on happiness, success and style. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

The Best Products for Styling Textured Hair

As the spring chill finally gives way to summer warmth, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming JoElla to walk us through how to take care of your naturally textured, strong locks, as well as styling tips for the perfect twist out!

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From keeping it clean to styling the perfect ‘do, haircare in the summer can be a LOT of work. Luckily, I’ve found my favorite tried-and-true products to get you to your best hair day yet – today and all summer long! Read on for an easy tutorial on how to take care of naturally textured hair.

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When it comes to using products on my natural hair, Cantu is a brand that I trust and love.  When cleansing my hair, I use the Cantu Complete Conditioning Co-Wash and Cantu Repair Deep Conditioner for my regimen.  The co-wash is great for cleansing the scalp and hair follicles to get your past product out of there.  It doesn’t lather, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t working because co-washing is safer and better for the hair anyway. This creamy product actually includes a whopping 15+ natural butters and oils – you can’t beat that! The best part of it is that it leaves your hair feeling clean and full of moisture. This is the first step in helping my curls to pop when I want to wear my natural hair, or even if I’m prepping it for a protective style.

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I love to follow the co-wash with Cantu’s leave-in conditioning repair cream!  This product helps to lock in moisture for the entire Queen treatment for those luscious curls, and it keeps them healthy, shiny and strong.

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It’s amazing when you can find different uses for products that were meant for one purpose. I love using Got2B Glued in order to keep my lace-front wigs in place! It’s super safe for my hair line, and lays my natural edges perfectly. Simply use a toothbrush to apply!

textured hair strong style beauty blogger

textured hair strong style beauty blogger

But keep in mind: a little goes a long way!  Just a little bit for a seamless look, and you don’t have to worry about your wig moving all day!  Depending on how you wrap your hair at night you can get this product to last for a few days.

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For wig styling, I like to use a NYX HD Concealer. Since this shade pairs well with my skin tone, it’s perfect for creating the appearance of scalp on a wig. I just love this product for this finished look!

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I had such a great time pampering myself with these products from Meijer and styling this beautiful look. Now go enjoy the weather and your beautiful selves!

textured hair strong style beauty blogger

JoElla is the fashionista behind the upcoming blog Pink Sugar on the Rocks, and you can follow her before its official launch on Instagram. Photo credit: Jessica Heck.