Bold Bold Lips

Saturday, August 29, 2009

As summer is winding down, keep your lips in season by wearing a bold lip color. But when wearing a bold lip color, make sure you keep your eyes clean with a neutral shadow. The key is to "find a color that you wear, not one that wears you."

Here are some examples:
Covergirl Queen Collection

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Sephora Maniac Mat Long-Wearing Matte Lipstick

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Lorac Breakthrough Performance Lipstick SPF 15

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MAC Lipstick in Russian Red

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Work this look:

Pearls With a Twist

Thursday, August 27, 2009

When most people think about pearls, they imagine the traditional white pearls, but now colorful pearls are becoming the trend. And I'm liking the pearls with a touch of color. Here are some examples:

Colorful Pearls Necklace:

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Three Strand Multi-Colored Pearls:

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Tahitian Black Pearl Strand Necklace:

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"Eternity" Tahitian Black Six Pearl Bracelet:

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Multi-Color Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace:

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Multi-Colored Pearl Bib Necklace:

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Celebs working this trend:

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I want to go out and buy myself a colorful pearl necklace now!

Sneaker Love

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I'm BAAAAAACK!!! Lasik was a success, and I'm thrilled with the results. I feel like I have a new pair of eyes!! It's been so awesome just waking up and being able to see! For those of you who don't have it and want to, I HIGHLY recommend that you do it. You won't be disappointed. Thanks for everyone's well wishes and support! I appreciate all of you so much.

Ok, now onto business...... =)

Forget the boring old typical sneakers. These dressy sneakers with heels will definitely have you getting second looks. Here are some examples:
Laura Brandon Women's Gustto Shootie

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Converse High Heel Sneakers

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Ash Shell Satin High Heel Sneaker

Gucci Eva Booties

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Stax Jump Shoes

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But my absolute favorite go-to casual sneakers are my Converse Chuck Taylors. I have them in black and white, and they are so cute and comfy. I've worn my black ones so much that I think I need to get a new pair soon...

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LASIK, Here I Come!!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

So it's official. I went in for a consultation a couple weeks ago and was found to be a good candidate for Lasik. I was stuck wearing glasses for the past 2 weeks (oh so annoying!) to prepare for Lasik. This was a huge struggle for me because I practically live in my contacts. But I will be finally getting Lasik tomorrow!!!

I'm kind of nervous and freaked out about it...

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The boy got it done a few years ago, and he said it was one of the best decisions he made. Thank goodness he will be coming with me tomorrow because I'm going to be a nervous wreck. The doctor said that they could give me some valium to help control my nerves (YES PLEASE!). He said it will be like drinking a martini, haha. I hope everything goes well. It will be so awesome to just wake up and see clearly without having to fumble for my glasses or contacts!

I might not be able to blog for a few days after I get the Lasik done because my eyes may be super sensitive, so sorry in advance if I'm MIA with blogging!

Wish me luck guys, and I hope to catch up on all your blogs soon!! xoxo

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P.S. Don't forget the Project Runway season premiere is tonight!!! Also, just a reminder that it's not on Bravo anymore but on Lifetime. My DVR is already set to go, and I can't wait! I thought the day would never come. Tim Gunn, I've missed you! Hopefully the designers "MAKE IT WORK!" this season.

Gossip Girl Is Back!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Season 3 teaser trailer for my guilty pleasure, Gossip Girl just came out, and I can't wait for the premiere! I've been missing all of the drama of these NYC prepsters!

Here is the teaser trailer, and for those of you who need to catch up on season 2, I also added a re-cap to get you up to speed. Now you're ready for the season 3 premiere on Sept. 13. Woo hoo!!!

Teaser Trailer:

Re-Cap of Season 2:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Do you guys use reusable grocery bags? I think a lot of people in the west coast use them, esp. in California, but here in the Midwest, not as many people do, at least that I know of. But it seems like a good idea because they are eco-friendly and less wasteful. These are super cute reusable grocery bags that if I had, I would probably use too!

Envirosax reusable shopping bags:

Reisenthel Cityshopper shopping bags:

b. happy bags:

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Re-Vamp Your Pony!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Forget about the boring basic ponytail. Try these updated ponytail styles. It will get your hair off your face and keep you cool but will also make you look chic. There definitely is a difference between the "workout/exercise" ponytail and "a night out on the town" ponytail. Pictures and how-to's found here.

1) The "side" ponytail

How to achieve this look:
Step 1: Create waves with a wide-barreled curling iron. To do this, spritz styling spray on 2-inch sections of hair and wrap around the barrel of a curling iron. Alternate directions.

Step 2: Finger comb waves into a ponytail, securing just a few inches either to the left or the right.

Step 3: For an even more polished look (see Nicole's hair above), take a pencil-sized piece of hair from the bottom of the ponytail and wrap around elastic. Secure end of hair in the band and hold in place with a bobby pin.

Step 4: Finish with a spritz of hairspray.

2) The "sleek" ponytail

How to achieve this look:
Step 1: Blowdry hair straight. If you have wave in your hair, straighten hair completely with a flat-iron.

Step 2: Brush hair back into a ponytail. Secure with elastic.

Step 3: Tame flyaways with a spritz hairspray on your hairline.

Step 4: For added polish, run a shine serum (like Bumble and Bumble's Gloss) through ponytail.

3) The "polished" ponytail

How to achieve this look:
Step 1: Put your fingers on either side of the front of your ears. run fingers straight up.

Step 2: Clasp the collected hair in one hand.

Step 3: Tease the roots with a wide-toothed comb.

Step 4: Spritz hairspray on teased roots.

Step 5: Let hair go and smooth back into a ponytail, securing with elastic.

4) The "rumpled" ponytail

How to achieve this look:
Step 1: Start with unwashed hair or get the messy look by spraying roots with volumizer and airdrying hair, or blowdrying using your fingers instead of a brush. Scrunch hair as you dry.

Step 2: Part hair slightly off-center (parting in the middle is also trendy). For an extra funky look, create a zig-zag part in your hair with a comb.

Step 3: Rake hair back at the nape of your neck. Fasten the tail lightly so that it sits slightly below the middle of the back of your head.

Step 4: For more fullness, secure four or five bobby pins just above the elastic. This way you get a fuller look. Scrunch the tail once it's in place.

5) The "dramatic" ponytail

How to achieve this look:
Step 1: Spritz hair with a volumizing spray like Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray, then dry hair straight. If you have curly hair, use a diffuser and an anti-frizz product instead of the volumizer.

Step 2: Take a section at the top part of the back of your head and tease hair at the root. This will give you needed volume for the dramatic look.

Step 3: Once hair is sufficiently teased, carefully brush hair back into a pony up high on the back of your head just above your ears. Gently pull hair at the top of the pony out and up for drama.

Step 4: Run a gloss (like Bumble and Bumble Gloss, see sleek ponytail above) through ponytail, using extra at the ends.

Step 5: If you're going out at night, up the drama ante by securing a gorgeous barette (we love the ones that look like brooches) near the elastic and on the side of your head. If you use a barrette, keep in mind that it's a piece of jewelry, so be careful not to overdo the look with earrings, necklace and a bracelet. The less jewelry you wear, the more oomph your pieces have.

6) The "cheerleader" ponytail

How to achieve this look:
Step 1: Blow-dry hair using mousse or spray for volume, then pull hair high on top of head (above your eyes). The sleeker, the better, so brush out any bumps.

Step 2: Secure with a thick elastic band. For added bounce, tease the hair right at the elastic.

Step 3: Skip the bow, but spritz with hairspray. Try a headband for a super-trendy look.

7) The "half-up, half-down" ponytail

How to achieve this look:
Step 1: Part hair from ear-to-ear into a top and a bottom section.

Step 2: Secure top section with a ponytail holder.

Step 3: Take the point of a rattail comb and put it under the hair, just at the crown. Gently coax hair up until it's just a bit puffed.

Step 4: For more drama, wrap a ribbon or a strip of fabric around hair and fasten with a bobby pin.

Now go re-vamp your ponies and give them a little oomph!

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Bold Eyes & Nude Lips

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I'm totally loving nude lip colors with bold smokey eyes. Nude lips are awesome because they look good on any complexion and go with absolutely everything! The contrast of the lips and the eyes just look amazing...

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Try these nude lip products to get this look:
Nars Lip Gloss in Striptease

Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Buff, Nude, or Beige

Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Knockout Nude, Guavagold, or First Blush

Smashbox Limitless Long Wearing Lip Gloss in Infinite

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