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four tips for getting black-tie glam!

June 10th, 2015 · 3 Comments

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Wedding season is officially under way, and I’m sure you guys have full social calendars this summer!  I’ve gotten my black tie prep routine down to a science (what can I say? this girl loves her gowns!), so I want to share a few beauty tips and tricks that will be helpful to you guys when getting your own fancy on this summer.

Let me know if there is anything missing from this list that I should try! 

Splurge on Luxe Locks
Whenever I have a really exciting event coming up, I try to squeeze in time to get my hair done beforehand.  It adds a layer of polish to your look that’s hard to re-create at home and makes the evening feel really special.  And a great blowout lasts for a few days, so you can look chic for Sunday brunch, too!

If you Build Buy it, They Will Come
I love to buy new dresses for special occasions, but I hate the pressure that comes with needing something right now, which inevitably means that I’ll spend a whole day shopping and not find anything I like.  So now I make an effort to find dresses I love before I need them so that I have something on hand in a pinch!  And even better?  I just discovered Rent the Runway, where this Bagdley Mischka gown is from!  You can “rent” a gown for a special event and then return it afterwards — genius!  (And no, ha ha, this post isn’t sponsored, I promise!) This was such a gorgeous statement dress and I loved not having to worry about when I’d wear it again! 

Lashes for Days
Hair, nails, a dress – cha ching! A quality pair of drugstore lashes, however, are often less than $10 and arguably do more for your look than anything else. A fuller lash immediately gives me a boost of confidence and sense of femininity. The best part is, if applied correctly, nobody will be able to put their finger on exactly why you look so good!

Be Present In the Moment
It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of a big event that you lose focus and wind up stressed out.  By taking a few minutes to focus on being mindful and present before a party or a big night, I can start the night on a more calm, relaxed note.  It just takes a few minutes — as you’re getting ready, set a timer for just a minute or two and sit calmly, focused on your breathin.  Then take a big breath, slow down, and enjoy the getting ready process!

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Tags: beauty

CHOPPED!  (introducing my post-partum haircut!)

January 20th, 2015 · 2 Comments

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This is sort of rite of passage, right?

I scheduled a haircut for this weekend, and in the morning, as I was getting ready, I looked at my insanely long hair, and suddenly realized… I was sick of it.

It was as simple as that: the ends of my hair have been growing for about a decade, nearly untouched.  After a terrible crop my freshman year of college, I’ve pretty much let my hair grow with just bare minimal trims twice a year. 

But now that I’d grown my hair out to nearly waist-length, I found myself looking in the mirror and it just suddenly looked… wrong

I don’t know how to say this except this way: it was like finding a Metrocard in my wallet after we’d moved out of Manhattan.  I looked in the mirror and my hair looked like a relic from a different life.  These days, my hair is almost never curled, straightened, or blown out.  Sure, long locks look great when you have time to style them, but most of the time, I don’t.  Throw in a heaping dose of inevitable postpartum hair changes (none of them good) and I was just done with my long hair. 

So I went to my hair appointment and told my stylist to chop of a whopping six inches. 

And the result is above!  It’s still long, but it’s shorter than my hair has been in years (practically since the beginning of this blog) and I love it

I wrote last week that one of my 2015 beauty resolutions was to take more risks, and this is me, putting my money where my mouth is.  And this feels fresher than my hair has felt in years, easier to style, and just right for where my life is, at this exact moment. 

And, hey, great minds think alike!  My friend Jordan from Ramshackle Glam went all the way to a bob over the weekend!  She looks completely amazing, but more importantly, I have to give you a snippet of her post on the transformation below.  I love how she describes the experience of having long hair:

All those long curls were such a security blanket for me — if I felt shy or tired or not like my best self I could sort of fluff them around my face and make my hair be what people saw, not me. And now I don’t have anything to hide behind, so whatever’s on my face — happiness, exhaustion, worry, whatever – is right out there in the open. And I like that. 

It feels honest.

If that’s not the best reason I’ve heard to chop off your hair, I don’t know what would be.

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Tags: beauty · hair

Halloween Fairy: Beauty Tutorial!

October 15th, 2014 · 2 Comments

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Halloween is the chance for you to be anything you want for a night, and is the perfect time to show off your glowing skin! While everyone will be putting on lots of makeup, you can stand out with a sparkly, more natural look.

With that in mind, I created this “Fairy Beauty” tutorial. I love dressing up for Halloween, and I’m always on the lookout for costumes that are festive, feminine and cute. This look is the perfect match for a radiant and fun look!

Step One: Prime your skin with Simple Skincare 24-Hour Moisturizer. Fairies need radiant skin, so this step is a must!

Step Two: Dust your cheeks with a pastel pink blush.  You want a shade that will compliment your natural skin tone, but not overwhelm it — the look should be about your beauty, not makeup!

Step Three: For the eyes, first swipe a purple eye shadow over your entire lids.  Then apply a shimmery shadow to the inner corners of your eyelids and finish with mascara.

Step Four:
Finish the entire look with a swipe of bright pink lip gloss. Reapply as needed through Halloween!

With this tutorial, you can look gorgeous, natural and ethereal for Halloween this year!  Have a blast!

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