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CHOPPED!  (introducing my post-partum haircut!)

January 20th, 2015 · 2 Comments


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.



Tags: beauty · hair

three tips for the perfect red lip

June 25th, 2014 · 2 Comments


Red lips are hard to get right.

Seriously, if I were to pick the two hardest makeup trends to pull off perfectly, red lips would be #2.  (#1 would be the cat eye, which, to be totally honest, I still haven’t fully mastered, because it is really hard!)

But oh… that perfect red pout is just so pretty.  I can never resist giving it a try.

So, if you’re struggling, here are a few little tips I’ve learned throughout my many, many attempts:

Pick the Right Shade:
Go to a makeup counter.  Try on a dozen red lipsticks, then come back.  Are you done?  Ok, then go back and try on a dozen more.  I can wear basically any shade of pink, but 99.9% of the red lipsticks I try on look terrible.  For me, the best shades are light, bright and almost pink-ish, but there’s no substitute for trying a bunch of different shades and picking the one that’s right for you.  (The silver lining?  Once you have one you like, you’ll have your shade forever!)

Slow and Steady:
Red lipstick is not something you want to get all over your face.  When applying, brace your hand on a countertop or against the mirror to prevent shaking (I use this trick for eyeliner too)!  You don’t need to use a lipliner, but be sure to clean up any mistakes with a Q-Tip! 

Keep It Simple:
You know the obvious advice — don’t play up your eyes if you’re playing up your lips!  Sure, stay away from the smokey eye, but remember to also keep your nails and accessories minimal!  A red lip is beautiful in its simplicity, and it pairs well with nude or blush tones for your eyes, blush and manicure. 

And, of course, be sure your skin is fresh and smooth!  A red lip draws tons of attention to your skin, so be sure you’re moisturized and luminous when you’re trying out this look!

Products: Clarins Rouge Eclat/Pink Fuschia; Q-Tips Precision Tips.


Tags: beauty

NYFW Beauty: The Good, The Bad, The Wackadoodle Crazy

October 9th, 2013 · 4 Comments


The one thing you can always count on at New York Fashion Week: Spectacle.  No matter what you’re expecting, there’s always some designer to take a big risk with crazy accessories or totally unique hair and makeup.  Sometimes it’s an awesome addition to a show, sometimes it’s distracting and maybe not the best choice.  But it’s always interesting. 

So I thought I’d do a little recap of some of the trends I saw, from the ones that I’m excited to try out, to the ones that aren’t for me, to the ones that some of you braver readers might be interested in. 🙂

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Good: Luminous Makeup

Candela is always one of my favorite shows (it’s hard to believe they were a new discovery to me just a few seasons ago) and this year, they knocked it out of the park with their models’ gorgeous hair and makeup.  EVerything was flawless, from the rosy cheeky to the dewy skin: to me, this makeup is perfect.

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Good: Minimal Makeup

The clothes were so fierce at Matthieu Mirano that I almost didn’t notice at first that the models were hardly wearing any makeup!  I love the juxtaposition of tough-girl clothes (black leather bralets, wow) with a completely natural face, so this one was a home run for me.  Things to remember when you’re recreating this natural look: you can still use foundation to add contour and definition to your features, just keep it light and natural.  And always start out with a clean and moisturized face (I recommend Simple Skincare’s Hydrating Light Moisturizer with SPF) so your skin can take center stage!

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Good: Bold Blush

Pale skin with bold blush is Just. So. Pretty.  I snapped this quick pic of one of the models backstage at Peter Som and just totally fell in love.  It’s a good reminder to venture beyond my normal pale-pink/golden-bronze cheek colors, because a swipe of bold blush is such a beautiful, fashion-foward look!

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Not So Good: Dark Under-Eye Liner

I loved the clothes and the presentation generally, but to me, this makeup was a miss.  Putting such heavy black liner under the eyes did nothing for the models’ pretty features, and the room was so hot that you could see them sweating.  (If only they had Simple Skincare Radiance Wipes!)

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Good: Messy Updos

Usually I’m not the biggest fan of updos generally, but this season, there were some gorgeous messy updo looks.  I loved the hand-twisted knot at Peter Som and this crimped bun at Tracy Reese.  The techniques were totally different — at Peter Som, the texture was created using Wella’s Ocean Spritz and then blow-drying upwards from the roots, and at Tracy Reese, the stylists created texture by crimping the models’ hair before styling the bun.  Both are cool techniques that I can’t wait to try out!

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Wackadoodle: Two-Tone Bobs

First, I have to set your mind at ease: these are wigs.  I wasn’t sure at first, but every single model came out with the exact same style, so at that point I felt reasonably confident that they hadn’t chopped and dyed the hair of a dozen or so runway models.  But what do you guys think of the two-tone bob?  I thought it was pretty cool and worked with the clothes, but it isn’t exactly a look I’m going to replicate anytime soon. 

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Wackadoodle: Body Tattoos

Only at Fashion Week, huh?  Truth be told, I kind of loved this full arm tattoo when I spotted it backstage at Tracy Reese.  I’m a big fan of temporary tattoos, and sometimes wear them on the weekends — so I’m kind of digging that the fashion world is embracing them!  What do you guys think — would you ever try this out?

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what’s in my bag?

April 4th, 2013 · 10 Comments


I’m always SO excited when other bloggers do a “What’s In My Bag” post — I seriously can’t believe that I’ve never done one!  It’s probably partly because I tend to accumulate so many receipts, wrappers, and other miscellaneous junk that my bag is more of a “Proceed With Caution” zone than anything I’d like to put up in photos on Sugarlaws!  But the other day, my bag was actually contained all my essentials without a whole bunch of junk, and I figured I’d take a few photos!  Obviously, there’s still a little bit of excess here (four lipsticks! oops!) and I do tend to carry around too much random jewelry (who knew?) but overall, these are my day-to-day essentials!

So what are they?  Obviously, the staples like my wallet, car keys and iPhone are crucial — I basically never leave our house without these three!  The wallet is Longchamp from a zillion years ago — since no one ever sees it, I never change it up!  Then I have a few other crucial additions — prescription sunglasses, business cards, and I usually have some sort of a snack on me at all times (lately I’ve been partial to these organic goldfish crackers from Whole Foods)! 

Then, the makeup — this is where I tend to go a little nuts!  I basically always have at least three lipsticks, but four is pushing it, even for me.  The ones I’m currently obsessed with are Estee Lauder’s Pinkadelic from the Mad Men collection (this might be my absolute fave!), Chanel lipstick in Romance, Dior lipstick in Must-Have, and Beauty For Real lip gloss in Kiss Me.  Love them all!

And I always carry Simple Skincare makeup wipes — they’re the best way to get rid of daytime grime if you don’t have time to redo all your makeup for a night out!  Finally, I love carrying a fragrance “pencil” rather than a bottle of perfume — no risk of it spilling all over my bag!  That happened to me once in high school and I NEVER got the smell out of that handbag.  Sad!  I love the ones Mark. makes — this one is Very Sassy!

And, of course, jewelry — these Kendra Scott earrings have been huge staples for me, and I love these initial necklaces that I picked up in Miami during the Cotton runway show!  I’ve also been using ribbon hair ties rather than elastics — they’re so pretty and gentler on your hair!  These are from Sephora here.

Last but not least, an old New York trick: I always try to keep a pair of flats on hand!  Little ones that roll up into your bag (like these Tieks!) are perfect for quick errands or just letting you park a little further away from where you’re going — it’s a quick trick to get a little time outdoors and exercise!

What are your daily must-haves?


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simple skincare giveaway!

March 13th, 2013 · 85 Comments


I’ve been using Simple Skincare‘s products for over a year now, so I was incredibly excited when they announced five new products that hit stores in 2013!  I don’t change up my skincare routine often, but these fit seamlessly into my routine.  They were especially crucial during Fashion Week, when I was inevitably too exhausted to even consider taking off my makeup at night — there’s nothing like a package of makeup wipes to make you think to yourself, “Just do it.  It’ll take two seconds.”  And bam, you wake up in the morning with a fresh, clear face. 

And I’m so excited to give ten winners the entire new product line!  Each winner will receive a package that includes the Foaming Cleanser, Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes, Radiance Cleansing Wipes (my personnal favorite!), Eye Make-Up Remover Pads and Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15. 

To enter, just leave a comment below! I’ll announce the winners, chosen randomly, next week!  Good luck! 

Update!  The winners are comments #2, 8, 10, 11, 19, 25, 43, 54, 57 and 63!  I’m emailing today for your addresses.

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