four tips for getting black-tie glam!

June 10th, 2015 · 4 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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chopped!

January 20th, 2015 · 3 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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three tips for the perfect red lip

June 25th, 2014 · 2 Comments

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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.

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