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(any) holiday beauty!

January 24th, 2013 · 7 Comments


I got home this week, and the craziest thing had happened: While I’d been gone, our cleaning lady had taken down our Christmas tree!  Usually we leave it up for months (in New York, my parents had to drive into the city and pick it up, because we didn’t have a place to store it… Needless to say, that usually didn’t happen until June or so), so I wasn’t quite psychologically ready to be done with it yet!

But when the Christmas tree is gone, you know your post on holiday beauty is officially long overdue!  Chad and I had a low key holiday season (much needed), but I still found time to experiment with some new beauty trends!  And both of these will work perfectly for Valentine’s Day too — no need to save all the glam for December!

Bold, Bright Lips

You know how everyone says there’s a perfect red lipstick for every skin tone?  I didn’t really believe that until a few months ago.  I’d found a cherry pink that I really liked, but real red?  Never.  I’d tried so many times, but no luck.

But during a photoshoot this fall, the awesome makeup artist handed me Beauty For Real gloss in ‘Light My Fire‘ — and since then, I’ve totally embraced red lips!  So perfect for the holidays — instant glam.

When you’re doing a bold lip, keep everything else pretty simple!  I used my everyday brown/copper eye makeup, and kept my skin smooth and nourished with Vital Vitamin Day Cream from Simple Skincare!  I love that it has SPF 15, which you need in the winter too!


Kate Middleton Waves

I know, I know.  My obsession with Kate Middleton basically has no bounds.  I had a dream a few weeks ago that she and I were best friends, and we spent an awesome afternoon picking out her pregnancy outfits.  (Basically the best dream I’ve ever had.)

I did a full tutorial on how to get her gorgeous waves here, but since it was a full two years ago, I figured I’d give you guys a refresher.  The technique is pretty simple — you just blowdry your hair smooth and straight, and then use a large barrel curler (mine is 1.5 inches) from about your jawline to your ends.  Brush them out, and voila!  Kate’s pretty, voluminous waves.

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go sleeveless for the holidays!

December 19th, 2012 · 7 Comments

So, here’s the thing: last year at this time, I was settling into my first true southern winter.  Which means, you know: eighty degree temperatures.  Shorts.  Sandals.  Blooming flowers.  And, obviously, sleeveless dresses.

Needless to say, I was *psyched.* I embraced sleeveless holiday dresses like it was my job — and I’m doing the same thing this year! 

But it’s not just a southern thing!  Did you know that six out of ten women are likely to wear sleeveless clothing to a holiday party this year?  There’s something about the holiday season that makes people want to be a little more festive, and what better way to achieve that than a great sleeveless cocktail dress? 

I’ve been using Dove’s Go Sleeveless Soothing Chamomile Deodorant to get ready for all of our holiday parties, and I love the smell and the softness it gives your skin!  It improves your skin in five days with Vitamins E and F plus Dove ¼ moisturizers, so there’s just enough time for you guys to go sleeveless for your holiday parties!  Another perk is 48 hour wetness and odor protection!  Learn more on

Alice + Olivia dress (other colors here), Guiseppe Zanotti heels, Stella McCartney bag (found at T.J. Maxx), gifted Tory Burch bracelet.

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Simple Skincare Twitter Party!

December 14th, 2012 · 6 Comments

A few months ago, I participated in Simple Skincare‘s Fall Twitter party, which was a HUGE success!  Awesome prizes, tons of great questions, and everyone who participated got a free coupon for Simple Skincare products — it was a seriously fun afternoon!

And Simple Skincare has decided to host another one for winter!  Their consulting Dermatologist, Dr. Jennifer Segal, will be talking everything you need to know about winter skincare — we just had our first real cold spell in Texas, so I’m all about winter skincare right now!  My fellow Simple Skincare Ambassadors Sarah
(@beautybanter), Emily (@fashionfoiegras) and Romy (@romyraves) and I will be tweeting up a storm!

And, of course, there are prizes!  Simple Skincare will be randomly selecting 15 winners to receive gift baskets, each of which includes Simple Skincare products and an American Express $50 gift card!  Perfect for a little last-minute holiday shopping.  Plus, every participant will receive a coupon for $2 off any Simple moisturizer!

Simple Skincare’s Winter Skincare Twitter Party
Date: Monday, December 17th
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
Hashtag: #SimpleWinter
Host: @SimpleSkincare/Dr. Jennifer Segal and @romyraves
Additional Hosts: @beautybanter, @sugarlaws, and @fashionfoiegras

Enter to win by tweeting your winter skincare questions to @SimpleSkincare using the hashtag #SimpleWinter!

Can’t wait to tweet with you guys!

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