October 22, 2014

Get the TREND for LESS

This is one of Falls hottest trends! I am all about a good cape… and now you can get a good cape for a great price. I got the trend for less and let me assure you that it is nothing less than AMAZING. Be prepared to fly away! 



October 20, 2014

How will YOU look in your FAIRY TALE?

A lot of women spend many years fantasizing about that magical day, their wedding day. There are also women out there like me, that never really planned out their wedding until the day their prince charming proposed. When my fairy tale began I hit the ground running. It seemed like all I could think about was the details of my big day. How would I look? How would he look? How would it feel to walk down the aisle? With so many unanswered questions, how could I not dedicate all of my dreams… and a few nightmares to my "BIG" day. As time went on the details started to come together and I was able to focus on the important things, like my dress. After several bridal appointments, and I do mean several, I finally found my dress. Ironically enough, I saw my wedding dress about a year before I was engaged.  I told myself that if I ever got married I would want to wear that dress. I should have listened to myself and trusted my original feelings, because if I would have, I could have saved myself a lot of time and anxiety. 
Once I had my beautiful Inbal Dror dress, I needed to figure out what I should look like "IN" the dress. I had a vision in my head of what I wanted to look like, but it's not so easy to make that vision come to life. I spent countless hours browsing over thousands of pictures until I realized that I was not going to find what I was looking for. I was not going to find a person that looked like I wanted to look on my wedding day, simply because they were not me. 

Once I had that "ah ha" moment I realized that I was not looking for a picture of exactly what I wanted to look like on my wedding day, but more so a theme. I know that I wanted to look elegant and romantic, but I also wanted to look like myself, not an unrecognizable barbie that my future husband would have to squint to realize that it's me. 

At that point the light bulb clicked on and I knew exactly what I was looking for. I found it easy to pair my wedding dress with my wedding day make up using a few east steps. 

Decide on a location
The location of your wedding usually dictates your dress style and theme. If you are getting married at the beach you don't want to wear a heavy ball gown, you would probably pass out from exhaustion from dragging your dress thru the sand long before you actually made it to "I do".
Once you have your location and theme you can very easily decided if your makeup needs to have ballroom drama or a natural feel with a beachy glow. 

Choose a time 
Time, as usual, is of the essence. Such a small detail can play a huge roll in makeup selection. You want to be time appropriate with your look. If you are having a brunch wedding, your makeup should reflect that. You don't want to wear a black smokey eye at an outdoor high noon wedding… things could go VERY wrong. 

Be you
Last but certainly not least, you should stay true to your personality. If you are an outgoing girl that loves to play with color and make a statement, then your guests (and your beaux) will expect nothing less. If you are more reserved and enjoy displaying your natural beauty, then go with that and find a makeup artist that can accentuate your natural features. You don't want to look back at your pictures and not even be able to recognize yourself. 

Here are a few fairy tale worthy gowns paired with some amazing bridal looks bridal looks. I chose looks that could go with a variety of gowns and are perfect for any theme, if you are looking for the perfect dress Loverly is a great resource. Keep in mind that you should always play up your features, you want to accentuate what you've already got. A great way to add drama and emphases without changing your entire look is to play up the eyes. 

This beautiful Berta dress has such beautiful lace detail you wouldn't want to do anything on the eyes that would be distracting. A subtle shadow played up with sultry lashes would be a perfect pair

 This Lazaro fit and flair is has an elegant bodice paired with a fun skirt with lots of volume. A soft smokey eye done in a taupe or brown would go together flawlessly. 

This Kelly Faetanini dress is fun and flirty with a pink feather detail and deserves to be paired with an eye that mirrors it. A subtle pop of color will balance out this look while keeping the overriding theme romantic and fun. 

Regardless of your dress, location or time, keep in mind that while you want to create the perfect marriage between your dress and your wedding day look, the perfection lies in you and your mate. Never forget that every cinderella has her prince charming… if you've already found yours, you have broken the spell… no need to worry about midnight! 

October 16, 2014

be a Gladiator

Paying homage to all the Thursday night Gladiators out there! 

Rebecca Minkoff Rita Gladiator Heel $525

October 14, 2014

You may be FLAWLESS… but more often than not, you did NOT wake up like that!

Yes… I am a part of the Beyhive and while I sing FLAWLESS at the top of my lungs on the regular, let's be real, none of us, not even our beloved Beyonce´ woke up like this. The world that we live in makes it totally acceptable for us to cut, paste, pinch and photoshop the REAL us to look like some supermodel glamazon version of ourselves. I am no one to judge, I have spent countless hours of my life trying to get the perfect selfie too, but I have a question for you guys… what do you do when you actually meet your McDreamy and you're not the social media version of yourself that you pretend to be. Or even worse, what do you do when you wake up unexpectedly (even though you know when you're going to stay the night) in Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now's bed? How do you make your real self look like the IG version of yourself when you wake up?

Writing this post makes me thank God that my hubby accepts me and my bed head as we are. I totally own my bed head… and yes, it's serious, but out of control hair and all, I still try to keep it sexy.

I have vowed, by way of the bloggerverse, that I would share my life and my secrets with you guys. I don't have all of the answers, but I do have a few tricks up my sleeve for these situations. Some of them may not apply to you or your specific situation, but hopefully you can put one of these nuggets to use. If you have a "go-to" tip then please share it… let us all in on the secret!

Ways to wake up… FLAWLESS

1. Be you… your inner you is FLAWLESS… even when you wake up! Okay, now that I've got that out I can give you my other tips… because as flawless as we are, we still want to look like Beyonce´ when we wake up!

2. Sleep with a satin pillow case. This will help you maintain your tresses while you sleep. If you're sleeping over, then bring a satin scarf and wake up early enough to take it off before your slumber party buddy arises!

3. Sleep on your back. If you are going to bed with makeup on (which you should never do… but we have all done it) sleep on your back! If you are a side sleeper… suck it up! Put a pillow on the side that you usually sleep on, it will serve as a reminder that you're not supposed to turn over.

4. Keep it cool. The only thing that looks worse than yesterday's hair & makeup is a hot sweaty version of yesterday's hair & makeup! A great investment is a good mattress. A good mattresses will keep your bed from retaining heat and moisture and will help you to wake up looking rested and refreshed instead of hot and humid. There is a new boutique brand of mattresses from the Casper mattress company.  It is said to give you the best nights sleep. Its made of latex and memory foam, which is the perfect recipe for keeping you cool and comfy. If you are in a bind because of your upcoming sleepover (wink wink) and your Casper Mattress  hasn't arrived yet, Brookstone sells a great bed fan. If you don't have time for any of these just make sure the room is really cold… at least 68-70 degrees.

5. WAKE UP! No matter what you do, always get up first and freshen up. Keep feminine wipes, powder, gum and deodorant in your purse. They make all of these items in a travel size so you have no excuses.

Whatever you do to battle morning breath, beat the bed head and keep it cool… make sure it works for you and you own it! Never forget that a real gem will recognize that regardless of how you wake up… you are already FLAWLESS!

(watch this video, you will be in tears)


p.s. check out the Casper Mattress, it really is cool… literally! 

I'm so much MORE!

October 10, 2014

Buckle Down & Get to Business!

Nothing completes the fall friendly biker chick look like the perfect shoe. These Giuseppe Zanotti Buckled T-Strap Biker Sandals are giving you the amazingness you need to compliment all things leather! Buckle down and get to business!

October 8, 2014

Excursion Ready!

Some people vacation in the summer months, some do it in the winter, and some people, my kind of people do both! Regardless of your preferred season to get away, I am making it my personal business to add an item to your list of things to pack. This leather embossed canteen bag is a vacation essential. Turn your next excursion into a runway ready event, and don't worry about bringing a mirror, Alexander Wang has you covered. As they say, or maybe just I say this, don't get ready… STAY ready, excursion ready that is. Life is an adventure, live it up!

Alexander Wang Canteen Lizard-Embossed Bag with Mirror $795

October 6, 2014

Judith Leiber is giving my life, as usual, with this couture crystal lipstick pillbox. 

Crystal Couture Lipstick Pillbox $695

October 2, 2014

Alexander McQueen

If this is what all wrapped up in a bow looks like these days… then wrap me up!

Alexander McQueen Suede & Leather Bootie $1540