Good Girls Rarely Make History
Happy Friday everyone!
I am a chronic favorite product stalker – and love reading my fellow bloggers favorite must-have products. I will say however, that often times I come across a post like that, most of the products they detail are either paid or far too expensive for my budget.
Below, I’ve included some of my favorite products that are all within the $100 budget. You can even get some of these (most) at your local grocery stores or Bed Bath & Beyond stores. Win.
I own my own Spray Tan machine because I used to spend countless hours and countless dollars at the local salon getting my weekly spray tan. I just happen to be a German, Russian, English, Swedish who does not tan naturally despite what Island I am on.
SUN is my GO-TO tanning lotion that does not leave any streaks and actually makes you look tan, rather than orange or brown. Warning though: the lotion is dark brown so make sure you have something to exfoliate your palms afterwords so you don’t look you just went digging through the mud. No natural-looking tan can cover up brown fingers. Believe me on this one. I swear by this stuff. I use it almost daily and it’s great to refresh a tan or begin one. If you suffer from the winter white-ness, this is a product you must get.
Hoola is sold by Benefit, and is one of the best bronzers I’ve ever come across. I have used every bronzer there is on the market, see above a la Spray tan machine owner. It is hard to find a product that complements most skin-tones without making you orange, sparkly, and let’s face it (no pun intended) – look like you just bronzed the heck out of your face while your neck and arms are still completely white. This product when used with a big round brush can be applied to the neck and chest as well for the same desirable effects.
This is my favorite eye liner of all time. I am a black eye-liner, green-eye enhancing wearing fool. I swear by eye-liner and I typically don’t go one day without it. Eyeliner and bronzer are my absolute must-haves. These two will always be on my list. What i love about this – is that there is no sharpener needed, you simply twist and have the perfect eye-liner pencil ready for use at any time. Try a simple look with bronzer, eye-liner, mascara and a neutral lip for a natural look for any occasion.
ELF cosmetics (Eyes, Lips, Face) is an up and coming brand that offers products in mineral brand, Studio finish and other styles much like MAC or Bare Essentials offers different types of lines within their brand. I love this mineral revitalizing face spray in the morning. Not only does it help hold make up after you’ve applied, but it’s light and doesn’t leave streaks on your face after you’ve sprayed it. I believe you can get this baby for $3 as well.
One thing I have been using consistently (besides bronzer) since I was a young teenager is wrinkle cream. You can never have enough in your drawer. One thing women often forget, is that although a ‘natural’ suntan is a thing of beauty and lasts forever without every coming off (like a spray tan) the damage to your skin is often irreversible and will undoubtedly cause wrinkles. Due to my fair skin, I’ve unfortunately suffered with the misconception that if my friends with darker skin tones can tan, I surely will too. That is not the case and I’ve suffered horrendous sun burns because of it. It is never too early to use this stuff and it won’t break the bank.
Last but not least is a product by Oribe that’s been featured in InStyle magazine and has even the Angels talking it This voluminous spray is great for any type of hair and is meant to be used on damp hair right out of the shower before a blow-dry. It gives the extra emphasis you need before a new day or a night out.
Hope one of these products does the trick for you!
Awards Season is back at it!
There are few things more exciting than watching (although being there would be more exciting) beautiful adorned gowns on the Red Carpet on our favorite A-list celebs.
There were a few fashionistas that really made the mark for me, and showcased what superstardom looks like. If I were famous, you better bet I’d be reaching for a statement dress that would leave viewers and fashion folks talking about me well after the show, whether I won an award or not.
I have a top 3 list that I think warrant “gold” stars in every sense. Not only are each of these women stunning – but they chose outfits that reflect different things about what they wanted to put off at the Globes.
Being a psychology major, I like to look at the choices behind the fashion, it’s not just a dress. There’s a reason why these were chosen.
Best Dressed 2014 at The Golden Globes
1. Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren
Stunning, stunning, stunning – must-have this look.
Lupita’s choice reflects a lot of things to me.
First off, she’s an up and coming star with not only talent but the most amazing figure and flawless face. She is an Ivy-educated beauty who recently graduated from Yale. I think her choice is one of simplistic perfection. Ralph Lauren is an all American designer known for his simplistic yet classic shapes, color palettes and design choices that often are somewhat nautical in nature. A true “everyday woman” characteristic is designed by Ralph Lauren. When you think of modern-American woman what do you think? White, tall, a nip-tuck every other week?
Lupita is at the Golden Globes for her performance in “12 Years a Slave,” a movie which educates those of us who choose to turn a blind-eye to the past that our ancestors left-behind. As we still fight for equality on a majority of topics, I think her choice to wear a red dress on the red carpet, by a strong American designer showcases just how far we’ve come. She is a symbol of the post-slavery Black woman: strong, confident, glamorous and eye-catching. She wins my Golden Girl on the Carpet award last night for best dressed. Everything is flawlessly executed from the trend-setting cape connected to her dress to her toned down jewelry and stunning make-up.
2. Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad
Kate to me is utter perfection, girl crush to the extreme.
Not only does she have the most fantastic body, but she looks great in make-up and gorgeous without. What I love about this Zuhair Murad gown is the mermaid-cut bodice adorned with a beautiful criss-cross patterning of silver beads and a black bodice underneath. Grey/Silver are On-trend colors this year, as are black and white. Typically, I will always fall for a neon or bright colored dress but in this case, muted takes the cake. Her dark nails match the color palette of the dress, her clutch and her dark hair. I’m obsessed with the fact that she went with a messy side-bun as opposed to a more cold, slicked back straight do. Top pick for sure.
3. Camila Alves in Dolce & Gabbana
This is a Hollywood couple to envy. They’re both head to toe Dolce & Gabbana and she looks flawless and he makes velvet look sexy. How does that happen?
What I love about her look, is that she is a dark Latin beauty and there isn’t a dress out there that can manifest that more than this floor-length sequined black DG dress.
The event last night was for Matthew. His film was an artistic version of his method acting skills and she was there in support, not to over-shadow. This dress perfectly states elegance and poise without overpowering his big night (and win) by a revealing over-the-top dress.
As the polar vortex ensues much of the East Coast, those of us on the West Coast are experiencing 55 degrees and sunshine, with slight rain overnight when we get our beauty rest.
One fashion trend that I’m continuously seeing is the peekaboo bootie. It’s somewhat of an ironic fall shoe don’t you think? Typically we like to wear close-toed shoes as a) it’s warmer and b) we haven’t had our classic pedicures that we so frequently get in the summer. Well ladies, best get yourself to the nearest salon because the Peekaboo bootie is here to stay!
Personally, I gotta have it!
One of my favorite pairs right now is the DV Marana Bootie by Dolce Vita, you can get these at Nordstrom for $128.95.
Another must have for me right now, are fall hats. I’ve always been a hat person myself and yes, during the fall, and when paired correctly you can keep your hat on indoors. Typically it’s considered ill-mannered to continue to wear your hat indoors, (although this rule typically was more men only as they’re more likely to wear hats). But ladies, when worn stylishly and when looking classy, you can rock this hat indoors all day long!
This ‘Stripes Ahead’ Wool Fit Fedora is available at Nordstrom.com for only $38! Talk about a steal.
What are your thoughts about these pieces? Gotta Have It, Make Them Stop? #FashionPolice anyone?
Sunday is probably one of my favorite days.
It quite possibly is the best day to spend with your family and lucky for me, my family loves wine!
Here’s a perfect Sunday Funday wine tasting outfit! Like any of the pieces? Leave your comments below!
Hat: Prim Boutique
Pants: Banana Republic
Shirt: SF boutique
Purse: Michael Kors
- 1 oz. Vanilla Vodka
- 1 oz. Fireball Whiskey
- 4 oz. Organic Apple Juice
- Pinch of Ground Cinnamon
- Brown Sugar for the rim (Grind a little finer for more successful sugaring)
- Optional: Cinnamon Stick for Garnish
- Wet the rim of your rocks glass just a little, and gently sugar the rim with the brown sugar.
- In a martini shaker, pour the vodka, Fireball, apple juice and ground cinnamon together with a handful of ice cubes.
- Shake 10 times and pour the contents into the glass without wiping off the sugar rim.
- Serve chilled and with a cinnamon stick, for garnish.
Coming to you live Sunday night after a day-long bake-a-thon and probably too much champagne, and unfortunately chipotle.
Diet starts on Monday, right..
First off, I wanted to give a personal hello to all of my followers who read my posts but don’t necessarily know the face behind the blog! Hello world, love Confetti13
The purpose of our bake-a-thon today was to take a step back from our busy lives, have some champagne and share recipes and laughs. As we get older it’s so much harder to get together!
Below are some fun photos from our event today!
The beautiful tree Hailey and Dayna decorated.
All the gals, Holly, Hailey, Dayna and me.
The girls cooking! Hailey her candy cane cookies, holly making snickerdoodles and Dayna making persimmon cookies.
My creation 😍 orange glazed homemade scones. Recipe and step-by-step to be posted later in the week!
My other creation: Reese’s cupcakes filled with peanut butter and topped with chocolate frosting!
Dayna prepping her persimmon cookies.
The puréed mixture for persimmon cookies.
Hailey and her candy cane sugar cookies!
And the finished project!
Holly’ snickerdoodle cookie dough! So delicious!
And the final final project!! Pure deliciousness.
And the final persimmon cookies done!!
Happy Holidays everyone!