New Year’s Eve Makeup Inspiration

About 4 years ago I purchased gold eye shadow, deep red lipstick and some glitter for my holiday parties, but then I realized I did not have a clue to actually put them to use. So, it took up space on my bathroom shelf until I eventually threw it out. This year I am doing things differently I teamed up with makeup artist Kara Boomhower who showed me how to put my “best face” forward.

When Kara asked me what I had in mind for my New Year’s Eve look I told her shimmer, sparkle, and lots of shine. 2016 was a tough year and I wanted to welcome 2017 with a memorable look. I also wanted to invest in makeup that I could use all through the year not just the holidays.

SKIN

For a glowing, luminous and touchable skin without all the cakiness I am wearing NARS sheer glow foundation and Radiant Creamy concealer. For that ultimate healthy glow I have on Casino bronzing Power.

CHEEKS

For natural, healthy-looking color that immediately enlivens the complexion I am wearing Blush – Seduction. For highlighted cheekbones – Highlighted Blush – Miss Liberty. You can wear this product alone or pair with other cheek products to create beautiful dimension on the face.

EYES

To achieve that sparkly smokey eye look Kara used Night Series Eyeshadow – Night Star, Matte Eyeshadow – Coconut Grove, dual-intensity eyeshadow -Rigel, and Matte eyeshadow – New York.

LIPS

I have on long wear Velvet Lip Liner KareKare that perfectly frames and a full-coverage creamy wear Audacious Lipstick : Brigitte. To top it all off I am wearing Sweet Dreams – Lip gloss for that shiny kissable lips at midnight.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year.  May this new year bring all the crazy colors and fun in your life.

Tumeric Latte

I am waking up  to a delicious cup of “Haldi Milk” on this cold but beautiful Sunday morning. Long before it became known as the trendy “Tumeric Latte”, my mom would always make this Ayurvedic concoction for me when I felt under the weather.  Tumeric has many health benefits and according to my mom tumeric is the silver bullet that can cure every minor ailment.

With all the healing benefits, you can taste the inherent goodness with each sip. It is just as delicious as it is nutritious. Drink up!

*Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
1 heaping tablespoon fresh turmeric root, grated (or use approximately 1 level teaspoon of turmeric power)
A dash of cinnamon
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root (or 1 teaspoon ground)
Raw honey or sweetener of choice to taste
Pinch of black pepper (optional)

DIrections

Gently warm the almond or coconut milk in a small saucepan. Add turmeric and ginger. Bring to a boil over low heat.  Use a wire whisk or immersion blender to create a foam. Continue to stir until frothy.

Stir in honey or sweetener of choice to taste. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired. Sip, savor & enjoy.

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8 Days of Sequins

Tis the season for holiday parties. Whether you attend or host a big fancy party or just a small casual get-together, there is definitely one thing on everyone’s mind, and that is: “WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR??”

It’s time to sparkle ladies so break out the sequins. I know that some of us shy away from the “bling”, so I’ve come up with some great ways of wearing sequins.

To get this party started I’ve picked eight of my favorite sequined holiday party outfits which can be worn day or night.

Day 1: Don’t Ever Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle

Don’t be afraid to wear your favorite sequin dress during the day especially during the winter.  Multiple layers help tone down a sequin dress. I am wearing my sequin dress over a plain white tee and a simple bomber jacket.

Day 2: Live, Love, Sparkle

I am wearing the exact same sequin dress taking my look from day to night by eliminating the layers and the combat boots.  I added a pair of heels, a sequin clutch and some red lips for a dazzling evening look.

Day 3: You’re Not Fully Dressed Until You Sparkle

Combine the comfort of sequin jeggings with a comfy tee shirt and your favorite pair of sneakers for the day.

Day 4: Add A little Sparkle to Date Night

Wear a loose fitting sequin top with your favorite pair of distressed jeans, a pair of heels and a cute clutch to add some sparkle to your date night.

Day 5: Unleash Your Inner Sparkle

At first I  also shied away from sequins until my mom bought me a sweater with a sequin embellished neckline.  “Start small,” she said.  If you are not ready for full on day or night sequins try a clutch or a smaller sequined accessory like a belt to get your feet wet.

Day 6: She Who Leaves a Trail of Sparkle is Never Forgotten

Then of course, the party look.  A little black sequin dress and a pair of heels will never fail you on New Years Eve.

Day 7: Dream Big, Sparkle More, Shine Bright

If you want to make an entrance at your holiday party, find a pair of sequin palazzo pants and pair them up with a plain solid colored top. These pants  are standalone showstoppers.

Day 8: Leave a Little Sparkle Wherever You Go

Wear it with confidence.  This rule applies to anything you put on your body but especially with sequins – you have to own it!  Are you ready to SLAY for the HOLIDAYS???

Where do you stand on sequins?  Would you wear them during the day, night or only for special occasions?

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

Comfy, Cozy and Chic Sweater Dresses

As the temps start to dip I am trying to kick the wardrobe rut by reworking some of my wardrobe favorites into new street-snap worthy outfits. One of my winter favorites is the sweater dress. Not a new or groundbreaking style in the least but oh so comfy, cozy and chic. The perfect must have for this time of year.

I love that you can wear these versatile ribbed knits with all kinds of shoes, mix and match with different layers and accessorize to dress up or down.

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There are so many different styles, designs, colors, prints and patterns, which makes it super easy to choose one for any occasions, office and weekends included.

Do you love sweater dresses? How do you like to style them? Any other trends you’d like to see featured? Leave a comment and let’s chat!

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine