Style Stars of the Week

This was a busy week for fashion with the MTV Video Music Awards and the Primetime Emmy Awards. Also, kicking into full swing this week was the Annual Venice Film Festival. Since Curl & Glow covered both awards show, I decided to focus on the fashion you might not have seen this week. Enjoy!


Emma Stone in Valentino Couture

Emma Stone in Valentino Couture

Having graced Style Stars once before, Emma Stone, has again proved herself worthy as one of Hollywood’s most stylish “It” girls. Attending the opening ceremony of the Venice Film Festival, which featured her latest film, “Birdman,” Stone debuted a new hairstyle and a lovely couture dress. The “Spiderman” actress wore a Fall 2014 Valentino couture forest green tulle gown with a plunging neckline. I love the color against her skin and her fiery red hair. The cute bob and bangs also add drama to the gown. The subtly sexy look did not need much in way of accessories except some rings by EF Collection and Graziela Gems. Not seen under the many layers of delicate tulle are Jimmy Choo heels.


Felicity Jones in Miu Miu

Felicity Jones in Miu Miu

Also enjoying the Venice Film Festival was British actress Felicity Jones. Emma Stone’s former co-star sparkled in a midnight blue embroidered mini with sheer long sleeves at Miu Miu Women’s Tales screening. In honor of the host of the evening, Jones wore head-to-toe Miu Miu. I love the retro-vibe of the look and the actress’ signature cat eye. She is definitely one to watch on the red carpet.


Olivia Palermo in Marchesa Voyage

Olivia Palermo in Marchesa Voyage

Well-known for her love of fashion and mixing high-end designers with low-end labels, socialite Olivia Palermo is truly the epitome of a Style Star. Rarely, if ever, have I seen the former reality star make a fashion misstep. The newlywed is seen here wearing a white blouse casually tucked into ripped boyfriend jeans. The two standout pieces of this look were the embroidered Marchesa Voyage navy jacket draped over her shoulders and her self-designed crystal embellished heels for Aquazurra. This particular moto-jacket is part of Marchesa Voyage’s capsule collection for ShopStyle that launches September 9th. Palermo will always be a fashion inspiration!

Thanks, loves! Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!



Emma Stone and Felicity Jones pictures courtesy of People

Olivia Palermo picture courtesy of InStyle

2014 Primetime Emmy Awards

Last night was television’s night to shine with the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. It has been a long time since Hollywood really wowed us with unique and fashion-forward style, but Monday changed that. From drama queens to funny gals, everyone brought their A-game!

Claire Danes in Givenchy

Claire Danes in Givenchy

Similar to Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, red was the color of the night. Easily one of the best dressed of the night was “Homeland” actress, Claire Danes. The blonde beauty is always a stunner when it comes to her Awards show style, so, it comes as no surprise that she looked phenomenal in a fire-engine red lace Fall 2014 Givenchy gown with bejeweled butterflies accenting the neckline. Danes kept jewelry to a minimum with Lorraine Schwartz earrings and bracelets. Shoes and clutch were also compliments of Givenchy. The actress’ wavy updo and smokey eye added the perfect finishing touches.

Both “Mad Men” actresses January Jones and Christina Hendricks glided down the red carpet in showstopper red. Jones wore a strapless  high/low dress from Prabal Gurung’s Resort 2015 collection. I loved the silhouette and pattern of the dress, but the Christian Louboutin heels looked too clunky and the hair was too messy. She also added Vartanian earrings, a Carla Amorim ring, and Rauwolf clutch. Jones’ costar, Christina Hendricks, wore a sari-inspired Marchesa gown. The one-shouldered ruched gown with gold embroidery looked gorgeous against the red-haired maven’s porcelain skin. Hendricks added jewels from Neil Lane that played off the Indian-vibe of the gown,  Stuart Weitzman heels, and Savage clutch. Like Jones, I found Hendricks’ hair to be lackluster; however, both actresses (or their stylists) chose gowns that perfectly suited their personal style.

Comedic actresses also kept up with red theme. Best Actress in a Comedy Series winner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, wore a bespoke Carolina Herrera halter gown with criss-cross back straps and buckle detailing. The column gown looked superb and the “Veep” star was easily one of the night’s best dressed. A perfect blowout, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, and Savage clutch took the look to another level of gorgeousness. Winner for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for “Orange is the New Black,” Uzo Aduba, looked incredible in a fitted strapless mermaid gown with cascading ruffles from Christian Siriano. “Crazy Eyes” was crazy beautiful and looked every inch a winner. Mindy Kaling was robbed of a nomination for her series, “The Mindy Project,” but that didn’t stop the comedienne from looking like a winner last night. She wore a silk dress with silver detailing by Kenzo.  I also liked that she wore a designer that is rarely since at the red carpet events.

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Other actresses embracing red for the evening were Oscar winner and “Red Band Society” actress Octavia Spencer and nominee Minnie Driver. Since her breakout hit “The Help,” Octavia has been faithful to designer Tadashi Shoji and last night was no different. The lace short-sleeved gown with gathered pleating was pretty, but I feel like we’ve seen Spencer in this same gown before. No doubt she looks great, I just wished she would mix it up just a little bit. The “Snowpiercer” star carried a Rauwolf clutch and,  like many others, wore Lorraine Schwartz earrings. Minnie Driver wore a crimson Marchesa with a plunging neckline with eggplant embroidery. I really loved her hair and Fred Leighton jewels. As for the dress, it is pretty but forgettable. “Project Runway” host, Heidi Klum, walked the red carpet with her gown’s designer and fellow “Runway” host, Zac Posen. The Resort 2015 gown featured a draped back which gave the appearance of a cape. This is the best that Klum has looked on red carpet in a long time. The German mega-model looked laid-back, yet glamorous with her Jimmy Choos and wavy tresses. E! Red Carpet host, Giuliana Rancic, matched many of the actresses she was interviewing for the night. Rancic wore a mermaid taffeta gown with pleated strapless neckline by Gustavo Cadile.

While many fell for red, many actresses shunned color and wore white or nude. Another best of the night was “Orange is the New Black” nominee, Taylor Schilling. Looking beautiful out of her orange jumpsuit, Schilling wore a nude intricately beaded halter gown featuring a thin belt from Zuhair Murad’s Fall 2014 couture collection. Soft makeup and updo with Forevermark jewels, Rauwolf clutch, and Stuart Weitzman heels elevated the overall look. It should be a crime to look this good (sorry, I had to go there!) Schilling’s costar, Laverne Cox, looked absolutely drop dead gorgeous. She never makes a misstep on the red carpet and tonight was no different. The history-making actress wore a custom Marc Bouwer white flowing gown with v-neckline and beautiful draping in the back. Pulling her hair up in a simple updo, the primary focus became Cox’s stunning Fred Leighton earrings. Fellow funny girl, Kristen Wiig, kept things simple with a fitted strappy Vera Wang gown. Wiig usually is a bit drap at these events but he she looked absolutely radiant last night.

Sofia Vergara may have left her man-candy, Joe Mangeniello, back home but that didn’t stop Vergara from showcasing her divine figure in a structured mermaid gown from designer Roberto Cavalli. The Columbian-born beauty let fans vote for what hairstyle she should sport come Emmys night and they decided that she should wear her blonde locks loose and down. The Cover Girl ambassador wore the brand’s red lipstick in 501, Lorraine Schwartz jewels that complimented the silver accents on the dress, and Brain Atwood heels. The look was not groundbreaking but it still was pretty. New “The Voice” judge, singer Gwen Stefani, walked her first Emmys red carpet and her look was sensational. Stefani wore an Atelier Versace Fall 2014 two-piece that was covered in tiny Swarovski crystals which the singer said weighed quite a bit. The top consisted of short-sleeves and a peek-a-boo cleavage baring look with gold accents. Inspired by the gown’s designer, Dontella Versace, Stefani kept her bleach blond locks straight with a center part. I absolutely loved this look. It is rock star formal and completely different from what was seen on the red carpet.

“Elementary” actress, Lucy Liu,  wore a cream Zac Posen pleated corseted gown, House of Cards” Kate Mara wore a white asymmetrical embellished J. Mendel gown, and “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi wore a crisp white halter column gown from Ralph Rucci. Zac Posen also dressed “Veep” star Anna Chlumsky and new “Dancing with the Stars Judge, Julianne Hough, wore a ill-fitting strapless DSquared dress.

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Some of last night’s hottest couples also looked sleek and sexy in white. Camila Alves was on the arm of newly minted Academy Award winner and Emmy nominee, Matthew McConaughey. I have a serious girl crush on Alves and last night did nothing to change that. The Brazilian model wore a figure hugging Zuhair Murad 2015 Resort white long-sleeved cutout gown with a boat neck and thin patent belt. The mother of three carried an Aldo clutch, Neil Lane jewels, and sported Brian Atwood heels. Another unique look and one of the night’s best dressed. Alves’ main squeeze wore a midnight blue three-piece tuxedo with black shirt, bow tie and lapels by Dolce & Gabanna (he is their brand ambassador). I’ll overlook the length of the pants and say that I really enjoy this look. The actor always mixes up his red carpet looks and seems to actually put thought into what he is wearing. He might have lost but he was winner on the best dressed list. “Breaking Bad” actor and Supporting Actor winner, Aaron Paul, was joined on the red carpet by his super hot wife, Lauren. The anti-bullying activist wore a white long-sleeved column gown by Lorena Sabru with crystal embellishments. She paired her look with a messy ponytail and smokey eye. Aaron Paul doted on his wife wearing a sharp Prada suit.

Dramatic actresses sure did bring the drama to the red carpet and the looked glamorous as ever. “Extant” actress, Halle Berry, wore a dusty pink halter chiffon Elie Saab gown from the designer’s Fall 2014 collection. The gown, with thigh-high slits, featured a belt with gold hardware. I loved the color on Berry but the hair is another story. Viola Davis stars in Shonda Rimes’ latest ABC drama, “How to Get Away with Murder.” The Oscar-nominated star wore an royal blue short-sleeved column gown that showed off her ample assets. The bodice was covered in the tiny cutout petals. Also coming back with a new drama is Katherine Heigl. The blonde beauty, unfortunately, was one of the few fashion victims of the night.Wearing a Parisian silk beige vintage John Hayles gown with long sleeves, deep neckline and structure collar. Heigl’s updo did nothing to help her aging look. The Emmy-winner looked many years beyond her 30-something age. I did like the actress’ accessories, which included Fred Leighton hoop earrings, gold Oroton clutch, and Christian Louboutin heels.

Two of my absolute favorite looks of the night came from Kerry Washington and Julia Roberts. As expected, Washington dazzled in Prada (her go-to label as of late). Wearing a strapless, double silk orange column dress with high-slit which features a peak-a-boo navy sequined navy skirt and colorful beading on the seams, Washington added Prada pumps, Fred Leighton jewels and sexy blue smokey eye. The “Scandal” star always brings the unexpected to the red carpet and she sure did this time with smashing results. Nominee Julia Roberts wore one of my favorite looks from Elie Saab’s Fall 2014 couture show. In a midnight blue peplum cocktail dress with plunging neckline, long-sleeves and beading. Long flowy locks, Christian Louboutin pumps, and Irene Neuwirth jewels completed this playful look. Julia has never looked better!

Other dramatic actresses with winning looks for the night were Hayden Panettiere in shimmering metalllic and pink Lorna Sabru gown. Adding even more wattage to her look was a Fred Leighton diamond headband, earrings, and bracelet, Judith Leiber clutch, and Salvatore Ferragamo shoes. The momma-to-be was positively glowing. Is it weird that one of my style icons is a 14 year-old? “Mad Men” actress Kiernan Shipka has an amazing style sense, especially for being such a young starlet. The teen wore a age-appropriate a-line cocktail dress with a sash with intricate beading from Antonio Berardi’s Resort 2015 collection.

There were plenty of other standout looks from Emmys including Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli Couture, Jim Parsons in Giorgio Armani, Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karen Atelier, Amy Poehler in shimmering Theia, Julie Bowen in Peter Som, and Julianna Marguilies in Narcisco Rodriguez. Misses included in Sarah Paulson in Armani Prive, Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli Couture, and Michelle Dockery in Rosie Assoulin.

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Photos courtesy of E!, InStyle, and People

MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Red Carpet

The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) took place last night in Inglewood, CA and the stars came out to impress in their sexy and wacky best. The theme of the night was skin and lots of it. Singers and starlets wore thigh-high slits, showed off some major cleavage, and showed off their, ahem, assets. The VMAs always plays host to extreme fashion which essentially means that taste and class are not to be touted. So let’s take a look at the sweet, sexy, and scary of last night’s fashion.


Arguably, the night belonged to Beyoncé who was the recipient of the MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Before delving into her 20-minute medley on-stage of her latest hits, the songstress sauntered down the red carpet in a Nicolas Jebran Couture black long-sleeved lace gown. The gown was covered in sequins and showcased her enviable figure. Knowles topped off her look with mega-watt Lorraine Schwartz chandelier earrings and Christian Louboutin heels. Backstage, she changed into another long-sleeved gown but by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad. The silk burgundy gown from the designer’s Fall 2014 ready-to-wear collection featured sheer beaded side panels which amped up the sex-appeal. Of the two looks, the Zuhair Murad wins for me but both are gowns were gorgeous. I will be the first one to admit that I do not worship at the temple of Bey (let’s hope the Beygency doesn’t come after me) but Mrs. Jay-Z looked absolutely fabulous and was the by far the best dressed of the evening.

Like Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez brought sexy back only this time with mixed results. J.Lo wore a gown from little-known designer, Charbel Zoe. The silver glittery dress with plenty of cut-outs, nude shear paneling, and serious high thigh-split showcased the 45 year-old’s AMAZING figure BUT it was just too much. We get it, Jenny, you are hot, but always wearing this style of over-the-top dresses seems like you are trying too hard and are in a fashion rut. Lopez added metallic white Jimmy Choo ‘Tartini’ heels and Normal Silverman rings and earrings to complete the look. Also, embracing metallic was rapper Iggy Azalea. The Aussie donned an Atelier Versace Spring 2014 silver gown with her blond locks slicked back. The cage detailing and intricate bodice were striking and a the diamond necklace perfectly complimented the gown. Azalea also added a Piaget ring and a pink pout. She was one of my best dressed of the night.

Iggy’s “Black Widow” collaborator, Rita Ora, rocked the red carpet in a silk red Donna Karen Atelier gown. Ora didn’t follow the rule of either cleavage or leg, but rather embracing both with a plunging neckline and a split showcasing her hipbone in boudoir-inspired look. Like Azalea, Ora slicked back her blond hair, added a diamond necklace, and wore her signature red lip. No doubt the British singer looked pretty, but this outfit was yawn-inducing. I feel like we’ve seen this look from her plenty times before. Also joining in on the red brigade was “Sin City” actress and fashionista Jamie Chung. I completely covet the “Real World” alum’s street style and she proved last night why I should love her fashion choices on the red carpet also. Chung wore a mini cocktail dress from Versace’s Fall 2014 collection. The sleeveless sparkly and leather accented dress were correctly paired with the ever so popular Stuart Weitzman’s ‘Nudist’ nude sandals which allowed for the dress to shine on its own.


Chloe Grace Moretz wore red to last night’s red carpet with decidedly mixed results. After being featured on last week’s Style Stars, the actress disappointed in a much too mature look from Louis Vuitton’s Resort 2015 collection. While it was a nice change of pace to see a young star not try to be overtly sexy, the look fell flat for me. The style star paired straight-legged baby pink pants with a long-sleeved belted red lace top with embellishments. The only part of this outfit I like are the neon sandals. However, I do give Moretz credit for trying something different amongst the see of cleavage-baring stars. Demi Lovato also wore red on the red carpet and looked fantastic. The singer-actress wore a long-sleeved fire-engine red gown by Lanvin with plunging neckline. Lovato added Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, Repossi earcuff, Marina B earrings, Nektar DeStagni ring, and a Charlotte Olympia clutch. She was the epitome of sophisticated glam.

Lovato’s bestie and newly minted pop songstress, Taylor Swift, shunned gowns and cocktail dresses. The “Shake It Off” singer wore a baby blue itty-bitty romper with long sleeves and embroidered gold alphabet splattered all-over. Swift wore her signature red lip, maroon Elie Saab cutout booties, Lorraine Schwartz and Orifa jewels. Why? That’s all I have to say. I know she was trying something different, but Swift wears much better outfits after she leaves in the gym than the toddler-inspired look she wore last night. The Mary Katrantzou Resort 2015 look was a miss for me. Swift’s good friend, actress Sarah Hyland, had much better results on the red carpet last night. The actress continued her style winning streak with a midnight blue Kaufmanfranco Fall 2014 gown. The asymmetrical gown with a slash at the midsection was paired with a vampy burgundy lip and pin-straight center-parted locks and black Stuart Weitzman ‘Nudist’ heels.

Throwbacks were also a theme for last night’s VMAs. Katy Perry and rapper Riff Raff wore head-to-toe denim in tribute to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake who wore a similar look to the 2001 American Music Awards (unironically may I added). Perry’s strapless studded denim dress with giant belt buckle was courtesy of Atelier Versace. I mean how can you hate on this? They both were having fun and knew they looked ridiculous! Wiz Khalifa’s wife, Amber Rose, resurrected a look that no one was hoping would make a comeback. Wearing a look reminiscent of Rose McGowan’s nearly nude black beaded dress (I use that term loosely here) to the 1998 VMAs, Amber wore a silver beaded look from Laura Dewitt that showed off all her assets. Rose is beautiful and this look does not do her any justice

Not all of the night’s looks were misses. Nina Dobrev in Zuhair Murad, Nicki Minaj (who had a wardrobe malfunction while performing onstage) in Saint Laurent, Lucy Hale in Oscar de la Renta, a glowingly pregnant Kelly Rowland in Kaufmanfranco, and rapper Common in Louis Vuitton shined brightly last night. Unfortunately, winner and performer Ariana Grande in Moschino, Jessie J in vintage Halston, Austin Mahone, and Kim Kardashian in Balmain were disappointments of the evening.


Ok guys, who were your favorites of the evening and stay tuned tomorrow for Emmy Awards coverage!





Photos courtesy of People, InStyle, E!


Style Stars of the Week

This week was a bit slow on the celeb style front but I’m hoping with this weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards and Monday’s Primetime Emmy Awards that the fashion next week will be fierce and at its best. In the meantime, some starlets did shine for this week’s Style Stars.


Chloe Grace Moretz in Proenza Schouler

Chloe Grace Moretz in Proenza Schouler

Chloe Grace Moretz: The young star has been busy promoting your latest young adult flick, “If I Stay.” Brooklyn Beckham’s maybe-girlfriend hit up “Good Morning America” on her promotional tour and looked sensational. Moretz wore a Proenza Schouler cream pleated dress from the design duo’s Resort 2014 collection. The PYT paired her sleveless LWD with white Casadei leather slingbacks. I’ve noticed Chloe tends to sway back-and-forth between too mature looks and very tween styles, so, it is wonderful to find a look that is on-point and perfectly age-appropriate. Glossed lips, lush lashes, and beachy hair added the final touches.


Michelle Dockery in Zac Posen

Michelle Dockery in Zac Posen

Michelle Dockery: Lady Mary of “Downton Abbey,” err, I mean, Michelle Dockery looked fashionable and  very modern compared to her television alter ego at Thursday’s 2014 Audi Celebrations of Emmy Week. Wearing an origami-inspired emerald green Zac Posen dress and to-die-for floral Paul Andrew pumps the Emmy-nominated actress exuded with stylish sophistication that we’ve come to expect from her. Dockery completed her look with a show-stopper red lip, earrings from EFFY, Dana Rebecca Designs bracelets, Melinda Maria rings, and a gold box clutch.


Sarah Hyland in Alice + Olivia

Sarah Hyland in Alice + Olivia

Sarah Hyland: “Modern Family” star, Sarah Hyland, smoldered on the black carpet along with Dockery at the Audi Pre-Emmy event Thursday evening. Hyland tends to play up her sweet and soft side on the red carpet but this time she brought the sex appeal with a black-and-white romper by Alice + Olvia and a peek-a-boo lace bralet. I’m seriously drooling over her Jimmy Choo PVC heels with bejeweled ankle straps! Sarah’s ombre hair was pulled into a perfect side fishtail braid and wore a smokey eye paired with a nude lip. Her jewels were courtesy of jeweler to the stars, Lorraine Schwartz, who is decking the actress with bling for Emmy night.


Stay tuned for red carpets of the VMAs and Emmys!



Photos courtesy of InStyle

Style Stars of the Week

Three blond bombshells make this week’s Style Stars!


Taylor Schilling in Roland Mouret

Taylor Schilling in Roland Mouret

Taylor Schilling: The “Orange is the New Black” star wore a colorblock Roland Mouret ‘Cassida’ dress to SiriusXM Studios on Thursday. The figure flattering dress is from the designer’s 2014 Pre-Fall Collection. I never would have thought cobalt blue, baby pink, tangerine, and white would work so well together but the French designer proved me wrong. The Emmy nominated actress wore star favorite Stuart Weitzman ‘Nudist’ heels in blue and accented her look with gorgeous dark blue eyeshadow and mermaid waves.


Nicola Peltz in Prada

Nicola Peltz in Prada

Nicola Peltz: Nicola has been making the rounds promoting her summer smash hit “Transformers: Age of Extinction” all over the world. Peltz’s lastest premiere was held in Tokyo and this is by far my favorite look from the svelte blond beauty. The mango colored Prada halter gown featured a a plunging neckline with contrasting burnt orange trim. Dark vampy nails, major cat-eye, and sleek locks complimented the newcomer’s fun and sexy gown.


Kristin Cavallari in Zac Posen

Kristin Cavallari in Zac Posen

Kristin Cavallari: Honestly, I never thought the former reality starlet would ever make a Style Stars list, but I was delightfully proven wrong by Mrs. Jay Cutler. Cavallari wore a crimson Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2014 trumpet gown at the International Fashion Film Awards this past Sunday. The mother of two (can you believe she just gave birth two months ago?!) has never looked better. She finished off the old-Hollywood glam look with hair swept to one side, jewels from L’dezen, and gold clutch by Glomesh.

Thanks y’all!



Taylor Schilling and Nicola Peltz photos courtesy  of InStyle

Kristin Cavallari photo courtesy of

July 2014 Favorites

Alright, in everyone’s favorite post or video they always say…it’s the end of the month already?! Where is this year going?!

Well, we feel the same way. 2014 has been an exciting and busy year for all of us. We simply cannot believe it’s over halfway done!

That being said, let’s get to the important stuff. Here are Curl & Glow’s favorites for July.




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Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
This month, I was in the market for a new eyeliner that was easy to use and I would help me finally master the cat-eye look (yeah, there is a reason why I don’t do makeup posts for Curl & Glow!) The Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner is exactly what I wanted! You can make thick or subtle lines with this pen-like liner and the winged look is a breeze! Another bonus is that your look will stay in place all day and won’t smudge, so, you can wear it day to night without any touchups! I bought the jet black, but the liner comes in 14 shades!


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Need a quick pick-me-up but don’t have time for a nap? The Sephora Collection Instant Depuffing Eye Mask is a must have! My eyes always seem tired, sore, and puffy and on a whim I bought this hydrogel mask when I was at a recent (and all too often) Sephora outing. Slip on the mask (it’s a one-time use) for 10-15 minutes over your eyes. The cooling sensation is an immediate relief to tired eyes and once you take it off you will notice your eyes are less puffy and the dark circles are not as pronounced. It’s a must try!



Romper 2.0
The romper–in its early iterations–was not my favorite. Basically a pajama-like wedgie machine for anyone without a stick figure. However, I am loving what I’d like to call “Romper 2.0″–basically rompers with great attention to silhouette and that seem to draw on a great 1950s aesthetic. Pretty sure I still can’t get the rump in these, but hey, I like looking at them.


1. (Marc by Marc Jacobs) Courtesy of Polyvore
2. (Tobi Boutique) Courtesy of All Women Stalk blog


My Franco Sarto Sandals
I’ve always adored the comfort and fashion of Franco Sarto shoes, but these top them all. They’re like cosmopolitan leather slippers. So comfortable but also secure and sturdy. Definitely going on my NY vacation. Unfortunately, I can’t find my specific pair, but you can find many wonderful other sandals at


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I originally received a sample of this mascara as part of eye shadow palette gift set, which itself is awesome. But its the mascara that has stolen my heart. This little tube of magic makes my lashes so freakin’ long and bold. I have set aside my typical, low-impact gloss mascara so I can feel glamorous everyday using Smashbox’s Full Exposure mascara.


Bright pink or mint nail polish
I can’t decide which color I’ve favored more this past month: bright, eye-catching (or maybe eye-ssulting?) neon pink or minty fresh, pale-but-bold green. Here are some examples:


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This is my go-to foundation right now. N1 (soft ivory) perfectly matches my skin and I get enough coverage to mask any imperfections, but I don’t look cakey. I have a problem with foundations because I have pink undertones to my skin and drugstore foundations tend to have more yellow undertones, so I look like I am wearing a mask. As we all know, that is a makeup no-no! With a good primer this foundation stays on my face all day, even my T-Zone, where I get extremely greasy.


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I am absolutely obsessed with this lip color. Oh my goodness, it’s amazing. You have to be careful when applying, because it is a very thin formula and it absolutely will run, it will get all over your teeth…but only if you apply too much. I am in love with Magenta, but Mulberry is next on my list. This is a matte color and it is indeed long wearing, it also is very moisturizing. It wears well overtime and for me it lasts several hours.

What are we missing out on? Tell us your favorites!

Until next time!

My Top 10 FAVORITE Beauty YouTubers

A few years ago, I knew absolutely nothing about makeup. I didn’t know what bronzer was really used for, or how to properly apply ANYTHING. YouTube changed everything for me.

Honestly, I don’t remember how I found Shae (my #1) but I am so glad I did. She inspired me to buy the Naked 2 palette and taught me how to do my first smokey eye! She also taught me about blush and bronzer and LIPSTICK. I have Shae to really thank for so much, she’s amazing. Once I moved to the mountains with my husband, I found several other gurus (like 30 more) and what good am I if I don’t share the wealth, right?

So I am happy to bestow upon you the 10 Beauty “Gurus” I love most from YouTube.

Be sure to check them out and let them know Amanda from sent you! They don’t know who I am, but whatever :)


10. MrsLolaLynn

I like Laura a lot. She has a variety of different videos and does a lot of unboxing videos. A lot of people don’t enjoy un boxings BUT Laura and I have similar complexion, hair color, and eye color, so I like seeing what she gets in different subscription boxes. I also have to give her props because she has lost a bunch of weight lately and I applaud her talking about it on YouTube! That takes serious guts.

9.  eleventhgorgeous

Tracy and Stefanie are wonderful. They buy a lot of products at the drugstore and I never feel like I can’t afford to buy anything they show. With a lot of YouTubers there is a lot of plugging random online brands, I feel like they actually go to the store and purchase products which gives me hope. They also do the battle of the boxes every month and put Birchbox against Ipsy, which is what inspired me to subscribe to both boxes a long time ago!

8. Lauren Curtis

Lauren is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS and amazingly talented. I feel like Lauren is super talented, but nothing she does is so crazy that I cannot recreate it on my own. As a normal gal, I appreciate that.

7. Shaanxo

Shannon is cool, funky and from New Zealand. You get to see her use so many different brands that we know nothing about in the States, so her tutorials are refreshing and DIFFERENT. She also pushes the envelope and does very different looks. I think she’s fun and spunky and a joy to watch. Her fashion style is a little…not my taste, but she seems fun and her looks are unique and she always makes them wearable.

6. CoffeeBreakwithDani

Dani is really fun to watch. She posts everyday during the week and is SO INFORMATIVE. My favorite part about her is she actually researches how to pronounce different words instead of making an ass out of herself on camera (like many frequently do). Who knew the correct pronunciation of “mauve” rhymes with “cove”? I didn’t! She is also NOT a professional makeup artist, so she doesn’t use 50 brushes and her looks are very simple and quick.

5. Makeupbytiffanyd

Tiffany is awesome and annoying at the same time (not in a bad way!). I love her because she is incredibly thorough in her explanations, but she buys mostly high end stuff. That makes me crazy! I want to buy everything and I can’t and GAHHH! It’s frustrating. She also, like many of the girls, isn’t a professional makeup artist, so her looks are easy to achieve. Tiffany also just announced her pregnancy, I am so happy for her!

4. Itsjudytime

Judy is everything. I love Judy. First of all, she went to the same college I did (University of Washington, Go Dawgs!) and she lives in the greater Seattle area! I love watching her daily VLOGS (itsjudyslife) because her husband and children are darling. I have found so many amazing products through watching Judy. She does reviews often and checks in throughout the day so you can see how different lip stains hold up (I found out about the Sephora lustre matte lip color from her FIRST over a month ago! Now all YouTubers are talking about it like it just came out) or different foundations, etc! I can’t say enough good things, I love her.

3. Nicole Guerriero

I love Nicole. She gives great reviews, hair and makeup tutorials. I always love a good hair tutorial because I am terrible with hair. I also learned my favorite makeup hack from her! If you apply mascara along the bottom lashes it will look like liner along your lash line and bring more depth to your eyes!

2. Jaclynhill

Jaclyn is an actual makeup artist. She worked for MAC cosmetics for a few years and knows what she is doing. Her makeup tutorials are informative, easy to achieve, and typically work well for everyone. She also tends to use colors you can find in your own collection at home. This doesn’t stop me from wanting to run out and blow hundreds of dollars at MAC and Sephora after every tutorial she does. She’s also fun and spunky, some people don’t love that, but I enjoy her personality because she’s different and seems genuinely happy to be doing this as her job. What I don’t like? She has a lot of expensive products and purses…makes me so jealous.

1. Thatgirlshaexo

Shae the first guru I started watching. I adore Shae. She’s also a professional makeup artist. Shae and Jaclyn both focus on tutorials, which is why they are 2 and 1, but Shae is #1 because she always tells you that you DO NOT need to go buy new products, find what works within your own collection! The only product she really mentions and plugs are Sigma brushes and Michael Todd products, so I trust her recommending them both. I don’t feel like she’s just trying to make money off of her subscribers like other people. She uses so many drugstore brands while also using high end, a huge plus. Shae introduced me to Urban Decay eye shadows, Milani blushes, NYX everything, Chocolate Soleil bronzer and LIPSTICK! She also does an AWESOME Throwback Thursday tutorial every week where she takes old palettes and creates new looks. Absolutely genius. Furthermore, she’s a jersey girl and owns it! As a daughter of a jersey girl, I love that.


Please PLEASE PLEASE let me know if there are any other gurus I should be watching in the comments below!


Stay glam,