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Makeup Tutorial: The Friendly Vamp

 One lovely perk working in the fashion industry is the occasional employee incentive.  This time the focus was a virtually indestructible business: Cosmetics.  Investing in great cosmetics and skin care can really make a difference in your look.  I recommend sticking to a few of your favorite brand names when sprucing up your collection – it simplifies the application process as same vendor products tend to work best with one another.

Below is my very first makeup tutorial/collection of strange faced selfies featuring mostly Bobbi Brown cosmetics and a few other great names sprinkled in there too.

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Start!

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1.  Start with a freshly washed face:  Right now I’m using Clinque Rinse Off Foaming Cleaner.

2.  Moisturize:  Here I’m using Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream.  Best part – this is also a primer!

3.  Prep eyes: Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream is also a primer/eye cream.  I like to put all over the eye area.

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4.  Prep face with my newest obsession: Bobbi Brown BB Cream w/ SPF 35 in Light.  Squirt a pea size amount onto the Full Coverage Brush.  Swirl product into skin all over the face including eye area.  I love how this tinted BB Cream evens out my skin tone and provides coverage without making me look like a porcelain doll.  The product is lightweight too.  Add Bobbi Brown Illuminating Eye Brightener in Bisque to brighten inner corners of the eye.

5.  Apply a Bronzer:  Here I’m using Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Aruba.  I like to put bronzer in concave portions of my face:  Under cheek bones, temples, under jaw line.  I also like to brush bronzer on my t-zone mimicking a natural tan.

6.  Apply Blush to apples of cheeks.  Here I’m using a Creme de Blush in Petale de Rose from YSL.  I put the product on my ring fingers and dab onto the apples of my cheeks.

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7.  Applying Eyeshadow:  Using the Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush and Nude Nectar Eyeshadow Palate, prep the eyes by brushing on the Pale Cream (a nude color) all over lids, then fill in crease with Soft Buff.

8.  Create Dimension:  Using a tiny liner brush, line the outer base of the lashes with Rich Caviar (also from palate mentioned above).  Then start to move the brush up into the crease of the eye creating a dark spot in the corner of the eye into the crease.

9.  Fine Line:  Wet your liner brush and dip into Rich Caviar again to really line the lashes and create a small  wing.  Apply Bobbi Brown Smoke Eye Mascara in Black for super full (almost fake looking) lashes.Slide4

10.  Tame Brows:  Brush out brows using Cover Girl Clear Mascara (also great for taming flyaways!).

11.  Prep Lips:  Prep lips for lipstick application by brushing on remaining BB Cream.  This will keep the lipstick on longer and keep it in place.

12.  Apply Lipstick:  Bobbi Brown Black Plum is  dark but sheer lipstick.  I’m obsessed with this for two reasons:  It gives you a dark lip while feeling like Chapstick.

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1.  Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream  –  2.  Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream  –  3.  Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 in Light  –  4.  Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush  –  5.  Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush  –  6.  YSL Creme de Blush in 6 Petale de Rose  –  7.  Bobbi Brown Illuminating Brozer in Aruba  –  8.  Bobbi Brown Nude Nectar Eyeshadow Palate  –  9.  Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color in Black Plum  –  10.  Cover Girl Clear Mascara  –  11.  Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara  –  12. Bobbi Brown Illuminating Eye Brightener

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Marbled Marvel

This weekend I went to my cousin’s wedding.  The gorgeous couple was complimented by an equally beautiful day.

Weddings always put me in a great mood… They are the perfect excuse to get a little fancy while celebrating one of life’s greatest privileges – love.

Below is a versatile outfit perfect for any special occasion, work or dinner date…

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1.  Zara Marble Print Scuba Dress  – 2.  H&M Necklace –  3.  Zara Envelope Clutch  –  4.  Chloe Sandals

Have a Heart: Stuffed Artichokes

Last weekend my mother-in-law made one of my favorite dishes, stuffed artichokes.  Besides the act of stuffing, this recipe is relatively easy.  Best part – you can do the prep, freeze and serve later.  Impress your guests and follow the steps below.

Ingredients:

Pack of 9 artichokes  –  1 Egg  –  1/2 cup Grated Romano Cheese  –  Parsley  –

Garlic  – Italian Bread  – Olive Oil  –  Potatoes

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1.  Start with a pack of nine artichokes.

2.  Prepare artichokes – Cut off top of artichoke, stem and peel outer layers to reveal the tender heart.

3.  Run artichoke under water to open up heart and prepare for stuffing.

4.  Create stuffing:  Mix egg, cheese, and torn Italian bread (about two big slices).  Mash until consistency is like a paste.

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5.  Stuff artichokes – fill each leaf (as best you can) with mixture.

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6.  Put artichokes into a saucepan with cut up potatoes.

7.  Fill saucepan with water, 1/3 cup of olive oil, cut garlic, salt and pepper to taste.

8.  As artichokes cook, they will absorb the water.  Make sure to fill water once absorbed until cooked.  Artichokes are cooked when a fork can easily go through.

9.  Enjoy!

Black Cat, Cross My Path

I have always wondered where the black cat’s bad rep came from and the more I hang out with Mimi and Sister (my good friend Sarah’s friendly black kitties) the more I write off these superstitions as nothing but an old wives tale.

Mimi and Sister compliment Sarah’s interior decorating to a tee.  As always, I’m captivated by their visual harmony with Sarah’s light blue, black, white and natural wood color story.  A neutral graphic rug in sky blue and white serves as a perfect back drop to the kitties’ silky black fur. Green piercing eyes add that small interesting detail to this pleasing color blocking technique.

Below I’ve created a transitional Spring outfit perfect for work or a dinner date in the same color story inspired by Sarah’s interiors and her kitties… complete with small bright green detail.

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1.  Roland Mouret  –  2.  Saks Fifth Avenue Collection –  3.  Valentino  –  4.  3.1 Philip Lim  –  5.  Fendi

Monday, Outfitted

I was going to start off this post raving about how this outfit is perfect for a Monday morning at work, but then I realized it probably isn’t the best option unless you are working in the fashion world.  Let’s be honest, these pants below are PJs disguised as real clothes.  Best trend ever!  I started noticing the gals at work wearing these last summer but I wasn’t ballsy enough to pull of the trend then.  I decided to go for it this time around, and most definitely will be investing in a few more pairs this season.

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1.  Zara Printed Pants  –  2.  Kate Spade New York Tote  –  3.  J.Crew Classic V Neck Tee  –  4.  J.Crew Factory Crystal Sunrise Earrings  –  5.  Fendi Cuff, H&M Necklace  –  6.  Ray Ban Classic Aviators  –  7.  Zara Pointed D’Orsay Flats  –  7.  Zara Leather Moto Jacket

 

Pictures on the Wall

I believe in visualization leading to manifestation.

I know its sickeningly new age and probably breaks a number of Roman Catholic laws.  I can’t ignore my present life playing out exactly how I imagined it all those years ago.  My parents called this “Lisey Land,” my sixth-grade teacher called it ADD, a taxi cab driver from Brooklyn called it “psychic tendencies.”  Nonetheless, I love and hate my ability to get lost in my imagination. Today, as I look back on the last handful of years here in New York, I know this old habit of mine has been a bit dormant.  Perhaps I’ve been busy trying to “corporate-ify” myself… forcing myself to only pay attention to the calculated path.  The truth is, I’ve never worked well with a plan – and somehow my life seems to work best the less I try.

Continuing with the theme of adolescent day dreams, below are a handful of 2002 Spring/Summer ad campaigns that made me fall in love with fashion.  I had no taste, and no knowledge of what was actually respected in fashion (still arguable).  All I cared about was the name, the feeling, and one day possibly becoming a part of it all – whatever that meant.  Today, I’m so close, and I can feel it manifesting…

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Thirty-one

Hubby turned thirty-one today.  It is strange to think ten years ago was his twenty-first birthday.  My, how the years have passed.

I left work early to surprise him with a Spring pasta dish and a yummy treat to complete the meal.

Linguine with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Olives and Lemon is much less complicated than it sounds.  As long as you have a blender or food processor, this recipe is actually quite easy… very minimal chopping!

Below are ingredients:

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1.  De Cecco Linguine  –  2. 1 Cup Sun-Dried Tomatoes  –  3.  1/3 Cup Olive Oil  – 4. One Clove of Garlic  –  5.  Zest and Juice of 1 Lemon  – 6.  1 Cup Green Olives  –  7.  Salt & Pepper  –  8.  1 Cup Packed Basil  –  9.  Grated Parmesan Cheese

Click the link above for step by step directions.

For desert I stopped by Magnolia Bakery, a landmark bakery here in New York City.  I picked up a small Red Velvet Cheese Cake, perfect for just us two.  I would have loved to be able to find these little bomb candles…  I’ll have to keep and eye out.  We ended the meal with some Elderflower Soda – a light citrus tasting soda in this pretty bottle.

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10.  Magnolia Bakery Red Velvet Cheesecake  –  11.  Belvoir Elderflower Soda  –  12.  Bomb Candles