7/18/2014

Flip through of the new ban.do 2014 - 2015 planner!

You guys!! This new planner / agenda from ban.do is seriously the cutest I've ever seen! Y'all know by now that I'm pretty much addicted to planners, agendas and organizational tools. There's just something about moving into a fresh new planner with pretty, clean pages. #crazylady

Anyway, I love ban.do --- it's such a colorful, whimsical brand. Remember the poufs that got them started? A lot of the aesthetic reminds me of Kate Spade. As soon as I saw the agenda, I knew I had to have it. I honestly don't know how much I will actually use it (again…. #crazylady) but I just had to have it. 
For me, it's not the most practical because it's designed like a book (as opposed to with rings or spiral binding) so it doesn't lay super flat (not too bad either though) 
I'm not usually drawn to much color or whimsy (that's why I never jumped onto the Erin Condren Life Planner bandwagon) but for some reason I just couldn't resist this one.

Really I just wanted it to look through and use for a little while. As many of you know, I've alternated between using my Filofax Original in patent nude and my beloved Sugar Paper LA for Target calendar.
Here's a quick look through the book -- you will love it!!




Isn't it sooooo cute?!
Let me know if you order one!
And please don't forgot to check out my YouTube channel and subscribe :)
xo

7/11/2014

B.O.R.N. to Style


You guys!! It's been a seriously long time since I've been this excited about a TV show but I cannot wait for the premiere of B.O.R.N. to Style on the FYI Network. Truth be told, I don't have much time to actually sit down and watch TV so I'm very picky about what I do make time to watch….and this show is definitely top of my list. I LOVE makeover shows and I think this one will turn out to be king of them all. I mean how can you not love these fierce & fashion-forward stylists who are making over clients in their store in Harlem?!

Any guesses what B.O.R.N. stands for?!

Check out the trailer to find out!


As the fellas say, 'It's a store with attitude.'
And the show tagline? B.O.R.N. to Style: Your Makeover Needs a Makeover.
So genius!! Fabulous, huh?

B.O.R.N. to Style promises to be hilarious and inspirational, which in my book is a winning combo. It's a lifestyle makeover series centered on this fierce team from New York, and their larger than life boss, Jonathan Bodrick, who has been styling people since the age of five. #cutiepie 
The stylists actually land at the door of those desperately in need of some “color in their lives.”  By rifling through their client’s belongings and asking blunt questions, the team at B.O.R.N. gets to the root of their fashion malaise, before whisking them away for a transformation that goes beyond just their look. Love it.

Besides their fierce boss, the show also features these fabulous stylists: cosmetologist turned personal stylist Brandon Hood, style street photographer JJ Langan, makeup artist and fashion lover Kristen Brown, store manager Terry Artis and self-professed class clown Devin Stokes.

Here's the most important thing you need to know: 

B.O.R.N. to Style premieres 
Tuesday, 7/15 @ 10p EST, on FYI Network

I'm so excited about the launch of FYI Network as well!
I know I'll be watching (most likely in PJs on my couch but shhh!) and would love to know what you think of the show! Let's make a date to meet on Twitter on the 15th to discuss! 


XOXO



Disclosure: This post was sponsored by FYI Network through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about B.O.R.N. to Style, all opinions are my own. I would never share something I didn't truly love. Obviously.

6/18/2014

Review + Swatches | New! Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

I'm a neutrals girl. In my wardrobe and my makeup. And my home for that matter. I like the look of crisp lines in clean colors with an occasional pop. 

For everyday, my makeup is always neutral lips and neutral eyes (smoky eyes are my go-to for special occasions) So I'm always on the hunt for the perfect eyeshadow. I want to wear something on my lids, but I don't want any crazy colors or anything too dark. I've been considering purchasing one of the Urban Decay Naked palettes but was hesitant to spend $50 on an entire palette that I would probably only use a few of the colors. So I was thrilled when I saw the new Maybelline The Nudes eyeshadow palette on Andrea Matillano's Instagram last week. I went to a major hunt to find it --- Wal-Mart, Ulta, CVS, Walgreens -- no where had it yet. But I finally found it at my Target! So if you're on a mission to find it, try there. I was particularly excited because I love drugstore makeup and this palette was only $10!
Check out my video to see my first impressions and review of the product as well as swatches. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality!

And let me know if you pick up this palette and how you like it! x


6/10/2014

Get Ready With Me | Persian Wedding

I went to a Persian wedding recently, here's a look at how I got ready for the big night! A quick hair tutorial for beachy waves, a smokey eye makeup look and my OOTN, a gold sequin dress! Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for lots more fun videos! xoxo


5/14/2014

Life Lately | via Instagram

It's been awhile since I've done a life lately post. Nothing too crazy happening around here but here's a little peek via my Instagram!

Last month, I ventured off to San Francisco to visit some of my best girl friends! There's a group of 6 of us that were close friends when we all lived in Chicago almost 10 years ago. These women are pretty fabulous -- stylish, SMART (we're talking double Harvard grads, lawyers, and save the world kind of doctors) , and so incredibly supportive. Seriously, I can be so real and pretty much tell them anything without judgement on their part. Not that my life is so scandalous but still, you know what I mean ;) I feel very comfortable around them, at easy and totally like myself. It's hard to find that kind of true friendship so I'm extra grateful for these lovely ladies. Every one of us is spread out all over the US now but we still keep in touch via regular email updates and try to have a girls trip a few times a year! 

These photos are the perfect recap of my trip: lots of pastries, a little bit of sightseeing, and  pretty views on the way to more eating.


We visited the original La Boulange bakery that was purchased by Starbucks!


Lyon Street Steps


Beautiful street vendors on our walk to dinner

I returned from my mini-vacay majorly inspired, motivated and refreshed!
And then...I lightened my hair!
I haven't done anything major to my hair in probably close to 10 years. I barely trim off the ends and I do cover up my grays [ahem] but other than, it's just long, brown and wavy.
I recently saw this picture of Khloe Kardashian and I was in love!


So I immediately knew I wanted it but also knew it wasn't going to be easy, considering how dark my hair is. Thank goodness I own a hair salon with the absolute best hairstylists in Oklahoma! ;) Seriously, I would not have done this to my hair if I didn't own The Blo Bar


Sorry for the dressing room selfie, but seriously didn't it turn out amazing?! I had a hard time finding proper lighting that would show the true color of my hair. Well this has an Instagram filter on it, but still…

And then something equally as exciting (!), I got a new Filofax! I know, I know. But I love organization and this new Filofax Original in patent nude is beautiful. I've been on a major hunt for a planner that I love, and this is it (for now….) 
Check out my YouTube channel for a better look! 


And ps- the reason I purchased this Filofax because it reminded me so much of the Chanel Les Beiges sheer powder! 

Also, last week rehearsals for Legally Blonde: The Musical began! I'm so super excited and so super nervous at the same time. I am by no means an actress, I just thought it would be fun to try my hand at community theatre and I love this musical! I'm playing Chutney so it's not a huge role but it's pretty dramatic and I'm definitely stepping outside my comfort zone for this one. So far, so good. For the most part my nights are totally consumed with these rehearsals and I love being surrounded by so many incredibly talented people! This show is going to be amazing -- the people of Oklahoma are in for a treat! 


And finally, I had a wonderful Mother's Day with my mom over the weekend. We had a pretty low-key brunch, popped by Starbucks to try out the new Oprah Chai, which we thought tasted exactly like the normal chai (what's the big deal?!), and then had a big dinner that night with lots of friends and family. I feel very fortunate to live close to my parents after living so far away for almost 10 years. 



That's it! 
My life in a nutshell the past month or so. 
For more daily updates, make sure you follow along on Instagram! XO

5/08/2014

My favorite drugstore nude lipsticks!

I've been on a mission lately to find the perfect drugstore nude lipstick (and lipgloss)
Y'all know me by now, I very rarely wear bright lipstick at all. Something about it just drives me crazy. I can count on one-hand the number of times, I've rocked a red lip. 

So I think in the past month, I've been to the CVS, Walgreens and Wal-Mart approximately 10 times buying all kinds of different (and affordable) lipsticks from all the major brands -- CoverGirl, Maybelline, Loreal, Flower, Hard Candy, Neutrogena --- you name it, I bought it.

I compiled the results of my Top 5 favorites in my latest YouTube video! I'll give you a little hint: the most popular was definitely Loreal 'Fairest Nude' but you'll have to watch to find out the rest! Plus I included a mini-haul of other fun products I've picked up since I went to the drugstore 73219 a few times.

Click below to watch and please do let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations that I missed! :) x