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You gotta make it match – A How-To on Bronzer

July 8th, 2014 No Comments

Blonde girl tanning


One of the frustrations we never really talk about during the summer is skin tone.  Staring into the mirror, we are blinded by convenience and cheapness.  In other words, we apply our pale, everyday makeup on our suntanned faced so we don’t have to buy new products.  We just HOPE it absorbs in and the tone evens out.   The other scenario is when we try to conceal a sunburn; unfortunately, our dehydrated skin sucks out all of the moisture from the lotion before we can even apply  powder.

Let me set us of all, straight: we’re not fooling anybody!

Eva Longoria bad makeup


Not to worry, you don’t have to buy all new cosmetics.  Lotions and bronzers will help pull you through with glowing features.

Lauren Conrad is a good example of the look we want: skin-kissed, all over, with exactly the same color.  Her face matches her neck which matches her body.  Here’s how you do it:


Dermalogica hydrating serum

Jouer Cosmetics Primer


Dry skin caused by too many outdoor activities not only expedites the aging process, but also creates a huge obstacle to getting your skin tone even.

For years I’ve been using dermalogica skin hydrating booster after a day in the sun.  It refreshes your skin almost instantly.  Jouer just came out with a moisturizing primer ($38) that does the same thing so your face doesn’t have to steal moisture from your foundation.



Guerlain Terracotta 4 seasons bronzer

After an extensive search online, I can’t find anyone who claims they know THE BEST bronzer on the market.  Many people mentioned Chanel, which no longer seems to make their bronzer.  The other favorite was Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor Made Brozer ($76), but their Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($52), that comes in 7 colors, looks more approachable to me.  My suggestion to you would be to spend a day in a department store and figure out your favorite.

Jouer Cosmetics Bronzing powder

I use Jouer cometics matte bronzer with my powder brush over my “everyday” foundation powder.  I’m not that tan so a little color does the job for me.  If you need more color, consider using a matte bronzing lotion by itself or adding it to your foundation.


The TRICK is to start at under the cheek bone, jaw bone, or hair line and then whisp out from there.  Applying the darker color this way, it will be heaviest in the areas of your face that are naturally shadowed.  Conturing bonus!

(Headline photo via Jouer Cosmetics Instagram.  Jouer generously sends me products.  I write about the ones I love.  Just like I do with everything else!)

If you’re looking for makeup to wear IN THE SUN, that will hold up against all of the surf and sweat, click here.

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Peace, love, and music bring out the best in barely-there outfits.

April 15th, 2014 No Comments

For those of you unfamiliar with Coachella, it’s a two-weekend alternative music festival held outside Palm Springs, California.  Think Woodstock for hipsters as this chick would indicate.

Even though the music is alt, the attire is all-out hippie and natural.   Emphasis on natural.  If you look too good, you look like that chick that tried too hard.  And if you have on too many pieces, you’ll burn alive in the desert heat.

Usually, I’m a HUGE proponent of keep yourself covered and show off one “money-maker,” but since the bands rock out their fans in the heat of the desert it’s only fitting clothing is minimal.

Below are a few of the more tame looks (that’s right) we can learn from and incorporate into our spring wardrobes.

Julianne Hough Coachella 2014 (Photo by Michael Simon/Startraks)

Julianne Hough Coachella 2014 (Photo by Michael Simon/Startraks)


  • Double denim
  • Cut-offs with pockets
  • Fringed cross-body bag
  • Flat ankle boots

Alessandra Ambrosio Coachella 2014 via StarStyle


  • Bustier top
  • Middriff exposed
  • Matching top and bottom
  • Shorts + boot combo

Diane Kruger with Joshua Jackson and Jason Wu. Coachella 2014. Photo via STS/WEN


  • Wide-brimed hat
  • Graphic tee
  • Inka + curt-off shorts
  • Shorts + Boot combo
  • Cross-body bag

Jared Leto Coachellla 2014 via JustJared


  • Long hair
  • Loose fitting tank top
  • Patterned pants
  • Toned arms (just throwing that out there :))

Coachella 2014 style via Vogue


  • Embroidery
  • Cut-off shorts
  • All white
  • See through
  • Cross-body bag

Coachella 2014 style via Vogue


  • Patterned pants
  • Red
  • Cross-body bag



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Did you learn what NOT to wear from the Oscars?

March 4th, 2014 No Comments

Everyone talks about what they loved and hated, but I think the conversation should be around the new things we saw that we love or hated.  I honestly didn’t see anything strikingly new that I loved, but a few things popped out that I didn’t agree with my fashion palette.

Here are 4 trends I don’t think should leave that red carpet:


Jennifer Lawrence Oscars 2014



Kardashians Oscars 2014


Heidi Klum Oscars 2014


Oscars 2014

So here I go:

1. Jennifer Lawrence’s back necklace is just unnecessary.  It reminds me of the 90’s.

2. Chloe looks like she’s about to pounce on someone with that deadly mouth.  And per usual Kim confirms when a statement is an overkill.

3. Boobs are supposed to look beautiful and soft, not bunched up and aggressive.  You would loose a finger if you tried to grab Heidi (that might be intentional..).

4. Chrissy, we know you have a hot body, you don’t have to give it away for free!

Are you with me on this?

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If we’re gonna turn on the TV…

January 15th, 2014 No Comments

TV shows winter 2014

We have so many options of what to watch this year!

The old shows are getting better:

  • Scandal (ABC)
  • The Following (Fox)
  • The Americans (FX)
  • House of Cards (Netflix)
  • Girls (HBO)
  • Sherlock (PBS)
  • Revenge (ABC)
  • Betrayal (ABC)
  • The Good Wife (ABC)
  • The Walking Dead (AMC)
  • Nashville (ABC)

Ok, I’ve become a sucker for the nighttime dramas Scandal, Betrayal, The Good Wife, and Revenge (thanks for that one Ninja). I watched the entire first season of The Americans simply because I love the two stars, Kerri Russell (Felicity) and Matthew Rhys (Brothers and Sister).  It was middy entertaining, so I’m hoping they become more comfortable with the characters in season 2.  I have no idea about the shows The Following (starring Kevin Bacon as an FBI agent) or Sherlock, but people seem to really love them both.  As for the House of Cards….I’m going to have to start the series over.  I was totally unimpressed with the first four episodes.

On the new shows:

  • True Detective (HBO, Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, need I say more?)
  • Sirens (USA, Denis Leary wrote and produced series about Chicago paramedics)
  • Wahlburgers (A&E, reality series where the 3 Wahlberg brothers open a burger joint in Boston)
  • Rake (Fox, Greg Kinnear starrs in adaption of Aussie show about a lawyer)
  • Black Sails (Starz, Michael Bay directs pirate adventure)
  • Mind Games (ABC, Christian Slater and Steve Zahn use psychology to con their clients)
  • Looking (HBO, should be the next hit like Girls)
  • Bitten (Syfy, female werewolf returns to her pack)
  • Chozen (FX, adult animated show, gay rapper restarts his career after prison)
  • Flowers in the Attic (Lifetime, Heather Graham stars in tv adaption of the book about incest)
  • Those Who Kill (A&E Chloe Sevigny is a detective in serial killer drama)
  • Beaver Brothers (Animal Planet, Canadian brothers wrestle animals)

Anything I missed?  Something you know that will be we should check out?  Share it in the comments below.


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Pick the perfect holiday dress: be seductive without being too sexy

December 3rd, 2013 No Comments

So you’ve been invited to office parties , family dinners, charity events, the list goes on for the holidays.  Now  you need to find something that will be suitable across the board.  I believe the key to a dress that’s appropriate for all occasions is one that bares ONLY one area.  Pick your money spot and dress around it!  Below you’ll find some red carpet examples, but the rule applies to more casual dresses and 2 piece combos as well.  Follow it or…

Kendall Jenner 2013

Look like Kendall Jenner.  I’m sure your boss’ wife will love that!


If you have bigger boobs, I will tell you to stay away from a plugging neckline.  Cleavage is too obvious of a play and a little bit overboard for most formal holiday functions. Plus you get to use it all throughout the year. Because you have size on your side, you can wear something with a high neck and let the shape speak for itself.

Taylor shows off her figure in this Herve Leroux dress without showing any skin.

If you’re on the smaller size, go for a lower neck, but with modesty.



Not to be mistaken for a halter (which is not on trend), the inverted neckline of this Stella McCartney dress makes it look stylish instead of prudish.


So, Paula Patton doesn’t this Versace dress justice, in my opinion.  But you see where I’m going with this.


Everything is covered except for Elizabeth Banks’ beautiful back in this Bill Blass dress.  The color is helpful as well, but even a black sequined dress would have been stunning.


If you have no interest in showing off anything, I get it.  I feel that way a lot.  So, if that’s the case, let your accessories shine!  (Just please don’t match them perfectly like Eve).

Need some help putting the outfit together?  

CLICK HERE for my video checklist to help you get dressed up without getting stressed out!

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“Tequila as smooth as George Clooney.” — Oprah

October 31st, 2013 No Comments

George Clooney and Rande Gerber Casamigos Tequila

Oprah doesn’t strike me as the tequila drinking kind, but you know I am.  I’ll tell you, she’s right!

Casamigos tequlia, “brought to you by those who drink it: George Clooney and Rande Gerber,” is remarkably, unbelievably smooth.  Now, I can’t attest for Clooney or his game, but considering his exes, it must be pretty seamless. Gerber’s been keeping Cindy Crawford happy since 1998, so he must have it going on too.

My friend Gary brought a bottle of Blanco to a BBQ the other night, and we were all seduced in one sip.  One shot led to a generous pour on the rocks…and possibly another.  When our crew met for coffee the next morning, no one was hung over.  So while Clooney’s girfriends might not feel the same way, he treated us right!

Do yourself a favor: Don’t make margaritas with Casamigos.  If you do…don’t tell me about it.

Buy it liquor stores or online here.

Follow the brand on facebook, twitter, instagram, and pinterest.  They seem to be very active!


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The Big Shoe Shift of 2013

October 22nd, 2013 No Comments

Celebrity pointy toed booties


I’ve been wondering when the platform craze would die down and my coveted rounded toes would be replaced.  Now, my fashionista friends, is the time.

It doesn’t matter what your personal style mantra is, what the day calls for, what the attire is for the occasion, your shoes should have pointed toes and your feet should be securely on the ground.

Jessica Alba Fall 2013

So unfortunately all of the platform Louboutins and YSLs with rounded toes we’ve been collecting for the last five years will have to hide out in a dust bag while pointed toes take center stage again.

For someone with a size 10 foot, the silhouette is so defeating. I make every effort to make my feet look SMALLER, not longer! That being said, I’m a fan of the style because it adds attitude to an outfit.

Let’s see how the celebs are adopting the shift, shall we?


Pumps with an ankle strap are an obvious fave.

Celebrity Fall 2013 Celebrity Fall 2013


Boots and booties evolved as well.

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And let’s not forget flats.


Celebrity Fall 2013


(all photos via PeopleStyleWatch.com)

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It’s worse than the capri comeback. Uglier than Uggs…

October 1st, 2013 No Comments

That’s right.  Birkenstocks are back!

I saw one pair in NYC and then the trend spread like the plague in front of my eyes.  And I hate hate hate to admit it, but they look really cute paired with a feminine outfit.

Honestly, I don’t think I had a pair when they were popular the first time around.  Besides Uggs, there can’t be a more unflattering shoe for someone with a sasquatch-sized foot like mine.  Sigh.


Celebs seem to favor the Gizeh, the more feminine t-strap style.

INamed after the second largest city in Crete, the Chania style looks a little more edge.

Click here to browse their selection.  Prices start at $130.

I’ll let you know when I jump on the bandwagon.  My shoes or choice right now are Valentino flats, croc sandals, and these Phillip Morel gold sneakers.  Nothing fancy; no wedge or spikes.  They just make me smile.

Gold sneakers mary rambin

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