Friday, September 19, 2014

Fashion Friday Piper Street Style

today's post is an ode to one of my favorite girlfriends and her amazing online clothing shop Piper Street. Piper Street is an online clothing destination of finely curated tops, skirts, denim, jewelry and more founded by Sarah and Jenni. their goal is to provide a place where you can find the latest trends in styles that are trendy, affordable and while it sounds so 1950's - modest. Sarah is an old friend of mine who introduced me to this whole beauty and fashion thing when she let me work as an assistant for her Image Consulting business. no joke - she is paid to style people. talk about a dream job. her styling is always on point and her shop reflects that. Jenni and i met for the first time on this trip and i can tell you this woman sleeps, eats and breathes fashion. it is innate in her and i loved getting to know such a stunning woman whose spirit shines just as bright as her jewelry.

below is a group shot of all of us in New York including another mutual friend of ours (also named Sarah and just as amazing as the Piper Street duo. love you Sarah!) on the left:

my outfit below is Piper Street. the top is a faux leather mixed print peplum top. the denim is a white denim and you can find it on the website under the name Devyn denim. the glasses are Kate Spade and the shoes and crossbody purse are Zara.

here's the deal: i am tiny in a barely 5'1" under triple digits kind of way. clothes rarely fit me off the rack. being petite has its drawbacks as does any size that is not 'average'. i can go shopping with my sister and i'm not kidding when i say she looks AMAZING in everything she tries on. i however can try on 20 items and not find a single thing that fits. i'm not complaining, i'm just stating facts. as a petite person i take into consideration that i will have to pay to alter most items of clothing i buy. this peplum top fits like a glove but that is thanks to the extra $15 i paid to my tailor to bring in the side seams an inch along with tightening of the arm widths.

my point in mentioning this is to encourage that tailoring your clothes will ensure a perfect fit for a not so 'perfect' size. because most women can't walk into a store and walk out with perfect fitting clothes i would suggest finding a local tailor who you can trust to alter and create magic with the clothing you buy. just because it doesn't 'fit' doesn't mean it can't.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Perfect Blowout by DryBar

it has been nearly 10 days since fashion week and i am dreaming of the moment for when it comes again. we had so much fun attending shows, going backstage, dressing up and getting photographed. of all the fun things we did one of my favorite moments was getting a professional blowout courtesy of the Drybar.

my girlfriend and i took a leisurely Sunday stroll down Madison Avenue to make our 9am blow dry appointments at the Drybar. upon arrival we were given a lookbook to browse through to find our favorite hairstyle. as a fan of waves my first pick was the MaiTai - a gorgeous mix of waves and curls. my friend Sarah chose the Cosmo which is lots of loose curls. 

we were promptly taken to our seats where we discussed our desired looks with our blowout specialist and while we were offered an assortment of drinks (it is a bar...) neither of us drink so we politely declined. the salon is filled with gorgeous decor, lots of yellow (the signature color of the Drybar) and southern charm.

after one of the best shampoos of my life and a head massage that was beyond we were taken back to our seats to a blow dry to beat all blow dries. with our hair sectioned each section was carefully blow dried straight concentrating the airflow from the root to the ends of the hair to ensure a smooth hair cuticle and the glossiest results.

with a hair care line filled with every hair care need i wash washed, conditioned and pretreated with Drybar products. my hair smelled so good, felt so soft and smooth and while the blow dry lasted several days the products' deliciousness did as well. that's a first.

once the blow dry was complete our hair was sectioned again for curling. using the Drybar custom curling wands Sarah's curl was wrapped tight from root to ends of hair to create the perfect curl. my loose, wavy style was created using the wand to loosely wrap hair to create a wavy/curly style.

finished product selfie. to say i loved my hair is an understatement. my experience at the Drybar from start to finish was great service and great results. i would go back in a heartbeat and i felt like a superstar all day walking around with shiny, perfect hair.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty

remember that awesomeness that is ULTA's 21 Days of Beauty that i posted about last week? this week it is back some more great deals. before i get to the deals i would love to give you a sneak peak of some of the goodness that is offered as well as potential beauty items that could be in YOUR PRIZEPACK!

above is the Tarte, Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara. it takes a lot for me to convert to a new mascara but this one has won me over. i love how thick the formula is, i love the way it coats your lashes and i love how easily it washes off. Tarte - you have converted me.

next is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Bold Brows Kit. this kit includes a brush with an angled tip and grooming end, a clear brown gel and double shaded taupe shadow compact. the shadow color has just enough grey that it blends seamlessly with any eyebrow color. i tend to go a little warmer brown but the grey suits any and every skin tone. the brush applies well and the bristled grooming end is great for shaping. finish off your look with the clear brow gel to make sure those brows stay put!

coming up this week you will see deals on Mally Beauty today with events featuring Mally Beauty and Dermalogica. tomorrows steals are Clarisonic brush heads (buy one get one FREE - the BEST deal ever) with events featuring Smashbox and Clarisonic. Thursday's steal is Too Faced Shadow Insurance for only $10, regularly $20. events include Too Faced and Perricone MD. Friday's deal/steal is Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm. if you have been wanting to try this, NOW is the time. pick yp your shade for only $17, originally $34. events on Friday include Urban Decay, Lancome, Tarte and Philosophy. Saturday's steals include bareMinerals Loose eyeshadows for 50% off, Benefit free brow wax with any $50 Benefit Service or product per chase and 25% the entire brand of Exuviance. Events on Saturday include bareMinerals, Benefit, Clinique, Exuviance and Dermalogica.

NOW is the time to get your beauty products stocked up. with such great deals to be had you are sure to find any product you may need for a great deal. don't forget to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win one of FIVE Ulta Beauty Prize Packs!


Monday, September 15, 2014

MAC 217 Blending Brush

my love for the MAC 217 makeup brush has no bounds. i have a constant supply of beauty products to give as gifts but one of the most precious gifts i give is this brush. every woman should own the MAC 217. if this brush hasn't made it to your makeup bag, consider adding it to your wish list.

Top Ten Reasons Why You Need This Brush:

  1. Brush Density. not too thick, not too sparse this brush has the perfect amount of density. it is thick enough to pick up a decent amount of product but thin enough to adequately blend as well.
  2. Bristle Stiffness. this is really a thing. if your bristles are too floppy, you can't apply your color directly where you want it. if they are too stiff, you have no blending capabilities. these bristles are perfectly firm.
  3. Brush Shape. the oval shape of the MAC 217 allows for easy blending. the product disperses easily and blends well.
  4. Top 10 MAC product. when you head to the website it lists a tab of the top ten best selling MAC products. the MAC 217 brush made that top ten. pretty impressive from a brand that does so many products well.
  5. Quality. the wood handle and nickel plate of the brush along with the quality of the bristles let's you hang onto the MAC 217 for, ev, er. use it, wash it, repeat. this brush will withstand use without compromising brush integrity.
  6. Do-it-all Application. this brush is a magician. apply color only to the tip of brush for precision lining. apply color softly to the brush for highlight. apply a heavier color to the lid for all over color application or for grease definition. 
  7. Doesn't Shed. yes, this can be an actual issue with brushes. the last thing you want when applying your makeup are brush bristles falling. getting a brush bristle off your eyelid without messing up your makeup can be harder than herding cats. you don't want to try it.
  8. Works With All Consistencies. use it for cream shadows, makeup paints, loose powders, pressed powders, pigments, concealers or lipsticks. the MAC 217 is versatile.
  9. Money Saver. while the initial investment might be higher than your average brush the MAC 217 can turn the cheapest of eyeshadows into well blended beauties. some investments pay off over time, and this is one of them.
  10. The only brush i use consistently every day. i can't give it a higher recommendation than that.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fashion Friday Fashion Week Dress

i love, love, loved this dress that i wore for evening three at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. i found it at Zara here,  it is a black knit dress with layered skirt. then i happened upon the perfect beaded belt to accessorize, the Glint Aeolian stretch belt. the two together worked seamlessly but it was really the shows that rounded out the outfit. after months of searching for some nude pumps, particularly the Kate Spade Licorice pump (which seems to be sold out everywhere, always) i found them in a Kate Spade store in New York and put them together with the dress and belt for the perfect outfit trifecta.

on our way to the show we stopped for a very brief photoshoot on the steps of a gorgeous church we passed to and from the tents. New York may be one of my favorite destinations. ever.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Loose Casual Waves With Amika Styling Wand

ever have one of those moments where you think 'i wish they would make ________, my life would be so much easier?' i had one of those moments just weeks ago when planning my packing for New York. thankfully the amika styling tool read my mind.

packing hair supplies is the worst. first you have the essentials: shampoo, conditioner and hairspray because you just cannot trust the hotel provided items. there is never enough, it is never good enough and you know what your hair likes best. second you have all the hair tools: brushes, blow dryers, curling irons, etc. heaven forbid you would actually want to pack more than one styling tool because if you did you have probably increased the weight of your bag and the size of its bulk.

enter amika. pure genius.

amika is a styling tool that comes with interchangeable wands to give you the different styling effects you desire. you don't need to have four different wands with four different cords, just one main switch base and you exchange wands for whatever your needs. PLUS, these wands are quality. they aren't your run of the mill basic wands, they are tourmaline barrels fused with ceramic for even heating. negative ions eliminate frizz and seals the hair cuticle to create smoother, shinier hair. only taking 10 seconds to heat up it is a real winner.

Refinery29 refers to it is a the Swiss Army knife of wands and they are right. you can't go wrong with your options and this genius packing solution just makes me happy. amika styling wands hit the nail on the head. thank you amika.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

21 Days of Beauty With ULTA

ULTA Beauty is launching their bi-annual 21 Days of Beauty campaign and i am so excited to bring you details of the greatest beauty steals along with an amazing reader giveaway. 

two times each year ULTA beauty will host a three week celebration that features special offers, beauty tips and brand focus days. ULTA is not only the country's largest beauty retailer they are also the ultimate one-stop destination for any beauty needs. during the three weeks ULTA will feature one 'Beauty Steal' and one 'Beauty Focus Day' for the 21 days. the Beauty Steals are special offers on your favorite products like Urban Decay, Tarte, IT Cosmetics, bareMinerals, Butter LONDON, Philosophy and more. Beauty Focus days are when they will feature demonstrations like customized makeup lessons, expert beauty tips and one-on-one appointments.

as a thank you for sharing this campaign ULTA beauty sent me some of the Beauty Steals to try out and i am already in heaven. the bareMinerals marvelous MOXIE buttercream lipgloss below is pretty incredible. 21 Days of Beauty is a  brilliant opportunity to try new products without paying full price. plus, ULTA wants to thank you for being such a loyal reader and will be offering a great reader giveaway for Blushing Basics fans, an ULTA Beauty Prize Pack (it promises to be spectacular). enter through the rafflecopter below.

this week there are some amazing deals to be had. today you can get your hands on Too Faced Bulletproof Brows - a kit to give you flawless brows. this kit regularly retails for $30 however you can pick it up for only $15! events for today feature Too Faced and Exuviance. tomorrow's deal are the STILA eyeshadow palette that are regularly $39 each for only $20. events include STILA and Murad. Fridays deal is the Smashbox 24 Hour Shadow Primer for only $10, regularly $20. events on Friday feature Smashbox, Tart, Lancome, Clinique and Dermologica. last, Saturday's steals include butter LONDON 2 for $15 regularly $15 each or Philosophy Purity Wipes for $10, regularly $15. Saturdays events include bareMinerals, Philosophy, Benefit, Butter London and Clarisonic.

stay tuned for updates the next three weeks sharing what Steals and Focus Days are approaching. this beauty extravaganza is offered in all ULTA Beauty stores nationwide along with special offers available on


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