Wednesday, September 29, 2010

show your spots!

I totally believe in a leopard accessory. It is just the ticket to sprucing up some of your old faithfuls. And (bonus) it's a totally huge trend for fall!


My mom and I both happened to be wearing leopard on Sunday so I snapped a quick photo of us looking like twins.

fyi: my cardigan is Target, and my mom's skirt is Nordstrom Rack.


A few tips for sporting the leopard look:

**Don't got overkill with the leopard situation. Like, no head-to-toe.

**If you are nervous about it, start small with an leopard accent. Pretty soon you'll have the confidence to rock all the leopard your heart desires (but within reason, please. restrain yourselves.)



I have celebrity examples!! (as per usual):



YES!
Nicole Richie. LOVE the turquoise with the leopard shirt.



NO!!
seriously, Paris? 47 different leopard patterns? someone help her, please.



MAYBE??
What do YOU think of Rachel Bilson's leopard outfit of choice?





P.S. If you haven't done so already, be sure to VOTE on our sidebar poll!! We want YOU to tell us what to vlog about next. And hurry. Cause we are fixin' on vlogging next week :)

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Monday, September 27, 2010

a tale of two shoppers

I just had the.worst.experience (coupled with a great experience, but more on that later) at Last Chance. I am sure you have all come across a similar situation at LC but I am seething mad right now and super duper peeved. Good thing I have an avenue with which I can vent my frustrations publically.

So I am at Last Chance with my son, walking around the shoe section. All of the sudden I see a girl with (no lie) the BEST SHOES EVER. She is trying them on, doing a once-over in the mirror, and not looking all that impressed. I stay in her general vicinity, hoping (praying, really) that she will discard these shoes that have quickly become my dream shoe. I wanted to ask her if I could have the shoes, but then I knew that if she knew that I wanted them then she would want them even more. You know what I'm saying? (You have to stay very calm at LC in fear of creating a frenzy over any specific item. It's like the code of conduct there or something)


Let me back up and describe the shoe so that mentally you are right there with me.

A navy blue patent leather stacked platform with metallic studs on the toe {and not to mention toe cleavage as far as the eye can see.}

I circled around her like I was stalking prey (which I basically was) and was able to surreptitiously check the brand name (DV) and the price (a mere $29.99) before Miss greedy-shoes walked to the register to buy my dream heels. I was powerless to stop her.


I wanted to follow her outside and physically assault her. I mean, she was already buying like 6 other pairs of shoes, why does she need MY SHOES?

I wondered if she would trade the shoes for my left arm. Or perhaps for the shoes I was already wearing (I glanced down and saw that I was wearing a pair of Target flats. DRAT! Those would never do.)

I became obsessed with the possibility of owning these pumps. I can’t believe I’ve never owned navy blue heels before! And now I have let the perfect pair slip through my fingers!



Now I am home sulking in my misfortune (if only I had looked at the size 8 shoes before the 7 and a halfs!) and these stupid (albeit magnificent) shoes are all I can think about. BOO!


And guess what!? To add salt to my wound I found out that they don’t sell the blue ones online (never mind the travesty that they are $80+ online) Devastation Central dot com!! And, while I was searching for them online I came across this picture, which made the whole thing even worse:




Little J from Gossip Girl is wearing MY shoes in an upcoming episode? I don't even like Taylor Momsen but the fact that my FAVORITE shoes are being featured on my FAVORITE show is more than I can take.



Okay. Enough complaining.



I do have some good news for y'all! Last Chance's boots are currently an additional 40% off! I got some Steve Madden boots (retail $129) for $27 and some fab Seychelles boots (retail $100+) for $17. It almost makes up for the loss of my dream shoes. Almost.



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Sunday, September 26, 2010

WW: went to work





Whew! We're slightly exhausted from all that giving and winning. But now we're back to our old antics and ready to talk b.e.a.u.t.y.




This is what i wore to work. I'm trying to figure out why I ever really get ready for work when -without fail- my clothes end up with hair color and/or bleach on them. It's pretty much the saddest thing ever!





Cardi- Target


White Tuxedo Buttondown- Ann Taylor Loft


Black Zipper Leggings- Ann Taylor Loft


Flats- Jeffrey Campbell a la Last Chance


Studded Bangles- Last Chance


Earrings- Habit Salon





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Saturday, September 25, 2010

{the last} Winner



Without further ado.

We would like to announce the winner of the lovely

John Wind Initial Necklace.

{chosen at random}




and the winner is....




who said:

Rachel said...

http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=697952229

I posted it on facebook. I have been wanting one of these forever! I LOVE these necklaces. and my birthday is the day the winner is annouced so it would be a perfect birthday present! :) heres to hoping!



Another Birthday winner. Congrats LUCKY Birthday girl. {and Happy Birthday to ya!}


Give us a shout out at ourbeautymark@hotmail.com and we'll get you on your way to a brand new necklace!



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Friday, September 24, 2010

Flour Winner

The winner of the FLOUR clothing giveaway (who is one lucky girl, if I do say so myself) is...





who said:

Cori said...

Oh I love flour! 1.I like her on facebook. 2. I put her button on my blog, and 3. I follow you guys as well.

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Fashion Tip Friday




Fall Hair Beauty Trends


Ombre Hair Color









HOT or NOT?


We decided. HOT!

I like the more subtle ones like Jessica Beils and Whitney Ports {no surprise there}.

NOT HOT? Have you seen Lea Michele lately? She took it waaaaaay too far. EW.


This is great for people that don't mind having roots.

AND you can go a little longer between appointments too!




Another Hot Trend...


Keritan Complex Blow Out




Why we love it?


1. Check out the smooth, silky, manageable hair.

2. Great for ALL hair types

3. Cuts out 95% of frizz

4. Cuts down styling time

5. Lasts 6 weeks

6. It's GOOD for your hair

You're going to want it. And you're gonna want Hillary to do it!

Welcome to silk-fest.



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Thursday, September 23, 2010

winner!!!


We had such a great response with the Craftress and lovenit Giveaway!!

{Thanks to all our readers for supporting so many local craftsmen and entrepreneurs!}










Congrats to our winner: the lovely, and ever so lucky:


who said:
Alvin & Jessica Pease said...

The yellow mustard necklace is to die for! i love the necklace hanger. mine get tangled so bad since they are all thrown in a drawer.

1. I follow Meghan's the Craftress Blog.
2. I checked out Jessicas lovenit etsy site. i love all the bright colored jewelry.
3. I of course follow the Beauty Mark & i am your FB friend!

Also i posted about your giveaways on my FB page. hopefully you get lots more followers:)

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/profile.php?id=710741566


J: email us at ourbeautymark@hotmail.com to claim your prize!




For those of you who haven't won yet (or those who have!), there are still TWO lovely giveaways happening...

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Winner Winner


Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!



Time to announce the winner of the fabulous gold hammered earrings from Erica Elizabeth!
{again, chosen by a random generator}



Drumroll...






who said:

Blogger Shelb and Ry said...

I am a follower of both blogs! Those earrings are gorgeous and I would love to win!

--Shelby









Congrats S! Please give us a shout out at ourbeautymark@hotmail.com to claim that prize.


And remember there are STILL Give-aways to be entered below! Good luck!



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posh.

Did any of you happen to catch VB (aka Posh Spice) on The View the other day? Dang I love her. She is the classiest girl in town. Perhaps its her chipper British accent that makes her so charming. Nonetheless, she is fantastic, and so is her fashion line. The thing I like best about it is that there is nothing else out there right now that is as architecturally designed, as flatteringly proportioned, or as modest!


Take a peek at some of her pieces from her collection.









OOh, and {perhaps} the best thing about VB is her rise from obscure trash-tastic British pop star to elegant trendsetter and fashion icon.


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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

phOtospOt WINNER

We are so super excited to name our next winner of Fall Fashion Freebie Week.


Custom Blog Header.


Once again, we used a random number generator, and it informed us that the lucky winner is...



drumroll...







who said:

Blogger Shelbie said...

K. this give away rocks my socks off. I absolutely love the way she makes these headers look. I have a blog where I refinish and sell furniture and sometimes throw some decorating in the mix too. I made my own header but hers puts mine to shame and its just sad and it needs some spice. So I'm officially a follower & a fan on facebook.
Thanks! (mystylemyown.blogspot.com)



S: congrats, doll! email us at ourbeautymark@hotmail.com to claim your prize and we will put you in touch with the phOtospOt!


***remember ladies (and perhaps a random gentleman) there are 4 giveaways still happening, like, NOW!***





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Monday, September 20, 2010

Ritzy Misfit WINNER


Are you sweating with anticipation?


The winner of the Ritzy Misfit Necklace is..

(and was chosen by random number generator)









who said

Blogger Taylor and Amanda Lines said...

already a follower of TBM, requested to be friends on facebook, and following her blog!! i want to win this, especially since ive never won ANYTHING in my life and my birthday is in a couple weeks! if i win this then my hubby wont have to spend any money (that we dont have since he just recently started his own business) to buy me anything :] im a momma of 3 babies and i deserve it! lol

September 16, 2010 8:44 AM



Congrats Amanda. What a great birthday present! Email us to claim your prize!
ourbeautymark@hotmail.com


***There are still Give-aways going on now! Enter below

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

WW

Yesterday H and I went and did some hair and makeup for a couple of darling and hilarious girls. It was a great time and a fabulous excuse for me to get ready {for the first time this week}.

I know I may look a slightly diminutive in such a large shirt, but I can't resist an exaggerated shoulder.

Shirt: F21 {the Twelve by Twelve brand}
Skinnies: Gap
mustard flats: Gap
Grey belt: F21
Lipstick: MAC Russian Red
Nail Polish: OPI in O'Hare and Nails Look Great {the perfect red}


btw, did you notice that I am TAN? okay, well tan for me. I'd like to thank my husband for taking me to Carlsbad last weekend and Fake Bake Airbrush for helping me maintain the glow. and sunscreen so my face didn't burn.






Tomorrow the winner of the Ritzy Misfit Giveaway will be announced! That leaves you only 24 hours to enter...

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Final Giveaway: John Wind Necklace



Fall Fashion Freebie Week



Giveaway #6


One Gold Initial Necklace from John Wind Jewelry.

Check it out here!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Giveaway: Flour Clothing

Fall Fashion Freebie Week




Give-Away #5




FLOUR CLOTHING



Thursday, September 16, 2010

Giveaway: Lovenit-The Craftress

Fall Fashion Freebie Week






Give-away #4





Custom wall-mounted necklace holder and vintage style necklace.






Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Giveaway: Erica Elizabeth Earrings




Fall Fashion Freebie Week

Give-away #3


A stunning pair of gold hammered earrings. Simple. Stunning.

Check it ooooout!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Giveaway: thephOtospOt



Fall Fashion Freebie Week




Give-away #2


A Custom Blog Header.






Today's giveaway sponsored by the phOto spOt!





Monday, September 13, 2010

Ritzy Misfit Give-away

FALL FASHION FREEBIE WEEK

Give-away #1

Ritzy Misfit Necklace. love.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

ww

the ONLY reason i posted this pic was to show you my favorite Mac gloss. it's a cremesheen gloss: Going Casual












this weekend we attended "Lamb of God" at Gammage in Tempe. i don't know how many more performances they are having but if you get the opportunity it was very, very good. in the parking garage i made my hubby snap some pics for my weekend wardrobe! i'm thinking one, or the both of us need some photography lessons stat!
Leopard print Cardi: Nordstrom (BP)
White Tee: GAP
Jeggings: GAP
Nude flats: Nordstrom Rack (Steve Madden)
Necklace: F21


in other news we are very excited for our upcoming week...
an entire week of fashionable fall Giveaways! Trust me, You'll want to enter each one. This isn't your grandma's giveaway. Practically giving away the farm. SO get ready!



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Friday, September 10, 2010

Fashion Tip Friday: Military

Are we all aware of the military trend that is happening in fashion right now? I've gotta admit, it's not my favorite. If you know me, you know I am a fan of feminine, girly clothes. But, I am starting to get into the "androgynous" look more by wearing baggier clothes with more masculine details. In fact, H {and my mom} both say that I wear my clothes too big. But that's beside point. The point IS is that military is hot right now. And if I want to be on trend for Fall 2010, I must hop on the bandwagon...

From the runway...



...to real life

LOVE me some suspenders. These pants bring a stirring in my soul for F21. {yay for something cute!}

Love this army jacket because the rolled up sleeves are SO now. AND I like that would still give me a waist.
Convoy coat, Anthropologie $198


K I tried this on at Gap, but {like I mentioned before} my mom vetoed it because of its bagginess factor. But now that it comes in gray, I might have to shun her opinion on the fit for the love of the trend.
Dolman shirt, Gap $59.50


Who knew military could be so CHIC? I love the brass buttons on this coat, and the shape is fantastic.
Cadet Button Jacket, F21 $24.80 {ya I know, it's practically free!}









Okay, and I can't talk about the military trend without mentioning this season's "IT" pants. I personally don't really get it. I don't find them to be ultra flattering or even that attractive, but I suppose the celebrity endorsements have sparked a greedy trend in the public {J Brand has sold over 75,000 pairs of its Houlihan slim cargo pants and currently has 40,000 on backorder!}

just fyi, I have seen a remarkable knock off pair of cargos at Nordstrom Rack for like $25. It beats J Brand's $231 asking price!!



In case you are wondering, I will probably only get one military-inspired piece this fall. I'm thinking either a vest or a dress. Keep your eyes peeled for me.

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