Sunday, October 31, 2010

WW

This weekend was one filled with parties {a.k.a. too much candy} and lots of makeup jobs. It's busy days like these that require a uniform of sorts. Meaning, something I can throw on everyday and still look like I at least thought about my clothes before putting them on. This weekend it was all about my new Gap jeggings. I love the color and material and the fact that they don't lose their shape after wearing them several times. Basically, they stay tight even when I wear them {ahem} multiple days in a row. Plus, they look good with pretty much everything I put with them.

That said, here's my WW:



Blouse: GAP

Jeggings: GAP

Cardigan: MARSHALLS

Shoes: GAP


Speaking of Jeggings, what do we think about these??

stirrups + jeggings =


I think I kinda like it!

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Can't get enough


Leighton Meester. I can't bring myself to apologize for doing -YES- another post about her {!}

Are you as obsessed with Gossip Girl as we are? I'm not the slightest embarrassed or ashamed to admit that I believe that all it would take is a trip to NYC for Blair C & I to become besties.

She recently did a photoshoot for Marie Clare and offered some tips which you need to know. Are you ready for some major weekend eye candy?? Just in time for Halloween, people!










i LOVE the second picture down. it reminds me so much of Audrey Hepburn, another lifetime style crush. i also LOVE that Blair dreams in Audrey Hepburn movies- perfection, right? SO much to love about these pictures...it's gonna be a good day!


Now, for the aforementioned style tips that Leighton gave us:

'I'm anti-glam when it comes to wearing my hair up - I like it a bit undone with lots of flyaways.”

"When I put on lipstick, I don't need much else. … I advise everyone to flirt with their eyes. People will approach you more and you'll feel more confident."




Fashion Tip Friday wrap up: FLIRT WITH YOUR EYES, people!








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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

fall beauty 2010

I am consistently asked several specific questions. One of them being, "What are the makeup trends right now?" Well, dear readers, you are in luck. You have come to the right place. I don't read dozens of magazines a month purely for my own entertainment (well...) I read them for research so I can pass on my knowledge of the latest and greatest!!

Before I get into the juicy details of Fall 2010 makeup, let's go over the ground rules, shall we?

We are all aware of the steadfast rule of putting the emphasis on either the eye or the lip, right? Do I need to go over the importance of said rule? Okay, here's the cliff's notes version of the mandate: if you are going to do a smokey eye, go for a neutral lip. If you are doing a bright lip, go for a neutral eye. See how easy that is?! I don't care if the girls on the runway are rocking a contradicting look. Let's stick with one or the other trend, shall we?

Also. Don't do something simply because it is trendy. Make your decisions based on ability level, facial features, and other such considerations. For example: I look horrible in purple eye shadow. Purple is a big seasonal color this fall. I won't be tying it into my makeup. Capiche?


Now let's get to the fun part of today's lesson: The pictures!! (and the trends that correspond)


The not-so-bare Bare Face (you have no idea how much makeup it takes to look like you are sporting none at all)

Favorite related product: tinted moisturizer (MAC or Laura Mercier) and cream blush (any brand will do)

Read my lips (and LC's too) hot pink lips will be HUGE this season, people!
Favorite related product: NARS Schiap Lipstick or MAC Show Orchid


The classic Red lip is back with a vengenace! (did it ever really go away?) My girl T-Swift rocks the drama of the red lip like no one else. (Have you bought her new CD yet? PLEASE do! It's totally amaze-balls fantastic.)
Favorite related product: Red Enriched Lip Liner, Prep and Prime Lip primer, and Russian Red Lipstick (fair skin), or Ruby Woo (medium skin) or Viva Glam I (dark skin) (all MAC)


The Metallic Eye is so easy and flattering. Go for more gold and bronzy tones instead of silver. pleaseandthankyou.
Favorite related product: Amber Lights and Tempting eyeshadows from MAC



On a totally unrelated note, our girl B (who also happens to be our newest sponsor) is hosting a giveaway on her site. Pop on over to show your support!

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hair Ch ch changes/ Posh Blvd Winner


How do we feel about these celeb's new cuts? I'm about to tell you...


Nicole Richie: I cried when I saw it. I loved nothing more than your chocolatey brown locks.
Kelly Osbourne's new bang situation: Works for her.
Scarlet's new choppy bob: Ehh. I can't help but say I don't love it. It's a little too choppy mc-chopperson for me.


Ashlee's new (modified) pixie...
LOVE it
Bruce Jenner's 2010 hair cut.
It's about time. The earrings on the other hand...ew!
Keira Knightley's new bob:
Darling. I can't help but feel I've seen it a million times but still gorg.

Emma Watson's Pixie.

She looks so grown up. She looks fab. Maybe C and I will sport ourselves a pixie someday...sigh


How do you feel about these new do's?!





And the randomly selected winner of Posh Blvd's hair accessory giveaway goes to...


The Girl with Pearl Earrings

who said:

Blogger The Girl with Pearl Earrings. said...

Ive been following you for ages!:)
Id love to own the last one, sweetness!

Congrats you lucky girl! Email us at ourbeautymark@hotmail.com and we'll put you in touch with Tawny herself.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

envious

Not only are the masterminds over at Envy My Cooking our new sponsors, but their site is one of our daily inspirations! In fact, we utilized this recently posted recipe for our Halloween bash this weekend:



Pumpkin Whoopie Cookies
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon*
1 Tbsp. ground ginger*
1 Tbsp. ground cloves *Yes, these are the correct amount of spices and they blend so well with these cookies, so follow the amounts.
2 cups firmly packed dark-brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 cups pumpkin puree, chilled *I used fresh pumpkin and it worked great!
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat; set aside. *I used Silpats--worked perfectly!

2) In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves; set aside. In another bowl, whisk together brown sugar and oil until well combined. Add pumpkin puree and whisk until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk until well combined. Sprinkle flour mixture over pumpkin mixture and whisk until fully incorporated.

3) Using a small ice cream scoop with a release mechanism, (*or using one of these scoops--which also worked great) drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 1-inch apart. Transfer to oven and bake until cookies are just starting to crack on top and toothpick inserted into the center of cookie comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely on pan.


Cream-Cheese Filling
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla

1) Sift confectioners' sugar into a medium bowl; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth. Add cream cheese and beat until well combined.

2) Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla, beat just until smooth.

3) Transfer filling to a pastry bag and pipe onto whoopie pie (turned over, the flat side facing up) and pipe almost to the edge; filling the surface area. Place second whoopie pie (flat side facing down towards filling) and gently press until the filling spreads to the edge of the cookie.

4) Place cookies on baking sheet with parchment paper and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate cookies at least 30 minutes before serving.

Super delish and festive!
Go check out Envy My Cooking for more domestic tips and giveaways!

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

WW: A Haunted Affair

C & I hosted a Halloween Bash this weekend with some friends and family and had a spooktacular time. We just love everything that has to do with Halloween. The weather, pumpkin (eating, carving, picking), dressing up (hair and makeup, duh!), baking, and fall fashion. We're so lucky to have such great friends to celebrate with us!

Here are some highlights from the night:



H & C as the stone-age besties Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble


Some great costumes from friends
including: Chilean Miner & Mistress
Mario and Luigi
Flo from Progressive and Snooki
(wish we would have taken more pictures of more fabulous costuming)
aaaannd the yummiest food in town.

A big THANK YOU to all who came.




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Friday, October 22, 2010

Look for Less

When I saw Drew Barrymore in this swoon-worthy ensemble I knew I wanted to plan Fashion Tip Friday around the search for a still fashionable, albeit cheaper, alternative.

Has anyone else noticed how chic and sophisticated Drew is becoming in her fashion choices? This is probably my all time favorite for her:

Sequin top: Richard Chai
Slouchy Pants: Camilla & Marc
Shoes: YSL

Just the shoes cost $720!


Here's what my exhausting search turned up by way of suitable substitutes:


I love the idea of a slouchy pant that is super forgiving, but that is more night-to-day versatile.

Pants (from left) Gap, $34.99; Gap, $29.99; Khaki pants, $42






A sequined top is definitely a seasonal piece and lacks trend longevity, so another {cheaper} way to get the sequined look would be to swap out the belt in your slouchy pants for a sequin ribbon (found at craft stores) and trade the sequin top for a basic white T. Result: a cheap chic look that even a movie star would be proud of.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Glitz Glitter Toes: Emily Yeager






A salute to our sponser.










Have you seen all of the glitter walking around the greater phoenix area? We have. And in case you didn't know...

Emily is behind it all- check it out here!!


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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Amy Clark Photography

Many of you have probably noticed our newest blog addition, SPONSORS! Yes, that's right ladies (and gents) we are now accepting businesses (both large and small) as a way to increase your success and ours!!


Now we want to introduce you to one of our lovely sponsors, Amy Clark Photography.


Want to know a little more about A? Wonderful! Here's a juicy little bio:

"My name is Amy and I shoot modern lifestyle portraits of families, children, babies and maternity. I love to take photos of real life that tell stories. My number one goal as a photographer is keeping my work timeless. I want to photograph in a way that 10 years from now, my clients photos will still look good because trend doesn't date it. When I shoot, I try my hardest to capture what I would want someone else to capture for me. I’m inspired by my own family and friends, bursting light, the color white and simplicity."


Oh, and p.s. feel free to be green with envy over A's extraordinary talents and gorgeous children:








Here's some more photos to feast your eyes on. A's got some serious skills.


sidebar: I NEED that umbrella. Nevermind that it doesn't rain in AZ. I'll carry it around to protect me from the sun.









Besides being so talented, A is also such a darling. She is having a giveaway over at her blog RIGHT NOW!! And even if you don't win the giveaway's grand prize session, A says that she will give $20 off a session to Beauty Mark readers!! All you have to do is mention The Beauty Mark upon booking. (Her AZ session dates are November 15-22, email her at amyleeclark@gmail.com for more info or to schedule.)


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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

give-uh-way

We are proud to host a giveaway by the lovely

Tawny

who owns and operates Posh Blvd blog and website.

You will want to check them out seeing as she is giving one very LUCKY reader a hair accessory of their choice!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

WW: beg, borrow (don't steal.)


Dress: Anthropologie (no longer available, sad song.)

Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent (okay okay they are Steve Madden, but a pretty good knockoff, yes?)

Bracelet, ring: Vintage

Earrings: F21

I took a picture of my hair because this is my new fave 'do. I got like a million compliments on it and guess what? It is simply two ponytails wrapped into messy buns. I'm pretty sure I copied Blake Lively, but I can't be positive because I can't remember when/where I saw it. Perhaps I invented the 'do with my own imagination? Hmm. You're right, that's doubtful.


Also. I don't often (or ever?) include photos of my son, but I had to share a secret with you. H & M has the cheapest and cutest little boy clothes. Especially dressy clothes. I'm talking mini Chuck Bass. Cardigans, etc. LOVE! Anyway, his shirt and vest are both from there. (YAY for an H & M in AZ! Finally. It took us long enough to catch up with the rest of the country. And world.)




P.S. This WW would not have been possible without my darling friend A, who allowed me to browse through her closet in hopes of finding a suitable (and postable) ensemble. Did you think I could afford a full-priced Anthropologie dress on my own dime? Don't be ridiculous. I will say that A did buy the dress whilst on a personal shopping excursion with yours truly, so therefore I can take credit for spotting this winning number.


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Friday, October 15, 2010

to bang or not to bang




Fashion Tip Friday presents...


Bang into Fall.

When you picture bangs, put those thoughts of your 4th grade nightmare Mom-cut one-inchers into the "trash" receptacle in your brain. {whew! breathe.} There are SO many variations of bangs, so keep an open mind.


Now that we've determined that we're all cutting bangs, I need to tell you what kind suits that money maker of yours. Seeing as it is VERY individual I can try and give general guidelines according to face shape.

I need you to keep in mind a couple of things. First, the object of bangs is to flatter/frame your face. The most important thing to remember: Is that if they are done properly, they should make your forehead, cheek area, and chin appear proportional.


Objectives for face shape:


Oval:

thank your lucky stars, you can wear any hairstyle/bang unless there are special circumstances. ie Receding hairline, length/shape of nose, glasses...


Round: You'll want volume on top with closeness at the sides of the head. Try for some long side-swept bangs to create an angular illusion. You will instantly benefit from angled bangs which would help to add new angles and soften too-wide cheeks.

Square:

Soft bangs are a good option with volume around the temples and jaw. Square faces might also benefit from angled bangs which would help to slim too-wide cheeks and jaw lines.


Triangle:

Create width at the forehead area. Volume at the temples with some soft fringe. Heavy bangs are probably NOT a good idea.


Oblong:Hair shouldn't be super long which would make the face seem longer. Volume at the sides will offset the narrowness of the face. A heavy bang at the brow or below will offset the length of the face.


Diamond:

For long hair: Fullness or Long bangs below the chin area is a good option. Avoid hairstyles that move away from the cheek/ear area. This face shape will instantly benefit from angled bangs which would help to add new angles and soften too-wide cheeks.

Heart:

Longer than chin length hair, with some fringe is beneficial to this face shape. Bangs are definitely recommended. I also recommed angled bangs which would help to slim too-wide cheeks and jaw lines. Blunt bangs are also especially flattering on this face shape.




Well, that just about wraps it up. So tell your hair stylist to sharpen his/her shears. It's time to bang!

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