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Beauty Icon Michelle Obama
February 18, 2013

Beauty Icon
Michelle Obama
American Woman

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Happy Presidents Day Beauties! While we take today to recognize the 44 men who have lead our nation throughout its defining decades, how could we not honor the strong, regal and beautiful women supporting them, as well our nation? From Jackie-O to Hillary Clinton, our country has had a long lineage of diverse and not to mention iconic “Ladies” who have been perhaps just as influential as their historic husbands! Each member of this “first wives club” has represented and revolutionized the American woman through their individual staples on beauty, brains and strength; and we can all agree First Lady Michelle Obama has been no different! We absolutely adore Michelle! Not only do we love her natural beauty, effortless style and chic new bangs, but Michelle exudes a beautiful genuineness that we can’t help but obsess over! Since becoming the First Lady, Michelle Obama has become a trendsetter through her affordably chic style choices (J.Crew anyone?) to her daring event ensembles, but above all her flawless dedication to both her duties as FLOTUS and most important to those as Mom. Michelle Obama represents the modern hardworking American woman, who can still be mom, chic, strong, and real. We salute you Mrs. Obama as you are truly a beauty icon!!

Spring Beauty ~ Trend Alert
February 15, 2013

Spring Trend Alert!
Colored Liner
You’re My, Bright-Eyed Girl!

Look out beauties because spring 2013 is going to have us seeing color (literally)! From teal waterlines, emerald rimmed eyelids, and even magenta mascara, bright and colorful eyes were certainly on trend during S/S ‘13 fashion. From the runway to reality, colorful liner is a perfect answer to working this lively trend into your everyday beauty routine come this spring. What we love about these looks are their fun and fearless revamps on your basic black liner. With the help of a colorful kohl pencil on your water line or a bright liquid formula above your lash, this spring beauty trend is sure to create an “eye-catching” statement. So, don’t be afraid to line your eyes with a coat of your favorite color, because next season’s up and coming beauty trend is all about giving your everyday look a fresh and playful twist! Here are some recent looks we’ve been eyeing that we just can’t wait to experiment with this spring! What are some eyeliner colors + brands you think you might try, let us know!!

(Coco Rocha, Instyle Magazine 2013)

(Anna-Sophia Robb, As seen on Seventeen.com)

(Karlie Kloss, Stella McCartney)

(Model at Kenzo fashion show)

Spring Beauty ~ Trend Alert
February 15, 2013

Spring Trend Alert!
Colored Liner
You’re My, Bright-Eyed Girl!

Look out beauties because spring 2013 is going to have us seeing color (literally)! From teal waterlines, emerald rimmed eyelids, and even magenta mascara, bright and colorful eyes were certainly on trend during S/S ‘13 fashion. From the runway to reality, colorful liner is a perfect answer to working this lively trend into your everyday beauty routine come this spring. What we love about these looks are their fun and fearless revamps on your basic black liner. With the help of a colorful kohl pencil on your water line or a bright liquid formula above your lash, this spring beauty trend is sure to create an “eye-catching” statement. So, don’t be afraid to line your eyes with a coat of your favorite color, because next season’s up and coming beauty trend is all about giving your everyday look a fresh and playful twist! Here are some recent looks we’ve been eyeing that we just can’t wait to experiment with this spring! What are some eyeliner colors + brands you think you might try, let us know!!

(Coco Rocha, Instyle Magazine 2013)

(Anna-Sophia Robb, As seen on Seventeen.com)

(Karlie Kloss, Stella McCartney)

(Model at Kenzo fashion show)

Eternal Love Photo Shoot with Michelle Gardella & Everthine
February 13, 2013

Put together on a bit of a whim, this shoot was inspired by the great romantic poem, Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18.  Working with this team was completely magical.  We all came together on a cold January morning with this concept in mind: ‘Eternal Love’.  And, even though we were all exhausted by the passing of the holiday humdrum, we shared a passion for this idea and the results speak for themselves.  I hope you’ll enjoy all of the beauty.

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Credits:
Makeup:  Jennie Fresa
Hair: Emily Reale
Location & Fashion: Everthine Bridal Boutique
Photography: Michelle Gardella Photography
A special thanks to our models:  Victoria and Abby! 
 

 

Eternal Love Photo Shoot with Michelle Gardella & Everthine
February 13, 2013

Put together on a bit of a whim, this shoot was inspired by the great romantic poem, Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18.  Working with this team was completely magical.  We all came together on a cold January morning with this concept in mind: ‘Eternal Love’.  And, even though we were all exhausted by the passing of the holiday humdrum, we shared a passion for this idea and the results speak for themselves.  I hope you’ll enjoy all of the beauty.

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Credits:
Makeup:  Jennie Fresa
Hair: Emily Reale
Location & Fashion: Everthine Bridal Boutique
Photography: Michelle Gardella Photography
A special thanks to our models:  Victoria and Abby! 
 

 

I ❤ Hearts
February 11, 2013

Hey Beauties!  This is my heartfelt gift guide for Valentine’s Day, or any day, really!  Enjoy!  XO!

Ban.do heart iPhone case
Heart me sweater (jcrew)
Dove dark chocolate hearts
Ban.do heart tote
Marc Jacobs heart paperweight
Ban.do Cross my heart Bobbi pin
Vivienne Westwood lady dragon shoes
Fuchsia Quilted heart bag- forever 21

Our Favorite: Cream Blushes
February 8, 2013

Brrrr, it’s cold outside!

Cream blushes are the perfect product to help any girl achieve a natural, flirty flush just in time for Valentines Day! With a brush or even your fingertips, apply the cream to the apples of your cheeks for an effortless pinky flush to a natural rosy glow. Here are some of our favorites! Have you tried any of these or would you like to share any of your faves, do tell!!

1.      Stilla Petunia (Available at Jennie Fresa!)

2.     MAC So Sweet, So Easy

3.     NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Natural

4.     NARS Cactus Flower

5.     Sonia Kashuk Cream Blush in Blossom

Xo,
J

Black and White Photo Shoot for Well Wed Magazine
February 7, 2013

When Candice from Jubliee Events first presented the idea of a feminine meets masculine photo shoot, my beauty wheels immediately began turning.  I was thrilled to challenge myself and think outside of the box for beauty. Most of our shoots require soft and romantic looks using pretty pinks and peaches, so this was a real change of pace.  And, I knew exactly who to call when is was time to put together my beauty dream team.  I immediately reached out to my Lead Artist, Maureen and shared the idea.  I knew this concept would be right up her ally!  Without any hesitation, she was on board! Knowing that my friend Terry Coon is an expert at structured hair styling, I reached out to her next.  She too, jumped on board.  When you’re working with pro’s like Maureen and Terry, it’s easy and fun to watch the creative process unfold.  I shared our inspiration board and simply let them do their magic!

For my look, I wanted to experiment with eye liner.  I took the opportunity to create contrast, using black and white liner on the top of the eye.  I selected lashes that were long and spiky for the top lashes and used mascara to meticulously separate the bottom lashes, one at a time.  My intention was to keep the skin very matte with lots of definition.  I used a taupe colored eye shadow to create the highly contoured cheekbones and a pale beige cream lipstick to finish the look.
Here’s what Maureen had to say about the look she created,

“This shoot was so fun to work on because rather than the standard ‘make her look her prettiest’ direction, the vision for this shoot was to achieve an androgynous beauty.  Pretty, with a masculine twist.  I played up my model’s already strong brows and sculpted her cheek bones.  Then I balanced the strong structure with tons of soft, fluffy lashes.”

The looks Terry masterfully created for hair were amazing.  The straight, sleek styles were both the perfect compliment to the makeup Maureen and I created.

We always love collaborating with our fellow, inWhite members!  This was truly a blast!  If you want to read more on the fashion behind this shoot, check out the White Dress by the Shore’s blog.  And, you must absolutely head over to Carla’s blog and hear her take on shooting this incredible project.

This entire shoot is currently featured in the newest edition of Well Wed magazine.  Be sure to go out and grab a copy!
XO,
J

10 Best: Red Lipsticks
February 6, 2013

I always get asked, “what is the most flattering red lip color for my skin tone?”  With Valentine’s day right around the corner, so many ladies are looking for that perfect pout!  So, ladies, today I would like to share my tried and true, all-time best, red lip shades for every skin tone.  
 
There are 3 categories you should be aware of: 1.) Warm, orange-red 2.) Cool, blue-pink red 3.) Neutral red.  Depending on your skin tone (fair, olive, darker), certain reds will look better than others.  To make it easier for you, I’m going to list my favorites by skin tone.  Ps.  Makeup Artists, take note–these are must-haves for your kit.  Ok, here we go!Olive skin or yellow undertones should try Orange-reds.
1.) MAC Lady Danger
2.) Giorgio Armani #401
3.) Chanel Rouge Allure, Incandescente 97
 
Fair-Medium Skin with pink undertones should try Blue-pink reds
4.) Maybelline Non-stop Red
5.) Stila All Day Fiery {found here at out beauty boutique!}
6.) Lancome Rubis Exquis #182
 
Pale/Fair Skin should try these neutral reds
7.) Mac Ruby Woo
8.) Maybelline Fatal Red 530
 
Darker Skin should try these neutral reds
9.) Chanel Lover
10.) MAC Russian Red

Do you have a favorite red that I should add to my list?  

Xo,
J