Why you should invest in a high quality makeup artist for your wedding day

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Hi everyone!!!! I know, I know……. I haven’t written a post in a million years! Things have been super hectic on my end, with getting a promotion at work (yay!), getting married this past July (double yay!) and just recently all the craziness with the holidays! But…. I’m baaaacccckkkk!

Today’s post has been something that I wanted to write about for a really long time, but just haven’t gotten around to it. And with the upcoming wedding season fast approaching, I figured now is a better time more than ever! I apologize in advance for sounding blunt in this post, but for anyone that knows me…. it’s just how I am. I shoot it straight! 😉

Trust me, I get it. Weddings are EXPENSIVE. Everything adds up fast and before you know it, you are in way over your head…. from the dress, tuxes, cake, linens, venue, flowers, centerpieces, DJ, videographer, etc! The list is never-ending. But here is what I don’t understand…. Why do brides tend to short themselves from looking and feeling their best on their wedding day? Tons of fellow makeup artists, as well as hair stylists that I know, consistently hear brides say… “I can’t find it in my budget to hire you”…. or “I found someone cheaper.” We understand. We also understand that your wedding cake is a very important, traditional part of your big day, and you may not bat an eyelash at the hundreds of dollars that it cost you…. but in the end, a lot of it goes to waste. (I know from personal experience with my own wedding!) Or the same for your flowers…. they can end up costing thousands of dollars, and you shell out the money for them, but they all end up dying and getting thrown out. But when it comes time to book your makeup and hair for the wedding, why would you want to find a cheaper option elsewhere and not look or feel your absolute BEST for the biggest day of your life? Hey, I’m all about getting a bargin deal… ask any of my friends! I’m the best person in the world to go shopping with! I always know when the best sales are and hit up every store with coupon in hand! But with that being said, investing in a high quality makeup artist (or hair stylist) for your wedding day is hands down one of the most important things you should do! Your wedding photos and wedding video will be here for forever! Your cake and flowers won’t be.

We use high-end products.

I understand that not every makeup artist has the money to shell out thousands of dollars to have a kit full of high-end makeup. I didn’t when I first started out. But when I first started out, I wasn’t charging what I do now. I work for a prestige makeup company called Smashbox Cosmetics. Practically every single item I use on my clients is by Smashbox… not just because I work for them, but because this particular brand was created by photographers. Smashbox products not only look beautiful in person, but on camera as well! Because it was created by photographers, the products look beautiful in every single lighting- whether it be morning light, evening light, florescent light, office light or home light. Your lighting is going to change throughout your wedding day. I want to make sure my clients have high performing products that will look perfect in all those changing lights, withhold all the flashbacks from cameras all night long, all the dancing, sweating, etc! When you go to hire your makeup artist for your big day, make sure they are using good quality makeup on you! If they roll into your hotel suite on your big day with a kit full of only drugstore brand products……………… run. Don’t get me wrong, there are some incredible products out there from non-prestige brands. Do I use them on myself? Yes. On my paying clients. No.

We are trained.

We know what to use, how to use it, when to use it, and why to use it. We are educated in our profession and know what is BEST for you. We know what’s ideal for your eye shape, face shape, skin, etc. Anybody can watch a YouTube tutorial and think they can do makeup. It’s not that easy. Luckily, because I work for a makeup company that was created in a photography studio… I’ve been highly trained on a million different techniques on how to apply makeup that will photograph well. Make sure whomever you hire has the proper training to back themselves up.

One word…. Sanitation.

I once witnessed a makeup artist who was literally applying mascara with the same wand straight from the same tube she used on everyone else! I…. almost…. died. Your makeup artist should ALWAYS use proper sanitation when applying your makeup. If you want to go the cheaper route on your wedding day and pay $20 for a full face makeup application, chances are your artist isn’t showing up with a case full of disposables and you are getting your eye shadow applied by the same brush that was used on everyone else, without being cleaned in between clients. (Maybe not…. I could be wrong. Buttttt I doubt it.) Properly trained artists know how critical sanitation is! I’ve seen a lot of hotmesses in my day. Please for the love of God, don’t let your artist on your big day be one of those hotmesses.

We prep your skin.

I would never in a million years apply makeup to a face in which I hadn’t prepped the skin prior. Oh hell no. It’s crucial to me to make sure my client has hydrated skin before applying makeup. Hydrated skin looks more beautiful, healthier, younger and makeup will last LONGER! And…. what if they have super oily skin, dry skin, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, sun spots, age spots, textured skin, etc. No worries, I’ve got you covered. I know how to address each of those problems before we begin your application process. Any highly trained artist will know how to customize your application to your skin’s needs. We know how to use proper color-correcting techniques to help diminish any unwanted flaws showing through. We are like magicians. Trust us.

We use primers. For EVERTHING!

This could get categorized under skin prep, but I felt like it was important enough to have it’s own section. I am the Primer Queen. If you come into one of my stores while I’m working, and you are only in there to buy foundation…. and you tell me you don’t currently use a primer (GASP!)- you will walk out with a primer! Using a primer is CRITICAL during a makeup application. Not only does it fill in fine lines, pores, airbrush out any imperfections… but it helps your makeup last ALL. DAY. LONG. On my clients, I use a full face primer, under eye primer, eye shadow primer, eyelash primer, brow primer, mascara primer, and lip primer. Not all makeup artist’s use primers or even know how to use them or why it’s important to use them. (I will find out who you are….. and I will hunt you down.) Did you know that there are specific primers for each of your skin’s needs? Dry, dehydrated skin- there’s a primer for it. Oily skin- primer for it. Red, blotchy skin- yup…. primer for that too. Your makeup artist for your wedding day should come fully equipped with several different primers (and foundation/concealer shades!) to use on you and your bridesmaids, because each girl has different skin and different needs for her skin!

We travel to you.

The morning of your wedding can get a little hectic! Bridesmaids running around everywhere, people coming in and out of your hotel suite, the photographer is there, now the videographer, your mom is stressing you out about last minute details, omg… did you remember to eat? Listen, I completely understand. That is why we come to YOU. No need to try and gather everyone together to be at a salon or spa for a certain time. No one ever gets there on time anyway. Do you really want to stress over why your bridesmaid/cousin Amy is an hour late for her hair and makeup appointment? Um no! We show up on time, come prepared with our makeup light, our makeup chair, our kit, etc…. to make your life easier. That way you can sit back, relax, sip on your mimosa (not while I’m trying to do your lipstick though!), and let us pamper you for your big day! Some salons & spas DO offer on-site services, so be sure to check if your favorite one travels!!!

We come prepared.

Not all lighting is the same. Some brides get ready in their own home, a hotel suite, heck I’ve even done makeup on a bridal party in a basement before! You never know your lighting situation until you show up for the job. You can NOT do professional, high quality makeup in bad lighting. You just cant. That is why your makeup artist should always come prepared with a makeup light. Also, most come with a traveling makeup chair. Not only does it make my life easier, but it makes my client’s life easier too. This allows you to sit eye-level with your artist so you are much more comfortable during the application. If you are sitting in a low chair, then unfortunately you have to sit in an awkward position with your head tilted upwards the whole time. Not fun. We come ready to rock & roll! Makeup- check! Brushes- check! Disposables- check! Brush cleaner- check! Setting spray- check! (You get the point!) I, personally, come prepared with extra items such as safety-pins and a mini sewing kit! I once had to help sew a bridesmaids dress that had ripped right before they were all about to leave! So yeah, I guess I’m not only your makeup artist- but your seamstress as well. Oh and did I mention I have my bachelors degree in psychology? So free therapy too, I might add. 😉 On another note, your artist should always leave you with your lip color to use for touch-ups through out the day. I don’t care how long-wearing that brand of lipstick claims to be…. it’s not going to last from 8am-1am with all the kissing, eating, drinking, talking, etc… that you will be doing! So make sure the artist you hire will provide you with your lip shade to keep on hand in your sequin wedding clutch!

Well….. the list could go on my friends. But I’ll leave it at that. For all you beautiful brides out there, I hope this post helped you realize how truly important it is to invest in a high quality artist for your big day. We charge what we do for a reason. A very good reason. You are paying for our time, our travel, our talent, our level of training, our level of expertise, our high-end products, and above all else our care. WE CARE ABOUT YOU! We absolutely love what we do and want you to LOVE how you look and feel on your wedding day!

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT! I wish you all the love and happiness in the world!

xoxo

-Laurie

(For bookings- please email me at: laurieberrybeauty@gmail.com)

Perfect Palettes

Makeup palettes are a girl’s best friend! You have a variety of colors to chose from that can take you from day to night all in one! And if you are anything like me, I like to do my makeup according to my mood (which, as a Gemini, changes every 10 minutes!) So it’s nice to have a variety of shades at you finger tips! I swear I probably own 50 palettes….. every time a new one comes out I have to justify in my head why I think I need it. I mean, that shade of taupe in the new palette is slightly darker than the taupes in all my others…. so I obviously need it in my life, right?

Right now there are SO many amazing new palettes out that I’ve been eyeing lately and wanted to share my top favorite ones with you! They range from eye shadow, color-correcting, blush, highlighting, contouring, and more! Most palettes include bonus travel size items such as a mascara, eye shadow primer, brush, etc….. and the best part is…. my top favorites are all under $50!

Too Faced: Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette ($49- Ulta or Sephora)

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Smashbox: Photo Matte Eyes Palette ($49- Ulta or Sephora)

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Tarte: Rainforest of the Sea Wipeout Color-Correcting Palette ($45- Sephora or Ulta)

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Kat Von D: Shade and Light Contour Palette ($46- Sephora)

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Lorac: Unzipped Gold Shimmer & Matte Eye Shadow Palette ($42- Ulta)

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Smashbox: L.A. Lights Blush & Highlight Palette ($35- Sephora or Ulta)

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Anastasia Beverly Hills: Glow Kit ($40- Sephora or Ulta)

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Too Faced: Peanut Butter & Jelly Eye Shadow Collection ($36- Ulta or Sephora)

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It Cosmetics: Naturally Pretty Essentials ($28- Ulta)

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Make Up For Ever: Rouge Artist Palette ($39- Sephora)

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Animal Shelter Donation Drive

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Hey everyone! I’m excited to announce that I am collaborating with one of my local animal shelters, Verona Street Animal Society, in hopes to collect some of the much needed items to help them out! Anyone that knows me, knows what a HUGE animal lover I am and how passionate I am about spreading the word to help give loving homes to shelter animals! Out of all the numerous local shelters, I chose VSAS to partner with because they are where I got my beautiful 2 year old pitbull/terrier mix- who is the absolute love of my life!!!! I’ve also attended a few of their public events and saw the outpouring love coming from all of the workers as well as the volunteers!

If interested in donating to my drive, please email me at: laurieberry6@gmail.com

or message me on my facebook account:

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Some items they are always in need of:

Laundry Soap

Fabric Softener

Dish Soap

Kongs

Nyla Bones

Milk Bones

Cat Treats

Cat Toys

Pet Store Gift Cards for their Foster Program

Other items you could donate:

Kuranda Pet Beds

Dry cat and dog food*

Canned cat and dog food*

Lint Rollers

New toothbrushes

Powder OxiClean

Tool Cabinet on wheels

6-foot leashes

Professional grooming clippers

Heating pads (for newborns and injured animals)

Liquid laundry detergent

Peanut Butter (low fat and regular)

Squeeze Cheeze

Easy Walk Harnesses – Size Medium/Large

Bully sticks

Laundry baskets

Pig ears

Pet shampoo

Pet carriers & training crates

Puzzle feeders/Enrichment toys for dogs and cats

Pet care and animal reference books

Rubbing alcohol

Hand brooms with dust pans

Plastic storage bins with lids

Folding chairs for off-site events

Fruit-scented air fresheners

Puppy training pads/Chux/underpads

Unopened cat food and cat litter (for foster homes)

Baby food (meat varieties only)

Extracts (Vanilla, Cinnamon, Clove, Peppermint, Lavender, Lemon, Strawberry, Coconut)

* Animal Services feeds Hills Science Diet pet foods at the shelter. To avoid stomach upset associated with changing foods, we respectfully request that any donated foods be from that same manufacturer. Contact us at 585-428-7274 for specific products used at the shelter. Foods from other manufacturers may be provided to our pets in foster care or to the general public.

*Reduced price Kong toys can be purchased at: www.petmountain.com/brands/22/1/kong-company.html

SHELTER HOURS

Monday – Saturday
11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays
11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Closed Sundays

ROCHESTER ANIMAL SERVICES
184 Verona Street
Rochester, NY 14608

(585) 428-7274
AnimalServices@cityofrochester.gov

VERONA STREET ANIMAL SOCIETY
P.O. Box 22874
Rochester, NY 14692

(585) 237-8366
VSASinc@gmail.com

Upcoming Events at VSAS

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Must-Have Fall Items

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Hey there friends! It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted last, and since my faaaavorite season is amongst us, I figured it would be a perfect time to discuss my Top 5 Must-Have Fall Items! How can anyone not love this time of year?! The crisp air, pumpkin scented everything, fall smelling candles, the changing of the leaves, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, ahhhh… the list could go on. Whether you are just out and about running errands, going apple or pumpkin picking, having a coffee date at Starbucks, hitting up some local wineries or and night out with friends… these Fall items are a necessity in every Autumn-lovers life!

1) Plaid Blanket Scarf

This made number one on my list due to the versatility of this little gem! I have the exact same one as pictured below from Purple Peridot boutique– I scored it for only $19.99 during one of their flash-sales! It’s literally the most softest and comfortable thing you could ever put on your body! So warm and cozy, and makes for a great blanket or shawl if you are somewhere and you get cold! Definitely a must have to add some style to your favorite fall outfits!

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2) Ankle Boots

Ummm… so I may have a slight ankle bootie obsession lately. I’ve been buying them in every single color from light tan, black, dark brown, grey, wine (just to name a few!) You can pair them with skinny ripped jeans, boyfriend jeans, leather pants, a long tunic and leggings or on a warmer Fall day just a cute little dress. Here are some of my favorite boots I’ve been drooling over lately:

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3) Over-Sized Hat

I must say, I never used to be a hat person until recently! I went into my local Marshalls last week and was amazed by their over-sized hat selection… all different sizes and colors! I bought a black one and recently wore it on a wine tour with a group of my friends and felt so chic and fabulous in it all day. I loved how it amped up just a simple outfit into a more fashionable look. I then went back and purchased a few more… one in gray, tan and a wine colored one. Can I just say….. OBSESSED! Here are some of my favorite style/color hats that I’ve seen on Pinterst: (…I’m definately dying over the olive green one in the last pic… that hat is slaying my life right now!)

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4) Moto Jacket

I. can. not. handle. these. jackets. They are amazingggggg! You can pair them with just a simple pair of boyfriend jeans and a t-shirt, or with a dress and pair of textured leggings. I think they look best with just a solid color shirt so the jacket really makes a statement. Definitely wouldn’t pair it with anything printed because it just takes away from the wow factor of wearing one of these bad boys. Check out how dope these ladies look in these jackets…. Umm, I’ll take one of each please!

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5) Berry Lips

Well, obviouslyyyy since I’m a makeup artist, I had to add some element of beauty into this post! This season means one huge thing to me…. rocking a bold berry lip! I literally can not even handle how amazing a berry lip looks on anyone…. it doesn’t even matter what skin tone you are! I’m pretty sure I own a slightly different shade in a million different brands. Lipstick overload? Probably. Do I necessarily need every single one? Duh. Out of all the ones I own, here are some of my favorite berry shades:

MAC Lipstick in shade “Rebel” ($17)

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Motives Cosmetics Rich Formula Lipstick in shade “Berry Sexy” ($14.95)

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Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in shade “Fig” ($20)

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Nars Audacious Lipstick in shade “Fanny” ($32)

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Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in shade “Venom” ($22)

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So ladies, what’s your number 1 item that you feel is a Fall must-have this season?!

-Laurie xoxo

Upstate Stylista LOVES Chloe & Isabel

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Hey everyone! Sooo, a few weekends ago I went up north to my hometown for my little sister’s bridal shower! (Well, she isn’t really little anymore obviously- but to me she will always be my baby sis!) While being home I got to spend lots of quality time with one of my oldest and dearest friends from high school, Alicia! Wow, do we ever go wayyyyy back! It still seems like just yesterday I would spend countless hours in her room, drooling over all of her new designer accessories and clothes! She always was up to date on fashion and trends which was extremely rare for being from such a tiny little town. I always felt like in our small “neck-of-the-woods”, her and I were the only ones who really cared about style, fashion, labels and designers. Obviously things don’t change because still to this day whenever I’m home visiting, we see each other and still gush about the latest handbag we got, or designer earrings or makeup we’ve purchased!

Alicia is a merchandiser now for a really trendy, affordable jewelry company called Chloe & Isabel. I’m always one to support my friend’s and their business’s in any way that I can, so I purchased a pair of adorable opal stud earrings from her and I’ve been HOOKED ever since! They arrived literally 2 days after I bought them… and not to mention in the cutest packaging I’ve ever seen in my life! I was shocked… for only $22, I got the most amazing, high quality pair of earrings that I now literally wear every single day of my life! (Details: antique rhodium-plated, nickel-free plating, 0.25″ approx. width, stainless steel post, opal crystal)

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Round Opal Stud Earrings- $22

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Excuse my lack of a manicure in this photo! haha

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I mean… how ADORABLE is their packaging???!!! Perfect for giving as gifts!

I realized after seeing all of her Chloe & Isabel jewelry that she owned and how amazing all of it was, that I wanted to do a collaboration with her right away! I already have so many pieces that I’m obsessed with it’s not even funny! So ladies, I bring you my ONLINE JEWELRY PARTY!!!!!!!! Here’s a little bit about the company from -Chantel Waterbury- the CEO and founder:

Our Story

I conceived of Chloe + Isabel as a place where smart, creative and confident women could play a significant role in creating an innovative new business model where they were at the center. Chloe + Isabel is both a brand and opportunity that combines elements of direct sales, retail and eCommerce with the sole purpose of providing a more meaningful experience to the modern woman. My mission was, and remains to this day, to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs through social retail.

Chloe + Isabel is the opportunity I wish I had when I was a young, ambitious woman with the goal of one day being my own boss. Today, I see in our Merchandisers that same drive I had when I first stepped out on my own, moving away from home at the age of 13 to pursue my education. I began working and saving up for school, and ultimately turned to a direct selling opportunity which paid my way through college. While it allowed me to make the money I needed, and gave me confidence in running my own business, I would have loved to have built my resume with an even wider set of skills, as well as been connected to a community of like-minded women.

After college graduation, I began a 15 year career in jewelry design, development, and merchandising at industry heavyweights like Target Corp., Macy’s, Gap Inc., and LVMH, as well as brands like Kenneth Cole, Cartier, Tiffany and Co. and Ippolita. In 2010, I was offered my dream job as a Chief Merchant of one of my favorite designer jewelry brands. At that time, the U.S. economy was suffering, and with the high unemployment rate, particularly for Gen Y, I kept asking myself, “What can I do with my experience and skillset that will make a real difference in this world, and for these young women?”

It had taken me years to climb the corporate ladder and gain the skills I needed to run my own fashion business. Here was a chance to share my knowledge with today’s women so they wouldn’t have to wait, or potentially never get the exposure they needed. I wanted to help them reach their goals, whether they were financial or skill-based. We can be her stepping-stone or her destination. Chloe + Isabel was created to be a brand people would love, and more importantly, an opportunity our Merchandiser could believe in.

– Chantel Waterbury CEO + Founder

Check out some of my favorite pieces (as modeled by Alicia!)

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I mean c’mon…. does it really get any more stylish or trendier than this???? Lately I’ve been on a huge turquoise kick and wanted to show you all of my favorite turquoise pieces that Chloe & Isabel has to offer right now…. all at a super reasonable cost:

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Are you an earrings freak like I am… but on a budget? No worries…. Chloe & Isabel has TONS of adorable earrings all for under $25:

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Wanna see MORE earrings…… they’ve got earrings forrrrr dayyyyssss:

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Ok, so enough of me gushing on and on about how fabulous this jewelry brand is…. go see for yourself! Have fun shopping for yourself or even for a gift for someone special in your life. I’m pretty sure it’s bridal season right now and what bride wouldn’t want to open up some Chloe & Isabel items on her shower day! (I know I would!!!) The birthstone stud earrings make a great birthday gift for someone… and the best part is, you don’t even need to wrap it! The packaging is already too darn adorable!

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Here’s how to order from my party:

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Let me see those photos of the fabulous jewelry you ordered from my party! Post on Facebook or Instagram using hashtag #upstatestylistaparty and show me how you styled your pieces! Happy shopping ladies! xoxoxo

-Laurie

Oscars 2015- Best Dressed!

Even though the 2015 Oscars were 3 days ago, I still can’t stop thinking about the gorgeous fashion that was on this years red carpet! From bold reds, deep navys, soft blushes and pale pinks… this year’s Oscars took the cake on the most beautiful gowns EVER! I’d like to point out that it definitely takes an army for these celebs to look this amazing- each woman has her own personal “Glam Squad”! Here’s to the hair stylists, the makeup artists and the manicurists…. and most important the personal stylists that helped strategically pick out the gowns, the jewels, the shoes and the hand clutches! Oh my god, I just had a day-dreaming moment where I envisioned myself being one of their personal makeup artists! Can you imagine!!?? Aside from the fashion this year- the makeup was impeccable as well! Here are my top favorite looks of the night!

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Dakota Johnson in Saint Laurent

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Sienna Miller in Oscar de la Renta

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Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralf & Russo

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Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab

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Giuliana Rancic in Mireille Dagher

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Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa

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Anna Faris in Zuhair Murad Couture

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Rosamund Pike in Givenchy

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Which dress was your personal favorite this year?

xxoo,

Laurie

Valentine’s Day Outfit Inspiration

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The day of LOVE is rapidly approaching, and if you are anything like me, then you are stressing over what adorable Valentine’s Day themed outfit you are going to wear! Whether you are single or attached, it doesn’t matter…. you still need to look cute, right?! I looooove holidays- especially Valentine’s Day! Maybe it’s just an excuse for me to wear lots of red or pink, and dress super girly! We all know I love me a good theme!

I’ve searched the web and came up with several heart-day outfit inspirations for you in case you are still undecided! I’ve found some that would be perfect for a romantic dinner somewhere fancy or just a casual night out with your beau. Single? I’ve included adorable outfits to wear on a fun night out with your other fellow single girlfriends! Hey, Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year right?! Which means you need to go out, celebrate and have FUN! …..And look super trendy and fashionable while doing so in one of these following outfits:

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Hope this collection of outfits gives you the Valentine’s Day inspiration you’ve been looking for! From bold reds to blushing pinks… I’ve got you covered! Hmmm… picking a favorite look is now the hard part! Which one do you love the most???

Hope you all have a perfect, heartfelt holiday with those that you love!

With lots of LOVE,

Laurie

Top 15 Favorite Holiday Makeup Looks

This is by far one of my favorite times of year! Bring on the glitz and glamour of holiday parties! As a makeup artist, it’s so fun to do makeup this time of year… I get to play with lots of shimmer, glitter and fun, bold lip shades! I know it can be stressful trying to come up with ideas on what type of makeup look to go for, so I’ve made it super easy for you! I’ve come up with my favorite top 15 holiday party makeup looks…. whether it be a low-key get-together with friends at your house, your holiday office party or a huge charity Christmas ball! Don’t be afraid to have fun with your makeup this time of year! With a little bit of holiday spirit, a dash of confidence and a pinch of festive fun- you can pull off any makeup look you want!!!

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Bold Cat-Eye, Rosy Cheeks with Bronzed Red Lip

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Dramatic Smokey Eye, Peachy-Bronzed Cheeks with Nude Shimmer Lips

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Bold Pink Lips, Contoured Cheeks with Nude/Gold Tones on the Eyes

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Bronzed Eyes, Lightly Bronzed Cheeks, White Liner and Bold Burnt Red Lips

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Deep Berry Lips, Dark Rose Cheeks, Bold Brows, Taupe on Eyes

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Cat-Eye, Peachy Cheeks, Dramatic Gold Shimmer on Eyes and Nude Lips

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Contoured Cheeks, Smokey Eyes and Bold Red Lips

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Bronzed Eyes, Bronzed Cheeks, White Liner and Deep Berry Lips

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Bright Coral Lips, Cream Colored Shimmer Around Eyes and Light Pink Cheeks

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Dramatic Cat-Eye, Deep Brows, Contoured Cheeks, Smokey Eyes with Browns and Blacks and Bold Deep Red Lips

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Bold, Dramatic Dark Smokey Eyes, Contoured Cheeks and Pale Peachy-Nude Lips

 

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Simple Wing-Tip, Slightly Smokey Around Lower Lash Line, Bronzed Cheeks and Red Lip

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Bronzes and Golds on Eyes, Bronzed Cheeks and Bold, Shiny, Deep Red Lips

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Plum Lips, Mauve Cheeks, Thin Liner and Taupe Shimmer Eyes

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Gold Shimmer, Heavy Smoke Under Lash Line, Mauve Cheeks and Bold Berry Lip

Happy Holidays Everyone! xoxo

-Laurie

 

The Mug Life

 My alarm goes off…… I open my eyes, instantly get attacked by my 2 giant, lovable pitbulls as they lick my face to death, I finally roll outta bed after 5 minutes of snuggling them- laughing at how goofy and playful they are, then make my way downstairs with only one thing on my mind: COFFEE!  My day does not officially start until I’ve had my morning cup of joe. I especially love it this time of year… sitting at the table, watching the beautiful snow fall from the sky. It just makes you feel all cozy inside. I don’t know what it is…. maybe it’s the jolt of caffeine, the aroma, the taste (with lots of flavored creamer of course!) or the fact that I drink out of adorable coffee mugs that instantly put a smile on my face. To some people, a mug is just a mug… but to me, it’s just a little something extra that cheers me up. As you can see, I have a thing for ones that have quotes/sayings on them.

I’ve created a list of my top favorite mugs for you in hopes they will lighten up your mornings when you are half asleep, cranky and not wanting to go to work! Annnd did I mention these would make great holiday gift ideas for that fellow coffee or tea lover in your life?!

Ashley Brooke Designs- “You Can’t Sit With Us” $23

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Ashley Brooke Designs- “Hello Sunshine” $23

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Ashley Brooke Designs- “Good Morning Dollface” $23

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Ashley Brooke Designs- “Best Day Ever” $23

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Ashley Brooke Designs- “I Woke Up Like This” $23

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Ashley Brooke Designs

Kate Spade- “Eat Cake For Breakfast” $20

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Kate Spade

Kate Spade (Macy’s)- “Monogram Mug” $15

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Kate Spade

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Kate Spade

Kate Spade (Bloomingdale’s)- “Live Colorfully” $20

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Kate Spade

Kate Spade (Bloomingdale’s)- “Spots Mug” $20

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Kate Spade

Anthropologie- “Monogram Mug” $8.00

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Abby & Grace Shop (Etsy)- “You’re Like, Really Pretty” $16

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Abby & Grace Shop

Abby & Grace Shop (Etsy)- “Shhh… There’s Wine In Here” $16

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Abby & Grace Shop

Abby & Grace Shop (Etsy)- “I Just Want To Drink Coffee, Save Animals, And Take Naps” $16

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Abby & Grace Shop

Abby & Grace Shop (Etsy)- “More Issues Than Vogue” $16

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Abby & Grace Shop

Oh Hello Sugar- “Expensive Shit” $16

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Oh Hello Sugar

Print Punch (Etsy)- “Britney Spears Work Bitch” $14

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Print Punch

Print Punch (Etsy)- “A smile is the prettiest…” $14

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Print Punch

Prettychicsf (Etsy)- “Start The Day With Coffee…” $16.95

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Pretty Chic SF

Prettychicsf (Etsy)- “She Leaves A Little Sparkle…” $16.95

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Pretty Chic SF

Prettychicsf (Etsy)- “She Designed A Life She Loved” #16.95

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Pretty Chic SF

Prettychicsf (Etsy)- “Stay Humble, Work Hard, Be Kind” #16.95

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Pretty Chic SF

 

Which one will you be drinking out of this winter?

xoxo,

Laurie

 

Mad For Plaid

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Oh how I live for this time of year! As soon as the first crisp air hits I immediately go into a plaid frenzy. Something about this print just makes you feel warm and cozy inside. I feel like plaid is everywhere now… from scarves, skirts, shirts, dresses, coats and much more! You can either dress up a cute plaid shirt with a leather skirt, texturized tights, cute booties and a blazer… or simply just wear it low-key style with a pair of black leggings, boot socks and your favorite, comfy pair of tall boots. I personally like to add a bold statement necklace with my plaid shirts to give it a little added style. You can even mix prints, such as pairing a polka dot shirt with a plaid skirt… or even a plaid blazer over a stripped top. Don’t ever be afraid to mix and match! Have fun with your style! That’s what fashion is all about!

I’ve scanned the internet lately to seek out the hottest plaid items for you (and myself obviously!) and here is what I came up with…..

Happy Shopping!

J.Crew Factory- Pleated Mini Plaid Skirt: $64.50

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ASOS- Red Plaid Leggings: $34.11

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ASOS- Knee Length Plaid Skirt- $56.85

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ASOS- River Island Blanket Scarf: $34.11

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Zara- Oversized Checked Scarf: $29.90

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Zara- Red/White Checked Shirt: $59.90

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Revolve Clothing- Suzett Buffalo Plaid Dress: $79.oo

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Revolve Clothing- BB Dakota Rosanna Plaid Jacket: $92.00

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Revolve Clothing- Bardot Over Rider Jacket: $176.00

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Etsy- Katie Bowhead, Winifred Bow Bracelet: $25.00

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Nordstrom Plaid Peplum Coat: $148.00

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YesStyle- Plaid Peplum Top: $31.90

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Nordstrom- Steve Madden, Buffalo Plaid Infinity Scarf: $32.00

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Miss Guided- Elena Lumberjack Coat- Blue Check: $85.48

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Miss Guided- Kaliee Check Print Scuba Blazer: $37.98

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Miss Guided- Elie Tartan Shift Dress: $28.48

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Miss Guided- Asma Chunky Knit Check Cardigan: $47.48

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Miss Guided- Ellie Wool Check A-Line Skirt/Red: $34.18

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Gap- Festive Plaid Wool Moto Jacket: $128.00

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Old Navy- Women’s Plaid Flannel Shirt: $20.00

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Williams-Sonoma- Plaid Tartan Mugs (Set of 4): $39.95

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Which plaid item are you mad for this Fall season?!

Stay Stylish,

Laurie

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