No Fuss Makeup

The look

This is that effortless, everyday, not wearing makeup - makeup look. Its nice to have a little something on your face, but you don't want anyone to now it! Easy. Breezy. Natural ;)

The Products

 This is what my make up artist  Jacquelyn Grubbs used to achieve this look -

 Face and Body Foundation- A Foundation that provides a low to medium build able coverage. Water resistant and long wearing. My favorite of all foundations actually makes skin look like skin. I actually mix Face and Body with all my other foundations to add that "skin like finish". 

Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black Volume Building Mascara-  It's very black and very volumizing which are the 2 things I want in a mascara. It is my favorite drugstore mascara. Avaliable pretty much anywhere at a reasonable price. It is my go-to mascara.

Fling Eye Brow Pencil by MAC - I absolutely LOVE this! I've always found it really hard to find a brow colour that is not too dark, but isn't too orange. It is a light taupe-ash blonde. Simply fill in the brows using a tiny brush stroke motions following in the directions of the hair. Filling in your brows in a game changer.

Brow Gel in Beguile MAC - I think that brow makeup is the defying point in makeup. Tames unruly brows and puts them in place. Perfect partner to any brow pencil. A little goes a long way. Manages to make brows stay put for a good 5 to 6 hours.

Lustreglass in Flashmode MAC - Gives lips a beautiful soft sheen. Stays put. Bright pink with a raspberry undertone. Looks amazing alone or on top of your favorite lipstick.

Vintage Selection Prolongwear Paint Pot MAC - Rich, creamy fomula that dries with a vibrant intensity. A "frosted dirty peach". warm-toned, lightned brown, champagne sheen. Can be worn alone or under your favorite shadow. SO PRETTY!

Blonde Streak Pressed Pigment - Is a silver-shot off-white. Looks creamy at one angle, then silvered at another. Can be applied with your finger for the least amount of fallout or a 215 medium shader brush from MAC.

Half Lash MAC Eyelash Curler - Lifts and curls the shorter, hard to to get lashes. Works with the same "squeeze & release' motion as the full-sized version. Curling your lashes opens up the eye. It makes such a noticeable difference. The one thing I can't live without.

The Find

Season 6 Reunion

The Look

So the reunion shoot date is booked and immediately my wheels start turning as to what I want to wear, or more importantly, what my stylist, Christiaan Choy, wants me to wear! But its not quite that simple…Bravo likes to give a wardrobe directive so once all the ladies are sitting on the couch, everyone has a sense of coordination and no one is wearing the same dress. OMG could you imagine the type of drama filled disaster that would be!! Anxiety sets in as we await instruction. I'm a planner, and having a date with no direction was driving me crazy! If you ask Christiaan, he'd probably say I was driving him crazy too! Finally the email from Bravo arrives - cocktail attire in jewel tones and metallics!

Inspiration

Christiaan told me that the moment the email arrived, he knew exactly what he wanted my look to be. The inspiration began with this high-waisted sapphire blue silk floor length skirt with a thigh-high slit from Lanvin. He said the moment he saw it, he knew this was the beginning and end of our reunion look that he has since coined "Warrior Princess." When we had our fitting, Christiaan arrived with several options, but had me try the skirt first and asked me to just put on a nude strapless bra. Out of his bag of goodies, he literally pulls out a half-yard of metallic fabric and begins to drape it around my body, using my bra as support. The result is what you see here! A $15 piece of metallic fabric draped to look like liquid metal on my body. For the actual day of filming, Christiaan secured the fabric to an actual bustier undergarment - in the event that any of us ladies decided to have a throwing match of sorts…

My gorgeous jewels are Deborah Pagani and strappy metallic leather sandals from Jimmy Choo.

 Inspiration HAIR

Hairstylist Jeff Chastain was immediately inspired by Charlize Theron's perfectly disheveled bob upon learning what Christiaan Choy was designing for me to wear. A couture wardrobe deserves couture hair. 
Jeff curled my hair in alternating directions all around my head then gently brushed it all out together with a flat brush, parting the hair steeply on the side. I have a tendency to tuck my hair anyway and fidget with it, so he loaded it up with a medium hold, brushable hairspray from his own line that is coming out soon, Parlor by Jeff Chastain. After spraying it into shape, he took a little bit of his own styling paste and pinched it through the ends to loosen it up a bit at the bottom so it doesn't look too classic. 
The finished look was messy and cool but had the staying power to make it through a full day of bickering. 
 

Inspiration Makeup

My make up artist  Jacquelyn Grubbs gave me a modern ,fresh, dewey look below is what she used-

Jimmy Choo Kemble Lame' Sandals, Tom Ford Nail Polish in Indian Pink,  Lanvin long skirt, Silver Metallic Bustier.

Jewels

Deborah Pagani "NYX" Earrings, New York City Ring, Jerry Ring

 

Maxi Marvelous

The Look

The Find

Rebecca Minkoff Simon sandal,  kenneth Jay Lane Gold Plated Pendant Necklace, H&M Maxi Dress,  AQ AQ Lexi Maxi Dress.

The Rings

EBOOST® PHOTO SHOOT + GIVEAWAY

Inspiration

The direction for this EBOOST® ad was "Energy never tasted/felt so good!" It was supposed to be the amazing sensation you feel after you drink it - a refreshing "boost" of energy - similar to well...hmmmm an orgasm. Go figure...the one job I get to work with my husband and I am pretending to have an orgasim over and over again. #AKWARD!!!

 

The Look

We decided a crisp white button down would provide a nice classy neutral tone for the shoot. I wore a pair of comfy jeans that I could move and sit in. The comfy aspect of the look made the modeling part much easier considering the "orgasmic" circumstances HA!

Citizens of Humanity - Avedon Ultra Skinny Jeans, Burberry Brit Classic Button Down.

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EBOOST® GIVEAWAY

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Carole's Apt Reveal

The Look

The Find

Le Cirque … and The "Leggy" Blonde

The Mood

Not gonna lie...I really forgot that Aviva had a prosthetic leg. I very rarely saw her this season as you know, and when I did, it never came up. I literally had forgotten all about it! When she took it off and threw it on the table at Le Cirque and later at Heather and I, I jumped up in HORROR! I screamed, "Oh my God! Oh my God!! I feel like I am in a horror movie!" 

 

The Look 

There is something very elegant about wearing a summer trouser. My height definitely came in handy in these high-waist full-length trousers. The comfort of these pants didn't take away from their chic style and there are pockets to boot! I paired this look with a grey halter bodysuit from H&M and a layered strand of pearls that I have had for years from J.crew.
 

The Find

Pick Me! Book Me!

The Look

The Find

A Sprained Ankle

The Look

This Theyskens Theory white top is one of my favorites! I wear it all the time!  Its a great go-to when you have no idea what to put on in the morning and still want to look and feel chic ;) PS...this was definitely that kind of day, going all the way to the Upper East side to visit Sonja with a sprained ankle!

The Find

 Theyskens white sleeveless top, Citizens of Humanity Jeans

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

The Movie

There is a FABULOUS book that was written in 1994 by John Berendt and later made into a movie by Clint Eastwood. The story takes place in Savannah, GA - it's a quirky murder mystery with an excellent cast! Check out the blog The Compass Rose for more info!

The Look

The invitation called for black and white attire with white being good and black being evil. Josh and I chose Evil after all that had been going on I was feeling more evil.. Heathers makeup artist made all of us ladies this divine headpieces and eye masks. I love playing with extensions. so the long pony played nicely off the headpiece and "leggy" black Topshop "Angelina Jolie moment " black dress.

The find

Topshop Bodycon Maxi Dress, Zara Strappy heel, Black feather headband fascinator. Lady Kismet Lamrin Earrings.

The Hair/ Inspiration

I had so much fun with this look. I always love a themed party! Heathers Make up artist made me this wonderful feather and butterfly head band. You know when you have short hair and all you want is for it to be long! Well that was me on this night.

The Look

The Find

This is from my hair Guru Jeff Chastain- Jeffchastianparlour.com @Medievalmanes

Typically the best and easiest extensions are clip-ins. Clip-ins allow you to quickly change up or amp up your style whether you want some big, beachy waves, a super long ponytail, and even just to add more volume. The most important thing to remember is to make sure it is REAL human hair! Any synthetic hair you cannot style with a flatiron, blowdryer, or curling iron because it WILL melt (made this mistake before)! 

For styling extensions, it's easiest if you do it before you put them in your hair. I find the easiest way is to shut just the base of the extension track into a desk drawer, leaving the hair out to hang in all it's glory. Then, you can curl or flatiron them almost as though you are sitting behind a friend, styling their hair. Sometimes I even play beautician and ask my extension show their day has been going. After I get them to look the way I want, I section off the bottom inch all across the nape and clip that up and out of the way. The clip in snap on just as though you were snapping in a barrette. Let those fall over then do another row an inch or two above your previous section and do the same. This section will be much larger so toucan use two tracks, side by side. If you still want more, you can put some skinnier tracks an inch above each ear to fill in the sides. If you want even more, add another clip in row about two inches down from the top of your head! This will achieve the Beyoncé effect. 

 

Some brands of extensions can get quite expensive. Unless you're shooting a music video or walking for Victoria's Secret, I would go with the lower end HUMAN hair lines. You can reuse these very often, maintaining them by occasionally washing them with shampoo lightly and gently blowdrying them. Most hairstylists I know use Remi hair, but it's a bit pricey. 

Extensions always make girls feel amazing when they're in, an instant confidence boost. Definitely give it a shot! 

 

Love Me Tender

The Look 

I felt on this particular day that I needed to have Elvis close to me so I of course wore my "Love Me Tender" sweatshirt. Opening Ceremony has this amazing collection of garments featuring Elvis quotes and images. A dream for me! Here is a little TV fun fact: The reason that you don't see me ever wearing or showing Elvis' image is because it's not allowed. You have to get clearance for an image or song. Its very expensive...but not to worry, I am working on it!

 

The Find

Opening Ceremony sweatshirt, Citizens of Humanity Premium Vintage Racer Skinny Jeans, J.Crew Collection Bow Pump in Strip,  Lady Kismet Monshar Bangle, Essie Nail polish in Link Muffs.

Sushi Samba

The Look 

This was one of those TMI, air your dirty laundry, kind of couples dinners. :-/ It was a hot and humid New York City night. We were eating at Sushi Samba in the West Village. Yum! As you all know by now I am a jeans and t-shirt kind of a girl so when I can still wear my jeans and throw in a fun new twist on a regular top...I am a very Happy Housewife!

The Find

Kenneth Jay Lane Bamboo Hoop Earrings,  Hand Stamped Gold Initial Necklace, Zara Asymmetrical top with Knot Neckline.

The Beauty of an Apron

The Inspiration

While looking for inspiration for this post, I came across Grandma's Apron poem. After reading this I became filled with memories. I feel that I wear my apron in the kitchen to be a part of something from years past. Maybe I wear mine to feel close to my Nana who has since passed. Or perhaps it reminds me of my grandma who still makes the best apple pie anyone has ever tasted! Aprons are cool and retro now but they have a beautiful history that I will cherish.

Grandma's Apron

I don't think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears…

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men-folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner. It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

REMEMBER:

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.

Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

I never caught anything from an apron…But Love. (Author Unknown)

The original poem was written by Tina Trivett

 

The Look

We all know that I am not a "chefer" as my son would say. And if you didn't believe me when I told you, watching this scene in #RHONY should have convinced you. I didn't know where anything was and of course I burned the potatoes BUT I was wearing my trusty apron!! I have been big on aprons since I was a little girl, seeing my grandma put hers on while she was cooking or doing dishes (she didn't have a dish washer). My mother would always wear an apron - still does and so does my mother-in-law. There is something very 1950's fabulous about an apron. Wearing an apron says, "I know what I am doing" - or at least I look good and won't get dirty while I am doing it HA!!

 

The Find

Flirty Aprons, J.Crew perfect fit tank, Hammered Gold Hoop Earrings

Light. Tight. Right

The Look

What does one wear to"paydate" at a plastic surgeons office on the upper east side?? Hmm. I am not having any work done? I may go out to lunch after? When in doubt the jumpsuit is a great safe way to go, heels or flats , fab jewels or minimal jewelry, Put a cardigan for day , take off the cardy and flow into the evening. 

The Find

Rag and Bone Denise Cardigan.This is my # 1 go-to sweater...I am wearing it right now! Its lightweight but keeps you warm. This is the sweater that you bring when going away on vacation and can pair it with everything! It works from day-to-night!  I found it in black too :) Cadence Rag and Bone Cardigan. Cross back strappy jumpsuit.

Birdland

Inspiration

Birdland is an iconic jazz club located in midtown Manhattan. They are famous for their open-mike nights. It was my first time there but definitely not my last! Maybe next time I will get up there and show you all my inner Elvis!

The Look

This is another one of those fab and effortlessly chic looks! A black strapless romper with a half-sleeve cardigan. Pair it with some accessories and a strappy heel and you are good to go!
 

The Find

Topshop black strapless romper, Black crop cardigan.

Rodeo

Inspiration

The Look

It's safe to say that we were pretty over-dressed for the rodeo. Would you expect anything less from a bunch of Manhattan ladies?  Going to this rodeo was a once in a lifetime experience! I wasn't going to waste it on plain old jeans and a t-shirt.

The Find

A.L.C. Asymmetric Kirt,  Hanro Touch Feeling Tank, ASOS Suede Clutch with Fringe, Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses

Glamping

The Inspiration

City girl meets country girl in Vintage fur. 

The Look

"Glamping" is short for Glamourous Camping. I threw on my vintage fur for this look. I have had this coat for 20 years. I bought it at a flea market in NYC for $40 many moons ago. I understand that many people disagree with wearing and supporting fur. I would not ever buy a new mink or sable coat - that is not my style. I do indeed own a few vintage pieces that I bought years ago in NYC. They keep me warm while still looking chic. Even in the woods in Montana :) 

Loved this J.crew "Horsing Around" sweatshirt, paired with the retro bandana.

 

The Find

Faux Fox Fur, J.Crew Classic Bandana , RVCA Horse Sweatshirt, Current Elliot The Roller jeans

Porta Potty 101

Inspiration

Of course its silly to have Port-a-Potty inspiration...but well, I like to think I am silly and...#everybodypoops! When I was watching the scene of Lu and I at the rodeo, I felt it hilarious that she didn't know a thing about port-a-potties and well, I did...naturally. I have a few tips. Basic ones - green means go, red means stop! Hello!! If it's red it's taken!! In this situation, if you sprinkle when you tinkle, no one is thinking you are going to be neat and wipe the seat! In fact, its expected that you are going to sprinkle because  by NO MEANS will I EVER be sitting on THIS potty!!

#1 Have a friend hold your bag. There is no where to put it, and you don't want it falling in!

#2 Have that same friend watching the door so no one walks in on you!

#3 Enter armed with your own TP - always!

#4 Once inside whatever you do, DON'T look down, or to the side, or anywhere for that matter but maybe up!

#5 When you are done, use hand sanitizer immediately!!

 

Look

Note my expression - EWWWWWW!!! Note I am holding Lu's bag, guarding the door, ready with the hand sanitizer!

The Find

Clean Well Natural Hand Sanitizer, Pocket tissue, Toilet seat cover ,

The Phone Call

The Inspiration

The Look

You can't be fabulous all the time - sometimes a girl has just gotta wear sweats and Uggs (although the truth is, I feel fabulous in these T by Alexander Wang sweats!) We may have been camping, but you can't take the New York City out of this girl...

The Find

T by Alexander Wang French Terry Sweat Pants,  Henley Thermal ,Classic Tall Ugg In Chestnut, Samsung Galaxy 5, Gold Ray Ban aviators.

Chuck Wagen

Inspiration

The Look

I may have taken my New York City ladies out to the country, but you can't take the New York City out of THIS housewife! Even in jeans and a sweater, surrounded by cowboys in Montana, I still have to keep a sense of my downtown NYC style. These Citizen for Humanity high waisted jeans are my absolute favorite pair of go-to denim and this cropped knit sweater from Zara is so chic but cozy - doesn't get much better than that!

The Find

Zara Cropped Sweater, Citizens High waisted dark denim.

Club Monaco

The Look

Josh and I are out in the Hamptons this week of 4th of July for a little family Vacay . We got invited to the new Club Monaco store opening in South Hampton. Josh and I were looking forward to a few adult hours of drinks and socializing. when.. don don don.. Kingsley WOULD NOT stay with the new sitter. So when in doubt throw your hair in a pony tail put on your prettiest pretty girl dress and join Mommy and Daddy at the party! 

The Find

Club Monaco Dree Culotte Short, Sheila Cashmere Sweater, Mayra Double Wrap BeltZara leather high heel  w/ Ankle strap. Lanvin Luxor themed Necklace.

The Jewels

Having small kids, I am really into stud earring lately. They are chic and not likely to get ripped out of your ear by a toddler! I am LOVING these grey pave' diamond studs. And you know I am not one to shy away from stacks of rings. Mix and match and have fun with your jewelry. That's what it's all about! #moreismore


The Find