Mani Monday: Deborah Lippmann for Tatiana Maslany x Emmy Awards 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016


A legendary Hollywood glam squad guru, Deborah Lippmann worked with one of this year’s most glamorous ladies at The Emmy Awards, Tatiana Maslany, where she opted for a clean, sophisticated nail that accented Maslany’s modern look. Lippmann states, “Tatiana’s look tonight was utter modern sophistication with a stunning red dress that featured sharp lines by Alexander Wang. Her soft messy chignon was complemented by natural makeup and a slight shimmery eye. To keep this clean elegance, I used my most popular red carpet nude – Naked. She is an incredibly talented actress that I have admired with her profoundly intelligent role of multiple characters in Orphan Black.”

To Create the nail look


  1. Deborah prepped the nails using her signature 5-step manicure technique: First, she cleansed the nails with The Stripper nail lacquer remover ($19), shaped the nails with her Smooth Operator 4-way nail buffer ($12), exfoliate with the Cuticle Remover ($20, and hydrate the hand and nails with Rich Girl SPF 25 Hand Cream ($28) and The Cure ($24), respectively.
  2. Deborah applied a layer of Gel Lab Base Coat ($45).
  3. Next, she applied layers (both to fingers and toes) of a clean bare beige, Naked, a perfect complement to Tatiana’s vibrant red gown.
  4. She topped off the look with a layer of Gel Lap Top Coat ($45)
  5. After allowing the nails to dry one minute, she applied a drop of the NEW quick dry drops, The Wait is Over ($20)
  6. You can purchase these products at deborahlippmann.com, Sephora, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, and Neiman Marcus.
What was your favorite nail look at the Emmy Awards? 

Beyonce Vs. Food Network

Friday, June 17, 2016





Photo By: Food Network Instagram

Ok, Food Network now lets get in formation. On June 10, The Food Network posted a seemingly harmless photo promoting their article, Find Out What Foods These Celebs Have in Their Fridge. The photo shows the interior of a refrigerator, highlighting what mega-celebrities such as Taylor Swift, George Clooney, and Beyoncé keep in their kitchen. The image attempted to show the celebs next to shelves of food, related to what they actually mention in their respective articles, fruits and vegetables.

However, when it came to Beyoncé she was placed next to an assortment of cakes, watermelon, and what appears to be blue Kool-Aid.

Ok, let that sink in for a minute.

Instagram users soon began to call out the television network for placing Queen Bey next to junk food and watermelon, which contradicts what the actual StyleCaster article states. The original article says, “As expected, there are plenty of healthy items like a bowl of citrus fruits, carrot sticks, and a package of eggs, along with several condiments and drinks. “ So why are we looking at an image of Beyonce’s face next to a Louisiana crunch cake?

A collective sign from people around the world can be heard as we are once fed the stereotypical image of an African American woman with poor eating habits. Despite Bey’s endorsement of the 22 Days Nutrition Vegan Meal delivery service and an actual image of the inside of her fridge, The Food Network just couldn’t help themselves.

While some users are quick to point out that the photo of the refrigerator is all one image, it is hard to ignore the placement of the photos. This article also references Taylor Swifts Bon appétit interview, where she said she has these six foods in her fridge: eggs, thinly sliced deli chicken and ham, orange juice, Diet Coke, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and her splurge food: a tube of cinnamon rolls.

Based on Taylor Swift’s own words, shouldn’t her image sit next to the bottom shelf of junk food?  This begs the questions of who created the image and how the placement of an African American next to watermelon and junk food is acceptable enough to post on social media.


We’ll wait…

Summer is Calling

Monday, April 18, 2016


Summer is fast approaching and the only thing that I’m concerned about is (1) hanging out by the pool and (2) finally finding a bathing suit that I love. To be honest, I hate searching for a swimsuit (I reallllly hate the entire process), but I found the Adore Me website and I fell in love. Through commercials and non-stop internet shopping, I discovered the brand's sweet swimwear collection and instantly wanted to buy one of everything.

If you aren’t familiar with Adore Me, they are a brand that offers memberships geared towards your monthly shopping convenience. If you sign up for the VIP membership, you’ll receive sexy new lingerie sets to view and decide on. They will charge your card (the card that you add) and you will receive a credit to shop. You totally have option to skip a month and they have a pay-as-you-go option, if you aren’t a monthly shopper!

So now that I am done daydreaming about wearing the Mirra bikini while vacationing with Drake, I've decided to share a post with my favorite people (you) about this amazing brand and their body-positive mission. Here are a few of my favorite styles and a really inspiring video, featuring Loey Lane!

P.S. I think I hear the Bahamas calling my name!
Swimsuits from left to right: Holly Green Halter Bikini, Claudia Floral Swimsuit,, Kaia White Strappy One-Piece Swimsuit, Dana Banded Red Halter Bikini, Paloma High-Waisted Polka Dot Bikini
For more information about Adore Me, visit their website, Instagram and Twitter!

My Space: A place for friends

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

It's not throwback Thursday but I am feeling very reminiscent as I start a new chapter in my life. I'll be 30 in January, I'm starting a new job and looking for a home. Whenever I have a lot of life changes I like to look back and see how much progress has been made. I've been cleaning out my storage and found a reference to Myspace that sent me straight down the rabbit hole to the year 2009. I was 23, done with school, and in a weird relationship (who wasn't?)  My favorite part of the social media site were the quizzes because they actually made me think about things I never considered. I took a quiz and deleted all of the answers to see what the difference is now from 6 years ago.

TODAY:

What is today's date? July 29, 2015

What was the first thing that happened? I ran through the six by myself (I ran errands)

Who was the first person you talked to? My mom

What was the best thing that happened so far? I had a day where I spoke to everyone I loved that doesn't usually happen in a single day.

What was the best thing you've eaten? Chik-fil-A nuggets!

What's the worst thing you've eaten? I had a Swedish fish that my niece insisted on feeding me like I was a baby orca.

Who were you with? My family

Where did you go? Wal-mart and my dance classes (zumba and belly dancing)

What did you wear? Workout clothes all day baby!

What did you buy? Supplies for my new job

What was the best song you heard?

What's the funniest thing that happened? My talking to my cousin about our adventures in San Fran

Have you cried today? Actually yes

Why? Finding out a little about a lot is always rough lol

TOMORROW:

What's tomorrow's date? July 30th, 2015

Got any plans? Dance and meet with my best friend for lunch

Is there anything you HAVE to do? Go to the DMV

Who are you going to be with? Myself

What would you like to get accomplished? Narrow down schools for Law school

Who are you definitely going to talk to? Probably my family

Do you have to go to school/work? nopeeeee

FUTURE:


Who do you want to marry? I'm sure I haven't met him yet

When do you want to get married? I don't have a time frame for that.

How do you want to get married? Near the water with just our family and great food

Where do you want to settle down at? By the beach for sure

What's your dream job? I would love to write for a magazine and have my own business

How many kids do you want? Cinco

What do you want your kid's names to be? That's still a strange question. I don't really think about it too much

Do you want to have kids early or later on in life? I think the answer is later in life by default lol

What kind of house do you want to live in? I want to live in a house with more than enough space for family gatherings, a backyard, and nice places to entertain people

What kind of car do you want to drive? G-wagon without a doubt

How many and what kind of pets do you want to have? Probably just a goldfish. That seems like something I can keep alive.

Where do you want to go to college (If you haven't already)? I am done with school!!! Currently torn between getting my PHD or a law degree.


These everyday random questions actually make me think about what I'm doing and where I'm going. Here is my post from 2009:

TODAY:

What is today's date? April 11, 2009

What was the first thing that happened? I woke up and got ready for church

Who was the first person you talked to? My sister
...
What was the best thing that happened so far? Going to church...it was a nice service.

What was the best thing you've eaten? A strawberry shortcake ice cream lol...that's all i've had today.

Whats the worst thing you've eaten? Refer to the question above lol

Who were you with? Myself :-/

Where did you go? Church, target, and home soooo fantastic lol.

What did you wear? A pink top and black pants and a black sweater

What did you buy? Soda

What was the best song you heard? That's not my name by the Ting Tings

What's the funniest thing that happened? i'll get back to you....

Have you cried today? Actually I have...

Why? well.... lol...i'm actually kind of sad but everyone is allowed a day or two i suppose.

TOMORROW:


What's tomorrow's date? April 12, 2009 Easter!!!

Got any plans? Church with my mom and then I may go visit my friend, I may just lay in bed.

Is there anything you HAVE to do? Church with my mom i suppose

Who are you going to be with? My family

What would you like to get accomplished? I have alterations to do so get a good start on those, maybe even do my laundry

Who are you definitely going to talk to? My mom and my sister

Do you have to go to school/work? No!!!!!!!!!!! Woooo lol

FUTURE:


Who do you want to marry? blech...next question.

When do you want to get married? Sooner than later....maybe 25.

How do you want to get married? Somewhere private and near water but with all my family and friends...thats all.

Where do you want to settle down at? Idaho!!!!!!!!! No, really maybe Rancho....maybe france...

Whats your dream job? Designer for a lifestyle brand: women's, men's, and children clothes and shoes....party invitations and furniture. Not too much to ask for right?

How many kids do you want? 3 for sure 4 if i'm not crazy after the 3rd lol.

What do you want your kid's names to be? I have a strict "no baby names" clause...so i'll think about that later.

Do you want to have kids early or later on in life? Later as in after I get married.

What kind of house do you want to live in? A loft is my dream while I'm single but after I'm married i'd like a house with a giant front and backyard with a garden and see through cabinets.

What kind of car do you want to drive? A nice one..,not really a car person

How many and what kind of pets do you want to have? That doesn't really seem like something you plan out lol...if my fish is still alive I'll be taking that with me (sha' nae' nae) and maybe a puppy...who knows.

Where do you want to go to college (If you haven't already)? I'm done with school but I'm applying to Cal State LA to get a MFA in Fashion Design...say a prayer, keep your fingers crossed, do whatever you can.


I hope I've saved more so I can share them with you all. What is your favorite way to walk down memory lane?

The 5 Minute Water Song Challenge - Save our Water

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I'm a born and raised Californian and over the last year we have been bombarded with ads about the water drought. At first I thought, "what's the big deal?" but after seeing my favorite waterfalls drying up I've realized its a huge deal.  After doing research I've found that by not showering for longer that 5 minutes I can save up to 100 gallons of water a week. I was recently given a shower timer that is timed for 5 minutes and I've challenged myself to scrub-a-dub in 5 minutes or less. If you've known me for 5 minutes you'll know that I also love music and making list so I've compiled my top ten favorite songs (5 minutes or less) to shower to.

When I shower I'll pick a song, sing at the top of my lungs, and when it's over I'll be clean. Hopefully this will be a great start in my doing my part and keeping my beautiful state just that!

1. Still Into you - Paramore
2. Pretty hurts - Beyoncé (The video is 7 minutes long but she chats during it so it still makes the cut)
3. Lights and camera - Yuna
4. Furthest thing - Drake
5. Walk on - U2
6. Harder to breathe - Maroon 5
7. Young and beautiful - Lana Del Rey
8. Dog Days are Over - Florence and the Machine
9. You know you like it - DJ Snake & Aluna George
10. Lean on - Major Lazer


You can find more information on water conservation at http://saveourwater.com/. Comment below on your favorite songs and what you'll be doing to save water. Use the hashtag #5minuteshowersong on twitter and Instagram to share your songs and I'll compile a giant list at the end of the week!

*Not a sponsored post. I just want my future children to have an ocean to swim in!

I’m taking my talents to Palm Springs!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Weekend two for Coachella is almost here and it is important to know the area and things to do other than rage to great music and sit in the sun.

Palm Spring is just down the freeway and there are great hotels to stay at and plenty of things to do after the festival.

Here is a list of my top 5 favorite things to do in Palm Springs:

1. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway – This 10 minute tram ride shows people the beauty and the rugged mountains that surround Palm Springs. http://www.pstramway.com/index.html


2. Plate/Glass – This dessert bar is formally know as Crave  and is an after desert bar flourless. It has  the perfect vibe to talk with friends and share dessert and a glass of wine! http://plate-glass.com/


3. Painted Canyon – Located in Mecca, CA this place is great for sight-seeing or hiking. The rocks have a variety of colors and there are ladders placed to help hikers climb through caves and over the tough spots.
 
4. Palm Springs Art Museum – I’m obsessed with going to museums when I visit places ( I use to want to be an art history teacher). The Palm Springs museum features modern art, photography, and architecture. http://www.psmuseum.org/
 
 
5. El Paseo – Deemed the Rodeo Drive of the Desert, El Paseo is the home to stores like Kate Spade New York, Anthropologie, Escada, and J. Crew. This is a great place to have lunch with friends and do a little retail therapy while hanging out in the desert.


 
What are your favorite things to do in Palm Spring?
 


Mani Monday: Painted Desert Nails

Monday, April 13, 2015

With Coachella coming upon us in just a few days, celebrity and fashion manicurist Deborah Lippmann has her pulse on the coolest nail looks to rock at the festival. Check out the full step-by-step below, featuring shades from her brand new Summer 2015 collection, Painted Desert!

Inspiration: “Coachella Music Festival has become the free-spirited girl’s playground and an event where we look forward to seeing boho-chic fashion and beauty looks prevail. Exploring the event’s spontaneous atmosphere and style inspired me to fashion a blend of playful and expressive new nail art looks. I updated the traditional negative space and ombré designs using my appropriately named summer 2015 collection - Painted Desert.”  – Deborah Lippmann, Founder and Creative Director
 
 
 
Get The Striped Negative Space Nail Look:
Step 1: Apply deborah lippmann Fast Girls base coat and let dry fully.
Step 2: Using French tip guides, or thin pieces of scotch tape (1/8-inch recommended), place two across the middle of each nail to create a total of three areas to paint. (Note: one color will ultimately be painted at the moon/base, one color in the middle and one color at the tip).  
Step 3: One nail at a time, paint a section with one of the four shades from the Summer 2015 Painted Desert collection: Shifting Sands, Terra Nova, Love In The Dunes and Desert Moon. Wait two minutes to dry. 
Step 4: Quickly and carefully lift the scotch tape or tip guides, then repeat steps 3 and 4 for the remaining nails. 
Step 5: Carefully apply a second coat of color to each nail with a nail art detail brush, waiting two minutes to dry.
Step 6: Finish the look by applying a deborah lippmann top coat, such as Addicted To Speed.

Products Used:                                                           
·       deborah lippmann Fast Girls Base Coat - $20
·       deborah lippmann Shifting Sands Nail Lacquer (NEW May 2015) - $18
·       deborah lippmann Terra Nova Nail Lacquer (NEW May 2015) - $18
·       deborah lippmann Love In the Dunes Nail Lacquer (NEW May 2015) - $18
·       deborah lippmann Desert Moon Nail Lacquer (NEW May 2015) - $18
·       deborah lippmann Addicted To Speed Top Coat - $20 


Get the Ombré Nail Look:
Step 1: Apply a deborah lippmann base coat, such as the new All About That Base.
Step 2: Think of the length of your nail in stripes of seven horizontal sections. Stipple the 7 colors in the following order from down at the base up the nail towards the tip: Shifting Sands, You’ve Got A Friend, Terra Nova, Let’s Stay Together, Love In The Dunes, Desert Moon and Come Fly With Me.
To “Stipple”, use a small nail art brush with a little bit of color on it to make tiny, uneven dots. Use a light, swift hand and a small amount of polish and quickly dab the brush to help blend the colors together. Wait two minutes to dry.
Step 3: Repeat step 2, waiting two minutes to dry. Working on the gradation of two colors at a time blends the easiest. Think of the dots intertwining to transition colors and create an ombré effect.
Step 4: Finish the look by applying deborah lippmann Addicted To Speed top coat.

Products Used:                                                           
·       deborah lippmann All About That Base CC Base Coat - $20
·       deborah lippmann Shifting Sands Nail Lacquer (NEW May 2015) - $18
·       deborah lippmann You’ve Got a Friend Nail Lacquer (sold in a set of fashion sizes, 15th Anniversary I’ve Gotta Be Me Limited Edition Collection) - $49
·       deborah lippmann Terra Nova Nail Lacquer (NEW May 2015) - $18
·       deborah lippmann Let’s Stay Together Nail Lacquer (sold in a set of fashion sizes, Recipe for Love
Limited Edition Collection) - $36
·       deborah lippmann Love In the Dunes Nail Lacquer (NEW May 2015) - $18
·       deborah lippmann Desert Moon Nail Lacquer (NEW May 2015) - $18
·       deborah lippmann Come Fly With Me Nail Lacquer – (sold in a set of fashion sizes, 15th Anniversary Until Your Dreams Come True Limited Edition Music Box) - $195
·       deborah lippmann Addicted To Speed Top Coat - $20 

Product Availability: www.deborahlippmann.com, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora doors nationwide
 
What is your favorite nail art trend this festival season??