Making Thanksgiving Beautiful (A Few Beauty Tips!)

As I mentioned last week, Thanksgiving is an in-between holiday when you’re looking at what to wear (not too casual nor too fancy). The same rule applies to your makeup. You may be having dinner with family members who have known you your entire life or just sitting down for the first time at your in-laws’ dinner table.

Here are a few things to make your makeup simple yet sophisticated.


That dewy look of bare faces was all over the runway again this year, and it’s something that translates easily to a day of relaxation with those you love. Boost your look by hydrating and maybe putting on some eye cream the night before to reduce any puffiness that may come from travel or just running around to get everything done for the holiday.


Try Beauty Bioscience’s Ultimate Moisturizing Cream for a skin boost.

Go light on lips

Thanksgiving is a holiday built around eating, so this is a good time to go for lipgloss or nude shades that don’t make it obvious when they leave your lips. Lipgloss also makes it extremely easy to reapply as you go through the day.


Try MAC’s PlushGlass (shown above in Fulfilled).

If you want to add a bit more color, make the most of it by gently exfoliating and moisturizing your lips the night before, then layer powder, lipliner, lipstick, more powder and a final coat of lipstick.

Go easy on eyes

Sure, grab the mascara and liner and add a touch of color to your eyes, but keep it more natural. This isn’t New Year’s Eve, after all. An earthy shade can give you enough definition on your eyes without overpowering. A cream eyeshadow should last you all day.


Try INGLOT’s Freedom System Eye Shadow for something that goes on smooth and lasts forever (shown above in AMC Shine).

With these three things in mind, you’re set for the day. I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

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5 Easy Dresses for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is an in-between holiday for clothing. You’re sitting down to a meal with family, but that doesn’t mean you want to wear your coziest sweater and baggiest jeans. You’d like to dress up a bit, but still keep it comfortable and casual. That’s where a simple yet stylish dress can be your best bet. Here are some great dresses that bring in some of this year’s best trends at the same time.


5 Easy Dresses for Thanksgiving


Whether it’s a new spin on the sweater dress, black-and-white with a distinctive ruffle, a colorful brocade or print or something more structured and belted, there are a variety of stand-out styles at various price points. Whatever you’re wearing, I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!

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Rainy Day Essentials

The old nursery rhyme might have spoken of spring showers, but this time of year can be just as troublesome. Some of us have seen more rain than we’d like to this year, while others in drought-stricken parts of the country are hoping for more. Either way, when it rains on your parade, here are a few necessities I like to keep in mind.


Rainy Day Essentials


Jacket: The versatile rain jacket, preferably with a hood

Boots: Who said the red rubber boots of childhood rainstorms need to stay part of your past? Add a splash of color as you plow through the puddles on those particularly wet days.

Umbrella: Matching umbrella to boots is optional, but very cute!

Scarf: I love the way a scarf can act as both fashion accessory and style necessity when drizzle can destroy a hairstyle. But avoid silk or wool. Instead go for cotton or polyester — something that will dry easily.

Waterproof mascara: If you go for the barely-there look of makeup this season, mascara can help to bring out eyes with minimal effort. Just make sure you grab the waterproof stuff when it’s wet out (this goes for eyeliner, too)!

Hair serum: If the frizz needs to be tamed, reach for a serum that will help to smooth the strands together.

Zippered tote: Keep all your rainy day necessities together in one place so you can quickly grab-and-go when the weather takes an unexpected turn.

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Get the trend: Makeup for fall and winter

We’ve talked about fall hair and fashion trends, but what about fall makeup?

After noting some of the looks and trends from NYFW, I wanted to give you an idea of what was hot for fall moving into winter this year — and how to get it fast and fabulous.


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Red lipstick, that beauty staple, is back in a big way. No matter your preference, there is a red for you, from dark brick to almost purple to nearly coral. How to choose what works best?

A quick cheat-sheet from Glamour magazine suggests:

  • Coral-reds for fair skin;
  • Red to a pink cranberry for medium skin;
  • Deep burgundies to brick for dark skin.


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Black liner, plain and simple, makes eyes stand out. Liner can simply do just that, line the lids of your eyes, but feel free to go with a cat eye or something edgier.

Some tips on making the most of your eyeliner?

Keep it light on the bottom lid (too heavy and you make your eye look smaller); and either use a waterproof liner or set it in place with a dusting of eye shadow.



The smokey eye is another look that seems to stick around for the colder seasons, and can be done in whatever shade you’re loving at the moment.

This easy tutorial from Makeup Geek shows how quickly you can create a smokey eye that will draw attention.


That look you get when you’ve just stepped inside from the brisk outdoors? That’s what you’re going for.

This is not the time for bronzer, but rather peach and rose tones. Apply to the apples of your cheeks, where you would naturally see the skin flush.

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Fall trend: Patterned, textured tights

Last week, I covered skirts of varying lengths for fall, so this week I’m sharing with you the must-have accessory for skirts of any length — tights!

Tights are a staple every fall, but this year the look goes beyond basic opaque tights. This year’s top tights trend is patterns and texture to add a bit of oomph to your look.


Fall trend: Patterned, textured tights


As you can see here, patterns and texture don’t have to mean bulky or gaudy.

You could go with something somewhat sheer with a delicate pattern, such as in Rebecca Minkoff‘s fall show (1). Charlotte Ronson brought in cable knit tights that add to the look without adding bulk (2).

And patterns don’t have to stick to black and gray. Take inspiration from Tommy Hilfiger and add a bit of ribbed color (3).

Check out some other ways to add some detail to your fall attire with some of these other tights I found for inspiration!

(4) Wolford pantyhose tight
(5) Hue
(8) Hue textured stocking
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Go long or short for fall skirts, but get the right fit!

This fall, the fashion for skirts is pulled in two directions. I’m seeing short skirts right alongside long straight skirts and those with flounce hems (though a cute flounce hem adds a soft, fun detail to skirts of any length).


All runway photos courtesy of New York Fashion Week

While the trend may be headed both ways when it comes to hem length, the most important thing is that you find a length that works best on you.

So today I thought I would share a few tips on finding the skirt length you like the most — and leave the choice of plaid or plain, flounce or straight up to you!

  •  Get a good fit through your stomach and hips: My first tip has nothing to do with the length, but it can make a real difference in how a skirt looks on you. A skirt that is too small can pull in all the wrong places, and a skirt that is too large will swallow you up and make you look frumpy. Make sure you have the fit right first!
  • When in doubt, aim for the knees: A knee-length is going to be your best bet, no matter how long or short your legs. It’s also a good length to keep your look conservative without looking severe, so it’s the most common length to wear for work. Of course, knee-length can hit right at the knee, above the knee or below, and the decision of which of those works best for you may depend on how much you like the look of your knees.

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Vivienne Tam‘s fall/winter 2015 features a variety of skirts that hit right at, above or below the knee, often paired with kneesocks.

  • The miniskirt: Believe it or not, this length works for both shorter and longer legs, since so much of the miniskirt is legs. The question for you, then, is whether the super-short length is appropriate for the occasion. Then you can suit style to body shape. Need to add curves? Go for pleats and flared skirts that nip in at the waist. Or, to minimize hips and thighs, go for an A-line.

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While Rebecca Minkoff featured a variety of skirt lengths in her 2015 fall/winter collection, the bohemian feel met with miniskirts, tights and boots on several models.

  • The midiskirt: This can be a great look, but the length can be tricky. Don’t go for the one that hits right in the middle of your calf, which tends to be the widest spot. Go for something a bit higher or lower for a more flattering look. Go for heels to make the most of the length.
  • Go long: If the midiskirt is too tricky (and it can be pretty tricky), go for something that sweeps all the way to your ankles for a dramatic, flattering effect. As with the midi, heels are the footwear of choice to lengthen the look.

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BCBGMaxAzria also featured quite a few knee-length skirts in the 2015 fall/winter collection, but these stunning looks went for longer skirts with boots.

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Soft hairstyles for fall

Fall this year is all about soft hairstyles. As seen at New York Fashion Week, where models had hair swept back with a headband, pulled into a messy ponytail or falling casually in waves, these are simple, beautiful styles that look just as good at the end of the day as at the beginning. This is the season for quick, easy hair that still shines.

So live it up! Go for soft waves that can be worn alone or under a hat or scarf. Or try a reverse side braid.

If you want to try something new, here are a few styles I think could get you looking fabulous in minutes!

Fairytale Braid


Tutorial from Green Wedding Shoes

I love the simple, asymmetrical look of this braid amid a sea of waves. For more detailed instructions, go here. Though this is put forward as a wedding hairstyle, the sheer simplicity of the look would make it ideal for an outdoor wedding or a dinner out with friends.

Soft Knotted Bun


Tutorial from Yum Pins

If you’re looking for something that may take a little more time and look polished while still soft, try this knotted bun updo.

Quick Twist


Tutorial from The Gloss

If you want to get in on the soft updo action but have short- to medium-length hair, there are styles for you as well! This one is a quick, easy way to pin up shorter hair. The added bonus is that if any hairs are too short to stay in the updo, it just adds to the overall “soft” effect of the style.

However you wear it this fall, just remember what all these styles have in common: A soft style that looks fabulous in no time!

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Hot this fall: The skinny scarf

Skinny scarves are hot for fall.

There is something a little more versatile and a little more dressy about the skinny scarf, which almost stands in for a necklace or can make a jacket pop without the bulkiness of some other scarf styles. The skinny scarf is perfect for fall, when you may not need as much added warmth as a winter scarf, but still want to have a bit of fun with style.

Here are some scarves and different ways to wear them.


Skinny scarves for fall



Here are the scarves in the image above:

1) Yigal Azrouel Army Scarf, $350 at Blue and Cream

2) Burberry Exploded Check Mulberry Silk Scarf, $150 at Nordstrom

3) Chan Luu Sali Skinny Printed Tassel Scarf, $65 at Calypso St. Barth

4) L.K. Bennett Celine Silk Double Faced Scarf, $150 at L.K. Bennett

5) Azzali – Otto Silk Scarf, $64 at Wolf and Badger

6) Saint Laurent Lace Scarf, $375 at Net-A-Porter

7) Oasis Skinny Leopard Scarf, $14.50 at Asos

8) Lauren Ralph Lauren Skinny Silk Scarf, $45 at Lord and Taylor

9) Ted Baker Technicolor Bloom Skinny Scarf, $65 at Ted Baker

10) Saint Laurent Leopard Print Cashmere and Silk Scarf, $445 at Net-A-Porter

These scarves come in black and white and jewel tones perfect for fall and can be worn in a variety of ways. There are short and long skinny scarves, which can be worn hanging straight down, wrapped once around the neck, tied into a knot, held with a brooch or in a variety of styles. And don’t be surprised to see some skinny scarves being tied as headbands or belts, either.

For some ideas on different ways to tie scarves, check out my previous posts on fall scarves here and spring scarves here.




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Fun, feminine fall jewelry

This fall, jewelry is turning back to romanticism.

While chunky, geometric pieces were the thing to wear, this fall sees the return of flirty, feminine jewelry.

Givenchy certainly turned heads with the jewelry models wore at New York Fashion Week.
Givenchy certainly turned heads with the jewelry models wore at New York Fashion Week.

Think flowers, gemstones and pearls, sparkle and filigree. The good news, though, if you still want that statement piece: there are plenty of those as well. Some of the jewels adorning facial piercings at New York Fashion Week drew as much attention as the clothing.

So you can go for more sparkle and detail in pieces both large or delicate, depending on your own personal style.

Whether pendants on slim chains, big earrings with clusters of gemstones or intricate nose rings, there is a wealth from which to choose.

Just remember the first rule of jewelry — don’t feel like you should wear everything at once. Let one or two items stand out rather than drowning in too much jewelry.

And, if you need a refresher on what works best with certain necklines, go back to this post for a handy chart.

Here are a few pieces that caught my eye from this fall’s collections:


These lavender jade, ruby and diamond earrings set in 18-carat white gold from William Noble Rare Jewels bring together precious gems and a floral motif.


Lavender jade, ruby and diamond earrings from William Noble


This Marquis cluster necklace with clear Swarovski crystals from Vita Fede creates a delicate focal point at the end of a thin chain.




Marquis cluster necklace, $415 at Vita Fede


This open leaf and branch ring from Cathy Waterman adorns platinum branches and rings with tiny diamonds.


Open leaf and branch ring, $4,200 at Ylang 23


Brooches are showing up everywhere from jackets to skirts to hair.

This orchid brooch from Cartier, done in platinum, diamonds and pink and yellow diamonds could adorn anything from a headband to a scarf.


Caresse d’Orchidees par Cartier brooch


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Beauty trends from NYFW you can do now

Did you see some of the looks from New York Fashion Week?

I thought this week I would share with you some of my favorite beauty trends from the show.

While New York Fashion Week was focused on style for the coming spring and summer, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of these looks showing up this fall and winter. After all, you can play up popping lips or sparkly lids any season!

Glowing skin and lips that pop

One trend on a lot of models was the absence of makeup on eyes and cheeks, with just the lips accentuated. While some went with pinks — some in very bright shades — others sported classic, powerful red, such as the models at DKNY. Pairing those red lips with little or no makeup really let those lips stand out without overpowering the look. If this is a look you like, go for it! Of course, the same look with a softer shade of lipstick may make less of a statement but better fit the look you want. Take this trend and make it your own.


A DKNY model with red lips, photo courtesy of DKNY

Sparkling eyes

Metallics are still in style, but not so in-your-face as before. Some makeup artists swept just a bit of glitter in the center part of models’ eyelids, while others made silvery smokey eyes or muted golden sweeps. Over at Derek Lam, the models’ upper lids were bare, but a swipe of golden shadow adorned their lower lids.


A Derek Lam model with gold swept under her eyes, photo courtesy of NYFW


From heavy black liner on mostly bare faces to sharp streaks of blue, eyeliner stood out at this year’s NYFW. Looks like the cat eye and lined lid are here to stay!

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Models sport bold eyeliner backstage, photos courtesy of NYFW

Softer hair

Hair was soft and casual across the runway this year, with messy knots, windswept tresses, soft ponytails and a few braids and twists to keep it interesting. I love the look of a soft hairstyle where it looks like you took the time to do something, but not too much time. It’s the look of a hairstyle that may have started with every hair in place, but then softened and fell out of place as the day wore on. It’s the perfect look for spring and summer, but also can work for fall styles.


An Erin Fetherston model wears hair swept into a messy updo, photo courtesy of NYFW

I’d love to hear what you thought of the looks on the runway this year. What beauty trends are you trying this fall?

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