bye summer…

is summer really over? ahhhhh… welp, cheers to an amazing summer! what I am not looking forward to, is the last days of using my favorite summer products.

 

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SHU UEMURA essence absolue nourishing body oil: promoted to nourish dry skin… I don’t know about that, but the smell alone has me hooked. my go to product for sun bathing, leaves me glowing every time.

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AVEDA be curly intensive detangling masque: Ever since AVEDA discontinued their BEST product (elixir) for curly hair, I’ve been waiting for the release of the next greatest thing. finally, the wait is over. the be curly masque softens, and detangles, leaving curls perfect. I rarely wear my hair curly, mainly because its too short, but this product might have your girl rockin curls a little more before summer is over.

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I know, I know, I should have told you about these earlier, sorry. but, you still have time to give them a try. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

do you have any summer products you’re not happy to give up?

xoxo… to the weekend at coney island!

 

me: babe, what is this movie you’re watching?

bae: uhmmm, the warriors! you’ve never seen this movie?

me: nope… what is it about?

and that was the conversation that led to a day trip to far ass coney island. honestly, I’ve always wanted to visit CI, but never had the chance, patience, or someone to tag along. I must say, I had a great time.

So, please enjoy my picture set, and some quotes from the movie, the warriors.

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“warriorsssss… come out to playyyy!”

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díner en blanc… philly

thursday, august 20th

navy yard, philadelphia

greek goddess inspired

greek goddess inspired

a 25 minute walk, all white. table on my back, chairs on cort’s arms. pulling a wagon filled with food. to a secret location. ohhh, and let’s not forget the scattered thunderstorms… on this day, this was the norm for over 4000 people.

a pop up dinner, at a secret location, where everyone is dressed in white. le díner en blanc is a 27 year old tradition, started in paris. in the beginning, this magical night used word of mouth only to gain attendees. today there are 30,000+ people on the wait list. today prospects rely on social media to find an “in” to this once a year chic picnic.

3 things that went WRONG on the day of díner en blanc;

scattered thunderstorms in philly

me and the bff forgot our plates at home

we didn’t have enough wine

 

welcome to the NAVY YARD

welcome to the Philadelphia NAVY YARD

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table setting... minus the plates we forgot at home

table setting… minus the plates we forgot at home

 

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place card

my experience:

at first glance, seeing pictures on social media of this event where hundreds of people are all dressed in white is beautiful. immediately, I wanted to attend the next event. but, what I didn’t know was the process. I’m still unsure of how to obtain tickets other than your name being drawn in a lottery. after the bff told me we had been chosen, i was so excited. until the next day, when we received an email from Tracy the “table leader” explaining how things work. after reading the email… the game changed. you have to bring everything… literally everything. a table, chairs, place setting, food, table props, champagne, wine. uhmm wtf? the bff estimated that we spent $500 on this night. “bish where?”

 

first, we met up with our group (table mates) and then walked to a surprise destination. so, for us, it was a 25 minute walk, in the rain, in 80 degree weather, plastic ponchos sticking to our skin, and sweating out our hair. but, when we strolled up to the navy yard, it all seemed worth the trouble.

thousands of people lugging tables and chairs, pile into the navy yard, and begin to setup their tables. out comes the tablecloths, fine china, candelabras, wine glasses, champagne flutes, fresh flowers… I mean the works. but remember, it’s still raining. I look around, everyone seems to be content with the rain. ok, then I’ll act like its a beautiful spring day too.

everyone begins to wave their white cloth napkins in the air, a sign that all tables are set up, and dinner can begin. but don’t forget… it’s STILL raining, and the bff realized she lost her phone, so she is O.V.E.R. it. however… the show must go on. pour a glass of wine and worry about it in the morning.

after the 2nd glass of wine is when we gave in to the rain. at that point the only problem I had with the rain was how it diluted my wine. so what, we have on white dresses and it’s pouring, so what, the rain and humidity turned our hair into afros. so whattttt, we ran around barefoot on wet grass and dirt. after we stopped complaining, and LIVED LIFE… we understood how magical díner en blanc is.

and then… the rain stopped!

 

pink kisses and baby's breath

pink kisses and baby’s breath

the bff and I... drunk.

still glowing with the bff

 

photo bombed.

blurred & photo bombed

obsessed with the birdcage

obsessed with the birdcage

and in the end… I would do it all over again.

big shout out to my bff for putting this all together, you da best!

 

 

how was díner en blanc in your city?!

drugstore game changers

 

great products are not limited to high end retailers, they can be found in your neighborhood drugstore. concealer, mascara, makeup brushes, lipstick… it’s all there. and the best part, you can get it all for a reasonable price.

this week I’ll be teaming up with 2 of my favorite bloggers… camille and kelly, and launching our beauty giveaway. For more details on our beauty giveaway, and to see how you can win amazing products… KEEP READING!

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1.  MAYBELLINE great lash mascara: neverrrrr clumps, no matter how many coats I apply.

2. NYX matte lipstick: any matte lipstick I use has to be long lasting, and NEVER too dry. I can’t have crusty, cracked lips. (but a way to avoid dry lips… use burt’s bees lip balm as a lip primer)

3. O! WOW makeup brush: my newest addiction! use less makeup, and blend effortlessly.

4. NYX wonder stick: I used this stick when I learned to contour. one side is for highlighting, and the other side for contouring.

5. ALMAY brown defining pencil: easy glide on for a natural eyebrow.

oh wow

want to win this life changing makeup brush? it’s simple & fun… get started today for your chance to win!

How to enter the #PhillyChicksBloggerPicks giveaway:

 

1. post your favorite beauty product on Instagram

2. tag 3 Instagram accounts (@akelectivemuse, @jealousyreigns, and @thegoldcurve)

3. include the hashtag #PhillyChicksBloggerPicks in your photo caption

4. lastly… follow all 3 Instagram accounts! (@akelectivemuse, @jealousyreigns, and @thegoldcurve)

to see other amazing products included in our beauty giveaway, check out kelly & camille’s blog!

 

*One winner will be chosen, and announced on Monday, August 24th. All entries must be posted by Sunday, August 23rd, 11:59 pm EST. Prizes will be shipped to US residents only.

Good luck!

 

the “new” makeup brush

artis

 

i love to get lost on Instagram. clicking random IGers pages, finding random products, stumbling across new music… I LOVE IT! a few months ago, I came across an interesting makeup brush collection by ARTIS.

the evolution of the makeup brush is how I would describe the ARTIS collection. a long curved handle that allows for an easier self application.

3 reasons I am OBSESSED with ARTIS: 

• the linear 1 brush is very narrow, making my brow application flawless

• the cosmefibre technology makes makeup blending easy as pie

• the curved handle on each brush fits perfectly in my hand for better control

 

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great for contouring… but, I’m still trying to perfect that craft

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summertime rompin’ 

  

practice self love and respect… cleanliness is next to holiness

  

  shoes: burlington coat factory

pocketbook: urban outfitters vintage

sunglasses: asos

denim shirt: borrowed from my boyfriend

stoop chillin

i love my neighborhood

romper: thrifted (from Ltrain vintage)  

necklace: urban outfitters

what are your thoughts on my summertime romper? yay or nay? what is your favorite summertime outfit?

contouring 101

 

one makeup technique that I have to learn and master before the summer is out is contouring. For the most part applying makeup comes naturally, but for some reason, my inner drag queen skills will not reveal themselves when it comes to contouring. So, enough clown face, and an overly contoured forehead. I’m now seeking the help of well known NYC based makeup artist, Tedrick Lamar.

 

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• so what’s his key to success you wonder? •

first, understand the different types of contouring, and what works for you. day time vs. night time makeup application. also, understanding the product you should use depending on your skin type. And remember, it’s easier to add than subtract. so, start small.

 

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small contour brush & angled brush is needed

• how do I know what shades of foundation/concealer to use? •

use 2 shades of foundation. one a shade lighter, for highlighting, and the other for contouring, 3 -4 shades darker.

 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contouring Kit… my new best friend.

• But really, is contouring even for me? •

anyone can contour. the key is knowing your face shape. everyone has different needs, and understanding  your needs will make the process easier. before you start, use your fingers to feel for the hollow areas of your face, don’t be shy, get to know your bone structure.

 

face forward kevyn aucoin

Kevyn Aucoin: Making Faces Book

 

 

• what about the beauty blender, it’s my favorite makeup applying tool? •

I love the beauty blender, it’s the easiest and best tool to use. I can paint an entire face with just the beauty blender if I wanted to.

 

contouring for beginners can be a little stressful, but practice is always the key. after a contouring workshop with tedrick, I feel confident as well as educated. below are 3 tricks I learned:

• beauty blenders are a gift from God (my next project will be learning more about the founders)

• start with small amounts of makeup and work your way to heavier amounts

• get to know your face, and know what works best for you

• practice makes perfect

 

 

“I’z married now!” #fswedding

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francie & sandy– the beautiful brides

 

love is a beautiful thing. it’s a feeling that completely takes over my life. I love strong, and believe everyone has a soulmate, and will one day find their better half. So, in the name of LOVE, I joined Francie and Sandy in Dominican Republic to celebrate their union.

to keep it sweet & short… everything was amazing. the casa coloniel hotel was absolutely beautiful, with the most gracious employees, and delicious food. I just can’t get enough of this place.

what I loved most about this wedding weekend:

the all white attire for wedding guests

brugal

the pool

casa coloniel hotel staff

the guests who attended the wedding

 

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selfie stick fun before the wedding

 

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all white wedding… thanks club monaco!

 

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kattia & michael… paloma’s cool parents

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faye & frank… getting close!! (doesn’t frank look like a dominican ghost, from POWER?)

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addy & eric… the dance crew!

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francie & sandy… the newlyweds

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deb & alice… the turn up crew

 

dinner time:

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literally an ALL white wedding!

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dream catcher seating assignment

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turn up time:

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their 1st dance!

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dance party… Latin style!

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brugal shots

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the dance crew, dancing the night away

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late night bonfire

 

a funny story:

the day of the wedding, I had this hiccup in my flight arrangement. So instead of arriving to DR around 11am, I arrived at 4pm, 1 hour before the wedding. Needless to say I was running on fumes. cocktail after cocktail, shots of brugal, on top of dancing for hours in 85 degree weather had a sister bent. but, I wanted to take pictures of the wedding, and my phone was dying. so, I went to my hotel room to charge my phone for a little while. next thing I know, I wake up to my friends banging on the door because they thought I ran off with a Dominican Man… lmao, WTF? don’t they know bear would kill me.

for more images of francie and sandy’s wedidng, check out #fswedding

dominican republic

casa coloniel

casa coloniel

 

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poolside at casa coloniel- dominican republic

 

I spent a few days in the dominican republic, to witness a beautiful union (stay tuned for TGC’s #fswedding post later this week).

All I wanted to do on my free time was get a tan, drink mamajuana, and eat everything in sight. which I did, but I also managed to work in some fun sight seeing.

A quick background story about my DR trip… I booked a flight to the wrong airport, Punta Cana. I should have been flying into Puerto Plata, which is 8 hours away by car. but, if you know me, you know sometimes my little brain is a trip. And I’ve learned things just work out, or you make them work out. so, after crying my little heart out, (I’m a crybaby) the Delta rebooking agent (HUGE HUGE HUGE shout out to Tracy at JFK airport) put me on a flight, first class to a closer airport, which was an hour and a half away. So, I made it.

but, if I didn’t make it, baby girl would have had a solo trip to Punta Cana!

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my MUST HAVE travel products.

• I never go anywhere without my L’Occitane shea buttter

• white nail polish for touch ups, sand destroys a fresh mani/pedi

• beauty blender, my MUST HAVE everyday essential… see why in next weeks contouring post! 

• tylenol… because I like to drink, but hate hangovers

• ORIBE dry spray

(just a few of my travel essentials)

 

travel attire

I made it, in my favorite travel attire

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2 great brooklyn restaurants

 

cooklyn.

minimalistic bar

 

hanging with the bff, we have the strangest way of making decisions. “Oh, I’ve never been to this restaurant, but the name is cool, let’s go.” And, that’s how we ended up at COOKLYN. Good thing the food and service was amazing. We normally frequent the same ol neighborhood restaurant, but I’m so happy we ventured out, especially since this was kind of a late birthday dinner for bae.

great wine, great food, and even better service… you must try this place. I don’t know if it matters to you, but I’m a weirdo, and I loved that the entire staff was good looking. I’ll be back to try the lobster mac and cheese, and the duck duck cous!

"I prefer red wine, from spain."

“I prefer red wine, from spain.”

lamb bun with feta cream

lamb bun with feta cream and pickled daikon

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