October 20, 2014

Mixology

Aside from Sunday, this past weekend was crazy busy. For this first time in a long time, I decided to lay low with my blog in order to really enjoy the weekend & get in some relaxation when at all possible. Friday was spent adventuring at Lavo, a lively night club, where Anthony & I celebrated our anniversary. Saturday was Anthony's birthday. His sister & I took him to lunch at our favorite spot, La Cava (which I'm sure my instagram followers are well aware of), followed by some shopping, dinner at his favorite little restaurant, Lasagna, & finally finishing the night off at Slate, another fun night club where Anthony got to watch his football game as I danced around with his sister & friends. Anthony's parents came to in to nyc yesterday, where his mother & I made chili & wings for the football game, followed by a birthday cake.

All in all it was a great weekend. However, I cant wait to get back into the swing of things! I have a few exciting collabs coming up. So this week will be spent prepping & shooting some new looks. Stay tuned my Fortune Teller Fashionistas!

H+M skirt - similar here
Chloe & Isabel necklace (shop my boutique!)


October 16, 2014

Shop For A Cause



October is not just for pumpkin flavored goodies and Halloween costume planning. One of the most important things to me about October is that it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. My grandmother and many other strong women I know have been affected by this illness and beat it with flying colors. It is just so important to give back because you never know when someone you love could have her life turned upside down.

Being the avid shopper I am, I'd like to share a list of companies who are doing their part and giving back!! 




This pale pink polish with a hint of shimmer is perfect for the every day mani. This polish was exclusively created for Susan G. Koman for the Cure foundation and OPI will being donating $25,000 to the cause!


So if you ever wanted to splurge on a nice pair of fake lashes, this would be the best time to do it! This month, Velour Lashes will be donating a $1 for every lash set purchased to the National Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation. I recommend trying the pair, Girl You Crazy. You are getting super thick, quality natural mink hair (cruelty free) that will allow you to wear these lashes up to 25 times! 


Although I have never tried this product, the Arcona Magic Pink Ice caught my attention. This daily moisturizing gel claims to feel cool and refreshing on the face. And with the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients, this product will undoubtedly do wonders for your skin. The name alone is enticing and the formula is an eye-catching pink color. Two dollars from every purchase will go the Cancer and Careers foundation!

I know I will be taking advantage of these great pink products and doing my part in fighting the cause! Have you come across any beauty products where profits are being donated to Breast Cancer Awareness research? Would love to hear from you in the comments below!

On my Lips: MAC’s Lipstick in Hot Gossip


Till next week,
Amanda xo

October 15, 2014

Flounce

This past weekend was so busy, I can't even imagine the craziness that will occur this coming weekend. Anthony & I celebrated our 4 year anniversary this past Monday. Our schedules have been pretty crazy so we decided to postpone the 'official' celebrations until Friday, where we will have dinner & a night filled with dancing at TAO (I am so excited!) We will also be celebrating Anthony's 23rd birthday, the exact details I can't say but I will definitely fill you in come Monday! 

October has always been a busy month, making it hard for me to find time to do the things I love. Halloween is my favorite holiday, so the fact that I haven't been able to find time to decorate my apartment or go pumpkin picking is so sad! But I will make time before Halloween.. which I hope takes its time because I haven't even worked on my costume! *sigh*

What fun things have you done this October? I'd love to live vicariously through you!

Express skirt - similar here


October 13, 2014

Columbus Citizens Foundation

I attended the Columbus Citizens Foundation, or Columbus Day Gala, this past Saturday. The event was held at The Waldorf Astoria, where thousands of Italian-Americans came together to celebrate their Italian heritage & culture. Being full-blooded Italian myself, Italian pride has always run deep within my family. My poppy always made it a point to educate me on my family's history in order to understand where I came from & the possibilities that lie ahead if I continue to stay motivated & focused like my ancestors once did. It was amazing to see so many successful Italians being supported by their loving family & friends. The event really solidified all of my grandfather's lessons & advice throughout my 23 years of life.

As the speeches commenced, each individual spoke about his or her life's mentors. It made me realize just how important it is to listen to those around you & that you truly never know who you just might meet. As I sat in the assembly, I thought about the individuals who have impacted my life. My mother, who helped me become the level-headed woman I am today & who constantly reminds me that peace of mind & self awareness are two of the most important yet difficult things one can achieve. My grandfather, who is my life's biggest cheerleader & who constantly reminds me to never give up on my dreams because someday I will be a star. Or my Aunt Debbie, who is always good for a shoulder to cry on or a drink or two to help make me laugh. Last but not least, my little sister, Gionna, who reminds me to never take life too seriously & to take each day one day at a time.

Who are your mentors? I'd love to hear who or what has inspired you to become the individual you are today! & to my fellow Italian-Americans out there, Happy Columbus Day!

Adrianna Papell gown - similar here & here


October 9, 2014

Rosy Brown Lips - Kylie Edition




Yes, we all have a girl crush on Kylie Jenner and the rest of her strikingly beautiful clan of sisters. Nowadays, everyone is searching for her rosy brown, 90s inspired lip color she is always rocking on her plump and eye-catching lips, which can be seen all over our Instagram.

After doing a lot of research and speaking with my friends and family about what their personal spin is on the most coveted Jenner lip, I have made the Kylie Jenner Lip Look Master List to share with you! All the products mentioned below are easily accessible and affordable MAC products too!


MAC’s Lip Liner in Whirl filled in all over the lip, MAC’s Lipstick in Syrup, MAC’s Mineralize Glass in Lovingly Yours (pictured above and one of my personal favs). 



Don’t worry you don’t need a million different colors to create this look so try MAC’s Cremestick Liner in Buerre for a liner and lipstick.

Other Options:

If you are looking for a matte look almost exact to the gorg Kylie, try over lining your lip line like she does and filling in your lips a couple times with any of the liners mentioned above. Then apply some translucent powder to mattify the lip.

To finish off this Kylie look, add a cat eye with liquid liner starting about where your lashes begin to grow in, ombre the brows, highlight and then contour with bronzer.  

So what beauty products have you found that help you achieve your own Kylie Jenner lip look? Are you feeling these 90s inspired lip shades or wish they would go away?  Let me know below in the comments!

Till next time,
Amanda xo

October 7, 2014

Weekend Getaway: Maine

Anthony & I recently traveled to Boothbay, Maine for his cousin Chris' wedding. We stayed in a log cabin located on the bay & had a weekend filled with laughter, love & memories we will never forget. I wore this outfit to the casual dinner that was hosted post-wedding rehearsal. Anthony was apart of the wedding party so I spent a lot of time snuggled up in blankets while answering emails & getting some blog projects together. It was surprisingly a very productive weekend, although I was not ready for the fall weather so soon! Unfortunately I wasn't able to take many pictures, as our weekend was mostly spent traveling but I do have a few I'll share tomorrow!

Michael Kors blouse - love this


October 2, 2014

Miracle Complexion Sponge

One of my favorite ways to apply foundation is with a beauty blender. You may have wondered what to do with this egg-shaped sponge and why there are so many different versions.


There is no need to splurge on the original $20 Beauty Blender product. My favorite is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (pictured above) and it is only six bucks! It is the perfect duplicate of the original and may even be a better design because of its unique shape and edges.

To use any type of beauty blender, you must use it wet. Run it under warm water for about 15 squeezes. The sponge will expand to a much larger size, squeeze out the excess water, and it is ready to go. I usually will apply liquid foundation on the back of my clean hand and dip the sponge from there. Below are some of my tips and tricks when using this applicator:
  • This sponge will create a light and flawless finish and if you need more coverage, push extra product into the skin where it’s needed.
  • The flat edge of this Miracle Complexion Sponge gives a nice even finish and gets under the eyes and around the nose effortlessly.
  • The precision end of any beauty blender covers blemishes perfectly when you use a little extra foundation or concealer on the spot.
  • Roll and push the round side under the eye to finish concealing.
  • The round side can be used as an applicator for blush or for shine-control powder.
  • Letting your sponge absorb water will make applying foundation hydrating and refreshing.
  • If you have a heavy hand and apply too much foundation or concealer, your sponge will soak up the excess.
  • Dab rather than push the product into your skin when using the sponge to give your skin a dewy and luminous look like my look in the selfie below! ;) 
It is always fun to switch up your application techniques and use different tools to apply your makeup. Have you ever used a beauty blender or something like it? Let me know what your favorite versions of this miracle sponge are in the comments below. I definitely recommend this product to all my beauty lovers out there! 


Till next week! 
Amanda xo