January 30, 2012 § Leave a comment
I now present the January edition of Utterly Engaged. It is the first online magazine and it is fabulous. Take a look at our Town and Country themed shoot!
January 20, 2012 § 1 Comment
This project was one of the easiest I have ever done. I love it because you can use this cute wine glass idea for so many things. It would go great as a personalized place setting at a dinner party. Or, it could be a great gift given with a bottle of wine.
I actually had all of the supplies on hand, but even if you didn’t this is a very inexpensive craft. You need…
Wine glasses. Any size or shape you like.
Chalk board spray paint
Wax paper (I used foil and it worked fine)
1. Hold the glass, not the stem or the base.
2. Spray the paint on the base of the stem, going up the stem as far as you want. It may take about 1 1/2-2 coats.
3. Blot any excess drips under the base on the foil or wax paper.
4. Let the glass dry. Pick it up every so often to make sure it is not stuck to the foil/wax paper.
5. You are now ready to personalize your wine glass!
January 17, 2012 § Leave a comment
It is now completely official. I am now an Expert Blogger on Women’s Forum! What an honor this is and I am so excited to be a part of such a large network of women. Womensforum.com is a network of sites reaching 20 million viewers per month. It offers an array of blogs and articles covering topics including food, style, love, parenting, and weddings!
I am beyond excited to begin this journey! I will keep you all updated when I contribute to the site, which will be about once every one to two weeks. In the meantime, feel free to take a look at my intro page to see what I will be bringing to Womensforum.com!
January 12, 2012 § 1 Comment
January 10, 2012 § Leave a comment
Every season, I get the urge to try something different with my makeup. If you are like me, I tend to get in a rut, applying the same shades and techniques because I don’t always have the time to experiment in the mornings. It can be incredibly frustrating and intimidating to walk up to a cosmetics counter or store and see all the colors and choices. Where do you even begin? Here are some of my tips and tricks to keeping a fresh face all year long.
My go to stores or counters are Estee Lauder, MAC, and Sephora. All three of these places will gladly help you update or change your look for FREE! So, here’s what to look and ask for when making your way to any of these places.
I have a little inside info here, since I used to work for the company. They offer Signature Services. Basically, when you walk up to the counter, the Beauty Advisor should hand you a menu offering you one of their services. Some of them include skin care, foundation match, two minute touch up, customer favorites, and new products. You can choose one or more of these complementary services and you are set with a new look. Another great perk of Estee Lauder, is that they truly value a good foundation match. They have a wide range of foundation types and colors and will gladly match your shade. If you don’t want to buy on the spot, ask for a foundation sample. I highly encourage this so you can see the shade in all types of lighting. The sample is supposed to last 10 days, but I’ve always been able to make it last about 20 days.
Going into MAC is like walking into a wonderland. So much color! The options can be quite scary, so it’s best to work with a consultant to get a little guidance. If you are wanting to change up your eye look, this is the best place to go. Once you get with a consultant, it’s good to let them know the look you are going for, especially if you are picky. Otherwise, let them work their magic. You may want an everyday look or a good night time option, either way, after they are done working on your eyes, you won’t want to wash it off. They are very good about instructing you on how to create the look on your own. What’s the freebie to ask for? Ask for a sample of their pigment. It is a highly concentrated color in a dusty/powder form. You can actually use this on your eyes, cheeks, and lips. A little goes a long way. I bought a regular size pigment 10 years ago and I haven’t even gotten half way through it!
This is a serious place. Anything beauty related, they have. Their consultants can help with just about everything from hair care to makeup brushes and everything in between. If you don’t have a Sephora near you, then they have a wonderful set up online and are always offering great deals and freebies with your purchase. My favorite thing about Sephora, is their Beauty Insider program. All you do is sign up and it doesn’t cost anything. You receive a card and every time you make a purchase, they scan your card. Every purchase amounts to a certain amount of points. When you get to 100 points, they give you your choice of a few products for free. I pretty much get something for free every time I buy something, so it’s not hard to accrue your points.
Some helpful tips when going out to get your free makeovers…
*If you can, go on a week day at a non peak time. Morning or early afternoon. This way the consultants can give you more attention and you are likely to get better service.
*Be very specific. You will be happier with the results. If there is something you do not like, do not hesitate to say what you think. It is a waste of everyone’s time if you go home unhappy.
*Try to make it to these stores with a clean face. The consultants will be happy to remove your makeup, but it makes it a little bit easier to visualize the new look when you start out with a fresh canvas.
January 9, 2012 § Leave a comment
This past weekend was an exciting one. After much planning and preparation, wedding show weekend was finally upon us here in Austin. I couldn’t be more happy and proud of how it all went and how our vision truly came together in ways we couldn’t envision. 2012 has made me so thrilled to see all the new trends and how the ones from 2011 evolve into something even better than before. The planning process for our theme gave us the opportunity to try new things and come up with a look that was truly “Plantation House,” but with a twist of something new.
Our theme started out with thoughts of Ralph Lauren. He always creates a look that is both appealing to men and women. Feminine meets masculine, if you will. Isn’t that what marriage is all about anyway? We used wood, leather, pearls, antique pocket watches, china, old book pages, and clocks. A perfect mixture of items that are beautiful and strong.
We partnered up with Pappas Catering and they served the most delicious poblano cream soup. Seriously, people were freaking out over this soup. One of my favorite parts of the day was the fashion show, styled by my good friend, Leonardo D’Almagro. He featured jewelry designs by Gay Isber and Beth McElhaney. I can’t wait to share more on these 3 fabulous people as the new year progresses! Overall, if was a fabulous day surrounded by incredibly creative and talented people!