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Month: January 2016

My First Bridal Expo Review

My First Bridal Expo Review

I’ve always been curious about Bridal Expos.  I’d never experienced one and my curiosity has always been piqued.  So when I had the opportunity to go, I thought this would probably be my only chance to find out what they’re like.  To my surprise, my fiance, P, wanted to go with me and see what they were all about.

I think he quickly regretted that decision the minute we walked in the door.  Well, actually, the first think he saw was a vintage Rolls Royce, so that got him a little excited.

Soon after that though it was a sea of hard sell salespeople at booths grabbing you and asking rapid fire questions: “Do you have a venue?”, “Do you have a caterer?”, “Do you own a home?”… one guy kept trying to get me to sign up for a raffle for new home windows… I don’t own a home, and I don’t know what that has to do with wedding.

I went to sign up for a TJ Maxx/HomeGoods gift card.  P tried to disuade me.  “Don’t give them your contact information”, he warned.  “I shop there enough, I think they already know more about me than I know about myself,” I justified.

I was interested in the fashion shows, which I think ended up being less about wedding dresses and more about bridesmaid dresses… well, actually more like prom dresses that they try to pass off as bridesmaid dresses.  Either way, I’m not having bridesmaids, so it didn’t really help me much.

The highlight of the event was seeing the Fred Astaire Dance School do a performance.  I don’t know if I’ll convince P to take dance lessons, but I may have to try.

If you want to see all the action, be sure to check out my vlog…

All in all, I’m glad I gave in to curiosity and went to the expo… but I was so overwhelmed that I don’t think I learned as much as I was hoping.

Have you been to a Bridal Expo?  What was your experience?

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Editor’s Note: January 2016

How to: Fall Fashion Colors for Cool Skin Tones - EverydayStarlet.com @SarahBlodgett

Hello Starlets!  If this blog post was an episode of Friends it would be called: The One Where I Make Excuses For Not Posting This Week.

I usually hate it when bloggers apologize for not keeping a posting schedule, but I can relate to the guilt of feeling like you’re not keeping up with your blogging duties.  In the interest of full disclosure I wanted to share with you a few things that are going on this month that are making my blog posts and YouTube videos sporadic…..

First, I’m sure you’ve heard me mention that I’m getting married.  I try really hard to not be one of those people who can’t talk about anything else, however, it’s the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to me so it’s hard not to bring it up.  That said, my fiance and I have picked a venue (more details to come), and because of the venue’s schedule, our wedding date will be much sooner than we expected.  I’m sure we can pull it off (okay, not “sure” but hopeful), but it’s forced me to rush into planning mode, and I’m trying to cram 6 months worth of planning into this month so I can be on track with all the the suggested wedding timelines.  I’m hoping that when I get caught up and the big decisions are made, then I can focus on the fun details and be much more in my comfort zone.. that may just be wishful thinking, but I’m hopeful.

Second, in a mad rush to shed some holiday weight and get in shape for wedding dress shopping (poor planning on my part to do it after the holidays, but it’s now or never if I want a dress in time) I may have overdone my workouts.  This overexertion has resulted in a swollen foot.  I’m trying to rest my poor tootsie and hold off on my high heels for a while.  I didn’t think that would affect my blogging as much as it has.  Running around in cute outfits and setting up lights and camera equipment are just not practical right now.  Hopefully, I’ll be back on my feet (pun intended) soon so I can get back to bringing you the best content and fewer puns!

Third, I have actually been working a lot on some behind-the-scenes aspects of ES, and that takes up a lot of time.  I hate when it affects my posting schedule, but, as I’m sure most of you know, there is only so much time in a day.

I hope all of my loyal Starlets will bear with me… I promise to do my very best to keep giving you the best content I possibly can!

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What’s Your Workout Style?

How to Stay Health Through the Holidays: Health, Food, & Fitness Tips

It’s always been my belief that when you look good, you feel good.  I don’t mean that you look good to other people, but that you look good to yourself (you’re the one that matters, right!?).

A huge part of looking and feeling good is exercise.  With such busy lives, it can be so easy to skip your workouts.   When I need a boost of motivation, I get myself a new fitness outfit.  If I have to sweat, I might as well look cute doing it.  Typically, I get so excited about wearing my new fashionable workout clothes, I can then translate that momentum into a workout.

It’s not a new idea.  Women have been stylin’ in workout wear from years.  That’s why I was so excited to see this video showing women’s workout style over the years.  It’s also fun to see they different types of workouts, and equipment that were popular in each decade!

Check out this video from Mode Media taking a look at 100 Years of Workout Style…

Now, I want to know… What’s Your Workout Style?

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2015 Favorites: Makeup, Books, and Bling!

2015 Favorites: Makeup, Books, & Bling! - EverydayStarlet.com @SarahBlodgett

I don’t know about you, but I still can’t believe it’s 2016 already!  I’m still in that phase where I keep writing 2015 as the date and have to change it.  I discovered so many new beauty products last year, and I wanted to share my absolute favorites in makeup (and some reading and sparkle for good measure) with my Starlets…

Shop My 2015 Favorites…

Of course, my absolute favorite thing about 2015 was getting engaged!   This is such an exciting time for me, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2015… oops, I mean 2016… I did it again!

What were your favorites of 2015… beauty, makeup, hair, fashion, food, or just anything exciting?

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New Years Resolutions 2016

 

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Okay, so I’m a little late to the bandwagon with New Years Resolutions… most people have already broken theirs by now.  I’m actually not a fan of Resolutions… mainly because they tend to be hollow promises that people give up on in a week.  I AM a big fan of goals! Any occasion like a new year, a season change, or a birthday is a great excuse to look at your goals and reassess.

Here are some of my goals for 2016….

Keep a consistent posting schedule… I’ve been bad about this lately.  The holidays and life have really made if difficult to post consistently.  But I promise to get back to my 3-blog-posts-and-3-YouTube-videos-a-week schedule soon!

Grow my YouTube… I made it to my goal of 1k subscribers last year… here’s to 1k more!

Grow my mailing list…. if you haven’t joined my Everyday Starlet mailing list you definitely should!  You get every post right in your inbox… and an exclusive video just for subscribers!

Publish an EBook… I’m working on it now, and I can’t wait to share more details!

Plan my wedding… no biggie…just planning the most important day of my life… no stress there (in case it wasn’t clear, that was sarcasm)

Watch more Old Hollywood Movies for inspiration.

I’d love to know what you would like to see more of on Everyday Starlet.. I’m always open to suggestions!

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Everyday Starlet is Engaged!

Everyday Starlet is Engaged - EverydayStarlet.com @SarahBlodgett

Hello Starlets!  If you haven’t seen on my social media and my YouTube channel, I’m engaged!  It is a very exciting time for me.  I finally found my leading man, and we’re planning our Hollywood ending… hopefully more comedy than drama. I’ve spent most of my life single, so at times I didn’t think marriage was in the cards for me, so I am very excited to share the experience with my Starlets.  Fear not, I won’t be making Everyday Starlet into an all wedding website.  I’ll be mixing wedding stuff in with regular content, but this is just such an amazing time for me, I couldn’t not share it with my favorite Starlets.  Here is my YouTube announcement…

I any of you have wedding advice for me, I’d love to hear it!

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Exclusive Access to All My Liquid Eye Liner Secrets

 

How To Apply Liquid Eye Liner for the Perfect Cat Eye - EverydayStarlet.com @SarahBlodgett

I wear liquid eye liner almost every time I wear makeup, so you may find this surprising but I used to be totally intimidated by it.  I practiced endlessly until I finally felt totally comfortable with it.  In the process I made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot.

Since I get so many compliments on my eye liner here on the blog, and on my YouTube and Instagram, I decided to create a video with of all of my cat eye tricks.  However, instead of sharing it like I usually do, I thought I would make this video just for my VIS’s (that’s Very Important Starlets).

In order to watch the video and learn all my secrets you just need to sign up for the Everyday Starlet mailing list.  When you sign up, you’ll get every new ES post in your inbox as well as exclusive access to tips for the perfect winged liner!  It’s so easy, and perfect for anyone who has been scared to try liquid eye liner, or for those who just want to step up their liner skills for the new year (I can’t think of a more glamorous New Years Resolution!)!  Just sign up below….

Become a VIS and Get Exclusive Access to All My Liquid Eye Liner Secrets

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A link to the private video will be in your next Everyday Starlet Email! 
I’m looking forward to many more exciting things happening this year here at Everyday Starlet!  And I’m especially looking forward to sharing 2016 will all my Starlets!

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This post/video is not sponsored.  All opinions are my own.  All products mentions were purchased by me unless noted with an asterisk (*).  This post may contain affiliate links, that means that if you purchase any of these products, I receive compensation, through no extra charge to you.  That income will go towards making ES even better.

Most Popular Makeup Tutorials of 2015

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2015 really was the year of makeup for me.  Last week I shared my most popular makeup product posts of 2015, but my makeup tutorials needed their own post to shine!  By the last half of the year I was doing at least one makeup tutorial a week.  It’s a lot of work, but it feels great to challenge myself to come up with new looks each week.  When I was searching my analytics for my most popular makeup tutorials of 2015, it’s no surprise that many of them are celebrity inspired.  However, I’m always extra flattered when a random makeup look that I’ve created, like my bat wing eye liner for Halloween, gets attention!

Here Are My Most Popular Makeup Tutorials of 2015….

10. 1930s Makeup Tutorial

Modern 1930s Jean Harlow inspired Buxom Bombshell Makeup Tutorial

9. Everyday Makeup Look inspired by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, lipstick, Revlon, Pink in the Afternoon, Holly Golightly

8. How to Get Kylie Jenner, Fuller, Sexy Lips Safely

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7. Modern Betty Draper Makeup and the Mad Men Finale

Modern Betty Draper makeup look tutorial, Mad Men finale, 60s makeup

6. Selena Gomez at the Met Gala Makeup Tutorial

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5. Sweet and Romantic Valentine’s Day Makeup Look Tutorial

Valentine's Day Romantic Makeup Look

4. Bat Wing Eye Liner

Bat Wing Eye Liner & DIY Sexy Bat Halloween Costume

3. Pumpkin Spice Makeup Look… and a Kathleen Lights Miami Fever Review

Pumpkin Spice Makeup Look... and a Kathleen Lights Ofra Miami Fever Review

2. Kim Kardashian inspired St Patricks Day Makeup Look

Kim Kardashian Grammys Makeup Look for St Patricks Day

1. Brigitte Bardot, 90s Guess Girl, Kate Moss Makeup Tutorial

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Which one was your favorite?

Note: I hope you’ve enjoyed these 2015 Popular Posts recaps.  It’s been great for me to look back on Everyday Starlet, and how much it’s grown over the past year.  It’s also been great for me to really see the types of posts you’ve been loving.  These posts have also given me some time to work on other projects and surprises that I have coming here on the blog, YouTube channel, and in my personal life.  I should be back to new posts and YouTube videos this week!  Thanks for walking down memory lane with me, and I look forward to sharing 2016 with all my Starlets!

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This post/video is not sponsored.  All opinions are my own.  All products mentions were purchased by me unless noted with an asterisk (*).  This post may contain affiliate links, that means that if you purchase any of these products, I receive compensation, through no extra charge to you.  That income will go towards making ES even better.

Most Popular Health, Diet, & Fitness Posts of 2015

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Happy 2016!  I’m sure many of you have New Years resolutions…. and I’m willing to bet most of them are about getting in shape.  Staying healthy and keeping active are always goals of mine, and any Everyday Starlet.  All the makeup, skin care, hair care, or any clothing won’t help the way you look on the outside if you don’t take care of yourself on the inside.  So for some inspiration, I wanted to share with you my most popular health posts.  There are plenty of tips in these posts to keep your resolutions on track for the rest of the year!

Here are my Top 5 Most Popular Health, Diet, & Fitness Posts of 2015…

5. How to Stay Healthy Through the Holidays: Health, Food, & Fitness Tips … the holidays may be over, but these tips can help you any time of the year!

4. How to Avoid Dairy to Get the Best Skin Of Your Life … I will admit, I indulge in dairy occasionally.  But I have seriously cut back my cheese habit and it makes a huge difference in my overall health.

3. My Fitness Journey + Fitness/Diet/Health Tips (or How I Lost 50 lbs) … this was also one of my most popular YouTube videos of 2015.

2. How to Get a Supermodel Body  …it’s not about looking like a Supermodel, it’s about looking like the best version of yourself!

1. Fitness for Fashion Bloggers …we’re in front of a camera more than most supermodels.  I’m very proud of this post, and I’m thrilled that this was one of my most popular!

What are your New Years Resolutions?  Are the health and fitness related?  What will you be doing to stay healthy in 2016?

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This post/video is not sponsored.  All opinions are my own.  All products mentions were purchased by me unless noted with an asterisk (*).  This post may contain affiliate links, that means that if you purchase any of these products, I receive compensation, through no extra charge to you.  That income will go towards making ES even better.