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Month: March 2016

The 5 Stages of Closet Organization

Grant me the serenity to accept the wardrobe I have. Courage to change the clothes I can. And wallet to know the difference.

I think that’s how it goes, but it’s been a while since I was in Catholic school.

The 5 Stages of Closet Organization

It’s Spring time and that means Spring cleaning.  For most women (well, for me, and I’m assuming I’m not alone) cleaning out our closet is the most stressful of all Spring cleaning tasks. I know I am very much guilty of constantly having an overstuffed closet yet I never seem to have ANYTHING to wear.  I have been toying with the idea of trying the Capsule Wardrobe trend, but I’ve yet to take the leap.  But no matter what I decide, I know I need to do some serious organizing.  So thought I would share with you my process…

The 5 Stages of Closet Organization

Denial

(Panic voice) “I have NOTHING to wear!!!!!!!!”

Anger

(Angry voice) “I have NOTHING to wear!!!!!!!!”

“I hate everything!”

“How dare they make this clothing so I could see it in the store and buy it!”

“It’s the designer’s/manufacturer’s/brand’s/store’s/my mother’s fault!!!!”

Bargaining

(Looking to the heavens) “Lord, if I give all my crappy…err, I mean, I selflessly give all my wonderful clothes to the needy and less fashionable, then can I have a brand new fabulous wardrobe.  It’s only fair!”

Depression

(Crying)………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………(more crying)

Acceptance 

Who am I kidding?  I usually replace “Acceptance” with “More Crying”.

If you’ve come to acceptance with your wardrobe, or if you’ve successfully mastered the Capsule Wardrobe and lived to tell, I’d love some tips!

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Dupe: YSL Touche Eclat Neutralizer vs Maybelline Instant Age Rewind

Drugstore Dupe: YSL Touche Eclat Neutralizer vs Maybelline Instant Age Rewind | Review

When I first started hearing about the new YSL Touche Eclat Neutralizers, I knew I wanted to try them out.  They come in three shades, including a purple to tone down yellow tones, and a green to tone down redness. However, the Bisque shade, an apricot/salmon/orange color that is meant to hide under eye dark circles, was the most appealing to me.  So I decided to give it a go.

I really liked the way it applied, covered, and held up throughout the day.  However, the name “neutralizer” got me thinking about my Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer in neutralizer.  It’s a cult classic that had been my go-to secret for covering dark circles. I had to see how they compared.

So I did a side by side comparison, one on each eye, to see which one pasted the test.  Here are the results….

Drugstore Dupe: YSL Touche Eclat Neutralizer vs Maybelline Instant Age Rewind | Review


Drugstore Dupe: YSL Touche Eclat Neutralizer vs Maybelline Instant Age Rewind | Review

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Have you tried either of these products?  Do you have a favorite?  What is your go-to concealer for covering dark circles?

Let me know if you’d like to see a review of the original YSL Touche Eclat vs the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Brightener!

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Relationships: When One Of You Works A 9-5 & The Other Is A GirlBoss

Relationships: When One Of You Works A 9-5 & The Other Is A GirlBoss

I’ll just say it… I’m not and never have been a “traditional job” kind of person.  I’ve tried it.  It’s just not me.

That said, there was a time in my life when weekends and weekdays just blended together.  Especially when I was at the peak of my stand-up comedy career.  Those were the years when weekdays were actually slow and weekends were hectic.

Now that I’m in a relationship with (and marrying) someone with a job that has more traditional hours, I have been trying to make the effort to make my hours more traditional as well.  That’s one of the benefits to blogging full time is that I work from home and I’m my own boss, so I set my hours.  That is a good thing if you’re disciplined.  It can be a bad thing when you’re not.

I never thought of myself as someone who was a workaholic… and I’ve wasted way too many hours watching bad tv to have anyone argue with me.  However, since I started blogging I’ve noticed a very direct relationship to the amount of work I put in with the progress I make.

That’s not to say I don’t wish my blog grew faster, and it’s not to say that the work/progress analogy couldn’t be made about any job really.  But I feel like with blogging I can actually SEE the difference (thank you Google Analytics).  I have to say, seeing that connection does a great job of motivating me.. but sometimes TOO much.  I’ve been finding it really difficult lately to take a break and relax. I always feel there is SOMETHING I could be doing to my blog, my youtube channel, or one of my social media outlets.

I’m very lucky to be in a relationship with someone who knows how to unwind.  It forces me to stop and shift my focus to something else.

To the bloggers, business owners, and other Girl Bosses out there, do you have the same problem?  How do you balance down time and learn how to take breaks without being constantly distracted by work.. I could use some tips!

See what Paul and I get up to on our weekends in my latest vlog….


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All the Liquid Eye Liners Round Up

All the Liquid Eye Liners Round Up

I can’t believe there was a time in my life that liquid eye liners intimidated me.  They have become such an essential part of not just my makeup routine, but of ME.  On casual days I actually have to stop myself from doing a cat eye… sometimes my lids need a rest.  That’s not to say that the flick came easy to me at first… it was a struggle to get comfortable with it, and some days it’s still a nightmare.

Since colorful and unique takes on liquid liners are such a big trend for Spring 2016, I thought I would do a little round up of my favorite liquid liner looks…

Strobing & Colored Winged Eye Liner Makeup Tutorial in Summer Pastels

Bat Wing Liquid Eye Liner Tutorial

End of the Rainbow Eye Liner

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As a bonus… here’s a video from Mode showing you the trendy neon cat eye trend…

What’s your favorite liquid eye liner?

 

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Spring Trends 2016: Dramatic Rose Quartz Makeup Look

Spring Trends 2016: Dramatic Rose Quartz Makeup Look with Pantone Color of the Year

When looking for makeup look inspiration, I knew I wanted to do a Rose Quartz look inspired by one of the Pantone Colors Of the Year for 2016.  Since I’d already done a Pink Glam makeup look, I wanted it to be something different.

Rose Quartz is such a “pretty” color, I thought it would be fun to contrast that with a “messy” makeup look.  I am predicting that the trend of polished and perfect makeup is going to be replaced with a more grunge, just-rolled-out-of-bed look.

So I took the Rose Quartz and smudged it well past the natural lid.  The look is more of a nighttime, girls night out, kind of a look.  I liked the idea of contrasting “pretty” with “edgy.”

With so much going on on the eyes, I kept the lips bare with just a lip plumping gloss.

Here is my Spring Trends 2016: Dramatic Rose Quartz Makeup Look…

Spring Trends 2016: Dramatic Rose Quartz Makeup Look with Pantone Color of the Year

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Spring Trends 2016: Dramatic Rose Quartz Makeup Look with Pantone Color of the Year

What Spring makeup trend are you excited about?

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How to Dress for a Drag Queen Competition

How to Dress for a Drag Queen Competition

I have obsessed over fashion magazines, blogs, and style guides since I was first able to read (okay, okay, they didn’t have blogs back then, but I’m trying not to feel old).  I have read tips about dressing for a beach wedding, a winter wedding, a beach Winter wedding, a business casual job in Autumn, and a formal Christmas dance in July. But I have never once read any tips for how to dress when you are a straight women asked to judge a comedy drag competition at a Rhode Island gay bar in Springtime.  Apparently that one got over looked.

So when I was presented with this fashion situation, I was on my own.  Inspired by an outfit I saw on Hello October, I decided to go for a menswear inspired look.  I figured if the men were wearing dresses, I should wear the opposite.

Between the weather and timing I didn’t get any decent OOTD photos, but you can see my whole look and highlights of the night on my vlog…..

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Poor Man’s Khloe Kardashian Fitness Closet

Poor Man's Khloe Kardashian Fitness Closet Fitness Motivation

Remember when the Khloe Kardashian Fitness Closet was revealed?  It was the gasp heard ’round the world.  Women every where fantasized that if they only had this dream closet we too could be in the best shape of our lives.  Well, I’ve discovered a trick that makes that all possible!

Okay, I can’t tell you how to do a home renovation, add an extra closet, and have a huge collection of the most expensive workout gear money can by… but if you know how to do that on a poor fashion blogger’s budget then hook a sista up!

But I can tell you the trick that I did and it changed my fitness life!

I cleaned out a drawer in my bureau…. no easy feat considering my overstuffed closet (my struggle with a capsule wardrobe is another story for another day).  Then I put ALL my fitness clothing in that drawer.  That includes underwear, socks, sports bras, EVERYTHING!  The only thing I don’t put in my new fitness “closet” is my sneakers.  They don’t fit, and they need to air out between uses anyway.

Poor Man's Khloe Kardashian Fitness Closet Fitness Motivation

This move has totally been a game changer for me!  Now when I wake up, all my workout clothes are in one place, so I’m not running around the room getting socks from one place, and my sports bra from the other.  It makes getting ready to workout so much quicker.

I wanted to share this wisdom with my Starlets so we can all have celebrity bodies!

In addition to the Poor Man’s Khloe Kardashian Fitness Closet, here are my Top 5 Tips For Fitness Motivation…


How do you stay motivated to workout?

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Photo of Khloe’s Closet Via LA Closet Design

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End of the Rainbow Eye Liner Makeup Look

Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow Eye Liner Makeup Look, perfect for any St. Patrick's Day party or even a Gay Pride Parade

I was trying to brainstorm a makeup look for St. Patrick’s Day.  I’ve done several green makeup looks before, like my Kim Kardashian inspired look, and my Christmas Tree Green look, so I was looking for something a little different.  That’s when I can up with this Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow Eye Liner Look.  I was very surprised to find that no one had done a liner look this way before… or at least not that I could find on the Google or the Pinterest.

Before attempting this look, here are a few tips….

  • I used any colored liquid liners I had, different brands, different, formulas, different applicators.  I found the ones that were more liquid and had a brush were much more pigmented but smudged A LOT.  The pen liners were a little less pigmented, but were much easier to control.
  • The white base is optional, but I think it gives the colors more pop.
  • Try not to fully open your eyes until you’re done and the liner is dry.
  • I recommend, as with my Bat Wing Liner Look, to do each step on both eyes to get them even.  If you do one whole eye and then the other, it will be much harder to get the eyes looking even.
  • This look doesn’t photograph as well as it looks in person.
  • Don’t get frustrated… practice makes perfect!
  • It’s not necessarily an everyday look (well, maybe for some people) but it’s perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day party or parade… or maybe even for Gay Pride!

See How I Did This End of the Rainbow Eye Liner Makeup Look

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Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow Eye Liner Makeup Look w/ Kat Von D, Stila, Urban Decay, and Maybelline- EverydayStarlet.com

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Pantone Color of The Year: Rose Quartz & Serenity Easter Tablescape

Pantone Color of The Year: Rose Quartz & Serenity Easter Tablescape

Last year I started a trend of fashion designer inspired holiday tablescapes.  My most popular was my Kate Spade Halloween, followed by my Valentino Thanksgiving, and my Chanel Christmas. This year I’m planning a wedding, so my tablescape budget is basically nonexistent.  So I decided for Easter I would just use things I already had around the house.  Since the Pantone colors of the year for 2016 are Rose Quartz & Serenity, I just knew they had to be the inspiration for my Easter Table.  They are perfect Spring colors, and I already had so much pink to choose from.

Since I didn’t buy anything new this year, I don’t know how much of this table is still available, but I highly recommend checking out Michaels, Target, and Pier 1, as well as Etsy for holiday tablescape supplies!

Pantone Color of The Year: Rose Quartz & Serenity Easter Tablescape Pantone Color of The Year: Rose Quartz & Serenity Easter Tablescape Pantone Color of The Year: Rose Quartz & Serenity Easter Tablescape

You can see me put together this Easter Table, as well as test some new makeup, have some cake, and more in my weekend vlog….

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Spring Trends 2016: Everyday Glossy Lids & Vampy Lips

Spring Trends 2016: Everyday Glossy Eyes & Vampy Lips

I’m obsessed with Fashion, and I love seeing what trends are going to be popular for the upcoming season in beauty and style.  The runways of Fashion Week are such a great indication of the Spring Trends.  As much as I love a good theatrical runway show, some of the looks that walk the catwalk are not practical for everyday life.  So I thought I would take a dramatic runway look and make it wearable for the Everyday Starlet.  I started with the trend of a glossy eyeshadow on the lid combined with a vampy lip.

A dark lip color is usually seen more in Fall and Winter, but this year it’s carried over to Spring.  I used a more subdued plum shade, my MAC Plumful to be exact, to make the vampy lip wearable for daytime.

Glossy lids have been a trend since the days of Old Hollywood Starlets.  It’s usually strictly an evening look, but I used a honey tinted lip balm to give it a natural glow.  You’ll be hard pressed to find a glossy lid look that won’t gather in the crease, but I was surprised how much my Pixi lip balm held up.  If you really can’t hand the glossy lid feeling or creasing, you can use a shimmery cream shadow, like my favorite Maybelline Color Tattoo, for an even more wearable look.

Here’s the look in action…

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Spring Trends 2016: Everyday Glossy Eyes & Vampy Lips

What Spring makeup trend are you excited about?

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