Here’s Why I’m Smiling …

{Wearing: Headpiece: Soo Good. Necklace: Kore Boutique. Bikini Top: The Orchid Boutique (old). Pants: Market. Photographed by me.}   Contouring, the makeup revolution that suddenly gave women cheek bones for days, is not my bag. Despite numerous YouTube tutorials, helpful hints from makeup counter girls and friends, I’m pretty much a pre-schooler with a batch of finger paints when it comes to applying makeup. Contouring leaves me looking like a Halloween project gone awry. And then there’s the Miami heat. God willing I actually get a contour going somewhere, it slides down my face as soon as I step into the heat. #Fail Part 2. So as I inched past my 37th birthday and started to map out lines here and there in my face, I decided to hit up Dr. Epstein to see what he could do for me that the hands of time could not. Tuns out, he…Read More



Who’s That Girl

    {Wearing: Romper: Kore. Hair: c/o Hotheads Hair Extensions. Photographed by me.} Seriously, who is that girl? She can’t be me. I’ve been struggling to grow my hair past my shoulders for almost six years now. But she is! I was asked to film a hair tutorial with Hotheads Hair Extensions and in return I got a whole head of hair. More hair than I’ve seen on my head in my whole life combined. Sadly, my hair won’t ever grow past the boobs. I’ve tried and tried, but it just gets dead and lifeless on the ends, so it stops right above my bra line. And I’ve come to accept that’s my version of long hair. But not anymore. On Tuesday, I sat in a chair while one of Hotheads master hair artists turned me into brunette Rapunzel. The whole process took about 20 minutes and included 20 extensions….Read More



March Beauty Board: Hair Care

It’s unofficially spring in Miami, which means it’s unofficially summer. The heat (and humidity) is on, so if having a good hair day is your endgame goal, be prepared for a mission impossible. When it comes to color, the pool, the sun, they are all conspiring against us and our freshly dyed locks. I was psyched when Neiman Marcus sent me these great hair products to review, especially considering how harsh the change of seasons can be on your mane. It was love at first wash with R+Co Gemstone Shampoo and Conditioner, which is a great way to combat what Miami summer does to your tresses. It preserves the shade you opted for and it smells amazing. And if you’re looking to lock in a specific style, I suggest prepping with R+Co Chiffon Styling Mousse. It will hold the look once the elements get their grip on it. And since a good…Read More



The Mane Attraction

{Wearing: Tee: Gap. Moto jacket: Gap. Rocking a straight GHD mane. Photographed by Milly Jane Harris.} Confession: I use hot rollers on the regular. Why? It’s not because I aspire to be Miss Texas. Nor do I wear my pjs and a scarf over my head when running out for milk. It’s because I’m pretty clueless in the hair department. In fact, having hair is such drama, which is probably why I cut mine off with a whim all the time. But, I’ve managed to make it well over a year and a half without snipping my hair off. And I’m digging the long thing, except for when it comes to styling it. I’m a hot mess. Hence the hot rollers. In some gift from God, Neiman Marcus mailed me a box of GDH’s products to road test. And it was an amazing way to get a firm grip on how…Read More



Face Facts

{Wearing: Hot Pink Metallic Bodycon Crop Top: c/o Blush. Elan White Semi-Sheer Pants: c/o Blush. Shoes: Zara. Necklace c/o Express. Hair and makeup: Davi . Photographed by me.} I have this really bad habit of smiling and laughing. At first, it wasn’t an issue, but as life tumbles along, all those grins and bursts of hysterical laughter start to make little lines here and there. Sure, they are the mark of good times, some of the best, even, but dammit, I have lines on my face. So, REAL TALK: As my 37th year starts to sneak up on me, I decided it was time to erase those lines. Well, some of them anyway. With stellar recommendations from my best bud Erin Newberg, I decided to take my lines to Dr. Marc Epstein to see how we could diminish them. Dr. Marc Epstein’s office is parked just above Villa Azur in Miami…Read More



February Beauty Board: Skin-Centric

My guilty pleasure: Skin creams, masks, potions and other facial notions. Life is super dehydrating, and whatever I can do to add a little moisture back in, well, I’m in. Here are my latest obsessions: I’ve long been a fan of Fresh products. So, when Neiman Marcus mailed me the latest from the line, I was beyond ready to try it out. I started with the Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask. What I like about this is that when life hands you little imperfections, this mask makes you feel better about battling them. The velvety formula has a cooling effect which feels great in addition to everything else it does. From boosting collagen to defending against wrinkle-making free radicals, this mask is great if you’ve put your skin through a little too much. I like this mask as an option before the day starts. A few days later, I…Read More



And Now a Post About the Greatest Mascara Ever

{Wearing Younique Mascara.} I once met the guys who created Latisse at swim week. We got into a conversation about the importance of eyelashes. Apparently, there’s more to them than just being something women can bat, although that plays a big part, too. Initially, God put eyelashes in place to prevent debris from landing in our eyes. But along the way notable women have changed their purpose, given them new meaning. Virility, sexuality, sheer femininity—all defined by long, full lashes. Cleopatra added liner around her lashes to make her eyes the most dominant feature on her face and bam, the transformation began. Twiggy took things to a whole other level by making her lashes visible from miles away. And that’s a look that has always hit home for me. I like my lashes long—obnoxiously long. So long, they touch the lenses of my sunglasses.  Cue a new mascara (OK, obsession) that…Read More



Free Things Thanks to Neiman Marcus and Estee Lauder

They say nothing in life is free. Not true. Not true at all. And I’m not talking about curb alerts on Craigslist either. In fact, I’ve found something that’s not only free, it’s fabulous. Now through January 25, Neiman Marcus nationwide is hosting its Up Close in-store event with Estee Lauder. The free in this find just happens to be a mod-inspired tote created by designer Lisa Perry. But it doesn’t’ stop there. Inside, find $225 worth of awesome freebies, like In the color department: Pure Color EyeShadows: Looking for shadows that go on creamy and stay put throughout your night out? Consider them found. Pure Color Lip Shades: Who doesn’t love new lipstick? Try these mix and match shades and prepare to fall in deep. Sumptuous Extreme Mascara: Estee Lauder makes my absolute favorite mascara. And this is a must for mascara junkies like myself. It goes on, stays…Read More



The December Beauty Board: Beauty for the Last Night of the Year

With New Year’s Eve just days away, I hit up Neiman Marcus’ Beauty department and a new mascara brand to shop ideas for an epic night out. Here’s what I’ll be wearing when the ball drops. Kiss Kiss The last night of this month may very well be the most important lip-centric day of the year. My biggest challenge with this Napoleon Perdis Limited Edition Megamiz Lip Gloss Collection is deciding which color my midnight kiss will be. Find the set with 10 shades at Neiman Marcus.    The Eyes Have It Playing with eye makeup is one of my guilty pleasures. I’ll be glamming it up for NYE with this amazing Younique Mascara. It turns regular lashes into mega lashes with 3D-like effects. More on this coming later next week on the blog, so stay tuned. Until then, get the scoop here. I plan to highlight my uber lashes…Read More