Flashback To Sunny Costa Rica

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Dress: Old Navy (Similar); Hair Chain (Similar)

This being Flashback Friday, I had to talk about my amazing trip to Costa Rica last month. Especially now that I have to endure the snowy DC weather! I was in Costa Rica for my friend Crystal’s wedding. The ceremony was in Jaco, Costa Rica at this amazing resort, Zephyr Palace. For lodging, I stayed at the sister resort Villa Caletas. I am telling you now, run to this amazing paradise because everything about it was spectacular!

The sunsets are like nothing I have ever seen before and the view from the resort left me in awe. With the hustle and bustle of life, it was really calming to take a moment in the evening to watch the sunset and remember there is more to life than errands, bills and all of the other trappings of adulthood that keep us up at night. Not a moment went by that I did not think about how lucky I was to be in this majestic utopia. Best of all, I was lucky enough to travel with an awesome group of friends. My dear friend Leslie even convinced me to go ziplining (yup, I was REALLY scared but faced my fears)!

For my outfit to the wedding, I wore an orange maxi dress from Old Navy. I found it on the clearance rack for $12! I loved the dress and the color screened tropics. Since the dress itself was simple, I added the hair chain to give it that Grecian vibe. I bought for less than $10 at a beauty supply store in Houston. I did a smokey eye and a nude lip.

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Crystal and Jake’s wedding was hands down one of the most amazing weddings I have ever been to. To start, the location was breathtaking! The bride and groom reminded me of Ken and Barbie! The reception was beautiful, the décor was exquisite and you saw the bride’s touch in every detail. I know, they look fantastic!

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Springing Into Bridal Season

My friend recently got married in what is hands down THE most amazing location I have ever been to for a wedding (more on that wedding later this week). She looked amazing and her hair and makeup were perfection so I asked to meet her beauty dream team, hairstylist Carissa and makeup artist Colleen PR Partners in Metro Center

Lucky me, I was invited to PR Partners Boutique Bridal show on Sunday and had a chance to meet the owner of the salon  Jacqui Davis and the rest of the staff. I also got to see a sneak peek of things to come for wedding season (April – October). The evening was complete with hair and makeup demonstrations, mini skin treatments sweet treats and champagne. Here are some pics from the event!

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Valentine’s Day Fashion Guide

If you are anything like me, you are probably looking for a fabulous Valentine’s Day outfit. Have no fear, I have combed the web for some of my favorite looks. Even though am single girl, I will be painting the town red. I am visiting my friend in San Francisco and my sister will be joining me!

I myself can’t get enough of a classic look that entails a white button top and this amazing skirt. LOVE!!! Now, I don’t believe you have to wear red just because it is Valentine’s Day. However, this skirt is everything.

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I absolutely love these ensembles. They are chic and perfect for dinner and dancing!

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Product Review: Paula’s Choice Liquid Exfoliant

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I have been a fan of Paula Begoun for over 10 years now. I have always had acne prone skin and many years ago, someone recommended I pick up “Don’t Go To The Cosmetic Counter Without Me”, the book served as my beauty bible for many years. I purchased many products based solely on Paula’s recommendations. So I few weeks ago, on a whim, I decided to try a product from Paula’s skincare line Paula’s Choice. I had been breaking out and was in the market for a new exfoliant  product.  I purchased the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant As usual, Paula did not disappoint!

The first time I used this beta hydroxy acid (BHA) product, I applied it at night and I saw a difference the very next morning. I had some acne coming in and it knocked almost all of them out except for a pesky zit on my cheek, but 2 days later, it was completely gone. I read some reviews on the site from consumers that said this product made their skin oily, that was not my experience. But then again, I already have oily skin and I do not think this contributed to it at all. I highly recommend this product. My skin is so much clearer and it has also helped with my hyper pigmentation. Salicylic acid allows the cells on your skin to loosen allowing dead skin cells to sloth off and make room for new skin. If you have never used a BHA product before, I would recommend starting office with every other day to see how it works for you. I do not use this product everyday although you certainly can. I would say when my skin is fairly clear, I use it every 2-3 days. If I have been traveling, I will use it more daily as I have a tendency to slack on my skin care regimen when I am away from home.

As a side note, and this is also mentioned on the site, if you have an allergy to aspirin, you definitely was to stay away from this product. Salicylic acid is a derivative of aspirin.

This is off course my opinion on this BHA.

Lilly Pulitzer For Target

Target never fails to impress with its designer collaborations. For Spring 2015, they are joining forces with a fashion house that is really one of my absolute favorites, Lilly Pulitzer. Lilly’s amazing prints will hit Target stores April 19 with prices ranging from $25-$250. Here’s a sneak peek of that fabulousness to come!

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Kimye Does Balmain

Love them or hate them, 2014 was the year of Kimye. This year, the much talked about couple had a wedding that rivaled the royal wedding. Everything about them is over the top. Say what you will about Kimye, they certainly have a way of getting us to talk about their every move. Not to be out done by little sister Kendall, Kim Kardashian and Rapper Kanye West posed for fashion house Balmain for a Spring 2015 ad. They obviously look amazing. I know they are not smiling because they want to give us that “I am a model, I am starving and my facial muscles are too weak to smile” look, but I can’t help but wonder if it also points to the state their marriage! But I digress, below I give you fierceness and fabulosity ala KIMYE!!!

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Making The 2015 Color Of The Year Work For You

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Every year, the lovely people of Pantone announce the new color of the year. The color for 2015 is Marsala. The wine influenced color is described as ”Hardy, robust, satisfying, fulfilling. At the same time there’s a certain glamour that’s attached to this color,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. The reception to this color pick has been mixed. I for one love it. Really, marsala is really close to burgundy which is a shade that is flattering on just about everyone. Here are some of my favorite marsala shade fashion pieces and celebrities already rocking marsala!

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Black Friday Beauty Deals 2014

Happy Thanksgiving my beautiful fashionistas! Hope you have an amazing day with friends and family ! 

But what is Thanksgiving without the anticipation of the Black Friday Frenzy! Have no fear, I have all of your beauty deals covered. Take a look!

M.A.C Smoky Black Friday Palette 

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On November 28 only, M.A.C is offering their Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in a new trio of shades as an exclusive online-only edition for a brilliant take on the smoky eye. The Smoky Black Friday Shadow is $25 and available at M.A.C

Urban Decay Ammo Eyeshadow Palette, $34

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Makeup Forever 

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(The deals boutique only, will honor phone orders) 2 for $10 Aqua Shadows, 2 for $10 Aqua Eyes Lagoon Green, 2 for $10 Aqua Liner from Sepia Collection; $150 Make Up Artist Picks Set (was $300), $34 Artisan Brush Set (was $65), $19 Aqua Shadow Kit (was $38), $9 Extravagant Eyes on the Go Set (was $18)

Sephora Black Friday $10 Deals

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My Unexplained Absence From Blogging

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Over the past few months, I have been inexplicably absent from my beloved blog Colour Me Glam. This past couple of years, my bog has been my great escape. As I always say, nothing gets me more excited that a new shade of lipstick, eyeshadow palette or a new pair of shoes! Life came to somewhat of a halt earlier this year. In the summer I purchased a new home yay!!! But I was also diagnosed with a carcinoid tumor; not so great. In its simplest definition, a carcinoid tumor is a gastrointestinal cancer that forms in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract.

Needless to say, after my diagnosis, I was pulled in many different directions, seeing one specialist after another (I really did start feeling like a science project). Eventually, my doctors decided the best course of treatment was an endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR). The procedure was fairly routine and would require practically zero recovery time. With EMR, doctors would be able to remove the tumor with very little discomfort to me.

Well, as they say, we make plans and God smiles. Due to a series of complications,  I spent 5 days in the hospital and 3 weeks out of work recuperating.

My family has always been in corner and it sometimes takes moments like this to remind me of just how awesome they truly are. I really have to pinch myself because I can’t believe how lucky I am. The day of the accident, my sister hopped on a plane from Houston to be by side and spent every night by my bedside in the hospital. My parents and aunts came to DC and took amazing care of me.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my amazing, thoughtful and beautiful friends who dropped what they where doing to be by my side. I cannot even begin to thank them for everything they have done for me. We may not be related by blood, but they are my family and I thank God for them everyday.

My colleagues and long distance friends were equally amazing, sending cards, flowers and best wishes. All of which made all the difference in my recovery. I thank you all for everything and I look forward to getting back to life. This incident was a reminder of just how short life really is and I plan on making the most of everyday!

I am back to blogging and I couldn’t be happier!

Iconic Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82

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Iconic designer Oscar de la Renta has died at the age of 82 from cancer. The designer has been battling cancer since 2006.

The prominent designer was born in Dominican Republic in 1932. At the age of 18, he left home at to study painting in Madrid. There, he fell in love with fashion and apprenticed at some of the biggest fashion houses including Balenciaga and Lanvin.

Not long after, de la Renta moved to New York City to make a name for himself. While there he caught the eye of Jackie Kennedy and the rest as they say is history. Over the years, the designer would dress a number of first ladies including Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush. Over more than five decades, de la Renta has also dressed countless celebrities including Julia Roberts, Oprah and most recently George Clooney’s wife Amal.

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Of Mr. de la Renta, First Lady Hillary Clinton said “Oscar’s remarkable eye was matched only by his generous heart”.

If I could describe Oscar de la Renta’s fashion house it would be simply one word “Classic”. He knew how to dress women, looking back at his five decades of work, every piece is simply timeless and a work of art. He will be missed.

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