Warby Parker’s new Spectrum Sun collection + a Perfect Pout

Ciao darlings! I’m so excited to announce the launch of Warby Parker’s Spring/Summer 2014 sunglass collection Spectrum Sun. And what pairs better with stylish sunnies than the still-going-strong bold lip? So I’ve paired each new Warby Parker style with a vivid lip shade to create five looks that are ready for days of endless sunshine!

WB Spectrum Sun + Lippies

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Warby Parker has distributed over 500 million pairs of glasses to people in need.

For DEAN, an orange red lip emphasizes the awesome green lenses.

For MINNIE, classic tortoise shell gets an a modern twist with a fluoro pink pout.

For HALL, these super girly sunglasses deserve an equally girly light pink lip.

For PIPER, channel your inner Audrey Hepburn by pairing these chic black frames with a gorgeous red lipstick.

For DOWNING, accentuate these cool blue lenses with a pop of coral.

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Fall Beauty Trends with Neiman Marcus

Ciao darlings!

I have some pretty exciting news: I’m thrilled to announce that I have recently teamed up with Neiman Marcus KOP (!!!!!!) to bring you all the latest trends and exclusive sneak peek into their spectacular events! To kick things off, I couldn’t be more excited to share these gorgeous Fall beauty trends with you. And what better way to celebrate than with an amazing beauty event with some of my favorite products?!

NM Beauty event

Visit your local NM or NeimanMarcus.com to score your own limited-edition beauty bag filled with samples!

As we officially bid adieu to Summer, we haven’t quite settled into Fall temperatures, and as much as we’re all craving to pull on our boots, snuggle into sweaters, and sip pumpkin spice everything; the weather is not quite on the same page. This is the perfect moment to put the hot pink lipstick to rest until next summer and transition into the fabulous shades of fall.

For eyes, transition into more muted shades with depth, like purples, grays, and neutral metallics in titanium, vintage gold, and pewter. It’s all about making a statement with eyeliner, be it the blackest black liquid liner or a sexy smudgy jewel-tone eyeliner. Eyebrows are still a focus for Fall, looking more groomed and providing the perfect frame for a slightly more dramatic eye. Take the time to find the perfect shade and best product for your brow shape. Thinner or very light brows should try a powder or pencil 1-2 shades darker and for fuller, darker brows, try a gel to hold the hairs in place and add a little color.

NM Beauty eyesFor lips, both ends of the spectrum are on trend for Fall. If you choose an eye look from above, the perfect compliment is an über nude shade of lipstick. If you’re in the mood for a more pigmented pout, any of the deeper reds and gorgeous plums will certainly fit the bill. Matte lipsticks are the most popular this season, whatever the shade, so ditch the gloss. If you need a little moisture, try dabbing on a little balm to keep lips hydrated without super shine.

NM beauty lipsFor nails, I’m fully giving you permission to match your lipstick! Yes, I said it. It’s a bit of a retro custom (reminds me of my Nonna, who always had a manicure that matched her favorite lip shades) but this season’s modern hues keep nails looking luxe and polished (nail pun!). There are so many fun trends for nails, try experimenting with shape or length, a little glitter, matte finish, or try a dual-toned mani!
NM Beauty nails

Bloomingdale’s Willow Grove presents ‘The Makeup Date’

Hello Philadelphia darlings!

This Saturday I’ll be serving as MC at the Bloomingdale’s in Willow Grove for The Makeup Date. This is a very VIP event offered to special Bloomies customers and TSD readers, of course! It’s a fantastic morning that will include a runway showcase of all the latest Summer 2013 beauty trends, an opportunity to have a one-on-one with a makeup artist to experiment with a new look, and goodies to go: a limited-edition travel bag filled with deluxe samples. To reserve your spot for this ultra exclusive event it’s $25 which is then credited towards your beauty purchase.

So grab a girlfriend and come by Bloomies in Willow Grove on Saturday for a morning beauty and glamour!

The Makeup Date

 

New Portfolio Images of Hair & Makeup

In the last few weeks, I’ve been so busy and I’ve finally had a moment to add a few new images to my portfolio. There will be even more added in coming weeks!

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $30

The Style Darling Holiday Gift Guide Under $30

1  Chantecaille eyeliner brush $28
2  CND Air Dry top coat $8.50
3  BCBG metal-spike headband $25
4  MAC Prep + Prime lash $16
5  Gorjana alphabet stackable ring $30
6  Lilly Pulitzer 2013 large agenda $26
7  Stila ‘All is Bright’ lip glaze set $25
8  Kate Spade ‘Let’s Do Lunch’ silver cardholder $20
9  Pottery Barn silver-plated julep cup $24
10  Pottery Barn engravable money clip $9.50
11  Pottery Barn ‘Hold Your Liquor’ flask $19.50

Nicole Miller Bridal Trunk Show

Model: Natalie Krane
Makeup: Lauren Mantilla
Photo credit: HLS Photography

I look forward to the vibrant colors of the changing leaves every year but they always seems to sneak up on me. In my everyday rush, I don’t notice the leaves are losing their verdant summer hues. Even the few scattered leaves in my yard don’t seem to register, until that one moment when it seems all the leaves turned overnight!  That moment was this past Sunday morning, which couldn’t have been a more perfectly Autumn day.

I realized that the trees are in their full Fall glory while driving up to Nicole Miller on Main St. in Manayunk for their Bridal Trunk Show. This was my first visit to Nicole Miller’s Manayunk location and the store is just a little haven of style. The friendly associates are so knowledgeable and it’s very clear that manager, Samantha Sciolla, loves working with her customers. Samantha and her team do an excellent job of creating a personalized experience for each bride; many stayed to chat long after deciding on a gown!

Besides meeting with the brides and discussing their beauty needs and the services offered by The Style Darling, I had the pleasure of dolling up the gorgeous Natalie Krane who so graciously modeled Nicole Miller’s newest bridal collection. Natalie was photographed by the talented Heather Sizemore of HLS Photography. All of the beautiful photos were taken by Heather. Casa Papel was there to showcase their absolutely spectacular paper invitations and stationary. Their storefront is located in Northern Liberties or visit their website to see all of their stunning paperie. Couture Candy Buffets provided a display of confections that looked almost too good to eat (I must stress ‘almost’).

I was thrilled to be included in Nicole Miller’s Bridal Trunk Show, thanks so much to Samantha for all her hard work! It was a pleasure to meet all the very special brides and be there while making the big dress decision!

Model: Natalie Krane
Makeup: Lauren Mantilla
Photo credit: HLS Photography