Wednesday, April 27, 2016

In A Makeup Minute!

I hope YOUR Hump Day was fabulous! I wanted to share this quick makeup tip which I will have to use these next several days while I travel for business. I’m looking at this schedule with my eyes scrunched up as if doing that is going to change what I see!  Anyway, this tip will help wake up your eyes when you’re running on little sleep or you want to try something different with your eye makeup. This tip can be played down during the day and can easily be dramatized for that mid-week party! Real simple: Take a cotton swab and dab the inside corner of your eye with a lighter eye shadow than what you may be wearing on your lids. If you use an eye shadow trio or quad, the color you’ll use will be the lightest color in the group. This trick has a way of opening your eyes and giving you an “I’m awake- I’m rested" look; when you know your secret is in that shadow.  For a look that’s more dramatic, use the same technique, only this time use a makeup pad, and spread the color to the midpoint of your lower lash line while slightly smearing your eye liner. That’s it! Easy, no fuss glam. 
I did the simple daytime look here by only dabbing the inner corner of my eyes.
I used the color to your right. To get the "bright eye" effect, stick with colors of the shades shown here. Now, If you want to have fun with this and really be dramatic, then use shades of purple, even green.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Flowers In Your Closet

When shopping, my motto is buy the shoes first.  This forces you to think outside of the shoe box; instead of reaching for a typical black, brown, or gray shoe that “goes with everything." You’ll be free to pick up a shoe that comes in a loud color or a print that you wouldn’t normally buy. As we have seen, we can’t get away from that flower print if we wanted to. ‘Tis the season for it…right? Flowers are not really my favorite print on clothes; I can seem to handle them better on shoes. Maybe you normally reach for a solid, neutral, muted shoe color because either #1 It makes shopping easier, #2 You simply like those solid colors, or #3 You would like to get out of your comfort zone and buy a printed shoe, but don’t know where to start or how to pair them. Let’s say you are #3. Why not start with a muffled shoe print; one that has dark undertones. The dark undertones may make it easier for you to pair with a solid top and bottom, or a solid dress. Take a look at the picture that shows three ideas of how to wear a muted, flower-print, shoe.
Left to right: Solid grey sweat pants (yes..sweats!) and fuchsia sweater, corset dress w/ solid denim at the top and bright yellow on the bottom, & black top w/ black and white stripe skirt ( can mix stripes with another print!) There you have it! The same flower print worn with 3 separate outfits.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Be Sweet and Live!

In this blog, we’ve focused on apparel and makeup with a sprinkle of inspiration. In this post, I had to break out of the usual to put highlights on this young fireball; her name is Mikaila. Mikaila is the 11-yr old owner of BeeSweet Lemonade. If you haven’t heard of her or the company, please step out of your cave. We’ll wait. 

I came across an article about her, which led me to her website. After spending a few moments reading her story and glancing through pictures that highlight her speaking engagements, I was reminded of a few things. Consider this: kids teach us to be fearless. Kids remind us that boldness and confidence is innate; fear is not. Kids remind us to be unstoppable. Kids teach us to just try! 

Even for those of us who have taken the launch and are pursuing our visions, life has a way of hardening us and interfering with our freedom to think big; to be confident; to be great; to be powerful; to be positive influencers. At 11 years old, according to her website, Mikaila is already teaching other kids to be business owners! Now, Tamu is not telling you to run around the earth doing childish things. Because if you do and you get picked up, don’t call me and don’t mention Tamu Talks! Prince told all of us to act our age and not our shoe size! What I am saying is this: Let’s be reminding of how free we were, in our early years, to believe we could do anything because we thought we could; and have anything just because we asked. Mikaila once thought she could have a lemonade stand; she now has stands all over the country in health food stores and restaurants.

Check out her website: