Monday, January 13, 2014

the best looks of the Golden Globes & where to get them for less

Yesterday evening, our favorite stars strutted down the Red Carpet at the Golden Globes in the hottest trends of the season.  Check out my favorite looks as well as where to get them- so you'll shine like the stars even without their paychecks.  

The Black Dress

There were so many hot black dresses this year, but the one that really caught my eye was Sophia Vegara's.  Pair this dress from Tobi with a bold statement necklace to complete the look and turn it from Red Carpet to after-party-ready for only $58.  

The Pink Bodycon
 Turn heads like Maria Menounos in a hot pink dress. Make it a bodycon, cut the length and voila- you've also cut the price.  The curvilenar accents in both dresses give off a fun and daring vibe.  Find this dress at Tobi for only $39.
The Red A-Line
Channel your inner-cupid like many of our Hollywood sweethearts, including Taylor Swift by choosing an A-Line dress that'll be sure to give you an elegant look right in time for Valentine's Day. Find this dress at House of Fraser for $50.

The Foil Dress
Illuminate the room in a foil dress like Olivia Wilde. If she can pull it off while pregnant you can rock this look too. But then is Olivia Wilde and she can pretty much pull off anything. BUT SO CAN YOU- YOU GO GIRL. Find this dress at Charlotte Russe for only $28.99.

The Deep-V
Unleash the vixen inside of you by snagging a dress with a deep v-neck like Kate Mara. I love this look because it's the perfect mix of sexy and classy, giving you the freedom to wear it to any occasion.  Find this dress at Tobi for $60. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

happy birthday :)

It's hard to believe that beauty & a blog is now officially ONE years old!!! I was feeling pretty nostalgic on New Year's because last year I had the opportunity to go to the Rose Bowl.  Not only was I warm in California (like WHAT are these negative 50 degree temperatures?!) but I also got to watch my beloved Bagders in the biggest game of the season.  

Naturally, I traced back my very first blog post to help me reminisce of the days of Santa Monica Beach and trying to navigate West Hollywood in 5 inch heels.  

It was titled "We're Doin' It Live" in honor of our adventures in Cali.  We had absolutely no plans.  We just went for it.  And we had the time of our lives.  

Our only goals were to not get lost and to not die.  Miraculously, we managed to pull both of those off.  Maybe it was because of the couple's advice we shared our taxi from the airport with- "don't ever agree to leave with a producer who promises to put you on TV and wants to bring you back to party at his mansion in the Hills because 1) he's not a producer and 2) his house is most definitely not in the Hills."  

Let's just say my dreams were crushed right then and there, but hey they probably saved my life.  

As I finished reading my post, the last paragraph really stuck out to me. It read: 

Sometimes, I get so caught up in making plans that I forget to just enjoy life. Other times, I pass up experiences because I'm too busy or don't have enough money or whatever. In this new year, I plan to take myself less seriously and let go while also remembering what's important. There are times when it's necessary to just go for it. There will always be excuses, but will there always be these opportunities? No. Whatever 2013 brings, go with it. I promise you won't regret it. 

Wow, when did I get so smart?  After reading this, I realized that I didn't really carry this throughout all of 2013.  Up until summer, I was a little happy-go-lucky girl who was ready to do everything and anything- no questions asked.  I wanted to make the most out of every moment.  I traveled to Florida/Boston/NYC/Iowa, ran a marathon, started a blog, got into the J-school, got a sports writing position, made the Dean's List, and still found time to have fun with friends.  OMG how annoying was I?! I was one of those people who actually had their life together. But this semester, I kinda forgot what it was like to live.  I mean really live though. Obviously I still have great memories (helloooo 21st birthday!!) but often times I was so stressed out with school and my future that I forgot how to let go and "do it live."  I never went into anything without a plan and when I did, I felt guilty for not doing something productive.
So this is just another reason why this year I'm going to write down what I learn every day in a binder so I can look back and remember how wise I am. (okay maybe that's a little bit of a stretch. I wouldn't exactly consider myself all.) 

I can't wait to start off this new year with a new perspective...or should I say old because I already had this perspective once before..?  Regardless, let's make 2014- and every other year- a one of "doin' it live" because why not?! 

So travel somewhere you've never been before, learn to do something random, take a class just because, drive, laugh, wink at a cutie across the room, apply for your dream job...and most importantly, look back in a year and be happy for all that you've accomplished!   

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

loose curls tutorial

Wanna get curls like Ashley Benson?  Uhh...does the bear sh@* in the woods?

(the answer is yes.) 

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Beauty Favorites 2013

Make 2014 your most stunning year yet with Monica's beauty favorites.  

Urban Decay Naked Basics Pallet

  •    Perfect neutral pallet of eye-shadows. Very bendable &pigmented. Can be worn from day to night.

Maybelle Baby Lips in Cherry Me

  •   Moisturizing lip balm with a sheer tint of cherry red- the perfect balm with a touch of color.

Revlon Lip Gloss in Berry Allure 

Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara

  • Coats every lash with fullness and volume. Will look beautiful on everyone!

Covergirl Flamed Out Mascara

  •  Exploding with volume. This mascara works especially well on the bottom lashes because of  its smaller applicator.

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara

Sonia Kashuk Bronzer in Golden

  •  Lightweight gorgeous bronzer will have skin glowing. Will work with every skin tone to achieve a beautiful sun-kissed glow.

L'Oreal True Match Lumi

  • Light to medium coverage, designed for dry/normal skin & has a wide range of shades to choose from. A beautiful foundation that illuminates the skin.

Mary Kay Eye Makeup Remover

  • The best waterproof eye makeup remover. Doesn’t sting eyes or leave skin feeling oily.

Mary Kay Lip Balm in Vanilla

L'Oreal Hydra Renewal

  • Perfect for dry skin!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

you learn something new every day

I remember every day when my dad got home from work, he would sit at the kitchen table and have dinner.  When I strolled crawled  through the kitchen after a tough soccer practice the first thing he would ask was the dreaded question: "so what did you learn at school today?" Time after time, I would answer "nothing".  Little Miss Sassy, everybody. 

Thinking back, I realize that 1) I had a serious case of teenage angst and 2) I actually did learn something important every day even if it wasn't necessarily related to school, which is still true to this day.  

In 2014, I want to make a mini "book" of all the things I learn each day because often times I learn something and then forget it months later when I could really use that advice.  It'll be like my very own guide to life- some funny, some serious, some educational, some fun.

For example: "today I learned that barbecue sauce tastes good on literally everything. But like literally everything." Or "today I learned that you burn 20% more fat if you workout before breakfast." (That's actually true!) Or "today I learned that it's okay to ask for help. It doesn't make me seem weak or incapable of doing something on my own.  People are meant to help each other and the people who actually care about me will always be willing to lend a hand...or that really cute dress!"  

Throughout the year, I can look through my binder that I've created to remind myself of what I've already learned so I don't repeat the same mistakes.  Instead, I can use it as inspiration and make this year the best year yet!  Cheers to 2014!!

SO for my first lesson of the new year...

Today I learned that liquid and iPhones don't mix well and that New Year's Eve parties are really hard to clean up after the next morning. Not to mention, absolutely disgusting. Talking about feelings isn't as hard/scary/horrifying as I thought and it's actually pretty refreshing. Moms are the best listeners. Lastly, midday naps are an amazing thing.  Whoever came up with siestas was a genius.