Makeup Must: Gold Eyeliner

Nothing says glamour like metallic gold. Lucky for us, it also says “summer!” and “beach!” and “where’s the rosé?”. The latter of which, I am always asking. And the easiest way to bring your metallic game face (literally) to the party is with gold eyeliner. Sound like a lot of work? It’s not. You just swap gold for the brown or black you’d normally use. And even a thin line (if you want to play it safe) at the base of your lashes goes a long way. (I like a thicker line, so you can see it better!) No additional skill, time or effort required, but more compliments. YAS PLEASE! Here’s how to get the look :

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Easy “50’s Glam” Hair

It’s wedding season! That means having great hair to go with your great cocktail dress. One of my favorite looks is 50’s style waves. You see this a lot on celebrities and it looks gorgeous, but you might think: “That’s impossible to do at home”.  WRONG! I can show you show to do this IRL but in about 30-45 minutes (20-30 minutes prep, 15 minutes styling). We have two approaches: dry hair and wet hair. Both work, but I prefer wet hair since it’s a “set it and forget it”. Like a crockpot for your hair. I did this tutorial with dry hair, achieved a Grace Kelly style, then I walked my dog in sweatpants. Just a regular Sunday.

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IF YOUR HAIR IS WET: Take a blowdryer to your head, girl. Use a primer to help set the style first, Living Proof Prime Style Extender. You want your hair to be about 70% dry. Now go to Step 1.

IF YOUR HAIR IS DRY: Use a primer to help set the style, like Living Proof Prime Style Extender. On dry hair, less is more with a primer, so start with a small amount to avoid it looking wet or sticky. Now go to Step 1.

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A Maine Wedding Weekend

Our East Coast friends got married in Maine last weekend so we flew on red-eye style across the country (don’t worry I had all the wine pre-flight, it was fine) to celebrate them. We had never been to a Maine wedding before so the question was, what to pack? When it’s a sleepy beach town, you want to be cute, but not rock 4 inch heels and lounge-worthy dresses, it just looks like you’re trying too hard. And nobody wants to be that girl.

On Friday we went to dinner and then met the wedding party post-rehearsal dinner. Since we knew it would be a low-key bar, and you walk everywhere in York Beach, I went with flats and a more casual dress. No sense in schlepping around in heels on cobblestones! I liked the long sleeves because it was chilly at night but still felt dressed up enough to fit with the rehearsal dinner crowd.  Pink lips and hoops make it feel retro but modern.

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IMG_6681Dress: Topshop, Clutch: Clare V., Shoes: Asos, Earrings: Lana Flat Magic Hoops

The wedding was at the most adorable church in York Beach, Maine. I wanted something light and fun since the reception was at this gorgeous indoor/outdoor clambake venue, so went with a floral sheath and minimal jewelry.  These nude strappys were a great investment. So comfortable (a whole nights’ worth of dancing included!) and they go with anything.

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An Introduction

Hey friends! I’m Alaina, and I hope that we can get to know each other better on this blog, while talking about all our favorite things. I started writing because all I really want is for the things us gals do all the time  –  go to work,  get dressed, eat meals, travel around, date, host family… to be a little more glam.  And we’re not gonna sit around wait for that glamour to come to us by some miracle, we’re going to go out and get it for ourselves. Together! I’ll share my tricks and tips if you share yours.

As for my backstory, I’m basically the worst procrastinator. I do my best work minutes before deadline. This blog is no exception. I’ve owned this .com and talked about writing a blog for SIX years. Do you know all the crazy things that have happened to me in the last six years? I left New York City and moved to Chicago, met a cool guy who cooks me breakfast, got a small pomeranian named Roxie (more on her later), MARRIED that guy who cooks, and moved again to San Francisco. (I’m staying here now, moving makes me want to puke. Also there is a good cookie shop across the street where I frequently eat dinner. They only sell cookies. I could never leave it behind.) Back to my dog: You’ll probably see Roxie’s face show up now and then because I’m obsessed with her. I’ll try to be cool, but tell me if it’s too much and I’ll pump the brakes. So, should we do this? Let’s. Away we go!

xo

(This is me and my husband at our rehearsal dinner, and me with Roxie loving life at Golden Gate park in SF!)