Sunday, November 2, 2008


On Halloween, I hosted a small pre-party and had some friends over. Of course, the girls bonded over make up and dress up. One of the guests, a work friend, I see everyday. But until I did her make up, I never realized how mesmerizing her big, brown eyes were. For me, a girlie girl who LOVES make overs and such, HAD to play up those beautiful eyes!

One way to perform the task of playing up brown eyes is choosing a contrasting shade. Because her skin color was also dark, an earth toned shadow would be too competitive of a color. So our options were a light shimmery lilac for the brow bone, and a dark shade of violet for the lids and just a tiny sliver on the crease.

Plus extending her lashes with a few rounds of the blackest mascara and POP her eyes became!

Although any color that's purple, violet, lilac or such appear intimidating and adventurous, they do contrast brown eyes the best. When done correctly, these colors are as pretty as they sound.

I hope my friend will someday do her own share of playing up her beautiful brown eyes, however lovely she may already be.


I love when my friends request subjects to (girlie) blog about. This time? "How to rid of puffiness under your eyes?"

First let's look at the cause. If puffiness is not the result of some allergic reaction, chances they come from fluid retention. A long term cure could be eating less salty foods and sleeping with your head propped up to prevent blood circulating around your eyes. An extra pillow maybe? And of course, get enough sleep. That is always the BEST remedy.

If you are already seeing puffiness under your eyes in the morning, anything cold is a sure cure!

If you have time, dip tea bags (green tea is most excellent) in hot water and put the bags in the freezer. Once chilled, smooth bags on each eye for a few minutes. Not only does the chill deflate your puff, the caffeine helps with wrinkles.

However, if you are stressed on time, I suggest you ALWAYS keep a couple of metal spoons in the freezer. Lay the convex part of the spoons over your eye sockets and let set for a couple of minutes. Frozen spoons work because they are still cold, but do not give you freezer burns like an ice cube does.

Another and probably the most famous method to try? You guess it! Cucumber slices! They are cold, they are soothing and they are natural.

I hope all the suggestions helped. Remember, there are plenty of quick fixes, but the best is a long term life style change. Drink plenty of water, eat less salt and get all the sleep you can!

Saturday, November 1, 2008


Long tops are everywhere, and they are not going anywhere soon. From flowing flower blouses to subtle-colored knits, they have invaded our closets with a bang of staying power. However, any Girlie Girl knows that no outfit is complete without the most complimentary accessories. And the best accessory for those fashionable long tops you have are belts, big ones!

Belts have come a long way from functional to fashionable. And these big, thick belts, paired with a long top, are not only eye catching but also accentuate the waist - a great combination of function and fashion in one single accessory.

At first they may be intimidating. It took me a while to try them on. But once I wore them I couldn't stop. And if you haven't yet, I highly recommend you take the chance to become just as attached to these fashionable big belts as I did.