Friends giving 2016

Posted on: December 1, 2016

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This year my husband and I hosted our 3rd annual Friendsgiving. An evening filled with lots of laughs, love and a whole lot of food. We definitely feasted that evening. I may have gone a little overboard on the food–let’s just say that  it was enough to feed an army. Another fact about me:  I enjoy hosting, entertaining, cooking and creating recipes to share with everyone. All I can say is that it was worth it and I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. To be honest, I didn’t take many photos from the evening, why you ask? Although, I enjoy capturing all of life’s moments. I simply wanted to enjoy the evening with our friends and take in the moment. If you follow me on Snapchat (SocFashBeaut17) then you saw a glimpse of the festivities. I love this time of the year, it gives me all kinds of feels. It made me realize even more how blessed, grateful and thankful my husband and I are for family and friends.

Before every Friendsgiving I also prep before the evening. I think of the menu, tablescape and home decor for the evening. My go to source for inspiration is Pinterest. Pinterest is a great resource for all sorts of things, definitely a website to check out if you haven’t already. As for the invitations I make sure to send them out way in advance to give our guest ample time to make work out their schedules. I love a good handwritten letter any day. I’m all about personal notes and touches. But since we live in a Social Media and Tech day in age my go to source to send out invitations is via Evite. It’s user friendly, it has a variety of invitation templates to choose from and your guest will receive your invite instantly via email. Simple, fast and easy. Our theme for the evening was Chic Holiday Glam using accents of Silver and Gold. I love having fresh flowers and candles to add to the table. Fresh roses are beautiful, they smell great and they make for a great centerpiece for any table spread. Candles add a nice touch to your tablescape and home decor. Giving off that intimate and homey feel.  I added some glitter pine cones, votive candle holders, gourds and painter hurricanes. With little accents here and there, I kept the tablescapes and decor simple, elegant and chic. 

For the Appetizer Table: I added a few gourds to the table I thought they fit perfectly for Fall and our Friendsgiving theme. I filled some silver painted hurricanes with old wine corks and filled red mason jars with flowers to complete the table spread. 

For the Main Dining Table: I had fresh flowers in low vases and glass hurricanes with floating candles as the main centerpieces. I added a few glitter pine cones as table accents. 

Most of my tablescape decor came from: Michaels, Party City, Pier 1, Target, and Home Goods.

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Give Thanks Banner

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Thanksgiving Napkins

Plates 

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Cheers Marquee Light

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Give Thanks Sign

Glass Votive Holders

The Menu 

Appetizers

Sweet Potato Bites

Apple Roast Beef Crostini’s with Honey Drizzle

Cranberry and Pomegranate Crostini’s

Assorted Cheese, Grapes, Crackers and Almonds

Main Courses

All Organic and Gluten-Free (Minus the Dinner rolls)

Baked Mac and Cheese

Roasted Garlic Parmesan String Beans

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Brussel Sprouts

Pesto Pasta

Roast Parmesan Cauliflower

Roast Balsamic Brussel Sprouts with Turkey Bacon

Cranberry Stuffing

Mash Potatoes

Gravy

Honey Roasted Carrots

Turkey

CornBread

Hawaiian Dinner Rolls

Dessert

Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pies

Mini Nutella Filled Donuts

Nutella Donuts

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

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[PHOTO ABOVE TAKEN BY ENLIGHTENEDBYBRAVERY]

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This year, we welcomed old and new friends and family to our home. Our Friendsgiving was filled with many fond moments that we can add to the book of memories we’ve compiled over the years. After eating, we enjoyed some laughs, drank wine and played a few fun rounds of Charades. All in all the evening was fun and enjoyable. We thank everyone who came and enjoyed the evening with us. We’re thankful, grateful and blessed to have you all in our lives. Thankful to see another year and share a wonderful evening with friends who’ve become family. Our hearts are overjoyed with so much love and I know how tummies were filled and stuffed with delicious food. Thankful, grateful and happy to end 2016 on a good note and with more memories to cherish forever. May we continue to celebrate the good times in our lives together in the years to come. 

What are you thankful for this year? 

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey. 

 


Halloween Inspiration Looks

Posted on: October 18, 2016

Not sure what to be for Halloween this year??

Well, you’re in luck, here are some Halloween Inspiration looks I created. Maybe one or all of these inspo looks may be something you’ll try this Halloween.

For the first look, I was inspired by none other than Snapchat. One of my fave filters is the Deer filter. I like the voice changer on this feature is just too cute.  So I decided to recreate the filter.

These are the products I used. I always start off by priming my face with Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional, then I do my eyes and then the face.

 Halloween Inspo Look #1 

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 Eyes: 

NYX Cosmetics: Eyeshadow Base in shade ESB03

Lorac Cosmetics: Entire Lids: Lorac Pro Matte Palette using Bare and Latte, Crease: mix Corduroy and Chocolate and blend together and blend out. Middle of the Lid: Lorac eyeshadow in shade Inspiration.

Inglot Cosmetics : Gel Eyeliner in shade 77

Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in the shade Chocolate. To create brow hairs similar to deers (for a more realistic effect), I used the Anastasia BH Brow Wiz and created fine lines. I also used NYX Cosmetics Eyeliner Pencil in Black and created more fine lines.

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Face: 

 

Foundation: Benefit Cosmetics Hello Flawless oil-free O2 Foundation in shade Hazelnut

Face Powder: Neutrogena Skinclearing Mineral powder in shade Honey Beige 70

Translucent Face Powder: Laura Mercier

Highlight: Mac Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish in shade: Soft and Gentle

Concealer: NYX Cosmetics Full Coverage Concealer in shade CJ01 Porcelain & Inglot Cream Concealer in the shade Anticeme Creme

Nose: Anastasia Contour Kit Medium to Tan using the darkest shade down the sides of my nose connecting up to my eyes.  Down the middle I used a little of Inglot cream concealer in shade Anticrime creme and blended it. I used a white eyeshadow from the Lorac Eyeshadow Pro Palette to prevent creasing. For the tip of my nose, I used Inglots gel eyeliner in shade 77. To prevent creasing on my nose I patted the black eyeshadow from Lorac Eyeshadow Pro Palette.

Dots: I used white face paint

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 Lips: 

Top lip: Tarte Cosmetics Dry matte lip paints in the color Naughty (Black)

Bottom Lip: Esos lip balm and then using Chanel’s Pinceau Levres Biseaute Angled Lip Brush and pat on Lorac Cosmetics eyeshadow color Inspiration to match the eyelids

And that’s the complete look with all the products I used to create this inspired look. I hope you try this look out and have fun with it, I sure did.

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HALLOWEEN INSPO LOOK #2 

Sexy Kitten 

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Eyes

Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer base in the color Sin

NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil in the color 601 Black bean, I used this all over my lid and smoked it out. Creating a base for my smokey eye. Blended the base out to begin the smokey effect. Proceed with eyeshadows to place over the base. (To prevent creasing)

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, mixing the colors Blackout and Pistol for my crease. I also mixed the colors Verve and Snakebite to add a little sparkle to the crease. Blending all the colors and smoking them out, giving you the smoky effect. For the lids I used the colors Half-baked and Lorac Eyeshadow Pro Palette color Gold.

For eyeliner I used Inglot’s gel liner in shade 77, creating my signature winged line. I made my wing a little thicker.

To create the lines and point in the inner cover of the eyes use L’Oreal’s Infallible sculpt eyeliner in the color 904 black. Use the same line to create the whiskers and dots below your nose.

For the waterline I used NYX Cosmetics eyeliner pencil in the color black. I also used Inglot’s gel liner in black below my water line and midway below my water line and smudge it out. Then I used the gold eyeshadow (Lorac Eyeshadow Pro Palette) for below my waterline to the inner corners of my eye. Give the look a little dimension and making my eyes POP!

 

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Face

Stowaway Cosmetics Radiant Complexion BB Cream in Shade Medium

Highlight: Lorac Cosmetics in the color Moonlight

Contour: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, I mixed the medium shade and dark shade blended the two colors and chiseled  and contoured my face. Enhancing my cheekbones and features.

Face Powder: Chanel in shade Les Beiges

Blush: Lorac Cosmetics in the color Chroma

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in shade Warm: Medium-Dark. Blend using beauty blender.

Translucent Setting Powder: Laura Mercier (For under eyes, forehead, bridge of my nose, chin, below my contour)

Nose: Use Inglot’s gel liner in shade 77 and then use black eyeshadow (Lorac Eyeshadow Pro Palette) over the liner to prevent creasing and movement.

 

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Lips

Top Lip: Tarte Cosmetics Dry Matte Lipstick Paint sticks in the shade Naughty (Black)

Bottom Lip: L’oreals Lipstick in the color 406 Zoe’s Red

So for this look, I took my go to smokey eye look and just deepened it up a bit. Added some cat features,  a cat ears headband  turtleneck sweater and my Saint Laurent Leather jacket. And thats the complete look. Simple and easy, definitely something you can wear out if your looking for something last minute.  Here are the products I used for this inspo look.

 

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Halloween Inspo Look #3

Easy Sugar Skull 

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Face

Left Side of the Face: Hourglass Veil Foundation in shade Beige

Right Side: White Cream Make up face paint

Left side Concealer: Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Concealer in shade Light

Face Powder: Bobbi Brown’s Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in the shade Warm Natural

Translucent Setting Powder: Airspun loose Powder

Powder for Right Side of Face: Sonia Kashuk Brightening powder

Blush: Chanel Powder blush in the color Rose Petal

Highlight: Lorac Cosmetics in the color Moonlight

Contour: Lorac Pro Contour Palette

Eyebrow: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil in the color Chocolate

Lines and designs : L’Oreal infallible sculpt liquid eyeliner

Eyes:

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Left Side: Inglot’s Gel eyeliner in the shade 77 Black

Right Side: Creating a circle or an oval around the eye and over the eyebrows, use Inglot’s gel liner, then fill in all black. To prevent creasing and movement use a black eyeshadow to set the black around the eye. I used the black and sparkle olive green shadows from my Be Bella Cosmetics eyeshadow palette. Smudge and smoke out around the eye area.

Lips:

 

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Red Lips: Palladio Cosmetics Lip liner in the color Rockin’ Red, top it off with Revlon’s Lipstick in the color True Red

Black Lips: Jordana Cosmetics Sweet Cream Matte liquid Lip Color in the color Witchy Night

Top off the look with a flower crown as seen here. I bought mine at the Halloween store, but you could totally make one of your own using real flowers or even silk flowers. The choice is all up to you. This look is easy and fun to create. I also created loose curls to make the look more feminine and sweet as oppose to scary and gorey, but it’s totally up to you. Still a fun look overall.

Halloween Inspo Look #4 

Dia De Los Muertos inspired by @SincerelyJules look 

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Eyes: 

Creating a circles or oval shapes around the eyes and over the eyebrows, using Inglot’s gel liner, fill in all black. To prevent creasing and movement use a black eyeshadow to set the black around the eye. I used the black and a mixture of blue  shadows from my Eyes Lips Face Cosmetics eyeshadow palette. Smudge and smoke out around the eye area. Once all the eyes are filled in black, create half circle or petals around the eyes as seen above. Once you’ve created your flower eyes, fill in the petals with blue shadows (from my Eyes Lips Faces eyeshadow palette). For each petal I added some rhinestones (these stones are ones you’d use on your nails, I bought these from Sally’s Beauty Supply store). I applied them with Duo glue, the kind of glue you’d use for false eyelashes.

** You can use any colors you’d like to create this look. These are the colors I chose when I decided to create this look. But it’s up to you, have fun with it, have fun with make up and colors 🙂 **

Face:

Concealer: Inglot Cream Concealer in the shade Anticeme Creme

All over the Face: White Face Paint

Face Powder: Sonia Kashuk Brightening Powder

Nose: Inglot’s Gel Liner, Black Eyeshadow Lorac Eyeshadow Pro Palette

Blush+ Contour: Be a Bombshell Cosmetics in the color Beach Please, Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Lines+ Designs: Starlet Cosmetics Eyeliner Pencil in the color Black The total absence of light & L’oreal’s Infallible Sculpt liquid eyeliner in the color black

Lips: 

Lorac Pro Liquid Lipstick in the color Soft Maeve

Finish off the look with a floral crown and dress in all black. All black everything my go to look. Or you can totally be festive and wear a traditional Day of the Dead attire, the choice is yours. Just have fun when creating all these looks, I did and I’m sure you will too. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed these looks as much as I did. I’d love to see you all recreate these looks, and if you decide to do so please share your photos using the hashtags: #SFBBeauty #SFBHalloweenInspoLooks

As always, thanks so much for reading, following along and I hope you enjoyed this post! Have a lovely Halloween loves!!

 

 


It’s all about the Ruffles and the Off the Shoulder Dress

Posted on: October 15, 2016

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This was without a doubt my favorite outfit I wore during NYFW. The ruffles were a great added detail to the sleeves. The ruffles made the dress fun, playful and chic.  I know these photos may look familiar, you may have seen them in my “Shopstyle Social House Post.” I couldn’t help but share the look again in it’s own post. Because it was that good, at least in my opinion. 🙂

The off the shoulder look was one style that I rocked all summer long. It’s such a flattering style that suits everyone. What’s great about this dress, I can wear this look again this Fall. The dark denim color is perfect for the season. Great for the day time seen here or even for a night on the town. No matter what time of day you wear this number, you’ll be turning heads all over. Everyone will want to know where to buy this dress. One dress you’ll want to own. Shop my look by clicking the links below.

Shop my Look:

Dress: Tularosa (You can find the dress on this website as well)

Bag: Chanel 

Oxford Lace up Brogues: Kurt Geiger

Sunglasses: Quay Australia

Velvet Choker Necklace: Chloe and Isabel

A special thanks to Shopstyle and @altamiranyc for the mini photoshoot. It was such a pleasure shooting with him. Thankful to have been photographed by someone so talented and amazing. Check him out on Instagram: @altamiranyc

How would you style this dress? I love hearing from you, comment below or write to me.

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey.


FASHION FRIDAY: TRUE LADY BOSSES WHO MADE THEIR DREAMS INTO REALITY EDITION PART II

Posted on: May 20, 2016

Ever wanted to pick the brain of a fashion designer and see just  where all their inspiration comes from? Ever wanted to learn a designers aesthetic and see how they create their designs from start to finish?

Continue reading and learn more about Fashion accessories designer: Maria Cardelli.

 

 

Q. Give us a little background of yourself, how did you get started in design?

A. I have been designing my entire life. I started very young, and used to draw all over my school books even during school lessons. I began painting at around age 10, and spent all my pocket money on new pencils, watercolours and paints. I still remember when I found my first set of watercolour pencils in the shop. I was so excited! As a teenager, I used to spend evenings and late nights working on oil paintings. Since at the time we didn’t have the internet, I had to teach myself and just figure things out. An artist friend of my dad lent him a book on basic painting techniques, how to prepare your own mix of gesso, how to stretch a canvas, etc., which I learned from, as well as from my own mistakes. At that time, my works were mostly figurative, and sometimes a friend would pose for me.

Q. What lead you into the direction of designing Clothing?

A. At a certain point I had to make a decision whether to go into fine art, architecture or fashion design. Since I really enjoyed designing my own clothing, which my aunt Matilde was making for me, I opted for fashion design and joined the Accademia di Moda e Costume in Rome. After a couple of years, eager to get some hands on experience, I began looking for freelance work with companies all over Italy. A friend of mine mentioned someone she knew in NYC who was designing children shoes, and recommended that I stop there on my way to California, where I was headed. I did. I ended up working at BBC international for 7 years, designing children’s shoes for very diverse clients.

Q.  Where does your inspiration come from when designing your pieces?

A. I’m mostly inspired by my own past designs. I dig into my pile of sketches and things that I drew but hadn’t had a chance to produce and I rework them, often for hours or even days, until I come up with something that I am happy with. I may take a piece from one of my bags and make it into a strap for a shoe, or sometimes get an idea while at night when I am trying to sleep. I always keep a sketch pad near the bed for those moments of inspiration. Other times I get inspired from a new leather treatment I find, or a fun fabric I see, and I may design a bag or a shoe just to use them.

Q. What is your design process? What types of things do you or don’t you incorporate?

A. I plan the categories I want to cover in the handbags, or the heel heights I want represented if I am working on the footwear, and then I start drawing ideas. I may draw numerous rough sketches in a little book I keep around, then I choose the ideas I like the most and develop only these. Since my brand is a small company, I cannot make a very large collection, so I do a preselection at an early stage. I then carry ideas from the footwear into the hand bags or vice versa, so that they can complement each other. Once I am happy with my designs I start with the prototyping process.

Q.  Do you envision the wearer when you’re designing your pieces? Who do you envision?

A. I mostly design things that I would like to wear myself. I don’t have many opportunities to wear glamorous shoes myself, so when designing footwear I imagine the wearer at a special event, all evening, and I try to make them beautiful and functional. (For example, I can sometimes add platforms in the front of the shoe so that the heel does not feel as high as it looks.) When designing the bags, I like making them beautiful and practical as well, with useful inside pockets, removable shoulder straps or even bags that can be used 3 ways, like a handbag, shoulder bag and also backpack (like my Back-Up bag). All of my bags have the modern working woman in mind, and are large enough to fit a laptop and other gadgets, so that she can always travel and work in great style.

Q. What are some new designs you’re working on? What do you envision for the future?

A. I am currently working on the spring-summer collection for 2017. Lots of gorgeous colours, simple, sophisticated and clean lines, and some fun prints.

 

Q. How did you come to realize your talents? Did youhave any formal training for jewelry design and or clothing design?

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A. My true love is to create more luxurious products, ones allowing for more creativity. And, I always wanted to go back and produce things in Italy, and to one day be able to create something more special and unique as a tribute of sorts to Italian craftsmanship. I took part in numerous art exhibitions around Europe for a few years. Many people commented on my colourful paintings in a way that made me think that I could probably have them printed on silk and make scarves, or ‘wearable art.” So, in 2013 I started doing that. After that I added a collection of handbags and now a small collection of women’s footwear for winter 2016-17. Everything I design is made in Italy.

 

Q.  What were your first designs that you created? And how has your brand evolved over the years?

  A. To be honest, I’ve been doing this for so long I can’t remember my first design. But come to think of it, it might have been some kind of clothing. And as far as how my designs have evolved, I think they probably evolved with what i’ve included in my designs and I attribute that to what I have learned through the years. When I started, for example, I used to design only very elegant footwear with leather soles and artsy heels. However, after working with factories in many parts of the world and designing many different types of footwear, from wooden clogs to athletics and dress, I incorporate that knowledge into my designs and I can mix and match styles as I please, for example incorporating some typically athletic feature into the more elegant styles, and I can have more fun in the process.

Q. How did you go about creating your business plan and what was your starting investment?

A. I had gained some experience already while working for others, but did additional research before creating my own company, especially since I didn’t know the rules in The Netherlands. (Where my husband and I relocated.) My husband has been my main supporter of course. And, he had been telling me for years that I should do my own collection. So he helped me by financing most of it. The rest came from cashing out my pension plan.

Q. What is a typical day in your life and at your office?

A. In the morning I take care of my 2 children. I get them ready for school and when they are off, I work until I have to pick them up at 3:30. Once they are in bed for the night, I pick up my work again. Fortunately, I work on my own and, without many distractions, I can be as productive as possible. And, with all the communication tools we have these days like Skype and video calls, I can talk to the factories regularly and make many corrections to the products without leaving my desk. Sometimes traveling is still necessary, especially at the prototype stage, but thankfully, Italy is not far from The Netherlands.

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A true world class designer Maria is, and her accessories are to DIE FOR!! A fashionista, multi-tasker, designer and fellow lady boss, Maria Cardelli is one woman to watch out for she’s taking the Fashion world by storm.  Her designs are ones you’ll want to own and add to your wardrobe. I don’t know about you but I absolutely LOVE her designers. I want one of everything and I know you will too. To shop and learn more visit her website: www.mariacardellifashion.com.

Go and check out her website you WON’T be disappointed!!

Thanks to Maria Cardelli for collaborating with me on this post. All thoughts are my own.

As always thanks for stopping by, reading, supporting, and following along!!