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    Wednesday
    Apr022014

    Vietnamese Garden Rolls 

    Photo Credit- Bonnie Sen Photography 

    So many of you have asked me to post more recipes here at STYLE'N so I am so excited to announce that we have Amanda Franklin on board as our new food contributor. Amanda is not only one of my closest friends but she is a beautiful and talented model, and she has this amazing ability to whip up quick, healthy and delicous meals. Amanda and I will be sharing our favorite dishes with a focus on Vietnamese, Indian, and fusion recipes. There will also be some fun cocktails in the mix too! 

     

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    Monday
    Mar312014

    STYLE PROFILE- Jessica Maniatis of JSGD 


    Today's style profile features my amazing and talented graphic designer Jessica Maniatis of JSGD. I met Jessica almost 4 years ago a few months after I started my blog STYLE'N. Jessica helped me with my first blog redesign back in 2010 and with the design of my new business website in 2013. 

    JSGD is a boutique identity & digital agency focused on problem solving through functional beauty and collaboration. We work with small and big businesses alike, walking them through the development of a strong brand identify that sets them apart.



     1. What does a typical day look like for you?

    I'm not the best at waking up – it's actually quite embarrassing – so my day generally starts with oversleeping then rushing to the studio where I take Oscar for a quick walk, grab coffee, and meet with the team for our project check-in, where we go over the day's priorities. Studio days tend to fly by in a whirlwind of calls, meetings, and long black-holes of coding. My husband is an amazing cook so coming home at night is truly relaxing – he even pours me a glass of wine while I decompress and he cooks (spoiled, I know).

     

    2. How would you describe your personal style?

    Lately, very relaxed. I tend towards comfortable and classic pieces that I won't tire of over trendy items that only last a season. My wardrobe consists of mostly neutrals (lots of black and gray) and an unhealthy amount of denim. I've been trying to add prints and color here and there – and am feeling proud of myself for having finally mixed a handful of those in. Same goes with shoes – I've gradually swapped out all my heels and pumps for boots and booties. They're still occupying space in my closet though, as I simply can't part with a gorgeous heel – even if I never wear it ;)

     

     

    3. What are your favorite items in your wardrobe and why?

    A friend recently turned me on to Courtshop denim and I've obsessively stocked up on a few pairs of some great higher-waisted skinnies. There is one light gray pair that I seem to wear more than any others and they're so easily dressed up or down. Other than that, basic staples like a good black T, loose black sweaters, and a solid black blazer – these are items I repeatedly purchase and can't get enough of.

     

     

    4. Do you have any style or beauty secrets to share?

    I'm a nut for skin oils and have fallen in love with one by Dr. Alkaitis. We just started working with an amazing, all-natural skincare shop in the South End, Follain, and not only do they carry the line but have introduced me to so many amazing products – my skin routine has seriously upped its game!

     


    5. How do you spend your "me" time?

    There's never enough of it. Running a business is a never-ending project. I'd like to say I leave work at the studio, but I find myself on the laptop more nights than I should. I have daydreams of going to more yoga classes and on long vacations but it's tough. That said, we finally booked our Honeymoon for this summer so it will be 3 weeks of much needed relaxation!

     

    6. What is the most important thing you have learned through running your own business?

    Trust your gut. I make so many decisions every day and if I didn't stop to listen to my instincts, I honestly don't think I'd have gotten this far.

     

    7. What is your mantra? 

    Start where you are. It works in every scenario – and is tattooed on my right foot ;)

     

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    Style Profile is a bi monthly style column featuring creative and talented entrepreneurs and business owners. I feature the stylish women behind these successful businesses and brands, their personal style, and share a glimpse into their typical work day.  
    Friday
    Mar282014

    A Week {or two} of Instagram Photos 

    {TV segments are here and here }

    Happy Friday! Today I am sharing some of my photos from my Instagram and Facebook page from the past week or two. It has been a busy but fun two weeks and I can't believe April is almost here. 

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! {We are off to sunny Mexico for a few days with our friends!} 

     

    Wednesday
    Mar262014

    Favorite Products for DEWY SKIN 

    Dewy skin is a major trend for Spring and if you're interested in achieving this glamorous and fresh look we've got you covered. Today Faith, our fashion and beauty contributor, is sharing her favorite products and helpful beauty tips for creating gorgeous and healthy dewy skin.

    1. Laura Mercier Flawless Hydrating Primer  & Moisturizer : I recently have learned exactly how important primer is, and combined with this moisturizer it gives the perfect base to give a glowy/dewy look. 

     

    2. Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation : This foundation is one of my new favorites, it gives great coverage without looking and feeling caked on. I also think it is important to keep your base makeup all within the same line. 

     

    3. Benefit Watts Up! : This little product is probably one of my favorite tools to add just a little glow without being covered in shimmer and sparkle. I apply it on my cheekbones as well as down my nose and under my eyebrows.

     

    4. NARS Laguna Bronzer : Just like the site says…it is a cult classic. It gives just enough color combined with just enough highlighting shimmer. 

     

    5. NARS Blush in Sex Fantasy & Josie Maran Cheek Gelée in Pink Escape : I wanted to include both a powered blush & a gel/cream blush. Both work fantastically, and I find its all personal preference based on the texture.

     

    6. YSL Lipstick in Creamy Neutral Beige & Tom Ford Lipstick in Blush Nude : To finish off the look, the perfect nude lip. Both the YSL & Tom Ford are gorgeous colors.

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    Tuesday
    Mar252014

    Favorite Beauty Products 

    This week we are talking all about favorite beauty products here at STYLE'N.  Today I am sharing a few of my favorite new beauty products and tomorrow Faith will be sharing her favorite beauty products for creating a dewy look.

    Last week I had my makeup done at the NARS counter at Nordstrom for the Pink Tie Party  so it was a great opportunity to try some new makeup. I picked up a new lip pencil, lip gloss, and the NARS Multiple in Puerto Vallarta and I also replenished a few of my other favorite beauty products. 

    What are some of your favorite make-up and beauty products?

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