The Stylish One

Get the Glossier Glow

Beauty, Stylish StuffJulie SaldarriagaComment

Just got the new highlighter "Haloscope" from Glossier! The quality of their products and packaging is incredible. It even comes with a pink bubble wrap resealable bag that you can use again and again! 

Haloscope, is a dewy, dual-delivery formula infused with real crystal extracts and a core made from vitamin-rich moisturizers. I opted for the lighter "Quartz" shade, but both Quartz and Topaz are absolutely gorgeous. It is hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, paraben free, fragrance-free and it's not tested on animals. So, what's inside? Here's what Glossier has to say:

Actual Crystals
Outer ring is enhanced with real Rose Quartz (the quintessential stone of love) or Golden Topaz (with creativity-enhancing powers)—pretty cool, even if you’re not a crystal person.

Coconut and Castor Seed Oil
Rich in vitamin E, they give the solid oil core dewy sheen and easy glide.

Sweet Almond Oil
Super moisturizer rich in fatty acids.

Not only are Glossier products good for your skin, but they're fun to receive and open. In the "Age of the Customer" it's important to surprise and delight. Glossier certainly does both. I'm officially calling them "the unicorn" of the beauty industry right now. Makeup brands, this is how it's done. 🦄

15 Reasons Why She's Your Bestie

Julie SaldarriagaComment
Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 2.59.25 PM.png

After 15 years of friendship, I've learned that your best friend is someone you need to cherish and be grateful for every single day. There is no one on this earth who knows you like she does and accepts you for all that you are and all that you are not. Here are the 15 reasons why you know she's your bestie:

1. She laughs at all of your jokes... even the ones no one else finds funny.
There have been plenty of times where the two of you have received the dirtiest looks because you can't stop crying laughing at the dumbest things. You've laughed in a church, during class, while getting pulled over... it doesn't matter how inappropriate the occasion, you can't help it.

11223935_10204982441621032_2885684567784908774_o.jpg

2. You've held each other's hair back or bandaged up the results of a bad tumble.
As gross as it is, she's there to clean up your mess and you'll be there to pick her up whenever she falls... literally. The best part? Neither of you will ever judge each other. All you care about is that she is okay and had a blast getting to that point. You'll also be the one to bring over an egg and cheese the next morning.

3. You have a secret language.
You can speak to each other through just a look or tilt of the head. You know when you feel that kick under the table exactly what she's thinking ("get me out of here," "she's so ridiculous," or "can you believe this is happening?") You know how to tell her when you want to leave and you help her get out of painful small talk situations.

4. She'll always tell you the truth about your outfit... no matter how cute you think it is.
She wants you to look your best and she's not going to lie to you like other people might. She'll offer to lend you her clothes and accessories (even if she's two sizes smaller) because she'd do anything to help her bestie out and you'd do the same. And she's the only one you'd let borrow something you've never worn because.

5. She'll always have your back.
The two of you are willing to take the heat for each other and would never throw the other person under the bus. No matter what, you're always there for each other. Remember that part in the Godfather when Michael tells Fredo, "Don't ever take sides with anyone against the family." Well there's no Fredo in this equation. The two of you will always stick up for each other and have a no smack talking policy. Anything you have to say, you tell each other directly. You don't let arguments linger and make up instantly. She'll also be there to wipe away smudged mascara at your wedding (see below).

6. You're always happy for each other.
When either of you get a promotion or score a cute pair of Michael Kors flats on sale, you're both truly overjoyed for each other. You support each other and help guide each other through life's challenges. You want the other person to succeed and find true happiness and will do whatever you can to help them. You're their biggest cheerleader and always want what's best for them.

7. You know when something's wrong even when she says everything is okay.
All she has to do is walk in the room and you can tell if something is up. You've known each other forever and you can tell when she's having an off day. You also know when to ask about it and how to help make her feel better... even if that means crawling around like a cat on the floor of her apartment just to help her shake it off.

8. You have a large number of mutual friends on Facebook and dislike all the same ones.
Over the years, you may have had some friends come and go but the two of you have outlasted them all. You welcome new members every once in a while, but you always know that the two of you are always going to be each other's true best friend. And you're always so relieved when you both dislike the same people (which you usually do) because it's no fun sipping on the Hatorade all alone.

9. She knows the real you.
Not the version old classmates meet at CVS or the boss version you play of yourself at the office. She has been there by your side during the worst of times and seen you at your best. She has loved you through the worst fashion faux pas and embraced the nightmare you can be during that wonderful time of the month. The best part? She'll call you on your stuff, but she'll love you just the same.

11403356_10204532669657014_5078153583719081894_n.jpg

10. She cries when you cry.
You've become like sisters and over the years, you've shared a lot of ups and downs. You've gotten to a point where if she is crying or hurting, so are you. You can't possibly be happy when your bestie is down and out. So you buy all her favorite junk food and curl up next to her until she's able to finally brush her hair and put real pants on because that's what a best friend does.

11. You buy two of something because you know she'll want it.
That cute pair of metallic flip flops you snagged at the GAP... you obviously bought two pairs. You have your own individual styles, but you also love a lot of the same things so why not save her the trip, right?

12. She knows how much you make, how many pairs of heels you have and pretty much all of your passwords.
A lot of people would think that sharing financial and security information is a bad idea, but who else is going to stop you from over-drafting or help you open your phone when you've had a few too many? You also know each other's wardrobes and shoe collections and are even able to help pick out outfits over the phone.

13. You're friends with her significant other. 
You take time to get to know him and make him feel like part of the tribe. You embrace the Three's Company moments and understand when she ditches you for a date night. You'll be there for each other for the breakups, makeups, weddings, one night stands and everything in between. You support whoever makes her happy... as long as he never crosses her. 

14. You keep each other's secrets and tell each other everything.
You know when someone says, "TMI" well you'll never hear that from your bestie. She's the only one you can tell about the time you ripped your pants at work or stood in your PJs eating chips in the middle of the living room at midnight by yourself. Oh, and you know when you promise not to tell anyone? Well, you really mean anyone besides your bestie because it's basically like talking to yourself. You'll cover for her, help her craft the best excuses and will take her secrets to the grave.

15. She has truly become part of your family.
You've attended countless family parties and family vacations with each other, her parents are your second set of parents and you know she's going to be your MOH and godmother of your children someday. Your bond is special because you're not sisters by blood, you're sisters by choice. And you will wreck anyone that steps to her. Seriously, don't mess with my best.

I'm so fortunate to have a best friend in this world and I know we'll always be there for each other no matter what. Happy National Best Friend's Day to my bestie. Love you, Koko! #TheAdventuresofKokoandJoge

Never One for Neon

What I WoreJulie SaldarriagaComment

Those who know me know that I've never been a huge fan of neon — that is, until this weekend. I've made it my mission to start adding a bit of color to my wardrobe (when I say a bit, I mean for every 10 pieces, only 8 or 9 will be black). Needless to say, my years at Vera Wang in all black have made an impact on me — that and Johnny Cash.

Anway, while shopping at the J.Crew Factory this weekend, I came across this bling with just a subtle touch of neon around the edge. It made me realize that just a hint of color can do the trick. I don't have to look like a popsicle to lighten up for summer.

PS. If you can't find this particular one online or in stores, I also love this "pale guava" version, as well.

instagram.com/thestylishone

Hey Mama!

TSO DIY, HolidayJulie SaldarriagaComment

In honor of Mother's Day yesterday, I wanted to do something fun and special for my mom. My husband and I decided to throw a brunch! I made my favorite French toast recipe (cinnamon French vanilla) with scrambled eggs, fruit salad, and... donut holes! But, we didn't stop there.

We wanted it to be as beautiful as it was yummy so I decided to have some fun with the decor. I found this great template for placemats from The Alison Show and had the design printed as small posters. I also made a trip to one of my guilty pleasure stores, Paper Source. There I found these pretty pink and orange floral toothpicks, a festive banner and metallic silver straws. We also bought some fresh tulips in various shades of pink and a few pink and silver balloons to really make the decor pop! We used the toothpicks to take our donut holes up a notch and used the straws in glasses of mimosas with topped with frozen raspberries. 

Not only was my mom thrilled with the meal, but she was so appreciative of the love we put into the decor. You don't always have to go out to a fancy restaurant to make people feel special. It's the amount of effort you put into holidays that really make them memorable. 

Check out a few more of the photos below and share how you celebrated with us on Twitter or Instagram @TheStylishOne_. We love you, Mom!

LEMONADE 🍋

Julie SaldarriagaComment

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a Beyoncé fan... okay, maybe it's a little beyond that, but I'm going to play it cool in case the Queen, I mean Beyoncé, ever reads this. Her latest visual album, Lemonade was one of the most powerful, emotional, elevated, intense, creative pieces of art I've ever seen. Beyoncé has solidified her place as not only one of the greatest singers of all time, but as one of the greatest artists. This print captures one of the many (many) lyrics I loved and I'm sure there will be more to follow!

Interested in purchasing a high-res print? Email info@thestylishone.com.

New Prints!

PrintsJulie SaldarriagaComment

As a graphic designer and former musician, I love to combine my passions and create art based on my favorite quotes and lyrics. I'm still considering selling some of these. Can't wait to get them up on the walls at home!

TSO Loves: Amanda McCarthy Beauty

BeautyJulie SaldarriagaComment

I was lucky enough to be sent some amazing beauty products from Boston makeup artist, Amanda McCarthy. Not only does Amanda do incredible makeup, but she also creates beauty products that have me hooked. From her creamy matte lipstick and liner to her rich gloss and beautiful blush, I can't get enough!

Where do I begin? I tried each of these products and it's hard to say which one was my favorite. So I'm going to share my thoughts on each one below!

Luxury Matte Lipstick in "Kate"

This ultra-longwear lipstick provides a creamy, matte finish in a variety of flattering shades. I only need a light swipe for super pigmented coverage. The color is a perfect rosy neutral that makes for a great dupe to Kylie Jenner's Candy K lip kit shade. The best part? It's not drying at all and it lasts past my early morning Starbucks sips. It's hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and paraben-free. I can't say enough about this product.

Mineral Matte Blush in "Hush Pink"

There's nothing I love more than that flushed, fresh-from-the-cold look. This cool-toned pop of pink goes well with a variety of makeup looks and can be built up from a clean daytime look to a more dramatic burst for evening. It's soft, pigmented and great for your skin. I love it!

Luxury Lip Gloss in "Sugar Berry"

I am so obsessed with this gloss. Add it on top of your lipstick or wear it alone, either way you'll get a perfect splash of color. I love the shine it provides and how long it lasts. If you had to add one item to your everyday beauty routine, this should be it. I like layering it on top of Amanda's Gel Lip Liner in Naked for a more neutral tone at the office.

Left to Right: Gel Lip Liner in "Naked" | Luxury Matte Lipstick in "Kate" | Luxury Lip Gloss in "Sugar Berry"

Left to Right: Gel Lip Liner in "Naked" | Luxury Matte Lipstick in "Kate" | Luxury Lip Gloss in "Sugar Berry"

Wearing: Gel Lip Liner in "Naked" with Luxury Matte Lipstick in "Kate" 

Wearing: Gel Lip Liner in "Naked" with Luxury Matte Lipstick in "Kate" 

Looking to snag some of these must-haves for yourself? Email Amanda at agwmakeup@yahoo.com.

Contact:  AmandaMccarthyBeauty.com | Facebook | Instagram

Sponsored by AMB Cosmetics. Products approved by Julie Saldarriaga.

Be Anything

InspirationJulie SaldarriagaComment

Many of us bloggers appear to be occupied by sharing the latest trends and taking stylized Instagram photos, but in reality, we are much more than that. We are business women, doctors, lawyers, architects... you name it.

What many of my readers don't realize is that I am actually a senior marketer for a respected B2B data organization. As much as I love beauty, fashion, design and weddings, my true passion is marketing. I find that balancing the more serious side of my career with my blog helps me to obtain a creative spirit. However, working as senior marketer challenges me and pushes me to grow as a strategic business person.

It is exciting and fulfilling and I truly love it. I guess what I want people to know is that you can't judge a book by its cover. Don't ever let someone put you in a box or tell you that you have to choose to be this or you choose to be that. You can do it all. 

I invite you to read my company's blog, NetPerspectives.com and to check out my marketing Twitter handle @JSalMarketing. TSO will always be one of my greatest loves, but it's important for creatives (especially women) to show how multifaceted we can be.

For Ever Favorite

BeautyJulie SaldarriagaComment

I have been using MAKE UP FOR EVER's HD foundation for, well, ever. I've always loved their formula and the buildability it offers. It looks great in person and on camera. A few months back, I purchased their new formula and I'm still obsessed. I have fairly sensitive skin that is prone to both dryness and breakouts so I have to be careful what makeup I choose. This has always been a go-to product for me and has always been great on my skin. 

What's your go-to beauty product? Will it be at the top of your Christmas list?

An Ode to Kelly Kapowski

Julie SaldarriagaComment

This year, our team decided to go as the cast of Saved by the Bell for our company's Halloween party. It was so much fun dressing up as Kelly Kapowski. Ever since I was a little girl, I loved Tiffani Thiessen. Her character on SBTB, Kelly Kapowski, was a symbol to young girls everywhere that brunette is beautiful!

This costume is super simple. I made the sweatshirt, rocked some light skinny jeans, and found white Keds sneakers at Target for $10. It was fun and comfy, too.

Tweet your best Kelly costumes to @TheStylishOne_ using #KellyK. Can't wait to see what you come up with. Happy Halloween!

Review: Rent the Runway

Stylish StuffJulie SaldarriagaComment

Over the past couple of years, my relationship with Rent the Runway has been a bit rocky. I've been sent the wrong dresses, had issues with billing, delivery, etc. However, I truly feel like RTR has improved a great deal and has developed a much stronger experience. Not only is their collection more varied, but their site design and user experience is great and their customer service has blossomed. 

Last year, I was really disappointed when I received the wrong dress for my birthday dinner. I was looking forward to wearing something special and had to spend the entire day at the malls searching for something I wasn't that in love with. This year, however, was very different. I received a beautiful dress from Rent the Runway that I really loved. We had a few bumps in the shipping process, but everything turned out fine.

I think that brands who continue to grow and develop deserve props. I'm excited to see what they come up with next and hope to have many more positive experiences to add to my RTR journey. After all, who doesn't love affordable couture?

Long Hair Don't Care

Julie SaldarriagaComment

For all you brides thinking of wearing your hair down on your wedding day... this one is for you. I can't tell you how many people told me I should wear it up. Traditionally, when it comes to special occasions, up was the way to go. However, if you're like me and never do that in your everyday life, wearing your hair up just feels wrong. I say, go with your gut.

If you're going to let those luscious long locks fly free, you best come prepared. Here are three tips I took away from my Big Day:

Brush it out
I don't care if it's in your clutch, your Maid of Honor's clutch, or taped behind a toilet like the gun they hid for Michael in the Godfather... bring a brush to the reception. I didn't and I suffered the consequences. Only an hour in and the ends of my hair had separated, flattened and gotten a bit messy looking. Taking photos in the rain and wearing sleeves in August may have contributed to that, but a brush would have helped sort everything out. I have to say, the photos were worth it.

Dry it up
Whether it's a mini bottle of dry shampoo spray or a small container of dry shampoo powder, have some handy. Take a moment during dinner to run to the lady's room with your girls and give it a quick refresh. I didn't go to the bathroom once (which, was probably unhealthy now that I think about it) and never looked in a mirror. Needless to say, after a few toasts and a twirl around the dance floor, my fringe fell flat, the hair was separating... it was chaos. Of course, I didn't know until after because I was too busy going "Crazy in Love" to Beyonce on the dance floor. Yes, it's great that I was having so much fun that I forgot about my hair, but a quick flip and fluff wouldn't have killed me. I probably should have gone during the fifth chorus of Apple Bottom Jeans.

Pack the pins
If you have side bangs like I do (or "fringe" as my chic Newbury Street stylist would call it) pack some bobby pins to pin your hair back once the dance party really gets started. It would have taken me all of five seconds and I would have looked a little less like Jennifer Beal dancing to Maniac.

Take a look
If you don't have time to run to the ladies room and feel bad leaving your reception, bring a small compact with a mirror to the reception. At least pretend you're taking a selfie and do a quick fix. Any girl with bangs knows the shake and pat trick. If you don't, take four fingers, shake out your bangs, and then pat them softly into place.

When all is said and done, we had an incredible time. It was so much fun that I didn't even think about my hair. It was the best day ever and yours will be, too. 

The Saldarriagas Take Newport

TSO WeddingJulie SaldarriagaComment

After our wedding Stephen and I drove to Newport, RI for an amazing week of sunshine, seafood, and relaxation. It was one of the most romantic, yet low-key weeks ever and we loved every minute of it. Let's just say, we fell asleep around 8:30 the first two nights from wedding day exhaustion. From great food and cute shops to beautiful views of the harbor and the ocean, it was wonderful.

Stephen surprised me by taking me to an elegant lobster bake and beautiful sunset sail!

Stephen surprised me by taking me to an elegant lobster bake and beautiful sunset sail!

Initially, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to plan a big trip somewhere far away. Although we definitely want to do some traveling in the very near future, we also wanted to be smart with our time and our money. What we assumed would be a little trip, turned out to be perfection.

Our view during our first lunch in Newport.

Our view during our first lunch in Newport.

 

We went to some really great shops including Shore Soap Company and ate at several restaurants along the harbor. One of our favorite places was our morning spot, The Coffee Grinder at the end of Bannister's Wharf. The owner was super friendly and the array of baked goods and coffee drinks was beyond impressive... but a small iced mocha was my favorite.

To end our week of trips to the beach, drinks by the pool, sailing and exploring Cliff Walk, we had dinner at the breathtaking Castle Hill Inn. It was a very special restaurant with gorgeous views and impeccable food. It was like a movie. We couldn't have had a more romantic end to such a special week. 

My advice to New England brides getting married in the summer... go to Newport. It is easily accessible; there is a variety hotels and inns at multiple price points; there is so much to do and it is truly stunning. What we saved on airfare and travel insurance (August is hurricane season in many places) we spent on having fun and saving for a home. So, break the rules, do what's right for you, and enjoy every minute!

Sneak Peek from Sweet Lady Jane Photography

Weddings, TSO WeddingJulie SaldarriagaComment

On August 15, 2015 I became Mrs. Julie Saldarriaga! I can't even begin to describe how incredibly special our wedding day was. It truly was the outward expression of love from each person in the room that made it so unforgettably perfect. We could not have done anything with the support of our family and friends, specifically my parents, Michael and Phyllis and our Maid of Honor, Korinne. So many people helped to make our dream come true, including our fantastic team of vendors.

One sweet lady who we want to give a shout-out to is our photographer, Katie Hammond of Sweet Lady Jane Photography. Her patience, vision, and heart made us feel so at ease. She captured our day so beautifully. Although we haven't seen the full collection of images just yet (trust me, there is a lot for her to get through!), this sneak peek really touched our hearts. We hope you love it, too.

"Stephen and Julie's Sneak Peek"

I look forward to sharing more photos, inside details, how-tos, and stories from our Big Day. Here's to the next chapter!