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TSO Loves: Amanda McCarthy Beauty

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

What's In a Name?

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Anyone who knows me well knows that I waited a long time to be a “DiGiovine,” which is my mother’s maiden name. It is a connection to my Papa and to my family. It is a name that has so much meaning to me and for a long time, I thought it was what made me who I was. It was what made me feel like I belonged. 

Changing my name to DiGiovine symbolized freedom. It symbolized breaking away from a difficult past and a biological father who was never a father. My Papa didn’t live to see me change my name to DiGiovine, but it was something we talked about all the time and I know he was there with me when I did. 

When I got engaged, people asked me what I was going to do about my name. I was 100% sure I wanted to be Julie Saldarriaga. What I wasn’t sure about was my middle name. On one hand, I wanted to keep DiGiovine and was afraid of not having it anymore. On the other hand, I love Marie and it is the name my mother gave me. It is her confirmation name and my best friend’s middle name, too. It's very special to me.

People asked if I was going to keep DiGiovine and kept reminding me of the struggle I went through and the years of pain I endured. It made me feel like a bad person for not incorporating DiGiovine. It made me feel like I was going to let my Papa down and my family, or that I would lose myself somehow. So, a week after the wedding, I decided to take it as my middle name. Then, I got the social security card in the mail but something didn’t feel right... I've always been Julie Marie.

As much as I cherish DiGiovine, I need to move forward knowing that I belong no matter what my name is and that my family loves me no matter what. And my advice to other brides struggling with this issue, follow your heart. Your family will love you regardless of what your name is.

Being part of a blended family means loving many different names. Saldarriaga, DiGiovine, Moniz, Robertson, McGrath, Lyons, Kalinowski, Shea, Cano, Arruda, Estrada, Peleaz… these are all the last names of family members that I love. In fact, since I was 12, my true father has been my step-father, Michael J. Moniz. This just goes to show you, that even though we don’t all share the same name, we are all connected.  

I need to start fresh and continue to build our family with my husband. And I realized that I will always be a DiGiovine no matter what any piece of paper says. When I tell my children about my name and my family, they will know DiGiovine and they will love and respect it just as much as I do. They will know all about their great-grandfather, Salvatore (“the Italian you’ll never forget”) and the story of what their mother went through to have his last name. 

DiGiovine will always be a symbol of love, family, and my Italian heritage, which is very important to me. It is love and a heroic symbol of my grandfather and the family that came before him. It will always be my maiden name and something that I cherish as part of me. 

So, it’s time for a new chapter… one with the man I love more than anything. One that includes all the people in my family that I love so much. So, today, on our one month anniversary, I became Julie Marie Saldarriaga. 

DiGiovine means “son of young” and one of my grandfather and I's favorite songs to sing in the car would be Forever Young by Rod Stewart. He would always tell me that’s how he felt about me and I know in my heart that he would be proud. I know that he would want me to move forward with no regrets.

It was an honor to be Julie DiGiovine and it always will be. “Whatever road you choose, I’m right behind you, win or lose.” Forever young, forever DiGiovine.

- Julie Marie Saldarriaga

Long Hair Don't Care

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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

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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

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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!

Glass Glitter Wine Cork Place Card Holders

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I was originally inspired by gold sparkling place card holders made by Kara Lamerato of Kara's Vineyard Wedding when I was looking for decor for my rehearsal dinner. We were having the dinner at an Italian restaurant in Boston and I thought something like the cork holders I saw would be perfect. I loved the concept, but was running short on time and really wanted to make something myself. So, I decided to DIY!

My amazing calligrapher Kate Yenrick had already created these beautiful place cards for me. All I needed was the holders. I didn't have enough time (or enough corks) to chisel out the wine cork myself. So, I took to Etsy to get the base. 

Then, I purchased some fabulous glass glitter from Michael's. I chose to go with a more champagne tone rather than a yellow gold. This made the glitter look like shattered glass and gave it a really modern effect. Here are the steps I followed:

1. Line your area with paper or cardboard. You want to be able to drip glue and spill glitter without worrying. 

2. While avoiding the slit of the cork, paint a thin layer in decoupage glue (I used Martha Stewart's Crafts Decoupage) onto the cork.

3. Dip your cork in a plate full of the glass glitter. Then, gently tap the bottom of the cork to remove any extra glitter.

4. Let the corks dry until the glitter is somewhat stiff. Then, add a second thin layer of decoupage glue to seal the glitter and you're done!

Creating something special for our rehearsal dinner was so fulfilling. Our wedding party loved them and it really added a personal touch to the night before our Big Day. Cin Cin!

Bach Party Weekend

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My beautiful sash from my MOH made by Hop Studio on Etsy!

My beautiful sash from my MOH made by Hop Studio on Etsy!

This weekend, my fiancé and I celebrated our bachelor/bachelorette party with members of our wedding party. It was the most memorable weekend ever! Sure, some may disagree, but for us, experiencing the weekend together was super special! Here are my top 3 reasons why you should consider a "bach" party with the bride and groom-to-be!

My Maid of Honor setup her room to be "Bach Party Headquarters" and it was so fun!

My Maid of Honor setup her room to be "Bach Party Headquarters" and it was so fun!

1. The more the merrier
It was so fun getting the chance to spend the entire weekend with our wedding party in Maine this past weekend! We had some amazing meals, enjoyed time at the beach, and went out dancing. On Saturday, the guys went go karting and out for a few beers, while the girls did some shopping and relaxed on the beach.  We then piled in a large taxi and headed to Portsmouth for an incredible dinner and a night of dancing! There was so much laughter and we loved celebrating with everyone together. 

We had so much fun celebrating with both the guys and girls!

We had so much fun celebrating with both the guys and girls!

2. Best of both worlds
My fiancé and I really wanted to spend time with both sides of the party, so this was a perfect solution. This was the first time we were all able to go away as a group, which was really cool. Our wedding party was able to bond and we had the opportunity to spend time with each person. Our Best Man lives out of state and is in the military, so unfortunately, he wasn't able to make it, but our Maid of Honor, our bridesmaid, and both of our groomsmen were there for the festivities and it was a blast!

3. Better together
When my fiancé and I talked about what we wanted to do for our bachelor and bachelorette parties, we realized that many of the activities were the same. Plus, we've been together for so many years that we really prefer to experience things together. We wanted to go to the beach, indulge in great food, and spend time with the people we love... so that's exactly what we did. Now, we'll have these memories for years to come!

The bachelorette and her bachelor ready for a night out on the town.

The bachelorette and her bachelor ready for a night out on the town.

Thanks to our incredible Maid of Honor (who organized the entire weekend) and amazing wedding party, we had the best weekend of our lives. At the end of the day, you have to remember, do you. Don't give in to pressure to stick to the conventional. Throughout this process, we've been doing what feels right for us, and it's been an unforgettable journey. 

Here are some more fun pics from our Bach Party Weekend:

Super cute bridal party shirts that our MOH had made for the girls!

Super cute bridal party shirts that our MOH had made for the girls!

Had to take a selfie with my beautiful bridesmaid.

Had to take a selfie with my beautiful bridesmaid.

My MOH knows I love a good margarita.

My MOH knows I love a good margarita.

Proof of a successful party weekend!

Proof of a successful party weekend!

TSO Loves: Natalie Shafie

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Image courtesy of NatalieShafieMakeup.com

Image courtesy of NatalieShafieMakeup.com

As any good Stylish One knows, makeup is a key part of your bridal look. With all eyes on you, and hundreds of photos being taken, it's important that you look and feel your best. I was fortunate enough to find a makeup artist who not only understands the various elements of bridal makeup (weather hazards, flash bulbs, etc.), but also wanted to truly understand my vision... meet, Natalie Shafie!  

The moment I met Natalie Shafie, I knew she would be the makeup artist for me. She came directly to my home, had an amazing toolkit and even brought her fancy makeup chair. She listened intently, was willing to make adjustments, and was so easy to talk to. I loved the advice she had to offer and the insight she had into the whole wedding makeup process. As a fellow beauty junky, I knew we'd make a perfect match.

I recently did a fun Q&A session with Natalie where she shared some incredible insider tips and advice for brides. Check out what our Big Day Beauty Guru had to say:

How long have you been doing makeup professionally? 
I have been in the makeup industry for 12 years.  I started working for MAC Cosmetics in 2003 and I worked for the company for about 8 years. During my years with MAC, I was constantly inspired by the artists that I worked with. And with Pinterest and Instagram I am still getting inspired. It's not just makeup that I follow to get my creative juices flowing... I love photography, fashion, art and music. The type of makeup artistry I do ranges from commercial and production work to editorial, photo shoots, and of course... weddings. 

What is your favorite part of a wedding?
I love going on location on a bride's wedding day and being a part of the whole "getting ready" process. Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life and being around that energy is amazing. There is so much excitement in the air!

What should a bride do to prepare before her trial? 
Get on Pinterest and create a board with bridal makeup looks that you love and inspire you so you can show your makeup artist what style you're going for. Exfoliate your skin the night before and make sure you are consistently hydrating. During the trial, I do offer suggestions, but I want to get a feel of what you envision for your wedding day. It's definitely a collaboration and a bride should look like the absolute best version of herself.

What is one thing that you wish all your brides knew to do for their skin before their Big Day?
In the months leading up to the wedding, I recommend regular facials. I love microdermabrasion, It gives your skin a beautiful glow. But definitely stop all facials 3 weeks before your wedding day. Also, Drinking 2-3 liters of water daily makes a huge difference in the way your skin looks and in the way you feel. Makeup looks so much better on skin that is hydrated and exfoliated. Lastly, one of the key things to do is to perfect your brows. Get them shaped professionally and maintain them. Brows frame your face and are so important! 

Do you have a go-to beauty product you love to use on brides? 
I have many ! I love to hydrate and prep the skin with Lait-Crème Concentrè and Radiant Eye by Embryolisse. These are cult favorites among makeup artists. I also can't live without TEMPTU airbrush system. It really makes skin look flawless. 

What beauty trends are you seeing for this season's weddings? 
I'm not big into trends, I like to do timeless looks. You should be able to look at your wedding pics 10 or 20 years from now and think your makeup looks gorgeous. I love glowing, radiant skin and luscious lashes using individual false lashes. A thin slightly winged out black liquid or gel liner is a look that will never go out of style.

What is your biggest bridal "don't" before the wedding? 
I know weddings are a time for celebration... and celebrations call for lots of alcohol. However, I think brides should be mindful of the amount of alcohol they consume at their rehearsal dinner. I have seen the negative effects that alcohol has on the skin after having a few too many glasses of champagne the night before the wedding. Have one and refill your flute with seltzer water. Trust me, you will look and feel better the next day. Also, no brow waxing up to a week before the wedding and no facials or chemical peels up to three weeks before the wedding. 

If a bride could only have three items in her bag during her wedding what would they be?  
A makeup touchup kit is important. I always suggest having your lip combination (lip liner, lipstick, and lipgloss) blot powder to keep shine at bay, and lash glue. 

Needless to say, I will be following all of Natalie's great advice and can't wait for her to do my makeup for the most special day of my life. I know my mom and my girls are going to love her, too and I can't wait to show you our Big Day beauty looks!

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Waitress the Musical

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The TSO office is buzzing this morning! We just got tickets to previews of Waitress at the A.R.T. in Cambridge next month! One of our favorites, Grammy winner, Sara Bareilles has written the score and we can't wait to check it out. Stay tuned for our review. I'm sure it will be an incredible show.

Dallas by Benefit

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There's something wonderful about finding a perfect beauty product. When I met Dallas by Benefit Cosmetics, I was hooked! There is something so beautiful about the plum undertones and the subtle touch of shimmer. It's a great summer look that won't leave you too orange, but gives a nice sun-kissed radiance to the skin.

What's your go-to bronzer? Tweet @TheStylishOne_ or leave a comment on Intagram.com/TheStylishOne_!

A fun little snapshot of Dallas by Benefit in action for our summer date night! 

A fun little snapshot of Dallas by Benefit in action for our summer date night!