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Behind the Scenes with Revlon

May 17, 2012
tags: , , , campaign, cat eye, cat makeup, claire bayley, , , , , , patrick butler, , , , , sarah silver, , ,
by Sonia

I have some very exciting news to share with all of you that I’ve had to keep tippy top secret until now! Earlier this week I headed into the studio with Glamour and Revlon (!!) to shoot an advertisement that will come out in October!

Makeup artist Claire Bayley gave me an amazing cat eye (how fitting, right?!) and orangey red stained lips, while hair stylist Greg Bitterman emphasized my natural waves by taming out the gross frizz that comes with this season’s humidity. Then it was onto the set with the amazing photographer Sarah Silver who not only made me totally comfortable in front of the camera (sometimes I get nervous) but she also had me meowing and hissing in between shots. Purr-fect! I also went outside with street style photographer, Patrick Butler, but since it was raining we got to hide out in this cool furniture store while simultaneously doing some shopping! Suffice it to say - I had an amazing time!

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the day. A huge thank you to Glamour, Revlon, and the entire team for covering up my pimple and making this one of the funnest days yet!

I call this the Louis XIV meets Marilyn Monroe

One of the final looks

After shoot treat!

DIY: Tom Binns Painted Swarovski Jewelry

April 3, 2012
tags: , craft, crystal, , do it yourself, , , make it yourself, , necklaces, , painted, , , , , where can i buy
by Sonia

I’ve mentioned it a zillion times and I’ll mention it again: I Love Tom Binns. No, not the man himself (never met him), but his jewelry is hands down my favorite on the planet. He has a series of different collections - you’ve all seen me getting serious wear out of his safety pin bracelets - but it’s his painted swarovski crystal collections that have recently tied down my fickle eye.

Now, these beauties you see above are a bit steep for my bank account (they range between $600-$2,200) so I took matters into my own hands. I bought a bunch of cheap “crystal” necklaces, rummaged through my extensive nail polish collection for some bright colors, sat down in front of the tv and painted my very own Tom Binns inspired necklaces (and earrings!).

Jump on the DIY wagon and do it too! Here’s how:


  • Cheap crystal necklaces you won’t mind painting (try this one or this one)
  • Nail polish - preferably in bright neon colors

  • Pick your colors and get painting! Try not to get too much on each crystal and keep a steady hand. Second coat is optional, though I prefer it.

  • Let your colorful jewels dry!

  • Wear them in every ridiculous way possible.

On Packing for a Weekend

March 22, 2012
tags: guide, , , packing, packing tips, , , , washington dc. blogger deals,
by Sonia

In the past I’ve been known to be quite the over-packer, stuffing as much as I possibly can into every nook and cranny of my suitcase(s). Well, not any more. Packing is an art, and it takes some serious narrowing down skills to be able to bring “only what you need,” a statement I personally hate. What if there’s a torrential downpour and everything floods and you didn’t pack your rain boots — something you definitely “need” but not an item on a typical packing list. But I’m getting off topic here, as this post is supposed to be about packing for a quick weekend getaway; so onto that…

This weekend I’m heading to DC to visit my brother and I’ve been scratching my noggin wondering what to bring. Packing for a weekend is significantly more difficult than packing for 4-14 days. All those options you swear you’ll wear as you use all your muscle to zip that suitcase closed never actually get worn and you’re stuck lugging around a heavy suitcase for no reason. Not good. So, in the likelihood that many of you will be packing up your cutest weekend tote in the near future, I’ve broken down my short-trip packing routine into a few necessary steps to hopefully make your life easier.

  1. Always make a list. Always. And put everything on there. This will force you to sit down and think about all the things you’ll be doing while away - fancy dinners, city walking, hula hooping, etc.
  2. Color-coordinate your clothes. I can’t stress this enough. If you keep within a basic color palette then you’ll have 10 times more flexibility in interchanging pieces than if you bring cookie-cutter outfits.
  3. Accessories! Bring them. They take up no room and take an outfit from 6 to midnight. Boing boing!
  4. Pick a fun travel bag! It just makes packing more exciting.
  5. Bring something new. This could be anything from a new pair of shoes to a new toothbrush - but it seriously makes such a difference when you unpack and have something new to bust out. I’ll never forget when I had a new retainer to wear while on an outdoor ed trip in middle school - scored me major cool points…just kidding. It scored me a lisp, but now I have straight teeth so take that suckers!

Birkin Bardot

March 6, 2012
tags: bardot, , beauty blogger, brigit, brigitte bardot, cat eyes, cosmetics, , get the look, guide, hermes, , jane birkin, , , , serge gainsbourg,
by Sonia

My two biggest beauty icons - Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot - have two entirely different looks and yet they both managed to attract the same man, Serge Gainsbourg.

What does it mean!? 

To avoid any sort of Freudian rants, I’m just going to cut out the psychological part of this post and get straight to the beauty inspiration.

Let’s start with Mademoiselle Birkin.

Ah, natural and effortless beauty at it’s finest. Wearing next to no makeup, Jane Birkin always managed to look like a doe eyed flower child, and I’m pretty sure she traveled around with her own personal sun ray machine — seriously, is there ever a picture of her not glowing?

Her look is my go-to for lazy Sundays (when I’m not hungover) and my everyday routine once I’ve got a solid summer tan going on. To replicate her look I use a bit of Benefit’s Moon Beam on my cheekbones, the corners of my eyes and a bit on the bridge of my nose. I then put mascara (I like DiorShow) onto my lashes and give them a good comb through once its applied. After that I do a quick shaping of my brows, put a smidge of Rosebud Salve on my lips and run a little of Bumble and Bumble’s Brilliantine through my hair for shine. This is definitely more of a daytime look, but it really never fails.

Now onto my favorite vixen, Brigitte Bardot.

You may remember my little hommage to Brigitte last summer where I replicated her signature cat-eye makeup, voluminous updo and exaggerated pout. As I said then, her look is not one for everyday wear, but I love breaking it out for dressed up dinners, events, and nights out on the town.

It’s all about “more is more” when it comes to replicating the Bardot look. I always make sure to line my eyes multiple times with a jetblack eyeliner (I like MAC’s Liquid Liner for cat eyes and Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon for everything else) before applying a ridiculous amount of MAC’s Haute & Naughty Mascara. After that I make sure to apply some shimmer to my cheekbones with NARS Illuminator  and color to my lips - this can range from the brightest red in my cosmetics case to a subtle pink gloss. Then I add some oomph to my hair  by teasing my roots with Fekkai’s Coiff Spray. Et voila! Maintenant attendre Monsieur Gainsbourg! 

Who are your beauty icons?

»· DIY : Polka Dot Nails ·«

June 28, 2011
tags: at home minx nails, , festive nails, , how to do polka dot nails, minx nails, polka dot nails, ,
by Sonia

If I had it my way I would get a Minx manicure every two weeks, but I just can’t justify spending that much money on nails especially when I’m more than capable of creating some pretty looney looks on my own! Polka dots have become my most recent nail obsession and you won’t even believe how easy they are to achieve at home! Just three steps and you’re done!

You will need:

  • 1 Dark Nail Polish (I prefer to use this as the base)
  • 1 Light Nail Polish (the lighter the better for polka dots!)
  • 1 Toothpick or Wooden Skewer
  • Top Coat

1. Starting with the darker color (I’m using Zoya Nail Polish in “Caitlin“) give yourself a regular manicure with two coats of polish. Allow to dry.

2. Using the lighter color (I’m using Sephora by OPI polish in “IM Beauty“), dip** the tip of the toothpick or wooden skewer into the polish and lightly dab little dots onto each nail (I usually go for about 5-8 dots). Allow to dry.

**Careful not to get too much on the toothpick or else you’ll wind up with giant dollops!

3. Apply top coat and let dry.

Boom! You’ve got yourself some festive polky-dot nails!