Channel Your Inner Mermaid This Summer

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Happy summer, lovelies!

Every year around this time I’ve made it a tradition to celebrate the season by attending the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. The 34th annual parade went down on Saturday and I had an absolute blast!

This time around, I sported a comfort-chic mermaid look rather than going full mermaid with a full costume tail, wig and the whole nine yards.

Even though I wasn’t in full garb like many other merfolk, I got a ton of compliments on my mer-OOTD – especially my shoes!

Teva Universal

I wore my new Teva Original Universal Iridescent sandals in Deep Teal. Featuring reflective materials and a cool flash of color (like a mermaid tail!), these party-ready shoes take a classic style into new realms of glam. They were soooo comfy as I was running around the boardwalk (and in the sand) all day. I can already tell that these babies are going to be my go-to summer sandal this season!

To complete my outfit, I scooped up both my fun mermaid scale leggings and “Part Time Mermaid” tank on Amazon. Highly recommended for anyone who loves to live the #mermaidlife!

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Shopping for Summer with People StyleWatch Mag

People StyleWatch

Is there anything more fun than shopping for summer?

My friends at People StyleWatch mag invited me on a blogger shopping trip to the amazing Tanger Outlets on Long Island last weekend. They didn’t have to ask me twice!

A bunch of my fav fellow bloggers and I all received a $250 Tanger Outlets gift card and a challenge to put together a summer look with our #TangerFinds!

Spoiler alert: I ended up falling in love with a summer-perfect clutch, crab coin purse, and white retro sunnies at Kate Spade. I mean… you can’t properly complete an outfit without the accessories, right?

We all had such a blast! Watch below to see all the fun that went down that day:

Celebrating Equality and Diversity on International Women’s Day

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Happy International Women’s Day, ladies!

If you follow me on social, you may have noticed Martinis and Mascara has been in the news recently. I’m very proud of this coverage in particular because of the message behind it.

Early last week, I ended up in this Seventeen mag article celebrating Target’s #NoFOMO campaign. This campaign is all about banishing body shame and not being afraid of missing out on life’s awesome activities because of our insecurities. I was immediately sold on the idea when I was first approached to partner with Target on this. I posed in my bathing suit (it’s this one, btw!) in the snow to show girls of all shapes and sizes that they shouldn’t be afraid of showing off their bodies!

The Daily Mail also covered the #NoFOMO campaign, continuing to spread awareness of this awesome trend. I’m thrilled to be part of this movement and I have heard so many positive comments from those who have been inspired to embrace their bodies because of this conversation. I think it’s an important one for women to embrace who they are (inside and out) and not apologize for being a certain size. I’ve embraced who I am – and let me tell you – it feels awesome.

With that, I want to make something very clear. Being pro “curve” or “plus” or “voluptuous” or whatever we want to call it, does not mean that I am anti-thin. (Just like being a feminist does not mean you’re anti-men, it means you believe women deserve equal treatment. No more, no less.)

When I say I’m celebrating all bodies – I mean all bodies. ALL WOMEN should be free to feel comfortable in their own skin and experience life to the fullest without fear of judgement from others. And just because I’m a busty size 12, that doesn’t mean I can’t celebrate my smaller chested skinny friends. Skinny shaming is just as bad as fat shaming. We are all beautiful and we need to lift each other up.

Speaking of which, if you’re in need of a confidence boost, I encourage you to read this recent Huffington Post piece on what real women say gives them confidence. In it, I share some of my tips for keeping my self-esteem levels in check. (Spoiler alert: My strategy involves talking to myself. I promise it works.)

Lastly, on this International Women’s Day, I encourage everyone to take a good long look in the mirror and tell yourself you’re fucking beautiful. Because you are.

Playing Hair Model for Christian Siriano with Sebastian Professional

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In case you missed it, I got to play hair model for Christian Siriano’s NYFW hair test last week! I got an exclusive sneak peek at the look in real time when hair designer Anthony Cole taught the Sebastian Professional Top Artist team how to create this epic look using my hair.

Christian Siriano’s FW’16 collection credits artist Sheila Hicks’ “Art of the Yarn” exhibit as inspiration. The designer became inspired by the different techniques of knitting and weaving in fabrications.

Following Christian’s inspiration, Anthony mirrored his vision with a unique braided look, creating an androgynous style with a touch of softness.

“I wanted the style to emulate Christian’s collection and vision. We added the androgynous feel with the hard part, but kept the look soft using braids. The back is feminine, keeping the softness throughout the style,” Anthony said.

Christian Siriano Hair NYFW

Here’s how he did it:

  1. On damp hair, mist Sebastian Trilliant, then apply Sebastian Mousse Forte; blow dry clean and straight.
  2. Take an off-centered section starting from half inch to 1 inch past the crown of the head and tuck it away. On the left side, starting from the temple, take a diagonal section all the way from the temple to the nape of the neck and tuck away.
  3. Brush the remaining hair into a side part and put into a temporary ponytail while creating your 2-strand braid at the part and at the temple using Sebastian Eruptek.
  4. Fasten both braids at the bottom, leaving them loose.
  5. Remove temporary ponytail and brush hair, as if you would pony everything together (including the 2 braids). Then take 4-strand sections making a woven 4-strand braid all the way through and fasten at the bottom.
  6. Rub Sebastian Eruptek onto the braid and open it up and achieve explosive texture and expansive volume in the look. Make the braid flat and wide to give it a woven, dry look. Finish with Sebastian Zero-Gravity and over lay Sebastian Shine Shaker for a soft shine.

And here’s the finished look in action on the runway!

Christian Siriano NYFW

Obsessed.

Ring in the New Year with $20.16 Dresses from Rent the Runway

Procrastinating on your NYE outfit? Never fear! There is still time to shop Rent the Runway in time for the big night! And now is the perfect time since RTR is featuring $20.16 pricing on dozens of styles right now! Once a year they discount select dresses to help make your New Year’s Eve look as dazzling as possible. From sparkly jackets and glittery gems to slinky dresses and tailored tops, you’ll find so many fun styles — all priced at $20.16!

Whether you’re attending a close-knit cocktail party with friends or a blow-out bash with hundreds of strangers, here are a few looks that will definitely ensure you stand out on New Year’s Eve like the fabulous fashionista you are:

Carmen Marc Valvo Botanical Berry Dress

Carmen Marc Valvo NYE

Halston Heritage Little Black Jumpsuit

Halston Heritage NYE

Rebecca Taylor Off Cobalt Dress

Rebecca Taylor NYE

You still have time to shop these and more to reserve your New Year’s look. But you’ll definitely want to hurry. These styles sell out fast! And remember, new customers get 20% off their first rental when they use the code FIRSTRTR20P at checkout. Happy renting!