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.

Martinis and Mascara Blogiversary Celebration Cocktail: The Ruby Drop

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Time flies when you’re having fun!

I seriously can’t believe it’s been four entire years now since I first launched Martinis and Mascara.

Thank you all so much for reading and following in this journey of mine! I could not do this without my amazing followers and friends, so cheers to all of you reading this who have made this possible for me. I’m raising a glass to you today!

To further commemorate this momentous occasion, I propose a toast with one of my favorite martinis – the Ruby Drop! This shimmering red ‘tini features my fav new liqueur, Viniq. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to kick off the Martinis and Mascara blogiversary celebration.

This Ruby Drop tastes like red berries with a hint of citrus that finishes smooth and makes for a perfect combination after a long day of workin’ it. Or in my case, 4 years of workin’ it. 😉

Won’t you join me in raising a glass? Read on below for details on how to whip up your own!

Ruby Drop

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Viniq Ruby
  • 1.5 oz. New Amsterdam® Citron Vodka
  • .75 oz. lemon juice
  • .5 oz. triple sec

Instructions:

Pour vodka, lemon, and triple sec into a shaker, shake with ice. Strain into a martini glass and enjoy.

This delish cocktail recipe marks the first of many blogiversary posts over the next week, so stay tuned for much more celebrating. In the meantime, cheers!

[This post was sponsored by Viniq, but all opinions are my own.]

Girl Scout Cookie and Wine Pairings

The season is here! And no, I’m not talking about Fashion Week season this time. It’s Girl Scout cookie season, folks.

Naturally, I love pairing Girl Scout cookies with wine. (Samoas and bubbles for the win!)

My friends at Mode do too, so they put together this handy video that illustrates the best wines to pair with your Girl Scout cookies.

Watch and learn! This is important. 😉


[This post was sponsored by Mode Media, but all opinions are my own.]

Wear This/Drink That: Ruby Romance

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day, lovelies! 

In honor of this momentous occasion, I’m serving up another sweet pairing on the blog. As you all know, I’m a proud member of the #ViniqSquad and am thrilled to share some more delicious drink ideas featuring this unique shimmery liqueur.

One of the things I love about Viniq is that is tastes amazing by itself, so mixing up a cocktail with it is incredibly easy. The “Ruby Romance” is effortless and so appropriate for Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re sipping these over Galentine’s Day brunch or pre-gaming before heading out for date night, this sweet drink is a must for this weekend’s festivities.

Per usual, I’ve whipped up a makeup look that pairs perfectly with this romantic concoction. Read on for deets on how to create both!   

Wear This: Glitter Lips

Viniq Ruby Inspired lip step by step

Inspired by the glimmering red Viniq Ruby, this statement making lip takes the classic red lip one step further. Start by creating a solid base with your fav red lipstick. (I always do foundation all over my lips followed by powder before adding any lip product for extra staying power!) For this particular look, a liquid lippie makes it a little easier. Next apply loose red glitter directly to the lip. If you press the glitter into the liquid lipstick before it dries, it won’t budge. If you want a little extra staying power, you can seal the deal with a lip sealing product. Voila!

Drink That: Ruby Romance

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Viniq® Ruby Shimmery Liqueur
  • Fill with Strawberry Moscato
  • Simple Syrup
  • Edible Glitter Dust or Colored Sugar

Directions:

Dip rim of Champagne flute in simple syrup (water works too, in a pinch!) and then lightly in glitter/sugar. Pour 1 oz Viniq Ruby into bottom of a Champagne flute. Fill with to the top with your fav Moscato (I used Barefoot). Ta-da!

Thirsty for more? Take a peek at the below video to see what Viniq Ruby’s shimmer looks like in action! And be sure to check out Viniq.com for more info and awesome recipes.