#HappyHour: A Guide to a Blissful Life


While I love to blog about the fun things in life (read: cocktails and cosmetics), I think there are other essentials worth talking about.

I have a generally sunny disposition and try to take an enthusiastic, optimistic approach to life. Guilty. People often ask me what I’m smiling about or how I manage to “stay so happy all the time.” I usually joke and blame it on all the caffeine or my Disney princess training. But the truth is, it’s something I work at every single day. A few years ago, right around the time I launched Martinis and Mascara, I set out on a soul-searching mission and decided to put my happiness first, to not let anyone or anything else control it, despite other obstacles I was facing at the time. And it’s not always easy.

I’m well aware that life isn’t always sunshine and lollipops (and martinis and mascara).  There are endless elements in this world attempting to drag you down. That’s why I find self care, emotional health maintenance, and attending to your personal well-being of utmost importance. I think it is necessary to get your mind right and to choose happiness. To chase it, to create it, to cherish it, and to take charge of it. And I want you to do it with me.

I believe that your happy hours are just as important as your happy hours.  

And so, I’m introducing a new recurring feature on the blog – #HappyHour. I’ll be sharing advice, support, thought-starters, ideas, and inspiration to guide you on the path to your most blissful life. It’s something I practice in my own life every day on my personal mission to harness happiness and never let it go. If you are ready to create your happiest selves, I invite you to join me at #HappyHour. We can do this together! I’ve been wanting to write this for a while now and couldn’t think of a better time to debut this new feature than on this International Day of Happiness.

Cheers to martinis, mascara, and the pursuit of happiness! See you at the next #HappyHour! ;)

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Festive Cocktails from Ketel One Vodka


Vodka may not be Irish, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to drink it today.

If you are also on #TeamVodka and seeking a little St. Patrick’s Day cocktail inspiration, look no further! Read on for a handful of festive concoctions from my friends over at Ketel One.

These green goodies are perfect for you to whip up today. Or tomorrow. Or the next day. I think St. Patrick’s Day is more like a lifestyle than a day on the calendar, ya know? ;)


Ketel and a Pull
1 oz Ketel One® Oranje Flavored Vodka
.5 oz Bailey’s
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Build in a pint glass, top with Guinness, and garnish with a rosemary branch.

White Irish
1 oz Ketel One® Citroen Flavored Vodka
.5 oz Green Creme de Menthe
.5 oz Simple Syrup
2 oz Cream

Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a mint leaf.

Irish Martini
1.25 oz Ketel One® Vodka
.25 oz Dry Vermouth

Rinse glass with Irish Whiskey. Stir, strain, then garnish with a lemon twist.

Leprechaun Leap
1 oz Ketel One® Vodka
.5 oz Ginger Liqueur
.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
.50 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 Kiwi (Peeled)

Muddle kiwi in glass. Shake and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with kiwi slice.

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Experience the Perfect Haircut at Rossano Ferretti Hairspa

Rossano Ferretti

It’s only fitting that I spent my Valentine’s Day with Rossano Ferretti because he truly loves his craft.

The master stylist, although he’s rather under the radar in the U.S., is arguably the world’s most exclusive hairdresser. To give you an idea of his prestige, Rossano’s clientele includes a certain Royal Duchess and her sister… along with a slew of Hollywood A-listers like Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie, and Sophia Loren. As one of the most coveted hairdressers, Rossano cuts hair for only a select group of loyal clients from around the world. One of his newest clients? Me!

Rossano is renowned for creating “The Method,” a signature beauty concept that works to maximize the individual beauty of each individual client; cutting the hair so it falls naturally and effortlessly around one’s face.

“I’m against trends. To sell trends is easy,” Rossano told me at the brand’s New York Flagship on Madison Ave.  “To personalize beauty is the real matter.”

His signature concept has rendered him one of the most respected names in beauty on a global scale. Having spent years on end refining his unique philosophy and technique, The Method is considered revolutionary not only by his loyal clients who swear by it, but also by beauty aficionados and the hair industry worldwide.

I was fortunate enough to experience this mastery first hand on Rossano’s recent trip to New York during fashion week. I can personally attest that this man truly knows what he’s talking about.

His haircuts are almost like a dance, like a fluid full rotation of the body rather than just a chop of the scissors. The haircutting shears are just an extension of his hand during the dance used to carve a unique shape. He does not use traditional geometric partings, but cuts in a more organic way, paying close attention to the way the hair naturally falls. It was really fascinating and like nothing I’ve experienced before. I was actually quite stunned at his ability to take away so much hair while creating the illusion that I actually have more.

“I’m known for inventing the ‘invisible haircut,’” he said. “Women will come to us with chopped hair or a classic bob and when we cut their hair, they say, ‘Finally, I am free. Before I just had a haircut, but now I truly feel beautiful.’ There is a big different between cutting someone’s hair and making them feel beautiful.”


Mission accomplished. I walked out of there feeling completely transformed – more beautiful and confident than I can remember feeling in a long time. At Rossano’s suggestion, I also changed up my color at the salon with the help of master colorist Miranda Shaffer. She toned down some of the orange and pink tones I had left in my hair and created more of a warm, rich auburn rather than the bright pinky-red I’ve been sporting recently. I love it.

I highly recommend a visit to a Rossano Ferretti Hairspa. And if you don’t live in New York, don’t worry! Rossano has over 20 namesake salons around the globe in locations including London, Paris, Beverly Hills, Rome, Beijing and Milan. Now I want to visit them all!

[Disclosure: I received complimentary services for this post, but that in no way alters my opinion of the experience.]

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Fifty Shades of Grey Inspired Cocktails

Confession: Fifty Shades of Grey is one of my many guilty pleasures.

(Of course, I was totally on team Matt Bomer during casting, but I still enjoyed the movie and think Jamie Dornan pulled it off.)

In honor of this hit box office sensation, I’m sharing some of my fav Fifty Shades themed cocktails, featuring the delicious Sauza Tequila!

Spicy Passion

Berry Twist

  • 2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 1 part Cruzan® Passion Fruit Rum
  • 2 parts fresh orange juice
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 1-3 dashes Tabasco® Sauce
  • Lemon wheel (for garnish)
  • Raspberries (for garnish)

Preparation: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel and berries.  

The Elevator Ride

The Elevator Ride

  • 2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 1 part DeKuyper® Pomegranate Schnapps Liqueur
  • 2 parts grapefruit juice
  • 1 part club soda
  • 1 lemon wheel (for garnish)

Preparation: Build over ice in a glass in this order: pour tequila, grapefruit juice and club soda and stir to combine. Now pour the pomegranate liqueur over the top (it will work its way down). Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Inner Goddess 

Inner Goddess

  • 2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 1 part Cruzan® Guava Rum
  • 2 parts fresh lemon sour
  • 1 part mango juice
  • 1 barspoon red pepper jelly
  • 1 lime wedge (for garnish)

Preparation: Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Ultimate Fantasy

Ultimate Fantasy

  • 2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 1 part DeKuyper® 03 Premium Orange Liqueur
  • 2 parts fresh lemon sour
  • 1 part passion fruit juice
  • Dash of sriracha sauce
  • 1 lemon wedge (for garnish)
  • 1 cherry (for garnish)

Preparation: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge and cherry through a toothpick.

The Red Room 

The Red Room

  • 2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • ½ part JDK & Sons™ Fleur Elderflower Liqueur
  • 2 parts moscato wine
  • ½ part cranberry juice
  • 3 lime wheels (for garnish)

Preparation: Build in order over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with lime wheels floated.

These treats are perfect to whip up (get it?) for your next girls night in. Or go all the way and share these with your real life Christian. I don’t judge. Laters, baby!

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A Behind the Scenes Look at Nicole Kidman’s Perfect Blowout

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Nicole Kidman is one half of the best hair couple in Hollywood.

She stole the red carpet at the 2015 Oscars last night with her gorgeous freshly chopped hair, swapping her long strawberry blonde locks for a more modern shoulder length bob.

Want to know the secret behind Nicole Kidman’s perfect blowout at the Oscars? I got the details on how Wella Professionals Celebrity Stylist, Italo Gregorio, created the perfect amount of movement and definition in her newly cropped locks.

Read on to find out how you can copy her look:

1. Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair using Wella Professionals Elements Renewing Shampoo and Daily Renewing Conditioner which helps hydrate, nourish and strengthen hair.

2. Add 1-2 pumps of Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier Style Primer to damp hair and distribute evenly throughout the head.

3. Next, apply Wella Professionals Natural Volume Mousse to the entire head to create volume and body throughout the hair.

4. Apply 1-2 drops of Wella Professionals LuxeOil Reconstructive Elixir to the entire head to add shine throughout the hair.

5. Blow-dry the entire head section by section using a medium round brush.

6. Prep hair for heat styling with Wella Professionals Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray. Shake well and spray at arm’s length onto dry hair, distributing evenly throughout the head and flatiron section by section.

8. Distribute a dab of Wella Professionals Smooth Brilliance Shine Pomade onto your hands, gently working into the ends of the hair to smooth the tips and tame frizz.

8. Finish the look by misting Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray all over the hair.

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Get Margot Robbie’s Oscar Lipstick Look with Hourglass’ Raven


Let’s talk about what Margot Robbie just did for Hourglass’ Raven. Margot singlehandedly made every chick watching the Oscars want to wear that lip color. (Don’t lie, you wanted to.)

This is some Taylor Swift / NARS Dragon Girl level power here.

Margot STUNNED on the Oscars red carpet last night wearing this lippie (full name: Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven) paired with the Hourglass Long Wear Lip Pencil in the same shade. The velvety orange-red lit her face up in the best way (not that her face needed it) and demanded attention in a sea of not-so-bold lips last night. Obsessed. Makeup artist Tyron Macchausen knows how to select some shades.

I have SO much lipstick. Like an embarrassing amount of lipstick. And I’m constantly getting more sent to me for editorial consideration (not complaining –  just stating the facts!). So, I have to really love a lipstick in order to justify buying some because I don’t really need any. Well… I totally just bought this one. I need it, ok?

If you want some too, you’d better hurry. It’s currently sold out on Sephora.com, but still available on Amazon. ;)

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Get the Look: Sienna Miller’s Flawless Makeup at the Oscars

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American Sniper star Sienna Miller stunned on the red carpet last night with a 1960s Audrey Hepburn-inspired makeup look created by the fabulous Charlotte Tilbury.

Together, Sienna Miller worked collaboratively with her long-time friend that she has proclaimed as being the “queen of the cat eye” to kick her glamorous look, driven by her Oscar de la Renta gown, into high gear.

I love love love Charlotte’s products, so I just had to know what she used to give Sienna that glow.

Want to know how to get the same look? I got the scoop:

  1. Charlotte Tilbury applied her Goddess Skin Clay Mask, a product that Charlotte says “is the key to shrinking pores and tightening the skin, leaving you with a perfectly dewy, plumped and revived red carpet glow.”
  2. Charlotte’s Magic Cream – Charlotte’s “secret to red carpet skin”- and Wonderglow were applied to hydrate the skin and create a soft-focus which is “amazing for HDTV.”
  3. Charlotte then applied Light Wonder Foundation in 6 Medium and 7 Medium, then the Retoucher Concealer in 2 Fair under the eyes and 3 Medium for the rest of Sienna’s face.
  4. Next, Airbrush Powder Flawless Finish Powder in 1 Fair and 2 Medium was applied only to the T-Zone to control shine while keeping from taking away from the dewiness on the rest of the skin.
  5. To enhance Sienna’s eyebrows, Charlotte used Brow Lift in Grace K and Cara D.
  6. Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eye Pencil in Bedroom Black and The Feline Flick Quick Fine Line Shodo Pen were used over the lash line to dramatically define the eyes.
  7. Using her Eye Smudger Brush and The Eyeshadow Luxury Palette in The Sophisticate, and Full Fat Lashes, Charlotte accentuated Sienna’s “winged” eyes, focusing on the crease and lash line areas.
  8. To enhance the cheekbones, Charlotte applied Filmstar Bronze & Glow with the Powder & Sculpt Brush, following the hollows of the cheeks and along the jaw line with the bronzer and applying the highlighter shade to the top of the cheekbones.
  9. To further accentuate Sienna’s features, Beach Sticks in Moonbeach and Ibiza were used to illuminate and sculpt.
  10. To prep the lips, Charlotte used Lip Love Lip Scrub and Lip Magic. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk was applied to mimic the pigment of Sienna’s lips and filled in with K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect.
  11. For an all over glow, Charlotte applied Supermodel Body all over Sienna’s limbs.

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Starbucks Coffee Blogger Community: Welcome Kit Favorite Products


I was a devoted coffee lover and Starbucks fan long before I was invited join the Starbucks Coffee Blogger Community. You might remember that I literally lived on top of a Starbucks in Florida before moving to New York. (I may not live directly above one now, but I have like 12 within walking distance. Win!) I also adore Starbucks’ at-home offerings and regularly stock my own shelves full of Starbucks. I also have a minor mermaid obsession, so I connect with all aspects of the company - down to the logo.

So naturally, I was thrilled to partner with Starbucks and join this exclusive group of bloggers! Through the program, I’ll get access to the latest Starbucks products before they hit the shelves so I can test them out and share the deets with you all!

I recently received my Welcome Kit and I’ve been having a blast tasting all of the new products and exploring the world of Starbucks Coffee. Equipped with my handy dandy Starbucks Coffee Passport, I’ve been mastering the fundamentals of how to properly brew and taste coffee.

With my new coffee knowledge and my old taste buds, I’ve put these new items to the test and I’m very pleased with the results. Read on for info on my absolute favs! I think you’ll love these delicious Starbucks goodies just as much as I do.


Starbucks Collection Dot Drinkware

I like my coffee like I like my men – tall and hot. (Sorry, had to.)  So, I really love the design of this quirky polka-dot mug because it gives me exactly what I need. It’s a large mug that keeps your coffee nice and toasty while your hands stay cool thanks to the mug’s double wall construction. The metallic gold dots on the ceramic mug have a hand-painted feel which makes drinking out of it seem even cozier. Designed by Starbucks Creative Studio, there are also a bunch of other fun designs to choose from, all under $20.

Starbucks Core Coffee Series – Caffe Verona

This rich coffee is well-balanced with a dark cocoa texture and a roasty sweetness. It tastes delicious when prepared with a simple pour-over brewer. Caffe Verona was originally blended for a Seattle restaurant to pair with its chocolate cake. (Makes perfect sense why this one ended up being my favorite.) It also pairs well with chocolate chip cookies. And chocolate croissants. And chocolate.

Starbucks Coffee Passport

I originally thought this might just be a novelty item, but I’ve fallen in love with my Starbucks Coffee Passport. Each page is packed full of useful information about each variety of Starbucks Coffee. In addition to an abundance of coffee facts, there is room for recording your own tasting notes. I’m so excited to continue using this tool throughout my Starbucks adventure!

Stay tuned to find out what else Starbucks has in store for next month! In my next post I’ll also put my new knowledge to good use and school you on how to best prepare (and consume) your coffee. Until then, happy brewing! ;)

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Backstage Beauty: Christian Siriano at New York Fashion Week


I have been a fan of Christian Siriano since he sashayed his way into my heart during the fourth season of Project Runway.

His A/W ‘15 collection was, in a word, fierce.

He presented the new collection on Saturday at ArtBeam. Christian was inspired by the creatures from the Congo Jungle in the Central African Republic. Pieces included sleek burnout wool textured dresses, bold animal printed jacquard coats and liquid panther-like velvet evening outfits. The collection feels luxe and sophisticated but still playful through the ease and fluidity of the silhouettes; elegant, powerful, bold but still romantic for the Christian Siriano woman this season.

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I really loved the edgy feel of the beauty look as well. MAC makeup artist Polly Osmond created a 70s inspired makeup design featuring a striking burgundy and yellow eye paired with bare lips and dewy skin.

Leaving no detail unturned, Jamberry Nails collaborated with Christian on a custom hunter green to black ombre nail design evocative of his Congo jungle-inspired collection.

One of the most interesting aspects of the look was the intricate wet-look hair design, executed by Sebastian Professional lead stylist Anthony Cole. If you’re feeling adventurous, I got the scoop on how to get the hair look at home! Here are the steps he took to achieve this look and the products you need:

  • Mix 2 parts Sebastian Professional Mousse Forte with 1 part Sebastian Professional Gel Forte.
  • Taking 2 inch sections temple to temple from the nape of your neck up, apply the mix to your roots.
  • With a flat brush, blow dry the hair back. When reaching the front slightly direct the hair to either side making sure it is still brushed back.
  • Spray Sebastian Professional Shine Shaker on hair to create a wet look.
  • Take random pieces of hair from the side of the face and apply Sebastian Professional Gel Forte and Sebastian Professional Microweb Fiber to help create waves.
  • Apply Sebastian Professional Liquid Steel to keep the waves together and in place.
  • Finish with Sebastian Professional Shaper Fierce.


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Bethenny Frankel Debuts New Skinnygirl Cocktails at Launch Party

Bethenny Frankel

Seriously, I should just start another blog called “What I did on Tuesday.”

After Kim and Khloe’s shindig, I skipped on down to Rockefeller Center for the “Boy Meets Skinnygirl” party to celebrate the launch of the new additions to Skinnygirl Cocktails.

With the original Skinnygirl herself, Bethenny Frankel, behind the bar slinging drinks, an enthusiastic group of guests kicked off their Valentine’s Day week by sipping the two newest products in Skinnygirl Cocktail’s closet of low-calorie cocktailing options.

For someone who loves mixed drinks as much as I do, I can be pretty lazy when it comes to bartending at home for myself after a hard day. Sometimes when you need that drink, the last thing you want to do is have to bust out the shaker. That’s why I fell in love with the new Skinnygirl Spicy Lime Margarita, the most recent addition to the brand’s ready-to-serve lineup. It tastes like you put a lot of effort into something that really has only one step! And as much as I love whipping up cocktail recipes, some occasions just call for an easy, one-pour drink. 

Here’s the full scoop on the two new girls in town:

  • Skinnygirl Spicy Lime Margarita ~ Skinnygirl Spicy Lime Margarita is the perfect combination of heat meets sweet, offering a well-rounded balance of cool lime, spicy chili and tequila. SkinnygirlSpicy Lime Margarita contains a light citrus aroma with spicy undertones, finishing with a bright lime flavor and lingering subtle heat. At less than 100 calories per serving, SkinnygirlSpicy Lime Margarita is 19.9 proof and offered in 750 mL and 1.75 L bottles. (Suggested retail price is $12.99 for a 750 mL bottle, currently available nationwide; $19.99 for a 1.75 L bottle, available March 2015.)
  • Skinnygirl Pinot Noir ~ Skinnygirl Pinot Noir contains aromas of dark cherry and mouthwatering flavors of dark cherry, toasted oak and vanilla. At 100 calories per 5 oz. serving, the newest girl to join Skinnygirl,the Wine Collection offers a long and silky finish with juicy acidity. Skinnygirl Pinot Noir is 10% ABV (alcohol by volume) and offered in a 750 mL bottle. Skinnygirl Pinot Noir is ideal for meal pairings, well-suited to pair with a wide variety of ethnic dishes and classic cuisines due to its consistent acidity, subtle, silky tannins and lighter-bodied style. (Suggested retail price is $11.99 for a 750mL bottle, currently available nationwide.)

That night, the cocktail list also included Skinnygirl Pinot Grigio, Skinnygirl Sweet’aritas. Skinnygirl Naked Cosmos, and Skinnygirl Pomegranate Tangerine Spritzers. All of them were delish. (Don’t judge me. Remember, this was all blog research.)

All the fun was for a good cause as the brand donated $50,000 to long-standing charity partner Dress for Success. I’m a huge fan of this charity myself, so I was very happy to learn that. The funds will assist Dress for Success with their mission of helping disadvantaged women on their paths to financial independence.

“Our newest girls offer something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a cocktail with a little heat and a little citrus, or a delicious wine option without the guilt,” Bethenny said. “We had a great time unveiling the new products all while giving back to Dress for Success, a cause that is so important to me.” 

Celebs partying for a good cause at the event included everyone from comedians like Lisa Lampanelli to reality stars like Jax Taylor from “Vanderpump Rules” and “The Bachelorette” contestant Chris Bukowski. The guest list also included Bethenny’s “Real Housewives of New York City” cast mates LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, Kristen Taekman and Heather Thomson.

PicStitch RHONY There may or may not be footage of Sonja and I becoming besties on the next season of RHONY. Only time will tell.

In the meantime, stay tuned for multiple Skinnygirl cocktail recipe posts to follow soon on Martinis and Mascara. I’m obsessed!

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