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.

You Can Officially Shop the Lilly Pulitzer for Target Collection Now

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I may reside in the great state of New York now, but I spent over two decades of my life drinking the sea air in the Palm Beaches. Lilly Pulitzer is a Palm Beach icon and a brand I truly admire, so I was thrilled to hear about the colorful collaboration with Target, which officially launched this morning (and already broke the internet).

Twitter erupted when the #LillyForTarget collab was announced with an onslaught of elitist tweets from Lily fans disapproving of the partnership. This could be my inner basic talking (I am admittedly guilty of loving Pumpkin Spice Lattes and idolizing Carrie Bradshaw), but I think there is nothing wrong with making fashion accessible for the average woman. So there.


With a collection of 250 resort-inspired pieces, you’ve never seen so many ways to dress yourself in head-to-toe Lilly! All items range from $2 to $250 and can easily take you from daytime chic to night-time glam. Start with one of the essential lace-accented shift dresses, add espadrilles and finish with a chic headscarf or printed bobby pins to take your look to the next level.

In addition to the traditional fashions and shimmering accessories, Lilly for Target also features two of my favorite things – glam barware and curated cosmetics. You can stock up on swizzle sticks in silver and gold, tinted glass champagne coupes and the cutest Collins glasses. In the beauty department, an assortment of exclusive L’Oreal lipsticks and Essie nail polishes, just for this collaboration, will help complete your look.

I’ve been drooling over all of this since it was first announced, so I’ve had plenty of time to pinpoint my absolute must-haves. Read on to peek at what I’ll be scooping up today!

Strapless Maxi Dress in Nosey Posie

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Shift Dress in Fan Dance

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Flounce Dress in Sea Urchin For You

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Underwire One Piece Swimsuit in Upstream

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Gold Starfish Sandals

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Gold Charm Bangle

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Gold Embroidered Clutch

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Raffia Tote in My Fans

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Cocktail Glasses with Gold Rim

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Nosie Posey Printed Elastics

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Essie Nail Polish in Where’s My Chauffeur?

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L’Oreal Designer Extraordinaire Lipstick Coral Encore

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SO FUN, right?! Which pieces are your favorites? Remember, life is a party. Dress like it!

Fashion Friday: dENiZEN Jeans and People StyleWatch Magazine

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As some of you already know, I was recently selected by the team over at People StyleWatch Magazine to become an official Style Hunter for the mag! They share the latest in fashion with me and I get to share the scoop with you on the latest trends.

I adore wardrobe styling (and seriously miss my days doing theatrical costume design!) and have been wanting to infuse a little more fashion into Martinis and Mascara for a while now. So, I figured this would be the perfect time to launch my new Fashion Friday series! On Fashion Friday I’ll be sharing my fav accessible style finds.


Don’t get me wrong, I love drooling over the fantastical fashion infused pages of high fashion mags. I live for it. And I wish I could just wear crazy pieces like floor-length dupioni silk capes every day, but that’s just not going to happen. (Unless I win the lotto… and then I’m so making that happen at least twice a week.)

Until then, I really need to focus on attainable styles that look great, but don’t cost a bazillion dollars.

Now, let’s get real, I’d rather be comfortable than on-trend. #sorrynotsorry. Luckily, I found a way to be both with this outfit! (Keep in mind that I live in Florida, so this whole open plaid top thing works for me. If you’re up north, you might want to button up and add a layer!)

Here’s my formula for effortless fall fashion:

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Paige Denim “Kadie” Plaid Shirt in Smitten

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Hear me out on this one. I just preached about affordable fashion and I know this shirt isn’t exactly cheap – but it’s high quality and worth it. (Wait for it, because my killer boots and jeans, both around 30 bucks, will make up for the damage.) Every outfit deserves a splurge item right? This top is so well made, super comfortable, fits like a dream, and does not wrinkle. It is fabulous and flattering. Oh, and plaid is in for fall, so that makes it even better.

 

ModCloth “A Layer to Love Top” in Black Modcloth Tank

Any black cami or shell top would work, but I’m a total ModCloth addict so I chose this one. Victoria’s Secret also makes a killer basic tank, just saying.

 

Denizen Essential Bootcut Jean

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Well, hello there $27 jeans! I received these beauties from my participation in the Style Hunters program (thanks People StyleWatch!) and fell in love. They look expensive, but they aren’t. They also hug you in all of the right places! I also have them in the skinny jean variety and love those too. You can pick yours up at Target. :)

 

Forever 21 Sleek Platform Booties

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I’m obsessed with these faux suede boots. They feature a faux leather shaft and decorative buckled straps. In my mind, they are the perfect little bootie for fall. And surprisingly, they don’t hurt all that bad. The heel is over 5 inches, but with the platform, the incline is not as steep. That makes for happier arches at the end of the day.

 

DKNY Heritage Vintage Leather Hobo Bag

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This is one of my absolute favorite classic handbags… which I luckily scored at TJ Maxx for like $100. Unfortunately, that was a few months ago, and it might not be available anymore. Don’t hate me. As a peace offering, here is a similar style that would work perfectly.

 

Sidenote: In addition to my fancy new Style Hunter title and favorite new jeans, People StyleWatch also shared exclusive coupon codes with me! This could get dangerous. If you’re interested in a little e-shopping, here are some exclusive codes to take with you to the following sites:

AMI Clubwear: Enter “PSW30” at checkout for a 30% site-wide discount. (Excludes Pleaser shoes.)

Elie Tahari: Enter “PSW25” at checkout for a 25% discount on full-price merchandise.

Lulu’s: Enter “PSW20” at checkout for a 20% site-wide discount.

Minnie Rose: Enter “PSW20” at checkout for a 20% discount on full-price merchandise.

Poppy Boutique:  Enter “pswcharity” at checkout for a 25% discount on full-price merchandise.

All codes are valid through Nov. 22.

 

So, there’s that. Thanks for reading Fashion Friday! Now, back to our regularly scheduled content about beauty and booze. 😉