Girl Crush: Leighton Meester


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I’m not going to lie – the main reason I watch Gossip Girl every week is to check out Blair Waldorf’s hair and makeup. I can’t help it, y’all! It’s a sickness. (Although, last night’s prom look wasn’t my fave.) However, when I saw the above look on Leighton Meester at a recent event, I was instantly smitten. The rosy pink cheeks! The perfect lipcolor! SMITTEN, I TELL YOU.

The good news? I just found her makeup artist’s step-by-step info for this look at Luxaholics. The bad news? It seems the lip color and gloss he used is discontinued. Drat.

However,  Who What Wear recently posted about Meester’s personal lipcolor faves:

When she’s not made-up for the cameras, Meester slicks on a combo of Lancome’s Star Gloss in Siren with MAC Pro’s Longwear Lipcolor, using Boss Brown as a base, with Slave to Pink as a glaze on top. Unfortunately for us (and Meester too!), most of her selections are technically out of stock, but don’t worry, we’ve got the perfect substitutes. First of all, you’ll want to pick up Lancome’s Color Fever Gloss ($25) in Hotness. Then feel free to adulterate it with the classic MAC Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolor ($21) in Boss Brown (which used to be paired with Slave To Pink in a limited edition combo) and MAC Lustreglass ($14) in Love Nectar.

If you’ll excuse me, I’m off to buy these lipcolors ASAP as I seem to be having a Single White Female moment. Toodles!


How to Make an Interior Designer Crap His Pants


Today marks a very sad day for my husband.


I noticed a lovely addition to a new piece of art in our living room this morning.

Need a close up?


Black crayon. You can pay your respects to D in the comments.

(I think it’s pretty funny, but let’s just keep that between you and me.)


The Best Bridal Hair


Meet future bride, Caroline.

This October, Caroline will marry her childhood sweetheart in a candlelight ceremony at a Victorian home built in 1822.

She has shared the details of her romantic wedding with me, namely her dress and the bridesmaids dresses.

Caroline tends to lean towards more classic and timeless styles, so she is going for a refined elegance that looks fresh. Wait! Classic? Fresh? Refined? These words sound mighty familiar. You’ve come to the right place, Caroline.

Caroline’s hair:

Thick and wavy, but straightens easily
Lots of layering throughout, including around the face
Has embraced her natural waves

My idea of a perfect wedding style for Caroline involves a romantic half updo. First off, a lot of her layering is quite short, which is great for her day-to-day style, but might be difficult to wear in a complete updo without using tons of hair spray and product to keep it back. Plus, the half updo really fits into the whole ambiance she is creating for her big day. Soft, romantic, refined elegance…remember?

A half updo looks really beautiful with strapless dresses as well. It showcases the neck and shoulders, but the overall look remains fresh and youthful. I would suggest having her stylist work with her natural wave by using a 1.5-inch curling iron to add curls throughout.

Although Caroline’s hair won’t be quite this long by October, the overall look would fit perfectly with the entire day.

I love the side part, the long layers swept across the forehead and the soft curls. Caroline can opt for a small adornment in the back or just a couple of well-hidden bobby pins to complete the look. Her cathedral-length veil will be just perfect with this style.

Be sure and keep us posted on your final decision, Caroline. Best wishes to you!

UPDATE!! Here is Caroline’s wedding day look.

From Caroline’s email:

Hi Sarah,
Here are a few photos from my wedding. I followed your advice and people loved my hair. I am sorry that it has taken me MONTHS to get these to you. The best excuse I can come up with is I’m now nine months pregnant (12 days from my due date) and things have been a wee bit busy around here. My next suggestion for a post? The best styles for post-partum. Or am I kidding myself and need to succumb to the daily pony tail? Seriously though, I’d love to hear how you handled your hair in the early days with your son and any coping strategies you can offer.
Congratulations on your pregnancy and keep up the great work on Hair Thursday,

Thanks, Caroline! I honestly don’t think that you could have looked any more lovely. Congratulations on your pregnancy and I’ll be addressing the whole “postpartum mom hair” issue here on Hair Thursday very soon.


Parenting Confessional


1. I still wear my special sexpot lipstick combination (NARS Dolce Vita and Chanel Pagoda Glossimer) when I visit the hot pediatrician.

2. I’ve completely stopped trying to feed Wito vegetables and I don’t feel the slightest bit guilty.

3. I only live 20 minutes away, but I still haven’t taken Wito to Disneyland. (A colossal SoCal parent no-no. Quelle horreur!)

4. The Backyardigans is on my television WAY too much. (Proof.)

5. If I go on one more preschool tour, I’m going to vomit.

I already feel better. Feel free to add your personal confession and you will be absolved completely. Peace be with you.