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  • Enter #INeedSparkle Sweeps + Celebrate with Hpnotiq Sparkle

    So a few weeks ago we finally found out who or what Khloé Kardashian has been obsessing over, and I honestly can't blame her! With a drink like Hpnotiq Sparkle, you must find the perfect outfit, decorations, and food to have a girls' night. But this is a drink you share with only your best group of friends! I decided to host an evening of cocktails and hors d'ouevres pizza at my new apartment with my bottle of Sparkle! I mean, what better way to celebrate moving into your own place? #INeedSparkle

    Invitations

    I love sending invitations through email. For my 21st birthday last year, I even used an amazing service called Paperless Post! For this particular event, I was feeling super crafty so I browsed Pinterest for awhile until I found the perfect invitation idea. Since I'm pretty savvy in Photoshop and a college student on a budget, I took the design and created my own custom invite completely from scratch!

    Here's my version (personal information obviously changed): 

    The Outfit

    Here's the outfit I planned to wear, but after running around town to put everything together...it remained a plan -- but a nice one, nonetheless. However, I was wearing a metallic gold skirt and I used my new Magnificent Metals eyeshadow by Stila...so I was somewhat dressed for the occasion! Originally, I picked out a Lovemarks Co. sequin skirted dress and my gold glitter Worthington pumps.

    Décor

    Like Khloé, I definitely flipped out when it came to finding decorations with enough sparkle, but I also didn't want to spend an arm and a leg! I mean, I'm a college student. I decided to use sparkly things I already owned plus new things to glitz up the ambiance!

    I used some of my most glittery shoes as props on an old rhinestone tufted ottoman from my dorm days.

    This is the prettiest, sparkliest half of the set up! The other half was mostly food and the cute cupcakes I made. I scoured Pinterest for weeks for the perfect inspiration! I sprinkled the table with turquoise gems with gave just the right touch to the table. I bought clear plastic champagne flutes and added a striped straw to each.

    I bought a silver plant tray (with no intention on using it for a plant) at IKEA a few months ago when I moved into my new place and it finally came in handy I used it to display the Hpnotiq Sparkle. It really just looks like a serving tray!

    I wanted the main focus to be on the decorations and cupcakes -- not the cutlery or tableware. Plus, I'm so into decorating with acrylic right now! I had a clear acrylic tray that would be perfect for placing the cupcakes, so I took two spare pieces of glittery scrapbook paper and cut them to fit the tray. Just like that, I had a liner!

    The Sparkle Bar

    Although, I totally specified hors d'ouevres in my invitation, I most certainly wasn't going to have my friends drive all the way to my apartment for bite-sized food. My gatherings always include food enough to fill!

    These are the cupcakes I made were blue velvet baked to perfection in individual metallic gold cups. I finished them off by using vanilla icing on top and gold glitter sprinkles.

    The blue velvet cupcakes up close (above). The day before, I realized that I would be far too busy to make the hors d'oeuvres I wanted to make. And besides, everyone's schedules turned out to be so hectic that I didn't want to spend upwards of $50 on ingredients and nobody show up. It just made so much more sense. Instead, I ordered pizza and chicken poppers!

    Drinks with Hpnotiq Sparkle

    Without a doubt, my drinks had to have a little Hpnotiq Sparkle in them, but I did also have non-alcoholic options available as well! I chose to serve the 'Bubbles and Blue' since it's fairly easy to mix (Hpnotiq Sparkle + a champagne of your choice) and my guests (and readers) could easily replicate it at home.

    Hint: If you can't find Hpnotiq Sparkle in your area, you can always mix the original Hpnotiq and your favorite champagne. It's such a quick fix when you're juggling décor and food preparation! 

    Want to throw your own Sparkle party with the new Hpnotiq Sparkle? Hurry and stock up for your holiday parties this season because there is a limited supply of Sparkle available from now until December!


    Hpnotiq is also having a sweepstakes right now that you should definitely enter. They're giving one lucky winner the opportunity to win $5,000 to sparkle all year long! They'll also be drawing two winners each week until January 2nd to win prize packs. Buy Hpnotiq Sparkle for all of your friends, throw a fabulous party, and even go on a shopping spree for plenty of new sparkly goodies for your wardobe!

    Enter and tell me how you would celebrate if you won the Hpnotiq Sparkle Sweepstakes?

    This post was sponsored by Heaven Hill Distilleries

    Heaven Hill Family of Brands. Bardstown, KY © 2014

  • Fall '14 Beauty Trend / Velvet Berry Lips

    Until this year, berry has been my go-to color for a combination of red, pink, and purple. In other words, it's been my "safe" color. Although I've decided to step out of my comfort zone with lips this season, berry is still numero uno in my collection! There are so many brands that create products of the same color, but what really makes a difference are the formulas

    Amongst the formulas I've actually tried are YSL's Rouge Pur Couture glossy stain and Gloss Volupte which are freaking amazing. For pricier products, they're most certainly worth it and I might even go out on a limb and say they're perfect. My mom is even so obsessed with the Gloss Volupte that she stocked up on it and has plenty of backups! The glosses are infused with oils so by the end of the day or even within a few hours your lips aren't gummy and still look just as fresh as the initial application. I have the Gloss Volupte in the gold top, so it's great by itself or over any color to add a swipe of golden sparkle -- perfect for a berry holiday look. When I first bought the Rouge Pur Couture stain in 'Fuchsia Cubiste', I was using it every single day and I still wear it often! 

    For the past month, I've been dying to try the NARS Audacious lipstick and last weekend I finally bought it in in 'Vera' ('Charlotte' is pictured above) at The Makeup Show Dallas. I'd heard so much about the rich and creamy lipstick and it really hasn't disappointed me at all! Of all the lip colors I bought last weekend, it was the one I was most excited to try, so I saved it for last. The texture remained so creamy throughout the day!

    Will you rock velvet berry lips this season? Which product do you have your eye on?


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  • The Crowned Brunch with Michael Costello

    I was fortunate enough to have been invited to The Crowned Brunch with designer Michael Costello at the historic Adolphus hotel's French Room last Sunday. It was absolutely fabulous! If you've never been to the Adolphus, it's definitely worth taking the time to visit on a quiet Sunday. The public and media were invited to an exclusive conversation with season 8 Project Runway finalist, Michael Costello, over a  delicious three-course brunch and high tea.


    The French Room's doors opened at approximately one o'clock and we were offered a glass of bubbling champagne when we entered the double doors. I scanned the name cards on the perfectly set tables for my name -- I found it on the table marked '7'. I was seated with a few bloggers I already knew; the lovely Vanna Collins of The Vanna Collins Show, and ShantaQuilette of Style Follows Her

    As soon as I found my seat, my eyes couldn't help but wander towards the beautifully painted ceiling with intricate molding. There was so much inspiration in this room!

    The 18th century romantic artwork and grand chandeliers were stunning. No wonder this place is nationally recognized and award-winning! Seriously.

    Our first course arrived with an assortment of delicious fruits that were perfectly sweet. 

    After our second course arrived, the conversation began! I ordered the herb brined chicken over toasted brioche with scrambled eggs. Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm not an egg person, but this was actually very delicious!

    Guests and media were free to ask Michael Costello questions about his career in the fashion industry. Questions were asked about his inspiration, life, and his career! If you didn't know, Michael Costello has designed for the Kardashians, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé for her recent On The Run tour with Jay Z. Amazing, right? Although I'm not a designer, it's still so interesting to hear about how designers get their inspiration and how they achieved their goals.

    As soon as the question and answer segment of the afternoon concluded, the staff served fresh tea and scones to the tables. We were free to mix and mingle as well as take photos with Michael Costello!

    These cupcakes and pastries from Sweet Thangs by Lo were so delicious! Like, to die for.

    My picture with Michael Costello! I'm wearing my envelope collar Marc New York dress and a super cute statement necklace from H&M! There are also more pictures on Facebook that I'm in from Vanna Collins, here.


    I'm so happy that I was able to attend this beautiful event and share the experience with you all! It's always a grand opportunity when I get to hear someone so prominent in the industry speak, especially as a college student studying fashion. That is inspiration to me in itself! 

  • Meet Sparkle: A Lot of Bubble, A Little Trouble #INeedSparkle

    A few weeks ago, a YouTube video was released of Khloé Kardashian searching high and low for the most fabulous sparkle ensemble for the arrival of her new interest! Well, she found it (which looks like it might be a Michael Costello design) and we were left hanging to figure out who Sparkle really is. Could it be the brunette in uniform who showed up at Khloé's door?

    BUT what's in the box? Perhaps a new pair of Louboutins?

    This week, the secret is out -- the wait ends here!

    Find out what Khloé's been obsessing over in the latest video:


    Introducing...

    Okay, so maybe there's not a new guy in Khloé's life...but there is a new drink in her glass and I'm super eager to introduce it to my friends soon! Hpnotiq Sparkle is a limited time, holiday champagne-like version of the original Hpnotiq with the same bright blue color. I'm so excited to try this new drink because I love planning parties (for the longest, I wanted to be a party planner when I grew up) and I can't wait to finally get all of my friends together for the first time this semester! It's really long overdue and Sparkle will be the perfect hint of glam that I'm looking for a post-midterm break. #INeedSparkle

    HELP - I need ideas! How would you throw a sparkle party with your friends?

    Hpnotiq Sparkle is only available from October through December, so stock up ASAP for your holiday parties!

    This post was sponsored by Heaven Hill Distilleries

    Heaven Hill Family of Brands. Bardstown, KY © 2014

  • GIVEAWAY: The Makeup Show Dallas Tickets

    I heard about The Makeup Show a few months ago and I've hardly been able to wait for it to finally get here. Ever since I started watching my favorite YouTubers (long before my blogging days) talk about going to trade shows like IMATS and The Makeup Show it's been on my bucket list, but traveling to New York City or Los Angeles hasn't really made it in my plans over the years. Finally, The Makeup Show is making its debut in Dallas and I really couldn't be happier!

    I'm excited to bring my mom along as my plus-one for this event. We've literally been planning detailed lists and figuring out our budget for this event because it's a must. I don't think I could attend this event without any sort of planning and not come home with 5 similar glitter shadows or spend $300 on the latest cosmetics. The amazing part is that most vendors at the show offer pro discounts ranging from 40-60% just for attending! Anyway, I'm super ready for my first makeup show and I can't wait to share the experience with you all right here and on my social channels! 

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    BUT I know I have a lot of makeup enthusiasts, aspiring + estabished MUAS, and fellow bloggers reading, so I have a very special opportunity for one lucky reader to win 2 tickets to The Makeup Show in Dallas for either Saturday or Sunday!

    All you have to do is comment below telling me why you should be chosen to attend The Makeup Show -- SO SIMPLE! The winner will be chosen on 9.25.14 at 5PM.

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