New York Fashion Week S/S 2017 Prep and Schedule

Fashion Week Prep With NY Fashion Week S/S 17 underway, many are prepping for all the upcoming trends for the season to come.  If you are venturing out this year, I thought it would be nice to share some of … Continue reading

Golden Globes 2015 Beauty Prep

Finally, the 2015 Golden Globes are here!  Want to know how the stars are preparing?  We have the inside scoop! Morning of: 1. Eat small breakfast, but hold the salt!  2. Get at least 30 mins of cardio in and … Continue reading

Foundation Application Like a Pro

1. Prep I cannot stress this enough!  Never sleep with makeup on!  PLEASE!  It’s horrible for your skin.  Starting your daily makeup regimen with clean skin is just as important.  So, cleanse, tone, and moisturize your skin. 2.  Prime I … Continue reading

Shaving Academy 101

So I have been shaving for sometime now and have switched from one razor to another in hopes of finding something that would stop irritating my neck. I’ve gone from a regular blade style razor to a multi-blade razor. Over … Continue reading

Home Office Makeover

TO DO: Get out your trash can and clean up! Throw out any unnecessary mail. Stack the important stuff for later. Clear off your desk. This means everything, then wipe it down with the appropriate cleaning products (wood – furniture … Continue reading

Tricks to Pulling Off a Bold Lip Color

  HAPPY 2015!  New Year = new look. Why not start with your lip color? There are many colors on the market, so where do you start?  Try anything!  Don’t be afraid of color!  Here are some pro tips to … Continue reading

Hello 2015!

A BAD HABIT I’M GOING TO BREAK Vulgar language.  Sometimes my NY attitude can get in the way, not to mention being in a male dominated career field…the F-bomb is used as a comma in my sentences at times.  So, … Continue reading

INK…Cosmetics Makeup Artist Choice: Matte Beauty

I don’t know how many times I am asked:  “Anna, I like matte makeup but I don’t want it to look dry and cakey.  How do I pull this off?” Well, ladies and gents it’s pretty simple. 1.  Less is … Continue reading

Makeup Artist Choice: Plum by #inkcosmetics

Our favorite #MUA shadow pick at the moment? @INKcosmetics Plum matte #eyeshadow! 1. Apply with a short bristled shadow brush and pat the highly pigmented color on your lid. Start at the lash line and work slightly upward. 2. Use … Continue reading

Want to lose weight? Try Yoga!

I know! I know!  Here goes another blog talking about another weight loss strategy!  Well look, there is more to loosing weight than just getting on that treadmill and lifting those dumbbells.  It’s about getting a good nights sleep, drinking … Continue reading

Master Holiday Small Talk!

PARTY TIME!  Yes! Yes! Yes!  Fall/Winter is my favorite time of the year!  This means, food, family, fun, and parties!  So, to help lessen your social stress, I have compiled a short list to help you mingle like a pro! … Continue reading

Advice for Aspiring Makeup Artists #inkcosmetics

So you want to be a makeup artist?  Let’s not bore you with fluff…instead here are 6 quick tips to get you on the right track. 1. Master your talent! No one wants an artist who is just “okay” at what they … Continue reading

Photo Ready Beauty

Whether you enjoy a good old #selfie or you crave the lime light, you can’t leave the house without these photo ready beauty tips! 1. Start with clean, moisturized, and toned skin for a smooth, clear canvas. 2. Use a … Continue reading

3 Products to Tackle Pimples

I would be lying if I said I didn’t get a blemish every now and then.  A flawless face requires flawless skin.  I mean common, even the “Barbie’s” of the world aren’t really perfect! There are a few things you … Continue reading

Easy Veterans Day Brunch

I am lucky to have all my family together on this day of remembrance!  I couldn’t help but treat them to a lovely family brunch of chicken and waffles. This is a slightly different twist to your momma’s recipe.  Check … Continue reading

Men!! 10 Things You Must do Before You Meet Her

Guys, you’re about to go on that “first date”, that “blind date”, or maybe you are reuniting with that love you have been away from for awhile, as is my situation. Now, most guys will pick out a nice outfit, … Continue reading

Aerial Narcolepsy

I have been traveling for a while now, I’ve been very fortunate I must admit. One constant thing about all the miles and all the airports is the food at the airports and what happens on the plane….with or without … Continue reading

Parent’s First Day of School

(This is dedicated to all adults with a child they are raising) I’m staring at my daughter today. She is such a beauty, unique style; I can stare at her forever. I admire her spirit so much. I am truly … Continue reading

Chile Lime Baked Chicken

Tonight I was feeling a little creative so I fired up the oven and got to work. I decided on boneless, skinless chicken thighs covered in Chile Lime Pork Skins, Mexican rice, and brussel sprouts with mushrooms and turkey bacon. … Continue reading

A Dude’s Dining Room Do Over

What a complete hot mess! The above before pictures were of my bestie, JW’s dining room.  Let me tell you whoever painted his dining room red should be shot!  This color took so many coats of white I think I … Continue reading

And the Countdown Begins

Today movers came to estimate the weight of the items in my home.  A sad, but grateful day! Yes, the military is moving me again. This time for a new and exciting opportunity! My whole life I wanted nothing more than … Continue reading

2014 Spring Nail Pick

Spring is finally showing its beautiful colors.  This means time for a new at-home mani!  I was skeptical about this one though.  I am use to a good old french manicure or nail salon gel nails, but thought I should … Continue reading

Office BBQ Beauty

Warm weather is coming I promise!  This means drinks, food, and plenty of BBQ’s for Summer 2014.  Here are some easy office get together beauty tips for a flawless day-time look to party perfect in minutes. Clothing: Casual Friday’s shouldn’t … Continue reading

Foot Savers

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Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you can’t wear your favorite pumps.  Here are some helpful products to keep your sexy sassy behind on your toes. First, take care of your feet!  Try a home pedicure. What you will need: … Continue reading

Winter Storm and PJs

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Okay… so what a glorious day!  Snowed in and loving it!  Confession: Yesterday I got everything done…except the workout!  BOO!  I wanted to ensure I got what I needed done for work before bed after cleaning up the house.  I … Continue reading

Fashionably Warm

So I was out and about yesterday walking the streets in the cool winter air and stumbled into Banana Republic to see what was on sale and what they were showcasing as their current trends/styles.  One thing we as men … Continue reading

Plaid Threads

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Earlier this week I headed back from Mom’s and couldn’t help but stop at JR Cigars on 67 JR Road, Selma, NC.  I saw signs for miles prior to it’s location and thought it was a great place to take … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Threads

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What to wear?  What to wear?  Tomorrow I am heading to a dinner party and even with a closet full of the latest fashions, I have no clue what to wear.  I love silver anything so I thought about keeping … Continue reading