Saturday, November 22, 2014

GETTING UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST MERRELL HOLLIS


Last weekend a friend of mine and I took a road trip to Orlando, FL to catch up with a few of our beauty buddies, and also to attend The Makeup Show Orlando. While there we purchased tons of makeup, participated in a few classes, and got up close and personal with Celebrity Makeup Artist, Merrell Hollis. 

Merrell is an Emmy-nominated makeup artist and grooming expert. He has appeared in several major mags, such as; Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, and worked with numerous A-List Celebrities which include, P Diddy, Naomi Campbell and Diane Von Furstenberg. Those facts alone makes his resume impressive. However, he is most known for being the head makeup artist on the Wendy Williams Show and the Creative Director for Black Opal cosmetics.


I was really excited to have the opportunity to not only meet but interview Merrill.

Here's what he had to say!!!!!

1. WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION?
I get my inspiration from the change of the seasons, change in beliefs and all of the extraordinary NYC women walking by. I really put women on a pedestal.


2. WHO ARE SOME PEOPLE THAT HAVE INSPIRED YOU THROUGHOUT YOUR CAREER?
Some people who’ve inspired me are: Pat McGrath, Sam Fine, Reggie Wells, and Roshar amongst others.  


3. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A MAKEUP ARTIST AND HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN THE INDUSTRY?
I began my career as a MUA when I was seventeen. I had a passion for the makeup industry and decided to sneak onto a shoot with 112 - one of my favorite R&B groups at the time. I bought a set of makeup brushes at the local CVS and pretended to be the makeup artist on set – until I got caught! The real key makeup artist, Maurice Beaman, was kind and let me stay anyway. It wasn’t long before I was being nurtured under the apprentice of Maurice Beaman, who mentored and imparted expert advice that I still follow today.


4. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT MAKE UP?
There's so much to love about makeup from color to texture to the way that it makes a person feel once on but I'd have to say that what I appreciate the most is that there is always a new technique with makeup. I love education and in this business, there’s always something to learn.


5. IF YOU WEREN’T A MAKEUP ARTIST, WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU DO?
If I was not a Makeup Artist I would be a Veterinarian. I love animals!


6. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SIGNATURE LOOK AND WHAT IS IT ABOUT YOUR STYLE THAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER MAKEUP ARTISTS?
People say that I am more of a natural makeup artist. For me, it’s all in the details. This could mean a subtle highlight that makes all of the difference to enhance the face.


7. NAME A FEW CELEBRITIES YOU HAVE WORKED WITH?
I am the key makeup artist for The Wendy Williams Show and Ms. Williams’ personal makeup artist. I was also the grooming consultant and makeup person for all of the artists at Sean Combs's Bad Boy Entertainment and celebrities including Tamia, Naomi Campbell, Usher and Kim Cattrall. I also work with supermodel Jessica White. I just love being creative and am so blessed to be able to do what I love.


8. WHAT ARE SOME COMMON BEAUTY MISTAKES THAT WOMEN MAKE?
A common beauty mistake that many women are still making is choosing the wrong foundation. You can tell that a foundation isn’t working for you if the color either looks pasty or a little too red. The right foundation will look like natural like your skin tone.


9. WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT BEAUTY ADVICE THAT YOU CAN GIVE TO WOMEN?
The most important beauty advice I can give to women is: It is just makeup – if you don’t like it, take it off. Have fun with it!


10. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MAKE UP FOR EVER PRODUCT?
My favorite Make Up For Ever product is the Artist Shadow Palette, which is a special collection of top colors chosen by 30 artists around the world (myself included) to help celebrate Make Up For Ever’s 30th Anniversary. The colors are amazing and range from neutral to artistic to smokey.



Now a question for you sassy people! What would you ask Merrell Hollis if you had the opportunity????


Have A Happy Healthy, and Remember To Always...
Stay Sassy!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

#PBO STYLE CHALLENGE - JUST CLICK TO VOTE!!!!

OK! Sassy People! The voting has started for the #StylePBO Challenge! As promised here is the link for the Palm Beach Outlet Style Challenge!!!!! Please click the link below and LIKE THE PICTURE (not my status) to VOTE for me! Thank you!

JUST FOLLOW TWO SIMPLY STEPS!

1. CLICK HERE: PALM BEACH OUTLET STYLE CHALLENGE 
2. THEN CLICK LIKE!

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OUTFIT DETAILS: Kimono and Swing Dress - Francesca's. Chandelier Earrings - Forever 21, BCBG Handbag - (Mine), Necklace - (Mine), Fossil Watch -(Mine), Jessica Simpson Peep-Toe Heels - (Mine)

To learn more about the Palm Beach Outlets click on any of the links below:
In addition, if you would like to enjoy your own personal shopping experience at the outlet please see the address and phone number below:
1751 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida. Phone number: 561-515-4400.

Have A Happy Healthy, and Remember To Always...
Stay Sassy!

*Disclosure: A Complimentary gift card was provided by Palm Beach Outlets to participate in this challenge and to share my shopping experience. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

PALM BEACH OUTLETS BLOGGER EXPERIENCE AND #PBO STYLE CHALLENGE

Hello Everyone!!!!

When my girl Sahily from Pretty In Pigment invited me to participate in a fun filled day of mingling, eating and shopping, my initial thought was, "OMG! She thought of everything!". What blogger woman doesn't love to do all of those things?!?!?!? 

After finding out the details of the day, I immediately excepted! We would not only be mingling, eating and shopping, but we would also be participating in a style challenge. Each blogger would be given $100 to purchase different items throughout the mall, and once we have our items we are to style the items we purchased for the challenge and write about our experience. OMG! Super cool!

The day started off great! Our first stop was the delicious BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse (Located on the same property as PBO). Once everyone got there, we sat down, ordered and started chatting. We were having so much fun that we completely lost track of time. Lol! It was two to three hours later before we actually headed over to the mall. FYI..Their Fresh Garden Salads are amazing! A must try!

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We were all full, so it was time to hit the pavement and get a good work out in while shopping! 



As you can see from above I am such a handbag and shoe girl. However, I finally focused and decided to purchase the super cute Guess Dress shown above. I got it for an amazing cost of $25.00 at 50% off (Fashion post soon to come). After a few more hours I finally found my challenge outfit shown below.

Here’s my fashion submission for the #StylePBO challenge!
OUTFIT DETAILS: Kimono and Swing Dress - Francesca's. Chandelier Earrings - Forever 21, BCBG Handbag - (Mine), Necklace - (Mine), Fossil Watch - (Mine), Jessica Simpson Peep-Toe Heels - (Mine)
OK Sassy People! What do you think of my look? When styling I kept in mind that the holidays are right around the corner, which assisted with my color choice. I also focused on getting separates, so that I can get more bang for my buck! With that being said, if you like it, please vote for me on the Palm Beach Outlets Facebook page. Link coming soon. The winner will receive a $250 gift card. If I win, I am going to stick to shopping on a budget and work to get as many sassy pieces as possible, so that I can continue to share my style with all my wonderful readers!!!! 

To learn more about the Palm Beach Outlets click on any of the links below:

In addition, if you would like to enjoy your own personal shopping experience at the outlet please see the address and phone number below:
1751 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida. Phone number: 561-515-4400.

Have A Happy Healthy, and Remember To Always...
Stay Sassy!

*Disclosure: A Complimentary gift card was provided by Palm Beach Outlets to participate in this challenge and to share my shopping experience. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

THE 424FIFTH COLLECTION

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Hello Sassy People:

As you all know, I am a reoccurring event attendee at Lord and Taylor, so it's really no surprise that I was there a few weeks ago helping to celebrate their exclusion fashion line 424 fifth(the address of Lord & Taylor in Manhattan). 

The night was simply amazing! I had a chance to hang out with a few of my blogger buddies, and I also had the pleasure of meeting the amazing women behind the fabulously chic and affordable line, Chief Creative Officer, Marie Holman-Rao. 

Marie is super friendly and down to earth. You would never know that she has such a key role in the fashion world. Although, LT is one of the most current brands that she is/has worked with, she has also been heavily involved with other major brands such as; Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Macy’s, Perry Ellis, Victoria’s Secret, and the list goes on and on. #superimpressiveresume. 

Her history shows that she is a major heavy-weight in the industry. These facts alone, made me extremely excited when I notice that we wore the same Medallion Sweater Tank from the line that evening. Other than the difference in styling, it made me feel really good to know that I picked one of the same items she chose to wear from the collection. 


Thanks Lord and Taylor for hosting another fabulous event, and The Buzz Agency for the amazing invite! I really enjoyed myself! 


For more information about Lord and Taylor click Here. You can also contact them via phone at 561-394-5656.

Have A Happy Healthy, and Remember to Always...
Stay Sassy!


*Disclosure: Products and services were provided to me for editorial consideration. All opinions are 100% my own*.

$100 NOVEMBER AMAZON G+/YOUTUBE BLAST GIVE CARD GIVEAWAY

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Hello Sassy People:

I have again partnered with Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon G+/YouTube blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

ROCKIN RIDING BOOTS IN THE LAND OF THE HEAT

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Boots are a major fashion statement for most Floridians. When you see someone wearing them, if you are anything like me, it is natural to scope out their entire outfit to see if they fit the major swag mode or if they are a tourist whose luggage got lost.

Since the climate is heat based in Florida, it's so easy to get caught up in summer attire all year around. However, for those of us who like to showcase our style the cooler months are a time to switch things up a bit.
 
I personally love the winter months in South Florida. They are what I consider to be freedom months. Meaning we have the freedom to pull out all the cool leather pieces that's been hibernating for most of the year, and to wear almost anything we please.

November is a great time to wear a pair of super cool riding boots, jeans and a sleeveless button up. Add a few statement pieces, like a bold necklace, a pair of super chic frames and an amazingly fly handbag and you're set for the day/evening.
Top - RossNecklace - HMshown here, Bracelet and Ring - Loehmans (OOB); Earrings - Thrifted, Boots HSN Handbag - Nordstrom Rack, Jeans - TJ Maxx, Blue Frames - www.firmoo.com; Me sporting a pair of firmoo's shown here 
Yes! Yes! I know what you may be thinking. Riding/Tall Boots can get expensive. Is it worth paying the price for items that will possibly only be worn only 1 or 2 months out of the year? The answer is absolutely!!!!! There are a few guidelines that I go by when purchasing items such as these. 
  • Buy In The Off Season - Buying in the off season will save you tons. I must say that I have found super chic leather/suede pieces in Nordstrom Rack etc. etc. for as little at 25 dollars. I thought I was dreaming. However, when I pinched myself I knew I wasn't. :)
  • No Fur - I think that is pretty self-explanatory!
  • Shop Discount Stores - Check out stores such as TJ Maxx, Ross, Marshalls etc. etc. for clearance and amazing sales. 
  • More For Your Money - Also, if you want to get the most for your buck don't buy bold. Try sticking to basic colors like black, brown and tan. This will ensure you get more wear out of your purchase. However, if you love wearing bold prints and vibrant beautiful colors then I say go for it.

Have A Happy Healthy, and Remember To Always...
Stay Sassy!

THE NEW LOOK OF FRUEII JOURNAL

Hello to all you fragrance lovers!!!!

I have some amazing new for you! Frueii Journal has a new look!!!!!! 

Being a woman, we all know that, most if not all of them us has a go to fragrance that they we absolutely love and cannot live without. However, if we are absolutely honest with ourselves, there is no doubt that the packaging is just as important as the smell of the fragrance! 

While chatting with Christian Dale a couple weeks ago, she informed me that she would be sending me my favorite scent from their collection "#1 Affetto/Love", but this go around it would be coming in a new and improved bottle!!! Don't get me wrong, I love the previous bottle, but this new one is super sleek and super sexy! I absolutely love it!!!!

It's funny because the "#1 Affetto/Love", has actually become my go to scent. I love the fact that it is long lasting and smells very feminine and fresh! It is simply delicious!  I keep it in my room by my bed and when anyone walks in they always say, "What is that awesome smell"? 

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More facts about FRUEII

Elegant Feminine Treats Stationery with petite sayings, original authentic & beautiful hand creams, night bubbling baths & lovely luminaries. It started from a passion for Fine Art, and inspired by the personal strength of legendary Gabriel Coco Chanel. 

The Frueii "Best Wishes" introductory line, achieves a balance of strength and elegance. It specializes in refined bath & body products that provide luxurious personal delicate pampering for the body. 

You can connect with FRUEII via Facebook.

Have A Happy Healthy, and Remember to Always... 
Stay Sassy! 

*Disclosure: Products and services were provided to me for editorial consideration. All opinions are 100% my own*.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

GIVEAWAY: $100 NOVEMBER AMAZON TWITTER BLAST GIVE CARD

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I have again partnered with Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Twitter blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

SHOP SMART, DO GOOD FASHION EVENT AT LORD AND TAYLOR IN BOCA RATON, FL

South Florida Fashionistas!

Here’s an event you definitely don't want to miss! This Thursday, November 6, 2014, starting at 6:00pm. Lord & Taylor Mizner Park (address: 200 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL) is hosting a fabulous fashion event in support of Shop Smart, Do Good. It is going to be simply fabulous, and to top if off a few of Boca Raton’s sassiest bloggers; including myself, will be in attendance to help support. 

Also, aside from a night of fashion, sassy bloggers and etertainment, guests at the event will enjoy complimentary bites, drinks and much, much more! Make sure you RSVP to attend RSVP@THEBUZZAGENCY.NET

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

THE TASTE HISTORY CULINARY TOUR OF BOYNTON & DELRAY BEACH, FL

Hello Sassy People:

I loveee to eatso anytime I have the opportunity to attend events where there is tons of yummy food I am totally there! When Lori J. Durante invited me to experience the "Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History's Taste History Culinary Tours", I was super excited. On the day of the tour, everyone met outside of Macy's in Boynton Beach, FL and after boarding the bus we started on our way. 

Our first stop was an Italian bakery in Boynton Beach called Palermo's Bakery - South Florida. It is a bread lover's dream. They offer an assortment of baked goods, which include beautifully decorated cakes, tasty pies and delicious freshly baked bread. While sampling the goodies, the tour attendees took the time to learn a little about one another, and quickly became tour friends. 
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Next, we headed east to downtown Delray Beach, while learning several interesting facts about various historical landmarks. Once we reached Delray, we drove through Millionaire's Row, where we passed the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum and the first African-American school in Delray. 

Our first Delray stop was a hidden gem called Shaffer's Tea Room. Upon arrival I was really surprised, because it is literally hidden. I have driven by hundreds of times, and never knew it existed. Oh well! Better late than never right?!?!?! I must say it is simply adorable, and I love its coziness and seclusion. To top it off, they serve the best tea ever.  I am so happy I was introduced to this very quaint and enchanting place. I cannot wait to return!!!!
After leaving the Tea Room, we hit Atlantic Avenue, which I love.  The lively atmosphere added such an amazing touch to the tour. Our initial stop on the Ave. was the Boca Museum of Art - The Artists' Guild, followed by Le Macaron French Pastries Delray Beach, DIG Delray Beach then Bamboo Fire Cafe.

I must admit that I am completely addicted to hummus. So when I saw that DIG had a delicious assortment for our sampling, I became extremely excited!  Once I took my first bite of the eggplant hummus I was sold. This is another "will be returning soon" place added to my list. Let's not forget the Bamboo Fire Cafe. Their Caribbean and World Cuisine is extremely tasty and super delicious. The lemonade is so good it was voted best in the state of Florida. We tried getting the owner to tell us her secret ingredient but she wasn't having it! Lol! She gave us a few hints, but she was wayyy to clever to make that mistake! 
I don't have to tell you that our bellies were completely satisfied after leaving Atlantic Ave. However, we were not finished. While driving through Pineapple Grove Arts District to our next destination, anyone could tell by the satisfied looks on everyone's faces that they/we were completely happy with where the tour had taken us, and also with Lori's savvy narrative skills. When she announced that we were heading the last stop I was having such a great time, I found myself disappointed! Lol!  

Last by not least, we arrived at the Secret Garden Cafe at the Green Market. This amazing place is all about slow food, which is opposite fast food. They "offer natural & organic grown Farm to Table Freshness using the freshest ingredients provided by our Urban Farming".

The Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History's Taste History Culinary Tours is my second food tour, and it is the best yet! I am totally impressed with the entire experience, and excited to participate in several more.

Thanks Taste History for the wonderful experience and tasty food!

Have A Happy Healthy, and Remember to Always...
Stay Sassy!



*Disclosure: Products and services were provided to me for editorial consideration. All opinions are 100% my own*.

*Photo credit goes to Dawn Gibson-Thigpen (Simply Sassy)

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