Monday, February 18, 2013

Mural Vest

 We are loving this Mural Floral Print Tux Vest from Nordstrom, it is an absolute must have item this spring season! It will add color and excitement to any outfit and it is perfect for a casual day of shopping yet can easily be dressed up for any formal occasion!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Alice + Olivia Fall 2013 Presentation

We are having so much fun at New York Fashion Week and are loving this collection! 
We can predict black, rustics reds, and folk-inspired prints are going to be a hot trend this Fall! For more Alice and Olivia check out

Saturday, February 9, 2013

gelshine™ At-Home Gel Colour System

SEPHORA by OPI - gelshine™ At-Home Gel Colour System 
Love how gel manicures look, but hate having to constantly spend time and money at the nail salon? Now you can get the same professional results at home, with Sephoras gelshine™ At-Home Gel Colour System. We love this product because  It comes with the highest quality gel formula as well as one of the fasted LED cures on the market, not to mention there is zero drying time, and you will have a flawless manicure for up to two weeks...and it can all be done in the comfort of your own home!



Thursday, February 7, 2013

It's as simple as black and white

Spring 2013 Fashion Trend 
Marc Jacob Spring 2013
We are going back to the basics with  one of this Springs hottest trends, high contrast!
Its all about layering black and white pieces of various sizes, textures, and prints.
All you have to do is just go in your closet and I am positive you will find numerous black and white pieces, if not this is a good time to stock up on some basics! 
For this look, I paired a casual vintage black and white pattern dress with a simple Black Leather jacket from Forever21. To bring some fun to this outfit I paired it with my favorite faux fur Matiko shoes! They add a lot of height, yet i always forget I'm even wearing heels!  Added on to this outfit are lots of unique accessories, such as a simple white belt to give more shape to the dress, a vintage inspired bracelet and statement ring by Rachel Zoe, a Marc Jacobs shoulder bag as well as a
Purple Marc by Marc Jacobs watch to add a bit of color to the outfit!

Meghan Sabik


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

10 Things Schools Can Do to Help Prevent Bullying

 WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 5, 2013) Bullying is an issue that schools around the country are paying attention to. It’s one that is leaving many seats in the classrooms empty each day. In fact, it’s estimated that, around the country, roughly 160,000 students stay home each day because they fear bullying. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that schools can do in order to help successfully prevent and address the issue on their campus.
“Bullying is a common problem, and schools don’t want it there anymore than the students do,” explains Peter J. Goodman, author of the book “We’re All Different But We’re All Kitty Cats.” “Both can come out ahead if schools place an emphasis on addressing the problem in a variety of ways.”
Goodman has bundled his popular book with an educational curriculum package that helps children identify and work through their emotions and feelings. The combined tools use cats as characters to help teach children about bullying, and about accepting others even if they have differences. The curriculum, titled “Bully Free Students Make Bully Free Classrooms,” focuses on such lessons as what bullying is, as well as feelings and bullying, helping children to identify feelings and how to make the right decisions when they do. It is increasingly becoming a tool that schools use to help prevent and address bullying on campus.
Here are 10 additional things that schools can do to help prevent and address bullying:
  1. Focus on prevention. When you begin working on bullying as a school-wide issue, place the emphasis more on preventing it so that it is not as big of a problem to begin with.
  2. Establish a committee. Create a task force at the school to focus on bullying. That committee should include members from staff, teachers, parents, and students. Together, they can work together and have their input considered.
  3. Create a plan. Within the committee, work together to create a bully-prevention plan for the school. Include what the consequences will be if people are found to be bullying others.
  4. Start early. It is never too early to start working with children about treating others with kindness, respect, and acceptance. Start at the earliest grade that the school has, leaving no children out of the plan.
  5. Keep it going. As children work their way through the school, advancing to the next grade, reinforce the bully-prevention message. They need to hear the message every year, as opposed to it being given to them only once.
  6. Think multiple methods. Children learn in different manners. Some learn by listening, others learn by hands-on projects, and still others learn by watching. Try to incorporate multiple ways to get the bully-prevention message across to students. Include things like books, plays, games, movies, and more.
  7. Encourage peer advocacy. When students go from being bystanders to being “upstanders,” attempts to address bullying will be more successful. Students should be taught to stand up for other students.
  8. Teach what to do. Even though the focus should mainly be on bullying prevention, students still need to know what to do if it happens to them. Teach them acceptable ways to handle bullying if they do encounter it.
  9. Work with parents. Parents want a bully-free school as much as teachers, staff, and students do. Nobody wants their child to come home in tears after a day of being bullied. Get the parents involved in the bully prevention effort in order to make it more successful.
  10. Evaluate and adjust. Once or twice per year, give the students an anonymous survey to fill out, where they can answer questions about bullying on the school campus. This will provide a look at how the students feel about the school atmosphere, and will give staff the chance to see if the bully-free plans need to be re-evaluated.
“Schools want those children in their seats every day, rather than avoiding school out of fear,” explains Karen Goldberg, a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with parents and families. “When schools make bullying a priority and take real steps to help prevent and address bullying, everyone is better off. It takes some dedication and focus, but a successful program can be created and implemented.”
The Kitty Cats book and curriculum has been written for children in pre-kindergarten through the third grade. The earlier children learn about the importance of preventing bullying, the better. To learn more about the book series, the curriculum bundle, or to purchase the volume that addresses bullying, visit

About dreamBIG Press
dreamBIG Press is a publishing house that has created a series of children’s books titled Were All Different But Were All Kitty Cats. The books are designed for elementary-school-aged children, to tackle common issues that they may encounter such as bullying, childhood fears, confidence, being different, and making friends. Through the use of a cast of cats, the author helps children better understand those issues, and learn how to deal with them. The company was started by Peter J. Goodman, a multimedia children’s author and president of Gut Instinct Creative, an award-winning marketing communications company. For more information about dreamBIG Press or the book series, visit the site at: or our YouTube channel


Monday, February 4, 2013

Sommerville360 Tanning Towelettes

we are loving Kate Sommervilles at home 360 Tanning Towelletes!
They are non-Toxic, take only a few minutes to apply, and adapt to each skin tone differently , giving you a natural darkened glow.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Bridal make up inspiration

The first thing I do when creating a wedding look is to ask the bride what the theme of the wedding is going to be, this helps me in getting to know her personality and designing the perfect look for her!  Your wedding day makeup must reflect the woman you are at this moment in your life.

To find color inspiration I look at the colors of flowers/dresses/table napkins/invitations etc. Hair and eye color should be your guide in choosing a color palette, another thing to consider is,of course, the dress! is it white?  oyster?  ivory? these are all huge factors in choosing the right make up for your big day!

 Colors most popular for Fall/Winter bridal makeup are plums, purple, berry, dusty rose, red, slate grey, white and black.  For Spring you will find mint, robin egg blue, pink, fuschia, fresh green, coral and yellow. 
If you like glitter, use a small amount on the upper lid.  Remember you will be photographed all night long! and too much glitter will reflect off of the flash.  Keep the glitter for your bachelorette party!

The 1980's produced many bridal no no's. That being said, do your research and make sure you find the perfect colors tones and products for you! 

Here are three easy and beautiful makeup looks for your wedding day...

natural and fresh 
It is all about beautiful skin! Make sure to get a facial once a month for three months prior to the big day. Remedy day spa or Tiffanesque skin care are great and are both located in Westlake. Try using Lancome's Teint Miracle foundation for a fresh skin look , or if you prefer mineral makeup my favorite is Ferro Ultimate foundation, 100% Natural!The cheeks should be soft and luminous, NARS multiple cheek sticks in Riviera or Maui are both amazing, and only $39.00.Keep the eyes soft with neutral shades and add a pop of pink or berry stain to the lip! there is no need for false lashes, just add a bit of mascara and your look is complete! This is a classic look that will be timeless.

 glam and sexy
 She can wear color!  Go bold on the eyes and definitely wear false lashes, or try lash extensions.  Either way, make sure to try them a few weeks before the big day so you get used to them!  If you do decide to wear false lashes, try using "Fantabulash" adhesive tape, it won't come off and isnt irritating! The lips and cheek color should match to keep focus on the eyes, Laura Mercier offers great lip and cheek colors to stay neutral. Go bold on the brows to frame the eyes and balance the depth in the eyeshadow.  MAC has a great new line of eyebrow products this spring! 

hopeless romantic
This look is about pure elegant beauty. For the eyes use soft colors like  Pinks, warm browns, subtle hints of green baby blue  or grey.  To define the eye use a black liquid liner on the upper lash line.  I love using corner lashes or individuals so the lashes are slightly enhanced for photos.  The skin is contoured with bronzers and highlighted with shimmer pearl powder. I use Lancome's powder bronzers as well as NARS bronzer creme sticks.   Ferro Cosmetics has a great line of mineral highlight Veils in crystal rose or crystal nude for those of you looking for natural products!  Lips can be enhanced with MAC's lip liners and then use Burts Bees tinted lip blam for lips to look soft and moist. 

  looks created by
Kristina Goldberg