Author Archives: jenn

From the Archives: Arthouse Reopening, October 2010 and AEM Gala, March 2014

Marion Cotillard in Reem Acra gown from July 2009 InStyle issueIn this (infrequent) series of posts, I’ll pull looks from past events and walk through my styling strategy, from hair to shoes.

THE DRESS: The July 2009 issue of InStyle magazine featured a fashion spread with Marion Cotillard. In one photo (left), she wore a black, floor-length Reem Acra jersey gown. I became obsessed. The beautiful draping into a high, middle slit, the plunging neckline, the ruching at the sleeves — FLAWLESS. I had to have this dress! There’s only one small problem. No way can I afford a Reem Acra gown. 

December 2009, I traveled to the Philippines to spend the holidays with my family. I would attempt to have my dream dress made. Dressmakers in the Philippines are affordable and able to make dresses simply from looking at a photo. My niece helped me pick a fabric. I selected a matte jersey so I could match the draping, but I opted for a teal color. Typically, I avoid wearing black for black-tie events.  Continue reading

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Makeup How-to: Eyeshadow Everyday

I know many women are intimidated by eyeshadow. Don’t be scared, ladies! Eyeshadow is the best. Like paint for your walls, it’s a cheap and easy way to brighten things up. It’s easier than you think to apply everyday. Here’s my no-fail formula.

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Oscars 2014 Recap: Beauty Edition

The Oscars – film, fashion, the pinnacle of awards season. I don’t usually cover the Oscars on my blog, but this year, I feel compelled. But not for the red carpet fashion, because let’s face it, last night was kind of a snooze fest. (Except for Lupita Nyong’o who has won every red carpet of 2014.) However, there were some outstanding beauty looks last night. Here are my picks. Continue reading

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Local Love: Starling Eyewear

FACT: Snappy eyewear makes you look smarter. And by some opinions, smart is sexy. So when I got the offer for a free pair of Starling Eyewear frames to learn more about this neat, new business, I was all over it. I’m always up for looking smarter and sexier.

Starling Eyewear pop-up wagon at the Domain Austin Continue reading

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Golden Globes 2014 Recap

College football season is over. Formula 1 doesn’t start up again until March. However, a new season has begun — awards season. And that means RED CARPET EXTRAVAGANZA! The season kicked off with the Golden Globes last Sunday. It’s been a stellar year for film, but I’m sad to report that I was overall underwhelmed with the fashion. However, there were a few standouts. And now, ladies and gentlemen, the winners of the 3rd Annual Beautypendence Golden Globes recap are …

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Local Love ABROAD in Seattle: Julep Nail Parlor

Last month, I was fortunate to spend eight days and eight nights in one of my favorite cities, Seattle. I was there for many reasons, namely to attend my best friend John’s wedding, watch the Longhorns play in the NCAA Volleyball Final Four and spend Christmas with Oregon Jenn and her family (you’ll remember her as the beautiful bride.) Wrapping up things before leaving town for more than a week meant that I didn’t have time to give myself a manicure. Chipped nail polish is a HUGE pet peeve of mine. The morning following my arrival in the Emerald City, getting a manicure was high on the priority list.

I tasked John with finding a nail salon for us to get manis. I trusted him to find the perfect place, and he nailed it. (HA! Pun intended!) We ended up at Julep Nail Parlor. I was excited. I had heard of Julep nail color, but I had no idea that it was borne out of Seattle and these chic nail salons.

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Local Love: Acupuncture at Hiatus Spa + Retreat

Hiatus Spa + Resort logoThere are many things I miss about living in Austin, and Hiatus Spa + Retreat is one of them. For those who are not familiar with Hiatus, they have a super awesome membership program where as an H-Circle member you pay $59/month and receive one Essential Service – a massage, facial, mani-pedi, body glow, or body wrap – each month. It’s a great deal for any of these top-notch offerings. Continue reading

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Holiday Makeup Look: Doing the Vampy Lip

Last year, I had a lot of fun putting together a holiday makeup look that I thought I’d make it an annual tradition. But of course, I had to change it up.

If I had to pick my 2013 makeup product of the year, it would have to be lipstick. Living in San Antonio could be a contributing factor; a bright or bold lip is a staple here. Plus, I feel like short hair grants me permission to go high-impact with my makeup. And don’t you think colder weather inspires a more goth look? Here’s what I’ve put together:

Jenn wearing holiday makeup look, vamp lipstick

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Local Love: Natura Bisse Facial at Neiman Marcus San Antonio

I am THRILLED to share with you my first spa treatment in San Antonio, and boy, was it a good one! In the middle of a super stressful week at work, I get a phone call from my friend at Neiman Marcus at La Cantera in San Antonio. She tells me that she’s got an opening for an in-store Natura Bissé facial the next day. Hard to turn down that offer.

I showed up at the store the next afternoon, went up the escalator and saw this bubble:
Natura Bisse facial at Neiman Marcus La Cantera in San Antonio Continue reading

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Hair After Chemo: A Trifecta of Triumph

A couple of months ago, my friend Sarah from grad school contacted me. It’s been eight years since we graduated, and we live several states apart, but thanks to the magic of social media, Sarah knew that I had this little beauty blog. She asked if I could write a post about growing out hair after chemo treatments. I was saddened to hear that Sarah had gone through this since we had last seen each other but flattered that she thought me worthy to give this important topic the due it deserved.

With my parents, May 1998 graduation from UT Austin - my mom was 48 and has only faint hints of gray

With my parents, graduation from UT Austin in May 1998 – my mom was 48 and has only faint hints of gray

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