Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Factory Girl: Edie Sedgwick

Edie Sedgwick was a model, an actress and an artist in the 1960's. Beautiful and talented, yet troubled and manic, I think that Edie Sedgwick was one of the most interesting people that I know about. She is commonly known for being Andy Warhol's muse and superstar, staring in films such as Poor Little Rich Girl. She also had a love affair with Bob Dylan, inspiring his song Like a Rolling Stone. Edie battled drugs on and off all through out her life until it all ended when she was at the young age of 28 when she overdosed and died. I think Edie is so interesting because her life was anything but simple. Her "old money" family was packed with many brothers and sisters, three of whom killed themselves. They were all always in and out of mental institutions, whether it be because they needed to be, or because that is where their father, Fuzzy, shipped them away to. Through it all though, I believe that she was always very caring and free spirited. The movie Factory Girl is about Edie and her life, and I highly recommend it. 
"She loved the things she did not know. She was eager to learn, not in the way of a pupil, but somehow in the way of an artist."
- Donald Lyons
"She made you feel privileged to be there."
- Rene Ricard
"One person in the sixties fascinated me more than anybody I had ever known. And the fascination I experienced was probably very close to a certain kind of love. But her name is still going. It seems incredible, doesn't it?"
- Andy Warhol
"If I all I cared about was me, I could make a million. And that's what they'll never understand."
- Edie Sedgwick

"It's not that I'm rebelling. It's that I'm trying to find another way."
- Edie Sedgwick

Monday, January 30, 2012

Makeup Bag Monday: Don't Make Me Blush!

Today is Monday, so you know what that means! Makeup Bag Monday! Today the makeup of the day is blush! I am going to do a product review on two different ways to do blush. Hope you enjoy!

Sephora Collection: Colorful Blush
What it is:
A collection of blushes with smooth, long wearing coverage to define the cheeks.
What is does:
Available in two beautiful finishes, matte or shimmer, each blush delivers a healthy glow. Now with enhanced mineral and organic pigments, these blushes feature smoother application, boosted color intensity, and longer wear. Enriched with moisturizing ingredients, including the extract of the portulaca plant and a natural peptide, cheeks look smoother, more hydrated, and fresher-looking.
What else you need to know:
The non-comedogenic formula is paraben-free and tested under dermatological supervision.
Research Results:
In a 28-day satisfaction test with 20 volunteers, 95% of women reported that the blush's color lasted all day long and 90% of women reported that the blush gave their complexion a polished, flawless look
Allie's Review:
I love this blush! This summer, I was in New York and I visited one of the Sephoras where I decided I needed to buy a little something. Since my blush had just run out, I decided to ask the employees which blush they recommended. They all voted this one. They picked out which color goes best with my skin, and showed me the perfect way to apply it. It's only 13 dollars, and it lasts forever! I'm still on my first one, and I use it every day.
Allie's Tip:
My friend Taylor taught me a really good way to apply blush. Starting at your temple, then going to the apple of your cheek, then ending at your jaw line, make a number 3 with the blush. It leaves a really natural look! Just be sure not to apply too much at first until you are comfortable with how much looks natural. 

Sephora Collection: Pro Blush Brush #49
What it is:
This brush applies blush and powder beautifully, and makes contouring and highlighting effortless.
What is does:
The angles bristles fit perfectly over the cheekbone, which makes pronouncing your cheeks especially easy. The anti-bacterial bristles are made of nylon and resist residue so you don't have to clean the brush as often as you would with natural fibers.
Allie's Review:
I bought this brush the same time I purchased the blush, and let me tell you; it is amazing! It's definitely the most expensive brush I have, coming in at $32, but it was totally worth it. It is by far the best brush I have ever used and it makes a lot of difference with how your result looks.
Allie's Tip:
Two words: Brush Cleanser. It's really important to use brush cleanser on all of your brushes at least once a week. You put a lot of money into these guys, so it's essential to keep them nice! Some people think that using rubbing alcohol is okay to clean them, but it's not because it eats away the bristles and the glue holding it together! I really like MAC brush cleanser. It's about $13 a bottle, and it makes a lot of difference with your brushes. They look brand new after a two minute cleaning. All you need to do is lay out a napkin, pour a little cleanser on it, and rub your brushes back and forth and it, finishing by rubbing them on a dry napkin (be gentle!). Let them dry for about 5 or 10 minutes. That's it! It's so easy and it makes your brushes last a long time.

Benefit Cosmetics: Benetint
What it is:
The original (and still the best) rose-tinted cheek and lip stain.
What it does:
Benefit Benetint is a kiss-proof and waterproof, indelibly sheer tint. It gives an innocent yet provocative glow to keep everyone guessing, "what has she been up to?"
What else you need to know:
It's the sexiest flush you can get from a bottle.
Allie's Review:
This stain is awesome because you can wear it on your cheeks, or on your lips. It smells like roses! It's $29 a bottle, but it lasts forever! I'm talking years! 
Allie's Tip:
When applying it to your cheeks, draw a line or a circle on each cheek. Let it sit for a few seconds, and then rub it in. This makes sure that it will last longer on your cheeks as oppose to on your fingertips. But be careful with this. If you let it sit as a line or circle for too long before rubbing it it, it will be hard to get the shape off your cheek!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tea Time!

I love, love, love to go to tea parties. My best friend Taylor and I would do this all of the time in high school, and we soon became obsessed. I remember the first time I went to tea when I was a little girl. My grandmother took all my girl cousins, my aunts, and me to the Windsor Court in New Orleans. I loved how exquisite and beautiful the tea cups and the food all were. Today, I still drink tea a lot and now know that there is more to it then just a fun tea party...it's great for your health, especially green tea. Here's some information about different kinds of teas that I got from Vianne's Tea House, one of my favorite tea places back home.

White teas are named for the silvery white down that is on the small young leaves when they are plucked not for the cup color. White tea has the least amount of processing and contains the most antioxidants.

Green tea is usually steamed and does not go through a full oxidation process. Green tea is known for its healthful benefits and antioxidant properties.

Oolong Teas are “brown” teas semi-fermented between a green tea and black tea and hence the most complex of teas to produce.

Black tea goes through four stages of production – withering, rolling, oxidation and drying/firing. The hearty, rich flavor comes from the fermentation or oxidation and firing. Black tea has the most caffeine, but half the amount of a cup of coffee.

Rooibos – pronounced “Roy-boss” commonly called “red tea” or “red bush tea” is from the “Aspalathus Linearis” plant. It makes an aromatic tea. Rooibos is grown successfully only in Cedarburg, just north of Capetown in South Africa. Naturally NO CAFFEINE!

Fruit Blends are the equivalent of botanicals. They consist of dried fruits, herbs and dried flowers. They contain no caffeine or tea.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Oh My, OPI!

So I love nail polish. My favorite brand is OPI. I think that it goes on the best, and it looks oh so smooth. 

Bubble Bath 
One of my most absolute favorite colors that OPI makes is Bubble Bath. It's a light, light pink and it looks so classy. It's also great because you can add a top glitter coat to make it even more special!

Mermaid Tears
This color is so beautiful. I love the greenish-teal because it's really original. It's a perfect color for any day!

Cajun Shrimp
This is the perfect color to paint your toes for a day at the beach. It's so summery and simple, but also really cute!

As far as top coats go, these next two are the jam. They leave really different finishes, but I like them both a lot.

Happy Anniversary 
This one leaves a really pretty pearl shimmer to the nail. It's great for a formal event or if your going for a more polished look.

Only Gold For Me
This top coat is more funky and fun. I like it a lot because it spices up any nail and it gives it a special look. It's also great for LSU games. My favorites to put it over are Bubble Bath or Mermaid Tears.

Mad As a Hatter
Yes, I have saved one of the best for last. Mad as a Hatter was in the Alice in Wonderland Collection and I love, love, love it! It's really sparkly. It isn't a top coat either; it's thick enough to wear alone! This one is a must have.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Book Nook: Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite writers. I discovered her in early high school, and even since then I have read all of her books. She has ten to be exact. I really love them all, and can't pick favorites, but I'll do a little review on the ones that I have read more than once. Or twice. Or three times.

 "I was worn out, broken: He had taken almost everything. But he'd been all I'd had, all this time. And when the police led him away, I pulled out of the hands of all these loved one, sobbing, screaming, everything hurting, to try and make him stay."
This is about a girl named Caitlin. The book starts off with her "perfect" sister running away to be with her shady boyfriend. Her mother turns her attention to Caitlin, trying to make her everything that she lost with her sister Cass, like being a cheerleader. She soon meets a boy named Rogerson, who is complete trouble and turns her world upside down for the worse. I'm not going to say anymore, because I don't want to give anything away, but this one is a book that I couldn't put down.

The Truth About Forever
“It's just that...I just think that some things are meant to be broken. Imperfect. Chaotic. It's the universe's way of providing contrast, you know? There have to be a few holes in the road. It's how life is.” 
This one is about a girl named Macy. Her summer is looking pretty boring, because her stuck up boyfriend went away for some type of camp. She works at the library, and studies for the SAT all day. Her father has recently died, and she was there to experience every second. But then everything changes when she somehow falls into an unexpected job with a catering crew. She meets Wes who is artistic and understanding, and starts to change Macy's life by showing her not to be afraid to live.

What Happened to Goodbye
“It was so quiet, I could hear my own breathing, loud in my ears. Outside, the ocean was crashing, waves hitting sand, then pulling back to sea. I thought of everything being washed away, again and again. We make such messes in this life, both accidentally and on purpose. But wiping the surface clean doesn't really make anything any neater. It just masks what is below. It's only when you really dig down deep, go underground, that you can see who you really are.” 
McLean is an only child, who's parents got divorced recently. She moved away with her dad, who's job is to fix up falling apart restaurants, and has lived in four towns in two years. She decided to almost make it a game, changing her name and identity with whatever town she went to next. It made it easier for her to not get attached. But now, she has landed in a place where she wants to be herself, but she really doesn't even know who that is anymore.

Lock and Key
“It's a lot easier to be lost than found. It's the reason we're always searching and rarely discovered--so many locks not enough keys.” 
This is about a girl named Ruby, who has not had an easy life. Her mother is frequently in and out of her life, and she has pretty much learned to live alone. Out of the blue, her sister Cora, who she has not seen in 10 years, invites her to live with her and her husband in their lavish home. It's a hard adjustment for everyone, and is kind of a Cinderella Story with a twist.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Mardi Gras Mambo: King Cake Edition

Yay! It's beginning to look a lot like my favorite time of year...Mardi Gras! Today at work my boss brought in a king cake, and I got so excited. I didn't even realize how close Mardi Gras is. Besides the parades and the partying, king cake is one of my favorite parts of the Fat Tuesday celebration. So, I have decided to dedicate this blog post to the history of king cake.
The term king cake is named after the three kings from the bible. The three colors of the sugar also represent something. Purple stands for justice, green for faith, and gold for power. The plastic baby represents baby Jesus. When my grandma was young,  they had king cake parties, and whoever got the baby in their piece had to have the next party and buy the next cake. Now a days, this isn't taken as seriously, but some families still participate in this. Before that, crews of parades would play a different game with king cakes. Who ever got the baby in their piece was the queen of that parade. Today, that definitely isn't the case, but I think it'd be fun if it was!

Makeup Bag Monday: Mascara

Every Monday I am going to look through my makeup bag and do a few reviews on my favorite products. Today, the makeup of the day is mascara. I love mascara because it makes the eyes pop so much, and it can really increase the level of drama you're going for. I have three favorite types of mascara.

1. CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara
This product is awesome. This mascara is the great because it makes your lashes look super long, while keeping them full and CLUMP FREE! It’s inexpensive too! It's only about $6 and you can find it anywhere such as Target or CVS. They also have a great water proof mascara, which will stay on all day at the pool or at the beach. The only difference is the water proof is a bit more liquid based, so be careful when applying it.

2. L'oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes in Blackest Black
This mascara is good because it really pumps up the drama, and leaves your lashes feeling VERY full. It doesn't clump at all either. This is the ideal mascara if you are going out at night, because it's the most dramatic of my top three favorites. It can be found at many drug store, and it is about $7.

3. Physicians Formula Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara Black
I recently tried this mascara for the first time and fell in love. It's great because it makes the lashes look really long, while keeping them looking natural. It's only about $9, and you can find it at CVS or any other drug stores. 100% of the ingredients are organic, and 44% of the ingredients are from organic farming!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

"All They Ever See is Marilyn Monroe..."

I recently saw My Week With Marilyn. It was so amazing. It's about when Marilyn Monroe was making a movie with Sir Laurence Olivier. A young man named Colin Clark was helping with the movie. He's very interested in film, but even more fantasied with Marilyn (as most of the men on set, and everywhere else, are). Marilyn Monroe shares her secrets and the other side of Marilyn with Colin. Colin sees her ups and downs and her beauty: whether that be the blissful and careless kind, or the dark and depressing. This movie was wonderful. I am a huge fan of Marilyn Monroe, and I find her life to be very interesting. 

Here are a few quotes said by Marilyn Monroe:

“I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.”
“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
“If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything.”
No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they’re pretty, even if they aren’t.
"What do I wear in bed? Why Chanel No. 5, of course."
"A girl doesn't need anyone who doesn't need her."
"Just because you fail once, doesn't mean you're going to fail at everything. So keep your head high, your chin up, and most importantly keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.” 
"When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, I'm already better then them anyway."
"I'm not interested in money, I just want to be wonderful."

Friday, January 20, 2012

Book Nook: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

So if you're a big reader like me, I am sure you have either read this, or at least heard of it. It's possibly one of the most amazing books I have ever read. If you ask anyone else who has read it, I can promise that they will say the same. It's a story about a boy. The entire book is composed of letters that he is writing to someone. You do not know who he's writing to, but it really doesn't matter. It's almost like a diary. It's about his life and his friends and family and just growing up. I highly recommend it. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:

"So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be."

"And in that moment, I swear we were infinite."

"Sam and Patrick looked at me. And I looked at them. And I think they knew. Not anything specific really. They just knew. And I think that's all you can ever ask from a friend."

"I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won't tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn't change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn't really change the fact that you have what you have."

"So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them."

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What To Wear: School to Work

Since my schedule is so busy, I have work, and internship, and class. Sometimes I have all three in one day! I have to still be presentable for work and my internship, but I also want to be cute, casual and funky for class. Here's a idea how to can dress up or shag down an outfit with accessories.

For Class

For Work and Internships

"One Good Thing About Music..."

Bob Marley said it best. Music really does relieve pain and can turn your entire mood around. Well, that's the case for me anyway. I love every genre of music, but my favorite type is the kind I can listen to and relax and get into the lyrics. Here are SOME of my favorite songs to relax to. Not all though, because that list would be crazy and never ending. I also added my favorite lyric from each song. 

Mellow Mood by Slightly Stoopid
"When lovers part you know the sky must cry, write you love letters til my pen runs dry."

Blackbird by The Beatles
"Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly."

Wet Sand by Red Hot Chili Peppers
"I saw you there, so unaware, those hummingbirds all in you hair."

Taylor by Jack Johnson
"Well mommy's little dancer has quite a little secret, working on the streets now, never gunna keep it."

Vienna by Billy Joel
"Where's the fire, what's the hurry about? You better cool it off before you burn it out."

Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer
"Strike up the band, and make the fireflies dance, silver moon's sparkling. So kiss me."

Piano Man by Billy Joel
"He says, 'Son, can you play me a melody? I'm not really sure how it goes. But it's sad and it's sweet and I knew it complete, when I wore a younger man's clothes.'"

Jolene by Ray LaMontagne
"A picture of you, holding a picture of me, in the pocket of my blue jeans. Still don't know what love means."

Thinking of You by Katy Perry
"How do I get better once I've had the best, you said there's tons of fish in the water, so the waters I will test."

Do You Realize by the Flaming Lips
"Do you realize that everyone you know someday will die? And instead of saying all of your goodbyes, let them know you realize that life goes fast, it's hard to make the good things last."

"You know I've got this theory, there are two kinds of people in the world. There are lyric people and music people. You know, the lyrics people tend to be analytical. You know, all about the meaning of the song. They're the ones you see with the CD insert out like 5 minutes after buying it, pouring over the lyrics, interpreting the hell out of everything. Um, then there’s the music people, like Brooke. Who could care less for the lyrics as long as its just got like a good beat and you could dance to it. I don’t know, sometimes it might be easier to be a music girl and not a lyric girl. But since I’m not, let me just say this. Sometimes things find you when you need them to find you, I believe that. And for me its usually song lyrics." - Peyton Sawyer, One Tree Hill

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Breakfast, Anyone?

My most absolute favorite meal of the day is breakfast. It's always been since I was little, and I was lucky enough to have a mom who made it for me every morning. She's make eggs of all kind, biscuits, pancakes, and everything else. Growing up with a mom who spoiled me with syrup, I grew to love sitting down and having breakfast before my day got crazy. Now that I'm in college, I understand that not having a mom to cook for you, and not wanting to wake up early because at that moment, sleep sounds better than french toast, there isn't always time to sit down and have an early morning meal. But have no fear. I have mastered the art of eating on the go, and I'm going to share a few tasty, yet no cook time breakfast ideas.

No time to cook?
Fruit Salad

Preparing this the night before saves you time, and it gives the fruit a few hours to marinate together, resulting in a delicious tangy taste.

Yogurt and Granola

This is an easy on the go meal because you don't need to heat anything. If you want to make the granola yourself, this is a great website with a couple different recipes: granola recipes. If you don't have the time, buying it is just as easy. I have also recently discovered Yoplait has a little cup of yogurt that has granola and fruit ready! All you need to do is mix.

Hard Boiled Egg

My mom is a hard boiled egg fanatic. She eat's them all the time. They're a good source of protein and easy to eat if you're in a rush. Just boil them the night before. All you have to do is put them in a pot with water (make sure the water covers them). Turn on the heat and wait for the water to boil. Once it does turn off the heat and leave the eggs in the pot of hot water for about ten minutes.

Have a few minutes to sit down?
This may be instant oatmeal, but I swear that it is the best thing ever. I prefer to add milk to it, because it gives it a creamier taste than water does.

Veggie Bacon
It might sound weird, and it might look weird, but I promise that this is delicious. I'm a vegetarian and I don't eat meat except for fish and seafood. The hardest part of it was parting with my dearly beloved bacon. But then I found this. It's so close to the real thing that it's scary! The only difference is no animals were harmed to make it!

Lazy, hungry morning?
Fried Egg
Yum! My personal favorite. Cooking a fried egg is so easy. Turn of the heat and spray you pan with non stick spray. Crack the egg over carefully, and be sure not to break the yolk. Once it's ready, flip the egg, and leave it on that side for a little white. Make sure not to leave it on that side too long, or your yolk may not be runny. Just pair this with a little salt and pepper, a couple of pieces of toast, and you're done!

French Toast
French Toast. So delicious. And so easy! Get a an egg and a splash of milk and mix it in a bowl. After that, dip a piece of bread so that it is totally covered in the egg mixture and then put it on a pan. Let it cook for a little while, then flip it. Throw on some powdered sugar, a bit of syrup, and you're done!

Wash it down.
Orange Juice
I can't start my day with out orange juice. It's a great source of Vitamin C and it tastes so good.

Organic Milk
I love this organic milk. It's so creamy and light and fresh. I started drinking organic milk about 5 years ago, after watching a few videos and reading a few articles. I think it's totally worth the few cents more.

French Vanilla Coffee Creamer
If you're a coffee drinker, you NEED to buy this. It's so amazing. It completely changes the coffee experience and adds a delicious and sweet taste.