makeup monday // the cat eye

makeup monday // the cat eye

Music Monday has retired and I’m excited to announce the launch of makeup monday!  It’s pretty self-explanatory.  Today I want to talk about the cat eye and my favorite favorite liner. I love doing a simple winged liner on most days.  This look was popular in the 50’s which added the perfect dose of glamour to make any eye pop and look chic.  Once you get the hang of it, it’s very easy to create and you can select from eye pencils, liquid liners, gel liners, and creams.  You definitely need the right tools.

My favorite liner in the whole wide world is… Tattoo by Kat Von D

makeup monday // the cat eye

I love Kat Von D’s Tattoo liner. It’s amazing. The brush tip is so perfect and helps give that effortless application with its superfine tip. The high-pigment fluid liner allows for incredible fluid application that will glide across your lash line. It definitely takes practice, but Tattoo makes it much easier for you to apply and rock and winged eye look. It’s perfection!

classic cat eye looks…

makeup monday // the cat eye

{images via Pinterest}
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project 2015 // wk. 001 // the standard

// wk. 001 /// the standard

Hello. A new year, a new photo project.  This year I decided to do a new project {because a girl likes her projects} called Project 2015. Project 2015 showcases a different photo filter each week. To kick off the new year, I’m showcasing the standard.  I discovered this app called SimplyB&W. I love this app because it doesn’t just create black and white photography; it creates dramatic black and white photography.  The user interface is minimalistic and there are 6 different filters to select from. The standard is one of the 6 filters.  Here is a glimpse of my week…

{the standard}

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Downloads, Holiday

This year I will … #2015


Happy New Year! I’m extremely excited for 2015 and what it will bring.  I’ve written my goals for this year and have also privately written some positive affirmations. I am a believer that if you are vocal and put out your desired situations out into the universe and repeat them and BELIEVE them, they will come true.  Along with that, it’s also nice to document or at least be aware of first and last situations that happen in a new year.  My friend {Savanna} and I were at a coffee shop today and made a list of our “Firsts” and “Bests” for 2015.  Ours was a little specific to our own lives. I also shared this idea with my friend {Chelsea} and she suggested I share this list to my sparkle friends. I have created a 2015 Firsts/Bests Postcard for you! Please feel free to download and document your 2015.  Cheers!

#hello 2015

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Happy New Year! Hello 2015. Today we celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Sparkle is the new BLACK. Who is going to be your first thought in 2015? What will your first meal be?  Who will you kiss first in 2015? I’m excited for this new year and what the new year will bring. Here are my personal resolutions/goals for this new year. I hope this year will be full of sparkle for you! Cheers and make every moment count…

hello 2014

Fashion, New York, Party, Photography, San Francisco, Seattle, Wedding, Weekend

2014 // Top Blog Posts


Hello. Happy New Year’s Eve Eve. 2014 is almost over.  I would give this year a 7 1/2 out of 10.  That’s not too bad and we can even round-up.  It was a year full of experiences, friendships {good ones too}, love, loss, growth, and strength.  I learned to “be in the moment” and “be present” more. Time is such a valuable thing. I cherish the time with my family and friends and realize that it takes time to heal and grow. I’ve enjoyed sharing a glimpse of my style and life with you. Thank you for reading all the sparkle. Here is a glimpse of the most popular posts for 2014…

Top Post of the Year

Summer Wedding

1.  A Summer Wedding… {Sara+ David tie the knot}

2. Winter Wonderland  {Gensler Holiday decor}

3.  Last Fling Before the Ring. {Sara’s bachelorette party}

4. The Real Carrie Bradshaw Apartment

We heart Warby Parker

5.  Friday Eve Sparkles {Warby Parker photo shoot with Chelsea}

6. hair did {See the hair project with my friend Rachel}

7. Hello San Francisco

A New York Story

8. A New York Story

9. Anna Wintour // 73 Questions

10. Skirts Ahoy {A Perfect Summer Night on a yacht}


Music Monday. Tin Sparrow

Music Monday. Tin Sparrow

Hello and Happy Music Monday. This is the last Music Monday for 2014.  For 2 years, the “Monday Post” has been dedicated to Music. In 2015, we might have a new focus for Monday. Stay tuned next week to find out! So for this final Music Monday, I dedicate to my friend {Chelsea}. She gave me this introduction – Tin Sparrow. Tin Sparrow, an Indie-Folk band from Sydney.  Listen to For You. xoxo


Week in Pictures {sparkle}

Week in Pictures {sparkle}

Hello. 2014 is almost over and so is this 2014 photo project. The 2014 project was all about photos that related to a word that a friend would give me each week.  Thank you so so so much to all that participated this year. Next week I’ll be introducing the new project for 2015. It’s different and exciting and gives me a place to share my photography and a glimpse of my life with you!  Since this is the last “Week in Pictures” I decided to end it with the word {sparkle}. Cheers to 2014! Here is a glimpse of my week…


Week in Picture {sparkle}

Week in Picture {sparkle}

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