I had the pleasure of attending Meg Erickson's studio yesterday and purchasing one of her gorgeous leather creations. Meg, a former model and then stylist in NY and Milan, is now focusing her creative talents and eye for fashion on handcrafted leather goods. Each piece is hand cut and crafted in her studio. From clutches to wallets to satchels and totes, it was hard to decide which one to take home.
Her goods can be found at several high end boutiques from Boston to NY to California. Check out her website for further information and styles at http://www.megerickson.com.
Friday, November 1, 2013
They say as we get older we get wiser. (I sure hope so). We also deal with a few skin changes as we go along but nothing a little Wise Woman Emollient can't help out with. Formulated with a luxurious blend of essential oils that are magical for 'elegantly aging' skin.' This delicate blend provides extra skin nutrients for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, hydrating, toning the face and neck, and improving circulation for a healthy radiant glow. But the wisest part of all is it's 0 rating from EWG, meaning it's practically edible. No toxicity here. Now that's smart.
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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Nothing prestigious about this beauty buy but sometimes that's just what the doctor ordered. Physicians Formula Healthy Wear Powder Foundation will set you back about $9 but that's not even the best part! It has a 1 rating by EWG (Environmental Working Group) which means it's actually good for your skin instead of being toxic for it. It has a really soft, natural finish and has an SPF of 50?! You can wear it in the summer or winter, alone or over your moisturizer or sunscreen. It comes in a portable compact so it's great to travel with (but use a brush please, no powder sponge applications.... EVER!)
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Not to be pushy here but there really is no other color that quite tops Bobbi Brown's "Petal" Lip Gloss. It's perfect for the glowing bride, appropriate for the sweet sixteen and absolutely radiant on the more mature woman who wants a hint of color but wants to maintain her natural "less is more" look.
So Petal on down to your nearest Bobbi Brown retailer and pick one up (or two)!
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Friday, May 24, 2013
If you're looking for some fabulous, one of kind (truly) jewelry, then look no further. A local Prides Crossing designer is making these incredible pieces of wearable art available for sale at Chapman's Greenhouse in Beverly Farms. Wear it with a t-shirt and jeans or over your favorite little black dress...it'll be gorgeous either way. And the best part is... no one at the party will be wearing it!
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
When a photographer tells you she doesn't have to retouch photos because the makeup is so flawless you know you've done something right. And while I'd like to take all the credit, it was in large part due to the airbrush makeup. Airbrush makeup is misted on so it leaves a light, seamless veil of color over the skin. It also has over 18 hours of wear, is water-resistant, will not fade, melt, or rub off on clothes, but can be easily washed away with soap and water. Once Airbrush makeup is sprayed on, it dries instantly to a matte finish and does not require powder or re-applying. It's no surprise celebrities have been using this technique for applying foundation for quite a while. But don't get completely sucked in. Some skin types are better suited for it than others, mine not being one of them. So make sure when you consult with a makeup artist to ask what they feel is best for your skin. One size does not fit all.
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Friday, February 15, 2013
|Kristina Young Photography|
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Monday, January 7, 2013
I finally got an iPhone and one of the things I was most obsessed about was to finally get a cool case. (No one makes great cases for android phones) But as I was searching cases I realized, I'm not a case girl, I'm a sleeve girl. I know it doesn't protect nearly as much but isn't that what AppleCare is for?
I found this leather sleeve by a designer out of Poland called RARAMODO. Case closed.
I found this leather sleeve by a designer out of Poland called RARAMODO. Case closed.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
It's the holidays and I have a gift idea for you. Now, before you get all puritanical on me I want you to imagine how happy your husband/boyfriend/significant other would be if you gave him an entire photo album of you that looked like a Victoria Secret catalog. Yes, I kid you not, even us mere mortals can look like an "Angel" with the right amount of makeup and the right photographer. Laura Imbeault makes the process easy, tasteful and comfortable. I love working with her and so do her clients.
Top THAT, Santa.
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Monday, December 3, 2012
You know you're supposed to eat your Omega's but you might want to start putting them on your face as well. I bought this Kiehl's concentrate a few months back and now that drier winter weather is here, I'm glad I did. Filled with essential oils it soaks in quickly and seems to replenish what mother nature takes away (damn her). If my skin is feeling particularly cranky I layer a cream on top for extra hydration. Soak it up.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
I miss my kids.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
When I went to college my parents thought it was a good idea to get me a car. While I perused the used Jettas, very used Porsches (what? I could dream) and used Saabs, the car salesman came up to me and said, "Well, you're oatmeal. Let me show you the Saabs." It was funny only because at prep school I felt like I was pushing it by wearing pale pink lipstick and something other than sweatpants to class. Now my 8 year old daughter comes home telling me the "popular" girls wear Hello Kitty t-shirts and shop at Justice. Apparently her staid diet of Crewcuts isn't cutting it. But I had to laugh... depending on the pool you swim in you're sometimes going to be oatmeal and sometimes you're not. Choose your pool wisely.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
I'm feeling the need to tuck? Are you feeling it too? Whether it's a half tuck or a full tuck... tucking is back. I'm even tucking sweaters. But I especially love silky blouses with a great pair of jeans or casual flannel as seen on the right. Men got the hint a few years back that untucking wasn't cool anymore... it's time we followed suit.
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Monday, October 1, 2012
Summer's over and your tan is fading. That cute dress you wanted to wear this weekend with bare legs looked great with a tan but not so great now. Self tanners are an option but not a very good one. No matter what brand is used, I can always tell when someone uses a self tanner. The smell, the orange hue and when applied incorrectly, the streaks. But Invisible Stockings by Judith August fixes all of that. Not only does it give your legs the most natural tan look, it's waterproof, sheer, and also hides imperfections like veins, bruises, freckles, etc. And it only comes off when you decide to take it off, with soap and water. Faux real!
Posted by Sparkle Inc. at 8:08 AM
Friday, September 21, 2012
This summer I had the pleasure of doing makeup for the beautiful bride you see here and all her lovely bridesmaids. Since I rarely get to see the brides' pictures, I was particularly grateful to be sent these. Such a great group of women. Thank you!! To see more photos from the day visit Sparkle-Inc
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Friday, September 14, 2012
About a month ago I decided it was time to rid my closet of all the clothes I was holding on to that in reality would never be worn, or worse, would be worn but only out of convenience and not real love. It's hard to get rid of cashmere or designer labels but if they don't fit right or you never actually wear them what's the point? 5 trash bags full later, I have a practically empty closet and room in my drawers. So I ordered that leather jacket I was coveting as well as high end jeans and sweaters. A uniform way of dressing is now taking shape. At first I thought I might go through withdrawal but that hasn't been the case. It's liberating and certainly easier to get dressed in the morning. Quality vs. Quantity. I highly recommend it.
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Thursday, September 13, 2012
|Photo courtesy of jamisonwexler.com|
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
I've had a love affair with aviator style sunglasses since high school. Sleek. Sporty. Classic. What's not to love? But finding the right pair wasn't always easy. I went through at least 3 pairs of Ray Bans, a few generic brands and even Serengetis but it wasn't until this summer while out West that I found the perfect pair. Smith Serpico Slims are lightweight, polarized, and fit properly instead of falling down my face. The love affair continues.
Posted by Sparkle Inc. at 12:55 PM
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Oh Fall where are you? I know it's still August but my North Face vest is calling me and it needs a bit of a chill in the air to be worn. It's warm and easy to throw on when you're out on a hike or watching a game but also a winner with skinny jeans, high heeled boots, scarf and dangly earrings. Brrrrrrrrilliant.
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Thursday, August 23, 2012
|Friday Night: What I'm Wearing by Alisa Neely @ SCOUT|
I have an amazing friend whom I've known for quite some time and through all the years and stages we have been through together (pregnancies, babies, etc, etc) she has remained cool, constant and oh so chic. This girl is a writer, designer (she designed and owned her own childrens' line that was highly coveted) and super Boston stylist/personal shopper who truly makes me feel hipper just knowing her. Her company is called SCOUT and she writes an informative and on the pulse fashion blog with a feature called "What I'm Wearing..." where you can not only see the outfit but you can purchase each item in it! But while online gawking is fun, this girl needs to be met in person. Scout's honor.
Posted by Sparkle Inc. at 1:04 PM
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
I caved and I'm not sorry about it. Bought my kid his first pair of TOMS and pretty soon the whole family will be wearing them (husband excluded). They're sporty, functional, easy to get on and more importantly they support an amazing cause. With each pair you buy, TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need. That's fashion to feel good about.
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Monday, August 20, 2012
I'm in love with another man and if he leaves his wife, we're running away together. I just have to actually meet him, and getting him away from his perfect wife could be tricky. You see, I went to a Coldplay concert a few weeks ago and while Chris Martin sang his way into my heart, Gwyneth (his wife) became the object of my thoughts. I sort of hate and love her at the same time. Either way, I can't stop watching her. So if you haven't signed on to GOOP you might as well. You will roll your eyes like crazy but then I swear you will pick up some great tips, recipes, skincare products and simple but great ways to put together an outfit. Damn her.
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Friday, August 17, 2012
My mother in law (who has great style btw and could pretty much convince me to wear anything she picked out) asked me my opinion on a sweater but before I could answer she said, "I know you'll tell me the truth", implying that I had always been straight with her before so she could trust what I said now. But while she and some friends might appreciate honesty, others may not. They may ask for your "honest" opinion but would really appreciate the lie. Hard to tell, but not being straight or talking behind your friend's back is way worse. I say be honest and if your friend gets mad.... maybe she wasn't your friend to begin with.
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Thursday, August 16, 2012
A friend and I went to see Moonrise Kingdom last night and while we weren't sure exactly how we felt about the movie, today I do find myself craving a bit more of its sensibility and the characters' wardrobes. Knee socks, saddle shoes, short dresses and blue eye shadow...school girl gone right. Build your own Kindom at Asos.
|Suzy in Moonrise Kingdom|
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Friday, August 10, 2012
On a recent trip to Sun Valley, Idaho to visit family we had pictures taken by a friend. She had such a great way with the kids (as well as the adults) that she wound up capturing everyone's true spirit in a matter of minutes. If you're ever in the area, spend the half hour and book her to photograph your family, friends, wedding. Find her at Tessa Sheehan, Ketchum, ID on Facebook
or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see more pictures of her work visit Sparkle,Inc
|Photos courtesy of Tessa Sheehan, Ketchum, ID|
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Monday, July 30, 2012
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Sunday, July 29, 2012
Last night I did the makeup for a woman who was throwing her husband a 50th birthday party. I assumed by the looks of her that she had many more years to go before she would be celebrating the same. I was wrong. She will turn 50 in just a few months yet her skin looked like that of a 40 year old. What was her secret? Nothing you haven't heard before... STAY OUT OF THE SUN. Period. It's not magic, lotions or plastic surgery. It's just common sense. Boo. I hate when things are so simple yet so hard to follow sometimes. But if you want skin that looks 40 when you're 50 it's what needs to be done. For when you have to be out in the sun and can't go all Nicole Kidman (she covers herself head to toe AND carries an umbrella...just a tad too weird, right?) then here are some fantastic sunscreens that will keep your skin safe. Skinceuticals SPF 50, California Baby SPF 30 and for a great spray option for the body and easy to apply for kids All Terrain Kids Sport is terrific.
Posted by Sparkle Inc. at 11:18 AM
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
A few weekends ago I did a wedding in Rockport, MA that was so beautiful.. so simple and so refreshing. They had a gorgeous tent in the family's backyard overlooking the ocean, multi colored wildflower bouquets decorated the tables (no color themes here), and children were everywhere. So few weddings/parties/events are like that these days. Most are so tricked out, over detailed, over thought and so completely contrived. NO, this wedding was about family, friends and duh, getting married. Makeup and style should take a cue from this kind of living/celebrating. KISS.
|Photography by www.esthermathieu.com|
Posted by Sparkle Inc. at 10:00 AM
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Help a makeup artist out, will ya? To all the brides I've worked with, pleeeeeease send me your wedding photos! I feel so unfulfilled having done your makeup but not getting to see the final result, dress on, flowers in hand. If you're up for sharing your mug with Sparkle readers, that would be pretty awesome too. Just think of all the brides-to-be that would love to see just how radiant a bride can be.
XOXO, Sparkle Girl
(email photos to email@example.com)
XOXO, Sparkle Girl
(email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Posted by Sparkle Inc. at 1:11 PM
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Did you know french manicures are making a comeback? Yup. And not just the pink/white version either. (I'm still not ready for that look again) No, nails are now getting seriously color-blocked! Check out Revlon's do it yourself version to take out all the guess work on color combos. I don't think it will be a trend that will stick but it will be fun while it lasts.
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Monday, June 25, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Summer is officially here. That means beach, pool, outdoor fun and of course summer fashion. Course there are a lot of looks that wind up on the beach that are downright disastrous but the differences are honestly what make going to the beach so much fun. While the girls to the left are super cute... how boring would it be if the entire beach looked like that? (Not to mention rough on the ego.) Everything sort of goes when it comes to the beach...except for private beach poachers. That is definitely not cool.
Stay cool my friends.
Stay cool my friends.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Is anyone else as excited about Creatures of the Wind collaborating with J.Crew this Fall as I am? I'm dying to see how they'll integrate their fabulous color, pattern and fit bravado into the streamlined, classic J.Crew but I'm sure they'll do it with integrity. With color blocking so on the rise, maybe we could be in store for some powerful knits that will finally gain the attention they deserve.
Posted by Sparkle Inc. at 4:37 PM
Thursday, May 31, 2012
A little while back I did a post about my sister (sister-in-law officially, but that is so not who she is to me so from now on refer to her as my sister, okay?) getting married. It was a stylish wedding in Sun Valley, Idaho with a stylish girl and boy saying "I DO". Now they're adding a handsome cool prince to the mix, (sorry Bender...of course you were the first!) due in a month. Just like their wedding, their belly shots are so personal and so pure, so authentically beautiful. This is how pregnancy shots are supposed to look. Her husband took the pictures but if yours isn't quite this talented (who's is, I mean come on??!!!) find a photographer like Boston photographer Kristina Young to capture your personal spirit.
See more pictures of Casey on my Facebook page Sparkle, Inc.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
|Maison Martin Margiela|
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
If you're in the mood to give your dear old Sparkle girl some love, then this would be the time. Northshore Magazine is ready to take your votes for the Reader's Choice awards for all sorts of things, makeup artists included. Just vote for Larissa Mills under the Makeup Artist category and you're done!
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012
Let me just start off by saying, it's $3.96. That's right, $3.96, and it works just as well if not better than some of the pricier ones. Dove's Dry Shampoo is great on the greasies but quite honestly I'm a bigger fan of dry shampoo to add volume and texture to clean hair. I hate when my hair is silky... seriously nothing irritates me more. Shiny, silky, Wella girl hair? YUCK! I'm not joking. Give me slept in, slightly rat's nest, Brigitte Bardot hair and I'm good.
Posted by Sparkle Inc. at 10:26 AM
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Did you know the huge as your head bag is sort of taking a break at the moment? Yup. It's true. The clutch (and the smaller bag in general) is having its moment. It's just so sophisticated and cool. I always love the look of freshly manicured nails holding a clutch or how cool and nonchalant it looks tucked under your arm while reapplying lipstick. If you need one that can go from jeans to cocktail dress I have a good one for you. Big Buddha bow clutch. Saw it at Babe Boutique in Beverly Farms and have wanted it ever since. Go small or go home.
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Friday, April 20, 2012
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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Ok, so I've been waiting to share this multi-task product with you only because I hadn't used it enough to know if it was worth it or not. It is. But here's the catch. It only comes in one color (suitable for fair and medium skin tones) and it has no SPF (something I like but a lot of you may not... but keep in mind, no SPF means better in photographs). But it pretty much does everything else except drop your kids off at school and clean up the kitchen. It moisturizes, it reduces wrinkles, it increases antioxidant levels, it primes, it reduces pore size, has blemish control, reduces redness, is long lasting and is HD!
It's for all of you who want beautiful skin but refuse to wear foundation or even tinted moisturizer but it's also for those of you who want added support for your current foundation. Wear it alone or wear it with powders, foundations or concealer, either way, it's the balm.
Posted by Sparkle Inc. at 1:57 PM
Saturday, April 7, 2012
It's really hard to find the time to be fashionable if your kids are always the ones in control and calling the shots (shouldn't it be the other way around?). If you're stuck in a parenting rut or just wanting to be way different than your helicoptering, overzealous, paranoid, overindulgent, overprotective friends, here's a book for you. I attended a talk given by the author and it was empowering. Oh, and for the record, 'because I said so' is a perfectly good reason.
Posted by Sparkle Inc. at 1:26 PM
Monday, April 2, 2012
Pick up any magazine and read what celebs are doing to keep their skin so beautiful and chances are they'll credit it to a good diet but most of all because of all the WATER they drink. "I drink 20 glasses of water a day!" one states. "I am never without a water bottle in my hand!" another exclaims. Oh come on! Here's the thing. My mom has great skin. I mean, amazing skin, and her idea of hydration is a cup of coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon and a few cocktails and wine at night. She not only doesn't drink water she pretty much has an aversion to it. I'm not saying water isn't good, I'm just saying it isn't going to make a sow's ear into a silk purse.
Posted by Sparkle Inc. at 8:30 AM