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Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Hi BBs! I'm so excited to share with you the Windmill music video!!! I worked on both styling and makeup for the video, and the entire production was gorgeous. The artist is Connie Lim, an incredibly gifted songwriter and vocalist - her voice and lyrics are both deliciously powerful. The dancer in the video is Kylie Lewallen, a stunning artist both in her dancing ability and her physical presence. I'm so so lucky to call these two beauties my best friends - we grew up together and truly they're my sisters in every sense of the word - so I'm filled with pride to share this accomplishment with all of you!

For Connie's look, we wanted to exude strength and power, so for styling we had her layer pleather leggings with a simple white wifebeater tank and toss a leather jacket over it. The look is effortless but strong and sexy nonetheless. As for her makeup, we wanted to add more drama to her natural beauty and do a smokey eye and add a touch of intensity. And as you can see in the video, the results were her looking both gorgeous and confident!

We wanted Kylie's look to be more natural, so no heavy eyeshadow or extreme contouring - we stayed more with neutral tones and played up her natural glow. We didn't need to do anything extreme because her natural features are already beyond lovely, so we just played those up! Her styling was simple because we needed her to be in dance attire the way she would be if she were rehearsing on her own. For a pop of color, we went with the bright sports bra underneath her black top. What a beauty!

So there you have it, what do you guys think!? I hope you love the video and song as much as I do, it was an honor to be able to work with and help my best friends, and especially to see Connie's artistry continue to succeed! 

Lots of love
~ xox ~

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Get the Look - Kendall's Paris Street Style!

Hi beauties!! As I'm sure many of you know, Couture Fashion Week in Paris has kicked off, and there's plenty of fashion to be had! That being said, I'm always intrigued and slightly obsessed with the street style looks of the models off-duty. Here's a very chic look that Kendall Jenner wore while walking the streets of Paris this week - and if you want this look FOR LESS then keep reading, cuz I got your back!! ;)

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 These black skinny jeans can be found on Tobi online for just $66 here!

This basic cropped tee can also be found on Tobi for just $26 here!

 Love this fitted, floral-printed jacket - get it from Forever 21 for just $32.80 here!

Get these suede loafers from H&M for $99 here!

 I'm a little obsessed with this shoulder bag from H&M - and you can't go wrong for $34.95 ;) Get yours here!

I love Ray-Bans, but if you're like me and lose, scratch, or damage your sunglasses constantly, then you may not want to shell out the full price for Ray-Bans. Instead, you can get these look-a-likes from Nordstrom BP for just $12 here!!!

And there you have it! You can now have Kendall Jenner's awesome Paris street style look right in your own closet! I'd like to think of myself as an "off-duty model," just, you know, permanently off-duty LOL!!! Have a great week BB's!

xox ~ KB 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Jamberry Nail Wraps

Hi loves! I tried Jamberry's Nail Wraps last week and wanted to give you my thoughts on them! I was in between manicures and didn't want to leave my nails completely bare, so luckily, Jamberry had sent me a strip of their nail wraps to try and they were the perfect solution!

I will say, these wraps weren't the easiest ones I've tried before - they were a little more stiff and took more effort to file off just right. However, I really love the prints they offer, and received a bunch of compliments on my nails! I took some photos of the process so you all can see how they work :)

When you pull the sheet out of the wrapper, you will see that there is just one strip, but worry not!

With scissors, cut the sheet in half to create wraps for both hands!

Choose size that fits each nail and apply!

With your nail file, just file off the excess on the ends so the wrap is now perfectly sized on your nails! (Please ignore how short my nails were at the moment, gahh!)

 Ta da! The results...

 These wraps are great in a pinch when you either don't have time to go get a manicure or want to give your nails a break from polishes! I love the floral print on these ones, be sure to check out all the different types of wraps they have at Jamberry Nails!

Do you guys like nail wraps, have you tried them? If so, what are your thoughts and what are your favorite brands of nail wraps!?


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Summer Festival Outfit Ideas!

Hi beauties! Sorry for how irregular my posts have of late, there's so much going on in life right now and I'm having trouble finding the time to do everything! However, that doesn't mean I've forgotten the blog or any of you - I actually have a mountain of ideas for posts, I just need the time to execute them, lol!

Anyways, today I wanted to post a few outfits to give you all some ideas and inspiration for awesome outfits to wear this summer when attending a music festival or show! I will be at Lollapalooza this summer and I'm beyond giddy, so OBVIOUSLY I'm thinking of outfits months ahead lol! Let me know which one is your favorite!
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 Love the lace and soft muted tones of this outfit.

 Umm, I really need this skull crop top you guys. Seriously.

 I love combining soft and hard elements into an outfit. These floral shorts with the ruffled hemline are so perfectly juxtaposed with these combat boots. Together they create a perfect balance to the outfit, allowing you to look both feminine and tomboy chic all at once!

 This look really panders to your inner beachy-skater girl. Yes, that's a thing.

 Love this high-neck crop top: it's a great piece with lots of versatility for multiple outfits and occasions. 

 This look has a bit more of a boho flair to it, if that's more your style! I know I've got a little flower child in me - hence my obsession with flower crown and all things floral print, lol.

So, which look was your favorite? Do you guys have any requests for posts for me to do? Leave me a comment here, or on Instagram: @blushandbangs OR Twitter: @thekaylabarr :)


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Met Gala 2014

Last night the Met Gala (aka Met Ball) took place in New York City. The event is quite arguably fashion's biggest night of the year, and with a guest list hand picked by Anna Wintour herself, the red carpet was alight. 

 To be frank, I found myself underwhelmed by numerous looks, however, I have collected a number of my personal favorites to share with you all here. I did find many dressed too casually for such a fierce fashion event (it is a ball after all), however, you'll find a couple more "casual" looks on my list because I just couldn't resist. You may also find yourself surprised by not seeing certain looks here and vice versa!

I have organized my favorites down into three categories below. I won't comment on them here, because, honestly, we'd be here forever. But! If you'd like to discuss the couture more, I'd love to hear from you!! You can do so by either commenting at the end of this post, or tweeting me: @thekaylabarr :)

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 Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta

 Rihanna in Stella McCartney

 Naomi Watts in Givenchy Couture

 Kendall Jenner in TopShop

 Charlize Theron in Christian Dior

 Gisele Bundchen in Balenciaga

 Diane Kruger in Hugo Boss

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Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney

Ball Gowns 
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 Liu Wen in Zac Posen

 Arizona Muse in Zac Posen

 Toni Garrn in TopShop

 Sarah Silverman in Zac Posen

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 Emma Stone in Thakoon with Andrew Garfield in a Band of Outsiders jacket

 Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta

 Blake Lively in Gucci

 Kate Bosworth in Stella McCartney

  Suki Waterhouse in Burberry
Alright BB, that basically wraps up my favorites from this year's Met Ball. Who were your favorites and any disappointments?? I'd love to hear from you!

xox ~ KB

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nail Art: Spring Time!

Hi beauties!!
It's April and the weather has been so warm here in LA that it's felt more like summer than spring! However, I don't want to skip over spring and jump right into summer, so let's savor some spring beauty ideas - starting with our nails! Pastels are some of my favorite go-to shades for fashion, beauty and even household items, plus they always remind me of the spring season and immediately make me more cheerful. Here are some great nail art ideas to get you into that sweet springtime mood - and these would be perfect for Easter too if you wanna get a mani before the holiday ;)

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  Which one's your favorite!? And what are some of your favorite spring trends?? You can let me know via a comment below or via Instagram: @blushandbangs. I'd LOVE to hear from you!! :)

xox ~ KB

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sample Sale!

Hi loves!! Firstly, I apologize for not posting as often, I'm trying to work out and reconfigure some ideas for the blog, and that unfortunately takes time! But know that I love you guys, and appreciate your ongoing support so very much.

I went to a Sample Sale in Downtown LA last weekend, and it was such a fun fashion experience! I didn't realize that so many of the stores were having sample sales in the building I was in, I actually only went because I knew Runway Dreamz was having a Sample Sale and I've been pining over a plethora of their pieces for over a year!
 It was chaos in some of the stores, but in a really brilliant way, lol. There were fashion lovers all over just searching for unique pieces, and we were all shamelessly trying things on in the middle of the showroom floors hahah!

 The result!!! I didn't end up getting too many pieces, but these two that I picked up I'm so completely in love with. This top is by Parker - the straps are gold chains, it's fitted and flowy all at once, and shows off the perfect amount of d├ęcolletage. I describe this top as the perfect Spring/Summer top, but with a New York bougie feel to it, lol. And I picked up the perfect denim cutoffs by Runway Dreamz - their pieces are often unique and hand-crafted. I'm so in love with them ahhhhhh, can't wait to wear these babies all summer <3
Love you BBs to the moon and back ;)
xox ~ KB

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Clean Eating Series: Green Smoothie

Nom, nom, nom!!!
 Hi babes!!! Well, after being sick for way too long, I decided I need to take better care of myself. And that starts in the kitchen! This green smoothie is DELICIOUS. Seriously. I'm very picky, and you honestly can't taste the veggies in this, it just tastes sweet and yummy. MUST TRY!!

 My awesome friend and culinary guru, Lindsay, from Weeknight Bite gave me this recipe and I'm OBSESSED. I'm so enthusiastic about it because I honestly never thought I'd find a green smoothie that I not only like, but I crave. Here's the recipe (I made tiny twists to it):

1 banana (Lindsay does half, but I need a lot of potassium right now)
1 cup (or handful) of spinach (you can also do kale)
1 tbsp Chia Seeds (I used blueberry flax from Trader Joe's)
Dash of cinammon
1 pitted Date (I subbed a dash of shredded coconut instead)
1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (Lindsay says you can go 1/2 cup or so)
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (I use Arbonne's + a scoop of their fiber powder)
 After pouring the smoothie out of my NutriBullet and into a cute mason jar, I topped it with a pinch of shredded coconut!

There you have it! I hope y'all enjoy this recipe and try the smoothie, make sure you go check out Lindsay's site for tons of delicious and healthy recipes!! This is a fashion and beauty blog, and a large part of being beautiful and in style is taking care of yourself from the inside out! Until next time...

xox ~ KB