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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 ;)

(All photos courtesy of www.pinterest.com)




  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)
BLEND!
 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

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Product I Want: Eyelash Curler!

Hi loves! So since getting rid of my eyelash extensions last weekend, for the first time in 3 years (!!!), my lashes are short, straight, and brittle. My natural lashes used to be quite long and full, so I'm trying to be patient while growing them back. However, once they grow a bit more I definitely want to invest in this product, sworn by many to be THE BEST eyelash curler out there!
 (photo courtesy of www.nonfictionskin.com)
While it is a little pricier, around $20, it is well worth it and will not hurt your lashes, unlike other curling products out there. Also, Shu Uemura is now ONLY selling their products online from their website (HERE!), and from my research I found that vendors claiming to sell this product on Amazon are FRAUDS, so be sure you do NOT purchase from there, but rather, only directly on the Shu Uemura website!!

And let me know if there are other eyelash curlers that you guys are very happy with that are yielding great results and not hurting your lashes in the process!!

xox ~ KB
 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Oscars 2014

Hi lovebugs!! I've been gone the last week for my best friend's wedding in Miami, but flew back to LA right in time for the Oscars!! I have many snarky comments about the show itself, but I'll refrain from saying them here, if you want to check them out you can go to my twitter page (here!). I was, however, EXTREMELY pleased with the red carpet fashion this year, so let's get right to it!!
(first 9 photos courtesy of www.vogue.com)
Lupita Nyong'o took my breath away in this stunning duck egg blue custom Prada gown. Her headband was so spectacular that it now has it's own Twitter account (seriously), and I LOVE her earrings. She is a fantastic actress and a fashion darling, and she brought it at the Oscars!

 There were several champagne colored dresses on the red carpet last night, and Jenna Dewan-Tatum's is one of the most beautiful of the bunch. This Reem Acra gown looks gorgeous on the actress and mother (side note: her post-baby body is unreal)!

 When Kate Hudson arrived on the red carpet last night, my jaw dropped. She is a vision in this Versace Atelier gown, and the cape is everything. She is always a golden girl on the red carpet, and last night was no different!

 There were only three black dresses that truly caught my eye last night, and Anna Kendrick's was one of them. She is gorgeous in this J Mendel gown, and although you can't see it here, the back of the dress is incredibly sexy ;)

 Cate Blanchett looked like the epitome of timeless elegance in her beautiful Giorgio Armani gown. She looks like a movie star, plain and simple.

 Jessica Biel in Chanel Haute Couture was a vision!!! She topped the look with Tiffany's jewelry and was a statuesque beauty.

 Olivia Wilde is pregnant and radiant in this Valentino gown with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. I loved everything about her look, period!

 Naomi Watts looked positively regal coming down the red carpet in this white Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco Costa gown. Her Bvlgari jewels topped the look perfectly. 

 Kerry Washington was a fashion goddess last night, she really raised the bar for pregnancy couture in this mauve dress by Jason Wu. Topped with her dark vampy lips, she was absolutely stunningggg.

(next 2 photos courtesy of www.oscar.go.com)
 Angelina Jolie, in a metallic Elie Saab gown with Robert Procop jewelry, made me smile from ear-to-ear. She can do no wrong on the red carpet. I love her, she's gorgeous. The End.

 Charlize Theron glided down the red carpet in her show-stopping Dior gown like it was no big deal. This woman knows how to own a red carpet and she did exactly that last night. (Side note: I LOVED the sheer straps on her gown!!).

(photo courtesy of www.eonline.com)
Giuliana Rancic's Paolo Sebastian gown was the first one I saw last night, and I was immediately in love. Paired with Sergio Rossi shoes and iced with Forever Mark diamonds, and she was stunning. I love this look from head-to-toe, she nailed it.

There you have it kittens, my Oscar favorites from last night. What gowns were your favorites!? Any moments during the show you particularly loved?? Let me know, I'd LOVE to hear from you!!

Bisous,
xox ~ KB

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Hooptie Marathon Week!

Hi my loves! This week on the show we are doing a marathon! That means we are putting up a brand new episode every day this week!! So make sure you watch, laugh, subscribe, and share a video each day ;)

Monday:
 
Tuesday:

Stay tuned for more the rest of the week!
 xox ~ KB

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

NYFW Fall 2014 Pt. 2

Well kittens, I couldn't resist, I had to share more gorgeous runway looks from New York Fashion Week with y'all!! I'm featuring two designers only today, but they provided such stunning fashion that they're MORE than enough (you'll see what I mean below when you're jaw drops like mine did)!

Oscar de la Renta
(All photos courtesy of www.stylebistro.com)
 I mean is anyone really even surprised?? This is what Oscar de la Renta does, he makes gorgeous, timeless gowns, that steal your breath and remind you what it means to be a lady. 

 I love the ethereal feeling this dress embodies. The model looks as though she is floating in this piece.
 This piece is fun, flirty, elegant, vintage, retro, modern, and feminine all at once. How many designers can encapsulate all those contradictory nuances in one piece!? Slim to none, that's how many, but Oscar is one of the few elite who has this ability.

Naeem Khan
 I quickly recognized the 20s era feel to this runway collection. The piece above definitely has the tone of a modern flapper girl. It has a drop waist, geometric, art deco patterns embellished in the sequin detailing, and a figure hugging skirt (all of which were popular fashion details of that time period). These details flow throughout Khan's collection this season, and they're exquisite.



 This dress is pure decadence.

 
Are you in love with these two collections, because I am!! I'm in fashion heaven. Which pieces were your favorites?

Bisous,
xox ~ KB

Monday, February 10, 2014

NYFW Fall 2014

Happy Monday BBs! As some of you may know, New York Fashion Week (NYFW) has been in full gear! Aaaand as is my humble duty, I am here to report a few of my favorite runway looks so far to y'all ;) I will continue to vigilantly keep an eye on the runways to report more of the best looks (in my opinion)! I will admit that I was underwhelmed by many looks I saw, but the ones below really took my breath away...

Tadashi Shoji
(All photos courtesy of www.stylebistro.com)
 I love, love, LOVE everything about this dress. It is so stunning. The geometrically accented sweetheart neckline, the floral detailing throughout, the trim of the bodice, and sheer patterned cut outs...it's all just perfect.

 I love what a bold and fashion forward statement this dress makes. We will certainly see a fashionista donning this gown on the red carpet soon.

 What a gorgeous shade of blue, a lovely silhouette and flow, and elegant cut to this gown.

Marissa Webb
This outfit is so chic. I would love to wear this outfit in the fall while in New York, London, and/or Paris. Ahh to dream ;)

Christian Siriano
I guaranty we will see this dress on the red carpet later this year. 

Monique L'huillier
 I love the sexy silhouette of this dress, and all the lace beaded detailing is simply exquisite.
 
 This dress capture how I'd like to feel every day, lol, light, lovely, and beautiful ;)

  This dress just leaves me breathless, it's so romantic and feminine to me.

Bisous,

xox ~ KB

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Product Review: Arbonne's RE9 Skin Care

Hey loves, here is my video testimonial on Arbonne's RE9 Skin Care Line. I did this review without makeup, which was super nerve-wracking, but I wanted to be honest! Arbonne is a beauty company that uses pure ingredients, is devoted to being a "green" company, and is approved by PETA. Be sure to give them a visit www.arbonne.com!


Let me know what you guys think, and if there are any other products you would like me to review in the future!!

xox ~ KB

Friday, January 31, 2014

Weekend Inspo

Hey BBs, here's some positive inspo to carry us into Superbowl weekend!!

Style
(All photos courtesy of www.pinterest.com)
 I love this long slitted skirt with the crop top and cozy sweater!

Beauty
 I really wanna add some more layers to my hair!

Spirit
  What can I say, I'm kind of a sucker for romance ;)

Bisous,
xox ~ KB