Top Four New Years Eve Make Up Tips

We can not believe 2015 is almost here. It is time to say goodbye to another year and hello to a new one. Before making any of those New Year’s resolutions, we want to make sure we are party ready and ring in the new year in style! Ladies, it is  time to get all dressed up, put on your  new and festive dress,  your best heels, and get ready to party the night away.

To compliment that party look, we we have asked our friends and makeup experts at Blushington  to share some makeup tips for New Year’s eve.   Makeup Artist, Brittany Spyksma from Blushington  took the time to share what is hot and trending for NYE. Here is what she told us:

New Years Eve makeup tips: New years is the one night that it’s safe to go a little extra glam! If there’s any makeup trend that you’ve been a little too nervous to try, this is the night for it!


1. Glitter: It’s a celebration! Why not be festive with a little sparkle on your eyes! Make sure to apply a cream base for the glitter so it stays all night. We like Girlactik pearl base. Apply a generous amount to the eyelid where you want it to sparkle. Then, using a small shadow brush, gently place the glitter on top!

2. Winged Eyeliner: This can be as simple as a little flick at the corner of the eye. Stila Stay all day liquid eyeliner in black is the perfect tool to achieve this fun, flirty look!


3. Bold lip: Ditch your nude for one night and try a little color. Red is classic and always glam. If you’re not into it though, go for a deep pink or berry color! Kevyn Aucoin lipstick in Everlasting is a gorgeous, bright berry tone that would be perfect for ringing in the new year!

4. Falsies:  Apply some faux lashes to finish off your glam, party look. They’ll add that extra pop to your eyes and look amazing in your photos!


Thank you  Blushington  for always keeping us up to date!

Top Six Makeup Looks for Thanksgiving

Are you ready to celebrate the holiday that is all about giving thanks? We know we are! We do not know what we are most excited about; the delicious and yummy dishes, the apple and pumpkin pies, a day off,  football, or just being with people we love and care about?  Answer? All of the above. Yep, we love this time of year so much. To get us ready for Thanksgiving, we have asked our friends and makeup experts at Blushington  to share the top Makeup looks for the holidays. Since it is such a special time of year, we we love to share what is trending most right now in the Makeup world. Thank you to Blushington for keeping us up date with the latest!

Which look is you? Comment below and tell us, we love to hear from you!

Pure & Simple: The “no makeup” natural look. Fresh, clean and light. This is the ultimate less is more look.


Simply Glowing: This is that “I just got back from the best vacation of my life” kind of glow. You’ll look and feel stunning. In that beach sexy kind of way.

Simply Glowing

Life of the Party:  That’s right, girl. You know who you are! Get out there and dance! This look is sexy but fun – just like the night ahead of you.

Life of The Party

Lucky Stars: Reminiscent of the glamorous Hollywood icons of the 50’s. Sophisticated and stunning. Heads will turn when you enter a room, so dress accordingly.

Lucky Stars

Smoke & Mirrors: Whoa. Who is that? Defined cheekbones and smokey eyes create that “She must be a model…” look. We suggest pairing this with high heels and a little attitude. Why not? A girl should have a little fun, right?

Smoke & Mirrors

Cutting Edge:  The name says it all. Looks like you just stepped off the runway. So flash a cheeky smile, and bat those lashes. Tonight could be a late one.

Cutting Edge

Blushington: Makeup and Beauty Lounge for Weddings

It is days like this that makes me love my job more and more everyday. Not only do I have the chance to view stylish and beautiful wedding details daily, but meeting the talent behind what makes brides and their weddings super pretty is the cherry on top. Recently I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening of Blushington, a  lovely make-up and beauty lounge found in the heart of Fashion Island. This make up lounge is nestled between some of the most fashionable and stylish shops. Fashion Island is a gorgeous and popular shopping mall located in Newport Beach, California. It is an amazing place to shop, and with the addition of Blushington , this fabulous mall just got better!

Want to feel like a million bucks? This girl does! When I stepped into this super cute and chic make up lounge, I was instantly relaxed and pampered.  The staff is not only talented in their make up art, but they create an experience totally memorable. Do not know what look you are going for? Whether you are a bride, bridesmaid, or any girl of the bridal party, there is a look perfect for you.  Don’t worry, they make things easy with their make up look book, which gives you some great ideas. Whether you want to look glitz and glam, or simple and casual, they can make it happen! Ready to get all dolled up? Make sure to pay a visit to this gorgeous lounge where you will leave feeling amazing!


Blushington Fashion Island Exterior

Blushington Fashion Island Interior 2

Blushington Action 3

Blushington Fashion Island Back Room

Blushington Action 2

About Blushington 

Blushington makeup and beauty lounge provides professional makeup applications at affordable prices for your special day. We offer our services on-location starting at $100 and encourage setting up a trial in-store prior to the wedding to talk through your makeup preferences. We can also add faux lashes and airbrush foundation for a flawless finish. All of our artists are trained the ‘Blushington’ way to ensure that you look your best! After all, feeling pretty is priceless!

Balboa Pier Engagement Session from David Marano Photography

This California girl is totally in love with this engagement session from David Marano Photography. Growing up in Southern Orange County, California, I spent many summer days at the various beaches, and Balboa Pier was one of my favorite spots. So when I saw the images pop on my computer screen, I soon recognized the scenes, and was instantly hooked. I knew  I would fall in love with this session.  Image after image, and it was so hard to choose which images to feature. Smiling as I chose, I ended up choosing most of the images! Yes, this is a session you will not want to miss. Your Monday is about to get better.  Go ahead, and take a look at the gorgeous photos of this adorable couple in the most beautiful setting.




















From David Marano Photography

I was lucky enough to photograph Jennifer and Aaron for their engagement shoot, I couldn’t ask for a more accommodating couple to work with. We had our date scheduled and location decided at the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach about a month out, and a week before the engagement session Southern California was actually expecting rain. Unfortunately, Aaron is very limited with time since he travels a lot for work so rescheduling was not going to be easy. I asked Jen, if they’d be willing to do the engagement shoot in the rain? She absolutely agreed with my ridiculous but brilliant idea. I gladly started my research, searching through endless amounts of images on Tumblr and Pinterest for rainy day photos. With a shot list scribbled in my journal and excitement in my bones of the unknown (since I had never photographed a couple in the rain), things were looking good. Rain had hit the day before, rain that came down strong and unyielding. Not drizzle. Rain. I awoke the next day, immediately getting out of bed and awkwardly walking straight outside to scrutinize the sky. No rain, just sun, scattered clouds, and wind. Hmmm. I ruminated for a bit; Forecast says rain all day? It will come. Oh well, if not. Shoots not till 5pm anyways. It will come, I know it. As expected in Southern California, when a storm is expected to deliver it typically does not. Regardless, the session must go on rain or shine.  If it were any other engagement session, I couldn’t have asked for better weather. Clouds above creating soft light, and a cool ocean breeze. After the shoot, I had completely forgot about the rain. Too excited over the images we had just got. We said our good byes, and sitting in my car peering through my windshield, the spots begin to collect. All of the sudden-cats and dogs.

Crystal Cove, Newport Beach Engagement Session from Manya Photography

It has been a sweet holiday week so far, and we are halfway there. Tomorrow marks a day of eating, watching football, being with family or  doing absolutely nothing. Sounds pretty good right? But, before all that, how about treating yourself to the most romantic, sweet, and adorable engagement session from Manya Photography. As you are finalizing the menu, or stuffing that delicious turkey, take a break and prepare yourselves for a romantic e-session surrounded by gorgeous beachside details.  This couple is so cute, my heart  got a bit more happy, just by viewing their adorable photographs. You can tell they are totally in love. Their love totally compliments the beautiful details surrounding their e-session.  What a wonderful way to get your holiday cheer on right? View the incredibly romantic photographs which Manya Photography captured. See why each and every photo is gushing with sweet love. Enjoy an e-session before all the holiday festivities begin!






















From Manya Photography...

Meet Johnnie & Amy: They are both such a sweet and lovely couple. You can see how much love they have for each other. It is so obvious!  They choose Crystal Cove, Newport Beach for their engagement shoot because it’s where Johnnie proposed to Amy. How sweet is that?  I always like my couples to feel comfortable, have a lot of fun, and to join in on the creativity. I tell my couples if they want to try out something, I’m all for it! I love capturing such a milestone in a couple’s lives. It was special to be part of that moment. It was a great experience. They were a lot of fun to work with. They love to smile, laugh, be romantic, silly and sweet, those are my favorite type of couples. I’m was honored to be Johnnie & Amy’s wedding photographer. They got married in Kerman, CA and  had a traditional Russian wedding.

Newport Beach, California Wedding from David Marano Photography

I have to admit, I will never get tired of looking at all the gorgeous details of a wedding. It is just so amazing to witness a special day of a couple through all their beautiful photographs. This wedding is so romantic, that each and every detail screams sweet love.  The kind of wedding that has me stopping in my tracks because I just have to take a moment to breath in all the charm and prettiness.   I’ve seen my fair share of simple and classic weddings, but never before have I seen such love and heart-melting details from each and every moment of the wedding. I can not stop smiling. This wedding is just pure joy and happiness. The kind of feeling that every wedding should have. I want to crawl into the computer and be a guest at this wedding, so I can be be surrounded by all the joy and love that is so obviously  there. All beautifully captured by David Marano Photography, these images speak for themselves. So don’t hesitate for a moment, and instead take a look at the lovely images this wedding has to offer.
























































From the bride…

Our wedding was on March 23, 2013 and both the ceremony and reception were at The Crystal Cove Canyon Club in Newport Beach. Since I’m from Michigan and Erik is from New York, we chose this location because we knew although it wasn’t right on the beach, we could still have the beach feel, along with beautiful green valleys and blooming Spring flowers. The ceremony was in a beautiful area over looking the green valleys, and the reception was only feet away with the same beautiful, crisp view. The wedding was simple, classic, and elegant. The colors we chose were ivory, brown and hints of greens within the flowers. We chose neutral colors because our location was so extremely beautiful, the neutral colors just kept the classic look that we wanted, without being overpowering.  We had about 120 guests that included our closest friends and family. We had people traveling from Michigan, Maryland, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, Virginia, Chicago, and New York. What a wonderful feeling to know that your loved ones will travel so far to spend your most beautiful day with you, and celebrate for a week! Since we are both in the service industry, we decided that a sit down dinner would be way too basic. Therefore, we chose to do buffet style, THE RIGHT WAY!! We had about 12 items on our menu created by Chef Rich Mead of Sage Restaurant, which included an oyster bar, lamb and cous cous, curry chicken, calamari ceviche… to name a few. It was outstanding and I am so happy we were able to have such fresh, creative items to share with everyone!

The day could of not been anymore perfect. My mom said I planned my wedding just as I said I always would. I loved the feeling of love that day and I can only hope that every bride experiences that wonderful feeling.

We are still getting compliments on our wedding photos!! Everyone was so in love with David Marano Photography. He never missed a moment and our pictures were just perfect. The colors and variety were absolutely breathtaking and we could not have been happier. We are so incredibly happy we were able to have them photograph our most special day!!


Vendor Information:

Wedding Planner: Korre Long

Photography: David Marano Photography

Venue: The Crystal Cove Canyon Club

Catering:  Sage Restaurants

Flowers:  Morgen Galceran

DJ: Extreme DJ’s

Cocktail Hour Music: Molly Glynn and Chris O.

Rentals: Baker Party Rentals

Cake and Cupcakes: Susie Cakes

Hair and Make-up:  Kim Vo Salon/ Montage Laguna BeachOfficiant: Tom Silva

Rehearsal Dinner from HornBlower Cruises and Events

It seems like summer is passing by quickly, and it has been a gorgeous one so far. All the lovely soirées which I find in my inbox each day and drool over for hours, has me always smiling. Oh, how I love summer. Weddings galore! Do you know what else I love? I go totally crazy in love for a good rehearsal dinner. Mostly one that involves an incredibly stunning yacht and so utterly breathtaking views. Sound amazing or what? I am thinking yes!  I am talking about rehearsal dinners from HornBlower Cruises & Events. This is not  your typical rehearsal dinner at some fancy restaurant. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some fanciness, but this rehearsal dinner just got nautical.  Yep, totally nautical. Not to say, you have to be a a lover of boats or anything. But just a fan of constant ocean views surrounding you on all sides, gorgeously delicious food, entertainment, and oh so romantic sunsets. This is my kind of rehearsal dinner.  An elegant and lovely affair hosted at one of the most scrumptious spots in Southern California. Newport Beach, California.



Bar Champagne

Imagine sitting at your rehearsal dinner with your love, your friends and family close to you, while you take a sweet journey around the Newport Beach Harbor, enjoying iconic spots, and amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. How about a romantic walk with your sweetie? Hand in hand, you walk around the gorgeous fleet, and find that perfect spot on one of the stunning decks to enjoy the sunset together. Romantic right? I mean, can you say nautical romance?


The romance does not stop with sunsets and all.  The evening is bright with the twinkling of the stars, and gorgeous night views of the harbor. Take a step on the top deck with the one you love, and stare out to the open sea with the stars above. It keeps getting better right? I think so. This cruise is amazing and just perfect for you and your guests as you begin your lives together.

HornBlower Cruises & Events invites you to step aboard one of their luxurious yachts, and allow them to take you on an unforgettable cruise around the beautiful Newport Beach Harbor and enjoy a night of fine dining, dancing, and incredible ocean views. All enjoyed with your friends and family. If that sounds oh-so-fabulous to you, then consider HornBlower Cruises & Events for your rehearsal dinner. Your  rehearsal dinner all gorgeously delivered to you by HornBlower Cruises and Events in beautiful Newport Beach, California.

Bride Groom Deck View

Bride Groom Bow 4


Fairmont Newport Beach Wedding from Perfectly Made Weddings and Events

Being such a hopeless romantic who adores weddings and all the love that comes with it, had the pleasure to help plan and coordinate the most beautiful wedding. The bride and groom with an amazing eye for design, concept, and colors, together with Perfectly Made Weddings, created a total romantic feel wedding with a touch of tradition.

Set at the beautiful Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach California, sweet love and romance was seen throughout the day. The ceremony took place at the private lawn which featured lush greenery, a beautifully decorated gazebo, and four tables set up with a traditional Sofreh Aghd.  The ballroom transformed into a romantic get away with its lush colors of deep red and purple, gorgeous flowers, tall mirrors, and stunning chandeliers.  The beautiful room featured a ten piece live band, a traditional Persian tea station, and a exquisite dinner and dessert spread. A wedding that combined tradition and culture with all the romantic elements, creating an elaborate look. Simply amazing.

Zaven Photography captured all the love and elegance.  Get ready to fall in love!



Sofreh Aghd done by Elegant Sofreh Design