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Put Your Sneakers On, We’re Going Dancing All Night Long

dabcffb7625eb265cc8249e7a6906c09 My style in general is pretty feminine, which means there are certain styles that I’ve never incorporated into my wardrobe. But, for some reason, I’m finding myself extremely inspired by those very styles this Spring, which means I’m planning for some major ‘outside my comfort zone’ dressing as the weather gets warmer!

First up, kicks! Well, traditional sneakers and sneaker-style shoes, as well as Birkenstocks, slides, and pretty much anything else that isn’t dainty. The only time I have a pair of sneakers on is if I’m doing something outdoorsy with my family. They are definitely never a part of my daily stylings. But, by adding florals, metallics and some fun embellishments, I think they are just feminine enough that I can pull them off!




Spring Shoes


1. kate spade new york sidney leather sneakers in Lucky Green | 2. Steve Madden Ecentrcq sneaker in Gold Faux Leather | 3. Sam & Libby Ashland Studded Sandal in Silver | 4. Aldo Kosmo Sneakers in Blue Misc. | 5. New Balance 574 Textile Turquoise | 6. H&M Canvas Sneakers | 7. Aldo Haerani Sneakers in Metallic Miscellaneous | 8. Superga 2750 Bahama Tropical Print Sneakers | 9. Madden Girl Brando White Multi Floral Print Slide Sandals

(top photo via Pinterest)


Peace, Love and Spring Shoes,

As Seen on TV: Tips for Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

Man, do I love a good night’s sleep. I think. It’s been so long since I’ve gotten one that I don’t really remember what they’re like, but I’m pretty sure I love them. And since most people don’t live with a crazy little smurf that is allergic to sleep, I went to Atlanta Plugged In yesterday to share some great tips to help you get the sleep you need!

Check it out below, and hit ‘more’ for all the details on the products and what I wore.


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Purple Rain, Purple Rain


Everything You Need To Know About Purple Shampoo



You don’t have to spend long on my Pinterest page to know that I’m obsessed with gray hair. So it should be no surprise that I’ve spent the last year of my life trying to get my naturally warm-toned hair the coolest shade of blonde there is–basically one step away from gray.

When I first began this journey, the only person I had seen with this color hair was Julianne Hough, so naturally, I flew to LA to have her colorist, Riawna Capri of Nine Zero One salon, give me the color. In the past year, the blonde-without-a-touch-of-warm-hues color has gotten increasingly popular, and I have seen it pop up on a few other people.

But what happens when you have this color blonde is you have to work hard not to get any yellow in it, which brings me to the topic at hand: purple shampoo!

As I’ve talked to people about using purple shampoo, I’ve been surprised how many of them had never even heard of it, which is why I decided this post was so important!

Purple is the exact opposite of yellow on the color wheel, so, if you are trying to combat brassy, yellow colors (which pretty much all blondes are), you want to tone it with something purple.

And even if you have never heard of purple shampoo, it’s actually not that hard to find–but you want to make sure you use the right stuff!


So here are some purple shampoo tips:

*It should be a dark, dense color.
(See the photo above? My fingers are stained for a few hours after I use it.)

*The longer the shampoo sits on your hair, the more pigment is deposited on your hair.
(Since I only wash my hair once a week, I let it sit on my hair for at least 15 minutes before rinsing.)

*If you want an even heavier dose of the toning power of purple, put the shampoo on dry hair, massage it in, let it sit for 10 minutes, rinse it and wash again on wet hair.

*If your hair goes too icy/purple for you, just get back in and wash again with a regular shampoo.

And here are a few of my favorite purple shampoos:

Unite Blonda Shampoo
This is the greatest shampoo ever. I’m seriously obsessed! It does a wonderful job toning and leaves my hair soft and smooth.

Bed Head Dumb Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo
This is my go-to when I haven’t planned ahead to order my Blonda online. It’s available at Ulta, works great, and really helps combat the color-treated hair dryness.

Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights Shampoo
This is like the original purple shampoo. It’s been around forever, and gets the job done!

L’Oréal Professionnel Expert Serie Silver Shampoo
I’ve also heard amazing things about this one–namely that it has a really intense color, so it works well/quickly, but I’ve never tried it. But I will be soon!

So, have you tried purple shampoo? Which one is your favorite?


Peace, Love and Purple Shampoo,

Beauty Giveaway: Neutrogena and Target


It’s always dangerous to make sweeping statements, but I’m going to go ahead and go there: Everyone loves Target. I mean, right? There is just so much fabulousness to get sucked in to every time you go! The clothes, the purses, the home decor, and don’t get me started on the newly revamped and beyond amazing beauty section!

And Neutrogena, I mean….we’ve all loved and used the brand since we were 14, right?

But before I go off on a major tangent, let’s get to the good stuff: I have a super amazing giveaway for all my readers! I’ll be giving away several of Neutrogena’s newest products, plus a $25 Target gift card!

One lucky reader will receive:

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser





Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel





Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream Eye





Neutrogena Rapid Dark Circle Repair eye cream






And a Target giftcard worth $25!



So, here’s what you need to know:

To enter the giveaway, follow Neutrogena (here) and Target (here) on Twitter and me on any of my social channels:

Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.

And then leave a comment below sharing your handle, so we can find your follows (and have your email to notify you if you win).

Winners will be chosen at random on Monday, February 23 at 10pm EST, and the winner will be notified via email.

*Please note: Only U.S. residents are eligible to win.*

Thank you to everyone who entered! The winner has been notified.


Peace, Love and Free Stuff,

Get the Look: #NYFW Cushnie Et Ochs Makeup

Hey, have you heard? It’s NYFW! And while there have been plenty of gorgeous makeup and hair looks going down the runway for the past few days (and a few scary ones, too.), there has been one that really stood out to me the most: The stunning eye makeup at Cushnie et Ochs.

Created by MUA Yadim for Maybelline, this makeup is seriously making me swoon.

At first glance, you may just see gorgeous, smokey emerald eyes…


But when the hair is pulled back, you see the super cool graphic lines:


So stunning! And might I just say, wearable in the real world? Just tone this look down a smidge, and it’s totally cool for a dramatic eye look.


To create the look, Yadim used Maybelline Master Kajal Eyeliner in Onyx Rush around the eyes and blended it with the black shadow from the NUDES palette for a smokey look.

He then used Master Precise Eyeliner (a liquid liner) on the top and bottom lash line to create the graphic, open-ended tracks at the outer corners of the eyes.

Then he put the green shade from the Eye Studio Color Molten in Teal Twist palette for the pop of green color.

He used Colossal Chaotic Mascara on the lashes (out in June), and gave the lids a wet finish by swiping some clear Baby Lips balm over the whole thing (creative!).

Final image via artpartner.com.


Peace, Love and #NYFW Makeup,

As Seen On TV: Winter Beauty Dos & Don’ts

Winter can be hard on your skin and hair, so I went on CBS’s Atlanta Plugged In to talk about some Winter Beauty Dos and Don’ts to help make sure you are looking your best all winter long.

Check out the video below, and get the details on all the products after the jump.

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Recreate the Look: Mila Kunis in Jupiter Ascending

I’m not a huge Sci-Fi fan (I’m much more into fantasy), but I am into anything that has super cool/beautiful makeup and hair. Take the film Jupiter Ascending, which comes out this weekend, for instance. My husband is super excited about it, and will likely watch it without me, because the plot does nothing for me. The fashion and beauty looks I’ve spied in the previews, however, look fab!

mila kunis

I’m particularly taken with the super romantic makeup Mila Kunis wears in a wedding scene. I don’t care if it’s Valentine’s Day or just a random night out–this gorgeous pink shadow and matching lip look is divine (headpiece is your call)!


Jupiter Ascending Makeup



1. MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Gorgeous Gold
To get the depth of color in the eyeshadow, I’m guessing they mixed shades together. This pearl-finish gold, mixed with the matte finish pink would do the trick beautifully.

2. MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Passionate
The matte finish on top of the pearl will give the lovely glow without being too shimmery.

3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighting Duo Pencil
It is very important to make sure your brows are very defined and stand out against the shadow, so in addition to filling them in nice and strong, you need to use a highlighter like this one all the way around the brow to really make them pop.

4. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush
I absolutely love this bronzing brush to really define the cheekbone.

5. Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Telluride
With Mila’s flawless skin, that cheekbone definition is very pronounced, but it is still in the same pink color family. This shimmery mauve shade seems just the thing.

6. Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain LipColor in Madame Batifole
I have this lipstick, and not only am I struck by how stunning it is every time I open it, it’s also almost identical to what she’s wearing.


Peace, Love and Movie Makeup,

Moodboard Monday: Romance

I guess you could say that all the Valentine’s Day marketing is going to my head, because I’ve been feeling dreamy, gauzy, romantic aesthetics big time for the past week. Thus, we have this week’s moodboard: Romance!

I mean…does it get any more romantic than Heathcliff? Sigh.

Romance Moodboard

1. Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Graphite | 2. Forever 21 Multi-Rose Flower Crown | 3. H&M Patterned Leggings | 4. H&M Glass Tealight Holder | 5. Rifle Paper Co. Card | 6. Diptyque Rosafolia candle | 7. LUSH A French Kiss bubble bar | 8. Kendra Scott Aussie Open Ring in Aqua Kyocera Opal | 9. Lipstick Queen Bête Noir lipstick in Possessed Metal | 10. Halogen Turner Slip-Ons in black floral leather | 11. Wuthering Heights | 12. kate spade new york Love Birds Wink Clutch | 13. Royal Apothic Pink Tintie


Peace, Love and Romance,

Everybody’s Talking ‘Bout the New Kid in Town

BlissatMaven Amazing news for all you Atlanta-area readers who either like to shop local, or just really love makeup: There is a super fab new beauty boutique in town called Beauty Maven. The shop just opened in December in Little Five Points (in the shopping center with Junkman’s Daughter, so YAY! A parking lot!), and is owned by the coolest beauty girl ever, Yee-Lynn Chen. Yee-Lynn is a Georgia native, but spent the last chunk of her life doing beauty PR in NYC (Read: She knows her stuff.).

The shop has a fun selection of skincare, makeup and hair care brands, including options for men and baby. She’s got some well-known brands like bliss and Deborah Lippmann, some not-as-well known options like Jin Soon, Avene, The Balm and Tokyo Milk, and a few things that were even new to me (very hard to do!), including some amazing Korean brands. She’s also got a fun tool selection with blenders, brushes, tweezers, etc.

Jin Soon has the most fantastic range of colors, and you can’t find the brand everywhere.



The Balm has some of the cutest/funniest packaging/names around. So much fun!



Just the right amount of attitude to fit in perfectly in the Little Five neighborhood!



Yee-Lynn has also found this hilarious makeup collection that can only be described as geek heaven. Red Wedding lip gloss anyone? Loose eyeshadows with Hunger Games, Dr. Who and Pokemon (Yep, those are the only ones I recognize. Does that make me like a 4 on the geek scale?) icons on the lids? So fun for your vanity!


And, to make this news all the sweeter, Emily Suggests readers can get 15% off everything in the store throughout the month of February! Just mention EmilyLovesMaven when you’re checking out.

And for those of you who aren’t in the Atlanta area, e-commerce will be up-and-running on the site by the end of March.


Peace, Love and Local Beauty Shops,

Do You Want to Know a Secret? (Let Me Whisper In Your Ear)

Cara cat eyes I have a really hard time with liquid liner. Really hard. I can do a basic line, but when I try to do a dramatic cat eye or even just a slight flick, things get messy. Like, 37-Q-Tips-and-finally-just-give-up messy.

And, since I know I’m not alone, I’m super excited to share with you what I learned last week! Bobbi Brown just opened up a new flagship counter in the Macy’s at Perimeter Mall, so I stopped by to check it out and to get a makeup lesson from John Hernandez–the head of education and artistry for the Southeast.

When I found out I had the lesson, there was no question what I would ask John about: How to get a good cat eye!



And it turns out, I’ve been doing it all wrong my whole makeup wearing life! Instead of starting at the inner corner of the eye and going to the outer edge and then flicking out and up, John said the key is to go from the outside in.

cat eyes

So taking the liner, John started small, just a little bit out and up from my outer corner, and then drew in toward the middle of my eye. Then he filled in along the lash line, and we examined what he had done. Since we wanted a little bit more drama, he started back out at the outer point of the flick, and made it a bit larger–still moving from the outside, in.


He used the Bobbi Brown Ink Liner, but you can also use an angled brush and gel liner if that’s what you’ve got/prefer.

Now obviously practice makes perfect, and I know my cat eye isn’t going to immediately be as perfect as John’s, but I’m so excited to know the out-to-in method to help me improve my skill!

If you’re in Atlanta, go check out the gorgeous new Bobbi Brown counter at Perimeter, and no matter where you are–you can go to your local Bobbi Brown counter and get a makeup lesson of your own! They offer everything from a 5 minute ‘Instant Pretty’ lesson to a 20 minute ‘Everything Brows’ lesson to a full 45 minute ‘Ultimate Makeup Lesson’.

And comment and let me know how you create your perfect cat eye!


Peace, Love and Cat Eyes,