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I know I’m not the only one anxiously awaiting warmer weather. After learning that here in the Midwest we have about a week of April showers to look forward to, I’ve found myself turning to my wardrobe and cosmetics collection in hopes of forcing spring to come.

I’ve noticed other women employing similar tactics; wearing bright blouses and foregoing their down jackets for chic trench coats. But the key here, the simple notion that has held true throughout the decades, is that whether you’re facing gloom in your life or gloom in the sky, a vivid lipstick might be all you need to help you through the day. After all, it’s easier to fake it till you make it when you’re smiling through Dior’s latest shade of hot pink gloss.

As we look toward spring/summer makeup trends for 2013, we’re seeing everything from matte to metallic eyes, dusty rose to fiery red lips, and heavy gel liner. While seasonal changes can spice things up and pull us all out of makeup ruts, I’d ask us all to keep our go-to looks in mind. While trends offer great inspiration, and boost sales, there are products and looks that work for us no matter what time of year it is. It’s this simple: wear what you’re comfortable in. This applies to everything from how your jeans fit to how far you wing your eyeliner. If you’re not comfortable, don’t succumb to a trend because a magazine told you so. Find a trend you like, and customize it to fit you.

I wanted to return to this blog with a long overdue post with this advice, or rather friendly reminders. The beauty community, after all, is supposed to be a place where women feel empowered, supported, and of course, pretty. Stay tuned for more frequent posts coming soon!

What trends are you most looking forward to this summer?

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For spring and summer 2012, we’re seeing shades of┬áneon and pastel everywhere. What’s interesting is that the two color schemes aren’t segregated, but paired together creating bold contrasts. I’ve seen neon yellow, blue and pink in everything from t-shirts to bangles to pumps. Pastels are a favorite of mine all year-long, but I honestly never thought of bringing a neon element into the equation.

From the pastel palette, mint green has emerged as a huge staple for spring. Soft, romantic tops and creamy nail polishes are everywhere in this shade, and I’ve already purchased some for my collection. Revlon, Essie and China Glaze all do beautiful shades of this green.

The important thing to remember is to wear what is comfortable (aesthetically speaking) for you. If you’re not all that into wearing bright pink skinny jeans, maybe go with a black pair and find a bright pink shift dress. Or a blue one. Or whatever catches your eye. You get the idea. Use trends for inspiration, not for direction. Just because something is mandated by the runway doesn’t mean you’re confined to only those options for a season. Find ways to incorporate trends, the ones that you like, into your look in ways you’re comfortable with. Maybe wear pastels on your nails, or pick up a pair of earrings. If you’re more daring with your makeup, wear a bright pink lip with fresh looking skin and a swipe of mascara.

The point is, you can walk around as trendy as can be, but if you’re uncomfortable in your own skin it will stand out more than that highlighter yellow halter top. We have so many looks to choose from, and there is always room to integrate your own style into an ensemble. Be careful not to lose yourself in your own closet.

That being said, flip through some magazines or do some people watching if you’ve found yourself in a wardrobe rut. You never know what you might come up with.

NARS & Andy Warhol

Another cosmetics collaboration, a very exciting one, is coming our way for fall 2012. Women’s Wear Daily announced today that we can expect Nars Andy Warhol to grace us with its presence in October of this year.

Francois Nars; renowned photographer, makeup artist extraordinaire, and creator of NARS Cosmetics has given the go-ahead for this project under a license with The Andy Warhol Foundation. Details of the collection are still under wraps, but it is said to showcase innovative formulas, shades and packaging.

I’m very much looking forward to the release of promotional images for this collection. It’s almost hard to believe that no other line has been inspired to team up with The Andy Warhol Foundation to create something vibrant and new, but there is no one better than NARS to do so.

Stay tuned!

DIY: Infinity Scarf

If you’re anything like me, you’ve fallen completely in love with infinity scarves. Or eternity scarves. Or circle scarves. Whatever you call them, they’re the ones that have no ends and wrap around like a necklace rather than a traditional scarf. I got a little overzealous and went on an infinity scarf-buying rampage. It became excessive.

It was then that I decided to take inventory of my collection and I realized there were a number of regular scarves just sitting in a drawer. During my spontaneous fashion show in front of my mirror, I discovered a little something. I could turn my regular scarves into infinity scarves myself; no longer would I have to buy new!

It’s pretty simple and I’m not sure why it never occurred to me. It works best with long narrow scarves.

1. Take the pieces from each corner and fold them in towards each other, like you would fold a towel

2. Tie the pieces from each corner into a knot

3. The the two knots together, forming a circular piece of fabric

4. Wrap your new scarf around your neck, leaving the tied corners hidden beneath your hair

Voila! A do-it-yourself fashion piece that can be transformed to fit whatever look you’re going with on a given day. The knots can be easily untied to restore its original shape. Grab a dormant scarf and give it a try!