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If The Shoe Fits: Audrey Brooke Paris Flat

tory+burch+reva If The Shoe Fits: Audrey Brooke Paris FlatFor years, Tory Burch’s Reva flats (left) have been on my wardrobe wish-list. But every time I work up the nerve to exercise my Visa, something always rains on my fancy footwear parade.
In 2009, I was this close to adopting a pair of the iconic ballet flats – but then I got pregnant and decided to wait until after I gave birth and my feet stopped growing. Then after I had Westley, I put Reva back on my shopping list – only to find that the style runs too narrow for my fat, flat feet.
I was ready to give up the dream until this week, during a routine venture to my neighborhood DSW. I was actually shopping for my son, but after being informed that they don’t sell kids shoes in the stores (only online), I decided that it shouldn’t be a wasted trip so I took a quick survey of the womens’ section before heading on my way.
audrey+brooke+paris+flat If The Shoe Fits: Audrey Brooke Paris Flat

That’s when I saw it…the Audrey Brooke Paris Flat. I was immediately enamored with the Reva doppleganger and rendered positively giddy by the price tag – just $59.95! But would the shoe fit? As I hurriedly removed my Ugg boot and slipped my foot into the shoe, I said a little prayer and…it fit like a glove. Not to sound dramatic – okay, maybe just a little – it was a Cinderella moment.

Alas, I didn’t buy the shoe in the store because I figured I could save more if I purchased online. So as soon as I returned home, I got on the Internet and picked up a black pair for less than $30. As I explained in a recent review of the Audrey Brooke Leopard Satchel, the awesome thing about DSW.com is that you can combine coupon codes. By combining some promo codes I researched online and cashing in some coupons I received as a DSW Rewards member (sign up…it’s free!), I saved $30 and got free shipping.

In addition to black leather, the Paris Flat is available in a metalic leather and a leopard print haircalf. They leopard ones aren’t available online, but I spotted them in the store – just, sadly, not in my size. So I called some other local DSW stores and tracked down a pair in my size – and they’re on hold until I can go adopt them on Friday. I can’t wait!!!

 If The Shoe Fits: Audrey Brooke Paris Flat
Update: I scooped up the shoes a few days ago and I am so proud of my purchase. Too cute, right?

Maybe it’s a godsend that my feet are so fat…because, for less than the price of Reva, I can pick up all three pairs of Paris.

Rebecca Minkoff November Mini MAC Attack Contest!

 Rebecca Minkoff November Mini MAC Attack Contest!

Rebecca Minkoff is my absolute favorite handbag designer. I die for every single bag single bag she creates. Since discovering her line of chic arm candy a few years ago, it has been my mission to create a Rebecca Minkoff collection within my handbag arsenal. I currently own four – and I’m always on the hunt for more (bank account be damned). Even Mr. Spoiled Pretty, my fashion-oblivious fella, knows I love me some Minkoff.

rebecca+minkoff+mini+mac+clutch+blue Rebecca Minkoff November Mini MAC Attack Contest!

This month, my girl is giving you the opportunity to start (or add to) your own Rebecca Minkoff collection!!! 30 lucky Minkettes can win the latest addition to the Morning After family, the Mini MAC (retail $195).

Click here to enter. And for more chances to win, join Rebecca Minkoff’s newsletter and be sure to follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Giveaway ends November 30th at 11:59pm EST. Winners will be randomly selected and notified on December 4th. Must be a US Citizen and be 13 years of age or older to enter.

Good luck!

Polished: A Note On Nail Art

dita von teese nails Polished: A Note On Nail Art

Hello, spoiled pretty readers!

I adore good nail art. The Internet is full of great examples – chevron stripes, zombie faces, manicures in Tiffany blue with white detail to look like gift boxes – the examples are endless.

Personally, I always wanted to achieve half-moon nails at home. A beauty idol of mine, Dita Von Teese, often rocks a perfect half-moon manicure with ruby red and bare nail.

For my first attempt, I painted the bottom half of my nails silver, and went for purple on the top portion of the nail. It was so ugly, I destroyed the photographic evidence.

For my second and final attempt, I went for bare nails on the bottom portion, and red on the rest of the nail. I applied stickers meant for french manicures on the bottom of my nail, and painted over them. You are supposed to wait until the polish is completely dry to remove the stickers. I didn’t exactly trust that, so I removed the stickers when the polish was still slightly tacky.

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Some stickers left a well-defined line behind, some were crooked, and more still looked like I hadn’t even used stickers at all. Ugh.

I came to the conclusion that I am far too much of a perfectionist to ever be happy with do-it-yourself nail art on my own nails. I applaud those of you who have the patience and artistic ability to do it, I am just not one of those people. So, I am going to stick to what I am good at – basic manicures!
 
-Alyssa

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Don’t Make Me Matte

makeup mondays with mario spoiled pretty Makeup Mondays With Mario: Dont Make Me Matte

Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic is answering your burning beauty questions!!! Every Monday, he will answer a beauty/skin care question as part of a weekly column on Spoiled Pretty, Makeup Mondays with Mario.

Hi Mario,

I have really dry skin so I am not really a fan of matte foundations. I always use foundations that give me a radiant, dewy glow – however every time I set my foundation with my compact powder, I lose my glow and my skin gets matte and dull. It looks dry all over again which makes me not want to set my foundation. Is there a way I can set everything without losing the glow?
Ashley  

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Chanel Coco Blue and OPI Crown Me Already!

 Chanel Coco Blue and OPI Crown Me Already!

After weeks of sporting a chipped-up, raggedy-ass-looking mani because I was too busy to get my nails did, I finally found some time to do them myself. Peep my new polish…

 Chanel Coco Blue and OPI Crown Me Already!

I started with a coat of Zoya Get Even (to create a smooth surface) and a coat of Zoya Anchor base coat. Then I applied two coats of Coco Blue, from the Les Jeans De CHANEL collection. Once Coco Blue dried, I layered OPI’s Crown Me Already! (from the Miss Universe collection) – a mix of sparkly microglitter and larger glitter pieces. Finally, I sealed the deal with Zoya Armor topcoat.

Glitterrific, no?

Audrey Brooke Leopard Satchel from DSW

audrey+brooke+leopard+satchel Audrey Brooke Leopard Satchel from DSW

I am so excited about my new handbag, Audrey Brooke’s Leopard Satchel, that I couldn’t keep this fabulous find to myself. The photo doesn’t do this bag justice, so I shot a video to highlight its prettiness.


Besides being extremely cute (doesn’t it look designer?), well made and roomy, it was also crazy affordable. I would value this bag at about $200-250, but I snagged it for less than $100. It’s on sale at DSW for $129.95, but if you buy it online, you can use coupon codes to get a great deal. The awesome thing about DSW.com is that you can combine codes. By combining some random codes I researched online and cashing in some coupons I received as a DSW Rewards member (sign up…it’s free!), I saved $30 and got free shipping. Here are some codes to get you started:

SHOPTIME: Spend $74 get $15 off, spend $149 get $30 off,spend $199 get $50 off [Expires 10/17]
SHIPR: Free standard shipping on purchases of $35+ [Exp.06/20/12 – Valid only for logged-in DSW Rewards members]
The Leopard Satchel is also available with camel leather. If this bag is a bit big for you, Audrey Brooke has a similar, smaller Leopard Cross Body Bag. And with all the cash you’re saving, you might want to snatch up a matching wallet.

Forever Lazy

forever+lazy Forever Lazy

Yesterday, I saw an informercial for Forever Lazy – and had it not been the middle of the day, I would have sworn it was a spoof on Saturday Night Live. Forever Lazy is so ugly and ridiculous that it makes the Snuggie look like haute couture.

forever+lazy+2 Forever Lazy

I think that if you call and place an order for Forever Lazy, Clinton and Stacy from What Not To Wear should show up at your house for an intervention.
 

 
Would you wear Forever Lazy?

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives

Nordstrom‘s annual Anniversary Sale is in full swing. Have you seen their Beauty Exclusives? They are off the chain! If you haven’t had an opportunity yet to shop the sale (hurry…sale ends July 31), allow me to play personal shopper and make some recommendations.

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Deborah Lippmann Get This Party Started Set, $42 ($58 value)
How could you NOT add this polish trio to your wish list? Get This Party Started is a set of three glitters, inspired by the overwhelming demand for Deborah Lippmann’s best-selling Happy Birthday, a party in a bottle. The set includes Happy Birthday, along with two new variations of the glittery shade: Forget You, with a black base, and Candy Shop, with a bubblegum-pink base.

Bobbi+Brown+%2527Tortoise+Shell%2527+Beauty+Kit Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives

Bobbi Brown Bobbi Beauty Favorites, $80 ($160 value)
This set is a must-have for you beauties who love Bobbi Brown. It includes the Beach Shimmer Brick, Face Blender Brush, Full Size Extreme Party Mascara, Black Ink Long Wear Gel Eyeliner, Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush, Shimmer Lip Gloss in Rose Gold and Creamy Lip Color in Toffee.

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MAC Cine-Matics ‘On-Screen’ Pro Palette Eyeshadow Duo, $25 ($29 value)
I don’t know any beauty lover who doesn’t LOVE MAC eye shadows. These eight daring pairings are housed in an ultra-slim, stackable, easy-to-use palette. Great for your makeup kit and for travel.

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MAC Cine-Matics ‘Smoky Black’ Makeup Lesson, $49.50 ($105 value)
Define the ultimate smoky eye with three sensational shadows – Carbon (M), Ambience (VP) and Bisque (M)—Zoom Lash Mascara in Zoomblack (0.14 oz.) and Technakohl Liner in Graphblack, a 275 SE Brush to smudge, a 212 SE to blend and step-by-step instructions. This kit is an incredible value and, I recommend you snatch it up immediately. Also available in Smoky Brown.

L%2527Occitane+%2527Shea+Home+%2526+Away%2527+Collection Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives

L’Occitane ‘Shea Home & Away’ Collection, $25 ($36 value)
Shea Butter Hand Cream is the #1 international best-seller from L’Occitane, and one of my personal favorites. Enriched with 20% shea butter, this super-creamy hand balm quickly penetrates to protect, nourish and regenerate dry skin. The scent is light, yet intoxicating. Smooth even the most hard-working hands with a blend of nourishing ingredients including almond oil, honey, coconut oil and antioxidant vitamin E. Keep the 5.2 oz. tube on your vanity at home and stash the 1 oz. tube in your purse so you’re never without this little luxury.

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MOR Essentials Hand & Body Lotion, $9.90 ($18 value)
Before the Anniversary Sale started, I was provided with an advance sample of MOR Hand & Body Lotion to review. The Honey Nectar lotion is one of the best fragrances I’ve ever smelled, and the formula is lightweight but deeply hydrates. I’m not a big honey fan, but the scent of the Honey Nectar moristurizer isn’t so literal. It also features notes of brown sugar, candied almonds and warm vanilla milk. Unfortunately, the Honey Nectar lotion appears to be sold out online – but I recommend you track it down at your local Nordstrom store. The Hand & Body Lotion is also available in Neroli Clementine, Basil & Grape, Black Currant Iris and Sugar Rose Tiger Lily. Corresponding Hand & Body Washes are also Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives.

Clarisonic+Island+Coral+Mia Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives

Clarisonic Mia, $149 ($189 value)
You’ve wanted a Clarisonic for, like, forever…and keep saying that you’ll finally buy one if and when it goes on sale. Well, now’s that time. Mia is the travel version of the original Clarisonic, so it has all of the benefits of the more expensive brush – like six times more makeup removal, better product absorbtion, smaller looking pores and fine lines. It also comes with a cute, pink travel bag. Available in Island Coral, Fuchsia, and Zebra print.

MAC+Cine Matics+Face+Brushes Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives

MAC Cine-Matics Face Brushes, $49.50 ($112 value)
Touch up your look with a fabulous foursome of short-handled face brushes packed in a stylish grey MAC bag with red trim. With Technicolor bristles, these are sure to take your close-ups to the next level. The set includes: 187 SE Duo Fiber Face Brush, 190 SE Foundation Brush, 168 SE Large Angled Contour Brush, 194 SE Concealer Brush, and a brush bag.

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MAC Cine-Matics All-Over Brushes, $49.50 ($120 value)
Go from nominee to winner with a star-quality set of short-handled brushes for eyes and face. Packed in a chic zip bag, these five Technicolor talents are musts on red carpets and runways everywhere. The set includes: 129 SE Powder/Blush Brush, 227 SE Large Fluff Brush, 224 SE Tapered Blending Brush, 219 SE Pencil Brush, 266 SE Small Angle Brush, and a brush bag.

philosophy+%2527amazing+grace%2527+3 piece+super+set Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives

philosophy ‘amazing grace’ 3-piece super set, $70 ($137 value)
Feel like you’re wearing a beautiful dress every day of the week. ‘amazing grace’ is philosophy’s best-selling fragrance, designed to make a woman feel amazingly clean and beautifully feminine. The set includes ‘amazing grace’ perfumed shampoo, bath and shower gel (32 oz.); firming body emulsion (32 oz.) and body spritz (8 oz.). Layer the clean floral scent of ‘amazing grace’ as you cleanse in the shower or bath and, afterwards, as you moisturize your skin. Then surround yourself with a refreshing, perfumed body mist that lightly hydrates as it scents your skin for a full-body fragrance experience.

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Hanae Mori Paris Butterfly Anniversary Set, $85 ($133 value)
If I didn’t still have a full bottle of my beloved Hanae Mori Butterfly (it’s my signature scent), I would be snagging this set. Butterfly is a rare blend of berries and flowers, with a distinctive tone of strawberries and almond, giving an impression of vanilla. This deluxe set contains the world-renowned Butterfly eau de parfum spray, take-anywhere shower gel and body cream (1.7 oz. each), as well as long-lasting, non-alcohol Butterfly deodorant (2.6 oz.). A 1.7 oz. bottle of Butterfly retails for more than the price of this set – so this is a real steal!

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Prada ‘Infusion d’Iris’ Gift Set, $99 ($133 value)
Once again, I have a full bottle of this perfume (it’s another one of my top 3 fragrances), so I won’t be buying this set. On second thought, maybe I will. My mom is also a fan of this fragrance and I usually gift her with a similar set for Christmas – so perhaps I’ll pick up her present extra early this year. Infusion d’Iris fuses tradition with idealism, creating a universe that every modern woman wants to be a part of. A floral citrus fragrance, Infusion d’Iris balances the clean fresh scent of the Iris Pallida with the subtlety of mandarin, creating a dream-like experience for the senses.

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PHYTO ‘Phytodéfrisant’ Large Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm, $31 ($39 value)
You know that elusive, salon perfect blowout that you can never seem to replicate at home? Now you can, thanks to the folks at Phyto. Phytodéfrisant Botanical Relaxing Balm is a heat-activated straightening balm that hydrates, fights frizz, and leaves hair touchably soft and silky smooth. Suitable for all hair types, the product has a light, gel-like consistency that won’t weigh hair down. Apply a silver dollar-sized dollop to towel dried tresses, comb through, and blow dry for sleek, professional looking results. Phytodéfrisant is so fabulous that you might just bid your flat iron farewell.

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Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel – Large Size, $36 ($39 value)
I’m kind of kicking myself for just having bought a bottle of this a month ago. It’s my go-to summer moisturizer because it’s light, doesn’t aggrivate my sensitive skin, and doesn’t leave my oily skin looking greasy. The Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion is also on sale, so I’ll pick that up in preparation for the colder months ahead.

Donna+Karan+%2527Cashmere+Mist%2527+Deodorant+Trio Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives

Donna Karan ‘Cashmere Mist’ Deodorant Trio, $32 ($54 value)
Cashmere Mist Deodorant is the best smelling deodorant, possibly, ever. Have I actually smelled every deodorant that ever was? Um, no…but I highly doubt that they could top Cashmere Mist. $32 may sound pricey for three deodorants. But, trust me, they are worth every penny. Buck up now and thank me later.

Philosophy Shower Gel of the Month at QVC

philosophy+lively+lemon+coconut+shower+gel+qvc Philosophy Shower Gel of the Month at QVC

Exciting news, fellow Philosophy fans…

QVC just launched the Philosophy shower gel of the month collection! Featuring a new shower gel every month, available exclusively through QVC, the collection is a year-long celebration of the qualities often found in loved and admired women. In 12 irresistible new scents, each month features a theme that resonates with that time of year and is available for that month only.

The collection launches this month with Lively Lemon Coconut, a scent that celebrates the optimistic woman with a sunny spirit. Infused with the tropical essence of refreshing coconut and lemon, this shower gel (which can also be used as a shampoo or bubble bath) inspires us all to look on the bright side of life.

Sephora Colorista Custom Makeup Palette

sephora+Colorista+Custom+Makeup+Palette Sephora Colorista Custom Makeup Palette

Add this to my “I wish I woulda thought of that” list:

So you know the super-sized makeup palettes that you can’t pass up because you get, like, a million products for next to nothing? Yeah…I love those too. Problem is that said palettes aren’t exactly portable, unless you carry this handbag.

So the geniuses at Sephora added a removable compact to their new Colorista Custom Makeup Palette. Choose eight of your favorite shades from the palette, pop them into the compact and you’re good to go – literally. Magnets hold each color tray in place, ensuring that they stay in place. And mirrors are included in both the compact and palette cases, but it’s BYOB (bring your own brushes) situation.

The Colorista Custom Makeup Palette includes 40 eye shadows, 5 cream eyeliners, 15 lipsticks/lipglosses, 4 blushes and 2 bronzers. Get it for just $36 at Sephora stores and sephora.com.

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