How to Get the J. Crew Catalogue Beauty Look

Beauty Edit

The J.Crew catalog look is a recognizable and often imitated look. For fall 2015, it’s all about the non-perfect ponytail. Get the look in these five simple steps:

1. Blow-dry your hair using texturizing spray. Use a round brush to add volume at the roots.

2. Straighten hair with a flatiron until it is pin straight.

3. Create a center part with your fingers extending for 2-3 inches, then pull hair into a slight bump at the crown of your head.

4. Pull hair into a ponytail 2-3 inches above the nape of the neck and secure with an elastic. Wrap a section of hair around the elastic to cover it.

5. Loosen and separate a couple of pieces toward the crown and forehead. Spray all over with hair spray to hold in place.



For more beauty, see my makeup tutorial here!



Friendly Friday


One of my digital friends (meaning we follow each other on Instagram), Marianna, recently posted a video tutorial on how to edit your Instagram photos and even though I have several years of practice with about six different editing apps, I learned so much from her demo.

Whether you are serious about creating beautiful photos from your phone or you would just like to up your insta game, you will benefit from this video. I had to share!

Happy Friday! May your weekend photos be way more chic;)

Photo by Cibelle Levi 


Beauty Edit



Happy Friday! A few of you have requested I post makeup tutorials to see how to get my looks. My amazing Makeup Artist Carmen Williamson of EyeStruck Beauty is often the mastermind behind my makeup.

Today, Carmen shares her step-by-step process and the exact products she used on me for the PaperCity photoshoot last year (pictured above).

This was one of my favorite days with Amber when PaperCity came to the rewardStyle office last year. What I loved most was going a little edgy with Amber’s makeup.

Let’s talk about those eyes!  I wanted to open her eyes and then add some drama.

Final note on eyes: To keep any product on the eye from running when your natural oils surface or you get heated, I recommend taking a Q-Tip, dip a small amount of translucent powder (HOURGLASS Cosmetics Ambient and Radiant Light Powder) or skin tone eyeshadow (Make Up Forever M-534) and lightly go under eye area, very close to your liner or shadow you have applied.

Photography by Mindy Byrd and PaperCity