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SMUstyle City Guides: MIAMI

Posted by on April 30, 2014 | No Comments »


Party in the city where the heat is on

 

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The Intern

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South Miami: eat at Whisk

- SMUstyle’s Menu Pick: Pulled Pork over Cornbread

 

Coconut Grove: Paragon Theaters

- SMUstyle Tip: grab a beer before your movie and select which comfy seat you want to lounge in!

 

Brickell: OTC

- SMUstyle’s Menu Pick: Mac n Cheese paired with Truffle Fries

 

Wynwood: your day off

- SMUstyle Tip: check for Wynwood’s Art Walk Schedule to get a sneak peak of the best galleries in Miami

 

The Beach: go to the beach

- SMUstyle Tip: cxcept for the astronomical parking prices – the beach is every broke college girl’s favorite activity!

 

Coral Gables: Miracle Mile

- SMUstyle Tip: check out what the heart of Coral Gables has to offer as you stroll down Miracle Mile and check out all the boutiques and restaurants.

 

District / Midtown: Harry’s Pizza
- SMUstyle’s Menu Pick: Polenta fries with the Slow Roasted Pork pizza!

 

The Tourist

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South Miami: Larios for Cuban food

- SMUstyle’s Menu Pick: an order of mariquitas, two croquetas, a Vaca Frita de Pollo with a side of Arroz con Frijoles – and you won’t be disappointed!

 

Coconut Grove: A.C.’s Icee’s

- SMUstyle pick: grab a frozen lemonade (ca$h only!) and walk down the dock to get a picture perfect view of Key Biscayne

 

Brickell: Rooftop Soccer

- SMUstyle Tip: schedule a late shift for a breezy Miami night match with a breathtaking skyline view

 

Wynwood: the Wynwood Walls

- SMUstyle Tip: if you came to Miami for some “sick” instagram “pics,” then this is the place for you!

 

The Beach: Joe’s Stonecrab

- SMUstyle Menu Pick: this landmark will reel you in for the seasonal stone crabs but you’ll stay for the hash browns and key lime pie!

 

Coral Gables: Merrick Park
- No pick necessary; this outdoor mall has everything you could ask for! And more!

 

The Trendy Girl

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South Miami: Jenna White

- SMUstyle Tip: you might want to leave your wallet at home… You’re guaranteed to fall in love with everything.

 

Coconut Grove: Lokal

- SMUstyle Menu Pick: the 50/50 – 50% beef, 50% bacon

 

Brickell: Zuma

- SMUstyle Menu Tip: go with a bigger crowd so you can try a little bit of everything! Their menu is literally unreal

 

Wynwood: Jugo Fresh

- SMUstyle’s Menu Tip: it was so hard for us to pick just one… we’ll leave this one up to whatever tickles your fancy!

 

The Beach: The Webster

- SMUstyle Tip: Every Miami fashionista’s (and some celebs) favorite place to browse the latest and greatest on the high fashion market! You’re guaranteed to go bananas

 

The Gables: Chocolate Fashion

- SMUstyle’s Menu Pick: Chocolate Banana Pancake – only on Saturdays and Sundays!

 

District / Midtown: Gigi’s
- SMUstyle’s Menu Pick: Pork Buns. That’s all.

 

…And a few extra:

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The Peacock Garden Cafe

- SMUstyle’s Menu Pick: Monte Cristo Special… you won’t have room for anything meal for the rest of your stay!

 

GreenStreet

- SMUstyle Tip: be weary of Whisky Wednesday nights… but everything on the menu is so delicious!

 

Akashi South Miami

- SMUstyle’s Menu Pick: Every Miami girl’s Alex #2 Roll or the Part Time Roll

 

Sugarcane

- SMUstyle’s Menu Pick: Chicken and Waffles! Please and thank you.

 

Buttercream Bakery / Whip’N’Dip / Sun Juice

- SMUstyle Tip: try all three! No one will judge if it’s all on the same day…

 

Mojito
- SMUstyle Menu Pick: a Cuban Wrap

 

xx,

Miami’s Best

D & n_bru

 

Mother’s Day {Beauty Gifts}

Posted by on April 29, 2014 | No Comments »


Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Instead of the usual flowers or chocolates this year, try something different by surprising your mom with some pampering beauty products so that she can feel and look her best on that day! Sephora has some wonderful gift sets and raved about products that will make for perfect presents! Check them out below!

 

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1. Josie Maran “Spread the Argan Love” Set- Celebrate Mother’s Day by giving your mom the gift of beautiful, radiant skin. This set includes Josie Maran’s best selling skin products and hydrators in fun, travel-sized containers. Formulated with 100% Argan oil and good-for-you nutrients, this will leave your mom’s skin silky smooth and hydrated. ($38)

 

2. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette- This is the latest palette from the famous Naked palette line by Urban Decay. The palette includes 12 beautiful, romantic pinky-neutral shades that are wonderful worn for both day and nighttime looks. Your mom will love playing with the colors and mixing and matching different shades to find her perfect eyeshadow look! ($52)

 

3. Buxom Full-Bodied Lip Gloss Collection (Nudes and Brights)- Spoil your mom with a collection of 6 of Buxom’s beautiful sheer lipgloss shades. These glosses work to plump the lips with a “special no tingle formula” and deliver beautiful shine. They also contain vitamin E, Jojoba oil, and are packed with hydration for comfortable wear. ($32)

 

4. Sephora Favorites: Fragrance Rollerball Sampler for Her- This gift set is wonderfully convenient! Your mom can simply throw one of the little sample perfumes in her purse and she will always have a great scent to take with her when she’s on the go. The set includes 5 of Sephora’s best-selling and most stylish fragrances. The best part is that when she decides on her favorite of the bunch, she can take the scent certificate (included in the box) to her closest Sephora and redeem it for a rollerball-sized one! ($24)

 

xoxo, Anne-Marie 

 

Awesome Discount Codes, Coupons and Sales for Beauty Lovers

Posted by on April 25, 2014 | No Comments »


For all my avid online shoppers, I scoured all types of beauty sites and blogs for the best discount codes, coupons and online sales I could find. Hopefully this will make shopping for your beauty needs a little bit easier on your wallet!

 

DISCOUNT CODES:

Bellami Hair (Hair Extensions): ‪http://www.bellamihair.com — use code NIC5 for $5.00 OFF. 
Use code “nicolehot” on 6 n 1 Complete Curler for $160.00

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Million Dollar Tan (At-home tanning products):  ‪http://www.milliondollartan.com — use code NICTAN for %15 OFF everything.

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Whitening Lightning (Teeth whitening): ‪http://www.whiteninglightning.com — Use NIC25 for 25% OFF everything. 
Use code “fabbundle” for Dial A Smile, any two glosses & any two pens for $89.

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Sigma Beauty (Beauty tools and brushes): ‪http://www.sigmabeauty.com/?Click=66450 
10% OFF Sigma Brushes — Use code NICOLE10

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Velour Lashes (fake eyelashes): ‪https://www.velourlashes.com/
Enter code: “JACLYNVELOUR” for 15% off your total purchase.

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Esqido (fake eyelashes):‪http://esqido.com/
DISCOUNT CODE FOR 15% OFF: “GORGEOUS”

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COUPONS:

Target Stores: http://coupons.target.com/beauty-coupons

 

SALES:

Ulta Beauty: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/specialOffers.jsp

Victoria’s Secret Beauty: http://www.victoriassecret.com/sale/vs-fantasies-bodycare-special

Sephora: http://www.sephora.com/search/saleResults.jsp?keyword=Sale&icid2=BeautyDeals_PromoImage_EVERYDAYDEALS_Big%20Beauty%20Sale

Hautelook (sign up and get amazing deals on fashion and beauty products): https://www.hautelook.com/login?u=%2Fevents%2Fall

 

xoxo, Anne-Marie

 

Beautiful Makeup for this Spring

Posted by on April 24, 2014 | No Comments »


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Spring is finally in the air and with it some beautiful warm weather. I always like to change my makeup up a bit to reflect the seasons and so I have been busting out more bright shades like corals and pinks. Below I’ll show you how to get this pretty, glowing springtime look.

 

 1. Apply your favorite facial lotion and primer and then use a luminous foundation like L’Oreal True Match Lumi to get a radiant, glowing look. You can either warm the product up with your fingers and apply it straight to the face or use a flattop or stippling brush to give a flawless airbrushed look.

 

 2. Use a bronzer 2 shades darker than your skin tone like NARS “Laguna” to bronze up the face or contour the temples, under the cheekbones and the jawline for the appearance of a slimmed down face and healthy sun-kissed look.

 

 3. Fill in the brows with a brow pencil like Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz to frame the face.

 

 4. Use a blush brush to apply a coral colored blush like Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity in “Glisten” to the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards for a gorgeous, healthy appearance.

 

5. Use a flat shader brush or fingers to apply a shimmery white/champagne highlight like MAC “Shroom” just underneath the brow bone and next to the tear duct area. This will make the eyes appear brighter, more awake, and will clean up the arch of the eyebrow.

 

 6. Use a volumizing mascara like Too Faced “Better Than Sex” mascara to create beautiful, full lashes.

 

7. Apply a champagne highlighter like Benefit “Watts Up!” to the top of the cheekbones to emphasize and bring light to this area.

 

8. Dab a concealer 2 shades lighter than your skin tone like Maybelline Instant Age Rewind to your under eye area to brighten, conceal, and lift this area.

 

9. Apply a coral lipstick like NARS “Niagra” to the lips for a lovely springtime subtle pop of color.

 

10. Apply a black gel liner like Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner as close to the lash line as possible. I like to wing out my liner slightly to elongate the eyes.

 

11. Line outer portion of the lips with a pinky-nude lipliner like Jordana “Tawny”. This will give the lips more shape, make them appear fuller, and prevent the lipstick from bleeding.

 

xoxo, Anne-Marie

 

Top Beauty Youtubers You NEED to Follow

Posted by on April 9, 2014 | No Comments »


From professional makeup artists to self-taught “do it yourself-ers”, this is a list of my absolute all time favorite Youtube beauty gurus that I have been watching for years now. They are all incredibly gifted and artistic and all have different, wonderful personalities! These women will show you the what’s-what of the best products in the industry and inspire you with their makeup tutorials. These were the women who inspired me to become a makeup artist myself and start my own blog and videos as well! (www.beautybooklove.com)

 

You’ll be applying makeup like a pro in no time with the help of these beauties! Click on their names to be taken to their respective Youtube channels!

 

Nicole Guerriero

A down-to-earth girl who does amazing glamorous makeup and hair tutorials! One of my all time favorite bloggers.

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MakeupByAlli

You will love her bright, sunny personality and pretty girly makeup tutorials!

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Jaclyn Hill

An incredibly talented professional makeup artist who does the best product reviews, hauls, and makeup tutorials.

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Carli Bybel

An exotic beauty who does sexy, edgy done-up makeup tutorials and fitness videos with her trainer boyfriend!

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Lauren Curtis

An Australian beauty guru and former Bobbi Brown makeup artist.

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Tanya Burr

A famous British makeup artist with the most wonderful, inviting personality ever!

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 Msroshposh

An absolute queen of dramatic makeup looks and glowing skin! Her channel is a must-watch.

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Amanda Ensing

A true glamour girl with sexy, sultry makeup tutorials.

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Makeup Geek

A truly inspirational makeup artist with her own line of makeup and who lost over 100 pounds! Her tutorials, product reviews and healthy lifestyle tips are amazing!

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Dulce Candy

A beautiful latina who served in the army and now does great makeup tutorials and beauty hauls.

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Tati

A woman who loves using and reviewing drugstore products with some high-end thrown in there too!

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Kandee Johnson

A famous makeup artist and mommy who’s electric, bubbly, can-do personality truly shines in her videos!

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Pixiwoo

These twin sister British makeup artists are incredibly talented and their work is like true art with their faces as the canvas.

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Fashionista804

A sassy, fun former MAC makeup artist with edgy makeup looks and and outfit inspirations.

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Chloe Morello

A stunning Australian makeup lover with incredible self-taught skill.

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I could add soooo many more talented women to this list but these are 15 of my absolute favorites!

 

xoxo, Anne-Marie 

 

Six Clutch Essentials

Posted by on March 31, 2014 | No Comments »


With formals just peeping around the corner, I thought I’d share what I never leave home with out:

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Givenchy Noir Couture 4 in 1 Mascara

Compact Mineral Veil Finishing Powder

Mac Satin Lipmix (can go over any lipstick)

Listerine Strips (obvi)

Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens

Pacifica Roll-on Perfume

Stay pretty!

xx Isa

 

Spring Break Playlist

Posted by on February 28, 2014 | No Comments »


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Happy Friday Readers!!

I am beyond honored to be a part of SMUStyle’s first playlist. I would love to start by saying that music is a huge asset to one’s style. The way we walk, talk, dance, and dress is so similar to what we listen to whether we notice it or not. I’m not saying that if you listen to indie music you are a hipster or if you listen to rap you are super ghetto; but, artists we enjoy listening to often dress the way we like to dress or sing the tunes we love to let loose to! Music is not only one of my biggest passions, but is definitely an ongoing, growing lifestyle I hope to continue pursuing throughout my life and journalistic career. It is so important that we listen to what we love and discover new tracks that are similar to our diverse tastes. I thought it was only fair for our spring break playlist to reflect all genres that may appeal to our readers (even if I don’t listen to them myself hehe). So without further ado, I bring to you SMUStyle’s Spring Break Playlist! 

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pop from left to right: 1/2/3/4/5

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dance from left to right: 1/2/3/4/5

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indie from left to right: 1/2/3/4/5

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alternative from left to right: 1/2/3/4/5

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country from left to right: 1/2/3/4/5

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rap from left to right: 1/2/3/4/5

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classic jams from left to right: 1/2/3/4/5

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remixes from left to right: 1/2/3/4/5

I hope everyone enjoys their spring breaks and has safe travels!!!

-n_bru

P.S. Happy listening!!!

 

“Riding Solo” to BEYOND Pedaling

Posted by on February 15, 2014 | No Comments »


I’m not going to lie, it had been quite a long time since I had been to a spinning class. Working out isn’t exactly my thing but, you do what you gotta do to stay fit (at least that’s what I tell myself to get through studio doors!) So, when I saw BEYOND Pedaling’s Valentine’s Day class special – they simply made an offer I could not refuse.

 

Their ever so punny “Riding Solo” themed Valentine’s Day class topped with a live DJ

not only sounded like fun, but was fun!

 

When I first walked into the dark studio room, saw the DJ stand next to the instructor bike stand along with my complimentary towel at my bike, I was a little nervous about being able to keep up with the other students who clearly seemed like pros by now. But once the DJ started bouncing with us to Hardwell, Zedd, and even a little Robyn – it was hard to not enjoy myself! I might have walked in tired, but I left almost too energetic to start my evening off the right way. After class I definitely considered telling them to change their name to Club Pedal!

 

With spring break right around the corner, I know everyone is working extra hard to get that Cabo-ready Spring Break bod and BEYOND Pedaling is definitely SMUstyle’s choice of studio to get you there! Believe me, you’ll be dying to go back after your first class!

 

Check out all of their available classes here!

 

And in case you were in the market for some more workout stuff…

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Fashion Makeover: Emoji Edition

Posted by on February 11, 2014 | 1 Comment »


Harper’s Bazaar has just changed the whole emoji game with their release of the most perfect fashion emoji’s I have ever

seen – and just in time for New York Fashion Week!

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Now that’s just a preview of the goodies the Harper’s Bazaar team has provided to make conversing amongst the fashion savvy that much easier. If you haven’t already, I suggest you get to the App Store ASAP to show your friends how sultry Gwyneth circa March 2012 you’re feeling or maybe how you’re needing a green juice cleanse to get ready for the long weekend ahead!

 

Happy texting!

xx, D

 

GRAMMYS 2014

Posted by on January 27, 2014 | No Comments »


I’ll be honest, I usually watch the Red Carpet hour before the award shows start and then…turn off the TV. The Grammys are always known for being the place to wear your sexiest or craziest get-up of Awards Season, but last night the stars stayed pretty tame in my opinion. Here are a few highlights of the night’s festivities.

Chrissy Teigen literally killed it. It may not be the most avant-garde or on-trend look on the red carpet, but this girl looked absolutely stunning in a blingy gown by Johanna Johnson. Everyone should be jealous of John Legend (her new hubby) right about now.

Katy Perry walked a fine line between being too theme-y with her Valentino dress from the most recent Couture collection shown just last week. Personally, I thought it was a hit. Perry is known for her eccentric and playful wardrobe, and I thought it was perfect for her.Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 10.02.40 AMNever a huge Ciara fan, I would argue that she has never looked so beautiful. She reminded me a lot of Kate Hudson on the Red Carpet, with a perfect balance of effortless and glamorous all at the same time. This gown was custom Emilio Pucci.  She also gets a bonus +100 points for being one of the best dressed of the night while working around a pretty significant baby bump.

Props to Taylor Swift for looking so chic. It may not be the most exciting gown I’ve ever seen, but she looks amazing nonetheless. I also love how perfectly tailored her dress was, it really accentuated the streamlined feel. This gucci dress is actually made of chainmail, a welcome change to the amount of sequined metallics out there. Now that Little Tay is growing up I believe has a calling as the First Lady. I mean can’t you totally see it?!Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 10.10.42 AM

Finally for some of the worst dressed ladies on the Red Carpet…

I think Paris Hilton may have teamed up with figure skater Johnny Weir to design this gown. Perhaps she found it fitting with the upcoming Winter Olympics next month? The hair really doesn’t help this look either, I’m scared to know the amount of hairspray that was used to make her hair stand up so that it looks like she is in a wind machine.

Rita Ora is usually one you can count on to rock some awesome outfits with unique style. But what was this dress. Seriously. I think she just didn’t have a dress the day before and had this hanging in her closet. Not only is it the identical color of Frankenstein, but the silhouette is awful! My mother wears less conservative clothing. I also despised the color of her hair with the green, as well as the sandals which were just so random. Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 10.18.49 AM

 xo, SWM