MAC Cosmetics: It’s All About Orange

According to Elle Magazine, it’s time to put away that red lipstick!  MAC Cosmetics has debuted their latest collection titled, “It’s All About Orange.

We all know tht make up changes with every season and it’s fun to experiment with a new shade.  And from the way it looks, MAC has provided us with a variety of “hues” from the color orange.



The collection will be available for purchase on June 6, 2013 and will include 18 face, lip, and nail products.  Stay on the look out for it glamazons and how can we forget about the additional Rihanna Summer Collection…


Taking a quick Instagram picture (last winter) wearing MAC’s Ampliefied Exhibitionist

Trend Alert: The Evolution of the Pencil Skirt Summer 2013 by Contributing Author Janita Smith

Many of us are excited about summer and can not wait to pull out our lace shorts and maxi dress!  But what I am seeing this season is the evolution of the pencil skirt; making its mark in the office but social scene as well.

There are several ways that fashion girls are wearing pencil skirts; making this trend “sassy” but yet classy.

As a freelance stylist, I love the fact that this look (below) has transformed the everyday woman (who’s on the go) to the lady who wants to “own her style” by adding a little edge. And personally, I like to wear my pencil skirt with a graphic tee and pumps!

Ultimately, there are several options for how women can wear a pencil skirt.  Tell me, how do you like to wear your pencil skirt?


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Hat Inspiration and The Great Gatsby Movie

Hello Ladies,

I have been curious about the timeless women’s hat that is worn in The Great Gasby movie. In case you too were wondering, I wanted to let you know the one I favor is called a “Cloche Bucket Bell” hat.

This blog post features a picture of me wearing one a while back that I purchased at Nordstrom inside of The Mall in Columbia. I like these hats because they can be worn casually (as in my picture) or you can dress them up and wear out with evening attire!

Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts on this hat, or even tag me on Instagram @kpearl2 with a pic of you wearing one of these type of hats for a chance to have your pic featured in a larger upcoming blog post!




Trend Alert: Neon Embellishments by Guest Contributor Amy Lavelle

Neons were once the “preserve” of the rave scene and for someone whose teen years were largely spent in the 90s, neons will forever recall Cyberdog silver miniskirts with Hi Vis accents and bright pink fuzzy leg warmers, drug fuelled psychedelic dance parties and TECHNO, TECHNO, TECHNO.

Or, for the nu rave second wavers, Cyberdog window displays, layers of fluoro plastic Topshop bangles and friends’ questionable Facebook pictures of trips to Ibiza drowning under foam with only bright stripes of colour and pumping glo sticks to identify them (and TECHNO, TECHNO, TECHNO!). The chances are for you, neon may be more lurid tutus on hen parties (Claire’s Accessories own, natch) and essential dress code for a trip to Magaluf. Each to their own.

Loud, garish, and brash, let’s face it: neons have a sketchy past and oft a bad rep. Appropriated with ease as they are by the poorly reputable (has a pastel ̶  neon’s insipid sister trend this season ̶  anything ever been peeled off  before a fishbowl-fuelled shagathon?), neons are like the older girls at school who’d wear DMs, whilst inspiring awe in younger girls with their worldly sophistication and tales of illicit snogging.


Of course, if you’re feeling slightly dubious about the effect of lime green on your complexion, or understandably concerned about being mistaken for a lollipop lady, there’s no need to immerse yourself in DayGlo like a radioactive traffic cone to wear this trend.

Simple neon embellishments on otherwise neutral items (a popped collar; a bright hem) will leave you on the right side of Alex Mack, or brighten up an otherwise plain outfit with neon accessories: a bright shoe with your LBD and a splash of coloured clutch will carry you through without inspiring a single comment about returning to your home planet.

Spring is finally here: let’s throw off the shackles of our dove grey winter wardrobes and embrace the brights anew.  And honestly, who wouldn’t want to be one of the cool girls hanging out behind the bike shed over their drippy, prim pastel counterparts?

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Amy Lavelle is a journalist from UK fashion comparison site Style in View. She’s contributed to a number of publications including Spindle magazine. 

SLF Giveaway {H&M} Bikini and Embroidered Dress

Ladies we have a treat for you! For everyone who’s a “Beyonce fan” and frequent shopper of H&M, we are offering (you) the opportunity to wear the hottest style.  In honor of our loyal readers, we are hosting a giveaway from the Beyonce in H&M Summer Collection 2013.

One lucky winner will receive a bandeau bikini (top/bottom) and beaded embroidered dress for summer!  Details on how to enter the giveaway are below:




1. “Like” Style Life Fashion Facebook and Twitter Page.

2. Return to my blog (HERE) and leave a comment sharing your favorite clothing item or accessory from H&M.

3. Share our Beyonce in H&M Summer Collection 2013 giveaway on one of your social networking sites (either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.)

Giveaway will end at midnight on June 18, 2013 EST. The winner will be notified (via email) and announced on June19, 2013.

Nordstrom Rack Pre-Opening Party in Columbia Crossing

Nordstrom Rack opens in Columbia, Maryland (as of today) May 16, 2013.  On tuesday, I had the opportunity to attend their Pre-Opening Party.  I was happy to receive an invitation because this event was a great way to welcome Nordstrom Rack to Columbia residents.

Upon entering the doors, Nordstrom Rack staff greeted participants while thanking them for attending the event.  In addition, there was music playing, waiters serving horsd’oeurves and shoppers sipping “fun” drinks.

Some of the brands present in Nordstrom Rack are Michael Kors, Kenneth Cole, BCBG, Ivanka Trump, and many more.  There’s also shoes, accessories, cosmetics, handbags, and children’s apparel.  But what’s really important is that all of the products are such a great price.  In my opinion, you can’t beat high quality merchandise for a good price!

To give more details about the actual store opening, the first (30) shoppers will win a $100.00 giftcard and one lucky winner will receive a $1,000 shopping spree.

Opening Date:  May 16, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. (pre-opening festivities begin at 8:00 a.m.)

Regular Store Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Location: 6141 Columbia Crossing Circle, Columbia, MD 21045

Size: 40,750

History: The first Nordstrom Rack opened as a clearance center in the lower level of the Downtown Seattle Nordstrom store in the early 1970’s.  As Nordstrom expanded across the country, Rack stores followed.   The new Nordstrom Rack Columbia Crossing will be the retailer’s 126th Rack location.








Spring Beauty Products Review: The Editor’s Video

As we move forward with the Spring season, I wanted to share a few of the beauty products that I am currently using.  The products discussed in this video can be purchased at any local Sephora or department store.

Below (in the video) I am sharing are Buxom Lipstick, Smashbox Brow Kit, MAC Studio Fix (SPF 15) Foundation, and Very Hollywood (perfume) by Michael Kors.


I hope that this vidoe will serve as a useful tool to help “stylistas” in their quest to stay beautiful.  Enjoy ladies…

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Tiffany & Co. Jewels “Star” in The Great Gatsby Movie

Director Baz Luhrmann’s film The Great Gatsby debuts on May 10, and with it, The Great Gatsby Collection by Tiffany & Co., inspired by the film and created in collaboration with Academy Award®-winning costume and production designer Catherine Martin.

The spectacular jewelry is based on designs from the Tiffany Archives and worn by the film’s all-star cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, who appear as Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan.  “The jewelry symbolizes the story’s themes of wealth and privilege, and we approached its design with the utmost style and luxury in mind,” said Jon King, executive vice president of Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany’s dazzling creations illuminate the characters’ rarefied world of New York penthouses and Long Island estates.  Ms. Mulligan’s Tiffany wardrobe includes tassel necklaces and jewels with lustrous conch pearls.  At evening soirées her blond bob is circled with the Savoy, a headdress of diamonds and cultured pearls, and her gestures are accented by a hand ornament in a daisy motif and diamond rings with the Tiffany® Setting.  The daisy is also featured in earrings of Tiffany Yellow Diamonds and a long-stemmed brooch.


Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Jordan Baker, wears chandelier earrings of rose-cut diamonds, bracelets of diamonds and seed pearls, and Art Deco-inspired rings of sapphires and diamonds in platinum.  At posh parties her elegant ensembles are accented with fluid diamond necklaces and earrings of cushion-cut black onyx or emerald-cut aquamarines.


Mr. DiCaprio’s custom Brooks Brothers shirts are finished with oval cuff links of black or green enamel on 18 karat gold.  Essentials such as a slender card case and flask in sterling silver fit smoothly in the pockets of his tailored linen suits and tuxedo.

For more about The Great Gatsby, visit www.thegreatgatsbymovie


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Trend Alert: Gift from Mom…My New Embroidered Jeans

I have to admit that I will fall in love with anything that’s embroidered.  Not sure if this has to do with my childhood or the fact that I grew up watching my mother sew and create custom made clothing.  And no, she wasn’t a tailor or semstress but she too had a true love for fabrics, textures, and design.

So with that being said, my love affair with fashion began at a young age (partially because of the obvious reasons) but mostly because of the connection/bond between myself and my mother.  When I was five years old, she taught me how to sketch paper dolls and design clothing.  At the age of seven she bought me my first sewing machine and said, “today you will learn how to sew clothing…for your Barbie dolls.”  On my sixteenth birthday, she arranged for me to learn makeup application (at the cosmetics counter.) My sophomore year in college, I decided to leave my Psychology major for a degree in Fashion Merchandising and she encouraged my decision (even though in the back of her mind she wanted me to become a Child Psychologist.)

Last month, I decided to travel “home” to visit my parents and of course, my mom had something special for me.  As I opened the shopping bag, I see a pair of embroidered jeans. She began to explain where she purchased the jeans and how much she paid for them (which is something we like to do!)  Immediately I became excited because I knew that I could (or at least) try to “pull” off these jeans.

In lieu of the upcoming holiday (Mother’s Day) I wanted to write this post for my mom and show her how I “styled” my embroidered jeans.  Like the quote says, “April Showers brings May Flowers!”



To read more about where to find a pair of embroidered jeans, click on the link here: Lucky Magazine

Mother’s Day with About Faces Day Spa & Salon

About Faces is one of my favorite day spas and salon.  While living in the Baltimore metro area I’ve had the opportunity to partake in a variety of their services, from having an all day birthday package, to enjoying a “mommy and me” spa day, and coordinating a “girlfriends” pedicure with a glass of wine (over looking the harbor.)

I have never been disappointed with their level of professionalism, products, and services.  Most importantly, their day spa and salon caters to all skin and hair types.  The best shampoo, straighten, and blowdry service I’ve ever had, happened (on my birthday) at About Faces in Towson.

And while every spa/salon has their own set of services, each location provides a tranquil atmosphere which encourages rejuvination and relaxation.


Of course as we approach Mother’s Day, I have to acknowledge their top picks when we consider gift giving!  According their facebook page some of their selections are actually a few of our favorite beauty products:

 1. Kérastase Paris Elixir Ultime

2. Philosophy “For Mommy with Love” gift set

3. TOCCA candles

4. OPI polishes

5. CAUDALIE Beauty Elixir


Lastly, don’t forget to enter their Mother’s Day Photo Sharing Contest! The guidelines for the spa/salon include following their Instagram site, share a photo of yourself with mom, and hashtag #aboutmom and tag @About Faces.


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