Travel Beauty Essentials for Europe

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I’m prepping for my European vacation and sharing some of my favorite beauty essentials to stay fresh and fabulous! Enter my travel beauty faves and $25 gift card from Sephora!  Details on Instagram!

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Closet Solutions: Gladiator Sandals

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Gladiator sandals are a must-have for your summer wardrobe! Make sure they last more than one season, by storing properly with this quick and easy trick. Roll your on old magazines and use them as boot shapers! For long term store this winter toss a cedar cube on the inside. This works great with boots too!

Roll it up and stuff it, Anna Wintour!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Picks

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nordstrompicsIt is my favorite sale of the year! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale never disappoints! From shoes to beauty you can find some amazing deals to keep you looking fresh all year-long! Here are a few of my beauty must-haves from the sale, which ends August 4th. Purchase online or in the store, but hurry!!!

1. Somme institute Fantastic Duo ($158) NOW $89.00- If you are experiencing adult acne, cystic acne, or breakouts the entire line of Somme Institute is good for you. Somme institute help get my skin back in order after a traumatic period (my sister’s passing) and I still use this duo for flawless skin.  A-Bomb contains MDTD5 and high levels of vitamin A & E targeting fine lines and helping problem areas. The serum boosts collagen and light discoloration leaving you with smoother skin.

2. ‘Studio Pro’ Brush Set ($225) NOW $89- Smashbox has incredible brushes and this set has everything including an Arced Liner Brush for the perfect eyeliner and a Fan Brush for applying concealer.

3. NARS Cheek Palette ($79) NOW $49-  This is one of my favorite palette’s out there for all skin tones. Show your cheeks some love!

4. RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner Duo($196) NOW $98 - Please forgo pricey eyelash extensions (as your real lashes tend to disappear with the fake ones) and use this duo to get lush lashes. Always remember this helps your lashes grow, but it starts from the inside with healthy eating, hydration, and vitamin E.

5. Mario Badescu ‘Complexion Perfection’ Kit ($43) NOW $29- You get a zit the night before a big event and you need a solution. You answer is the Mario Badescus’s Drying Lotion. It has been my dirty little secret for years! Just a dab with a q-tip before bed and all is well in the morning. Use the Drying Cream and Healing Powder to get rid of adult acne. These products work and you see fast results.

 

 

 

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White Peach and Chicken Summer Salad

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During the summer months you want to eat light and stay out of a hot kitchen. Why not get both and a fresh, easy, and delicious recipe too? After coming home from Silverlake Farmer’s Market I wanted create and easy salad utilizing my recent purchases without sacrificing flavor. This quick and easy recipe is perfect for on the go or to serve at a lunch party (with wine, of course).

White Peach and Chicken Summer Salad

Total Time 15 minutes

1 Cup Arugula (I love the strong flavor of arugula, but for a light flavor substitute butter lettuce)

1 White peach, chopped

Cooked chicken breast, chopped (I used bake chicken breast marinated in an apricot garlic wine sauce)

Dressing:
2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
Drizzle of Olive Oil
1 Garlic clove cut into thin slices
Salt and pepper to taste.

Whisk together and drizzle on top. The dressing is light and clean. I tend not to use dressing on my salads anymore. They sweetness of the peach with tart vinegar is sufficient enough. Tell me what you think!

 

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Lifestyle Makeover: Cathi Sage

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I had the opportunity to consult on a lifestyle makeover with fellow stylist, De Angelo Trent. He was hired to give a surprise makeover for a husband wanting to help his wife, Cathi Sage, with a new look! Assembling a dream team of stylist from beauty, hair, and wardrobe, we did a massive takeover helping this busy mother of two discover  her inner elegance. I hope you enjoy this transformation!

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Gluten Free Banana Bread

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Turned those brown yucky bananas into something fabulous! I created this recipe Sunday for my girlfriends and it turned into a decadent gluten-free treat! By substituting almond meal flour and using eggs kept the bread moist and not hard like most gluten free recipes. The dark rum gave it a smooth kick and turned the walnuts into candy. You must try this one tonight! Let me know how it turns out!

Ingredients
Original recipe makes 1 loaf

2 cups almond meal flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 shot do dark rum

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

1. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Add the rum and walnuts. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

2. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

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Chataigne Style Studio Summer Sale!

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I’m excited to announce my amazing summer sale! Now is great time to organize your messy closet, learn how to style the pieces you have, or take advantage of a personal shopping experience to put it all together!

When you book a styling package of $300 or more , you’ll receive a $50 gift card to Macys, TJ Maxx, or Bloomingdales!
When you book a styling package of $600 and up, you ‘ll receive an $100 gift card to Macys, TJ Maxx, or Bloomingdales!

After you book your service, you receive information to redeemed a voucher and should receive your gift card in 10-15 days!

Take advantage of this amazing sale and get stylish and organized!
Call me today at 310-947-4213 or melissa@cstylestudio.com

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Happy Shopping!

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DIY Room Decor: Wall Calendar Art

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diyframesHere’s a quick and easy DIY project, so you never have to waste another beautiful calendar again! With a few beautiful black frames from Aaron Brother’s’ I turned my favorite prints from my Rene Gruau calendar  into artwork for my foyer! Try it for yourself and show me your latest creation!

 

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Gym Style Essentials

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Let’s face it, it’s Summer! Like it or not you will be faced with an upcoming pool party or beach day forcing you into a swimsuit. Now is the time to work on you health so you feel good inside and out. For me, that consists of a double sweat session of spinning and yoga, where I torch up to 1,000 calories! Take these classes together or not, but following this plan of a clean diet (no carbs after 3p) and High-intensity training I’m sure to be in amazing LBN (look better naked) shape! Shop some of my “sweat essentials” that’s keep me looking stylish!

Tank, $14; Lorna Jane; Sports bra, $14; Target; Pants, $16;  Marshalls;  BPA Free Water Tin, $14; Amazon; Spin Shoes, $112; Shimano; Yoga Mat, $30; Giam on Amazon; Yoga Mat Towel, $50; Yogitoes; Energy Powder, $30; Cellulor on Amazon

 

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4th of July Style Guide

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Get inspired and flash some patriotic colors this Independence Day while remaining fashion forward. Try to style yourself a bit better than a  typical “flag bikini.”  I offer some fabulous options to show your spirit from first BBQ till the last firework is blown.

Enjoy and have a happy and safe 4th of July!

1. Auden Large Star Earrings, $198; Auden Design- Add a bit of  sizzle to your style with these adorable earrings.

2. Gingham Peplum Sweetheart Play-suit, $40; BooHoo.com- This vintage inspired play suit is the perfect all-in-one outfit for your BBQ!

3. BCBG Thong Sandals, $54; Macys – Lengthen your leg and show off your patriotic pedicure in these wedges.

4. Stars & Stripes POP Scarf, $30,  David and Young- Add a touch of pride and stay warm watching fireworks with this gorgeous printed scarf.

5. Jolene Satchel, $85; Emilie M. - Carry a stylish statement bag and feel good about it too! Emilie M. continues to give 5% of all proceeds to Christy Turlington’s organization Every Mother Counts.

6. Star Spangled bracelet, $25; Hope Paige- Medical jewelry got a bit more stylish with custom tags from Hope Paige. I plan to be stylish and safe all year.

7.Eugenia Kim Cassidy Sun Hat in Camel & Black, $365; Forward by Elyse Walker – Keep the sun (and wrinkles) off your gorgeous face with this chic hat.

8. Tibi Striped Silk Refined Tank, $198: Tibi- This elegant tank paired with white shorts takes your summer style to the next level!

9. AG White Carrie Cut Off Short, $195; Calypso St Barth – White cut-offs go together like apple pie and The Boss. Get ‘em!

10. American Flag Classics, $54; Toms- Kick it comfortably in these chic slides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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