Birthday 2017 has been SUCH a blessing and I’m still basking in the high. I love birthdays because it’s like a New Year, but just for YOU!!! We tend to think back on our last year of life and think about all the moments that we’ve made in our journey. Making it another 365 days with so many successes, and honestly some challenges that turned out to be blessings, is a HUGE reason to celebrate. So naturally, when I celebrate things, I tend to go a little cray, and MY BIRTHDAY is quite the exaggeration – because you gotta be your own biggest cheerleader. (#bossbabeism).

The thing about your birthday not being your 21st or your 30th, and that the new age is closer to the latter vs the former, is that you have to learn to pace yourself. Or maybe that’s just because I’m getting old and doing relaxing things like brunch, cookies and shopping sounded more appealing to me, logically and economically vs getting a table somewhere in a crowded place, wearing a body con, music blaring too loudly into my eardrums… either way! The oldness is catching up to me, but I’m really embracing it.

Friday I chose to have a happy hour with my work family, which was GENIUS – drinking earlier in the evening left me time to drink plenty of water before bed and be asleep by midnight. That way the next morning I didn’t feel as bad as I probably would’ve felt had I not stayed hydrated. Saturday morning I didn’t quite feel like myself, but I knew that it was nothing a brunch couldn’t fix. And Bae had just the right idea. We’re big fans of Max’s Wine Dive, but I needed a good Bloody Mary and some rich, spicy foods to bring me back to life. Lucky enough for me,  La Cuchara, a Mexican bistro, sits right next door to Max’s. We checked out their menu online, and found that their Bloody Mary’s are called Bloody Maria – the name Maria just packs spice to it. And I knew I needed to check it out.

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Their food was amazing – it gave you mad, authentic Mexican breakfast vibes but with an inner-city Houston twist so that even the most Mexican person in town to the most indifferent Tex-Mex fan would fall in love. That coupled with the beautiful weather – I was in Heaven.

Next we needed dessert, not just any dessert – something hand-held, and a little bit chocolatey… like the Tiny Boxwoods chocolate chip cookies. Who knew the humble chocolate chip cookie could feel so luxurious as these? Next I needed some jewelry to go along with my boujee cookies – so we headed on over to Rice Village to hit up Kendra Scott for my 50% October baby discount and then over to Sephora to use my 20% Friends & Family. I thought shopping made me happy, but a sale + shopping puts me on a whole other level.

Tiny Boxwoods, Sephora & Kendra Scott

After having such a lovely, relaxing, slow paced day; the last thing I wanted to do was get ALL done up for dinner. But it was my birthday, I had to bring the glamour. Wearing a lightly fitted tee, longer seamed denim shorts and nude, low heeled sandals meant that I could dress up the outfit with a nicer hair style, accessories and a pretty glamorous makeup look.

Birthday Paint - Subculture + Pink Lips

I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture eye shadow palette for the first time for this look. I had bought it a couple weeks ago, after telling myself I wouldn’t. After hearing so many bad reviews, I didn’t think it was worth it, but seeing it at Ulta, I wanted to take my own home with me! Let me just say – my initial impression is VERY GOOD! This particular eye look is beautiful for fall and can make even a pink lip transition to feel a little more autumnal. I feel like this palette will be on a decent rotation this season.

Birthday Paint - Stila Liquid Glitters

EYES

Subculture palette
Dawn/Roxy in the crease; Fudge to deepen the outer corner
Electric on the lid with Stila Glitter Liquid Eye Shadow in “Gold Goddess”
Kat Von D tattoo liner in “Trooper”
Vegas Nay “Grand Glamour” false lashes
Brows | Benefit ka-BROW! Cream-gel brow color in #5, carved with MAC Prolongwear concealer in “NC30”

FACE

Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation in “Almond Beige”, highlighted with Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion foundation in “Cream”
Chanel translucent powder to set undereye highlight; Nars pressed powder in “Beach” to set entire face
Bobbi Brown eye shadow in “Camel” + MUFE Bronzer (I don’t see it on Sephora website anymore)
Kat Von D blush in “Wish”
“Mary Lou Manizer” to highlight cheekbones, nose & cupids bow

LIPS

Colour Pop “More Better” + Anastasia Beverly Hills “Party Pink”

Then, as if God were saying, “But wait, the blessings don’t end here at dinner surrounded by your loving family, I’m going to throw in the Houston Astros win that will put them in the World Series”. And here I sit, watching these home town boys putting up a good fight, with the blessings and celebrations to continue.

Thank you all to wished me a happy birthday!! Your love today and everyday mean everything to me!

xoxo

The Glam Greek

The hopeless romantic that I put to sleep years ago after a parade of pigs and failed relationships tore my outlook on love down to bits has been resurrected since I met Bae. I’ve been swooning over weddings since I was a little girl (I even spent time planning my own to Backstreet Boy, AJ McLean for a while), but when the reality of dating hit hard in my young adulthood, it was like I had a vendetta against the single male population between the ages of 20 – 35.

But I found someone who makes me feel SO cheesy romantic. Gross.

This past weekend was my own Prince Charming’s sister’s wedding, and as my favorite Disnerd couple, their nuptials were quite the magical affair – I definitely felt the love that night.

face

Foundation/Concealer || Urban Decay Naked (shade 7.0); Maybelline Age Rewind (shade Neutralizer)
Powder || Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre (30 Naturel) to set highlight; Nars Pressed Powder (Beach)
Contour || Nars (Laguna); MAC (Blunt)
Blush || Nars (Deep Throat)
Highlight || My Beauty Bar (Beauty Queen)

 

eyes

Brows || Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow (chocolate)
Shadow Primer || MAC Paintpot (Soft Ochre)
Crease (in order of application) || ABH (Blushing), MUG (Cupcake), ABH (Dusty Rose), MUG (Bitten), MUFE (M-928)
Lid || My Beauty Bar pigment (Love Letter), Stila Metal Liquid Glitter (Rose Gold Retro)
Brow Bone || MAC (Carefree)
Inner Corner || MUG (Shimma Shimma) + Coloured Raine (Clutch Pearls)
Liner || NYX Matte Liquid Liner
Lashes || Tarte (Goddess)
Undereye || MAC (Smolder); MUFE (M-928); MUG (Bitten)

lips

Anastasia Beverly Hills (Dusty Rose) + Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint (Low Key)

But… the night didn’t end so magical. A couple of months ago I’m pretty sure I reinjured my left knee, THE same knee that I had ACL reconstructive surgery on back in high school. I was doing a pretty ridiculous plyometric workout and my trainer challenged me to jumping donkey kicks… Youtube it… which is what I should’ve done before attempting, but I just started going at it. Eventually I would land incorrectly during one of them and my knee popped out of place and wouldn’t pop back, but I usually would be able to walk on it and feel better within half an hour. After a few weeks of rest, I decided to get back into training legs, but my knee would slip every once in a while. I didn’t think much of it because my knee’s always done weird things during the time since my surgery. But at Bae’s sister’s wedding, my knee slipped out of place and locked… while dancing. Literally my favorite thing in the world.

I sat, changed into flats, elevated my leg and iced it for about 15 minutes, but the FOMO kicked in when I saw all my friends on the dancefloor without me. And the DJ was just SO GOOD…

so I kept dancing on it

But it was SO worth it!! I ended up not being able to bear any weight on my left leg for the following 3 days and had to use crutches and wasn’t able to sleep well from the knee pain. But hey.. it was a good time.

Moral of the story – never stop dancing.

xoxo

The Glam Greek

Xristos Anesti, my friends!!!

You know you’re Greek when it takes you a few days to recover and get back to normal after Easter. And even though this Easter was low key considering the Western & Orthodox liturgical calendars synced up this year, it still took me a full week to rest up. Okay, actually I’m using that as an excuse for not being more on my game. (I’m mature enough to call myself out).

Lips : Kat Von D Backstage Bambi + Anastasia Beverly Hills Party Pink || Necklace : Bauble Bar || Dress : Closet London

I typically prefer Autumn/Winter to Spring/Summer; the weather is good to my hair, makeup, and allergies. But I can enjoy the way that the warm weather and sunshine make me feel, the blooming plants and sense of life and rejuvenation that the season brings. It also helps that I’m obsessed with florals, and this time of year gives me the best excuse to bring out my brightest, most blooming options.

Shoes : Guess

Wearing bright statement pieces help me keep the sunshine on April Shower days

Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter are all perfect reasons to dig out the brights from storage and start adding your spring pieces to slay an outfit.

Princess Vibes

I love this dress from Closet London – the perfect timeless, flirty, classy LBD. Usually when a dress comes with a belt, I toss it. They’re typically cheap looking and I can find much better alternatives. But will you check out how cute this one is?

Did I mention this dress comes with pockets?!

With the simplicity of the LBD, I wanted to keep this look simple as well using strategically placed bursts of color with the shoes, the statement necklace and the bright pink lips. So I had the same idea with the makeup for this look.

Face : Urban Decay Naked Foundation 7.5
Concealer : Maybelline Age Rewind in Neutralizer
Contour : ABH Stick Foundation in Mink; Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette
Powders : Laura Mercier Brightening for under eye || Laura Mercier Transluscent
Blush : (subtle) Sephora Collection No. 5

Brows : ABD Dipbrow
Shadows : Makeup Geek Mango Tango & Cocoa Bear in the crease; Bitten to deepen; Coloured Raine shadows in Who, Me? + Champagne Life on the lid; Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma + MUFE D862 in inner corner; ABH Pro Pencil in Base 1 in water line; Bitten blended out with Cocoa Bear smudged under the eye
Liner : NYX Matte Black liquid liner
Falsies : Ardell Wispies

 

xoxo

The Glam Greek

I hope you took the time to read my last post… but no hard feelings if you didn’t. It was quite lengthy. So lengthy that I myself didn’t even re-read it to ensure there were no typos. (oops. #keepingitreal)

Most of our Sunday Funday Valentine’s Day Date was spent mostly in plush, comfy robes and slippers, but prior to our spa day, I decided to dress up, and dress up festively might, I add for church and brunch!

This Chicwish skirt is probably one of my favorite items in my closet. It’s full. It’s got pink. It’s got reds. It’s floral. Ugh. Swoon. I really wish I could wear it all the time, but I reserve it for particularly special occasions.

I stumbled across Chicwish somehow while on Facebook. By now I’m sure we’re all aware that Facebook and Google and all of the internet is linked for that matter, so when you search for something or browse a page on the internet, the ads that pop up elsewhere pertain to your recent browsing activity. In my case, it’s typically makeup, shoes or clothes. *insert side eye emoji*. I saw this skirt and another featured on their ad and decided to give it a whirl.

Despite the fact that it took almost 4 weeks to receive my order, and upon receiving it, seeing that the labels were in Chinese. I was apprehensive upon opening it, worried that it would be shoddy quality and that I played myself.

Thank goodness I was pleasantly surprised!

More often than not, I try to pair this dress with a simple, white button down shirt to make it less “Valentine’s-y”. But what kind of person would I be to NOT pair this skirt with the brightest, pinkest, most matchy-matchy shirt in my closet for this skirt? The perfect match (see what I did there?? Because… Valentine’s Day)

Maybe you’re not a pink kinda person. And I’m sorry. But the pink/red hues make my heart sing!

Top : Express (portofino)
Skirt: Chicwish
Shoes: Go Jane

xoxo

The Glam Greek