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Posted on March 31, 2015

How To: Apply False Lashes Like a Pro

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If I had a counter for how many times I’ve applied false lashes in my life, I honestly think it would be well over 500. I know it sounds crazy, but between pageants, appearances, and modeling gigs, false lashes have just become a normal part of my everyday life. I love the way they make your eyes pop, and it’s hard to go back to my natural lashes after wearing them so much! I don’t claim to be a pro by any means, but I think I’ve managed to find the most efficient way to apply false lashes in no time, so I thought I’d share a few tips.

My top tip would be to find your perfect lash. While I started off getting drugstore lashes that were $2-4 and throwing them away every time, I actually think it’s more cost effective to purchase a quality pair and take care of them so you can get 10+ uses out of each pair. In this post I used Flutter Lashes in style Kelsey, but MAC 35 lash is another favorite of mine when I want a slightly less dramatic look. Then, measure them against your lash line and snip off any excess that goes beyond the corner of your eye.

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Step 1: Curl your lashes and get as close the root as possible. Curl twice in the same spot for maximum effect.

Step 2: Apply your favorite liner before your lashes, then touch up after if needed.

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Step 3: Layer on your mascara before applying lashes to hold the curl.

Step 4: Apply a thin layer of Duo glue.

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Step 5: The key to this whole process is to let it dry for a minute to a minute and a half and let it get tacky before application. This will prevent lots of sticky, gluey messes on your eyelid that I know I had when I first started applying strip lashes. If you’re in a hurry (or let’s be real, if you’re just impatient like me) speed up the process by blowing on them lightly.

Step 6: Apply the lashes along the base of your lash line (no higher) with tweezers or your finger. Then, pinch your natural lashes to the strip lashes for a blended look. You can also blend with mascara, but I don’t do this with my mink lashes.

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Posted on March 30, 2015

Shades of Blue

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Dress: Silence + Noise / Earrings and Cuff: Rocksbox / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (similar here) / Sunnies: UO

As much as I love my all black everything looks, spring is here and it’s that time of year that I lighten up my wardrobe with some prints and more importantly, bright colors. I paired my new dress with earrings and a cuff from Rocksbox, a new jewelry subscription service I’m trying out (think Netflix, but for jewelry). The service is perfect for you if you love the thrill of wearing something new, but can’t spend a small fortune on jewelry every month. When you sign up, you get three pieces to wear on loan that are specifically picked based on your style preferences. You can wear them as much as you want, then return them and get three more pieces of designer jewelry. So easy.

When you sign up now ’til April 22, be sure to use promo code “emmawoxoxo” to get your first month totally free. Hope you love it as much as I do! Happy Monday and thanks for stopping by…

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Posted on March 27, 2015

On The Fringe

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Skirt: CUSP by Neiman Marcus (similar here) / Top: Olivaceous / Heels: BCBG (similar here) / Sunnies: Ray Ban / Clutch: Kenall (similar here)

One of my favorite things about fashion is that it’s a way of saying something about yourself right off the bat — to people you pass on the street, or to people you’re meeting for the very first time. This skirt is one that I used in the Neiman Marcus blogger competition and I specifically picked it because it was so badass I knew it would get some votes! I styled it with a flowy top to give it a contemporary boho look and red lips to make the outfit pop. This weekend I’ll be walking in a fashion show at the Sheraton Waikiki, plus a Miss Hawaii appearance at the state capitol that I’m pretty excited about. Hope you all have a nice weekend!

P.S. Remind me to one day post some bloopers from this post. Shooting pictures while twirling around is fun but not always cute!

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Posted on March 26, 2015

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I think my birthday this year one one of the most low key I’ve had in years, and it was perfect. Last year Holden and I were in Paris celebrating my bday, but I loved that this year I just spent it hanging out with my family and eating at two of my favorite restaurants — Pig & the Lady and Taormina. It seems like the older you get, the better presents you get…maybe because my friends and family know me so well by now, or possibly because I drop really big hints! Haha. After stuffing our faces with truffle pasta, we went to Candy Bar in Waikiki and I was like a kid in a candy store. Until next year!

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 ^^On our way to dinner my mom spotted my magazine covers on the rack!

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Posted on March 25, 2015

Love Me Knots

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You know those girls who you see at the beach or the pool wearing body jewelry and some makeup who don’t actually get in the water? I am not ashamed to admit that I am that girl! It’s not that I don’t want to get my hair wet or any other frivolous reason, it’s just that my version of fun in the sun happens to be getting a good tan while reading a great book (just finished What I Know For Sure today — highly recommend it) and when I tag along on Holden’s surf sessions, watching him paddle out and surf for an hour or two. In my opinion there’s nothing better! In today’s post my body chain and hand chain are both by Love Me Knots. Each of their pieces are handmade in Hawaii, plus for every item purchased, 20 percent of the profits go toward providing food, shelter and care for an animal need. Check out their latest collection here. Today just happens to be my birthday and we’re keeping it low key, which is just the way I want it this year — working in the morning, lunch and the beach in the afternoon with H, followed by dinner with my family. Hope you all have a lovely Wednesday!

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