A little online shopping

Sorry I meant to get this out earlier but between too much tryptophan and and a little football game called the Iron Bowl (as well as my Vanderbilt Commodores!), I got a little behind. But with computer in hand I’ve got you hooked up on some of the best deals for you and the ones you need to find the best gift. Ann Taylor 50% off purchase + Free Shipping. I love the plaid tartan scarf in this camel color combination, a little twist on the usual red. Banana Republic 50% off (no exclusions). How often does this come around when Banana Republic offers a discount but there is no exclusions…uh never, so go take advantage of it. I love this Side Tie Camel Blazer with a touch of faux fur. But like […]


I’m a huge fan of Bobbi Brown. I think it is because her looks are so natural and don’t look like a procession of clowns. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is celebrating 25 years by releasing a “greatest hits” palette of 40 of it most popular nude eye shades in flat, shimmer, sparkle and metallic formulas. For day time simply wipe any of these shadows over your lids. (I’m even a fan of the shimmer for day if you don’t use a heavy hand) But for evening simply wet your liner brush to layer a more intense color along the lash line. This set is perfect for when you are running from your day job to an evening out like I’ll be doing on October 5th when I head to The Club for the […]

In The Fam…

  Caroline did such a great job yesterday of giving us what we need to pull from the Shopbop sale I decided since it is the last day to save I would give a few of my favorite “must buys” as well. Lets start with some accessories. First a new pocketbook always makes me happy. I need to mark one thing off my “bucket list” so what about a bucket bag (no pun intended). This Loeffler Randall Fringe Industry Bag hits several fashion marks; fringe, leather, neutral colors. I could go on but you get the drift. So let’s move on to your feet. Reveal your heels with a fabulous mule such as these wedges from Soludos Mules. These shoes can be casual with cropped wide jeans and dressier with flowy skirts. […]

Stocking Stuffer: YOU!

Charlotte Tilbury Mascara

I’ve saved the best for last. We are one week away from Christmas. You’ve been running around taking care of everyone else, here is the blog post that you simply forward on to someone who will either fill your stocking or make sure it gets filled. Here are a few ideas… Bobbi Brown Instant Smokey Eye Set: Y’all’ know I’m all about get in and get out. This smokey eye set by Bobbi Brown is easy peasy. All you do is take the cream stick and smooth with your finger and done! Add mascara for an extra oomph. The other Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow that I love is the Sequin Eye Shadow. I recently bought the brown and purple but the green looks just beautiful. This eye shadow looks dark but I […]

A little holiday sparkle

With holiday parties just around the corner, I try and find a way to refresh the make up. Lately, this Bobbi Brown eye shadow caught my eye so I wandered up to  my neighborhood Bobbi Brown counter to check it out. In the process I walked away with a new eye shadow and a new technique to applying the eye shadow that I just had to pass along to yall. I’ve been reading about the Limited Edition Sequin Eye Shadow and just had to check it out. Now don’t freak out, I promise it looks darker in the case than on the eye. The shadow is infused with flecks of metallic shimmer which just gives you the pop you need. But I promise it goes on so light that you can wear […]

Feeling blue…

So I’ve been out of town for work this week missing my family which always brings about the blues… so the other day, in an effort to stock up on some makeup I needed before heading out, I went to the Bobbi Brown counter for my favorite eye shadow, “Black chocolate” and oh my it has left the rotation of her products. I love the dark brown color and the sparkle. So what was I to do? The ladies at the counter suggested Rich navy. I was hesitant because for one it was really dark and second, please we all remember those horrible pictures of the blue shadow up to the brow line, but I’m game for anything so I decided to give it a try. You know what,  it’s fabulous. This […]

beach beauty basics. . .


yo, wassup, memorial day!?!  packed the fam up yesterday and headed to the gulf coast for the holiday.  hallelujah!  it’s our first trip in almost a year.  because we live so close, we are usually back and forth to the coast every other month or so.  but this past year has been crazy and full of other adventures so the beach fell down the priority list. #whitegirlproblems because our last trip to the coast was in august, my beach products were a bit scattered around my bathroom and summer handbags. but, by now, it only takes a minute to get a handle on the sitch.  i have winnowed my beach products down to just a few, tried and true.  i hooked you up, below. here’s hoping, whether at the beach, at the pool, or simply living […]

a glimmer of hope

so i needed a little pick me up this weekend and what better place than my local makeup counter. i find a little shimmer does wonders for my mood. i love eye palettes. the variety of the colors is so fun and even though i usually hit one or more colors than the others it  allows me to see what hits my fancy. below i’ve hit you up with a few of my favorite brands that i’ve tried and raise my glass to. xo martha

beauty bits | classic black (liner) is back


black liner is so classic it can hardly be called a trend, but it does seem that the width of the lines on our lids tend to ebb and flow with the seasons. . .  today, we are in luck!  black is back, baby, and in a big way.  this season’s runways were replete with models rocking a heavy lid.  and this month’s T magazine, which keeps it finger on the pulse, heralds the dawn of the day of the heavy black liner (read the story, battle ready, by emily cooke, here). as the times points out, just how you rock your liner is personally revealing.    from grunge-y heroin chick to vampy sex kitten, from warrior to major beauty-ista, your liner tips your hand. so, the prob with this sitch is that the liner pen is […]

i just love a product that makes me look like a million bucks when in reality i only feel like a few pennies

i’m a big fan of bobbi brown. i’ve been using her products for a long time. i almost feel like it is the clinque for grown ups.  it is such a classic look that i’m starting my own daughter on the line. but anyway, i was recently turned on to this concealer product. when it was first applied, i was shocked. i was coming off a night where i had only got a few hours of sleep but after this miracle was applied to under my eyes it looked like that i had just woken up from a wonderful night’s sleep. here are some helpful pointers that were shared with me. first, always, always use eye cream before applying any under eye product. it makes it go on smoother and you are […]