Lip Service

iGlam Lipstick StylusI’m a practical joker… I just love to laugh!

I bought this iGlam Lipstick Stylus to use with my iPad because I thought it was cute and clever, but it quickly became one of my favorite practical jokes of all time!

The stylus looks like real lipstick. So much so that one of my friends (who just so happens to be a makeup artist) believed it was real lipstick for a split second. Well, until she tried to test the color on her hand.

That gave me a BRILLIANT idea! I would ask my friends, “Did you know that you can write on the screens of the new iPhones with lipstick and it won’t smear all over the screen?” Without fail they would say, “No way” and then I’d demonstrate by grabbing the lipstick stylus out of my purse and making a large swipe on my iPad. The look of utter confusion and disbelief on their faces was priceless and it always ended with a good laugh after they realized it wasn’t really lipstick.

I should warn you that the last time I pulled this prank was a complete disaster. I pulled it on one of my employees as she was putting on her lipstick after lunch. The prank went as it normally did, but after I swiped my iPad and before I could stop her… she made a HUGE swipe on her brand new iPhone. There was lipstick all over it. I couldn’t believe it!

As I sat there in shock of what just happened another one of my employees handed her a Smashbox lipstick and suggested she try using it instead because “maybe MAC lipstick doesn’t work.” Fast as lightening, she swiped the screen again and made an even bigger mess. I couldn’t move. I just sat there with a ridiculous look on my face and said, “Umm… oh, man… I was kidding, it’s not lipstick and I’m SO sorry!”

Lucky for me, they both started laughing hysterically and wanted to play the prank on some of the others on set in the photo studio. I learned my lesson and don’t play that prank anymore. Now, I just use the stylus in public and giggle to myself while others give me silly looks as they try to make sense of why I’m writing on my iPad with lipstick.

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Words, Words, Words

How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World
Book Review: Chapter Two

how-to-be-a-hepburnWords, Words, Words: It’s very important that we’re aware of the words we use to express ourselves. Like Jordan Christy said, “People are constantly making assumptions about our character based on our daily tête-à-têtes, our uncensored musings, and our friendly chit-chat.”

Anyone can overhear a conversation or read a Facebook comment. Those words will almost always affect someone’s perception of you and your character. Being perceived positively can have a huge impact on the people around you. When you’re a bright shiny light, others will see you as inspiration and will want to be shiny lights too. Positivity can be just as contagious as negativity.

So, choose your words wisely and remember that swear words aren’t classy. If you regularly use the F-word as a verb, adverb, adjective, and noun (yes, it’s a very versatile word), then you’ve probably given lot of different people the impression that you’re insolent and crude. I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t want those two words to describe me.

I also wouldn’t want to be thought of as ignorant. Would you? I didn’t think so. That’s why it’s so important to fully understand the words we use in our everyday conversations.

One word that I hear misused a lot is “literally.” It makes me giggle inside when someone tells me, “I literally jumped ten feet” or “I literally flew down the 405.” I just imagine silly cartoon versions of them doing those things. Two other things that make me shake my head (and I know I’m not alone in this) are when I hear someone say, “supposebly” instead of “supposedly” or write “there” when they mean “they’re” or “their.” Mistakes happen, but when it happens a lot it can make others check out of the conversation (no matter how important the subject is).

It’s not just the inappropriate or misused words that can make us sound unintelligent. It’s the slang and filler words too (the likes, whatevers, and umms). Every generation has their slang terms and they’re often nearly impossible to avoid. I mean… it’s hard not to say, “cool” and “yeah” every now and again. With that being said… there are a plethora of slang terms that are a bit ridiculous for everyday conversation and should be avoided. #Snatched

Follow Jordan’s advice and avoid the “Stupid Girl” persona by developing a vocabulary that extends past layman’s terms. Get educated so you have more to talk about than celebrity gossip, TV shows, and what’s happening on Facebook.

If you need to change your persona and increase your knowledge… start small.

Three Things to Try this Week

1.) Replace swearwords with less offensive words like dangit or shoot.

2.) Get a word of the day calendar or screen saver and try using the word in a sentence that day.

3.) Replace one TV show with a documentary or the news. Watching TEDTalks online or on Netflix is a fantastic place to start and there are many interesting topics to choose from.

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Blithe K. from Spokane, WA. Asks…

Blithe Asks

I’m completely confused when it comes to what to call a pair of shoes. I know the simple stuff like flats, pumps, peep-toes and wedges. But what do you call of the other types of heels?

Vanessa Says

You’re not alone, my friend. Not a lot of people know that there are specific names for each type of shoe. The vocabulary list for women’s shoes is pretty extensive, but you’ve got the basics down and that’s a great start! I created this visual shoe name dictionary to help you know what to call each type of heel and I threw in a couple of extra shoe types. Keep in mind that this isn’t a full list (I’d be drawing shoes for months), but it’ll definitely bring you some clarity in the shoe department.


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In My Carry-On: Spring 2017


In My Carry-On Spring 2017Fill Your Bag

• Trident Layers Grape Lemonade Gum
• The Macbeth Collection Headphones (Similar HERE)
• Travel Neck Pillow (Similar HERE)
• Coach Luggage Tag
• Jessica Simpson Travel Tote
• Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion
• Advil
• Kind Vanilla Blueberry Vanilla Grain Bar
• Panati’s Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things by Charles Panati
• Dreaming of Chanel by Charlotte Smith
• Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes
• Coach Passport Cover
• Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Snack Crackers
• Kate Spade iPad Case (Similar HERE)
• Bucky 40 Blinks Ultralight Sleep Mask
• Goody Ouchless Ponytail Holder
• Apple iPhone
• Kate Spade iPhone Case (Similar HERE)
• Coach Makeup Bag (Similar HERE)
• Secret Travel Deodorant (Similar HERE)

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St. Patrick’s Day Quiz


1.) Where was St. Patrick born?

a. Scotland
b. Ireland
c. Britain
d. Spain

2.) Why is St. Patrick’s Day celebrated on March 17th?

a. It’s his birthday
b. It’s the day he died
c. It’s the day he drove the snakes out of Ireland
d. It’s the first day of Spring

3.) Where did the first St. Patrick’s Day parade take place?

a. Montreal, Canada
b. Dublin, Ireland
c. New York City, New York
d. Boston, Massachusetts


1.) Answer: C

You’d think St. Patrick was born in Ireland, but he was actually born in Britain. You might be wondering why he’s so loved by the Irish. Well, when he was a teenager he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland to be a slave, but he escaped after six years of captivity and went back to Britain. Long story short… he became a Catholic Bishop, went back to Ireland to spread the Word of God and ended up converting the entire island to Christianity… well, almost the entire island.

2.) Answer: B

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17 because he died in Ireland on March 17 in 461 AD.

3.) Answer: C

The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was on March 17, 1762 in New York City. The parade was made up of marching Irish soldiers who were serving in the British Army. Today the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the few remaining parades where no cars, floats, buses, trucks or other vehicles are allowed. How’s that for tradition?

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