best blog moments of 2012

best blog moments 2012

in february, it was back to nyc to cover backstage beauty for mark at the rebecca minkoff show. it was by far my favorite runway show that i’ve seen!

april brought about the amazing news that i had been selected as a finalist in allure’s beauty blogger of the year competition. (i will be forever grateful for your five weeks of internet votes!) i made it all the way to the end, finishing the competition in the top nine which was more than i could have hoped for.

the glossarie turned 3 in may which provided the perfect excuse to celebrate! i can’t believe i never posted a recap on this fabulous party. all you really need to know is that there were cupcakes and beauty booty for all!

in june, the great gals at birchbox invited me to guest blog for them for the second time. i always have so much fun sharing beautiful ideas with them.

best blog moments 2012 2

july was highlighted by a styling collaboration with baublebar – the perfect excuse to partner up with the amazing kate headley.

in august, i was featured in one of my favorite internet wonderlands, glitter guide. it was a pinch me moment to see my own face staring back at me from my inbox!

i met maggie in september, making her the glossarie’s very first contributor. she has been a joy to work with and judging by your reactions to her posts, she is a more than welcome addition to the blog.

then i capped off the year with a major bang, making my very first live tv appearance on dc’s local cbs affiliate wusa9.

it’s been a very good year and i can’t thank all of you enough for being a part of it! i am looking forward to so much more fun and excitement in 2013 – i wish you beauties the happiest of new years.

new year’s eve outfit ideas on wusa9

wusa9 nye roundup

i spent my morning (after a rough 3 am wake up call!) with four fellow local bloggers and lifestyle expert, carine krawiec of carine’s bridal atelier. we got all dolled up at karma beauty lounge and headed off to cbs studios to shoot a fun segment on what to wear for new year’s eve. my outfit came from wink with accessories from dalton pratt. my hair was done by mark frazer and my makeup is by hania issa. (the two of them worked some serious magic on my sleepy eyes and pillow creased face!)

lara ramos and kara manos

me with fellow beauty queen, kara manos from politics of pretty

my look includes:
rebecca taylor sequin jacket, $550
tibi racer back silk cami, $158
7 for all mankind jacquard skinnies, $198
pelle moda hype 3 raffia platform pumps (sold out)

you can click on over to wusa9′s website to see the complete segment. it was such a fun way to start the day! after a quick nap, now it’s back to the real world…

merry, merry!


merry christmas, my friends! (from me and ivy, the christmas kitten :))

your continuous support of the glossarie has been a true gift to me this year, and every year. you make this blog fun and i wish i could give each of you a christmas squeeze to show you how very much i appreciate you. i hope you’re soaking up some family time fireside or underneath the tree. i wish you bottomless cups of cocoa and presents as far as the eye can see!

little wishes

merry christmas eve, beauties!

i think this is my most favorite day of the year. it’s all about family and festive cocktails and anticipation for the excitement of the following morning. we’re spending it at my in laws this year where my mother in law makes a full feast of the seven fishes and the portuguese tradition is to wait up until midnight (passing time playing board games, watching movies) and then open gifts!

the husband and i treated ourselves to a christmas kitten last week (a seven week old british shorthair named ivy – we’re pretty obsessed!) so that only leaves me wishing for a few little surprises underneath the tree:

christmas wishes 2012

cozy slippers for working from home

a blush to brighten dreary winter days

a punchy champagne duo to ring in 2013

a soft bristle facial brush to gently exfoliate

a sparkly topcoat to refresh chipped manicures

the new fragrance i can’t get enough of!
(discovered by my mom via birchbox)

a sweetly simple pouch for staying organized

hope you get everything you wish for – have a very merry christmas eve!

lifestyle mirror

huge thanks to lifestyle mirror for featuring me as their blogger of the week! the feature is written up by fellow beauty blogger xiao lim of messy wands and i just love the way it turned out:



to read the full writeup including details on my daily beauty routine and my list of christmas wishes, visit lifestyle mirror.

beauty resolutions check in

(suitable image for the occasion by mimi+meg / kick-ass nail polish by butter london)

remember these? today marks 2012′s official halfway point so i thought i’d check in on my own progress. here’s where things stand:

visit a dermatologist to get this 30-year old acne under control
haven’t done this yet, my skin is moderately in control at the moment…but i still need to go.

discover (and stick to!) a skincare regimen that works
the blog continues to keep my skincare on constant rotation, but thanks to this video, i’ve found a handful of trusty products to calm things down when they get revved up.

find my signature scent, toss the rest
done! i’m in love with leila lou…but that is always subject
to change when the next great scent comes along.

not pick at my pimples (hopefully won’t be an issue – see resolution #1)
i’m somewhat improved here. truth be told, i invested in an extractor (i know…)
but at least it keeps my fingernails out of the equation.

experiment with eye makeup and learn to confidently craft a few different looks
total fail! thank goodness i still have six months left to go.

maybe take a makeup class?
double fail! does anyone want to do this with me?
i really want to improve my artistry skills.

master the at-home manicure
done-ish. i know what this entails and i own the tools…
actually getting it done is another story.

drink more water!
i still have a long way to go, but i am so much better about this!
i have a 24 oz water bottle that i keep with me at
all times now and it has helped so much.

take my vitamins
done! i take a daily multi – my nails and hair have never looked better.

work on my horrendous posture
ugh, a work in progress. i’m still a hopeless sloucher…

there are a few successes in the mix and a few things for me to work on between now and december. did you make new year’s resolutions? what kind of progress are you making?

thank you + beauty product giveaways galore!

the allure contest winner was announced yesterday and the grand prize went to shannon of gloss & dirt. i just wanted to take a minute and thank all of you for all of your time spent voting (so much voting! no more captcha codes :)), tweeting, and facebook sharing the contest over the last five weeks. i really appreciate all of the support and i truly feel the love.

i had a blast being a part of the contest and i’m still completely thrilled that allure took notice of me and the glossarie. i adore writing this blog and having you as my readers makes me feel so lucky! i wanted to do a little something for all of you, so i tapped into the glossarie archives and chose some amazing products for a crazy fun giveaway.


thank you giveaway on the glossarie!


stephanie johnson mini pouch in malibu royal
stephanie johnson mini pouch in palm springs mint
bite beauty high pigment matte pencil in bramble
trish mcevoy thickening mascara in jet black
physicians formula hydrating eye cream
super by nicholas perricone crinkle eraser firming serum
topshop lips in rio rio
cargo eyebronzer
revlon photoready airbrush mousse makeup in medium beige
revlon photoready concealer in medium
sheswai nail lacquer in babe

any and all of the above are up for grabs! to enter, just leave a comment below (please be sure to include your email address, open to u.s. residents only) with the product you would like to win. you may enter multiple times, but please only once per product. the giveaway closes next thursday, june 7th at midnight your time, and i will announce all of the winners next friday!

i hope you have a fabulous weekend. i’ll be back + blogging for birchbox all next week!

dessange paris

last week, i was invited to dessange paris salon here in dc for a much needed haircut. i met with cesar carvalho, the very warm and welcoming head of pr before my cut. cesar is portuguese, so we talked for awhile about portugal and my inlaws, it all made me crave a visit to lisbon ASAP! after our chat, i was whisked into the chair of samuel rocher, dessange’s new artistic director.

samuel is so sweet and nice, i don’t know how anyone could not smile through one of his haircuts. i found myself grinning ear to ear because the way he cuts hair is almost magical. he hums while he cuts, he’s french and easy on the eyes. does it get much better? he also tells it like it is. his diagnosis for the current state of my hair? sad. his words – and not at all untrue, it was a sad situation.

he sent me back to shampoo where the lovely lady whose name i did not catch (shame on me! i really hate that.) mixed up lotions and potions with the flair of a big city bartender. i was impressed! she applied a rinse-off clay bath to tend to my oily scalp before she shampoo’ed me. it was like my head got a mini spa treatment!

back in samuel’s chair, i was feeling confident, but terrified…however, at the same time, i was ready for a change and i fully trusted him. he walked me through what he was going to do, gauging my bravery and, with my approval, he said “it’s good! new style!” and away he went:

all clients of dessange are treated to a complimentary makeup touch up after their service. i worked with the lovely mona who walked me through dessange’s complete line of product offerings and made me over. more on this soon! but i thought it was a really nice finishing touch offered by the salon – and so fun to sit and play makeup with mona after a dramatic haircut. play up my eyes more she says? oui madame!

i am in love with this haircut. it makes me want to up my game and i feel like my life needs to live up to its expectations. this cut makes me want to shop, it makes me want to hit the gym, i want to bring my style up a notch and really do this chop justice. if you’ve had a haircut this good, you know what i mean. and, dc girls, if you want a haircut this good, get your head of hair to dessange.

ps – three more days to vote! i can’t believe the five weeks of this contest are almost up and i still can’t thank you all enough for your support. please vote today if you can!! xo

bite beauty lush lip tint

photo by kate headley.

lips by bite beauty.

earrings by bauble bar (similar).

tank by anthro.

happy thursday!

ps – the competition is REALLY heating up and i need your vote more than ever! i’m cooking up a fun little thank you for all of you tirelessly voting for me throughout the allure beauty blogger of the year competition! please vote today (and tomorrow :)). the videos debut on monday and i *so* want mine to be in the mix!