Where’s Mar?

My goodness! I have been MIA! The month of August was CRAZY BUSY for me and my sweet family.

The fasted re-cap ever…. ( in no special order)

Doss and Kim (brother and sister in laws) welcomed their TWIN baby girls into the world. Healthy and happy, both of the sweeties are at home with mom and dad. Sleepless nights here you guys come!

Bridal Season is basically here is AZ. I had 6 trails for hair and makeup with brides in August.. and I am so excited to work with all these lovely women. (Danielle, Kiley, Meaghan, Monique, Kia, and Shelley).

Had some fun Boudoir shoots with elan photographie…who then left me for the brownstones of Brooklyn. Karen, has been my bestie and partner in crime for the last 8 years. New York definitely won a gem with that move. Did I mention she had 5 going away parties.. one of which was featured on Junk in the Trunk blog.

Had a photo shoot with KT Jean designs. If you don’t know her work… KNOW IT! It was an honor to work on Katie on her fall collection shoot with Kym Ventola, of Ventola Photography. 

Worked with EMMA MAGAZINE on their September Issue. Makeup and Hair on Page 10, with the DIY hair clip. Makeup and Hair starting on page 34 for the FASHION high & low spread.  Styled by, Shelly Sazdanoff. Photographed by Charity Mauer Photography. 

Had family photos done by Charity! They turned out so fabulous. I was blessed by the lovely Arielle Roundeu of Chanel Cosmetics. I never get my makeup done, since I do makeup… It was so nice to have her pamper me!

Sophie, my 3.5 year old started back at pre-school and we started our homeschool co-op. She is now going 3 days to her preschool and we homeschool on mondays with the co-op. I am the overly involved mom at school, and chair every event. I LOVE It! The community and group of moms is so fun to be around.

Hank, my almost 1 year old, started WALKING! Where did my baby go?! Guess its time to start trying for our 3rd.  (wait, seriously?! yes.)

Was interviewed by Charity Mauer Photography… here.

My husband and I made a music video…. here. The banker, wrote the song after a blog we started following 40 days of dating. I suggest starting at day one and reading through to day 40. Good stuff.  Camera work and editing, the amazing Ryan Diggs.

My husband’s band Gospel Claws shot a music video for the Sons of Anarchy. It is on the FX website, and facebook page… here.

 

OKAY! Thats enough of the big stuff… Like I said, August was INSANE. I apologize for not staying up to date. I will most likely be sharing more on each topic in depth.. but here is the fast way to bring you up to speed.

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Tom Ford Beauty Sneak Peak

Tom Ford Beauty Sneak Peak

I am so excited to share that Tom Ford Beauty is coming to Scottsdale! Neiman Marcus, Scottsdale, will be launching the FULL beauty line in store. NM Scottsdale will be the only store in AZ that you can find the full line at. Tom Ford is a legend in fashion. He has his degree in architecture. It makes sense that he broke into beauty. He understands symmetry and clean lines. This is a sneak peak ad from the Fall 2013 beauty line. I am loving the deep lip color and full smokey eye. Bringing the color all the way to the brow. Very smooth and flawless skin.
Neiman Marcus will be throwing a launch party for the line, be sure to check back, so you don’t miss it.

Neiman Marcus Fall Preview

One of the perks of being a beauty contributer of EMMA Magazine is that I get invited to fun events. Shelly, one of the editors, and myself went to the Neiman Marcus Scottsdale fall preview media event last week. Their PR team shared with us the new looks of fall for women, men, and beauty. Its was a fabulous catered breakfast with a sweet little swag bag. More to come on what was in the bag!

*iphone quality photos. duh.

Neiman Marcus broke down their trend spotting list for us. They had 10 looks but I want to focus on my favorites.

The first trend that I think everyone will need for fall is a great Moto Jacket. Men and women… shoot, even children should have one! I know I will be breaking out my Andrew Marc moto coat this up coming season. Vince has a fabulous leather collection.  Since not all of us can afford a $800 plus coat I suggest looking at this moto vest by French connection, available online from Neiman Marcus.

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Lace is going to be huge. Lace isn’t the soft, sweet, innocent eye catcher anymore. Diane Von Furstenberg stole the fall fashion show with her Black lace on cream jumper. It is so flattering. The girly jumper style with a plunging V neck is a show stopper. I am loving this cropped lace pant by DVF. I can’t pull off a jumper, because I tend to be too long for them. But this pant knocks it out of the park. It captured the sexy tailored look, perfectly.

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Purple, and Burgundy are going to be staple colors for fall. Using it as a pop color, or for color blocking. The Vince Nina flat wooed my heart. I am personally loving that its a flat, and that we are not having to wear huge heals this fall. This shoe has it all. Pointed toe is coming back, and its burgundy. NMX1SUN_mx

Seems like every designer is going mini with their hang bags. Chloe did a mini, that I just love. Fendi took their tradition look mini. I think my favorite is the Balenciaga Classic Mini City Bag. I tend to be a HUGE bag kind of lady, but this cross body feels so right on me. Hint Hint, banker 🙂

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More to come on men’s, and beauty later this week,

What will be your favorite women’s fall trend?

_the blonde

Drum Roll….

Drum Roll....

The winner of the Red Apple Lipstick is Kate H! (email has been sent! check your inbox)
BONUS: Since you are a phoenix resident, I would love do your makeup this up coming week to feature on my blog. Very excited to share this with all the followers. Have a great night! And thank you to all the participated.

Blonde and Banker is partnering with Charlie Banana Diapers next month, for a giveaway. So, stay tuned!

_the blonde

Red Apple Lip Stick Giveaway

The lovely makeup junkies over at Red Apple Lip Stick are partnering with us for a giveaway, and I couldn’t be more happy!

I will be doing a full review of the products next week on the blog. For now lets give away a lip stick color!

We are giving away an amazing RED.

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A little bit about Red Apple.

“All Red Apple Lipstick products are certified gluten free, paraben free, soy free, dairy free and allergen free. Our lipsticks are also vegan, natural and cruelty free, but you wouldn’t know it, unless you asked!”

I am all about all natural products, and this is a great one!

To enter you must:

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Enjoy, winner will be picked and posted in 48 hours!

happy lipsticking!

_the blonde

Junk in the Trunk + West Elm (and maybe something free)

Junk in the Trunk + West Elm

There is a giveaway at the end… so read up!

I really love the gals over at Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market. They have some of the most unique vintage finds in the valley. The girls know how to bring community together through their blog and markets.

Because “J in the T” is so cool, I braved the 116 degree heat in PHX today. Both children in tow, and headed north.

Today, they set up inside the West Elm at Scottsdale Quarter to sell amazing found vintage goods! There was a line down the Quarter’s walk way. Within 20 minutes of opening, they had sold though a moving truck worth of greatness. Luckily, their strong husbands saved the day, by unloading a second trucks worth. I arrived around 10:45 AM and most of the amazing big pieces from the second load were SOLD!

I did bring home a super fun vintage “H” for Hank’s ( my 9 month old) room. I’ll show you it when I show you photos of the redone room. For now, here are a few iphone quality snap shots of what was going on today.

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How fun is that sign from yarn and pins?

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I could take these huge XO letters home, but I honestly can’t think of a place for them.

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To win one of these fun water bottles and bag, follow blonde&banker blog and leave a comment below. Winner will be emailed by the 4th of July! 

Make sure to follow Junk in the Trunk and West Elm Scottsdale Quarter on instagram.

Side note: my husband gets home in the morning from being out of town for 5 days. I can’t wait to see him… and put my feet up. Not to complain, but I am kind of complaining…2 kids under 3 for 5 days by yourself is hard work. Hence why my lunch today was fig bars and a beer.

XO, the blonde