Real Vanity Girl of Virginia

 

 

I love this dramatic montage from Real Vanity Girl @Claudia of Fairfax, VA.   Her brush and pencil collection is quite impressive, n’est ce pas?  We’re pretty sure she likes us too since she posted:

I am IN LOVE with my new mirror!! 

xoxo
Click here if you need a white vanity just like this pretty Latina makeup lover!
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Real Vanity Girl of San Jose

via (2) An Nguyen on Facebook

Soooooo cute! Here’s is our little Starlet vanity glamming up this beauty junkie’s San Jose digs … but it’s that adorable puppy that is stealing the show for me!

“Just received my mirror…one word STUNNING!” — that’s what she posted on Facebook 🙂

xoxo

Maxine @VanityGirl

Vanity Girl and the Miss USA Pageant

Miss Connecticut crowned Miss USA 2013 via MSN News

So I just got back from Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.  The hotel was even more sparkly than usual, as 51 bona fide US beauty queens and a bevy of teen hopefuls and others descended on the Vegas property to watch Miss Connecticut, Erin Brady, win the coveted title.  What I especially loved about her, is that she proudly talked about her math roots, and her “secret glamour” side.

We all have it… this secret glamour side. I was actually invited to Vegas by my friend, celebrity MUA and author, Kenetia Lee who works with the Trump Organization.  She put together a brand new workshop called Confidently Beautiful and it was attended by many  Miss Teen USA hopefuls and other women and girls, some who pageant and others who don’t, around what Confidently Beautiful means to them.

She invited me to be a panelist along with 2012 Miss USA Nana Meriwether, Cathryn Kennedy of St. Jude’s, Dorothy Evans Miss USA Fitness Expert and Dr. Lisa Palmer of Florida to serve as role models and share our very honest journeys with the attendees.  It also confronted us about our own personal journey with that elusive question of “what is confidently beautiful?

It makes a lot of sense.  A large majority of my Vanity Girl customers are young teens, just coming into their own when it comes to beauty, body image and confidence.  Yes, we love our makeup.  But we also love what makes us beautiful on the inside, flaws and all.

I was very honored to share my story.  I was even more honored when these bright and beautiful young women, and some of their mothers who beautifully are still launching some of their dreams, came up to me afterwards to share their own entrepreneurial dreams and ask my advice on their burgeoning projects!  It’s honestly my favorite part, whenever I speak, to get a little of that one-on-one time afterward and hear if something I said resonated and fanned a little fire inside someone’s heart.

I also learned so much from my fellow panelists.  Here are just a couple of very quick takeaways I learned from these accomplished and beautiful women:

Nana:  She is sooooo accomplished at such a young age.  I was inspired by how she turns “haters” and naysayers into fuel for her dreams.

Lisa:  Balance.  She is such a proponent for taking care of yourself and setting healthy boundaries for yourself and your loved ones.

Cathryn:  Kindness.  As a CFO type, she would seem to be all about the financial bottom line, but it was her humanity that struck me most.

Dorothy:  Loving the skin in your in.  No matter the shape and size, there is always room to take care of your physical body.

Kenetia:  Be Fearless.  Bold.  Beautiful and Free.

So Kenetia, thank you for inviting me and giving me a platform to share my Vanity Girl story.  To the other panelists, thank you for sharing your stories (yes, even the ugly parts!) and wisdom with everyone, and most of all, to those beautiful, shiny teen faces who attended, thank you for listening and I AM SO EXCITED to see what’s next for all of you.

xoxo

Maxine @VanityGirl

My first trip to the Dominican Republic …

Sustainable Tourism in the Dominican Republic

Click on the link above to check out my first post about my recent trip to the Dominican Republic.  Stay tuned for video to come as well …

RELATED STORIES FROM MY DR PRESS TRIP PALS:

Via Angie:  The Dominican in 6 words

Via Patrick:  Motorboating the Mountain “Boobs” 

What about you?  Have you been to the DR or another Caribbean Island?  Please leave a comment and or link to your article below …

Perfect Dominican Beaches

How to feel more confident …

44 Confidence Boosters: Expert Advice via allure.com.

Smiling is one of my favorite confidence boosters

Everyone has heard that self-confidence is beautiful … but what do you when you just can’t fake the funk?  Maybe your favorite lippy isn’t doing the trick and the mantra that you repeat has lost its luster.

I just came across 44 Tips from Allure.com and really liked them. Everything from Ms. Mally Rancal (one of my faves) giving her tips on skin, to how to push yourself in a workout and more.  My new favorite is wearing an orange dress!  Whenever I wear this happy hue, I receive a lot of compliments.

What about you?  What’s your favorite Confidence Booster in a pinch?  Leave a comment below or a link to your blog post! 

xoxo

Maxine @VanityGirl

My first time as a Parade Princess

Maxine Tatlonghari in PRIDE Parade 2013

My first time as a Parade Princess, PRIDE 2013 – Pinup Girl Style.

When I was in high school, I had been in a few parades as a Banner Girl carrying our school sign.  While it was always fun (we were even in the Hollywood Christmas parade), it was exhausting.  We wore these 3-inch boots and sometimes, well, let’s just say that marching after horses isn’t always fun.

Well, flash forward a few years 🙂 and my Chamber besty, Mylena Christina of LIFT) and I were invited as Board Members to sit in the Chamber convertible, and introduce EAT SHOP PLAY to the community.  How excited were we?

Well, I knew I wanted to go full GLAMAZON since it was PRIDE and you can be as over the top as you want to be here in WeHo.  So I decided to channel Mariah Carey and Marilyn Monroe (who BTW, is clearly a HUGE Real Vanity Girl inspiration for your gorgeous rooms! 🙂

HAIR:  I asked Tanya of Untamed Instincts to give me Mariah Carey diva hair.  She explained that the pinup style I usual favor features undulating curls that go downward, but Mariah has these waves that go outward.  And she wanted it to be BIG BIG. Like we could see it from miles away.  Which was the case, because my friend Miles said she could see my hair coming down the street!  Products used – Kevin Murphy and DermOrganics and lots of her technique, a curling iron and pin curls … and of course, a teasing brush!

MAKEUP:  My friend, stylist Joey Galon, introduced me to Hollywood MUA MaxiTone a couple of weeks ago and he is amazing.  Like he’s worked with Niecey Nash, Christina Milian and Lea Salonga, so I knew he would know how to bring out the best in my Filipino features.  I really loved how he got my skin so flawless (using his own line which is launching soon) and my eyes!  The orange and green and purples and lashes … oh my.  It was a makeup junkie’s dream!

FROCK:  What to wear, what to wear, what to wear? Well how lucky am I that Joey has a passion for preparing women for special occasions, so he had a few concepts in mind.  Given the colors of our Eat Shop Play Program, we opted for the orange.  I went to the Pinup Girl Boutique, and Natasha and the team helped me decide on the Monica Dress in Peach (close enough to orange!)  It was perfect.  Click here to read more about the dress.

If you’d like to see more pics – please check out my Instagram!  What about you?  Have you ever been in a parade?  Post a comment and or link below …

The best Hollywood makeup mirror

I loved this video from @shophaulic777.  She is so honest … she’s had her Black Starlet for over a month but hasn’t been able to get to it.  I get like that too – especially when it comes to things I think might be difficult to put together.

But she liked that it was so “Super Simple to put together” – like only 7 screws and it comes with everything you need right in the box.

xoxo

Maxine @VanityGirl