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* The sign of a beautiful person is that they always see beauty in others.

* Never underestimate the power of a woman’s intuition!

* Life is ironic. It takes sadness to know what happiness is, noise to appreciate silence and absence to appreciate presence.

* I’m not pale it’s called porcelain, and I’m rocking it.

* There is a special place in my heart for the ones who were with me at my lowest and still loved me when I wasn’t very lovable. This type of unconditional love is rare, when you find it, fight for it.

* I may not be your first love, first kiss, or first date. . . but I want to be your last everything. ❤

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* It is never too late to be who you want to be

* Taking extra time to put on makeup and do your hair really does make you feel better about yourself… and life in general

* A man who loves you will listen to your needs and do his best to try and meet them

* Handwritten notes/cards are a lost art & very special

* God can turn any situation into a blessing

* A bouquet of my favorite flowers will probably always mean more to me than diamonds… minus that one very special diamond

Spring… It inspires me in so many ways, from fashion and makeup to flowers and food.   In fact, my very favorite flower varieties bloom almost exclusively during this time of year.  And while the season lasts, I do my best to cover every room in the house with blush colored peonies and ranunculus, just one of the many reasons that I am absolutely smitten with inspiration when April rolls around.

This spring, the 2104 makeup trends have offered us one of the prettiest and most versatile takes on editorial beauty in the guise of pop lip colors, fresh white eye shadow and thin or dramatic winged liner.  Below are inspirations gathered straight off the runway, merging together three of the seasons hottest trends.

Bright Lipstick:

Beautiful vivid lip colors were seen all over the runways for spring collections in 2014. Pucker up and get ready to test drive the boldest and brightest lip colors to perfect your pout in time for the new season.

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Bold, electric orange was in-your-face and a standout trend at the Spring 2014 shows, with DKNY, Rag & Bone and John Galliano all opting for citrus neon lips amidst otherwise barely there beauty looks.

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In contrast, Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid, was put to good use at Marchesa and Nicole Miller, while Monique Lhuillier and Antonio Marras moved down the spectrum to select hot magenta and neon pink as their choice of lip lacquer.

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Whatever your preference, bold and bright lips are certainly this seasons’s trend of choice.

White Eye Shadow:

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One of the freshest looks seen this season, is fresh and intense white shadow with bold and lush lashes. Try penciling your entire lid in with M.A.C Eye Khol in Fascinating, and adding a white eyeshadow on top (M.A.C. Gesso) to make the color really vibrant. Use tons of mascara to make the eyes wide and awake.  This look can be worn with a neutral lip or paired with something more bold and vibrant, as mentioned above. This trend also beautifully compliments the next one below, winged liner!

Winged Eyeliner:

With the flick of a wrist, cat eyes have always brought a flair for the dramatic, and this season is no different with designers channelling the vixen vibe in varying degrees of drama. When it comes to evening eye makeup, the beauty camps are usually divided in two: those who favor diffused dark shadow (aka the sultry smoky eye), and those who stick to the winged, graphic shape. As of late, the most bewitching beauty look is a clever and catty hybrid of both, with a smoky cat eye that suggests you’re the predator, not the prey.

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Since the times of Cleopatra, the cat eye has been mysterious, dramatic and ultra-feminine — and also the golden beacon of beauty mere mortals can rarely attain. Exact symmetry, perfect precision, an unwavering line and equal thickness on both eyes proves to be a challenge, especially if you lack a steady hand. Though it can be a tough routine to master, it’s worth practicing your flicks since the cat craze isn’t fading anytime fast.

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Whether you prefer a graphic cat eye, subtle line flick or vibrant hue, there’s a liner look for you.

It’s a beautiful spring day, the perfect start to what is sure to be a whirlwind of a weekend.   Many cups of strong coffee are anticipated to balance out the very long days of work and play that lie ahead.  I am very much looking forward to the weekend’s schedule of bridal photo shoots, makeup appointments, to-do lists and creative marketing projects!  

Before it all begins, I find it fitting to start off the weekend with a collection of inspirations —  exquisite embellishments of beading and lace, an intermingling of tulle and ballerina buns, chandelier lined runways, & the most breathtaking beach straight out of a dream — enchanting glimpses of beauty in celebration of spring blossoms and all things glamorous . . .

Wishing you a weekend of joy and hoping it’s magical wherever you are!

xo Katy

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Ralph Lauren shows his fall 2014 collection at New York Fashion Week

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What a month.  What a weekend.   Last weekend we traveled out-of-town to wineries, where we laid in the flower fields and ate salted vanilla caramel, toasting our general awesomeness with bubbling rose champagne.  We dreamed. Dreams for the month and for the summer . . . There’s springtime in the air and the dawning of change is everywhere. There was reflection and heartache, laughter and tears.  The days have been filled with family and friends, the most beautiful sunsets, lemon drop martinis, fresh blueberry muffins, hot-stone massages, delicious food, long mornings and late lunches…

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I am so lucky to have such amazing people in my life.  The outpouring of love I’ve experienced from God as well as the people, places and opportunities that I’ve been so graciously blessed with, have continued to renew my spirit and hope.  I am counting every single blessing.  I am grateful for two wildly wonderful weekends in a row, for my momma’s visit, new and old friends, first dates and bundles of spring flowers.  Last but certainly not least, I want to thank and welcome my new Couture clients! It’s clear that wedding season is officially in full swing.  Welcome to the family!!! I can’t wait to work with all of you in the upcoming weeks and months.  You are gonna be keeping me very busy!

Hoping that your week is off to a perfect start, and that you take time to count every single blessing and smell the roses, or whatever flower you may happen to be near. . . for me, it’s a beautiful lei, straight from Hawaii, that has my entire room smelling of gardenias and orchids.  ❤

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LA VIE EN ROSE seems to be the slogan this spring, for everyone is smitten with all hues of pink, from bubblegum to orchid. While before, pink was almost too cliché for springtime. It seems this year it is being taken seriously by the fashion world, appearing everywhere from coats to dresses and taking the form of everything from satin to cashmere. Worn as a statement color or simply an understated touch, all hues of pink are being warmly embraced.  For what better color conjures up feelings of springtime and romance better than the shade of love itself?

I was very intentional choosing all of the different images, hues and styles pictured below.  I want you to appreciate the diversity and uniqueness of this season’s trend. Have fun with it! Spring (in my opinion) is the most magical and beautiful time of the year.  The passion of red mixed with the purity of white, results in the romance of pink. . . like the blushing of a lover’s cheeks.

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“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.”

-John Ruskin

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I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

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