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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cool It

Livingaftermidnite - Cool It
Memorial Day has come & gone & it is unofficially Summer!!! In other words its now "acceptable" to wear white. Whoever made that rule is ridiculous....& who ever actually follows that rule is even more ridiculous!! 

You can catch me wearing white all year around ((Winter whites are my FAV!)) but I thought I'd celebrate the occasion with my favorite new white dress!! Everyone needs a white dress for the Summer & I think I've found mine!! 
Livingaftermidnite - Cool It
Livingaftermidnite - Cool It
How adorable is my new clothes & jewelry display I received from my mark. regional manager as a gift!! I can't wait to use it at mark. parties to display all of the awesome new fashion items!
Livingaftermidnite - Cool It
Necklaces, Dress, Bag, Ring & Bracelet: ALL mark., Shoes: Madden Girl
Livingaftermidnite - Cool It
Livingaftermidnite - Cool It
Why wear only one necklace...when you can wear TWO!!! I twisted together my FAVORITE mark. necklace in 2 colors to create this GIANT necklace!! I don't know why I haven't done it before but I'm obsessed! Check out how I've worn this Decked Out Necklace before (here & here)
Livingaftermidnite - Cool It
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Monday, May 28, 2012

mark. Makeup Monday: Glowdacious

Livingaftermidnite - mark. Makeup Monday: Glowdacious
I'm all about the bronze in the Summer, but I'm not necessarily talking about a tan. I'm talking about swapping all your normal eyeshadow & lip colors and replacing them with browns & bronze & gold & everything in between. Not only do these colors look good on everyone they just scream Summer to me!
Livingaftermidnite - mark. Makeup Monday: Glowdacious
Livingaftermidnite - mark. Makeup Monday: Glowdacious
Livingaftermidnite - mark. Makeup Monday: Glowdacious
Livingaftermidnite - mark. Makeup Monday: Glowdacious
As always its mark. Monday & all the products I used to create this look are mark.!
  1. Moisturize skin with mark. For Goodness Face Moisturizer & prime your face with Primed for Perfection Face Primer to prep skin for foundation. Using a Foundation Brush apply Min-A-Real Foundation to entire face. Apply Conceal for Real to any blemishes. Set the foundation with Matte-Nificent Oil Absorbing Powder.
  2. Apply Shade 4 (left color, middle row) from On the Dot Neutral Palette to lid leaving the inner 1/4 bare, also apply along outer half of lower lashes. Apply Shade 1 (left color, top row) to inner corners of eyes blending into darker color on upper & lower lashes. Finish with 2 coats of Lash All You Want Mascara in Black on upper & lower lashes.
  3. With the Angled Couture Brush apply Bronze Pro in Pro Glow to hollows of cheeks. Then taking the same brush apply Glowdacious in Shimmied Up to cheeks, forehead, nose and jaw line.
  4. Apply LipClick Lipstick in Honey Bunny to lips then dab on Gloss On Lip Gloss in Sunset Beach just to center of upper & lower lips.

Livingaftermidnite - mark. Makeup Monday: Glowdacious
Livingaftermidnite - mark. Makeup Monday: Glowdacious
To pick up these products or learn more about them heard over to my eBoutique!
http://jgiardina.mymarkstore.com
FREE SHIPPING on your first order - Use Code: WELCOME

eShakti giveaway

Friday, May 25, 2012

My Must Have Summer Nail Polishes!

Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, here are my MUST HAVE Summer Polishes!!
These photos don't do the colors justice! Essie's "Poppy Razzi" Collection is filled with creamy brights, they almost remind me of sherbet! & Orly's "Feel the Vibe" Collection is neon...blinding NEON...& I love that unlike all other neon's I've tried you don't have to layer these over white to achieve the color in the bottle!!! Chances are I'll be sporting these all Summer long!

a Tan + Bright Polish = a Happy Jackie!

Hope all my US Readers have a happy Memorial Day Weekend! I'm looking forward to doing nothing but lounging, & of course painting my nails & hopefully starting my tan!
My Must have Summer nail polishes
(top l to r)
Essie Action, Bazooka, Camera, Lights
(bottom l to r)
Orly Glowstick, Melt Your Popsicle, Beach Cruiser
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Easy Going

Livingaftermidnite - Easy Going
Finally warm enough to break out the maxi dresses!!!!! This is mark.'s brand new maxi dress from their Limited Edition Hampton's Collection!!! They had a LOT to live up to since last year's maxi dress (It's a Long Story Dress) was the #1 selling piece of clothing in Avon history!!

The entire Hampton's Collection is very beach meets chic, laid back luxury!
Everything you need to throw in an overnight bag for a no hassle weekend getaway!
Check out the entire collection here!
Livingaftermidnite - Easy Going
Livingaftermidnite - Easy Going
Livingaftermidnite - Easy Going
Sunglasses: Target, Dress: mark., Necklace: mark., Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (Similar), Cuff: Lucky (Similar), Ring: Meredith Kahn via mark. (Similar), Sandals: Vera Wang via Kohls (Similar)
Livingaftermidnite - Easy Going

dare to compare maxi
Why pay more when you don't have to??
eShakti giveaway

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bamboozled

Livingaftermidnite - Bamboozled
Spent this past weekend on the beach & boardwalk in Asbury Park, NJ! Bamboozle headed back south to its first location of Asbury Park, NJ for this year's festivities (for the past few years its been in Northern NJ at the Meadowlands). Thank God we had wonderful weather! Rain + Sand + Live Music = a bad time! Got to see most of the bands I wanted to & got introduced to a few I never heard before. I can't believe I'm actually saying this but I think I watched more DJ sets than actual bands.

While I had a ton of fun there I'm happy that its over and this coming weekend is Memorial Weekend! 3 days consisting of lounging, swimming, tanning, eating & drinking! Crossing for my fingers for no rain in the forecast ((right now its not looking too good!))
Livingaftermidnite - Bamboozled
Livingaftermidnite - Bamboozled
I don't know why I love this picture so much!
Livingaftermidnite - Bamboozled
Livingaftermidnite - Bamboozled
Livingaftermidnite - Bamboozled
Livingaftermidnite - Bamboozled
Livingaftermidnite - Bamboozled
Livingaftermidnite - Bamboozled
Livingaftermidnite - Bamboozled
eShakti giveaway

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

GIVEAWAY: eShakti - CLOSED

My wardrobe is pretty much STOCKED with sun dresses in the Spring & Summer months so when eShakti showed me the Spring/Summer makeover on their site I died!!! Dress GALORE ~ Prints, Solids, Colors...everything you need for not only the warm months but all year around! Even better...they will customize your purchase specifically for YOU...not only can you send them your exact measurements so your new purchase will fit you like a glove BUT you can choose the neckline, dress length and so much more!

I'm teaming up with eShakti to give one of YOU any piece you'd like from their site (customization included!) Below are just a few of my favorite dresses, if I could win I'd definitely be picking up one of these!!
((Check out the dress eShatki customized for me this past Winter HERE! I can't wait to get another!))
eShakti
1. China Tea Dress 2. Blossoming Strapless Dress 3. Swan Print Cowl Neck Dress
4. Spanish Hacienda Sundress 5. Go Red Strapless Dress 6. Her Fifties Colorblock Dress

UPDATE: Congrats to our winner, Johanna Kuatt!!!

Giveaway Rules:
1. Visit eShakti & let me know which item you would choose if you won
2. Follow eShakti on Facebook

3. Follow eShakti on Pinterest

Extra Entries:
1. Follow me on Twitter @jackiegiardina
2. Follow ...livingaftermidnite on GFC

Must use Rafflecopter to enter! This giveaway will run from 05/22 to 05/31. Open to US and Canada residents only. One lucky winner will get a product of choice from eShakti.com (can be custom-sized / custom-styled). Winner will be announced on 6/1 by email.


Friday, May 18, 2012

Bamboozle Survival

Bamboozle has hit the Tri-State Area this weekend & I'm preparing for 2 fun days of music by the beach...but 2 days at a concert can require a lot of preparation. The first time I went to one of these all day concerts I was totally unprepared. I'm pretty sure I was going more for looking cool then being practical & honestly practicality is key with these things. Long days, outside in the elements, where you basically have to be prepared for anything.

So here's my list of things I'll be taking to the shore with me this weekend. It actually helps a lot to see it laid out because this is only the start of festival season!

Clothes
Bamboozle Dress
Dresses are KEY for me when attending an all day festival (for me at least because I hate the way I look in shorts)!
#1 They are lightweight & fuss free!
#2 They make peeing in a port-a-potty extremely easy!
#3 They're practical & stylish!
These are some of my fav ~ all from Forever 21 & all under $25 ~ so I don't have to worry if I ruin them!
1. Tribal Surplice Dress
2. Pintucked Floral Dress
3. Striped Tank Dress w/ Belt
4. Abstract Print Chiffon Dress w/ Belt
5. Striped Woven Dress
6. Casual Strapless Dress

Bamboozle Shoes
Shoes really depend on the weather & the location of the festival! Going to a concert in a field stick with sneakers...spending the day on the pavement opt for comfy flat sandals! I'm always partial to neutral colors not only do they make your legs look longer, but if you're going for multiple days the same pair will go with every outfit! & ALWAYS check the weather...if rain is in the forecast break out the rainboots!
1. Forever 21 Canvas Striped Espadrille Flats
2. Report Roma
3. Forever 21 Women's Cutout Thong Sandals
4. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Ox
5. Steve Madden - Suttle 

Accessories
Bamboozle Shade
When the sun is pounding on you all day sunscreen alone just isn't going to cut it...a hat & sunglasses are a must! Plus nothing is worse than getting a sunburn on your scalp OUCH!
& Lately I've had a slightly obsession with tortoise frame sunglasses, so much cuter than basic black!
1. mark. The Last Straw Hat
2. Forever 21 Striped Floppy Hat
3. Forever 21 Cat Eye Sunglasses
4. Nasty Gal Chantal Shades
5. Ray-Ban Outsiders Oversized Wayfarers Sunglasses
Bamboozle Purse
A not too big BUT not too small cross body bag! Having a huge purse to lug around - not fun, but at the same time you basically need to carry everything you need for the entire day in this purse (sunscreen, water, jacket, phone, wallet...)! Once again loving a neutral color that will go with everything!
1. VOLCOM CANT WAIT SATCHEL
2. Nasty Gal Goldmine Studded Bag
Bamboozle Jewels
For a jewelry-aholic like me arm candy can't be left behind!!! I'm all about bright colors & come on its a rock concert...everyone needs a few spikes! I think I'll leave my necklaces behind in fear of leaving with a horrendous tan line!
1. ASOS Spike Stretch Bracelet (Pink, Gold, Blue)
2. ASOS Eclectic Mixed Friendship Bracelet Pack
3. Pieces Elina Bracelet

Bamboozle Jacket
Jackets are a MUST!!! My suggestion ~ something that can be folded into your bag. After a day in the sun & of course the inevitable, a little bit of sunburn, you will feel the cold when the sun sets SO MUCH MORE! Sunburnt skin may feel hot but you'll get goosebumps 100 times faster! Might even throw a lightweight scarf in my bag too!
1. Forever 21 Women's Shawl Collar Cardigan
2. mark. In the Trenches Jacket
3. A Wear Denim Jacket
4. Lauren by Ralph Lauren Susan Jean Jacket

Beauty
Bamboozle Beauty
Keep it basic! Myself being a beauty junkie that was very hard to say, but nothing is more unattractive than melted makeup! Start with sunscreen ~ face & body ~ I love the light spray sunscreen, super easy to reapply throughout the day! I'm keeping my makeup simple with some glowy bronzer, mascara & lipstick with SPF. & don't forget to paint your nails a fun color, use this as your excuse to break out that blindingly bright neon polish in your collection!
7. Lash All You Want High Volume Mascara


What are your must haves for all day concerts? Are you planning on going to any this Summer?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sample Sale Damage

Livingaftermidnite - Sample Sale
I went in with 1 bag and left with 3 new ones!

The NYC Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale treated me very well ((if you couldn't already tell from the first photo)). I skipped out on work early (don't tell) and headed to the city on the second day of the sale last week. So glad I headed down with a somewhat plan & an idea of what I wanted because I could've easily walked out with 10+ bags ((& I bet some girls did!)).

First on my list was the Striped Diamond Tote. I went in with my mind set that I wanted the pink one, but the second I saw this neon yellow one I knew it was going to be mine! I actually walked around with both the pink and yellow ones for a while trying to justify the need for both but thank God I talked some sense into myself and decided on just one!

Second, I knew I wanted a blue bag. I took inventory of the bags that I owned and I realized I don't own a blue bag. So glad I scored this one...teal with gold hardware!! I don't own any bags of this style yet so love that I found one in this color!

Then there was this pale pink MAB Mini. What can I say...I'm a sucker for pale pink!! I've never seen an RM bag in this color before and immediately started envisioning all of the Summer outfits it would go with. I literally wear the hell out of my MAB Python Bag so I know this one won't go unused ((I actually have been using it since the day I bought it last week!))

Did you score any amazing bags at the RM Sample Sale in NY? Are you headed to the SF or LA ones this week?
Livingaftermidnite - Sample Sale
Livingaftermidnite - Sample Sale
Hat: mark. (Similar), Sunglasses: Target, Jacket: mark., Tank: American Rag (Similar), Jeans: Gap, Bag: Old Navy (Similar), Necklace: mark., Bracelets: Kohls, Lalucca & mark., Watch: mark., Ring: mark., Shoes: Aldo (Similar)
Livingaftermidnite - Sample Sale
New Goodies (l to r)
RM Striped Diamond Tote, RM Swing Bag (also love it in Yellow), RM MAB Mini (also love it in Pink Iris)
Livingaftermidnite - Sample Sale

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Pink A Dot

Livingaftermidnite
Nothing is better than pale pink in the Spring...now if I only had a tan!
Livingaftermidnite
Pink & Turquoise & Mixed Metals ALWAYS a good thing.
Rings: Noir & mark.
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