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My Halloween Costume:: DIY Centaur

If you been following the blog for sometime you know how I love to create my own costume.  One of my favorite Halloween creations was my Poison Ivy costume, over 3 years ago.

This year, I wanted to make something a little more difficult, a centaur.  Centaur which represent the zodiac sign, Sagittarius, the Archer,  is a mythological half-man, half-horse.  Sagittarius is  said to represent an inner spirit to free one’s self from mankind’s animalistic nature, and enhance the purpose of the soul.

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This was a very difficult, yet fun task.  Everything, with the exception of the wig and jewelry, were either made from scratch or altered.   The form of the horse was first made out of chicken wire, then covered with paper mache (my least fave part), added foam and stuffing for dimension, metal pieces and duck tape for stability and covered with faux fur.  We added wheels to make it mobile. My pants were sown out of the same fur.   The corset was actually white, I tried to dye it brown but it didn’t turn out right, so we covered it with faux leather. I purchased the bow and arrow and quiver as a kit and sprayed parts of it gold.  The skirt was made of brown faux leather  with a gold netted material sown on top. I ran into a lot roadblocks with keeping “donk” stable, (also, cut myself with the wire, burn fingers with the glue gun and even stepped on a needle), but after a couple of tweaks we got her rolling and sitting up perfectly.

It’s Our 4 Year Anniversary :: Top 5 Most Popular Posts Over the Years

I can hardly believe, we’ve turned 4 years old this month.  As they say, “time flies when you’re having fun”, and I’ve definitely, enjoyed sharing my beauty experiences (the good, bad and ugly) and connecting with you over the years.

I’ve decided to take a trip down memory lane, and go back to some of the most popular posts over the last year:

1.  My review on Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 — I still use it!

2.  Fun with Colorblocking : Hair, makeup & nails – Still one of my fave trends

3.  Beach Hair :: Shea Moisture Organic Organic Coconut & Hisbiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo & Curl Enhancing Smoothie

4.  All The Pregnant Ladies :: Pregnancy Makeup Tips from Bobbi Brown

5.  Braxton Family Makeup Faux Pas –  I got a little heat from this post, but hey everyone’s entitled to their opinion

Thank you for your continued support :)

RECAP :: Vanity Rich’s 3 Year Anniversary Party

As you all know, we celebrated our three year anniversary this past weekend.  Between our awesome guests, beauty trivia, raffles, “girl talk”, sweets and libations, I have to say, it was a fabulous time.

A HUGE thanks goes out to hair aficionado, Sierra Conney, owner of Salon Blush for hosting the event, decorista and event planning extraordinaire, Erica Hampton of Parties by the Hamptons and Roxanne Richardson for all the beautiful floral arrangements.

Thanks to all the lovely people who made it out.  I can’t wait to do this again!

Visit us on Facebook to view more pictures of the event.

Feature Friday :: Vanity Rich 3 Year Anniversary#Vanity3 || The Jefferson Spa will be turning three in two weeks, and to celebrate and especially thank all of my followers, I’ll be giving away goodies throughout the day on Saturday, April 21st.  So make sure you stay tuned on facebook and twitter for additional info.


Yesterday, I had the opportunity of receiving an amazing massage from Lilly at The Jefferson Spa. I selected the “Couture Massage” in which I had the option of selecting the duration, pressure, strokes/techniques, areas of focus and oils.  I chose a 60 minute, medium pressure, Swedish and deep tissue that focused on my neck, hips and glutes.  Let me tell you, it felt heavenly! I was really ready to doze off, that’s how great it felt.  After my massage, I was treated to a pleasant snack of Greek yogurt and berries.

The atmosphere, the aura  and not to mention, my masseuse, Lilly and the rest of the staff at The Jefferson were superb.

If you’re in the DC area, and ever looking for a place to relax and rejuvenate, you should definitely schedule yourself a treatment at The Jefferson Spa.  Visit them online at

2012 Golden Globe Red Carpet Favorites

Award shows are always fun to watch, yes to witness the winners, but most importantly to see who’s wearing what on the red carpet.  From the hair, to the makeup to the gown, this year’s Golden Globe Awards there were many winners on the red carpet.

Angelina Jolie was my favorite for the night.  She looked absolutely stunning in a body-hugging white Atelier Versace gown with a accent of red at the top, which perfectly matched her lips.  Her makeup and hair were classic! Black winged eye, red lipstick and bun.

Reese Witherspoon went nude with her makeup selection, but there was nothing bland about the red mermaid style Zac Posen dress she rocked.

Claire Danes went modern in a black and white, J. Mendel dress.  Loved the open back and her bold eye and lip color.

Nicole Richie banged it with a silver Julien Macdonald dress.  Loved the black eyeliner and the hair!

At 47 years old, Elle Macpherson, killed it in this cream corset with a tulle underskirt gown by Zac Posen.

Kate Beckinsale was literally glowing in a strapless Roberto Cavilli gown.

As expected, Sofia Vergara showed off all her curves in a blue Vera Wang mermaid style dress.

I have to admit, I wasn’t crazy about Zooey Deschanel’s hair or dress selection, but I LOVED her tuxedo nails.

Who were your favorites?

It’s A Celebration, Beauties! Valley of the Dolls Birthday Event || BLOG’D: Bloggers Networking and Meet & Greet

Calling all Dolls!  It’s my 10,592.0238 day birthday on Saturday…29th to be exact. I’m partying as usual and you know, you’re invited!

Friday, December 1st
Recess Lounge | 727 15th Street, NW
Doors Open at 10PM
Add Open Bar from 10pm-1130pm

Also, this weekend, join me, along with the area’s top bloggers as we host BLOG’D: Bloggers Networking and Meet & Greet at K Street Sundays.  

Wayne&Tony + Belvedere present

BLOG’D: Bloggers Networking and Meet & Greet

Join the area’s top Blogger’s this Sunday at #KstreetSundays as we give you a chance to meet, greet, and network with our host;
- Ashley of
- Melissa of
- Patrick of
- Matt & Pop of

Drinks are on us this Sunday from 9:30-11pm. Come out and be surrounded by the city’s movers-and-shakers. Share ideas over cocktails.

Vampires, Skeletons, & Geishas :: Halloween 2011

Unlike Halloween last year, I waited until the last minute to get my Halloween costume together…a few hours to be exact.  I ran out to the costume store, and tried to think of something creative, yet simple. I purchased fangs, white paint, black nails, lashes and a black leotard. I figured I’d be a sexy vampire.  I beat my face, but my costume on, but the only problem was, my vampire teeth wouldn’t stick (this is what happens when you procrastinate), so I had to quickly think of something else.

I went through some boxes and found a geisha costume I’ve never worn.  I figured this would work perfect since I only had my face painted white, I just had to change my lipstick and add blush.  I decided against the geisha wig and stuck with my own do.  Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the full costume….

“We create another secret world, a place only of beauty. The very word “geisha” means artist, and to be a geisha is to be judged as a moving work of art.”

But I did enjoy seeing some of my fav celebs dress up for Halloween.  Take a look:

Who were you favs? Did you dress up for Halloween this year?

Skin Beauty Lounge Media Day

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending Skin Beauty Lounge’s Media Day.  It was an exclusive and intimate event for media for Capitol Hill’s premiere spa.  Skin Beauty Lounge (404.5 8th Street, SE, WDC) was recently named by InStyle Magazine as the best place in D.C. for tanning and spa services.  I’ve heard of Skin Beauty Lounge before, but I never had the opportunity to visit, so I was super excited to attend this event.  

I was happy to know that Skin Beauty Lounge is conveniently located right located across the Eastern Market metro on the Orange/Blue Line.   Once I arrived,  I was welcomed by Janelle Langford of Urban Suite Entertainment and met some of the staff of Skin Beauty Lounge, including, owner, Meka Mathis, Megan, the receptionist and esthetican, Roxanne.

Janelle Langford of Urban Suite Entertainment & owner of Skin Beauty Lounge, Meka Mathis

Myself and Janelle

Their services include: body treatments (airbrush tanning, AHA Peel, Microdermabrasion),facials, brow & lash tinting,  eyelash extensions, makeup application and waxing services.  I know that the spa is well known for their premiere waxing services, especially the much talked about vajazzling. Their the first to offer this service in D.C.  Yet, as much as I was intrigued by the bling, I opted for a simple eyebrow waxing.

If you have followed me for a while, you know I’m very particular about who does my brows.  Trust me, I’ve had my share of brow waxing nightmares – (  Not every who performs this service actually does a good job, but I was in good hands with Roxanne.  She didn’t take too much off and surprisingly, I wasn’t red afterwards.  She simply cleaned up my brows and I was VERY pleased with Roxanne’s brow work.

In one of the treatment rooms, getting my eyebrows waxed by Roxanne

Along with the fabulous products/services, wonderful decor, relaxing atmosphere, and convenience of location, I truly loved the fact, that they take evening appointments.  As a working women, it’s a little difficult fitting spa appointments in, when most spas take their last clients at 4pm/5pm.  Luckily, Skin Beauty Lounge, offers evening appointments Tuesdays-Thursdays, with the latest appointment at 7:30pm.  How cool is that?

While, I’m still working up the courage to get vajazzled, I think my next appointment with Skin Beauty Lounge will be a Pamper Party with my girls.   If you live in the DC area, I encourage you to make an appointment as well.  Visit Skin Beauty Lounge online at  

2011 Emmys Best Dressed :: Ladies in Red

I was glued to football all day yesterday, so  unfortunately, I missed the 2011 Emmys, but I did catch the recaps from the many media outlets that were covering it.  

Evidently, red was THE color last night.  There were so many beauties rocking different shades of the bold and striking hue.  Many of which were my favorites for the evening

Check out my Best Dressed List:

The beautiful and curvaceous Sofia Vergara in a long coral Vera Wang gown with one shouldered crepe style, chiffon draping and tumbled tulle.

‘Vampire Dairies’ star, Nina Dobrev, looked stunning in a mermaid style, strapless red Donna Karan dress.

Another ‘Modern Family’ star, Sarah Hyland, looked sophisticated and all grown up in a Christian Siriano pleated peach gown, clinched at the waist with a crystal belt.

‘Friday Night Lights’ actress Connie Britton, in a strapless bow detailing Maria Lucia Hohan dress.

Finally, Dexter’s star, Jennifer Carpenter. She wasn’t rocking the popular color of the night, but her Tony Ward haute couture gown, with hand sewn embellishments and split certainty turned heads.

Who were your favorites?? Who needed to rethink their fashion choice??

Event :: The Fashionable Life 09.08.11

Attention all fashionistas and glamour girls in the DMV! Time to rally up for a night of networking, cocktails, fashion, manicures and  makeovers, as LilyPadDC introduces you to The Fashionable Life.

The Fashionable Life is an event designed for young, professional DC women. It’s the intimate, luxurious, and innovative beauty and fashion happy hour that we deserve. As working women in DC we work hard to play hard. We spent years in school, interned our butts off and are finally on our way to achieving the lives of our dreams. And right now we’re in that delightful space where we have friends, fun, jobs, and nothing to spend our money on but ourselves and our student loans. The Fashionable Life aims to bring a great group of women together to laugh, talk, and network while indulging in delightful dishes prepared by a personal chef, cocktails crafted just for us, and manicures, massages, makeovers and one-on-one time with some of DC’s hottest stylists.  Vendors for the evening include MAC Cosmetics, philosophy, Bobbi Brown, Nail Taxi, Joyful Creations, Yves Saint Laurent, and many more.  Sponsors include Uniquely Dynamic, Ladies DC, Charity Chicks, and A Lacey Perspective.

Hope to see you there!

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