I’m so excited to finally tell you about a project I did months ago with OPI! Each year they have two collections come out based on cities/places — this past spring was New Orleans, and this fall it is Washington DC! So they asked me and Nifesimi to model and help get the word out about the new collection — in addition to Kerry Washington. And no, I didn’t get to meet her (tear).
My good friends know that I’m obsessed with nails. They always have to be perfect. It’s all or nothing for me. One chip and it’s over. I have a huge nail polish collection and I get my nails done fairly regularly. I think that state of your nails can reflect the state of your life. So mine are either painted and perfect, or bare and taking a break. So this was a dream collaboration for me.
I wanted to share a few of the photos from the shoot with you and all of the Washington DC polish colors! Continue reading…
If you’ve been around MegBiram.com long enough, you might know that I used to be a designer and direct/style photo shoots at the HQ of Hallmark Cards. The photo styling was sort of something I fell into. I went there to be a designer, but the photo shoots ended up being my favorite part of the job. I was learning from amazing stylists and photographers who had done it for years.
The experience really ended up bleeding into my website as styling photo shoots is a huge part of what I do now. Not only do I do it for my own site, but I also do it for clients that you never see unless you watch my snapchat religiously. In which case you might have seen the behind the scenes of this shoot.
I wanted to share the photos from this shoot because it was one of my favorites I’ve ever done! I’ve been a huge fan of Benefit Cosmetics for years. I found their Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain back when I was in college (or maybe even earlier!). Just ask any of my college friends, they all knew my obsession with it.
So when they asked me to do a photo shoot for their Instagram, I was game! They wanted three photos that would all go together side-by-side. It’s a theme on their wildly popular Instagram account. I don’t know where the idea came from but I immediately thought of using all candy. You wouldn’t think you need that much candy, but from experience I know that you always need way more than you think you do. Especially if you want to completely cover a surface for a shoot.
Once the idea was in my head I was on a mission to find the prettiest candy that went with Benefit’s aesthetic. I just happened to be going to NYC and so I popped into Dylan’s Candy Bar and dropped some serious dough on candy.
Sometimes you get an idea in your head, and it doesn’t turn out the way you envision it. This was one of those shoots that literally turned out exactly like I saw it in my head. I couldn’t have been happier with it. We took one long shot and then broke it up into three squares for Instagram. Continue reading…
I’ve talked before about how much I love fragrance. Something I think is fascinating to watch is how different companies approach fragrance and set themselves apart from each other. Lucky for me a few amazing fragrance shops have opened in DC and they couldn’t be more different. What they do have in common is that they are true to their brands. The brands have obvious personalities and consumers, and they are dedicated to quality. Continue reading…
After 6 months of being super white (I didn’t make it to the beach this winter) I finally have a tan. After just a few sessions at the pool/beach I’m already pretty bronzed. It’s surprising to me that my skin tans so easily because (to my knowledge) my heritage is Irish, Czechoslovakian, and German. Anyway, I’m happy for this and over the years I’ve perfected how to get a tan and how to keep it all summer without peeling.
This may not work for people who burn easily or have really fair skin, but I think it will help most regardless — you just have to know what level to do it at.
I know most dermatologists will tell you not to go in the sun more than 20 minutes a day and always wear sunscreen and hats etc. And they are doctors, not me. But I know a lot of you will do whatever you want anyway so here’s how I think I (fairly safely) get a good deep tan and keep it all summer.
HOW TO GET & KEEP A TAN THIS SUMMER
1 // Try to see the sun during the winter.
I think it’s best when your skin doesn’t forget about the sun. I live in DC so it’s basically impossible to have most of your skin “see the sun” in the winter so if you live somewhere that has winter, then if you can I’d try to book a few warm weather vacations throughout the winter. In DC winter is typically December through March, so 2 or 3 long weekends to Miami, Mexico, or really anywhere warm will do the trick.
Beach trips in the winter not only give me something to look forward to, but it helps my winter blues. I get real grouchy and negative come January, February, and March if I haven’t been to the beach. Continue reading…