Friday, September 27, 2013

FASHION FRIDAY: Pretty in Plaid!

Hello my Loves!

Many of you already know that I've been watching Gossip Girl endlessly! Inspired by the style of my favorite drama queen, Blair Waldorf, I've created the outfit below. I am obsessed with Blair's perfectly pieced outfits. I've always enjoyed wearing plaid during the Fall, and I was intrigued by Blair's ability to mix and match different colors and patterns that you normally wouldn't expect to go together. 

Pretty in Plaid!

I'd love to rock this on the streets of the city all bundled up & cozy! Where would you rock this outfit? Let me know in a comment below!

Denise Joyce

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wellness 101: Hiking Mission Peak!

Hello my Loves!

Last Wednesday, I posted a video about my recent hike up Mission Peak with my friend Dianna on September 11th. Mission Peak is located in Fremont, CA, and it's one of my favorite places to hike in the Bay Area. It is an excellent butt & thigh workout, since the trail is so steep. Just in case you missed it, take a look at the video below! ENJOY! <3

 If you ever do this hike, it is ESSENTIAL to take a victory photo at the top! LOL

Me & my friend Dianna

Do you live in the Bay Area? What are some of your favorite places to hike? I'd love to know!

Denise Joyce

Monday, September 23, 2013

MAKEUP MONDAY: My Benefit & ipsy Lash Bash Beauty Brunch!

Hello my Loves!

Yesterday was my Benefit & ipsy sponsored Lash Bash Beauty Brunch! It was a great success, and I am so eager to share all the fun I had with my friends! Check out the pictures below to see all the food, fun & Benefit makeup! <3

Brunch Menu & Customized Water Bottles!

Macarons, Croissants, & Madeleines!

Cutlery & Benefit Napkins!

Mimosa Bar! (Served in Mason Jars)

Rainbow Fruit Kabobs!

Closer look at the Cutlery!

Food Spread!

Yogurt Parfait Bar Instructions!

Self-Serve Yogurt Parfait Bar!

Two Fakes & a Real WINNER of Benefit's Cabana Glama!
"I've been naked in public in Canada!"

Benefit Cosmetics!

Benefit's Spring 2013 Glam Guide, Coffee Filter Flower centerpiece,  Beauty Product Samples, & Lash Bash Swag! 

Benefit Makeover Time!

More makeovers!

Check out some of the completed Eye Looks! <3

DIY Lash Bash Decor!
My Lash Bash decor was inspired by two of my favorite Benefit products: the POREfessional & CORALista!

DIY Tissue Balls!

DIY Coffee Filter Flower Centerpiece!

More Tissue Balls!

Another Coffee Filter Centerpiece!


I hope you all enjoyed the pictures! Thank you so much to Benefit Cosmetics & ipsy for choosing me to be a Lash Bash Hostess! It was an AMAZING opportunity, and I feel truly BLESSED to be able to share my love for Benefit Cosmetics & ipsy with my closest friends!

Denise Joyce

Friday, September 20, 2013


Hello my Loves!

In lieu of the Lash Bash Beauty brunch that I'm throwing this Saturday, I decided to put together a Sunday brunch outfit. I always look forward to brunch on the weekends! I love being able to sleep in and not worry about missing my favorite meal of the day.

I wanted to keep the outfit casual and simple, yet chic. The light colors and floral print look very elegant, but paired with white denim shorts; everything remains casual. The choice of accessories: bag, sunglasses, and sandals, create a very bohemian chic look. I can already picture myself at Sunday brunch sipping tea, eating scones, and catching up on the latest gossip with my best girlfriends. 

Sunday Brunch

So what do you think? What would you plan to wear at your next Sunday Brunch?

Denise Joyce

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Lash Bash Party Swag!

Hello my Loves!

As you can see, I am skipping my usual Wellness 101 today. My Benefit & ipsy sponsored Lash Bash party swag FINALLY arrived yesterday, and I am so excited to be able to share all of the Benefit goodies I got with you! Check out everything in my pictures below! ENJOY! ^________^ 

All the Benefit goodies right out of the box!

Clockwise from Bottom: 
They're Real! makeup bag, #realsies Instagram frame, Hostess letter, Benefit's Glam Guide Spring 2013, & Post-party coupons!

Finished swag bags for each of my guests!

Left to Right: 
They're Real! mascara, Hervana face powder, Gimme brow in light/medium & medium/deep

Peek-A-Bright Eyes Kit

Creaseless Cream Shadows in bikini-tini & bronze have more fun

Left to Right: Deluxe samples of sugarbomb ultra plush lip gloss, they're real! mascara, & benetint cheek and lip stain

(The remaining products I purchased with my own money from ULTA & Sephora as prizes for the winners of the games we will play during the Lash Bash Saturday!)

Cabana Glama from ULTA

Go Tropi Coral from Sephora

Benefit samples from ULTA & Sephora

I can't wait for the party Saturday! Now that I have my Lash Bash party swag, the party has really come together. I will be uploading pictures during my Lash Bash via Twitter and Instagram on Saturday! Be on the look out, so you can join in on all the fun! 

Denise Joyce

Monday, September 16, 2013

MAKEUP MONDAY: Lash Bash Party Planning!

Hello my Loves!

My Benefit & ipsy sponsored Lash Bash is this upcoming Saturday. I did my final party supply shopping this past weekend, and I've already started my DIY decorations! The party is slowly coming together, and I'm getting more and more excited! Take a look at my DIY Decorations and party progress in the pictures below!

So what do you guys think?! I can't wait to get all the final touches together and take more pictures the day of the party.

Unfortunately, my Lash Bash party swag hasn't arrived yet, but it should be arriving sometime tomorrow. I will post pictures once it arrives!

Denise Joyce

Friday, September 13, 2013


Hello my Loves!

Inspired by one of my favorite fall fashion colors, cabernet, I've put together the outfit below. This rich, deep red is perfect for fall. I am the girl who would rather wear tights and boots before having to pull out pants. LOL It may not keep me very warm, but I am willing to suffer a little to be stylish. ;D

A lot of people forget that with tall boots, tights, and a good amount of layering, you can still wear dresses all year round. The floral pattern of the dress below adds a touch of feminine elegance to the entire outfit. Patterned tights will keep your legs warm and add more interest to your entire outfit. I would love to wear this to a Happy Hour after work or a Sunday brunch! 

Red Red Wine

What is your favorite color to wear during the fall? Let me know in a comment below! 

Denise Joyce

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wellness 101: How I Stay Motivated!

Hello my Loves!

In today's Wellness 101, I want to share how I stay motivated and continue in my journey to Wellness. There are three components that help me stay motivated: Seeing Results, Accomplishing Fitness Goals, and Motivational Fitness Quotes. Keep reading to see how each one helps keep me motivated!

After pushing myself through the initial two weeks, I started to see changes in my body. I began to lose weight and inches all over. I started to look and feel amazing! My clothes fit much better, and I would continually get compliments from my friends and family. The results I get make everything worth it in the end. It makes me happy to see the changes in my body, and it only pushes me forward to continue to get positive results and reactions from others.

In last week's Wellness 101, I briefly spoke about setting fitness goals and how great it feels to accomplish them. When I set small tangible fitness goals for myself, I create a never-ending cycle of success that I know I'll never be able to get enough of. As I accomplish a goal, I also make sure to reward myself and take time to bask in my fitness glory. Success is truly addictive, and it helps push you further on your journey toward Wellness.

Using Pinterest, I've dedicated an entire board to Wellness, featuring some of my favorite motivational fitness quotes. Whenever I'm feeling particularly lazy, I open up this Pinterest board to inspire me. You can see my Wellness board here. The quotes that I include help push me forward and consistently remind me of why I started in my Wellness journey in the first place. Included are some of my favorite motivational fitness quotes below. Enjoy!

How do you stay motivated? Let me know in a comment below! 

Denise Joyce

Monday, September 9, 2013

MAKEUP MONDAY: Lash Bash Party Planning

Hello my Loves!

My Benefit & ipsy Lash Bash is only two weeks away! It definitely doesn't give me much time for party planning. Since I already had plans to attend a Fall Out Boy concert in San Francisco the evening of Saturday, September 21st, I decided to host my Lash Bash as a Shabby Chic Beauty Brunch!

I'm imagining a light, but delicious brunch filled with food, fun, laughter, and tons of Benefit's They're Real! mascara. I've already started a Pinterest Beauty Brunch board for inspiration.

Here's a few of my favorite pins!

I'm so eager to get my box of makeup from Benefit and ipsy! I also can't wait to start shopping and get all the final touches of my Beauty Brunch together! Let me know what you guys think so far! I'll keep you updated as I start to make my party prep purchases.

Denise Joyce

Friday, September 6, 2013


Hello my Loves!

Fall is here! YAY!! If you don't know already, this is my absolute favorite style season. I love layering different pieces that many others would not expect to see together. I like mixing and matching various prints, materials, and colors to create unique looks, which brings me to the outfit I've created below. 

In today's outfit, I've combined beautiful cabernet and cognac leather with leopard print and distressed denim. Just looking at the pieces together makes me think of Fall. This would be my ideal Autumn outfit if I had extra disposable income to spend on it. I can already picture myself strolling through a pumpkin patch all bundled up and cozy. ^________^ 

Fierce Fall

Dorothy Perkins leopard print jumper / Mango zip jacket / True Religion destroyed denim skinny jeans, $375 / Steve Madden military boots, $140 / Rebecca Minkoff shoulder strap purse / Pink gold watch / Agent Ninetynine snood scarve, $37

Would you rock this outfit? What are some of your favorite Fall Fashion trends? Leave me a comment below, because I'd love to know! <3  

Denise Joyce