Dress Like a Miracle Worker: Interview with the Make-a-Wish Foundation's Wish Assist Manager

A Note from the Editor:

I have taken a step back from my blog at different points over the past five plus years, however it has always and will always be a piece of me. It started as a creative outlet as I felt restricted in my early career and simply wanted a platform to create. I wanted to tell stories, not about myself, but about others. I had no idea that it would lead to the opportunities it has.

It helped me secure a role as a copywriter for a global fashion brand, as well as led to a role as the Public Relations Director for Rolls Royce and Bentley Beverly Hills. As I consumed myself with helping build other brands I took a step from building my own.

The most critical reason for taking a step back was due to battling a life-threatening diagnosis in the summer of 2010. I battled a chronic illness that was without a doubt the biggest challenge I have ever faced. Not only was the diagnosis traumatic, the recovery and aftermath was treacherous. With that said, Rich Skinny Pretty has remained a part of me. Having an outlet to channel my creativity when I was on bed rest, healing and returning to normalcy was definitely one of my biggest tools during recovery.

I'll never forget I had an opportunity to partner with Teen Vogue on a campaign at MAGIC in Vegas during my recovery phase. I did not hesitate to go even though I was not fully in a state of good health. I was still twenty pounds underweight, wearing a wig because I suffered from hair loss in correlation with the heavy prescribed medication and was in physical pain due to severe arthritis. I was embarrassed of my situation to say the least.

I vividly remember asking my friend CorEy to help me get dressed for the Teen Vogue blogger lounge since the swelling in my hands and ankles made it painful as well as difficult for me to dress myself. Words can’t convey the humility I gained from my experience. I’m not a victim, this is not “poor me.” I’m sharing my story for the exact opposite reason. These circumstances have only made me stronger, more determined and more grateful. That is why I am so especially thankful and excited to share stories about women like Kristin with the Make-a-Wish foundation and later this week, breast cancer survivor, Lauren with the Daily Debut. Thank you for following Rich Skinny Pretty these last five plus years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I sincerely hope we continue to inspire you.

Now without further ado, I welcome you to the relaunch of RSP. Let's meet Kristin:

RSP: Occupation ?

Kristin: I'm the Wish Assist Manager at the Make-a-Wish foundation. I always knew I wanted to help people, I just didn’t know in what arena. I had a couple of jobs that I did because I thought I was meant to do them-ones that utilized my degree yet I was absolutely miserable. I was so lost and worried that I would never find something I was passionate about. I always resented the quote “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life” because I wanted that so badly, but hadn’t found it yet.

I think I finally came to the realization that I couldn’t settle, so I didn’t. I reached the decision that I was the pilot of my own journey and if I was going to do anything worthwhile in life, I needed to pursue what I wanted to do…without the influence of others. No one should feel trapped. I think being “comfortable” and fear also paralyzed me for a while. Everything I did acted as a stepping-stone for what I would eventually end up doing. And looking back, everything I did led me to where I am at Make-A-Wish, and I am extremely grateful for that.

RSP: Which experience has helped you grow the most?

Kristin: Working for Make-A-Wish has made me realize that life is such a beautiful gift and one that we take advantage of too often. It’s incredible how a child can teach you so much. These kids are inspirational, motivational and some of the strongest people I have ever met. I was really sick when I was a kid, so I get it. I can relate to what they’re going through and it’s a hard thing to take in at such a young age. Instead of playgrounds and going to school, your childhood gets tainted by doctor’s appointments and surgeries-it’s scary and it’s a heavy weight to carry that young.

I find a lot of peace in sharing my story. I discovered that everyone has a story. A story that not only deserves to be told, but heard as well. It took me a while to be comfortable sharing mine, but once I did, I found people were able to relate to it and in some cases, it gave them the ability to share their own. If what I went through can help one person get through what they’re dealing with, that right there is enough.

RSP: How can you use this experience to help others?

Kristin: I want to use what I went through as a kid (as well as my experience at Make-A-Wish) to spread the message that’s important to care about others and care about what they are going through. I think compassion and kindness are two things a lot of us lack in this world. When someone is going through an uphill battle, they need to know that they’re not alone in their fight.

Many of us are lucky to have our health, but others are not as fortunate. We can never take advantage of that.

RSP: Career Tips? 

Kristin: If you haven’t found your passion, keep looking, don’t give up and don’t settle. You’ll find it eventually and don’t get discouraged that you won’t. I hope you know that it’s O.K. to start over and start again. You’re the captain of your own path and it’s O.K. to switch courses every once in awhile if it’ll lead to a more fulfilling life and better future. This is your own beautiful, magnificent life…choose to have an adventurous one.

Wealth is defined in a number of ways.  To me, it’s not defined monetarily. I’m sure being rich financially would be great, but I know that’s not what I was meant to do in this world. I just care to be a good person. And if that’s all I ever do in life, I’ll be completely content.

RSP: Beauty Fix? 

Kristin: Moisturizing-my face and skin. I do it every morning and every night. I also love my MAC Zoomfast mascara!

RSP: Fashion Fix?

Kristin: I love wearing heels (I’m clumsy though, so I need to be careful!!!). I’m definitely NO fashionista though and would consider my style to be eclectic. I shop at Buffalo Exchange and TJ Maxx, I think you can find the coolest things at those places. I do look out for trends and if I see one I like, I’ll try it out. I just really like to be comfortable and I think that’s when I feel the sexiest.

Honestly, I beat to my own drum when it comes to clothes.

RSP: Last Words of Advice?

Kristin: Everyone is different. We all have differences, imperfections, faults, but that’s what makes us unique. And we need to understand the importance of that. If we go into the world with positive intentions, filled with love, truth, kindness and courage, we can have the ability to change the world and impact others. You can’t rid the world of evil. Evil is always going to exist, but you can contest evil by putting as much good into the universe as possible.

RSP: Well, we couldn't agree more. You're definitely on to something, Kristin. 

Bisous ♥


ALL HAIL: What to Wear to the Office | Los Angeles Edition with Exclusive Style Interview at SBE

We've been keeping an eye on what L.A.'s power players have been wearing to the office. I mean come on, us working girls need to know what to wear for that 9-5 grind. Aren't I right? With that said, we like to take inspiration from everyday women for easy-to-wear style tips.

This week we're highlighting one of the most powerful offices in all of Hollywood. All hail to SBE in all of its glory. With SBE reigning supreme when it comes to where to go, what to do (and not to mention, who to see) in Los Angeles, how could we not include 'em in one of our office style guides? With SBE running the most sought-after clubs, restaurants and hotels, its completely and totally appropriate to bow down before reading further. Just kidding...but really they're that kind of a big deal.

We headed over to the SBE headquarters and checked out how the marketing supervisor of nightlife, Kelly Miles, dresses for her day-to-day power moves. So what does she wear when she's busy running this city? Get her style tips here with another RSP exclusive. 
Meet Kelly.

Oversized tote in black. Why? 
Kelly fits her iPad, documents, cell and other essentials in this chic staple that keeps up with her as she's on the go.
Tory Burch. Check.
Cap toe. Check.
Quilted. Check.
Easy-to-wear flats are functional yet shows Kell's clients and colleagues that she knows how to pay attention to the details.

There you have it—black skinnies, a chic blouse and a structured blazer keeps you looking your best at the office. Top it off with an over-sized day bag plus flats for a killer combo of function and style.

Bisous ♥


Hollywood Beauty Tips with the Founder of Blushington, Stephi Maron

Ready to play magic makeup kingdom? Come to Blushington on Sunset in West Hollywood for a little makeup application by the pros. Can't make it to LA for the full experience? We sat down with beauty expert and founder of Blushington, Stephi Maron. She gives us her tips on how to get the A-List look made just right for the everyday girl. Plus, she dishes on her fave beauty must haves and shares a few recommended products. Ready to add a few essentials to your vanity? Oh, and we asked how to keep that skin still looking sun-kissed even with fall upon us - you're welcome!

RSP: Tell us about the Blushington concept:
Stephi: Blushington is a makeup and beauty lounge that offers women a unique pampering experience in a well-designed and highly personalized setting. The company also offers a full menu of retail products that are used in makeup application. Blushington's philosophy is making women feel pretty. Our saying has always been, "you only better" and "feeling pretty is priceless". In addition to makeup, Blushington also offers a wide assortment of “maintenance” services such as brow tinting, waxing, eyelash extensions and brow shaping. Blushington currently has two retail locations. The first location in West Hollywood, California opened in October 2011, and the second location opened in the Highland Park section of Dallas, Texas in December 2012. Both stores are strategically located next to the fast growing blow-out leader, Drybar.

RSP: What kind of girl goes to Blushington?
Stephi: We see anyone from the ages of 3 years old to someone who is 99 years old. I think the woman coming into Blushington is anyone from a working business woman going to work meetings, a mother going on a date night, a teenager going to a birthday party or a birthday of her own. We see women coming in for no special reason other than to feel pretty, to a woman going to an event/party, or their wedding, photo-shoots, head shots, etc.

RSP: How do you enhance eyes?
Stephi:  I like to use Stila's smudge liner for a more natural less dramatic look or Kevin Aucoin The Precision Liquid Liner in Black in my waterline to give me that dramatic effect. I don't think I will ever be over the lush lashes trend. I love lashes!!

RSP: Even thought fall is upon us, how do you keep skin looking sun-kissed?
Stephi:  My tip to getting a sun-kissed looking skin is making sure your highlighting and bronzing in the right areas! I like the Stila sun highlighter as a bronzer and contour. With a blush brush I contour and bronze from the top on my forehead all the way down to my cheek bones making a C like motion. Make sure you don't put too much on but still enough to see that sun-kissed glow. I also like to then highlight my temples, the top of my nose, and cheek bones with Temptu's highlighter. I like using Temptu because it gives you that really dewey look. You can also achieve this look if you don't have access to a Temptu machine by using Jouer's highlighter in Camellia.
Stila Sun Highlighter

RSP: Lip color of the moment? Lip stick and lip gloss recommendation?
Stephi: I am loving the Jouer Tinted Lip Enhancer in Cosmo. You can wear this day to night and it gives you just enough color but not too much. It's great for women who don't love to wear a lot of makeup but want a touch of glam. Or if you want to add a little more color I love the Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Kate with Jouer's Moisturizing lip gloss in Peony.

Jouer Lip Enhancer 
RSP: What's your top five makeup essentials?
Stephi: My top five makeup essentials are the Blushington Blending Sponge, Jouer Matte tint foundation, Becca concealer, Jouer essential lip enhancer, and Mai Couture's blotting papers! I always carry the blending sponge everywhere I go to touch up my makeup throughout the day and to apply my makeup. I can use it to apply my foundation, blush, and concealer! I love the Jouer Matte Tint foundation because it covers extremely well without it looking like I have makeup on or feeling like I have makeup on, it looks like my skin! I love Becca's concealer because I have very oily skin I need a concealer that is on the dryer side and covers any dark circles or spots I may have. I never the my house or office without Jouer essential lip enhancer. It moisturizes my lips and goes on clear so I can wear it either alone or on top of any lipstick. I am obsessed with Mai Couture's blotting papers. I love to use these when I need to touch up throughout the day when I start to get oily. I don't love to touch up with powder since I find that with my skin type it can make my skin look cakey so I love these as an alternative.

Bisous ♥

Girls, Girls, Girls. I Like Them, I Like Them. I Really, Really Like Them.

No selfies here! 

We've featured a range of personal style over the years. That's why we have featured everything from your trendy, label-loving, Neiman-Marcus-shopping girly girl to your eclectic, thrift-store perusing, vintage-inspired hipster and with that said, everything in between. Check out our archives and get inspired...

Which is your favorite?


Easy Style Tips! How to Dress for Happy Hour (Los Angeles Edition): Office to Drinks at Bungalow in Santa Monica

Hello, all work and no play is completely and utterly missing the point. A girl must find time for the happiest of hours...happy hour. As if work isn't stressful enough, why stress about what you are going to wear once you leave the office? Follow Melissa's lead and incorporate these easy-to-wear pieces into your work wardrobe. It's a cinch!

Meet Melissa.
Melissa sales Ferrari's in Calabasas but resides on the Westside. With that said, after her glorious commute (we know how fab traffic is in LA) she heads to Santa Monica's celebrity-favorite bar & restaurant, The Bungalow, for a drink. Or maybe two.
So what does she wear while negotiating with the A-List and some of LA's biggest power players all day? She opts for a romper, tribal-inspired earrings and open-toed platforms. Serious enough for the professional side of things yet fun enough for when she takes a client in a spin in a 458.

Key Take-Aways:
1) Classic One Piece (Psst...if you aren't a romper-kind-of girl, choose a solid-colored dress)
2) Open-Toed Platforms
3) Accessorize with personalized jewelry - inspired by Mel's earrings?

Once she leaves the showroom she slips on a pair of retro round-framed shades, layers her look with a cropped denim jacket and rocks a structured satchel.

Add On:
1) Sunnies
(Try a fun pair! This is an easy way to incorporate a trend of the moment without letting it overwhelm your personal style)
2) Denim Jacket
(Mel's cropped version gives this wardrobe staple a modern update)
3) Satchel
(A classic satchel is sophisticated enough for the office yet cool enough to pull off at cocktail hour)

Are you ready for happy hour? Meet you there...

Bisous ♥