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December 12, 2014

Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! Okay, it’s officially time for holiday music. And what better way to celebrate the season than with a little jam from The Maccabeats?

Happy Hanukkah, friends!

My friend Sophia is an aspiring makeup artist and we thought it would be fun to show you guys a glamorous fall look that can be dressed up or down.

Products Used:
Foundation: Benefit
Brows: Benefit
Mascara: Benefit
Eyeshadow: Urban Decay
Eyeliner: Benefit
Lipstick: MAC
Contour: MAC
Pressed Powder: MAC
Brushes: MAC


You guys, Christmas is right around the corner! Our decorations are up, carols are playing and holiday parties are starting. But what’s the holiday season without an ugly Christmas sweater? If you’re looking for a fun alternative to the standard monstrosities, we have just the thing for you:


ugly christmas sweater make-your-own sweater kit | $29

Why we love it:

It has everything. The kit includes white felt, reindeer, snowflakes, pom poms, red bows, googly eyes, ornaments, green glitter gel, jingle bells, pipe cleaners, wrapped presents, gold bead necklace, sewing kit, glue, stencils — it’s like Christmas-craft heaven.

It’s a chance to use your creativity. We love the idea of sitting down and designing your own ugly sweater. Think about, you can’t go wrong! The uglier, the better.

It’s a fun activity to do with friends. Get a kit for everyone and then host an ugly-sweater-making party! Oh, what fun it is.


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December 11, 2014

Christmas Countdown: Week 2

This second look is definitely more edgy and formal compared to last week’s OOTD. I paired black skinnies with an embellished blouse for a relaxed-yet-formal look. I love this top by Kate Moss x Topshop because it’s not over the top with detail and has a flowy boho feel. To make this more formal I slipped on some gold and black heels.


And if heels aren’t your thing, black booties are always another option! I’d wear this kind of look to a semi-formal get together or Christmas eve party.


We’re getting closer: 14 Days.

xo ॐ – Amber

December 10, 2014

Christmas in Cali

Throughout the month of December I’ve really been diggin’ the whole bohemian and carefree typa style. It just feels so natural to embrace my inner laid-back hippie and represent my Cali roots. And with Christmas coming up, I simply couldn’t resist bringing a couple of props along (wreath, garland, etc.) to make it a full-blown, haute-hippie-meets-holiday bash.






And there we have it, I hope you all enjoyed yet another holiday-inspired post! Let me know in the comments if you guys like seeing my lookbooks or if you’d prefer something else, because I’d love to know.

Yours truly,

Some of you might have seen the “Winter Essentials” tab or the “B.P. Basics & Essentials” tab while shopping on Those are two of my favorite sections on the site! That’s where I go to stock up on the wardrobe staples that I can’t live without. Here are my five favorites that can be worn with almost anything:

5. Shift Dress
I love the oversized shirt dress trend. But a shift dress gives the same boxy look but still adds shape to a girl’s figure.


4. Parka
The military trend has been around for a while, and I’m glad it shows no sign of leaving anytime soon.


3. Flowy Tank
Talk about essentials: This is a timeless piece and will never go out of style.


2. Boyfriend Jeans
It surprises me that the boyfriend jean trend has stuck around for so long! I am in no hurry for it to leave.


1. Simple heel
If I had to own one pair of shoes it would definitely be these. They are so comfortable and versatile.



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During the holidays, some incredible films tend to hit the screens. I think “The Theory of Everything” is one of them this year. Two years ago Eddie Redmayne brought tears to my eyes with his role as Marius in “Les Miserables” (I actually bawled throughout most of the movie), and there’s no doubt it won’t happen again in his portrayal of Stephen Hawking.

I’ve been waiting and waiting to see the setting, costumes, and the emotionally inspirational story all tied together since I first watched the trailer in August.

I know, I cried watching the trailer, too…

So if you’re looking for a movie that will definitely pull at your heart, get a pack of tissues ready and go see “The Theory of Everything” out now!

I’d love to know what your thoughts are after you see the movie!

xo ॐ – Amber



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Today’s DIY is a fairly easy and absolutely adorable friendship bracelet. Make one for yourself and your BFF, or whoever else you want to. I plan on wrapping up this dainty li’l bracelet and sending it to my sister. Here’s what you’ll need for today’s DIY.

- Cord (1 yard)
- A yardstick or ruler
- Scissors
- A charm of your choice


1. Cut one piece of cord to be 1 yard (3 feet)


2. Fold the cord in half; cut the cord equally in half creating two pieces of cord




3. Take one of the cut pieces of cord and fold it in half;


Take the looped end of the cord and loop cord around charm.


You are creating a knot around the charm.

Do this by placing the cut end of cord into the looped portion of the cord. Now just pull until you’ve created a knot around the charm.



4. Take the second piece of cord and repeat the last step on the other side of your charm. You will create an identical knot on the other side.





5. Wrap the bracelet around your wrist to eyeball the length you need the string to be on each side. I used a pen to mark the cord.


6. Take one of the two cords and tie multiple knots where you have marked the cord. This will be one side of the “clasp.” The clasp will be a knot and hole.


7. Take the other cord, and tie one large knot 1 centimeter (.5 inch) above the marked spot on the cord


Now, tie another large knot 1 centimeter (.5 inch) below the marked spot on the cord. The two knots will now be an inch apart from each other.


8. Now test your large knot by placing it in the loop you created with your two knots.  This will serve as the bracelet clasp. Make sure the large knot is large enough to stay looped in the cord. If it’s too small (mine was), just make more knots on top of that large one.



Once you are happy with the fit and the security of the knot clasp, cut off the excess cord after the larger knot. Cut off the excess cord on the other side too.




And that’s it! Come make this bracelet with a friend on December 12th at the BP. Saturday Social in your local BP. department!

xo ॐ – Amber

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The holiday season is upon us, which means the party invites have probably started rolling in. So the big question is, “What are you going to wear?” Hopefully this post will help you put together some creative, trendy looks that will help you be the life of the party!

Formally Relaxed: Look 1
Reds, deep blues and blacks are the target colors in this post. I selected a vibrant blue blazer which I paired with bright red Levi’s, finished off with red, black and white sneakers to give some edge to what is otherwise a traditional blazer-and-jeans look.


I kept this look casual by going without a tie and leaving the top button open for a more relaxed feel. The blazer adds formality while the pants and shoes keep you trendy.



Formally Relaxed: Look 2
In this second look, the black velvet blazer keeps the look from feeling too casual, while the Ralph Lauren boots add an subtle touch of street style. And, of course, my signature touch is the pop of color, provided here my the button-up shirt.


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Casual Cool
Looking for a more relaxed look? No worries. I have you covered with this simple black sweater and printed jean combination. Red sneakers and gold jewelry are the ideal accessories for this outfit, adding that perfect pop of color and upscale style.


Hope this helps! And remember: No matter what look you’re going for, the most important part is enjoying the holiday.

- James

“Have a holly, jolly Christmas,” “chestnuts roasting on an open fire,” “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”…these are just a few classic lines from the many amazing Christmas songs out there. Christmas music is by far my favorite type of music, in fact, I not only listen to it during the holidays, but all year round! (You guys should know: I’m secretly an elf.)

So here’s a list of my must-have holiday tunes:


“White Christmas” by The Drifters is definitely my favorite. It’s just such a fun twist on a classic Christmas carol that I can’t help but fall in love with it every time I hear it. Hope y’all enjoy this ’50s classic as much as I do!

Yours truly,