Host Brunch Like a Boss Lady

Monday, December 22, 2014 0 , , , ,

Christmas Pajama Girls-Only Brunch by Natalie Wong ℅ Lisa Tufano

If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve probably had a sneak peek of the fabulous Christmas Pajama-themed Brunch that I attended a couple of weeks ago. I will be the first to admit that I LOVE themed parties and dressing in costume, especially if it means I get to break out my officially licensed, Aunt Clara-approved pink bunny suit pajamas from A Christmas Story.

This wonderful holiday event was hosted by my friend and fabulous fellow boss lady, Natalie Wong, at her apartment here in Los Angeles. As you’ll see from the photos, her brunch was intimate, cozy, and perfectly staged for maximum comfort and getting into the holiday spirit.

Christmas Pajama Girls-Only Brunch by Natalie Wong ℅ Lisa Tufano

DIY Gold-Brushed Agate Napkin Rings

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 2 , ,

Darby Smart - DIY Gold-Brushed Agate Napkin Rings

Today I’m featuring an easy but super chic DIY project from Darby Smart:

Gold-Brushed Agate Napkin Rings

Darby Smart - DIY Gold-Brushed Agate Napkin Rings

For $19, they ship you this adorable turquoise box with all of the materials and instructions you’ll need to complete the full DIY project. For this project, the standard box contents include:

  • 4 Wooden Napkin Rings
  • 4 Agate Stone Shards (typically in a blue, yellow, pink, purple)
  • 1 Gold Sakura Paint Pen
  • 1 Tube of Super Glue

Darby Smart - DIY Gold-Brushed Agate Napkin Rings

I love how mine turned out, and I’m looking forward to gifting these kits to other boss ladies in the future. This is one of the more luxury-inspired DIY projects on the Darby Smart website. There is something for everyone, so you’ll just have to peruse their ever-evolving library of projects for the one that is perfect for you!


Boss Lady Tip: Use code HOWDYDARBY for a $10 gift card on your first purchase!

Darby Smart - DIY Gold-Brushed Agate Napkin Rings

Viktoria Modesta “Prototype” – Bionic Boss Lady

You might want to be sitting down for the “Prototype” video premiere by Viktoria Modesta… because I guarantee that even the most devoted shoe lover has never seen a woman rock a pair of stilettos like this before.

Forget what you know about disability…

Viktoria Modesta is a 26-year-old Latvian born pop artist, DJ, model and revolutionary. After over a dozen operations and finally a voluntarily amputation at the age of 20, Viktoria has reinvented herself in British pop culture and her artistic mission challenges the ways in which we view disability. Prepare to have your mind blown by her avant garde style and her uncanny ability to make a bespoke prosthetic leg look downright sexy. As you will see, there is nothing “disabled” about this woman or her tenacity.

According to her personal website, Viktoria’s “cutting edge style and work with prosthetic designer at The Alternative Limb Project has been pushing the boundaries of socially acceptable image in press. Her media presence has been strong within UK press with features in iD, Wonderland, Grazia UK (and Italy), LOOK, Notion, The Times, Music Week, PRS Magazine, and Bizarre Magazine (4 covers) amongst many international lifestyle and fashion blogs.”

For me, her style is reminiscent of some of my favorite photographic works by David LaChapelle.

 

Viktoria Modesta Featured shoot in the months IDOL magazine styled by Joanna Hir for NYMPHA clothing, shot by Linda Cooper - Profiled on THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY by Lisa Tufano

Viktoria Modesta in IDOL magazine styled by Joanna Hir for NYMPHA clothing, shot by Linda Cooper

In short, Lady Gaga and Beyonce have got their work cut out for them.

Be sure to stick around for the “spike dance” at the end of the “Prototype” video originally released by Channel 4 just 2 days ago. I predict a tidal wave of support and a major break out for this amputee pop star in the making. Viktoria has spawned the #BornRisky hashtag and I love the empowering message behind it.

If you want to learn more about Viktoria Modesta and her incredible story, the video below is a behind-the-scenes look at the inspiration for Viktoria’s “Prototype” video, discusses her childhood and the roots of her artistry, as well as shines a light on the creative collaboration that she formed with Sophie de Oliveira Barata, founder of the Alternative Limb Project and designer of the incredible bespoke leg prosthetics that Viktoria rocks in her performances.


 

 

Canned Heat in My Heels Tonight, Baby

Friday, December 12, 2014 3 , , , ,

Gaga Gold Heel Condoms

STOP! JUST TAKE MY MONEY!

 

Boss ladies, is this not brilliant??? This genius and affordable shoe accessory gives you a high fashion look instantly without the designer price tag. Just slip a pair of one-size-fits-all heel condoms over your plain heels, wedges, or flats and get ready to strut your stuff to the admiring gazes of your fellow boss ladies.

Heel Condoms Fall-Winter 2014. Photographer: Josh Anton | MUA: Rafael Rivera | Models: Mindy Heinsohn and Adriana Arce

Photographer: Josh Anton | MUA: Rafael Rivera | Models: Mindy Heinsohn and Adriana Arce

My Favorite Things – Beauty Edition

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 2 , , ,

Headshot of blogger Lisa Tufano

By popular request, I’ve created a round up of my Top 12 Beauty Buys based on the products that get the heaviest rotation in my personal beauty regimen. While I often employ affiliate linking technology on my blog, I am making these recommendations based on the product quality, actual results, as well as affordability in many cases.

Links to the products are listed below the graphic, and I have also provided a list of the specific product shades that I use. I am olive skin toned, and my skin tends toward sensitive and combination of oily AND dry.

In the photo above, I’m wearing Red Cherry Lashes Style 747S and my lip shade is NYX Tea Rose.

2014 Beauty Product Favorites of Lisa Tufano

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1. Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse in Medium Brown.

2. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black.

3. RapidLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum. Not quite as dramatic as Latisse, but much more affordable and still quite effective.

4. Rimmel London Scandal’eyes Rockin’ Curves Mascara in Black. The S-shaped wand is great for working into the corners.

5. Tarte BB tinted treatment 12-hour primer SPF 30 in Medium.

6. Tarte Cheek Stain in Exposed and Blissful.

7. MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF 30 in NW20.

8. Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess.

9. Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist. I spritz this on after I apply my makeup, and also before bed (on top of moisturizer/argan oil).

10. Ole Henriksen Power Peel Professional Spa Grade Kit. Effective but not overly intense.

11. Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment. Heals chapped lips, dry skin, eczema, etc.

12. Any cold-pressed, pure argan oil. Poppy Austin is good, but there are plenty of others as well.

$750 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Friday, December 5, 2014 48 ,

Totally Awesome December hosted by Lisa Tufano and THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY blog

To ring in the new year, my blogger friends and I have come together to bring you another Totally Awesome Amazon Giveaway! This month we’re giving away a $750 Amazon gift card to one of our readers!

Want a chance to be the lucky winner? Here’s what you need to do – bookmark this page and come back every day to enter and earn bonus entries by sharing the giveaway with your friends on social media. Good luck! 

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How to Be an Awesome House Guest

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 5 , ,

How to Be an Awesome House Guest | by Lisa Tufano of THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY blog

Hosting holiday guests this winter? Need a friendly reminder on house guest etiquette for the next time you visit a friend? Here is a list of 10 boss lady-approved tips for ensuring that you are remembered as a fabulously thoughtful guest.

Let me know if I missed anything by leaving a comment with suggestions or any house guest horror stories you’d like to share!

3 Easy Tips to Kickstart Your Gratitude

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 2 , , , ,

Thanksgiving… it’s not just about pilgrims and pie, although I do happen to know a real life pilgrim who also concocts incredible baked goods, explores the world, and is gloriously experienced in the art of gratitude. And she goes by the name of Dr. Therese Mascardo.

Dr. Therese, a modern pilgrim if you will, is a living model of grace, generosity, and gratitude. I’m not kidding, she is the kind of “nice” that is both magnetic as well as shocking. If we lived in a fairy forest, Therese would be the beloved princess for whom the wildlife big and small forget their shyness or instinctual aggression. The larks would fishtail braid her hair and the flowers would unfurl their petals in unison to bask in the warmth of her radiant soul.

So then, who better to share a little wisdom about giving thanks than this purple-haired pilgrim that I’m so blessed to call my friend?

Dr. Therese Mascardo
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Bling on a Budget + Black Friday Tips

Sequins and glitter and confetti, oh my!

I love the ever-popular blogger philosophy of “When in doubt, just add glitter!” Aside from flight-inducing fairy dust and exploding piñatas, you most often see sparkles incorporated into birthdays and weddings and holiday parties in general. Outside of those special occasions it becomes a lot more difficult to justify outfitting oneself like a shiny disco ball.

Luckily the winter holidays provide us with an entire season festive enough for a Liberace-sized helping of sparkle and shine, so go nuts with this budget-friendly selection of blingtastic fashion picks under $100:

TRENDING: SPARKLES | a fashion lookbook created by style blogger and budget shopper: Lisa Tufano

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(click the numbers above to get full product details and prices)


Boss Lady Black Friday Tip

You can purchase these fabulous sequin leggings (in gold like #3, or navy or black) as well as #6, #7, and #9 on Amazon. Before you buy, create a free account with Ebates so you can get 8% cash back on your purchase! Ebates is also celebrating the holidays with 8% cash back on Sephora or ULTA beauty purchases, and even 4% cash back on purchases from Tarte Cosmetics (for those wanting to try my favorite Amazonian clay brow mousse!).

Also, Lulu’s has a secret Black Friday coupon code which is good for items #4 and #8. Just sign up for an extra discount and prepare for extra savings of up t0 40% off between now and Cyber Monday!


Double cash back and savings with Ebates.com

“Don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle.”

- Unknown

FALL TREND: Mad for Plaid

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 1 , , , ,

Let’s talk plaid for a moment…

It can be a symbol of cultural heritage like the heavy tartan kilts of Scotland. It lends itself to the burly masculinity of Paul Bunyan and his blue ox. And it has even come to represent ivy-covered architecture full of prep school youth and the moody, disenchanted disciples of Kurt Cobain. Plaid has such a versatile and varied history, and this combined with its woolen and flannel textiles makes it a timeless wardrobe staple for the fall and winter months.

Whether you’re going for ’90s grunge vibe or more of a lumberjack chic look, here are 10 budget-friendly plaid fashion essentials as featured in a recent guest post that I did for Influenster.com:

Mad for Plaid | Fall wardrobe essentials by Lisa Tufano | THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY

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 (click the numbers above to get full product details and prices)

“Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.”

– Albert Einstein

 

 

The Three P’s of Dressing for Success

Thursday, November 13, 2014 8 , , , ,

Three P's of Dressing for Success by Catherine Cassidy and Lisa Tufano

I have a passion for scoring beauty and fashion on a budget. It’s not always out of necessity but rather the principle of it. Ever since I was a teenager, my picks from the clearance racks and drugstore sales bin were most often the ones that garnered the biggest compliments and demands to know “WHERE DID YOU GET THAT???”

One time I even had a customer literally buy the shirt off my back while I was working retail at Gadzooks. At the time I was 17-years-old and making $5.35/hr. I had purchased it a couple of months earlier for about $5 off the Gadzooks final sale rack, and this woman offered me $50 and was so desperate that I probably could have asked her for even more. Instead I sold it to her for $20, and used the money to buy myself a replacement shirt (once again off our sale rack) and an Arby’s chicken bacon swiss sandwich for lunch.

Anyhow, I mention this because there’s a Sex and the City quote circulating on the web that goes something like this:

I like my money right where I can see it… hanging in my closet. – Carrie Bradshaw

This is actually a terrible philosophy. Don’t get me wrong, I love Sex and the City and Carrie Bradshaw is a beloved fictional character for me. Despite the sheer suspension of reality needed to believe that you could ever score a rent-controlled apartment like that in Manhattan, Carrie was nothing short of a bumbling fool when it came to money management. She possessed relationship wisdom and wit in spades, but her money management left a lot to be desired and she had the financial acumen of a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes.

Carrie Bradshaw's NYC Apartment - an artistic architectural sketch by Spanish artist Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde

So unless you’ve got a wealthy girlfriend who is willing to pawn her engagement ring to help you pay off your $40K worth of designer shoe debt, have a book deal about to drop into your lap, and feel confident you’ll be marrying your own version of Mr. Big… well, I think you get the picture. Carrie Bradshaw is fabulously and flamboyantly fictional, and statistically you’re in for a world of disappointment if you model your spending habits after her.

Road Tripping to the Infamous Prada Marfa

Monday, November 10, 2014 7 , , ,

Our road trip to Prada Marfa - Los Angeles to Austin - Lisa Tufano and Rebecca Dreiling
 
Earlier this year my friend Rebecca packed up her boss lady bags and decided to relocate from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas. She invited me along as her trusty co-pilot for the journey and I couldn’t say no because I love an adventure and road trips are just such great bonding opportunities. Nothing cements fond memories better than salty corn nuts, beef jerky, and truck stop bathroom breaks. We had an ambitious itinerary and didn’t get to make every stop on our list, but we did manage to uncover some amazing gems along the way.

One of our favorite discoveries was the Prada Marfa installation, which is a faux Prada storefront featuring an underwhelming display of unmatched Prada shoes and handbags with the bottoms removed as a theft deterrent. The art installation was inaugurated in 2005 at a cost of $80,000, and the artists’ intention was that it would slowly decay back into the natural landscape with the passage of time. It has been vandalized and burglarized on multiple occasions since then, and the most recent vandalism occurred just a couple of weeks after Rebecca and I passed through and took these photos in front of the installation. As far as I know, it has again been cleaned up and returned it to its zombie apocalyptic glory.