amour bows

i have to tell you about my most favorite accessories.  ever.

i’m not trying to dramatic when i say these are seriously  my all time.  my girls wear them almost daily.  these aren’t your neighbor’s etsy shop bows, either.  (not knockin’ our etsy friends- you’re amazing too!)  But these are the real deal.  the whole enchilada. the bee’s knees.  you get the point.  they add so much style to any little girls’ outfit.   and boys too (wink face emoji).



well we had to knock it out of the park for these favorite accessories of mine.  so obviously our go-to photog was the lovely Heather from Plainly Taken Photography.  I love it when magic happens.






And yes, that is a real-life proposal.  All Dean’s idea, too.  Aren’t this little models just tdf?  We think so too.  Check out other looks and start shopping Amour Bows here.

Nicolette - What?! Sooo gosh darn cute!!!! I cannot get over how adorable the models are! The little blonde with brown eyes?! Adorable!!!!! The big bows are just darling!

Chloe Kepner - Okay let’s be serious, these are the cutest children on this Earth. Good genes, H & C. ;) xo

2015// Marsala

Happy New Year! What better way to start our year at TBM than to talk about the color of the moment: Marsala. Every year, Pantone chooses a color that they predict will be universally worn and bought that year. They describe this year’s choice as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red” that can be incorporated into makeup, fashion, and home decor.

I gotta be honest. The actual color that Pantone came up with is a little…90’s (think the color that Kendell Jenner has been sporting on her overdrawn lips for months). I prefer to work with shades and tones of this burgundy knockoff in order to fit the bill for this trendy color of 2015.Pantone_Color_of_the_Year_Marsala_Story_One_Top_Imagephoto cred

Here’s my picks for incorporating this color into your life this year.

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Not Your Typical Smoothie

My all-time favorite.  My go-to.  This smoothie is everything.


Oh the green smoothie..  Before I had it for the first time I struggled thinking that the ingredients wouldn’t blend well and that it would taste weird.  Nothing worse then spending a fortune on fresh veggies only to be dumped down the sink when no one will drink them.  So nervously I whipped up this green smoothie that I found on Pinterest and it was…good (not great) but had great potential.  Over the years I tweaked the recipe and found what would best accommodate my family’s taste buds and let me tell you…SO dang good.  And getting my kids to drink veggies is an accomplishment in itself.  It’s creamy, filling, and delicious.  I will have it for breakfast or lunch at least once a week and the whole fam loves it.


Since it’s Christmas time we will call this little green smoothie…

Grinch Juice





Grinch Juice //  ( I don’t measure when I make this so it’s just kind of thrown together but it’s always delicious!)


Vanilla Almond Milk  1 cup

1-2 diced frozen bananas

Handfuls of Spinach leaves (you can’t have too much)

Peanut Butter 1 Tablespoon  (or PB2 if you’re feeling healthy)

Ice to your liking

Once this has blended I like to add the secret ingredient (thanks to C)  –  Cocoa Nibs.  They give it a little crunch and they are SO good.  My kids think there are chocolate chips in their drink.  It’s practically a chocolate peanut butter smoothie that’s healthy!


There you have it.  Get blending!   My favorite purchase this year has been our Blendtech Blender.  Need to welcome a blender into your kitchen?  Williams-Sonoma has a great collection and free shipping!  Find them here.


babies & holidays & blogs…

we are going to take a bit of a blogging break this month to snuggle our kids & enjoy the holidays. you can still keep up on all things fashion & beauty related (+ mini posts) on our Instagram @thebeautymarkgirls, because, let’s face it: we can’t just quit our day job for a whole month cold turkey! thank you for all your love and support. look out for big changes for the format of our blog & business in the new year!! we are very excited for things to come & hope you’ll continue with us on our journey.

happiest holidays!


//picture from last year’s holiday shoot with Pied Piper//



cyber monday

It’s Cyber Monday, y’all. A real life holiday celebrating shopping online. I could cry! Don’t be the only one who didn’t take advantage of good post-Thanksgiving sales. You have one more day to save!


Aldo: 50% off original price on reduced merchandise and 20% off regular priced products code:CM14

Amazon: they price match all other advertised offers!

Anthropologie 20% off entire store with code: EXTRAJOLLY, plus free shipping on all orders

ASOS:  Take 30% off EVERYTHING with code: ILOVEMONDAYS

Banana Republic 40% off everything code: CYBER

Bauble Bar// 20% off everything code: CYBER20

Dillards// take an additional 50% off clearance

Forever 21 20% of $60 code: CYBER20 & 30% off $100 code: CYBER30

Free People sign up for emails and get free shipping

Gap 40% off EVERYTHING use code CYBER

J Crew// 30% off all regular priced styles and extra 40% off sale items code: MONDAY

J Crew Factory// 50% off everything, plus extra 10% off and free shipping with code: YOUVEGOTSALE

Land of Nod// 15% off everything and FREE Shipping code:SAVE15

Loft// 50% off everything code: MONDAY

Madewell//25% off entire purchase with code: GIFTON

Nordstrom// tons of deals on your favorite brands plus double points for card holders

Nordstrom Rack// extra 30% off clearance

Old Navy// 40% off!! code: CYBER

Peek Kids// 20% off everything (no code required)

Piperlime// 30% off everything & 40% off sale code: CYBERSALE

Pottery Barn// free shipping code: FREESHIP

Shop Bop//up to 25% off your order with code: GOBIG14

Steve Madden//35% off plus free shipping code: CYBER

Target// tons of sales plus an extra 10% off select home items code: CYBER10

Urban Outfitters// $50 off $150, $25 off $100 and $15 off $75

Victoria’s Secret// free shipping on $50 code: SHIP50FREE, $20 off $125 code: 20OFF125

West Elm// up to 25% off everything plus free shipping code: SUPERDUPERSALE

White House Black Market// 30% off entire purchase code: 19959

World Market// 20% off everything online plus free shipping on orders over $100 code: SUPERCYBER

Zara// up to 50% off select items

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