Fashion Friday :: Cosmo Photo Shoot

Yesterday officially goes down as one of the coolest days I’ve ever lived. A few weeks ago I was contacted by someone in the marketing department at Cosmopolitan Magazine, asking me if I was interested in trying a new beauty product with the possibility of being featured in an Olay-sponsored advertorial page in Cosmo.

After I picked myself up off the floor and put away the smelling salts, I responded casually that I’d like to know more. We went back and forth a few times, but it all sounded pretty straight forward so I agreed to do it. I didn’t tell many people because it seemed so surreal. I kept waiting for the catch, but it never came.

Yesterday I took the train to New York City for my photo shoot. Did you get that?

A photo shoot.

With Cosmopolitan Magazine.


It was surreal. Every bit of it.

When I arrived in New York, I took a cab over to the Hearst Tower and rode up to the 9th floor. Everyone in the Cosmo offices were super nice. They took me right in and started hair and makeup.

I learned so much from Leonora. She started right off with my eyes. She lined the upper lid, right inside the lash line (not on top of the lid, but underneath). She explained that they wanted a “natural” look so she wanted nice definition but not a dark, smokey eye. She said she does eyes first because of the fall out. She “put my skin on” last — so she could clean up any of the residual eye makeup that fell onto my cheeks without messing up her hard work.

She put on a TON of eye shadow. It was all in light, neutral colors, so it didn’t look overdone, but she put on several shades, and every layer went on very thick. I realized that I don’t put on nearly enough eye shadow, which is probably why it never seems to show up. Duh. LOL!! I know she was doing makeup for the camera, so it was more than I’d typically wear, but I learned a lot by watching her technique.

Then she added faux eyelashes. This was another first for me. I LOVE THEM. I don’t ever want to take them off. In fact, I slept very carefully last night so that I can get another day out of them. We’re going out tonight so it will be fun to wear them one last time!!

After the makeup came the hair.

Patrick made it look like I have always wanted it to look but can never quite achieve it. It was so sleek and sophisticated.

Before the photo shoot, we did a few video takes about me and the Olay product I’ve been using. I think I’m going to be able to post that to my blog in a few weeks!!!

The photo shoot was QUITE an experience. It’s no wonder models always look so perfect. Every couple minutes, Patrick hopped up and brushed and styled my hair and positioned it again. Leonora periodically freshened up my lipstick and powdered my face. I felt like one of my daughter’s Barbie dolls.

I won’t lie. It was a bit awkward. Being in the spotlight and trying to pose and move around like a super model is quite outside of my comfort zone. I did my best to be a good sport, but the poor photographer had his work cut out for him. Philip was great. He really tried to get me talking and help me feel comfortable. We spent what felt like a. very. long. time. posing and snapping pictures, looking at the results on big computer screens, and going round and round and round again. It was interesting to see which ones they liked and why.

I snapped this photo on my iPhone as they were scrolling through for the last time. I love the view of NYC out the window behind the computer!

I cannot WAIT to see which photo they decide to use. They showed me the page layout yesterday, and it’s going to be so totally cool. The advertorial will appear in the October issue of Cosmo. I’ll be SURE to let you know when it’s out.

As far as the Fashion Friday part of the post, here is my best advice on what to wear on a day trip to the city — any city, really, but in my case, I’m often trekking it up to NYC and back. I think I’ve finally got it down to a science.

What To Wear on a Day Trip to the City

I like to be comfortable but chic. I usually wear some variation on the jeans-and-a-cute-top ensemble. Yesterday I wore my favorite Joe’s Jeans and a black embellished tank from Banana Republic. I opted for heels, but they are very comfortable heels, and I knew I could walk in them. I highly recommend bringing a pair of flip flops or flats if you wear heels for a day trip because you don’t want to be limping around and bleeding by the end of the day. (And trust me. I’ve been there.)

I snapped this quick picture in the bathroom (classy, eh?) before going into the studio.

Of course you need a fabulous bag with plenty of room for a small makeup bag, an iPad or laptop, and all the extra chargers and accouterments you need for the day. I was thrilled to have my new striped tote to carry. It was absolutely perfect. It held everything without being bulky and cumbersome, and I felt super chic.

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