Re-evaluation is a natural step when you've been doing the same thing for a long period of time.
The Brunette Shake has been steady in my life for the past 4 years. It has definitely brought some wonderful opportunities and memories.
The site is currently under construction to best suit me (as I am not the same girl I was 4 years ago) and to update the site to correspond with where I envision the direction of The Brunette Shake going in the coming months.
February 1, 2014 will be the grand unveiling of the new and updated site.
Thank you for your patience and support these past 4 years! I can't wait for many more years to come of interacting and sharing with all of you lovely people.
Hillary Gail Stewart

Bik Bok | Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Collab Launch

My first post since June 13th... WOW. It's been a while!
I've definitely missed connecting with my lovely fashion friends. I had to deal with a lot of different not so wonderful things before I could get back to being myself, I am the happiest I have ever been... it can only go UP from here.
I will be (hopefully) attending New York Fashion Week in September and TVFU in October in New York as well. Laduree better start making a bulk amount of pistachio macarons before my arrival because I have been craving those babies for a year!
Back to the topic at hand, I had told you guys about Mary-Kate and Ashley doing a collaboration with Bik Bok HERE, and now if you're one of the lucky ones and live in Norway you can purchase their collection right now! Be quick about it though, pieces are already selling out super quickly. I don't think I'd say no if someone was in Norway and wanted to shop for me and mail me some goodies!

Happy 27th Birthday, Mary-Kate and Ashley!

I grew up with the Olsen twins. 

I used to spend their birthday (June 13th) watching a marathon of the MKA videos. I'd start with my most favorite "Our Lips are Sealed" and end up "Costume Party". I know all of the lines, all of the lyrics to the songs... I'm pretty sure any true 90's girl does too! 

Today is Mary-Kate and Ashley's 27th birthday! 

They have went from Michelle Tanner on Full House to fashion design power houses. They really are an unstoppable force! 

Let's check out some of my favorite photos of MKA in celebration of their 27th birthday! 


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The Coming Weeks

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know that I've been studying like a mad woman for my insurance exam (well that and dealing with my addition to spring rolls). I'm starting a new job, so my blogging time will be limited for the next few weeks while I get settled. 

In the meantime, enter my Forever21 Giftcard Giveaway!

Wearing: French Connection 50's Gwendoline Dress, Vintage Brown Belt
Make-Up: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Kit, Naked Palette by Urban Decay

Glamour July 2013 | Lily Collins

Lily Collins. 

I've been in awe of this young thing for years. Those brows! That style! 

I am so pleased that she is getting more popular in Hollywood, that means I can buy more magazines with her on the cover! Like this fabulous Glamour cover and shoot.

It was shot in Bergdorf Goodman. So basically it's already amazing. Add Glamour Mag + Lily Collins to the mix and we have some magical stuff here people. 

In all seriousness, this is one of my favorite shoots I've seen in a while. I can't wait to purchase a copy of this magazine for my collection!

Check out some photos below from the Glamour site, and a sneak peek at her interview too! If you're feeling like you want more Lily keep on scrolling, I've included her fashion files from the past few years. I know, I know, you love me. 

Now for a Sneak Peek at Lily's Interview! 

Glamour: Did you ever ask your dad for help?
Lily Collins: No, I always wanted to do it on my own. I never wanted anyone making phone calls. A name can open doors, but there’s a quote I like: “Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.”

Glamour: In your new movie Stuck in Love, your character, Samantha, is a little like you: a writer with a famous father.
Lily Collins: It’s my most meaningful project so far. I fought for the role for seven months. I read the script and thought, No one but me can play this. Samantha is promiscuous, cynical, sarcastic—qualities that are not me, but fun to channel. I also liked her relationship with her dad.

Glamour: Do you consider anyone your mentor?
Lily Collins: My mom. It has nothing to do with acting. She guides me through my personal life, telling me to experiment. She lets me borrow her vintage. She has Chanel and eighties stuff from Yohji Yamamoto and Vivienne Westwood that she got when vintage wasn’t cool. She’d wear them to events with my dad, and everyone would ask what she had on; when she said “vintage,” they’d go, “Oh, that’s nice,” and, you know, turn the corner.

Glamour: You recently ran into Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld in Paris. How does that work? Does he simply appear from a plume of smoke?
Lily Collins: That’s how he should arrive, right? We’d met briefly before, and I was shopping at Colette when he just walked in and said, “Ah, Lily!” Karl Lagerfeld in Paris. Epic.

Glamour: The Mortal Instruments is going to be epic too.
Lily Collins: I’m so excited! I had read and really loved the books.

Glamour: The anticipation level is pretty crazy. Readers have a lot of opinions about the movie.
Lily Collins: The fans [in Toronto, during filming] were amazing. They’d bring us cookies, mugs, tea, drawings, everything. I want to make sure I live up to their expectations as Clary.

Glamour: It all reminds me of where Jennifer Lawrence was right before The Hunger Games.
LC: She’s a friend; she’s awesome. The choices Jennifer has made have been really interesting. And I loved how she carried herself after her trip [going up onstage] at the Oscars. I was like, “You go, girl!”

Glamour: Do you have many actor friends?
Lily Collins: It’s funny, but the friends I’ve made in this business, some of us started out getting each other’s phone numbers in audition rooms because we were like, “I see you all the time. Why are we not hanging out?”

Glamour: We have to ask: Have you started getting dressed in the morning with the paparazzi in mind?
Lily Collins: Even in L.A., where everyone’s in yoga pants, I’ve never been the girl to run around in sweats. I love fashion and always have something put together, but I won’t wear anything specifically to be photographed in. I have become more cautious of making funny faces in public.

Glamour: So, Ms. Next Big Thing, what keeps you grounded?
Lily Collins: My mom. She has always encouraged me to feel like being me is enough. That’s really special, especially in a place like Hollywood. She’s my best friend.

Lily's Fashion Files

Fashion changes every second. So do people. So that just means that people's style change over time as well! But of course, there are those whose style just keeps getting better and keeps us on our toes...Lily is one of them. 

<<<<<<<<<Be sure to CLICK TO SEE MORE to see Lily's Fashion Files! 

Nail Art | Mary-Kate Olsen & Elizabeth Olsen + Deborah Lippmann

Mary-Kate Olsen and Elizabeth Olsen wore co-coordinating looks (all black!) and nails to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards in NYC just a few days ago.

Creating a bit of shine, Elizabeth opted for the Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab on her nails and the Stormy Weather, an edgy granite, on her toes. 

Gel Lab: 
Stormy Weather:

Mary-Kate donned a clean buffed nail and wore the Just Walk Away, a berry black cherry polish, on her toes.

Cuticle Oil:
Smooth Operator:
Just Walk Away Renee:

Beautify Yourself | What's In My Make-Up Bag

SPOTTED | Mary-Kate and Elizabeth Olsen at the CFDA Awards

Fashion's finest designers were out last night, attending the CFDA Awards with various celebrities guests. 

Instead of being "the celebrity", Mary-Kate represented her (and Ashley's) brand The Row. Elizabeth Olsen was her guest/celebrity wearing the brand and looked so glamorous in head to toe black with a clutch that had a minimal "pop" of neutral colour. 

I absolutely love this sisterly love + effort! 

I adore how minimal the eye make-up is on the Olsens, AND Mary-Kate looks so stunning. Seriously, has she ever looked this good? Her skin is positively glowing. 

Mary-Kate and Ashley won the Womenswear Designers of the Year for The Row last year at the CFDA Awards. 

If These Shoes Could Talk | Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are always involved in such wonderful and creative fashion adventures. 

The famed twins helped design shoes for Superga (see below) and are the Creative Directors for the brand as well.

Let's check out some of Ashley and Mary-Kate's Superga style!

Miley Cyrus | We Can't Stop Single World Premiere

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Giveaway | 150$ Forever21 Gift Card

The Brunette Shake Giveaway Forever21

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Healthy Me | Blogilates

I only recently discovered the wonders of Blogilates

Cassey Ho is the magic behind Blogilates and her story is pretty inspiring. 

My exercise routine has been lacking over the winter months, there's just something so not appealing to working out when it's freezing cold outside and there's snow on the ground...

I discovered Blogilates earlier in 2013 and started to do random work-outs that Cassey had posted on her YouTube channel. I started to feel AMAZING!

One of my favorites was the "Call Me Maybe Squat Challenge" and the "Long Lean Dancer's Legs". 

This month (June 2013) is going to be the start of a new me. I plan to follow the June 2013 calendar posted by Cassey religiously!

I just finished Day 1... and I feel AMAZING! 

At the end of June, I will be posting my update on how the calendar/blogilates went! I'm SO excited! 

Have you ever done the Blogilates workout calendar? Were you successful? Let's do this together! 

Currently Obsessed | Flower Crowns

This statement is so me. I may love the glitz and glam of diamonds, but "me" is flowers in my hair. 

I've been coveting a flower crown for what seems like years, I found some really great DIY video's on YouTube that I have shared below. I also included a great "shop this post" section too if you're not a DIY'er!

So, next week I'm going to be making flower crowns like it's my job. I can't wait to experiment with different flowers and colours. Of course, the photo shoots after I make them are going to be so much fun and  I will (of course!) be sharing the photos with you. 

I have included most of my flower crown inspiration below for all of YOU to get inspired too! Nothing screams Spring/Summer more than flowers in your hair. 

I remember making flower crowns when I was really young, I'd make them out of dandelions or daisies when I was playing outside. Did you ever do that?

DIY Tutorial via YouTube

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