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PRODUCT CRUSH: PURPLE POLISH BY ESSIE

  If you’re feeling the stirrings of spring fever, the pretty purple polishes by Essie will add a pop of bold color that’s sure to banish those wintertime blahs. The award-winning, chip-resistant formula of these gorgeous glossy lacquers makes Essie the preferred polish of industry professionals, and the purple collection boasts some of the juiciest […]

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PRODUCT CRUSH: THE ETTA SUEDE PUMP

  Sometimes it’s just a crush… but when it lasts, you know that you’ve found true love. We have definitely fallen hard for the timeless style of the Etta pump by J. Crew. Designed to be both sleekly modern and delightfully retro, these heels are crafted with a soft suede upper that gives them an […]

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PRODUCT CRUSH: NARS LIP GLOSS

At BFFF, we firmly believe that it is your prerogative to change your style as often as you like. One of the easiest ways to transform your look is with lip color, and that’s why we can’t get enough of the gorgeous collection of lip glosses by NARS. These satiny lip colors range from sheer to […]

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PRODUCT CRUSH: NARS BLUSH

Nothing strikes that perfect balance between demure and sexy like properly flushed cheeks, and our biggest blush crush is definitely on NARS Blush. Each velvety soft cake is packed with pigment, so you can build the color from a subtle glow to a full-blown flush. The wide range of shades at Nordstrom means there’s a perfect pick (or two […]

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HANGING OUT WITH MEG MATEO ILASCO

Meg Mateo Ilasco is a woman who manages to make other multi-hyphenates look like… well, slackers. Stylist, designer, publisher, and entrepreneur are just a few of the many hats she wears as a self-deemed “serial creative entrepreneur.” Meg has published a series of books on how to develop home-based businesses out of creative hobbies, and she […]

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HANGING OUT WITH JENIFER HAUPT OF iMAKEBEAUTIFUL

Every woman wants to look and feel like the most beautiful version of themselves on their wedding day. Sacramento-based makeup artist Jenifer Haupt of iMakeBeautiful ensures that each and every one of her clients absolutely does! Her artistry skills have earned her numerous awards, including WeddingWire’s Bride’s Choice Award for 2013, and her clients rave […]

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INTERVIEW WITH MIA NATSUME OF TICINGS

While it’s easy to appreciate an intricately designed dessert, not everyone has the time or patience to master the skills required to perfectly pipe icing or create delicate designs on our culinary creations. Thanks to Mia Natsume of Ticings, you don’t have to! “Ticings” are customizable icing sheets that even the most timid bakers can […]

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MARITZA AND ROSHAUN DAVIS OF UNSEEN HEROES

Maritza and Roshaun Davis are not just creative entrepreneurs, they are visionaries who are bettering the world through art, culture, and inspired events, one community at a time. After meeting in school, Maritza and Roshaun first worked together managing and promoting the Sacramento-based hip hop band Righteous Movement before founding Unseen Heroes in 2008. The now-married […]

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Amy Noelle of Sugar Flower Cake Shop

As owner, designer, and teacher at Sugar Flower Cake Shop in New York City, Amy Noelle creates cakes that are truly works of art with vibrant colors and incredibly lifelike sugar flowers.  Her unique cakes are known for being luscious, but not overly sweet, and they are made from only the freshest organic, local, and […]

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Jenn Sbranti of Hostess with the Mostess

Jenn Sbranti truly is the Hostess with the Mostess!  A graphic designer by trade, Jenn created her site, dedicated to inspired party design, in 2005, and there seems to be no end to the creative ways she finds to celebrate life’s special moments.   In our exclusive interview, Jenn tells us what her dream party would […]

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Neesa Peterson of Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls

A few years ago, Neesa Peterson decided to leave her career in the fashion industry to start her own business and bring New Orleans-style snow balls to the Big Apple.  Since then, Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls has been giving New Yorkers a frosty taste of the South, as well as one more reason to look forward […]

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Olga Lee of Polka Dots Cupcake Factory

Ben and Olga Lee are an unquestionably dynamic duo.  They are the husband-wife team behind Polka Dots Cupcake Factory in Austin, Texas, and their bakeshop has been serving up delicious, freshly-made cakes, cookies, and, of course, cupcakes since 2008.  Both Ben and Olga started their careers in technical fields, but eventually found their way into […]

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Lori Lange of RecipeGirl

Whether you are looking for an excellent recipe for Beef Wellington or trying to come up with a menu for a dinner party, Lori Lange of RecipeGirl has got you covered.  With over 2,600 user-friendly recipes that Lori has personally tested, and a plethora of themed menu ideas, RecipeGirl is a virtual Mecca for those […]

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Mike Hein of The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company

Tony Portugal and Mike Hein took a big risk when they left their high-powered Los Angeles-based careers in the healthcare industry to start a cupcake shop in the Northwest, and their risk has had some very sweet rewards.  The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company is based in the Belltown district of Seattle and is known for […]

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Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff

When Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff met each other at a preschool open house, there was definitely some kismet involved.  Almost instantaneously, the pair bonded over their shared love of design, paper goods, and parties and from that bond Anders Ruff Custom Designs was born.  The dynamic duo designs graphic printables for all sorts of […]

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Interview with Karen of Karen’s Cookies

There’s a well-known cookie expert in town, and she goes by the name of Karen. Karen’s Cookies is run by the husband-wife team, Karen and Mike, and it is the ultimate one stop shop for cookie recipes, tips on cookie decorating, and cookie making tools that you never could have imagined.  Karen was kind enough […]

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Interview with Garrett McCord of Vanilla Garlic

Garrett McCord is all over the culinary and food-writing world.  He has worked as an assistant pastry chef, he teaches cooking and writing classes, and works as a recipe writer and tester… and those are just a few of the creative cookie jars that he’s dipped his fingers into.  You can find Garrett’s musings about […]

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Interview with Lindsey Bell of Hot Polka Dot

                                              Lindsey Bell is the kind of girl that I would love to have as a best friend.  She is adorably quirky, has a delightful enthusiasm for art and anything beautiful, and she […]

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