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Sizzling Summer Makeup Looks + Giveaway


Guest Blog By Ed Blevins, Patty’s personal makeup artist and Saks Fifth Avenue YSL makeup artist

Summer is in full swing! This is the time to make sure your skin is in tip-top shape. Here are a few of my favorite products to help you maintain a healthy glow and always look fresh.

  • Put your winter foundation away and try a lightweight tinted-moisturizer with a SPF. I like Laura Mercier; it comes in quite a few different formulas to go with all skin types.
  • Add a compact pressed powder; it provides more coverage and can be easier to travel with than loose powder.
  • Try Chanel’s LES BEIGES new powders and bronzers. They have an amazing finish.
  • If you’re more on the oily side, Bobbie Brown and Clinique offer blotting papers that absorb oil without removing your makeup.
  • And my favorite part of makeup: color. This year’s spring and summer look has included a throw back to the 80s with the “bronze goddess” reappearing (with a splash of color). Coral is the color to try this year to stay current. It can be blush or lip stick, and don’t forget the eyes can go from clean and natural to a full pop of color.

So on your next visit to your favorite cosmetics counter, ask to try some thing new. Make up is not permanent, just your smile is!

Patty’s Pick: See what Patty’s using this season in the YSL coral palette. Patty’s Tip: Don’t be intimidated by the price tag! You can easily use the colors of this YSL palette to find a similar, more affordable palette.”

A note from Patty’s desk: I wanted to treat my subscribers to a few of Ed’s favorite things. One of my lucky blog followers will win a gift to help enhance her summer look.  Good Luck!

*To enter to win:

-Comment on the blog: For example, what’s your favorite summer makeup essential?

-Must be a blog subscriber.


2014 Puerto Rico Incentive Trip: More than Meets the Eye!

Patty on the beach during the first night, beach dinner party

Just got back from San Juan, Puerto Rico where I had a chance to meet with some of the company’s finest Consultants! I adore these trips. My son, Chris, and I spend so much time building the business – even when we are in our Consultants’ hometowns, we are often busy training or overseeing events which leaves little time to connect with everyone on the level we’d like.  I love the opportunity I have during these incentive trips to have one-on-one time with each Consultant. Learning how they got started in the business, how many children they have, what they like to do in their free time – every detail intrigues me. Every night, I would meet a different table full of women for the first time. Many were on their very first incentive trip. They tried things they would never do back home, from zip lining through the forest, to casting out in the ocean on a catamaran.  The best part is they got to experience these “firsts” as a team, and build relationships that will last a lifetime.

They also took my advice and gave back to themselves for all of their hard work, by relaxing at the spa. I will admit, I went and indulged myself: four times! No zip lining for me – my senses are definitely already heightened from taking risks every day owning and operating my business, so I passed on all the adrenaline-seeking activities. I did, however, try a restaurant called Marmalade that is now by far one my daughter’s and my all-time favorites.



GOPR7857.MP4.Still001One evening, I spotted a Consultant who at first seemed to be keeping to herself. I always want to make sure everyone is having a great time so I approached her. After we met, I discovered her name was Rachel Shelton and she was a brilliant chemist and mother of five from Indiana. She admitted to me that, in her profession, she is used to working alone and doesn’t socialize within big crowds very often. What I loved about Rachel was that she was choosing to step outside of her comfort zone and force herself to meet others on the trip. I had great admiration for her because I know this is not easy. It was the same way for me when I went on my first incentive trips early in my career. I worried and thought things like, will anyone talk to me? Will I be able to offer anything to these people? In actuality, I ended up building some of my best friendships on those trips. It also helped me to become a much more social person.

People often think that only A-Type personalities work as Pure Romance Consultants, but that’s just not true. There are so many different types of personalities – that’s why our company is so successful; everyone is unique in the consumer marketplace and this versatility broadens who we are and makes our Consultants more accessible.

Marmalade group shot Patty & Chris and group at Marmalade

This trip was also a milestone because it was the first time in Pure Romance history that I had the chance to train with my daughter. Chris taught the company’s leaders, and Lauren taught the new Consultants, and let me tell you, I stood back and marveled. I truly felt for the first time that if anything happened to me, my Consultants and this company would be in very good hands. I watched both of them exude such passion and left Puerto Rico with my heart so full of hope and happiness for where this company has been and where it is headed. We look forward to many more opportunities to meet Consultants at incentive trips in the future!

Chris, Lauren and Patty on the way to Puerto Rico Training






The Cold Water Challenge

I can’t count how many times I’ve been told to not say the word “sexual” or “sex” when participating in public events for The Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health. This pains me to say the least. One of the reasons I am most passionate about our foundation is because we are taking away the hush-hush factor around this word and issues surrounding it, and this couldn’t be truer than with our recent Pure Romance Cold Water Challenge. In case you missed it – watch below as our staff had ice-cold water dumped on them in the name of sexual health awareness.

They aren’t the only ones; Consultants across the country have been taking on this challenge and have raised almost $2,000 for the foundation. How does it work? If someone challenges you, you have a choice of donating $100 to the Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health on the spot or donating $10 and taking the cold water “plunge” instead. I’m so thankful for this effort because it’s not just about the money – it’s also about bringing attention and social awareness to the sexual health cause, and it also shows that it doesn’t take a lot of money to make a big difference.

When I was a Consultant, I had customers ask me very personal questions at my parties that they were fearful of even asking their doctors. This continues to happen to our Pure Romance Consultants today and the questions have become even more complex. This is why we work so closely with health care practitioners and medical centers to get the right answers and make women and couples more comfortable addressing and resolving these issues in the healthiest way. By taking this challenge, you are essentially helping us progress as a society so that we never have to be afraid to say the word “sex” or “sexuality” again. We are beginning to take steps toward removing the stigmas and stereotypes of sexual related topics. Thank you to every Consultant who has participated in the Cold Water Challenge and for brining awareness to this amazing cause.

My Perfect Man: Four Qualities I Look For


How does someone catch your eye when you walk into a crowded room? For me, there are a lot of attributes that make someone intriguing, but below are some top characteristics that always spark my interest…


For years, I have loved George Clooney. Why? Because as a Tri-State native, he’s never forgotten his roots. He’s won an Oscar and still worked to bring films like Ides of March to Cincinnati to showcase his city. I also love that despite becoming a larger-than-life star, his parents have always remained important to him and he continues to come back and spend time with them to this day. Even now, he’s surprised us all by breaking his eternal bachelor reputation by popping the question to a woman who is a successful attorney, fluent in Arabic, French and English, and clearly has a mind of her own. He set a new bar with brains leading beauty in Hollywood.


There’s a reason Good Morning America is after Co-Host Michael Strahan of Live! With Kelly and Michael (with Kelly Ripa): not only is he an amazing athlete with a very high IQ, his lovable personality is highly contagious. It doesn’t matter if he’s talking sports or celebrity news – he knows how to adapt. This man is versatile – the kind of person you could throw into any social setting without a problem. And as crazy as my life can get, you know that’s a must!


Someone wise once told me that your life partner should have a great sense of humor. There’s nothing more valuable than being able to laugh with one another, especially when times are difficult. Vince Vaughn is a good example of someone who can make me laugh – even during very tense scenes like those in the movie The Break-Up. While we’re on the subject of his role in that movie, he shows he can hold up his side of argument with no problem. I like a man who can keep me on my toes and go head to head with me on any issue.


It wouldn’t be fun if I didn’t mention a little “eye candy,” right? Actor Dermot Mulroney, is the epitome of charisma and sex appeal in The Wedding Date. When a man is easy on the eyes and also has the certain “something” simmering below the surface, that’s a recipe for the kind of seduction that can go a VERY long way.

What do you look for in a man or a woman? What are your “deal-breakers?” Please share your comments here!




Seven Essential Summer Pieces

Guest Blog by Emily Wall, Pure Romance Professionista StylistPattyBlogEmilyWall_0413






When it comes to dressing for the season, we all have our favorite times of the year. Many of my friends and clients love their sweaters, signature winter coats, and sassy boots. But I have to admit that all of that layering wears me out. The dark colors tend to put me to sleep and the wooly fabrics literally drive me nuts. I live for summer style. I jumped at the opportunity to share my love of summer fashion on Patty’s blog.

I identify with summer’s laid back glamour; in fact, before I lived in the “real world,” I envisioned myself in all white, with big sunglasses and fabulous gold jewelry on some beautiful beach year-round. Needless to say, back here on earth things are a little different. Instead of beachside, my summer days are spent at work, maybe checking out a weekend festival, grilling out with friends and family on Sundays, having dinner out with my boyfriend and attending a few networking social functions where I attempt to look fabulous as my face melts off in the humidity. Sound familiar?!

Rather than writing one post summing up all of my strong feelings and emotions about summer fashion, I’m going to write two additional guest blogs this summer. You have enough on your plate with kids, work, school, spouses, the house and everything else. Let’s see if I can help you navigate your summer style so you can walk out the door feeling confident and put together all season!

Let’s talk about essentials. Think about your lifestyle, what kinds of things do you face day-to-day and what pieces will help you feel good about yourself and your style during each of those events. Sure, everyone’s list will be a little different, but I want you to think about defining your seven essential summer pieces and make sure you’re ready for whatever summer may bring. I’ve come up with a list of my own personal favorites and made a case for why each should end up on your essential list this summer!


1. This is the only item I am listing in order of importance: THE PERFECT TEE. If you have not found your perfect tee yet, I demand you put it on the list. The perfect tee isn’t just a T-shirt. The perfect tee is flattering, comfortable, and classy and fits you just so that its simplicity borders on sexy. It’s the tee that makes all of your other T-shirts jealous. This is not your dirty lounge around the house tee. This tee is white or black and you love it so much you wish you had two. You wear it with your favorite jeans, your shorts, maybe a maxi skirt. You accessorize it with bold jewelry or a scarf and know just how to dress it up when needed. Bottom line – Invest in a really good quality tee that you love and makes you feel confident.

2. Next up: MAXI DRESS. I can’t let them go. Not now, not ever. As every summer approaches I beg the fashion gods to continue to make them acceptable once again. I will be completely honest here; through my work I have learned that most husbands and boyfriends actually hate them…what do they know? Here’s why I love the maxi-dress so much: VERSATILITY. They are like wonders sent from above! There is a flattering style for every body type and they can easily be dressed up with wedges and statement jewelry on date night and played down with flat sandals and a lightweight scarf for running errands. This is what you grab when you want to feel like you are in your pajamas but might run in to Brad Pitt… Okay, maybe you’ll run into a client, co-worker, or another parent from your kid’s school. Want to feel chic at a networking event in the afternoon? Maxi-dress. Invited to a rustic-themed wedding? Maxi-dress.

3. CARDIGAN or LIGHTWEIGHT JACKET. Say what?! Blame the air conditioning. Do not get stuck feeling awkward and incredibly uncomfortable in a work meeting because the air conditioning is blaring down on you. For this reason it is vital to have your defensive cardigan or other lightweight layer readily available. Tap into your own style and find out what works best. Some of you are not sweet enough for cardigans; I know I am not. Try an unstructured jacket in a breathable material instead. Keep the season’s bright colors in mind. Push yourself to try something other than black. Maybe even something in a print?!

4. SOMETHING FLORAL. Okay, or how about something printed? I am not talking about the Sunday school dress that irks the 6-year-old girl inside of you. I’m talking about something grown-up because no matter what your age every woman should have one feminine or unique piece that makes them stand out in a crowd. Often florals and other prints do just that. Even a printed or floral jacket can take your basic black dress to another level for that big summer event. That same jacket will look AMAZING with your perfect tee and jeans. Maybe it’s a floral dress that stands strong in your closet as your go-to dress for summer weddings, baby showers or a special night out with your spouse. Don’t rule out printed pants either! A fun pant in a bright floral pattern makes for such an easy summer look! Pair the pant with your perfect tee and some great shoes: tres chic! A printed pant can be the perfect floral or patterned touch. Click here for some examples.

5. I used to say I was not responsible enough for SOMETHING WHITE, but I have come to realize just how essential it can be to building a versatile summer wardrobe. Let’s make a deal. If you do not want something white, you will try something very light, possibly in a pastel? Take it into consideration because it makes things quite easy, I promise! Invited to dinner with your trendiest of girlfriends? Pull out your white dress and slide right in with their summer style. Tired of dressing up your blue jeans for date night? Swap them for a white pair and pair them with a dressy top and wedges or nude heels for a great new look. Professional clothes make you feel like you are trapped in the fall? Try a white blazer!

6. FLAT LEATHER SANDAL. When I say flat leather sandal I do not mean a flip-flop. I am talking something with some structure, design and maybe even an embellishment or five. Something on the dressier side. I think most of us tend to be moving around a bit more in summer, walking outdoors or attending parties outside. Sometimes heels just aren’t necessary! Stock a great looking flat leather sandal you can pair with your maxi-dress or white jeans for nice clean and put-together look. Just don’t forget to keep up your pedicure!

7. BOLD SUNGLASSES. When in doubt, complete your summer look with a signature pair of sunglasses – a la Audrey Hepburn. Don’t be fooled into thinking you have to blow your budget on a designer pair any old pair from Target or a thrift shop will do! I used to collect them in various styles and colors until I realized all I needed was one really great pair that made me feel like I could end up on the cover of US Weekly magazine at any moment. I may have went a little too far. Regardless, everyone needs a pair of killer “sunnies” that make people turn their heads and think “Who’s that girl”?!?! Oh, and of course they protect your eyes from that beautiful sunshine!

HONORABLE MENTIONS (I had a really hard time picking just seven):

T-shirt dress – Such a great piece to throw on when you need to run errands, watch the kids soccer game or wear with wedges for a neighborhood picnic!

Hat – Protect your skin, hide a bad hair day AND look fashionable doing it?! Yes, please!

Convertible strapless bra – For those strapless and one shoulder style top and dresses that just scream summer.

Tote bag – Mostly because I am a sucker for handbags and love the easy summer style and versatility of a great tote.

Need some Pinspiration? Check out our Pinterest board for examples of these hot summer tips.