you know when you’re a kid you sit around and wonder what you will be when you grow up? i still have wandering thoughts about what the next 20 years of my career will be like. maybe you dreamed of being a baker or a famous actress or a flight attendant. i thought it would be a fun idea to team up with benefit cosmetics and make my “dream jobs” come to life. we pitched them the idea a few months ago, they were into it and the project unfolded from there. it’s been so amazing to watch a concept start with just a simple list of ideas, to a mood board, and then to this final product.

together with benefit, angela + ithyle and modshift, i took four mini flights of fancy. we created complete makeup looks to complement the hair and wardrobe for each dream job. first up? the jazz singer!

for the next 2 weeks we’ll be showing you each of the professions, and how to get the look for each. we made tutorials and a video as well, which we’ll be posting with the final post (along with a huge makeup giveaway!). here is the first installment of our “all in a daydream’s work” project…

i don’t know why glamour isn’t how it used to be. every woman should have a silk robe and wear red lipstick. i don’t hate those 1940’s style curls either.

my whole family actually sings. and not just around the piano on christmas…but my grandparents used to be in a traveling band back in the day! i would say i have the ability to sing, but i ‘ve never actually enjoyed singing in front of people. i get way too nervous. the shower is a different story. one time i caught my boyfriend recording me singing in the shower (ha, i really only sing otis redding “sitting on the dock of the bay” and usually with the wrong words.) but there is a small part of me that dreams of being a jazz singer…the sparkly dress, the pin curls, the band playing behind you while you sip your cocktail on the instrumental break. it all seems pretty glamorous, right? maybe it’s a good retirement plan.

i rarely ever wear eyeshadow, so this smoky eye really helped me transform into the part. and can we talk about this dress?!

this was definitely the most fun i’ve had on a shoot. although it was  a little awkward getting on stage in front of everyone (angela kept making me sing so that it would look more natural.) it was just so great to see the concept come to life after weeks of planning it.

shop the benefit look: waterproof eyeliner, benetint lip stainmascara, benetint cheek stain, soft-focus highlighter, powder eyeshadow (shade: quick look busy), cream shadow (shade: no pressure)

stay tuned for the next look on thursday! and think about it, what would your dream job be if you could pick anything? -bri

partnership: benefit cosmetics and designlovefest
photography by:
styling by: sarah and sunshine
hair by: nicole gehweiler
makeup by: rachel desimone
location: la cita bar

see the post over on benefit!


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    Pegah S says:

    wow! you look stunning!

    This is gorgeous!! You look amazing! What a fun project. Now I’m thinking what my life would be in an alternate universe…

    Kristen says:

    great look! what a fun idea. lovin’ the lip color 🙂

    Wow you look amazing. I really love the photoshoot concepts and ideas that you choose to show on your blog.

    GORGEOUS! you seriously look stunning. i love this partnership!!

    Sarah says:

    These photographs are BEAUTIFUL! You transformed into this role so effortlessly! I am in awe!!!

    Brittany H says:

    Amazing, Bri!!! What an amazing concept – and team! Definitely makes me want to visit a Benefit counter… and I don’t EVER buy makeup!

    Meg Sylvia says:

    So fun! Just lovely, seeing how you make your ideas come to life is quite inspiring!

    cass says:

    what, no jazz hands? 😉 girl you look, AMAZING in this shoot – loved it.

    What a fun post – love it & so glad you went to Beehive when in Boston to see jazz!

    You look beaaaautiful! I especially love the photo with the mic.

    Shatha H says:

    This is beautiful. “Sittin on the Dock of the Bay” is my go-to shower song too!

    Noor says:

    These are the best pictures I have seen of you, beautiful.

    lucile says:

    this photoshoot is pure perfection! I love the light! I totally want this sequin-flower head piece you’re wearing in it!
    Also I think i would be a secret agent, you know with the trench and everything…hehe

    Danielle L says:

    I’ve wanted to be a singer, actress, flight attendant, teacher, artist,dog walker, world traveler, florist and gardener. Well the list goes on, but I thought I’d stop there.

    Liliana says:

    I love the ‘flower’ in your hair, all the photos are so beautiful!


    No two ways about it!!!

    raeanne says:

    WOW. Sheer perfection. You look beautiful!
    I wanted to be a dentist which I totally blame on Hermie the elf from Rudolph.

    erin says:

    This is great! I’d love to see a post from Angela on how they lit this too for us photography fans 🙂

    Rachael B says:

    There is just something about the 40s that’s both dreamy and dangerous that I love. I’ve been dying to find a red lipstick I can pull off, but as a redhead this is a feat I have yet to conquer. Love the photos. Breathtakingly beautiful and so spot on. And that dress… gah. So gorgeous!

    Love the dream job concept!! + this red lipstick is wow!

    Sarolta says:

    Oh, I love this idea! I wish I was an art buyer for a gallery with unlimited budget. I’d shop anything great I’d see. Oh, what fun that would be!

    Monica says:

    You look like a legitimate jazz singer, with the complete make up (lovely red lip, too) and the perfect blonde, jazzy curls. Great look! Can’t wait for the other looks in this series 🙂


    I love this collaboration. So creative and fun! I can’t wait to see all the other looks!

    Ergo-Blog says:

    This photoshoot is so amazing I’m stunned to find out that you are not a jazz singer! You look beautiful! Wow!

    Allyson says:

    I love love love this shoot. Looks like so much fun!


    Leigh says:

    This is just absolutely amazing! I agree with Erin! I want to know about the lighting too! (Even though I’m not the biggest genius when it comes to photography!) You should probably really be a jazz singer one day 🙂 You look gorgeous and just by looking at these pictures, I can tell that you were just having the greatest time!

    Renée Yoxon says:

    Wow, this is great. I am an actual jazz singer (it totally is my dream job) so it’s nice to see other people giving the career the same reverence that I do. Beautiful look.

    Renée Yoxon says:

    PS: I really wish I had a full time dressing room like the one in this shoot.

    Teresa says:

    It’s so good to see your hair pulled back from your face in this photo shoot, very nice!

    Jana says:

    Lovely style, lovely photographs!
    Might want to give this make-up look a try.
    However, the past has taught me i’m not exactly a pro when it comes to applying black eyeliner.
    Any pointers as to how get it so beautifully straight and non-smudgy?

    alicia says:

    This is the best. Personal projects are awesome and you are such a great example for that. I makes me excited and inspired to think of what I may want to tackle in the future 🙂
    To quote Jessica Hische “The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life”

    Can’t wait to see your other dreams 🙂

    Great project! I’m excited in the next looks! 🙂

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    Hannah says:

    I love how you’ve kept your nose ring on throughout the shoot! Adds character xx

    Haha as I read this I’m wearing my red lipstick and I even have a silk robe in the closet that needs to be worn more. Sigh – where did glamour go?

    I think glamour is also part self-celebrating and treating. A bubble bath is more glamourous than a shower no? Women need to get back to treating ourselves like the jazz stars we are 😉 beautiful styling and shots!

    It’s funny – one of my dream jobs is to design for Benefit!

    AHHH so many reason to love this!! What you said about having the ability to sing but not enjoying singing in front of people is so spot on. I’ve always wanted to just surprise everyone by singing the blues at an open mic night, but it will probably never happen due to my nerves!

    Plus, La Cita is one of my favorite bars in LA. Punky Reggae night is so much fun…crazy dancing!

    These photos are to die for. xx

    Amy Powell says:

    holy girl! you look fab.

    Chick Tyler says:

    Wow. What a wonderful and interesting post! So beautiful!

    Katie says:

    Where is that gorgeous dress from? I looked for a link but couldn’t find one…

    Torri says:

    gorgeous beautiful gorgeous.

    Kristen says:

    OMG how freakin glam! LOVE this.

    Melissa says:

    This is gorgeous… what a great collaboration. You really pulled off the look and captured that era.
    on a sidenote: I was checking out the links you included. looks the link for sarah + sunshine might be an older one (with wordpress attached to the domain), cause they have a prettier, updated one 🙂 … in case anyone would like to see. http://sarahandsunshine.com/

    Katrin says:

    Oh, how I love it!

    How fun. Love this Bri! Can’t wait for the next one 🙂

    Michelle says:

    This is totally amazing. Without trying to sound like a weird groupie (and probably failing) your ‘chutzpah’ of going out and collaborating is inspiring. ps. you totally look like Paloma Faith and I am totally imagining you sounding like her.

    Shawnee says:

    Bri, this is amazing! I absolutely love the whole idea + the result! I have always wanted to have a glamorous job like this — fancy sparkly dresses, heels, curls, red lipstick, drink in my hand, cigarette dangling from my fingertips. sort of Breakfast At Tiffany’s meets Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. 🙂 You look gorgeous!! can’t wait to see the rest..

    {flight attendant back in the day is another dream job. I loved the show PanAm!}

    Latrina says:

    Wow, gorgeous photos. How fun this must have been to shoot! I am, in no way, a singer… but I could imagine how cool it would be to be a jazz singer. Jazz singers, especially women, give me chills! Very powerful music.. and performances!

    Such a great shoot, Bri. I’m excited to see the others!

    And can’t forget to mention — great beauty products! Thanks for sharing.

    Bettina says:

    Wow, these photos are beautiful!

    bri says:

    thanks for sending that new link melissa, i accidentally linked their old site! they are amazing, huh? and thank you all for your amazing comments. i am so happy you liked this shoot!! xo

    Kaelyn says:

    Wow, this is such a fun idea! I absolutely LOVE the pic of you putting on the earring. It has such beautiful lighting! I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the dream jobs!

    kelly says:

    bir – these are great – so curious how this partnership came about?

    anne says:

    These images are stunning, and you look incredibly beautiful, Bri. What a great idea! I love that you give us an inside look into the projects that you pitch to brands, and how it comes together. Very inspiring for a blogger like myself who wants to create work of this caliber (in my own style) someday. Well done! Can’t wait to see the rest of the project unfold.

    Ali Mackin says:

    Great post Bri, you look great. You really know how to surround yourself with talented people. A professional editorial has nothing on this. You guys have out done your selves.

    Ali of


    Christina says:

    These images are so much fun + so glamorous! The makeup, the hair, that dress! Love it. I can’t wait to see the next photos! As far as dream jobs, I always thought being an astronaut would be tops!

    lma says:

    Your hair is SO fantastic.

    Marylai says:

    These are amazing! so cool we got the sneak peek at blogshop video. can’t wait to see the rest!!!

    Jules says:

    It looks like you had so much fun with this shoot. You look radiant and lovely. You could totally pull off a jazz singer. 😉


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    Katie Meyers says:

    GORGEOUS photos, Bri! One is more stunning than the next. And, by the way, I think your next calling is definitely a jazz singer. 😉

    Nicole says:

    gorgeous photos! could you share who makes the hair piece?

    This is incredible! The hair, the makeup, that dress, and this entire concept (from pitch to reality) is so cool! And you look so beautiful!

    what a fun concept, bri! you’re so creative! these photos are absolutely gorgeous! xo

    Khali of BSS says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE. My dream is also to be an old time Jazz singer. Nina simon sarah vaughan dina washington My total faves. And you! You look stunning. can’t wait for the next looks.

    Berenice says:

    my dream job is YOUR job …
    stunning photos

    David says:

    Absolutely loving these photos! You look fab. Greetings from Berlin!

    Clair Summer says:

    Oh my, you look like a total babe! What we all want to know is why hasn’t your boyf got a ring on your finger yet? What is he waiting for? He should nab you before someone else gets in on the action!

    monica says:

    excited about this series!!! looking forward to next post, bri!
    My dream job would be to photograph for National Geographic.

    Brittni says:

    Wow. The photos from this shoot are gorgeous.

    bri says:

    ha! clair that made me laugh. i still feel young and totally happy where we are at. we talk about marriage but really aren’t in any rush for it. promise, it’s cool 🙂

    You look absolutely gorgeous, Bri! These photos are amazing, and I love the idea of this collaboration! Benefit was the perfect brand for this. Looking forward to the rest of your dream jobs! 🙂

    erica says:

    So gorgeous! I’ve always wanted to be a singer like this and just be decked out in sequins and wear red lipstick everyday…dream job for sure. Oh but a cupcake bakery shop owner would be somewhere on my list.

    xo erica

    Bailey Tann says:

    Brilliant project and these photos are amazing. Can’t wait to see the rest!!

    Lisa says:

    OMG! that dress! Such a great concept and the photos are stunning!

    Joanna says:

    so so so gorgeous! I love the reflection in the mirror shots

    Camille Iman says:

    Absolutely stunning! What a dream job that would be!

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    You look GORGEOUS! This was one of my flights of fancy too!

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