Monday, April 21, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

099: Pep In Your Step

Shoes - H&M, chambray skirt - vintage, bag - vintage Coach, sunglasses - Ray-Ban, Sweater - H&M, necklace - etsy

You guys are going to have to forgive my terrible fake smile - it's hard to smile at a tripod.

I know style isn't contingent on what you own, but sometimes if feel like you need a new favorite piece of clothing to put some pep in your step, and that's what these palm tree print shoes are to me! I basically have worn them everyday since I got them. Aren't they cute? They even have little espadrille bottoms!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Make Me Pretty! Benefit Spring Beauty Bash

I usually get a lot of invites to blogger events, but I usually can't make it. For some reason I always have another commitment that day, or get sick, or something or another. But for the first time ever, the kind folks at Lookmazing invited me to an event at Benefit Cosmetics in San Francisco and I was able to make it. Cool beans! The evening including make overs, makeup, and cupcakes. Couldn't complain.

I was already wearing makeup when I got there so my makeup artist, Felicia, just amplified and adjusted my look and I really like what she did.

She put a number of products on me including mascara, concealer, and cheek stain to name a few, but my favorites were the Gimme Brow eyebrow mascara (because eyebrow mascara is pretty much the best idea ever!) and the Lollitint cheek stain that gave my cheeks the perfect pink color. She also taught me a new makeup trick I've been using, which is to line the inner top lid of my eyes as well as the side and a tiny bit of the bottom. It removes the negative space between my liquid liner and my eyes and it makes the look a little more sultry.

Otherwise, sorry for the crickets on this blog. Life's been crazy, and if you're so inclined, check out my photography blog because I've been doing a lot of it lately and there's a little more activity there.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Preview: Jenna

Preview of my shoot with unsigned beauty, Jenna. Isn't she lovely? MU by Inna Mathews, styling by Paula Renee, photography by me. No editing (also by me!)

Friday, February 28, 2014

098: Zoo Time

Sweater - vintage, Shirt - INC, Jeans - BDG, Chelsea boots - Kork-ease "Velma" booties, Purse - vintage Coach, Sunglasses - House of Harlow 1960 "Emily" in Panther 

 You guys, I'm sorry for being a little shitty around here these days. My life's been weird lately and it makes me not want to get dressed, basically. I'm trying to do more little things that make me happy, and these include (1) wearing weird furry cardigans and (2) going to the zoo. I hope to be back on track here soon :). On my Instagram I captioned this photo with "Dressed like a polar bear at the zoo today!"

Monday, February 17, 2014

Music Monday: Deeper Conversation

I had the pleasure of seeing Yuna live yesterday. This song is one of my favorites.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Fall/Winter 2014 Favorites: Preen and Rebecca Minkoff

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Preen made wonderful things this season. As you guys know, I'm a huge fan of any grunge slash anything style, and Preen perfected the grunge meets dramatic romance look. The collection was sophisticated yet rock, modern yet mood, sleek yet disheveled. A+ for you babes over at Preen.

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There are some lines that make high fashion art every season and others that make wearable beauty. The former type may not make you hold your hat as they send models down the runway, but they do make you want to open up your pocketbook because you can actually envision yourself in the clothing. Like tomorrow.

That's what Rebecca Minkoff is to me. Her collection wasn't magical, but it was beautiful and I love the idea of pastels with gray and nude for fall. Actually, that oxblood jumpsuit and collared outfit make me want to believe in jumpsuits. And if that isn't magical, then I don't know what is.

Preen and Rebecca Minkoff images via

Friday, February 7, 2014

Fall/Winter 2014 Favorites: Kate Spade New York

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Kate Spade New York Fall/Winter 2014 via

I like to think that I can be pretty objective when it comes to talking about fashion, new collections, and trend forecasting. But when it comes to Kate Spade New York, all objectively is thrown out the window, and my admiration and adoration for the brand's fall/winter 2014 collection is no different. I love Kate Spade simply because I want every collection in my closet (stored by outfit, please).

I have a few personal styles I waver between, and "girly" is, in my book, forever "in." While I love Kate Spade's signature - twee and colorful - every fashion house has to push things forward or risk being essentially left behind due to a lack of evolution. Decidedly less frilled this season, Kate Spade's girl remains very "girl" if you will, but is also exceedingly chic and sophisticated as well. The introduction of not-so-colorful colors was, at least for this brand, fascinating and novel. Presenting garments less constructed but still structured thanks to clean, clean lines and collarless coats, I think it's safe to say that Kate Spade has managed to follow her girl as she matures - while still remaining a girl girly who can't resist a box bag or a bow.

Basically, bravo guys.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Natural Makeup Routine

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Hello from California's first rainy day, guys! I've been suffering from a cold for a bit now so I apologize for not getting around to taking outfit photos. If I had plans of taking photos today (maybe I did, you never know, okay?!) the rain isn't permitting it. Not that I'm complaining. It's February 2, and as I mentioned, this is literally the first rain we've gotten. Hallelujah!

A little less than a year ago I did a blog post on how I style and maintain my curly hair, and today I've decided to break down my current makeup routine. My makeup "point of fashion" if you will is clean, girlish, and doll-like...with liquid cat-eye liner, because that's been my signature for years. Often I'll use one of the three lipsticks I own too. Here's a few of my favorite images that capture what I seek to do everyday:
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1. Skin. I'm starting to learn that the most important part of good makeup application is proper skin care...or in my case, naturally just having great skin. Even if you naturally have great skin though, you should be doing something to maintain it. I go the more natural route as opposed to the fancier product route. I wash my face twice a day with  a bar of Dove soap, moisturize in the morning with Aveeno lotion, and recently have started moisturing with organic coconut oil at night. It's a little messy, I'll admit. It hasn't been that long but I am noticing lovely improvements in my "problem areas" (and I do have some).
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2. Face. I'm not a believer in putting foundation over your entire face. Instead I have a well matched foundation and only but it in the areas that seem to be discolored, which for me is around my mouth and my eyes. I use an oil-free foundation from Calvin Klein and my color is a matte called "toasted." When I do want that all-over foundation look, I use my Calvin Klein foundation as I mentioned, and then lightly brush over my face with Bare Minerals foundation in medium beige.
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3. Blush. Did you know that your blush should be applied according to your face shape? I have what's called "the oblong" face shape and it's one of my biggest insecurities. I use blush to give my face width by making a fish face and applying from basically the edge of my face to my cheekbones. I think a lot of gives make the mistake of putting on too much blush or using an unnatural color. Remember that blush is only supposed to mimic that natural, pinkish glow, so if it's obvious you're wearing it, you're doing it wrong. I use CoverGirl's blush in "Natural Twinkle" and I think it's perfect. Especially at less than $4.
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4. Eyeliner. If there's one part of my look that's my signature, it's my liquid cat-eye liner, which I've literally been doing for 10 years now. People always ask me how to do it, like there's some sort of trick, and the truth is, all you can do is practice, practice, practice. Watch a YouTube video (this is a good one) and then follow along at home until you get it. Eventually it becomes second nature but for a while, it just takes work. I swear by Maybelline's Ultra-Liner in black - it NEVER smears, even if you have an oily face like me and go to the gym regularly. It just comes off at night with a bit of water and a good rub, but besides that it stays.
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5. Lipstick. Lipstick isn't a part of my everyday look, but it is a major part of my look when I do wear it. My signature red is Illamasqua "Maneater" paired with Makeup Forever's lipliner in 8C. My winter red is NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in "Cruella", and my nude, which has a hint of 90s-inspired brown to it, is the same pencil but in "Bahama". I'll admit I like the texture on my NARS pencil's more than my Illamasqua lipstick, but the Illamasqua lipstick is just the perfect red. I do have a hot pink, NARS pure matte lipstick in "Carthage," but it doesn't get much play at all.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

What I'd Like to Be Wearing: Thick Knits

Thick Knits

Boohoo cami slip dress  $32/ Monki long cardigan, $68 / Corgi hosiery $120/ Flat shoes $116/ Yves Saint Laurent handbag $2,650/ Black hat, $360 / Burberry lipstick, $37 / Essie nail polish, $19

It's hardly winter here in California. A slip dress with a thick cardigan over it seems so appropriate.

Friday, January 17, 2014

097: Soft Grunge (Hardly)

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Denim jacket - vintage, jeans - Goldsign, Gingham shirt - Old Navy, White shirt - Romwe, Sneakers - Converse "Chuck Taylor," Purse - purchased in France, Necklace - Urban Outfitters, Sunglasses - House of Harlow 1960

My favorite way to dress is with a some stylistic juxtaposition. A little bit of grunge, a little bit of pretty is best.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Music Monday: 13 35

I'm pretty sure I've posted the original of this song but I stumbled upon this remix and I thought I'd post it. Content of the actual song still remains to be questionable...

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Instagram Lately: NYE and Beyond

2014 has been interesting so far, to say the least. These photos from NYE and later depict some moments (and things, hehe) in my life as of late, though for the full effect (and captions), you're better off seeing them on Instagram. I was lucky enough to have a friend visiting from the Seattle for NYE and the few days after it. Circumstances and chance happening occurred, and they were all a mix of lucky, weird, great, and overall interesting. Hopefully, this is how all of 2014 is for me. I like my life lucky/weird/great/interesting. May it always be so.

How was your NYE and life since then?

Monday, January 6, 2014

Music Monday: Friends of P

In case you're in need of some happy music. I sure am.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

096: Resolutions

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Top - Girls from Savoy, Suspender skirt - Gypsy Junkies, Tights - Urban Outfitters, Booties - House of Harlow 1960 "Warner" Booties, Bag - Vintage Coach, Lipstick - NARS "Cruella"

I don't know if I make resolutions per say. But I do use the New Year and my birthday to reflect on what I've done in the past year, think about how I can improve on what I've done, and think about what else I can do to better myself and my life. I guess those are resolutions after all. The difference is I don't set off like a mad woman trying to achieve them immediately after New Years, and I don't beat myself up or quit altogether the first time I fail. Change is a process, not a sprint.

2011 was a year dedicated to career development and last year was dedicated to self and spiritual development, as well as to freeing myself temporarily of work and giving myself the opportunity to travel. I'm proud to say I did all of these things and will continue to do them (well, except travel - I need a job now!). My "resolutions" this year are to eat only cage-free meat and overall live a healthier and active lifestyle. There are some things I used to do when I was young that I miss that I want to start doing again, like getting really into music and even reviewing music. And I want to keep up the good habits I developed this year. Positive thinking, feeling free.

As for outfit stuff, how adorable is this suspender skirt by Gypsy Junkies? I stumbled upon it while shopping and totally fell for it, even though I knew it would make my 28-year-old self look more like an 8-year-old. I don't care!