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 Style.com

Friday, February 7, 2014

Fall/Winter 2014 Favorites: Kate Spade New York

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Kate Spade New York Fall/Winter 2014 via Style.com

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.