Wednesday, December 29, 2010
A few days ago, while shopping in Fremont with Berit and her mother,
I ran across some GLORIOUS little oil perfume rollers.
(There is also the option of an Eu de Parfum spritz bottle,
but I like the roller because of it's portability and controlled application,
plus the rollers are oil based, so they last longer and smell better)
The fragrances are:
Blackberry Blush-blackberry, cassis, osmanthus, rose, soft musk, vanilla
Butterfly Kiss-sweet pea, pink peony, freesia, blackberry, gardenia
Stiletto Musk- musk, amber, flora
Vanilla Blossom-vanilla, tonka bean, cherry blossom
Sun Kissed Citrus- tangerine, lemon, orange, grapefruit, bergamot
and Champagne Sugar- champagne, ginger, cotton candy, sugar cane
Every single one smells amazing, simple and light
I personally LOVED the Blackberry Blush
(I actually got so excited I broke this one in the store... oops!)
They are not too pricey, and come in a variety of lovely scents.
Berit's mom even bought one!
I don't remember the name of the little boutique we were in,
but you can find them at online at Sula Beauty,
at Anthropologie, or at Ulta
And always play pretty."
-from Susane Lang, the founder of Sula Beauty
Why do I love makeup?
Well, lots of reasons,
but one reason is that cosmetics allow us to see parts of ourselves in a new way,
to bring out the beauty that might have gone unnoticed,
to reach within ourselves and find a new person that wasn't being seen.
Inspiring, I know.
Fashion Models are by no means perfect.
They are chosen for their distinctiveness, their unconventional attributes...
Their slightly strange qualities make them noticeable.
But what sets them apart is their ability to wear any look, any makeup, rock any style.
Every time they work, an aspect of their beauty is discovered.
As a makeup artist, it is my job to look into a face and see those different possibilities.
By now we should all know that adjectives like:
"Beautiful" and "Ugly" and "Normal" and "Weird"
they have no place in the fashion world,
the art is in the blurring of the line, in not limiting ourselves
And I LOVE that!
Natasha Poly has the most lovely lopsided mouth and delicate bone structure
Lily Donaldson is more or less Britain's prized poodle right now,
and she has a crooked chin!
Don't leave it up to the makeup artists of the world to find beauty in your weirdness-
Find it in yourselves!
Be a supermodel, the world is your runway
Do not wear a mask, but rather accessorize your beauty
YOU are the superhero, your beauty is the sidekick,
and makeup should be just one of the things in your tool belt.
Monday, December 27, 2010
In 2005 I was lucky enough to travel to Spain and Portugal with my mother and some friends. One of my favorite places that we visited was the Portuguese town of Sintra, home to the Palacio Nacional and its beautiful "azulejos," or blue tile murals.
Flashback from the weird geography lesson: I was delighted to find out that Prada not only included azulejo-inspired designs in their Resort 2011 collection, but created an entire blue-and-white capsule collection based off of them!
Prada's designs as of late have been a really great mix of classic mid-20th century America/pinup mixed with a little Lolita, and I wiiiiiiiiish I could have found a good photo of the beautiful three-quarter-sleeved, full-skirted dress made in this same print. So beautiful!
It's so wonderful to see designs that evoke deep emotions or memories in a fashion world where so many designs are judged based on their shock factor.
Hope you're all having wonderful holidays! I still have a food baby!
Single Ladies put your hand up...
This time every year,
with all the fairy lights and mistletoe and fireworks,
I get a little sad about being single...
But then I remember:
i have a family that loves me
i have bomb-tastic siblings
i have the best, most beautiful friends in the world
tigers are awesome
So my single friends, be happy!
And always remember:
Friday, December 24, 2010
One of my friends recently directed me towards a glorious blog called WTForever 21, a heavenly url that hilariously skewers the more insane designs done by Forever 21, Inc.
Whatever opinions you may hold about Forever 21, take a look at this website and enjoy a chuckle or two!
Here's a taste:
WTForever 21 writes of this blouse: "Ladies, unless you are a light-skinned, petite, mulatto gentleman with an ass as tiny as his vocal range is wide, do not attempt this look."
P.S. If you live anywhere East of the Pacific time zone, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
I've been lusting after driving gloves ever since Rihanna started rocking them when she first exploded on the fashion scene. They're edgy, sassy, and versatile. They're made of one part biker gang, two parts 80's music videos, and a small pinch of a drunken bar fight. Ironically, none of these things really involve driving a fancy sports car.
Here's a few affordable options, including a vegan pair:
(Land's End- $22.99)
(Deena & Ozzy Macrame Leather Gloves- $28.00)
(Nixon "Already Gone" Sheepskin Gloves- $30.00)
(82 Nation Vegan Glove- $16.98)
And for the not-so-expensive...
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I'm home in Seattle now, having survived finals and taken a few days to recover once I arrived home :)
The holidays are GLORIOUS but can be fiscally stressful, especially when you're in college!
Here's a great way to make some cute little gifts on a budget for your girlfriends- I did this for mine when we got together for our Christmas exchange.
1) First you'll need to take a little trip to the thrift store and find some wine/champagne glasses, one for each friend. They don't have to match, and honestly I think it's cuter if they don't! Make sure you wash them, though...
2) Now you get to decide what you want to fill the glasses with- candy, a cute little accessory, or if you're me... matching Betsey Johnson undies! ($2.99 each at TJMaxx!) Decorate the glasses however you wish, with plenty of bows and ribbons!
3) Purchase a bottle of your favorite bubbly, be it alcoholic or non-alcoholic to serve once the presents have been opened!
(It's Martinelli's, c'mon)
How do you celebrate the holidays with your peeps? What kind of DIY gifts have you been crafting this season?
Time to go wrap some presents! :)
Friday, December 10, 2010
as per request (sorry it has taken so long! finals killed...)
Truth: Hair is difficult.
But here are some tips to make it easier!
*Wash your hair as little as possible.
Brush your hair lots to distribute oils and stimulate your scalp.
Always follow Shampoo with conditioner
If your hair has been chemically treated at all, this is your line
*in between washes, use a dry shampoo
(plus= superbly great texture and volume!)
Just spritz into roots and massage through and brush out the extra!
AMAZING, plus it's not an aerosol can!
*Deep Condition every three days
-unless your hair is frighteningly dry (SWIMMERS!)
then just use it every wash
I feel bad because I got amazing straight soft japanese hair
Her stylist recommended this,
and she loves loves loves it!
It softens and smooths and delights
*If you use heat, use a protective product to shield your strands from DEATH
consistently a favorite in the beauty community
*Use a great styling product for optimal BOWCHICAWOWOW
this brand is owned by two african american women,
and is all around amazing for hair that has any texture other than straight and smooth.
it also smells good enough to eat.
*Get your hair cut.
Keeping your ends trimmed up is the only way to get rid of split ends.
Uncle Jesse and his prized hair
Keep on glowing!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Upon request, this next post for winter clothing staples will again regard footwear!
I don't like socks. I hate the way they feel on my feet, how the seam never lines up... but alas, winter requires them sometimes, be it thick wool or just some playful ones to pair with heels and a dress.
To wear under boots:
These would be great under regular boots, too!
Smartwool socks are WARM and they wear well- a seriously good investment!
To rock with sneakers or heels:
Hope this helps keep your toesies warm!