Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hello Lovelies.

A painter paints pictures on canvas.
But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
-Leopold Stokowski

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sula Perfumes

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

"Break rules,
Set Trends,
And always play pretty."
-from Susane Lang, the founder of Sula Beauty


Made Up?

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!

I have no idea who this is, but the transformation is remarkable
Natasha Poly has the most lovely lopsided mouth and delicate bone structure
Karolina Kurkova is famous and desired for her wide mouth and narrow nose
Jessica Stam reminds me of a cat. With INSANE eyes.
Lily Donaldson is more or less Britain's prized poodle right now,
and she has a crooked chin!
She is so weird looking, her eyebrows are BOMB.

But hey!
Don't leave it up to the makeup artists of the world to find beauty in your weirdness-
Find it in yourselves!
LOVE yourself
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.


Oh Yeah...

All those people who DO look perfect...

LOL they aren't.


Monday, December 27, 2010

Prada Resort Collection/Capsule Collection 2011

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!


The Holidays Can Be a Lonely Time

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
that makeup is waaaay to much fun

tigers are awesome

So my single friends, be happy!
And always remember:


Friday, December 24, 2010

WTForever 21: Best Laugh You'll Have All Day

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

Rain City Stylistas is Now on Bloglovin'!

It's a great way to see posts by all the blogs you follow in one place!

Winter Necessities Part 3: Driving Gloves

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)

And for the not-so-expensive...

P.S. If you're looking for a great holiday cupcake recipe try these gingerbread cuppies with cream cheese marshmallow frosting here! The recipe can be found at #28!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Gifts For Your Girlfriends

HELLO everyone!!!!!

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

A Guide to Happy Hair

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

BEAUTIFUL for curly hair!
If your hair has been chemically treated at all, this is your line
For dry, coarse, split end-y hair
Berit turned me on to this vegan color protection line, it's amazing

*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

K-Pak is awesome jawsome for curly whirly hair
smells AHHHHMAZING, and works great on dry hair
my sister's hair is thick thick thick and coarse and wavy
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
for dandruff, a tea tree oil scalp treatment is a must

*If you use heat, use a protective product to shield your strands from DEATH

what can i say? this stuff is bomb!
consistently a favorite in the beauty community

*Use a great styling product for optimal BOWCHICAWOWOW

for hair that obeys
the best curl cream I have come across, not greasy or crunchy at all
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


How adorable does Michelle Williams look at the premiere of Blue Valentine?
(Incidentally, I REALLY want to see this: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams!)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Happy Saturday

*cushioned headboards

*square cups

*light eyes in a dark face


*italian sodas


*carl sagan

*roman arches


*saturday mornings



Friday, December 3, 2010

Socks For Winter!

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:

Or if you're feeling really crazy...

Hope this helps keep your toesies warm!


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