Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!!

Happy 4th of July!!
Happy 4th of July!! by jaguar-zinnias
LAQA & CO. fat lip pencil in Ring of Fire- $18.00 (great Nars lip pencil alternative)
WET 'N WILD megalast lip color in 909D Coraline- $1.99 (affordable, long-lasting, orange-based)
GABRIEL lipstick in Santa Fe- $16.75 (warm, wearable pinky-red)
FLOWER kiss stick in Rose Bud- $6.98 (intense, classic red that does require lip liner)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

high-end|indie|drugstore: orange edition

Hard Candy Fox in a Box in Skinny Dipping, Pumpkin & Poppy cream blush in Incognito, and Becca Beach Tint Shimmer SoufflĂ© in Papaya/Topaz. Random surfer hairspiration courtesy of Athleta.
I mean, if there was ever a season to jump on this bandwagon, Summer 2014 is it. So if you've previously written off the color as too intimidating on the lips or just a bit off (*raises hand*), I would really suggest you give orange blush a chance. Orange can be very flattering on a summer tan and, on surprising number of complexions, a year-round staple. I have a few recommendations, whatever your price point or formulation preference:

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

instagram 12: up to speed

1. I've been obsessed with the World Cup and #TeamUSA | 2. I visited my good friend in Florida and we went wine tasting and touring at Keel & Curley! | 3. Frolicked about at Magic Kingdom and saw my favorite Disney Pricess: Belle | 4. Geeked out over Soto's freshly installed MFAH Penetrable | 5. And then finally got around to seeing the 30 Americans show at the CAC | 6. The Revivalists rocked our socks off at Jazz Fest | 7. I consumed embarrasing amounts of crawfish | 8. Waited in waiting rooms | 9. Whilst in Chicago, made the requisite visit Kapoor's Cloud Gate | 10. Had the idiotic idea to visit Niagra Falls in the dead of winter | 11. Spent a #winning night with the siblings at Snakes & Lagers in Toronto | 12. Reginelli's all day every day | 13. Walked my dog at the levee and *almost* forgot the pretty view | 14. The whole family obliged my mother for a plantation tour and Oak Alley is as stunning/eerie as everyone says it is | 15. Layering patterns for fall | 16. More pizza, this time at the amazing Domenicas

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

here comes summer: a wishlist

summer: a wishlist

CHRISTOPHER DRUMMOND duo-phase concealer in Medium- $22.50
RMS BEAUTY defining mascara- $28
ASOS midi jersey kimono- $52.35
ILLESTEVA "Leonard" sunglasses- $280 (F21 version here)
ILIA BEAUTY lipstick in Perfect Day- $26 (LE)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

what to thrift tuesday: roomy, comfy caftans

1. Roberto Cavalli SS14 | 2. Naeem Khan SS14 | 3. The Row SS14 | 4. Valentino SS14

If you look up "kaftan" in Net-A-Porter right now, the search will yield you 71 results. On the Saks website, "caftan" gets you 76. What I find so fascinating about this trend is that, for once, we're not just talking beachwear here but full-fledged RTW pieces with gown-like pricing. I'm going to keep my commentary to a minimum while kindly reminding those young, carefree wanderers (their PR language, not mine!) that these shapes and cuts are relatively easy to track down at thrift stores. Furthermore, an interesting fabric/pattern find could make for fun d.i.y. project. Whether belted-up for an errand run or dressed-up with a blazer, its definitely versatile (and very, very comfortable).

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

currently channeling: lupita nyong'o at the golden globes

(Source 1 | 2 | 3)

Lupita Nyong'o gives me life, guys. Not only is she stunning and talented as all heck, she's refreshingly willing to experiment. Her 2014 Golden Globes look is hands-down the best thing that has come out of this entire red carpet season and that night's subtle makeup look has been just as inspiring for me. Elle's Christiana Molina offers an interesting behind-the-scenes look of makeup artist Nick Barose's regal (read: Cleopatra) inspiration here which is an pretty good read. The red, glossy lips were kind of a given with her amazing Ralph Lauren gown, but Barose added interest and dimension to the now ubiquitous cat eye with a bit of gold shadow and navy blue liner. In short: primary colors done really, really right.

Monday, February 3, 2014

galentine's day: a gift guide

Clockwise: DOGEARED "Best Friends" gold-dipped sterling silver necklace- $58 | WHISTLES double wrap cuff- $55.56 | HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure- $35 | 100% PURE lip glaze in Sultry | POMME FRITES CANDLE CO. Teakwood & Tobacco soy candle $16 | BADGER Organic Damascus Rose face oil- $11.89 | KJAER WEIS creme blush compact in Desired Glow- $54 | ANNE TAINTOR vintage print flask- $20

Friday, January 31, 2014

fotd: sun is in the sky

Base: HOURGLASS Immaculate Liquid Powder foundation in Beige (sticks to dry patches so make sure to prep skin) | Highlight: PHYSICIAN'S FORMULA Nude Wear Touch of Glow + RMS BEAUTY Living Luminizer down bridge of the nose and cupid's bow | Face: NYX cream blush in Natural + PHYSICIAN'S FORMULA Bronze Booster in Medium/Dark + HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
Eyes: RMS BEAUTY Living Luminizer again as base + PHYSICIAN'S FORMULA Shimmer Strip in Riviera/Sand Beige as eye shadow + PHYSICIAN'S FORMULA Organic Wear FakeOut mascara
Lips: YES TO CARROTS Mango lip butter + GABRIEL lipstick in Santa Fe

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

travelling with me: weekend getaway edition

I went on a wonderful break this long weekend and I figured I'd better not break the tradition of cataloging the ridiculous amount of products I take on my travels...

Monday, January 20, 2014

prepare for: the bar method

1. Calvin Klein SS14 | 2. Lacoste SS14 | 3. 10 Crosby Derek Lam SS14 | 4. Emilio Pucci SS14
Whether you like it or not... sheer is here to stay. Gauzy mesh and tube tops may be rearing for a comeback, but sheer paneling might be the most wearable option. Looks like all the bandeaus we're currently wearing under layers upon layers of knits will be keeping everything PG come Spring and Summer. Might just have to get a bit more serious about hitting up the gym for this one though...