Tuesday, September 30, 2014

instagram 14: towards the fall

1. Went to a Hillsong worship concert. It was amazing and I am so happy to finally cross this off my bucket list! | 2. We stopped by Antoine's to enjoy #CoolinaryNewOrleans. | 3. But also: happy hour + crawfish pupusas at Basin Seafood and Spirits! | 4. I spotted this hilariously great mural at the Gonzalez Tanger Outlet. | 5. No one is really sure what happened that night, but we bid adieu to my dear friend before she left for the U.K. | 6. At Sucré, a lovely afternoon of chit chat and french macarons. For readers outside of the New Orleans area, you can order and enjoy the blackberry lemon ones here. | 7. You all know I am a fan of thrifing (understatement) but antiquing down Magazine Street is pretty fun as well. | 8. What's on my bedside table: sick-in-bed edition. | 9. Once recuperated, I did some shoe shopping with the fam. | 10. And some window shopping at Anthropologie. | 11. I urged everyone to visit their local museums and cultural institutions for #MuseumDayLive! These are a few of the planes in the National WW2 Musuem. | 12. Stopped by NOMA to the see the "Five from Louisiana" show and the recently acquired Melic Meeting (Spread) by Robert Rauschenberg.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

friendly reminder: smithsonian museum day

Just a friendly reminder to all of my American readers that Saturday the 27th of September is Museum Day. This is a great event which allows residents to visit a lot of their local cultural institutions, museums, and heritage sites completely free of charge. From what I understand, Museum Day Live! cover the admission of two people per household. I would highly suggest you visit the Smithsonian website in order to see which of your local institutions are participating. You can get a bit more information about ticket availability here.

If you're in the NYC area, I would seriously consider visiting the Museum of Art and Design or the Morgan Library & Museum, where admission normally cost $16-18. Personal favorites also include the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the Asia Society.

If you happen to find yourself in the New Orleans area, your choices includes most of the big-ticket museums. I'm biased towards the New Orleans Museum of Art, the National WWII Museum, the Center for Contemporary Arts, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. If you love plantations and historic homes, you'll also be pleased to see a good selection of them on the participating museums lists.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

currently channeling: sheer, ophelia-inspired greige

We may be in the middle of SS15 fashion month, but I'm currently obsessed with Pat McGrath's work for the Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2014 show. I feel like Valentino always has the best runway hair and makeup, but this look is sophitisticated, feminine, and universally flattering. It was so subtle yet so beautiful. Recipe: light pearl on the lid, warm greyish-brown in the crease, plenty of inner corner highlighting, and brown mascara.

Friday, September 19, 2014

well this is embarrassing: summer empties part 2

Part two of my embarassingly large Summer Empties includes Body, Nails, and Hair care. It's an interesting mix, since I go through hair care and body products in completely opposite ways. It takes me ages to move through lotions and fragrance, while conditioners and hair serums has rapid turnover. Some of these items are part of the purge I mentioned in the last post and a few of them predate my transition into cruelty-free beauty. On to the products!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WTTT: show your stripes

1. Giambattista Valli HC Fall 14 | 2. Altuzarra SS15 | 3. Alexander Wang SS15
The graphic, slightly dizzying stripe obsession is here to stay, people! This is a trend which can be easily and inexpensively incorporated into any wardrobe. Whether you're going for mod or classic, stripes are versatile, flattering, and fun to style. Lucky thrifting!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

esty wishlist: indies for the win

1. PUMPKIN & POPPY Aphrodite Inner Glow powder- $11.00
2. OHSUDZ Activated Charcoal cleanser- $12.95
3. NAKED EYE BEAUTY Brunette dry shampoo- $18.00
4. ROCKY TOP SOAP SHOP Rosehip soap- $6.50
5. MUM MUM'S CRAFTS "Dragonfly Wings" mineral eye shadow- $4.00
6. OHSUDZ Acne Drying Lotion- $16.00

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

review: dermorganic leave-in argan oil treatment

The DERMORGANIC Leave-In Argan Oil treatment is a relatively new addition to my haircare routine. I had heard of Dermorganic's products in the past but had very few expectation despite the largely positive reviews. For an impulse buy, I ended up being pleastantly suprised. That said, I think this particular product is useful in a larger discussion about ethics, ingredients, and misinformation.

Monday, September 8, 2014

well this is embarrassing: summer empties part 1

I haven't made an Empties post for a while, so it is a bit embarrassing. I've found myself hoarding trash for months on end. I've felt annoyed or guilty at myself for failing to corral a certain product into my designated "Empties" box. What a bizarre part of the internet we find ourselves in, people. So, given the volume of products, I've decided to organize everything up into categories. Instead of overwhelming everyone (myself included) with a never-ending post, I will only include beauty, makeup, and skincare today. Part two will be coming along shortly. Now on to the products!

Friday, September 5, 2014

currently channeling: bronzed cheeks, hold the blusher

(source 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 )

If my recent cream bronzer post (here) didn't give it away, I'm having a serious RMS BEAUTY Buriti bronzer moment. As I've simplified my routine, I've hardly been reaching for blush at all. It's about carving out imaginary cheekbones. The idea of a subtle contour with a hint of warmth has been especially inspiring. If I'm really trying to channel my inner bronzed goddess, I set and intensify the color with the PHYSICIANS FORMULA Bronze Booster in Medium/Dark.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WIMH: thrifted edition!

A quick look at What's In My Handbag today. I found this vintage Dooney & Bourke crossbody more than two years ago and, reliably sturdy and convenient, it continues to be one of my favorite thrifting finds.

THE CONTENTS (clockwise from the top): 1. BOSCIA† blotting papers | 2. TRIDENT Xtra care gum (my sister is a dentist and she gave me these so I assume they are ADA approved) | 3. DEUX LUX wallet/wristlet (similar styles here) | 4. B&N membership card | 5. currency | 6. HOURGLASS Film Noir mascara mini (you can read my haiku review here) | 7.  NYX† butter gloss in "Tiramisu," which is currently part of my "Kill List" project | 8. KISS MY FACE Face Factor 50 | 9.  SOHO makeup bag (similar ones here) | 10. EO sweet orange hand sanitizer spray | 11. ELIZABETH & JAMES Nirvana White rollerball.

† I try to be as honest and transparent as possible with you guys. It has recently come to my attention that Boscia is currently active in the Chinese market and is therefore no longer cruelty-free. NYX, on the other hand, can no longer be cruelty-free as a result of its recent acquisition by testing parent L'oreal. Lastly, I am not sure about Elizabeth & James' testing policy. I will no longer be purchasing from any of these companies, but I will continue to use up what I currently own. Some people might disagree with me here, but I don't like the idea of censoring or editing out parts of this journey. Transitioning into cruelty-free and green beauty is a long, difficult process and this blog's intention is always to be open about the stumbles and changes.