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

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

recent (re)purchases: the old faithfuls

A few of my favorite things from L to R: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fake Out mascara , Boscia Detoxifying Black cleanser, REN Global Protection Day Cream, EO hand sanitizer in Sweet Orange, Tarte† Light, Camera, Lashes inner rim brightener, Nuance by Salma Hayek Cucumber & Rosewater dual phase makeup remover, Hourglass Veil Mineral primer, and Its A Ten Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin.
Since a good bit of the purchases and orders I've made in the last month have been repurchases, I figured I would turn focus this Recent Purchases post on products which I've bought time and time again.

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...

Thursday, January 16, 2014

what to thrift thursday: DIY-ready jackets

1. Balmain SS14 | 2. LV SS14 | 3. Maison Martin Margiela SS14 | 4. Emilio Pucci SS14 | 5. Christopher Kane R14
I am ready to visit the thrift store with bedazzlers at the ready, because Marc Jacob's last collection for Louis Vuitton is probably going to sell for haute couture prices. Those lonely, over-looked jackets 2 sizes too large are diamonds in the rough, people!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Year, New Additions

I've made a few tweaks to the blog and hope you like them. The aim was to make the format cleaner and to make content searchable for you guys.

One of the first things you might notice are the new tabs. Reviews and Thrifting Adventure are some of the most popular posts on this blog, so I wanted to make them easier to find through the new tab bar and format. I have added an entirely new page for Mascara Haikus-- concise reviews on mascara in the form of Haiku. These are a work in process and I will be adding more pictures, products, and comparisons in the days to come.

My Contacts page has also been updated (yay!) and I would love if we could follow each other across different social media platforms. As I mention in that page, I would like to actually write you guy, so feel free to contact me via e-mail or the tumblr messaging system.

Lastly, I send you a ton of positive energy and hope everyone's year is off to a great start!
P.S. Don't get sick!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

FOTN: christmas edition

FOTN: christmas eve edition

FOTN: christmas eve edition by jaguar-zinnias

I hope everyone having a great holiday season! My family traditionally celebrates on Christmas Eve and relaxes on Christmas Day, but it was particularly lovely this year. I can only wish that you were lucky enough to spend these last couple of days stuffing your face with all of your friends and family. 
All the best,

Prep: NUANCE SALMA HAYEK Smooth Start skin primer + HOURGLASS Veil Mineral Primer SPF15 (minimal flashback)

Base: HARD CANDY Glamoflauge concealer in Medium (the pencil which comes along with this concealer is great for highlighting the browbone) + ALBA BOTANICA Even Advanced CC Cream in Light to Medium (very luminous and sheer so it is good for layering/mixing) | STILA† Stay All Day Foundation in Honey + HOURGLASS Immaculate foundation in Beige

Eyes: ESSENCE I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base | PHYSICIAN'S FORMULA Matte Quad in Canyon Classics (I used the flesh tones) + ESSENCE Silky Touch Blush in Natural Beauty (used in crease) | WET N WILD Color Icon liner in Dark Brown + TARTE Amazonian Clay liner in Bronze | JORDANA Best Lash Extreme mascara 

Cheeks: SONIA KASHUK Undetectable creme bronzer in Rich Bronze + TARTE Amazonian Clay blush in Exposed

Lips: JORDANA Easyliner for lips in Sedona Red + FLOWER BEAUTY Kiss Stick high-shine lipstick in Rose Bud (blotted to matte down the finish and avoid bleeding, reapplication is still required throughout the night though)