September 30, 2011
This week's Visual FBFF is hosted by Shelly of GS Lillian and she wanted to see a look inspired by our favorite decade. I was SO excited (can't you tell?) because I love 50's fashion, especially the Rockabilly/pin-up look. I did my best to pay homage. I cuffed up my jeans, rolled up my white tshirt, rocked the red lips and cat eye.
What I wore:
- American Apparel pain white tee
- Gap black vest (so old!)
- Ann Taylor Loft jeggings
- Open-toed black heels from Naturalizer (also very old)
- Red skull bandana worn as wrist cuff
I did a quick pompadour but it fell flat by the time I could take pics.
Trying to show you the cat eye and red lips (but I just look angry lol!)
What decade is your favorite?
Check out the rest of the FBFF outfits here!
September 29, 2011
We all get older, it's the facts of life. When I lived in southern California, so many of the moms (even grandmas) dressed like their daughters. It was awful! I don't get why women try to fight the aging process by wearing clothes from the teen section. It doesn't help. As I'm getting older, I find myself drawn to different items I wouldn't have been 10 years ago. Like pink. I used to hate pink, be very anti-pink but now I've fallen in love with anything blush colored.
Here are some guidelines for helping you achieve a grown-up wardrobe (in my opinion):
1. No more "wife beater" tanks. The name alone is awful but as I'm getting older, I find the ribbed texture looks immature since mostly little boys wear it under shirts to keep warm. It's better NOT to buy in a plastic bag of 3, but something that is on a hanger.
2. No spaghetti straps. We gotta hold the girls up! Having a thicker strap will help conceal your bra, which brings me to point 3...
3. No visible bra straps. I've never been a fan of this look. Yes, some hipsters with their asymmetrical tank tops look cool with a side boob look but it's not cute when you are somebody's mom.
4. Dark wash jeans only. No awful trendy washes or rips. Lighter jeans are acceptable in the warmer weather, colored denim can be fun, but the most flattering jeans come in a dark wash. Every woman should have them (or multiple pairs).
5. No more pullover hoodies. I would say ALL hoodies but sometimes a fitted, zip up hoodie can be a nice layer to your fall look. Just don't let them be oversized or made of childish material (i.e. thermal, velour).
6. No oversized letters. Having "JUICY" on your butt is no longer acceptable.
7. No logos. I'm not a fan of logos. I hate seeing them printed all over a bag (or shoes). It looks tacky.
8. Invest in blazers! Blazers automatically add sophistication to a look. Make them your friend!
9. No flip flops. Taking one from Wardrobe Oxygen and definitely agreeing about no flip flops except for the beach. Invest in some great wedges or gladiators, they go with everything.
10. Invest in good undergarments. I really hate VPLs (visible pantie lines) but you don't need to wear skimpy lingerie to avoid them. Find underwear that fits you well and leaves smooth lines under your clothing. (refer back to 3)
11. Can't go wrong with red. Everyone looks good in red lipstick, find the perfect shade for you!
12. Something leopard. I think it adds a sense of fun to a woman's wardrobe and can be sexy. It doesn't have to be a full print on a dress, maybe on a pair of flats.
13. Pearls. Pearls don't have to be thought of as frumpy, there are many ways to wear them but they should be a must-have in every woman's wardrobe.
14. Less trends, more investments. Trends come and go but style is forever. Something Advanced Style and Idiosyncratic Fashionistas can tell you about. Trends are fun to play with so buy them cheap in case you don't like them or they quickly fade out. Invest in pieces that are classics and work for your body so you'll wear them for years to come. See my next point...
15. Dress your body type. So many women are envious that tall, skinny girls can pull off many of the runway looks. But what about the looks they can't? They can't fill out a dress like you can. Focus on what works for your body, rather than comparing yourself to others. They might be envious that you can pull off a look they otherwise can't.
16. It's all in the details. I find myself most attracted to staple accessories on a woman. Something she can wear everyday, like a necklace that has been passed down. Have fun with your accessories, overload, or be understated.
17. Have something special. Have something that you saved up for and spent your hard earned money on. It may sound ridiculous but when you pull it out of your closet you'll feel some since of pride and accomplishment: "I earned this." Every woman should treat herself to something special in her wardrobe that she'll love forever.
18. Break the rules! This may seem to go against everything I just listed but it doesn't. The above list is to emphasize how your wardrobe can grow-up as you do and encourages you to dress your body type. I mean break rules as in "sequins are only for night time" - I love sequins in the day time!
How has your wardrobe grown-up with you?
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September 26, 2011
Beauty Blitz's featured their Top 15 Nail Trends of NYFW inspiring some more nail art. I loved these retro stockings inspired nails from The Blonds show. Now these were hand painted fake nails added to the models and used CND polishes. Just keep in mind when comparing it to my version, which I drew on my own hands (not as elegant lol!).
Rather than use a nude, I went with a light gray. I have nude on my toes and oddly don't like to match my nails and toes. I opted for my new favorite color for fall, Zoya's "Dove" from the Intimate Collection.
I did a triangle type pattern down the nail with a nail art pen. I wish I had gems to add to the nails, but I like them.
I think I could recreate the second from top look with my lace nails. Which runway nails did you admire from NYFW?
September 24, 2011
Here is a round up of posts I enjoyed reading this week:
- Dramatis Personae breaks down the steps to self-pampering all while showing screen shots from one my favorite movies "Earth Girls Are Easy"!
- Ashley4Emergy shows us how to DIY glitter heels!
- La Dolce Vita talks about the power of positive thinking.
- Dress With Courage shares the sacrifices women make for beauty.
Today is my mom's birthday so they are in the city to see a play. Then tomorrow we are going to check out Eatly. What are your weekend plans?
September 22, 2011
It's another edition of Paper Doll Project. My partner was Lia from Smart n Snazzy. This was her first project so everyone go check out the outfit I styled for her and show her the love! She graciously styled 5 outfits for me.
Look 1 (above): This is definitely my style, except I don't know about the denim shirt because it's too close to double denim for me and we all know how I feel about double denim... (lol!)
Look 2: This is a great office look. I wish I had those awesome accessories!
Look 3: I didn't have the leopard bag or cool enough shoes for this look. Note to self: get a leopard clutch!
Look 4: OMG! Gorgeous! I need an awesome trench to pull off this look. Will definitely wear something like this in the future.
I finally decided on this look. I felt like I had the most items in my closet and I loved the idea of pairing the bright jeans with a leopard top.
- Old Navy leopard print cardigan
- Zara coral jeans
- Aldo satchel (seen here)
- Target ballet flats (didn't have the cool booties)
How do I look? Don't mind that I threw this on after getting home from work.
Check out the rest of the match-ups at Miss Vinyl Ahoy's blog!
September 21, 2011
I get "FIVEhead" jokes quite often. I used to be very ashamed of my large forehead and would try to hide it with creative hairstyles and bangs. Thankfully, I have some famous people in my company and now I'm not afraid to show it off (i.e. wear a bun).
Christina Ricci- I've had a girl crush on her since the '90s (Casper, The Addams Family) and now the girl has a new hit TV show, Pan Am! She has large, almond eyes that give her doll-like features.
Mena Suvari- Another '90s heart breaker, now a mom.
Christina Hendricks- We all know my girl crush on her. She has other large features... if you know what I mean. She typically hides it away with side swept buns as Joan Holloway on Mad Men.
Kate Bosworth- Usually type casted as the surfer chick, she has been glamming it up in Hollywood. She even started a new jewelry company, JewelMint.com that I have been enjoying.
Rihanna- This girl has tried more hairstyles than anyone. I wish I was bold enough to wear some of them.
Tyra- I was hesistant to add her to the list because I'm not a fan, but the girl has rocked the big forehead on more magazine covers then the other ladies so I had to give her some props.
What body part do you get made fun of for most? Any celeb idols who rock it?
I received blinc's liquid eyeliner in my August Birchbox. You know I love me a cat eye so I was eager to give this a try.
It came in a tiny bottle but the brush was fairly easy to use.
I did this quick swatch after quickly applying the liner. Even when first applied, it didn't rub so much. It goes on slick and then dries up into a latex sort of feeling (top swatch), but it LASTS!
I wore it to the IFB conference and got many compliments!
- Easy to apply
- Lasts all day
- Doesn't come off easily. I guess it lives up to it's claim to be sweatproof
- Since it has the drying capabilities, it dries up in the bottle as well
- Expensive! For .21 oz bottle it's $24
Would I buy it again? No, just because of the price tag. My e.l.f. liquid eyeliner is $3 and hasn't dried up on me.
What has your experience been with liquid eyeliner?
September 20, 2011
I wasn't that much of a fan of ombre nails until I saw Silver Pool of Light Girl's post during one of our visual FBFF posts. She used purple shades and I just bought some new shades so I gave it a try.
Now I say ombre-ish because I didn't have exactly 5 shades so I doubled up, but I like the transition better. Not too extreme. I used two shades from Zoya's "Smoke" collection, which I received at Blogger's Night Out. Also, finally got to use the China Glaze purple color from their "Anchors Away" collection.
- Zoya's "Petra" on the thumb
- Zoya's "Jana" on the pointer and middle finger
- China Glaze's "Below Deck" on the ring
- Essie's "Glamour Purse"
Would you give ombre nails a try?
September 19, 2011
I received these gorgeous blue opal stud earrings from Send the Trend. Unfortunately, I don't have pierced ears so I thought I'd pass them along to my fabulous readers!
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Giveaway ends Saturday, September 24th at 5pm EST. Good luck!
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Last night was the 63rd Primetime Awards hosted by Jane Lynch. She did a good job making the 3 hour show be moderately entertaining. Why must award shows be SO long?! This year they also added a Glee element with the "Emmy Tones." I didn't quite get it but LOVED that boy, Zachary Levi, from Chuck was getting screen time.
Best Dressed: Kate Winslet looked stunning in a simple red gown. Well played!
Heather Morris looked smoking in this deep V dress. I'd say she was the best dressed "Glee" member there (although the hair looks weird in this photo).
Sofia Vergara definitely stepped it up this year in a red Vera Wang gown.
I can't believe I'm saying this. Kelly looked great and damn look at her little figure!
The cast of Charlie's Angels was there (even though the show isn't on yet), but I loved the movement of Rachel Taylor's dress.
Martha Plimpton from the show "Raising Hope" showed off her great figure in this _ dress.
Worst Dressed: Juliana Margulies. Congrats on the win but this Armani Prive dress is horrid.
I get that Zoeey Deschanel is an indie girl who doesn't want to get roles because of her looks, but girl you are gorgeous don't do this to yourself!
How could Christian Siriano do this to Heidi?! This dress definitely would have worked better if it was floor length.
I'm placing Diana Agron here because she is beautiful and I usually love what she wears, but not this. She really needed a bra.
I don't think this is Emmy or age appropriate for Gwyneth Paltrow. Should wear a separates, not together.
Who were your picks for best and worst dressed of the night?
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