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To Do: Tiaras

Saturday, November 14, 2015

As I  sat this week, scrolling through images of Kate Middleton's new tiara, I got to thinking, I need to get a life tiara's aren't just for royalty anymore.

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I mean, sure, a tiara made of diamonds? Yeah, that's just for royalty. But, girl, you can look just as fine in a flimsy, rhinestone, piece-of-shit as you could in something coated in diamonds. Certainly, no one will mistake you for royalty, but if that's your concern, you may want to put the Barbie dolls down and reassess your life.  

                                                                                                                                             Image Via Nordstrom

This little lady sticks on the front of your bun and strikes me as mostly party-appropriate. But it would also be an unexpected (and welcomed) addition to any work-wardrobe; a nice dose of shimmer to lighten up the endless days of black that we are all guilty of.......

Click here for a how-to-wear image.


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MINIATURE-ACRYLIC-GLITTER-CROW- CAPS LOCK!
No, I'm serious. Don't make that face at me; fashion is supposed to be fun. Place this over a bun/top-knot if you want to play it safe, or let it run wild and free like this girl did. Be sure to save it for a night when you feel like taking shots, being the loudest person everywhere you go, and falling asleep (crown intact) next to 3 different kinds of pizza.


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Eat your heart out, Frida. This floral crown makes the little girl in me just squeal with joy. Color, dimension, femininity, and a healthy dose of playfulness; personally, I live for bits like this. Be sure to pair with a simple print and rich lipstick. Muah!



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Finally, I bring you the classic tiara: These should not be worn all the time, but I think they're really fun during the winter holidays. A tiara like this will pair well with anything from a cashmere turtleneck to your new-favorite holiday cocktail dress. Sure you'll be that drunk  girl in a tiara, but who cares. 

I'll say it again; fashion is meant to be fun. 

While I believe that a lot of what makes a great outfit, great, is not the individual pieces, but how we pair these items together. So I am certainly not advocating that all the pieces above be thrown together, willy nilly. But I am saying, if something excites you, it's worth finding a way to wear it. 

Of course, should you need a little guidance on the "finding a way," you have my info...







The Weekender

Sunday, October 18, 2015

This Halloween, my girlfriends and I will be flying to San Francisco for some much needed playtime. As I plan ahead, there are a number of items I'm yearning to stuff into my carry-on.....


A luxe coat that can go from day to night; this DVF piece is stunning in black. For staples, I generally stick with neutrals, but I'm impressed to say that her dark teal alternative has me biting my lip.


Speaking of staples, this Frye boot is great for tromping through the city in autumn. A comfortable pair of neutrals is imperative when you aren't checking a bag. Slide these suckers on for your flight and jam a pair of sexy nighttime heels in your carry-on or purse (where there's a will there's a way, ladies); you're good to go.


These green trousers caught my eye last weekend as I was drooling through Anthropologie; a perfectly tailored pant that could easily go from day to night, with a retro kick and seasonal coloring. 

Mmph, yummy. 


Neutrals are clearly your friend (especially when it comes to travel); but, can we let up on the black suitcase already? To say that they're overdone is an understatement, and be honest, they're not practical. Anyone who has checked a black bag has played the game, "Is that my bag? is that.. wait ... no it's not...{tick, tick, tick}... oh Shit! That was my bag!" as your bag rotates into the infinite, airport abyss. Plus, what's the point in matching your enormous bag to your outfit? It's essentially a traveler in-and-of-itself, so treat him or her as such. The Kate Spade I'm dreaming of is not only practical, she's sexy. 

Le Sigh, David Yurman; just a little something shiny, subtle, and bold, to top off every outfit. 
I have been writing Santa every year for this bracelet; but either my list is too long or I've been naughty. 
Judging by the amount of whiskey I drank this weekend, I'm guessing the latter. 


No shot through the sky is complete without a good book and I cannot stop gushing about Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. "The Universe buries strange jewels deep within us all" says Gilbert "and then stands back to see if we can find them." Big Magic is about finding out what's inside of you.... WooWoo!

But seriously, I love the shit out of this book, go read it.

Safe Travels, Friends!








Beauty: Brush Care = Skin Care

Monday, June 8, 2015



So, your skin is looking a little disjointed, perhaps acne?, perhaps the lines of age, or just a serious lack of sleep, and inordinate (or ordinate) amount of stress. So what do we do? Well, slab a bunch of makeup all over that money-maker and pray we don't sweat it off until happy hour hits and we just stop giving a damn.

I hear you, girls just wanna have fun (and be ridiculously good-looking). So if we are going to continue aging, stressing, losing sleep….Um, ugh.
What I'm saying is, we can't all be perfect yogis living off sunshine, vegetables, and the love of a man named Windsong. Try as we might, the sun doesn't always shine, and sometimes we have to find our love in a cup of coffee. Point being, makeup is our friend. She is there for us in times of need, and we need to use her appropriately, or we will face the consequences.

So to you, my fellow vixen, I ask you to please, please keep your makeup brushes clean.
Why, and How? I'm so glad you asked….

First, The Why: bacteria, dirt, and grime build up in your brushes every time you use them. So, as you continue to use a dirty brush, you're no longer just putting makeup on your face; you're spreading it on with a big pile of filth on the side. This filth will clog your pores and cause your skin to create a whole new set of (and/or extended amount of) problems. We can agree that this is disgusting, yes?

Second, The How: Clean those brushes once a week.

1. Gather your brushes and wash each, individually, using shampoo and warm water. The shampoo doesn't need to be anything special, just something with a nice scent that you won't mind smelling while you do your makeup.

2. Wash the brush heads delicately and be sure to rinse out all the makeup and shampoo.

3. Suck up the remaining water/moisture with a clean towel or paper towel, and then lay out to dry. Generally leaving them overnight (8-12 hours) will do the trick.

4. When you put the makeup brushes back into your makeup bag/box/caboodle circa 1999; I highly recommend that you place them in their own bag so as to keep them from rolling around with the rest of the grime. Because, be honest, no matter what type of makeup container you use, it's nasty on the inside. Nothing but bronzer explosions, mascara smears, hair clumps, potato chips, and at least 3 random chunks of dried… bubble gum? Wait… is that play dough? - Anyways, you understand why you might want to keep those freshly washed and dried brush heads, separate from the rest. At the very least, put them in a plastic Ziploc bag, and toss them back in your caboodle.

Photo courtesy of www.BeautyCounter.com



Fashion: Adorn Event

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Thursday, I attended a party held by Adorn, a trendy little boutique here in Portland. Among the crowds of women and vodka lemonades, I found more than just couple items that I wouldn't mind adding to the racks at home.

Below are just a handful of the pieces I fell for:


I'm a sucker for a good shirt dress; the one above and this one, not pictured, both fit the bill. 



This piece jumped right off the rack and into my arms; it is truly stunning in person. Unfortunately, the photo here doesn't give justice to the vibrancy of the orange in this top; not to mention the intricate detailing of the lace overlay. 

Taking a step outside of my fashion safety zone, I now need this necklace in my jewelry case. It's an expected piece that completely stole my attention, and I'm just itching to pair it with the shirt dress above.

I wish there was a way for you to touch this denim through your computer screen. If you could, I promise you'd thank me. 


All photos courtesy of www.shopadorn.com



Wanted

Mother's Day

Sunday, May 10, 2015








I love you, Mom.



Perspective

Wednesday, April 22, 2015






Daily

Saturday, April 11, 2015












Wanted

Monday, April 6, 2015








 "Splash out Sunglasses Francis" Bag by Kate Spade via Kate Spade, Bamboo Float Glass Coffee Table via One Kings Lane, Hold Still: A Memoir With Photographs by Sally Mann via Amazon, Leather Trim Trench Coat by Michael Kors via Avenue K, Pink Ikat Pillows by Ivy and Vine via One Kings Lane, "Schiap" Lipstick by Nars via Sephora


Tulip Festival

Monday, March 23, 2015