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Posted on Oct 11, 2012 in Dear Diary, Fashion | 24 comments

Don’t Make Me Over

Just kidding. Please make me over. Always.

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As you guys already know, I love makeup. I am totally that girl. I don’t wear foundation on a daily basis or anything, but I just love the possibilities that makeup provides. With a few dabs here and there, you can hide that zit that’s been plaguing you. You can play up your eyes, or show off your smile, with just a few minutes of work. It boosts confidence, it makes us feel beautiful, and, yes, makeup ALWAYS fits. Regardless of whether all you like to do is brush on a single coat of mascara in the AM, or you’re putting on the whole kit-n-caboodle before work, I am a total makeup advocate.

Which is (part of) the reason I am 100% incapable of not spending money when I walk into Sephora. Anne is getting married this weekend (!!) and I ran over to the mall yesterday after my haircut for what was intended to be a super quick trip. I’m doing the makeup for bridesmaids (including her MOH, my older sister, in case you weren’t aware of that connection) and had to pick up a couple of things. Important things, like waterproof mascara. Because wedding + bridesmaids + non-waterproof mascara = looking like Alice Cooper.

Well, despite having the intention of only walking out of there with 1) Diorshow Waterproof Mascara and 2) a new color-matched foundation for myself now that I’m no longer tan (cry!) I think we all know that didn’t happen.

Sephora is like Target. I can’t walk out of there having spent less than $100.

I blame the fact that you can try pretty much every product out in-store. I can play with a look I wouldn’t normally be able to do myself because it includes ridiculous and impractical colors that normal people don’t just own. And then when I find out that look is totally freaking awesome, of COURSE I have to buy the stuff to recreate it!

Par example:

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Let’s take a closer look.

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This is a peacock-inspired makeup look that utilized Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Creme shadows (#20, #21, and #23). [Sidenote: none of these links are affiliate links or anything, I just wanted to make sure you knew what products I was referring to.]

I obviously couldn’t take step-by-step photos in store (just taking the one self-portrait made me feel awkward enough, haha) but if you’re interested in trying to recreate something similar, its really simple.

Step 1: Turquoise-color over entire lid.
Step 2: Dark blue color in crease, outer corner, and along bottom lash line.
Step 3: Green in interior corner.
Step 4: Blend your little heart out.

I also used a little gold eyeliner on my bottom lash line, but I don’t think it’s super necessary. I put a taupe/neutral color under my brow as well, but that’s something most people probably already have? Also, mascara duhhhhhh.

You guys should be really proud of me though. Even though those are the products I used to create the look IN-store, since EACH pot of creme shadow is $23, I actually walked OUT of the store with Sephora Brand Jumbo Waterproof Liners instead (#10, #11, and #27). They’re half the price and twice as versatile for me, since sticks are easy peasy to use (and I’m not really that familiar with using creme pots anyway). The cremes had wonderful, deep pigment, but I just couldn’t envision being able to make my entire way through an entire pot of electric green in my lifetime.

Lips: NARS Orgasm lip gloss, cheeks: NARS Orgasm blush. (I already own the blush… I bought the gloss. Bad Gretchen!)

Anyway, so that was my Sephorical adventure! A zillion dollars later. Oh, and just as one last note for anyone who IS considering getting the creme pot shadows: their wear-length is outstanding. I didn’t take off my eye makeup before bed last night (but I did wash my face and everything) and the shadow was still basically perfect when I woke up. This is some serious ish.

Fellow makeup fiends, come out of the woodwork! What’s your favorite look? Product? Right now my absolute favorite product I own is Urban Decay’s Naked Palette. I do at least 80% of my eye-looks with it.

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Posted on Sep 28, 2012 in Fashion | 12 comments

Fashion Friday: Work It

Whew. We made it! My legs still don’t work, but we made it to Friday! Let the weekending commence!

To ease you into your weekend after what can be referred to as the heaviest (no pun intended) post I’ve ever written, here’s a fashion post. Hooray?

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I hadn’t really posted any work-appropriate outfits yet, so I figured that since I actually put some effort in yesterday it would be a good opportunity to showcase the kinds of stuff I wear to the office. It was really nice outside, so I made my friend & coworker Rachel take pictures of me right outside of a federal building where I’m sure I didn’t look ridiculous at all.

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Especially not when I essentially stripped. I’m so glad she caught this on camera.

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Oh well. Worth it? Obviously while at work the cardigan stays on for the most part. But it was hot and sunny and I wanted to show off how cute this LBD is so I made the decision to shed a layer temporarily.

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And of course, no Fashion Friday would be complete without an awkward look-how-candid-I-am totally un-posed (ha!) shot. But can I just take a second to talk about the camera on my new iPhone 5? I used to loathe posting pictures with my phone, but as I am lazy, I don’t enjoy toting my DSLR with me absolutely everywhere. I mean, a phone camera will always be a phone camera, but I’m still pretty impressed. But if you were wondering why all my photos are not quite up to par lately, that’s why.

Anyway, here the outfit deets, just in case you were curious. I got almost everything on sale, so unfortunately I can’t find links to most of the products anymore. But with the kinds of places that I shop, generally similar things are always in rotation anyway.

LBD: Old Navy
Cardigan: New York & Company
Shoes: Payless (comfiest flats ever, btw, and they come in a few different colors)
Belt: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Armani Exchange (birthday gift)
Necklace: Gift from sister
Bag: Kate Spade

It’s too bad I don’t do Fashion Saturday posts, since tonight I’m going to a costume party for my freshman roommate Joanna and her twin sister Aileen. It’s actually their birthday today! Personally, as you all know I am OBSESSED with my own day o’ birth, I cannot imagine being forced to share it with anybody. Not even someone with whom I also shared, you know, the womb. (I may or may not have already threatened Jenny’s pregnant belly that if her baby is overdue and encrouches on my birthday month — she’s due at the end of March — there will be some seriously ‘splaining to do.)


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The party is Mean Girls-themed (!!), and since Aileen and Jo showed up at my own (Harry Potter-themed) birthday party in some pretty fetch costumes (a golden snitch and Dobby the elf respectively — see above), I figure I owe them at least a moderate effort. Right now I’m thinking about going as a “Cool Asian“. Unless anyone knows where I can get a purple tuxedo at the last minute.

Have a great weekend!

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Posted on Aug 31, 2012 in Fashion | 16 comments

Fashion Friday: Red Lipped Lovah

Here is a statement that will shock you to your very core: I love clothes. I love looking at them, shopping for them, buying them, and yes, even wearing them. I just am really a very typical girl in that way. Fashion is one of my (many) passions! I mean, I basically started this whole series just so I have an excuse to take pictures of my clothes. I love fashion and I’ve got the store receipts and backlog of Vogues to prove it.

There is, however, something that I love more than playing dress up, buying new clothing (especially now that I actually sometimes like how I look in them!), and generally ogling designer duds that I will never, ever, ever be able to afford. Makeup. I love how it can transform us, perfect us, and allow us to express ourselves in endless ways. My sister is often bewildered at my intense passion for putting tons of crap on my face, since I definitely didn’t learn it from her. In fact, beyond her high school fashionista days of wearing dark lipliner with light lipstick (hey, it was the 90s!), she doesn’t really wear makeup at all. I just got her to start regularly wearing mascara!

To be fair, I don’t actually wear a ton of makeup every day either. It’s very rare that I’ll put on my full face (foundation and all that jazz), since I’ve been blessed with relatively clear skin for most of my life (except, of course, when I need to take super close-up shots of my face, sigh). But I do my eyes up almost every single day, and in general I just love the possibilities that makeup provides. You can go from doe-eyed beauty to sultry vixen to glamorous rockstar all with just a few brush strokes. And as I’m sure the saleswomen at Sephora can attest, I take this particular passion of mine quite seriously.


Doing Ashley’s makeup at HLS (photo from Theodora)

I think that in another life (or maybe still in this one!) I’d be a makeup artist. I love doing my friends’ makeup for them, and will actually be putting my skills to the test at Anne’s wedding in October when I do the makeup for her bridal party (one of whom is my sister, so I guess that doesn’t really count).

Even with my self-proclaimed love for making myself up, however, I still have my hangups. I’m really not much of a lipstick gal. In fact, before this year, I never regularly wore anything on my lips aside from the occasional gloss. I’m now trying to branch out and try different things: stains, lipsticks, and the like (thank goodness for BirchBox!) but I’m still a bit shy when it comes to bold lip looks. With one exception, of course.

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The red lip.

I have got a serious ladyboner for red lips. I don’t know if it’s because of my not-so-secret desire to have been born in the 1950s or simply my devotion to the the originator of fabulousness herself — Marilyn Monroe — but I just love it. Like, in an I-am-going-to-rock-a-red-lip-on-my-wedding-day way.

While I used to confine the red lip to nights out with my manfriend or a particularly fancy event, I’ve recently come to the realization that iconic glamour like this knows no boundaries. I wore a daytime red lip to work yesterday and got tons of compliments. When wearing such a bold lip, I keep my eyes super-dee-duper minimal. So I’m bringing this particular look right to you, in both daytime- and nighttime-appropriate looks:

Since this is a rather picture-heavy post, and I’d like to save myself the humiliation of having endless photos of MYFACE! on the front page of the blog all weekend long, simply click past the jump to see more!

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Posted on Aug 24, 2012 in Fashion | 15 comments

Fashion Friday: Scratch

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So I think I probably jumped on this colored jeans trend about 3 months late, but hey, better late than never, right? I scored these teal skinnies online for almost half-off though, so I figured what have I got to lose?

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I actually think that these jeans would look awesome with some closed-toe pumps, but as I’m still recovering from Wednesday’s CrossFit session, I couldn’t quite stomach the idea. So t-strap flats it was!

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Jeans: Dorothy Perkins
Shirt: Forever21
Tank (underneath): H&M
Shoes: Target
Watch: Fossil (similar, similar)
Flippin’ sweet mustache Necklace: Gift from my sister

This outfit, while being pretty standard weekend wear for me, actually had a very functional purpose. It was to partially hide the horrific scratch marks that Daxter left on my chest. Evidently he did not appreciate the way I scooped him up earlier.

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Please ignore my super redface; it was like a zillion degrees.

He is lucky he’s so fracking cute, that’s all I gotta say.

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Have a great weekend!

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Posted on Aug 10, 2012 in Fashion | 7 comments

Fashion Friday: Bridal Shower

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I love pretty much any reason to get dressed up. For a concert, a date, a wedding, or one of the many precursors to a wedding: the bridal shower!

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As you already know, I attended Anne’s wonderful bridal shower (thrown by her bridesmaids including my own sister, her maid of honor!) last weekend. It was definitely a classy affair so I was glad to have this Jessica Simpson dress on hand. I purchased it on Amazon back in March, but hadn’t had an occasion to wear it yet! I especially love that it came with the belt, which is removable and fully-adjustable so I can wear it with other things, too.

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Evidently I’m really feeling yellow right now. In the past few months I’ve bought not one, but two yellow dresses, a yellow tunic-style top, and a pair of neon yellow sandals! Not sure what’s in the water, but I’m definitely digging it. You just can’t help but feel all sunshiney and bright when you’re wearing a color like this, y’know?

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Dress: Jessica Simpson on Amazon (same dress still available in different colors)
Shoes: Classiques Entier (similar, similar)
Penelope Necklace: Stella & Dot (similar, similar)
Logo Hobo: Coach
Nail color: China Glaze Beauty & the Beach

Sean and I are off to see Iron Sky tonight, a movie about Nazis from the dark side of the moon. Sounds like a winner to me! 😉

Have a great weekend!

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