Sunday, March 31, 2013

Petal Pusher

I can't seem to get enough of dresses at the moment. There's just something about wearing dresses that instantly makes me feel happy.  No pair of pants could give me that kind of satisfaction. In fact, I may never wear pants again. But then again, I'd ALWAYS have to keep my legs shaved--and ain't nobody got time for that.  I love the soft pink flower print on this dress--perfect for an Easter Sunday.  I added a casual army green jacket to dress it down a bit but kept it classy with pearls and heels.

Dress:  Loft
Jacket: Loft
Purse: Kate Spade
Shoes: Sergio Rossi
Jewels: Fossil, F21

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Tres Chick Chic

Here's a quick and easy nail tutorial perfect for Easter Sunday!

What I used:

  • Julep "Simone"
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear "Mellow Yellow"
  • N.Y.C. "Times Square Tangerine Cream"
  • White
  • Black
  • Toothpick, bobby pin or dotting tool

  1. Paint your nails with the pastel purple and the ring finger with a bright yellow.
  2. Use the toothpick to add some polka dots.  Start down the center and do one row of 3-4 dots.
  3. Add alternating dots on either side--this way you will get a symmetrical design on each nail.
  4. Now let's get started on our chick!  Using the same toothpick, draw a jagged line, resembling a crack, on the bottom portion of the yellow nail.
  5. Fill in the shape carefully with your toothpick.  Try not to touch the surface of the nail with the point of the toothpick, but rather spread the polish around gently.  Using the orange shade, draw a triangle in the middle of the nail.
  6. Finally, dip the toothpick into the black and dot two eyes on either side of the beak.
  7. Be sure to add a top coat to blend everything together smoothly!

Let me know if you have any questions.  Enjoy your Easter weekend :]

Friday, March 29, 2013

Hint of Mint

It was 50 degrees and sunny.  I could not have put on a dress faster.  The weather here has been cold and dismal, with no end to winter in sight.  Every time I think the worst is behind us, we're hit with fresh snow.  I'm just itching to rotate my wardrobe and trade in these boots for sandals.  Since catching a cold is the last thing I need, I opted to keep my toes covered and donned a cozy blazer in a fresh mint color to bring in the (long overdue) new season. Floral, stripes, mint--I could not be more eager for spring.  Here's hoping to sunnier days and/or a possible re-location to California.

Blazer:  Urban Outfitters
Dress:  F21
Scarf:  F21
Belt:  J. Crew
Shoes:  DV by Dolce Vita
Jewels:  J. Crew, Anthropologie, J. Crew Factory

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Perfect Flick

I always get asked how I do my cat eye flick.  It's a look I wear more often than not.  It's super quick and can go from day to night depending on how dramatic you do it up.

What you need:
  • Eyeliner (gel, liquid, pencil...whatever you are comfortable with.  Today I used a felt tip liquid liner because I think it's the simplest to work with but usually I prefer a gel liner with an angled brush)
  • Make up remover + Qtip for any pesky mistakes
  1. Line the eye, starting about 3/4 of the way from the outer corner.  Don't worry about how thick you're making it yet and just concentrate on a nice even line.  The important thing is to get as close to the lash line as possible--no gaps!  If you have your eyelid peeking through, it will end up looking sloppy.
  2. Measure the angle of the flick.  To do this, you'll want to follow the natural angle of your lower lash line and extend it up towards the end of your brows.
  3. Draw your line and again, don't worry about how thick or thin.  Get everything as neat as you can and thin out the line as you end.  The length of your flick is a matter of personal preference--personally, I don't like mine too long so I extend it a little bit past my lash line.
  4. From the tip of your new flick, draw a line back down to connect it with your lash line.  You should have made some sort of a triangle. 
  5. Just fill in your triangle!  You can go over this as many times as you need to get it the way you want and thicken it up for a more dramatic flair.
  6. If you mess up, fear not.  Dap the end of Qtip in some make up remover and simply "erase" any mistakes.  Even if you don't have any big mistakes, you can use the Qtip to really sharpen that line to make it as straight as possible.
You can add a red lip for a vintage feel or nude lips for a more romantic look.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Don't Go Overboard

If you had told me five years ago that I could wear one print and then add stripes, I would have said no way.  Needless to say, I couldn't have been more wrong.  Combining prints to create a cohesive outfit is one of my favorite things to do.  It's like putting together a puzzle--I pick one pattern I want to work with and experiment with other prints until I'm satisfied with the end result.  It opens up a multitude of options and pairings I wouldn't have thought would work so I'm able to shop my own closet with fresh eyes.  

Mixing prints can be tricky, though.  It's so easy to go wrong and end up looking sloppy. Today I wanted to show a simple pairing--miniature anchors with stripes.  Notice how the color story is the same, navy blue and white.  Sure, I could have thrown on a solid navy blazer, but this is more visually interesting.  Because they share the same colors, it's a very subtle mixed-print outfit.  You can go as loud as you want with this, but I wanted to demonstrate the softer side in case you were thinking you couldn't pull it off yourself.  The trick is to look chic, no crazy!  You don't have to go overboard with it.

Top:  J. Crew
Blazer:  J. Crew
Denim: Gap
Purse:  Kate Spade
Shoes:  Payless
Jewels:  J. Crew, F21, vintage

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Flourish of Floral

I've got a bad case of Spring Fever and it's seriously impacting my wardrobe choices.  Today was all about feminine floral and shocking pink.  As much as I love being girly, I like to balance everything out and add something edgy--like this neutral faux leather jacket. It adds interest by breaking up the bright colors and prints.  I may be the opposite of tough in real life (bugs, the dark, scary name it, I avoid it), but this idea of mixing the ultra-feminine and tough edgy details is something I can get on board with.

Leather Jacket:  Express
Cardigan:  J. Crew
Dress:  Forever21
Purse:  J. Crew
Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita
Jewels: J. Crew, Fossil