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Homecoming weekend

October 25, 2011

Thomas Wolfe once wrote that you can’t go home again, a phrase that has stymied philosophers and fashionistas for decades. Those words ring true for those of us who find ourselves headed back to the place we once called home, trying to impress those who are still there. It’s an existential crisis most effectively solved with high heels, shiny hair and outrageous jewelry.

Since I have a horrible habit of wearing boring clothes when getting together with old friends — and then feeling ashamed when pictures of those clothes end up on Facebook — I was determined to step it up when my high school reunion came around, an effort that quickly turned into brainstorming outfit ideas and generally annoying everyone around me. So when my friend Ashley needed to come up with some outfit ideas for an upcoming baby shower, I was more than happy to pay it forward.

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Taste the rainbow!

July 27, 2011

A fake instagram filter makes this look fancy!

Yesterday, I wrote about hot pink soft matte lip cream, and all you guys can talk about is a throwaway line about nail polish. FOCUS, PEOPLE.

So, yes, my general rule for nail polish colors is, “Would I wear it as a cardigan?” Which is to say, “Hey, crazy neon green nail polish, should I purchase you?” And the answer is, as it should be, no.

But what about pretty robins egg blue nail polish? In that instance, the answer was, “Well, not as a cardigan, but as a manicure, sure!”

Because I don’t really do pastels, as clothing. For one thing, I’m a Winter, and we do better in jewel tones, and for another, I am rather young looking, and pastels don’t help this. So pretty baby pinks, butter yellows and minty greens get to have fun as manicure colors, since they have no place in my wardrobe.

Nail polish is also a great way to dip a toe into crazy trends. Think you might like neon? Try a neon mani before dropping cash on a fluorescent sweater.  Another way to tone down your polish? A matte top coat. It looks amazing over metallic polishes, too.

Likewise, wardrobe staples like steel grey and navy are also the workhorses in my nail polish arsenal. And neither of them are in the realm of office-approved beiges and roses.

So, now that we’ve gotten that cleared up, go forth and explore the rainbow, my friends.





Beauty dare: Bright lips

July 26, 2011

Last week, I was going through some recent issues of Lucky, looking for some style and blogging inspiration and I came across a picture of two adorable editors wearing NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa (shocking pink) and Monte Carlo (brick red). “Ooooh, they look so pretty!” I thought. “Ooooh, it’s only $6,” I went on. It seemed like the perfect way to indulge in this season’s fuchsia lip trend without breaking the bank. Plus, SOFT! MATTE! LIP! CREAM! Seems so fun!

So I went to Ulta, found the NYX display, and plopped myself on the ground to try to find the right colors. At various points, I had, not just Addis Ababa in my hands, but also Amsterdam (dark terracotta), London (the perfect nude), and San Paolo (peachy pink), before deciding, “Hey, let’s stick to one crazy, potentially unflattering color at a time, OK?” and went on about my Ulta errands-running.

But lo and behold, somewhere between the rollerball perfumes (tiny perfume!) and topcoat (shiny!), I talked myself out of the lip cream and put it back on my way to the checkout line.

But four whole days later, I’m still thinking about it. And blogging about it. And looking at that picture from Lucky, going, “Can I pull that off?”

Now, as someone who regularly wears red lipstick and gamely embraces crazy colors in my nail polish (RULE: If you wouldn’t buy that color cardigan, don’t buy that color nail polish), I’m stymied by my inability, not just to wear, but to BUY crazy pink soft matte lip cream. Isn’t this what NYX is all about? The crazy, cheap impulse buy?

Tell me, is there a daring look you’re afraid you can’t pull off? Should I give in and buy the soft matte lip cream? Do I need to say the product’s entire full name? Or am I alone in my neuroses?

“Oh, there she goes off to her room to write that hit song, ‘Alone in my neuroses.'”

A Curated Boyfriend

July 15, 2011
It’s a problem almost every man-dating lady (or man-dating man) faces at one time or another: The Badly Dressed Boyfriend. Sometimes it’s an episodic thing — you’re dressed to the nines and he’s in a wrinkled t-shirt — which can easily be solved with an artfully raised eyebrow that says, “Really? You’re wearing THAT?” But sometimes the problem is bigger.The chronic bad dresser is a difficult nut to crack. Most of the time, they have many redeeming qualities; it’s easy to ignore the Dad Jeans and white Reeboks when you’re staring into his sparkling blue eyes and admiring his adorable dimples.
But when the schmoopy phase of the relationship ends, you realize that something needs to change.Let it be clear — no one can change anyone else. All change happens from within. But sometimes the right lady can be the right change agent for the right man. And if you’re a dude reading this, it’s not that we don’t like the way you look. More, it’s that we’re hopelessly head-over-heels in schmoop with you and we just think the outside needs to more accurately reflect all your awesome internal qualities. And we don’t want you to look like a slob when we show you off to our friends.
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No vacancy

February 17, 2011

Sorry. Terrible blogger update. Still no brainspace for posts. Honestly, still no brain space for much else besides online shopping and Law & Order reruns on my DVR. It’s taken me all week to read the Scientology article in “The New Yorker” and I’m still not done!

Sometimes when life is throwing me curveballs, it’s easy to get stuck in a style rut of looking “just good enough.” But here are a few things keeping me looking put together and feeling (somewhat) sane.

  • Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm: Let’s see, it’s a glossy balm that adds color and defines my lips? SOLD. I can swipe this on and it does everything I need a lip product to do. I got it in “All Graped Up,” a great color that adds punch and goes with everything.
  • Sparkly headbands: When all 24 hours of my day need to be accounted for, I don’t want to spend half of one of those hours drying my hair and it’s left to its own devices. Sometimes this ends with gorgeous, shiny waves of glory, and sometimes it ends with waves of mutilation pulled into a ponytail. Headbands keep the frizzies tamed and the sparkle says, “this look is on purpose!”
  • My scent bug: Santa brought me a scent bug in December, but it’s taken me a little while to settle on a scent I liked. And, boy, did I find one. I load up the White Citrus, turn it on, and suddenly, my apartment smells like what I imagine very expensive spas smell like. Delightful.

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Bits and bobs

February 2, 2011

Am I the worst blogger in history? I disappear for two weeks and I return with… nothing?

Sorry, y’all. My time has been delightfully occupied lately, leaving little left for blogging. Things may or may not calm down soon, so please, talk amongst yourselves. I’ll give you a topic (or a few).

  • Peep-toe booties, yay or nay? Personally, I think they’re the stupidest shoe in the world. If it’s warm enough to peep my toes, it’s too warm to cover my ankles. Which sucks, because some varieties are kinda cute.
  • The black Kate Spade dress I blogged about earlier is on sale. Should I get it?
  • One of my favorite people started a nail polish blog. You should go read it. And comment on it.
  • Ralph Feinnes. Spelled neither “rafe” nor “fines.” Discuss.

In search of spring

January 11, 2011

January is a weird month for shopping. On one hand, we’re living in the worst part of winter. And on the other, stores are full of “resort” merchandise, which is just fancy retail speak for “shorts, but in navy!” And trust me, it’s just as annoying (if not moreso) for those of us working in the stores as it is for our shoppers.

So what’s a girl to do? Well, for me it means scoping out all my favorite haunts to see what the big trends are and what I’m responding to. Yeah, fashion magazines and Web sites already do that, but this is my way of discerning what I can find, afford and like. Doesn’t matter if it’s a “trend” if you can’t get your hot little hands on it, amirite?

And since I’ve been snowed and iced into my apartment for the last two days, I’ve had plenty of time on my hands for some online shopping. What’s on my list?

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