As much as I love the makeup drama at Dior, sometimes it feels a little redundant. In this case I don't care one bit. I'm sure it's the veil and the color palette, and her gorgeous face (LOVE that jaw line), but I think this look is heart stoppingly lovely.....
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Lord knows I love a bow, and I have a real soft spot for frosted hair a la Julie Christie in "Shampoo" (she looks so amazing in that movie) and lucky for me Chanel combined the two in their couture Spring 2010 show. Between the hair, the bows, and the gorgeous pale washes of color in the clothes I am in a cotton candy heaven. Abbey Lee is killing me with the veil and heart-shaped bouffant, and my goodness if I could I would walk around like that every day I would......
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Jennifer Herrema from Royal Trux has rocked that sexy "I don't give a f*ck" look for the past decade and I never get tired of it. I think she is amazing looking and I love, love, love her style. It's equal parts "Look at me" and "If you look at me I will kick your ass" which never fails to please. She epitomizes the 90's New York City L.E.S. style that will always have a very special place in my heart.
I wanted to avoid any bright pinks or tones that were too rosy with this beautiful J. Mendel dress since it could go bridal if we wen't careful. Pinks would scream bride, and going with a more neutral palette simply looks elegant. I love using rusts and deep bronzes to create depth on eyes. The colors are warm and create shape without getting too muddy or dark. Playing up the highlights with a warm shimmery peach color adds striking luminosity without looking cold or ashy or dull. I skipped the liner all together, just using shadow and lots of mascara, top and bottom. Defining the eyes with shadow alone gives drama and dimension while still keeping it fresh looking, and for me fresh and pretty is always the goal.
Armani Luminous Silk #8
Bobbi Brown loose powder in Golden Orange
Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzer in "Bahama"
Cle de Peau Extra Silky Lipstick #121
Laura Mercier "Shimmer Bloc" in "Peach Mosaic"
Givenchy Eyeshadow Palette in "Tempting Chocolate"
Lancome Virtouse in Black
*you might get bored of me listing this mascara, but it really is my favorite.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I have a lot of Get the Looks to post in the next day or two, but before I do, I wanted to post about my friends store in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Elizabeth Kiester used to be an editor and trend forecaster in New York City and about 1 1/2 years ago she moved to Cambodia and opened a store called Wanderlust. (She has since opened one in Phenom Phen, Cambodia's capital as well)
Not only is it the cutest store in Siem Reap, she carries the great clothes, bags scarves etc that are all made locally and by non-profit NGO's (non-government organizations). Her cool purses -- which totally remind me of a cute Marc By Marc Jacobs bag I have -- and makeup bags are silkscreened and sewn by an NGO for the disabled, and the beautiful scarves pictured above are woven at Prolung Khmer, an NGO for women.
I came home with a suitcase full of purses, scarves and super cute tops and skirts. The best part is that she just started selling them on her website so you don't have to travel 8000 miles to get them.....which is a relief because I know come summer time I'm going to need some more of her adorable dresses, and now I can get them without the jet lag.
Check out the cuteness for yourself:
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Rosario Dawson went to the premiere of The Book of Eli the other night. She wanted an effortlessly beautiful look so we kept it clean, pretty and simple.
I used a light foundation and kept the palette to bronzes and plums. A little extra attention to the lashes provided the one focal point of the look.
Armani Luminous Silk #8 & Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in "Bronzed"
Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder in "Golden Orange"
Chanel Poudre Soliel 4 Lumierse
Bronze, Brown, and Deep Plum colors (sorry, they're out of their containers & I don't know who made them)
Prescriptives Brown liner in "Cocoa"
Guerlain Lip Balm in "Cocoa Love"
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I got back yesterday from an incredible trip to Thailand and Cambodia with my husband. We went to Bangkok, Koh Lanta, and Siem Reap with stops at the Hong Kong International Airport. (I had wanted to fly through Narita so I could hit the Tokyo airport for a quick shop between flights. When we added up the travel hours, Narita tacked on a few extra hours each way so I agreed to Hong Kong for our transfer. Trust me, I didn't succumb easily.)
One of my favorite things to do in other countries is hit the supermarkets, drug stores, and if they have them, beauty counters looking for fun new products. I got some really fun goodies at a mall called Paragon in Bangkok. This mall had everything, from a bowling alley, to a gym, to car dealerships. Need a Lamborghini? Hit the Paragon mall.... When we were at the Bangkok airport I saw an ad for Alexander Wang makeup and I broke into a cold sweat. I had to find it. Sadly, no one at the beauty counters knew what I was talking about. Turns out he did a collection for Shiseido (only in the Asia markets) and it was released this past summer. I managed to get the beautiful skin luminating powders, but the rest of the good stuff was sold out. So sad.
The other fantastic line they had was RMK, a line by Rumiko, a very talented makeup artist. The only other place I've seen this line sold was in London (at Harrods or Selfridges). RMK has fantastic brushes, and I scooped up a bunch. Super soft and great shapes.
The upside of going through Hong Kong was hitting a massive MUJI shop. I love their simple elegant designs and I am obsessed with their cotton swabs. The cotton is so tightly wound and they are tiny, making them perfect for cleaning up eye makeup, mascara smudges, an overzealous lip line... I bought all of the cotton swabs they had. Exciting!