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Month: January, 2012

Purple Passion

Obsessed with Prabal Gurung’s Spring 2012 ad campaign featuring the gorgeous (and unrecognizable) Candice Swanepoel.  He can do no wrong.  And love her.  This is just on another level.

{Images found here}


Spring Print Trends


Some of the prints that we’ll see a ton of this Spring:

Chevron.  Right now I’m loving all things chevron, from interior elements such as floors to clothes and accessories of all kinds.  That Everly Zig Zag Dress above is such a perfect piece to transition from Winter (with tights and booties) to Spring.

Pixelated.  The beauty of this one is that the pixelation is always of another print, such as the chevron in the Cara Accessories Pixelated Head Wrap above.

Navajo.  I just adore the neutral color palette coupled with the fun navajo print in the Theodora & Callum Sedona Scarf  above.

Geometric.  It’s nothing new but this Spring we’ll be seeing it in all sorts of neon hues, such as that cool Etro Geometric Print Silk Top above.

Polka Dots.  Since they’re not super busy, polka dots are a great way to experiment with the whole print-on-print trend.  Those Miu Miu Polka Dot Silk Crepe de Chine Shorts above would be so amazing with a great floral print blouse.

Stars.  So whimsical, love!  I need to add that Equipment Slim Signature Star Print Blouse above to my wardrobe like yesterday.

Kaleidoscope.  To avoid looking too busy, pair a fun kaleidoscope print like the Topshop Kaleidoscope Print Pencil Skirt above with a solid top and killer shoes.

Stripes.  Who doesn’t love stripes?  While we’re sure to see striped tops and maxi dresses galore this Spring, I like unexpected stripes such as the Rebecca Minkoff Striped Morning MAB Mini bag above.

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone has a wonderful week.

Blending into Backgrounds

Recently Jarret and I have gotten into a new show on the SyFy channel: Face Off.  It’s a reality show featuring movie makeup artists competing to be the best and win a bunch of prizes.  Jarret likes it because he’s an independent filmmaker whose recent projects have included monsters, horror and gore, and zombies, so he likes the movie makeup aspect… And I, well let’s face it I’ll pretty much watch any reality show with the exception of Dog the Bounty Hunter.

The most recent episode was about body painting – contestants had to paint two models, one as a character and one to completely blend into a background (a large-scale blown up image of their choosing, a pool scene for example).  I thought the concept of painting a person to blend into a background was cool, but the contestants’ work was just okay.  Then, while browsing the internet, I came across the amazing work of Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes.

“The illusion of ‘disappearing’ into the landscape that surrounds her, is in reality a blending, she is now ‘part of the landscape’ in her quest of belonging.  The theme behind all is re-location after displacement and migration and how one has to adjust in order to belong. Tough it is, but it has to be done, without forgetting our origin.” -Cecilia Paredes

Pretty spectacular, no?

{Images and quote found here}

Four Eyes

I’m due for a new set of frames and I’m actually really excited about it.  I’ve had the same pair of glasses since I first found out I needed them back in senior year of high school.  Eight years ago.  They were cool back then don’t get me wrong, but it’s definitely time for an upgrade.  I’ve been wearing contacts almost entirely and my glasses only in bed to see the tv (man my eyes have gotten bad…), but I want to get a cool pair that I’ll actually feel okay wearing in public.  I’m loving all of the frames by Elizabeth and James.  Obviously I need to try them on, and yes I know they’re similar, but these are my current frontrunners:

{Elizabeth and James – Reade}

{Elizabeth and James – Kenzie}


Fashion Doodles

I need a home office so I can display a few of these lovely fashion illustrations by New York-based artist Teri Chung.  How wonderful are they?!

  {dress from Louis Vuitton Spring-Summer 2012}

{Balenciaga Spring-Summer 2012}

{Marni Fall-Winter 2012}

{YSL coat dress}

{Lanvin Fall-Winter 2011}

{trend: neon}

{trends: jersey tapered pants, cropped knit, leopard detail}

{fashion girl on the go}

For more of Chung’s work check out her website: TERI CHUNG ILLUSTRATION

The Essentials

It’s been a while since my last beauty post, so I figured it was about time for the blogger’s obligatory my-favorite-products list.  I’m kinda obsessed with beauty products… in fact, if I don’t have any other errands to run during my lunch break, you can pretty much bet that I’ll be at Rite Aid or ULTA just browsing the aisles for the latest and greatest.  While I’m always experimenting with new potions for my hair and skin, I definitely stick to my tried and true for the most part.  The below products are what I always keep on hand in my beauty cabinet; they’re what I consider “the essentials.”


I am pretty fortunate to have skin that doesn’t break out easily, so face wash is one thing that I am always switching up.  More sensitive skin types can’t handle them, but I personally love cleansing scrubs – they kill two birds with one stone.  My current favorite is Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Detoxifying Scrub; I use it to wash my face twice a day, morning and night.  If you are someone who happens to have more sensitive skin, I’m also a huge fan of foaming face washes; I’ve tried and really like Aveeno Ultra Calming Foaming Cleanser.  In fact, Aveeno is my favorite facial care brand that can be bought at a drugstore.

I always apply some type of moisturizer to my face after washing.  In the mornings, I use Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15, and at night I use RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream (because us twenty-somethings can’t start fighting wrinkles early enough, right?).  After moisturizing both morning and night, I apply RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream to the skin around my eyes.  Again, I’m trying to get a head start at preventing fine lines.

My awesome coworker (hi Annie!) who uses La Mer brought me back some samples from her last trip to Taiwan where apparently it’s cheaper.  I wish I had known how addicting the stuff is.  I’m trying to make my samples last so I don’t use them every day, but I am pretty much obsessed with how soft and supple the Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream and The Eye Balm Intense make my skin feel and look.  Heavenly.


I’ve been having different versions of the Brazilian and Keratin treatments done to my naturally-unruly hair for years now, so I have to use sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners to ensure that my expensive treatments last as long as possible.  Like face wash, I like to switch up my shampoos and conditioners pretty much every time I’m due for a new set.  Some of my favorite sulfate-free formulas are Organix Cherry Blossom Ginger, L’Orèal EverPure, and Pureology Essential Repair.

I rarely just let my hair air-dry naturally after shampooing, but when I do I work a good amount of Bumble and Bumble Leave In (Rinse Out) Conditioner into towel-dried hair (and I leave it in).  If I’m going to blowdry and straighten (which is 95% of the time), I first apply both I.C.O.N. Cure Replenishing Spray and Moroccanoil Treatment Light to towel-dried hair.  After blowdrying but before using my flatiron, I apply less than a dime-sized amount of Frizz-Ease Hair Serum – Thermal Protection Formula to my ends.

I don’t wash my hair everyday because of the drying affect it can have on strands, so on nights that I know I’m washing my hair the next morning, I like to use L’Orèal EverStrong Overnight Hair Repair Treatment.  It makes my hair so soft and silky.  And every so often I also like to deep condition to combat the dryness from all of the heat I put my hair through.  I like L’Orèal EverPure Moisture Deep Restorative Masque, although most of the time I just use mayonnaise (there will be post a on this eventually).

And finally, when I want to give my hair that relaxed, boho beach waves look, I spray a generous amount of Frederick Fekkai Coiff Ocèanique Tousled Wave Spray into day-old washed and blown-dry hair.  The only negative to note about this product is that it makes hair incredibly tangled, however the pretty loose waves it creates definitely make it worth it.


My everyday body lotion is Aveeno Positively Nourishing Calming Body Lotion, however when I want a little bit of sparkle I use Borba Firming Fiber Knit Diamond Shimmer Body Contour.  It’s perfect for your décolletage or your legs in a short dress or skirt.  It’s pricey but I love it because it provides the perfect amount of subtle shimmer ala J.Lo without looking like you just doused yourself in glitter.

I am pretty fair when it comes to skin tone, so unless it’s the middle of summer and I have an awesome tan, I always use Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs (in Medium Glow) when going bare-legged.  It’s like makeup for your legs; it not only gives you a subtle glow but it hides veins, bumps, shaving nicks, and any other random oddities you may have on your legs that you wish would always be hidden.

I used to try out different self tanners but never found one that was as great as it promised, so instead I now splurge on a custom airbrush tan at my local tanning salon before a big event.  I also used to frequent the skin-damaging tanning beds (bad, I know), so the custom airbrush is a huge step up.  And it always looks flawless.  I love it.  For all of you Angelenos reading, No Sand Tan in Pasadena does a great job.


As I’ve mentioned, my all time favorite nail polish brand is Essie.  I also love OPI, Deborah Lippman, and ZoyaOrly is a great drugstore brand, and I actually prefer their black polish to any other; it’s a true black-black whereas OPI’s, for example, is on the sheer side.  My current polish obsessions are Essie’s Blanc (a white-out white), Essie’s Cute as a Button (a pinkish coral), and OPI’s Ski Teal We Drop (a gorgeous teal blue).

I will write a post about my complete makeup routine eventually, but for now, I’ll leave you with just the basics.  Nivea A Kiss of Strawberry Lip Care with SPF 10 is the best everyday lip balm, leaving lips smooth (but not sticky) with a hint of pinkish red coloring.  When I go out, I rotate between Senna Cosmetics Cream Lipstick in Valentina (red), NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in Funny Face (pink), and Revlon Moon Drops Creme Lipstick in Orange Flip (orangey-red).  In my opinion, the best mascara of all time is Maybelline XXL Volume Washable Mascara.  And I never, ever leave the house without swiping Senna Brow Fix X across my brows to keep them tidy and in line.

Those are the essentials.  Stay tuned; mayo hair mask (gross yet amazing) and makeup posts to come!  Have a beautiful day…

Pajama Dressing

Have you heard?  Pajama dressing is IN!  It’s all about loose, flowy printed pants with a relaxed waist – um, sounds amazing if you ask me!  I’m all about comfort (flats are my friends) so this trend is right up my alley.  To get the look without appearing as if you literally just rolled out of bed, stick to nicer fabrics such as silk and choose a print you really love.  Or, go with a solid if you’re more conservative and want to tread lightly.

Pair with a basic tee, a great jacket or blazer, and tons of jewelry, and you’re good to go… even to work, in some cases (mine included… lucky me).  On the left we have Robert Rodriguez Sketch Print Pleated Pants ($375), the middle are the Piamita Talitha Pant ($260), and the right ones are Elizabeth and James Evelyn Trousers ($345).  I want the Piamita ones so badly – I like the simple print on a dark background and I prefer the cropped, more fitted style, but any of the three would make a great addition to my wardrobe.  Here are some more affordable options:

Love the middle ones… From left to right, we have H&M Striped Satin Pants ($49.95), Forever 21 Safari Harem Pants ($19.80), and the Nom de Plume by Ya Ya Picnic Pant ($69).  I think I need to take a trip to Forever 21 ASAP.  I want to stock up on great, cheap jewelry too.

Check out how two of my favorite bloggers styled this trend here and here.  What do you think – would you rock it?

Inside Chanel Joaillerie

Located at 18 Place Vendôme in Paris, CHANEL Joaillerie is “a majestic place that culminates all the elements of Coco Chanel’s legacy at retail level. Opened in ’97 and re-designed by the one-and-only Peter Marino a decade later, it’s blooming with Coco’s camellia flower, sparkling with crystals and a custom chandelier, glistening with golden wheat, adorned with animal artifacts and luxed out with lacquered surfaces… Every inch of CHANEL Joaillerie is a nod to Coco and her infamous abode at 31 Rue Cambon, which is a mere step from the store… The Joaillerie is an enchanting place, which dedicates itself to preserving the traditions of CHANEL and the classics Coco created. Staying true to the iconic black-and-white aesthetic, it’s filled with fresh takes on Coco’s staples, embracing her innovative philosophies with an updated twist.” –The Coveteur

{crystal chandelier by French artist Françoise Pascal; reminiscent of the crystal chandelier in Coco’s apartment}

{ring from the Contraste collection displayed on a brass monkey figurine}

{brooch also from the Contraste collection; one of the main pieces of the collection}

 {golden wheat, also a nod to Coco’s apartment, and stunning earrings featuring contrasting sets of diamonds and a pearl, of course}

{rings from the Camellia Brode collection displayed on rock crystal}

{gorgeous strand of white gold, pearls, and black diamonds that can be worn as a necklace two ways, a bracelet, or a belt, displayed on a golden deer figurine}

{All images via The Coveteur}

Links I’m Liking

Some links I’m liking right now:

~10 tips for growing out your hair

~a 2012 version of Cher (from Clueless)’s virtual closet… finally!

~some social media trends we’ll see this year

~just discovered this website which will likely be my new addiction: 1st dibs on amazing vintage finds (fashion, art, furniture and for the home, etc.)

~love Jessica Alba’s eco-friendly new venture

~awesome art: aerial photography, or Patterns From Above

Pretty Pink Palette

We saw it all over the red carpet this weekend.  Yes you counted right, that’s twelve stars that opted against black and the more predictable jewel tones and instead went for a feminine, soft look in none other than gorgeous blush pink.   I had the bottom half of this post ready to go before the Globes because I am truly a huge fan of this trend and color right now.  Granted I can’t wear it because of my unfortunately pale skin tone, but I can still admire.  To be clear, I am talking about blush which is more of a pale pink, not pastel.  They are similar yet so very different.  I’m also so in love with rose gold; it’s such a fun departure from the traditional white and yellow metals.  What a feminine, soft, and pretty pink palette these rosy tones make.  Here are my current blush pink and rose gold cravings:

1.  NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette

2.  Gorjana Small Feather Necklace

3.  Rachel Zoe Kanye Wedge Sandals

4.  Fallon Rose Gold Shark’s Tooth Cuff

5.  Miu Miu Knitted Cotton and Lace Sweater

6.  Deborah Lippman Nail Lacquer in Glamorous Life

7.  Miu Miu Patent Stud Toe Sneaker

8.  Dita Mariposa Sunglasses

9.  Chloè Eau de Parfum Spray

10.  Halston Heritage Jenny Fold Clutch

11.  Tibi Ruffled Silk-Chiffon Gown

And I’ll wrap it up with some lovely editorial images that caught my eye over on Pinterest (my newest addiction).  Have a happy Tuesday!

{Images found here and here}

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