It can be tricky trying to decide what color to wear with red. When I was younger, I had an incredibly strong aversion to wearing black with red. To me, it came off as a little cheap. I don’t feel as strongly about it now as I did when I was sixteen, but I still prefer other options over basic black when accessorizing with bold red. Well then, what options is one left with when black is eliminated? You could opt for luggage colored brown, or even a soft taupe. Another great option is grey (also a fall trend). In this instance, I had forgotten I even had these deep oxblood Pour La Victoire boots hidden beneath my bed (that’s how we store shoes here in New York). As soon as I’d wiped away the dust bunnies, I recalled that I also had a vintage bag from my mother that was of the same shade. Once a complete faux pas and something only worn by women donning their Sunday best for morning mass, I threw caution to the wind and got wild by matching my shoes to my bag. Another option right on trend would be to wear a leopard boot or carry a leopard clutch (thous in this instance, I’d opt for one or the other). It may seem a little bit “The Nanny” but I actually believe despite what men say, that leopard is sort of a new neutral. Besides, did Fran not get her man?
Speaking of my man and matching, Smitty celebrated his eighth birthday and one of his doting aunts was sweet enough to bestow him with his own scarlet sweater. She pays attention to fall trends too. Pretty much Smitty and I became this fall’s Justin and Britney, Katy and Riff Raff. Sure, my sweater is just about the same size as Smitty’s and technically it’s just an oversized jumper as opposed to an official frock, but it’s not the first, nor will it be the last, time wherein I wear something not as it’s intended.
coat: Michael Kors, sweater: Zara, similar by 6397 here, bag: vintage, similar by Oliveve here, shoes: Pour La Victoire, similar by Opening Ceremony here, dog: Smitty, Smitty’s sweater: handmade, similar by Ralph Lauren here, lips: Benefit Benetint
Photos by Michael Stiegler—-> have you check out his interview with Skinny Says Relax?
I recently read a parody about the differences between men and women- one of which was the number of products stowed in our bathroom cabinets. They quipped men used about six and women had probably amassed over two hundred (men could identify only twenty of those items). While, I certainly don’t have that many because I run a tight ship in my medicine cabinet, there’s not much room for anyone else’s shaving cream. Last week was all about beauty products that work their magic overnight, but how about saving room when packing for weekends away? The only thing more terrifying to a man than opening his own medicine cabinet to find the tampons you’ve stashed there is seeing you show up with two bags- one for your clothing and another for the sole purpose of your beauty regime. Rememer, we woke up like this. Save time, money, and space (and your boyfriend’s sanity) by employing products that are multipurpose. Whether it be using conditioner as shaving cream or Aquaphor as both lip and eyelash treatments or the cult classic, NARS multiple for cheeks, lids, and lips, these products are working double (and sometimes triple) time.
1. Aquaphor Healing Ointment, 2. Lorac Double Feature Concealer and Highlighter, 3. Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths Strengthening Conditioner, 4. Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen, 5. Rosebud Salve in a Tube, 6. Benefit Cosmetics Fine-One-One, 7. Earth Tu Face Skin Face, 8. Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil, 9. NARS The Multiple, 10. Napoleon Perdis Enhancer
Call me crazy (wouldn’t be the first time), but I don’t think I know one girl on this planet who wouldn’t be totally psyched to receive a little bit of beauty for the holidays. And wouldn’t you know… the cosmetics industry seems to have caught on since they come up with the raddest palettes right around this time of year. I wouldn’t venture to call it a coincidence. And one might think that makeup is a bit of a personal gift, it’s really hard to go wrong with palettes featuring assorted shades that are sure to be flattering on everyone from Snow White to Pocahontas. So, if you’re looking for a gift sure to be a hit, might I suggest makeup?
1. NARS Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself Eyes, $85, 2. Philosophy Ginger Hot Salt Scrub, $25, 3. Urban Decay Naked Basics, $27, 4. Benefit She’s So… Jetset!, $36, 5. Laura Mercier Le Petit Patisserie Travel Quartet, $50, 6. MAC Perfectly Plush Advanced Brush Kit, $49.50, 7. Tarte The Jewelry Box Limited Edition Palette, $45, 8. Lipstick Queen Liptropolis Set, $48, 9. Nails Inc. Bling It On Rocks Kit, $25
Alright, so the man has warranted more than just a drink at the Standard before you move on and meet up with your friends (in hopes of meeting someone better). Lucky dog! Your relationship is probably past a peck on the lips, but perhaps nothing too intimate has occurred…yet. So, he should be aware that you are worthy of far more than the run of the mill red and mundane roses or -gasp- carnations. There is a very fine line between tasteful and trite. Let’s help him out in the gift giving department… I mean, he was doing so well…
1. Stella McCartney Sam Partying Stretch Silk Satin Playsuit, $195, 2.Urban Decay Pocket Rocket Lipgloss in Colin, $19, 3. Voluspa Boxed Votive in Crisp Champagne, $7, 4. 3.1 Philip Lim Chiffon Knicker Pants, $84, 3.1 Philip Lim Chiffon Bralette, $84, 5. Kate Spade New York Idiom Meet Your Match Bangle, $58, 6. Ettika Rose Gold Bangle, $36, 7.Benefit Bathina Take a Picture It Will Last Longer Body Balm, $28, 8. Jenny Packham Two Tone Silk-Satin Kimono, $1,145
Now I remember why I don’t turn on the TV before I’ve done all my writing, editing, and all around important things. Lifetime Movies. How is one supposed to get anything done when 15 and Pregnant (starring a youthful Kirsten Dunst) is on? It’s like a black hole. You just get sucked in and then there’s no stopping it. One twisted movie after the next. Before you know it, it’s 5pm and you’re still in your jammies and they’re may be an entire bag of tortilla chips missing. Well, as you know (or maybe you don’t… in which case you’re missing out), a good Lifetime Movie will get even the staunchest soul working those tear ducts. So, you’re going to need some expensive mascara to cry off. That’s where my latest beauty find comes in.
Remember when I tried out Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Flared Mascara? Yeah, not so good. Well, I may have stumbled upon the Holy Grail of mascaras… maybe. I had heard a few people going on and on about Benefit They’re Real Mascara. Now, we all know how deep my love runs for Benefit Benetint… if I can expand on this love fest, game on. Below, check out my trial of Benefit They’re Real Mascara.
Now, when I tested out Benefit They’re Real Mascara the first time, I wasn’t sold. The texture isn’t so good the first couple of applications. I also didn’t realize it was making such a big difference until I tried it up against a fan favorite, Christian Dior Diorshow Extase (I’m wearing Benefit They’re Real on the left and Diorshow on the right). Whoa! This mascara is no joke. You may not be able to tell in these photos, but the difference is substantial.
Final verdict? Basically, this mascara is telling false eyelashes to suck it. You will not need them once you get the hang of this high impact, super sexy mascara.
Oh… but we’re not done here. Today’s a twofer. Because this mascara is so dramtic, you’re going to need a good makeup remover to get it off. Nope, not even a Lifetime Movie marathon or your average cleanser is going to get rid of this stuff. Behold NARS Makeup Cleansing Oil. This magic potion will not only banish your mascara, it will get rid of any and all traces of makeup. I have very sensitive eyeballs, and this doesn’t hurt or irritate my peepers a bit. It also won’t leave you shiny or greasy. Might I add the crowning glory? Looks great on your vanity. I call that a win, win, win… and who doesn’t like to win? Not me.
Now back to She Woke Up Pregnant.