Setting the Mood: Blue Jeans, White Shirt

By |July 29th, 2013|Setting the Mood|

denim fashion editorialThere are times when I gaze into my closet like it’s the great abyss.  Just like there are times when I stare blankly at my computer screen with my fingers poised on the keyboard, but not a thing to type.  The fact of the matter is, I tend to over complicate things.  Overthink them.  And so when I start to feel the sweat prickling on my skin as the stress sets in, I take a deep breath, and murmur to myself, “Keep it simple, stupid.”  You see, when a women has a few staple pieces in her wardrobe, she can count on them like she can count on the rain after a blowout and her monthly visit from auntie Flo.  By having a perfectly fitting pair of jeans, a fresh white t-shirt, crisp white blouse, and a gently destroyed pair of denim shorts, there is no occasion (except for black tie) that she cannot concur.  Depending on the woman, event, and accessories, the most simple pieces, American classics, can take you from daytime down time to dinner, drinks, and possibly dancing.

J Brand 485 Luxe Sateen Midrise Skinny Jeans, T by Alexander Wang Classic Jersey T-Shirt, Splendid Voile Shirt, Rag & Bone Mila Distressed Denim Shorts

Sealed with a K.I.S.S.



How To Tuesday: Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair

By |February 5th, 2013|Beauty Buzz, How To Tuesday|

DIY flower crown kirsten smithA few weeks ago, I celebrated a pretty special birthday.  If you know me or have been reading for a while, you know that not only do I love birthdays, I love a good “prop” for an evening out.  So, for my birthday, I wanted to come up with a fun and festive way to decorate ourselves as well as the table (much like the light up centerpieces).  Seeing as we were told at one establishment, “It’s not that kind of place,” while wearing our glow rings, I needed to come up with something that was not only awesome, but also appropriate.  We didn’t need to be scolded on my birthday of all days.  What I came up with is what I am now deeming the modern day adult tiara.  You see, I have a real issue with girls wearing cheesy plastic crowns out on the town… I even threatened to disown my girlfriends if they dared try and put me in one for my bachelorette party.  However, every girl should feel like a princess on her birthday and the flower crown is the perfect way to look like an angel rather than an asshole.

It’s actually a lot simpler to do than one might think.  You only need a few things to get started:

And should you opt for fresh flowers instead of fake, you can still take the same approach, just be sure to take it easy when manhandling the buds as it will bruise and brown them.

You don’t need to go to San Francisco to wear flowers in your hair.



Would You Wednesday: Like Fine Wine

By |September 12th, 2012|Beauty Buzz, Why Did or Why Don't?|

wine lips fall 2012Red lips have reigned supreme for the last few seasons, but this fall, crimson goes a bit goth.  Fire engine red gets a bit deeper and takes on the tone of dark berries and plum wine.  Not only are apparel and accessories in the shade of fermented grapes going to be all the rage for fall, but makeup trends follow suit.  From lips to fingertips, it seems we’ll be opting for shades of deep red and burgundy.

like fine wineEllis Faas Creamy Lips in Deep Plum Wine, $35, Too Faced La Creme in Divine Wine, $21, NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Volga, $25, Sue Devitt Balanced Matte Lipstick in Australian Bight, $20, Sunday Riley Modern Lip Color in Wine Stain, $32

It would appear celebrities and fashion addicts alike have already taken to this trend, but will you be swapping out cherry for grape?

And yes, as a matter of fact, I am drinking a glass of red while I write.  For inspiration purposes, of course.






Would You Wednesday: Claws Are Out

By |September 5th, 2012|Beauty Buzz, Why Did or Why Don't?|

pointed nail trend 2012Nail art has fast become a girl’s way of expressing herself on the cheap.  Well, cheaper than a closet full of Lanvin.  Long gone are the days of the mundane Ballet Slippers and neutral nail.  We’ve graduate from glitter to full blown graphic designs.  But what happens when things go a little too far… as in too far from your cuticle?

celebrities pointy nail trendCelebrities from Beyonce to Fergie have been seen with nails that resemble those of Lee Press On’s gone rogue.  I was just hoping this would be one of those trends that catches on like wildfire in a rainstorm.  Sadly, it’s only gotten more popular and I’ve seen more than a few fashionistas walking around with sharpened claws.  As a matter of fact, the other day I saw a young lady with nails so long she could have retired her utensils and just speared her steak with her fingernails.  Better yet, they probably could have used her assistance back in the kitchen.  Here’s to hoping she doesn’t wear contact lenses and has an iPhone with Siri to transcribe her text messages.

Listen, I’m all for funky phalanges, but I’m worried girls are catty enough without claws.  What do you think of this extended trend?



Weekend (Except Not Really) Playlist: Independent Woman

By |July 4th, 2012|Weekend Playlist|

celebrities in flag bikinisSo, if you were smart you took today as a holiday and decided that the rest of the week would just continue on as your respective weekend.  That said, you are going to need a playlist to get you through those five tedious days off.  Thank goodness I’m here to supply you with a musical “snack” for that time period after your barbecue and beers.  So, sit back, relax, and celebrate your independence with this special fourth of July mid-week Weekend Playlist.