Color Me Happy

9 12 2009

So the all-mighty Pantone has chosen Turquoise as the color for upcoming 2010, calling it “inviting” and “luminous”. What do you think? 

I have to say, turquoise is beautiful and the calming connotations it comes with are good for these rough times, but I’m a bigger fan of the 2009 color, mimosa.

Not only is the name fun to say in strange fake accents- “mee-moh-sah!”- yellow is a color that is totally underused. Now, turquoise isn’t queen yet- it’s still 2009 for a few more weeks! Don’t let mimosa be forgotten! I plan on wearing my (one and only) yellow shirt tomorrow. Let’s give cheerful summery mimosa one hell of a goodbye salute!





Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful…

6 12 2009

…but inside, it’s all hot chocolate, roaring fires, eggnog and mistletoe. Christmas is around the corner and there is no better season to bust out your sparkliest, most outrageous looks. No one you know is throwing a holiday bash? Throw one yourself! Nearly everyone gets infected by the seasonal goodwill, and it’s the perfect time for a smashin’ getup. Not to mention, there’s always some damn good munchies around.

The little black dress is a classic for parties. It’s easy, quick, looks great, and is always appropriate. You can go sexy-vixen with some skinny stilettos and a fab red lippie (again, the holidays are the perfect time for trying this!) or go more glam with some eye-catching heels and glittering earrings. There’s really no end at all to what you can do with a LBD…

Or you can go with a trend this year and try a super-sequined dress; it’s pretty much guaranteed all eyes will be on you- things this blinged out are practically visible from space. Nude heels will make your legs seem extra long, and keep the tone of the outfit from being too crazy and busy.

For the more casual get-togethers dark jeans are great- comfy as all get out but not sloppy. Adorable flats are great for those of us who, when tottering about in heels, are known as ‘Public Enemy #1″, or just if your tootsies are feeling a bit sore. A pretty blouse gives you just the right amount of polish.

Embrace your inner peacock and flaunt some silks, satins, pearls, lace, glitter and glam this holiday season!





Spring Has Sprung!

14 04 2009

Where I live, it’s the time of cherry blossoms, drifting birdsong and adorable blinky-lashed baby deer! Also thunderstorms and sudden rain that comes from no where, but let’s focus on the higher temperatures, which allow lots of fashions that winter weather prohibits! I recommend, in no particular order, edible pops of color, floaty layers of chiffon and scarves, gently flushed cheeks, and some flashy cute shoes. Think fresh! Airy! Breezy! Clouds scudding across a creamy blue sky! Fluffy bunnies and kittens! The aroma of abundant blooms in the wind! Rushing gurgling streams! Everything wonderfully refreshed that the season of new beginnings has to offer…

Jimmy Choo sandals, modcloth.com ring, Alexis Bittar earrings, madaboochoo.com.au dress, Forever 21 nailpolish

Beautiful cool browns and silky textures to catch the sun. Wear with mango nails , braided hair and the scent of mint on your pulse points.

Miu Miu dress, 3.1 Phillip Lim sequin vest, Zales earrings, Botkier for Target bag, H&M shoes, extasia.com bracelet, bys.com.au nail polish

Miu Miu dress, 3.1 Phillip Lim sequin vest, Zales earrings, Botkier for Target bag, H&M shoes, extasia.com bracelet, bys.com.au nail polish

Effortlessly adorable ruffles, rich raspberry feet, eye-catching glitz and glimmer shining from your nails, ears, body. Eat with cotton candy for maximum effect. Also; tailor made for redheads.

Giuseppi Zanotti sandals, vivre.com top, Wet Seal jeans, Balenciaga bag, Stephen Collins belt, bys.com.au nail polish

Giuseppi Zanotti sandals, vivre.com top, Wet Seal jeans, Balenciaga bag, Stephen Collins belt, bys.com.au nail polish

Shades of the tropics contrast nicely with crisp white. Nails gleam with golden-peachy polish and your shoes double as jewelery. Make sure to beam brightly at everyone you meet; with clothes this exuberant, you’ll be a true spring breath of fresh air.

Chloé heels, Cathy Waterman pearls, Paige Denim cloche hat, Charlotte Russe dress, ae.com socks, Nordstrom.com lashes, OPI nail polish

Chloé heels, Cathy Waterman pearls, Paige Denim cloche hat, Charlotte Russe dress, ae.com socks, Nordstrom.com lashes, OPI nail polish

Mismatched, touchable textures play off each other, and muted colors soothe the eye. Warm pink tips add interest and feathers bob coyly from the head. Perfect for a girl with a flapper-style bob; more perfect if she smokes her cigarettes from a long holder.

Make every spring day a new day. Explore new things, enjoy the burgeoning life outdoors, and don’t forget to roll with life as it comes. Spring’s unpredictable weather patterns are great reminders to do this!





Wear This.

5 03 2009

Wandering idly through the vast internet on my lunch break, I came across the online dress shop Courtesian Boutique. While the prices are in British pounds, it has a wide selection of really lovely dresses that could work for bridesmaids, prom goers, maybe even a very modern wedding.

Also: Check this dress. Cute, nothing super original but with some nice tulle layers… But the name is what blows this gown out of the water.

Bossy Knickers!

Yes, you heard me. This is the Bossy Knickers dress:

Hee hee. I would wear this with no panties, just to be a smart ass.





Fingertips Across My Skin

22 02 2009

After nearly a month of dark vampy nails (cobalt blue, chocolate, forest green) having my nails light is definitely a big change for me. Tonight I’m going to a black-light dance with some friends so I  did my tips white and man, I am loving the mod look.

 

Please excuse the poor picture quality, my dad has our camera at the moment. I used N.Y.C. polish in 134A French White Tip over a base coat of Sally Hansen Max Growth Plus Base+Top Coat (which, by the way, has done wonders for my slow-growing nails). This color is obviously intended for a traditional French manicure but it provides such a clean, pure white that somehow doesn’t look chalky.

Try your nails white to add an unexpected pop. Wear them with pure white clothing and a tan for that country club look, add a coat of glitter for optimal unicorn luring, or just stare at them on a hot day and drift off into memories of snow.





Things To Do… If You’re Single on Valentine’s Day

14 02 2009

 Go out and buy some of the steamiest lingerie you can find, complete with whatever you love best- wild animal print, sweet ruffles and lace, or some saucy vinyl pieces. Wear it, and your smile will have a little extra.

 Dress up for the occasion. Paint a glittery pink heart on your cheek, wear fluttery false lashes, slip into your favorite jeans.

 Paint your tips and toes heart-stopping candy-apple red. (I did this today!) Flash them at everyone you see.

 Call someone near and dear to your heart, mother/sister/best friend, and tell them how much they mean to you.

 Spend the day doing something just for you. Begin a quilt, go to the zoo, ride up and down the mall escalators, paint something lovely. Anything that makes you happy, do it with gusto.

 Finish your fantastic day with a luxurious bubble bath and your favorite foods.  Being single only means that you haven’t met the love of your life yet, and therefore have more opportunity to flirt shamelessly with any and all who cross your path!

Nerd tidbit: Wearing red makes men automatically think you’re more attractive. Hmmm…





Gold is My Power Color

14 01 2009

Awards shows are guilty, snarky, gasp-filled fun. Admit it. You watch with bated breath, taking in every tiny detail on the outfits of the stars. (If you don’t, you should. These people have major money and sometimes come up with some pretty original combinations.) I did sit down to watch most of the Golden Globes the other night and there were definitiely some togs from both ends of the spectrum, good and bad.

Most of us will probably never make it onto a red carpet, unfortunately, although we’re still fabulous. But engage your imagination; what would you wear to the Golden Globes, the Oscars, a premiere? Go all out- you’re a rock star, baby! Shock everyone and and give the finger to the worst dressed lists! I did a little polyvoring and came up with a few outfits I would wear so hard on the red carpet!

Rich blue, strange origami napkin belts, and some ferocious foot bling? Yes, please! Pair with tasty strawberry nails and some intimidating lion’s head earrings. (Miu Miu Swarovski heels, vivre.com earrings, goddiva.co.uk dress, Chanel polish)

I have a feeling this apple-green silk dress would be flattering on almost anyone, and those earrings are to die-for.  A bit of classy, delicate quirkiness. Wear with luscious peachy makeup and a sly Mona Lisa smile. (Alexander McQueen dress, Max and Chloe necklace, NARS nailpolish, Rene Caovilla heels, Betsey Johnson earrings)

The LBD with a twist- with badass boots from the future and chainmail, this reminds me of what a couture Viking chick would wear. Sexy gunmetal nails and earrings like a mermaid’s eggs complete the look! How often do you see knee-high boots at a formal awards show? Not nearly often enough! (Balmain dress, Avon Lexi ring, net-a-porter.com boots, Milly pearl earrings, Chanel polish)