Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Playing with color

Fall is arguably the most beautiful, the most colorful time of the year. I know my East coast readers are probably effing hate me right now. 65 is cold to me. I wore leggings beneath this lace maxi dress to keep me warm & cozy. A black leather jacket instantly transitioned a Summer maxi dress right into Fall. These colors are amazing...I've been getting messages asking me WHAT am I using for my "no-fuss" makeup and HOW is my hair pink today and back to blond-ish tomorrow??


Scunci hair chalk I found at CVS for around $7. The chalk glides onto your hair so much easier by using these little straightener-looking tools. The chalk pops in and out, depending on what colors you want to use. SO easy. AND THE BEST PART. It's chalk. It washes out in the shower. Done and done.

However, before you get carried away coloring your hair, BRUSH it. Curl it. Whatever. Style it however you want it. Then make sure you use a good amount of hair spray to make your hair more coarse, allowing the chalk to adhere better. I use Bumble & Bumble hair spray and Dry shamps. 

Some tips.....
Just like any hair styles, fresh, out-of-the-shower-and-just-blow-dryed hair is not going to be the best for hair chalking. I usually do this hair style 2-3 days having gone w/out washing my hair. YES. I go as long as possible without washing my hair because it's GOOD for your hair. Your hair's natural oils are good for it AND for hair chalking.

I use the dry shamps 1st and then liberally spray that hair spray around, everywhere. Where ever I want hair chalk, I spray.

AND since my hair is both dark brown and blonde (love the ombre trend) I can honestly tell you that the hair chalk color really only looks THAT awesome on the blonde part of my hair. Which shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. So, my fellow brunettes, you can give it a try but you'll probably end up just as disappointed as my sister was when she tried it out on her brown locks. So, in this case, blondes really do have more fun.



Very rarely do I use foundation. I'm always afraid it's clogging the shit out of my pores whenever I'm wearing it. However, when I do use foundation, I've been prone to use Oxygen Wow & Fake-up by Benefit.

Bronzer & Blush....I'm the ultimate cliche by using "Laguna" & "Orgasm" from NARS.

To go with my pink hair yesterday, I used new fave "Vanessa" lipstick also by NARS with a clear, mirror-shine gloss by Bobbi Brown on top. I ONLY wear this gloss on a still day. Wind you say? Keep the gloss away. Otherwise my hair will be a permanent fixture on my mouth. 

Eye liner is always a bitch for me. Seriously. I'm talking liquid liner. But I recently found one I'm not screaming at. Revlon's liquid liner. Keeping me sane and my flick's on point.

The easiest smokey eye ever can be achieved just by using "Voluminous Smoldering" Eyeliner by Loreal. I use it in grey. It's a chubby pencil and the grey color is perfect.

Makeup Forever...where have you been all my life? New fave. So far I'm a big fan of their lipsticks and now their mascara.

For my every day pout? It's all about those darker hues. Take it back 90s, not the hair. Dark lips are always a good idea...I use Fresh Sugar lip balm in plum with a dab of Burt's Bees new lip gloss in "starry night".

Hope that answers some questions.

Have fun with color this Fall!


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

GANNI coats and other luxurious stuff I want.

Coats, coats, coats...they're an A/W wardrobe staple. This season I found myself drooling over the infamous "Teddy Wrap" coat by Copenhagen-based brand GANNI. Dying to get inside the strawberry ice pink one. At 299 euros, I can expect to fork over around $370. Totally doable. Check out @ganni on instagram and you'll see how scrumptious this coat looks on others. MUST HAVE.

Ivy Kirzhner. It was love at first sight. All that 18k gold hardware. I was like a moth to a flame when I saw these leather "Bowery" boots. At $750 they're definitely the splurge on my list. Scan the IVY KIRZHNER site. What don't you want? Obsessed. Based out of my favorite city, SoHo. Made in the USA is always a plus. Check out @ivykirzhner on instagram.

I've been a forever fan of Flea Bags. Based out of New York, these limited edition leather & canvas combo totes, duffle bags and clutches are exquisite. I own one of their clutches and have been eyeing their "Original Flea" in prussian blue for some time now. At $440 it's within what you'd typically spend on a handbag, except not everyone will have a Flea Bag....the name cracks me up. Follow along with @fleabg via instagram.

I. LOVE. JEWELRY....simplified statement pieces to be specific. Lately, Svelte Metals rose gold plated rings have caught my attention. I need some new baubles badly so these are definitely on my list. Simple, every day pieces. The Lancaster series rings go for $125 and $115 respectively. The nova cuff is $75. Yes please! You can follow along with @SvelteMetals on instagram to see for yourself that everyone's gotta be decked out in Svelte.

Helloooooo lover! I'm in heaven. I customized these Adidas Originals in white and gold because, why wouldn't I. I plan on double-checking my size before I click the order button because once they're customized, that's it. No turning back. But how great are these?! For a pair of "mi superstar 80s custom" shoes you'll only pay about $110. DONE & DONE. @adidasoriginals on insta.

So, sooner or later I'm going to get my hands on one of these buttery soft leather bags from Cuyana. I have yet to step into their San Francisco storefront for fear I won't be able to leave empty-handed. However, Christmas is ONLY 44 DAYS AWAY....just let that sink in for a, Cuyana, hopefully I'll find you in your yummy fog grey self under my tree this year...Cuyana means "to love" and so their motto is "Fewer, Better Things"...and they really want you to love your Cuyana pieces with the whole "less is more" concept. I'm intrigued. The tote above retails for $150. I want. Follow them on instagram at @Cuyana.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014







Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Altuzarra for Target get's spooky

Halloween is just around the corner and Fall FINALLY came to California, well sort of.  It's hardly long-sleeve weather but I was dying to wear this Altuzarra for Target dress sooner than later. This gypsy-ish dress accented with tassels and gold sequins was not one of the popular picks from the Altuzarra for Target collection. For me though, it was love at first sight. Black. Sequins. And a high slit going up the side. Done and done. I wore the dress with a pair of new Pierre Hardy crush velvet heels I scooped from for less than $75.

So, in keeping with the spooky theme of the month, we shot the dress in front of a beautiful but creepy Victorian farm house...and there was no way I was going past the front gate. I spook way too easily. Maybe if we had decided to shoot in the middle of the afternoon...but we took these shoots at dusk...and with the sun slowly disappearing behind the clouds, the old Victorian started to look more and more like a scene out of a horror film. 

Halloween is definitely in the air!


Happy Shopping, Saving & of course Sequins.