Archive | September, 2010

NEED / WANT / LUST : Lace addition

29 Sep

Evin’s ode to lace:

I love lace.  In moderation, in excess, in colors and in basic black, the little flowery patterns add a little sexy pop and dazzle to the most demure of outfits–or push edgy ones over the line into delightful costumey absurdity.   I am elated that this season is dripping in this feminine delicacy, but I fear for its overuse and abuse.  My plan for the defending the sacred strands of this most elaborate of fabrics?  I demand that everyone only engage in one instance of lace at a time.  People need to understand that lace is not a cotton Hanes v-neck tshirt. Lace is not gentle, lace is not kind.  Everyone envies lace.  Lace is boastful, conceited, rude and selfish.  Though it warrants the gravity of biblical references, lace also facilitates whimsy.  Lace is a saucy accent–the back of a tshirt, the overlay of a neutral camisole, the leggings paired with a solid black dress.  One lace is not worn with mixed fibers of another lace. You wouldn’t wear stripes, houndstooth, tweed and madras at the same time.  Please, treat lace with the same deference you would critter pants and cable knits.  Lace plays nicely with dark denim and leather alike, while bringing sass and sweetness to flat boots and handbags too.  Make sure you keep your accessories minimal alongside something lovely and lacey–let the style and flair of your lace shine in its own light. And for heaven’s sake, please don’t wear lacy fingerless gloves.  The lead singer of Sum 41 divorced Avril Lavigne relatively recently.  In a sign of solidarity, we should all divorce her wardrobe too.

This fall, let’s try lace in fun new ways–built into our favorite staples.  Let’s be bold and commit to single pieces with lace accents…and by “bold,” I mean “lazy and resourceful,” because if the lace is already integrated into a piece, we don’t have to clumsily try to marry it off to different begrudgingly accepting parts our wardrobe! College student mentality for the win–let’s make our clothing experiences as close to baby onesies as possible.  Infant-proof styling is certainly good enough for me.

NEED: David Lerner Lace-Back Tank Dress, Neiman Marcus, $220

WANT: Roberto Cavalli Sheer Lace Leggings, Neiman Marcus, $795

LUST: Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Lace Bag, Barneys New York, $1975

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Rad beauty trend: bare face, red lips

29 Sep

Reviewed: Kate Somerville Somer360 towelettes

28 Sep

Guest blogger Evin McMullen’s take on Kate Somerville’s tanning towelettes :

I secretly believe that one day I will be a bronzed goddess.  Despite hours and hours in the sun, oodles of horrid sunburns and numerous instances of peely charred skin, I refuse to give up the dream of a deep, shimmery tan.  At the end of this summer, which I spent in Los Angeles, I was devastated to find that my pasty coloring was not in fact sun-kissed skin and hot enough to melt a popsicle, as promised byKaty Perry in California Girls.  Not  wanting to return to the East Coast social scene without a beachy glow, I set out to fake the seasonal shades that my friends had earned over a few weekends on the Vineyard and in the Hamptons.  I decided that I needed a serious partner in crime. A real savior.  Something to give me that heavenly glow visible on most of my friends and in certain paintings of Jesus.  I hit up the much beloved Kate Somerville Somer360 towlettes, allegedly the secret to a honeyed hue for ghosts like me.  The towlettes wiped on invisibly, around 8pm, and didn’t seem to show up much in the next few hours.  The next morning, I awoke wearing tights.  Well, not really.  But it looked like I was wearing footless orange tights.  I had failed to wipe below my ankles, so I had an awkward squiggle between my normal color and this trying-to-be-tan-y.  I had also missed a few spots, so my painted-on legwear had a few holes.  Aside from the inconsistency, the citrusy look only lasted until my first shower, and then faded into a tolerable color of believable.  If I had more of the towlettes, I probably could have fixed the blotches–that being said, few people seemed to notice them without me pointing them out.  In fact, I had quite a few astonished compliments on my tan!  I’d give these a B-, but they were a pretty good set of fake-bake training wheels compared to the clownish outcomes I’ve seen on my friends.  Make sure you only use them in seasons where you could be plausibly tan, and keep a little extra to fix the bits you miss!

Happy 90th birthday, French Vogue!

27 Sep

Here are some of my fav throwback covers:

Brooke Shields, November 1982

Twiggy, May 1967

Linda Evangelista, February 1990

Kate Moss, March 2003

A disgusting way to start your day

25 Sep

BECCA: lip / cheek crème

24 Sep

I’m a busy kid. I have to go to class and do homework and stuff. Which is why I want my make-up to be relatively simple. Multi-functional make-up is an extra plus. I’ve been looking for products that do it all.

So I was very intrigued when I came across BECCA’s Lip and Cheek Crème ($29). Yes, lip and cheek cremes have been around for a long time. But I’ve always been skeptical. My grandma used to put her lipstick on her cheeks as blush, and it just didn’t work. And she’s a beautiful lady.

My verdict: Ok, ok. I could use this. I absolutely looved the color on my cheek. Very blendable and easy to apply. On the face it has the perfect amount of pigmentation. On the lips? Not so blendable. It comes out matte on the lip — which I normally like — but it didn’t work with my lip’s natural color. It kind of looked like play make-up, if that even exists. 10 minutes after application, however, the lip color looked nice and natural. But I don’t usually have the time to wait 10 minutes for my make-up to look acceptable.

I think the colors they have — which are all very pretty — would work nicely with paler skins. I do think that this product is worth it to buy even just for the cheek. It makes a phenomenal blush.

Social experiment : failed real bad

22 Sep

So I challenged myself not to wear make-up today.

Didn’t happen. I just couldn’t do it.

Maybe I’ll try again tomorrow?

This is embarassing.

Bad life decision

22 Sep

Social experiment

21 Sep

I was reading Jezebel, pretty much the greatest site for women (and everyone) everywhere, and I stumbled upon a post suggesting (gasp!) that women should experiment spending a whole day or more (gasp!) without wearing make-up.

Gasp.

I feel naked if I’m not wearing make-up when I leave my room. I need the bare essentials to be in public — eyeliner, mascara, concealer, and some sort of tinted moisturizer or concealer. Yeah, this is probably a bad thing, but once you get in the habit of always wearing make-up, it’s kind of hard to break. Kind of like how we’re in the habit of wearing clothes. That would be a hard habit to break.

So I’m going to try it. Tomorrow. No make-up. I’m scared.

Derek Lam proves me wrong

20 Sep

I think the pink eye works here. I still don’t think this look is safe for at home use….