I used to have an obsession with makeup when I was younger (and still do!). There was a good 3 months where I thought I was going to be a makeup artist LOL. I also used to wear so much of it. Like smokey eye up the wazoo walking to my 8am class (let’s be real 12PM) like a hot mess. I have mellowed out a bit and love a fresh, light look. My Cle de Peau is my holy grail concealer, but also love this one from Tarte. It has insane coverage but also a dewy finish. Okay, so now it just has to be Spring.
Firstly, sorry for the silence! It has been an extremely busy couple of months. With school starting and growing responsibilities in my internship, it is becoming difficult to keep up with a blog as well. I do think it would be good to force myself to blog every week or so. I feel like I am such a “glorifier of busy”. I convince myself that being busy is good, when in reality, it’s quite stressful. I am a “yes (wo)man”. I have to say yes to everything because I feel like I will let people down if I say no. Then, later on, I have no choice but to say no because I bit off more than I could chew. It is such a vicious cycle, and my biggest struggle right now. I’m having a hard time balancing my life. Anyways, it’s a work in progress, but in the meantime here are some things I found inspirational.
I was at Barnes & Noble today because I was getting a serious case of cabin fever being inside the house all day. I picked up this little gem. I know it’s been out for a bit now, but I never got around to flipping through it. I am a huge fan of the brand Kate Spade. The book itself is beautiful and filled with inspiration. It’s basically happiness in a book.
It made me think of some other fashion books that are great additions to the coffee table. I own all of these and always refer back to them when I’m feeling uninspired.
1) 100 Years of Fashion Illustration by Cally Blackman – If you enjoy fashion illustration like I do, this is a must! It is loaded with different artistic styles and techniques. It doesn’t teach you how to draw or anything, but if you are already good at drawing, it is helpful when you’re feeling like you’re in an artistic rut and want to break out of your usual way of drawing. And of course, it is fun to flip through.
2) The Sartorialist: Closer by Scott Schuman – You probably have heard of his famous blog. Think of this as a book version of just that! This is the second book of his and I personally prefer it over the first book. The book is almost exclusively street style shots. I love to look through when I can’t decide what to wear or just to admire the unique style of each person. Some people are covered in designer duds and others are dressed in old jeans and thrifted tops, but both manage to look equally amazing. That’s the wonderful thing about Scott Schuman. He is able to see style not fashion, and captures it beautifully through his camera lens.
3) Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty – UGHHHHH, SO GOOD. The fashion world lost a truly talented designer too soon. This book is filled with work from his career. He had an interesting vision and his elaborate creations are a treat for the eyes. If fashion is art, then no one embodies that more than McQueen, in my humble opinion. If you missed the exhibit like I did, this needs to be in your collection.
4) Textiles: The Art of Mankind by Mary Schoeser – This is an interesting one to add to the list but I personally really enjoy it. It is packed with 1000+ color photos. That is 1000+ opportunities for you to gather design, print, color, and pattern inspiration. It is really hefty, but beautiful.
I was randomly browsing Shopbop to do the usual “look-at-things-I-can’t-afford sesh” and came across the brand, Lizzie Fortunato. I am so inspired by their patterns and prints. I’m kind of a sucker for anything soft and pastel and am especially loving the Citrus print. The embroidery is fantastic as well.
Here is the Shopbop page.
Also, isn’t the background for this post lovely? You can find this print and many other delightful ones here. Endless inspiration!
On another note, Christmas is so close! I haven’t been feeling the holiday spirit this year. When I was younger, I would get so hyped up for christmas and be filled with warm tingly feelings. Now I’m like bah humbuggin’ left and right. I think it may be because there is so much going on in my life, that I haven’t been able to think about the holidays. Ah well, maybe this mini break will be a good time to sit down and reflect on the important things and also think up a reasonable New Years Resolution list. Wish me luck!
I know it’s not even Christmas yet, but it’s not a bad idea to start thinking about New Years dresses. Apparently, 2013 was not a good year for many people around me. For me, personally, it was a mixed bag. There were some ups and downs but overall, I think I grew a lot this year. I’m still as lost as ever but I’m slowly starting to figure things out.
Anyways, I love the idea of wearing a jumpsuit for New Years. It’s something unexpected and definitely warmer than an itsy bitsy sequined mini dress. I’m a lil obsessed with the one from Asos. How cute is that bow?! If I were a bit taller, that Nasty Gal Dress would totally be in my shopping cart!
Bow and Drape Femme Striped Sweatshirt / Bow and Drape Hepburn A-Line Skirt / Snowflake Earrings / Bow and Drape Gold Clutch / Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow Palette / Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics ‘Anime’ Lip Tar / Kate Spade Pumps
Have you ever gone shopping and had a very specific idea of what you wanted? And no matter how hard you looked you just could not find it? Well, that happens to me literally every time I go shopping. Usually I find close matches but I always want to tweak something about it. I think Bow and Drape heard of my struggles because they thought of the fabulous idea to customize high quality basics and turn them into the garment of your dreams. Each of their items are staples that every woman should own. I am particularly fond of the A-line skirt and styled it here for a festive holiday party. They even have a service where you can order a home fix kit with 2 sample sizes so you get the perfect fit at no cost you. I already ordered one for the skirt and can’t wait to give it a try!
We all have an LBD cleaned, pressed, and ready to go for the many holiday parties lined up. However, this tried and true staple needs a little oomph to take it to the next level. While statement necklaces are nice by themselves, a double whammy combo keeps things interesting. To reference the wise man that is Fabulous, they’re a movement by themselves, but a force when they’re together. So, which combination are you feeling?
Yes, Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we can officially start gearing up for the holidays! But let’s be honest, you were definitely listening to Christmas songs the day after Halloween. Or was that just me? Anyways, this simple outfit gets you started on the right foot with some festive tartan and tortoise shell pumps for an interesting but subtle pattern mix. A bright orange/red lipstick instantly brings in an element of fun. Hope you had a wonderful time with loved ones!