Feb 25, 2010

Shop, shop and shop

Hey guys, I've had a long week. My sabbatical is over (which I thoroughly enjoyed, everyone deserves a sabbatical!) I'm actually out of town on business right now and am DEAD tired. I didn't have time to write my posts ahead of time so excuse this lame post but both Barney's and Neiman/Bergdorf are having new sale markdowns and what I do when I'm tired of work, I shop online, so... my picks of the fabulous sale items!

Feb 24, 2010

Style-ish Steals: Bow Flats

I had a few of you comment on my last lookbook how funny it was to see me in flats and I think a lot of my friends in real life would say the same! I don't wear them that often but I actually do have quite a stock pile of them. Now that I'm a bit older my feet don't hold up in 4 inch heels as well as they used to. I always keep a pair of flats (in a shoe bag) in my handbag now so when I know I'll be walking a lot (especially outside), I'll put on the flats and then change into heels before I get to my destination.

I love flats with embellishments on them especially bows, so thought I'd find some cute ones for this week's Style-ish Steals. A note about flats, my favorite flats that I own are by Louboutin and Tory Burch but I don't feel as strongly about designer flats as I do designer heels. I think a lot of non-designer flats are just as comfortable and well, you really can't beat the price, especially with any of these below!

It's always easy to add a pop of color with flats like these.
Jessica Simpson Shoes, Betrice Bow Flat

I love the lace bow. You don't see that much on shoes.
ASOS LILLY Satin & Lace Bow Ballerina

a little bit of chains...
Kensie Girl Bow-trim peep-toe flat

I'm oddly in love with these loafers.
Newport News Loafer Style Flat

And a little open toe flat is great for the spring.
Knotted Flannel Peep Toe

Isn't this a pretty color? And I like the zipper accent too.

Linea Paolo 'Fae' Flat

I have a pair of pink Loubie flats that I wear with everything in the summer. These are very similar in color.
DV by Dolce Vita Women's Flora Flat

I love the jewel embellishment! And these are now 45% off original price!

My Style-ish UN-Steal I had to have two:

these sparkle sparkle Miu Mius
Miu Miu silver glitter bow detail flats

and of course, the flats of all flats, Lanvin!
Lanvin Embroidered Ballerina

pssst... new post up on style.ish! Come check out the day after session that we captured in Hawaii!
Oahu Wedding Day After

Feb 23, 2010

Miu Miu Miu!

It's been awhile since I've done a shoe post and I got these about a month ago but just never got around to taking pictures. You've seen these previously in black and when I spotted them in pink I squeeled a little bit as the black ones are already one of my favorites and these pink ones just made me that much happier!
Even the box is pretty.


Aren't the ruffles on the back so gorgeous?! I love the height on these, the platform definitely helps in the comfort factor. I've said it before but I always get questions on designer shoes so will say again that Miu Miu consistently makes the most comfortable shoes in the "designer shoe" category. When I know I'm going to be on my feet for a long time, I reach for my Miu Mius, all of the ones I own are comfortable. When I want pretty shoes but know that I will be sitting most of the night, then I go for my Louboutins.

Feb 22, 2010

Lookbook: Running Errands

It was a full errand - go to Costco-Target-Grocery store - day so just threw on a simple outfit and my new favorite flats. It was also one of those rare - little bit of makeup, bobby pin my hair - I'm lazy days :)

Ever since I got this top, I've been wanting to wear it with everything. It looks great on it's own, under a blazer, tucked into a skirt (a lookbook is coming soon!). It's so versatile and so so comfortable. The print and the color is just perfect for me too.

What I'm Wearing:
Top: Yumi Kim
Jeans: Uniqlo
Shoes: Maud Frizon
Bag: Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM
Necklaces: Wendy Brandes and Tiffany & Co.
Yumi Kim
I get lots and lots of questions about my LV Neverfull or recommendations on which LV to buy and I always recommend the Neverfull. It's just the perfect every day bag and I carry everything and anything in it but my shoulders never hurt. There's no zipper but a little hook closure and even though it's techincally still open on top, I've never had anything fall out or had problems with it. I like it so much that I think I'm going to get the same one but in the Damier print soon. Out of the 3 sizes, the MM is the best size for me. I've seen ladies with the GM and it looks great on them but they are usually a lot taller than me. If you want to get one I'd suggest going to the store and trying all 3 sizes on just so you know for sure which one you want. I originally wanted the GM because I love big bags but once I put it on my shoulder the bag totally overwhelmed me. Don't worry about getting the smaller one if you think you'll carry a lot of stuff. You should see how much I carry and still have tons of room in my bag!
Yumi Kim
I'm wearing these flats and the first time I posted this picture I got about 100 people asking me where I got them! The brand is Maud Frizon and I got them at the Venetian hotel/casino in Macau. I saw them in the window and knew that those had to come home with me! Don't you love the glitter and the big bow? You can't see but the back is all glitter too. Best part is, they are so so comfy, I can run around all day long and never have to worry about my feet hurting and I still get to wear pretty shoes.
Maud Frizon

Don't you love my Teeny Geenie necklace from the fabulous and talented WendyB? I've been wearing it lots and since it's small I can layer it with my other necklaces which I always do because for some reason, I'm never happy with just one necklace on.
Wendy Brandes

Shop the Lookbook:
Yumi Kim Becca Top
They've sold out of my print so this is the same style but print is from the newest collection.

Yumi Kim Becca top - on sale for $74!
Or this one which is the same print as my dress.

Joe's Jeans

And for my petite girls, check out these petite jeans with a shorter inseam, no hemming needed! I think this top would look cute with dark gray skinnies too.

GLITTER PINK Ballet flats

Or you could get these on sale for $59. How cute are these tortoise shell bow flats? I want!

Louis Vuitton Neverfull
I took this picture on the day I bought it, you can see how much the straps change colors over time.
Louis Vuitton Neverfull
I can't link directly to it but you can find it on louisvuitton.com

This Michael Kors tote is also a great size and a much better price than the LV. And I'm still obsessed with the Valentino Bow Tote.

Wendy Brandes Teeny Genie

Elsa Peretti Gemstone Open Heart Charm

This cutie necklace is already layered or this one for the heart lovers in us all.

But I love this friendship heart necklace! How sweet is that to give to a friend?
Gorjana Friendship Heart Necklaces

Feb 19, 2010

Makeup Tutorial: Lots of Liner

I get lots of requests for makeup tutorials and I would love to do them more, but the posts take up a lot more time. I also often forget to do a close up picture of my makeup so can't really do one without it! I took a picture of my makeup on the same day from my Miss Four Eyes post with the intention of a makeup tutorial and then I kinda decided that I wasn't going to post about it. But then, a reader wrote to me requesting my makeup for that day! So perfect timing... I swear you all know me too well :)

Here's the look...


And you've seen this picture before but it's the same look but outside in natural light
Chanel Eyeglasses

So, to start off, I always wash my face, moisturize and put on eye cream before any makeup goes on.
"The Base"
Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
Okay so I have to say that the above picture is not the best as I have super dark circles underneath my eyes but that was a few days after I got back from Hong Kong and the jet lag had gotten to me so I was not sleeping at all. Otherwise, my under eye circles are quite under control because of this product.
Always use the concealer brush to apply to the eye and then use your ring finger to blend (it's the "weakest" finger so will do the least amount of damage to the eye)

Neutrogena SkinClearing Oil-Free Makeup
I started using this foundation awhile ago when I was going through a bad skin phase hoping that it would clear up my skin. Well, it actually did! I've used so many high end department store brand foundations but nothing has worked as well for me as this foundation. It goes on smooth, has great coverage and not too cakey.
I never really had a great way to apply foundation until I tried the big fluffy brush and it's changed my skin! I've tried using my fingers, a sponge, or a flat brush but the big fluffy brush is the only thing that evens out the foundation perfectly. If some spots don't get blended as well (usually near my nose) than I just use my fingers to smooth it out. Apply the foundation directly to the brush and then dot it on all over the face.

I've been a fan of Bare Minerals for a few years now. I use this just to set the foundation and this lasts throughout the day, I never have to powder my face during the day.
Bare Escentuals Full Coverage Kabuki Brush
I prefer to use the Kabuki brush to apply the Bare Minerals powder. It seems to go on a lot more evenly for me.

The Eyes:

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
If you don't own this product, go buy it now and thank me later. This is the best product ever for eye makeup. It is just a fantastic base and holds onto your eye makeup. I can go through the entire day and never retouch my eye makeup because of this product.

Long-wear Gel Eyeliner - Bobbi Brown
For this look, after I applied the Primer Potion, I put this gel eyeliner on my upper eyeline. I winged it out a little bit on the sides but not too much.

Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush
It's crucial to have the right tools especially when doing your eyes so I really like this angled brush when using gel eyeliners. I also use this brush for powder eyeliners.

LORAC Starry-Eyed Baked Eyeshadow Trio

I used this trio for the rest of my eye look.
Using a small angled brush, apply the darkest color to the outer corner of my eyes.
Using a little bit of a larger brush I put the bronze color in the inner corners and blend to the dark color.
Using a fluffy blush, use the lightest color to blend all the colors together and above your eyelid, stop right before the brow bone.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil, Zero
Apply this eyeliner to the bottom of your eye, as close to your eyeline/waterline as possible.

Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush
Using this small brush, dab a little bit of black eye shadow on top of the eyeliner that you just applied above.

Urban Decay Brow Box
Fill in the brows with this brow powder to create a defined brow.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
The best eyelash curler ever...

Dior diorshow iconic extreme waterproof
After curling apply this waterproof mascara. I've always been a fan of waterproof mascara as it seems to hold curl a lot more than non-waterproof and it never leaves dark mark underneath your eyes.

The rest:

bareMinerals Blush
A bit of blush all over the apples of the cheeks. I apply it pretty heavy in the morning because by mid-afternoon it's pretty much gone and just the right hint of blush shows up for the rest of the day.

Bare Escentuals Angled Blush Brush
Use this brush for an easier way to apply to the cheeks.

bareMinerals 100 Percent Natural Lipgloss Cupcake
Use a good pinky-nude color for the perfect lipgloss.

And voila! There you go, my look for the day!

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