Monday, March 31, 2008
I've slowly become increasingly obsessed with all things Stila. If you're not familiar with the brand, it was developed back in the 90's by makeup artist Jeanine Lobell - whose work is featured in Instyle this month. It used to be part of the Estee' Lauder empire, at which point it was in every major department store. Since leaving E.L, the brand has the most consistent presence at Sephora, Ulta, and online. Fun fact- Jeanine is married to ER's Dr. Green (Anthony Edwards). But that's neither here nor there.
My obsession has migrated from the Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer, to my ever-present Brown Sugar Lip Glaze, and has landed on the eye shadow duos. My current favorite is called Fandango, a combination of a lime highlighting color and a sable/bronze contour color. I know you're looking at the lime color, thinking, 'Yeah right.' But seriously- it's sooo right! You would never guess that lime green could be sheer and beautiful, pulling out flecks of gold that you didn't even know were in your eyes. I promise- it's all this and more.
Fandango is a great spring color - the powder shadows are silky and incredibly blendable. They are both sheerly shimmery - still day appropriate but a little more special than a matte powder. Stila, more than any other brand, translates the concept of makeup as fun into something you don't have to be afraid of. Head to Sephora or Ulta STAT and start playing.
The focal point of an otherwise basic outfit is the Noir Chiffon Shrug, all from Igigi. I like this look for a couple of reasons:
- It's dramatic, but wearable.
- The chiffon shrug would be very versatile this summer- layer over anything sleeveless that leaves you feeling a little too bare otherwise.
- The yellow accents. Have you picked up yet that I am big on primary colored accents?
I always think it's a winning idea to build your outfit around one great piece, whether it's shoes, jewelry, or a statement top like this one.
Photo credit: Igigi.com.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
This picture of Sally Hansen's Lime Lights looks very teal. In real life, it's more of a muted neon lime- check it out here. It kind of reminds me of a margarita, and looks great on toes. I'm not daring enough to wear it on my nails but by all means, give it a go.
Photo credits: RescueBeautyLounge.com; Sephora.com; Walgreens.com.
- Fabric should be soft, moveable cotton
- Fit should be roomy but not oversize - larger clothes just make a Bombshell look larger
- Style is important- I like items that look sporty and functional but come in bright colors
Old Navy's rib knit tanks are superb and layer well underneath hoodies or sweatshirts. The thick straps conceal most sports bras. For more flair, wear one color over another. Once you've put together a few outfits, click over to Nike.com to customize your own pair of running shoes.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Case in point, the elegant/fun Tropez Dress. Graphic prints are all over this spring, and this is the B and Lu version:
Gwyneth Tank, $36. Available in green(shown), black and turquoise.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
The shirt is fully lined so the polyester overlay will move over your body instead of pulling and sticking to curves. The plunging neckline is beautifully balanced by the soft flutter sleeves, a light touch that says spring while still providing a little upper-arm coverage. Your waist will look cinched and small thanks to the satin trim detail just under the bust. Also available in blue, grape, black and white, $39.50.
More noteworthy is the Layered Looks collection. Comprised of spring-weight jackets and underpinnings, the real stars of are:The Black and White Eyelet Jacket will wear well year-round. The cutaway shaping is incredibly flattering to most body shapes; the hidden eyelet enclosures allow you to decide where you want to cinch in the jacket. For those of you with a smaller bosom, you could button it a little higher on your chest to create a 60’s-ish swing jacket.
If you have a larger chest, button it right below your bust to play up an hour glass figure. Layer it over a bright tee, jeans and heels for date night, or slip it on over a cocktail dress for drinks. Versatile and unique – I can’t wait to get my hands on this one! $59.50
The Single-button Smocked Cardigan sweater is a shapely version of a basic transitional cardy. Easy to toss on over anything, I love it in blue, pink and black. $39.50.
Photo credit: LaneBryant.com
Friday, March 14, 2008
Next time, I'll walk you through the Spring Romance and Color in Bloom collections.
Photo credit: lanebryant.com
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
- a pair of dark wash, bootcut jeans.
- a spring-weight jacket, preferably a trench which will go from day to night and a variety of activities with style.
- soft, black cotton top; if it's a wrap top, all the better- It'll look great with jeans or dark pants/skirt.
- speaking of....dark pants/skirt.
- 2 pairs of shoes- black and a bright color (red, yellow, something catchy).
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
A lot of the labels Macy's is carrying are already familiar: Babyphat, Rocawear, G-Unit, ING. The clothes have a street sensibility that rings truer to girls in their teens and early twenties than what's found in the Women's World. But just because you're not in high school anymore doesn't mean you won't find a few great pieces in the juniors' section.
Monday, March 10, 2008
When it's time to head inside to order more margaritas from the pool-side bartender, slip on this cute cotton skirt. It comes in several colors, one of which matches the suit perfectly:
Photo credits: Macys.com; OldNavy.com
To say it was underwhelming is an understatement. I looked over-powdered, under-blushed and overall bland. Oh well. You win some, you lose some, I had a good time. I came away a very springy new lip color, which was a very satisfactory consolation prize: Smoothing Lip Color in Poppy. It's an extremely wearable blue-red that slips on like balm, wears like lipstick and tastes minty fresh. The new line is not yet up and running on the Aveda web site, so check in with your local Aveda retailer for an introduction.
Friday, March 7, 2008
If you'd rather save, you can buy this entire outfit for the cost of those pants:JC Penney's Worthington Marilyn-fit wide legged pants are cute and not costly- regularly $40, they're on sale right now for $26.99. That works out to pennies per wear! Add a pop of juicy yellow with this Henley from Target- $14.99. Layer it over a basic crew neck, like this white one from Target ($9.99).