Friday, October 31, 2008
I absolutely love this combination. It's my favorite, hands down. The pleated satin top, featuring a rich winter rose pattern, is balanced perfectly by the slim-fitting pencil skirt for maximum curves. The ivory cardigan, which has a delicate ruffle neckline, adds a bit of brightness by the face. The model's accessories make this outfit party-worthy, from the retro heels to the tousled hair and headband. She's ready to make an appearance at a cocktail party.
Another great print anchors this casual outfit. This is something that could be worn running errands on the weekend, grabbing lunch with the girls, or for casual Friday at the office. A lot of people feel conspicuous in a print, but I urge you to give it a try. Top it with a jacket or cardigan in a complimentary color (I love how this yellow cardy pulls dashes of yellow out of the top) to control how much print is shown.
When buying a winter coat, keep in mind that it's the first fashion impression you'll make on the world. So make sure it keeps in step with your wardrobe, complimenting what's underneath. If you wear a lot of dresses and skirts throughout the season think about choosing a coat that is longer - between thigh and knee length - to keep the proportion of your look right.
Cashmere at Old Navy? Yup! And it's got cute details like this elegant neckline. Available in a variety of lush colors, you can look great with minimal effort when you choose classic pieces in cashmere and wool.
This is my second favorite look - it's cable knit done right for a plus-size woman. The cable knit detail is just that - a detail, which means a Bombshell can take part in the iconic winter look without adding bulk to her curves. This look is perfect for date night!
All of the pieces needed to create these looks are available at Old Navy right now.
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Thursday, October 30, 2008
Here are the Rules:
1. Link to the person who tagged you
2. Post the rules on your blog
3. Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself
4. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs
5. Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
This'll be fun(not because I think I'm that incredibly interesting but because we'll get to learn more about some of our other favorite bloggers). Check out Emmelita's tag information on her page - and check out of the rest of her blog while you're at it.
Here are my six random facts:
1. Robson (my maiden name) family legend has it that a great-great Uncle actually invented what everyone knows as Kool-Aid. He sold the rights to it for nothing, it became huge, and he ended up in a mental institution in Nebraska.
2. I swear by soaking my nails in denture cleaner to make them bright white. My friend, Mindy, taught me that trick.
3. I cannot load the dishwasher to save my life. I mean, I can, obviously, but for some reason I can only get 7 dishes in before it's full.
4. I was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority in college - and yes, I can help ya, help ya, help ya. No, we weren't mean girls. Yes, I'm proud to have paid for some of the closest friends in my life to this day.
5. I'm afraid of clowns. Straight up scared. Have you seen the movie It? Scary. Freaking. Clown.
6. I lived in a small town in Nebraska throughout middle and high school where my parents ran a couple of local radio stations. I'm pretty sure I could get my hands on old tapes of me hosting the Bargain Counter and doing voice-overs for Taco Johns commercials.
I'm tagging D. Kendall of Hilarity Ensues, Jennie of Fumbling Toward Fashion, Carla of Product Girl, and Gracie of Gracie Fabulous.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Eyeliner is key to my look, especially on those days when I don't want to (or don't have time to) get complicated with my makeup. Tinted moisturizer, concealer, a sweep of blush, mascara and liner make me look ready for the day in a flash. Therefore, I'm always on the hunt for the very best version of each of my staple products. There's a new contender in line for best eyeliner: Laura Geller's Baked Cake Eyeliner in Plum Pudding/Black Forest.
Laura Geller's product line is based upon her key differentiator in the market - baked products. She begins the formulation for her powders, shadows, and liners with a liquid base that is infused with multiple colors all swirled together. The formula is then baked in terra cotta pans to ensure the final product maintains a rich texture and color vibrancy. No two products are exactly alike, but from what I've seen during her many appearances on QVC (it's amazing how much of my life leads back to QVC. And by amazing, I mean sad) her products provide great coverage and a natural finish. The Baked Cake Eyeliner is the first of hers that I've used. Available in 4 different color combinations, I tried Plum Pudding/Black Forest.
The cake is divided right down the middle - one side is a really lovely reddish plum shade, the other is an inky black with just a hint of shimmer. The cake looks like a pressed powder but feels really silky and smooth when rubbed onto your skin. In fact, I created a smokey eye by applying the plum liner as a shadow on my lid, right up to the brow bone. Then I lined my eyes with the black liner - it was gorgeous! I love the fact that this product multi-tasks as both shadow and liner. The plum color looks great on a bare lid, lined close to the lash line. The color is subtle enough to keep me from looking too made up, but boosts the lash line and adds a pop of color to my eyes. And, along with the included mini angled brush, the black shade creates the perfect Bombshell (think Brigitte Bardot) cat eye. To give the liner staying power, I run the tip of the brush under water and apply the liner wet. It's seriously budge-proof.
You can find Laura Geller products on her site (which I found to be hard to navigate), on QVC and in Sephora stores nationwide. If you'd like to get your hands on Laura Geller's Baked Cake Eyeliner in Plum Pudding/Black Forest for free, you'll have that opportunity when I launch my Cornucopia of Beauty contest in November. More to come...
Photo credit: Sephora.com
Monday, October 27, 2008
A couple weeks ago, I saw the commercial for L'oreal's new Double Extend Beauty Tubes mascara. What first caught my attention is that the campaign's spokesmodel is Linda Evangelista. With today's over-saturation (in my opinion) of girls wanting to become the next face of supermodeldom, I think it's exciting that so many of the original supermodels are back at work to show them how it's done.
The second thing that caught my attention was the technology on which the mascara is based - the creation of tiny tubes of mascara that encase each eyelash. Purportedly, the tubes extend beyond the natural tip of each eyelash, making them appear longer and more lush. The tubes are also supposed to be smudge-proof, removable only with soap and water. This isn't new - Too Faced and Clinique (among others) have already created products with tube technology. L'Oreal's Double Extend differentiates itself on two planes, though - 1.) the price-point is signficantly lower (around $10 at Target and other discount retailers) 2.) This product comes with an ultra nourishing base coat (which, if you recall, was the trend du jour of mascara 2 years ago). This base coat protects your lashes and creates a foundation upon which to build those tubes.
I'm a sucker for makeup trends and as a contact-lens wearer, I'm always looking for non-irritating mascara. So I was delighted to receive a tube of Double Extend Beauty Tubes mascara to sample. Thanks, L'Oreal. I wish I could say that I loved it. I certainly didn't hate this mascara - unlike other white mascara base coats I've tried, this one actually seemed to boost the thickness of my lashes. And the black mascara covered the white base really well. My lashes looked...fine. The formula didn't run or smudge under my eyes. But the tubes were really hard to get off, even with eye-makeup remover - I had to do some serious eyelash soaking to clean them which ended up irritating my eyes.
I can't put my finger on the exact reason this mascara didn't blow me away. The build up - Linda Evangelista, tube technology, applying two products to each eye...the payoff just wasn't worth the build up. I was back to my Define-a-Lash within the week. Reading over the reviews that other people have posted on Double Extend Mascara, it seems as though women with stubby lashes got the best results with the product. So if that's you, give it a try. Or if you've had a different experience with this mascara, let me know.
Photo credit: theBeautyAlchemist.blogspot.com
I've already purchased one pair - yes, I know they look like Uggs but may actually be worse than that (trend-wise) because they're knock-offs. 1.) They're warm. End of story. 2.) Uggs don't seem to come in my size. So I have to wear knock-offs. Leave it alone.
This pair is from Avenue - I ordered them online because my local store doesn't carry them. They're on sale right now for $51.
This faux suede boot is also at Avenue and it's gorgeous. They look lush and expensive and beautiful (especially in the gray color which is unexpectedly luxe). Avenue specializes in wide widths for both the foot and the calf. If you have a hard time getting boots up and around your shapely legs, check them out.
I'm positively obsessed with riding boots. They look perfectly casual and effortless with jeans or a denim skirt. They look chic and edgy paired with tights and a dress. If I had an extra $300 in my pocket, I'd pick up this pair by Geox.
Photo credits: Avenue.com; Nordstrom.com
Friday, October 24, 2008
Merona Wool Pea-Coat in plaid, available at Target for just $54.99. The plaid print on this coat elevates into fun territory, while the classic shape ensures an overall pulled-together look.
I know that puffer jackets get a bad wrap for those of us who are larger than a size 14 - they are puffy and add extra volume to our curvy shapes. You know what I say? So what? Especially when attention to detail has been paid to a puffer jacket like this one, also from Target. The princess seaming draws the eye down, and creates a nice line within the puffery.
Alloy's Fleece Hooded Jacket is great for layering over a bulky sweater or a couple of tee-shirts. It's got the exact laid-back, casual cool look I'm going for. And for less than $45!
Photo credit: Target.com; Alloy.com
Need a few ideas for what you'd like to buy? I've got some suggestions:
I love Convertible Eye Color. One end is an eyeliner, the other is a smudging tool and the center houses a coordinating eye shadow. Quick and easy to use.
I always get a little itchy for glitter around the holidays. Glitter Eye Liner adds an extra dose of shine to the eyes, without looking silly.
I wouldn't want to live without Longwear Lip Color - it goes on creamy smooth and lasts for hours without drying out my lips.
Photo credit: Stilacosmetics.com
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Garth Brooks tee...didn't he have some kind of kooky alter-ego? Wonder if I could find a tee-shirt of that.
Billy Idol - my parents banned me from watching his Rock the Cradle of Love video on MTV back in the day. Contemplating kids of my own, I can see why.
Friday, October 17, 2008
For the incredibly (crazily, ridiculously!) low price of $30, you can buy the Blue Orchid palette which contains four exclusive eye shadow shades in Sunkissed, Nectarine, Venus and Mohagany; Cheek Color in Quaint; Lip Color in Melissa and Apricot Lip Glaze; a tube of Major Lash Mascara in Brown, and a Lip Glaze in Peach Cobbler.
I would expect the palette alone to cost over $30. And I can attest to the fact that Stila's shadows and blush are perfection - the blend well, layer like a dream and last all day. Click here to purchase.
Sometimes a big cowl-neck, cable knit sweater is too much (too heavy, too bulky) but this sweater vest might be just right. It looks cute and modern.
Short Sleeve Turtleneck, available in more colors, up to size XXXL. This is a really great layering piece (under jackets, under tanks and sleeveless dresses to get through the seasonal transition) at a really great price- just $14.50.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Pink's hard-core rocker image contradicts her silly side. Get your contrast on with these Babyphat Hipster Embroidery jeans that feature contrast topstitching.
Not ready to commit to some ink of your own? No problem- just throw on this Miami Ink Winged Heart Tee from Torrid. Instant street cred. Sorta.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
- Easy to throw on, doesn't require a lot of accessories
- Versatile - can be funky or elegant or casual-ish
- Makes a woman feel beautiful and powerful and just "right."
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
These two pieces make me yearn for print. I could die happy if I owned the Bird Silk Split Sleeve Dress (on the right).
Photo credit: AnnaScholz.com
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
- If you have pretty good skin with only mild discoloration, choose a tinted moisturizer.
- If you have dry skin, choose a creamy formula.
- If you have oily skin, you need an oil-free formula; cream to powder works well on oily skin and allows for buildable coverage.
- If you have combination skin, again cream to powder is a good choice; you can also try an oil-free liquid formula.