This post isn’t what you think it’s about, nor is it what I thought it’d be about. I received this Buzzfeed article this morning from a dear friend and stopped in my tracks. I think it’s safe to say that we all have our insecurities about appearances and the way we define beauty for ourselves and though the content of that article sadly doesn’t surprise me I definitely identify with it, and perhaps you do too.
I was a little late to the world of makeup, learning from my college roommate at 20 years old. I never learned not because I wasn’t insecure, but because 1) I was lazy and 2) didn’t want to spend the money investing in so many products [makeup adds up!]. Needless to say, I slowly immersed myself into the world of compacts and tubes and soon enough realized that I was building my beauty around these knick knacks sold in all shades of everything. I had to step back to remember the girl who went through high school and most of college without leaning on makeup as a crutch. Even now, I wear makeup [the impromptu iPhone photo above shows some of my faves] but I keep it natural + minimal and make it a point not to wear it every day if I don’t feel like it. Makeup’s purpose is to enhance what’s already there, not create or define what isn’t.
What do you rely on to make you feel beautiful? What defines beauty for you? Lupita says it best, “You can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What actually sustains us – what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and those around you – that kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul.”
Last night was full of amazing moments too great not to share, so here’s a little Oscars 2014 recap and six of my favorite gowns from the evening: [top row] Emma Watson in Vera Wang, Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen, Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture [bottom row] Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani and Lupita Nyong’o in Prada. My pick from the night is probably Kristen Bell’s Roberto Cavalli shown below. Oh, to wear a gorgeous gown like one of these.
I loved when Ellen ordered pizza and broke Twitter with a selfie, Pharrell danced with Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, and when the director of 12 Years A Slave jumped on stage after his acceptance speech. JLaw tripped again. Gravity swept the Oscars with a grand total of 7 awards, and now I feel I should actually watch it even though I get motion sickness. The speeches from Lupita Nyong’o, Cate Blanchett, and Matthew McConaughey were incredible, and P!NK’s performance in honor of The Wizard of Oz was breathtaking [okay, yes I cried] and my favorite of all.
[ photos via Huffington Post ]
Who’s up for a weekend trip? I’d love to road trip down to the Carolinas or finally make it to Philly for even just a day trip. Pack up your car, buy a train/plane ticket and get out of town for some breathing room when you need it and don’t have any PTO. If you pack light, all you need is one of these weekenders and you don’t even have to check anything in [who likes to do that anyway?].
Grab a friend and one of these beauts and hit the road:
1 / Baggu duffel bag in chestnut
2 / cuyana canvas and leather overnight bag
3 / Everlane reverse denim weekender
4 / Muji water repellant polyester bag
5 / Herschel Supply Co. packable duffel bag
6 / Kate Spade Saturday weekender in steel blue signature zig zag
I love Pinterest, but there’s an overwhelming amount of fashion inspiration that can make it hard for me to filter through what’s truly wearable in the day to day and what’s just eye candy. Snag a look at my Pinterest fashion board. It’s great to pin a bunch of beautiful pictures and slowly curate your style visually, but it’s got to be functional and applicable if you want to come close to looking like your Pinterest board. So I decided to start a little series of fashion posts for Pinterest in practice where I’ll show you how I interpret the images I see online and bring them to life. Here we go, part one!
The leggings + long shirt to cover your tush combo has been very overdone, so I loved this idea of putting my summer denim shorts to good use in the fall/winter. Grab an old pair of jeans and a pair of scissors to make them jorts if you don’t already have a pair you like. I’ve also been acquiring various gold necklaces which make for great layering if they’re different lengths. Wear as many chains as you’d like!
I chose to accessorize with some gold pyramid studs [these are similar] and layered 2 necklaces: a monogram necklace from my dear brother [get one in rose gold if you prefer!] and another I got a while back from Anthropologie. My gray Bordeaux U-neck is a favorite that I wear all the time and I like to half-tuck it in to my denim shorts. Gray fleece-lined leggings are a must in the cold so I usually wear those underneath with some heeled boots.
Remember the ideas is to make what you see on Pinterest your own and repurpose your wardrobe instead of purchase. All of these items I already had in my closet and are pretty basic essentials to have [read: most of them are out of stock / from past seasons]. But if you’re in the shopping mood, here are some great alternatives to get this look:
/ options for layered necklaces:
(1) coiled hoop necklace (2) dainty giving key necklace (3) gildpath necklace (4) arrowstack necklace
/ similar to my top:
(1) Ryan pocket tee in charcoal (2) U-neck tee in black (3) linen crewneck tee
Hope you’re inspired to put your Pinterest into practice! Thanks a ‘mil to Long Cao for shooting this series in film.
I’m on a mission to pare down my wardrobe because – let’s face it, you’ve kept that dress you wore that one time and never wore again [but thought you would] for way too long. So my goal for the week leading up to my blog birthday [What?! It's been year?!] is to auction off some pieces that I just don’t wear or need anymore. Honestly, a lot of these are so difficult to part with because I love them so much, but having a lean closet is my goal! You can check out what I’m selling on Instagram and comment to place a bid with your paypal email. All items will have an addition $6 flat rate shipping [US only, please!] and I will be updating through the week with more inventory! The sale will close at the end of the week – Friday, January 31 @ 6pm EST. I hope these lovely things go to good homes! This is a little snapshot of what’s in the shop:
Spread the word to your fellow petite friends, or those who want some accessories!
For some of the items, I know extra views would be helpful to see so you know what you’re getting. Here are some extra snapshots:
Pantone announced the color of the year is radiant orchid! Frankly, I’m never in “season” with their picks for the year but I thought it’d be fun to do a little board of fun things within the color range.
1 / This sham and duvet set from Serena & Lily has a simple + neat berry border around it.
2 / Black currant frozen yogurt, anyone? I know it’s freezing out, but Jeni’s always sounds delicious.
3 / I love me some candles and good packaging, put them together with this (MALIN + GOETZ) otto candle and I’m sold.
4 / Baggu. I can always use another, and this one is leather!
5 / This set of Quips + Queries cards by Russell + Hazel are minimal with a feminine touch.
6 / Fellas, you can get in on this too. Snag The Charleston shirt by Hugh & Crye in purple gingham.
7 / The illustrations of Joy Laforme are beautiful on this Briar Bush I iPhone case!
8 / Ladies, this EQUIPMENT Brett shirt in grape is a wonderful winter color.
Let’s see how the year plays out and how this color is incorporated into everything, especially fashion and weddings!