Looking for ideas on how to accessorize your NYE outfit? Instead of dropping bundles of cash on costume jewelry, or maybe if you’re lucky, designer jewelry to compliment your party dress, consider using your own body. Hang in there with me… Use your assets; beauty is on a natural binge; fresh faces, long hair in braids, etc. If you’re still not getting the picture recall the mantra “if you’ve got it, flaunt it.” Your natural nails and your gorgeous locks can be inexpensive, awesome party dress pairings. My previous blog posting gave ideas for cool New Year’s nails; this bite sized blog will be about hair, specifically the cool new hair adornment trend that is party perfect.
So for a couple of weeks now I’ve been surfing the internet scoping out the beauty scene. As I often do, I visited www.vogue.com. Their beauty section spotlighted tinsel hair extensions. After reading that post, I took it upon myself to do a little more research.
Proof of this cool new adornment trend came straight from the red carpet. Celebrities like Beyoncé and Katy Perry were sporting hairdos full of eye catching tinsel extensions, in colors meant to complement their gowns, at the award ceremonies this award season.
The celebs wore crazy colors that stood out against their sometimes natural, more often dyed hair colors. If your New Year’s Eve plans include going to a club or a rave I would lean towards something on the wild side. There are so few nights a year (really only Halloween and NYE… maybe your birthday) when you can dress a fool. **Just a side note** NYE outfit must haves include; one hell of a manicure, some glamorous and yet festive locks and some creative and edgy make-up looks (more to come on that ).
If you’re not comfortable with the crazy colors, there are tinsel extensions made to match most human hair colors. If you still wanted to be experimental, just not zany, you could purchase a pack of tinsel several shades lighter than your own present hair color and use it as a highlights. I find that when you use tinsel as a highlight, the light reflected from your hair is much greater than with actual, dyed or chemical highlights, very flattering for soft-lit NYE get-togethers.
Application of the extensions can be done more permanently or temporarily, if the former is desired I would recommend viewing some of the YouTube videos already available online. They do a sufficient job educating beginners on how to apply extensions for longer wear time. I on the other hand, do not want my tinsel extensions in place for more than one evening, so, I recommend the following;
**I cannot guarantee the results of applying heat to tinsel not intended for the beauty industry (i.e. holiday or decorative tinsel)**
**Please visit YouTube for instructional videos on how to form a slip knot. The extension application videos that I mentioned earlier will also teach you how to form this simple knot : ) **
**Here is where I would recommend taking a bit of eyelash glue and securing the knot in place. I have already tested this, and I placed a single dot of glue on either side of the slip knot. I was able to remove the tinsel the next day without damage to my hair. For easy removal I lathered up my hair with my favorite shampoo and gently massaged the tinsel out in the shower the next morning.**
One of the best ways you can accessorize an outfit is with your manicure. The beauty industry has been all about color and texture this past year, for fun NYE nails try some of these cool polishes and effects.
Ciate makes a super cool product for a unique, textured manicure. Sold as a kit, there is a matte colored polish and a bottle of beaded appliques. When applied to the nail, you create a three dimensional, caviar manicure. The application processes is simple, sweep on the matte polish, and then sprinkle the colored beads over the top. When it dries the effect is a fun and festive nail look. There are a number of multi-colored bead mixtures, but to usher in the New Year, I favor solid black.
Matte polishes with the occasional opalescent shade were all too popular for all too long. Finally the beauty industry has brought a little imagination to the world of nail art by producing some pretty baller lacquer shades. If you’re looking to put some bling on your fingertips this NYE, I favor Essie’s coarse ground glitter collection, Luxeffects. There are other professional or even drug store brands that are just as eye catching. If you’re shopping on a budget, consider the Sinful Colors nail lacquer brand. Their colors are priced at $1.99 a pop and they offer a wide selection of glitter polishes. And where the Luxeffect line deals with coarse circle-shaped glitter pieces, but just recently I found other brands that used glitter strips, or even hearts and stars. If you think that using just a glitter polish is overwhelming, choose a solid, matte color to pair with it. Consider using the glitter in place of a French tip.
The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runway show was the perfect stage to showcase this winter’s simple and pretty makeup looks. The show was a collection of works from ten creative design finalists, the makeup artists working the show attempted to create a look that would complement the variability between the pieces shown.
A fresh face was already seen on the runways this fall. Foundation was matte, bronzing cakes were almost entirely absent, and light catching serums provided minimal highlight. Cake blushes were used in earthy shades like that of mauve or terracotta. It would seem that this winter season is all about polar opposites, either designers and makeup artists are playing with intense color (see my next Bite Sized Blog) or they are avoiding it altogether.
The model’s lips were muted, in some cases; concealer was applied before a nude shade of lipstick to cancel out the underlying lip color. Eyes were simple and introduced the only bit of shimmer in the look. Eyebrows were lightly darkened and were left full and minimally sculpted. Finally, hairstylists created loose, messy top knots, and chingnons piled at the nape of the neck. In some cases, hair was left hanging in soft waves. The makeup styling used in this show was simply, classic, and pretty. Now, how to get the look:
- Using a long wear, high coverage, matte foundation apply it to your face using a foundation brush.
- Set the foundation with a light dusting of face powder. When choosing a face powder, I buy multiple shades lighter than my actual skin tone. I want my powder to set my foundation, not compete with it or change the color (the color for which I spent a good hour at the beauty counter finding my best match).
- Then you will want to conceal any blemishes
- Leave cheeks bare, or apply your favorite Earthy shade of blush. Use a cake or pressed blush without shimmer and avoid bronzer all together
- The faces of these models are soft rather than sculpted. I would recommend that you avoid contouring
- You may highlight your “T zone” by applying a iridescent product to the forehead, down the bridge of the nose, the cupid’s bow of the upper lip, and the center of the chin. If you are looking for product recommendations, I have few. You want to find a highlight that is light and blends easily. I mix my own out of MAC pigments and a powder to liquid shadow serum I purchased from Aveda.
-You may apply foundation over your lips to color cancel, or choose your favorite nude to pink shade. For subdued looks like this, you could also pack a punch by using a vibrant shade of red or plum, but for day wear, avoid statement colors.
- The only shimmer found in this makeup look is found on the eyes. You will need three shadows 1) Vanilla matte shadow, applied across the entire lid and up towards the brow bone 2) A taupe shimmer, applied to the outer corner of the eye and brought in 2/3 of the way 3) A polar white shadow with shimmer or one that is frosted should be applied to the inner corner of the eye and smudged underneath the lower eyelashes.
-Smudge some of the taupe shade underneath the lower lashes, again bringing it 2/3 of the way in towards the inner corner of the eye. Apply with a light hand.
- Brush the hairs of the eyebrows up and away from the face. You can leave them natural, or you may darken them. If you choose to fill in your eyebrows, I would not recommend a pencil. The color application you get when you use a pencil is too striking. Instead, use an eyebrow stain or matter eye shadow.
- No fake lashes here ladies, a cursory sweep of the lashes with black mascara is all that is needed. If you want a greater opening of the eyes, you can line the waterline in white pencil.
- There is really no right or wrong way to do this here. Choose your part, most of the models wear a center part, but you can set it to either side if you would prefer.
- If you part in the middle, leave two strands of hair framing the face. Use a light styling foam to scrunch the hair from the ends, towards the roots to create a loose wave. Or, treat your hair with a heat protectant and put a loose curl, pulling away from the face in. If the curl comes out too tight wait for it to cool and then pull on the ends or gently comb it through with your fingers.
- If you part left or right of the middle, leave the section of hair that sweeps across your forehead loose.
- Pull your hair back into a pony tail and tie with a hairband.
- Grasp the hair in the palm of your hand and begin to roll the ends under. You should create a loop with your hair. If you would like a more pulled together look, roll the hair tighter. Secure underneath your hairband with bobby pins
- Use bobby pins to shape the hair and put back strays
- Again, if you parted left or right of the middle, take the section of hair that is still free, pull it back across the ear and wrap the end around the elastic hairband securing the pony tail.
- Apply hairspray
Interested in a history lesson from yours truly?
If yes, I hope you enjoy the following paragraphs. If no, feel free to skip ahead to the images (it’s understandable, they are beautiful ).
**Just a side note** Thanks to all my readers, those who skim and those who read word for word. I appreciate the respect and love that you give when you allow me to share my passion with you <3 **
Gucci’s Spring 2013 RTW clothing line found its inspiration within the annals of its own company history. In the early days, the fashion house produced fine leather goods including handbags and equestrian gear, first for the wealthy that lived in and around Rome, and then for American film and music stars who began to cultivate what we can only call today, “the cult of the celebrity.” It was during the years of the late 1950s, and on into the 1960s and 70s, that photographers began to snap pictures without the consent of the stars and starlets that served as their models. Effectively, these photographers became what we would call today, the paparazzi. Appropriately so, the term was coined in Rome during these years. (some coincidence right? )
And because the soft glow from the figurative Hollywood sign shone down on the city of Rome, it was able to be transformed from a melancholy, bleak city, still in the shadow of the second world war, into a magnificently brilliant one. Alive in every way, shining with a billion lights in the night, Rome was the clay in the hands of the ever persuasive entity that is, “Hollywood magic.” The sum total brilliance of those billion lights blazing were almost embarrassingly dwarfed by the glow of Hollywood’s golden children. Treated as if God’s in physical form by their adoring fans, the celebrities that vacationed in the Mediterranean during these years felt entitled to the best, and so, worked to forge a universe that revolved solely on an axis of pleasure (and only that of the finest kind, imitation finery need not apply… :/ ). The glamour and the almost palpable star dust was too much for the world to stand, and when the world demanded more pictures than the stars were willing to give. And so the burden on the shoulders of every contemporary pop-tart and heartthrob was born. Whoa is me, the sad life of the celebrity. :/
The Gucci of 2013 presents the vision of Frida Gianni, whose imaginings come from the surviving photographs from the bygone period. The pictures and the interplay of modern trends (gotta stay profitable guys, ever here of a little thing called conspicuous consumption?) are responsible for the colorful, yet confident and intelligently designed collection for 2013. There are lots of bright and sporty day-wear pieces, with a sprinkling of glamorous evening-wear garments. **Just a side note** please remember that you can always view the entire collection from the site where I source my images. Please see below )
Aside from the clothing, one interesting element in this collection is the introduction of impressive statement bauble and gem necklaces. that fetchingly so, take what would be flat non-interesting design into the glamorous vision of Gianni (the former statement is not to be taken as slander or fashion sacrilege, I would simply point out that the garments use straight lines and loose fits. Pieces that are paired with these statement necklaces are much less interesting than those without). Where the garments in this collection tend to be solid in color and simple in form, the jewelry to accompany them is beautiful, if not breathtaking. This contrast mentioned between the detail of the jewelry and the lack thereof in the garments is one of my favorite subtleties of the collection. Per usual there is a variety of color and texture in the clothing line, rounding out all the necessary, metaphorical bases, the collection is made wholly enjoyable.
The extensive use of bright colors within this line is nothing new for this fashion house, but what I will comment on, are the numerous design influences I perceive in the pieces that go unmentioned by the editors at Vogue, or similarly by the popular fashion magazines. The collection begins in vibrant coral red, and already one such “hidden influence” is perceptible. For possibly two seasons, the American female consumer has had a fondness for throwback forms. One such style that is favored at the moment, and can be seen in this photo is the Victorian puffed sleeve. This sleeve is carried throughout the collection, and supports a trend that I think will only become more pronounced in the creations of the coming seasons.
I always favor long slender shapes, partially because I am a woman wholly without curves, but that is neither here nor there. This gown is nothing if not simple, the color and cut are both understated, what makes the piece fabulous (at least in my mind) is the back bearing cutout and the gigantic collar of gold, coral and pink baubles. **Just a side note** my previous blog reported a fondness for braids in the coming season; sleek buns and updos are also popular styles to consider.
The influence of the 1970s is perhaps most perceptible with the introductions of the print pieces. This shift dress is one of my favorites, and again, another favorite shape to wear for my body. Here, the “statement” piece is present, but is far more subdued than the coral collar from earlier in the collection. I would also just like to take a moment to appreciate the gladiator sandal, how appropriate for a company forged in the city of the Colosseum, don’t you think?
Other popular trends of the season include animal prints (especially snake’s skin). Aiming to please its customer, Gucci did not fail to deliver a handful of exotic pieces in the vibrant colors that are iconic for the maison.
I included this piece because of the chicken wire collar. I found this to be an intriguing and seldom seen design element, and also felt that it was appropriate for the era being channeled. The chicken wire weave brought go-go dancers and white patent leather platform boots to mind, but without being gauche.
All there is to be said about this gown is, damn. I’d rock that in a heartbeat, and it is in this piece that the more historic shape and feel of Gucci comes out, that shape being loose throughout the body and almost-goddess inspired. All the garments seen today in this post and on the runway are strong pieces, with straight lines, rather than more feminine curves. What have been called “power pieces” are now popular among today’s women, and again, Gucci has placated their following in delivering that which was requested.
**Pictures for this collection were taken from Vogue.com. The images are stunning and in full detail. To view the entire collection and not just my favorites, please visit their website**
I experience the four seasons where I live, and that means I have to rotate the garments in my closet (i.e. bringing fall/winter clothes forward, pushing spring/summer ones to the side). The other day I did a little bit more than rotate things, if you like DIY project, or organization-binges then check it:
Closet Organization and Color Sorting =>
I embarked on an organization project the other day after it occurred to me; my closet was organized in the most nonsensical, least helpful manner possible. The organization was so asinine that I was simultaneously irritated and inspired, the latter state of being, leading me to write this blog.
So, let me describe what the “before” situation was like. A picture so obnoxious that it forced me to entirely rearrange my closet the other afternoon (it was rainy, lay off…). I had organized my tops into the following categories:
All of these categories were color coded in order of the rainbow (ROYGBIV), and had blacks and whites sitting side by side at the end of the color progression. There was an even further breakdown of color within the color family, again, moving from the deepest shade owned to the lightest.
The various “bottoms” that I own were sorted in the following way:
Some of my readers, familiar with the color wheel, will suggest that there is nothing wrong with this method of color sorting, and truly there isn’t. To suggest that there is one correct way to organize your closet would be ludicrous, but to suggest that there is a better way to “color coordinate,” rather than color code, is a valid suggestion.
So why do I distinguish between color coding and color coordinating? In my mind, to color coordinate my closet means that I am not so much concerned about grouping all like colors into single, color family block (ex: reds, crimson to burgundy, etc). I am more concerned about moving through the color wheel (primary, secondary and tertiary colors), while paying special attention to color value. Value being the amount of light in a given hue (hue is synonymous with color and will henceforth be used interchangeably).
Once I color coordinated my closet, I found that pulling together outfits was much simpler because you can so clearly distinguish the differences between color values, making it easier to pull coordinating, colored garments. On a common sense level, it helps to see everything that you have in your closet because the contrast between colors is apparent.
If you don’t believe me, check out my “before” and “after” pics, the first picture shows a packed closet with little ostensible organization whatsoever. Lighter colors tend to be overshadowed by darker ones, and more vibrant shades altogether hide the garments that are subdued in color.
So here is what I did to color coordinate my closet:
1) Pull all your clothing from your closet
2) Separate your garments into categories similar to the ones that I have listed above (be smart and don’t overthink things, the pieces that you have in your closet will nicely pair down into categories AND there’s no right or wrong way to group things).
…Use mine if you’d like
**As a side note: It doesn’t matter whether you plan to hang or fold your garments, you will do the same for either situation**
3) As a rule I moved from dark to light within a color family, hung garments with the “C” of the hanger facing inward, or towards the left, and put full length categories (i.e. long, skirts, etc) before shorter skirts.
4) I then used the color wheel below to move through the primary, secondary and tertiary colors within my wardrobe.
5) Because my own preference, and because I think of the color black as being a combination of all color, and white the absence of all color, which means they are on opposite ends of any color progression. Therefore I always began with white, then creams, and so on. If you’re using the color wheel I have posted below, I travelled clockwise around the color wheel when sorting.
6) Move through each garment category, arranging all items, moving from white to black
And it’s that simple! I find that my closet looks more polished, and I can see all my pieces instead of only the most eye catching ones. It took maybe fifteen minutes of my time, but has saved me double that in outfit planning. I can more easily find complimentary colored garments, or contrasting ones if I so desire. And if nothing else, this way of sorting is more pleasing to the eye, (my humble opinion only, of course) and was worth the time spent.
As I said before, there is no right or wrong, just whatever works best for you. If you get inspired to re-arrange your closet within the coming weeks, go ahead and LIKE this post, and if you’d like, share pics, tips, ticks, whatever, be my guest! I would love to hear from you. Here are some pics to show you how my closet turned out:
Whites move to creams and then one around the color wheel, ending with black tanks and camis.
You might recall this pic from Instagram or Twitter (check me out if you haven’t already!). This portion of my closet is devoted to blouses. As you can plainly see, I am fond of neutrals. If I fall into any fashion pitfall, it’s that I more often than not neglect purchasing or wearing colors outside of black and heather grey :/
On the opposite wall I have my dress and skirt collection, followed by my dress pant and short collection. **Just a side note** I hang all my dressier garments and fold my casual clothes. I tend to fold clothes that are made from cotton, jean, corduroy, and some synthetics. The fabrics that I make sure to always hang are silk made from silk, satin, chiffon, some cotton, some synthetics, etc.
I chose to hang my dresses in this part of my closet so that my jewelry could be close by. I suppose my logic went something like: “when do I usually wear costume jewelry?” And I answered that question when arriving at the conclusion that I most often wear costume jewelry when I am wearing a dress.
For those of you that are wondering, I did color enhance these pictures so that you could better view the transition/color progression.
**Please note that all pictures were taken by me and are my property. If you wish to use a picture for whatever reason, please contact me first for permission. I’m perfectly happy to share, but I would like credit for my work, however arbitrary the content may be. **
Fall 2012 is a mix of overarching motifs that feed what’s #trending, like that of the flapper, and random, but very cool beauty techniques like “statement” lips, and 2D nail art.
Maybe this fall you ditch your long locks for a bob cut, or try various coloring techniques like the ever popular ombre effect, or color pigments! Go wild with color on the lips, eyes and nails, but keep the face soft and fresh. Favor your metals and your brights/neon colors for makeup looks.
The following post is a compilation of trends, tips and pics to #inspire, and to help you #create. Now go out in the world and be #beautiful!
Trend Inspired: 1920s flapper
When channeling the 1920s this season, make sure that you modernize the look. Bob and pixie cuts, red nails and lips, and platinum blonde pin curls had their heyday… in the 1920s. In the modern era, we’re more edgy, and ever since the Twilight and True Blood made vampires sexy, what’s trending can wax a little bit gothic (dark neutrals, fair skin, etc). Budding fashionistas also have been known to dabble in punk (neon colors) and grunge fashion (flannel, commando boots, etc).
Look at this pic and then make the look your own. Try using darker red shades instead of the standard cherry red (see “statement” lip colors below for more inspiration and encouragement to step outside of the box).
Hair: Braids, loose curls and Bob cuts
This collage has a lot of really cool hairstyles that include a braided element. There are also some bun-type updos. Try these out for fall too. If you’re not too skilled with the whole braiding thing, check your local Sally Beauty Supply or Ulta for braided headbands (in the artifical hair/extension section). Grab one of those and it couldn’t be easier to transform your everyday updo into a coif fit for a Grecian goddess.
If you’re someone who catches the wave when celebs first start sporting a given trend, then you’ll love the above compilation of modern takes on 1920′s hairstyles. Layering and color techniques are two ways celeb hairstylists modernize a look. **Quick tip** When visiting the hair salon, bring pictures along with. They are helpful to your stylist!! With a picture your stylist knows exactly what you’re looking for. When your stylist is in the know, you’re more likely to leave a happy customer.
**Just as a side note, for all those in the peanut gallery that will say something to the effects of “it’s hair, it will grow back.” Yeah… it will. But what about having hair in the future makes your lack of hair in the present a good thing. It may be tolerable because the affliction is temporary, but that doesn’t mean you’re not pissed you have to live with a mullet for six months. Just sayin…**
Coloring: Subtle ombre, color pigments on hair ends
Eyes: Cream shadows, metallics, pops of vibrant color, retro eyeliner
A twofer: Close up of cat wing eyeliner and an example of using vibrant eye pencils to enhance your makeup looks.
Face: Illuminators and fair, fresh skin. Mauve blushers.
Take a look at this picture if you’re planning on adding a highlight into your makeup routine. Notice that the highlight in placed in a pattern that is an inverted triangle, with the tip of the triangle resting on the chin and the base of the triangle spanning the forehead.
Lips: Classic reds and “statement” colors
Fresh faces and red lips <3 Classic glamour. Notice that only the eyebrows are darkened (use a pencil or an eyeshadow to fill in your brows) and the undersides of the cheeks are minimally contoured with a shade of mauve. Pretty.
This last image is an editorial image taken for one of Illamasqua’s recent collections. While this look is extreme, I included the picture so that you could see how statement colors can work with low key faces and eyes.
Nails: Nail art, 2D manicures