[ HD Color Trio – January 29th, 2014 ]

January 29, 2014 § 2 Comments

ImageI originally was going to have this post go up on Sunday but I decided to space everything out a bit for practicality’s sake and… well because I’ve got an awful cold. Said cold only makes me miss the warmth and comfort of Florida even more – where most of these pictures were taken while I was bored without my life line (the internet, obviously) in my Dad and Nana’s new condo.

I got my HD Color Trio from Influenster in ‘Longbeach Sands’ and I was pretty stoked about it – as a green eyed lady I am a fan of browns since they usually make my eyes pop quite nicely! I had an occasion (going out with my Mom to St. Augustine – which I’ll be posting about this weekend, along with other Florida shenanigans!) to finally justify wearing eyeshadow and took the opportunity to give the kit a try!

Unfortunately I didn’t have my DSLR at the time so I wasn’t able to get the best pictures, but given the subtlety of the eyeshadow I don’t think it would have made an incredible amount of difference.

Image That’s me all fresh faced with only a bit of foundation on because a smart lady knows her mascara comes after her eyeshadow! Least you want black streaks under your eyes. As a side note, my eyebrows look so much better here than in that far back picture I opened my last post with, which makes me feel much more secure in posting photos of myself – but either way, moving on to the application! So there’s three steps with the HD Color Trio from NYC New York Color: eyelid, crease, and highlighter – I suggest you apply them in that order, even though the packaging makes that not entirely clear.

Image  Here you can see why I have a bit of an issue with calling this colour trio a ‘smokey eye’ – its just not smokey, it just doesn’t get that effect. It is a nicely blended trio of colours that can really highlight one’s eyes – but without a real colour punch to make your eyes pop, its just pretty much well applied and blended normal eyeshadow, coincidentally that’s more my style anyway so this is anything but a downside to me, it just means I’ll actually continue to use this product even after the Jolly VoxBox is over!

ImageHere is my completed look for the night – the Rimmel ShowOff Lip Lacquer I also got from my VoxBox made a nice companion to my very nude look for the night, perfect for strolling around the still-lit-up streets of old St. Augustine with my Mom and enjoying some damn good seafood and the best Jameson Bread Pudding I’ve ever had!

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[ Kiss Nails Accent Contest – December 6th, 2013 ]

December 6, 2013 Comments Off on [ Kiss Nails Accent Contest – December 6th, 2013 ]

Photo on 2013-03-15 at 10.45The picture might be a bit old but I think its better than opening with a picture that would represent the life of every graduate student rushing to finish 20 page long papers all at once at the end of the semester (meaning I haven’t slept, I haven’t washed my hair, I certainly am not in clothes that would be appropriate to step outside in) so instead you all get a slightly (Chicago) dated photo of me that is a much better representation of my commitment to nail care and showing off my extensive collection of rings.

I received some Kiss Nail Dress applications in my Varsity VoxBox – I’ve written about them before and how I was, admittedly, a bit underwhelmed with the product. I will admit though – when I entered the context it was sort of on a lark because I still had some sitting around and felt like playing around with fun looks for my nails – I decided to just go all out and do some things I wouldn’t normally do.

Kiss Nail Dress Accent SubmissionSometimes its fun just to have fun with your nails – even if it steps out of your own personal ‘style zone’. So that’s exactly what I did! I rummaged through my nail polish drawer and remembered I had this lovely bright pumpkin colour from OPI (A Roll in the Hauge) and it matched nearly perfectly with the orange I had left over – with that in mind I took the 30 seconds out of my time to pop one on my chosen accent finger (I almost always chose my left ring finger) and I actually quite liked the results! With that in mind I popped myself into Influenster’s contest and…

I WON!!!!!!!!!

I was honestly pretty shocked – I never really win anything and here I am a winner in a contest! I won a $10 Amazon gift card as well – a brilliant thing for me really, as it goes right into my book-buying fund (I’m quite close to a book I want as well! Hello Juvenile Osteology text, you are almost mine!)

I have to thank Influenster – really I do – I was invited to the site pretty early on and didn’t participate but they kept bugging  me and I eventually decided to really give it a go and I’ve had quite great experiences with the last two VoxBoxes and I have to say, they really do give even us small-caliber bloggers and social media users great opportunities for getting free things and giving us fodder to write about. So thank you Influenster! I hope this is just another point in a long and healthy relationship 🙂

[ Colour Obsessions – September 29th, 2013 ]

September 29, 2013 § 2 Comments

ImageSo I know, I know, I’m still not keeping with the updating as much as I said I would! But its a start (and hell, I think with my 400+ pages a week to read on top of class, interning, and work – updating every other week is still pretty good!). I’ve got a few fashion posts lined up for the next few weeks that should be coming out on Sundays, this is gonna be the first one to get me really back into the saddle, so to speak. Where is better to start off than your basic colour choices anyway! I’ve got some obsessions this fall, and some of them might be a bit shocking! Some of them are probably a little easy to guess coming from me (and my polyvore history…) but, that doesn’t mean I’m wearing them the same ways!

Colour Obsession: Vermillion

ImageVermillion is an orange-red colour that can have a lot of variance to it. Some companies call it orange where as some might call it tomato soup red (looking at you Jessica Simpson), and then you have names for it like Valentine (hello there American Apparel, how boring a name choice!) but in reality they’re both kinda correct depending on how you want to look at it. I’ve seen a few people sort of overdo the colour, but in my opinion it makes the perfect ‘pop’ for any outfit. My go-to item that fits in with this colour is a pair of (glorious) Cynthia Rowley pants (of which I own in multiple colours thank you very much). Especially during fall and with the multitude of blacks and greys that start creeping back into our daily wardrobes its the perfect addition to any outfit!

Colour Obsessions: Vermillion

Colour Obsession: Wine and Navy

IMG_3400Well, I am an Anthropologist so it should shock no one that wine is a constant in my life – not only in cooking and drinking but when it comes to my clothing as well! And Navy? Who could say no to a lovely bright blue that makes any outfit just that much better. I’ve bought a fair bit of navy recently – the biggest staples have to be my H&M blazer and my peplum top – both are Navy but one is lighter and bolder while the other is richer and darker, that’s another great thing about Navy! So many options! I could talk about either colour for days – but my favourite thing about them has to be how amazing they look when paired together! We’ll just pretend my other favourite blazer (the forest green one) isn’t conspicuously in the photo.

Colour Obsessions: Wine and Navy

Colour Obsession: Spring in Fall

Mint? Lavender? Wine (again, cough)? All my favourite things about a lovely spring afternoon in a park – who says I can’t wear them year round! I’m one of those people who spits in the face of all those who claim some colours are only for one time of the year – damn them and their opinions! I disagree! Vehemently! Angrily! LOUDLY! I will wear my mint in December OR April! I will wear Lavender whether it is 70 and breazy or 40 and dreary. I WILL do it! The great thing about these colours is they can cheer you up on even the dreariest of midwestern Mondays. I really need to get more of them in my life – my current set-up is just not cutting it!

No matter how you spell it out though, I’m obsessed with trying to make all of my spring mints and lavenders proper and fall – at least in their layering! But whats the best part of them? They pair perfectly with a nice wine-coloured lip and nail pairing. Ah yes, I do love when all of my favourites start to come together and be friends!

Colour Obsessions: Spring in Fall

[ Fashion Ethnography – May 1st, 2012 ]

May 1, 2012 Comments Off on [ Fashion Ethnography – May 1st, 2012 ]

We started our Ethnography projects last week, or well I suppose we had our write-ups do before them but we actually had to start going out in the field to do our preliminary research which is due on the 4th.

I’m really excited about mine, for someone whose not interested in Anthropology, Fashion, or Marketing you’ll probably start gagging and wondering how the hell I could be interested in such a thing. My project is going to be looking at the Collegiate idea of Fashion. More specifically I’m going to be researching how important image (and I mean on a Fashion level) is the the Collegiate and how important they think it is to their every day lives. Do they think its important to look presentable for their advisor? How do they dress when they go to interviews? How do they dress at school? Do they think its appropriate to wear whatever they want infront of a teacher they may want to write a recommendation for a job or graduate school for them? I want to answer all of these questions and I’ll likely come up with a few more along the way.

We’re in the Preliminary Observations stage right now – that means I get to go and wonder campus and take notes on the type of outfits and style I see. I’m trying not to go into this too biased with too many pre-set categories of ‘dressers’ and ‘Fashionistas’ at DePaul, but I already have a generic idea of how the chips may fall as far as categories go. I want to add a lot of visuals (photos, possibly sketches) but the project doesn’t really call for that, because of the topic of my Ethnographic project I’m hoping the Professor will let me include at least a few pages – at least in my final report. Doing a project on Fashion, after all, is really nothing without the visuals.

The Colligate Life

After this portion of the project, we move on to the interview phase. Now normally this wouldn’t freak me out – I mean after how long I worked for CollegeFashionista I’m pretty used to talking to random strangers, but finding someone to sit down and talk with me for the required 30 minutes? That freaks me out a bit, I feel like its where I’m really going to run into problems. Now, that’s not because I don’t think people will be willing but I’m going to be pulling aside students who are rushing between classes and I’m just a little nervous its going to be really hard for me to pull off. If anyone is interested or feels like they know someone who might be who would have the time between classes I’d be glad for the opportunity to speak with them/you! I’m trying to keep this as random as possible by not asking people that I at least know their opinion on how important image is, but I know its going to be hard to get people to interview.

[ Make an Impression – April 28th, 2012 ]

April 28, 2012 Comments Off on [ Make an Impression – April 28th, 2012 ]

Our first full day of digging and sifting and carrying and lugging had me a little more out of sorts then originally expected! In by that I mean I passed out as soon as I got out of my wonderful 40 minute long shower. So I apologize for this slightly late post!

Want to make an impression during an interview this Spring? You don’t have to stick to your traditional HBIC-Hilary Clinton approved pantsuits or business wear. Thanks to the current trends you can switch it up just enough to make an impression that’ll brighten your crayon among the options, but at the same time keep you appropriate.

Spring Interviews

For starters, I do suggest you stay more traditional with your shoes, black or nude pumps of some sort (close-toed) are going to be optimal. If you’re going for a Fashion-industry job you should feel free to switch this up (but not too much, you can make too much of a statement even in the Fashion industry – or alternatively come off as if you’re trying too hard, always stick with something that suits you and you’re comfortable in!), but in most industries – even if you can get away with switched-up tonal palette you want to at least keep the silhouette a bit traditional.

Jewelry should follow a similar design, while you can go a little more out-there with one, maybe two, standout pieces try not to overload yourself. I’m a big fan of lots of jewelry, but looking too cluttered can be distracting – you want to make an impression but you don’t want the interviewer to just be thinking about your shinnies when you leave – you want them thinking about you! I do fully endorse one or two standout pieces. For example, some complimenting and bold bangles with one great ring. It keeps it simple but can make you really stand out in a crowd.

Here is where you start to stand out from the pack. Instead of keeping with your traditional 3 B’s (browns, blacks, blahs!), mix it up a little in your tonal palette! Go with a pastel coral or pink pair of trousers – great for every day business-casual or for dressing up for something more formal! Pair your trousers with a cream or off-white button-up (I don’t really recommend stark white, ever, it can really flatten an outfit or look too harsh against other wise soft tones), if you aren’t planning on taking off your blazer or outerwear at any point I recommend making use of one of your nicer button-up tank tops, why? Well, no odd shapes under your blazer then! Nothing is more annoying then a button-up not fitting nicely under your sweater or blazer and making some wonky creases.

When picking a blazer to go along with your Spring-coloured outfit go with ‘ashier’ tones. I don’t want to say ‘cooler’ as that implies blues and greys and that’s not quite what we’re looking for! You’re looking for something that’s going to be a brown with pastelish tones to it. Something that gets away from being warm or neutral but doesn’t quite hit ‘cool’ tones. Confusing, I know, but you’ll know the colour when you see it! Anything too warm toned will clash with the rest of the outfit and anything too neutral risks flattening it out!

Last but not least, keep your nails and make-up simple! Stick with light lipsticks, basic eye make-up, little to no blush, and a nail polish that maybe has a little ‘pop’ but isn’t too bold – I again recommend pastels or neutrals!

The weather is finally suppose to feel more like Spring here in Chicago next week – so maybe I can go back to trying to do my own outfit posts! In the mean time check out HomeMint a new sister site to my lovely JewelMint that we all know I spend way too much time on (and got another free credit for – so another post is in the near future!)

[ Fight the Downpour – April 20th, 2012 ]

April 20, 2012 § 4 Comments

A nasty cold has me late once again! This rather gross weather outside doesn’t help to get one motivated either – but it can make for some good writing inspiration!

The Transitional

How is it one dresses in this disgusting weather? I find myself wanting to bust out my Spring fashionables and colours (those lovely purples and nudes and natural-stone tones I’m seeing everywhere make me die of happiness inside!) but its so nasty out this time of year that I find myself stuck with the b’s of Winter (that’s black, bronw, and bland by the by!). My Spring fashionables just don’t seem to live up to the test of this weather. Then I remembered something lovely about layering – there’s no problem with a little overlap of your winter staples into your spring wardrobe to weather-proof but keep it blooming!

First, a good pair of ankle boots is important for anyone who lives… well anywhere that isn’t near the Equator. They’re great for snow, rain, and can be worn during the summer to edgy up your favourite sundress. I suggest going for black always as it has the most versatility, but I myself have been eyeing some brown boots to add to my wardrobe since my black ones get so much use out of them.

Second, wraps and denim/flannel! Want to wear that cute nude tank top you bought when we got a glimpse of spring/summer weather that just POOF disappeared? Well wraps and overshirts are a must for any wardrobe, they’re great ‘transitional pieces’ things you can wear 80% of the year and you can throw over a cute dress or top if its a little chilly out. Wraps are great because, well we all know scarves in summer is a little taboo but on those days where it might get a bit chilly – they double up!

Lastly, a staple you should invest in during these Transitional times is jeans with some ‘pop’ to them. I know, I know how scene kid right? Wrong. I’ve always kinda had a thing against coloured denim – but I’m beginning to think that’s because they were neon back then. These new corals, purples, reds, and pastel denims? I’m kinda falling in love with them and they’re a great way to spice up any outfit!

[ Cabochon – April 13th, 2012 ]

April 14, 2012 Comments Off on [ Cabochon – April 13th, 2012 ]

Now silly me, I wrote this post but Comcast is the worst company in existence and my internet has been so shoddy, slow, and constantly restarting the last few days wordpress just wouldn’t load properly to post it – utterly rude if you ask me (so was the first lady who yelled at me, called me a liar, oh and refused to transfer me when I kept having to repeat myself, I have a lot of respect for people who work tele-comm customer service because of the rude douche entitled people they have to deal with, but if I have to say the same sentence 6 times and I ask to speak with someone else, there is nothing unreasonable about that or cause for you to be snarky when I was polite, kthx).

I immediately fell in love with the Tiger Cabochon ring the second I saw it on the jewelmint homepage when I logged in – knowing I had a free credit and wanted to treat myself to something nice for getting through the first round of papers and tests for this quarter (is it still treating myself if it was 100% free?). I’m always a little skeptical to order rings from websites – because much like shoes or jeans they can fit differently in every single style and brand and there really is no one size fits all, heck even a size 7 heel can fit differently just from one being a stiletto and one being an oxford pump! But thankfully, the ring fits comfortably my middle finger – right where I wanted it (though noticeably a little wobbly on really cold days, but thankfully that’s not often enough for me to care and I’m still definitely glad I didn’t go a size down, the ring would be much too large to not look silly on my ring finger.)

I’ve never been big on the huge ring thing but this one sold me, it wasn’t gaudy, it wasn’t obnoxiously big, it wasn’t silly abouts of this-is-obviously-from-Urban-Outfitters-and-worth-1/3rd-what-I-paid or just clearly out of my price range so maybe it was bitterness, that’s right actually ya know what I think it was bitterness.

My favourite part of this piece is actually how well it goes with all of my turquoise jewlery. On my left hand I wear the same three rings everyday: a little $1.50 ring I got in Wales, a great cheap thrift store find, and my one splurge in Paris – the big turquoise sterling silver ring I wear on my pointer finger (the other two go on my ring finger to cover up my tattoo, which I need to get touched up and its really annoying to get asked all the time if I’m engaged – no I just don’t need a diamond to make me happy, I’ve already got one!) I was honestly worried I was investing (kinda?!) in another piece of jewlery that I wouldn’t be able to wear very often because it didn’t go with my daily essentials! (I’m STILL wearing my Prarie Rose necklace daily, its perfect for my Springtime colours and trends!)

This ring is another one of those fantastic jewelmint pieces that just goes with so much of my wardrobe it makes me squeal on the inside. I’ll admit though, I wasn’t really sold on this whole mint franchise when CollegeFashionista first got involved with it when it was fairly new, I hate things that you have to pay monthly for (fun fact: of all the jewlery I’ve received as of yet, I only payed for that Oscar’s grab bag because its one of those awesome sites where referrals earn you credit, ie – freebies).

That being said, I have to say, I fully back this company – a true rarity for me with anything that requires monthly service (ahem, looking at you Comcast) – if only because its also so simple (unlike on many sites) to go in and ‘skip’ a month, I only wish they let you fully remove a credit card once it was added on to the account, because you can only replace it with another one which I guess makes sense with the skip option, but I don’t currently have access to a credit card so its a little annoying I can’t remove my old one without putting up my debit card when my finances really can’t risk me forgetting to skip a month. I’m honestly not as sold on StyleMint (the Olsen shirts and sunglasses version) because honestly, I could get anything on there at Forever 21 or H&M for half the price and it’d probably last me just as long. I do wanna take a spin around BeautyMint though, I’m always looking for new Beauty products to fall in love with! And there really is no price you can put on having good, clear, healthy looking skin.

Plus, the pretty jewlery certainly doesn’t hurt! And theres so much variety, there truly is a bit of everything for everyone!

This post brought to you in part by the really dreadful lighting in my apartment, and how much I hate how those eco-friendly lightbulbs do not make for good photo taking. Oh also, the lighting in my apartment just sucks – which I will be rectifying as soon as I get a bit of return cha-ching from someone owing me with another glorious trip to Ikea.

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