What I Wore: 3.9.13


Pretty much what I tend to wear on an everyday basis: booties, tight jeans, and an oversized top.

Jeans: Car Mar Jeggings from LF
Stacked Rings: SecretCharm on Etsy
Coin Pouch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Zara TRF Sandal with Buckle


I am ALL about ankle straps -- I find them to be incredibly sexy and feminizing. Plus, I find they make my legs look longer; and who doesn't love that? (A girl could almost forget she's just 5'4....) So here we go, another Zara heel that's not so comfortable, but looks so good the pain doesn't matter. 

Priorities, people.

What I Wore: 2.24.13


My Makeup "Collection" + Organization (2011-2013)


I, like the rest of us product junkies/organizational freaks, love a good makeup collection video. Though I must say, I dislike the term "collection" and much prefer "unnecessary hoard," "dangerously obsessive amount," or "amount that wildly surpasses maximum quota necessary for involuntary commitment to a makeup rehabilitation facility." Sounds about right.

Watch it here.

Note: I've since moved back to CA from Philadelphia, so I will be updating this within the year as I settle into a new apartment.

Zara Leather Sandal


I obsessively stalked these Zara Leather Sandals and ordered them the second I got an email saying they were back in stock. 

Uncomfortable as shit, but fucking beaaauuutiful!

WANT: Proenza Schouler PS1


Black leather. Dark hardware. Medium size. YES.

...Pricetag. NO.

I'm a bag hag in the making!

What's in my MAC Eye Shadow Palette


For those who were a little curious about my MAC palette... your video request has been answered!

Watch it here.

It's covered in fallout, ugh... just the lazy girl excuse I need to get the new version...
now if only they would stop being sold out EVERYWHERE I LOOK!!!!

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning


You saw me use this before, in my very first tanning experiment, and it remains my go-to facial tanning product to this day. I say "go-to" as if I tan my face a lot, I really don't. But when I do, I use dos eq-.. ok, I won't.. when I do, I use Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning.

It's easy enough to apply, just squirt a nickle- to quarter-sized amount onto a cotton pad and wipe it all over. It takes about 2-3 squirts (and, therefore, pads) to cover my entire face, chest, shoulders, as well as the front and back of my neck. Basically, anywhere that would be exposed if I were wearing a v-neck shirt with my hair up gets slathered. It's not rocket science. If I'm going to be wearing clothes that expose the rest of my skin, then I'd also opt for a full body tanathon with my St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse -- as seen in my tanning video -- to ensure uniform color. In the images shown below, I was just bored and felt like seeing how tan I could get in two days. I had not intended to go anywhere with my skin showing (it was very cold out and I figured I'd be in long sleeves for the week); but alas, the Philly winter warmed up a bit on the day I had plans and my pale, pale arms saw the light of day. Actually made for a good comparison, so blessing in disguise.

The application has never appeared streaky or patchy on my skin and is really only noticeably tan-like around the borders of my natural skin color. When I've worn the body tanning mousse as well, there was no telling where one tan ended and the other began. It dries pretty quickly and boasts it's ability to be worn under skin care and makeup just minutes after application. Midway through my day, I'll catch a glance in mirror and love the result as I found it takes about 2-3 hours to get cookin' and start making a noticeable difference to my skin color.

Exhibit A: Two consecutive daily applications of Clarins Liquid Bronze.
(with Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Rose Ivory worn on my skin -- my "tan" foundation) 

Exhibit B: Side view.
(ain't no jawline action going on here, no sir)

Exhibit C: Tan juxtaposed against my natural skin color, for reference.

What's In My Bag #1 - The Alexander Wang Rocco Duffel with Antique Brass Hardware


Are you a nosy little voyeur who likes to know what people carry around with them? 

I am.

If you are too, watch the video to see what I keep in muh baby boy, Alexander.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum


I love you, S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum. I really do. And I want to shout it off the rooftops like some severely co-dependent and obsessive lover, "I love you, Caudalie... AND I WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW!!!" Seriously. I'm one coffee away from Tom Cruise-ing my couch and exasperating, "I'm in love... I'm in love...."

Having been cursed with oily (and somewhat combination) skin my whole life, I never thought I needed MORE hydration...

...but I was wrong. See Mom, I can TOO admit when I'm wrong!

I spoke of my "dehydrated, but oily skin" epiphany in my facial oil posts (here and here), so no need to repeat myself.... to sum it up: my. skin. loves. this. Despite a bitter east coast winter, my face was plump, soft, and fully hydrated. Foundation and tinted moisturizer went on like a breeze, and the only times I noticed dry patches collecting foundation was during a brief stint where I couldn't find my little sample tube -- a tragedy I couldn't even wish upon my worst enemy (who is currently, by the way, the guy that constantly puts take-out menus in every crevice possible on my porch/front door and may or may not have dry or dehydrated skin).

For anyone with dry and/or dehydrated skin, I can't recommend this product enough. Get a sample somewhere -- my sample tube lasted for a little over a month with 2x a day usage -- and then feel free to send me a thank you e-card for the rec. I am quite fond of ones that put my face on to dancing elves, animals, etc... thank you in advance.

But in all seriousness, just ignore that hefty price tag and join in on the wonderful smelling hydration. Your skin will thank you. And in order to also keep your wallet happy, use skinstore.com and its constant 15-20% off promos.

FACE: Tarte Amazonian Clay Tinted Moisturizer in Agent 00 + NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Belle de Jour and Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume


To see how I did this makeup and for all product information, watch the video.



WANT: Dion Lee 3D Filter Leather Jacket


Holy. Hell.

Dion Lee on Christine Centenera (Vogue Australia senior fashion editor)


Essie - Steel-ing The Scene


Theory Elenian Leather Jacket in Military Green


I saw it at Nordstrom, tried it on, and fell in love.
Much later, I went back and told myself that if it was still there, it was fate...
oh, rationalizations.

Snip, Snip: New Hair


Believe it or not, I had been DYING for short hair. I was sick of the 4-6 hour air dry time. I was sick of the weight of it. And I was sick of being the girl with hair that could easily be used to impersonate Alanis Morissette's "Thank You" music video.

In all sincerity, my long hair felt like a crutch. I was too comfortable doing the same ole same ole to it day in and day out and was really starving for change. Never one to make life easy, I decided to force myself to get a little more creative and inspired in the hair department.

I wanted something I could style a bit more edgy for, what I like to think is, my increasily "edgy" wardrobe as I'm very much on a modern, mostly black, and Helmut Lang-esque kick. Just a few days in and I'm already loving the myraid of ways to style it -- cutesy, grungy, textured, polished... the options feel endless. Welllll, minus a bangs down look because I got bored and hacked at em a little last week... my mistake. Leave "bangs" to the professionals. Always. 

Exhibit A: The victim, pre-chop.

Exhibit B: The Crime Scene.
(I got it cut by Katie at Mirror & Mantel -- my go-to hair stylist/salon in Philly)

Exhibit C: THE CHOP!

It's been a good 5 years since I've had short hair and contrary to what everyone in my life anticipated, I'm really happy about the length and being able to let it grow out again, enjoying each length along the way.

If you're thinking about taking the plunge, do it! Now! Chop chop! (and that, my friend, is what we call "hair humor")