Saturday, November 20, 2010

my new holy grail product.

oh, my. could it be i've found the perfect lip product?

it's called snow fairy lip tint from lush cosmetics, a great company that makes handmade, natural, and even vegan beauty products such as body wash, shampoo, lip products, and their famous fizzy bath bombs to name a few.


why i love it:
it smells like bubblegum, but not overwhelmingly so (it's a very particular scent .. reminds me of something specific but i cannot for the life of me remember what!). the bright pink color is intimidating at first, but actually goes on very sheer, keeping lips soft -- not sticky -- and giving them a noticeable yet natural pink flush (the color comes from raspberries!). it doesn't dry lips out like a lip stain, but still has surprising longevity; it lasted hours after i applied it, even after the decadent but messy chocolate souffle i had for dessert. only downside is that it's a tub and you have to use your finger, but for what it's worth (approximately $6), i can live with it.

check it out here! thanks, lush!

Monday, November 15, 2010

inspiration: johnny flynn

you'll notice there are many times in which i refer to music videos for fashion inspiration. this is one of those times.

here's one of my all-time favorite songs/videos called "the box" by a fantastic artist named johnny flynn.


as if the song wasn't good enough, the video is beautifully illustrated and animated (and it starts with an HDT quote -- could it get any better???). it's almost completely black and white in both film and illustration, save for a few splashes of watercolor-like hues that flicker in an out with a perfect subtlety. i especially love the black, white, and yellow combo.

this artistic, painterly look is really quite gorgeous when translated to clothing. so i ventured to one of my favorite clothing sites ModCloth to search for some dresses that captured the feeling of this video:


i love the way the flowers appear to be illustrations, almost like artistically placed doodles from someone's math notebook. i also love that it's not just a floral print in black and white, which we see a bit too often perhaps, but rather in ivory and navy; really makes it whimsical and wearable.

here's that black and yellow combo i was talking about (although this might be more of a charcoal). like i said, out of all the color palettes in "the box", this one caught my eye the most. 90% of this dress is neutral except for that ribbon of yellow cascading down, peeking out from beneath the ruffles. it's unexpected, which is great.

now if any dress really captures what johnny flynn's video shows, it's this one. it combines that splash of yellow upon a black/grey/white base, as well as illustration-like patterns. if i worked at modcloth, i may just name this "the box" dress -- although, i doubt anybody would be too eager to buy it if they didn't know what i was referring to .. nobody wants to look like a box.

johnny flynn is performing tonight in boston. i can't go, and it breaks my heart a little. suppose i'll have to wait.

Friday, November 12, 2010

happy 10th anniversary, lucky! but something's missing ..

(i don't like caps. i'm disposing of capital letters at the beginning of words from here on out, indefinitely.)

happy anniversary to my favorite magazine: condé nast's lucky magazine!


oh, lucky, you know you hold a special place in my heart. i'm the first to snatch the latest issue of those glossy pages from the shelves as soon as it hits drugstores. you're a no-frills, no-nonsense publication dedicated to my most expensive compulsion: shopping. nothing about sex or dramatic novels or any of the filler stuff that i usually skim over. just fashion, beauty, and style.

but why, in your december 2010 issue, have you not included my favorite section on the last page - andrea linett's section called "fashion babble"????

not that i don't love the magazine otherwise -- but i always look forward in particular to the wonderfully detailed illustration and lovely outfits put together on the final page each month. now it's gone! hopefully not forever!!

the rest of the issue though, with diane kruger on the cover, has been one of my all time favorites. it includes a great and humorous section on what might be in magazines in the year 2020 (it also mentions how mags have stood the test of technological time, avoiding the print publication extinction that has doomed other written mediums -- keep up the good work, folks!!). a highly informative issue, lots of lists and tips like top beauty products, which i love.

here's to many more years of my most thoroughly read magazine!

Friday, November 5, 2010

and i thought this day would never come ..

I was on campus the other day and a girl was wearing these wonderful boots - slight heel, good shape, nice color, good quality. What really struck me was the fit and the shape. So I, being the big creep I am, casually walked closer to try and sneak a peek at the brand, printed on a metal tag on the back of her heel. As I got closer I furrowed my brow in confusion. "Can't be..." I thought. But it was.

On that tag read: Ugg.

Yes folks, it's happened. I found a pair of Uggs that I not only like, but love - the Ugg Amberlee from their Equestrian Collection. Take a look:

Now granted, it doesn't look like a traditional Ugg. THAT'S THE POINT, PEOPLE! Uggs don't HAVE to mean those big flat fuzzy things that people stick on their feet. Ugg is a brand, not a TYPE of shoe.

We need not be label whores! What you should be paying for is QUALITY, not the ability for someone to identify the brand of your purse from miles away. Get a Coach bag that doesn't have the Cs on it. Get a Louis Vuitton bag without the LVs on it. And get Uggs that don't look like "Uggs"!

..... UNFORTUNATELY, these lovely boots cost a hefty $275, and I'm a broke-ass college student who could barely afford her Panera lunch yesterday, so back to the drawing board, I guess.

Monday, November 1, 2010

at least video didn't kill the fashion designer.

I'm highly impressed lately with the fashion I'm seeing in music videos.

Let's start with Willow Smith, arguably the best dressed 9-year-old on the music scene right now (well, probably the only 9-year-old on the music scene right now. Miley's still like .. 8 years old, right?). Either way, in the video for her hit single "Whip My Hair", she shows off her surprisingly mature style - a sort of hybrid between M.I.A. and that neat kids section they have in H&M (can you say 'capsule collection', anyone???).

For the video, Willow wears custom-made clothing and a OneZ jumpsuit courtesy of California Christiania Republic - which gets covered in paint!


This one here is my obsession of the moment: Kanye West's incredible new short film "Runaway". It's a half-hour video accompanied by tracks off his upcoming album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" (which I am TOO excited about!!). The focus of the movie is really on the fallen phoenix, personified by model Selita Ebanks.

If you think her costume of mindfully placed feathers looks runway-worthy, that's because it is; her outfits were designed by fashion designer Phillip Lim and costume designer Martin Izquierdo. From the wings to the makeup, it's to die for - but let's leave this look to the Victoria's Secret Angels, shall we?


I think the fiercest new hip hop star simply HAS to be Nicki Minaj. She's featured in will.i.am's new song "Check It Out"; and in the video, we can't help to do just that.

Her outfits channel the kind of harajuku-robot thing that's been hanging around ever since Gwen Stefani went solo - but this time, with a whole new street-inspired flavor.